Monthly Archives: August 2012

Unplugged

iPad mini

iPad mini (Photo credit: patrick-allen)

I recently responded to a post on the DisBoards asking how many electronic devices do you take to Disney World.  For us, 2 iPhones, 1 Kindle, 1 Laptop and 1 iPad.  After thinking about this, it really sounded absurd.  At what point did we move from no electronics to 5 pieces of equipment for vacation?  Years ago, (I can reminisce because I’m of that age) it was just a camera, and then a video camera.  We have some precious vacation videos of my girls when they were kids and I am so glad that we captured those memories on tape.  Before cell phones, we purchased walkie-talkies to keep track of one another, and I don’t recall at what point cell phones starting making the trip.  Because we traveled to WDW every year, I think I even stopped bringing a camera.  And here I am today, with 5 devices.  The iPad is used for blogging, reading books and surfing the web.  Mr T has the Kindle with all of his books on it, and a mini-laptop because I don’t share my iPad, so that he can surf while drinking his morning coffee  And of course the iPhones for communication and photos and even videos.

Is my vacation a better experience because of electronics?  Well, I no longer have to lug all my books and magazines in my suitcase, which saves on space and weight.  The iPhones are very handy for snapping quick pictures and I’m able to do real-time updates/reports on my blog.  Surfing the web keeps us updated on what’s going on the world, but I really could just watch the news for that.  It would not hurt me to abandon Facebook and e-mail while on vacation, and I certainly do NOT look at work e-mail.

So, could I leave all the technology behind?  I’d like to try it, just once, but I’m not ready to cut the cord just yet.  How about you?

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Gourmet Disney

I was just reading the menu for the new “Be Our Guest” restaurant;

Be Our Guest Restaurant Fast Casual Lunch Menu

Soups

French Onion Soup
Potato Leek Soup

Entrées

Tuna Niçoise Salad- Warm Seared Tuna Steak with chilled Green Beans, Potatoes, Olives, Roasted Bell Peppers, tomatoes, and Hard Boiled Eggs

Carved Turkey Sandwich served warm on a Baguette with Dijon Mayonnaise and Pommes Frites

Croque Monsieur- Grilled Sandwich of Carved Ham, Gruyere Cheese, and Béchamel with Pommes Frites

Grilled Steak Sandwich with Garlic Butter Spread and Pommes Frites

Quinoa, Shallot, and Chive Salad with Green Beans, Potatoes, Olives, Roasted Bell Peppers, and, Tomatoes

Vegetable Quiche- Mushroom, Zucchini, Bell Pepper, Onion, and Chive Quiche served with Baby Lettuce coated with Champagne Vinaigrette

Braised Pork (Coq Au Vin Style) Eight Hour Slow-cooked Pork with Mushrooms, Onions, Carrots, and Bacon served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Jardinière

Disney has certainly come a long way and has become a foodie destination. During our visits in the early 1980’s, you would have been hard pressed to find a decent meal in either the parks or the resorts. We used to go off property to Jungle Jim’s in the Crossroads center to eat dinner. I remember one horrible buffet dinner at the Contemporary that was almost inedible. The parks offered typical amusement park food of hot dogs and hamburgers. I did not go to Disney then for the food, that’s for sure. Oh how times have changed!

Now, there is so much good food to be had, there is never enough time or stomach to try it all. My new favorite blog is DisDining.com which features descriptions and reviews of various restaurants around the World and lots of places that we have never eaten at. Aside from the Food and Wine festival, we have several new restaurant visits scheduled. And even with that, they’ll still be many more spots left untried. I think I need about a month in Disney World to sample all the delicacies. I never thought that would be the case.

Where is your favorite place to eat?

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Sweet Dreams

Today’s topic is inspired by waiting at the airport today for a flight to Florida. (not Orlando, unfortunately). It never fails that I always see someone traveling through the concourse lugging their pillow from home. I shake my head and wonder where they could possibly be going where there are no pillows. If that’s not the case, my next question is: is your pillow from home SO comfortable that you cannot bear to be without it. I can’t imagine that a pillow can be THAT good. If it is, next time I need to ask them where I can buy one just like it. My third guess is that the traveler has an aversion to laying their head on a hotel pillow where other heads have been. Still, is it worth dragging that thing along with your other bags?

At the Boardwalk Villas in Disney World, there is a placard that provides all the information for you to purchase their bedding. Honestly, I’ve never been tempted. I have not found a bed yet that rivals my Verlo mattress.

My question(s) today…

Do you carry your pillows on the airplane or have you ever purchased hotel bedding? I am interested in getting other opinions because I can’t fathom doing either…

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School Days!

Yes, I am still here.  I’ve been away working on my college classes and an on-line History class that has been keeping me busy with lots of writing.  Hope to get back to regular posting and reading other blogs.   With all this emphasis on school, I thought I’d tackle the subject of taking your kids out of school for a Walt Disney World vacation.

We always took my girls out of school for our trips to WDW.  Mr. T worked for the airlines and we could not fly during peak times such as Spring Break, Summer and Christmas Holidays, because we had to fly stand-by to Orlando.  Our preferred time of year was right after Thanksgiving.  Those crowds were gone and the Christmas decorations were up.  (Note:  everyone is now on to this fact and it seems to be busier than I remember.)  Anyhow, we asked the teachers to provide the make-up work, and homework would be done early in the morning before we hit the parks.   Being out of school was not much of a problem in elementary school, but the High School teachers really frowned on having the kids gone for a week each school year.

My justification was that a vacation in Disney World was an added dimension to their overall learning experiences.  Book learning has its merits, but life learning is also important.  The girls learned how to travel, met people from other parts of the country and world, sampled world cuisines and basically learned that there is a great big world outside of Missouri.  I felt these were valuable lessons, and I was not going to let school bureaucracy deter me.

So, where do you weigh in on this topic?

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