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Brunch Now at Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian.

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Who doesn’t love Sunday brunch? It’s a great excuse to slow down, nosh and talk about the day’s plans. Well, now you can do just that during your Walt Disney World vacation at Narcoossee’s, one of Disney’s signature restaurants at my absolute favorite resort, the Grand Floridian. Here’s the scoop from Disney:

Beginning Nov. 22, Guests will be able to enjoy a Waterfront Brunch at Narcoossee’s on Sundays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.. It will feature a prix-fixe menu priced at $69 per adult and $41 per child.

All dining plans, discounts, and dress code that apply for dinner will apply for Waterfront Brunch. Guests wishing to use the Disney Dining Plan will need to use two Dining Plan meal entitlements per person for the DDP and deluxe plans and one Dining Plan meal entitlement per person for Premium and Platinum plans.

Effective Sept. 16, Guests are able to book online and through the Disney Reservation Center.

Don’t worry about the dress code–you can dress up, and that’s part of the fun, but as long as you’re wearing neat, tidy clothing that and no t-shirts with offensive content (and you wouldn’t, of course, because you are awesome), then you’re good to go.

Breakfast at Be Our Guest

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Disney began serving breakfast at Be Our Guest this Spring as part of a pilot program currently scheduled to  run through this summer.  At around $20 per person,  including your drink, it’s pretty steep for a quick-service breakfast, but guests have been packing this popular Disney dining destination since it opened on March 20th.  As part of the program, you can make your reservations online but just be aware that those, like those for dinner and lunch, can be pretty scarce. But it is worth it?

I’ll get right to the meat and potatoes (excuse me) of this post:  It was delicious. Our group sampled every entree and there wasn’t a dud in the mix. While you’re going to be temped to order the fried  donut croissant with caramel, bananas, and pastry cream, skip it; you’ll get plenty of pastries at your table regardless of what you order, so you’ll definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.  These pastries are brought to your table and are essentially “all you can eat.  Think mini chocolate croissants and danishes.

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Since you’re already going to be flirting with diabetes after all those pastries, try the creamy eggs Florentine, with just the right amount of spinach, served in a puff pastry square.  For something completely unexpected for American palates, try the cured meat and cheese platter, which ended up being the star of our table.

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Cheesy Croque Madame with bechemal sauce was another standout, though it was very heavy; I might skip it in really hot weather.   The only thing I would not order again was the open faced bacon, egg, lettuce and tomato on a baguette. Yes, it had brie cheese, one of my favorites, and it was good. But you need a chainsaw to get through the bread. You’re better off with more traditional breakfast fare.

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Kids can get bacon and eggs or even cereal, but you won’t find any Mickey waffles on the menu. You’ll also find French toast, crepes filled with yogurt and fruit, and oatmeal. Each kids meal is $11.99.

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Finally, adults who prefer a lighter meal can order scrambled egg whites, chicken sausage, roasted tomatoes and fruit.

Be Our Guest can be impossible to get into, so this is a nice opportunity for those who’ve been unable to get lunch or dinner reservations a chance to experience the gorgeous interior of the Beast’s Castle.   This delicious breakfast, while expensive, is a welcome addition in a park with few quick-service breakfast options. I loved trying this “higher-end,” French inspired breakfast. I’ll definitely be back.

Be Our Guest restaurant participates in the Disney Dining Plan. You’ll pay one quick-service credit for your meal. Tables in Wonderland cards are not accepted.

Villas at the Grand Floridian.

The newest in property in the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) collection opened at the Grand Floridian last fall and it’s been at almost full capacity since.  While DVC owners have priority when booking rooms, you can stay here on a cash basis as well if you book well in advance. Since it’s a new property, you won’t find any discounts yet, but you will enjoy the most luxurious accommodations Disney has to offer, just a short walk from the Magic Kingdom monorail and one away stop from that beloved park.

Most DVC properties are attached to a deluxe resort and in this case, it’s the Grand Floridian, Disney’s flagship resort. It’s about a five minute walk from the DVC lobby to the pool and about five more minutes to the Grand Floridian lobby. As a guest, you’ll enjoy the Grand’s pools as well as the resort’s other amenities.

This DVC property has deluxe studios and one, two and three-bedroom villas. Both the studios and the one-bedroom villas sleep five. The two-bedroom villas sleep nine and the three-bedroom villas sleep twelve. You’ll find full kitchens and a washer/dryer set up in the one, two and three- bedroom units.

The kitchens are small, as you might expect, but they have gorgeous cabinets and stainless steel appliances.  I really appreciated the marble counter tops and attention to detail in the backsplash.

The rooms also have a mixture of carpet, wood flooring, and ceramic tile that make it feel more like a comfortable, well-appointed home than a vacation rental.

The bathrooms are gorgeous, with soothing colors, subway tile, and deep tubs. This one comes with air jets.

Disney has learned a lot about what guests want since they started building their own hotels in 1971, and one thing guests want? Lot of storage space.  These little ottomans open up to hide toys or whatever else you may want to secret away when not in use.

These clever twin-sized beds fold out from underneath the television in the living room.

The bathrooms have a nice amount of storage space as well, with roomy counter tops  (I’m looking at you, Bay Lake Tower). 

And that image in the mirror? It’s a television, so you can watch from the bathtub. The studios have a comfy couch that folds out into a double bed.

I’ll admit it, I’ve tried but I can’t find any downsides to this resort other than the price. The location is prime, it looks gorgeous, and the cast members are the same excellent cast members you’ll find anywhere on property.  If you love the Grand Floridian, you owe it to yourself to book a stay at the villas. Yes, it’s pricey. But the accommodations are bucket-list level and worth the cost, if only once.

Disney World Spring / Summer Discounts

Disney Discounts Spring Weekend Getaways

Disney World Spring Discounts Disney Resort rooms at 45% off the Disney room rate.

Packages are available for these Travel dates:

May 27-29, 2011 (check out May 29)

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

June 3-5, 2011 (Check out June 5)

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

June 10-12, 2011 (Check out June 12)

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

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Choose from these packages that include dining and tickets and the Bonus Water park or Disney Quest Ticket:
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn ($1,432.21),
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort ($1,432.21),
or Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort ($1,211.71).

The package must include resort stay, multiple-day tickets, and the Plus Disney Dining plan.
Additional days may be available. These are sample prices based on two adults and two children.
Call Pixie Vacations for a detailed quote for your party and to book this exclusive package offer. Use the promotional code SWW11.

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Sample Prices:

Travel Dates: June 3-5, 2011
Party Size: 2 adults, 2 children (age 8 & 12)
Resort: Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Tickets & Dining: Comes with 2 Day Disney Park Base Tickets, and the Disney Dining Package.

SPECIAL BONUS: As a Star Wars Weekend Extra you will also get a FREE
1-Day Ticket into Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, or Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, or DisneyQuest for each person in the party.

Disney’s standard price for this package is $2,137.89.
Book today at Pixie Vacations for $1,432.21 (save over $700!).

This same package is available for Disney’s Yacht Club resort for $1,432.21

OR

Stay at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

Disney’s standard price is $1,654.17.
Book today at Pixie Vacations for $1,211.71 (save over $440!).

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To Book:

Call: 678-815-1584
Email: Info@PixieVacations.com
Website: www.PixieVacations.com
Click to get a Disney Star Wars Weekends Vacation Quote

This Exclusive offer is ONLY available to guests that book with Pixie Vacations.



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