Splash Mountain Decorative Collectible and Pooh Too!

My favorite attraction in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland is Splash Mountain. It gives one of the longest rides. It has perhaps the most animatronic figures. And… it is one of the most awesome flume rides ever!

So when I can find unique collectibles featuring this ride, I snap them up. The piece I’m featuring today was found in a large flea market in Florida:

    

    

This is a great concept as it makes a nice piece even when it is not opened up. But when you open it, the display potential explodes!

Tigger and Winnie the Pooh are riding the flume together and can be removed from the piece. Why these two Disney characters were added to a Splash Mountain collectible is unclear, although they do appear to be having fun!

    

At least Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear get to wait in ambush, but I think they’ll be surprised when they catch a Tigger and a Pooh Bear instead of Br’er Rabbit!

“Please keep paws and cute noses inside the log at all times.”

It’s pieces like this that make my day as a disneyana collector!

Wordless Wednesday – Disney Letter T for Tigger!

Tigger and Sophie!

Tigger and Sophie posing for a hug and a picture!

It’s Wordless Wednesday time, and today we’re focusing on the Disney Letter T for the theme!  I know that a lot of people think of other things when they think of the letter T, but for me, Disney Letter T means one character — Tigger!  Come join me as we bounce from shot to shot, exploring all of our Tiggerific pictures!

Sophie giving a Bear Hug -- or a Tigger Hug -- to Tigger!

Sophie giving a Bear Hug — or a Tigger Hug — to Tigger!

Tigger is bounding along at the Crystal Palace!

Tigger is bounding along at the Crystal Palace!

Sophie, Tigger, and Stephanie squeezing a hug!  Look at what a camera hog Tigger is!

Sophie, Tigger, and Stephanie squeezing a hug! Look at what a camera hog Tigger is!

And lastly, but certainly not least, here’s a picture of Sophie — in her Princess Jasmine costume, no less — after one of his autographs!

Tigger's Autograph

Tigger’s Autograph is simple, but uniquely his own!

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Stephanie’s top 10 restaurants at Walt Disney World

My niece Stephanie has come with us to Walt Disney World for our last three trips, so I decided that I would poke her brain a bit and find out what her favorite restaurants were.  After trying to work out our schedules, and locking her in our living room (where she is visiting us this weekend) I got her to write her list.  So, without further ado, here is my niece Stephanie, and her review, which she calls…

“There’s a party in my tummy…so yummy, so yummy” :)

 

Almost a month later here I am finally doing what my uncle asked me to do, write this blog! My intention is to tell you all about my Top Ten favorite places to eat in Disney and in the process tell you why (after all, that is the part that counts!)  When he first asked me to write this I figured it would be easy, ha… that was a joke.  Everything that Disney World has to offer is all fantastic so it simply comes down to a personal opinion.  So, after putting a lot of thought into my ten choices, I finally came up with this list. Enjoy!

Stephanie’s Top Ten

1. Captain’s Grille
 Two years ago I found myself sitting in this restaurant with my uncle, aunt and cousin.  Being the loving and generous family they are, I was given the opportunity to tag along on their trip.  As a way to show me what Disney really is, they wanted me to eat at the fancy schmancy places.  Given that fact, Captain’s Grille is my top choice because this is where my experience began… where my little girl dream of feeling the Disney wonder came true all because my aunt and uncle were willing to bring someone like me along with them.    
This one is a no brainer…. Tigger is there!! Duh!
Again, another no brainer, PRINCESSES!  The food offered here is also fantastic.  You may be thinking that it won’t taste as good because it’s not American, but you will be pleasantly surprised as soon as you take your first bite.  
WARNING: Make sure you are not wet prior to going inside because you WILL freeze (and you won’t be as pretty for your princess picture).
Also, if you are married/dating… beware because your prince may be admiring all the princesses instead of you, the true princess. 
4. Main Street Bakery
Despite the occasional long line trying to get in, it is worth it if you love a GOOD cinnamon bun!
Everyone will love this place… Not only is the food served family style, but the actual restaurant rotates at a slow but noticeable speed… now that’s “totally wicked!”.
I highly recommend this place to eat for breakfast.  When we went, I remember waking up fairly early to make it here for the reservation.  For those of you that don’t know me, I love my sleep (especially since I was in college at the time, sleep is a college kid’s best friend) but this place got me motivated to get up.  Not only does a morning reservation give you motivation, it also starts your day off right because the Disney magic starts early.
 
I must admit, I really liked this place because of their entertainment.  While you are eating in a well decorated place, there are four men playing cowbells, something that you can’t see everyday at McDonald’s.
Now tell me, what American doesn’t like a place that serves good BBQ?  Not only do they offer BBQ but you and your family have the chance to dance with some of Disney’s characters!
9. Columbia Harbour House
In case this list is intimidating because I have mainly listed table service restaurants (places that might cost a little more ;)), I figured I’d throw in a counter service one.  If you are on the go and want a quick bite to eat, Columbia Harbour House would be my top pick.  I have eaten here more than once and each time have had great service and great food.
  
10. Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
Ice Cream! Ice Cream! Ice Cream! While watching the night parade and fireworks, Plaza Ice Cream Parlor makes for a tasty, cool-down, treat!

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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