Sunday, 21 April 2019

DDG 257 Disney Girls Chat

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 257 for Sunday 21st April 2019.  If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us in iTunesLibsyn, on Stitcher Radio or via any good podcast catching app.

Which Hard Ticket Event Is Right For Me?
On the show, we discuss the options available if you wish to pay the extra dollars to attend one of the hard ticket events. These are ideal if your time is short and you want to gain extra park time. For the Magic Kingdom you have the option of early mornings or late nights. However, on the show we discuss the option of checking the park calendar to gain late night access to the park - for free! Some select nights you will find the Magic Kingdom open to 11pm or 12 midnight.
There is also the evening Disney Animal Kingdom event (this costs $125) and also the much anticipated Villains event, which is $139.

Disneyland Update
We then move on to discussing Disneyland.  We comment about the construction walls, how cast members have been blocked from park entry on their off days May through August and that the Food and Wine event is rolling onwards through April. Plus if you visit prior to Easter, you will be able to meet Mr Bunny himself!

Illuminations
Did you manage to catch the live broadcast of Illuminations? If not, use this link! watch Illuminations.

Magic Shots
This is the link to the best magic shots Magic Shots link.  

Trip Planning
We are both now on trip planning hyperdrive! So we share some of the considerations we are making when thinking about our next trips!

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Sunday, 14 April 2019

DDG 256 Disney with Deborah Wolfe

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 256 for Sunday 14th April 2019.  If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us in iTunesLibsyn, on Stitcher Radio or via any good podcast catching app.

Coming up on this weeks show, Michelle is joined by Deborah Wolfe to talk about the Toy Story Land hard ticket event, Run Disney and the difference between Disney Cruise Line offerings and those from Royal Carribean.
Photo Credit Deborah Wolfe
Deborah loves Run Disney and has taken part in an array of events. For her, her costume is a major part of the event! 

Have you a fantastic Run Disney story, costume or picture to share? We would love to hear from you!

After that, Deborah talks about her experiences of attending the Early Magic Morning Event at Disney Hollywood Studios. 

Since recording, the breakfast has been moved to the Backlot Express and timings can vary with some guests being able to gain entry at 7am (purely to eat breakfast) and then make their way to the land at 7.30am.


You, as well as the other guests who have purchased this package, will have the land to yourself until 9am (day guests will be arriving from 8.45am). Breakfast is also served until 10am.


Breakfast is stated as all you care to enjoy for the cold offerings (eg the yoghurt bar and pastries) and whilst it says  one hot item in reality you can have more than that.
 
This event is great if you want to be able to have multiple rides on the attractions in this land and a theme park breakfast. However, at around $ a minute it is expensive.

If you want to find out how to book or just more information, visit the WDW website.

Then the discussion moved on to cruises. Both Michelle and Deborah have experience of travelling with Royal Carribean and Disney so between them they were able to discuss the differences and their opinion on whether the additional cost of Disney cruises was worth it. 
We also gave information for listener Vikki Marie, who will be taking her family on their first cruise this coming summer! 

Then that's about it for this week, we will be back next week with some more Disney chat!

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Saturday, 13 April 2019

DDG 255 Disney Chat including Planning, Addictions and Weddings

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 255 for Sunday 7th April 2019.  If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us in iTunesLibsyn, on Stitcher Radio or via any good podcast catching app.


On this weeks show, Michelle and Jayne chat through a variety of topics and you can read more about them below.

Planning  
It has been a fair old while since clan Phipps have trod foot in Walt Disney World. Yes, they have had a family trip to Disneyland Paris and Michelle and Jayne also had a girls trip there but its coming up for 6 years now. We have spoken about it on the show numerous times about how to cope with the homesickness and Jayne's response has been lots of Disney ink and joining several costuming groups.
Well it looks like there are trip plans being made!

Keep listening in as you will be hearing more about these plans - plus lots lots more very soon!
Disney Weddings

For many, a Disney wedding is the ultimate goal but the price tag is quite high. However, there are ways to make this happen without spending the $. We take a look at some of the packages, places and dreams you can make in Walt Disney World to become a member of the 'I got married at Disney' club.

