Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Tours Offered at WDW (not updated)

  • Magic Kingdom Park
    • Disney's Family Magic Tour
    • Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour
    • Disney's The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour
    • Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour
    • The Ultimate Tour of Thrills (15% discount)
  • Epcot
    • Gardens of the World (offered seasonally)
    • The UnDISCOVERed Future World
    • Disney's Dolphins in Depth
    • Epcot DiveQuest
    • Epcot Seas Aqua Tours
    • Treasures of Morocco Tour 
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
    • Wild by Design
    • Backstage Safari
  • Multiple Theme Parks and Backstage Areas
    • Backstage Magic
    • Disney's Holiday D-Lights (offered seasonally)
    • Disney's Yuletide Fantasy (offered seasonally)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

All the Spaceship Earth Descent Options

  • SSE options:
    • Did all of HEALTH May 2016 
      • surprise/plan
      • vitamins/no vitamins
      • goal/coach
      • party/adventure
      • country/city
      • bikes/car
      • extreme sports/nature trek
      • get help/take charge
      • cocoa/soup
      • human touch/high tech  
    • HOME DONE 2018:
      • tech/nature
      • city/country 
        • mountain/beach (splits here - nature)
        • recycled/all natural
        • food/flowers
        • carpool/bike
        • (other split - tech) cooking/cleaning
        • clothes to buy/what to wear
        • tv/planning my day
        • car/hover train
    • WORK:
      • City/Country
      • Solitude/Energy of an office
      • Thinking by myself/ Group brainstorm
      • Everything I need/Only what I need
      • Live to work/Work to live
      • Car that drives itself/hover train
    • LEISURE:
      • Under the sea/outer space
      • I'm a planner/I like to wing it
      • The journey/the destination
      • City/country
      • My pet/my house
      • Solar power/Wind power

Sunday, May 20, 2018

My Disney Packing List

Toiletries:

  • vaseline
  • baby powder
  • advil
  • hair ties and clips
  • hair brush
  • toothbrush 
  • chapstick
  • lip gloss
  • face powder
  • eyeliner
  • mascara
  • concealer
  • brow pencil
  • eye shadow and brush
  • highlighter and brush
  • bronzer and brush
  • razor
  • melatonin
  • deodorant
  • flat iron
Liquids

  • contact solution
  • antibacterial gel
  • sunscreen
  • toothpaste
  • anti chafe gel
Carry On
  • medications if any
  • personal phone
    • make sure you have enough podcasts
  • work phone
  • two squares
  • two cables
  • external battery and cable
  • earbuds
  • Firestick accoutrements
  • glasses
  • IDs 
  • money
  • credit/debit cards
  • health insurance card
  • Disney gift card
  • magazines for plane
  • Magic Band
Wear On
  • cross necklace
  • hoop earrings
  • ring
  • sneakers
  • top
  • pants
  • socks
  • bra
  • scarf/sweater if cold
Clothes
  • pjs for every 3 days
  • bathing suit 1 or 2
  • black sheer shirt
  • socks for every day
  • underwear for every day
  • bra/spanx tank for every 2 days
  • pants for every 2 days
  • cotton dress
  • tops for every day
Other
  • poncho
  • sunglasses
  • bandaids
  • tissues
  • park bag
  • hat
  • flip flops

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Every Time DFB has reviewed the SAME meal

10/5/17: During our first visit, we enjoyed STK’s food and had great service. One of our objectives during this visit was to try a few of the same dishes to see if they were still as good as we remembered.

10/3/17: Now, you may be thinking, “Wait. I remember this dish. Didn’t you have it the last time you went to Yak & Yeti, AJ?” And the answer is: YEP

10/30/17: I couldn’t resist checking out the latest version of my (formerly) favorite dish here [Brown Derby]

11/9/17: I also had to try the Mac and Cheese again,..... I also had to get the Brussels Sprouts. Yes. You read that correctly. Why? Because they were crispy and delicious the first time we tried them.  [The Polite Pig]

11/26/17: Our favorites here are the French Dip Burger and the Sausage and Pepper Hoagie. On this visit, I wanted to try both to see how they’re holding up...We have enjoyed the Sausage and Peppers Hoagie on past visits, and on this one, it was still a standout. [Electric Umbrella]

12/5/17: I noticed a change to one of my favorite golden treats on my last visit when I spotted a sign for the Caramel Butter Bar. It was front and center ahead of what looked suspiciously like the old Caramel Covered Shortbread — also previously known as the Chewy Caramel BarI wasn’t super concerned at first because this particular snack has been known by a few different names over the years, but basically remained a dependable combo of thick caramel poured atop and in between layers of buttery shortbread. I figured I was good to go because the “new” Caramel Butter Bar looks… virtually identical to its predecessor....it was completely indecipherable in my Caramel Butter Bar.

