Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World. This week we’ll be stopping by Beach Club Resort and Epcot for dinner. Then we’re checking out what’s new at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and spending a little time at the Magic Kingdom for an epic view of the Festival of Fantasy Parade. I have so much to share with you, let’s get going! 🙂
On Friday night when we decided we needed a Disney style dinner we’d originally set out for Beaches & Cream Soda Shop. This is an awesome spot for a casual hamburger, but unfortunately it was packed when we got there and reservations weren’t available. With the My Disney Experience App we were able to find a table available at Tokyo Dining over at Epcot. We spent a little time strolling through the Beach Club on our way there. Wow, it’s beautiful! I haven’t stayed at this hotel since I was a kid. Look at it now!
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Tokyo Dining is on the short list of our favorite places to eat around the World Showcase. While the food is to die for, I’ve often heard people rave about the fireworks view from this dining spot. As you can see from my photo on the below right, not so much. Even when seated right up against the windows you still miss a great deal of the show. Of course, there is a beautiful walkway that wraps around the outside of the restaurant. However, you don’t have to eat dinner here to enjoy that view. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop by on your next trip! Let me tell you about our awesome dinner here!
For starters, the service is impeccable in Japan. Everyone is so, so friendly and efficient. Our courses came out quickly and were cooked to perfection. This has been the case each and every time we’ve enjoyed a meal in Japan. Pictured below left is the Tuna Steak, which goes for $29.95. Pictured below right is the Panko Chicken, which goes for $26.95. The tuna was large enough to split and I took home a good size doggie bag. That also makes this spot an even better deal if you’re on the dining plan.
A little bit out of order, pictured below left is our appetizer of Karaage. It was $8.95 and a good value since there was about twice as much as pictured. It was so delicious I forgot that I should be taking photos for you! Karaage is crispy chicken in onion sauce and a great way to start the meal! Pictured below right is the Chocolate Ginger Cake and Nigori Genshu (or cloudy sake). They were priced at $6.95 and $11.00 respectively. There are certainly better desserts around the world showcase, but this wasn’t bad by any stretch. I might suggest that you skip this in favor of a crounut, though. 😉 Do you consider Tokyo Dining to be one of your favorite restaurants? What do you like to get there? Let us know in the comments below.
Moving over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I was finally able to take a look inside the new Starbucks! I think this one is my favorite and the cast member greeting out front even agreed it’s the nicest one on property. Of course, there were gobs of the “you are here” mugs for the park. I would include barcode information but I’ve heard from several different people that they aren’t available to order over the phone. It’s a shame because this one is really pretty!
The hat is looking rather steampunk these days as it continues to be dismantled. So why was such a large group gathered in front of this eyesore, you ask? There was actually a great streetmosphere show going on! If this is a sign of things to come I wish they would have taken the hat down ages ago! I only caught the tail end or I would have recorded it for you. This group is so funny and talented!
Also newish at the Studios is the arrival of Cinderella’s coach from the film being released next month. My hubby has committed to take me and I can’t wait to check this one out. It seems to be slowly taking over the Studios with signage and the movie preview being offered. Is Cinderella the new Elsa? You be the judge! 😉
Speaking of Elsa I found a couple goodies that looked new to me while I was shopping at the Studios. On the below left is a new ornament barcode: 400008 983594 that retails for $17.95. I also hadn’t see the frame below right before. You can order it with barcode: 400008 910910 and it retails for $19.95. The frames were going fast, though. If you’d like one you’d better call quick!
Before we know it Easter will be here, and Disney has released the plush to prove it. Each of this dolls retail for $16.95 and you can order them with 400008 919609 for Mickey and 400008 919616 for Minnie. I really like the trend of Mickey holding Duffy for these seasonal plush! On the below right is a hat I really need your opinion on! I immediately liked it, but when I picked it up I liked it even more because it’s a rain hat! It’s a little pricey at $29.95, but I think I might need it! So the question is: cute or tacky? Let me know in the comments below! Oh, and if you’d like your own the barcode is: 400007 974395.
