Thursday, June 1, 2017

Episode 32: Dinner at Boatwright's Dining Hall at Port Orleans Riverside - WDW Vlog September 2016

After a nice relaxing afternoon around the resort, and a quick but powerful thunderstorm, we head to Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Port Orleans Riverside for dinner.  We were excited to eat here after we saw the menu… all good Louisiana cuisine!  Boatwright’s is the table service restaurant at POR and is located between the River Roost Lounge and the food court.  You really can’t miss it as there is a huge boat frame hanging from the ceiling in the center around the entry.  While we are on décor… everything has a rustic last century feel to it.  Everything is wood and metals and the walls are covered with old ship building tools and pictures of shipyards of days long past.  It was actually very interesting to see these primitive tools and to see this huge hull and know that this is how ships and boats were made for hundreds of years!

Now on to the food!  First of all, one must order sweet tea when dining in a Southern style restaurant, which we did (well 4 out of 5 of us) and it was just as good as we make at home!  The cornbread…  Ethan tried to hoard the entire basket for himself it was so good!  Ok, so picture the best cornbread you have ever had…  It was warm and slightly sweet an flaky but didn’t fall apart… and when you but the butter on it, well enough said.  Needless to say we ate it all!  We all tried something different from the menu, some of us sticking to our favorites and some branching out and trying something new.  Jason had The Big Easy which is a 10oz NY Strip with peppercorn cream and a side of crawfish mac & cheese.  I (Alisa) had the Deep South Shrimp & Grits – traditional style.  Ethan was on a mission to try multiple versions of chicken & waffles on this trip so ordered the Voodoo Chicken which was just that.  Cameron was also on a mission, but for ribs, so he ordered the Sassagoula Short Ribs.  Colby decided he wanted ‘Louisiana on a plate’ as he described it and ordered the Boatwright’s Jambalaya.  Let me just say here that we are from Louisiana and know what real Louisiana food is supposed to taste like… and this was spot on!  Everything was so good!  This was definitely the best meal of the trip… who would have thought there would be such good Cajun food in Central Florida…

After this huge meal, no one was really hungry for dessert, but when you’re on the Disney Dining Plan and dessert is included in your meal, well you at least have to try it, right?  Me being the sweet lover I am can never pass up dessert!  I had the Strawberry Bread Pudding, which was like nothing I had ever had before.  They soaked the bread in strawberry juice and baked it in, then it was topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with strawberry sauce… YUM!  Jason had the Bourbon Street Pecan Pie, which was not a slice, but an individual size pit, also topped with vanilla ice cream, also very good.  Ethan vowed he could not eat another bite (where has my bottomless pit gone???) and was the only one to pass on dessert.  Colby had the Crème Brulee and Cameron the Banana Pudding.  All of these were amazing and we were sad that are tummies were too full to devour them whole… but we tried our best!

The sky after a thunderstorm is beautiful and the rain cooled everything down dramatically were it was very nice just to sit outside and relax.  Jason & I grabbed two rocking chairs (that didn’t actually rock) on the back porch of the main building and just watched the horse and buggy trot by and the boats coming to and from Disney Springs and the clouds moving through the sky and more lightning off in the distance.  It was very nice.  It was a perfect ending to a day in Disney World!





Sunday, May 28, 2017

CRUISE LIFE VLOG: Carnival Dream - Alchemy Bar & Our First Dinner - Day 1: Part 3

Once the rain started when headed inside to explore the ship and headed to the lobby area.  It was Easter Sunday and we discovered they had a candy hunt all over the ship.  I spoke to one employee manning a station who explained how it worked... They had random stations set up all over this ship with an employee with a big bucket of candy.  Kids of any age could get a small bag and go around and collect as much candy as they like for free!  The kids really seemed to be enjoyed it!  There was some great music playing in the lobby... well to be honest there was almost always good music in the lobby area...  But this was a three piece brass band and we just stood by the railing and listened.

Next up, Promenade on deck 5... Jason walked over to Alchemy Bar to grab a drink and I hit up the Taste Bar next door.  If you don't know what the Taste Bar is, it is set up most evenings and serves small samples from the signature Carnival restaurants.  This time was my favorite which we have had on previous cruises and is from the steakhouse.  It is a braised rib finger with a side of pumpkin soup, it is so good!  Alchemy Bar is unique on the ship, most bartenders just ask what you want to drink, but at Alchemy, they ask what you like and will create a special concoction just for you.  Jason said he liked vodka and grapefruit juice and she built a drink for him.  It was good and it was strong... That's another thing about Alchemy, these are the most potent drinks on board.

Off we go to gather the crew for dinner and we pass through Bonsai Sushi and Ethan tries to convince me that I need to give it a try... yeah that's not going to happen...  He can eat sushi til his heart's content but he will never convince me to try raw fish!  So we get back to the cabin just before the boys and when we are all assembled we see a few surprises have been left in our rooms.  For one, it's our fits towel animal of the trip!  We debated on what it was but no one could actually figure it out.  We also had our first gold VIFP pin, certificate for a free drink on the last night and huge bottles of water each for Being return guests.  Little things make us happy :)

On to dinner!  We were seated for late dining (8:15) in the Scarlet Dining Room.  We arrived early and had a nice surprise that there was a strings trio serenading the crowd waiting to enter, it was lovely.  We were led to the very back of the dining room to a table along the windows.  It was dark so it was pitch black outside but this would be a beautiful view during the day.  Also we were so happy that they were able to fit all eleven of us at a table together, we were worried about that!  Dinner was great as always with some of us trying our favorites (shrimp cocktail) and also trying something new.  We started with cheese plates with our bread service.  Now these are technically on the dessert menu, but if you ask, they will bring them out early.  Next came the appetizers (cue the many shrimp cocktails) and then the main course.  Jason has decided to try and eat healthy so ordered the salmon, but I was indulging and had the sweet & sour shrimp which was really good!  Last but not least was dessert.  Now I have a bit of tradition that no matter what else is offered I will ALWAYS have the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake... It is Carnival's signature dessert for a reason... food porn!

After dinner we are officially welcomed aboard with an awesome show...

