Enzo’s Hideaway Lunch Review

After feasting our way through the holidays & being spoiled by all of the good food, we couldn’t just end our holiday week with McDonald’s. We had to have some gourmet, food at Walt Disney World. We chose to have lunch at Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar in Disney Springs. Contrary to the title, this family friendly atmosphere is stunning and tells an intriguing story that does not disappoint.

The story of this restaurant refers to Maria & Enzo’s Restaurante as well as The Edison in Disney Springs and it goes like this…

While inspecting the building prior to taking full ownership, Enzo discovered a long-hidden place below the terminal that connected to abandoned sections of the next-door power plant. To Enzo’s astonishment, he came across a Prohibition-era hideaway where a team of flying rum-runners once gathered. Evidence of smuggler activity remained, untouched for decades. Enzo decided that the space might make an irresistible spot for dining and socializing to highlight the family recipes he grew up on, highlighting specialties from Rome and nearby regions.

An Italian Restaurant & Speakeasy, this restaurant is a fun & novel place to dine in Disney Springs and I will definitely visit it again. Following it’s name & story line, it is a bit of a hidden gem that can be easy to get into even when you don’t have a reservation.

Overview

Location: Disney Springs
Hours:
lunch 11:30am – 3:30pm
dinner 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Dining Style: Table Service, Italian food
Atmosphere: Mysterious & edgy
My review of this experience: 5 out of 5 stars

Menu

Review from our Experience
After enjoying a movie in Disney Springs, we decided at the last minute to have lunch at Enzo’s Hideaway. They were happy to accommodate us, with no wait, even though we did not have a reservation. Reservations are recommended, but this restaurant is a good place to start if you do not.
I was immediately impressed with the theme of this restaurant as we rounded the corner into the hideaway. It is what you would imagine a speakeasy to look like starting with the slot in the entrance door through the brick entrance, complete with graffiti on the walls, and ending with the hidden tunnel in the back. Yes, it DOES have a hidden tunnel where you can imagine the rum runners making a quick exit from the police during prohibition. We had a wonderful history lesson with our children over this meal. 😉
About the food
– The Bread service was good with optional oil & I like to dip my bread in oil. The oil was very authentic and maybe a little bitter to my palate.
– The Classic Lasagna was cheesy & a very large portion. It was cooked well and the flavor was blended.
– The Branzino or Sea Bass, was tender & flaky with a slight lemon flavor. The grapes and green beans were complimentary to the fish. My husband did not care for the green beans because they were sauteed and remained a little crisp.
– The Roasted Chicken Saltimbacca was my favorite. This delicious chicken was cooked to perfection and well seasoned with a tender inside and slightly crispy on the outside skin. The vegetables with it were all perfect from the tender artichokes to the broccoli and a nice flavor was added with a few capers. The entire plate was a scrumptious medley of flavors that blended well.
– Chocolate Ice Cream was for dessert for my youngest & he loved the waffle chip that came with it the most.
– Of course I had to try the Canoli and it did not disappoint. I wanted to lick the plate after finishing it, but thought that might be frowned upon.

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We finished every bit of food on our plates and since we just consumed two buckets of popcorn at the movie prior to this lunch, that tells you that the food must have been good.

The service seemed slightly European in nature. We had to ask every time we wanted more water and they only filled the one glass. Other than that the service was prompt and with a smile in true Disney fashion.

I see this place as the perfect guys getaway or bachelor get together before a wedding. It can also be a little on the romantic side and even fun for a girlfriend celebration. Any history buff will get a huge kick out of seeing this & if your kids are missing school they can tell the history teacher that they got to learn about a speakeasy when they were on vacation.

What I would change for next time
The only thing I might change for next time is not filling up on popcorn first so that I have room to try the Cannoli Sundae that looked so inviting for dessert.

Additional Information
To complete your visit to this restaurant, you have to find the ‘hidden tunnel’. If you are having trouble finding it, just make a trip to the restroom. 😉


Let me help plan the details of your Walt Disney World Vacation!

