Plus where to celebrate Mardi Gras at Walt Disney World
Valentine's Day is coming up and Walt Disney World and Disneyland have some sweet treats in store (and we have a special tip for you if you plan to pop the question). Plus, where to celebrate Mardi Gras at Walt Disney World. These stories and more Disney travel news now playing.
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Five Ways to Get in the Spirit of Mardi Gras at Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts
Mardi Gras kicking off on March 1 and Disney's Port Orleans Resorts are ready to celebrate with five ways:
1. Listen to jazz music at Scat Cat’s Club – Lounge
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz. Watch for groups of live musicians entertaining guests at the Scat Cat’s Club – Lounge every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. Plus, you can enjoy delicious food and drinks – like the brand-new Bebop Bloody Mary and the Oyster Beignet Po Boy!
2. Eat beignets at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Beignets have played a part in Mardi Gras celebrations for centuries. You can find the Walt Disney World version of these delicious doughnuts at Scat Cat’s Club – Cafe.
3. Create your own Mardi Gras bicycle parade
Gather your group to create your own parade by renting bikes at both of Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts. Be sure to wear purple, green and gold to really get in the spirit!
4. Sample savory southern cooking at Boatwright’s Dining Hall
Looking to experience the Louisiana bayou? Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside has everything from Mardi Gras Fritters to their signature dish: Boatwright’s Jambalaya.
5. Enjoy the scenery along the Sassagoula River
Both of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort hotels are located on the scenic Sassagoula River. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride along the river bank, with views of magnolias, picturesque Spanish moss, natural wildlife and more. Or, head out on the water for a boat ride down the Sassagoula River (where you can make your way to Disney Springs).
New Fun and Unique Fitness Options at Disneyland!
There's a new way to burn a few calories on your Disneyland vacation. Tenaya Stone Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is launching new fitness activities for guests staying at any Disneyland Resort hotels.
Many of the fitness classes take place in one-of-a-kind settings that can’t be found anywhere else, such as inside Disney California Adventure Park before it opens for guests -- a very unique Disney experience.
Take a yoga class with scenic views of Disney California Adventure, or relax during guided meditation, focus on stretching, get in gear at a boot camp in the park, test yourself on an obstacle challenge at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, or find yourself on a paddleboard in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel's Fountain Pool!
There are more than a dozen fitness classes, 30 to 45 minutes in length, offered through Tenaya Stone Spa and the fitness center at Disney’s Grand California Hotel, and they're tailored to a many skill levels:
Be sure to check online or contact the spa for complete details.
Foodie Guide to Valentine’s Day 2022: Delights From Disney Parks
Love is in the air with endless sweet treats and more at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Here's what you can enjoy this Valentine’s Day.
As Valentines Day approaches, there's no shortage of fun foodie fare to enjoy for an extra touch of love at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
Walt Disney World Resort
Coral Reef Restaurant (available February 14)
Le Cellier Steakhouse (available February 14)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
ABC Commissary (available February 11 through February 14)
The Hollywood Brown Derby (available February 11 through February 14)
The Trolley Car Café (available February 11 through February 14)
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
Available at Multiple Resorts February 9 - 20
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Intermission Food Court
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
World Premiere Food Court
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Sanaa (available February 14)
BoardWalk Bakery (available February 7 through February 14)
Flying Fish (available February 11 through February 13)
Trattoria al Forno (available February 11 through February 14)
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Steakhouse 71 (available through February 28)
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Gasparilla Island Grill (available through February 15)
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter
Scat Cat's Club (available February 1 through February 28)
Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Roaring Fork (available February 14)
Amorette's Patisserie (available February 10 through February 24)
Marketplace Snacks (available through February 26)
The Ganachery (available through February 14)
Red Rose Taverne
Galactic Grill (available through March 1)
Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor (available February 11 through February 14)
Alien Pizza Planet (available through March 1)
Tomorrowland Churro and Pretzel Stands (available through March 1)
New Orleans Square Churro Stand and Critter Country Churro and Lemonade Cart (available February 1 - 28)
The Tropical Hideaway (available February 1 through February 28)
Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café (available Valentine's Day, February 14)
Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream (available February 11 through February 14)
own Square Churro Stand (available February 1 through March 1)
Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite (SOLD OUT)
For those Guests visiting for one of Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite events, make sure to bring your appetite! Guests will fall in love with these delicious options like the brand-new My answer is…Churro! or the delicious Star-Berry Cheesecake Shake at Galactic Grill. Make sure to add the Ham and Straw-Brie Sandwich from Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe to the list to try this unique twist packed with flavor. For a sweet finish, indulge in the Sweetheart Funnel Cake from Stage Door Café.
Disney California Adventure Park
Lamplight Lounge (limited availability February 11 through February 14)
Various Candy Locations Around Disneyland Resort Including Marceline’s Confectionery, Trolley Treats, Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff, Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen, and Pooh Corner (available through February 14)
Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa
GCH Holiday Cart (available February 1 through March 1)
Craftsman Bar (available February 1 through March 1)
Coffee House (available February 1 through March 1)
Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill (available Feb.1 through Mar. 1)
Disney Cruise Line Guests Recently Recovered from COVID-19 May Qualify to Be Considered as "90-Day-Recovered"
Disney Cruise Line updated their policies for Guests who have recently recovered from COVID-19.
In some cases, people who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may still test positive for the virus. If you have tested positive for Covid within 11-90 days of your sail date, you may qualify to be considered as “90-Day-Recovered.” With the appropriate documentation and subsequent approval, you would not be required to participate in COVID-19 testing during the Pre-Sail, Embarkation or Disembarkation phases of their voyage.
Disney Wish Inaugural sailing delayed until Mid-July
This week Disney announced that the shipyard has notified Disney Cruise Line that they need more time to finish the ship due to the pandemic and specifically the Omicron variant hitting Germany at a critical point in the process.
Disney Cruise Line has delayed the maiden voyage by a few weeks, which will affect sailings through mid-July. Disney Cruise Line will be sending an email to guests on these sailings to share this news and inform them of options.
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