Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Sleeping Beauty Review
“I know you; I walked with you once upon a dream”. Fans of Walt Disney’s timeless classic don’t have to dream any more as Sleeping Beauty comes to Blu-ray. The film (as some enthusiasts know) was released on Blu-ray for the first time back in 2008, however, the Diamond Edition offers a stunning visual quality that even exceeds the previous release. As I sat and watched it, I couldn’t believe how sharp and beautiful the picture was. Aurora’s dress seemed to shimmer even more than what was seen in its initial VHS release (1995). The sound is equally amazing. In the scene where the herald announces King Hurbert and Prince Phillip, this voice echoes as does Maleficent’s voice when she is making her speech. In addition to this, the notes of the songs (in particular “Hail to the Princess Aurora” and “Sleeping Beauty”) are crisp and will leave hearts soaring.
As far as special features are concerned, I was a little disappointed. The offering include a look back Marc Davis’ ingenious work on Sleeping Beauty as well as a colorful and creative story behind Disney’s new Festival of Fantasy parade. While these features are sure to delight most Disney enthusiasts (as they did for me), my disappointment steams from the lack of a music video or games. Both the 2003 and 2008 feature creative games and music videos for the film (Once Upon a Dream performed by No Secret and Emily Osment respectively) while the Diamond Edition has nothing to offer in these two fields. In conclusion, Sleeping Beauty shines like never before and its timeless story is one that will continue to entertain and enchant children of all ages.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014
This was my first time here since it has been remodeled. I was worried that they would not have any soda to sell in the morning but I was fine. My friend loves Starbucks as much as she loves Disney so we did go to every single one of WDW Property! My friend even got an extra souvenir cup at this Starbucks. I do not drink coffee at all. I ordered a diet coke & Pumpkin bread slice for breakfast on our Magic Kingdom day. The one bad thing about the new layout is that there are no tables. We got our stuff & grabbed a bench area down by Space Mountain.
The pumpkin bread was SO moist & delicious! I would get it again in a heartbeat. I was worried they wouldn't have any breakfast options I would like. My friend pointed out that the breakfast hot sandwiches at Starbucks were cheaper than ones sold elsewhere in the parks as FYI.
The line went by fast & flowed well. We only waited about 7-10 minutes.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
I was surprised to find Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise when I was at WDW. The only store that I saw it was at "Merchant of Venus" in the Magic Kingdom. My favorite was the stuffed raccoon :)
Thursday, October 9, 2014
How did it take me this long to try Wolfgang Puck Express? You can find it hidden in the corner of the MarketPlace in Downtown Disney at WDW. It was pouring rain when we were on our way on boat to DTD from French Quarter to shop & eat.
When you first walk in there is a board w/ cashier where you pay first & they give you a number & will bring you what you order.
|Sorry for the blurry picture!|
The layout of the restaurant was very nice & relaxing. It is way nicer than your average Panera etc...I was very impressed w/ the decor & furniture of the restaurant.
I ordered the mac & cheese along with the creme brulee. My friend ordered one of the pizzas.
First off I'd like to say that I am spoiled & my brother is a chef. The mac & cheese was just okay to me. I've had much better at a lot of other places & my brother's mac & cheese is AMAZING. I regret not ordering something else. If you only eat boxed mac & cheese you would probably love this. It is good just not great. ;) The creme brulee was still warm from being taken out of the oven. It was VERY good. My friend found it too sweet but I really enjoyed it & ate most of it myself! My friend loved her pizza! I didn't get to sample any but I had enough food for myself! We ate here around 330pm on a Wednesday in early September.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
This was my very first time using the luggage option on the magical express. I haven't stayed on WDW Property since 2006 so you can imagine how excited I was?! Please know that the Magical express employees really work for Mear's & aren't "real" Cast members.
PRE -TRIP:As soon as you book your trip you will be asked if you need Magical express. Since I didn't book a package I just called ME myself to give them my flight information. I traveled w/ a friend from Kansas & it was a nightmare! We called FOUR times to try & get her flight information added. She called twice & I called twice. A week & half before our trip I called for the fourth time & the nice lady on the phone said the magical express tag isn't needed & all you have to do is give the ME desk your luggage tag information & it will make it to the hotel. I got my tag but my friend never ended up getting hers. She didn't want to chance her bag not arriving so she just picked up her bag herself. I did use the service. The only bad part of the service was my friend not getting her tags even though we called numerous times.
You will receive your luggage tag (pictured below) along w/ a booklet with your flight information on it. You need this booklet in order to use the service. I believe they can be linked to the magic bands as well. I used my booklet & was fine. Please read the directions on the luggage tag before you put it on. I was a bit wary of it being so loose but I had no issues. You will also put on the luggage tag from your home airport to MCO on your checked bag as well.
MCO ARRIVAL: I landed 20 minutes early so I ran to the ME area of the airport. ;) There are signs everywhere & it was very easy to find. You will get out your booklet or Magic Band scanned before they tell you which number line to enter. I was the first person in my line & had to wait 20 minutes until they started to load my bus. There were only about 6 people on my bus. I was excited the French Quarter was the first stop on my bus. :) I did notice that the line next to me never had to wait & that line was for the high end resorts. Just an observation. :) All of the All-Star hotels are on one bus so be prepared to wait if that is your area. That line was the longest of all of them.
Departure: The day before your check out you will receive an envelope with your Pick-up time & ticket. You cannot board the bus without that confirmation! You have to pre-pay for any checked bag that has fees. There is a number on the confirmation for the MCO Airport baggage & they can do it for you over the phone. They close at 11pm so keep that in mind. I had to call the morning of to pre-pay. You will check your bag down at the Magical Express counter & they will ask for your ID & if you pre paid for your luggage if applicable. Disney has a deal w/ a lot of airlines but not all of them. Please check this beforehand. You will not see your bag again until your home airport & they give you your actual boarding pass. Remember to tip the driver even if the driver doesn't help you with bags. I had an awesome driver so I hope you are lucky enough as I was!
Experience: I was seriously stressed that Disney was going to lose my bag. My friend & I went to Downtown Disney for a few hours & when we got back to the room my bag was in the room by the front door! I was SO happy & grateful for this FREE service! If I ever stay on WDW Property again I will definitely use this service.