New Pixar show coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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Earlier today, Disney Parks Blog announced a new show coming this summer to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

The new show, “The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters.” kicks off May 26th, and will run 3 times nightly.  Right now it’s for a limited time, but maybe with the new changes coming to Hollywood Studios, they’ll keep it around.

This is a great addition to the line up of already amazing things happening that weekend (Hello opening of Pandora!).

I’m excited to see what music they will add to this show.  I must admit, I’m very found of the Ratatouille and Up! scores, so I’m curious if they’ll be in the show.

Check out the full write up here

What would you like to see added to this show? Leave me a comment below!

Beauty and The Beast: Spoiler Free Review!

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When I heard Disney was making a live action Beauty and The Beast, I have to say I was a bit skeptical.  As more and more “sneak peaks” were being released, my skepticism grew.  I just didn’t feel like this remake was going to do the animated movie any justice.

Well, I’m eating my words for sure!

Keira and I went to see Beauty and The Beast on opening night.  From the opening sequence, we were enthralled.  The movie is visually stunning.  The music is classic, with some added verses.  And the story line gives details that I didn’t know I wanted, but it makes the movie feel complete. The casting was done perfectly – they really gave life to classic animated characters.  Gaston may even be my favorite!

And last but not least, all the controversy surrounding this movie is a non-issue, at least for our family. Had I not known anything about it going in to this movie, I wouldn’t have noticed it.  It’s so tastefully done, and flows so seamless with the rest of the movie.

I’m so pleased with how this movie was done, I definitely plan to see it again.  We’ve already bought the soundtrack and have it on repeat every time we’re in the car! Disney really knocked this one out of the park!

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GA Renaissance Festival!

Every weekend and Memorial Day, April 15 thru June 4, 2017 The 32nd Annual Georgia Renaissance Festival is a family-friendly event, and a different kind of theme park. Inside this 32-acre recreation of a 16th Century English Village you’ll find hundreds of costumed characters, the Queen and her Court, endless circus-style entertainment on 10 stages, shopping in over 130 artisan shoppes, food fit for Royalty, games and rides for kids of all ages, and the spectacular Jousting Knights on horseback. Patrons are invited to wear costumes and join in the fun too. It’s a whole lotta’ fun, and a little bit of History, every weekend and Memorial Day, April 15 thru June 4, 2017.754481aa-a569-4449-b1d7-3630d82f9877-10536-00000b058734fe49_tmp

‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast – Review

There is no shortage of character dining experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort! On this recent trip, we decided to try breakfast at ‘Ohana, located in Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

In Hawaiian culture, ‘Ohana means family. So it should be no surprise that while dining here, you will be treated like family! We were met with an “Aloha” and escorted to our table by our cousin.  Depending on where you’re seated in the restaurant, you have views of the Magic Kingdom across the Seven Seas Lagoon!

Once seated, we were served a basket of sweet pineapple bread, pastries, fruit, juice and coffee. The juice served here is called “POG” juice (pineapple, orange, guava).  It is sweet and delicious.  For the main entrée you get a platter of scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, sausage links, bacon, and Mickey waffles.  This is brought directly to your table, which is nice if you’re traveling with little ones – you don’t have to worry about bringing them up to the buffet line with you!  Breakfast is served family style, so do not be shy about asking for seconds or thirds even!

Note: dinner is also served family style!

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The food was served hot, and everything was delicious! We did get a 2nd platter, and that was more than enough for the three of us.

‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast features Lilo and Stitch, Mickey and his pal Pluto. Each character will come to your table to sign autographs and pose for pictures. Stitch was also accompanied by a PhotoPass* photographer, which I thought was a nice touch.

Every half hour or so, all the kids are invited up to dance around the restaurant with all the characters.  The kids are given maracas to shake around, and the characters lead them around on a parade! I got up there with Keira and we had a blast!

Overall, I highly recommend the breakfast here. I know we will certainly come back again.  On this visit we did pay out of pocket, it was around $80 for the three of us (2 adults and 1 child).  They do accept the Disney Dining plans, and it counts as 1 table service credit per person.

