Sunday, July 12, 2015

Disney: Best thing I ever Ate: Mac & Cheese Edition

Disney: Best thing I ever Ate: Mac & Cheese Edition

I have tried a lot of mac & cheese dishes in my life from all over the United States. My brother is a top chef & even he couldn't top my favorite pick for this at Disney. 

Yes, there are plenty of good mac & cheese dishes at Disney but do you want good or do you want AMAZING?! 



I'm talking about the truffle mac & cheese at Yachtsmen Steakhouse at the Yachtsmen Hotel in the Epcot Resort area at WDW. This was so good I could not speak! My husband thought it was hilarious & also agreed it was the best mac both of us have ever tasted. I just kept Mmmmmming & saying "oh my goshhhhhh" :) We are definitely going to hit up here on our next trip to WDW next year just for the mac & cheese. ;) It is unlike any other mac I've ever had. Have you tried this amazing dish? If so what are your thoughts?


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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Disney's Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana Review...

Disney's Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana Review...


If you are not a fan of bananas like some people I know then this is not the snack for you. I have always loved frozen chocolate bananas so this is one of my top snacks. 

It doesn't seem right to me to go to Animal Kingdom without having one. Sometimes they are a bit TOO frozen but the last time that I had one it was the perfect temperature plus it didn't hurt that it was SO hot outside! 

I purchased my banana from the cart near the Dinosaur Attraction. I  ate this while sitting on a bench in that area while I waiting for friends to ride Dinosaur. Yes, I chicken out. I even had a character experience w/ Goofy while waiting for my friends but I digress. 

This is a cold, melt in your mouth awesome treat. I have always been a fan of these ever since I worked at Disney. Plus the fact that it is only 205 calories. That is low considering all of the other treats that you can buy at disney. 


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Top 5 Cool Treats at Disney....


Top 5 Cool Treats at Disney

Honorable mention to my favorite cool treat :PeachTree Punch at the Brown Derby ;) 





5) I stood in line for 15 minutes to get a taste of this. I am talking about the refreshing strawberry banana smoothie at the KRNR Food truck at Disney's Hollywood Studios! For a full review on the cart & experience go here: 






4) You know I'm going to suggest the famous PBJ shake at PrimeTime 50's at Disney's Hollywood Studios. You don't need a reservation in order to get this. You can order at the Tune In Lounge Bar. They will even give you a to-go cup! For a detailed review on our experience at Primetime 50's click here: 



3) Who has ever seen a picture of the HUGE homemade cookie ice cream sandwich from Magic Kingdom & didn't want to try one?! You can get these at Sleepy Hollow or the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor. For a detailed review on this please click here: 



2) This was a VERY hard decision. My beloved Storybook Treats Sundae is one of my favorites. It is the one thing I always have to have on a trip. If you love soft serve sundaes with decadent toppings this place is for you! Here is a review on Storybook Treats. P.S. It is worth standing in line for!!!



1) What may you ask beat out my beloved Storybook Treats Sundae? Drumroll Please............ You cannot understand my love for this unless you try it for yourself. Unfortunately you can only get this by getting a reservation at Via Napoli. Luckily snagging an ADR here is pretty easy. I am talking about no there than the pistachio gelato!!! The gelato here is homemade everyday! It is way better than any ice cream I've ever tried! Give it a shot. Click here for my detailed review on Via Napoli: 



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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Disney College Program: Homesickness

Disney College Program: Homesickness


Doing the Walt Disney World College Program was my first time away from home. I never spent more than 2 weeks away from my parents in my life. I'm not going to lie it was HARD! The first month I lost 10-15 lbs. because I was so homesick & anxious all of the time. I didn't have to meet new people, make new friends, have a new job in a VERY long time. I called my mom so much she told me to stop calling & when I stopped she called me & got mad that I stopped calling?! haha ;) She sent me care packages a lot though which was nice.



If you were accepted into the WDWCP & are worried about this let me give you some advice. DO NOT GO HOME! No matter how homesick you are missing your friends & family don't do it. Yes, it is hard but you become stronger going through these kind of life altering events. I used to be DEATHLY shy it was unbearable! After working at WDW I can safely say it gave me great confidence & skills to help me in my life. I wouldn't take back any of it. I wouldn't be where I am today without Disney. 

Whenever I got really sad & homesick I would go to Magic Kingdom to ride Space Mountain & to ToonTown to visit Mickey Mouse. After I went there I ALWAYS felt a million times better. You just need to find that "thing" that makes you happy to cheer you up be it an attraction, restaurant, or something else. 


After you get to know people be it co-workers or roommates/neighbors some of them will become lifelong friends. I interned at WDW back in 1999 & 2000. I still talk to at least 15 people if not more who I knew while living in Florida. 





Sadly the guy on my friend's back in the above picture died quite a few years ago. Please keep in touch with your friends you met at Disney. Only another WDWCP Alumni can understand the experience as well as the withdrawal after getting home. We are family. Anytime I meet another WDWCP Alumni we have a bond no one else could understand. 

One of my friends ended up leaving the program after her boyfriend came to visit her at Vista Way. She made up a lie that she had mono & had to leave but we knew the truth. She just couldn't handle being away from her family & friends & quit. 

Please don't be a quitter you will thank me later. :)

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Disney VANS New Shoe Collection & Haul...

Disney VANS New Shoe Collection & Haul...



Today is June 5th so that means VANS & Journey's have released their new Disney shoe VANS collection! I got to the mall as soon as they opened. ;) My VANS store had a HUGE display as soon as you walked into the store with the display racks of shoes, plus tables of Disney socks, shirts,backpacks,& more. 








