Today Apr23

Today

Today’s top Disney news and the most current posts from all blogs featured on Monorail Media– one convenient page. Please see the main menu pages (across the top) to find consecutive, archived feeds from specific bloggers. We feature blogs once or twice a week, who’s focus maybe broad or highly specific. If it’s entertaining and about Disney, we’d love to check it out.

Marvel Merchandise M...

Couldn’t resist the alliteration, but yes, Marvel Merch is awesome. Friday night we hung out a Downtown Disney. We tried out the House of Blues Smokehouse and shopped a bit D-Street.

The Weekend | April ...

Warning: Gluttonous Weekend ahead. I’m declaring this NSFW because you might actually have a real and food hangover by the time you are done reading this. Although, we were each feeling fine come Sunday morning, the cumulative nature of vicarious eating and drinking in the World for the...

Space Mountain Apr11

Space Mountain

Stay with us here, this is a weird post: We watch #Cosmos. We love it. We loved Carl Sagan and now live dangerously close to Disney World.

Week 5 | Flower + Ga...

Flower + Garden is now in week 5! Muppet’s get their own Investigation Bureau and we try a food from Urban Eats, the Wave and the Smokehouse. Lot’s of American style eating from classic southern-style BBQ, to nouveau and the ever popular farm to table. Let’s go!

MIB | Muppet’s Investigation Bureau Apr08

MIB | Muppet’s...

MIB, Muppet’s Investigation Bureau is Epcot’s newest interactive game. Part scavenger hunt, part crime capper– the Muppet’s are a perfect choice for this type of game. Take a look at our investigation!

The Weekend | April ...

We hit the Flower + Garden show’s Festival Center, played the new game around World Showcase, Muppet’s Investigation Bureau, checked out the awesome Monster’s Merch at Hollywood Studios and ate at the Contemporary’s The Wave. Take a look!

The Weekend | March ...

Not short on things to do around the house– we boldly declared on Friday morning– “We are staying out of the parks this weekend!”. I know, I know, funny right? Clearly, we went and more than usual too.

The Great Movie Ride Mar27

The Great Movie Ride

A favorite attraction of many guests and here at Monorail Media, we love The Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Studios. Originally slated to be built in Epcot, The Great Movie Ride ultimately found a home and was briefly the centerpiece to Hollywood Studios.

Week 3 | Flower + Ga...

Friday afternoon into early evening was a gorgeous 80 degrees, very low humidity with bright sunshine and breezes. Spring trees are in bloom and the topiaries, flowerbeds and special Flower + Garden baskets are becoming ever more verdant and lush. This weekend, we stepped out to grab to dinner from the UK and France.

The Weekend | March ...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We feel like a lot of people might be in the same boat us here at Monorail Media– we celebrated all weekend and now, St. Patrick’s Day is legitimately here and we are ready to just relax recover. The melee started Friday afternoon with a little Flower and Garden

St. Patrick’s ...

There are rules to this day and they are steadfast and not adhering to them will drawn a litany of unsolicited comments about your ability to have fun. First, wear green. Second– Go to a bar, you don’t even have to drink, but if you do drink, have a Guinness– It’s Good...

MK Mondays | Flag Retreat Mar11

MK Mondays | Flag Re...

Magic Kingdom Monday’s found us arriving at the Magic Kingdom at 5:00pm, just in time for the Flag Retreat. Quite honestly, this is a daily tradition at the Magic Kingdom that we had not attended yet.

Frozen | Disney World Gets Iced! Mar10

Frozen | Disney Worl...

Frozen’s release on DVD this week, brings a bit of excitement to our house, and we have a feeling that Disney won’t be able to resist the fans clamoring for movie related attractions. If they need a advisor, we will gladly help. What Frozen things would you like to see in Disney Parks and Resorts?

Week 1 | Flower + Ga...

2014 Epcot Flower + Garden show started out rainy and cold. Hardly, the sunny spring weather guests were anticipating, however Saturday turned out to be bright and warm with a cool breeze. At first glance, Flower + Garden looks a bit like Food + Wine, but with lush and vibrant blooms  and...

Featured Blog | Disney Designerland Mar07

Featured Blog | Disn...

Inspiring, nostalgic and fun– Disney Designerland is the closest thing we have to a time machine. Hop on it!

