Wordless Wednesday: Disney Letter “G”

Sophie, Stephanie, Goofy, Cape May Cafe

Stephanie, Goofy, and Sophie at the Cape May Cafe!

Hello everyone, welcome to my rendition of the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by my friend Debra from Focused on the Magic!  This week’s theme is “Disney Letter ‘G'” and I’ve got a good variety of photos to share with you, starting with the one at the top — Sophie, my niece Stephanie, and Goofy at the Cape May Cafe!

In addition to that photo, though, I’ve got several others, so take a look and enjoy!

Gus, Jacque, Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom

Gus & Jacque at Cinderella Castle!

Pirate Goofy, Pirates of the Caribbean, Adventureland, Magic Kingdom

Pirate Goofy and Madelyne-Lois!

Goofy's Barnstormer, Mickey's Toontown Fair, Magic Kingdom

A shot of the old Goofy’s Barnstormer roller coaster!

Garden Grill Restaurant, The Land, Epcot Future World

The Garden Grill Restaurant

Gran Fiesta Tour, The Three Caballeros, Mexico Pavilion, Epcot World Showcase

The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

John Wayne, Great Movie Ride, Disney's Hollywood Studios

The John Wayne scene from the Great Movie Ride!

Gonzo, Muppets, Clock, Disney's Hollywood Studios

Look closely, hang on Gonzo!

Giraffe, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Kilimanjaro Safaris

A Giraffe as seen during Kilimanjaro Safaris

So there you have it, some great representations of the Disney Letter G from each of the four major parks of Walt Disney World!  What pictures would you have shared for your Disney Letter G?  While you think about that, head on over to Focused on the Magic and look at all the entries for this week!  See how many of them match up with what you would come up with.  Thanks for stopping by, just click on the button below to link over!

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Disney Dining Review: Mickey’s Backyard BBQ

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ is one of the Walt Disney World Dinner Shows that you can see while on vacation.  Located at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds, the pavilion where the BBQ is held is not far from the location for the Hoop Dee Doo Review.

We took Sophie and my niece Stephanie to the Backyard BBQ for Sophie’s 9th birthday when we were at Disney World celebrating.  We were on the Disney Dining Plan for this visit, and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ counts as 2 Dining credits and also required us to guarantee it with a credit card.  This requirment isn’t as big a deal now, as Disney has started requiring a credit card guarantee on many of their table service restaurants.

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ has many great things going for it.  Here is my list of the things that we enjoyed the most:

  • The setting is rustic, and while this isn’t for everyone, it was great for me.
  • Sophie had some really great quality time with Mickey and Minnie, as well as Chip, Dale, and Goofy.
  • The stage show with all of it’s country influence was great.  There was a lot of energy involved with everything here, and we enjoyed it quite a bit.

In fact, I enjoyed our experience quite a bit.  There were only two things that I think should be changed, but I will understand if they aren’t.  The first is the 2 TS credits required.  I love the show, and all of that, but I just didn’t feel like it was worth 2 TS credits.  The other thing that I wasn’t crazy about was the food.  The big buffet was BBQ food, which wasn’t a problem; it’s what you expect.  On tap were burgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken, and all the fixings.  The problem I had with the food was the temperature.  I know that this is something that is hard to control in what is basically a covered outdoor pavilion, and is also something that can be totally different the next time we eat there.  I think if I were making the decision on how to conquer the temperature problem of the food, I would make smaller quantity, and replace it more often.  For example, instead of making 100 burgers and replacing them every 20 minutes, make 50 burgers and replace them every 10, or something along that nature.

However, all in all, I really enjoyed the BBQ, and would consider it again.  If you decide on eating at the Backyard BBQ, I highly recommend that you give yourself plenty of time to get to the pavilion.  We elected to drive to Fort Wilderness, then we parked, but then we had to wait on the bus to take us through the campground to where the pavilion was.  All in all, I think it took at least an hour to get from our hotel at Port Orleans French Quarter to dinner.

One last thing that I’ll mention was that all the people that were celebrating something, whether it be a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion, you can write down the name of the person celebrating, and they will announce it as part of the show.  So if you are celebrating, this is one of the places you can go that you can get your celebration announced.  I hope you enjoyed the review, and that it helps you to decide whether or not to make a reservation at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ!  If it doesn’t, maybe these pictures will!

Sophie (with her self-created Minnie shirt) with Minnie and Mickey!

 

The Stage Show

 

Chip
Sophie loves corn on the cob!

 

Goofy leading a dance line

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Wordless Wednesday – Night Time Magic!

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Welcome to our entry to this week’s Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop, hosted as always by my good friend Deb from Focused on the Magic!  This week’s theme is Night Time Magic, and I wanted to take the time tonight to share with you a memory from five years ago.

August 6, 2007, we were visiting Walt Disney World for the first time where we stayed on property, and “back in the day,” Disney’s Animal Kingdom had evening Extra Magic Hours, although they were limited in scope to what you could do.  We were at Dinoland, U.S.A., when we just happened to come upon a block party right there in the middle of the area, around the location by Primeval Whirl and the Boneyard.  It was dark out, the music was going, and right there in the middle were Chip & Dale and Goofy!  It was an incredibly fun evening, late enough to experience a different side of Disney, but not so late that our little six year old would be overtired the next day.  These pictures I have are the cream of the crop from that party, I hope you enjoy them!