1/26/18: Plus I couldn’t leave without snagging one of my favorite snacks - Flame Tree BBQ

2/21/18: I opted for the South American Chocolate Ganache, which we also loved on our first visit.  - Tiffins

2/23/18: Mickey Cake Pops = always awesome! ...From Dole Whips to French Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese, we’ve eaten them all! Multiple times! - Mickey Cake Pops re-review

3/8/18: I opted for three dishes — one an old standby and two new additions. - Brown Derby Lounge

3/13/18: ...the listing for Indian-Style Bread Service. That was my first stop. And it was an easy choice to make....The sauce [for butter chicken] includes butter (or ghee) and is super rich. This has been a favorite of mine at Sanaa for YEARS. - Sanaa

5/4/18: "On this visit I dug back into those Cheese and Bacon Fries. (Yeah, you saw that comin’…)" - Beaches and Cream

5/24/18: "If you’ve followed the saga of our previous visits to The Boathouse, you might’ve gathered that there was no way I could dine here and skip the Firecracker Shrimp. " - Boathouse

9/17/18: "I went with a much-loved (and for good reason!!) appetizer: Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli. " - California Grill

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Land September 2013

I'm recapping my solo September 2013 trip. You can find the earlier posts  here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here!


After my Test Track success, I decided to see what was going on at the Land Pavilion.






The Seas September 2013

I'm recapping my solo September 2013 trip. You can find the earlier posts  here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here!

After signing up for the Behind the Seeds Tour, I had some time to kill but didn't want to go too far, so I skipped over to the Seas for a quick ride on Nemo.



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: This Is Really Good

Welcome to this week's Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Focused on the Magic

Another trip with a friend to Earl of Sandwich in Manhattan finally FINISHING my Eat Each Sandwich challenge. (For links to the rest of my reviews, scroll down!)  Woot!! I have now eaten every hot sandwich available on the Earl of Sandwich menu.  

Unfortunately, we're not ending on a high note.  The tuna melt on wheat was meh.  Too much mayo, not enough Swiss (what was there was sufficiently melty though).  Could have used more crunch from celery or something.  It kind of felt like nursing home food.

Also it's not that appetizing to look at.  Some green crunchy veggies and cheddar could have brought some color to the sandwich.





However, I am DELIGHTED to have finished my goal!  I will still go back to Earl for the breakfast sandwiches and desserts, but I feel like this was definitely an accomplishment for me.  Yay! 

Previous Reviews:

the Full Montagu, the Original 1762, and Coronet Cakes

the Chicken Chipotle Avocado Sandwich (and their chocolate chip cookie)
the Chicken Chipotle Avocado Sandwich (and their chocolate chip cookie)
the All American Sandwich* (plus oatmeal mini cookies) 
the Earl's Club Sandwich (plus chocolate and vanilla cupcakes)
the Holiday Turkey Sandwich 

the Hawaiian BBQ Sandwich
the Italian
the Caribbean Jerk*
the Pastrami Reuben
the plain brownie
the Philly Cheesesteak
the Veggie Sandwich
Cannon Balls*
Ham 'n' Swiss
the Caprese 

Left to do: Avocado BLT*, BBQ Chicken*

*No longer appears on online menu



Focused on the Magic
Now hop on to the next stop!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Favorite Food Friday: Earl of Sandwich Caprese

Welcome to another Favorite Food Friday hosted by Disney Day by Day!

As seems to be the custom lately, I had plans to swing by Earl in NYC for lunch with Disney friends over Memorial Day weekend.  We were devastated to learn that Earl is closed on Sundays!  Fortunately, my office was also closed on Monday for Memorial day, so I got to go back then.  I am so close to completing Eat Each Sandwich challenge! (For links to the rest of my reviews, scroll down!)


