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TOP 10 QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANTS AT DISNEY WORLD

Another Top 10 list?  Yup.  I know…there are top 10 lists all over the place when it comes to Disney food.  I feel out of place if I don’t follow the trend.  LOL

I’ve had ALOT of quick service restaurants at Disney World.  And I definitely have my opinions on them, too.  😉  In fact, I think I have more quick service that I DON’T like than I do.  But, for the sake of keeping it to the top 10, and positive, that’s all I’ll discuss.  And, of course, I’ve included my Top 10 “Can’t Wait to Try It” list, too. 😉

TOP 10 QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANTS AT DISNEY WORLD

10.  SWEET TOMATOES

Ok, I know this isn’t a Disney-property place to eat, but I listed ALL the places I’ve been at Disney, and couldn’t come up with a 10th that was good enough to include on my top 10 list. LOL!  I am pretty picky… Anyways, our family ALWAYS goes to Sweet Tomatoes for a meal while at Disney. It’s just across the street from the entrance to Disney World by Downtown Disney, and is so wonderful. It’s the largest salad bar ever, with every topping imaginable, followed by a pasta bar, a soup bar, a bakery, and a dessert bar.  The cool thing about this place is that they go by monthly “themes” so they never have the same soups or pastas or baked items or desserts out each time we go!  I personally really love soups and salads (and sandwiches) and my family, as picky as they are, all agree…Sweet Tomatoes is a MUST DO.

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My Travel Lobby agent Shane Nowell enjoying his Sweet Tomatoes fare!

 

9. SUNSHINE SEASONS at EPCOT

It was nice to have so many options here, but almost too overwhelming with 5 of us all wanting something different. I feel the same way in the food courts at the hotels, though. 😉

8. COSMIC RAYS at Magic Kingdom

This was a place we stumbled on accidentally for their bathrooms, but were pleasantly surprised at the amount of choices here, too.  We went during a non-peak time (after 7 pm) so there was NO wait at any of the registers!

7. EATING “AROUND THE WORLD” at EPCOT

Part of the joy of the World Showcase and the culture at EPCOT is all of the food.  This was the way we got our “picky” kids to try new foods…and like them!  It’s now a tradition…we stop at EVERY quick service place at each country and try something new to share.  It’s been so much fun!

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Samples of goodies at Kringla Bakeri og KafeNorway – Rice Dream, School Bread, and Lefse

6. BACKLOT EXPRESS at Hollywood Studios

I see it all the time…the food at Hollywood Studios is nothing to be desired, and there are NO quick service places that are good. Well, I beg to differ.  Backlot Express is a little gem hidden behind Star Tours and Indiana Jones, and we enjoy the food there just fine!  It’s SO much better than the other 2 places we have tried (ABC Commissionary and Fairfax Fare).

5. EARL OF SANDWICH at Downtown Disney

I was told this was a good place, and inexpensive for your non-Disney Dining Plan meals. I was told correctly.  YUMMO! Wonderful sandwiches on very tasty bread with a British feel and very much worth waiting in line for!

4. PECOS BILLS TALL TALE TAVERN at Magic Kingdom

It’s alot like Backlot Express, actually.  But better!  They have a bar of condiments you can add to your burger, and the burgers are fantastic! We have eaten here MULTIPLE times now.

3. FLAME TREE BBQ at Animal Kingdom

We love barbeque. We love being outside. We love views. Flame Tree has it all.  We ate at the END of the path behind the restaurant and had the most amazing view EVER.  Highly recommend.

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Our son, Josiah, standing in front of the awesome view of Expedition Everest from the back of Flame Tree BBQ - an incredibly peaceful spot!

Our son, Josiah, standing in front of the awesome view of Expedition Everest from the back of Flame Tree BBQ – an incredibly peaceful spot!

2. TORTUGA TAVERN at Magic Kingdom

I love Mexican food even more than barbeque. Like, 100 times better. I think I’m part Hispanic…though I’m really not…lol  I’m told Tortuga Tavern is only open occasionally, so we have been pretty lucky because it’s been open every time we go!  Yay!  (BTW…we have tried La Cantina quick service at Epcot and were sorely disappointed…)

1. WOLFGANG PUCK EXPRESS at Downtown Disney

This one “won” because it feels like you are eating at an upscale restaurant, but for a quick-service price.  It’s fabulous…absolutely fabulous.

