I recently returned from our agency's annual "Polish Your Ears" conference at Walt Disney World® Resort where signs of spring are evident everywhere around the parks and resorts with plenty of beautiful spring flowers in hanging baskets and planted flower beds. It is such a nice time to visit Disney when the flowers are in full bloom and the weather isn't too hot yet.
While at Disney our team spent some time increasing our knowledge base about Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, Adventures by Disney's land and river cruise adventures and what has changed around Disney Springs and Disney's theme parks. It was a very busy six days, and I clocked around 27 miles in the process. Whew! No wonder I came home a little tired. Haha
On our last day at Walt Disney World we did what we always do...open Magic Kingdom right at park opening to practice what we preach running the park plan that we suggest to all of our clients making sure that it still works as it had in the past, what changes we may need to make and adjust our suggestions to our clients accordingly. If you have booked your Disney vacation through me, you know that your final trip packet includes your customized park plan with personal itinerary tips, as well as our "Tip & Tricks" for each of Disney's four theme parks and water parks. You are very well prepared with everything you will need to know before you ever get to Disney.
The same holds true when you book a Disney Cruise Line vacation as well. Disney Cruise Line has their own way of doing some things that keep them unique from other cruise lines in the industry, and I make sure that you are well prepared for your cruise vacation. Disney has made sure that you will experience the same Disney magic and special touches onboard their cruise ships just as you do in their theme parks.
A Few New Dining Locations I visited!
Let's talk food for a few minutes! I usually make a point to try some new dining locations that I have not experienced before while I'm at Disney, and this time Disney Springs seemed appropriate, considering all the new places that have opened there over this past year. The day I arrived at Disney another agent and I took the ferry from our resort over to Disney Springs for lunch at the newly refurbished Paddlefish, and it did not disappoint! She had the crab fries, and I had one of the best crab cake sandwiches that I think I've ever had! If you find yourself there near sunset or the evening hours I would suggest trying out their rooftop lounge for a nice view of the lake. It's no secret that The BOATHOUSE is one of my favorite places to eat when I'm there, but I think Paddlefish may give The BOATHOUSE a slight run for the money. Time will tell, but I will return to Paddlefish again!
I enjoyed the casual, relaxed atmosphere of this restaurant from the comfortable outdoor patio seating out front to the friendly and knowledgeable staff and personal attention to service inside. Most items on the menu here have a story behind it that relates to something significant or special in Chef Art Smith's life, so feel free to ask your server and find out a little fun fact. While Chef Art Smith has a variety of restaurant locations all around the country, he is a native Floridian and well known for his signature fried chicken, Hummingbird cake and Shine cake, which is a really nice pound cake with a few special touches added making it his own unique dessert. Be sure to give it a try when you find yourself there! I had the boneless fried chicken with mashed potatoes, drop biscuit, homemade cider bread and butter pickles and a side of Mac&Cheese...because who doesn't try the Mac&Cheese? It was all delicious, and I preferred their Mac&Cheese over the mashed potatoes...but that's just my personal opinion.
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I wish you all a happy and safe 1st Day of Spring 2017!
Ears of Experience by Cindy Poche
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