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December 28, 2016

"New" Way to Start Your Magic Kingdom Day

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Beginning January 9th, guests will be allowed to enter Main Street U.S.A. earlier than the park's stated opening time.

Then at the official opening, a new welcome show will open the park for the day. A Royal Herald will appear and deliver a proclamation welcoming everyone including a few characters to the stage.

March 24, 2016

Review - Diamond Horseshoe All You Care to Eat Dinner

Deb's Digest Blog
Diamond Horseshoe - Magic Kingdom

Over the last few years, the Diamond Horseshoe in the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square has been open during peak times with limited selection counter service lunch serving a basic BBQ chicken sandwich, turkey sandwich and a chef's salad.

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As of March 13, 2016, the Diamond Horseshoe is now open for an "all you care to eat" table service lunch and dinner. I tried this new dinner recently with my cousin, Kathie.

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Kathie had a 4:50 p.m. reservation and we arrived a few minutes early. We were greeted in a prompt and friendly fashion and were told that we'd be seated in a few moments. There are some chairs to the right of the podium, but our wait was not long at all (about five minutes).

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Our server, Randi, came over right away to take our beverage orders and explain how the meal works. Dinner begins with a salad and cornbread brought for the table to share. There are three entrees offered, and you begin by choosing one. After that, you may order more of the same entree or either or both of the remaining two options. After that, it's dessert time.

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If the place-setting looks familiar, it's the same one used at the Liberty Tree Tavern. Honestly, the food, while not identical, reminded me of dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern as well.

Soon after we placed our drink orders, our Frontier Salad arrived. It consists of tossed greens, tomatoes (on the side of the plate), onions (on top of the salad), roasted corn and cornbread croutons. The dressing is a house-made chipotle ranch. Don't let the chipotle scare you off. It was a flavorful dressing, but didn't have the typical chipotle kick to it that some folks dislike. We both enjoyed the salad and even asked for a second serving!

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The cornbread is good and is served with a side of sweet whipped butter.

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We each decided to order the turkey to begin the meal. I asked the server if we could receive smaller portions since we wanted to taste everything, but everything is the same size.

Of course, it really would have helped if I read the menu carefully. I have no idea why, but I was expecting sliced turkey. Imagine my surprise when BBQ turkey with jalapenos showed up! The turkey sat on top of a slice of cornbread and came with string beans.

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After pulling off the peppers, I started to eat the BBQ. I love BBQ, but this just tasted strange to me. Maybe it's because I was expecting sliced turkey, but I just couldn't wrap my head around turkey BBQ and didn't really care for it. Kathie liked it well enough, but agreed that it was odd.

Next, we ordered the spit-roasted ham with country beans and seasonal vegetables (again green beans). Again, I thought the dish was OK, but nothing special. Kathie, on the other hand, thought it was good.

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Finally we tried the stewed beef with mashed potatoes and, again, green beans. This was the winner to me, except it really wasn't a stew -- more like a pot roast. It was VERY tender and had some flavor to it. I ate almost the entire portion of the beef.

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By this time we were both quite full and again commented how we wished the entrees had been available in smaller portions. From what we could see glancing around the room, the kids' portions appeared to be almost the same size.

There are two items for dessert, the Campfire Brownie and the Apple Tart. If you've eaten at Liberty Tree Tavern you've had the Apple Tart. The brownie was dense chocolate with a thin layer of toasted marshmallow on top, not exceptional. We both preferred the Apple Tart and found it quite tasty.

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While there is no designated kids' menu, chicken tenders and grilled cheese are available.

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So what did we think?

If you are looking for basic, plentiful food, this is certainly a viable option. However, if you are like me, the Diamond Horseshoe might not be your best choice. Except for the beef I found the food average. It was a great place to escape from the packed Magic Kingdom and the air conditioning was nice and cool. As I mentioned before, our service was excellent. But I typically don't eat enough food to justify the cost of "all you can eat" dinner.

Speaking of cost, the bill for the two of us came to $83.97 ($33 per person plus tax and gratuity). Soft drinks, tea, coffee and milk were included. My Tables in Wonderland card was accepted for a 20 percent discount. (Kids ages 3-9 cost $19 plus tax and gratuity.)

Reservations are available for dates now to May 30th.

For a more traditional turkey dinner, you can dine at Liberty Tree Tavern for about the same price (depending on the season). Tony's Town Square will also run you about the same price (unless you order the steak.) The less expensive full service option is the Plaza Restaurant on Main Street (their food is good!). Your other full service/all-you-can-eat/buffet options in the Magic Kingdom are much more expensive: Be Our Guest, Cinderella's Royal Table and Crystal Palace. You can also dine at the new Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen, but the food there is a bit more exotic.

So where would I go for dinner if I was spending time in the Magic Kingdom? If I planned far enough ahead for a reservation I'd go to the Plaza Restaurant. Otherwise, I'd probably head over to Columbia Harbour House for a much less expensive counter-service meal.

What are your thoughts on the full-service dining options in the Magic Kingdom?

September 6, 2014

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Report

Deb's Digest Blog

We went to the very first party of the year on September 1, 2014. What a blessing! This party was definitely NOT crowded and was reminiscent of the old E-Ticket nights (circa 2000) with low lines and manageable crowds. The only downside, if there was one, was the heat and humidity and continual "sauna" feel the entire night.

The Cast Members were dressed in their regular party outfits. We had purchased tickets on-line and therefore had a printed ticket with bar code. When we used it to enter the event after 4pm, the Cast Member took our copy and gave us a wrist band. I didn't really think anything of it until near the end of the night, when this caused issues getting my special Halloween Sorcerers Card.

Jack and Sally's Meet and Greet was first on my list. Everyone was excited about meeting them and their line stayed long most of the evening until well after the fireworks.