This time, I had the Caprese sandwich on white bread.  The bread was beautifully toasted as always and had pesto spread on it that really made the sandwich extra delicious

The tomatoes were fine and the mozzarella cheese was plentiful.  There was also a drizzle of balsamic vinegar reduction on it to add a little umami flavor.  My favorite part was the pesto though - without it the sandwich would have been unremarkable at best. 
This was definitely one of my favorite Earl sandwiches in recent memory. 


Previous Reviews:

the Full Montagu, the Original 1762, and Coronet Cakes

the Chicken Chipotle Avocado Sandwich (and their chocolate chip cookie)
the All American Sandwich* (plus oatmeal mini cookies) 
the Earl's Club Sandwich (plus chocolate and vanilla cupcakes)
the Holiday Turkey Sandwich 

the Hawaiian BBQ Sandwich
the Italian
the Caribbean Jerk*
the Pastrami Reuben
the plain brownie
the Philly Cheesesteak
the Veggie Sandwich
Cannon Balls*
Ham 'n' Swiss

Left to do: Tuna Melt, Avocado BLT*, BBQ Chicken*

*No longer appears on online menu



Now hop on to the next stops!

DisneyDayByDay


And don' t forget to link up!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Favorite Food Friday: Earl of Sandwich Ham n Swiss

Welcome to another Favorite Food Friday hosted by the devious Disney Day by Day!

Another trip with a friend to Earl of Sandwich in Manhattan continuing on in my Eat Each Sandwich challenge. (For links to the rest of my reviews, scroll down!)



This time I went with the Ham and Swiss on wheat (my preferred kind of bread unless the sandwich really needs the white).   

The sandwich was good. The cheese was nicely melty and the creaminess paired well with the ham.  The mustard wasn't very strong but didn't completely disappear against the fillings, and the wheat bread brought an extra dimension of flavor.  



This sandwich isn't going to win any awards, nor is it the most unusual or creative option, but it does the job well.

Previous Reviews:

the Full Montagu, the Original 1762, and Coronet Cakes

the Chicken Chipotle Avocado Sandwich (and their chocolate chip cookie)
the All American Sandwich* (plus oatmeal mini cookies) 
the Earl's Club Sandwich (plus chocolate and vanilla cupcakes)
the Holiday Turkey Sandwich 

the Hawaiian BBQ Sandwich
the Italian
the Caribbean Jerk*
the Pastrami Reuben
the plain brownie
the Philly Cheesesteak
the Veggie Sandwich
Cannon Balls*

Left to do: Tuna Melt, Caprese, Avocado BLT*, BBQ Chicken*

*No longer appears on online menu


Now hop on to the next stops!

DisneyDayByDay


And don' t forget to link up!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Unverified Disney Treats

You may have read my Disney World To Do List where I keep track of all the things that I want to try/do at Disney World. A lot of these things I found on Disney blogs and podcasts which, let's be honest, are not always the most reliable sources. 

So some of these items I have been unable to personally verify as existing.  If any of you guys can confirm the existence of these items (you have to have personally experienced it, not just heard about it from someone else), let me know!
  • Magic Kingdom:
    • In the Jungle Cruise, a particular native on the shore actually shouts "I love Disco!" as you cruise by!   
      • Did not see/hear it, December 2014
    • Party line phone in the Confectionary
      • Did not see it April 2015
    • Throw a coin in Cinderella's fountain for a special effect
      • April 2015, nothing happened when I threw a penny in the one by the walk way to Merida, May 2017, nothing happened when I threw a penny in the one by Bibbity Bobbity Boutique.
    • in the queue for Splash Mountain, listen as you pass by the little houses hanging in the trees -  some critters talk to each other, maybe even as Chip and Dale 
    • In Ye Old Christmas Shoppe - "One cast member said she was on break but would be glad to help, while another took the girls around the store and brought them in front of a magical Christmas tree. The cast member asked each girl to make a wish and magically, the tree sparkled!" 
      • Did not see this December 2014
  • Epcot
    • Open the old Coke freezer at the Outpost for a Surprise  
      • COULDNT FIND THIS December 2014 or April 2015
    • Hidden Mickey in the paintings on display in France 
      • Didn't see any when I looked April 2015
    • Across from Morocco is an aqua-duct. They use it grow vegetables and plants. Most people will walk right on by without noticing it. 
      • I didn't see this December 2014 or April 2015  
    • There is a prayer room made of “gold” in the Morocco Pavilion. It is open to the general public and any CMs that want to use it. 
      • I didn't see this December 2014 or April 2015 - it is NOT the museum
  • Studios
    • After you exit the ToT library there are fuse boxes on the left side, pull the lever
    • Once upon a time store: listen carefully to hear the radio broadcast from the actual Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiere being played throughout the stor
      • Heard nothing May 2017
  • Animal Kingdom
    • Camp Minnie Mickey (RIP) - Herb and Flora talking bushes - I guess these are gone now?
    • Dinoland Jeep behind which is a row of fossils in the wall that are musical  
      • COULDNT FIND THIS December 2014, May 2016
    • Pippa the talking recycling bin at AK entrance
      • COULDNT FIND THIS December 2014, May 2016
    • At end of Bugs life, look up and watch the bugs fly out  
      • COULDNT FIND THIS December 2014 (kinda saw it May 2016)
    • The little dinosaur fountain- a dinosaur head that spits out water  on Cretaceous trail
      • COULDNT FIND THIS May and Aug 2016
  • General/Out of Parks

