Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Five Things I'm Looking Forward To At Walt Disney World...

   Our annual May trip is quickly approaching, and I've been obsessively getting ready.  I've already packed. I have my hair/nail appointments set.  The house is (relatively) clean.  Everything seems to be going smoothly.  Problem is, between working extra hours at work to accommodate clients, and getting ready for the trip...I realized I've had no time to actually THINK ABOUT THE TRIP and how excited I am!
   Unlike our last long trip to WDW back in October, there really isn't a ton of new things to experience.  So what am I looking forward to?

   Sure, Rivers Of Light was supposed to have debuted already, and we would have loved to see that within the first few weeks of it opening.  However, I'll find a little comfort in seeing this area sans construction.  This is one of the most beautiful areas in all of Walt Disney World, and I haven't seen its full glory in a few years.  It's the little things that count.

   There is basically nothing new around World Showcase worth noting...but our good friend Brenda is tagging along for the first half of this trip. She is always a ridiculously good time, and I cant wait to drink around the world with her.  Sometimes experiencing something your used to with someone who isn't familiar can really change the  whole experience.

   After skipping both the Flower & Garden Festival and Food & Wine Festival last year we're excited to catch F&G this year.  It's the less crowded of the two festivals, and there are some dishes that we really RAZORBERRIES AND BEER. 

   We also have a few dining reservations at restaurants we've never been before!  Both O'hana and Narcoossees finally made the cut in our quest to eat at every WDW restaurant.  We're really looking forward to both to see how their veggie options stand up against some of our favorites.  Don't let us down now! 

   Finally...I'm looking forward to indulging my habitual nature.  You guys know that I have a million routines, including required food/drinks/photo spots...and I feel like its been a long time since I've actually accomplished them all.  

   To follow along on our trip make sure you're following along on Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope.  I tend to Periscope mid-day when I'm taking a break at the pool...but I'll be doing random walkthroughs too. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

How Vegetarians Eat At A Disney Cruise Buffet

   Normally I would title a post like of this sort Vegetarian Review Of Cabanas...or something like that, but the fact is the main buffet on the Wonder is called something else, and I didnt want to bounce around between the two.  So, even though our review is really of Cabanas, were sticking with the title.
   Cabanas is the main buffet on the Fantasy...and is very very similar on both the Dream and Magic...and the food is basically the same.  This restaurant is open for buffet style breakfast and lunch, with table service dinner if you want to skip your main rotational dining reservation.  The space is huge, obviously, because Cabanas is very popular and the main option for breakfast and lunch.  There are other options for those meals, but the options here are far superior.

   The space is enormous, and besides that first embarkation lunch rush, you should have no problem finding a table here.  Almost every table has a great view of the ocean. There is also a lovely outsides space at the back of the ship, in fact this is our favorite place to enjoy our lunch.
   Inside there is a very light Finding Nemo theme...including our favorite mosaic fishes.

   The food here is far superior than you will find at any buffet style restaurant at Walt Disney World, especially for vegetarians. 

   Yes, you have a few similarities.  The mac and cheese, pizza, french fries, and steamed veggies are all there for those of you who nibble on the "kid food."  No judgment, there is never a trip to the buffet where I don't get kids mac and cheese. 

   But what other Disney buffet are you going to find breaded tofu with marinara!?! The tofu, pictured above, is legit amazing...and goes well with the beans and rice beside it.  The veggie "main dish" changes every day, and almost always has a dedicated veggie based protein.  Including fun options like veggie curry.  But the hot food options don't stop at the main dish...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Animal Kingdom Lodge Panoramas

   With our annual Walt Disney World trip coming up, and the promise of a full week at Animal Kingdom Lodge, I'm pretty excited about life.  The pre-trip ritual is in full swing. Watch a different WDW tie-in movie every night before bed.  No listening to WDW background music for at least two weeks before the trip. Obsessively reading WDW restaurant menus...and maybe the most natural ritual of all.  Going through old photos and getting excited in general.
   As I was sifting though a few Animal Kingdom Lodge albums, I noticed quite a few panorama photos.  Though this will break us away from the normal square ratio photos that we find so aesthetically pleasing, it's totally worth it to share with you guys...yes, I know they're small...but if you click on it they'll probably be bigger. I dong know how blogs work.

 The Arusha Rock firepit...

Inside The Mara. 

From the bridge at the Kidani Village pool.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Photos Around World Showcase: France

   Another week, another step toward finishing our "winter" photo series.  Yes, I'm still making this happen one way or another despite the truly gorgeous weather in New Jersey.
   The France pavilion has been given new life in recent years.  Not only did the bakery move to much bigger/better digs, it also VASTLY IMPROVED its offerings.  Plus the ice cream shop that resides in the old space is basically the best thing ever.  There was a time when the France pavilion was near the bottom of my list, but certainly not anymore.
   Enjoy a few photos around the pavilion.

   Just two more pavilions to go before I can move on to another series.  I plan on finishing just as we're leaving for our WDW trip next week.  Thanks for following along, I'll see you in the UK pavilion. 

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