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Magic Kingdom To Make This Summer Sweeter with These New Seasonal Sweets

Fri, 2018-06-01 23:50
The Magic Kingdom is sweetening the month of June with new seasonal treats and a new signature sweet:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
... starting June 5 you’ll find this Mermaid Cupcake in Magic Kingdom Park at the Main Street Bakery. This vanilla cupcake is full of sprinkles of color and topped with sea foam green buttercream, chocolate crispy pearls, sprinkles, and an iridescent mermaid tail cookie.



But of course, that’s not the only new sweet in the park – there’s also the ‘of the month’ sweets for June!

Rounding out the list of this month’s Sweet Treats, at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, you’ll love Ice Cream of the Month, Rocky Road! And at The Plaza Restaurant, you’ll find a PB&J Milkshake of the Month with vanilla ice cream, melted peanut butter, and grape jelly and topped with whipped cream and a cherry. Attached Images  
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Positive Quote Of The Day June 2018

Fri, 2018-06-01 10:59
"The greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising up every time we fall."- Confucius, (551 - 479 BC) Chinese Philosopher
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Positive Quote Of The Day June 2018

Fri, 2018-06-01 10:59
"The greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising up every time we fall."- Confucius, (551 - 479 BC) Chinese Philosopher
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Best Value?

Thu, 2018-05-31 21:07
I have a friend taking her grandkids in September and she'll be staying at a Value. Which is the nicest, and why? Have any been refurbed more recently? What are the food courts like? (as compared to the ones at the moderates, which is what I'm familiar with).
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Best Value?

Thu, 2018-05-31 21:07
I have a friend taking her grandkids in September and she'll be staying at a Value. Which is the nicest, and why? Have any been refurbed more recently? What are the food courts like? (as compared to the ones at the moderates, which is what I'm familiar with).
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Atlanta/"hot"lanta weekend suggestions :-)

Thu, 2018-05-31 12:50
Hello Intercoters!

I plan to be in Atlanta (first time ever, besides the airport) for the weekend of 19Oct-21Oct visiting my daughter for her 22nd birthday:party: I plan on taking a very early flight from NY on the 19th, and a later evening flight back to NY on the 21st. Her birthday is on the 20th. I am open to all suggestions we should see in this jam packed short weekend, including places to eat, drink and sleep!! Thanks in advance, I can't wait to hear what you come up with!!


Kindly,
mickeymousedabomb1 (Marcy)
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Atlanta/"hot"lanta weekend suggestions :-)

Thu, 2018-05-31 12:50
Hello Intercoters!

I plan to be in Atlanta (first time ever, besides the airport) for the weekend of 19Oct-21Oct visiting my daughter for her 22nd birthday:party: I plan on taking a very early flight from NY on the 19th, and a later evening flight back to NY on the 21st. Her birthday is on the 20th. I am open to all suggestions we should see in this jam packed short weekend, including places to eat, drink and sleep!! Thanks in advance, I can't wait to hear what you come up with!!


Kindly,
mickeymousedabomb1 (Marcy)
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ADR's Made! Opinions Please

Thu, 2018-05-31 11:21
Hello everyone! Just finished making our ADR's, couldn't get CRT for my birthday but did get it for the Sunday after which sooooooo pleased as I know its hard to get. So here's the list -
Mon Nov 26th - Hopefully House of Blues, wasn't avail to book yet
Tues 27th - Whispering Canyon Café 8:55am
Wed 28th - Raglan Rd 7:15pm. Been before and LOVED it
Thur 29th - My Birthday!! Liberty Tree Tavern 4:05pm then MVMCP
Fri 30th - California Grill 7:20pm
Sat Dec 1st - Tokyo Dining 6:10pm. Been before and enjoyed
Sun 2nd - Cinderella Royal Table 12:00pm. More excited about this than a 40+ woman should be
Mon 3rd - Yak and Yeti 1:30pm
Tues 4th - Biergarten 6:15pm. Enjoyed before but hopefully get more chatty table mates this time as felt awkward when trying to start conversations and meant with silence
Wed 5th - Skipper Canteen 1:25pm
Thurs 6th - Spice Road Table 1:30pm
Fri 7th - No plans
Sat 8th - Fly home. Boo

Got everything we wanted except Artist Point which is unavailable, rumour is for refurb.
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ADR's Made! Opinions Please

