Winter? Summer? Why Not Have Both?! [Polls]

After all of our trips to Walt Disney World, there are two specific activities in which Mrs. All in WDW and I have never participated.

Oh, there are many other things we haven’t done, mind you, but these … we’ve never even had an interest.  What are they, you ask?

Water parks and miniature golf.  Yes, folks.  We’ve never soaked at either Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon.  We’ve never putted at Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland.

What?!  That can’t be … can it?  You don’t know what you’re missing, Bob!  Well, it’s true, my friends.  It’s true.  You see, water parks are definitely not our thing.  And, putt-putt?  Aren’t there many better things to do?

Thankfully, our friend – John Peters – has tossed us a few pics of one of those, aforementioned, neglected venues – Winter Summerland Miniature Golf!  Let’s see if he can tempt us to bring our putters.

Located near Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney invites you to join Santa and his elves at their off-season retreat.  Why?  To enjoy two 18-hole golf “adventures”!

According to Disney, here’s the paraphrased and abbreviated legend …

“Late one Christmas Eve, as Santa was flying back to the North Pole, he discovered snow in Florida.

After surveying the strange sight, he decided to build a vacation destination for his off-duty elves … a Winter Summerland.

Seeing that the only thing Winter Summerland lacked was a golf course, Santa and his elves divided into 2 camps.  One group enjoyed the warm Florida sun.  The other one preferred the snow and cold of the North Pole.

The elves then built two distinctly different 18-hole golf experiences – a sand course named ‘Summer’ and a snow course named ‘Winter’!

Enjoy fun in the sun at the Summer course amid surfboards, sandcastles and ornaments hanging from palm trees.

Or, putt your way to the ‘North Hole’ on the Winter course.  Watch out for Squirty the Snowman, though!  This jolly soul sprays water at golfers when golf balls pass beneath him.”

So, let’s see what else you have here, John …

Now.  Is that all enough to make Mrs. All in WDW and I pick up our clubs?  Sadly, probably not.  But, let me do this … let me turn it over to you!

Have you gone “golfing”?  Have you surfed through a “typhoon” or “blizzard”?  Let us know, folks, in the polls below!  See ya’ tomorrow!

Photo “Tour”: Crescent Lake!

“There’s no such thing as too many pictures of Crescent Lake!”  “Like I said … can’t get enough pics of Crescent Lake!”

I made those very same two comments about a month ago on Facebook and, in return, I received feedback like, “I agree.  I love this area!”  I also heard, “Me either.  It’s breathtaking!”

Well, in the spirit of my original statements, allow me to drop an “avalanche” of shots on you this fine morning.  My friends, please enjoy a look at the “world” of Crescent Lake!

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Have a Happy “5.2 Million Calorie” New Year!

Huh?  What are you talking about, Bob?  5.2 million calories of what?!  Uh, well, chocolate of course!

Not to be outdone, the holiday exhibit at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resorts “weighs in” with almost a ton of chocolate and a mountain of calories!

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Made of 1,780 pounds of three kinds of chocolate, this display is a sweet-lover’s delight!  At 5,180,176 calories, it is a dieter’s nightmare!

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My friends, the All in WDW family wishes you a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and Day.  Have fun, but, if you celebrate out tonight, please be careful!  Cheers!  See ya’ in 2016!

Deluxe UPSET! Life is a “Beach”!

What a fantastic “tournament”!  You know, unless you’re “Geekin’ on All in WDW Poll Results”, you don’t see some of the things that I do.

Listen to me on the “Geekin’ on WDW” Podcast.  We chat about Deluxe resorts!

For example, are you aware of which resort led this “competition” in total votes received as we entered yesterday’s finale?  The Polynesian, you say?  Uh, no.

As I followed your votes this week, I had the pleasure of wondering if this was going to be the year that Crescent Lake’s Beach Club finally toppled its nemesis.

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After all, it entered the finale with a two-round, 11 vote lead over WDW’s South Pacific paradise.  What a shock!  Why?

You see, in early 2013, Disney’s [then] Polynesian Resort bludgeoned 2nd place Beach Club with a 34 vote, landslide victory.

In 2014, 10 votes separated the two as the Poly retained its All in WDW “title”.

Well, the Beach Club led this year’s “competition” all week long.  Yesterday, the Polynesian Village made a run, even tying it up at one point, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort?  You’ve dethroned the two-time “champ”!  You are the NEW All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Deluxe Resort!

Mickey and Minnie love the Beach Club too!

Mickey and Minnie love the Beach Club too!

Great week, fans!  Thanks for all your support and votes.  You’ve selected a new “champ”!  You’ve set a great Top 10.  Fabulous work!

All in WDW Readers’ Top 10 Favorite WDW Deluxe Resorts!

  1. Beach Club Resort
  2. Polynesian Village Resort
  3. Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  4. Animal Kingdom Lodge
  5. Wilderness Lodge
  6. Beach Club Villas
  7. Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  8. Yacht Club Resort
  9. Contemporary Resort
  10. Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Four Fitting and Fabulous Finalists! VOTE for a “Champion”!

Fantastic work, everyone!  You’ve settled on four worthy finalists, indeed.  Today should be a really great day of voting!

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It made its first finale!  What a “Grand” sight!

So, which will it be, then?  Which resort will become the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Deluxe Resort?  I can’t wait to find out!

You get ONE last vote today, my friends!  Which one would you pick for YOUR family’s next visit?