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?