Top 10 Foods To Avoid While Dieting

Top 10 Foods To Avoid While Dieting


Dieting is tough. Some of the tastiest foods also happen to be some of the most fattening and unhealthy. Knowing which foods to avoid while dieting is key to losing weight.Here are ten foods you should avoid while dieting.

1. Snack Cakes

Snack cakes are a dietiers worst enemy because they are tasty and convenient. Don’t let your fast paced life lead you down the road for diet disaster.

Fill your pantry with healthy snacks that are just as convenient as those sugary and fattening snack cakes.

2. Soda

Regular sodas are packed full of calories and have no nutritional value. That means the calories are empty, do not help you feel full or satisfied and only make you gain weight.

Diet sodas are no better, because they contain a lot of sodium which causes your body to retain water and look bloated. The best thing to drink while dieting is water and herbal teas.

3. Mayonnaise

Many people like to add mayonnaise to their sandwiches or use it is salad dressings, dips and other recipes.

Mayonnaise is full of fat and has many hidden calories.

Since it is not eaten alone, many people do not think about the risks of eating it.Even lite mayonnaise is unhealthy and fattening.

4. Creamy Soups

Creamy soups are not a good idea for dieters because the cream base used to make them is full of fat and calories.

If you want to enjoy soup, choose one with a clear broth and make sure there is no added sodium.

5. Boxed Meals

Boxed meals may be cheap and convenient, but they are full of preservatives that can make you gain weight.

If you check the nutrition label you will find that a serving from a boxed meal has a lot more calories than if you would have made the same meal out of fresh ingredients.


6. Cheese

A little bit of cheese is good for you, but you have to be careful that you do not over indulge with it.

Cheese that is made with whole milk contains a lot of fat and many types of cheeses contain salt and preservatives.

All of these things can cause you to bloat and gain weight.

7. Red Meat

Red meat is not healthy, it is often full of fat and it takes a long time for your body to digest it.

It is okay to have small amount of red meat in your diet, but it should only be eaten in moderation even when you aren’t dieting.

8. Whole Milk

Whole milk is full of fat and although you need calcium that comes from milk, you can get it other ways while dieting. Try switching to 1%, 2% or skim milk.

You can drink or use these milks the same as whole milk, but without the added fat.

9. Fast Food

Fast food is irresistible to many people, but it will ruin your diet faster than almost any other food.

Almost all fast food meals are fried in grease and contain large amounts of fat, salt and preservatives.

10. Frozen Meals

Frozen meals can be fast and easy to make, but they are also full of calories that have no nutritional value.

Most frozen meals are also full of sodium which is not healthy and will cause you to retain water.

Don’t let the hard work you put into dieting be in vain. These ten foods are all hard to avoid, but doing so will help you stay healthy and lose those extra pounds.

Cast Members You Should Tip at Disney World-Part 1

Cast Members You Should Tip at Disney World –Part 1

Many people ask, “When is it appropriate to tip someone?”  Tipping can be a touchy subject at Disney World.  Because Disney World is an international destination, it’s important to note that different cultures have different “rules” for tipping.  In the United States, it is customary to tip anyone who serves you.  The amount depends on the situation, but standard tipping is 15-20% of the total bill.  Here is a suggested list of who you should tip on your Disney vacation.

Baggage handlers

As you begin and end your trip, several people are likely to handle your luggage.  My family and I sometimes park offsite at our local airport and take a parking service van over to the airport terminals.  If the driver loads/unloads your bags, consider tipping $1-2 per bag.  If you use curbside baggage drop-off at your airport, double that.  If you fly into Orlando International, you may use Disney’s Magical Express.  In most cases, Disney handles your luggage behind the scenes and gratuity is included, even if you’re present when it’s delivered.  If you choose to retrieve your own luggage and take it aboard Magical Express, tip the driver for loading and unloading it.  Same thing on the return.  If a CastMember assists you with your bags at your hotel, tip them. Usually once you arrive at a Disney resort, a cast member with Bell Services may bring your luggage to your room.  We always tip $1-$2 per bag.

Disney Resort Bellhop


As noted above, most guests flying into the Orlando airport use Magical Express if the guest is staying on Disney grounds.  You can tip your driver if you wish, but it’s not necessary.  This is supposed to be a “free” service to onsite guests.  The bus service, Magical Express, is operated by Mears Transportation (an Orlando transportation company).  Most of these drivers do accept and appreciate tips.  If you take a town car, shuttle, taxi or Uber, tip 15-20% each way.  These services are independant contractors.

