The votes are in, and the winner is…


As you may recall, we have been having a debate back and forth over which restaurant we should eat at when Cindy, Nancy, Otis and I have our “Adults Only” dinner when we go to Disney World in June.

I have talked about this in detail, and even incorporated the help of my friends on the Internet to help get decisions.  Lastly, I even put up a poll to help get your input as to where we should eat.  Here were the choices:

  • Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Le Cellier at Canada Pavilion
  • California Grill at Contemporary Resort
  • Artist Pointe at Wilderness Lodge
  • Coral Reef at The Seas at Epcot

The number of votes was small, but Boma was the winner with 3 votes.  However, the more research I did — and I did a ton of research — the more and more Boma was the clear winner.  My friend Chip from Chip & Company claims that “Boma all the restaurant at WDW!”, Marc from the Moms Panel weighs in about Boma versus Coral Reef in this question he answered, Jodi from the Moms Panel also talks about Boma in this question, choosing it over Yak & Yeti, and Anna talked about Boma versus the Wave in the question she answered for the Moms Panel.

So the votes are in, and the reviewers have had their piece, and Nancy wants to try it out because, as she said, when will we get the chance to try it out again?  After all of that advice, how could we not choose Boma?

Look for a review of Boma sometime in July as I tell you all what we thought of it!

A Hidden Treasure: Disney Customized Maps

For someone that hasn’t been to Walt Disney World very often, there can be a lot of things to decide upon when you are planning your trip.  One of the biggest things that people overlook is how to tell your child, wife, or other significant person that you are taking them to Disney World on a vacation!  If you are taking your children, one of the greatest things that I have found to “spill the beans” are the Disney Customized Maps.  These are special maps that you can order free of charge from the Disney World website once every six months.  They are printed with all of your favorites listed for each of the parks, and they come on oversize, durable paper so that you can keep them as a souvenir for years to come.  My wife and I gave them to our daughter as a means of telling her we were going when we stayed at Coronado Springs in 2007, and she loved taking the dots and star stickers that came with the maps and putting them on to mark her favorite things that she wanted to try and the resort we were staying at.

“Classic” Look Customized Map with Favorites

There are two designs that you can choose from, the classic design (pictured above) and the character design (shown below).  Personally, I prefer the classic design; even though you can’t tell from the image above, the paper reminds me of the type of parchment paper that you would see the location of buried treasure marked on.  However, this time around we ordered the character design, which shows a different character for each of the parks.  For Magic Kingdom, the character that is shown is Dumbo, for Epcot, Nemo, for Hollywood Studios, Woody, and for Animal Kingdom, Simba.  In addition to the style of map you want, you can also select your own favorite locations, or you can choose favorites based on an age range.

“Character” Design Customized Map with Favorites

In order to order the maps, you do have to have an account at  In addition, you need to provide your address so that they can be mailed to you.  I’m sorry, but the maps can only be sent to addresses in the United States.  However, one thing that you can do if you live outside the US is to print out the maps yourself!  This isn’t quite the same feel as getting them in the mailbox, but it’s the next best thing.  You can also print them out at home at any time if you are waiting out your six-month window between ordering for home delivery.

If you are looking for a neat, free Disney keepsake, keep the Customized Maps in mind and order a set, even if you don’t have a trip planned yet!