Which hotel is the right fit for your family? Where to dine, attractions, crowds and all that goes along with planning a vacation is a lot to think about.  With a Disney-focused travel agent by your side, you can plan as much or as little as you desire.  My planning assistance all comes at NO additional cost to you and is based on countless hours of personal experience.

  • Receive a welcome packet when you book, with  park information & a custom planning calendar.
  • Dining reservation assistance. Let me help you make your dining reservations for those popular Disney Restaurants. *based on availability
  • Fastpass+ assistance.  Undecided on which attractions are the best for your family? I’m happy to help you plan to utilize your Fastpasses to your advantage and will also provide assistance making those reservations *based on availability
  • Itinerary plans and printed itinerary with added suggestions to optimize your day and your experiences.
  • Fee-Free Planning. All of my planning assistance is complimentary when you book your trip through me, you will get all of the services that Disney offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
  • Custom Client Portal – I always like to stay on top of the newest technology and once you are booked, we can set up a free client portal where we can share documents & you can view details about your vacation.
  • Help planning visits to other Orlando area attractions outside of the Disney theme parks.  If you are considering adding other Orlando attractions to your vacation, why not get assistance from someone who is local and has been there?

You get all of this complimentary planning, and more, when you book your Disney vacation through Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures (me).  Click here to visit my website & fill out a quote form, or contact me so we can set up a time to chat about your dream vacation.

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Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic, I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney theme parks with my family exploring all of the newest things that Disney has to offer.
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
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Comparing Walt Disney World Resort Categories

With more than 25 different resorts to choose from, deciding where to stay can often be the most difficult part of planning a Walt Disney World vacation.  They all have stunning & bright design & top notch Disney service.  It really all boils down to personal preference and taste and maybe even your budget might play a part.

Walt Disney World Resort categories compared.  Value, Moderate & Deluxe Resorts compared. - PixieDustAdventures.com

When you book a package, at any Walt Disney World Resort, you will get:

  • Free transportation from & to the Orlando airport via Disney’s Magic Express
  • Free MagicBands (one per person)
  • Exclusive Extra Magic Hours in the parks, for Disney resort guests only
  • Complementary parking & transportation to all the Disney Parks and Disney Springs
  • Early access to Fastpass+ planning
  • Early access to dining reservations
  • Complimentary entertainment and recreation at your resort
  • Access to refreshing pools at your resort
  • Select ‘Magical Extras’ like one free round of mini-golf & shopping discounts

Value Resorts

All value resorts offer:

  • Several themed pools but no water slides
  • Bus transportation to all the parks and Disney Springs (only 1 internal bus stop)
  • Rooms that open to outside hallways
  • 260 – 277 square foot standard rooms, with 2 double beds or 1 king bed, that sleep 4 guests.
  • Mini refrigerators are usually standard in every room
  • Coffee makers and coffee included in only the family suites
  • Art of Animation & All-Star Music Resorts offer family suites that sleep up to 6 guests.
  • Food courts and pizza delivery, but no table service restaurants
  • Family friendly theming that is bright & fun with larger than life icons around the resort
  • Price Range: $96 – $214 for the standard rooms

Value resorts are Disney’s most economical choice for your vacation.  They offer the best ‘value’ for your dollar and are perfect for people that plan to spend most of their time in the parks and less time relaxing at the resort.

My favorite value resort has to be a tie between Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Art of Animation.  Art of Animation has amazing themeing around the resort, lobby & pools with a more upscale feel to the food court, but is at the upper end of the value resorts.  I also like Pop Century resort, while still well priced, it has it’s own bus service that it does not share with other resorts, an satisfying food court and great pools.

