Monday, February 29, 2016

Skipper Canteen Restroom Signage

   It has been far too long since we featured some restroom signage here on Disney Hipster Blog. You guys know we love this stuff, so I'm very happy to be featuring a newcomer in the landscape of Walt Disney World potty signs!

   Skipper Canteen opened just a few months ago, and like most restaurants has its very own restroom! Fancy that!?!  The facility is located toward the back of the dining areas, in the S.E.A. Room.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Ninth Wonder Of The World

   Leaky Tikis of Adventureland... The love I have for you is strong.  For a blog that covers the vast majority of Walt Disney World (and Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Line...) we find ourselves in Adventureland an awful lot.  More specifically, we find ourselves in general aww of the leaky tikis.
   It is a rare occasion when I can resist the urge to have my picture taken with these grumpy Polynesians. At the very least I need to have a quick photo session, even in passing.  On our most resent (very short) trip to Walt Disney World, while waiting for Skipper Canteen to open, I sauntered the short distance to the tikis and snapped a few pictures.  However, instead of taking a picture with them, or "portaits" of the tikis as I often do, I decided to focus on the ninth wonder of the world...the backside of tikis.

   I resent the above picture so much...actually, I resent the woman in black for ruining an otherwise personless photo.  As you can see below it was actually a very busy Saturday at the Magic Kingdom, and the odds were pretty low.  :/

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Formal Night Character Meet And Greets

   I know we have mentioned it a few times before, but character meet and greets are a big part of Disney Cruise Line. (for us anyway...) These meet and greets happen throughout the day, well into the evening, and tend to happen in and around the ships main atrium.
   The lovely thing is that the characters rarely wear the same outfit twice per cruise, and you will find some spectacular costumes here that you wont find in the parks.   One such evening was our cruise's formal night...luckily we had dinner at Palo that night and had double reason to dress up a bit.

   By far our favorite "main" Disney character to meet with is Daisy.  She is ferocious and amazing.  Her formal wear is also on point, as if we would expect anything less. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Photos Around World Showcase: Germany

   Our Winter series Photos Around World Showcase finds us in the beautiful Germany pavilion today.  This is my favorite pavilion by far, not only for the great food, drink, and merchandise offerings, but because it has the best people watching spots in all of Disney World.  Yes, it is fun to watch people have too much to drink by 1:00 PM.  
   Anyway, it makes for pretty photos as well...

   Before you know it winter will be over, as will this series.  Enjoy the cold weather while we still have it...I know I am.  In fact Winter is the best time to curl up and daydream about Walt Disney World. What is your favorite country around World Showcase to dream about? 

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Vegetarian Review of Skipper Canteen

   Let's take a journey down the great rivers of the world, and explore the new(ish) Skipper Canteen at the Magic Kingdom! Plenty of excitement and a bounty of good veggie food await us in these mysterious waters...

   Skipper Canteen, which opened a few short months ago, is located just beyond the entrance to Adventureland from the hub of the Magic Kingdom.  This space was originally used as a counter service restaurant before most recently being home of Tinker Bell and her magical nook. (yes, its hard to believe that was a thing...but it was, and it was awesome.) 

   The restaurant is enormous. I was a little scared of the cavernous look of the restaurant based on other blogs reportage, but it feels quite a bit cozier in person.  I do wish they had divided Mess Hall room in half, making it a total of four dining rooms instead of the three. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Photos Around World Showcase: African Outpost

   Despite wanting to post photos exclusively from our most recent cruise/wdw trip we're going to continue our winter series.  As our photo trip around Epcot's World Showcase continues we find ourself in the African Outpost.  

   I know what you're thinking.  The african outpost is a waste of space/not worth even visiting in photos. And a year ago I would have agreed with you.  But I have recently become enamored with the Frozen Elephant...a concoction of frozen coca cola, and Amarula cream liquor.  This thing is awesome and worth stopping by the outpost. 

   The "pavilion" also has plenty of fun props to take photos with.  If you're like me, you have an on hand photographer to take care of you...despite them constantly protesting. 

   You may also remember that I'm a pretty big fan of Village Traders, the tiny shop at the outpost.  This place has great theming, and is often times the dumping ground for discounted merchandise.

   Hope you are enjoying our sloooooow trip around World Showcase.  It is definitely helping me get through the colder days of winter in the north east.  We will pick back up next week in lovely Germany!

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Vintage Hermes Scarves On The Disney Fantasy?

   The artwork on the Disney Fantasy is pretty amazing.  Throughout the corridors, stairwells, and venues there is plenty to look at.  The majority of the artwork is Disney concept art, with plenty of very impressive pieces. However, every once in a while the artwork reflects the overall art nouveau design of the ship...

   Enchanted Garden is one of three rotational dining restaurants and is located in the lower depths of the ship on deck two.  It is basically a dungeon down here.  The ceilings are low, its dim...but HECK the artwork is on point. 

   Flanking the walls leading up to the restaurant are framed vintage Hermes scarves.  These scarves are gorgeous and each one incorporates the colors of the foyer, and the art nouveau style of the ship. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Star Wars Day At Sea Vegetarian Dinner On The Disney Fantasy

   Our recent cruise on the Disney Fantasy included one of eight Star Wars Day At Sea days.  We had booked this cruise prior to the announcement of the inclusion of the Star Wars day...and were neither perturbed or particularly excited about the idea.  We like Star Wars, but the idea was just meh to us.      The day included special shows, fireworks, meet and greets, and plenty of themed food.  As a part of your regular rotational dining schedule, there was a special menu that accompanied all three main dining rooms.

