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The Wishes Dessert Party has returned for most nights until May 31st.

What is a Wishes Dessert Party?  It’s a yummy way to watch the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom.   Arrive at the Tomorrow Land Terrace Noodle Station an hour before the fireworks and enjoy a variety of sweet treats, coffee, tea & lemonade.  Then enjoy a great view of Wishes.  Prices for the all you care to eat dessert buffet are $25.99 & $13.99 for 3-9.

Reservations are strongly recommended, but walkups may be able to get in.  The Disney Dining Plan is NOT accepted for this event.

It’s fall, that means time to trick or treat!  A great place to trick or treat is at the Magic Kingdom when you go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.   Wear your costume, get ton’s of candy, ride the rides and see a special parade & fireworks!  Lot’s of fun for everyone!

Ever since blue prints of a Fantasyland makeover were “leaked” this summer, we’ve all been wondering if it was real or not.  Well, today at D23 the historic makeover of Fantasyland was confirmed.  Here is a video of the announcement at the D23 expo:


Fantasyland Makeover

In the past the Magic Kingdom was –hold on to your hats– not our favorite park.  I know, I can hear the gasps of shock.  When the kids were little, the Studios had the characters the kids knew.  Magic Kingdom had Tweetle Dee & Tweedle Dum.  Now that they’re teens/tweens and like to stay up late, we’ve found ourselves spending more time at the Magic Kingdom enjoying the late hours at the park.  Tonight is our 3rd trip to the Magic Kingdom this week.

After the kids left us at Epcot they stopped at the Polyensian Resort and grabbed their dinner at Captain Cooks.  Both had flatbreads – Hawaiian for Meg & cheese for Jason and really liked them.  They love using the kiosk to order because it’s quick & easy.  In no time at all they were back on the monorail headed to the Magic Kingdom.

Jon & I caught a bus from the Beach Club to the Magic Kingdom.   There were four women on the bus already and after we pulled away from the Beach Club they asked the bus driver what the easiest way to get to Epcot would be, because they had been waiting at the Yacht Club for an Epcot bus for over 30 minutes and gave up.  They had decided it would be easier to take a MK bus and then monorail to Epcot.  The poor bus driver didn’t seem to have the heart to tell them that they could & should have walked or taken a Friendship to Epcot from the Yacht Club; that there is no bus to Epcot from the Yacht & Beach Club.  If they had asked when they got on the bus, it would have been simple to have them get off at the Beach Club, but it was too late now.  I would guess that they were lucky if they got to Epcot by 9:30pm.

We arrived at Magic Kingdom just after 9pm and got caught in the SpectroMagic crowds.  It was not pleasant!  Jon & I ended up going thru Tomorrowland to avoid the crowds.  As we went thru Stroller land we rode Snow Whites Scary Adventure.  I remember it making Megan scared when she was little, but I just find it funny.  We made our way to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, got fast passes and then went over to Pirates.  Walked on Pirates and Jungle Cruise, went back to BTMR and used our fast passes.  We managed to ride just about everything except for Splash Mountain, which broke right before we got in line.  We joined up with the kids, and made our way back to Fantasyland where we stopped for Jason to ride Teacups & me to ride Pooh Bear 🙂 

Maybe because it was late, I don’t know, we decided to go to Mickey’s Toontown Fair and  ride Goofy’s Barnstormer.   This had been Jason’s 1st “rollercoaster” when he was little, and I hadn’t been on it since.  It takes longer to walk through the queue than the ride –which is all of 38 seconds.  Early in the morning,  (way back  in the Epcot blog), Jason had decided to have his picture taken with as many princesses as possible, so he and Jon ran into the Toontown Hall of Fame to see if they could catch them before they left.  Meg & I sat and rested our tired feet and a little while later the guys came out smiling.  They had a great experience and recomend that anyone that wants pictures with princesses or fairie should come here. There is a Princess line and a Fairy line.  Some of the things they liked: it’s inside (air conditioning), there are benches along the way, each Princess has her own “tent” and you get some 1 on 1 time to visit with her.   It was around midnight and he got his picture with Belle, Aurora & Cinderella!

Calling it a successful night, we headed out and managed to catch a bus right away. 

 We walk into the park quickly make our way to our 1st and most important destination of the day: Harmony Barber Shop.  There was a little bit of a wait, so Jon & Jason stayed there while Meg & I went to grab Fast Passes and something to eat. 

We checked the time board and everything was under 30, most 20 minutes or less.  Since we had missed Jungle Cruise last night we decided to get FP’s for that (and it has a line that can get very hot), grabbed the FP’s, did some “window” shopping in Adventureland–saw some really cute sundresses and good prices.  Now it was time for food and we were looking for a breakfasty snack….hello Main Street Bakery!

