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International Coffee Day

Mickey Mouse Cappuccino

October 1 2019
It’s International Coffee Day today , here are some of the best coffee shops in Orlando – that aren’t Starbucks:

Drunken Monkey, 444 N. Bumby Ave a haven for art lovers who also serve organic coffee and vegan pastries – there’s stand up comedy on Friday and Saturday night

Bubble & Co, Iced Coffee and Bubble Waffles, Plain Espresso and Fresh Pastries to be found on 6400 I Drive

OK, But First Coffee, Brazilian Gourmet coffee with French Toast, Sandwiches or Pastries 7535 Sand Lake Rd

Cups and Pups Coffee have no fixed location but can be found at many local farmers markets. They specialise in rich Butter Coffee

Joffreys Coffee and Tea Company at Disney Springs- refreshing specialty beverages, including lattes, nitro cold brew, hand-blended teas, and spirited beverages. Hot or iced. Joffrey’s baristas can even turn your latte into a work of art featuring Disney characters!

World Tourism Day

world tourism day

September 27, 2019 is World Tourism Day. The object of World Tourism Day is to cultivate and create awareness among society globally on the significance of tourism as the best teacher in the world.

Why not celebrate World Tourism Day in EPCOT which is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, technological innovation and international culture . It showcases modern innovation and enterprise through educational and entertaining attractions and a national of the world exposition.

Disney  have also announced this year  that there soon will be 4 distinct neighbourhoods in Epcot ,

World Celebration: the home of “new experiences which connect us to one another and the world around us

World Nature: focusing on understanding and preserving the beauty, awe and balance of the natural world

World Discovery: this neighbourhood will host several thrill attractions including Guardians of the Galaxy:Cosmic Rewind, Test Track and Mission Space

World Showcase will continue to be a celebration of cuisine, culture, architecture and traditions, infused with  a new magic

Until these changes occur EPCOT will continue to welcome guests, in fact in 2018 it welcomed almost 12.5 million guests who continue to appreciate culture and tourism

 

IMMERSE in Orlando 2019

acrobat at IMMERSE

IMMERSE  in Orlando 2019

One of the most unique artistic offerings in the Orlando is Immerse, presented by the Creativity Project and made possible by  the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This event takes place in the street and public Areas of downtown Orlando and isdue to happen in October 18-19.

Immerse is interactive and inspiring and just plain immersive  and you’ll see everything from breakdance to ballet, small ensembles to full orchestras. There’ll be large scale art installation and mind bending displays inviting you to join in the spectacle and it’s mostly suitable for all ages except  for the last two hours  every evening when IMMERSE  moves into the PG13 territory

Funky Wunks in Action

Funky Wunks

With more than 1000 artists taking part many from more than 100 arts organisations and collectives , including Orlando ballet, Opera Orlando  and central florida commiunity Arts Jazz Band IMMERSE really does have something for everyone. There are also some new acts to be seen with performances and interactive installations from over the USA and abroad including the international phenomenon that is the BLUE MAN GROUP, celebrating the power of human connection via art, music and comedy, Architects of Air creating huge inflatable environments to invite guests to explore winding paths, inspirational domes and colourful light corridors , which can be seen at DrPhillips Center’s Seneff Arts Plaza until October 27.

Architects in Air

Immerse is very affordable  – general admission tickets are only $10  – that includes the   BLUE MAN GROUP performances andthere are other packages including VIP ones available. All in all there are hundreds of creative experiences at IMMERSE that you can’t find anywhere else. IMMERSE is for Art Lovers and people who think they  don’t like art at all  – You have to see it to believe it

Walt Disney World Resort service for Guests with Special Needs

 

A great time can be had for guests with any type of disability at the OrlandoTheme Parks including WDW. Probably the best option to avoid the crowds and the hottest part of the day , is to go early in the morning, having a break midday and then returning in the evening. The theme Parks Guest Services centres and can provide assistance for guests with special needs and the guest services centres can be found close to the entrance at each park.

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Walt Disney World Resort Services for Guests with Special Needs

A comprehensive guide for guests with cognitive disabilities including autism is available from Walt Disney World and they also provide one for guests with mobility disabilities. This latter guide also includes information about which attractions allow guests to remain in wheelchairs

Visitors who cannot wait in lines can obtain a Disability Access Service (DAS) pass at any Guest Services Lobby, where a photograph will be taken at registration to ensure the pass is not abused. TheDAS provides the guest and 5 other party members with a return time when the wait is more than 25 minutes. Once given a return time the DAS works like the FastPass+ program

Guests with cognitive disabilities can take a break in one of the several quiet areas in the WDW theme parks

If there are more than two adults in the party and a child does not want to or cannot ride an attraction , families can make use of the Rider Switch option

Almost all attractions have a wheelchair accessible queue ir and alternate entrance to ensure guests can ride the attraction . Some attractions require guests in wheelchairs to transfer into the ride vehicle.

