Category Archives: Hollywood Studios

10 Attractions Where You Don’t Need a Fastpass+

Walt Disney World is full of attractions.  Some attractions always have long lines and are tough Fastpass+ reservations to get.  However, there are plenty of attractions where the wait times are short and it is almost never a problem to get a Fastpass+ reservation (if the attraction is even eligible for Fastpass+ reservations).

This article is going to unearth these attractions and help you enjoy your day in the parks no matter how large or small the crowds.

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Wednesday’s News Stream

Wednesday’s are now devoted to bringing the readers up-to-date with what is going on the world of Disney with news stories (and a take or two from me from time to time).  Wednesday’s will also focus on what is going on in the parks as well with attraction and show guides as well.  This week, we are going to focus on mainly the news but we are going to start with a big change that is coming to Disneyland.

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Where To Move the Osborne Lights

As most of you know Disney has decided that this will be the last year for the Osborne Lights in their current location on The Streets of American at Hollywood Studios.  Both parties are saying that it will be last year for the lights at Walt Disney World which has disappointed many guests and has led them to question the decision to get rid of the lights?  My question is where could Disney move the lights?  I’ve come up with a few locations where they could move to.

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Top 5 Shows at Walt Disney World

On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World just a couple of weeks ago, my family took in a lot of shows.  A lot more than we usually take in.  Usually, we go to one maybe two shows.  But this trip, we went to a lot more for some reason.  It wasn’t because the weather was bad (it was great!).  It wasn’t because the parks were crowded (they weren’t outside of Monday at Magic Kingdom and Saturday at EPCOT).  We just did a lot of shows.  Here’s my top 5 shows at Walt Disney World after going on my most recent trip:

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Say Please and Thank You: A Meal at 50’s Prime Time Cafe

 

photo courtesy of saving up for disney
photo courtesy of saving up for disney

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are discussing some of the unique dining experiences you can find at Walt Disney World.

One of my favorite unique dining experiences is at 50’s Prime Time Cafe.  It gets guests back to a time when family dinners were a daily occurrence.  Families were not worried about getting home from work and then rushing to get the kids to their nightly activity (sports, drama club, band, etc.).  Families, in the 50’s, took the time and spent time eating together and catching up on the day before sitting down in front of the tiny television to watch some family programming.

The servers treat both the young and old as their kids.  The servers play the role of mom and dad.  They have high expectations.  They expect to hear “please and thank you,” they expect to not to see your elbows on the table, they do not like tattle-tales, and they expect you to be a member of the clean plate club.  Very few restaurants or homes are like this any more.  One of the last places that I experienced this was during elementary and middle school where we had family-style lunches.  The teachers sat at the head of the different tables and set the rules for the table.  Some teachers were relaxed while others were strict.  One teacher even went as far as having a three-strikes and no dessert policy.

But back to Disney and 50’s Prime Time Cafe.  the decor is simply 1950’s from the tables to servers even down to the shows on the televisions sprinkled throughout the restaurant.

photo courtesy of saving up for disney
photo courtesy of saving up for disney

Who doesn’t enjoy watching the film from the opening day at Disneyland while eating their lunch or dinner.  Some of the other televisions show various television shows from the 1950’s.  It adds a nice piece of background ambiance to the meal.

Enough about the ambiance and decor….what about the food.  The food is fantastic.  Large portions and very filling.  When I went with my family a couple of years ago, we went with the following.  Any time fried chicken is on a Disney menu, it is going to be in front of me.  So, I went with Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken.  My wife could not make up her mind (everything sounded so good).  She decided on A Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes which is a piece of fried chicken (which meant more fried chicken for me), pot roast, and meat loaf.  My daughter took in some baked chicken.

But we weren’t done.  It was time for dessert.  Since we were on the dining plan, we all got dessert and just like our entrees.  The portions were large and filling.  We couldn’t finish our dessert.  I had the warm apple crisp while my wife had the brownie sundae which my daughter poached some of the ice cream out of.

I would like to thank a fellow Blogorailer, Julie from Saving Up For Disney, for letting me borrow her pictures for use in the article.  The photos from my experience at 50’s Prime Time Cafe are lost somewhere on a fried laptop.  So, thank you, Julie.

photo courtesy of saving up for disney
photo courtesy of saving up for disney – chicken pot pie at 50’s Prime Time

50’s Prime Time Cafe is one of the more unique dining experiences at Walt Disney World and take guests back to the everyday dining experience of our parents and grandparents.

 


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