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The Rollicking Raglan Brunch — Disney Springs

The Rollicking Raglan Brunch — Disney Springs

When vacationing at Walt Disney World, character breakfasts and dinner reservations are usually the go-to meal options for families. However, there are some amazing Brunch options that are definitely worth checking out (and who doesn’t love a reason to have champagne at 10 o’clock in the morning?) Recently, we checked out The Rollicking Raglan Brunch at Raglan Road, located at Downtown Disney (transitioning into Disney Springs).

Upon arriving to Raglan Road, we made a quick

stop to the bar to order our first round of mimosas.

The mimosas were made with fresh Florida orange juice and sparkling wine, which came in a small bottle, but enough to fill up for a second! The bartender also gave us all complimentary homemade berry and banana smoothies that were served in large shot glasses.

After being seated, a delicious Irish soda bread was brought to the table, along with a Guinness and sugar dipping oil. A second round of complimentary smoothies were then brought to the table while the waitress explained any specials of the day.

The menu did not shy away from the items you would typically see listed in a restaurant located in Ireland. Brunch options consisted of Roastie Potatoes, Gammon and Eggs, Pancakes, Omelettes, Eggs Benedict, a Black Dog special, and more. You also have the option to order something more towards the lunch side like a Burger or Sandwich.

 What did we order??

Eggs Benedict:

A common item you will see on an Irish menu, and true to its form, this traditional meal was so tasty! The eggs come poached on top of sliced pancetta, covered with hollandaise sauce, and placed on an english muffin. The side consisted of their famous ‘Roasties’, aka potatoes covered with select herbs and spices.

Pancake Diaspora:

6 full sized pancakes were served topped with creme fraiche, fresh strawberries and blueberries, maple syrup, and garnished with mint. The pancakes were fluffy and consistent all the way through and just melt in your mouth delicious!

Full Irish Breakfast:

A favorite at Raglan Road, the Full Irish Breakfast offers everything you could expect as if you were dining in Ireland itself. This dish includes eggs, black dog, schnitzel, three times a boxty (gammon topped with cheddar), veggies, and roasties. Each of the flavors blended so perfectly together and made the experience that much better.

Burger ‘R Way:

This large beef burger was topped with a Dublin cheddar cheese, tomato chutney, and avocado. With a side of Irish style chips (steak fries), this combo was an authentic Irish taste combined with an all-American favorite.

Desserts are offered as well, which include:

Strawberry and Apple Crumble

Raspberry Pavlova

Bread and Butter Pudding

Triful Sinful

Lemon Curd Tart

Orange Pudding

Black Forest ‘Kiss’

Upon finishing our Brunch at around 12pm, the Irish band and tap dancers started to set up on the large indoor stage. The band were very interactive with the crowd, asking questions and sharing knowledge on each song they played. Irish tap dancers took turns to head up on the main stage, as well as the smaller stages in the middle of the room to perform.

All together, Raglan Road is a wonderful experience for all to enjoy, even little toddlers were clapping their hands and dancing with excitement!

Brunch at Raglan Road is available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. We suggest making a reservation for around 11am-12pm since the band and tap dancers don’t set up until around then, and they are definitely worth seeing.

Prices at Raglan Road for Brunch range from approximately: $15- $30 per main course and $8.50 for all desserts.

 For more information on Raglan Road, or other brunch options at Walt Disney World, contact My VIP Tour at (407) 913-8375.

Walt Disney World’s Night Time Magic

Walt Disney World’s Night Time Magic

 

 Whether it’s your first time at Walt Disney World, or you have visited more times than you can remember, there is always something new and exciting to see and do. Getting to the parks early is a great way to see everything before the crowds come in; however, some of the most magical Disney experiences happen at night, and you sure don’t want to miss them!

Here is our list of “Late Night Must Do’s” while on your next WDW vacation:

1. Celebrate the Magic- Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom

Watch Cinderella’s Castle light up with story-telling imagery of Disney classics, such as: Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, The Lion King, Aladdin, and more! Your favorite Disney characters will take you on an exciting and breathtaking journey with movie clips, graphics, and pictures all displayed on the Castle walls.

