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Beverly’s TOP 10 Queue Lines at Walt Disney World!

Hey guys, its Beverly again!!

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I am sitting down today to make this Top 10 list I have been writing in my brain available to you… lol!!

So, I get it –  lines suck.  But lines are just something that you have to get used to at WDW.  Everything has a line, right down to the bathroom. So on to the list!

10. Be our Guest…ok, so, I get it…this is not exactly a ride, so I put it last.  This line is SOOO COOL and the stained glass window is beautiful!!!

9. Rock N’ Roller Coaster- This one is really cool and has lots of really cool Aerosmith themed elements.

8. Splash Mountain- So, this is my favorite ride, so I know this line pretty good… there are 2 great things about this line: One or two water fountains along the line and AC once you get inside (only about half the line is inside)

7. Toy Story Mid-Way Mania- ok so the line is pretty cool it is themed all the way but my favorite part is that is it inside and air conditioned it is always a FOREVER LONG line and a million degrees in HS

6. Ariel’s Grotto (Meet & Greet) – This line is cool! It looks like Ariel’s actual grotto… gizmos and gadgets everywhere… and it is mostly inside!

5. Mission Space- This makes you feel like you are really going to blast off!!! I really like the line for Mission Space.

4. Expedition Everest- this line is a cool for 2 reasons…one, it is themed so well to match the ride, and two, it’s inside and possibly air-conditioned (I cannot remember lol).

3. Test Track – I like this wait line… it has a lot of prototype cars and screens to see lots of things coming to the automobile industry.

2. Space Mountain- This line is really cool for the kids… it has games that they can play while you wait, so it really helps the wait time not feel so long.

1. Enchanted Tales with Belle- This is my FAVORITE wait line… Disclaimer: the outside line is just a line (lol)… but once you get inside, man oh man!! You get to see inside Belle’s home, see her father’s workshop, and then meet the wardrobe! BEST LINE EVER!

 

That’s it!  Are there any I missed?  Comment here or on my Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/freevacationplanner

A Post About Snacks at Disney World by Sheila Nowell

How could I end the Top 10 saga without a post about snacks?  I haven’t found alot that I am “crazy” for just yet, but am working on it!  LOL!  For now, just 5 for you.  Thanks for reading all about OUR favorites. I hope many of you commented with your own!

SHEILA’S TOP 5 FAVORITE SNACKS AT DISNEY WORLD

5) Rice Cream at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe at Norway at EPCOT. We actually tried the School Bread and Lefse, too.  The Rice Cream was my favorite. We are going to try the Sweet Pretzel, Veiled Maiden, & Verdens Beste, and probably the Norwegian Club, too. 😉  It’s all part of our “snacking around the World at EPCOT” tradition. 🙂

The Rice Cream is the one with the fruit topping on the right.

The Rice Cream is the one with the fruit topping on the right.

4) Funnel Cake – a standard fair food, good no matter where you get it!

3) Fruit & Nutella Waffle Sandwich at Magic Kingdom – my very first experience with Nutella, and it was smashing, baby!

Nutella & Fruit Waffle Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom - YUM!

Nutella & Fruit Waffle Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom – YUM!

2) Butterfinger Cupcake at Starring Rolls in Hollywood Studios – yes, it was every bit as moist and good as the reviews say it is!

Butterfinger Cupcake from Starring Rolls (with a bite...ewww!)

Butterfinger Cupcake from Starring Rolls (with a bite…ewww!)

 

1) ANYTHING at the Karamell Kuche at the Germany Pavilion at EPCOT.  I’m sort of a caramel addict, and this place is my best (or worst) friend.

Some may not understand why the Dole Whip isn’t on there.  I honestly don’t know.  See, I’ve tried it…TWICE.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Pineapple. I can’t stress this enough…so why I don’t love the Dole Whip is beyond me. I do like it…I just don’t understand the cult following that it has!  LOL  I’m going to try the Citrus Swirl this fall.  🙂

Some Honorable Mentions:

Chai Tea from Kusafari Coffee Shop & Bakery at Animal Kingdom

Chai Tea from Kusafari Coffee Shop & Bakery at Animal Kingdom

Cinnamon Roll at Gaston's Tavern at Magic Kingdom

Cinnamon Roll at Gaston’s Tavern at Magic Kingdom

Club Cool (free soft drink samples from various countries) at EPCOT

Club Cool (free soft drink samples from various countries) at EPCOT

Cream Cheese Pretzel from America Pavilion at EPCOT

Cream Cheese Pretzel from America Pavilion at EPCOT

Liberty Swirl from America Pavilion at EPCOT

Liberty Swirl from America Pavilion at EPCOT

TOP 10 “I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY IT” SNACKS AT DISNEY WORLD

Elephant Ear from Kasafiri Coffee at Animal Kingdom – do they taste anything like funnel cakes?  Better?

