Liberty Square Riverboat

50 Days: Liberty Square Riverboat

Liberty Square Riverboat

The Liberty Belle is the name of the vessel that is the Liberty Square Riverboat!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day50 of our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Can you believe that we have already counted down halfway through our list of 100 things to do at Disney World?  It’s crazy how fast time flies, and before I know it, we’ll be on the road to Florida!

Today we are taking a look at an attraction known as the Liberty Square Riverboat, which features the Liberty Belle, named after Walt Disney’s wife Lillian, as the vessel that will take you around the Rivers of America on your journey.  This is a fun, relaxing, “take me back in time” type of attraction, one that you can get on, look around the ship, see some parts of Walt Disney World that you don’t normally see, and just relax for a while.  After a long day of going all throughout the parks, there are certainly times when this attraction is the perfect respite to ease your tired feet!

In addition to the daytime operation of the Liberty Belle, you can also appreciate the Liberty Belle after dark when you are watching Wishes.  As you probably know, the Liberty Belle stops running in the evening in order to prepare for the famous fireworks show.  However, the string lights are still lit, and it can be fun to get a tranquil look at Liberty Square and the Liberty Square Riverboat after hours too!  Just check out this photo I took some years back.

Liberty Square Riverboat

For a unique perspective on Wishes, take some pictures from over in Liberty Square!

One night a couple of weeks ago I was thinking about the Liberty Belle and how cool it would be to be able to take a ride on it after dark.  That got my imagination going, and I started thinking, wouldn’t it be neat if the Imagineers made some sort of special run of the Liberty Belle — perhaps during one of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — and operate the Liberty Belle as a special “Ghost” ride?  I think it would be quite the setting for an evening of fun — who knows, maybe they could even turn it into a special dinner show type event.  I know I’m rambling a bit, but those sorts of ideas excite me.  What do you think about them?

Do you and your family enjoy the Liberty Square Riverboat, or do you pass it on by?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!


44 Days: IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth


The colors in this shot make this round of IllumiNations fireworks among my favorites!

Hello everyone, welcome to #Day44 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today is a special one, in my opinion, anyway. We are taking a look at IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, that incredible fireworks show that can be seen over World Showcase Lagoon in Epcot each night!  When it comes to fireworks, in my opinion, Walt Disney World does it better than anywhere else, and at the top of the list is IllumiNations.  I know that there are a lot of Wishes fans out there, and I think Wishes is great also, but to me, the music and lasers, accompanied by the fireworks, are what set this show at the top of the list.  The shot above was taken last July when we were able to enjoy the show during the IllumiNations Dessert Party that we were at.  I was able to find an excuse to bring my tripod, so I was able to get much better shots than I normally do!


IllumiNations lights up the night sky!

As you can see, at points during the show the fire on the Lagoon is quite intense, but I still like the tails on the fireworks!


Some of the fireworks in IllumiNations look just like stars in the sky!

Another cool thing I like about IllumiNations is how the water reflects the fireworks that are in the sky.  Of course, this happens at other fireworks shows too, but you notice it more here because the show takes place over water.  Also, do you notice how the Globe is opening up — it also moves locations during the show too!

IllumiNations is absolutely, hands down, one of my favorite shows at any Disney park, and I’m betting that it is for some of you too!  Now tell me, though — which do you like better: Wishes or IllumiNations?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Arrival Day at Disney World

0 Days: Arrival Day at Disney World!

Arrival Day at Disney World

Welcome Home…two of the best words you can hear at Walt Disney World!

Welcome Home…the first words a Disney Vacation Club member hears when they approach the resort they are staying at and are checking in.  For us, our home for the next week is Bay Lake Tower, the modern resort located next to and connected to the Contemporary Resort, with views overlooking the Magic Kingdom Park and Bay Lake.  Today is the day!  Today is our arrival day at Disney World!

If all goes as planned, we should arrive at our home around lunchtime, in time to check our luggage, hop on the monorail to Epcot, and then make our first FastPass of our trip, at Soarin’ at 3:35PM.

I want to thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your schedule to visit our site during our #DisneyWorldCountdown series.  In the days ahead I will create a page with links to each of the posts so it’s easier for you to scan them, and during the week I’ll share special photos from the parks that I think you may find interesting.  Until we speak again, I wish you all the best, and I hope that you are excited for your trip as I am for ours!

Today’s question is simple — who is a DVC member?  If you aren’t, and you have been considering it, I invite you to use me as a reference — you’ll get a special prize and so will I.  Just use the information in the image below if you do use us as a reference for your DVC purchase!  Have a great day!

The Disney Vacation Club -- What's it all about?

Wishes Dessert Party

1 Day: Wishes Dessert Party

Wishes Dessert Party

The Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party is our choice for #Day1 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Well my friends, we are nearing the completion of our 100 Days ’til Disney World countdown!  I hope that it has been as much fun for you to read these posts as it has been for me to write them.  Tomorrow we have just one more post, so I hope you’ll come back for that!

For today’s post, we’re taking a look at the Wishes Dessert Party that is held at the Tomorrowland Terrace.  Our friends invited us to join them as a special thank you for inviting them to stay with us, so we are very excited to be doing this with them!  Our reservations are on the Saturday before we check out, and I for one am looking forward to that special event.

Much has been written on other sites about whether or not this is worth the cost.  For us, celebrating Sophie’s 13th birthday, it is a neat thing to do once.  I don’t know that I’ll need to do it year after year after year certainly, but I do think it’ll be a great way to close out our trip.

What do you think about the Wishes Dessert Party?  Worth the cost or skip it, or do it once and not again?  Let me know please in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

2 Days: Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

The smile on River’s face speaks volumes about how incredible this treat is! Image courtesy my friend Neal!

Today we are taking a look at my wife Cindy’s favorite Disney treat — the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar!  Shown here with our friend River, this delicious treat has been known to put a smile on even the grumpiest dwarf!

The bar is a technological marvel in it’s simplicity.  Vanilla ice cream, dipped in chocolate syrup, frozen, and with a stick for easy holding!  As you probably already know, everything tastes better if it’s on a stick! :)

You can get them at almost any vendor spot in any park, but perhaps the best place to enjoy them is as a dessert at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ!  They had a freezer filled up with them, you could have eaten as many as you wanted!  Not that I would do something like that, mind you — but you could have!

What do you think of this treat?  Where does it rank in your list of favorites?  Do you like the Dole Whip better than this, or how about my favorite, a freshly popped bag of popcorn?  Let me know in the comments, please, and thanks for stopping by!