You can smell the yumminess from Main Street, walk thru the door and it’s heaven!  They make the best cinnamon rolls!  They’re huge, soft & doughy with lots of cinnamon and gobs of YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY icing!  My only other request had been the french toast loaf, but sadly they haven’t brought it back yet.  I keep hoping that if everyone asks for it enough, they’ll put it back on the menu….We ordered 2 cinnamon rolls and a couple of drinks and headed back to the barber shop with our morning snack.  Meg & I sat on a bench outside the barber shop and shared 1 cinnamon roll, leaving the other one for the boys.  While we ate, we saw them hook up one of the horses to the Trolley and take it out.  Very cool!  We saw several little ones come out of the shop after getting their 1st hair cut.  The moms had the certificates and the hair clipping along with the special Mickey ears; and they looked so happy.  Then my child came out, Mr Purple Mohawk.  Yep, a purple mohawk- real not faux.  Last year he did blue, this year purple for his school colors.  He was very happy and loved all of the attention the rest of the day!  The boys sat down and ate their cinnamon roll and then we lucked out and the Dapper Dans barber shop quartet.  These guys are great, and put on a good show.  After enjoying a song, we headed over to Jungle Cruise because it was time for our Fast Passes.

We had a strange experience on JC this time, we got to the front of the line and they asked “how many in your party”. I said 4 and she split us 2 & 2.  Ok, that’s fine but when they loaded the boat Meg & I got on but Jon & Jason got held to the next boat.  It wasn’t a big deal, but I was a little annoyed until our Skipper Samantha got started and then all was good.  It is one of the silliest/lamest/corniest rides around and it’s still one of my all time favorites.  I can’t help it, I love the corny jokes.

After Jungle Cruise we went to see the Monsters Inc. Laugh Factory (our other requirement of the day).  Very funny and interactive.  Before you go, think of some good jokes.  When you’re in line you’ll get directons on how to text a joke in for the show, and they use some of them.   We all laughed a lot and then it was time to leave and/or get some lunch.

It was an awkward time, 1:30 ish and we had dinner plans at Hollywood Brown Derby at 6:15pm.  This was the dinner we were most looking forward to so we didn’t want to be full from a late lunch; but we didn’t want anyone to “crash” and be grumpy & sick.  We stopped at City Hall to see if we could change the time of our dinner reservation, but they didn’t have any other times available.  We considered a few other ideas (snack at one of the monorail resorts, etc) and then decided to see if we could get into Tony’s Town Square Restaurant.  This was kind of shocking, we walked up and were seated within 10 minutes!  This was also a 1st for me, I’ve been to most of the Disney restaurants but this was my first time here.

The restaurant is really pretty, in the waiting area there are velvet covered chairs and a TV showing ‘Lady & The Tramp’ of course!  We were seated in the solarium (sun room).  It was very pretty, very bright & a tad warm.  We were happy when some cloud cover came over.  We all ordered different things (hoping to taste all of them).  Since flatbreads were on the menu, Jason asked if he could get a cheese flatbread and was told they’d take care of it 🙂  Megan went with the Spaghetti & Meatballs (just seemed like the right choice), Jon had the meatball submarine sandwich and I got the eggplant catasta (stacked layers of eggplant, carmelized onions, mozzerella, parmesan & marinara sauce served over penne pasta).  Jason devoured his flatbread, declaring the best.  Meg loved her spaghetti & meatballs and could not finish the whole plate.  The meatball sub was great and had wonderful sweet carmelized onion on it, it was very messy but very good!  The eggplant catasta was wonderful!  I was very happy with it, the eggplant was crisp but tender (not chewy) the onions were sweet as can be and the sauce was delicious.  I couldn’t finish it, but there wasn’t enough for leftovers.  I’m really happy that we tried Tony’s and it was excellent!  It was also a pretty good value, all lunch entrees were under $17.

Time to head back to the villa and rest for a bit before going back to the Studios for evening EMH.

Monday morning and we still had several things we wanted to do at the Magic Kingdom, & our afternoon/evening plan was for Disney’s Hollywood Studios with dinner at the Hollywood Brown Derby.  Here’s a plan, we’ll take a Friendship over to the Studios and get fast passes for Toy Story Midway Mania; then catch a bus to the Magic Kingdom.

It started well, caught a boat without much wait and made it to the Studios.  Went and got FP’s for Toy Story Midway Mania (they were for mid-afternoon), crowds weren’t too bad so we started to rethink our plans and considered staying at DHS but decided to stick with the plan and head to MK for Jason’s haircut. 

