pineapple

The pineapple (Ananas comosus) is a tropical plant with an edible multiple fruit consisting of coalesced berries, also called pineapples,and the most economically significant plant in the family Bromeliaceae.

Pineapples may be cultivated from the offset produced at the top of the fruit, possibly flowering in five to ten months and fruiting in the following six months.[5][6] Pineapples do not ripen significantly after harvest.In 2016, Costa Rica, Brazil, and the Philippines accounted for nearly one-third of the world’s production of pineapples.

The plant is indigenous to South America and is said to originate from the area between southern Brazil and Paraguay however, little is known about the origin of the domesticated pineapple (Pickersgill, 1976). MS Bertoni (1919) considered the ParanáParaguay River drainages to be the place of origin of A. comosus.The natives of southern Brazil and Paraguay spread the pineapple throughout South America, and it eventually reached the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico, where it was cultivated by the Mayas and the Aztecs. Columbus encountered the pineapple in 1493 on the leeward island of Guadeloupe. He called it piña de Indes, meaning “pine of the Indians”, and brought it back with him to Spain, thus making the pineapple the first bromeliad to be introduced by humans outside of the New World. The Spanish introduced it into the PhilippinesHawaii (introduced in the early 19th century, first commercial plantation 1886), Zimbabwe, and Guam. The fruit is said to have been first introduced in Hawaii when a Spanish ship brought it there in the 1500s.[30] The Portuguese took the fruit from Brazil and introduced it into India by 1550.[31]

Charles II is presented with the first pineapple grown in England (1675 painting by Hendrik Danckerts).

The pineapple was brought to northern Europe by the Dutch from their colony in Surinam. The first pineapple to be successfully cultivated in Europe, is said to have been grown by Pieter de la Court at Meerburg in 1658. In England, a huge “pineapple stove” needed to grow the plants had been built at the Chelsea Physic Garden in 1723. In France, King Louis XV was presented with a pineapple that had been grown at Versailles in 1733. Catherine the Great ate pineapples grown on her own estates before her death in 1796. Because of the expense of direct import and the enormous cost in equipment and labour required to grow them in a temperate climate, using hothouses called “pineries”, pineapples soon became a symbol of wealth. They were initially used mainly for display at dinner parties, rather than being eaten, and were used again and again until they began to rot.By the second half of the 18th century, the production of the fruit on British estates had become the subject of great rivalry between wealthy aristocrats.John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore built a hothouse on his estate surmounted by a huge stone cupola 14 metres tall in the shape of the fruit; it is known as the Dunmore Pineapple.

John Kidwell is credited with the introduction of the pineapple industry to Hawaii; large-scale pineapple cultivation by US companies began in the early 1900s. Among the most famous and influential pineapple industrialists was James Dole, who moved to Hawaii in 1899and started a pineapple plantation in 1900.The companies Dole and Del Monte began growing pineapples on the island of Oahu in 1901 and 1917, respectively. Dole’s pineapple company began with the acquisition of 60 acres (24 ha) of land in 1901, and grew into a major company, the Dole Food CompanyMaui Pineapple Company began pineapple cultivation on the island of Maui in 1909.]

In the US, in 1986, the Pineapple Research Institute was dissolved and its assets divided between Del Monte and Maui Land and Pineapple. Del Monte took cultivar ’73–114′, dubbed ‘MD-2’, to its plantations in Costa Rica, found it to be well-suited to growing there, and launched it publicly in 1996 as ‘Gold Extra Sweet’, while Del Monte also began marketing ’73–50′, dubbed ‘CO-2’, as ‘Del Monte Gold’.

Dole ceased its cannery operations in Honolulu in 1991, and in 2008, Del Monte terminated its pineapple-growing operations in Hawaii. In 2009, the Maui Pineapple Company reduced its operations to supply pineapples only locally on Maui, and by 2013, only the Dole Plantation on Oahu grew pineapples in a volume of about 0.1 percent of the world’s production.

