Question of the Week (12/31/17)

Happy New Year!  I hope you have had a fun and safe holiday.  Every few weeks our writers get together and answer a Disney related question, here is this week’s!

Wishes blue gold

Question of the Week: What was your favorite Disney memory/moment of 2017? Personal memories, news announcements, or anything else apply. You can choose more than one if you want to.

Cassie – My favorite memory this year was reuniting with my friends at Disneyland after I moved away from LA. It was so wonderful to see my friends I missed so much at the greatest place on earth. We had the most amazing day!

Cars Land night as you go rock

Leslie – My favorite moment was probably seeing Pandora open. Having seen it as the floating islands were being formed it was wonderful to see the finished piece as well as the guest reaction to Pandora. While I have yet to see it in person myself I am happy to see it is still being received well and often busy, bringing something new to love about Animal Kingdom.

Fuzzy blue Pandora AK

Andrew – I have too many choices… One of my favorites was doing the Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom with Melissa. It’s a tour we’d always wanted and finally splurged to make it happen. Being up close with the animals on Kilimanjaro Safaris was great, as was all the information. Another favorite moments was going to Victoria & Albert’s followed by a late stroll around Epcot.
As far as news goes, my favorite moment was the opening of Pandora – World of Avatar.  Like Leslie said, I think this has been received well and they did a great job.  I loved seeing the land and can’t wait to explore it even more in the next few years.

Melissa – I would like to second all of Andrew’s comments! It is way to hard to pick one! But aside from the moments Andrew mentioned, a favorite for me was seeing Wishes for the last time and then seeing the new Happily Ever After for the first time on our next trip. So I guess technically that was two!

HEA pink MK

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Our Top Ten Posts From 2017

The end of the year means a whole bunch of blog posts recapping what has happened in the previous year.  Luckily here on Wandering in Disney, we aspire to a higher standard of bloggerism… NOT!  In fact, we sink so low that we’re simply recapping our most viewed posts of 2017.

Mack Truck PTN

Now, there is more purpose to this post than simply tooting our own horn.  I don’t have much time around the holidays so I’m trying to put up quick posts on the go, that definitely applies here and will likely apply for the next week or so  (Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and Happy New Year!)  That’s the first purpose.

More than that, I’m hopeful that this blog will help people plan their Disney vacations and the most viewed posts tend to do so in some ways, despite my best attempts to overcome that with Classic Disney Attractions as Characters From The Office.  This will get those more helpful posts to the front page for new readers or with better content.

Morocco full pavilion Epcot

Now that I’ve tried to justify this sorry excuse for a blog post, here is our top ten posts from 2017.  Enjoy!

10. Tiffins Dining Review – I can’t speak to the quality of writing in this post, but the restaurant is delicious.  If you’re on the fence about trying Tiffins (Animal Kingdom) check this review out to see my favorite restaurant inside of a Disney Park.

9. Is Knott’s Berry Farm Worth a Day of Your Disneyland Trip – I’m glad this list isn’t just a bunch of dining and attraction reviews, although it is heavy on that.  This post spells out whether a trip to Knott’s is right for you.

8. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe Review – A dining review of an overhauled (in terms of menu) Magic Kingdom counter-service spot.

7. Grand Floridian Cafe Review – Honestly, one of the most disappointing meals I’ve had at Disney World.

6. Sanaa Dining Review – From one of the worst to one of the most interesting… Sanaa is a great place for a meal with a more exotic meal and excellent setting.

5. Magic Kingdom Attraction Rankings – Something other than a dining review.  The attraction rankings series is always popular and a nice way to plan out a day at the parks.

Castle MK Main Street

4. Epcot Attraction Rankings – The same goes as above, but Epcot is far more divisive in their attractions.  While I think Soarin’ is a clear-cut number one, everything after that is a toss-up.

3. Rivers of Light Review – Animal Kingdom’s nighttime show debuted early this year to mixed reviews.  My review was far more positive than some as I think the show is very interesting and beautiful.

2. Once Upon a Time Castle Projection Show Review – Another show that debuted right before 2017 began, this one in Magic Kingdom.  The projection show continues to be a Magic Kingdom staple, especially without a nighttime parade.

1. Is Disney’s Hollywood Studios Worth Going to in 2017? – Far and away our most popular post, with thousands more views than any other.  Here’s a recent update to this one.

More recent posts that haven’t had a chance to rack up the views but are on their way include our August Disney World Trip Report, Pandora – World of Avatar Touring Plan, Wild Africa Trek Tour Review, Pros and Cons of Visiting Disney Parks on Holidays, and Universal Orlando’s Top 10 Attractions.

Hippo trunk WAT AK

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Is Disney’s Hollywood Studios Worth Going to in 2018?

The original version of this post debuted in 2016 and has been updated every year since.  We will try to keep this updated throughout the year as attractions open and close.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a park in transition and will be throughout the course of 2018. Four years ago, the Backlot Express Tour forever left the park and Hollywood Studios lost its identity. Honestly, the park had lost most of its identity before that point, as the tour didn’t show guests anything exciting, the shows were/are aging, and the actual rides were few in numbers. There was a big hat sitting in front of the park’s icon and the theme of the park was, more or less, gone. Once a park that tried to make guests feel as if they were on set of a working studio, the reality of that theme just wasn’t realistic to continue for decades upon decades. The park grew stale recently and it was clear that Hollywood Studios was in need of a major face-lift.

Chinese Theater DHS

We can blame Disney for letting the park sit and rot for too long before deciding to do something. With that in mind, they do deserve at least an ounce of credit for finally deciding to do something instead of letting the park become even worse. Unfortunately for guests and Disney, Hollywood Studios has to get worse before it gets a whole lot better.  The park hit rock bottom in 2016 and spent most of 2017 in that same cellar.  2018 finally sees the park climbing stairs back to respectability.

Major construction projects continue for Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land, and will continue through much of 2018.  Thankfully, Toy Story Land will wrap construction and open in summer.  More on that in the following paragraphs… While these projects are ongoing, other attractions are coming and going as well.  2017 saw The Great Movie Ride close to make way for the upcoming Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway which will open in 2019, most likely.

