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'Disney Diaries' Blog: Hunting Hidden Mickeys at Disney's Hollywood Studios

icFlorida.com - August 05, 2014 - 04:45 pm

As you marvel at the sights and sounds in Disney's Hollywood Studios, stay alert for Hidden Mickeys!  I learned of a new Hidden image just inside the park entrance, on the front porch of Sid Cahuenga's Antiques and Curios Store.

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'Disney Diaries' Blog: Hunting Hidden Mickeys during the Holidays

icFlorida.com - August 05, 2014 - 04:45 pm

If you visit Disney World during the holidays, stay alert for seasonal Hidden Mickeys (and other Hidden Characters!). These images appear only at certain times during the year.

For example, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is showcased every year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The spectacular light show ...
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New Limited Edition Frozen themed Magic Bands

The Disney Blog - August 05, 2014 - 04:04 am

You knew it was only a matter of time before Disney turned their latest theme park must have into a collectible. With this Frozen themed set of Magic Bands, the evidence is clear – Disney wants you to get very close to your favorite Disney characters.

These limited edition Magic Bands are only available in the parks and you must present either valid theme park admission, a Memory Maker card, or another MagicBand at the time of purchase.

A new Olaf “Chillin in the sunshine” Magic Band was just released and it joins the three that are available at Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They’ll run you $29.95 plus tax.

I like the idea that these are available, but I am not in the mood to add one more thing to the list of collectibles in my house. What about you? Would you like to buy them all or just one or two that really interest you?


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Disney World Mini Golf and Massive Cupcakes

TouringPlans.com Blog - August 04, 2014 - 01:00 pm

By Kristi Fredericks

I recently returned from another magical trip to Disney World. After spending several nights in the theme parks, my family and I decided to shake things up and try something different. We headed out for an evening of Disney World mini golf and massive cupcakes. Here’s everything you need to know if you want to relax with a unique outing of Disney World mini golf at Fantasia Gardens and some massive BoardWalk Bakery cupcakes!

Getting There

On this particular vacation we had rented a minivan so transportation for us was a no-brainer. We were starting our evening with a round of mini golf at Fantasia Gardens which is located right next to the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel. We just followed the trusty red and purple signs as if we were headed to that hotel and as soon as we arrived, we saw the large parking lot for Fantasia Gardens right off Epcot Resorts Boulevard. If you are using Disney transportation, your best bet is going to be taking a bus to Hollywood Studios and making your way from there. Once you arrive at Hollywood Studios, you have a couple of options. If your feet are up for it, your fastest way to get there is to take the short walk (about 10 minutes) along the path that runs between that park and Epcot. If your feet are too tired, your other alternative is to take a relaxing ride aboard one of the boats that runs among Hollywood Studios, Epcot and the surrounding hotels. If you choose option two, you will want to exit the boat at the stop for the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel. From there, Fantasia Gardens is located right by the tennis courts.

Fantasia Gardens

Hours

  • Fantasia Gardens is open every day from 10:00am – 11:00pm.

Cost

  • The cost is $14 per adult and $12 per child (ages 3 to 9) for 18 holes of mini golf.

Discounts

  • There is a 15% discount for Annual Passholders and DVC members.
  • If you buy one regular price round, you get 25% off all additional rounds through the next day with your receipt.

Our Experience

Once we arrived at Fantasia Gardens, we had to decide which course to play. They have two very distinct mini golf courses. The first is called The Gardens course which is more of your typical mini golf course. There are cute obstacles to putt through and it is themed like the animated movie classic, Fantasia. The second course is called The Fairways and actually resembles a real golf course. Each green is longer with roughs, traps and hazards. My boys, considering themselves mini golf pros (they have been playing been playing since they were three after all), decided to choose the more difficult Fairways course. So we grabbed our scorecard, clubs and balls and off we went!

The rules are the same as your basic mini golf course anywhere. You have a maximum six strokes per hole, and you get a one stroke penalty each time your ball goes out of bounds. This penalty stroke came into play several times during our game, because The Fairways course does not have standard railings around each hole. It truly looks like a tiny golf course!

At the beginning of each hole, there is a sign that gives you hints for getting the best possible score on the hole, the distance and par. These signs proved to be extremely helpful once I stopped to read them!

Just like with their theme parks, Disney World mini golf is filled with lots of little details and surprises along the way. Be sure to enjoy the spectacular views and the enchanting musical score from Fantasia while you make your way through the course.

Don’t forget to watch out for the hazards! We saw several lost balls and even a couple clubs in the water. We managed to hang onto our putters, but we did lose one ball. We were almost finished, so we just played the rest of the way sharing our other golf balls.

Things To Consider

  • Both of these courses are fairly difficult especially The Fairways. If you are playing with rookie mini golfers, you may want to consider not keeping score at all or having everyone play from the point of the best putt. When my boys were very young, we always had them compete against par rather than each other to avoid battles on the course.
  • Weather can be a factor when playing these courses. They are in the direct sunlight with little-to-no shade, so be prepared for brutally hot conditions during the warm summer months. Also, cast members monitor the surrounding weather and they will call you in off the courses when lightning is in the area.

BoardWalk Bakery

Once we had finished our challenging round of mini golf, we had worked up quite an appetite. We decided to head over to BoardWalk Bakery for a cupcake pick-me-up. It is a short walk from Fantasia Gardens to Disney’s BoardWalk Inn where the bakery is located. When we arrived, there were important decisions to be made.

There are almost two dozen different pastries, cupcakes and cookies to choose from on any given day at BoardWalk Bakery. The desserts range in price from about $3 to $5 and each count as one snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan. That evening we were all in the mood for cupcakes, but it was too difficult to pick, so of course we got them all! It was for the sake of research, right? We split each of the cupcakes into six pieces so that all of us could try them. They were deliciously sweet, just as we expected. The strawberry cupcake was by far our favorite.

In a state of cupcake-induced sugar coma, we all went to bed early that night to prepare for our next big day of touring. All-in-all, the evening was a huge success. Everyone had enjoyed the slower pace of Disney World mini golf and massive cupcakes and was up early the next day, touring plan in hand, feeling refreshed and ready to go!

Do you have a favorite unique way to spend a relaxing evening at Disney World? Please leave a comment!

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Tickets Now On Sale! October 14th DFB Snack Attack IllumiNations Dessert Party at Epcot!

Disney Food Blog - August 04, 2014 - 08:58 am

Now’s the Time!

I’m pleased to announce that tickets for this year’s Disney Food Blog Snack Attack Illuminations Dessert Party are now available for purchase. Scroll down and click the ticket button to snag yours today! Tickets are limited, and are first-come, first-served.

View of Illuminations for Snack Attack — Super Close to the Action!

About Snack Attack

The DFB Snack Attack is an exclusive, VIP event featuring a menu full of our favorite Walt Disney World snacks — all in one place – AND an incredible, private view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in Epcot!

Click here to see a review and photos from a DFB Snack Attack last year!

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth — And Your View from Snack Attack!

The event features a dessert buffet with some classic Disney Food Blog favorites!

Epcot Norway School Bread at Snack Attack

We are still working out the details of this year’s menu, but you can be assured that it will include plenty of DFB Favorite Snacks, like School Bread from Kringla Bakeri og Kafe and Carrot Cake Cookies from Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

All-You-Can-Eat Writer’s Stop Carrot Cake Cookies!

While Snack Attack ticket-holders will certainly appreciate the one-of-a-kind menu, you’ll also be able to relax and enjoy a VIP view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Epcot’s outstanding fireworks spectacular!

How to Buy Tickets

Here are the details! Click the ticket button below to purchase.

The event will take place at the UK Pavilion in Epcot from 8:30pm-9:30pm on October 14, 2014. Families are welcome! Each member of your party will need their name on the list for entry (children under 3 are free). Tickets are $60 per person, and include:

*Entrance to the event
*Access to an all-you-care-to-eat, specialized menu dessert buffet (plus popcorn!)
*Access to the private IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth viewing area

Only guests with their full names on our roster will be admitted to the event, so please pay attention to the instructions you receive after purchasing to send us the names of the people in your party. Tickets are limited and will be sold first-come, first-served.

Tickets are non-refundable. Weather may impact location of the event. Extreme severe weather may cause for cancellation of IllumiNations.

Hope to See You There!

We’ve had such a great time at our last four Snack Attacks; I can’t wait to do it again! I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and sharing this incredible experience!

