List of Films and TV shows filmed at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast

A visit to the Gold Coast wouldn’t be complete without checking out Australia’s most popular theme park, Movie World. Known as “Hollywood on the Gold Coast” but what many people don’t realise is that next to Movie World is a real active Studio.

List of Films and TV shows filmed at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast

The Studio is one of three major studios in Australia. The Gold Coast studio is owned by Village Roadshow and consists of nine sound stages, three water tanks, including Australia’s largest purpose-built water tank. It also has many more facilities to ensure it can film both small independent productions, to huge Blockbusters part of both the DC and Marvel Universe.

When you start to look into the Studio you begin to realise why there is such a huge emphasis on Scooby Doo in the Park. The studio was the filming location to two of the Scooby Doo Films both the 2002 and 2004 films starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jnr.

Whilst they are separate entities there is obviously some good cross-promotion that goes on.

When you drive around the Hinterland and beaches liked the Spit you can see why any Films and TV shows are filmed on the Gold Coast.

The other two studios are located in Melbourne, the Dockland studios Melbourne, And Sydney’s Fox studio, however, Village Roadshow studio is the largest studio lot in the Southern Hemisphere with the stages having an overall size of roughly 156775 sq ft.

Recently the Village Roadshow studio was utilised to film the Blockbuster film, Aquaman starring Jason Momoa. If you are lucky enough to go into Movie World at the moment there is a fantastic display with Props, Costumes and Set pieces from the Film.

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We had such a great time looking through all the memorabilia and decided to put together a list of some of the more notable Films and TV shows filmed at Village Roadshow Studios.

    • Scooby Doo
    • Scooby Doo 2
    • Pitch Black
    • Peter Pan
    • Nim’s Island
    • The Marine
    • House of Wax
    • Ghost Ship
    • Fools Gold
    • Beauty and the Beast (Australian Movie)
    • Daybreakers
    • Crocodile Dundee in LA
    • The Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    • San Andreas
    • Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead men tell no tales.
    • Unbroken
    • Thor Ragnarok
    • Godzilla vs Kong
    • Dora the Explorer (Live action Movie) to be released in 2019
      • 20,000 Leagues under the sea (Tv Mini-Series)
      • Animalia (Animated series)
      • Beast Master (Tv)
      • Paradise Beach (TV)
      • H2O Just add Water (TV)
      • Sea Patrol 2 (TV)
      • Terra Nova (TV)

These are just a few of the Movies and TV Shows that have been filmed there with many more to be filmed there in the future.

Did you realise that some of Hollywood’s biggest shows were filmed in Australia?

List of Films and TV shows filmed at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast List of Films and TV shows filmed at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast

We love movies and movie sets and were lucky to visit Kualoa Ranch in Oahu, the location of Jurassic Park and many more famous movies.

What movie sets have you visited? Tell us in the comments below.

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Top ten things to do on the Gold Coast.

Are you one of the 13 million visitors heading to the Gold Coast this year and wondering what should we be doing. We have compiled our list from our time living on the Gold Coast and our visit there.

Top ten must-see destinations on the Gold Coast.

1. Visit a Theme Park.

  • Movie World

In Australia the Gold Coast is the home of the theme parks, Los Angeles might have Disneyland, Orlando might have Disneyworld. But in Australia on the Gold Coast, we have “Hollywood on the Gold Coast” Warner Brothers Movie world. A Village Roadshow Theme Parks.  It is the home of DC Superheroes, Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, Harry Potter (although this is just through merchandise and some theming on shops). It is also home to active Movie studios, seeing the newest blockbuster Aquaman filmed there, as well as Thor – Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales and many more amazing films. Movie World is home to the longest, fastest, and tallest hypercoaster in the Southern Hemisphere, the DC Rivals Hypercoaster. At the moment you can walk through and see many of the sets and costumes form Aquaman in a special display in the park.

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  • Sea World

Gold Coast also is the home to Sea World, also a Village Roadshow Theme Parks. Although it has a similar name and branding to the American Seaworld, it is run by totally different companies with more of a focus on rehabilitation.  It is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, and theme park. It has a great younger children’s area and a few rides aimed at older children, teens, and adults. With a large focus on sea animals.  It has the license to Nickelodeon, so children will love meeting the Paw Patrol characters, Sponge Bob and TMNT.