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Episode 31: Aliens & Pirates in Magic Kingdom - WDW Vlog September 2016

It is lunch time and we are starving!  Well all hungry but can’t decide on what to eat…  Jason wants one of the Casey’s Corner famous footlongs so we head in there first, but the boys have different ideas and I take them over to Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café.  This place has always been a go to spot for lunch for our family ever since the kids were little.  Food on trays we head into the main room hoping to snag a table to view some entertainment along with our meal… and we were lucky and were able to get one very close to our favorite alien at Magic Kingdom… Sonny Eclipse.  There is something heartwarming about a funny looking alien singing lounge music, we just love it!  So onto the food… one thing we have all learned is that quick service meals at Disney can be hit or miss.  While some are great some are just mediocre.  So I was very pleasantly surprised when I ordered the pulled pork sandwich… it was so good!!!  The boys had burgers and we had enough fries to feed a small army and along with the chocolate cakes, it is needless to say that we all almost slipped into a food coma!  So much so that we actually left our backpack sitting at the table and were all the way to the castle before we realized it!

We watched a bit of the Move It Shake It dance party / parade as we made our way over to Frontierland as we had FastPasses for Splash Mountain.  Well… unlucky for us, but luck for Colby because he didn’t want to ride, Splash Mountain was down   So we decided for a nice relaxing turn around the park on the Walt Disney World Railroad.  This is always nice as it allows you to sit and rest for a while and there is always a cool breeze from the train’s movements.  When we made the full circuit of the park back to Frontierland, Splash was still down (Colby did a cheer) so we decided to use our FastPasses on Pirates of the Caribbean instead.  Hey it’s a water ride too and there is a drop…  POTC is one of our family favorites!  We even dressed as pirates to ride earlier in this trip!  My favorite parts are when the wall of fog is in front of you and one of the villains is telling you to beware and your boat moves right through it and he disappears around you and off to the right the pirate skeleton that is driving the ship being beat back by the wind and rain.  Both of those scenes give me chills.

At this point, we decided we all needed a break and instead of another ride in Magic Kingdom we opted for a ride on the bus back to Port Orleans Riverside for a rest…  Join us next time for an amazing Louisiana meal at Boatwrights!

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

CRUISE LIFE VLOG: Carnival Dream: Boarding the Ship & Setting Sail - Day 1

After much anticipation and waiting...  We finally arrive at the port and board the Carnival Dream!  I must say this was the quickest we have ever gotten through check in and security to board a ship, literally the line never stopped moving, it was so fast!  Thank you New Orleans Port!!!  Once on board we headed to deck 8 to drop our bags off in our cabins... but the doors were closed and we couldn't get it...  this had never happened to us before but we are easy going, we just headed back down to the lobby, grabbed a drink and spoke to guest services and the Maitre D to straighten out a few mix-ups we had.  So at 1:00 we returned to our cabin, unpacked everything and then headed up to Lido for our first look at the main outdoor entertainment & food deck and to grab some lunch.  The kids scattered as they wanted to jump in the pools and they didn't want us parents to slow them down...

After walking to the back of the ship and taking in the views of the aft pool deck, the city of New Orleans, the Mississippi River and the nice Norwegian ship parked behind us we were starving!  After much deliberation we decided the Mongolian Wok would be our first meal on board.  This takes a bit of time but is well worth it because it is cooked fresh and to order.  First you grab a bowl and load it with noodles and vegetables you want and when  it is your turn, you hand your bowl over to the cook and choose your meat (there are three to choose from) and your sauce which ranges from mild (black bean sauce) to crazy hot (szechuan sauce)!  Mild for me (Alisa) and spicy for Jason of which he was surprised with two scoops of the spicy goodness.  Let me say this is so good and worth the approximately 20 minutes in line it took for our order!  So good!!!  After eating, I noticed the dessert buffet behind me so of course I had to try some...

After lunch it was time for the muster drill.  Luckily on the bigger ships these tend to be in nice air conditioned areas as opposed to cramming everyone on the small decks outside by the life boats.  We were in the aft dining room and seated by the window so we had an excellent view of the river and could also clearly see what we needed to do in case of an emergency.  Once the mandatory safety drill is over, everyone makes their way back up to lido deck for the sail away party.  We have never cruised another line, but I must say Carnival does an excellent job of making their sail away parties fun and memorable!  Chris 'The Flying Scotsman' our cruise director was on a platform by the pool, in his kilt, surrounded by the Dream's Fun Squad and had everyone dancing and having fun!  Energetic music, line dancing, drinks in hand and explosions of confetti... makes for a good time!

Once the party was over, Jason and I walked up to the Serenity deck and were able to snag one of the comfy loungers to sit and relax as we watched the ship sail down the Mississippi River...

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Episode 30: It's Fantasyland Time!!! - WDW Vlog September 2016

What area of Magic Kingdom is the first to come to mind when you thing about the park?  For me it is Fantasyland.  We have learned through the years of taking our family to Walt Disney World that your time is best used if you take one land at a time instead of running back and forth through the park… so once we had done all we wanted to do in Tomorrowland for the day, we headed over to Fantasyland.  Our first ride of this area was Goofy’s Barnstormer since there was only a 5 minute wait.  Something else we have learned is to take these 5 minute waits when you can get them because they don’t last long!  We love this family friendly coaster and have dubbed it the ‘quickest’ coaster we have ever ridden… not the fastest, but the quickest.  So we decided to time it and from start to finish the ride lasts 54 seconds.  But that’s ok, we still love it!

Walking into New Fantasyland still takes me by surprise.  We had five years where we were unable to go to WDW and when we left in 2010 they were just starting to clear the way for this new area. And when we return in 2015 it is all complete and so different than what we had remembered!  The theming is so beautiful here and we love how each area stands apart but all flows together.  The Little Mermaid area is a perfect example…  it sits right by Beast’s Castle and the mountain of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and while completely unique it fits perfectly.  The Journey of the Little Mermaid is a beautifully done dark ride that takes you through the entire story of Ariel’s longing for what is beyond, to Sebastian’s trying to convince her to stay ‘Under the Sea’, to her transformation and boat ride with Prince Eric with ‘Kiss the Girl’, to Ursula’s attack and finally the wedding!  This ride is perfect for all ages and even our boys enjoy it.  And if you have some who don’t tell them it’s some time in the nice cool air conditioning!

