If you ever stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, you MUST visit Yehaa Bob Jackson! Yehaa Bob performs 2 FREE shows each night Wednesday through Saturday starting at 8:30 at the River Roost Lounge. Don’t let the fact that this show is in a “Lounge” or bar keep your family from attending. It was great family entertainment and I look forward to taking my 2 & 5 year old boys on our next trip. Yehaa Bob sings oldies, Disney, show tunes, classics, kid songs and more. He plays his own instruments and gets the entire audience engaged in the songs. He even had my husband up and “dancing!” Amazing.
Check out Yehaa Bob’s web site complete with his performance schedule!
A Disney trip isn’t complete without… a lot of things! My family, my camera, my credit card, park tickets… BUT, my top thing is:
I have tried to save money by staying off property or staying with friends and it just isn’t the same. For our family, we’ve decided we have to stay on property for our trip to be complete. Sometimes that might mean staying one less day to stay within budget, but for us, it’s worth it.
When we stay on property we are privy to the use of Magical Express, Extra Magic Hours, free transportation within Walt Disney World and constant Disney magic on our vacation! Staying on property allows the Disney Cast members to show us the brand of Disney Service that no other company can replicate. They are there 24-7 to take care of us, the guests. From the moment we step off the airplane, or out of our car, cast members are all around wanting to make our vacation magical. When we have to drive off property to our hotel, we miss out on that service.
Extra Magic Hours allow us to enjoy several extra hours a day in the parks. We would miss out on this if we were not on property. Yes, it may mean waking up a bit earlier, but since we are right there on property anyway, it’s really not that much earlier! When we get to stay late for Extra Magic Hours, we don’t have to mess with traffic exiting the parking lots or driving back to a hotel off property late at night. All we have to do is hop on any of the provided transportation options (monorail, ferry, or bus) to head back to the resort. Free time at the parks just because we are staying on property!
Being on property also means we can take advantage of package delivery to our resort, the Disney Dining Plan, and resort entertainment. We always purchase too much when we are in the parks and often times we don’t want to lug it around with us. When we are staying on property, all we have to do is fill out the convenient form and have the package shipped back to our resort. Many times it’s waiting for us when we return in the evenings. If we aren’t staying on property, we can’t take advantage of the Disney Dining Plan. We try our best to take our vacations when free dinging is offered. That wouldn’t be an option if we were driving off property to spend the night! Also, all of the Disney Resorts offer amazing entertainment with outdoor movies, pool side games, sing-a-longs, shows, and more. Some of my favorite entertainment is found at the Port Orleans Riverside with Yehaa Bob and Fort Wilderness with the Campfire Sing-a-long.
|Yehaa Bob at Port Orleans Riverside|
Staying on property can be an option for everyone. Disney offers all different size rooms, cabins and suites to accommodate families and groups. You can spend a lot of money at the Grand Floridian or you can spend a little at the All Star Resorts. It doesn’t matter if you room costs $89 a night or $689 a night, you still get all the same perks: Magical Express, Extra Magic Hours, free transportation within WDW, 24-7 Disney magic, Disney Dining Plan, resort entertainment, and package delivery. The only difference is going to be the type of room, the theming, the amenities, the type of resort dining options and entertainment options.
|“Papa”, my dad, with my son, C-man|
|My dad, “Papa”, doing the YMCA with Yehaa Bob|
|My husband, daddy, with our youngest, Big E (in utero!)|
|Daddy with Goofy and JAG at Disneyland|
|Daddy and JAG at Sci Fi Diner|
Thanks for the Hop, Deb!!
Today started out as a great day to head to Animal Kingdom. We arrived shortly after the park opened and the lines to get in were crazy… I should have taken a picture of people waiting to get through the turn stiles. Then I remembered the entrance through Rain Forest Cafe. We hurried through the gift shop and walked right into the park! It was as if the ladies working that turn stile were waiting just for us! 🙂
Once inside we headed straight to Expedition Everest hoping to get fastpasses, but the line was only 10 minutes, so we got in line. We hurried through the “exhibits” in the queue and were actually on the ride in about 5 minutes. This was the last picture I took (on the ride) before my day was almost ruined…
I will NEVER ride Expedition Everest again. I’ve written before about the attractions and rides at Walt Disney World that I don’t care for or make me sick and this is now on my list. I remember the last time I rode in 2008 I felt nauseous after I got off so I skipped the “second ride” with Jonathan and JAG. In 2010 and 2011 I didn’t ride because I was with C-man and he’s too short/ young. In 2012, I took my final trip with the Yeti. At first I thought it was a pregnant thing (my doc said I could ride anything I wanted since I was only 10 weeks along and my uterus was still “safe” in my pelvic bones… TMI? Maybe!), but then decided it wasn’t. It’s an “I’m getting too old to handle this ride” sickness. While I still “like” this ride, I’ll pass!
