The Disney Store – London, England ~ By Guest Author Fairy Taled

Published September 1, 2015 by ltdjosh


When Walt Disney conceptualized Walt Disney World, he didn’t just mean to create a place where everyone could enjoy the sights and sounds of all their favorite Disney stories and meet their favorite characters; he also meant to create an “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow”, which would serve as a test bed for innovations in city living. The “Florida Project,” as he called it, has evolved to become one of the most iconic places on the planet, and to this day, and while it didn’t quite reach the state of futurism Walt had intended, it is still the benchmark through which all other Disney theme parks are measured.

Of course, Disney World had the advantage of size – thousands of acres of swampland ready for development. The same amount of space isn’t always readily available, but Disney has found a way to show that you don’t really need that much space to be able to create a magical place. The perfect example of this can be found no further than London’s own Disney Store on Oxford Street. In the same way that nearby Mayfair is known for its exclusivity and high-end shopping and casinos, Oxford Street has garnered a reputation as the busiest shopping street in all of Europe, seeing over half a million visitors a day. Oxford regularly has trade fairs and workshops for children, as well as classes for adults, and it is undeniably one of the places you absolutely must visit should you find yourself in London’s West End.

Right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle, a 267 foot high Princess Castle looms above the crowd, as the glittering lights of the store shine from behind its glass front. Princesses make appearances in the windows as Mickey and Donald sentries stand guard outside, and everyone is treated to the occasionalappearance of Tinkerbell as she zips about the room. Step in through the glass doors and you will find yourself transported into a whole new world, as this Disney Store has just undergone a revamp, and it now sports the latest merchandise in every Disney franchise. Be it a movie or a television show, animated or live action, you’ll find all you could ever want in the fun and funky shelves in the store.

Just like Disney World, the store often holds events in time for some special occasions, and although there are none scheduled in the near future, anyone who enters the store is sure to have fun as their favorite Disney characters come to life. Don’t believe us? Just check out all the fun everyone is having in their online gallery!


Oxford Street

350 – 352 Oxford Street

London Greater London, W1C 1JH

Phone: 0207 491 9136

Hours of Operation:

Monday 9:00 – 22:00

Tuesday 9:00 – 22:00

Wednesday 9:00 – 22:00

Thursday 9:00 – 22:00

Friday 9:00 – 22:00

Saturday 9:00 – 22:00

Sunday 12:00 – 18:00

Article submitted by guest author: Fairy Tailed

Video! What it’s like to be a less popular Disney Character

Published September 1, 2015 by

They didn’t actually air this Saturday Night Live Skit with Blake Shelton. You can only find it online. Blake uses the “B” word and mentions he will do some drinking at the end. If you find that offensive you may not want to watch. But, it made me laugh out loud – and I hope it makes you laugh too! Have a magical day and thank you for watching “Joooooohnnn Smiiiiith….”

Food Allergy & Celiac Disease IllumiNations Dessert Party

Published August 27, 2015 by ltdjosh


Do you like dessert? What about fireworks? If you say yes, then the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention IllumiNations Dessert Party is definitely for you. Celebrate the cultures of the world with a buffet of dessert choices–all free of the top 8 allergens! During the event, you’ll enjoy a clear view of the World Showcase Lagoon
watching the Epcot nighttime fireworks spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.


  • An all-your-care-to-eat special diets dessert buffet, free of the top 8 common allergens and gluten
  • Access to our private IllumiNations viewing area, which begins at 9pm
  • Loaded gift bags, giveaways, and evening extras from our Title and Supporting Sponsors


  • Limited to 250 guests, so register early!
  • For more details about the traditional dessert party, visit the official Walt Disney World site here
  • To purchase tickets, click here.
  • For more information about the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention, click here.

World Secrets: How to Get a Free Appetizer or Dessert in Disney Springs

Published July 29, 2015 by

Today I found a World Secret that I thought was pretty special – an offer for a FREE appetizer or dessert (or $25 to spend on whatever you would like!) at your choice of Fulton’s Crab House, Portobello, or Wolfgang Puck’s Grand Cafe in Disney Springs. BONUS perk! Walk into any of them without a reservation and totally get a table! Whaaaat? Could this be true – or are we in Fantasyland here?

