Two new interactive experiences announced at Walt Disney World

January 23, 2013 Cheryl 0
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The Walt Disney World® Resort has announced two new interactive experiences to their Theme Parks this spring!

Bring out your inner Russell (from Disney•Pixar film Up) and  become a Wilderness Explorer in Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Using field guides, Guests will be able to help complete challenges and earn badges throughout the park. With over 30 different badges,Wilderness Explorers will be a fun new way to experience the park!

Have you always wanted to be a pirate?  Inside the Adventureland® Area of Magic Kingdom® Park, you can soon take part in A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas. Fight off pirate enemies like Captain Barbossa and Royal Navy, and earn a place in Captain Jack’s new crew.  Using their pirate map and magic talisman, Guests will be able to complete five different pirate raids and  help find the missing treasures. Unlike the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom® game, this new adventure will not be a card-powered game.

 Although no official dates have been announced, Wilderness Explorers and A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas are planned to open this spring.   Keep posted here for future updates!

Rainy days at Disney always get me down

August 20, 2012 Cheryl 0

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Friday:  The day started out great with my favorite Disney breakfast – Tonga Toast (congrats to Jessica and Christine for guessing the picture on FB!).  From there we headed over to Animal Kingdom.  Now, I know it is August, and I am in Central Florida, so it is going to rain.  And it has rained pretty much every day we have been here, but the storms seem short-lived and they haven’t really effected our touring plans.  Today was different.  The clouds rolled in earlier and the storm lasted a lot longer.  Which really wouldn’t have been a big deal had we been at EPCOT, where most of the rides are inside.  But in a theme park that has water rides, outdoor amusements and lots of animals, being in a thunderstorm is really not fun.  We were on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride when it started, and the lightening continued for good hour and a half, even after the rains slowed down.  Luckily we were able to get into the 3:00 Finding Nemo, the Musical show.  This show is a must see – it brings the cartoon to life in a musical set and score that is ready for broadway.  I highly recommend seeing it!  When the show was over, the sun had finally come back out and we were able to ride on Everest and then get wet again on the Kali River Rapids ride!  It ended up being fun (as every day at Disney does) but a little less rain would have been fine too!!

Sunday:  T and I headed over to Blizzard Beach today to check out the water slides and the wave pool.  He had big plans for going on Summit Plummet – the 12-story wedgie-inducing speed slide – which ended as soon as he really saw how tall 12 stories is, and how fast you get from the top to the bottom.  As we stood at the bottom watching, a woman came down the slide then jumped up screaming “what the h@$# was that!!!” and just started to run away from the ride, which pretty much sealed the no-deal!  So we stuck to the wave pool, Teamboat Springs (a very fun family raft ride), the smaller slides and the lazy river.  Until the afternoon storm rolled through.  Well, I should say within a 6-mile radius a storm blew through, because although it never dropped a single drop of rain, the park closed for 1 1/2 hours.  We decided (along with pretty much everyone else) that it would be a good time to get an ice cream.  After at least a 45 minute wait (where we met some very nice kids from the U.K. and discussed the Olympics) we got our treats and waited out the “storm”.  Many people ended up leaving, so it was a lot less crowded after the rides reopened, so that was good at least!  But Blizzard Beach is definitely not a park you want to be in if there is a storm!

Monday:  Just for good measure, a very strong thunderstorm blew through the Magic Kingdom this afternoon.  We were on our way out, and could see the storm coming.  We tried to make it to the Monorail in time, but only made it as far as the bag checking area – and we hunkered down with several other families under the overhead cover.  This storm was doozy – high winds, very heavy rains and lots of thunder and lightning.  But it was gone as fast as it came.  Less than 10 minutes later we were happily on our way to the Monorail, just doing our best to avoid the rivers that the walkways had turned into!





