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September 4, 2013

Magic Kingdom Walk Around

Deb's Digest Blog

Headed out to the Magic Kingdom bright and early September 3rd. This is a low crowd week at Walt Disney World. In fact, the 10-14 days following Labor Day monday are generally one of the slowest times of the year. Kids are back in school and most family vacations are over. You won't see lots of teens in the parks right now but there are lots of pre-schoolers.

I saw this car in the Magic Kingdom parking lot - they reached their destination!

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Lately I've been taking the Ferry Boat over to the MK. Kind of the quiet before the craziness. Plus, there are great views of the Polynesian, the Villas at the Grand Floridian construction and of course, the Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Magic Kingdom Walk About

The construction is still underway for the new Magic Kingdom bus depot. It sure looks huge!

Magic Kingdom Walk About

I arrived shortly after 9am and only one side of the security bag check was open. That reminded me there would be low crowds during my walk.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Main Street U.S.A. is all decked out in fall colors and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party starts on September 10th!

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Magic Kingdom Walk About

The scarecrow pumpkins are all out again. While I think they are great, it'd be nice to see something else next year.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Pumpkins are arranged for a great photo op right at the start of Main Street.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Here's a video tour of Main Street U.S.A. and the decorations!

The Main Street Trolley Show has changed to fall songs and costumes. Thing is, I haven't seen them in the trolley on my last few visits.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Here's a video of the Summer Show:

My main purpose in visiting was to obtain fresh menus for AllEars.net As I finished up in Starlight Ray's, I just had to stop and catch a bit of Sonny Eclipse's show. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I posted a short video yesterday.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

This photo of Fantasyland was taken about 10:15am in the morning and I posted it to my Twitter account. You can see that it is NOT crowded at all. Most of the Fantasyland rides had less than 15 minute waits, many were walk ons.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

For those who haven't visited the Be Our Guest restaurant yet, you can stop by for a look early in the day. You can't explore very much, but you'll get a great view of the main dining room.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Off to Gaston's pub and I noticed they have Chocolate Croissants. I was tempted, yes very tempted, but I resisted.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Have you ever noticed the kegs behind the ordering counter? You will see Icerbock, Staggs Ale and of course Lefou's Brew.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

I continued with a walk around the Seven Drawfs Mine Train to check out the construction progress.

Magic Kingdom Walk About


Crew were all over the new "mountain" working on the exterior. Here's a video of what I saw yesterday:

Since it's a small world was a walk on, i decided to enjoy a few minutes of air conditioning and one of my favorite attractions.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

I've noticed more and more counter or quick service eateries are changing over to digital menus. Here is one from Columbia Harbor House. Oh, and speaking of .... you used to get a bag of chips with your sandwich. Last week, not only had the prices gone up slightly, but I got a handful of loose chips, not the normal bag.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

As I approached Frontierland I could hear the the Hoe-Down was a happening. This is a fun interactive show with lots of characters and lots of dancing!

Magic Kingdom Walk About

I bypassed Adventureland and returned to Main Street for some pumpkin photos.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Another favorite of mine, the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! street party was passing by.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Magic Kingdom Walk About

As I exited, I saw this pumpkin farewell. It spells out See Ya Real Soon.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

Since we are talking Halloween, check out this cool video of Jack Skellington and Sally doing a Meet and Greet last week in Epcot.

Time to get on the General Joe Potter and head back to the car.

Magic Kingdom Walk About

One last thing, we have a whole playlist of Halloween Party Videos for your enjoyment. Head over to our YouTube channel and check them out!

That's it for this walk around. See you real soon!

September 5, 2013

Interview with Brian Piasecki Chef de Cuisine at California Grill

Brian Piasecki Chef de Cuisine at California Grill talks about the newly re-designed, re-imagined restaurant. This interview includes information on the new kitchen, menu changes, the new Omakase experience at the Sushi bar, and dining with allergies and/or special diets.



Check out my previous blog with photographs HERE

September 11, 2013

Re-imagined California Grill Videos and Photos

Deb's Digest Blog

Today I had the opportunity to tour the re-imagined California Grill at the Contemporary Resort. It is truly beautiful.

California Grill

In this blog, I'll sprinkle some information along with the photos. You'll also find video interviews with Chef Brian Piasecki, Manager/Sommelier Michael Scheifler, and Imagineer Debbie Peterson.

California Grill


From the moment you walk off the elevator you know California Grill has totally changed in look and feel.

California Grill

California Grill

As the elevator doors open, a huge wine display, with almost 300 bottles of wine from all over the world, fills your view.

California Grill

The beautiful vistas are still there but the new windows make it seem all encompassing!

Disney Legend, Mary Blair's work was the inspiration for the 1950s design.

California Grill

California Grill

California Grill

California Grill

California Grill

In fact the Monterey Room has photos of Mary Blair and replicas of her artwork.

California Grill

How about this for a retro looking yet sophisticated bar?

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The capacity of the restaurant has not changed but the seating configurations are different. There are more tables for two and new booths too.

California Grill

California Grill

California Grill

Here's a glimpse at the new kitchen.

California Grill

California Grill

The redesigned Sushi area will have a Japanese "Chef's Table" area with the Omakase experience.

California Grill

California Grill

This evening I will return to California Grill to sample some of the food and beverage offerings which will be on the menu.

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Adventures by Disney Scotland - Almost Time - Part 1

Deb's Digest Blog

Very soon, Linda and I will be on a plane to Scotland! We have never been and we are both quite excited about the adventure. Having done a few Adventure by Disney s (ABDs) in the past, we know it will be an awesome time.

This is an AllEars Group Adventures by Disney and we are excited to share the experience with our friends - new and old.

Scotland has been on Linda's bucket list and she hopes to golf and drink some great Scotch. Me, I'm just hoping with my limited palate and food allergies, I'll have plenty to eat. Never fear, I am bring a few boxes of my favorite meal bar with me.

To make life easier, we are staying at the Balmoral hotel, the same one we will stay at when the ABD begins. We have no specific plans for our pre-stay other than to get used to the time change and relax. Those AbD guides keep you hopping!

As long as we have internet service we plan to keep you updated on our Adventure! You don't need your own Twitter or Instagram account to follow us. Your internet browser will take you to our updates.

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Here's a look at our itinerary.

This 9 day/8 night adventure begins and ends in Edinburgh with visits to Inverness, Isle of Skye and Isle of Lewis.

Adventures by Disney Scotland

Highlights include a private tour and dinner in Edinburgh Castle, checking out the Loch Ness center and flying to the Isle of Lewis to see the Callanish Standing Stones (like you saw in Brave!). We will be making scones, tasting whiskey, horseback riding and maybe even some Celtic dancing!.

So, please follow our Adventure with us!

FIRST-HAND REPORTS ABOUT ADVENTURES BY DISNEY

Read all about my Southwest Splendors Adventure by Disney!

Here's my trip report from the Backstage Magic Adventure!

Beci shared her Adventure by Disney to Ireland!

Erin enjoyed the Costa Rica Adventures with her family!


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