The Mouse Goes Luxe
PHOTO: Party for the Senses, one of the high-end attractions at the Epcot International Wine & Food Festival. Photos courtesy of those featured.
From buckets of buttery popcorn to king salmon with sun-kissed melon, Walt Disney World offers quite the range of culinary offerings and experiences. The average Disney vacation is filled with family time, iconic attractions and the occasional Mickey Mouse ice cream bar. However, there’s a side of the mouse that goes beyond character dining and endless queue lines. It’s a magical world filled with luxurious hidden gems. If you’re looking for a theme park experience sprinkled with high-end pixie dust, be sure to add one of these experiences to your Orlando agenda.
There's one magical place in town that serves up a vacation state of mind. Victoria & Albert's, the only AAA Five-Diamond restaurant in Central Florida, is filled with Riedel crystal, Cristofle silver from France and renowned cuisine by Chef Scott Hunnel. With its low lighting and limited tables, you're instantly transported to a level of luxury that's both comfortable and exquisite.
Returning for its 21st year Sept. 14-Nov. 14, this 62-day event attracts the likes of celebrity chefs, wine experts and masses of people. Skip the long lines at the global marketplaces and indulge in some alternative experiences. During Culinary Adventures with a Master Chef, prepare a five-course gourmet meal under the direction of Disney’s finest culinary talent. Or grab a ticket for Party for the Senses where you can sample delicacies from over 50 gourmet tasting stations select nights this October.
This exclusive neighborhood, with homes starting at $2 million, is just seconds from the Magic Kingdom. This resort community offers ownership of custom single-family homes at Walt Disney World Resort. From the private clubhouse to unprecedented access to events, residents of Golden Oak are reaching new heights of luxury with touches of Disney magic.
Situated atop the resort’s 17th floor, this award-winning restaurant is inspired by authentic Spanish offerings with a modern twist. Their diverse menu ranges from fresh Florida seafood to small plates and expertly grilled cuts. An open kitchen and wood-burning grill allow you to get close to the action, while expansive windows allow for views of the nightly fireworks at both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom.
VIP Tour Services: Forget lines, if you have enough cash ($400-$600 per hour to be exact), you can hire Disney professionals as your personal tour guide for the day. After being picked up in a private car, the day is yours to dictate – no queue lines or FastPass required. Enjoy your favorite attractions on your schedule and receive access to special viewing areas for fireworks all to round out your magical, but pricey day.
From private tours to world-class cuisine, Walt Disney World is well-equipped to deliver memories for the luxury traveler.
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