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RAD Recap for April 6, 2014

Two weeks down and two more to go until I am make my dreams a reality…I can’t wait to get started!  I think my new arm candy says it all 🙂

Oh and speaking of arm candy…I’m SO excited that my Walt Disney World Annual Passholder MagicBand came this weekend!  I might just wear it all the time 😉

Annual-Passholder-MagicBand

Apparently it’s been a big week for my wrists.  Seen enough yet??

Big Disney news this week was that the media preview invites for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train have been sent out!  The event will be April 30 – May 2 which means the actual opening isn’t far away now!  I’ve been SO excited about this opening and can’t believe the time is almost here.  The details that have been coming out are amazing…

And while we’re on the topic of new construction, I can’t even deal with this progress update on the Polynesian DVC construction from Tikiman Pages.  I don’t just want to stay there, I want to LIVE there!  B doesn’t know it yet, but we are totally adding on some DVC points at the Poly when that becomes available.

I can't...I just can't contain my excitement!!  Photo Source

I can’t…I just can’t contain my excitement!!
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Also this week, I had two great guest posts here on RAD.  The first was from my friend Danielle over at Live, Run, Grow who has started a new series here on Yoga for Runners!  I am so excited to have her here because not only is she a great writer, but she also has some amazing tips on how to improve your running with yoga.  It definitely helped her to complete the Dopey Challenge this year!

Dopey Medal Photo

Next Ashley returned with a recap of the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon.  I love her positive outlook and how excited she was to run this race.  I love that she rode Expedition Everest during the race 🙂  Big congrats to Ashley for crossing this off of her bucket list!

Ashley Bartley - Marathon 09

I know I promised so Disney eats this week, but clearly that didn’t happen.  This week for sure!  I’m really missing some Disney food.  Maybe we’ll even take a trip out to the West Coast…hmmm.

What fun things did YOU do this week???

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Friday Feast: Lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant

To say that this restaurant was on the highly anticipated list of places to visit is an understatement.  Ever since the menu was released, I was chomping at the bit to have lunch at the Be Our Guest Restaurant.  Why lunch?  Well there is one menu item that was calling my name and it seriously lived up to all my expectations!

But before we go there, let’s start from the beginning.  Look at the amazing theming at the entrance of the restaurant…

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When dining for lunch, you are sent to the left of the entrance on on a queue to place your order.  While waiting, you are surrounded by various suits of armor who are having a candid conversation 🙂  Make sure to keep you ears open!

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Hidden Mickey!

Hidden Mickey!

There are digital menus all in the entrance way so you can make  figure out what you want before entering the ordering area…obviously I have cupcakes on the mind…

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When you come to the ordering area, the host explains the RFID Rose you will get after placing your order and directs you to the next available kiosk.

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The “rose” is a sort of tracking device that you place on your table that allows the servers to find you and deliver your meal…super cool technology!!  When I visited, it was still soon after the restaurant opened so they had cast members assisting with the ordering process.  It was fairly simple to understand so I’m not sure how necessary this was…

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After placing our order, we wer directed to find a table in one of the three dining rooms and place our rose in the center of the table.  The first room you enter is the Ballroom which is expansive and elegant.

Ballroom

Ballroom

To the right of the Ballroom is the Rose Gallery.  This area was actually closed when I was there for “technical difficulties” but I was snuck my way in to snap a photo 🙂

The Rose Gallery Gorgeous!

The Rose Gallery
Gorgeous!

But my favorite room has to be The West Wing!  It’s dark, mysterious and has everything that embodies Beauty and the Beast.

The West Wing

The West Wing

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Sadly there was no room in the West Wind so we found a table in the Ballroom, placed our rose in the center of the table and waited for our food to arrive.

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I think my favorite thing about the restaurant (well besides the food) is is how the food arrives!  The servers bring it out on on these fabulously old fashioned rolling carts.  It just fits perfectly within the theming of the restaurant.

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So now onto the food…my favorite part!  I’m going to start with the quick service dish to top all quick service dishes: Braised Pork.  YUM!  This is served with veggies, mashed potatoes and bacon…how can you go wrong with that?!  Honestly, this is one of the best dishes I’ve had on WDW property, and you know how I love to eat!!

Braised Pork

I was with a group of about 8 other people so I got to see many of the other dishes they had to offer…they all looked delicious!!

Tuna Nicoise Salad

Tuna Nicoise Salad

Quinoa Salad

Vegetable Quiche

Vegetable Quiche

Chocolate Cupcake

Chocolate Cupcake

But seriously…don’t waste your time on anything else.  Just order the Braised Pork and come back to thank me later….it’s SO good.

