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5 Reasons Why You Need to Giddy On Up to Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn

You’re in Magic Kingdom and you’re STARVING, but you’re also not in the mood for traditional “theme park” food. After all, you’re in Walt Disney World for cryin’ out loud, you want to be immersed in theming! When your regular “run of the mill” burger won’t do, head to Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn & Cafe for some Frontierland fun. It’s the best food in the wild, wild West and I’ll tell you why. 

Reason #1: Typically when I write these I like to ease into my most compelling reason, but not today. My number one reason is SO crucial it can’t be buried in text. Pecos Bill’s has the BIGGEST and BEST toppings bar in all of Walt Disney World. (Maybe even the WHOLE world, just saying.) Why is this so important you ask? Because this topping bar elevates EVERY meal to a whole new level. Picture your burger, your nachos, your tacos topped with (for free) red onions, banana peppers, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, roasted corn, Chiptole Ranch dressing, limes, pico de gallo and…UNLIMITED GUACAMOLE! I’ll give you a minute to take that in folks, yes, unlimited guacamole. 

Reason #2: The food is unique, there’s loads of allergy friendly options, it’s incredibly Keto  friendly and even has a delicious plant based burger with vegan cheese and vegan avocado aioli. The absolute best, most mouth watering item on the menu is the Jerk Chicken Lettuce Wraps. It’s  perfectly spiced and the lettuce is such a great compliment-it’s cold, crisp and light. What a way to combat the Florida heat and not being a total belly buster of a lunch!

Reason #3: The kid’s menu isn’t dopey. My kid is a foodie. Please don’t come at her with an Uncrustable. Pecos Bill’s SEES her and although there are items for any average kid eaters there are also Chicken Rice Bowls, Pork Carnitas Rice bowls and nachos for my kid. (And her potential foodie friends out there!)

Reason #4: It’s a Quick Service restaurant (and yes, mobile ordering IS available) that has a story to tell! You’re not just popping in for food, there’s “history” to see. If you didn’t know, Pecos Bill is actually a pretty popular piece of Old West folklore. The namesake “tall tales” are abundant when it comes to ole’ Bill who was rumored to have lassoed two rattlesnakes, rode a tornado like a bucking bronco and shot all the stars out of the sky except in his beloved Texas. Take a walk around the restaurant and see items showcased from Pecos Bill and other Western legends like Paul Bunyan, Annie Oakley and Wild Bill Hickok.

Reason #5: It’s hot, your feet are aching and you need a break. Pecos Bill’s has more than ample space for your family and tired bodies to spread out and pig out on all that guacamole. Plenty of a/c, plenty of shade if you need to spread out into it’s sister restaurant Tortuga Tavern. It’s a great place to rest and get lost in the Western Inn feel, it truly will transport you to another time and place if you let it.

Be sure to have your tiny cowpokes, cowboys and cowgirls get their official Sheriff badges (stickers) and let them restore some order in the wild, wild West while you take it easy. (Have I mentioned the unlimited guacamole yet?)

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By | June 11th, 2019|Disness Reports|

Get to Know The Country Bears Jamboree

You’re in the Magic Kingdom, decidedly the most magical place on the entire planet and you’re PSYCHED! You’re being pulled in a million different directions to see Princesses, to ride Space Mountain, to cool off on Splash Mountain and oh my goodness does that cart have Mickey shaped ice cream?! Take a breath my friends, it’s hot, you’re tired and you deserve 11 minutes of good, old fashioned, vintage Disney fun. Do not miss out of “The Country Bears Jamboree.” It was important to Walt that you and your family see it. C’mon, you don’t want to let Walt down, do you? 

The Country Bears Jamboree is an ORIGINAL attraction from the park’s opening in 1971. It was the last attraction that Walt reviewed and worked on before his passing. After it’s opening it became so incredibly popular that it was the first attraction original to Walt Disney World that Disneyland replicated it for it’s park.

