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Friday, April 3, 2020

FOODIE FRIDAY! Day Four of Birthday Week Fun!

Hey gang!  I hope you are all holding up during this crazy time.  Here is something I am hoping is just a bit of a distraction from what seems like "shelter at home" day #5000..................

We had breakfast/brunch at Trattoria al Forno at 10am.  This meal only is a character breakfast, and I have to say not only was the food wonderful, (and not a buffet...yay!) but the character interaction was great.

This location features Rapunzel and Flynn Rider along with Ariel and Prince Eric.  I just love all four of them, so this was a great experience.

The pastries were totally delicious!!



This is the breakfast we ordered.  I got sunny-side-up eggs along with the meats.  Paul got the over easy eggs.  The food was really, really good!!  This is the

      Flynn was trying to win me over with his smolder..........Paul gave him the look!

                                                       Prince Eric was so sweet!


                                                            That's my girl, Ariel!


                                                     Who does not love Rapunzel!?!


After our meal we did some resort hopping so Paul could experience the Skyliner.  We went over to one of my favorite resorts, Art of Animation so he could see the CARS area.  He loves the film, so I took his photos in front of the icons in the area (that will be another post coming up soon.) 
We headed over to Disney Springs from that resort and had a late lunch at Raglan Road.  
We were not all that hungry so we just got appraisers to tide us over until we were going to have a little later dinner.
We ordered the chicken wings and scallops.  They were both really good, and a nice amount of food for an appraiser size.  






I did not take photos of this, but we did have dinner with friends at Big River Grille & Brewing Works over at Boardwalk.  We all had burgers.  They were good, don't get me wrong.  It was a basic burger and nothing to write home about, but the service was good, and the prices are pretty reasonable.  You do not need a reservation here, so if you are doing something last minute, it's a good place to go over there.  

That's it for today!!  Join us again next week as we talk about our meals at Disney's Hollywood Studios! See Ya Real Soon!



Adventure #107 of the Grand Circle Tour Podcast!

Join your Tour Guides Jason Thomason, Justin Clark, Dan Hansen and George Falcione as they talk about good food at bad WDW restaurants and the changes they think could come to the Parks in the near future.  Plus the best prime rib in WDW, the Magic Kingdom is closed but Peter Pan still has a wait time, Wakanda forever and more!



https://gctpodcast.libsyn.com/adventure-107-disney-festivus?fbclid=IwAR3Yd7aJgOcz4VJktZnK2quwU818FDG_Lx-ViMI4qh4KWtnsd-4Y6CSbIGI

Thursday, April 2, 2020

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY and THROWBACK THURSDAY Together!

OOPS!  With this COVID-19 stuff going on, I totally forgot what day it was yesterday and didn't post a WW.........so, here goes........... followed by my TBT!



TBT..........
I just love this photo!  Hanging out with a couple dogs.......
Pluto and Goofy!  October 2014


Friday, March 27, 2020

FOODIE FRIDAY!! Day Three. Dining For My Birthday!

Yes.......Happy Birthday to me was the theme of the day on Tuesday March 3rd.  The day I turned 62.  Yes, I said 62.  When I was a kid, I used to think that was ancient.  Older than dirt.  Over the hill.  And yes, even elderly.  Well, if you have ever seen me do 14 miles at Walt Disney World in a day, you would never have the nerve to call me elderly ever again!  HA!

This was our EPCOT day, and we really had a great time.  We started out early enough for a first thing in the morning Fast Pass at Spaceship Earth.  Now, in retrospect, I am so happy we did this since the parks are now closed due to COVID-19, and I had to delay my next trip.  Spaceship Earth will be going down for a MAJOR refurbishment at the end of May.  This is expected to be close to two years for completion.  It's one of my very favorite EPCOT attractions and I am so thankful we did not miss it on this trip.

After that Fast Pass, we headed to Sunshine Seasons for a quick breakfast.  We had sweet rolls and orange juice, then we headed right over to our Fast Passes for SOARIN'.  Perfect timing too.  We finished, and we were there one minute early and got right in.   SOARIN' is Paul's favorite attraction at EPCOT.  

