Thursday, September 29, 2011

Episode 18 -- Mighty Men of Mad Libs

Re-defining Beastly Kingdom
The boys discuss the latest Disney news.  The rest of this week's show is a party-game style round robin.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Food Porn: Frozen Treat Edition

No Way, Jose.

Just got word that Dutch is enjoying a "No Way Jose" from Beaches and Cream (at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort).

While I instantly know how great a thing that is, for those not obsessed with Disney food, attached is a photo for your viewing pleasure.

Dutch is a lucky, lucky man!

Monday, September 26, 2011

More Avatar Information

James Cameron did an interview with ITN news in the UK.

Not too many new items in this, but there were a few details to hang your hat on if you blindly defend the move like me. First, Avatar land could be up to 12 acres. Second, Cameron indicated that it would be a "half day" experience.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Episode 17 -- The Sadness Bracket

"Food Porn" from DisBoards of the Strawberry Parfait from ABC Commissary
 
The Big & Tall 3 close out the Sadness Bracket (Studios and Animal Kingdom) this week.  Dutch also previews his trip and can't wait to get Under the C.  Topics also include using the Annual Pass to book discounted hotel rates, traveling with pregnant ladies, and smell aversions.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Avatar Land" Coming to Animal Kingdom


Disney announced yesterday that a new land themed after the movie Avatar will be coming to the Animal Kingdom. While details on just about everything remain unclear, construction is expected to begin in 2013. A couple of initial thoughts:

1. Expansion at Animal Kingdom is absolutely necessary. To call it a "full day" theme park right now is generous.

2. I wonder what kind of shelf life Avatar has as a brand. The project is expected to take upwards of five years to complete.

Ultimately, fans of the Disney theme parks should hope that the land contains the attention to detail and state of the art attractions to compete with Harry Potter and Universal Studios.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Episode 16 -- It is what it is


We're hitting up the moderate resorts and four matchups from the Animal Kingdom/Studios bracket for the RCS.  The RCS features a historic accord between Russ and Dutch.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Food Porn -- Part Three

Imperial Sampler from Rose & Crown

Snake Bite (Harp layered with Strongbow) from Rose & Crown
Many thanks to the indomitable Mrs. Shuttlesworth.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Priceline Negotiator

Too big for one JPG
Closing in on my end of the month trip.  Decided that it was time to get a vehicle rental lined up.  I was hoping to get a full size car.  My methodology is pretty simple.  First, I go on Hotwire to get a feel for what a "good" price is on a vehicle class.  This bit of research revealed that I could get a full size car for $13.95/day.  I also saw that I could get a convertible for $34.95/day or a full size SUV for $51.95/day.

Next, I start bidding on Priceline.  I completely ignore Priceline's suggested bids and work off my Hotwire numbers.  I started at $23/.day for a convertible.  I tried a full size SUV for the same number and GOT IT!

If I had stuck with Hotwire, I would have just got a full size car for $151 for the whole week.  I had budgeted about $250 for the week, so I took a chance and got a kick ass monster for $260.  If I had more time, I would have tried to chisel Priceline down a bit and I didn't want to lose days making bids.

We are doing a bit of driving outside of the World, so it will be awesome to be able to relax in an environmentally safe tugboat.

Food Porn -- Part Two

Pizza from Via Napoli

Barbeue Eggs Benedict

Monday, September 12, 2011

Food Porn -- Part One

The Skillet

All You Care to Enjoy Milkshake at Whispering Canyon
Here's Part 1 of 3 of food porn.  First installment is from Whispering Canyon.  All photos are courtesy of the lovely and talented Mrs. Shuttlesworth.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Episode 15 -- Many Returns

Wilderness Lodge is very Bear friendly. 


Russ is back from The World and has a lot to report.  Kip and Dutch are back from some other not-so-interesting places.  Before we even get there we have a bursting mail sack to take care of.  Special thanks from all of the boys to Jen from Coventry, Steve-o from the Ill-adelhpia, and Reggie Cunningham from Parts Unknown.  Russ covers the hurricane, his love of the Ford Taurus, and new traffic patterns in the Studios.  We also learn that the Wilderness Lodge is bear friendly and Russ' favorite meat.

One final shout out to DomesticPursuits.com.  Dr. Springfield is a contributor and it is a great source for recipes and fun.

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Food Porn from Mrs. Shuttlesworth

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Episode 14 -- Epcot Resorts and the RCS rolls on

Picture stolen from the Disney Food Blog

Epic week of RCS match ups to close out the first round of the Magic Kingdom Region.  We'll be talking about the California Grill, Aloha Isle, Pecos Bill's, Kona Cafe, Citricos, Columbia Harbor House, Ohana, and the Main Street Bakery.  Somewhere in there, we also take time to discuss the hotels on Crescent Lake.

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