The Country Bears Jamboree truly is old school Disney at it’s best. It isn’t what we’d consider by today’s standards to be “politically correct” which is part of it’s immense charm. The songs are catchy, the humor is fun for both kids and adults and the bears are just awesome. Our old pals had a refurbishment back in 2012 and they are all spruced up with new fur and new costumes but the music you loved as a kid is still hanging on. (Anyone have the original soundtrack? Did you know you can STILL buy it on vinyl?) 

Our family’s favorite bear has also been Big Al. Did you know that Big Al’s singing voice is actually famed country music legend Tex Ritter? (Who is also the father to the late TV  legend John Ritter.) Disney pulled out all the stops to give Big Al a true, authentic country sound.

While you enjoy the INDOOR waiting queue (look down to see the bears’ claw marks all over the floor), press yourself a Frontierland penny for a souvenir and check out all the fun bears immortalized in the artwork around the room. You’ve earned this break from the sun, drink in the coolness!

Space Mountain will wait, it’s not going anywhere. Take the time to enjoy this legendary piece of Disney history, after all, it’s the REAL laughing place in my opinion.

By | June 11th, 2019|Disness Reports|

5 Epcot Myths BUSTED!

Bust These 5 Epcot Myths to Boost Your Disney Vacation Experience

by Suzanne Burmeister

If you want to sample some amazing dining options at Epcot, book early!

When I was a kid, I remember not being as thrilled about visiting Walt Disney World during the days when we went to Epcot. But lately, those have been my favorite theme park days—simply because Epcot offers relief from the crowds as well as boasts some of the best restaurants in the entire theme park area. Bust these five Epcot myths, and you’ll find yourself treasuring your vacation all the more.

Myth #1: Epcot doesn’t have any good rides.

Reality: You’ll find a lot of fan favorite rides here, such as Soarin’. Kids will love Frozen Ever After, The Seas With Nemo and Friends, Journey Into Imagination With Figment, and the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros. Thrill seekers will love Test Track and Mission: SPACE. Plus, a lot of new attractions will be coming soon to Epcot, including a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction as well as Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

That means you have a lot of options for theme park guests looking for rides.

Heads up: When you make your FastPass selections, you can only choose one of these three highly popular rides:

  • Soarin’
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Test Track

Make sure you come up with a plan as to which ride your party desires most.

Myth 2: You can find better merchandise elsewhere.

Reality: According to many Disney experts (including me), the best place to find the memorabilia you want is at Mouse Gear, an enormous store in Epcot’s future world. You can find everything from plush toys to t-shirts to candy.

Bet bet: While visiting other parks, keep your eye out for future purchases. Then you can make all of them at once at Mouse Gear, because this store will most likely carry it. (However, I’ve found a few instances where we had to go back to Magic Kingdom for men’s pajama pants, because they weren’t here.)

Did you know? If you don’t want to carry all those bags, have them sent back to your resort—for free! Just make sure you’re not leaving early the next day, because it usually takes up to 24 hours for it to transfer.

Myth 3: You should avoid Epcot during busy times.

Reality: Epcot sprawls across 300 acres, making it three times the size of Magic Kingdom. (Technically, the largest park is Animal Kingdom, though I’d say the guest area is not). Epcot has so much more visitor area to explore than many other parks. Even when the crowd is at its peak population, you may not know it because there’s so much space. For instance, if you walked the entire World Showcase from Mexico to Canada, you’d be covering 1.25 miles!

That’s why this location is recommended when you’re trying to avoid feeling trapped by people!

Myth 4: You don’t need reservations for Epcot’s numerous World Showcase restaurants.

Reality: Epcot boasts some of the best restaurants in all of Disney World. If you fancy German, you can swing a stein at the Biergarten Restaurant. Looking for something out of the ordinary? You can try Moroccan at Restaurant Marrakesh. That being said, if you’re going to wait until you’re there to get a table, you might be out of luck. These restaurants book up to 180 days in advance, meaning you may find yourself scrambling to find something free.

