Miniland…Florida Part One

Below you will see pictures taken at our recent visit to Legoland, Florida. This is “Miniland” and this is the “Florida” section- enjoy! **All pictures are property of “The Relocated Tourist.”193 194 195 196 197 198 199 201 202 203 204 205

Check out Part Two HERE.

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Historic Downtown Kissimmee: Part Two

Missed Part One? Check it out HERE.

Walking around town, you can feel the history here.  On buildings they have old pictures, plaques, and information about the yester-years. I love the arhictecture, and more so the drawings and paintings that sprinkle this area. This post is more about the pictures, but you can see how beautiful this area is and how it’s worth a drive over from the Theme Park area (about 25 minutes down Highway 192).  251257261224217239226247248

The Welcome Station is located on the end near the Kissimmee Christian Church, and is a wealth of information on the events and businesses in this area. For a listing of businesses in this area, click HERE. 220 219235 234262

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MouseAdventure 2011: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Guest Author: Jennifer Romano

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Are you game?  That’s the question that was posed to us as we embarked on our first MouseAdventure Quest in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on November 12.  Mouseplanet.com sponsors this event, and the whole point is to solve quests and respond to questions in order to compete in a scavenger hunt.  My husband and I formed a team called the Wedway Peoplemover Posse.  We even made shirts to commemorate the occasion.

We arrived at the Studios just as the sun was peaking up, and as we parked, we were able to size up the competition.  Everyone looked very well prepared and ready to go.  We started to get a little nervous because we had only read about the event online.  However, we did have all of the necessary supplies, which included a variety of different colored pens, a clipboard, tape, a stapler, and a pencil.  We felt prepared, but when we saw our fellow competitors, our confidence was a little shaken.  These folks had all competed in previous MouseAdventures, and some had even come from California to compete in a Coast to Coast Challenge.  These teams looked very intense, and we even saw some people stretching.  Mark and I looked at each other with questioning glances; “should we be stretching? What did we get ourselves into?”

Of course, Mark and I do not fear a challenge, and we were ready to compete, being as both of us are very competitive people.  We said that we would just compete for fun, but that idea was gone once we were five minutes into the first challenge. Before our breakfast, we had to take Troop photos and receive some of our game materials.  We were given a sash (like a Boy Scout merit badge sash) as well as some other key pieces to solving our first quests.

After gathering our materials, we enjoyed a lovely breakfast at the Backlot Express Restaurant.  We were able to chat with our fellow competitors and get a feel for what the adventure would be like.  After our conversation, we were very excited to get started.  We had been looking forward to this event since last year, when we decided that we would compete this year.  After chatting and eating, we all drew close so that we could hear the rules and any other last minute changes to the game.  Some of the rules include: no cell phone use; no asking castmembers for help; no digital camera use; no separating from your team members, except to go to the bathroom.  These are just a few of the rules; there were many more, but once we heard them all; we were ready to go!

Our games began with a “Scatter quest.” For this quest, we were given two cards that required us to search Sunset Blvd and the Streets of America in order to find words that completed fill in the blank questions.  Then, we had to count the letters in the words and use the letters to form another word.  Once we discovered the answers to each scatter, we had to return to Mouseadventure Central, which was located near Echo Lake.  After returning our cards, we received our actual game packets.  This is where the fun really began.

Once we assessed our challenges and organized our materials, it was time to decide which quest we would attempt first.  Just to give you an idea of the quests, one of the challenges was to compare pictures of celebrities with those of the metal busts in the courtyard near the Great Movie Ride.  After we compared the faces to pictures, we then had to use the names in order to solve a cipher.  Then after we solved this problem, we had to use that information in order to figure out a question.  Then, we had to use more information located in this courtyard in order to answer the question.  Each quest forced us to comb the Studios for minute details that we would have otherwise overlooked.  We ran around the park many, many times in order to find clues and answer quests.

This adventure might sound like more work than fun, but we had a great time.  We love solving puzzles and examining the minutiae of the Disney Parks.  The cost of this event included breakfast and all of our game materials.  It was approximately $90 a person.  For some, this might be a little costly, but I think that the intricacy of planning this event and the quality of the game materials was worth the price.  As for the teams, there were about 40 teams ranging from 2-4 players.  Everyone had such a wonderful time, and this was an opportunity to meet fellow Disneyphiles like us.  As long as our schedules allow, we will definitely do this event again next year.  If you are interested in seeing the results of this event or some pictures, you can visit http://www.mouseplanet.com/9800/MouseAdventure_World_Explorers_III_Recap .

