Thursday, September 30, 2010

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2010

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The 15th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
"Celebrating 15 Years of Delicious Discoveries"
October 1 - November 14, 2010

The festival is an international carnival of cusine and beverages from over 20 countires. These appetizer-sized portions average in the $3.00 - $7.00 range and can be found in kiosks around the World Showcase.
The 2010 menus are as follows:
  • Argentina
    • Roasted Corn and Cheese Empanda
    • Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree
    • Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec
    • Bodega Norton Cosecha Tardia
    • Kaiden Cabernet
    • Pasual Toso Torontes
  • Australia
    • Seared Barramundi with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes Arugula, and Lemon Oil
    • Grilled Lamp Chop with Roasted Potato Salad and Red Wine Reduction
    • Lamington (sponge cake dipped in chocolate)
    • Rosemount Traminer Riesling
    • Marquis Phillips Shiraz
    • Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet
    • Nugan Estate Riverina Chardonnay
  • NEW-Belgium
    • Steamed Mussels with Roasted Garlic Cream
    • Freshly Baked Waffles with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
    • Stella Artois
    • Godiva Chocolate Ice Coffee
    • Leffe
    • Hoegaarden
  • Brazil
    • Grilled Pork Skewer with Farofa
    • Shrimp Stew with Coconut and Lime
    • Leblon Frozen Caipirinha
  • Brewer's Collection
    • Radeberger Pilsner
    • Schofferhofer Weizen
    • Hovels
    • Schlosser Alt
    • Altenmunster Octoberfest
    • Altenmunster Dunkel
    • Altenmunster Marzen
    • Clausthaler Classic
  • Canada
    • Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
    • Maple Glazed Salmon with Lentil Salad
    • Chicken Chipotle Sausage with Sweet Corn Polenta
    • Nanaimo Bar
    • Moosehead Beer
    • Vidal Icewine
    • Chateau De Charmes Riesling
    • St. David's Bench Vineyard Merlot
  • NEW-Charcuterie and Cheese
    • Cheese Fondue with Croutons and Roasted Potatoes
    • Applewood Smoked Beef, Duck, and Ham
    • Martini Prosecco
    • Ace Joker Hard Cider
    • MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
  • Chile
    • Shrimp Ceviche
    • Pastel de Choclo (Beef and Corn Pie)
    • Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc
    • Satna Ema Reserve Chardonnay
    • Casa Carmenere
    • Montes Classic Cabernet Sauvignon
  • China
    • Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles
    • Pork Pot Stickers
    • Xinjiang Barbecue Chicken Stick
    • Tsingtao Beer
    • Dragon's Hollow Chardonnay
    • Green Tee Plum Wine Cooler
    • Happy Lychee
  • Desserts and Champagne
    • Strawberry Angel Verrine
    • Pear Streusel Pudding Cake
    • Dark Chocolate Sensation
    • Moet and Chandon White Star Imperial
    • Rose Imperial
    • Nectar Imperial
    • Nectar Imperial Rose
  • France
    • Escargots Persillade en Brioche
    • Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Mashed Potatoes
    • Creme Brulee au Chocolate au Lait
    • Merlot, Chateau Des Deux Rives, Bordeaux
    • Chardonnay, Private Selection Barton and Guestier
    • Sparkling Pomegranate Kir
    • Parisien Cosmo Slush
  • Germany
    • Spatzle Gratin with Ham and Cheese
    • Nurnberger Sausage in a Pretzel Roll
    • Apfel Strudel featuring Werther's Original Karamell Sauce
    • S.A. Prum Essence Riesling
    • Hooked Riesling
    • Gunderlock Diva Spatlese Riesling
    • Rudi Wiest Rhine River Riesling, Radeberger Pilsner
    • Hovels
    • Altenmunster Octoberfest
  • Greece
    • Greek Salad with Pita Bread
    • Spanakopita
    • Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki
    • Baklava
    • Boutari Moschofilero
    • Enoteca Emery Athiri Mountain Slopes
    • Boutari Naoussa
    • Atlantis White
  • Hops and Barley
    • Boston style Crab Cake with Cabbage Slaw and Remoulade
    • New England Lobster Roll
    • Pecan Bread Pudding
    • Samuel Adams Beers: Boston Lager, Octoberfest, Cherry Wheat, 15th Anniversary Festival Beer Coastal Wheat Light, Cream Stout, Blackberry Witbier, Latitude 48 IPA
  • Ireland
    • Lobster and Scallop Fisherman's Pie
    • Kerrygold Cheese Selection
    • Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Ganache
  • Italy
    • Polpettine Toscane with a Rosemary Breadstick
    • Baked Cheese Ravioli with Creamy Bolognese Sauce Melted Mozzarella
    • Cannolo Al Cioccolato
    • Primavera Fruit Smoothie
    • Fantinel Prosecco
    • Chianti Placido Banfi
    • Pinot Sartori
    • Moretti Beer
  • Japan
    • Spicy Tuna Roll
    • California Sushi Roll
    • Tuna Sensation
    • Wabu Ribettes
    • Kirin Draft Beer
    • Hatsumago sake
    • Denemon Junmai sake
  • Mexico
    • Tamal de Pollo
    • Taco de Chilorio
    • Esquites (Pan Fried Corn and Spices)
    • Churro
    • Dos Esqis Beer
    • Passion Fruit Frozen Margarita
    • Conga Fruit Punch
    • Wine L.A. Cetto Chardonnay
    • Wine L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah
  • Morocco
    • Beef in a Pita Pocket
    • Falafel Pita Pocket
    • Baklava
    • Amazigh Red wine
    • Sangria
    • Tangerine Mimosa Royale
    • Iced Mint Tea
    • Casa Beer
  • New Zealand
    • Seared Sea Scallop with Vegetable Slaw and Lemon Oil
    • Lamb Slider with Tomato Chutney
    • Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
    • Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Villa Maria Private Bin Unoaked Hawkes Bay Chardonnay
    • Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Pinot Noir
  • Poland
    • Kielbasa and Potato Pierogies with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream
    • Golabki (Pork stuffed cabbage)
    • Chopin Strawberry Balsamic Chiller
  • Puerto Rico
    • Asopao de Pollo (Chicken Soup with Rice)
    • Medianoche Sandwich
    • Bacardi Frozen Torched Cherry Colada
    • Bacardi Frozen Lemon Mojito
  • Singapore
    • Shrimp Cake with Singapore Noodle Salad
    • Coconut Braised Beef Rendang with Jasmine Rice
    • Singapore Sling
    • Tiger Beer
  • Spain
    • Serrano Ham, Chorizo, Manchego, Olives, and Tomato Bread
    • Seared Albacore Tuna with Romesco Sauce
    • Spanish Almond Cake
    • Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza Red
    • Paul Cheneau "Lady" Blanc de Blancs Cava
    • Marques de Caceres Rioja White
  • South Africa
    • Flavors of Africa (Salad, Bread, and Spreads)
    • Seared Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Puree and Mango Barbecue Sauce
    • Goats do Roam White
    • La Capra Pinotage
    • La Capra Shiraz
    • La Capra Chardonnay
  • South Korea
    • Lettuce Wraps with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw
    • Barbecue Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi
    • Honey Ginger Tea
    • Jinro Chamisul Soju
    • Bohae Bokbunjajoo (Black Raspberry Rice Wine)
  • United States
    • Bison Chili with Wild Mushrooms, Cabernet, and Pepper Jack Cheese
    • Heirloom Tomatoes with Oregon Blue Cheese, Red Onions, and Basil
    • Sagelands Vineyard Merlot
    • Four Corners
    • Sagelands Vineyard Riesling
    • Columbia Valley
    • Red Stag by Jim Beam

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights news

Disney's Hollywood Studios is beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights installation is underway. Just about half of the area at Disney's Hollywood Studios is embellished with lights.