TOP 10 “I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY IT” QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANTS AT DISNEY WORLD

This list is a little harder…if you have other recommendations, let me know!

10.  TAMU TAMU

My bestest friend from jr high/high school used to work at Animal Kingdom, and told me that Tamu Tamu is the best.  So…I have to try it, right?!  🙂

9. COLUMBIA HARBOR HOUSE at Magic Kingdom

I’m not a big fan of fish, but I’m told this is a great QS option, so I would like to give it a whirl!

8. YAK N YETI at Animal Kingdom

Love me some Asian food…but the kids, not so much.  I may have to get this for my daughter and I while the others try Restaurantosaurus…

7. ROSIE’S ALL AMERICAN CAFE’ at Hollywood Studios

This is one I NEVER hear about…but when I do, it’s usually pretty positive.  I decided to give it a try this fall.

6. PINOCCHIO VILLAGE HAUS at Magic Kingdom

Another one that I’ve not been too excited to try, but I hear it’s good…and it has upstairs dining AND a special book you can sign!

5. STUDIO BACKLOT EXPRESS at Hollywood Studios

I picture this as a “healthier” option at Hollywood Studios, so I’d like to try it, too.

4. RESTAURANTOSAURUS at Animal Kingdom

I’ve heard the theming is great, and that it’s a great place for the kids.  I want to try it out because we really didn’t like Pizzafari and haven’t tried Yak N Yeti or Tamu Tamu yet…

3. COOKES OF DUBLIN at Downtown Disney

It’s supposedly as good as Raglan Road, so I am really really really wanting to try this place out!

2. STARRING ROLLS at Hollywood Studios

I’ve had their cupcake…wow…and hear they have sandwich options for lunch that are good!

1. BE OUR GUEST at Magic Kingdom

Again…it’s the experience. I’ve got to try the Grey Stuff…an old teapot told me that it’s delicious…

 

Any on the list that surprise you?  Any that you think should be added?  Want to know my list of places I don’t like?  🙂  Let me know in the comments!

Taking Time To Invest in YOURSELF

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So, we all know that going on a vacation is a “benefit.”  Not everyone has the time, money, or even the desire to go on a trip!  Growing up, the furthest my family ever went was about 30 miles from home to visit my grandparents. We NEVER EVER went on a family vacation. I think that may be part of the reason why I am so “hooked” on travel today.  I can remember the very first time I traveled past that 30 mile mark…I went with my church youth group to Six Flags in St. Louis.  I was so overcome with emotion when we crossed from Illinois into Missouri that I cried…and I was only 12 years old at the time!  This adventure turned into MANY adventures.  I went on every youth group or church trip I could. And every. single. trip. was equally as exciting as I crossed over each new state border and experienced the different landscapes, cultures, sites, and sounds.

As a travel agent, my #1 goal is to help my clients have those same feelings while they are on their trip.  For some, going on vacation is driving an hour away to a local water park…and this may be the ONLY trip they take in a year.  To others, it’s a flight across country to visit family, or maybe it’s *gasp* the trip to a Disney Theme Park or a Disney Cruise.  No matter how much the cost of the trip or the length of the trip, each getaway should be treated the same – it should be well planned out, researched, and executed.  When you invest money into a trip, you are investing that money into YOU.  You will make memories for yourself and/or your family that will, undoubtedly, last a lifetime.

I remember almost every single trip I have ever taken.  I can remember what people said on the trip, what sites I saw, which rides or slides I did…and remembering these things absolutely puts my mind in that “happy place.”  Part of the reason for this is because “most” trips went flawlessly.  I researched the hotels to make sure they had good reviews. I price-shopped to make sure I was getting the best prices for my/our needs. I spent many hours (sometimes DAYS) researching rides and slides, height requirements, crowd levels, maps, and more to make sure I was armed with as much information as possible to make my/our trips perfect.

Yes, there were times when bad things happened. Some things CAN’T be perfect.  Weather is definitely a factor.  I learned to “go with the flow” and figure out something else to do when weather ruined plans.  Sometimes a ride I really wanted to ride was shut down.  Yes, this is absolutely disappointing!  Other times, there was so much road construction, we arrived very late and had to miss some plans.  Or we get to a hotel that is rated great only to be disappointed in the rooms or service.

However…I have learned to look at life optimistically!  Yes, bad things happen. We have to counteract those bad things by thinking of what we can do to change that! And other times, we just have to realize it was a bad deal and move on.

