Nov 13

Disney Paper Toys You Can Download for Free

Paper Minions The Incredibles Disey PixarHow cute are these “Paper Minion” toys from Disney fan Kevin Thomas?  And guess what?  They’re free to download and print out!  Not only The Incredibles but also characters from Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and UP.  Check out all your favorite Disney characters at PaperMinions.blogspot.co.uk

Nov 13

Official Disney “Maleficent” Teaser Trailer Featuring Angeline Jolie

Nov 13

Review of the 2013 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic dishesDear Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort…please extend this event to every weekend in October. Love…Me

The 2013 WDW Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic has ended but the sweet and savory memory still lives on.

Come…let’s reminisce shall we?

riesling seminar disney swan dolphin food wine classic 2013This year’s classic started off with my ‘now favorite’ seminar titled Riesling, So Sweet and So Dry.  The seminar was led by Assistant Director of Food & Beverage and Certified Sommelier Luciano Sperduto.  $45 for this seminar and what a value. Check out what was included in the price…

Five generous pours of perfectly selected rieslings. And let’s not forget the wait staff placed around the perimeter of the room to refill your wine glass with any selection you deemed ‘too good not to finish’.  I’d say I had at least three full glasses of wine before the end of the session. At around $12 a glass we are already at the $36 mark.

riesling seminar disney swan dolphin food wine classic 2013 wineComplementing the wine selection was a Herculean cheese board.  This cheese board was no joke. Not just samplings of cheese but enough to get a small town through a famine. The cheese selection was enough for more than two. But at roughly $17 a plate for an average cheese board on Disney property. That brings our seminar value to $53. Had we been dining in a lounge or restaurant that value would have increased due to gratuity bringing the final value to somewhere around $61. Swan and Dolphin’s price tag…$45.

riesling seminar disney swan dolphin food wine classic 2013 cheese boardAfter our amazing wine and cheese pairing experience my husband and I headed out onto the promenade to see what else we could find to tempt our taste buds.

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classicFirst stop was at Cib’s Smokehouse for the best beef brisket I’ve ever put in my mouth. (Texas Style Beef Brisket, Brioche Puree, Rhubarb Pudding)

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic beef brisketWhen putting together my teaser post for the Classic, I knew there would be one thing on the hubby’s mind. Short Rib Oscar!  Presented by Todd English’s bluezoo…that’s where we headed next. (Braised Beef Short Rib, Maryland Blue Crab, Asparagus, ISI Hollandaise)

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic short rib oscarI made sure to grab a beer before making our way to the beautiful tables situated around the promenade.

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic double bock beer2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic tablesWe took a few moments to enjoy the live music while we polished off our amazing selections.

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic live bandNext stop on the all-you-can-eat gravy train was the Picabu Taqueria bar!

These were amazing! Of course, I had to try one of each. (Taqueria-Corn Tortilla Barbacoa of Beef, Braised Pork, Organic Vegetables, Cheddar Cheese, Lime Wedge, Lettuce, Onion, Shaved Radish, Pico de Gallo, Assorted Hot Sauces)

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic tacosThe dessert booth happened to be right next door. Why not?

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic dessertsWhat you see above is (top right) O Saint O: orange cream filled puff, milk chocolate covered orange cookie and vanilla whipped cream (bottom left) Intense: flourless chocolate sponge and Arriba 72% chocolate mousse (bottom right) Tropic (shot glass): Passion fruit cream, mango papaya pineapple compote, coconut cake, mango vanilla sauce

But the Pièce de résistance was the homemade ice cream sandwich! This was a surprise offering. Hawaiian bread was filled with a chocolate hazelnut spread and a scoop of vanilla ice cream and was then hot pressed. There are no words….

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic ice cream sandwichAfter I returned from my childhood ice cream sandwich heaven it was time to press on.

Falafel from The Fountain…always a favorite and oh so easy to pick up and pop in your mouth. (Chick Pea Fritter, Tahini, Traditional Garnish)

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic falafelCigar City Brewing from Tampa was representing again this year so I grabbed a Maduro Brown to wash down my falafel.