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  • Paradise Country

Also part of the Village Roadshow Paradise Country is an Australian homestead where there is a variety of Australian animals including kangaroos, koalas, and emus. You can head on a farm tour that includes several shows which feature the making of billy tea, boomerang throwing, and stock Horse demonstrations.

  • Dreamworld

Dream World is set on 210 acres in Coomera, it has 27 rides including 5 roller coasters. Dreamworld is the home of Wiggles World, and an ABC kids land with a few wiggles themed rides. A real favorite with the pre-school crowd. Dreamworld also has rides connected to Dreamworks. Dream World has a Lego store that can be accessed from outside of the park, so you don’t need tickets to buy your favorite lego. Dreamworld is the home of the thrill ride on the Gold Coast with 9 thrill rides.

Fun Fact – some designers who worked on Disneyland and Walt Disney World designed some of Dreamworld.

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2. Visit a Water Park

The Gold Coast has great weather most of the year and is home to two water parks.

  • Wet n Wild

No matter what the weather Wet n Wild remains open so is beautiful no matter what time of year it is. To help with the slightly cooler winter months the pools are heated through Winter. Located adjacent to Movie world and also a Village Roadshow Theme Park, it has 4 pools, 17 water slides, and 2 Children’s areas.

  • WhiteWater World

Situated next to Dreamworld a short park hop away is Dreamworld water park Whitewater world, with one wave pool, 10 water slides, and 2 children’s areas.

3. The Beaches

The Gold Coast is home to so many beautiful beaches, from the Famous Surfers Beach to the great surf beaches of Kirra, and Coolangatta. There is a beach to suit every beach taste. I love walking along the beach each morning and seeing the beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Many a photo has been taken from these beaches.

 

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4. Natural Bridge

In the far southwest of the Gold Coast, in the Springbrook National Park is Natural Bridge and cave creek, featuring a beautiful rock formation, that was formed from the force of the waterfall over the cave made from Basalt.

The walk is only 1 km and quite easily accessible, as we have taken our four children down multiple times.

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5. Australian Outback Spectacular.

Australian Outback dinner show is an amazing Dinner Show located on the Gold Coast, now with a new show Heartland that tells the story of Australian farmers battling a five-year-long drought. Featuring, singing, Horse riding. whilst you watch the show you get a feast on a wonderful 3-course dinner. We have been numerous times and it doesn’t disappoint.

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6. Visit Surfers Paradise

A trip to the Gold Coast wouldn’t be complete without visiting it’s most famous beach and beachside town. Surfers Paradise. Surfers Paradise is abuzz with action, from great restaurants, including the Hard Rock Cafe, Ripley’s believe it or not, and a giant Timezone where you can buy a fairy floss from a machine and watch it get made.
Whether day or night there is always something going on, and the beach is patrolled by some of Queensland’s finest Lifeguards.
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7. Whale Watching

Through the months of May to November jump on a whale watching tour, to see the amazing Humpback whale as they migrate. This area is commonly referred to as the Humpback highway due to a large number of Whales seen through Whale watching season.

8. Go shopping at Pacific Fair

A visit to Gold Coast wouldn’t be complete without checking out Pacific Fair, set on 38 acres. With a recent expansion, it is a shopping centre sure to have everything and anything you need. With over 400 specialty stores, and a huge range of eateries. We always make sure we drop in.

 

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9. Check out one of their amazing markets.

Did you know that the Gold Coast is home to so many different markets, probably the largest and most well known is the Carrara Markets located on 10 acres with over 350 different stalls. Open on Saturdays and Sundays. Carrara Markets is great for all ages with pony rides, animal farm, our kids favorite the bungee trampoline and face painters.

10. Stay at a great Hotel, Resort or Holiday Home.

The Gold Coast has such a huge amount of different holiday options, from Waterfront high rises, Caravan Parks. So book your favorite accommodation, and relax and enjoy all that the Gold Coast has to offer.

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Celebrating Christmas when away from home.

This year we are doing something different we are packing up our four children and celebrating Christmas on holiday. It’s nice to get away from the normality of life and go on an Adventure. With less stuff about there is less to clean, and your days can be spent exploring, relaxing and making the most of our wonderful world.

Our time is going to be spent in Queensland before we embark on our Disney trip. Heading to both Los Angeles and Florida. so make sure you keep an eye on our youtube channel as we will be posting lots of great videos over the next six weeks.

