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An Open (Love) Letter to an Icon: A Review of “Mary Poppins Returns”

An Open (Love) Letter to an Icon: A Review of “Mary Poppins Returns” 1 A few weeks ago, my wife and I, along with a few thousand other Disney die-hards, attended Destination D.  Among the highlights of the event was a panel discussion with Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the composer and lyricist who tackled the daunting task of penning the music for “Mary Poppins Returns”.  Both told a variety of stories, both from their experiences working on the new film and their personal re Continue Reading

From Behind the Pass: Brunch at Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen

From Behind the Pass: Brunch at Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen 5 Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen is just one of the dizzying food options at Disney Springs (I still refer to it as Downtown privately). It’s become Disney World’s hub for foodies seeking something more refined than theme park pizza and french fries. Being a chef, I’m always on the lookout for eats of all kinds, especially anything “southern”. Southern cuisine is comfort food, and comfort fo Continue Reading

It’s Your Universe Book Review

It's Your Universe Book Review 10 Star Wars fans, isn’t Ahsoka Tano just the coolest character ever? I mean, she survived the Clone Wars, Order 66, AND the Galactic Civil War! And ladies, don’t you just love those adorable dresses that are Haunted Mansion, Mary Poppins, Mad Tea Party, and princess themed? How about being able to go to the Disney Store and getting some awesome matching Avengers athletic gear for your whole family? Isn’t that g Continue Reading

No Scones About It – Review Of The Tea Garden Tour At Epcot

No Scones About It - Review Of The Tea Garden Tour At Epcot 11 Although the annual Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot is almost over, there is still time to experience the gem that is the English Tea Garden Tour. Whether you are a fan of iced tea, green tea, black tea, or of trying new things, you will absolutely love this tour presented by Twinings of London (and it’s a great price, only $18 per person). The tour begins with a history of the tea company, Twinings. If you Continue Reading

Sound and Fury: Marvel’s The Avengers Infinity War (Minor spoilers, plenty of warning)

Sound and Fury: Marvel's The Avengers Infinity War (Minor spoilers, plenty of warning) 21 Let’s get something out of the way. This is just part one. It’s far, far from over. Cries of outrage and anguish rose from the crowd tonight as the credits began to roll. My wife and I simply looked at each other and started laughing. Anyone who went into this thinking this movie would be a one-and-done is going to be more dissappointed then when Frodo didn’t toss the Ring into the fires of Mt. Do Continue Reading

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort Review ~ My thoughts!

Disney's Boardwalk Resort Review ~ My thoughts! 23 As with all things Disney, it’s all in the details. Pulling up to the front doors of the Boardwalk Resort at Walt Disney World will immediately transport you back to the turn-of-the-century eastern seaboard. The resort was designed by architect Robert A. M. Stern, who also designed the Yacht & Beach Club Resort, who used elements of Atlantic City and Coney Island, with more nods to Coney Island, as inspir Continue Reading

A Spoiler Free Review Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

A Spoiler Free Review Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi 27 Overview The Last Jedi is a fantastic movie that pushed characters in new directions beyond expectations. It is the most beautiful and visually pleasing Star Wars film yet. However, it is about a half hour too long. It also included several moments that were a bit odd and didn’t quite work. Overall, I give The Last Jedi a solid B+. Summary As a spoiler free review, I won’t mention anything you don’t already Continue Reading

The Wonderful World Of Pandora – A First Hand Review From My Point Of View by Joe Diebold

The Wonderful World Of Pandora - A First Hand Review From My Point Of View by Joe Diebold 31 Re-post! When it was first announced that Pandora was coming to the Animal Kingdom I thought it was going to be a perfect fit.  I know you probably don’t believe it since there were so many people bashing the idea, but it is true.  While many people associate the movie Pandora as an alien action film, I think of it as how nature and all living things coexist.  How could that not be a perfect fit for Animal Kin Continue Reading

Disney Treasures October Box – Haunted Forest Review

Disney Treasures October Box - Haunted Forest Review 38 So, my favorite time of year is upon us.  I love the Halloween season so much.  All the scary and spooky things everywhere, television shows about all the different haunted attractions all over the world and of course Halloween time at Disney parks.  I’ve always been a huge fan of the Haunted Mansion and the villains so when I heard the October theme for the Funko Disney Treasures Box was Haunted Forest I Continue Reading

Super Times at Florida Supercon

Super Times at Florida Supercon 50 Here’s the lowdown from Florida Supercon 2017! For four days in July, the pop culture universe is centered in south Florida. Florida Supercon, located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, has become a destination for everyone’s inner nerd to let loose and come together as one community. The worlds of Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Wrestling, and of course, Disney, all collide in Continue Reading

Snips is Back! The Way Overdue Review of Star Wars: Ahsoka

Snips is Back! The Way Overdue Review of Star Wars: Ahsoka 60 Everyone’s favorite Torguta (sorry, Shaak Ti) is back for an exciting adventure that helps bridge the gap between Clone Wars and Rebels. Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnson takes place one year after the rise of the Empire. The book was released last fall, and I am so mad it took me this long to finally get around to reading it! It was amazing! (Warning: this review contains mild spoilers) First, I must be honest; Continue Reading