Follow AllEars.net Founder Deb Wills on her journeys near and far via Walt Disney World, the Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney as she shares her planning thoughts and details of her trips and various Disney experiences. Deb is also active raising funds and awareness in the fight against Breast Cancer!
Caribbean Beach Resort Fuentes del Morro Pool and Kids Splash Zone
Last week I walked around Old Port Royale at the Caribbean Beach Resort to check out the water fun.
Fuentes del Morro is the feature swimming area for the resort. Designed to resemble a Spanish fortress, this heated pool features waterfalls, slides, and water cannons. The pool also offers "zero-entrance" for easy access into the water. Abundant lounge chairs are scattered around the deck.
For the little ones, a separate pool/play area is located nearby. A mock shipwreck and slides is the centerpiece of this children's water world. Especially fun is the overhead barrel that periodically dumps its water on the revelers below. Note, diaper-age children are required to wear swim diapers or rubber pants when using any pool at Walt Disney World. Swim diapers are available at Calypso Trading Post.
While neither of these areas are new, I took the opportunity to update our photo and video galleries.
On the DisneyWorld Passholders facebook page, an announcement was made earlier in the week that the Captain Hook "living topiary" would make an appearance on Friday, April 5th. We sent our reporters to get "dirt".
Come Sail Away - Announcing the 2014 Disney Fantasy AllEars Cruise
Greetings everyone! On the last AllEars group cruise, May 2012 Fantasy Eastern Caribbean, I said I would host another in 2014.
(Throughout this blog are photos from the May 2012 Group Cruise!)
We polled all the cruisers from that 2012 sailing and the majority spoke - Sail the Disney Fantasy again this time on a Western Caribbean cruise! So we are - and the date is May 10, 2014!
We will depart from Port Canaveral and sail to the ports of Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica & Castaway Cay.
I am pleased to announced that the AllEars Team of Linda, Barrie and Mel will return in 2014 to help everyone have a great time!
It's important to remember that DCL no longer offers group rates, so the rates are subject to change and historically go up as the ship fills. So the early bird truly does get the best rate! In addition, the rates we are quoting you are the rates currently available from Disney Cruise Line. We do not add any additional charges or fees to be a part of the group. The magical extras are funded by AllEars.net and sponsors such as www.MouseFan.Travel as a thank you for joining us!
From here we wandered to the Dolphin nursery, where the youngsters put on a quite a show.
Soon it was time for the festival to begin
Viva la Musica features the sights, sounds, and tastes of Latin culture at a festival for the entire family. Held each Saturday through May 4, visitors can enjoy mouthwatering foods and the sounds of popular Latin musical guests.
The event area opens each day at noon with food, shopping, characters, and music. The main concert begins at 3 p.m. in Bayside Stadium.
A number of characters were out and about willing to dance with everyone as the DJs and live band alternated sets. Rosita from Sesame Street and Dolly the Dolphin were ready to samba! (You can catch a glimpse of Dolly and I in the video. )
After checking out the various booths, we decided to get some lunch. The one thing I had heard about Viva la Musica from previous guests was "Don't miss the food." I can tell you, the food did NOT disappoint and lived up to its reputation.
Chef Hector Colon developed a great menu that everyone seemed to enjoy.
Popular favorites were the Carne Frita ($10.49) Arroz con Pollo ($9.49), Ceviche de Pescado ($9.49), and Pincho de Cerdo and de Pollo ($8.49).
And here is the Churrasco con Yuca y Chimichuri ($12.49), la comida favorita de la casa! The skirt steak was tender and flavorful. The portion size was plentiful, and I couldn't finish it all.
But as festive the atmosphere and tasty as the food was, the real draw for the crowds was the concert featuring Daddy Yankee, a reggaeton singer.
People lined up as soon as the park opened for business and the lines grew longer and longer. After the stadium filled, folks lined in the grassy areas to listen. There were even monitors set up in other festival areas for folks wanting to see Daddy Yankee.
VIP packages are available for reserved floor seating at the SeaWorld website. These are recommended for very popular artists if you don't want to wait in line!
Saturday, April 20 Willie Colón (salsa)
Saturday, April 27 Grupomanía (merengue)
Saturday, May 4 El Gran Combo (salsa)
The Viva la Musica concert is included in regular park admission for the day, but the food and merchandise are extra. Looking to spice up a Saturday afternoon? Head to SeaWorld by May 4!
DISCLAIMER: I was invited by SeaWorld to attend this event. I have my own SeaWorld annual pass, but I did accept the food voucher that covered my lunch. Members of the media also had reserved seating at the concert. This did not influence my coverage of Viva la Musica.