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Join us for Lunch with Terri Hardin!

Published November 6, 2016 by Disneyways.com

Lunch with Terri Hardin inside Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World! This event will take place at an undisclosed location inside Wilderness Lodge on November 20th 2016. Tickets are $20 to reserve your spot and do not include lunch. Email me (Krista) NOW at Disneyways@Disneyways.com for info on how to reserve your spot at the table! Exact location and time beyond what has been mentioned here (LUNCH at Wilderness Lodge….) is confidential except to our guests who reserve their spot via email.


Tickets are very limited and are priced at $20 to guarantee your seat, time with Terri, and include a FREE decal from My Fantasy Bands designed by Terri especially for our group. You will also get a goodie bag sponsored by TD Collectibles – Disney Pins & Collectibles! Your meal is NOT included in the ticket price so please come prepared to order off the menu. Get amazing inspiration from Terri, a former Disney Imagineer, and Jim Henson Muppeteer. More on Terri can be found at HERE

Check out our exclusive interview with Terri over at Living The Dream Podcast HERE.

Hey and there are some optional perks for our guests to consider! We wanted to let you know about a couple of exclusive add-on items that you MAY want to take advantage of – if you secure your seat today!

Now available with special pricing ONLY to guests at the luncheon…inspired by Terri’s recent trip to Disneyland Paris… art created just for you BY Terri … “Rémy- For the love of Paris.”

“Rémy- For the love of Paris.”

“Rémy- For the love of Paris.”

This figure is about 3″ tall and a limited edition of 50. Remy is made of cold cast porcelain (resin) but is painted to look like a bronze figure! As you can see – he is hugging the Eiffel Tower, which is so adorable and sweet. He even comes to you complete with a beautiful little box and a certificate of authenticity.

Your Remy will come in this special box!

Your Remy will come in this special box!

“Rémy- For the love of Paris” will be offered at $65.00 exclusively for attendees of our luncheon. Regular price is $75.00 – for a savings of $10 when you attend the lunch!! When you write to me for ticketing information – just be sure to let me know if you would like to purchase Remy. There is a limit of 2 per person.

We also have one other limited edition add-on for you when you purchase your lunch ticket. Terri will bring and personally autograph a small number of her book TALES FROM TERRI: A DISNEY SCULPTOR’S LIFE (Volume 1) for just $20. That’s right!! Be sure to let me know you want to reserve one of these. You will have the option to get your photo taken – just like Disney Legend Bob Gurr did!

Terri with her book and Disney Legend Bob Gurr! Bob won't be attending the lunch. Photo Credit MiceChat.com

Terri with her book and Disney Legend Bob Gurr! Bob won’t be attending the lunch. Photo Credit MiceChat.com

Photos of a prototype Remy as well as further information about ADDITIONAL SURPRISE CELEBRITY GUESTS as they are revealed can be found HERE (Please note that Bob Gurr will not be there – I just thought that was a cute image of him endorsing Terri’s book!) – but I have confirmed some other Disney celebrities that WILL be with us. They can’t wait to see Terri when she comes to town!

Email me NOW at Disneyways@Disneyways.com to reserve your spot to dine with Terri Hardin! It is sure to be an afternoon of inspiration and fun. Conversations with Terri are so incredibly special, sometimes life changing. Come create some memories with us that will last forever. I look forward to getting an email from you.  Seating is very limited! My email again is Disneyways@Disneyways.com – deadline is November 18th 2016.  -Krista

Meetups Coming Soon!!

Published September 27, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Join us at the next Disney Parks Podcast meetup located at Epcot during

The International Food and Wine Festival!

food and wine crawl

Goody bags and giveaways sponsored in part by:

Little Keiki Bou-Tiki


Mary Morales – Travel Agent with Glass Slipper Concierge 

Estimated times we will be at each location are listed below.

Join in for all the stops or just a few if you’d like!

The meetup will begin at the Belgium booth at 2pm

New Zealand 3pm

Florida Local 4pm

Hops & Barley 5 – 6pm

We will end up at the 6:45 show at the American Gardens Theater  to Night Ranger perform!

