Restaurant Review: The Wave … of American Flavors, at Disney’s Contemporary Review

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I didn’t plan on posting up a restaurant review quite so soon after my recent post raving about Artist Point, but only two days later I discovered what might actually be my favorite restaurant at Disney World: The Wave … of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while know that I’m all about fresh, natural food with as little processing as possible–and that’s what The Wave is all about too. Many of the ingredients are locally sourced and organic, and most entrees come with a bounty of delicious veggies that excellently complement the dish. I’m not a picky eater, but I am also not afraid to speak my mind if there’s something I don’t like, and I have to say that I had not one complaint about this meal (except for the fact that I can never get used to the taste of Florida tap water)!

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Jogging and Exploring at Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort

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Todd and I have been having a great couple of days at Disney World so far, even though we haven’t actually gone to any of the theme parks yet. On our first day, we had a really fresh dinner at Artist’s Point, and yesterday we spent some time strolling along the boardwalk, renting surrey bikes, and playing miniature golf. We also ate a couple of snacks, including a delicious (but slightly overwhelming in the Florida heat) peanut butter, bacon, and banana brownie bar.

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Restaurant Review: Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

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To celebrate our very first day in Disney World (the countdown is finally over!), Todd and I decided to splurge on dinner at Artist Point, a signature dining experience at the Wilderness Lodge Resort. After taking some time to explore the comfortable nooks and soaring totem poles of the lodge, we entered the restaurant with excitement and empty stomachs.  Continue reading

Countdown to Disney: A Review of “Disney Legend” Marty Sklar’s Memoir

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In preparation for my trip to Disney World, I’ve been trying to inundate myself with as much insight as I can into the Disney Company, the Disney parks, and Walt Disney himself. Although I haven’t really gotten a start on the huge list of movies that I want to watch, I did get a chance to read a new 368-page memoir, Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdom, by Marty Sklar.

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Countdown to Disney: Olaf’s Adventures

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As of today, 50 days remain until I go to Disney World with my boyfriend this August. We’ve been planning for the trip for quite some time; we already made all of our dining reservations and picked out our FP+ options. So to celebrate this milestone of our trip-planning journey and the magic of Disney, I decided that it was time for a very silly post, which led me to dream up the adventures that Olaf must have while I’m at work editing manuscripts.

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Planning for Disney’s New FP+

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As part of Disney’s new MyMagic+ initiative at Disney World to give guests “more control” over their experiences–and mostly to track their movement and spending throughout the four main parks in a dual effort to lessen the crowd overload and encourage shopping. Although that’s a simplified description, it gets across the gist of the program. As part of MyMagic+, guests receive RFID-enabled magic bands to wear that act as key cards, credit cards, and more. Whereas Disney used to have paper FastPasses (FP)–slips of paper that allowed guests to return to a ride at a specific time later in the day and bypass the long standby line–the technology has all been moved online. That’s where FP+ comes in.

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Going Back to Disney World

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I don’t often do #TBT posts, but today I decided to share some pictures from my 2012 trip to Disney World! (Okay, okay, so 2012 isn’t really that long ago, but it’s still technically in the past ….) These pictures make me smile and get me excited to travel back to the “most magical place on Earth” with Todd this August. In a later post, I’ll fill you in on some details about our plans and preparations; for now, let’s just share in the memories that a photo can capture.

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