New First Course offering at California Grill

Squash Blossom Oscar at California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

We recently had the pleasure of eating at the California Grill for the first time. We will get to a review of the whole experience in an upcoming post, but we wanted to mention a new first course that our server said was added to the menu May 30th. The Squash Blossom "Oscar" with Petite Crab Cakes, Farmer Jones' Asparagus, and Sauce Bearnaise. Yes, to some I am sure this sounds strange, especially when you realize you will be eating a whole squash blossom, including the flower. The … [Continue reading...]

New Adult Drink at Joy of Tea in China

Tipsy Ducks In Love

Not being a tea lover, I don’t usually give the Joy of Tea at Epcot's China Pavilion a second look... ...but the picture on this display caught my eye, and the title stopped me dead in my tracks. Tipsy Ducks in Love?? Let’s get a closer look. Hmmm, tea (of course), coffee, whiskey, (oooh) and chocolate (now ya got me). We had to try one of these! Although I did not see the tea/coffee/chocolate go into the cup, I did get to watch as the whiskey was generously poured over the top. … [Continue reading...]

Kilimanjaro Safaris Update

Elephants on Kilimanjaro Safaris At Disney's Animal Kingdom

Back in February, Disney posted on its blog that Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safaris will be getting an update some time in spring of 2012. The updates mentioned additional space for the zebras and removal of the Audio-Animatronics “Little Red” elephant and the items related to the poachers camp. Whenever we are at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we try to get in a morning, as well as an evening ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris. On the morning of Sunday April 29th 2012, we noticed one cast member with a … [Continue reading...]

Disney Dining Plan now accepted at Anandapur Tea Company!

Royal Anandapur Tea Company

As big fans of the Iced Chai Tea and the REAL coffee available at the Royal Anandapur Tea Company, we were always a bit disappointed that this food location was not on the Disney Dining Plan. Well, on our recent trip to Walt Disney World we were delighted to find that the Royal Anandapur Tea Company now accepts snack credits from the Disney Dining Plan for most of the items on their menu. This applies to all drinks that only come in one size, but only the small sizes of the drinks that … [Continue reading...]

Eat to the Beat Concert: Howard Jones

Howard Jones with his synthesizers at the 2011 Epcot Eat to the Beat Concert Series at Walt Disney World

On October 22nd I got to see someone that I haven’t seen for 27 years, someone who brought back fond memories and total nostalgia. I, once again, got to see Howard Jones in concert! Now, I’m sure some of you are probably saying “Who? I’ve never heard of him!” (Dave included), but if you were an “alternative” music child of the 80’s, when synthesizers and drum machines were the instruments of choice, then you know exactly who I am talking about. Back in 1984 Howard Jones was a one man show, … [Continue reading...]

2012 Disney Free Dining Reservation Window Extended!

You now have until December 17, 2011 to take advantage of the 2012 Disney FREE DINING promotion when you book your 4 night/5 day Magic Your Way vacation package for select arrival dates January thru March of 2012. Book a trip with a Moderate, Deluxe or Villa resort and get a free Disney Dining Plan or book at a value resort for the free Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan. The arrival dates have not changed, they are January 8th thru the 12th, January 21st thru February 2nd, February 11th thru the … [Continue reading...]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2011

Well, it’s almost time for us to visit the happiest place during happiest time of year – Walt Disney World during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! If there was one thing we learned from our last trip, it’s that you can’t do it all in a weekend! Last year was our first visit during the Food and Wine Fest and it was also unfortunately the last weekend of the event. We were overwhelmed (but truly what did we expect?) by the masses lined up at the booths. Much to our dismay, we were unable to take … [Continue reading...]

Planning a Relaxing Trip to Disney World

Sea of Humanity at Epcot: August 25th, 2011

During our family trip to Walt Disney World in November 2010, the kids complained that it was not relaxing enough. That we spent too much time park hopping to do all the attractions we wanted to do and get to all the table service meal locations we made reservations for. That was the kids third annual trip and the first time we had heard this complaint. Normally, we plan park days around Extra Magic Hours and any special events, as well as advance dinner reservations. This trip was also during … [Continue reading...]

Howard Jones at Epcot!

Humor me if you will for a moment. I am one of those 40-somethings who is still living in the 80’s. At least when it comes to my music. Much to my kid’s disgust, I sing along in the car anytime a Depeche Mode song comes on. (And I found a good radio station, so it’s a lot more then they deserve. Not many people hear me sing for good reason). So you can imagine my utter delight when I found out that Howard Jones will be performing at the Eat To The Beat Concerts October 22nd and 23rd when we will … [Continue reading...]

Is Tables In Wonderland a Good Deal?

The Tables in Wonderland dining discount membership is available for purchase by Florida residents for $100 or annual passholders for $75. Our previous trip in November we had purchased annual passes for ourselves, and realized that with the trips we have tentatively scheduled over the next year, the dining discount could be worth it. So, on our last “adults only” trip in January, we purchased the Tables in Wonderland dining discount card. Here is what we learned... Benefits of Tables in … [Continue reading...]