Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Disney's Old Key West Resort

Designed to resemble the Florida Keys, this is a Deluxe Villa Disney resort with rooms starting at $295 a night. To make reservations you can call 407-827-7700.

There are 761 studios and villas that consist of studios, one bedrooms, two bedrooms, and in this three bedroom villas. A studio consists of 2 queen sized beds, one bedroom has a king size bed and a queen size sleeper sofa, two bedrooms have a king size bed, two queen size beds in the second bedroom, and a queen size sleeper sofa in the living room, a three bedroom has a everything a two bedroom has plus a third bedroom that includes 2 double beds.

Studios and one bedrooms can sleep 4 people, two bedrooms can sleep 8 people, and the two story 3-bedrooms can sleep 12 guests. Villas include kitchenettes, living rooms, and their own individual laundry facilities. This resort is the original Disney Vacation Club resort but is available to all guests when not occupied.

QSFB Restaurant

Good's To Go
This restaurant is featured on the Disney Dining Plan and is generally open from 7:30am- 10pm. It is located near the main pool and is counter service with outdoor seating under umbrella shaded picnic tables. It serves salads, chicken nuggets, sandwiches, chips, ice cream, and an assortment of beverages.

Turtle Shack Snack Bar
This is a poolside bar that is only open seasonally. It is included in the Disney Dining Plan and serves sandwiches, salads, a full service bar, pizza, and packaged snacks.

Disney's Port Orleans- Riverside

This resort is set up with a rural south feel. The resort is divided into 'parishes', quest rooms are either in the Mansion homes or farther upriver on the Bayou. To make a reservation you can call 407-934-6000.

2,048 Mansion and Bayou guest rooms are all the same size. Each room has 2 double beds and 963 of the rooms have trundle beds which are designed for children. An additional fee of $15 per night is included with the trundle.

All buildings have 2 or 3 floors but only the Mansions have elevators. Rooms are a little small but can fit 4 guests. Rooms include a refrigerator and coffee maker.
The bayou rooms surround Ol' Man Island. This is a 3 1/2 acre recreational area with a pool, playground, and fishing hole.

Doubloon Lagoon is the pool complex located between French Quarter and Port Orleans. It features a water slide in the shape of a giant sea serpent.

QSFB Locations

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court

This restaurant is featured on the Disney Dining Plan and is generally open from 6am-midnight. This is a Mardi Gras food court that serves bagels, pancakes, waffles, salads, sandwiches, and chicken nuggets. Refillable mugs are also available for $12, can only be used at the resort, and is good for the guests' entire stay.

Disney's Port Orleans- French Quarter

This is one of Disney's moderate resorts and rooms cost $149 a night and up. In the lobby there is a mural with musical notes, those are the notes to "When the Saints Go Marching In". To make reservations you can call 407-934-5000.

This resort includes 1,008 guest rooms. The guestrooms are all located in seven 3 story buildings (they have elevators). Each room has two double beds (king sized beds may be available). The rooms are a little smaller than the more expensive Disney resorts, but they can comfortable fit a family of four.

It is possible to get connecting guest rooms but it is not guaranteed. The least expensive rooms overlook gardens or parking areas and the most expensive rooms offer water views. All rooms have coffeemakers (with coffee) and refrigerators.

Doubloon Lagoon is the pool complex located between French Quarter and Port Orleans. It features a water slide in the shape of a giant sea serpent.

QSFB Locations

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court
This restaurant is featuredo n the Disney Dining Plan and is generally open from 6am-midnight. This is a Mardi Gras food court that serves bagels, pancakes, waffles, salads, sandwiches, and chicken nuggets. Refillable mugs are also available for $12, can only be used at the resort, and is good for the guests' entire stay.

Monday, July 26, 2010

New vlog

I finally made another vlog. In it I talk about 5 Disney CP must haves, renters insurance, and Disney vacation DVD and maps

Friday, July 23, 2010

'A Few of My Favorite Things' Disney Quest

Disney Quest is located on the West Side of Downtown Disney. Disney Quest is made up of 5 floors, is open from 11:30 am-10 pm on weekdays and 11:30 am- 11:00 pm on weekends, and costs $35-41.
Attractions featured include Animation Academy, Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam, Cyberspace Mountain, Ride the Comix, Aladdin's Magic Carpet Ride, Virtual Jungle Cruise, and Pirates of the Caribbean- Battle for Buccaneer Gold. There is also a Replay Zone that includes old favorites such as Pacman, Donkey Kong, Frogger, and Centipede.

