Apr 21

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

Tony's

With so much to offer at the WDW resort, it is hard to know where to start.  I could jump around from park to park and tell you all of my favorite rides, restaurants, shops, etc. but I am not going to.  I am going to start with the Magic Kingdom – the heart and soul of the WDW resort.  You know, the one with that iconic castle whose spires reach so high into the magnificent blue skies that Florida is so well known for.  And what better way to start off a blog than with food – I am a huge foodie.  You hungry?  Good!  Because Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is where we are going first.  My family LOVES this place!

Located on Main Street, USA, this charming, casual dining restaurant offers Italian/American fare and is themed after the beloved Disney classic film, Lady and the Tramp.   Adorned with a fountain of the famed characters and animated art from the movie on the walls, it is a sure crowd pleaser.  This is no ordinary italian restaurant, it is a replica of the one where Lady and the Tramp had their first kiss over a plate of spaghetti and meats-a-ball .  Are you singing Bella Notte in your head right now?

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Offering indoor and outdoor dining, this restaurant serves lunch and dinner and counts as 1 meal on your Disney Dining plan (except the quick-service plan).   I recommend the calamari, eggplant catasta, the flatbreads, shrimp scampi and of course, the spaghetti and meatballs on the lunch menu.  On the dinner menu, I recommend the braised short ribs, chicken parmagiana and the mushroom ravioli.  And, if you still have any room after their huge portions of food, the pistachio creme brûlée and the tiramisu are absolutely delish!

TIP – This restaurant is on the parade route.  Make your outdoor reservations to coincide with the parade times and you will have the best seat in the whole park for the parade.  

Apr 19

Mad About the Mouse

mk37Welcome to the Mad About The Mouse blog.  ºoº   Anybody who knows me, knows that I am a complete Disney World freak and a walking wealth of knowledge of Disney history.   This magical world has captivated me since my first visit when I was only 19 months old in 1971, the year the Magic Kingdom opened.  With over 200 visits (I might be closer to 300 but I stopped counting a few years ago) to the Walt Disney World Resort in my life, I feel like I grew up there.  In essence, I kind of did….from childhood, to the teenage years, into adulthood and now with a child of my own to share the magic with, Disney is a huge part of my world.   There’s just no other way to say it – it truly is the most “Magical Place on Earth” and there is no place I would rather vacation than the Walt Disney World Resort.

It is a pleasure to share my experiences, my knowledge and some planning tips with you. With 42,000 acres of magic, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks. 24 themed resorts, 100 restaurants, Downtown Disney and other recreational and entertainment venues, there’s always something to share with my readers.  If you are planing your first visit to the most magical place on earth, planning can be a bit overwhelming. Relax – the information within this blog will help you make the plans that best suit your family’s needs.   This page is designed to help you make your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort your best trip ever.

I am not affiliated with The Walt Disney Company – although that would be REALLY cool.  I am however, a self-proclaimed expert, junkie, addict and all-around Disney freak.   Oh and how can I forget, I have also been an Honorary Citizen of Walt Disney World since 2005.  They really should hire me to sing their praises – I do it everyday anyway!

Enjoy this blog, I know I thoroughly enjoy creating it and would love to hear from you about your experiences as well.  Feel free to email me some of your pictures from your trip and I share them.  You can follow me on Twitter @disney_blogger and on Facebook at Mad about the Mouse.