I’m posting some photos I took at the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World, FL. Unfortunately, the portrait photo didn’t come out clearly and we were too far back on this occasion to get a better photo. Also, there is no flash photography inside the Haunted Mansion… This photo doesn’t to it any justice at all. The portrait is a classic part of this attraction.
Below, I have some photos from the newer area they added – the graveyard. There are some neat displays, some are interactive. It seems like WDW is adding interactive waiting areas to some of the rides, like at Winnie the Pooh, there is an interactive play area, and also the honey waterfalls where you swipe your hand on the glass and it reveals a picture “under” the honey.
Enjoy the photos, it’s the next best thing to being there, am I right? 🙂
Sweet Homemade Cole Slaw
Makes about 4 servings
1/2 head of green cabbage (chop into slivers and then chop into smaller pieces)
1 small carrot (peeled, and shredded)
2/3 cup low-fat or fat-free mayo or salad dressing
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
1/4 teaspoon salt
If you prefer, you can purchase bagged cole slaw mix in the grocery store, it will have cabbage and carrots already cut and ready to go, but I expect that it’s cheaper to chop your own than buying a bagged mix.
Be sure to wash and dry your cabbage, pull off any loose pieces, it makes it easier to chop. You will need to slice the cabbage, take the 1/2 head of cabbage, placed with the flat side down, and slice the cabbage into thin slivers, and then chop the slices into smaller pieces. I usually work in small batches, slice a few pieces then chop those smaller and toss into a large mixing bowl, then slice a little more, then chop those into smaller pieces, and so on. It takes about 5-8 minutes to chop the 1/2 cabbage. Peel the carrot, trim the ends, and then use a large shedder to make carrot slivers, add that to your cabbage.
In a small bowl, add your wet ingredients, mayo, vinegar, oil, and sugar and salt, and mix well. Add this wet mixture to your cabbage and carrots, using a large spoon mix til combined.
You can add a dash of dill weed, poppy seeds, if desired. You can add some chopped green apple, some raisins, cranberries, or walnuts, just depends on what you like. I think this cole slaw recipe is really good and doesn’t need anything else, but you can get creative if you want. I’ve made this cole slaw twice this week, and it was even better the next day!
Update: I have switched to using bagged cole slaw mix, turns out my shoulder hurts when I shred or chop for long lengths of time (doing prep on vegetables). I discovered this when making homemade pizza a few times a week and shredding mozzarella just killed me, so I recommend trying the Sargento Off the Block shredded cheese, that is what we use now.
I’ve been looking forward to going on the Tri-Circle D Wagon Ride over at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds for while now. The wagon ride is a 45 minute tour of the Fort Wilderness campground area, and it costs $8.00 per adult and $5.00 per child. I believe that they offer a 10% discount, maybe for DVC members or Annual Passholders, but I forgot to ask. We were able to make it to the 8:30 pm ride. They also offer a tour at 6:00 pm. The wagon holds roughly 25-30 people and they do not take reservations, they operate on a first come first serve basis and it’s cash only. The wagon driver is the one who can accept payment for the rides
The wagon was pulled by two horses named Bob and Sarge. The ride started by taking us out towards the Outpost store, then past Trail’s End, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, and past Tri-Circle D stables, then out onto the road. We were taken around the campsites among the RVs, Campers, fresh air and pine trees. We saw some campsites that were decorated with lights and other Mickey themed decorations.
We talked to some other guests for most of the trip, once we got going. It was dark out but we had a full moon overhead. It was a really nice night out, the weather was slightly breezy and clear. My only complaint is that the next day my back ached from sitting on the hard bench with no back support. If we were to ride again, I might bring a cushion to sit on. The only other option is the carriage ride, which is more expensive, it’s about $45.00 for 25 minutes, the carriage might seat 4-5, but would probably be more comfortable on the back. It would be fun to do around Halloween or around Christmas time as well. It was really fun and worth the cost. I don’t know of any places where we could find that type of entertainment in our area, plus it’s Disney, which makes it special.
Give it a try the next time you find yourself down at Fort Wilderness! Happy Trails!
We had an early dinner at Martha’s Vineyard. We originally were headed to Beaches and Cream, but the wait was about 30-35 minutes. We stopped in Martha’s Vineyard Lounge and checked out the food menu. Although it was only a small selection of food, we were happy to see that they had a Fried Seafood Tacos. As a side note, we frequent Bonefish Grill (a chain seafood restaurant) – which has great shrimp or fish tacos, so this menu item something we would hopefully enjoy. The fish of the day was cod, we both like almost all types of seafood, especially cod, so we went ahead and ordered. My husband ordered a Sam Adams Summer Ale draft as well.
