The Wisdom of Walt! Never Stop Dreaming!

My friends, I don’t do this too often, so you’ll have to forgive me.

In fact, as I think about it, in the three year history of All in WDW, I may have never done this at all.  I’m going to advertise a product!

In this case, I’m going to recommend a fantastic book.  Now, full disclosure, I’m not quite through with reading it as yet, but it, and its author, have moved me to write this endorsement.

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On the 4th of July, thanks to John and Sarah Donahue of WDW Parkhoppers and johncdonahue.com, Mrs. All in WDW and I got to meet Jeffrey A. Barnes.

Jeff is the author of the new book – The Wisdom of Walt: Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earth.

We found Mr. Barnes to be a very gracious, friendly, and engaging “host” … especially since we were surprise guests!  John brought us along on the spur of the moment, you see.

You would think that a book on “leadership lessons” would be a dry, tough read.  Well, most of them are!  Jeff’s work is not.

This book was Jeff’s dream.  In presenting “Success Strategies for Everyone”, like Walt, Jeff encourages us all to follow our dreams.  We just need to find the courage to start and the diligence to never give up!

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Currently, you can buy The Wisdom of Walt in e-book form on Amazon for $5.99.  Use this link.  It’s a great book, and Jeff is a fabulous gentleman.

To learn more about Jeff and his outstanding work, check him out on his web site, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

TONS of Food Pics! Dining Recon: Lunch at Kona Cafe!

My friends, I absolutely love posts that write themselves … with food pictures!  After all, I can only babble on just so much, you know?

few months back, Mrs. All in WDW and I met a few friends for lunch … at Kona Cafe!  Located in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Kona is an outstanding venue for any meal.

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For instance, remember our recent breakfast?  I published this delicious post back in early July.  Look at those pics!  Yum!

But, back to today’s point.  Lunch!  From “caterpillars” to volcanoes”, they have sushi!

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And, they offer a plethora of desserts!  Check out that Banana-Chocolate Creme Brulee!

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Of course, they offer, pretty much everything else in between.  Take a look!

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On this day, we shared a trio of tasty appetizers.  The Pot Stickers, for example were fantastic!

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You see, this is why I don’t buy China’s pot stickers at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Why taste them there, when you can get a much-better rendition at Kona?

Of course, the steamed buns at Food & Wine are usually phenomenal.  Then, again, so are these …

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Pillowy soft and full of flavor!  Kona’s Steamed Pork Buns are well worth trying!

Finally, who can pass on Sticky Wings?  Simply delicious!

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Naturally, that wasn’t the end of our lunch date.  Entrees followed quickly behind as one of our friends enjoyed a serving of Kona’s Big Island Tacos.  This is the Fish Taco.

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Our other lunch companion raved about the Kona Surf and Turf Burger Deluxe!

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Mrs. All in WDW took the healthy route and chose the cafe’s Grilled Steak Salad.

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And, leaving the best for last, I just had to have “my” Pan-Asian Noodles with Chicken!  They are SO good!

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Sadly, after all of those appetizers and entrees, we couldn’t even dream about touching a dessert.  Next time, perhaps!

Fans, you’ll find a “ton” of culinary options at the Polynesian’s Kona Cafe, but, better yet, you’ll discover a very high level of quality.  I cannot recommend the Pan-Asian Noodles highly enough!

Friendly service, great food, and it won’t break your wallet.  What more could we ask for?  Bon appetit!

‘Go Your Own Way’! Spaceship Earth TRIVIA Revealed!

Wow!  You really, really are sharp Disney fans!

When I wrote yesterday’s question, I knew that only the Fleet of mind “wood” (would?) be able to knock such a Big Mac caliber of question out of the park!

If you consult ultimateclassicrock.com (did anyone even know that there is such a site?), you’ll find that they rate Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 song – ‘Go Your Own Way’ – as the band’s #1 best song ever.

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When you enter Spaceship Earth’s “California” garage, you’ll find that our diligent inventor is a big enough fan of that famous band to have their poster adorning the wall.

But, then, about 30% of you “eagle-eyed” Epcot fans knew that already!  You truly do pay attention to Disney’s details!  Great job!

Spaceship Earth TRIVIA Returns! How Well Do YOU Know Epcot’s Icon?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again!  Each time I enjoy a tour through Epcot’s iconic, silver sphere, I try to pick out some little detail that might make for a great trivia challenge.

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Well, here’s a really tough one!  I think.

You’re nearing the very top of Spaceship Earth.  You enter a garage in – somewhere in California, maybe?  A man hunches over a desk.  He’s clearly building one of the world’s very-first home computers.

On the wall, over his head, is a poster.  It pays tribute to a 1970s rock band.  That band is __________.

The Suitcase Gurgles On …

Yes, my friends, Mrs. All in WDW and I stopped by for another quick visit to Old Key West’s Gurgling Suitcase.  If you missed it, here’s my earlier review!

My lovely wife and I have come to the conclusion that Disney’s Old Key West is a very under-appreciated resort.  Complete with lighthouse, it’s beautifully themed!

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Of course, the Gurgling Suitcase is usually our main target of interest.  Why?  Generally, it’s because we’re in search of an adult refreshment and a quick lunch!

Suitcase’s “outside while you’re inside” atmosphere doesn’t hurt either.  Especially when it’s a 98 degree Summer day!  You can enjoy the outdoors while you lounge in air-conditioned comfort!

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For lunch on this July day, Mrs. All in WDW enjoyed a serving of the Gurgling Suitcase’s Pulled Pork BBQ Nachos.

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A pile of house-made potato chips, smothered by pulled pork, fresh jalapenos, cheese, sour cream, and salsa was quite a filling lunch!  Pretty reasonable, too, at $8.29.

I was a bit more expensive, I’m afraid.  The first time we visited, our bartender raved about the menu’s Fish Sandwich.  It’s $13.99, but he claimed it was a phenomenal dish.  I had to give it a shot!

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Also very filling, it was accompanied by the aforementioned house-made chips.  The remoulade is fantastic!  It’s the same as they provide with their Conch Fritters, by the way.

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Gurgling Suitcase’s Conch Fritters.  We had these on our first visit.

But, back to the fish sandwich.  I found the “star” of this “hoagie” – fresh grouper cheeks – to be a bit stronger taste than I prefer.  Honestly, I would have preferred a much milder fish.

For us, when it comes to Old Key West’s Gurgling Suitcase, the big “win” is the setting.

We love a good outside bar – hence our love for Laguna Bar at Disney’s Coronado Springs.  To be able to enjoy the “outside”, at a very nicely themed resort, while sitting in cool, conditioned air?  Well, that just rocks!