If you are crazy for Disney and love brainteasers and puzzles, this event is definitely for you.  Be aware; this is not for the faint of heart or the casual park guest.  You have to be ready to be truly challenged if you participate.  I can’t wait until next year!  Until next time, have a magical day, and keep moving forward!

 

Our Take on Whispering Canyon Cafe- “WE NEED KETCHUP!”

Guest Author: Christine Williams

You will hear fellow diners yell this numerous times at The Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. If you or someone in your party says they need ketchup, be prepared to be bombarded with a year’s supply being carried to your table by one or more kids. You will also have the chance to return the favor whenever another table needs ketchup during your camp-style dining experience.
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​​ Whispering Canyon may not have Mickey or Minnie, but there is no shortage of “characters” at this restaurant. From the moment your pager buzzes, the rootin’ tootin’ fun begins. Once seated, your waiter or waitress might throw napkins and straws on the table. During our last visit, our waiter, who called himself “The Last Cowboy from Puerto Rico,” did just that. His antics made us both smile and laugh, but actually offended a family who sat down at a table next to us. After their napkins were thrown down and they looked over the menu, they stood up and left. I don’t think they knew the waiter was kidding around. All the wait staff will stay in character throughout your meal. Just remember, it’s all part of the experience. I don’t think we’ve had a better waiter anywhere on property than the one we had during our last visit.
If you say you’re really thirsty, rest assured you will be provided with something that will be sure to wet your whistle. Back in 2007, my husband was greeted with a pickle jar full of Cherry Coke! If you finish it, the waiter will announce to everyone in the restaurant that you “have a drinking problem.”rsz_last_cowboy_from_puerto_rico
​ Now, on to the food, since that’s why you are there in the first place. After leaving Whispering Canyon Cafe, you will NOT say “I’m still hungry.” My husband Jeff and I always eat dinner here as one of the table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan. The last two times we’ve been to WDW, the plan was offered for free. It really is one of the best things you could get with your vacation package. The basic Dining Plan includes one table service meal, one quick-service meal and one snack. A complimentary, souvenir mug is also provided for your convenience when you check in at your on property resort and can be refilled free of charge at any WDW hotel, but not at any of the parks. Even if the Dining plan is not free, it is well worth the money because it actually saves you in the long run. The dinner options at the Whispering Canyon Cafe are similar to what you would find at a camp-site. We always get the “All You Care to Enjoy” Family Platter.
It includes three entrees of your choice at one time, but you can have all six entrees throughout your meal.
Menu source from Allears.net
Choice of Three:
Kansas City style Smoked Pork Ribs
Herb-baked Chicken
Hand-carved Oak-roasted Beef Strip Loin
Citrus-crusted Market Fish
Western-style Sausage
Pulled Pork
Sides for Sharing
Seasonal Farm Fresh Vegetables
Herb-crusted Yukon Gold Potatoes
Cowboy-style Baked Beans
Corn on the Cob
Dessert Sampler Platter (included in price)
Whispering Canyon Chocolate Cake
Jalapeno-Lime Cheesecake
Apple-Cranberry Buckle
We sampled all six just to say we tried everything. All the sides come out at one time. Tip: Try not to eat the delicious cornbread served at the beginning. It could ruin your appetite for the actual meal. Plus, you get a salad with apple vinaigrette dressing before the main courses are even brought out. Once you are done with that course, there’s still dessert. You can get all three choices once again. As far as drinks go, it’s the usual Coke products but one of the few places that has unlimited milkshake refills. You can have the same flavor over and over or select a different one each time.
​Throughout your entire dining experience, you won’t be disappointed. Plus, the kids will love playing with the Lincoln Logs in front of the restaurant and giggle their way through the pony races that happen during your meal. If you love the campfires at summer camp and the rowdy fun you had, you will love The Whispering Canyon Cafe.rsz_interiorwild
A few tips about Whispering Canyon Cafe to remember
1. If you’re not hungry, this place is probably not for you, at least the “All You Care to Enjoy” family platter. It’s a good idea to spread your lunch and dinner reservations far enough apart so you can enjoy your meal. This pretty much goes for any “All You Can Eat” meal.
2. If you don’t take your own vehicle, you can travel by bus from any of the parks or Downtown Disney to the Wilderness Lodge, or catch the ferry from the Magic Kingdom. If ferry service stops, you can take a bus back to Magic Kingdom. Once there, you can catch the motor coach to your resort. The Ticket and Transportation Center does not have direct bus service to any of the resorts.
3. If you get offended easily by people who have a dry sense of humor, you might not like this place. However, this is part of the act and the wait staff might embarrass you. Just remember it’s all in fun.
4. Make sure you tip your waiter/waitress. The Disney Dining plan does not include gratuity.
5. If you arrive early, be sure to check in. During out last visit, we got there 45 minutes before our reservation time and were seated in about 10 minutes.
6. Prior to your meal, you can check out the beautiful rustic interior of the hotel and gift shop. Kids can also play with the Lincoln Logs in the restaurant waiting area.
 

