Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Podcast Of The Week



Podcast Of The Week

Today in iOS 


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We were lucky enough to have Craigs podcasting hero on the show last week.
Rob Walch came on to talk about his recent trip to Walt Disney World & to give tips on starting your own podcast.  It's well worth a listen, even if its to just hear Craig squirm.

This is our show of the week because we hoping to break the internet because we get a mention on Robs show etc etc etc I need a dark room to rest my head.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

#DaDpubsnack06 In which our Heroes continue The Ultimate Resort


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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Florida. once in a life time holiday? or destination for life? i know my answer!

Hey I'm that Florida Guy and this is my first blog so go easy! 

I suppose a good place to start is the beginning. 
In 2012 we set off to have a once in a life time holiday to Florida.  We saved and saved and planned until our hearts were content, as this would be our once and only time going.  The time finally came and being from Newcastle we had to get the train to Manchester and stay overnight which was a small holiday in itself .
Our first year was amazing with so much to do. my fiances face dropped when she seen magic kingdom for the first time. It was worth all the saving to see the smile on her face!


( top: me and my fiance with the Simpsons. bottom: me in Virgins V room at Manchester airport)


This was all new to us.  We knew nothing of advanced dining reservations, fast passes, tipping etiquette, or any other neat tips and tricks.  Now it's 2016 and i'd like to say i'm a bit of an expert.  All my ADR's are booked exactly from 180 days, my fast passes from 30 days, and our full holiday is planned day by day,
Now some people think this is extreme and ask why waste so much time when its meant to be a holiday.  My answer is simple.  Florida is magical & to make it more magical it takes planning. its worth the hours sitting on a laptop planing each day.   It's worth getting up early to book fast passes and even choose plane seats.




(top: the famous magic kingdom. bottom :us at ice bar Orlando)




Our 2012 trip was coming to an end.  We had the most amazing time ever.  I didn't think id enjoy it as much as i did.  We had arrived back home, and 24 hours later we were back at the travel agents booking again for the year after. 

So now its 2016 and we have been every year since 2012.  We are in the process of planning this years trip and can honestly say i'm more excited each year we go.

People say to me.  Do you not get sick of going to the same place each year.  I can honestly say no.  I have a list of things longer than my arm of places I want to go, and things I want and NEED to see and have not done even half those things in 4 years. 

The point I'm trying to make is.  If you haven't been you cant fall in love with the place, and you don't understand. i think everyone reading this will have some interest in the place and will be agreeing with me? 

If you haven't been yet and are thinking about it.  Give it a chance and i can guarantee you will fall in love with Orlando Florida just as i have.



(Top: our hotel room, Middle: mega nachos Bottom: deep pan pizza pie)


I hope you enjoyed my first blog.  Thank you for reading.

Remember to check my Youtube channel out. 
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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Finding food at the parks when you're a picky eater !









There’s only one thing that makes me panic when I’m planning my trips to Orlando …. 
food !

I’ll start this off by saying that I don’t eat meat ( & the only seafood that I like is Shrimp) I don’t think that that has much baring on my FOPF (fear of park food) it’s more that I feel like some of the parks are a little lacklustre in the food department.

I also find that I get a severe case of Hanger when I’m furiously walking around the park in circles trying to find something nice and quick that isn’t just fries ! (Hangry = Hungry Anger)

In most of the table service restaurants I don’t have this problem so evening meals aren’t such an issue. It’s the lunch time quick service restaurants that strike fear into my heart !!

Although I’ve spent 24 years visiting these parks, I am still for some reason surprised when I see a place themed as an Italian restaurant, then I am greeted inside with the same burger and chicken nugget options I’ve seen in the last 10 food places I’ve walked by.

In the last few years I’ve developed my own way to cope with this FOPF.

Here they are …

Have a good breakfast ! 

When I’m in the UK, i am NOT morning person, and the thought of eating so early in the morning makes me feel sick ( I know, I’m naughty, breakfast is the most important meal of the day !)
But when you’re a theme park food hater, needs must !
So whether it’s eating at your hotel, grabbing some toast or cereal at your villa, or stopping off at IHOP on your way to the park, breakfast is a winner !