After this we split up and some held spots for Mickey's Boo to You Parade and myself and others went to the Castle for the Villains Mix and Mingle show (without the Mingle) . It was cute but oh so short!!! I felt like it had just started and it ended.

TIP: See the Villains Castle show after dark! It was still light out during the first show and I missed most of the castle projections.

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After the show it was back down Main Street to wait for the 8:15pm parade. Again, I must say how nice it was not to be crammed in with people given the heat.

Here's the first ride of the Headless Horseman for the 2014 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party season:

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There were changes to this year's Mickey's Boo to You Parade. Most notably is the addition of Vanellope and Wreck-it Ralph (Wreck-it Ralph movie).

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It is one of my favorite parades in the Magic Kingdom and it is lots of fun to watch!

We decided to not wander down Main Street with everyone to see the Fireworks so we walked around the park to see who was out Meeting and Greeting. Imagine my surprise when I stopped in Adventureland to see not only Terk and Jane, but also Tarzan! Wait was about 10 minutes or so, I got in line. Unfortunately, Tarzan had to leave before it was my turn, but it was neat to see him interact with folks, especially the kids.

We continued over to the Diamond Horseshoe, known on party nights as Club Villain. From 7:00pm to midnight various villains dance with guests - mostly kids but a few adults were also dancing.

GOOD TO KNOW: Be aware it is dark and foggy with lots of neon lights in the dance party.

Soon it was Fireworks time! Standing in Liberty Square between the Liberty Bell and Liberty Tree Tavern but on the water side, was a nice place to watch. Not crowded and a decent view of everything except the Castle projections. Music was loud and clear.

TIP: There are good fireworks viewing areas in Liberty Square and New Fantasyland if you want to avoid the huge crowds on Main Street. Just remember no Castle projections.

Off to the Haunted Mansion to see if Madame Carlotta was wandering the grounds. She was and even summoned Judy Garland!

As we walked through Fantasyland, we noticed most rides had small wait times, even Peter Pan. The Seven Dwarfs were all out meeting guests and even that line was only about 30 minutes, How cool to get your photo with all 7 of them.

Checked out Tomorrowland, again barely a 10 minute wait for attractions. Just past the Buzz Lightyear entrance, Buzz and Lotso the Bear were having Meet and Greets. I wanted to see Lotso! As you'll see in the video, he indicated to me he was sorry he was such a bad guy in Toy Story 3.

By this time it was getting late and the heat and humidity were getting to us. As we got to Main Street we realized it would soon be time for the 2nd performance of Mickey's Boo to You Parade. The area near Town Square and City Hall had lots of front row room to watch the parade and so we stopped to enjoy it again.

While waiting for the Parade I went over the the Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom area to obtain my special Halloween Card. I'll spare you the long details but several Cast Members and 10+ minutes later I still didn't have my card. The main issue had to do with not having my ticket (remember they Cast Member took it when we entered the park) or my Magic Band, even though I had my party wrist band. I didn't wear my Magic Band because of the heat. Eventually I did get my card.. but it shouldn't have been so hard.

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We did not do any candy Trick or Treating but saw numerous stations set up. Check your guide map for locations.

TIP: The nice thing was there were signs to say what type of candy was being distributed at that location, like Crasins or Werthers, etc.

It was nice to see Cast Members being very diligent about making sure guests had their party Wrist Bands on before allowing them in many areas/attractions.

All in all we got our monies worth for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. The huge thing for us was the low crowds.

We opted not to do the $99 Villains Soiree. While I was disappointed to not be able to see Maleficent or the Queen, I didn't feel the cost was worth it for us. Plus, since we were going to the first party we were hoping it wouldn't be too crowded. It is all about priorities and what is most important to you. I am interested to hear from those of you who have!

I am sure as it gets closer to Halloween, the party will get progressively more crowded. Keep in mind, at this time, Halloween Night is SOLD OUT.


Tell us what YOU thought about the Party!!

May 23, 2014

Rock Your Disney Side 24 Hour Event - Part 1

Deb's Digest Blog

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Dateline May 23rd - Bright and early this morning Walt Disney World began its third 24-hour event at the Magic Kingdom called "Rock Your Disney Side".

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Mickey, Minnie and Donald joined in the early morning fun in their PJs.

The Fire Chief, Main Street Trolley Singers, Heroes and Villians, Mickey and Minnie and the Family of the Day were on the Main Street Train Station Platform just before 6am to start everything off.

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After the opening we interviewed Steven Miller who is the Marketing Manager who showed us the special merchandise and treats that are available for the Rock Your Disney Side Event!

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Next up we visited Tinker Bell in her new location in the Town Square Theatre on Main Street.
She was in a great mood despite the fact that Terrence woke her up super early!

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From there we headed over to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which was in soft opening mode!

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Here's a short video of me on the train this morning!

Here is our full video with spoilers:

And, as a special treat for waiting all day for the blog, here is the Celebrate the Magic parade with Hercules!

By now the sun was coming out in full force and I headed back home to get out of the sun and rest for tonight.

Stay Tuned for Part 2 (probably on Saturday :)

February 12, 2014

Festival of Fantasy Parade Details Revealed

Deb's Digest Blog

Today I had the opportunity to preview some of the brand new costumes and brand new floats that are part of Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.

Video of the Costumes

Video of the Mickey Airship, Peter Pan and Little Mermaid Floats

Float by Float Line Up:


THE PRINCESS GARDEN
- the pageantry of Disney princesses. Cinderella, Bell, Tiana and their princes will ride in a garden of topiaries, woodland creatures and more. This 50- foot long parade will be capped off with Frozen's Anna and Elsa!