Funny story…my husband and I were supposed to leave on our honeymoon flight to Florida around 10:00 am. We were on our way to the airport and realized that we were very much out of gas.  I actually forgot, at the age of 22, to fill the car with gas amidst all the wedding festivities in the days prior.  It happens.  We arrived at the airport about 30 minutes early only to discover that they had sold our seats on the plane, and that the next flight wouldn’t leave until about 4 pm that afternoon.  Yes, we were disappointed…but we decided to go shopping!  We opened all of our cards from the wedding and just enjoyed being a married couple walking around the mall.  We boarded our flight that afternoon and arrived at the next airport where our “short” layover turned into a very very LONG layover.  We didn’t arrive in Orlando until around midnight.  Oddly enough, we were still pretty happy…until we got through the rental car process.  We were given a car that, upon driving it off the lot, was squealing and sounded like it was going to fall apart.  I snapped. I drove right back to the check out counter and, in all my exhaustion, demanded a different car.  I think I must have scared the poor check out clerk…which is hard to believe because I am a very calm and even keeled person…because he promptly gave me the keys to a BRAND NEW Buick Park Avenue with only 2 miles on it.  I LOVED the car, and we drove the 20 miles from the airport to the vacation home we had reserved.  Our first full day of our honeymoon was not at all what we had planned. We spent much of the day in airports and rental car places, and didn’t get to the house until 2:00 a.m.  And you know what?  I REMEMBER that.

Memories can be good and bad. I prefer to have more good than bad.  🙂

Make good memories for yourself.  You only live once…enjoy all that God has to offer us…the sights, the sounds, the beauty!  Take time to invest money into YOU…not your house, not your car, not your hobbies…put some money and time aside to make memories on a trip!  You’ll thank me for it. 🙂

Submitted By:

Sheila Nowell, Travel Consultant
Sheila@MyTravelLobby.com
(309) 261-0494

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!!

Why Plan? Well, it’s a MEMORABLE experience, right?

180 days.

That seems like F.O.R.E.V.E.R.  I know.  (I really know…right now, the countdown on my phone says 397 days until our next Disney vacation…I’d be thrilled if it said 180 days, but still frustrated…because I want to be there NOW.)

Disney is notorious for having all sorts of timelines for everything.  45 days when the final payment is due on your reservation. 2 days prior to make changes without full loss of payment. 60 days to do your on-line check in.  180 days…this one is a pretty important one.

Lots of people say they don’t go to Disney for the food…they go for the fun and the experiences!  But take it from me…a seasoned traveler to the Dis…Dining IS an experience to be had at Disney. I promise.

Our first 3 trips as a family, we didn’t plan dining at all.  We just went on a whim…we “winged” it.  Not a big deal. But I can’t remember much about those times. We just ate and moved on, without a plan.

The last 3 times…well…we have started to challenge ourselves!  We have read so much about the restaurants and seen so many specials on tv about them.  So, we decided to become Disney “foodies” ourselves.

Disney is full of various experiences!  Character dining – the kids LOVE getting a hug from Mickey and his friends, or a princess!  And best yet…you don’t have to stand in line in the heat (or rain) to wait to see them…they come to your table while you are eating!!! 

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Meeting Belle at Storybook Princess Breakfast at Akershus at Epcot.

Or how about the Dinner Shows?  There are 3 “official” ones – we have made it to 2 of them.  Unofficially, though, there is entertainment and MANY of the restaurants…from an awesome piano entertainer, belly dancers, Oktoberfest, and comical waitstaff.  There are also some great “secrets” – such as great restaurants to eat at for a great view of the fireworks at various parks. 

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This is the Wisconsin Cheese Soup at Le Cellier Restaurant…mmmmm

The dining options at Disney are becoming more and more widely known…so that’s why it’s so important to PLAN!  Book your trip at least 181 days prior to going – all you need is $200 down (or a percentage if it’s a cruise or adventure).  Then, we can plan and book your dining reservations!  (I get up at 5 am to get this accomplished for you while you sleep snug as a bug in a rug…)

There are obviously MANY more reasons to PLAN…if you are going to spend this much money on a trip, you need to do everything possible to make it a memorable one!  Let me help you!

Disney Dining Plans explained!!

Have you heard of the Disney Dining Plans? 

Disney introduced these plans in 2005.  The concept is pretty simple…if you stay at a Disney resort and purchase a package including park tickets, you can participate in the Dining Plan!  At first, there was one simple plan offered. However, Disney understands that everyone has different needs, different budgets, and different expectations.  So…the plans have “morphed” into many choices!  I’ll do my best to explain below.