With my shopping done I headed for the Magic Kingdom. I wanted to caution you that if you have FOB (Fear of Birds), then it might be tough for you to visit the park these days! I’ve never seen so many seagulls hanging around the seven seas lagoon! They were actually riding along on the ferry boat. I can’t imagine Disney won’t do something about that, but it was kind of neat to see them all. The boat landing with the maroon roof seems to really attract them. All the green roofs were vacant but that maroon one was just covered with birds!
For the fourth weekend in a row the weather was glorious! (Remind me of that when the bone melting heat of the summer comes!) Since I was on my own I decided to ride something that nobody will ever ride with me and take you along. Please enjoy your spin on the Mad Tea Party:
Over at The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh I was able to use my FastPass+ without any trouble. I was also lucky enough that the ride hard stopped right in front of the scene below. The other people in my hunny pot were obviously not pleased that this happened, but it’s a photographers dream! 🙂 It seemed the audio had gotten out of sync with the animatronics so some kind of reset was required. In just a couple of minutes the ride moved along with greatly improved sound.
Over at Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover you could really appreciate how beautiful the weather was this weekend! I’m guilty of editing photos and making the sky a little too blue or making colors pop to perfection, but this is straight out of the camera. This is exactly what you would have seen on a grand circle tour of Tomorrowland on Sunday. I wish you all could have been there, it was the prettiest day!
Over at The Barnstormer, I started having trouble with FastPass+ reservations. I had the app pulled up and ready to show but on the third scan of my band it somehow worked. It’s very hit or miss if my FastPass+ works. I was finally able to get a possible answer on why this might be happening. I was told that the system is only designed for people to have ONE Magicband. As a passholder I currently have three that Disney has sent me and all are showing active. This creates “phantom” accounts. I’ve deactivated all but one band and will keep everyone updated on how that pans out. In the meantime, enjoy a ride on the Barnstormer! 🙂
I strolled by Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and was very sad to see construction walls. I’m excited for our version to possibly get the black light treatment from California, but I’m really missing it. I don’t think I realized how much I like this ride until the walls went up. I’m counting the days until it reopens! Can’t wait to get video for you guys of the changes!
The park was getting pretty crowded, but I had a little time to kill before my FastPass+ for the parade. I decided to stop by Country Bear Jamboree, because that is always a good idea! Maybe I’m just used to sneaking around the crowds, but I couldn’t believe how full the theater was. Even better, the crowd was really into it. This show is so much better when the crowd claps and sings along.
Back on Main Street heading toward the parade viewing, the hub hasn’t changed much since my last photos there. The decorative scrims are also still up while they do a little more cleanup. I also wonder if there is a Pandora sign under there waiting to be revealed this weekend! I’ll be sure to let you know if it does. 🙂
At the FastPass+ viewing for the Festival of Fantasy parade my Magicband failed me again. 🙁 The cast member was not going to let me in and obviously didn’t believe me. It wasn’t until I showed on my phone that I had the FastPass+ that they let me in. It’s so uncomfortable being treated like a liar because this technology doesn’t work. I really hope deleting my other magicbands will fix it!
Of course, it was all worth it because check out these photos! 🙂 I took hundreds but here are some of my favorites. Please feel free to click on any photo to see a larger version. The parade was the perfect fix after the FP+ fiasco and the perfect end to my Disney day.
That’s everything for this week. Now let’s see what you can expect if you’re visiting next week.
Weather: It will be a little chilly this weekend. Be sure to pack for it especially if you’ll be outdoors at night.
Remember: The Pandora store is rumored to open this weekend on Main Street! If you’re in town be sure to check it out!
Here’s my top tip for this week: It’s a good idea to have screen shots of your FP+ reservations saved on your phone as the app sometimes fails you when you need it. It took me several minutes to get my parade FP+ pulled up on the app and in that time I lost the prime viewing spot I’d gotten there early and waited for. Next time I’ll be prepared!
Do you have any news I missed or any requests for coverage next week? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, and thanks so much for reading! I’m wishing all of you the Best Week Ever, until next time!