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TANGLED - a massive long ship on the high seas featuring Flynn Rider and Rapunzel. This 36 foot long float includes some dastardly thugs!

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THE LITTLE MERMAID - Ariel, and her friends, including Sebastian, are part of the seashell music jubilee. Performers include: Lion Fish, Coral Fish, Seashell and Sea Horse.


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PETER PAN - The Jolly Roger pirate ship, Peter Pan and Wendy, the Lost Boys, Skull Rock, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook will all be part of this unique float.

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BRAVE - The bagpipe shaped float announces the arrival of Merida. Scottish dancers will step to the songs of the highlands.


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SLEEPING BEAUTY- highlighted by the Steampunnk-inspired dragon, Prince Phillip, raven dancers, good fairies and thorn-inspired stilt performers perform on and around the 53 foot long float

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FINALE AND MICKEY'S AIRSHIP - the parade's finale is this 90 foot long "train" of great Disney characters including Pinocchio, Dumbo, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Mad Hatter all in festive colors. There are dancing hippos, bubble girls (celebrating Storybook Circus), Pegasus horses and Mickey and Minnie atop the airship.

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December 18, 2013

Magic Kingdom Walk About - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Testing Video

Deb's Digest Blog

December 17th was a picture perfect beautiful weather day so I headed to the Magic Kingdom. (Click on any photo for a larger image)

It was great to see the Christmas tree on Main Street. It wasn't up on my last Magic Kingdom visit in late November due to upcoming Christmas Day Show taping.

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With the beautiful blue sky, all the holiday decorations just popped. It wasn't too crowded in the park during the morning, since Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party was in the evening.

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Work continues on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Many workers were on the mountain doing exterior work. I'm guessing there was plenty of action inside as well :) The Vultures from Snow Whites Scary Adventures are in place. It will be interesting to see how they fit in with the landscape.

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In Liberty Square you could still purchase Halloween Mickey popcorn buckets are well as Santa Mickey ones!

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Beautiful view of Big Thunder Mountain

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It seemed as though a number of carts were being set up around the park for the holiday crowds. Here is one right next to Westward Ho Refreshments.

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Tortuga Tavern was open with their regular "taco" menu, not the holiday buffet.

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I finally got to experience the Jingle Jungle Cruise. Let me just say I was totally UNDERwhelmed.

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More photos of the Jingle Jungle Cruise HERE

The decorations were sparse.... basically only in the queue.....

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.....and if you used FastPass you missed one of the larger holiday displays.

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The boat names were changed, but only one side of the sign was altered.

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Our Skipper, Allie, was absolutely great and she definitely made the cruise!!!! But other than her, I was like, really?! It just seemed like it was thrown together to say there was something "new".

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Before heading out, I went up the train station to get a view of Main Street. It really is beautiful!

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After leaving the Magic Kingdom I went to the Grand Floridian and caught the Gingerbread House making demo and then wandered to the Polynesian to check out the holiday decor.

Here is a tour of the Polynesian Holiday Decor:

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

June 21, 2013

Starbucks Opens in Magic Kingdom

The Main Street Bakery has reopened in the Magic Kingdom and now features Starbucks coffee! Starbucks offers their wide array of coffee beverages as well as their breakfast sandwiches and pastries. Disney's contributions to the baked goods include cookies, cupcakes and brownies. Full Menu HERE.

There is no seating inside the Bakery and outside seating is VERY limited. I suggest taking your items over to the outdoor seating area by the Plaza Restaurant - just down the street and turn right at the Ice Cream shop. If the weather is bad keep walking to the Tomorrowland Terrace for cover.

For those of you familiar with the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe in Disney California Adventure, the menus are almost identical.

Here are photos and a video of the new bakery!

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May 11, 2013

Merida Becomes Newest Disney Princess

Merida's Celebration Ceremony Video:

Walt Disney World crowned its newest princess today, Princess Merida from Brave. Her mother, Queen Elinor, made her first public appearance.

The ceremony took place at the Magic Kingdom.

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Olympic Gold-Medal gymnast Gabby Douglas and her mother participated in the celebration by sharing their mother-daughter story.

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All the Disney Princesses were in attendance and introduced one at a time.

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Snow White

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Cinderella

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Aurora

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Ariel

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Belle

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Jasmine

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Pocahontas

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Mulan

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Princess Tiana

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Rapunzel (who received a roaring welcome)

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With all the princesses on stage, it was time to crown Disney's newest princess.

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Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida arrived in true-style riding her horse and accompanied by Scottish Bagpipes, dancers and banners

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Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida is welcomed to the stage.

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Queen Elinore performs the official duties of crowning Merida.

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"I AM MERIDA!", the newest princess proclaimed.

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Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


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And of course, no appearance by Merida would be complete without her bow.

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All the princesses gather around for their first official photo together.

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Gabby Douglas poses with Merida and Princess Tiana.

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Queen Elinore is very proud of her daughter.

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Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida's Royal Celebration

After the ceremony, the princesses gathered on the castle lawn for another photograph. Pictured with the princesses are Rosie and Sophie Grace (from the Ellen Show)

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Sophia Grace and Rosie (The Ellen Show) Perform a Princess Rap for Merida!

Spotlight on Queen Elinor:

January 21, 2013

Magic Kingdom and Grand Floridian Walk Around

On Friday, 1/18/2013, I headed to the Magic Kingdom to check out the Giggle Gang in Storybook Circus and see what else was happening.

I went by way of the Grand Floridian so I could see the new Alice Splash Zone.

Alice's Splash Zone Grand Floridian

Alice's Splash Zone Grand Floridian

Alice's Splash Zone Grand Floridian

Check out more photos of Alice's Splash Zone!

