Friday, 24 February 2017

The Red Rose Taverne, Fantasyland in Disneyland, Anaheim

As a limited time magic experience, the Village Haus counter service in Disneyland has been transformed in to a Beauty and The Beast inspired eatery - namely the Red Rose Taverne.
New Signage
Pre-Transformation Village Haus - Photo Credit Disneyland Website
Despite Jayne and I being over 4,500 miles away, we had to find out more to share with you all. So thanks to our wonderful friend in California, Tiffany Clontz, we are able to bring you pictures of the menu, some of the items on the menu and the interior. In addition, on our podcast 147 (released on Sunday 26th February 2017) we will be discussing this further.
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Firstly, the menu. My personal favourite - the pastrami burger - has gone but it has been replaced with a very meatilicious Beast's burger. The fries served with it are identical to the ones offered at Cafe Orleans.

Jayne fancies the Enchanted Cauli-flower sandwich with the tempura green beans. The steak is a thick cut of the vegetable and if you opt to go minus the bun, this will be a paleo dieters delight - if you ignore the tempura and mayo!
Another favourite from the Village Haus for me has been their flatbreads... well there's plenty to choose, from including a version that is Poutinesq - ala fries!
But wait I hear you cry... we want the Grey Stuff (we've been told it is delicious!) well no need to worry, it is available! Tiffany really enjoyed it. Personally, I love the fact it is different to the version offered in Walt Disney World at The Be Our Guest Restaurant. Plus who doesn't love Red Velvet cake!
Various non-alcoholic drinks are available and you can purchase Gaston's brew. For an $8 upcharge, you can get it served in a souvenir stein. Additionally, there are rice crispy treats and Be Our Guest items to purchase. 
So now we have whetted your appetites but what is the interior like? Well as the name suggests, it no longer is the Village Haus but a tavern right out of Beauty and The Beast - namely The Red Rose Tavern. I am led to believe, everything added is removable as it will return to the Village Haus.
The wall murals are stunning and in addition, the main characters get a subtly done shelf and of course Gaston had to 'man' it up a little with some of his hunting trophies!
So what are you waiting for? Official opening is today - 24th February 2017. 

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Disney Dream Girls 146 - From Wales to WDW

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 146 for Sunday 19th February 2017. As always, if you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, you can click on the player below.

 
Today Michelle is joined by friend and listener Tracey Farley and together they chat about Tracey's recent trips to Walt Disney World.
Much loved ears celebrating her favourite attraction - Photo Credit T Farley
On every trip, Tracey loves to start and end on Spaceship Earth. For her, it is one of those attractions that is perfection, relaxation and jaw-dropping everytime. So she tends to spend at least two days in EPCOT and another must is Illuminations.
Tracey and her Mum enjoying Yee Haw Bob - Photo Credit T Farley
As as well visiting with her family, Tracey has made some trips with her Mum. In the future she is planning a girls trip (for a special birthday) and she is hoping to tie it in with a Run Disney event too!
Christmas at WDW - Photo Credit T Farley
In 2017, Tracey and family will in in WDW in August at the same time as Michelle so a meet up is a must!

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Disney Dream Girls Podcast 145 - Disneyland and Walt Disney World Much Missed Attractions

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 145 for Sunday 12th February 2017. As always, if you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, you can click on the player below.

 
Coming up on todays show, we start by discussing some Disney news.

RIP Starring Rolls
Butterfinger Cupcake - Photo Credit M Young
Think the photo says in all. We will miss this eatery!

Amorettes - Enchanted Rose Cake
Photo Credit - Disney Parks Blog
Stunning dome cake that is being offered for a limited time!

Tea for Two
If you are in London before the end of November 2017, you may want to check out the afternoon tea offerings at The Town House at the Kensington Hotel.
Totally Cute - Photo Credit Kensington Hotel
The Menu - Photo Credit Kensington Hotel
The afternoon tea is themed around the Beauty and The Beast. The menu is wonderfully themed and the food is served on themed servicewear. If you are planning a trip - let us know!
Photo Credit Kensington Hotel
Planet Hollywood - The Observatory  
We discuss the re-opening of this Disney Springs eatery with a particular focus on the Super Nova Shakes. Additionally, as being Brits we ask the question... Who is Guy Fierri?
Super Nova Shakes - Photo Credit Planet Hollywood Website
Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Starting 10th March to the 16th April 2017 - we will give you more details soon!  
Main Feature - Trio of Much Missed Attractions
We all love our Disney theme parks for many different reasons but our Facebook page members voted for these three rides as their much missed. On the show we look briefly at their history and include some in park audio.
Photo Credit Disneyland Website

Photo Credit @HistoryAtDisney
Photo Credit Disneyland Diehard Blog

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Disney Dream Girls 144 - Hong Kong Disneyland Trip Review

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 144 for Sunday 5th February 2017. As always, if you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, you can click on the player below.

