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Pixie Dust Pointers: Fast Pass Selections for the Magic Kingdom (at Walt Disney World)

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With over 25 options to pick from for your Fast Pass Selections at the Magic Kingdom, you might be a bit overwhelmed of what to fast pass or what not to fast pass. Check out our latest Pixie Dust Pointer episode on YouTube where we share with you our selections for a day at the Magic Kingdom.

What is your favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom to Fast Pass?  Or which ride do you never Fast Pass?  Tell us!

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The Disney Twins take a spin on Toy Story Land’s Alien Swirling Saucers (Ride along/ on-ride POV)



The Aliens have powered up their flying saucer and they are ready to take off. Join us as we take a spin on a wild ride into space on Toy Story Land’s Alien Swirling Saucers and see if we get chosen by the claw.

To check out this video head over to our YouTube Channel 

What attraction would you like Maryann and Arianne to take you on next? Let us know in the comment section.

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (2017 Recap)

Maryann and I find it funny that we always seem to plan our trips around the same time. Without even discussing it. So it really came as no surprise when we were talking about our upcoming weekend trips for the Halloween party and realized we were going the same night.  So of course we had to party together.  As you might already know from our previous episode  about the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Dressed at Belle and Phillepe from Beauty and the Beast and Monsters Inc. Sully, Mike and Boo (times 2).


Even with The Collins family arriving an hour and a half late to the party (due to two accidents and rain) we managed to do a lot and have a spooktacular time.

So here is our Disney Twins Family take on The 2017 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.


Maryann and Ginny arrive. They get to see/ hear the “Start” of the party which includes the bells from Haunted Mansion and the announcer stating that the party has begun.  The entrance and Main Street are filled with fog and special effects.  After starting the party they head to Tomorrowland and ride People Mover and Buzz Lightyear.


Collins family arrive.  This was the first time we have ever arrived to the party after the party has started.  We are usually at some other part of the park when the party officially starts at 7pm.  It was really cool to walk down Main Street and see all the cool decorations.  These are usually turned off when we are heading out at the end of the night.



  • Special Party Event activity #1 – Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

We stop off at the Firehouse and collect our Event – exclusive spell cards for Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.  This year the specialty card features some of our favorites from The Country Bear Jamboree.  We then head to Tomorrowland and meet up with Ginny and Maryann who were having a “second wind” meal at Cosmic Rays.


  • Special Party Event activity #2 –  Monstrous Scream-o-ween party – staring Mike, Sulley, and Boo.  They moved this event inside to Cosmic Rays due to the rain. Despite being dressed at Monsters Inc. characters, the noise and tight space, and large crowd had the girls enjoying this dance party from a far.
  • Trick or treat station #1 – Cosmic Rays

Now that we are together and with some candy in our bags we head out to party and we head back to the heart of Tomorrowland. We decided to let the girls take the lead in deciding which ride to ride. They did an awesome job of taking turns.

  • Attraction #1 (for the group) – Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover


If you have listened to our other podcasts/ episodes you would know this is a favorite for both families.  But it is a must for the party nights.  We like to ride around looking at all the Halloween festivities in the area and come up with a game plan for the next hour or so.  AND we got to mark one off the Disney experience bucket list with seeing Space Mountain with the lights on.

After our transit trip ended we headed off to collect more candy.

  • Trick or treat station #2 – Space Mountain (probably the least decorated themed lines in the entire party)
  • Trick or treat station #3 – Carousel of Progress

At this time we stopped by the popcorn stand by Space Mountain and picked up our Mickey Pumpkin Popcorn buckets and Candy Corn Cotton Candy bags.

  • Attraction #2 – Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
  • Trick or treat station #4 – Stitch’s Great Escape (Where you can find some pretty cool carved pumpkins.  Which included Space Mountain and one that Arianne swears looks like Skippy – the original Alien from Alien Encounters.)
  • Attraction #3 – Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

This is such a fun attraction to do during the party because the audience is dressed up and the performers use this as part of their show.  Kevin got picked because of his Mike costume and they did a bit with another guy “his brother” because he was also dressed as Mike.  Definitely a highlight during the Halloween party.