 

 

It is possible to rent wheelchairs and electric scooters near the entrance of WDW parks if you don’t already have one. There are even pool wheelchairs for use at the water parks

If you have a valid disabled parking placard valet parking is free at WDW

Most food allergies and special dietary needs can be accommodated if you let a cast member, server or manager know and guests can also bring food and snacks into the park.

Guests with cognitive special needs should bring a bracelet or name tag, headphones or earplugs, a favorite device ,reinforcers for good behaviour and a sensory toy if needed

Parking for the Magic Kingdom is at WDW TTC . from there guests can transfer by monorail to MK or Ep , ferry to mk and busses to other parks. Parking for the other disney parks is located in front of the parks’ entrances . All parks have trams to take guests from their car to the entrance and back again when its time to go home. Disability parking is located at the front of each parking lot

Should you lose a party member , immediately make contact with WDW cast member who will help you and bring you to the lost persons location. WDW suggest that family members with cognitive disabilities should be provided with a name tag to and a photo taken of them in case they get lost or tend to wander off

photos courtesy of Michael Holden – Thank you Michael

Orlando Festivals For Foodies This Fall

Visit Orlando Magical Dining Event. There are more than 120 of Orlando’s best restaurants offering three course, prix fixe dinners for just $35. This is the 14th year for the Magical Dining and it’s all for a good cause as local charities will  benefit to the tune of $1 for every meal served. So round up your family, friends and colleagues and plan to enjoy magical meals at fantastic prices all the while supporting a great cause

Epcot International  Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World

This world famous, festival at Walt Disney World Resort has been running since 1995 and has inspired several other Orlando area food festivals  It’s included with admission to Epcot and will run for 87 days from August 29 to November 23.  The festival gives you the opportunity to sample food and drinks from more the 30 Global Marketplaces.. There are plenty of old favourites returning and some new ones also such as `Cool Wash where you can create frozen beverages and the shimmering sips mimosa bar.  The menu choices are complemented by special events and live entertainment beginning with the 249 Eat to the Beat concerts.

This year’s festival also has special events for children, including Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt and the popular Candy Sushi interactive experience. Last but not least, expect a wealth of new merchandise commemorating the festival as Chef Minnie joins Chef Mickey for a sprinkle of fun. 

Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld® Orlando (Weekends, Sept. 7 – Oct. 27)

This event isn’t just back by popular demand, its also been expanded to run for 8 weekends, 6 of which run along with the Halloween SPooktacular  at Seaworld. You have the opportunity to sample more than 100 Floridian craft beers on draft as well as international and domestic favourites. And if course you can’t taste beers with out a bite to eat so come hungry as the are a selection os gourmet dishes designed to complement the beers.  Admission is included in the park admission

 

Wonderfall Food and Beverage Guided Tour at Disney Springs

Running form September 20, foodies can savour the comforting  spicy fall flavours  courtesy of special menus at the restaurants through out Disney Springs

Food and Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando September 13 -November 24 

just  minutes from WDW the Waldorf Astoria Orlando  is offering 11 weekends packed with impressive menus of mouthwatering gourmet treats paired with  exquisite wines.These are ticketed events.

Everything You Need to Know About Pool Heat

Soon it will the the time of the year when the nightly temperatures fall. As this happens, the water temperature in the pool will also fall and you will need your pool heated if you wish to swim. We recommend adding pool heating to your reservation between October and March as they time temperature can be from mid 70’s to mid 80’s and nightly temps drop to 50’s and 60’s. If the air temperature falls below the pool water temperature heat will be lost and so the pool cover provided should be used.

Our pool is heated by an electric heater which works in a heat exchange mechanism drawing heat from the ambient air and applying it to the water. Therefore the higher the ambient air temperature the quicker the pool heat up. For this reason the pool heater is never run at night in the colder months as the night air doesn’t have enough heat to actually do anything unless the ambient air is above 60F. Our pool heater is set between 85 and 87F so any time the air temperature is lower than this heat will be lost from the pool, this is why our pool heater runs form 8-9am to 5-6pm – when the sun is up and the air is warm.

