Have YOU Lived ‘Happily Ever After’? Get Your Show Merchandise! [Polls]

Good morning, folks!  Magic Kingdom’s new nighttime spectacular – ‘Happily Ever After’ – has been up and running (and delighting Guests) for weeks now.

In fact, a close friend of mine got the chance to experience the show over Memorial Day weekend, and she shared that she absolutely loved, loved, loved it!

Disney advertises that this new attraction “… combines the magic of Disney storytelling, beloved Disney characters, fireworks and more.”  In addition, it includes an “… incredible original score.”

Like us, if you haven’t been able to catch the show, check out this full YouTube presentation – presented by The DIS.  How do you think it compares to its predecessor – Wishes!?

In the meantime, check out this post on Disney Parks Blog.  Commemorative merchandise is now available, my friends!  Are you going to buy yourself some gear?!

Playing the “Hits”! What’s YOUR ‘Eat to the Beat’ Hit List?!

It’s getting to that time, folks!  The 2017 “record-breaking” Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is just over two months away!  A 75-day party!  That is a record!

Over the next few weeks, Disney will begin trickling out festival specifics.  Of course, that flow of vital details will culminate in the day we all look forward to – “Menu Release Day”!

To take a glance back at 2016’s Full Menu, click this link!

To look back at all of our pictures, rankings, and coverage of 2016’s festival, click this link!

Speaking for myself, I cannot wait to see what dishes will return in 2018.  Will Disney bring back some of my “retired” favorites – like China’s Mongolian Beef Steamed Bun?  What new creations will be unleashed?

While we wait for food, however, let’s talk about what we do know.  This year’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series has been announced.

Playing daily at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM from August 31st to November 13th at the America Gardens Theatre across from the American Adventure Pavilion will be:

  • Delta Rae – August 31 to September 1 – Known for their song “Bottom of the River”
  • The Hooters – NEW! – September 2 to September 3 – Known for their song “And We Danced”
  • Baha Men – NEW! – September 4 to September 5 – Known for their song “Who Let the Dogs Out”
  • Fuel – September 6 to September 7 – Known for their song “Shimmer”
  • STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas – September 8 to September 10 – Known for their song “We Built This City”
  • Lauren Alaina – NEW! – September 11 to September 12 – Known for her song “Road Less Traveled”
  • Plain White T’s – September 13 to September 15 – Known for their song “Hey There Delilah”
  • Sister Hazel – September 16 to September 17 – Known for their song “All For You”
  • Air Supply – September 18 to September 20 – Known for their song “All Out of Love”
  • David Cook – September 21 to September 22 – Known for his song “Light On”
  • Everclear – September 23 to September 24 – Known for their song “Santa Monica”
  • Sugar Ray – September 25 to September 27 – Known for their song “Every Morning”
  • 38 Special – September 28 to September 29 – Known for their song “Hold On Loosely”
  • Mark Wills – NEW! – September 30 to October 1 – Known for his song “19 Somethin’”
  • American Authors – NEW! – October 2 to October 3 – Known for their song “Best Day of My Life”
  • Christopher Cross – October 4 to October 5 – Known for his song “Sailing”
  • Devon Allman – NEW! – October 6 to October 8 – Known for his song “Ragged & Dirty”
  • Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX – October 9 to October 11, 2017 – Known for their song “Come Sail Away”
  • Taylor Dayne – October 12 to October 13 – Known for her song “Tell It to My Heart”
  • Jeffrey Osborne – October 14 to October 15 – Known for his song “On the Wings of Love”
  • Postmodern Jukebox – NEW! – October 16 to October 17 – Known for their vintage covers of modern music
  • 10,000 Maniacs – NEW! – October 18 to October 20 – Known for their song “Because the Night”
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket – October 21 to October 22 – Known for their song “Walk on the Ocean”
  • Kenny G – NEW! – October 23 to October 24 – Known for his song “Songbird”
  • Billy Ocean – October 25 to October 26 – Known for his song “Get Outta My Dreams”
  • Tiffany – October 27 to October 29 – Known for her song “I Think We’re Alone Now”
  • Hanson – October 30 to November 1 – Known for their song “MMMBop”
  • Blue October – NEW! – November 2 to November 3 – Known for their song “Into the Ocean”
  • Living Colour – November 4 to November 5 – Known for their song “Cult of Personality”
  • Boyz II Men – November 6 to November 8 – Known for their song “End of the Road”
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – November 9 to November 11 – Known for their song “Go Daddy-O”
  • Squeeze – NEW! – November 12 to November 13 – Known for their song “Black Coffee in Bed”

Wow!  32 acts in total … 11 of them new!  So.  I guess the questions I have for you are …

1).  If you’re going to this year’s “bash”, what act(s) will be there to perform for your enjoyment?

2).  What five (5) acts would be on YOUR ‘Eat to the Beat’ hit lists?