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Review: Lunch at The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney Food Blog - August 04, 2014 - 12:55 am

We’re dining with the stars at THE place to “see and be seen!”

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Welcome to The Hollywood Brown Derby! We’re enjoying lunch while taking a trip back in time to the elegance of the “golden age” of Hollywood. For fans of classic films, even within Hollywood Studios this signature restaurant is a destination in its own right.

A replica of the original Hollywood Brown Derby  (a fine dining establishment for the likes of Clark Gable, Lucille Ball, and Bing Crosby back in the day), the Derby of Hollywood Studios offers park-goers a touch of refined elegance in the midst of a busy park day. In fact, I’d say that once you enter the doors of the Brown Derby, it’s a little bit difficult to remember that you’re in a theme park at all.

Let’s step inside…

Atmosphere

I mention taking “a trip back in time” because I feel as though the setting of The Hollywood Brown Derby transports guests to another place and era better than just about any place in Disney World, starting with the outside entrance.

Brown Derby entrance

Brown Derby entrance

A plaque on the outside gives guests a tiny bit of the history and inspiration for the Hollywood Studios location, though many may stroll right past and miss it.

Plaque noting the inspiration for the building

There are two defining features, I think, to the Brown Derby. One is the fact that the Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios is based on the actual Hollywood Brown Derby (one of four original Brown Derby locations).

Once you step inside, your Brown Derby history lesson begins when you see a map in the waiting area. This map displays the locations of two of the original Brown Derby restaurants. Fans of Disney history may recognize the name of Griffith Park up in the right-hand corner.

Hollywood Boulevard Map

Griffith Park is where Walt Disney watched his daughters enjoy the Merry-Go-Round and thought to himself, “There ought to be a place where parents and kids can have fun together,” planting the seeds of future plans for Disneyland.

Closeup on the Brown Derby locations, with Griffith Park in the corner

The second defining characteristic is based on the first. The original Derby’s “Wall of Fame” consisted of caricatures of celebrities, and those have been replicated in the Hollywood Studios location, providing memorable hallmarks. You begin to see them in the waiting area where you check in for your meal.

Check-in podium

Caricatures in the waiting area

And they continue inside all along the perimeter of the restaurant.

Brown Derby caricatures

Brown Derby caricatures

One of my personal goals was to see if I could spot a caricature of Bing Crosby, one of my favorites. As it turned out, his likeness was hanging right over my shoulder :). I love the comedic touch of the mirror images of his film-and-life buddy, Bob Hope, on either side!

Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and… Bob Hope!

It’s definitely worth taking some time to explore the artwork all over the restaurant. You may spot a few photo images of the original Brown Derby, giving you an idea of how well and painstakingly the details and atmosphere were replicated.

Photograph of one of the original Brown Derbys

Standalone tables fill in the center of the restaurant, and much like the original photographs show, the deep browns of the dark woods on the main floor are offset by the soft white on the walls.

Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room

One thing I really appreciate about the Brown Derby is that if you are seated on the side, as we were, the atmosphere is still pretty terrific.

Since I often dine in a small party of one or two, I’m used to the side tables. But in several places, I feel like I’ve been relegated to something akin to the kids table at Thanksgiving, so this is a welcome change. The soft lighting and caricatures that define the rest of the décor remain in this area as well.

One side area in the Brown Derby

That said, it’s still the ultimate seating score to be in one of the gorgeous corner table booths on the main floor.

Corner booth

Our visit was for lunch, but in the evening the entire restaurant is primarily lit by these small corner lamps and candles on the tables, creating – I think — one of the most refined and romantic atmospheres in the park restaurants.

Eats

Something unique to a lunch visit at the Brown Derby is that you are handed not one, but two, menus. Lunch guests (12:00 pm to 3:00 pm) can choose from the Lunch Menu or the Dinner Menu. This offers an opportunity to save a penny or two going for a lower-priced lunch option, or go full tilt with your experience any time of day.

Menu Cover

Lunch Entree Menu — click to enlarge

Dinner Entree Menu — click to enlarge

Since we had even more than the usual amount of options to consider (plus appetizers, of course!), we were happy to receive a batch of warm dinner rolls and butter dusted with sea salt right away.

Bread and butter

While we didn’t imbibe on this particular visit, it’s always a great thing to check out the cocktail list – especially one with such fun Hollywood-inspired names such as these!

“Cocktails of the Stars” — click to enlarge

We love the martini and margarita flights!

Martini Flight at Hollywood Brown Derby

Brown Derby Citizens Take Flight Margarita Flight — Bucky Greenhorn’s Derby Margarita, Melvin Macheezmo Mango Margarita, and “Ready” Freddy Fiddlesticks Pomegranate Margarita

The options for appetizers came from the Dinner Menu.

Appetizer Menu — click to enlarge

Our server made a recommendation for our appetizers that I was happy to take: Blue Lump Crab Spring Rolls, Snow Crab Claw, and an Asian Spicy Slaw with spicy Miso Aioli.

Blue Lump Crab Spring Rolls, Snow Crab Claw, and an Asian Spicy Slaw

These ended up being one of the true highlights of the meal: a terrific amount of delicious crab in a golden-fried roll. The crab was good enough that I preferred the roll on its own, but my husband particularly enjoyed it with the mild kick from the Miso Aioli.

Cross-section of Crab Spring Rolls with Snow Crab Claw

But you just can’t say you’ve been to the Brown Derby unless you’ve had the Derby’s “Famous Cobb Salad.” It’s such an integral part of the Brown Derby experience that a small portion of the menu is dedicated to sharing its history.

The story behind the Famous Cobb Salad

I’ve enjoyed the Cobb Salad as an entrée before, but on this visit I went with the appetizer portion. The ingredients remain true to the original recipe: greens, turkey breast, bacon, eggs, tomato, crumbled blue cheese, avocado, chives, and Hollywood Brown Derby dressing.

The Famous Hollywood Brown Derby Cobb Salad

I prefer the Cobb Salad in this, its original, fashion – even with all the Blue Cheese . However, our server did ask if we were okay with all the ingredients since anything can be omitted. So don’t let the presence of an ingredient you don’t like prevent you from enjoying this Brown Derby tradition!

Cobb Salad all mixed up and ready to eat

As for our entrees, my husband and I mixed it up: my entrée came from the lunch menu, and his came from the dinner.

I went with “The Original” Fettuccine Alfredo topped with Prosciutto Brittle and Parmigiano-Reggiano . I also went with the option to add chicken (for an additional $4.00).

“The Original” Fettuccine Alfredo topped with Prosciutto Brittle

Looking back, I didn’t need to add the chicken. While it was fine, the huge serving of Fettuccine and it’s thick, unexpectedly tangy Alfredo sauce coupled with the generous amount of Prosciutto was more than enough.

The bacon-like flavor and crunch of the Prosciutto ham brittle broke up the rich pasta dish nicely.

“The Original” Fettuccine Alfredo with added chicken

By the way, that bit of bread you see? It’s just a simple toast, lightly brushed with butter and herbs, but it completely melts in your mouth.

My husband chose the Seafood Cioppino – Sautéed White Shrimp, New England’s Big “One” Mussels, and a Pan-Seared Fennel-dusted Black Grouper over Orzo Pasta with a Cioppino Broth.

Seafood Cioppino

I’ve had the chance to sample Grouper a couple of times at the Derby, and I’ve always wondered why it is so good – even to someone like me who rarely goes for fish. On this visit, I received my answer when our server informed me that the Grouper at the Derby is locally sourced, which explains how fresh it tastes. In this particular dish it was also well-seasoned.

I left it completely to my husband to sample the mussels for you ;). He was impressed with the size of the mussels as well as the flavor, which he described as “not overly fishy.”

Mussels in Seafood Cioppino

I’ll quote him again when he shared that the shrimp was “about as good as you can get” — high praise coming from a huge shrimp fan.

The one thing he mentioned he could do without was the abundant amount of the red Cioppino broth. While definitely appropriate for the style of the dish (a stew), he felt that with seafood of this quality, there were moments when it detracted from the meal rather than added to it.

Seafood Cioppino

Parents might be interested to know that, while the children’s entrees include standard kid-friendly fare such as grilled chicken, penne pasta, hot dogs, and occasionally grilled cheese among other options, on our visit a Grilled Black Grouper was also an option for the kiddos.

Earlier this year, the Brown Derby switched it up with their dessert menu, offering a “Choose Your Own Dessert Trio.” Guests get their choice of three among nine mini dessert options.