10:15pm Head to Fantasyland.

  • Special Party Event activity #3 – Happy Hallowishes Fireworks

This took place and we were able to watch during our walk from Tomorrowland through Fantasyland.  Which is kinda a cool place to see all the 360 degree fireworks from.

  • Attraction #4 – The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh


  • Trick or treat station #5 – Mickey’s PhilharMagic

This is one of the stations that has multiple candy barrels.

  • *** Special Party Event activity #4 Mickey’s PhilharMagic showing of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  So after you go through the Trick or Treat line you come into the Theater and they have the movie playing in the theater.  This is a really cool halloween thing and it is not listed as part of the specialty entertainment on the event guide. Maryann and I walked very slowly through the line to watch some of it and I kinda wish we had time to watch more.  But we had no idea this was even there.  Maybe next year we will be able to catch a few minutes of it.
  • Trick or treat station #6 – Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Trick or treat station #7 – Liberty Square Riverboat

11:00pm – Head to Liberty Square find spots to watch parade.  During this time Maryann took the girls to the Tangled Bathrooms.

  • Party Specialty Food #1 – Haunted Mansion Portrait Desserts.


Arianne headed to the Liberty Square Market to get the chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with peanut butter icing and a Haunted Mansion Quick Sand white chocolate portrait. But…. This location closes at 11pm. I was able to ask a manager where I could find it and was told to go to Aloha Isle and specifically ask for it. So I quickly made my way there and back before the parade started. The cast members at Aloha Isle also gave me a Dole Whip. For free.

  • Magic Shot #1  Hitchhiking Ghost shot.


While we waited for the parade we headed over to the PhotoPass Photographer over by The Hall of Presidents.  We got our picture taken with the Hitchhiking Ghosts.

11:15pm “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade starts (got to Liberty Square by Hall of Presidents at 11:23)

  • Special Party Event activity #5  Mickey’s “Boo- To-You” Halloween Parade


It has been a few parties since the Collins family has actually sat down and watched this parade.  It’s a cute parade. Unfortunately, due to the rain and wet ground the Headless Horseman did not ride. There were also a few new additions since the last time we watched it.  Personal favorites are the 3 Hitchhiking Ghosts float and the Fall Festival Floats.  Very cool.

11:35pm Maryann and Ginny start to head out.  Ainsley wants to ride one last ride – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  The Collins family heads to Fantasyland.

  • Magic Shot #2 Tangled Lantern

Yes, this shot is available at any time. But this was the first time we had seen a photographer here since they started doing this shot.

  • Attraction #5 – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Kevin and Ainsley head off to ride right before midnight.

  • Photo Shot #3 – Ariel  (Madigan and Arianne)
  • Trick or Treat Station #8 – Pete’s Silly Sideshow

This location has 2 sides and each side has multiple treat stops.  You can go in one side and go back around and hit the other side.

Late night tip *  At the end of the night Cast Members tend to empty out their barrels in your bags so be ready to get handfuls of candy.  Hitting as many of these candy stops in the last 15 minutes of the night can result in lots of candy.


After loading up our bags with candy Maddie and I headed to the center of Main Street.  Since Kevin and Ainsley were still in line for Seven Dwarfs, we were gonna check out the show.

  • Special Party Event activity #6 – Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular
  • Specialty Merchandise – Light up Halloween Mickey Balloon
  • Magic Shots #4/5 – On Main Street and Poison Apple

On the way out we stopped at 2 different photographers on Main Street.  We got several “group” shots including 2 different versions of the Poison Apple magic shot.


Despite the Collins Family showing up 90 minutes late we still managed to hit: 8 Trick or Treat Stations, 5 Rides, 6 Specialty Event Activities, Snag some Halloween exclusive treats, and stop for 5 Photo Pass photographers.  I would say it was a spooktacular successful night.