New Beginnings Thrift Store

As a “Relocated Tourist” I get to tour my own city of Kissimmee, and recently Mom and I found a lovely Thrift Store located on Highway 192, called “New Beginnings.”  I would find not only treasures, but opportunities to serve my Community as well, enjoy today’s read! THRIFT9

When you have moved away from what you know, what is comfortable, it can be rough road to find your way back to it.  No matter what it is, I truly feel that we are led to another part of what we already knew and loved, and that is what happened yesterday to me.  I volunteered at my local Shelter in WI and loved it- it made me feel special to be able to just bring a smile to somone’s face who was going through such a rough patch in their lives.  I admit I have missed it, but life has been busy and it really never crossed my mind anymore.  Then I walked into the “New Beginnings” Thrift Store and I was hooked. THRIFT5

Why? Everything they make goes to local homeless shelters, particularly the one in Clermont.  How was it that until that moment of reading the signs, did I not even give a second thought to taking this up again? I know life gets hectic, but if we don’t stop to help our fellow man, then what are we?  After picking up information, and talking to several employees (volunteers) for awhile about their ministry, I was not only excited to donate to them but happy to share it all with you. THRIFT3

First off, I want to tell you that the prices were reasonable and negotiable.  We wound up purchasing a desk armoire (fitting for a blogger) for me and they not only came down on it, but they also DELIVERED it to my home. Have you EVER in your lifetime heard of a thrift store delivering? It is awesome!  Now I do live nearby, so make sure and ask where abouts they deliver “too” before you buy that large piece of furniture. Having a small car,  I run into this a lot and I was so happy they not only delivered it (for a fee) but they also brought it into my home where Craig showed them to place it.  I believe they only deliver to first floor residents, so also keep that in mind.  THRIFT1

Second, the store is in an old log cabin restaurant.  It is spacious, it is clean, and it didn’t have that horrible moth ball smell like most do (seriously I can’t stand that smell).  Everything was organized, spaced out, and it was easy to shop around.  They even have shopping carts for you to use, very helpful for all the treasures you may find.  THRIFT4

Third, this is a GOLD MINE for those needing a stroller for your vacation. Why? Well, they sell gently used ones (Umbrella ones for $5 and DOUBLES and larger ones for $30- you can’t rent them this cheap!).  I say buy one here, then pay it forward to someone else staying at the Resort next or ask the front desk to take it off your hands.  This store is located about 5-10 miles down 192 off World Drive in Walt Disney World – a quick cab ride and you can have yourself a stroller for cheap, and use the cab ride to stop and pick up bottled water and snacks too for cheap at any of the stores on 192 before heading back to your Disney Resort.THRIFT7

Fourth, FREE BREAD!  They get donations from Publix and other local businesses of free bread and pastries that you can stop by and pick up, and if you can spare a dime or two to donate, that’s even better! (“Spare a dime” is a head nod to our beloved “American Adventure”).THRIFT6

Last, the money you spend here goes to those in need, and more importantly, it helps people who want to help the homeless get back on their feet and feel useful again.  If you are interested in donating or volunteering, call 407-778-4750.  If you would like to support them with donation items, they take non-perishable foods, gently used clothing, furniture, appliances, and household goods.  (I heard a rumor this is where Disney donates some of their “Lost and Found” items- good to know!)

For more information check out their stire at http://newbeginningslake.org/history/  So shop for a great cause and feel great that you can help someone in need.

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1987 Entrance to the Magic Kingdom

Guest Author: Brian O’Flynn

The old entrance to the Magic Kingdom parking  lot in 1987.

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Do you have old shots of Disney World in the 70s and 80s and would like to share them? Email the pictures along with a description to amy@therelocatedtourist.com

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