Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thursday Thirteen~Restaurants at Disney

We ate at some amazing places on our trip to Disney. Below I want to share with you some of our favorite places. I highly recommend eating at one or all of these places when you visit. You will not be disappointed.

1. 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort. Here you will dine with Cinderella, Prince Charming and a couple of other characters. The dinner is served buffet style.

2. Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom. You are served family style for dinner and charcters come around to your table to greet you, sign books and take pictures.

3. Ohana at the Polynesian Resort. Stitch and Lilo are a favorite here. You are served family style. There is a music parade during breakfast that the kids parade around the restaruant shaking musical instruments.

4. Chef Mickey at the Contemporary Resort. Buffet style breakfast with Mickey and all his pals coming to your table to greet you, sign books and take pictures. I always like to end our vacations by eating here.

5. Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge. A lively atmosphere. They have stick pony races during dinner and the little buckaroos can race around the restaurant. Be sure and ask for ketchup when you eat here!

6. Sci-Fi Diner at Disney Studios. Your booth is shaped like a car and you watch black and white cartoons and movie clips. Very entertaining for the kids. The food was good.

7. Nine Dragons in Epcot. It was very cozy in this restaurant. We were very close to the other tables. Be sure and have the honey-seared chicken!

8. Le Cellier in Epcot. The was one of the nicer places we ate at this time. You are in a dungeon of a castle eating incredible steaks.

9. Bomas at Animal Kingdom Lodge. You have a large buffet with very unusal foods. This place is not for the picky eater.

10. Garden Grill in Epcot. The restaurant slowly rotates while you eat. Mickey and some of his friends come by to say hello.

11. Marrakesh in Epcot. This restaurant is hidden back in the Morocco Pavilion. Belly dancers entertain while you eat. My guys enjoyed it very much. I didn't think I would enjoy the meal but I was pleasenatly surprised.

12. Mama Melrose's in Disney Studios. Great Italian food. The service was slow the night we had dinner here.

13. ESPN Club at the Boardwalk. This was my guys favorite place. They had a live sports broadcast show happening while we were there. There is so much sport memorabilia all over the walls you could read for days. And the coolest part, there are TV's in the restrooms so that you don't miss any sports action. The food was ok, typical burgers and such.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Disney Studios

It was so cold the day we were at Disney Studios. The wind was blowing and it made it seem even colder. My hands were protected by gloves and shoved into my jacket pockets so I didn't get a lot of pictures at this park from some reason. I will have to see if my sister and mom have any that I could use to scrapbook. My sister and brother-in-law styling new looks. We rode the Rockin Roller coaster twice! It's an in the dark coaster with Aerosmith playing very loud. A rock and rollers dream! Our favorite ride in this park. When you exit the ride you walk through a gift store filled with Aerosmith and rock and roll souvenirs. We all tried on funny hats and dos. My nephew actually purchased the black wig and wore it around the park and everyone stopped us asking where we found it. It looks even better at night because it has fiber optics and lights up. Very cool!
This was right outside the Star Tours ride. I'm not a Star Wars fan so I don't know what it's called.
The Osborne Light Show was amazing. Millions of lights dance around the building to Christmas music. A must see during the Holidays.
Snow even falls from the rooftops!
Our kids very cold and posed for a picture.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Bloggy Giveaway

It's that wonderful time again! Rocks in My Dryer is hosting a Carnival of Bloggy Giveaways. Please visit her site and look at all the fabulous stuff you can enter to win.
Here is what I'm giving away this week. 12 Yankee Candle wax potpourri tarts. The 12 scents are Spiced Apple, French Vanilla, Home Sweet Home, Cinnamon Toast, Country Heather, Fresh Lilac, Rainforest, Buttercream, MacIntosh, Fresh Peach.
To be entered to win these delightful scents, please leave a comment to this post. You do not need a blog to win. Be sure you leave your e-mail so that I can get a hold of you in case you win. I will close comments Saturday Feb 2 at midnight. My son will draw the winning number Sunday morning. Winner will be contacted Sunday and posted here as well.
Thanks for playing along and Good Luck!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Thrifty Finds~Pyrex

Here are my newest finds. Love, love, love this one. It's called Friendship. The design is a little faded but that makes me love it more. It did come with the lid. I paid all of $3.00 for this one. This one is called Spring Blossoms, I believe. It did not have a lid but only paid $2.00 for it.