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Dining Experiences You Should Try in the World Showcase at Disney’s Epcot

Dining Experiences You Should Try in the World Showcase at Disney’s Epcot

 

Nestled at the back of Disney’s Epcot is the World Showcase, which houses 11 different pavilions that represent 11 different countries. Within these pavilions you can find food, drinks, and merchandise that are unique to the country, making you feel like you’ve stepped out of a theme park and into the country itself! Many of the pavilions have a table service dining experience with unique food and drink options—and they are worth the price. Here are some dining experiences you should try at least once from the World Showcase:

San Angel Inn Restaurante

If you’ve ever traveled around the World Showcase, you know that you pass the Mayan pyramid when you walk through Mexico. But did you know there’s a restaurant inside? The space is illuminated with warm lights, making for an extra romantic setting. You’ll also have a stunning view of the Mayan pyramid replica that is built inside as part of the Three Caballero’s attraction. You can enjoy delicious Mexican dishes such as empanadas, tacos and queso fundido, as well as pork, chicken and fish. Plus, if you’re 21 or older, you can sip on margaritas, wines and beers.

San Angel Inn

Teppan Edo

If you’re a fan of hibachi, then this is a must-do on your next trip. At the top of the long flight of stairs in the Japan pavilion is Teppan Edo, which combines an authentic Japanese meal with a show performed by your chef. You’ll be able to enjoy Udon noodles and steamed rice along with a steak, chicken, seafood or vegetable entrée. You can also enjoy sushi rolls, tempura and edamame. Plus, if you’re 21 or older, you can enjoy Japanese beer, wine or even sake if you’re feeling adventurous!

Teppan Edo

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

If your favorite kind of food is Italian, Via Napoli is the place to try at Epcot! If you want a taste of Southern Italy, there are so many delicious items on the menu that you’ll truly have a hard time deciding what you want! From several types of pasta to eggplant, chicken and veal entrees, you’ll want a little of everything. But the crown jewel of this restaurant truly is the pizza, which is the best! But make sure you save room for dessert because tiramisu, zeppoles, and cannolis are on the menu!

Via Napoli Epcot

Biergarten Restaurant

If you’re looking for a true meal and show dining experience, look no further than Biergarten, which is located in the German pavilion. You’ll feel like you stepped into a real Oktoberfest celebration and there is plenty of fun to be had! Feast on favorites such as bratwurst, schnitzel, German meat loaf and Bavarian-style pot roast while you tap your foot to the beat of live music. You’ll also enjoy desserts that are made fresh daily, such as Bavarian cheesecake and apple strudel! But, of course, don’t forget about the variety of German beers and wine you’re bound to enjoy. My personal favorite is the dark beer which seems to be a huge hit with guests year-round!

biergarten-epcot-oompah-band

Le Cellier

This Canadian steakhouse is recommended as one of the best dining experiences on property, which is probably why it tends to be difficult to get a reservation and why booking 180 days in advance is highly recommended. Le Cellier, located within the Canada pavilion, offers delicious steaks, poutine, and mouth-watering sides. In addition,  their  Canadian cheddar cheese soup is famous. Be sure to save room for dessert because maple crème brulee and blueberry cheesecake are on the menu! This is a wonderful option if you’re celebrating something special, such as a birthday, anniversary or graduation since it is a little pricier than some of the other dining experiences. However, it’s well worth the price you pay!

Le Cellier Steakhouse

Epcot offers some of the best unique dining across all of Walt Disney World. The World Showcase offers guests the opportunity to truly be immersed in a different culture and be transported to another country, even if it’s only for an hour or two. If you’re looking to step out of your comfort zone and be a little adventurous, try a dining location in a country other than the American pavilion and be prepared to fall in love!

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Some information taken from HowtoDisney.com)

 

 

Disney World Bucket List Experiences – Part 3

Disney World Bucket List Experiences – Part 3

Whether you’re planning your very first trip to Walt Disney World or you’re a “seasoned regular”, there are always so many experiences that can make your trip a magical experience for you and your family.  Here are just a few unforgettable experiences you may want to add to your Disney Bucket List.