DHS actors car

All these changes are good in the long run as Hollywood Studios will almost be a brand new park in 3 years. But, what good does that do guests visiting in 2018? Well, they will benefit those that visit later in the year! For guests who frequent Walt Disney World regularly, these construction zones will be a promising sign. For those who don’t get to go as often, the construction walls and cranes will be fairly frustrating. While the construction is too bad for those infrequent visitors, I do have to caution that there is no perfect time to go to a Disney theme park. There will always be construction going on as these parks change with the times. I know that’s frustrating, but it’s also a good thing.

With all that being said, should guests completely skip going to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2018? Let’s take a closer look at what is offered before we make a final judgment.

Rides

Now, I know that Disney doesn’t call them rides but instead refers to them as attractions. I typically do that, as well, but for this post I’m using the term ride literally. These are open attractions that you physically get on to ride.

  • Rock N’ Roller Coaster
  • Star Tours the Adventure Continues
  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Slinky Dog Dash (Opening Summer 2018)
  • Alien Swirling Saucers (Opening Summer 2018)

ToT sunset DHS

Four literal rides to start the year and six by summer.  That’s not great.  The worst land in Walt Disney World (DinoLand U.S.A.) has 3 attractions that you physically ride.  On the bright side, the first four attractions on the above list are all good to great attractions.  The big problem with so few attractions are capacity issues.  The more attractions that are open, the more the park spreads people out and keeps wait times down. That simply doesn’t happen when there are 4 attractions to ride, especially when they’re all fairly popular. If 100 people are going to go get food at a baseball game then having more concession stands open will limit the lines, even if one of the concession stands is selling pizza that tastes like cardboard (insert Pizza Planet PizzeRizzo joke here).

Essentially this comes down to if you’ve been to the Studios before. If you haven’t, most of these  rides are must-do’s. Tower of Terror is quite possibly the best attraction at Walt Disney World. There’s not much like Rock n’ Roller Coaster in WDW so if roller coasters are your thing, it’s probably a must-do as well. Toy Story Midway Mania has it’s critics but is generally adored and is the park’s most popular attraction. Star Tours is a classic Disney attraction.  I’d argue that all 4 are probably must-do’s for a first time guest (or an infrequent visitor). Get there when the park opens and you’ll be able to complete all of them before noon, if you take advantage of FastPass+. For a frequent visitor, I’m not sure it’s worth a trip to the to Hollywood Studios to do these four attractions although it does depend on how long your stay is and if any of these are your favorites.

As far as the Toy Story attractions, I think the Slinky Dog Coaster will be interesting.  I’m not sure if it’s worth a special trip to the park but I at least think it will be interesting.  The Alien Saucer ride is just a spinner ride and I do not think it will be very interesting.  It might be cute though?  Cute is what we’re hoping for.

Entertainment

There are a few more options of things to do at Disney’s Hollywood Studios than just rides. There are a decent amount of shows. Here they are:

  • Walt Disney Presents
  • Muppet-Vision 3D
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Disney Junior – Live On Stage
  • Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away
  • Jedi Training

A decent list, right? Well… Let’s break it down a little more.

Muppet Vision 3D sign

Muppet-Vision 3D and One Walt Disney Presents are both quality attractions. Walt Disney Presents has some great exhibits and then a nice little film about Walt Disney. Unfortunately, that attraction is often used for movie previews and isn’t always showing the film. Muppet-Vision is a classic Disney attraction (it’s also the last Muppet entertainment Jim Henson worked on before he passed away) but it is getting a little tired and could use an update.  Beauty and the Beast and Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular are both nice productions but nothing more. Like Muppet-Vision, I think these shows are a little tired and I’m guessing it’s most interesting to first-time guests and not frequent visitors.  While all of these shows are good, I don’t think any are standouts.  Voyage of the Little Mermaid falls into the same boat.  Pun intended.

When you include a few shows from the above list along with the quality attractions that makes for a pretty solid day here.  I’m not sure that’s worth the money on its own but if you have a Park Hopper ticket then it’s probably worth a half day.

Disney Junior – Live on Stage is good for little ones but not for many who have ages in the double digits.  Jedi Training is also for kids but this show is pretty fun to watch, especially for parents of kids who participate.  Get to the show early so that you can sign your child up.

Indy getting punch Dhs stunt show

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away is a pretty bad stage show that debuted in 2016.  There isn’t a great plot but it does pay homage to the Star Wars universe which some might enjoy.  Before the show, storm troopers march through Hollywood Studios.  That’s pretty cool but far from a reason to go to the park.

A few of these shows are probably of interest to first-time guests and rightfully so, they’re pretty good. These shows just aren’t good enough that someone who’s seen them all would base a trip to the Studios around (of course, some might argue). Star Wars Launch Bay is new and opened to average reviews, as did the film Star Wars: Path of the Jedi. There are some interesting models in Launch Bay but most reviews I’ve read are that it’s not worth making a special trip for.

I did leave meet & greets off this list but the Studios does offer a few unique ones (Kylo Ren and Chewbacca namely) like some Star Wars characters. I guess that could be a pretty big draw to some people, but I have never thought characters meets are worth a trip to a park. Now, when you include it with a few of the other offerings here, then maybe it is worth it to you or your family. Oh, there’s also a dance party. Yippee!

ToT Service Elevator DHS

Over the last year, Disney has started to add some temporary entertainment to Hollywood Studios.  Last summer featured the excellent Music of Pixar Live!  Hollywood Studios is also starting to have more holiday offerings.  If that continues in 2018, then temporary offerings may be worth looking into.

Nighttime Entertainment

Hollywood Studios has two nighttime spectaculars for guests to enjoy. Fantasmic! is shown in a large amphitheater. Most agree that the show just isn’t as good Disneyland’s version of Fantasmic! Still, if you’ve never seen any of them, it’s probably worth going to. If you have seen Fantasmic! at Hollywood Studios before then I doubt it tops your list of WDW priorities.