The Disney Dining Plan…my personal favorite!

If you participate in the regular dining plan, each guest is given 1 Table Service credit, 1 Quick Service credit, and 1 Snack credit per night of stay.  You don’t have to use them each day or in a certain order, though.  For instance, if you want to participate in a dinner show or Signature restaurant, you will need 2 Table Service credits for that one meal.  Or, if you aren’t interested in any of the Table Service restaurants at Animal Kingdom, but want to try 2 different ones out the next day at Hollywood Studios, then you can use 2 quick-service the first day and 2 table-service the next.  Disney doesn’t care how you use your credits.  They simply give you a “bank” of credits to use during your stay.

One word of caution…if you are flying to Disney and staying 5 nights, but plan on being in the parks for 6 days…you only get 5 nights of credits…so plan wisely on how you will pay for the additional food you will need.

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A sampling of foods from the African buffet “Boma~Flavors of Africa” at Animal Kingdom Lodge

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One of our FAVORITE restaurants, Liberty Tree Tavern…YUM!

The Quick-Service Dining Plan

This plan is for those who don’t want to eat fancy while at Disney…who don’t care about trying new foods or taking a break during the day to sit down.  People who want to hit the parks hard without stopping love this plan. It’s a bit cheaper since your using your 2 quick-sevice credits per day on Disney’s version of “fast food.”  Like the regular dining plan, you also get 1 snack credit per day, as well.

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Totally recommend this place at Animal Kingdom…delicious, and the views are incredible.

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Here’s a quick-service hot dog.  Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom and Fairfax Fare at Hollywood Studios both have these and were highly recommended to us.  We didn’t like it at all, though. 😦

Disney’s Deluxe Dining Plan

This one is for those of you who worry about having enough food for all 3 meals per day. You want flexibility to eat at any table service restaurant that you’d like as often as you’d like.  Maybe it’s your goal to try each and every restaurant Disney has to offer over the years.  This may or may not be my goal.  🙂  I haven’t participated in this plan yet.  It basically gives you 3 meal credits plus 2 snack credits per night of stay per person.  You can use the meal credits at table service restaurants, quick service dining, etc.  This one costs a considerable more amount of money, and I personally wouldn’t recommend it if you aren’t going to be visiting Disney multiple times over the years.  Obviously, to get the most value for your money on this plan, you feel like you have to eat at a table-service restaurant for each and every meal.  From experience, I can tell you that a table service meal is usually 1.5-2 hours each. So, if you are okay with spending 4.5-6 hours of your day sitting down to eat, then GO FOR IT!  Or…if you want to spend your trip doing all Signature Dining restaurants (requiring 2 credits per person per meal), this may be a good option, also. I hope to someday…but for now, we just try new restaurants at each trip.  I have some tips below for how to get that “3rd” meal you may be worried about…

 

The Premium and Preferred Dining Plan package options

This is the creme de le creme. I probably spelled that wrong…  You get the perks of the Deluxe Dining plan PLUS preferred fireworks seating, unlimited use of select recreation such as golf and boating, seating at Cirque de Soleil, unlimited use of Kids Care centers at Deluxe resorts, and unlimited access to backstage tours.  It also makes ALL dining experiences except for Victoria and Alberts only cost 1 dining credit, no matter if they are a Signature dining experience or not.

And for a little more money (or alot more…), you also get your own personal itinerary planner, tickets to the Richard Petty Driving Experience, Fireworks Cruises, reserved seating at Fantasmic, private in-room babysitting, and Spa Treatments.

If I ever win the lottery…I just might have to enjoy this little lap of luxury.  🙂

 

Some tips about the Dining Plan:

If you are concerned that the Regular Dining Plan and the Quick Service Dining Plan only offer 2 “meals” per day, there are some easy ways to combat this!

  • Use a snack credit to buy a yummy cinnamon roll or breakfast item at one of the parks’ many bakeries and eateries.
  • Use one of your Table service credits to eat at one of the many awesome breakfast buffets. Plan on a later breakfast so that you fill up and can easily skip lunch and just use your snack credit to help you get by until dinner.  Then, plan an early dinner to skip the long lines/crowds.
  • Ask me about using a local grocery delivery service to order some breakfast items/snacks to keep in you hotel mini-fridge.  For under $50, you can stock up on bagels, cream cheese, coffee creamer, pop tarts, cereal, microwavable bacon, oatmeal, and more to last you an entire week.  The grocer will deliver the day of your check in to the resort concierge who will then deliver to your room when you arrive.
  • Budget some extra money for eating extra meals.  Simple as that. I recommend breakfasts, though, as they are definitely the least expensive meals.