Magical Express

Grocery delivery

Over the last few years, several grocery delivery services have popped up around Disney World.  If you are staying more than a few days, this can be very helpful.  All Disney hotel rooms have a small refrigerator.  The Vacation Club resorts have full kitchens or kitchenetts.  Be sure to tip anyone who handles your groceries, including those who may temporarily store your groceries and those who deliver to your room.  Some of the grocers allow you to tip online when you place your order.


In some cases, Disney Cast Members have been trained to refuse tips.  If that happens, offer up a hearty “Thank You!”  *Bonus tip: You can go to Guest Services and fill out a small form recognizing outstanding CastMember service.  Be sure to get their name!

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 tips on “who to tip” in Part 2 of this series!

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Benefits of Olive Oil for Hair

Benefits of Olive Oil for Hair

Benefits of Olive Oil for Hair

Olive oil is truly a powerhouse when it comes to hair, skin and beauty applications. Its rich, moisturizing properties make it ideal for use on your hair. While you may immediately think of olive oil for cooking, keeping a bottle of olive oil handy in your bathroom can help your hair look healthier, stronger and shinier. Whether you use it as your regular conditioner, a hot oil treatment or as a hair finishing product, your mane is bound to reap the many benefits of olive oil.


Less Dandruff

Olive oil mixed with lemon juice can help treat dandruff.

Olive oil mixed with lemon juice can help treat problem dandruff. Usually caused by dry, flaky skin, the acidic lemon juice helps loosen dandruff while the olive oil moisturizes the new, exfoliated layer of skin. Mix equal amounts of olive oil, lemon juice and water – a few tablespoons of each should suffice. Massage into damp scalp, leave on for 20 minutes, rinse and shampoo. Use this flake-fighting treatment no more than every other week.

Split Ender

Olive oil can help add weight and moisture to dry hair during winter months.

In the dry winter months, your hair is more prone to breakage, splitting and frizzy flyaways that make your sleek haircut look messy and unkempt. A little olive oil can help smooth away some of those problems. It adds weight and moisture to the hair, and is ideal as a quick fix. Just smooth a little olive oil on your fingers and run them through your hair after you’ve styled it to give your ends and flyaways the kiss off.

Strength and Shine

Consider replacing your regular conditioner with olive oil.

Replace your regular conditioner with olive oil to help bring moisture back to the hair, leaving it healthy-looking and shiny. Rich in vitamins A, E and antioxidants, olive oil helps protect the keratin in hair and seals in moisture. According to Elle, olive oil can remove the buildup of sebum that impedes the formation of new hair follicles and hinders hair growth.


Treating your hair with olive oil will make it easier to style.

Dry, undernourished hair is often hard to style. It won’t hold a curl, and straightening only dries it out further, leaving it lifeless. A hot oil treatment featuring olive oil will help you gain manageability so your hair is easier to style, notes contribute Sharon Hopkins. Coat your hair in a half cup of olive oil and leaving for 30 minutes can give your hair the moisture it needs to return it to a more manageable state.

Extra Softness

Olive oil can help heal brittle ends and frizzy curls.

If you deal with brittle ends or frizzy curls that feel more like steel wool than they do soft locks, olive oil can help soften your hair, making it more pliable. A natural, deep conditioning treatment of olive oil each week can replace the extra silicone ingredients used in conditioners that give your hair a false feeling of softness of for a few hours.

Disney H2O Glow Nights – Part 2

Disney H2O Glow Nights – Part 2

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  • Separate your night into wet and dry. Before diving in, stow your suits in a locker while you eat dinner and mingle with characters. With this approach, you’ll be nice and dry AND have your phone or camera with you for pictures throughout the fun. Then start splashin’ and slidin’ for the rest of the night!
  • Grown-ups: Hop on over to the 21+ area, The Wharf, for signature refreshments such as Fred’s Purple Siren. Sip on these yummy cocktails while enjoying live music with a calmer vibe than the rest of the party.
  • Wear your MagicBands! You’ll be able to scan them with PhotoPass photographers when you meet with Buzz, Woody and Jessie to see later in your MyDisneyExperience app. (If you don’t have Magic Bands, the photographer will give you a PhotoPass card you can wear around your wrist.)
  • Make the most of your ticket and arrive when “doors open” at 7 p.m. While the party doesn’t officially start until 8 p.m., this gives you a head start on rides.
  • Party capacity is limited, and we found the low crowds in the park to be a huge plus. Not only does this mean shorter lines, but an overall more relaxing experience than during the day. No fighting over beach chairs here!

