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California Grill: Still Stellar

November 15, 2010
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California Grill at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort “I’d like to rest my heavy head tonight on a bed of California Stars.” Wilco and Woody Guthrie Among us Disney geeks and freaks, the great debate over which Walt Disney World restaurant is the overall best will seemingly never be settled. There are those that...

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joeA’s New Rant: WHY-FI?

November 2, 2010
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joeA’s New Rant:  WHY-FI?

“I believe in being an innovator.”  ~ Walt Disney From the opening of Disneyland, to the 1964 New York World Fair, to Epcot Center, The Walt Disney Company has always been seen as a harbinger of the future. It was The Walt Disney Company that pioneered the modern theme park resort model, beginning with...

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Iron Chef Cora’s Kouzzina at Disney’s BoardWalk

October 24, 2010
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Iron Chef Cora’s Kouzzina at Disney’s BoardWalk

Cat Cora’s Kouzzina Disney’s BoardWalk, Walt Disney World, Orlando Last week during our annual family Disney vacation in Orlando, we were excited to dine at Cat Cora’s new restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk, Kouzzina. However,  I  am sorry to report, it was a disappointment. As we were seated at our table and as I looked...

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3D or No 3D? That is the question.

October 23, 2010
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3D or No 3D? That is the question.

Even though I’m going to talk about the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot, I won’t be discussing the “Journey Into Imagination with Figment” ride. You know, the one with the guy from Monty Python no one under the age of 35 knows who the hell is — the one that was so bad, it had...

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The Total Package: Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando

October 16, 2010
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The Total Package: Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando

Gaylord Palms Resort 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746 Let’s get this out of the way right now, I’m not going to resort to any of the seemingly endless puns available in my review of the Gaylord Palms Hotel. I’m not going to joke about the S.S. Gaylord docked in the Key West...

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Disney’s Port Orleans: More Terra Than Tara in this Real Life “Went with the Wind”

October 13, 2010
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Disney’s Port Orleans: More Terra Than Tara in this Real Life “Went with the Wind”

Disney’s Port Orleans’ Riverside and French Quarter Resorts Walt Disney World, Orlando One step above Disney’s bogeylicious budget All-Star Resorts, lie the “moderate” priced hotels. Caribbean Beach Resort, the poor man’s Polynesian, was the first hotel built in the late 80′s in this “moderately-priced” category. Following in 1991 and 1992 respectively, came the neighboring...

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joeA’s Rant: Theme Park Parking Fees

October 11, 2010
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I bought my first Walt Disney World “Four Seasons” pass back in 1994, essentially, it’s today’s “Seasonal Pass,” exclusive to Florida residents. The Four Seasons pass had block out dates, like today’s seasonal passes, and did not include parking. Forgive me if I sound like an old fart, but back in the day you...

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Leave the Brooms, Take the Bernie Bott Beans

October 9, 2010
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Leave the Brooms, Take the Bernie Bott Beans

Three Broomsticks Restaurant and Hog’s Head Saloon Wizard World of Harry Potter | Universal Studios, Orlando Before the details of Harry’s Wizarding World were announced, we assumed Universal Studios Orlando would be integrating the Enchanted Oak Tavern into their new “park with a park.”  After all, Merlin, the freaking godfather of wizards, could be...

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ALOHA! We’re All Cousins Here (No, I Don’t Mean Kentucky)

October 5, 2010
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ALOHA! We’re All Cousins Here (No, I Don’t Mean Kentucky)

‘Ohana Restaurant Second Floor, Disney’s Polynesian Resort Everyone’s cousins at ‘Ohana Restaurant. I know what you’re thinking. No, they’re not all from Kentucky. “Ohana” means “family” in Hawaiian, as I’m sure many of you parents know from watching Lilo and Stitch a million times over with your kids. Make sure you bring your appetite...

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Badass French Canadians: Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba”

October 4, 2010
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Badass French Canadians: Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba”

Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba” Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando Once upon a time, there was a magical theater in the heart of a magical land… Maybe it’s because I am French Canadian. Or maybe it’s because I love lingering around the spot where dreams and reality intertwine. One thing I know for...

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