I tried my best to beat the sickness, but just couldn’t, so we went back to the French Quarter Resort so I could take a nap. The best part was when we got there our key wouldn’t work… I sat by our door while Jonathan went to get a new key. When he came back, the new key didn’t work either! UGH! I was trying so hard not to vomit on the walkway, so I just laid down and let the coolness of the concrete floor do it’s thing. I felt a tad better, but still wanted a drink, crackers and a bed. Jonathan then came back with a maintenance man who was fixing ALL the doors in our building.
After an hour nap, so lunch and tylenol, I felt better and we went back to Animal Kingdom but didn’t go near Everest! 🙂 We spent quite a bit of time on the trails around the tree of life and the Oasis. Somehow I’ve missed the trails at the base of the tree that aren’t part of the Tough to be a Bug queue. It was really beautiful up close. While we were walking, I spotted a cast member with the hometown of Ligonier, Pennsylvania. This is a small town in PA with about 1600 people, where my mother in law grew up. We spent a few minutes talking to him and I snapped a picture of Jonathan with him.
I was still hesitant to “ride” anything so we spent most of the time walking around. We toured Chester and Hester’s area in Dinoland, the Maharajah Jungle Treck and made our way toward Camp Minnie Mickey for the afternoon parade. This was the first time I’d seen Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade so I was pumped!
Following the parade, we made it to Africa so I could get a Cotton Top Tamarin cupcake! It was DELICIOUS and made me forget all about the Yeti and how much I hate him now! I would highly suggest this sweet snack.
Following our train ride, we got in line for one of the last Kilimanjaro Safari rides of the day. This was BY FAR the best part of the day (with the cupcake a close second) and the BEST safari ride I’ve ever experienced. Our driver was even giddy with excitement! We saw so many animals and even saw a Cheetah jump into a tree, look around, jump out of the tree and RUN away! Our driver claimed she had never seen this before! Then when we got to the Lions, she freaked out again because the male lion was pacing the rocks. He was beautifully majestic. Amazing. Again, the driver was so excited and said this was the best safari she had ever been on and her colleagues would never believe her when she shared what we saw!
After Animal Kingdom, we made our way to Boma in the Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner. While it was good and we went away with full bellies, I’m not sure we’ll eat here again. We were both glad the boys were not with us. Not sure they would like it. I think the only way we’ll go back is if we stay at AK Lodge. But the anniversary dessert samples were a nice touch!
We decided to head to Port Orleans Riverside after dinner to catch YeHaa Bob’s early show. What a treat and what a fun way to end a day that started off rocky! This was another first for us on this trip. I know my youngest (3) would have loved singing and dancing to his tunes, but I’m sure my 11 year old would have been too cool and too embarrassed to dance and sing! 🙂
I love this list!! Thanks for hosting Heidi! Today I’ll list my 7 favorite things to do at Walt Disney World outside the parks!! I really enjoy the water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, but I consider them “parks” so I didn’t list them… Here are my top 7, starting with #1:
1. The Campfire Movie and Chip and Dale Sing along at Fort Wilderness. My mom and I found this treasure in 2006 and I fell in love. We tried to go back last September for another movie, but C-man was too tired and ready to head back. I didn’t want to push him! On other trips, the movie selection for the nights we had available were not what we were interested in seeing. It’s hard to convince an 11 year old boy, 3 year old boy and a husband to sit through a “princess movie!”
2. Downtown Disney– shopping, dining and just plain walking around. This is a must on each trip. Many times it’s the first thing we do since we arrive later in the afternoon and don’t want to “waste” a park ticket on half a day. I still want to ride in the Characters in Flight balloon and rent watercraft from Downtown Disney!
