It’s time for another round of Kill Refurb Marry with Mouse on the Mind and This Happy Place Blog! This month we are choosing thrill rides. This one was actually pretty easy for me. I have one that I never go on, one that I wish I could ride more often, and one that I am madly in love with.
Kill – Tower of Terror
Do I love seeing the Hollywood Hotel at the end of Sunset Boulevard? Yes. Do I love the theme of this attraction Yes. But neither of those things make me want to fall straight down in an elevator. I first rode the Tower of Terror when I was in middle school. Wasn’t a fan. I decided to give it one more try when Drew and I visited Hollywood Studios for the first time together in 2001. Hated it. I was so worried about the drop that I couldn’t enjoy anything leading up to it. So if Disney suddenly decided to do away with this particular attraction I really wouldn’t be that upset about it.
Refurb – Space Mountain
I haven’t been on Space Mountain at Walt Disney World in years. Trying to get down into the ride vehicle is hard for me. But when we were in Disneyland I was able to ride one of my childhood favorites again. They have a great set up where they can move one of the ride vehicles to a separate loading area for wheelchairs. This means you can take your time, there isn’t anyone staring at you, and they have a nifty contraption that helps you transfer down into the ride vehicle. I have no idea if it is even possible but I would love for a change like this to occur at Walt Disney World. I miss the queue’s back ground music.
Marry – Expedition Everest
I love everything about Expedition Everest. Well except the Yeti but that is an entirely different post. The attraction itself is gorgeous, especially at night. The queue has so many beautiful details that we skip getting Fastpasses so we can go through the standard queue. The ride vehicles are also well themed and are super easy for me to transfer in and out of. And the ride is fun, and most importantly for me, smooth. I can ride Expedition Everest multiple times and my back never complains.
Make sure to check out what everyone else choose at Mouse on the Mind and let me know what thrill rides you would kill, refurb, and marry in the comments.
Posted by Melissa on December 11, 2013
Woody’s Hootin’ Holiday Open House is a dance party that occurs during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. We decided to stop by last year since we’ve never visited one of the dance parties before.
It’s located at the Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland and is hosted by Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye. It looked like everyone was having a great time. The characters danced their way around the room and were able to take their time and interact with all of the guests.
It was a lot of fun and I would definitely recommend stopping by if you have any Toy Story fans in your house. Just keep in mind that the characters won’t be available during the parades. If you would like to see some more photos my friend Mary Capturing Magical Memories and her family stopped by the party and had a great time as well.
Posted by Melissa on December 10, 2013
This Week’s Reading List
Get Muppety with Estelle’s Happy Gift Guide at This Happy Place Blog.
Safari Mike from Jambo Everyone shares the details of an awesome (and free!) tour at Kidani Village. I hope we can make time for this tour next week.
Adam and Andrew share some of the beautiful details on the Anandapur ice cream truck at Disney’s Animal Kingdom over at the Disney Hipster Blog.
I love this year’s gingerbread tree at the Contemporary Resort! Sarah from Eating WDW shares the details and some great photos at Eating WDW.
The Week at Disney on Wheels
On Monday I shared my Holiday Gift Guide for the Chic Disney Geek, I updated our info about the wheelchair accessibility at The Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom, Wednesday in the World featured Santa (I know him!), and on Friday we reviewed our lunch at Disneyland’s Hungry Bear Restaurant.
Posted by Melissa on December 8, 2013
Today we’re joining the Favorite Food Blog Hop at Disney Day By Day. The Hungry Bear Restaurant is definitely one of our new favorites!
Hungry Bear Restaurant
On our last afternoon in Disneyland we decided to eat lunch and spend some time taking in the atmosphere at the Hungry Bear Restaurant.
Since we were planning on snacking throughout the day we decided to split the Fried Green Tomato sandwich. It’s described as cornmeal crusted fried green tomatoes layered with two slices of fresh heirloom tomatoes, topped with Havarti, rémoulade, jicama-mango slaw and served on a multi-grain roll.
Fried Green Tomato Sandwich
It was delicious! We arrived right when lunch was beginning to be served so the tomatoes and just been fried. I loved the cornmeal breading. The heirloom tomatoes were fresh and the slaw was a nice accompaniment. The sandwich also came with a sweet potato fries. They were good, nothing really special about them, but they were a nice addition to the sandwich. It was a great vegetarian option and I really wish there was something like it at Walt Disney World.
