Bringing a taste of World Showcase to your “world”!

July 28, 2015
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If you’re anything like me, it’s not long after returning from Walt Disney World that you’re already wishing and planning for when you can return …in fact, for me, it usually has already started by the time I hit Orlando International Airport to go home! So in between trips, I like to find ways to bring a little bit of Disney World to my world, if only for a short time. Sometimes it’s watching a Disney movie and sometimes it’s reading reviews of restaurants or trip reports from the online Disney community. But when I really want to take a quick “trip” to my favorite part of the World,...
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Panama Canal Dining & Entertainment

July 27, 2015
I trio of desserts.  Disney combines desserts into trios almost every night.  Passion fruit cheesecake, a chocolate brownie cake and in the middle a repeat of the amazing apple cobbler.

One of the things I enjoyed the most about our Panama Canal cruise with the expansion of the normal dining and entertainment venues. After all on a 14 night voyage you have twice as much time to experience all the options as when you travel for just a week, or (GASP!) less than a week. I think the food is always wonderful on the Disney ships, regardless of which one you might be sailing on. However on the Disney Wonder for the 14 night Panama Canal sailing we had lots of options for “special” dining; themed nights that you might not experience on a shorter trip. It was fun...
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First Time Family Cruising on the Disney Dream

July 27, 2015
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Last month we took our very first Disney cruise. The trip was to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. Although my husband and I have cruised before (sans children), my parents and kids have not, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. So, after sailing for 4 days and 3 nights, I am excited to present my official review and family cruising advice.   Since this was the first time the family would be cruising, we decided it would be best to “test the waters”, so to speak, and chose the 4 day Bahamian cruise aboard the Disney Dream. The ship departed from Port Canaveral, stopping at Nassau, Bahamas,...
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A Dining Review of Trattoria al Forno

July 26, 2015
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My recent trip to Walt Disney World brought  many tasty delights and culinary experiences. On a whim, I decided to make an Advanced Dining Reservation for the new restaurant Trattoria al Forno located on Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. Most recently this space was beautifully occupied by celebrity chef Cat Cora’s restaurant Kouzzina by Cat Cora. Prior to this Greek eatery, the space hosted the Mediterranean inspired restaurant, Spoodles.Given the Italian heritage of New Jersey and the Jersey Shore Boardwalk area, opening an Italian restaurant at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort makes complete sense to me! On approach to the front door my family and I were greeted by helpful and happy cast...
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To All Who Come to this Happy Place, Welcome.

July 25, 2015
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It was the Happiest Homecoming on Earth. Kicking off the eighteen month party on May 5, 2005, Disneyland celebrated fifty years of magic in style. On hand for the rededication were: host of Disneyland’s opening day Art Linkletter, Walt Disney’s Daughter Diane Disney Miller, Grand Marshall Julie Andrews, Disney CEO Michael Eisner, Disney CEO-Elect Bob Iger, and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Both Christina Aguilera and LeAnn Rimes sang. Disneyland Park was resplendent in gold. There were 50 golden Mickeys, some hidden and others in plain view, arranged throughout the park. All of the original attractions were sporting a golden ride vehicle, including a golden Dumbo, golden Carousel Horse, golden Tea...
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Magic of Animation is Closed

July 24, 2015
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July 12, 2015. Besides it being a week after my father’s birthday, there was nothing really special about date to me. Now it’s significant to me as it’s the last day for the Disney Hollywood Studios’ Animation Academy. This area featured a 22 minute art lesson by lead by a cast member. You are given a piece of paper and a pencil without an eraser. You start by lightly drawing basic shapes and lines. By the end of the lesson, you would have a drawing of a familiar Disney character.  This honestly makes me a little sad. I attended the Animation Academy on almost all of my visits to the park. I...
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The Magic of Mouse Ears

July 24, 2015
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Mouse Ears.  Over the years they have become available in a large range of colors, shapes and sizes, but the thing that remains certain is the undeniable silhouette that one gets after putting on a pair.  As one of the more recognizable souvenirs one would purchase on a Disney vacation, the Mouse Ear Hats first appeared on the Mickey Mouse Club television show years before the theme parks opened.  The creator of the ear hats, Roy Williams, appeared on the Mickey Mouse Club show as one of the Mouseketeers, or “Big Mooseketeer.”  The Mouseketeers wore the felt hats with round plastic every show and fans clamored to have a pair of...
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Characters Are Never In Short Supply On A Disney Cruise

July 23, 2015
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It has been a little over a month and a half since Lou Mongello’s WDW Radio Cruise to Alaska came to an end. I have said it before this was the greatest non-Disney park vacation I have ever been on. My wife and I have already booked Lou’s WDW Radio E-ticket cruise from New York City to Puerto Rico that will take place November 2016. I know that cruise will be equally spectacular and perhaps even greater.  Whether you are sailing with Disney to Alaska, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, or elsewhere there is never a shortage of characters to see on the ship for everyone young and old to...
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