Walt Disney World & World Travels

Archive for February 2010

A SeaWorld trainer was killed by a killer whale today.  Details are still sketchy.

I’d like to send my thoughts and prayers to the family and those in the audience that witnessed the tragedy.

For details and updates check Wesh News

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This has been a crazy winter all across the country!  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a vacation!  My trip is planned for June.  Resort reservations are made, dining reservations are planned.  All I need to do now is wait (not my strongest suit!) and pack.  Have you planned your Spring break or Summer vacation?  Not sure what to do or where to go?  I’ve got a few  suggestions.  Check out the special offers at Disney World, Disneyland & Disney Cruise Line.
Disney Special Offers

Walt Disney World Florida: Grab an Offer that’s Out of This World!

  • Accommodations for 5 nights right in the middle of the magic
  • A 6-Day Magic Your Way Base Ticket, with admission to one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks for each day of your Client’s package stay
  • FREE $300 Disney Gift Card for stays at a select Disney Value Resort, OR
    FREE $500 Disney Gift Card for stays at a select Disney Moderate Resort, OR FREE $750 Disney Gift Card for stays at a select Disney Deluxe Resort or a select Disney Deluxe Villa Resort

Book now – March 27, 2010.  This offer is available most nights through June 3, 2010

Disneyland California Winter/Spring special

Book a 3-night, 5-day Disneyland Resort vacation package and get two more hotel nights FREE!  Book now through April 1, 2010 for travel during the following dates:

  • Jan. 5 – 14, 2010
  • Jan. 18 – Feb. 11, 2010
  • Feb. 15 – March 27, 2010
  • April 11 – 29, 2010

Disney Cruise Line

As they say, I think I’ve saved the best for last.  Two incredible offers from Disney Cruise Line:  Visit Europe starting from $699
per person based on double occupancy for 14 night Transatlantic sailing on April 10, 2010  or choose a Mediterranean cruise starting from $999 per person based on double occupancy for 10 or 11 night Mediterranean sailings on April 24 and May 5, 2010. Explore favorite ports in Europe and venture to incredible places. Combine this with the outstanding personal service, enchanting experiences and unmatched entertainment that is distinctive to Disney Cruise Line and you will have the vacation of a lifetime!

Disney Special Events:

  • Epcot Flower and Garden Festival dates have been released!  March 3, 2010 – May 16, 2010.

Flower Power Concert Series featuring music from the 60’s and 70’s (Show Location America Gardens Theatre):
Show times 5:15pm, 6:30pm & 7:45pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

3/05 – 3/07: Jose Feliciano
3/12 – 3/14: Paul Revere & The Raiders
3/19 – 3/21: David Cassidy
3/26 – 3/28: Starship Starring Mickey Thomas
4/02 – 4/04: Tony Orlando
4/09 – 4/11: Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
4/16 – 4/18: Ricky Nelson Remembered featuring The Nelsons
4/23 – 4/25: Atlanta Rhythm Section
4/30 – 5/02: Fran Cosmo/Boston (70’s)
5/07 – 5/09: Davy Jones (60’s)
5/14 – 5/16: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats (60’s) Note: The concert schedule is subject to change without notice

Disney Park News:

  • Splash Mountain is scheduled to be closed 1/3/10 – 2/27/10 for refurbishment.  Dates are subject to change.
  • McDonalds at Downtown Disney will be closing in late April 2010 and will be replaced by a new restaurant later this year.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios Backlot Tour will be closed for refurbishment 2/15/10- 3/27/10
  • Blizzard Beach water park will be shut down for its annual winter refurb 1/11/10 – 3/20/10

Movie News:

In other (non-Disney) news:

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is scheduled to open in Spring 2010 (check my blog for updates).  Let me help you plan your Universal Studios/Islands of Adventures trip.

Start thinking about your Spring and Summer vacation plans.  I’m here to help, and remember there is never a fee for my services!

Have a Magical Day!