I am one of those people who looks for the fine print and thinks there always has to be a catch. There are some great posts and articles all over the internet about cheap eats at Walt Disney World – but how often do you hear about anything being completely free? I read the fine print for you just now, and here’s the deal.

Fulton’s Crab House, Portobello, and Wolfgang Puck’s Grand Cafe belong to a group called Levy Restaurants. Levy Restaurants says that nobody loves your more than family, and they want us to be a part of their family. They will treat you as one of their own when you become a Levy Restaurants Orlando Preferred Member. Here are some of the perks:

        • NO RESERVATION REQUIRED! Can you imagine? Walk right into any of these restaurants and get a table without calling ahead!
        • First glimpses at menu updates and special events
        • Tips, trends, and recipes for you right from the chefs
        • Preferred rates on all events at any of the three restaurants
        • After you get your free sandwich at Earl’s…this magical card will get you a special birthday treat at one of the Levy’s
        • A special card you can pick up on your next visit to the restaurant


1) Enroll online by simply filling out the online Registration Form and you’ll receive a confirmation email that will contain your temporary card number. Give your temporary card number to your server on your next visit and you’ll receive a physical loyalty card in its place.

2) You can also enroll during your next visit to Fultons, Portobello, or Wofgang Puck’s Grand Cafe locations in Disney Springs. Just let your server know you’d like to join the program. You’ll receive your loyalty card upon signing up and then you can register it online.

For every dollar you spend at these dining facilities, you receive 1 point. So when you get home from dinner, go ahead and redeem your points, or check your balance of points, by logging in to your personal account and navigating to the redemption page. Be sure to register your card and provide your email address to take advantage of these offers. You can also check your point balance by calling 1-888-272-7068.

So here it is!! At every 250-point increment, you may add $25 reward dollars directly onto your preferred card. You can redeem the reward dollars online and use them for a future dining experience at one of these participating locations!

A couple of my (other) dream point levels to score:

6,000 points – Perfect Night Out
Enjoy a night out on the town for four (4) with a four-course Chef’s Tasting Dinner including wine at the Levy Preferred restaurant of your choice. Transportation to and from your dinner is included. (Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance; excludes Spiaggia) *

35,000 points – Disney Family Getaway
Treat the family to a magical Disney Vacation! Includes airfare for four (4) to Orlando, a 3-night stay at a Disney Hotel, four (4) Disney theme park passes, one (1) lunch at Fulton’s Crab House and one (1) dinner at Portobello. Includes mouse ears!*

Still have questions? Get full details HERE.


Do you have the card yet? What have your experiences been with this? Leave me a note in the comments below!

Win Four Tickets to Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic at Amway Arena

Published July 27, 2015 by


There is nothing like the excitement of a Disney on Ice show! It is so much fun to see all the grown ups and kids all dressed up like their favorite characters – ready to see all of their Disney favorites in a whole new way.  Get ready for the ultimate Disney experience at Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt! Be charmed by a cast of over 50, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, sweetheart Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. Relive the magic of Disney’s Frozen with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all. It’s going to be tough for me not to sing-along to the over 30 unforgettable songs – including “Let It Go,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” and “Hakuna Matata.” Exciting moments from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime. Show off your moves at the Disney Magic of Healthy Living dance-along pre-show inspired by the Disney Healthy Living commitment as the celebration of the century skates into Orlando! This will be a show to remember!

Photo Credit Feld Entertainment

Photo Credit Feld Entertainment


If the above link doesn’t work for you please click here…. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tickets are for Disney on Ice show at Amway Arena/Orlando only. You must email me by August 25th 2015 at to specify if you are able to attend Opening night, Friday Sept 4th at 7:30pm or Saturday Sept 5th at 11am! Sorry, no changes can be made after this date. Winner can each pick up (4) tickets at the Amway Center Box Office starting Thursday, September 3rd 2015 during regular Box Office hours (Monday through Friday | 9am to 6pm and three (3) hours prior to any event). We recommend picking up your tickets no later than 30 minutes prior to show time. Paid parking is available in the nearby GEICO garage. Tickets provided by Disney on Ice – Disneyways is not responsible for delivery.
I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.

Not local to Orlando? That’s OK!! There is probably a show coming near you! As a Disneyways reader – you can even save $5 off per ticket with code MOM5. Not valid on VIP or Rink Side seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires September 3, 2015.




