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Today, we’re excited to share details surrounding the exciting renovation currently underway at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland® Resort! The most extensive refurbishment since its opening, Walt Disney Imagineering has developed an impressive plan that not only elevates the premium hotel experience, but also brings a modern approach to the Arts & Crafts design style. The hotel-wide refresh will include reimagining all guest rooms, pool areas and the concierge-level Craftsman Club as well as new furniture for the lobby.
Recently named a AAA Four Diamond hotel by the Automobile Club of Southern California for the sixteenth year in a row, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa opened in 2001 as a deluxe retreat capturing the romantic spirit of California’s Arts & Crafts movement in the early 20th century.
Refurbishments are well underway at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and guests will begin enjoying the first phase of refreshed guest rooms soon. The multi-phase roll-out is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
“CELEBRATION AT THE TOP – SIP, SAVOR, SPARKLE” DEBUTS FEBRUARY 26 AT CALIFORNIA GRILL AT DISNEY’S CONTEMPORARY RESORT
Celebration at the Top, a new dining event coming to California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort, allows guests to sip, savor and sparkle as they enjoy the Magic Kingdom® Park fireworks spectacular from an intimate and private observation deck.
Celebration at the Top Guests can check in at California Grill an hour before fireworks. After being whisked up to the California Grill, which sits on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, guests will be taken to the intimate and secluded banquet rooms to enjoy canapés, a selection of sushi rolled by the expert California Grill sushi chefs, a selection of flatbreads and other small plates. A complimentary bar offering craft beers, California wines, cordials and coffee will also be available.
Just before the night spectacular begins, guests will be lead to their private observation deck, which offers stunning views of Magic Kingdom Park and the fireworks. After taking in the breathtaking sights and sounds, they can return to the private room for petit four desserts including decadent chocolate confections and fruit tarts.
Reservations for Celebration at the Top are now open for select Sunday evenings from Feb. 26-April 16, 2017. Cost is $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Complimentary valet parking is included.
Book today by calling 407-WDW-DINE or visiting Disneyworld.com/dine.
NEW GUEST EXPERIENCE AND DINING OPTIONS COMING TO DISNEY’S CORONADO SPRINGS AND CARIBBEAN BEACH RESORTS
We’re excited to share that changes are on the horizon at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort over the next two years.
This expansion at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will include a new 15-story tower that will add 500 rooms, featuring suites and concierge level services. The resort will also refurbish its current resort rooms and transform its landscape with floating gardens and an island oasis that connects the resort through a series of bridges.
The new tower overlooking Lago Dorado, the resort’s centerpiece lake, will allow your Clients to experience something truly unique, rooftop dining with panoramic views of popular nighttime fireworks from nearby Disney theme parks.
Also during this exciting time, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be reimagined with new additions to the resort’s current marketplace, Centertown, including new waterfront dining and retail shopping areas. This centralized location will offer the resort’s guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining.
At Walt Disney World® Resort, many of our Guests’ magical memories start at one of our 27-themed resorts each and every day, which is why we continue to create new experiences that are integral to the overall resort experience.
As a reminder, Guests staying at Walt Disney World® Resort hotels can receive mail throughout their stay. Occasionally, some Guests choose to ship items in advance of their vacation to help save luggage space.
If you intend to receive mail during your vacation, your letter or package must:
- Include the mailing address of your Disney Resort hotel
- Clearly feature the word “Guest” on the front and the date of your arrival
Please note that a $5 per package handling fee will apply to all envelopes and packages that are received through the Front Desk or are delivered to you Disney Resort hotel room at the following Disney Resort hotels:
- Disney’s All-Star Resorts
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
- Disneys Wilderness Lodge
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts
Disney Resort hotels with convention facilities will continue to provide package handling services at a per-weight fee.
Open now at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is the new Geyser Point Bar & Grill, where guests can grab a bite as they enjoy the resort’s rustic beauty. Located along the water’s edge, Geyser Point is designed with cedar beams and natural stone to fit into the design that’s reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest.
At the bar, artisanal sips add an authentic touch to beverage menus, including drinks which feature Pacific Northwest brewers and distilleries, and wines focusing on heritage varietals grown in Oregon and Washington. Small plates include crispy fried oysters with miso tartar sauce; edamame with chili salt; cheesy barbecue brisket with house-made chips; “Shrimp on a Wire” with miso-lime vinaigrette, togarashi (Japanese spice mixture), shishito peppers and chili-aioli; salmon rillettes with sourdough crisps, and handcrafted charcuterie.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a quick-service walk-up window next to the bar makes it easy to order and dine alfresco.
