Disney News September 2015

Here is your September 2015 Disney news round up!

The biggest news this week is that this will be the final year for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. While it will be very sad to see them go the best part is that Disney is giving notice. So if you had wanted to see them one last time or for the first time this will be your last chance. The Osborne Lights start in early November and will conclude on January 3, 2016. This change is due to the upcoming Toy Story Land and Star Wars themed land coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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If you are coming to see the lights there are two new seasonal offerings. The first is the Merry & Bright Dessert Party from November 6 to December 30. This will include holiday themed desserts. Next is the Merry & Bright Dinner Reception which is January 1-3, 2016. It will feature a selection of small bites like beef, shrimp, and turkey as well as beer, wine, and specialty beverages.  Reservations can be made starting September 16.

Let’s hop over to the west coast with news of a new Frozen inspired stage musical for Disney’s California Adventure Park. This show it due out in summer 2016 at the Hyperion Theater. Which means this show will be replacing the current Disney’s Aladdin- A Musical Spectacular” much to the sadness of many Disney fans. Aladdin will be finished on January 10, 2016.

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If you have ever been to Walt Disney World for Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival and enjoy cooking, I have the thing for you!  A cookbook for the last 20 years of Food and Wine Festival.  Disney has even posted some of the recipes on their blog if you would like to try out a few of them before buying!  http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/09/new-cookbook-celebrates-20-years-of-epcot-international-food-wine-festival/

Lastly, there is a new special event at Walt Disney World, Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise.  This cruise will take in the Wishes fireworks from a ferry on the Seven Seas Lagoon and feature plenty of sweat treats taken from resorts and the parks with the music piped into the ferry.  It finishes with a toast of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in a souvenir glow glass.  Prices are $99 for adults and $69 for children 3-9 and reservations are available.

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Disney Bounding

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Disney Bounding is a great way to add a lot of fun to your Disney vacation without too much work. It involves dressing in regular clothes but with a Disney twist. For example if you wanted to dress similarly to Mr. Smee, you will need some blue shorts, blue and white large striped shirt, a red cap, and brown sandals.

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These outfits can be a simple or elaborate as you would like put together with pieces out of your own closet! Of course if you are like me and want an excuse to go shopping!

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If you are interested in many more ideas you can check out the Disney Bound tumblr. And there is plenty of inspiration to be found on Pinterest as well.

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Have you ever dressed as a Disney character for a regular park day?  If so please share below!

D23 News and Exciting Announcements

Oh my! If you are a Disney fan you know how much news came out this past weekend at D23 in Anaheim. If you are NOT a Disney fan you probably still heard some of it because it is crazy and wild all the cool stuff that is coming. If you are like me then you do not want to wait but want it all now! But go ahead and go to Disney and enjoy what is there now because with change you may lose some of your old favorites! But, do not worry because all the new stuff will make you quickly forget!

 

Thanks Disney Travel Professionals Page for the use of the photo.

Star Wars Land – Thanks Disney Travel Professionals Page for the use of the photo.

First, let’s talk about the BIGGEST news from D23 and I think we can all agree it is the new alcohol policy for Disney Cruise Line. Right??? Okay no that was not the biggest news at all (but I will address this news later but for now let’s start positive) and the biggest news…drum roll please… Star Wars Land. Yes, finally for all you Star Wars lovers (which clearly from the crowds at Star Wars Weekends is a ton) there is going to be an answer to your needs. Star Wars Land is going to be located at Disney Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World (so thankfully something will be there to entertain us people) and at the Disney Land Resort.

“I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” said Iger. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”

 

There is more to come on this and stay with us here at Dolewhipped.com because we are bringing it to you!

Thanks to Disney Parks Blog for the photo.

Thanks to Disney Parks Blog for the photo.

Second, more lands! Yes, there are more lands coming our way including Toy Story Land coming to Disney Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World (again actual things to do there!) and at Animal Kingdom they are going with Pandora – The World of Avatar. I am sure Disney will do a great job with this as they do with everything. Another cool thing coming to Animal Kingdom that really gets me ready to go is After Dark at Animal Kingdom. They will have a show called “Rivers of Light” that sounds spectacular and is coming this Spring and also the Kilimanjaro Safari is going to have a night-time safari that will be a special type of safari and sounds awesome. I am a huge fan of Animal Kingdom and love seeing it grow.

Rivers of Light - Thanks Disney Parks Blog for the use of the photo.

