Bioluminescence (Day 2) - Trip Report

Bioluminescence (Day 2) - Trip Report

After taking a little bit of time back on Earth to catch our breath, we ventured back over to Pandora. The crowds had thinned out remarkably since our visit on the previous day, so it was even easier to do a bit more exploring, as well as appreciate the effect of the setting sun on Pandora's bioluminscent plant and animal life - but I am getting ahead of myself.

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Pongu Pongu - Snack Stand Review

Pongu Pongu - Snack Stand Review

The phrase "Pongu Pongu" means "party party" in the Na'vi language - very appropriate for a spot with such a celebratory, colorful atmosphere as this little drink spot located on Pandora. The Earth ex-pats serve up some pretty tasty beverages inspired by the world of Pandora, and you know I had to go have a sample! So were the drinks out of this world? Read on to find out more!

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Satu'li Canteen - Restaurant Review

Satu'li Canteen - Restaurant Review

One of the things that you will find in abundance in Pandora: World of Avatar is a sense of the natural and native overtaking the destructive forces of the RDA - the mining company whose poor practices in regards to the native Na'vi were the center of the conflict of the original film. One place that this is very evident is in the Satu'li Canteen, a former RDA mess hall now converted into a Na'vi cultural center. I like story as much as the next person, but what about the food? Read on to find out more!

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Arrival on Pandora (Day 1) - Trip Report

Arrival on Pandora (Day 1) - Trip Report

We have waited for seems like ages for Pandora: The World of Avatar to swing wide its gates and welcome us into a brand new land at Walt Disney World - the first full land, in fact, since Asia became available to travelers of Disney's Animal Kingdom in 1999. Over Memorial Day weekend, vast crowds of people gathered to see the new sights... so was it worth the wait? Well, let's find out!

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T-Minus 48 Hours (Give or Take)

T-Minus 48 Hours (Give or Take)

Once upon a time, in 1994, a man had a dream. A dream of an environmental fable set on a distant world, based on "every single science fiction book" he had ever read. A world of giant, blue natives fighting off greedy humans in giant mechanical monstrosities. But its time was not in 1994. The technology of the time was not ready, so it took him fifteen years of waiting. That man was director James Cameron, and that fable turned into the visual spectacular that is Avatar. Now, almost ten years later, thanks to the wonders of Disney Imagineering, we are about to set foot into that magnificent world of the first time.

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Disney Showdown: Carousel of Progress Theme Songs

Disney Showdown: Carousel of Progress Theme Songs

Welcome, one and all, to the very first MyWDW Disney showdown! What is the Disney Showdown, you may ask? Well, it's when I take two related Disney items, compare and contrast them, and in the end declare a winner. Is it subjective? Of course it is! And I'd love to hear your opinions in the comments.

To start our first match, we turn our eyes to Tomorrowland and the Carousel of Progress. Two songs, both written by the Disney Legends Robert and Richard Sherman, have guided guests through the technological advances of the twentieth century, but, naturally, only one can be best. Let's see which steps out of this on top!

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State of the Blog - Spring 2017

State of the Blog - Spring 2017

Hello everyone! You all probably think the blog was dead. Well, think again. I know that this year has been a bit rough for everyone so far. There has been a lot of vitriol and fear in the world, and I've been caught up in wave after wave of it, making it difficult to sit down and put fingers to keyboard. No more, I say. If anything, bringing a bit of Disney magic to you all, my friends out there in internet land, is not just a privilege, but a duty and an honor.

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In Defense of Din-O-Rama

In Defense of Din-O-Rama

“What an eyesore!”

This is the phrase used by many people in reference to Chester and Hester’s Din-O-Rama. And you know what? It kind of is. I am not here to tell you that Din-O-Rama is some sort of amazing, perfect thing, because it’s not. I’m not going to tell you that it’s a wonder of Imagineering, because it’s not. What I am going to do is talk about how much I appreciate it for two reasons: continuation of story and as a tribute to cheesy roadside attractions.

“It feels completely out of place!”

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Warm Malva Spice Cake - Snack of the Week

Warm Malva Spice Cake - Snack of the Week

Welcome back to MyWDW's snack of the week! Much like the blog itself, the snack of the week seems to be a thing in constant flux, making the term "week" relative, but I think I tried enough snacks on my last trip to keep us going for a month or so. So with the holidays right around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate that the snack of the week be a nice, spice-filled dessert, so I present to you Harambe Market's Warm Malva Spice Cake!

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Gingerbread Cookies - Disney Recipes at Home!

Gingerbread Cookies - Disney Recipes at Home!

Every year, Disney goes all out with their decorations, making huge displays using real gingerbread that will make you crave a piece like nothing else. Of course, you can get a gingerbread shingle at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, sold straight out of the gingerbread house! If you can't make it down in time to pick up some cookies for Santa, however, I have the recipe for you to make for yourself at home!

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