I knew Gasparilla Grill and Games had reopened went to check it out - it has a new name Gasparilla Island Grill and the arcade games are gone.

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Gasparilla Island Grill Grand Floridian


Gasperilla Island Grill New Breakfast Menu

A quick monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom. The center area of the turnstyles are being refurbed to accommodate the new MyMagic+. Cast members were on both sides of the walled off area directing resort guests to the right and everyone else to the left.

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Magic Kingdom Entrance

Walking down Main Street the Bakery is now closed for rehab and folks are directed to the Tomorrowland Terrace for "bakery type items".

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Main Street Bakery Magic Kingdom


Tomorrowland Terrace Breakfast Menu!~

The Hall of Champions apparel store is now covered in scrims for refresh.

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As I headed over to check out the Tomorrowland Terrace menu, I couldn't help but notice how peaceful this area by the Plaza Restaurant looks.

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Now that the New Fantasyland has officially opened, focus is shifted to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction. Kind of hard to miss it since it's right in the midst of the new and "old" Fantasyland!

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There are even areas where guests can look inside the walls at the construction going on!

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 Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Magic Kingdom

The Beast's Castle was looking great against the bright blue sky!

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Keep in mind that the Fast Pass Distribution for Little Mermaid is next to Mickey's Philharmagic!

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And the Fast Passes for Dumbo and the Barnstormer are in the Yellow Tent next to Pete's Silly Sideshow in the back of Storybook Circus!

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Casey's Splash Zone wasn't getting much action despite the beautiful warm day!

Casey's Splash Zone Magic Kingdom

Casey's Splash Zone Magic Kingdom

I think this is a cute kid's t-shirt.

Casey's Splash Zone Magic Kingdom

According to the Times Guide, the Giggle Gang was to perform at 10:30am, so I began waiting in the show area. However, I soon learned that their morning performances are more like walk-arounds in the Storybook Circus area and the afternoon shows are more traditional "shows".

Giggle Gang Storybook Circus Magic Kingdom

Giggle Gang Storybook Circus Magic Kingdom

Giggle Gang Storybook Circus Magic Kingdom

Giggle Gang Storybook Circus Magic Kingdom

Lots more photos and video of the Giggle Gang !

I exited the Fantasyland near Pinocchio Village Haus. A cast member was out front with a marionette of Pinocchio. I went inside and noticed that you can't walk straight in but are being directed to the side of the restaurant to get to the seating and ordering areas.

Pinocchio Village Haus Magic Kingdom

Pinocchio Village Haus Magic Kingdom

Pinocchio Village Haus Magic Kingdom

And my last stop was at site of the Princess Fairytale Hall, opening sometime this year!

Princess Fairytale Hall Magic Kingdom

More photos of Princess Fairytale Hall!

That'll do it for this walk-around! Hope you enjoyed the photos!

October 18, 2012

The Country Bear Jamboree Is Back -- New Shorter Version

Deb Wills

The Country Bear Jamboree in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom reopened this week after being closed for a rehab/refurbishment.

The previous show has been shortened by about 5 minutes. A few songs are gone, others have been shortened. Some of the dialogue between the bears is also gone.

New costumes and make overs for the bears brighten things back up. Also new are the benches, curtains and backdrops.

Disney Imagineers share their thoughts about the new show.

Here are before and after shots of the performers.

HENRY

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GOMER

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FIVE BEAR RUGS

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WENDELL

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LIVER LIPS

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TRIXIE

Country Bears Jamboree

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TERRANCE

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the Sun Bonnet Trio hail from Florida and consist of Bunny, Bubbles, and Beulah.

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TEDDY BARRA

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BIG AL

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SAMMY THE RACOON

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MAX, BUFF, AND MEL ARE BACK

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This is the before photo, I didn't get a good one.

VIDEOS

We have both the new short version and the previous version. You tell us which one you like better and why!

NEW SHOW

PREVIOUS SHOW


For a historical look at the Country Bears Jamboree:
Part 1: http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/2010/10/country_bear_jamboree_part_one_1.html

Part 2: http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/walt_disney_world/theme_parks/magic_kingdom/frontierland/country_bear_jamboree/


September 5, 2012

Magic Kingdom Walk Around

My next walk about takes place in the Magic Kingdom. I went over last Thursday, August 30th and it turned out to be the perfect time to visit.

Lately instead of taking the monorail, I have been enjoying a trip from TTC to the Magic Kingdom via Ferry Boat.

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The view from the waterway gave me a great look at the Grand Floridian Disney Vacation Club construction going on.

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First thing I noticed is that fall has arrived at the Magic Kingdom. Or, more specifically, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party will begin on September 11th and the decorations are already taking shape.

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Even thought it was Extra Magic Hour morning for resort guests, I still found the park fairly slow when I arrived at 9am.

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Main Street is lined in shades of orange flags and pumpkins.

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This is a photopass spot which offers a great view of the Pumpkins and the Castle!

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And the Scarecrow folks are back!

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There are all kinds of headwear for the season too, like this Mickey Pumpkin Ears:

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Pumpkins can be found on the roofs of many Main Street Stores and many are themed, like these:

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Can you tell what this is and which store it can be found at?

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A must do for me at the Magic Kingdom is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority or TTA which will forever be known to me as the Wed-Way People Mover. I couldn't believe how empty Tomorrowland was. At 10am there was only a 10 minute standby line for Buzz!

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Over to the Fantasyland Expansion and this appears to be where many folks have congregated.

As previously reported, there is a sign at the entrance directly folks who want a Fast Pass for Dumbo to head to Mickey's Philharmagic!

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The Big Top Souvenirs sign now adorns one of the big tops.

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The Casey Junior Splash n Soak Station was not too crowded. There was a Cast Member stationed right near the "Rules Sign" to make sure people followed the directions!

