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Crystal Palace breakfast review

Sat, 2018-05-26 01:09
Crystal Palace was AMAZING as always. I keep expecting to get let down at this breakfast, because I have such high expectations from going so many times. We even miscalculated the trip there and showed up 30 mins late. (I forgot that you couldn't just park and walk in. You have to go to the TTC, and then take a boat over.) They still got us in.

Aaron didn't expect to like it, but his review is
1. The staff was solid
2. They had the best eggs of any Disney breakfast we had
3. All the characters were above average.

One of the funniest statements of the whole trip was made here. Tigger came out and started going to the different tables. Aaron noticed him and said "I didn't realize Tigger was SO ORANGE!". I don't know why I thought that was so hilarious, but I laughed about it for a good while.

The Mickey waffles are more delicious at Crystal Palace than any other restaurant at WDW or Disneyland. ;)
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The Incredible Tomorrowland Expo Brings Some Super Eats to the Magic Kingdom

Fri, 2018-05-25 23:29
As part of the Incredible Summer event, the Magic Kingdom's Tommorowland dining spots have added some new Super items:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
The Incredible Tomorrowland Expo starts today, and in addition to exciting entertainment and merchandise, there’s some pretty SUPER food offerings ...



Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café already has a pretty INCREDIBLE menu with burgers, chicken nuggets, rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, and salads, but they’ve STRETCHED out their menu even more to include a Super Foods Salad and a Super Stretchy Burger inspired by Mrs. Incredible! The Super Foods Salad is a kale and spinach salad with quinoa, avocado, blueberries, and pico de gallo. The Super Stretchy Burger has flame-grilled angus beef that’s piled high with deep-fried mozzarella sticks, American cheese, bacon, and garlic ranch sauce.



If you’re in the mood for some sweets, then Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodie’s is the place to go. Here you’ll find ice cream, smoothies, sundaes, and some fashion advice? That’s right, we’re cooking up Edna Mode’s “No Capes, Just Crêpes” Crêpe Sundae! Make sure to leave your capes at home, because these sundaes are SUPER and you won’t want to miss them. The first is a chocolate-hazelnut crêpe topped with ice cream and berries, and the second is a blackberry-lavender jam crêpe topped with ice cream and fruit-flavored cereal.



At The Lunching Pad, you definitely won’t be able to DISGUISE your excitement for the Mrs. Incredible Pretzel Mask – this soft pretzel comes topped with black salt and is INCREDIBLE with cheese sauce or some yellow mustard! And for those little-super heroes, they’ll love the Jack-Jack Cookies, freshly baked mini-chocolate chip cookies that are perfect for an on-the-go snack.

And at the Snack Carts around Tomorrowland, in addition to Mickey Pretzels, popcorn, and churros, there’s also a new sno-cone that will have you FROZEN in your tracks! Frozone’s Sno-Cones are blue raspberry-flavored and are sure to cool you down on those warm summer days.

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BJ's Discount Gift Cards?

Fri, 2018-05-25 16:31
Has anyone had any luck with the (slightly) discounted Disney gift cards that you can purchase online from BJ's Discount?
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Unsure about AKL dining...help!

Fri, 2018-05-25 06:04
I have been on the fence about trying either Sanaa or Jiko for years. This year I had finally decided to give one of them a try but showed Mom the menus and she was less than thrilled. I think since we really don't understand much of what's listed she is worried. It will be me (I'll try anything and I'm a fan of Indian food if that helps!), my mom (she is getting more adventurous with eating but she doesn't care for Indian or Moroccan food), and my sister (she is more of a steak and potatoes girl, or seafood, and doesn't enjoy trying new food, and is allergic to cilantro and cinnamon, but does love zebras :D ). I was also looking at Tiffins in Animal Kingdom. We're on the dining plan so prices aren't an issue and we have the extra credits to do signature dining but I don't want to go somewhere they will hate. So would you all suggest one of these over the others or to try somewhere else again this trip? I keep waffling back and forth so any opinions would be appreciated! :mickey:
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Review of my Universal/Seaworld trip staying at the Royal Pacific Resort...