 2. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular- Magic Kingdom

An absolute must for your whole family! This 12 minute firework show is every little piece of magic you are looking for on your Disney vacation. Tinker Bell makes a special appearance as she flies from the top of Cinderella’s Castle and starts the Wishes celebration. Make sure you take your cameras out for the finale, it’s truly breathtaking! 🙂

 3. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth- Epcot

Aim to visit Epcot in the afternoon, so you can walk through the World Showcase, with enough time to see the night time show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. IllumiNations is a 3 part show which tells the story of our planet from birth, to the hope of the future. A glowing globe travels across the Lagoon showing history and achievements of our time, and ends with flames, music, and fireworks. IllumiNations can be viewed from almost anywhere around World Showcase and from select restaurants.

4. Fantasmic- Hollywood Studios

Watch all your favorite Disney Princesses, Characters and Villians perform in this beautiful 30-minute water and firework show! From Disney songs, to animation, to one million gallons of dancing water, this is definitely a must for the whole family!

5. Main Street Electrical Parade- Magic Kingdom

This amazing 20 minute music parade spectacular takes place at Magic Kingdom usually twice per day. The parade includes numerous decorated floats that adorn half a million lights and your favorite Disney characters. Tip: Find a place to stand (or sit) on Main Street about 20 minutes prior to show time for the best view!

Take advantage of our services for your evening park adventures, too! Let us take care of parade or show seating for your entire party, while you enjoy the rest of the park! Call us to book your dream vacation today: (407-913-8375).

Favorite Disney Restaurants of 2015 From My VIP Tour

Favorite Disney Restaurants of 2015 From My VIP Tour

(Cinderella's Royal Table at Magic Kingdom. Photo courtesy of disneyworld.disney.go.com)
(Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom. Photo courtesy of disneyworld.disney.go.com)
Lets talk about one of our favorite topics: Food. Funnel Cakes, Turkey Legs and Buttered Popcorn used to be the staples of Walt Disney World Dining; however, there are currently over 300 restaurants for you and your family to choose from. When booking a Disney vacation, making reservations can be extremely overwhelming, and let’s be honest, who has time to look through 300 different menus?! From character meals to fine dining, we’ve come up with a list of our favorite Walt Disney World Dining spots for you and your party to enjoy while you’re here. Reservations are highly recommended for all of these restaurants.
Look out for our ‘My VIP Tour Price Guide’ as follows:
Price: $-$$$ (per adult)
$= $15-$29.99
$$= $30-$59.99
$$$= $60 and above
Victoria and Alberts – The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Our ultimate #1 spot will take your senses through a culinary journey with everything from Caviar, to Japanese Kobe Beef to Hawaiian Chocolate Souffle. Victoria and Alberts graces our top spot because of their impeccable service and menu items, being our favorite place for date nights or for a special occasion. Dress code and reservations required. Ages 10 and up.
Price: $$$ ($130 per guest + $65 for wine pairings)
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(Grand Floridian’s Victoria and Alberts dining room. Photo courtesy of: disneyworld.disney.go.com)

California Grill – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Placed on the 15th floor of The Contemporary, enjoy tasty Californian cuisine from sushi to goat-cheese ravioli. Yum! We love that the California Grill offers spectacular views of Cinderella’s Castle, which makes it a great place to watch Magic Kingdom’s Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.
Price: $$
  (Photo courtesy of: disneyworld.disney.go.com)
Le Cellier Steakhouse – World Showcase Epcot (Canada)
Feel like you’re dining in a Canadian Chateau with delicious cuisine that features fresh seafood and juicy steaks. If you love a good steakhouse, this place is perfect for you. Make sure you save room for their delicious Maple Creme Brulee dessert.
    Price: $$
The Hollywood Brown Derby – Hollywood Studios
In this authentic replica of the famous Brown Derby, the walls are covered in caricatures of familiar faces of Hollywood. There is something on the menu for everyone to enjoy, from a mouthwatering cobb salad to a juicy filet of beef. We love that you can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and magical Disney atmosphere with a glass of wine and yummy appetizers.
    Price: $-$$ ($15-$29 — $30-$59)
 (Brown Derby Patio. Photo courtesy of: disneyworld.disney.go.com)
Tusker House (our favorite character lunch) Animal Kingdom
Donald Duck’s Dining Safari includes American Cuisine with an African flare. Your favorite Characters are dressed up in Safari gear and come to your table for pictures and autographs. We personally love the wide variety of food for all ages, including make-your-own PB&J’s for the kids, a delicious salad bar and tons of great vegetarian options. Don’t worry meat lovers, there’s a carving station and lots of chicken dishes too.
    Price: $-$$ Breakfast- $15-$29, Lunch & Dinner- $30-$59
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(photo courtesy of: disneyparks.disney.go.com)

