Regal Eagle Smokehouse – “Life Changing” Food? . . . at least the burgers were

The American Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase has a counter service restaurant that serves up some incredible BBQ! 😋 The Regal Eagle Smokehouse opened in early 2020 (before the pandemic) and is located to the left of the American Adventure building. We visited it around lunchtime last week and wanted to give you our thoughts on this “quick-service” restaurant. First of all, when you get anywhere close to the American Pavilion, you can smell the custom smoker doing its thing out in front of the restaurant (a very smart ploy to get people to drop money on food) . . … Continue reading Regal Eagle Smokehouse – “Life Changing” Food? . . . at least the burgers were

Disney California Adventure – Food Event Starting March 18th

“A Touch of Disney” will be a limited-capacity ticketed food event at Disney California Adventure that will open on March 18th and run through April 5th (with additional dates possible).  This event will be running each week on Thursdays through Mondays, from noon – 8 p.m.  Unfortunately, guests will not be able to go on any rides here, but the event will bring back a little bit of that Disney food magic! There will be more than food 25 locations – including six marketplaces themed for A Touch of Disney. In addition to all the great food and drink, guests … Continue reading Disney California Adventure – Food Event Starting March 18th

“I’m Going To Disney World”! Where Did That Come From?

Considering that Walt Disney World is NOT doing the traditional Superbowl celebration parade this year (Covid restrictions on crowds gathering during parades), we thought it would be a good time to talk about the history of the famous “I’m going to Disney World” Superbowl commercial.  Did you know that a nine-day flight around the world inspired it? In 1986, Dick Rutan along with co-pilot Jeana Yeager piloted the first non-stop, non-refueled around-the-world flight.  A month after the historic flight, Disneyland had the grand opening of Star Tours hosted by Disney CEO Michael Eisner, Star Wars creator George Lucas, and other … Continue reading “I’m Going To Disney World”! Where Did That Come From?

The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure – Opened Today at Epcot

Inside Epcot’s American Adventure, a new exhibit called the ‘The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure’ opened today.  Artifacts from legendary musicians like Louis Armstrong and others are displayed for guests to explore the rich history of Jazz. 🎹 The musical tour around the American Adventure’s rotunda is guided by Joe Gardner, the musician, mentor, and teacher from Disney and Pixar’s new film “Soul,” streaming on Disney+. Coming very soon as well, Epcot guests will be able to use the Play Disney Parks app on their smartphone to interact with this exhibit and test their knowledge of jazz! “Music is … Continue reading The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure – Opened Today at Epcot

Eating Returns at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

Back in December, California’s Governor, Gavin Newsome, enacted a 3-week stay-at-home-order because of a spike in COVID-19 cases (which was causing hospital ICUs to reach capacity).  The order was also a ban on onsite dining which affected Downtown Disney.  If you bought any food, you had to take it off the property to eat it (a major pain in the butt for all visitors). 😞 Improvements in the state were not met and the original order was extended into January . . . until yesterday (Monday 1/25/21).    The ban was lifted and guests to Downtown Disney and Buena Vista … Continue reading Eating Returns at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

Jungle Cruise Refurbishment Coming Soon

Disneyland & Walt Disney World will be changing the Jungle Cruise.  Floating around through the jungle and listening to your skipper crack jokes has always been fun, but many feel that something new is much needed for this opening day attraction. Disney Parks Blog says that they want this attraction to be able to “better reflect the value and diversity of the world around us.”  (Basically meaning that they want to change any of the negative depictions of native people). Besides getting rid of the negative aspects of the ride, Disney will be incorporating a whole new storyline that ties the … Continue reading Jungle Cruise Refurbishment Coming Soon

What Makes the Gran Fiesta Tour Special? (when it’s not so special)

When our family’s at Epcot, we probably ride the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at least twice during every vacation.  While this classic World Showcase boat ride in the Mexican Pavillian could be considered “lame” by many people, there is just something about this ride experience that makes it very special.   Maybe it’s the pyramid-shaped Mexico Pavilion building.  Maybe it’s the feeling of walking into a nighttime scene in an old Mexican village (the fountain, the shops, or the cast members).  Maybe it’s the smell of the food from the San Angel Inn Restaurante.  Maybe it’s the archway … Continue reading What Makes the Gran Fiesta Tour Special? (when it’s not so special)

Festival of the Lion King Returning

In a modified format, it was announced today that the popular Festival of the Lion King will be returning to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!  Walt Disney World will begin bringing back singers, dancers, and more cast members from the show at the Harambe Theatre.   The new show starting this summer will have adjustments to the stage, backstage, and will have updates to the choreography to allow for appropriate physical distancing.  There will also be changes in how the audience is seated which will be in line with other theater-based experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort. There will be amazing visual … Continue reading Festival of the Lion King Returning