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic cigar city maduro brownTime to head down to one of the most popular booths at the Classic. Shula’s Steakhouse. We noshed on some carved prime rib there. (Carved Prime Rib, Roasted Garlic mashed Potatoes, Horseradish CrÈme Fraiche, Watercress)

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic shula's steakOne of my least favorite offerings was sampled next. I didn’t care for Cabana’s dish at all. (Belle & Evans Chicken Yakitori, Edamame Relish, Lemongrass Foam) Sounded interesting in theory but it didn’t translate very well on the palate.

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic chicken yakitoriBy this point in the evening I was really getting full and paused for a moment to take in the sunset and the beautiful resort property.

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classicHere’s the Il Mullino offering (Hand Cut Garganelli, Veal Cheek Ragu, Organic Vegetables, Micro Chives)

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic veal garganelliAnd for the vegetarians, Garden Grove had a beautiful open faced sandwich resembling bruschetta (Open Face Tomato & Handcrafted Mozzarella Sandwich, Sweet Basil, Locatelli)

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic bruschettaOur last bite of the evening was from Kimono’s. Sushi. Specifically their shrimp tempura roll (Crispy Shrimp, Tuna, Avocado)

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic sushiOK..I lied…I went back for another one of those ice cream sandwiches before taking one final shot of the festival…

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic nightThe 2013 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic was a smashing success. I sampled more in those few hours than I could have during an entire Walt Disney World vacation. My husband and I had a blast. I didn’t even take pictures of all the wines I enjoyed while strolling on the promenade and enjoying the beautiful fall Florida weather.

I HIGHLY recommend this event! Do whatever you can to get here in 2014. You’ll be hooked. For more information on tickets to the event and accommodations visit SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com.

Special thanks to the Swan and Dolphin for providing me and my guest with complementary admission to the seminar and event. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.

Nov 13

Disney Haunted Mansion Wallpaper Leggings

Disney Haunted Mansion Wallpaper Leggings$75 and available online at POPRAGEOUS

Nov 13

2013 Downtown Disney Festival of the Masters Event Schedule

festival of the masters downtown disney alice in wonderlandFor its 38th year, Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels is transforming Downtown Disney into an art lovers’ paradise November 8-10, 2013.  The prestigious open-air fine arts festival features more than 300 artists creating and showcasing their unique works in painting, photography, sculpture, chalk, glass and more.  Exhibits feature more than 130 award-winning artists, nearly 20 up-and-coming Emerging Masters, the Disney Artist Village, live performance artists and more.

A crowd favorite, the Disney Artist Village will return with one of the largest displays of official Disney art available for purchase and will include meet and greets with the more than 25 artists behind those masterpieces. Located between Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues on Downtown Disney West Side, the Disney Artist Village tent will feature Disney character art created by masters from various Disney disciplines including Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group. Disney Artists also will perform live shows as they create new works of art on stage and will host interactive chats about art and what it can be. Both the art chats and live performances will take place at Waterside Stage in the Marketplace.

festival of the masters downtown disney chalk artNew this year, “Mixers and Masters” will highlight artistic cocktails throughout Downtown Disney. Select dining locations will feature specialty drinks for sipping and strolling including the Pinkberry Martini from Wolfgang Puck Café, Blue Nile from Rainforest Café and Huckleberry Lemonade at Splitsville. Guests can learn what goes into making an artfully delicious cocktail during daily presentations on Waterside Stage. “The Art of Mixology” will feature 10-minute demonstrations with experts three times a day.

festival of the masters downtown disney glass artGuests also can become part of the festival with interactive fun. Various activities presented by Michaels will be available, including “Make It Take It” crafts, coloring Disney-inspired masterpieces and the “Michaels Master Mural” where guests can help create a mosaic-like mural. Children are invited to creatively chalk sections of the Marketplace for the Children’s Chalk Art display; help build a giant LEGO masterpiece and create an interactive LEGO mural.

Other activities will include:
• Live entertainment by performers from La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil
• House of Blues 15th year celebration of its Folk Art Festival with more than 30 accomplished artists
• Special artist appearances at Hoypoloi and Pop Gallery
• Live entertainment at various venues, including House of Blues, Bongos Cuban Café, Raglan Road, and Splitsville

The event takes place from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and self-parking are complimentary at Downtown Disney; valet parking is available during the event from 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. via Entrance 4 at Downtown Disney West Side.