Christmas is a great time to get away, however, when traveling at Christmas time there is a little bit of extra planning to do.

10 Tips to celebrate Christmas on holidays

1 – Organise a house sitter.

For us, this was the most important but also the easiest one as we had a family member that also wanted to get away for the holidays so is happily looking after our pets and our house. Means you have an extra level of comfort that all will still be ok when you get back. Also means that you don’t have to worry about your pets feeling left out this Christmas season.

2 – Food.

Work out what you are going to eat on Christmas Day. If Christmas is normally filled with lots of food, celebration then staying away at Christmas can be a little strange but don’t despair. Find yourself your favorite restaurant in the area and prebook early a table for lunch or dinner. Make sure though you still head to the shops and by the essentials. Make sure you search out your favorite Christmas treats. If it’s not Christmas without your Rocky Road, then go buy the ingredients and make yourself one anyway.

3 – Presents.

  • For Others – Make sure that you have all your presents, not only wrapped and purchased before you leave but with ample time to actually drop off. There is nothing worse than going to all the effort to purchase a lovely present for someone and realising that it is still sitting under the tree at home.
  • Your own presents – When traveling space becomes a problem, and with four children making sure they not only get what they want but it is still manageable to get the presents home in your luggage is a real issue you need to think of. One way we get around it is by purchasing experiences for your family. Instead of huge lego sets, maybe you could buy a family pass to a local wildlife park or the zoo

4 – Explore the local holiday decorations.

Make sure you go take a walk and see what the local place has to offer this Christmas. If you are visiting Melbourne for Christmas their is always the iconic Myer windows or ArtVo instillation in Crown. Take a drive around and see the Magical Christmas lights. Ballarat has a great iconic art trail this year. Maybe you are heading over to New York and can experience a White Christmas. make the most of it. Maybe you are in Sydney and can experience the Fireworks on New Year’s Eve. We have been twice and they really are breathtaking.

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5 – Facetime. 

The hardest thing about being away from Christmas is not seeing your loved ones, so make sure you have internet available and Facetime with those nearest and dearest to you. Then everyone can still be involved in the magic of seeing the presents being unwrapped.

6 – Decorations.

One of the most magical things about Christmas is decorating the Christmas tree, and even though we were leaving two weeks before Christmas we made sure we decorated our tree at home. We continue this by purchasing a cheap tree from K-mart and having it set up in our hotel room, that way the children can still wake up on Christmas morning and sit under the tree and open their presents.

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7 – Christmas Music

We love music in our house especially Christmas music, so I make sure that we continue to play our Christmas music on holidays. We can’t miss out on our Mariah Carey, Human Nature Christmas playlist.

8. Find a way to continue some Christmas traditions.

No matter where we are our children loves to watch both the Carols in the domain and Carls by candlelight. Many a days traveling has been cut short to make sure we are at our hotel or caravan park in time to sit and sing along to the Christmas carols. Now thanks to catch up tv, we get to relive the magic of the carols for days afterward as well.

9. Create some new ones

If you are away for Christmas there will be some traditions that you might find hard to continue. Maybe it was a big roast dinner, however, the hotel you are staying at doesn’t have an oven. Maybe you always went to your local carols. Instead, create a new one, maybe buy a Christmas ornament from the town you are staying in, so you will forever have the memory of where you were?

10. Relax.

Christmas will be different if you aren’t at home, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Create new traditions, enjoy the fact you won’t be running from one event to the next.

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Have you ever been away at Christmas time before? How did you cope?

What are your plans for Christmas?

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All about the Disney Dining Plan

Back in 2005, Walt Disney World introduced something new and exciting in the Park, the Disney Dining Plan.

This allows guests staying at Walt Disney Hotels to prepay for their meals, it is a great way for you to prepay for your trip.

Disney Dining Plan is available for all guests staying at a Walt Disney World Hotel aged 3 and up, however, there are some rules in place.

  • All Members of the reservation must select the Dining Plan.
  • Children are classified between 3-9 years old.
  • Children under 3 (share off their parent’s plate) or you will need to pay OOP (Out of Pocket)
  • Children 10 + will be paying adult prices even if they choose Children’s meals.
  • The credits get loaded onto your complimentary magic band.
  • However most do not include Tips, you will have to pay those OOP.
  • Just like Cinderella, Your credits expire at Midnight on the last day of your reservation.

 

Disney Aulani resort

 

The Disney Dining plan comes in three levels.