   We are very conflicted about Disney Cruise Line food.  There are instances where it is very good (Palo/Remy), instances where it is good in a bad for you way (Cabanas), and then there are the three main dining rooms...where the good dishes are very few and far between.  This was also the case for this special themed menu. 
   A little info:  This menu is available in all three main dining rooms on the night of Star Wars Day At Sea, and does not vary from restaurant to restaurant.   And though it was fun and ridiculous, the only real theming came in the names of the dishes themselves.   Adam and I ordered everything vegetarian on the menu...lets dive it. 

   Our appetizers were the Padme Amidala Souffle (above) and the Lars Homestead Garden Salad (below).  First of all, why the hell do these have to have Star Wars themed names?  They didn't even try to theme these dishes in the slightest.   
   Adam would be quick to point out that the "souffle" was in fact a chewy corn cake, and rather disgusting.  I understand that in a large capacity dining room like this that a souffle would be hard to pull off.  HOWEVER, they would be much better off just calling it something else, instead of trying to sound fancy.  THIS THING WASN'T A SOUFFLE.
   The salad was totally fine, and did have raisins and cashews which I liked a lot, and was a decent change of pace from the salads we have had on the ship previously.  And bonus! They remembered to dress the salad! 

   Now for the surprise! A dish I actually really enjoyed.  For my entree I ordered the Obi-Wan Shroom Steak.  Again, I think the name is really stupid, and a desperate attempt to theme a meal.  But this was a really decent option amidst all the heavier meat dishes.  Described as portobello mushroom katsu on sticky rice with curry and green onions.  The mushrooms were breaded in panko and fried, and had a wonderful crunch to them, and were very lightly seasoned.  Luckily the curry was full of flavor, and was neither Indian or Thai style curry, but actually closer to a Chinese curry in taste.  I really enjoyed this dish a lot. 

   Adam got the Stormtrooper Flatbread.  Which came with caramelized onion, brie, walnuts, peaches, and spinach, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic, and topped with arugula.  I was lucky enough not to sample this atrocity...but Adam said it tasted like "a bad cracker with half cooked fruit on it."  Disney has a pretty bad track record with this style of flatbread, and I'm not all that shocked at the execution of this.

   A bright side of the meal were the yummy and ridiculous desserts.  Adam ordered the Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite Sundae, and I got the Princess Leia's Warm Apricot Pudding.  I know that sounds like a joke, but that is ACTUALLY WHAT ITS CALLED.

   The sundae consisted of vanilla and dulce de leche ice cream with caramel corn and whipped cream.  Adam really loved this dessert. I mean, how could they go wrong with this? The idea of putting caramel corn on a sundae is borderline genius. 
   While my dessert was very basic, and merely ok, I did enjoy the fact that it was actually themed to the namesake character.  Using the crisps as a nod to Princess Leia's signature hairstyle was a great way to incorporate the theme. 

   Overall this was an entirely forgettable meal, and ranks snuggly among the other rotational dining menus we have had.  They are all very boring, and exceedingly bland.  Luckily the mushroom dish saved this one for me, so our Star Wars Day At Sea meal wasn't a complete wash.  But I still recommend either Palo of Remy over the rotational restaurants any day of the week. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Finding Nemo Mosaics In Cabanas On The Disney Fantasy

   The very first (real) blog post after a vacation is always the hardest to instigate.  Out of all of the 1,500 photos and videos which beg to be posted first?!?! What seems the most important of all?!?  Well friends, the answer was given shortly after snapping the below photo. 

   Getting Adam to pose for a photo is like pulling when he VOLUNTEERED to pose next to the Cabanas mosaic, I knew he was on to something.  I think he felt compelled by the flat-fish guy...they do have a striking resemblance 

   Cabannas, the buffet on The Disney Fantasy, has a vague Finding Nemo theme to it.  This includes a rather impressive mosaic on either side, near the elevators.  This terrific piece of craftsmanship includes all of your favorite characters, and delivers a bright punch of color to the utilitarian space.  Mind you that this is all you need, considering your view is a near panorama of the ocean. Yeah, its pretty awesome. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Tuesday Not On The Disney Fantasy...Or At Walt Disney World

   Well, that was a vacation.  We did go on vacation right? Yes...yes...we definitely did.  Its just hard to remember through the haze, hustle, and confusion brought on by the last week and a half.  This trip started out very weird, as the giant snowstorm in the northeast caused us to alter our travel plans...forcing us to DRIVE TO FLORIDA LAST MINUTE.  I wouldn't say it was fun, at all, but it wasn't as bad as we would have expected. (AND I actually drove half the way.  Surprising, right?)
   While I'm not ready to blog about anything specific, I did want to say that we had an absolutely wonderful time on board the Disney Fantasy.  It was seriously the most relaxing vacation I've even experienced, full of fun, sun, and lots of food.  We were also lucky enough to take a very short mini trip to WDW afterward.  All of this amounted to plenty of stuff for me to write about in the coming weeks, and I'm looking forward to doing so.  
   In the mean time enjoy this photo of me and Adam with fancy Goofy.