Catching up on DHS

I’m sorry for not posting anything in a while, I have a Silver Pass so I’m allowed back into the parks until at least the middle of August (but probably not going back until Sept or Oct as there are other places I want to see this summer). In the meantime, here are some stories to show that I haven’t completely forgotten about my favorite (okay, 2nd favorite) movie park…


While everyone else is eagerly awaiting the (possibly delayed) opening of Star Wars Land sometime in 2019-20, Orlando Informer has a nice overview of in-fill Toy Story Land that is taking over the old Pixar Place\Streets of America area. Nothing new or groundbreaking in the article, but it’s nice to see news about the park that isn’t SW related.

…As Disney Park’s Blog is reporting both Rey and BB-8 have joined the cast of “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” as well as the their similarly themed fireworks show). I’ll try to remember to check that out next time I’m at DHS.

Disney Parks blog is reporting that Hollywood & Vine has begun taking reservations for Minnie’s Halloween Dine (Sept 4-Nov 5th). It’s not the easiest reservation to get in the park, but still one of my favorite restaurants there.



Parental Holding pattern

So, I was slated to go to PA this week to visit my mom, help clean up my dad’s old office for sale and, hopefully, get some good (or, at least, passable) photos out of the trip. Unfortunately, she has decided she will be “too busy” with other things and will, hopefully, be available in two weeks or so.

However, I have an idea for what I post in the meantime… but I haven’t made *new* reservations yet (meaning they’ll be expensive af when I do book them). It’s to a location I’ve technically been to before… but I got REALLY sick and couldn’t take any photographs for the entire week I was there. I’m hoping this time will be different.

So wish me luck in my forthcoming adventure. In the meantime…


Disney Springs to open five dining experiences by 2018

Disney Parks blog is reporting that three new restaurants are expected to open by year’s end at Disney Springs with two additional eateries slated for 2018. The following descriptions (edited for length) were taken from said post (with some entirely uninformed commentary in italics):


This fall, Chicago-based Levy Restaurants is introducing a new Italian concept at Disney Springs, with James Beard award winner and “Top Chef Master” Chef Tony Mantuano leading development. The new restaurant replaces Levy’s Portobello Country Italian Trattoria. ~ I just ate at PCIT a few months ago, I’m really looking forward to the new (and currently unnamed) iteration.


Also opening in late 2017 is Wine Bar George, with Master Sommelier George Miliotes bringing his expertise to Disney Springs with an unparalleled wine list including more than 100 selections… in a range of varietals, vintages and prices. Shareable plates, cheese and charcuterie… featuring local artisans and seasonally relevant dishes. ~ Not much of a wine drinker, but if it keeps the rich people happy than go for it.


And The Edison, a lavish “Industrial Gothic” restaurant, bar and nighttime, is expected to open by year’s end…The Edison is noted for classic American food, craft cocktails and live entertainment including cabaret… With Old World sophistication and romance, The Edison will be themed to a 1920s-era electric company, recalling an exuberant era of invention and imagination with entertainment that includes contortionists, aerialists, DJs and more. ~ It sounds like a fun place to have dinner on a rainy night – with good food and a great atmosphere. Also, I love the phrase “Industrial Gothic.”


Jaleo, a concept by world-renowned Chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, will open on the West Side, bringing the spirit and flavors of Spain, with an extensive menu of tapas that reflect the rich regional diversity of traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine…. The first floor of the multi-level restaurant will feature a “grab-n-go” storefront with Spanish-style sandwiches. ~ Can’t wait. I’ve never had tapas so I’ll have to try this when it opens.


And a new… Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, will modernize the traditional “bar and grill” concept in a setting inspired by traditional farmhouses with a touch of elegance. The restaurant will capture the essence of laid-back California dining made popular by Puck at Spago… (and) will highlight the best of Puck’s signature dishes with Mediterranean influences, innovative takes on comfort food classics and handcrafted specialty cocktails, beer and wine. ~ Not sure if this replaces any of the existing WP eateries in DS or is an addition to the ones already there, but I actually liked the pizza I had at WP Express a few years ago, so why not?

Welcome to “Mouseland”

As the headline says, “Welcome to Mouseland” – a name which I totally SHOULD have chosen for this site, but whatever. This site is about photos and commentaries on Disney, Universal and occasionally SeaWorld, and is essentially a spin-off of my personal blog where all of the preceding photos previously appeared.

While I just ported over all of my old Disney pictures, I’m making THIS “my first post” because I also just bought a used camera off Amazon for $75 (so I’m on a budget, sue me). I lost the charger for my old camera (which I initially bought at the old camera store at DHS that now sells Frozen and The Good Dinosaur toys) and figured if this one doesn’t work out, I can get a better one later.

Speaking of which, I only have a Bronze (or whatever it’s called) Pass at Disney so I may go to other, hopefully less crowded, parks over the summer… or I may “experiment” with other styles of photography to go with my fancy new camera. Who knows, by the time my AP “unlocks” again in Aug or Sept, this blog may have an entirely new focus (see what I did there?).

Whatever the case, enjoy my bland park photos as I guide you through the area lovingly known as “Mouseland.”


Update: Just got an email from Amazon saying the camera I bought from their Marketplace has “already been sold.” They did suggest another seller who had one in stock for the same price…but with “Standard shipping” it comes out to slightly higher. The good news is I am guaranteed to get it by Friday… that and I found the charger to my current phone. (5/1/17)