Disney Quick service Plan

2 quick service meals per night of your stay

  • 1 Entree (Main meal)
  • 1 Non-alcoholic beverage for people under 21 (Milkshakes, Smoothies, Premium hot chocolates, Soda (Soft drink for Australians) Coffee or Tea
  • 1 Alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) for people over 21 (Includes Beer, Cider, Wine, Sangria, Mixed drinks, Speciality Cocktails)

2 Snacks per night of your stay

1 refillable mug per stay (only refillable in the resorts)

Disney Dining Plan

1 quick service meal per night of your stay which includes

  • 1 Entree (Main meal)
  • 1 Non-alcoholic beverage for people under 21
  • 1 Alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) for people over 21

1 Table service meal per night of your stay

  • 1 Entree (Main meal) (Or a Full Buffet or Family Style meal)
  • 1 Desert (Available for Lunch and Dinner)
  • 1 Non-alcoholic beverage for people under 21
  • 1 Alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) for people over 21

2 Snacks per day

1 refillable mug per stay (only refillable in the resorts)

Disney Deluxe Dining Plan

3 Meals (can be either Quick service or Table service)

– If table service this also includes an appetiser.

2 Snacks per day

1 refillable mug per stay (only refillable in the resorts)

There are more than 100 restaurants, that accept the Disney Dining plan. This includes a huge variety of styles, from traditional sit-down, Buffet or family service.

They also include a variety of special dining.

Character Dining

A great opportunity for your children to not only dine with their favorite characters but also get autographs without a huge line.

Walt Disney World has so many different character dining, from Princesses, Villians, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey and friends, Lilo and Stitch, Alice and Wonderland and even Playhouse Disney characters.

These are located in the parks and in the resorts.

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Signature Dining (Take 2 Dining credits)

Walt Disney world has a great variety of Signature Dining experiences, these restaurants are restaurants that are normally more expensive when paying OOP, or extremely hard to get into.

These include Steakhouses like Le Cellier and Boathouse. To California Grill which overlooks the Magic Kingdom.

Dine in a Castle (Two Table service dining credits)

* Breakfast and Lunch is Quick Service for Be our guest.

You can make a reservation in both of the Disney Castles. Cinderella’s and the beasts.

Cinderella’s Royal table (Gratuities are Included)

You can eat Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner inside Cinderella’s castle. As you enter you meet Cinderella then as you dine, other Princesses come to join you at your table.

Cinderella’s royal table includes an appetiser, entree (main meal) and a dessert and a beverage.

Be our guest. (Prix Fixe menu)

Whilst it is traditionally thought as a Character dining experience, it actually isn’t classified as one.

Guests can dine in Beast castle, in either the Grand Ballroom, The West Wing or the Castle Gallery.

On most nights (Dinner only) you meet beast in his Library after you have finished your meal.

Guests booked for Breakfast and Lunch also get to Dine in the Castle, however, the Beast will not be present.

Dinner shows (Two Table service dining credits) (Tips are included)

Walt Disney World has a variety of dinner shows that you can book to use with your Dining credits, from the Hoop De Doo Revue ( located at the Fort Wilderness resort).

The Spirit of Aloha (Polynesian Resort). Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, at Fort Wilderness.

Private In-room dining (Two Table service dining credits) (Tips are included)

At some resorts, you can order private in-room dining and they will be charged at two dining credits. You will receive

– 1 Entree (Main meal) (Or a Full Buffet or Family Style meal)

– 1 Desert (Available for Lunch and Dinner)

– 1 Non-alcoholic beverage for people under 21

– 1 Alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) for people over 21

Pizza Delivery (Two Table service dining credits) (Tips are included)

– 1 Pizza Entree item (Main Meal)

– 2 Non-alcoholic beverage for people under 21 or Alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) for people over 21

– 2 Desserts

Cost – 2019

Disney Quick Service Plan

Adult $52.50

Children $23.78

Disney Dining Plan

Adult $75.49

Children $27.98

Disney Deluxe Dining Plan

Adult $116.25

Children $43.49

Once you have included your Disney Dining Plan on your reservation then the fun starts, Walt Disney World allows you to book your ADR, or Advance dining reservations 180 days out for your trip. We had such fun choosing our favorite restaurants to visit.

Your Fastpasses are booked 60 days out (When staying on property) so we then had fun again rescheduling a couple to make sure we got the prized Avatar flights of passage Fastpass.

