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Raglan Road is an easy and obvious choice for St. Patrick’s Day. We started out with brunch and despite the modern tendency to make this noun/verb, brunch or brunching (the last concoction is an aberration, in my mind), a chic thing– it is anything but chic. In fact, at Raglan Road, it’s a rogue mashup of meat, booze and music. Perfect.
Valentine’s Day should get to be simple and pure. It doesn’t really stand a chance, with the media shunning of those that didn’t get over to Jared’s, Godiva or Pro-Flowers for blooms that will expire quicker than your attention span. Disney presents the image of pure, innocent fun– the simple joys.
Trattoria al Forno, the new Boardwalk Inn Restaurant that took the place of Kouzzina recently opened, this past Thursday, December 18th. Take a look at our first impressions and why we will be returning very soon!
Happy New Year! We spent our New Years Eve with our friends and their two little girls at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. DHS is typically the slowest park on Disney Property and this year proved that rule. By no means was it “slow”, but certainly less crowded than in previous weeks.
On our way to eat at the Boardwalk’s new Italian restaurant, Trattoria al Forno, we spent some time taking in the sumptuous holiday decor and enjoyed a beautiful surprise. A high school, all-girls, choir was singing on the lawn, between the Christmas Tree and balcony– with perfectly angelic voices. Here are the three distinct areas to hit when visiting the Boardwalk Inn at Christmas.
We are very happy and thankful to be able to go back to the Osborne Lights multiple times throughout the holiday season. The first time, we are content to just take it all in and upon returning, we look closer and closer at the myriad details, #HiddenMickeys, vignettes and corners of Streets of America that are swathed in light.
Living in Florida, we like to ‘play winter’. Some days though, it does get cool enough and damp enough (quiet the combination) to merit winter ski hats, fireplaces and fuzzy-warm sweaters. Thankfully, Disney provides quite a few fireplaces to enjoy. Our favorite ones…
The terribly exciting world of parking lots/decks and traffic flow. Oh yes. If you have lived in cities and their metro areas, you are well aware that it’s discussed endlessly, with friends espousing their confident tips and tricks for navigation and avoidance (as in don’t drive). It’s no different in this tourist populated city of Walt Disney World and as Disney Parks and Resorts fans know– it’s kind of thing here too.
The Grand Floridian always has the quintessential Christmas decor. The gingerbread, Victorian Christmas Trees, boughs of fresh garland draped with flowers, warm white lights and soft muted ornaments. It’s the traditional elegance you would expect from Disney World’s premier luxury resort and spa. Here are our favorite ways to explore this resort during the holidays.
Our featured blog this week is Disney World Enthusiast. Kristi Fredericks writes Disney World Enthusiast, for Theme Park Press and TouringPlans.com. Look for her site to be added to our aggregate of Disney-inspired blogs.
Have you seen the new Frozen outpost, attached to the Days of Christmas store in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney? It’s an entire room dedicated to Frozen dresses, toys, stationary, coloring books, ornaments and clothing. If it’s Frozen– it’s here.
The 2014 #DisneySide Holiday Wish List is being assembled. Stay with us through the holiday season as we add our favorite gifts, stocking stuffers and trinkets to the ultimate gift list. Giving, receiving and self-gifting– Tis’ the season.
The 2014 Wine + Dine Half Marathon Weekend got underway yesterday with the Expo. I arrived early to scoop up some New York Bagels from a friend and pretty much looked like this the rest of the day (LIZ LEMON GIF AHEAD– and it’s glorious)…
We spent Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line on The Dream. Awake and back to reality we can assuredly say that this Halloween was unlike any other. We cruised with another family aboard The Dream for three nights of non-stop action.
