Sunday, 25 June 2017

Disney Dream Girls 164 - Disney Food, Drinks and Thunder

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 164 for Sunday 25th June 2017. If you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, all you have to do is click on the audio player below. Alternatively, our podcast can be found in most places that host podcasts such as iTunes (click here to subscribe) and Stitcher Radio.

 
Coming up on this weeks show, we decide to tempt your taste buds with some new delacies that are being offered in the parks and then we are joined by Kat and Lewis to discuss which is the best Big Thunder and along the way, share some little known facts.

First to food, in Walt Disney World we have ice-cream sundaes! A 12 ounce clear cup is filled with soft serve ice-cream with three choices of additions. The first is the berry blast sundae with: poundcake, blueberries, strawberries and blue cotton candy topped with a whole strawberry, strawberry candy bites and cream. But it is not just any cream - it is vanilla bean cream and it seems to be all the rage this year at WDW.

Secondly, is the churro chocolate sundae. Chocolate, ice-cream and two uber long pieces of churro with lashings of hot fudge sauce oh did I also say more of the aforementioned vanilla bean cream? Finished off with a flurry of chocolate.  

The final one is the apple pie sundae - you can't get more American than that! This one has apple pie pockets - plural! That's right - three! Plus there is caramel sauce, caramel popcorn and caramel candy bites. The price? $6.50 and available from lunchtimes onwards from the kiosk by Test Track.

In addition, at WDW there is also the Do It Yourself desert party at the Grand Floridian. Arrive early; it starts at 7.00pm and runs til 9.30pm. Once there, you can buy alcoholic drinks and themed cupcakes in the setting themed around Alice in Wonderland.

In Disneyland the hot ticket is the I am Bread Jalepino cheese sourdough bread, currently selling in DCA for $8.50.

Moving on to drinks, Jayne managed to find some interesting drinks to talk about this week, as Dockside Margarita's - located at Disney Springs - will be selling some old and new favourites. A firm favourite has to be the return of the Kungaloosh plus other Pleasure Island club drinks such as Bell Bottom, Tech-no and Punchline. Prices are $9 upwards for the alcoholic versions starting 29th June through til 28th September 2017.
On to our second feature, we discuss each incarnation of Big Thunder Mountain (or as in some of the parks it also is known as - Railway). Having Kat and Lewis on board to discuss the far east parks is a massive bonus as we have yet to experience these. From tips such as the goat trick to the speeds, we share what we know and hope you will let us know which is your favourite. 
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Disney Dream Girls 163 - From WDW Tours to DLP Dining

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 163 for Sunday 18th June 2017. If you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, all you have to do is click on the audio player below. Alternatively, our podcast can be found in most places that host podcasts such as iTunes (click here to subscribe) and Stitcher Radio.

 
On this weeks show, we are joined by Becky Manion to talk about her families experience on the Family Magic Tour. Then we review our dining experience at Bistrot Chez Remy.
The more luxurious steak option
Jayne's steak
Michelle's childrens meal
Dessert

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Disney Dream Girls 162 - Disneyland Paris Reviewed

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 162 for Sunday 11th June 2017. If you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, all you have to do is click on the audio player below. Alternatively, our podcast can be found in most places that host podcasts such as iTunes (click here to subscribe) and Stitcher Radio.

This is our wonderful trip report from Disneyland Paris! We talk about attractions, theming and lots lots more!


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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Bi-Coastal Theme Park Reviews - DDG 161

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 161 for Sunday 4th June 2017 but released a little earlier! If you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, all you have to do is click on the audio player below. Alternatively, our podcast can be found in most places that host podcasts such as iTunes (click here to subscribe) and Stitcher Radio.

