San Angel Inn Restaurante in Epcot’s Mexico


We recently visited San Angel Inn when out of town friends came to visit. I had never been but was open for anything! I had been inside the Mexican Pavilion many times and of course love the Grand Fiesta Tour with the Three Caballeros. I love the atmosphere as it feels like you are in small party town.

We started with the Sopa Azteca. The tortilla strips, avocado, cheese and peppers are brought in a dish and then have the soup poured over at your table. This was so fresh and so yummy, I would eat this every day! It’s not overly spicy but has just a hint of a kick.

For our entrée, we had the Carne Asada. This is a New York Strip, cooked to order with rice, guacamole, refried beans and a small enchilada. This is definitely a generous portion! There was definitely some heat to this dish but the guacamole cooled it down nicely. The meat was a tender as can be and the enchilada was a pleasant surprise.

Even after all that food, we went in for desert. My husband (Joe) and each got one and shared. We had the Crema Bavaria, which was so rich and decadent and the Mousse de Chocolate, which totally satisfied the urge for chocolate! Sharing is a strong word, you’ll want one of each for yourself!

So we left the restaurant full and happy and ended our trip to Mexico searching for Donald! Definitely give it a try and you won’t be disappointed. If I have one complaint it would be that the lighting is not great.

The wonderful pictures were taken by Gary Castiglioni. Thanks!


These are a Few of my Favorite Things – Gina


We all have our favorite things at Walt Disney World. Some are rides, snacks or even places to sit. Here’s my list:

1. it’s a small world. Yup, I know that people get real sick of this ride real fast but I can never get enough of it! I think it’s the combination of history and whimsy that does me in! It’s just a happy little boat with a catchy tune, no harm there, right? I would have not problem getting stuck in there! I even like the indoor window seats at Pinocchio’s just to watch the boats getting filled on their way to the happiest little trip around the world!

2. Journey into Imagination with Figment. Again, it’s another song that gets stuck in my head and doesn’t want to leave! I’m ok with that, it’s even my ringtone. I know a lot of people would rather have the original ride back but it’s not going to happen so let’s be happy that we get Figment! He’s so cute with his little wings and bouncing all around. It’s a never miss ride for me every time I go to Epcot.

3. The American Pavilion. Let’s start with the Voices of Liberty. They rule! Who sings like that? They are so captivating that I have been moved to tears many times. I could listen to them for hours! (Sarah with the new green dress is my favorite!) Then move on to the American Adventure with our hosts Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin. They tell of our country’s beginnings and how we got to where we are today. The ending montage of a masterpiece of imagery and I am of course singing along. I can’t make it by Jim Henson and John Kennedy Jr without crying. PS stop by for a root beer float afterwards.

4. Tomorrowland Terrace. The joy of this area is shade and a perfect view of the castle. There is food, ice cream and Starbucks all in close proximity. I can watch a parade without even standing, catch a show at the castle or even just people watch. Doesn’t get much better than that.

5. Change. I love how Walt Disney World is the same but different. My first trip was over 20 years ago and the changes have been huge. I think that’s what Walt wanted. He said that Disneyland would never be finished so I’m thinking he would want the same of the World. I appreciate that the constants are always going to be there but how nice to get something new to enjoy. As much as I love small world, I’m looking forward to Frozen Ever After. I get excited about new parades and resort overhauls. I am always looking forward to trying something new and at Walt Disney World I always find it!

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Top five favorite things: Kim

I think this list could change day to day, so as of today my top five favorites are:

#1- Carousel of Progress in the Magic Kingdom. Nice place to cool down and enjoy a nice story told in true old Disney fashion.

#2- Tomorrowland Transit Authority in Magic Kingdom.  I have always loved this ride around Tomorrowland. Enjoy put up your feet and relax for a while.

#3- The Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Studios. Love this look at old Hollywood with a mix of Disney.

#4- Beauty and the Beast Show at Hollywood Studios – one of the best shows on property. I truly enjoy it no matter how many times I’ve seen it.

#5- Voices of Liberty at the American Pavilion in Epcot. So many talented singers it makes you want to join in. At my family’s request I have not.