Finally it was time for our Fast Pass on Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train and we were so excited!  Ethan, Cameron or Colby had never ridden this as their were technical difficulties on our last trip and the ride was down.  Jason & I rode it several times on our trip in January and we knew the boys would love it!  And rides like this is why I absolutely love Fast Passes… There is a posted 90 minute wait and we were on in about 10 minutes!  Fantastic!  This is such a fun ride, but don’t get it confused with a thrill coaster.  When you pull out on the ride on your mine car you start on quick but smooth twists and turns and you can feel your car slightly rocking back and forth.  Upon entering the mine it slows down to a crawl so you can see how beautiful the colored gems all around you are and the seven cute animatronics are singing ‘Heigh Ho’ as they work.  One of my favorite parts is when you start climbing the tracks and you can see the shadows of the dwarfs climbing with you... and when you reach the top, the fun begins!  There is a nice drop that goes into twists and turns of pure joy!  The ride ends at Snow White’s cottage where you can see her dancing with her friends as the evil queen/crone lurks outside the door.  Verdict: the boys loved it!  It is evident by the looks on their faces in the ride picture, I have never seen them smile like that on a ride before!

After a quick and very dizzying spin on the Tea Cups, we head to Cinderella Castle for the show.  This was our first time viewing Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire which had recently replaced Dream Along With Mickey.  It was a great show that started off with our favorite Fab Five and their friends but then it was broken into smaller acts.  The first being Princess and the Frog with Tianna and Naveen and even Louis with his trumpet and they sang some of our favorites from the movie… being from Louisiana, we are a bit partial to this story!  Next up was Rapunzel and Flynn and their band of hooligans from the Snuggly Duckling and the final act was Frozen.  First Olaf comes out and then brings Anna and Elsa and of course we end with Let It Go and really cool ‘snow’ coming from Elsa.  All in all it was a great show!



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wanderlust Travel Tag - EECC Travels

Wanderlust Travel Tag

Here are the questions for the Wanderlust Tag:
1. Where was your first plane to?
2. Where have you traveled that you would love to visit again?
3. You're leaving tomorrow, money is no object, where would you go?
4. Preferred method of travel: planes, trains, or cars?
5. Favorite travel website?
6. Where would you travel just to eat food?
7. Is there a place you would never travel again?
8. Can you recite your passport number by memory if asked?
9. Do you prefer the window, the aisle, or the middle seat on an airplane?
10. How do you pass the time on an airplane?

We were tagged by The Magic Geekdom, check out their channel!

We tag Mouse Eared World and ParoDeeJay

Hope you enjoy our answers!

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Traveling to the Dream & New Orleans' French Quarter

Travel day is always so exciting because of all of the anticipation of your upcoming trip!  We were so excited to go on the Carnival Dream that we loaded the car the night before and got up at 6:30 am to begin our drive to New Orleans!  And the boys were so excited that they actually stayed awake for the first half of the drive which is amazing because they normally go to sleep immediately in the car that early in the morning.  It was Easter Sunday so there were very few cars on the road and we did not run into any traffic at all, also unusual because traffic in Baton Rouge can be a nightmare!  But we made great time and arrived in less than three and a half hours into the ‘Crescent City’ aka NOLA aka New Orleans.

We drove by the port and the parking garage to get our bearings and then headed over to the French Quarter to walk and enjoy the beautiful day and kill a couple of hours until it was our set time to board the ship.  We parked right along the Mississippi River near Jackson Square so we only had a very short walk to the heart of the Quarter.  But first we crossed the trolley tracks and walked up on the levee to get our first glimpse of our ship not far off in the distance.  The Carnival Dream and the Norwegian Pearl (I think, or maybe the Dawn…) were the two ships at the Port of New Orleans this morning.  Also on the levee was some fun entertainment in the form of… Saints Vader.  What is ‘Saints Vader’ you ask?  Well this is a guy with a costume that is a mix of Darth Vader and the New Orleans Saints.  He was very entertaining!

Walking into the French Quarter we immediately encounter one of the things we love so much about New Orleans and that is the local musicians!  They are all over and are wonderful!  The game plan of the morning was to go to Cafe Du Monde for some beignets… but I guess everyone else had the same idea as the place was packed and there was a line a block long to get in!  Needless to say, we decided to bypass our original destination and just go for a walk.  But luckily, just a couple of blocks down, we found yet another café selling coffee and beignets!  This was called ‘New Orleans Famous Beignets & Coffee’ so we decided to give it a try as there was almost no wait at all.  They did not disappoint and were hot and yummy and we looked like we took a bath in powdered sugar, but that is to be expected.  Tummies full and everyone hopped up on sugar, we continued our walk around Jackson Square over to St. Louis Cathedral.  Being Easter, there were lots of people all dressed up to attend church but there were also plenty like us in casual clothes so no one felt out of place.  There was some great calliope music playing somewhere in the area although we could never seem to pinpoint where it was coming from…  But we found something I know had to have been there a while but we had never noticed and that was a huge tree completely covered in Mardi Gras beads!  Pretty cool!

Around the corner was another new find for us which was a hot sauce bar…  Never seen anything like this before…  It was a store with one side all shelves of spicy items like seasonings and jellies and the other wall is nothing but hot sauce!  In every pepper, name, variety, anything you could think of this store has it!  And in the center is a tasting bar where you can try, if you are brave enough, some of the different sauces and jellies.  So we managed to use up all of our free time exploring a very tiny portion of a very amazing city!  On to the ship…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Episode 29: Our LAST Welcome Show at Magic Kingdom - WDW Vlog September 2016

We had no idea when we got up and made our way oh so early to the Magic Kingdom that it would be our last time ever to see the Welcome Show!  Well actually it was the first and the last time for our boys!!!  But looking back we are so glad that we did this.  To make it in time for the Welcome Show took a bit of effort, you not only had to make sure that you arrived at the park early enough for rope drop, but add another 30 minutes to that time frame for the show.  But so worth it!  We loved how the major of Main Street came out to greet us and the Citizens of Main Street sing ‘Good Morning’ which by the way we randomly sing to each other all of the time so this show will never truly go away for us!  And then it is announced that Mickey and the gang are on their way on the train with a specially chosen family for the day and everyone breaks into ‘Casey Junior coming down the tracks…’ and the steam engine comes into sight puffing smoke along the way.  All faces are on the train station as the characters we know and love pour off the train to wave and smile at us and to welcome everyone for the day to Magic Kingdom.  Then Mickey Mouse starts the countdown… 10…9… 8…  and we wait and count along until 3… 2… 1… and YAY the park is opened for the day!!!