Lemon “Bumblebee” Cupcake
For dessert, we couldn’t resist getting the Lemon “Bumblebee” Cupcake. I think this is the prettiest cupcake in the Disney Parks. You can’t really tell from the photo but there is gold glitter on the honey-lemon frosting and the little bee was too cute. The frosting was creamy and delicious, the cake was moist, and in the center there is a yummy lemon cream filling. It’s definitely a new favorite.
Mark Twain Riverboat
And the views were beautiful. From our table we could watch the canoes and the Mark Twain Riverboat on one side and then turn around and watch the Disneyland Railroad pass by. Since it was our last day it was nice just sitting there and soaking in the atmosphere. Great food, great scenery. We can’t wait to go back!
Posted by Melissa on December 6, 2013
Posted by Melissa on December 4, 2013
The Christmas season is here! And I can now talk about all things Christmas without folks giving me funny looks because it’s still October. As I was doing some Black Friday shopping online, I came across a few really cute Disney items. Some of the items on the list are pretty literal as far as Disney themeing goes but a few have just something about them that reminds me of my happy place.
1. I love this Vader A Line dress from Her Universe. Ashley always has the cutest designs and her everyday cosplay line is adorable. There are a few other Star Wars themed designs but I’ve always leaned toward the Dark Side.
2. This cute Mickey sweater can be found online at H&M. It just looks so comfortable! It would be great to wear on a chilly evening in the park when you are off to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.
3. This t-shirt from LOFT is as Princessy as I get.
4. I don’t wear many rings but this mouse ears statement ring would be a great accessory for your Disney date night ensemble.
5. I saw these earrings and the soundtrack to Wishes immediately popped in to my head. Star light, star bright. First star I see tonight.
6. I love Alice in Wonderland so adding this necklace to the list was a no brainer. It would be really cute to wear to the 1900 Park Fare character breakfast where you can meet Alice and the Mad Hatter.
7. The Yacht & Beach Club Resorts are two of my favorites and this cosmetic bag reminds me of them. It would also be great to take on your next Disney Cruise.
8. I have several Disney phone cases but sometimes I like to use one that reminds me of my happy place but isn’t too Disney-ish. This London iPhone 5 case would be great because it reminds me of one of my favorite World Showcase Pavilions and it’s also somewhere I really want to visit in the near future.
9. And I’m always on the look out for a new bag to take with me to the parks. I prefer crossbodies and the bows on this Kate Spade remind me of both Mickey’s bow tie and the bow Minnie wears in her hair. It’s a win, win!
So I think I’ll add a few of these to my Christmas wish list. If you would like to see a few more ideas for the Disney geek in your life (or for your list!) check out my Mary Poppins style post from Sherman Brothers Week with This Happy Place Blog.
Posted by Melissa on December 2, 2013
This Week’s Reading List
Ryan at the Main Street Gazette takes a look at one of my favorite new details in the Magic Kingdom.
Estelle at This Happy Place Blog looks back at The Julie Andrews Hour’s Disney Special. So cool. And I agree. Julie Andrews can do no wrong.
If you are looking for a review of Frozen that doesn’t contain too many spoilers head over to Mouse Troop and check out Rich’s take.
Melissa Sue from Mouse on the Mind began her Magical Memories Series this week which features stories from Disney bloggers about their favorite Disney-related Holidays. I can’t wait to read all of them!
If you are on instagram I hope you will join Melissa from Picturing Disney and I for our 25 Days of Christmas Photo Challenge! You can use photos from the parks, your home, or any other spot that gives you inspiration. You don’t have to participate everyday, just jump in when you can. And make sure to use the #PicturingDisneyonWheels tag so we can see all of your photos. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!
The Week at Disney on Wheels
We shared where you can find characters in their Holiday best at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and some of our favorite photos from our Disneyland trip for Wednesday in the World. And since I didn’t do a review last week, make sure to check out my posts from Sherman Brothers Week with Estelle at This Happy Place Blog.
Posted by Melissa on December 1, 2013
I have a lot to be thankful for this year. We had an amazing time on our first trip to Disneyland and I am so glad we finally made it out there. Fingers crossed we make it back out there again soon! These are a few of my favorite photos from the trip. I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving!
Posted by Melissa on November 27, 2013