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Tour the new Tiana's Place restaurant on the Disney Wonder

​One of the things I was most excited about while sailing on the re-imagined Disney Wonder was dining in the brand new Tiana's Place restaurant - based on Princess Tiana's dream restaurant in the film The Princess and the Frog.

​I was going to post about the restaurant design AND our dinner, but I have so many pictures that I will have to do this post in two parts.. more to love!  So, first up is the restaurant itself.  Just gorgeous. 

As you approach the entrance of the restaurant, you are reminded that this dinner is going to be an experience and not just a meal.

Fun awaits... as you can tell by the beads hanging from the rafters and the promise of live music with the sign for the Crawfish Crooners.

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The inaugural sailing of the "re-imagined" Disney Wonder

We have just returned from the inaugural sailing of the 're-imagined' Disney Wonder and a magical time was had by the whole family!

​This 4-night cruise out of Galveston, Texas was a perfect way for us to jump start our holiday season.  Not only is the Disney Wonder looking sparkling-new and fresh from its dry dock renovations - this was also a "Very Merrytime Cruise."  That means that the ship was decked out with lights, garlands and ornaments for the season. 

​If you are familiar with the Disney Wonder, you will be surprised at how many changes have been made on the ship.  Disney has outdone themselves with this face-lift.  From the moment I entered the ship, I was stunned by the beautiful atrium that was glistening with the new look - there is a beautiful new chandelier and carpeting - but I'm happy that the familiar Ariel statue is still there.  

The new chandelier looks like it could have been put in place just for the holidays... closely resembling poinsettias.. but they actually represent the flower that Ariel wears in her hair. 

​There are so many areas that have been "re-imagined" that I will share them in detail in future posts but for now here is a taste of this beautiful ship.

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Paint the Night parade to end its run at Disneyland in September (but will return select nights this holiday season!)

On September 5th, the very popular Paint the Night parade will be turning out the lights. To see this special event, some of you may be able to squeeze in a last minute trip to Anaheim, visit during the holidays - or - hope that the parade makes an appearance in Orlando next year. 

Disneyland Park fans will not be without first-class evening entertainment for long, as it has been announced that the Main Street Electrical Parade will return to Disneyland for a "limited time" encore performance early next year.  Since the Main Street Electrical Parade is currently showing at Walt Disney World (and will end its run on October 9th), that will leave a blank spot for an evening parade.  Paint the Night?  The return of SpectroMagic?

Although every guest has a favorite parade, they are all simply spectacular.  Paint the Night goes over-the top with over 1.5 MILLION sources of light, and is the first parade lit almost entirely be LED lights (incandescent lighting is used on Tinkerbell's wand and Rapunzel's lanterns).

For those of you who didn't get a chance to see Paint the Night parade during its original run, here are a few pictures and some trivia tidbits... 

Tinker Bell's wand is topped off with a rosette lightbulb from the original 1972 Main Street Electrical Parade!
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Disney Dining Review - D-Luxe Burger - Disney Springs

​On our latest trip to Walt Disney World the first thing on our list (after checking into our resort) was to enjoy lunch at the new D-Luxe Burger in the Town Center section of Disney Springs.

Classic Cheeseburger (Signature Blend Beef Patty Topped with Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato and Pickle)

With hot, tired and hungry kids in tow, the cute burger shack was a welcome sight!  We were all running low on fuel from our early morning flight and we knew that some burgers and fries would hit the spot with our group. 

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