The Boathouse at Disney Springs Review

The BOATHOUSE is a restaurant located in the Landing section of the newly revitalized Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney, formerly Pleasure Island…). It opened in 2015 and was one of the first new restaurants to open during the Disney Springs transition.

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It sits on the lake and even has an outside dockside bar with a few tables and chairs set up out there too.

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It offers great views all around.
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Parked out front is a real amphicar – part car, part boat!

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You can purchase a tour around the lake on an amphicar (they have several). They’ll load you up in the car, rotate the car, then you head down the launch and into the lake!

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A Captain guides you around the lake for great views of the restaurant and other Disney Springs sights. Here’s more info:

Amphicar Rides – Is it a car? A boat? Yes. And yes! Guests can experience the thrill of a Captain’s guided tour aboard a rare Amphicar that drives on land and floats in the water. The $125 price tag includes your own Car Captain and seating for up to three guests. Along the way, you’ll have a great view of Disney Springs, direct from the water. Tours are available daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., weather permitting.

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 Not only would it be fun to take the actual tour, but it’s also fun (and free!) to stand by the launch and watch the cars rotate on the platform, launch, and come back.

We dined at The BOATHOUSE in September 2015 as a family of 4, including a 3 year old and a 1 year old.

Although we didn’t venture through the entire restaurant, I felt like there was a lot of seating available to accommodate Disney crowds. This may be the reason that we had such an easy time getting a table. We did not have a reservation, but walked up on a Monday evening around 6pm and were seated within a few minutes, only waiting long enough for them to grab the high chairs we requested.

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We were given a few options of where to sit, but chose the main front room in front of a large window as well as the piano player.

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We didn’t get a photo of it, but behind us was a large table made out of a boat!

We started off with the Firecracker Shrimp. Very tasty, slightly spicy. If you’ve been to a seafood restaurant before, I’m sure you’ve seen a similar version of this dish…it reminds me of Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp.

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I chose the MahiMahi BLT. I really wanted seafood, but my typical favorites either weren’t on the menu, or just didn’t jump out at me, so I went with something a little different. The steak options looked good, but I just have a hard time getting steak when there are good seafood options. It was good, but got very messy toward the end of the burger, so I just took my last little piece of Mahi off the bun and ate it that way.

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Brett got the Baja Coconut Shrimp. I stole a bite – we both really liked it and the sauce was rather interesting. I don’t remember exactly but I recall hints of orange…I dipped some of Aubrey’s popcorn shrimp into it.

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The kids meals come in a fun cardboard amphicar serving basket!

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Trent got the chicken fingers, which came on a stick and were really good…but they were different than the chicken fingers you get elsewhere on property. Brett and I both know how these taste because we ate them due to our picky son not eating anything at this meal except french fries. #sohealthy

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Before going, we heard online grumbles from people about how expensive it was. We didn’t think it was overly priced compared to other Disney offerings. However, we have accepted that things in Disney cost more, so we tend not to get sticker shock any longer. Sure, there were a few dishes that were too expensive for my taste, but they either had a lesser option, or it wasn’t something I would get anyway. I kinda wish they did have more seafood offerings, like crab legs on the main menu (I didn’t see them, which doesn’t mean they weren’t there)…but that was probably for the better because it is a pain trying to eat messy foods while two young kids are at the table.

I always recommend getting reservations, even if you just check the My Disney Experience App before going just to get your name on a list, but like I said earlier, we didn’t need it, so even if you don’t have one, it doesn’t hurt to ask if they can get you in.

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Friday Five

Happy Friday! Who’s enjoying the cooler, crisp weather? Not us, this is FLORIDA! I love summer and pool days, but Florida just gets too darn hot some days to enjoy nice weather, so I look forward to being able to go for walks and trips to the park without the kids burning their butts on the scorching hot slides! Ouch!



