Sunday, 18 August 2019

274 WDW Review

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 274 for Sunday 18th August 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 week's show, Michelle is joined by her husband Tom to talk through their Walt Disney World trip.

They decided to stay at Pop Century and found the room to be comfortable, mostly well cleaned and in a good location for their travels to and from the various theme parks. 

Unfortunately, they had a few issues with regards to ants but Disney dealt with this immediately and they did not find this to be too much of an issue. Whenever the ants arrived - they reported them and the housekeeping  and maintenance staff did a great job.
When decided about room cleaning versus having a financial incentive, they opted to have housekeeping, rather than a gift voucher (which they estimated it would have been $150). One day the room cleaning was well below Disney standard but housekeeping addressed it and sent someone out to re-clean the room and leave towels, cups, coffee etc. 
Whilst away, they got married. On the show they talk about this however they will write a separate blog post about the process behind getting married in Florida (particularly if you are not a Florida resident).


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Sunday, 11 August 2019

273 Disney VIP Food Tours

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 273 for Sunday 11th August 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 week's show, Michelle is joined by Kat and Lewis (from Dis Down Under) to talk about the Taste of the Magic Kingdom VIP Food Tour that is offered at the Magic Kingdom. 

The tour costs $99 per person plus tax and is available Monday/Tuesday and Friday through Sundays. Tours can be booked by calling 407-939-3463. The minimum age for participation is 16 (those aged 16-18 must have a parent/guardian present) and there are a range of clothing/health requirements that must be met prior to continuing with the tour.
Guides Emma and Mark
Our guides were incredibly knowledgable about the food offered at the park and was aimed to give a sampling of past, present and future food offerings at the Magic Kingdom. 

During the tour, we were able to taste eight samples:

Mickey Shaped Cinnamon Roll
A tasting from Skippers Canteen.


This involved a drink of passion fruit, orange and guava. Then they combined an appetiser of their cachapas (beer braised pork with an avocado cream - seen at the bottom of the picture) and then their curried crew stew (pineapple tofu, vegetable curry served with coconut rice). This was delicious! We also heard from chef Alfredo, who told us about the dishes as well as his career with the Disney company.
Turkey Leg - something not to my taste but was much easier to eat with a fork.
Dole Whip - a theme park must have!
Colonial Salad and this was explained by sous chef Ana inside the Diamond Horsehoe.
Grey Stuff - just the right amount of this treat as it is very sweet.
Plant Based Sloppy Joe - not for us but it highlighted the efforts Disney are making to cater for all guests dietary requirements.
Pork Spring Roll - no photograph available as was a 'taste test'.

Water, a non-alcohol fruit drink and a hot tea/coffee was available.

On the podcast, we go into detail about the history of the locations and the items and share our thoughts and feelings of the tour. Would we recommend it - well if you are a foodie that likes backstage experiences then - yes. If you have a lot of food allergies or are a vegetarian then this tour would not give you the same value as alternate offerings could not be offered. However, they did ensure of no cross contamination of foods due to my husbands shellfish allergy. The food samples were plentiful though some were more to our liking than others. 

Well thats just about it for this week, as usual, you can contact us via Email: info@disneydreamgirls.com Follow our posts on Twitter @DisDreamGirls and Instagram @disdreamgirls. Plus don't forget our Facebook page by searching Disney Dream Girls.  

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Sunday, 4 August 2019

272 Disney with the Harringtons

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 272 for Sunday 4th August 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 week's podcast, Michelle welcomes Julie and Jerry Harrington to the show to discuss their Disney loving life.
Just like last week's guests, Julie and Jerry are massive Disney fans however, they decided not just to stay there for a year but to leave their home and to move to Florida. On the show, they: talk about how they met; their decision to move; their shared passion of Run Disney and also some recent trips.  
As the interview moves on, Julie shares details about how, together with her cousin Eileen, they decided to share a 40th celebration at Walt Disney World. Eileen, who had never been to a Disney park before, left the planning to the Harrington's on how to get a good feel for the Disney parks.   So they bravely planned in to visit all four parks on one day and they share their day and how they tailored it to suit the three of them. 
How would you tackle this feat? Listen in and hear how they mixed things up and enabled Eileen to have a great overview of Walt Disney World. 