'A Few of My Favorite Things' Cirque De Soleil-La Nouba

Cirque de Soleil- La Nouba is only shown at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. 'La Nouba' is french and means 'to party, to live it up'. The show features acrobats, whimsical characters, trapeze artists, cyclists, mimes, dancers, and live music. The stadium seats 1671 guests and the show contains no intermission. It is performed 5 days a week and is described as "indescribable". The average age of the performers in this show is 28.

Here's a behind-the-scenes view of the show:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

'A Few of My Favorite Things' Bibbity Bobbidi Boutique

Bibbity Bobbity Boutique is a salon for little girls to become princesses. They can get their gowns that resemble each of the Disney princesses, a wand, shoes, crown, and picture.

There are different options for the young princesses and princes:
  • Cool Dudes package - boys at least 3 years old can get a cool makeover of colorful hair gel and confetti. cost is $7.50 plus tax
Girls aged 3 years and older can choose from 3 different hair styles
  • Fairytale Princess
  • Disney Diva
  • Pop Princess
3 packages are available along with the 3 hair styles listed above
  • Coach package- includes hairstyling and shimmering makeup. Price starts at $49.95
  • Crown package- includes hairstyling, shimmering makeup and nails. Price starts at $54.95
  • Castle package- includes the Crown package and the Imaging Package (one 6" x 8" and four 4" x 6" photos in a princess-themed photo holder) and complete costume of your choice with accessories. price starts at $189.95

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney opened in 1975 and is all about outdoor shopping, dining, and all around entertainment. Parking here is free along with admission and transportation to all Disney resorts.
This part of Disney World is split up into 3 parts:
  • Pleasure Island
  • Marketplace
  • West Side
Pleasure Island used to be the place for adults to go clubbing, but in 2008 the clubs closed to make the park more family friendly with restaurants and shops.

QSFB Locations

Earl of Sandwich
This locations is featured on the Disney dining plan and is open from 8:30am- 11pm. It features indoor and outdoor seating and is home to the infamous sandwich that resembles a Thanksgiving dinner. Other food that is served includes, jerk chicken, salads, soup, smoothies, muffins, brownies, and a wide variety of sandwiches.

Ghirardelli Soda Fountain
This icecream shop is open from 10:30 am- 11:30 am and is not on the Disney dining plan. It features 2 sections, one's a retail store where guests can purchase chocolates and a soda shop where the ice cream is served. Sundaes, floats, drinking chocolate, hot chocolate, coffee, and a wide variety of ice cream flavors are served.

Wolfgang Puck Express
This restaurant is featured on the Disney dining plan and has covered outdoor seating and very limited outdoor seating. It serves, pizza, waffles, omelettes, sandwiches, salads, and pasta.

Wetzel's Pretzels
This pretzel shop is counter service. It places a new twist on the classic pretzel with creations such as 3 cheese pretzel, sinful cinnamon, and the Mexicali.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Renter's Insurance

So the buzz on the Fall 2010 CP facebook group is renter's insurance: do we need it or is it optional?
Well it's official, we need it.

The Disney College Program website says:


Cast Members living in our complexes are required to secure renter's insurance.

Apartment management assumes no liability in the event of fire, water/flood damage, theft or damage to apartment property and/or any belongings of Cast Members who live in our complexes.

The College Housing Department can point you in the right direction, or you can check with your parents' homeowner's insurance if applicable.

Someone called recruiting today and they actually said that if we don't have it at check-in we will be turned away. This is only applicable to those of us who haven't checked in yet, the lucky Fall Advantage people don't have to worry about it.

I'm personally NOT happy about all. Maybe I'd feel different if we weren't in a recession and i had money just laying around for things like this but I obviously don't.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Swan & Dolphin

The landscape of these resorts includes waterfalls, a beach front location, and rows of palm trees.
The Swan and Dolphin are not technically Dsiney resorts, they are owned by Westin and Sheraton but guests here do enjoy most Disney resort benefits.

