Friday, April 30, 2010

#confessfriday: I've never had a Dole Whip.

I hope that by now you've heard of Confess Friday, but if you haven't, it's awesome!  Confess Friday takes place each Friday on Twitter.  All day, people make confessions about various Disney (and sometimes non-Disney) things with the hashtag #confessfriday at the end.  The best part happens at 7 pm EST when there are rapid-fire confessions.  You can keep track of the confessions by searching #confessfriday, and it's so much fun!  I love gaining new Twitter friends and realizing that there are so many other people out there that love Disney.  Seriously, it's awesome.

But this leads me to my next point:  I have a confession.  Now I'm sure you've read the title by now, but yes, it's true, I've never had a Dole Whip. 

Image from chipandco.com

Okay, have you all recomposed yourselves after fainting?  Cool because I have a question to all you Dole Whip experts.  More of a poll, really.  If you had to choose between a Dole Whip and a Dole Whip float, which would you choose? 

Image from flickr.com

I'm hoping to get a chance to try out both, but just in case, I'd like to know which one people like best.  I've only heard amazing things about both of them, but which one do you prefer?

I'd really like to hear what you'd all have to say, so leave a comment, send me a tweet (@discollegeblog), or post on the Facebook page!  And I hope you participate in #confessfriday.  I bet you'll love it.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Check it out: Be Our Guest Podcast

If you know me, you know I love my podcasts, and I really love the Be Our Guest Podcast (BOGP for short).  Right now I almost feel unqualified to write this review because I have two unlistened episodes of this podcast (three if you count the live show) in my iTunes, but it happens, right?  All that matters is that BOGP is awesome.

One of the most interesting things about this podcast is that the episodes aren't always just the hosts talking to each other about various topics.  In many episodes, there are actually special guests on the show that have recently returned from trips to Disney parks.  The guests are interviewed about their experiences and essentially do a verbal trip report.  This concept makes for a really unique and interesting podcast that is unlike any other podcast I've listened to.

The hosts on the Be Our Guest Podcast are awesome too.  Their names are Mike, Rikki, Debbie, and Pam, and they all have their different personalities yet such good chemistry together.  You can tell that they genuinely enjoy doing the show, and it makes it as fun to listen to as it seems like it was to record.  The hosts are one of the reasons that this is my favorite podcasts.

Another reason that I love the Be Our Guest Podcast is the community.  BOGP has message boards for its listeners, and it's a place where lots of Disney fans can get together and talk about anything from recent episodes to Disney resorts to gas prices.  I'm a fairly new member to the message boards, but I can already tell that everyone on there is awesome.  I'm really excited that I get to be a part of it.

New episodes of the Be Our Guest Podcast come out on Mondays and Fridays, and the length usually varies from half an hour to an hour (and live shows are often longer).  I definitely enjoy spending the time each week listening to the episodes (shush, I know I'm behind, but I'm trying to catch up!), and I hope everyone reading this will too!  If you're interested in checking out the Be Our Guest Podcast, you can find them on iTunes or at beourguestpodcast.com.

Now I'd like to hear from you!  Do you listen to BOGP?  Are you going to start?  Let me know in a comment, on Twitter, or on Facebook!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Review: Yak and Yeti

Image from DisneyWorld.com

Unfortunately, Disney's Animal Kingdom doesn't have a very large selection of table service restaurants.  Those options are even more limited if you're on the dining plan; you either have the choice of Tusker House or Yak and Yeti.  Since you already know that this review is about Yak and Yeti, let me start with a little back story.

After a string of interesting situations, the group I was with last August ended up with two extra table service credits on our last full day.  This day was our Animal Kingdom day, and we already had reservations for dinner.  Therefore, my boyfriend and I decided to try a table service lunch in the park.  The night before, I scoured the online ADR (advance dining reservation) system for a lunch reservation at a decent time for either sit-down restaurant in the Animal Kingdom, but I had no luck.  However, we decided to try to walk-up to Yak and Yeti to see what would happen.  Surprisingly to us, they seated us within ten minutes.