Tips that helped us accomplish all of these things (despite the rain and the late start) was Maryann and I had made a list of the things we wanted to do prior to arriving at the event.  We also worked our way around the park in a circle.  Completing everything we wanted to do in each land and then moving on to the next.

For more Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Tips, check out our Pixie Dust Pointers posts.

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Disney After Hours


On August 11th of 2018, Arianne and her family attended the Disney After Hours event at the Magic Kingdom. On this episode of The Disney Twins World Adventures, we share with you our evening at this exclusive extra ticketed event.

Then check out our recent blog post Disney After hours – Summer 2018 (Recap/ Review)    where we spotlight:

  • Event Details
  • Recap of our Evening
  • Our Review of the Event
  • Why we think this event is a must do!

Have you attended the Disney After Hours event at the Magic Kingdom? What was your favorite part of the event?

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Disney After hours – Summer 2018 (Recap/ Review)

A few years ago when Disney Parks first announced they had a new special event called Disney After Hours, I was one of those skeptics. Why would I pay $100 for what essentially was Extra Magic Hours?


Boy, was I wrong!

A week after we returned home from our quick trip to Disney to celebrate the 7 year old turning 8 (a week early due to camp) I found myself glued to Instagram.  It was Media Night for the first 2018 Summer Disney After Hours event.  By the end of the night I was looking at dates around our already scheduled trip in August (to celebrate the little one turing 3) and trying to figure out what I needed to say to my crew to sell them on it.   I decided to approach the now 8 year old and see what she thought.  Her birthday party (H2O Glow Nights) was less than perfect since it rained most of the night.  She was bummed since she opted for that instead of a party at home with her friends.  I just needed to get her thinking we should do a different party for our soon to be 3 year old as her ‘birthday party’.  And of course, something she would want to do to.  I knew my husband would be a harder sell.  It would come down to the cost of the tickets.   I picked my words carefully.


That’s all it took.  Because before I knew it I had modified our resort reservation from Old Key West to Pop Century, added another night, and purchased tickets to this event. All for $100 more than we originally budgeted for the trip.

We decided to take a chance on this event.  After attending several extra ticketed events at Disney over the years, we were excited and curious about this one.  How would it compare to events that we love and do every year like the Halloween or Christmas parties?  What was the appeal to the event compared to those events (and others like H2O Glow Nights or Galactic Nights) that have specialty entertainment, event specific character/ photo opportunities, or specialty food?  And just simply… would we regret paying all that money to go when we could easily stay at the park late another night for free?

I am so glad we did take a chance on Disney After Hours.  I can honestly say it was hands down our favorite event of the summer.

So what is Disney After hours?


The Details

Disney After Hours is a special ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom, taking place select Saturdays (10pm-1am) and Thursdays (9pm-12am) this summer till September 20th. It is limited to a small number of guests. We overheard only 3,000 tickets were sold each night.  Which means there is little to no wait for the 25 attractions and character encounters available throughout the park.  The Disney After Hours ticket gives you park entry starting at 7pm.  Even though our annual passes (AP) were valid we didn’t hit the park until that time.  Those 3 hours were a perfect amount of time for us to get a few rides done, have a bite to eat, and see the fireworks before our evening began. (Also letting the really bad thunder storm pass.  Like lighting struck .4 miles away from Liberty Square really bad.  I had never seen Liberty Square clear so fast.)

There are still dates available for this summer’s session including tonight, August 30th and September 20th. Times for both nights are from 9pm to 12am.  Ticket prices are the same for children and adults:  $119 plus tax (advanced purchase), $124 plus tax (day-of purchase), and there is an AP/ DVC (Disney Vacation Club) discount of $89.

Included in the cost of admission, guest can have all they care to enjoy ice cream novelties (typical selections often found at ice cream stands throughout the park), popcorn, and bottled beverages.  These are available at carts stationed throughout the park.

