Have you been looking for the perfect Disney Destination for your family’s fall break? Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line is the perfect vacation location for you family! These special cruises are jam packed with extra holiday fun for the whole family! You can set sail for a spook-tacular experience that is full of haunted tricks and fun-filled treats on select Disney Cruise itineraries this fall!

Ready to take a look at all of the fun we’ve been talking about? Take a look at the video below. It will give you a sneak peek into some of the festive activities that will be on board!

Looking to book a Halloween on the High Seas voyage? Contact a Me and The Mouse agent today!

 

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Run, don’t walk to the Polite Pig at Disney’s Town Center!

My family and I recently tried the Polite Pig for the first time, and I guarantee it will not be our last!!  We were a party of 9 and I wanted to try one of everything, but we did have to leave a few items to try for the next visit!  We placed our order at the counter and then found a seat and a server brought the order to us.  They were then incredibly helpful and made suggestions of their available sauces and they were right!

As you enter the restaurant you are met with an amazing smell of smoked meats and spices!  It was difficult to choose from the expansive menu.  We did order a variety of entrees and sides.  You can even make a meal out of the sides!!!  You have the option of choosing three sides for $15!  They are plentiful and delicious.

We all happily shared the pretzel with beer cheese fondue, the brisket melt(I asked them to substitute the pimento cheese with the beer cheese fondue) and the ribs.  The brisket melt was a knife and fork sandwich, and it was tender and delicious!!  The ribs were well seasoned and tender with the meat falling of the bone.  The kids enjoyed chicken fingers and ribs and the portions were incredibly generous!

Now on to the sides, as I mentioned earlier, they could be a meal in themselves.  We enjoyed the smoked corn(with lime butter and bread crumbs), crispy brussels sprouts, mac n’ cheese, and sweet potato tots!  The Brussels sprouts were one of my favorites with a great seasoned char on the sprouts.  The lime butter added a delicious freshness to the corn.  The mac n’ cheese was good, but not anything special.  The sweet potato tots were my absolute favorite.  Slightly sweet, with the salty taste of the grated Parmesan cheese.  They had a slight crispiness of the exterior with a soft center.  Even my pickiest eater ate these and enjoyed it!!!

There were multiple sauce options at the counter.  The soft drink beverages were self serve, and they had a full bar with both indoor and outdoor seating!!  We were stuffed and unable to try any of the desserts on this trip!

I would recommend you add the Polite Pig to your list the next time you visit Disney Springs!  It will definitely remain at the top of mine!!

 

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Missy Zolecki

Travel Specialist.

We are so excited with the latest Universal announcement! A brand new, thrilling Harry Potter inspired ride will be making its way to Universal’s Islands of Adventure in 2019. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade has already been a place of fun and excitement, but now this fan-favorite spot will offer more to guests!

We don’t know everything about this new thrill ride, but we have been informed on some special information. Take a look below at some of the latest details!

  1. This is a brand-new, thrill ride that will take you deeper into J.K. Rowling’s famous Wizarding World. You will become more engrossed in the Wizarding World as you journey along this ride. You will encounter some of your favorite characters and creatures. This new ride will be unlike anything Universal has ever created, and they are sure it will sure to be a favorite for the entire family!
  2. If you’re a Potterhead than this ride is for you! The new attraction will be one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences at Universal. This means lots of fun and exciting Wizarding World items and memorabilia. The ride combines a new level of storytelling with {of course} an action-packed adventure! There will also be a few surprises along the way that will have you coming back for more!
  3. Universal’s award-winning creative team has been collaborating with Warner Bros, and the incredible production design team from the Harry Potter films. You can be sure to see and experience a top-notch, fan favorite ride!
  4. This ride will be the absolute perfect addition to the thriving town of Hogsmeade. This new attraction will transport you into a new and thrilling place and will draw you into more exciting Wizarding World adventures!
  5. Universal will be permanently closing the Dragon Challenge on September 5th to make way for this incredible new thrill ride. The last day of operation for the Dragon Challenge will be Monday, September 4th. Be sure to take advantage of the last days of the Dragon Challenge before its closing.

Keep checking back for more updates! We can’t wait to hear more from Universal about this fun new attraction!

Ready to visit the incredible and amazing Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Contact an agent today to book your next Universal or Disney vacation! All Me and The Mouse agents are highly trained in both destinations!

If you’re a regular visitor to the Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney District than you probably have seen construction going on for the newest edition! Splitsville Luxury Lanes, a family-friend restaurant will open later this year! Splitsville has already been a huge hit at Walt Disney World with its unique combination of dining, bowling and live entertainment! It’s been a huge fan favorite, and we can’t wait to see the new unveiling this winter!

The Space!

 

Disney’s development team is creating another spectacular environment for families. It will fuse modern and retro styles for a lively, but comfy atmosphere for guests of all ages! This new space will be over 40,000 square feet and 2 stories of entertainment! It will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of outdoor seating to look out over Downtown Disney District. Plus as an added feature there will be live entertainment daily – lots of fun for the entire family!