The lights this year will perform from November 8 2010 to January 3 2011.

Would you like to take a peek at the 2009 Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights? Click here for a video from

See you real soon!!!

What Makes Walt Disney World So Magical?

Happy Wednesday Guru readers!!!!

What makes Walt Disney World so magical? Last week, I talked about Soarin’ and how I feel that the magic of flight is spot on with creating a unique magical experience for guests of all ages.
This week the magical icon at Walt Disney World is Cinderella Castle. I mean come on…they don’t even have to put Walt Disney World on any ad they put out…they can just add the castle and boom…there you have it a Walt Disney World ad that every man, woman or child can identify!
Detail and thought is put into every single detail at Walt Disney World and Cinderella Castle is no exception. When you first approach the castle, take note of the three circle fence that runs along the walkway toward the entry section to the castle. If you are looking at the right time of day, you will see Mickey’s silhouette.
Just before you enter the castle, take a gander upwards. You will notice that there is an apartment suite that was included on the original design of the castle.  Unfortunately, Walt Disney passed away before it was entirely built.  Roy Disney was offered the suite and said no. It soon became a storage location and currently performers use it for relaxation before & after  they perform.
A keen eye will see the Disney family coat of arms standing guard over the front and back entrances to the castle.
Take note of the gorgeous mosaic tile on the wall. This gives a wonderful depiction of the evil stepsisters and their true feelings for Cinderella. Pay close attention to  their face and eye colors throughout the scene.  The attention to detail is stunning and should not go unnoticed.
All of the crests that decorate the lobby walls inside of the castle restaurant are the family emblems of a variety of Disney Executives and Imagineers. Feel free to ask a Cast Member if you can see a book that identifies each of the coat of arms.
This last magical castle experience is my favorite!! As you pass behind the castle, you will see a beautiful fountain of Cinderella.  Bend down and take a drink from the water fountain, this symbolizes you bowing down to the princess, children never have to bow to the princess. The real magic happens when you watch both Cinderella and the wall mural behind her as you make a deep bow. 

What makes Walt Disney World magical to you? Visit our discussion forums to share your thoughts. 

See you real soon! 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Want to save some money on your next Walt Disney World Vacation?

When booking a trip to Walt Disney World most people call, get a quote book their trip and are done with it.  This is a big no no!! You can save yourself hundreds of dollars by paying close attention to current Disney offers as they become available.

One way to stay on top of those Disney offers is to subscribe to the Mousesavers newsletter (, the first place to look for money-saving tips, including discount codes for resorts. Check often for new codes and deals, and book a room with the best rate you can find and then call every week or so and see if you can go any lower. Every single trip I have booked, I have been able to call and modify my reservation. This past year, I actually got over 900.00 credited back to my card when the free dining promotion was applied to my reservation...Disney will not call you to let you know there is a better deal.

Email us your money saving ideas...we would love to hear from you!

See you real soon!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ever so popular Disney Dining Plan….is it worth it for your family?

In all of my years of traveling to Walt Disney World, the one thing I have continued to notice is that Walt Disney World has something for everyone.  In this case the dining possibilities are endless!!! My family and I have decided that it is best for our family of 5, to invest in the dining plan. 
Think about the following information before you book your Walt Disney World vacation. 
·         Does your family look at eating as part of a Walt Disney World attraction?
Are you an avid food fan? Do you wake up in the morning anticipating what you are going to dine on for the day? Do you enjoy searching through the endless possibilities of dining options at Walt Disney World? Is planning the dining part of the fun of your travel experience?  If you answered yes to these questions, then it is quite possible that the basic Disney Dining Plan is for you.
·         Think about how much your family typically eats?
When you are on the Disney Dining Plan you are exposed to a TON of food! Would you normally order a dessert when you are out to eat? Does dessert appeal to you?  When I visit with my in-laws they don’t typically eat their dessert so that part of the plan for them is not a good option.

·         How do you like to vacation to Walt Disney World?
Are you a park junkie? Does the thought of sitting down for a meal for about 1-2 hours per day totally cramp your vacation style? Do you enjoy the thought of sitting down for a relaxing meal once a day?  On the basic and deluxe Disney Dining plan, you will be paying for the opportunity to have one possibly two sit down meals per day.

·         Can your little ones sit for a long meal?
Walt Disney World is a family friendly park there is no doubt about that. What you will want to consider is if you will be so stressed with your little ones during a sit down meal, that you simply cannot enjoy the experience?

·         What does your family like to eat?
Would your family be fine eating mac and cheese, burgers and hot dogs for the duration of your trip?  What my family loves about the Disney Dining plan is that they can try things that I would never make at home…this is part of the ambiance for us.  Would your family enjoy trying new foods?

Now that you have been able to think about if you think the dining plan is a good choice for you. Let’s talk about the 2011 free dining plan that has been offered throughout most of the year.
Disney has recently changed the way they offer free dining. The free dining plan is now a tiered program that is based off of what Walt Disney Resort category you chose to stay in.  See below for explanation:
·         Value Category Resorts-Free Quick Service Dining Promotion.  The quick service plan includes, 2 Counter Service Meals per person, per day, 2 snacks per person, per day & your resorts refillable mug. If you would like to get the basic dining plan, you can upgrade from quick service to the basic dining plan for a fee.
·         Moderate & Deluxe category resorts- Free Basic Dining Plan. Each person under your reservation ages 3 and up will receive the following: 1 table service, 1 counter service & 1 snack per day.

Looking at the above, you should have a good indication as to what your family would spend on food for the week. Keep in mind that food at a theme park is going to cost you much more money than at home. Taking into consideration what my family of 5 eats on a daily basis and knowing that on vacation, I would like to be able to eat a nice variety of food…we always go with the Basic Dining Plan.  What I would recommend before deciding to take the free dining promotion, is to see what other offers are currently out there and see if those would save you more money.

Check out our forums for great dining plan discussions….post questions about Disney Dining and get your answers from fans of Walt Disney World.

See you real soon!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Trivia!!!!

Happy Sunday Guru readers!! Hope you had a magical weekend!

The question for this week is:

Where in Walt Disney World can you go and, within a few minutes, see scenes from the black-and-white film classic, "The Blob"?