Now the massive group of people who have gathered for the show squeeze through the two side entrances for the park to make their way down Main Street USA…  so for this reason, I can see the need for a change in the morning show and we are really looking forward to the new show on our next trip… but this will always hold a special place in our hearts!

Once into the park we made a quick right turn and into Tomorrowland!!!  To see the empty areas of the park is reason to get up out of the bed and get there early!  We rode Space Mountain three times in a row and then moved to Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin with the high hopes of becoming Galactic Heros.  After two times on the ride none of us were successful, but Jason got really close and we all had a lot of fun trying!  After all of this excitement, it was time for a nice relaxing turn on the People Mover which is one of our family’s absolute favorite rides at Walt Disney World.

About this time, everyone was hungry and thirsty so we made a stop for Mickey pretzels and water in the shade before continuing our adventure in Fantasyland…



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

LOUISIANA LIFE: Alex River Fete 2017 - Awesome Music, Great Food, Classic Cars & MORE!

We had a wonderful time this past weekend at Alex River Fete in our hometown of Alexandria, LA.  It was a three day festival, but we were there only on Saturday for almost the full day.  This is a festival that was started a few years ago to celebrate our city and bring together great entertainment, live music, great food and local arts & crafts vendors.  There are some really great events as well including the Dragon Boat races, a classic car show and lots of free activities for the kids!

And in their words:

"The City of Alexandria – in partnership with dozens of local arts organizations and programs – combines the success of existing cultural events, bringing them “all under one roof” for three days in Downtown Alexandria. Together with numerous local businesses, community participants, teams, civic leaders and sponsors, the AlexRiverFête celebration embodies the spirit of community, culture and collaboration."

We started our day at the classic car show.  There were more than we expected and some were restored to a beautiful like new or better than new condition.  We had some good food like chicken-on-a-stick (this was really good) and pizza cooked in a brick oven inside a huge trailer.  Cameron stuck with his boring corndog, but he said they were really good.  And we had some great sweets too, we especially enjoyed the huge brownie and cream cheese bars!  No festival is complete in Louisiana without snow-cones or sneaux-cones and we had our share including a Picklelicious… yes that is a pickle juice concoction with two pickle spears sticking out of the top!

There were some fabulous arts & crafts vendors selling everything to home made bath bombs (yes we bought some of these) to jellies to clothing to beautiful artwork.  The highlight for us is always the music.  With Jason being a musician and his band, Fall of Isaac, performing that night, we spent a good deal of time in front of one of the three music stages.  Over at the Fete stage we saw Mo Lowda & the Humble; New Breed Brass Band; The Main Squeeze and JJ Grey & Mofro.  At the Indie stage we listened to the music of all local Alexandria bands like: Agent Undercover, Aurum, Broken By The Burden, Astro Motel, Omnisonic Theory, Mojo Killjoy and of course the best of them all (wink, wink) Fall of Isaac!

All it all it was a great, warm Louisiana spring day!  The City of Alexandria says they have more festivals in the works and we can’t wait!!!




Monday, May 8, 2017

Carnival Dream - Preview of Our Family Cruise and Full Ship Tour

We had a wonderful time on the Carnival Dream in April!  I have created a couple of videos to kick start the sharing of this trip.  The first is a quick compilation video of the entire cruise and the second is a full ship tour.  Every ship is different as is every cruise!  You can go to the same port 10 times and have 10 different experiences.  We like to try new things and on this trip we had a new ship and two new ports for us at Belize and Isla Roatan, Honduras.  Both are beautiful and we made memories to last a lifetime.

Info on the Dream:  It’s one thing to be fun, but it’s another thing to be first. Carnival Dream was at the forefront of a recent wave of amazingly innovative and fun Carnival ships. As the genesis of the Dream class, Carnival Dream set the direction for the ships that followed in her footsteps — first Carnival Magic and then Carnival Breeze.

But back to Carnival Dream: the ship itself is a unique experience with the way-fun RedFrog Rum Bar and the very cool BlueIguana Tequila Bar. Get your appetite ready, because you’re gonna need it. Carnival Dream features two dual-level dining rooms, a gourmet steakhouse and dedicated sushi spot Bonsai Sushi. It’s also got a full menu of our latest and greatest casual spots for a bite: BlueIguana Cantina, Pizzeria del Capitano, Guy’s Burger Joint and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse. (That’s Guy as in Guy Fieri, by the way — so the you know the food’s delish.)
Carnival Dream also features the borderline-magical Alchemy Bar and Ocean Plaza, which combines tasty treats with perhaps even tastier entertainment. Entertainment options are all up and down the ship, and so is soaking-wet fun, from the heart-racing waterslide action at WaterWorks to the soul-soothing Thalassotherapy pool at the Cloud 9 Spa.
Despite its name, Carnival Dream is definitely a reality. 
We hope you enjoy these videos and there will be new cruise vlogs starting on May 14th!

Happy cruising!!!







Thursday, May 4, 2017

Episode 28: Dinner at Rainforest Cafe in Animal Kingdom - Walt Disney World Vlog September 2016

There are some amazing musicians all over Walt Disney World!  But one of the coolest we have ever seen was at Animal Kingdom… not sure his name or exactly what he was playing, but it appeared to be a giant harp.  We were mesmerized and stayed and watched him for a long time.  Until the kids pulled us away…  They had spotted a box where you would bark into it and your translated thought would come out just like the collar worn by Dug in one of our favorite movies ‘Up’.  It was fun and all of the boys gave it a go.

A day at any park is not complete without a stop in one or two… or ten gift shops…  Well we saved up all of our precious shopping time (wink, wink) and made this our last stop before dinner.  One of the best is the huge store as you enter/exit the park and this is where we found ourselves.  And to Colby’s very excited surprise he found the Yoda plush he had been searching for.  We never thought Animal Kingdom of all places would have such a selection of Star Wars merchandise!  Colby was a happy camper and at the check out, Cameron was excited with the pin trading ‘hive’ by the register.  And the cast member was nice enough to tell us the conservation story that went along with it…  elephants were damaging fences bordering farmland so instead of using man-made means of deterring the elephants, bee hives were set up along the fence lines.  Elephants are afraid of bees so they used nature to protect the fences and farmland and the farmers were also able to collect the honey.  Win Win!