Best bet: Figure out what restaurant you want to visit well in advance. Book early! Also, remember you will be charged $10 per party member if you don’t bother showing up.

Myth 5: Epcot is boring!

Reality: You may feel like Epcot doesn’t have a lot to offer, but you would be wrong. You can immerse yourself in a variety of offerings: from the different cultures featured in the World Showcase to the thrilling Test Track. Plus, Epcot features a lot of festivals during the year, such as the Food & Wine Festival.

If this sounds like your kind of Disney daydream, we can help make it a reality! Send us an email or fill out this quote form and tell us a little bit about the Magical Disney adventure you are looking to have. Our Authorized Disney Vacation Planners with Destinations to Travel are out of this world!

By | April 19th, 2019|Disness Reports|

5 Reasons You Need to Meet the Citizens of Main Street

Meet the Citizens of Main Street USA

It’s so easy to get lost under the spell of Main Street USA. I know that I do, once we cross under the train station I get teary eyed as soon as the castle comes into full view. The castle’s beauty has some sort of crazy tractor beam effect that once it’s in sight, it just draws you closer and closer. HOWEVER, there is charm right there on Main Street USA that absolutely should not be missed! Linger for awhile before you make an immediate mad dash for the Mine Train, and here’s 5 reasons why it’s worth your time to meet the Citizens.

Reason #1: The Trolley Show dancers!

Sing it with me…”I’m walking right down the middle of Main Street USAAAAAAAA”. Nothing and nobody can turn that frown upside down quicker than catching one of these performances!

Reason #2: The Dapper Dans!

They are SO good that they are a staple in EVERY Disney park. This collection of crooners has been a part of Main Street since opening day and can be spotted seven days a week. In fact, in those early days, the Dapper Dans were the only park employees allowed to wear mustaches. (Today, along with everyone else, they are clean shaven.) Although they can be seen all along Main Street, their real home is the “Harmony Barbershop” named after the trademark harmonies found in all of the Dans’ songs.

Reason #3: Casey’s Corner Pianists

Talk about job security, the resident pianist at Casey’s Corner, Jim Omohundro has been tickling those ivories for over 30 years! Decked out in his famous red and white striped jacket Jim loves to entertain with his renditions of jazz and ragtime hits. He never misses a chance to get to know guests and loves chatting with the youngest of guests indulging in one of Casey’s famous hot dogs while grooving to some of his tunes.

Reason #4: Fire Chief, Smokey Miller

Autograph hounds rejoice, the coolest autograph to be had on main Street isn’t from Pluto or Marie, but from Main Street USA’s  own Volunteer Fire Chief, Smokey Miller. Chief Miller has one of the most unique signatures in all of Walt Disney World and loves signing autographs for any guest lucky enough to spot him hanging out on Main Street.

Reason #5: The Women Suffragists

My personal favorite are the lovely (and hilarious) Women Suffragists; Hildegard Olivia Harding and Beatrice Starr. These two budding politicians are all about swaying the good folks of Main Street to get out there and vote. Their bigger platform is a passionate push for equality and making sure their Main Street “sisters” are taking to the polls for womens’ rights! They are outspoken, witty, dressed to the nines and on a mission. I. Adore. Them.

Grab yourself a cup of coffee, a delicious Main Street Bakery pastry, breathe in the sights and sounds of Main Street, USA, and get to know some of these amazing characters dying to welcome you to your new “hometown”. You’ll be humming the tunes and giggling to yourself all the way to Space Mountain.

If you’re ready to stop dreaming about a Disney vacation, we can help make it a reality! Send us an email or fill out this quote form and tell us a little bit about the Magical Disney adventure you are looking to have. Our Authorized Disney Vacation Planners with Destinations to Travel are out of this world!