‘Ohaha – Polynesian Resort
If you’re looking for a night of great food and entertainment then look no more. Delicious skewers of sweet and sour pork loin, oak-grille shrimp and steak are brought to your table in addition to dumplings, stir-fried vegetables, lo-mein noodles and more.  Be entertained as your little ones partake in the coconut races, show off their hula-hoop skills and dance to the island music as you sip a mai tai or other tropical drink from the full liquor bar.  This is definitely a place that’s fun for the whole  “ohana”.
   Price: $$
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Citricos – Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
A beautiful American style restaurant with Mediterranean flare. Whether you’re enjoying mouthwatering veal shank, roasted chicken, filet of beef, or choosing a glass from their award winning wine list you will love every part of your dining experience. Just one monorail stop away from the Magic Kingdom this restaurant is the perfect place to go before the parade and other evening entertainment.
Price: $$
La Hacienda – Epcot World Showcase (Mexico)
If you’re planning a night at Epcot with the family this is the perfect dinner spot. With tall windows and waterfront views, you can watch Epcot’s fireworks while enjoying a freshly made authentic Mexican dish. Try the shrimp tacos and wash them down with a guava infused handcrafted margarita from the bar.
    Price: $
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 (Photo courtesy of: the disneydiningblog.com)
Cinderella’s Royal Table – Magic Kingdom
The perfect place for your little princess. Meet Cinderella and other Disney Princesses as you dine inside of Cinderella’s Castle. Large, colorful Banners, a suit of armor, and elegantly painted windows make this a truly royal dining experience. This is a prepaid experience and should be booked months in advance.
    Price: $$
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 (Photo credit: www.bestoforlando.com)
Teppan Edo – Epcot World Showcase (Japan)
A great dinner and show all-in-one for the whole family. Have your choice of chicken, steak, seafood, and vegetarian items as your chef cooks Teppan-Yaki style right at your table.
    Price: $
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Monsier Paul – Epcot World Showcase (France)
With stunning views of the World Showcase, Monsieur Paul is the perfect place to dine for a special occasion. Enjoy gourmet french cuisine and feel as if you have been whisked away to Paris for the night. This restaurant does not have a kids menu so keep that in mind if you have young children.
    Price: $$
Jiko – Animal Kingdom Lodge
If you have an adventurous palette, you will love this place. Jiko offers a large selection of delicious cuisine including African, Indian, and Mediterranean menu items. With a beautiful, bright ambiance, Jiko is a great place to get the whole family together and enjoy a delicious dinner after a long day at the parks. Also look out for the South African Jiko wine tasting.
    Price: $$
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 (Photo courtesy of: disneyworld.disney.go.com)
Via Napoli – Epcot World Showcase (Italy)
Sometimes, we just need a good slice of pizza and what better place to find it than the heart of Southern Italy. Pizza, fresh salads, and authentic Italian desserts will keep you coming back for more. Via Napoli was voted Critic’s Choice for “Best Theme Park Restaurant” by Orlando Sentinel.
    Price: $
Flying Fish Cafe – Disney’s Boardwalk
For the surf and turf lover, The Flying Fish offers an eccentric menu of sizzling steaks and scrumptious seafood. Watch the chef’s cook in an open kitchen as they use only the freshest ingredients. Fun décor and the lively atmosphere make this a great family dinner spot.
    Price: $-$$ ($15-$29 — $30-$59)
Okay, now we’re hungry 🙂 When booking your next Walt Disney World Vacation, remember to refer back to this list to help make your Disney dining decisions a little easier. We are happy to recommend other restaurants that will be the best fit your family and can book all your dining reservations for you.
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Inside the new Four Seasons Resort

Inside the new Four Seasons Resort

 

Four Seasons Orlando

Four Seasons Orlando

Image Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort

The one and only Four Seasons brand has brought their unique luxury to Walt Disney World. Located within the residential community Golden Oak, just a few minutes from our favorite parks, the lakeside Four Seasons Resort Orlando sets the bar high for Central Florida’s hospitality. The 444-room resort features 5 on-property restaurants, pools, full service spa, 18-hole golf course, and offers unique benefits of staying at Walt Disney World property.