On to dinner…  This is our first time ever eating at Rainforest Café.  T-Rex at Disney Springs is an annual stop for our family so it has always been chosen over this similar restaurant.  We love that there is not only a Rainforest Café at Disney Springs, but also one right outside of Animal Kingdom.  This was our chosen spot for the night!  You enter from the park through the gift shop which has a lot of fun merchandise and glorious, glorious air conditioning!!!!  It was magnificent!  We had a 6:00 reservation and were quickly seated and since we were starving ordered almost immediately.  I (Alisa) was craving a good burger after seeing the ones at T-Rex the night before, so it was the Rainforest Burger for me and also for Colby, which was great!  Cameron, always loving seafood, had the Shrimp Platter.  Jason the Primal Steak and Ethan ventured out with the Pastalaya.  All in all a very good meal.  And for dessert…  a Sparkling Volcano, which they brought with candles for the twin’s birthday.

The animatronics throughout the restaurant are great and they come alive, well they get really lively, about every 20 minutes when a storm hits the rainforest.  Thunder and lightning and the screeching of monkeys… oh yeah, you feel like you are in the jungle!  We walked around and saw that there were more than just monkeys & gorillas around.  There were animals you will find on an African plain as well as in a jungle.  You could see zebras, rhinos and elephants peeking out among the jungle growth.  So with full tummies we decide to call it a night!

On to Magic Kingdom with the last time we will ever see the welcome show…



Friday, April 28, 2017

Episode 27: Dinos & Fish & Turtles... Oh My! - WDW Vlog September 2016

Cameron has become crazy about pin trading! He will literally stop every Cast Member he sees with a lanyard and ask to trade. He found a really fun guy at the entrance to Din-O-Rama and they visited and traded for a while and of course he had to ask about Cameron’s Pluto collection! He has been collecting Pluto pins for the past few years and has attached them to the floppy ears of his hat, it has drawn quite a few comments over the trip! With a new Pluto pin to add we take our first steps of this trip into Dinoland… First stop a funny picture of course! I love the cute photo op there is with the car and dinos, we always take a fun snapshot here. Another first for the trip… Mickey ice cream bar! Yes, I cannot believe we have been in Disney for several days and this is my first, but it is true…

Now on to the ‘spin cycle’ as Stacy calls it. Primeval Whirl is one heck of a ride! It is not like anything else at Disney, or at any other park I can think of… This is the one ride that I dread but have to ride at least once. It is full of ups and downs and sharp turns and spins and will knock you silly! And don’t even think about riding this one if you get motion sickness, geesh! But it really is fun and we never skip it… but also never ride it twice J We also take a quick round on Triceratops Spin and pop in our favorite gift shop in Animal Kingdom before leaving Dinoland. Dinosaur was closed for refurbishment so we did not get to ride on this trip…

Right next to Dinoland is air conditioning… I mean the theater for Finding Nemo: The Musical. Let me just say that I LOVE this show! We used a FastPass for the first time here and scored awesome seats close to the front of the show which was the best view we ever had. Now I love this and recorded almost the entire show… but shortened for our video… I hope you enjoy this snippet as much as we love it. In case you have never seen this, let me give a quick synopsis… This show is performed with actors with puppets. Now that alone does not sound very impressive, but it really is! The actors where costumes that sort-of camouflage them to the puppet or the ‘sea’ surroundings. Oh and pretty much the entire show is in song. It is beautiful and fun how they take us through the entire story of Finding Nemo in just 30 minutes and add some original songs that were not part of the movie. Our personal favorites are Crush’s ‘Go With the Flow’ and the ensemble singing "Big Blue World’ which will definitely be stuck in your head for days to come!!!

We end with an amazing musician playing a harp… A HARP in Animal Kingdom! And there is only one word to describe this performance… AMAZING! 
 
 
 
 



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Episode 26: A Safari & a Wild Raft Ride - WDW Vlog September 2016

Fresh out of Festival of the Lion King, we decide to stop by to check out the line for Kilimanjaro Safaris. It was at a manageable level so we decided to cash in our FastPass and go for a ride… Jambo everyone! After a shorter than expected wait we board our expedition vehicle for our three day… I mean 18 minute safari. What I love about this ride is that it is never the same twice since you cannot guarantee what the animals will be doing or where they will be… like oh say standing in the middle of the road blocking traffic… yep this can happen. Some animals you may encounter during the tour include: antelopes, baboons, black rhinos, cheetahs, crocodiles, elephants, flamingos, gazelles, giraffes, hippopotamus, hyenas, lions, okapis, ostriches, warthogs, white rhinos, wildebeests, wild dogs & zebras. The giraffes and elephants are our favorites and those trees that look like they are upside down and their roots sticking up in the air… I like that if you see an animal and are not sure what it is you only have to look up at the picture guide above your seat. We had our cameras ready, many in fact as I had one on the left of the ride and Jason had one on the right of the ride and Ethan was snapping pictures with his iPhone. We made is safely over the ‘scary’ rickety bridge and avoided the poachers and took in some great sights along the way!

The meet and greets around the parks are great and we were so surprised to see Flik from A Bug’s Life! He was so much fun and was a bit ‘confused’ by the twins and we had a good time visiting with him while he signed the boys’ hats. But now we are hungry… hmmm where to eat? I know, Flame Tree Barbeque! This is our favorite quick service location in Animal Kingdom. It is very tasty and the portions are huge, definitely big enough to share. But hey where are the ribs??? Well after we found the ribs (they just forgot to put them on our plate) we dig in! There are large covered pavilions with picnic tables to eat which are right by the water and if you are really lucky you can score a table with a perfect view of Expedition Everest.

So what do you do after a hot ride through Africa on a safari expedition and now have full tummies? Well you get drenched of course to cool off! Next stop Kali River Rapids. This ride is so much fun we rode it twice… because we just didn’t get wet enough on the first go round! Depending on where you are on the raft you may get completely soaked or you may remain relatively dry… but here’s the thing, the raft spins around with the current of the river so on one ride that seat you are in may be dry but on the next it is the one where you get the wettest! It all depends on luck… And are you lucky and stay dry or on a really hot day are you lucky and get wet and cooled off??? Between two rides down the river we were all pretty soaked, but we didn’t mind at all because it was so much fun!

