Wednesday, June 8, 2016

50s Prime Time Cafe Peanut Butter & Jelly Shake

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are sharing some of the best drinks you can find at the Disney Parks & where you can find them.

Photo via WDW News
I don't think anybody would deny that peanut butter and jelly is delicious. Who doesn't like PB&J sandwiches? In fact, I lived off of PB&J sandwiches during my pregnancy!

But a peanut butter and jelly SHAKE? That's right, I departed from your typical alcoholic drinks to give you this amazing treat.

Only Disney can make this dream a reality! At the 50's Prime Time Cafe at Disney's Hollywood Studios, you can try this delicious shake along with comfort foods like fried chicken and meatloaf. If you're not in the mood for a full meal and just want to try the shake, you're in luck! Just stop into the lounge adjacent to the restaurant and they'll pack you a shake to go.

Photo via WDW News
I wasn't a believer. But I can tell you it is absolutely delicious and we regretted splitting the shakes rather than getting our own!

If you want to make your own at home, you can! I've included recipes from Delicious Disney in many articles - but you don't even need a full recipe in this case. It's simple. Two scoops of vanilla ice cream, a splash of milk, a couple of spoonfuls of peanut butter, a couple of spoonfuls of jelly and you blend it together to make this refreshing treat.

On your next visit to Disney's Hollywood Studios, be sure to grab a Peanut Butter and Jelly Shake. You won't be disappointed!

For more of the best drinks at Disney, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Part 1: A Three Day (Not Hour) Tour on Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas

I really thought I was headed to Gilligan's island or an adventure a la Poseidon.

A few months ago, after considering various ways to spend our five year wedding anniversary, we picked a three night "cruise to nowhere" on Royal Caribbean International's Anthem of the Seas. Then things began to fall apart...

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What's New at Epcot

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are all of the new magic you can experience at Walt Disney World in 2016.

It seems like every time I have the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World Resort, there's something new to look forward to. Recently I've been dying to check out the new Disney Springs area, which looks spectacular. However, I'm also very excited to check out additions and changes to one of my favorite parks, Epcot.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Exploring Main Street, U.S.A.

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are taking a tour of the lands at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park.

When does your Walt Disney World Resort vacation truly start?

For some, it is the moment you step onto the plane or get into your car. For others, it's the moment you pass under the Walt Disney World sign and enter the property.

For me, however, it's the moment I step onto Main Street, U.S.A.

All About Main Street

Main Street, U.S.A. is themed after Walt Disney's hometown of Marceline, Missouri during the 20th Century. Walt loved the simplistic, Mom and Pop feel to his hometown, and wanted to pay homage to this special time in his life. 

You'll find all the workings of a Main Street: a barbershop, a Town Hall, an ice cream shop and a confectionary. 

The Show Begins

Walt Disney wanted you to escape when you came to his theme parks. One of the gripes he had about Disneyland is that you can see the freeway and other outside businesses from inside the park. At Walt Disney World, Walt had what he liked to call "the blessing of size." Everything was meticulously planned so you could be fully immersed in the story.

What was the story?

Well, it's simple really. Think of a show. If a show is about to begin, there's a curtain blocking your view. The curtain in the Magic Kingdom story is the Main Street Train Station. It blocks your view. Once you enter from below the train station, the curtain rises and you see the main event. The main event? Cinderella Castle, standing tall and shining in the sun.

On the windows of Main Street, U.S.A. is where you'll find the opening credits. On each window are names of people who worked to get the park built, or played a critical role in the The Walt Disney Company.

The Construction of Main Street

People are often surprised that Cinderella Castle stands at a mere 189 feet. 

189 feet? That doesn't sound so tall. It looks so much bigger. I've heard this argument so many times, and it isn't your imagination. It was designed this way. 

How? It's simple, and it's genius. The buildings on Main Street U.S.A. are built with a forced perspective. Therefore the buildings at the entrance of the Magic Kingdom are taller than the buildings at the end, so the castle looks bigger than it really is. 

Also of note: the actual street is on a slight incline heading toward the castle. Therefore, it seems longer in the morning and shorter at the end when your feet are screaming.

Forced perspective is also used for the second level of Main Street. While the first level is built full sized so you can enjoy the shops, the second level is much shorter. 