Michelle

Drew Brees in the ticker tape parade and interview at Disney World on Monday Feb 8, 2010

The video can also be seen on the Disney Parks Blog

Keep your eye for the new commercial and if you’re at the “World” watch for the Super Bowl MVP.  Drew Brees “is going to Disney World!”  Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints!  As for Brees, he’ll be at Walt Disney World for a special ticker tape parade on Main Street, Monday morning (today!) at 11:55am.

Is it just me or does this winter feel like it is dragging on forever!   We’ve had snow, ice & rain and a whole bunch of gray blechy skies.  It was really starting to get me down, but I decided a little touch of Disney would perk me up; so I planned a meal perfect for the weather and for my mood.  So on a cold winters day, my husband and I spent the afternoon making one of our favorite meals: Le Cellier’s  Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup and pretzel bread!  The soup recipe we got from Disney, the pretzel bread was from a recipe we found while doing some research.  Disney actually buys the breadsticks from a Canadian bakery, so they don’t have the recipe for them.  Don’t worry, this one is really good!

Le Cellier’s Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

serves 10
1/2 pound of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 medium red onion cut into 1/4 inch pieces
3 celery ribs, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
4 TBSP butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken stock
4 cups milk
1 pound grated white cheddar cheese
1 TBSP Tabasco sauce
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
Coarse salt, freshly gound pepper to taste
1/2 cup warm beer
chopped scallions or chives for garnish

1. In a 4 or 5 quart Dutch oven, cook the bacon, stirring over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
2. Add the red onion, celery, and butter and saute until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes over medium heat. Whhisk in the chicken stock and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Add the milk and continue to simmer for 15 minutes. Do not boil after you add the milk.
5. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, slat & pepper until the cheese is melted and the soup is smooth. Stir in warm beer. If the soup is too thick, thin with some warm milk.
6. Serve the soup hot, garnished with chopped scallions or chives.

Pretzel Breadsticks
2 1/4 Tsp dry yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water
3 1/4 cups bread flour
2 tsps salt
1/4 cup butter, softened

3 TBSP baking soda
2 quarts water
1 large egg yolk mixed with a TBSP or 2 of water
coarse salt

In a small bowl, whick the yeast and 1/4 cup of the water until smooth. In the bowl of a heavy duty mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the remaining 1 cup water, bread flour, yeast mixture, salt & butter. Mix at slow speed for 3 minutes, scraping down the sides o te bowl and the hook as necessary and the mixture blends evenly. when the ingredients are well combined, increase the speed to high and continue mixing and occasionally scrapping until the dough is firm and elastic (about 8 minutes). If the mixture is too firm for the mixer to handle, finish kneading it by hand. Turn the ball of dough out onto a lightly flowered work surfasce and let rest for 5 minutes, loosely covered with a kitchen towel. Line a baking sheet that will fit in your freezer with parchment paper and set aside. Cut dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each into a long cylinder about 1 inch in diameter. With the palms of your hands, roll each cylinder into a rope about 12 inches long of even thickness. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

When dough is all shaped into sticks, let it sit in a very warm, moist place to rise until almost doubled in size (about 30-50 minutes). Freeze the rised pretzel dough uncovered on the baking sheet for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours. The dough should be frozen solid.

Before removing the pretzels from the freezer, combine the baking soda and water in a large sauce pan and bring it to a simmer. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Remove pan from the freezer and using a large flat skimmer, dip each frozen pretzel stick in simmering water for about 3 seconds, letting the excess water drain before returning it to the baking sheet. Brush the pretzels with the egg & water mixture, then sprinkle with coarse salt. Immediately place the baking sheet in the hot oven. Bake for 10 minutes, then lower oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake for 8-12 minutes more.

A few tips on the recipes:  for the soup, chop the bacon and veggies smaller and use a hand blender right before adding the cheese to make the soup extra smooth.  For the breadsticks, we’ve found making more of them, but shorter works better.  They fit in the pot better and on the cookie sheet easier.

If you need a little winter pick me up, make this meal; open up a Molson’s or Labatt’s and imagine that you’re at Epcot.

Still miserable about the weather?  Call me and we’ll plan your Disney trip!


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