Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Trip Report Tuesday - WDW Day 4 Part 1 Hollywood Studios, Boardwalk at Christmas, & Disney Springs

Welcome to another trip report, Disney loving friends!  

Day 4 - Sunday, November 26, 2017

We started our Sunday rope dropping (arriving before the park opens to enter as soon at they begin allowing guests inside) at Disney's Hollywood Studios!

Our first Studios' ride of the trip was Rock 'n' Roller Coaster!

Next, we "dropped" by Tower of Terror.  Sadly I don't have a single snapshot from it on this particular morning, but Jason did a great job capturing all the fun of that ride in his video this week on our Disney YouTube channel, Eat, Sleep, Dis, Repeat!  I'll share a direct link at the end of this post!

Soon we were strolling the streets taking in all the Hollywood holiday decor...

I couldn't get over how absolutely adorable the floating ornaments were on Echo Lake!

Dressed for the occasion, Little One led the way when we arrived at Star Tours.

Twinning with my Princess

These poinsettia trees are always so beautiful!

Even Gertie the dinosaur got into the Christmas spirit!

Cutest Christmas umbrellas I ever did see!

Hollywood Studios has such beautiful retro Christmas decorations!  I swooned throughout each stroll I took around Echo Lake!

The pops of pink in these wreaths made me wish I could bring them home as a souvenir! 

After a sweet Sunday morning at Hollywood Studios we boarded a Friendship boat to check out the gingerbread display at the Boardwalk Resort.  My goal was to see all of the gingerbread displays throughout Walt Disney World's Deluxe Resorts during this Christmastime trip.  Hope you'll continue to visit on Tuesdays and find out if I checked them all off my list!

Their gingerbread display was done up in the resort's likeness complete with the cutest baker of all, Mickey Mouse!

The scent of gingerbread (along with a full morning of walking at the park) had our tummies grumbling.  We headed outside to catch a bus from the resort to Disney Springs where we'd try a new restaurant we'd anticipated dining at since its opening!

Lunch at D-Luxe Burger
I love a good burger and I'd heard such great things about this new dining hot spot!  I could hardly wait to get my hands (and taste buds) on one hot off the grill here!

We chose outdoor setting along the side of the restaurant with this beautiful view of the "springs".

I took a sweet lit'l sip of Princess' seasonal shake in all it's Peppermint Cookies 'n' Cream deliciousness and wished I'd ordered one for myself!  I may have on another day.  Stay tuned to future trip reports to find out! ;)

Little One ordered her favorite on any menu, chicken. However, these were chicken breast nuggets with a twist!  They are donut-breaded!  I sampled and really could tell a difference from typical nuggets.    

Their burgers were nothing short of DELICIOUS!  The fresh-cut fries with dipping sauces (mustard and honey, garlic ranch, curry ketchup, chipotle mayo, horseradish and buffalo blue cheese) were the perfect compliment!  I recommend ordering a large with all the dipping sauces to share!  So worth it!

D-Luxe Burger did not disappoint!  I can't wait to return this fall!

My Favorite Souvenir of the Trip!
As soon as I saw that Disney was releasing a new line of Christmas Dooney and Bourke bags I knew I wouldn't be able to resist!  You may remember that I inquired about them at my favorite Disney Springs shops, Cherry Tree Lane, on Thanksgiving night.  I was told they'd be released on Black Friday morning.  That morning I checked in MouseGear in the area where they sell Dooneys and was told by a cast member that they were available on the Shop Disney Parks App and only in park at Disneyland.  I knew better, but thanked the kind cast member and made plans to return to my beloved Cherry Tree Lane ASAP, which was this very day!  

I went there saying I was just going to look.  However it was love at first swoon-filled sight!  Within a few moments of arriving at the display I had multiple bags in hand comparing each pattern.  Dooney and Bourke bags are each individually cut for every bag made, making all bags unique.  (This is why I like to shop in-store for them as it allows me to pick my favorite placement of the pattern.)  Jason said something to the effect of, "I thought you were just looking."  However, he was sweetly (and generously) on board with the purchase.  I carefully compared and chose the one I most adored!  