Breakfast at Disney World

July 23, 2012 Cheryl 0
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There is no shortage of breakfast options at Walt Disney World…from a quick bite to eat at your hotel to elaborate character breakfast buffet’s at the theme parks.  And while you can’t really go wrong, there are some menu items that are simply out of this world!

~The Hotels~

By far my favorite is the Tonga Toast, served at the Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  On the menu since 1971, Tonga Toast is a thick slice of sourdough bread that is stuffed with bananas and then deep-fried and coated with cinnamon sugar.  It is served with pineapple, your choice of breakfast meat, and delicious strawberry compote, all for $12.99.  This no-so-healthy-but-oh-so-delicious concoction has almost as much of a following as the famous Dole Whip…people crave and talk about it when they are away from Disney World and can’t wait until they return to be able to taste it again…and is worth every calorie-laden bite!  Other delicious options at the Kona Café include Macadamia-Pineapple Pancakes, Fresh Seasonal Fruit served in a fresh Pineapple with Banana-Nut Bread, and Mickey-shaped Pancakes for the kids.  Located on the second floor of the hotel, it is just a few short steps from the monorail station.  For my family, it is not a trip to Disney World without Tonga Toast!!

1900 Park Fare, located off of the lobby at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, is home to Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, Tigger, Pooh…and the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious chilled strawberry soup you have ever tasted!   This character breakfast (Adult price range: $22.36-$26.62; Child (ages 3-9) price range: $12.77-$14.90) offers an impressive array of buffet items ranging from Mickey waffles to lobster Eggs Benedict to made-to-order omelets, but the crowning jewel is the chilled strawberry soup.  Is it an appetizer…is it a dessert?  Either way, you can’t go wrong!

Chef Mickey’s, located in the lobby at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, is a wonderful way to get up close and personal with Mickey and his pals…and have a substantial breakfast before your day in the park as well. Breakfast (Adult price: $30.88; Child (ages 3-9) price: $17.03) includes a premium fruit bar, cereal selections, pancakes with lots of fun toppings, Mickey Mouse waffles, eggs, omelets and pastries, breakfast pizza…and our family favorite…Pluto’s cheese blintzes!  These tender delectable little pockets of cheese, found off of the beaten path near the cereals, come with their own topping bar – yum!!

~The Parks~

Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Bakery boasts a wide variety of goodies, including Egg, Ham, and Cheese Croissants ($5.99), Muffins ($2.59), and Apple Turnovers ($2.69)…but the ultimate breakfast treat is the Warm Cinnamon Roll ($3.99). You can find this monstrous pastry (seriously, it’s huge – consider sharing!!) at the end of the bakery line, where they’ll scoop it onto a plate and then – and this is the best part – add another scoop of gooey frosting on top!!! This is probably the biggest and most delicious cinnamon roll I’ve ever tasted – the cinnamon ribbon and sweetness of the roll goes all the way through – no dry pastry here!   Add a specialty coffee and a piece of fruit for a delicious breakfast on the go!

Mickey waffles are a staple of most breakfast menus…but combine one with Nutella and fresh fruit and you really have something special (Nutella and fresh fruit waffle sandwich $5.59).  Sleepy Hollow, located in Liberty Square near the Hall of Presidents in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, is a great place for a quick and delicious breakfast on the go.   Grab a seat either in the shaded location off to the side, or at one of the tables overlooking the moat of Cinderella’s Castle and enjoy. The best thing about the food at Sleepy Hollow? It is prepared as you order it, so your Mickey Waffles or funnel cakes are not sitting under a heat lamp, getting soggy!!

Last, but certainly not least, is the Harambe Fruit Market, located right next to the Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.  It is just a simple fruit stand, but there is just something mouth-wateringly delicious about seeing that fruit on a hot Florida morning!

~Bottom Line~

Disney World is known for its food selections just as much as it is known for characters and rides.  Offering everything from over-the-top experiences to cereal and milk, breakfast at Disney World is a great way to start your magical day – enjoy!! What is your “can’t miss” favorite?