Castle Classics: Favorite Links for Disney Fans October 2017

Castle Classics features Disney restaurants, parks, and resorts.

Castle Classics: Favorite Links for Disney Fans — Pandora, FastPass+ Choices, Port Orleans Riverside Tips, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, and More

Before looking over our Favorite Disney Links, here’s an update from The Castle Concierge:

We’re celebrating fall break from school here at our home by planning our upcoming Thanksgiving trip to Walt Disney World. Our itinerary is shaping up nicely with relaxation time, FastPass+ reservations, dining reservations, and stays at Beach Club and Port Orleans French Quarter.

Favorite Disney Links

Next week, I’ll be headed to Walt Disney World for a quick three-night trip. The main purpose of the excursion is to attend the 10th anniversary reunion of the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I’ll only be able to attend one reunion event due to other mom responsibilities but I’m so thankful to be able to attend this year. Then, I’ll get back to Nashville for my son’s “Senior Night” event for marching band. Lots of celebrations for this mom next week!

I hope you’ll enjoy this round-up of my favorite Disney links. And if you have fun and informative Disney links to share, please contact us.

Disney Cruise

Picture The Magic highlights what’s included on a Disney Cruise.

Disney Food and Beverages

There’s a new Dole Whip treat! Disney Food Blog showcases the Dole Whip Topped Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Motherhood and Beyond sipped on a drink — Hawkes’ Grog Ale. Order one at Satu’li Canteen or Pongu Pongu!

We had a Florida-inspired meal at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ in Disney Springs during an August trip to Walt Disney World. It was SO good that we booked another reservation for our Thanksgiving vacation; I’m truly craving the bites of southern comfort again!

Creamy Mashed Potatoes at Art Smith's Homecomin'
Creamy Mashed Potatoes.

Leah Tackles how to make a Dole Whip at home. Check out the video.

Disney News/Disney History

Huffington Post’s Chuck Mirarchi shared his thoughts on the recent “An Evening with Mark Hamill” at the Hammerstein Theatre.

Although we hope you’ll never need it, for future reference, keep Disney’s Hurricane Policies in mind. We wish our Florida friends well as they recover from the storms.

We had fun reminiscing about Disney throwbacks like Chef Remy at Les Chefs de France.

Chef Remy at Les Chefs de France
The adorable Chef Remy

Disney Resorts

Sending a special thanks to Leah at The Frugal South! She recently featured the best and the worst of Disney’s Value resorts and included our post on the renovated rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

On our last trip to Walt Disney World, I needed to add Disney’s Magical Express to an existing hotel reservation. Follow the easy steps if you need to add DME to your vacation itinerary. And learn all about Disney’s Magical Express here.

Bus Queues at MCO for Disney's Magical Express
Bus Queues at MCO.

Are you considering a moderate resort at Walt Disney World? Our Top Twenty Tips for Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort may be helpful reading. And make sure to sign up for our newsletter so you know when my full review of the resort is ready to check out.

Hidden Mickeys in Lobby at Port Orleans Riverside.
Look up high for Hidden Mickeys.

One of the many reasons that I love the Grand Floridian is due to the sweet sounds of The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra.

Request your favorite tune by the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra.
Request your favorite tune!

The PassPorter Moms discuss childcare options at Walt Disney World. Tune in and listen as Jennifer and Sara share helpful tips.

Disney Parks

Confused about your FastPass Plus choices? Or maybe you just need to refresh your memory on the multitude of options. Either way, take a look at Selecting Your FastPass+ Choices at Walt Disney World. I recommend signing up for your FREE FastPass+ Planning Worksheet. Finally, find out how to make your FastPass+ reservations here.

Magic Kingdom

One of our favorite stops in the Magic Kingdom is the Main Street Confectionery. What treat is a must for you? Do you have a treat that you can’t wait to try?

At the Main Street Confectionery, Holiday Treats are featured.
Holiday Rice Krispy Treats in the Bakery Case.

Get tips on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party from Florida’s Family Fun.

Animal Kingdom

In August, we returned for another trek to Pandora: The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Here are some Pandora tips that I want you to know before making your own journey to The World of Avatar.

Top Ten Expedition Tips for Pandora The World of Avatar

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

An Open Suitcase announces the return of Star Wars: Galactic Nights this December.


AllEars.Net visits the Italy Marketplace during Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival. Yum!

Disney Springs

Two desserts from Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ restaurant are sampled by Main Street Gazette. Which cake is your favorite?

Castle Classics For You

Shine Bar at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'Lush landscaping and floating mountains at Pandora World of Avatar WDWDisney Springs Paddlefish Aerophile balloonRoyal Guest Room Port Orleans RiversideOrlando International Airport MCO Side BDisney Stars and Motor Cars Parade featured R2-D2.Avoid long stand-by lines by reserving FastPass+ experiences at WDW. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train gets busy.Cotton candy bags at Main Street ConfectioneryDisney's Pop Century offers Bell Services, including a ride to your room if needed.Luggage Delivery at Disney's Port Orleans Resort

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Kimberly LaPaglia

Kimberly shared her passion for Disney when she was selected for the inaugural Walt Disney World Moms Panel and then as the first Disney Cruise Line panelist. As a Disney Mom, she helped countless families plan their own dream-filled journeys. Blending her love for research, travel, and writing, Kim has been an editor for Disney Food Blog for nearly 8 years. At The Castle Concierge, she blogs about travel, parenting, celebrations, and the road to empty nesting.

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