Oct 302013

By Chris Johnson


Are you a fan of Halloween? I am, but mostly only because I met my wife at a Halloween party. LOL

In general I was never a fan of the holiday. As a life-long Disneyphile however, I can say, without a doubt, that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party is easily my favorite event or party that occurs regularly in any of the Walt Disney World parks.

For those that might not be familiar, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a hard ticket event that takes place on certain nights each year starting in mid-September and ending in early November. A hard ticket means that guests who would like to attend will need to purchase another ticket in addition to their regular park ticket in order to do so.

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Oct 032012

By Rikki Niblett and Chris Johnson

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is here yet again. It is honestly my favorite time of year at Walt Disney World. I couldn’t get enough of it from the first time I stepped foot in World Showcase a few years ago. – Rikki

Yes…what she said! If you have never experienced F&W at Epcot I cannot recommend it highly enough. There is nothing more fun to my wife and I then going to the park on an empty stomach and sampling such amazing things from all over the world. There truly is something for everyone.

The Food and Wine Festival runs for a record 46 days this year, until November 12. Each day offers great food, amazing drinks, culinary demonstrations, concerts from some great retro artists and much, much more.

Here are a few tips that will help to make your trip this year a little bit better.

First, make sure to stop at the Festival Center. It can be found in the former Wonders of Life Pavilion in between Universe of Energy and Mission: Space. Here you will be able to catch culinary demonstrations (if you haven’t signed up yet for any make sure to call 407-WDW-FEST.)  You will also be able to sample wines for purchase and visit the Ghirardelli booth for chocolate samples. (Also…try the drinking chocolate found here. So rich but SO delicious!) This area will allow you to also shop for Festival merchandise and pick up a guide, so you can see what items you will want to eat ahead of time. You should also pick up a Passport to have the booths stamp as you make your way across the promenade.

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May 162012

By Rikki Niblett
Random useless commentary by Chris Johnson



Every year in May/June Walt Disney World holds Star Wars Weekends, celebrating all that is included in the Star Wars Universe.  This event takes place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Friday, Saturday and Sunday during those weekends.

I know that I’m in the minority as I am not a Star Wars fan.  Well, I guess I can’t actually say that. Someone can really only say that if they’ve seen the Star Wars movies…and seeing as how I have NOT…saying I’m not a fan isn’t really accurate.  I’m pretty much indifferent to the whole Star Wars saga.

She is breaking my geek heart. Really? You haven’t seen ANY of them? How is that possible? I thought they were required viewing in most school systems by now.  

Yet for some strange reason, I would like to experience a Star Wars Weekend at some point in my life.  From everything I’ve heard about this event, it seems like it would be something to experience, kind of like how a person should attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at least once.

So what is it that would draw in someone like me (or maybe you) who’s never been into Star Wars?  (Or in my case, someone who’s never watched the movies?)

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Nov 162011

By: Chris Johnson

I have a LEGO problem. I’m ok with it (although, I’m not sure that my wife is). To me, the world is just a series of interlocking little blocks. It was not in the least bit surprising then, that I was THRILLED at the 2010 announcement that a new LEGOLAND would be built in Winter Haven, Florida. “Built” may be too strong of a word. Florida’s LEGOLAND was built on what was formerly the Cypress Gardens theme park. CG had unfortunately closed the previous Fall after years of declining attendance. Continue reading »

May 192008

By Chris Johnson


There are lots of great places to eat aboard Disney’s two ships (what do they put in those burgers to make them so delicious, anyway?), but there is only one restaurant where adults can sneak away for a romantic meal alone: Palo.

To say that I love this restaurant would be a gross understatement. Palo is DCL’s adults-only restaurant and is on both the Magic and the Wonder. It serves Northern Italian fare in a remarkable setting, with an amazingly attentive staff. The cost for dinner is $15, which now includes gratuity, and yes, that’s for anything on the menu with the exception of alcohol. Palo not only offers dinner on both ships, but on the Magic‘s 7-night cruises, it also offers a champagne brunch and high tea.

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