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Trying Out Mobile Order Dining at Disney Springs!

Hey there, Disney Guys and Gals!      I hope everyone had an awesome January and is ready to roll on into February! Here in Orlando, we have been enjoying some cooler weather and quieter parks, which makes it one of my favorite times of the year! Although I do have to say that there really isn't a "slow season" anymore at Disney. Disney Marketing has found a whole bunch of genius ways to rope in the crowds at all times of year, mostly by adding festivals, like Festival of the Arts, and special events like Star Wars Galactic Nights and the After Hours events at The Magic Kingdom. Instead of "off-season", or "slow season", I'll just say "slowER season". How's that?      Anyway, we all know that even in the slowest of seasons, one thing that is never NOT busy at Disney is counter service dining locations. The park can be virtually empty, yet Cosmic Ray's still seems to manage to draw a crowd. Same thing at all of the Disney S

Ears the News: February 2, 2018 Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at . Guests staying in a Club Level room at either Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort or Disney's BoardWalk Resort can now take a Minnie Van to Orlando International Airport. Minnie Van Service to the airport can be booked via Concierge Cast Members once checked in at the Photo courtesy of . resort, up to one day before departure. The cost is $150, and is one way only, from the Disney hotel to Orlando International Airport. Airport Minnie Van Service can carry 6 passengers and up to 3 car seats for guests under the age of 6.  The service is available for airline flight departures from 9:00 AM to midnight, and Disney recommends using the Resort Airline Check-In Service alongside Minnie Van Service. The Magic Kingdom's nighttime firework spectacular 'Happily Ever After' has moved to a new time slot for the first quarter of this year. Begi

Ears the News: January 26, 2018 Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at . Disney has filed permits for the early-stage site preparation of the upcoming Tron coaster at the Magic Kingdom. Although we aren't likely to see the actual ride being built for some time, we should soon be seeing ground clearing and site preparation work in Tomorrowland. On this plan, MK2 refers to the TRON coaster in the upper right, which can be seen as sitting right behind the Speedway and Space Mountain.  Photo courtesy of . Walt Disney World Resort hotels may soon add basic first aid services to the list of guest amenities. Beginning next week, Disney's All Star Music Resort will start a 3 month pilot program with a registered nurse offering first aid. Similar to the in-park first aid centers, the resort registered nurse will be able to offer over-the-counter medications, bandages and other basic first aid. At All Star Music, the regi

Disney Springs Scavenger Hunt!

Hello there, Disney Fans!      Recently, on a day that the parks were particularly flooded with people, I decided to take my kiddos down to Disney Springs to kill some time. Now, we have been there hundreds of times, and the kids love it, but they do get bored of the same old thing. In an attempt to find something unique and fun that they could do, I created a scavenger hunt for them. They had a lot of fun trying to complete it, and so I thought I'd share it here. We did it as a photo scavenger hunt, requiring that the kids take pictures at each of the locations or doing each of the tasks, that way, they had some fun souvenirs when they were done too! Wanna play? Here it is: Disney Springs Scavenger Hunt Fun! Take a picture... "Surfing" in the store where you can Hang Ten. (Curl by Sammy Duvall) Designing something you can wear.  (Disney's Design-A-Tee) At a place named for the home of Jane and Michael from Mary Poppins . (Cherry Tree Lane)

Ears the News: January 19, 2018 Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at . Disney's Hollywood Studios debuted an all new set of background music as part of the park's redevelopment for the future. At the Main Entrance you can hear Big Band arrangements of Disney tunes. Along Hollywood Boulevard there are Big Band instrumental arrangements of popular songs from the 30’s and 40’s. Sunset Boulevard features vocal tracks from similar Big Band hits played on Hollywood Boulevard. At Echo Lake you will continue to hear Big Band sounds, pushing towards the 50’s and 60’s with bright, brassy horns and lush string arrangements. Grand Avenue plays music inspired by present-day Downtown Los Angeles, the music on the street includes retro-contemporary west coast funk sound defined by a strong bassline, electric guitars, horns and synthesizers. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster courtyard plays live versions of classic rock songs, including Aerosmith.

FIRST LOOK! Festival of the Arts 2018! (PART TWO!)

Hey there, Disney Guys and Gals!      I hope you're enjoying the holiday weekend and that you are staying warm! As promised, I am back with the second half of my review of the 2018   Epcot  International Festival of the Arts !  I have already posted Part One of my visit to the festival, on opening day. You can check that out by clicking  HERE . So go catch up on that, if you need to, and then come right back here, because Part Two starts NOW... ~~~~~ Takumi Table Japan What did we try?     Taiyaki How would I describe it?   A fried fish-shaped pastry, filled with a sweet red bean filling and served with whipped cream and sesame sauce.  How was the portion/value?    $4.50 was pretty good. It's a large, shareable portion.  What letter grade would we give it?  B-     This pastry is a Japanese treat that is pretty unique. It was served warm and in the outside was crispy. The filling was a sweet red bean paste. Though I liked the flavor, the cons