Thu, 2018-05-31 11:21
Hello everyone! Just finished making our ADR's, couldn't get CRT for my birthday but did get it for the Sunday after which sooooooo pleased as I know its hard to get. So here's the list -
Mon Nov 26th - Hopefully House of Blues, wasn't avail to book yet
Tues 27th - Whispering Canyon Café 8:55am
Wed 28th - Raglan Rd 7:15pm. Been before and LOVED it
Thur 29th - My Birthday!! Liberty Tree Tavern 4:05pm then MVMCP
Fri 30th - California Grill 7:20pm
Sat Dec 1st - Tokyo Dining 6:10pm. Been before and enjoyed
Sun 2nd - Cinderella Royal Table 12:00pm. More excited about this than a 40+ woman should be
Mon 3rd - Yak and Yeti 1:30pm
Tues 4th - Biergarten 6:15pm. Enjoyed before but hopefully get more chatty table mates this time as felt awkward when trying to start conversations and meant with silence
Wed 5th - Skipper Canteen 1:25pm
Thurs 6th - Spice Road Table 1:30pm
Fri 7th - No plans
Sat 8th - Fly home. Boo

Got everything we wanted except Artist Point which is unavailable, rumour is for refurb.
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Barksy's Most Expensive Day Ever Day 5

Thu, 2018-05-31 04:29
Barsky - Golden Retriever pup extraordinaire
Christi - my human
Aaron - my human's friend and shaman in World of Warcraft


Today had been planned as a rest day. First thing on the agenda was sleeping in. Second was the Best Friends breakfast with Lilo and Stitch. Third, my human had an appointment for a massage at Massage Envy and was going to get cracked by the chiropractor at The Joint right next to it.

We all slowly got up and got ready. Then we headed out to the Polynesian for breakfast. There was road construction going on, and our GPS tried to send us into a concrete barrier. We managed to avoid it though and find our way to the Polynesian. Parking here is awful. They need to making an island themed parking garage instead of just a parking lot.

We checked in at the podium and were told that they were running behind. They gave us a ticket to get our pictures taken with Pluto! I love seeing other dogs! We got our picture taken but couldn't find a place to sit after that. We wound up going to sit at the bar. My human did a dining review on this restaurant, so I will skip talking about it. I will just say that we weren't pleased.

We finished eating. Aaron dropped us off at Massage Envy and then two hours of relaxation ensued. While we were relaxing, the massage therapist told my human that the animals on Animal Kingdom's safari were most active near sundown. My human decided to change our fastpass for tomorrow. It went by too quickly though. When we were done, we made another appointment for Friday. Then we went to the chiropractor. There was a professional wrestler getting adjusted. He and the doctor were discussing different people's stage names, but we didn't know any of them.

My human felt much better. Aaron came to pick us up, but my human had a surprise for him. Next door to Massage Envy was an O'Charley's. That had been Aaron's favorite restaurant back at his home in Kentucky. After eating dinner there (the cheapest dinner of the whole trip), we went back to the Sheraton to turn into couch potatoes.

While we were at Massage Envy, my human noticed that her shoes smelled awful from spending so many days being wet. No matter what she tried each night, her shoes would still be damp in the mornings. It was her goal tonight to wash and completely dry her shoes, which she accomplished. Finally - dry shoes.
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Barksy's Most Expensive Day Ever Day 5

Thu, 2018-05-31 04:29
Barsky - Golden Retriever pup extraordinaire
Christi - my human
Aaron - my human's friend and shaman in World of Warcraft


Today had been planned as a rest day. First thing on the agenda was sleeping in. Second was the Best Friends breakfast with Lilo and Stitch. Third, my human had an appointment for a massage at Massage Envy and was going to get cracked by the chiropractor at The Joint right next to it.

We all slowly got up and got ready. Then we headed out to the Polynesian for breakfast. There was road construction going on, and our GPS tried to send us into a concrete barrier. We managed to avoid it though and find our way to the Polynesian. Parking here is awful. They need to making an island themed parking garage instead of just a parking lot.

We checked in at the podium and were told that they were running behind. They gave us a ticket to get our pictures taken with Pluto! I love seeing other dogs! We got our picture taken but couldn't find a place to sit after that. We wound up going to sit at the bar. My human did a dining review on this restaurant, so I will skip talking about it. I will just say that we weren't pleased.

We finished eating. Aaron dropped us off at Massage Envy and then two hours of relaxation ensued. While we were relaxing, the massage therapist told my human that the animals on Animal Kingdom's safari were most active near sundown. My human decided to change our fastpass for tomorrow. It went by too quickly though. When we were done, we made another appointment for Friday. Then we went to the chiropractor. There was a professional wrestler getting adjusted. He and the doctor were discussing different people's stage names, but we didn't know any of them.

My human felt much better. Aaron came to pick us up, but my human had a surprise for him. Next door to Massage Envy was an O'Charley's. That had been Aaron's favorite restaurant back at his home in Kentucky. After eating dinner there (the cheapest dinner of the whole trip), we went back to the Sheraton to turn into couch potatoes.