• New in 2018: Parking fees for overnight guests – $13 per night

Moderate Resorts

All moderate resorts offer:

  • A ‘feature pool’ with a water slide and other quiet pools throughout the resort
  • A calm and romantic atmosphere with beautiful landscaping and walking paths
  • A table service restaurant (except for French Quarter), food courts & pizza delivery available
  • Recreation options on-site for an additional fee as well as free recreation & entertainment
  • Large resorts with spread out layout
  • Bus transportation with multiple stops throughout the resort, to all the parks & Disney Springs.  The Port Orleans Resorts have boat transportation to Disney Springs.  Port Orleans French Quarter is smaller and only has 1 bus stop.
  • Rooms that open to outside hallways
  • 314 – 340 sq ft rooms with 2 queen beds or 1 king bed.  Most standard rooms sleep up to 4 guests.
  • Mini refrigerators are usually standard in every room
  • Coffee makers and coffee
  • Riverside and Caribbean Beach Resort have some rooms that sleep up to 5 guests
  • Coronado Springs Resort has Jr Suites that sleep up to 6 guests
  • Riverside and Caribbean Beach Resort have special themed rooms
  • Price Range: $182 – $285 a night for standard rooms

Moderate resorts have a more upscale feel, but also less bright and ‘Disney’ themed areas.  The resorts all have wonderful landscaping with nice walking pathways around the resorts.  The quick service food options are a little more upscale and most of the moderate resorts offer a table service restaurant.

It’s so difficult for me to choose a favorite resort out of these four fabulous choices.  I LOVE the pools at the Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs resorts, but the quaint size of the French Quarter Resort is also nice.  My kiddos have really enjoyed staying in the themed rooms.  Choosing your resort is really unique to your family and to what kind of experience you are looking for.

• New in 2018: Parking fees for overnight guests – $19 per night

Deluxe Resorts

All deluxe resorts offer:

  • A ‘feature pool’ with a water slide and other quiet pools throughout the resort. Many have hot tubs to relax in.
  • Amazing, unmatched theming with luxurious lobbies and gift shops
  • Table service restaurants (with 1 upscale option) and quick service food, but no food courts.
  • Bus transportation to all of the Disney Parks and Disney Springs
  • Non-bus access to at least 1 park (except Animal Kingdom Lodge)
  • Walking paths from some of the resorts to the one of the theme parks
  • On-site gyms, salons and valet parking available
  • Recreational options for an added fee
  • Free fun and recreation scheduled daily around the pools and movies at night
  • Rooms that open to inside hallways
  • Standard room sizes that start at 316 sq ft and sleep up to 5 guests
  • Mini refrigerators are usually standard in every room
  • Coffee makers and coffee
  • Some deluxe resorts offer villa rooms that have multiple bedrooms, bathrooms and full sized kitchens and sleep up to 12 guests
  • Price Range: $320 and up, per night.  Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge are the least expensive

If you want your vacation to be unforgettable in upscale style, than you should consider a deluxe Disney resort.  At the deluxe Disney resorts I could easily spend a  relaxing day sitting around the pool and enjoying the food & free recreation.

It would be difficult for me to choose a favorite resort in the deluxe category.  I like the Beach Club Resort for it’s easy access to Epcot Park, but I also like the Polynesian resort for it’s rich theming and monorail access to the Magic Kingdom.  The Contemporary is such a Disney icon and Animal Kingdom Lodge has a special place in  my heart because I love Animal Kingdom and watching the animals from my savanna view room.  Each deluxe resort offers impeccable amenities and service.

• New in 2018: Parking fees for overnight guests – $24 per night

Perhaps the best advice that I can offer when choosing the right Disney Resort for you family is to enlist the services of an experienced Travel Professional.  (((Maybe even yours truly)))

If you want to see more resort photos, visit my website and check out the Photos tab. www.PixieDustAdventures.com

Let me help plan the details of your Walt Disney World Vacation!

Which hotel is the right fit for your family? Where to dine, attractions, crowds and all that goes along with planning a vacation is a lot to think about.  With a Disney-focused travel agent by your side, you can plan as much or as little as you desire.  My planning assistance all comes at NO additional cost to you and is based on countless hours of personal experience.