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop At Beach Club Resort

In this old fashioned 50’s style ice cream shop your taste buds will delight with several mouthwatering ice cream treats and diner style foods.  A popular treat is the “Famous Kitchen Sink” which serves four.  Eight scoops of ice cream and just about every topping you can think of is served in a “sink” complete with a mini faucet.  You’ll know yours is on the way to your table when you hear the sirens and see the flashing lights throughout the restaurant.  A smaller version of The “Famous Kitchen Sink” is served at the Magic Kingdom and comes in a souvenir container that looks like Mickey’s pants which is why it’s been dubbed “The Mickey Pants Sundae.”  Sounds really yummy!

Beaches and Cream

“Rope Drop” At Magic Kingdom

While the magical experience and show of the characters arriving at the Magic Kingdom does not exist anymore, guests can still fully benefit from being at the entrance gates for the “rope drop”.  Enter the gates 30 minutes prior to park opening and head back to get in line for your favorite ride that seems to have too long of a wait (or you can’t get a Fast Pass).  Get your family picture with the spectacular back drop of Cinderella’s castle with very little or no guests in the background.  Enjoy some shopping on Main Street USA or a cup of coffee and a hot cinnamon roll from Gaston’s Tavern.  Tons of fun to enter an attraction early that usually has a long wait time.  Also great to get pics of the Magic Kingdom with very few guests in the background.

Walt Disney World Park Sign Main Entrance

How Many “Hidden Mickey’s” Can You Find?

Do you know about Hidden Mickey’s? They’re everywhere in the parks and resorts – in fact, some estimate that there are close to 1,000.  Books have been published with clues as to where to find them and you can even do a scavenger hunt at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge to find the hidden Mickey’s in their lobby.  What started as an inside joke with the Disney Imagineers back in the 70’s has turned into a fun family scavenger hunt.  Keep your eyes open and happy hunting.

Hidden Mickeys

 

Resort Day – Take A Day To Experience All That Your Resort Has To Offer

Need a break from the long lines, big crowds, and heat?  Take a “day off” from the parks, you won’t regret it.  Each resort has so many activities to keep you busy for the entire day.   Many believe the pools at each of the resorts are an attraction in itself.  Depending on your resort, you can find afternoon pool parties complete with lots of sunshine and organized poolside games for the kids.  Poolside trivia for kids and adults, surrey bike rentals, horse-drawn carriage rides, watercraft rentals, hula dancing lessons, arcades, to mention a few.  Most resorts offer a night time movie under the stars either by the pool or near the beach area.  Grab a book and find a hammock, visit the spa at either the Grand Floridian’s Resort and Spa or Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.  I try to schedule one resort day during each of our trips — the parks can be exhausting so take a break!

Senses Spa

The possibilities are endless for you and your family to enjoy the best possible experience at Walt Disney World.  As Walt Disney himself once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it”.  Disney World is definitely a place where your dreams can come true.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Some information from HowtoDisney.com)

 

 

Disney World Bucket List Experiences – Part 2

Disney World Bucket List Experiences – Part 2

Whether you’re planning your very first trip to Walt Disney World or you’re a “seasoned regular”, there are always so many experiences that can make your trip a magical experience for you and your family.  Here are just a few unforgettable experiences you may want to add to your Disney Bucket List.

Chip ‘n’ Dale Campfire Sing-A-Long @ Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Head on over to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground for a FREE event.  Nightly activities include a cast member along with Chip & Dale heading up the sing-a-long and dancing.  Chip & Dale will take time to pose for pictures and sign autographs.  When it’s finally dark, stay and enjoy the featured movie.  There are benches available as well as areas to lay out a blanket.  S’more making also available –  bring your own supplies or for about $10 you can purchase a s’more kit which will include two roasting sticks.

Chip and Dale Wilderness

Experience the “Kiss Goodnight” At The Magic Kingdom

If you are one of those guests that will depart the park immediately following the firework display in hopes of beating the crowd to the transportation areas then you are probably not familiar with this “attraction”.  While not officially an attraction, it is a “must do” at least once.  Imagine the Magic Kingdom and Cinderella Castle kissing you good night and tucking you into bed for a good night’s sleep.  This magical moment occurs about every 30 minutes after the park closes.  Cinderella’s castle will start to twinkle as you begin to hear “When you wish upon a star”.  I have seen this and agree that it is something you should do at least one time.