Rivers of Light – Thanks Disney Parks Blog for the use of the photo.

Two more quick but excellent things to mention is a new restaurant at Magic Kingdom and a change to Soarin’. The table service restaurant named “Jungle Skipper Canteen” and will be themed after the Jungle Cruise. I am loving another table service option inside Magic Kingdom so this is good news. Soarin’ will no longer be Soarin’ Over California but instead we will be Soarin’ Around the World. This change will be put in place both in Epcot’s Soarin’ attraction in Walt Disney World and in Disney’s California Adventure’s Soarin’ attraction in Disneyland.

Last, is the bad news. Disney Cruise Line has changed the alcohol policy and the change goes into effect for any cruises commencing on or after September 30, 2015. I am just going to bullet point the new rules as I cry:

  • Each Guest 21 years and older may bring two bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750ml) or six beers (no larger than 12oz) onboard in carry-on luggage at the beginning of the voyage and at each port-of-call.
  • All alcoholic beverages packed in checked luggage will be removed and stored until the completion of the cruise.
  • Wine or champagne in excess of the two allowable bottles or beer in excess of the six beers will be stored and Guests may retrieve them at the end of the voyage.
  • All liquors and spirits (including powdered alcohol) are prohibited and will be stored until the completion of the cruise.
  • Guests must retrieve any stored alcohol at the end of the cruise. Uncollected alcohol will be destroyed and no compensation will be offered.
  • Alcohol brought on board may not be consumed in any lounge or public area.
  • Effective Sept. 30, 2015, the corkage fee charged to Guests who bring their own wine or champagne into one of our restaurants will be $25 per bottle.

So, that is it. I know it hurts because it hurts us all but I am just the bearer of the news. Disney Cruise Line is still the best hands down and now you just need to save a few more dollars to pay for drinks on board. Also, remember at each port you can get 2 bottles and alcohol is usually very cheap at most ports of call – hey looking at the bright side! But overall, the news was amazing and I can not wait for these new things! If you have any questions let me know.

 

Disney Parks Around The Globe

I think we’re all pretty familiar with the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and Disneyland in California, but did you know there are Disney parks in other countries?

Tokyo Disney Resort

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Located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, this Disneyland park opened in 1983 and just got a recent expansion with DisneySea.  It’s licensed by the Walt Disney Company and was built by Disney Imagineers.  There are several different onsite resorts but only three are actually owned by the parent company.

Disneyland Paris

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This one is located in the suburbs of Paris, France and opened in April 1992 as Euro Disney.  This resort has two parks, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, as well as golf and six onsite Disney hotels.

Hong Kong Disneyland

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This park opened in September 2005 in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong and has one park, two hotels, and plenty of room for expansion.

Shanghai Disney Resort

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This is the planet’s newest Disney resort…so new it isn’t even finished yet!  There will be a Disneyland park and a shopping district called Disneytown.  This resort is scheduled to open sometime in 2016.

Each of these Disney parks are unique but still have the Disney magic that we know back here in the States.  Have you been to one of these overseas parks?  Let us know what you thought in the comments!

Ideas for Making the Trek to Disney More Fun (aka less of a headache for you!)

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Yes, everyone is over the top excited to go to Disney (be it Disneyland, Disney World, or even one of the overseas Disney Parks) but getting there and back can be daunting for little ones, big ones, and all in between. So, whether you are flying or driving here are some ideas to help pass the time.

Check out this cool book on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Check out this cool book on Amazon by clicking HERE.

The first idea takes a bit of pre-trip work and a few dollars but I would think it could be well worth it. Purchase Disney books, crafts (that can be done easy in a car or plane, movies, etc.) and wrap them up – one for every hour. So, if you have a three hour plane ride you would need 3 gifts, if you have a 14 hour drive it is time to hit the Dollar Store but you would bring along 14 gifts. Also, you can find some really fun “free” stuff out there – like check out Crayola’s website and print some of the Disney Coloring pages and put your own little book together. Check it out HERE. Let the kids know they are going to get a surprise every hour and you can always add a clause that they only get the gift if they are “good”. Then set a timer or alarm and every hour hand over the wrapped gift for them to open and spend the next hour or more playing with or watching, etc. Make sure if the gift needs batteries or crayons that those are ready to go!

Second, play games in the car or on the plane (quietly). I know times have changed but kids have not. I loved playing iSpy or a trivia type game with my parents on the way to some vacation. Half the fun was interacting with my family and laughing along the way.

