Podcast Episode 169: Last Minute Trips

Have you ever dreamed of planning a very last minute trip to Disney?  We have too!  In this episode, we give you all the tips and tricks you need to know to plan a last minute trip to Disney that won’t have you frustrated!

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Podcast Episode 160: Character Dining In Depth

Everyone knows that one of the most popular things to do at Disney is to have a character meal!  Whether you want to meet Mickey and friends or Disney princesses, there is something for everyone when it comes to having a great meal with a fun character.  Join us this week when we tell you which restaurants have your favorite Disney characters and what you can expect during that character dining experience!

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Podcast Episode 155: Our Disney Dreams

Have you ever wished you could take your favorite parts of Disney and make them into one big Disney dream? Join us this week as we play a little Dr. Frankenstein and pull our favorite parts of the Walt Disney World resort and mash them together to make new restaurants, resorts, and menus in our own little Disney world!

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Podcast Episode 145: Shannon’s May 2017 Trip Report

Everyone loves a trip report!  Join us this week as we listen in to another Dole Whipped vacation recap!  Lots of new experiences were had including the new Bon Voyage Breakfast as well as Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian resort!

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Best Use of Dining Plan Quick Service Credits

When you get the Dining plan or Quick Service dining plan you want to make sure you are getting a good value for your money.  But cost can’t be the only factor.  You will want to make sure you are checking out the menus to verify that you are choosing a restaurant menu that will appeal to your party.  This isn’t a comprehensive list but some suggestions for great eats!

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Be Our Guest for lunch is a fantastic choice based on the location, amazing atmosphere and the food.  The food is similar to the dinner offerings but all at one quick service dining credit. Located in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland you will be immersed in the Beast’s castle and can choose from three different rooms to sit in.  This restaurant is like no other.  First of all it does require reservations for the quick service.  Next you order solely from a kiosk and then get your “rose” and find a spot to sit.  Your food will be delivered to your table.  You can check out my lunch review here.

Wolfgang Puck Express located in Disney Springs is another amazing choice for a quick service meal, lunch or dinner. Similar to Be Our Guest, you will have your food delivered to your table.  This food is pretty amazing, we recommend the mac and cheese and the bacon wrapped meatloaf.  Check out this review for more information!

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Sunshine Season in the Land pavilion in Epcot is a delicious option with seasonal foods grown right there in the Land Pavilion! Plus the amazing strawberry shortcake is always worth getting.  This location is also ideal if you need to fuel up before waiting in line for Soarin’ Around the World.  They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner so any time the mood strikes you can check out this quick service restaurant.  This restaurant has some amazing choices like Oak grilled salmon, slow roasted pork chops and Mongolian beef.

Columbia Harbour House located in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom is a fantastic option for a healthier lunch or dinner with many options.  Some of the most popular options are the Lobster Roll, chicken pot pie, Lighthouse sandwich, clam chowder, and broccoli peppercorn salad.  You cannot beat the location and people watching if you head up to the second floor seating.

 

Flame Tree Barbecue in the Discovery Island area of Animal Kingdom is probably one of the best quick services values.  You can get more than just barbeque here though, some choices are ½ a chicken, ribs & chicken combo, smoked turkey sandwich, full slab of ribs, and roasted chicken salad.

Dining area of Landscape of Flavors restaurant at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

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Landscape of Flavors is located at the Art of Animation resort is an awesome choice with unique and adventurous flavors.  You can get things like curry chicken, beef stirfry, create your own pasta or pizza, burgers, soup, and salad. Yep, that is a lot of choices in one restaurant!

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café in Frontierland in Magic Kingdom is another fantastic choice.  If you love tex-mex food this is the place for you.  It is similar to Qdoba or Chipotle where you can get a rice bowl, fajitas, or burritos and then step up to the fixins bar to doctor up your dinner.

Capt. Cook’s in the Polynesian Village Resort is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  You can get the famous Tonga Toast for breakfast or the pulled pork nachos for lunch and dinner.  This location is great whether you are staying at the Polynesian or just visiting from the other monorail resorts or want a break for the parks.  The menu has variety and is a pretty good value.

Tangerine Café located in the Morocco pavilion in Epcot is a cool choice for lunch or dinner.  They have many unique offerings such as Mediterranean chicken wrap, shawarma chicken or lamb platter, lamb wrap, and kefta sandwich.  Plenty to choose from for the adventurous palate.

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If you have a suggestion to add let us know!  We are always looking for great values and interesting menus!

Podcast Episode 109: Magic Kingdom Quick Service

You know us here at Dole Whipped, we love to talk about food!  This week we’re talking all about our favorite quick service locations at the Magic Kingdom!  We let you know where you can get traditional theme park fare as well as some other dishes that go beyond what you might normally expect to see.

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Is the Quick Service Dining Plan “Worth it”?

