Weekly Round Up: April 17
Tracy and Melissa

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It’s been an eventful few days! Hello and welcome to all of our new friends!

On Sunday, Melissa had an opportunity to visit Six Flags New England near Springfield, Mass., part of opening weekend. She’s planning to share her experiences on Wednesday … but, until then, what’s your favorite non-Disney amusement park?

Back in the Disney Universe, Tracy will be writing about Animal Kingdom Lodge. And it’s perfect timing–this week is Animal Kingdom Lodge celebrates its tenth birthday!

For those of you headed to the Parks sometime soon, Test Track is officially closed for a refurb until September. We’ve been talking about it on our Facebook timeline. Head on over and “like” us if you haven’t already!

Us … Elsewhere
If you’re not reading Tracy’s other blog, Suitcase Scholar, you missed a review of New Orleans’ Cafe du Monde and a review of City Segway Tour. And on Existential Midlife Twitch, Tracy wrote about her quest for a quiet job.

Last week, Melissa also wrote about a truly great quick service spot in Downtown Disney for Disney Food Blog. She also wrote a Thrifty Thursday column on The Affordable Mouse, and she would also still like it if you watch this video about trailblazing women in athletics. Seriously. Watch it.

Our Favorites This Week
Sarah, from Eating WDW, has some absolutely amazing photos of the recently refurbished Sunshine Tree Terrace. Sad that the salad wasn’t great, but … wow! Adventureland sure is looking good!

The Hipsters are spreading the Dinoland love! Catch it!

Crawford shared a super charming Magic Kingdom promotional video from the early 1980s on Progress City. How many jarring inaccuracies can you find?

On This Happy Place Blog, Mr. Estelle (who also goes by James, I hear) took a step back into the 1920s to enjoy a specialty dog at Casey’s Corner.

Ms. Estelle wrote about the amazing opportunity to see The Muppets in Carnegie Hall on This Happy Place Blog. Her post was so giddy, it made US excited!

Melissa is secretly obsessed with River Country. (Seriously. Can someone take her there so she’ll shut up about it?) So she really loved Frtiz’ Abandoned Disney post about the former waterpark on Imagineering Disney.

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5 Responses to Weekly Round Up: April 17

  1. Becky Becky says:

    I don’t know, I’d have to say my favorite non-Disney theme park is probably Sea World. After that I’d pick Busch Gardens (the one in Williamsburg, I’ve never been to the Tampa one). And we also really enjoy Dorney Park up here in PA, though it doesn’t really compare to the others in themeing it’s a lot of fun!

    • Melissa Sue says:

      I have amazing memories of Dorney Park from when I was a teenager: we used to go there with my high school choir, so I associate it with a feeling of freedom! I also had fun at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I’d say both of them are probably better than any Six Flags park I’ve been to.

  2. Shan says:

    Melissa, if you want a glimpse of River Country, go to Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. Although I wouldn’t recommend paying $60 to stand in a line, listen to country music, fight for the characters’ attention and eat a buffet off of paper plates, you can see bits of River Country (and it’s theming) from the area. The bathroom there was once the River Country bathroom (you can tell where the showers used to be) complete with circa – 1980 hair dryers on the walls.

    • Melissa Sue says:

      Thanks for the tip, Shan! I’d never heard that before. Though you don’t make it sound terribly appetizing … ; )

      • Shan says:

        It honestly wasn’t appetizing. My 2 year old niece enjoyed dancing with the characters, but I think she was the only one who “got” anything out of it. The bit of nostalgia (including the “have a rip roarin’ day” sign upon exiting) were the highlights for me.

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