Sunday, October 15, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
- Flexible. Some dining locales have limited hours. Not Chef Mickey's! You can choose to eat beginning early in the morning to late in the evening, with a small gap between Brunch and Dinner. I'd suggest Breakfast or Brunch (which ends at 2:30PM) for the Mickey waffles if nothing else. What's a visit to Walt Disney World without a Mickey waffle or ten?
- Food Variety. It's a buffet! Big eater or small, picky eater or easily pleased, you're covered. No surprise when the check comes at the end of the meal and you see the juice your child ordered and didn't drink cost more than the meal. It's all included and yes, there's dessert as well.
- Location. Chef Mickey's is located at the beautiful Contemporary resort. Even better, it's an easy walk from the Magic Kingdom. Make your life easy and combine a Magic Kingdom Day with a Chef Mickey reservation so you don't have to deal with busses to make your reservation time. As an added bonus, the atmosphere at the Contemporary is a welcome respite from the crowds and the hub bub of the parks. Explore a little...you just might want to stay there on your next visit.
- Enjoyed by all. Do you have one of those wanting to be jaded Tweens or Teens? They won't get away with that here. There's no coaxing to get in a line, the characters just appear and are careful to include all. The sulking Teen who is 'too old for this' will soon be hamming it up with an old friend.
- Characters. I should say this again...CHARACTERS! Clearly I've saved the best of last. No Fast Passes or lines needed. As said before, they characters come to YOU, with plenty of time to interact, take photos and get autographs. Here's a tip...take a photo mat with you, have all the characters sign that, and go home with a great frame for a favorite vacation memory. In general, you will get to spend time with the Fab Five of Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
But did you know it also has a unique attraction inside? Yes, you can actually go inside Sleeping Beauty's castle. Like most things in Disneyland, much history surrounds the attraction.
After being closed in 2001, fans wondered if it would ever reopen.
The next time you find yourself in Disneyland, take a break from the mountains and the thrills and take time to explore this little gem.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The Broadway production of "Frozen" opens in New York on February 22, 2018. Prior to that is a 7 week Denver engagement, and I was fortunate to be able to attend.
The preview shows the tale much fleshed out, with a deeper storyline and character development, as well as having a bunch of new songs.
Sven is wonderfully done! And the puppet/person mix of Olaf works very well.
To me, the oddest bit of flow in the show is the shuffling around of scenes to allow Elsa's big number, "Let it Go" to end Act 1. Instead of the song happening right after the big scene at the Coronation, we go through meeting Kristoff, seeing he and Anna interact, and even getting to know Olaf, all before Elsa lets it go. I'd always thought the original freezing of the town was when Elsa fled the Coronation, and the everlasting winter was when she flung about snow and ice and built the ice castle. But here is Anna, cold and shivering and in deep winter when she meets Kristoff. He then provides her with a warn outfit, since we haven't come across Oaken yet.
Everything else goes as expected, with more new and beautiful music and songs added, until love thaws a broken heart.
Much of the staging is rather dark, so that the effects of the ice shine all the brighter. Effects were fine and the brilliant costume change of Elsa is gasp inducing as it is in the other stage productions.
Effects are well done, but not quite 'wow'. I hope they can plus the effects when the show makes it to Broadway.
I hope I'm able to see this show in its final state. It should have a good long New York run and tour the country later on.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
This extra priced event (currently $45 per person) is not billed as actually having a purpose other than having a dessert and hanging out at a great location.
You are seated in retro comfy chairs and couches..and hey, they light up. It is very cool to observe all the goings on in Tomorrowland from high above the crowds. When I was there a band was playing at Tomorrowland Terrace Stage, so added bonus.
There are light sabers to play with and some games. A character or two will visit. You can hang out from 8:00 -10:00 pm. Is that it? Pretty much. Unless there are fireworks scheduled for that evening (and they aren't cancelled due to wind or some other reason).
I found it a very nice way to spend an evening and a welcome escape from the crowds. Great snacks and fireworks from a different viewpoint added to the enjoyment. I give it 4 churros out of 5. Enjoy!
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
There are currently several options, including dining at Blue Bayou or River Belle Terrace, as well as a Grab N Go meal from Hungry Bear. The cost per person as of this writing at Blue Bayou is $65 for adults, $25 per child, for River Belle Terrace it runs $45 per adult and $25 per child, and for the Grab N Go you'll be shelling out $29.99 per adult and $19.99 per child. Prices are before taxes and, for the table service restaurants, gratuity.
There is also an opportunity to upgrade the River Belle Terrace meal for an additional $15 per person. This choice has you arrive at 8:00 PM to be seated for your evening meal, then be able to stay seated for the show. I'm always a big fan of chairs at the end of a long Disney day, so this option appealed enough for me to give it a try.
Apparently tables are pre-assigned, so no need to show up early to try and get the perfect location.
As night falls you notice your decoration lights up. Added coolness.
The patio for dining at River Belle Terrace is somewhat elevated, but frankly not enough. There is a pathway to keep folks moving directly in front of the fencing. It was very distracting to have the constant flow of people walking in front of me during the show, as well as the bright lights of the cast members waving them along.
So, if you are really desperate for a chair during your Fantasmic! viewing, this is a great choice,. For pure views of the show (and fireworks after) you might want to try the regular option at River Belle, or the meal at Blue Bayou or the Grab N Go.