If you’ve ever planned a Disney vacation for your family, I’m sure this question has come up.  In fact, our own Jamie brought this question up with the standard Disney Dining Plan standard Disney Dining Plan last month.  When I was planning my family’s Disney vacation last year I decided to do a little research and see if the Quick Service plan was a good deal or not.  Here’s what I found out:

Breakfast

Location: Landscape of Flavors (Art of Animation resort food court)

Apple Danish  – (one snack credit or $3.59)

 

Coffee ($2.49 out of pocket) in resort refillable mug

Lunch

Location: Be Our Guest (Quick Service, Magic Kingdom)

Braised Pork entrée with sides of potatoes and green beans (one Quick Service credit or $14.99), fountain soda (included with dining credit or $2.99) , The Master’s Cupcake (included with dining credit or $4.59)

Dinner

Location: Pinocchio Village Haus (Quick Service, Magic Kingdom)

Caprese Flatbread (one Quick Service cred it or $9.99), fountain soda (included with dining credit or $2.99), no sugar added mango gelato (included with dining credit or $3.99)

Total cash price: $45.62

Price of the adult Quick Service Dining Plan (per night): $41.99

As you can see, the Quick Service Dining Plan did save a little money for us, but mostly allowed us to break even on food costs.  We ended up with more food on the dining plan than we would probably normally eat, but that’s ok.  We felt it was a good value and we enjoyed the convenience of not having to pull out a credit card when we were ready to pay.  Overall, it worked out well for us!

Be Our Guest Lunch Review

DSCN3586We were lucky enough to snag a reservation for this lunch. We arrived just a few minutes before our reservation to check in at the stand before the bridge. We went right in and waited in a short line before we went in to place our orders on the kiosk. Since we were given menus before we got to the kiosk we have plenty of time to consider our options.

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After our orders were placed we were given our rose and made a stop to get drinks and silverware. With those settled we opted to have lunch in the main room, the ball room. While we waited, we took turns checking out the other rooms.

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I ordered the Quinoa Salad, my husband had the Roast Beef Sandwich, my Mother-in-law got the Braised Pork and my daughter ordered Chip’s Delight (tomato soup and grilled cheese).

 

Chip’s Delight was hit and miss with my daughter, she loved the grilled cheese fingers and cookie. The tomato soup she didn’t care for but I tried it and it was delicious. It does taste like fresh tomatoes rather than Campbell’s Soup if that is what your children are used to.

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The Quinoa Salad I had was very tasty and I enjoyed it because it was fresh and light. If you are wanting something that isn’t heavy this is a great choice.

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The Roast Beef Sandwich that my husband ordered was hearty and filling. It is a good sized sandwich that came with fries on the side. It was another great option if you are looking to fill up.

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The favorite of the group was the Braised Pork. This came with mashed potatoes and vegetables and was so delicious. I would definitely choose this entrée the next time I was there if I were looking for a very filling meal.

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The atmosphere of the restaurant is amazing. It is straight out of the movie and if you have a Beauty and the Beast fan, they will love it! Bottom line, we would eat there again in a heartbeat!

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Podcast Episode 69: Our Fall Disney Vacations

Join us this week as we talk about our upcoming Disney vacations!  We’ll discuss our resorts, our dining plans, what we’re Fast Passing, and any special events we’re looking forward to!

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A Perfectly Princess Day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Last week we planned out what a perfect day would look like at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for a pirate fan. This week let’s talk about princesses!

For a truly special princess day, the little ones must dress the part. I suggest an early morning appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique located where else, in Cinderella’s Castle! Princesses can choose from The Crown Package (starting at $59.95) which includes hairstyling, shimmering make-up, a face gem, princess sash and tote and nail polish all the way up to the The Castle Package (starting at $194.95) which includes everything in the Crown package plus a costume and accessories and five printed photos! There is even a package for small princes, the $19.95 Knight package featuring hairstyling with gel and a sword and shield.

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After Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, head to Enchanted Tales with Belle where you can become part of the story. Belle asks for helpers to join her in acting out her story, so go be part of the fun! After the play, the little actors and actresses have a chance to meet with Belle.

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After a busy morning, princesses are probably getting hungry! Hopefully you (with the help of a travel agent, perhaps!) have secured an advanced dining reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table. One of the most popular (if not the most popular) dining establishment at Disney World, advance reservations are imperative. Dining with the Disney princesses is such a special experience for any princess, big or small! Princesses are subject to change but have featured Cinderella (of course! you even have your photo taken with her before the meal), Ariel, Snow White, Aurora, Belle and more.

If you didn’t get to meet enough princesses at lunch, there are there are plenty of other places in the Magic Kingdom for you to meet more! Here is a list of the princesses and their location (subject to change):

Cinderella & Rapunzel, Elsa & Anna all meet at Princess FairyTale Hall

Sleeping Beauty meets near City Hall

Jasmine (with Aladdin) meets near The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Merida meets near Fairytale Garden

Be sure to check out the Times Guide, since not all of the princesses meet all day long.

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Lastly, don’t forget to meet Ariel in her grotto, then check out her Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid ride!

After all those character meets you may be ready for dinner. Our suggestion is Be Our Guest restaurant. No, you can’t meet Belle here, but the setting is absolutely fit for a princess and the food is delicious!

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Maybe after dinner you’ll be headed back to your Port Orleans Riverside Royal Guest room, the perfect accommodations for a perfectly princess vacation 🙂

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