Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Friday, December 20, 2013

My ideal meal at Walt Disney World!


Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Red. Enjoy the ride as we share what we would choose for our Ideal Disney Resort Meal. 

For this month each of us is building our "Ideal Disney Resort meal." As such, I'll pick an appetizer, entree and dessert (and other menu items) from any number of Disney locations. Combined they form my one ideal meal.  And remember, there are no calories in the meals at Walt Disney World; and I apologize in advance for this relatively long post, but it's my last in this group which I'll address in my close.


Starting with a liquid refreshment, I may choose an adult beverage. Normally at a table-service restaurant I ask the server for their best recommendation of a dry red wine or craft beer, something different every visit. But a cold refreshing Pineapple Dole Whip Soft-Serve from Aloha Isle at the Magic Kingdom is also a wonderful start to a meal. And of course, a French Press Pot of 100% Kona Coffee from the Kona Café at the Polynesian accompanies my meal.

Next are appetizers. Of course I'm dining with my wife Mary Ann, but maybe one or two others; so more than one selection will do. The most exotic is a Grilled Wild Boar Tenderloin from Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Then we choose a platter of Artisanal Cheeses and accompaniments from our favorite restaurant, Flying Fish at the Boardwalk which we all can sample. Finally, a plate of Pork Dumplings with Sweet-n-Sour Sauce from the Poly again, at 'Ohana.


Of course, we can't forget the bread basket, so an order of Indian-Style Naan selections with accompaniments from Sanaa in Kidani Village needs to be brought for us to enjoy.

Now comes the Entrée, which was really the most difficult to choose since even during my most recent visit there were three meals that were set apart from most others I've had at Disney World the past.

The first is from our favorite restaurant Flying Fish on the Boardwalk. And while Mary Ann focuses on the fish of the day (or whatever she has never tried before), I look right to the best steak on property, the Char-crusted Angus New York Steak. Perfectly cooked, seasoned and presented. I'm drooling all over my keyboard!


But I just can't forget to list two other selections. Whenever I can, I will munch on the Roasted Pork Shank from Gaston's Tavern in the Magic Kingdom. But also during our last visit we dined at Raglan Road Irish Pub in Downtown Disney, and I just loved the Braised Beef with horseradish mashed potatoes and veggies (along with the live entertainment, party atmosphere, Guinness and Irish whiskey)

At some point in the meal you may need to order Ketchup from the Whispering Canyon Café at Wilderness Lodge. (If you're been there, you know what I mean.)


Finally it's time for dessert, and just like the appetizers, we order and place all our selections on the table for the group to share. Here they are: Zebra Dome's from Boma at AKL… anything from Ghirardelli's in Downtown Disney… Tie-Dyed Cheesecake from Pop Century… a Mickey Bar of course… but probably most of all, a plate of hot beignets, smothered in sugars (just heavenly, and wear a bib).

From Mary Ann and I, our children and grandchildren, please enjoy and be safe during the coming holiday season. Honor your friends and family, those still with us and others who have passed. Remember also, that we get to love and experience the most Magical and Happiest Place on Earth; so please consider contributing as much as you can to those not as fortunate are we are. Have a very Happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is GROWING UP DISNEY.
   
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ A World View
2nd Stop ~ Growing Up Disney
3rd Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay
Final Stop ~ Colorado Mountain Mom

NOTE TO MY READERS: This is my last post as a member of Magical Blogorail Red. I am taking a break from preparing monthly stories with this wonderful team of Disney enthusiasts. In fact, I'm reviewing how I will approach blogging in the future. My focus for a while will be my Disney Contests and Sweepstakes and Disney Bloggers Collection websites. I highly recommend Disney fans continue to check out the various Blogorail teams, particularly since you might find my guest posts as a "substitute" blogger every once in a while.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Welcome to those of you joining me from DISNEY LIVING and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

I am so happy to join in the conversation about the extras at Disney Parks during the Christmas holiday. For Mary Ann and I, visiting Walt Disney World during the end of year season is clearly the most wonderful time of the year! We have had several occasions to do just that, and every visit holds new and special "extras" not part of any of our other Disney Park visits.
One of the Holiday "extras" - Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Photo by Bruce A. Brodsky
And since Christmas begins at Disney before Thanksgiving, we also get to choose the best time to be there. In our case, normally the first week of December. Using crowd calendar websites like Dave Shute's Your First Visit (http://yourfirstvisit.net/), it isn't hard to enjoy the Parks when crowds are rated lowest. Now, if you plan on visiting around the actual holiday dates, all you have is heavy crowds and that's not for us, although many people celebrate in that way. However, the "extra" for me is no crowds and warmer Florida weather (We are from the Northeast.)


Themed decorations on Animal Kingdom Lodge Christmas Tree
Photo by Bruce A. Brodsky
The next extra for us, while visiting during the Christmas season and at low crowd times, are the savings we receive during Fall Season pricing. This allows us to spend a little more on "extras" like additional days, special meals and lower priced car rentals (I'll talk about that in a moment.) There always seems to be a Disney promotion at this time, but also savings in renting DVC points - small crowds means available space and lower costs. Thus, another "extra" are the economies we can take advantage of.