The Disney dining plan is only available at Walt Disney World, one of a few key differences between the parks. You can find out more key differences on my article, Disneyworld vs Disneyland

So this is all the important information about the Disney Dining plan, now to work out which Dining plan suits you.

What is your experience with the Disney Dining plan? Did it work for you? Do you think it was worth it?

Make sure you follow us on youtube so you can see all the amazing videos of our upcoming trip to Disney.

 

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Paronella Park

Paronella Park – The Dream continues…….

On our last trip up north to Cairns, we decided we needed to visit the Winner of #1 Must do in QLD, Paronella Park and it does not disappoint.

There is something magical about the ruins of a castle, covered in vines. This is the perfect spot to explore, imagine and daydream.

Paronella Park

Feed turtles, walk through gardens and get lost in the imagination of what it would have been like in its heydey.

Jose Paronella had a dream, a dream to build a castle.

Paronella Park

And 120kms south of Cairns In 5 Hectares just behind Mena Creek falls, that is what he did.

He not only built a castle but tennis courts, bridges, picnic areas and over 7500 tropical plants and trees.

Back when it was an operational castle it also had a movie theatre which on the weekend would be transformed into an amazing space for live music, complete with a giant ball of mirrors.

For many years the Paronella’s invited the public to join them in their Spanish inspired castle complete with North Queensland’s first Hydro Electric pump, that powered the 13-acre site. The public enjoyed visiting the Castle from 1935 when it opened until 1946.

When tragedy struck.

Upstream from the park work was done and lots of trees and bushes were cleared, when the wet season came, all those logs and debris went down the river, and piled against the railway bridge destroying it. This became like a domino effect, sending the bridge, the trees, logs all down towards the castle.

The Paronella’s were upset to find the Hydro damaged, the refreshment almost destroyed, and the Theatre and foyer damaged. But they were not broken…. They began to rebuild.

The rebuilt Park stayed in the Paronella family until 1977. When they sold it.

In 1979 tragedy struck again with a fire that devastated the castle, followed by significant damage in 1986 by Cyclone Winifred, A flood in January 1994, Cyclone Larry in 2006, and Cyclone Yasi in 2011.

This has all contributed to the ghostly shell of the castle you see today. Something so magical to see.

When the current owners purchased the park in 1993 they too had a dream…. A dream to rebuild the legacy of the park and put it back on the map as a must see Tourist attraction.

They have restored the Hydroelectric system (Original 1930’s). They are preserving the castle, without rebuilding.

Paronella Park… the dream continues.

Paronella Park

Paronella Park

Paronella Park

 

 

Make sure you check out some of our other favorite places we visited.

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Photography on your holidays.

Why is Photography on holidays so important?

I love taking photos and videos whilst on holidays, whether I am walking around with my DSLR, my GoPro or just with my phone there is something magical about taking some photos to help keep your memories of the trip fresh in your mind when you get back.

But even more than that, Good Photography on holidays can help inspire others to get out their and travel, see Australia, see the world.

My top 5 reasons you should be taking more Photos on your next holiday.

    1. Photos help you remember.

      • Photographs can help you remember a time, a place, even a group of people. I look back at the grainy shots I took from my first trip to Ayers Rock back in the ’90s as a child and it brings me back to a different time. I begin to remember songs that I listened to on the long bus trip there. (Thanks Green Day – time of my life). I begin to remember hearing about Robert Harvey winning the Brownlow as I look at a photo of us sitting at the Glen Helen Homestead.
      • Photos help me remember places, to inspire me to go back and see the changes. I remember looking at photos of one of my first trips up to the Daintree Forest against photos from my recent holiday and it helps you remember the way it was, to the way it is now.
    2. Photos inspire others to travel

      • I have visited so many places after seeing a photo on Instagram that has made me go… Wow. We would never have stopped at Eucla and wondered the amazing sand dunes to see the Old telegraph station except we were shown a photo after a family members trip there.  On our last trip to the Whitsundays, we took a helicopter flight over Heart Reef, as I was inspired to see it for myself. I hope that my photography can do that too.
    3. Photographs inspire you to observe more.
      • I have found now that I am taking more Landscape photos, I spend more time looking at my surroundings. I stop to see the little toadstools / Mushrooms growing in the Grass. I look up at night to see the ghostly patterns the trees make against the clouds.
      • Now I spend more time slowing down, taking the time to go on walks on our trips, I explore more, hoping to find that perfect spot to take my next photo.
    4. People will want to see your photos.

