Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Be Our Guest New Dinner Menu Review

Be Our Guest recently debuted a brand new dinner menu - it's been on our list to check out dinner in the Beast's Castle for awhile, and it was so exciting to try on our last trip...

It was just as delicious as the dishes said it would be! 😉 Dinner is a prix fixe menu - you choose one appetizer, one entree, and then everyone gets an individual, elegant little platter of desserts. Our seater gave us a great quick tour of the castle before we arrived at our table underneath the tall windows with the snow gently falling...I love the ballroom. 😊

Be Our Guest dinner isn't cheap ($55 for adults, $35 for children) so I felt like I should go for the options that seemed the most expensive and exotic. Athos tried the octopus appetizer and actually really liked it - I wasn't quite that brave, but I did enjoy my lobster bisque. That filet mignon was absolutely the best filet mignon I've ever tasted! It just melted in your mouth, and the sauce was the perfect accompaniment. Our only complaint was that they were a little skimpy on the mashed potatoes, but then again I didn't leave hungry!

The white chocolate Chip filled with Grey Stuff mousse is definitely the star of this dessert tray - it was lovely! The raspberry macaron and chocolate cake pop/truffle were also nice - and the edible rose glass liner beneath was a fun touch.

Had to bring my rose window phone case to grab a pic on the way out! 🌹 You stop off in the library to meet the Beast at the end of your meal, although he does stroll through the ballroom a few times as you'll see in the vlog. Overall, we hugely enjoyed Be Our Guest! Because of the cost it's not something we'd do every trip, but it's worth a splurge just to try.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Pandora Private Tour | Flights of Passage Lab & Bioluminescent Forest

Ever since its debut, Flights of Passage in Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom has had some of the longest lines at Walt Disney World. The ride itself is jaw-dropping, and I've been lucky enough to ride it many times. But one part of Flights of Passage that my family hadn't experienced until recently was...the line!

Disney planned ahead with Flights of Passage: they packed the standby queue with amazing details and different areas - a bioluminescent forest, a Pandora Conservation Initiative laboratory - for guests to enjoy while they wait. If you have a Fastpass, you skip all the cool stuff since you're skipping the line.

On our most recent trip, my family was determined to check out the standby line. We rope dropped the park and headed for Flights of Passage, hoping we'd be able to walk through the forest and lab without having to wait hours in it. But it turned out the wait was too short! The wait time said 60 minutes, but it was really about 15-20 (Disney always seems to ridiculously inflate the FoP wait estimate first thing in the morning).

Guests in the standby queue were going straight up the Fastpass hallway so they didn't have to spend a long time winding through empty queues...but of course winding through the queue was exactly what we wanted to do! We asked a cast member if there was anyway we could pull off to the side and wait until the full queue opened so we could walk through. But it turned out to be WAY more amazing than that!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

What I Read in August

August was a very varied reading month, but there was plenty of Disney it!

I started reading  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in the Yacht Club lobby - the perfect setting! ⚓️ And then another bookish highlight of our trip was visiting Belle's castle and saying hello to the Beast. 😊

Once we got home, I finally got around to ordering I Married Adventure by Osa Johnson - the book that's in the case in the Sunset Lounge! It was like going on safari, I loved discover Osa and Martin Johnson's story. 🐘 Now I just have to bring it with me on a future Disney trip to read while I'm actually at the Animal Kingdom Lodge!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Best Ice Cream at Disney World: Ample Hills vs L'Artisan des Glaces

It's always hard to choose favorites at Disney World, but when it comes to ice cream, my top picks aren't too far from each other...

L'Artisan des Glaces is in the France Pavilion in Epcot is so good, and the menu has such unique treats like an ice cream martini, an ice cream macaron, and a BRIOCHE ICE CREAM SANDWICH. We had to go with the brioche - it was so fun to watch them make it!

If you hop across the bridge and head out through International Gateway and down to the Boardwalk, you'll find my other ice cream favorite - Ample Hills. These flavors are SO incredibly unique, and every one that I've tried has been delicious. In fact, for pure ice cream, I might even put it above L'Artisan des Glaces. 🍦 Now I'm wishing I could have a cone of Sally Sells Sea Shells right now!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Packing Tips: 20 Things to Bring the Next Time You Travel!

Half the fun of travel is preparing for a trip - I love planning out what I'm going to wear, what I'm going to bring, and what little things I might need along the way...

I recently shared my top 20 list of packing hacks! Lots of small necessities that are easy to forget, but can be a lifesaver when you're away from home. ✈️

What's on your checklist when you're getting ready to travel?

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Toy Story Land Review!

I have seen TOY STORY LAND, my friends, and it's pretty great...

If you haven't caught the vlog yet, be sure to check it out! I recently got a new camera (the Olympus PEN E-PL*), and I was so excited to try it out - I think the footage came out really well. 😊

What I love most about Toy Story Land is how bright & colorful everything is - the lights overhead, the giant toy boxes, the rides themselves. It is cool how Slinky Dog Dash is right there - it's a fabulous ride when you're on it and a fabulous ride when you're just walking around and get to see the dogs dashing by...

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Top 5 Walt Disney World Hotels

My brother Athos and I love filming our "Top 5 Disney" series - this past week we finally talked Walt Disney World HOTELS.

We love the resort hotels at WDW so SO much...sometimes I even think I might love them more than the parks. 😱 But it was reeeally difficult to narrow down our favorites to just 5! We included one value, one moderate, and the other three were deluxe resorts...because you can't really compete with a deluxe. 😉 What are your top Disney hotels?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July 2018 Reading Vlog

I tried something new with my reading wrap-up video for July and made it into a reading vlog...

...in addition to books, you'll find cups of tea and snacks and even a mini stationery haul!

I was pretty proud of myself for getting through Dostoevsky's Demons this month, and I also loved discovering Elizabeth and Her German Garden as well as Dorothy Day's biography The Long Loneliness. The vlog format was fun because I included a lot of my favorite quotations, but here are just a few more...

 "I love tulips better than any other spring flower; they are the embodiment of alert cheerfulness and tidy grace."

Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim

"It seemed to me that the thought of traveling by post in a carriage (even with bells) must have appeared too simple and prosaic to him; pilgrimage, on the other hand, even with an umbrella, was much more beautiful and vengefully amorous."

Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky

"But what is life if I cannot have my tea? It was always tea with them, every hour of the afternoon and evening."

The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day