 
We have an absolutely crammed full show for you today! We are reviewing the Guardians of the Galaxy new attraction at Disney California Adventure and then we have a review of Chef Art Smiths Homecomin' which is in Disney Springs.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Tommy gave a great review of this new attraction and he hastens to add it is a thorough, new working of the building and it has resulted in a fabulously themed attraction with a new story, re-rideability and a whole heap of Disney merchandise for you to acquire!
Exterior Totem Pole

Entrance lobby
He was incredibly careful not to spoil it for you but gave enough detail to build this excitement til your next trip. Hope you enjoy listening to the show and remember - once you have ridden it - let us know your thoughts!
Rocket
Hanging exhibits
Nighttime exterior
Homecomin' Kitchen
I'm hoping the wise words of our guest Alisha and the pictures below will get you running to book your ADR's for this restaurant. I will be honest, it is a style of cuisine that is a challenge for me. However, straight after recording the show, Tommy and I booked a reservation to go together in August!
Exterior
Exterior
'Porch'
Interior
Lets take a look at some of the starters we discussed...
Shrimp Cocktail
Jasper Board
Hush Puppies
I must admit, the food looks delicious! Alisha was totally correct when she said that the best way forward is to go in a group and everyone get a different meals because I would love to try a bit of everyones!
Chef Art Smith
As to main courses, there is a wide variety of dishes - this is not a one trick pony establishment but for many the chicken is the reason to go there... take a taste and Alisha is sure you will agree!
Chicken and Doughnuts
If you aren't full there is a range of desserts that you can enjoy plus a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. For something slightly different, Alisha recommends the Moonshine flight!
They are well-known for their Moonshine
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Animal Tales Tour at Disney Animal Kingdom - DDG 160

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 160 for Sunday 28th May 2017. If you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, all you have to do is click on the audio player below. Alternatively, our podcast can be found in most places that host podcasts such as iTunes (click here to subscribe) and Stitcher Radio.
 
Coming up on this weeks show, we are joined by guest Becky Manion to talk about the Animal Tales tour she took at Disney Animal Kingdom as well as the usual Disney chit chat between Michelle and Jayne. 

The tour is approximately three and a half hours long and costs $90. It is offered at 7.30am on most days and can be booked by calling (407) 939-8687. It is suitable for teens upwards and wheelchair/ECV users needs are accomodated for. For tours aim to to enable guests: to have a backstage look at the animal-housing areas; see how their dietary needs are met; see how their veterinary staff care for the animals and find out more about conservation efforts.
For those of you who have been backstage before, you will appreciate it is a very different environment. It can be very industrial looking. For some this may take away the magic of visiting the parks so consider this factor before booking a backstage tour. However, if you want to see the everyday running of a theme park, read on!


On the show, Becky explains the check-in process and what was for her the best part of the tour... being the first guests in the park - meaning picture opportunities! Check-in saw you been given the usual headsets, name badge and a cool metal drinking bottle (filled with water) with the tour name printed on the front.

As Becky did not want to give too many spoilers away on the show but she did share some elements she found interesting such as how their track an animals well-being using glitter and how one animal likes a cup or two of Twinnings tea.


A highlight was getting close to some of the animals. Alas, as this was mostly a backstage tour, photo taking was not permitted hence the picture above is from the WDW website but you do get to visit the Rhinos!
Whilst the tour is not a hands-on experience there was some upclose encounters during the tour. Additionally, Becky did meet a wide range of specialists that spoke about their role in the park. 

To sum up the tour, the price is inline with other Disney experiences (in fact possibly a little less) but $90 is quite high and if you have a large group wishing to take part then the cost will be very high for you. However, if you are keen to find out more about the animals then this is a must.

We hope you have enjoyed this show and if you are looking to book a Disney or indeed any holiday, why not get in touch with our friends over at Holiday Hamster for a quotation  by clicking here.  

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Cutest Tokyo Disneyland Snacks

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 159 for Sunday 21st May 2017. If you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, all you have to do is click on the audio player below. Alternatively, our podcast can be found in most places that host podcasts such as iTunes (click here to subscribe) and Stitcher Radio.