If you order pool heat it is usually turned on the day you arrive or maybe the day before so that the pool is up to heat for your arrival, unless its an exceptionally chilly day. Pool temperature can be affected heavy rain, a heavy rain storm of cold water will lower the water temperature. Low pool water level can also lower the pool temperature when you top up the pool with gallons of cold water.

There is also more evaporation from hotter pool water. In the coldest months a heated pool can lose 2-3 inches of water per week , so keep your water level about halfway up the filter vent so the circulation can work properly

Occasionally guests ask for the pool heater to be set higher than 85-87F and most owners or management companies will say no as the pool is only serviced once a week. During a pool service the pool is cleaned and the water is tested.The technician adds chemicals to make sure the water is clean and safe to swim in as the PH levels can change due to pool use, rain etc. If the temperature is set too high then the pool chemicals burn off too quickly and won’t last until the next service. This causes the pool water to become cloudy or start to turn green. Generally the water should look crystal clear at all times unless the pool guy has just been and added some chemicals to the water. They normally leave a note to say not to swim for a few hours if this is the case.

The best way to keep your pool warm and toasty in the winter months is to keep the cover on it. Our home has a pool cover or blanket on a roller and . We recommend that anytime you are not swimming for a long period of time you keep the blanket on. These do a great job of retaining the heat and actually also add heat to the water. If you are sunbathing by the pool during the day and the air temp is in the 80s, then its OK to leave the cover off during the day. But on a cold January day , it is better to keep the cover on. Sometimes in January and February we get a very cold North wind blowing, sitting in a sheltered area in the sun and out of the wind , it will feel lovely and warm to you but the air temperature can be much lower, so the pool will lose a lot of heat unless you keep the cover on except when you are swimming

swimming pool cover on roller
swimming pool cover on roller

Pool blankets are brilliant at retaining the heart and I know its a nuisance to put it on but the difference between a pool that has been covered and one that hasn’t is unbelievable. Our blanket is on a roller and there is no reason not to use it, it’s so easy, but please don’t pull it too hard cos it can rip. Also it can get brittle so if its crumbling in the pool its probably seen better days, so please let us or our pool guy know so it can be replaced

Hopefully I have explained how the pool heaters work and why you need to use the cover and I hope this information helps you get the most out of using the pool at Disavillatee in the colder winter months. Fingers crossed it will be a mild winter.

 

 

 

 

 

New Food Offerings At Disney Springs

Minnie Mous Taco

There’s lots of news about new samplings at Disney Springs – 3 new additions AND new offerings at D’luxe Burger and Earl of Sandwich.

Firstly a guest favourite is arriving – Sunshine Churro. There’s going to be carts at Westside and the Marketplace and they’ll serve both classic and gourmet churros. Flavours such as salted caramel, cookies and cream, watermelon and fruit cereal will be available and you can try these either plain or dipped in melted milk chocolate or chocolate hazelnut spread

Cookie Dough and Everything Sweet is a new food truck, parked along with the other food trucks across from Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs, which will open this month. It features Cookie Dough creations such as:

Cookie Dough Cup or Cone – Flavors include Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Fluff, Celebration, Cookies and Cream, Candy Monster, and Cold Brew

Mickey or Minnie Funnel Cake – funnel cake topped with powdered sugar and Mickey or Minnie-shaped cookie dough

Celebration Parfait – Celebration Cookie Dough with Celebration Mickey cake, vanilla custard, strawberries, whipped cream, and a cherry

Springs Candy Taco – Candy Monster Cookie Dough, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry served in a waffle taco

Minnie Mouse Taco – Peanut Butter Fluff Cookie Dough, caramel sauce, whipped cream, a cherry, and a chocolate Minnie bow served in a waffle taco

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Also coming soon is a brand new location for Ample Hills Creamery at Disney Springs Westside. This popular handcrafted ice cream with be available with mixing such as butter pecan brittle, fruity pebbles, almond fudge brownies and malted marbled cheesecake , sounds really yummy. Every ingredient at Ample Hills Creamery tells a story evoking a sense of the countryside and reflecting the values that are central to everything the folk at Ample Hills Creamery do

But as well as these sweet treats there are some new additions on the savoury side.
There’s a new Pepperoni Pizza Burger at D-Luxe Burger, topped with pepperoni, fired mozzarella and pomodoro sauce.