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  • Try out the signature party exclusive menu item, the Impossible™ Burger! This vegan patty topped with banana peppers is delish, especially if you get an adults-only Green Glowrita to drink.
  • Take advantage of the low wait times. In the time you have at the park, you can easily ride every slide (They’re ALL open!) and still have time for all of the party fun. Miss Adventure Falls is a personal favorite.
  • Get your groove on with a fun dance party hosted by Partysaurus Rex (and a live DJ) on the sands of the wave pool. There are fun, interactive games and tons of good tunes.
  • Be sure to visit with the characters! The wait times are super short, which means the characters spend more time interacting. (Woody, Jessie and Buzz told us how excited they are about Toy Story Land.)
  • Note: Food and beverage is not included in the ticket price, but the rest of the fun is!
  • Some may wonder if the weather is still waterpark-worthy after dark, and we promise the answer is YES! The wave pool and water slides feel just as refreshing in the evening, when heat and humidity levels are still high.
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Many of you visiting Walt Disney World this summer are probably wondering if Disney H2O Glow Nights is worth the price of admission. By and large, I think the answer is yes! It’s an especially busy summer in the parks, and Glow Nights will be a great way to have fun with fewer crowds, especially if you don’t mind the kiddos staying up a little later. It’s a great add-on for those of you making first-time visits who may not be planning on hitting the water parks otherwise.

While some of us enjoy nothing more than to bask in the sun, it’s awesome to have the option of visiting when the sun goes down and when lines are short for an absolutely action-packed night. Being able to tackle every attraction in Typhoon Lagoon in a matter of hours makes this event worth it alone! However, other favorite parts were certainly the extras, like meeting our Toy Story faves under the stars, with less than a 10-minute wait!

Even if you are already planning on the Park Hopper with Plus Option (which allows you to hit up the water parks for the same number of days as the ticket), you might still want to hop on Disney H2O Glow Nights for an extra special party night at the water park!
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If you want to get a full day out of a water park in the sun, this event isn’t for you. If you’ve been to Typhoon Lagoon before and want minimal waits, nighttime in a gorgeously themed park, and the best wave pool experience ever, this event can’t be recommended enough.  Enjoy!!!
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!
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Disney H2O Glow Nights – Part 1

Disney H2O Glow Nights – Part 1


Walt Disney World is making this the most incredible summer ever with a host of Pixar-themed fun and activities across the resort! As part of the fun, it’s hosting Disney H2O Glow Nights at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park select nights from June 21 to August 11, 2018. This separately ticketed, tadpole-friendly evening event is a splashing good way to cool off and keep the vacation party going after a day in the parks!

H2O Glow Nights Typhoon Lagoon - Partysaurus Rex

Rex and his Toy Story pals are throwing a party of prehistoric proportions, inspired by the Disney-Pixar Toy Story short film “Partysaurus Rex.” Special effects lighting will transform the park. Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie will all be there for some character meet and greets in case you don’t catch them at Toy Story Land ( which opened on June 30, 2018). Bring your camera!! You’ll also be able to get your groove on at a DJ-hosted dance party on the sandy beaches of the Surf Pool and enjoy some specially crafted eats and drinks. Adults will have your own special party area called The Wharf, where you can enjoy entertainment and adult refreshments (for an extra charge).

Perhaps the best part of Disney H2O Glow Nights is this is your chance to enjoy much shorter waits for Typhoon Lagoon’s most popular waterslides, including Crush ‘n’ Gusher, Humunga Kowabunga and Miss Adventure Falls.

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Disney H2O Glow Nights are held every Thursday and Saturday night from June 21 to Aug. 11, 2018. A limited number of tickets will be sold for these events. While the party officially runs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., guests with event tickets can start arriving at 7 p.m. for even more water park party time. Upon entering, you will be given a wristband for the evening. Oh, and don’t worry! Parking is free.