Here are a few of our favorite luxuries:1)  Goofy Dining –  Ravello, a modern Italian restaurant at the new Four Seasons offers a “Goofy & Pals” Disney character breakfast on Thursdays and Saturdays (and select Tuesdays on peak school breaks). Start your day with a “Good morning” from Mickey, Minnie and Goofy! Reservations must be booked well in advance. We can help!

2)  Magical Moments – Now your little ones can be pampered at Four Seasons’ take on Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Magic Moments will offer 8 different princess options for girls and the Shining Knight package for boys.

3) Spectacular Views – The breath-taking nighttime fireworks are just as big of an attraction as the parks themselves. Guests staying at the Four Seasons will have VIP viewing of the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom from furnished balconies of the resort’s park view guest rooms. You can also enjoy the fireworks while enjoying tapas and steaks at the rooftop restaurant, Capa.

4) Four Seasons Spa – After a long day at the park, guests can relax at this world class spa inspired by Central Florida’s flora and fauna. It features 2 coed relaxation lounges, locker rooms with external seating and whirlpool area, “experience shower”, 18 treatment rooms, 6
couples rooms, and 2 private spa bungalows.

5) Fine Dining – The property features five restaurants with glorious food
o Capa – Romantic rooftop Spanish steakhouse located on the 17th floor
o Plancha – Daytime Cuban-American fare in a lakeside setting
o Ravello – Italian cuisine in a sleek, urban atmosphere with a fresh-food philosophy
o PB&G – (Pool, Bar & Grill) Enjoy your favorite Premium American BBQ dish at this pool-side dining experience or cool down with their signature cocktails
o Lickety-Split – Coffee bar and gelateria that serves delicious pastries and quick bites throughout the day

Get a detailed scoop inside the delicious menu items at the Disney Food Blog

Of course, we saved the best for last…

6) Explorer Island – Five acres of packed fun for everyone! Enjoy the massive 7,590 square foot family pool, beach volleyball, lazy river, splash zone with dozens of choreographed water jets, waterslides, and a video gaming centre.

“It’s the kind of place kids will never want to leave, and grown-ups will love for the chance to join in the excitement and indulge their inner child,” predicts Director of Public Relations Dana Berry. “Explorer Island offers fun for all ages!”

Want to wind down at the spa and leave your little ones safely entertained? You got it! The fully-supervised Kids for All Seasons program is a complimentary camp for younger guests ages 4 to 12. You can also take a little break and indulge in the adult-only Oasis pool that is packed with sophistication to heighten your relaxation.

Take a look inside and see it for yourself!
Four Seasons Orlando

Four Seasons Orlando

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Ready to experience this overwhelm of beauty and luxury at the most magical place on earth?Call us now to book your VIP Tour and let us take care of all your needs: (407) 913 8375

 

One-Day Adventures For Families in Orlando from My VIP Tour

One-Day Adventures For Families in Orlando from My VIP Tour

Are you planning a trip to Disney and want to do something with your family other than visit a theme park?

Then plan on having a fun family adventure in Orlando.

Most people who visit Disney don’t venture beyond the Disney property and are not aware of how great the real Orlando is to visit.

The City of Orlando is called “City Beautiful” because there are so many wonderful things to do around town. Here are a couple of quick day trip family adventures for consideration during your Disney stay.

Lake Eola Downtown Orlando:

Lake Eola Orlando

Lake Eola Orlando

Lake Eola is an unchanging emblem of Downtown Orlando. Its majestic fountain and the graceful swan boats that you can rent, make Lake Eola an exceptional day trip. Also, make sure to walk the entire circle to view the art sculptures surrounding the park. For the younger kids, there is a wonderful playground overlooking the lake on the south end. Start or end your lake visit with lunch or dinner in the Thornton Park District close by. We’re happy to make suggestions or book reservations for your meal.

If, by chance, you are lucky enough to visit the lake on a Sunday morning or early afternoon, you and your family can also experience a unique weekly Farmers Market on the south end of the lake. The market is the place for great local food, music and crafts.

For more information and a map visit: http://www.downtownorlando.com/locations/lake-eola/#.VlUQVt-rTVo

DR. PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Dr. Phillips Center

There is nothing else like it and it has truly changed the face

of downtown Orlando. It is an amazing feat of design, architecture, and construction, inspired by the creative energy of the people who live, work, and visit here.

Built specifically for families who love to be entertained by performing arts events, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is the place to go. Let us help you book a special event, such as an original Broadway show, ballet, concerts, and more, during your Disney visit. Be sure to include an exceptional dining experience in Downtown Orlando—The Boheme restaurant, located in the unique Grand Bohemian Hotel across the street from the center.

