Monday, 21 November 2016

Disney Dream Girls 134 - Disney Mail and News

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for, show number 134, Sunday 20th November 2016. As always, if you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, you can click on the player below.
 
On this weeks show we discuss a few snippets of news that we found interesting. These included the possibility of Disneyland Paris introducing somewhere for people to attach their own love locks in the park. What do you think about this idea? Why not get in touch and let us know your thoughts - our email address is info@disneydreamgirls.com
Love Locks Insitu Over The River Seine In Paris
Another news item was the preview pictures of the new style Magic Band with their removable 'pucks'. I must admit, I really like the key ring idea - much safer!
Picture Credit @ParksnStuff via Twitter
Moving away from the news, a couple of listeners got in touch with reviews. One for PizzeRizzo and the other for the Jingle Bam Dessert Party at Disney Hollywood Studios. If you ever want to share your experiences from your Disney trips please get in touch!


You all know my thoughts on dessert parties. Whilst the food is mostly delicious, the $69 ticket is a little steep and for a hard ticket event it is unacceptable to be crammed into a small courtyard. However, if your time is limited, you can take advantage of the alcoholic beverages and have a healthy appetite - go for it and book it!
Photo Credit - Disney Parks Blog
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Monday, 14 November 2016

Disney Dream Girls 133 - Disney Cruise LIne Trip Review

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for, show number 133, Sunday 13th November 2016. As always, if you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, you can click on the player below.

 
On this show, we discuss a few items of news and then we are joined by our guest, Dave Tupper, to talk about some of his experiences on the Disney Cruise Line. 

The Disney Cruise Line was founded on 6th February 1996 and currently has four ships (The Wonder, Magic, Dream and Fantasy) with two further vessels due in the coming years. Additionally, the company owns its own private island, called Castaway Cay.
Castaway Cay - Photo Credit DCL Website
On the show, Dave shares his experiences about his Alaskan and Carribean cruises.  He speaks about: the delicious dining; his experiences on taking one of the excursions; the entertainment; his love of Castaway Cay and lots more. Guess you will have to listen to find out all his top tips!
Alaskan Cruise - Photo Credit DCL Website
It is clear that to Dave and his family, Disney cruises offer them the ability to have quality family time together but peace of mind when their daughter would be well looked after when attending one of the kids club.
Animators Palate - Photo Credit Disney Cruise Line
A favourite dining location was Animators Palate. The eateries slightly differ ship to ship but Dave was highly complementary on them all. Disney, was the first Cruise Line company to introduce the idea of rotational dining, where the key team of servers moved to the different dining locations with their guests; to ensure excellent service. 
Animators Palate - Photo Credit DCL Website
Dave was a fabulous guest and we can't wait to have him back on the podcast to talk about his travels and also about Aulani!


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Disney Dream Girls Show 132 - Disneyland Paris Trip Review

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for, show number 132, Sunday 6th November 2016. As always, if you wish to listen to the podcast, whilst reading this blog, you can click on the player below.

 
On this show, we discuss three fun news items and then Michelle reviews her trip to Disneyland Paris.

My Shortened Trip Review!

Food
Disneyland Paris has some hidden gems that you really have to try. On this trip, I ate at Chez Remy. In my opinion this is a great place for a delicious steak meal: served with the house speciality - ratatouille. However, due to a fire alarm, I was unable to eat my whole meal but Disney did pick up our bill - so no complaints from me!
 
Complementary Cocktail for Annual Pass Holders
For counter service, I really was surprised by the food within Videopolis at Cafe Hyperion. It is themed to Star Wars and the burger quality was good and the cupcake was a delicious chocolate rich treat.
Jedi Burger, fries and Yoda Cupcake
Character Meets
Disneyland Paris is a great place to meet characters. During my trip I met a range of characters. As it was a few days prior to Halloween, there were a lot of villains to meet and I was impressed that I didn't need to buy an dining package or special event ticket either. 


Character Cavalcade for Halloween
General Information 
The park does get some incredible theming upgrades for the different seasons. My favourite was this thorny dragon: Maleficient had her meet and greet by this.
Whilst this trip was definately memorable, it was not without its issues. Having a knee injury, I had to use a wheelchair. Due to this, I got a guest assistance card. Unfortunately, certain attractions policies were not very compatible for my needs. One in case was Peter Pan. I discuss this on the podcast, but would be interested if anyone else has had similar problems.

Competition
On our Facebook page, we are running a giveaway for a Disneyland Paris Christmas  pin. All you have to do is find the lead post, then share a Christmas in the parks picture with a description... then you could win one!


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Monday, 31 October 2016

Disney Dream Girls 131 - Positively Full of Disney

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 131, for Sunday 30th October 2016. As always, if you wish to listen now, whilst looking at these pictures, click on the player below.