We then had quite a bit of time to kill before our noon lunch reservation at Garden Grill, so we headed over to The Seas With Nemo and Friends.  It said 25 minute wait, but unbelievably it was more like 40 minutes by the time we got in our clam mobile.  
It's a short attraction really, so we headed back to the Land pavilion and we got to our reservation time 5 minutes ahead.

This was Paul's first experience at Garden Grill and he loved it as much as I do!  He really enjoyed how the character interactions were.

Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot offers an ever-changing view of Living with the Land attraction

A semi-circular booth looking out over the Living with the Land prairie scene
Above photo credits: My Disney Experience


One of my very favorite salads at WDW anywhere is the salad here at Garden Grill.  I love the fact that all the greens and vegetables in the salad come from the Living With the Land attraction just downstairs.


              Hanging with Pluto again!



                    Dale is just goofy!

                     Chip thinks Dale is NUTS!  (GET IT?)





                     Last trip I was with Mickey on his birthday, this time he is with me                 on mine!

I got a special birthday treat dessert!  Chocolate Mousse!  YUM!
And a card signed by the gang!


                     Mickey sat down and had a conversation with us over dessert!



                      Regular dessert!  This was also delicious!



After lunch, we had another Fast Pass for Journey Into Imagination with Figment.  Love it!!!  When we were done with Figment, we went into the character greeting area for Vanellope and Wreck it Ralph, and Joy from Inside Out!  



After that we headed to the Disney and Pixar Shorts theater to see the films, and meet up with Mickey there too!  I can never get enough of Mickey Mouse!  Can you??



We then headed over to spend the rest of the day at World Showcase.  We began our journey over at the Mexico side as we had dinner reservations that would take us to Japan.  We started out on the Grand Fiesta Tour with Donald, Panchito and Jose!  We then met up with Donald in his sombrero!


We then made our way around World Showcase to the American Pavilion and the smell of the BBQ coming from the new Regal Eagle Smokehouse was too over powering to resist!  We were a little hungry by then so we got a meal to split so we could taste something from here.  We got the Memphis Dry-Rub Pork Ribs!  Totally delicious!!    The Mac & Cheese with it........REALLY YUMMY!!



That was a perfect amount for us to share!

We walked around and about in World Showcase until right around 6pm and shopped in the store at Japan, and then headed over for our reservation at 7pm.  We had a reservation at Takumi-Tei.  If you remember, I dined here on my solo trip in November and I loved it so much I made the decision that was where I wanted to have my birthday dinner.  
My last visit I sat in the Stone Room.  This time we were seated in the beautiful washi paper room.  I'm happy I got to experience a different room this time. 




The complimentary sample "bite" they present to you is always different.  You never know what you are going to get.  


Both Paul and I ordered the salmon, and we were so very pleased with the preparation.  It was totally delicious! Misoyaki Salmon, Citrus Curry, Asparagus, Baby Shiitake Mushroom, Black Sesame Tofu, Ikura. Service here is stellar.  I love all the sweet young ladies who work in this location.  The manager is also amazing.  I spoke to her on both of my visits.



A surprise birthday cocktail for me from the manager!



Dessert was also special and very delicious!!  This was the 

Shizuku Water Cake, Yuzu Crumble, Black Grape, Blackberry Sake.  


That just about ended our evening.  We had plans to stay for extra Magic Hours, but after two glasses of wine and by special birthday drink from the manager, I had to throw in the towel and call it a night.  
Join me again next week as we talk about our next day celebrating my birthday!  





Thursday, March 26, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Hanging with Crocodiles in 2012

Of course these photos are zoomed in, but these are some angles of the photos we took at the crocodile area on the Wild Africa Trek back in 2012.  This is pretty up close and personal, right??  








Monday, March 23, 2020

Grand Circle Tour Podcast Vinyl Review!

Join Jungle Skipper J and myself as we review the Disney's Ultimate Hits Vinyl album,
If you don't have this one, it's a great way to start a vinyl collection of Disney music!

Disney Ultimate Hits (Various Artists) - Vinyl

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