Back in March I attended the Walt Disney World wedding ceremony showcase, my first DFTW showcase on the East coast! I wasn’t planning on attending till I noticed the showcase was occurring one week after the RunDisney Princess races. So I decided to increase my trip and have one huge Walt Disney World action-packed trip!
Like all the things in Walt Disney World, the weddings showcase was a lot greater and overwhelming than I anticipated. However I had a good time (regardless of being tremendous sick and hopped up on Dayquil and Sudafed). There was a lot to expertise over the 4 hour showcase, plus dessert celebration later in the day. So I’ll break this recap into sections!
And if you’d like an excellent professional view of the showcase, right here’s Disney’s video:
Only one fast fun second earlier than I dive in … I wore my “Going to the Castle” shirt and truly saw another visitor WEARING MY SHIRT! I went as much as her and stated “Oh my gosh, you’re wearing my shirt!” and she or he stated “Oh yeah, cool!” and I yelled “NO YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, I designed this shirt. It’s my shirt.” That poor woman, I’m so sorry I yelled at you. (However thanks for purchasing my shirt!)
The expo portion of the showcase befell within the newly renovated convention middle of Disney’s Yacht and Seashore Membership Resort lodges. This is identical conference middle the place I attended Disney Social Media Celebration a number of years again so it was nice to return!
After checking in and receiving my credentials (no, I am not having a Vow Renewal in Might 2020; you have been required to offer them an event date), I wandered across the lobby where a couple of reveals have been arrange. MAC was doing mini makeup purposes and Senses spa (at Disney’s Grand Floridian Lodge and Spa) have been providing massages. Strains have been long have been both so I skipped them. (I additionally apparently skipped footage of this area!)
I arrived on the expo in the direction of the start of the showcase and, holy wow, it was packed! Each part had very lengthy line, including the meals! It was robust to even work out what was on show or being provided. I did a lap, but determined to exit for the self-guided venue tour after which return to the expo for the final hour of the showcase. Once I got here again, the crowds had diminished considerably and I was capable of attempt some food and take higher footage.
DFTW had some beautiful tablescapes on display, themed after totally different Disney films. My favorite was the Fox and the Hound table!
A number of of the food shows had depleted their stock by the point I returned, however I was capable of attempt a number of issues.
Mini caprese salad
This was a VEGAN filet with yummy mashed potatoes and veggies, and so good!
Mini cheese plate! So cute.
Some sort of meat with coleslaw … ought to have taken higher notes.
The chefs had some pretty desserts on show, as well as a number of bite-size samples of cake and frosting. I tried French Toast Cake with maple White Chocolate Mousse, Lavender Cake with Peach Schnapps Mousse, and Confetti Cake with Raspberry Buttercream. I had excessive hopes for the lavender cake however it was very delicate; the French Toast Cake and maple mousse had the strongest flavor.
Several Disney distributors have been represented on the expo, together with Disney Effective Art Images (who had a enjoyable photograph booth), Disney Honeymoons, and Disney Cruise Line. Other vendors included most popular videographers and stationers. You can even converse with a marriage planner or gross sales marketing consultant (however these tables have been FULL all day).
I even spotted Disneyland weddings being represented with a really complicated display displaying venues which are NOT Disney venues. When asked about it, they explained it was an inspiration board. Hmmm.
Whereas all of us miss Alfred Angelo’s Disney line of wedding ceremony robes, it was good to see Kleinfeld showcasing the newest in bridal couture.
Additionally at the expo was the premiere of latest Disney’s Fairy Story Wedding merchandise. I wish to assume my “magical wedding” inspired designs paved the best way for these (Hello, Disney!! *waves*). There were shirts, tumblers, wristlets, and jewelry trays that learn “Happily Ever After.” Nevertheless, the only photographic evidence I have of it are these photographs:
I do know I coated the whole lot extensively in my Instagram Tales however I assume I did not take “real” pictures … so only a pleasant reminder to comply with me on Instagram at @FairyTaleMindy.
We have been informed all of this merch can be obtainable on-line sooner or later, so regulate the DFTW web site for extra details!
The Venue Tour
Shifting on to the warmest and most demanding part of my day: the self-guided venue tour! The venue tour coated Disney’s Yacht and Seashore Club and Disney’s Boardwalk Inn resorts. If in case you have never been to the Boardwalk Inn before, CONSULT A MAP BEFORE YOU GO, WOW! I’ve never been so misplaced! At one level I received so drained and overheated from walking round I needed to only sit in their lobby for a bit AND IT TOOK ME 30 MINUTES TO FIND IT.
