An Opinion: The “Retirement” of Wishes!

Good morning, folks!  Before I go any further with my “two cents”, I’d like to direct you to our latest show … Episode 358 – Happy Mothers’ Day and Our Weekly News!

In this episode, like every other Sunday, Doug, Dennis, and John discuss all the latest news from around Walt Disney World.  This week, though, they also covered the end of Wishes and the beginning of Happily Ever After.

It got me to thinking … how do I feel about the “retirement” of Wishes?  A future member of All in WDW’s “Hall of Fame”, perhaps?  Hmm.  Maybe.

Actually, up until a few years ago, our family liked the nighttime spectacular.  We didn’t love it.  We were turned off by the throng of people one had to endure in order to witness the event.

In addition, we held much, much fonder memories of Epcot’s IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.  An umbrella table in Italy.  A glass of wine.  The soundtrack.  The fireworks.  Way more enjoyable, for us.

Then, we “moved” to Orlando.  Yeah, I wish.  Actually, for two years, Mrs. All in WDW and I leased an apartment just off Disney property.  It was a wonderful place … with a balcony that faced the Magic Kingdom!

There, we got the opportunity – night after night – to view Wishes countless times!  Did we miss the soundtrack?  No.  I downloaded it to my iPhone and made a game of pressing ‘play’ at just the right time.  Just when the show should start.

From the comfort of our own “home”, we got to enjoy phenomenal shows at New Year’s Eve and 4th of July.  We enjoyed HalloWishes and Holiday Wishes many, many times.

So, how do I feel about the “retirement” of Wishes?  Well, to tell the truth, so much is changing in The World these days, I’m kind of numb.  Its “termination” was destined to happen sooner or later, no?

You know what I’ll really miss, though?  Illuminations – if they take that out next.  Oh, the rumors have been flying around for years, so I think I have a right to be worried.

My friends, change – as Disney has demonstrated in multitudes of ways – is inevitable.  Wishes is just the latest example.  Having said that, I hope its memory will last ‘… ever after’.

​ Touring Epcot’s Japan Pavilion? Visit Kabuki Cafe!

Yo – ho – ho!  Happy Monday, folks!  Hey!  Let’s talk Epcot.  Have you ever stopped at Kabuki Cafe?

No?  Think shaved ices.  Think Kakigōri – Japanese shaved ice available in Rainbow, Strawberry, Melon, Cherry, or Tangerine.  Think snacks like Edamame or Sushi.

Or, how about alcoholic beverages such as a Tokyo Sunset or a Rising Sun?  Maybe this month’s Main Street “beer of the month” – Kirin Frozen Draft – is more your speed?

Huh?  Frozen?  Beer?  Wait a minute.  Isn’t that what you get when you leave a bottle or can in the freezer for way too long?  Uh, no.  Let our resident “beer-ologist” – John Peters – explain.  John?

“So, go ahead and take away my ‘Beer Geek’ card, everyone!  This frozen brew is not on anybody’s list of the best-tasting beers in WDW.

However, on a hot day – in the middle of the Florida summer – you’d be hard-pressed to find a colder or more refreshing brew!

It’s available from two locations inside the Japan Pavilion – Kabuki Cafe and the Garden House Sake Bar.  This pale lager is a decent beer!

What makes this Kirin special is the frozen beer “frosting” you can add on the top!  This frigid pillow acts as a bit of an insulator, if you will.

In fact, it keeps the beer cold even on the hottest of days!  All I have to say is that it’s not the best beer in WDW, but, in August, you’ll be glad it’s the coldest!  Cheers!”

Different Poll … Same Result! The Watercraft Rule!

Well, that’s enough of Disney Springs dining for a while, don’t you think, my friends?  It sure was fun, though.  In the end, however, not even the mighty Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant could best the boats.

Two different polls on two different ‘days’ … same exact result.  The BOATHOUSE is our overwhelming choice.  It is the place to be!

Like I said at the beginning of this little voting journey, “One of the things I truly love about Disney Dining as a topic is that, no matter what particular venue or menu item is under discussion, anyone can have a different opinion.”

Likewise, everyone can have a favorite.  Everyone can have a restaurant that they long to try.  “The morale of the story?  Someone else’s favorite might not end up being yours.  And, yours might not end up being theirs!”

I’ll end by quoting one of our readers – Rob – who commented, “#StandWithTheBoathouse”.  As a group, you certainly did.  Twice!  Congratulations, Boathouse.  You’ve successfully won over the fans!

WDW Main Street – Episode #357 – Dining at Disney Springs!

Good morning, folks!  Have you had your fill of Disney Springs dining?  No?  That’s great!  If you haven’t voted yet, our poll is still open at …

It’s a BIG Disney Springs “Showdown”! Another Chance to VOTE!

In the meantime, please catch our latest show!  Doug, Dennis and John gather together at the WDW Main Street Pub to discuss which Disney Springs venue is the Most Enticing New Restaurant!

WDW Main Street – Episode #357 – Dining at Disney Springs!

It’s a BIG Disney Springs “Showdown”! Another Chance to VOTE!

Just when you thought we were done with Disney Springs dining … its back again!  Oh, come on.  You know you love it!

Hey!  I couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask you a question that’s been burning in my mind since the last time Mrs. All in WDW and I visited Orlando.  What is it, you ask?

Well, we just completed a “survey” that placed The BOATHOUSE, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, Morimoto Asia, and Paddlefish as our new “downtown darlings”.

How do they stack up to “The Icon” of Disney Springs?  Huh?  Icon?  My friends, there’s one restaurant that is always packed beyond belief.

Folks?  This poll is simply Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant against … the best of the “newbies”!  You’ve got one choice.  Which venue do you love?  Where do you want to go?  VOTE!