3. Resort Hopping. I love to see the different resorts on property. You can do this by resort transportation (buses, boats and monorail) or take your own car. You can do the Boardwalk/ Crescent Lake resorts or the monorail resorts easily in one trip. I think I’ve been to almost all of them, even if I haven’t stayed there. I’m only missing Caribbean Beach, Old Key West, Swan/ Dolphin and Bay Lake Towers. Adding them to my list now…
4. Taking a ride on the Sassagoula River Boat Cruise. We found this treasure on our last trip. Staying at Port Orleans, we took the River Boat from our resort to Downtown Disney. It was so cool to see a different part of WDW. If you aren’t staying at Port Orleans, I suggest you take a bus from one of the parks to Downtown Disney and transfer to the River Boat on the Marketside of Downtown Disney and head to Port Orleans to take part in #5.
5. See YeHaa Bob at Port Orleans Riverside! Bob Jackson is a performer (singer/ piano player/ comedian) in the lounge. But, just because it’s in a lounge doesn’t mean kids can’t come. I would be VERY comfortable bringing both of my boys (ages 3 and 11) to his show. It’s fabulous!!!
6. Resort pools make my top 7 list even though we don’t spend much time at the pool during our vacations! The times we have taken a dip, it’s been so relaxing and enjoyable. Many of the pools are so uniquely themed, it’s fun to visit them even if you don’t swim!
7. Riding the Monorail. This is my favorite “mode of transportation” in the park. In fact, my current ringtone on my phone is the Monorail phrase, “Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas!” I do miss being able to ride up front with the driver though… only at Disneyland now.
I asked my mom to write a guest post for several reasons. The first is the fact that she, and my dad, introduced me to Walt Disney World in 1983 during our first trip when I was 9. We’ve made so many wonderful family memories together at the World. It only made sense to shine a light on her. I look forward to sharing more memories in 41 days as she and I take C-man to WDW together! Second, when I first started my blog, my mom was my only fan and reader! She would read and comment. It meant more than she knows for her to do that. I would call her to ask her advice on blog topics, or get her to help me remember details of a memory or get her to proof read entries. She has always supported me and my endeavors and this blog is no exception. The final reason I asked her to guest post is because she has had the experience of seeing Yehaa Bob in person and I haven’t! I think he is such a great hidden gem at Walt Disney World and others need to know about him! So for this post, you are now reading:
|KK is in the green!|
In June, my husband and I spent one night in Walt Disney World as we made our way to Fort Lauderdale for a wedding. This was our first trip to the most magical place on Earth without any accompanying children, so it was a new experience for us. We were able to do some things that we could not afford to take the entire family, like the Luau at the Polynesian and a round of golf. But the highlight of the trip was visiting Bob Jackson, better known as YeHaa Bob, at Port Orleans Riverside Resort.
We arrived via boat from Downtown Disney, which was another first. This was a leisurely trip that allowed us to see the treehouse villas as well as the beautiful landscape that surrounds Walt Disney World. The stop for YeHaa Bob was the second dock, which someone on the boat told us, or we wouldn’t have known. The first dock is for the French Quarter, I believe, and the second for Riverside.
He performs in the River Roost Lounge at Port Orleans Riverside, Wednesday through Saturday nights beginning at 8:30 and ending around midnight with two different shows. Don’t let the fact that this is a bar keep you from taking your children. The show we went to was very family/child friendly with audience participation and sing alongs.
We arrived for the first show a little after 8:00. The place fills up quickly, so plan to arrive early. Bob was already in the audience meeting people and getting to know everyone. We ordered drinks and something to eat and sat back ready for the show to begin not knowing exactly what to expect.
|Papa singing Y.M.C.A.|
We were not disappointed! YeHaa Bob plays an upright piano that rocks as he plays and sings. His songs range from folk songs, to children’s songs, to “oldies”. They are all familiar ones so that everyone can sing along. He asked the children to come up to sit close to him and he sang songs that they knew and could participate in, like “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”. When new people arrived, he would welcome them and ask them where they were from, followed by a big welcome from the entire audience! There were congo lines, the men sang “Y.M.C.A.” and the women danced the can-can! Whenever YeHaa Bob blew his horn, we all stood up and did the Tarzan yell, complete with beating our chest. The show lasted for an hour and a half with no breaks. We laughed until we cried. It was a great way to end the evening.
I feel certain YeHaa Bob will be on our list for every visit we make to Walt Disney World. Did I mention it was free? But if you take up a seat, you might want to buy something to eat and drink! For more information about YeHaa Bob, check out these websites:
I hope you have as much fun as we did!
Have a Magical Day!
Kay, or KK