Now on to the review.  I have to say, one of the most memorable things about Yak and Yeti was the air conditioning.  You see, it turns out if you go straight to Kali River Rapids when the park opens, no one else is as crazy as you are, and you get to ride three times without getting off.  And it also turns out that in the August humidity, you don't dry in the three hours between riding and your indoor lunch.  And in the August heat, Disney does not skimp on the air conditioning.  We froze half to death.  Now a disclaimer here is that the air conditioner was probably set to a reasonable amount that would have left any normal person feeling comfortable, but for us, well, our food couldn't come fast enough.

Anyway, my boyfriend and I did not order appetizers since we were on the dining plan, so we went right to the main course.  I ordered chicken lo mein, and my boyfriend ordered sweet and sour pork (we think... he can't remember exactly, so it may have been chicken) with brown rice.  Though eating kept us warm, I have to say that the food was just average.  It might be because I'm used to the kind of Chinese food that we have in New York, but I didn't think that the entree was particularly fantastic.  It was fine because we had the table service credits to use, but it's not somewhere I'd run back to.  I would definitely like to try Tusker House before returning to Yak and Yeti.

The dessert, however, was great.  We ordered the chocolate brownie sundae for two, and I loooove brownie sundaes.  The menu on allears.net (I'll link to it at the bottom of this post) says that the sundae contained brownies, vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauces, and whipped cream, but I'm not sure I even looked at it before diving in.  I really, really enjoyed it.  One interesting thing to note is that though it doesn't cost much more than any other dessert, the fact that it's "for two" means that it counts as two desserts if you're on the dining plan.  So one person wouldn't be able to order the sundae for just themselves unless there was someone else in the party who didn't want a dessert.  The sundae did come with two spoons, though, so it was easy to share.

Overall, I thought our experience was good but not great.  If you just want the food, you might want to consider the quick service portion of this restaurant.  There, you can get similar options at a better price.  If you want the sundae however (and I highly recommend it), you'll have to go inside.  Click here for the regular menu, here for the kids menu, and here for the quick service menu on touringplans.com.

Now I'd like to hear from you!  Do you like the table service portion of Yak and Yeti, or do you prefer the quick service?  Do you prefer Tusker House?  Don't eat at the Animal Kingdom at all?  Leave a comment below, find me on Twitter (@discollegeblog), or let me know on Facebook!

This post is part of the third DisMarks.com Disney Blog Carnival. Click the link to see more great Disney articles! 

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Disney College Blog is now on Facebook!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Follow Friday, Pixar News, and a Belated Happy Birthday

It's a busy Friday!  We've got a Follow Friday suggestion, an awesome announcement from Disney and Pixar, and a belated birthday wish from me to Disney's Animal Kingdom.  So enough with this introduction and on with the show!

Follow Friday!

Image from Disney Report

On today's Follow Friday, I'd like to recommend Disney Report.  As they describe themselves, they "scan Disney-related sites around the web to bring you breaking Disney news in a simple, easy to navigate format."  And that's honestly the best way to explain this blog.  According to my Google reader, they post roughly five times a week, and each post is simply a list of articles relevant to every aspect of the Disney company.

The list is easy to sort through, you don't have to read articles that don't interest you, and there is the additional amusement of clever titles added to indicate the author's opinions of a subject.  I love the fact that I can skip over articles about, say, Disneyland and go right to news about Toy Story 3 or the World Showcase in Epcot.

Overall, I believe that Disney Report is a great blog when it comes to Disney news.  It's totally awesome to have all the news from every aspect of Disney coming from one place in a clear, concise manner.  If you're interested, check out Disney Report at disneyreport.com!  Which brings me to my next point...

Pixar news!

 Image from disneymovieonline.info

I'm sure you've all heard by now, but we got some very interesting news from Disney and Pixar regarding future movies.  First of all, they'll be making a sequel to Monsters Inc!  I am so excited about this.  Monsters Inc. is definitely one of my favorite Pixar movies, and I am extremely pleased that they've decided to make a second one.

Additionally, we've learned that the movie that was initially being called The Bear and the Bow is being retitled Brave.  I think that this is a wise choice as well because I feel that, at least personally, I'd be more inclined to see a movie called Brave than The Bear and the Bow.  But maybe that's just me.  Brave will be Pixar's first fairy tale, which should be very interesting indeed.  One of my favorite things about this movie is that the main character (and assumably the "brave" one that the title mentions) is a girl, to be played by Reese Witherspoon.  It's about time Pixar got a good female protagonist.  I'm definitely pleased with this as well.