Be ready with a sing along playlist. Now depending on the ages of your offspring you may want to ask them to help you so that you make sure you have songs that they will enjoy. I watch the Honda commercials and tear up thinking of singing Weezer with my big family on the way to a vacation (okay I realize I have no offspring but I can see my husband, friends, and kitties definitely belting out tunes with me!) I mean there is nothing like your 10 year old singing the lyrics “what’s with these homies dissing my girl” but you need to stay in the game parents! If you are not sure what commercial I am talking about – Click HERE.

$_58Last idea for now – the DVD player, the iPad downloaded movies from wherever, etc. Just make sure it works without needing to live stream and then plug them in to TV, movies, etc. and let them drift off into movie land for a few hours. It will all be worth it once you get there, my signal for knowing I am finally there is when I hear my favorite Disney quote “por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas”.

Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary written by Guest Blogger: Danielle Brabson

IMG_20150514_085914985It’s the big 6-0 for Disneyland this year and they are setup to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary. The streets are decked out with the Disney ‘D’ and diamond banners. The castle has been given an extra dose of sparkle. If you’ve been wanting to visit Disneyland or haven’t been in a while, now is the time to go. You’ll get to enjoy an extra special Disneyland experience! I am disappointed to miss it but we just got back from a visit in May and I haven’t been able to convince the hubs that we should go experience the 60th Anniversary since we already have reservations for our usual Christmas trip in December.

The celebration started on May 22nd with a 24 hour celebration at both parks – Disneyland and California Adventure. Both parks were open from 6 am on May 22nd to 6 am on May 23rd. There was an opening celebration on Main Street at 6 am to start off the 24 hours of fun!

In addition to the 24 hour celebration, they have created a new parade – Paint the Night, a new night-time show – Disneyland Forever, and a new World of Color show – Celebrate.  All geared towards paying homage to the heart of Disneyland and Walt’s dream. They are all sure to be over the top and ready to dazzle the crowds.

The new Paint the Night Parade is an updated electrical parade. The Disney Parks blog says “This dazzling nighttime procession is led by Tinker Bell flying in a magical, musical overture, spreading pixie dust along the Disneyland parade route. Right on her tail (but never growing up!) is Peter Pan, perched high atop an enormous drum inspired by a float from the classic “Main Street Electrical Parade.” I’ve heard that this parade is AH-MAZING! I would expect nothing less from Disney.

After the parade you’ll be able to witness a new nighttime show that is more than just IMG_20150512_142516179fireworks. It looks like they are incorporating lasers, video projections along Main Street and other parts of the park along with fireworks. Magical is the only word I can think to describe this and I haven’t even seen it! It is 14 minutes of magic that transforms the park and is complimented with a fantastic soundtrack.

Over at California Adventure, they’ve also updated World of Color. I love World of Color, the fact that they can project images on water and have it look clear and crisp if amazing to me. Maybe I am easily impressed but I think they do a great job presenting it and incorporating so many Disney characters seamlessly into the show! The Disneyland website explains it the best  I think “Filled with never-before-seen surprises and dazzling special effects, and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and the one-and-only Mickey Mouse, it’s an unforgettable opportunity to follow along on Walt’s incredible journey of imagination—from his earliest creations, to his very first visions for The Happiest Place on Earth, to today’s Disney magic… and beyond!

Featuring soaring fountains, fire and laser effects, stirring music and towering screens that come to life with new and classic Disney animation, World of Color: Celebrate! reminds us all that if we never give up on our dreams, then anything is possible!”

In addition to all the fun shows and entertainment there have added some new food and drinks to celebrate as well. Get a 60th anniversary cupcake, enjoy the yummy 60th anniversary Martini at Carthay Circle Restaurant (make a reservation for dinner you will not be disappointed!). And as a true Disney fanatic you should make sure you accessorize ” the Diamond Celebration Made with Magic Mickey Ear hat, Paint Brush and Mickey Glove—and others you know and love, including the Sorcerer Mickey Wand and Minnie Mouse Headband.

Each marvelous Made with Magic piece has been programmed to light up at key moments, matching colors and flashing to the beat during all-new nighttime spectaculars, such as:

So go and enjoy all the magic and fun for the 60th Anniversary!

