Weekly Update – August 30

Day One #8

The sun has set on another week on the Dad For Disney blog.  The articles, this past week, mainly focused on the Disney Villains and my trip report from last week.  So, here’s a recap in case you missed anything.


How Villains Unleashed Can Be Improved

World Showcase News and Upcharge Commentary

Trip Report Related Articles

Maya Grill Dinner Review

Trip Report – Day One

Trip Report – Day Two (Part 1)

Review of Chocolate World in Hershey, PA

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Weekend Trip Report – Day Two (Part 1)

You can catch up on Day One of the Trip Report.

Day two got off to a relaxed start.  My wife and I really didn’t get moving until the middle of the morning.  We didn’t have a lot planned today.  We only bought three-day park tickets for our four-day stay.  Today was the day that we didn’t plan on entering a park until the Villains Unleashed party later that night.  We had to be moving by 10:30 am so we could make it to our 11:30 am lunch reservation at The Grand Floridian Cafe.  It took some effort but we were moving and got to the bus stop by 10:30 am.  I had some extra time to take a couple of pictures in the Yacht Club Lobby.

Day Two #1 Day Two #2

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World Showcase News and Upcharge Commentary

There was some big news released, this morning, from the World Showcase at EPCOT.  Many popular acts, according to WDW Magic, have been told that their final performances will be at the end of September.

  • Mo’Rockin at the Morocco Pavilion, Off Kilter in the Canada Pavilion, and Spirit of America at The American Adventure will be making their final appearances on September 27.
  • The World Showcase Players have been told that their final performance will be on September 25.
  • There are unconfirmed reports that British Revolution will have their final performance on September 27.
Spirit of America (photo courtesy of wdw info)
Spirit of America (photo courtesy of wdw info)

No official reason has been issued as to why these groups are being retired.  That has left nothing but speculation which I won’t get into here.  However, Disney has announced some new groups and shows which will be taking their place.

  • A lumberjack show in Canada
  • Flag-waving performers in Italy
  • A Berber music and dance troupe in Morocco
  • Celtic folk music group in the United Kingdom

We will have to wait and see if these groups will put a breath of fresh air into the stage performances at the World Showcase.

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Weekend Trip Report – Day One

My journey to Walt Disney World began bright and early at 5:45 am as my wife and I woke up to head the airport.  Our daughter was safe and sound with my wife’s family and had not idea that we were taking this trip.  We had an uneventful drive to the airport and getting through security was a breeze.  Our flight to Charlotte was at the gate and ready to go.  Our flight was relatively straight forward.  My wife and I got to both enjoy aisle seats.  We got to Charlotte early made our way to our gate for Orlando.  Again, things went without a hiccup.  Flight arrived on-time and we started the boarding process early.  Another uneventful flight and we were in Orlando.

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Maya Grill Dinner Review

Maya Grill #1

I just returned from Walt Disney World on Monday night.  It was only a short trip and my wife and I made the decision not to get the Disney Dining Plan.  As a result, we chose restaurants that were more “off the beaten path.”  These restaurants, for the most part, were at resorts not parks.  This kept crowds down and were very easy to get a reservation.  This review is on one of those restaurants – Maya Grill.

The Maya Grill is located at Coronado Springs which can make it difficult to get and from if you are not staying at Coronado Springs, not already in a theme park, or have your own car.  My wife and I briefly toured EPCOT upon our arrival to Yacht Club and worked our way to the front of the park.  From EPCOT, we took the bus to Coronado Springs.  Our return was bit more tricky but I’ll save that for the end of the review.

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