When it comes to accomodation, Julie and Jerry love to stay at Fort Wilderness and they share details about the facilities and process of staying there. 
As you can see from the pictures, the pitches are really well spaced out and it is incredibly beautiful.
Well thatsjust about it for this week, as usual, you can contact us via Email: info@disneydreamgirls.com Follow our posts on Twitter @DisDreamGirls and Instagram @disdreamgirls. Plus don't forget our Facebook page by searching Disney Dream Girls.  

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Sunday, 28 July 2019

271 - Here with The Ears

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 271 for Sunday 28th July 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 week's show, Michelle chats with Robert and Alyssa Simmons from Here With The Ears website.
Photo Credit - www.herewiththeears.com
I'm sure at some point each and every one of you has turned and said to someone... if only I could live at Walt Disney World! Well that is exactly what Robert and Alyssa did but instead of dreaming - they did it and are currently living it. 
Photo Credit - www.herewiththeears.com
During their year long adventure, they aim to stay in all the Disney resorts with a staggering 132 room changes to enable them to stay in many different room categories. Another element of their trip is to experience as much as they can from meals to activities and tours. This includes eating at 548 different eateries!
Photo Credit - www.herewiththeears.com
As they are experiencing this, they are using the information to build their website, as a guide to others to help others get the most out of their own trips. So I urge you to follow them on Facebook, You Tube and their website too.

Website https://herewiththeears.com/
Twitter @herewiththeears
Instagram  @herewiththeears
Facebook Page - Here With The Ears

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Sunday, 21 July 2019

270 - Animation Dream Boats

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 270 for Sunday 21st July 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 week's show, Tommy Allison joins Michelle to talk through Galaxy's Edge over in Disneyland and he also looks forwards to meeting up with Michelle in Walt Disney World. Then, Michelle and Jayne countdown through their list of most and least dateable Disney beau's!

Most Fanciable - Jayne's List
Flynn Rider
Aladdin

Most Fanciable - Michelle's List
Buzz Lightyear 
Kristoff
Aladdin


Least Fanciable - Jayne's List
Classic Princes - most of them!
Villains

Least Fanciable - Michelle's List 
Roger Radcliffe
King Triton
Prince Florian
Look carefully - do you see Liza Minelli?

Well we invite you to let us know if we missed yours!  You can contact us via Email: info@disneydreamgirls.com Follow our posts on Twitter @DisDreamGirls and Instagram @disdreamgirls and join in our chat on Facebook DisneyDreamGirlsPodcast.

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Sunday, 14 July 2019

269 Disney World for Adults

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 269 for Sunday 14th July 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 week's show, we discuss some of the things you can do for fun in Walt Disney World.

Wilderness Back Trail Adventure
Ride an X2 Segway through the beautiful Fort Wilderness resort - training and equipment is provided beforehand. This is a two hour experience offered twice daily on select days. The cost (as at release) is $99 but there are restrictions on who can participated in this one as well as clothing requirements. 

Mermaid School
We have reviewed this on the show before but still a fun thing to do! $50 and is offered at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and Disney's Carribean Beach. Hop to show 262 to hear Kat describe her experiences (show link).

Water Based Activities
Sadly the Sammy Duvall watersports centre is no longer at WDW and if you recall, Jayne did a paragliding experience here all the way back in 2013. However, there are still all sorts of water based activities that can be booked. From hiring a range of boats to fishing. One of the activities that caught our eye is the $190 surfing experience at Typhoon Lagoon. In a three hour session, you get to catch 100 waves (broken in to four sets of 25) plus tutition and there are light snacks and beverages available. 

