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April 3, 2013

Caribbean Beach Resort Fuentes del Morro Pool and Kids Splash Zone

Deb's Digest Blog

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.

Caribbean Beach Fuentes del Morro pool

Caribbean Beach Fuentes del Morro pool

Caribbean Beach Fuentes del Morro pool

Caribbean Beach Fuentes del Morro pool

Caribbean Beach Fuentes del Morro pool

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.


Caribbean Beach Kids Pirate Themed Splash Zone

Caribbean Beach Kids Pirate Themed Splash Zone

Caribbean Beach Kids Pirate Themed Splash Zone

Caribbean Beach Kids Pirate Themed Splash Zone

Caribbean Beach Kids Pirate Themed Splash Zone

Caribbean Beach Kids Pirate Themed Splash Zone

While neither of these areas are new, I took the opportunity to update our photo and video galleries.


Complete Fuentes del Morro Photo Gallery


Complete Kids Splash Zone Photo Gallery


April 6, 2013

Captain Hook Topiary - Is Alive!

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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".


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April 16, 2013

Come Sail Away - Announcing the 2014 Disney Fantasy AllEars Cruise

Deb's Digest Blog

Greetings everyone! On the last AllEars group cruise, May 2012 Fantasy Eastern Caribbean, I said I would host another in 2014.

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(Throughout this blog are photos from the May 2012 Group Cruise!)

All Ears 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!

All Ears 2012 Group Cruise


All Ears 2012 Group Cruise

We will depart from Port Canaveral and sail to the ports of Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica & Castaway Cay.

All Ears 2012 Group Cruise

All Ears 2012 Group Cruise

All Ears 2012 Group Cruise

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!

All Ears 2012 Group Cruise

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!


All Ears 2012 Group Cruise

All Ears 2012 Group Cruise


For a free quote visit: www.mousefantravel.com/disney-destinations/disney-cruise-line/latest-deals/join-deb-allearsnet-disney-fantasy

Check out the fun from our May 2012 Cruise on the Disney Fantasy!

You can read all about the AllEars Alaska cruise in 2011!

So.................... who's ready to sail ??!!

Join our Facebook Page for the AllEars 2014Disney Cruise!

All Ears 2012 Group Cruise

All Ears 2012 Group Cruise

April 18, 2013

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica Festival

Deb's Digest Blog

SeaWorld's annual Viva la Musica festival kicked off April 13 in grand style.

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

Because we arrived to SeaWorld prior to the festival opening, we explored a bit on our own. First, we had to check out the Antarctica construction area to see what progress has been made.

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

Antarctica Empire of the Penguin officially opens on May 24, 2013. You can read more in my Behind the Walls tour and also from various SeaWorld Press Releases.

From here we wandered to the Dolphin nursery, where the youngsters put on a quite a show.

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

Soon it was time for the festival to begin

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

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.

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica


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. )

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

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.

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

Chef Hector Colon developed a great menu that everyone seemed to enjoy.

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

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).

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

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.

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

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.

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

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.

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

SeaWorld's Viva la Musica

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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!

Remaining concerts:
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.

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