Overall, I love the restaurant and can’t wait to go back!  Next time, I hope to have dinner there so I can finally have a glass of wine in the Magic Kingdom!

Have you eaten at Be Our Guest Restaurant?  What’s your favorite dish? 

 

New to Me: Magic Kingdom Edition

In planning for an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World, I was thinking about things I wanted to do. Being fortunate to visit a few times a year I’ve done many of the must dos, but I still have not seen everything. Actually I’m far from it! So I thought this would be a fun new series here on RAD. Over the next few weeks, I will be covering some of the attractions, restaurants and recreation that I’ve never experienced (or haven’t done in a super long time) at WDW. Fun, right?! Let’s get started with the original park…The Magic Kingdom!

New To Me MK

Since I’ve been visiting the Magic Kingdom since 1985, it’s safe to say that I’ve done almost everything in this park.  But there are certainly some exceptions…some that might surprise you.

Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor

For some reason, this attraction has never appealed to me.  I love the film and the characters, but there is something about the audience participation aspect to this attraction that makes me want to steer clear.  As you’ll see in this series, many of the things I haven’t done are stage shows and interactive attractions…seems to be an ongoing theme of things I don’t like (or perceive to not like since I haven’t done them!).

I’ve heard mixed reviews about Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor, but given my love of corny jokes I think I’d probably enjoy it.  Time to give this one a try…

Dumbo (the new version)

Dumbo

How gorgeous are the new Dumbo attractions?!  I’ve only visited this area once since it opened and the wait was about 50 minutes, which is why I haven’t experienced the new version yet. This was early on before the 2nd ride was added and before the new interactive queue.  I am also yet to see the entire Storybook Circus area complete and would love to explore Pete’s Silly Sideshow and Big Top Souvenirs…the details look amazing!  Growing up in WDW, Dumbo will always hold a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to take a spin.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Be Our Guest

I think this is on everyone’s must do list right now.  I’ve been dying to eat here since it opened a few months ago, but just haven’t been able to make it due to the hectic nature of race weekends.  This needs to happen on my next trip.  I’m actually more interested in visiting for lunch here.  Not only because it’s easier to get in, but because I’m intrigued by the “Magic Rose” you get when you order.  However, I will need to have a glass of wine in the Magic Kingdom one of these days 😉

Cinderella’s Royal Table

This is actually a surprising one for me to realize I’ve never eaten here.  Maybe I did when I was a younger when it was King Stephen’s Banquet Hall which I have foggy memories of, but I really don’t remember.  (Dad…do you remember eating here??)  You know that I’m a foodie and enjoy all of the fine dining options available at WDW, so I think this is why this is never a priority for me.  I have heard such mixed reviews about Cinderella’s Royal Table and the price for a meal is ridiculous based on the quality I’ve seen in various reviews.  $52 for scrambled eggs and sausage or $65 for a mixed green salad and some chicken pasta…um no thanks.  Yes, I know it’s all about the ambiance, but I still can’t get behind this.  I would LOVE to dine in Cindy’s castle, but I think I’ll be sticking with Beast’s Castle for now.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Christmas isn’t my favorite holiday.  Gasp, Shock, Awe…Estelle just dropped to the floor…I know, shocking.  It’s just always such a stressful time of year for me and I much prefer Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day…you know, fun holidays without obligations.  While Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party looks fun, I haven’t wanted to shell out the $55+ just for a parade, a few shows and some cookies.  I feel like I can enjoy the holiday decor during regular park hours and get my fill of Christmas cheer.  Plus, the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are the real winner of the holiday season in WDW.  Who knows…maybe one year, I can be convinced to go.

What attractions and restaurants are new to you in the Magic Kingdom??

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: October 14, 2012

Whoa, RAD Reads & my Weekly Review have been on an unplanned hiatus for 2 weeks.  Send me to Walt Disney World and my schedule gets thrown all out of whack.  I was busy doing this:

Playing Checkers with B in the Future!

And this:

Having beer samplers with my girls Leslie & Amanda at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival!

I fell WAY behind on my blog reading while I was away, but I think I’m now caught up for the most part.  I don’t know about you, but I always fall into a post WDW funk after I get back from a trip.  Keeping up with all the great Disney bloggers out there helps fill that void, which has been so true this past week.    

So what a whirlwind, these past few weeks have been!  Hopefully you’ve read my recaps on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend so far.  I’ve covered the race, the expo and post-race snacks.  I’ve also talked about it on WDW for Grownups this week!  I’ll have a spectators view from the Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run coming up soon, so stay tuned for that.  runDisney race season has officially began so I’ve been super busy over here at RAD.  But I love bringing you all of this information and I hope you’re enjoying it as well.  The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon is now less than a month away and I will be back in WDW bringing you full coverage of that event…can’t wait!

