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Where have I been?…at Disney, planning trips, and on Facebook!

Hi everyone!  Long time between posts!  I’ve been sharing things on Facebook lately, but I’ll be back with tons on new content in the next few weeks!  In the meantime – PLEASE LIKE AND FOLLOW ME ON FACEBOOK!  That is where the latest news has been getting shared!

Coming soon on this page…I’ll catch you up on my last 3 trips to Walt Disney World Resort and my first Disney Cruise Line experience!  Also to come:

  •             Avatar Flight of Passage
  •              The Disney Wonder
  •              My 36 hour, kid-free trip
  •             Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  •              Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort
  •             More of your favorite characters in the parks
  •              Fun dining experiences
  •               Exciting news and updates from Disney Parks!

 

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The Doc is in!

This Disney Friend Friday we’ll say hello to Doc McStuffins!

This Disney Junior star is a hit in our home!  We sing along to her CD in the car, watch both her original episodes and now the new  “Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital” series, and this Christmas the Doc Toy Hospital was found under our tree!

We’ve always enjoyed meeting up with Doc at Hollywood Studios!  She has a meet and greet in the Animation Courtyard, is part of the super show “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” and is currently making the rounds at breakfast and lunch at the Disney Junior Play and Dine meals at Hollywood and Vine (note that after May 13th the Disney Junior gang will only be meeting guests at breakfast.)  In exciting Doc news – as of February of this year, Doc is now making appearances outside of the vet clinic at Rafiki’s Planet Watch in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

If you’re looking to spend some time with Doc between your trips to Walt Disney World Resort, you can watch her on both the Disney Channel and Disney Junior.  You can also check her activities and videos by clicking HERE.

 

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It’s time for another Disney Friend Friday!

I was so lucky to meet these 3 hard to find characters at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

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I absolutely love Disney’s Tarzan.  It has an all-star cast, including Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close & Rosie O’Donnell.  The soundtrack of the film is also 100% Phil Collins – and I love it!

Here’s “Strangers Like Me”:

 

Here’s a truly beautiful song, that as a mom, always makes me tear up:

Phil Collins You’ll Be In My Heart (Tarzan… by AussieSean

Meeting Terk, Tarzan and Jane was tons of fun.  Terk played around, Tarzan was constantly trying to look into every treat bag people had and discover new things and learn new words, and just like in the movie, Jane was quite the talker.  That particular evening she told me all the trouble the humidity was causing her hair.  Such a fun character interaction!  (Please note, that you can meet Tarzan, without Terk and Jane at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.)

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Tiffins at Animal Kingdom

If you pass through the Oasis at Animal Kingdom and enter Discovery Island, bear left and head down a quiet path…there you will find Disney World’s newest signature dining restaurant, Tiffins!

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You’ll notice some posters in the background for Pandora, Land of Avatar…so I’d imagine this path way won’t stay so serene once that land opens.

I was very excited to reserve The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic Dining Package at Tiffins in June so that my son and I could experience both this new restaurant and the new nighttime show!

When we arrived at Tiffins, we were greeted outside the restaurant and brought inside to check in.  INSTANTLY it felt like we had left the hustle and bustle of the theme park behind us and were now on a gorgeously peaceful retreat.  We were a little early for our reservation, so they asked me for my cell phone number so that they could text me when our table was ready, and then they guided us to the Nomad Lounge to wait.

The lounge, as you’ll see below is gorgeous and comfortable.  It even has an amazing wrap around deck with seating.

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It was a very humid evening, so all I wanted to do was stay in the air conditioning and down a Diet Coke, but the Nomad Lounge has a great food and drink menu. The menu not only tells you what they offer, but also a little about the lounge and restaurant.

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Our server told us that the NIGHT MONKEY is her favorite drink - you may want to give it a try!
Our server told us that the NIGHT MONKEY is her favorite drink – you may want to give it a try!

Tiffins was designed to showcase the travels and adventures that went into the creation of Animal Kingdom.

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As a matter of fact, they refer to each of the 3 dining rooms of the restaurant as a gallery of art!  There’s the Safari Gallery:

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The Grand Gallery:

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And the room we dined in, the Trek Gallery:

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Our table was ready very quickly and when we entered the Trek Gallery we didn’t know where to look first.  There were so many artifacts on display!  If you’ve been to Animal Kingdom before, there are a few that will definitely look familiar to you.  It was very cool to see the travels and process of making Animal Kingdom displayed this way.

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As you can tell…I loved the décor…and I’m happy to report I loved the service and food too!

