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Reunion Resort


Reunion at DisneyWorld?

Why Going to Florida Makes Sense Even With Disneyland Down the Road


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Why go all the way to DisneyWorld instead of just down the road to Disneyland? Maybe you have extended family along and plan on spending a few days. Or possibly you want to take in several theme parks over a week’s time. Then again you might want to combine the theme parks with some great golf options.

DisneyWorld has all this and now a new land. The Reunion Resort is just and exit or two down the road with luxury accommodations and three championship 18 hole golf courses.

Fantasyland

The New Fantasyland is the most ambitious expansion in this park’s history. Park goers will pass through the walls of Cinderella’s Castle and into the Enchanted Forest which is the new lands hub. Here, classic Disney movies like Beauty and the Beast and Under the Sea are brought to life with rides and story time experiences while movie soundtracks enhance the mood. Overlooking the Enchanted Forest is the Beasts Castle rising above the Be Our Guest Restaurant. This offering features quick serve lunches and sit down dinners with alcohol available.

Be Our Guest Restaurant
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Be Our Guest Restaurant

Cinderella’s Royal Table is something you should consider for your little princess. This private seating dinner show is very popular and requires reservations sometimes months in advance. Guests are entertained by Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and the Fairy Godmother while they enjoy fine dining choices. A picture with Cinderella is also included.

Something we did different on this visit was to take in Disney’s Blizzard Bay. This is the top-of-the-line in water parks and, with the yearlong warm weather, it is almost always open. The slides all feature a snow season theme including a long ski run and a snowmobile trip. Epcot is always one of my favorites with great rides like Test Track and Soaring to keep the little ones interested.

Visit Disney.com to make your plans.

Reunion Resort

The Reunion Resort is just a couple of miles southeast of DisneyWorld and a perfect spot for a family outing. Many of the guest offerings are two- to three-bedroom units with every modern convenience needed. A family could easily spend the week here with a gourmet kitchen, large flat screen TVs, and luxurious bedrooms. The units seem almost new and do include washer/ dryers. All dwellings at Reunion look out to signature golf holes of which there are many.

The Golf at Reunion is spectacular with three championship 18-hole layouts. Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Arnold Palmer each created one course here and there is no other resort in the nation with such a gathering of legends.

The Palmer Course is set on rolling terrain with mostly generous fairways. This layout includes many risk reward opportunities. The Watson Course demands accurate approach shots but leaves short game recovery opportunities in its naturalist setting. The Nicklaus Course is a Parkland-style design with elevated tee boxes and greens. Many opportunities here to cut the corner but inaccurate plays will be penalized.

Annika Academy

The Annika Academy is located on the back end of the practice area at Reunion. Here, Annika Sorenstam, her sister Charlotta, and her long-time coach Henri Reis have joined together to offer students the same technique that made her perhaps the best female ball striker ever. She left the tour several years ago after almost a decade as the #1 ranked LPGA player.

Who could forget when she broke the glass ceiling by competing in the PGA Tour Colonial Invitational and almost made the cut? She dominated the LPGA tour in both major and regular tour wins during her tenure, but it was really her ball striking that stood out. No woman has ever hit the ball tee to green as well as Annika — very few men either. It is not surprising that lots of people want a glimpse into this swing of the future, which makes the Annika Academy is very popular.

On top of that, the Reunion Resort includes a water park and multiple pool options for those seeking relief from the ever present sun. Tennis is abundant and there are miles of bike paths to choose from. Reunion is no more than a 20 minute drive from Orlando International Airport.

Visit ReunionResort.com for further details.

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