Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It’s Me! Great, Who are You Again?

Since I have the great privilege of contributing some future articles I thought it only fitting to introduce myself a bit and give you an idea of where I came from, where I am now, and where I hope to be as I move forward.  My name is Michael Black and  I grew up from humble beginnings in a small town in Ohio called Chillicothe.  Ok, ok this isn’t going to be one of those posts where at the end you’re like gee grandpa thanks for the story.  At least I hope not!  Seriously though I am originally from Ohio and moved to Central Florida (Clermont and then Davenport to be exact) in January of 2012.  Since then life has been a rollercoaster... who am I kidding my life has always been a rollercoaster, which is funny because I can’t stand rollercoasters.


When arriving in Florida it was like a dream fulfilled. We now lived just minutes away from our “happy place”, Walt Disney World.  We were quickly hit with a reality check because living near the “magic” 24/7 is quite different than coming down for a week on vacation.  Vacations are a time to escape reality and leave your worries at home.  We were now in the unique position to have to mix reality with the “magic.”  This became even more true when both my wife and I became Cast Members at Walt Disney World.  My wife was a CM at The Grand Floridian and I have held positions in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom selling turkey legs and churros, at Port Orleans French Quarter making beignets at Sassagoula Floatworks, and most recently back at Magic Kingdom on Main Street East and The Confectionery embroidering Mickey Ear Hats and making Mickey Caramel Apples.  I have also held positions temporarily at SeaWorld as a merchandise team member and Universal Studios Orlando as a greeter and pourer of Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hogsmeade, at The Three Broomsticks.  You could say that I have made my rounds through the theme parks and pretty much had a fantasy camp of experiences any theme park enthusiast would enjoy.  The problem with these experiences is that reality enters the picture far too often.  These jobs are not really meant for 36 year old men with a wife and children.  I rarely was able to be around my family due to the schedule, and the pay was, well, not the driving reason for working there.  But I digress, all of these jobs have given me a unique perspective behind the scenes and the ability to compare these experiences against each other.  These comparisons are of course all based on my experiences and opinion but are made with some authority.


I am now a stay-home-dad/husband/blogger and also have my Florida real estate license.  In the upcoming months I hope to start my career as a real estate agent as well as pursue my passion of blogging and sharing tips, tricks, and stories that we have encountered since living in Central Florida.  I think that the two could merge very well as I would be able to really meet the needs of a client who is a Disney fan and is looking to make a move to Central Florida.  Having a Disney fanatic as your real estate agent could make things easier when looking for a home.  Who else would you feel comfortable asking how long the commute would be from “house to mouse” or if you could see fireworks from your home? 


I would like to thank all of you for your warm welcome into the world of Addicted 2 Mickey and I hope to contribute some amazing content that you all will enjoy!


I would like to leave you with a quick exchange that I had one day as a cast member in Frontierland.  I was approached by three teenage girls who asked me “How do you become a Princess?”  Always being in character I stated without hesitation and in quite a dumbfounded manner, “Well, you either have to be born one or marry a prince.  Since you asked me how to become one I will assume that you were not born a princess, so I would start looking for your prince.”  They chuckled and walked away.  These are the types of interactions that I will always remember as a cast member and they are the interactions that keep me coming back as a guest.  Walt Disney World is a show and everyone plays a role, even us, as guest!

Some other places you can find me is at my blog Heart of the Magic  and over at Passport to the Parks and Theme Park Local


See ya’ real soon!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Into the Woods: Movie Review

Photo courtesy of Disney


On Christmas Day the kiddos and I watched Disney's Into the Woods! I had never seen the Broadway show and was going in with no knowledge of the show at all! I love musicals and Disney so I was very excited! The film is basically the story of a baker and his wife who are childless, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack from Jack and the bean stock. They are all venturing into the woods for different reasons and are all connected because the baker and his wife are trying to collect items from all of them because a witch has told them if they do, she will reverse a curse and they will be able to have children! We all feel like we know these stories but this film really twists what you think you know and does it all with song! Along the way we meet Rapunzel, Prince Charming and his brother, Cinderella's evil stepmother and sisters and of course the wolf! The second half of the film focuses on what happens after "Happily Ever After" and it turns out it isn't always so happy and sometimes what you wished for, isn't really what you got at all! The movie is a bit long for those who don't love musicals and it is all basically musical. The acting is right on, everyone is perfect in their role! Johnny Depp is the wolf, and while he does a great job and steals his scene, this is not his movie, his role is very small. I thought that Chris Pine completely stole the movie as Prince Charming! This is not your regular Prince Charming, he is very handsome and kind but also a playboy! His song "Agony" with his brother is my favorite from the whole movie! "Into the Woods" and "The Last Midnight" are also such amazing songs and my kiddos actually loved the song "It's Your Fault!" If you enjoy "Once upon a Time" and "Malificent" putting new twists in classic story tales then you will really enjoy "Into the Woods". 