On party nights, the park is open for regular guests until 8 p.m., at which point they are filtered out from those with wristbands attending the evening’s event. If you have already spent the day at Typhoon Lagoon and are sticking around for the extra hours, you can find cast members handing out wristbands near the entrance … just be sure to have your ticket and ID with you.


Disney H2O Glow Nights Dates

June 21, 23, 28, 30

July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28

August 2, 4, 9, 11

We know you’ll want to get a hop on the fun — especially when we tell you we’re selling Disney H2O Glow Nights tickets! Prices for Disney H2O Glow Nights tickets (including tax) are $58.58 for adults and $53.25 for children ages 3-9 (children under 3 are free).

Sounds like lots of fun, right? Stay turned for more about H2O Glow in Part 2!!

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!

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baking soda benefits

You may agree; we all have a box of baking soda, which is barely used and is tucked in a corner of the kitchen shelf. This highly neglected humble kitchen ingredient is more than just adding fluff to your cakes and muffins. There are baking soda benefits that you may be unaware of. It is sodium bicarbonate that is not only used as a leavening agent in baked goods, but has super health and beauty benefits to look out for. An inexpensive purchase, baking soda is power-packed with antacid properties and is known to be a great alkalising agent. It is known to have many antiseptic properties along with being an amazing exfoliator. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate that is generally used in baked goods. In its natural form, baking soda is known as nahcolite that is a part of the natural mineral natron. Natron contains large amounts of sodium bicarbonate, which has been used for quite some years now. It is believed that Egyptians used natron as soap for its cleansing properties. Soon after, people started manufacturing and selling the compound we know as baking soda.

(Also Read: 8 Surprising and Interesting Ways To Use Baking Soda)

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Baking soda benefits: Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate that is generally used in baked goods

Apart from being used as a leavening agent, baking soda is also used as a natural deodorant, hand cleanser, toothpaste, teeth whitener, cleaner, et al. While baking soda benefits are quite talked about, it is said that it should be consumed in small quantities as regular intake has been shown to support reduced general body functions by regulating the blood’s natural pH levels, further reduced acid levels. This can hamper your complete body system functioning. Baking soda soaked in water is one of the most ancient and highly effective remedies worldwide. Let us talk about baking soda benefits that will convince you to include this humble ingredient in some way or the other.

Baking soda benefits: Health benefits


1. Baking soda is a natural antacid


One of the baking soda benefits includes neutralising agent. Acid reflux is a common condition where stomach acid flows from the stomach back in to the oesophagus. This process of acid may irritate your oesophagus and cause heart burn, a burning feeling that can occur anywhere between the abdomen and throat. Sodium bicarbonate in baking soda neutralises the stomach acid and relieves the many symptoms of acid reflux and other stomach related issues.

Baking soda benefits: One of the baking soda benefits includes neutralising agent

2. Known to be a natural alkalising agent


It is known to be a natural alkalising agent. This non-toxic substance is used to reduce the effect of acid and inflammation in the body and treat most ailments. It is one of the best natural remedies for balancing the body’s pH level and for improving overall health. Excess acid in the body can up the risk of osteoporosis, arthritis, et al.


3. Helps alleviate urinary tract infections


Baking soda and water solution is known to act as a protective barrier against urinary tract infections; it is due to its ability to reduce acid levels in urine. UTI, which is a very common condition that develops in women, this inexpensive remedy comes handy to you.

Baking Soda benefits: Baking soda and water solution is known to act as a protective barrier against UTI

4. It is known to be an exercise enhancer


The lactic acid released during physical activity or rigorous workouts has a tendency to accumulate in muscles and joints, creating stiffness and muscular fatigue. To prevent this from happening and affecting your physical performance, baking soda benefits come to your rescue. Drinking baking soda diluted in water can help control the condition.


5. Boosts kidney function


As an alkaline substance, baking soda reduces acid levels in the body and helps to keep the pH levels in check. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), the rate of decline in kidney function was greatly reduced – about two-thirds slower than in patients as compared to those who didn’t take baking soda.

(Also Read: 8 Diet And Lifestyle Changes That Can Help Prevent Kidney Disease)

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Baking soda benefits: baking soda reduces acid levels in the body

6. Treats gout and other joint problems


High levels of uric acid in the urine and blood in tissues throughout the body cause pain and chronic diseases like arthritis and gout. Baking soda helps neutralise the excess acid and is used as an effective remedy.