Guest Blogger Danielle Brabson: Disneyland’s Fantasmic & Dining Package

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Whenever we go to Disneyland I always like to take advantage of the Dining Package options for shows like World of Color or Fantasmic.  Here’s the reason I do it. I want to see a show and I have to eat so why not combine them and make it easier on myself? Selecting the Dining Package for a show or entertainment eliminates additional wait time to get a FASTPASS to see the show all while enjoying a relaxing meal. We usually plan at least one nicer sit down meal on our trips and I always coordinate this with a show.

On a trip to Disneyland last year, when it was just myself and my daughter, instead of our entire family of five, we splurged and got the Dining Package option for Fantasmic. It included assigned seating to view the show and a dessert box. It was FANTASTIC. This box of goodies did not disappoint. It was filled with different cheeses, grapes, crackers, and wide variety of desserts. Desserts were a mini cheesecake, lemon tart, chocolate lava cake, a jelly filled cookie with chocolate on the bottom (that was by far my favorite), a couple of macaroons and shortbread. A drink of your choice (water, milk, pop or hot chocolate) was also part of the deal. We were able to sit and eat all this while watching the show.

Doing some research for our next trip I found that Disneyland changed their dining options with Fantasmic. Initially, I was sad and disappointed (I’ve been dreaming of that cookie since that last trip!!) until I saw the new options.  While they no longer have assigned seating, they increased their Dining Package options to include a sit down dinner meal, a meal on the go, or a desert option.  Selecting any of these options will get you a FASTPASS (without having to wait in line) to a reserved viewing area.

For the sit down restaurants, you can select the Blue Bayou or the River Belle Terrace. It’s a three course meal that includes a starter, entrée and dessert, with a set price for both adults and children. The Blue Bayou is a great restaurant, it’s actually located in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride which gives it a fun ambiance. It’s a little more “formal” than the River Belle Terrace. Last time our family ate there the meal was awesome. It was enjoyed by the whole family which is sometimes quite a feat with a couple picky eaters.  River Belle Terrace is a little more casual and also provides a yummy menu as well. Our family has also enjoyed dinner at River Belle Terrace, their roast beef is phenomenal!

If you’re short on time or don’t prefer a sit down meal, you can still take advantage of getting the reserved viewing FASTPASS, by reserving a Grab & Go meal from Aladdin’s Oasis.  You’ll reserve your Grab & Go meal and then pick it up at your reserved time. You can eat it when you’re ready! There are a limited amount of these meals so book your reservation online or by calling before your trip!

The last option, which is probably going to be my favorite, because well it’s dessert, (and boy does Disney know how to do dessert) is a sampler of sweets and a choice of drink. You’ll pick up this yummy goodness from the Honey Bear Restaurant, which is over by Splash Mountain and is pretty close to the Fantasmic viewing area.

The Fantasmic show itself is pretty cool. It includes a bunch of different things going on from live action, animatronics, lights, fireworks and lasers. It’s pretty cool in that it’s Mickey’s dream and it includes many different characters from all across the Disney spectrum. It’s on the water and Tom Sawyer’s Island. The water adds a lot of visual entertainment as you catch the reflections of things in the water as well as the images being displayed both in and on the water.

If you haven’t seen it, you need to experience it at least once, and why not take advantage of the Dining options at the same time! Make sure you check the schedule for the viewing times.

February News Roundup

While we post News as it happens on our Dole Whipped Facebook Page, sometimes it’s good to have all that’s been happening listed neatly in once place! So without further ado, the February Disney news roundup:

1) Be Our Guest restaurant at Disney’s Magic Kingdom will begin taking reservations for lunch starting February 25th. It has been confirmed by Disney Parks Blog that Be Our Guest lunch will remain a Quick Service entitlement on the dining plan and you’ll be able to pre-order your lunch choices starting at 30 days prior to your reservation. There are still rampant rumors (including a leaked menu) that breakfast will soon begin to be served at Be Our Guest as well. As soon as that rumor turns into actual news we’ll be sure to let you know!

2) The golden carriage used in Disney’s upcoming Cinderella movie is on display at Hollywood Studios! The carriage will be up for a short period after the movie’s March 13 premiere, leaving Hollywood Studios on April 11th, so if you’re at Walt Disney World before then be sure to check it out! (source)

3) Disneyland attraction “Luigi’s Flying Tires” will be permanently closed effective February 16th. Details are vague on the new attraction that will be taking its place, expected to open at the beginning of 2016.

