13 March 2014

DiningatDisney.com's Guide to the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Planning on visiting Disney World during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival? Here is a guide to help with your planning!

Book cover by Eric Allen
DiningatDisney.com's Guide to the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is now available. It will help you plan your activities and snacking so you and your family can get the most our of the festival. The guide includes:

  • Outdoor Kitchen menus (with photos)
  • HGTV and DIY Network seminars
  • Flower Power Concert Series schedule and band information
  • Expert tips
  • Full-color photos
  • And more!

The guide is available on Amazon for just $4.99 and can be viewed on the Kindle, iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Visit Amazon.com to purchase!

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13 December 2013

What Disney World Restaurants to Dine at For Christmas Dinner

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Blue. Enjoy the ride as we share where we would dine if we spent Christmas Day at Disney.


There are many great restaurants to dine at on Christmas Day. For those without kids, Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is probably what comes to mind first. For those with young kids, Whispering Canyon Cafe or Mickey's Backyard BBQ since they're fun for the family. Others might choose Le Cellier Steakhouse or Liberty Tree Tavern. My choice... Biergarten.

Biergarten Restaurant Entrance
Photo: Eric Allen
Biergarten Restaurant Dining Room
Photo: Eric Allen
Biergarten Restaurant Dining Room
Photo: Eric Allen
Oktoberfest Musikanten
Photo: Eric Allen
Biergarten Restaurant is located in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot. It might seem like a strange choice when it comes to Christmas dinner but it screams Christmas to me. The way Americans celebrate Christmas with trimming the tree (o Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum, wie treu sind deine Blätter!..), nutcrackers (nussknacker in German) and candy canes are all because of Germany.

Dinner at Biergarten Restaurant
Biergarten Restaurant Desserts
With all the Christmas spirit, there couldn't be a better place to enjoy dinner. In addition to the traditional German menu items like spaetzle, wild mushroom soup and weiner schnitzle; there will also be traditional American Christmas menu items.
Nurnberger Gluhwein
After enjoying a delicious dinner here, I head into the Weinkeller to pick up a glass of Gluhwein. Gluhwein is a very popular mulled wine served in the German Christmas markets. It's delicious! You can even puchase a bottle of it to take home with you. They sell the Nuremberger Gluhwein that is sold in the Nuremburg markets.

So where would you celebrate Christmas in Walt Disney World?

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney On Wheels.

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1st Stop ~ Cooking with Mickey
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For a look at what restaurants are featuring special menus for Christmas, visit Dining at Disney.

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05 December 2013

Create Animated Holiday Cards With Disney's Story App

Today Story, Disney’s FREE digital storytelling app for iPhone and iPod touch that turns photography and video into compelling personal narratives, was updated with five new animated holiday themes – perfect for creating a digital holiday card to share with loved ones via email and social media.

Story uses intuitive technology to access the photo and video library on your device and automatically organizes up to 20 pieces of content into rich digital slideshows that can be personalized, saved and shared. This empowers users to focus on the customization and personalization of their narratives – including titles, captions and even music – rather than aggregation and organization of their content, which truly sets Story apart from other multi-media sharing apps. Disney has been telling stories for generations, and now Story can help you tell yours.

Check out the stories below for a quick preview of each animated theme in-action. And head to the App Store to download Story and the new holiday themes from for FREE today.


The app also features premium Disney themes that are available for in-app purchase ($1.99) and perfect for sharing life’s everyday moments, including:

  • Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story (NEW!)
  • Disney’s Winnie the Pooh (NEW!)
  • The Disneyland Resort
  • Disney•Pixar’s Cars
  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid
  • ESPN’s SportsCenter
  • Mickey Paris theme (FREE)


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08 November 2013

Where to Eat When It's Crowded at the Parks

Welcome to those of you joining me from Ideally Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Today we've been talking about what to do when it is super crowded in the parks. So where do you eat when the parks are crowded? We'll I've got the answer for that. Many of the table service restaurants in the park will be full with no reservations available so often you are left with counter service or table service at Downtown Disney or the resorts. Here are some of your best dining options during the busiest times of the year:

Magic Kingdom

The Lunching Pad in Magic Kingdom
Epcot
Grilled Salmon from Sunshine Seasons in Future World at Epcot
Disney's Hollywood Studios


Backlot Express at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Flame Tree Barbecue - The counter may be busy but you'll definitely be able to get a seat! There is never a shortage of tables.
  • Pizzafari - Indoor and outdoor seating area available. It's along the parade route so you may be able to watch the show from your table.
  • Restaurantosaurus - This restaurant has several dining rooms inside and additional seating outside so there is no problem finding a table.
  • Tusker House Restaurant - Often you can get a dinner reservation, even when it's busy.
Tusker House Restaurant in Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Resorts
The following restaurants often have availability even during the busiest times of the year. They are a great way to take a break from the busy parks, relax and grab a bite to eat. If you are looking for a quick bite there is always 
Trail's End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness Buffet Menu Items

So what's your favorite restaurant to dine at when it's crowded?

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Blue this month. We will be back on December 13th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney news, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

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3rd Stop ~ Ideally Disney
Final Stop ~ Cooking with Mickey

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31 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

Check out this video posted by Oh My Disney just for your Halloween enjoyment!


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