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SATURDAY SIX: 6 MUST TRY Drinks at Walt Disney World

by on February 11, 2017 2 Comments

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six MUST TRY Drinks at Walt Disney World! Time to let the kiddos watch PJ Masks or the Lion Guard for a bit so us adults can have a brief moment to ourselves. Yes, we enjoy the great attractions, shows, and hotels at Walt Disney World but one thing we love are the drinks. To paraphrase Homer J Simpson, alcohol can (seemingly) make all the stress in the world disappear, and also make good times even better! While many WDW bars may have the “standard bar menu” with the same ol’ same ol’, there are a lot of truly fantastic drinks to be found. Today we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite Must Try drinks at WDW, focusing on originality and creativity of the cocktails. Let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – Seven Seas Lagoon (The Wave)

You may want to pack an insulin pump if you plan on heading to The Wave… Of America Flavors for this behemoth, because it is SWEET. While this 24 ounce drink only contains about 4 ounces of alcohol (Skyy vodka and Parrot Bay coconut rum), its presentation is off the charts! The glow cube inside the drink really makes the blue “water” pop, and swimming on top are Swedish fish. The best little touch of all may be the fun candy “life preservers” put on each Mickey straw.

Seven Seas Lagoon. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Fish being added to the Seven Seas Lagoon. (photo by Brandon Glover)

# 5  – Nautilus (Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto)

Served in an amazing souvenir bowl with the form of the Nautilus from Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, this is another drink meant to be shared, as you could possibly be seeing a giant squid outside in the Seven Seas Lagoon if you tried to go it alone. The entire room of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto transforms when a Nautilus is ordered and even the servers get in on the fun. Lighting effects make the room appear as if you are going under water, audio plays orders from the Nautilus captain, and there are several  physical effects happening across the Grotto (keep your head on a swivel).  The Nautilus is an E-Ticket drink in an E-Ticket bar. 

Ingredients: Barbancourt Pango Rhum, Appleton Estate Reserve Rum, Combier Crème de Pêche de Vigne Liqueur, Tropical Juices, and Falernum. Served in a souvenir Nautilus. 

The Nautilus. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of February 10, 2017

by on February 10, 2017

Tis week was CRAZY! We not only got information that Star Wars Land would open on both coasts in 2019, but we got an official opening date for Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Speaking of Pandora…if you want to learn more about the new land, you may want to check out this website, all about the expeditions we will be taking.

We have some great articles this week, including a look why those drone in the Super Bowl looked familiar, a really fun Valentine’s Day craft, and more!

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

 

The Disney theme parks were a bright spot in Disney’s Quarterly Earnings this week.

Could Bob Iger stay on as CEO after 2018? He says he’s open to the idea. Read the rest of this entry »

Full Outdoor Kitchen Menus for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

by on February 10, 2017 1 Comment

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

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We are two and a half weeks out from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! This year’s festival will take place from March 1 and lasts until May 29. (That means 90 days of gardens, character topiaries, entertainers and most importantly, food and drink offerings.)

At this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, we will see the introduction of two brand new Outdoor Kitchen marketplace kiosks that will join the 13 returning booths. They are Northern Bloom, which focuses on fantastic fare from Canada and The Berry Basket, which will serve dishes that include berries.

I have the full list of the different Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens you’ll find this year, as well as the great drinks and food you can experience at each kiosk. Who’s ready to eat?  Read the rest of this entry »

Daisy’s Best Week Ever February 9, 2017: Magic at the Magic Kingdom

by on February 10, 2017 18 Comments

Hello, my lovelies! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week and you’re ready for it to get even better! It’s been forever since I took you along with me for an evening in the Magic Kingdom. I decided to head over on Super Bowl Sunday to report what the most magical place on Earth is like on game day. As you can see below the crowds on Main Street weren’t too intimidating when I arrived a little before 7pm.

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New Happily Ever After Nighttime Spectacular To Debut at Magic Kingdom

by on February 9, 2017 8 Comments

Happily Ever After

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Are you ready for a new Magic Kingdom nighttime spectacular? The new show called Happily Ever After will debut May 12.

Happily Ever After will showcase some of the greatest adventures Disney characters have taken to achieve their dreams. It is a story of friendship, perseverance and overcoming obstacles. The nighttime spectacular will feature the latest in fireworks, pyrotechnics and lasers. The show will include a brand new, original score. Oh and we can’t forget the state-of-the-art projection mapping technology that’s been utilized more and more recently by Disney.