Star Wars Darth Vader

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is also offered at Hollywood Studios. This is a fireworks show featuring lasers and projections that are set to some of the classic scores from Star Wars.  I enjoy this show and recommend it over Fantasmic!  If you like Star Wars and fireworks then this show will impress AS LONG AS you get a good spot for it.  Try to be close to the stage in front for the Chinese Theater for the best viewing. I think this show is the reason for frequent visitors to go back to DHS in 2018.

Disney premiered a new projection show called Disney Movie Magic that plays in the same spot and before Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.  This is a nice little addition that makes seeing the Star Wars fireworks even more worth it.

Mary Poppins DHS sign Movie Magic

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! is a fireworks show that debuted for the holidays in 2016 and again showed in 2017.  I think an iteration of this will likely be back in November and December.  While the show drew mixed reviews when opening, it has improved and will continue to do so.

Ambiance, Food and Intangibles

I’ve added this category for 2018 because I do think that Hollywood Studios offers a few things that I haven’t mentioned.  Let’s start with another look at Toy Story Land.

When this new land opens in the summer, I think it will be worth seeing.  While my hopes aren’t exactly high for the land, it is still enjoyable and interesting to see new areas come to life.  The attractions coming here aren’t all the interesting to me but Disney has improved in atmospheric lands in the last decade.  Hopefully Toy Story Land will be a place that is enjoyable to spend an hour or two regardless of rides.  Time will tell, but it’s still fun to brag to your friends that you saw the newest land before they did.

Echo Lake night DHS

Other areas in Hollywood Studios have a nice ambiance.  I’m fond of Echo Lake. especially after sunset.  Hollywood Boulevard is also a fun street albeit a bit crowded.  As a mega-fan of the Muppets, I’m also fond of Muppets Courtyard (Grand Avenue).

As far as food goes, I don’t think Hollywood Studios offers much.  50’s Prime Time Cafe is highly thought of but I have never eaten there.  Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater offers a great atmosphere but is lacking in the food department.  Stay away from the counter-service here.  All in all, Hollywood Studios offers a few unique table-service restaurants but is otherwise lacking and not worth a special trip for.

The Verdict

While Hollywood Studios is gearing up for a great 2019, my verdict for 2018 remains nearly the same as years prior. I think that first time guests should go see Disney’s Hollywood Studios due to some of the classic attractions. Now, if you have a limited time at Disney World. I don’t think this park should take priority over the other 3.

Gertie Echo Lake DHS

Another option is to take whatever day you were planning to spend at Hollywood Studios and go to Universal Orlando instead.  This option obviously takes more time and costs more money, but if those two factors aren’t big deterrents to you then I’d absolutely go with this option.  While not the biggest Universal fan, I do think those two parks offer significantly more than Hollywood Studios currently.  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands are nothing short of incredible and there are other fantastic attractions in those parks.

Back to Hollywood Studios, I also don’t think the park is worth spending a full day in. I would go to DHS when it first opens to get in all of the attractions then see whatever shows that intrigued me. Then, I’d take a break to enjoy my resort, Disney Springs, a water park or another park. I would come back at night to enjoy the fireworks and maybe Fantasmic! Hollywood Studios does have a few fun restaurants, so maybe doing dinner and the nighttime shows would be a good nightcap to this day at DHS.  One caveat here is once Toy Story Land opens you can probably stretch out a full day here, especially if there are some shows that interest you.  I would still probably recommend doing a half day that includes some nighttime entertainment, but a full day is doable with Toy Story Land and some shows.

ToT DHS up close

For frequent visitors, you’ve likely made up your mind already on whether to visit Disney Hollywood Studios in 2018. Speaking for myself, I’m excited to see Toy Story Land and am hopeful for some more fresh entertainment. I probably won’t spend more than half a day at the park though. With Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom being top-tier parks, and Epcot’s World Showcase being one of the best areas anywhere, I think time spent elsewhere is more worthwhile than at Hollywood Studios.

I’m excited to see where this park in 2019 but 2018 seems to be another pretty lean year for the Studios.  Come the summer though, this park’s stock will start to go up and keep rising for the next 2 or 3 years.

If you have questions about Hollywood Studios or Disney Parks in general, leave us a comment below and we’d be happy to get to it!  Thank you for reading Wandering in Disney, if you enjoy what you’re reading please subscribe to the blog and like our social media pages.  You can do both of those things on the right side of this page.

– Andrew

Art of Animation Resort Review

Art of Animation is a hotel at Walt Disney World that falls under the value category.  Opening in 2012, the resort celebrates a few of Disney’s greatest animated achievements.  While being the newest value resort, Art of Animation is known for their family suite rooms and larger than life statues.  We recently stayed for a couple of nights at Art of Animation and this review will cover that stay as well as our thoughts on the resort as a whole.

Prince Eric AoA

Art of Animation is separated into several wings, each based around a different Disney movie.  These four sections are modeled after Cars, Finding Nemo (which is also where the main pool, restaurant and lobby are), The Lion King and Little Mermaid.  Every section is largely the aforementioned family suite rooms aside from the Little Mermaid wing.  Because just Melissa and I were staying, we opted for a standard room in that Little Mermaid wing.

The rooms follow the theme of their assigned sections.  Here’s a look at ours.

AoA room

While the carpet really pops out in this photo, I didn’t think it looked quite as obnoxious in person.  The soft blue walls were nice and I enjoyed the bed frame and headboard.  While the room could be seen as slightly cheesy, I thought the theming was all pretty well done.  Like all the other value resorts, the footprint of this room is fairly small.  Moderate and deluxe resorts offer bigger footprints.

The mattress was fairly comfortable.  I liked it far more than the Pop Century Resort mattress but this was still pretty firm.  As you can see in the corner of this photo, there is a little table with chairs.  I did not put these to use aside from resting my backpack on them.  They look nice enough though.

AoA bathroom

Here’s a look inside the bathroom, which might be the most heavily themed area of the room.  Ariel staring at you is either exciting or frightening.  The flooring is nicer than most hotel bathrooms.  Here’s the inside of the shower…

AoA shower

This may be over the top but it didn’t bother me any.  I think most kids would love it and there was plenty of lighting in the room so the dark painting didn’t have much effect.

