Photo Tour: Animal Kingdom’s New Sundowner Celebration

We’re excited to bring our readers more details about the new Sundowner Celebration, taking place in the Animal Kingdom from 3 p.m. each day until park closing.

Festivities will continue until “at least” the end of June, so plan your adventures accordingly!

Sundowner Logo

Don’t vacate the park in the late afternoon if you can help it — there’s lots to do before the sun goes down! Click the pic below to see a larger version!

Intro to the Festival -- click for larger version


Jambo! In Harambe — Animal Kingdom’s African Village — you’ll find a street party going on featuring the Burudika entertainers and the Tam Tam Drummers.

Harame Street Party Sign - click image for larger version

The wine walk is available every day in June. You’ll get four tastings for $8 and six tastings for $11. Or, try the non-alcoholic fruit juice tasting for [Read more…]

Disney Food for Families: Little Kid Snacks Throwdown — Disney Style

Disney Food for Families columnist Erin Foster has done a bit of experimenting this week with a couple of volunteers!

Disney has made admirable strides in recent years in providing healthier food options for kids: fries are no longer the auto-side for meals, fresh fruit is readily available, and non-sugary snacks are often displayed on the same shelf as candy.

Among these non-candy options are offerings called “Tiny Treats,” some branded with the Chip & Dale Snack Company logo and some with the Minnie’s Bake Shop logo.

Visually appealing Tiny Treats, displayed right next to candy

Introducing Tiny Treats

Tiny Treats are single-ish serving, easy to hold containers of the Disney version of preschool snack basics: Cheddar Mickey Crackers (think Pepperidge Farm Goldfish or Annie’s brand bunnies), Oat Cereal (think Cheerios), Arrowroot Cookies (think Gerber and others), and Dried Bananas and Strawberries (think Gerber and others).

When my own children were preschoolers, probably 50% of their calorie intake consisted of Goldfish and Cheerios. (I had three kids in three years. We were in “whatever-it-takes-to-survive” mode. Don’t judge.) Back in those days, touring the Disney parks meant bringing snacks from home and toting along a multitude of [Read more…]