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Where in Walt Disney World Wednesday!

It’s Where in WDW Wednesday! Do you know where in WDW you can find this? If so, leave a guess in the comments below!

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Melissa Furches is a travel agent with Magical Moments Vacations who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissaf@mmvagent.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Murder Mystery at the Haunted Mansion!

Okay well no, not a real murder. But a fun mystery game to play while waiting in line for the Haunted Mansion!

A few years ago the Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park got a fun refurbishment that included an interactive queue in the attraction line. The interactive queue has all kinds of hands on fun including a book shelf with books that pop in and out of place, a crypt that blows bubbles and a instrument wall that plays the sounds of the instruments that you put your hand on. Tons of fun! But the one part of the queue that many people walk right past is the murder mystery game!

Have you ever noticed the 5 busts that are in a semi-circle in the line area? Have you read the inscriptions on the base of the busts? Let’s take a closer look and figure out exactly who killed who! **Spoiler Alert – I am going to reveal the answers below. If you want to try and figure this one out yourself, bookmark this page and then give it a try on your next visit to the Haunted Mansion. Then come back to this page and see if you are correct!

We will start with Uncle Jacob. His plaque plainly says he was the first to die.

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Uncle Jacob was a greedy man. He died first and it says that he knew his killer. Look closely at what it says killed Jacob. “Greed was the POISON he had swallowed.” See that key word there? Let’s use it to examine the other busts…

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Notice anything at the top of Bertie’s epitaph? There’s a nice little skull and crossbones on that bottle. Wonder what that means? But look at his slithery pet wrapped around his neck. My guess is that he got the poison venom from the snake and used it to kill Uncle Jacob for his riches! And how did Bertie die? “Avid hunter and expert shot, in the end that’s what he got.” Where does this clue take us?

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Now at the top of Aunt Florence’s epitaph we find a gun. Guess she must have figured out who did her husband in and took all of the money that was rightfully hers! Of course she would want it back! While her plaque plainly reads that she never did a “dishonorable” deed, she most certainly did shoot Bertie and killed him! But she did it to avenge her late husband so while she did commit murder…it was to honor the death of Uncle Jacob.

But how did Aunt Florence die? Her plaque says she was found face down in canary seed. I’m sure that is our clue. Let’s look around and see what we can find!

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Atop the plaque on the busts of the twins we find a dead canary bird. Guess we have found our culprits in the murder of Aunt Florence! But the other plaques showed images of the actual weapons that did the murderous deeds – the poison and the gun. Florence’s epitaph says she was found in canary seed, not killed by a canary. Unfortunately I didn’t get a good picture of this, but if you look closely behind Wellington’s bust, you will see a small bag. (This is really better seen as the line wraps around the back side of the busts). Inside this bag is….you guessed it! Bird seed!

So we’re getting closer to the end of our mystery. But we still need to know who killed the twins! They were found in their beds with bumps to their heads…

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By now you should know exactly where to look for the weapon, and we find it on Cousin Maude’s epitaph. A hammer. It has been said that Cousin Maude was the twin’s nanny and we may never know if she killed them to inherit the riches passed down to them through the family line or maybe she was just a little tired of them being so unruly and evil!

But how did Cousin Maude die? It says that she never awoke when her dreams went up in smoke – she died in a fire in her sleep. But is it that simple? What caused the fire?

When the line makes it to the back of the busts, take a look at the back of Cousin Maude’s statue. Back in the old days, women often picked up whatever they could find and used it to pin their hair up. If you look very closely at Maude’s bun, you’ll find that she used the weapon that caused her death as a hair pin! Matches!!! Not so smart an idea to sleep with matches in your hair!

 

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So there you have it. The murder mystery at the Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion attraction in Walt Disney World. Next time you’re waiting in line take a closer look at this fun game and point it out to those around you. See if everyone else can figure out who killed who?

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent with Magical Moments Vacations who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissaf@mmvagent.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Frozen Ever After is Open!!!

Frozen Ever After ride in Epcot is OPEN!!! However…wait times are showing 300 minutes and lines are backed up all the way to China Pavilion! If you’re in the park and get a chance to experience the ride, please check in here and tell us all about it!

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Melissa Furches is a travel agent with Magical Moments Vacations who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissaf@mmvagent.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Walt Disney World 2017 Rates Are Coming!