Remember basically all singing, sarcastic fun, dark moments (think toes being cut off to fit in a slipper, cheating and death) and not much Johnny Depp! Meryl Steep does a fantastic job and is so good you forget how great of an actress she is! Emily Blunt can sing!! My kiddos are 12, 10 and 6 and have been singing the soundtrack since we left the movie, so depending on your kiddos, they may love it! I did read about the play after and viewing the screen version. If you have seen it be prepared for a few changes! I give the file two very enthusiastic Mickey gloves up!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How Walt Disney World handles "closures" during crowded times

Closures
Walt Disney World uses different closure "phases" to gradually restrict the types of guests allowed into a theme park. Closures start at Phase 1 and progress up to Phase 4, where no additional guests of any sort are allowed into the park. Phased closures do not necessarily last all day: for example, if Magic Kingdom is under a Phase 4 closure at 10:00 a.m. on Christmas, sufficient guests might leave by 7:00 p.m. that all restrictions on park entry are lifted.
Phase 1 Closure
Casual visitors are turned away at the automobile toll plazas. This means that people without tickets, those with one-day, single-park tickets, and those intending to use cast member passes will not be allowed to park.
Other guests may enter:
Those with multi-day or multi-park tickets
Those staying at a Disney Resort
Annual Passholders
Those re-entering the park that day.
Those "hopping" from another park.
Those with in-park reservations or appointments.
Those arriving via Disney transportation
Phase 2 Closure
The following guests are allowed through the turnstiles and into the parking lots:
Those staying at a Disney Resort
Annual Passholders
Those re-entering the park that day.
Those "hopping" from another park.
Those with in-park reservations or appointments.
Those arriving via Disney transportation
Phase 3 Closure
The following guests are allowed through the turnstiles and into the parking lots:
Those staying at a Disney Resort
Annual Passholders
Those with in-park reservations or appointments.
Phase 4 Closure
The park and parking lot are closed to all arriving guests.

The numbers that trigger these closures are not "advertised" and at Phase 4 Closure the number is determined by Fire Department regulations for safety. No amount of trying will get you into the park at this point and it is not because the Cast Member doesn't want to let you in for that all important ADR!  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Current and ongoing 

Planned Walt Disney World 

REFURBISHMENTS 

fall 2014-Spring 2015



































































Magic Kingdom® Park
Walt Disney World Railroad
The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Haunted Mansion
Splash Mountain
Cinderella's Royal Table
Liberty Square Riverboat
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Harmony Barber Shop
Sep. 29 - Nov. 7, 2014
Sep. 29 - Nov. 7, 2014
Nov. 10 - 21, 2014
Dec. 1 - 19, 2014
Jan. 4 - 30, 2015
Jan. 5 - Mar. 6, 2015
Jan. 23 - 27, 2015
Feb. 2 - Mar. 6, 2015
Feb. 2 - Mar. 30, 2015
Epcot®
None

Disney's Hollywood Studios®
Fantasmic!
The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow - Closing
Nov. 19 - 21, 2014
The final day for this attraction will be November 6, 2014.
Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Pangani Research Center - Aviary and Hippo viewing closed
Affection Section
Kali River Rapids
Sep. 2 - Nov. 14, 2014
Oct. 7 - Nov. 15, 2014
Jan. 20 - Feb. 2, 2015

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Closed for Annual Refurbishment
Oct. 26, 2014 - Jan. 3, 2015
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park
Closed for Annual Refurbishment
Jan. 4 - Mar. 14, 2015