And what’s the best way to dry off? Well ride a roller coaster of course! It was time for our FastPass at Expedition Everest and… wait for it… we convinced Cameron & Colby to ride! Gasp! After begging this morning to no avail, bribery finally worked in the end… They were both almost out of money and had their little hearts set on a pair of Mickey slippers. So mom and dad agreed to pay the difference in the slippers if they would get their scaredy cat butts on the ride! Colby even enjoyed it enough to give it a second go! I think this brings us to a grand total of seven trips for today on our favorite coaster!
 
 
 
 

Episode 25: Animals, Animals, Animals... & Festival of the Lion King - WDW Vlog September 2016

Huge surprise here… Are you ready for it??? We visited with the animals… at Animal Kingdom!!! J But in all seriousness, we love exploring the shaded and overgrown lush trails of the Maharajah Jungle Trek with the multitude of animals. With exhibits for Komodo dragons, Malayan tapirs, giant fruit bats, Asian deer and lets not forget the mac daddy of animals in this area… the Bengal tigers! We actually had a really interesting Cast Member at the Komodo dragons who had a skull and showed us how they could unhinge their jaws to eat animals much larger than themselves… these things can take down a water buffalo for goodness sakes!!! Our boys always love the giant bats and their area is fascinating! They are right there with no glass between us and them and the boys are always afraid they are going to come through, but they are so big that the opening was not large enough for them. There is also some great artwork of what we like to dub ‘the bat cave’ where larger than life bats are painted around you. And our biggest surprise of the morning was the tigers! They were up and active! Every time I have seen a large cat like these they are usually just laying around or sleeping but these were moving around and even rolling on the ground, I am pretty sure they were trying to get a itch on their backs…

Today was the first time ever we had seen the Birds of Wonder show and we loved it! This is about a 25 minute interactive show which tells a story of a reluctant explorer who is a bit afraid of large birds but comes to like and respect them with some help from Guano Jane. This is a large covered (aka nice shaded cool area) pavilion which the birds have free reign and fly from front to back from one handler to another, even flying low enough that their tail feathers may brush your head… as they did mine!

The show includes such special species as:
  • Blue and Gold Macaws
  • Trumpeter Hornbill
  • African Grey Parrot
  • Rose-Breasted Cockatoo
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Red-Legged Seriema
  • Harris Hawk
  • East African Crowned Crane
We really enjoyed this show as it was entertaining and informational and we will definitely be back!

So at this point it was the beginning of our FastPass window to begin for Kilimanjaro Safaris, but… someone obviously made a mistake and allowed too many to be booked at the same time because the FastPass line was crazy long! So we decided to let it calm down a bit and while in Africa decided to catch the Festival of the Lion King show that was just starting. We made it in and sat at the very top of one of the sections. I thought these would be bad seats but they were actually pretty great! Being at the highest point in the theater provided a wonderful view of the entire show. This is my absolute favorite show at Walt Disney World! Festival of the Lion King is funny, beautiful, heart warming, lively and fun! The Tumble Monkeys at the beginning are so funny and so talented! Love their trapeze act! The fire show during ‘Be Prepared’ is dark and beautiful and I always wonder how he does not burn himself??? And my favorite part is during ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ when the two ‘birds’ are dancing and she is lifted up and takes flight… breathtaking! This always brings tears to my eyes! And the ending with the entire ensemble singing and dancing and merging the pieces of each song into one cohesive show is so much fun! Everyone is clapping and singing Hakuna Matata and genuinely having a good time. And this is why we NEVER miss this show when we visit Animal Kingdom!!! 
 
 
 
 



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Beauty and the Beast LIVE - Performed by Pineville High Theatre

This past weekend, we attended a fantastic play!  It was a live version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  It was amazing, beautiful, brilliant!  So well done and these high school kids are beyond talented!  We have attended their plays in the past so knew it would be a great show!

Per the Theatre group:

BE OUR GUEST!

As The Pineville High Performing Arts Theatre presents Disney's BEAUTY & THE BEAST!
This magical show will be playing at the Pineville High Auditorium April 6-9 2017.  Step into the enchanted world of Disney's BEAUTY & THE BEAST, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award- winning animated feature film, the stage version includes all of the timeless songs such as "Be Our Guest", "Gaston", "Me", "Human Again", "Beauty & The Beast" and many more!

Please join the Pineville High Theatre Department in their family friendly production of Disney's BEAUTY & THE BEAST.  Get your tickets today and make your plans for an enchanted evening of dazzling special effects, costumes and the magic of a Broadway spectacular!

I recorded almost all of the show to share with those who are lovers of this story!  It is a long video, but well worth the watch!  Hope you enjoy!!!

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Monday, April 10, 2017

PACKING FOR A CRUISE - What we pack & how we pack

This is how we pack for a cruise! Each person has one carry on size suitcase... want to see how we fit a weeks worth of clothes in, watch and see! The first cruise we went on we over packed tremendously! I had a casual outfit and a dinner outfit per person for seven days plus swimwear, multiple pairs of shoes, etc, etc, etc… We didn’t wear half of the clothes that were packed! So from our next cruise and moving forward, I made a new rule… Each person gets one carry on size suitcase and that is it! If it doesn’t fit then you don’t need it. I have whittled down our packing to the following per person:
  • 5 pair of shorts - you really don’t get dirty or sweaty on the ship in clothes, so they can be worn more than once since they will only be worn for a few hours at a time – most time will be spent in swimwear, esp for the kids
  • 7-9 shirts (mostly t-shirts or tanks but a couple of nicer shirts for the casual dinners – these take up so little space I pack a couple of extras)
  • 1 full dress outfit including shoes (we only attend one formal night, but you can wear this outfit twice, again, you will only wear it for a few hours)
  • 1 pair of sneakers, 1 pair of slip on canvas shoes, 1 pair of flip-flops or sandals
  • 1 pair of PJs
  • Underwear & socks
A few other items I recommend packing for the cabin:
  • Plug strip – there are only TWO outlets in the entire cabin, you will need more plugs!
  • Pop-up hamper
  • Lanyards – this is great to keep your sail & sign card handy!
  • Toiletries including: shampoo/conditioner (there is shampoo but not conditioner in the showers), deodorant, razors, etc… You know what you need
  • Motion sickness medications or SeaBands
  • Medications such as Motrin, Tylenol, Tums, etc… There is a medic on board but they will charge you for these
  • And the most important thing you can pack is SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN!!! I cannot stress this enough!!! Nothing will ruin a vacation faster than a bad sunburn and the Caribbean sun can be brutal!
We hope this helps you prepare for your next trip! Happy Cruising!!!
 
