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The Planet Hollywood Observatory

Up until last week, I had never eaten at Planet Hollywood before. Well, my parents tell me that I had eaten there once when I was just a wee tot, but I have no recollection of that whatsoever. So last week, after walking by this fascinating building in Disney Springs over a hundred  times, I finally got to see what’s inside. 
This place really has it all; award winning burgers created by the famous Chef Guy Fieri, cool movie props, and the most over the top milkshakes on the planet! (hahahahaha get it? on the planet? At PLANET Hollywood? No? Ok moving on…)

 If your a movie buff (like me) than this place is candy land. It has the original props from all your favourite movies along with some of the costumes the actors actually wore. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Hunger Games, Alien, Ferris Buellers Day Off, Planet of the Apes, Rocky, Back to the Future, Terminater, The Princess Bride, Home Alone and Deadpool, just to name a few. 

We couldn’t get a reservation when we went so we got there as soon as it opened and got in. However if you can get a reservation I’d recommend doing so, just to be safe. We were also there during the off season, and I know it has a tendency to fill up. 

The food was fantastic. It really was. Like I mentioned earlier, Chef Guy Fieri created the award winning burgers. There’s also plenty of other options like pasta, steak, or chicken. I had the Six Cheese Macaroni and Cheese which really put KD to shame. It was probably the best pasta I ever had! Everyone at our table got something different and everyone loved what they ate. Oh! And I haven’t even told you about the best part!! The Supernova Shakes. Doesn’t that just sound drool worthy? 

I think the picture says it all! 

I guess this is a fairly popular place to see celebrities. We saw Jacob Sartorius doing a photo shoot. If you don’t know who he is, don’t worry, I didn’t either. He’s a famous Youtuber apparently. I had never heard of him before seeing him there, but I have heard of other celebrities that have dined there before. After all, Planet Hollywood was founded by Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, so you never know who your going to see! 


Disney World vs Disneyland Paris

This is not a competition, as WDW is, was, and forever will be my favourite Disney destination. I did do a little comparison, though, on what some of the major differences are between Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris.

Space: This is obviously the biggest difference between the two parks. WDW is huge! And DLP is SUPER tiny in comparison! In Paris you can walk anywhere in 10 minutes. There are buses, but I think I only rode one once during our whole trip. Meanwhile, in Florida, you wouldn’t even THINK about walking! So that’s the main difference.

Colour: Ok. So this is kind of hard to describe, but all the colours in DLP just seem…brighter. If you’ve been there, you’ll probably know what I’m talking about. It’s weird. Even the grass seems to be a brighter green than anywhere else. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just crazy.

Shows: Do not, repeat, DO NOT, have high expectations for the shows. Well most of the shows. Some were pretty good. But most paled in comparison to WDW’s shows. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was amazing! Animagiqúe was horrible. I couldn’t wait to get out of the theatre! (Mostly due to the atrocious song they played!)

Food: Food is another thing that WDW does better. But the food at DLP was better than any of the other places I visited in Europe. Being an extremely picky eater, I had a hard time finding something to eat. The only restaurant that had food I actually really liked was Billy Bob’s Restaurant in Downtown Disney. That and the Disney hot chocolate, which was the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted! 🙂

So there were good things and there not so good things. It was really cool to get to go! Especially for the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance, which I was lucky enough to participate in! I hope I can visit DLP again for this event. Walt Disney World is much better though, so anyone who is used to Disney World should not have such high expectations for Disneyland Paris. DLP is great though, and those four days were definitely my favourite part of my trip to Europe!

My Top 5 in Disneyland Paris

So as I said in my previous post (which you can read by clicking here) I recently went on an amazing journey to Disneyland Paris. I put together my top five things in DP that I can not do in Disney World. Please know that this list is not in any particular order.


1. Billy Bob’s Restaurant. Location: Disney Village. The best food I had during my whole vacation was here, hands down! The chicken was really good and the scalloped potatoes  were amazing! The restaurant has a buffet (which is what we got) but I do believe they have a regular menu as well. It has a country/southern theme to it, with a live band. If you go to Disneyland Paris you must eat here!

2. Crush’s Coaster. Location: Walt Disney Studios. Ok so this is one of those roller coasters that I hated while I was on but when I came off I wanted to go again, if that makes any sense at all. I loved it! The ride is based on Finding Nemo, and, though it doesn’t go upside down, it has some pretty major drops. It’s one of the smoothest coasters I’ve been on, and it has great theming! The cars seat four; two facing forwards and two facing backwards. I really liked how the cars were shaped like turtle shells! The shells spin, though it’s not very noticeable as it’s pitch black in there! Unfortunately, there are no Fastpasses, so the line is really long. There is a single rider line, and hopefully they’ll add Fastpasses soon! I recommend trying to do it as spoon as the park opens. I got there about 1/2 hour after the park opened and waited 45 minutes. It really didn’t seem that long, and it’s totally worth it!

3. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Location: Disney Village. This is truly an amazing show! It’s a dinner show that features live horses and buffalo, along with Mickey and friends. It’s a lot of fun and everyone gets a free cowboy hat. There’s just too much to put into words. You need to experience it for yourself!

4. Disney Magic on Parade. Location: Disneyland Paris Park. Ok, so maybe one of the reasons I loved the parade so much is because I was in the parade, but it was still different from the parade at WDW. I think the main difference was the colour. Disneyland Paris is very bright. Its really hard to explain. Its all pastel colours. Bright and neon. So the whole parade was very bright! So that I think was the main difference between the DP parade and the WDW parade.

5. Distance. This isn’t really an attraction but it is something I really liked, and you can’t get it in WDW. You can walk everywhere! Disney does have transportation to and from all the hotels, but you don’t need it. We stayed at Hotel Cheyenne and could walk to the two parks in 10 minutes. It’s the same at all the other hotels, except the Davy Crocket Ranch. (which, ironically, is the only hotel that doesn’t have Disney transportation to and from the parks.) The two parks, Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland, are literally just a hop, skip, and a jump apart! You actually have to walk through Disney Village to get to them. It was a nice change, though you must keep in mind that Disneyland Paris is much smaller than Disney World. We had a four day park hopper pass and had seen and done everything during that time. We didn’t spend full days at the park. We probably could’ve seen everything in two days if we did our usual Disney full out. There’s just something about Disney, because even though I had done everything I wanted to do, I still didn’t want to leave!

So those are some of my favourite things in Disneyland Paris! Hope you enjoyed!!

The Disney Era Tag: The Golden Era

I want to thank Natalie from The Disney Freak with a Bit of Mascara for tagging me to do the Disney Era: The Golden Era

The movies from this era are Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Bambi, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Pinocchio.

1.Are there films you haven’t seen from this era?  I have not seen Fantasia.

2.What is your favorite film from the era? Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, without a doubt!

3.What is your least favorite film of the era? Fantasia. And I know your probably thinking “don’t judge a book by its cover” and all that, but this film just seems weird. Someday I’ll watch it though, and if it is good I’ll edit this post and then you can say “I told you so.”

4. Who is your favourite character from the era? Snow White! She’s my favourite princess!

5.Who is your favorite villain? Definately the Evil Queen!

6.Who is your favorite sidekick? Hmmmm it’s tough call between Dopey and Thumper. I’m gonna go with Dopey but Thumper is a very close second!

7.What is your favorite song of the era? The Avengers: Age of Ultron has made me a very big fan of I’ve got No Strings! The original is very cute, and then Marvel made it awesome!

8. What do you think is the most underrated film of the era? Probably Bambi. (But if it were general it would be Hercules! That movie has no character meet and greets, no merchandise that I’ve seen, and no attraction. I thought it was a pretty good movie, and I really liked the music!)


9.What is your favorite thing about this era?  I love how Snow White was the very first animated feature film!

10.What is your least favorite thing about this era? Definitely when Bambi’s mother dies! I think that hunter is the cruelest Disney villain there is!

I’ll just tag anyone who wants to do this! Thanks so much Natalie for tagging me! I had a lot of fun!


Wildlife at Disney

Animal Kingdom isn’t the only place to see wildlife around Disney. There’s plenty of animals to spot around the parks. The trick is to know what your looking for and where to look!


I would be very surprised if someone went to Disney and didn’t see any of these little lizards! They’re everywhere! Check along the sidewalks and pathways as they usually can be found soaking in the Florida sun. The place I seem to see geckos most is probably around Epcot’s entrance. My family likes to make a little game and count how many we see. We usually end up losing count though, because there’s just so many! (I’d just like to point out that, as many as there are, I’ve never seen a lizard in my hotel room!)


 Bunnies can often be spotted in Victoria Gardens at Epcot’s Canada pavilion. I also see them quite a bit at the Disney hotels. You have to be quiet to see them, as they scare easily. Even though bunnies can be pets, these ones are wild, so don’t try to pet them.


Ducks are also common to see around Disney. Lakes, ponds, and outdoor eating areas are popular places to find ducks. Often times I have seen a mom and her ducklings, and they are just the cutest things!


You probably already know that Florida is famous for its gators, so it wouldn’t be uncommon for you to see any while you’re there. Disney likes to keep it’s lakes and ponds gator free, so it would be rare to see any in the parks or resorts.

Even if the parks are alligator-free, you may spot one sunning itself on the bank by the little swamps along the roads.

If your traveling through the Orlando International Airport, then you might be able to see a gator along the bank of the little island in the middle of the lake that the train goes around. Apparently, they let the alligators stay in the pond because they help with security…

These animals are just some of the more common wildlife that I’ve seen throughout Disney, but there’s plenty more! I do ask that you take your pictures and admire them from afar. Please don’t let your kids chase them or try to pet them. Any animal could act aggressively if they feel threatened. Just respect them and give them their space.

