Happy Star Wars Year…I mean, 2015!

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”

Well, it’s true. It seems 2015 is going to be quite the year for Star Wars and your’s truly will be riding that golden X-wing through every Star Wars event possible all the way up to December!

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In just two weeks, I will be participating in RunDisney‘s Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort. I am very excited to be running in the Rebel Challenge (a back to back 10k and half marathon) and earning my Coast-to-Coast medal, as well!

In April, I will be attending Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 and representing Second Blog to the Right as a member of the media. With the new movie coming out this year, I am hoping I will have some pretty awesome insider info right here for you to check out. We certainly know I will have plenty of photos to share! Celebrities set to appear so far include James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Clone Wars), Freddie Prinze, Jr (voice of Kanan Jarrus in Star Wars Rebels), and Dave Filoni (Executive Producer, Star Wars Rebels).

So if you’re a nerd like me and love Star Wars, stay tuned to the SBTTR for all your Star Wars needs!

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“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.” – Yoda

Click here for the Official Trailer of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Farewell Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade

Well, now that Pandora’s construction is well under way, we say goodbye to another one of our Walt Disney World attractions. Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle parade has run since October 2001.  While it is not one of my favorites, I felt the need to attend the final performance and am completely guilty of shedding a few tears.  This parade contained some high energy performances, unique costumes and characters, and some fun music.  I won’t say a whole lot about it, but please enjoy some photos and if you missed it, click here.

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Discovered Hidden Gems at Walt Disney World: Culinary Tour

Ok y’all, this one’s for my Disney fans.  Most of us have become aware of the magical moments and the things we can pay extra to experience, but wouldn’t it be nice if there were some things that we could partake in without breaking our banks to do it?!  Well, I am here to help you do that by sharing with you things that you will not find advertised on official websites.  This blog post will focus on one in particular, but stay tuned, because I will surely share more down the road.

Anyone who knows me could tell you how much I love to resort hop around Walt Disney World.  I love the theming and detail that has gone into every piece created throughout this World we know and love.  I understand there are many people who are simply here on vacation and don’t look past the surface of rides and attractions.  However, there is much to be appreciated behind every single detail.  From paint colors to light fixtures, there is a reason behind it all.

This edition of my Discovered Hidden Gems is about the culinary tour available at Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Every evening at 3:45pm, Boma offers a culinary tour of their dining facility.  You may be thinking, why would I want to do this?!

Side note: If you’ve never eaten at Boma, I highly recommend it.  It is a personal favorite.  My palate loves to experience diverse flavors and with Boma (along with AKL’s other table service restaurants, Jiko and Sanaa), I get to do just that.  

Just like anything else at WDW, this tour is an experience.  It is about 30-45 minutes long.  You will start at Boma’s entrance and be lead by one of the restaurant’s hosts.  (Our’s was Leonie from Durban, South Africa and she was amazing.  If you make it there before August, ask for her.)  Throughout the walk-through, you will be told about the many details that can be found around the restaurant.

Fun Fact: Boma means “place of safety.”

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One of the wooden carvings representing the animals found in Africa

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One of the two large tables that can be found in the restaurant. Notice the shape…it’s an elephant ear!

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All the walls represent different types of fencing found in Africa.

 

While they look like your average nuts and bolts, these are actually African coins!

While they look like your average nuts and bolts, these are actually African coins!

You will get to learn all about the cuisine served at Boma and get to enjoy some as well!  Our offerings were Carrot Ginger Soup and the infamous Zebra Domes.

Zebra Dome

Zebra Dome

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

At the end of the Boma portion of the tour, you are then led to Jiko.

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Fun Fact: Jiko means “the cooking place.”

Jiko is also filled with some amazing details.  The changing sunset is probably my favorite.

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At the end of the Jiko portion of the tour, we got to enjoy 3 breads & 4 dips.

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Not only is this experience amazing, but the fact that it does not cost anything is a fabulous bonus. So if you find yourself searching for something to do on your vacation or a rainy afternoon, take some time to experience this tour.

Also available on Wednesdays at 3pm at Jiko is a wine tasting. You can find out about availability at the concierge desk at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The cost is $25 plus tax per person.