 
 
 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Episode 24: Rope Dropping Expedition Everest - WDW Vlog September 2016

Oh it’s a beautiful morning… the birds are squawking, the tigers are growling, the monkeys are howling… you get the picture… We’re at Animal Kingdom!!! Well it really is a beautiful day! We arrive bright and early around 8:20 in the morning for rope drop. We have never rope dropped Animal Kingdom before so this is a new experience for us. At about twenty minutes until park opening they allow everyone to start scanning their magic bands and entering the park. You are allowed to go to Discovery Island and wait there for the park to officially open. But… we were a little distracted and did not make a beeline to the starting gate. Well first of all for all of you pin traders out there, there is a double sided trash can at the entrance just covered in pins to trade. It is literally impossible for our boys to walk past this without pulling out their pouch of pins to trade! Next distraction was incredible… Divine! Have you ever seen Divine??? She is amazing! For those who do not know, Divine is a lady on stilts who is covered in vines and plants and can blend in to the surroundings of the park. She moves slow and gracefully and is breathtaking. So of course we had to stop and watch her for a few minutes…

So finally we make it to Discovery Island and the giant Tree of Life comes into view! And to our utter surprise… there is an actual rope… at rope drop! We have never seen this before. Having opened every park before, I don’t recall ever seeing an actual rope! So there are really two ways to go from here… Africa for an early morning safari or Asia for Expedition Everest. We only have thrills and Yetis on our minds this morning and we line up on the right side to enter Asia. Let me say, I was really impressed with the opening of this park. They have a group of beautiful, brightly colored Macaws flying freely around right over our head who all converge on a stand in the middle. Right at 9:00, a statement is made over the loud speaker of the awesomeness of Animal Kingdom and we are told to ‘let our imagination take flight’ and the most wonderful thing happens… At the word flight, all of the Macaws take off to lead you into the park. Wow! Just, WOW! It was incredible!!! 

With our minds totally blown, we make the mad dash into Asia. Along the way, we see our favorite pals Mickey and Minnie all dolled up in their safari gear waiting to meet with the first guests of the day. And while I would love to stop for a family picture with these two, we have somewhere we have to go, and fast. Man I forgot how big Animal Kingdom is and how long it takes to get to the very back of Asia, whew! So we turn our final corner and the massive mountain comes into view. We are walking so fast through the queue we barely notice anything (yeah it looks like in the video we sped this up but we didn’t, we actually made it to the ride that fast!). We of course choose to ride in the back for the ultimate thrill and off we go!!! There is no better way to start your day than on a roller coaster!!! When we found ourselves at the ‘broken track’ I decided to add a hairband to the large collection of multicolored hairbands that adorn this area. I have absolutely no idea how this got started or why people throw hair bands here, but I thought ‘what the heck’ I will add one too! I planned for this and brought a bright florescent yellow band that will stand out so on future rides, I could find it. Anywho, back to the roller coaster! I just LOVE flying backwards into the dark and the cold and finding the Yeti looking down at you and ripping up the track. And I love even more the drop that leaves your tummy in your throat. Fantastic, all of it! 





 
And my friends, this is why you get your behind out of bed and head to the Disney parks for rope drop… We rode Expedition Everest not twice, not three time, but FIVE times in a row with NO WAIT!!! What a way to start your day!

Join us next time as we visit the animals on the Jungle Trek…
 
 
 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Episode 23: Dinner & T-Rex & Night at Disney Springs - Walt Disney World Vlog September 2016

One of our absolute favorite places to eat at Disney World is T-Rex at Disney Springs!  This has been a go to spot for us since the kids were little… are all little boys obsessed with dinosaurs or just ours???  This restaurant is a place you go not just for good food, but for the all immersive experience.  There are huge animatronic dinosaurs everywhere that move and roar and make other sounds that dinosaurs make…  Not only dinosaurs, but other large extinct creatures like a Wooly Mammoth with huge tusks.  And the ‘water’ area as I will call it has a giant octopus across the ceiling and if you watch the tentacles move!  Also there are large jellyfish hanging in this area and the main feature is the fish bar or as it is also known the ‘shark bar’.  On a different trip of just us adults, Jason and I spent some time hanging out at this bar and it was a really cool experience.  The bar itself looks like ice and slowly shifts in color, but the enormous tropical fish tank is a sight to behold.  It is so big and there are so many different types of fish, they even have picture books along the bar to help you identify them.

Another really unique feature of T-Rex is that every @20 minutes, there is a ‘meteor shower’ where the restaurant goes dark, lights flash, the blue ice room turns red and if you look up at the ceiling you will see balls of light hurdling down towards you.  Well, nothing is actually coming out of the ceiling, but it is a really cool effect!  While this is happening, the animals are all in an uproar!  They are all making load, ‘fearful’ noises of their impending doom.  But it only lasts a few minutes and everything then becomes calm once again.  But I will tell you that it is something you are not soon to forget about this place!

On to the food…  First let me say these portions are ginormous!  We have been here enough that we have tried just about everything on the menu and have not found anything to disappoint!  My personal favorite is the Mastadon Stuffed Chicken which I have enjoyed on our last two visits.  It is so good!!!  It is a large, very moist and tender chicken breast stuffed with artichoke hearts, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and butter and served with delicious whipped mashed potatoes.  I am getting hungry just thinking about it!  Another favorite is the Boneyard Buffet which is half a rotisserie chicken and St. Louis pork ribs served with waffle fries.  We didn’t get on this trip because Cameron was just wanting ribs so chose instead the Mega Mes-O-Bones, which is similar but has double the portion of ribs.  A couple of our guys were in the mood for burgers which we had never tried here before this trip.  Colby got the Bronto Burger but Jason was feeling extra hungry and got the Doublesaurus burger!  That thing was huge!  I have no idea how he actually fit it into his mouth!!!  I tried a bite and it was great!  There are good burgers, ok burgers and bad burgers in this world and I will rank this one way at the top!  Ethan has been on a Fish & Chips kick on this trip and has vowed to try them at multiple locations.  When this order came out, I didn’t even think my 16 year old bottomless pit could finish it!  There were four huge pieces of fish and a pile of fries.  He tried his best, but he did not conquer eating it all…

 



Did someone say dessert???  T-Rex has our favorite restaurant dessert anywhere at Disney World…  The Chocolate Extinction!!!!  This is a family style dessert which is four pieces of chocolate cake and four scoops of vanilla ice cream which is all covered in fudge sauce and whipped cream.  To top it off it is served with a canister with dry ice in the center so it looks like a volcano exploding.  And let me tell you…  I don’t care how full you are, that chocolate cake will get eaten…  Every.  Single.  Bite.  It really is that good!