Thu, 2018-05-24 23:08
A very nice hotel!! We received absolutely EXCEPTIONAL service at every turn, really quite exceeding Disney. (this has been somewhat marred by a billing mistake that caused me some stress and may not be quite sorted out yet). The room I think felt a little smaller than our room at POR, and less storage space, but much newer. Lots of usb ports and plug ins, and very nice shower area (although a curtain would be appreciated - and only one sink. included a mini fridge and they kept giving us bottles of water (for free! lol). We stayed club level, so maybe that is why, but we must have gotten a really good rate, because the price we paid was LESS than the price for an equivalent Non-Club room at the time we actually travelled. The lounge made it really, really worthwhile- breakfast there every morning, and their "evening snacks" served as supper every night. Free wine doesn't hurt my feelings either.
Service - I had ordered a package (mostly with an air mattress for daughter) to be sent ahead of time. We arrived on Saturday and the business center was not going to be open again until Monday, but "Lindsey" went with a security guard to look anyway. For some reason my NAME was also not on the package (my mistake or Amazons) but she called me for the tracking number and got it right to me! So appreciated. We took a cab a couple of days to go off site, and they pop you right into one with complimentary bottles of ice cold water for the trip. (I did calculate that their town cars were about $5.00 per trip more than a taxi, but for the 2 trips we took in one we didn't mind and the service was great). The folks in the concierge lounge were also wonderful, coming around to refill my wine glass more times that I should have said yes ;-) AND when you have packages sent back to the resort, they actually deliver them right to your room, instead of you having to pick them up at the store like in Disney.
Pool is very nice but we did NOT like the automatic gratuity added to the bill at the poolside restaurant. we tip, but don't like being forced to! But they'll actually serve you right at poolside - any time we went down there they'd come ask if we wanted anything.
But we didn't go there for the hotel, did we? So here is about the actual parks - with our unlimited express passes both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure were a breeze - we did absolutely everything, and all between the hours of about 9-3 each day. We got to go on attractions that we hadn't been willing to wait in line for in the past, so I felt very, very satisfied. I'm also sick to death of motion simulators, which feels like mostly what Studios has. The new Diagon Alley area is superb, and Escape from Gringotts is a good ride although a little short. Hands down the best ride in both parks, in my opinion, is still the Mummy. We ate at the Leaky Cauldron in Studios and found the food very, very good (much moreso than you expect to find in a Quick Service in a theme park). I love the system where they find you a table and bring you your food. We skipped Three Broomsticks after learning it wasn't as well run, and had lunch at Mythos instead when we went to Islands. It was good, although FREEZING cold since we were soaked to the bone. Oh yeah, both days were spent sloshing around up to our ankles.
Day 3 we did Discovery Cove and thank goodness it was actually a lovely day right up until a gigantic thunderstorm drove everyone out of the park at 4:00. (by the way HOW THE HECK can they sell me ONE single photo for $50, and then tell me they can't find me a plastic bag to put it in? I got the "we are an eco park" line and said "Really? Because you have ROLLS of plastic bags in all the bathrooms, and nothing but plastic dishes and cups all around the resort...". But aside from that it was an absolutely AMAZING day!! Considering it gets you admission to Sea World, and food and drinks all day, it really isn't as bad a price as it sounds at first glance. And we found there is so much too do! Even if you don't do the dolphin swim (daughter did, since she can't really remember doing it when she was 10. Hubby and I skipped it, and thus saved $100 each). That said, we have heard some people say it is "boring" because there are no rides and "nothing to do but look at animals". I suppose that is true of snorkelling among gorgeous rays and tropical fish, and swimming through paradise - right through an aviary with birds that will land in your hand- and watching marmosets and river otters from a lounger right in the water with a drink in your hand - is "doing nothing". :-)
Day 4 Seaworld and it was HOT and MUGGY and did I say I minded the rain? I would have welcomed some. It was really much more crowded than I would have expected - good thing I don't really go there for the rides , as the lines were super long. I'd spring for the "Quick Queue" (express pass) if that was important to me. I love the shows - and I think my favourite was actually the dolphin show. It's kind of not the same with the Orcas now that the trainers aren't allowed in the water (don't get started on Blackfish - I have a daughter than works at the Vancouver Aquarium, and I think that movie was mighty misleading, but I know that a lot of people do have strong feelings about animal acts). Clyde and Seamore still cute, although I liked the old story line (Pirates) better than the new one (Pinniped High). If you do Seaworld but skip the small animal show because they are ordinary - don't! We really, really enjoyed that one. Amazing what they can get a cat to do ! It was a very full day and we honestly didn't get to do and see everything we wanted to. We did the Quick Service "eat all day" meal plan, and I'm not sure I can recommend it - it was convenient BUT doesn't include all the eateries - so you spend some time looking for one that is on plan, and MOST of the food was really NOT very good at all.
And I guess that's it - but I'd be happy to answer any questions if anyone wants to know more about the parks or the resort.
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DVC July 3rd Dessert/Fireworks Party