We also got some release dates.  As many of you probably know, Toy Story 3 will be coming out this summer, and we can expect Cars 2 next summer (a sequel that I'm not particularly thrilled about, but that's a rant for another day).  Well now we've learned that we can expect Brave to be coming out in the summer of 2012, and Monsters Inc 2 is scheduled for November of that year.  This new information, however, means that it is unlikely that Newt, the movie first scheduled for the summer 2012 spot, will be coming out at that time.  At this rate, it seems more likely that Newt will be coming out more towards summer 2013, but I suppose we won't know anything definite until we get more information.

And finally, on to my last point...

Happy belated birthday, Animal Kingdom!

 Image from orlandofuntickets.com

Yesterday, April 22, was not only Earth Day but the 12th birthday of Disney's Animal Kingdom!  Lots of blogs covered some of the great aspects of this park, and rather than repeat them, I'd like to just link to them here, so you can read for yourself.

On the DVC Life, Kidani Katie expresses her love for Disney's Animal Kingdom, especially during evening extra magic hours.

On ZannaLand, Zanna recalls the opening day of the park and her experiences there.

And finally, on It's a Disney World After All, Rikki discusses some can't miss experience that many people end up missing.

Check these posts out for some great suggestions and memories about the birthday park.



So I hope this post isn't too long.  I guess I'm still getting the hang of this blogging thing, and I thought it would be better to make this one long post instead of three separate ones.  As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts, so let me know in the comments or on Twitter (@discollegeblog) your opinions on Disney Report, the Pixar news, and Disney's Animal Kingdom.  And happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

To Poncho or not to Poncho?

In central Florida, rain is pretty hard to avoid.  But luckily, the rain can be an awesome time to tour the parks!  Lines, especially for outdoor rides, get shorter because many people leave or search for cover (like on Maelstrom about five minutes after it starts raining... I learned that the hard way).  The question is, do you brave the elements or choose to wear a poncho?

Ponchos are kind of silly looking, and if you buy them on Disney property, they can cost you a pretty penny.  They do keep you dry, however, and if you think ahead of time, you can buy a poncho at home for a fraction of the price.  Which makes me wonder... I plan to go down to the World in August, a time notorious for afternoon rain showers.  Last year, most of the time we were back at the room for a break during the showers, and once we were in dinner.  But this year, should I bring a poncho?

Ponchos serve more than one purpose.  In addition to the rain, you can also wear them on water rides, so you don't have to walk in squishy sneakers all day.  And honestly, you really can't beat the rain protection and the fact that it probably would be way more fun to walk through parks in a nice plastic covering than without one.  But I'm not sure I can get over the silly factor.

Which leads me to asking you, my readers, for your advice.  Do you wear ponchos?  If so, do you buy them before hand or on property?  Do you ignore how silly they look for the rain protection?  Should I use one on my trip in August?  My sogginess, or lack thereof, is in your hands.

Image above from molehillgroup.com.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Review: Tokyo Dining

Image (c) Disney

The Japan pavilion in Epcot is one of my favorites.  I love looking at all the Japanese merchandise and learning about the culture.  I love the kimonos, and I have to be repeatedly reminded that I don't really have the need for one and probably shouldn't buy one.  And I love the food.

There are two table service restaurants in the Japan pavilion:  Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining.  I have never eaten at Teppan Edo, though I would love to in the future, but I really enjoy Tokyo Dining.  Whereas Teppan Edo is a hibachi style meal, Tokyo Dining is a more traditional dining experience.  I highly recommend this restaurant to those who like Japanese food.

I really enjoyed my food at Tokyo Dining and so did everyone I was with.  One person in our party had a food allergy, and a chef came out from the kitchen to let him know that he was aware of the allergy and what foods, if any, he should stay away from.  I have heard that chefs do this at most, if not all, restaurants in Walt Disney World, but I still think it's really great and reassuring.  This is just an example of the amazing customer service at Disney parks, and it gave us a good first impression of the restaurant.

