Sunday, 14 October 2018

DDG 231 - Dining on the Disney Cruise Line Remy Review

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show 231 for Sunday 14th October 2018. If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us in iTunes, Libsyn, on Stitcher Radio or via any good podcast catching app.

On this weeks show, Michelle is joined by fellow podcasters and holiday buddies Kat & Lewis Sutton from Dis Down Under podcast.

Part of Michelle's last trip to Walt Disney World included a week sailing on the Disney Fantasy where she was joined by Kat & Lewis. Here they all reminisce about their dining experience at Remy.

Welcome cocktail
This was a very high end dining experience and one that was enjoyed by all. The experience started with a choice; the french menu or the US menu...oh and don't forget the water menu!!

Water menus - still & sparking of course!
Michelle chose the US menu and experienced everything from langoustine to halibut to pork to beef and chocolate soup!
French or US??

Halibut

Pork

Beef

Chocolate!!!!
And if that wasn't enough the meal started with some 'Amuse Bouche'...
Parsnip & black pepper crisp

Savoury bites - cauliflowe & Foie gras
...and finished with some sweet treats.

The whole experience was topped off with excellent customer service, beautiful surroundings and some wonderful memories.

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Sunday, 7 October 2018

DDG 230 - The Good, The Pricey and The Snails

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 230 for Sunday 7th October 2018. If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us in iTunes, Libsyn, on Stitcher Radio or via any good podcast catching app.

This week we have some Disney news chat, Ciaran has 'This Week in Disney History' for us and Michelle makes Jayne guess some foodie prices following recent changes in snack option prices.

Michelle then takes us on a gastronomic tour of 'Be Our Guest' restaurant from her recent Walt Disney World vacation.


If dining here you have a few choices of seating and Michelle lets you know where she thinks is best to sit, along with a reminder that the menu here is now 'Fixed Price'.



The menu comprises of a choice of appetisers and entrees but the dessert has only one option; a trio of dessert selection.


Now the question is did Michelle try the escargot? After some convincing from Lewis Sutton along with a little wine her guard was down and this happened...Michelle versus Snails

Here's  a link to the menu for 'Be Our Guest'. Michelle went for the 'assorted meats and cheeses' for her appetiser and then for her entree she decided on filet mignon.

The presentation for the 'Trio of Desserts' was beautifull but was it worth it...best have a listen to see what Michelle thought. The trio consisted of Almond Macaron, Dark Chocolate Truffle and a very small but cute White Chocolate 'Chip' Cup.


So was this dining experience worth the cost? Would Michelle recommend it or would it be better to go for one of the quick service options (but remember to order in advance online to save time!).

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Monday, 1 October 2018

DDG 229 - A Magical 47th to The Magic Kingdom

Welcome to the show notes of the Disney Dream Girls podcast, show number 229 for Sunday 30th September 2018. If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, you can find us on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher Radio or any good podcast catching place. Or you can click the link below and listen straight away!


This week we celebrate the Magic Kingdom turning 47 years young.
Michelle at Magic Kingdom earlier this year
The Magic Kingdom opened it's gates for the first time on 1st October 1971, although it wasn't officially dedicated until 25th October which was officiated by Walt's brother Roy O Disney.

'Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney...and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organisation that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring joy and inspiration and new knowledge to all who come to this happy place...a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn - together'

We take a look at the opening day attractions and ask which attractions will stand the test of time and still be with us in years to come. As well as sharing some memories of attractions gone but not forgotten.
Jayne on her last visit to Magic Kingdom, back in 2013
So just what was there on opening day...

Walt Disney World Railroad
Main Street Transportation
Jungle Cruise
Swiss Family Tree House
Tropical Serenade
Country Bear Jamboree
Dumbo Flying Elephants
Mad Tea Party
Snow White's Adventures
Cinderella's Golden Carousel
Mr Toad's Wild Ride
Mickey Mouse Revue
It'a a Small World
Skyway 
Frontier Shooting Gallery
Mike Fink Keel Boats
Diamond Horseshoe Revue
Hall of Presidents
Haunted Mansion
Grand Prix Raceway

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Sunday, 23 September 2018

DDG 228 - Disney Cruise Line Palo Review

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 228 for Sunday 23rd September 2018. If you want to listen (whilst you read these notes) click the hand audio player below or head to your usual podcast catching place.

Coming up on todays show, Michelle is joined by frequent guest, friend and Disney-travel blogger Becky Manion. Becky has been visiting Walt Disney World for many years but having experienced her first Disney Cruise a few years ago, she is now addicted! So when Michelle wanted to talk about upscale dining on the Cruise Line, she could think of no better guest. Find Becky via her blog what_becky_did
Firstly, why pay for an upscale dining experience when you can have breakfast buffet or table service style but also in your stateroom? By the end of this, hopefully you will know the answer!

Palo is bookable via the Disney Cruise Line activities section of the website. New cruisers can book 75 days before they set sail. Whereas previous cruisers can book between 90 and 120 days - depending on how many cruises you have been on. 
Luca the server Michelle had on her brunch
On the main show, we review the brunch and then jump to discussing some news. However, select Patreon supporters have an extra special extended show with a review of dinner and the upscale ice-cream parlors.    
On these show notes, we will exclusively focus on Palo. The first thing that strikes you is the beautiful surroundings. It is an incredibly adult atmosphere and the tones of the reflect the beauty of Italy. The food offerings are two fold - there are cold and hot options available. These are unlimited and you are welcome to hop between the two. The price includes a mimosa on arrival.