While we were at Massage Envy, my human noticed that her shoes smelled awful from spending so many days being wet. No matter what she tried each night, her shoes would still be damp in the mornings. It was her goal tonight to wash and completely dry her shoes, which she accomplished. Finally - dry shoes.
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Thinking of buying DVC..tips please for getting husband on board

Thu, 2018-05-31 01:34
I am really looking into DVC after my last visit, which was last week. I got all the info and a proposal and brought back home to my non-Disney loving husband. I am trying to get him on board. (Back story...he has only been to WDW twice to my 14 trips. He is just fine with me doing "girls only" trips with my friends and trips with other families. He doesn't care for the crowds and all the walking)

I totally see this as an investment as well as an affordable way to make memories for our teenage kids and future grandkids.

Any tips for how to "sell" this to him? Anyone have any regrets purchasing? Any feedback is welcome and appreciated!

Angie
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Thinking of buying DVC..tips please for getting husband on board

Thu, 2018-05-31 01:34
I am really looking into DVC after my last visit, which was last week. I got all the info and a proposal and brought back home to my non-Disney loving husband. I am trying to get him on board. (Back story...he has only been to WDW twice to my 14 trips. He is just fine with me doing "girls only" trips with my friends and trips with other families. He doesn't care for the crowds and all the walking)

I totally see this as an investment as well as an affordable way to make memories for our teenage kids and future grandkids.

Any tips for how to "sell" this to him? Anyone have any regrets purchasing? Any feedback is welcome and appreciated!

Angie
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Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria Completes First Phase of Rennovations

Wed, 2018-05-30 23:54
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria in Disneyland's Downtown Disney District has completed an overhaul to its menu and the first of three phases of renovations:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
... Located on the ground level, a new modern patio offers guests a place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a delicious dish or beverage on a warm summer day. The patio has a new outside bar, as well as additional seating for al fresco dining and is just steps away from the theme park esplanade.



In addition, this classic Neapolitan eatery has also recently added some tasty new items to the menu just in time for summer! New additions include Trofie, Gnocchetti, Barramundi Alla Livornese, five new gourmet pizzas, and some new, delightfully refreshing mocktails.

Joining an array of delicious pastas, the Trofie and Gnocchetti are dishes that will delight your taste buds. The Trofie comes with twisted pasta, shrimp, basil pesto, green beans, and fresh tomatoes; while the Gnoccheti consists of hand-made potato dumplings, fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, and Parmesan cheese. You can also enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean Sea with the Barramundi Alla Livornese. This sea bass dish comes with spinach, tomato, capers, olives, garlic, onions, and chili flakes.

Using Caputo flour imported from Naples, you’ll find several new pizzas on the menu, all featuring gourmet toppings and authentic Italian flavors. If you’re looking for vegetarian options, the Marinara e Capperi or the Melanzane pizzas are the way to go. Both are made with tomato sauce and topped with fresh, vegetarian ingredients. The Marinara e Capperi is topped with capers, garlic, and oregano, and the Melanzane is topped with mozzarella, fried eggplant, and basil.

For a little more protein, there are two pizzas made with tomato sauce and ham. The Porchetta pizza is made topped with Porchetta ham and mozzarella, and the Capricciosa is topped with mozzarella, roasted red peppers, Parma ham, and green olives. There’s also a Pesto e Gamberi pizza made with pesto sauce and topped with mozzarella, shrimp, and fresh tomatoes.

Of course, a warm meal just isn’t complete without a refreshing beverage. Naples has a few new non-alcoholic mocktails to the menu like the The Lunch Punch consists of lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and apple juice; the Capri Holiday includes orange juice, lemonade, blood orange syrup and amaretto syrup, and the signature Naples Blush has pomegranate juice, blood orange juice, lemon juice, and sparkling soda.



But that’s not all! There’s even more in store for this modern southern Italy-inspired eatery. Set to be completed later this year are renovations to the upstairs outdoor area and interior space. The restaurant will have a modern, European feel featuring clean lines and bold Italian-inspired patterns.
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Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria Completes First Phase of Rennovations

Wed, 2018-05-30 23:54
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria in Disneyland's Downtown Disney District has completed an overhaul to its menu and the first of three phases of renovations:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
... Located on the ground level, a new modern patio offers guests a place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a delicious dish or beverage on a warm summer day. The patio has a new outside bar, as well as additional seating for al fresco dining and is just steps away from the theme park esplanade.



In addition, this classic Neapolitan eatery has also recently added some tasty new items to the menu just in time for summer! New additions include Trofie, Gnocchetti, Barramundi Alla Livornese, five new gourmet pizzas, and some new, delightfully refreshing mocktails.

