Disneyland Hotel Review

Disneyland Hotel Review

The Disneyland Hotel Review

Disneyland Hotel

Last week, I took the family to Disneyland, and I chose to stay at the Disneyland Hotel for the first time.  We loved it!  The Disneyland Hotel is the perfect accompaniment to a Disneyland Resort experience.  It’s quintessential Disney in so many ways, and it keeps you in the magic your entire stay.

This hotel just finished a major remodel just over a year ago, including a major change to the pool area.  The pool, in fact, was the main reason I chose this hotel.  My kids LOVE pools, and because we plan our park days around an afternoon break, pool time is always a part of our day.  This pool gets a major thumbs up from me for being perfect for families.

Great Pools & Lifeguards

First of all, there are two large, pleasant pools with a bridge over them for families to swim in.  There are a ton of lifeguards on duty at all times, and there are free life vests for your use.  This allowed me to feel very safe with my kids swimming around me or even with me sitting on the edge while they swam.

Disneyland Hotel Pool

Disneyland Hotel Pool

Monorail Themed Water Play Area

Second, there is an additional monorail themed water play area with THREE water slides.   There is a very small slide perfect for tots and young children as well as a medium slide that both let out into a very shallow splash area.  The splash area also has a waterfall from the top of the structure and a bubbling fountain area for kids to splash around in.  The third water slide is a full sized, fast and winding slide that lets out into a small pool.  At first, my kids were afraid to try it, but by the second day both of my kids were rushing to get to it.  What’s great is that because of the life vest, my 4 year old daughter was able to go down the slide, splash into the pool, and the current would float her over to the stairs to get out herself.  There is a lifeguard always on duty right there, and he or she also will throw a tow line to any tots who may be a little slow to float to the edge.  I felt perfectly safe allowing her to go up and down herself because of this.

Disneyland Hotel Monorail Slides

Now, this slide area is surrounded by lounge chairs and umbrellas, which means when mom or dad is not sliding with the kids, they can easily keep an eye on them while relaxing in a lounge chair.  Would you prefer to lounge with a drink in hand?  No problem  – a server comes around to take your food and beverage (alcohol or not) order frequently.  We loved being able to have a little down time while the kids splashed!

Meeting Disney Characters

Next up, nothing says Disney like having characters show up in the lobby!  Right while we were checking in, Goofy appeared in the lobby and played with all of the children waiting.  He posed for pictures, messed around and stayed a good long time.  This was far more interaction than you might get posing for a picture in the parks!  We saw him one more time on another day on our way into the hotel in the afternoon, and he once again played around with my kids.  Other characters do stop in, though we didn’t happen to see them.  There’s no set schedule, so you can’t be sure who you’ll see, but plenty of people have reported other characters stopping by.

Disneyland Hotel Characters in Lobby

The Rooms at The Disney Hotel

So what about the rooms?  Perfect!  The rooms are plenty big, with big windows letting in natural light, a desk area, a comfy chair and a daybed couch.  You can fit 5 in these rooms if you’d like to.  The room has many Mickey themed touches throughout: the faucets are Mickey heads, the lamps on the wall area held by Mickey’s hands, the carpet has Mickey like swirls.  But the most magical touch is the very special headboard, which lights up a castle and fireworks complete with  “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” playing when you push the button.  The kids thought this was super magical and turned it on each night.


There are quite a few categories of rooms you can book.  We were in the Fantasy tower and were upgraded to a fireworks view on the 9th floor.  I had no idea how amazing that would be – it looked like the fireworks were literally exploding right in front of our window!  I didn’t capture any photos of that, but I wish I had just so I could show you how great that was.  I also toured two other room categories so that I’d be better able to help my clients.  The first was a Deluxe Pool view, which you can see here.

Disneyland Hotel Pool View

And the second was a Downtown Disney view, which was so fun because you can see a lot of the rides from here, and of course, you’d have a perfect view of the fireworks as well.