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..... and I read just today, there is now a large Storybook Circus sign as you enter the area.

The Fantasyland Expansion seems to be moving along quite rapidly. Lots of workers could be seen painting here, installing lights there..... Here is the Little Mermaid Area.

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The Seven Drawfs Mine Train.

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And the entrance to the new Fantasyland has changed the landscape forever....

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The new bathrooms across from Peter Pan are moving right along. This will really be great once they open!

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It was nearing lunch time so I headed over to the Columbia Harbour House for my favorite lunch:

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Outside a colonial man was signing Happy Birthday to a delighted girl.

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Continuing around, the Yankee Trader was in full scrim with a sign that they were still open.

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The Liberty Square Market area had lots of festive pumpkins

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As I entered Frontierland the Country Bears were taking a break.

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But this band was playing right in front (tho not listed in the Times Guide).

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Pecos Bill signs looked fresh and clean from their recent refurbishment

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The Frontierland Mountains was the other location that was quite crowded.

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On my way out through Adventureland, Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial was entertaining guests.

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Then I got to say hello to Princess Tiana as I made my way back to Main Street.

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One last task, I had read some folks were getting Magic Dumbo FastPasses when they got Meet Mickey Fastpasses on Main Street. At 12:40 in the afternoon, so did I!

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One important note about Service Animal Relief Areas.

In July, Walt Disney World announced that service animal relief areas in the theme parks would be moving from backstage areas to onstage areas for easier access. A week or so ago, the Magic Kingdom made the transition. After exploring the MK last week, AllEars® highly recommends that anyone with a service animal visit City Hall FIRST, before venturing into the park, as these areas are not currently shown on the Guide Map for Guests with Disabilities. Make sure the cast member gives you very specific location information. In addition, since it is a new program, a number of cast members were unaware of the location of the new relief areas. The one land that does not have a service animal relief area is Fantasyland, due to all the construction.

Lastly, I understand that Enchanted Tales with Belle is not only open on a limited basis for Cast Member Previews, but that some Magic Kingdom Guests have been able to experience it as well. If you get to see the new Enchanted Tales with Belle, let me know about your experience!

Til Next Time.........

Hope you enjoyed this walk around.

April 28, 2012

Fantasyland Expansion - Behind the Wall with Imagineer Chris Beatty

This blog contains 3 videos with Imagineer Chris Beatty - all talk about the Fantasyland Expansion. The first 2 videos are all about the themeing of the first section open, Storybook Circus. The last video is an overall update that Chris gave the Media.

I had the opportunity to get a hard hat, behind the wall peek at the construction that's going on in the new Fantasyland in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom on Thursday, April 26.


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Although there were no photos or video allowed behind the construction wall, I was able to record Chris beforehand, as he explained the project in some detail.

In this first video, Chris described the theming and backstory of the Storybook Circus as well as the new Dumbo Attractions

In part 2 of the video, Chris describes the Great Goofini's Barnstormer!

In this final video, Chris addresses the Media with a new update on the Fantasyland Expansion Project


March 14, 2012

Magic Kingdom Maps reflect New Fantasyland

In addition to the soft opening of Phase I of Storybook Circus, new Magic Kingdom guidemaps hit the shelves.

These new maps feature Dumbo on the front:

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The New Fantasyland Logo and attraction numbers for Dumbo, The Barnstormer, Walt Disney World Railroad, "coming soon" Casey Jr. Splash "N" Soak Station:

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Finally, the description themselves:

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No word yet on when the Splash and Soak area will open, but it must be soon.

Here is the entire Fantasyland portion of the guide map:

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For more information on the soft opening of Storybook Circus read:
Deb's Blog and Jack's Blog.

March 12, 2012

Storybook Circus Fantasyland Expansion Soft Opens Today

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The much anticipated first phase of the Fantasyland Expansion began soft openings today in the Magic Kingdom. Phase I consists of the brand new Dumbo, the rethemed Goofy's Barnstormer into the Great Goofini, and the reopening of the Fantasyland Train Station!


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Soft openings mean the attractions have not officially opened and may be open or closed depending on imagineers and Disney. This is the period to make sure everything is working correctly and the Cast Member's training is fine tuned. The area may be open during park hours, or only during portions of the day; one attraction may be open and the other closed.

There has been so much interest and hype about the Fantasyland Expansion, not to mention we've been hearing about it for 2 years, that I wondered what my reaction would be.

Despite how crowded the area was, including waits of over 1 hour for both Dumbo and Goofy I was able to walk around and look at the themeing. It is amazing! The attention to detail is everything I expect from Imagineers and it did not disappoint.

.... from the trash cans, to the Cast Member Costumes, to the peanuts and animal prints in the pavement to the nod to Carolwood at the Train Station - it was all great.

Here are just a few of the photos I captured today. Many more to come in the future.

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MOUSECELLANEOUS

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Go take a look for yourself and let me know what you think. If Phase I is any indication of the rest of the expansion, families will love it!!! Keep in mind this is a small area that is can be very congested.

Coming later in the season will be the interactive queue for Dumbo, the 2 tents, one a merchandise area and one a themed character meet and greet. There is also the Be Our Guest Restaurant, Belle's Village and Gaston's Tavern, Prince Erik's Castle which will house the Little Mermaid ride (identical inside to Disney California Adventure) and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Be sure to also check out Jack Spence's blog on the new area!

For more on the Fantasyland Expansion check out the official Disney Press Releases!

February 3, 2012

The Magic, the Memories and You - Romance Version

The Magic, the Memories and You - Romance edition debuted at the Magic Kingdom on February 1, 2012 and runs through mid-April.

