Day 340 Decadence at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Day 340 was an easy day spent soaking up the ambiance at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Josh and I started out early with a fan club stream from the 4th floor balcony looking out over Magic Kingdom. It’s one of my favorite quiet spots and when I first arrived in Florida five years ago, so alone and so scared and excited for this new life, I spent a LOT of time on this balcony. We perused a couple of stores, I found a really great cookbook called the Wine Lover’s Cookbook that gives you recipes and tells you what to…

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Don’t Be Chicken About the Kids Meals!

If you let the kids plan every meal, we all know there’s a reliably good chance that their entire diet would consist of nothing but chicken nuggets. So it’s not surprising that chicken nuggets are a reliable choice for the kids meals offered at Disney, too. But just because the choice is expected, that doesn’t mean that the presentation has to be!

Frequently during my park excursions, this intrepid shopper requires a little refueling to keep going at full speed, and the kids meals have become a staple of my “just need a quick bite” routine. But often, Disney surprises…

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Plenty of Bites in this Dog!

On a recent “just because” visit to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (it’s a beautiful and welcoming place just to relax, you know) this intrepid shopper stopped for a bite to eat that completely fulfilled the criteria for one of my favorite kinds of #FoodFinds by Park Shoppers: The most bang for your (Disney) buck!

I have no idea why the description “footlong hot dog” didn’t prepare me for the huge helping that was brought out to my table at Roaring Forks, but my “holy moly!”…

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A Pretzel as Big as Your Head!

Today’s #FoodFinds by Park Shoppers should be renamed FUNFoodFinds, because this was a hoot!

Samantha and I were in Epcot together for the first day of the inaugural International Festival of the Arts when the munchies hit hard. I had remembered seeing another guest pass me with a pretzel earlier in World Showcase, and that sounded like a good little nosh that we could share just to take the edge off of the hunger while we went…

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PizzeRizzo Now Serving Up Tons Of Charm at Hollywood Studios

This month we saw the much-anticipated debut of PizzeRizzo. I was there on opening day and enjoyed a leisurely lunch with a dear friend.
If you were familiar with the location this restaurant took over, Pizza Planet, the menu remains mostly unchanged, but the interior of the location is entirely different and benefits from being roomier, quieter, and from all those unique details Disney is so wonderful with.

Let’s get the negative out of the way first, the food… it’s forgettable.

The veggie pizza has so few veggies on it and they are diced so small it may as well have been…

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival – Sunday @ Epcot #1

Happy Halloween!

If you’re celebrating any of the spiritual holidays and rituals last night or tonight, I pray you wisdom, enlightenment, and peace. If you’re simply having a fun and spooky Halloween, I wish you a safe one with lots of wonderful memories.

Here is my latest video. It’s the first in my Sunday @ Epcot series which I want to turn into a celebration of my dream and Epcot which is honestly the park that drew me here when I was 18, but more importantly, I want this to be the platform from which I speak to the world about…

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Day 38 – Food and Wine!

Day 38 took me to Epcot to enjoy a brief food and wine visit where I tasted three items, all of which I will tell you all about in a minute. First, the day was gorgeous. We are seriously having a streak of good weather and I am incredibly grateful. Florida weather and I have a tenuous relationship, but I’m enjoying this. The parks weren’t overly crowded either. All in all, it was a beautiful day to be in Epcot.

I did record something I’m hoping to turn into Sunday @ Epcot so keep an eye on the site,…

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My Disney Today (1 of 365) The Start of a Dream

The most important thing I will ever say in my life, and I say it repeatedly, is FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS.

They lead you to the most magical, amazing places and people. Each day of my life, since I discovered this truth for myself, only gets better. Yes, there are low spots, of course, but the trajectory of my life is on a consistent upswing and I could never have said that before. The whole rest of my life I was sad, even when I was happy. I was worried, lost, frustrated, not able to really build anything. Life was like…

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Skipper Canteen – Mini Review

I was recently honored by a friend who offered to take me to lunch at Skipper Canteen in Adventureland. This place has magic, but you have to give yourself permission to “sit”, or be, in it.  Remember that you are being taken right into the legend of the Jungle Cruise as the skippers who pilot the steamships down the jungle rivers, have invited you into their canteen. You’ll find 3 quirky and heavily themed rooms to dine in. There is so much detail to take in in each, so look around, read the message boards, old newspapers and such to discover…

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The Morning Ramble – Making Peace & Fulfilling Dreams of Old

Good morning everyone.

This is my first blog post, or really any kind of post in nearly three weeks. For the first time in four years, I actually took some time off.

Astounding, isn’t it! lol

13962626_1404758342884840_1695331392365817706_nSo what did I do with my three weeks off, you may ask. I spent some time at Disney, of course. A friend and I tried Skipper Canteen for the first time and I tried falafel! I spent a ton of time out in the pool. In fact, I’d go so far as to say, this summer, I fulfilled…

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