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June 17, 2014

Hotel California - A Salute to the Eagles @ Epcot's 'Sounds Like Summer' Concert Series

The "Sounds Like Summer" concert series officially kicked off on June 8th. Running daily through July 26th, this musical celebration is an annual staple at Epcot. Sounds Like Summer is a series of concert performances that feature cover bands paying tribute to legendary greats. Some of the scheduled acts are event regulars - like this year's openers, Hotel California ("A Salute to the Eagles").

June 4, 2014

Epcot - World Showcase - Morocco Pavilion




Morocco is a culturally rich kingdom known for sandy beaches, spicy cuisine and exceptional craftsmanship. It is the jewel of North Africa, but at Epcot's World Showcase, it's nestled between France and Japan. 

June 1, 2014

Those Magic Moments at the Magic Kingdom!


It's in the name - Magic Kingdom. It's a place where magic happens every day, and people are willing to pay small fortunes for their fair sprinkling of pixie dust. All too often, in this time of hurry and conquer, we find ourselves overwhelmed with the mangle of Fastpasses, dining reservations and schedules that we fail to even take notice of the magic itself. The Magic Kingdom offers so much more than thrilling "mountains" and Jurassic turkey legs. During your visit, take some time to acknowledge all of the little magic moments taking place around you. These are the things that make your experience unique. These are the moments that make your memories magical! 

May 31, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Cinderella's Royal Table

Cinderella's Royal Table is a table service restaurant offering character dining experiences for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located within Cinderella Castle, in the center of the park. Reservations are essentially mandatory, and in fact - plan on making them well in advance (that 180 day advance reservation option has been known to come in very handy!). For many Magic Kingdom visitors, this is considered to be the ultimate in dining experiences. Cinderella's Royal Table does participate in the Disney Dining Plan. 

May 28, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest is a table service restaurant offering lunch and dinner options at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in the new, Enchanted Forest portion of Fantasyland, next to Enchanted Tales With Belle. They do accept reservations for dinner, and this is highly recommended. Not only is this one of the nicer dining options on property, but it is still "new", and very popular. Be Our Guest does participate in the Disney Dining Plan. 

May 26, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train UPDATE




I covered the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train while it was still under construction last year. I will admit that I was disappointed with the Fantasyland expansion overall. I felt it was over-hyped, and ultimately there was very little to show for the time and build up when it was finally unveiled. Perhaps I expect too much, but I was beginning to feel that the Mine Train was taking forever, and I sincerely feared that the wait would not prove to be worth it at all. Every time I passed the construction area, I paused to observe progress (as best as Disney would allow us short folk to observe, that is). As it was taking shape, I concluded that this ride would lay somewhere between Barnstormer and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad on the "thrill-o-meter".

May 19, 2014

Quick Observations From Star Wars Weekends 2014


Star Wars Weekends officially kicked off at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios this weekend. Considering that my son and I are local Annual Passholders and consider our Star Wars Weekends visits to be a mandatory matter, we have learned a few things. One of our "rules" (so to speak) is that we don't go during the first weekend. Though each weekend draws large crowds, the first tend to bring in the biggest wave... those that simply couldn't wait... after all, there's something appealing about being there when it begins. I get it, but I don't particularly need that. After looking over this year's event schedule, we decided that we'd be going on week two. Warwick Davis will be attending that week, and as embarrassed as I am to admit this... we've never seen his much-heralded performance. We may try to pop in for a quick glimpse of Mark Hamill on week four, but with the expectations of capacity crowds, I'm not banking on it. 

May 14, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Tomorrowland - Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies


Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies is a counter service restaurant offering desserts and frozen treats at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in Tomorrowland, across from the Astro Orbiter. They do not accept reservations, but they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. This location offers outdoor seating at nearby umbrella-covered tables and area benches. Though not the breeziest or shadiest of places to unwind, this is a nice, open area for a people-watching break. There's always something to see in Tomorrowland, after all! 


Magic Kingdom - Liberty Square - Sleepy Hollow


Sleepy Hollow is a counter service restaurant offering snack and light meal options all day at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in Liberty Square, near The Hall of Presidents. They do not accept reservations, but they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. Limited outdoor seating is available at this location, which serves as an ideal spot for quiet castle gazing.

May 13, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Cheshire Cafe


Cheshire Cafe is a quick service kiosk offering refreshing snack and drink options at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in Fantasyland, across from Mad Tea Party. They do not accept reservations, but they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. Seating options are limited to nearby tables and benches. This location was previously known as The Enchanted Grove before a 2011 name change and refurbishment.

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Storybook Treats


Storybook Treats is a quick service snack kiosk offering dessert-style snack options at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in Fantasyland, near The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. They do not accept reservations, but they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. Seating is limited to area benches. This location was previously known as Mrs. Potts Cupboard before a 2010 name change.

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Gaston's Tavern


Gaston's Tavern is a counter service restaurant offering quick snack options at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in the recently expanded area of Fantasyland, and opened in October of 2012. They do not accept reservations, but they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. This countryside lodge themed location offers both indoor and (nearby) outdoor seating options.

May 9, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Adventureland - Tortuga Tavern


Tortuga Tavern is a quick service restaurant offering lunch options at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in Adventureland, across from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. They do not accept reservations, but they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. Fittingly, Tortuga Tavern is themed to welcome pirates, rapscallions and scallywags for a South of the Border dining experience. 

April 21, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Main Street USA - Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

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The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor is a counter service restaurant offering frozen dessert options at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located on Main Street, adjacent to The Plaza Restaurant. They do not accept reservations, but they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. This is a nostalgic, Victorian themed ice cream parlor with limited outdoor seating options.

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Magic Kingdom - Liberty Square - Columbia Harbor House


Columbia Harbor House is a counter service restaurant offering lunch and dinner options at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in Liberty Square, across from The Haunted Mansion. They do not accept reservations, but they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. This location is themed around the Colonial New England coast area, with indoor seating options.

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Pinocchio Village Haus


Pinocchio Village Haus is a counter service restaurant offering lunch and dinner options at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in Fantasyland, next to "it's a small world". They do not accept reservations, but they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. This location features both indoor and outdoor seating options.

April 20, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Liberty Square - Liberty Tree Tavern


Liberty Tree Tavern is a table service restaurant offering lunch and dinner options at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in the center of Liberty Square. Reservations are recommended, and they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. This location is themed around 18th century Colonial America. Ample seating is available in six rooms themed in honor of six prominent historical figures.

April 9, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Adventureland - Aloha Isle




Aloha Isle is a quick/ counter service restaurant offering drinks and frozen treats at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in Adventureland, just past the entryway from the Castle hub. They do not accept reservations, but they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. This is a tropical themed location that could also be declared Disney's "home of the pineapple". 


Magic Kingdom - Tomorrowland - ​The Lunching Pad


The Lunching Pad is a counter service restaurant offering quick snack options at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in Tomorrowland, beneath the Astro Orbiter. They do not accept reservations, but they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. Outdoor seating options only.

April 8, 2014

Magic Kingdom - Adventureland - Sunshine Tree Terrace



Sunshine Tree Terrace 
is a quick service snack kiosk at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is located in Adventureland, next to The Enchanted Tiki Room. They do not accept reservations, but they do participate in the Disney Dining Plan. 

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