It’s A Brews World After All

One thing you probably don’t think about when you hear Walt Disney world is beer. Me, on the other hand, the beer is one of my favorite parts about the trip. You can get brews from all over the United States and even the world. There is something for all the beer fans out there, you just have to know where to find them.Beer

Top Beers at Disney World

That is where I come in. Here is a list of some of my favorites, from Epcot all the way to Pandora.

6. Black and Tan – Rose and Crown, England Epcot World Showcase

A mix of all kinds of goodness. A Black and Tan is a mix of two different type of beers. In my case, it was a Guinness and Harp. Besides being able to get this brew in my favorite park at Disney, this amazing concoction is very tasteful and is great company while rocking out with British Revolution. (You know, that British “rock band” that plays in the back of the England pavilion?) That being said, the Black and Tan is #6 on my list of favorite brews. Plenty more goodness to come!

5. Dole Whip and Coconut Rum – Animal Kingdom

Now this next one is not a beer but, I think everyone is a fan of a good ole Dole Whip from Disney. Dole WhipAdd coconut rum to the mix though, and it makes it even better. I had no idea that this glorious drink existed until stumbling upon it at the Animal Kingdom. Tamu Tamu Refreshments is now a definite pit stop of mine at the Animal Kingdom.

4. Hawkes’ Grog Ale IPA – Pandora The World of Avatar Animal Kingdom

First off, this was my first time to Pandora since it had opened. I was pretty blown away at the awesomeness of the floating mountains and sounds of the Banshees from the tops of them. So what to do in that atmosphere you ask……. That is to get you an ice cold Hawkes’ Grog IPA from the Satu’li Canteen and enjoy the sights and sounds of Pandora World of Avatar. For the IPA lovers out there, this is a good one to put on the list to try. Not too much bite to it with fruity flavors thrown in, with a little bit of wheat at the end ( It’s also green people ). I am a big fan of this brew, I’m sure you will be too.

3. Funky Buddha Floridian Hefe – Art Smiths at Disney Springs

Brewed right in the state of Florida, this German-style wheat beer should be at the top of every wheat beer fan’s list This brew packs in the flavor while not being too heavy at the same time. With flavors like banana and citrus, the Funky Buddha pretty much encapsulates Florida. This brew is just as great as the food at Art Smiths…. ( I recommend the fried catfish and the Moonshine Flight)

2. Tri Wishes Grand Irish Red – Raglan Road at Disney Springs

Folks, Raglan Road is definitely at the top of my list of pit stops at Disney. This place has all things that make me happy…. Irish music, Irish dancing and cold brews. Brewed by Crooked Can Brewing Company in Florida the Tri Wishes Ale is a bit on the lighter side and has a combination of American and European hops. This brew really put out a lot of flavor and goes great with the Fish and Chips and Irish tunes in Raglan Road.

1. ( And the WINNER is ) Einstok Icelandic White Ale – Norway Epcot World Showcase

Brewed by the Einstok Beer company in Iceland, this White Ale would be picked by any Viking. This beer is brewed with pure Icelandic water with all the flavors of a classic whitbier. Norway is always my first brew stop when drinking around the world, and usually my last. I found this brew my first trip back to Disney a few years ago, and it quickly became my favorite. So, if you happen to find yourself cruising around Epcot World Showcase. Do yourself a favor and stop off at Norway and pick you up and ice cold Einstok Icelandic White Ale.top beers at disney worldEnjoy folks and May The Brews Be With You….

Many thanks to our contributor, Michael, for this brewtastic post!

Episode 83: I Was First

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I Was First: Experiencing Opening Days at Disney

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be one of the first to experience a new attraction at Disney? Or a movie premiere aboard a Disney Cruise ship? And in true first fashion, we’ve got our own first happening! Amanda, our Disneyland blog contributor, is with us today to discuss what it was like to experience opening day of the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout attraction at Disney’s California Adventure! Likewise, Meredith was able to experience Pandora: The World of Avatar on opening day and Amy was able to preview the premear of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie aboard the Disney Dream. So join us as we explore all the fun that being the first to experience a Disney attraction brings! Have you ever experienced a grand opening too? Please share with us!


