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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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Sara’s Snippets – December 17, 2014 – Tusker House Adds Character Dinner in 2015

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Tusker House is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World – great food, fun character interactions, what's not to like? My only complaint was that the characters only appeared at breakfast and lunch. So I am extremely excited that beginning March 8, 2015, Tusker House will be adding characters at dinner! 

So now I can indulge in my favorite seafood stew, israeli couscous, and delicious desserts, and get to see Donald and his friends after a day at Animal Kingdom! There is also spit-roasted meats, a salad bar with unusual offerings (and a great bread selection), and vegetarian options!

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Sara’s Snippets – December 11, 2014 – Adventures by Disney Introduces Spain and Tuscany Adventures for 2015

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Adventures by Disney will be offering two new European Adventures in 2015 – Spain and Tuscany! The Tuscany Adventures features a foodie's dream 6-night itinerary with truffle hunting, pasta and pizza making lessons, and more. The 8-night Spain Adventures is a blend of art, history, and culture with stops in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and more. 

If you have not experienced an Adventures by Disney vacation, what are you waiting for? Contact your Travel Planner today for details. 

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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