Here are the pics from the newly opened Haunted Mansion Store in the Magic Kingdom. A delightfully spooky and macabre store for all 365 days of the year. The coolest part of this new store was the experience of having you lenticular portrait done. Your mortal image transformed into a ghoulish fiend– no word yet on what it does to your soul. It’s easy on the wallet– a mere $19.95 to look like hell. And to think, I do that every day for free. Check out just some of the Haunted Mansion merch– with more to come as we visit the store again… and again… and again…
Week Five + Six | Epcot International Food + Wine Festival. The weather is cooling down and we’ve had several weeks to mull about the festival and revisit favorites. We’ve combined our coverage of weeks five and six, not be redundant, and to hide the fact that we probably just ate at France for two weeks straight. I’ll be honest, we went there this past Saturday evening as well, but chose not to picture it. I mean really, the gluttony was grotesque and it best if we just eat in secret the rest of the festival. This weekend however, in a miraculous diversion from the norm, we made it to the Craft Beer Pavilion. There are myriad craft beers out there, that should be highlighted and Disney chose to put Dogfish Head and Abita on the roster instead. While still craft beer technically, I’d like to discover a new beer, rather than ho-hum my way through the list. Though, to be fair, the craft beer area is no longer a cart, but an entire pavilion which is promising. A rebranding might be in order– something to the effect of, “Beer Showcase”. Trademark that –ish folks, you heard it here first. We also believe sharing is caring– and found a lovely little expanse of Bermuda grass, behind Belgium’s open air kitchen, to rest on and escape the crowds. It had a lovely little view of Morocco and plenty of room to have a picnic. It’s amazing that there were no folks taking advantage of it…. it wasn’t entirely out of sight, but not so that you couldn’t find as we did. Not one cast member we nodded to asked us to leave– see– we are improving our social graces. Vagrants, indeed! We love the little nooks, hideaway spots and...
Thorough content and attention to detail is found throughout the book, with the technical aspect and thoughtful structure, that make it easy to find the information you are looking for. Imagine a veteran Cast Member, with local insider-knowledge, travel-agent and organizing guru in one place– that’s this book. It’s a planning guide and handbook that I will recommend to my own family and friends, just like you!
Epcot International Food + Wine Festival— the busiest week ever. This is the week some schools from the south have off, Columbus Day finds a lot of folks with the day off and, of course, the weather starts to cool off a bit. Naturally, The World is busier and it’s great to see so many families out there enjoying themselves in the beautiful weather. We stopped by Food and Wine for bit, like an entire two hours, but generally take to the other parks on this weekend.
No spoilers! Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY releases nationwide today, Friday, October 10th. We got to preview it last week, courtesy of Disney World Company’s (via Disney Vacation Club) and AMC Theaters Downtown Disney.
Friday, October 3 – Sunday, October 5 | The runDisney Tower of Terror 10-Miler is nighttime villain laden race, starting at 10:00pm in Hollywood Studios and heading out into the Twilight Zone, also known as Osceola Parkway, to the Animal Kingdom entrance and back to the dark trails of ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Week Two | Epcot International Food + Wine Festival– and sometimes respite and distance is a beautiful thing. This week, we abstained from the festival’s open air kitchens and beer and wine tastings, to go explore the Festival Welcome Center. The welcome center is located in Futureworld East, between Mission: Space and Ellen’s Energy Adventure in the old Wonders of Life Pavilion.
Week Two | Epcot International Food + Wine Festival, and we have larger crowds, albeit, well behaved for the most part. We saw Off Kilter on Friday night for the last time– although their last performance was on Saturday. The crowds were effusively singing their songs and snapping pics, as were the band. It was a mutual adoration party. Sad to see them go.
What’s a indulgent and showy parent to do these days, then? Book a flight to London stat, even if that means you fly commercial. Just get there. Hop straight away to Harrods and visit their Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique where you may purchase “The Collection”. Otherwise really, what’s the point?
This is the most wonderful time of year! I think we might say that about everything in Disney that is on the cusp of just starting, but we really mean it, like deep in our soul and spooky Halloween bones mean it. You know? We attended the third Mickey’s #NotSoScary Halloween Party this past Friday night and had a frightfully delightful time.