This resort is located between Epcot and Hollywood Studios and near Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom. This resort features 17 restaurants and lounges, 5 pools, a white sand beach, and 2 health clubs. These buildings are very distinguishable by the 47 foot swan and 56 foot dolphin on top of the buildings.

Non-smoking and wheelchair accessible rooms are available. There are 756 rooms and 55 suites in the Swan with either one King size bed or two Queen size beds. The Dolphin has 1,509 rooms and 136 suites that have either two double beds or a king sized bed.

Reservations can be made by calling 800-227-1500

QSFB Locations

Java Bar
Open mornings, this bar serves coffee, other popular beverages, and pastries.

This buffet/cafeteria style restaurant is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. American food is served.

Splash Grill
Located near the pool, this seasonal restaurant serves pizza, sandwiches, and burgers.

Yacht & Beach Club Resort and Beach Club Villas

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club are deluxe resorts and cost $340+ a night. Disney's Beach Club Villas are deluxe villas and also start at $340 a night. The Yacht club was made to resemble a New England yacht club. the Beach club is set in a sand and surf theme and even features a croquet court and beachside cabanas. These resorts are next to Epcot and are set around a 25 acre lake. To make a reservation at the Yacht club you can call 407-934-7000, and 407-934-8000 for the Beach club.

Rooms in the Yacht club have a nautical theme and rooms in the beach club have a beach theme. Most rooms contain a king sized bed ( or 2 queen sized beds) and two sleeper sofas. Each room has a ceiling fan and chess or checkers boards can be requested.

There are 208 Beach club villas and they are available to Disney Vacation Club members. When these members are not occupying the rooms, they are available to all other guests. Each villa has a queen sized bed, double sleeper sofa, kitchenette, and DVD player. Larger villas can sleep 4 to 8 guests.

QSFB Restaurants

Beach Club Marketplace
Located in the lobby of the Beach Club resort, this restaurant usually opens at 7am and serves croissants, pastries, salads, and sandwiches.

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
Located at the Beach Club, this is the home of the infamous Kitchen Sink. This is a huge sundae that is served in an actual kitchen sink and is usually shared among friends. This restaurant also serves coffee, burgers, sandwiches, salad, and many unique ice cream creations.

Hurricane Hanna's Grille
Located near Stormaway Bay, this restaurant is typically open from 11am- 6pm and is included on the Disney Dining Plan. Fruit, a wide variety of drinks, and ice cream is served here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

BoardWalk Inn & Villas

Set to resemble Atlantic City in the 1940s, this Deluxe resort has a quarter mile long, Coney island style boardwalk. There is definitely a carnival atmosphere to this resort and rooms start at $340 a night. This resort is connected to Epcot's International Gateway by a walkway. Reservations can be made by calling 407-939-5100.

There are 371 rooms in this resort that sleep up to 5 people, have 2 queensized beds (or a King size bed), a child's daybed. 2 story garden suites in this resort have their own gardens that are enclosed by a white picket fence. They sleep 4 and have a living room on the first floor and a king sized bed in the bedroom loft. Club level rooms and suites are also available and most rooms have private balconies or patios.

There are also 383 vacation villas that are known as the Boardwalk Villas. These are a part of the Disney Vacation Club and are available when not occupied by members. Each studio has a queen sized bed, double sleeper sofa, plus a kitchenette with microwave, coffeemaker, and small refrigerattor. There are also 1, 2, and 3 bedroom villas that sleep 4-12 people and feature dining areas, fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, master baths with whirlpool tubs, and VCR/DVD players. There is also a king size bed in the master bedroom, queen sleeper sofa in the living room, and a queen size bed plus a double sleeper sofa in the additional bedrooms.

This resort features 3 pools, one of which includes the 200 foot long Keister Coaster that was modeled aftera wooden roller coaster. The slide is designed to look like the tongue of a clown.

QSFB Locations

Boardwalk Bakery
Cakes, pies, pastries, sandwiches, and coffee is served here. Guests are also able to watch the bakers at work through huge display windows.

