Disney Parks Blog Meet Up: Incredibles 2

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Disney Parks Blog Meet Up: Incredibles 2

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Hey friends! Happy Wednesday! I hope you guys are having a great week so far! Last weekend I got the chance to see the the new movie Incredibles 2 as a premier showing to guests of the Disney Parks Blog! I grabbed my best friend and we headed for Disney Springs for the day, and it sure was fun! 

We were able to check out some of the new things at Disney Springs, including the new Disney Style store, and eat ice cream for lunch, because that's what you do when calories don't count! Then the movie started, and it was so good! I don't think I've laughed so hard during a film in a really long time. The storyline kept me on my toes, and the animation team at Pixar did a great job making it feel like it flowed directly from the first film. I don't want to give too much away, but the ending was something I did not see coming at all!

Whenever I get to go to these types of events I always get so many questions about how I get in, and the simple answer is I always have my phone next to me. Disney puts out tweets and Facebook posts about when the event registrations are open, and I try to do my best to register within the first few moments of opening. 

The best part of the event was that the Disney Parks blog team set up a special meet and greet with the queen herself, Edna Mode! 

I am always so thankful for being able to go to these events, and hopefully I'll see some of you guys there soon too! To keep up with all of my Disney adventures, be sure to follow me on Instagram! 

Be Magical Today!

-Megan 

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Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up: Solo

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Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up: Solo

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Happy Wednesday, friends! I know it's been a while since I posted, but I think I have a new idea about how things are going to go down here on Mingling With Megan so I'm really excited to share that with you, along with what I actually want to talk about today, Solo: A Star Wars Story! 

First thing's first, my blog is shifting it's posts a little bit in the amount of posts per week. Before I was writing for POPSUGAR, I was writing here twice a week on Monday and Wednesday. Now I'm having to change that to just Wednesday, but don't panic! I'll still be very active here and on Instagram. I have just been VERY blessed to be able to take my writing abilities to another location as well, and I still have a real job I have to do. 

Now about Solo. I was lucky enough to be get to see the premier of Solo: A Star Wars Story at Disney Springs last week courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog. The event was lots of fun and since I got to bring a guest, I brought my mom. Mom's really are the best, so taking her to see her VERY FIRST Star Wars FILM EVER was lots of fun! 

Before the movie we had dinner at Morimoto Asia, which is one of my favorite restaurants at Disney Springs right now. There's so much to sample and the menu has a wide variety that will please everyone. The nice thing about Morimoto Asia is that they serve lunch until 4:30, so we were able to get our favorite bento box! This comes with a soup or salad, sushi, a protein, dumplings, and a spring roll. We also got their fried portobello mushrooms! Friends, if you're ever at Disney Springs and need a snack, sit at the bar at Morimoto Asia (the bar is first come, first served) and get the mushrooms. I usually hate mushrooms, but these were the glorious, salty, crunchy, savory bombs of flavor!

After our super late lunch/ early dinner we went over to the AMC Theater at Disney Springs where there were members of the 501st, a Star Wars fan group who dresses up as characters and were taking photos with everyone. This was a great touch to the event! If you've ever run a Star Wars RunDisney event you've probably seen these guys around. 

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Now I don't want to ruin the movie for you because it's not been out too long, so here's my spoiler free review. Solo was good entertainment, but to me it didn't have the "Star Wars" feel we are all used to. I loved all of the nods to past movies. I LOVED Donald Glover as Lando. I think it's hard sometimes to do a movie like this because some people have already made a backstory of different characters up in their minds, and when it doesn't match what's on the screen it can be disappointing. I definitely had that moment a few times after watching Solo twice opening weekend. Do I think it's a horrible film? No. Is it a film I'm going to want to watch over and over like The Force Awakens. No. 

Let me know your SPOILER FREE thoughts on Solo in the comments! Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with all of my Disney adventures! There's a lot coming up soon!

Be Magical Today!

