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CHECKLIST FOR THOSE HEADED TO A DISNEY RESORT

No need to worry if where your are going is as good as we’re you’re been.

Excited about an upcoming Disney Trip? Wondering what you will need? 

I’ll speak to those who leave for Disney on a jet, or any type of plane.  Those who drive may have a bit more flexibility as far as packing

If you are flying into Disney early, I highly suggest packing on the plane LIGHT, so that you don’t have to worry about leaving a bunch of carry on luggage in the hotel while you walk around waiting for your room.  By light, I mean, think about WEARING your bathing suit on the plane. For ladies, I suggest two piece so that you don’t have to have any difficulty heading to the bathroom on the plane! Kudos to anyone bold enough to just wear a bathing suit!! I usually opt for a skirt and top. No need for towels, most hotels have them at the pool. 

Are you one of those people that likes to wear their heaviest shoes on a plane? I suggest that you try and change that habit if you are. Not only would heavy shoes weigh you down in the event of any emergency, but it’s hard to relax in small spaces with clunky attire. I suggest flip flops or sandals that are comfortable when walking. You are going to a warm climate. You will be on the plane for a while. You don’t need to be squishing around heavy sneakers in the pool. 

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Bring one carry on bag, not one for everyone. Pack two activities for the plane. Let’s face it, kids barely use them and every time i TRY to read it never happens. Bring several pairs of headphones, for kids I suggest the noise cancelling one. 

Pack an extra change of underwear/ bathing suit/clothes in a ziplock bag. Baby Wipes. Travel Size sunblock.

Bring a snack.  Keep in mind that a bag of groceries may get confiscated at security.

As far as suitcase needs: Bring two dresses, two pairs of shorts, about five pairs of underwear. Dress up clothes for the kids. That’s all. There is always laundry somewhere. I wouldn’t even bother with detergent, people usually leave left over detergent in the laundry room. You can just wash your clothes. There is no need to pack a ton of stuff. Trust me.  But do pack things you may not want to buy: Toothpaste. Sunscreen(in a safe travel friendly container). Feminine Products. tooth brush. Deodorant. Consider mailing diapers (if you need them) to the resort a head of time. Any bulky items, even groceries, can be mailed ahead of time. Just check with your hotel. 

If anything, we have learned that the best way to travel to Disney is Without being weighed down. You want enough room in your suitcase for everything you are bringing back!

No matter what you say now, you will be bringing some things back.

 

THE FORCE IS COMING CLOSER

According to Disney Parks, Opening Season for Star Wars Land has just been announced!!!

When is it? 

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in summer 2019 at Disneyland Resort and in late fall 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort, when guests will land in the middle of the action as they live their own Star Wars stories. I am picturing kind of a choose your own adventure kind of deal, how about you? And some really interesting food choices!

More to come, I’m sure. For now enjoy the preview video from Disney Parks Blog.

SHE’LL TRY TO TELL YOU THAT HER TEETH DON’T BITE.

There’s a tugboat down by the river, under the boat,some evil eels are circling, on  a mission for a woman that goes by an alias named “Vanessa”. Vanessa’s hair is white. Her eyes are steel blue. 

There’s a cement bag… drooping down.. to Ursula’s Lair. 

 

Did you know that Ursula, aka “Vanessa” is a real mermaid? Because she is a mermaid, she is amphibious, breathing air as well as water. 

Why is she so angry? Possibly because a unique mutation gave her octopus tentacles instead of fins. Because of this mutation, she is not very friendly with her brother King Triton and her niece Ariel. She once actually lived in her brother King Triton’s palace and organized all of the celebrations. After she tried to make the kingdom “hers”, she was exiled. 

Inspired by Harris Milstead’s drag personality, she preys on the weak, keeping their bones in a graveyard under her lair. 

Looking for her at a Disney Park near you? Be careful. While she may have told   you that she has “mended her ways”, she keeps her “sharp teeth” out of sight. She likes to pretend that she uses her magic to help the lonely and depressed, and will help you too. But be careful. A deal signed in magic by the most powerful witch in the sea is BINDING.  Not everybody has a powerful king for a father.

Forget her fancy promises, her fancy promises. There’s a jack knife behind those sinister promises.

 

 

Hope is in the air and it feels good

Feeling good takes effort sometimes. You have to hope – think positive, and think of the glass half full as opposed to almost empty.  

Why do we feel good? Because our next Disney Trip is around the corner – 119 days around the corner to be exact.  While it may seem a little tedious, and even a little stressful, we count the days. 

Our dining reservations were made 61 days ago to the minute. Otherwise, we may have missed out. Early breakfast reservations were made in certain parks like Hollywood Studios in order to try and get an early shot at Toy Story World if we are unable to get in with a Fast Pass reservation. That was 61 days ago. 