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Cinnamon Roll from Gaston’s Tavern at Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom

Another thing to make note of are the rules of children.  If you are staying at a resort with a child under 3, they are free. However, they will not be able to dine on the dining plan, so you’ll need to plan on sharing meals with your tot, or buying them separately if you think they’ll need more food than that.  Also, children ages 3-9 can ONLY order off of the children’s menus.  However, children over 9 are charged as adults. So…your picky 10 year old who only likes chicken nuggets and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches can order off of the kid’s menu if they want to, but you are paying premium for it!

 

Overall, I LOVE the dining plan.  We like to pinch pennies and have tried to see if it would be easier for us to just pay cash for food when we got there, but ultimately, we LOVE the flexibility of ordering STEAKS and LOBSTER whenever we want without having to stay within a budget while on vacation. 

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I did pay a little extra for this Glow-Tini…and it was worth it. 🙂

If you have any questions about the dining plan or any other aspect of your dream vacation, let me know!  I LOVE to talk!

Animal Kingdom Lodge

We were pretty excited on our last trip to WDW to visit Animal Kingdom Lodge to dine for dinner at Boma~Flavors of Africa.  We arrived early so we could explore the resort a bit, first.  It was AMAZING!

When we arrived, we were immediately greeted by the valet service with the words, “Welcome Home!”  This, in itself, is purely magical.

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While we waited for my husband to park the car, we visited with a lady who taught the kids how to play this instrument:

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We went inside and were completely in awe of the gorgeous browns and oranges – a perfect Safari feeling.  I was in the midst of pure bliss!

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There are decorations EVERYWHERE.

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This is the view from the balcony outside….well, I should say one of the MANY views…

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Of course, what kid (or BIG kid like me…) can resist a bridge?

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My baby had the idea of posing this way…

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And here’s one of all of us.  We all had matching shirts!  Well, except me.  LOL

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I didn’t get any pictures of the area outside that we walked around, but it was alot of fun…a nice fire, some animal exhibits, etc.

After exploring, we went to Boma to eat.  This is a buffet full of TONS of different dishes commonly served in Africa.  They have a few American-type dishes, too, for the picky eaters. LOL!

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This is called “Jungle Juice” and is very popular at the lodge, as well as in the Animal Kingdom theme park. It’s basically pineapple juice, orange juice, mango juice, etc. all mixed together. It’s pretty tasty! And just a fun tidbit…because of the animals nearby, they don’t serve plastic straws here or at the Animal Kingdom theme park…only paper straws!  My kids found this odd.  I was sure to explain to them why it was better, though!

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And just for fun, some pics of (most of) my family…

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We’d love to stay here someday.  I’m not sure if we want to stay here or the Polynesian first, but I am SO glad we took time out to see one of the resorts we have loved from “pictures” for several years!  If you like what you see, I encourage you to explore, too!!!!

Have a magical day!

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Disney Dining Plan!

I’ve been to Disney 6 times in 12 years. The first 3 times, we stayed in a rented vacation home. This was GREAT because we had a private pool and ate breakfast at the house.  However, we rarely ate lunch or dinner there because we are the type of people that want to get our money’s worth at the theme parks by staying until close.

We heard about the Disney Dining Plan about 8 years ago, and decided to give it a try.  However, in order to take advantage of it, we had to stay at the resort.  When the FREE DINING promotion was announced for November 2008, we jumped on it!

And now we have stayed at the Disney resorts and participated in the dining plan ever since.

On our last trip in May, we had some AWESOME meals lined up.  (I tend to stalk the DIS boards for reviews fairly often, so I was confident we would!) We finally got to try the popular steakhouse in the Canada Pavilion at EPCOT’s World Showcase – Le Cellier Steakhouse. We had the famous pretzel bread, Cheese soup, Glow-tini, and Filet Mignon. Every last one of them lived up to their reputation!

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Most definitely the BEST steaks any of us have ever had, hands down.

We had breakfast with Mickey, Donald, and Goofy at the Tusker House in Animal Kingdom. Great buffet!