No RSVP required. Park admission, food and wine is on you.

We always have a lot of fun – and it’s a great way to meet other Disney fans and make new Disney friends!


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Boat facebook

Saturday November 23rd come and join us as we set sail around Bay Lake and visit all the lounges along the way.

Blue Launch watercraft transportation ends at 11:30pm but route may vary depending on demand.
Times and places are subject to change due to weather and other factors:

We will begin at the TerriTONY Lounge (also known as the Territory Lounge in Wilderness Lodge!) 4PM – 5PM

We will then sail to Ft. Wilderness! Time permitting, we will head to Crockett’s Tavern in Ft Wilderness and from there – we will catch the bus to the Chip ‘n Dale meet and greet at the campfire sing-a-long.
(Fire lighting is at 6:30 with the sing-a-long starting at 7pm-7:30pm)
We will then sail to the Contemporary Resort to enjoy The Wave Lounge, and then board the boat back to the Wilderness Lodge some time before 11:30pm (The Wave Lounge closes at midnight.)

No park admission necessary, but drinks and food are on you.

Fun and games and other wild things we can think of can be enjoyed by all.

We are looking for individuals and small businesses to sponsor giveaways, s’mores supplies, and goody bags for this event!

Please contact me for information!

We hope you will join us at one or both of these events so we can meet you!!

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Top Picks for Doing Disney on a Special Diet ~ By Guest Author Laurie

Published April 15, 2013 by Disneyways.com
We LOVE our guest bloggers here at Disneyways. Laurie Smith is no exception. I really appreciate her perspective on not only great restaurants for special diets – but also for guests who have special needs. Thank you Laurie for sharing!

My top picks for Special Diets at Disney World ~ by Laurie 

Today I wanted to share with you my top picks for Disney restaurants for guests on special diets, and in wheelchairs. You will notice I also prefer quiet and well-lit dining areas so you will see some information on that as well.  I decided to limit my list to those restaurants that can handle special diets beyond the top 8 allergens.

To begin, I had a long informative talk with the manager at Artist’s Point.  He told me Wilderness Lodge has an extensive pantry that can meet almost every diet possible including PKU, diabetes, Atkins, low carb, low fat, no added sodium, allergies and sensitivities, religious, medical and vegan diets.  Sometimes guests will have to call ahead to make sure items are in stock.  I have chosen two restaurants from Wilderness Lodge because of their ability to handle special diets as well as quality of food and service.

whispering canyon

Whispering Canyon Cafe: There are three dining areas that have good lighting and seating.  The main area is where the fun happens.  The middle area is next to the kitchen door and offers a bit of privacy away from the antics.  I was lucky to sit next to the fireplace in this room.  The third room is an indoor patio that overlooks the ramp leading downstairs and the outdoors.  They started me off with gluten and soy free cornbread with real butter then came the buffalo chili, cheese dip, and fresh salsa.  OMG, I have not had chili in a decade, awesome. They give you a choice of 3 meats but you can do vegan if you wish.  The reason this is one of my top restaurants is the cheesecake in a glass. Sheer bliss for me as I never get to eat cheesecake but they make this without the crust.

Artist Point:  The menu is based on what is available in the markets so it changes often.  The seating is in well lit areas overlooking the outdoors.  I like that there is good lighting and that guests are not packed in tight but instead are allowed to quietly savor their food.  I started the night with quail eggs and the Smokey Portobello Soup with chive oil that rivals Napa Rose for the best mushroom soup I have ever had.

mushroom soup

Hoop Dee Doo Review:  Disabled guests can use a side entrance.  I was assigned upstairs which is hard for me so they had to find me a table downstairs in the back.  Seats in the last rows are on stools that may be a bit hard on some guests like sitting on a bar stool   Some guests may find the ending a bit loud as people are encouraged to clang on washboards with their spoons.  Sensitive folks should watch a video and exit if it gets to loud.  This is a top pick for me because of service, lighting and seating as well as ability to handle special diets.  They served me gluten free corn bread with honey butter, tossed salad, baked chicken with side of barbecue sauce, barbecue pork ribs, meaty baked beans, mashed potatoes, and a bowl of whipped cream slathered strawberries.  I have also seen the vegan offerings – which looked delicious.  They have plain items ready for special diet guests like baked chicken, plain ribs, plain corn, salad without cheese and dressing, and vegetarian beans.