Seashore Sweets
Saltwater taffy, candy, coffee, ice cream, and frozen yogurt is served at this old fashioned shop.

Pizza Window
This restaurant serves pizza, whole and by the slice, along with soft drinks, beer, and water.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Michael Jackson

You're probably like, 'wait this is a Disney blog, Michael Jackson doesn't have anything to do with Disney'. WRONG! I found this great video of him singing at Disney Land lol

Some of you might also know that there used to be an attraction featuring him called Captain EO...well it's back! It was open in Epcot from 1986-1994 and re-opened in July 2, 2010! It is a 4-D film that was produced by George Lucas. I saw part of it on youtube, it was a little corny for me but I'm still plan on seeing it when i get to Florida because I love 4-D attractions :-)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Getting Termed

So today on the facebook Disney CP Fall 2010 group someone wrote that they were just termed (fired) after a random inspection because they had a decorative knife and pepper spray...Disney does not play! They have no tolerance for any kind of weapon, even light sabers, and apparently they feel pepper spray is dangerous.
First of all, for those of you who don't know, while living in Disney CP housing you will have inspections of your apartment. This is when they check to make sure the apartment is clean, you're following all the rules (not hanging up more posters and stuff than allowed), and don't have any weapons or anything illegal. These inspections are usually scheduled and you're given a heads up a couple days before, but as this unlucky girl found out, they have the right to inspect your apartment any time they feel like it. They also have the right to go into your locker that they provide, so just because it's locked up does not mean it's off limits to them.

I read a couple months ago that a whole apartment had gotten termed because someone's mom had come over, cooked, used cooking wine, and left the bottle in a cabinet in the kitchen. Although it was cooking wine and not drinking wine, the whole apartment got termed because it contained alcohol and it was a wellness apartment (under 21, and no alcohol).

Apparently getting termed is one of the easier things to do during the CP. Not knowing that something wasn't allowed does not make them give you a second chance. Here's a list of things I know will definitely get you termed (feel free to add in the comments section if you know any I've missed):
  • getting caught drinking while under age (even off Disney property)
  • alcohol in a Wellness apartment
  • having any kind of weapon (including lightsabers)
  • missing too many days of work
  • threatening a roommate
  • accumulating too many points
  • getting caught at another apartment complex, or with guests in yours after 1 am
Also, dont try to sneak people into the apartment complexes after hours in your trunk, the guards are very aware of this trick and will not hesitate to check lol

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

This is one of Disney's moderate resorts and is located near Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Occupying 200 acres, this resort consists of 5 'villages' that each represent a different island (Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, Martinique, and Aruba) and a 45 acre lake known as Barefoot Bay. Each of the 'villages' is brightly colored and feature pastel colors, white railings, and bright metal roofs. Because of its size, there are 'internal resort shuttles' that are available to help guests get around. You can call 407-934-3400 for reservations.

This resort has 2,112 rooms, making it one of the largest resorts in the nation.

Of the 2,112 rooms, around 400 have a Pirates of the Caribbean design! The other rooms feature soft, tropical color clusters with Finding Nemo characters on the bedding. Although there is a variation in prices, the most expensive rooms are the same size as the least expensive, the only difference is the desirability of the view from the windows.

Each village has its own pool, one even had a waterfall and slide with an old Spanish Fortress theme.

QSFB Restaurants

This is a food court that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner (usually about 6:30 am-11pm). Calypso music is always played and there are 5 different 'food ports' to choose from.
*Limited room service is available from 4pm-11:30pm

Grab N Go
Pastries, fruit, bagels, pies, salads, cheesecake, sandwiches and ice cream are served here.

Royale Pizza and Pasta Shop
This is an italian-style eatery that serves breakfast food, pizza, and fresh sandwiches.

Montego's Deli
Daily specials are served here ranging from pancakes to Philly cheesesteaks. New York style cheesecake is also served.

Old Port Royale Hamburger Shop
This 'hamburger shop' serves burgers, sandwiches, fries, and mickey waffles.

Bridgetown Broiler Shop
Breakfast platters, made to order omelets, and roasted chicken is available here.

