Start YOUR Week Off at the Movies, Folks!

That’s right!  What a great way to kill the Monday “blues”!  Start your week off with a spectacular, exciting, magical journey into the movies … with ResortTV1!

Jump on board, remain seated throughout the ride, keep your hands and arms within the vehicle at all times, and for the safety of Josh and Jenna and the comfort of those around you, no flash photography please!

Oh, you all know where I’m going with this post, don’t you?  The Great Movie Ride was an unquestionable Hollywood Studios icon!

Hey!  Forget that.  It was a Disney icon!  For us, it was a “must do” family favorite and, therefore becomes … the 5th member of the All in WDW “Hall of Fame”!

Yes, this “lost” gem joins Maelstrom (2015),  Off Kilter (2016), Wishes (2017), and the Captain’s Grille’s Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Sweet Corn Risotto (2017) in our personal annals of WDW history!  Yahoo!

But, why honor Movie Ride now, you ask?  Well, my friends, the 2018 edition of the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Hollywood Studios Attraction “tournament” will kick off this coming Friday!  Stay tuned!

Sadly, for the first time, the beloved tour that brought movies to life will be omitted.  As a result, I thought it very fitting to honor the retired ride in a different way … in a much better way.

Now, back to ResortTV1.  Jump back in time to August 11, 2017 – two days before its final curtain call – to experience your last journey.  The queue and ride-through can be found by clicking  the picture below!

Do We Have to Say “Buh-bye” to School Bread?

Oh, don’t panic, folks.  This post’s provocative title does not mean that Norway’s beloved School Bread is going to fade away into a Maelstrom-like abyss of Disney history.

According to a report found on WDWMagic.com, Epcot’s Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe will close for a major, several-month-long refurbishment on February 4th.

This being the case, will we have to, even temporarily, say “buh-bye” to Kringla’s sweet cardamom bun filled with vanilla custard?  Well, let me put your palates at ease … not at all!

Check out WDW Magic’s full report for all the details of this closure … as well as where in Epcot you’ll be able to find your favorite Norwegian treat!  Here’s the link!

UNSUBSTANTIATED Rumor Reaction: WDW’s Monorail System!

Good Saturday, my friends!  Welcome to “Rumor Reaction”.  Today’s topic?  WDW’s monorail system, of course.  Oh, we’ve all seen the report, I’m sure.  Well, unless you’ve detached yourself from social media for the last few days, that is.

Spurred by the monorail’s recent open-doored journey across property to Epcot, one theme-park focused web site has posted a rumor that Disney is reviewing the future of WDW’s monorail system.

Why, you ask?  High maintenance and upgrade costs, evidently.  Hey!  Who here hasn’t complained about the monorail’s intermittent service issues?  It is old equipment, after all.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s the link to a report out of WPLG Local 10 (Miami) News.  In it, Disney categorically refutes the rumor while claiming “there are no plans to discontinue the system”.

On the other hand, the original blog post maintains that they’ve been hearing quiet whispers of the monorail’s demise.

In addition, allegedly, it is reported that one source (not specified as a Disney source, by the way) contends that age, reliability, downtime, and maintenance costs make some form of closure plan a necessity.

Hmm.  Disney is transforming just about every square inch of Walt Disney World property.  The monorail is old and prone to bouts of unreliable service.  The cost of maintaining the entire system has to be substantial.

Regardless of their denial, could Disney aim their “guns” at WDW’s monorail system in the near or distant future?  What do you think, folks?

Please leave your reactions in the comments on this post or on Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit.  Then, register your “votes” in the poll below.  Do you expect that this speculation is true or false?

Not Your Every Day “On the Way to Work” Breakfast!

By John Peters

Hi, there!  Long time, no “see”, eh?  Anyway, I’m glad to be back!  Let me present “Dining Recon: Breakfast at The Mara”!

Hey, I recently had a Sunday morning shift over on the train at Animal Kingdom.  Trouble is … that’s when we record the WDW Main Street Podcast!  What to do?

Listen to the show at … Episode 421 – Our Sunday News!

How about recording from the Animal Kingdom Lodge, I thought!  What an awesome idea!  Anyway, instead of stopping at a fast-food joint on the way into work, I decided to eat at The Mara!

For those who don’t know, The Mara is the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s counter service restaurant.  Their bakery opens at 6:00 AM. The kitchen starts serving at 7:00.

Quoting Disney, “Named for a river flowing through Kenya and Tanzania, this savanna-like space serves African stew, pitas, half-chicken dinners and more.”

The Mara is clean, efficient, and offers plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.

For breakfast, the menu includes many traditional items … such as WDW’s infamous Bounty Platter! They also serve a Croissant Sandwich.

They also offer one of my favorite breakfasts on property – the Bobotie Platter.  This dish comes with bobotie (baked egg custard with turkey, peppers, and raisins), chakalaka, and pap.

The chakalaka is the hot stewed tomatoes in the picture above.  The pap is like white grits.  Honestly, it’s non-traditional, but the combination of these three, eaten together, is delicious!  Priced at $7.19, it’s also a good deal!

Fans, the next time your heading over to Animal Kingdom, why not swing by the Animal Kingdom Lodge and have a great, inexpensive breakfast!

Who Wants to Grab Some “Bangers and Beer”?!

Good morning, my friends!  Welcome to “Dining Recon: A Fabulous Lunch at Rose & Crown Dining Room”!

I was talking to Doug Davis of the WDW Main Street Podcast late last week, and he reminded me that Mrs. All in WDW and I are scheduled to meet him (and his better half!) for dinner at Epcot’s Rose & Crown Dining Room in early March.  We can’t wait!

Then, that also reminded me that I still have a lunch to share with you!  It’s not often I visit a Table Service restaurant on my very own, but on this particular day, way back in October, I couldn’t resist!

You know, I’ve been pretty vocal about the fact that, for years, my favorite Disney entree was the Captain’s Grille’s Cabernet Braised Short Rib.  After the restaurant’s closure, I even entered the dish into All in WDW’s Hall of Fame!

The Captain’s delicious Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Sweet Corn Risotto enters the Hall of Fame!

Of course, now that the Captain and its masterpiece have been retired, another culinary delight will need to step to the forefront of my palate’s desire, don’t you think?  Enter the Rose & Crown’s Bangers and Mash!

Doug is right.  For the price – now for $21 – this presentation is still the most cost-effective, best-tasting meal on Disney property!  Traditional English sausage with colcannon potatoes, roasted mushrooms, caramelized onion jam, and red wine demi?  Delicious!

Enjoyed every last bit!

For me, what made this particular lunch so enjoyable, however?  Well, it’s simply because I provided Doug with a running, bite-by-bite commentary (by text) as he diligently hung sheetrock on the job site.  Hey!  He took it with good humor.  I loved the dish’s great taste!

Take it from both Doug and I.  You can’t beat the Rose’s atmosphere.  The beer is always cold and refreshing.  And, whether you go Fish and Chips or Bangers and Mash, you can’t go wrong.  The food is great!