Email the Guru with your answer. Be sure to include your first name and last initial along with what state you are from. Thank you in advance for your participation. Answers will be accepted through 11/3/10.

Click here for the answer to last week's post.
See you real soon!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Hollywood Tower Hotel Plaque

Last Sunday's Trivia Question was:

Right before you enter the Tower of Terror building, there is a plaque that says what year the Hollywood Tower Hotel was established.  Anyone know what that year is?

The answer is: 1917. The plaque can be seen just before you make a left hand turn to enter the ride building.

A special thank you to the following Guru readers for submitting the correct answer:

                                                      Lexis O. Illinois
                                                    Corey K.  Wisconsin
                                                       Dan O    Illinois
Answer this week's trivia question and have your name featured next week!!

See you real soon!

Disney News From the Week of September 20, 2010

What an amazing week in Disney news!!!

As many of us have followed, Disney Parks had a live stream of a "huge" announcement earlier this week. Ten of thousands of Disney fans alike cleared their afternoons to stream into the breaking news that Disney promised to offer.  There was quite a buzz going around as to WHAT this news was going to be!! There were rumors of a fifth gate, new resorts on property, new rides, another DVC resort, or next year's theme?

One thing was for sure....millions of people streamed in to hear what they thought was going to be a huge announcement for Disney Parks.  In fact, so many fans streamed in that it crashed Disney's!

The news was for some a huge disappointment because it was all about Disney Parks 2011 theme. The new theme is, "Let the Memories Begin." This theme is going to be geared toward guest pictures, and videos that were taken at the Disney Parks and are submitted online.  The pictures and videos have a chance at being used in commercials and a nightly show at the Disney Parks. Click here for the full story.

 Disney Dining news ....

Monday September 20, 2010, Flame Tree Barbecue reopened after a short refurbishment. The refurbishment included, the sauce pit that was near the guest check out has now been removed. This is going to help that area from getting congested.  In addition, there have been a few minor changes to the menu. Click here to see the full menu.

 Disney attraction news...

Construction is underway for a new savannah trekking experience that is going to open at Animal Kingdom early 2011. The name of this attraction will be "Wild Africa Trek."  Bookings and pricing information will be available at the end of 2010.

Cirque du Soleil closed for refurbishment and will reopen on September 28, 2010. In addition, Astro Orbiter will be closing for a short refurbishment from 12/5/10-12/09/10.

Last, if you are a Star Trek junkie and would love to get a glimpse as to what Disney imagineers have in store for the ride, imagineer Tom Fitzgerald reveals new details on Star Tours II - The Adventures Continue. Check out the official Disney blog for more details.  

Visit our discussion forum to discuss the hot topics of the week.

Enjoy your week!! See you real soon!!

Why is it always twilight inside Mexico's Plaza de los Amigos?

The Plaza de los Amigos is one of the most beautiful places in Epcot. Disney imagineers were spot on in creating the ambiance of a cozy market place. In Mexico, it is believed that twilight is a time for friends and family relationships to flourish. Next time you are visiting Epcot, take a stroll into Mexico to experience twilight!

See you real soon!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Are you ready for a shocking surprise?

Are you a thrill seaker? Take a ride on Tower of Terror on your next trip to Walt Disney World! Just after you exit the library to enter the ride queue, notice the fuse boxes on the left hand wall. Pull the may be in for a very shocking surprise!!!!

See you real soon!!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Disney Unveiled it's 2011 Theme.....Let the Memories Begin

Disney Parks Vacationers Can Post Disney Memories, Possibly Appear in Disney Ads and More

After years of magical memories at Disney Parks, which have been captured into photos or video, you can now share them with the world by posting them online.

Disney Parks has created a place where you can share your magical memories and view other guests’ magical memories online.  When you submit your memories there is a possibility that they can be shared in a  Disney television “spot” or in print or online communications. Guests can upload their photos, videos and text-only memories at They can even categorize their memories by theme, emotion and location.

Currently in progress are a series of television commercials created with brief home video segments, Disney Parks is looking for more “user-generated content” for future TV commercial spots, print advertisements, newsletter articles and vacation-planning video segments relating to “Let the Memories Begin.”

Visit to view some already uploaded memories. Be prepared to get a bit teary-eyed as you view the just have to love those Walt Disney World magical memories!!!

Click here to view a test of the projected memories on the castle.

Share your Disney World memories on our forum...we would just love to hear from you!

Enjoy and see you real soon!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Sold Out For October 31, 2010

If you are planning to travel to Walt Disney World the week of Halloween, take note that the Halloween Party is sold out on 10/31/2010. All other dates remain available.

What makes Walt Disney World so magical?

I cannot even begin to describe the feeling I get when I talk about the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World! What makes Walt Disney World so magical? What I find utterly amazing is that no two people could ever answer that question alike. For some, it is the memories of the people that they have traveled with, others the journey of planning the trip, for many it is simply the fact that when you are there time stops and the chaos of life comes to a halt.  Whatever your reason may be, you are here right now because you, like me, share a passion, a love for Walt Disney World.

Starting today, I will be featuring the many magical treasures of Walt Disney World, every Wednesday. From pictures to rides I will focus on one magical treasure at a time. No matter how big or small, every single detail of the Walt Disney World Resort has been well thought out, just for you.

So today I begin with...... Soarin’....the magic of flight. What an amazing day at the Epcot Park, when you can take your entire family on a one of a kind simulated flying ride. There is absolutely nothing like Soarin’!! You must ride this ride!!

You enter the ride in a sort of makeshift airfield. There is a safety spiel and then you are on your way!!  Once you enter the theater, you are seated in one of three rows of seating. (FYI...ask to be in the front row to get the best experience) Once the ride begins the front row winds up, this makes it the highest in the air.

These seats are by far the most comfortable seats I have ever sat on. You feel like you are floating on the seat. The seat has a fairly simple design and is slightly larger than most theme park seats. The safety for the seats is a simple lap belt. This allows you to feel free throughout the ride.

As the camera banks and turns so does your seat. The movement is close attention to the smells that also take place as you ride. I can honestly say that I truly felt like I was hang gliding over California.

The ride experience on Soarin’ is like no other. You must not miss this ride on your next trip to Walt Disney World.  So you ask yourself, Why Soarin’? Why did she start with Soarin’? I began with Soarin’ because, Disney is meant to be a place that you can experience things you could never imagine. I can tell you when I rode Soarin’ for the first time, it took my breath away.  I knew that without Disney Imagineers putting that ride together, I would never have experienced something like that ever in my life.

Few quick tips for Soarin'....

  1. The line can get very long, Fast Pass it. On the upside, the entire queue is indoors.
  2. As I stated earlier, for the best possible ride experience, ask to sit in the front row.
  3. During the movie take a good look at the golf ball that shoots and the you see someone on it??
  4. Check out the red fireworks at the very end of the video...they form Mickey's head.

So what makes Walt Disney World so magical to you? Click here to share your story on our discussion forum.

Share our site with your friends and family that love Walt Disney World!!
See you real soon & have a magical day!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Disney Guru has a forum!!