Disneyland Hotel Dowtown Disney View

I also got to take a peek at the Concierge Lounge.  You can book a Concierge level room, or you can add it to a suite booking.  They serve food in here all day long, with 4 changes of food ranging from breakfast foods to dessert.  There are also free drinks (like sodas and bottled water) all day, and alcohol for free at night.  This lounge also has a perfect view of the fireworks, and they pipe the music in while you are watching so that you can get the full experience!


Disneyland Hotel Concierge Lounge


I should add that, although I have seen various reports that if you don’t stay in the “right” tower, it’s a lot of extra walking,  I don’t agree.  All 3 towers are very convenient, with an extra minute at most between any of them.  So don’t worry too much about which tower is “closest” to Downtown Disney!  The entire hotel property lets you out right in Downtown Disney, which is a convenient walk to each of the park gates, or if you are going to Disneyland park, extremely close to the monorail that takes you directly into Tomorrowland.

Last, the early entrance that resort guests get every morning is extremely helpful.  You may already know that I don’t advise going to the parks with extra magic hours in Disney World, but in Disneyland it’s a bit different, and there is a definite advantage to having early entrance.  This is especially true for California Adventure when you are trying to get to Cars Land.  If you use the early entrance, you are only competing with the resort guests (which is still plenty) to get on the rides before the lines get crazy.  This is MUCH easier than when you are competing with everyone in all of the many off property hotels!

So there you have it – a tour of the Disneyland Hotel!  I highly recommend this hotel for your next Disneyland stay.  There truly is a difference to staying “onsite” at Disneyland, despite how many options there are offsite.  The service, the magical touches, the views, the pool….it’s very much worth it!


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2013 Disney World Free Dining Offer

2013 Disney World Free Dining Offer

2013 Disney World Free Dining Offer

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YES!  It’s back, everyone’s favorite Disney World discount.   Free dining is being offered for Sept. 2 – 25, 2013 when you book a 5 night, 6 day Magic Your Way room and ticket package.  Why is this such a popular deal?  Well, let’s not kid ourselves – Disney restaurants are fairly pricey.  The dining plan at full cost already can be a good value, but when it’s free??  That’s a lot of savings.

Consider this:  You spend $12 on a quick service lunch, then sit down to dinner at a character buffet for $45.  Along the way, you get a tasty pastry at one of the bakeries for $4.  That’s $61 on food, per person, per day.  And with this offer, you’d get that for FREE.

September is a low crowd month, as well, so you reap the benefit of less people in the parks during your vacation if you travel during this discount window.  The peak summer crowds have passed as kids go back to school, which means if you can travel now, you get to enjoy all the parks have to offer with less time standing in line.

When you book with The Enchanted Traveler, you’ll not only get this deal but all of the other free services I offer.  This is my favorite deal of the year, so don’t miss it!

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Keeping Up with the Travel Industry

Keeping Up with the Travel Industry

Keeping Up with the Travel Industry

Travel agent conference


See this?  Travel consultants, as far as the eye can see!  All of these people are planning amazing trips for their clients – if you aren’t using one, you are missing out!  This photo is from a Home Based Travel Agent Forum in Las Vegas this past week.

I headed out to learn from the best in the travel industry and meet important contacts at hotels, cruise lines and tour companies.  Travel consultants make it a priority to stay educated on all areas of the business and conferences like these are an integral part of that.  Never underestimate what a travel agent knows and who they know!

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I loved meeting up with Fernando of Starwood Hawaii.  The Westin Maui is one of my absolute favorites, and it was great to get a chance to talk to him.


I met some fabulous agents out there as well.  It was especially great to find other young professionals, with creative businesses and interesting niches.   Anyone who thinks travel agents are outdated just hasn’t met the new generation.   We are a passionate group of travelers with distinct specialties who are determined to keep up to date on the travel industry and continue to explore the destinations we serve to give our clients the best possible travel experiences.