Our Night

We checked into Pop Century around 1pm, grabbed lunch at Everything Pop, and took a nap.  Around 5:30pm we started to head out to the Magic Kingdom.  I found these really cute shirts at Target with Popcorn boxes on them for the girls.  I put on my ‘Best Day Ever’ shirt that I bought last year and our newly acquired Mickey Bar Ears and we were out the door.  We were going snack themed.  We finally arrived at the Magic Kingdom at 6:40pm.  We entered where they had the Disney After Hours sign, received our lanyard, and off we went.   * Please note we did not take or have a stroller with us.  Our soon to be 3 year old walked the entire night.  As she has done at the parks since February of this year.  Our pace was definitely one of a little kid walking through the parks.

  • 7pm – We made our way to our first Fast Pass,  Pirates of the Caribbean. (A storm starting rolling in which closed all the outdoor rides and caused a delay in our fast passes for Splash Mountain.  Hence the lightning comment above. So we just killed time till our Haunted Mansion at 8:30pm.)
  • 8pm – Churro Ice Cream Sandwich at Sleepy Hallow Refreshments.
  • 8:20pm – Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  • 8:30pm – Haunted Mansion (2nd Fast Pass)
  • 9pm – Splash Mountain reopens  (Kevin and Ainsley – 3rd Fast Pass) / The Magic Carpets of Aladdin 3x while watching Happily Ever After fireworks (Madigan and Arianne) * We often split up when we ride rides our little one can’t ride yet.  This allows her and the adult with her to ride a ride as well instead of just waiting. Call it Theme Park multi tasking.
  • 9:30 – Jungle Cruise


Event Officially Starts

  • 10pm – It’s a Small World
  • 10:15pm – Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • 10:36pm – The Barnstormer
  • 10:43pm – Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • 10:51pm – Mad Tea Party
  • 10:55pm – The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • 11pm – 1st Snack stop. [2 Mickey Bars, 2 Mickey Sandwiches, and 2 waters]                * Because our little one chose ice cream we sat down and ate instead of walking and eating.
  • 11:30pm – Space Mountain (Kevin and Ainsley)/ 2nd Snack Stop [2 Popcorns, a Coke, and a Sprite] (Arianne and Madigan).
  • Space Mountain (Arianne and Ainsley)/ Eat Popcorn (Kevin and Madigan)
  • 12am – 3rd Snack Stop [Popcorn, Coke, and Strawberry bar], Photo in front of castle, Big Thunder Mountain (Arianne and Ainsley)/ Peter Pan’s Flight, 3rd Snack Stop [frozen banana, Mickey sandwich, water] (Kevin and Madigan).
  • 12:30pm – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Kevin and Ainsley)/ Carousel, Tea Cups, Winnie the Pooh (Arianne and Madigan)
  • 12:55am – Tomorrowland Speedway
  • 1:15am – 4th Snack Stop [2 waters], Photos on Main Street


Disney After Hours event totals

Ainsley –  11 Rides

Arianne – 12 Rides

Kevin – 10 Rides

Madigan – 11 Rides

Popcorn – 3

Ice Creams – 7

Drinks – 8

Why we loved this event

  • Often our biggest complaint of the Halloween/ Christmas Party is that we focus on riding the rides (because its our only day at the MK that trip) and we miss out on the specialty entertainment.  Or we just do the specialty entertainment and miss out on riding the rides.  This event alleviated this issue all together.  We just rode rides.
  • It’s not like Extra Magic Hours!  I know it might seem like it is, but it’s not.  There were way less people there.  In fact there were some times we were the only ones walking down a path.  One of a few people on a ride.  You are not fighting with everyone who stays at the resorts staying at the park for an extra hour or two.
  • Wait times for rides were minimal. The longest line we waited in was for Seven Dwarfs (20 minutes) and popcorn.  That’s right you heard me.  Popcorn.  In fact I got in line for popcorn and 5 minutes into waiting my husband suggested that he and our oldest go ride Space Mountain while I wait.  So off they went.  I kid you not, they rode the ride and were back faster than I got my popcorn.  Every other ride we practically walked on.
  • As a kid I had always heard stories about how Disney would open just for Michael Jackson.  I always imagined how amazing that must have been to walk around the park like it was open just for you.  I felt this way at this event.  At points it was so private.  No crowds to maneuver around.  No large amounts of strollers to dodge.  There were areas where no one was around.  Rides with only a few people on them.  Cast Members offering guests to stay on and ride again if you wanted to.
  • Free Ice Cream, Popcorn, and Soda.  All you care to eat.  Ever wanted to try that frozen Banana treat but always stuck with the Mickey Bar? Well… that night we tried them all!
  • Being able to enter at 7pm and get a few rides out of the way before the party started was huge.  This allowed us to keep to Fantasyland and Tomorrowland and not waste large amounts of time walking (with a young one) from one side of the park to another.


