Dreaming of the perfect girlfriend’s weekend? This Princess and my blog set out for a trip free of diapers and deadlines and filled with fine dining, dancing and dazzling shows. Discovering different cultures, enjoying fabulous food and taking in magnificent sites doesn’t have to be in a land far, far away. Never land is closer than you think.
What better way to connect with your girls and boost your wellness than with a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth? Many people go to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to meet the characters. And that was my plan too. I met up with my own vibrant cast of characters, some great girlfriends for a magical girlfriend’s getaway. There is something that we ladies need to live and learn; this place is not just your daughter’s Disney. Walt Disney World is for sister girls too.
Is it possible to laugh for an entire weekend? From the “Welcome Home” to the “Until Next Time” I quite possible grinned the entire time I was at the Walt Disney World. Getting some much needed me time in with your girlfriends is important. Breaking free from the kids is more about breaking free from your kids. You will see kids a plenty at Disney. But did you know that you could also see the Spa, 4 Championship Golf Courses, mesmerizing shows like Cirque De Soleil’s “La Nouba”, 5 Star Restaurants, World Famous Hotels and from the looks of Rix’s Lounge and the other Amazing Night Clubs at Walt Disney World a single sister might just see her Prince Charming.
My best girlfriend Kristy Tasca and I were joined by a sister girl who is energy and fun personified none other than Jamie Foster Brown publisher and owner of the wildly popular Sister 2 Sister magazine, Ms. Elise Neal star of my film “Breathe” and Disney’s “A.N.T. Farm” along with the Palate Princess herself Iris McCarthy and a host of others on a whirlwind weekend at Disney.
We left the hot dogs and burgers for our return trip with the kids and settled on fine dining and finger lickin good food that spanned the globe during our girlfriend’s getaway at Disney. Our first stop was Epcot’s La Hacienda de San Angel–the newest dining attraction to be added to Epcot’s Mexican Pavillion. Modeled after a classic Hacienda and topped by an azure dome, this elegant eatery features views of World Showcase Lagoon. I threw down Mexican style on the Taquizas a taco trio that includes rib-eye, roasted chicken and marinated pork and an array of zesty dishes from fish tacos to Queso Fundido (warmed cheese with poblano peppers and chorizo). La Hacienda de San Angel boasts an on-site Tequila ambassador and an expert mixologists. So it’s safe to say that the party got officially started there. On our first breakfast we dined en plein air, Parisian-style in Epcot’s French-themed area. Being from the northeast I love a good fish fry. The fish and chips that I ate at the equestrian-themed Turf Club was the best I’ve had in a long while. We headed to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for dinner at Citrocos. I enjoyed a wonderful deconstructed paella at the fine dining restaurant which boasts a menu of American dishes inspired by the cuisine of Provençe, Tuscany and the Spanish Riviera. We ended our trip with a meal event that fed the soul and filled our bellies. We waved our hands, taped our feet and praised the Lord while passing the biscuits during a finger lickin good Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues.
At Disney every girl is treated like a Princess. You feel that with every experience there. But there is one experience that made us feel like a queen. Our makeover experience at Guerlain. Guerlain is one of the oldest and still operating perfume houses in the world. In addition to getting a fabulous makeover, we sampled scents and viewed the famous 24 carat gold “Bee” bottles that were originally created for French royalty. The boutique at Epcot is one of the worlds most visited.
What’s the point of getting all beautified then going to bed? Our first stop for the night was a dessert party followed by IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, a mesmerizing fireworks, laser and water show. Did you know that Disney has an amazing night life? We danced the night away in the amazing décor of Rix’s Lounge at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. And yes there were Prince’s a plenty.
Speaking of great guys we had a golf lesson by a wonderful PGA instructor on one of Disney’s 4 championship golf courses. Just the ride through the course was a maze of magnificent views from the natural beauty of Florida’s woodlands with sparkling lakes, tropical sand and native palms to the dramatic fairways that run through forests of live oak, pine, cypress and bay trees.
You can’t leave Disney without taking in a show. One of the must see shows anywhere is the Cirque du Soleil show, “La Nouba”. The show’s international cast of acrobats, athletes and performance artists—including more than 65 artists representing 15 countries—delights and mystifies with daring acts of grace.
Our whirlwind weekend at Disney is just a taste of what there is to do at the Happiest Place on Earth. I can’t wait for Girlfriends Weekend 2 to share more with you!
Thanks to my friends at Disney for hosting me and my Girlfriends!
Special thanks to Kristy Tasca Photography, Lamont Pete, Walt Disney World, Sister 2 Sister Magazine and The Palate Princess/Iris McCarthy for some of the photos and video images reflected in this post.