Saturday, September 29, 2018

Announcing the BOO TO YOU READATHON

The month of October is almost upon us, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to combine three of my favorite things...Disney, books, and Halloween!


Introducing the Boo to You READATHON! I've never hosted a readathon before, but I've participated in a few and seen so many on booktube and bookstagram, and they always seem so creative and fun. For Boo to You, there are four spooky challenges to choose from...


πŸ‘» Madame Leota's Library: read a book that you think belongs in the library at the Haunted Mansion.

My suggestions...

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: http://bit.ly/2GmxUfx
Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers: https://amzn.to/2Mxt0vp
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins: http://bit.ly/2uiHL14
The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope: https://amzn.to/2NgwU0U

Athos's suggestions... 

The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers: https://amzn.to/2xd2DWB

🏰 Your Park-Inspired Costume: read a book that inspired something in the Disney parks OR that is inspired by the Disney parks. 

My suggestions... 

Tales from the Haunted Mansion: https://amzn.to/2Qyd7In
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: https://www.bookdepository.com/Peter-...
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers: https://amzn.to/2QwvmOc
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: https://amzn.to/2NeYgUX
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss: https://amzn.to/2pdLacl
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne: https://amzn.to/2QtsJwN
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: https://amzn.to/2DQYgRC
I Married Adventure by Osa Johnson: https://amzn.to/2xbTNIK

Athos's Suggestions: 

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells: https://amzn.to/2Qr0m2d

🍭 Candy Cauldron / Pumpkin Spice: read a book that's sweet and cozy and perfect for fall. 

My suggestions... 

The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes: https://amzn.to/2QwdqTO
The Ghost's Dinner: https://amzn.to/2Opm6tO
Thornyhold by Mary Stewart: https://www.bookdepository.com/Thorny...
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: http://amzn.to/2AyP4mW

πŸ“– Impressions de France Group Read: my brother Athos & I will be reading and discussing the French mystery classic Monsieur Le Coq by Γ‰mile Gaboriau. 

If you're participating, don't forget to use the hashtag #BootoYouReadathon on Twitter and Instagram! It's been SO amazing to see everyone's picks so far. Happy reading! πŸŽƒ


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Monday, September 24, 2018

Tonga Suite Tour: Disney's Polynesian Village

The smallest and most unassuming of the longhouses at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is Tonga - it's right off the Great Ceremonial House by the marina, easy to miss...


...but it's also home to the most luxurious rooms at the Polynesian! I posted my Tonga Suite Tour on YouTube awhile ago, but I thought I'd share it here as well with a few more photos...


That's our balcony!

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! πŸ˜‰ 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!