Monday, 9 October 2017

Disney Dream Girls 180 - Dining Delights and More At WDW

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 180 for Sunday 8th October 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, Michelle is joined by fellow podcaster - Thomas Allison and together they talk through some of the joint experiences they had whilst at Walt Disney World this August.
Geyser Point Bar and Grill
If you are looking for a little escapism, good quality food that is attractively priced and a refreshing beverage then look no further - this is the place for you! This eatery was a favourite place to eat during our stay and we made sure our friends Tommy, Lena, Sam and Ashley all visited to enjoy the delicious food. 
Bison Burger
The main attraction here is undoubtedly the bison burger, however I tried the lump cake cake sandwich and that was just as good. Whilst only a small area, there is further seating by the lake so I never found getting a table a problem.
After our delicious burger, we were able to watch Happily Ever After. We didn't know this beforehand but they pipe in the fireworks music and by the lakeside you can get a great non theme park view of the night sky being illuminated. 
We then hot-footed it up to the Territory Lounge, a mere five minute walk. Up to 9.30pm you can order from the Artist Point menu and the star of the show are their warm donuts. In the paper bag were seven warm sugared donuts filled with a lingonberry jam. On the side was a rich coffee chocolate ganache. Sadly when writing up these show notes and checking on the menu, the filling of these seems to have changed... but try them - as I am sure they will be delicious.

Carolwood Pacific Room
For a close link to Walt, whilst at the Wilderness Lodge, you must visit the Carolwood Pacific Room. There you will find a small collection of artefacts linking Walt to his love of trains. It is just past the gift shop and down the pathway to Boulder Ridge Villas.

Homecoming Kitchen Another restaurant first for us was Chef Art Smiths Homecoming Kitchen. Whilst we have reviewed here a few times on the podcast, I personally had not been. Well the portions and quality are the reason why you need to visit. Simple southern food that is cooked well with lots of added love.

Signature Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Feta and Watermelon Summer Salad
Amorettes
Of course we couldn't visit Disney Springs without visiting our favourite cake shop (pardon me - patisserie!). As always, we had a delightful selection to choose from but you know what? I can't help but always having the same petit cake!
Food and Wine
This year was a first for us - neither of us had been to the Food and Wine festival and we had a great day but wish we would have visited a couple more times. The food on offer is of such a wide variety and some posing better value than others.  So my top tip is to hang around the book and check out what others are having! Anyway, here are my two top picks!
Chocolate Tart from The Chocolate Studio
We also went to a cookery demonstration by chef Valorie Entres. We booked this as a pastry class, so we were a little disappointed that is had turned in to being about bagels. However, Valarie was a gem and she did a great talk and boy those bagels were delicious!
So I hope we have given you some thought for thought for when you are planning your next trip to Walt Disney World! Remember, you can always email us to ask us a specific question and we will try our best to help.

You can reach our wonder guest, Thomas Allison via Twitter and Instagram @thecruisedudes or visit his website www.thecruisedudes.com for advice, information and everything you will ever need to find out about cruise ship vacations. Also, don't forget his digital magazine Sea Wind Mag can be found in the app store and on google play or visiting www.seawindmag.com
 
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Disney Dream Girls 179 - A Tale of Two Disneyland Races

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 179 for Sunday 1st October 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 show has two very special guests, the first is Deborah Wolfe and she is from Ottawa, Canada and has competed in Run Disney events in Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris. She joins us to talk through her race experience as well as staying at both the Disneyland Hotel and the Grand Californian.
Secondly, we are joined by Katie Mason from England. Together with her awesome family, she has just returned from competing in the Disneyland Paris race weekend.

Deborah's experience was very different to that of Katie's. For example the races at times were put under heat warnings. Additionally, the races in the USA are much more established and all the kinks have been ironed out. However, both ladies are fans of the Run Disney community and have made an array of friends through the races. They also enjoy the fun of dressing up in costumes.
Past race Disney bounding as Dopey
An Incredible Family! Katie pictured with her sister and brother in law
An additional enticement is the array of Disney characters that you can meet as they cheer you on along the route. If you saw our Facebook page for the DLP race weekend I spotted over 35 different characters and some of them were quite rare finds!
Shared with kind permission from @FabulousMagique

It all looks great fun and they share their experiences - the good and they bad - with us on the podcast. 