The Weekend | March ...

We hit all four parks this weekend and crowd levels were higher than expected (according to Touring Plans and cast members). Lots of folks from the south east were in– and the entire LSU fan base. The weather is warming up and the sun was out, so we saw lots of sunburns. A sure sign that spring is here.

Random Tuesday, Random Thoughts Feb27

Random Tuesday, Rand...

The shortbread, specifically the Mickey Pants Shortbread in Big Top Circus Treats (you know, the circular tent wafting out delicious aromas of caramel, popcorn, cookies and cotton candy). Well, the cookie– It was a cross between cardboard, flour and baking powder– dash of sugar.

The Weekend | Feb 22...

This weekend was busy. From Princess Half Marathon Expo on Thursday (not quite ‘the weekend’), but the arrival of our friends for the race weekend kicked things off a bit early. From there, the weekend was a series of meet ups, dinners and running fun.

MK Mondays | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Feb24

MK Mondays | Seven D...

Magic Kingdom Monday brought news of the final and most anticipated ride in all of Fantasyland– the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Take a look at the pictures we snapped yesterday and the video Disney released just a few hours ago! In general, there is a lot of refurbishment of facades and of...

Gossip | NEW Disney Races Feb23

Gossip | NEW Disney ...

It’s the Sunday post-Princess marathon and I got together with some real Princesses to dish on the latest Disney gossip. We chatted about what runDisney has in store for the coming years. This is what I have to report: Two pieces of Disney Gossip have made their way to my ears, from two sources– one Disney-based and the other, a Disney Community Veterans. Could this be the #smashthehalf announcement?

Princess Half Marathon Weekend | Expo Feb21

Princess Half Marath...

The first day of Princess Half Marathon Weekend is the Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports. The great race to pick up your bib, snag gear and clothes that may be limited edition, that you may have forgotten or have been lured into, wondering how you ever went without. Each year gets bigger, and debatably better.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Has ...

Bibbidi Bobbidi Has No Reservations Available, now what? Do not fret, really. There are many wonderful choices for your Princess in lieu of this very popular boutique for Disney’s youngest spa and salon going set.

The Weekend | Februa...

Here is our Valentine’s Day and weekend at the World. We visited all the places we love and indulged a bit, not too different than any other weekend, except we did a bit more shopping than usual.

Valentine’s Da...

A manufactured holiday, but an important reminder nonetheless, to stop and smell the roses– or pick some up. Love is something Disney knows a lot about and in recent years they have explored in depth to reveal the range of love that exists in all of our lives. Here is Valentine’s...

MK Mondays | Ice Cream + Monorails Feb13

MK Mondays | Ice Cre...

The most magical day of the week, again. Epcot closed at 6:00pm for a PRIVATE PARTY. Whattt? We are going to need figures on what that costs because when we win the lottery, we will need a quiet place to sit down with our financial planner and lawyer to go over all our rich people problems.

Designing Disney Feb10

Designing Disney

It was quite raining on Saturday, so we took to shopping both in-store and online, and revisited a site so perfect for Disney fans. Spoonflower!

Review | Kouzzina… Yes, Again. Feb05

Review | Kouzzina...

We’re obviously fans of Kouzzina and have been back a few times since our initial review (and just a few times before that). Short of building another website dedicated to one restaurant (that’s just too much– see, we do have our limits), we have decided to put up a quick and dirty review of our selections this evening.

MK Mondays | Monday Funday Feb04

MK Mondays | Monday ...

Everyone knows about Sunday Funday, but what do you know about Monday Funday? Notoriously malaligned as the worst day of the week– we upended that reputation in favor of something much more magical. Monday Funday was just born– like, LAST NIGHT!

#IncredibleSuperDanceParty Feb04

#IncredibleSuperDanc...

A newly re-branded dance party shows up in the old dance party’s space. Just like the real world and this party has a great theme that we have seen resurgence in– the Incredibles.

The Weekend | February 1+2

We were all over the place this weekend. The weekend started with a Friday night Monorail crawl– appropriate for blogger’s who derive their name from this beloved transportation.

WDW Marathon Weekend Review Jan23

WDW Marathon Weekend...