But back to the food!  We began our meal with an appetizer of edamame, which I love, and it was great for a starter.  Then a few of us chose steak teriyaki as an entree, while others had sushi.  I personally chose the steak, and it was delicious.  I really enjoyed it, as did the others in our party that chose it.  Those who chose sushi also were not disappointed.  I am told that the sushi was delicious as well, though I did not try any.  Since we were on the dining plan when we visited Tokyo Dining, I know we must have had dessert, but I can't seem to remember what we ate.  I'm sure it didn't disappoint, however, because all the food that I do remember was fantastic.

We enjoyed Tokyo Dining so much that we have a reservation booked for our next trip.  Reservations don't seem to fill up extremely quickly at this restaurant, but if you would like to eat there, I would make a reservation anyway, just to be safe.  Your average dinner will probably cost around $20 - $35 per person, based on if you wanted appetizers and desserts, and you can see the menu here on wdwinfo.com.  The menu is pretty extensive, so everyone can find something they like.  Even if you aren't a sushi person, you'll enjoy their other selections.  I know I did.

Have you ever eaten at Tokyo Dining?  How was your experience?  Do you prefer Teppan Edo?  Let me know in the comments or send me a tweet @discollegeblog!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Disney Cruise Line Dooney & Bourke bags!

So I decided that I'm going to make my follow Friday posts every other Friday because otherwise I will run out of blogs to write about even more quickly than I would (I subscribe to a lot of blogs, but still).  Therefore, I wanted to talk about something different today.  I was thinking about talking about various Disney merchandise when something came up on the Disney Parks Blog that fell right in line with this:  new Disney Cruise Line Dooney & Bourke bags!

Image from the Disney Parks Blog

They are super cute, but unfortunately only available on Disney Cruises.  Right now, that means the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder, but I'm crossing my fingers that they'll still be available when I go on the Disney Dream.  (I'm also crossing my fingers that I'll come across enough money to buy one.)

And speaking of Disney Dooney & Bourke bags, this line is arguably even cuter:
Image from ZannaLand

Somehow I never knew that this existed until today when I read about it on ZannaLand.  I am so in love with it now.  I don't even know if this line is still being sold, but I cannot get over how cute it is.  I wish I had the money to buy something like this!

So what do you think?  Do you own a Disney Dooney?  Do you wish you did?  Will you get the Disney Cruise version?  Or do you think that they're not a big deal?  Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Check it out: TripIt

If you're reading this, then you are on a computer or a smartphone.  Which means that you have at least one of the tools necessary for what I'd like to talk about today on The Disney College Blog: TripIt.

TripIt is, as their slogan says, a place to organize your travel.  You can use their website or one of their mobile apps (they support iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry, and they have a mobile site if you don't have one of those).  I started using TripIt a few weeks ago to plan my trip in August, and I really like it so far.

You start by making a new trip, naming the dates and destination.  Then you can choose to make your trip public or private.  You can have friends on TripIt, so if your trips are public, your friends can view them.  Once you add a trip, you can add different plans on different days.  You can add an assortment of things from flights to restaurants to meetings.  There's also a general "activity" category for other things (this is where I added things like fireworks/parade times).  When you choose to add a plan, you get to add as much information as you'd like.  You can add simple things like time, or you can add more detailed things like confirmation numbers and contact phone numbers.  This is great when adding things like reservations.  But wait, it gets better...

One of my favorite things about TripIt is their "Itinerator."  Thanks to modern technology, you can email any trip information to plans@tripit.com (once you make an account), and the Itinerator will glean the important facts and put them in as plans in your trip.  For example, I was able to email my reservation confirmation to the Itinerator, and when I looked on the website, the reservations were there, confirmation numbers and all.  The same goes for my flight information.  It even gave me a link to where I can check the status of my flight!  The only thing I want to say about the Itinerator is that you should double check all of the information it puts in.  When I emailed my reservations, though all the confirmation numbers were right, the contact phone number that the program inserted was actually the number for the cake hot-line or something (honest mistake - there are lots of phone numbers in the email).  Other than that, I haven't had any problems with the Itinerator, and I think it's pretty accurate!

The mobile apps are awesome too, or at least the BlackBerry one is.  I can see all of my information right from the app on my BlackBerry, and it syncs with my calendar too.  Now if I need any information, like a confirmation number (even the date I booked the reservation!), it's all right there.  I definitely won't miss my lunch at Le Cellier now!

