2016 Chocolate Easter Eggs at Disney’s Grand Floridian

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2016 Chocolate Easter Eggs at
Disney’s Grand Floridian

 

After having a great lunch at the Grand Floridian Cafe last weekend, my kids and I decided to spend some time looking at the gorgeous display of handmade Chocolate Easter Eggs in the front lobby.

I really love how they incorporated scenes from some of the newer Disney movies such as The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, Tangled, and even some old favorites like Lady and the Tramp and Robin Hood. Get a load of that BB-8!

You know how the lobby of the Grand Floridian smells like gingerbread during the Christmas season from the life-sized Gingerbread House? Well, imagine that wafting smell of chocolate!

Please excuse the angle of some of the eggs as there were lots of Guests around and I wanted to capture the whole thing from as close as I could get. If you click on the photo, you’ll be able to see it bigger.

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This last egg was just too fabulous and I couldn’t manage to take a still shot of it that was worthy; so I took a video instead! Another disclaimer; PLEASE excuse the vertical video as I only had my iPhone and the egg was tall so it had to be that way to get the whole thing. Hope you like it!

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011: Private Party Along the Shores of The Grand Floridian

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011: Private Party
Along the Shores of The Grand Floridian

 

Have you ever been riding the monorail and noticed that sandy beach area next to the Wedding Pavilion just before the Grand Floridian stop? Well, that is where our dinner party took place on the first night of Disney Social Media Moms. If I tell you it was amazing, that wouldn’t even begin to describe it!

Disney had a sand sculptor make a sculpture of the DisneySMMoms logo! How cool is that?

The food was amazing! They had these great little salads served in cones and they had watermelon in them! YUM-O!

Since this event was not only for the conference attendees, but the families as well, of course there was lots for the kids to do! There was a carnival set up on the other end of the beach with games and characters roaming around in their carnival attire. My kids both won a bucket load of prizes including a fabulous sandcastle-shaped bucket with a matching shovel! They had so much fun!

There was also live music!

My daughter was very chatty with the musicians and HAD to have her picture taken with them. She really enjoyed listening to them!

The people of Main Street were there too, having a great time chatting with everyone.

We had plenty of casual time to walk around and connect with some of the bloggers we’d interacted with prior to the celebration. I was really excited to meet Ashley, Lori, Amanda, and many more of my tweeps! It was so much fun to not be rushed and our kids were having the time of their lives with the characters and games. What a wonderful experience!

We could have gone to a park after that evening’s festivities but we decided to watch the fireworks from the shore and just soak in everything the Grand Floridian had to offer us that evening. It was amazing.

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Photo Tour And My Thoughts

Photo Credit: Marc Lorenzo

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Photo Tour And My Thoughts

I have read many reviews on Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and I’ve heard that it is a wonderful place to stay for many reasons, one of the biggest is that it’s right on the monorail line. I have to be honest though, I have never been able to wrap my head around the rates there until now.

I recently had the opportunity to stay there, along with my husband and our 2 kids, ages 9 and 13, during the Social Media Moms Celebration. I must say that from the moment we checked in, we were all in awe of the amazingness that IS the Grand Floridian. It is a completely different feeling walking in there to check in as opposed to walking in for a dining reservation. Just look at how beautiful their check-in folders are!

We were given a room that was in between the main building and the convention center in the “Sago Cay” building. Our room wasn’t going to be ready for a while, but that was fine because we’d left all of our things in the car. One thing about parking at the Grand Floridian is that it’s a pretty good distance away. We were discussing how we’d get all of our things from the car when a Cast Member from Bell Services heard us and came over to say that they would be more than happy to take us to our car in one of their “golf carts” so we wouldn’t have to carry it all! How cool is that? We didn’t even have to ask!

Anyhoo, when we got the message that our room was ready, we were pretty excited! Well, let me re-phrase that just a little, I was EXTREMELY excited! I snapped a few shots of the beautiful details in our room the minute we walked in.

Gorgeous already right? That is some beautiful marble! Isn’t that flower on the top of the white porcelain tissue dispenser just beautiful? I love the little things, what can I say? Even the toilet paper wrap had a gold-colored logo on it!

We walked around the corner and there was this HUGE hidden Mickey on one of the beds. Just look at how thick those towels are!

I have to tell you, I never appreciated the towels at Disney’s Deluxe Resorts so much until I went from staying in a Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villa to the All Star Sports Resort. Wow.

This picture was on the wall, and I LOVE it! I would hang it right in my living room if given the opportunity. For real.

And this mirror would go beautifully in my bedroom!

Ok, I know shared our view with you already, but I must show you again because it was simply amazing.

A Room With A View!

Each night when we came back to our room, we had a “Kiss Goodnight” on our bed which consisted of a cute little card and a special Grand Floridian chocolate.

I have always adored the attention to detail at Walt Disney World and I found that the Grand Floridian is no exception. I spent more time in our room this time than I ever have before because it was so magical and beautiful with the monorail gliding by and hearing the whistle from the WDW Railroad…..ahhhh….until next time.

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.

Wordless Wednesday…A Room With A View

A Room With A View!

 

Wordless Wednesday…A Room With A View

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011: Checking In…to the GRAND FLORIDIAN!

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DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011
Checking In…to the GRAND FLORIDIAN!

 

Can I just say AMAZING? Usually when we pull through the gates at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, we are going to eat at one of their wonderful restaurants. This time when we pulled up and the Cast Member asked, “Checking in?”, I exclaimed “YES!!!!”

Here are some pics of some of the wonderful things we saw as we were heading into the front lobby from our car:

After we checked into our room, we headed over to the Grand Floridian Convention Center to get our conference credentials and what not. One of the things we received was this little beauty:

Just wait until you see what’s on there! I can’t wait to share it with you!

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011

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DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011

Wow! What a weekend I just had! I just returned from my second DisneySMMoms Celebration at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL and it was incredible!

I have so much information to share with you all and I’m working to get it posted for you. I am making a commitment, right here in black and white, that it will NOT take me until next year to tell you all about it!

We were treated like royalty while we were there from staying at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to private parties on ride sets and such!

The time I had there was magical. The friends I made there are irreplaceable. The things I learned there are phenomenal. I am inspired!

Stay tuned!

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.