-Megan

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Best Breakfasts at Walt Disney World

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Best Breakfasts at Walt Disney World

Happy Thursday, friends! I know I've been slacking on posting here, but sometimes life gets busy and I'm definitely still trying to figure out a new routine to be more present at home, get my work done, and blog, and get some Disney trips in! Hopefully all of that is worked out soon. Today I want to chat with you all about the top three breakfasts at Walt Disney World that you HAVE to experience when you're on vacation! Two are table service outside of the parks, and one is a quick service inside the parks. If you've been following me on Instagram for any time you'll probably know what all three of these are without even needing to read any further, but you totally should! 

1. Grand Floridian Cafe

Located at the Grand Floridian the absolute best breakfast at Walt Disney World has to be Grand Floridian Cafe. The serve a variety of breakfast and lunch items all day long, so no matter what your mood is that day, you can get exactly what you want. I always get the same thing when I go here, a Mickey Waffle with the blueberry and lemon curd addition, has brown casserole and a side of corned beef hash. Honestly, this is my perfect breakfast. It's a great combination of sweet and savory, along with having all the carbs! Grand Floridian Cafe is relatively easy to get a reservation for as well!

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2. Kona Cafe

Kona Cafe has somewhat of a cult following. It's located at the Polynesian Resort on the second floor, with some really great views of the monorail going by. Kona Cafe is known for their massive stuffed French toast known as Tonga Toast! It's two huge pieces of sourdough bread, stuffed with bananas, fried, then rolled in cinnamon sugar for the ultimate sweet breakfast. It's also 3,000 calories. But calories don't count at Disney, right? Be sure to get a reservation if you want to go here because the restaurant is somewhat small and tends to fill up quickly. 

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3. Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie 

With no reservation needed, tucked away in the back of the France pavilion at Epcot, Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie is the perfect place for a quiet breakfast. They open when Epcot opens at 9:00, so while everyone else is running to get in line for Soarin' or Frozen Ever After, you can be eating a warm croissant and drinking coffee in the shade of the Eiffel Tower. 

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Well friends, that's it for today! Let me know in the comments what your favorite breakfasts at Disney are! Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with all of my Disney adventures! 

Be Magical Today!

-Megan 

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Tips and Tricks to Beat the Heat At Walt Disney World

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Tips and Tricks to Beat the Heat At Walt Disney World

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Happy Wednesday, friends! Welcome to Summer in Florida. This weekend it's going to get to 90+ degrees here, and it's not going to cool down any time soon. With the added humidity coming in a few weeks, summer here can be awful, and you really don't want to do anything, but you shouldn't cancel your vacation because it's hot. Today I'm giving you five tips and tricks to beat the heat at Walt Disney World this Summer! 

1. Free Water is EVERYWHERE!

It's really important to stay hydrated out there! At every quick service and Starbucks throughout Walt Disney World they will give you free ice water. This is great if you bring a refillable cup with you to put super cold water into versus warm water from a water fountain. When the parks get REALLY hot and you probably feel like you're going to melt, Cast Members will have water jugs outside of quick service restaurants so you don't have to wait in the lines to ask for free water, you can just go to the jug and get some. 

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2. Go watch a show, even if you don't particularly like it. 

One of the best thing about Disney is that it houses Florida's number one commodity, air conditioning, inside of each show. Even if you don't particularly like the show, it's really refreshing to go inside for a while, sit and cool off, and get out of the Florida sun. Some of the places that are great for this are Hall of Presidents and Mickey's Philharmagic at Magic Kingdom, Festival Of The Lion King and Finding Nemo: The Musical at Animal Kingdom, and The American Adventure at Epcot. 

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3. A pool great at your resort is definitely a great idea!

Taking a break in the middle of the day for a nap or heading to the pool is a great way to get out of the parks and cool down for a bit. One of the things my family loves doing is only going to the parks in the morning and at night over summer because of how hot it gets. The pool is a great way to still have fun outside, but not feel so miserable in the process. 

