Disney Fantasy on 8/24/2013
What could be better than combining the magic of Disney with a cruise? The Fantasy is the most awesome floating vacation! The food is incredible. You can eat from sunrise to sunset. The buffets are huge and bountiful. I found it very hard to decide when to eat lunch in order to be hungry enough for dinner.
I can't say enough about Castaway Cay. It is the perfect way to spend the day. I have adult children, so we spent our time at the adult beach. It was so peaceful. The BBQ lunch that was provided was very good. The shops along the walkways are really nice. They have some nice souvenirs, too.
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Buzz Lightyear on 6/29/2013
That great space ranger has a super ride! This is one of the high points of our day at Magic Kingdom. Lucky for us, the line tends to die down around parade time. My family LOVES the competition of zapping those aliens! Of course, if one of the boys win, we need to ride again so dad can try to beat their score!
Disney Hollywood Studios
Fantasmic on 4/28/2013
Fantasmic is one of the best night time shows that I've seen! The story behind the show could be a bit scary for little ones but I don't know if they would be focused on the show will all of the "extras" going on around them. There is a constant array of fireworks, lasers, music and water. The best effect is the movie projection on the spraying water. This is amazing! I strongly suggest that this is a show that you make time to see. This is where the hopper pass could come in handy. You can spend the day at a different park and "hop" over to Hollywood Studios in the evening. Be sure to check out the Fatasmic Dinner Packages, too. You can pick a restaurant for dinner and they will give you a ticket for early admission and great seats to the show!
World of Disney
World of Disney on 2/28/2013
World of Disney is an amazing, HUGE store! If you are looking for a special gift for yourself or as a souvenir,this is the place to go! They have clothes, toys, plush characters, jewelry, office items, candy, etc. If you can imagine it, they have it! The thing that I like the most about this store is that everything is organized. Each item is in a different room. It all runs together so smoothly!
The Chapeau, Magic Kingdom on 1/26/2013
This is one of my favorite stores in all of Disney World! I LOVE the variety of hats, Mickey Ears, Visors, and of course, Crowns. This is the best place to pick up a pair of hand stitched ears. They will stitch any name on the back of your Mickey Ears. It seems like every year they come up with something different. On my trip in 2009, they had "build your own ears". This was a great way to express your inner Mickey (or Minnie). They started with a base hat and offered patches, veils, jewels, etc.
I start each of my visits at this store. I pick my "hat for the week". I must admit, it is usually a large crown. I embarrass my family, and wear it all week long!
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
Port Orleans Riverside...home away from home! on 12/22/2012
Port Orleans Riverside is an awesome resort! You can pick from the "Mansion" side of the resort or the Bayou. Personally, I like the mansions. It makes me feel like a princess! I think it looks like a mini version of Grand Floridian. POR is the only moderate resort that offers space for a family of 5. Along with the 2 queen beds, there is a trundle that pulls out at night.
The main pool is huge with a great water slide for the kids. It also has a small wading pool for the little ones. The resort has several "quiet" pools that usually are pretty empty.
Rainforest Cafe on 11/28/2012
When I think of the Rainforest Cafe I think of 2 things...great food and animals! The menu at the Rainforest is awesome! They offer something for everyone. You can get a great appetizer, huge salad, meal or just opt for the incredible dessert! Speaking of dessert, the chocolate volcano is so scrumptious!!!! It's a must for the chocolate lovers.
When I last visited, I ordered the paradise chopped salad and the coconut shrimp. They were both great!
I love to spend the day at Animal Kingdom and end with a great meal at the Rainforest Cafe located outside of the park. It makes for a day full of animals and full of fun!
The Candle Light Processional - Holiday Show
Candlelight Processional on 10/31/2012
My family was fortunate enough to see the Candlelight Processional with Marlee Matlin. I will admit, I didn't know quite what to expect from the show. Wow! That's all that I can say. She was an incredible narrator. Her expressions and hand movements were beautiful. I enjoyed just watching her! Of course the music and story was breathtaking. We combined our experience with a Fantasmic Dinner Package. This gave us special seating. The theater is small enough that special seating is not really required.