There are some friend-y things on TripIt, but I don't actually have any friends on the website so can't say much about it.  Nevertheless, it's an awesome program to put all my plans together, and it's easy to figure out.  Plus the Itinerator's just awesome!  I definitely suggest checking out this website if you haven't at tripit.com.

Have you ever used TripIt?  Will you now?  Do you use another site/app to organize your travel plans?  Let me know in the comments!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Review: Sci-Fi Dine In

Photo (c) Disney

When it comes to restaurants, some have a better atmosphere than others.  When it comes to great atmosphere for people of all ages (college students included!), the Sci Fi Dine-In Theater in Disney's Hollywood Studios is way up there.  I ate there last August, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it.

If you've never been to Sci Fi, you're seated in what appears to be a convertible in a drive-in movie theater.  Each row in the car seats two people comfortably and could seat three if at least one is a child.  It's "horror" night at the drive-in while you eat, but don't worry if you're scared easily.  The clips shown on the large screen might have been scary in the 50s and 60s when they were made, but they aren't now.  Most are just silly.  Your food is sometimes served by waiters and waitresses on roller skates, and it's really overall a great time.

People generally say that the food at Sci Fi is average, and I have to say that my experience was in line with that.  My boyfriend, on the other hand, thought that his meal was delicious.  Then again, I had the ribs, which I'm not that much of a fan of in general (hey, I wanted to try them!), and for the record, he had the beef and blue salad (sliced butcher-tender steak with a wedge of iceberg lettuce with blue cheese dressing, tomatoes and bacon according to the menu on allears.net).  I would say to check the menu before you go to make sure you like what they have, but even if you get there and your food is just mediocre, it's not too expensive, and I believe it's worth it for the atmosphere.  If you're really concerned about it, I'd say go for dessert only, and soak up the atmosphere while eating a sundae or slice of cheesecake.  The atmosphere alone is a blast, and I would definitely go back.

At allears.net, you can find the lunch menu, dinner menu, and kid's menu.

Have you ever been to the Sci Fi Dine-In Theater?  What did you think of it?  What other restaurants at the Studios do you like?  Let me know in the comments!  Also, if you have any suggestions for future posts, let me know as well!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Follow Friday: The Disney Food Blog

Everyone loves to eat, right?  Well if you love to eat at Disney, or really if you just love to eat in general, you should check out The Disney Food Blog.

I haven't been subscribed to The Disney Food Blog for very long, but I already love it. There are plenty of pictures of food from the Disney parks to tease you while you're sitting at home (or when college food just isn't cutting it).  Plus there are dining trip reports, information about different restaurants, and concept art for new restaurants.  There's also recipes, restaurant-related news, and more!  Basically everything food-related can be found here!  I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

The main blogger is AJ, but she sometimes has guest posts from other people.  If you'd like, you can follow her on Twitter; her username is DisneyFoodBlog.  AJ is a Disney foodie if there ever was one, and her posts are interesting and informative.

There are generally new posts on the Disney Food Blog at least once a day (my Google Reader says approximately 11.7 posts per week), and I always look forward to reading them!  The most recent post was about new rice krispies balls spotted in the Main Street Confectionary... yum!  So if you're interested in Disney or food or all of the above (I know I am), check out the Disney Food Blog at disneyfoodblog.com!  And let me know in the comments if you subscribe and why you love it!

Friday, April 9, 2010

#confessfriday

Hopefully this post isn't too late, but at 7pm EST, people will be making rapid fire Disney confessions on Twitter.  I've missed the last two #confessfridays, but I'm ready today!  Search #confessfriday to see what people are saying!

Also, you can add me on Twitter: I'm discollegeblog!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Check it out: WDW Today

I thought I'd do another podcast review today because I love my podcasts.  (Ironically enough, I type this as I have four unlistened podcasts in my iTunes, which is driving me crazy.  But hey, it's not my fault that I have tests like crazy, and I want to be loyal to my subscribers... even if there might only be five of you.)  Anyway, today I'd like to talk about the first Disney podcast I ever listened to and one that I still listen to today:  WDW Today.

Don't let the fact that there are over 700 episodes intimidate you, you don't need to start with number one!  All of the episodes are great, and you can start listening from any point.  WDW Today focuses on many different aspects of Walt Disney World, giving a broad range of topics from dining to rides to resorts.  The episodes are generally around 20 minutes long, but on Wednesdays, they do listener question shows that run around 30 minutes.  If you do choose to send in a question, though, don't expect it to be answered until you get back from your trip; the hosts of WDW Today are notoriously slow at getting back to emails (though I'm sure it's due to the quantity of emails they receive).