AoA mirror

As with most Disney rooms, the sink was outside of the room with the toilet and shower.  There is a curtain to block off this sink section from the rest of the room.  This is a nice touch if someone wants to get ready in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping.

AoA bed

All in all, I enjoyed the room.  I thought the theme was playful and fun.  While the size and the bed are far from Disney’s best, they are also better than any other value resort.

AoA wall lobby

The rest of the resort is where Art of Animation excels.  The lobby isn’t extravagant like some moderate or deluxe resorts but I did enjoy the artwork spread throughout the walls.  There’s a little arcade connected to the lobby and it seemed fine.

AoA outside

The Landscape of Flavors food court and gift shop are also connected to the lobby.  The counter-service restaurant is surprisingly good with a nice mix of options.  We only had one meal there (which was pretty solid) but there were plenty of other options on the menu that were intriguing.

AoA pool

The main pool is pretty impressive looking.  There isn’t a slide here but plenty of room to float around.  They also play music under the water which is pretty fun.  There is also a pool over by Cars section.  This one is surrounded by the Cozy Cones and looks fun, albeit a smaller size.

Cozy Cone AoA

Probably my favorite aspect of Art of Animation is just how inviting some of the areas are.  The Cars section looks great, especially at night.  There is a nice path that leads throughout the resort and I recommend taking a leisurely stroll after night in the parks.  The resort is pretty quiet in those hours and there are plenty of sights to soak in.

For runners, there is a path around Hourglass Lake.  This leads to and from Pop Century, and is a nice walk if the weather isn’t too extreme.

King Triton AoA

As you can tell, I’m a fan of Art of Animation but does the value hold up?  For those that are looking for a family suite, I’d say yes.  The only in terms of price and space may a a 1-bedroom villa at Old Key West or Saratoga Springs.  With kids, I think a family suite is a great idea.  As far as standard bedrooms go, the prices are anywhere from $25-$75 more than Pop Century.  I think Art of Animation is superior to Pop but not if the price is over $40 more.  That’s if you really like Disney animation, if you don’t then just save the money and stay at Pop.  As I mentioned, the walk to and from Pop Century is easy and you can enjoy both resorts by doing a little walking.

Melissa and I really enjoyed resort hopping between here and a couple of resorts with more intricate themes.  We came to Art of Animation from the Yacht Club and left it for Wilderness Lodge.  The contrasts between these resorts made each seem even more interesting.  If you’re interested in this approach, check out this post.

Scar AoA

With that said, Art of Animation is absolutely the best value resort at Walt Disney World when you aren’t looking at price.  Between the slightly nicer rooms, the interesting landscaping, the quality counter-service restaurant and fun pools, Art of Animation is a great place to spend a trip.

Overall Rating – 8.5/10

Have you stayed at Art of Animation?  What are your thoughts and questions on the resort?  Let us know in the comments!  Thank you for reading Wandering in Disney, if you enjoy what you’re reading please subscribe to the blog and like our social media pages.  You can do both of those things on the right side of this page.  Have a great day!

– Andrew

Question of the Week (12/17/17)

Every few weeks our writers get together and answer a Disney related question.  Enjoy this week’s version!

Grand Floridian christmas tree

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: It’s Christmas time and we’re in the spirit of giving. If you could give Disneyland and Disney World (you could do either or both) something for Christmas what would it be? I’ve heard it doesn’t matter how extravagant, it’s the heart that counts…

Blur castle wreath

Andrew – My presents are going to focus on things the parks don’t necessarily need but I think would be cool additions. It’s like how no one really wants socks for Christmas but we all need them at some point… I’m not going to give socks. Disney can buy their own socks.

For Disney World, I would give Hollywood Studios a new daytime show in the Fantasmic! theater. I think the park is pleasant enough at night and will be especially when Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land open, but could use a few more interesting shows during the day.

For Disneyland, I would give Tomorrowland a new, futuristic restaurant. All of the good food in Disneyland is on the left side of the park (New Orleans Square, Frontierland). It’s time to even this out a little bit and maybe a cool robot or space themed restaurant could do just that.

Christmas castle fireworks

Melissa – I think it would be fun to gift both parts with letters/pictures/ words from all of the world letting them know who Disney effected their life and made it better. It would be from people all of the world and then display them down main street for all the cast members and guests to read and be encouraged and enjoy!

Darin – I was going to be nice and make the Disney parks a card or buy it a gift card for itself, but I decided to go the passive aggressive route and get the parks a bunch of Wall-E stuff. It being my favorite Disney film I would enjoy it greatly if they would make a ride or even sell souvenirs that are based off the movie. I would get a Wall-E stuffed toy, a mug, etc. I would probably add a letter explaining my wish, because Christmas is the time to tell people how you really feel. I’d also probably make a shirt that said “The Great Wall-E Ride” or something. I don’t know. I’ll figure it out, I have a few days until Christmas.

Wassailing

Mackenzie – I would give any Disney park a day where they would shut down to the general public and only allow any kind of special needs to come and take over the parks. I would allow Disney the funds to accommodate any special needs. I would also have any and all characters out for them to meet. This would be like the Halloween party or Christmas party, they have special foods and characters out. This would be a day that anyone with special needs and their families to come and relax. In addiction, I would also like to make an area with low sensory. Many people/children can get overwhelmed by everything that happens in the parks and having an area with less sensory input would be helpful.

MK wreath

On that last note, Disney World does beautiful work with Give Kids The World.  This is a beautiful charity that gives vacations to those with life-threatening illnesses.  If you have a little extra this holiday season, this is an excellent charity.  Thank you!

Main Street tree MK

What would you give the Disney Parks for Christmas?  Let us know in the comments!  Thank you for reading Wandering in Disney, if you enjoy what you’re reading please subscribe to the blog and like our social media pages.  You can do both of those things on the right side of this page.  Have a great day!

Top Ten Disney Parks Songs

Music plays a big part in Disney Parks.  Songs can elevate attractions, shows and lands from average to memorable.  Throughout the years, Disney Parks have featured a number of original (or rarely known) songs that have become iconic.  I have quite a few favorites, and I’m sure even more that slipped my mind, which brings us to today’s post.

