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<<Introduction>>

Roses are red, violets are blue. Here comes another Insider for you.  February is a month of love, and this love-struck edition of the INTERCOT Insider is filled with all sorts of things to love about a Walt Disney World vacation.  In this edition we find out how to love big savings, look at what souvenirs you can love to bring home, learn how to love spacious new accommodations, countdown luxuries to love aboard the Disney Dream, and find out the latest hours you'll love to spend in Disney parks.  Hang on to them hat's and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the Internet!

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<<5 Lovable Luxuries Aboard the Disney Dream>>

by Cara Goldsbury of The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World Resort

 

Having just returned from two cruises onboard the new Disney Dream, one thing is abundantly clear to me. With such luxuries as these at your beck and call you’re going to love life on the high seas. Here are my top five favorites: 

An Evening at Remy 

 

Frette linens, Christofle silverware, Riedel crystal. An art-nouveau-style dining room, attentive French waiters with delicious accents. Victoria & Albert’s Scott Hunell’s collaboration with the Michelin-starred l'Assiette Champenoise’s Arnaud Lallement ... Need I say more?
The nine exciting courses embody one of the most refined and creative menus at sea. No less than a five-star experience in my book. Some of the highlights: the declinasion tomate, a mini course in tomato creativity including a tomato tart, creamy goat cheese with petite tomatoes, and, interestingly, tomato water served in a champagne flute; langoustines (small Norwegian lobster tails) Royale with a sauce César, smoked bison with fennel salad and blood oranges; veal tenderloin with crispy sweetbreads and tender, shredded braised shank; and lobster with vanilla accompanied by bisque and lobster roe foam. 


As to the final courses, if you’re short on room then I suggest a few selections from the cheese tray in lieu of dessert. Of course, if you simply must indulge then maybe the vanilla poached pear should be your choice. But beware the surprise ending: an array of miniature dessert bites that are even more enticing than the standard dessert choices. 

To be sure, the $75 surcharge, while high by cruise standards, is worth every cent. And while there are many reasonably priced selections from the amazing wine list, I imagine you couldn’t go wrong ordering a bottle of 1947 Château Cheval Blanc for a mere $25,000! 

Relaxation at Senses Spa 

 

After a few days of fun in the sun where better to head for relaxation than the Dream’s impressive spa. While the usual suspects such as a Swedish Massage, Hot Stone Massage, and Elemis Facial are available, something unusual like the Bamboo Massage just might fit the bill. Soaked in essential oils, warmed bamboo shoots are rolled, slid, and massaged over muscles. Depending on your preference it’s done in either a deep tissue technique or with gentle strokes. And since it could be slightly uncomfortable if you’re on the thin side, I recommend scheduling the Bamboo Massage after a few days of indulging in the onboard cuisine. 

The best deal around for a mere $19 per day is the Rainforest room where guests luxuriate in a Hamam (steam bath), a Caldarium (steam room), and Laconium (dry sauna). Or in the relaxation area soak in one of two whirlpool hot tubs and relax on heated tile lounging beds, all with gorgeous ocean views. There are even four sensory showers, each with their own theme, scent, and sounds. Because it’s limited to only thirty-five people per day it’s quite often just about empty. 


For the ultimate in pampering book a spa villa, where couples enjoy a private treatment room and an outdoor veranda complete with whirlpool tub and shower. Even the younger set can get in on the action at Chill, an area specifically for teens with treatments such as a Hot Chocolate Wrap, Surfer’s Scrub, and Ice Cream Manicure and Pedicure. 


The Lap of Luxury in a Concierge Suite 

 

That is what awaits you if you’re lucky enough to be ensconced in one of the Dream’s exquisite suites. 

A dreamy palate of sea blue and chocolate brown, elegant furnishings, deep balconies, marble baths, deep soaking tubs, Frette linens, your choice of pillows, TVs integrated into bathroom mirrors … an intimate concierge lounge, snacks throughout the day, evening cocktails, a media library … a concierge-only sundeck with a cooling water mister and refreshments. 

