Animal Kingdom Lodge Review

When I found out I would have the chance to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge twice while at Disney this year, I was extremely excited.  The Animal Kingdom Lodge was like my dream resort.  Animal Kingdom is arguably my favorite park, and the safari is my favorite thing to do there.  So the idea of having those animals roaming around right where I was staying was incredible!

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Disney Restaurant Checklist

I once shared a similar post on another blog I write for, Come Home to Disney, but I thought this was worth sharing again here for two reasons: 1. we have a lot of new readers over here, and 2. a few of the restaurants have changed since I created this list.  I love creating lists but especially checking things off lists, and this Disney restaurant list is a great way to keep track of which restaurants I’ve been to!

If you had a copy of the old one, there are a few current changes to the checklist.  The first is the name change of Bistro de Paris to Monsieur Paul.  The second is the addition of Spice Road Table: though it’s not open yet, this Moroccan restaurant in Epcot is supposed to open by the end of the year so it made sense to include it!  And finally, in Downtown Disney Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant has closed.  I suspect a lot of the restaurants in Downtown Disney will be changing as it goes through its major renovation, so I’ll be updating this checklist periodically.

Dining Checklist

How many Disney restaurants have you been to?  I’m at 26, but I want to eventually get to them all!

Crafty Corner: Disney Recipe Box

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I don’t know about you, but I love to collect Disney park recipes to try and replicate my favorite food and drink from the parks.  I’ve already posted the recipe for 1900 Park Fare’s Strawberry Soup and Wild Africa Trek’s Curried Chicken Salad.  I put all of my recipes onto cards, and then decided I needed a recipe box – so I set forth to make one!

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Bucket List: Attend a Disney Wedding

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The Disney wedding community is one that I am particularly close to, even though I didn’t actually have a wedding at Disney.  However, when I was planning my fairy tale themed wedding I stumbled across the DIS boards while searching for inspiration.  There I found an amazing group of women (and a few men!) who were planning incredible weddings and offered a great support system.  Even though my wedding was now two years ago, I stay actively involved in this DisBrides community.  I have made close friends, people that I would now consider to be some of my closest friends, and I was lucky enough to be invited to attend not just one, but two Disney weddings: of my friends Megan and Chris, and Danielle and Bart.

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Megan and Chris’s Disney wedding

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Danielle and Bart’s Disney Wedding

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Giveaway! Disney theme park pack

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I am extremely excited to announce Disney in your Day’s very first giveaway!  I love giveaways, don’t you?  For our first one we’re giving away a Disney theme park prize pack – this has a bunch of items that will be very useful for your next trip to Disney!  So what do you get?

  • A reusable bag, useful for carrying stuff around the parks!
  • A Minnie t-shirt for you or the woman in your life to show your Disney spirit while on vacation (size Women’s large)
  • A vinylmation – Pepe the Prawn from Muppets 2, but you can always trade around the parks for a different one!
  • A pin, also for trading
  • A water bottle, because it’s important to stay hydrated in the Florida heat
  •  A Bullseye stuffed animal purse – great for kids or adults!
  • Minnie Mouse hair ties
  • A Disney Princess pen with string attached, perfect to wear around your neck while getting autographs
  • 3 Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards, to help you with your collection

All you have to do to enter is to fill out the rafflecopter form in the link below.  The contest closes at 11:59pm on September 1st.  Sorry, this giveaway is open to US residents only.  The winner will receive an email to tell them they’ve won, and the winner will also be announced on the blog!

Click here to enter the giveaway!

Recipe: Curried Chicken Salad from the Wild Africa Trek

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After going on the Wild Africa Trek a few weeks ago, there were a lot of things that I loved.  But aside from seeing all of the animals, I couldn’t get over how delicious the lunch was!  We were given a little bucket with samples of many different things, but my favorite by far was the Curried Chicken Salad.  I was lucky enough to find the recipe right on the Disney Parks blog, so I set out to make it myself.

On the Wild Africa Trek - the chicken curry is on the bottom right corner.

On the Wild Africa Trek – the chicken curry is on the bottom right corner.

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Behind the Seeds Tour

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 During one of my recent trips to Epcot I decided to sign up for the Behind the Seeds tour on a whim.  It’s pretty much always available to book, so it’s something you can decide on at the last minute.  The tour is about an hour long and runs throughout the day at the Land Pavilion.  It costs $18 but there are all sorts of discounts available (including annual passholders, Disney Visa cardholders, DVC members, and cast members).

Even though I don’t have a particular interest in plants, I’m always interested in learning new things and I found the tour enjoyable.  We started out by going backstage and learning about and observing some of the pest control.  We went into the greenhouses and our tour guide gave us in depth information about how they grow the plants there, and the different methods they use (such as hydroponics).

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