Joining an array of delicious pastas, the Trofie and Gnocchetti are dishes that will delight your taste buds. The Trofie comes with twisted pasta, shrimp, basil pesto, green beans, and fresh tomatoes; while the Gnoccheti consists of hand-made potato dumplings, fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, and Parmesan cheese. You can also enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean Sea with the Barramundi Alla Livornese. This sea bass dish comes with spinach, tomato, capers, olives, garlic, onions, and chili flakes.

Using Caputo flour imported from Naples, you’ll find several new pizzas on the menu, all featuring gourmet toppings and authentic Italian flavors. If you’re looking for vegetarian options, the Marinara e Capperi or the Melanzane pizzas are the way to go. Both are made with tomato sauce and topped with fresh, vegetarian ingredients. The Marinara e Capperi is topped with capers, garlic, and oregano, and the Melanzane is topped with mozzarella, fried eggplant, and basil.

For a little more protein, there are two pizzas made with tomato sauce and ham. The Porchetta pizza is made topped with Porchetta ham and mozzarella, and the Capricciosa is topped with mozzarella, roasted red peppers, Parma ham, and green olives. There’s also a Pesto e Gamberi pizza made with pesto sauce and topped with mozzarella, shrimp, and fresh tomatoes.

Of course, a warm meal just isn’t complete without a refreshing beverage. Naples has a few new non-alcoholic mocktails to the menu like the The Lunch Punch consists of lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and apple juice; the Capri Holiday includes orange juice, lemonade, blood orange syrup and amaretto syrup, and the signature Naples Blush has pomegranate juice, blood orange juice, lemon juice, and sparkling soda.



But that’s not all! There’s even more in store for this modern southern Italy-inspired eatery. Set to be completed later this year are renovations to the upstairs outdoor area and interior space. The restaurant will have a modern, European feel featuring clean lines and bold Italian-inspired patterns.
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Barksy's Most Expensive Day Ever Day 4

Wed, 2018-05-30 23:14
Barsky - Golden Retriever pup extraordinaire
Christi - my human
Aaron - my human's friend and shaman in World of Warcraft

Hello again people!

I thought my human would never get back home from work with her computer, so that I could continue telling everyone about our amazing trip! Now she is peacefully slumbering away, and I can continue regaling you with our travels. Now where were we?

Let's see - My human's insane driving, the Beverly, convincing Flynn Rider to get a dog, meeting Groot and Star Lord, ah yes! We were on Tuesday - The Magic Kingcom.

My human was up early this morning. She kept saying we were having Pooh for breakfast. I know humans don't normally eat that kind of stuff, but dogs consider it a delicacy sometimes. I was excited to see what she was excited about. Aaron, on the other hand, had stayed up way too late watching movies and didn't want to budge. We finally got him up and moving. We had to drive somewhere called the TTC, then take a boat across the water to get to the gate to get into Magic Kingdom. It took a lot longer than we had anticipated, and we wound up being 30 minutes late to our reservation. The lady at Crystal Palace was very kind and got us in anyway.

We didn't wait very long before they called us, and the cast member who took us to our table was so cute and kind that my human got a picture of her. She stayed and talked to us for a few minutes about her time working at Disneyland also.

As we entered the restaurant, it was bright, cheerful and had an uplifting feeling to it. Aaron commented on how much he enjoyed the atmosphere before we even sat down at the table. Our server quickly came to get our drink orders and then we were off to the buffet. I was a tad disappointed when I didn't see any pooh. My human laughed at me and explained that Winnie the Pooh was a character, not something we were eating. To cheer me up, she got me TWO Mickey waffles! We also had eggs with bell peppers and onions, strawberries, bacon and another mickey waffle. Aaron had biscuits and gravy, breakfast pizza, bacon, eggs and more eggs and more eggs.

Piglet appeared first. I was a little concerned that he didn't seem to recognize the danger of being a pig around so much bacon. I didn't want to spoil his innocence though. Next was Eeyore. Eeyore covered up my humans face with his ear during a picture. What a practical joker! While we were eating seconds, Aaron saw Tigger across the room. He explained "I never knew Tigger was SO ORANGE!." That caused my human to laugh at random times throughout the day. Tigger soon arived at our table and gave me a ride around on his head. Pooh was the last one. He was looking for honey, but I did not have any. After we took some pictures, he went on his way to find a honey pot.

When my human realized we wouldn't make our fastpass at Pirates of the Caribbean, she had changed the time to later. When we got done eating, it wasn't quite time for us to visit the 999 Happy Haunts, so we wandered over to Seven Dwarves Mine Train to get a return time. Then we browsed in Memento Mori. Finally, it was our time to meet our ghost host. I didn't want to choose his way out of the elevator, so we all shuffled through the door that opened.