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I watched the holiday version in December and it was just awesome. It was with that expectation I viewed the new romance segment. I was a tad disappointed when I saw it live but appreciated it so much more when I re-watched the video. (There is something to say about viewing a show and not juggling cameras.)

The minute and a half romance section begins mid way through the show with a change in music and lighting - Lady and the Tramp's silhouettes show on the castle's dark blue background.

One of the most dramatic sections is from the "I See the Light" segment of the movie Tangled. Rapunzel's parents are on the balcony and send up a lantern for their missing daughter. Soon, the sky is filled with lanterns and light.

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Stained glass windows of Cinderella, Snow White and Belle also appear on the castle during the romance segment.

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The Magic Memories and You Romance Edition

Thanks to Linda Eckwerth for the photos and Jack Spence for the video!

December 29, 2011

Walt Disney World Dining Bits and Bites

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It is time for another Walt Disney World Dining Bits and Bites. Hopefully, now that we live in Florida, I'll be able to do these more often.

Last week Linda and I stayed two nights at the Contemporary Garden Wing (AP Rate which we got just 10 days prior) and spent both days in the Magic Kingdom and MK resort area.

This segment contains a quick service, theme park full service and signature dining.


CONTEMPO CAFE - CONTEMPORARY

Chicken Chop Salad $7.69
Deb: I have not been a fan of the Contempo Cafe, my previous 2 dining experiences were not so great. However I must say the Chicken Chop Salad was very fresh and perfect for lunch. It had the right balance of veggies, protein and carbs! I always ask for dressing on the side and was glad I did. The mayo based dressing really had little flavor and the vegis more than made up for it! I would have this again and would also recommend it to you!

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Chicken Spinach and Artichoke Flatbread $8.79
Linda: This was disappointing as the description of the flatbread did not jive with what I received. The spinach and artichoke appeared to be a creamy dip spread on the flatbread - not a chicken, spinach and artichoke flatbread that was advertised. There were VERY little actual spinach or artichokes. Plus the sauce was VERY thick and not at all appetizing. I was expecting fresh spinach and chopped artichoke therefore would not order again nor recommend it.

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CALIFORNIA GRILL - CONTEMPORARY

Heirloom Apple Salad - winter greens, aged Gouda, dried cranberries, pumpkin-apple dressing $14
Deb: I love when greens means something other than Romaine or Iceburg lettuce and I would expect nothing less from a signature restaurant. The selection of greens were crunchy and did remind me of "winter". I loved the aged Gouda sprinkled on the top. If there was a slight disappointment with the salad it was the dressing. I felt the pumpkin-apple dressing was on the bland side and did not have the flavors I expected. That said, it was still a great salad and I would order it again!

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Creamy Parsnip and Sunchoke Soup - apple gastrique, truffled goat cheese gougere $11
Linda:
Yum Yum! Sunchoke was described as a cross of the edible parts of a sunflower and an artichoke. Seasoned perfectly, not over salted, and had a savory and sweet flavor (sweet coming from the small bits of apple). The goat cheese was in a puff pastry you can see on the side of the soup in the photo. I highly recommend and I'd order again!

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Triple Cheese Flatbread - pecorino, asiago, and provolone, sun-dried tomato and arugula pesto $12
Deb: I didn't want a full, heavy dinner and so opted for the salad above and this flatbread. I'm not much of an adventurous eater so this fit the bill for me perfectly. I'm a big fan of flatbreads from the signature restaurants with Jiko and California Grill making some of my most favorites!

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Dragon Roll - spicy and tataki tuna, shrimp tempura, bell pepper, avocado, chili soy glaze $28
Linda: Another Yoshi (Sushi Chef Extraordinare) Winner! A superb and very filling entree. If shared would make a great appetizer for 2. The only thing I didn't care from was the red bell pepper. Highly recommend and I'd order again.

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LIBERTY TREE TAVERN - LUNCH - MAGIC KINGDOM

Colony Salad - Washington apples, sweet pecans and applewood smoked cheddar, dried cranberries Craisins, and grilled chicken tossed with field greens in honey shallot vinaigrette $14.49
Deb: I love lunch at the Liberty Tree Tavern. The Colony salad is a wonderful blend of flavors accented with the apples. I forgot to order the dressing on the side so it was a bit "soupy" for me, but that was my error. I've had this salad before and I'll have it again - try it next time!

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Pilgrims' Feast - traditional roast turkey with herb bread dressing, mashed potatoes and a garden vegetable $14.99
Linda: This hit the spot. I debated between this and the Tri-Corner sandwich and the server recommended the turkey - Spot on! Some of the most moist and tender turkey breast I've had in a long time. Green beans cooked just right, dressing was yummy - I joined the Clean Plate club for this one! Highly recommend!

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Post Your Reviews and Read what Others Say about:

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California Grill
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That's it for this edition of WDW Dining Bits and Bites!


September 23, 2011

Big Thunder Mountain Celebrates 31 Years

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad became the second mountain and the 46th attraction of the Magic Kingdom, September 1980! It opened on September 23, 1980 and celebrated its Grand Opening on November 15, 1980.

It took 10 years to plan, tons of steel and concrete to build the attraction:

1,300,000 pounds of steel beams, rods and mesh
9,350,000 pounds of cement and sand
560,000 pints of water
64,000 cups of dessert paint in assorted colors
2,780 feet of railroad tracks
6 gold rush trains
2 acres of land!

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opened in Disneyland in September 1979.

It can also be found at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.

For more information on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad visit:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Blog

June 20, 2011

Magic Kingdom Guides 1976

Following up on my last blog.. today we'll look at the 1976 Magic Kingdom guide which is compliments of GAF. My copy is worn, but you'll be able to see the pages.