Thank you for stopping by and visiting us this week!  This was a truly magical moment in our Disney lives, and Sophie, who is now 11, has grown up so much since that first trip on property.  It’s these type of posts that were the root cause for why I started My Dreams of Disney to begin with, so thank you for stopping by and sharing in my dreams and memories!  Don’t forget to stop by and see all the entries, to do so, just click on the button above, and also, don’t forget to enter to win our Disney Dooney & Bourke Wristlet!


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Disney Dining Review: Cape May Cafe

During our vacation in June, 2010, we decided to try out the Cape May Cafe for the first time!  I wanted a breakfast during our trip, so we booked a late breakfast time at the restaurant.  The Cape May Cafe is located over at the Beach Club Resort, over in the Boardwalk area of Disney.

We had so much fun at that meal!  Cape May Cafe is a character meal for breakfast only, and we met Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck during our breakfast!  Cape May Cafe is a buffet for breakfast, with Mickey Waffles, great fruit, awesome danishes, and much more.  The beauty of any character meal, though, is the interaction that you and your children have with the characters, and Sophie (and my niece Stephanie, for that matter) had a wonderful time with the Minnie, Goofy, and Donald!  Just look at these pictures to judge for yourself!

 

 

 

Although we have eaten at the Cape May Cafe only this one time, this is definitely a restaurant that we would eat at again!  The Cape May Cafe is a one table service dining credit on the Disney Dining Plan, and when paying out of pocket will run between $15 – $35.99 per person.  If you have any specific questions or comments about the Cape May Cafe, go ahead and leave them in the comments!  Thanks!

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Magic Kingdom — Mickey’s Toontown Fair

Magic Kingdom -- Mickey's Toontown Fair

Mickey’s Toontown Fair is the newest of the Magic Kingdom lands, and unfortunately, it is also the first of the lands to be closed.  Toontown Fair is the unfortunate casualty of the expansion of Fantasyland, and as a result, much of the land is going to be disappearing, if it hasn’t been closed already.  Because of this, if you are able to go, and haven’t been yet, now might be the best time to get down to see Mickey’s Toontown Fair.

The Fair was opened in, I believe, 1988 to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 60th birthday.  Originally, the fair was called “Mickey’s Birthdayland”, and was slated to be a short running expansion.  However, the guests loved it, and flocked to it in such numbers that it was decided to continue the fun, but with a few tweaks made along the way.

Some of the best things in all of the Magic Kingdom can be found in Mickey’s Toontown Fair.  For us, the best of the attractions are the following:

Since the Toontown Fair is the smallest of the lands, there isn’t as much to do here, however, the land has it’s own unique traits that give the “Fairgoer” a good time, and a lot to see.

The real beauty of Mickey’s Toontown Fair is in the details, and the story behind the land.  As I understand it, you won’t always find Mickey in the Toontown Fair, even though it would be a reasonable expectation to think that he would be there.  However, the thing that you need to keep in mind is that Mickey and Minnie’s full time homes are actually in Disneyland, not Disney World.  The homes that are in Mickey’s Toontown Fair are actually Mickey and Minnie’s vacation homes, so for this reason, when they aren’t on vacation, you won’t see them in their homes.

Additionally, although this is the smallest of the lands, the landmarks that are in the the land have an incredible amount of detail to them.  For example, did you know that Minnie’s Country House has he following things for you and your kids to enjoy:

  • You can sit on the couch or chair for pictures
  • You can press the play button on the answering machine to hear the messages left for Minnie — and there are a lot of messages!
  • You can bake the cake in the oven.
  • You can open the refrigerator to see all the selections of cheese that Minnie has.
  • You can pop popcorn in the microwave.

The details in the houses — both Minnie’s and Mickey’s — are incredible.  Mickey’s doesn’t have many things to do, it is more of a walk through museum type view, but despite that, there are a lot of things to see.  Take a moment to check out the kitchen that Goofy and Donald are working on, and take a look at all of the tools that there are in the garage!

Goofy’s Barnstormer roller coaster, which is how we as a family think of Goofy’s roller coaster, was Sophie’s first roller coaster at Disney World.  We rode it once, back in 2005, and Sophie was hooked!  We got off of it, and rode it again — and again — and again.  You get the picture.  In all, we rode it at least four times in a row, and we have ridden nearly every year since.  Now, though, our daring nine year old has progressed to Big Thunder Mountain, the Rock and Roller Coaster with Aerosmith, and other hi-intensity rides.

As a land, Mickey’s Toontown Fair is definitely the smallest, and some people think that it isn’t any big deal that it is being absorbed into the Fantasyland expansion.  However, to me, some of the biggest things that the Fair has going for it are the little things.  Being able to relax, to savor each part of the land, to just stroll like you would stroll through your own county fair at home.  Those are the things that make Mickey’s Toontown Fair special, and it won’t soon be forgotten.

I have no doubts that somewhere in the future we will see Mickey and Minnie’s homes.  Where they will be I’m not sure, but something will be done with them I believe.

Thank you for reading, enjoy the photos now and let me know what you think in the comments!

Mickey’s Closet

 

Mickey’s Bed

 

 

Mickey’s Country House
The back of Mickey’s House, with the garage
Mickey’s disaster of a kitchen renovation!
Minnie’s Country House

 

 

 

Goofy needs to take flying lessons!

 

Sophie and her Meemaw!

 

“The Thinker”

 

Mickey’s Kitchen

 

Pluto’s Doghouse

 

Mickey’s Garden

 

Sophie and Mickey

In the end, with Toontown Fair about to close, I’m going to miss it, and so are Cindy and Sophie.  I really think it will be worth it in the end, but it still is a bittersweet thing to go through.  That makes the pictures we have and memories we have all the more important, so thank you for reading.