Breakfast includes scrambled eggs with sausage and bacon, crab cakes Benedict, maple-cinnamon pancakes and more. For a lighter bite, seasonal fruit is served with lavender honey-yogurt, and steel-cut oatmeal is topped with dried fruit and nuts. For kids, scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes and granola with apples, strawberries and honey-yogurt dip is on the menu.
The quick-service lunch and dinner menu, available at the walk-up window includes:
- Bison burger with Tillamook Cheddar, sweet onion straws and marionberry barbecue sauce
- Classic bacon burger with Tillamook Cheddar
- House-smoked turkey sandwich with cranberry mayonnaise
- Lump crab cake sandwich with house-made Canadian bacon and spicy cabbage-carrot slaw
- Grilled salmon BLT with lemon-caper mayonnaise
- Salad with grilled Portobello, zucchini, roasted red peppers, tomato and multi-grain salad with goat cheese dressing
- Grilled chicken or salmon with arugula and romaine, apples, seasonal berries, hazelnuts and red wine vinaigrette
- Seasonal fruit plate with lavender honey yogurt
- For dessert there’s seasonal pie and a chocolate brownie mousse with caramel popcorn and toasted meringue
Kids’ all-day menu:
- Grilled chicken strips with dipping sauces, apple or veggie sticks
- Finger Food Sampler with sliced smoked turkey, Tillamook Cheddar, spiced apple jam, grape tomatoes and sourdough crisps.
Please note, Movies Under the Stars and the campfire experience have resumed. Roaring Fork and Trout Pass Bar are temporarily closed for refurbishment.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort recently debuted a makeover that includes a new restaurant, market and bar with new menus; the expansive Wind & Waves Grill, with the adjacent Wine & Waves Market. And, out by the pool, there is the new Wind & Waves Bar.
The 68-seat Wind & Waves Grill has a casual, beachy feel with classic nautical touches and features on-stage cooking with an oak-fired grill and brick oven. The menu showcases American cuisine with a focus on Florida seafood and locally sourced produce, such as brick-oven-roasted Florida clams in local IPA broth with fennel and garlic, oak-grilled grouper and the restaurant’s signature shrimp with creamy cheese grits. The flatbreads made in the wood-burning oven include versions such as cheeseburger, barbecued chicken and a bacon-lettuce-tomato creation. Kids will love the interactive desserts.
Wind & Waves Market is open daily and offers “grab ‘n’ go” selections as well as freshly prepared dishes from breakfast through dinner. Guests can enjoy hot breakfast sandwiches, yogurt, smoothies, specialty coffees for breakfast, and burgers, hot dogs, deli sandwiches and salads throughout the day – perfect beachside eats. They’ll also find grocery items that formerly were in the Island Grove Packing Company shop. And best of all, Disney’s classic Dole Whip!
Wind & Waves Bar features poolside craft beers, signature cocktails and light snacks.
Guests can make reservations for Wind & Waves Grill by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
Kuamsha means “awakening” in Swahili, and what better way to “awaken” than with a delicious breakfast at Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World® Resort. This new casual quick service dining experience, available from 7 to 10 a.m., offers guests made-to-order breakfast while taking in a view of the sweeping savannah.
Entrees feature flavors with an African flair, the most popular dish is the Boere Breakfast, which features two eggs any style, tomato chutney, Tanzanian hash browns, bacon, Boerewors sausage and a Johnny Cake. The Safari Waffle is piled high with seasonal berries and a delicious Chai whipped cream. Vegans will love the Fruit Sosatie, with quinoa and dried fruit salad, a hearty breakfast with delicate flavors. Other entrees include a Sunrise Sandwich and kids options.
Coffee lovers won’t want to miss out on the press-pot coffee featuring Kenyan 100% specialty grade Arabica beans. Hot drip coffee, tea, milk, soda and juice are also available.
And, if guests are short on time and just want to grab a quick bite, there are great Grab ‘n’ Go selections as well. Yogurt parfait, fruit plate, boerewors sausage and egg bobotie pie, banana bread with house-made African chocolate-hazelnut spread, African breakfast cereal, assorted pastries and whole fruits.