Thu, 2018-05-24 22:42
From DVC

Quote: Revel in the American spirit and enjoy a star-spangled Independence Day celebration! Disney Vacation Members and special guests are invited to a nighttime get-together filled with one-of-a-kind Disney touches on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

Join us for an evening of live entertainment, delicious desserts, games and more at this Membership Magic event!
Event highlights include:
• A tasty array of red, white and blue dessert samplers—as well as a patriotic punch
• Live musical entertainment
• Carnival-style games
• A “front porch” view of Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky at Magic Kingdom park starting at 9:15 PM
• Photo opportunities with some favorite Disney characters decked out in patriotic attire—plus, a complimentary take-home photo

Important Details
When & Where
Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Disney's Contemporary Resort, Convention Center Porte–Cochére

Pricing
Adult: $39.99 (plus tax and gratuity); Guests 21 years of age or older may purchase alcoholic beverages at the cash-only bar
Child: $24.99 (plus tax and gratuity)

Reservations
Booking begins on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Reservations are required to attend this event. Please call Member Services. Full payment at the time of booking—with a credit card guarantee—is required.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to avoid surrendering the full payment.
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Review of Port Orleans Riverside

Thu, 2018-05-24 22:29
for the first time ever, I actually got what I requested! Asked for a room in the mansions and they put us in 8905 (third floor of Magnolia Terrace. I do think the rooms need a little updating - no clock or USB ports, not really enough plug ins. But it did feel larger than our room at Universal with more storage space, and I like the curtained off area with the two sinks. Comfortable beds. BUT the room smelled very strongly of mothballs. Why would that be? We didn't find it intolerable, but I touch weird. Noisy air conditioning, but it worked. It looks like the Alligator Bayou buildings have been more recently updated? At least on the outside. Pool area very nice although we prefer the quiet pools and I LOVE the new app for the laundry facility, which is never too busy!!! Very good service throughout - had some great conversations with people who clearly love their job. We took the "no housekeeping" option and got a $50 gift card (10 dollars per night). We called them twice - once for blankets and once for towels and to empty the trash and they were very prompt. I don't care about having someone else make my beds, so this worked very well for us. I just hope it isn't putting people out of work. I do also wonder why housekeeping walked in twice (I didn't think we needed to put up the privacy sign since we'd declined housekeeping)....maybe they have to check to make sure people aren't wrecking the place? Not a big deal - just the kid trying to sleep until noon both times. This is still my favourite moderate and I'd happily stay here again.
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Our dining reviews:

Thu, 2018-05-24 22:20
Just got back from a split Universal/Disney stay, so I'll do the Disney ones here:
Quick Service:
-Riverside Mill at POR - okay I guess. I feel like there was a lot more variety when I was there before, but that might be poor memory. I got very good, cheerful service, but my 19 year old daughter had a couple of snarly ones, including a girl that was on her phone, rolled her eyes and said "Yeah, what?" instead of "can I help you?".
- Liberty Inn at the American pavilion in Epcot – standard burgers, tasty and filling.