I also walked away with a bag of books that I'm looking forward to reading. It was a busy weekend so not much time to hit my usual places, but I'm pleased with my finds.

Saturday I went to a craft show with a friend and picked up a Circle E candle and Fleur De Le candle holder. Nothing else interested me at the craft show. Also, I saw the movie 27 Dresses. It was a good movie. I liked PS I Love You much more this one.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Friday Fill In

1. Family time makes me happy.

2. I would like a pedicure, please.

3. Eating food that someone else has prepared tastes so good!

4. Friday is my favorite day of the week because it's the start of the weekend.

5. My patience is my best feature.

6. We could learn so much from children.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching TV, tomorrow my plans include taking my son to baseball tryouts and a craft show and Sunday, I want to spend time with family.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thursday Thirteen~Disney Characters

Here are 13 characters that we saw and got our picture taken with during our New Year's trip to the Magical Place.1. Lilo giving my son kisses at the Ohana breakfast at the Polynesian Resort.
2. Alice in Epcot.
3. Chip at dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom.
4. Minnie at Liberty Tree Tavern.
5. Dale at the Liberty Tree Tavern. It's one of our favorite places to eat in the Magic Kingdom.
6. Stitch at Ohana breakfast.
7. Mickey and my parents at Ohana.

8. The wicked stepmother at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian.
9. Wicked stepsister at 1900 Park Fare.
10. My DS hamming it up with wicked stepsister #2 at 1900 Park Fare.
11. Snow White and Dopey right inside the Magic Kingdom.
12. and 13. Rafiki and Timon at the Magic Kingdom.

We also saw Prince Charming and Cinderella at the 1900 Park Fare dinner.
The kids were very excited to get every ones autograph that we took pictures with. However, we didn't opt to stand in long lines for characters this time so we didn't meet many.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Some photos from our days in Epcot. Enjoy!! The China Pavilion
Italy Pavilion
American Pavilion
This was our first time to experience Turtle Talk.
The boat ride in the Land Pavilion
The kids had fun making their mask that they got stamped in all the different country pavilions
Norway Pavilion
The boys acting silly in China.

Spaceship Earth or otherwise known as the giant gold ball to my family.
Group photo
The kids and my sister enjoyed pin trading.
We stopped in here our first night and sampled different Coke products from around the world. Beware of Beverly!
The Seas Pavilion.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

January Pay It Forward Book Winner

And the winner is....Jenn! Please e-mail your mailing address to me at cgallagher4 at comcast dot net.

Thank you to everyone that stopped by and entered. Be sure to check back next month for a new book that will be given away.

If you like giveaways, keep an eye open for the Bloggy Carnival Giveaway. I will be participating and will have my item posted next week.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Thrifty Finds

This weeks finds. I just can't pass up white glass. This is going into my scrapbook room to hold small treasures.
This one is sitting on my dresser holding my jewelry.
This is made by Fire King. I can't wait to fill with Spring flowers.
Love the vases. They are all sitting on top of my kitchen china cabinet. I stuck some silk tulips in my favorite color in them for now. The middle footed bowl is Milk Glass that I collect. I was very happy to find a piece and only pay $2.00.

Our Disney Resort

This was the best surprise of the day! My parents had arranged for a limo to take us to the airport that morning to catch our flight to Disney. The kids were so excited! They thought they were just like Hannah Montana! They giggled and talked the whole ride to the airport. They were very disappointed for our return trip home in a 12 passenger van.Our resort was Port Orleans French Quarter. It's one of Disney's moderate resorts. This is our second time to stay here. The pictures below are various pictures from our resort. The resorts have some much to offer guest that you need just a day to experience everything there. The exterior of the buildings.
Were the kids ended up many nights when we returned back from a park.
Alligator band statues to pose with.
This is the main area from the backside. Straight ahead is the lobby, the building to the right is the food court and the building to the left is the gift shop.
Part of the pool. It has a cool serpent slide, but it was too cold to enjoy this time.
The river that flows along the backside of the property.
The dock area to load onto the boats to carry you to the other resort or Downtown Disney.

Two happy children waiting to hit the parks!
View from my parents room.
A quiet area to sit and relax.
Lovely landscaping.
I just love the ironwork!

Inside our room.
Inside our room.
Our room.
Our room number.