So what do you think? Are you keen to start training? Have you competed? We would love to hear your stories!
 So I think we will wrap this show up 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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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Disey Dream Girls 178 - EPCOT and Magic Kingdom

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 178 for Sunday 24th September 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, Michelle talks through the days she spent at EPCOT and then the Magic Kingdom.

EPCOT holds a special place in my heart as I love the iconic structure of Space Ship Earth and also the nighttime spectacular of Illuminations. Food and Wine began at the end of August and I will be talking about that in a further show.
 Biggest surprise at EPCOT was the riddiculous waits at Journey in to Imagination - 45 minutes!

During the trip, the first week had glorious weather, however week two was definately wetter! As you can see from the Magic Kingdom picture below. The t-shirt was a purchase from Uniqlo... I bought three in total whilst shopping at Disney Springs. The quality is very good and I liked the quirky designs. 


The park begun its Halloween makeover whilst I was there and I just adore the pumpkins. My top tip is visit later in the day to get a great Mickey floral picture! Also on this trip, I discovered a pathway round the back of Big Thunder and was able to get some great pictures. Just goes to show you can always find something new! 

Whilst this was a busy trip, I made sure I found sometime to relax and enjoy the pool at the Wilderness Lodge.

So I think we will wrap this show up 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, 18 September 2017

Disney Dream Girls 177 - Hurray for Hollywood!

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 177 for Sunday 17th September 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, Michelle continues her trip report by hopping over the Disney Hollywood Studios. You will recall Michelle was very sceptical about being able to spend a whole day in this park. However, nothing was further from the truth and in fact she spent a further morning there too! During the day she discovered lots of little gems to spend her time enjoying. So lets join her at the beginning of her day...
I am not very good at this attraction!
Like many visitors to DHS, my day began in the queue for Toy Story Midway Mania. Whilst my skills on this attraction are seriously lacking (yes I know there are websites with hints on them), I always enjoy visiting and enjoying this attraction at least 3 or 4 times a trip. Funnily on this trip, during my first game I got the identical score to Tom!
Hollywood Tower of Terror
Spooky interior
Throughout the morning we rode our favourite attractions, Tower of Terror and Star Tours multiple times and I managed a snack stop. Alas on my first trip to the park there were not any carrot cake cookies! This meant I had to make a subsequent trip later in the holiday to find one. We watched the march of the first order - very impressive and it was easy to get a good viewing spot for with just a few moments to spare. 
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookie
Snowman Cuddles
Lunch was at Sci Fi Diner - a favourite eatery of ours. Tom had the BBQ burger and it was delicious as ever. Top tip, if you do not like your burger under cooked (i.e. pink in the middle) ensure you tell your car hop! I had the Mickey Check Meal of salmon and I asked for mash instead of rice. It was delicious and quite a big serving too (I'd estimate around 3-4oz for the fish). 
Sci Fi Diner Interior
Star Lord and Groot Meet
After lunch we shopped, went to the Muppets attraction and managed to see the Music of Pixar Live. This was a limited run production in the theatre where Beauty and the Beast is shown earlier in the day. On the podcast, I share the audio from the UP segment - it brought tears to my eyes. 
The Music of Pixar Live
ABC Commissionary Chicken and Ribs Combo
We kept ourselves busy with some character meets - the Star Lord interaction was particularly good and I can highly recommend. We spent a lot of time in One Man's Dream as we knew it was about to be changed into Walt Disney Presents. 
The amazing Butterfinger Cupcake
One Man's Dream
The evening came around very quickily and we were able to get a front row standing spot for Disney Movie Magic. This was shown at 8.40pm and was a ten minute journey through the live action movies in Disney's back catalogue. Then at 9pm the Galactic Spectacular began. It was fantastic. Screen projections, lasers, fire and fireworks. A great show to wrap up our DHS day!
Star Wars Galactic Spectacular
So I think we will wrap this show up 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, 11 September 2017

Disney Dream Girls 176 - A Fabulous Start To A WDW Trip

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 176 for Sunday 10th September 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, Michelle and Jayne start to review Michelle's sixteen day trip to Walt Disney World. 