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32 pages plus the front and back cover make up this treasure trove of information. Remember back then, no internet, cell phones or much of anything other than print and broadcast media, so the guide had to sell it all.

There is a table of contents (so you can locate the information you want) as well as a page of helpful information. Here are a couple of interesting tidbits from the information page:

** Locker Service - is available for checking purchases and garments -- GARMENTS?? Can you image today someone asking to check a garment?

** Travel Service -- car-map routing service and information provided, Gulf Hospitality House, Town Square

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Now we get to see not only what types of tickets were available in 1976 but the cost as well! Attractions were still utilizing lettered tickets A-E.

One bargain was the $9 adult ticket for a guided tour of the Magic Kingdom. You not only got admission ($6) but a 3.5 hour guided walking tour that included 5 attractions plus 2 more of your choice!

Another page offered Tips on Your Visit. It was suggested you visit the following before noon or after 4pm at these popular attractions:

Skyway in Fantasyland/Tomorrowland (D Ticket)

Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square (E Ticket)

Country Bear Jamboree in Frontierland (E Ticket)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Fantasyland (E Ticket)

Grand Prix Raceway in Tomorrowland (C Ticket)

One page is a special guide for guests in wheelchairs. You could rent a wheelchair for $1 per day.

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Each land then had it's own page or 2 with a listing of the attractions(short description and ticket value), restaurants and shops. Later versions of the guide would also include a small map of the land as well.

Can you name the "free" attractions from 1976?

According to this pamphlet:

Main Street USA - Walt Disney Story
Frontierland's Diamond Horseshoe Revue
Tomorrowland the Carousel of Progress, If You Had Wings and the Circle-Vision 360.

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And what guide wouldn't be complete without lots of photo tips for you to take pictures and buy more film! Look at the way the folks are dressed to visit a theme park! I'll say one thing though, the photo tips really are timeless!

And all this is just the first half of the guidebook!

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The center section is a two-page map of the Magic Kingdom. You can see there was plenty of room for expansion. Look at the huge area on the left side where you can now find Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain!

And those blue dots on the map? That's the GAF photo trail - the best locations for taking your still or movie pictures!

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You can even find 2 pages called "How Do I Go From Here?" It was a lot simpler back then LOL. The map even showed the Magic Kingdom parking lot sections by "name". Lake Buena Vista was described as " a world of boutiques, country club dining...."

And there there are the Special Attractions!

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Yes, the Electric Water Pageant has been around a VERY long time. Folks have been enjoying this simple light and sound show for decades.

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Each resort had its own section too!

You can even see a photo of the short-lived Fort Wilderness Railroad! "Travel around Fort Wilderness aboard the Wilderness Live steam train attraction."

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I couldn't resist including the ad for the Shaggy DA movie!

That about concludes our look at the Magic Kingdom Guide for 1976.

Hope you enjoyed the journey back in time.

October 31, 2010

Magic Kingdom Walk Around

On October 26th, I went to the Magic Kingdom in the morning to see the new Tangled Play and Greet in what used to be Belle's Fairytale Garden.

I hadn't been in the Magic Kingdom in a few months so decided to do a walk around the park. Here are some photos from the walk about.

The Magic Kingdom looked great with all the Halloween decorations.

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Exposition Hall is getting a face lift.

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The Main Street Trolley Show was underway.

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Around the hub were some neat statues for the holidays too.

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Buzz was enjoying meeting young and old in his Tomorrowland Meet and Greet area.

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Thought it was odd that this screen was running commercials for the food areas of Tomorrowland - like Auntie Gravity.

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Over in Fantasyland, work continues on new and old attractions. The Mad Tea Party is getting a refresh.

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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will open later in November

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Work on the expansion of Fantasyland is underway.

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I really like the Dream Builder signs on the construction walls.

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Its a Small World has reopened and rearranged the entrance.

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I typically see Woody and Jesse in this part of Frontierland.

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Don't forget the Golden Oak Outpost has a small but nice seating area to its left.

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El Pirata y el Perico, which is open seasonally, is getting a facelift too!


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As I left Adventureland and approached the walkway to the Crystal Palace, I could see the Celebrate Parade making its way around the hub.

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Back on Main Street I, I saw a character out in front of Casey's.

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Buzz Lightyear glove hands are selling for $24.95 - push a button and a light flashes!

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I turned around for one last look at the Castle before leaving.

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August 19, 2010

Casey's Corner Pianist - Jim on Main Street U.S.A.

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As you walk down Main Street U.S.A. you may be drawn to smells of popcorn and hot dogs coming from Casey's Corner. Many find Casey's a great place for a tasty "snack". But as you round the corner a delightful surprise is waiting for you - Jim the Ragtime Pianist!

Jim at Casey's Corner Piano

Jim has been tickling the ivories since the 1970s. He'll entertain you with a wide variety of Disney tunes, as well as some corny jokes and banter if you engage him.

Jim at Casey's Corner Piano

Jim is one of the "hidden treasures" of the Magic Kingdom.

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Grab a coke, hot dog or popcorn, take a seat and enjoy!


September 16, 2008

All Ears Magic Kingdom Haunted Mansion Meet and Greet

What are you doing on Friday, September 26th?

Any chance you will be in the Magic Kingdom?

Join Deb Wills, LindaMac, Jack Spence, Barrie Brewer and Lisa Berton of All Ears at a Haunted Mansion Attic meet!

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We will all be in the Magic Kingdom on Friday as part of the WDWCelebrations.com -- A World Wide Weekend (Free Registration for A World Wide Weekend ends September 19th).

There is free time in the schedule so we decided to do a meet and greet.

At 11:45am we'll gather near the old FastPass machines to the left of the Haunted Mansion entrance and will get in line promptly at noon!

