Paint the Night Dining Package at Wine Country Trattoria

first_imgShare This!Sometimes people wait over an hour to see fireworks or view a popular parade or show at a Disney theme park. Because of this, some park visitors jump at the chance to pay for the luxury of having their spot locked in via pricey dining packages that include a meal and access to special viewing sections. In this review I’ll go over the pros and cons of the Paint the Night dining package at Disney California Adventure’s Wine Country Trattoria restaurant.  My reservation for dinner includes a starter salad or soup, one of eight entrees, and a dessert. Soda, coffee, or tea is also included (alcoholic beverages can be added on for an additional charge). Wine Country Trattoria isn’t the best full-service restaurant in Disneyland Resort (we’d pick Carthay Circle, Napa Rose, Blue Bayou, and even Carnation Cafe over it), but the menu is solid. It’s one of those restaurants that is good for a theme park, but it’s probably not somewhere you would eat outside of one. For my starter I ordered the Italian Wedding Soup, which was very good, garlicky, and fresh. The entrée I selected was the Osso Bucco (slow-braised lamb served with polenta and seasonal vegetables). The lamb was excellently prepared, and the meat was so tender that I was able to easily cut through it with my fork. The sauce that the Osso Bucco was smothered in was a bit too rich, so if you’re not in to that sort of thing you may want to order it on the side. My friend ordered the Chicken Parmesan, which she enjoyed thanks to the light breading and flavorful sauce. My dessert selection was the Tiramisu which I thought was delicious, but my friend did not enjoy due to it being too sweet and having an odd and soggy texture.  After paying for the meal ($49 per adult and $25 per child for dinner, $38 per adult and $21 per child for lunch) we were given our FASTPASS tickets that would allow us access to the viewing section for Paint the Night. We were given instructions to arrive at the viewing section by 8:15 PM (this is also printed on the FASTPASS ticket) for an 8:45 PM showtime. After dinner my friend and I went back to touring the park, assuming we’d have plenty of time to kill before we had to be back at the viewing section. At 7 PM I thought it may be a good idea to check out the viewing section to see if was even set up yet. To my surprise not only was it already set up, but it was quickly filling up. Not wanting to waste the reserved viewing that we paid for, we secured a spot and started to wait the hour and 45 minutes until the parade started. Other dining package guests steadily arrived over the next hour until the viewing section was jam packed. Do not buy this dining package if you expect the viewing section to have a little breathing room between you and other viewers–it can get crowded. Also, be advised to arrive well before the 8:15 PM cut-off time. Not everyone will get a spot right along the parade route. The viewing section was stacked three people back. The viewing area is located across from the entrance to Cars Land, near the Disney Vacation Club kiosk. The view itself is the same you would get from any other part of the parade route.As for Paint the Night, it’s the same great parade with infectious soundtrack that ran in Disneyland a few years ago. Monsters Inc., Cars, Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid are all represented, along with over 75 energetic performers. We rate the parade 5 stars and think it’s not to be missed. Demand for the parade is high, but thankfully DCA’s parade route is over half a mile longer than Disneyland’s. This makes it much easier to get a viewing spot, which also lessens the need for a dining package. Is the Paint the Night dining package worth it? I’m going to say no due to the amount of time you still need to dedicate to waiting for the parade. In terms of value it’s not too bad considering how overpriced Disney food is. If you were to dine Wine Country Trattoria and order the same items off of the regular menu it would cost you around $40 dollars. Personally, I would dine at a quick-service restaurant and then grab a spot an hour before the parade started. It’s worth mentioning that Carthay Circle Restaurant also has a Paint the Night dining package which includes actual seats. It is priced at $100.Have you experienced the Paint the Night dining package at Disney California Adventure? If you haven’t, does the package sound worth it to you? Let me know in the comments below.last_img read more

Stratford volleyball sweeps Pittsville

first_imgTigers now 3-1 in Marawood SouthBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterPITTSVILLE — The Stratford volleyball team is now 3-1 in the Marawood Conference South Division after a three-game sweep of Pittsville on Tuesday night at Pittsville High School.The Tigers won 25-15, 25-11, 25-21 to claim their second-straight conference match.Mazie Nagel had 13 kills and eight digs, Andie Zuelke and McKayla Krall each added six kills, and Katie Krueger had 11 digs for Stratford.Pittsville is now 1-3 in the Marawood South.Stratford plays a nonconference match at Abbotsford on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more

Busmen brace for tough Cambodians

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fallen PAL inspires Canlubang Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BACOLOD CITY—Following a memorable AFC Champions League qualifying run last month, Ceres Negros coach Risto Vidakovic knows his team can’t afford to let up as it braces for a tough title defense of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup Asean zone crown starting on Tuesday.Armed with more experience, the Busmen open their campaign in Group F against Cambodian champions Boeung Ket with another huge crowd expected at Panaad Stadium here. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto With Global Cebu losing to Thanh Hoa of Vietnam in its AFC Cup opener on Saturday in Hanoi, the Busmen hope to give the country a breakthrough win in this year’s competition.Home United of Singapore and Shan United of Myanmar are also in Group F with Ceres, which went on a magical qualifying run last month in the top-tier Champions League, stunning Brisbane Roar of Australia and delivering a creditable showing in a 0-2 loss to Tianjin Quanjian of China in the playoff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingVidakovic refused to make a huge deal out of their last two games against strong opposition, pointing out that the most important game will be against the Cambodians.“It doesn’t mean anything to us and we have to move forward and focus on the next game,” said the Serbian. “We can’t go [in the AFC Cup] with overconfidence. All our opponents deserve our respect.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READlast_img read more

