But since we can’t just eat cake pops and chocolate bars all day long, we’ve been scoping out Disney World restaurants for Valentine’s Day dinners and specials, and lucky for us, Disney Springs is comin’ in HOT with a slew of sweet and savory specials for the holiday!
Hello, everyone, from EPCOT!
We spent a day at the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow to see what’s new and not only did we get to see a QUEEN, but we also saw the first Festival of the Arts tents going up, some new masks, and more!
In case you wanted to ring in the new year with Indian-style Bread Service or Thai Coconut Meatballs, you’re in LUCK!
While New Year’s Eve is certainly going to look a LOT different this year, Disney World announced that quick-service restaurants, pool bars, and lounges at its resorts will be open late for the holiday!
There are lots of sweet and savory treats you can find around World Showcase in EPCOT.
A fan-favorite spot has opened once again at the France Pavilion in EPCOT and we just had to stop by to see what changes have been made here.
Calling all tequila fans! Disney Springs’ Frontera Cocina Mexicana is celebrating it’s 4 year anniversary with a new special menu including a margarita that will surely add some sparkle to your summer evenings!
Life is the bubbles with the NEW Champagne Margarita made with Teremana Respado tequila, a hit of freshly squeezed lime, orange liqueur, and topped with a refreshing splash of champagne.
Just moments ago we reported that Amorette’s Patisserie had officially reopened in Disney Springs!
And while they only have a limited menu right now (they hope to be fully operational by Sunday), we noticed they’ve made few price increases on some of their alcoholic beverages!
Want to ring in the New Year with some fabulous Irish food and entertainment? Then reserve your seat at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs!
The “Epic New Year’s Eve” Celebration lets guests celebrate twice — first for the Irish New Year at 7PM, then for the countdown to midnight in central Florida!
We have been waiting patiently since we first heard the announcement, and the day has finally arrived. The doors to Amorette’s Patisserie have officially opened!
The brand new, upscale bakery joins other boutique sweets spots, like Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC, The Ganachery, and Vivoli Gelateria, at Disney Springs this week. The work on the newly re-imagined shopping and dining district is just about complete, and it’s pretty amazing.
But along with other carts and shops, Amorette’s Patisserie has been on our short list of places to anticipate! Let’s head in and take a look around.
Step into the newly opened Town Center at Disney Springs and you’ll soon locate Amorette’s Patisserie. The Disney-created back story is charming: artistic sisters Kara and Sara are the current owners of the shop, which has been passed down through many generations of their family. The shop dates back to the earliest days of Disney Springs, around 1900.
But the sisters are as interested in artistic expression via beautiful and delicious pastries as they are in other forms of art. And so you see evidence of their handiwork throughout the shop. We’ll get to some sweet examples in a minute, but first, let’s look around a bit. [Read more…]
Editor’s Note: The menu for Afternoon Tea at Garden View Lounge has changed since this review was written, and many of the items featured here are no longer available. For more details, see our news post about the changes.
Today, we’re taking in afternoon tea at the Garden View Lounge. This charming spot, which occupies the far end of the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa’s cavernous lobby, is the perfect place to relax, dress up a bit (perhaps), and slow down, while you enjoy traditional offerings and steaming pots of tea.
It’s become a rather hot ticket, though, so if you like what you see, be prepared to make your advance dining reservation well in advance.
Tea at the Grand has become a tradition of sorts for my mom and me, and so we were excited to head there for this special treat.
Upon entering the Grand Floridian, take a moment to notice the details of the soaring atrium. With natural light flooding the seating areas during the day, the large birdcage, and the beautiful domed skylights, it really is lovely.
I’ve often heard people suggest that the Grand suffers from a “lack of themeing”. I’ve never thought so. To me, the setting is beautiful — elegance with a light touch, befitting Florida’s subtropical climate. And even with families around me rushing to catch the monorail, I’m transported when I enter it to a less-rushed time and place.
Whether you visit during the day or evening, you are likely to catch some form of live musical entertainment here. During the day, you’ll enjoy piano music. In the evening, be sure to catch Grand Floridian Society Orchestra playing jazz standards from the bandstand located just outside of Mizner’s Lounge on the second floor.
The Garden View Lounge is located at the far end of the lobby, directly opposite from the main entrance.
Flanking either side of the lounge are these adorable mosaics of inlaid marble.
Be sure to look down occasionally while walking around the Grand! They redid the floors a few years ago and added mosaics like these throughout. They are absolutely stunning.
Garden View is also the setting for the Perfectly Princess Tea Party, a character and storytelling experience.
The Lounge itself is an open-air spot, separated from the rest of the lobby by a wall featuring “windowless” windows.
We arrived a few minutes early for our advance dining reservation, and were told that our table would be ready shortly. I’m not sure what all of the luggage by the hostess stand was about! There was a full house inside, however. And it seemed as though a few people were dressed up for a special occasion of some sort.
We relaxed nearby in the lobby. Soon, our pager went off, and we were shown to our table.
Marble statues flank both side entrances of the lounge. Other than that, the space is sparsely decorated.
The center of the room is dominated by [Read more…]