Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch Review

Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom is a popular dinner spot, which features an all-you-care-to-enjoy family style spread of classic Thanksgiving type foods. Because turkey, mashed potatoes, etc. are pretty heavy, a lot of people pass on Liberty Tree for lunch during a day at the parks.

However, we disagree! While the food is still pretty heavy, it's not so much that you'll be weighed down. Plus, if you get a window seat, you might get a view of the Liberty Bell! ;-)

Old fashioned pantry in the lobby.

The ambiance is warm, with a colonial theme throughout. Each room is themed to a different Founding Father, and the detailing is really great.

Dark wood table chairs and rich fabrics give a very homey feel.

Now, onto the food! We started with crab and lobster dip, which was devoured too quickly for a picture. It's served with a fresh loaf of bread, and it was to die for. When the bread was gone, we ate it with a spoon. Seriously, delicious.

I was very pleased to see they serve the pomegranate lemonade, which I am learning is just Minute Maid and standard at just about every table service, but it's exciting nonetheless.


Todd likes the traditional style food from dinner, so he went with the Pilgrims Feast. Mashed potatoes, turkey, green beans, and herb stuffing. It was good, just like what's served at dinner.

I went with the freedom pasta, and it was amazing. The mushrooms, chicken, and pasta are served in a rich cream sauce and topped with shredded Parmesan cheese. The noodles were perfectly tender, and the chicken was cooked perfectly. I would definitely order this again.

We decided to skip on dessert, but the Johnny Appleseed cake that comes with dinner is available. Liberty Tree is a great lunch place, and certainly a considerable option for anyone looking for a nice hearty lunch, away from the heat and crowds.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Festival of Fantasy and Magic Kingdom Update

Hello, Everyone!

As noted in the previous post, Todd and I attended Magic Kingdom for Easter. However, the day we went was notable for another reason: it was the first day to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen at Princess Fairy Tale Hall! We didn't get a chance to meet them because, well...

Clearly the sisters continue to be a crowd favorite! Luckily, we've already got that FastPassed for our May trip.

Speaking of Anna, Elsa, and princesses, there seems to have been an adjustment to the leading Festival of Fantasy Float: both figure of Cinderella's dress-in-progress and the Anna and Elsa pedestal now rotate, letting each side of the parade route get a view.  Cinderella and Prince Charming on the reverse side of the gown, and Tiana with Naveen on the reverse of the Frozen trio:

Cinderella and Prince Charming on their rotating platform. 
And is it just me, or are the characters in the parade, particularly the princesses, even more lively and animated than they used to be? They were wonderful!

Elsa, I'm assuming, advising Anna to let it go.

Look at those faces! These princesses are definitely full of magic and energy! It really made the parade even more enjoyable.

And just for fun, here's a few more photos:

Mouse cuddles!

And bonus: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

It's coming along so nicely! Hopefully it soft opens soon :-).

Keep an eye out for more updates, and see you next time.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

In your Easter Magic Kingdom!

Every holiday, families from around the globe decide it would be amazing to make the day even more special by visiting Magic Kingdom, and Easter is no exception! And who could blame them? Todd and I have made WDW our own Easter tradition for the past few years, too! However, before your family decides on this course of action, be warned: holidays with a little extra magic are not for the faint of heart.

The wait just after the park was open just to get onto the monorail, ferry, or bus at the TTC.

People go crazy! That being said, we actually saw lighter crowds a bit compared to previous years, but that could have been due to the three hour wait to see Anna and Elsa (more on that next update). It's also worth noting the Tables in Wonderland card discount is not valid on any holidays.

All things considered though, it's a pretty cool experience. After all, the Azalea Maids were all over Main Street, you could meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, and there was a special Easter parade only shown on Easter! So I say, definitely go for it next year if you get the chance!

And now, photos!

Anxiously awaiting the Bunnies of the hour!

Photo op!
Butterflies ushering in the parade.


Daisy in her Easter finery.

So many ruffles!

That's all for today! Happy Easter everyone, and see ya real soon!