2018 Festival Queen Contest Gets Under Way June 9

On Saturday, June 16, contestants will vie for the parish crown at Jockey Factory, Lucea, Hanover, and at Alpart Sports Club, Nain, St. Elizabeth, beginning at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, June 9, parish coronations will take place at St. Mary’s Anglican Church Hall, Port Maria, St. Mary and Colonel’s Cove, Morant Bay, St Thomas, beginning at 8:00 p.m., while on Sunday, June 10, a competition will be held at Louise Bennet Garden Theatre, 36 Hope Road, Kingston, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is inviting members of the public to support the 2018 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen competition, which gets under way this weekend with parish contests.Winners at the parish level will vie for the national crown at the coronation show scheduled to take place in Kingston on Emancipation Day, August 1.On Saturday, June 9, parish coronations will take place at St. Mary’s Anglican Church Hall, Port Maria, St. Mary and Colonel’s Cove, Morant Bay, St Thomas, beginning at 8:00 p.m., while on Sunday, June 10, a competition will be held at Louise Bennet Garden Theatre, 36 Hope Road, Kingston, beginning at 7:00 p.m.On Saturday, June 16, contestants will vie for the parish crown at Jockey Factory, Lucea, Hanover, and at Alpart Sports Club, Nain, St. Elizabeth, beginning at 8:00 p.m.Competitions continue on Saturday, June 23, at Glenmuir High School, 10 Glenmuir Road, May Pen, Clarendon, and at Sean Lavery Faith Hall, Lewis Street, Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland, beginning at 8:00 p.m.The final two events will be held at Bishop Gibson High School, Mandeville, Manchester, on Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. and at Falmouth Cruise Port, Falmouth, Trelawny, beginning at 8:00 p.m.Director of Marketing and Public Relations, JCDC, Stephen Davidson, told JIS News that the parish coronations are a “good family show and just as exciting as the national competition”.“It is important for persons to come out and to see what is happening, see how the young ladies can showcase themselves, and the training they have gone through,” he said.He informed that the girls go through rigorous training sessions, which focus on leadership qualities, community involvement, cultural awareness, appreciation of the role of women, creative talent, deportment and current affairs.“Once they participate in the competition, they really benefit from being a part of the programme and learn various skills, which they would carry on to other phases of their lives,” he pointed out.Mr. Davidson told JIS News that leading up to the national coronation, the parish queens will participate in further training and various activities in Kingston, such as courtesy calls on the mayor, government ministers and sponsors.He informed that the National Festival Queen is required to carry out an outreach or community development project focusing on youth or education.“So, that is a very important component and, of course, that person is active year-round as a role model visiting schools, attending various events and functions,” he said.The Festival Queen Competition, which began in 1963, is one of the highlights of the Emancipation and Independence celebrations.For further information, persons are asked to contact the JCDC head office at 926-5726-9 or the JCDC parish offices island-wide. Members of the public can also visit the JCDC’s website at The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is inviting members of the public to support the 2018 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen competition, which gets under way this weekend with parish contests. Story Highlights read more

From Sunday make dengue fight a mass movement Jain to agencies

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday asked all concerned agencies of Delhi and government departments to convert the fight against Dengue into a mass movement from Sunday onwards to ensure that mosquitoes which spread vector borne diseases – Dengue and Chikungunya – are not allowed to breed in the national Capital.On Friday, chairing a meeting of all government departments, civic agencies, Delhi Police, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Medical Superintendants of Delhi government hospitals, Delhi Police, DDA and other Boards etc, Jain said, “Beginning at 10 AM this Sunday onwards, let us all make an example by beginning from our homes itself. Delhi has controlled Dengue and Chikungunya very well over the last three years, let us do even better this time.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Health Minister said awareness for prevention of Dengue and Chikungunya must begin from the top and this mega-awareness campaign will be led by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal himself. “Checking our own homes and surroundings to ensure there are no sources of clean stagnant water in which Aedes Mosquitoes can breed does not take more than 10 minutes every Sunday,” Jain told the officers. He said the aim should be No breeding No Mosquitoes. The minister appealed to the officers to motivate their neighbours also for participating in this campaign. “If we remove sources of Dengue from our homes and neighbourhood then we are safe, let us all start with ourselves,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn the meeting a detailed presentation was made by Dr SM Raheja, Additional Director of Health Services, on the preparedness to deal with vector borne diseases. All the departments, agencies, Boards, Departments were instructed to give special emphasis to construction sites, which are one of the major sources of mosquitoes breeding. The Minister directed the MCDs in particular to ensure that all construction sites within their jurisdiction must be inspected twice every week. The Health Minister directed all the Medical Superintendants to ensure adequate stocks of Paracetamol and IV fluids for the next three months to be prepared to deal with any situation of vector borne diseases, if required.last_img read more