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know! And as always, for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Episode 81: The Pandora Perspective

Tips for Pandora: The World of Avatar

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The Pandora Perspective: All about Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest land

Wondering what’s all the fuss about Disney’s latest park expansion? We’re here for you! Meredith had the opportunity to attend the opening day of Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and is back to tell Sarah and all of you, all about it. From rides and food to banshees and bioluminescence, we’re here to discuss it all! What’s one thing you’re excited to see or experience in this unique new land? If you’d like Meredith’s tips on visiting Pandora, click here ——–> Pandora Tips


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know! And as always, for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Tips for Disney’s Pandora: The World of Avatar

Tips for Pandora: The World of Avatar

Tips for visiting Pandora : The World of Avatar

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Be Patient

Pandora is new, as it just opened on May 27th. This one is most important to remember because everyone wants to see and do it all too. There’s no need to be rude to other guests just because you’re having to wait. This should go without saying, but everyone has paid to be there and no one is more special than the other. You’ll all get a turn soon enough! This extends to Cast Members too because they’re working hard to make it an unforgettable experience for you. Sit back and enjoy knowing that it may take a little longer if you’re one of the first humans to visit Pandora.

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Do Not Miss Flight of Passage

Queue up for this attraction as early as possible so that you can experience the wait queue at least once. The fastpass queue doesn’t have any of the fun theming that the standby queue has and it’s worth the wait at least once. The standby queue is the only time you’ll get to see the Pandoran caves with wildlife and all of the experiments that the Pandoran Conservation Initiative scientists have ongoing. This includes everything from water samples and small creatures to the full-size and very life-like floating avatar in its liquid-filled chamber. This is also the only time you’ll be able to see the giant wall that has the mural of the flying banshee and the life-size silhouettes of a Na’vi male and female. 

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Then gear up for a most fantastical journey into Pandora on the back of your very own banshee after being paired with an avatar and linked in the link chairs. It’s also good to know that some Pooh-sized guests may have a bit of trouble boarding the ride since the back and leg braces flip up to engage. Be sure to scoot as far forward as possible and sit straight up. You’ll also want to push your knees forward and stay on your tip-toes until the ride harnesses engage in case you have long legs or large calves. Then hold on tight for one of the most thrilling and amazing rides Disney has ever imagineered! This ride is breathtaking, well except for when you’re taking in all the smells that Pandora has to offer too. This ride cannot be skipped!

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Use Extra Magic Hours

Extra magic hours are a perk of staying in a Disney resort and can help you experience the parks without the massive crowds. Check the app the night before your park days to see which parks and hours have this special perk so you can plan accordingly. Some magic hours occur in the morning, so you’ll need to be prepared the night before. Additionally, some magic hours happen at night and nighttime magic hours in Animal Kingdom will allow you to travel back to Pandora so you can experience its glowing beauty. 

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Schedule FastPasses ASAP

Scheduling early is a huge perk for guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort and this one is huge. If you’d like a fastpass for either ride, scheduling your fastpass at 60 days out the second they become available is crucial. And it’s good to know that the Pandora rides are now part of a tiered Animal Kingdom fastpass+ system, so you’ll have to choose one or the other. Both wait queues have outdoor areas and that means waiting in the sun, so a fastpass is like having a VIP status! Just remember that only guests staying in a WDW resort can schedule fastpasses 60 days in advance. If you’re staying off-property or are an annual passholder, the earliest you can schedule a fastpass is 30 days out. It pays to stay on property!

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Stop and Look

The Na’vi have a phrase oel ngati kameie” meaning “I see you” and you won’t want to miss seeing and actually taking in all of its beauty. You’ll especially want to take your time and look if you’re waiting in line for either of Pandora’s feature attractions. The world is beautifully themed throughout and there are many little nooks where you can rest or just relax in a bit of shade. You can even find plants to drum on!

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If you’re lucky, or smart because you checked your times guide for the day, you can watch an authentic Pandoran drum circle in front of the Mountains! You can watch my the live feed I provided on opening day over on our facebook page. Travel back to Pandora (or just stay til the sun sets) to experience all of Pandora’s nighttime wonder. The star of Pandora’s nighttime magic is its “syuratan” or bioluminescence. You’ll be surprised that you may even glow too!! 

