This WDW restaurant review comes from guest blogger Kim White, huge Disney fan and Travel Specialist with Magical Mouse Plans Travel.
During our recent family vacation to Walt Disney World, we decided to try a few restaurants
we’ve never been to. We have never used the dining plan, and because this time we were on
the club level at The Polynesian we decided any of the Disney dining plan options would be too
We are like most families that LOVE pizza and Italian food so this time we decided to head over
to Via Napoli in Epcot. Located in the Italian Pavilion in World Showcase, this open and busy
restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine, woodfired pizzas and pasta.
We had reservations and were seated within 10 minutes of our reserved time. We sat back by
the kitchen. This wasn’t a problem really as you can see the brick ovens where the pizzas go in
and out. But it was noisy and there is a lot going on. The staff is constantly walking by and the
restrooms were on our side, so there were a lot of people walking by for that as well.Via Napoli offers three
different sizes of pizza: individual, large (serves 23), and mezzo metro (serves 35). We
settled on the Mezzo Metro pizza. My husband ordered pasta (Candele candle stick pasta,
sausage ragu, polpettine meatballs, mozzarella, ricotta) and we couldn’t wait to eat. I had
heard wonderful things about the pizza and the crust. The water they use to make the pizza
crust is actually imported to match the water from Naples. We used to live in Chicago so
we’ve had our share of fabulous pizza.When our pizza arrived we were a little overwhelmed by how large it was. However, my kids
can eat so I knew we’d finish it one way or another. We were not going to waste it, and we
weren’t going to walk around Epcot with leftovers.
OK, now I will try not to be too harsh, but honestly, I was disappointed. The pizza actually
‘underwhelmed’ me. The crust was good where it wasn’t a little burnt. I know in woodfired
pizzas that can happen. A little burned crispiness is expected, but this had a but too much and
my kids were picking it off. The outside pieces you could pick up but all of the inside pieces were
super floppy and the crust may have been underdone. We were rolling it up and folding it over
just so we could eat it. The sauce, although good, was splattering all over because the crust
couldn’t hold the pizza. The toppings fell off and we were sort of fighting with our food. The
flavor was good, but not great. I think the size of the pizza was the cause of this. If we had each
got individual pizzas maybe it would have held up better. But we were trying to save a bit of
money and the kids would have all ordered the same thing anyway. My husband did like his
Candele pasta and it was more than enough. We usually don’t order desert, but this time we
did. We got the Zeppole di Caterina Ricotta cheese fritters, served with whipped cream and
chocolate sauce. These were amazing! I think I was so happy when I took a bite, I forgot to take
a picture. Trust me, they are something I would order again.
Overall, our experience here was good. It was not great. We would probably choose another
place next time. I’m glad we tried it and we did get plenty to eat! That’s always a good thing
when you are doing a lot of walking.
Via Napoli is offered on the Disney Dining plan as 1 table service credit. Reservations are
highly recommended. Making your dining reservations is a free service I take care of for all of my
guests who book vacations with me.
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As old man winter throws yet another blizzard at the east coast, we talk Springtime in WDW with the upcoming Flower and Garden Festival; talk some “this week in Disney History”, and then talk about a favorite attraction at Hollywood Studios, “Walt Disney; One Man’s Dream”. So if you’re a Disney Geek, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the show, because if you’re a Disney geek, you’re among friends!
Hi Everybody! This past weekend marked another of the VERY popular RunDisney events: The Princess Half Marathon. Thousands and thousands of runners converged running shoes, tutus and tairas to run for 13.1 miles thru the parks of the Happiest Place on Earth, along with all the other running and sport events for the past 4 days. What makes running Disney-Style so popular? Why has the RunDisney community exploded in popularity the last several years, prompting Disney to add more and more running events to accommodate the demand? Join me this week as I welcome Megan Biller and Krista Albrecht, authors of the book “The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World” as we talk all about the RunDisney phenomenon, and why even non-runners are scheduling their vacations to be there during these running events. So now it’s time to sit back and enjoy the show, because if you’re a Disney Geek, you’re among friends here!
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On this week’s show, I talk about the hidden gems of Walt Disney World…gems that thousands of people walk by each day, mostly unaware of their existence or meaning. I’m talking about 2 things specifically – Hidden Mickeys; and the Windows on Main Street, USA. We’ll talk about the legends behind how Hidden Mickeys got started, and how the names on the windows on Main street, USA tell the stories of the people – some known, many not – who built Walt Disney World. Come along and join the jamboree, because if you’re a Disney Geek, you’re among friends here!
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Today’s post comes from guest blogger and Disney Specialist Travel Agent Kim White, of Magical MousePlans Travel. She is first and foremost a WDW fan, and loves visiting with her family. I’m happy to bring her Disney expertise to the WDW Mousenger writing family.
Disney provides that extra magic with story rooms specially decorated within certain resorts where you can feel a little extra pixie dust! No matter what Walt Disney Resort you choose to stay at, you will be immersed in a particular theme. However there are some Walt Disney Resorts where you can pick a specific room design to make your stay even more magical.
