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The Best of Walt Disney World for Seniors

by on October 4, 2017

The Best of Walt Disney World for Seniors

Welcome back to Part 6 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, teens and adults. Next up are the still-going-strong seniors. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the seniors surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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BaseLine Tap House Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 29, 2017

BaseLine Tap House

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Recently, Disney announced that there would be a brand new lounge introduced for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Called BaseLine Tap House, the restaurant’s theme would be that would be a cheerful corner pub that specializes in beer and wines from California. Plus, there would be small plate options to nibble on too!

Well, today, BaseLine Tap House officially opened for Guests! It can be found in the former location of the Writer’s Stop, near Sci Fi Din-In, in a brand new area of the theme park called Grand Avenue. Grand Avenue features vintage office buildings and warehouses in Downtown Los Angeles.

BaseLine Tap House pays homage to the Figueroa Printing Company, which at one time was a mom-and-pop print house that once enjoyed a flourishing partnership with Disney Studios. Guests can dine inside, or if they would prefer can sit in the shade on the the terrace outside.

The menu includes a Bavarian pretzel with fondue, a charcuterie board, and spiced almonds. Of course, the restaurant also includes many different beverages, including beers and wines from the Golden State of California, featuring craft ales, lagers and cider. Can’t choose which beer to choose? BaseLine Tap House features customizable beer flights, with up to 126 possible combinations of craft beers. That’s a lot of choices! There are also California wines on tap and specialty cocktails available. There are also non-alcoholic options in gourmet lemonade and soda on tap.

BaseLine Tap House will be open daily beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Daisy’s Best Week Ever, September 28, 2017: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 28, 2017

Hello, friends! This week I dedicated myself to falling in love with Disney’s Hollywood Studios again. Well, it didn’t really start out that way. I popped in to do a little shopping but ended up spending the day appreciating the chill atmosphere. I was surprised how much we enjoyed ourselves, so I wanted to take you along to see how much fun a day can be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

So what was I out hunting to buy? Well, I heard there was a new Hollywood Studios mug for sale at Starbucks featuring the aliens from Toy Story! Since the ride doesn’t open until next summer this seemed too good to be true, but there they were on the shelf. I snapped one up and decided to shop a little before heading out.

Want to see what else I found? Join me for the rest of my day! Click to read more.

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Adults

by on September 27, 2017

The Best of Walt Disney for Adults

Welcome back to Part 5 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, and teens. Next up are the young-at-heart adults. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the adults surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Teens

by on September 18, 2017

The Best of WDW for Teens

Welcome back to Part 4 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babies, preschoolers, and grade school kids. Next up are those thrill-seeking teens. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the teens surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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Sneak Preview of Pixar’s “Coco” Coming to Disney Parks

by on September 13, 2017

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Are you anxious for the upcoming Pixar film Coco? Well, soon, you’ll be able to catch a sneak preview of the movie at both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort.

Starting at Walt Disney World, the preview will be taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios inside the theater in the new Walt Disney Presents. (Formerly One Man’s Dream.) In addition to the special sneak peek, Guests will also be able to view character sculptures and artwork from the production that will be on display.

Moving over to the Disneyland Resort, Guests at Disney California Adventure will get to see this advance look at scenes from Coco in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. In addition, Guests should also make sure to check out the Plaza de la Familia, an all-new festivity at Paradise Gardens that celebrates the film too which takes place from September 15 – November 2.

These special sneak previews are set to begin November 3. Coco hits theaters on November 22.

Why Disney’s Hollywood Studios May Be Worth a Visit

by on September 12, 2017

With the closure of the Great Movie Ride, I’ve heard many comments about Disney’s Hollywood Studios such as “See you in 2019”, or “I can’t believe Disney is keeping this place open”, or “You’d never want to waste a day of park admission to visit”. Surprisingly enough, there may be reasons why the Studios may be the best park for one day of your visit.

Is There Anything Left There?

First, let’s look at the makeup of the Studios as it is today. In terms of attractions, the Studios has:

  • Three thrill rides (Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Star Tours)
  • Seven shows (Beauty and the Beast, Disney Junior Live on Stage, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Muppetvision 3D, Frozen Sing-Along, Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple)
  • One family-friendly ride (Toy Story Midway Mania)
  • Two (and a half) nighttime shows (Fantasmic, Star Wars fireworks, Disney Movie Magic)
  • An assortment of miscellany (Launch Bay, Star Wars Galaxy show, March of the First Order, meet and greets, Star Wars clip show movie)

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster may not be the best attraction for Grandma.

 

Shows, which are the bulk of the attractions at the Studios, eat up more time in a day than rides in a park. In terms of *just* rides and shows, here’s how the parks stack up against each other based on what’s open today.

  • Animal Kingdom: 162 minutes
  • Hollywood Studios: 195 minutes
  • Epcot: 219 minutes
  • Magic Kingdom: 226 minutes

 

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Daisy’s Best Week Ever, September 7, 2017: A Little Bit of Everything

by on September 7, 2017

Hello, friends! I can’t tell you how happy I am that nothing closed this week at Walt Disney World! 😉 It seems like all I’ve done lately is say goodbye to my favorite, old attractions. So this week I’m saying hello to all four parks, a character meal, and Food & Wine Festival! Let’s get started with a look at Epcot’s iconic entrance all decked out for the festival.

So far we’ve only stopped into Epcot for one evening of Food and Wine goodness. During that visit we tried the Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms. It was totally stellar! Of course, you can’t go wrong with a trio of cheeses too. These can both be found in the Future World booths. I’m still adjusting to the festival spreading out all over the park.

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Sunset Seasons Greetings – A New Holiday Happening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 7, 2017

The holidays are a magical time of year and with the end of the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ holiday festivities have been in flux. Sure, during last year’s festivities, we had the introduction of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! fireworks spectacular, but overall, things felt a little lackluster. That will be changing this year!

Sunset Seasons Greetings at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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New, for 2017 will be something known as Sunset Seasons Greetings. Guests will be able to experience falling snow, twinkling lights and stories from several iconic Disney characters all on Sunset Boulevard. This holiday season, with the Sunset Seasons Greetings projection show, billboards will suddenly begin to move into motion and tell a tale, courtesy of iconic characters sharing their love for the season. Also, the Hollywood Tower Hotel will get in on the action as it magically transforms, bringing to life the characters’ stories.

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Minnie’s Halloween Dine Now Taking Place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 6, 2017

Minnie's Halloween Dine

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Hollywood & Vine is getting in the fun spooky spirit, with its Minnie’s Halloween Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. During this character meal, Minnie is hosting a Halloween celebration and she’s inviting her friends to come dressed in their most festive costumes!

There will also be a special Halloween-inspired buffet. Dishes will include spiced pumpkin patch soup, Kraken squid ink pasta and vampire-repelling garlic mashed potatoes. For dessert, enjoy spider-web coconut macaroons, worms and dirt Oreo cups and pumpkin cheesecake.

Minnie’s Halloween is now available for both lunch and dinner. Breakfast is now the only meal where you can experience the  Disney Junior Play ‘n’ Dine meal which  includes fun moments with favorite Disney Junior pals  like Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and Handy Manny.

Minnie’s Halloween Dine will last until November 5.