As with most topics, music is extremely objective.  There is so much variety in music than tastes are hardly ever the same.  With that said, most Disney music is either pop-based, a bit old-fashioned, or ballads.  There are other genres that are played, especially when it comes to parades, but those are the three overarching genres.  I’m not particularly drawn to these genres but the environment, setting and nostalgia is powerful making these songs enjoyable for me.

Country Bear band

As with most top-ten lists, there has to be some criteria.  Aside from these just being my favorite Disney Park songs, I will also judge them by how essential they are to their show, attraction or land.  On top of that, I’ll also consider how well they fit their setting and the popularity they have in the Disney Parks community.  I was also trying to keep the list to original or unknown songs.  Essentially, these songs had to be best known from the Disney Parks and not movies.  Full soundtracks were not considered.  Enough with all this boring stuff, let’s get to some honorable mentions and then the top-ten list.

Blood on the Saddle (Country Bear Jamboree) – This is a personal choice as I’m guessing it wouldn’t end up on most other lists.  I love Country Bear Jamboree and this is the part of the show that makes me laugh the most.  Now, Blood on the Saddle is not an original Disney song and, frankly, unlike anything else on the list.  That is what keeps the song from the top ten but I think the song makes Country Bear Jamboree even more memorable.

Hana Duniani (Kilimanjaro Safaris) – Another personal favorite, Hana Duniani is no longer (or at least not very often) played during Kilimanjaro Safaris.  Back when it was, a snippet of this song (start the link at 1:40) was played as the truck went through the savanna.  This perfectly fit the setting and made for a beautiful moment.  Unfortunately, the song never reached the status that some other songs on this list did.

Giraffe savannah safari AK

Baroque Hoedown (Main Street Electrical Parade) – The entire Main Street Electrical Parade soundtrack deserves credit for being very different from the standard theme park fare.  When the parade debuted it was very different, as well, so the music fit.  Baroque Hoedown is my favorite song from that soundtrack and narrowly misses being on that list.

10. Wishes! – Another song from Disney’s recent history, the final song in Wishes! is still one of the most nostalgic and memorable songs in a fireworks show I can remember.  The music is a typical ballad but the lyrics along with the different singers, specifically the children’s choir, made for a wonderful ending to the show.

Wishes blue gold

9. Boo to You – Okay, I kind of cheated here.  This is a full soundtrack but I’m mainly thinking of the song’s chorus “Boo to you, and you, and you… Happy Halloween.”  It is as simple as it gets lyrically, but also as catchy as it gets.  The amount of joy the song boasts completely encapsulates those Halloween party nights.

8. Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow – A Sherman brothers classic, Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow is most notably featured in Carousel of Progress.  The song was also featured in Innoventions in Disneyland and Horizons at Epcot.  With a chorus that will be stuck in your head all day, Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow is joyful and optimistic fitting Tomorrowland perfectly.  This is also one of the most popular attraction songs Disney has ever made.

Carousel of Progress MK night

7. We Go On (Illuminations: Reflections of Earth) – This is a beautiful song and another fireworks finale ballad.  We Go On is an optimistic and beautiful look at the human race.  With a more powerful backing track than most of Disney’s nighttime spectaculars, the song fills up the lagoon where Illuminations is shown.  I also love walking around World Showcase at night after the show when We Go On’s cousin plays you out.  I guess what I’m getting at is Epcot has a beautiful song to match the World Showcase scene.  The music matches the hope that Epcot represents.

Illuminations lights

6. Enchanted Tiki Room – Few songs from the early 60’s are remembered to this day.  That’s when Enchanted Tiki Room debuted.  Just thinking of the attraction immediately puts the chorus in your head.  The titular song is enjoyable, if not bordering on annoying, and simple.  Tie-ins to Polynesian culture is apparent through the music.  Where the song really excels is through the wordplay in the lyrics.  A true Disney classic and again written by the Sherman brothers.

5. Yo Ho A Pirate’s Life For Me (Pirates of the Caribbean) – Written by George Bruns and Xavier Atencio, Yo Ho debuted with Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean in 1967.  While not as elaborate as some attraction songs this one had a difficult task much like the attraction – making something frightening, dark and humorous.  This song encompasses the attraction and is catchy.  It’s gone to even further fame thanks to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Pirates Jack Sparrow

4. Fantasmic! theme – As far as classic Disney Park theme’s go, this is as recognizable as it gets.  Starting off with a whimsical tone and an echoing “Imagination” the song sets the mood of a dream.  Before long the score launches into a catchy, ascending tune fit for a hero – Mickey Mouse.  While Disney hardly ever fails in music matching the moods of the show, this takes it to another level.  Mickey conducting the water and fireworks to the music puts an even greater emphasis on the wonderful score.

IASW Cowboy Indian

3. It’s a Small World – Guess who wrote this 1963 classic?  That’s right, the Sherman brothers.  Is the song somewhat annoying and never-ending?  Sure.  But, it’s the most popular Disney Parks song there is and, again, perfectly encompasses the attraction.  While you may just be sick of the melody, the lyrics are timeless and needed to be heard more and more everyday.  Here they are:

“It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears
It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears
There’s so much that we share
That it’s time we’re aware
It’s a small world after all

It’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all
It’s a small, small world

There is just one moon and one golden sun
And a smile means friendship to everyone
Though the mountains divide
And the oceans are wide
It’s a small world after all

It’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all
It’s a small, small world”

2. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (Splash Mountain) – Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah is the perfect song for Splash Mountain’s beautiful finale.  A great chorus of characters booming the melody as guests slowly cruise by makes for an amazing experience.  This is also catchy and probably my favorite Disney Parks song in total.  Where this loses points is that it was not written specifically for the attraction but for the little-seen film, Song of the South.  This was really a toss-up between this and number one.