Family Fun

Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney District will be an exciting destination offering families a unique combination of dining, drinks, bowling and entertainment! There will be 20 bowling lanes throughout the location, four dining areas {indoors and out}, two billiards tables, 25+ flat screen TVs, and the ability to host live performers and DJs.

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Dining

It doesn’t stop there! Splitsville will also have a wide selection of menu items. It will feature classics like hand-tossed pizza and gourmet burgers, but it will also include specialities such as grilled avocado with ahi tuna and filet sliders. Last, but not least, don’t forget the Splitsville speciality the “Fantasy Roll”. This fresh-rolled sushi is sure to make you come back for more!

Ready to plan your next Disney Destination Vacation? Contact a Me and The Mouse agent, today!

 

 

A Holiday Classic the Whole Family will LOVE!

We’re so excited to share that 2017 Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages at Epcot are now available for purchase!! We love the holidays and Disney, so when you put them together something magical is bound to happen! The Candlelight Processional is an Epcot favorite as it showcases the traditional story of Christmas in a unique Disney way. It includes a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir {and don’t forgot the DINNER!}

Disney is welcoming a few new faces to the narrator spotlight this year, but we don’t think you’ll be disappointed in the slightest {you might actually be jumping up and down!!}. These narrators include Daytime Television Legend Pat Sajak and TV star CCH Pounder, who was also at the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar.

There will be some familiar faces joining the Processional including television, film and stage superstar Neil Patrick Harris, country music star Trace Adkins, and Contemporary Christian music artist Jaci Velasquez.

Disney has confirmed the following narrators, so far*:

  • Nov. 24- Dec. 3 – To Be Announced
  • Dec. 4-5 – Pat Sajak
  • Dec. 6-14 – To Be Announced
  • Dec. 15-17 – Trace Adkins
  • Dec. 18-21 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • Dec. 22-24 – CCH Pounder
  • Dec. 25-27 – Jaci Velasquez
  • Dec. 28-30 – To Be Announced

The Candlelight Processional is performed three different times {5, 6:45, &8:15} on the following nights at the America Gardens Theatre. This should give you ample amount of opportunities to see one of these incredible performances. The dining packages, available on select nights, include a savory meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. Availability is limited.

Just like last year, in addition to lunch and dinner packages, delicious breakfast options are available at some fan favorite restaurants. These options are all in and near Epcot like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and The Garden Grill. You can also select from breakfast, lunch, and dinner options at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk is another breakfast and dinner option be offered.

Candlelight Dining Packages

  • Breakfast:

    Starting at $35 + tax per adult & $21 + tax per child, ages 3-9

  • Lunch & Dinner:

    Starting at $44 + tax per adult & $15.50 + tax per child, ages 3-9

Holidays Around the World

In addition to the magic of the Candlelight Processional, make sure you check out all that Epcot’s Holidays Around the World has to offer. It runs November 24th – December 30th, 2017 at Epcot. Holidays Around the World is an extravaganza of fun and exciting holiday entertainment. It includes special merchandise, food, and beverages. You can enjoy different festivities that Epcot offers only throughout the holiday season. There are so many incredible sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase for you to experience this holiday season!

Ready to book your trip to see the Candlelight Processional? Contact a Me and the Mouse agent today! We would love to help you plan a magical holiday getaway!

 

*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Epcot admission is required and not included in the dining package price.

Cruz has joined Lightning McQueen and Mater in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort. Cruz’s journey won’t stop there! She will then be taking a summer road trip down to Pixar Place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort!

Get in on the action, and make sure that you’ve seen the newest Cars movie! In Disney Pixar’s Cars 3, Cruz Ramirez is a top-notch technician at the Rusteze Racing Center. She’s has been assigned to train the team’s talented rookies. Cruz has always wanted to compete in racing, but it isn’t until she meets Lightning McQueen that she realizes that she is still passionate about it. She finally has the chance to see if she’s got what it takes to win.

Don’t forget. You can catch Cars 3 in 3D in theaters, today! Let us know how excited you are for this new film and meet up!

 

It’s time to start planning your 2018 Walt Disney World Vacation!

Starting June 20th, 2017, The 2018 Walt Disney Travel Company vacation packages for Walt Disney World® Resort will now be available for purchase.

These vacation packages will be valid for arrivals Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2018. Please note the last date of your vacation cannot be booked more than 499 days in the future.

Walt Disney World offers many exciting and incredible activities and attractions. Don’t forget about the new land at Pandora: The World of Avatar or the expansions going on throughout the parks. Don’t forget to stay in the magic with an on-property resorts. The resorts are perfectly themed and keep the magic going long after you’ve left the park!

Contact a Me and The Mouse agent today to book your 2018 vacation package!!