 Young travel agents

Plus, you know, I got to pet this adorable Wallaby.

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Wallaby petting + education + meeting awesome agents = excellent experience!


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The Changing Role of a Travel Agent

The Changing Role of a Travel Agent

The Changing Role of a Travel Agent

using a travel agent - passport

What’s that?  You thought travel agents went extinct?  That’s ok, I don’t blame you.  We all heard about how once the online vacation booking sites came alive, travel agents suffered.   What once kept them so busy – taking orders for vacation bookings – could now be done online.  Sort of.  Close enough, people supposed.  So what happened to the travel agent?  They evolved.

The new breed of travel agent, (some, like myself, calling themselves Travel Consultants instead), are not order takers.  Travelers today want so much more, and that’s what we do.  What can an online booking engine NOT do?  Well, for starters, it can’t personalize your trip.  It can’t offer expert advice on your destination.  It probably won’t even tell you that the pool is currently being refurbished at that resort and you won’t even get to go swimming.  It offers you a DIY experience, which was pretty cool at first – but as some travelers are finding, it lacks that personal touch and the one on one expert experience.

Travel consultants, today, are specialists.  They come in all kinds of flavors.  African safari experts?  Yup.  Bird watching tours?  Yup.  Europe independent travel planners?  Uh huh.  Adventure tourism?  Of course.   Destination weddings?  Indeed.  And in my case: a family vacation consultant, specializing in Disney destinations and tropical getaways.  The key is that these agents spend their time perfecting their knowledge of these specialties, which means that when you are seeking an experience that falls into their category, they are 1000 times better than an online booking engine.  The KNOW the products and destinations, and they will help find the absolute best fit for you.  They study in special courses, they visit the destinations, they have contacts at the properties and destinations, they travel to conferences that speak to their topics, and they stay current on all of the latest news.

No longer simple order takers, a travel consultant will talk with you to develop an understanding of your travel tastes and vacations needs.  She’ll help you select the best resort, best flights and best activities.  She’ll save you the time taxing chores of endless hotel and flight shopping, of reading hundreds of conflicting reviews, and she’ll still find you excellent values and deals.  She’ll offer touring tips, make activity reservations, spa reservations, dining reservations and more.  She’ll take care of all of the bookings for you and make sure you are prepared for stress-free travel.  And once you are on your way, she’ll be your go to contact – not a call center, but a real person you have a relationship with, to answer your questions, or solve any problems that arise.

So are travel agents extinct?  Not at all.  The industry has just undergone a significant change, and on the rise is the new, improved Travel Consultant.

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Spotlight On: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Spotlight On: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Spotlight on: Whispering Canyon Café

Whispering Canyon Cafe

photo credit: Mike Miley via Flickr

There are what can seem like endless dining options in Walt Disney World.  But often, new visitors focus on restaurants inside the parks, forgetting about or not realizing there are some awesome options at the resorts themselves.  Got kids?  My kids absolutely adored Whispering Canyon Café at the Wilderness Lodge.  And getting there can be lots of fun!

What’s special about the Whispering Canyon Café?

So what’s so special about this restaurant?  First of all, it means taking a visit the gorgeous Wilderness Lodge.  With a geyser, waterfalls and a soaring lodge style lobby, it’s pretty amazing.  The Whispering Canyon Café is located inside, just off the main lobby.  Here, you’ll find a casual menu to please most anyone in your family.  But what’s really fun is that the servers here are lively and entertaining, playing around with you and messing with your kids.  They have a hobby horse parade for the little ones in the middle of your dining.  And if you want to see something really funny, just ask for some ketchup – trust me.

Whispering Canyon Café menu

And the food?  Delicious.  One of the most popular options is the all you can eat Family Platter, with your choice of three: Kansas City-style Smoked Pork Ribs, Herb-baked Chicken, Hand-carved Oak-roasted Beef Strip Loin, Citrus-crusted Market Fish, Western-style Sausage Sides for Sharing: Seasonal Farm Fresh Vegetables, Herb-crushed Yukon Gold Potatoes, Cowboy-style Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob.  You also get the dessert sampler with Whispering Canyon Chocolate Cake, Jalapeno-Lime Cheesecake, and Apple-Cranberry Buckle.