We are delighted to announce that Disney Guru now has a forum. On this site you can post comments and question about Walt Disney World. The forums are a great place to share your expertise as an avid Walt Disney World fan!!!! We are in need of trip reports any recent Walt Disney World travel stories you can share would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your support!!!!

Click here to join and start posting.

The Guru's "Top Ten" Walt Disney World travel tips!!

10. Bring a potato chip clip with you to hold curtains closed.

9. Bring a power strip with you to plug in all of the items that need to be recharged. (Most Disney resorts do not have a ton of plugs)

8. Pack is not sold anywhere on Walt Disney World property.

7. Pack pain reliever...someone will need it. Make sure to have a childrens' version just in case your little one needs it.

6. Bring a plastic over the door shoe holder. Use this to store your toiletries. This allows "Mouse Keeping" to clean your sink and helps you not have to fight for counter space when you get ready in the morning.

5. Bring a small collapsible laundry basket to keep your dirty clothes in. This will also help you transport your clothes to the laundry facilities when you need to .

4. You must make your advanced dining reservations 180 days before you arrive, or you may not eat where you want.

3. Budget what you want to give your children in spending money. Then buy them a gift card, and a wallet from the dollar store. Place the gift card in the wallet, and present them with it on their nightstand when they wake up that first morning. When they run out of money, they are done shopping.

2.  Use Fast Pass!!! Give all of the tickets to one person and have them run ahead and get those passes for your group while you work your way over to another attraction...this is a major time saver.

1. The biggest tip....research your vacation time. Do not get upset if you are in line for 60 minutes, for Tower of Terror, in the 88 degree heat in June.

Email your travel tips to the Guru, we would love to hear from you!

See you real soon!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

How about those old park tickets?

Happy Monday Guru readers!!!

I have a challange for you have any old park tickets? Do they have unused days on them?

I was recently going through some of my old photo albums to find that I have saved all of my old hopper passes for my past trips. Come to find out, I have unused days on those tickets!! Any park ticket that was issued before 1/2/2005 is still valid.  What a fabulous way to save on your upcoming Walt Disney World Vacation!

The great news about this is, you may have paid a substantially lower price for your old ticket, but Disney is still willing to honor it at no additional charge to you. Old Park Hopper tickets purchased prior to 1/2/05 generally cannot be upgraded, or converted to Magic Your Way tickets. All you can do is use up the remaining days on them, but check with Guest Services to be sure.
Do you have any money saving tips to share? Email the Guru we would love to hear from you.
See you real soon!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Walt Disney World Trivia Sunday....

Right before you enter the Tower of Terror building, there is a plaque that says what year the Hollywood Tower Hotel was established.  Anyone know what that year is?

Email your answers to the Guru...answers will be accepted through 9/25/10.  Be sure to include your first name with your answer, so that the Guru can post your name.

See you real soon!!!

Mickey Mouse no longer table side at Chef Mickey's Buffet?

What?! Really?! A very good source has disclosed that Mickey will no longer be table side at the ever so popular, Chef Mickey's Buffet. The buffet is serviced out of Contemporary Resort and is one of the most popular character buffets at the Walt Disney World Resort.  Mickey will pose for pictures near the front of the restaurant in the area that formerly held a photo op featuring a large plate and statue of Mickey. Your picture will be taken with Mickey and will be available for sale for $29.95. 

I may have a problem making a reservation at a restaurant that is called Chef Mickey's, if Mickey will not be visiting for some one-on-one time with my family. Boooo hoooo!!!

What are your thoughts about this?

See you real soon!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Two Sides to The Great Movie Ride

Happy Saturday Guru readers!!!

I absolutely adore, The Great Movie Ride!!! What I did not know until recently, is that there are actually two different scene choices when you ride. The most popular scene is the gangster scene. But on occasion one can also get the cowboy scene. Word on the street is that the cowboy scene includes some!!!!

My suggestion to you is to ask if you can sit in the cowboy may be in for a fun surprise!!!

See you real soon!!!!!

Here is a sneak peak!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Disney launch web page for upcoming resort - Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney have launched a new webpage for their latest resort - Disney's Art of Animation.  Announced back in May 2010, the new resort opens in the summer of 2012 on the area previously designated for the second phase of Disney's Pop Century Resort.

The new resort will feature theming from 4 animated films - The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Cars and Finding Nemo. Most notable will be the inclusion of 1120 family suites. Each featuring 2 separate bathrooms, a master bedroom, and 3 separate sleeping areas within the living space, which includes an "Inovabed"—an impressive piece of furniture that transforms from a generously sized dining or work table to a comfortable bed in seconds.

A new piece of concept art (shown below) reveals a look at the Finding Nemo water play area and buildings.

View the new webpage at


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival

World Showcase Presents Delicious Discoveries
Oct. 1-Nov. 14 at 15th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Chefs Whip Up Global Goodies from South Korea, Belgium, and More

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Like a fine wine that improves with age, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival celebrates 15 years Oct. 1-Nov. 14 with an unrivaled global tasting experience.

Where on the planet can foodies sample the cuisine, culture and entertainment of more than two dozen countries during a 1.3-mile stroll around a picturesque 40-acre lagoon?  Only at Walt Disney World Resort, where more than 25 international marketplaces around the World Showcase promenade at Epcot invite guests to taste tapas-sized portions and sip wines, beers and spirits from six continents.

This year, Disney and celebrity chefs are teaming with winemakers and brew masters from around the world to commemorate 15 years of Delicious Discoveries.  During the six-week festival, guests will discover:
--  Two new tasting marketplaces – Belgium and South Korea –plus new menu offerings at popular returning marketplaces including Singapore, Argentina, Chile, Poland, South Africa, Australia, U.S.A., Spain and others.
--  Celebrity chef appearances starring top culinarians like Warren Brown, Cat Cora, Todd English, Gale Gand, Robert Irvine, Art Smith, Andrew Zimmern and more.
--  A complimentary Marketplace Discovery Passport to be stamped at each international marketplace visited for the perfect scrapbook souvenir.
--  Daily wine seminars, bottle signings, author events and culinary demonstrations at the Festival Welcome Center.
--  Eat to the Beat! concerts three times nightly at America Gardens Theatre.
--  Two Epcot restaurants grand opening just in time for the festival: Via Napoli at the Italy pavilion and La Hacienda de San Angel at the Mexico pavilion.
New Sips, Fresh Bites

Whether sampling steamed mussels with roasted garlic cream at the new Belgium marketplace or sipping the trendiest wines from South Africa and Chile, festival guests can make a day of grazing their way around the World Showcase promenade.  Tapas-sized portions of regional specialties run
$3-to-$8 each, and recommended wines and beers make perfect pairings at each marketplace.  To make grazing simpler and more fun, guests can purchase a festival-themed mini-Disney Gift Card that can be loaded and reloaded at several park locations.  The card comes attached to a band that can be worn conveniently on the wrist and used for purchases at park marketplaces, restaurants and shops.

