Showing posts with label character dining. Show all posts
Showing posts with label character dining. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

In search of Mickey Mouse

"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse." ~ Walt Disney

Getting your picture taken with Mickey is a quintessential part of a Disney vacation - and there are lots of places where you can make this happen.

Your first option is at a Disney park.  Here is where you can find Mickey:

At Magic Kingdom, you can find Mickey at the Town Square Theatre - which is to the right just as you enter the park.  What's very cool about this location is that you can get a fastpass!

At Hollywood Studios, you can meet Mickey in his Sorcerer's apprentice garb in the Animation studio.  We have never met him here because the line has always been so very long.

At Epcot, you can meet Mickey at the Character Spot - this is in future world - just across from Innoventions (on the left as you walk towards Soarin).

And at Animal Kingdom, you can meet him at Camp Minnie-Mickey.  The key to this meet and greet is to time it just right before a Festival of the Lion King show lets out - you should be able to do your autographs and pictures with very little wait.

Your next option is to meet Mickey at a character meal.  This is my personal preference for most character meets - it can be pricey if you are not on a dining plan - but it can be a real time saver in the parks!  Here are the meals where you'll find Mickey:  Ohana (at the Polynesian) for breakfast; Chef Mickey's (at the Contemporary resort) for all breakfast and dinner; Tusker House (at Animal Kingdom) for breakfast and lunch; and the Garden Grill (at Epcot) for dinner.

I love seeing how my girls have grown up with Mickey.  The first picture was taken in September of 2007 (my girls are 6 and 9) at the Epcot character spot.


And the second was taken in June of 2012 - with my girls now 11 and 14 (look at how they've changed!!) - at Tusker House in the Animal Kingdom park.


If you'd like to see more Disney themed posts, please check out Deb's website - Focused on the Magic!

So...what about you?  Where is your favorite place to meet Mickey?  Do you prefer to meet at the parks or at a restaurant?



Katrina

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

1900 Park Fare - A Dining Review

I have two daughters - 11 and 14.  They are not girly girls.  They are not into princesses.  And not into characters too much either.  However.  And this is a big however.  They LOVE villains.  They were thrilled when they got to meet the Evil Queen during characterpalooza at Hollywood studios.  In heaven meeting Cruella at the Halloween party.  And they were beside themselves in anticipation of meeting Lady Tremain and the step-sisters at 1900 Park Fare.

We arrived quite a bit early for our dinner reservation as I wanted some time to walk around the Grand Floridian resort.  I love the Victorian style - and the grandeur that you feel when walking around the grounds.





The girls had finally had enough of my exploring and we went to check in.  We had a very short wait in the lobby before we were buzzed to go back to our table.


If you'd like, you have the opportunity for a photographer to take a family picture in front of a mural - but we chose not to partake.  1900 Park Fare is divided into three sections - and we were in the middle section, right by the buffet.

We had a bit of time before the characters would make their way to our table, so we went to get our dinner.  I have heard lots of mixed reviews of the dinner here.  This is our second time for dinner (and we've done breakfast as well - completely different set of characters for breakfast!) - and we've always found it delicious.

Here are Katie's plate and my plate - no telling what Madalyn had on her plate :-)


(Katie's plate - clockwise from the top: pasta alfredo, sourdough bread, mashed red potatoes, strawberries, watermelon, sushi, caesar salad, and green beans)


(My plate - clockwise from the top: roll, mashed red potatoes, prime rib, pasta alfredo, and I wish I could remember what this was - I think chicken marsala - and it was INCREDIBLE!  I wish I had some right now! -- caesar salad - and in the middle seafood paella - also incredibly delicious!)

Shortly after starting on our dinner, we were visited by both Cinderella and Prince Charming.  They were both very sweet.  But I am not sure I understand why Charming needs a horrid wig.


 (photography tip: if the people you are photographing are standing up - you need to stand up, too.  No one looks good when the camera looks up from a seated position.  Note to self: follow photography tips from now on!)

Finally, the characters we were waiting for arrived!  First up was Lady Tremain.  She very much enjoyed hearing that we were having a girls night out and that we left my husband at home.


Next up was Anastasia.  She was most curious about Katie's t-shirt.  (It's from a web comic called Homestuck)  Katie told her it was a "hero of mind" shirt (not that I even know what that means!) - and so Anastasia asked if that meant she was a scholar.  Katie decided to wing it and just say "yes!"  Then Anastasia proceeded to tell Katie all about Drizella's problems with math and that she could really use a tutor.  Katie just ate it up!


About the time this was going on, Drizella was making her way around the dining room.  And she discovered a little girl that had brought a stuffed animal with her - a kitty.  Drizella put it on her head and LOUDLY yelled to Lady Tremain (who was in a completely different section of the restaurant!) that she wanted a kitty and would she please get her a kitty and that she really needed a kitty.  I think that my girls began to hyperventilate from laughter.

During the evening, there is an announcement that comes on stating that it is time for Charming and Cinderella to do a waltz.  They dance for a bit.  And then go and find a young prince/princess to dance with them.  Drizella and Anastasia dance too.  But it is definitely not waltzing.  More like hopping.  But they were hilarious - and their partners seemed to enjoy the fun.  We also watched a young pirate turn down Cindy and seek out Anastasia!

Finally we got to meet Drizella.  Katie told her that she heard she might need some help with math - so Drizella LOUDLY yells to Anastasia "DID YOU TELL HER THAT I NEED HELP WITH MATH.  THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A SECRET!"  (Imagine this in the most screechiest voice possible)  Again, my girls were THRILLED with their encounters.


Anastasia managed to come by again - and Katie told her that we love villains.  Anastasia stayed true to character and wanted to know what we could be talking about.  So, Katie went another route explaining that they don't like princesses.  Anastasia agreed - saying that Cinderella must not be smart because she can only dance in a box and she talks to mice.

Overall, we loved our dinner here.  The food was wonderful.  The characters were top-notch.  Even if you have a princess lover, I think they will be thrilled by the interactions.

If you want to see more Disney pictures - be sure to go to Focused on the Magic!

So...what about you?  Do you love princesses or villains?  Have you entered for my very first giveaway yet?!






Katrina