Table Service:
50's Prime Time - I've never been before - I've heard rumours of poor food quality, although I was curious about the theming. We loved it! What a blast - and such great detail in the themining. Cousin Samantha (or was it Sabrina? Darn!) was a lot of fun and just generally lovely. My daughter made a big "oops" - as she was sitting down she pushed the silverware basket out of the way not counting on the slipperiness of formica and it crashed to the floor. They were really nice about cleaning it up so they wouldn't embarrass her, but the other customers started teasing and they saw she wouldn't get upset, so they joined right in. Hubby's meatloaf was good, but the portion seemed small. DD's Beef stroganoff was apparently "meh" with way too much onion. My fried chicken was to DIE for, and the portion was huge (so I shared with DH ;-). The milkshakes were also delicious and huge (but we had boring ol’ vanilla because the PB and J doesn’t appeal to us).
Boatwrights – did this one just because we were at POR, and it was surprisingly good. I had the Prime Rib which was really amazing. DD did a seafood plate of some sort, and I can’t remember what DH got, but again the Big Guy got something that just looked like a much smaller portion than ours! Too weird.
Cape May Buffet – Found it a little bright and busy, but they certainly had very good food for a buffet. DH was all about the crab legs but I haven’t got the patience to fight with them, and peel and eat shrimp grosses me out, but both us girls found lots to eat. There was a nice carving station and I really liked the cod bites (basically battered fish, but REAL fish in a nice light crispy coating). The price, though, is very high (because of all that crab?). Service was good, but I fear I undertipped and still feel a bit guilty. I choked on giving her 18% since it was a buffet and she didn’t do all that much, so I gave her $20 which was still more than some of the less expensive places where the servers do a lot more. I’d be interested in hearing opinions on this, and I’m sorry if I’m a terrible person for a 13.5% tip 
Be Our Guest – loved the atmosphere, and we were pleased to be seated quickly after initially being told it would be a 45 minute wait. I think this is the epitome of French food – very pricey, very well prepared, and pretty darn small. Lamb, pork tenderloin and braised beef all very good. We did not have dessert.
Restaurant Marrakesh – What. A. Gong. Show. First of all we accidentally showed up an hour early, but they were nice about seating us. DD and I were hot and foot sore and really quite irritable and weren’t feeling hungry in the slightest. First off, we asked for water and DH asked for a pop (instead of wine or drinks) and the waiter’s face visibly fell. When he came back he was downright frosty when her and I both announced we’d just have an appetizer for our meal, even though DH ordered the “grand feast” or whatever it’s called. We both asked for a seafood bastilla, and he rather icily said “that’s very, very small, you know”. That got me flustered and I let him kind of bully me into the “combo appetizer for two” which turned out to be MUCH more food than I could eat, and I didn’t like anything but the salad. To me it was so dry and tasteless than I couldn’t tell the two separate dishes apart. DD stuck to her guns and had her seafood bastille which was actually pretty big. But this point we were kind of embarrassed, and therefore snarling at each other a bit, and a lot of food went to waste. The bellydancer is a cute 10 minute show. BUT Rick enjoyed his meal (and ours) very much. It just left me with a really bad feeling, especially since this had been Kiana’s pick. Service makes all the difference, moreso at Disney than anywhere else. It really affects how I feel about a place.
Sanaa – good service, nice location (although didn’t see any animals since it was pouring down rain); not a menu I was super excited about. The naan bread service with dipping sauces was quite good, as was the Mishkaki (braised beef kebobs). The others got sandwiches, and said they were good.
‘Ohana – our favourite and our last night treat. A note on service – we LOVED our guy, but the people at the next table were complaining about him. The LAST time we ate here Rick didn’t get as much meat as he wanted (are you seeing a pattern?) and the waitress cleared our plates and brought the dessert before he was ready and without asking. THIS guy didn’t make us feel rushed at all, and was around to offer more frequently. The folks at the next table felt that they HAD been rushed because he brought the bill without asking if they wanted coffee. All in perception, I guess. Now – we haven’t been there for 6 years – have they changed the dessert? I remember absolutely LOVING it, but I didn’t care for it much at all this time. I found it dry. I was disappointed, but otherwise enjoyed my meal.
Snacks:
Nice pastries in “France”. Having finally BEEN to Paris, I see the authenticity in the beautiful display cases of pretty treats. I also did the Grey Goose slushy with cranberry juice – I think this is a little different than last time I was there, but it was good (and not as teeny-tiny as my 7 dollar, 3 ounce glass of wine from Italy)
My favourite snack of the trip was the new dole whip upside down cake, and DD enjoyed the Dole Whip that is blended with Vanilla as she isn’t as big a fan of pineapple. Rick enjoyed a big Mickey Head pretzel in the Magic Kingdom.