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Make use of Memory Maker

This should go without saying if you’ve ever used Disney’s Memory Maker. If you’re not sure what Memory Maker is, be sure to read this post. Like most lands at Walt Disney World, Pandora also has several photopass locations where you can get an epic photo with the floating mountains or even have your photo taken as an official Visitor to Pandora! There’s several locations and you can find these stops in your app. Simply open up your My Disney Experience app and slide the selection over to PhotoPass to see all the locations.

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Order Food Via App

This is another big one! With the opening of Pandora and its dining option, Satu’li Canteen, Disney has begun implementing its first use of a mobile food order feature. By ordering food via the app, you’ll save loads of time and give your feet a break from standing in yet another wait line. Not to mention, you’ll feel like a VIP as you stroll past the wait line straight to the counter to pick up your food. You can order from the app under the “My Plans” section. And once it’s ready, it’ll give you a push notification to let you know that your food is waiting for you. 

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Be sure your app is updated to the most current version to access this feature. It’s also good to know that if you have a card saved for all your incidentals (dining reservations etc), your app will automatically process the payment from that card. So if you plan to order from the app, be sure to have a card on file to save yourself time while in the park inputting card information. It’s also good to know that mobile order pickup will allow you entry into the canteen even if there’s a cast member outside keeping track of guest numbers inside. Just show them your “Order Ready” screen and they’ll show you where to go!

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Visit Windtraders Early 

The grand opening day of Pandora brought wait times in excess of three hours just to gain access to the Pandoran store! And be sure to queue up for the adopt a banshee at the rookery while there! Adopting a banshee has been super popular, so again be patient if you’re in a longer than expected line.

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You can also have yourself scanned and your DNA combined with that of a Na’vi to create your very own Avatar! This experience however, takes time and you will need to revisit Windtraders around an hour later to pick up your avatar.

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It’s good to know that your card (they give you when you sign up) will allow you entrance back into the store even if there’s a wait line. Simply go to the door and let the cast member know you’re back to pick up your avatar. You may get some dirty looks from those waiting in line to go in, but you won’t have to wait to actually go in again. 

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More than Just Rides and Food

Disney has gone above and beyond to create a world that seamlessly fits within the Animal Kingdom’s nature-based story. And Pandora: The World of Avatar helps to further push us to see our own beautiful Earth in new ways. Personally, our ride aboard the Kilimanjaro Safaris, after experiencing Pandora, had me more closely examining the plant life that surrounds each habitat’s wildlife. How amazing our own world is!

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The food had me questioning what exactly should alien food look like?! And would our own everyday foods seem alien to the Omiticaya people or other alien beings? Additionally, you don’t have to have seen or liked the Avatar movie to appreciate this new land. My kids loved Pandora and have never seen the movie. They actually came home and used their own money to purchase the movie so they could see the movie based on their unique experience. This new land is more than a couple of rides and some weird food; It’s an experience that leaves you “newomum nì’ul,”  wanting to know more!

Extra Tips for those with Special Accommodations:

Make Use of Rider Swap

If you’ve got a child that isn’t tall enough or just doesn’t want to ride, you can make use of Disney’s rider swap which allows one parent to stay behind with a child(ren) while the other parents waits in the standby line. The cast members will give the first parent a rider swap return fastpass and once that first parent completes their ride, the second is able to go back through the fastpass line. Best yet, that second parent can be accompanied by two other people, so your other kids have the opportunity to ride twice by waiting in the standby line with the first parent and then again in the fastpass line with the second parent!

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Make Use of Disability Access Service

If you or a member of your travel party has a disability,  be sure to stop by guest services at the beginning of your stay to receive your disability access service card, or DAS for short. This card will allow you to avoid waiting in the actual queue  while still waiting the standby wait time. Simply see a cast member at the fastpass entrance to any attraction and tell them you’d like to get a DAS wait time and they’ll give you a time to come back and ride. This is especially beneficial as some of the wait queues can be difficult to navigate with a wheelchair or ECV. And not waiting in the line for Flight of Passage will allow you more time to explore Pandora while you wait for your ride time. 

