Does anyone else miss the Flying Dutchman at Castaway Cay? The Flying Dutchman wasn't a real ship, just a stunning movie prop that didn't stand the test of time and elements. It was disassembled and removed in late 2010.
Grab your boards and swim trunks because we’re about to surf on over to Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel located at Disneyland in Anaheim California!As one of the three Disneyland Hotels, this 15 story resort is themed to the seaside retreats of the famous California piers.Upon entering the lobby, you are welcomed by a statue of Goofy with his surfboard in tow, ready to hit the waves while the surrounding walls are dressed with paintings and murals of the California boardwalks of days past. Paradise Pier Hotel is the least expensive of the three Disneyland Hotels and can be a great choice for guests looking to stay in the magic. Whimsical swirls and bubbles in the carpet direct guests to their rooms, which are decorated with a fun beach theme.Beach ball pillows make themselves at home on the beds, while pier-style lighting hangs above.Celestial suns are found on the entertainment center while my personal favorite touch, a lifeguard Mickey lamp sits on top. The hotel offers several room ty…
There are a lot of reasons people THINK they won’t like Disney cruises.Even people who love Disney and know the quality of the product they offer!If you are one of those people, you’ve probably heard some things about cruises that aren’t really accurate.Cruising brings up a lot of questions and there are a lot of misconceptions out there.Even for seasoned Disney vets, a Disney cruise can be intimidating for a first timer, and some people don’t even want to try it.I don’t want you to make that mistake!
So let’s debunk some cruising myths!Here are 5 of them. 1. I’ll Get Bored - Fear of boredom seems to be a big one for people who have never cruised before.Some people seem to think that all there is to do is play shuffleboard and eat.And while I have done both of those on cruises, one a great deal more than the other, there are so many other things to do!It’s far more likely that you’ll get off the ship thinking of all the things you didn’t have time to do then get off thinking you were bo…
This week we
have some news from Pandora, or more to the point, news regarding the Avatar
expansion at Animal Kingdom. According to the New York Times, this expansion
will include an attraction that “simulates flight”. This is the first public
report of anything that could be considered a firm detail on this expansion.
The same article reports that construction should start by next year and be
completed sometime in 2015.
For the first
time, the 2012 Food and Wine Festival in Epcot will have a vegan only pavilion
called the “TERRA Marketplace” Disney is
currently in talks with the British government to redevelop the port and
environs of Road Town, Tortola,
over the next three years.
High performance Karting from the Richard Petty Driving Experience has been
added to the Masters Weekend lineup happening on June 2-3. This will be set up
in parking lot K at Downtown Disney. The cost will be $20, plus tax, per person
and is available to licensed drivers age 16 and older. Each additional ride…
*Currently Chef Mickey's is doing meals family-style and without character
interaction, but it's still a great place to stop for a meal in the heart of
Disney's Contemporary Resort, only steps away from the Magic Kingdom.
Have you ever left your favorite restaurant and thought, “Wow that was fun!”
No? Of course not! Who gets excited about going to a restaurant, just to eat and
leave? How would you like to hop on a monorail and arrive in the middle of the
hotel that houses one of my favorite restaurants on Disney property? Chef
Mickey’s isn’t just about the food. It is an experience in and of itself.
When thinking about Disney meals, I personally love the counter service
meals. Something quick, simple and yummy will suffice for my family.This changed a couple
when I planned a large family get-together in Walt Disney World. We knew we wanted to hit a
character meal as this would be our son Bubba’s first time to “The
You’ve been to the parks, and maybe you’ve even been on the cruise line, but
have you ever had the distinct pleasure of going on an Adventure by Disney?
What is that you may ask? Well, I am about to tell you. Adventures by Disney are
luxury guided tours, and not just any tour, a Disney-guided tour.Adventure guides, along with local guides, create
a magical experience that you and your family will cherish for years!
Many of us get caught up in the everyday grind of work without having time
to relax, and really enjoy quality time with our loved ones. Well, that is all
about to change! It’s time to take your life back and learn how to enjoy again
the little things life has to offer.
Adventures by Disney offers tours all over the World, including North
America, South America, Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
At each of these exciting destinations, your Adventure guide becomes your storyteller
and takes you by the hand as you are immersed in each tale, both true and
You can find more pictures of this resort by clicking here.
Sit back for a minute and imagine this.You’re sitting on a hammock, rocking back and forth while surrounded by soft sand and water. A warm breeze is blowing, carrying the sound of steel drum calypso beats around you.The sun is shining, but a large, hovering palm tree is keeping you shaded.Sounds like the perfect getaway to a tropical island, doesn’t it? Many may be surprised to find that this place I’m describing is located at the most magical place on earth – Walt Disney World. This little piece of heaven on earth is Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Or as I refer to it – a vacation within a vacation!
Caribbean Beach Resort is a member of the moderate family resorts. The first building guests will enter is the Custom House, where they will check in and out.This resort is quite large, housing over 2000 guest rooms in 33, two story buildings.These buildings are grouped together to form villages named after the most well-known…
It’s a Small World has gone
behind the curtain for some exterior spit and polish. It does not look like
this will be any more than a routine sprucing up.
The Fantasyland expansion model that was shown
at D23 has now been moved to One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
This model is huge and incredibly impressive. I highly recommend that you stop
in and see it if the opportunity presents itself. There is no word on how long
it will remain at One Man’s Dream so do not squander an opportunity.
The recently made “seasonal” Sounds Dangerous as
been removed from the park maps. It is now referred to as the ABC Sound Studio.
You can help Kim Possible save the world
for the last time on 5/18/2012.
Agent P from Phineas and Ferb will be taking over her world-saving duties in
the not so distant future.
Disneyland has wrapped and named (Mandy,
Mona, and Manny) their monorail fleet in
anticipation for the opening of CarsLand at Disney’s
California Adventure. This wrapping goes beyond the additi…
When traveling to Walt Disney World Resort one of the main
components to a great vacation is planning where to enjoy a good meal.Of course, being at the most magical place on
earth with favorite childhood friends just a hug away, character dining is
usually at the top of a must-do dining list.One of my personal favorite character dining restaurants is The Crystal
Palace, located at the Magic Kingdom.It
has become a tradition, if you will, for us to stop and have a meal with a
silly old bear.
Located on the left side of Main Street, shortly before
crossing over into Adventureland, the Crystal Palace sits behind gardens and a
small waterway.The building itself is
exquisite with a cream-colored exterior and beautiful light fixtures. Welcoming
guests to the restaurant is a lovely arbor that covers the front steps of the
building, offering some shade to those waiting to be seated.The whole building is surrounded by windows, creating a stunni…
As anyone who knows me can tell you, I am into music.It started when I was in grade school.My Dad was into music, so I received a great
appreciation for all types from Big Band on up to present day.
Disney has a lot of great music in the attractions, the
parades, and other big events.It
surrounds you at the resorts and theme parks, setting the mood and theme for
where you are.Something that many
people overlook or don’t even know about is the Live Entertainment available at
each park and in some of the resorts.These are great attractions in and of themselves, but unlike a regular attraction,
it isn’t in a building or on a map and sometimes the locations change depending
on what else is going on.Make sure you grab a times guide as you enter
the park as this will have most of the entertainment listed along with the
locations and show times for the day.If
you don’t see a particular act, check with Guest Services in that
park, and they will be able to give you information on any acts perfo…