When the crypt goes creak,
And the tombstones quake.
Spooks come out for a swinging wake.
Happy haunts materialize,
And begin to vocalize.
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.

We walked up and down M.C. Escher's staircase. Madame Leota called in the spirits, and we danced with them. I was surprised to see another dog in the graveyard. Then a ghost decided to follow us home!

When we exited Haunted Mansion, it was time to go to work with the Dwaves. Heigh ho Heigh ho. It's off to work we go. We all sang along. We even got a cute picture of my human and I.

Aaron tried to pull the sword out of the stone - unsuccessfully. Then we went to see Mickey's Philharmagic. Donald should learn how to stay out of trouble, but the apple pie smells delightful. After Mickey got the orchestra under control again, we went to go embark on our jungle cruise. The fastpass wait time was 2 hours! My human was in "De Nile" and decided to come back to the Jungle Cruise closer to the end of our fastpass window to see if the wait changed any. (arff, arff, arff, arff. I crack myself up.) It was still an hour long when we returned, so we did not get to see the back side of water.

It was almost time for our trip to the Caribbean, but we went to Splash Mountain to get a return time first. The return time system was down at Splash Mountain, so we walked over to Big Thunder. Their system was down also. We wound up with paper ticket return times for both of them.

As we started walking back, the skies opened up. Rain was POURING down. Suddenly there was a bright flash of lightning followed immediately by a loud clap of thunder. My human hurried us into Pecos Bill's. Aaron and I were confused, because we normally just kept going through the rain. My human explained how the amount of time it takes from the flash of lightning to the sound of thunder can give you an idea of how close the lightning is. In this case, there had been less than a second between the two of them. Later on, we found out that the Boardwalk had to be evacuated due to a lightning striking there. I was like "Whoa! We were just there yesterday!"

We wandered along the buildings of Frontierland and eventually wound up in the Country Bear Jamboree lobby. My human couldn't bring herself to go in and watch the show though. The lightning and thunder got farther and farther apart, and the island sounds were calling us. We tried to dash from Country Bear Jamboree to Pirates of the Caribbean. The downpour was still too much though, so we ducked in to hear the birds sing words and the flowers croon in the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki room. This was one of my Grandpaw's favorites when he would take my human to Disneyland during her puppyhood. Apparently it wasn't as traumatizing to her as Country Bear Jamboree was.

Our celebrations angered the gods and the storm was raging even more. Then the lady birds sang and calmed them down. When we exited the room, it was still raining, but not as badly. We got in line to board our boat to the Caribbean. There was a problem though, and we had to wait at the front of the line. My human got tired and sat on the ground. When things were up and running, the cast member made sure she was able to get up ok and led us to a different ramp to get on the boat. He explained that when it rains, this ride and Haunted Mansion get inundated with people trying to avoid getting wet. Then it stresses the system. Dead men tell no tales, tales, tales, tales. Ah but they do tell tales. Davey Jones appeared in the mist, and then we were firing at will! Carlos didn't tell where Captain Jack Sparrow was and the redhead wasn't up for sale any more. My human grudgingly admitted that Disney did a pretty good job of making her character into one that would have fit into the Pirates movies. She still isn't happy that they changed it though. All too soon, we were wondering why the rum was gone and exited into a shop in Tortuga.

It was still raining, so we browsed the pirate options, and I met a new parrot friend. As my human was taking a picture of us together, a hand reached out of the door and dognapped me! I was trapped in the Pirate's League! I could hear my human yelling that they were supposed to be pirates, not Cruella DeVil.

I was quickly inducted into the Pirate's League, given a compass and treasure map and then wrapped into paper secured with eyepatches before being given back to my human. Another pirate was admiring my human's Merida bag as we were walking away. The scoundrel who took me also came out and snagged the bag. By then, we were all laughing. The female pirate gave us the bag back and we decided to get out of there while we still had everything.

The rain had died down to a manageable level, so we went to the Haunted Mansion to get a return time. It was one of Aaron's favorite rides. The return time system was still down, so the cast member told us to go in then. My human still hadn't gotten a hold of our death certificates, so another ghost decided to follow us home. We weren't going home though.

It was still raining, but there wasn't any lightning or thunder. We went back to Splash Mountain. We were already soaked, so what difference did it make, right? Splash Mountain had been shut down when the lightning started, and it remained closed. Big Thunder was still closed too.

Aaron had wanted to get his hair cut, and we needed to pick up some postcards. My human decided to head back up Main St, stop at the barbershop, and she would shop while he got his haircut. Then we would head back to the resort with plans to return for the fireworks. Haircut - check. Postcards - check. Stamps - check. Return for fireworks - Nope.