Disney's All Star Music Resort
Intermission Food Court
Note'able Games Arcade will serve as a temporary location for grab-and-go meals such as sandwiches, salads, and bakery items. Transportation will be provided for Guests who wish to dine at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort or Disney's All-Star Movies Resort. Pizza and other items available for in-room delivery daily from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Aug. 4 - Dec. 19, 2014
Note'able Games Arcade
Guests may visit the arcades available at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort and Disney's All-Star Movies Resort.
Jul. 26 - Dec. 19, 2014
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Big Blue Pool
Nov. 17 - 19, 2014
Little Mermaid Flippin Fins Pool
Nov. 20 - 21, 2014
Cozy Cone Pool
Nov. 24 - 26, 2014
Disney's Beach Club Resort
Guest Room RenovationsGuest rooms will be refurbished with new hard and soft goods. Guests will not be accommodated in the affected areas but it is possible that some noise could travel while work is in progress (between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily).
Oct. 13, 2014 - Aug. 22, 2015
Stormalong Bay Pool - WaterslideDuring this time, the waterslide and the waterway from the slide to the first bridge of Stormalong Bay will be unavailable. The remaining portions of the pool will remain available to Guests.
Jan. 5 - Feb. 2, 2015
Stormalong Bay Pool - Lazy RiverDuring this time, bridges three and four will be under refurbishment and the lazy river/snorkel area will be closed. The remaining portions of the pool will remain available to Guests.
Feb. 2 - Mar. 3, 2015
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
General Construction
The east portion of the beach (near the Transportation and Ticket Center) and Sunset Point are being refurbished and are unavailable. Guests may see or hear work in progress.
Dec. 2013 - Mar. 2015
Great Ceremonial House - Lobby
The atrium is being reimagined to highlight the cultural elements of Polynesia and provide more expansive views. At certain times of day, there may be some noise and alternative paths of travel may be needed throughout the Great Ceremonial House. To enhance the check-in experience, Guests are encouraged to participate in Online Check-In.
Mar. - Dec. 2014
Nanea Volcano Pool and Slide
The main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements. Guests who stay at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort while the main pool is closed will receive one complimentary ticket for each member of their party to visit Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park during their stay.
Jul. 28, 2014 - early 2015
Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Silver Creek Springs PoolThe main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements. During this time, the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge will remain open. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit either the Main Pool at Disney's Contemporary Resort or the Meadow Swimmin' Pool at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Complimentary transportation will be provided to both of these neighboring resorts.
Sep. 3 - Nov. 27, 2014
Trout Pass Pool Bar
Sep. 3 - Nov. 27, 2014
Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Stormalong Bay Pool - WaterslideDuring this time, the waterslide and the waterway from the slide to the first bridge of Stormalong Bay will be unavailable. The remaining portions of the pool will remain available to Guests.
Jan. 5 - Feb. 2, 2015
Stormalong Bay Pool - Lazy RiverDuring this time, bridges three and four will be under refurbishment and the lazy river/snorkel area will be closed. The remaining portions of the pool will remain available to Guests.
Feb. 2 - Mar. 3, 2015
Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
Guest Room RenovationsRenovation work is scheduled to take place between 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.
Aug. 20, 2014 - TBD

Downtown Disney® Area
Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive
Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
Through Mar. 2016
Parking Lots - Entrance 2 - Lots A-G
Loss of parking lot Entrance 2 to Guest/Cast traffic and associated lots A-G in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.?
Dec. 1, 2014 - Aug. 1, 2016

Golf Courses/Miniature Golf
None

Information and dates subject to change without notice.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pets on Parade

We have a new Disney Pal and we're celebrating "just because" ... and you get the prize! Our friends at Lagniappe Gifts are giving away a pet collar of your choosing from her many standard designs! (If you would like it customized, or want to add anything else to it you may do so, but that would be at the winners' cost.) This would also be a great Christmas gift for the pet lover in your life.



This is an example of what the winner may choose.


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Quick food and wine review: Desserts and champagne kiosk

This is one of those kiosks where every year you get the best dessert trios, and this year was the best year for it. The dessert trio as it's called is a small sampling of 3 different desserts. This years is Passion fruit coconut creamsicle, blueberry lime cheesecake, and chocolate espresso opera cake.

 This trio costs 4.00, but is the perfect way to end the night. Perfect portion of sweet, tart, and just yum!!!

 I can't decided on a favorite here, they were all so good in their own way.




As you can see they were a nice size and easily share-able, as I did with my hubby.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Quick food and wine kiosk review: China

Last week while at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival we got to try a few of the goodies before the super heavy rain we had that day. My favorite out of what we had was China. We purchased 2 different food items and a drink there.