Our Disney trip was so fantastic. I hope you all enjoyed following along on our adventures on Facebook and Instagram. I hope to put together a few posts about our trip. Sad fact: I didn’t take out my video camera once. I stuck to my phone because it was easy to access and midway through the trip, even stopped bringing my video camera to the parks. It makes me kinda sad, but I can only handle so much and still enjoy my family and surroundings, so I used my phone video and camera capabilities and trusted Brett for the really good photos. I hope to get back to video more when they aren’t so needy hahahaha



Speaking of Disney, you may have seen us mention The Best of WDW photo book on social media…it’s a collection of beautiful Disney photos taken by several photographers that collaborate for WDW Magazine, including Brett. It’s available on Amazon!


Brett received his copy recently and it is so amazing! And I’m not just saying that because Brett was involved 😉 Fun fact: Trent is in there TWICE! I can’t believe my son is in a book like that for all to see. #famous




We’ll be spending some time in WDW in December with everyone that was involved with the book and the rest of WDW Magazine’s projects – I’m looking forward to that!

I also signed up for my very first blogging conference! I’ll be attending Type-A Parent Conference next fall in…wait for it…Disney World! Haha, do you think that’s why I chose to go to that one? I have a long countdown, but I am looking forward to it. Since I started blogging, I’ve always felt like the conditions weren’t optimal to go to any blog conferences…I was either pregnant, breastfeeding, busy at my job, too far away, etc. But now I feel like I can finally start getting into it and my #StreamTeam trip to NYC made me even more passionate about cultivating this lovely little blog o’ mine. Thank you guys for reading what I write and giving me a place to share and interact :)



Another thing weighing heavily on me is the Half Marathon I have scheduled in November. I haven’t really “trained” at all for it and I barely have had time to run or workout at all. I definitely hope to change that asap, but I must admit that I’ve contemplated not doing it, which would really make me sad seeing as it has been a goal of mine for so long. It was intended to be a motivation tool for me to lose weight and get back in shape, and so far, it hasn’t done that…which is my fault of course. Plus, I registered for it before realizing the Blue Angels Homecoming show was that weekend. Brett and I have been wanting to go back and bring Trent and we get nervous they’ll cancel it every year due to budget cuts like they did 2 years ago. Plus, I can’t get a hotel for one of the nights in Disney, so this is turning out to be a little bit of a hassle. Stay tuned, as we obviously have some decisions to make around here.

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For those of you that love either 1) Disney 2) Tsum Tsums 3) Nightmare Before Christmas 4) Stickers 5) Winning everything and anything, be sure to check out the giveaway I’m having over on my Etsy page – Enter on Facebook and/or Enter on Instagram for some Nightmare Before Christmas Tsum Tsums and stickers! It ends Next Friday!

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Thanks to my friend over at The Jolly James’ for letting me borrow her Friday blog posts title! Happy Weekend! :)


Keeping those Family Trip Memories Safe with Amazon Cloud Drive

We have been Amazon Prime members for a few years now and will stay that way for the foreseeable future…we love it! Embarrassingly enough, I was very hesitant to buy from Amazon several years ago…it was still fairly new and I knew it as a place to get books, but now I buy as much as I possibly can from there. Having a Prime membership means I get free 2 day shipping on most items, so I can get it fast and even faster for a small fee.

Prime members also get access to Amazon’s growing library of movies and tv shows to stream, as well as free rental of Kindle books if you have a Kindle.

Can you tell I love Amazon Prime? I mean, you guys should have seen my garage a bout 3 weeks ago…it looked like the Amazon box warehouse! So many Amazon boxes! And we’ll have just as many in a few more weeks. I’m sure the UPS guys just loooooves us.

One benefit that comes along with Prime membership that I was unaware of is Amazon Cloud Drive.

Amazon Cloud Drive lets customers securely back up and store their existing content collections and automatically upload endless amounts of new content, including photos, videos, movies, music, and files. Amazon Cloud Drive can be accessed via the web on Mac, PC, and tablets. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you already have access to Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos, which provides unlimited photo storage as part of your Prime membership. In addition, Prime members get 5 GB of additional storage space for videos, movies, music, and files.



