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My Disney Experience….the APP! FINALLY!

Posted in DISNEY ATTRACTIONS, DISNEY DINING, EVERYTHING DISNEY with tags on August 13, 2012 by disneychronicles

So it has finally happened!

Free WIFI…well you knew there had to be a reason for that and now Disney put out an app….

and I must say it will put all the others to shame!

(will not mention names here) 😀

So far from what I have seen (and I haven’t been using it long) it is AWESOME! and it looks AMAZING on an IPAD!

The photos, graphics are beautiful! and it will do everything you need!

(Oh, and did I mention it’s FREE)

Brand-new Walt Disney World® maps, official Disney Parks-provided wait times, FASTPASS® return times, ability to book dining reservations, details about nearby Disney Characters, attractions, entertainment, park hours and schedules, and more!

 

My Disney Experience …..(click to link to itunes)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-disney-experience-walt/id547436543?mt=8

A Hidden Gem at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Posted in DISNEY DINING, DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS with tags , on August 5, 2012 by disneychronicles

ok, I’ll tell you about it only if you can keep a secret….

It is located right next door to the Sci Fi Dine In.  It is actually pretty unobtrusive, which is part of the charm…and it’s pretty easy to walk right on by and not realize what’s inside.

If you MUST have a coffee (like I usually do!) or you just need some time away from the crowds and hustle! this is the place to go!

What is it? you ask….

Stop into Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Writer’s Stop.  It is a hidden gem that is rarely crowded. Enjoy a good cup of coffee and a snack from the variety of bakery items available there.

It’s by no means a place to have a meal. If you need an afternoon pick-me-up or a morning wake-me-up, then its perfect! The Writer’s Stop offers both hot and cold beverages such as a variety of coffees, teas and soft drinks.

So take a stroll around, there’s plenty to look at or just pull up a chair and relax!   ENJOY!

…..but shhhhhhh don’t tell anyone about it! 😀

Whispering Canyon Cafe

Posted in DISNEY DINING with tags , on May 28, 2012 by disneychronicles

In this rowdy, family-style restaurant right out of the Old West, start your morning with a bang-up breakfast of favorites such as buttermilk pancakes, omelets or an all-you-care-to-enjoy Canyon Skillet.

Had breakfast here and as always it was loads of laughs! and we really enjoyed it! Now I am pretty easy when it comes to breakfast so I had the oatmeal fruit & nutella bagel plate! Pretty basic but it was DELISH! We all agreed that the food was better than the usually Disney breakfasts. (well at least the buffets for sure)

the kids had scrambled eggs, biscuit and potatoes…

the hubby had the raisin french toast….

 

The atmosphere is relaxed, laid-back with a dash of silly! (I don’t want to give away any of the fun stuff) so for that you will just have to go!

It is also accessible by boat if you’re at the Magic Kingdom and want to sneak away for a meal. Breakfast hours are 7:30 am to 11:30 am.  Lunch is served from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm…and dinner is from 5 to 10 pm daily.

Go ahead!  It is LOUD!! and loads of FUN! Don’t miss it!

High Tea at the Grand Floridian

Posted in DISNEY DINING with tags , on May 16, 2012 by disneychronicles

Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room

We decided on an early Mother’s day visit (the day before) and it worked out Great! I surprised my mother and grandmother and it was a nice treat. For those who don’t know the tea room does have a few steps up but no worries there is a wheel chair ramp around the corner.  It is nice and relaxing overlooking the Gardens. It also has a feeling of formality, though casual wear is certainly acceptable.

(Especially since many come over from the parks)

Afternoon Tea starts at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m., 7 seven days a week. Make your reservations EARLY! It does book up fast!

The service overall was good but getting seated was slow…..as is usually the case isn’t it?

The tea menu itself was overwhelming (in a good way!), having nearly two dozen options of black teas, green teas and herbal infusions. It was also very good….just thinking about it makes me want some!

The tea is served in elegant settings of Royal Albert china.

(Fancy Schmancy) 🙂

There is a nice variety of packages and ala carte  that you can choose from.

We chose the Grand Tea for Grandma (with the champagne) and my mother  and I chose the Buckingham tea. The ‘meal’ was served in three courses–first, scones with jam and cream, second, several tea sandwiches served with an onion tart and pate, and finally the dessert options–a choice of two pastries.

The Grand Tea

The classic English tradition of Afternoon Tea, Grand Floridian style. We offer you a variety of tea sandwiches, scones and jam tarts, followed by your choice of our freshly baked tea pastries or English trifle, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine and your choice of tea.

Buckingham Palace

Our traditional tea sandwiches, scones and jam tarts complemented by fresh strawberries and cream, or a selection of freshly baked pastries, along with your choice of tea.

 

The food was nothing to write home about, but it wasn’t awful either.  The scones were good, as was the cream, but the fruit tart that accompanied it was almost too sweet to be edible. This is by no means a “meal” but it is filling. It is enough for lunch I would say.

I do love afternoon tea, and I really love the idea of afternoon tea on Disney property. It just makes sense. I even agree that the theme of the Grand Floridian lends itself well to the experience and the ambiance. I do think they could kick up the food a notch though. There is so much potential to make it better.  I also had the feeling that they were understaffed.

I overall cannot complain and I would visit again even if only for the Tea!

 

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