Enjoy dining with your favorite Disney characters at Garden Grove, located at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort on-site in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Each night, the all-you-can-eat-buffet dinner offers a different theme: Monday – Southern BBQ; Tuesday – Mediterranean Night; Wednesday – Southern BBQ; Thursday – Mediterranean Night; Friday – Seafood Sensation; Saturday – Mediterranean Night; Sunday – Southern BBQ.
Today only, Groupon is offering dining at Garden Grove through November 20, 2011 for just $18 for one adult, representing a 50% savings off the normal price.
Note that you are limited to one purchase at this rate per person, although you may purchase up to two more as gifts and the offer can be redeemed by only one person per table per visit. Kids under 3 eat free.
The Walt Disney World Swan Resort is easily accessible using Walt Disney World transportation. Complimentary resort buses to the resort from the Ticket and Transportation Center / Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are available as well as complimentary boat service from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot, via the International Gateway.
To take advantage of this offer and for more information, visit Groupon Orlando via this link.
This holiday season there will be no Santa sweeter than the one on display at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, an Epcot Resort Hotel. A life-size chocolate Santa – complete with armchair, fireplace and Christmas tree – sculpted entirely out of chocolate will be exhibited in the lobby of the Swan throughout December. A total of 1,200 lbs. of chocolate was used for the piece, which is colored to accurately portray Santa’s vibrant red suit, flowing white beard and green Christmas tree!
The sculpture is the work of the Orlando hotel’s executive pastry chef and only two-time world champion pastry chef, Laurent Branlard. Branlard is renowned for intricate chocolate and sugar sculptures and this piece marks one his largest and most difficult ones to date. It included:
- Man Hours: 300 hours
- Dark Chocolate: 880 lbs.
- Milk Chocolate: 132 lbs.
- White Chocolate: 154 lbs.
- Cocoa Butter: 120 lbs.
And just in case any chocolate lovers are thinking of taking on the challenge of consuming this enormous sweet, they should consider that it is 2,956,818 calories! (Please note that the sculpture is not available for tasting.)
For more details about all the holiday excitement at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel or to make room reservations, please visit www.santasfavoriteresort.com or call 1-800-227-1500.
The American Legion is teaming up with the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes to stage the 6th annual Road to Recovery Conference and Tribute at Walt Disney World’s Swan Resort in Orlando, Fla. The Dec. 12-16 event will host more than 400 guests, including many veterans who were severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The five-day event promises to make the educational and motivational sessions better than ever for the attendees. They will be treated to a unique, all-expenses-paid program designed to encourage them to look to the future with hope and optimism. Other conference sponsors include General Motors, T-Mobile, Northrup Grumman and Humana Military.
The schedule includes some 40 hours of seminars, workshops and panel discussions devoted to enhancing personal relationships and providing information on benefits, services, insurance, healthcare, financial support and employment opportunities. Experts from government, the private sector and non-profit groups will be on hand to offer advice and guidance on resume writing, career counseling and other topics.
Such a “one-stop shopping” approach is what enticed The American Legion to become involved with the Road to Recovery event, said Peter Gaytan, the Legion’s executive director in Washington.
“The Road to Recovery Conference and Tribute is an excellent opportunity to showcase many resources available for these brave servicemen and women who have given so much for their country,” Gaytan said. “We want to impress upon the attendees that their sacrifices have not been forgotten, and to help them lead fulfilling, productive lives.”
American Legion national staff members will speak at the conference, and Legionnaires will provide follow-up services to veterans and families attending the event.
Roger Chapin, president of the Coalition, said “We are both honored and delighted that The American Legion has chosen to partner with us in presenting this important event. From past conferences, we know that veterans and their families have found their participation to be valuable in many ways. With the expertise the Legion is prepared to contribute, we expect that to be especially true this year.”
Besides the educational aspects of the conference, attendees will enjoy a number of other benefits, including family activities and special entertainment. Among those already scheduled to perform is the Lt. Dan Band, led by actor Gary Sinise, star of the CSI: New York television series and an Academy Award nominee for his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in the movie Forrest Gump.
Throughout the conference, veterans will have plenty of time to share their experiences and understand that, as one recent attendee put it, “you’re not alone in going through this journey.”
For more information on the Road to Recovery conference, and criteria for being invited to attend, contact the Coalition at (914) 432-5400 or visit its website at www.saluteheroes.org.
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is offering guests a chance to indulge at the first annual Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Oct. 8 and 9.
Each evening will feature beverage seminars and a culinary festival with live music and tastings from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and lounges.
Guests have the opportunity to choose from six hands-on beverage classes taught by certified wine sommeliers and beer and cocktail specialists from the hotel’s team. Attendees will learn about their topic of choice – ranging from a wine-blending seminar to a sake hour – through watching, listening, touching and of course, tasting!