First was Mongolian beef in a steamed bun with chili mayo. This was really good and hubby loved it. It tasted really fresh, though the bun it came on was a little strange, but this was hot and fresh. It was a nice portion for the $5.00 it costs.
                              .

 Next we had the Chicken pot stickers.These are my favorite by far. Everything you would expect from a pot sticker. These cost $4.00.


This is mango green tea with popping bubbles.This was my favorite drink the whole day. Not only did it have the regular "bubbles", but also there were mango flavored bubbles too! This was a nice size cup, super yummy! It costs $6.50.


 We loved what we got here in China,and can not wait to go back and get some more in a few weeks.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Arendelle Punch

If you are visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios and love Frozen you will love Arendelle Punch. We went last week, and had fast passes to see the Frozensing a long. We arrived about 15 minutes early and it was kind of warm out. We saw this cute little booth called Frozen Fun snack kiosk on the way by. I saw they,already had the food items like the cookies and rice crispy treats, but I'd never had this punch. It comes in a regular plastic cup of about 12oz, or in a Olaf plastic cup which is about the same in ounces. I opted for the regular cup because I had already bought an Olaf cup. It was so refreshing and good, and on that day, my husband and I shared, and it was gone before we got in line for the sing along.

 After having some fun with the cast members, I told them I would make them famous and we joked around. I asked about the ingredients and tried to get them at home to exactly what was used.

Now, you don't have to worry about the kids taking a sip because this is a non-alcoholic drink. For a neat tip: wait until later on in the evening, this becomes "Let it Glow",with a glowing ice cube.

 After the sing along was over we had to go over and get another cup, and my daughter got hers in an Olaf cup.

The regular plastic cup here was $3.75 The Olaf cup was $8.50.Later on the Let it glow cup with ice cube is more.

 Now, to make this drink at home is super easy, I was surprised by how easy it was!

 You will need:

 a cup

Ginger Ale (They use Shweppes)

Pineapple juice (I used Dole)

Grenadine

You take the cup and add some ice. For a 12 oz cup, I added 1 cup of ginger ale, about half cup of pineapple juice, and about 1/4 of a cup of the grenadine. Now you can always add more or less to adjust the taste, and for me the taste was dead on! My kids now are hooked. It's super easy, and would make a great punch to go along with any Frozen party.










Monday, October 6, 2014

Habst and the Disney Sabatours- A Book Review

   I want to give an honest review of the book without giving away anything about the storyline. I loved it! The book kept me hanging on the edge of my pool lounge chair all day. So much happened that I wasn't expecting. The smells, the hidden rooms and what happens underground! The story line is not for the faint of heart or die hard "everything's rosy at Disney" fan. You'll get a glimpse of the dark side, the cons, the secrets and what goes on behind closed doors.
 
    Habst reminds me of a Christian Grey type character, smooth talking and kinda sexy in a dark sort of way. He uses who he needs to in order to get what he wants to get him his next fix but all in the name of Disney. Habst remembers walking Main Street as a kid and doesn't want anything or anyone to ruin Walt's dream. He soon finds out that someone is trying to and he will do whatever it takes to make sure that doesn't happen, even risk his own life.
Link to the blog and some behind the scenes photos:
Backstage of the Carousel of Progress


*I was given this book free to review and publish on the blog. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Halloween Surprise!

It's Halloween time! We love our fans and we've brought together some wonderful businesses to give you an opportunity to get some awesome, wonderful, Halloween themed products! NO tricks, ALL Treats!There will be four winners. Good luck everyone, and please share with your friends!






One sheet of holiday Jamberry Nail Wraps from Jamberry Nails with Caroline.
 (Designed by Designer Misty Adams)



Peasant dress made with Mickey Halloween fabric pictured from Prickly Pear!



Haunted Mansion Key Fob from Lizzie's Right Brain



Your CHOICE of ONE set of a Fantasy Band Design for your Magic Band!
(These are several examples, winner will pick one design from here: http://www.myfantasybands.com/category_26/-Seasons-Holidays.htm)



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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WDW Magazine Review

   **I received free products to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.**

Photo courtesy of WDW Magazine


Have you seen WDW Magazine yet? This month marks this fabulous digital magazine's one year anniversary! If you're a big Disney fan and you haven't checked it out yet, you owe it to yourself to do so. It is the brain child of Carl Trent who is also the creator of "Dad's Guide to WDW".

