Wednesday, May 24, 2017

GIVEAWAY!! Pandora Preview Collectable!


During the recent Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Previews for Pandora: The World of Avatar, the new addition to Animal Kingdom, exclusive event maps were given to Guests. If you weren't able to make it to a preview, here's a chance to own a little bit of memorabilia. I'm giving away one of the Passholder Preview Pandora maps!

I'm also throwing in a Magic Kingdom Park guidemap with the NEW Happily Ever After fireworks cover!

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3. WIN! Winner announced on May 27, 2017.* The official opening day of Pandora: World of Avatar!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

NEW!! The Food of Pandora!

What they eat on other planets...The food of Pandora: World of Avatar! 
Pandora: World of Avatar is the long-awaited new addition to Disney's Animal Kingdom Park. While it does not officially open until May 27th, previews have been happening during recent weeks, including Satu'li Canteen (quick-service) and Pongu Pongu (drinks/snacks). The food offers some great healthy options with a few special perks like refillable drinks and REAL utensils and plates (very pretty ones I might add.)

Pongu Pongu
MENU

DRINKS
Night Blossom ($4.99)- non-alcoholic mixture of Limeade with Apple and Desert Pear Flavors topped with Passion Fruit Boba Balls.  
Really fun but really sweet. I only had a sip and it reminded me of the flavor of a sweettart candy. Refreshing on a super hot day though.  

FOOD

Pongu Lumpia ($4.59)- Pineapple Cream Cheese Spring Roll.


Super delicious! If you enjoy the pineapple wonton dessert from Yak & Yeti, you will love this. Great portion size, crispy on the outside, creamy and sweet on the inside. YUM!




DECOR
Pongu Pongu is a simple walk-up counter design. It is next to the Canteen. Most Guests wandered to the covered, outdoor seating at the Canteen to enjoy their treats. Unless there's a line, you may miss Pongu Pongu. It's so well-themed that is blends in with the surrounding area. (Tip: Look for the photo-op just in front of the walk-up counter.)


Satu'li Canteen
MENU

DRINKS
Pandoran Sunrise ($4.49)- Refreshing balance of tropical juices blended with Powerade melon.
Very welcome beverage in the heat of the day! The Powerade melon adds a nice, not-too-sweet touch. I would choose this over a specialty drink at Pongu Pongu.
FOOD
Create-Your-Own Satu'li Bowl (Various Prices)- bowls served with crunchy vegetable slaw and yogurt boba balls. 
Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken ($11.49)- Red & Sweet Potato Hash, Creamy Herb Dressing.
The grilled chicken has a fantastic, smokey flavor and is tender and juicy. Absolutely delicious! The potato hash was ok, but nothing special. (I expect this will be changed to a french fry option eventually.) The slaw is crisp and light, but the creamy dressing was overwhelming. It tastes good, but probably would pair better with the kale salad as a base. The slaw, without the added creamy dressing, was lovely.


Steamed Vegetable Curry"Pods" Bao Buns ($10.99)- served with root vegetable chips and crunchy vegetable slaw.







These were my favorite item. The curried vegetables were not overly spicy, but had a lot of well-developed, hearty, rich flavor. The texture of the bun was light and soft. The slaw was refreshing. The yogurt boba balls on top were sour like vinegar to me but still "worked." The root chips had a tough texture. I was looking forward to them, but the texture was difficult. 

Warning: The pods are dusted in a curry powder or tumeric. After I ate, I realized that everything I touched was SERIOUSLY stained yellow. Everything from my clothes to my mouth...and eyebrow! I didn't notice until I was in the bathroom. Multiple hand washes and it was still everywhere. That might need a slight menu tweak!



        YELLOW EVERYWHERE!







Kids' Meal Crispy Fried Tofu ($7.49)- Rice subbed with Romaine & Kale Salad, small drink. Side of Charred Onion Chimichurri Sauce.
Fresh, light salad with lightly-breaded, crispy on the outside and tender in the center tofu pieces. Great vegetarian option and not "heavy" for walking around the Park. This is the child-sized portion. The adult portion would be served in the larger bowl like the chicken shown above. Great flavor on the chimichurri sauce. I would request a side of it with anything on the menu!

Chocolate Cake ($5.29)- with a Crunchy Cookie Layer, Banana Cream, and Goji Berries.

This is more of a chocolate mousse than a "cake." It's tasty and very pretty. The banana cream tastes like fresh mashed banana...not too sweet. However, these are pre-assembled. So, the "crunchy" cookie layer is no longer crunchy. It's still a nice dessert for the price. I think that it compares to the level of quality you might find in most table-service Disney restaurant desserts. If you are craving something light and sweet, this should hit the spot.

DECOR
The Canteen includes covered, outdoor seating as well as indoor seating with a variety of tables and booths. Some booths have a high-sided design that adds and interesting dimension to the room. There are little, lighted nooks at the entrance that house a variety of objects. The entire restaurant is filled with detail. It's worth taking some time to explore.