If you are staying at All-Star Sports, you will have footballs, baseballs, and athletic fields painted and scattered around your room. If you choose The Yacht & Beach Club, you will have blues, whites and nautical touches throughout your room. Staying at the Polynesian? Your room will have Hawaiian, and other tropical designs. You get the picture.
But now Disney has taken it a step further and added specialty themed rooms in a few of their resorts. For example, The Port Orleans Riverside, now offers Royal Guest Rooms.
These royal rooms will make you feel like you are staying in a castle. From Aladdin’s Flying Carpet rug to a twinkling fireworks headboard. Your prince or princess will really love these rooms. Although there are over 500 of these rooms available, they do sell out quickly. It’s a great way to add something special to your vacation.
Another option is located at the Caribbean Beach Club. These Pirate themed rooms will make your little buccaneer smile when he/she enters. There are many special touches like the crate TV stands and special ship headboards. Again, these rooms also sell out quickly. They are a great option without adding to much extra to your vacation cost.
The next biggest and long awaited addition to Walt Disney World is the opening of their newest resort, The Art of Animation. You can’t go wrong with whatever you choose for your next Disney vacation, but I’m sure The Art of Animation will be high on your list. It’s adjacent to Hollywood Studios and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
This Value Resort is so exciting to those with families of 5 or 6 because of the family suites. These suites sleep up to 6, have 2 bathrooms, 2 TV’s and a little kitchenette with a microwave, and a refrigerator. Having these amenities are huge for a family like mine with 3 kids and 1 who has food allergies. It’s nice to know we can keep his soy milk and snacks fresh to take into the parks.
Finding Nemo Family Suite
Cars Family Suite
The Lion King Family Suite
The Little Mermaid Standard Room
Let’s not forget about dining here. You won’t find a sit-down table service restaurant. You will find endless dishes at Landscape of Flavors. I have a feeling this menu may change a bit as the resort continues to grow, but you can choose from a ‘create your own’ burger, the Mongolian Grill, roasted chicken, shrimp, acorn squash and other unique choices. If you want some healthy options, try the buckwheat waffles and pasta, multigrain rice, low-fat smoothies, egg white frittatas and make-your-own yogurt parfaits. Of course these options are all good on the dining plan too.
These big additions to Walt Disney World have brought a lot of new and returning visitors. Somehow with Walt’s vision this magical place is always changing but remains timeless. There is something for everyone. No matter who you are or how often you travel you are sure to find something different each time you visit.
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Push—we barely knew ye…
Sad news for lots of families out of Tomorrowland today. Just 72 hours after saying talking trash can “Push” wasn’t going anywhere, Disney brass today acknowledged that Push has indeed been removed after a failed contract dispute over intellectual rights with Push’s creator Real Simple Ideas.
Push had become an unlikely icon of Tomorrowland, and for 19 years he’s been wandering up and down the byways of that side of the Magic Kingdom talking, telling jokes, and getting entire groups to dance like no one was watching. Who would have guessed a silver and blue little trash can could bring so much delight? I was struck by the humor and irony of it all 3 or 4 years ago when looking at vacation photos of the Magic Kingdom. There was my beautiful family, all smiles, crowded together for a frame-worthy family photo—clustered around a trash can.
We weren’t alone. Push has become so wildly popular that as soon as rumors started circulating about the possible loss of the little can who could, online protests, Twitter campaigns and “Save Push” Facebook pages began popping up. Search #SavePush and you’ll get a glimpse of the little guy’s popularity. And why not? One of the reasons we love going to WDW is the fact that we get to check reality at the door and behave like innocent little kids again. And what could be a better example of that than enjoying yourself somewhere so much that even a wise-cracking little trash can stirs your affections?
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Hi Everyone! There’s a whole world of things to do at Walt Disney World that are far outside of any of the parks. On this week’s show, I talk about one of my favorite things to do at WDW, and that is resort-hopping! We talk about hitting the monorail loop resorts, The Animal Kingdom Lodge, The Boardwalk Resort, The Wilderness Lodge, and all the fun things there are to do there. So sit back and enjoy the show, because if you’re a Disney geek, you’re among friends here!
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Hi Everybody! In this week’s show I talk about why Real Men love Walt Disney World. I’ve assembled a crack team of
manly men to discuss this topic: Joining me is Bart Scott, author of the book “Ears of Steel; The Real Man’s Guide to Walt Disney World” and Jon Wheaton; reigning Florida State Champion Jiu Jitsu fighter and World Jiu Jitsu Silver Medalist. If you have a husband, boyfriend or significant other who thinks WDW is just for kids, here’s his chance to hear the man’s side of what makes WDW a great place for guys! And if you’re a guy who already loves Disney but hesitates to admit to your buds, brother you’ve found your support group! So now it’s time to sit back and enjoy the show, because if you’re a Disney Geek , don’t worry! You’re among friends here!
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In this week’s show, we’re going to talk about one of the most iconic images in all WDW – the Cinderella Castle. We’ll talk about it’s history, how it was built, and why it continues to be such an endearing icon to so many, as well as some surprising details. Now it’s time to enjoy the show, because if you’re a Disney Geek, don’t worry! You’re among friends here!