This restaurant is also well known for its milkshakes, and one of the best things about them is that they are one of the included beverages if you are on the dining plan, which is not true of most of the restaurants!

How to get to the Whispering Canyon Café

So what about getting here?  Easy.  There is a boat that will take you from the Magic Kingdom to the Wilderness Lodge!  This just adds to the fun if you’ve got kids in tow – a boat ride and a fun restaurant?  Win/win!  If you are coming from elsewhere in Walt Disney World, first take your transportation to the Magic Kindom, then go the boat docks to catch the boat over to the Wilderness Lodge.  But this is also a great choice as a lunch and afternoon break for a Magic Kindgom park day, or a nice little escape for dinner before re-entering the Magic Kindgom for some fireworks.  Or, end your day by heading over the to nearby Fort Wilderness Campgrounds for a campfire and some s’mores with Chip and Dale!


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Disney World Planning: Why The Early Bird Gets the Worm

Disney World Planning: Why The Early Bird Gets the Worm

Disney World Planning: Why The Early Bird Gets the Worm

Crowds at Disney World

Hoping to avoid some of the crowds? photo credit: rickpilot_2000 via Flickr

You want to experience Disney World to fullest, skip the crowds, avoid lines, skip the cranky children and have an all around wonderful time.  Yet, you hear people complain about how long they had to wait, impatient children and meltdowns, and you’re worried about how this trip might turn out.  Actually, there are many ways to avoid the famously long lines in the park and make your day much smoother, and today we’ll talk about one of those.

You see, it seems many people who travel to Disney World are of the mindset that a vacation means sleeping in.  Many people don’t arrive at the parks until after 10 or 11am, after they’ve leisurely gotten up and had breakfast and/or have also driven in from somewhere offsite.  What this leaves is a nice little gap in the opening hours for you and your family to get on the rides first.

To beat the crowds, I advise my clients to arrive 20-30 minutes before park opening at any of the four major parks.  If you do this, you will see a fairly large sized crowd waiting with you, but don’t worry – this crowd disperses quickly once inside the large parks and is nothing like the crowds that you will see later in the day.  The key is to use every moment wisely once you enter: now is not the time for shopping or eating a meal.  Head straight to the rides and save the browsing for a later part of the day.

You have about two hours, with the first hour being the absolute best for no to low lines, before the major crowds will start flowing in.  If you use this time wisely, you can accomplish a large amount of rides before lunch.  (I always give my clients a theme park touring strategy to better enable them to skip as many lines as possible, with a customized itinerary of rides).  By about 1pm, the crowds will be out in full force, and this is the time that most rides will have those longgggg lines you’ve heard about.  NOW you can shop, browse and eat and leave those long lines to the throngs of late arrivers.  Or, as I often advise my clients, head back to your resort for a swim, to shower and freshen up or take a little nap.

Once late afternoon and evening arrive, you can head back to the rides, as more people start leaving the parks again.  Many of them are now tired of waiting in all those long lines and have had enough.  But you?  You rode a bunch of ride this morning, had a great afternoon, and are now ready to go until closing!


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Why Cheaper Isn’t Always Better

Why Cheaper Isn’t Always Better

Why Cheaper Isn’t Always Better

Comparing value to cheap

cheap vacation

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Everyone likes to save money; that’s a given.  We search for deals and steals and feel good when we find a bargain.  But are we always getting the best value?  We tend to stop and think about this when buying something like say, a camera.  We want a good deal, but we probably don’t want the cheapest camera.  Why?  Because we care about having good pictures of our families and the cheapest camera probably isn’t going to do that.  So instead, we may watch for a good deal on a quality camera, trying to save a little money but getting a good value overall.