Dessert Menu

For those curious about this restaurant’s signature Grapefruit Cake, it can still be ordered in a regular full-size as a standalone dessert (though you won’t see the full portion listed on the menu).

For my trio, I chose the Caramel Custard with Passion Fruit Glace, Double Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee, and the Crunchy Sugar Cookie Puff with Lemon Grass Cream.

The Caramel Custard had more than a small hint of citrus from the passion fruit glaze. I can’t say it was my favorite flavor combination. I always love Crème Brulee, so while not a particularly unusual offering among the others, it’s always enjoyable.

The Sugar Cookie Puff was the winner here, and I think this picture gives a nice idea of its light, fluffy texture – though I wish I could better share some of its sweet, citrus taste!

Inside the Sugar Cookie Puff

My husband’s trio included the Amaretto Flan (simple, but full-flavored), the Chocolate Sphere (a smooth chocolate with a nice burst of hazelnut),  and the Milk Chocolate Cremeux.

Amaretto Flan, Chocolate Sphere, and Milk Chocolate Cremeux

I thought you might like a glimpse at the light pudding and dark chocolate tucked inside the most unique of the three: the Milk Chocolate Cremeux.

Milk Chocolate Cremeux

Inside the Milk Chocolate Cremeux

Ultimately, I can’t say any of the desserts really “wowed” me. Even with the fun array of choices, I would have preferred one terrific dessert over three decent ones. Dessert Trios aren’t all that unusual around Disney World (though the “Choose-Your-Own” option here is a nice touch), and for some reason I rarely find them memorable. Next time, it’s the full size Grapefruit Cake for me.

Overall

I wouldn’t call myself a cinema expert (I wish!), but as a fan of several films and movie stars from the late 1930s and the 1940s, it’s still a thrill for me any time I get to step inside the Derby doors.

But what I appreciated most about this particular visit was having the option to consider — and enjoy one of — the lunch entrees. While the lunch menu is not extensive (around five choices, typically), with entrees starting at $16 – 17.00, a midday visit might be just the choice for those who have always been curious about this restaurant, its unique food, and its fantastic setting, but discouraged by the pricier entrees offered on the dinner menu. Of course, those on the Disney Dining Plan (or anyone looking to splurge) can also maximize the use of the two credits it takes to dine here on some well-prepared and unique dishes any time of day, allowing you to dine “among” — and like — the stars!

Have you had lunch or dinner at The Hollywood Brown Derby? Please let us know your thoughts with a comment!

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Favorite Park Series: Disney’s Epcot

TouringPlans.com Blog - August 03, 2014 - 08:00 am

By Angela Dahlgren

Hello again! Welcome to Epcot. If you haven’t read my highlights on Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, please do so now.

Take in the beautiful scenery.

*Twiddles thumbs. Checks Twitter. Reads a blog post.*

Done? Okay, let’s ‘soar’ right in!

Memorable Moments

Pick your mode of transportation! Soarin’ is a popular ride that allows you to hang-glide over California, feeling the wind in your face whilst smelling the fragrance of zesty orange trees. (Fun Fact: The first model for Soarin’ was made out of an erector set!) Once you land on solid ground, hop in a Chevy at Test Track. Strap yourself in and brace yourself for the ride of your life! Put on your space suit, join the NASA team and shoot for the stars as you travel to Mars in your rocket via Mission: Space. To ease back into Earth’s gravity, swim underwater to the ‘clamobile’ where The Seas with Nemo & Friends take you “under the sea.” Finally, use those feet and travel indoors to Innoventions where you’ll find interactive and educational games the whole family will enjoy.

Awesome Atmosphere

There are two entrances into Epcot. Walking in from the back entrance, you’ll step right into the World Showcase. Embrace the opportunity to visit eleven nations just steps away from each other. Each country is an immersive experience where you’ll find unique attractions, merchandise, cuisine and even Cast Members native to the land. Rock out to live entertainment such as Off Kilter and the British Revolution. Enjoy a relaxing stroll and admire the beautiful scenery (made increasingly more magnificent during the International Flower and Garden Festival). Bring the kids to a ‘Kidcot’ station where they can create their own free souvenirs at each nation. Take your time and have fun exploring the wonders the World Showcase holds.

“Finding” Nemo

When I walk through the main entrance into Future World, there is a certain energy buzzing about. It’s a feeling of endless possibilities…of exciting things to come. The Seas contains a nearly six million gallon aquarium full of thousands of sea creatures to observe. Living with the Land explores Disney’s agricultural breakthroughs and offers an additional Behind the Seeds tour that delves further into Disney’s fascinating horticultural techniques. Not to be overshadowed is the Fountain of Nations, an astounding fountain compromised of twenty-five different bodies of water representing twenty-nine nations. It serves as a reminder that no matter the distance, gender, race or views; we are one world.

Good Grub

Good Grub indeed! When it comes to gourmet dining, Epcot hits it out of the park. Each country includes a different dining experience that carries you away to its native land. My personal favorite, Teppan Edo, found in Japan, is teppanyaki style dining that is not only delicious but entertaining as well. From juggling kitchen utensils to making an onion volcano, you won’t be able to keep your eyes off the chef! Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, found in Norway, is a great place to bring your little Prince or Princess (although who am I kidding? I went before I even had a child and was just as excited as the little ones dining around me.) As you consume a scrumptious feast, various Princesses come to your table, stopping for autographs and photo opportunities. Should you be looking to work off those desserts, dance to the polka after a buffet meal at the Biergarten in Germany. Try a pastry in France. Taste some Gelato in Italy. Gobble up fish and chips in the UK. Eeek! I could spend hours writing about the food but alas, I bet you’ve had your fill.

Innovative Illumination

For anyone who has seen IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, you know that writing and reading about it just doesn’t do it justice. Located in the World Showcase lagoon, this fireworks show leaves you with goose bumps and (in my case) tears from the moment the torches surrounding the World Showcase are blown out. Meaningful music assists as fireworks, lasers and other pyrotechnics narrate the story of our earth’s creation. As the banging of drums signal the bursts of the first fireworks, you’re off on an adventure full of exhilaration, inspiration and hope. I have the soundtrack and highly suggest purchasing it if you can get your hands on it.

A photo without people in it. Unheard of!

Completely Captivating

What’s that golf ball doing here? Is Paul Bunyan playing a round of golf? (I know, these jokes have been heard over and over, but I couldn’t resist!) Spaceship Earth gives you an educational overview on how communication and technology have evolved from past to present. What I love about this ride is how I can sit in a cool, slow-moving vehicle while going back in time. Not only are there realistic animatronics telling the story but you can participate in Project Tomorrow, an interactive experience that presents state-of-the-art advances in medicine, transportation and energy.

Should you have the chance, I highly recommend taking advantage of the tours Epcot has to offer. My husband participated in DiveQuest where he was given a tour of the aquarium before plunging into the waters; snorkeling and scubadiving amongst sharks, barricudas, sea turtles and more. A couple of years ago, we went on a Segway tour of the World Showcase and it was incredible! After a crash course (literally…I ran into a wall), we embarked on a private tour before its 11:00 AM opening led by a guide who shared facts and stories about each country. Once I got the hang of it, I was weaving in and out around pillars and maneuvering my way through the shops without breaking anything! Unfortunately, the Segway tours at Epcot have been cancelled. I think we should start a petition to bring it back. It was such an awesome experience that I would definitely do again.

 Do you love Epcot as much as I do? What country is your favorite and why? Let me know in the comments and on Twitter @AngelaDahlgren

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Observations from Epcot: July 30, 2014

TouringPlans.com Blog - August 02, 2014 - 03:48 pm

By Seth Kubersky

Take a stroll around Epcot with us without having to leave your air-conditioning! (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

Following my Frozen-filled visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios last week, I found myself back at Walt Disney World a few days later for some observations from Epcot. As a child, EPCOT (as it will always be capitalized in my heart) was my favorite WDW park, and the massive Beard/Abrams coffee table book on the park’s creation remains among my most prized possessions. As everyone knows, Epcot’s attractions (especially in Future World) have been radically overhauled over the past 2 decades, and now I rarely visit the park except during the fantastic Food & Wine or Flower & Garden festivals.

My first mid-summer Epcot experience in several seasons started on a sweet note, as I snagged a parking spot along the center aisle; there is nothing worse than having to walk a football field’s length just to get to the tram.