What is there to do on Main Street, U.S.A.?

Eat and shop mostly! Main Street is home to: 

  • Casey's Corner (quick service hot dogs)
  • Crystal Palace (buffet with Winnie the Pooh Characters)
  • Main Street Bakery (Starbucks)
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor 
  • Plaza Restaurant (sit down American fare)
  • Tony's Town Square Restaurant (Italian food, themed after Lady and the Tramp)

Main Street is also home to the Emporium, which I like to describe as the Target of Disney retail stores. You can find pretty much any souvenir you want there.

To all who come to this happy place, welcome. 

On your next trip, don't run down Main Street. Take some time and enjoy the sites and sounds! 

For more tours of the lands of the Magic Kingdom, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Personalized Disney Gifts from Shutterfly

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Black Loop. Today we are sharing gift ideas for Mother's Day.

*Note: this post contains affiliate links.

I've been a loyal Shutterfly user since my Kodak Gallery closed up shop and my account was merged with Shutterfly. It's no surprise because I love photos, and especially beautiful photo gifts. I've always been the photographer of my squad, and always the one people are hunting down for photos after an event.

 As a new mom, my love for photos has increased 1,000 fold. I don't want to say that I always have my phone out taking photos, but I would say that 75 percent of my day spent with my son is spent documenting his every move. Therefore, my love of photo related gifts has proportionally increased as well.

While all of this seems like common sense, about a year ago, Shutterfly began offering Disney themed products. This is a GAME CHANGER. If that special mom in your life is anything like me, they'll go crazy for these products and will make the perfect, personal Mother's Day gift.

Without further ado, here are my top 3 Shutterfly Disney products for Mom this Mother's Day.

Top 3 Shutterfly Disney Products for Mom this Mother's Day

1. Disney Themed Photo Book 

By far, my favorite Shutterfly album are their easy-to-make, easy-to-love photo books. Not only are the Shutterfly photo books reasonable, they also are an easy way to display hundreds of vacation memories in a thin, easily storable book. 

While I do love Photopass and the Memory Maker package, I find it much easier to download all my Photopass photos and include them with my own in a Shutterfly album. I suggest gathering photos from your last trip, or do a combination of trips your family has taken throughout the years, and pull together a simple and fun book. 

The Disney Adventures themed book is my favorite (above) but if you are a Frozen fan, I highly recommend looking into the Disney Frozen photo book. New mom? A good idea would be to pull together a baby book for her using the Disney Winnie the Pooh themed layout.

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Price: $44.99
Sale: $44.99

2. Disney Photo Mug

There are never enough photo mugs. I repeat. There are never enough photo mugs. While there are a few versions to choose from, by far my favorite is the Disney Vintage Mickey Mug.

The mug comes in 11 or 15 ounces, and can be customized with nine different colors. You can add up to three photos and...wait for it...Ghirardelli chocolate gifts such as squares or hot cocoa.

 Disney Mickey And Friends Mug, Red
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Price: $24.99
Sale: $14.49

3. Disney Pillow

We recently got a Shutterfly pillow of my son at Walt Disney World for his great grandparents for Christmas, and let me tell you, that gift was the hit of the holiday! My grandmother tells me that my son is "with her all the time" as she sits on her couch with his pillow next to her.

With a story like that, how could I not recommend Shutterfly's photo pillow for Mother's Day! 

I personally love the Minnie Mouse sham, although there are plenty of other options, such as Frozen, Cars, and of course the big cheese, Mickey.
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Price: $44.99
Sale: $39.99

I truly believe that whatever your Disney style or personality is, Disney Shutterfly gifts are perfect, simple and cost conscious gifts for any Mom on Mother's Day!

Best Sale of the Season! Save 50% on Cards, Select Photo Book, and Calendars! use code BEST4MOMS

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Space Travelers: Welcome Aboard Your Space Mountain Rocket Train

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Black Loop. Today we are sharing some the best attraction ride vehicles at Disney.

photo credit: Star Tunnel via photopin (license)

"Rocket trains in motion, track B!"

I remember making that announcement pretty much every shift during my College Program at Space Moutain. What did it mean? It essentially meant guests were about to enjoy one of the best, most exhilarating classic Disney attractions.

Your rocket train is your vehicle into the abyss of outer space and the unknown.