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Ask It Results: Land and Sea or Sea and Land

by on May 17, 2017

There’s the old saying about a vacation that sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation. When you do a Walt Disney World vacation in conjunction with a Disney Cruise Line cruise, you truly do get that vacation to recover from your vacation. But what’s the best order to do them in? Last week we asked you:

When doing a Disney Cruise/Walt Disney World combination vacation, do you prefer to do Land then Sea or Sea then Land?

The results are in, and there was a very clear favorite.

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Attraction Overview: Splash Mountain + Video

by on May 2, 2017

Photo - Angela DahlgrenIt’s been a looooong two weeks away from Youtube (P.S. I’ve missed you all!), but I’m finally back with a new video!

Enjoy this overview of Splash Mountain, featured at Walt Disney World, Disneyland,and Tokyo Disneyland.

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Ask It Results: Best Current Use of Star Wars

by on April 26, 2017

The results are in! Last week we asked you:

Which is the best use of Star Wars at Walt Disney World?

With special nods to the “All of the above” (read: Star Wars mega fans) and “None of the above” (read: Not Star Wars fans), here’s how the four choices did in our weekly poll, with more than 1,400 votes cast.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Style at Disney Springs’ Raglan Road

by on March 8, 2017

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Make sure you’re wearin’ your green as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend at Raglan Road’s Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Disney Springs!

This year’s event will last from March 16 through March 19 and the celebration will feature great Irish cuisine, live music, Irish dancers, complimentary face painting, and more!

The highlight is the music courtesy of the fantastic bands that will take one of two different stages. This year, bands will include the very best of native Irish talent – Young Dubliners, The Byrne Brothers, HanaLena Band, The Raglan Roots Coalition, Swingin’ On the Gate, Rollickin’ Rua, and Jennifer Lyons. Guests will also be able to catch performances by the award-winning Irish dancers.

The full schedule of events can be found here:

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Pokémon GO at Walt Disney World

by on March 3, 2017

Pokémon GO

With the highly anticipated release of Pokémon GO Generation 2, Pokémon trainers are on the move again, looking to “catch ’em all” and walking miles in the hopes of hatching a rare Pokémon from an egg. One local secret is that Walt Disney World is an excellent place to play Pokémon GO. Here’s some tips to help improve your Pokémon GO experience at Walt Disney World.

What is Pokémon GO?

Pokémon GO is an app available on iPhone and Android devices that lets you “catch” cute creatures, called Pokémon, in real world locations. Players, called Pokémon trainers, hunt for Pokémon, battle in virtual gyms, walk distances of 2-10 km to hatch “eggs” within the game, and collect objects needed in the game from Pokéstops, GPS-identified landmarks.

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DISNEY DINING: Chef Art Smith’s HOMECOMIN’ in Disney Springs

by on March 1, 2017

When Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming opened in Disney Springs last July, it’s safe to say we were big fans. In fact, we were really big fans. In fact, with a restaurant row now loaded with incredible eateries such as Raglan Road, Morimoto Asia, and BOATHOUSE, Homecoming just may be our favorite of all.

This past week the restaurant officially changed its named to Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’. It also has added a few new items to menu over the past few months, so it was high time to go back and check it out.

We’ll start with appetizers, and first up is the THIGH HIGH CHICKEN BISCUITS. These have replaced the bbq chicken wings on the menu and we can confirm that they are one of the top six food items on Disney property.

Three biscuits topped with Chef Art’s famous fried chicken thighs and bread and butter pickles. Drizzled with hot honey.

The “hot” honey isn’t a hot sauce honey, but more of a warm, tangy honey and it is absolutely incredible.  The sweet taste will pair well with a Sweet Tea Shine or one of the many cocktails on the menu.

Thigh High Chicken Biscuits.

Speaking of hot sauce, Homecomin’ now sells its house made hot sauce in bottles you can take home. This slightly sweet sauce gets a lot of rave reviews from hot sauce fans.

Deep South Hot Sauce.

Another appetizer we tried was the BUNCH OF PUPPIES and they were very good, but all we could think about was ordering some more Thigh High Chicken Biscuits. Enjoyed that the hushpuppies had a nice crunchy outside, but soft in the middle. The jalapeño jelly dip added a nice sweet and spicy kick.

House-made hushpuppies served with pimento cheese and jalapeño jelly.

Bunch of Puppies.

The BRAISED SHORT RIBS are one of the newer entree items. As the menu promised, the meat was was boneless and pulled apart easily. Very flavorful and because of the tenderness there was no need for a knife. While we enjoy the regular mashed potatoes at Homecomin’, the whipped sweet potatoes was a nice touch. You don’t see that any many restaurants.

Boneless beef short ribs are slow cooked until fork tender served over whipped sweet potatoes with seasonal vegetable.

Braised Short Ribs.

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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! February 2017 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on February 28, 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando.