Many more people, though, don’t necessarily think about this when traveling.  One of the most popular searches for vacations on the internet is something along the lines of “cheap vacations” or “cheapest flights.”  Is the cheapest vacation truly a good value?  If you save money but end up being miserable, or even just mildly unhappy, was that vacation a good investment?  Probably not.

I’ve got an example for you.  I was taking my family on vacation and we were looking for a flight.  We saw some deals and thought, “Well, it’s just a flight.  We’ll look for the cheapest deal.”  It meant flying on an airline we’d never flown on and not getting to pick our own seats.  Hmmm.  Well, why not, we’ll try it, we thought.  Bad idea!! So bad!  We ended up in the least comfortable seats on the plane – the row before the exit row, which means the seats don’t recline at all.  To us, this mattered (especially to my husband)!  The service was lackluster, and to top it off, we had a 3 hour layover each way, which with two very small children is just not a great idea.  It would have been worth it to pay for a flight where we could pick our seats, have a shorter layover (or none at all) and had a decent flight to start off our vacation right.

Another great example is when considering a cruise.  I often hear people saying they want the cheapest cabin possible.  If they have cruised before and have tried this and say they love it, that’s one thing.  But for those who have never cruised and are just admiring the price, they may be in for a surprise: those interior rooms are tiny.  And not only are they tiny, but they are dark, as there is no source of natural light anywhere.  Because I work with families a lot, the thing that needs to be considered here is: Are you willing to save a few dollars in exchange for stuffing 4 of you into a room much, much smaller than your average hotel room?  Are you going to fully enjoy your vacation in that close of quarters?  Or is it a better value to move up a category and enjoy not only the activities on the ship and in port, but also enjoy each other when all four of you are not sleeping mere inches from each other and annoying each other at every turn?

It’s not to say the cheapest trip will never be a good value, just that it needs to be looked through thoroughly and evaluated.  Like anyone, I’m a big fan of saving money.  Just be sure the good deal you are getting is actually a deal you will enjoy.

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Disney Springs: Downtown Disney Expansion Announced

Disney Springs: Downtown Disney Expansion Announced

Disney Springs: Downtown Disney Expansion Announced

Disney Springs

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Disney has officially announced an expansion for Downtown Disney in the Walt Disney World resort.  If you’ve been to Downtown Disney in the past, you know it’s already got a nice selection of shops and dining.  But this new expansion will take to a whole new level.  Featuring new and unique shops and dining, an enhanced lakefront area and a bubbling spring throughout, this new expansion will double the number of shops, restaurants and other entertainment, resulting in a total of more than 150 establishments.

Disney Springs will be comprised of four neighborhoods.  According to Disney, those are:

  • The Town Center, which offers a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax, refresh and reconnect.
  • A colorful and thriving commercial district called The Landing with inspired dining and beautiful waterfront views.
  • The family-friendly Marketplace that will continue to delight guests of all ages by combining new experiences, such as an over-the-water pedestrian causeway, along with classic Disney favorites, including an expanded World of Disney store.
  • West Side that provides an exuberant atmosphere with lively entertainment, along with a series of new elevated spaces that provide both shade and an overlook to the activity below.


Disney Springs Marketplace

Copyright Disney 2013

Construction is scheduled to begin in April and will be completed in 2016.  However, the new areas will be opened in phases along the way.

I always recommend families make time to visit Downtown Disney during their vacations, but now with Disney Springs growing in such size, it may become a “must do” more often.  Find more details on the Disney Parks Blog and see more concept art.  What are your thoughts on this expansion?


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Technology vs. A Personal Touch: When a Human is Still Better Than a Computer

Technology vs. A Personal Touch: When a Human is Still Better Than a Computer

Technology vs. A Personal Touch: When a Human is Still Better Than a Computer

technology is not always better

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I love technology.  I really do.  I may have a slight addiction to the internet.  So trust that I understand how great it is to have so much information at our finger tips.  For years, technology has been growing all around us, letting us get a whole lot done for ourselves that we may not have done ourselves before.  But as so much has become automated, there comes a time when you step back and think, is the tech version always the right choice for me?