It continued to rain. My human wasn't even sure if they would put on the fireworks show, and it wasn't Wishes. She wasn't too motivated to go see it. Plus they had blisters, soaking wet shoes, the balcony was quite relaxing and a hot bubble bath sounded amazing.

My human noticed the evening pattern and opted to cancel the Tusker House Rivers of Light dining package that she had booked for Thursday before heading to sleep.
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Barksy's Most Expensive Day Ever Day 4

Wed, 2018-05-30 23:14
Barsky - Golden Retriever pup extraordinaire
Christi - my human
Aaron - my human's friend and shaman in World of Warcraft

Hello again people!

I thought my human would never get back home from work with her computer, so that I could continue telling everyone about our amazing trip! Now she is peacefully slumbering away, and I can continue regaling you with our travels. Now where were we?

Let's see - My human's insane driving, the Beverly, convincing Flynn Rider to get a dog, meeting Groot and Star Lord, ah yes! We were on Tuesday - The Magic Kingcom.

My human was up early this morning. She kept saying we were having Pooh for breakfast. I know humans don't normally eat that kind of stuff, but dogs consider it a delicacy sometimes. I was excited to see what she was excited about. Aaron, on the other hand, had stayed up way too late watching movies and didn't want to budge. We finally got him up and moving. We had to drive somewhere called the TTC, then take a boat across the water to get to the gate to get into Magic Kingdom. It took a lot longer than we had anticipated, and we wound up being 30 minutes late to our reservation. The lady at Crystal Palace was very kind and got us in anyway.

We didn't wait very long before they called us, and the cast member who took us to our table was so cute and kind that my human got a picture of her. She stayed and talked to us for a few minutes about her time working at Disneyland also.

As we entered the restaurant, it was bright, cheerful and had an uplifting feeling to it. Aaron commented on how much he enjoyed the atmosphere before we even sat down at the table. Our server quickly came to get our drink orders and then we were off to the buffet. I was a tad disappointed when I didn't see any pooh. My human laughed at me and explained that Winnie the Pooh was a character, not something we were eating. To cheer me up, she got me TWO Mickey waffles! We also had eggs with bell peppers and onions, strawberries, bacon and another mickey waffle. Aaron had biscuits and gravy, breakfast pizza, bacon, eggs and more eggs and more eggs.

Piglet appeared first. I was a little concerned that he didn't seem to recognize the danger of being a pig around so much bacon. I didn't want to spoil his innocence though. Next was Eeyore. Eeyore covered up my humans face with his ear during a picture. What a practical joker! While we were eating seconds, Aaron saw Tigger across the room. He explained "I never knew Tigger was SO ORANGE!." That caused my human to laugh at random times throughout the day. Tigger soon arived at our table and gave me a ride around on his head. Pooh was the last one. He was looking for honey, but I did not have any. After we took some pictures, he went on his way to find a honey pot.

When my human realized we wouldn't make our fastpass at Pirates of the Caribbean, she had changed the time to later. When we got done eating, it wasn't quite time for us to visit the 999 Happy Haunts, so we wandered over to Seven Dwarves Mine Train to get a return time. Then we browsed in Memento Mori. Finally, it was our time to meet our ghost host. I didn't want to choose his way out of the elevator, so we all shuffled through the door that opened.

When the crypt goes creak,
And the tombstones quake.
Spooks come out for a swinging wake.
Happy haunts materialize,
And begin to vocalize.
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.

We walked up and down M.C. Escher's staircase. Madame Leota called in the spirits, and we danced with them. I was surprised to see another dog in the graveyard. Then a ghost decided to follow us home!

When we exited Haunted Mansion, it was time to go to work with the Dwaves. Heigh ho Heigh ho. It's off to work we go. We all sang along. We even got a cute picture of my human and I.

Aaron tried to pull the sword out of the stone - unsuccessfully. Then we went to see Mickey's Philharmagic. Donald should learn how to stay out of trouble, but the apple pie smells delightful. After Mickey got the orchestra under control again, we went to go embark on our jungle cruise. The fastpass wait time was 2 hours! My human was in "De Nile" and decided to come back to the Jungle Cruise closer to the end of our fastpass window to see if the wait changed any. (arff, arff, arff, arff. I crack myself up.) It was still an hour long when we returned, so we did not get to see the back side of water.

It was almost time for our trip to the Caribbean, but we went to Splash Mountain to get a return time first. The return time system was down at Splash Mountain, so we walked over to Big Thunder. Their system was down also. We wound up with paper ticket return times for both of them.