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We enjoyed Flame Tree BBQ, a quick service restaurant at Animal Kingdom with a KILLER view of Expedition Everest.

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We at at BOMA – Flavors of Africa at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner. It’s a neat buffet with lots of African food mixed in with some American cuisine, too.  They are famous for “Jungle Juice.” You have to try it!

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On my daughter’s birthday, we had breakfast at the Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom. The waiter was a “singing” waiter and got down on his knees and sang an old 70s love song to her. She was REALLY embarrassed, but it was awesome! (and check out that plate of food on the guy behind her head!)

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There were alot of other places we tried, but the best dinner, hands down, was Liberty Tree Tavern in the Liberty Square area of Magic Kingdom. It was absolutely DELICIOUS. We WILL be back…oh yes, we will!

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The Disney Dining Plan is SO worth it.  For our family of 5, we prefer to order freely off the menu’s and not worry about price. And it’s a good thing, too. That meal at Le Cellier was almost $300.  I am NOT kidding.

There are a few options for the dining plan.

If you are the theme park enthusiast who doesn’t care about dining and just wants the food to refuel and then run again, you’ll want the Quick Service dining plan. No fancy restaurants, just “fast” food (Disney-style).  I’d love to tell you where the best ones are in each park!

If you like to enjoy as much as the theme parks as you can, but want to enjoy your vacation, too, with some great cuisine and a welcomed 1.5-2 hour break, go with the regular dining plan…you get one counter service meal and one table service meal per night of stay.

If you really like to eat, and you really like your breaks, go with the Deluxe dining plan. You get 3 meals of any type you would like per day, plus 2 snacks. I recommend this for people who don’t care to race for the fast passes and hit every show and ride. You’ll be doing ALOT of eating on this plan…but hey, you are on vacation, right?

There are a few other plans, as well, with all you can “drink” (adult beverages), and more.  I’d love to tell you about them.

What’s been your favorite Disney restaurant?  Are there any you have been wanting to try that I could tell you about?  We have a “bucket list” for our next trip, and can’t wait to try more new things!

And, we’re off!

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I am so excited, it’s beyond crazy.

Since May 29, I have been working my tooshie off in training, preparing, planning, and dreaming about my new career.  I wanted everything to perfect for my new customers and clients.

Sometimes, my perfection gets in the way, though. Even though everything isn’t as awesome as I’d like it to be, I needed to launch my business off the ground. Because, frankly, it wouldn’t ever happen if I didn’t just go for it!  So, as of Tuesday, we are LIVE!!!

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My awesome friends and family have been liking and sharing my facebook page, and I’ve already received 6 requests for vacation quotes.  Bring it on!

I have BIG plans…I’m collecting lots of fun prizes, gift cards, and more and will be smothering my followers and clients with incentives and giveaways.  So, if you haven’t liked my Facebook page yet, what are you waiting for?

Here we go!

(Oh, and if you haven’t noticed…I added a snazzy “request your vacation quote” tab to my page, too. Fill it out…you know you want to!)

 

Hi! I’m Sheila…

Hey, ya’ll!  I’m Sheila!

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I am so glad you have come to visit my new blog.  😀

My blog is for anyone and everyone to learn more about Disney.  It will have awesome stuff such as dining reviews, news, promotions/discounts, and more!

Why am I blogging about Disney?  There are already so many Disney sites out there…why should you read mine?

I’m glad you asked!

I am an agent for Magical Moments Vacations, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner agency.

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This is totally my DREAM job.  I am a natural-born planner and am a little obsessed with it.  My family and I love to travel…probably because my first official “trip” (other than the 20 mile drive to my grandparent’s house when I was young) wasn’t until I was 13 when I went to Six Flags with my church youth group…And my most favorite trip in the whole wide world is the THE WORLD of Disney. 🙂  My first Disney trip was on my honeymoon in 2000 and I am always working on planning the next one!

So…when I was presented with the opportunity to put all of my obsessions together into one dream job, I jumped on it!  And the cherry on top?  It’s all FREE FREE FREE to you, the client.  Yes…free.  No hidden costs at all!  You get the same discounts and deals that any other person would get doing it on their own.

I know Disney trips take alot of planning and saving, so I don’t expect to help everyone out right away. But I want to be a wonderful resource to you and your friends, family, and coworkers as you dream and discuss your own Disney wishes!

So, let’s get started! I’m here to answer your questions and, when you are ready, plan your next Disney vacation with you!  Who’s in?