I immediately grabbed the Donald Duck & Princess adult shoes to try on. The guy was SUPER friendly & helpful. He mentioned to me that these just came out today & I told him I knew ;) I bought these shoes at the Dulles Town Center Mall in Sterling, Virginia. 

If you were a teenager in the 90's odds are that you had at least one pair of VANS. I probably had at least 3 or 4 pair of VANs growing up. I love Disney & I love VANS so it makes sense that I would love these! The size 9 fit me PERFECTLY! If you have a wider foot these might not be for you. These shoes are $60 each pair since they are Limited Edition. I found 2 pair at my VANS store & the other pair I wanted at Journey's.


Beautiful boxes that I will NOT throw away or recycle! 





The shoes are wrapped not in tissue paper but nice plastic sheets with Disney characters printed on them! They think of everything! The sales guy at VANS told me that Disney printed a hidden Mickey on the shoes as well. ;) 







I think you can only find the Villains VANS shoes at Journey's in store. That store was the COMPLETE opposite of VANS. There was absolutely NO signage of the new Disney Shoe collection anywhere in the store. They actually had the Disney collection behind the counter put away where you couldn't even see them?! The sales guy saw my see-thru VANS bag of 2 boxes of Disney shoes & told me he had some. The only kind my Journey's had was the Princess shoes I got, some colorful Fab Five ones I wasn't that into & the Villains shoes I had to have! For as much marketing Journey's put out online about having the Disney Collection I was a bit shocked of the lack of advertising in my store. 



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Monday, June 1, 2015

Disney Intern Life: Working Disney's Magic Kingdom Parade Control ...

Disney Intern: Working Disney's Magic Kingdom Parade...

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Every now & then I would be asked to work Overtime to help out with PAC. ( Parade Audience Control) I wasn't the biggest fan of this role. The guests didn't really listen & I would have to repeat myself several times to the same groups of people. PLEASE listen to directions that Cast Member's give you. It is all for your safety! Do you remember the trees with little fences/planters around them that used to be near the HUB? People would always try to stand inside of them& I would have to tell several people to find a new viewing location.

It can be very draining to say the same things over & over with a smile to upset guests. We would have to rope off certain areas & I could hear guests mumbling profanities at me under their breath. I never got mad to the point of being rude thank heavens! I only worked Over Time a few times because of the environment. I couldn't handle the madness of the parade & give HUGE props to that crew of Cast Members! They put up with a lot & need to be rewarded more! Working in Fantasyland was nothing compared to working the parade!  

My costume consisted of navy slacks, white short sleeve button down with a Magic Kingdom vest & matching bowtie.  The costume for PAC now it is much better than what I had in the 90's. ;)

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Blue Sky - Star Wars Cantina by Jeff C.

Blue Sky - Star Wars Cantina

Written by Jeff C.

When I first heard that a Star Wars themed restaurant was coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios, I was like "Thank the maker!"  

 
 
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But, then the sad reality kicked in.  It was only temporary for Star Wars Weekends.  Housed in "an abandoned starship hangar" sounds like a cheap excuse for a lack of decor and an unfinished, non-immersive look.  In addition, the restaurant offers pretty standard fare with punny names covering for the absence of theming.  It reminded me of a Halloween episode of The Big Bang Theory in which Raj merely added monster names to dishes like "Draculoni and Cheese."  "Pilot Pomme Frites"?  Those are French Fries.  I do understand that few food items are mentioned in the films and corn dogs do resemble light sabers, but what a missed opportunity.

At least its existence gave me a new hope (see what I did there?) that a permanent restaurant would be built.  So, what would it be like?  An obvious choice would be to recreate the Mos Eisley Cantina under kinder, gentler management and less violence-prone clientele.  The local garrison of Stormtroopers had to respond to a disturbance during their shift.

 
 
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The Tatooine Traders shop already presents a strong thematic element, so continuing it makes sense.  If Sonny Eclipse can pop up from time to time at Cosmic Ray's, I'm certain Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes  can do the same at the cantina.  Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
 
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Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes (also known as the Cantina Band) is a fictional band from George Lucas's science fiction saga Star Wars. The group first appeared in...
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Somewhere I read that Star Wars Weekends would also feature blue ice cream which looked as if it were made from the blue milk seen briefly in Episode IV and Episode II.  Apparently, it's produced by female Banthas.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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A young Princess Leia stars in a commercial for the wholesome goodness of Tatooine's Bantha Blue Milk, which is soooo much better for you than that nasty Imperial Blue Milk.
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It may have inspired this "song" during the Exploding Piano Myth in Mythbusters (start at the 1:00 minute mark)
 
 
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During the filming of Exploding Piano, Tory, Grant and Kari perform
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The Rebel Hangar appears to have placed a great deal of emphasis on the alcoholic beverages, but not a simpler beverage like bottled water possibly from Owen Lars's moisture farm.  I'd buy it just for the container. I believe Aunt Beru was preparing some kind of vegetable stew in a combination food processor/slow cooker as noted in the clip below:

 
 
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To me, the single biggest missed opportunity concerned the mysterious substance called Spice as in the Spice Mines of Kessel.  You could consume desserts of Glitterstim Spice Drops and Spice Cake.  Then again, Spice was reportedly highly addictive. While I can see why Disney struggled with a Stars Wars themed restaurant, it just seemed like a halfhearted effort.  I would have been happier scarfing down a Bantha Burger and a Chocolate Chip Wookiee.  


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