Splash mt. night

1. Grim Grinning Ghosts (Haunted Mansion) – Certain songs make attractions but most aren’t often played throughout the entire ride.  Grim Grinning Ghosts fits that bill and does so by speeding up and slowing down it’s melody to fit the scene.  Just like Yo Ho, Grim Grinning Ghosts has to feel both spooky and fun.  This song nails the mood.  Fittingly, the same lyricist wrote both Yo Ho and Grim Grinning Ghosts – Xavier Atencio.  Buddy Baker composed the song and I would imagine came up with the idea of speeding up/slowing down the melody.  The lyrics are a blast.  The melody modulates between minor keys, and has a great deal of dissonance.  Of all the songs on this list, I think Grim Grinning Ghosts is the most creative and artistic.  That’s why it lands at number one.

Haunted Mansion night

What is your favorite Disney Parks song?  What did I get wrong on my list?  Let us know in the comments.  If you enjoy what you’re reading here on Wandering in Disney please subscribe to the blog via email or WordPress and like our social media pages.  You can find all of those things on the right side of this page.  Thank you very much for reading, we appreciate it!

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Be Our Guest Dinner Review

Be Our Guest is a sit-down restaurant at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  While a quick-service location for lunch and dinner, Be Our Guest transforms to a table-service spot in the evening.  This (New) Fantasyland restaurant offers French fare, as well as some American dishes.  Be Our Guest offers a 10% discount to Annual Passholders and does accept Tables in Wonderland.  We recently had dinner at Be Our Guest and this review will cover that experience.

BOG castle

Since opening in December of 2012, Be Our Guest has been Walt Disney World’s most popular restaurant.  While counter-service availability is generally easier to gain for breakfast and lunch, dinner reservations are very hard to come by.  Speaking for myself, I had to get a reservation 180+ days in advance for dinner.

We’ve dined at Be Our Guest for lunch many times.  I’ve always enjoyed our meals there and think the restaurant is easily the best Magic Kingdom counter-service option.  I was eager to see if the dinner lived up to the hype, both in terms of popularity and the high standards of lunch.

BOG door

We arrived at Be Our Guest shortly before our reservation and waited for a few minutes outside before being seated.  Knowing the layout of the restaurant, I’m surprised that they keep guests outside while waiting for their reservation to be called.  In the middle of summer the waiting can be uncomfortable.  I think the reason this is done is to create a staging space for the wait staff and a photo opportunity for guests with Beast.  There are plenty of umbrellas outside for guests so most of the waiting is in the shade at least.

After meeting the Beast, we were seated in the Grand Ballroom.  While the most generic of all the rooms, there is still some grandiose here.  The chandeliers at giant windows at the end of the room make the ballroom beautiful.  On top of that, the painted ceiling is a marvel.  While the other two rooms (The West Wing and The Castle Gallery) have a little more character and intrigue, the Grand Ballroom’s scale is impressive.

BOG chandelier

The tables were a little squished but, knowing how hot of a ticket the restaurant is, I’m fine with that.  I’m glad they’re doing what they can to add capacity and didn’t think the experience was hindered at all because of that.  Once factoring in the beautiful ceilings, music and elegance Be Our Guest has one of the better environments of any Disney World restaurant.

Albeit by a slight margin, I do think the environment at dinner is better than lunch or breakfast.  The rooms all look the same, obviously, but there is a slightly fancier vibe and fewer people walking around to interrupt the ambiance.  With that said, I don’t think seeing Be Our Guest at dinner is a big enough difference to justify going over lunch based on ambiance alone.

Moving on to the food, here’s a look at the menu.  I don’t necessarily think the choices are that inventive but there is a good variety of French and American choices.  I wouldn’t be afraid to take picky eaters there as I think there is something for everyone.

BOG charcuterie

We started with appetizers and I had the Charcuterie Board.  This was way too much food for one person but was decent.  I didn’t think the bread was anything to write home about (so instead I’m writing about it while I’m at home) but the a few of the meats and cheeses were decent.  We ate at Chefs de France the night before and the cheese plate there seemed more authentic but this was still pretty tasty.

BOG clams

Melissa had the Marseilles-style Mussels and liked them.  This was another large portion and I would absolutely recommend sharing either of these.  The mussels were good and prepared well.  The tomato broth was a bit chunky but good overall.  We both liked this more than the charcuterie.  With that said, both appetizers were good but neither wowed us.

Meat BOG

(Sorry about the poor photo.)  For my entrée, I had the lamb and enjoyed it.  The meat was tender but didn’t provide as much flavor as I’d like.  The side dishes in this (which I believe change seasonally) were fine but not great.  While I liked the lamb I probably wouldn’t order this again.

BOG shrimp pasta

Melissa ordered the a Shrimp Pasta which is currently on the menu.  This was served in a lobster sauce that we both enjoyed.  I wasn’t a fan of the noodles and thought the shrimp was just okay.  Melissa liked the dish a little more than me but wasn’t wowed.

The most disappointing aspect of our meal was the dessert.  Having dined here for lunch, I was bummed to see that the dessert options at dinner were largely the same.  With dinner options being in the 25-40 dollar price range, having a few $5 cupcakes and cream puffs doesn’t cut it.  I’d be fine with a few of those options plus a few higher priced options that are specifically made for dinner.

The meal as a whole was fine but far from the best I’ve had.  As an overall experience, I didn’t think dinner at Be Our Guest met the expectations that lunch at the same restaurant gave us.  Lunch there has an amazing atmosphere, with good food and is a decent value.  Dinner has a slightly better atmosphere, but the value of the food does not compare.  While the experience is enjoyable, I would generally recommend lunch at Be Our Guest over dinner.

Overall Rating – 8/10

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Favorite Quiet Places – Tom Sawyer Island

When starting a blog, topics seem limitless.  All of these noble series ideas come to mind and posts basically write themselves.  Then, all of a sudden, three years has passed and the realization hits that you haven’t written a post in that series for about two years and 11 months.  Fear not!  This long-lost series has returned!

TSI map MK

The ‘Favorite Quiet Places’ series is a nice idea (don’t mind my self back pat) in that everyone is looking for a little break from the huge crowds that the Disney Parks pull in.  On the other hand, the series isn’t a great idea because there really aren’t that many quiet places in the different Disney Parks.  Generally, the quiet places are quiet for a reason.  That certain area looks worse or has no attractions.