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4. Ice cream is also a great idea.

Any time is a good time for ice cream, but especially when it's hot. If you're at Epcot, take the exit out of the park at International Gateway to the Boardwalk and head over to Ample Hills for some of the best ice cream at Walt Disney World. 

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5. Go hang out with your favorite Disney characters!

Most of your favorite Disney friends meet indoors regularly, so going to give them a visit is a great way to get out of the heat and into some cool air for a while. At a lot of the meet and greets now you get to meet at least two characters, so your 30 minute wait time is worth actually waiting. 

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Some of my favorite places to hang out when it's hot at the parks are:

The American Adventure- Epcot

The Land Pavilion- Epcot

Star Wars Launch Bay- Hollywood Studios

Frozen: Live on Stage- Hollywood Studios

The People Mover- Magic Kingdom

The Tiki Room- Magic Kingdom

Festival of the Lion King- Animal Kingdom

Finding Nemo: The Musical- Animal Kingdom

Well friends, that's it for this week! If you have any tips or tricks on how to beat the heat at Disney let me know in the comments! Also be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with all of my Disney adventures!

Be Magical Today!

-Megan

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We Did All Four Parks In One Day!

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We Did All Four Parks In One Day!

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Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! Have you ever tried to do all four Walt Disney World parks in one day? Well this past weekend my family and friends and I did and let me just tell you this challenge is no joke! We were all exhausted by the time we left park four, and we still had a two and a half hour drive home. Here's what went down. 

This challenge was essentially my birthday party! My birthday is coming up this weekend and last weekend was the only weekend EVERYONE could get together, hence the trick to my favorite place, Walt Disney World. We started out adventure at Animal Kingdom. If you've been around for a while you'll know how I feel about Animal Kingdom. It's definitely not my favorite park, but I do appreciate it for what it is. Our main Fast Passes were for Animal Kingdom so we had Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, and Kilamanjaro Safari! We also watched the new bird show, which we won't be stopping for again any time soon. This was from about 9:30 am, until 1:15 pm. 

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Then we headed to lunch at Animal Kingdom Lodge- Kidani Village at Sanaa! If you've never been to Sanaa you HAVE to go! It's one of the best restaurants on property. The bread service is amazing and everything we had was so good! The views from inside the restaurant are awesome! Animals will walk right up to the windows and you get a great view of the resort savannah. This was from about 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

After lunch we went to my favorite park, Hollywood Studios! There's something really special about Hollywood Studios and I don't know why, but it's just perfect. We started out by going on Tower of Terror, which is my favorite ride at Disney right now!  This was also my mom's first time EVER riding Tower so it was definitely a fun ride. Then we headed over to Star Tours and got to ride twice due to low wait times, and I got to be the Rebel Spy one of the two times! This was from about 3:30 to 5:00 pm.

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Epcot was next, and since it was Cinco de Mayo it was a hot mess there! We barely made it around World Showcase with all of the people around, but we did stop in at the Rose and Crown Pub for one of the best drinks to come out of the UK, a Pimms Cup! If you've never had one of these, you have to try it. It's hard to describe what it tastes like exactly, so you're just going to have to try one for yourself. We only got to do Test Track at Epcot before we were over the crowds and left for park four! This was from about 5:15 to 8:30 pm. 

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Magic Kingdom was last and we made it in right between Happily Ever After and Once Upon A Time. We stopped in at Casey's to get some snacks because none of us had eaten since lunch and we were hungry! We got to ride Pirates of the Caribbean, which was our first time seeing the new redhead scene. She looks really great, and I kind of like it. We also rode Splash Mountain, The People Mover, and Mad Tea Party! Unintentionally, we ended up closing down Magic Kingdom and staying until midnight. Luckily for us our coach didn't turn into a pumpkin, and we made it home! 

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Have you ever done all four parks in one day? Let me know in the comments if you have or if you want to! Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with all of my Disney adventures! 

Be Magical Today!

-Megan

 

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