  • Receive a welcome packet when you book, with  park information & a custom planning calendar.
  • Dining reservation assistance. Let me help you make your dining reservations for those popular Disney Restaurants. *based on availability
  • Fastpass+ assistance.  Undecided on which attractions are the best for your family? I’m happy to help you plan to utilize your Fastpasses to your advantage and will also provide assistance making those reservations *based on availability
  • Itinerary plans and printed itinerary with added suggestions to optimize your day and your experiences.
  • Fee-Free Planning. All of my planning assistance is complimentary when you book your trip through me, you will get all of the services that Disney offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
  • Custom Client Portal – I always like to stay on top of the newest technology and once you are booked, we can set up a free client portal where we can share documents & you can view details about your vacation.
  • Help planning visits to other Orlando area attractions outside of the Disney theme parks.  If you are considering adding other Orlando attractions to your vacation, why not get assistance of someone who is local and been there?

You get all of this complimentary planning, and more, when you book your Disney vacation through Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures (me).  Click here to visit my website & get started with a no obligation quote.

Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic, I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney theme parks with my family exploring all of the newest things that Disney has to offer.

Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com

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Disney Free Dining Offer Announced for 2019

It’s here folks! The moment so many of you have been waiting for & asking about. The Walt Disney World FREE dining offer. This year the offer has been released earlier, but has no dates past September. We can probably all guess this is due to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge this fall. If you currently have a vacation package booked with me, I am busy trying to see if I can apply this offer to your vacation.

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Disney World Free Dining Offer 2019

Book Through
February 10, 2019

Valid for Arrivals Most Nights
July 5 through September 30, 2019

Package Includes

  • Room
  • Theme park ticket(s) with a Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option
  • Dining Plan (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan with Value and Moderate Resort hotel packages; Disney Dining Plan with Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotel packages)

Requirements
– 5 Night / 6 Day Stay at an eligible Walt Disney World Resort
– Tickets with Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus Option
– ask about shorter lengths of stay

  • Important Details
  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • Advance reservation required.
  • Theme park tickets valid for admission beginning on date of check-in and must be used within a limited number of days, depending on length of stay and ticket. Visit disneydestinationstickets.com/usage for more details.
  • Some table-service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.
  • Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from the children’s menu, if available.
  • Gratuities are not included.
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • Everyone in the same room must be on the same package.
  • Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

Let me help plan the details of your Walt Disney World Vacation!

Which hotel is the right fit for your family? Where to dine, attractions, crowds and all that goes along with planning a vacation is a lot to think about.  With a Disney-focused travel agent by your side, you can plan as much or as little as you desire.  My planning assistance all comes at NO additional cost to you and is based on countless hours of personal experience.

  • Receive a welcome packet when you book, with  park information & a custom planning calendar.
  • Dining reservation assistance. Let me help you make your dining reservations for those popular Disney Restaurants. *based on availability
  • Fastpass+ assistance.  Undecided on which attractions are the best for your family? I’m happy to help you plan to utilize your Fastpasses to your advantage and will also provide assistance making those reservations *based on availability
  • Itinerary plans and printed itinerary with added suggestions to optimize your day and your experiences.
  • Fee-Free Planning. All of my planning assistance is complimentary when you book your trip through me, you will get all of the services that Disney offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
  • Custom Client Portal – I always like to stay on top of the newest technology and once you are booked, we can set up a free client portal where we can share documents & you can view details about your vacation.
  • Help planning visits to other Orlando area attractions outside of the Disney theme parks.  If you are considering adding other Orlando attractions to your vacation, why not get assistance of someone who is local and been there?

You get all of this complimentary planning, and more, when you book your Disney vacation through Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures (me).  Click here to visit my website & get started with a no obligation quote.

Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic, I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney theme parks with my family exploring all of the newest things that Disney has to offer.

Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com

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Disney World Free Dining Offer 2019

Walt Disney World Spring 2019 Room Discount; Save up to 30%

For everyone considering a spring trip to Walt Disney World, you won’t want to pass up this offer. With The Flower and Garden Festival in full bloom, spring is a fantastic time for a Walt Disney World vacation. If you already have a vacation booked with me, I will be busy trying to see if I can apply this offer to your existing vacation to help you save money.

