Monday, February 18, 2013

Day One at The Taste of Disney Media Event #disneydining

Our first full day of the Taste of Disney media event started with the group meeting in the lobby of the Grand Floridian. I met a wonderful couple Raisa and Gregorio. Raisa is a member of a Latina bloggers group called Las Blogueras. They are travel bloggers and blog in Spanish so all my Spanish speaking readers should check out their site. She and her husband were so nice and sweet. I was glad I was able to spend time with them on this trip.

After we all were rounded up at the Grand Floridian, we headed over to the Magic Kingdom via the monorail. Then we started our first full day at the Magic Kingdom. We headed over to the New Fantasyland and the "Be Our Guest" restaurant. The first thing I noticed about the New Fantasyland is that they are still adding attractions. They are building a new roller coaster ride that has something to do with the Seven Dwarfs and I am excited by that.

Our first stop was the new "Be Our Guest" restaurant inspired by Beauty and the Beast. The "Be Our Guest" restaurant is a new and unique dining experience for Disney guests. And it is beautiful. I will write more in detail on another post because if I don't, this post will be a zillion pages long. I will run that post next so if you are interested, come back.

After our lunch at "Be Our Guest", we hung out with our Argentinian friends again. We found out that two of them had never been to Disney so we decided to hit all the "must do" rides at Magic Kingdom. We first hit the new Under the Sea ride. It was really cute. And if you love the Little Mermaid, you will love the ride.

We then hit the Haunted Mansion (I can never get enough of this ride), Pirates of the Caribbean (love it), Thunder Mountain (I didn't want to go on but sucked it up and did it), Peter Pan's Flight, It's a Small World, Monsters Inc. Comedy Show, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear (Love Buzz) and then we ran out of time. But we tried to do as much as possible. It is always a good time when you go to Disney with newbies or little kids because everything is new and cool.

We then headed back to Main Street to meet up with the group because our next stop was the Wilderness Lodge and dinner at Artist Point.

The Wilderness Lodge is beautiful. I had never been there. It reminded me of the Grand Floridian. The lobby was grand. It is decorated in a really woodsy theme. This resort is also out of our price range but I wonder if I could convince Tom to break our budget one day. I would love to stay there.

Dinner at Artist Point was magnificent and I will have another post with just the food. We had dinner with our Argentinian friends again and Carol from Disney PR. I tried some new foods and things I never thought I would ever eat. And as a non-wine drinker, I was drinking wine.

After a great dinner, we were treated to one more cool adventure. We all went over to the docks at the Wilderness Lodge and boarded pontoon boats to go on the lake and take in the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom. Okay, if you never have done this while at Disney, you must. You can rent out the boats.

We were then treated to champagne and chocolate covered strawberries! We had blankets and our captain, Chris, was wonderful. The fireworks were awesome. I am a sucker for fireworks. And fireworks with Cinderella's Castle right there in front of you are the best.

Then the day was over. Captain Chris took us back to the Grand Floridian and we went to our rooms to get ready for the next day. When I got to my room, I noticed that someone had left milk and cookies on my TV stand. It was such a sweet treat to end a great day.

Remember, my blog has become a Disney blog for the next week or so as I try and share all my adventures at the Taste of Disney event with you so keep coming back to read more. After I finish with all my Disney posts, then we will go back to the regular programming of my boring daily life. Sigh.

Here are more pictures of my first day at the Magic Kingdom! 

Disclosure: I’m was invited to attend this all-expenses paid trip by Disney. Thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and are based on my experiences.

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