What makes it special? Well many things. First of all the beautiful photography is NOT to be missed. There are few photographs I've seen that are more stunning. There are topics for both the "newbie" and "veteran" of Walt Disney World that are well written and informative. There are several contributors which bring to the digital magazine different perspectives and areas of expertise. Because the magazine is digital you will find beautiful pictures and videos!

The magazine covers all the seasonal celebrations as well as current "happenings" and is a great way to feel like you get a little bit of Disney delivered to your computer or mobile device each month!
WDW Magazine is currently available for iPhone and iPad and it can be downloaded in the Apple store. I chose to get mine via my Android device through Google Play. I get a notification each month when the new issue is available. Several different subscription plans are available including single issues or yearly subscriptions. For more information, check them out on the web here  or on Facebook here. You can "check out" last December's issue for free on the website! You owe it to yourself to take a look! Oh, and if you're looking for a Christmas present for your favorite Disney fan... they have a beautiful calendar available for 2015. Right now it's on sale for $19.95!

 Photo courtesy of WDW Magazine


   **I received free products to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.**

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Basin in Downtown Disney



Basin in Downtown Disney is a must do if you love to pamper yourself.

 For those of you that have never been, or have no clue what Basin is, it is a bath and body store. This is my go to store every time we go to Disney! The first thing everyone should do is try out the salt and sugar scrubs. Basin has a new refreshed look with more sinks, so now 8 people can enjoy the scrubs at a time. This is free to try and your hands will love you for it.


 This store has everything to pamper yourself from soaps, to bath bombs, to hair bars, lip balm, bath salts, milk bath, body butter, even fresh facials. You name it they have it.





 I have tried many of the products out myself, and I have to say they totally rock! My favorite thing is the hair bars. They cost about 8 dollars, but no shampoo I have ever used can even compare to what these things do to my hair; they are amazing!

 The great thing is these soaps and products contain no chemicals which means no parabens or alcohol, which is good to know.

 These make awesome souvenirs too! You can make your own mix of bath salts, bath bombs. A great tip I have learned is if you're not sure about the whole soap thing, in the back corner area is cut soap in a bag at a huge discount, and you get 2-4 pieces of different kinds of soap!


Sample soap cuts.



 Also, don't forget if you're an Annual Passholder or DVC owner you get a discount here.

 Basin is located near The World of Disney, next to Ghirardellis. Don't forget to stop in there to get your free piece of chocolate!






Sunday, September 28, 2014

Surf and Turf - aka- Disney Cruise and Disney World

Surf and Turf you ask?  No, not shrimp and steak.  Well, yes.  You can have shrimp and steak too, but what I am referring to is quite the double header.  I'm talking about hitting up Disney World and taking a Disney Cruise all in the same vacation.

A couple of years ago my family of 3 was a Disney virgin.  We decided to hit up Disney World and take a Disney Cruise.  Talk about jumping in full force.  I read lots of articles on how you need more than one day to do the Magic Kingdom and all the wonderful tidbits and advice.  I listened, but didn't exactly follow all of the advice.

There was one thing that I never read in all of my article reading.  The tip that one should not go on the cruise first, but rather go after hitting Disney World.  This would have been wonderful to have known ahead of time and we have never made that mistake since.

So we head off to Orlando all packed (over packed as usual) and ready to be introduced to the wonderfulness of Disney.  Once we got into Orlando we hit Downtown Disney since it was free and we only had a few hours until bedtime.  The next morning we got up and caught the Mickey Express to Cape Canaveral.

We took a short 4 night cruise on the Dream.  Mistake number 1.  Well, not so much as a mistake, but more like a lesson.  Four glorious days on the Disney Dream is just not enough.  It was so magical and fabulous and over the top that it just seemed like we got on the boat and before we knew it we were packing to get off.







We headed to our offsite hotel.  Mistake number 2 and I really mean mistake!  Lesson learned.  Pay the price to be on Disney property folks!  After being spoiled on the Disney Dream for 4 nights non-Disney accommodations are not pleasing.  Service is terrible and rooms are about as bad.  It's your vacation.  Do it right!