The Walt and the Roy Disney Suites are tops at this level, both located at the bow of the ship. Living rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlook your very own, giant-size, wrap-around verandah with its luxurious Jacuzzi and amazing views. In the bedroom stars twinkle in the ceiling, a TV rises from the foot of a lavish bed, and the bath has a deep whirlpool tub with ocean vistas. The kitchen even offers a full-size refrigerator and wine cooler. 

If you can’t decide between the two think about conjoining them. By reserving the one-bedroom suite in between you’ll create the perfect option for one splendidly luxurious family reunion. 

Kicking Back in a Beach Bungalow 

 

Have you ever dreamed of your very own shack on a beach complete with access to a private stretch of white sand and a comfy hammock in which to while away the time? Then look no further. Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private island, now offers beach bungalows for rent. Accommodating up to six guests, the cabanas offer shade and sun, comfortable lounge furnishings and sofa, the use of floats, sand toys, and snorkel equipment, a bountiful fruit tray, an array of snacks, and a stocked refrigerator with soft drinks and water. Missing anything? Not to worry. Just ring up your ever attentive attendant.

Late Night at The District 

 

Talk about chic, this stylish spot is home to a variety of adult-only lounges and nightclubs. 

One of two standout club choices is Pink where bubbles are the word and the menu of champagne favorites takes the cake. As do the champagne flute light fixtures, pink velvet sofas, and backlit glass “bubbles” with dancing pink elephants. A profusion of pink and gold blown glass reminiscent of bottles bursting with bubbly explode from the ceiling. The Elderbubble was our cocktail of choice, mixed with raspberry vodka, elderflower syrup, champagne and elegantly served in a tall, pink glass. 

The other top choice is the Skyline Bar. Furnished like a lavish penthouse it features high-tech LED “windows” of an ever-changing, bird’s eye view simulation of the world’s greatest city skylines. You can watch cars moving down highways, a Ferris wheel spinning on a pier, and a sparkling Eiffel Tower as day transforms to night in real time and with amazing detail. As the skyline changes so does the music--one moment a Frank Sinatra song, the next a Brazilian samba. The drink menu reflects signature concoctions from each of the feature cities. It’s the perfect end to a marvelous evening.

And, sadly, there was also an end to this cruise. But The Disney Dream of luxury on the high seas just makes me want to return for more. 

Cara Goldsbury is the author of The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World Resort, now in its 3rd edition. She has appeared as a leading Disney expert on several Travel Channel specials and has been cited as such in numerous national news articles.

 

>> Visit Cara's Walt Disney World Luxury Guide

 

<<World of Collectibles with Mikki>>

 

What sort of things do you collect when you go to Walt Disney World? One rather nice one is to get postcards each time you visit and see how they change over the years. I look back at some of my old post cards and get quite sentimental about things that are no longer there.

Pins are another obvious collectible and fun to trade while you are there. I think some collectors have got a little too serious and greedy for the casual vacation collectors but it can still be fun.

The new kid on the block is vinylmation - small or large but always smelly Mickey shaped things. there are a number of sets and they are incredibly popular. I wonder how long the craze will last? Even I have found myself buying a Disney Vacation Club one!

The Jim Shore traditions have also become very popular alongside the Walt Disney Classics Collection. There always seem to be a few new Lennox pieces around each year too.

Smaller and cheaper collectibles could be as simple as the ever changing napkins or the seasonal paper and plastic mugs.

I have a very varied selection from across the years as what is in fashion changes. I wonder what will be the next craze after vinylmation?

 

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<<Calendar Corner>>

 

-- June through September 2011 --

 

Extra Magic Hours, Operating, and Event schedules have been released through September 2011. For guests visiting during this time, you will want to visit the Park Hours and Events pages to aid in planning your trip. Remember, all times and schedules are subject to change, so check back often.  

 

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>> Extra Magic Hours Schedule and Info

>> Fireworks, Parades, & Event Schedules  

 

<< Conclusion >>

We hope you've loved reading this latest edition of the INTERCOT Insider.  Spring is on its way and with it are many exciting annual events at Walt Disney World.  Will be back in a few weeks with more news, tips and deals. See ya real soon!

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