TouringPlans – Disneyland or Disney World – What’s The Difference? Part 3

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A Tale of Two ResortsDeciding between Disneyland and Disney World?

Are you trying to decide between a trip to Disneyland or Walt Disney World? Or maybe you have visited one resort and are curious about the other? My book “A Tale of Two Resorts: Comparing Disneyland and Walt Disney World – A Traveler’s Reference” is now available to help!

This reference book is loaded with facts and information about all of the hotels, restaurants, attractions, experiences, entertainment choices and resort extras that are available at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Each chapter begins with a handy side-by-side chart that compares each destination and concludes with a “For What It’s Worth” section that gives my personal thoughts and opinions. Topics include Lay of the Land, Atmosphere, Weather, Crowds, Events, Budgeting, Planning Timeline, Accommodations, Admission Tickets, Transportation, Theme Parks, Resort Extras, Dining and of course, there’s helpful advice about planning your trip and organizing your day.

Do you have a favorite – Disneyland or Disney World? If so, why?
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New Donald’s Safari Dinner At Tusker House

Tusker House

New Character Dining At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Beginning last month, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and their friends began welcoming guests for a fun-filled character dinner at Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Donald’s Safari Dinner offers guests the opportunity to meet some of their favorite characters, including Donald and Daisy while enjoying a delicious selection of all-you-care-to-enjoy spit-roasted carved meats, unique salads, creative vegetarian offerings, hearty stews, and delicious desserts – all with an African touch. If you are interested in dining here, you can making reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE or by clicking here. The food looks delicious and the characters are always fun for everyone!

The Dinner Buffet Menu Currently Offers (subject to change):

Peri-Peri Marinated Baked Salmon
Kenyan Coffee BBQ Pork Loin
Berbere-rubbed Spit-roasted Beef Striploin
Spit-roasted Chicken
Seafood Stew with Tamarind BBQ Sauce
Deli Meats and Cheeses
Cape Malay Curry Chicken
Oven-roasted Red Skin Potatoes with Rosemary
Mashed Potatoes
Brown Gravy
Curried Rice
Horseradish Cream
Vegetable Samosa
Mango Chutney
Sautéed Green
Corn Medley
Macaroni & Cheese
Corn Dog Nuggets
Apple Sauce
Saffron-infused Root Vegetables and Cabbage
Sweet Plantains
Pearl Couscous with Sweet Basil
Jollaf Rice
Spiced Vegetable Tofu
Orzo Pasta
Basmati Rice with Lemon, Cinnamon, and Cardamon
Quinoa Salad with Shrimp
Watermelon and Feta Salad
Curried Rice with Golden Raisins
Seasonal Fresh Fruit
Smoked Salmon
Hard-boiled Eggs
Chickpea and Cucumber Salad
Toasted Couscous Salad with Ocean Spray Craisins
Tossed Ceasar Salad
Mixed Greens
Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint Yogurt Dressing
Spicy South African Preserves
Sambals – Mango Chutney, Mixed Fruit Chutney
Whole Grain Breads and Rolls
Mealie Cornbread
Glazed Donut Holes
Chocolate Volcano Cake
Carrot-spiced Cake
Strawberry Mousse
Lemon Bars
Passion Fruit Tart
Coconut Macaroon
Chocolate Chunk Cookie
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
Chocolate Turtle Brownies
Cherry-Apple Cobbler
Banana-Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

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The BOATHOUSE Opens At Downtown Disney

Exciting news for fans of fine dining and Downtown Disney! A new upscale restaurant, The BOATHOUSE, opened its doors last week. The reviews I’ve seen so far look amazing and I can’t wait to try this place during my next Disney World visit. Here’s the scoop courtesy of WDW News.
Prepare to be very hungry!

The BOATHOUSE officially opened its doors on April 13, 2015 as one of the new venues in The Landing, the first of four planned neighborhoods as Downtown Disney transitions into Disney Springs, an exciting new waterfront district for shopping, dining and entertainment. Completion of Disney Springs is set for 2016.

The BOATHOUSE is an upscale, waterfront dining experience featuring spectacular floating artwork: dream boats from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s. The restaurant is 24,000 square feet, with 8,000 feet devoted to the state-of-the-art kitchen where an extensive menu is prepared, showcasing steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar. The BOATHOUSE will seat up to 600 guests and will serve guests until 2 a.m. The restaurant is designed with spectacular nautically-themed rooms including The Runabout, Twin Transoms, and The Lake House.

There are also two private dining rooms: The Regatta and The Trophy Room for hosting special events, receptions, and corporate presentations. In addition, there are three distinctive bars featuring classic craft cocktails, along with an extensive list of wines, anchored by iconic American vineyards. Bars include: The Captain’s Raw Bar, The Admiral’s Club Bar and The Dock Bar, which is built over the water and attached to over 300 feet of boardwalk and docks, connecting all areas of the restaurant. The BOATHOUSE restaurant will be managed by the award-winning Gibsons Restaurant Group, internationally renowned and celebrated for exceptional food, service and hospitality.

More than a dining experience, The BOATHOUSE immerses guests inside and out with waterfront adventures including live music and romantic Captain’s guided tours aboard The Venezia, a beautifully crafted 40-foot wooden Italian Water Taxi featuring champagne toasts and chocolate-covered strawberries. There is also a multi-million dollar fleet of 19 rare boats on display, gathered from museums, private collectors, and boat shows from around the world.