The cold buffet area consists of four tables; breads, seafood, cheese and meats then desserts. The tables literally groan due to the weight of their bounty!
After enjoying everything, you can then move to the hot options. Between us we sampled pancakes, waffles, chicken parmesan and steak. Everything was delivered piping hot and delicious.

The staff did not rush us and in total we were there just under two hours. Whilst there were other guests there, it did not feel that way at all! In fact, I felt like the whole restaurant was exclusively ours. 


At the end of the meal, we received our bill and after adding an amount for the gratuity; we left. We were incredibly full and felt that the experience that was made up of a perfect marriage of exemplary service and devine food: it was well worth the price tag. This is an event we will definately repeat. 

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Sunday, 16 September 2018

DDG 227 - Walt Disney World Trip

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 227 for Sunday 16th September 2018. If you want to listen, whilst you read these notes, all you have to do is press the green triangle on the audio player below. Alternatively, why not listen via iTunes, Stitcher Radio or any podcast catching place!


Arrival at The Magic Kingdom was a euphoric moment
Coming up on todays show, Michelle starts to review her Walt Disney World trip with some of the stories and experiences she was able to have at one of the happiest places on earth!So where to start? I suppose the very beginning and the trip to the airport. I live in West Yorkshire, which is in the Northern part of England. Despite being only 8 miles from an airport, prices forced me to drive 210 miles south to fly from Gatwick Airport. Using airline points, I was able to save £450 so the journey was definately worth it for me. 


Prior to the trip, I played a game with listeners to guess the weight of the cases. Admittedly, in hindsight - yes I took too many items of clothing but I live and hopefully learn! On the outbound trip the prize was won by Caroline Gray (her guess was 39.5kgs and the actual was 39.3kgs) and on the return trip Kevin Curtis Allen (actual weight was 52.kg).
The hotel I stayed in for the initial leg of the trip was All Star Movies. I must say that I was impressed with the room. It was clean, comfortable and had sufficient storage for my luggage! We chose to not have housekeeping had this resulted in a $50 gift card for our 6 night stay. If I had to say one negative about the room - it would be I found it a little dark.
During the first week I had at Walt Disney World, I was able to visit all four parks,as well as Typhoon Lagoon. The crowd levels where not too horrendous and we used the Fast Pass Plus system to ensure when we had used our three pre-booked fastpasses that we obtained a further to enable us to ride without long waits. Alternatively, if we saw an attraction with a short queue - we rode. 

A big highlight was visiting the dress shop at Disney Springs with my friend Katherine. We had such fun trying on all the dresses! I will write up and share pictures on a separate post.

Another highlight was the food and no doubt I will be talking about this for many weeks to come! A big mention must be the carrot cake cookie which not longer resembles a cookie but a monster double decker slab of cake with frosting inside!
Something new for me was Toy Story Land. It is such a fun place to be and the new attraction - Slinky Dog Dash - is a big hit. That is about it now for this weeks post. If you want to get in touch with us, you can: 
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Sunday, 9 September 2018

DDG 226 - Adulting on The Disney Cruise Line

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 226 for Sunday 9th September 2018. If you want to listen, whilst you read these notes, all you have to do is press the green triangle on the audio player below. Alternatively, why not listen via iTunes, Stitcher Radio or any podcast catching place! On this weeks show, Michelle begins to share details of her three-week Walt Disney World/Disney Cruise Line trip starting with the week she had on the Disney Fantasy.
First, lets begin with the journey fromWalt Disney World to Port Canaveral. As we wanted to get onboard as soon as we could, we booked a private limo service. It cost $200 for the four of us and we managed to get to the port for just past 10am.
Once we had queued to check in, we lined up again to meet Minnie in her super cute Cruise Line attire. Then we had a wait of around fifteen minutes for our boarding time to arrive!
Once onboard, we headed straight to the adult pool and ordered a drink to relax and begin to unwind in readiness for the week ahead.  
On the first afternoon, we took the opportunity to take advantage of the kids clubs having an open house. Whilst it was fun to go in and look inside, there were no actual activities taking place. 
Then Michelle moved the discussion to whether there was enough for adults to do onboard. In this section, Michelle discussed the various different lounges.

That then wraps up this weeks show. We hope you have enjoyed listening and as usual our social media links are:
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Sunday, 2 September 2018

DDG 225 - An Animal Kingdom Adventure with a Gal Disney

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 225 for Sunday 2nd September 2018. If you want to listen, whilst you read these notes, all you have to do is press the green triangle on the audio player below. Alternatively, why not listen via iTunes, Stitcher Radio or any podcast catching place!
These show notes are shorter than our ususal show notes due to Michelle's travel commitments. 
Photo Credit @GalDisney40

On this weeks show, we welcome our guest Disney blogger @GalDisney40 aka Lis to the show to share her experiences about  a very exciting new Animal Kingdom tour she was able to do earlier this year. 


On the show she shares lots of details about the tour - both the positive and negative elements and there were surprises along the way.

If you would like to read her blog about the trip, it can be found by using this link https://galdisney40.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/disneys-ultimate-night-of-adventure-vip-tour-in-animal-kingdom/ 

That then wraps up this weeks show. We hope you have enjoyed listening and as usual our social media links are:

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So until next time, it is goodbye from us!