Week in Review – November 16, 2014

Wishes in New Fantasyland

What We’re Reading

Dawn from I Am a Mommy Nerd had the chance to step into a recording booth to find out what it’s like to voice a Disney character. How awesome is that! Check out her post on voicing Baymax.

Mary at Capturing Magical Memories shares some of the cute, Wilderness Lodge branded merchandise you can find in the resort’s gift shop the Mercantile. We are staying here for the first time in January and I can’t wait!

Ryan from Main Street Gazette posted a photo that really makes me miss the Living Seas.

Lisa with Babes in Disneyland shares why she doesn’t hate Frozen and why you shouldn’t either. I have to admit I’ve been getting a little tired for the Frozen mania even though I loved the movie. But my niece loves it and I can’t wait to see her face when she visits the Walt Disney World for the first time in December.

Sarah at Eating WDW tries the BoardWalk Bakery’s fall specialty cupcake.

And Nicole from Sparkly Ever After shares all the fun you can find at this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The snow on Main Street is always my favorite. :)

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Holidays Around the World – Germany Pavilion

Holidays Around the World at Epcot - Germany Pavilion

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Blue. Enjoy the ride as we discuss Holidays Around the World at Epcot. The Christmas season is my favorite time to visit the Disney Parks and visiting Epcot this time of year is extra special. I love all of the decorations, music, and special treats available. One of our favorite pavilions to visit is Germany. Here’s a look at the Christmas fun you can find there.

Storyteller

Holidays Around the World at Epcot - Germany Pavilion

Each country in the World Showcase has a Holiday Storyteller. In Germany Helga discusses the Christmas traditions in Germany, many of which are now used in holiday celebrations around the world. She tells the story of the first Christmas tree, the meaning of the Advent Calendar, and the tale of her first Nutcracker.

Holiday Treats
Holidays Around the World at Epcot - Germany Pavilion

Prost! Holiday Booth

The Christkindlmarkt you will find a booth called Prost! They have several caramel treats from Werther’s and alcoholic and non-alcoholic holiday drinks. I am hoping that the Hot Salted Caramel returns because I didn’t get a chance to try it last year.

Holidays Around the World at Epcot - Germany Pavilion

Glühwein

At Sommerfest you will find stollen fruit cake and glühwein (hot spiced wine). We tried the glühwein for the first time last year. It wasn’t my favorite but I think I might try it again to see if I’ve changed my mind. :)

Biergarten Restaurant

Holidays Around the World at Epcot - Germany Pavilion

Biergarten is open year round but it’s really fun to visit during the holidays. The restaurant is decorated for the holidays and the band plays Christmas carols. They also discuss some of the Christmas traditions in Germany and tell the story of one of the most beloved Christmas carols Silent Night. You can also choose to dine at Biergarten if you book a Candlelight Processional Dining Package.

Holidays Around the World at Epcot - Germany Pavilion

You can also find artisans making beautiful glass ornaments in the Christkindlmarkt. Another shop, open year round, Die Weihnachts Ecke (The Christmas Corner) is also a fun stop to find decorations for your Christmas tree. You can pick up your own traditional German pickle ornament that brings good luck or other ornaments for your tree. You can spend a lot of time exploring the Germany pavilion during the holidays!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is My Dreams of Disney.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Rolling with the Magic – Germany Pavilion
2nd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney – Mexico Pavilion
3rd Stop ~ Home is Where the Mouse Is – Holiday Treats from Around World Showcase
4th Stop ~ Journeys from a Follower – Holiday Happenings: How to Bring EPCOT’s Holiday Celebration Home
Final Stop ~ Mommy to All Girls – Candlelight Processional

Magical Blogorail Blue

Our Home Away from Home on the Disney Dream

Accessible Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom on the Disney Dream

Our second cruise on the Disney Dream was even better than the first. Our fun started with our stateroom. On our last cruise we had an oceanview stateroom on deck 6 in the back of the ship. It was large and nice but an odd shape. We knew for our next cruise that we wanted to try out a different state room with a verandah.

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Week in Review – November 9, 2014

Cinderella Castle

What We’re Reading

Melissa from Mouse on the Mind discusses the new Christmas decorations on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. I love the new look and I can’t wait to see it in person.

Andrew & Adam, the Disney Hipsters, share the vegetarian options you can find at Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue.

Want to make your next Walt Disney World vacation more Muppety? (I do!) Then Estelle with This Happy Place Blog has some tips for you.

Lin at Disney Mamas shares some of the choices you have if you are planning a vow renewal at Walt Disney World.

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Breakfast at Flying Fish Cafe

Flying Fish Cafe

When Disney announced that Kouzzina would be closing I have to say I was pretty bummed. It was one of our favorite spots to grab breakfast. It was easy to get a reservation and I was in love with the waffles. But when the restaurant taking it’s place, Trattoria al Forno, was announced I was happy to hear that they would also have a breakfast menu.

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Spirit Photography at Memento Mori

Spirit Photography at Memento Mori

To say that I was excited about visiting Memento Mori would be an understatement. The Haunted Mansion has always been my favorite attraction at the Magic Kingdom so I was couldn’t wait to check out a shop dedicated to it. It is filled with Haunted Mansion Authentic merchandise and so many beautiful details.

Memento Mori was once the home of Madam Leota. There is an awesome portrait of her hanging in the shop. Every so often it will light up because her spirit is visiting the shop.

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Halloween on the High Seas

Halloween on the High Seas

We just got back from our second cruise on the Disney Dream. We had a great time and were so excited that we got to experience Halloween on the High Seas. We didn’t attend every event but loved the ones that we did get to see.

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Little Mermaid Accessible Room

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

We’ve stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort twice now in a wheelchair accessible room with a roll in shower in the Little Mermaid section of the resort. Unlike the other standard rooms at the value resorts, the Little Mermaid rooms have two layouts.

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