Here’s the thing.  You start thinking of needing a vacation, so you head to Google.  You type “cheap vacations” or maybe “Caribbean vacation” and what happens?  A gazillion results pop up.  Alright, so now you start sifting through all those results.  What do you find?  More lists of places, more prices, more deals, more everything.  So what you’ve got is thousands upon thousands of options and it takes forever to sort through it all to find what you really wanted.  What if you had a an expert to do that for you?  A real person?  Someone to listen to you say, “So I’m thinking of going on vacation.  Maybe the Caribbean” and knows to ask in return, “What kind experience are you hoping for?  What did you love about your previous vacations?  Do you like more of a relaxed beach experience or a more adventurous experience?  What’s your ideal budget range?”  And so forth.  See, in that little bit, a travel consultant can narrow a lot down, and then spend their time researching to find the very best options.  You just saved yourself hours and hours and hours of research – for free.

What actually got me thinking about this was fashion.  Fashion is everywhere online.  I can read about the latest styles, see magazine websites with outfits put together, browse endless online shops.  I could, in theory, learn about being stylish on the internet.  Is there a real life alternative?  Yup!  It’s called a personal stylist, and it makes quite a difference.  I happen to know an excellent one.  Her name is Jennifer Saul, and she is way better than the internet.  Why?  Because Jen will get to know my personal tastes, my lifestyle and my budget, and she will help me find clothing and accessories that are exactly my style, every time.   A personal stylist saves her clients time and even saves them money by helping you avoid those items you buy that then hang in your closet for years, never to be worn.

Examples are everywhere.  What if you want to buy or sell a house?  Certainly, there are homes for sale by owner, and you can scout out houses on your own online.  You can search Craigslist and many other sites.  But there’s a reason that real estate agents exist, and I suspect most of us are using one to complete these transactions.  Why?  Because they are experts in this field, trained to help get you through all the information you need and their job is to help their clients find the best house or make the best sale.  Despite the fact that you COULD do this yourself, you probably aren’t, because you value the knowledge a real estate agent has, the time they’ll save you and the advice they can give.

So while we love browsing Pinterest for new craft ideas and Foodgawker for new recipes, consider that a vacation is a large investment.  You can spend hours upon hours to DIY and take the chance on it turning out lovely (like that one recipe you tried) or seriously awful (like when you tried that really cute Christmas craft that looked absolutely ridiculous when you were done with it).  You can take your chances googling “cheap vacation” or “Hawaii hotel…”  Or, you can have a travel consultant whose job it is to know the industry and get to know your preferences and travel style, take care of it all for you.


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Spotlight On: Restaurant Marrakesh, Epcot

Spotlight On: Restaurant Marrakesh, Epcot

Spotlight On: Restaurant Marrakesh, Epcot


It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of dining in Epcot when in Disney World.  The restaurants, by far, are the most diverse and interesting to eat at.  Restaurant Marrakesh is not one of the most popular restaurants in the park, but that’s a shame.  It’s an overlooked gem that you should definitely try on your next trip to Epcot.

The Morocco pavilion, like all of the pavilions, is gorgeously constructed.  From the fountain in the middle to the street shops, it’s all very authentic and lovely.  After enjoying the ambience on your way, step into Restaurant Marrakesh for some amazing Moroccan food.