Spending a lot of time at Universal Orlando lately, I’ve been frustrated by how slow their entry procedures are, even after new ticket scanners were recently installed. In contrast, the turnstile-free entry at Disney’s parks has become my favorite element of MyMagic+. Scanning a MagicBand usually seems swifter than swiping a barcode, and the finger scanners at Disney are still far faster and more reliable than Universal’s new biometric readers.

 

Thanks to some transportation delays (a.k.a. my cat kept me from leaving the house on time), I arrived at Epcot just as the window for my first prearranged FastPass+ reservation of the day at Maelstrom was about to expire. But thanks to my long legs, I managed to power-walk from the Epcot main entrance to the Norway pavilion in just under 15 minutes, making it to the FP+ return entrance seconds before the unpublicized “grace period” ended.

 

It’s a good thing I had that FastPass+, since a recently resolved temporary breakdown had boosted Maelstrom’s standby wait beyond a half hour, which is the longest I’d ever consider waiting for the brief boat ride. Even the FP+ return queue extended outside the doors, though it moved swiftly and I was seated onboard my Viking boat in about 7 minutes.

Maelstrom still has a certain cheesy charm, with blacklight sets that share more lineage with Fantasyland’s classic dark rides than the ambitious edutainment originally found in Future World.

Back, back! Over the falls!

Insert giant snowman animatronic here?

 

The doors to Maelstrom’s post-ride film were propped open, allowing exiting guests to cross through the theater mid-screening. Since it was suicidally sultry outside, I decided to sit in the air-conditioning for a moment and watch the end of the movie. At first, I was surprised at how many fellow guests had also stopped to watch, but then I realized almost all of them were either asleep or on their smartphones. Not a good sign for the future of this film…

 

The internet rumor mill is working overtime with buzz about Norway being bulldozed (or at least heavily rethemed) in favor of Frozen’s Arendelle, so I wanted to explore the pavilion again while I still had the chance.

 

This area used to hold FastPass kiosks, but is now mostly empty.

The first large shop after the ride is dominated by Helly Hansen merchandise, which appears to be the Norwegian answer to Nike.

If Norway’s shops are renovated, this is the area I’ll miss the most: snacks!

No matter what the future holds for the Norway pavilion, I hope this guy always has a home.

 

If you are looking for Frozen merchandise in Epcot, fear not! The meet & greet may have moved to Magic Kingdom, but there are still several rooms in Norway stuffed with Frozen souvenirs.

 

Since it felt like 98°F out, I followed up the Norway film with a screening of China’s CircleVision 360 movie next door.

 

Even though it hasn’t been changed in years, the Tomb Warriors exhibit adjacent to China’s theater lobby is one of Epcot’s unheralded gems. Be sure to spend a few minutes there on your next visit to admire the artistry of these sculpted soldiers.

 

China’s current 360 film isn’t as coherent as the original version, but it’s still gorgeous and retains much more of the spectacular 9-camera footage than Canada’s updated movie did. Unfortunately, the image is jumpy and inconsistently focused; it could really use a digital upgrade like the one France’s film got.

 

 

After the showing, I strolled through China’s gift shops, which are exceeded only by Japan’s for window-shopping. The complex reminds me of New York City’s Pearl River Market, only with higher prices.

 

 

Lunchtime! What could be better on a hot day than a spicy bowl of curry udon and a cold beer? Enjoying them with a spectacular view, of course. The combination of quality food, reasonable prices, and a soothing zen-like environment makes Japan’s Katsura Grill one of my favorite quick service restaurants in World Showcase.

 

In the ultimate example of international irony, I finally found a post-meal refuge from the oppressive heat in the desert nation of Morocco. The museum near the pavilion’s entrance is small but houses some truly inspiring artifacts, along with soothing a/c.

Note: You don’t have to be wearing a fez to explore Morocco’s Fez House, but it doesn’t hurt!

Even in this post-Diagon Alley era, the winding pathways of the Morocco pavilion remain (along with Disneyland’s New Orleans Square) among the most authentic, immersive environments in any theme park. You really feel like you could get lost in this deceptively small area for hours.

 

I had intended to continue my World Showcase film festival with Impressions de France, my favorite of the park’s films, and the only one that is essentially unchanged since the park’s opening day. Unfortunately I was once again running late for my next FastPass+ reservation, and had to settle for a brief visit to the theater lobby to say “hello” to the friendly gargoyle.

 

My path back to Future World took me past this spot between Refreshment Port and the Imagination pavilion, which appears to be undergoing preparations for this fall’s Food & Wine festival.

 

More construction walls can be seen outside Innoventions West.

 

Even though I was running behind, sometimes you just have to stop and smell the roses, or whatever form of flowers these are. Dammit Jim, I’m a writer, not a botanist!

 

I made it to The Land pavilion just in time for my Soarin’ FastPass+, where I found a new test underway. Rather than allow guests without FastPass+ reservations to wait in the standby line (which would typically be about 90 minutes), an army of Cast Members were distributing paper tickets with return times printed on them. Guests were advised to take no and return at the appointed time (a couple hours in the future) at which time they would wait an estimated 30-45 minutes before riding.

This new system appeared to be confusing and frustrating many guests, who didn’t understand why they were unable to stand in the standby line like usual. The huge amount of labor required to distribute and explain the tickets must have outweighed any increase in efficiency, and the ride’s entry area degenerated a messy cluster of mad, milling guests.

Disney has been experimenting with similar return ticket methods at the Frozen meet & greet and Jack Sparrow walkthrough, but those attractions have very limited capacity and appeal. Soarin’ is arguably the park’s (and perhaps the resort’s) most popular attraction, and this test threw a serious monkey wrench in many guests’ touring plans.

Reaction appears to have been so negative that the experiment was abandoned early; even the survey taker who interviewed me after my ride admitted that it was proving very unpopular with both guests and employees. A better solution (in my opinion) would be for Disney to accelerate construction of a third theater in order to increase the attraction’s hourly capacity.

 

In addition to the return to paper FastPasses, this experiment involved restricting crowd flow through the pavilion with temporary barricades, with Cast Members stationed to enforce one-way only traffic on the stairways.

A side effect of the Soarin’ test was unusually long lines for Living with the Land. While I’m used to the boat ride being a walk-on, the standby line was 30 minutes or longer during my visit.

 

 

For my final FastPass+ attraction of the day, I rode Spaceship Earth. Again, a ride that used to be a walk-on most of the afternoon now always seem to have a substantial queue, which I gratefully skipped past.

As an added bonus, the ride stopped for about 10 minutes while I was in the transition between the “tech tunnel” and the climactic starscape (also known as “180 Top”). I actually enjoy getting stuck in scenes where I can see animatronics, but as you can see in the following photo this is one of the least interesting spots to spend an extended period of time.

 

Finally, I stopped by the park’s central FastPass+ kiosk cluster to see what attractions were available for a fourth FastPass+. Two words: slim pickings (and I don’t mean the actor).

 

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Top Ten Places to Find: Air Conditioning!

TouringPlans.com Blog - August 02, 2014 - 01:00 pm

By Lisa Gilmore

Being located smack-dab in the middle of the Sunshine State, and having average temperatures of 80 degrees or higher eight months out of year, Walt Disney World is practically a tropical destination. As such, it is necessary to plan appropriately to make sure you and your family are prepared to withstand this intense heat, humidity, and sunshine. And since we’re all the “Type-A” Disney World trip planners, there are definitely some tricks we all have up our sleeves to beat the heat and keep cool in Disney World. It’s great to make sure you pack comfortable, loose fitting clothes, plenty of sunscreen, and incorporate a mid-day nap/pool break in your daily Touring Plan. Once in a while, we find ourselves in the parks during the heat of the day and need to find an air conditioned sanctuary to help us keep our cool (literally and figuratively)! So, here is a list of the top ten places in the parks to find a cool corner of air conditioned sanctuary to revive you before you complete your Touring Plan mission.

 

Escape the heat by enjoying the Carousel of Progress.

