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Bigfire Restaurant Review

Bigfire is, in my opinion, a great addition to Universal CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort. Having been a huge fan of Emeril's which was previously in this location, I was skeptic, but quickly put at ease once we were inside and met our server and have been back several times since. After a full day in the parks, we had a pretty late dinner on the agenda so we started in the lounge attached to the restaurant.  The cocktail selection is quite extensive, with bourbon drinks being the star here. My Manhattan was delicious and set the tone for a great meal ahead! The bar is also a great stop if you don't have a reservation, I found the bartenders friendly, attentive, and making great drinks! The open kitchen is a great feature as you enter the dining room.  The d├ęcor is modern yet cozy with touches of plaid throughout.  The highlight is of course the "big fire", where they wood smoke a variety of meats for the entrees. We started the meal with some wine a

Enzo's Hideaway at Disney Springs

Enzo’s Hideaway is exactly how the name implies: A little hidden gem right under their sister restaurant, The Edison. It’s a 1920’s prohibition-themed restaurant and bar that serves Italian food for lunch and dinner. The walls are covered in graffiti as if gangsters from long ago wanted to make sure they were remembered. The restaurant consists of a lounge/bar area as well as full table service. When you walk into the entrance, you will see that it is designed like the rum-running tunnels inspired by Florida history during the Prohibition dry years. You could spend hours looking at the drawings and quotes that date back to 1919 (according to the backstory of the restaurant). The drinks served at the bar consist of Prohibition-era and craft cocktails such as Enzo’s Rum Punch, Sicilian Mule, Luciano Spritz, Hazelnut Old Fashioned and so many more. They also boast the largest selection of scotches and specialty rums in Disney Springs, now known as “Enzo’s Smuggled & Stashed Collectio

Playa Mia Beach Excursion Review

I've spent both of my Cozumel port days at Playa Mia Resort. The first time was in 2018, where I did a cooking class before spending a couple hours at the beach with my adult only fellow travelers. Most recently, I went on a beach excursion on the Disney Magic in December 2022 with my 'Ohana sister and her two girls, ages 6 and 7. In 2018, we were up bright and early and had a small group that left right on time to our excursion. It was easy to stay together and our tour guide was great at pointing out places to have drinks or shop after our excursion, and the pathway to the bus was quite clear. In 2022, our excursion started officially at 10:45 and we were miraculously 15 minutes early and one of the first in line to wait. Which we did, for about 45 minutes. We were clearly waiting for exactly one late family for our excursion to start, which was a bit of a bummer, but it does happen sometimes. Once it was our time to go, it was a bit of a cluster to keep track of who was in o

Maya Chan Beach Resort

Costa Maya is a popular Western Caribbean port of call for cruise ships, but I often get asked what is there to do there. The Mayan ruins are very popular but I have done them twice and the thing about ruins, they don’t really change.  You can read about Agent Stacy's experience with the ruins here . The other popular options are water related, with all inclusive resorts or Bacalaar Lagoon trips being the most popular. After extensive research, we decided to give Maya Chan All-Inclusive a try. Your Kingdom Konsultant agent can book this for you, as it is not offered through the cruise lines. The road to Maya Chan Since the Port of Costa Maya is privately owned, it is heavily controlled. They want you to stay in this immediate area and spend money on their shops and amenities and they don’t let independent tour operators in. We had directions and a map from Maya Chan showing us where to go to meet their representative. It is a bit of a walk and a little confusing to get out of the p