Kona Cafe:  Kona offers gluten and soy free sushi, delicious chorizo soup, and chocolate fondue but the one dish that shocked me was the Pan Asian Noodles.  I was served gluten free rice noodles with wok fried vegetables and shrimp. That was a rare treat for me as I rarely can eat Asian food because of the soy and wheat.  The comfortable seating may be is a a bit close together and adjacent to the main walkway. I love this place for the awesome food and staff. Kona Cafe is pictured below.

Kona Cafe

Portobello: Portobello seems like a small store front until you walk inside.  They have good lighting and seating with an outdoor patio. I do not feel the seating is packed in but there have been online complaints online seating being too close for comfort.  I had sambuca shrimp with potato slices that were set on fire at the table-side   They made me gluten free penne pasta with Bolognose sauce and for dessert a heavenly panna cotta.  After talking with the chef I feel that this restaurant can handle most dietary limitations.

Downtown Disney also has two restaurants with patios, good lighting, live nightly entertainment, and comfortable seating.

Bongos: Bongos Cuban Cafe offers Cuban food that is very mild compared to Mexican cuisine.  They other lots of food for the dollar and can easily handle special dietary requests and disabled seating.  I love their Masitas de Puerco which is a milder version of carnitas.  They offer beans and white rice with grilled onions and plantains.  They have a walk up window for quick service meals.

Ragland Road:  Raglan Road has some private booths – but there can be a wait for those.  I love their gluten free/soy free onion rings, scallops, shepherd pie, and fish with chips.  They are very friendly folks who treat you like family.  They have Cookes of Dublin next door for additional allergy friendly dining.


Raglan Road

Inside the theme parks, Tusker House and Crystal Palace are outstanding buffets that have good lighting and seating with dedicated chefs who work hard to meet the special dietary needs of guests.  They will make special dishes like plain meat and potatoes, batter free fish, and allergy free baked goods.  These are family restaurants so talk with staff if you need a bit of privacy.  They will go backstage and make dishes from scratch or get a freshly made batch of food that the public has not touched.  They both have chefs that try hard to handle a wide variety of special dietary requests and both have friendly staff.

Sunshine Seasons is in the Land pavilion in Epcot – and Landscape of Flavors at the Art of Animation resort.  Both are well lit, have helpful staff, and can deal with vegan, allergies, and other dietary requests.  There are a few nooks but overall you will at times be packed in tight.  I would never try to take my scooter to a table at either restaurant.  Art of Animation carries babycakes gluten/vegan/nut/soy free cupcakes in the refrigerator section.  I could spend my life eating Mongolian beef at Landscape and the pork chops with rice and beans at Sunshine Seasons.


I hope you have enjoyed my top restaurant picks for special dietary needs at Walt Disney World. What are some of yours?

About Laurie: I have lived in Kissimmee, FL since March, 2012, so that I could learn about WDW and help people enjoy WDW.  I love to watch cooking shows so I can learn about food.  I love exploring new places, eating out, cooking, helping people, and playing online games.  I have been going to Disney parks since 1960.  I cannot have wheat/gluten and soy at all.  I am familiar with disabilities in Disney parks since I am disabled and I used to take my mother to Disneyland in a wheelchair.

A note from Krista – unrelated to this particular blog post – if you or someone you love has special dietary needs at Disney you may also want to check out Gluten Free and Dairy Free WDW!


Disneyways, Theme Park Concierges and Mouskejournals are proud sponsors of the 2nd Annual Special Diets Illuminations party coming October 13, 2013!

