New Sand Sculpting Festival Announced at Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort

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For the first time, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort will host Sandtastic Weekends on August 26-28 and September 2-4. Open to both resort guests and the public, the event will feature activities for all ages, with the highlight being 100 tons of intricately sculpted sand art designed by award-winning world-class sculptors from Team Sandtastic and constructed right on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s private beach.

The event will offer guests a variety of different ways to take part in the action, from watching the masterpieces being created up close to learning the tips and techniques of sand sculpting during a sand sculpting clinic. Those with a competitive side can take part in amateur sculpting contests or try to stump the professionals by giving suggestions for speed sculpting demonstrations, where a piece is created in just 10 minutes.

The fun will extend beyond the sand sculpting, with plenty of indoor and outdoor food selections featuring creations from the resort’s award-winning food and beverage team, including the resort’s own Phins and Feathers craft beer; games on the beach like corn hole and table tennis; a DJ; and to close the day, a campfire and s’mores.

The fun continues to Labor Day Monday, September 5, with special tributes to celebrate the Kickoff Classic college football game between Florida State and Ole Miss taking place in Orlando. Fans of each team will find a giant sand sculpture in honor of the game incorporating a tribute to both teams and the lights on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort causeway will feature team colors. Coverage of the Kickoff Classic between the Florida State Seminoles and Ole Miss Rebels will be shown on an outdoor oversized projection screen.

Overnight accommodations during Sandtastic Weekends start at just $168 per night. To reserve a room or for more information, including a full schedule of events, please visit www.sandtasticweekends.com.

What: Sandtastic Weekends at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Info: The first ever Sandtastic Weekends at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort on August 26-28 and September 2-4 will feature activities for guests of all ages, including sand sculpting classes, amateur sculpting contests, speed sculpting demonstrations, games like corn hole and table tennis, a DJ, campfire and s’mores and a movie under the stars. The event continues to Labor Day Monday, September 5, where football fans can watch the Kickoff Classic between the Florida State and Ole Miss on an oversized projection screen beginning at 7 p.m.

When: Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28 and Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4, 12-10:30 p.m. (for full schedule, check www.sandtasticweekends.com)

Where:  Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Beach

 

Ticket Information:   Sandtastic Weekends are free and open to resort guests and the public. Overnight accommodations start $168 per night and can be made at http://www.swandolphin.com/sandtastic/stay

Parking at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is $18 for self-parking and $26 for valet. 

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Joe moved from New York to Florida back in 1997. He currently resides in St. Petersburg and visits the parks frequently. His first visit to the Magic Kingdom was when he was 8 years old back in 1974. Joe originally originally started as a photographer for WDWNT and is now the host of WDWNT: Nerd Alert, our movie reviewer and reports the news for WDWNT. You can contact Joe through email at [email protected]

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