 
Amongst our Disney musings on this weeks show, we include a look ahead to the 25th celebrations that Disney are planning for Disneyland Paris. They have tag lined the year as 'Time to Sparkle' and we can't wait to see some of the upcoming shows and events. Plus it will also see an end to the ride refurbishments that DLP attendees have been tolerating recently, as management get the park ready for the celebrations.
Photo Credit - Disneyland Paris Website

Photo Credit - Disneyland Paris Website
As it is a Halloween show, we have a murder mystery for you also! Do you know the mystery surrounding the deaths of the Dread family at Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion? Well you will certainly want to listen to find out!
Found in the Haunted Mansion Queue
We also have a mini review, from Michelle, of the concert she attended at the Royal Albert Hall  - entitled Disney's Broadway Hits. This was a sensational evening of musical entertainment with stars of the shows performing along with the BBC Concert Orchestra. The cherry on the cake was an appearance by Alan Menken himself!
Alan Menken - Photo Credit - Royal Albert Hall

Cast of Aladdin - Photo Credit - Royal Albert Hall
If you wish to hear some of the recordings, you can click on this link. But we believe it will be televised sometime around December 2016.
Michelle's Copy of the Kimberley's Book
Then we move on our main feature, and we were luckily introduced to the author Kimberley Bouchard by our amazing friend (and listener) Becky Manion. Kimberley has written a book containing an wonderful array of stories showcasing the impact that Disney has had on peoples lives. From guests to cast members, she retells their powerful and heartwarming stories.  Fortunately for us, she shares one or two of them with us for you to enjoy. But it doesn't end there, she is currently writing the second book, in the series, with further fabulous stories. The book is available in a multitude of places, but we have included the link to Amazon if you wish to buy it

Both of us agree it would make a fabulous gift for any Disney loving fan. Click this link to buy Positively Disney: Heartwarming Stories about Disney's Impact on People's Lives by Kimberley Bouchard from Amazon.  

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Disney Dream Girls 130 - Via Napoli Wins Everytime

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 130 for Sunday 23rd October 2016. As always, if you wish to listen now, whilst looking at these pictures, click on the player.


Amongst our Disney musings on this weeks show, Michelle shares her experiences of EPCOT dining at Via Napoli against The Rose and Crown. She thought it would be a fun idea to have a starter and entree in Italy with her friend, Youtube video host of The Big Fat Panda Show John Saccheri, then have dessert in the UK pavillion. 

What could go wrong? Well we dined on delicious food in Italy, however the desserts at EPCOT were more of an interpretation of English 'puddings' rather than the delicious desserts Michelle is more used to. At this point, insert Jayne getting cross that the trifle did not have sherry in it nor any sponge fingers!
Arancini - delightful Via Napoli Starter
Huge Via Napoli Pizza
A Very UnBritish Trifle at The Rose and Crown
If you have eaten at either establishment, we would love to hear your thoughts. But until next time, it is goodbye from us and until then, keep upto date with us by ensuring you follow all of our social media sites:

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Disney Dream Girls 129 - Weddings, Waffles & The Widerness Lodge

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 129 for Sunday 16th October 2016. As always, if you wish to listen now, whilst looking at these pictures, click on the player below. 

 
On todays show, Michelle and Jayne look at some items of news that caught their eye. From the announcement of Disney Weddings being able to be held in the Magic Kingdom after closing, the return of the chicken waffle sandwich at Sleepy Hallow Refreshments and some Christmas offerings at Disney Hollywood Studios.
Photo Credit Disney Weddings Website
Away from the news, the girls share more of the recording Michelle made with Jim Korkis. This time, Jim talks about the historical artefacts you can see and appreciate at The Wilderness Lodge Resort as well as some details on the resorts history. Additionally, as usual with Jim, other topics are included such as the Carousel at the Boardwalk Resort.
Wilderness Lodge Lobby
Jim is a Disney historian and author and we can't praise his books highly enough. So if you haven't as yet, why not buy one and give it a read!
Some of the books Jim has written
After the interview, Michelle and Jayne discuss the delicious trio of waffles available at Roaring Forks (the counter service at Wilderness Lodge - just off the main lobby). Whilst Michelle had the strawberry version, there is also a chocolate chip and a delicious bananas foster version. It is well worth a trip for a filling breakfast that is under $9.00.
Strawberry waffle trio
We end the show with The Disneyland Dapper Dans singing Grim Grinning Ghosts.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Disney Dream Girls 128 - Main Street Electrical Parade Celebration

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 128 for Sunday 10th October 2016. As always, if you wish to listen now, whilst looking at these pictures, click on the player below. 

 
On todays show, Michelle and Jayne look at some items of news that caught their eye and they give a reminder that on show 127 our listener Katie Mason (who ran the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon) kindly donated a prize of a celebratory Run Disney keyring. So if you want to win this amazing prize - give show 127 (last week) a listen to find out how!
The 9th October 2016 saw the very last performances of the Main Street Electrical Parade in the Magic Kingdom. This iconic parade debuted in 1972 at Disneyland It was created by Bob Jani and the project director was Ron Miziker. Fear not, there are still chances to see the parade as it is 'going home' to Disneyland before it totally goes away.
To honour this parade we spoke with Disney historian and author - Jim Korkis and take great delight to share his musings about the parades origins. For those of you who are not aware of Jim, he is the author of the Vault of Walt series of books. But he has written many more and we urge you, if you are a Disney history fan, to read them.
Some of the many books Jim has written

Michelle and Jim at the Wilderness Lodge
Finally, Jayne and Michelle chat through some of their favourite parade watching treats.

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