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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:52 am

Pizza Ponte has sent us a little bit of info on a delicious offering they serve called the Big Roman... The largest slice of pizza that you can find at Disney Springs!

For only 5.95 a slice, guests can feast on the cheesy goodness of the Big Roman at Pizza Ponte. The largest slice of pizza available at Disney Springs measures 12-inches-long and is baked to absolute perfection. The Big Roman is a classic Margherita style pizza made with tomato, mozzarella, and arugula on roman pizza bread. Share a slice with a friend or hoard it all to yourself (we won’t judge) for an authentic taste of southern Italy brought to you by the same team behind Epcot’s beloved Via Napoli located in the Italy Pavilion.

“The flour and process of making the dough are the make or break components of perfect pizza. We use Caputo “00” flour imported from Italy, which means it’s the best selected wheat and is milled twice. This makes pizza dough flavor very intense. The process is comprised of a three day proofing made with a mother’s yeast at 80 percent hydration. We use water that mirrors the chemical composition of the water found in Naples to help create the consistency of our dough, which contributes to our pizza’s chewy texture,” says Executive Chef and Master Pizzaiolo Charlie Restivo.

“At Pizza Ponte, we’re dedicated to using fresh ingredients and signature cooking methods that deliver results that are on par with the traditional characteristics found in the style of pies served on the streets of Naples,” says Patina Restaurant Group Marketing Director Kyle Collins.
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:09 am

We recently got to check out the new Gran Destino Tower as part of the Coronado Resort at Walt Disney World. First of all, I just have to say this new addition is absoultely BEAUTIFUL! Everything about it from the exterior of the resort, the interior lobby areas, the rooms, the views, etc... It's just FANTASTIC! And best of all? It's still considered a "Moderate" in terms of pricing when it comes to Disney World resorts.

I was honestly blown away by the level of quality and when you walk in, the place feels more like a "Four Seasons" which speaks volumes for the expectations raised in a moderate resort. This resort also kicks off some new expansions when it comes to hotel properties at Walt Disney World. Not only do we have this tower opening, but also the DVC tower coming soon to Caribbean Beach, and then of course the new "Star Wars" Hotel which is currently in development.

Coronado Springs has always been one of the "convention" resorts at Disney World so not only does it focus on family vacations to the parks, but also the businesses that hold their meetings and events on property. This new tower and the newer facilities that have been upgraded and added most certainly fit both types of travelers to Walt Disney World.

Anyway, enough text.... let's get onto some photos & video!

Here's a video showing off a look at the rooms and some of the new features of the hotel:

And of course... PHOTOS!
So many families and business travelers will start their vacation at Walt Disney World right here! And I can't think of a better place to be!
The new Gran Destino Tower is beautiful! I love the design of the tower....
...and WOW! The lobby ares are just amazing! This is considered a "moderate" resort, but it looks like a high-end place to me!
It is of course, Disney, so they never forget one thing....
Seriously, though, this lobby and lounge area is awesome!
This is the "Barcelona Lounge" (and yes, in case you didn't know, Coronado Springs has a Spanish theme and vibe to it!)
Menu, please?
I love the idea of building your own drink!
The new smart elevator system has made its way to Walt Disney World! When you arrive at the elevators, instead of pressing an "up or down" button, you press what floor you need to go to.
The screen directs you to what elevator will take you to your destination.
You head to that elevator and off you go!
There are no buttons inside so you just have to trust Willy Wonka to take you to the floor of your dreams! :)
Here's a look at one of the King rooms. I love the modern, slightly more "classy" look of the place.
There's plenty of desk space in case you need to "work" during your vacation... or if you just have lots of bags of Minnie Ears and you need a place to put them!
Speaking of storage space, one of the nice things about these rooms has taken a page from the Disney Cruise Line staterooms...
...elevated beds so you can unpack, and the store your empty luggage under the bed! We do this all the time on the Cruise Ships, and it's a great idea for the resort hotels also! Especially when you're staying on property a week or longer!
Oh yeah, lots of USB and traditional power outlets in the rooms as well!
Here's a look at one of the living room areas of the larger suites. Love the decor in here!
It would not be a Disney resort without some "Hidden Mickey's." Do you see it? Need some help finding him?
THERE he is!!! :)
Oh, don't forget about the amazing views! No matter what side of the tower you are on, you either have an amazing view of the lagoon or the theme parks! And you can see in the center of the lagoon is the new "Three Bridges Bar & Grill" which opened earlier this year.
This new area is wonderful! I love the seating right on the water.
It's open air and even in the warmer summer nights it is cooled by larger fans and is just a great place to "hang out" at the hotel.
The food and drinks are fantastic here as well! Plenty of "snacks" and "small plates" while you hang out.
These Chicken Sliders were fantastic!
And these churros actually had a bit of a "kick" to them!
The new bar is a great place to down several pitchers of Sangria and raise a glass to the new Gran Destino Tower!
Speaking of back at the tower, here's a look at the Concierge Lounge. And while I didn't get too many photos in here, let me direct you to the most important item....
...Mickey Mouse shaped sugar cubes for your coffee!!!! (what can I say, I'm EASILY amused!) :)
Speaking of more "Mickey's" even the hallways include some subtle little touches...
See him?
Fun Fact! The Grand Destino is actually based on an animated short film from Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí!
It's kind of weird, but most certainly worth checking out!
The meeting and event spaces were also VERY impressive! This is not your typical "business meeting!" Leave it to Disney to make meetings and conventions FUN and relaxing!
The top floor of the tower features quite possibly the most exciting feature about it!
Two dining venues are on the top floor, the first being the Dahlia Lounge.
This is a fantastic bar to come hang out in and unwind after a day at the parks!
The park views from up here are also FANTASTIC! Great area to view fireworks from!
And then the star attraction of the top floor is the Toledo Restaurant!
Again, just like the rest of the hotel, it looks AMAZING!!!
And the food? OMG! That right there is different ages of Montego Cheese on one plate! 3, 6, 9, and 12 months!
If you like steak...they have it! And it was delicious!
Scallops? You bet!
This might be a little too much Squidward for me, but I know some people who would LOVE this!
The desserts here were also just fantastic!
That is a brownie where every bite is a different flavor! Cheesecake, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and more! CRAZY!
I love the smashed bottle plates that the tapas comes on! Just a great idea!
Of course the hotel also looks just GORGEOUS at night!
And finally... it wouldn't be a grand opening without Mickey Mouse doing the honors!
I had a fantastic time staying the new Gran Destino hotel! Was fun hanging out with friends. And a HUGE THANK YOU to Walt Disney World for inviting us out and hosting us during our stay! THANK YOU!
Last edited by robbalvey on Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:19 am.