We walked out of the park and went to the Contemporary/Poly/Grand Floridian bus stop.  The Contemporary Resort is right next to the Magic Kingdom and you can walk or take the monorail from there.  Very quick and easy.   There was a bus at the stop next to us headed for the TTC (Ticket & Transportation Center)  We wanted to avoid dealing with the longer lines there (everyone from offsite visiting the MK goes thru the TTC), so when the Bus Driver offered us a ride there, we declined.  We waited for a Contemporary bus, and waited and waited and waited.  Then a bus manager came by and told us that we needed to get in the TTC bus line because they don’t run regular resort busses from the park that early–guess they don’t expect too many people to leave the park at 10am.   That other TTC bus that offered us a ride had left 15  minutes before this.  UGH!  Another 5-10 minutes later and we got a bus to the TTC.  Once at the TTC we decided to take the monorail, the “express monorail” (direct to MK) had HUGE lines, we walked past those to the resort monorail.   Walked right up to the platform and 2 minutes later a monorail pulled up we walked on and were on our way. 2 quick stops at the Poly & GF and then we were at the Magic Kingdom!

Our plan to run to DHS real quick and then to MK was a little longer than we had expected.  It was 11:15am by the time we got to MK and we had left the Beach Club around 9am.  We lost a good bit of time waiting for the bus; but we did get the fast passes for Toy Story and that ride has a habit of running out of FP’s and long wait times, so all in all I think it was worth it.

The plan for the day was to relax at Stormalong Bay for the morning, have a late lunch at Planet Hollywood and then head over to the Magic Kingdom for evening EMH and stay till park closing at 1am (not as cool as the 3am closing times last year…..) and if there was time run over to MK before 5pm to get to the barber shop for Jason’s annual Disney haircut.

Jon & Jason ran down to the Marketplace to get breakfast; they had been looking forward to the yogurt parfaits.  Well, FYI the marketplace at BC is no longer serving breakfast.  That’s right, all CS breakfast is now available (only available) at Beaches & Cream.  I mention this mainly because I found it to be inconvenient for DVC guests, not a huge deal but…..  The boys were very happy with their yogurt parfaits; lot’s of large blueberries, strawberries, raspberries & granola.  They brought an omelet w/ biscuit and bacon meal for me.  It was allright, nothing to right home about but it was fine.

Megan and Jon went to play tennis (tennis courts are located on the Yacht Club side of the resort).  Eventually Jason & I went down to Stormalong Bay.  On our way, we passed Jon & Megan;  they were headed back to the room and said they’d meet us at the pool after going to the fitness center.  They wanted to workout, I wanted to float around and have little drinks with umbrellas; we all got what we wanted 🙂

It was so nice by the pool, that we didn’t want to leave.  We decided to put off our ADR at Planet Hollywood and try to get in later.  Then we spent more time at the pool.  Jason went on the slide more times than I can count, participated in some of the poolside activities and checked out every part of the pool.  Jon & I spent our time reading, drinking and floating on noodles in the lazy river.  Meg floated, read and went back to the villa for a nap.

Around 3 we went back to the villa to get ready for our evening activites.  This of course is Florida in July so we were waiting for the rain to start and hoping to make it to PH before the storms hit.  It looked like we were going to make it, but then we got on a bus with the slowest driver ever!  It was fine at the Marketplace DTD bus stop but by the time we got to the Westside DTD stop, the skies opened up and the monsoon began.  On several previous trips to PH we’ve gotten drenched trying to make it from the bus stop and then we freeze in the restaurant.  Not happening this time!  We stood under the cover at the bus stop, until we finally got a break in the storm.  When we finally made it to PH we were seated immediately on level 3 (even without an ADR).  Meg had snacked at the pool and wasn’t really hungry yet, so we decided to share  3 entrees between us.  Jon & Jason both had the LA Lasagna and I got the Crab Cake.  The LA Lasagna was delicious as always, and the crab cakes were pretty good.  Between the 4 of us we almost finish all of it, of course we were saving room for dessert.  Planet Hollywood has some of our very favorite desserts (all serve 2 people).   Jon and Jason had their usual, the Banana Split Creme Brulee.  It’s exactly what the name says, a creme brulee topped with a banana split.  They ate every last bite!  Megan & I prefer the Ghiradeli Brownie Sundae.  Huge rich brownie, topped with chocolate & vanilla icecream, hot fudge & caramel (YUM!) tons of whipped cream, milk & white chocolate shavings and of course a cherry.  YUMMY! 

