Highlights in Walt Disney World

In no particular order here are some places within Disney World that have given me pleasant memories that I would recommend for you to have a look at too.DSC03711
Cinderella’s Castle // Magic Kingdom
Do I even have to explain? The iconic Walt Disney statue and Mickey Mouse says it all. It’s just a magical experience to see this sight in person and the castle is absolutely breath taking.  Walking from main street USA straight to the castle is also very nostalgic for some reason. The smells of popcorn, coffee and fairy floss is really reminiscent of childhood. DSC04201
Rapunzel’s Bathrooms // Magic Kingdom
I just love the special theming! Who would have thought to put this much effort into restrooms? #onlydisney. This area also has cool tree stumps to sit on which actually have powerpoints in them to charge your phone. At night the lanterns also light up beautifully. I believe Rapunzel would be quite proud.DSC03653
Tower of Terror // Hollywood Studios
Okay this is TERRIFYING and I can’t believe I even went on this BUT Disney do such a TERRific job at decorating the place. This twilight zone is spectacular and I really enjoy the first 30 seconds of the ride because it’s SO cool. I think it’d be great to get a backstage tour of this ride.DSC04264
Festival of Fantasy // Magic Kingdom
This classic Disney parade is awesome. It’s one of my favourite shows to watch at Disney. I love the music and the cute floats that pass with your favourite classic Disney characters. The princesses have cool floats especially Rapunzel and Flynn (Eugene who swings!). Mickey also waved to me the other day! It’s just a bit of  a fight to get a good spot but Frontierland is less crowded IMO. Continue reading

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Walt Disney World Food!

Hi there! Over the past few months I’ve been trying all sorts of food around the Walt Disney World property. Here’s a post on some of the things I’ve tried and what I thought of it :) All the prices exclude tax.tt disney (17)
Location: Contemporary Resort
Dining: Contempo Cafe
Item: Spice-crusted Mahi Sandwhich (with Vegetable-style Coleslaw and Spicy Tartar Sauce on a Focaccia Roll with French Fries and Vegetable-style Coleslaw)
Price:$11.99
Thoughts: When I ordered this dish it was mainly enticed by the fact that it came with fries. Sadly majority of burgers and items on the menu don’t come with fries! You have to add it on for an additional $2.50 or so. Anyways! Mahi is a type of fish and it was extremely soft and tender. This was a really tasty fish burger with good seasoning of spices. I’d order it again.
tt disney (15)Location: Wilderness Lodge (Resort)
Dining: Whispering Canyon
Item: Slow-smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich (on a Brioche Roll, with Barbecue Sauce, and Western Slaw with sweet potato fries and homemade beans)
Price: $13.99
Thoughts: Probably one of my favourite meals at Disney. I would highly recommend this dish! (I really enjoyed other meals I’ve had at the Wilderness Lodge/Fort Wilderness too). I loved the sweet potato fries and the pulled pork flavours were spot on. The beans had a really smokey taste (probably similar to the sauce the pulled pork is marinated in). This is a value for money dish – incredibly filling and the experience at Whispering Canyon is quite fun too. The cast members poke fun at you and give you big quantities of things you ask for (e.g. ketchup).
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Cultural Comparisons

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It wasn’t too long ago where I found myself boarding a plane and heading all the way to the US! Keeping it short and sweet here are a few plus things that I’ve discovered along the way about living in the states!

  1. Strange vending machines don’t just exist in Japan. I have now come across ice cream vending machines, vending machines that sell pringles ANDDD frozen meals!
  2.  I’ve learnt a crazy amount about currency/exchange rates. I never thought I’d get used to the US dollar (what with the pennies, nickels and dimes?!) And the coolest thing? There’s such thing as Disney currency. Yep! There are Disney dollars and they look like pretty cute colored dollar bills.
  3. Bottomless mugs are a big normality. Bottomless meaning that sodas at restaurants are often refillable for free!
  4. Tip and tax are different. Tip and tax/gratuity are not usually included in the bill or on price points. Tax is usually about 10% of the price however gratuity could be 10%-20%, 18% if you’re on Disney property.
  5. There’s no such thing as Maccas. It’s Mickey D’s!
  6. On the topic of wording, chips = fries, soft drink = sodas, rubbish = trash, postcode = zip code, mobile = cell and there’s plenty more to add to the list!
  7. Waffle fries are an awesome delicacy.
  8. Driving on the other side of the side/being a passenger is scary. And I’m not sure if it’s an all America-wide thing but I rarely see anyone signal. I also don’t feel like pedestrian crossings have humans as the first priority…
  9. Eggs your way are really indeed eggs your way! Overhard, overeasy, scrambled, boiled, sunny side up, soft boiled AND poached! So many options.
  10.  The date order. I’ve been so used to writing date, month, year all my life but now it’s month, date, year!

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Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery // Yarra Valley

Recently a couple of friends and I went to visit the area of Yarra Valley and stopped by the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery!
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Yarra Valley is a great area to visit especially for a road trip because there are plenty of places to visit in the area. It is a beautiful place with lots of scenic areas in the country. We were so blessed to have such a beautiful sunny day when we went for a visit.  Today I thought I’d blog about the experience I had at the Chocolaterie!

There is  heaps of information on their website but basically this place is almost like a ‘factory’. There is a sit down cafe but they also sell an extensive  range of unique products (and even a see through window to see chocolate products being produced and made on the spot )- all on a lovely piece of land with beautiful gardens to explore nearby.

Here is a link to their menuhttp://www.yvci.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Cafe-Menu.pdfyv
Free tastings of white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate circles!

yvThe Menu! :)yvThey have a pretty good variety of ice cream flavours. Some of their menu items also come with a side of ice cream, or ice cream in their drinks (I’m pretty sure you can choose which flavour you want as well).yv  I chose to have ice cream by itself and chose their expresso coffee flavour! It was really creamy and yummy.  It’s around $5 for one scoop and there is also the option of having it in either a cone or a cup. The only problem I had was that I think the lady used the same scoop from a different flavour (like raspberry?) because I could taste some of that NON coffee flavour which was slightly annoying for me (since I don’t really like the raspberry flavour). I tried a bit of their vanilla ice cream as well (it tasted similar to connoisseur’s version, maybe a little less sweet).yv
And…if you live closeby ;) There is also always the option of buying a tub and taking it home! $11.95. If you go over to the ice cream cart they will allow you to try a spoonful first to see if you like the flavour :) I would recommend doing this if you’re not sure if you’ll it or not.yvThe outside seating area – completely packed but it’s nice and toasty (they have outside heaters).    yvTart served with chocolate dip and cream!

yv Their ‘Chocolate therapy’ display! Consisting of lip balms, hair products and body wash products! Smells so good~!

It is a really big area and I’d recommend coming to check this place out! Unfortunately you can’t have picnics, but it’s a great place to buy quirky chocolate gifts. They sell a range of different products and even teas. Or, if you’re a chocolate fanatic, I’m sure you’ll enjoy yourself here!

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