Located in the new Pandora area of Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Walt Disney World
Brief view of the Banshee Rookery where you can purchase your very own Banshee.
Located in the new Pandora area of Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Walt Disney World
Brief view of the Banshee Rookery where you can purchase your very own Banshee.
Disney is hosting a Preview of Avatar land in Animal Kingdom for Annual Passholders.You must have valid theme park admission to be eligible, so Epcot after 4pm passholders for instance would not be eligible.
There were 4 dates available, May 15, 16, 17 and May 22. There were 3 time slots per day, each time slot is 2 hours. Times were 12 noon to 2pm, 3 pm to 5pm, or 6pm to 8pm.
There are limited spaces available and registration has already begun.
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I am usually really good about not spending money, for instance, I don’t have tons of shoes, or designer bags, or fancy clothes. We kept the same TV for about 15 years because it was still “good”, basically a super heavy old-style 32″ Sony that lasted a really really long time. Most people were buying flat-screens back when they used to cost over $2,000. Not me.
My weakness is Disney stuff, I collect Christmas ornaments, kitchen and household items, Tsum Tsums, sometimes Disney pins, etc. Lately, I have just tried really hard to avoid buying anything from the Disney Store. I think what really woke me up, was that I was looking at my online order history, I saw that I had ordered once a month for about 4 months!!
The advent calendar took me about 5 years to actually purchase, I didn’t want to spend that much money on it. I eventually got it on sale (25% off). I usually don’t buy things at full price, and I usually will wait a while before making a purchase. My main impulse buys are sale items, when something is discounted I tend to allow myself to buy it – justifying it because it has been deeply discounted. That can add up.
Now, given that I had ordered about 4 months in a row, what did I have to show for it? The Tsum Tsums just got stuck in the closet with the rest of the others, the Disney plates and bowls, just got stuck in the kitchen cabinets and aren’t getting used, and the Disney ornaments got put on a small tree in the closet for now. So, I’m not really even enjoying these items. I ordered a couple personalized towels, we’ve used those a few times, but all in all, I’m not really in need of anything else – even though I love Disney stuff. I was going gaga over the Alice in Wonderland and Star Wars Tsum Tsums – they were on clearance for $1.99 each, but I didn’t order anything.
It’s been good not spending the money, and it’s been nice not buying more clutter. I’d really like to set up a display area where I can set up my books, videos, DVDs, Disney toys, and items in a fun way, maybe get a corkboard for displaying pins. But for now, I’m going to keep resisting the urge to shop.
Tucked inside Trail’s End at Fort Wilderness, you will find Crockett’s Tavern. It’s a small bar that serves beer, wine, mixed drinks, as well as some food. It is strictly bar seating, there are roughly 8 seats available if my memory serves. Their menu is limited, but it is a satisfying nonetheless. We enjoy their pizza and chicken wings, and we’ll come here just for pizza and beer sometimes. They are open until about 10 pm each night. For Disney food their prices are pretty good, a large cheese pizza is about $15 before tax and tip.
The pizza itself has a thick crust, the dough is slightly biscuit-y, the sauce and cheese is good, and it’s really filling. I can usually only eat two slices. Their chicken wings are huge, they don’t separate the pieces, so you have a wing/leg combo. Their blue cheese is really good. I’ve been known to dip my pizza crust (for families with dogs, this is often called a pizza bone) in blue cheese.
Crockett’s Tavern Menu:
Smoke-House Nachos – with Shredded Beef Brisket, House-blended Cheese, Salsa, Pickle Jalapeno, and Chive Sour Cream $11.49
Uncle John’s Taters – A blend of Fried Peppers, Onions, and Potato Skins tossed with Parmesan Cheese, and topped with Chive Sour Cream and Green Onions $11.99
Chicken Wings – with Celery Sticks and Blue Cheese Dressing served with your choice of Buffalo, Garlic-Parmesan, or Honey Barbecue Sauce $9.49
Smoked Cheese-stuffed Jalapeno – Wrapped in Campfire Bacon with Peach-Pepper Jelly $7.99
Cheese Pizza $13.99
Pepperoni Pizza $15.49
There have a couple beers on draft, usually a seasonal Sam Adams and Yuengling, other beers available in the bottle, and a full bar.
If bar food isn’t your thing, Trail’s End offers a full dinner buffet.
