Destination – Dole Whip, Part Two

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The Original Likit in St. Augustine, FL

A couple of weeks ago I had family in town, so we decided to head south about 45 minutes to St. Augustine – the “oldest city” in America.  Now this is somewhere we frequent quite often, and it’s really fun to feel like we’re on vacation even just on a weekend day.  The day we visited was warm and sunny, and my group was very interested in trying out a Dole Whip stand that I noticed had popped up on the main drag, St. George Street, over a year ago.  I had never had the opportunity to try it, but it seemed to be, yet again, the real deal.

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The Top Ten Things We Love (And Will Miss) About Captain EO


Emily and our friend Erin Electronaut getting pumped to see Captain EO.


Almost 30 years ago, the power of music, dance, and imagination came together to create an amazing out of this world adventure. Captain EO resided in Epcot’s Magic Eye Theater from 1986-1996, then returned in 2010 as a tribute after Michael Jackson’s death. Disney has announced that December 6th will be the final voyage of Captain EO. The show has received mixed reviews, but being as nostalgic as we are about the Disney of our childhood, Captain EO has always been a favorite. Here are our top ten things we have loved (and will miss) about Captain EO.

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To Book or Not to Book?


This year I don’t have any plans for the upcoming holidays.  My husband and I will celebrate Thanksgiving together and then he is traveling north to see family for Christmas.  I will stay in Florida where it’s warm and will work, only being off Christmas day.  I have trips planned for the weekend of December 11th for the festive decorations, etc. and at the end of January to celebrate Mama Darling’s birthday.  The past couple of weeks I have been toying with booking a trip in between the two planned ones right after the New Year from January 1st through the 3rd.  I found a decent rate at the Dolphin,  however for some reason I’m not biting the bullet.  Let’s take a look at the pros and cons:

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The Best Place to Recharge Your Batteries at the Magic Kingdom

I don’t know what it is about being at Walt Disney World, but the battery on my phone drains really quickly when I am there.  Not that I spend a whole lot of time on my phone, because it takes away from being in the moment, but between taking pictures and using My Disney Experience, a full charge isn’t going to last the whole day.  My best tip for traveling in the parks is to carry a portable charger, so you can charge on the go.

There is the option of finding an outlet, but this can be a bit awkward.  Also, guest relations will let you leave your phone and charging cord with them to claim later, but then you are without a phone while it’s charging.

My favorite option is kind of a hidden gem.  In the beautifully themed Tangled area of Fantasyland, which was formerly the Skyway to Tomorrowland station, there is a little spot where you can recharge your phone and your self from the hustle and bustle of the Magic Kingdom.


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Beyond Neverland-Taking a Carriage Ride

The Beyond Neverland adventures continue!  We had spent two days exploring Fort Wilderness, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge, taking a boat ride, walking along the path between Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness, enjoying the Tri-Circle-D Ranch, and eating at the Trails End Restaurant two nights in a row.

The first night after our meal, we had planned on taking a horse drawn wagon ride. We were so excited because not only would we get a scenic tour of Fort Wilderness, but the price was right at $8.  When we were there earlier in the afternoon, we saw that the rides were weather permitting.  Summer weather in Florida can be unpredictable, so you just never know when the skies will open up.

When we arrived back at Trail’s End for dinner, we were disappointed to see a sign that said the wagon rides were cancelled due to weather, even though it wasn’t raining. Determined to take a wagon ride, we decided we would try again the next evening. The next evening, same story.  Not raining, but cancelled.  We just weren’t meant to take that dang wagon ride.

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Our First Time Staying “Off Property” At WDW

Recently we had some issues booking a Disney resort for our latest trip, so we began to consider off property options.  We looked at the Downtown Disney resort area, Celebration, and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts.  Ultimately, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to be outside the 47 square miles.

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