Live regional entertainment includes music, acrobatics and improv performances along the promenade.  Evening Eat to the Beat! concerts at America Gardens Theatre feature acts from many musical genres.  Appearing for the first time on the Eat to the Beat! stage are: Sugar Ray, Air Supply, Howard Jones, 38 Special, Roger Hodgson (formerly of Supertramp,) Hanson and Rick Springfield.  Kicking off the festival Oct. 1-3 is fan-favorite Taylor Dayne, and wrapping the event Nov. 12-14 is crowd-pleaser Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
Each fall, the festival attracts a diverse audience of more than 1 million guests ranging from wine connoisseurs and epicures to novices wishing to boost their culinary IQs.  Special culinary programs showcase a lineup of renowned winemakers, guest chefs and speakers participating in elegant dinners, luncheons, seminars and wine schools.

Festival highlights include:
·         The Festival Welcome Center, with a Wine Bar, Authentic Taste Seminars, Authors Without Borders weekend conversations and more.
·         Some 250 chefs including Disney chefs and guest chefs from across the country conducting culinary demonstrations and hosting dinners and tasting events.  Guest chefs on tap include Debbie Gold, Rock Harper, Jeff Henderson, Robin Miller, Jamie Deen and many other culinary stars.
·         New events that include 3-D Disney’s Dessert Discovery and a festival preview night, First Bites Opening Reception, on Sept. 30.
·         Popular returning events that include Celebrating Family and Friends in the Kitchen, Epcot Wine Schools, Mexico Tequila Tastings and Food and Wine Pairings.
·         The weekly Party for the Senses grand tasting event with tempting bites from eminent chefs, more than 50 wines and beers and live entertainment.

Festival guests can enjoy fresh Epcot experiences including the latest Future World high-tech fun at Innoventions.  They also can go “under the sea” at The Seas with Nemo & Friends, “up in the air” at Soarin’ in The Land pavilion or “out of this world” at Mission: SPACE.  In World Showcase, new and updated restaurants welcome guests at the Italy, Japan, Mexico and China pavilions.
Included with Epcot Admission

Authentic Taste seminars and Authors Without Borders programs with special book signings at the Festival Center, Eat to the Beat! concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.

Special Programming by Reservation
The Party for the Senses grand tasting events and other special wine and culinary programs require reservations and separate event admission.  Guests can call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) for information and to make reservations for special events and programs.  Festival details are available at

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Hollywood Studios parade to be tentatively called 'Pixar Pals Cavalcade'

Following the announcement that Block Party Bash will have it's final performance on January 1 2011, a few more details have emerged. The tentative title for the new parade is 'Pixar Pals Cavalcade', and it will use the music from 'Pixar Play Parade' at Disney California Adventure.  Confirmed characters to be added include Remy and Emile from 'Ratatouille' as well as Carl and Russell from 'Up'. The new parade will debut on January 16, 2011.

What are your thoughts on all of the updates to Disney Hollywood Studios?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Use Walt Disney World Transportation while staying on property.

Nothing says vacation like, no cooking, no dishes, no making my bed, no scrubbing toilets, and no driving!

Walt Disney World Transportation is a wonderful way to save money while vacationing. You must be registered as a Walt Disney World Resort guest in order to utilize the free transportation system. In my 20+ times of vacationing at Walt Disney World, I have never rented a car. Now that Walt Disney World offers free airport transfers through Magical Express, they make it even easier for you to leave the car at home.

Every hour of the day, and well into the night, blessedly cool Disney buses ferry people free from one park to another and to and from the Disney resorts. Monorail and boats are other cool ways to get around. 

I suggest that you do your homework. This way you can take full advantage of each transportation system that Walt Disney World has to offer.  To see a detailed description of each transportation system Walt Disney World has to offer click here.

See you real soon!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Money Saver Monday!!!

Happy Monday!! Hope you had the best weekend ever!

Money saver tip of the week! When we are at Walt Disney World, it is inevitable that they are selling a TON of glowing type items, you name it, and it glows. While I love all of these items, they can get VERY pricey, especially times 3 children.

I recommend picking up the light/glow sticks from the Dollar Spot at Target or your local dollar store. They come in 15 to the pack and you can toss them when you are done with them. In addition, you can swim at night with them...they look sooooo cool underwater.

See you real soon!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

How well do you know Walt Disney World?

Alright Disney fans, let's see how well you know Walt Disney World!!

Five resorts were supposed to be built on Seven Seas Lagoon, only the Contemporary and Polynesian were, name the three that were not built?

I know that the Guru readers are among the smartest Walt Disney World fans!! Make me proud!!!! Put the correct answer in the comment section of this post. (You have until 9/13/2010)

Happy Researching!!!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Walt Disney World Secret Saturday

Happy Saturday Guru readers!!!

Walt Disney World is full of could visit 500 times and still see something new each and every time. My favorite thing is to look for Walt Disney World magical treasures while on Disney property. Every single detail of Walt Disney world has been thought out. Here is a list of some of my favorite magical treasures:(These come from many years on Disney Forums...thanks Intercot!!)

1. Waking-up Tinkerbell

If you are among the first to enter Tinkerbell’s Treasures shop (to your left as you pass through Cinderella Castle), your kid(s) may be in for a special treat. Ask the Cast Member if you can wake-up Tinkerbell. The kid(s) are given a sword (for boys) or a wand (for girls) and are instructed to tap on a small chest three times and say “wake-up Tinkerbell”. Sure enough Tinkerbell wakes-up and flies around the room in a dazzling display of lights and sounds. The helpers are usually given a certificate that proclaims that they helped wake-up Tinkerbell. If you miss this morning ceremony, Tink typically flies around the shop intermittently through out the day.

2.Aunt Polly’s Paintbrushes

Aunt Polly asked Tom and Huck to paint a few things on Tom Sawyer Island, but the mischievous adventurers rather went exploring and happened to leave the paintbrushes as the went along. If you should come across one of Aunt Polly’s paintbrushes pick it up and return it to one of the raft pilots (or other Cast Member in the area) and they will reward you with a front of the line pass to Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

3. Archeologist’s Well

In the queue for the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, there is a well that appears to be undergoing an excavation. Anchored outside the well is a rope with a sign reading, “do not pull”, go ahead and pull the rope.

4. The Empire Strikes Back

Just out side of the Star Tours attraction, one of the giant AT - AT Imperial Walkers doesn’t take kindly to passerby’s. Walk in between this walker and the Backstage Express dining location and you’re likely to get shot at with a barrage of water.

5. Sing’n in the Rain

On the Backlot, near the former Backlot Theater location, there is an open Umbrella precariously perched on the side of a lamppost. If you stand under it and pull on the crook of the handle, you’ll be in for a refreshing surprise right out of the classic movie musical Sing’n in the Rain.

6. Key to Muppet Labs

When entering Muppetvision 3D (just passed the turnstiles) look for a window to your right. In the window there is a sign that states that the staff is out, but there is a key under the mat. Underneath the window there is an actual door mat, look under the mat and you will actually find the key to Muppet Labs.