Immediately following the lessons, guests can wander the causeway while being serenaded by live musicians and savoring numerous tasty offerings. The food samplings will include “Steamrollers,” a creative take on molecular cuisine, from celebrity chef venue Todd English’s bluezoo; “Pick Your Own Filet” from Shula’s Steak House; a simple yet flavorful hand-crafted pasta from Il Mulino New York Trattoria and more. Each day of the event will feature a different selection of food.
Beverage stations will offer mini-learning experiences and feature offerings such as wine, sake, beer and cocktails using liquid nitrogen. Finally, guests can delight in a selection of desserts from the only two-time World Pastry Champion, Laurent Branlard, the hotel’s executive pastry chef. Tickets to the Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin are available as part of a hotel package, with one and two night packages with beverage seminar for two plus unlimited food and beverage samplings starting at $169/night, or $50 each for the event only $50. Food and wine samplings also can be purchased a la carte on the day of event.
For more information or to book, please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-800-227-1500 and refer to rate code “FWCLAS.”
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin has announced that guests can now book stays through May 31, 2010 beginning at just $149/per night with upgrades to rooms with a balcony and view of Epcot’s Illuminations for an additional $75 per night.
Rates and rooms are limited and stays must be booked by March 30. Guests can either book online or call 866-924-8704 and reference special number 383511.
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, which is located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, is awarding the fans of the football champions with the “I’m off to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort!” deal.
As congratulations for their team’s victory, residents of Louisiana will receive a free night at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort when booking two nights at standard price. Fans must book their vacation by Feb. 28, 2010, but will have a full year to take advantage of the offer and celebrate their team’s victory at the place known for championship celebrations.
While staying at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, fans will have access to many special Disney benefits, including complimentary transportation to Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Attractions, and the Extra Magic Hours benefit. They also can enjoy a championship-caliber meal at any of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s 17 restaurants and lounges which include Shula’s Steak House, the restaurant of the NFL’s winningest coach, Don Shula.
For more information, guests can call 1-800-227-1500 and use the promotion code SDBOWL to make reservations. Guests must have valid Louisiana state identification to present upon check-in to receive this offer. Based on rate schedule availability. Taxes, resort services fee and gratuities not included. Not valid with any other special offers, promotions, or for existing reservations or groups. For more information on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, please visit www.swandolphin.com.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Pays Tribute to Nation’s Workers with a Commemorative ‘$99 in 09′ Labor Day Deal
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Aug. 3 — The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is rewarding laborers across the country with an affordable getaway to one of the world’s favorite family destinations. In tribute to the U.S. workforce this Labor Day, and in honor of the ninth month in 2009, they are offering a $99 per night rate September 1, 2009 through September 9, 2009 (09/09/09).
To honor their own loyal laborers, they are also awarding complimentary stays and dinners for nine lucky cast members and their families. All cast members who have worked at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort for at least one year will be eligible to enter a Labor Day raffle.
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort offers the ideal escape from the day-to-day stresses of work. The resort is conveniently located within walking distance to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios(TM), and is nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park.
Visitors can indulge in meals at the resort’s 17 restaurants and lounges, including Todd English’s bluezoo and Shula’s Steak House; be pampered at the luxurious Mandara Spa; stay active with nearby championship golf, tennis and mini golf and enjoy special Disney benefits which include complimentary transportation to Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Attractions and early or extended park hours with the Extra Magic Hours benefit.
Guests can reserve the “$99 in 09″ Labor Day deal by calling 1-800-227-1500. Offer is valid Sept. 1 – 9, 2009; requires a minimum three-night stay and is subject to rate plan availability.
In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is your gateway to Central Florida’s greatest theme parks and attractions. Come discover our 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds , the luxurious Mandara Spa, and many special Disney benefits. The resort can be reached at 800-227-1500 or www.swandolphin.com.
Starting at $499, the May 8 – May 10 package offers a 2 night/3 day stay at either the Walt Disney World Resort Swan or Dolphin hotels, a 50 minute Swedish massage for Mom at the Dolphin’s Mandara Spa, a free Sunday morning character breakfast for Mom (when accompanied by paying child/ren) , a box of chocolates from award winning pastry chef Laurent Branlard and a late checkout of 4 pm (pending availability). Use code MOTHER when booking over the phone at 888-828-8850.
Additional mandatory fees, taxes and restrictions do apply. For full details on this offer, click here.
Through December 24, guests who book a minimum three night stay at either the Swan or Dolphin will receive an extra night free if it falls on their birthday (proof required). In addition, birthday celebrants who dine at one of the in-hotel restaurants will receive a complimentary cake prepared by two-time world champion pastry chef, Laurent Branlard.
To book, call 1-888-828-8850 and ask for rate code BDAY. More details here.
via the Orlando Sentinel