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Boatwright's Dining Hall Review

Boatwright’s Dining Hall is one of those Walt Disney World restaurants that would be easy to miss if you’re not a guest of Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort, but if you have the chance to dine there—don’t skip it!  Boatwright’s is located between the River Roost Lounge and the Riverside Mill Food Court in the main building at Port Orleans Riverside.  It serves breakfast and dinner and typically doesn’t require advance reservations. On our previous trip, we had spent the day park hopping and couldn’t decide if we wanted to spend the time and energy getting to Downtown Disney for dinner.  We decided Boatwright’s was just the ticket, and had a short 5 minute wait.  Boatwright’s is larger than it seems when you are walking by—there is the dining area that you see under the partially constructed boat, but there is another lovely, quiet room tucked away in the back, with a fireplace.  We were seated in this quiet room. The menu is full of what I would describe as bayou comfort foo

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Wouldn't we all? What's the first thing you would do?

Ears the News with Richard

Disney has announced the full line-up for this year's Star Wars Weekends visiting celebrities. New for this year will be appearances by Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) and Frank Oz (voice of Yoda). Returning favorites include Warwick Davis, Ray Park, Peter Mayhew and Jeremy Bulloch. Also confirmed is a new show called 'Star Wars: Rebels,' presented by host James Arnold Taylor and guests. And for the first time, the celebrity autograph sessions will be held at an indoor location. In addition to Ashley Eckstein’s Weekend IV guest spot, she will also be attending each day of the event as host of "Padawan Mind Challenge – Family Edition." Star Wars Weekends will be hosted once again by James Arnold Taylor. Weekend I (May 15 – 17) ●      Ian McDiarmid: Senator/Emperor Palpatine (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi) ●      Amy

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Spring is in full swing at Walt Disney World and so has Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival !  This is one of my favorite times of the year to visit Epcot.  The gardens, flowers and even food booths enhance the beauty that Epcot already has. Along with the addition of food and beverage booths in recent years, the highlight of the Flower and Garden Festival is definitely the topiaries. Throughout Future World and World Showcase, guests can find their favorite characters transformed in to beautiful green topiaries. While I enjoy all of them, here are a few photos of some of my favorites! Have you visited the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival?  What was your favorite topiary? Jess

2015 Halloween and Christmas Party Tickets now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parties!  These are separate ticket events, after hours in the Magic Kingdom. Both feature special entertainment, including a holiday themed version of Wishes, holiday parade, dance parties, special characters, and other offerings throughout the park.  The Halloween parties are "not-so-scary" fun, great for all ages. Most guests dress up in costume, from kids to adults! There's also free trick-or-treating at many stations all over the park- so bring a big bag and load up on candy! For the Christmas parties, the magic of Disney makes it snow on Main Street USA! There are also  complimentary  (and delicious!) cookies and hot cocoa all throughout the park. Gluten free options are also available for those who need them.  The dates for 2015 are as follows. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27. Oc

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How much longer until your next Disney trip?

Ears the News with Richard

Disney has just rolled out an upgrade to the Wi-Fi infrastructure across all four Walt Disney World theme parks. The update aims to increase performance and network stability for the ever-increasing number of guests trying to use the service. Part of the upgrade has been made possible by removing support for old devices that were connecting on the 802.11b band. This means that owners of some early Wi-Fi phones and iPods will no longer be able to access the Disney Wi-Fi service in the parks. Due to the importance of accessing My Disney Experience, access to the Internet in the theme park has become a critical part of a day in the parks. AT&T has also been working at improving cell based data services as an alternative to Disney's Wi-Fi service. Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog D-Tech Me expands figurine line-up with TIE Fighter Pilot and Jedi Knight. The Pilot and Jedi Knight are joining the existing lineup of Carbon-Freeze Me figurine, Alderaan Princess figu