Weekly Round Up: January 3

Dumbo dishes up life lessons

Holy holiday crowds! Last week was one of Disney World’s busiest. Rumor has it (and by rumor, we mean ‘Tracy’s uncle called from Florida to tell her’) that all four Disney parks stopped admitting guests on Wednesday, December 28, due to the high crowd levels. Tracy’s uncle’s rumor was confirmed by The Disney Blog, which reported on the closings in the post Orlando Theme Parks Reach Capacity. Yikes!

While we wish we could have been part of the madness, we managed to get our “fix” in the form of some great blog posts … and a special New Year’s Eve get together. Your Mouse-obsessed hosts celebrated the New Year together at Tracy’s home in Pennsylvania, where Tracy prepared a Disney-inspired feast, which she’ll post about later this week. Until then, here’s a list of some of our favorite links from the Disney blogosphere this week:

Mouse on the Mind Around the Web
This week, you can read more from Tracy on The Suitcase Scholar, where she’s posted about her travel experiences over the past 365 days as well as her travel dreams for 2012.

Our Favorites This Week
Guest blogger Bill Iadonisi contributed a post to Disney Food Blog highlighting a lesser-known counter service dining location with his review of The Mara at Animal Kingdom Lodge.  This location is not lesser-known to  Tracy, as she’s dined there several times and is now looking forward to trying breakfast there on her next trip, thanks to Bill’s tip on the Bobotie ‘cupcakes’ with spicy red sauce.  Trust me, this is right up Tracy’s breakfast alley.

Sarah over at Eating WDW reviewed Olivia’s at Old Key West, a spot Melissa’s been dying to try. (Next year!)

Ever wonder about the origin of character dining? Jim Hill offers a historical look into how this Disney-staple came to be on  Jim Hill Media.

This week, Jennifer’s column at Studios Central was a life lesson wrapped up in a Dumbo story. Sometimes, spinning in circles can be a good thing!

Melissa’s been missing Toontown a bit lately, but Yesterland has a great solution: a photo walk through of The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm. We’re looking forward to when it reopens as The Great Goofini coaster.

Love Disneyana?? Melissa’s been thinking a lot about Disneyana for an upcoming post on pin trading, and Nick from Disleelandia pulled a jar of Lion King buttons out of his attic.

Over at the Disney Hipster Blog, Andrew is Goofy About Health … and about the sadly defunct Wonders of Life Pavilion. (Looking forward to some more posts on the five-years gone Wonder!)

If you’re into the “dark side” (and spoilers), head over to Theme Park Insider for a look at the concept plans for the new Harry Potter ride in Universal Studios.

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