It took about 15 minutes to get our orders, one order comes with 2 tacos topped with a veggie slaw and a side of pico de gallo ($8.49). The tacos were awesome, and very filling. The fish was cooked perfectly and tasted great. I enjoyed every bite. Definitely one of the better meals we have had at WDW. The only thing they could have done to improve on it would have been to add a few tortilla chips to the meal so you can eat it with the pico, not really a big deal because I don’t really need the extra calories.
We were plesantly surprised that the food was this good. Considering how incredibly hard it is to get a walk-up to Cape May or Beaches and Cream, this is an oasis for weary travelers. Next time we find ourselves in the Beach Club/Yacht Club area, this will make a great place to stop in for a quick and tasty dinner!
They accept the Tables in Wonderland Discount Card here, saves 20% off your food and alcohol (before tip).
Today is a special day at Disney Hollywood Studios! WDW is celebrating Limited Time Magic by hosting a special Star Wars event, May the 4th be with you! Today only!
Although I might be missing some events from earlier today, I’m still looking forward to checking out what the hub bub is about.
Maybe grab some limited edition pins!
Just got back. Unfortunately there were no limited edition pins left. There were two available just for today, they were limited edition 1500. One had Stitch dressed in Yoda’s outfit and it said “May the 4th be with you”. And the other one was Goofy in Darth Vader’s outfit and it said “Revenge of the 5th”. The cast member said that they had sold out at 11 am! Must have been a long line as well.
We got really lucky and got a very close parking space, only about 7 rows from the front of the parking lot. There was quite a few cars at the entrance and also in front of us when we parked, but it went quickly enough. We parked and headed on into the park on foot, there was no point in taking the tram. We didn’t have to wait at all when we went into the park, we used the new RFID entry line.
I picked up a Times Guide and saw there were fireworks scheduled at 9:45 pm. We headed down the main street and veered towards 50’s Prime Time. We went into the Tune-In lounge and it was crowded! No chairs at the bar, no seats available in the waiting area. We ordered a couple of beers and a milkshake. I decided to try the Chocolate Peanut Butter milkshake…turns out that was a bad idea. It was sickly sweet and with all the heat and walking around, it made me feel sick for the next couple hours.
We walked over to the main stage by Mickey’s Sorcerer Hat. There was a DJ playing dance music, and we got in closer to see that there was Donald in Stormtrooper costume and Goofy in a Darth Vader costume. That was really cool! We’ve never been to any Star Wars weekends, so this was new to us. It was really cute. After a while, we headed over to Star Tours, there was a Padawan Training session in progress. There were a bunch of kids and some parents on stage participating.
We were feeling kinda icky, and went looking for a place to get some drinks. We thought we could get something from Mama Melrose’s since there is a short bar at the end of the counter, but turns out you can’t order anything, it’s just for people waiting to be seated. A cast member told us there was a bar over by the Backlot Catering quick service. Finally got a chance to sit down and rest and get hydrated. While we were there we saw Darth Vader and at least 4 Stormtroopers!
We had dinner reservations at Mama Melrose’s and headed back for dinner. We checked in about 25 minutes early but got seated around our ADR time. Dinner was good, and we were able to get out in time for the fireworks. We headed on back to the center of Hollywood Studios, looking for a place to watch the fireworks. We’ve never seen any fireworks show here, except for a few rockets coming from the Fantasmic area, so we didn’t know where the fireworks would be and where would be a good place to watch. We ended up by the Gertie’s, the dinosaur.
The fireworks were AMAZING! They played Star Wars music and the fireworks were just stunning, the finale blew me away. I recorded them with my camera, glad I did, I’ll be happy to watch that again. Update: They do not, repeat – DO NOT, have fireworks during the actual Star Wars weekends. So, this was really a special event.
We went over to Muppets 3D and watched the movie. Then headed back over to the main stage area. This time they had Luke and Leia, Chewbacca, Greedo, and the Cantina Band! After watching them dance, and taking pictures, we decided to go see the Little Mermaid show. It was getting late and we figured it would be a good time to leave before closing time, so we skipped the show. We headed back to the main stage area and saw Tusken Raiders, Boba Fett, and a Jawa. The costumes were AWESOME, they looked like movie quality.
I’m so glad we got to go, it was way better than I expected. I can’t wait to go again!
Update: We were able to attend the last day of Star Wars weekends, and we ended up liking the May 4th celebration better. Go figure!