Friday, September 20, 2013

Addicted To Mickey 2013 Fall Scavenger Hunt

There are two sections, one is items to find the other is questions to answer. Each thing found in the
item portion is worth 2 points and every question answered correctly is worth 1 point. Any items
collected for the scavenger hunt will be yours to keep after they are verified for points. All questions are pertaining to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 point getters. If there is a tie, standings will be based on who turned in their items and answers first. Please print out the trivia questions and either write (or copy/paste and type in) your answers and bring with you to the meet-up in Epcot on Saturday September 28, 2013.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card
“I’m Celebrating” button
“Birthday” button
“Anniversary’ button
“First Visit” button
Bonus point for getting all 4 buttons
Mickey’s autograph
Disney character sketch from “The Magic of Disney Animation” at Hollywood Studios
Wilderness Explores field guide from Animal Kingdom
Duffy cutout from the Kidcot stations in Epcot
Magic Talisman from “A Pirate’s Adventure” at Magic Kingdom
Disney Parks Napkin
Mickey Mouse sticker that Cast Member’s pass out
Any other character’s autograph, except any of the Fab 5’s
One of each park’s map, including Downtown Disney as well

Trivia Questions:
Where can you find Mr. Toad?
Which way do they spin, clockwise or counterclockwise?:
*Astro Orbiter
*The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
*TriceraTop Spin
*Prince Charming Regal Carousel
*Mad Tea Party
*Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Starting with Canada what is the order of the countries around World Showcase?
What part of Hollywood Studios can you see from Epcot?
What is the one land you cannot get to from the Castle Hub in Magic Kingdom?
What is the name of the Tyrannosaurs Rex skeleton reproduction in Dinoland U.S.A.?
What is the name of the disaster scene on the Studio Backlot Tour?
What theme park has 2 different entrances?
What 3 resorts are on the Monorail loop?
How many mountains are there in Walt Disney World?
What are they called?
What is the tallest attraction at Walt Disney World?
What 2 theme parks can you walk between?
What was the original name of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority?
How many Value resorts are at Disney World?
Which theme park, when using Disney transportation, is only accessible by bus?
By year, in what order did the 4 theme parks open?
Who is the only person with 2 windows on Main Street U.S.A.?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Foodie Friday: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall: Lunch with the Princesses!

We try to do a character meal for each of our kids' birthday, so we decided to try a new restaurant for my daughter, who just turned two.  None of us had been to Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, so it was the perfect plan.

It was not a busy day, so we were called about 10 minutes before our reservation time at 1:00pm.  We took a family photo with Belle, which is included in the price of the meal, and were then escorted to our table.  I was pleased to see that we were given the dinner menu to choose from.  I am not sure if this is the only menu they have now, but the lunch menu posted outside is completely different.

Inside the restaurant is beautiful.  It is themed like a castle with high ceilings and gorgeous chandeliers.  A non-alcoholic beverage is included with the meal, along with the appetizer buffet.  On the buffet you can find a variety of cold meats, cheeses, fruit, and various salads.  I am a very picky eater, so I only had the fruit and a ton of muenster cheese.  Yum!

Princesses wander around as you eat and visit with each table, which is typical at a character meal.  The Princesses at Askershus change daily, but we were able to see Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Ariel.  We were pretty much finished with our food by the time they started visiting, so there weren't any out for about the first 45 minutes.  There is a Princess Processional during the meal where the Princesses invite all of the children to parade around the restaurant.  Ariel was our designated Princess who led our group of kids.  I have to say I am so impressed with the face characters that talk.  They are always playing their part.  My son was the only boy in the group and she referred to him as a "sailor" and invited him to join the parade.  Too cute!

My daughter is on a mac n cheese kick right now and it seems to be the only thing she will eat.  There wasn't anything on the kids menu that was a cheesy pasta, so we asked the waiter if it was possible to make for her.  He checked with the chef and we were given the green light.  Woo hoo!  It was great!  The sauce they used tasted like a mushroom cream sauce.

My son ordered the pizza, which is so delicious.  Most of the restaurants around Disney World have switched to the flatbread pizza, but this was still the thick wheat crust kind.  (I love my carbs!)

I ordered the oven roasted chicken breast that comes on top of vegetable-barley risotto and asparagus with a mushroom cream sauce.  Remember when I said I was picky?  Wow, this was so good!  The chicken was so tender and juicy and the risotto was amazing.

My husband got the Traditional Kjottkake, or meatballs if you aren't Norwegian.  They come with mashed potatoes, vegetables and lingonberry sauce.  He must have loved it because he practically licked his plate clean.  (This is very similar to what you get at Ikea.)