Overall highlight was 50’s Prime Time (surprisingly!) low point was Marrakesh. Haven't done my final calculations, but I'm pretty sure we would NOT have saved any money with the Dining Plan, and I really did like the freedom to do what I wanted (appetizer instead of dessert, not 'counting credits', etc)
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Disney Ringtone - Suggestions?

Thu, 2018-05-24 18:33
I am in the mood to change my ringtone. My wife has Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah as her ringtone. I need some suggestions, people! What song from Walt Disney World would make a good ringtone?
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Whispering Canyon Cafe

Thu, 2018-05-24 02:29
Do they still have all the sillyness at the restaurant? Going to jail, hollering for ketchup and the like? I heard they had toned it down?
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Whispering Canyon Cafe

Thu, 2018-05-24 02:29
Do they still have all the sillyness at the restaurant? Going to jail, hollering for ketchup and the like? I heard they had toned it down?
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Disney Details the 4 Neighborhoods of Pixar Pier

Thu, 2018-05-24 00:18
Walt Disney Imagineering has released more detailed descriptions of each of the 4 Neighborhoods of Pixar Pier and made the first public announcement of the Inside Out attraction in 'Phase III':

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
Incredibles Park

Inspired by “The Incredibles,” Incredibles Park will be an inviting plaza featuring mid-century modern design aesthetics. Guests will enter through an archway where the iconic Incredibles logo will be seen overhead. Once inside, the new Incredicoaster will take you on a thrilling race alongside the Parr family. A combination of character figures, lighting, music and special effects will bring all the action to life!

Upon exiting the attraction, the Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums stand will tempt guests with freshly-baked treats.

Toy Story Boardwalk

Adjacent to Incredibles Park, Toy Story Boardwalk will be themed to “Toy Story.” Guests will be shrunk down to the size of a toy on the fan-favorite Toy Story Midway Mania! Jessie the yodeling cowgirl will invite you for a rootin’ tootin’ spin on Jessie’s Critter Carousel (opening in 2019).

At Poultry Palace, big appetites and small fries alike can enjoy a fun meal inspired by Pixar’s short, “Toy Story Toon: Small Fry.” There will even be a fun-sized Zurg—perfect for photo ops!

You can also stop by Señor Buzz Churros, where Buzz has switched into Spanish mode to offer this classic treat. ¡Delicioso!

Pixar Promenade

This charming seaside promenade inspired by classic turn-of-the-century California boardwalks will celebrate the heartwarming stories and beloved characters from all of Pixar’s films. The focal point of Pixar Promenade will be the Pixar Pal-A-Round.This reimagining of a guest favorite will still include the iconic face of Mickey Mouse on the Paradise Bay side of the wheel. But now, each of the 24 gondolas will feature different pairs of Pixar pals!

Pixar Promenade will also feature the Games of the Boardwalk, offering guests a chance to test their skills and win a prize.

The four colorful game booths {are}:

  • Heimlich’s Candy Corn Toss
  • Wall-E Space Race
  • La Luna Star Catcher
  • Bullseye Stallion Stampede.

Also featured along the promenade will be a classic band-shell stage, ideal for musical entertainment acts and encounters with your favorite Pixar characters.

Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff will feature delightful confections, including saltwater taffy and rainbow cotton candy.

For some savory bites, head over to Angry Dogs, where the dogs heat up as Anger from “Inside Out” burns with rage!

Inside Out Headquarters


Located on the western end of the pier, the lush and colorful area inspired by “Inside Out” will be known as Inside Out Headquarters.

This playground for the emotions will feature a whimsical family-friendly attraction, scheduled to open at a later date. Concept art of the Inside Out Attraction, Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums, and La Luna Star Catcher have not yet been released by Disney, but can be found in on the INTERCOT Instragram from our recent visit to the Blue Sky Cellar. Not yet confirmed by Disney, but it is being rumoured that the current Flik's Flyers attraction wil be convereted into the yet-to-be-named Inside Out attraction.

The eastern end of the pier was oddly left out of the description. The lost "fifth" neighborhood appears it will contain the Knick's Knacks store, Adorable Snowman's Frosted Treats, and the Lamplight Lounge. The store and frozen treat stand are already operating; you can get a glimpse of these two spots on the INTERCOT Instagram.

