All the hanging aircraft and such are impressive -- but I really go for the displays which are so well done.
Enter the main building, part of the experience now is that you receive your dogtag and begin your 'journey' in a Union Pacific Train Car to get a sense of what your soldier went through. This portion is optional, though, and what I like to do is time it so that I get my ticket and head straight over to the Solomon Victory Theater for the 4-D film, 'Beyond All Boundaries'.
Every year, I see people bringing kids in for the film. It's wonderful -- immersive, so informative -- but not geared for children as there are graphic and understandably heartbreaking scenes. If you have children under, let's say 15 or 16, I'd give this a pass. But if you're an adult, don't miss it.
The newest exhibits are those in this building, including the Road to Berlin and Road to Tokyo.
There are spaces in the museum in which I feel so close to my late grandfather, who fought in the Army during the war. To myself: PawPaw, thank you for helping save the world.
Many more photos from other visits here.
The Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII has been up for almost a year and closes on May 30.
Better than standard chips-and-salsa fare, getting these tortilla + plantain chips along with deep-smoky, and verde salsas was nice
Those are some pretty tacos. Prettier than what I'm usually handed outside a taco truck on styrofoam with lime wedge and pickled veg (although they're gorgeous too). But this one wasn't better, though it was lovely to look at. It's been rotated off the JS menu.
Or maybe it's better to order their crawfish enchiladas, or hanger steak with pumpkin mole and papas bravas with epazote-miso butter. Now that sounds amazing.
On Thursday, May 26, they're doing a 'Johnny Sanchez and Terrazas de los Andes dinner':
Ember Roasted Beet Salad
Whipped Goat Cheese / Stone Fruit / Jalapeño Cilantro Pesto /
Terrazas, Reserva, Torrontes, 2014
Lamb Barbacoa Sope
Chipotle-Pecan Romesco / Shaved Asparagus / Epazote Chimichurri
Terrazas, Reserva, Malbec, 2013
Wood Grilled Mangalista Pork Loin
adobo rub / smoked squash puree / charred avocado / salsa macha
Terrazas, Reserva, Cabernet, Sauvignon, 2013
Mexican Vanilla / Toasted Coconut / Dulce de Leche
Terrazas Single Vineyard Malbec 2011
Sign me up.
They keep their storefront windows in downtown populated with the antics of this sweet couple, whom I've photographed on and off since 2009
The detail is precious -- not only her pill bottles, but her CVS fiber capsules
and you know the inside of her bag smells just like Juicy Fruit
So hard to photograph this one, but she was set for the holidays with her knee-highs on
This time they were doing a little Bible study at home
And last summer, they were at services
The lighting here makes photographing the exhibit a little difficult, so apologies on that.
Here, Melty-Go_Round (Harajuku Girl) by Sebastian Masuda -- it's filled with all kinds of little tchotchkes
16' tall Igbo Ijele ("e-bo e-gelay") Mask at Animal Kingdom Lodge
This is the only one known to exist outside the Igbo lands in Nigeria
See you with 'regular' DFK next week! And 'This Week's Various' will be back later this month!
Some days we needed to eat carefully as it was during Passover, but we brought matzah and it was fine. We saw and met mannnny other families during the same thing, and Disney is fine with bringing outside food in to the parks. Other days, it wasn't during the holiday so we could carb-out again.
Below are images from both this year and last year's visits to WDW.
Here, the poutine at Le Cellier, in Wold Showcase at Canada. We wanted to come here since Av loves a good steak and that's one of LC's strengths. While everything was quite good, the steak fell a little short.
Although in general we eschew buffets, Boma is an exception. It's at Animal Kingdom Lodge and features many items with African flavors. We had a supper at Boma both years -- it's that good.
Tangierine Cafe at Morocco Epcot was the best counter service -- good shawarma.
I had higher hopes for Chefs de France at Epcot, but it was only average. Les Halles was just okay.
We heard wonderful things about Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge, but none of it was particularly interesting or tasty. This malva pudding was good:
...but the best part of the meal was actually these coconut macaroons that came with the check, so what does that say?
Because we wanted reserved seats for Fantasmic, we purchased the Fantasmic Dinner Package, with our meal being at Mama Melrose. We had low expectations for a Disney Italian restaurant, but surprise -- this was the best steak Av had at Disney either year! Our waiter was fantastic and gave great advice about where to sit during the show.
One night, we reserved Tokyo Dining so we'd have a great view of the Epcot fireworks show (if it weren't for the fireworks view, we would have chosen to eat elsewhere). Turned out we watched the show the night before when we were in the park, but the boys still got a big kick out of being served in monorail dishes:
...and the sushi was fine.
For both trips, we had our last supper at 'Ohana at Polynesian Village. I made the reservations so we would be seated in time to watch the Wishes fireworks from MK. Both times we requested a table by the window and we got them. When the show begins, the lighting in the restaurant goes down, and the music plays over the dining room speakers. It is timed perfectly with the fireworks. So, so special.
Another great thing about 'Ohana is that it is served a la Brazilian steakhouse, so the servers bring around chicken, beef, etc and it is all delectable. An entertainer gets people dancing and doing some hula moves, and last year, the boys swept coconuts around the restaurant. Can't even say how fun this is.
One of our favorite places to eat is at Beauty and the Beast -- it's a counter service credit for breakfast and lunch on the Disney Dining Plan. You can order beforehand via the Disney app rather than standing in line. The food is good (here, their version of a cronut):
pastries are brought to the table with breakfast
a little charcuterie:
One of the days after Passover, we were there for lunch and ordered a cupcake with the 'grey stuff' -- and it was pretty good!
What makes the restaurant so endearing is how well it's themed
There are three dining rooms -- this one features Belle and the Beast dancing (the middle piece turns like in a jewelrybox)
and the Beast's west wing study, where it's always dark
and features the rose
We've decided to skip Disney for at least the next two or three years. When the boys are older, though, I think we'll be sure to gift them with Dine with an Imagineer, and Backstage Magic or Backstage Tales. Maybe Epcot Aqua Tour or the Dolphin experience -- or if Papa comes with us and the boys are already certified, I know they'd love to do the Epcot DiveQuest. Those kinds of add-on experiences are probably what keeps Disney fresh to people who visit every year. And I'll dream about reserving the chef's table at Victoria and Albert's too.