Disney's Port Orleans Resort Mardi Gras Parade 2018 Includes Turkey Leg, Dole Whip Carts with Theme "Sweets & Treats"
Disney's Port Orleans Resort holds a Mardi Gras Pargo Parade each year, and 2018 was no exception! We attend each year, this is our seventh in a row and the theme each year is different. For 2018, the theme was "Sweets & Treats" - all about food. The pargo (golf) carts were decorated in a variety of different food items, like a turkey leg and Dole Whip. I wasn't sure if we'd see anything "rose gold" as that is the big trend of the past couple of months, but I didn't notice anything. Here is a look in photos and video of the parade!
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Photo Update from February 4th, 2018 as 15-Story Tower is Being Built
Yesterday was a grey and rainy day, but we stopped at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and I took some photos of the construction that will be a large part of expanding the resort. Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is being "reimagined" with a 15-story tower being built that will include a two-story grand lobby. There will also be 500 new guest rooms with concierge level suites and a rooftop restaurant. The resort has never been a typical moderate Walt Disney World resort due to its large convention facility. Aspects of the resort - a health club, beauty salon, upgraded dining and such - all of that has generally been part of the Deluxe resort experience but within a moderate. I do expect the resort classification to change when it is finished.
I don't know how the feel of the resort will change once all changes are made, the concept art is very different in theme to what the longtime moderate resort has offered. But the offerings as far as resort lodging vs. the convention facilities have always been a little uneven and the new accomodations should be very welcome. Here is a look at some photos from yesterday.
Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 - Photos from Lunar Eclipse at Disney's Polynesian Resort & Epcot Moon Pictures
A few days back on January 30th, I noticed a bigger than usual moon at Epcot while in World Showcase. I hadn't heard until then that there would be a supermoon, lunar eclipse or anything else special - but I looked online while at Epcot and found there would be a phenomenon called a Super Blue Blood Moon - with a super moon, total lunar eclipse and a blue moon (second full moon of the month) and that it would happen early in the morning on the 31st. So I took photos at Epcot because the moon looked cool there, and then we joined friends staying at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort for the early morning. Apparently it has been 150 or so years since a similar event has happened. I am no expert on any of this, so hopefully I wrote it correctly.
We also have some video of the experience in our Mousesteps Weekly show #255, thanks to Axel (CuriousAxel on YouTube) after Jeff forgot his video camera. You can find that at the end of this article.
Dining Review: Bon Voyage Adventure Character Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno (Including Flynn Rider & Rapunzel)
We joined friends for the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno, a prince & princess character breakfast that began last year at the Walt Disney World BoardWalk. Flynn Rider joins Rapunzel along with Ariel and Prince Eric as the scheduled characters. Disney does say that "character appearances are subject to change" as a disclaimer, but those are the characters that guests should expect. The pastries and some food items are themed to Tangled and The Little Mermaid.
Trattoria al Forno replaced Kouzzina by Cat Cora a few years back, and before that the location was Spoodles (I visited Spoodles a number of times, and once Kouzzina). This is the first time we've dined at Trattoria al Forno. For those unfamiliar with the Walt Disney World BoardWalk, it is a very easy walk from Epcot out the International Gateway between France and the United Kingdom (check out my Epcot to Disney's Hollywood Studios photo walk for photos on the walk).
Here is my Epcot to Disney's Hollywood Studios photo walk for 2018 via the Walt Disney World BoardWalk in about 135 photos on 2 pages. I plan to update a lot of my photo walks for 2018. I keep waiting until there aren't so many changes happening but that isn't anytime soon - for example, I've been waiting until Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) was "done" to update that - but now I have a vintage photo walk from 2007 with nothing newer. So even with DisneyQuest torn down and other changes, I will have a new walk there soon.
The walk between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios is my favorite on property, I have taken it hundreds of times. Epcot is my favorite park at Walt Disney World, and the walk to Disney's Hollywood Studios is easy, scenic and functional. There are wonderful restaurants and some shops along the way. I will be starting at the International Gateway within Epcot just to show how to leave if in the park, but the timed portion of the walk will start outside the gates.
Tips For Visiting the Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2018, Including Disney on Broadway Concert Series and Food Studios
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts kicked off on January 12th, 2018. This is just the second year of the Festival, which became popular very quickly and has expanded both in offerings and dates for this year. The 2017 debut saw only 4 days a week for the Epcot Festival of the Arts, which now is an every day event through February 19th, 2018. This is now probably my second favorite Walt Disney World event behind the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, which we'll be sharing with you for our 12th year in just over a month. Mousesteps Weekly show #254 will be mostly about the Epcot International Festival of the Arts and I will embed that when we record it.
I especially like that Epcot's resident dragon Figment is again a big part of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.
I realized a few days ago that I was just about to mark ten years since my night in the Cinderella Castle Suite as part of the Year of a Million Dreams. Mousesteps was pretty new then, almost a year old. The photos are small, I don't know where my originals are - hopefully someday I will find them again. It was really a once-in-a-lifetime event, although I have been able to tour the suite once since then. Here is the story as I wrote it back then, with a little extra added. Maybe I will write something a little more elaborate soon, if anyone is interested. For someone with a terrible memory, I actually still remember it quite well. These photos are on 7 pages as I only put 20 pics per page back then and I need to reformat it. - Denise, 12/22/2017
I was planning to meet family over at the Magic Kingdom a couple of days ago. Before I left the house, I received a call from my mom asking "do you want to stay in the castle tonight"?
- Book Review: "The Lion King (Celebrating The Lion King's 20th Anniversary on Broadway): Twenty Years on Broadway and Around the World"
- Our Preview Tour of The Edison, Maria & Enzo's Ristorante and Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar at Disney Springs
- New Epcot Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Exhibit Opens at Mexico Pavilion in Advance of Disney-Pixar Film "Coco" (75 Photos)
- Book Review: "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons" is a Must-Have for Oswald Fans
- Disneyland Fantasmic! Dining Package Review (Riverbelle Terrace)
- Review of Disneyland's MaxPass - Disney's Paid Fastpass Service
- Disneyland Celebrates it's 62nd Birthday with 62 Characters and "The Happiest March on Earth" (Photos and Video)
- Star Wars Land Model Unveiled at Disney D23 Expo 2017
- A Look Around Disney's Wilderness Lodge Including Refurbished Roaring Fork, New Boulder Ridge Cove Pool and Cascade Cabins Exteriors
- "Despicable Me 3" Characters Meeting at Universal Orlando Through August 19th, 2017 (Photos, Video)
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