A Few of My Favorite Things:Courtney 

  1. Festival of Fantasy Parade- From the catchy theme song to a fire breathing dragon this parade keeps me smiling from beginning to end. My favorite spot to watch it from is on the train station’s second level balcony.
  2. Mickey Ice Cream Bar- There is nothing better than this chocolate treat. No really! I don’t know how anyone can walk up to the snack counter and order anything besides this. It is the perfect snack!
  3. Pluto- I am quite obsessed with dogs so it’s no shock that Pluto is my favorite of the Mickey and the gang. He’s so awesome and any interaction I get to have with him is always unforgettable.
  4. Expedition Everest- Animal Kingdom was never one of my favorite parks but when they put Expedition Everest in, it became a must on every trip. It’s just the perfect roller coaster! Their single riders line also helps me to be able to go on many times!
  5. Voices of Liberty- Before the great show at the American Pavillion in Epcot’s World Showcase the Voices of Liberty come out to sing in the rotunda. They sing American folk songs and Disney classics. I usually watch them 2-3 times. They also do an outdoor show where they sing even more Disney favorites!

This is just the first in the Favorite Things Series.

Liberty Tree Tavern

If you are looking for a good home style meal I highly recommend Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom.  The decor is just like stepping back in time to the days of colonial America. In true Disney style the atmosphere is welcoming and inviting. I highly recommend that you have a reservation; luckily we did and our wait to be seated was quick, but the waiting area was quite full.

To start we had the New England Clam Chowder which we all thought was delicious. Coming from a New England family who has had some of the best, I would say that is quite a compliment. While I enjoyed the fish and chips my husband and daughter both opted for the roasted turkey dinner.  To their delight the meal was incredible. At this point we were so full we shared a piece of Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake. (A true New Englander never turns down dessert.) It was as amazing as the rest of the meal.

So the next time your in the mood to step back in time for a good home style meal I highly recommend Liberty Tree Tavern.


Boma – Flavors of Africa at Animal Kingdom Lodge


We recently had dinner with our favorite Cast Members at Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Let’s start with the setting. AK Lodge is such a beautiful setting. Definitely feels authentic and like it’s just been there forever. You should show up about an hour early so you can enjoy the scenery. Looking for the hidden Mickey’s can take quite a while and that’s just in the lobby! We were lucky enough to see the giraffes wandering the savannah.

Boma is buffet style dining with a twist. The food is not your average buffet fare, although there are the staples for children. There are multiple salads to start your meal. The combinations with the fruits are so refreshing! None of the soups should be skipped! I suggest small portions so as to not fill up too early! The Curried Coconut Seafood Stew and Corn and Chicken Chowder were wonderful.

The carving station does not disappoint with Spice-crusted Beef Striploin and Pork Shoulder. The Whole Roasted Salmon and Durban Style Roasted Chicken were prepared to perfection. The side dishes were so flavorful and somewhat unexpected. Who knew how tasty Fufu could be? Don’t miss out on the Bobotie!

Just when you think you may be getting a little full, it’s time for desert. The star of the show is the Zebra Cakes. The Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel sauce is decadent! There are mini cupcakes with a chocolate Mickey and cookies. Definitely a large variety.

While Boma is on the pricey side, I would highly recommend a visit. You will not be disappointed. They also serve Breakfast.


Rainy Day? Hit the Monorail!

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Not only does Florida get really hot (like walking on the surface of the sun hot) but it also gets a lot of rain. In fact, it will rain almost every day in the summer. But don’t panic, the rain is usually just passing through. It doesn’t last long most of the time but there will be days when it sticks around. What to do on those days? Get to the Ticket and Transportation Center and jump on the Resorts Monorail!

Happy Monorail Day! – There are three top of the line resorts that have Monorail stops – the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, The Polynesian Village Resort and the Contemporary Resorts. Individually, they are wonderful but put them together with one really cool means of transportation and you’ll have a fun day!

The first stop along the way is the Polynesian.  With it’s  South Pacific Island decor and recently remodeled lobby, which guests are transported to a place far beyond central Florida . Stop at Kona Café for the Tonga Toast; it’s the best way to start any day.  This is an original WDW resort so walk around and ask questions of the knowledgeable cast members.  Look around for the hidden Mickeys and say hi to Tiki, the new and  uniquely stunning figure who sits atop the waterfall!

The next stop is at the crowned jewel of WDW, The Grand Floridian.  You really need to take your time to soak in everything from the fresh cut flowers, to the live music and the grand staircases. If you’re there when it’s time for a meal- and since it’s vacation, it’s always time for great food-  the Grand Floridian Café is always serving delicious meals to eat while you take in spectacular sights from the plentiful windows that offer views of the resorts breathtaking scenery. If you are looking for a different type of experience, 1900 Park Fare is a character meal with an endless buffet of flavors and delight! For the adults in your party, there is the Senses Spa where guests can enjoy everything from manicures to massages.  From here, get back on the monorail for the next short journey and our next stop.