7. Kiswahili Kitchen

The outdoor seating of the Tusker House dining location may provide more than just a good meal. Guests dining on the back patio can typically hear kitchen noises and other culinary related sounds coming from the traditional African kitchen located on second story of the building.
8. Swahili Showers

The village of Harambe can get hot, but don’t worry there’s a quick way to cool off near by. Near the Dawa Bar there are a set of rusty looking showers --too hot?--try the showers, they’re real!

9. Windows of Main Street

The windows on the upper floors of Main Street pay homage to those who contributed to the Magic Kingdom park or the Disney Company. Two of the more notable windows are those for Walt Disney and Roy Disney. Walt’s window is above the Ice Cream Parlor facing Cinderella Castle and Roy’s window is above the Main Street Confectionery facing Town Hall.
10. Paw Prints of Love

Just outside of Tony's Town Square Restaurant the pavement holds a special homage to the Lady &the Tramp. Imprinted in the cement are the paw prints of both Lady and the Tramp. This is a nice photo spot for Disney dog lovers.
The Disney Guru would love for you to add to our list.Comment or email the Guru directly.
See you real soon!!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Walt Disney World's Pop Century Resort

I have been to Walt Disney World 20+ times in my life. During those times I have never once had the same vacation experience. I have stayed in every resort category that Walt Disney World has to offer, value, moderate, and deluxe. While every single trip that I have ever taken to Walt Disney World has been full of magic, when I stay at Pop Century Resort, my trip is like no other!!

In 2004 my family and I stayed at Pop Century Resort for the very first time. I immediately felt at home. When I travel to Walt Disney World, with or without kids, I am looking for whimsy, and for a place that feels alive. The Pop Century Resort does just that!! The best thing about Walt Disney World is that there is something for everyone.

What makes the Pop Century so great?

Yes, Pop Century is a value category hotel, but let me tell you the magic is in full force from the minute you walk through the lobby to your dip in the pool. The resort is themed around distinct memories from the 20th century. Each section of the hotel represents a different decade from the 1950's through the 1990's. As you walk through the resort you will notice larger than life icons that dress each decade building; Mr. Potato Head, Play dough, mood rings, and a giant sized foosball table to name a few.

Pop Century has three fantastic pools!!! Each pool is themed around the decade it resides in:

1.In the 90's section you will find a cool monitor shaped computer pool.

2.In the 60's section you will find the huge main flower shaped pool called the hippy dippy.

3.In the the 50's section you will find my favorite the smaller bowling pin shaped pool.

There's also a flower shower in one kids area, you can pull the chain and get a cold shower, so as you can see there is a pool nearby for all to enjoy.

Last, I just found out something I never knew and cannot wait to try out with my 2 year old. Pop Century has a Goofy's Splash Pool!!

Let's talk about the most amazing food court on the property. I have been a part of many Walt Disney World discussion boards for years, and one thing that is consistent is when they rank best food court at a resort Pop is always at the top! Everything Pop food court offers items grill, sandwiches and salads, pasta and pizza, Asian cuisine, and bakery items, everyone will find something they love at Everything Pop. Don't forget to use your Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit to get Tye Dye Cheesecake....yum!

Are you ready for an adult beverage? I know I always am, take a stroll over to Petals. Petals is located next to the Hippie Dippie pool, is the place to get all of your favorite concoctions...and try some new ones! Don't forget to have some fun over at the ping pong table while you're here.

As if Walt Disney World did not already have enough to do, Pop Century also has an arcade! Head over to the Fast Forward arcade for some great rainy day fun. Or bring your kids and teach them to play all the great games from your generation!

I am serious when I tell you that I LOVE the gift shop at Pop Century. It has anything you could possibly want!! Everything Pop Gift Shop is huge! It carries all of the items you'll need for your vacation, including clothing, food, medicines, souvenirs, and more.

One of the most important things about staying on property is the busing system. I know that people say that there is no rhyme or reason to the efficiency of the bus system throughout the Walt Disney Resort. I am going to have to say that of all of the places that I have stayed, Pop Century has the best bus system around. Not only does the resort not share their busses with another resort, but their line setup is VERY organized. They have their lines set up by park....I just love it!!!!

Now the rooms at Pop Century are very doubt about that. They are meant for up to 4 people. One great thing is that Pop Century rooms are currently undergoing a refurbishment. The refurbishment includes, a new flat panel TV, a curtain to section off the bathroom from the beds,(I love this!!) new bed spreads, and a new dresser.

I found a great site devoted to Pop Century...I encourage you to check it out:

The Guru would love to hear your comments about your favorite Walt Disney World Resort.

See you real soon!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Walt Disney World has completed their Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party decorations!!

The Disney Guru says that Halloween is one of the best times of year to visit the Magic Kingdom. Anytime the park transforms itself to create an ambiance of celebration, makes for more magical memories.  The party begins on September 14, usual it will be a family-friendly "spooktacular".

Click here to experience pictures and a story from

See you real soon!!

Walt Disney World Resort to get more themed rooms?

Hello Guru is Rumor Thursday and I plan to deliver. :0)

According to, Disney has been sending out surveys to to guests inquiring about more themed room options, including a Haunted Mansion themed room and a Disney Princess themed room. (BTW....I love this!!!) Included in the full story by  there is some concept art.  Click here to see the full article and wont want to miss this!!

What are your thoughts?

See you real soon!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Want to apply to become part of the Walt Disney World Mom's Panel?

Beginning at 9 a.m. ET Sept. 13, Disney World will begin accepting applications for the 2011 WDW Moms Panel.

Disney describes the panel as “an online forum of vacation advisors made up of everyday people who will answer questions and offer advice to families in the process of planning a trip to Walt Disney World.”

Participants must:

** Be 18 years or older.

** Have access to a computer and an Internet connection.

** Be familiar with Walt Disney World® Resort and have visited at least once in the last 12 months.

** Be fluent in the English language.

** Complete at least twenty-five written responses per week.

** Provide your opinions and feedback.

** Submit an autobiography and personal photo and/or video to be posted online.

** Be available to travel to Walt Disney World on Dec. 10-13, 2010

** Be willing to participate for up to 24 months.

** Not be current employees of The Walt Disney Company or any of its subsidiaries or live with anyone who is.

** Not be currently employed in the travel or theme park industries.

See complete rules here. Those chosen to be panelists will receive a trip to Walt Disney World to participate in training.

Walt Disney World Guru Needs Your Help!

The Disney Guru is looking for people that have recently traveled, are currently traveling, or are going in the near future to Walt Disney World. The Guru is in need of photocopied menus, or pictures of menus along with pictures of your food selections while on Walt Disney World property.  We are looking forward to posting this information on our site to better assist those in the planning of their Walt Disney World vacation. 

Please email your menus and pictures to the Guru

Thank you in advance for your help!

See you real soon!

The Best of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2010!!!

