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!

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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. 🙂

Podcast Episode 94: Interview with Anessa

Here at Dole Whipped, we love talking with fans and former Disney Cast Members and this week we have both all wrapped up in one!  Join us as we talk with Anessa, client and friend of the show about being a Disney super fan and a super planner!  She’s got some great tips for you as well as some good ideas on how you can use a travel agent and still do lots of Disney planning yourself.

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Adventures by Disney-Central Florida

Disney recently released a brand new Adventures by Disney itinerary for Central Florida! This is not just visiting Disney parks, but also the Kennedy Space Center, kayak, zip line, and airboat tours.

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This inclusive vacation would be seven days, staying at the Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. It includes 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners. The suggested ages are 8 and up with the minimum age being 6 years old. All transfers are included in the vacation as well.

The first day includes a private dinner at the Chef’s Kitchen at the Contemporary Resort and you will take home a cookbook as a souvenir.

Day two includes a private breakfast at Tony’s Town Square and pre park opening entrance to Magic Kingdom. Then you will take a walking tour of the Magic Kingdom with an Imagineer including a backstage look at the Utilidors! Of course you will get VIP access to Seven Dwarfs mine Train and lunch at the Skipper Canteen. You will also get a reserved spot for the Festival of Fantasy Parade and Wishes Fireworks. There will be plenty of time for exploring the park on your own during the day.

Highlights from day three include breakfast at ‘Ohana, and a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Here you will have a private tour with an astronaut-guide and feel what it is like during a shuttle launch, then lunch with an astronaut. Once back at Disney you will have a VIP preview of Disney Springs.

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Day four start early with a private safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, followed by a private breakfast at Tiffin’s. You will then explore the park and learn how the Imagineers planned the park. Next you will go backstage at the Rivers of Light show with VIP seating at this brand new show. A private dinner is also provided at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, with plenty of time during the day to explore the park.

The next day starts with breakfast at Kona Café and a kayak trip down Shingle Creek. Next you will board an airboat on Lake Tohopekaliga, followed by a zipline and horseback adventure and barbeque.

 

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Day six starts with a grab and go breakfast at Kona Island and an escort to Hollywood Studios for a private ride on the Tower of Terror and Toy Story Midway Mania. After this backstage access will get you from Hollywood Studios to The Seas pavilion inside Epcot. With this you will have a special access viewing from the top of the tank and lunch at the Living Seas VIP lounge. There is also a private behind-the-scenes tour at the American Adventure Pavilion and then a farewell dinner at the American Adventure Rotunda. Finishing off the night with VIP viewing of Illuminations and a dessert party.

The dates for the Adventures by Disney vacation start June 19 and go through the rest of the year. Prices start at $4,699 per child and $4,939 per adult. Some are already sold out, so if you are interested you will want to sign up quickly!