Happy Birthday Walt Disney!

Tomorrow is the birthday of the man who would change the world for millions – maybe even billions – of children across the globe!  Walt Disney would have been 111 years old!  For many of us, especially those of us like me, who have started Disney blogs due to the creative nature of the man that started it all, life would not be at all the same if Mr. Disney hadn’t been born into this world.

I like to think that all of us that have been to Walt Disney World or Disneyland owe a special thank you to the creative mind that had the vision, passion, leadership, and persuasive skills to be able to pull off such an incredible undertaking.  For those of us with Disney blogs, most of us would tell our readers that our blog isn’t about riding on the coattails of one of the biggest and wealthiest corporations out there.  Our blogs, at the heart of it all, are a way for those of us that have been fortunate enough to go to these great destinations, to pay it forward to the next generation of families that want to experience all that Walt Disney World and Disneyland have to offer.

At the root of it all, the one thing that the Disney parks offer to me that is greater then anything else is the ability for all of us, regardless of stature, place in life, financial situation, whatever, the opportunity for us to be able to leave the worries of the world behind for a while, to be able to focus on what is important to so many of us — spending time with our families, carefree, and to remember what it is like to feel like a kid again.

With so many worries in this world — especially in today’s day and age — it is a welcome relief to be able to take time away from it all and just relive our childhood, even if it’s just for a day or two.

So, I give thanks for Walt Disney, the visionary man who was born on December 5, 1901.

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Memorable Meal Mondays – The Disney Dining Plan and Snacks

This is the tie dye cheesecake available in the food court at Pop Century!

OK, so snacks aren’t technically a meal, you would be surprised how much snacks contribute to  a memorable vacation and when you choose a Disney dining package, you will get snack options. For more information on the different dining plans available, visit the Walt Disney World website.  My Dreams of Disney has also written a piece comparing Tables in Wonderland with the Disney Dining Plan, check that out also!

My daughter wouldn’t forgive if I didn’t first talk about our favorite recently discovered snack at the Magic Kingdom; the strawberry shortcake sundae served at Mrs. Potts Cupboard in Fantasyland. Imagine a small sponge cake (like the type sold in the grocery store as shortcake shells) topped with strawberry sauce, vanilla soft serve and whipped cream. This snack was so good, on a recent trip we headed back to the Magic Kingdom every afternoon to get a sundae.

Also at the Magic Kingdom, there are pickles for sale in Liberty Square (at the fruit stand) , Dole Whips in Adventureland and turkey legs for a wagon in Frontierland. Over at Epcot, one of my favorite evening activities is to get pastry in the French pavilion or a bag of popcorn, find a seat facing the lagoon in World Showcase and stay there to enjoy my snack while waiting for Illuminations (which always draws a crowd, so I like to get a spot early). All four parks offer Mickey Mouse ice cream bars dipped in chocolate (very popular with many people) as well as Mickey Mouse ice cream sandwiches (a better version of the typical ice cream sandwich in the shape of Mickey’s silhouette with cookies and cream ice cream rather than the normal vanilla). Don’t forget your snack credits when you head over to Downtown Disney as their is so many options available, you may have trouble deciding what you want.

Each resort also has a variety of snacks. My favorite (pictured above) is the tie dye cheesecake at Pop Century. It may look like a regular cheesecake with colors swirled in but what you can’t see from the picture is that instead of a standard graham crust, the crust is a brownie. It’s like getting two desserts in one (bonus!).  What’s your favorite snack when you are at Disney World? I am planning my next trip and am trying to think of some new snack places to try!

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Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle, Christmas, Walt Disney World

Over at Mousekejournals, today I’m exploring the things that I would prioritize when I’m finally able to spend time at Walt Disney World during the Christmas season.  This is high on my bucket list, that’s for sure, but I also know that when we are able to go, it will be the kind of trip that I would have to decide which things I want to see.  Does my list compare to your list?  To find out head over to Mousekejournals to read my article, and tell me what you think!  Thanks!