The Fort Wilderness settlement area is off the beaten path and surrounded by lovely pine trees. If you are there during the day, you can see some of the ponies over at Triple D Ranch, you can watch fireworks from the lakeside, you can also watch the Electric Water Pageant. There are even wagon rides (I believe adults wagon ride is about $8 each) and carriage rides available (I believe they are $45+).
Do you have a favorite restaurant or bar at Disney? A favorite comfort food?
Pressed Pennies are a great affordable Disney collectible, there are many different designs, and many different machines located on Disney property. The cost of a pressed penny souvenir is 51 cents. You will need two quarters and one penny, you’ll get the penny back once it is pressed. These are great for adults and children alike, anyone who enjoys Disney collectibles.
Each machine usually offers three different designs, you may come across some machines that offer four designs. Some machines have to be hand-cranked – and the selection of the design has to be pre-aligned to the one you want before you start cranking. If you are going to use the manual hand-cranked machine be sure to double check you have the right design at the arrow pointer before you insert your money and start cranking. For the automatic style machines, like the one pictured above, you simply press the button for the design you want.
The variety of designs is amazing – you will be surprised at just how many different ones there are, and at about 50 cents each, it is the most affordable collectible Disney offers.
If you want to get fancy with it, Disney sells pressed penny books in their gift shops. With the book, you can organize and store your pennies.
I carry around an Altoids box in my purse that is filled with quarters and pennies in case I see something I want. I’ve read that the newer pennies are silver colored when smashed, if you want a solid copper penny you should search through your pennies for something from 1984 and before – these were solid copper. You can probably see the differences in penny colors from a few of them in my photo, some look streaked with silver.
Next time you visit Walt Disney World be sure to look around for these Penny Machines. Happy Collecting!
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My husband and I were in Orlando recently. We had eaten at a local restaurant for dinner and were thinking of what to do with the last couple hours of the evening, it was about 9 pm. Our choices were go to Animal Kingdom theme park which was open until 11 pm, or go to Magic Kingdom which was open until Midnight, and then lastly choose a resort bar (which usually close at Midnight as well). We decided on picking a bar, Sanaa seemed like a great choice.
Once we got there we checked the bar menu, it was still early enough to order food from the bar menu, but we were still full from dinner. After a little consideration, we decided to try a bourbon flight. They also offer a tequila flight, if you are a tequila aficionado.
For the bourbon tasting, you get three 3/4 ounce pours: the first one is the Maker’s Mark Wheated, then your choice of one Rye and one Straight bourbon. Their choices for Straight: Knob Creek Disney Select Single Barrel and Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight. The choices for High Rye bourbon are the Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight.
We started with one flight which comes with the Maker’s Mark Wheated, and chose the Buffalo Trace and Knob Creek Disney Select, only available at Disney. After we started tasting, we decided to just order another flight with the opposite choices so we’d be able to taste all 5 bourbons. The second flight had the Maker’s Mark again, plus the Angel’s Envy and Woodford Reserve.
The Angel’s Envy was the harshest, it reminded me of a young whiskey, I drink Jameson at home, and it reminded me of that, it numbs the taste buds a bit.
The Knob Creek Disney Select had a nice nose, pleasant and not too strong, the best nose of all the choices. The taste was complex.
The Buffalo Trace was earthy and smokey smelling, tasted more mellow to than the Knob Creek.
The Woodford Reserve had the most overwhelming nose, very strong.
The Maker’s Mark Wheated was definitely the softest tasting, very nice, very smooth.
After straight tasting, we added a bit of cold water and a small ice cube to each selection.
The most improved by adding water was the Angel’s Envy, followed by the Woodford Reserve. It took away a bit of the harshness, definitely would recommend doing your own tasting to see what preferences you have, also try with a bit of water.
We spent about 2 hours just relaxing, it was really nice. Sanaa’s bar is open until midnight and it clears out after dinner ends, so you have a beautiful setting and not many people.
The cost per flight was $13.50 not including tax or tip. It was well worth the cost for the experience, I could imagine doing a tasting activity at the Food and Wine Festival and it would probably cost quite a bit more. If I were to buy a bottle of bourbon for home, I’d probably choose the Maker’s Mark Wheated. It was fun to sample them all, and I feel like I’ve learned a bit in the process.
In about 10 days, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party season begins. It will go on for two months on select dates. For many people attending the Magic Kingdom, this means shorter hours on those nights, meaning that non-party goers will need to leave the Magic Kingdom by 7pm! It is going to be important to check the calendar before hand to make sure you don’t use a full day’s admission if you aren’t going to be able to stay the full day.