I hope you can spot some of these animals and more wildlife on your Disney vacation!

The Jungle Cruise 

Due to Disney’s recent announcement of a Skipper Canteen coming to Adventureland (Magic Kingdom) and a live action Jungle Book movie, I have decided to do a post on the Jungle Cruise.

Take a relaxing boat tour through the jungles of Asia, as your expert guide shows you the best (and worst) parts of the jungle.  Be prepared to see all sorts of animals like elephants, crocodiles, hippos, lions, and hyenas.

*Note: There are no live animals on this ride. All animals and people, except your guide, are audio animatronics.*


 The Jungle Cruise is located in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom. This ride’s line can get really long in the afternoon, but it’s usually pretty short any time before lunch.

This ride is wheel chair accessible, and is great for all ages. This really is a great attraction, so don’t miss it!

Oh, and watch out for head hunters! 🙂

Extra Magic Hours

During Extra Magic Hours, guests staying on site can enjoy a little more time in a certain park on certain days, either after the park has closed or before the park opens to the general public.

This is a perk only for on site guests and it is one more reason to stay at a Disney hotel rather than off site.

If you are staying off site, this can still work to your advantage. On days with Extra Magic Hours, that park tends to be busier. So I’d suggest looking at the Extra Magic Hour schedule on Disney’s website, and plan to avoid being at that park on that day.

If your staying on Disney property, I’d still recommend going to the park with the Extra Magic Hours. Even if it’s busier through the day, there’s considerably less people during those hours since the park is closed to the general public.

This is definitely a good perk for on site guests. It’s just one more reason to stay at a Disney Resort!

The Parent Swap

If your traveling with young children, or even older children, then you will definitely want to use the Parent Swap option at one point or another.

When your child either doesn’t want to ride, or is too short to ride an attraction, ask a cast member at the entrance to the ride for a Parent Swap. One adult can wait with the child, while the rest of the party rides. When they come off, the adult that waited with the child and two other people can ride again without waiting in line.

You don’t have to pay for the Parent Swap and you don’t have to reserve it ahead of time. It’s an excellent perk, especially for families with infants.

I don’t think I’ve met anyone that enjoys every ride at Disney. I don’t. So don’t force a child to go on a ride they’re scared of. Use the Parent Swap!

The Big Ball: aka Spaceship Earth

I’m sure, even if you’ve never been to Disney, you have seen pictures of the big ball that is the icon for Epcot. Even though it is known to me and my family as “the big ball”, it’s proper name is Spaceship Earth.  Inside there is a ride, no, a time machine, that will allow you to “sail through a universe of time”, and explore the past, from the discovery of fire, to the dawn of computers.

Yes, I know, it’s an educational ride..To think you might actually learn something on vacation! (But that happens at EPCOT!) Seriously though, every time I go on it, I learn something I missed last time. It really is a fun way of learning some history! So parents, do your kids a favor and make them go on it! They will most likely enjoy it, even if they won’t admit it.

At the end of the ride, you get to take a mini quiz about yourself and your preferences. Then, the computer will calculate what your future might be like. It always brings a smile to my face!

*Tip: If you’ve been on this ride more than once, mix up your answers to the test for a change in your future. My brother and I did this for the first time earlier this year, and we laughed so hard!*

Don’t forget to smile for the camera at the beginning! Hold up little kids so the camera can see them, as the seats in the vehicle are pretty low.

The time machines seat 2 rows of 2 in a car. They go backwards once, but their incredibly slow and smooth. It is not at all scary, and the whole ride is inside the ball.  

First thing in the morning, the line is rather long since it’s the first thing everyone sees when they go in. So, go back a little later in the day for a shorter line

“Like a grand and miraculous spaceship, our planet has sailed through the universe of time. But where are we going? And what kind of future will we discover there? Surprisingly, the answers lie in our past.” -Spaceship Earth

Discover the past, and dream of the future, with Spaceship Earth.

Toy Story Midway Mania

With the recent anouncment of a Toy Story Land coming to Hollywood Studios and Toy Story 4, it seems fitting to do a post on the popular Toy Story Midway Mania attraction in Hollywood Studios.


Toy Story Mania opened seven years ago in Pixar Place. This attraction is a bit difficult to explain. It’s 3D, it’s a video game, and it’s a ride. There is some spinning but it’s not bad at all. It’s very smooth. When you get in your vehicle,there is a pop gun in front of you. To shoot, you pull the string on the back of the gun. Though the gun technically doesn’t shoot anything, as the whole attraction is virtual. You aim it at the targets on the screen and shoot. Some targets are worth more points than others. The gun shoots something different every game. Sometimes it’s pies, sometimes darts, and sometimes you shoot rings around the little green aliens!  It’s a lot like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Magic Kingdom, except this ones targets and lasers are virtual and 3D.




This ride probably has one of the longest lines in all of  Disney World, so definitely Fastpass this one!

Toy Story Mania is a great ride and a definite must do!