I Rediscovered a Quiet Hideaway in the Magic Kingdom

imageThe Tomorrowland Terrace is a counter service restaurant between Main Street and Tomorrowland that is rarely open for customers.  It used to be open daily, then they cut it back to only being open during major holidays and for special dessert parties.  It was always one of those counter services restaurants I would hardly eat at when it was actually open.

Often times when on a mission, I cut through here either entering or exiting the park via Main Street.  It saves a lot of time and avoids having to weave through crowds.  It wasn’t until my last trip that I realized this space is actually a really neat area within the park, that most people don’t ever stop to look at in more depth.  First off, even though it’s technically outside, the entire restaurant and seating area is under cover and air-conditioned.   Secondly the place is spotless, and their bathrooms are hidden in the corner, which I doubt many people use.  How cute is the sign on the door? IMG_20151010_113843

I picture this location to be the perfect spot to stop and take a break on a sweltering summer day, or a place to take shelter during a torrential storm.  Lots of families bring their own food (mine included) and what better place to sit and enjoy a spectacular view of the castle with virtually no one else around!

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It sure beats trying to find a seat in a loud, overcrowded counter service restaurant without this view!

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A Marvelous Birthday Surprise

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Second Star Sisters celebrating Emily’s birthday in style!

I was fortunate enough last weekend to not only have the day off from work on my birthday, but I also was able to spend it in the happiest place on earth.  I arrived on Saturday at 9 am – checked in to the Dolphin and headed straight to the Magic Kingdom.  I’m truly not a huge birthday celebrator (which is why I didn’t mention it in my previous post), but I do admit there’s something extra special about being in the parks on your birthday.  It was also the perfect day to be at the Magic Kingdom, too.

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A Vacation Tip When Plans Change

A little over month ago, I had posted the excitement for an upcoming trip – only to have to make an unfortunate last minute cancellation due to Molly’s illness.  It was past the 5 day window of being able to cancel without penalty so I wasn’t sure if I should go by myself or not.  Luckily, I knew from past experience I could reschedule and not lose any money.

A Vacation Tip When Plans Change:

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Beyond Neverland – Trying Out Trail’s End Restaurant

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After our Tri-Circle-D Ranch discovery, we came across the Trail’s End Restaurant.  I remember years ago reading the Birnbaum’s books (back in the day before the internet, books were our only source of WDW info), and the reviews always said that Trail’s End was a treasure in Disney World due to its overall value.  It was always one of those tidbits of info that I always kept in the back of my mind.  We didn’t have dinner plans so we peeked inside and spoke with a chef.  Molly has special dietary restrictions so we wanted to see what they offered on the buffet.  It sounded like something that would be great for us to try, so we made an ADR (Advanced Dining Reservation) for later that evening around 7pm.

Everything was absolutely delicious and I am so glad we decided to try it. The price was extremely reasonable at $24.99 per person and the service was excellent from the server, chef and manager that kept checking on us.

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