Podcast Episode 88: A Perfect Princess Day

Is there a princess in your life that needs some perfect princess pampering?  This episode is for you!  We talk about all the options available at Walt Disney World that are worthy of that royalty you know!  Where should a princess stay?  What should a princess eat?  What should a princess see?  We cover it all!

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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.


Courtesy Disney World website

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.


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.


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!


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


Jillian’s DCL Trip Report- Day 2

This morning we woke up and were ready for a full day at sea! The first order of business was breakfast at Beach Blanket Buffet! We all had a bit of everything, the clear favorite was the Mickey Waffles! I really enjoy the chocolate croissants and fresh fruit!

We went to the Lobby Atrium to meet some princesses next! We were a little early for our ticketed meet and greet so we went to meet Cinderella first. She quite enjoyed Petra’s dress as it lit up when she turned. After this meet we saw Rapunzel, Ariel, Tiana and Belle. They all adored the dress and asked if she had a Fairy Godmother who made it. After a quick wardrobe change we headed to our next meet and greet with Anna and Elsa from Frozen. I knew this one would be a hit with her because whose kid isn’t obsessed with Frozen still? While we waited in line they had us sit at a table and color so the line didn’t get too long.

Meeting princesses is fun and all but it was time for a swim. My daughter and husband hit up the pool while I went to the Buena Vista Theatre to see Big Hero 6!

When the movie was done my daughter was in the club and it was lunch time. We decided to check out Triton’s. I had the gingered-infused carrot soup, glazed meatloaf and key lime pie. Chelsey had the assorted sea food sampler, turkey melt sandwich, and the key lime pie as well. I have no idea what my daughter ate because she ate in the club which actually led to her trying new things!

At this point we signed up for a Mixology class! The cost is $15 per person but you get 5 drinks to try while you learn some mixing techniques and drink recipes!

Petra wasn’t tired of swimming just yet so we went again but this time to the Goofy Pool. It was really nice that Disney has swim vests so you can save the room in your suitcase! I particularly love how you can watch a movie while you swim around too, Teen Beach Movie happened to be on this time. Of course since we were so close we had to stop for ice cream and fruit!

This night was Pirates in the Caribbean so when we arrived in our room we had some bandannas and chocolate coins waiting for us. Dinner this night was not my favorite. The food just wasn’t good and we left with a feeling of meh. To eat I had Pirate’s golden pot stickers, Dutchman’s Dijon crusted sirloin of beef, and the sweet temptations sampler. My daughter enjoyed the macaroni and cheese with fries and broccoli.  My husband it looks like he had a crab cake and some steak.  Sorry about the lack of notes, but he too found the food lacking.

When dinner was done we went up to Deck 9 to check out the activities there. They were doing the challenge of Davy Jones, an interactive video game on the big screen. We played for a while before checking out the arcade. It is a smallish arcade, but it is fun if you want something else to do. The pirate party was starting complete with visits from many of the Disney characters. Is was pretty neat to see the type of show they put on complete with pirates coming down on ropes and Mickey flying over the deck to defeat Captain Hook! We watched fireworks (how awesome is that!) from Deck 10 before calling it a night.

Alfred Angelo Designs Frozen Wedding Gown

Disney Weddings Instagram

Disney Weddings Instagram

It’s every princess’ dream to get married at Disney, right?  Alfred Angelo, renowned wedding gown designer, has been helping brides look like their favorite Disney princesses for years.   And now, according to Disney Weddings Instagram account, the bridal company is working on a new design based on Elsa from Frozen!

There aren’t many details as yet on what the gown will look like exactly, but I know I’m excited to see it!

Podcast Episode 21: Over and Underrated – Magic Kingdom Part 1

The Dole Whipped girls discuss the last park in the over/underrated series, Magic Kingdom!  Find out which attractions we love but might not choose to Fast Pass.  We also give our opinion on the Anna and Elsa meet and greet so you don’t want to miss it!

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Walt Disney World News June 2014

Lots of news about Walt Disney World Parks recently and we wanted to bring it to you in one place. Some things are going away (permanently and temporarily), some things are moving, and there are some schedule changes you will want to know about!

You can read all about the Resort Check-In Testing going on a select Disney Resorts over the next couple weeks.

In princess news, Sleeping Beauty/Aurora will no longer be meeting with Anna and Elsa from Frozen in Princess Fairytale Hall inside the Magic Kingdom. She will be greeting her subjects in the Town Square Courtyard. Snow White will also be moving to this location as well. The best way to meet them will be to pick up a Times Guide as you enter the Magic Kingdom. This paper will let you know the hours of the meets and you can plan accordingly.

The American Idol Experience inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios is slated to close January 2015. This attraction is based on the TV show and if you won the show at Hollywood Studios you received a golden ticket which gives front of the line access at any American Idol audition. And in the last year 3 of the top 13 contestants tried out for the version at Walt Disney World. So if you have always dreamed of doing this attraction, your chances are limited so make sure it goes to the top of your to-do list for your next vacation.