We nearly always rent a car for our Disney visits, even if for only part of our trip by using Magical Express to arrive and depart, and then renting a car on site for some middle days. During the Holidays, having your own transporation adds a lot more "extras" to our visit. 



Mary Ann sizing up the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House
Photo by Bruce A. Brodsky
For example, we can easily travel to the amazingly decorated Disney resorts such as Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, the Animal Kingdom resorts, and the many hotels surrounding Crescent Lake. There is so much to see, experience and enjoy such as the giant themed trees, gingerbread creations, holiday events, entertainment and much much more. It's not unusual to combine all of these visits into one, with special meals at the resorts and a whole day all visiting the non-Park Disney properties.


Epcot's Candlelight Processional
Photo by Bruce A. Brodsky
Then of course there is everything about Disney Parks that regularly draws us to Florida (and this past year to California). It's everything contributing to the magic of Disney; which becomes even better during the Christmas holidays. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom (and parades with Santa)... Epcot's Holiday's Around the World (I just love listening to all the International Holiday traditions)... The Candlelight Processional (a grand motivational and musical experience)... and Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (simply, WOW!) to only name a few "extras" during the Holiday season.


Plus, it snows on Main Street.
Photo by Garth Vaughan/Disney. Walt DisneyWorld News.
From Mary Ann and I, our children and grandchildren, please enjoy and be safe during the coming holiday season. Honor your friends and family, those still with us and others who have passed. Remember also, that we get to love and experience the most Magical Place on Earth; so please consider contributing as much as you can to those not as fortunate are we are. Have a very happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is MY DREAMS OF DISNEY.
   
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

New Food Trucks Open Nightly at Downtown Disney

From 5-11 p.m. nightly this holiday season, four new Disney Food Trucks will roll out at Downtown Disney with delectable bites from around Disney Parks sure to please any palate. Guests can sample from the many variations on hearty meatballs at Superstar Catering, such as a spinach and feta meatball sandwich or meatball sliders for kids. At Namaste Café, options include tasty butter chicken, tandoori spiced shrimp served with basmati rice, naan and pickled veggies and more.

The Fantasy Fare truck lets guests try legendary hand-dipped corndogs from Disneyland Resort, among other dishes. Or, nosh on festival favorites such as lobster rolls or pierogies at World Showcase of Flavors truck.

The Disney Food Trucks will be parked at Downtown Disney West Side near Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues.* Prices vary from $8.99 to $16.99.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Take 25% Off Disney Parks Authentic Merchandise



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Monday, November 25, 2013

Glow With the Show Mickey Ear Hats Debut at Walt Disney World Resort


New Interactive Glow With the Show Mickey Ear Hats Debut at Walt Disney World Resort
Glow with the Show Ear hats, fun interactive versions of the famous Mickey Ear hats, debuted at Walt Disney World Resort Oct. 15 during the 15th anniversary of Fantasmic!, the nighttime spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Glow with the Show Ear hats magically change colors in sync with fireworks, shows and each other. Beginning Oct. 19, guests also will be able to experience the Wishes fireworks extravaganza at Magic Kingdom with the new Glow with the Show Ear hats. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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Walt Disney World Resort Gets “Frozen”


"Frozen" Fun Greets Guests at Epcot
Epcot guests meet the fearless heroine Anna, left, and her sister Elsa -- from the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated feature film "Frozen" -- at the Norway Pavilion. The pavilion also is home to a new gallery exhibit exploring how the culture and beauty of Norwayinspired the filmmakers during the creation of "Frozen." The movie arrives in theaters in 3D Nov. 27, 2013.  (Gene Duncan, photographer).

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Disney Contests and Sweepstakes
2013 Holiday Gift Catalogs

Fall and Holiday promotions brought to you by
'A World View', 'Disney Contests and Sweepstakes'
and all our family of websites.

Mickey Mouse watches and other
Disney timepieces including from Disney Parks.

"A World View" and our family of websites are pleased
 to bring One Kings Lane to our readers for great Holiday gift ideas...
for you and for others you love.

Handbags, totes and accessories from 
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Disney’s Animal Kingdom - Celebrate Safari Style!


Celebrate safari style as Disney’s Animal Kingdom is wilder than ever this winter season. Mickey and his pals rejoice in traditional holiday music with a world beat twist during the daily “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade” Nov. 7, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014.

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Disney Contests and Sweepstakes
2013 Holiday Gift Catalogs

Fall and Holiday promotions brought to you by
'A World View', 'Disney Contests and Sweepstakes'
and all our family of websites.

Great Holiday gifts for you and the others you love.

Mickey Mouse watches and other
Disney timepieces including from Disney Parks.

Handbags, totes and accessories from 
Dooney & Bourke that are found at Disney Parks.

Disney-inspired handbags and accessories by Vera Bradley.

Character and Design Slippers for the world.

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