Sunday, 15 September 2019

277 - Terri Hardin Talks Galaxy's Edge

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 277 for Sunday 15th September 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, Michelle and Jayne catch up with a few items of news and then Michelle has a chat with Terri Hardin about what is happening in her life right now. By the way... Terri speaks very candidly about Galaxy's Edge and says it how she sees it so you do not want to miss this show!

Disneyland Halloween Highlights
On the show, we chat through some of the delectable offerings that are available right now. If you get a chance to try something - please get in touch and let us know!
Fuel Rods
We discuss these very handy devices and the rumour that there may be a pricing change.
Dessert Parties
It appears that the dessert parties are going to be subjected to a massive increase so we spend a few minutes discussing the prices.
Terri Talks
For our final segment, Terri Hardin (former Disney imagineer, artist and friend of the show) chats through her thoughts on Galaxy's Edge.
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Sunday, 8 September 2019

276 - Jayne's Disneyland Paris Trip Report

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 276 for Sunday 8th September 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, Jayne reviews her families trip to Disneyland Paris. 

Considering where to stay, Jayne reviewed the points that made her choose to stay at Disney's Hotel Cheyenne. For Jayne there were a number of factors making this an ideal choice including the theming, the relatively recent refurb, the on-site Starbucks and of course cost played a big factor...plus a bit of sentimentality.

Sheriff Woody themed rooms
Kicking the morning off with a good coffee!
Then, she discusses the amenities within the room which as Disney fans we all know is a really key point! Jayne was pleasantly surprised to find that along with a fixed dispenser there were also the small bottles and bars of soap which were replaced each day of her stay after they had been 'removed'!!
Then, Jayne moved on to talking about the attractions and things she enjoyed whilst in the parks. This trip was very much about spending time together as a family for Jayne and getting that much needed dose of all things Disney!

They were happy to simply experience as much as they could whilst not spending inordinate amounts of time in queues! DLP still operates the 'old style' Fastpass system and while this was used during their trip they also adopted a policy of only joining queues with a wait time of no more than 45 or 50 minutes.

Jayne was able to enjoy the newly refurbished Phantom Manor, multiple rides on Big Thunder Mountain (probably the best BTM in Jayne's opinion), Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear, It's A Small World, Star Tours (of course!), Ratatouille and lots more.
View of Phantom Manor from Big Thunder
Big Thunder from Phantom Manor
Inside Star Tours
Finally after a number of missed opportunities on previous trips along with a lot of persuasion she rode Crush's Coaster. Now as we know Jayne is not a lover of thrill rides so just what did she think to this experience?

Inside Crush's Coaster photo by Jayne!!
There were some rides and shows that they did not get to experience due to the long wait times but this in no way distracted from their enjoyment.

After that, she discussed her thoughts on the food options - considering that Jayne's dietary lifestyle is based around a low carbohydrate/keto eating plan. Jayne knew that food was always going to be a tricky one and this proved to be the case plus the poor exchange rate at the moment didn't help as the costs were rather high as well. Thankfully Earl of Sandwich proved to be not only great value but also offered the choice that Jayne and her family needed. 


Food within the parks was restrictive for Jayne especially as they were sticking to counter service options. In DLP these focus heavily on 'set menus' and it was only by chance that she discovered ordering 'a la carte' was possible which made options a little easier but still quite restrictive, and repetitive.

But all in all Jayne and her family had a great time and suffice to say this has reinvigorated Jayne's desire to get back out and experience more of what Disney has to offer.

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, 1 September 2019

275 - The Fabulous Disney Babe Chats Disney

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 275 for Sunday 1st September 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 the Fabulous Disney Babe herself - Michelle Valladolid.
On the show, we discuss some of the fabulous things coming to the Disney parks and resorts. Below are some of the images released by D23 (the official Disney fan club) but to get the juicy gossip and more information you will have to listen to the show!

Star Wars: Galactic Star Cruiser
New Parade at Disneyland - Magic Happens
 
EPCOT Transformation 
This include a pavillion to be used for the festivals, a new interactive water area with hints of Moana and we were told the name of the new Guardians attraction - Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
Details of Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

Overseas parks were also mentioned with attractions and castle construction details given. 
A surprise announcement was that Disney has been in talks with Target and they will be having store in a store in up to 40 Target locations across with USA.
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, 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).


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, 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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