Starbucks snacks !

On our last trip i discovered the absolute wonder that is an egg, spinach and feta cheese wrap at Starbucks. It is DELIGHTFUL, couple it with a coffee and you’re good until the afternoon !


Themed snacks.

My all time favourite (and super filling snack) is a huge Cinnamon roll at Gaston’s tavern. They’re so big, that I’m sure they’re made to share but I take down that giant cinnamon-y beast by myself and I’m good until later afternoon.



Citywalk !

If you’re at the Universal Parks, this is super easy. Just head out into CityWalk where there is a plethora of awesome places to go for something quick - Panda Express and Breadbox are perfect for an on the go bite to eat, and Cowfish is great if you have a little more time to spare.




Book your ADRs wisely !


I’d rather book an ADR for lunch because I know that the table service restaurants tend to fill up during lunch time with families that may leave the park earlier. Yak & Yeti is my go to table service to get a reservation for in Animal Kingdom, Mama Melrose is another I always make sure to get in Hollywood Studios. At Epcot, I play “Amanda vs Food" and try to tackle the GIGANTIC pizzas at Via Napoli. (FYI food always wins….)



and I try my best to get reservations at Be Our Guest so that I can enjoy my kids grilled cheese sandwich meal ! Which brings me to my next point

Order from the kids menu.

Kids can be picky, I’m picky… So sometimes I find a little golden nugget, like Macaroni cheese or a mini pizza and I’ve gone from the Incredible Hulk back to a pleasant Snow White in 10 minutes

Pack some snacks !

If I feel a hanger moment coming on, I just grab a mini pack of cookies from my bag and my family gets a brief break from my moaning about food

The Simpsons food court.

There’s plenty of choices in here, so even the pickiest of eaters will find something that they like !

FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL !

Okay, Food and Wine festival is my absolute dream ! If I know I’m going to F&W, I fill myself with snacks through the day then binge eat across the world in the evening ! I could spend $20+ on a veggie burger and fries for the 1000th time this holiday, or I could spend that $20 on four or five samples of genuinely delicious foods from across the world, which will fill me the same as a normal meal. F&W is a winner !

Here's some pics of me enjoying my Food and Wine munchies 







Now you may notice that SeaWorld isn’t mentioned on this list.
That’s because I never seem to have this problem at SeaWorld,  Seaport Pizza and the Seafire in, both situated on the waterfront serve some great dishes !

I’m not saying that all park food sucks, my boyfriend, sister and brother in law always enjoy their meals at the parks. I am just a little picky one, and if I can help out a fellow picky eater with some options I’ll be happy !

I’m always on the look out for some new places at the parks to try, so if you have any recommendations, pop over to my Facebook or Twitter page and let me know !


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#dAdS4E21 In which our Heroes chat with Craigs Hero Rob Walch from Today in iOS Podcast & Libsyn VP of Podcaster Relations & co-host of The Feed Podcast


 

Please check out our Show Sponsors Scarezone : Halloween Horror Nights Podcast by visiting their site & Subscribing to their Podcast on iTunes

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If you are looking to book your next trip to WDW, Disney Land or a Disney Cruise, please visit our new Sponsor Wendy from Magical Journeys.  Let Wendy create "All of the Magic with NON of the Stress" Visit her site here for a quote.

We are joined in The Mouses Head by Craigs Hero Rob Walch from Today in iOS Podcast & Libsyn VP of Podcaster Relations & co-host of The Feed: The Official Libsyn Podcast.  We chatted about the family trip to Walt Disney World & what's involved in setting up & starting your own podcast.  Please download Robs FREE iBook here Podcast 101.  All so if you have any questions, please email Rob at Rob@Libsyn.com

We'd love you to check out The Wedsite Lady & we'd like to Thank her for all her hard work, keeping our Dis After Dark Blog tidy & up to date.

 

Please Welcome our new vlogger Amanda, aka BostonWhite & check out her youtube channel, here.

A Huge Thank You to Musical Legend Tom Ameen for our Theme Tune.  Please go & buy ALL his wonderful work 

Please Buy Christopher Ripley's Halloween Horror Nights Book.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Disneyland Shanghai Changes Dis After Dark's Mind??