I am really bad about photo and document storage, but yet it is something I worry about. Brett, however, is on top of his photo game. He has to be…he takes thousands and thousands of photos every week, some of weddings, some of families, and some personal ones of us. And a Disney trip? Forget about it.


He has to dump multiple memory cards onto my laptop during the trip to make sure he keeps enough space available throughout the trip because he takes so many large-sized photos. When he gets home, he puts everything onto his computer, which has a backup that has another backup. However, I also worry about if something were to happen to my laptop during a trip as he puts photos on it from his memory cards. Or what if we had a house fire and his computer and backups were destroyed? Or me…since I’m so terrible…what if something were to happen to my phone and all the photos on there?


I would be devastated to lose our cherished family memories.



This is why I love the idea of the Amazon Cloud Drive and Prime Photos. I can rest easy knowing that my photos are safe and I can always have our trip photos to enjoy.



The easiest way to get started is using the Amazon Photo app, available on Android and iOS devices, which automatically backs up your camera roll – freeing up valuable space on your device, so you can take more pictures and videos!


That way, it’s an effortless process that you don’t have to remember to do. In addition, the Amazon Photo app allows you to access your photos and personal videos across devices (for example family photos you may have uploaded via the web). So like if Brett takes a photo, but I want to share it to my Instagram or Facebook, I can just go out to the cloud to retrieve it and share it from my own phone. Brett took this photo of me on his phone, but I wanted to share it on my Instagram…easy peasy! And look…you can even edit your photos in the app!


As soon as I set up the app on my phone, I went to my computer and saw all of the photos from my phone already backed up and available among all my devices.


Amazon recently announced two unlimited storage plans, both start with a free 3-month trial:

  • Unlimited Everything Plan ($59.99 per year—equivalent of less than $5 per month): Store an infinite number of new and existing photos, videos, files, documents, movies, and music in Cloud Drive.
  • Unlimited Photos Plan ($11.99 per year—equivalent of less than $1 per month): Similar to the Prime member benefit – non Prime members can also store an infinite number of photos in Cloud Drive without worrying about taking up space on phones, cameras, or other devices. This plan also includes 5 GB of additional storage for videos or other documents and files.


To get started, visit the Amazon Cloud Drive website on Amazon!


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DinoTrux! on Netflix

For this month’s Netflix post, I couldn’t resist telling you about an all new Netflix series, DinoTrux!


Seriously, if you have little ones at home that even have a remote interest in Dinosaurs or Trucks, then they would love this series!

And if you noticed, I didn’t say if you have “little boys” at home, because girls can find it fun too! In fact, Aubrey already loves dinosaurs and trucks. She has had so many to play with since big brother has a room overflowing with dinosaurs and trucks of all sizes and colors. She knew how to rawr like a dinosaur since she was a few months old and even pushes the cars and trucks around. Maybe she will want a dinosaur party like Trent’s 2nd birthday, in which case we will have all the decorations already haha!

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In DinoTrux, a prehistoric world, set in the Mechazoic era, is populated by hybrid dinosaur-construction vehicles called Dinotrux, and by hybrid reptile-tools called Reptools. Two best friends, Ty, a Tyrannosaurus Trux, and Revvit, a Reptool, must team up with other inhabitants of the world to defend their community and their work from an evil Tyrannosaurus Trux, named D-Structs.



I knew Trent would find DinoTrux fun. He is already a fan of another dinosaur show (Dinosaur Train) and truck show (Blaze) so this is like meshing and molding two of his favorite things together.

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We built Trent’s Rock Box on the back porch and it is perfect for both dinosaurs and trucks.

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For his birthday, we hid little plastic dinosaurs in the rocks and gave the kids plastic buckets and shovels to dig and find the dinosaurs…like a little fossil dig!