The hosts of the show are Matt, Mike, Mike, Len, and (the fabulous) Annette, and they all have great chemistry.  You can tell that they really enjoy doing the show and that they're all good friends.  They joke around yet generally keep the show on track, and they're fun to listen to.  They sometimes have guest hosts as well, who are always fun and interesting.

New episodes of WDW Today come out on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and there is generally a live show once a month where listeners can call in and ask questions.  I highly recommend checking this podcast out; I bet you'll be hooked after one episode.  Plus, they're short, so they're not very intimidating.  Once you get involved in the show, the hosts hold events and meets a few times a year at Walt Disney World, and various listeners go and hang out.  I'd love to go to one, but for now all I can say is that the live shows that they post later make them sound like a blast!

WDW Today is a great podcast for anyone, young or old, who is interested in Walt Disney World.  I recommend listening to them before a trip and to get your Disney fix between trips.  Check them out at wdwtoday.com.  And if you're looking for a show on a particular topic, you can find them indexed at the wiki here: http://www.wdwtoday.com/wiki/index.php5?title=Main_Page

What do you think?  Do you listen to WDW Today?  Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spotlight: Disney's All-Star Music

Sometimes the value resorts at Walt Disney World get a bad rap.  I mean, I'd love to stay at the Beach Club or Polynesian as much as the next person, but you really can't beat the values for...well... their value!  Saving money is especially important as a college student, so on a trip down to the World, students should definitely consider the values.  As for today, I want to talk about Disney's All-Star Music!

The All-Star Music consists of ten buildings, much like the other two All-Star resorts.  At Music, these buildings are separated into five themes:  calypso, jazz, Broadway, rock, and country.  These themes are demonstrated through large icons on each of the buildings, guitars or maracas for example.  Personally, I think the icons are fun and give the resort a bright, exciting feeling.

As in all value resorts, you enter your room from an outside hallway, and the banisters around the upper floors are themed as well.  Inside the rooms, there are usually two double beds, but there are some rooms with king sized beds designed for guests with disabilities.  There are also family suites that can sleep up to six (the regular rooms sleep up to four).  The family suites include one bedroom with a queen sized bed, two bathrooms, a small kitchenette, and enough space in the main room on pull-out couches and chairs to sleep an additional four people.  I have stayed in a family suite at the All-Star Music, and I have to say that although the pull-out couch and chairs aren't particularly comfortable, they aren't particularly uncomfortable either.  I probably wouldn't suggest one if you had a bad back, but if your vertebrae are in good condition, why not stay at a family suite to save some money?

On to the food court!  The food court is, well, what you would expect for a food court.  This is no signature dining experience, but hey, it's relatively cheap and pretty good compared to college food!  In all reality, I really enjoyed the food court at All-Star Music.  For breakfast, they serve any combination of eggs, waffles, bacon, and sausage you can imagine, and there are pretty extensive selections for lunch and dinner.  These range from quesadillas to roast turkey to a chili cheese hot dog, and the prices are relatively low - from $6 to $10 for an entree.  I though the quality of food was good, and I enjoyed eating there throughout my stays at the resort.  Plus the large variety means you never get bored!

Now the best part of Disney's All-Star Music Resort:  the price.  You can stay at this resort for as low at $82 in value seasons, and these value seasons often correspond with college breaks (though not spring breaks).  This resort is great for college students (or anyone really) on a budget and people who don't plan on spending much time at the resort.  But even if you do plan on spending time at the All-Star Music, there are two pools, an arcade, and a place to shop!  Bus service to other resorts is overall good, but there can be bad experiences (as with Disney transportation at any resort).  Overall, I think the All-Star Music is a great resort to stay at, and I highly recommend it!

First photo from Disney.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Follow Friday: Picture This!

So I thought I'd do follow Fridays on this blog for other blogs that may be of interest to the readers of this blog (though as far as I know, there are none of you).  This one's a little late because it's TECHNICALLY Saturday (at least in my time zone), but better late than never, right?

Today's follow Friday is one of All Ear's blogs:  Picture This!