In exactly 59 days to a tee, because we are staying at a Disney resort, we will try and get Fast Pass reservations. If we weren’t staying at a Disney resort, we would have to wait 79 days. 

These are the numbers, along with bills, wake up times, and birthdays,  that rule our lives.

I’m sure when he created Walt Disney World, Walt didn’t imagine having to make people plan like this. I’ve heard many people say  that it ruins their vacation to have to count the days like this. To have to wake up at a CERTAIN TIME to get to a ride by a CERTAIN TIME and have to eat at a CERTAIN TIME. 

For me, though, it’s a countdown. I like to plan. To arrange our schedule and know that we are all set. 

Because the magic of Disney is that there will always be a semi surprise around the corner. 

Have a question about the timing of things? Just ask. It can be a little confusing. And trust us, it will be worth it to follow through. 

Trust me. We figured this out 58 days ago on our last trip. 

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City Mousing For A Day

What do you do when you can’t jump in for a day of Orlando Magic?

Take a trip to New York City, of course. The Disney beach mice became city mice and traveled to the American Girl Cafe for a bitty baby party. What’s that?? You will find out.

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The American Girl Cafe, located on the ground level of the American Girl Store near Rockefeller Center, is not only a cafe that caters to children and their dolls but it one of the top rated brunch spots in the city.


The food is absolutely amazing! Just check out the menu, pictured below

If you do not have a doll of your own to bring, you can borrow one, from a wall to the left of the entrance of the cafe. That goes for adults and kids alike!

The bitty baby party includes one appetizer to be shared by the table, one entree, cake and ice cream, and really great party favors for the kids and their dolls (celebration t-shirts, wands, and miniature doll cakes).

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Although the dolls are pricey, the food in the cafe is amazing and we’ll worth the moderate price tag. Make your reservation, though. They book up quickly!

Who put the kumbucha in Disney?

The short answer is noone. But I think that at some point Disney is going to jump on the kombucha bandwagon. I mean, why wouldn’t they? It’s healthy – and a new craze.  

So what is kombucha? Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a symbiotic mixture of bacteria and yeast. – I know, doesn’t that sound delicious??? But it really is. It has been claimed that Kombucha teas cure asthma, cataracts, diabetes, diarrhea, gout, herpes, insomnia and rheumatism. They are purported to shrink the prostate and expand the libido, reverse grey hair, remove wrinkles, relieve haemorrhoids, lower hypertension, prevent cancer, and promote general well-being. 

 

I definitely see a kombucha cart coming to Epcot, don’t you? Maybe somewhere in the Asias?

 

Stick it to em

Be careful. There are rolls and rolls of sticky things in every cast member’s back pocket. And the cast members will chase you with them. Put them in your face at every opportunity. And try to give them to your children.

You can find them in the Disney Hotels. You can find  them in the Parks. Here is a list of the various stickers you may find: 

Mickey Face
Mickey Body
Goofy
Donald
Chip/Dale
Woody
Buzz
Snow White/Dwarfs
Aladdin/Jasmine
Lady/Tramp
Pirate Mickey
Cinderella
Sleeping Beauty
Simba
Sorc. Mickey

If you make an appointment at the Main Street Barber Shop “My first haircut is not to be missed” – they will measure your child in stickers! 

Give me a child until he’s 7 and I will show you the man.. or at least a sticker in his hand at one point. Take it, it’s legal. I promise. You can put it on your nose. 

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Can you teach an old dog new tricks? And has Pluto ever flown to his namesake planet?

If you weigh 150 pounds here on earth than you would just weigh a mere 9 pounds on the planet Pluto! It’s a fact. Before we all jump into our spacecraft with a tub of ice cream, let’s decide if the trip would really be worth it. 

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3.6 miles from the sun, the planet Pluto is in an area of space called the Kuiper, surrounded by 5 moons. The planet’s reddish color is caused by hydrocarbon molecules. First discovered as a “planet” in 1930, Pluto was relegated to “dwarf-planet” status in 2006 because it does not have a clear path around its orbit. We are hoping that Pluto is officially declared to be a planet again.
Back on our planet, there is nothing “dwarfish”” about our friend Pluto the dog, who is one of the “sensational six” in Disney’s universe. Pluto was yellow-orange at birth, and is the only member of the sensational six who does not wear human clothes.


Did you know that it took a while to settle on the name Pluto? He was originally a nameless bloodhound in his first film, “The Chain Gang. He then played the role of “Rover”, Minnie’s dog in “The Picnic”.
On March 24, 1930, the ninth planet in our solar system was given the name “Pluto”. Pluto the dog then appeared in “The Moose Hunt” and the name stuck.
Given the celestial nature of his roots, has Pluto the dog ever been to outer space, perhaps to try out his weight on the planet Pluto?
Click here to see the results of that question.
We were lucky enough to meet Pluto at his home in the Disney Junior section of Hollywood Studios. If you happen to get there just at opening, you might even be lucky enough to be asked to walk Pluto to his home. You can’t ask him if he has ever been to outer space because he is a dog, he doesn’t speak. But I think he has.
No fast pass required for this meet and greet at Disney Junior. Lines are set up to accommodate even the most frustrated toddler, they move quickly and stay open most of the day.

