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What To Do For Mothers Day In Orlando

mothers day in orlando

Treat Mom to something special on Mother’s Day.

 Are you spending Mother’s Day in Orlando?  We’ve got some suggestions that will spoil your mom!

 The Silhouette Portraits

For a unique & sentimental souvenir, the Silhouette Portraits cart in Disney Springs Marketplace offer gorgeous framed silhouettes. You and mom can pose for an artist who cuts a portrait of your profile from plain black paper, resulting in a shadow-like image.  Pricing starts from $12 and you can have up to a family of 4.  A truly memorable souvenir.

Brunch

Here are a few restaurants offering brunch a lovely in and around the Orlando area:

Island Grove
Island Grove Winery at Formosa Gardens have a Mother’s Day Brunch featuring scones, crepes, eggs benedict, chocolate dipped strawberries and bottomless Mimosas! The cost is $39.95

island grove brunch

STK is offering a lovely Mother’s Day Brunch 10:30-3:00 on May 12th. featuring Brunch Classics, Raw Bar, Dessert Playground, DJ, Vie Vite Rosé Garden, Flower Wall & More! Cost is $79 and includes cocktails.

STK brunch menu

Maria & Enzo’s a signature mother’s day brunch featuring a spread of classic Italian dishes and fan favourites including Brioche French Toast, a live-action carving station, and a chocolate fountain. Cost is $45

maria and enzos brunch

Disney Character Couture

Mom deserves to be treated like a Princess, so why not give her a Disney Character Couture Package for Mother’s Day. Disney stylists will transform hair, makeup and nails into designs inspired by classic characters.

Character Couture Packages:

  • Timeless Transformation– Character Inspired Hair, Makeup & Nails – Adults $120, Children 4-12 $90
  • StoryBook– Character Inspired Hair – Adults $80, Children 4-12 $50
  • Magical Makeover– Character Inspired Hair & Makeup – Adults $105, Children 4-12 $75

Here is a list of the Character Couture Locations:

  • Ivy Trellis Salon – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
  • La Vida Salon – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Ship Shape Salon – Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
  • Salon by the Springs – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Shopping

What mom wouldn’t enjoy a day of Shopping?  Lucky for mom, there are tons of fabulous shopping in the Orlando area!

Disney Springs

Disney Springs has come a long way since it was Downtown Disney. Still home to old favourites but with the addition of a great shopping experience. Shop at stores like Alex & Ani, Pandora, Lily Pulitzer, Zara, Anthropologie, Coach, Mac, Ugg, Sephora, and more!

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets 

You are bound to find great deals here at rock bottom prices at stores like Armani, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Diesel, Adidas, Nike, Gap, Lacoste and more!

Florida Mall

Here you can shop at stores like Adidas, Aeropostale, American Girl, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, BCBG, Billabong, Disney Store, Forever 21 and is also home to Carlo’s Bake Shop from Cake Boss.

The Mall at Millenia

Shop at stores like American Eagle, Holllister, Vans, Foot Locker, Under Armour Abercrombie as well as high end shops like Jimmy Choo, Versace, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, & Hermes

Cake Decorating Experience at Amorettes

Decorate your very own culinary masterpiece — in the form of a Signature Mickey Dome Cake while under the instruction of the talented Pastry Chefs at Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs. It’s a hands-on class where mom’s walk away with a Signature Mickey Dome Cake that they have personally decorated. The 90-minute small group session is limited to just 14 guests, allowing for interaction and conversation with the Pastry Chefs. The experience takes place in Amorette’s Show Kitchen prior to the shop’s opening, and includes beverage refreshments (with alcoholic options such as mimosas and Bellini’s for guests 21-and-over).

Sundays through Thursdays at 9:00 am. 90 minutes

Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday classes decorate a Classic Mickey Dome Cake
Monday and Wednesday classes decorate the Artist’s Current Seasonal Mickey Cake

The cost for two people, including the cake and beverages during class, is $149 plus tax.

Book here

Happy Mother’s Day!

*Times and prices subject to change.

Cruise Ship Watching – Beyond The Parks Edition

As you know we like to feature our Beyond the Parks articles which introduces you to Orlando area activities that are not theme parks.  While fun, Orlando is so much more than that.  Today we talk about Cruise Ship Watching in Port Canaveral, Florida.