More details on the Lamplight Lounge can be found in the Disneyland Dining forum.
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Disney Details the 4 Neighborhoods of Pixar Pier

Thu, 2018-05-24 00:18
Walt Disney Imagineering has released more detailed descriptions of each of the 4 Neighborhoods of Pixar Pier and made the first public announcement of the Inside Out attraction in 'Phase III':

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
Incredibles Park

Inspired by “The Incredibles,” Incredibles Park will be an inviting plaza featuring mid-century modern design aesthetics. Guests will enter through an archway where the iconic Incredibles logo will be seen overhead. Once inside, the new Incredicoaster will take you on a thrilling race alongside the Parr family. A combination of character figures, lighting, music and special effects will bring all the action to life!

Upon exiting the attraction, the Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums stand will tempt guests with freshly-baked treats.

Toy Story Boardwalk

Adjacent to Incredibles Park, Toy Story Boardwalk will be themed to “Toy Story.” Guests will be shrunk down to the size of a toy on the fan-favorite Toy Story Midway Mania! Jessie the yodeling cowgirl will invite you for a rootin’ tootin’ spin on Jessie’s Critter Carousel (opening in 2019).

At Poultry Palace, big appetites and small fries alike can enjoy a fun meal inspired by Pixar’s short, “Toy Story Toon: Small Fry.” There will even be a fun-sized Zurg—perfect for photo ops!

You can also stop by Señor Buzz Churros, where Buzz has switched into Spanish mode to offer this classic treat. ¡Delicioso!

Pixar Promenade

This charming seaside promenade inspired by classic turn-of-the-century California boardwalks will celebrate the heartwarming stories and beloved characters from all of Pixar’s films. The focal point of Pixar Promenade will be the Pixar Pal-A-Round.This reimagining of a guest favorite will still include the iconic face of Mickey Mouse on the Paradise Bay side of the wheel. But now, each of the 24 gondolas will feature different pairs of Pixar pals!

Pixar Promenade will also feature the Games of the Boardwalk, offering guests a chance to test their skills and win a prize.

The four colorful game booths {are}:

  • Heimlich’s Candy Corn Toss
  • Wall-E Space Race
  • La Luna Star Catcher
  • Bullseye Stallion Stampede.

Also featured along the promenade will be a classic band-shell stage, ideal for musical entertainment acts and encounters with your favorite Pixar characters.

Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff will feature delightful confections, including saltwater taffy and rainbow cotton candy.

For some savory bites, head over to Angry Dogs, where the dogs heat up as Anger from “Inside Out” burns with rage!

Inside Out Headquarters


Located on the western end of the pier, the lush and colorful area inspired by “Inside Out” will be known as Inside Out Headquarters.

This playground for the emotions will feature a whimsical family-friendly attraction, scheduled to open at a later date. Concept art of the Inside Out Attraction, Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums, and La Luna Star Catcher have not yet been released by Disney, but can be found in on the INTERCOT Instragram from our recent visit to the Blue Sky Cellar. Not yet confirmed by Disney, but it is being rumoured that the current Flik's Flyers attraction wil be convereted into the yet-to-be-named Inside Out attraction.

The eastern end of the pier was oddly left out of the description. The lost "fifth" neighborhood appears it will contain the Knick's Knacks store, Adorable Snowman's Frosted Treats, and the Lamplight Lounge. The store and frozen treat stand are already operating; you can get a glimpse of these two spots on the INTERCOT Instagram.

More details on the Lamplight Lounge can be found in the Disneyland Dining forum.
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Reservation Start Date and Menu Highlights Released for Lamplight Lounge

Thu, 2018-05-24 00:12
Disney California Adventure has released the reservations start date and signature dishes of the Lamplight Lounge:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
Located at the entrance of Pixar Pier, Lamplight Lounge will be a stylish, fun place to hang out with the whole family. The lounge will be serving up playfully presented California casual gastro-pub cuisine and unique signature cocktails.

Our culinary team has been hard at work cooking up a spectacular menu, and today I’m giving you a sneak peek at some of the delicious items you’ll taste when Pixar Pier opens on June 23.