I also want to take a moment to say how thankful I am to have met so many of you while I was down in WDW for the Tower of Terror race.  All of you Disney runners are so inspiring to me and I was so honored to be able to chat with you even for just a few minutes.  Big hugs to Kim who absolutely made my day when I ran into her on the boat from Epcot to the Boardwalk…good luck on your upcoming marathon!

Ok enough gushing…now on to some RAD Reads for the week!

Running & Fitness Posts
We Run Disney has some great tips for running safely among cars, trucks and dogs…oh my!  

Meals & Moves gives a great recap of Tough Mudder.  This event still looks insane to me, but maybe one day I will take the plunge!

Peace, Love & Oats finished the Chicago Marathon last weekend.  Congrats on completing your first marathon…very inspiring!

Running Toward the Prize has a confession this week…Megan wrote a book!  It’s the Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World!  I can’t wait to check this one out.

Disney Posts
Big news out of WDW this week is the soft opening of New Fantasyland.  Here are some great posts covering the event:

DaMouse once again delivers stunning photographs, this time of the New Fantasyland!  Make sure to click through to the multiple parts covering the event.

Sparkly Ever After also shares some great photos and details from New Fantasyland’s First Day!

Disney Food Blog gives us an update on all of the food in New Fantasyland!!  OMG I can’t wait to eat one of those pork shanks!

Ok…now let’s move on to other fun Disney info:

Disney Every Day visits the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic and attended a Modern Mixology seminar before hanging out with some celebrity chefs…fun!

Imagineering Disney takes an awesome trip back to the 90s through the covers of Disney Adventures magazine.  My favorite has to be Joey Lawrence…or maybe M.C. Hammer.  Tough decision!

Mouse on the Mind offers some helpful tips when bringing a Disney skeptic to the World.  We all know these people, let’s help bring them to the “mouse-side” as Melissa says 🙂

Team Studios Central conquered the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler and got some special medals along the way!

Travel with Rick has been putting out daily videos from Epcot’s 2012 Food & Wine Festival.  These are a great way to visit the festival from home or plan your upcoming trip.  Today Rick takes us to Japan with a very special guest…ME!

Speaking of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, make sure to get your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the Festival to plan your visit so you don’t miss out on any of the amazing things the festival has to offer!

Weekly Review
I don’t know about you, but for me, getting back into an exercise routine after a vacation is SO DAMN HARD!  I hadn’t been to CrossFit for almost 2 weeks and I have to admit that I was really nervous to return.  Would I forget how to do everything?  Have I lost my stamina from a week of overindulgence?  I’m happy to report that all of that apprehension was for naught and I kicked ass this week.  3 days in a row of CrossFit followed by a 10-mile run this weekend…HOLLA!  (Did I really just say that?!)  Oh and let’s not forget about my 5K walk today for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer!  More to come on that….

So here you have my full of my week in training and I’m pretty proud of it. To see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour  – Single leg dead lifts, hang power cleans, push presses, tabata pushups
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Lots of amrap (2/3 mile running)
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Power cleans & 1.25 miles running
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 10 mile run

I still can’t say enough good things about CrossFit.  It has not only increased my endurance and strength overall, but it has made me more confident about what I can accomplish.  I know I’ve said this before, but I NEVER in my wildest dreams imagined I would lift a barbell…let alone clean a 73 pound barbell!  Who am I?!?!  Yes, putting in those miles is essential to race training, but I have experienced first hand the benefits that cross training has, so don’t forget about that in your race training.

Quick tidbit from today’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in New Haven: AWESOME!  It was amazing to see so many survivors and supporters out there.  About 3,000 people attended the event and over $88,000 was raised!  I’m so happy that B and I got to Make Strides for my Mom today!!  I’ll have a full report tomorrow, but here are a few photos for now.

Ok now on to some fun giveaway news!

This week I held a giveaway for ENERGYbits and I want to thank you all for participating!  And now, the big winner is:

Matt N.  

Matt, I hope you enjoy your bits and I hope you come back and let us know what you thought of the product!  If you’re interested in trying ENERGYbits for yourself you, use the promo code BLOG when you checkout to receive a 10% discount.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

There’s another giveaway going on this week that you might not be aware of…Carrie’s Getaways is giving away a Disney prize pack that includes a vinylmation keychain, Disney pins and lanyards!  You have until Friday to enter this awesome giveaway.  Here’s how:

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Well that’s about it!  I hope you have a fun week…make it a great one!