We took a little stroll around DTD to walk off some of dinner.  Stopped at Magic Masters (magic shop) watched them perform for a bit.  If you get the chance, stop in; these guys are really good and it’s great entertainment for free.  Ok, free until you decide you need to buy a magic trick– I strongly recommend buying the tricks while you’re there or at least early enough before Christmas that you don’t have to pay overnight shipping costs.

Eventually we made it to Magic.  We grabbed a time sheet on our way in and saw that the Enchanted Tiki Room only had 1 more show for the night, so when we got to the hub we turned left.  It’s silly & corny but fun!  Then we went to see the new Hall of Presidents.  Wow!  It was great, very well done except for President Obama.  The mannerisms were right, but not the look.  I really think they’ll have to re-do him, it just doesn’t look like him.  We finish Hall of Presidents about 15 minutes before the parade was to start.  I wanted to watch Spectro Magic but the kids didn’t, so they took off to ride Haunted Mansion.  Now that the parade is starting in the front of the park, we still had time to spare so Jon & I went over to HM.  We were wearing our anniversary pins and were in the last doom buggy.  The CM loading the buggys wished us a Happy Anniversary and then hopped on our buggy and tried to scare us.  It was pretty funny.  After HM, Spectro was just entering Liberty Square.  The kids were off doing their thing, so Jon & I were able to stop and watch the parade.  Then we went and rode Splash Mountain with practically no wait and got a FP for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  Then we headed over to Adventureland.  We started to watch Wishes from the Swiss Family Tree House, but the view was partly blocked.  Instead we went down and rode the Flying Carpet ride and had an incredible view of the fireworks.  By now we needed a snack, so we grabbed Dole whip floats (and coke floats) at Aloha Isle.  Jungle Cruise was already closed for the night so we went to ride Pirates and BTMR.  Great time on BTMR and a great CM Stephen who was pumping up the guests, cheering and clapping; just a lot fun!  We worked our way back thru Stroller Land (ok Fantasy Land) the line for Pooh Bear was still over 30 minutes, so we kept on walking.  Rode Buzz Lightyear  and at the end of the night we stopped at Casey’s for hot dogs.  I don’t know if it was just because it was almost 1am, but these were really good! 

Caught a bus right when we walked out and were back to the Beach Club at 1:15am.  It was a long day, but a lot of fun.  We missed a few things (Jungle Cruise & Mickey’s Philharmagic) and Jason still needed his haircut so we changed our plans to come back in the morning.  Now it was time for sleep!

Sorry to have fallen off the World.  We have had a great time here at Disney and have just been too busy to sit down and tell y’all what we did each day.  Here’s a quick recap and I’ll write the details after our cruise (which starts today!!!!!)

Sunday we spent the day at Stormalong Bay for the most part, missed our 3pm ADR at Planet Hollywood.  Spent the evening at MK (extra magic hours).  Great time, crowds weren’t bad, saw the new Hall of Presidents–AWESOME!  Very late night, but lot’s of fun.

Monday was a little crazy, we went to DHS for Toy Story Midway Mania fast passes, went to MK from there (long story with a few lessons….) Jason got his purple mohawk (come back later to find out where;)  and we had a walk up, no ADR lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant–a 1st for me.  Spent some rest time at the resort before our dinner ADR at Hollywood Brown Derby at DHS. 

Tuesday was a long day with a late(ish) start.  We got to Epcot around 11:15, got a walk up lunch ressie at Chefs de France (I’ll tell ya about Remy later!)  Great day of shows & drinks around the world and some Kim Possible missions.  As the crowds built the kids left and then we met them at Magic Kingdom for another late night.

Wednesday,  the plan was relax in the morning and AK evening EMH.  You’ll just have to wait to see what really happened.

This morning we’re all packed up (almost, need to shut the computer down).  We’ll be loading the truck up shortly and then off to Port Canaveral where the kids will go on the 1st cruise ever!  We’re all very excited!

I’ll try to Tweet this afternoon until we pull out of Port.  Then I’ll be out of touch until we pull back in on Sunday.

A new way to watch Wishes,  is at the Fireworks Dessert Party.    This new experience is available to guests from June 23, 2009 – August 28, 2009 at the  Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station. 

Each night the Fireworkds Dessert Party will open one hour before the nighttime spectacular and includes a self serve buffet with a wide variety of sweet treats and beverages and exclusive viewing area for the fireworks.   

Reservations are not required, but are recommended due to expected popularity of this experience.  Seating is limited, walk-ups may be available on a first-come,  first-served basis.  Price is $17.99 for adults 10+ , and $9.99 for kids 3-9.  The Disney Dining Plan is not currently being accepted.  Prepayment will be required when making reservations.  To make reservations call your travel consultant or Disney Dining at 407-WDW-DINE.

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