It’s coming!!! The 2017 package rates for Walt Disney World are being released on June 21st. Contact me today so you can get on my quote list and be one of the first in line for 2017 package pricing! Let’s plan this!

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Melissa Furches is a travel agent with Magical Moments Vacations who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissaf@mmvagent.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

#TBT Throwback Thursday

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Here’s my Throwback Thursday pic. Can you name the attraction that this photo is of? Check out the date stamp 7/13/1989. Anyone know why the year is significant?

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent with Magical Moments Vacations who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissaf@mmvagent.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Paradiso 37 at Disney Springs

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On our most recent visit to Walt Disney World (April 2016), we decided to check out a restaurant we haven’t tried before – Paradiso 37, located at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). This restaurant is right on the water, and we actually took the boat from Saratoga Springs Resort over to Disney Springs and it was located immediately to our right after walking up the dock.

We arrived early in the afternoon so we decided to walk around and do some shopping. Since it was our first night there we weren’t ready to spend all of our money just yet so we finished up earlier than our reservation time of 6:50pm. Even though it was barely after 6pm, my husband and I thought we might be able to be seated at the bar while we waited. To our delight, the staff was great and even though the restaurant was busy we were seated right away.

The restaurant has a very upbeat atmosphere, with indoor and outdoor seating. There was lots of action going on around us with servers and runners zipping everywhere. They even had live music! We were seated in a sun-room of sorts with a great view of the water and the setting sun.

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Paradiso 37’s tag line, “A taste of the Americas” promised that we would find familiar foods on the menu. My husband doesn’t have the most adventurous palate, and I was running the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon that weekend, so I certainly was looking for foods that would be “tummy safe” before a long run. There were lots of options on the menu that sounded great – very American, with a bit of a latin touch.

For starters we were served a side tortilla salad. It had mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese and tortilla strips. The house dressing was a citrus vinaigrette which was very good and not overpowering. We both enjoyed the salad very much.

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Next on the menu was our entrees. My husband is a steak eater so he ordered the 12oz. Ribeye and while I don’t normally choose steak, I did go ahead with the 8oz. Filet Mignon. Both were served with Paradiso 37 fries. The steaks were made to order and came out exactly as we had asked. They were flavored well but my husband did eventually ask for steak sauce. While we had our choice of 4 different types of fries (P37, truffle, wasabi, or Yucca fries) I would have liked to see a different vegetable choice as an option – something not fried. I did like the little baskets that they were served in on the plates. That being said, we both ate every bit of our entrees and had no complaints.

We did use the Disney Dining Plan which meant that our meals included dessert (the most important reason to have the DDP in my opinion!) I went with the Mexican Chocolate Brownie and my husband chose the Churros. The brownie is a soft cinnamon spiced brownie served with caramelized bananas and vanilla ice cream. The churros are dusted with cinnamon and sugar and served with chocolate and caramel dipping sauces. The churros were really a standard churro, and we didn’t really care much for the sauces. The shape of the churros made them hard to dip in the sauce cups unless you broke it apart with your fingers first. The brownie was to die for. The cinnamon made it extra tasty and the bananas and vanilla ice cream were a great accompaniment. There was also a piece of decorative chocolate on top. I will say the the brownie was extremely warm and I had to move the ice cream off of it so that it wouldn’t melt while the brownie cooled. The first bite really burned and I was glad that we weren’t dining with children because that might have been a terrible experience had I served it without tasting it first as I’m prone to do with my kids and dessert. However, once it cooled it was a fabulous dessert. I would certainly order it again!

All in all, we enjoyed our experience at Paradiso 37 in Disney Springs. Next time we visit, hopefully I won’t be running any races and I can venture more outside of my comfort zone and try some of the more authentic choices. We give this restaurant 2 thumbs up and we will be dining here again in the future. The food was good, the staff was excellent and the location and view were superb. Next time you’re in Disney Springs, give Paradiso 37 a try!

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Melissa Furches is a travel agent with Magical Moments Vacations who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissaf@mmvagent.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Where in Walt Disney World Wednesday!

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It’s where in Walt Disney World Wednesday! Can you tell me where in Walt Disney World that you might find these?

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent with Magical Moments Vacations who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissaf@mmvagent.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

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