Why we think you should attend

If you’re a night owl who loves to be there at the park long past the fireworks…

If this is your only trip to Walt Disney World and you want to see a lot of stuff in a short amount of time…

If you like ride rides with no one in your way…

If you dream of riding the same ride over and over and over and over and over again…

If you are an Annual Passholder and in black out…

If you are looking for a romantic night at the park…

If you or someone you love gets overwhelmed by the crowds and other sensory triggers common at the parks during the regular hours…

If you LOVE Mickey Bars, Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Popcorn…


What we think would make the event better?

  • Length – The 3 hours was a good time.  But an extra 30 minutes would be nice because we were still maneuvering around stragglers and some of the big rides to completely empty out from the regular hours guests. Especially since the night we went all the out door attractions were closed for a good while and came back up about an hour before the park closed.  Fast Pass lines were huge for the big rides that were hit right after the fireworks ended.  For rides like Seven Dwarfs it took a good 45 minutes into the party to see that wait time to drop to a wait time less than 30 minutes.
  • More popcorn/ ice cream stations – There were definitely more ice cream stands serving compared to the popcorn.  And not every area of the park had a stand open (i.e. Storybook Circus, Fantasyland area over by Little Mermaid).  We ended up waiting longer for this than anything.  I’m not joking I waited in line for Popcorn near space Mountain longer than it was for my husband and daughter to ride Space Mountain.  I also felt like they couldn’t make the pop corn fast enough.  The location that seemed to move quickly was the popcorn stand on the right of the Partners Statue by the castle.  We made a quick stop there on our way to Big Thunder Mountain and we were on our way in less than 3 minutes.  What would have been useful was to have either a map or a listing of these snack locations on the back of our event lanyard.
  • Disney Photo Pass – After attending multiple special events I was hoping to see photo frames or props specific to the event.  Maybe even a few new ones like a Mickey Bar or box of popcorn.  And if they did… I didn’t see them  😦 Also… We only saw photographers on Main Street and by the castle.
  • The Lanyards – I wish they would have had more information on the cards than they did.  Like locations to find snacks.  Also… it would have been nice if the lanyard was like the ones we got for attending Galactic Nights.  I have worn it in the park (and at work) since that party and I keep getting so many complements on it.  People always asking me questions about it.  To me it would be really cool to have that style with the party name on it instead of the generic black.  And it’s a really cool marketing tool.  Just a suggestion.  🙂


Final Thoughts

We had the best time at Disney After Hours.  I’m so glad I was wrong and took a chance on this event.  It was by far our favorite event (out of 3) that we attended this summer.  The perfect way for us to celebrate a little someone special who loves to ride rides birthday.  I hope they bring this event back in the future.  It will definitely be one we will be looking forward to attending again.  We didn’t move as quickly as some other families with older kids but I was still amazed at how much we were able to accomplish.  And there were several moments during the night that I was thrown back into my childhood and I got a little emotional.  My Dad and I would rush from Big Thunder Mountain to Space Mountain and hopefully back in the last hour before the park closed.   All to get just one last ride in before the clock struck midnight.  It’s an excitement my kids have yet to experience… until that night.  And for the first time I got to experience it from my Dad’s perspective.  It truly was a magical night.