Friday, March 20, 2015

Disney Princesses and Villains Fall/Winter 2015

Fall 2015 Fashion Weeks have been rolling by in New York, London, Milan, and Paris.  I've picked out some of my favorite gowns for some of my favorite princesses and villainesses.  (Check out my Spring/Summer 2014 selections here, my Fall/Winter 2014 selections here, and my Spring/Summer 2015 selections here!) Let me know what you think! 


PRINCESSES/GOOD FEMALE CHARACTERS

Elsa (1) 
Jason Wu

Elsa (2) 
Carolina Herrera

Anna (1) 

BCBG

Anna (2) 
Suno

Anna (3)
Anna Sui

Snow White (1) 

Alberta Ferretti

Snow White (2)

Antonio Berardi


Cinderella (1) 
Zac Posen

Cinderella (2) 

Carolina Herrera

Cinderella (3)
Marchesa

FloraFauna and Meriweather

Altazurra

Flora, Fauna and Meriweather
Prada

the Fairy Godmother (1)

Monique Lhuillier

the Fairy Godmother (2)
Christopher Kane

Aurora (1)
Zac Posen

Aurora (2) 

Naeem Khan

Alice (1) (Good)

Zac Posen

Alice (2)  (Good)

Delpozo

Ariel (1) 

Siriano

Ariel (2)

Zac Posen

Belle (1)

Monique Lhuillier

Belle (2)

Sophie Theallet

Belle (3)
Badgley Mischka

Pocahontas (1)

Siriano

Pocahontas (2) 
Roberto Cavalli


Jasmine (1) 
Antonio Berardi

Jasmine (2) (GOOD)

Jenny Packham

Mulan (1) 
Siriano

Mulan (2) 

Valentino


Nahla (1) 
Siriano

Nahla (2) 

Jason Wu (GOOD)

Tiana (1)

Naeem Khan

Tiana (2) 
Philip Lim 3.1

Rapunzel (1)
Tadashi Shoji

Rapunzel (2)

de la Renta

Merida (1)

Tadashi Shoji

Merida (2)
Roberto Cavalli


VILLAINESSES


The Evil Queen (1) (GOOD)

Marchesa

The Evil Queen (2) 
Erdem

The Wicked Witch (1)

Tadashi Shoji

The Wicked Witch (2) 

Public School

Lady Tremaine (1) 

Erdem

Step Sister Anastasia (1) 
Sophie Theallet

Step Sister Anastasia (2)
Naeem Khan

Step Sister Drizella (1)
Monique Lhuillier

Step Sister Drizella (2)

de la Renta

Step Sister Drizella (3)

Jenny Packham

Maleficent (1) 

Siriano

Maleficent (2)

Roksanda Illincic

The Cheshire Cat (1) 

Tome

Cruella de Vil (1)

Tadashi Shoji

Cruella de Vil (2) 

Prabal Gurung

Cruella de Vil (3) 
de la Renta

The Queen of Hearts (1) 

Go Red For Women

The Queen of Hearts (2)

Go Red For Women

Ursula (1)

Carolina Herrera

Ursula (2) 

Carolina Herrera

Izma (1) 
Siriano

Izma (2)

Antonio Berardi

Mother Gothel (1) 

Zimmerman

Mother Gothel (2)

Marchesa