Why I Love the Cranberry and The Epcot Cranberry Bog – and Why You Should Too

Published July 10, 2015 by


The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is one of my favorite times of the year to visit Epcot. Sure the food, merchandise, cooking demonstrations and drinks are fun…but for me…it’s also got a lot to do with the Ocean Spray Cranberry bog. When I saw photos of various members of the media donning waders and being served food and drinks INSIDE that bog, I thought to myself, that is how I will KNOW I have truly arrived! Sadly, despite my best efforts, my Epcot cranberry bog days are yet to come. But that’s OK – everyone has to have a Disney dream, right? Mine just happens to involve wearing waders!

Here are those elusive waders! All lined up and ready to wear!

Here are those elusive waders! All lined up and ready for the media to wear!

That beautiful bog, and cranberries in general are still just as fascinating to me. The Epcot cranberry bog is over 1300 square feet and home of 500 pounds of cranberries! It is a site to see in the middle of a theme park! Cranberry growers as well as cast members standing in and around it, are happy to engage guests with facts and information on how the fruit is not only harvested but also used. Here is some fun information that I have learned so far:

Wet Harvesting

A lot of people think that cranberries grow under water. Makes sense, since we usually see the berries floating on top of the water. Cranberries do not grow in water however. They grow on long running vines in marshes or “bogs” made up of acid, peat soil and sand near wetland systems. The floating cranberries we’re seeing is actually the result of wet harvesting. The bog is flooded with up to 18 inches of water the night before the berries are to be harvested. Once the area is flooded, the berries (which have air pockets) float to the top. For those stubborn cranberries still left hanging, a tractor-like machine called a “ruby slipper” comes through and “slips” the ruby berries right off their vines. From there, they’re corralled together, loaded into trucks, and shipped off to be processed into all their different forms. A few of those lucky berries will end up at Epcot for the bog display.


Dry Harvesting

Fresh cranberries, the ones you buy in the produce aisle every fall, are harvested using the dry method. Not quite as glamorous if you ask me…but it’s the best way to get the absolute freshest of berries. For this, cranberry growers use a mechanical picker that looks like a large lawnmower. It has metal teeth that comb the berries off the vine and deposit them in a burlap sack at the back of the machine. I would imagine this is much easier then picking them all by hand like they did in the old days!



It’s not just about sauce and jelly. Every part of the cranberry plant has a purpose for which it is used. Greens are reused in compost, juice is pressed, and the skins become Craisins. (By the way, be sure to pick up a free sample pouch of craisins at the booth near the Epcot cranberry bog! Who says nothing at Disney is free?)

Beginning with the Native Americans, who used cranberries in medicines and clothing dyes…modern people are still finding creative uses for cranberries. Cranberries can be added to countless dishes, from quick breads, yeast breads, salads, relishes, salsas and chutneys, to soups, grain-based entrees and of course, desserts. It’s always a good idea to add a half-cup of chopped cranberries to your favorite banana bread or apple muffin recipe.

Drop some into your leafy green/spinach salad (especially good with dried cranberries), or toss a handful into a pilaf or stuffing. Impress your dinner guests with a cranberry glaze, or slow-cook some berries with your favorite chicken or pork. Before baking apples, fill the cored centers with cranberries, then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

Have you ever heard of cranberry mustard? It is said to get the pork and salmon on your plate singing! (Just heat some whole-berry cranberry sauce with a touch of sherry and honey, mix with an equal amount of your favorite brown or Dijon-style mustard, and if you like, throw in a dash of ground ginger. Voilà! Homemade cranberry mustard…mmmm…)

Some very successful musicians even decided to name their band “The Cranberries”. Do you suppose they are fans of the fruit as well?

Photo credit The Cranberries

Photo credit The Cranberries

So, there you have it. Who knew cranberries could be so useful – and inspirational enough to name your rock band after them? Just remember the next time you are at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, be sure to slow down a bit to appreciate the cranberries, and that beautiful Ocean Spray cranberry bog. It’s the stuff Disney dreams are made of (OK..well…maybe just mine!)

**This article was originally posted in the September 2013 Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Newsletter 

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free at WDW  is an amazing website customized just for guests of Walt Disney World who have special dietary needs. I would like to thank Sarah Norris – editor and founder of GFDF at WDW for her friendship and partnership through the years! Be sure to check out the amazing resource that she has created!






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