Still, no thanks to blogs like this that tell people all about them, there are still hidden gems around the parks that guests can escape the hustle and bustle.  In case you weren’t reading this blog nearly three years ago this series has included the Japan Pavilion’s gardens (Epcot), Animal Kingdom’s trails, and a Cars Land path (California Adventure).  Today, we’re moving on to another area that is included in both Disney World and Disneyland – Tom Sawyer Island.

That’s not to say both parks have the same Tom Sawyer Island (I prefer Magic Kingdom’s version because I don’t love the pirate tie-ins at Disneyland) but they do have similar virtues.  Tom Sawyer Island is a vestige of adventure.  Instead of a simulator, this mini-land is built to explore and wander freely, without worry.

The route to Tom Sawyer Island is old-fashioned in its own right.  Floating between the island and the main land is this little wooden raft.  Now, this isn’t one of those quiet places.  Usually they pack this raft as full as possible and aside from the ride only being about a minute, it isn’t all that pleasant.  Once on the island though,
Tom Sawyer Island really is different from the area where you just came.  No more rushing to attractions or getting ran over by strollers.

TSI Welcum sign MK

Regardless of Disneyland or Disney World, I like to go clockwise around Tom Sawyer Island in a big loop.  While I don’t often explore the caves now, walking through them can be fun.  Instead I like to slowly make my way around the outskirts on the dirt path.  As with anywhere in Disney Parks, the foliage is quite beautiful and well maintained.  Unlike other places in the Disney Parks, here you can actually stop and enjoy it without feeling like you’re in someone’s way.

Old wooden buildings are strewn across the island, most of them paying homage to its namesake.  If you are a big Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn fan there are plenty of tie-ins to explore.  My favorite is a rather obvious one – a fence with a little spray paint graffiti on it.  I believe this is only in Magic Kingdom.

Tom loves Becky fence MK

Details are not overlooked as anything with a tie-in to Tom Sawyer is usually done from the standpoint of Tom writing it.  All of those signs have misspellings throughout them.

Over in Disneyland, Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island is filled with a few tie-ins to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.  As I stated before, I’m not a huge fan of these additions but they aren’t very intrusive don’t affect the overall experience.

River boat BTMR MK

On the opposite side of Tom Sawyer Island from where guests get on and off the raft is the most playful part.  A barrel bridge floats and shakes above the water as guests try to cross.  While there is an easier path, this bridge is fun and, while probably the most popular aspect of the island, is typically not crowded.  Shortly after this bridge comes a beautiful wooden water wheel in Harper’s Mill.  I enjoy slowing down and seeing the system at work.  The sound of running water relaxes me so this combined with the lake takes some of the edge off from rushing around a busy theme park.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of Tom Sawyer Island comes in the unique views offered of the rest of the park.  In Disney World Tom Sawyer Island offers views into Liberty Square and Frontierland.  In Disneyland, the island gazes upon New Orleans Square, Frontierland and parts of Critter Country.

Purple flower MK

My ideal Tom Sawyer Island experience is doing a loop around the outskirts and then stopping as I’m near where the raft picks guests up.  There are wooden patios and typically some shade to be found.  Sitting in this area and watching the river boat pass, seeing the different lands and hearing the water flow is as relaxing as Disneyland and Magic Kingdom get.  Likewise, if you like to take photos then this a great area to do it.

When I first started the Favorite Quiet Places series a few years ago the intention was to write about places people didn’t know about or take time to discover.  I’d wager that most people have heard of Tom Sawyer Island in Disneyland or Magic Kingdom but I think that the area is skipped over.  I’ve skipped a few times.  But, if you are in need of a break and want to relax for a while there is no better place to do it than Tom Sawyer Island.  Ride the raft, walk for a bit and then soak in the sights and sounds of a time gone by.

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Question of the Week (12/4/17)

Every few weeks our writers get together and answer a Disney related question.  Here is this week’s question and answer!

Question of the Week: What’s your guilty pleasure theme park food that you know you shouldn’t eat but can’t help yourself once you are at a Disney Park?

Mackenzie – Probably popcorn.. I don’t want to buy it there because there are many other better snacks. But once I smell it I can’t get it out my mind. Plus you can get a pretty cool reusable bucket too.

Main Street cart

Leslie – Churros…they are my weakness. I have to get them at least once during my trip. Sometimes that once is getting two of them at the same time. Wonderfully fried dough with pixie dust, I mean sugar and cinnamon. Anyone who doesn’t have a churro on their trip either has amazing willpower, or doesn’t know what they are missing.

Cassie – I think the worst thing I usually go for is the Chili Cone Queso at the Cozy Cones in Cars Land. It’s bread, chili, queso cheese, and Fritos. This little delight has zero nutritional value and is freaking scrumptious. I also love how easy the cone is to hold. So bad yet so so good.

Melissa – The garlic bagel twist that you can get from a Cozy Cone in DCA or Fantasyland in Disneyland. I could eat them over and over again. It’s just a bunch of bread…but oh so very good!

Garlic Bagel Twist

Andrew – I would go with the chimichangas in Disneyland. Similar to Cassie’s pick, these hold no nutritional value and really shouldn’t be addicting or even taste good. Still, I see those carts and my mouth starts watering. I get them every time.

Darin – Every time that I have gone into a Disney park I have convinced myself not to buy a giant turkey leg. It’s pretty good, I could name a ton of other stuff I rather eat though and it is way over priced. Yet, the second I see someone munching down on one I start to crave it, quickly talk myself in to getting one and run to the nearest place that sells one.

Waiting for parade

This question was just an excuse to use this terrible photo.

What would your answer be?  Let us know in the comments!

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Trattoria al Forno (Bon Voyage) Breakfast Review

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Trattoria al Forno is an Italian restaurant in Walt Disney World.  Serving breakfast and dinner, Trattoria sits at the base of the Boardwalk Resort and is a short walk from Epcot.  While dinner is a more traditional sit-down meal, breakfast is character dining and offers a mix of both American and Italian inspired dishes.  The restaurant does take part in the Disney Dining Plan (1 credit), accepts Tables in Wonderland and offers a 10% discount to Annual Passholders.  This review will cover a recent breakfast we had at Trattoria al Forno.

