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We had the pleasure of staying at Port Orleans Riverside for 3 nights in June 2015. While we had a pretty packed 4 day schedule, our time at the resort was pleasant and comfortable. We had a 1st floor corner room very near the East Depot bus stop. Upon our arrival at 10:30am on Friday our room wasn’t ready yet, but we got a text at noon with our room number and our bags had been delivered by Magical Express by the time we got back from the Magic Kingdom at 2pm. We chose to stay here again for 5 nights in April 2016 with our 3 month old baby, and it was just as lovely as we remembered.
Port Orleans Riverside is adjacent to Port Orleans French Quarter, but it is a good 15 minute walk from the lobby of one to the other. The 2 resorts do share busses depending on the destination and time of day. Riverside also has the option of taking a boat for transportation to Downtown Disney. During our stay we only had time to dine at Riverside Mill Food Court, but we peeked at the other options at Boatwright's Dining Hall and River Roost and hope to give them a try in the future. The cast members we encountered were all incredibly kind and accommodating. As far as theming, amenities, and ambiance, this resort is a close second for us to Caribbean Beach Resort in the moderate category.
Summer is in full swing at all the Disney Parks!
The Disney Parks Blog posted this article with many exciting new details about Shanghai Disneyland! I am most excited about the newest iteration of an original Disneyland attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle or the Sunken Treasure!
We were very sad to hear that DisneyQuest will be closing in 2016. This is to make way for the NBA Experience which I feel quite indifferent to. DisneyQuest was out dated, but fun - and a magical place for Michael who LOVES arcades. I'm disappointed they are seemingly replacing it completely with instead of revitalizing it, especially with Wreck-It Ralph 2 on the horizon.
Hollywood Studios is experiencing some growing pains this season, but hopefully it will all be for the best. July 12th was the last day for guests to experience the Magic of Disney Animation. Perhaps this is to make way for the much-discussed expansion for Pixar themed attractions?
The Grand Floridian's only quick service dining location has been scheduled for a 2 week renovation, August 23-September 4, reopening on September 5th.
The refurbishment schedule on AllEars.net has no huge changes, other than they seem to put a finishing date on the Disney Springs update for the West Side of 8/31/16. Disney has yet to announce the official opening/transition date for Disney Springs.
Disneyland celebrated it's 60th birthday on July 17th with great pomp and circumstance. The stand-out of the day's festivities for me was undoubtedly Richard Sherman playing Feed the Birds along with Broadway's Mary Poppins Ashley Brown. Real tears. Here's the recap from the Disney Parks Blog.
Any news that you're particularly excited for?
I should begin by saying that Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom is one of my favorite places in all of Walt Disney World. While many concepts there may now seem somewhat outdated, I love it. The PeopleMover and Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress are must-dos for me on every trip. So needless to say when the strains of the Sherman Brother's "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" began to play just a few minutes into the movie, my little Disney-loving heart nearly burst.
I had middle-of-the-road expectations for Tomorrowland as I love the concept, director Brad Bird, and writer Damon Lindelof but was unsure of how they would come together. The film exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds and was a delightful way to spend 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Tomorrowland kept up a brisk pace and was surprisingly intense at times. George Clooney's gruffness was a pleasant contrast to Britt Robertson's earnestness, but it was Raffey Cassidy as Athena who really impressed me. I feel that they successfully captured Walt Disney's love of imagination and hope for the future while reminding us of where we are now. It's not about what we SHOULD be, it's what we COULD be. There IS a great, big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day.
In 2013 we became Disney Vacation Club members and are lucky enough to call The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa "home". Despite much research and hours of reading blogs with rules and helpful hints, I've learned the most by speaking to cast members at DVC reservations.
The basic terms of DVC:
I love being a DVC member. Love. While learning how to use DVC points has been frustrating at times, the reward of being able to stay in suites at fabulous deluxe resorts has been well worth the time and money investment. So far, we have used our points to stay 1 night in a 1 bedroom villa - lake view at Bay Lake Tower, and 2 nights in a 2 bedroom villa at Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House. We have used our merchandise and food discount at Walt Disney World Resort as well as on Annual Passes for this year. Also, the member party and daily gifts on our cruise in 2014 made us feel very special! I'm sad that we did not get to go to a Welcome Home Wednesday party, but I remain hopeful that DVC will add back something of that nature for DVC guests at Walt Disney World.
Here's a few things I've learned about booking by trial and error:
So much is happening in the Wonderful World of Disney! Here's what I'm excited about...
Disney Cruise Line:
I am so thrilled with the magic band decals we got from Pretty Little Vinyls! In addition to the charming magic band decals and FitBit band monogram, we previously ordered this adorable wall decal for my niece's nursery. Brittney does wonderful work! You can find the Magic Band decal in her etsy shop here.
Now I'm off to get some more steps! A cute FitBit band is very motivating!
My (not so) hidden talent is keeping an extensive archive of movie knowledge. Pop culture facts are my specialty. That being said, Disney history is a treasure trove of fun tidbits which I love to share with anyone who will listen.
While listening to the “Wishes” iTunes radio station I came across a song I hadn’t heard before called “June Night”. This song is by Cliff Edwards & the Wonderland Jazz Band and is on the album “Ukulele Ike Sings Again”. Cliff ‘Ukulele Ike’ Edwards has a voice anyone would recognize, but few could probably name. He is an irreplaceable part of Disney history as the voice of Jiminy Cricket who sang the beloved “When You Wish Upon a Star”. He also provided the voice of Jim Crow in Dumbo. Prior to his work for Disney, he had an extensive film career which included screen credits in Gone With the Wind and one of my personal favorites, His Girl Friday.
Cliff Edwards’ Wikipedia page has much more info about his early career in vaudeville and on Broadway. Sadly, his later life was troubled and his body went unclaimed after his death at a convalescent hospital. Walt Disney Productions reached out to help when they heard of the situation, and paid for his grave marker after the Actors’ Fund of America covered the cost of the funeral.
Cliff Edwards will always be thought of fondly by Disney fans and we are grateful for his contribution to film and music history.
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I was thrilled to be chosen to host a party for my family and friends. The box of goodies was lots of fun, and deciding how to use each separate item was like a puzzle! We decided to have our party on Valentine’s Day in the afternoon – a fun precursor for our love of Disney prior to any possible romantic evening plans.
Preparation for the party was quick and easy thanks to the decorations provided in the box. Hanging streamers, putting together banners, and prepping food took only one afternoon. I was beyond thrilled with how the rainbow Duff cake mix turned out! However I must confess I do not have steady hands or much patience for decorating, so I enlisted my talented friend Autumn to pipe the cake. She did an amazing job!
I invited my parents, big sister and her family, my wonderful Grandma Moo, and a set of friends. I asked all who were willing to wear their favorite Disney gear or better yet, Disney Bound! Everyone was very obliging – but I believe the prize for best Disney Bound should go to Katie – and her charming Megara getup.
For food, I opted to use as many of the items provided in my magical box as possible. The Disney themed menu was as follows:
A huge thank you to all who dressed up and ventured out to attend on such a cold February day! Also many thanks to the Disney Parks team, BSM Media, and all the sponsors who contributed. I greatly enjoyed the excuse to get together with friends and host a party – and it really inspired me for future events.