Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Spotify: A Whole New World of Disney Music

After our giveaway with Tom Ameen's beautifully composed Magical Moments (read the review here), I've been searching for new ways to listen to all kinds of Disney Soundtracks or covers. I was in the studio working and one of our colleagues put on a crazy selection of music. Not just Disney themed music. I mean, he played everything from R&B, Coffee House Jams, and Broadway Soundtracks. To say the least, I was amazed and intrigued. After all, Pandora is great, but its service would not allow me to listen to the entire CD/Soundtrack if I wanted. Pandora skips around to match the search phrase used, but just ends up playing the same songs. When I asked what it program he was using, he started to sing to me the praises of Spotify.

Spotify is a website where one can listen to various albums and music types at the push of a button. It is similar to Pandora. However on Spotify, users can listen to full albums. To say the least, it has been fun finding other Disney Albums I've never heard of such as the Disney Villians Simply Sinister Songs album.

The best part of it all - ITS FREE!! You can create your own account for Spotify and opt for the free account. You also have the option to upgrade to a paid membership, but the free membership has been working fine for me. ;)

Have you used Spotify? If not, what are you using? What are you listening to? Below I've left what I've been listening to and I'm still finding new songs and artists to listen to. Guess which one is currently my favorite!

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Story of Unexpected Disney Magic

As some of you might have seen on social media, I posted a very surprising photo. On my way to work this weekend, I noticed an classic Volkswagen Beetle. It looked a lot like Herby the Love Bug. As I pulled up closer, I wanted to see who was driving the copy of the famous punchbuggy. Once I was next to it, I looked over and saw no one in the car. I gasped thinking I had maybe been mistaken and I was actually in the presence of the real Herby!! (I'm exaggerating a bit....but not really)

As I looked closer, I noticed he was being towed by a tow truck. To make a long story short, I quickly realized that Herby was being towed by no other than Mater. I could not stop laughing in the car. I took as many pictures as I could without being a danger to the rest of the citizens on the road. I even waived at the passengers who were "riding" in Mater. Its always a pleasant surprise when you get a little bit of Disney magic when you aren't at the parks.

What random Disney Magic did you experience while at home or out and about?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

An Evening at the Boardwalk: Part 2

After having a wonderful dinner, we headed off to the other side of Crescent Lake to explore the resort further.

Having stayed once before at the Yacht Club Resort, I knew we were close to both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. In fact, we were so close that we were able to see the fireworks from both illuminations and blank. Of course, we couldn't hear the music, but it was still something special to see. Take a look at the map below and you'll see what I mean.

Towards the bottom left hand corner, guests can walk to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Towards the top right hand corner, guests can walk towards EPCOT.

We walked over to the back entrance of EPCOT. The delightful sounds of the Italian Pavilion filled the air. It was possibly the first time I had ever only heard the soundtrack for this area. We then decided to walk over and explore the Yacht and Beach Club Resort.

Dare I say that after 10:00pm, most guests are making their way to their rooms and most of the lobbies and hallways are empty. This makes for the perfect time to explore the resort. Not only do you get to roam the halls and sit in a quiet lobby, but you get to visit any restaurants that are open to walk through. We almost made it to Beaches and Cream to inquire about their Kitchen Sink, but made it after closing time.

We even saw a bunny roaming the grounds.
Panorama of the Boardwalk Resort from the Boat Launch in the middle of Crescent Lake.
So in close, if you are looking for something to do while you are not in the parks or want to do something a little different, I suggest you go to the Boardwalk and check out some of the great things to do, see and eat. Until next time, enjoy some of the last photos taken while we wandered through the resort.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

An Evening at the Boardwalk Resort: Part 1

After we arrived back to our hotel from a wedding we attended on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, we were left with not much to do. Gus (my husband) and I were not going to the parks this time around and wanted to do something that we had not done on our previous trips to Walt Disney World. After searching for some places to eat on the My Disney Experience App for iPhone, we decided to try our luck at the Boardwalk Resort.

We didn't get to park at the resort, but the guard at the gate was kind enough to direct us to a free parking lot that we could park and walk to the resort from. Upon arriving to the Boardwalk, we immediately began to explore our food options. Gus decided that he wanted to try some Pizza from the Pizza Window next to Kouzzina by Cat Cora. 

I, on the other hand, wanted to try some treats from The To-Go Cart. With different classic flavors of some American favorites (I thought it was like going to the county fair), what's not to love!

We got a Pulled Pork Sandwich, Onion Rings, and a Chili Cheese Dog. The best thing out of the bunch, hands down was the Onion Rings. The Pulled Pork Sandwich was not made as I had expected it to be. Gus enjoyed the Chili Cheese Dog though. 

After walking around and checking out the different bits of entertainment that was available, we decided to walk over to the other side of the lagoon where EPCOT, the Yacht Club Resort, and the Beach Resort were found. But before we left, we knew we had to go to the Funnel Cake Cart. What was a night out without dessert?!

Looks Glorious doesn't it?!

We looked like a pair of excited kids who had just gotten their favorite sweet treat. It was absolutely delicious. There were many toppings guests could choose from. We decided to have chocolate syrup drizzled on it with Vanilla ice cream. Instead of giving you a scoop of ice cream, they offer a square bar of ice cream. Almost like a naked Klondike bar, but a bigger. It was so delicious. We enjoyed the whole thing and went on our merry way. 

Have you been to the Boardwalk resort? What was something special you got to do? What did you eat?

Stay tuned for Part 2 as I tell you about our trek to the other side of the lagoon.