Fall is almost here and what a better time to be going to the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World! There is no better place to spend Halloween then at Walt Disney World. The parks are completely transformed into a kid-friendly "spooky" yet magical place. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party is full of fun and entertainment for the entire family!
The question so many people wonder is, "Should I spend the extra money to go to this event?" (click here for pricing information)

Here are the features of what Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party has to decide. :0)

Goodies for all!! Consult the park map for locations. 7PM-12AM

Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween Parade
Come see your favorite characters in costume!! Consult the park map for parade route.

Halloween Dance Parties
Stitch's Cosmic Dance Party - Tomorrowland
Get Up & Boo-gie - Fantasyland

Happy HalloWishes” Fireworks
 Spectacular Halloween-themed fireworks display -- “Happy HalloWishes” -- featuring spooky music from family-friendly Disney attractions and movies including Haunted Mansion and “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” as well as the voices of memorable Disney characters such as Madame Leota, Ursula, Jafar, Maleficent and Oogie Boogie. Eek! 9:30 PM

Villain's Mix and Mingle
Your favorite Disney Villains take center stage in this Halloween production - stick around, you don't know who you may meet after the show.

Special Disney Character Appearances
Various locations throughout the Park until 11:30 PM. (We are always able to meet Snow White and all seven well as the Evil Step Sisters from Cinderella.)

Check out these Youtube videos:

Happy Hallowishes:

Boo-To-You Halloween Parade:

Villians Mix & Mingle:

See you real soon!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Would you plan your Walt Disney World trip already?!

Happy Tuesday Guru readers!! Travel tip Tuesday is in full-swing and this one is for you!

Lately, I encountered many people that say they are going to Walt Disney World sometime before the end of this year. And lately, when I ask them questions about their trip, they have NO idea about anything. They have no idea about where they are going to eat, stay, what parks Walt Disney World has to offer, what rides their small children can get on, how to get a deal, what promotions are going on, and what special events are going on when they are there! Come on people!!!!!  Walt Disney World is not a place you can go unplanned!!

Planing a Disney trip can be a daunting task for many. What I would recommend is for you to look at the park's schedule to determine what attractions are available at the time that you travel. Next, you will want to know what is under refurbishment during your time of travel, all too often I have heard of people say that they were really looking forward to visiting a specific attraction, only to find it was closed for refurbishment. Another great tip I have for travelers is to travel at an off-peak season. The off-peak times are going to offer the best crowds, weather and rates of the year.

Last, you will want to get a great Walt Disney World travel guide to help you make all of your final decisions. I am going to recommend PassPorter's Walt Disney World 2010: The Unique Travel Guide, Planner, Organizer, Journal, and Keepsake! In this book you will find fourteen built-in organizer pockets keep plans, maps, and memories all in one place, and the full-color travel guide includes everything you need to plan the perfect vacation. All Disney parks and resort hotels are described in depth, with ratings, floor plans, and maps. Comprehensive information for planning, traveling, and dining is also included, along with an entire section devoted to extra-special Disney magic. Design your vacation with the help of six planning worksheets, write your itinerary on the front of each organizer pocket before you go, store guide maps, brochures, tickets, and receipts inside the pockets while you're there, and record expenses and memories to review and share when you return. This is the ultimate traveling companion for Walt Disney World!

Good luck and happy planning!!!

See you real soon!

Monday, September 6, 2010

What do you think about Marvel gear at the Disney Parks?

Since Disney aquired Marvel last year, Marvel gear has slowly become part of the Disney Parks. Take a look at some of the gear that can be found at Epcot's Mouse Gear. Some say that seeing Spiderman in the parks is going to take some getting used to.

What do you think?

Photos courtesy of

Get those Souvenirs Elsewhere!

Money Saver Monday!!!

Happy Monday Guru readers, today's tip comes straight from my pocketbook to yours. I feel that my family is blessed to be able to go to Walt Disney World every year, so when we are there the children know that we will NOT be doing much shopping. (This is of course unless if Grandma joins us...haha)

About six months prior to our trip I start taking a look at the Disney Store for deals. That store has an ample amount of sales throughout the year. I stock up on t-shirts, cups, plates, and small toys. Then, as I wrote about in another post, I ship a box to my hotel.(click here to read about how to ship your box) This saves my family a TON of money. What we usually do is have a small gift on the nightstand each morning. The kids truly look forward to these gifts.

I would love to hear how you save money when you visit Walt Disney World.

See you real soon!!!!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Walt Disney World's Epcot, a Hidden Gem.

In all of my wonderful travels to Walt Disney World, there have been all too many times that I have skipped Epcot. After the past few trips I have taken to Walt Disney World, I am begining to think that I have missed a TON of time at Epcot. I can honestly say that Epcot is a hidden gem! Epcot has an abundance of overlooked free things to do. Take a peak at what I have complied from my last few trips and a fellow Disney Site, Enjoy!

Epcot offers an out of this world entertainment schedule!! Take a stroll over to Future World or World Showcase where you can see street performers. Also in the lineup, Off Kilter, British Invasion, World Showcase Players, and Dragon Legeond Acrobats among others). In Future World you can find the Jaminators. If you are visiting during Epcot's Food and Wine Festival, grab a bite to eat from around the world and relax as you are surrounded by the sights and sounds of the street performers.

Do you visit Walt Disney World during a hot time of year, or do you have little ones with you that are just not quite tall enough for some of those thrill rides? Epcot offers several opportunities for water play. I took full advantage of these areas with my 2 year old on our last trip. These areas made for a great respit while we waited for our party to get off of the rides. Check out the "Cool Wash" area just outside of Test Track, this is my personal favorite. In addition, you can watch the water leap from fountain to fountain right outside, Honey I Shrunk the Audience, there's also two play fountains, one located on the main walkway from Future World to World Showcase, and on the walkway to Mission Space( for these I would recommend having a change of clothes for your children....they will get wet!) Also, outside of the Imagination Pavillion is a water fall....or should I say a water up? We think that this one is so cool! The water is actually flowing up rather than down. Last, do not forget to spend some time watching the fountain in the middle of future world. This fountain has been named, "The Fountain of Nations." My perferred time to watch this fountain is at night. The dancing waters, copuled with the lights and music is enough to give anyone the chills.

Are you looking for a cool beverage? You must be ready to try something very different from what you are used to. Stop in at Club Cool, this is located on the west side of the main fountain, in the middle of Future World. Not only is this a free attraction, but you will be able to sample Coke products from around the world! Be sure to try Beverly....but have the video camera ready. :0)

Walking to Test Track? Look for a butterfly garden on path to the ride. After you have taken a ride on Test Track, compete in a game against another team, let the little ones climb in their area, play some video games, or send some cyber postcards to your family back home (there are also some video email and cyber postcard areas in Innovations).

Slow down and take some time to see what Innovations has to offer, both East and West, it’s a great way to get out of the heat. Visit the World of Plastic in Innovations East for a free souvenir, and a great workout. Try the Pixography station in the Xerox area for a free picture calendar to take home. Try out Toon Tag for some fun.

If you are walking past Spaceship Earth at night, make sure and look down for a fascinating fiber optics light show. The kids (old and young) will love it. And often there’s no line at Spaceship Earth at night, maybe hop in for one last ride? While you are in there look for the scene at the top where the moon is showing, you may see a lift that is used to get Mickey and others to the top for special events.