All Ears has several blogs, but this is one of my favorites.  Picture This! is a blog all about taking pictures at Disney Parks.  I'm really interested in photography, and I think this is true of a lot of people in college.

There are three bloggers on the Picture This! team:  Barrie, Scott, and Lisa.  All blog about different aspects and levels of photography, so whether you're a professional photographer or someone who goes to the parks with a point and shoot in their pockets, they teach you how to make the most out of your Disney pictures.

The hosts also do pictures of the week with different themes, post "Where in the World?" pictures (where you're encouraged to try to guess where pictures were taken), and each month, they post a calendar with a photo from Disney World on it.  All of the pictures are awesome, as are the tips.  I can't wait until the next time I go to Disney World to try my hand on taking some pictures!

There are new Picture This! posts almost every day, and I always enjoy looking at them.  If you enjoy taking pictures, learning about photography, or just looking at awesome pictures from Walt Disney World, consider describing to Picture This! by clicking here!

I'd like to wish everyone a great holiday if you're celebrating one and a great weekend even if you're not!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Check it out: Betamouse podcast

So I was hoping that I could have various reviews on this blog for things that college students might find interesting.  That by no means is to say that the things I review are only for college students or even for college students primarily.  They're just things that college students may enjoy.

SO my first review ever will be the podcast that inspired me to find my "niche" and start this blog:  Betamouse.

Betamouse is a podcast that is, as they describe themselves, "the geekiest Disney podcast on the planet."  It's a podcast that focuses on Disney and technology.  For example, they had one episode on the Disney World website, one on the use of technology in the Kim Possible Experience in Epcot, and one on bringing laptops to Disney World.  They really cover a lot of different aspects of technology which makes it really cool and different.  And totally interesting if you're into both Disney and technology.

The hosts of the podcast are Henry, Jeff, Nate, Scott, and Katie, all of whom are awesome, interesting, and funny.  They all have their different areas of specific interest and yet all contribute awesomely to each episode.  I really think that the hosts of a podcast really make it what it is, and I'm really pleased to say that the hosts of Betamouse are what podcast hosts should be like.  They're even fun to follow on Twitter!

New episodes of Betamouse are released weekly, and they're around 30-40 minutes long.  And even though the show's only up to nine episodes, it's awesome already!  So if you're interested in Disney and technology, check out betamouse.net or subscribe on iTunes.  I don't think you'll be disappointed!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

First post!

I've been looking for a good reason to blog because I've recently gotten really into the whole social networking/reading blogs thing.  But I could never really find anything to blog about.  However, upon listening to Betamouse (an awesome podcast that I'll review in the next post), I realized something about blogs:  you need a niche.  Every blog (and every podcast) has a niche.  Betamouse's niche is Disney and technology.  So I needed a niche.  Then I realized...  I am a niche.

Being in college and being a fan of Disney is a niche.  I mean yes, lots of people enjoy going to Disney World, and yes, lots of people love Disney stuff, and yes, lots of these people are in college.  But not many people are obsessed like I am.  And of those people, not many blog about it.

I tested this theory by Googling (or Topeka-ing if you're reading this on April 1, 2010) the words Disney and college together.  I couldn't find anything that didn't have to do with the Disney College Program.  (Disclaimer:  This blog is NOT about the Disney College Program.  If you are interested in it, that's awesome and go to disneycollegeprogram.com to find out more about it.  But you will not find that kind of stuff on this blog.)  Thus I found my niche.

And thus the Disney College Blog was formed.

I hope that the Disney College Blog will be a place to talk about Disney (obviously) and how it can relate to college, ways to travel to Disney parks while in college, things college students in particular might enjoy about the Disney community, etc.  So I hope if you're reading this and you're interested, you'll come along for the ride with me!

Note:  I'm probably not going to make this blog too known until I get some posts under my belt and I get it looking all nice and pretty, but if you are reading this, I did make an account on Twitter.  I love Twitter.  And I'll probably be posting a lot because I have lots of random Disney thoughts to share and because I already added the account to TweetDeck.

So if you tweet, I am officially discollegeblog on Twitter!  Hooray!

And on that note, I'm off to read The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2010 and go to bed.  (Note to self:  Review Unofficial Guide on blog once done reading all 850 glorious pages.)

Next blog post: Betamouse review.