Booking Dates and Valid Travel Dates

  • Save up to 25% for travel April 28 to May 27, 2019 when you book through May 27, 2019
  • Save up to 30% for travel May 28 to September 30, 2019 when you book through March 24, 2019
  • Valid Travel Dates – Stays most nights April 28 through September 30, 2019

Important Details
The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
Length of stay requirements may apply.
Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room.
Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts and Studios at Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts.
Advance reservations required.
Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.

Let me help plan the details of your Walt Disney World Vacation!

Which hotel is the right fit for your family? Where to dine, attractions, crowds and all that goes along with planning a vacation is a lot to think about.  With a Disney-focused travel agent by your side, you can plan as much or as little as you desire.  My planning assistance all comes at NO additional cost to you and is based on countless hours of personal experience.

  • Receive a welcome packet when you book, with  park information & a custom planning calendar.
  • Dining reservation assistance. Let me help you make your dining reservations for those popular Disney Restaurants. *based on availability
  • Fastpass+ assistance.  Undecided on which attractions are the best for your family? I’m happy to help you plan to utilize your Fastpasses to your advantage and will also provide assistance making those reservations *based on availability
  • Itinerary plans and printed itinerary with added suggestions to optimize your day and your experiences.
  • Fee-Free Planning. All of my planning assistance is complimentary when you book your trip through me, you will get all of the services that Disney offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
  • Custom Client Portal – I always like to stay on top of the newest technology and once you are booked, we can set up a free client portal where we can share documents & you can view details about your vacation.
  • Help planning visits to other Orlando area attractions outside of the Disney theme parks.  If you are considering adding other Orlando attractions to your vacation, why not get assistance of someone who is local and been there?

You get all of this complimentary planning, and more, when you book your Disney vacation through Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures (me).  Click here to visit my website & get started with a no obligation quote.

Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic, I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney theme parks with my family exploring all of the newest things that Disney has to offer.

Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com

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2019 Walt Disney World room discount offer

Walt Disney World Parking

Thousands of guests visit Walt Disney World every day.  It is easy to see why when you take into account all of the popular attractions, shows and amazing food.  With this influx of guests there has to be strategic parking management and with this comes a price.

Disney World Theme Park Parking

When driving a car to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom.

  • Standard Parking, car or motorcycle: $25 per day
  • Preferred parking, car or motorcycle: $50 per day
  • Shuttle, Limo, Camper, Trailer, RV, but or Tractor Trailer: $30 per day
  • Parking is Free for Walt Disney World Resort guests & Annual Passholders

Parking is located outside the main entrance to the theme parks, with the exception of Magic Kingdom where you will have to  park at the Transportation and Ticket Center and then take the monorail or ferry to the Magic Kingdom.  Parking lot trams run an hour prior to park opening and an hour after park close.  pay attention to where you have parked so you will be able to find you car when you leave.

Parking continues to be free at the water parks, miniature golf courses, Disney Springs and ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Disney World Resort Parking

Standard overnight parking fees are as follows and will be added to the guest hotel folio upon check-out.  Parking fees includes any taxes and fees.

  • Disney Value Resorts: $13 per night
  • Disney Moderate Resorts: $19 per night
  • Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night
  • Valet Parking at Deluxe Resorts: $33 daily fee,  tipping is customary
  • Parking at no charge for the following:Guests with disabilities, this includes valet parking
  • Guests traveling as part of a group or convention
  • Guests staying at Fort Wilderness Campsites
  • Day guests who wish to dine, shop, enjoy activities or visit a resort for the day.

If you want to avoid the daily parking lot chaos and get right to the front of the park, I suggest staying at one of the numerous Walt Disney World Resorts. By staying at Walt Disney World a resort, you won’t even need to worry about having a car for your entire stay.  Which resort is right for you? Read…  Walt Disney World Resort categories compared

Let me help plan the details of your Walt Disney World Vacation!

