Throwback Thursday Photo of the Day – Pleasure Island

Today is Throwback Thurdsay and we are going old school Pleasure Island circa 1989 with a “vintage” Pleasure Island button.  Ahhhh, the good old days.

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Many of my nights were spent dancing on the spinning dance floor of Mannequins.  I loved Mannequins they played great music and entering the club from the third floor was a way to make an entrance.  And thanks to the ventilation system you could dance all night and come out smelling like hairspray instead of smoke.

I miss having a place where you could be surrounded by just adults on Disney property and have some fun with friends or meet new friends.  Besides Mannequins, there was the Comedy Warehouse where Disney Cast Members were parodied in skits, the Adventurers Club where you could sip a Kungaloosh while your elephant leg bar stool would rise and fall at will, and the Fireworks Factory where you could get Cherry Bombs that were lethal.  And it was Mardi Gras every night in the street!!!!  Lots of other clubs came and went with the various trends of America and the ticketing went from a cover charge for the whole Pleasure Island area to opening the gates and charging at each club and the street was a thorough fare for the West Side – just for the record, it isn’t as much fun to be thrust into a child friendly environment after a few cocktails and you’ve been dancing up a storm in a club.  But the initial concept (in my opinion, and I am most definitely biased) was the best.

For those of you who are too young to remember the golden age of Pleasure Island, I’m sorry you missed out on a good time that I don’t foresee being replaced anything soon.  I am however looking forward to the opening of Disney Springs to see if even an iota of the magic of the old Pleasure Island can be recreated.

Dining Promotion Released for Disney World

Disney World has released a promotion today including free dining for select dates and resorts during the months of September through December.


Offer is available for most nights August 28 – Oct 2, Oct 25-31, Nov 8-19, and Dec 15-21. This must be booked between the dates of April 27-July 10, 2015.

When you stay at a moderate or deluxe resort, you receive the Disney Plus Dining plan that includes a table service, counter service, and snack (one per person, per night of the stay). When staying at a value resort Quick Serve Dining is included which includes two quick serve meals and one snack (per person, per night of the stay). Guests staying at a value resort can upgrade to the Plus Dining plan for a fee.

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Packages must include tickets that have either a Park Hopper or Water Park Fun & More Option. Offer excludes the following resorts: Villas at Grand Floridian, Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower, Disney’s Art of Animation Little Mermaid standard rooms, campsites, 3 bedroom villas, Disney’s All Star Movies, Port Orleans Riverside (for certain dates), and Port Orleans French Quarter.

Contact Nicole at Visit the Magic Travel for your free quote before this offer slips away.

Receive a $25 Disney Gift Card When Booking with Visit The Magic Travel*

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Jaime & Ethan’s Pinky Swear Trip: Day 8 “The End”


Last breakfast with the zebras… Hotel check out time (boooooooo). We check our bags with the airline check in and leave our carry ons with Bell Services before grabbing a bus to the Magic Kingdom one last time.

It’s cold out – we’re back to our “winter” clothes.

I have no idea why (or whose idea it was) to do a Tiana meetup. Even Tiana is in her “winter” clothes!

Since we didn’t make rope drop and we had to wait for Tiana to show up, it’s now time for an early lunch!

Allergy Chicken Tenders…

We are really not feeling like ourselves – Liberty Belle boat ride was next?!?!?!

Then Small World? I’m feeling foggy-headed just reliving this day!

We decide to do Enchanted Tales with Belle again – Ethan wants to view it from the benches, instead of standing against the wall for once. I think the look on my face in line shows that I’m not feeling too good.

We’re pooped. We take the bus back to AKL early – we’re going to hit Sanaa one more time for lunch!

Ethan ordered a grilled lamb kefka, served on pappadum instead of a naan bun – not possible to eat this like a sandwich…

I just had a bowl of tomato soup.

We take the bus to Jambo house instead of walking. We browse the gift shop and then plant ourselves in the bar (after getting our bags from Bell Servies). I plant a seed in Ethan’s ear. “You should run down to Mara and get some zebra domes for the airport.”

He laughs and sits there. 3 minutes later, he gets up and trots off. :-)

They don’t travel well…

But they were yummy!!!

See ya real soon!

Jaime & Ethan’s Pinky Swear Trip: Day 7 “Again, There’s Just 1 Part!”


It is a cold, cruddy, rainy day in Disney. Ethan is pretty sick and shouldn’t be out in this weather. I make the executive decision that we will be having Room Service for Breakfast. I call down and they put a chef on the phone (allergies!) and we go through what I want.

The carafe of juice has had many names over the years – right now they call it POG. Passion fruit, orange, guava. It’s amazing!

Now that’s how allergy waffles should be cooked!

Ethan goes back to sleep and I finish my book, facebook, watch the animals. It’s a very laid back day.

When he opens his eyes again about 3:30, I make a suggestion – “Are you up for another dinner at Sanaa? I can get us a 5:00 ADR.”

We walk over to Kidani and take in the viewing area again. I didn’t even bother to put my contacts in today, that’s how lazy a day it’s been!

I’m trying to point out our room. I’m failing.

Hidden Mickeys???

We order tea to start.

The bread service – of course.

Ethan got the butter chicken and short ribs again, I opted for the tomato soup and Seasonal Kulfi with chef’s accompaniments for dessert. It was weird, but mostly good. The pomegranate seeds kinda threw me…

We decide over dinner that we’ll head over to EPCOT for a couple of hours – such is the joy of Annual Passes.

So we catch the bus to Epcot and hang out in Future World for a few rides (Seas with Nemo, Turtle Talk with Crush, and Living w/the Land) before heading out to Germany for caramels!

We make it to the American Pavillion before Illumination starts and watch from a very strange place, off to the left of the stage.

We wander our way around the World Showcase, taking our time. Back through Future World and one last ride on Spaceship Earth before grabbing a bus to AKL.

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