Castle Night

Experience All Four Parks In One Day

What could be better than spending a day at one of Walt Disney World’s theme parks?  For some, it’s spending the day experiencing ALL four of Walt Disney’s theme parks.  For this, you will need a park hopper ticket for that day.  Challenge your group to experience at least one ride in each park all in one day.  Get creative on your transportation.  Will you take the bus, drive your own vehicle, or a combination of bus, monorail, and boats?  Since you won’t be able to get FastPass+ reservations in each park, you will need to get creative with your ride selection in order to maximize your time.  I have done 3 parks in one day but not four so it would be fun to try this!

Four Disney Parks

 

Tri-Circle-D Ranch At The Campgrounds At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

You might just forget that you’re still at Walt Disney World when you visit the Tri-Circle-D Ranch.  In this peaceful atmosphere, you will find wagon and carriage rides, pony rides and guests over nine can enjoy horseback trail rides where deer, ducks, rabbits, and armadillos can also be seen.  Bring the family and see stables where Cinderella’s Ponies and all the other majestic horses from Main Street are cared for.  Sounds like some great family fun!

Tri-Circle-D Ranch

The possibilities are endless for you and your family to enjoy the best possible experience at Walt Disney World.  As Walt Disney himself once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it”.  Disney World is definitely a place where your dreams can come true.  Make it come true for you and your family!

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Some information from HowtoDisney.com)

 

Disney World Bucket List Experiences – Part 1

Disney World Bucket List Experiences – Part 1

Whether you’re planning your very first trip to Walt Disney World or you’re a “seasoned regular”, there are always so many experiences that can make your trip a magical experience for you and your family.  Here are just a few unforgettable experiences you may want to add t your Disney Bucket List.

Harmony Barber Shop

This isn’t just for your average adult needing a haircut.  Celebrate your child’s first haircut at this wonderful, iconic barbershop tucked away on Main Street USA in Towne Square.  “My First Haircut Package” includes commemorative Mickey ears, a special certificate as well as locks of your babies hair packed away in a special keepsake container.  Look for the iconic striped barber pole.  Reservations strongly encouraged.

Barber Shop

Dockside Fishing @ Disney’s Port Orleans @ Riverside

In the serene grounds of this beautiful resort, you can experience casting-rod fishing at the Fishin’ Hole @ Old Man Island at Disney’s Port Orleans @ Riverside.  Reel in the fun with this catch and release experience with everything you need available to rent.  This pond is stocked with bass, bluegill and catfish.  Open most mornings till early afternoon.  Ok, I admit I am in love this resort and Port Orleans French Quarter because of the New Orleans/Southern theme.  Quite beautiful!

Port Orleans Riverside

Electrical Water Pageant

Don’t miss this magical floating parade which can be seen nightly in the resort areas of the Seven Seas Lagoon.  Your eyes and ears will be delighted as floating barges will light up to display King Triton, turtles, whales, a sea dragon monster, dolphins and several American flags all the while listening to a melody of Disney tunes.  Best viewing areas are on the beaches at each of the monorail resorts as well as Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground beach areas.  Check with your resort for times — the schedule varies.  I have watched it several times when staying at one of these resorts.

Electric Water Pageant

Explore Tom Sawyer’s Island Frontierland Magic Kingdom

After you’ve traveled by a log raft, take a load off and let your kids explore Tom Sawyer Island while you relax.  On the Island, you’ll experience plenty of dirt trails that will lead you to a giant waterwheel, secret caves and passages and plenty of fun things in between to keep the kids busy.  There is a fabulous covered and shaded sitting area that faces The Liberty Belle riverboat where you can prop your feet up and relax.  Fun to do at least once!

Tom Sawyer's Island

The possibilities are endless for you and your family to enjoy the best possible experience at Walt Disney World.  As Walt Disney himself once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it”.  Disney World is definitely a place where your dreams can come true.  Make it come true for you and your family!

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Some information from HowtoDisney.com)

 

succeed

No matter what your individual definition of success may be, finding it can often be a challenge. Whether its career success, monetary success or something in between, most people have a certain level of accomplishment that they want to reach in their lives. However, many fail to reach that magical level of success and have no idea why. The good news is, there are a few things that every person can do differently to change their current course of action and find the success that they deserve.