Among the star attractions are Captain-guided tours from The BOATHOUSE Amphicars. These amphibious autos launch from land, entering the water with a splash, taking guests on a 20-minute tour of the landmarks of Downtown Disney. Most people have never seen an amphicar because there were only 3,878 of these unique vehicles produced from 1961 to 1968. The BOATHOUSE Amphicars have all been completely restored in order to delight guests with the ride of a lifetime.

Throughout each day and evening, The BOATHOUSE Harbor Master will orchestrate flag ceremonies, accompanied by a lively musical performance of beloved bugle songs, performed aboard a classic 1800’s antique steam boat.

The Ship’s Store, adjacent to The BOATHOUSE restaurant, sports an All-American look, reminiscent of the art deco period of 1939 to 1959, updated with modern mahogany accents. Authentic nautical items are featured at The Ship’s Store such as custom engraved paddles and life rings personalized with a guest’s name or favorite saying, along with Rubba Ducks®, distinctive lake-themed merchandise, fine apparel, jewelry, and unique items “Made on Earth™.”

“We are extremely honored to open The BOATHOUSE at Downtown Disney, and to be part of the upcoming and exciting transformation into Disney Springs,” said creator Steven Schussler. “We are very proud of our menu and the upscale experience that we have created for our guests. Unbelievable food and service are the top priority, so we chose to partner with Gibsons Restaurant Group to bring their culinary expertise and legendary great service to The BOATHOUSE. In addition to the amazing food, The BOATHOUSE offers a number of water adventures including the guided Captain’s tours on our 40-foot Italian Water Taxi and Amphicars, as well as live music daily.”

Visit The BOATHOUSE Restaurant daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; The Ship’s Store from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Guided Captain’s tours with Champagne and Chocolate-covered Strawberries begin daily at 10 a.m. on The Venezia Italian Water Taxi; Amphicar guided tours begin daily at 10 a.m.

For more information about this restaurant, please visit or call 407-939-BOAT.
Advance dining reservations will be available beginning
mid-May online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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Remember 501 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Walt Disney World Vacation April Giveaway

Remember To Enter Daily To Win

Remember I am giving away a copy of my new book “501 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Walt Disney World Vacation“!

A Little About “501 Ways” – From The Back Cover

The difference between an average and a fantastic Walt Disney World vacation is in the details. And no matter how much you know, there’s still a lot you don’t know. Kristi Fredericks helps close the knowledge gap with her 501 ways to save money, time, and sanity while at the happiest place on Earth.

Just a minute, you say. You’ve heard all the tips, you’ve read all the sites and all the books that promise to help you “make the most of” your Walt Disney World vacation. Are there really any new tips in here? blogger Kristi Fredericks has come up with the Disney World travel tips book for people who are sick of Disney World travel tips books. Her 501 ways to make the most of your Disney vacation include:

  • How to ensure your trip will be a success before you leave home, by packing cheap, never-thought-of essentials from your local dollar store, setting up your iPhone as a personal Disney assistant; and much more
  • How to make the most of the four theme parks, by finding the best parade and photo op spots, keeping little kids enchanted by Epcot, beating the crowds out of the parks, and much more
  • How to never run out of pixie dust, by keeping the kids entertained in lines, creating your own park “challenges”, treating the resort hotels as a fifth theme park, and many other “Mousecellaneous” tips
  • How Kristi herself used many of the tips and techniques in this book during her countless visits to Walt Disney World, as recounted in her humorous stories and anecdotes

You’re just 501 ways from the best Disney World vacation of your life!

What People Are Saying About “501 Ways”

“This little book is chock full of nifty and useful tips for a Walt Disney World vacation.”
– Amazon Customer Review

“This book is one of the best Disney World books that I’ve come across. Just exceptional! There’s so much information packed in it that everyone is bound to learn something that they didn’t know before.”
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“It is full of practical tips and is written to be both informative and entertaining as the author shares some of her family’s personal experiences.”
– Amazon Customer Review

The Giveaway

From now through Monday, April 27, 2015, please enter daily to win a copy of my new book “501 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Walt Disney World Vacation“. Just click the image below and follow the instructions to be entered into the giveaway. Be sure to take advantage of the bonus entries, and please feel free to share with your friends and family!  

501 Ways

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Please click this link to purchase your copy today!

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Celebrating Earth Day 2015 At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom Tree of Life

Happy Earth Day!

If you will be visiting Disney World this week, be sure to head over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to join in the fun at the “Party for the Planet” in honor of Earth Day this Wednesday, April 22. Here’s the scoop courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog:

Disney's Animal KingdomOn Wednesday, April 22, exclusive Earth Day activities will be offered during our “Party for the Planet” Earth Day celebration. You can participate in interactive activities, explore limited time merchandise offerings, and interact with animal and education experts from Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment and the Disney Conservation Fund team about conservation projects currently in progress.

This year’s “Party for the Planet” celebration includes two exclusive “research stations” at Rafiki’s Planet Watch and the Main Entrance of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. These research stations allow you to see behind-the-scenes footage from the newest Disneynature film, “Monkey Kingdom,” while exploring how technology is used to enhance conservation efforts. You will have the opportunity to get an up-close, hands-on look at the technology scientists use to learn about animals, as well as the valuable data that comes from special equipment called camera traps. Many of the tools showcased at these research stations were used throughout production of the newest Disneynature film, “Monkey Kingdom.”

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Have you attended the “Party for the Planet”? Are you going this year?
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