If you’re visiting Orlando and want something different to do than definitely consider Cruise Ship watching. It’s an experience filled with excitement, amazement and tons of fun!  Only an hour from Orlando, Port Canaveral is a hub for Cruise Ships such as Disney Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises and seasonally, Norwegian Cruise Line.

Take your pick of one of these 3 delicious restaurants where you can enjoy some delicious cuisine while watching the ships cruise on by.

Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Gril

Their menu features a variety of delicious seafood options like, Conch fritters, tuna, shark bites, mussels, oysters and much more.  They also feature live musical entertainment every weekend.

Grills Seafood Deck:

Grills was built right on the water’s edge of Sunrise Marina and serves Breakfast Lunch Dinner & Dessert in an authentic Florida Style. The feature a unique Lionfish menu which contrary to popular belief is not poisonous, but a delicious, white flakey fish. They offer a vast variety of fresh seafood, sandwiches and sushi.

If you plan to visit either one of these restaurants on a Saturday or Sunday, the best time to arrive is around 3:30pm. Though the ships don’t begin their parade out to sea until approximately 4:30pm, to get an outdoor table next to the water, an early arrival is important and will increase your chances to snag a good outdoor.

Seafood Atlantic

A smaller and quieter restaurant/seafood market, Seafood Atlantic gives you the same views as Grills and Fishlips but with fewer people and fabulous fresh fish. You can even buy fresh fish or seafood at the little market and pack it in ice for your drive home.

Jetty Park

Jetty Park is one of the most sought after points of interest in Brevard County.  A 35 acre park at your fingertips offering a variety of activities .  You will have to pay an entrance fee ($15 for non-resident), but it’s well worth it. Once inside the park, follow the winding path until you get to the parking area. Park, grab your camera/smart phone and head towards the pier.

Jetty Park has campgrounds, a beach, fishing pier, concessions and is also currently developing a new Cruise Terminal.  The best spot to watch the ships are from the fishing pier.

What Time Do Ships Sail Away From Port Canaveral

Your best bet is to check the websites for Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Disney to find out the sail away times. But do it a week before you plan to go to Port Canaveral. If you wait until the day of the cruise to check the departure times, they will have been removed from the cruise lines’ websites.

Generally speaking, the cruise ships leave from Port Canaveral beginning about 4:00 pm.  If you’re heading out to Jetty Park, it’s about a 15-20 minute walk from the parking lot to the end of the pier.

Disney Plant Based Food Guide

vegan and gluten free dining in orlando

Not too long ago, we shared some gluten free and vegan friendly dining options in the Orlando area.  Well Disney’s Magic Kingdom has now launched a visitor’s guide especially for those in search of vegan & vegetarian food options.

MK vegan list

The new Disney Plant Based Cuisine Guide lists all of the vegan and veggie options across the park in a convenient pamphlet.

The guide is categorized by area and then lists each vegan and veggie-friendly restaurant in the region of that park including the offered dishes.  Head over to Casey’s corner for a vegan hot dog, The Plaza for a veggie burger or Tomorrowland for a plant based sloppy joe.

Disneyland in California was recently crowned the most vegan friendly theme park in the USA by animal rights activist group PETA.  Hopefully this means that Disneyworld will soon have just as many vegan friendly options.

The guide is available at the following locations in the Magic Kingdom:

  • All Table-Service and Quick-Service Restaurants
  • All Guest Experience Team podiums
  • Guest Relations (City Hall and Liberty Square Ticket Office locations)

For any questions or concerns about allergy-free dining and dietary preferences, see Walt Disney World’s page on special dietary requests. Alternatively, you can contact them at Special.Diets@DisneyWorld.com with any questions you might have.

*Images courtesy of WDWNT

Sunset Walk At Margaritaville Resort Kissimmee – Beyond The Parks Edition

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In another Beyond the Parks edition, we visit Sunset Walk in Kissimmee. A new dining and entertainment complex created and located next to Margaritaville Resort.

