Hundred Acre Woods WALL MAP featuring Pooh & Friends

Hallmark stores are almost becoming as good as, or better than, The Disney Store for offering great Disney treasures! I kid you not.

Take a look at what we just picked up recently:

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This great reproduction of the Hundred Acre Wood map can stand or be hung, which is what we have done with it. It features all of your favorite characters from the A. A. Milne’s classic Pooh stories. Here are closer looks at each corner of the piece:

The houses of Rabbit, Kanga, and Owl

Christopher Robin’s house

Notice that the compass has the letters spelling out Pooh’s name instead of the cardinal points of North, East, South, and West.

Winnie the Pooh’s house (or Mr. Sander’s, depending on who you ask)

Eeyore’s gloomy place… er, house

The only omission is Piglet’s house. Poor little guy! But he shouldn’t feel too bad as Tigger is missing altogether! Most of the other main attractions of the Hundred Acre Wood are represented here.

In conclusion, kudos to Hallmark for offering such wonderful things. And to Christopher Robin we say: Work on your spelling!

Donald Duck Meets the Partridge Family

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Actually, he really only meets Danny (Danny Bonaduce) from the family, and two hoods set on putting the fear of a mob boss into our little protagonist. This week’s entry comes from the first season of the Partridge Family in episode 7 entitled Danny and the Mob (1970 airdate).

And here comes Danny now:

Patridge Duck

This is a great old Donald Duck inflatable that Danny wears during the scene. As you can see, Danny seems pretty care free at the moment, but Donald… not so much!

Donald gets biffed

And now I guess we can see why. While trying to intimidate Danny, the two hoods end up elbowing Donald in the face! Ouch.

Upon closer inspection of the inflatable, you can see that other Disney characters are depicted on the ring:

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You can just make out Mickey and Donald, but I can’t quite tell who the others are. Maybe Eeyore in the front right corner? I also spotted a copyright name on Donald’s neck, as you can see below:

Copyrighted Duck

Again, it’s hard to make out, but I’m pretty sure it says ‘Walt Disney Productions’ under his name, which makes this a pre-1987 product. As the production company probably would have picked up props like this as new items, then it is probably from 1970, the date of the episode.

Quack!

Memorial Meals Monday – Crystal Palace

Pooh and I at the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom

For many families with daughters, Disney World is all about the DIsney princesses and the easiest way to ensure a meet and greet is to eat at Cinderella’s Royal Table. This is not the case for my daughters and I, for my girls, Disney World is all about Winnie the Pooh and friends. The best way to ensure a meet and greet with Pooh and friends is to have a meal at The Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom.

Located at the end of Main Street USA, the Crystal Palace serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the meals are buffet style; I enjoy a buffet as I think many choices at a meal allows everyone to eat what they like. There is even a special section for kid-friendly foods (think chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese and pizza) which ensures something for everyone. Of course no buffet would be complete without dessert and Crystal Palace certainly has tasty desserts. Beverages are served by your waitstaff.

I can’t point to any specific food that was better than any other. What I remember most from all the times I have eaten there is how much my daughters and I look forward to visiting with Pooh and his friends. The typical cast of characters is Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore. While diners eat, Pooh and his friends travel around the restaurant (separately) stopping at each table to pose for pictures and sign autographs.

We discovered the Crystal Palace by accident. On a trip with my mother and my daughters, we decided we wanted a “good” sit down lunch. We were walking by the Crystal Palace and noticed people standing by the door and walked over to check it out. When we heard that Winnie the Pooh and friends were “in there”, my daughters practically begged to eat there. As the wait was only about 15 minutes we waited. After 5 minutes, we were shown to our table and a new tradition began.

If you decide to go to the Crystal Palace, I suggest booking an advance dining reservation. This restaurant is in the Disney Dining Plan so if you are using the dining plan, you will only be responsible for the tip;  otherwise, expect to pay between $35 and $60 per person. (Prices can be confirmed via the Walt Disney World website). If you (or the kiddies) are Winnie the Pooh fans, this meal is worth the price!

Disney Dining Review: The Crystal Palace!

The Crystal Palace is a character dining location located over at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World!

As the sign indicates, The Crystal Palace is “A Buffet With Character” — in this case, Winnie the Pooh and all his friends!  Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore (as well as Pooh) all come by to see you, and you can get your picture taken with them, get autographs, and even march in the parade with them!

Sophie has been drawn to the Crystal Palace since her early trips.  This restaurant is more often than not a mainstay in our Disney Dining planning.  We didn’t eat there on our last major trip, but something tells me we will eat there in June when we are on our vacation with our great friends!

While the Crystal Palace is just your standard buffet, there’s something about the restaurant that keeps drawing us back time and time again.  For starters, it is one of the few places to meet and get pictures with the gang from the Hundred Acre Woods.  Another thing that it’s got going for it is the incredible charm of the restaurant.  Take a look at some of these pictures and tell me what you think!

The Crystal Palace

 

The entrance

 

Piglet leading a march!

 

Sophie and Piglet

 

Eeyore getting some love from Sophie

 

I think Pooh is always going to be Sophie’s favorite — the look says it all!

 

 

Marching in the parade behind Piglet’s line!

These pictures are from 2007, the first year that we stayed on property at Disney World.  We have also eaten there in 2008, 2009, and 2010 before taking a break in 2011.  For us, we love the Crystal Palace for so many more reasons than just the food.  For me, the beauty of the Crystal Palace is how we all are able to just spend a little time with our favorite childhood friends, and share a hug like the ones that Sophie has done in these pictures.  If you have never eaten at the Crystal Palace, I highly recommend that you give it a try!

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