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#moodMonday : Our 2018 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party wish list

Halloween might just very well be the perfect remedy for curing those ‘summer time ending’ blues. And with Walt Disney World’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starting August 17th and running to October 31st, there is plenty of time to get in the Halloween mood.

So don’t mind us if this #MoodMonday seems a little premature.   But… we can’t help it.  I’ll even be the first to admit to squealing my delight in seeing the pumpkins arrive on Main Street during our last trip to the Magic Kingdom on August 14th.

The 1st sighting of pumpkins in  2018

If you have been following along with us since the beginning you already know this is one of my (Arianne) favorite events to attend at Disney each year. If you have just found us… first off… Welcome! We are so glad to have you join our crazy Disney Adventures.  Second… I have gone to the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party almost every year since it started in 1995.

A classic Halloween Party Photo from 1998 (that was taken complementary and mailed to you)

Yes, I’ve collected lots of candy in that time. I only state this to explain why I am a self proclaimed “Halloween at Disney” fan.  My oldest daughter doesn’t call me Lady Pumpkin Head for nothing.  I’ve experienced all the things this party has to offer over the years. All while being decked out in a full floor length Cruella DeVille coat.   Or just sporting a party shirt and pumpkin Mickey ears (hence the name Lady Pumpkin Head).


And  well… pretty much everything in between.


Every year we try to experience the special offerings exclusive to the party including trick-or-treating, the Boo To You Parade, Hallowishes, the dance party, getting our SOMK party card, catching the last Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular show of the night, watching the Headless Horseman ride throughout the park, and lets not forget the really cool Magic Shots Disney Photopass has just for the party.


We love walking through the parks checking out all the spooky decor and seeing rare characters.  Or even just meeting a few regulars decked out in their Halloween Costumes.


For an event that is in its 23rd year. (Boy does that make me feel old) we are so excited to experience this party in a way we never have before.  And we are talking about ride layovers for the Halloween season.  Disney has done this many of times for the Christmas season (Country Bears and Jungle Cruise) and for a few rides at Disneyland.  This year will be a first at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party.  Not to mention… the Food and Beverage team for the parks/ special events keeps upping their game each year.  To quote Clawhauser from Zootopia “O… M… Goodness!” did they deliver with some spooktacular treats this year.  We can’t wait to sink our teeth into a few of them.

It goes without saying our ‘Wish List’ of what we want to do at each year’s party keeps growing.  So without further delay our list of NEW things we want be sure to experience this year.

2018 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Wish List

  • The Mad Tea Party – A new spin on one of our favorite attractions with the addition of colorful new lighting, effects, and music.


  • Pirates of the Caribbean – where Pirates have invaded the attraction interacting with guests who are sent on a quest to search for “Gunpowder Pete.”
  • Space Mountain – Takes on a whole different meaning of Deep Space as the lights are turned off, a new soundtrack is added, and special effects transform this classic ride.
  • Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam – a dance party featuring some of our favorite Disney Junior Characters including Doc McStuffins. Perfect for our little ones to dance the night away.  
  • Party Exclusive Treats including: Hades Nachos, Madame Leota Dessert, Warm Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel, Apple Cider, and the Maleficent Dessert.  

    Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog

With all these things on our list, we are just counting down the days to get our spooky on.  Now that we know what we want to do at the party, we just need to figure out what we are going to wear.  Are you heading to the party this year?  If so, what are you looking forward to doing or (better yet) eat? Let us know!




Disney Food · Pixie Dust Pointers

Our Top 3 Places to Eat Breakfast at Walt Disney World



There are so many dining choices to chose from when visiting Walt Disney World. On this Pixie Dust Pointer episode we share with you our top 3 places to get breakfast. Remember… Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Make sure you don’t get distracted by the parks and miss dining at our favorite places to start the day.  So hop on over to our youtube channel and check it out!

What are your Top 3 places for Breakfast at Walt Disney World?  Is there a place we MUST try?  Let us know in the comments below.