Carousel of Progress (Magic Kingdom): Proudly sitting in the corner of Tomorrowland (close to Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin), Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is a slowly rotating indoor (air conditioned!) auditorium that takes guests on a time-traveling adventure. Watch how technology and innovations impact the lives of our favorite turn-of-the-century family. This is a fun 20-minute show with pretty cozy chairs. If you manage to avoid taking a brief nap, you’ll have the catchy tune stuck in your head all day. It’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow…

Country Bear Jamboree (Magic Kingdom): Right next door to Pecos Bill Tall Tell Inn and Café, it’s a great spot to soak in some of that great bear culture. Being only a 10-minute show, this entertaining reprieve from the heat is brief. On the bright side, your backside probably doesn’t want to be sitting on those bleacher-style benches much longer than 10 minutes. It’s a cult-classic and has an avid following, while others find it hokey. No matter which camp you fall into, it’s still a great break from the Florida heat. Just remember, don’t feed the bears.

The Hall of Presidents (Magic Kingdom): Mixing education with entertainment (edutainment, if you will), Hall of Presidents is a classic Disney attraction in the center of Liberty Square. Spend a bit of your afternoon getting to know some of our nations founding fathers. Recently updated in 2009 to include President Obama and a new narration from Morgan Freeman, the show has a bit more pizazz than you might remember. The show’s run time is approximately 23 minutes and boasts some seriously comfortable seats. The auditorium beckons you in with the promise of cool air and the lulling soliloquy from Morgan Freeman, you may need a caffeine boost after the show to revive you from your relaxed state. As a bonus, the air conditioned sanctuary is not restricted to just the show auditorium, if you just need a quick little break, feel free to meander the attraction lobby. Peruse the historical artifacts on display or engage in conversation with the cast members about their favorite president.

 

Retreat to the EAC in Finding Nemo – The Musical

Finding Nemo: The Musical (Animal Kingdom): Animal Kingdom is one of the toughest parks to stay cool in. There are few indoor attractions, so finding some much needed AC can be challenge here! Luckily, on the walkway between Dino-Land and Asia, there is a large theatre showing regular productions of Finding Nemo: The Musical. This is a 30-minute Broadway style show.  Live performers are coupled with larger-than-life artistic puppets and act out the thrilling story of Nemo’s adventure and Marlin’s quest to find his son. Though you may seek out this theater to escape the jungle-like heat in Animal Kingdom, you’ll love every minute of this creative retelling of the Pixar classic story.

It’s Tough to be a Bug (Animal Kingdom): Flick and his insect friends invite us to join them in the base of the Tree of Life to see what an integral role bugs play in our daily lives. Fun, creative and unique, this show may not be for those who aren’t fans of our six (or eight) legged friends. This eight minute show offers some fun insight into the life of bugs while escaping from the Florida heat. As you exit the theater, enjoy lingering in the shadow of the Tree of Life and be sure to examine the animals engraved in the trunk. See if you can spot your favorite critter.

Impressions de France (Epcot): World Showcase in Epcot offers several informative films about the host countries in different pavilions. Impressions de France is definitely one to check out. It’s the top pick as a country film for this post because it offers decent seating (unlike the films in Canada and China), and it’s in the middle of the World Showcase trek, so by the time you hit France, you’re probably ready for a little break to rest your feet and recharge your battery. This 18-minute film offers some great scenes of the beauty of France and some familiar classic music as you tour through this country on film.

Enter the Aztec style pyramid to tour Mexico and leave the Florida heat behind.

Mexico Pavilion (Epcot): Mexico in World Showcase is unique among the countries since almost all of the pavilion is located indoors! Enter the Aztec-inspired temple and explore the treasures and mystery of Mexico. There is plenty of shopping, San Angel Inn Restaurant, and La Cava del Tequila. You can even enjoy a mini luxury cruise around Mexico hosted by the Three Caballeros. Nothing can help escape the heat and recharge like a refreshing beverage at the bar in La Cava del Tequila or a few minutes of leisurely browsing among the shopping kiosks.

The Land Pavilion (Epcot): Home of popular destinations like Soarin’, Sunshine Seasons, and Living with the Land, the Land Pavilion in the Future World area of Epcot has plenty of attractions and snacks to help you cool off. All sheltered in the glorious indoor air conditioning, you can spend hours in this pavilion without working up a sweat.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid (Hollywood Studios): An indoor Broadway style musical production, this show will entertain the little ones and give the adults a break off their feet and much-needed AC-powered recharge. With a light mist as you join Ariel in her under seas adventure, this show is a nice refreshing retreat.

Animation Academy (c) Disney

Enjoy the air conditioning and the bonus of a free souvenir – keep your character drawing as a momento!

Animation Academy (Hollywood Studios): A hidden treasure in the back of the Animation Courtyard at Hollywood Studios. Not only can you find sanctuary from the Florida heat and humidity, you get to learn how to draw one of your favorite Disney characters by an authentic Disney Imagineer. Plus, at the end of the lesson, you get to keep your drawing. 30-minutes in the delightfully air conditioned studio, interactions with an Imagineer, and a free souvenir makes this one of the best retreats, yet!

The bonus of this great list of retreats is that each one also works for anyone looking to escape any Florida downpours, as well! So, whether you’re escaping the heat or rain, be sure to check out these amazing attractions.  Which ones are your favorites? Where do you go to find an air conditioned haven? Be sure to add to this list in the comments below!

 

 

 

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Chill While Others Thrill: Skipping Disney World Thrill Rides Part II

TouringPlans.com Blog - August 02, 2014 - 11:00 am

By Sarah Graffam

Does an attraction like the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror inspire you only with terror despite its fantastic theming? Is Expedition Everest a must-do for your friends and family, while a trip on Wildlife Express Train is about as wild you get? Fortunately, Walt Disney World offers some great ways for you to chill while your companions satisfy their thirst for a thrill.

Part I of this article explored attractions at Magic Kingdom where chill seekers and thrill seekers are likely to part ways. Part II considers Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including options for those who prefer a more relaxing experience and places for your party to meet back up.

Epcot

Mission: SPACE and Test Track are both found in Future World East. A great place to hang while your friends experience these attractions is the Espresso Coffee and Pastries stand, located just outside of Innoventions East heading toward Mission: SPACE and Ellen’s Energy Adventure. It typically has a short line, especially in the morning, and it offers peaceful nearby benches where you can enjoy a beverage. Or if it is hot, you can take your beverage back into Innoventions East and find a bench.

In the same general area as the coffee stand, you can catch a performance by the JAMMitors drumming group while you wait. The 10-minute performance by this “clean-up crew” attracts an energetic crowd, and they perform up to seven times a day.

Mission Space Post-Ride Advanced Training Lab

Meet back up: Both Mission: SPACE and Test Track have post-attraction interactive exhibit areas; you can access these areas by walking through the attractions’ gift shops.

To many, Soarin’ is a gentle experience, but it can be quite scary for those afraid of heights. Luckily, Soarin’ is located in the Land Pavilion, which has lots of places to sit and enjoy its mellow soundtrack. Bonus: If you take a step outside the pavilion, you can hear some of the original background music for Epcot. Another option is to experience the Circle of Life film, an attraction that many people skip in lieu of the other attractions in the Land.

Meet back up: The Land Pavilion can get crowded, especially in its Sunshine Seasons food court, so it is best to agree on a specific place to meet. On the lower level of the pavilion, there are benches at the exit to Soarin’; on the upper level, benches near the restrooms are a good place to meet.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The end of Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios features two of the most hair-raising attractions in all of Walt

Muppets Fountain

Disney World. Straight ahead is the terrifyingly tall Tower of Terror. To the left as you face the Tower, the Rock n’ Roller Coaster loops and turns through the dark. But there is one word that will ease your fears—shopping! In addition to the gift shops for both attractions, which have some of the best-themed souvenirs in the park, Sunset Boulevard is lined with shops such as Villains in Vogue and Sunset Club Couture.

Meet back up: Make your way back down Sunset Boulevard through the shops and have the rest of your party meet you at Starring Rolls Cafe. There, you can all enjoy a snack (the cupcakes are incredible!) or move on to another part of the park.

Star Tours is on the opposite side of the park in the Echo Lake area and is frequently mentioned as one of the more nausea-inducing attractions in Disney World. Again, shopping to the rescue! Tatooine Traders has tons of Star Wars merchandise. Shoppers come in waves as they exit the attraction, but you can take advantage of the times in between when there are fewer people in the shop. Another option is to wander over to the entrance of Muppet*Vision 3D and enjoy its fountain featuring Kermit and friends.

Meet back up: The Muppets Fountain is a great place to meet back up for a photo op.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

If you are with thrills seekers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, they will be heading right when entering the park. In Asia, send your friends ahead to Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids while you enjoy one of a selection of iced or hot teas at the Royal Anandapur Tea Company. After, take a stroll through Maharajah Jungle Trek. This lush Southeast Asian forest exhibit showcases several animals, including Malayan flying foxes and Asian tigers. Cast Members will be happy to provide more detail about any of the animals or vegetation along the trek.