Below are five:

Related: 5 Reasons Why You Would Make an Excellent Entrepreneur

1. Stop looking for a perfect strategy

For the many people who take their quest for success seriously, they can get caught up in looking for a “perfect” strategy in reaching their goals. The truth is, there is never a perfect time to do anything, and there is no such thing as a perfect strategy. Many people fail to start “doing” the things they need to do, because they spend so much time planning. The only way to start a strategy is to get out there and take the first step. You can tweak and improve along the way but getting out and doing will be much more beneficial than spending all of your time trying to find the ideal strategy.

2. Stop seeing problems, start seeing opportunities

If you start looking at hurdles that come up as problems, you can put yourself in a negative mindset that will prevent you from finding success. If you instead start looking at these obstacles as opportunities, you can start finding more success. Take the challenge of approaching every problem and instantly calling it an opportunity. It can be hard to find opportunities in some problems, but if you look hard enough, there are positives even in the most overwhelming of issues.

Related: 6 Stories of Super Successes Who Overcame Failure

3. Stop the information overload

Some people unfortunately find they spend too much time gathering information on how to succeed. When people do this too much, they can struggle with what is known as information overload. When you have too much information, you can suffer from paralysis by analysis and all of the research you have done can actually hurt instead of help. Nothing is as powerful as taking action and getting started.

4. Stop focusing so much on entertainment

While all people love to be entertained in a certain manner, society spends far too much time focusing on entertainment, instead of education. While you should always have you personal time outside of your professional life, many people spend too much time watching television, gossiping, playing video games and reading celebrity news. Doing this too much can prevent you from staying focused on your goals and your success. Spend your personal time entertaining yourself by consuming educational materials for personal growth. It will pay off in the long run and help you enjoy your personal time in a way that is still beneficial to your overall success.

5. Stop looking at the short term

Focusing on short-term accomplishments can actually get in your way when it comes to finding the substantial success you seek in life. This is something that many people struggle with, as there is nothing wrong with fulfilling short-term accomplishments but this shouldn’t be your focus. You should always be focusing on laying down a strong foundation for long-term growth. You can do this in a number of ways. Start looking at everything you do as a long -erm investment. Invest in your education, the future and do your best to ignore the appeal of instant gratification. This can take practice, but you can condition yourself to no longer find the same appeal in instant gratification.

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Ways to Gain Easier Access to Magic Kingdom – Part 2

Ways to Gain Easier Access to Magic Kingdom – Part 2

Contemporary Resort Bus

Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park in the entire world. It sees tens of millions of guests every year and beautifully transforms into a holiday haven from August through January. What’s not to love? This is why guests are always trying to find ways to get into the park easier, because this also happens to be the one park that requires different modes of transportation in order to get to the entrance. If you’re looking for a way to bypass having to park your car, take a tram to the Ticket & Transportation Center and then take a monorail or ferry boat, you’re in luck. Here are some more ways to gain easier access to Magic Kingdom.

Park Fare

Have breakfast at 1900 Park Fare and take the monorail

Another great spot for breakfast that also offers Character dining is 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, where you can meet a variety of characters including Mary Poppins, Alice, and Winnie the Pooh! The best part is that when you’re done enjoying a buffet of classic American breakfast items, you can hop on the monorail for a short trip to the Magic Kingdom! Again, if Character dining isn’t your thing, Disney does have another breakfast option—Grand Floridian Café. The Grand Floridian is the resort right before the Magic Kingdom, so having breakfast here is ideal as your trip will only be about two minutes once the monorail leaves the station.

Chef Mickey's

Have breakfast at Chef Mickey’s and walk to the park

This is truly the most ideal way to get to the Magic Kingdom because of how convenient it is. Plus, Chef Mickey’s is the only dining experience on property where you can meet these five characters at one time—Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto! Enjoy a buffet style breakfast while your favorite classic characters come to your table and interact with you. It’s a wonderful photo opportunity.  By the way, Chef Mickey’s also has a lunch and dinner buffet! When you’re done, just head downstairs and take a short walk down the street to the Magic Kingdom! You’ll get in a nice, brisk walk and be at the park entrance in 5 to 10 minutes. This is why people love staying at this resort—you don’t have to fight for a seat on the monorail and it’s easy to pop in and out of the park all day long. The Wave…of American Flavors is another great dining option for breakfast if you don’t want to do Character dining.