Starting with “Shorts” to Share – also known as appetizers – the Potato Skins will make for the perfect crunchy snack to start off your meal. Made with crispy Yukon gold potatoes, these skins come with brown butter-caper yogurt, smoked paprika aïoli, and Manchego cheese.

If creative sushi is more your style, then the Carne Asada Roll will be right up your alley, with New York grilled strip steak, roasted Fresno chili salsa, escabeche, and crema.



For the Bigger Bites menu, a vegetarian entrée will take the “lamplight” – the Spinach Salad! This salad consists of curly spinach with warm wild mushrooms, a soft poached egg, charred onion vinaigrette, shiitake “bacon,” and blue cheese toast.



Another featured entrée will be the Chicken Sandwich. This savory, spicy sandwich comes with crispy chicken with spicy chili glaze, vinegar slaw, and pineapple butter and served on an Amish bun alongside malted fries.



On the kids menu, “Budding Artists” will love the PB&J Roll! A fun twist on a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich, this creamy peanut butter and whole wheat “roll” comes drizzled with strawberry jelly. It’s also served with fresh fruit and a flower pot of hummus and veggies.

... Lamplight Lounge opens on June 23, and if these dishes are making you hungry, then you’ll be excited to know that reservations will open on June 7!

Reservations can be made on the Disneyland Resort website or by calling (714) 781-DINE (714 781-3463) between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily Pacific Time. Attached Images     
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Reservation Start Date and Menu Highlights Released for Lamplight Lounge

Thu, 2018-05-24 00:12
Disney California Adventure has released the reservations start date and signature dishes of the Lamplight Lounge:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
Located at the entrance of Pixar Pier, Lamplight Lounge will be a stylish, fun place to hang out with the whole family. The lounge will be serving up playfully presented California casual gastro-pub cuisine and unique signature cocktails.

Our culinary team has been hard at work cooking up a spectacular menu, and today I’m giving you a sneak peek at some of the delicious items you’ll taste when Pixar Pier opens on June 23.



Starting with “Shorts” to Share – also known as appetizers – the Potato Skins will make for the perfect crunchy snack to start off your meal. Made with crispy Yukon gold potatoes, these skins come with brown butter-caper yogurt, smoked paprika aïoli, and Manchego cheese.

If creative sushi is more your style, then the Carne Asada Roll will be right up your alley, with New York grilled strip steak, roasted Fresno chili salsa, escabeche, and crema.



For the Bigger Bites menu, a vegetarian entrée will take the “lamplight” – the Spinach Salad! This salad consists of curly spinach with warm wild mushrooms, a soft poached egg, charred onion vinaigrette, shiitake “bacon,” and blue cheese toast.



Another featured entrée will be the Chicken Sandwich. This savory, spicy sandwich comes with crispy chicken with spicy chili glaze, vinegar slaw, and pineapple butter and served on an Amish bun alongside malted fries.



On the kids menu, “Budding Artists” will love the PB&J Roll! A fun twist on a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich, this creamy peanut butter and whole wheat “roll” comes drizzled with strawberry jelly. It’s also served with fresh fruit and a flower pot of hummus and veggies.

... Lamplight Lounge opens on June 23, and if these dishes are making you hungry, then you’ll be excited to know that reservations will open on June 7!

Reservations can be made on the Disneyland Resort website or by calling (714) 781-DINE (714 781-3463) between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily Pacific Time. Attached Images     
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Comfortable Shoe Recommendations

Wed, 2018-05-23 21:58
I know there are some nurses on this board, and maybe some people in the food industry or those who spend 8 hours plus on their feet each day....so, can someone recommend a good shoe? My daughter is a cake decorator and spends all day in the kitchen on her feet and her sneakers aren't cutting it anymore. I know I have seen nurses, etc in the hospital wearing some type of clogs, etc. Any brand names I can check out? They need to have closed in front and back, no straps.

Thanks in advance. :mickey:
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Comfortable Shoe Recommendations

Wed, 2018-05-23 21:58
I know there are some nurses on this board, and maybe some people in the food industry or those who spend 8 hours plus on their feet each day....so, can someone recommend a good shoe? My daughter is a cake decorator and spends all day in the kitchen on her feet and her sneakers aren't cutting it anymore. I know I have seen nurses, etc in the hospital wearing some type of clogs, etc. Any brand names I can check out? They need to have closed in front and back, no straps.

