Author Archive: Nicole Mancini

Born and raised in New Jersey, Nicole is an avid Disney fan and frequents both Walt Disney World and Disneyland several times each year. Interests include Walt Disney Imagineering, merchandise, backstage tours, and more. Be sure to check out her other articles here on the DIS Blog!

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Seeking Adventure? Rediscovering Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

Seeking Adventure? Rediscovering Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

| August 25, 2012 | 3 Replies

The golden sunlight peeks through the clouds to awake the savannah at the beginning of another day. The warm breeze tickles the lush vegetation causing its leaves to rustle ever so slightly. Down below, the trickling of water calmly nudges the flamingos who raise their heads to greet the morning. Hippos surface in the pools, [...]

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A Brief Analysis of Walt Disney World Quick Service: Is It Really a Steal?

A Brief Analysis of Walt Disney World Quick Service: Is It Really a Steal?

| August 18, 2012 | 1 Reply

Two words: Cobb salad. What’s not to love? Finely chopped greens, turkey breast, egg, bacon, chives, blue cheese, and Cobb dressing. It’s enough to make me salivate on my keyboard. And, who has the best Cobb salad? The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. That’s where this all began: me having an incredibly peaceful [...]

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Walt Disney World Transportation – Flawed or Convenient?

Walt Disney World Transportation – Flawed or Convenient?

| August 15, 2012 | 9 Replies

First off, let me preface this article by saying that I am a big fan of the Walt Disney Transportation System. I love having the option of traveling where I want to go without worrying about navigating unfamiliar streets. Road maps, GPS units, and street signs need not play a role in where I visit [...]

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Frappes, Lattes, & Liquid Gold: Starbucks Opens in Disney’s California Adventure

Frappes, Lattes, & Liquid Gold: Starbucks Opens in Disney’s California Adventure

| August 11, 2012 | Reply

Some like it bold. Others like it sweet. Many prefer whipped while a few salivate over it iced. No matter how they like it, guests can now find their favorite Starbucks beverages and treats inside Disney parks thanks to a partnership with the Seattle-based coffee chain, the largest in the world.   Image: The Fiddler, Fifer, [...]

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Unique Sweet Spots at Walt Disney World: Scoops, Sprinkles, & Cones at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Unique Sweet Spots at Walt Disney World: Scoops, Sprinkles, & Cones at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

| August 2, 2012 | Reply

Until the 1960s, it was quite common for Americans and their families to enjoy carbonated beverages and sugary treats at their local soda fountain or ice cream saloon. Milkshakes, malts, egg cream, and various flavors of ice cream brought smiles to faces young and old. Parlors were typically attached to town pharmacies and served as [...]

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School Days: Grab Your Pencils & Books! It’s Time to Go Back to School – Disney Style!

School Days: Grab Your Pencils & Books! It’s Time to Go Back to School – Disney Style!

| July 23, 2012 | 3 Replies

Fall is right around the corner and you know what that means! It’s almost back to school time! Pretty soon the leaves will be changing colors, school buses rolling down the streets, and children back in busy classrooms. And before all of that happens, there’s one of my favorite fall activities: school supplies shopping! Let’s [...]

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Unique Sweet Spots at Walt Disney World: Royal Anandapur Tea Co. & Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery

Unique Sweet Spots at Walt Disney World: Royal Anandapur Tea Co. & Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery

| July 19, 2012 | Reply

Let’s face it. Animal Kingdom gets hot. When exploring hidden paths in the savannah, battling the Yeti at Expedition Everest, and coming face-to-face with 500-pound tigers on the Maharajah Jungle Trek, adventurers need to know where they can seek refuge. In this week’s installment of “Unique Sweet Spots at Walt Disney World,” I’ll take you [...]

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