'A Few of My Favorite Things' The Candlelight Processional

Every Christmas, Epcot invites celebrities to come narrate the Christmas story while being accompanied by a choir and live orchestra. The event is included in park admission but is extremely popular, so guests are encouraged to arrive at least an hour in advance. Guests can also book a dinner package which provides them with dinner at a World Showcase restaurant with guaranteed seating for the Processional. The event is held at the America Gardens Theatre. You can call 407-827-7200 for more information.
In 2009 the celebrity narrators were:
  • 11/27 - 11/29: Isabella Rossellini
  • 11/30 - 12/02: John O'Hurley
  • 12/03 - 12/05: Steven Curtis Chapman
  • 12/06 - 12/08: Anika Noni Rose
  • 12/09 - 12/11: Andy Garcia
  • 12/12 - 12/13: Chita Rivera
  • 12/14- 12/17: Abigail Breslin
  • 12/18 - 12/20: Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/21 - 12/23: Brian Dennehy
  • 12/24 - 12/26: Edward James Olmos
  • 12/27 - 12/30: Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance
The list for 2010 has not yet been released


"If life gives you a thousand reasons to cry, show it that you have a thousand reasons to smile as well"
That's the caption to the picture above, I LOVE IT. It's one of those phrases that applies to everyone :-)

For anyone who's read any of my previous posts; this one is a little different...I'm gonna be rambling about random things that have happened in the past week. I usually keep personal things on here short and sweet, but not this time lol

So I had my surgery on July 1st and it went great! I'm still recovering but it was not what I expected. I've never had surgery so I imagined having an organ removed meant I would have a HUGE cut in my abdomen and would be in agonizing pain for like the next month (I can get dramatic sometimes lol) but it's been 8 days and I feel close to normal. They did it laproscopically meaning they made 4 small incisions in my abdomen just big enough for the instruments they used. One was a camera, one was used to cut the organ free, one was used remove it out of my body, and another was used to tie up the loose ends inside (i think). I only took them 35 minutes which was super fast, they told us it'd be 1 1/2- 2 hours. I was REALLY sleepy right before and afterwards because of the Vicodin they gave me but was even walk up stairs (that was my biggest fear) without much pain.

Since the surgery I've already been feeling better than before. I woke up this morning smiling because I had a headache. Sounds crazy, i know, but I was smiling because it wasnt a migraine. I havent had a normal headache in since middle school i think. I also didnt notice when my roommate turned off the air conditioner, normally I would have had a migraine n gotten dizzy just from it being 77 degrees. I didnt realize a gallbladder affected so much! Hopefully this means I wont have to go to the doctor at all in Florida. Ok, enough rambling about that.

As for Disney info...I officially have a roommate now! We agreed to be roommates months ago but once the roommate match opened up for us we had a couple issues. She had been placed with someone so she declined that and then for some reason when i would request her on the online system it wouldnt show up on her end. But whatever, things worked out.
I was freakin out about the whole roommate situation because I have the WORST luck with roommates and want to at least know a little bit about the person I'm sharing a room with. Hopefully she doesnt turn out like my last 4; trying to spread lies to people I've just met, inconsiderate, really dirty, and this current one is a crazy identity theft level theft. I think i'd go crazy if I had to share a room with someone like that again.

So I thought I was going to go to Florida with my degree completed after this summer...nope! My advisor had been switching stuff around in my transcript so i could finish this summer and confused himself, told me to take a specific class, but it ended up being for the wrong gen ed. I really should have double checked once my transcript was finalized but got sidetracked by my crazy health so to make a long story short, the class im in now isnt counting for anything except my gpa and I cant even drop it because then they'll take back my financial aid. I'm not sure how i'm gonna do it (if imma do it through U of I online, a community college in Illinois online, or a Florida community college online and get it transferred) but i'm going to try to juggle that with Disney and Marketing U (if I get into it)

Ok, I'm almost done ranting, i promise. I found a neat blog. It's made up of tons of cool (in my opinion) Disney pics.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Harry Potter in the Hood LOLOL

I was on youtube this morning and randomly came across the most ridiculously funny video I've seen in like forever...So apparently after Hogwarts Harry decided to gain some street smarts...and went to the hood! This video is ridiculous! And hilarious! and stupid! I cant stop laughing! Check it out

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