As we started walking back, the skies opened up. Rain was POURING down. Suddenly there was a bright flash of lightning followed immediately by a loud clap of thunder. My human hurried us into Pecos Bill's. Aaron and I were confused, because we normally just kept going through the rain. My human explained how the amount of time it takes from the flash of lightning to the sound of thunder can give you an idea of how close the lightning is. In this case, there had been less than a second between the two of them. Later on, we found out that the Boardwalk had to be evacuated due to a lightning striking there. I was like "Whoa! We were just there yesterday!"

We wandered along the buildings of Frontierland and eventually wound up in the Country Bear Jamboree lobby. My human couldn't bring herself to go in and watch the show though. The lightning and thunder got farther and farther apart, and the island sounds were calling us. We tried to dash from Country Bear Jamboree to Pirates of the Caribbean. The downpour was still too much though, so we ducked in to hear the birds sing words and the flowers croon in the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki room. This was one of my Grandpaw's favorites when he would take my human to Disneyland during her puppyhood. Apparently it wasn't as traumatizing to her as Country Bear Jamboree was.

Our celebrations angered the gods and the storm was raging even more. Then the lady birds sang and calmed them down. When we exited the room, it was still raining, but not as badly. We got in line to board our boat to the Caribbean. There was a problem though, and we had to wait at the front of the line. My human got tired and sat on the ground. When things were up and running, the cast member made sure she was able to get up ok and led us to a different ramp to get on the boat. He explained that when it rains, this ride and Haunted Mansion get inundated with people trying to avoid getting wet. Then it stresses the system. Dead men tell no tales, tales, tales, tales. Ah but they do tell tales. Davey Jones appeared in the mist, and then we were firing at will! Carlos didn't tell where Captain Jack Sparrow was and the redhead wasn't up for sale any more. My human grudgingly admitted that Disney did a pretty good job of making her character into one that would have fit into the Pirates movies. She still isn't happy that they changed it though. All too soon, we were wondering why the rum was gone and exited into a shop in Tortuga.

It was still raining, so we browsed the pirate options, and I met a new parrot friend. As my human was taking a picture of us together, a hand reached out of the door and dognapped me! I was trapped in the Pirate's League! I could hear my human yelling that they were supposed to be pirates, not Cruella DeVil.

I was quickly inducted into the Pirate's League, given a compass and treasure map and then wrapped into paper secured with eyepatches before being given back to my human. Another pirate was admiring my human's Merida bag as we were walking away. The scoundrel who took me also came out and snagged the bag. By then, we were all laughing. The female pirate gave us the bag back and we decided to get out of there while we still had everything.

The rain had died down to a manageable level, so we went to the Haunted Mansion to get a return time. It was one of Aaron's favorite rides. The return time system was still down, so the cast member told us to go in then. My human still hadn't gotten a hold of our death certificates, so another ghost decided to follow us home. We weren't going home though.

It was still raining, but there wasn't any lightning or thunder. We went back to Splash Mountain. We were already soaked, so what difference did it make, right? Splash Mountain had been shut down when the lightning started, and it remained closed. Big Thunder was still closed too.

Aaron had wanted to get his hair cut, and we needed to pick up some postcards. My human decided to head back up Main St, stop at the barbershop, and she would shop while he got his haircut. Then we would head back to the resort with plans to return for the fireworks. Haircut - check. Postcards - check. Stamps - check. Return for fireworks - Nope.

It continued to rain. My human wasn't even sure if they would put on the fireworks show, and it wasn't Wishes. She wasn't too motivated to go see it. Plus they had blisters, soaking wet shoes, the balcony was quite relaxing and a hot bubble bath sounded amazing.

My human noticed the evening pattern and opted to cancel the Tusker House Rivers of Light dining package that she had booked for Thursday before heading to sleep.
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New Imagineering Book: THE IMAGINEERING PROCESS

Wed, 2018-05-30 18:41
Hello,

Given the focus of this forum, I think the following is something you all might be interested in.

I’ve written a book about Imagineering entitled “THE IMAGINEERING PROCESS: Using the Disney Theme Park Design Process to Bring Your Creative Ideas to Life.” The book examines the process the Imagineers use when designing and building Disney theme parks and attractions and explores how the process can be applied to other creative fields "beyond the berm" including game design, instructional design, and leadership / management.

But while the book is primarily focused on applying the Imagineering process outside the parks, the Imagineering Process explains and describes the various stages the Imagineers use when creating rich and immersive environments and experiences for their Guests.

