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Storybook Character Dining to Debut at Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

I'm so excited about today's update!  Character dining is coming to Disney's Wilderness Lodge.  This winter, Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and the Evil Queen will welcome guests to dine with them at Artist Point. 
Information is limited at this time, but we do know that it will be a prix fixe menu with shared appetizers, a delicious entree and dessert.  We're still eagerly waiting for information on the opening date, menus, and how many dining plan credits this experience will require.  However, I immediately thought of my fellow Dopeys when this information was released.  How great would this be as a celebration meal after completing the Dopey Challenge?
What do you think? Are you excited for this option?
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2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Menu Preview

The waiting is finally over!  The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival starts today!  There’s good news all around, with some of the classic favorites returning and some exciting new tastes to try.  Here is a breakdown of the menus with what I’m most looking forward to tasting!
Active Eats
•Loaded mac’n’cheese w/ Nueske’s pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers, and green onions (This is a recurring festival favorite)
•Spice-crusted Verlasso salmon with warm lentil power salad, crushed avocado, and sherry vinegar (I’m excited to try this dish this year)
•Active Eats energy bar bites: a mixture of chocolate, nuts, dried fruit and dates
•M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Pineapple Coconut Hard Sparkling Water (This sounds refreshing!)
•L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines
•Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir
Africa
•Berbere-style beef tenderloin tips with onions, jalapenos, tomato and pap
•Spicy Ethopian red lentil stew with vegan yogurt and quinoa (This one might make my list this year)

9 Tips for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 Edition

It may be August and kids are just getting back to school, but it’s finally Halloween in Walt Disney World!Fall decorations went up last week in Magic Kingdom and the first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was August 17!There’s so much to do at the party and it’s one of my favorite events in all of Walt Disney World.I’ll be making my way there in September (when it hopefully cools down a little), but here are some tips to help you make the most of your time at the party!  Magic Kingdom all decked out for Halloween 1)Enter at 4:00PM -While the party officially starts at 7:00PM, your MNSSHP ticket has historically allowed you to enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4:00PM.  Make sure you go through the Halloween Party Turnstiles which are located on the right-hand side, next to Guest Relations.  Once you enter the park, you’ll get your MNSSHP wristband and a party map. There’s even a special trick or treat station set up, so you can get a head start on your trick or treating.  You ca…

Consider Disneyland in 2019

Entrance to Disneyland 2019 Walt Disney World Resort vacation packages were made available to book earlier this month. Now it’s time for Disneyland resort.If you’ve never been to the original Disney park, it’s time to make the pilgrimage.Before my first visit, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Disneyland.How could you compare anything to Walt Disney World?While not as expansive in size and scope, Disneyland has a magic that’s all its own. Running through Tomorrowland during the Tinkerbell 10K
Walking with Walt -There’s something so magical about walking down Main Street U.S.A. and knowing you’re walking in where Walt Disney himself walked.Inspired by Walt’s hometown and turn of the century America, take your time walking right down the middle of Main Street U.S.A.Read the windows and look inside all the shops, there’s hidden gems and magic everywhere you look.
Sleeping Beauty Castle -While not as large or as grand as it’s Walt Disney World counterpart, Sleeping Beauty castle has its own…

Festival of the Lion King Dining Package at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World resort just announced two new dining packages featuring the show Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.This show is one of my favorites in all the parks, and definitely not one to be missed!The package details are as follows:
·The package includes lunch or dinner at Tiffins Restaurant located on the pathway between Discovery Island and Pandora. This signature dining restaurant features an eccentric and worldly menu.Nicole and I enjoyed it when we ate there last November, but definitely look over the menu if you have picky eaters in the group! Your package will get you an appetizer, entrée, dessert and wine beer or non-alcoholic beverage.·It wouldn’t be a Festival of the Lion King dining package without a VIP Festival of the Lion King experience.Guests will get vouchers for priority reserved seating and will receive a commemorative photo of the cast.·There are two tiers of packages: Tier 1 runs $99 per adult and $49 for children aged 3-9.This tier inclu…

2018 Shoreline Half Marathon Recap

This past Saturday, Nicole and I tackled the Shoreline Half Marathon in Hamlin, NY.  The race starts and finishes at Hamlin Beach State Park.  Historically, I've always enjoyed this race and run really good times on the fast and mostly flat course.
Nicole and I drove to Brockport on Friday evening and stayed overnight at the Hampton Inn.  It was about 20 minutes from the park and super easy to get to the race start.  The half marathon had an 8:00AM start and the 5K had an 8:30AM start.  We arrived to the park around 7:00AM and quickly picked up our race bibs and my race shirt.  The process was painless.  For the first time this year, the shirt for this race was a light, dry fit tank top.  The quality of the shirt was great, however it is HIGHLIGHTER yellow.  We went back to the car before the race and watched both the temperature and humidity climb.
Before long, it was time to move to the start line:
At 8:00AM, we were off!  Almost immediately I knew I was over trained for this ra…

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2018

It's only July, but it's time to begin talking about the most wonderful time of the year.  I'm not talking about Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.  I'm talking about the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! Running from August 30, 2018 through November 12, 2018, the festival packs in SIX WEEKS of culinary demonstrations, fun events, a half marathon, and great eats and sips.  Taste your way around the world!
The Ireland booth is always popular International Marketplace Booths -These booths are the heart of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.  Each booth features between 3-5 items to snack on as well as several drink options themed around that particular country. Smoked Salmon and Potato Pancake with Herbed Sour Cream from the Scotland booth You can definitely make a meal out of several of these small bites.  Pro Tip: Split food with someone so you get to try more things! Food and Wine Festival Center -Start your tour around the world here.  Pick u…