My other spirit animal.

A the Walt Disney World “This Is Magic” media preview, I got to take the new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure for a test drive, found my new favorite breakfast spot at Disney, and found a way to bring my favorite ride at Animal Kingdom home to Tampa.

Thanks to Walt Disney World for inviting us to the media preview. Full disclosure – Disney World is a Q105 advertiser and they hosted our staff for a few days to check out what’s new at the House of the Mouse.

Disney World’s Next Ride To Open

The headlining act of the Walt Disney World “This Is Magic” media preview was definitely the redo of the ride formerly known as Splash Mountain. Something happened on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure that I’ll never forget. It was one of those cool life moments you can’t believe you got to experience. If you’re one of my friends on Instagram, you already know. The video has almost a half million views already. We’ll get to that in a minute.

Even though Tiana was the star of the show for most in the media, the thing that stood out for me the most on this Disney trip was the food. Shocker right? Geno is going to talk about food.

The Food Factor

Seriously though I really was blown away by the improvement in the quality of the cafeteria-style food options in the big dining areas. My expectations when it comes to theme park food are realistic. They have to make it fast and serve thousands of tourists per hour. That usually means the food can be forgettable. But I had some of the best pizza I’ve had in a while, an insanely good burger and a couple desserts that were top notch.

As for the rides, although Tiana’s Bayou Adventure was the focal point of the visit, there were two rides I still hadn’t been on. Tron and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway had opened since my last Disney World visit.

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