Maharajah Jungle Trek Asian Tiger

Meet back up: You will pass right by Kali River Rapids after going through the Maharajah Jungle Trek, so arrange to meet after your group rides.

In DinoLand U.S.A., DINOSAUR can be a rough ride as your vehicle rocks and lurches to escape ferocious predators. At the entrance to DINOSAUR, however, you can meet a much less menacing dinosaur. Dino-Sue is a life-size replica of the famous Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton discovered in South Dakota in 1990.

Meet back up: My meet back up advice to you here is … don’t. At this point, the rest of your party can go on to the section of DinoLand with Primeval Whirl and TriceraTop Spin. Unfortunately, this is an area of the park that I have often found extremely hot and with not much to do if you are not riding. Maybe meet back up somewhere else in Animal Kingdom. Or end your day and beat everyone else back to the hotel pool.

Now that you know there are many alternatives to Disney World’s more-thrilling rides, you may just find that your more adventurous traveling companions are sometimes waiting for you!

 

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Disney Food Blog Snack Attack is Back! Save the Date for October 14, 2014

Disney Food Blog - August 01, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Finally — news for those of you who have been requesting this info for a long time! The Disney Food Blog Snack Attack is back, better than ever!

We are celebrating the best time of the year at Walt Disney World — the Epcot Food and Wine Festival — with our very own Illuminations Dessert Party at Epcot! Tickets go on sale Monday, August 4th, at 9AM ET. This event always sells out quickly, so plan ahead!

View of Illuminations for Snack Attack — Super Close to the Action!

Let’s get right down to the details!

Disney Food Blog Snack Attack Illuminations Dessert Party

We love having the chance to meet and greet our readers. And Snack Attack gives us an opportunity to do just that.

Seating for Snack Attack as the Sun Sets

And it’s even better when we can enjoy some of our favorite Disney eats and VIP viewing of Epcot’s nighttime spectacular, Illuminations!

And that’s not all. The menu will include some epic snacks from all over Walt Disney World!

One of several dessert tables weighed down with goodies for us!

We are still fine tuning the menu, but you can be assured that guests will have their pick of an all-you-care-to-enjoy spread of DFB Favorites! These aren’t your garden variety mini-pastries. They’re snacks you know and love, like Carrot Cake Cookies from The Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

All-You-Can-Eat Writer’s Stop Carrot Cake Cookies!

We’ll have School Bread from Epcot’s Kringla Bakeri og Kafe, of course!

Epcot Norway School Bread

To balance out all those sweet treats, there’s fresh Popcorn as well.

Disney Popcorn was popped on site and served in Disney popcorn containers!

How to Buy Tickets

Here are the details! Tickets will go on sale Monday, August 4, at 9:00AM ET.

The event will take place at the UK Pavilion in Epcot from 8:30pm-9:30pm on October 14, 2014. Families are welcome! Each member of your party will need their name on the list for entry (children under 3 are free). Tickets are $60 per person, and include:

*Entrance to the event
*Access to an all-you-care-to-eat, specialized menu dessert buffet (plus REAL Disney popcorn!)
*Access to the private IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth viewing area

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth — And Your View from Snack Attack!

Only guests with their full names on our roster will be admitted to the event, so please pay attention to the instructions you receive after purchasing to send us the names of the people in your party. Tickets are limited and will be sold first-come, first-served.

Should the event be sold out, you can join our waiting list by emailing us with your name, email address, and the number of people in your party at Support @ DFBGuide.com.

Tickets are non-refundable. Weather may impact location of the event. Extreme severe weather may cause for cancellation of Illuminations.

Hope to See You There!

We always have such a great time at Snack Attack; I’m so excited to host it again! I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and sharing this incredible experience!

Have questions? Please leave them in the comments below!

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Observations from Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Week of July 28

TouringPlans.com Blog - August 01, 2014 - 09:45 am

By Seth Kubersky

Does Disney’s Hollywood Studios hold up in a post-Diagon Alley world? (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

“It was the best of rides, it was the worst of rides…”

With deepest apologies to Charles Dickens, today I present a Tale of Two Parks. As regular readers may have noticed, I’ve been spending a lot of time these past few months at Universal Studios Florida, documenting the debut of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley. But USF isn’t the only movie-centric theme park in Orlando. So on Monday, July 28, I stopped by the other Studios for the first time in forever — or at least since Star Wars Weekends — for some observations from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. How does DHS stack up in the age of Harry Potter’s newest expansion?

First, a bit of background. The origins of DHS and USF will forever be entwined, as Michael Eisner accelerated the opening of Walt Disney World’s third gate to upstage Universal’s first Floridian attraction. Though it was announced first, Universal Studios Florida opened a year after Disney/MGM Studios (as the park will forever be known in the hearts of long-time fans) and was initially hobbled by famously malfunctioning E-Tickets like Jaws and Kong. MGM sported only a half-day slate of entertainment upon its debut, but added major rides like Star Tours and Tower of Terror during its first decade, while Universal used that time to tame its balky headliners and add effects-driven shows like Twister and Terminator 2.

By the turn of the millennium, Orlando’s two Studios parks were roughly equivalent in terms of attractions lineups — at least in the minds of many vacationeers, who would often bypass USF for DHS if they had purchased multi-day Disney passes. But over the next fifteen years, the stories of these two parks distinctly diverge. Disney added Toy Story Midway Mania and some shows, while letting much the rest of the park (especially the once-iconic Backlot Tour and Animation exhibits) become stale. In contrast, Universal systematically replaced or reimagined nearly its entire opening slate; aside from E.T., Animal Actors, and the Horror Makeup Show, hardly a trace of the 1990′s version USF is still recognizable.

That tug-of-war between the latest thrills vs. reliable nostalgia is emblematic of the ongoing competition between Disney and Universal, and the latest battle in that war is being waged with snowballs. As you can see from these photos, my return to DHS coincided with their Frozen Fun promotion, capitalizing on the seemingly endless popularity of the animated film.

Guests are given these cute (and cheap) paper Olafs on sticks upon entry. Use them to fan yourself in hopes of not melting like a snowman in summer.

Both Studios have a Hollywood Boulevard with some of the same architectural landmarks, but Disney’s is scenically superior. Or at least it would be, if it wasn’t for a certain ginormous hat…

As I entered the park, a brief show was occurring on the Sorcerer’s Hat stage, featuring a live host interacting with a video of Olaf. Olaf wished for it to be “cooler,” provoking a flurry of fog and fake snow. According to Accuweather, his wish went unfulfilled; with the humidity index, it felt like 1000°F out there.

My first destination was to secure a return ticket for the “For the First Time in Forever” Frozen Sing-Along Celebration in the Premiere Theater. Disney has been taking a page from a classic USF attraction and is going “Back to the Future” with a new form of paper FastPass, which elderly readers may dimly remember from the epoch before MagicBands.

With only one Cast Member distributing reservation cards, the line moved fitfully at best, and by the time I reached its head all slots for the next show were gone. Luckily, a standby line had just formed for the performance that was about to start, and joined the queue only a few guests from the front.

A few minutes before showtime, we were allowed into the theater, while being warned that it may be “standing room only.” However, an entire row in the center of the theater turned out to be almost completely empty. Reserved for purchasers of viewing packages, this row becomes fair game once the show begins, and beats standing in the aisles or blocking the view of the technicians.

The sing-along itself was delightful, especially considering that it is a sort-term seasonal show assembled in a short amount of time. Anna makes an appearance in the opening minutes, and both sisters return for the finale, but most of the show is carried by a pair of storytellers who deliver a subversively snarky and self-aware retelling of the movie’s plot, in between screening musical numbers with projected lyrical subtitles. The script does a serviceable job of condensing the story (though I was disappointed that “Fixer Upper” is skipped over), but it’s the improvisational-style commentary from the humorous hosts that make this as entertaining to adults as their caterwauling kids.

Frozen is big enough by now that it deserves a dedicated year round attraction, but until that happens I hope Disney considers continuing this production beyond its projected September 1 closure.

