Posts Tagged by California Grill
|August 31, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under RAD Recaps|
I want to start by congratulating everyone who ran one of the races over Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!! I’ve had a blast following along and have some great guest recaps coming up in the next few weeks, including one from Jenny who completed her first half marathon and runDisney race…CONGRATS!!
I’ve spent the past week with my favorite people at one of my favorite places, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. It was relaxing, fun and full of laughs. This is a trip I look forward every year and I am so lucky to get to spend this quality time with my friends…I hope there will always be Days Like This 🙂
Before heading home, B and I spent a night in Walt Disney World at Bay Lake Tower. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen all of the fun I had in the Magic Kingdom for a few short hours, followed by dinner at California Grill and Wishes! from the Top of the World. What a great day!
After we returned to Connecticut yesterday afternoon, we stopped by the grand opening of Black Hog Brewing Co. before heading home. Our friends from Caseus in New Haven started this awesome brewery that focuses on craft beer using local ingredients. My favorite was Granola Brown…YUM!
Hard to believe that this weekend is the unofficial end of summer, but there are a lot of fun events coming up in the fall. runDisney races, the Disney Fit Challenge, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival just to name a few! Oh boy! What are you most excited about?
Have a RAD week 🙂
|July 4, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Walt Disney World|
Well it’s a rainy 4th of July up here in the Northeast which means no fireworks tonight…booooo! So instead, I thought I’d take a look at some of my favorite fireworks shows at Walt Disney World!
I have to admit that I’ve been spoiled by the fireworks in WDW. I always used to be so impressed with fireworks shows around the 4th of July, but then I started realizing most of them aren’t perfectly themed to music…what?!? How could this be?? Yes, I know…you can’t compare the two but choreographed fireworks are really cool! Here are 2 of my favorites:
The torches are lit around World Showcase Lagoon…
The wonderful pre-show music is playing and one of the best nighttime spectaculars is about to begin. Where else can you see a lake on fire???
Or a giant LED globe that spins and shoots fireworks??
This show is so moving and emotional…it just invokes pure happiness!
See for yourself…
SO. MUCH. FUN! Anything that incorporates all of the Disney villains and some killer perimeter fireworks around the Magic Kingdom is #1 in my book. And when Oogie Boogie makes an appearance…the best!
While the show is great to enjoy during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, my favorite place to watch it is high above the Magic Kingdom at California Grill. A little wine, a little cheese and the best fireworks show around! Plus, the perimeter fireworks look like they’re right outside the windows!
|June 30, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Walt Disney World|
The Contemporary Resort is a classic fixture at Walt Disney World. Even after 40+ years, it’s 70’s era charm still seems, well contemporary, in a nostalgic sort of way. And who doesn’t love gliding through the lobby on the monorail or looking down on the Magic Kingdom from California Grill? The perks of this resort just go on and on. So in 2008 when the announcement that a new Disney Vacation Club (DVC) property was being built as part of the resort, Disney fans were thrilled! This was the perfect addition to the Contemporary and the DVC resort group!
The Grand Villas at Bay Lake Tower are all two stories and located on the top 2 floors of the building. These are perfect for a big family getaway or a runDisney race weekend with friends, which is when I stayed there. Let’s go inside!!
Living Room & Kitchen
The first thing you’ll notice when you enter the villa are the GIANT windows! The windows are two stories and look out over Bay Lake or the Magic Kingdom. While the furniture isn’t the most comfortable (most contemporary designs really aren’t in my opinion), the views make you forget about that. Well that and the large flat screen TV 🙂
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the kitchens at Bay Lake Tower. Look at this thing! Stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, tons of cabinets…how do I bring this home??
Our villa had a Lake View, so we were able to watch the Contemporary Resort marina and see Epcot and even all they way out to Downtown Disney!
The Master Bedroom is located on the first floor with a king-sized bed and a bathroom the size of my first apartment in NYC.
Look at this shower…I was dying to check out the rain feature! Sadly it wasn’t my room…
Second Floor Lounge
Heading upstairs there is another seating area to relax in. This was B’s favorite area 🙂
You can kind of see why…the couch is a little more welcoming than the one downstairs.
Also looking downstairs is pretty cool from up there!
The two bedrooms upstairs are virtually identical. They each have 2 queen beds, an over-sized closet, spa like bathrooms and their own balconies.
There are a lot of added bonuses to staying at one of these Grand Villas. First (and one of my favs!) is the laundry room. It’s not just a stackable washer and dryer in a closet like other resorts, but a full on laundry room. This is so perfect to wash all your nasty running clothes after a race before heading home!
Next is the additional bathroom on the first floor. When staying with multiple people it’s nice to have a bathroom off of the living room to quickly use if your bedroom is upstairs. Oh and by the way, that make 4 full bathrooms. That’s 3 more than I have in my home!!!
If you have a lake view villa (which I actually prefer!), you get your own “private” show of the Electrical Water Pageant. You just can’t been that music 🙂
And last but certainly not least, because the 2nd floor of the villa is on the 16th floor there is easy access to my favorite lounge on property…Top of the World! It really is the best place to end a magical day at Walt Disney World 🙂
I can’t say enough good things about the Grand Villa at Bay Lake Tower. Basically, I’d just like to move into one. Or at the very least stay there for every runDisney race weekend. Now how to win that DVC lottery???
Which DVC Grand Villa would you most like to stay in?
|May 11, 2012||Posted by Running at Disney under Disney Dining, Friday Feast|
Next Saturday I will be in Walt Disney World for only one day, my shortest trip ever. Since dining in WDW is one of my favorite things, I’m having quite the dilema trying to figure out where to go.
Here’s the scenario:
Arrival: 11:00 pm Friday night
Departure: 9:00 am Sunday morning
Resort: Beach Club Villas (BCV)
Priorities: Star Wars Weekend (SWW)
Transportation: Rental Car
My original thought was to go to SWW in the early part of the day, returning to BCV for a short rest, then head to Flying Fish Cafe for dinner, and finish the night back at the Studios for the Hyper Space Hoopla. But my plans have derailed due to a few factors…
1. Tutto Gusto opened. Wine, meats, cheeses…who can pass that up? After seeing all of the recent reviews on sites like the Disney Food Blog and Eating WDW, I NEED to go here! My mouth is watering just looking at the photos! These are some of my favorite things. Since I’m staying at BCV, I can probably pop over there, but will have to sacrifice some SWW time. Is it worth it?
2. Hubs has requested sushi at California Grill. How can I say no to this?? This is one of our favorite things about WDW and something we look forward to every visit. Sushi back home just doesn’t compare anymore now that we’ve been privileged to California Grill’s Sushi. The Dragon Roll is simply life changing. This will take a serious chunk of time to get over to the Contemporary Resort, but it will also make us both VERY happy.
So what to do?? We are both HUGE Star Wars fans and this will be our first SWW, so we want to take in as much as possible. On the other hand, this is our first vacation in a while so we feel we should indulge in our favorite thing…dining. Oh the first world problems we have… 🙂
I want to hear from you!
What would you do? If you had only ONE day in WDW, what would your priorities be? What would your dining priorities be?