Dessert comes as a shared plate.  There was a rice pudding with strawberry sauce, an apple strudel and a very rich chocolate mouse.  Everything was delicious!

It's a pricey meal, but definitely worth the Princess interaction and the gourmet food.  We were on the Disney Dining Plan, so this is a great pick for a table service restaurant!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Foodie Friday: Specialty Cakes at Walt Disney World

My family celebrates our children's birthdays at Walt Disney World every year and I have ordered them a specialty cake as a surprise.  We dined at Chef Mickey's for their birthday for the last two years and ordered custom cakes from the Contemporary bakery to have delivered to our table during dinner.  The cakes are ALWAYS delicious, fresh and gorgeous!

There are tons of options to choose from and if they don't have something you want on their list, just ask!  They do their best to accommodate any request.  They are pricey, but it's totally worth it when you see and taste it.  

Here are a few cakes that we have had done in the past:

My son's 1st birthday at Garden Grill in Epcot
My son's 4th birthday at Chef Mickey's
The inside of the Jake cake is marble cake with Bavarian creme and fresh strawberries filling
My daughter's 1st birthday at Chef Mickey's
My son's 5th and daughter's 2nd birthday at Chef Mickey's
The inside of the Lilo and Stitch cake is marble cake with cookies and cream mousse
The bakery can screen print almost any image of any character, like the Jake and the Neverland Pirates cake.  For an additional cost, you can have the image printed on a piece of white chocolate like the Lilo and Stitch cake.  Even the shells around the cake are made of white chocolate!

Are you interested in ordering a specialty cake?  Call the Walt Disney World Cake Hotline at 407-827-2253.  You will be given prompts to choose which location around the resort you would like to order from.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

A Disney souvenir that lasts forever........

There are many ways to keep Disney alive when not in a park. I for one have a Disney kitchen, bathroom, quilt and pillows on my bed, purses, backpacks, shirts, phone covers and lots of other little tidbits here and there. But I must say my absolute favorite Disney reminders are something I can never get rid of, my Disney tattoos. I got my first tattoo at the age of 16 on my calf, it's a sun that has no meaning to me but I wanted a tattoo and my parents said yes and so I got it. Then I got another one on my lower back.  I have another tattoo under my neck and then three stars n my foot that are colored in with my kiddos birthstones, and my hubby's initials on my hand.  I love all my tattoos, except my sun, and feel like each of them show a bit of me and my personality.  About a year ago I wanted a new one but I wanted it to be very special, I knew I wanted something Disney, because Disney to me means hope, love, dreams and all that is good in the world.  People who have Disney in their soul instantly understand this!  I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted. I started looking at "Sleeping Beauty" tattoos because that is my favorite movie and princess but nothing stood out to me. I knew I wanted a saying, but wasn't sure which one.  I did some research on placement and decided the inside of my arm.  I found the quote "If you can dream it, you can do it!"  Oh Walt... I mean really has anyone had a better way of explaining life?! It was perfect and I knew that's what I wanted!  I printed it out in the Disney font and took it to the artist and it is perfect!!  It inspires me daily. I have been at the gym and wanted to stop lifting and looked at my arm and had such inspiration that I did two more reps!  

After that tattoo I was ready for more. It made me so happy to have it, and couldn't wait for another, but once again I didn't want something "just because", I want it to mean something to me.  I looked on Pinterest and found a Mickey and Minnie outline on the wrist and fell in love again!  I love the idea of having a Mickey and Minnie because they are Disney!  I look at my wrist and smile!  

So here is my question for you: If you have a Disney tattoo, what made you get what you have?  What about that character or saying touched you personally that you wanted to have it with you?  How long did you wait before you got it?  Do you want more?  For me it is having that magic with me all the time. Disney is joy and magic and dreams!  I have seen an "Alice in Wonderland" arm sleeve I adore but am not sure I can pull of a sleeve. One time in the park my husband and I saw a man with the princesses all over his leg. I have seen millions of "Nightmare before Christmas" tattoos and love them all, but there are certain stories or phrases that mean more to me and I tend to lean towards those. 

So now I am on to my third Disney tattoo. I know exactly what and where I am getting it.  My appointment is set and I have just a few weeks till I get it.  I am going to keep it a secret for now, but promise to share as soon as it is done!  

Disney kisses and magic to all!!

Love, April 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Marvel's Thor: The Dark World Teaser Trailer

Are you a superhero fan?  Here's the recently released trailer for Thor!

Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.  Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat and screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery “ #83 in August, 1962.

“Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle, Alan Fine, Nigel Gostelow and Stan Lee. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.