To attend the party, you will have to purchase a separate event ticket for each member of your group.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2016 dates:
September 02, 08, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
October 02, 04, 06, 07, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
Pricing this year is staggered again, the cheapest prices are at the beginning of September, and incrementally rise up to Halloween, those prices being $72 and going up to $105, and there is a very small discount for Annual Passholders or DVC Members. Their premium pricing structure is most likely based on demand, as we have seen their recent tiered pricing structure revealed and implemented earlier this year.
The most popular night has always been Halloween, however, we have always attended earlier events. Last year we did mid-September, and the year prior we did beginning of October. The weather is still pretty hot in September, but at least the event is at night, and it is pretty enjoyable if you dress comfortably.
Activities included, the Halloween parade “Boo-to-You” which runs twice in the night, the 2nd parade is usually less crowded, Trick or Treating locations, most of the rides are open as well, there is Hallowishes – the special themed fireworks of the evening, and a Hocus Pocus themed stage show. There is also a dance party over in Tomorrowland, and sometimes in the Diamond Horseshoe building. If you are looking to do any merchandise shopping, the stores are pleasantly less crowded during these events – at least on the occasions that we attended. Special event merchandise is available, and sometimes sells out early in the holiday season. In years past, they have offered a special Sorcerer’s of the Kingdom playing card, that you can pick up from the Firehouse or the podium next to the Christmas shop.
Definitely catch the parade, the Headless Horseman is amazing he starts off the parade. Do some trick or treating, I’d also recommend watching the fireworks. We haven’t watched the stage show due to the crowd levels, we usually spend the time trick or treating. There is also some special characters around, you can usually catch a special character at the Haunted Mansion, or perhaps see the Cadaver Dans quartet. In the Storybook Circus area, there are also Halloween themed characters, usually Jack Skellington and Sally, as well as Donald and Daisy.
In the past, we’ve had so much fun trick or treating, we have always ended up with way too much candy. I’m hoping we can attend this year, but we’ll probably not be trick or treating “competitively” this year. By competitively, I mean we have tried to break our own records from year to year and it has just gotten to be silly, no one needs 18+ pounds of candy. Even family and friends can’t help us eat that much candy.
I’d say to make sure to walk around the whole park and see as much as you can, and do a little of everything.
We haven’t been to Art of Animation Resort before, many people have raved about resort and the food court, so we thought it might be worth trying. While the resort seems nice, the lobby has interesting artwork and is bright and colorful, it still has the feel of a busy budget resort. The lobby bathrooms and floors near the restrooms seemed dirtier than most Disney restrooms. The toilet paper they have in the restrooms is practically see through, the thinnest one ply paper I’ve ever seen.
While I had originally had high hopes for the Landscape of Flavor Food Court, sadly, I ended up feeling ill after eating here. It was obviously the food, as I hadn’t eaten earlier in the day, and my husband also got sick as well. He said it was top 10 of all time getting sick from food. That’s bad.
I ordered a Chicken Burger with a side of cole slaw and Caesar salad and a soft drink. My husband ordered a Veggie Burger with salad and a soft drink and he ended up getting more sick than me. Nothing smelled or tasted off, it looked okay, just right after eating we both started getting intestinal distress, which is a tell tale sign of food poisoning/bacteria. I ate about half of my burger. I was a little bit concerned about ordering cole slaw, since cole slaw is one of those things that needs to be really fresh, but it looked ok. And the salad was premixed with dressing on it, not really the most ideal set up, I would have preferred to have lettuce separately and add a packet of dressing myself.
They had a lot of different food options at the food court: a pasta counter, a sandwich counter, a dessert section, a smoothie bar, gelato, etc. but we won’t be going back. I wouldn’t want to risk getting sick again.
I’m sure hundreds of people eat here daily, but I couldn’t honestly recommend this food court to anyone after my own experience.
From time to time I like to make waffles, I got this Mickey Waffle Maker as a gift for Valentine’s Day a couple years ago, and it works great. You can find one online at Amazon.com, JC Penney’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc. This model is called the DCM-1 and costs around $30.
Just an FYI, the resulting waffle as you can see above, is not the traditional deep crispy waffle, it’s more like a Mickey pancake. I guess “pancake maker” isn’t as appealing as calling it a waffle maker. Add your favorite toppings, fresh fruit, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, maple syrup, jams or jellies, powdered sugar, it is a lot of fun.
In any case, it’s easy to use, just be careful not to overfill!
With Mother’s Day here, I might be making these come morning.