T-Rex also includes a unique gift shop including a Build-a-Bear station that is transformed into Build-a-Dino.  Our kids did one of these when they were younger and still have it to this day!  There are also really beautiful rocks similar to what you would find in museum gift shops and right outside the gift shop is a play area for kids with giant bones and sand and pails, buckets and paint brushes to work on an archeological dig while waiting for your table.

After T-Rex, we wandered around Disney Springs a little and explore Uniqlo, one of the new stores that we were really excited about.  I had seen clips of this place prior to our trip and they have regular clothes but also really cute Disney t-shirts for way less than you will find in the parks.  I think the average price was $14.90!  Unfortunately, no purchases were made and we carried our tired bodies back to the boat launch to catch the peaceful ride back down the river to Port Orleans Riverside.  But we got a great bonus while we were waiting!  There was a great view of the Star Wars fireworks from Hollywood Studios!  This ending another awesome day of our Walt Disney World adventure!

Join us next time as we wake up the animals over at Animal Kingdom!!!

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Episode 22: Our Last Time EVER at Disney Quest - WDW Vlog September 2016

We will truly miss Disney Quest!  Our boys are gamers so this place is a haven for them... I mean five floors of unlimited video games, what could any kid ask for???  When we visited on this trip we did not know that it would be our last experience.  There had been rumors for a long time that it was going to close but nothing had been announced for certain.  So we went and played for the LAST TIME...

For the past few years we have made a visit to Disney Quest on each of our trips.  We love the Disney Water Parks so have also gotten the Water Park Fun & More ticket which includes Disney Quest, so basically it was free for us to go here since we bought the ticket for entrance to the water parks.  Win, Win!

There are so many things to love about Disney Quest...  One floor is full of interactive family style games like Virtual Pirates of the Caribbean which is a 3D adventure where your family enters the pirate ship and each man a cannon to fight off other pirate ships and gather treasure (I personally loved this one).  There is Jungle Cruise in which your family boards an inflatable raft, yes it literally inflates around you, and you paddle your way through an adventure down the river.  There are these Jeeps that you jump in and grab a gun to shoot the huge mutant bugs that are coming at you from all directions.  This is a great floor!

There is another floor that is nothing but old school arcade games, think PacMan and Skeeball and Wheel of Fortune... and there is a whole corner full of Fix It Felix, Jr. games aka Wreck It Ralph, which of course is closely guarded by a larger than life Ralph.

Yet another floor is full of creative games like virtual coloring books, create a song in a music booth, create a toy which is like what Sid creates in Toy Story (ps this is crazy hard!) and the one we really enjoyed... CyberSpace Mountain!  This is a design your own roller coaster which you then get to ride in a simulator.  It is very similar to Sum of All Thrills at Epcot but more intense.  It was a lot of fun!

And finally there is a floor of modern arcade games.  These are the games you will find in all of the arcades across the Disney resorts and well really everywhere across the country.  There are simulated rides where the seats move and wind blows in your face, jet ski and boat games where you board mini versions of the real thing, war games where you sit in a bubble and the screen wraps around you so things are coming at you from all angles and our boys favorite, the Star Wars racing game where you are like little Anakin racing through the desert and mountain scapes.

This is really a great way to spend a few hours and it will be truly missed by our family!  It is being replaced by the NBA Experience which will do nothing for us as we are not basketball fans.  At least we will have some fun memories from our final visit!

Join us next time as we have a ROARING dinner at T-Rex!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Episode 21: Hanging Out at Disney Springs - WDW Vlog September 2016

When you need a day at Disney that is a little more laid back than going to the parks, then the best place for you is Disney Springs!  This entertainment district has changed and grown over the years and has just gotten better!  It had been a year since we had been here and so much has changed!  For one is the name, when we were here in 2015 it was Downtown Disney and the transformation into Disney Springs is amazing!  While there is much of this area that is still familiar there are some areas that have seen a complete makeover.  The springs themselves for one are new to the central area and are a nice, peaceful area with beautiful crystal clear blue waters.  We really like this area!

While at Disney Springs there are a few stores that we will always visit.  The first being Pin Traders.  Over the last few years, pin trading has become a family favorite activity so this store is a must stop with the large collection of pins for sell and there are always Castmembers and other fellow pin lovers around for trading.  Second is World of Disney.  Being the largest Disney store in the USA there is something for everyone in this store.  We love how each room is individually decorated and themed and there are huge areas of just what you may be looking for...  you want toys, there's a room for that... you want little boys clothes, there's a room for that...  you want something for your kitchen, there's a room for that...  you want, well you get the picture!  And don't forget to look up when you are in the store.  The ceilings are also themed with characters.  My favorite is Peter Pan and the Darling family flying across the room.

Our third favorite store is the LEGO Store.  Cameron & Colby have been avid LEGO lovers for years and we probably own over a million bricks...  that is not an exaggeration but a conservative estimate :)  There are a few things that make this store so great 1) the wall of multi colored bricks.  Here you can grab a cup and fill it up with the bricks of your choice, there are so many shapes, sizes and colors that if you chose one brick at a time you could be there all day!  2) Build-your-own LEGO Minifigures - this is actually a really good deal at $9.99 for three custom made figures.  There are two stations in the store where you can create the minifigs of your dreams.  You choose a head with hair, body with all kinds of outfits and two accessories.  Do this three times and but them in a cute little display box and you are good to go!  3) The AWESOME HUGE CHARACTERS!!!!  Some of our favorites are Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Buzz & Woody, Hulk and of course the huge sea serpent out in the middle of the lake!  How cool is that???

But there are sooooo many new stores and restaurants and performers that you can easily spend a day at Disney Springs and never run out of things to do!

Join us next time as we visit Disney Quest for the last time EVER!

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