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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Sunday, 7 July 2019

Should I revisit Universal Studios Orlando?

My last trip to Universal Studios was a few years ago now. For one reason or another, I just haven't been able to squeeze in a trip back. I'm now literally two weeks away from my trip and I am still undecided - should I go? Well I thought I would take a look into what their latest offering whether that would tempt me.
Photo Credit Universal Orlando Website


Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
From what I have read, this alone should tempt me back! It looks phenominal and everyone I have spoken to, who has ridden it even confirms that fact! It is now the longest coaster in the whole of Florida at a staggering 5053 feet!
Photo Credit Universal Orlando Website
What interests me the most is the attention to detail that this attraction claims to have and I'm curious about how this addition has matured the land of Potter. 

Have you been? What should I do?

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Disney Dream Girls 267 - WDW Planning

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 267 for Sunday 30th June 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 (from Dis Down Under) to talk about some of the plans Michelle has made for her upcoming Walt Disney World trip. Along the way, Kat and Lewis set Michelle some challenges - will she be able to complete them?

Disney Animal Kingdom
Photo Credit - Blog Mickey
Michelle is to visit Pongu Pongu and try out a Rum Blossom

Amorettes
Photo Credit - Disney Springs Website
Michelle told Kat and Lewis that she would be getting her wedding cake from Amorettes at Disney Springs (no surprise there then) so they challenged her to try out the pink and blue champagne with Mickey head toppers. 

Four Parks In One Day
On last week's show, Michelle revealed her plan to visit four parks in one day and Len Testa gave her some tips to accomplish this. However, today, Michelle reveals the challenge she will actually try to do.

Skyliner
Lewis wants Michelle to take a ride on the newest form of Disney transportation and if it is up and running - watch out for a Facebook Live!

Casey's Corner
Photo Credit - Walt Disney World Website
Lewis would also like Michelle to partake in some hotdog snackage so photos are expected from here!

The Void Secrets Of The Empire - Disney Springs
Photo Credit - Disney Springs Website
As Michelle's intended is a big Star Wars fan they are being challenged to try out this attraction and report back.

Aerophile - Disney Springs
Photo Credit - WDW Website
Another challenge - take a flight on the tethered balloon and share the experience.

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Thursday, 27 June 2019

Disney Dream Girls 266 - Walt Disney World Touring Plans

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 266 for Sunday 23rd June 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 Len Testa of Touring Plans to discuss how to tackle the four Walt Disney World theme parks in one day. 
In Len's plan, Michelle would start her day at Disney Hollywood Studios. Once in the park, she would be able to enjoy 6 attractions (Slinky Dog Dash, Toy Story Midway Mania, Alien Swirling Saucers, Rock n Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror and Star Tours). According to his data, Michelle would be able to leave DHS by 10:36am and she should allow 45 minutes to travel onwards to EPCOT.

Once in EPCOT, Len suggests, Test Track, Soarin, Space Ship Earth and Frozen Ever After. These could be accomplished by 2.20pm and that is 11 attractions completed already!

Next park is Disney Animal Kingdom. He suggests Kilamanjaro Safari, Flight of Passage, Expedition Everest and Dinosaur.  Some of these are accomplished by single rider line, fastpass on the day, or waiting in standby. He estimates a departure time of 7.05pm.

Now for this journey to the Magic Kingdom, he recommends using a taxi/Lyft or Uber to the guard station at The Contemporary. This trick alone can save up to 70 minutes.

Once at the Magic Kingdom, he advises she should be able to ride; Big Thunder, Pirates, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Seven Dwarves Mine Train, Space Mountain, Peter Pan's Flight, Buzz Lightyear and end with a sneaky People Mover ride.

That is a staggering 24 attractions in one day - when the average theme park guest usually only manages 10. There is a note to add - this was using Magic Kingdom extra magic hours til 1am.

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Friday, 21 June 2019

Disney Dream Girls 265 for 16th June 2019

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 265 for Sunday 16th June 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, Jayne talks candly about her health, we chat through some Disney news items and then we consider who could be the best Disney animation Dad. 

What To Wear At Galaxy's Edge
Pictures say it all! Disney bounds are great but things that trail on the ground, cover your face or are exact replica's are not permitted.


Disney Dads
Below are some of our thoughts on the various Disney Dads and who we think deserves to be on our list.
 
Pongo in the 1961 101 Dalmations

Pongo is a fatherly dalmatian and he had a mission – to get his master a wife. In time, Roger (his human) marries and she co-incidently has also dalmation – named Perdita. Time passes and Perdita has several cute puppies. In comes Cruella Deville and the puppies go missing. Who leads the rescue? Pongo does!


Simba in the 1998 The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

So Simba has grown up and has a daughter of his own (Kiara) and his role teaches her about the circle of life and their kingdom, just like his father did before him.

 
Lion King 1994 Mufasa
Simba was only such an amazing dad because he had an amazing dad. Whilst Mufasa was the mighty king of Pride Rock, and had a personal of do not mess with me, but he always had time for his son Simba. Plus who did not cry when Simba’s dad died?


1991 Version of the Beauty and The Beast

Maurice, is a devoted date. As a single parent he has brought up his daughter single handed and also always made sure there was food on the table. He did such a good job of raising her that she turned out amazingly. Whilst she takes his place as a prisoner, he just doesn’t sit around and do nothing… he sets out to rescue her.


Geppetto in the 1940 classic Pinocchio

He had a dream: to have a son. He is a lonely man – with only his cat Figaro and goldfish Cleo. A kind fairy listens to his desires and a wooden puppet, that he had carved, comes to life. Once a ‘real boy’ Pinocchio is tempted away. Heartbroken Geppetto drops everything and goes to search for him. On the way he is eaten and spends time in the stomach of a whale, Monstro.



Marlin in Finding Nemo (2003)

Film starts, with Pearl (Marlin’s wife) dying along with all but one of their fish eggs. This tragedy causes Marlin to become overprotective of his only son, Nemo. Despite being afaris of his own shadow, he sets out to search the entire ocean. Along the way, he learns a lot and definitely learns the message of to allow your child to grow up you have to ensure your child has the space to make their own mistakes.

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Monday, 10 June 2019

Disney Dream Girls 264 Phantom Manor

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 264 for Sunday 9th June 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.
After we discuss the news, the entire show is dedicated to talking about the refurbishment of Phantom Manor and Michelle's opinion on the refreshed attraction. Additionally, we include extracts from the full on-ride binaural audio recording Michelle did whilst riding the attraction.

Below, we share a range of images from the ride to further illustrate some of the points raised on the show. 

Exterior
Pre-Stretching Room
New Portrait and Lit Wallpaper
Stretching Room
One of Four New Stretching Room Portraits
Portrait Gallery
Portrait of Melanie Ravenswood
Seance Room
The Phantom
Photo Credit DLP Website
Grim Grinning Ghost Busts
Photo Credit DLP Website
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