You can learn more about the book here:

http://themeparkpress.com/books/imag...ng-process.htm

The book features a Foreword by former Imagineer Jason Surrell. In addition, several former Imagineers and Disney authors read a pre-publication draft and had very kind things to say:

“Everything is hard if you don’t understand it. Everything is hard before it is easy. If you want to understand how Disney Imagineering is able to create such wonderful one of a kind parks around the world then study this book. The Imagineering Process will show you how to use Disney's creative processes to create magic in your own organization. Without creativity your business will be ordinary and quickly become irrelevant. It’s never too late to get better!”

—Lee Cockerell, Former Executive Vice President, Walt Disney World® Resort and Best Selling author of Creating Magic, The Customer Rules, Time Management Magic, and Career Magic.

“Creativity is merely the arrangement of existing forms into new relationships. Lou has taken a complex creative process, the Disney Imagineering way, and has broken it down into easy to understand and transferable rules that will guide anybody who is trying to do something wonderful. This book is sure to become the “go-to” book for themed attraction designers and those interested in the art form. In fact, the book is an instructive guide for anybody who is seeking a creative methodology to overcome any obstacle or opportunity. Yes, Lou has done it again.”

—Sam Gennawey, author of Walt Disney and the Promise of Progress City, The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream, and Universal versus Disney: The Unofficial Guide to American Theme Parks' Greatest Rivalry

“With The Imagineering Process, Lou Prosperi does a great job of breaking down the Imagineering creative process...or ANY creative process for that matter. Well researched and filled with wonderful insight and a lot of passion, this book should be a "must read" for anyone looking to expand their understanding of how Disney Imagineers create some of the most iconic theme park attractions in the world!”

—Brian Collins, Former Imagineer & WDI Show Writer

“Creativity isn’t easy. But what if there were a pyramid, a process that could show you the way? In his books, The Imagineering Pyramid and The Imagineering Process, Lou Prosperi does just that. He shows you a pathway for taking your ideas out of your head and into reality. I loved his first book, and I love The Imagineering Process even more. If you love Disney and you are looking for a way to make your own dreams come true then look no further. Start here!”

—Jeffrey A. Barnes, Dean of Student Success at California Baptist University and best-selling author of The Wisdom of Walt series

“The Imagineering Process is the perfect companion to Lou’s previous book The Imagineering Pyramid - where The Imagineering Pyramid left off, The Imagineering Process continues. As a retired Imagineer I can tell you that through much research, Lou has managed to illustrate in a very concise and easy to understand manner the process that Imagineers use to bring ideas to life, and to correlate that process to other disciplines beyond the berm of the Disney parks. Once you understand this process you will be able to implement it into your personal work with success.”

—Louis L. Lemoine, Retired Walt Disney Imagineer and Disney Legacy Award recipient

“The Imagineering Process is a very welcome addition to the study curriculum of all lifelong students of “themed entertainment”. In this book, Lou Prosperi shines a spotlight on the importance of sincere collaboration and honest teamwork in the creative process. The greatest resorts, parks, attractions and shows in the world have all come about by adhering to this process in some way, shape or form. Creating happiness for the world is not easy, but it is worth it.”

—Josh Shipley, Chief Creative Officer, Evermore Park and 21+ year Walt Disney Imagineer



THE IMAGINEERING PROCESS is available in paperback and Kindle formats from Amazon.

http://amzn.to/2ssABU1 (Intercot Affiliate link)



Thanks!

Lou Prosperi

P.S. I got permission to post this from the Moderators. If you should choose to buy the book, please use the Intercot Affiliate link.
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Birnaun's Guide from 1989

Wed, 2018-05-30 13:21
I was going through the Birnbaum's guide from 1989. It is a great glimpse into what was happening back then. From the awful sounding "Broadway at the Top" where the California Grill is right now to the book discussing the Studios before it was actually open.

What I can't get past is the way it is written. It is hard for me to explain except it like they are trying to kiss the rear end of Walt Disney World. In a way, it reminds me of an infomercial that you would see late at night on cable.

Also, no Splash Mountain, Le Cellier is not a fancy restaurant. Also, the term Buffeteria (and cafeteria) were used way too much.

The book is a bit beat up but it is a fun thing to read.
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Birnaun's Guide from 1989

Wed, 2018-05-30 13:21
I was going through the Birnbaum's guide from 1989. It is a great glimpse into what was happening back then. From the awful sounding "Broadway at the Top" where the California Grill is right now to the book discussing the Studios before it was actually open.

What I can't get past is the way it is written. It is hard for me to explain except it like they are trying to kiss the rear end of Walt Disney World. In a way, it reminds me of an infomercial that you would see late at night on cable.

Also, no Splash Mountain, Le Cellier is not a fancy restaurant. Also, the term Buffeteria (and cafeteria) were used way too much.

The book is a bit beat up but it is a fun thing to read.
Categories: Disney Blogs