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I’d been wanting to try Mexican food in the Epcot pavilion at Walt Disney World for a couple of trips, and I finally convinced my husband to give it a try.  Note–he let me give it a try.  He sat this one out, right across the table from me.  Jeff and Kristin are my picky travel companions, but they indulge me from time to time.  Thank you! I know that San Angel Inn Restaurante inside of Epcot’s Mexico pavilion doesn’t always get the best reviews, but I really liked it.  I would go back again anytime.  San Angel Inn is located inside the big pyramid in the Mexico area; there is another Mexican restaurant located across the way over the water–La Hacienda de San Angel.  It’s easy to confuse the two.  Just know that San Angel Inn is inside the pyramid.  You’ll see it when you explore the pavilion even…

When we began planning our first trip to Disneyland, we were excited to learn about World of Color, the night show at Disney California Adventure.  The pictures we saw were stunning, and it looked like there were often crowds there to see the show.  When I found out that Disney offered a dessert party for this show, I was excited.  When I found out the party provided the only seating for the show, I was like, “Disney, take my money!”  And they did.  So, that’s how our party of three got a reservation for the World of Color Dessert Party. Making a Reservation for the World of Color Dessert Party We are not strangers to Disney dessert parties and how they can enhance your experience.  We’ve done the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.  We loved being able to cool off with treats…

Spoiler Alert! This post contains pictures and details about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland.  Stop reading now to avoid spoilers!  Here is a picture of the newly restored Sleeping Beauty Castle to keep you from seeing the Star Wars stuff.  Turn back now! Now that the spoiler alert is out of the way, we can proceed.  And, I must say, we can enjoy this pre-park opening picture of the castle.  But more on that later. First, I’ll tell you the story about how three people in Missouri, who had no intention of being part of the new land madness, fell into the perfect opportunity to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at about half of the land’s capacity the first week of June. A long time ago… Our story really begins in January as my husband and I worked on the set for my high school’s production of Beauty and…

When we visit Walt Disney World, we drive from Missouri, so our trips are usually at least two weeks long.  We often arrive in Orlando in the afternoon, and sometimes we stay offsite for a night before we really get the trip started.  I also try to build in pockets of rest throughout the trip so we aren’t so exhausted that we aren’t enjoying ourselves.  Believe me, in the summer when we travel, it’s a good idea to hit the parks at rope drop and take an afternoon break; then we usually head back to the parks in the evening. If you’re not ready for the parks, where can you get that taste of Disney?  Why Disney Springs, of course.  You should definitely check out the entertainment and shopping, and while you’re there, you may as well try a fun place to eat.  Raglan Road is a fun place to…

I’ve had a pretty busy spring. I recently wrapped up directing my high school’s production of the musical Beauty and the Beast at the end of March. While it was an amazing experience for the kids and me, it was life-consuming. Jeff builds the set and runs sound, and this year, Kristin made her acting debut as a wolf.  It wasn’t easy trying to maintain a normal family life. Add my teaching and coaching responsibilities, and I was barely surviving. Things like blogging and other writing had to go to the backburner for a while. I’ve slowly been digging out of the enormous hole of neglected stuff and getting some rest. Throughout the production, though, my thoughts often turned to our visit last summer to Walt Disney World’s Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. Belle and Beast’s story seems to be interwoven in our lives. Be Our Guest–The…

Updated: April 2019 When I asked my daughter where she wanted to eat during our last Disney trip, she didn’t even hesitate when she said, “Chef Mickey’s!”  We had been one other time, but she was only two years old.  Since she had seen the pictures of that trip over and over, she knew what to expect.  When she was two, she was really unsure about the characters, but now, she is a pro when it comes to meeting them.  Jeff and I thought, hey, why not? Let’s go! This place is pretty popular, so I highly recommend reservations.  I make my reservations as soon as the window opens at 180 days.  I easily got a reservation booking that early.  I also got the time I was hoping for.  Chef Mickey’s closes in the afternoon, so you can book at or near 5:00 p.m. and be part of the first…

I’ve wanted to eat at Epcot’s Coral Reef Restaurant for a while now, but I was always nervous that my picky family wouldn’t find anything to eat.  I’m not the biggest eater of seafood, but I wanted to experience Coral Reef Restaurant just once.  What can I say?  The aquarium views and the temptation of dessert drew me in.  Here’s our Coral Reef Restaurant review. Our Reservation to Coral Reef Restaurant Approaches I booked an opening Advanced Dining Reservation, or ADR, so we would have the best possible chance of sitting near the aquarium.  Actually, the best I could get was 11:30 a.m.  I was a little worried that we wouldn’t have an amazing experience if we were seated too far away from the aquarium. We entered Epcot at rope drop from the International Gateway between France and Great Britain.  For the first part of the trip, we stayed at the Boardwalk…

I love going to Walt Disney World. It’s no secret; I love the all the little details and the exceptional entertainment. My husband has also become a Disney fan, and my daughter Kristin is still talking about our most recent trip. One of the best experiences at Disney is character dining. Food plus characters? Sign me up! For our last visit, we did some resort hopping so that we could experience Disney in new ways. One of those resorts was Disney’s Boardwalk. On the day we planned to move to Bay Lake Tower, I made an ADR (advanced dining reservation) for the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno, a restaurant located on the Boardwalk. We slept in a little later since we’d been doing rope drops, and then we packed the car. After we’d checked out, we made our way outside to the restaurant. If you’d like to…

One of my favorite Walt Disney World memories is when Kristin became a princess at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.  I have been asked about this experience, so I thought I would share this memory with you.  Kristin was four years old at the time, and she was a huge Frozen fan.  I asked her if she would like to look like Elsa at Disney World, and she was so excited.  For us, four years old was the perfect age to try out Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.   We like to plan a trip for every other year, and as she’s gotten older, she has been just a little less into looking like the princesses.  She was at the height of her love of Disney princesses for this trip. Planning Our Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Experience I admit that I am a planner when it comes to trips–especially Disney trips.  I don’t want to miss anything simply…

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