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:46 am

That's ridiculously nice for a 'moderate'. I love the new elevators but I don't know if they can work with the general public...especially the general public on vacation! I know Royal Caribbean tested them and it didn't go over so well. I really worry they will only work in office buildings.

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:13 am

I see you all found Tim Tracker too! :)

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:09 am

If we can pry ourselves away from Disney Springs I could totally us hanging out at Three Bridges Bar & Grill after park close one night. It looks like my kind of thing. I'm loving the midnight closings.

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:56 am

Coasternerd3 wrote:I see you all found Tim Tracker too! :)

We all are almost always at these events together.

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:00 pm

SharkTums wrote:That's ridiculously nice for a 'moderate'. I love the new elevators but I don't know if they can work with the general public...especially the general public on vacation! I know Royal Caribbean tested them and it didn't go over so well. I really worry they will only work in office buildings.

I didn’t realize they are keeping this in the moderate category! Looks amazing for that price range!

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:14 pm

Every aspect looks great and practical! Overall beautiful, nice fun little Disney touches, the food and bar looks top notch. Looks like the place I'd want to stay if I'd visit Orlando in 2020 :mickey:

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:57 pm

I absolutely love those smashed bottle plates!

Also a huge fan of the pillars design in the lobby, and how it's reflected in the artwork! :lover:

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:59 pm

Last night TPR was hosted for an evening preview of Late Nights at Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar and The Edison. These new evening late evening menus offer an incredible value for guests enjoying Disney Springs, with generous portions, great prices and plenty of delicious food to enjoy!

Late Nights at Enzo's Hideaway and The Edison run Mondays through Thursdays from 10:00 PM to midnight with limited menus offered during these times.
We spent our evening at Enzos Hideaway and The Edison previewing their new Late Night menu items!
We started our time at Enzo's Hideaway with a demonstration of how the bartenders craft two of the signature "Giggle Waters" offered in the Tunnel Bar.
Quality limoncello!
There's a science to crafting fine cocktails...
And these folks have nailed it!
Two of the delicious signature Enzos Hideaway “Giggle Waters” are the Limoncello Gimlet and the Luciano Spritz!
You can't go wrong with an abundance of cheese!
How about some meat?
Some fresh olives, grapes, honeycomb and almonds to pair with the meat and cheese boards.
The Chicken Parmesan Sliders were absolutely delicious!
The Fontina in Carozza (fried cheese!) is a great twist on the classic fried mozzarella!
Time to head over to The Edison for The Edison Late Night preview!
What better greeting than a serving of Clothesline Maple Bacon!
The two drinks we sampled were the Electric Lizard (left) and The Fluoroscopy (right). Rum or vodka respectively. Pick your poison, both are great!
Late Nights at The Edison run Mondays through Thursdays from 10:00 PM to midnight. For $5 you can get this Philly Cheesesteak, a bacon cheeseburger or the clothesline bacon!
The bacon cheeseburger is a great value for $5!
Our preview finished with an amazing Cherry Cheesecake Trifle.
Thanks to Enzos Hideaway and The Edison for hosting us for a fantastic evening of late night bites and drinks!
This atrium may be familiar to some Pleasure Island fans...
It is really exciting to see some late night offerings pop up at Disney Springs... And for the value, I'll definitely be revisiting both of these menus... I mean, how can you not where there's clothesline bacon and fried cheese?
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