Thanks in advance. :mickey:
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May 2018 Disney Rumors

Wed, 2018-05-23 16:37
So I have heard a few new rumors lately that I thought I would share.

1. The Main Street Theater was indefinitely put on hold to reallocate it's budget. I had heard this previously, but the prior rumor was that the budget was for new monorails. The latest version of this rumor was that the budget was actually reallocated to design and build a new attraction to replace Stiches' Great Escape.
2. A new nighttime parade is being developed for the Magic Kingdom.
3. Voyage of the Little Mermaid is on the chopping block after Galaxy's Edge opens, most likely to be replaced by a show imported from Disneyland Paris called Mickey and the Magician.

Like I said these are just the latest rumors I am seeing. Anyone hear anything else?
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May 2018 Disney Rumors

Wed, 2018-05-23 16:37
So I have heard a few new rumors lately that I thought I would share.

1. The Main Street Theater was indefinitely put on hold to reallocate it's budget. I had heard this previously, but the prior rumor was that the budget was for new monorails. The latest version of this rumor was that the budget was actually reallocated to design and build a new attraction to replace Stiches' Great Escape.
2. A new nighttime parade is being developed for the Magic Kingdom.
3. Voyage of the Little Mermaid is on the chopping block after Galaxy's Edge opens, most likely to be replaced by a show imported from Disneyland Paris called Mickey and the Magician.

Like I said these are just the latest rumors I am seeing. Anyone hear anything else?
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Back to Disney - Final Thoughts

Wed, 2018-05-23 04:06
Some final thoughts from our Back to Disney trip -
- There is nothing better than taking things slowly. Mind you, we had no choice due to DH's sprained ankle and our younger son's Type I diabetes. But taking things slowly meant noticing and cherishing meeting lovely guests and cast members in the AKL lounge sharing laughs and experiences, enjoying the brass band while riding Dumbo, seeing my younger son's beaming smile as he watched Olaf on the Frozen ride and watching my older son overcome his fears and dance with performers during the Lion King show, seeing the boys delight in water slides at the lodge and DH enjoy an African liquor in the evenings and my four year old son inform me that eating carrots while looking out at the savanna "is the life!" (How true!). The kindness of cultural representatives who taught us so much, the staff in the Medical Aid Center at AK who helped us, the Cast Members who drove the Minnie Vans and gave us great tips. The beautiful flowers at Epcot and great bands playing at the different international pavilions. So much to see and enjoy!
- The club level was expensive (somehow justified by receiving a pin code!) but wow, they set up all of our requested ADRs and Fast Passes beforehand, signed for a medical device shipped to the resort, provided breakfasts and desserts and wine, etc. We were totally spoiled and the trip just felt easier, if this makes sense.
- Next time we plan to forego a rental car especially since the new resort parking fees will apply to us and since we won't need a booster seat for our younger son use Uber/Lyft as needed, the busses and the Minnie Van when tight on time to the Parks.
- Il Mulino, Biergarten, Ohana, Liberty Tree Tavern, Tusker House were our favorite meals. Eating at Bahama Breeze offsite was a great too! There are many wonderful restaurants on property and it was good to try Ohana for the first time. We also ate at Be Our Guest for dinner. It was nice to experience the Castle and meet the Beast and the food was fine, but we don't feel the need to return. My favorite food everywhere was bread pudding. I have been home for a couple of weeks now and wow I need to lose some bread pudding pounds!
- I was less impressed with the Grand Floridian and more impressed with the Polynesian if we ever could afford to stay at a monorail resort. Really, it is just about what vibe feels comfortable to any particular guest. The Polynesian resort feels so exotic. Next time I'd love to spend time at Fort Wilderness Resort.
- Next time we'd like to alternate park days with resort days so that we feel more rested. Park days for me are really tiring. The Day We Ditched Our Plans was a great idea, and your responses were encouraging which helped me let go of the original plans!
-Traveling with medical stuff - our first time on a plane since our younger son's diagnosis three years ago - is doable! We had only one negative experience with TSA which was when we were leaving Orlando, otherwise we were fine. We are ready for more adventures now that we've done it.
We will be back in a few years. In the meantime looking forward to reading your posts!
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