How busy we have been in moving (a marathon of sorts) and then the very next week we ran Dopey! The Dopey; a 5K, 10K, Half and full marathon, across four days, four parks and what seem like endless early mornings, and keeping up with the social and family schedules–is insanity. The...

New Years Eve 2014 Jan01

New Years Eve 2014

NYE 2014 found Monorail Media in Hollywood Studios because we, like any good parent (-_-) , brought our child with us and Epcot, we knew would be twice a crowded with more of a get-wrecked element.

Disneyana | Theme Park Connection Dec30

Disneyana | Theme Pa...

Saturday found us too exhausted (we’re in the middle of a move closer to the magic) to visit the parks and deal with crowds and impending rain, plus we only had a few minutes to spare. Still, we needed our fix and decided today was the perfect day to finally visit Theme Park Connection in Orlando.

O’Canada | Trois Pistoles Dec21

O’Canada | Tro...

C’mon, Friday calls for an ABV of 7% or more. Note that my beloved Trois Pistoles is 9% and says so with its wrinkled lacing and head, sneering– take THAT work week.

Four Seasons | Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort Dec19

Four Seasons | Orlan...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | The Four Seasons Hotel + Resort is slated to open Summer/Fall 2014. True luxury and magic grace the grounds that Golden Oak Community is built on. Here is an overview of the resort and amenities offered at this property.   ACCOMMODATIONS 444 Guest Rooms 68...

Featured Blog | 1923 Main Street Dec18

Featured Blog | 1923...

From 1923 Main Street | 1923 Main Street is Canada’s independent source for Disney travel news and information: created and managed by Canadians for Canadians. Our mission is to provide advice, news and information for the Disney vacations of Canadians. Each year, tens of thousands of...

Candlelight Processional Dec16

Candlelight Processi...

The Candlelight Processional is the pinnacle of the holiday season for us. The voices of the men and women who make up the choir are immensely talented and not to be missed. Our narrator for the evening was James Denton with Christopher Confessore conducting, as they led us though the retelling of the Christmas Story.

Christmas Around the World (Showcase) Dec16

Christmas Around the...

We are starting our holiday coverage with Christmas Around the World (Showcase), going into each park, resort, Downtown Disney and attending special events. Pictures will be updated with nighttime and daytime shots, additions and special holiday character appearances. Keep on the look out for more holidays tidings from around Walt Disney World.

Review | Kouzzina Dec11

Review | Kouzzina

Kouzzina has a special place in my heart. I love their breakfast, French Press coffee and fresh homemade donuts with honey. Dinner did not disappoint and neither did the service.

Reunion 2013

Reunion. A time of year when WDW Today Podcast Listeners descend upon Walt Disney World to meet, mingle and take in the special Holiday festivities. Even better, and with a humorous twist, WDW Today, along with MEI Mousefan Travel combine forces– I’m not kidding, these two are Disney Must-Knows for your Disney arsenal– to plan a host of really unique events just for attendees.

2013 Disney Gift Guide Dec10

2013 Disney Gift Gui...

This is the 2013 Disney Gift Guide from Monorail Media. A grandiose list, baring all the wonderfully material glories of the holiday. Indulgent eye candy and real candy– you might even find something for someone else in the flurry of pictures we will bestow on you this year. Check back often for additions and updates.

WDW Holiday Snapshots Dec08

WDW Holiday Snapshot...

Here are Holiday pictures and fun gift items from the Boardwalk and Contemporary Resorts, as well as Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

Here We Come A-Waffling Dec05

Here We Come A-Waffl...

There are two waffles– one sweet and one savory. The Sweet Potato Waffle Casserole has pecans, with marshmallows and a caramel sauce drizzled all over the inside. The Savory Turkey Waffle has carved, white turkey breast in gravy with stuffing and cranberry relish.

AK | 11.29.13 Nov29

AK | 11.29.13

Here’s a quick snapshot of Animal Kingdom during the day– the weather is making the animals come out with a high of 73, low humidity and warm sun. That’s not all though! We are here until 8:00pm, when the park closes later than usual. Such a stunning park at night! Check...

Fit 2 Run | DtD

It’s only natural and a matter of time that Disney would place a running retailer in re-imagined Downtown Disney. The huge popularity of the runDisney races and resurgence in running brings hundreds of thousands to Walt Disney World each year. Having a store on property to provide...