So after an episode we published a few months ago, the boys seemed to be on a little bit of a downer on the new Disneyland in Shanghai. Building seem to be taking for ever, the resort was way over budget and the opening date was on the horizon.

I think the feeling is still that a lot of money has been splashed out on this park which is causing issues across the board for The Walt Disney Company, but the park is now soft opening and boy have Disney proved a point.

We all know how our fearless host, Nic, feels about Tron, and I think his expectations were fairly high in the first place, but for all of us now we have seen the footage of the ride itself, I think we were all fairly impressed, even those of us who haven't seen the film (whoops!!!)



For me, the saving grace was the new version of Pirates of The Caribbean we were promised, a new ride based solely on the movies. What could they do to improve on the classic? See for yourself!!!


I for one feel this is the ride that Gringotts at Universal Studios could have been but didn't quite reach the required standard. Disney have upped their game when it comes to animatronics and there is just the right use of real props and screens.

There is much more to come from this park on top of these two attractions which were highly anticipated.

How do you feel about Shanghai now you have seen it for yourself?

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Run Disney Move into Virtual Market

While the introduction of a Half Marathon at Disneyland Paris has helped us European Run Disney fans, it still isn't the easiest thing to get to.
Where Virtual Running has become very popular in recent years, where you run your chosen distance under your own steam within a certain time period and receive your medal in the post after you have completed it, yet Run Disney haven't been involved with that.

Until Now...

Starting May 15th, Disney Virtual Running Shorts will begin. Consisting of three different 5K races and the Series challenge, you can either choose to just pick one of the races or complete all three to complete the series.

Each race has a time period to complete the race in, The Yellow Shoes between 15th May-1st June, The Red Pants between 5th June-June 18th and The White Gloves June 19th-June 30th.

So far only The Yellow Shoes medal has been unveiled....














The cost is $39 (plus fees) per race or $142 (plus fees) for the challenge for which you will also receive the challenge medal and Run Disney tumbler.

Two of our hosts will be taking part, myself (Paul W) and The Talented Mr Ripley.

Monday, 9 May 2016

My experience at Flower & Garden 2016






This years Flower and Garden Festival runs from March 2nd to May 30th.  The Festival once again offers the Food Booths, Garden Rocks concert series (although I didn't get a chance to go to this), and many Character Topiary's, special seminars,  and events through out the event. This is all included in your price of admission.


This is one of the best time of years to visit Epcot, the weather usually (despite some quick Florida showers) is very nice. I also like visiting in the fall for Food and Wine festival and Christmas time.


I chose to visit Epcot on the weekend because I heard from a friend the Festival Center is only open on weekends and I'm so glad I listened because there is a lot to see inside the Festival Center. Inside the Festival Center is one of the best places to chill out. There are displays to see and festival merchandise to look at. There is also a small café area called Intermission café where you can order fruit and cheese plates, fruit, wraps, salads and an assortment of other items. I enjoy taking an hour or more to walk through the displays and watch the short films about the festival which are very informative. They also have guest speakers with a lot of tips.





 Gorgeous Orchids at the Festival Center

I enjoy walking around through the many displays and topiary's. Another thing I enjoyed experiencing is the Butterfly Garden. There are cute displays and lots of flowers for the Butterfly's to enjoy.























The crowds were lower than they were at the Food and Wine Festival we went to in previous fall times. Epcot is so beautiful and vibrant this time of year and that is because the many floral displays. For example: there are 30-million blooms, 240 floating flower planters, 700 gardens, nearly 100 Disney character topiaries, 30 flower towers just to name a few.
I personally wish that Epcot had those floating flowers and the flower quilt around the lake year round, its so very pretty.