If you’d like to find out more about the world of Avatar, be sure to check out the official Disney website here.

Episode 75: Important Dates for 2017

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Important Dates for 2017

Sarah and Meredith are back today to talk all about important Disney dates for 2017. With the addition of Pandora: the World of Avatar, as well as other new restaurants and shows, there’s lots of new stuff coming to Disney in 2017.  What are you most looking forward to?


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know! And as always, for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Episode 65: What’s Coming in 2017: Movies, Parks and More!

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What’s Coming in 2017: Movies, the Parks, and More

Hey howdy hey everyone! We’re back to talk all about what’s coming in 2017 for the family of Disney companies. From tv shows and blu-ray/digital/dvd releases, to the parks and theatrical feature length releases, we’ve talking about it all! What Disney things are you looking forward to in 2017? ~Meredith ºoº

p.s. Here’s that link I said I’d include 🙂


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know! And as always, for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Episode 63: 2017 Bucket List

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2017 Bucket List

Today we’re talking about our 2017 bucket list. There’s always something new and exciting to explore when you take a Disney vacation. We’re excited to share our bucket list items with you. What’s on your 2017 Disney bucket list?


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know and be sure to include what’s your 2017 bucket list! And for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Episode 62: Quick Trips

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Quick Trips!

We’re talking all about quick trips! Whether you’ve been planning a short trip for months or just decided that today’s the perfect day to visit, we’ve got some tips to help you make the most of your quick trip. And we’re most pleased to welcome back our friend Noelle as a special guest for this episode! What tips do you have for quick trips to Walt Disney World?


 

If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know and be sure to include what your quick trip tips !And for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Episode 56: Top 5 Disney Collectibles

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Hey howdy hey, we’re back with a shorter than usual episode featuring our favorite top 5 Disney collectibles. And we’re not just talking items created specifically for collectors, but ANYTHING Disney!  What are your favorite Disney items to collect?

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*Editor’s Note: We’re working hard to improve our sound quality as we realize that output volume has been an issue. (I’m no sound engineer by trade and I don’t get paid for this. Not to mention I have a real life too, haha!) With that said, thank you to all those who regularly listen to our little podcast! You’re the reason we’re always striving to make both our audio as well as content, the best it can be. Additionally, we’d love your feedback! How can we improve?

For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

News for 10.12.15

It’s Monday, and that means one thing – time for your Disney news update from around the world!

That’s it for this week. Join us tomorrow for more Disney fun! ~Amy ºoº

What’s New In The World This Week

So here is a weekly recap of what’s happened around the “World” this week:

  • Big Hero 6 won Best Animated Feature Film at the Academy Awards, AND was released on DVD this week! Congrats to Hiro and his friends for their win! We got our copy on Tuesday night, and we’ve already watched it 4 times! I was thrilled that the movie won, and once again Disney animators prove that they still have what it takes to keep this studio on top! 
  • The Sorcerer’s hat is completely gone from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the view of the Chinese theater has once again been restored. What do you think of the hat-free view?
  • Disney will be releasing new Pandora charms on March 12th. Sounds like a perfect gift for Mother’s Day to me for all you Pandora fans out there! 
  • The 2015 dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) have been released! This is a hard ticket event, and we expect the tickets prices to be in the ballpark of last year ($69 for adults and $62 for kids). The parties will be held from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM at Magic Kingdom park—taking place in 2015 on the following dates:
    • September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25 and 27
    • October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31
    • November 1          If you are going to be in the parks during any of these dates, you do not want to miss this party!
  • A new Duck Tales is coming to Disney XD in 2017! I loved this show as a kid, and I can’t wait for the new episodes to come out! I know my kids will enjoy it just as much as I did!                              
  • Disney Cruise Line has earned 12 first-place awards from the annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards!So that’s what has happened around Walt Disney World (and company!) this week! It’s been a busy and exciting week for our favorite place. What do you think of the news for this week? ~A ºoº