I love the Christmas castle prominently on front, Minnie's bow, Mickey and Minnie ice skating right behind the gold brand plate, the hearts, snowflakes (with hidden Mickeys inside), stockings, well, ALL of the magical details!  It was the perfect size to carry during this Christmasy trip and I look forward to having a fun, festive bag to pull out each holiday season!

Here's a peek at some more prettiness on our way out of the shops.

After shopping, seeing, and snuggling all sorts of cuteness we were off!

Hidden Mickey!

En route to Epcot!

Thanks for being here today and allowing me to share these magical memories with you, friends!  Hope you'll be back next Trip Report Tuesday to hear about our evening in Epcot!

Also, don't forget to check out the video footage from this day at my family's YouTube Channel, 
Eat, Sleep, Dis, Repeat!

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  1. I haven't been to DHS in so long but we're going there this trip! Yay! And I just realized I haven't been to the new Disney Springs in the day time! I didn't realize how pretty the springs area is! Doing that this trip too!

    1. Hooray for returning to a park you haven't enjoyed in a while! I'm so excited to see the updates at Hollywood Studios during our next trip with Toy Story Land opening there later this month! Disney Springs is great by day and by night. That being said, I think it's absolutely gorgeous during the day! I'm so excited for you with all the Disney goodness that's in store for you and your family!!

  2. SO many beautiful things to see!!! The perfectly detailed Disney Christmas goodness is delightful! Thank you for sharing in all the fun!

    1. I agree, Nik! There's always so much beauty to be found at Disney and the Christmas decor takes it up another notch! My pleasure, friend! Thank you for popping by each TRT post and leaving such sweet comments! It makes sharing them even more fun! :)

  3. No one does Christmas better than Disney. You take us on such a good ride down memory lane with you. Your photos and smiles make us feel as if we were there with you. Would love for you to be our Disney tour guide! Hope all you pretty peeps are enjoying a wonderful evening. We’re off to DC tomorrow and I’m so excited! Hugs!!

    1. You never cease to make my heart smile!! Thank you for joining me on this trip down memory lane! I hope the memories you've created this week in DC are priceless! *Hugs back!*

  4. Love that you started off the day with the rope drop and my 2 favorite rides! I still miss the Osbourne Lights at Hollywood Studios, but need to get back over there to see what's new <3
    Green Fashionista

    1. You have fantastic taste in rides, Kate! ;) I miss the Osbourne Lights too!! The Christmas decor they do have is absolutely beautiful though! You should definitely put your AP to good use and visit next holiday season! :)

  5. Wow! Look at all of those delicious dipping sauces! I have only been at Disney once when they had Christmas decor up and that was when I ran the Wine & Dine race. I had no idea they had gingerbread displays throughout their Deluxe Resorts! So cool! It def. would have left my stomach rumbling!


    1. Those dipping sauces made those delicious D-Luxe fries even better! So fun and yummy! I'm so glad that you were able to enjoy WDW's Christmas decor while there running the Wine and Dine! If you ever find yourself there during the holiday season again I highly recommend visiting some of the deluxe resorts that include those incredible gingerbread displays! (I shared a post the week before Christmas that features a look at several. If you're interested you can find it here: http://www.chattingoverchocolate.com/2017/12/a-pictorial-tour-of-walt-disney-worlds.html) They are such stunning works of art! It's nearly unbelievable that all the ingredients they use to create them are edible! Amazing!

  6. Adore all the christmas decor!! I need to make a disney trip around the holiday season 😁

    1. You certainly do! ...and you should probably bring me with you! ;)

  7. OH my goodness! I cannot get enough of all the Disney Christmas decor! And donut chicken nuggets!? Crazy! Tower of Terror is my favorite ride of the trip, I love the group picture they get of everyone, always so hilarious!

    1. Isn't it all so beautiful?! Yes! Who knew donuts and chicken nuggets were a combo, but they are and a pretty delicious one at that! I agree, Tower of Terror is so much fun and the photos are equally entertaining - lol! Thanks so much for all of the fun comments you left this week on my TRT posts! I really enjoyed receiving/reading them! So glad to have connected with you through the blogging community, Kasey!


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