      • If you spend a little more time taking photographs of the area around you, interesting views, interesting landmarks. People will want to see your photos. Instead of seeing the same photo over and over they will be inspired by all the new places you explore and photograph.
    5. Legacy

      • A few years ago I made a photo album that had a lot of photos of my grandfather in it. These photos where so important as he died many years before I was born. Without these photos, I would have never have known what he looked like. I love the fact that my children’s children will get to see the adventures we went on. They will see photos of us, feeding Kangaroos, climbing mountains, wandering through National Parks.  For many years to come, they will continue to tell my story.

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To see more of my photography head across to my Photography page.

Do you take Photo’s when you are on holidays? What motivates you?

 

 

 

 

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Koala Park – Creswick

Creswick’s Koala Park.

In 1942, forestry students built the Koala Park by constructing a fence in a section of the forest just out of Creswick to be used as a breeding area for koalas.

They released Koalas into the enclosure to breed and boost the numbers of the local population. However, there was one big problem with their plan. Koalas can climb. They were able to climb the fence and spread into the surrounding forest.

Now there is just as much chance to see a Koala in Creswick State Forest as Creswick’s Koala’s Park. However, it is the perfect place to go for a walk and see the beautiful environment around.

The walks should take you between 45 mins to an hour and a half depending on which path you decide to take.

Koala Park Creswick

Koala Park Creswick

Koala Park Creswick

Koala Park Creswick

Creswick’s Koala Park is only 30 minutes out of Ballarat and is well worth a visit.

If you want to see more Australian Animals then make sure you check out Ballarat Wildlife Park.

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Ten restaurants / counter Service at Disneyworld we are looking forward to visiting.

There is something magical about Disney, whether you are organising a trip to Disney’s Aulani resort, Disneyland, a Disney Cruise or Disneyworld, the magic begins when you make the decision to go and start planning.

Each trip has its own timeline, Disneyland requires little upfront planning, fastpasses can only be organised on the day, and restaurants can be booked 60 days out. There is not a huge range of restaurants available in the parks, with a higher quantity of table service restaurants. With more of the dining located in Downtown Disney only a small walk away from the Parks.

Whilst Disney cruises can be booked up to 15 months before depending on what time of year. For booking Port adventurers that all depends on your level on the cruise. ie Concierge and Platinum guests can book specialty restaurants and Port adventures 120 days out. Gold Castaway – 105 days, Silver 90 Days and First timers – 75 days out.

Disney Aulani, most bookings are done, either when you are there or in the weeks leading up to your trip.

However, Disneyworld involves a bit more planning. Fastpasses are booked either 30/60 days out depending on where you are staying. And most of the rides with long wait times will be all prebooked by that 60-day window. Restaurants are open for booking almost 6 months before your trip. So you are supposed to know 180 days before your trip what park you would like to spend each day at.

This took a lot for me to get my head around as we are normally very spontaneous with our meals especially when on holidays.

Disneyworld has over 55 restaurants, and another 24 restaurants in Disney Springs, Boardwalk and ESPN area. Food is such an integral part of the Disneyworld experience. Many of the restaurants are booked out 180 days out, and if you want to grab dinner at one of the more exclusive restaurants like Be our guest or Cinderellas royal table you don’t want to miss your ADR window.

If you are staying on property you can also prepay your dining through the Disney Dining plan.

In the lead up to our trip, we have been watching DFB on youtube and going through to work out our top ten restaurants we want to go to.

1. Be our guest

Who hasn’t wanted to have dinner in Beast’s castle, taste the grey stuff and see if it really is delicious. Be our guest is located in the Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, in the theme and appearance of Beast’s castle. Be our guest is a Counter Service restaurant for Breakfast and Lunchtime and a Table Service Signature dining experience at Dinner time. Dinner is a 3-course prix fixe meal and if using the Dining Plan takes two Dining credits.

After Dinner, most nights you are able to meet the beast in the library after Dinner. Whilst they don’t guarantee you can see the Beast most nights he is there.

2. Cinderella’s Royal Table

Every young Princess dream is to have Dinner in a castle, and Cinderella’s royal table not only lets you eat in the amazing setting but allows you to meet multiple princesses in one dining setting. Cinderella’s royal table is also a 3-course prix fixe meal and if using the Dining Plan takes two Dining credits.