Dive Quest
An amazing opportunity to dive in the 57 million galloon tank amongst 6000 sea creatures. This is a 3 hour experience costing $180. However, you need to be SCUBA certified to do this but if you are not certified you can just do a snorkelling session.

Art Programmes
Join a professional artist for a session on creativity. This activity is based at select Disney resorts and costs between $30 and $50. 

Beignet Dash
The Course
Pop over to Port Orleans French Quarter for this $15 experience. Occurs every Sunday, check in is at the River Walk (call +1407 WDW PLAY to book but you can register on the day but payment is only by credit card). Then it involves a 1 1/2 mile course and at the end you are given a beaded necklace with an acryllic 'Beignet Dash' logo plus a voucher for a same day reward of three beignets.
Use your voucher here
Foot Golf
Photo Credit WDW Golf
A 9 hole foot golf experience is available over at Disney's Oak Trail golf course. This definately sounds like a lot of fun and a nice alternative to the usual mini golf. Anyone tried this yet? We would love to hear your thoughts!

Carriage Rides at Fort Wilderness 
Photo Credit WDW Website
Meet up at the Pioneer Hall and the cost, for adults, is $12. The rides are about 25 minutes and cover the Fort Wilderness resort.

Resort Visiting
Who has actually visited each and every resort? This is a fun thing to do, using the free Disney transport. Additionally, The Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge Boardwalk and the Yacht Club and offer a free hotel tour (check via concierge at the particular resort) and who can forget the free food tour of Boma and Jiko over at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House?

These are just some of the many things you can do at Walt Disney World away from the theme parks. Have we missed your favourite? Well we invite you to let us know! You can contact us via Email: info@disneydreamgirls.com Follow our posts on Twitter @DisDreamGirls and Instagram @disdreamgirls and join in our chat on Facebook DisneyDreamGirlsPodcast.

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Monday, 8 July 2019

Disney Dream Girls 268 - Wild West Disneyland

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 268 for Sunday 7th July 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 some Disney theme park news before Michelle shares her thoughts on an experience she was able to partake in over at Disneyland Paris. 

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show With Mickey and Friends
In the Disney Village you will find this very popular dinner show. It is hosted by Buffalo Bill with guests Chief Sitting Bull, Annie Oakley and the Rough Riders but you can also expect Mickey Mouse and friends to join in. Below I give brief details of the show and my thoughts but you can hear fuller details on the podcast (using the link above or your usual podcast listening place).
The ticket price depends on where you wish to sit. There are two categories: category 1 costs 78 euros and category 2 is 63 euros (there is a lower price for children). For this price, you get a meal (consisting of nachos, cornbread, cattleman's chilli, a chicken drumstick, ribs, sausage and potatoes as well as an apple crumble style dessert with vanilla ice-cream), an evening of wild west entertainment and a souvenir straw hat. 

What Did I Enjoy?
Firstly, there was a really cute pre-show, something I did not know about before attending. A band played in the bar area, Mickey mingled amongst the guests and Goofy joined the musical trio on the stage. 
The food was served hot and was tasty. Admittedly, the food was not the highlight - it purely could be rated as edible. Would I visit to eat the food again? No but at events of this size, it was a big accomplishment to have it served hot. 



The entertainment was amazing. There was a range of amazing stunts and skills on show as well as some slapstick comedy. Audience participation is expected and guests are also chosen to participate on the arena floor.
What Did I Not Enjoy?
I found eating and watching a show really difficult and I would have preferred to have the meal prior to the show or even no food served at all.  The cost, in my opinion, is quite steep. If you have the Disneyland Dining Plan, then at some tiers, you can exchange a dining voucher for tickets. If you are a family of four and paying out of pocket - that is a big ticket price. 

Summary
I'm afraid for this, I am a one and done. I am very grateful for the ticket I had given and I enjoyed it but without that ticket, I would not have paid to see it. If you enjoy western style entertainment - then this is something that you may wish to consider doing.

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