PRINCESSING OUTFIT OF THE DAY
Tinkerbell Sundress by Torrid.com


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*Both Pongu Pongu and the Canteen are handicapped accessible. If you need assistance, Cast Members are available to help carry trays to tables. 
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Monday, May 8, 2017

Seven Seas Lagoon Cocktail!!

Located on the Lobby level of Disney's Contemporary Resort is the Wave of American Flavors Restaurant and Lounge. This is one of only two places where Guests can find the Seven Seas Lagoon Cocktail. (It is also available at the Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Towers.)


The drink is served in a fish bowl style glass and includes: Vodka, Coconut Rum, Blue Curacao, Pineapple Juice, Agave Nectar, Soda Water, Boba (the bursting type), Swedish Fish, and a Glow Cube. The cost is $22, less than the price of two regular cocktails and definitely enough for sharing. 

As expected, the drink is very sweet!! It's also very fun!!

Princessing tip: Eat the Swedish fish first. They are difficult to "fish" out, but if they sit in the drink for very long, they start to dissolve and become very unappetizing. Also, don't forget to keep your glow cube!

PRINCESSING OUTFIT OF THE DAY

Ariel print "little black dress" from Torrid.com.



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Friday, April 28, 2017

NEW!! Polite Pig Review, Disney Springs


Located near the Lime Garage entrance at Disney Springs​, the Polite Pig is the latest in restaurant additions to Town Center. It's serving up some yummy, smokey, BBQ, cocktails/wine/beer on tap, and a nice bar with a large selection of bourbons. No reservations are needed. Guests order at the walk-up counter. (But this counts as Table service credit on the dining plan at last check.) I have noticed a few bad reviews, but I prefer to have a first-hand experience and decide for myself. 

Spoiler: I liked it a lot. 

MENU

FOOD 
All of the meat was tender and juicy. The beef and pork had a fair amount of fatty pieces, but that's necessary for moist BBQ. The portions were still generous even when removing the fat.
The brussel sprouts were the star for me, crispy and sweet. Perfect! The BBQ cauliflower was also unique and delicious. The mac n cheese was good, but nothing special. The slaw was fresh and light but all vinegar-based and not really my favorite as a side dish. It probably works better on a sandwich and is included on top of the sandwiches listed on the menu.
There was no Texas toast that was on the menu, but the rolls that were provided were soft and sweet.

Half Chicken Citrus Rub ($15)- served with slaw, texas toast (roll), 1 market side. 
Crispy Brussels Sprouts-whiskey-caramel.


Pork Shoulder Polite Rub ($14)- served with slaw, texas toast (roll), market side. 
Mac and Cheese- aged cheddar, breadcrumbs.

Brisket Coffee Rub ($16)- slaw, texas toast (roll) and market side.
BBQ Cauliflower-paprika sour cream.


Don't forget to hit up the sauces. I tried sweet, hot, and ranch. All had good flavor that worked with the whole menu. None of the sauces were overly spicy.

Orange Blossom Honey Cake ($7).
The cake was sooo rich. It's dense and moist. The frosting is full of flavor and the cake is mild but so rich that it stuck to the roof of my mouth! (That's not a bad thing.)

Old-Fashioned ($10)- Cocktail on tap. Be sure to ask for a sample taste!
The cocktails are unique because they are on tap! This was surprisingly smooth. It was recommended as a great pairing with the honey cake, and I totally agree!
I recommend ordering a $25 pitcher of it for a group.

DECOR
Polite Pig has a slight industrial feel. It's casual but the bar is beautifully designed. There are a variety of seating options. High table, low table, booth, and outdoor tables. I love the little special touches like the piggy paw prints. But, there are few things more sad than an empty cake stand. 








The Guests next to us had the jumbo soft pretzel with beer cheese sauce. They said it was great and the sauce had a mild flavor but was thick and easily "dipable"
I would definitely go back and I recommend it. For $15, it's a lot of delicious food.
I've seen a few poor reviews, but I don't know why other than there might be variations in quality since it is new? The food has a fairly heavy smoke flavor, but NOT artificial tasting. However, those who prefer a lighter smoke may not enjoy this as much as grilled/rotisserie style meat.
I say go try it! Everything I had was really good (I just don't like vinegar slaw.) 


Princessing Outfit of the Day
Mickey Mouse Comic Print dress by Torrid.com

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*Polite Pig is handicapped accessible, but there may be difficulty going through the narrow ordering line. Ask for assistance if needed.
*10% discount for AP and Cast.

*Disney Dinging Plan Table-Service credits accepted. I expect this to change to quick-service credits soon. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

GIVEAWAY!!! STAR WARS CELEBRATION SWAG!

Congratulations to our winner Jackie Hoyman-Davey! 
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After a brief hiatus, The Princess Papers Blog is BACK! And I'm kicking it off with a great GIVEAWAY. You can win swag from the recent Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017, that I was fortunate enough to attend. For some photos of the event and video of Mark Hamill's tribute to Carrie Fisher, go to The Princess Papers page on Facebook!

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GIVEAWAY!!!!
STAR WARS CELEBRATION SWAG!
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