More on the Boardwalk later. I began my tour at Yacht Club since I was already there, and determined to do a loop in the direction of the Boardwalk outlets, then Boardwalk Inn, then comply with the loop back to Seashore Club. The whole tour took me about two hours, together with my break.
Aspect notice, the Showcase included a cellular web site with useful info, together with a map for the venue tour. Previous to arriving, DFTW despatched out an e mail with instructions on find out how to save the website to your telephone, like an app. This was an amazing concept and I used the app rather a lot to reference venue names and places.
The first venue I saw was Ariel’s at Disney’s Yacht and Seashore Membership, which appeared like a mixed-use meeting room … not quite a ballroom however not quite a lounge, both. The set-up that they had was very pretty and I appreciated this room rather a lot. However I’m assuming it doesn’t get used too typically because the decor could be very ocean-y, so you haven’t any selection however to work with that theme.
Next was the Wedding Gazebo at Disney’s Yacht Membership. This venue holds a particular place in my coronary heart because I stayed in one of many lodge rooms surrounding this venue during my first go to to Walt Disney World.
Just along the trail from the Gazebo is an outside reception area referred to as Disney’s Yacht Membership Marina. I was informed this could possibly be a pre-reception or reception area and may accommodate up to 500 visitors! Wowza!
(Just a private opinion … can we stop with the draping-the-napkins-off-the-table? It seems so sloppy! There are one million better ways to fold and display a serviette. Thanks for listening.)
Shifting down the path, the subsequent venue on the tour was Atlantic Dance Hall, a part of Disney’s Boardwalk space. I can see why this venue is a well-liked reception spot, with its stage and large dance flooring; nevertheless the venue is in dire need of an update.
The subsequent venue on the map is The Attic and here’s where my tour began to go south. The Attic, on the map, is above Jellyrolls. BUT that isn’t the way you entry it. So picture me walking forwards and backwards around Jellyrolls in the direct Florida sun in search of an entrance. I lastly gave up and walked to the Boardwalk Inn and requested the first group I noticed with DFTW badges, who pointed me in the appropriate course.
The Attic is on the finish of a really long, very winding hallway, but you’re rewarded with an cute cozy venue that features a balcony with beautiful sweeping views of Crescent Lake. The Attic can accommodate up to 34 friends, so it’s on the small aspect but accommodates numerous allure.
Subsequent on the venue listing was Poolside Inexperienced at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. Do you know Boardwalk Inn has a number of pools? I used my GPS map to walk to one among them, which ended up NOT being the right pool, then I acquired caught outdoors as a result of I didn’t have a key to get back into the lodge hallway. After about 10 minutes someone from the pool space went again inside and I was capable of comply with. After walking down one other lengthy hallway, I asked a Forged Member for directions to the Poolside Inexperienced. A visitor overheard me and gave me (by no fault of their very own) convoluted directions to the right pool. At this point I decided to give up and go sit in the foyer; which was an adventure in its personal proper. Whew.
Anyway, listed here are footage of the Poolside Green venues from Carrie of Fairy Story Weddings Guide. They appear pretty; wish I might have seen them in individual.
The ultimate cease on the venue tour was luckily very straightforward to seek out. Seabreeze Point at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is true on the water and is such a romantic spot.
So many pretty distinctive venues, and this is just ONE part of Walt Disney World!
The Dessert Get together
When registering for the Showcase, visitors had the choice of simply attending the Expo in the afternoon, or including on an Epcot Dessert Get together experience for an additional charge. In fact I opted in for the dessert social gathering! I do know they’re so fashionable with Walt Disney World weddings so I needed to see what the fuss was about. Also, since Illuminations! fireworks show is ending, this was a remaining probability to see it with out tenting out for a great spot.
Our location was Italy Isola, a well-liked spot for dessert parties. I know from being immersed in the Disney weddings group for therefore a few years, there are additionally dessert get together places in England and France.
These have been some sort of mega cupcakes! Like a daily cupcake on prime of a much bigger cupcake.
We have been additionally treated to flambéed waffles and ice cream cookie sandwiches, all made to order.
I assumed this was booze and received excited, turns out they have been just setting shortbread cookies on hearth.
I imply, take a look at this thing!
Goodbye, Illuminations! You’re pretty however I’m totally prepared for something new.
And thus ends the 2019 Walt Disney World Weddings Showcase recap! I hope you loved following along. It was fun to see how the other coast does weddings. Let me know when you have any questions, but for a extra in depth recap and an professional on all things Walt Disney World weddings, I encourage you to learn Carrie’s Fairy Story Weddings Guide recap.
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