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RAD Recap for September 14, 2014

This is always a crappy week for me.  13 years have gone by and that one day still continues to have such a strong impact in my life.  Each year gets better but it’s never easy.  Much love to all my family and friends out there who have supported me through the years <3

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Moving on to the lighter topics of Disney news.  WTF is up with this Frozen attraction replacing Maelstrom business??  This is making me slightly irate!  I love Frozen….no seriously, it’s one of my favorite Disney movies ever.  Awkward Anna is like me in character form.  However, a character based ride like this does NOT belong in the World Showcase.  First, World Showcase is supposed to “showcase” (hence the name!) the culture of the countries…I’m pretty sure Arendelle is not a real place, so no.  Second, can you imagine the bottleneck traffic this is going to cause?!?!?!  Norway is not a large pavilion and Maelstrom even has queues that go out into the square.  Can you imagine this business?!?  Blech.  This belongs in Fantasyland, NOT World Showcase.

OK, clearly I need to move on from my frustrations because I could go on for days!  Let’s talk about the Disneyland Half Marathon!  This week I featured 2 great recaps of the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon.  The first was from a back of the packer (like me!) who made some amazing friendships along the way.  And the second was from a first time runDisney runner AND half marathoner…so fun to see this race through her eyes!

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It’s hard to believe that it’s now less than two weeks until the Disney Fit Challenge.  I’m going a little crazy that the WODs haven’t been announced yet, but hopefully that will happen in the next few days.  In the meantime, to clearly NOT prepare, I’ve been indulging in some local food and drink.  Yesterday, B and I went on another super fun Taste of New Haven tour where we sampled food and drink from some of New Haven’s best establishments, as well as learned a lot about the city’s rich history along the way.  Oh and of course I had to take a photo with one of the locals…

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Lastly, I want to hear from you.  First, what Disney Parks Transportation would you Kill, Refurb or Marry? Any idea on where the monorail falls in my picks?

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Then, I want to know how how you stay fit on vacation.  My friend John LOVED the fitness centers at the Animal Kingdom Lodge during his most recent trip.  I want to know what you do!

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I also want to know who is excited about the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!  I know I sure am…it’s my favorite time of the year!!  I’ve been studying the DFB Guide to the 2014 International Food & Wine Festival in preparation for my trip in 2 weeks and it is making me SO excited for all the new stuff I can try this year.  Have you checked it out yet?

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Make sure to come back this week as I will have more coverage of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and Hannah will have more tips from her Mission to Marathon series!  Oh and I might have some Food & Wine Festival tips…I just can’t help myself but talk about all the foodie awesomeness!!

Have a great week!

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New to Me: Epcot’s World Showcase

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Well we made it through Future World and now it’s time to move to the back of the park to World Showcase.  But before we do, I have to say that I received a TON of comments, tweets, FB messages and texts about great meals that were recently had at Coral Reef!  I am so excited to hear that and can’t wait to eat there this weekend.  (Yes, I will be in WDW this weekend…let me know if you want to say hi!)

So World Showcase…home of my FAVORITE event, the Epcot Food & Wine Festival!  It is also probably my favorite place to grab a beer and just sit on a bench.  This is a regular occurrence for Amanda and I.  But as with most of WDW, there are still quite a few things I haven’t done here.  They mainly consist of films and restaurants.  Let’s move clockwise around the lagoon…

School Bread

I actually haven’t eaten at any of the Norwegian establishments, but I think the fact that I haven’t tried the beloved School Bread is probably the most significant.  If you’re not familiar with this Disney cult classic, it is available at the Kringla Bakeri og Cafe in the Norway pavilion.  It is a sweet roll filled with vanilla custard and topped with icing and toasted coconut.  This sounds right up my alley, so I’m really not sure why I haven’t tried this yet…it’s a mystery!  But now that I know I have an egg sensitivity, it doesn’t look like I’ll be trying this anytime soon because of the custard.  Fail.

Reflections of China

China

As I’ve said before, I’m not a huge fan of films in WDW and this is particularly true when you have to stand for the film.  I get that the Circle-Vision 360 films aren’t conducive to sitting, but after walking around Epcot the last thing I want to do is stand for a 13-minute film.  I’ve heard this is a breathtaking film and I think I would actually enjoy it since I don’t think I will ever see China in my life (that’s a seriously long flight!).  I think the key to seeing this will be to make it one of the first things I do, so I won’t be so tired from walking around all day.  Yeah…that’s the ticket!

Biergarten Restaurant

Biergarten

I’ve been in this restaurant a few times for runDisney meetups, but I’ve never actually eaten here.  Again surprising since my heritage is half German and knowing that so many people rave about it.  I also love sausage and sauerkraut  so what gives??  Well a few things.

1. I only like buffets for breakfast…strange, but true.  There is something about lunch and dinner buffets that just really don’t appeal to me.  Plus, I never feel like I eat enough to make it worth the price for me.

2. B doesn’t like anything about the menu here.  He hates all things pickled, despises cabbage and beets, and really isn’t a fan of sausage.  Why did I marry him you ask?  Well he is pretty awesome in most other things.  😉  So because he doesn’t like the food, it’s never really on my radar.

3. The entertainment just isn’t for me.  When it comes to music, I turn to my Irish heritage for that.  Yodeling…no thanks.

O Canada!

Canada

Well, the reasons I haven’t seen this are the same as Reflections of China.  Film + Standing = No.  I actually almost went to see this over Wine & Dine Weekend, but we just missed it and I didn’t want to wait 18-minutes for the next one.  I’ve heard Martin Short is actually really funny and again the film is gorgeous.  Plan for this weekend…Canada first, China second…go!

Le Cellier Steakhouse

Gasp!  I know!  The most beloved restaurant by Disneyphiles everywhere and this foodie hasn’t been there!  To be honest, when restaurants are that hyped up, I tend to avoid them.  Don’t get me wrong, the food looks great here, but I just don’t want to be on the phone 180 days out making ADRs.  Now that it’s been bumped up to 2 table service credits on the Dining Plan, I hear that it’s easier to get a reservation so hopefully I’ll be able to give it a try soon.  I recently popped my head in to get a look at the restaurant and was surprised by how small it is, which is what probably attributes to the difficulty of getting in.

What attractions and restaurants are new to YOU in World Showcase at Epcot??  

What are your thoughts on films where you have to stand??