World Class Vacations Blog

Celebrity Spotlight: Damaris Phillips

Posted by Takwan Hargrove on Oct 10, 2018 7:26:37 PM

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Topics: Cook Around The World, Damaris Phillips

Thank You from the Cook Around The World 2018 team!

Posted by Arielle Burger on May 14, 2018 9:38:17 AM

From all of us at World Class Vacations, we would like to thank you for attending our Cook Around The World event this year! We loved meeting all school administrators, teachers, chaperones, and students. We had a great time and we hope you had a fantastic experience as well!

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Topics: Cook Around The World, Celebrity Appearances, Contests, Education, Walt Disney World

Celebrity Spotlight: Meet Our 2018 Celebrity Chef, Aarón Sanchez!

Posted by Arielle Burger on Oct 4, 2017 10:11:13 AM

The Cook Around The World staff is proud to present our 2018 Celebrity Chef and lead judge for 2018 – Chef Aarón Sánchez! Chef Sánchez is an award-winning chef, TV personality, cookbook author, and philanthropist. He is the chef and owner of Mexican restaurant Johnny Sanchez, with locations in New Orleans and Baltimore, and a judge on FOX’s hit culinary competition series, MASTERCHEF.

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Topics: Celebrity Appearances, Announcements, Cook Around The World, Education, Walt Disney World

Thank You from Cook Around The World!

Posted by Arielle Burger on May 17, 2017 4:32:55 PM

On behalf of the Cook Around The World staff and World Class Vacations, we would like to thank each and every school that joined us for our 2017 Cook Around The World event! It is teachers, students, and administrators like you that help this event be successful year after year.

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Topics: Celebrity Appearances, Cook Around The World, traveling, Recipes, Contests

Celebrity Spotlight: Chef Fabio Viviani

Posted by Arielle Burger on Oct 20, 2016 12:19:49 PM

Chef Fabio Viviani has possessed a passion for food since his childhood growing up in Florence, Italy. At age 11, Viviani worked nights at a local bakery (since he was too young to officially join the staff) and during his teenage years, held several positions in the restaurant industry, even serving under the mentorship of Simone Mugnaini, an iconic figure in the Italian restaurant industry.

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Topics: Cook Around The World, Recipes, Education, traveling

Cook Around The World Presents: Chef Fabio Viviani!

Posted by Arielle Burger on Oct 18, 2016 4:48:55 PM

Due to the popularity of our April Celebrity Weekend, the Cook Around The World team is bringing something new to the table for May! It gives us great pleasure to announce that Chef Fabio Viviani will join the Cook Around The World team during our May 12-15, 2017 weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort! During the event, Chef Fabio Viviani will be joining our panel of judges at the Hands-On Culinary Improv, and he will speak at the Career Forum and the Gala Dinner Celebration.

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Topics: Recipes, Education, traveling, Announcements, Cook Around The World, Celebrity Appearances

The Benefits of Student Travel

Posted by Arielle Burger on Oct 12, 2016 2:42:21 PM

What is your favorite reason to travel? Maybe it’s meeting new people and exploring new places, or maybe it’s getting out of your comfort zone and discovering new possibilities. Traveling provides a sense of understanding and respect of many different cultures. It also opens a door to new experiences, thoughts, and opportunities. Traveling is important not just to get out of your comfort zone, but to learn and grow. These are just a few reasons why travel is beneficial to students of all ages. Check out our top reasons why student travel is important in the world today.

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Topics: traveling, travel tips, Cook Around The World, Dance The World

Our 2017 Celebrity Chef at Cook Around The World is Chef Richard Blais

Posted by Matthew Schaeffer on Sep 29, 2016 3:06:01 PM

Cook Around The World is pleased to announce our 2017 Celebrity for our April 21-24 event at the Walt Disney World Resort.  

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Topics: Celebrity Appearances, Cook Around The World, Travelling to Disney World

7 Group Travel Tips Everyone Should Know

Posted by Arielle Burger on Sep 12, 2016 10:18:24 AM

Whether you’re getting ready for a performance with Dance The World or you’re traveling with your school to attend Cook Around The World in the spring, it is very important to be up-to-date with certain travel regulations and tips as you gear up for your trip. Take a look at our top seven travel tips to keep you “in the know” while you enjoy your trip of a lifetime!
  1. Leave a copy of your itinerary with a friend
  • If you are traveling somewhere new, leave a copy of your itinerary with a family member or friend. If you are traveling with a school group, the teacher/advisor can make a copy of the itinerary and give it to a colleague or principal. This way, they can track your whereabouts and get in touch with you if necessary.
  1. Travel insurance
  • We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. If there are any hiccups that can interfere with your trip such as bad weather on travel days, family emergencies, or changes in plans, travel insurance can have you covered. Please visit travelguard.com/wcv for more information about travel insurance! 

       3. Understand flight regulations

  • It is important to understand the rules and regulations of the airline you are flying. While some airlines do not charge for a bag, some airlines charge per bag or charge you for a carry-on. All airlines have baggage regulations listed online, as well as what you can/cannot pack. Only pack what you absolutely need on your trip, and leave some space to return home with souvenirs. This will prevent you from having to worry about the weight of your bags. 

      4. Research your destination & share your knowledge

  • Know before you go! Take time to research your destination to learn about hot spots or must-see attractions. If there is a person in your group who has traveled to that location before, take his or her advice into account. Share ideas and talk it out! You could learn something very useful about your destination city. 

      5. Pack a little extra! 

  • Have you ever ran out of something important on a trip or break your only pair of glasses? When you are jetting off to your destination, make sure you pack a few more of your essential items. Having to fill a prescription on vacation can take some time away from your trip. It is also a good idea to pack medication and a change of clothes in your carry-on in case your luggage does not get to you in time. 

      6. Have a general meeting location 

  • Rather than running around a busy theme park or having some people go back to the hotel without the rest of the group, arrange a general meeting spot where you can meet your entire group. This way, everyone can travel to and from one place to another altogether. This can also be used as a location in case your group splits up. 

      7. Set a spending budget 

  • Last but certainly not least, set a spending budget for yourself or for your family. Going to a new place can be fun and exciting, and you will want to purchase many souvenirs to remember your trip. To prevent yourself from going overboard, set and personalize your budget, and track your spending. This can help you become a savvy traveler in the future as well! 





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Topics: traveling, Dance The World, Cook Around The World

What better place to learn culinary skills  from around the world than in World Showcase at Epcot?

Posted by Arielle Burger on Aug 2, 2016 11:08:31 AM

Get ready for a brand-new Cook Around The World experience ALL at the Walt Disney World Resort! During the dates of April 21-24 and May 12-15 in 2017, high school students and their teachers will have the opportunity to create their own dishes during Disney’s Hands-On Culinary Improv Competition! Not only will students get to decide what they make, but each group gets to enjoy their dishes following the event! Read below to find out more details about this sizzling experience!

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Topics: Recipes, Education, traveling, Conference, Cook Around The World