 
We welcome back to the podcast Kat and Lewis and they share their trip to Hong Kong Disneyland. If you missed their review of Shanghai Disneyland, please go back and listen to show 141 dated 15th January 2017.
Lewis and Kat in Disneyland - Photo Credit Kat Lewis
They started their adventure in Hong Kong by visiting Ocean Park. They both were impressed by the animal interactions offered and said it was a fun day out but urge that you do the tram attraction first as the lines later in the day get very long! A highlight for them both was having lunch with views of the penguins.
Photo Credit Ocean Park Website
After a few days doing other tourist things, they move on to checking in to the Disneyland Hotel. But first they made a journey on a very special train! The trains handrails are Mickey shaped and so are the windows!
Photo Credit - Kat Sutton
Photo Credit - Kat Sutton
Once at the Disneyland Hotel, they checked in for their club level reservation and from the view alone it was well worth the money. The hotel is a ten minute leisurely stroll to the park with the Hollywood Hotel being a further ten minutes. Transport is also available.
View From Level 7 (Club Level) Photo Credit Kat Sutton
On the podcast, Kat and Lewis go through their schedule day by day detailing which attractions they went on, as well as giving out some top tips.
Hyperspace Mountain - Photo Credit Kat Sutton

RC Racer - Photo Credit Hong Kong Disneyland Website
Something they were very impressed by was the food. Whilst they ate at counter service locations, they both praise the quality of the food. Below is a picture of the curries they had at the Explorers Club.
Counter Service Food - Photo Credit - Kat Sutton
They spent three days in total at Hong Kong Disneyland and advise that amount of time will give you sufficient time to cover the park at a leisurely pace. They plan to go back in April, when they visit the two Disney parks in Tokyo - the only Disney parks they have not been to!
Photo Credit - Kat Sutton
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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Disney Dream Girls 143 - Festival of the Arts and EPCOT Day

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for, show number 143 for Sunday 29th January 2017. As always, if you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, you can click on the player below.

 
So what do we have in store for your this week? Well how about the trio of Disney food, art and music? Firstly, Michelle and Jayne talk through the menus of the kiosks at the brand new Festival of the Arts over at EPCOT. Then, we are joined by Curt Stone of Geekin on WDW Podcast, as he was fortunate enough to visit and enjoy the delights on offer.
Photo Credit - Disney
Curt starts his day with a quick Test Track visit and then he goes over to Norway for some delicious treats from our firm favourite - Kringla Bakeri. If you listen to the podcast, you will hear him then talk through the delicious food that is on offer at the festival. To aid your salivations, Curt has kindly shared some pictures with us and we have also added some from the official website too.
Loving this chocolate offering! Photo Credit Disney Parks Blog

Scallop and Pork Dishes - Photo Credit Curt Stone
Cronut Trio - Photo Credit Curt Stone
Sweet Potato Pie - Photo Credit Disney Parks Blog
Doesn't everything look amazing? Well... I'm not sure about the purple sweet potato pie! This from what we have heard is a more upmarket food kiosk offering than the Food and Wine Festival as the focus here is on the presentation and the food flavours. In fact, you could say the chefs have upped their creative skills in the plating of their offerings.  Pre-cronut, Curt also managed to meet Lou Mongello!
Curt meeting Lou Mongello - Photo Credit Curt Stone
In addition, Curt visited the art element of the festival. Work was showcased from Herb Ryman and Mary Blair. In addition, there were drawing classes, chalk artists and contemporary Disney artists to visit. Plus, something he really enjoyed, you can have your picture taken whilst within famous pieces of art!
Photo Credit Bob Allen of All In WDW

The final element of the festival was based around the muscial arts. Unfortunately, Curt didn't get to visit this but it features an array of well known stars from Disney on Broadway. All for the price of a park entrance ticket! If you manage to go, we would love to hear from you!

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Disney Dream Girls 142 - WDW Food, Trips and Disneyland Final Checkout

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for, show number 141 for Sunday 15th January 2017. As always, if you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, you can click on the player below.

Todays show is packed full of Disney for you to enjoy! We start the show with a feast of delicious breakfast offerings from the Magic Kingdom!
Donut Sundae - Photo Credit Disney Parks Blog
Yes my friends this is the headlining act of the breakfast offerings. The other offerings include a hotdog topped with hash browns and corndog bites from Caseys Corner. Cereal and ice-cream (not in the same bowl - unless you are feeling particularly inclined!) from the Plaza. 
Hash Brown Hot Dog - Photo Credit Disney Park Blogs
Finally, a ham, egg and tomato waffle from Sleepy Hallow. What are your thoughts? Both of us welcome the quick service additions but wish they would be rolled out to other parks - particularly the Animal Kingdom.
Ham, Egg and Tomato Waffle - Photo Credit Disney Parks Blog
Having finished our breakfast, Michelle announces her 2017 Disney trip plans. In August 2017 she has booked a trip to Walt Disney World and will be staying in the Wilderness Lodge. Due to her research, she managed to save just under $3000/£2423! So make sure you listen for her top tips!
Wilderness Lodge - Photo Credit Walt Disney World Website
For our final feature, we are joined by James from the Creepy Kingdom Podcast. He was fortunate enough to be at Disney California Adventure for the Final Check Out of The Hollywood Tower of Terror Hotel. 
James H Carter II Checking Out - Photo Credit J Carter

James queued for three hours to be amongst the last few park guests to ride the attraction. Michelle was very lucky to catch up with him to talk about the experience. However, if you want to hear an expanded explanation, you can hear it on his own Podcast - The Creepy Kingdom Podcast.
Ready To Ride - Photo Credit
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