4) An all new Frozen short film will debut at the beginning of Disney’s live action Cinderella movie! The short is 7 minutes long and features (of course!) a “catchy” song sure to make fans of Frozen happy. I personally can’t wait to see this! (source)

5) The interactive portion of Peter Pan’s Flight’s new queue opened at the end of January! See a video here.

6) Disney World’s newest Starbucks location, The Trolley Car Cafe,  has opened at Hollywood Studios! See photos here.

Which Disney news are you most excited about? Tell us here in the comments or head to our Facebook page! 

Guest Blogger: Danielle Brabson Review of Disneyland’s Grand Californian and GC’s Club Level

GrandCalifornianHotel01As Disneyland’s premium hotel, The Grand Californian Resort and Spa is a fantastic place to stay at Disneyland.  I know opinions on this vary, and we have stayed both on and off property, but we prefer to stay on property. The hotel itself is beautiful. It’s built as a craftsman era hotel, with a great deal of detail in all the woodworking and stone that surround you in the hotel. The lobby is fantastic and is six stories high. You can look down from each floor into the massive lobby. The lobby is well-appointed with plenty of seating and a giant fireplace. There is even a TV with little chairs so the kids can have their own spot to watch Disney shows. And at Christmas time (which is when we usually go) it is even more magical, but Christmas at Disney is its own post all together!  There are plenty of restaurant choices as well. The Grand Californian houses one of Disneyland’s fine dining restaurants, Napa-Rose-e1321321280926-768x1024Napa Rose. We got to enjoy Napa Rose on our last trip! There is also a great family restaurant, Storytellers, as well as some quick service places like White Water Snacks. If you’ve been to Disney World the Grand Californian is similar in theme to the Wilderness Lodge. We will always choose the Grand when visiting Disneyland and we also always select Club Level. Here are few reasons why.

Pros:

  • It’s the closest to the park entrances of all the on property resorts. We debated staying at one of the others but when looking at the map we liked the proximity of the Grand to the parks. We have a younger child (2.5) so the ease of quickly being able to get back to the hotel for a nap if needed was a highlight for us.
  • It has its own entrance to the California Adventure Park. Again the ease of getting back to the hotel was a draw for us (as was being able to get right into the park from the hotel on Magic Morning).
  • Some rooms have bunk beds and a trundle. So for our family of five, this was great. The older kids got one of the bunks and the younger one got the trundle. So everyone had their own bed, no sharing and less fighting (well except who got to sleep on the top bunk…).
  • The sink is separate from the shower and toilet. I believe this is the case with most Disney hotels, and it’s a positive for sure. As someone can be showering while others are getting ready. There are double sinks and plenty of room to move around.
  • You have multiple view options, this is not a huge one for us but I know others that like to have a view to go along with the rest of the Disney magic.
  • You leave the hotel and you’re right in Downtown Disney. So in the event you forget something (like tennis shoes…) or just need a break from parks and want to shop or eat you have so much to choose from without having to walk or get in the car and drive somewhere. There is a World of Disney right there as well so you can get all your Disney Souvenirs!
  • The pools! Yes plural! There are three pools at the Grand. The children’s pool and also a pool that includes a water slide. There are even cabana’s you can rent to enjoy a rest day at the pool.
  • Pinocchio’s Workshop – You can leave your kids here to play and you can go P16-0002enjoy time alone and maybe go to the full service Spa or Napa Rose. We utilized this on our last trip and the kids (ages 10 and 8) had a good time. They ate dinner, played games, did crafts and didn’t complain! This is open to all guest staying on property but it’s located in the Grand.

What about Club/Concierge Level?  We really like the Club level. It offers its own check in area on the 6th floor and a lounge which has food and drinks throughout the day and evening. I’m sure there are plenty of articles out there that debate if the Club level is worth it and it’s probably not for everyone. This is my experience with it and why we like it.  The lounge is only available to guests on the Club Level floor and a valid room key is required to enter the lounge. There are three “meals” throughout the day and drinks are always available.

The breakfast is a nice option for us because the kids are antsy to the get the park and don’t want to sit down for a full meal and I am not the traveler who keeps milk in the fridge so the kids can have cereal in the room. The breakfast choices are usually assorted pastries and muffins, fruit, cereals and milk, bagels with cream cheese, assorted meats and cheese (we usually make a bagel sandwich). And of course juice, coffee, tea and pop. This year they added an espresso machine so you can really get moving!  You can also request bottles of water which are great to take into the park with you if you’re bringing a bag since you can refill them at any restaurant for free.

