Bucket List: Meet all of the Disney Princesses

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It doesn’t matter how old I get, I still love doing character meet and greets while at Walt Disney World.  And I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for the princesses!  When I started meeting them I just wanted to get Belle, my favorite.  When Tiana came out she quickly became another favorite and I wanted to meet her too, but I could never find her in the parks! In the meantime I had met a bunch of the other princesses and was only missing a few, so I figured I should make it a goal to find them all!  And on my last Disney trip, I finally accomplished that goal 🙂

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Epcot Restaurant Bracket: Round 2

Your votes are in, and it’s time for round 2 of our Epcot restaurant tournament!  Did your favorites make the cut?  I won’t say that I was terribly surprised by any of the outcomes, but I was amazed by how close some of the votes were!  It’s obviously going to be a tight race.  I don’t want to say anything yet so as to unwittingly influence you, but after the tournament is over I will post about some of my thoughts concerning the outcomes!

But now it’s time to vote for round 2.  We’ve got 4 match ups for your to vote on, so get those in to me here in the comments!

Epcot restaurant bracket round 2

Book Review: The Revised Vault of Walt

9780984341542_p0_v1_s260x420A few months ago I wrote a review of the book The Vault of Walt, by Jim Korkis, over on the Come Home to Disney blog.  Since that time I was lucky enough to get a copy of the revised Vault of Walt, and I would love to share that review with you now.

For the most part the revised version of this book is similar to the original.  The major differences are that the new version has some stories that have been added, and others that were removed.  Of those that have remained in both editions, I noticed very few changes and I believe that for the most part they remain the same.  Because I’ve reviewed much of the old material previously, in this post I thought I’d give you my thoughts on some of the new sections.

Overall the new book is excellent, just like the old one.  The stories have been narrowed down to the best ones, and they are well written and chock full of information.  Jim Korkis is a great storyteller, and one that has some very unique information and insights into the Disney company.  If you’re looking for fun Disney stories or information that you almost certainly haven’t heard before, this is where you’ll find them.

There are five new stories in this book: Eating Like Walt, And the Oscar Goes to… Walt Disney, The Carousel of Progress, The Man Who Shot Walt Disney, and Song of the South Frequently Asked Questions.

The first, ‘Eating Like Walt,’ is a rather unique chapter.  It starts out by describing what his favorite foods were and what he liked to eat.  It turns out that he was a fan of homestyle foods, and a bit of a picky eater at that!  It’s an interesting chapter, but what makes it really original is the fact that it also includes some recipes based on Walt’s favorites.  These have been gathered from various sources and are presented here so you can try to make some of Walt’s favorites at home.

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Recipe: Strawberry Soup from 1900 Park Fare

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Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve been able to find a number of Disney recipes that I hope to make at home one day.  I finally got around to trying one of these, and decided to go with the Strawberry Soup from 1900 Park Fare!  The recipe I used was originally found on the DIS Boards, but I’ve adapted it slightly to what I found made the best soup for me.  The major alterations I made were that I used fresh strawberries instead of frozen, and I added a little more sugar than the original recipe called for (it tasted too “yogurt-y” to me at first, plus I like things sweet!)  If you’re interested in making it yourself I’m here to share the recipe with you!

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Bucket List – Have Tea at the Grand Floridian

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On a trip to Disney that I took with a group of girl friends, one of the events that we planned was to enjoy afternoon tea at the Garden View Tea Room in the Grand Floridian.  This was something I had never done before but being a tea lover, I was really looking forward to it.

Picture courtesy of Regina Hyman photography

Picture courtesy of Regina Hyman photography

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Epcot Restaurant Bracket!

I thought this would be a fun thing to do, to see which restaurant in Disney is the most popular, and how they stack up against each other!  So I made a bracket for the Restaurants in Epcot.  The idea is simple – just comment with which restaurant out of each pair you prefer.  For instance, out of the first two, do you like Coral Reef or Akershus better?  Even if you haven’t eaten at them all, pick one based on the themeing and what you’ve heard about it.  After all, this is just for fun!  So for this round you should comment with a list of 8 restaurants, since you’re picking one out of each pair.

The order in which the restaurants are listed was randomly chosen (mostly alphabetical).  Also, since there were 15 I did throw in Liberty Inn, even though it’s a counter service.  I think it’s more or less the same thing as giving Via Napoli a free pass into the next round though 😉  Then next week after we get enough responses we’ll continue to round 2, until we ultimately have a winner for Epcot!  If it proves popular we’ll probably do one for the other Disney restaurants too and then stack all the winners against each other.

I look forward to seeing what you think!  And if you’d like to share any comments about a particular restaurant I welcome that too!

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Favorite Disney pins on Pinterest

Pinterest has become one of my new favorite social media sites, and there’s no shortage of great Disney content on there.  I’ve recently started a Pinterest account for this blog in order to try and collect some of the best Disney pins to share with all of you!  If you’re interested in following along here’s the link to my Pinterest page – there’s not much up yet but I’d love some followers!

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite Disney pins I’ve come across on Pinterest (with credit back to the original sources, of course!):

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There are tons of hilarious ecards on Pinterest relating to Disney, but this is one of my favorites because I can totally relate!

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My Disney Bucket List

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Awhile ago I sat down and wrote out my own Disney Bucket List, and shared it on the blog Come Home to Disney.  But since then I’ve added things to the list and I wanted to give you updates on my progress for each item.  Even though I’ve been to Disney numerous times, there are still lots of things I really want to do there.  Here is my list, including what I’ve already done from it… and I’m sure it will grow as time goes on too!  In later blog posts I hope to share some details about the ones that I’ve checked off and what my experiences were like.

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