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A Review of Senses Juice Bar on the Disney Dream

by on May 11, 2016

2016-04-30 08.29.14Let me start off by saying I’m about as far removed from an expert on juice blends and green smoothies as one can get. My preferred drinks of choice are water and tea. On my most recent cruise, my goal was to try new things. When I saw that there is now a juice bar on the Dream, I figured that it wouldn’t kill me to try it, right?

The Senses Juice Bar on the Disney Dream is located in the Senses spa area on Deck 11 Forward. It is open from 6 AM to 10 PM most days (but not open on debarkation day as it opens at noon for the next group of cruisers on their embarkation day).

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10 Mistakes I’ve Made on a Disney Cruise

by on May 11, 2016 20 Comments

After 19 Disney cruises and counting I’ve learned a lot along the way, but I’ve also made my fair share of mistakes! I wrote a previous blog post on mistakes first timers make, and I made a few of them, but here’s my list of mistakes I personally have made! Hopefully I can keep you from repeating some of them. I’m here to help!

x1191. Overpacked – I admit it, I’m a chronic overpacker. I constantly tell people to lay out what they think they need and then reduce it by half. And yet somehow, I cannot follow my own advice! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve arrived home and unpacked things that were never worn! That should not be! While the rooms are very well designed with lots of storage, they aren’t THAT big. There’s no reason to bring a bunch of things you don’t need. There is a laundry service and there are washers and dryers onboard. I’m leaving for the British Isles cruise next month and to make our pre- and post-cruise travel in Europe much easier, I’m going to practice what I preach. I’m packing for 18 days like I’ll be on a 7-night cruise. Or less! Overpackers unite! We can do this!

2. Overspent – I’m sure anyone who knows me finds that very hard to believe, but it’s true. I’ve overspent. Like on clothes that I thought were so awesome in a Disney environment and when I got home to real life – not so much. Or maybe on excursions when I didn’t research our options and realized later we could have done something on our own much cheaper. Or how about a bunch of pictures that are still in the folder I brought them home in? I don’t drink, but I suspect there’s some of you out there that have some regrets about your alcohol bill. This doesn’t have to be! Let’s make a budget and stick to it! No impulse buys! Read the rest of this entry »

News Updates About Disney Springs Restaurants

by on May 10, 2016 2 Comments

Disney Springs

©Rikki Niblett

Wow! I can’t believe it! Disney Springs “second” opening will be taking place this weekend, on May 15! Opening this weekend are many different shops, restaurants, and the Town Center area.

A few newer locations have released updated information about what you can expect to experience.

YeSake is a kiosk, with dining options that include Chinese-style pulled pork to a Sombrero with ground beef, pico de gallo, guacamole, cheese and corn chips. In addition, try a Sake Cosmo Freeze or Sake Bourbon Slush among other offerings, such as beer.

At Morimoto Asia Street Food, a new walk-up window on the patio of Morimoto Asia, will offer sushi, donburi rice bowls and bao tacos. Other options include things like takoyaki (octopus, nori, okomiyaki sauce), Morimoto sticky ribs, curry rice croquettes, pork egg rolls and taiyaki (snapper-shaped pancake filled with sweet adzuki red been paste). Beverages include popping boba tea and an assortment of Asian-influenced beers and beverages. Read the rest of this entry »

Universal Crowd Calendar Report – April 24 to 30, 2016

by on May 10, 2016 1 Comment

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

Universal Orlando Resort continues to be the one resort that shows wait times within a reasonable distance of what we have seen historically in April. Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland are trending up sharply throughout April, especially during the week while Universal Orlando is showing the moderate wait times that we would expect for late April. However, wait times are still up at Universal Orlando as well, which each day last week coming in at or above what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted.

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

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Universal Orlando Photo Update May 9th, 2016

by on May 10, 2016 2 Comments

Welcome back to the long overdue return of our Universal Orlando photo updates.  Since so much has happened at the resort since our last update, this week’s update will primarily focus on the upcoming 2016 Sapphire Falls Resort, Skull Island Reign of Kong, and re-opening of The Incredible Hulk roller coaster.  We’ll also take a quick look at 2017’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park, as well as the Tonight Show and Fast & Furious attractions.  Let’s get going!