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Since then, Trent drives his trucks over the rocks and uses Tonkas and other construction trucks to move the rocks around. It’s so fun – and a lot less messy than sand!

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Be sure your little ones check out DinoTrux on Netflix…there are currently 10 episodes available to instant stream! And follow Netflix on Facebook to find out about new shows and movies available to stream!


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This post was written by me as part of my membership in the Netflix Stream Team. Thanks for reading!


Learning Fun and Road Trip Entertainment with LeapFrog

You guys – I’m so excited to announce that I am now a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, otherwise known as the LeapFrog Mom Squad! I’m looking forward to letting Trent and Aubrey experience all the fun, educational toys and activities that are a part of the LeapFrog offerings and sharing our experiences with all of you!

When we received our welcome box, the kids were super excited…and super curious!

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We got the LeapFrog Word Whammer and LeapPad Platinum with Imagicards!

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Trent immediately got into playing with both of these…he picks up new toys/technology so fast, it amazes me. I was at work when they started playing with these and by the time I got home, Trent was a pro.


The LeapPad Platinum is an all-new tablet featuring a 7” multi-touch screen with sharp, crisp graphics, a fast and powerful processor and a sleek design.

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It comes in green or purple and some of the features include:

  • 7″ Hi-Res Multi-Touch Capacitive Screen: Features a huge 7-inch hi-res touchscreen that delivers big, crisp, sharp graphics making learning fun come to life.
  • Kid-Smart Fun: Access 1,000+ games and more (sold separately) designed or approved by LeapFrog educators with select titles featuring Just For Me™ Learning.
  • Wi-Fi with Kid-Safe Web: A safe, protected web browser serves up a ton of kid-appropriate videos and more—all reviewed or approved by learning experts.
  • Exciting, interactive gameplay: LeapFrog Imagicard™: Unlock more gameplay with 6 bonus LeapFrog Imagicard™ digital game and interactive cards including a demo game, photo fun, trivia and more. (Game download required.)

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Trent is a big Paw Patrol fan (his 3rd birthday party was Paw Patrol themed!), so he loved seeing Paw Patrol as one of the Imagicard sets. I loved seeing the Letter Factory set because he learned so much, like the alphabet, shapes, and numbers, from watching Letter Factory videos. Each Imagicard set has a learning objective and comes with various cards pertaining to both the characters and the learning objective.


PAW Patrol – Unleash Math Skills

  • 17 Learning Activities
  • 50+ PAWsome Trivia Questions
  • 33 Cards Bring It All to Life

Letter Factory – Step Right Up to Reading

  • 6 Games + 18 Carnival Attractions
  • 50+ Trivia Questions
  • 30 Cards Bring It All to Life

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- Deploy Shell-tastic Math

  • 15 Learning Activities
  • 50+ Turtle Trivia Questions
  • 33 Cards Bring It All to Life


As you go through each game, you are asked to find a card you need to solve the problem. You then scan the card by holding the LeapPad over the card (as if you are taking a picture of it) and the LeapPad knows which card it is and it comes to life. For example, when you scan a character card, the character jumps out of the card and onto the screen. So cool!

What I also love is that the cards make it interesting and make your child incorporate them into their technology, but they aren’t needed in order to play the game. You can scroll through the cards electronically in the game. This makes it a great game for traveling, because you don’t want to bust out all those cards in the car or on a plane.


The Word Whammer is a simple, but fun toy that actually reminds me of a toy I had while growing up. It teaches letters and phonics skills by twisting and tapping the handle to play the game.

  • Gets phonics skills moving. Build 100+ words and get ready for kindergarten.
  • Teaches letter names, letter sounds and word building.
  • Learning adapts as children play, helping them progress through 5 levels.
  • Twist, turn, spin and tap for fast-action fun.

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This one is a fun game for traveling too!

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As LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products, promotional items and educational material to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.