By | April 19th, 2019|Disness Reports|

5 Magic Kingdom Myths BUSTED!

Busted! These 5 Magic Kingdom myths are history!

by Suzanne Burmeister

If you’re getting ready for a Disney World trip of a lifetime, then you may find yourself hearing conflicting reports about what Magic Kingdom has to offer. Here are 5 myths—and 5 realities—that can make all the difference in your next trip!

Myth 1: You Need a FastPass for ‘It’s a Small World.’

Reality: You most likely don’t need to use a FastPass to board the Small World boats. The reason is that this a fast-moving ride and not usually as crowded as others. (As in, check out the ride across the street: Peter Pan’s Flight, which always boasts some of the longest ride waits of the entire park.) Some people really hate this repetitive sing-song ride—especially those with older, less sentimental kids—which may account for the lesser wait times. However, if this is one of your classic favorites, and you don’t want to linger in the line, go for it.

My FastPass recommendations are to go for the rides with the highest wait times: Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride, Peter Pan’s Flight, and so on. You can hopefully catch the other rides (like Pirates of the Caribbean or Haunted Mansion) early in the morning, near park closing, or during parades/fireworks.

Myth 2: Don’t Waste Your Time on The Carousel of Progress.

Reality: The Carousel of Progress has many great qualities going for it—not just the nostalgia of seeing an audio-animatronics show discussing the evolution of technology. They are the following:

  • Typically, you’ll have a short wait time.
  • You’ll get to enjoy some fabulous creature comforts, including air-conditioning and plush seats. After a long day of theme parking, you’ll find a welcome respite in this rotating theater. This is often my favorite spot for my kids’ nap or bottle-feeding time.
  • You’ll snicker at the wonderfully hilarious image of the “future,” which features an outdated video game among other things. I’ve heard rumors of it being updated for years, but as far as I know, this isn’t happening yet.

Myth 3: The Backstage Tour of Magic Kingdom is the Only Tour There.

Reality: Park Tours are wonderful and fascinating. If you’ve gone to Magic Kingdom as many times as I have, you may want something out of the ordinary. However, the Keys to the Kingdom is a 5-hour commitment and an additional $99 more than your park admission ticket. However, you have another option.

You can go on a much shorter tour called “Marceline to Magic Kingdom,” which clocks in at 3 hours and costs only $49. I highly recommend it. (Be forewarned: you have to show up to the park very early, but you’ll get a chance to take empty-of-people castle pics!) You’ll also get one-of-a-kind insight into Magic Kingdom’s history. My favorite part was seeing the backstage workings of Haunted Mansion’s famous ballroom scene!

Myth 4: You Can Only Get Counter Service Food at Magic Kingdom.

Reality: You can find a lot of sit down restaurants in Magic Kingdom. Check out Liberty Tavern, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and so on. Most all of them require reservations, so you should definitely be aware of that critical 180-day reservation window.

My favorite would be going to Be Our Guest for lunch, which is a nice middle ground. Dining here for lunch still requires you to fill your own cup at the soda fountain and order your food at a kiosk rather than from a server. A server delivers your selections, however. Lunch here still requires reservations and books up early! The Croque Monsieur sandwich is my favorite!

Myth 5: Once You’re In Magic Kingdom, You Should Never Leave!

Reality: While you may never want to leave the happiest place on Earth, you need to be practical. Even if you have a 1 Park Per Day ticket, you can still leave the park and return later. This may be a good strategy on crowded days, because giving yourself and your family a little down time in the afternoon may make all the difference. You won’t be so worn out and will be eager to enjoy all the magic this incredible place has to the offer—without the stress!

If this sounds like your kind of Disney daydream, we can help make it a reality! Send us an email or fill out this quote form and tell us a little bit about the Magical Disney adventure you are looking to have. Our Authorized Disney Vacation Planners with Destinations to Travel are out of this world!

By | April 19th, 2019|Disness Reports|