The afternoon tea option has assorted tea sandwiches, cookies, and fruit. There are also goldfish crackers and a party mix (think Chex mix). We usually fill a lidded to-go cup with the snacks and either bring them into the park or back to the room with us. And again all the drinks are available anytime throughout the day.

The evening reception offers beer and wine, assorted cookies, scones, chocolate dipped strawberries, nuts and dried fruit. This is a nice option if you’re taking a quick break from the park and want to spend a few minutes relaxing.

You can also view the fireworks from the balcony, and they broadcast the music along with it. So it’s a great option if you have smaller kids that will be going to bed earlier than others.

The last thing they have is story time with cookies and milk. The kids can sit on the floor with their cookies while a cast member reads them a few stories. You can sit at a table and enjoy a glass of wine and relax right along with them! It’s a nice way to end the day.

An ending note about the Club level is the personalized service you receive. They will call you to touch base before your trip to make sure of your plans and any additional needs. They will also help you make dining reservations and offer dining suggestions. We were there when it was raining and they helped us repair rips in our rain gear by sharing their duct tape! They really up the magic factor in my opinion.

Cons:

I had a difficult time coming up with cons, but finally had one.

Sometimes the line to get into California Adventure on Magic Morning can be huge and it’s faster to go to the main entrance. However, I will note that on my last trip they seemed to improve the logistics of this so it wasn’t as bad.

Like I said at the beginning this is our preferred hotel on the Disneyland Resort, so of course we would recommend it. I hope you get a chance to enjoy some time there too.GrandCalifornianChristmas

Our Personal Favorite Articles from 2014

We, the ladies that bring you DoleWhipped, have had so much fun this past year launching our podcast (DoleWhipped: Dishing on Disney), blog (doleWhipped.com) and Facebook page (Facebook.com/DoleWhipped). Though it has been a lot of work, it is a labor of love for us ladies that love us some Dole Whip and all things Disney. Wow! What a learning experience and what a great way to spend our days and many late nights. We have been overwhelmed by the response and that we had so many more readers and listeners than we expected. We have felt so lucky with the positive response! When we first launched, I personally thought if we had anyone other than our moms follow us, then we would have been successful in my own mind. With that being said, any and all of our milestones, be it big or small, have meant so much to all of us. From the very first achievement, which was being part of iTunes’ “New and Noteworthy” category for podcasts, to my favorite which was when Dole (yes the company!) commented, not once but twice, on our blog. One of the most fun times, was just this past week, when we received from WordPress our “Year in Review” which made us aware that we have more than just our moms following along with us. We are looking forward to 2015 and even more DoleWhipped fun with you! One last look at 2014 though and these articles below are OUR personal favorites that we each wrote this year and why…

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Christy Wood Brown –

Nursing around “The World”

“This was my favorite article I wrote this year for two reasons. One as I was writing it I loved remembering that special bonding I had with my little one at my favorite place. Second, there are so many hidden gems at Disney on where to breastfeed that new mommas now know about it.” (Christy)

Dana Zificsak – 

Cruising with toddlers on Disney Cruise Line

“This is my favorite post of the year because it really helped me re-live all the fun my son had onboard the Disney Cruise Line. Our cruises are the most relaxing and magical time for my family.” (Dana)

Jamie Shea Carr – 

Top 5 Adult Beverages at Disney World1403676_10151773961164423_1938561015_o“This was my favorite article because I would do anything to be drinking a Lapu Lapu at the Polynesian right now!” (Jamie)

Jillian Cline Foster – 

When to Take a First Visit

“I enjoyed writing this article since it was a trip down memory lane. My daughter’s first visit was at 3 and I only regret we didn’t start her sooner. Plus I never thing you are too young (or too old) to have your first Disney vacation!” (Jillian)

Shannon Sagona –

There’s a Dole Whip for Everyone: Dole Whip 101

“Basically, it’s about our favorite treat plus, Dole responded!” (Shannon)

IMG_0175 (1)Tara Scott McClure – 

My Top 5 Items for my Disney Bucket List

“I loved looking back and reviewing this bucket list I have made and realizing I was able to make some headway this year – so more Disney memories to tuck away. Plus the best part is it looks like it is time to add some new items which just means more Disney.” (Tara)

I hope you will continue to read and listen to us and we would love to hear from you! What do you think about DoleWhipped?

Happy 2015