Wrapping Up Some Business … Before Tomorrow’s Action Kicks Off! [Poll Results]

Action?  What action?  My friends, tomorrow, the 2018 (yes, I know it is still 2017) All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Attractions “Series” kicks off!

We’re getting a head start on the New Year, folks!  Leading off?  Sticking with tradition, Disney’s Animal Kingdom steps up to the plate to test your opinions first.

Yes, indeed, led by former champions – Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris – and joined by upstarts – Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey – the competition will begin!

Will Pandora knock off our perennial favorites?  You’ll decide that when you elect the 2018 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Animal Kingdom Attraction!  Join us tomorrow and VOTE!

Until then, let’s clean up some earlier business, eh?  Did you listen to our “kick off” podcast?  No?  Then, by all means, catch it at …

Episode 417 – Animal Kingdom Favorite Attractions Poll!

Fun times, if I do have to say so myself.  Hey!  John Peters and I got Doug Davis to rant about the same topic three separate times in the same show!  And, you know, “ranting means ratings”.

Anyway, Doug has himself convinced that Expedition Everest is the absolute worst coaster in The World.  Hmm.  Well, John and I disagree, that’s for sure.  Do you?  The votes spoke loud and clear!

Which of these three options is the best roller coaster?  Find the article at … An Epic Roller Coaster Showdown!

  • Expedition Everest – 62%
  • Big Thunder – 28%
  • Seven Dwarfs – 10%

Yes.  I did omit Hollywood Studios’ Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.  Frankly, I felt it came up in our conversation as a side-comment.  Would its inclusion have changed the results?  Nope.

A few days ago, I floated an unsubstantiated rumor or speculation … will Space Mountain get demolished within five years of the TRON coaster opening?

After all, why do we need two indoor sci-fi roller coasters directly adjacent to each other?  Find the full article at … UNSUBSTANTIATED Rumor Reaction: Space Mountain!

What was your verdict?  First, over 80% of you “screamed” that this rumor best be false!  Not a big surprise, at all, I’d say.  What did some of you have to say, though?

“Iconic” seemed to be the word of the day.  However, I was interested to hear this … “Space Mountain is at every park but Shanghai.  It’s a Disney Parks institution … not to be said that those can’t close.

What I would not be surprised at is if Space Mountain closed after the 50th, maybe in 2023, and a complete refurb was done to bring it more in line with the other Space Mountains.”

And, “I don’t think that it will be eliminated as it’s pretty iconic.  That being said, TRON being opened would definitely allow for a long-term refurbishment and/or rebranding without worries regarding attendance.

But, as far as a total destruction?  No.  There’s no chance Disney would do this without having something impossibly amazing to take its place.  Even then, they’d have to deal with a ton of fans that were furious about it.”

Finally, “Personally, I’m not a fan of Space Mountain, so I’d be thrilled at a rebranding.  But, I’d put even that at less than 25% … particularly since there’s been such a massive outcry over a relatively minor change to Pirates.

Disney isn’t stupid.  They realize that Universal is gaining marketshare and that every little bit of bad press or attendee outrage is worth avoiding in the near future.”

What do you think, everyone?  Do those comments sum it all up?  I’d say that they do.  Myself, I can see a massive rebuild on Space’s horizon.  I do not see a full destruction.

An Epic Roller Coaster Showdown! VOTE!

Hello, folks!  We need your help!  How so?  Well, what better way to end a week than with an old-fashioned roller coaster “throw-down” … presented All in WDW style.  By way of a poll, that is!

Actually, I promise … this, seemingly random, vote is going to make much more sense after you listen to next week’s mid-week episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast.  So, bear with me, OK?

Last night, Doug, John, and I pre-recorded a show in which we seeded the “contenders” that will compete in this year’s Animal Kingdom favorite attractions “tournament”.

Led by our reigning “champion” – Kilimanjaro Safaris – and joined for the first time by Disney’s two new newcomers from Pandora, twenty-four attractions will vie for your favor.  It is set to kick off next Friday, the 15th, folks.  Please mark your calendars!

