Sunday, August 26, 2018

Rock & Brews: A Fun Dog-Friendly Restaurant in Orlando

If you enjoy bringing your dog with you for dinner as a family or on vacation with you, I have a fun place for you to try!

Rock & Brews is a chain of restaurants featuring American food with a Rock 'n Roll atmosphere!  Two of the owners in his partnership are Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley of KISS, so if you're a fan of rock 'n roll at all, you'll love the decor throughout the restaurant.  Right now, there are two located in the Orlando area:  Orlando & Oviedo.  There are plans to open another location in October in Kissimmee which will be even closer to the Disney theme parks!  
But what makes it extra-special in my family is that the
patio is dog friendly.  Not only is it just ok to bring your dog, but they have a Doggie Menu.  The "DOG SIDE of the Menu" consists of Bowser Brew in Cock-A-Doodle Brew or Beefy Brown Ale Man's Best Friend can even share a drink with you.  My tradition with my own pup is to take him there on his birthday & we've done this for three years
now.  He loves both the flavors of Bowser Beer & he also loves "Addie's Feast" which includes Homemade Roasted Chicken, Brown Rice, Sweet Potato & Veggies...a meal fit for anyone wanting to eat a good clean healthy meal.  But you could also select Bacon or Burger Patties.  This is a great place where your dog can enjoy water, brew or food with you.  Whether you live in Orlando or want to bring your pup here on vacation with you, I think Rock & Brews is a great choice.  The Orlando Rock & Brews is located near the Orlando Airport
(MCO) and coming soon (estimated for an October opening), there will be a
location in Kissimmee near the Disney Theme Parks.  I'll be keeping track of the opening in hopes that Gene Simmons will make an appearance.  My dream would be to get a pic of him with my pup to see who's tongue is out the farthest.  And if you travel here for vacation, stay tuned because Sulley has his first stay at Best Friends Pet Resort coming up in a few weeks and I'll be happy to share our experiences. 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Walt Disney World Pro Golf Tournaments

With the 100th PGA Championship going on right now & the recent rain-
out that happened with my guys at the Disney's Magnolia & Oak Trail courses, I had the opportunity to spend a bit of time at the Clubhouse and learn a bit about the history of PGA Golf at Walt Disney World.

Disney Golf has gone back a long way!  It was founded in 1971, but the Walt Disney World Open Invitational played
under many names throughout the years.  The Walt Disney World Golf
Classic was played at Disney's Palm and Magnolia courses through 2012.  The Children's Miracle Network Wall of Fame winner's pictures are still posted inside Minnie's Boutique.  And for Ladies, it's a fun place to find all the cute Women's clothing and golf accessories. 

For those of us who don't know much about Golf, you'll even find
photographs of people you know & recognize among the walls of the

Another item that you may not know is that a very popular golfer has a locker in the Men's Dressing Room.  In October of 1999, The reigning US Open Champion & Orlando Local Pro, Payne Stewart played on Friday.  He didn't make the cut to play out the weekend.  He wanted to get a head start preparing to play in Houston the next week, but his plane crashed on the way & his last game was played right here at Walt Disney World.  Stewart's locker has been kept in the Men's Locker Room just as it was on the day that he left...although they changed the front to allow us to see inside.  Tiger Woods won the Tournament that year.  

There are so many "Disney" moments in PGA history.  Come by the Clubhouse on your next trip to find out a new side of Disney that you may not have experienced yet.  

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Walt Disney World Golf

With all the things to do at Walt Disney World, there truly is
something for everyone!  

Today, I was going to play a round of golf with my guys.  Unfortunately the skies were not kind to us and we did not get to finish our game.

Some Disney Annual Pass and DVC Discounts are available if you qualify when looking into pricing to play.  
It's always great to see the Mickey Mouse Golf Cart on display.  Seeing Mickey's gas pedal, glove box & all the fun stuff inside is truly something that I will leave for you to experience yourself!  You can sit in it, take photos and it's such a magical bonus to a Disney Golf Experience!

Oak Trail is a 9-hole walking course and a bit cheaper than Magnolia or Palm.  We were granted a Magical Moment by a Cast Member on a slow Saturday afternoon.  We were going to play Oak Trail, but were upgraded to play Magnolia & even got two golf carts and Junior Clubs for free for our little guy.  Sometimes Disney can make the most magical experiences even better!
Magnolia used to be a part of the Pro AM tour.  It still has Tee Box spots where the Pros would tee off.  And then normal Men's, Women's & Junior tee locations.  

Magnolia also has a very recognizable 6th hole.  The "Mouse Trap" is a
"Hidden Mickey" with a plaque to tribute Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse.   

After we got there, all play was suspended due to lightning in the area.  There are signs that have their inclement weather policy.   When this happens, you can wait out the storm or take a rain-check to come back & play 9 holes on a different day within a year.  Each course varies as to the timeline to claim your rain-check.   That's what my guys did.

We will go back, but I truly enjoyed the experience of Disney Golf!  Have you ever played golf at Walt Disney World?  I'd love to know what you think of the courses.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Disney's Christopher Robin movie review

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First of all, THANK YOU to my friend Krista Joy at for allowing me to attend to this movie preview with you!  This beautiful movie that was so special to me and it felt like I've waited my whole "adult" life to see it!  

A Spoiler-Free Movie Review from a life-long Winnie the Pooh fan.  It was truly a joy to watch my favorite silly ole bear come to life on the big screen interacting with real people in today's world!  The movie begins around the time that the original story is about to end.  You'll see a few of your favorite moments with Christopher Robin as a real child playing with his Hundred Acre Wood pals before he goes off to school.  Sometimes life has a way of making children grow up quickly.  Christopher has a lot of difficult things to deal with during the chapters of his life from the time the story that we all know and love ended until we get to the point where this story begins.  But there comes a time in everyone's life when we can get so engrossed in the urgency and responsibilities of adulthood that we can lose that part of us
that made time to simply do nothing and enjoy the moment.  It's in those precious moments when we allow ourselves to relax in the thing that we love most about life, that refresh us and allows us to be a better person for every aspect of our lives.  This movie had a few difficult real-life moments and if you're prone to crying at movies, you may want to bring a tissue...but every bit was kid-friendly.  In the end, it helps you think about prioritizing the things in life that truly matter and see things the way we always really have from deep down within ourselves.  That person that we were long ago is always inside us.
Ewan McGregor does a nice job of bringing Christopher Robin to life as an adult and Jim Cummings is a spot-on voice of Pooh, and Tigger too!   Also, make sure you stay through the credits for some extra-special appearances.  
The Sherman Brothers,  made up of Richard & Robert Sherman, were the duo that Walt Disney called on to create some of the most memorable songs in the world.  Robert passed away in 2012 but Richard Sherman, who just celebrated his 90th birthday, makes a special appearance and wrote some new music for Christopher Robin with the same type of catchy lyrics and tunes that "The Boys" were known for back when Walt still worked in the studio.

Please note that I was invited to a complimentary viewing of this moving on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 so that I could bring you this review on behalf of Krista Joy of  The free admission in no way influenced my love for this movie.  All opinions are my own.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Beatrice Denis moved to Florida in 2010 from North Carolina, due to her love for all things Disney.  She recently had a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding on Land and Sea at both Walt Disney World and on the Disney Wonder on Alaska water with beautiful snow-capped mountains in the background.  In her spare time, she is "A Disney Girl in Orlando" and you can click this link to follow her upcoming adventures: 

Again, Krista of  - thank you for allowing me to post for you and for my little ole page too.  I encourage my friends to check out your page and hope they enjoy it as much as I do.  Thanks for all you do!