For more information on events, visit:

http://www.drphillipscenter.org/

Whatever it is you’re traveling to Orlando for let one of our private concierge’s assist you with the planning.

We can be reached at (407) 913 8375 or via email at info@myviptour.com

Did you know the city of Orlando has a culinary scene not to be missed?

Did you know the city of Orlando has a culinary scene not to be missed?

 

If you are looking to spread your “foodie” wings outside Disney property, there are a few Orlando restaurants you must experience— only a short drive away.

Ravenous Pig: Local and Fresh
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Since opening in October 2007, The Ravenous Pig and its chef owners, James and Julie Petrakis, have garnered national acclaim for culinary creations inspired by the best seasonal foods Florida has to offer.

As one of Florida’s first restaurants to champion local farmers, fishermen, and artisanal purveyors, the Pig’s menu features such year-round favorites as Canaveral Shrimp ‘n Grits, Pork Porterhouse, Gruyere Biscuits, Steak Frites and a decadent Pig Tails with Chocolate Espresso Sauce dessert. Fresh Florida seafood—flounder, cobia, grouper, clams and shrimp—takes its place in the spotlight according to season, as does veggies, greens, and eggs supplied by a select group of small farmers.

Pastas and charcuterie are handmade daily. Specialty desserts like Plant City Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp and Zellwood Corn Crepes with Florida Blueberry Compote provide a fitting ending to a perfect meal.

See more at: http://www.theravenouspig.com/

Ravenous Pig Sister Restaurant: Cask & Larder

Cask & Larder

Cask & Larder

Cask & Larder is modeled after a Southern Public House with a distinctive sense of pride and place. Since the waning days of Prohibition, circa 1929, when Francis Harper took over a failed feed store near the railroad tracks in Winter Park and turned it into a tavern (yes, bribes to the local authorities might have been involved), generations of thirsty and hungry people have found their way here while seeking great food, drink, and good company.

Cask & Larder pays tribute to this legacy by creating a congenial neighborhood gathering spot where made-on-site beer flows freely (hence, the cask) and the pantry is always full. Long ago, the term “larder” applied to a storing area for meats and fish, typically the coolest room in a house. Modern refrigeration has since come along, but they continue to honor the whole cookery tradition by curing meat, canning their own preserved fruits and pickled vegetables, seeking out the best local fish and shellfish, and doing everything possible to keep their customers happy.

For more details go to: http://www.caskandlarder.com

Santiago Bodega-Wonderful Tapas!

Santiago Bodega

The original restaurant was located in Key West and its team recently expanded to a location on Virginia Drive in Orlando. Choose from more than thirty delectable tapas-style dishes, soups, and salads in a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Sunday Brunch is a local favorite; so be sure to book early. http://www.santiagosbodega.com/

Simple and fun can be found at Hawkers Asian Street Fair:

Hawkers Asian Street Fair

Hawkers Asian Street Fair

Prominent on the streets of Asia, hawkers are street vendors who depend on locally grown ingredients to create dishes sold from mobile carts and stands. The most successful recipes have been passed from one generation to the next, bringing flocks of eager patrons. At Hawkers, the chefs have selected the best of these “street food” recipes from across Asia and deliver them in a hip, sharing-encouraged environment.

http://eathawkers.com/

Great BBQ at 4 Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers Smokehouse

Do you love BBQ? The Orlando locals love the BBQ at the 4 Rivers Smokehouse. The creation of this fabulous BBQ smokehouse began with the launch of the “Barbecue Ministry” in 2004, when John (the founder) hosted a cookout fundraiser to support a local family whose young daughter was battling cancer. That one event inspired a passion for supporting local schools, churches, and charitable organizations.

Years later, smoking thousands of pounds of meat out of a garage wouldn’t cut it anymore! On October of 2009, after trials, tribulations, and a whole lot of burnt ends, John flipped the switch on his smokehouse’s electric “Hot Brisket Now” sign to its “on” mode, and launched a business. Within the first hour, a line had formed outside the door and eventually started winding around the corner.

Today, there are several locations across the state of Florida including a Winter Park location. For more details: https://4rsmokehouse.com

My VIP Tour will assist with travel arrangements and reservations for these and other local Orlando restaurants.

To schedule a wonderful, stress-free family vacation at Disney, Orlando, call My VIP Tour: Telephone: (407) 913-8375