3. Rainforest Cafe

This might be an unpopular opinion, but in our family, we love Rainforest Cafe, each time we have visited Disneyland one of our favorite places to eat was the Rainforest Cafe. When our children wouldn’t sleep due to Jetlag, we would end up their late at night drinking their smoothies and eating their brownies. We were heartbroken when we heard that they were closing at Disneyland, so of course, we had to book into the Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom on one of our AK days. We find the ambiance amazing, the smoothies divine and the Brownie’s delicious.

4. Liberty Tree Tavern

Thanks to the Musical “Hamilton” Our daughter loves American History, she has spent months learning all there is to know about Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington. So when she found out there was a restaurant themed to six influential American figures, this was the top of her list.

The food is in the theme of a Thanksgiving meal, who doesn’t love Turkey and sides.

5. Woody’s lunchbox

Woody’s Lunchbox is less about the food and more about the theming. Our youngest loves Toy Story, but then again who doesn’t, and when he heard that you can have Lunch at Woody’s lunchbox, it was the first place he wanted to visit. It is a counter service restaurant that has a fairly limited menu. With Soups, Sandwichs and melts on the menu.

6. Sci-Fi Dine Inn theater

Disney love theming, and from all accounts Sci-Fi Dine Inn theater has got theming down to a fine art. My oldest son loves the thought of eating dinner in a car shaped booth. Watching Sci-fi scenes on the big screen, whilst eating burger and chips. What more could an eleven-year-old want?

7. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

We love Ribs in our house, we also love Live music and being entertained and when we heard we could go to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and combine the two we where sold. Now we don’t like being part of the action so we made sure we didn’t choose the Level 1 seating. Instead, we will sit back munch on fresh salad, fried chicken and delicious ribs whilst watching the show.

8. Chef Mickey

Chef Mickey is the number one restaurant for our oldest, located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort it will be a great opportunity for us to explore one of the other resorts.  Like most children, ours love Breakfast Buffets, the thought of being able to choose whatever food they like at breakfast really excites them. I still remember the looks on their faces when they went to Goofy’s kitchen for the first time and saw the collection of pastries, chocolate mousse, Mickey waffles. As soon as we started planning Chef Mickey was added to the list. The thought of being able to see the original Disney characters combined with all you can eat buffet. Simply amazing.

Mickey mouse waffle

9. Aloha Isle

Who doesn’t love Dole Whips? One of our priorities when going to Adventureland in Disneyland is having a Dole whip, and when we heard that you can go to Aloha Isle in Adventureland in Disneyworld to get one, it was quickly added to our list.

10. Crepes des Chefs de France

The reason is in the title, Crepes. I love Crepes, and whilst they don’t have my favorite flavor, Lemon and Sugar I can’t wait to grab a Crepe to enjoy the light delicious snack when we head to Epcot.

If you have traveled to Walt Disney World, do you agree with our list?

What are the top restaurants you want to visit in Disneyworld?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Feeding the Kangaroo’s at Ballarat Wildlife Park.

When you think about Australian Animals, a few instantly come to mind.

Think about it? What would be the first animals you think of?

Kangaroo’s, Koala’s, Emus and Platypus would have to be the iconic Australian Animals that tourist coming to the country are keen to see.

If you want to find a great hands-on experience then look no further than Ballarat Wildlife Park to get up close and personal with the local animals.

Ballarat Wildlife Park is only one hour and twenty minutes from Melbourne CBD, and is open 364 days a year, from 9 am – 5 pm.

Admission

  • Adults $35
  • Concession $29
  • Children $19.50
  • Family (2A & up to 4C) $95.00

Yearly Pass Cost

  • Family Membership (2A & up to 4C) $170
  • Sole Parent Yearly Membership $120
  • Individual Yearly Membership $65

Every day Ballarat Wildlife Park holds Complimentary Guided tours, Animals shows, and Presentation.

There are also opportunities for you to pay extra for special Animal Encounters, including gorgeous photos.

Ballarat Wildlife Park - Animal Encounter

Ballarat Wildlife Park has a shop, and a nice cafe so you can have a nice drink and bite to eat before you head down to help feed the locals.

That is why so many people flock to the Park, Whilst animals like the Meerkats, Dingos, Crocodiles, Alligators, and Wombats are popular it’s the free-roaming kangaroos that you find all over the Wildlife Park that have everyone excited.