Do you have an urge to become a secret agent? Disney's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure is an ultra interactive quest at Epcot theme park based on the Disney Channel animated series, Kim Possible. Transform into secret agents, join Team Possible and help save the world from super-villains with the help of a high-tech "Kimmunicator". 

A marker that (was) the center of WDW is on the path to Living with the Land, just west of Innovations West, behind the fountain and towards the Lagoon. It once the marked the center of property, but now it's just a circle in the pavement. This is most likely not the center of WDW now, if it ever was, but tradition says it once was!


As you enter Norway the first building has a roof made of real sod, back in the “ole country” this would be trimmed by the goats, however here in WDW the horticulturists take care of it. Make sure and go into the Stave Church, there are only 28 of these left in Norway. I also know of one larger than the Epcot model built in the Black Hills of South Dakota, all the pieces for that one were shipped in from Norway.


Make time for the acrobats show in China, then check out the temple ceiling, and lastly for an inexpensive souvenir, see the man in the back of the gift shop for a personalized fan.


Germany offers wine tasting for a small fee, and then you can order up your favorite and have it sent to your hotel room or the front gate for pickup later in the day.

In Germany make sure and spend some time enjoying the train exhibit, which often has seasonal differences, and look for the clock with the figures that pop out on the hour, and the pickle tree. If you are not familiar with the pickle legend, ask a cast member.


Stop into the American Pavilion, don’t pass it by as you figure you spend enough time in our grand country, the shows here are worth stopping for and they have different exhibits that change. Take time to enjoy the pictures painted through out American Adventure pavilion.


Try on the traditional Japanese garments in the department store in Japan, pose for a picture, then head upstairs to the bar for a bit of quiet and a beverage.

The Japanese Pagoda has 5 stories and each represents an element the Buddhists believe all things were created from: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Sky.


The Morocco pavilion offers a free tour of their “country” including cultural and historical bits about this fascinating country. This might even induce you to exploring all the other countries to find some hidden areas, such as the maze garden in the back corner of the UK.

Notice the wall mosaics in Morocco, each one has at least one flawed or cracked tile on purpose, as they believe only Allah can create perfect things.


The bridge crossing from France to the UK represents crossing the English Channel, Disney’s version of the Channel? Look for a bike and an easel around the channel as if an artist were painting and just stepped away for a minute.

United Kingdom

Look for the butterfly garden in the UK; it is located in the Not-a-garden where the apothecary grows his herbs. There is a butterfly box here where the butterfly cocoons are protected until they hatch.


World Showcase Passports (approx $12 at shops/carts throughout Epcot), you can get them rubber stamped and signed in each country at the Kidcot station; they also come with a stamp for each country and a button that reads “World Showcase Traveler.”

Speaking of the Kidcot Stations, your child (or I am sure you if you are so inclined) can make a free mask, they can color it and decorate it, there are ornaments to hang from it and they can get a stamp in each country and a signature from the Cast Member (remember the Cast Members are from each country, so they are a wealth of information for inquisitive minds, young and old alike). If you finish up all the countries you get a special prize!

Great Disney Dining Plan Snacks!

Take full advantage of your Disney Dining Plan snack credit on your next trip to the world. Long gone are the days of just picking a snack under $4. Now you have to be on the hunt for items that "qualify" as a snack credit, utilizing the symbol above. Many find the snack hunt to be quite a treasure hunt!!

There are a vast amount of wonderful snacks you can get using your Disney Dining Plan snack credit. This information comes at the perfect time if you are going to be traveling to Walt Disney World during the Free Dining Promotion.

Below are some yummy ideas you can purchase using your Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit:

Carrot Cake Cookie

At Hollywood Studios, there is a delectable secret hidden at the Writer's Stop. It is called the Carrot Cake Cookie and it is divine! It is sandwiched between two soft Carrot Cake Cookies, you have a layer of cream cheese frosting. The resulting taste is amazing!!!

Magic Kingdom Funnel Cake

Funnel Cakes are snack staples at Theme Parks, Fairs, and Festivals, and Disney World is no exception. Until recently you could order a Funnel Cake, but you could not use a snack credit to pay for it. Now at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments found at Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom you can get a freshly-made Funnel Cake dusted with powdered sugar or cinnamon for the price of a snack credit! Yummmmmmm!

Two other unique snack credit items available at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments are: the Cappuccino Float with Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream and Chicken & Wild Rice Soup.

Super Sundae Snacks

At Mrs. Potts' Cupboard in Fantasyland of the Magic Kingdom are two snacks that are priced at $4.99, but are still redeemable for a snack credit. The first is the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae which consists of shortcake topped with vanilla soft serve ice-cream and strawberry topping. The second is the Fudge Brownie Sundae which starts with a fudge brownie topped with your choice of chocolate or vanilla soft serve ice cream, hot fudge or caramel topping and whipped cream.

Butterfinger Cheesecake

After you have experienced Soarin' at Epcot you are probably ready for a snack. The bakery area in Sunshine Seasons has several great choices with the Butterfinger Cheesecake at the top of the list. Like most of the other delicious items that are available in the bakery counter, the Butterfinger Cheesecake can be yours for one mere Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit.

Food & Wine Festival

For those of you attending the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival don't forget the snack credit redeeming options that abound during the F&W Festival. With very few exceptions all of the food tasting portions that are available in the 25 kiosks in Epcot's World Showcase can be obtained for a DDP Snack Credit. There are some incredible dishes to try, so you can't go wrong using your snack credits here! Try the Cheddar Cheese Soup from Canada and I would highly recommend the Seared Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Purée and Mango Barbecue Sauce in the South Africa kiosk.

Click here to read more about the many choices you have when using your Disney Dining Plan Snack credit.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pick up the Phones at Magic Kingdom.

Fun Fact Friday!!!

There are two locations that house phones that may look like decoration. Next time you are at Magic Kingdom go to the following locations and pick up the may be surprised at what you hear.

Main Street Party line

Stop in the Market House on Main Street and look for a turn of the century phone mounted on the wall near a set of cash registers. If you pick up the receiver you’ll listen in on an old fashion party line between a mother and her daughter.

Tommorowland Phone Co.

Located in Rocket Tower Plaza (beneath the Tommorowland Transit Authority station and the Astro Orbiter) is a phone with a several buttons. Pick up the phone and each button will connect you with the likes of Sonny Eclipses’ Agent or other Tommorowland residents.

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Enjoy!! See you real soon!!!

Epcot Adding a New Country and Hollywood Studios Gets a New Ride?

In the midst of some major refurbishments currently underway at Walt Disney World, there are still more considerations for additions to the parks.  Currently there is talk that Epcot will add Spain to the World Showcase, this would neighbor France.

In addition, Disney's Hollywood Studios has been given the ok to build a Monster's Inc coaster by 2014. This news comes with great excitement to Disney fans, as many would love to see some new additions to Hollywood Studios.

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