If you are a Disney bride - we would love to hear about your special day too!  That's all we have for this week, if you want more Disney Dream Girls chat - why not become a supporter via our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/DisneyDreamGirls By giving a small amount each month, you can receive additional, exclusive, audio content. 

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Sunday, 31 March 2019

DDG 254 Keeping Keto at Disney

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 254 for Sunday 31st March 2019.  If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us in iTunesLibsyn, on Stitcher Radio or via any good podcast catching app.

Firstly, for those celebrating today, Happy Mothers Day! 
We are so delighted to announce that on this weeks podcast, our guest is Christine Fox of the Divas Dish Diz Podcast. She is: the daughter of an imagineer; a former cast member herself and now the author of an amazing book called Keeping Keto at Disney. Before you say... ugh I don't need to listen as I am not following a keto diet... get your finger off the stop button as this is not just about keto!
Photo Credit Christine Fox
As you know, we both follow a low carb and high fat way of eating, so when we found out there was a book to help us keep to our eating plan at Disney - we had to invite the author to be a guest on the show.

Christine talks about herself and her Disney upbringing. She shares details about how Disney fits into her life. Being a local, she visits the parks is very different to how we, say from further afield, would visit.
Then we move on to talk about how she came to write the book, the research it involved and the level of detail it goes in to. Whilst the book is based on Walt Disney World, there are plans for every single Disney theme park and cruise ship to have an edition solely dedicated to them. As soon as the book was released in the UK, Michelle ordered a copy and read it cover to cover in basically one evening! 

So, my thoughts on the book... it is a great portable size (plus there is a Kindle version available now too) and it gives details on over 60 Walt Disney World restaurants - from the parks to the resorts. 
Meal at Trattoria al Forno Photo Credit Christine Fox
For each eatery, Christine shares a little detail about the style of the restaurant and a description of what she ordered (with pictures). In each case, she had the chef visit her (and in most cases names the chef) and discussed options to ensure the food was truly keto.  It is a great guide and gave us some insight to how to ensure we can keep to our eating plan at table service restaurants. 
 
Sadly, it does not tell you a Mickey bar ice-cream is keto because lets be honest... its full of sugar and sugar isn't keto. It keeps to the facts and imparts information in a very user friendly way. Would it be useful for other diets other than keto? Yes! Lots of information is given about the preparation and modification of the food (such as avoiding canola oil).
 
What is Keto?
A keto diet is a very low-carb diet, which can help you burn fat more effectively. There are different types of keto depending on how strict you want to become. However, it is not just about loosing weight, it is also about considering the type of fuel that is taken in by the body and ensuring it is unprocessed and as chemical-free as possible.
Photo credit Diet Doctor
If you want to find out more about the diet, we highly recommend using the Diet Doctor website and their recipes. As with any lifestyle changes, we are not medical professionals and urge you to seek medical advice before making any changes to what you eat.

To purchase the book via Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Keeping-Keto-At-Disney-Through-ebook/dp/B07PNJPD2V

To contact Christine Fox @KetoFitGal or via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ketofitgal/

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Sunday, 24 March 2019

DDG 253 The Kat and Lewis Pre Trip Show

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 253 for Sunday 24th March 2019.  If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us in iTunesLibsyn, on Stitcher Radio or via any good podcast catching app.

On this weeks show, Michelle is joined by Kat and Lewis (of Disn Down Under) to talk about their upcoming epic trip to Disneyland, Walt Disney World and then on for a seven day cruise on the Disney Fantasy!
Kat and Lewis on a past adventure
On the show, they discuss some of their plans and Michelle uses this opportunity to share top tips from herself, and other listeners, to ensure Kat and Lewis have an amazing trip!
 
In Disneyland, they were unsure about the Steam Train Tour. Firstly, they could not see any dates but also whether it would be as good as Walt Disney World's version. 

The Lilly Belle Carriage
Lewis pointed out, for him the draw was a ride in the Lilly Belle carriage.
The View from the Chefs Counter
Another first for Disneyland for them is going to be eating at Napa Rose Chefs Counter. Michelle has previously done this (and heartedly recommends it).
Pop Century - Watch Out For the Beds!
With a short stop in New Orleans, they are then off to Walt Disney World for a split stay at Pop Century and then on to The Polynesian Resort.
The Monorail Transports You Around The Loop For Dinner
During that part of the trip, they have a whole host of highlights but one that we speak about in detail is the Highway in the Sky Dine Around Progressive Dinner - thanks to listener Jodie and all of her top tips!
They end their epic quest with an Eastern Carribean Cruise  on the Disney Fantasy!

