Holiday Trees at Disney

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Disney is beautifully decorated during the holiday season.  Disney is always at the top of their game when creating wonder and awe and the holidays are the perfect canvas for Disney Magic!

What impresses me the most over any holiday season stay are the gorgeous trees throughout the different parks and properties.  The attention to detail and care put into each and every tree is amazing.  Each park has trees dressed to capture its particular essence.

Here is a sampling of some of our favorite Disney stunners:

Hollywood Studios:

Animal Kingdom:

Kidani Village:


Magic Kingdom:

The Art of Animation:  
This Sketch Tree at the Art of Animation Hotel is my absolute favorite Disney tree 

Which is your favorite tree from your holiday adventures at the Disney Parks?

Yak and Yeti in Animal Kingdom

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's time to look at the yummy food at the Animal Kingdom! Not everyone loves this park but we do. It has so much to offer including some amazing places to eat. Today I want to look at the Yak and Yeti restaurant located in Asia. The building is on the left as you head into Kali River Rapids. It has a quick service and table service option. Both are great. Take a few minutes before or after you eat to wander around the restaurant and take in the details. Nobody does a theme better than Disney and this place is full of them. The furniture alone is worth going inside. Posters, old photographs and statues adorn the walls and alcoves.

   But let's get to the food. When my family goes out to eat somewhere new, we try to get different things so we can share. Our daughter loves lo mein and she devoured this. My husband had the mahi mahi which was fabulous. And I got the seared miso salmon. It was delicious. Of course, our favorite part was the dessert. Once again, three different things. The sorbet trio, the mango pie and the fried wontons. My daughter and I gave our vote to the fried wontons but the mango pie had my husband's vote. The fried wontons were filled with cream cheese and skewered along with fresh pineapple. There was vanilla ice cream too and a honey vanilla drizzle. My mouth is watering just typing this. Not only was everything so good but beautifully presented. We can never resist pictures of desserts. Enjoy a couple of them at the end of the post. 
The quick service option we enjoyed on a different visit. We had beef lo mein, honey chicken, chicken fried rice and egg rolls. The service was quick and the portions very generous. We all loved the main dishes and the egg rolls. I had read some negative reviews so we were pleasantly surprised to enjoy everything we tried. Also you can find seating to the right side of the quick service and some rest rooms at the very back of the seating area. If you don't mind walking back toward Africa, there is an area by water that is perfect for relaxing off the beaten path and eating your lunch.

   Since we are in the holiday season, I thought a holiday tip would be fun. I have started a collection of Disney Christmas ornaments. I bought my first artificial tree and it is only Disney. Every time we go I will be buying at least one new Disney ornament. I made a tree topper out of our daughter's first set of Mickey ears. It is perfect! Thank goodness there is a Christmas store because my husband and I are headed back to the World in February!! We can't wait! It will be our first adults only trip. I got a great deal at the Animal Kingdom Lodge with a PIN code in the mail. We have dining reservations already and I will be up early in the morning to make some FastPass+ reservations. And I will do some "research" for a new post while we are there.

Forever Disney,

Do You Want To Build a Snowman? - A Bedtime Story Review

Story time with the little princess in my life was "really cool" last night. So cool, she decided to cease all crafting projects and read this interactive storybook instead! It was imagination fueled all the way as we had fun tapping, shaking, and following along for 48 pages. 

The best part? 

The goal of the story was to build your very own lovable, warm, hug-gable, baritoned  snowman.

Do you want to build a Snowman? will be available in March of 2015 for $12.99 from Disney Publishing Worldwide. The book is recommended for ages 3-5 (but my personal story teller at age 7 enjoyed it all the same)! Definitely check out Disney Publishing Worldwide for more great books for your little princess or superhero this holiday season!

Restaurant Review: Sanaa at Animal Kingdom's Kidani Village

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Very Happy Resident of the Kidani Village

One of the most unique dining experiences in Disney is Sanaa.  Sanaa is located a bit off the beaten path at Animal Kindgom's Kidani Village.  I can assure you the trek is worth it, especially if you have an animal lover in the group.

Unfortunately we could not get a dinner reservation (they were booked more than 6 months in advance)!   We were a little hesitant to take the time to leave the park to go to Sanaa for lunch because we didn't want to miss a moment in Animal Kingdom.  If you knew my son you would know that we had absolutely no chance of missing our reservation.  He had been dreaming of eating while watching the animals up close and Sanaa did not disappoint.  In hindsight it was the culinary highlight of our last trip and I am so thankful we rallied.

From the moment we arrived for our reservation our waiter was amazing.  He sat us right by a big window and described the exotic menu to us.  He brought out the children's menu right away and made sure that there was something appealing to Logan.  Sanaa's menu is not for the picky eater.  It is African cuisine with rich and exotic Indian spices mixed in.  Logan chose a simple chicken and basmati rice meal with carrots.  He loved it.  Sanaa does have burgers and pizza for the kids as a back up.

We asked the waiter to recommend the chef's top dishes and had him order for us.
We started with three different types of Naan bread that came with three unique sauces for dipping.  The bread was so filling I could have left satisfied right then.  Our meals were extremely spicy and the flavors were incredible.  I had the Durban shrimp which was amazing but four alarm spicy.  My eyes teared the entire time.  Of course that did not stop me from eating every bite!  My husband had the short rib which was a bit milder but not much.  For dessert we had the Tanzanian chocolate mousse and Logan inhaled the peanut butter turtle.  

In between courses our waiter gave us the name and history of every single animal on site.  Giraffes, zebras, ostriches, gazelles and very slow tortoises all paraded by our window while grazing in their own personal savannah.  It was amazing!  We could not believe how well versed and interested in the animals our waiter was.  

When planning our trip, we originally tried to get a seating for a meal with an animal specialist.  Of course that reservation proved impossible to get.  If you are interested book a year out.  We were disappointed but after our experience we found that it was not necessary.  The staff at Sanaa is terrific and very knowledgable.  Of course, that won't stop us from trying next time!

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