Monday night I had the pleasure of spending time in the company of some of my fellow bloggers from UpTake. With several of the main office people in town for the PhoCusWright travel industry conference over at the Omni Championsgate, several of the Orlando-area UpTakers met up with them for dinner and drinks Monday, before the conferences started.
We met up at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, and ate at Boma’s dinner buffet. Boma is one of my favorite restaurants at WDW, and though I normally eat there during the breakfast buffet, the dinner version is just as good. Actually, this time I noticed a few small differences that made it a more enjoyable experience.
One pleasant change was at the carving station. The last two times I ate dinner at Boma, the beef was only served medium rare and you had to hae the chef cook a slice to order if you wanted it well done, as I do. This time, they had a second slab of well done beef ready to slice. I had a little bit of everything except the seafood items and the mushroom soup. Besides the beef, I enjoyed the Durban-spiced chicken, the bobotie (sort of a ground beef and lamb quiche) and of course the dessert spread. Especially once I poured the chocolate rum raisin sauce over most everything. LOL
Yes, I said chocolate rum raisin sauce.
It’s ok, I’ll give you a moment alone with your taste buds.
Anyways, the best part of the meal was the company. It was great meeting fellow travel writers, esp. since we all work together via telecommuting. I’m really hoping we can get together again, maybe make it a bi-monthly type of thing. So, a big hello to Elliott and Pat from the main office and my Orlando co-bloggers Britt, Shash, Brooke and Angela.
One of my favorite parts of the holiday displays at Walt Disney World is the archway of lights that greets visitors entering the World Showcase. Well, it seems that WDW has decided to retire the decoration as of this year.
From the official Disney Twitter feed:
Note: The Lights of Winter at Epcot has been enjoyed for years. But tech to operate the lights is obsolete, prompting us to retire the lights
That’s right. No official notice, just a quick Tweet that one of the most beloved displays of the season will not be put up anymore, as of this year.
I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed sitting along the walkway and watching the lights dance to the holiday music. I know the Osbourne lights at Hollywood Studios do the same thing, with more oomph, but there was just something so graceful and even timeless about it being done with this archway of lights.
I certainly hope they change their mind and bring it back. Not sure about their “tech” reasoning – if anyone can figure out a way to upgrade the “tech,” it’s Disney – but if it’s about the funds to run it, how about installing solar-powered LED lights or something. I’d even settle for lights that didn’t dance. I just really like the archway all lit up.
What do you think about the absence of the Lights of Winter arch?