Please answer those two questions, here, with a comment on this post or on social media (Facebook, etc.).

Before you go, however, here are my responses …

1).  Delta Rae, The Hooters

2).  Air Supply, 38 Special, Christopher Cross, Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX, and Taylor Dayne

The Peters Family “Invades” Pandora – The World of Avatar!

Have you made it to Pandora, folks?  I know there aren’t many of us out there, as yet, but, if you’ve been able to “invade” Pandora, yourselves, please pass on your comments and thoughts!  We want to hear what you think!

In the meantime, take a few minutes to listen to John Peters as he joins Doug Davis and Dennis Conroy at the WDW Main Street Pub to describe his own foray into the Animal Kingdom’s new land.

He’s the first of our group to visit this remarkable feat of Disney imagineering.  Will he like Avatar Flight of Passage?  How lifelike are the animatronics on the Na’vi River Journey?

To find out that and much more, listen to …

WDW Main Street – Episode #367 – Peters in Pandora!

Our Weekly News … A Double Dose?! You bet!

Good day, everyone!  Now that we’ve made it to mid-week, let’s cheer ourselves up a bit.  Folks, let’s reach out to one of the most profound voices in recent memory.  Let’s grab a dose of energy!

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Thank you, Walt Disney!  There.  Now, that little gem of inspiration should help us get to Friday.  Don’t you agree?

Get your news here, folks!  Get all your Walt Disney World news here!  While I’ve been tied up hopping all over the country, the WDW Main Street crew has been very busy!

How so?  Well, check it out!  Two – count ’em – two episodes of news hit the airwaves while I was ‘off the grid’!

WDW Main Street – Episode #366 – Our Weekly News!

WDW Main Street – Episode #368 – Our Weekly News!

Step into the Main Street Pub, my friends, and enjoy the banter!  I have to give you a “head’s up”, though.  Disney parking might be on the agendas.  You know what that means!  Brace for [Doug’s?] ranting!

Underrated WDW Restaurants? Here’s Our Take!

Like I said yesterday, the WDW Main Street crew recorded a phenomenal show a few weeks back called …

Episode #361 – Underrated and Overrated Restaurants!

Please go back and listen.  They did a great job and stirred up a lot of conversation!

Of course, I felt the need to weigh in with our opinions, so, in my last post, I covered our overrated spots.  Take a look back.

Same as the Main Street boys, I ruffled quite a few feathers!  Hey!  There are a lot of Raglan Road and ‘Ohana fans out there!

Now that I’ve stirred you up with our “critiques”, however, let’s go to a more positive place.  Let’s talk Underrated WDW Restaurants!

Captain’s Grille –

I have to start here.  Why?  Well, I’ve said it over and over … the Captain serves my very favorite dish on property – Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Sweet Corn Risotto.

Look at it!  It’s as good as anything on property, folks!  Trust me!

Due to refurbishments, Captain’s Grille has been relocated, until this Fall, to a temporary home in Ariel’s at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.  Great news, though, everyone.  The short rib is on the menu!

Whispering Canyon –

On the show, the guys talked about Walt Disney World BBQ, but I didn’t hear reference to this wonderful feast!  Much better than ‘Ohana, by the way.

Mrs. All in WDW and I have visited “the canyon” countless times over the last few years.  It’s very good!

Look.  We don’t profess to be BBQ experts, but I have to say … this feast is as good as any BBQ we’ve had.  Fall off the bone ribs.  Tender pork.  Great smoked sausage.  Worth a visit!

Splitsville –

I know.  I know.  A bowling alley?  I’ve written about Splitsville many times since it opened.  I swear the sushi is the best I have ever had on property.

Splitsville’s Volcano Roll is exceptional!

In fact, whether it’s sushi, a burger, or a pizza, this up-scale alley serves it all.  And, it’s all delicious!

Kona Cafe –

Mrs. All in WDW summarized it best … “I didn’t like Kona in the beginning. But, now, I’m happy to go there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.”

For my part, I’d much rather have a more peaceful, enjoyable experience choosing from amongst the variety of items on Kona’s menu …

Their Pan-Asian Noodles with Chicken is phenomenal!

… as opposed to enduring the crushing throng that descends on ‘Ohana twice a day.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant –

This’ll make Doug Davis smile.  We really enjoy the Animal Kingdom’s Yak & Yeti.  Yes, Doug.  You did steer us right once again!

We highly recommend the Yeti’s Firecracker Shrimp as well as …

… their delicious Fried Wontons!

For both appetizers and meals, we’ve found this spot to be a great place for Mrs. All in WDW and I to take a quick break … or to meet up with friends!

That’s it!  These five venues are our Most Underrated WDW Restaurants!  What do you think?

Hey!  How about you?  What are your Overrated and Underrated WDW dining establishments?  Keep the conversation going, and let us all know!