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[15 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Put a Twinkle in Your Lovebird’s Eye, Disney StylePut a Twinkle in Your Lovebird’s Eye, Disney Style

By Cara Goldsbury

Believe in Magic. If Walt Disney World is a land of magic it follows that it’s also a land of love. Amorous venues and storybook settings thrive in the land of Mickey Mouse. Here’s a step-by-step plan to help you light the spark that’ll put a twinkle in your lovebird’s eye.grand-floridian-romantic-disney-hotel

Indulge Yourselves at Victoria & Albert’s. Fine dining in an intimate setting combined with virtually flawless service sets Victoria and Albert’s apart. You’ll be treated to Wedgwood china, Christofle silver, Frette linens, Riedel crystal, and even personalized menus. A seasonal prix fixe dinner includes six sumptuous courses served by an ultra-professional wait staff, accompanied by lovely strains of music plucked by a harpist. It’s simply the ultimate in romantic dining. The lady leaves with a long-stemmed rose, the gentleman with the proverbial feather in his cap.

Capture the Romance of an African Safari at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. And don’t dare book anything less than a savanna view room or suite so you’ll get as close to the action as you possibly can. Enjoy breakfast on your balcony while giraffes nibble at the tree tops and gazelles frolic on the grassland. Later, after a long day at the parks, a bottle of champagne will set the mood for an enchanting evening sunset followed by dinner at the resort’s signature restaurant, Jiko. And don’t worry if your travel plans don’t coincide with a full moon. In true Disney fashion a shimmery moonlit effect is on order each night to assure you of a romantic nocturnal setting. It really is one of Disney’s best themed resorts.

Send a Postcard from Paradise. The tiki-lit Polynesian Resort is almost as satisfying as a trip to the South Pacific. Soft Hawaiian melodies set a dreamy mood throughout the resort’s luxuriant grounds where ducks and ibis roam the thick, grassy lawns and rabbits hop along meandering pathways lined with volcanic rock. As the sky darkens, three white-sand beaches dotted with hammocks and lounge chairs entice you to relax with your sweetheart and take in the Magic Kingdom’s breathtaking fireworks spectacular.

Cozy Up For a Carriage Ride. Bring your own beverages, a couple of glasses, and enjoy the moonlight and romance of the idyllic, pine-filled grounds at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Your private horse-drawn carriage ride is a rare excursion through the scenery of old Florida, a fast disappearing way of life where a myriad of wildlife including deer, peacocks, ducks, and more still roam.

Pamper Yourselves With a Couple’s Spa Treatment. Imagine relaxing together while enjoying the Romantic Couples Massage at the Grand Floridian Spa where each person receives an aromatherapy massage in a candlelit room. Choose an aromatic side-by-side massage in a beautiful Balinese-style treatment room, followed by a river-rocked rimmed hydrotherapy tub with The Time For Two Massage at the Walt Disney World Dolphin’s luxurious Mandara Spa. Or try a romantic duet at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Spa with the Couple’s Relaxation as you and your partner switch in the same room between an aromatherapy massage and hydrotherapy. Whatever your choice, you will emerge in a calm and romantic state-of-mind.

Hop On Board Your Own Personal Love Boat. Rendezvous on your very own yacht for an intimate evening on the Seven Seas Lagoon aboard a 52-foot Sea Ray, the Grand I. Arrange for hors d’oeuvres and wine onboard to toast the glorious evening in anticipation of a course-by-course dinner served by your own personal butler. End the evening on the glistening water with a spellbinding and oh-so-private view of the Wishes fireworks.

Stay In. One privilege of choosing one of Disney’s luxurious accommodations is the sheer enjoyment of it for its own sake and simply time alone. Plenty of room to spread out and luxuriate in comfy robes, listen to soft music on the stereo, order a nice bottle of wine, put your feet up, and just snuggle. And be sure to book a room with picture perfect views of one of Disney’s lovely waterways. It’s the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Stroll the “World”. There’s nothing quite like Epcot’s World Showcase after sunset. The lights, the music, the restaurants, the quiet nooks, the entertainment – it all adds up to one exotic and entrancing place. Plan dinner at Bistro de Paris, a charming belle ?poque dining room with an air of exclusivity. It’s the perfect setting for enjoying charming French accents and delicious cuisine prepared simply in tantalizing sauces. A dessert of crepe suzette prepared and flamb?ed tableside or the perfect apple tart with calvados while lingering over cordials and coffee is definitely my idea of a nightcap, itself romantically capped by Epcot’s spectacular Illuminations show.

Renew Your Vows. All this romantic talk is bound to ignite a desire to recharge your marriage with a fairy tale ceremony. Choose from a variety of magical settings from a service overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Polynesian or Grand Floridian Resort to a stunning backdrop of Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom. Arrive in style in a vintage Rolls Royce or even a horse drawn carriage. Hire a bagpiper to play at sunset. Surprise everyone with a private fireworks presentation. Really, just about anything your heart desires.