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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Disney Dream Girls 252 - A Magical Disney Trip and Cruise

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 252 for Sunday 17th March 2019.  If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us in iTunesLibsyn, on Stitcher Radio or via any good podcast catching app.

Coming up on this weeks show, Michelle is joined by travel blogger - Becky Manion. Together, the duo discuss her latest trip, which included a road trip from Orlando down to Miami. 
Pirate Night On The Disney Magic
A Cast Member Gave Becky A First Trip Button
Becky picked up a hire car and drove down to Disney's Vero Beach Resort. They stayed there one night in a standard room. Becky loved the airy feel of the resort, as well as the many Disney touches, which included Dole Whip!
Vero Beach Is Right On The Beach
The Lobby
After a further drive, they arrived at the port in Miami, where the Disney Magic awaited them. Their cruise was a five night Marvel at Sea itinerary. Having already done the Star Wars at Sea, Becky was curious to see how this differed. The good news was that this cruise was much much better. From the content to the organisation - Becky was impressed! The only downside being the incredibly well hidden Marvel shop!
Lots of Characters to Meet
The cruise had a stop at Castaway Cay and Becky loved this! She managed to get her hands on her first 5K Disney medal too!
Awesome Bedrunner
If you want to catch up with our guest Becky and read more about her travels why not catch up with her on her blog https://whatbeckydidblog.com/

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Sunday, 10 March 2019

Disney Dream Girls 251 - Disneyland Food and Wine

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 251 for Sunday 10th March 2019.  If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us in iTunesLibsyn, on Stitcher Radio or via any good podcast catching app.

Coming up on this weeks show, Michelle is joined by fellow podcaster - Tommy Allison and together they talk about Disneyland.

The show begins with a general chat with what's happening over at Disneyland.   

Jessie's Critter Carousel
Due to open in April 2019, Disney are currently adding the final finishing touches to the new addition to the Pixar Pier area.
World of Color
Finally, this fan favourite is now back!To ensure a good spot, Disney Dream Girl Podcast Family members suggest considering a dessert package but you can also opt for a meal package. Both of these enable either a guaranteed seat or standing view of the show. However, Fastpasses are available as well as standby and these options are free!

Galaxy's Edge
Post recording the show, opening details were released. However, Tommy shares some details from the press event.
Disneyland's will open 31st May 2019. However, if you are wishing to enter the land between that date and up to the 23rd June 2019, you will need theme park admission PLUS a no-cost reservation for admittance to the land. Details on how to make this reservation have not been released as yet.
Walt Disney World have planned a phased opening with The Millenium Falcon: Smuggler's Run opening on 29th August 2019 and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opening later in the year. 

According to the press details, the capacity for the lands will be limited and access may be restricted or unavailable depending on guest demand or other factors. This applies to whether you have a hotel package, are Disney Vacation Club members or Annual Pass Holders. So the news is - just because you have park entrance it does not mean you will be able to access the land. 

Food and Wine Festival
From 1st March through to the 23rd April 2019, this food and drink festival runs in Disney California Adventure. 

Tommy recommends purchasing the Sip and Savor Pass as a handway of purchasing your food and drink as it will save you a few $.
Nuts About Cheese

Together, Michelle and Tommy talk through some of the festival highlights and Tommy makes some personal recommendations, based on what his family has tried.  
Cream Yoghurt Cheesecake
Whilst the festival is a much smaller even that Walt Disney World's version, the food offerings look amazing. There is such a wide range of things to try.
Jalepino Lime Margarita
Above is the drink Michelle chose for Jayne. However, we all know Jayne loves a good burger (albeit minus the bun) so below is the Petit Impossible Burger, which looks pretty amazing. Lena Allison tried this for us and said it was delicious.
Yum! However, you may wish to try the dessert that Michelle is yearning for - the Black Forest Parfait.
For the absolute foodie,  why not attend one of their special events where a celebrity chef will make a dish as well as guests being able to enjoy a buffet brunch. 
So that wraps up this weeks show, we will be back next week with lots more Disney chat!

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