Egg Roll from the Egg Roll Carts at Magic Kingdom or Yak N Yeti from Animal Kingdom – because I love Egg Rolls!

Corn Dog Nuggets from Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom – a big deal, as I didn’t care for the lunch we had from there…at all!

Citrus Swirl from Sunshine Tree Terrace – could I like it better than the Dole Whip *gasp*

The Kitchen Sink from Beaches & Cream at the Beach Club Resort – of course, to SHARE

Churritos with Caramel Sauce at La Cantina in Mexico at EPCOT – did someone say caramel?  🙂

Verdens Beste, Veiled Maiden, & Sweet Pretzel at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe at Norway in EPCOT – the menu is full of tempting items!

Anything from Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in France at EPCOT because what I tried before wasn’t memorable at all…like, I can’t remember it…lol

Another cupcake from anywhere!  I’m told they are fabulous throughout the parks. I’m going to keep my eye out for an elephant one at Animal Kingdom?!

Carrot Cake Cookie at Writers Stop at Hollywood Studios – because I also want to punch the time card at the front of the restaurant!

 

That’s it!  What’s your recommendation or on your must try list?  Did my post make you anxious for a trip to Disney?  Hit “Request a Quote” at the top of the page. I’d love to help you out!  Or send me an email at Sheila@MyTravelLobby.com

TOP 10 Disney World Must-Dos by Shane Nowell

Shane’s Top 10 Must Do List – Walt Disney World Florida

1. Splash Mountain, Magic Kingdom

Splash Mountain, located at the Magic Kingdom, became a family favorite from the very first time. There is something for everyone on this ride, whether it is the 5-story plunge down the mountain or the colorful scenes and sounds, this ride will be your family’s favorite too! Be sure to fast pass this ride during peak season as it is a Disney favorite among park goers, but don’t let that stop you from experiencing one of Disney’s best rides.

2. Expedition Everest, Animal Kingdom

For thrill seekers like me, Expedition Everest is a must do, even my 6-year old cannot wait to do it again. Be sure to watch out for the Yeti!

3. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Hollywood Studios

Kicking Aerosmith tunes, a blasting takeoff, and … in the dark? Yep, a must do!

4. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Hollywood Studios

This is not just a ride, but an experience; The cast members bring this haunted hotel to life.  Hold on to your seat, maybe your kids too, the drop is a killer!

5. Toy Story Midway Mania!, Hollywood Studios

A must do family attraction featuring your favorite Toy Story characters, and big screen digital midway gaming. This is another to be sure and fast pass, though, as the waits can be HOURS long!

6. Festival of the Lion King, Animal Kingdom

Looking for an immersive experience  while taking in one of Disney’s best shows? Then head to the Festival of the Lion King, and you might just become part of the show! Stunts, music, songs, characters….Hakuna Matata!

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7. Le Cellier Steakhouse – Epcot Canada

For steak lovers like me, head to Le Cellier Steakhouse. The service is top notch, the food is magnificent, and the steaks are fall out of your seat unbelievable! Be sure to plan ahead by looking over the menu before you go to avoid sticker shock.

8. Spirit of Aloha Dinner show, Polynesian Resort

Hula dancing, Fire dancing, Hawaiian Leis, a great show, and mouth watering food! I can’t wait to do it again!

9. World Showcase at Epcot

Stroll through the world in an afternoon, and munch on some FOOD! One of the best ways to experience Epcot’s World Showcase is to eat around the world. As you stroll along be sure to walk in and out of the market areas to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and goodies from each country.

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10. Kali River Rapids, Animal Kingdom

Need to cool off? … In the mood to get wet? … Need I say more?

Are you ready for your next trip to WDW?  Get in touch with Shane!  He can be reached at Shane@MagicalMomentsVacations.com or 309-261-0125!

TOP 10 “MUST DO” LIST AT DISNEY by Beverly Braunsdorf

Hey guys! Beverly here. Sheila asked me to do a post about my Disney top ten list. I first thought to my self… Pick only ten things? How? After lots of thought I finally made my list and here it is for you guys to read. I hope you enjoy my list, and hopefully I help you put a few new items on your must do list!

10: Monsters Inc. laugh Floor. My daughters love these cute and lovable monsters so when we saw the sign for this show we all knew we had to try it. I am so glad we did; we texted in our joke, (What do you call fake noodles? Impasta! lol I know, so funny!) and they used it in the show…. Warning! After seeing this show, hearing the phrase “that guy” will never be the same… I still smile every time!

9: The Mad Tea Party (the tea cups): So, I don’t know if it is just Disney nostalgia or my own childhood ideas of Disney. My first trip, outside of my childhood imagination, was not until I was 26 years old. You can imagine how many times I would spin the tea cups like crazy in my daydreams, so seeing my kids spin for the first time is something I will remember forever!

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8: Enchanted Tales with Belle: This is an interactive play where you get to be a star alongside Belle! It is an amazing experience especially for any Beauty and the Beast fans.

