|My preschool aged children love the Crystal Palace!|
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
First I posted the rumors about the Downtown Disney renovations a couple of weeks ago, and this week Disney made the announcement official.
They are redoing quite a bit- it's going to look like an entirely different area.
From the Disney Parks Blog-
"Once complete, Disney Springs will expand from 75 to more than 150 shopping, dining and entertainment venues, featuring some of the world’s most iconic brands and restaurants. Construction is set to begin next month."
It's also going to feature four different neighborhoods.
The Town Center, which offers a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax, refresh and reconnect.
A colorful and thriving commercial district called The Landing with inspired dining and beautiful waterfront views.
The family-friendly Marketplace that will continue to delight guests of all ages by combining new experiences, such as an over-the-water pedestrian causeway, along with classic Disney favorites, including an expanded World of Disney store.
A West Side that provides an exuberant atmosphere with lively entertainment, along with a series of new elevated spaces that provide both shade and an overlook to the activity below.
You had me at double the shopping venues.
Some other important details-
Construction will start next month, but won't be finished until 2016.
Disney tried its hand previously to some adult nightlife entertainment, with Pleasure Island. PI had a bunch of mixed reviews, and eventually closed. Disney is going to add some new adult options, most likely in the West Side. There will be more than enough for families to do, but there will be new options for those 21+ at Walt Disney World.
For those who drive, they are going to add a couple of parking garages.
Unfortunately, I don't know YET how this will affect current stores- I'm sure Disney will try to keep all of them open-and I don't know what stores are included in the new plans.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again... This is what keeps Disney on top, and people returning each year. They constantly reinvest in their parks, whether it's maintaining classic rides that still look new or completely new construction.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Us girls get all that we need at Disney- princesses, the castles, the Fantasyland expansion, Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins coming to Disney Junior Live....
Monday, March 11, 2013
Seriously, there is a world of possibilities. Irish food from Brave, Pizza Planet from Toy Story, a Nemo restaurant- Fish are friends, not food!
Disney does so many great things, and I always wonder what I would do different. Well, make me Disney CEO for a day, and this would be at the top of my list.
The lines for pictures and autographs for these Pixar characters are always quick to form in the parks. It'd be worth a visit to a restaurant alone to save the time you spending waiting to meet them.
Would this be a must visit for your family? I know my little Mouseketeers would love it!
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
|Pictures are from Disney Park's Blog|
|Pictures are from Disney Park's Blog|
Friday, March 1, 2013
A trip to Disneyland and Walt Disney World can be a lot of work. Choosing transportation, resorts, restaurants, character visits, when you are visiting which park.... it's the reason why I have a job that I love, planning Disney vacations.
But after that's all settled, you are ready to go on your trip. You'll be full of excitement with everything you have planned. You can't wait to see the looks on your children's faces.
Things are going great! The weather is perfect-you left the snow at home- and you got seated right away at your restaurant. You already got a FastPass, and are going to hop on one of your favorite rides. And look, there's Mickey signing autographs-with no wait! Is this the perfect trip or what?!
And then it happens. Maybe someone forgot their cell phone, dropped a FastPass, or really wanted that $30 toy. It could be anything. But suddenly your trip has taken a turn for the worse. Everything is magnified- I DONT WANT TO WAIT IN THIS LINE! WHY CANT YOU THREE JUST GET ALONG! WHY IS THIS PERSON WALKING SO SLOW IN FRONT OF ME!! WHY ARE THERE SO MANY PEOPLE ON THIS BUS!
And really- nothing is different. Now you are annoyed, and it seems like a rain cloud is over you.
Here's my story from my last trip.
First, we were staying at Bay Lake Towers. We must have just missed the bus to Hollywood Studios (we were eating with Jake and Oso...we were so excited!), so we waited about 15 minutes for the next one. About five minutes into the bus ride, my husband looks at me. He then proceeds to tell me he had left our FastPasses back in the hotel room. (We had some golden ones for this trip)This is kind of a big deal- now he has to take the bus back, there are other stops, he has to run to the room, and then wait for another bus.
So, we just stayed on the bus and watched everyone jump off the bus in excitement. Our Toy Story Mania FastPasses were back in our room- and if we had gotten off then, our return time for a new FastPass wouldn't be until 8 pm that night. We also had to stop at Typhoon Lagoon on our return trip. As soon we got back, my husband ran up to the room, while we stayed in the gift shop. About 45 minutes later, we ended back in Hollywood Studios, FastPass in tow. No biggie- hey, we are in Walt Disney World, right?
Well, when it rains, it pours. We planned on eating at Beaches and Cream- we couldn't wait to eat the "Kitchen Sink!"
We got off at the Beach Club resort. First stop was changing my son's diaper. Next, we had to find the restaurant- I had actually never been there before. I've stayed in nearly every resort on WDW property, and we had visited the Yacht and Beach Club before to dine at Yachtsman Steakhouse.
Beaches and Cream was pretty easy to find, it was just a bit of a jog. With a son who wanted out of his stroller, and a daughter who was ready to eat. My own stomach was growling. Finally, we make it to Beaches and Cream... and see a line out the door. I checked with a worker, and they told me the wait to be seated would be about 90 minutes. Not what I wanted to hear... and my stomach was starting to growl like a dog.
Note: Beaches and Cream does not take reservations, otherwise, I would have made them. Just like I make dining reservations for all of my clients :) !
Ok, no problem. There's another sit down restaurant in Beach Club. It is Captain's Grille. We'll just eat there.
Only to find out.. once we make the trek back... to Captain's Grille only to find out it was CLOSED! So, there goes that idea. We went into the gift shop and got a few snacks-water, juice, and some candy for our children. We then head back to the bus stands.
After plenty of arguing of where to go-and eat-we decide on just going to Animal Kingdom. We had been before, and could knock out the rest of the park with the half day that remained.
So we waited...and waited...what seemed like forever for another bus (like I said-everything is magnified when things are going wrong).
We finally make it to Animal Kingdom, and then decide on eating at Pizzafari. Our kids like pizza, and we know we won't have to wait. Nothing special-it's pizza- but it certainly gets the job done. Because we use our dining plan credits, we also get a salad and some chocolate mousse. Not the best value for our dining credits- but it was convenient, and was food. I would have settled for Hamburger Helper at that point.