Sunset Walk compliments the laid-back resort lifestyle of Margaritaville Resort Orlando, bringing multiple dining venues, live entertainment, and much more to the heart of Kissimmee. No matter what your speed, from sipping a margarita while people watching to sinking into a luxurious leather recliner at Studio Movie Grill, Sunset Walk offers multiple options for leisure and amusement.

Now open:

IT’SUGAR is a specialty candy store dedicated to satisfying the universal sweet tooth. It is a modern day playground that mixes novelty sweets, giant candy and unique gifts with mega-sized attitude; a place where all of your big, bold candy dreams come true

At Burger Fi, they never settle.  They craft their all-natural burgers using only the best Angus beef, free of hormones, steroids and antibiotics.  They even go the extra mile with other chef-created favorites like hand-cut fries, veggie burgers, grilled chicken and frozen custard desserts.

burger fi

Eat. Drink. Rock On.  Rock & Brews provides a superior dining experience with a Rock ‘n’ Roll twist. Their founders have a natural appreciation for Rock ‘n’ Roll music, an affinity for craft beer, and a desire for classic comfort food with a unique spin. Rock & Brews has the area’s most extensive tap list. Come visit and check out their unrivaled selection!

rock and brews

Studio Movie Grill:  This isn’t like your neighborhood movie theatre.  This state of the art theatre is 40,000 square feet and offers an unparalleled movie experience. Whether you come early or stay late, Studio Movie Grill will set the mood to socialize and connect. Once inside, enjoy custom luxury recliners, laser projection and Q-SYS sound systems paired with an American Grill menu, full-service bar and in theater dining. Service buttons are placed at every seat, so your server instantly knows when you need to place an order or need assistance, and we’ll deliver your order directly to your seat anytime during the show.

Coming soon to Sunset Walk:

Ford’s Garage:  Gourmet burgers and craft beers

Bahama Bucks: Tropical frozen desserts

Yeomans Cask & Lion:  Traditional British pub

Game Time:  A 24,000 square foot Family Entertainment Center offers fun indoor amusements with something for all ages.

Also coming is a new concert pavilion for live music, children’s entertainment area.

Sunset Walk is located at 3251 Margaritaville Blvd
Kissimmee, FL 34747   You can find their full directory here

The Most Fun Family Restaurant In Orlando

t rex cafe orlando

There is a multitude of dining options in Orlando, including several restaurants owned by celebrity chefs.

T-Rex is a family restaurant located in Disney Springs that offers a unique family dining adventure.  As you approach the restaurant, the first thing you will notice is a giant Dinosaur that greets you. As you venture inside, you will feel like you are stepping back into the prehistoric era complete with meteor showers and giant prehistoric creatures.  There are several rooms each with their own style & theme and each room offers a dramatically different experience.

Every 20 minutes or so, guests will experience a meteor shower complete with sound and lighting effects. If you have children whom are sensitive to sound this may not be the place for them.  Overall, the restaurant is pretty loud.

The cuisine is primarily standard American fare, but with a fun prehistoric twist – like their Bronto burgers and their Chocolate Extinction dessert with a side of smoking volcano!

The restaurant doesn’t stop at dining. Budding paleontologist’s can have fun in their Paleo zone where they can dig for bones and pan for precious stones while you wait to be seated.

T-Rex Cafe is a fun restaurant that is sure to create some wonderful photo ops and precious memories.  T-rex is located in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs and I highly recommend making reservations in advance.

Pizza Seaside?

pizza

That’s right. Craving a pizza while lounging at the beach? Domino’s can help.  The pizza chain has announced that will be be offering delivery to beaches, parks and other unexpected sites.

The company has reportedly added 150,000 of these new addresses — or “Domino’s Hotspots” — to its online and mobile-ordering platforms.  Customers taking advantage of Domino’s new delivery options first need to place prepaid orders via the online platforms, then choose from a list of available nearby “Hotspots.” As their orders near, customers will be alerted to go meet the driver at the pre-determined location.

“We know that delivery is all about convenience, and Domino’s Hotspots are an innovation that is all about flexible delivery options for customers,” said Russel Weiner, president of Domino’s USA, per the press release.

Domino’s new “Hotspot” ordering options are currently available at Dominos.com or via the company’s mobile ordering app.

