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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Hidden Mickeys Are Everywhere!

Disney World is known for their attention to detail (among other things!) – and they are so intricate in their theming and decorating that they even have Hidden Mickey’s throughout the Parks – it could be his silhouette, or the three circles of his head – but they are all over – if you know where to look…


This one is located at Animal Kingdom – outside the entrance to the Mombasa Marketplace Store in Africa

 Hidden Mickey MM

This one is part of a dalmation statue that sits just inside the entrance to Mama Melrose’s Restaurant in Hollywood Studios


The front courtyard of Hollywood Studios’ Rock N Roller Coaster is home to this Aerosmith mural – featuring a familiarly patterned shirt…

HiddenMickey WilLodge

Inside the lobby of Disney’s beautiful Wilderness Lodge Resort you’ll spot this Mickey on the upper right corner of the fireplace

There’s a whole book to help you look for them! Have you spotted some Hidden Mickeys while at WDW? Or at home maybe? Which one is YOUR favorite?


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Hungry In Animal Kingdom? Feast On This!

I talk a lot about Disney Food – with good reason! They work hard to create culinary experiences that are unique and delicious – and they certainly have come a long way from the trips of my childhood, where it was burgers and chicken fingers and not much else

Oh, plus, one of the great things about being an adult at Walt Disney World is that you get to decide where you want to eat (instead of your parents calling the shots!) – and there’s a lot to choose from! No matter what kind of food you prefer, chances are good Disney has it!

I will admit – I wasn’t a huge Animal Kingdom fan when I was a kid – but I have recently grown to appreciate it a lot more, probably largely in part due to its amazing dining options!


Check out these mouth watering options next time you’re at Animal Kingdom:

FlameTree Sandwiches

Like these sandwiches at Flame Tree Barbeque – piled high with pulled pork or smoked turkey

YakYeti Salad

Or this Mandarin Chicken Salad at Yak And Yeti – doesn’t that look super fresh?

Kusafiri Brownie Paw

And for someone sweet, head over to the Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery to snag one of these amazing giant Brownie Paws


Head over to Pizzafari for – yep, you guessed it, pizza! As well as salads, yummy breadsticks and they serve beer and wine here too (yum!)


Oh – and these are just the counter service/snack options for those on the go – there are plenty more eats available at AK, including some great table service restaurants – check out all the options here

One thing’s for sure – you’ll never go hungry while touring Animal Kingdom!


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – The Most Important Meal Of The Day!

Walt Disney World has some of the BEST FOOD I have ever had the privelege of tasting – everything is prepared fresh using the best ingredients, and it really shows in the final product.

Breakfast is no exception, they really go above and beyond at the Parks and Resorts to make sure you have plenty of options to choose from so you can start your day off right and fuel up for a day at the Parks!

TGIF Bfast CP One of my personal fave breakfast spots is the Crystal Palace – a character breakfast spot in the Magic Kingdom featuring Winnie The Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet. The food is amazing here – especially “Pooh’s Breakfast Lasagna” – which is essentially a warm berry bread pudding, and they also serve anything and everything breakfast-related – my fave are the Mickey waffles!

TGIF Bfast TuskerI tried Tusker House for the first time last year, and I have to say, I was impressed! Hosted by Donald and friends (decked out in their safari gear!), this African inspired meal serves up the classics as well as unique items like their bobotie (a spiced egg based casserole which is also served at Boma!)

TGIF Bfast POPIf you’re not in the mood for a sit down meal that early in the day, you can always grab something at your WDW Resort, like this freshly made waffle and bacon from the POP Century Resort

TGIF Bfast CRollIf the Magic Kingdom is your early morning Park of choice (it is for me!) then let your nose lead you over to the amazing smells coming from the Main Street Bakery, and grab a coffee and one of these bad boys – a warm, soft, gooey cinnamon roll

….Ok now not only do I miss Disney, but I’m starving. Breakfast time!


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – What A View!

There are so many amazing things about Walt Disney World – The Parks The Rides, The Food…..etc…that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the experience of it all!

Sometimes it’s worthwhile just to step back and take a look at your surroundings – you’ll find there’s really a LOT to see:



If you choose to stay at WDW’s Animal Kingdom Lodge -this could be the view off your balcony of the savannah, where you can watch the animal roam about (yep, those are giraffes out there!)

TGIF Views Tree AKThe Tree Of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is really something – its amazing to gaze at, but I also suggest that you get up close and personal with it and check out all the amazing animal engravings and designs – it’s a real work of art

TGIF Views CaliGrillThe view from the balcony at California Grill at the top of the Contemporary Resort – you can really see it all, and it’s quite the spot for firework viewing too!