Having to park, take a tram and then take a boat or monorail to get to Magic Kingdom can be kind of a drag. Luckily, you have other options! Your car will be safe in the parking lot of these resorts (if you are dining or staying in the resort) and you won’t have to worry about taking several modes of transportation. Try out one of these tips next time and see how much quicker you get to the park!

I personally, love staying at Bay Lake Tower which is a Disney property directly next to The Contemporary.  Very convenient to other parks (a quick trip on the monorail to Epcot) and resorts.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(some information from HowtoDisney.com)

 

 

Ways to Gain Easier Access to Magic Kingdom Part 1

Ways to Gain Easy Access to Magic Kingdom Part 1

Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park in the entire world. It sees tens of millions of guests every year and beautifully transforms into a holiday haven from August through January. What’s not to love? This is why guests are always trying to find ways to get into the park easier, because this also happens to be the one park that requires different modes of transportation in order to get to the entrance. If you’re looking for a way to bypass having to park your car, take a tram to the Ticket & Transportation Center and then take a monorail or ferry boat, you’re in luck. Here are several other ways to gain easier access to Magic Kingdom.

Contemporary Resort Bus

Stay on property and take a bus

If your budget allows it, staying on property is a great way to gain access to all of the parks, but especially Magic Kingdom. You won’t have to get in your car to drive or go through the process of stopping at the parking toll booths—you get to sit back and let someone else do the driving! The great thing about the bus system is that it drops you off right in front of the park, so you won’t even have to walk a far distance.

Grand Floridian Friendship Boat

Have breakfast at Trails End and take a boat over

Trails End has a great breakfast on property and it just so happens to be at a resort that’s close to Magic Kingdom. Can you say magical moment? Book a reservation for Trails End, which is an “all you can eat” by the and then board a boat to Magic Kingdom when you’re finished breakfast! The loading dock is a short walk from the restaurant and you’ll get a beautiful view of the Seven Seas Lagoon during your boat trip. What better way to start the day, right?

Ohana's Disney Polynesian Resort

Have breakfast at Ohana and take the monorail

Ohana is a wonderful spot for breakfast if you’re looking for a Character dining experience. Plus, it’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, which is only two stops away from Magic Kingdom on the monorail! Indulge in delicious breakfast foods such as sausage, eggs, potatoes, special bread and waffles,(juice and coffee included) meet Mickey, Pluto, Lilo, and Stitch, and then get on the monorail and head for the park! My husband and I recently went to the Character breakfast buffet at Ohana.  The meal was delicious! If you’re not feeling the Character experience, Kona Café is another great choice for breakfast and is low key.

Having to park, take a tram and then take a boat or monorail to get to Magic Kingdom can be kind of a drag. Luckily, you have other options! Your car will be safe in the parking lot of these resorts (if you are dining or staying at the resort) and you won’t have to worry about taking several modes of transportation. Try out one of these tips next time and see how much quicker you get to the park!

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Information from HowToDisney.com)

 

Disney’s Happily Ever After Show and Fireworks Part 3

What You’ll Love About Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After Show & Fireworks – Part 3

Disney’s “Happily Ever After” fireworks show is an 18-minute spectacle that features moments from classic Disney films such as The Little Mermaid, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Brave and Aladdin to modern blockbusters Moana and Zootopia. Cinderella’s Castle becomes part of the story itself, with dazzling projections bringing favorite Disney stories to life on and around the 18-story-tall castle.  While some die-hard Walt Disney World fans were sad to see the “Wishes” fireworks display leave, the new show had Disney fans filled with anticipation about the new nighttime entertainment that would replace Wishes.

Here are some more reasons to love “Happily Ever After”!!!