If you want to feed the Kangaroo’s all you need is to grab some Kangaroo Food at the front and wander around the Park. If you are lucky you might even get to feed a gorgeous little joey or see one nestled in its mum’s pouch.

Ballarat Wildlife Park is definitely on our list of top ten things to do in Ballarat.

What iconic Australian Animals do you think of?

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Have you ever wanted to feed a Kangaroo?

When you think about Australian Animals, a few instantly come to mind. Think about it? What would be the first animals you think of? Kangaroo’s, Koala’s, Emus and Platypus would have to be the iconic Australian Animals that tourist coming to the country are keen to see. If you want to find a great hands-on experience then look no further than Ballarat Wildlife Park to get up close and personal with the local animals.

When you think about Australian Animals, a few instantly come to mind. Think about it? What would be the first animals you think of? Kangaroo’s, Koala’s, Emus and Platypus would have to be the iconic Australian Animals that tourist coming to the country are keen to see. If you want to find a great hands-on experience then look no further than Ballarat Wildlife Park to get up close and personal with the local animals.

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Disney Youtube channels to watch in 2018

Are you planning a Disney adventure, do you have your heart set on a trip to Disneyland, Disney world? Maybe you want a tropical oasis in Hawaii but with a Disney twist. Or you might be wanting to Cruise with Mickey mouse on the Disney Cruise Line? The best way for you to get into the Disney spirit is to turn on youtube and start dreaming and planning your adventure with our list of Disney Youtube channels.

We have compiled a list and which ones are best for you would depend on whether you are heading to the East Coast to Disney World, or the West Coast to explore Disneyland.

Make sure you subscribe to our page to as we will be beginning to show lots of great videos from our upcoming Disney adventures.

Disney Food Blog

At the moment our first Disney youtube channel we check out is The Disney Food Blog. The Disney food blog has been going since 2009. It showcases both Disneyland and Disney World and a small number of videos on the Disney Cruise Line. Most of the Disney Food Blog videos are about the Disney World. AJ from Disney Food Blog is an amazing wealth of knowledge and her vlogs are uploaded every couple of days.

She talks all about Disney Food, attractions and experiences. But the videos of the amazing foods will make you hungry, and get you planning your next adventure.

Tim Tracker 

Over half a million people subscribe to Tim. Tim is a great Disney youtube vlogger and he posts videos all about Walt Disney World. But what we really love watching is his amazing walkthroughs of all the Disney resorts. We have used these videos to work out which of the 25 resorts would be the best fit for our families upcoming Walt Disney World trip. Tim also posts videos about Universal Orlando and the occasional trip to Disneyland on the West Coast. Tim is often joined by his wife Jenn who also has her own youtube channel.

Disney Parks

Disney Parks is the official Disney Parks youtube channel. This is a great fun youtube channel that has up to date information about all the Parks, resorts and Cruise line.

Inside the Magic

Inside the Magic is a great channel full of information about not only Disneyworld but Disneyland and Universal Studios. Normally there will be three to four new videos posted each week. They have some great POV ride Videos.

Disunplugged 

We have only recently got into their youtube channel, but have been listening to their podcasts for quite a while. The DIS Unplugged is a discussion podcast that is all things Disney, most of the team is located in Orlando so it definitely has a West Coast feel. They also have a Disneyland weekly discussion and a Universal Orlando podcast.

Fresh Baked 

If you are heading to Disneyland then you might want to head over to Fresh Baked they are a fun youtube channel that posts multiple times a week all about Disneyland.

TPM vids

TPMvids are videos all about the Disney theme parks, they are a mixture of Top ten videos, Disney secrets and also great videos about Disney History.

Innoventions Media

We also love watching the Walt Disney World Planning Video. We found it over at Innoventions Media. They also have the Walt Disney Resorts Video uploaded as well.

 

What are your favorite youtube channels that you love to watch? Let us know in the comments as we love to hear about new videos to watch about the Happiest place on earth.

 

Are you planning a Disney adventure, do you have your heart set on a trip to Disneyland, Disney world? Maybe you want a tropical oasis in Hawaii but with a Disney twist. Or you might be wanting to Cruise with Mickey mouse on the Disney Cruise Line? The best way for you to get into the Disney spirit is to turn on youtube and start dreaming and planning your adventure with our list of Disney Youtube channels.

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