The next day we got up bright and early and headed to Disney World. Mistake number 3 and as we all know, 3 strikes you're out.  I must say, I was already exhausted.  I took advantage of those 4 nights on the Disney Dream.  I wanted to get my monies worth.  So I tried my darnedest to do absolutely everything on the Navigator (the list of activities available each day on the ship).  I also tried my darnedest to eat absolutely everything (this is where you can eat steak and shrimp until you can't take one more bite) that looked good.....which was everything.



So instead of relaxing and sitting by the pool or hanging out on deck 4 and watching the ocean go by I was on port adventures and doing arts and crafts and going to shows and playing basketball and playing mini golf, and ....... well, you get the idea.  I was BEAT!

Nonetheless we hit Disney World the next day and it was definitely magical.  We had a fabulous time and since it was our first time we really didn't know what we were doing or what we were missing.  We aimlessly walked the park and would get a fast pass or ride a ride as we came upon it.  Yeah, no plan whatsoever! We spent the entire day there and even made it to the fireworks.  We rode It's a Small World on our way out that evening and sang the song in our heads for the next week.  We didn't realize how much we missed until we got home.



The next day we were planning on hitting Epcot.  I was so tired I honestly could have cared less if we went anywhere.  Did I seriously just type that?  Yes, I did.  I could have just laid in bed all day and been happy, but the husband said we must go.  He is the kind of guy that is GO, GO, GO, gotta see it all.  I am very glad we did go, but honestly I can't remember much of it.  I was a walking zombie for the entire time.  We didn't even make it to fireworks.  I think we left around 4 or 5pm.


The next day the rest of the family agreed with me and we went nowhere.  We just stayed at the crappy non-Disney hotel and wasted a day in Orlando.  We learned our lesson.  Never do the cruise first.  Do it after going to Disney World.  Since then we have always done the parks first.  It works out magically this way.  We are full of energy when we get to Orlando and going to the parks and deciding where to eat is not exhausting.  By the time we get on the ship we don't have to go anywhere or decide anything.  We know what restaurant we are eating at that night and everyone can find something wonderful on the menu.  We have entertainment options all the time.  If we are tired we can just sit and relax.  It is the perfect ending to a fabulous vacation!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Foodie Friday: Grand Floridian Café


I recently traveled to Walt Disney World with my husband, son, daughter and mother.  We knew that traveling in July would be both hot and humid.  We decided to book some of our meals 180 days out and keep some days flexible.   When we were on property we decided to try a few restaurants that we hadn’t booked six months out.  One place that we added to our plans for table service was the Grand Floridian Café.  We took a launch from the Magic Kingdom and the restaurant is in the rear of the main building of the Grand Floridian.

I wasn’t sure what to expect on the menu.  The restaurant was quiet, clean and bright.   The waiter we had was amazing.  He had that typical Disney charm where he was efficient and spent time speaking with our seven year old daughter and nine year old son.  I am someone who decides what she is going to eat before entering the restaurant.  Making reservations late in the trip forced me to decide when I was seated at the table.  The menu had several different options.  After taking our drink order, the waiter told us that the onion soup was better than the one at Be Our Guest and the French restaurant.   I enjoy French onion soup although the weather was not ideal for a hot soup.  I decided to try it and I was happy I did.  The soup was delicious and the melted cheese was a perfect companion to the soup soaked bread. 


For dinner, I then ordered the Grand Floridian Burger.   This is an Angus burger topped with buttered lobster, a red onion marmalade and arugula.  It is served on a brioche bun with homemade chips.  I don’t think it will appear on anyone’s diet plan but I do not regret one bite.  The combinations of flavors although not traditional, were delicious.  My husband doesn’t even eat lobster (even though we are New Englanders) and he figured he would give it a try.  He enjoyed every bite as well.  The kids went with their typical non-adventurous option of pizza although the kids menu did feature some healthy options for younger diners.


With such a filling soup and meal, dessert was certainly not a necessary option.  With two courses that were so delicious behind us, it seemed like a shame not to try it out.  We opted for the chocolate fondue.  A bowl of heated dark chocolate was delivered with cut up pieces of bananas, strawberries, pineapple and marshmallows.  It was a perfect way to finish a wonderful meal.


I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a quieter option that isn’t rushed.  It was cool and comfortable in the restaurant and the food was delicious.  It is definitely a place I would visit again for breakfast, lunch or dinner.