The Pandora ExperienceOn May 27, 2017 (The opening day for Pandora) lines for the rides were 250+ minutes.  Thankfully, we are Walt Disney World Annual Pass Holders.  We had the opportunity to sign up for an EXCLUSIVE Pass Holder Preview that took place a week before the land opened to the public.  WHAT AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE. The “land” is like none other at Walt Disney World. As soon as you step in, you feel as if you are on another planet or 4.4 light years away.   We were able to explore the “planet” and ride both The Flight of Avatar and The Na’vi River Journey without a wait.  You will be entertained on your way to the ride. As the line queues themselves are full of incredible sites.

 

The Flight of Avatar begins with a process in which an “Avatar” is made for each rider.  This will link you to a “Banshee” in order ride and become a part of the movie. You do have to be a certain height to ride so our 2 year old daughter could not come along.  Mooma (grandma) stayed with her as she is typically not a thrill rider.  Once we got off, we were so amazed that we told mom she NEEDED to do it! When will she have the opportunity to just walk right on again?!?!?! To her own surprise, she ENJOYED it. She did admit to having her eyes closed 20% of the time but is thankful we encouraged her to ride. You can find out more about this specific ride, here!

The Pandora Experience

The family friendly, Na’vi River Journey was nothing short of a spectacle of light, colors and sound.  For those Disney enthusiasts, think riding a boat much like the ones in Small World or The Land but through a bioluminescent forest full of creatures, sounds and plants featured in the movie. Yes, it is as dreamy as it sounds. Want to see more pictures and learn more about this incredible journey, here!

The Pandora Experience

As we finished the rides, Orlando finally received some MUCH NEEDED rain. We were “trapped” inside the gift shop for quite some time where we stocked up on all types of souvenirs.   We of course had to buy the exclusive pass holder pin (they had shirts as well), an ornament (we buy ornaments on every vacation), and we even got to bring home our very own Banshees.

Because of the rain, we did not get to fully explore the land and everything it has to offer. However, the sites are INCREDIBLE! It is a photographer’s dream. Our camera was full of photos of the gorgeous landscape. Even if we don’t score fast passes for our next trip, we will spend some time seeing everything there is to offer.  I’ve been told the food and drinks are also OUT OF THIS WORLD. You can read more about one of the quick service dining experiences, here!

Ready to book your trip to Pandora? Contact a Me and The Mouse agent, today!

Courtney Rooney

Guest Blogger

 

Returning this Summer with NEW Magic!

A few of the iconic Disneyland attractions will be returning to the park this summer! Disneyland Railroad and the Rivers of America will both reopen with new magic and fun! Take a look at the artistic rendering {courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering} of the new north bank of the Rivers of America! It will feature a gorgeous new waterfront and an elevated trestle over which the classic Disneyland Railroad will travel. You will not want to miss out on this experience!Disneyland Railroad & Rivers of America

The Rivers of America will celebrate several famous rivers including the: Mississippi, Columbia, Missouri, Rio Grande, and Columbia Gorge! It will feature magnificent waterfalls and vegetation. The Big Thunder River Waterfall and Twin Sisters Waterfall will welcome five new, and incredible, waterfalls along the Rivers of America. Guests will be able to see these sights while on board the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes!

However, if you don’t want to experience these gorgeous falls up close on the water, you can still see all of the beauty while aboard the Disneyland Railroad. The railroad with travel across the new and magnificent trestle. You will experience a breathtaking view of the new waterfalls {be sure to have your camera ready!}. Disneyland Railroad & Rivers of America

While there are lots of new additions to these classic rides, there are still some familiar aspects that will make you feel right at home. You will see several familiar faces along the Rivers of America as well as throwbacks to Frontierland’s past. The Indian Village will return, but will be in a new location. It will include a more prominently featured Shaman! He will tell the story of how the hummingbird taught the Indian chief to make a flute.

We are so excited to see these new changes to a few of our favorite classic rides. Disney has yet to announce the opening dates for these attractions. We will keep you posted as soon as we know!

Ready to head to Disneyland right now? Contact a Me and The Mouse agent today! We’d love to help take the stress from your vacation planning!

We’re celebrating Fun Fridays at Me and The Mouse with a collection of our favorite PhotoPass moments. We love the PhotoPass services! They are offered at Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani, and ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. If you didn’t know, PhotoPass allows you to preserve your magical Disney vacation. This special service provides you with professional photography throughout the different Disney destinations. We love that we don’t have to lug around a big camera! Plus, it also helps us have peace of mind that we won’t lose our new expensive camera! PhotoPass photographers are strategically placed throughout the Disney Destinations to not miss a moment of your fun. Take a look at the fun Me and The Mouse agents have had while using the PhotoPass!

If you’re considering using the PhotoPass services that are throughout Walt Disney World, we highly recommend purchasing the Memory Maker Package. If you don’t purchase this package, you will have to pay a decent charge for each photo. The great thing about the package is that once you purchase it, you can download as many pictures as you’d like! This is especially great if its your first time visiting, your celebrating something special on a trip, you have a young child and you want to capture every moment, or like we mention before you want to have tons of pictures, but you don’t want to carry an expensive camera around all day.

To add the Memory Maker Package on to your Disney Destination package, contact a Me and The Mouse agent today!

Now, enjoy some of our fun photos!!

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