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7: Ariel’s Grotto (meet and greet): As a child I would watch The Little Mermaid (on VHS mind you) about 5 times everyday… It was, and still is, my favorite Disney movie. I first met Ariel as a princess with her dress and feet and that was all well and good, but when I (yes as a GROWN WOMAN) met Ariel with her fin, tears wailed up in my eyes, and I got butterflies in my tummy and I almost could not speak… It was amazing!!!

6: Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage in Hollywood Studios. This show is what I would imagine and actual Broadway show to be like. It is like being right there in France with Belle, Gaston, Beast and all the enchanted dishes. So cool…a definite must see!

5: Animation Academy: in a tiny little studio ( no kidding, I think it is room for 30 people only) tucked way behind everything in Hollywood Studios is this little gold nugget. This is a 30 min show where an actual Disney animator teaches you the secrets of how to draw Disney characters. So fun! If you have an artist or someone who wants to be an artist in you family, you must not miss this!

4: Pick a Pearl: Located inside a store in the Japan Pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot. I cannot begin to explain the excitement of this experience!! My daughters both took part in Pick A Pearl on our last trip… It started off so quiet and simple where you try to pick the perfect oyster from one of these 2 tanks on either side of the counter. After you pick the oyster, the fun begins… They really make a big deal for every single person doing this!! It is so cool… It is less than $20 so if you are at Epcot, don’t miss out!

3: Splash Mountain: Ok, so after reading the rest of my list, you may have gathered that I am not much of a thrill junkie… But man oh man do I LOVE Splash Mountain!!! On our first trip we rode splash mountain about 10 times… And sadly, on our most recent trip, it was closed for refurbishment… So I am excited to ride again on our next trip.

2: The Norway Pavilion. I needed a place showcase Akershus (my favorite Disney Restaurant), Maelstrom (my favorite ride/show in the World Showcase) and the Elsa & Anna Meet and Greet (my favorite Epcot meet and greet)!! So, yes, technically it is not ONE thing, but I am a rebel when it comes to Disney – I do what I want!

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1: Celebrate the Magic/ Wishes/ The Electrical Parade… Looking back, I could have just went with Magic Kingdom after dark, but in sticking with my rebellious side from the previous post, I am going to talk about all 3 right here in my number 1 spot!!! So here goes…I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Celebrate the Magic castle show… It is simply amazing!!! Secondly Wishes, oh how I love Wishes…. So beautiful! And finally, the Electrical Parade… This is so cool… Light up the night with lit parade floats… These 3 things should be on your list if you will be at Magic Kingdom!
Thanks so much for reading my post, and watch for my next post where I post my “Top 10 List for Each Park.” Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed my post. I can’t wait to get some feedback from you guys!!

Meet Beverly Braunsdorf!

My Travel Lobby is growing!  Shortly after starting My Travel Lobby in 2013, Sheila found herself busier than she ever imagined…and busier than she could handle with her other “hats” of life.  In January 2013, she decided to expand her business and hired two wonderful team members to work along side her.

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Beverly Braunsdorf with Mickey Mouse!

Sheila met Beverly in September 2013 and almost immediately felt a connection.  Beverly had the same passion for Disney and alot of other similar values and traits.  After communicating almost daily with Beverly, Sheila knew she’d be a wonderful team mate!  Here’s Beverly’s introduction:

My name is Beverly Braunsdorf. My first trip to Walt Disney World was at age 26!  I  am so excited to be working my dream career along side Sheila Nowell!  I specialize in Disney Destinations, which includes Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Lines, Adventures by Disney, and Au Lani.  I have tons of Disney favorites.  My favorite ride is Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom.  My favorite restaurant (so far) is Akershus in Norway at Epcot.  My favorite show is Beauty and the Beast in Hollywood Studios.  And my favorite meet and greet is meeting Ariel in her grotto in Magic Kingdom because it’s the only place to meet her while she is still a mermaid!

 I am from a tiny town in Georgia famous for Sweet Vidalia Onions.  If you have not guessed it yet, that town in Vidalia, GA!   I was born and raised here in Vidalia, and I love it. Saved by grace as a young child, I am a passionate follower of Jesus! I met my loving husband, Jeremy, at age 17 and married him at 18.  We were baptized on the same day with our families there for us!  I have been blessed with 2 beautiful little girls Chloe (8) and Cadence (7). Every time I look at these beautiful little girls I see the face of God!  I am a simple country girl.  We love our pets from horses to hamsters – we have a heart full! Our family made a choice early on that we would homeschool our children, and we absolutely love it. I spend my weekends crafting. I love to scrapbook, paint and recently while at Animation Academy at Hollywood Studios, I learned that I love to draw, too!  

Beverly is an amazing woman with a sweet and friendly personality and spirit. You can reach her at Beverly@MagicalMomentsVacations.com or by phone at (912) 253-0179. You can also follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FreeVacationPlanner.