Which hotel is the right fit for your family? Where to dine, attractions, crowds and all that goes along with planning a vacation is a lot to think about.  With a Disney-focused travel agent by your side, you can plan as much or as little as you desire.  My planning assistance all comes at NO additional cost to you and is based on countless hours of personal experience.

  • Receive a welcome packet when you book, with  park information & a custom planning calendar.
  • Dining reservation assistance. Let me help you make your dining reservations for those popular Disney Restaurants. *based on availability
  • Fastpass+ assistance.  Undecided on which attractions are the best for your family? I’m happy to help you plan to utilize your Fastpasses to your advantage and will also provide assistance making those reservations *based on availability
  • Itinerary plans and printed itinerary with added suggestions to optimize your day and your experiences.
  • Fee-Free Planning. All of my planning assistance is complimentary when you book your trip through me, you will get all of the services that Disney offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
  • Custom Client Portal – I always like to stay on top of the newest technology and once you are booked, we can set up a free client portal where we can share documents & you can view details about your vacation.
  • Help planning visits to other Orlando area attractions outside of the Disney theme parks.  If you are considering adding other Orlando attractions to your vacation, why not get assistance of someone who is local and been there?

You get all of this complimentary planning, and more, when you book your Disney vacation through Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures (me).  Click here to visit my website & get started with a no obligation quote.

Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic, I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney theme parks with my family exploring all of the newest things that Disney has to offer.

Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com

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Jedi Training Academy in Walt Disney World

Jedi Training Academy is currently only be offered in Walt Disney World.  Jedi Training Academy has been ended in Disneyland, but I’m crossing my fingers that they will bring it back with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Jedi Training takes place at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World Resort and runs throughout the day with approximately 20 participants (ages 4-12) as Jedi Younglings.  The best part is… Jedi Training is free of charge with your park admission ticket!

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the article for a full length video.  😉

In Hollywood Studios the sign up process for Jedi Training begins early in the morning at park opening, it is wise to line up at the park entrance before the park even opens.  You will sign up at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost located between the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and the 50’s Prime Time Cafe. The sign up line actually begins at the entrance to the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular attraction.  Once you sign up, you will then be given a time and a ticket to return and participate.

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When you leave the sign up area you should have your ticket to return (middle), you can get some neat Force Push post cards.

After you have secured your spot into Jedi Training you may enjoy your day throughout Hollywood Studios until your time to return.  You MUST arrive back at the sign up location, 30 minutes prior to your performance time or your spot will be given to a person waiting on standby, and trust me there are a lot of them.

Be sure to take a bathroom break before checking in at the Indiana Jones Outpost.  While the children wait they are given a bottle of water.  Once everyone has checked in, the children are lined up from smallest to tallest.

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After everyone is in line they are all given Jedi Robes before their training starts.  One parent is asked to walk by each child to the training area to get a photopass card from your show photographer.  Since “Jedi Training” became “Jedi Training, Trials of the Temple” in 2015, there are now 2 different stages in the Jedi Training area (still side by side).  One stage will fight Darth Vader and one will fight the Seventh Sister.  Because of the 2 stages, there are 2 Photopass photographers, be sure that you get the correct card for the stage your child is on.

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The younglings are taken out to the training grounds where they wait for their Jedi Master.

After a short introduction the Padawans are brought onto the stage where the Jedi Master instructs them in a simple combination of lightsaber attacks.  Of course they are using “Training” lightsabers and not the real thing.

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Once the younglings have their training well under way a couple of storm troopers and Darth Vader appear and try to get the children to join the ‘Dark Side’.

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Each Jedi Trainee faces off with Darth Vader or the Seventh Sister using the skills that they where taught.

Below: Facing off with Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister during Jedi Training ( a Memory Maker photopass photo)

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Once Darth Vader realizes that he has been defeated and that none of the young Padawans will join the Dark Side, he retreats and Yoda congratulates the Jedi Training Academy graduates.  The Jedi Master announces the graduates to the audience and the robes are gathered in exchange for a special Jedi Training pin.  Be sure to wear this pin proudly to show off your completion of the Jedi Training Academy.

