I am sure you have seen the lines as well. On a hot day, they can stretch the length of the New Orleans train station! So, what is all the hype, you ask.
The Mint Julep Bar is known for just 2 things: the Mint Julep and the Mickey shaped beignets. This makes for the perfect snack combination!
Today we are going to take a bit of a turn from my usual writings about fun and exciting things in the world of travel to something more serious. I would like to take some time to talk with you about the importance of vacation insurance, also known as travel protection.
Usually, a vacation package consists of at least two components. These could be a hotel and park tickets, or flights, hotel, rental car and excursions. Travel protection plans are a line item that can be added on to your vacation package for an additional fee. Sometimes the insurance plan is offered through a supplier (like Walt Disney Travel Company) and other times insurance can be purchased separately through a third party.
I have found in my years as a travel professional that, sadly, most vacationers give very little, if any, thought to travel protection plans. However, I would like you to reconsider the importance of protecting your vacation investment. I am bringing this topic to light because my family recently had an incident that benefited from vacation insurance. When issues hit close to home is when people speak up!
I absolutely love sailing with Disney Cruise Line! Their service is unbeatable, their entertainment is matchless and their food is outstanding. But, let’s face it, their prices are right in line with their superior cruising experiences.
Disney Cruise Line offers specialty dining options for adults at Palo (on all 4 ships) and Remy (Fantasy and Dream). Like most families, we work hard to save up for a Disney Cruise vacation and we try to save where we can. So, the idea of spending more money on “an adult fine dining experience” seemed a bit extravagant. It felt like something we could pass up, no need to spend more money on food when our meals are already covered, and we love the dining rooms aboard all of the Disney Cruise ships.
After constantly hearing about Palo, doing my own research and wanting to be the best travel professional I can be by giving my clients first-hand knowledge, I decided to work this experience into our schedule and budget during our cruise on Disney Magic. I will tell you right now, I was not disappointed by my choice and I will certainly plan for a Palo dining experience on every Disney Cruise vacation from now on!
In preparation for a Sea-Trek excursion, you will need to wear sunscreen, water shoes, swim suit and a swim shirt. You should bring a change of clothes and shoes for time after Sea-Trek spent perusing the shopping district and your walk back to the ship. No one wants to walk around in wet clothes! Don’t forget your GoPro or water camera as well.
We arrived at our meeting point on Disney Magic where we received towels and followed our guide off the ship and down the pier. Here, we were introduced to our guide from Sea-Trek who lead us on a 5-minute walk (0.4 mile) through town to Jeanie’s Beach Club. We were greeted with a warm welcome from all Sea-Trek staff and shown around the shop and restaurant.
Cast Members will welcome you in the lobby. The parquet floors, gold trim and blue drapes bring a feeling of southern Louisiana charm. I suggest arriving early (about 30 minutes) for your reservation and requesting a table by the water. These tables will offer a perfect view of the beginning section of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. You will hear the sounds of the swamp, like crickets and frogs chirping. You can see fireflies twinkle, the old fishing boats and cabins on the bayou and watch park guests float by.
“Rope Drop” is a Disney phrase meaning “park opening”. Usually “park opening” is a process of allowing guests through a series of steps. Step One at all parks will have guests go through a security screening before arriving at the park entrance. This will include a bag check and a walk through metal detectors. It is best to have all pouches on your bag opened and ready for inspection. Guests will also need to empty their pockets.
Hollywood’s Golden Age spanned three decades and gave us classic films and movie stars. From the late 1920’s through the late 1950’s, people were mesmerized by the glitz and glamorous lifestyles of film makers and actors.
Now we can relive this magical era by dining at Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure Park. A meticulous reproduction of the original Carthay Circle Theater, which premiered Walt Disney’s Snow White in 1937, Carthay Circle Restaurant is located on Buena Vista Street.
20,000 – 30,000 or more! That is the average number of steps Disneyland guests take PER DAY! That is between 10 – 12 miles of walking. After that many steps, plus the hours of standing, my poor feet start squawking by about 3:00 in the afternoon.
Disneyland’s new MaxPass system is sure to help those aching feet and put a smile on everyone’s face with the ease and convenience of obtaining digital FastPasses without the hassle of walking all over the parks.
With the old FastPass system, guests needed to visit the FastPass distribution kiosk near an attraction, insert each guest’s park ticket and retrieve a paper FastPass with a return time. Often times, one family member was assigned the task of fetching FastPasses, thus splitting up your group for a period of time. Guests would then visit other attractions or shows until their given return time. This entailed a lot of extra walking between attractions and time spent waiting in FastPass kiosk lines.
With Disneyland’s MaxPass, the extra time, effort and energy to obtain a FastPass is no more! Guests can keep their party together, eliminate hundreds of extra steps and spend their time enjoying the magic of the parks.
MaxPass is an extra paid option that allows guests access to all of their digital PhotoPass images as well as the opportunity to make digital FastPass selections from the convenience of a smart phone. The current pricing for MaxPass is $10 per person per day.
As a park guest planning my own personal trip for a family of 5, I really questioned whether I should spend the extra $50 per day. This seemed like a lot of extra money that I really had not put in my original budget. After doing some research and reading other reviews, I decided to try the system for one day. I can tell you now, after having spent three days using MaxPass, it was well worth the extra money for each day!
Here is how the MaxPass system works.
Dining options at Walt Disney World Resort abound! You can dine with beasts, royalty and critters. You can try cuisine from almost every country in the world. You can have the Kitchen Sink for breakfast and do a pub-crawl for dinner. Or you may desire a restaurant with a completely distinctive atmosphere and dishes reminiscent of a simpler time.
Let’s go back to poodle skirts, convertibles, milk shakes and drive-in movie theaters! Let’s check out Sci Fi Dine In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Sci Fi Dine In Theater is on the Disney Dining Plan and is one table service credit. Advanced reservations at 180 days prior are highly suggested. This restaurant is on Commissary Lane near the Star Tours attraction. Tables can seat 4-6 guests, with a few options for larger parties.
As you walk up to the entrance, you will see a 1950’s convertible and an enormous sign.
Car Hops are there to greet you with a friendly smile, take you to the drive-in theater and seat your family at a table…? a car…? This is what makes your experience so unique. Your table is a car… your car is a table!
When you think of a Walt Disney World quick service meal, does your mind automatically go to burgers, nuggets and mac and cheese?
I believe Disney has really raised the bar when it comes to their quick service options with Satu’li Canteen. This restaurant is in the new Animal Kingdom land of Pandora – The World of Avatar and offers healthy dishes with well-known ingredients.
Concierge Agent with Wishes Family Travel, Authorized Disney Vacation Planner Agency
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