After the sing along, I circled around the park to take the temperature of the crowds. The park was originally predicted to be a 4 out of 10 in our Crowd Calendar, but was later revised up to an 8. After several weeks of visiting USF on 9+ days, I was surprised to see how DHS felt even more crowded than its numbers indicated. Perhaps the Frozen festival is drawing even more guests than anticipated, or maybe I was experiencing the effect of DHS’s relatively small number of guest-absorbing rides. Either way, outside of the Gringotts queue Universal subjectively feels like it has more elbow room, despite being objectively busier.

 

Proving that Potter doesn’t have a monopoly on getting guests to queue for merchandise, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post had a 15 minute wait when I walked by.

 

By now, it was time for a ride on Orlando’s other 3-D spinning family-friendly thrill ride. I booked an afternoon FastPass+ for Toy Story Mania, which allowed me to bypass the 90 minute wait and board in under 5 minutes.

I confess that I’m not a huge fan of Toy Story Midway Mania. The polarized 3-D lacks the depth and contrast of the Dolby 3-D screens in Star Tours and Gringotts, while the pull-string launchers inevitably give my forearm embarrassing carpal cramps. As far as interactive shooting attractions go, I’d much rather ride MEN IN BLACK or Buzz Lightyear (especially the California version).

Keep in mind than several attractions, including Toy Story and The Great Movie Ride, close early to prepare for the nightly Frozen fireworks.

 

Or maybe I’m just bitter because I can’t win anything better than a beaver. At least I managed to beat the non-existent players in my empty car!

 

Speaking of the return of paper FastPass, these “Crew Card” timed reservations are still required to experience the Captain Jack Sparrow walk-through near Toy Story Mania!

Before I knew it, it was time for a trip to the Twilight Zone. Again, I was grateful for my FastPass+ appointment, as it allowed me to bypass a full standby queue snaking through the Hollywood Tower Hotel’s decaying gardens.

 

It’s been a little over 20 years since Tower of Terror opened, and in my opinion Walt Disney World has yet to top it. It may be the Mouse’s best combination of story, design, effects, and thrills — at least on this continent.

I hoped to take a quick joyride in Aerosmith’s limo, but the line for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster was an hour long, and the single rider line stretched out the door and down the ramp.

 

My quality time with Mr. Tyler will have to wait for another visit; since the attraction is in FastPass+ Tier 1 with Toy Story Mania, more and more guests are using its standby and singles lines. Since I’m impatient, I’ve cut back on my Rock ‘n’ Rollering recently.

 

On my way down Sunset Boulevard, I noticed these menus placed along the queue in front of the quick-service dining menus. Hopefully these will help guests make up their minds before it is their turn to order.

 

Here’s what the park’s official wait time tip board looked like in mid-afternoon:

 

With a little time to kill before my last FastPass+, I took in a few minutes of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, which still boasts some great action but takes far too much labored talking to get there. Then I slipped into the Guardians of the Galaxy preview, a 3-D movie trailer that has taken over the Sounds Dangerous theater.

 

The preview includes a substantial scene from the film plus an extended trailer, and it ratcheted up my already intense interest in the flick to new fanboy extremes. I was somewhat surprised to see the “Marvel” brand-name used in the preview, as the press information on the attraction had omitted Marvel’s mention, presumably in deference to Universal’s licensing contract. The film clip was presented without any of the 4-D effects included in Anaheim, which could be a legal tactic to avoid being branded an attraction.

Following the film preview, I few off to the Wookie planet with C-3PO and nearly got sonic bombed by Boba Fett before reaching the Rebel base. The simulator technology may be aging, and I’ve long since seen every possible random ride combination, but Star Tours still makes me smile every time it takes me to that galaxy far, far away…

However, it appears I may be in the minority, as my FastPass+ reservation proved entirely unnecessary. Though a 15 minute standby wait was posted, in reality neither queue stretched much beyond the point at which they merged, making FastPass+ pointless here.

Finally, I finished my DHS day with a late lunch at the ABC Commissary, which is frequently overlooked by DHS diners.

I ordered the seafood platter, which turned out to be a decent value by theme park quick service standards: under $10 for a half-dozen fried shrimp, a couple pieces of fried fish, and a plate of fries. That’s cheaper than a similar meal at Magic Kingdom’s Columbia Harbor House, though I think Harbor’s shrimp are more plentiful. The formerly-frozen fish is equally mediocre at either location, and all Disney fries are equally limp. For really good fast food fish and chips, you’ll have to go to Epcot’s UK pavilion, or Universal’s Simpsons or Potter restaurants.

An area Disney dining continues to excel at is inventing irresistible desserts. This Olaf cupcake was almost too adorable to eat…almost.

 

With a carrot cake base, cream cheese frosting body, dark chocolate arms and rocks, and a white chocolate head, he’s big enough to share, and sweet enough to put you into insulin shock.

 

In closing, I enjoyed reuniting with some of my old favorites at DHS, and the Frozen sing along restored my faith in Disney’s ability to stage a first-class show on short notice. Besides, neither Studios park has much movie-making content left to speak of, and both are filled with film properties that didn’t originate with their respective companies. Even so, I definitely find more of the innovative thrills and unconventional edibles that personally appeal to me at USF than DHS these days. Universal also appears to be handling its crowds better than before, while Disney is dithering with manual guest management methods in a digital age.

As a lifelong Walt Disney World fan, I’m hoping that Mickey’s empire will soon strike back, and that it won’t be a long, long time before Bothan spies confirm rumors of major new developments for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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“The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Disney!” Snacks (Vol. II)

Disney Food Blog - July 29, 2014 - 12:59 am

We’re back with another installment in The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Disney series!

Snacks are a big deal around here. Heck, we plan entire events and crawls around them! And it’s clear Disney thinks snacking is where it’s at, too. We’re seeing more and more small plates restaurants open. Spots like Tutto Gusto, Spice Road Table, and The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge cater to the grazing crowd.

Today, we’re talking about some of our favorite snacks that we enjoy nearly every time we visit Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Dig out your stretchy pants, or plan to do an extra lap on the treadmill, and let’s do this!

Cheshire Cake Cup

Who doesn’t love a ginormous cupcake? You know I’m a big fan of these edible works of art. But at the end of the day, I pretty much see them as frosting delivery systems. So you can imagine my delight when I got wind of Cake Cups at Magic Kingdom’s Cheshire Cafe!

Layers of alternating cake and frosting make a parfait-style dessert that’s hard to resist.

Cheshire Cake Cup at Cheshire Cafe

I know, I know. I talk about these a lot. But I figure if there’s something I NEVER miss when I’m at the Magic Kingdom, I should take every opportunity to suggest it so you don’t miss it either.

Frosting!!

Two new, equally gorgeous varieties have recently made an appearance — White Rabbit and Queen of Hearts versions! Expanding the cake cup line? We are ALL IN.

White Chocolate Rabbit and Queen of Hearts Strawberry Shortcake Cake Cups

These are the closest snacks I’ve found to them just giving me a bowl of frosting and a spoon, soooooo, yeah.

Dole Whip

Next up is one of my favorite Disney snacks of all time, the classic Dole Whip.

Oh, sure, you have your cult classics. Your Turkey Legs. Your Mickey Bars. And they’re great. But if there’s one snack I must have every time I’m at either Disneyland (umbrellas and cherries!!!!) or Walt Disney World, it’s some variety of Dole Whip.

This creamy pineapple-flavored soft serve made news here on Disney Food Blog for a different reason last year, when we brought you word not of what it is — but what it isn’t! Seems that our favorite Disney chilly treat is now Vegan, Dairy Free, and Gluten Free!

Dole Whip Float at Disneyland’s Tiki Juice Bar — My Favorite!

So if you’re looking to indulge in a creamy, delicious snack, but you have reasons to watch what you eat — this is a great option! I personally go for a Dole Whip Float with straight Dole Whip every. Single. Time.

But others really prefer to temper the puckery goodness of pineapple with a hint of vanilla, and opt for the Vanilla Swirl.

Dole Whip at Captain Cook’s

And remember, you can skip the long lines at Magic Kingdom’s Aloha Isle in Walt Disney World by heading to the Polynesian Resort for your Dole Whip fix instead!

Waffle Sandwich

It’s a snack. No, it’s a meal. Well, I suppose it depends on how many people are fighting for a share, and how hungry you are.

Magic Kingdom is home to another one of my favorite places to score great snacks — Sleepy Hollow Refreshments. This cute little building with a fun backstory serves up several treats that are big enough to count as a meal. But some of the brightest menu stars are the Waffle Sandwiches.