Environmentally Friendly

Not only is nighttime projection beautiful, it also may be better for the environment. While there is no proof that fireworks are actually bad for the environment, this nighttime show is a step in the right direction if theme parks are looking to reduce the size of their fireworks shows. Fireworks are still a part of the new show but reducing the number of fireworks and length of time they are used in the projection show is likely cheaper for the company and easier for Disney cast members.

Happily Ever After

Great for Smaller Kids

Again, there are still occasion fireworks used in the Happily Ever After show.  However, the reduced number of fireworks used may generally mean happier little kids in the parks.  Most Walt Disney World veterans have seen small kids terrified by fireworks burying their face in their parent during the show or crying hysterically.  Seeing favorite characters projected larger than life on the castle walls is likely much more fun than being startled by the fireworks.

Happily Ever After

Hub Grass Approved

The only thing that makes this awesome nighttime celebration any better is viewing it from the hub grass (the artifical grassy area in front of castle) with a snack in hand. Arrive for the show early to get a comfy spot on the grassy area in front of the castle, snag a snack from the Confectionary or a hot dog from Casey’s Corner and prepare to be amazed.

Nighttime Entertainment Updated

Happily Ever After is the magical something that Magic Kingdom’s evening schedule needed.  There are some classic Disney fans that didn’t want to see the former Wishes fireworks display leave the park.  Still, the new show is a crowd pleaser that is bringing guests back to the park at the end of the day to check out the new show.

Happily Ever After

I personally thought that Disney’s previous fireworks show “Wishes” would be hard to replace.  I quickly changed my mind after viewing “Happily Ever After”.  This show should not be missed on your next trip to Disney World.  I have watched the show several times now and it is truly magical.

Stay tuned for more about Disney in another installment!

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Some information from HowtoDisney.com)

 

Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After Show & Fireworks – Part 2

What You’ll Love About Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After Show & Fireworks – Part 2

Disney’s “Happily Ever After” fireworks show is an 18-minute spectacle that features moments from classic Disney films such as The Little Mermaid, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Brave and Aladdin to modern blockbusters Moana and Zootopia. Cinderella’s Castle becomes part of the story itself, with dazzling projections bringing favorite Disney stories to life on and around the 18-story-tall castle.  While some die-hard Walt Disney World fans were sad to see the “Wishes” fireworks display leave, the new show had Disney fans filled with anticipation about the new nighttime entertainment that would replace Wishes.

 

Characters and scenes from more than 25 Disney films are featured in “Happily Ever After” Fireworks presentation. This new Disney display features state-of-the-art projections, enhanced by more than 50 choreographed spotlights, brilliant lasers and plenty of magical fireworks. “Happily Ever After” with its extremely moving score, brings a message home that anyone can grab hold of their dreams and make them come true as long as they have enough courage to listen to what guides them and brave enough to pursue their destiny.

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Awesome Soundtrack

Get ready to groove along to Disney tunes, because the soundtrack for Happily Ever After has plenty of well-known Disney songs woven in.  Little princesses across Main Street U.S.A. belt out Let It Go along with Elsa every night at the show.  I love all the songs and feel Disney Imagineers have made great choices.

The score for “Happily Ever After” was recorded by a 75-piece orchestra in London and includes tunes from a multitude of Disney movies, including AladdinBraveTarzanThe Lion KingThe Little MermaidToy Story and The Princess and the Frog.

Get Your Princess Fix

Speaking of Elsa, princess fans will fall in love with the princess screen time in this new show. As a hugh Pocahontas fan, I was excited to see her included in the show along with many other Disney princesses.

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Nice Balance of Songs, Characters and Film Clips

Happily Ever After show designers did a great job of weaving a cohesive show together from a variety of film clips and songs. The show is engaging and fun with a storyline that runs through the clips. It seems that longer film song clips are included in the show than were included in Wishes.  This makes the show even more fun to sing along.

Happily Ever After

I personally thought that Disney’s previous fireworks show “Wishes” would be hard to replace.  I quickly changed my mind after viewing “Happily Ever After”. This show should not be missed on your next trip to Disney World.  I have watched the show several times now and it is truly magical.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

Stay tuned for more about Happily Ever After in Part 3 of this series!

(some information obtained from HowToDisney.com)

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