TGIF Views MainStAnd my all time personal favorite view – standing at the base of Main Street, where you can get a great view of Cinderella’s Castle. Standing here makes me feel like I have come home

Talk about some great views!


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Favorite Disney Rides – Kali River Rapids

Location – Kali River Rapids is located in the Asia area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park


What It’s Like – “Caution – You WILL Get Wet!” as you embark on a raft ride through the jungle in an area that is jeopardized by illegal logging. The outdoor queue area has a lot of Asian themed artifacts that are very interesting so be sure to pay attention to that! As the name suggests, it is a ride through the ‘rapids’ – it can and will get bumpy, with splashing water and a lot of it! I recommend you keep your feet up unless you want soggy sneakers all day!


Why I Love It – Getting wet is fun – especially when you don’t know exactly when it will happen, or who will get the wettest! It’s a fun ride that is a perfect way to cool down on a hot day, and as usual Disney did a great job with the theming and the ride is an overall fun experience that will leave you breathless (and wet!)


I recommend using the Fastpass for this one, as the lines can get long as the day stretches into the hot afternoon!

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Utilizing Extra Magic Hours – Early Morning Plan Of Attack


For those of you who don’t know what Extra Magic Hours are, in a nutshell, it is a perk available to those staying on Walt Disney World property which allows you into the parks an hour early, or to stay in the parks after closing time. Certain parks open early/close late on different days, and you can check out a calendar of Extra Magic Hours here

Waiting for the bus – so early that it’s still dark out!

Personally? I prefer early Extra Magic Hours, I don’t mind getting up early and I love an empty theme park in the morning – especially the Magic Kingdom, and we were lucky enough on our last trip to get to see the trolley coming out of storage and got the first ride of that morning on it (we hadn’t ridden it in years so that was a real treat for us!)

When it comes to Extra Magic Hours, I like to have a plan of attack for each Park, that extra hour is priceless and I want to get as much out of it as possible, so here’s what I recommend:

Magic Kingdom: After getting some nearly empty Main Street/Castle photos, I rush (speedwalk aka almost sprint) to Tomorrowland, where I ride Space Mountain 2 or 3 times in a row while the wait is still under 10 minutes, and once I have gotten the proper amount of adrenaline rush from that, I get a Fastpass for it so I can return and ride it again later! Then I hightail it over to Fantasyland where I get in an early morning spin on the Mad Tea Party teacups, Peter Pan’s Flight, and the Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh – which are all rides that I enjoy a lot, but not enough to stand in line for 45 minutes to an hour (the waits can get super long for these later in the day!). By this point, my “extra magic hour” is pretty much used up, and the Park is already starting to fill up, so I head over to grab some breakfast from the Main Street Bakery, and then start my more leisurely stroll around the park, where I find that rides like Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain still have a relatively short wait time, so I will try and do those in the morning too!

Animal Kingdom: Since I am fairly new to this park (having only been there twice!), I am still trying to figure out the best way to utilize my extra morning hour. I like to start by hitting up Expedition Everest once or twice, then grabbing a Fastpass for it for later in the morning. I will also try and do Kali River Rapids at this time, as the wait for this can get longer as it gets hotter (since its a great way to cool off!). Speaking of temperature, it can get HOT at Animal Kingdom, for some reason I feelt the heat the most at this Park, so once the mid morning sun starts beating down, I like to escape to the Dinosaur ride (since it’s indoors!), then I will take a leisurely stroll over to the Kimilamjaro Safaris, stopping for some breakfast and shopping along the way

Epcot: I still have not been on Soarin’, so I would have to say that this would be my #1 priority as soon as I got to the Park. Then I would head over to Test Track (which is currently closed, but slated to reopen this November!) for a spin, and then hit up some classics like Spaceship Earth, The Land, and Journey Into Imagination

Hollywood Studios: This is another park where having long legs comes in handy, as I like to speed over to Tower of Terror right away, and follow that up with Rock N Roller Coaster, and then I get a Fastpass to come back to the Coaster later. Then I hit up some of my favorites – Star Tours (usually multiple times in a row as the waits tend to be very short early in the morning!), and the Backlot Tour. I find that the Great Movie Ride, Muppet Vision 3D, and The Magic of Disney Animation are good ones to save for later in the morning, as they both tend to move pretty fast and they are both inside (a bonus on those rainy or hot Orlando days!)


Moral of the story is, Extra Magic Hours is a great perk that those of us who stay at the WDW Resorts get to enjoy, and even though it may only be 1 extra hour, early morning Extra Magic Hours can equal a lot more time on rides, which is a whole lot better than standing in line!!

What about you – do you use Extra Magic Hours in the morning or evening?

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