We recently had the opportunity to enjoy one of Disney's newer Character breakfasts, the Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno at the Boardwalk resort. This breakfast is a fixed price meal approximately $34 for adults and $20 for children or 1 table service credit if on the dining plan. The breakfast starts with your choice of fresh fruit salad or mixed berry parfait along with a frying pan full of assorted pastries and then you get your choice of an entree. The Character meet and greets included Disney characters including Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel and Prince Eric. We had a lot of fun with each character who stopped by our table. They each took time with us and made sure we were having a good time. I personally enjoy this type of character meal. I don't feel rushed at a buffet, afraid I might miss a character making their rounds. We just sit back, relax, enjoy the food and atmosphere.
All of the character interactions were very fun. Each character is announced individually as they enter the dinning room. Once all the characters were in the restaurant they did a fun parade around the room in which children were invited to join in and everyone is encouraged to wave their napkins in the air. Following the parade the characters come around one by one stopping at each table . Speaking of tables on each table there is a map you can take with you to fill out on your Disney World adventures as well as an autograph card for all the characters at breakfast. I thought this was such a fun souvenir.
Overall we absolutely loved this newest character breakfast. The food was fantastic, we loved the character interaction and we had a lot of fun!
We were lucky enough to be able to attended the Disney Annual Passholder preview of Pandora: World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom this last weekend. I was expecting it to be pretty amazing and let me tell you Disney did not disappoint. It was well above my expectations. There are two new rides that have been added to the new area. The major attraction is Avatar Flight of Passage. This has got to be one of the best rides I have been on in a long time. Best way for me to describe it is an amped up 3D version of soarin. You fly on the back of a mountain banshee during an 3-D ride through Pandora. This was full of visual effects, sounds, smells plus a few surprises. My only complaint was the queue was incredibly long for as few people who were there. I am not sure if this was because they might have not been running at full capacity or working out kinks but hopefully by opening day this will be worked out if not expect astronomical wait times for this ride. The second new ride is Na'vi River Journey. A boat trip into the bioluminescent of Pandora's rain forest. I really enjoyed this ride. My only regret is we didn't do this ride first. After riding the Flight of Passage anything else seemed less impressive, but this ride is beautiful, relaxing and I did like it. The landscaping alone was just stunning. There was so much detail everywhere you looked. It really felt like you stepped into a different world, the world of Pandora. I of course took about 2000 photos and no matter what I just couldn't really capture the beauty of the landscapes. Luckily for you I have spared posting all of the photos I took but have selected a handful just to get an idea of the detail Disney has done.
As you can see there is a lot to look at just walking around. There are also sound effects of the animals and bugs you might hear on Pandora. I wish we were able to have seen this at night. I imagine it is just beautiful in the evening/night time.
On to one of my favorite topics: food. Pandora offers a quick service restaurant called Satu'li Canteen. I liked how this offered something more interesting than the burgers, pizzas and other typical fast food. There wasn't a big menu selection but we were happy with the choices offered.
I picked to try the cheeseburger pods. I really enjoyed the cheeseburger taste in a steam bun. I did find the steam bun a little hard to cut but I enjoyed the flavors. This came with vegetable chips and both meals had a crunchy vegetable slaw topped with boba balls (these were so flavorful and fun).
The chocolate cake. This tasted like a rich chocolate mouse with crunchy cookie at the bottom. This was very good but super rich. I was satisfied with just a couple spoon fulls. It was topped with a banana cream and goji berries. I didn't think the banana cream had a very strong banana taste which was perfect.
Next door to the Canteen there is a drink/snack stand called Pongu Pongu. So of course we stopped to try a few items here as well.
Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight...Tonight ends an era as we say goodbye to Magic Kingdom's Wishes Fireworks. I remember seeing Wishes 13 years ago, the year it first started. I cried from the all emotions I felt and I have cried every time since then. This last weekend I cried for one final time as we attended the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrance. I look forward to seeing the new show, Happily Ever After, but Wishes will always hold a special place in my heart. So make a wish, and do as dreamers do, and all our wishes, will come true.
As you can see there were lots of delicious choices. Besides the main dessert station, they also had a sundae station, cookie station with a decorate your own cookie options, cheese & fruit station and drinks. When we were finished eating a cast member escorted us out to a special viewing area in front of the castle. I thought this was the perfect way to view the show. I didn't need to stake out a spot early only to be pushed or have someone squeeze in front of us. It felt relaxing being able to sit on the hub grass and enjoy Wishes fireworks once last time.
One of my favorite events at Disney is Dapper Day. If you are asking what is Dapper Day? Dapper Day celebrates the tradition of "stepping out in style" and is held twice a year, Spring and Fall, at Disneyland, Disney World and Disneyland Paris. It is the opportunity to dress your best and head to the parks. Whether it vintage inspired or just dressing your modern day best. I love seeing everyone dressed up and all the creative outfits to see. It is people watching at it's sophisticated finest. Now Dapper Day is not an official event put on by the Walt Disney Company but I love that Disney has started to embrace Dapper Day. This year at Magic Kingdom they offered special picnic lunches and a picnic area as well as Main Street Bakery offered special Dapper Day cupcakes. This year Disney World had their first 2-day event. The first day was at Magic Kingdom and the following day was at Epcot.
The first day of this years Dapper Days was held at Magic Kingdom. Joining in on the fun Disney offered a special picnic lunch to purchase. It included your choice of Fried Chicken, Chicken Caesar Salad, Greek Salad Wrap, or BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich; all lunches come with house-made chips, a fruit cup, a Dapper Rose cupcake, and a fountain beverage. They also had a kids meal with choices of Chicken Strips, or Uncrustables Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich; those include house-made chips, a Go-Go SqueeZ, a mini Dapper Rose cupcake, and a kids’ fountain beverage. I loved Disney added this for Dapper Day. It was very fun and delicious! The one draw back is it seemed to take a very long time to get our food. I am not sure if it was because they had to assemble all of the boxes, too many people eating or what but hopefully next year they do this again and have a faster way of getting the food out other than that this was perfect.
Spring Dapper Day was wonderful. If you want to learn more about Dapper day or upcoming events you can go to the Dapper Day webpage