Posted at 12:53 pm
A recent addition to Disney Springs over the past couple of years is the Christmas Tree Trail. It is a wonderful family fun walk-through experience. Each tree is inspired by a Disney character or theme. The Christmas Tree Trail is open from early November until January 6th. We decided over the weekend to go and take a look so we can share it with all of you.
Disney sure does put a lot of details into these trees.
It even snows at the Christmas Tree Trail!!
Here are just some of the trees we saw.
Posted at 3:16 pm
One of our favorite Christmas traditions was to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the Osborn Christmas Lights. However, Disney stopped that Christmas light show.
But since it was one of our favorites we thought we would share some photos and a video from this spectacular event.
By the way, the white dots in one of the photos is actually snow being made for the night time show.
Posted at 1:45 pm
At EPCOT there is a wonderful seafood restaurant. It is called the Coral Reef. The atmosphere is like you are sitting under the water in the ocean.
The food is very tasty.
And even though we normally do not get dessert we could not pass it up on this trip.
Posted at 12:49 pm
Located on Walt Disney World property is the Grand Floridan Hotel. Inside is a wonderful restaurant called Citricos. It specializes in American cusine infused with Mediterranean flavors.
In true Disney style, the place has food to suit any palate, impecable service, as well as an elegant and relaxed atmosphere. A little bit pricey but being at the Grand Floridain Hotel it is to be expected.
Cheese Plate Appetizer
Meat & Grits Entree
“If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.” – Remy from Ratatouille
Posted at 12:38 pm
Outside of the WDW theme parks there is a retail center called Disney Springs that is free and a great place to spend an afternoon. It is reminiscent of an old Florida town. Disney Springs has many restaurants, bars, and places to shop. One of our favorite restaurants is Art Smith’s Homecomin’. Homecomin’ has a bunch of different moonshines that are very tasty. We usually get a flight of four different moonshines. The drink pictured below is a Watermelon Moonshine.
A great appetizer to start with is the Key West Shrimp Cocktail.
Of course since the cuisine is Florida Southern one of the best entrees is the Grouper. We got a Grouper Sandwich and a Grouper dinner with Collard Greens and Sweet Potato.
“The comfort food is calling your name, or maybe it’s the moonshine.” – Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Posted at 1:40 pm
Every year there is a magnificent display of samples of different cuisines from around the world. It is the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. There is something to please every palate as well as brews, wines, and cocktails for everyone to love.
The countries highlighted in the festival bring their best and famous dishes to be tried. In fact, there is usually a pairing with an adult beverage for you to enjoy.
There are also food demonstrations by famous chefs.
Make sure you bring an empty stomach when you attend.
However, it seems that no matter how many samples from the Festival you buy you never seem to be full. That is until you get back to your car and realize you definitely ate and drank too much but had a ton of fun.
“Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.” – Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Posted at 2:27 pm
Every year EPCOT presents a wonderful experience for gardeners and lovers of nature.
The festival has wonderful display of planting arrangements in many colors and textures as well as intricate Disney character topiaries.
It is something that must be experienced and it teaches visitors what can be done with plants to enhance your yard.
“Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved” – Winnie the Pooh
Posted at 3:26 pm
If you feel like adventure, and wish to be transported to the land where the animals live. When at WDW you need go no further than Animal Kingdom.
There you can be one with the elephants, tigers, gorillas, and birds.
You can see how magnificent they are when you have the chance to admire them up close.
And at the end of the day… Enjoy the Disney Parade with all your favorite Disney friends.
“Hakuna Matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days.” – Lion King
Posted at 4:18 pm
It is always fun at the Magic Kingdom. Even during different seasons, different times of the day or night, and even in the rain.
One of our favorite places is the Haunted Mansion. It seems the residents of that place get even more frisky during this time of year for Halloween.
Another favorite is Pirates of the Caribbean.
We also like everything that goes on at night too.
“All your dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
Posted at 2:21 pm
This week we thought we would do something a little different. This week all our posts will be about Walt Disney World or as we locals like to call it WDW. You see we live about 10 miles as the crow flies from Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom. Every night we get to hear the fireworks go off and you almost set your watch to them. Being locals gives us a chance to go to all of the parks fairly often.
Being gardeners one of our favorite rides is Living with the Land at EPCOT. It is a ride that shows how WDW gets some of their produce by growing it right on premise.
In addition, there is a tour called Behind the Seeds that gives an even more in-depth look at all that they do for Florida agriculture and some of their unique growing techniques.
“The problem, is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” Jack Sparrow – Pirates of the Caribbean