We will be trying to locate some of the more difficult items in the Haunted Mansion's attic! Jack will be there to give us some hints to help us spot a couple of the items.

After exiting the ride, we will meet in the Columbia Harbor House upstairs to get some lunch and chat about our discoveries.

The whole event will end no later than 1:45pm as we will be off to the next WDWCelebrations meet at 2:00pm.

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Come join us for a spooky time at the Haunted Mansion!

RSVP if you'd like. Just click on Deb's Blog on the Blog comment page.

See you soon!

Deb

October 27, 2007

Magic Kingdom Friday Part 2

Friday continued.....

Tod and Sue accompanied me around the Magic Kingdom as I took photos and got menus. I ran into David, the Cast Member I had met earlier at Peter Pan. He was very nice and made me smile in Neverland, so I made a point to stop and chat with him as his duties changed to trash pickup.

Cast member David

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When we reached Tomorrowland we decide to ride the TTA. As we exited I saw PUSH the talking trash can for the first time ever. I know the photo isn't the greatest, but when was the last time you tried to photograph a moving trash can LOL.


PUSH the Talking Trash Can

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We then went into the Laugh Floor Comedy Club. Tod and Sue had not seen it before and my only time was during the soft opening. It certainly has gotten better since my first visit back in January. Tod and Sue both enjoyed it; Sue said it was a strong "C" ticket attraction and Tod felt it was between a "C" and "D" ticket.

Monsters Inc Comedy Club

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All too soon it was time for me to head off and say goodbye to Tod and Sue. As I arrived at the Polynesian, I hit the "trifecta" by seeing all 4 hosts of WDW Today podcast, Mike, Matt, Len and Mike. We, along with Beci from MEI and MouseFanTravel enjoyed lunch at the Kona Cafe.


WDW Today Podcast Hosts

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After lunch I went over to Pleasure Island to get my ticket for Saturday night's Tower of Terror Race Party. It was like a homecoming seeing so many familiar faces and friends! One of the first people I saw was Masayo, my friend from Japan. She introduced me to her friend Nozomi.


Masayo and Nozomi

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The inside of Motions was quite crowded with folks not only getting the TOT party tickets, but also their race packets! It was here I met up with All Ears team member, Linda Mac.


Tower of Terror Race Logo

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Outside, I found some of my friends from Tagrel.com. Many of them are participating in the race Saturday evening!

Tagrel.com friends

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Linda Mac and I wandering into the Marketplace area with Masayo and Nozomi and did a little shopping. We walked right past the new construction site of TRex, the themed restaurant opening next year at Downtown Disney.

TRex construction

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I headed back to Port Orleans to get some rest before heading out to Epcot for the evening. Unfortunately, I was much more tired that I thought and had to cancel my plans to nosh around the world with AllEars team member Laura Gilbreath and her husband, Lee. :(

I grabbed some dinner at the food court and called it a night.

Coming on Saturday - Ft. Wilderness Segway Tour and Tower of Terror Race Party.


October 26, 2007

Magic Kingdom Friday Part 1

I awoke bright and early this morning, ready to head over to the Magic Kingdom! I was very excited about seeing the newly rehabbed Haunted Mansion.

The early morning is always pretty, even if it is very cloudy! This is the pool in the Arcadian Section of Port Orleans Riverside.


Port Orleans Riverside Pool

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And as I made my way to the food court, I had to stop and take this photo....


Riverside Mill

After a ham and cheese omelet at the Riverside Mill I made my way to the Magic Kingdom via the Dolphin.


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You'll find the entrance to the Dolphin (street side) under construction and walled off. You must head left past the regular entrance to get to the temporary entrance in the convention center. The actual doors are being totally removed and new sliding doors installed in their place. One Cast member told me it would be finished in December, the other said it would be 3-4 months.


Dolphin Entrance

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As I walked into the Magic Kingdom, I saw Chicken Little and Pinocchio in front of City Hall posing for photographs. Walking down Main Street, several Cast Members were welcoming guests with Mickey Gloves.

Cast member on Main Street

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I barely walked a few steps and there was the Mayor of Main Street greeting guests as they began their day. He was kind enough to stop and catch a photo with me.

Mayor of Main Street

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The Magic Kingdom really was decked out in fall / Halloween decorations.

Castle and Halloween Decorations

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The lands weren't yet opened and instead of standing at the rope drop, I hung back on Main Street to enjoy the atmosphere. I was quite surprised when I found an empty Frontierland about 9:15 this morning

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First stop was Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which reopened yesterday after a month long rehab. While there are no "new" effects or scenes (according to the Cast Members) there were some general enhancements to the scenery as well as upgraded audio! It was as Wild a Ride as always!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Train


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Soon it was time to meet my friends Tod and Sue from Michigan. I've known them over 9 years and have spent many a great vacation with them. We rode the Haunted Mansion together, not once but twice. We were all excited about the changes to the Mansion. Kudos to the Imagineers and all who were involved in this upgrade! The changes are numerous, so you may want to ride a couple times, as we did. Definitely back on the must see each trip list!

Tod and Sue at the Haunted Mansion

To be continued...Friday Part 2

October 23, 2007

Step Back in Time

I was going through some old photos recently and thought I would share some with you.

25th Birthday Magic Kingdom Castle

25th Birthday Magic Kingdom Castle

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Test Track Pre-Opening Sign

Test Track Pre-Opening Sign


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The "Original" Wand on Spaceship Earth

The Original Wand on Spaceship Earth


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Tower of Terror Construction Photo #1

Tower of Terror Construction Photo


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Tower of Terror Construction Photo #2


Tower of Terror Construction Photo #2

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Tower of Terror Construction Photo #3


Tower of Terror Construction Photo #3

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