Upon arrival at MCO, Michelle collected her car hire and drove over to Walmart for provisions before heading onwards to her new home for her holidays - Wilderness Lodge. For those of you that have not stayed in the DVC part of this resort, the rooms are very conveniently located and spacious.  There is a bath with shower and a toilet, a single basin and wardrobe area, a kitchen area, table with two chairs, two seater sofa and coffee table plus the bed. We had a small balcony with two chairs and a small table with great views.
The view from room 2505
Spacious Room
As it was still only late afternoon, we decided to use the handy boat transportation over to the Contemporary and then the monorail to the Polynesian. We ate at Captain Cooks and had a Magic Band issue where it would not let me pay for my dinner! Disney kindly took care of it for me and I must admist, my meal of chicken skewer with pineapple (ordered from the kids menu) was delicious and filling.  After that we retired for the evening.
Kids Meal of Chicken and Pineapple Skewer
Pulled Pork with Chips
In the morning we were up early and using extra magic hours to get into Animal Kingdom early. In hindsight we should have probably rope dropped Flight of Passage rather than heading for the safari. However, we enjoyed our journey and had some great animal sightings. 

We rode Everest and then ventured to Pandora. The scenery is breathtaking! We rode the Navi River Ride. However, I was a little underwhelmed by it. After enjoying a few favourites and meeting up with the lovely Deborah Wolfe. Our lunch was at the Satuli Canteen and the freshness and quality of the food was fantastic. We then left the park to get ready for our California Grill dinner reservation.
Top is the beef bowl with potato hash and bottom is kids chicken with kale
We arrived at the California Grill a little early and excited about eating a delicious meal but also it being somewhat of a romantic start to our holiday. Alas, as I describe on the podcast this was not the case. Whilst the food was delicious, the atmosphere was more reminiscent of a food court rather than a signature dining establishment. 



Kids Menu Grilled Beef
Adults Menu Steak

So I think we will wrap this show up 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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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Disney Dream Girls 175 - Touring DHS in Star Wars Style

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls podcast for show number 175 for Sunday 3rd September 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, Michelle is joined by Scott and Tracey, from the Disney Indiana Podcast and they share details about the Star Wars Guided Tour they took in May 2017.

Disney Indiana
This is a bi-weekly podcast, where your hosts Tracey and Scott take you to Disney, Indiana and discuss books, movies, music, theme parks, video games and lots more in the Disneyverse that catches their eye. They’ll share audio clips, interviews and other surprise along the way. If you enjoy all aspects of the Mouse, go hang out in Disney, Indiana.

Having met Scott and Tracey I can quite honestly say they are the most adorable, lovely couple. So go and give their podcast a listen!  To find Disney Indiana podcast, visit their website http://disneyindiana.com/
Star Wars Tour
The cost of the tour is currently $121.12 for children and adults and this does not include tax. Children under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Separate theme park ticket is also required. It is an outdoor walking tour hence dress appropropriately. 


This tour offers VIP access to a lot of the Star Wars themed elements available in the studios. Scott and Tracey will walk you through on the podcast the tour and what they did, however this is an overview (correct as of the date Tracey and Scott did the tour):

  • Watch a screening of the movie, Star Wars: Path of the Jedi 
  • Discover about the last flight to Endor
  • Follow behind the March of the First order and then, from a reserved viewing area, watch the  live stage show—Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away.
  • If you have children (aged 4-12 only), the ability to enrol them in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
  • Ride into hyperspace aboard a Starspeeder 1000 on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Have a Star Wars-inspired meal at Backlot Express
  • Meet Chewbacca and Kylo Ren Character Greeting and possibly even BB8
  • Look around saga-centric exhibits featuring replica props, models, concept art and artifacts at Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Up to September 30, 2017 join other guests at the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party
  • Enjoy a reserved viewing of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular nighttime fireworks event
  • Take home gifts include a Chewbacca stein and keep sake themed name badge. 
That is a very extensive list! The tour lasts seven hours and whilst lunch did seem a little too long, Scott and Tracey were impressed by the content that was in the tour and felt the value for money was definately there, especially as the dessert party had a free bar and alone is over $60! Have you done this tour? What were your thoughts? If not, perhaps we have persuaded we to give it a try!


So I think we will wrap this show up 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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