Click here for your very special invitation!

dessert party


Where in the World are we?? Resort and Theme Park addresses for your GPS

Published September 9, 2012 by Disneyways.com
World Of Disney

World Of Disney (Photo credit: Definitive HDR Photography)


Disney (Photo credit: wickedboy_007)

I love my GPS – but sometimes it has a hard time finding things in Disney.

Here are the addresses for all the Disney owned theme parks and resorts in the Walt Disney World area – customized to be used for a GPS – and put into resort categories.

The color coding indicates what theme park or area the World you are closest to. This serves as a great planning tool to help you book your dining etc.

Email me at DisneyWays@DisneyWays.com if you’d like to have this in a word document that is more suitable for printing!

I will send it to you directly.


Disney World GPS Address List from Disneyways.com

“Magic Kingdom Area” in Purple

“Epcot Area” in Black

“Downtown Disney Area” in Orange

*Closer to Hollywood Studios but still considered “Epcot Area” starred and underlined

Deluxe Resorts
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: 4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Contemporary Resort: 4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Polynesian Resort: 1600 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Beach Club Resort: 1800 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort: 1700 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn: 2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: 901 Timberline Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: 2901 Osceola Parkway, Bay Lake, FL 32830


Moderate Resorts
*Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: 900 Cayman Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort:1001 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter: 2201 Orleans Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside:1251 Riverside Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground: 3520 North Fort Wilderness Trail, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


Value Resorts
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: 1850 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s All Star Sports Resort: 1701 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s All Star Music Resort: 1801 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s All Star Movies Resort: 1901 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Pop Century Resort: 1050 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


Deluxe Villa Resorts

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort:4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas: 2901 Osceola Parkway, Bay Lake, FL 32830
Disney’s Beach Club Villas: 1800 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Boardwalk Villas: 2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Old Key West Resort: 1510 North Cove Rd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: 1960 Broadway, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Villas: 901 Timberline Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom: 3111 World Drive Lake, Buena Vista, FL 32830
Epcot: 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 551 Rainforest Road Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
*Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 351 South Studio Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Downtown Disney: 1780 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Water Parks

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: 1494 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
*Disney’s Blizzard Beach: 1500 W. Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


Official “Hidden Mickeys” to look for in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Published April 9, 2012 by Disneyways.com

Looking for a something different and fun to look forward to?

How about making a dining reservation now for either The Whispering Canyon Cafe or Artist Point over at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge?



You do not have to have park tickets or be a guest at any Disney resort if you want to get your Disney fix. Make a reservation for Whispering Canyon Cafe or Artist Point by calling 407-WDW-Dine.. When you arrive at the resort, you can park for free. Just let the guard know you have a dining reservation and he will wave you through. Before or after your delicious meal – you can pick up a park map at the front desk, enjoy the Lodge’s version of “Old Faithful”, gaze at the sparkling pool, sit on a comfy couch in the lobby – even catch some classic Disney cartoons playing on the hidden TV in the lobby.  If you are like my sisters…you will want to take a nice walk after your meal. Here’s a fun activity for your walk…you can look for some of these OFFICIAL Hidden Mickeys! This is EXTRA fun if you have kids in tow. Tip: Print this and take your list along!

There are 14 individual hidden Mikeys located in the common areas alone, including one in a fireplace screen:

  • Artist Point, right-hand mural—coloration of lower right-hand tree varies creating shape
  • Artist Point—cloud in the distance of the left-hand mural
  • Lobby—in a key on display between the front desk and Mercantile merchandise shop
  • Lobby—right-hand side of fireplace just below the red rocks
  • Mercantile—outside, the bus driver on the sign showing the resort transportation location
  • Outside entrance—right, inside support post below iron band at top
  • Outside entrance—right, outside support post below iron band at top
  • Territory Lounge—colored area on rear end of a pony in mural on ceiling
  • Territory Lounge—map at the entrance, one of the pots about two feet from the bottom
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe—in bottom ironwork of fireplace in back room
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