Jock Lindsays Hangar Bar introduces its “Temple of Bacon” dish – thick cut Applewood smoked bacon dipped in milk and chipotle chocolate ganache from The Ganachery – delicious

Alternatively try a new cheesesteak sandwich at the Earl of Sandwich. There a choice of there Philly Steak sandwich with tender chopped beefsteak or Chicken Cheesesteak with grilled chicken and both come with freshly baked artisan bread topped with mushrooms, green pepper and onions. If you’re a veggie the Eat also caters for you with the Veggie Cheesesteak sandwich consisting off Provolone, mushrooms green peppers and onions with HP sauce —scrumptious!!

 

 

The Wheel at ICON Park, Orlando

Right in the middle of Orlando’s world famous International Drive is the  20 acre, walkable entertainment destination called ICON Park. It’s the ideal place to ride, dine, drink and explore as  ICON Park has more than 40 amazing restaurants, cool bars, boutique shops and can’t-miss attractions, all anchored by The Wheel, an amazing ferris wheel that stands 400 feet – 40 stories – in the air.

Previously known as the Orlando Eye, the Wheel at Icon Park is a 400 feet tall must-do, unmissable  ferris wheel , that towers over Orlando. The Wheel has 30 climate-controlled pods that can accommodate up to 15 people. Every  rotation takes about 22 minutes, giving you plenty of time to be amazed by Central Florida’s most spectacular views.

There is a multitude of options to spice up your date night at ICON Park. For a start off, watch the glimmering Orlando skyline then enjoy diverse cuisine, bars, live entertainment, and the Wheelhouse Market with local craft beer. Adventurous couples enjoy our Sky Bar with an open beer and wine bar. Plus, parking is always free!

Orlando Eye

Orlando Carnival – Downtown Orlando

Orlando Carnival

The 32nd Annual Orlando Carnival will be hosted by Original Orlando Carnival Association. Downtown Orlando on Sunday, May 26 2019 is the location for the Carnival and the fun all kicks off at noon.

For the past 32 years, the Caribbean Carnival culture has been presented, preserved and promoted, promoted through the Carnival celebration in Orlando. The Orlando  Caribbean style carnival is very much like the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations . We utilize the brightly colored costumes, rhythmic music, and a combination of dance that is truly Caribbean.

Orlando Carnival

The Orlando Carnival is a family-friendly festival filled with pageantry and a weekend of parties that celebrate the Caribbean culture. Festival visitors are in for a great treat with live music, arts & crafts vendors and more, you can experience the rhythmic sounds of Caribbean music, steelpan music and savour  the tastes of  authentic Caribbean food. Come out and celebrate with the Caribbean American community with from many Caribbean Islands and Countries including Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, St. Vincent, Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, St. Kitts, Dominican Republic, Belize, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and many other islands and various states in the USA.

Orlando Carnival

P F Changs – Asian Dining in Orlando

Chang's Lettuce Wraps

WWW.PFCHANGS.COM

Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Rd. Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 345-2888

Accommodates Large Parties
Patio Dining
Paid Valet Parking
Catering Delivery
Free Wi-Fi

RESTAURANT HOURS
Takeout, pickup, or takeaway–whatever you call it, we’re here to make it easy
Day of the Week Hours
Mon
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Tue
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wed
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thu
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Fri
11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sat
11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sun
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Happy Hour: 3pm-6pm, Monday-Friday

The menu at P F Chang’s, Orlando has its roots in Asian Cookery with  a selection of culturally inspired dishes. PF Chang’s Orlando serve a variety of  dishes , including hand rolled Sushi, traditional Chinese dim sum, Vietnamese bowls and soups and wok cooked chicken and beef entrees served with steamed rice or family style noodles. All dishes are made fresh everyday in  every restaurant using the 2000 year old wok cooking tradition. P F Changs has a farm to wok philosophy at is core and the chefs hand roll the dim sum, hand slice and chop all meat and vegetables , hand craft all sauces and wok fry each dish, using fresh wholesome ingredients . Favourites   include their Changs Lettuce Wraps – a dish consisting of ground chicken in a scrummy hoisin and ginger sauce served in crisp lettuce leaves . Other signature classic dishes include Mongolaian Beef, Orange Chicken, Crispy Honey Shrimp and Cecelias Dumplings.

PF Changs Orange Chicken

A full beverage menu is available  and particularly refreshing and absolutely  delicious is their Strawberry Cucumber Limeade – muddled strawberries and cucumber in fresh limeade

Strawberry Limeade at PF Changs Orlando

 

 

 

Make time for a meal  at PF Changs  – they serve both lunch and dinner – you won’t regret it.