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Jedi Training Academy, pin of completion

I strongly recommend the Jedi Training experience to anyone with even a slight interest in Star Wars.

Don’t forget to purchase your Memory Maker photo package so that you can get all of the wonderful pictures that the Disney Photographers take & then be sure and add special Star Wars boarders once you arrive home.  If you have purchased Memory Maker, look for the Photopass photographer during your Jedi Training session & ask them for a photopass card at the end of the training.  They will hand you a card that is linked to the photos from your session.  Once you arrive home to download your photos, you will be able to add all sorts of neat boarders to the photos.  You may want to take that PhotoPass card to a Disney photo center & have them add the photos of only your child/children to your Memory Maker account.  If you add the PhotoPass card number later on, you will have pictures of all of the children that participated in Jedi Training that day.

Thank you for reading my article.

Watch the full length You Tube video of Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple below:

Full length You Tube video of the original Jedi Training below:

Let me help plan the details of your vacation!

Which hotel is the right fit for your family? Where to dine, attractions, crowds and all that goes along with planning a vacation is a lot to think about.  With a Disney-focused travel agent by your side, you can plan as much or as little as you desire.  My complimentary planning assistance all comes at NO additional cost to you and is based on countless hours of education and personal experience.

  • Receive a welcome packet when you book, filled with information & a custom planning calendar.

    • Dining reservation assistance. Let me help you make your dining reservations for those popular Disney Restaurants. *based on availability

    • Fastpass+ assistance.  Undeicded on which attractions are the best for your family? I’m happy to help you plan to utilize your Fastpasses to your advantage and will also provide assistance making those reservations *based on availability

    • Itinerary plans and printed itinerary with added suggestions to optimize your day and your experiences.

    • Complimentary Planning. All of my assistance comes at no added cost to you.  When you book your trip through me, you will get all of the magical extras that Disney offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.

    • Help planning visits to other area attractions outside of the Disney theme parks.  If you are considering adding other Orlando attractions to your vacation, why not get assistance of someone who has personally been there?  Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and nearby cruise lines all make a wonderful addition to your next Orlando vacation.

You get all of this and more when you book your Disney vacation through (me) Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures.  Click here to visit my website & get started with a no obligation quote.

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Ale & Compass Restaurant Breakfast Review

Recently we experienced breakfast at the Ale and Compass Restaurant in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.  The last time we enjoyed the buffet here, it was the Captain’s Grille Restaurant with a light and tropical feel.  This restaurant remains one of the more cost effective options for the Epcot Candlelight Processional dining package during the holiday season. After the update it is now a more quiet & luxurious feeling restaurant and the breakfast menu has changed from a full buffet to an entree menu and optional continental buffet.

Disney's Ale & Compass Breakfast Review from the Candlelight Processional Dining Package.

Overview

Location: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Hours:
breakfast 7:30am – 11:00am
lunch 11:30am – 2:00pm
dinner 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Dining Style:  Table service with an optional continental buffet for breakfast
Dining Plan:  1 table service credit
Atmosphere: Warm, quite and inviting
* all information subject to change
My review of this experience:  3.5 out of 5 stars
Read through for details on why I have given this review for this experience

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Disney's Ale & Compass Breakfast Review from the Candlelight Processional Dining Package.

Disney's Ale & Compass Breakfast Review from the Candlelight Processional Dining Package.
Disney's Ale & Compass Breakfast Review from the Candlelight Processional Dining Package.

Since we had the Candlelight Processional Dining Package during this visit, we selected the Buffet option which included the continental breakfast buffet as well as our choice of one entree. 