Central Florida Boat Cruises

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There are plenty of water activities and dining options in Central Florida despite not being on the coast.

Central Florida has many lakes, and Winter Haven is home to 50 of them with 24 of them interconnected on what is called “The Chain of Lakes”.

The Living Water Boat Cruises offers several cruises of these lakes, which include dining at lakeside restaurants, watching the Legoland fireworks, ski show, 1 hour tours, day tours, or a romantic sunset cruise!  You can even cruise by the chain of lakes baseball complex, the former spring training grounds of the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians!

All cruises include a complimentary bottled water, and also carry sunblock,  They supply a cooler packed with ice for any drinks and snacks you may like to bring on board.  Discounts are offered on groups of 6 or more.  You can also reserve private boat tours.

Currently Kids ride FREE  until August 31st with the purchase of an adult ticket.

 

Sweet Tooth? Sugar Factory Serves Up Dessert In Orlando

sugar factory orlando

Got a sweet tooth?  Sugar Factory Orlando serves up the best dessert in Orlando! Some Signature sweet treats include a number of celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, smoking Goblet Drinks, candy infused cocktails, and the one-and-only King Kong Sundae with 16 scoops of ice cream, tasty toppings, and even sparklers!  Sugar Factory is known the world over for its celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, which have turned sweets into the latest designer accessory.   Iconic superstars including Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Britney Spears, Drake, Nicole Scherzinger, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Rupert Grint are just a few of the celebrities who have either endorsed or have been spotted with the sparkly lollipops.    You can check out theses celebrities and their favourite sweets here.

goblet

But its not all lollipops and gumdrops.  Upscale dining classics are served from brunch to late-night ranging from decadent crepes to flavorful milkshakes, gourmet burgers, ice cream sandwiches and more.

kingkong sundae

Night cap?  Guests will want to stay long into the night to enjoy the innovative smoking goblet drinks, top hits dance music, and lively social scene.

Beers, Burgers and Fords

ford burger

Ford’s Garage is your neighborhood burger and beer joint, where everyone is welcome. The restaurant chain pays homage to Henry Ford, who wintered at his Fort Myers, Florida estate.  Ford’s Garage will give you the vibe of being in a 1920’s service station to include vintage Ford vehicles, gas pumps, and fixtures.  The bars feature prohibition-style elements of old brick, rich wood, and a hand-hammered copper bar top.  Many more unique features really make The Garage a fun place to visit and take pictures!

They are a gourmet burger bar serving up the finest varieties of Black Angus Beef, American Kobe, Open Range Bison, Turkey, Chicken, Tuna, and Vegetarian products coupled with all-natural aged cheeses and gourmet toppings.  Also specializing in popular American comfort food entrees such as homemade meatloaf, chili, and famous macaroni and cheese.

I’ve said it before, Florida has plenty of options for the beer connoisseurs and Ford’s Garage is no exception serving well as over 150 beers on tap and in bottle.

The Lakeland location is located at 879 Lakeland Park Center Dr, Lakeland, FL 33809.  863-337-FORD

Woody’s Lunch Box To Open In Toy Story Land June 30

smores sandwich

Disney has announced the opening of Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land which will be serving up all sorts of sandwiches and sides that blend classic flavor combinations with a modern twist. Guests will also find nostalgic soda floats and other speciality beverages.

Sandwiches include S’more French Toast Breakfast Sandwich – Inspired by the classic American campfire treat, this treat is oozy goodness and is comprised of  chocolate ganache- and marshmallow-stuffed French toast topped with graham cracker crumbles.  Inspired by the popular breakfast toaster pastries, the Raspberry Lunch Box Tart is garnished with Icing and Dried Fruit and the Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart is garnished with Icing and Caramelized Bacon and of course the quintessential lunch box sandwich,  Smoked Turkey, Tomato, and Lettuce on Multigrain Bread – provides a light and fresh option. A creamy Dijonnaise gives it a kick of flavor.

Big kids can also enjoy the backyard with Grown-Up beverages like the Lemonade Cocktail (cherry vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, and black cherry purée), beer, or hard cider.

Woody’s Lunch Box is set to open June 30, 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Make sure to visit their website for the complete menu.