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Morimoto Asia to Open at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney Soon

by on September 2, 2015

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©Disney

Morimoto Asia will be the newest restaurant to open in Downtown Disney. The pan-Asian dining establishment will officially open for Guests on September 30.

Morimoto Asia is being brought to life by Japanese master chef Masaharu Morimoto and the Patina Restaurant Group. The restaurant will include a two-story layout with a fabulous glass entrance, open terraces, a grand hall, private rooms, a long bar, a cocktail lounge, exhibition kitchens, and more. Also, Morimoto Asia’s two-story outdoor terrace will provide patio seating with sweeping views of the area.

Menu items will include traditional Asian dishes such as Peking duck, moo shu pork, lobster chow fun, sweet and sour crispy whole fish, and kung pao chicken. Dim sum will be served during weekend brunch service, and will include a variety of dumplings, shumai, bao, spare ribs and more. Kids will have a variety of Asian-infused dishes including chicken ramen, kakuni pork bao, and karaage fried chicken. Read the rest of this entry »

The Great Irish Hooley Returns to Raglan Road Labor Day Weekend

by on September 2, 2015

Well, we are halfway to St. Patrick’s Day! Know how I know that? Because The Great Irish Hooley is taking place once again this Labor Day weekend at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney?

This year marks the fourth annual event of traditional live music, dancing, and delicious Irish cuisine. Festivities begin at noon on Friday, September 4 and will run through the evening of Monday, September 7.

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This year’s party will included performances by seven top Irish bands, authentic step dancing, and first-rate contemporary Irish cuisine.

Also, in addition to the restaurant’s featured menu of beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails, Raglan Road will spotlight four limited-edition craft beers brewed just for the Hooley by Ireland’s Rye River Brewing Company. These will include Raglan Road Saison, Raglan Road Fruit Salad Weiss Beer, McGargles Jims CO2 Stout, and McGargles Francis Tropical American IPA.

The entertainment line up for this year’s event includes: Read the rest of this entry »

All it Takes is Faith and Trust! (And a Little Bit of Help from the Touring Plans Readers)

by on September 2, 2015 16 Comments

All it takes is faith and trust

“All it takes is faith and trust!” – Peter Pan

It’s no secret that I am a planner. A crazy-nutcase-super-planner (I admit it). I don’t take even a short trip to Disney World without planning FastPass + selections and Advanced Dining Reservations at the earliest opportunity. I mean, have you read my articles on planning for spontaneity? If my introductory and advanced courses in leveraging MyMagic+ didn’t paint a vivid picture for you of my planning love, I’m not sure what would.

As I was planning for our upcoming trip over Labor Day weekend, a wild thought occurred to me. What if, for one of the days of our trip, I didn’t pre-plan anything? (Cue intense hyperventilation.) I know that some people are critical of MyMagic+, citing that it “forces” them to plan their trips months in advance. I don’t share in that sentiment, and even though I don’t personally go the non-planning route that doesn’t mean I believe it can’t be done. (Did everyone follow that convoluted sentence? I plan because I want to, not because I believe that one must plan in order to have a good time at Walt Disney World.)

Now you might be asking yourself, “How would this type-A planner know that someone can enjoy a day in Disney without planning?! She probably doesn’t even know how to have an impromptu day at Disney World!” Valid points, dear readers, and those thoughts are precisely what have led me to this particular experiment. And YOU are the key to this experiment. Essentially, I need you to tell me what to do. Read the rest of this entry »

Epcot AtMousePhere: The Music of World Showcase (Part 1)

by on September 2, 2015 2 Comments

I am betting that when I say “Epcot music,” there is a 95% chance you will think of something from Future World. The first music that actually comes to my mind is “Horizons.”

Now why is that? How come the music we relate to this huge theme park is usually only remembered from one half?

Copyright 2014 Claire NatMy guess is that, while most of the music in Future World is original music and can be attributed to the park, the music of World Showcase is mostly taken directly from those countries. You’ll hear Chinese music in China. You’ll hear British music in the United Kingdom. You’ll hear Italian music in Italy.

These pieces that are heard are probably some of the most popular pieces composed for those areas, but they aren’t meant to be associated with a theme park. They’re meant to be listened to while on a relaxing walk, or while sipping expensive coffee in a street cafe, or while sitting in a cushy chair in an orchestra hall.

But in Epcot, do you sometimes imagine yourself on a relaxing walk, or sitting in a street cafe, or sitting in a cushy chair in an orchestra hall? Well, then Epcot’s AtMousePhere has done it’s job. (The music, not the article series.)

Let’s see what we’ll hear as we journey around the lagoon. Since we finished our last article in the eastern part of the park, we’ll be starting our tour in Mexico and work our way clockwise.

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Sci-Fi Dine-In to Offer Breakfast

by on September 1, 2015 7 Comments

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Copyright Disney

Are you looking for breakfast reservations for your upcoming Disney’s Hollywood Studios visit? Well, For a limited time, Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be offering a great new breakfast option.

Beginning on November 1 and lasting until January 23, 2016, Guests will be able to enjoy an all-inclusive array of breakfast pastries, and a choice of an appetizer, entrĂ©e, and non-alcoholic beverage. Appetizer choices will include either a yogurt parfait or fresh fruit. Entrees will include a choice of one of the following: Read the rest of this entry »

Trivia Tuesday: California’s Disneyland + Video

by on September 1, 2015 2 Comments

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle dressed for the 50th

I’ve got a brand new video series for all you Disney junkies: Trivia Tuesday!

Join me on Facebook and Youtube as I provide facts and details about all things Disney.

Today’s Trivia Tuesday brings you to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Enjoy!

Walt Disney World Off-site Accommodations: Things to Consider

by on September 1, 2015 9 Comments

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While much of the focus of lodging when talking about Disney is upon the experience staying at Walt Disney World hotels, there are still throngs of people every year that for one reason or another choose to stay in off-site accommodations. There are several considerations in play with off-site lodging, both in terms of whether it is a good fit for you, and then what you should look for in selecting off-site accommodations. Let’s jump right in! Read the rest of this entry »

Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – August 23 to 29, 2015

by on September 1, 2015

How Did the Disney World Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

How Did the Disney World Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

Last week the Disney World Crowd Calendar missed by more than one index point only once, on Monday when crowds at Epcot were lower than expected. Other days hit the predicted crowd levels within one. See how wait times have begun a decline as we approach the September lull.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the Disney World Crowd Calendar Report:

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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – August 23 to 29, 2015

by on September 1, 2015

How Did the Universal Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

How Did the Universal Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

Last week, crowd levels were inline with what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted except for Monday when Universal Studios saw wait times average 10 minutes longer than usual. Interestingly, Universal Studios has a higher crowd level than Islands of Adventure every day last week.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar Report:

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – August 23 to 29, 2015

by on September 1, 2015

How Did the Disneyland Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

How Did the Disneyland Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

Last week, no park reached wait times higher than a level ‘5’ on our scale and most days stayed around a ‘2’ or ‘3’. That means posted wait times averaged 10 to 30 minutes at most attractions. Attractions that offer some relief from the hot California sun (think Splash Mountain and Grizzly River Run) are seeing some of the highest wait times at the parks.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report:

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