Review from my Experience
The Ale & Compass was our Candlelight Processional Dining package reservation.  The Candlelight Processional package allowed us to have guaranteed seats at the show with John Stamos as the narrator.  We have been wanting to try the Ale & Compass since the redesign and it was the most cost effective option as well.
Our reservation was for 10:55am and we checked-in at the podium 11:00am.  We were told that they were running a little behind & that they would text my cell phone when our table was ready.  We were okay with the wait because there are so many beautiful holiday decorations to look at in the resort.
I got a text around 11:35am & were promptly seated in a comfortable booth table & handed menus.  Our server did not arrive to acknowledge us for about 15 minutes & left after explaining our choices.  When he returned to take our order he told us to help ourselves to the continental buffet since it was included in our dining package.
When we visited the buffet, we found that they had limited amounts of food left.  The grapes were gone & there was only one cinnamon roll left.  Soon our food was delivered and we were told that the buffet was closing for lunch and we should go back one more time if we wanted to.  There was even less selection at that point.
– The Breakfast Flatbread was a very large portion, but I found it to be a little rich & oily in texture.  I may just be spoiled by the pizza at Via Napoli.
– The steak on the open-faced skirt steak sandwich was slightly tough; I prefer my steak to be very tender.
– The salted caramel-apple french toast was good comfort food and my family approved of the taste.
– The dark chocolate waffles were probably the favorite for our family topped with the rich cream and a side of bacon.

To their credit, when we mentioned that the cinnamon rolls were gone & they told us that they would not be making more, the manager overheard & did go to the Ale & Compass Market & bring some extra large cinnamon rolls from outside of the restaurant.  This is much more typical of the Disney service that we are spoiled by.

One of my favorite parts of the meal was my London Strand Earl Gray Twinings Tea.  I really enjoyed the beautiful flavors offered with my meal.  If purchased at the Twinings Tea store in the Epcot UK Pavilion, the cost of this tea is about $1.00 a bag.

I know that I may be slightly harsh in my review, but Disney has set the bar so high with their food that I now tend to expect excellence when my meal totals $180.00 for four adults.

What I would change for next time
If we take advantage of this low priced meal for the Candlelight Processional again, I will make a reservation for an earlier time.  I think that our experience could have been improved if we had not missed out on the delicious offerings at the continental buffet because we were seated so late.

Additional Information
I have to add that I did really like the redesigned bench seating at the back of the restaurant.  There is now a space behind the benches to set your park bags & other things.  This is very convenient & leaves more room on the benches to sit.


Let me help plan the details of your Walt Disney World Vacation!

Which hotel is the right fit for your family? Where to dine, attractions, crowds and all that goes along with planning a vacation is a lot to think about.  With a Disney-focused travel agent by your side, you can plan as much or as little as you desire.  My planning assistance all comes at NO additional cost to you and is based on countless hours of personal experience.

  • Receive a welcome packet when you book, with  park information & a custom planning calendar.
  • Dining reservation assistance. Let me help you make your dining reservations for those popular Disney Restaurants. *based on availability
  • Fastpass+ assistance.  Undecided on which attractions are the best for your family? I’m happy to help you plan to utilize your Fastpasses to your advantage and will also provide assistance making those reservations *based on availability
  • Itinerary plans and printed itinerary with added suggestions to optimize your day and your experiences.
  • Fee-Free Planning. All of my planning assistance is complimentary when you book your trip through me, you will get all of the services that Disney offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
  • Custom Client Portal – I always like to stay on top of the newest technology and once you are booked, we can set up a free client portal where we can share documents & you can view details about your vacation.
  • Help planning visits to other Orlando area attractions outside of the Disney theme parks.  If you are considering adding other Orlando attractions to your vacation, why not get assistance from someone who is local and has been there?

You get all of this complimentary planning, and more, when you book your Disney vacation through Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures (me).  Click here to visit my website & fill out a quote form, or contact me so we can set up a time to chat about your dream vacation.

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Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic, I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney theme parks with my family exploring all of the newest things that Disney has to offer.
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com

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Disney's Ale & Compass Breakfast Review from the Candlelight Processional Dining Package.
Disney's Ale & Compass Breakfast Review from the Candlelight Processional Dining Package.
Disney's Ale & Compass Breakfast Review from the Candlelight Processional Dining Package.