You can check out some video footage of our meal here: https://youtu.be/LLWVG3uHMvk

 

*For those who may not know, Disney offers a service called PhotoPass (often heard interchangeably with Memory Maker). You will see PhotoPass photographers all through the parks and at some dining locations.  They will take your pictures, free of charge – when they’re done, they’ll scan your Magic Band and your photos will appear on your My Disney Experience account.  All the details can be found here

Monday: New Year

It’s the first Monday of 2017!  Start of a new week, new month, new year!

Today I wanted to talk about New Years resolutions.  Do you make them? Do you keep them?  I’ve been equally terrible about both.  And they’re usually always the same: lose weight, work out, eat healthy… and I do well for about 2 weeks and then fall right back into old habits.  This year, I want to try something different.

This year I’m resolving to just make myself better.  I touched on it briefly, but I need to be better organized.  I need to get our house on some sort of schedule, so I’m not trying to squeeze a weeks worth of work into our Saturdays and Sundays.  Doing this will free up more time for me to spend with my family.

I also want to start meal planning again.  My work schedule has been crazy, and there’s been far too many nights of take out because I simply do not have time to cook.  Also, I want to stop eating dinner at 8pm.  It’s not good for any of us.

If I can have dinner done, or mostly done by the time we get home in the evenings, it’ll save us so much stress!

In the same token, here comes the “eating better/lose weight” part of the resolution.  Hubby and I have both packed on a couple.  No doubt it’s because of the late night take outs when we get home so late.  One of my goals is to run a runDisney race in 2017.  There’s no way I’m going to be able to do that by sitting around on my behind. I have to start getting back out there, and if it means I have to wake up earlier in the day to do so – then so be it.

So there it is!  My 2017 resolution is to make me a better me.  What are your resolutions for the new year?

 

 

 

2016: You’ve Been One Heck of a Year.

As we wrap up the last week of 2016, I can’t believe how fast this year has gone.  When I think back to this week last year, I was in a completely different frame of mind.  It’s amazing how much can change in the span of one year.

I know this year has been less than stellar for a lot of you.  It’s certainly been challenging for us as well.  But I wanted to really try to reflect on all the positive things that have happened this year:

  • My husband and I both got new jobs.  His within the same company, and me with a new company.  That’s how we kicked off 2016.
  • I was able to travel to my favorite place, Walt Disney World, three times this year!  (Granted, they were all super short trips, but still).
  • We traveled to NJ to visit with our family & friends.
  • I had the opportunity to travel to Dallas for work.  A place I’ve never visited before.
  • I started this blog and my social media accounts, and got to connect with a lot of great people!
  • We have our health, a home, and food on the table

As we go into 2017, I’m excited to embark on new journeys and share those with you in the year ahead!

 

Big Changes for 2017 and Beyond!

I can’t believe I haven’t updated since the end of September!  What a slacker!

To be honest, life has been BUSY.  (Who’s hasn’t been really?)  Between work, and home, and everything else in between – it’s been hard to sit down and put pen to paper.  But the wheels have been turning, and I have some new ideas that I’m going to be rolling out in the coming year!

First, you may or may not have noticed that I updated the blog title.  As opposed to  “Ally the Disney Mom”, I decided to give the blog an actual title.  While I was brainstorming one day about what I want this blog to evolve into, the idea came to me: Running on Coffee & Pixie Dust.  I mean really, that’s my life.  Constantly on the go, constantly trying to find the energy at the bottom of a cup of coffee, and constantly trying to make the day suck a little less by finding the magic in there somewhere.  Two of my favorite things in one title!

Second, with the new title comes a new “format”.  Instead of solely Disney (which will always be a passion of mine, that’s not going anywhere), I want to incorporate more of the day-to-day life stuff.  So think a mixed bag of Mom life, work life, Disney, and other assorted topics.

Third,  I’m going to try to be more disciplined about updating on here!  Instead of just letting ideas rattle around my head for months, I’m actually going to put them to action.  So hopefully we won’t be going 2 months between updates!

Last, but not least – there’s a new venture on the horizon which links back to my Disney passion!  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the teaser photo.  I’ll release more details soon!

So that’s all I have for you today!  Look for more blog posts soon!  As always, feel free to leave a comment below and be sure to check out my other social media channels!

-xo

Ally