Trattoria sign

Restaurants along Walt Disney World’s Boardwalk seem to change fairly often.  At least in the space that Trattoria al Forno currently inhabits.  Before Trattoria came Kouzzina and before that was something called Spoodles and on and on.  I’m not sure why changing of hands because the location is excellent.  Sitting just outside of Epcot and a short boat ride from the Studios, this restaurant is easily accessible.  Still, it feels like the property may struggle to succeed and has to come up with incentives for which to visit.

The latest incentive is the Bon Voyage Breakfast.  Why breakfast has to have a name is beyond me but I digress.  This breakfast features select Disney characters – typically Rapunzel and Flynn Rider along with Ariel and Prince Eric.  While the restaurant wasn’t really on my radar, after my wife saw that there was a character meal with Rapunzel we had Trattoria booked ASAP.  Along with us for our meal was my sister-in-law Amie and my two adorable nephews.  Kids under 3 eat free here.  Colton, the oldest of the two nephews at just under 3 years old, had the chocolate waffles and loved them.  He loved them so much he wished that I would stop taking his photo.

Colton waffle

Back on track, the atmosphere at Trattoria al Forno isn’t anything to write home about.  The seating area looks nice enough but isn’t in the top half of Disney restaurants when it comes to theme or environment.  The open kitchen looked nice but I would imagine that comes more into play during dinner.

Inside of Trattoria

Character meals always seem fairly hectic to me and this was no different.  Fortunately, there was plenty of room between the tables for the characters to maneuver and kids to follow during a parade.  I didn’t notice any differences here as opposed to other character meals I’ve had meaning that the characters came to your table, chit-chatted for about a minute, took a photo and then went on their way.  Your mileage will vary depending on the demographics of your family and how busy the restaurant is, I’ve only had a few frustratingly short encounters over double-digit character meals and none of those encounters were at this particular meal.

Rapunzel Trattoria

Rapunzel is a unique character to have at a meal and is exclusive to this restaurant, as are the princes (or whatever Flynn Rider is).  If your child, or you, love Rapunzel then this is probably the way to go.  I’m far from a character expert but have a decent idea of which ones are at certain restaurants because food.  If you have any questions in that regard let me know in the comments.

Melissa Flynn Trattoria

I didn’t see Melissa for the rest of this trip after this photo.  Odd… (Kidding)

Character meals are definitely in demand and, justifiably so, Disney charges a premium for them.  With that in mind, any meal you have with characters is probably not worth the price based on food alone.  That’s not to say the food won’t be good (we’re getting there), it’s just extra because you’re meeting characters.  Deciding whether to go or not should come down to if the character is unique and special to someone in your party, whether or not you want to wait in line in the parks for that character, and whether or not you want extra time with a character.  Put simply, character dining is a ‘Time vs. Money’ debate and there is no right or wrong answer.  I would advise trying it at least once, especially if you have someone who loves characters with you.

Pastries Trattoria al Forno

On to the important stuff – the food!  Breakfast is started with a plate of pastries brought for the whole table.  Be on the ready to snatch up what you want before the person next to you!  I enjoyed everything I tasted hear, specifically the pastry on the back of the plate that (was supposed to) resemble a clam shell.  This was raspberry filled and delicious.  All of the pastries were themed to one of the characters which was a nice touch.

Fruit trattoria

The next course was a choice between a yogurt parfait or fresh fruit.  I went with the fruit, which was your standard affair.  Everything tasted fresh and was enjoyable.

For the entrée, we had our pick between 7 different options.  Here’s a look at the menu.  I was impressed by the variety of food.  There were some different options here than the usual breakfast fare.

Breakfast calzone Trattoria

I went with King Triton’s Shipwreck al Forno.  Much to Ben Wyatt’s excitement, this was a breakfast calzone.  The inside is filled with scrambled eggs, cheese, peppers and meat.  The sauce this sits in is a sunday gravy, which is apparently similar to a red sauce you’d put on pasta.  I am not well versed in Italian food lingo.  I thought this was an excellent dish and very unique to breakfast.  While a calzone isn’t the fanciest thing, they dressed this up well and I enjoyed the blending of all the flavors.  This was extremely heavy though, to the point where you could share it.  If you like a more hearty breakfast, this is a good way to go.

Melissa's food Trattoria

While I tried to give myself a heart attack before noon, Melissa went with the Swimmers Delight.  This is an egg white omelet with smoked salmon, goat cheese, spinach and a host of other healthy things.  Melissa liked the lightness of the dish but said she probably wouldn’t order again.  No surprise, when you put that much ‘healthy’ food on one plate then you’re asking for trouble.  Jokes aside, I think this was prepared well and had a good amount of flavor packed into the omelet.  Amie had the steak and eggs (Royal Breakfast).  She said the steak was fantastic and would recommend the dish.

All in all, I thought the food was very good.  Generally at character meals (especially breakfast) it seems that food is an afterthought.  That wasn’t the case here at all, I thought the dishes were interesting and all prepared very well.

Ariel group Trattoria

I really enjoyed our breakfast at Trattoria al Forno.  With that said, I’m not sure I would do it again and that is strictly due to price.  The cost is $34 per adult for breakfast, which is very steep for the first meal of the day.  Now, compared to other character breakfasts around property Trattoria looks much better and might even be the best value.  If you are looking for an easy way to meet one of these characters and love breakfast then I’d recommend this place.  If strictly looking for great breakfast food is the goal then I’d recommend trying somewhere else because you will save money.  Trattoria al Forno’s Bon Voyage Breakfast is a pleasant surprise but is still a steep price to pay for the first meal of the day.

Overall Rating – 8/10

Have you been to Trattoria al Forno?  Let us know your thoughts on the restaurant, along with any questions you have, in the comments.  If you enjoy what you’re reading here on Wandering in Disney please subscribe to the blog via email or WordPress and like our social media pages.  You can find all of those things on the right side of this page.  Thank you very much for reading, we appreciate it!

– Andrew