It’s the last day of February and – DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?! – the long delayed Rivers of Light finally made its debut in the Animal Kingdom. Reaction to the show has been favorable, except for the fascinating demographic known as theme park bloggers. Bloggers – who have now seen the show more than anyone – started off saying the show wasn’t that impressive at all. After two or three shows, they started remarking how good the soundtrack is and that the show is growing on them. By the end of the week, many had completely flip flopped and said Rivers of Light was a very good show. Now, this could be a case of Stockholm Syndrome, but most likely it is because Rivers of Light completely eschews what we have become used to in theme park shows and goes back to an original concept like the crowd pleasing IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. No intellectual properties, and a show that rewards multiple viewings. There’s reason to believe Rivers of Light will get additions in the coming months to improve that show even more, and that’s a win-win for all of us.

Now, what did Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo, secret shopper Showcase Of Wishes and I find when we stepped into Mordor the Disney Outlet Stores? Let’s check it out!

A while back Disney came out with a unbelievable amount of huge luggage tags. They were very colorful and several of the designs were actually really neat and well themed to “air travel.” Several of the luggage tags made it to the Outlet this month including ones for Dumbo (the flying elephant), Pixar’s Up, and Buzz Lightyear. Originally $12.95 each, these were reduced to $4.99.

How great is the Up one?!

Here is another luggage tag featuring the Genie from Aladdin. Originally $8.95, now $2.99.

So how long before they announce the live action remake of Aladdin? Over/Under is 7 days if Beauty and the Beast opens to over $100M.

Loved this one. It was a small notebook that reminded me of the Disney Little Golden Books. Originally $6.95, now $3.99.

Bambi notebook.

First page of the notebook is gorgeous.

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2017 Pro Bowl Week Schedule

by on January 22, 2017

The Pro Bowl Week is a week-long celebration that unites and inspires the entire football community – players, coaches, families, and fans for a full week of activities, challenges, and true football spirit.

During Pro Bowl Week, everyone has the opportunity to participate in or watch a variety of events, including youth football clinics, the NFL Flag Championships, Pro Bowl player practices, skill challenges, sessions for coaches, the Women’s World Football Championships, and a host of other festivities with the best players of the past, present and future.

Many events are taking place at Walt Disney World, and are free to attend. Practices are free and open to the public but fans can register for priority access here. Some events require a Fan Mobile Pass (FMP). 

 

NFL Pro Bowl Practices

 

Pro Bowl Practices at ESPN Wide World of Sports are not only a chance to see NFC and AFC teams in action, but also the epicenter of a three-day football festival. Practice combined with various fan competitions and activities will be open to the public beginning Wednesday, January 25 and concludes on Saturday, January 28.

AFC Team Practice Schedule

  • Wednesday, January 25: 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Thursday, January 26: 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
  • Friday, January 27: 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Saturday, January 28: 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

 

NFC Team Practice Schedule

  • Wednesday, January 25: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 26: 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Friday, January 27: 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
  • Saturday, January 28: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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2017 Walt Disney World Merchandise Now Appearing

by on December 15, 2016

If you’re a fan of Sorcerer Mickey, Disney has you covered for merchandise in the new year. Here’s just a sample of the first merchandise hitting shops (and the Shop DisneyParks app) for 2017.

Clothing and Bags

Most of the clothing for sale is of the t-shirt variety, but that means you can get your money’s worth wearing it all year. Whether iconically Disney, bold and colorful, or subtle in design, Sorcerer Mickey is everywhere for 2017. Selections for kids, like long-sleeve or sweatshirt designs, are fairly limited, but there still are a few designs to choose from. If you prefer to carry your love for Disney with you instead of wearing it on your with sleeves, there are some backpacks and bags, again capturing that Disney magic theme.

 

Cups and Mugs

Depending on who you ask, it is impossible to have too many souvenir cups. If that’s your mindset, you can find a small assortment of 2017 coffee mugs, travel mugs, and “toothpick holders”.

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Walt Disney World Holiday Merchandise Review

by on December 13, 2016

Like a runaway Polar Express, the holiday shopping season is moving quickly to its conclusion. Whether you’re planning a trip for the holiday season, or just want to have a Disney touch for the holidays in your house, we’ve got you covered. Here’s some picks for holiday gifts that we’d like to see under the tree. Not in the area? Many of these items can be ordered directly from the Shop Parks app.

For the Home

I’m an anti-“stuff” person at heart. Every so often, Disney comes out with items that warm the heart of my Grinch-like demeanor. These Bambi-themed table items win on so many levels for me. First, although there’s nothing wrong with Mickey and Minnie, having other characters is a great change of pace. Second, they have a very classy look to them and don’t feel cartoonish.

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If you have to have Mickey and Minnie, though, there are plenty of choices. Some are very classy.

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Others just seem a bit….different.

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