The Magic Kingdom is the next stop on the Monorail. If the rain hasn’t let up, just wave goodbye to all the people in ponchos and sit tight for the next stop.

The Contemporary is another original to the Walt Disney World Resort, having opened in 1971. The centerpiece is the stylized mosaic right in the atrium built with 1800 one square foot tiles. Look closely to find the five legged goat! If you’ve spent the whole day taking the time to enjoy all the magic that is WDW, then head up to the California Grill for fabulous food and a great view of the Wishes fireworks at the Magic Kingdom.  Another choice is Chef Mickey’s; this is a character meal, buffet style with the Fab Five. If you can’t possibly eat again – like ever- you can still watch the fireworks from the Contemporary. Rumor has it that there is another viewing spot on the north side of the tower, just outside of the fourth floor. There are benches set up in this area.

Having this much fun will completely distract you from the  weather outside. Sometimes it’s fun to have a Monorail day just to escape the heat!

There is an adult version of the Monorail Fun Day called the Monorail Pub Crawl. This includes stops at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, Mizner’s Lounge and the California Grill.

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Disney’s Pop Century Resort

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Pop Century is my favorite Value Resort and probably in my top 5 favorite of all the Walt Disney World Resorts. The theming is by decade – 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with a touch of the 90’s. It opened in December 2003. This is a fun place to visit even if you don’t stay.

The colors are bright and cheery. The giant Big Wheel is almost as great as the giant Mickey Phone. The main pool – the Hippy Dippy pool is fun and always has activities going on. Don’t worry, there’s is also a bar! I really like the Bowling Pin Pool. There is a laundry building right at it. FYI the bowling pins are 65 feet high!

The food court has plenty of seating, a lot of selections and of course mugs/refills. Like all Disney Resorts, they have pizza delivery. I highly suggest trying the tie die…

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Fantasyland: Storybook Circus – Magic Kingdom

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Magic Kingdoms Fantasyland went through the largest expansion ever done on Disney property. This expansion included turning Mickey’s Toon Town into Storybook Circus. Themed after the Disney classic, Dumbo, Storybook Circus is a colorful, lively circus. It houses a park favorite, Dumbo’s flying Elephants and intense children’s roller coast , Goofy’s Barnstormer.

Dumbo is a ride where you get into your own flying elephant and go around while listening to circus music. The ride is iconic, making it very popular. To help with crowds there has been a second, identical ride added to the side of the original. There seems to ways be a line for this one but don’t let that stop you. The brilliant minds at Disney added a children’s play area inside the waiting area. Parents are given a special timer devise that lights up when it your time to enjoy the ride. This classic is a…

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The Great Movie Ride Presented by TCM – Hollywood Studios

The Great Movie Ride is a staple for visitors of Hollywood Studios. But for years it remained unchanged and definitely needed an upgrade. That’s why Turner Classic Movies was brought in to bring some new life to this classic ride. Riders are brought back in time to the explore movie classics. Though many of the scenes remain unchanged there are three major changes.

Our first major change is in the holding room. Before, guests were shown trailers to many iconic movies such as “Gone with the Wind” And “Mary Poppins.” We are not completely sure about this since we had fast passes and were only in the holding room for five minutes but they seem to show only an in depth, behind the scenes look into the making of “Wizard of Oz” now. This makes sense since TCM owns the rights to the movie.

Another noticeable change is the bank robber scene. While most of the dialogue and back story stayed the same, there is an addition. Now as you are headed into the next room there is another fight scene just like if you were in the cowboy sequence. Here is also where you start to notice that the recorded information has been updated and provide a little more personality to our non-human guide.

The major change that everybody was pretty much expecting was in the montage that is shown at the end. Most of the original is still in it but they do add a lot more Disney Classics, too. There is new music and it flows differently but you still get the same feel that the original one brought you.

The ride has some minor changes too. There are a lot more signs around pushing the new TCM changes. Also, at the exit of the ride there is an awning where you can have your picture taken with your hands in cement molds just like the ones that are on the ground at the entrance to the ride. Overall, we like the changes. It will take some time getting used to but they did not take away from what was already there just enhanced and updated.


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