This new 18 minute show will feature more Disney characters than ever before including moments from Moana, Brave, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, The Princess & The Frog, Aladdin and more. The show will also feature Quasimodo from Hunchback of Notre Dame who will swings from the turrets, Woody and his pals from Toy Story recreate the castle entirely out of toys, and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty envelops the castle in her signature green flames.

The story will begin with scenes of fantastic dreams full of hope, wonder, magic and light. Of course, as with most Disney nighttime spectaculars, the Disney villains will attempting to quash those dreams and forcing the heroes to fight for what they believe in. Characters will have to overcoming their fears, the heroes will triumph and are celebrated with fireworks.  Read the rest of this entry »

Rivers of Light to Debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on February 9, 2017 11 Comments

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I feel like I’ve written this blog post before…only to have things change. But now, it appears as though the long wait is finally over. According to Disney’s website, Rivers of Light will begin enchanting Guests starting on Friday, February 17.

The show, which as many well know was fraught with delays and issues, currently appears to be scheduled at 7:15 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays through March 11.  Then things begin to change with the schedule and get kind of confusing.

Beginning March 12, showtimes change to 8:45 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. That lasts through April 8. Beginning April 9, Rivers of Light will have two shows each and every night – one at 8:30 p.m. and one at 9:45 p.m. leading up to the Easter holiday. Starting April 23, the park will go back to having only one showing nightly at 8:45 p.m. The final schedule change will begin April 30, when Rivers of Light will take place beginning at 9:30 p.m. each evening. Currently, the schedule has only be released through the end of June. FastPass+ reservations are now available.  Read the rest of this entry »

Doc McStuffins to Meet Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on February 8, 2017

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If you have a Disney Junior fan, then you know all about Doc McStuffins. Later this month you’ll have the opportunity to meet Doc at Disney’s Animal Kingdom just outside the veterinary clinic of Rafiki’s Planet Watch. The popular toy doctor will make daily visits meeting with guests and signing autographs. While there, stop and  learn a about conservation efforts and how Disney’s vets care for the animals that live at the park.

Guests will still be able to meet Doc McStuffins in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where she appears alongside fellow Disney Junior stars Sofia the First and Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates. In addition, Guests looking for Doc McStuffins will also still be able to see her at Disney Junior Play n’ Dine for breakfast at Hollywood & Vine, as well as at Disney Junior – Live on Stage, also found in the Animation Courtyard.

No official date has been announced, so stay tuned to the blog for further details.

Jostens Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports to be Renamed

by on February 8, 2017

ESPN Wide World of Sports

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The ESPN Wide World of Sports has been going through a lot of changes over the past few years.  Well, there’s another change that’s occurring and that’s that beginning on February 11, the Jostens Center will be renamed as the J Center. This change is due to the Jostens sponsorship ending.

The J Center is a multi-purpose arena for the ESPN Wide World of Sports. It houses basketball and volleyball courts, plus more. The J Center is home to multiple national championships held throughout the year, as well as host to the health and fitness expos during runDisney weekends.

Overall, the entire ESPN Wide World of Sports complex is seeing an expansion with seating for over 8000 guests, a performance and warm-up space, and a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue with the ability to host 6 regulation basketball courts, 6 regulation volleyball courts or concert configurations.

Stay tuned to further changes that may be occurring at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

 

Ask It: Inexpensive Activities at Walt Disney World

by on February 8, 2017 4 Comments

Ask It. Best Inexpensive activity at Walt Disney World

It’s Wednesday, and time for another Ask It!

Last week, we asked you:

Which inexpensive activity is worth the time and money during your vacation?

This poll was our closest one yet!  With more than 600 votes cast, the final results were (in order from least to greatest):

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Plus My Vacation – Larger Room Options at Walt Disney World

by on February 8, 2017 24 Comments

Larger Rooms at Walt Disney World

We’re starting a series on ways you can “plus” your vacation at Walt Disney World. If you’re not familiar with the term, “plussing” is Disney-talk for taking something great and wowing the guest by making it even greater. Our first article talks about options for larger hotel rooms.

Walt Disney once said that Florida had something special …the blessing of size. It is called Walt Disney World, after all. But with all that space and elbow room at Walt Disney World, wouldn’t you want the same for your accommodations? Today we’re talking about where to find larger rooms at Walt Disney World. Fortunately, several Walt Disney World resorts offer options for large families or anyone looking for some extra space during their stay. I’m comparing the pros and cons of the Fort Wilderness Cabins, the Art of Animation and All-Star Music Family Suites, and 1-Bedroom DVC Villas in pursuit of the best option for your family when looking to plus your stay! Read the rest of this entry »