My favorite thing to do at the Festival is sample the different foods. The Flower and Garden Festival food booths are like Food and Wine food booths but there are not as many and they are more themed around freshness of fruits and vegetables.
This year there are 13 Outdoor Kitchens, up two from last year. The Outdoor Kitchens are food booths. They offer a few dishes and drinks at each booth. This year I got the wrist band gift card. Basically its a gift card on a wrist band. I put 100.00 on mine and my husbands (we shared one card) and 70.00 on our daughter and her friend. Before we went to the festival I made a list of all the food offerings and had each person decide what they might want to try and then I did a total budget, of course this was only a round about figure. The girls actually ended up eating a free things less than they had on their list and added a few more "Bubble Tea's".

I took pictures of most of my husband and my foods that we tried; however, the girls were just not "into", that. They are 16 year old so I don't want anyone thinking we let small children by themselves. Besides they were following us the entire afternoon.

One of the newest booths is the La Isla Fresca. At this booth we tried the Jerk-spice Grouper or Chicken with Mango Salsa, Chayote and Green Papaya Slaw with Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette.
Honestly this was way to spicy for my taste; however, my husband loved it.


Another dish we tried was at the Cider House and it was the Land-harvested Field Greens with Apples, Dried Blueberries, Stilton Cheese and Apple Cider Vinaigrette. I truly enjoyed this. It was perfectly seasoned and had a nice tang to it. It was also very fresh. Also at the same booth was the Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Pears and Branston Dressing. That was amazing. The meat was fork tender and had branston dressing on it that was insanely good.

Moving along we stopped at the Urban Eats booth. This was my all time favorite booth. There we tried three dishes and they were The Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Gourmet Farms Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction, the Vegetable and White Bean “Naanwich” with Arugula Pesto and Oven-dried Tomatoes featuring Seeds of Change Quinoa, Brown & Red Rice and lastly the Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragout, Spring Vegetables and Marble Potatoes. Everything was fantastic. I really enjoyed the refreshing watermelon salad and the Nannwich was crazy good. The Pork tenderloin was superb and so of course I had to order another one.

 Next up was the Lotus House. Here we order the Gaoli Beef Bun. The bun was just ok, similar to an uncooked refrigerator biscuit; however, the beef was really tender and spiced just right.

We also stopped at the Bauernmarkt. We had tried the Currywurst with Paprika Chips: Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips. It was just ok. The meat was good but the ketchup sauce they floated in it was so-so.

Then we tried the Primavera Kitchen and had the  Mezze Lune Primavera: Egg Pasta stuffed with Ricotta and Spinach in a Creamy Sauce with Spring Vegetables and Pecorino Cheese. That was so delicious. It was cheesy and tender and oh so good.

We also went to the Smoke house. Sadly I have no pictures to share from that booth but I can tell you the food was pretty dang good. We had the ribs, and the hash and the ice-tea and bbq slider. All was really good. My favorite dish was the hash with the burnt ends.

Next up was the Hanami booth, here we had the Beef Teriyaki Udon. This was pretty good. I think it needed soy sauce.

There was many more booths to try but we were stuffed to the gullets. I can't wait to go back next year, I already have my list, lol.

Thank you for reading.











Off Property Surprise on Earth Day 2016

I truly enjoy going to Disney World more than any other place in this country; however, I also enjoy exploring off property excursions as well.



One of the places I truly enjoy visiting is Cocoa Beach. It is this place where my daughter first learned how to surf and where we stopped at an over pass and had my Husbands surprise birthday cake while watching Manatee's play.
 


Recently we decided once again to relax at the beach and what better place than Cocoa Beach to do just that.



Cocoa Beach is roughly an hour from Disney World via FL-528 E. Its actually a very short drive with scenic views. On the way we always stop at a pit stop right before the exit to Cocoa Beach. It is there where we watch Dolphins and Manatee's play in the wild right before our very eyes. As we were headed to our usual pit stop this most recent time we noticed a lot of vehicles pulled off to the side of the road. I was not sure what was happening so I too looked over to where the cars were pulled over and noticed an amazing, unexpected site.



It was the space shuttle being rafted off in the distance.




My daughter and her friend Annemarie and my husband and I stood there in awe as we watched the space shuttle move slowly across the water in front of us. It was a majestic sight to behold indeed and I for one will never forget that moment.

This was completely a surprise. It was amazing to see this beautiful space shuttle so close. The best things on vacation are those that are completely surprise.