EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

It’s a foodie’s dream.  Or it could be a gastric nightmare!

Welcomed to the festival by Tinkerbell.

Welcomed to the festival by Tinkerbell.

Why?  Because there is so much great food and so little time (or room in the tummy) to travel this unique world experience and taste it all!  We finally took the plunge to sample Disney’s EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival during a trip to Walt Disney World in October, and it was quite a treat!

Now in its 22nd year, this annual food festival provides Disney guests with an opportunity to taste the many flavors of the countries that line the World Showcase lagoon in EPCOT.  For 2016, it runs every day from September 14th to November 14th.

Whether you crave mild or spicy, domestic or international, sweet or sour, wet or dry, hot or cold, a hungry traveler can find something to satisfy their cravings and even try something new, especially if you don’t have the means to travel abroad.  Countries from Africa to Continue Reading →

Good Bye 60th Anniversary

They say that all good things must come to and end; and after months of great parties and special events celebrating Disneyland’s 60th anniversary, it all ends tonight, September 5, 2016.  The beautiful lights, shows, fireworks, and the make-over of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime event will all be just a memory.  With that, we must say “Good Bye” to all that we have come to love over the past year.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle - Disneyland. 77 feet tall.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle dressed for the 60th Anniversary.

Disney sure knows how to throw a shindig!  This magical celebration ran for more than 16 months, beginning on May 22, 2015, crossing into the actual anniversary date of July 17, 2015 and covering the 61st anniversary in July of this year.

The 60th Anniversary overlay of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle had to have been one of the best we have ever seen.  Every fall, the castle is decorated for Christmas, but nothing like this.  If you missed it, unfortunately it is gone forever and you may have to wait until the 75th Anniversary Continue Reading →

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

The new nighttime show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World brings all the stories of Star Wars to life in a display of fireworks, visual projections, sound and columns of fire in a way never before seen – as only Disney can.  This new show, which debuted on June 17, 2016, is the largest fireworks display in the history of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular now showing at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular now showing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.

Star Wars:  A Galactic Spectacular is best viewed from Hollywood Boulevard; the closer to the Great Movie Ride, the better as there are visual displays projected on the surrounding buildings.  If you are too far back, the side views are blocked by the buildings on Hollywood Boulevard.

Imagery from all current seven Star Wars chapters are blended into this nighttime spectacular, with the show divided into segments depicting the many facets of this good vs evil saga.  The show’s elements are broken into Continue Reading →

Frozen Ever After

Entrance to Frozen Ever After in the Norway Pavilion

Entrance to Frozen Ever After in the Norway Pavilion.

A new addition to EPCOT in the Norway Pavilion is “Frozen Ever After,” a boat ride through the story of the iconic movie, “Frozen.”

This new attraction has been extremely popular.  Fast passes are reserved weeks in advance and on most days, the standby waiting line is in excess of 90 minutes.  We discussed with Cast Members and the tips they gave for navigating the lines saved us from waiting too long.  They said that from about Continue Reading →

Which Is Better – Electric Light Parade or Paint The Night?

There are many debates around the internet about which Disney Theme Park Resort is better, Disneyland or Walt Disney World.  The opinions are wide and varied for lots of reasons; and we all have our favorite park – it’s all a matter of perspective.  With that, we thought we would conduct our own completely unscientific survey to hear readers’ thoughts on comparable attractions.  We want to know which electric parade you think is better.

Main Street Electrical Parade

Main Street Electrical Parade

Disney’s Main Street Electrical Light Parade was a Disneyland original that started in 1972, disappeared for a short while and then reappeared at Disney’s California Adventure before it left California for good in 2010.  Walt Disney World has had a couple of runs with the parade and it has been a staple in the Magic Kingdom since 2010.

In 2015, Disneyland brought in a new light parade called Continue Reading →

Soarin’ Around The World

We had the opportunity to ride the new “Soarin’ Around The World” at EPCOT.  The original “Soarin’ Over California” was our favorite ride and we tried to do this on every visit, even if it was the only ride for that day.

Entry to Soarin' at EPCOT

Entry to Soarin’ at EPCOT

Soarin’ Over California took you for a birds-eye-view of scenic wonders both natural and man-made, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Monterey Bay, Borrego Springs, Palm Springs, Malibu, downtown Los Angeles and finally up Main Street in Disneyland where you landed in the middle of a fireworks show.  In the 15 years that it was operational, it was a real crowd pleaser.

For the grand opening of Shanghai Disneyland, Disney made Continue Reading →

It’s Enormous!

That’s an understatement!  If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World but have never been – and your only reference is Disneyland in California, you are in for a heady challenge.  You will soon realize that you are overwhelmed as you step foot in WDW and try to figure out where to go, what to do, where to stay and how to get there on time.  That last point is critical if you have dining reservations.

Disneyland is measured in acres; originally 160 to be exact. There have been some additions over the years to include more resorts and parking; now Disneyland and California Adventure sit on that original plot.  Today, the entire Disneyland resort is about 500 acres.

The Walt Disney World resort is measured Continue Reading →

Hidden Mickeys

Obvious "hidden" Mickey

Obvious “hidden” Mickey in EPCOT.  This one is about four feet wide!

Believe it or not, there are actually things to do at a Disney Park besides ride the attractions, eat the food or avoid the crowds!  We’ve read blogs and stories complaining about the hurriedness of the park, waiting in the long lines, or that someone in the family needs a slower pace.  In fact, we sometimes find ourselves just wandering around the park and taking in the magic that isn’t part of a ride.

One such activity is searching for those special architectural additions called “Hidden Mickey’s.”  These are special Continue Reading →

TBT the Disney Way

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“Stayin’ Alive Canada” performs at the American Gardens Theater in EPCOT.

What a wild way to celebrate a “Throw Back Thursday.”  We watched a Bee Gees tribute band called “Stayin’ Alive Canada,” (facebook page)   perform at EPCOT in Walt Disney World.  They performed some of the Bee Gees’ most famous songs from the Disco era, including songs from the movie “Saturday Night Fever.”  It was funny to look around and see that most of the audience were our age!

This summer, Disney is hosting various bands that are performing Continue Reading →

BIG Changes Coming!

Disneyland will never be completed.  It will continue to grow as long as long as there is imagination left in the world.” – Walt Disney

Under Construction - Star Wars Land at Disneyland

Under Construction – Star Wars Land at Disneyland

Who doesn’t get excited when something new is coming?  But change is hard to accept when there are decisions concerning our favorite attraction or land at a Disney park.  We fret about the worst case scenario, often deciding that we aren’t going to like the changes before they happen.

There are major changes occurring at both California and Florida parks.  Soon, both will have a “Star Wars Land,” in addition to Walt Disney World’s “Avatar Land.”

We would be remiss to not include ourselves with those saying Continue Reading →