And you have so many options spanning all the meals in a day! If you swing by here for breakfast (or lunch, or dinner), one of my favorites is the Nutella and Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich. It’s huge. And supa yum.

Nutella and Fruit Waffle Sandwich

If you happen to visit a little later in the day, you can still get the Nutella version, but your Waffle Sandwich options expand to include more savory choices. I can’t get enough of the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle.

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow

But the Swiss, Ham, and Prosciutto version has lots of fans, too!

Swiss Ham and Proscuitto Waffle Sandwich

Either way, bring help to eat these, or plan to count it as a meal. They’re delicious — and filling.

Carrot Cake Cookie

I try. Really. I try to spend a day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and not succumb to the temptation of a Carrot Cake Cookie from Writer’s Stop and Sweet Spells. But it just isn’t gonna happen, guys.

Because every so often you need a break from cupcakes, right? I mean, I guess. Yes. Definitely.

Stopping by the little unassuming coffee shop back between Tatooine and the Streets of America is also a nice way to slow down and escape the crowds for just a bit. And while you’re at it, you may as well get a serving of veggies. (Because Carrot Cake Cookies totally count.)

Carrot Cake Cookie

And the spicy, cakey cookies are the perfect excuse for consuming that incredible cream cheese frosting.

Peanut Butter Sandwich

Don’t you love when a snack has a name like it’s a real food, but then it turns out to be a spectacular sweet?

The Peanut Butter Sandwich fits that bill. This is basically an open face Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Sandwich, smothered in Chocolate and drizzled in more Chocolate.

In other words, it’s salty-sweet perfection.

Peanut Butter Sandwich in Disneyland

And that Peanut Butter Filling isn’t just PB right out of the jar — it’s that yummy, sugary sweet version that’s just this side of Peanut Butter Fudge.

Inside the Fabled Peanut Butter Sandwich

And did I mention the Chocolate?

Sadly you won’t find this one in Disney World anymore; it’s a Disneyland exclusive these days. Pick yours up at Candy Palace to Trolley Treats (and sometimes Pooh Corner).

Cheesecake on a Stick

When is Cheesecake a Popsicle? When you put a stick in it and serve it frozen, that’s when.

Ok, so I totally get that you may not think that Frozen Cheesecake on a Stick from the Gelato Bars Kiosk in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney sounds all that great. I mean, will it be so hard you can’t eat it? Will it make a mess? Would it still taste as rich and completely awesome as the regular stuff?

No. No. And Yes.

Seriously — I only found this amazing treat a little while back, and it’s already a tried and true favorite! It’s surprisingly soft — owing to lots of amazing butterfat, no doubt! — and the flavor is incredible.

Disneyland’s Frozen Cheesecake on a Stick!

I don’t know what kind of magic they’ve got happening here, but it’s definitely produced a keeper!

Nudel Gratin at Sommerfest

Here’s another snack that borders on a meal. But since it could sorta be considered a side dish, it’s makin’ the list.

Just when we didn’t think that Disney could make another incredible version of Macaroni and Cheese, they went and proved us wrong with the Nudel Gratin at Epcot’s Sommerfest.

The extra, over-the-top, super cheesy baked version appeared on the menu at this Germany Pavilion counter service stop a while back, and it’s quickly become one of our favorite all-time dishes!

Nudel Gratin at Sommerfest

It’s filling and at less than $4, it’s an incredible bargain, too! Wanna make at home? No problem. Here’s the recipe.

There are so many truly incredible snacks at Disney, but that wraps up my list of the Best of the Best…for this installment.  The best part of Disney is that they keep introducing new classics. Can’t wait till Volume III!

So let’s hear from you now — what’s the Best Thing YOU Ever Ate in Disney when it comes to snacks? Don’t be shy — sound off in comments below!

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Disney D23 Details 2014 Events Including ‘Destination D,’ Fanniversary, Screenings and More

StitchKingdom - January 21, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Disney D23 Details 2014 Events Including ‘Destination D,’ Fanniversary, Screenings and More originally appeared on Stitch Kingdom, the number one unofficial source for news on The Walt Disney Company. Please follow us Twitter and Like on Facebook.

Disney D23, the official fan club for The Walt Disney Company, today announced its initial roster of member events for 2014. Highlighting the list of events is the popular biennial Destination D event, this year taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Details for each of the exciting events follows:

DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H20 Plus (Walt Disney World Resort, July 26 & 27)
Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” It’s in that spirit that guests this summer will have the opportunity to visit—or revisit—some of the most beloved Disney attractions of yesteryear. Destination D: Attraction Rewind, held July 26 and 27 at Walt Disney World Resort, will bring Disney archivists, Imagineers, Legends and luminaries together to celebrate fan favorites such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with rarely seen concept art and images; vintage video clips; and revealing stories. In addition, several presentations will be dedicated to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, which spawned beloved attractions like it’s a small world and Carousel of Progress.

MARY POPPINS 50th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING (Los Angeles, August 24, 2014)
On August 24, 2014 — nearly 50 years to the day on which this beloved classic premiered — D23 will celebrate with a very special screening event.

D23’S DISNEY FANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION (Various Cities, Dates)
For the third year in a row, D23 will hit the road, visiting cities across the U.S. to commemorate dozens of magical Disney milestones celebrating landmark anniversaries this year. Hosted by Disney archivists and the D23 Team, D23’s Disney Fanniversary Celebration events will be held in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, Seattle and other cities in fall 2014. Fanniversary 2014 will revisit some of the most beloved theme park attractions, animated and live-action films, characters, TV series, and more than 90 years of Disney history including Donald Duck, the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, Sleeping Beauty, Haunted Mansion, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Little Mermaid and many more. Fanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission prices and surprises created for D23 Members in attendance.

D23’S LUNCH WITH A LEGEND: MARTY SKLAR (Walt Disney Studios, January 31, 2014)
A limited number of D23 Members will join Disney Legend Marty Sklar for a private luncheon on The Walt Disney Studios lot, where Marty will talk about his extraordinary 54-year career with Disney. Look for additional “Legendary” lunches later this year.

DISNEY STORE MEMBER MIXERS (Various Locations, Dates)
After giving members a peek at the reimagined stores in Florida, Kansas, New Jersey, California, and Nevada in 2013, Disney Store will once again invite D23 Members for exclusive mornings of shopping, discounts, games and goodies.

MICKEY’S OF GLENDALE (Walt Disney Imagineering, April 26, June 21 and Additional Dates)
The Walt Disney Imagineering employee store in Glendale, Calif., will open its doors to D23 Members on April 26, June 21, and other dates throughout the year, with special guests and surprises. Members will have an opportunity to purchase limited-edition merchandise and view the park-like grounds at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts’ creative “think tank.”

SCREENINGS ON THE DISNEY STUDIO LOT (Walt Disney Studios, Various Dates)
Throughout the year, D23 will continue its popular movie screenings inside the historic Studio Theatre at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. The 2014 roster includes Sleeping Beauty (October 11), The Jungle Book (February 15), The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (September 13) and The Little Mermaid (November 15).

D23 DAY AT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND ARCHIVES (Walt Disney Studios, March 22, May 31, August 2 and November 8, 2014)
D23’s members-only tours of the historic Studio Lot and Walt Disney Archives in Burbank return, highlighting historic moments from Disney film, television, and theme parks — as well as showcasing many of the external locations used for filming Saving Mr. Banks.

SIGNATURE EVENTS
Look for the return of some favorites, including the popular holiday offering DISNEY AND DICKENS (in Burbank in December), as well as other D23 traditions.

Dates, ticketing information, and more D23 events will be announced throughout the year. Full details on D23’s lineup of 2014 special events can be found on the Fan Club’s website at www.D23.com/events. All events and dates are subject to change.


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StitchKingdom - December 31, 2013 - 11:41 am

PHOTO: Nolan Gould of ‘Modern Family’ Spends Time with Goofy at Walt Disney World originally appeared on Stitch Kingdom, the number one unofficial source for news on The Walt Disney Company. Please follow us Twitter and Like on Facebook.

Actor Nolan Gould, 15, who portrays Luke Dunphy on the hit ABC comedy series ‘Modern Family,’ poses yesterday, December 30 with Goofy (dressed as ‘Father Time’ to celebrate the New Year) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

‘Modern Family’ returns with new episodes on January 8, 2014.

Photo by Matt Stroshane, Courtesy Walt Disney World


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