Baking soda benefits: Beauty benefits


1. Makes for an amazing exfoliator


Baking soda is an excellent skin exfoliator; it is mildly abrasive in nature that helps remove the dead skin cells and allow new cell production, further giving a glow to the skin. All you need to do is to dilute baking soda in water and apply it on your face in a circular motion. Do not use this solution daily; instead, use it twice a week only.

(Also Read: 8 Ways To Use Baking Soda For Most Common Skin Problems)


Baking soda benefits: Baking soda is an excellent skin exfoliator

2. Prevents Acne


Baking soda reduces the inflammation on the skin and lowers the chances of developing acne and pimples. Its anti-bacterial properties help prevent breakouts on the skin.


3. Perfect for dark lips


Known as a popular cleansing agent, baking soda benefits dark lips too. All you need to do is to add honey and baking soda together and mix well. Apply it on your lips for two to three minutes before washing it off with water.

Baking soda benefits: Known as a popular cleansing agent, baking soda benefits dark lips too

4. Helps in teeth whitening


Baking soda is the most convenient toothpaste that helps give bright pearly whites. It helps remove the plaque on teeth, thanks to its abrasive nature. It may also help in removing discolouration due to the alkaline power it possesses.


5. A basic ingredient for hair care


While there is no scientific proof of baking soda being used as a perfect haircare solution, it is said that this ingredient helps soften your tresses and further promotes hair growth.


This magic kitchen ingredient deserves more attention that it actually gets. Make sure you bring these baking soda benefits to your rescue!

Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land – Part 2

Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land – Part 2

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Woody’s Lunch Box Menu

Entree pricing ranges from $8.99 to $12.99

Here is a look at the menu that is currently being offered, and you can also view the Woody’s Lunch Box menu with pricing.

Breakfast at Woody’s Lunch Box

Woody’s Lunch Box food

Woody’s Lunch Box – S’more French Toast Breakfast Sandwich $7.99

Woody's Lunch Box - Breakfast Bowl $8.49

Woody’s Lunch Box – Breakfast Bowl $8

Woody’s Lunch Box food

Woody’s Lunch Box – Raspberry Lunch Box Tart and Chocolate Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart $3.29

Woody's Lunch Box - Banana Split Yogurt Parfait $5.99

Woody’s Lunch Box – Banana Split Yogurt Parfait $5.99

Lunch and Dinner at Woody’s Lunch Box

Woody's Lunch Box - Smoked Turkey, Tomato and Lettuce on Multigrain Bread $9.99

Woody’s Lunch Box – Smoked Turkey, Tomato and Lettuce on Multigrain Bread $9.99

Woody's Lunch Box - Totchos $8.99

Woody’s Lunch Box – Totchos $8.99

Woody's Lunch Box - Monte Cristo with Raspberry Jam $11.49

Woody’s Lunch Box – Monte Cristo with Raspberry Jam $11.49

Woody's Lunch Box - Soda Floats

Woody’s Lunch Box – Soda Floats

In addition to fountain drinks and lemonade, beverage offerings include a classic Barq’s root beer float and a Mystic Portal Punch (PowerAde Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of lemon-lime and tangerine). For the big kids there’s a Grown Up’s Lemonade with cherry vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, and black cherry purée.

Kids at Woody’s Lunch Box

Kids’ offerings include grilled cheese sandwich or turkey sandwich, both with potato barrels and mandarin oranges. Sides include tomato basil soup, vegetable macaroni salad, potato barrels and Mini Babybel® snack cheese, the official snack cheese of Walt Disney World Resort.

Although Woody’s Lunch Box is a quick service restaurant, all the menu items sound yummy and personally I cannot wait to try these menu items with Toy Story Land opens at the end of June.

Woody’s Lunch Box food

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!

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Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land – Part 1

Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land – Part 1

The much-anticipated Toy Story Land has opened to huge crowds and much fanfare at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Alongside Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers, the land features a new quick service location to satisfy your hunger throughout the day: Woody’s Lunch Box.

It’s located centrally in the land, on the left-hand side as you walk from the entrance, just past Toy Story Mania. It is an outdoor quick service location — you’ll queue up outside to order, pick up your food from the windows, and then find a seat at one of the neighboring tables (some featuring much-needed shade from umbrellas).