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Vertical construction has really taken off at the Volcano Bay site, now that we’re just one year away from the new theme park’s opening date.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 24 to 30, 2016

by on May 10, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week, Disneyland crowds during the week continue to be much higher than history would suggest for the last week in April. Since 2012, no park has hit a crowd level above a ‘6’ during the final week of April and most years the average crowd level is ‘4’. This year is different for some reason that remains a mystery. From our observations in the parks it feels like staffing may be contributing to the longer lines. Restaurants seem unprepared for the influx of lunchtime guests and rides seem to be operating at less than capacity. Staffing does not fully explain the increase in wait times during the week however. The ‘value’ pricing for tickets during the week may be a factor as well.

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

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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – April 24 to 30, 2016

by on May 10, 2016 13 Comments

How Crowded Was Walt Disney World Last Week?

How Crowded Was Walt Disney World Last Week?

Crowds at Walt Disney World were higher than usual for the first half of last week then about average for the second half. The Disney World Crowd Calendar predicted that crowds would be a few points higher on our scale than what we saw during the same period last year but even that was not a high enough prediction for what we actually saw. Wait times were most surprising at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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

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Trivia Tuesday: Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel + Video

by on May 10, 2016 2 Comments

DSC02921Welcome back to Trivia Tuesday!

Here’s a short and sweet video about Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel found on Disneyland Resort property in Anaheim, California.

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Disneyland vs. Disney World Attractions: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

by on May 10, 2016 9 Comments

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photo by Mike Sperduto

Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort share a number of the same attractions, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan’s Flight, “it’s a small world,” and many others. But if you think that these attractions are the same on both coasts, you would be mistaken. One of the many things I love about Disney is that they never do the same thing twice; and while the attractions that can be found on both coasts may share the same names and themes, they do have differences too. Hey, who doesn’t like variety, right? But you have to wonder, which resort has the best version of a popular attraction? Which Disney Park has the bragging rights? I’m about to find out in today’s showdown of Disneyland vs. Disney World Attractions: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror!

What is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror?

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is a freefall drop ride housed in an Old Hollywood hotel and themed after the classic, psychologically thrilling television series, The Twilight Zone. The story is that on October 31, 1939, five guests of the Hollywood Tower Hotel were aboard the hotel’s elevator when lightning struck the building and sent them directly to the Twilight Zone. The attraction itself takes guests through the cobwebbed hotel, where something is clearly not right, and then aboard a maintenance service elevator to reach their rooms; but, along the way, they end up traveling to The Twilight Zone where their elevator drops over and over!

Tokyo DisneySea - Tower of Terror

Tokyo DisneySea – Tower of Terror

History

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror first opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, formerly known as Disney-MGM Studios, in 1994 and was an instant success with guests. It even sparked a TV film in 1997 starring Steve Guttenberg and Kristen Dunst. In 2004, another Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened at Disney’s California Adventure and featured a different exterior look, as well as a few modifications. In 2007, yet another Tower of Terror opened at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris. Tokyo DisneySea also has their own Tower of Terror, but it doesn’t carry the television series theme but its own unique story.

While there are several Tower of Terrors around the world, I’m zeroing in on the versions available here in the states to see which coasts boasts the best. I will be comparing the towers based on different categories, and the version with the most category wins will be our winner! Ready? Let’s do this.

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 5/9/16

by on May 9, 2016 5 Comments

I’m back with the Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes! These are little things that I’ve come across over the past few days that have piled on my desk, and I want to make sure to share them with you! If you’re heading to Walt Disney World soon, you may want to be aware of some of these news bites!

  • The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has introduced an update to the Castle Package. The Castle Package will now include a Disney Princess necklace. Due to this change, Disney PhotoPass photographic prints will no longer be included in the Castle Package. Guests will still be able to purchase prints as an add-on to any package for $34.95, plus tax. The photo add-on will include one 6×8 and four 4×6 photos in a special photo holder.In addition, pricing will change:
    • The Castle Package – $199.95 plus tax
    • The Courtyard Package – $99.95 plus tax
    • The Crown Package – $59.95 plus tax (no change)
    • The Knight Package – $19.95 plus tax (no change)

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