Disney’s Beach Club Resort Undergoing Renovations

Disney's Beach Club Resort is currently undergoing a 16 month renovation of all guests rooms and many of the public spaces. They began on the 5th floor with a whole new look to the concierge lounge. The guests rooms on that floor are now complete and as of a week ago they were working on the 4th floor. Check out some pics of the beautiful new hallways and rooms.

The hallway colors are much more rich with an upscale feel

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Standard size room with day bed

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Plenty of new electric & USB outlets between beds and at desk

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The bathroom features & tile have all been completely replaced 

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This room configuration is 2 queen beds without the daybed. 

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At last check the hours of renovations are between 10 am to 4 pm. If you don’t plan on being in the room during that time, you shouldn’t hear or see to much of an impact while they work on the guest rooms. You may be sent to a different elevator etc. to avoid the work areas. If you do plan to spend time in your room for kids naps, or your own… you may want to request a room that is not directly under the area that is being renovated that week. Just in case.

I stay several weeks a year at Disney's Beach Club Resort. Mainly due to the location and ease of getting to the parks where we frequently have events. Frankly I was never a big fan of the overly light pastel shades in the rooms. Personally I am drawn to the dark colors and rich interior over at Yacht Club which I have been told is next on the list for a makeover, 

However with this new update, Disney's Beach Club Resort just may move ahead on my preference list.What do you think?

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Sara’s Snippets – January 22, 2015 – Garden Rocks Concert Series

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

The 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be held March 4 – May 17, 2015. This annual event includes gorgeous gardens, whimsical topiary displays, gardening demonstrations, and HGTV star appearances. This year, the Garden Rocks concert series will be held in the America Gardens Theatre on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Shows will be at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 pm. Here is the current line-up (subject to change):

March 6-8: Gin Blossoms
March 13-15: Pablo Cruise
March 20-22: En Vogue
March 27-29: Starship
April 3-5: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
April 10-12: The Village People
April 17-19:Jon Secada
April 24-26: The Guess Who
May 1-3: Taylor Dayne
May 8-10: Little River Band
May 15-17: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone

Contact your Mouse Fan Travel Planner to plan your spring vacation to Walt Disney World. There is a Spring Offer available right now available select dates during the Flower & Garden Festival!

The Snippets will be on vacation next week! Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

Character Topiaries at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: Goofy, Donald and Daisy

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Sara’s Snippets – January 21, 2015 – 2015 Food and Wine Festival Dates Announced

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a highlight for many Walt Disney World visitors. This year the Festival will be held from September 25 – November 16, 2015. The Festival includes kiosks around Epcot's World Showcase serving tasting plates and drinks from around the globe. In addition, there are seminars, special events, live entertainment, celebrity chef demos, and more! 

And in case you need to work off some of those calories, runDisney hosts the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, November 6-7, 2015! (Check with your Mouse Fan Travel planner for great hotel rates for this event!)

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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Sara’s Snippets – January 15, 2015 – Expanded Offerings at Remy On Board DCL

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Onboard the Disney Fantasy exclusively, Remy is hosting Pompidou's Pattiserie Dessert Experience. This event is held on sea days during your Disney Fantasy cruise and is $50 per person. Guests can indulge in tastings of six desserts while Remy Chefs share information and inspiration about each dish. The price also includes a glass of champagne, wine or a cocktail. 

For true foodies, from November through February, Remy onboard the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy will be offering a seasonal truffle menu. Each of the six courses are infused with truffle. This menu is $250 per person. 

And for the ultimate in indulgence, guests can now choose from an a la carte caviar menu while dining at Remy. All caviar selections are served with a bottle of Krug Grand Année champagne. Prices range from $99 to $360 per 1-ounce tin.

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Sara’s Snippets – January 14, 2015 – New Offerings at Remy on Disney Cruise Line

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Disney Cruise Line adult guests sailing on the Disney Dream or Fantasy can indulge in a french-inspired meal at Remy. This upscale restaurant features ocean views and a spectacular menu. Until now, guests were able to choose between dinner and a champagne brunch. 

Remy is expanding its offerings to include a small plates tasting event, a dessert experience, a seasonal truffles menu, and a selection of caviar. 

The small plates tasting event – Petites Assiettes de Remy – takes place in the early evening on the first night of your cruise. Guests are invited to circulate the restaurant, tasting select items from the menu as well as a selection of wine, while getting the opportunity to chat with the Executive Chef. This experience is $50 per person and can be booked onboard at Royal Court/Royal Palace beginning at 12:30 pm. 

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Photo Courtesy of Disney®

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Sara’s Snippets – January 8, 2015 – Polynesian Bungalows Update

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Disney's Polynesian Village has been undergoing widespread construction over the last year but progress is being made! The newly remodeled lobby was unveiled earlier this month, and now they have announced an opening date for Phase 1.

The Polynesian Bungalows and Villas (Phase 1) will open on April 1, 2015. This phase includes the Bora Bora bungalows as well as the first connecting Deluxe Studios. 

Disney Vacation Club (DVC) has also announced sales for the Polynesian Villas. Current DVC owners will have the chance to buy points for this resort beginning on January 12, 2015. All other guests will have the opportunity to buy beginning February 9, 2015. 

For more details, check out our partners www.allears.net

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

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Sara’s Snippets – January 7, 2015 – Farewell to Sorcerer Mickey’s Hat

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans and Happy New Year!

I have had mixed emotions regarding the 122-foot Sorcerer Mickey's Hat since its installation in 2001, in what was then Disney's MGM Studios. I love the sculpture itself with its whimsical ears and swirls of light. It has been the perfect visible meeting spot for many a gathering.

But the location has never made sense to me! Why block the Chinese Theather, one of the most recognizable icons in Hollywood? Sure, put it in the Animation Courtyard! Even at the front of the park! But smack at the end of Hollywood Boulevard?! 

So it is with some regret that today I bid a fond farewell to "The Hat." Deconstruction of the hat begins today. It is my hope that Disney is able to find a new location for the hat, perhaps one more in keeping with its "Fantasia" origin. 

Be well and make magic wherever you go, 

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Walt Disney World Resort guests as the icon for Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Sara’s Snippets – December 25, 2014 – Happy Holidays!

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

The team at MEI-Travel & Mouse Fan Travel wishes you a very "Happy Holidays!" and a "Happy New Year!" Thank you so much for your support and your trust. We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter throughout the New Year!

The Snippets will return in 2015. In the meantime… Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney

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Sara’s Snippets – December 24, 2014 – ‘Princess Package’ Added to Select Walt Disney World Salons

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

With Cinderella's Royal Table closing for refurbishment in early January, Citrico's will begin offering a Princess character meal at breakfast and lunch. So where can a young guest go to get her Princess makeover before her meal? The Ivy Trellis Salon at Disney's Grand Floridian (along with the salons at Disney's Coronado Springs and Disney's Beach Club) have added "Perfectly Prepared Princess Packages" to their line up! 

The packages start at $50 and have options for hair styling with tiara, glitter nail polish, and princess-inspired make up. For reservations, call 407-WDW-SPAS. 

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

Get Your Princess On with New Perfectly Prepared Princess Package

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Sara’s Snippets – December 18, 2014 – STK to Open in Disney Springs in 2015

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans! 

The Landing area of Disney Springs has added yet another fine dining establishment to its line-up. STK Orlando is scheduled to open in Disney Springs in 2015. STK is a modern, sleek take on a steakhouse, operated by The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. The Disney Springs location will be the largest STK so far at 14,000 square feet in a two-story building. STK has locations in eight other cities including New York, Las Vegas, and London. 

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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