Woody’s Lunch Box, like most quick service locations across Walt Disney World, features mobile order functionality through the My Disney Experience app  (it’s super fast and easy!).  Take advantage of the Disney Experience App to make your order if you do not need to request any special foods because of dietary concerns – it saves so much time!

Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The theme of the restaurant is pretty self-explanatory based on its name – it’s actually Woody’s Lunch Box! Yes, its just like an old style square lunch box — the lunch box lid is open and serves as an awning. There are a few neat touches like the thermos serving as a pillar on one side of the lunch box lid awning and from a nearby tower, green army men stand ready watching for Andy’s return.

Woody’s Lunch Box Menu

Toy Story Land opened on June 30, 2018, and along with its two new rides comes a walk-up window called Woody’s Lunch Box.  The menu will offer classic sandwiches and snacks for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“Everyone has a special food memory, so it can be tricky putting a modern spin on the favorites,” explained Lenny DeGeorge, Concept Development Culinary Director for Walt Disney World, about the year-long menu development process.  “We honored these classic dishes by using the best ingredients to elevate the flavors. How we constructed the sandwiches was important, such as layering the ingredients in a specific order, to maximize textures and flavors. Why have a cold sandwich when you can have a toasted hot, gooey cheese-filled one?”

Woody’s Lunch Box offers something for breakfast, lunch and dinner, open from park open to park close – and it is on the Disney Dining Plan.

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!

Be sure to stay tuned for more about Woody’s Lunch Box in Part 2!!

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Alien Swirling Saucers at Toy Story Land

Alien Swirling Saucers at Toy Story Land

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Here’s a short recap about the newest attraction at Hollywood Studios, Alien Swirling Saucers.  An employee from The Insider rode and reviewed this ride on Opening Day.

  • The Alien Swirling Saucers ride opened Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Toy Story Land in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios.
  • INSIDER was there to try out the attraction opening day.
  • Guests sit in little spaceships that are pulled around four circular tracks by the “Toy Story” aliens.
  • If you like the Mad Tea Cup Ride at Magic Kingdom, this is similar. But you don’t get to spin your spaceship around.
  • Some gentle whips from side to side add enough of an unexpected jolt to make the ride worth it.
  • The reviewer waited 80 minutes for this ride.  The ride that lasts about two minutes.

The verdict? It’s definitely a cute ride, but it’s not worth waiting hours to try out.

If you have a little one with you, be prepared to carry them or have them walk. All strollers need to be parked outside the ride and aren’t allowed into the queue.

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If you have little ones with you, make sure you have something to keep them occupied. There are fun painted walls and another one featuring buttons that look like you can press, but they’re just static wall decorations.

A lot of Toy Story Land doesn’t have shade. You’ll see a lot of colorful umbrellas around the area to offer some relief from the heat and to offer protection from incoming rain.  While the beginning of the ride has no covering to shield from the sun, the majority of the line is under coverage. Another plus? There are plenty of fans inside and out scattered throughout the ride to keep fans cool on a hot day. Water fountains are in the queue line, too.

If you’ve been on the spinning Mad Tea Party tea cups in Magic Kingdom, this new Toy Story Land ride will feel very familiar to you.

Note when you get inside your little spaceship, you may expect to start spinning it around. That’s not the case here. You have no control over the cart. Your spaceship is connected to an alien in a saucer who guides and spins you around four different large circles.

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One other difference is that the attraction is large enough to have two sets of riders moving at once on spaceships so that double the number of guests can get through the ride at once. I entered on the left side of the ride which can accommodate 11 pairs or small groups of people. Each spaceship seats one to three individuals comfortably.

Every so often your alien guide will whip your cart from one side to the other. It was just the right amount of a jolt to keep a rider smiling. Otherwise, the ride would have been a really tame tea cup replicate.

The Alien Swirling Saucers is definitely a kid ride meant to do with parents. Everyone  looked like they had a good time. But because of the short time you get to spend on the actual attraction, avoiding a longer line by nabbing a FastPass or heading to it first thing in the morning. And if neither of those work, you can always head straight there when it starts raining. Just remember to pack a poncho.

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!

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Reviewing The Slinky Dog Dash at Toy Story Land

Reviewing The Slinky Dog Dash at Disney’s Toy Story Land