This is a show that is a must for the Christmas season! Don't miss it!
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
Port Orleans Riverside...home away from home! on 9/24/2012
My family has been visiting Disney World forever! We have stayed at POR too many times to count. We started staying there back when it was Dixie Landings!
The resort is home for us. We love the rooms, the walkways and the pools. I think my favorite part of POR is the boat ride to the Downtown Disney and Marketplace area. The boat ride is about 20 minutes and it is so relaxing! You almost forget that you are in the middle of the Disney bustle.
Some of the best memories of my children in Disney World is stopping at the food court on the way back from a busy day at the park. We made it a tradition to have a small snack each night and discuss everyone's favorite part of the day.&nbs
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Hootin' hollerin' time! on 6/27/2012
Wow! That's all I have to say about Whispering Canyon restaurant in Wilderness Lodge! It was So fun! This restaurant doesn't have any characters in terms of Mickey and friends but the do, indeed, have characters. The wait staff are a hoot! They are loud and obnoxious, in a good way! If you ask for ketchup, you will be bombarded with bottles. A straw? Try 100 or so.
The food was excellent! I have the all you can eat skillet. It included smoked ribs, pulled pork, roasted chicken, beef brisket, mashed tators, bean, corn on cob, salad with awesom apple vinaigrete, coleslaw and cornbread. YUMMY!!!!
I highly recommend this for a family. It's a ton of fun!
Flower and Garden Festival
Butterfly Garden on 5/26/2012
This year, I had the opportunity to visit Epcot during their International Flower and Garden Festival. One of my favorite attractions was the Minnie Butterfly Garden. It was a netted enclosure filled with beautful, exotic flower and thousands of butterflies! They were gorgeous!
As I walked through the garden, the butterflies flitted around my head. They seemed so anxious to jump from flower to flower. There were butterflies hanging from the netting. They even had an educational area to teach the growth cycle of the butterflies.
Electric Umbrella Restaurant
Electric Umbrella on 4/4/2012
On my recent visit to Epcot, I stopped at the Electric Umbrella located in Future World. I have type 2 diabetes and wanted something low in carbs but filling. I decided to try the kid's burger meal. It was surprisingly, very good! The burger was cooked perfectly and it came with apples and grapes. It was a satisfying and yummy lunch.
Peter Pan’s Flight
A fabulous flight! on 2/29/2012
Peter Pan's Flight is one of my favorite attractions in the Magic Kingdom! From the time you head out Wendy's window and look down at a barking Nanna, the adventure begins! High above London, you can look down on the cars and buildings. Then, you head right into Neverland! You pass the mermaid lagoon and straight to the duel between that devilish Captain Hook and Peter. Of course, Tinkerbell is always close by. Although this ride is a little dark, if the little ones know the story, they should be fine.
Great show!!! on 1/27/2012
I LOVE this show!!! It is one of my favorites! The day that I spend at Hollywood Studios, I wait all day waiting for these incredible 25 minutes! I think I'm a bit biased because my favoirte character, The Snow Queen, is in the show! Don't miss this one!!!!
Liberty Tree Tavern
Thankgiving everyday! on 1/2/2012
This is one of my favorite restaurants! It's like having Thanksgiving dinner in Disney World! The turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, and all of the fixin's are a little touch of home. I like to schedule this meal in the middle or toward the end of the week. After eating in all of the fancy places, Liberty has a nice, comfy, homey feel. Of course, I can't leave out the awesome apple cobbler!
Columbia Harbour House
Yummy! on 9/4/2009
The Harbour House is one of our favs! It has really good fish and chips. It normally has very short lines. It seems to be hidden there right under the bridge across from the Haunted Mansion.
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
cosmic rays on 8/6/2009
This is a nice place to take a break. It has the normal counter service offerings with a bit of entertainment. "Ray" sings tunes and tells a few jokes while you eat. If you're in the mood for a quiet break, skip this one.