The pool at The Wilderness Lodge has been added to the refurbishment list from late September through November of 2014.

And lastly, the Monorail hours will be changed slightly as Disney is moving to an automated system starting June 22, 2014.

  • Express monorail: 8:30am-midnight
  • Resort monorail: 9:30am-11:30pm
  • Epcot: 9:00am-11:00pm

We will keep you all updated of any more news and changes that are released!

FastPass+ for Magic Kingdom-Part 4 of 4

This is part 4 in a 4 part series from Jillian on best uses of FastPass+. Don’t forget to check out Part 1 (Epcot) here, Part 2 (Hollywood Studios) here and Part 3 (Animal Kingdom) here! Did you find this series helpful? Feel free to share with your friends on Facebook!

Here is the final installment of the best FastPass+ use for the Magic Kingdom. Once again here there are no tiers just choices across the board. I have included Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train though at the time of this publishing it has not yet opened but it will be soon.
Princess Fairytale Hall
Magic Kingdom (Choose any 3)
• Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
• Meet Anna & Elsa
• It’s a small world
• Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
• Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
• Dumbo the Flying Elephant
• Enchanted Tales with Belle
• Haunted Mansion
• Jungle Cruise
• Mad Tea Party
• Main Street Electrical Parade
• Meet Ariel at her Grotto
• Meet Cinderella and Rapunzel
• Meet Mickey Mouse
• Mickey’s Philharmagic
• Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
• Peter Pan’s Flight
• Pirates of the Caribbean
• Space Mountain
• Splash Mountain
• The Barnstormer
• The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
• The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
• Tomorrowland Speedway
• Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
• Wishes
Peter Pan's Flight

The best use for children under the 40 inch mark I will give more than 3 choices because there will be those people who have a little girl who love to meet Princesses and those who want a good mix of meets and attractions. Without further ado here are my suggestions: Meet and Greet with Anna & Elsa from Frozen, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Meet and Greet with Rapunzel and Cinderella, Meet Ariel at her Grotto, Peter Pan’s Flight, Enchanted Tales with Belle, and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
Enchanted Tales with Belle

For those who are a little taller and more adventurous children I would suggest all those listed above and add Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and The Barnstormer. When the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train opens this attraction will be one of your top priorities.
Splash Mountain
Of course there is a lot for thrill seekers to enjoy too, the mountains being the uppermost. Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
This list is harder to make because during the busy time you will have to wait for sometimes no matter what, but the ones I did list will most likely have the longest lines.

But if the ones listed aren’t available then there are some great second string picks: Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Wishes, and Jungle Cruise.
Haunted Mansion

Festival of Fantasy Parade

FoFP Beauty and the Beast

On March 9th, 2014 Disney debuted a brand new parade, the Festival of Fantasy Parade in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The parade starts at 3:00pm in Frontierland and ends near the Fire Hall on Main Street USA, taking a path through Liberty Square, around the Hub and down Main Street USA. I found a spot near the train station towards the end of the parade route which means the parade didn’t get to my location until closer to 3:20pm.

There are plenty of great places to see the parade, it will be less crowded in Frontierland and Liberty Square as well as near the train station. The busiest places to watch will be near the Hub (the circular area near Cinderella castle) and all down Main Street USA. If you want to get a prime viewing spot make sure you are in a spot about a half hour before the parade or earlier if you plan to be at the Hub.FoFP Peter Pan

But what is the parade all about? According to Disney’s website “Celebrate the stories you know and love in a whole new way with a magical mix of innovative floats, vibrant costumes and original music. Paying homage to the unbridled magic and vivid pageantry of Fantasyland and its many inhabitants.”   This parade is really living up to its hype. It is colorful, vibrant, high energy, and visual appealing. The costumes are amazing, the floats are gorgeous and the music is perfect for the parade.

The floats feature first, Belle and the Beast along with Cinderella and Prince Charming, Tiana and Naveen, Anna and Elsa. Next is Rapunzel with Flynn Rider and some of the patrons of the Ugly Duckling, swinging their way down the parade path. Ariel follows next in her clamshell. After Ariel is my personal favorite, Peter Pan. Peter Pan and Wendy are in a ship perched on a rainbow held up by skull rock. Underneath the rainbow is Captain Hook on an anchor, followed by Tinker Bell on the back of the float. That float is followed by the Tick Tock Croc.

Next we see Merida riding a set of bagpipes and accompanied by some kilted lasses and laddies. The most talked about float is next Maleficent as the Dragon. The dragon breathes fire and is distinctly steampunk inspired. This is accompanied by Prince Phillip fighting the thorns and the three fairies. Snow white and her dwarves follow the dragon on foot. The last large float is Pinocchio, Donald and Daisy Duck, Pluto, and Goofy. And of course in the last float a hot air balloon is the big cheese himself, Mickey Mouse with Minnie Mouse.

FoFP Daisy and Donald

This parade is a must do! If you don’t normally watch the parade you might want to change your mind. This will appeal to kids of all ages and of course adults too.