Podcast Episode 150: Disney “Would You Rather?”

We’ve all played the “Would You Rather” where you have to choose between two impossible choices.  It’s a lot of fun and a tiny bit frustrating, of course.  We decided to put our own spin on the game by making our impossible choices all about Disney!

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Podcast Episode 148: Our Disney Love Stories

A true Disney fan knows the moment that they first fell in love with Disney parks.  You can remember everything about it, where you were, how you felt, what you were doing.  Join us as we share our origin stories of how we came by our love of Disney parks and what we plan for to foster that love in the future.

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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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Podcast Episode 142: Best Uses for Snack Credits

You know us here at Dole Whipped, we love talking about food!  One of our favorite things to do at Disney is snack!  This week we let you in on our favorite ways to spend the snack credits that are included in your Disney Dining Plan.  From the parks to the resorts, we’ll help you make smart snack choices!

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Podcast Episode 125: Club Level Overview

Have you been curious about what club level is and what it has to offer?  This week we give you the low down on what you can expect if you stay club level at a Disney resort.  From the rooms, amenities, and food offerings, staying club level offers you a special something extra for your next Disney vacation.

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Podcast Episode 123: We Gave It A Try

We make it a point to try new things at Disney each time we visit so we can report back to our readers and listeners about our findings.  Join us this week as we talk about the most recent new experiences we’ve had for the first time while at Disney!

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Vintage Disney Tickets

I did a little closet cleaning last week and came across my old scrapbook from when I was a kid  teenager.  Inside I found a few vintage Disney treasures, and I thought it would be fun to share what Disney tickets used to look like.

First up we have a 4 day ticket from 1992.  This was my ticket and that was my 13 year old signature on the front.  Check out the library check out style stamping!  This ticket cost about $118.  About a week after this ticket was issued, Disney switched from this Passport ticket to a Super Pass.

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This is a parking lot ticket from 1989.  Parking was only $3 back then!

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Another 4 day ticket, this time from 1989!  This ticket cost $92 plus tax.  Can you imagine paying that price today?  That’s just slightly less than a one day Magic Kingdom ticket!

Fun facts:  MGM Studios Park opened on May 1, 1989, as well as Pleasure Island.  One month later, Typhoon Lagoon opened its gates.

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Lastly, we have some miscellaneous Disney things I’ve kept over the years.  In June 1992, we stayed at the Polynesian Resort.  I kept the decaf coffee tag (I have no idea why, kids are weird), as well as the transportation card we were issued.  That year was the tail end of the 20 year WDW anniversary, and I have here a shopping bag that reflects that.  Hard to believe we’re now coming up on the 45th anniversary!

We’d love to see your vintage Disney items!  Put them in the comments if you have them!

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!

Sunshine Seasons food court with high ceiling and a massive glass roof

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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 112: Best Value For Disney Dining Plan Credits

Have you ever wondered which Walt Disney World restaurants give you the most bang for your Disney Dining Plan buck?  Wonder no longer as we discuss which restaurants we think are the best value for your dining plan credits!

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Podcast Episode 100: Our 100 Favorite Disney Things

Can you believe it’s already our 100th episode?!  We love podcasting and we’ve had so much fun along the way.  For this special episode we made a list of 100 Disney things we love.  We hope you love them too!  Stick around to see what we have in store for the next 100 episodes!

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Hint:  If you’d like an additional entry into our giveaway, you’re going to want to join us for this episode. 🙂