 

YOU WON’T NEED A COMPASS TO FIND THE NEW ALE & COMPASS.. BUT THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS!!

It is portrayed as a gastropub inspired restaurant reminiscent of a cozy lighthouse. While I respectfully disagree with this description, I have to say that this new restaurant that replaces THE CAPTAIN’S TABLE and THE YACHT CLUB is  not to be missed.

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While there are no views that really made me feel as if you are in a cozy lighthouse, the food itself leaves an impression strong enough to serve as a navigational aid for a million maritime pilots at sea. Right now, the reservations are somewhat easy – but you should grab one now before the word starts spreading.

 

The gastrobpub inspired fare was inspirational (1 TS credit on the dining plan).  

The fare is not really toddler/child friendly. Kids can choose “skirt steak”, “cheeseburger”, or ravioli. Make sure that you ask that the side of fried green beans be substituted by fries. 

 

For dessert, kids have the choice of “smores” or mini macaroon ice cream sandwiches. All I have to say is, the picture below says a thousand words. As inspirational as it is, would you have tried this gourmet smore with dried strawberries at four years old? 

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Luckily, there were amazing appetizers and main courses for my children to nibble on with me. 

These rolls with bacon jam and chive butter on the side: 

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Or this grape leaf wrapped baked goat cheese: 

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The appetizers were a hit with my children, and the servers were more than happy to replenish the rolls and toasted baguette. 

For dinner, I chose the Tbone steak with truffled butter.

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The steak came with a side of homemade barbecue sauce. For me, the sauce was the best part. I used it as dip. Could not finish the steak – wasn’t the best I’ve tasted. 

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If I hadn’t been on the dining plan, I would have had appetizers instead of a main course, so I suggest you do the same until they work out the kinks!

Grape Leaf-wrapped Baked Goat Cheese

    •  – Oven-roasted tomatoes and toasted pumpkin seeds with grilled baguette – $9.00

Hearth Oven Pie

    •  – $19 White Clam pie $18 Caramelized Leek and Chorizo Pie $17 Seasonal Market Vegetable Pie – $17.00

Parker House Rolls and Spreads

    •  – With bacon jam, pub cheese, and citrus butter – $12.00

Roasted Garlic Shrimp

     – Roasted garlic shrimp – $15.00
    And don’t forget about the dessert! The pavlova and trio of puddings was absolutely amazing!!

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    • For a full menu, check

here at wdw info. The Disney menu doesn’t seem to be working – maybe they are tweaking it!

    Despite the pros and cons, I would definitely go back. It’s always exciting to have a new restaurant!
     So pump up your cuisine and your palette! Just go!

 

 

 

 

 

IF PEOPLE WOULD ONLY LOOK TO THE COOKIE, ALL OUR PROBLEMS WOULD BE SOLVED.. OTHERWISE ENTITLED DO YOU GET A DISNEY DINING PLAN????

You wouldn’t eat broccoli if it was deep fried in chocolate sauce, right? What if it was an approved snack entitlement  in the world of Disney Dining?

Never heard of the disney dining plan? With the Dining Plan you enjoy pre-paid meals at over 100 locations throughout Disney Parks, Disney Resorts, and Disney Springs. After doing some research of my own, and trying the plan out.. I’ve decided. The plan is a million dollar idea (literally). It’s crunchy. It’s explosive. You can break free with it and sort of do your own thing. Almost as good as just the top of a muffin. Seriously.

What’s even better? You don’t have to sit at a diner counter and wait for your coffee to be poured. If the pretzels you choose as your snack make you thirsty, the plan includes a Resort Dining Mug, which has unlimited refills of coffee, soda, tea, hot chocolate, lemonade. You get these refills at all of the Disney Resort beverage stations, which are usually open from about 630am or so until as late as 11pm. 

Another great key to the Disney Dining Plan is that your trip is basically pre paid. The bill that often hits you at the end of a trip won’t be AS MUCH of a surprise. While gratuities are not included with the dining plan (unless you are at a few of the character meals), everything else is. 

If you like to eat, it’s a win-win plan. Just be sure to use up the plan before you go (HINT – take some snacks as gifts)))!! Because, who’s going to turn down a junior mint? It’s chocolate, it’s peppermint, it’s delicious!

Click here for a  link to WDW Dining Blog’s Dining Plan Chart with Prices and great explanations: 

All in all, as Julia Child once said, People who love to eat are always the best people. So if you are one of those “best people”, I suggest the dining plan.