Featured Blog | Disney Photography Blog Nov26

Featured Blog | Disn...

We figured we had enough friends that were excellent photographers either by profession or hobby to appreciate a blog about photography, with the subject quite often being Disney. And then we thought, we are selling this blog short. Disney Photography Blog is for anyone who plans to take a picture anywhere (read: ALL of you).

Thanksgiving at Disn...

Are we the only one’s who think it odd that Epcot’s American Pavilion doesn’t have some big Thanksgiving Day feast? Here are the actual happenings of that day and what we would like to see.

Downtown Disney Getting Decked Out Nov20

Downtown Disney Gett...

Downtown Disney is getting decked out for the holidays, with decorations, Santa’s Shack, special events, Christmas-themed treats and music.

Featured Blog | This Happy Place Blog Nov19

Featured Blog | This...

This Happy Place Blog hopes to be your go-to stop for creative and original content, smart writing, and an exciting distraction to pass the time until your next trip!

Featured Blog | Samland Nov15

Featured Blog | Saml...

Samland is an urban planner, author, and Disney historian, Sam Gennawey’s blog. If you have an interest in the history and design of the Disney theme parks then you have come to the right place.

Week Seven | Epcot F...

This week finished Food + Wine with the Half Marathon and it’s related events, Wine + Dine Half Meet Up and Runner’s Night Out Party. The later find World Showcase flush with post-half marathon runners and their friends and family to party the night away, eating and drinking, generally passing off the gorging as carb and protein replenishment. Myself included.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Nov09

Mickey’s Very ...

Take a look at the festivities that kicked off our celebration of the holiday season– don’t forget, we will be capturing all the Christmas cheer from now until after Christmas. Stick with us and you WILL have peppermint coming out of your pores by New Years. That’s a promise.

Wine Dine Half Meet Up Nov08

Wine Dine Half Meet Up

To add to the feel-good moment runDisney, expressed what they embody and quite simply said– You can do this! Empowering and inspiring is thrown around like “cool” and “awesome”, but that strong, I can fly and do anything feeling surged through the crowd, with knowing nods and smiles, because as Disney runners, we have been there and it is THAT amazing of a feeling.

runDisney Wine + Dine Half Weekend

The Wine + Dine Half Weekend is here. This is our favorite race and one of our favorite weekends at Disney World. We have a full schedule and want you to come along.

Week Six | Epcot Foo...

Crowds were light, in control and lines were completely tolerable. It looks like the final three weeks of Food + Wine are the best weeks to visit, in term of crowd levels, behavior, line length and staffing.

Frozen Nov05

Frozen

Meet the NEW Disney’s Princesses, from the movie Frozen, Anna and Elsa in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion. New characters, merchandise and area has been designed to bring the movie alive!

Disney’s | The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour Nov04

Disney’s | The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains...

I loved hearing about the history of the Walt Disney Railroad, and more importantly, I loved hearing and seeing a Disney Cast Member truly love their job and believe in all the magic that makes Walt Disney World such a special place.

Week Five | Epcot Fo...

Week Five Recap! So we have made it around the world a few times and have our Top 10 list to report! In no particular order because that would require more work than ought to happen on Friday.

Sanaa Oct31

Sanaa

Sanaa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Kidani Village), tantalizes with African flavors and Indian influences, while exotic animals roam the savannah just outside the floor-to-cielling windows.

Disney Parks Blog | 999 Happy Haunts Oct31

Disney Parks Blog | ...

Sounds like some ghouls got a hold of the Disney Parks Blog! Happy Haunting– as you try to win a special Haunted Mansion treat today.

Twende! | Wild Africa Trek Oct29

Twende! | Wild Africa Trek

Wild Africa Trek is part luxe safari, part behind-the-scenes in Animal Kingdom. The weather could not have been more perfect, with temperatures in the high 70′s, low humidity and a bright, warm sun made for easy animal viewing and kept guests from turning beastly as well.

Week Four | Epcot Fo...

Week Four | Epcot Food + WIne Festival is settling into it’s groove with fun asides including Disney Global Tech Analyst, Keith Barrett, testing out the Google Glass in Epcot this weekend. Terra Vegan and Argentina with some local beer tastings, Boys II Men too. Let’s get weird.

Featured Blog | Mickey Miles Podcast Oct23

Featured Blog | Mick...