Anyway, in the midst of our discussion, a spirited debate ensued.  The question at hand is quite simple.  Which of these three options is the best roller coaster?  Thanks for your help, my friends!

Before & After: Paddlefish Crab House? [Polls]

Time for some seafood, folks!  Tons of it, actually.  I’ve reviewed them both.  In fact, we dropped by Fulton’s Crab House way back in April of 2016.

Check out their cuisine at …

Dining Recon: Take a Final Look at Fulton’s!

My friends, you had to have loved their Lobster Corn Dogs!  Crunchy and loaded with lobster meat.  Yum!

Of course, almost one year later – in March of 2017 – the response to my Paddlefish trip report was nothing short of epic.

Packed with shots of the restaurant’s brand-new decor, as well as filled with two separate meals full of food, take a peek back at …

Disney Springs’ New “Crown Jewel” – Paddlefish [Dozens of Pics!]

Recognized by the restaurant, themselves, on their social media streams, this was one of All in WDW’s most-read posts in 2017!

The staff is fantastic.  The food is phenomenal.  And, the executive chef actually took the time to visit with us in person.  In fact, we were so impressed, we dined there twice in two days!

Plus, I have great news, my friends.  Paddlefish serves Fulton’s corn dogs!  Served with a sweet chili aïoli, they’re a bit pricey ($16!), but they are there!

Anyway, having said all of that, I have some questions for you.  Have you experienced both venues?  Which do you prefer?  For us, it’s clear … we’ll “paddle” through Disney Springs any day!  How about you?

Are We Starting Off Monday with a Spicy Watermelon Margarita?!

Oh, of course not, folks.  Well, not literally, at least!  Maybe just in spirit, eh?  Or, is that … in spirits?

Anyway, not to be overdone by Evan Chaisson’s romp through the Animal Kingdom’s Nomad Lounge, I’d like to present a refreshment that we experienced – a Spicy Watermelon Margarita!

Wait a minute.  Who am I kidding?  Our one little incredibly sweet, tart, yet habanero- spicy, beverage won’t hold a candle to Evan’s epic collection of cocktails.  Check it out at …

Beverage Recon: Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Then, if that’s not enough, please check out Evan “live” and on the air as he dropped by the WDW Main Street Pub to give Doug and John an action-packed trip report!  Find that at …

Episode 409 – Evan’s Trip Report!

Having said all of that, before I get to the watermelon, I have one small piece of business to conclude.  What is that?  Well, I asked you to choose All in WDW’s Holiday Dessert, remember?

It was, oh so, close!  I was rooting for the Warm Caramel-Stuffed Salted Pretzel, I have to admit.  But, in the end, you “bought” us Epcot’s Warm Apple Fritter with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Warm Caramel Sauce!

Now, back to the “fruit” in question … watermelon!  Where can this delight be found?  In Disney’s Yacht Club!  My friends, stop in and visit the crew at … The Crew’s Cup!

Within, you’ll find a very friendly staff, warm and welcoming decor, great food, and tasty drinks!  Enjoy!

Choose All in WDW’s Holiday Dessert Experience! [Poll]

Good morning, Disney-verse!  Welcome to Thursday!  Hey, the week is almost over!  Have you checked out our Holiday Kitchen dessert results?  No?  Well, your Top 5 choices were …

  • Warm Apple Fritter with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Warm Caramel Sauce
  • Chocolate Yule Log
  • Warm Caramel-Stuffed Salted Pretzel with Soft-Serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
  • Chocolate Pecan Tart with Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce
  • Peppermint Ice Cream Sundae

Now.  The next question is – after all of the cakes, cookies, and ice cream you “devoured” while voting in that poll, do you have enough “sweet tooth” left to make one final choice?

You all know how Mrs. All in WDW and I “roll”.  We’re all about Epcot’s savory sensations.  Desserts?  They just don’t hit our priority list.  With that in mind, we have a challenge for you!

Even though it’s not our thing, we’d like to bring you at least one picture of one of these holiday Disney delights.  Which will it be?  That’s up to you!

VOTE for your favorite in the poll below.  Turn your Top 5 into our one indulgence!  Yes, folks, the “winner” will find its way onto our holiday menu!