If you’ve never had Moroccan food, it’s got a fabulous mix of spices, usually containing a little cinnamon which is surprising to a lot of people upon first taste.  The combo is delicious, though, so don’t be afraid to try it.  Here’s a quick snapshot of the menu:

Restaurant Marrakesh, Epcot Menu


Appetizer Combination for Two – Beef Brewat Rolls, Chicken Bastilla, and Jasmina Salad

Moroccan Salad Combo For Two – green pepper and tomato, marinated olives, carrots, potatoes, and cucumber salad

Harira Soup – traditional hearty soup flavored with tomatoes, lentils and lamb

Beef Brewat Rolls – baked layers of thin pastry filled with seasoned minced beef, eggs, fried and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar

Seafood Bastilla – baked layers of thin pastry filled with grouper, shrimp, mushrooms

Chicken Bastilla – baked layers of thin pastry filled with minced chicken and almonds, sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar

Goat Cheese with Crispy Bread for Two – mixture of cheese and kalamata olives served with red pepper sauce and balsamic vinegar reduction

Mussels Casablanca for Two – steamed mussels served with capers, tomatoes, and light saffon cream sauce

Assorted Mediteranean Salads for Two – Falafel, sundried tomato hummus, roasted eggplant puree and tabouleh



Couscous – the national Moroccan dish – , steamed tiny semolina pasta
— Beef
— Lamb Shank
— Chicken Couscous
— Vegetable Couscous
— Couscous M’Rouzia: braised beef served with prunes, balsamic vinegar, honey, sesame seeds, and eggs

Shish Kebab – grilled tenderloin of beef with rosemary roasted potatoes and vegetable medley

Roast Lamb Meshoui – lamb shank braised in natural juices served with roasted eggplant puree, zucchini, and tomatoes $27.99

Lemon Chicken – braised half chicken with garlic, green olives, and preserved lemon

Chicken Kebabs – brochettes of chicken breast, olive salad and dried fruit sweet couscous

Mogador Fish Tagine – marinated fish with olives, lemon confit, potatoes, green peppers, and chermula sauce



Choice of one appetizer:

Jasmina Salad
Lettuce, tomato, olives, feta cheese in mustard vinaigrette

Seafood Bastilla
baked layers of thin pastry filled with grouper, shrimp, mushrooms

Choice of one entree:

Lemon Chicken
braised half chicken with garlic, green olives, and preserved lemon


Roast Lamb Meshoui
lamb shank braised in natural juices served with roasted eggplant puree, zucchini, capers lemon confit and tomatoes


Couscous with Seven Vegetables
National dish – steamed tiny semolina pasta served with seasoned vegetables

And for dessert: Assorted Moroccan Pastries


Harira soup – a hearty soup with tomatoes, eggs, lentils and beef.

Beef Brewat Rolls – baked layers of thin pastry filled with seasoned minced beef, eggs, fried and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar

Marrakesh Mixed Grill (Tenderloin of Beef Shish Kebab, Lamb Merzuez Sausage, Marinated Chicken Kebab) served with roasted potatoes

Assorted Moroccan pastries


Bastilla – crispy leaves of pastry topped with vanilla cream and sprinkled with toasted almonds

Marrakesh Delight – fresh fruit salad topped with mint ice cream, toasted almonds and orange blossom water

Moroccan Symphony – Assorted Moroccan baklavas


Definitely try the Chicken Bastilla.  So good!  If you want to try a lot of things, the Royal Feast is a fabulous option.  If you’re on the dining plan, you can choose this option with a slight up-charge.  Last I checked, it was about $7.  Definitely worth it for how much you get to try!  The Moroccan Symphony for dessert allows you to sample several Baklava and was the best dessert on the menu, in my opinion.

And!  Not only do you get delicious food here, you get entertainment.  There is a belly dancer that performs for you, and after she does her set, she invites people down to dance with her.  Sometimes adults, and quite often children.  The children are absolutely adorable to watch, and if you have a kid who likes to dance like mine does, this is a great experience for them.  She performs once during each hour, usually not until after noon during lunch seatings, and after 5pm for dinner seatings.  This isn’t a meal to rush through, so do plan to visit this restaurant when you aren’t feeling the need to rush right out to catch a particular show or ride.

Have you eaten at Restaurant Marrakesh?  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!


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