Mickey Miles Podcast | All Things runDisney
When Mickey Miles Podcast says “All Things runDisney” they mean it. Podcasters, Michelle Scribner-MacLean and Mike Scopa, capture the magic and every nuance and examine the science behind the training to run each mile safely and happily.

Beyond Fast Pass+ Oct21

Beyond Fast Pass+

Are you reading a lot about Fast Pass+ and My Disney Experience? I am. It’s interesting, but there are other quiet tech initiatives going on in The World. Here are three exciting projects we happen to know about.

Week Three | Epcot F...

Week Three kicks off with the usual weekend crowds at Food + Wine. There is a drunk social gradient going on– things start with large groups, families and cute matching couples all jubilantly gathering in inconvenient clusters from Spaceship Earth to World Showcase.

Halloween | Fort Wilderness Campgrounds + Resort Oct17

Halloween | Fort Wil...

Fort Wilderness Campgrounds where RV’s, campsites and cabins go all out on this holiday. Take a look at some of the sites we recently toured.

Featured Blog | WDW Happy Place Oct16

Featured Blog | WDW ...

WDW Happy Place. Podcasters and bloggers. Fun show and the perfect upbeat addition to your day.

Hollywood Studios | Keystone Clothiers Oct15

Hollywood Studios | ...

Hollywood Studios has an interesting merchandising strategy in one of its stores–Keystone Clothiers. At the end of Hollywood Boulevard, on the left, this clothing and accessories store doesn’t just sell Disney character or branded items, rather they offer on-trend pieces.

Disneyland Paris | Phantom Manor Oct11

Disneyland Paris | P...

The Haunted Mansions around the (Disney) World are always ready to celebrate Halloween. Disneyland Paris Phantom Manor differs from the rest of the Haunted Mansions– take a look at the chilling details and some more of Disney Parks Blog Halloween treats.

Featured Blog | Beers and Ears Oct08

Featured Blog | Beer...

Beer, wine , cocktails– all fair game here. After an afternoon with your own children or other peoples children, Beers and Ears is invaluable.

Tower of Terror 10-Miler Oct08

Tower of Terror 10-Miler

The dark side of Disney comes to run and play the night away with villains and trouble makers on a fun course that starts and finishes at Hollywood Studios. A very important point is that the race unofficially starts with the Expo, navigating crowds, packet pick up and shopping and ends when you leave property to return home. This post features everything in between.

Week Two | Epcot Foo...

Monorail Media Blog | Week Two of Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Bite-by-bite details with pictures and stories added daily. We will be providing a lot of background and delve into different aspects of the festival each week. Updated Daily.

Featured Blog: Imagineering Disney Oct03

Featured Blog: Imagi...

This week is a perfect example of how Imagineering Disney crafts a post and presents an exciting topic– the Club 33 Expansion, replete with their own (gorgeous) visuals.

Chase Lounge | Ameri...

Escaping the crowds to gain a rare-seen point of view from Epcot’s American Pavilion helped sweeten the deal, as did the super modern touch screen soda fountains.

Week One | Epcot Foo...

Monorail Media Blog | Week One of Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Bite-by-bite details with pictures and stories added daily. We will be providing a lot of background and delve into different aspects of the festival each week. Updated Daily.

Dining Review | California Grill Sep29

Dining Review | California Grill

The name California Grill translated well in so many ways– light, modern, chic and unique flavors can be applied to the food, presentation and decor. A complete journey of the senses from beginning to end.

AK | Elephant Day

It is exciting to see the world of such beautiful animals and the efforts made by talented and caring individuals to preserve the elephants in their environment for future generations to experience.

Featured Blog: Eating WDW Sep25

Featured Blog: Eatin...

  With the amount of eating, ADR talk (Advanced Dining Reservation) and food-centric events going on in Disney World, you might expect legions of fan blogs dedicated to this wonderful past time. Surprisingly there are only a few consistent and up-to-date blogs to drool over in n between...

Potty Talk Sep20

Potty Talk

Am I crazy? Does anyone care that there are beautiful new bathrooms with striking, sophisticated details in World Showcase at the American Pavilion? Not much to say, but I love that Disney picked up on the faux wood tile and subway tile trend. A true, but muted purple tile acts as a type of...