So if you believe in magic, I highly recommend Walt Disney World. It’s a surefire way to make your romance sparkle.

Cara Goldsbury, is the author of The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World? Resort, a guide book designed for travelers who desire to experience the Walt Disney World? Resort without sacrificing luxury and style.

With over 30 years of experience in the travel industry, and after innumerable visits to the Walt Disney World? Resort – where she has stayed at the most luxurious resorts, dined at the finest restaurants and been lavishly entertained in style – she is now considered an authority on Disney luxury travel. Cara has appeared as a leading Disney expert on two Travel Channel specials, Disney Splurge! and Disney Royalty. She has also been cited numerous times in national news articles, in such notable publications as Forbes Traveler, as an expert on the Walt Disney World? Resort.

Cara has assembled a team consisting of only the best and most knowledgeable Disney travel specialists from around the country to create Glass Slipper Concierge. Glass Slipper Concierge originated from a desire to offer a client centric option to those who want an exceptional and unforgettable Disney vacation. Much like the classic fairytale Cinderella in which Cinderella’s prince tirelessly scoured the kingdom until he found the girl whose foot fit perfectly into the glass slipper, the travel specialists of Glass Slipper Concierge will work diligently to advise you on all aspects of your Disney vacation, down to the tiniest detail, until your vacation fits you perfectly.

Visit Cara at http://WDWLuxuryGuide.com or at http://GlassSlipperConcierge.com

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[18 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

8 years ago today I was in beautfiul Maui celebrating my honeymoon. WOW! How fast time flies!  It really doesn’t seem that long ago.  3 amazing kids and one big move later we are still living our happily ever after. 

We watched our Disney Wedding Video on our anniversary and I felt so lucky to have been able to have my wedding at Disney. It was a dream wedding.  Sure there are things I wish I could’ve had or changed to maybe make it more perfect, but really it was perfect.  Because all that matter was that my prince and I were getting married and about to start our adventure together as husband and wife.  And to think we planned our wedding in 4 short months.  I almost think it was better we didn’t have time to really analyze and perfect things, so that we didn’t drive each other crazy with those little wedding details.  Plus having Disney take care of most the details helped a ton. 

I still did stuff on my own to save money though.  Having a Disney wedding isn’t cheap and you have to give up some things you may want in order to afford it, but it’s worth it!  We kept it small and simple.  And I loved it!  In fact I loved it so much I eventually started working for Disney Weddings.  I’ve got to say that was one of the best jobs I ever had!  It was so much fun helping to make another brides dream come true with her own Fairy Tale Wedding.

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[5 Apr 2009 | One Comment | ]

disney-wedding-story-4-5-09I read a great article this morning in the Dallas Morning News of another dream come true story of a couple that had the wedding of their dreams at Walt Disney World. This Disney groom had to wait several years before seeing his Disney bride walk down the aisle. Here’s an excerpt:

“It was soon time to plan the wedding, which was Dec. 14. 

Looking back on their relationship, they feel they were meant to be. “I started thinking about it and decided that I’d had the white dress and everything, and that didn’t work out so well,” Amy says. “I wanted to have fun.” 

Naturally, her thoughts turned to Walt Disney World. She and Dan invited about 100 guests to spend three days at the resort, where they enjoyed a Christmas parade, a Mary Poppins breakfast ( with dancing chimney sweeps), a full day at the park and finally, the wedding. (more…)

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[4 Apr 2009 | One Comment | ]

Disney BrideDisneyFairyTales.com is looking for Disney Brides to tell us the story of their magical fairy tale wedding.  We will be doing a feature article and opening up a section dedicated to amazing Disney Brides. Even if you did not actually have your wedding at Disney, but had a Disney/Fairy Tale themed wedding we would love to hear from you. If you would like to share your story with thousands of other brides, please submit the form at the bottom of this post. Disney Brides that are chosen to be in the feature will receive an email once the story is published. We look forward to hearing your stories!
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[25 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

mickey-wedding-cake-topperYou Can Bring the Magic to Your Wedding!

How many people dream of getting married at a Disney Resort? Where better to say your vows than the most magical place on Earth, right? Well to a point, yes, but you don’t have to BE on Disney property to have the magic included in your special day. There are so many things you can do to make your day magical for both you and your guests. (more…)

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[21 Mar 2009 | One Comment | ]

green-castle-cakeI came across another amazing looking castle cake (pictured to the left) from another beautiful Disney Bride that was posted on the The Knot. Here’s what the bride said about the cake:

“I drew a picture of my cake and the magical Disney Pastry Chefs took it from there. Green fondant with red and brown accents, green Cymbidium Orchids and a castle topper. The flavors were red velvet cake with cream cheese, marble cake with Bailey’s mousse, and dark chocolate cake with raspberry mousse. It tasted amazing! Our reception was held at Disney’s Contempory Resort’s California Grill overlooking The Magic Kingdom.”

Here’s more amazing cake pictures.