The leather bound menu offers some truly tempting choices (I’ll post menu pictures at the end).  We had had a long and filling morning at Hollywood Studios, so even though it was included in our package I passed on the bread service and appetizer course and just asked our server what he recommended for the entrée.  He suggested the Wagyu Striploin and Braised Short Rib and it didn’t disappoint!…and at a the a la cart price of $53, I still felt like I got my money’s worth with the dining package.

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The meat was so tender, the vegetables were cooked perfectly and I even tried the sauces (which I had asked for on the side, as I am always afraid to have my entrée drenched in something I may not like, lol.)

Our sever, Mo, took care of everything – anticipating things we’d need before we even knew we needed them.  Additional staff were at the ready to clear plates and crumbs. We even got to meet with the chef, Robbie, a few times due to my son’s allergies and he was wonderful.

For dessert I ordered the South American Chocolate Ganache, which was dense and delicious.  My only complaint of our whole experience was that they could only offer my son fruit as dessert to accommodate his allergies.  I know most other Disney restaurants will at least have some pre-packaged allergy safe treats in “the back”, so he was disappointed and passed on dessert (don’t worry, I always bring him a safe dessert alternative in my bag to have just in case).

After our meal, we were presented with both a Joe Rhode print (he was the lead designer of Animal Kingdom) and our tickets to The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic.

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Tiffins is open for lunch and dinner (valid theme park admission required).  You can order and pay a la cart or use 2 table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan.  We purchased the dining package (which as of today is still accepting reservations through September) which cost $67/adult and $32/child.  And while, yes, Tiffins is an expensive choice – I feel the quality of the food (far better than what you’d probably find in an actual tiffin) and the service were worth it.  Plus with the dining package we had the added value of not needing to arrive at The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic (which I’ll be sure to write about soon) crazy early to secure seats.

Have you tried Tiffins yet?  What do you think? Comment below or on Facebook and let us know your experience!

Here are menu photos, as always please check Disney’s Official Website for the most updated information.

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My Disney Desktop

So much news, so little time!

That’s how I feel as I pour through all the Disney related websites and news articles that come my way.  Some of it is full of useful and interesting info…the rest, not so much…

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So I thought I’d sort through some of it for you and from time to time highlight a few links that have passed my desktop and really caught my eye!

I’ll start today!

Forbes reports that Zootopia is the second-biggest original movie ever!(read here)…and today it was released on DVD!  We just ordered it On-Demand and will be watching it later today! On the flip side, Disney’s latest Alice movie didn’t do as well as expected (read here) – I admit, I haven’t seen it yet….have any of you? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments!

Another thing new starting today…you can now make reservations for a new dining package at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom.  The Main Street Electrical Parade Dining Package is described on the My Disney Experience Website as this: “Indulge in a Lady and the Tramp-inspired lunch by day before enjoying VIP viewing of the Main Street Electrical Parade at night.”  You can read about the details  on the Disney Parks Blog (here).

Heading to Disney Springs? If you’re taking Disney bus transportation you’ll now be dropped off at the new bus depot at the centrally located Town Center (read here).  This will be a nice change – now if you’re on the Westside you won’t have to walk all the way back to the Marketplace on the East side to be picked up.

I’m getting excited to visit Animal Kingdom and see all the new nighttime additions (read here) – for now, I’ve been looking through  “Nighttime Inspired Wallpapers” – you can download them too from (here). I can’t wait to see the Tree of Life “awaken” at night!

Now this is the most fun article I found this week “5 Disney Movie Secrets from Alan Menken” (read here).  Numbers 1 & 2 are my favorite – which are yours? Let us know!

Stay tuned for more editions of  My Disney Desktop!

 

 

 

 

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Disney Parks Blog announced TONS of new attractions, shows and events opening in the parks starting this summer (and sooner)!  I thought I’d summarize some of the start dates for you and link to Disney Parks Blog so you could read their official announcements!

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May 27th

  • Animal Kingdom:
    • Nighttime Kilimanjaro Safaris
    • Nighttime Awakening of the Tree of Life
    • Wildlife Parti in the Harambe
    • Discovery Island Carnivale
  • Blizzard Beach:
    • Frozen Games with Olaf and Kristoff

May 28th

June 17th

June 21st

  • Epcot:
    • Frozen Ever After
    • Royal Sommerhus

 

I can’t wait to get to Disney World and experience all of these – it’s such an exciting time to visit The Walt Disney World Resort!!!

 

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