A Diva Update!

So far, 2017 has been great for this Disney Diva! I have been able to go to the homeland itself, Walt Disney World, twice – AND! – I am planning one more trip before the year is out!

My obsession has only continued to grow. My goal is to join the DVC by next year, as it appears I might have the flexibilty to get down to WDW more often. *Fingers crossed*

Here are some pictures of my trips this year. I spent a week with my sister and friend at the Art of Animation in the beginning of February. The AoA has become an instant fave! I’ve stayed at a few of the resorts and let me tell you, this one has it all! If you’re like me and love to remain submersed in Disney 24/7, this is the place to stay! We even found some Hidden Mickey’s in the shower! 🙂

We enjoyed every park! It was great to go with someone who has never been there, and experience the parks through their eyes. I wanted to make sure we did all the best attractions and Disney faves! We enjoyed the Fantasmic show, utilized the FastPasses, and stopped to meet some of our favorite characters – including Moana and the sisters from Frozen!

We also did a few firsts, even for me. We got celebration pins for one of our birthdays, which brought on some unexpected free treats! We got to try Mike’s Laugh Floor which I will absolutely do every time, it was adorable! We also did the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party, which was great! That time of year was chilly at night, though, so maybe it would be better in the summer. Also, although you have a great view of the fireworks, you can’t really see the show projected on to the castle. We also ate at Japan, which was delicious and beautiful! Speaking of food, I just have to share some food pics from my February AND March trip! 🙂

When I went back in March, I took my mother and we stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarter. The resort was really beautiful, and we took advantage of the boat ride from Disney Springs (which has been gorgeously updated btw!) back to the resort. It was great! We got to ride by the Treehouse Villas (#goals) and it was very relaxing.

We also got to enjoy the beginning of the Flower & Garden Fesitval at Epcot, which is always beautiful. It was getting crowded at that time, but not too bad. My mother and I are not roller coaster people, so, we never have to deal with crazy lines. We did great at Magic Kingdom, too. We were there open to close, and got to essentially do the part twice over! It was a great time and I have wonderful memories!

We actually rode on The Little Mermaid ride about 6 times that night, because there was no line!

I cannot wait to bring my mother back for the Food &Wine Festival. She’s never been to it and we are both foodies so I know it will be great! Til next time 🙂

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Friday Fun Fact! #168

My, my, my, there certainly seems to be a lot of “farewells” happening in Orlando. The American Idol Experience at Hollywood Studios has been closed down, which didn’t matter much to me, but I was disappointed that The Studio Backlot Tour is no longer around.

So this week, when I discovered that Downtown Disney’s Disneyquest was closing, I about lost it. Now, I haven’t been to DQ in a few years, and while I’m aware that it may be out-dated, that place holds some special memories. It will be hard to not be able to revisit DQ again.

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The virtual video game/arcade experience opened on June 19, 1998, and was meant to be the first in a chain of 20 centers. Apparently, our real-world technology advanced much more quickly for DQ to keep up with, and the past few years of numerous lackluster experiences being reported, forced the closing to happen.

Disneyquest resides in Downtown Disney, which is being renovated to reopen as Disney Springs. During this face lift, DQ will be replaced with the NBA Experience, something I am certainly not intrigued by in the least. Well, you can’t win them all, so as I say a silent goodbye to a place that holds special meaning to me, I’ll also remind myself that change is a way of life. Here’s to great new things!

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Indiana Jones-Themed Restaurant at Disney Springs!

Downtown Disney will soon become Disney Springs, but the new name is only one of many changes coming to the popular spot. One confirmed change is the addition of Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, a restaurant inspired by Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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For those of you who are a little rusty with your Indiana Jones history, you may be asking yourself “Who was Jock Lindsey?” This article from Geek.com explains the (semi-vague) reference.

If the name doesn’t hop right off the screen and scream “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to you, that’s okay. Jock is the snake-loving pilot played by Paul Sorenson who helps Indy get in and out of jams in his first big screen outing. …the restaurant will reflect Jock’s job by incorporating propeller ceiling fans, airplane windows along the wall, and even a diving bell booth. And that’s just the inside! Guests can also dine outside on Jock’s dry-docked steam ship Reggie, named after his pet snake.

Items on the menu include: Hovito Mojito, Air Pirates Everything Pretzels, and Rolling Boulder Meatballs.

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Sounds exciting, don’t you think? I can’t wait to visit the new Disney Springs!