 
On this weeks show, we welcome Chris Nilghe of TDR Explorer podcast and together with Michelle they talk about the cutest items you might find in the Tokyo Disneyland Resort but in true Dream Girls fashion, we start with the food.
Photo Credit TDR Explorer Website
1. Dumplings aka Mochi There are a range of different dumplings you can get and I defy anyone to say that these items aren't cute! We mention the two current varieties, firstly the Green Alien dumplings and then the Scrump dumplings. These are made from pounded rice and filled with delicious creams such as strawberry and chocolate. The Scrump ones have three flavours and Chris says his favourite is the sweet potato. Whichever you try, we are sure you will agree that they are highly addictive!
Photo Credit TDR Explorer Website
2. Mickey and Minnie Waffles
Who could resist a clear plastic pot filled with these indulgent treats - especially when served with a side of maple syrup! Yum! These are perfectly light and fluffy and totally do not need to be shared!
Photo Credit TDR Explorer Website
4. Gyoza Dog These are larger than the picture shows! They are filled with ground pork with chives, onion, cabbage, garlic, sesame oil and soy sauce then encased in a dough. This treat is available in Tokyo Disney Sea and sometimes they other seasonal variations. Warning - the lines do get long! Previous guests of the show Kat and Lewis also raved about this treat in past podcast shows.
Photo Credit Kat Maddever
5. Eukiwa Bun
This one is worth buying for the really cute packing alone! You will find Donald Duck bursting through the lifesaver steamed bun! Not for those with a shellfish allergy though as it is full of juicy shrimp!
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6. Chandu Tail
You will find a large variety of steam filled buns in Tokyo, which confused Michelle as she thought buns meant cake! But these are savoury and can have varied fillings. The Chandu tail is packed with creamed chicken and is available at Disney Sea in the Sultan's Oasis. Just look at the picture... they are cute! Increadibly well themed too as I'm sure listeners to the show will recall our love of all things Chandu when we reviewed the boat rides in Tokyo.  However, whilst Chris was a fan, we've read other reviews that say the packaging is more appealing than the snack.
Photo Credit TDR Explorer Website

7. Tapicoa Drinks For a warm day in the parks there is nothing more soothing than this drink and the bonus is they look cute too! They are similar to bubble tea and can be found in many locations.  Some of the tapicoa drinks have the cutest Mickey shaped 'bubbles' in too!
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8. Bread
Now you may think bread... why are you including this daily staple in the cute list? Well look at the pictures! Mike Wazowski Melon bread is a sweetened bread that the Japanese adore and when you taste we think you will agree with them. There are also other delicious styles to try such as Pluto's bone which is filled with chocolate! 
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Have we whetted your appetite yet? To be fair, we do mention lots more snacks on the podcast but we decided to limit this list to a lucky even eight. So make sure you listen in to the podcast for some more snacks, top tips on cutest outfits, Duffy photo spots and the best themed restaurants. 

We can't urge you strongly enough to go over to http://tdrexplorer.com/ and read their blogs, listen to their podcast and watch their youtube videos. They are the best English language podcast for the far east parks.

We hope you have enjoyed this show and if you are looking to book a Disney or indeed any holiday, why not get in touch with our friends over at Holiday Hamster for a quotation  by clicking here.  

Until next time, it is goodbye from us but don't forget to keep up to date with us by ensuring you follow along on all of our social media sites:

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Disney Dream Girls 158 - Michelle and Jayne's Mid May Disney Madness Show

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 158 for Sunday 14th May 2017. As always, if you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, all you have to do is click on the audio player below. Alternatively, our podcast can be found in places that host podcasts such as iTunes (click here to subscribe) and Stitcher Radio.

 
This show is a bit of a mixed bag, with our views and opinions on the new Guardians of the Galaxy uplevelled cost event and whether attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party on opening night is a good idea. 

Then we move on to our main feature and we pose the question - What would you do in the parks to celebrate your birthday if money was no object? We have one or two ideas for someone with deep pockets to try out!

Please accept our apologies for the short show notes but as it was Michelle's birthday at the weekend she was busy with other things! Normal service will be resumed next week!

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