Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – The Tree of Life!

My Dreams of Disney, Tree of Life, Animal Kingdom

Hello, and welcome back to Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia, Tree of Life edition!  This weekly series is put on in conjunction with my friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jenn from Disney Babies Blog!  I’m Mike from My Dreams of Disney, welcoming you to our site!  At the end of the post you will find links to the other sites, why not click on them and hop right on over to see what their trivia is for this week!

My trivia for this week comes from the book “Disney Trivia from the Vault” by Dave Smith — the Chief Archivist Emeritus of The Walt Disney Archives!

Thumbing through the book, I found a question from Kaitlyn from Mount Holly, NJ, who asked:

“Is there a list somewhere of all the animals carved into the Tree of Life? I’ve searched high and low and can’t seem to find one.”

Did you know, the Tree of Life…

contains 325 animals carved into the tree!  While Disney has not released a list of all of the animals located on the tree (they want guests to have as much fun as possible finding the animals) — they certainly did take a great amount of time and effort into putting so many carvings into the structure!

That wraps things up for me this week!  Thank you all for stopping by and seeing the trivia that I have for you this week!  If you have a blog, and want to write your own Trivia post, please feel free to do so and link it up with all of ours!  Thanks everyone, and have a great one!  If I don’t hear from you, I hope that you and your family have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving, and that all the blessings you so richly deserve are yours to be had!  Be safe, everyone!



My Top 10 Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World!

There are so many great counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Epcot all have a plethora of great restaurants to choose from! As crazy as it sounds, I’m going to pick my top ten quick service restaurants at Walt Disney World. As with every top 10 list I’ve ever created, my list varies from day to day, so let’s see what we get and how long it lasts! Here goes nothing!

10) The Pinocchio Village Haus

Magic Kingdom's Pinocchio Village Haus Quick Service

This quick service restaurant serves up standard fare — pizza, chicken nuggets, sandwiches, etc., but what makes this place good to me is the location.  Situated behind Cinderella’s Castle, right next to it’s a small world, this location even has windows that look down into the launch area for the popular attraction.  Couple that with it’s Old World charm, and it becomes a place for us to eat at least once per trip.

9) The Liberty Inn

Located over at the American Adventure pavilion on the World Showcase at Epcot, this quick service restaurant, like Pinocchio Village Haus before, serves standard American food such as hot dogs and hamburgers.  However, what makes this place a really great place to eat is the large, open courtyard seating — which holds probably 200 people (although I don’t have exact numbers).  Additionally, there is an old style military band that plays periodically in the courtyard, and they are well worth the wait if you decide to stay and listen to them.

8) Flame Tree Barbeque

Flame Tree Barbeque, located over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, is one of the best quick service restaurants in all of Disney in my opinion.  This restaurant serves up a lot of great food at a good price.  We don’t eat here every year because some trips we only make one trip over to Animal Kingdom, and often we have a big dinner planned somewhere else that day, so we don’t want to overeat.  However, if you ever have the chance, check out the Flame Tree!

7) Columbia Harbour House

Columbia Harbour House, Magic Kingdom

The Columbia Harbour House is a great quick service restaurant for many reasons.  For starters, it is rarely busy because it is kind of forgotten over between Liberty Square and Fantasyland.  In addition, as the picture shows, they offer Chicken, Seafood, and Sandwiches, so there is a large variety of food to choose from.  Lastly, there is plenty of seating available, so you can spread out, relax, and even look down at the people walking below. Try the Fish and Chips, they are good!

6) Main Street Bakery

Chip and Company, Main Street Bakery, Magic Kingdom, Main Street USA

Special thanks to Chip & Company for sharing their photo!

If you want a quick place to grab some good food, this is the place.  Serving everything from yummy breakfast items like cinnamon rolls, sandwiches, and even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for picky eaters like Sophie, this is the place to be.  One step inside the shop and you are inundated with all sorts of sweet smelling treats, just begging you to try one out.  It was here where one of our Disney memories was created when Sophie was presented with her huge chocolate chip cookie, courtesy of Cinderella.

{Editor’s Note: You may have heard that the Main Street Bakery is closing and reopening as a Starbucks.  You may have even read about it on this site.  Fortunately, Disney has heard the cries from those of us that love the MSB, and they have modified their original news report to indicate that the Bakery will still be there, but that it will offer Starbucks Coffee in the restaurant.  I can live with that!}

5) Casey’s Corner

Casey's Corner, Magic Kingdom, Main Street USA

Casey’s Corner is a good hot dog shop located at the corner of Main Street USA and the Hub.  Because of the location, the restaurant is often quite busy, and seating is almost non-existant.  More often then not, you will find yourself eating while sitting on the ground, or being lucky enough to get one of the bar tables where you can stand and eat. Despite all of that, though, the food is quite good, and as you can see from the picture above, there is entertainment there periodically throughout the day, so relax and enjoy your food and the music!

4) Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is a large quick service restaurant located in Tomorrowland.  They have three different bays available; one for burgers, one for chicken, and one for sandwiches.  At each of the bays you can also get the standard Disney kids meals.  The selection at the restaurant is enough that there is something for everyone, and there is a lot of seating, both indoor and outdoor, so this is one place that should be on everyone’s list.  As an aside, Cosmic Ray’s is also a great place to bring your child if they are afraid of the fireworks — you will be inside, and the rest of your party can enjoy seeing them outside.

3) Backlot Express

The Backlot Express quick service restaurant is located near the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” playground — so it is a good choice to both get a bite to eat and let your kids run off some energy afterwards!  For an open air type feel, it serves good food in my opinion, and is an easy way to recharge yourself for the afternoon ahead at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

2) La Cantina De San Angel

La Cantina De San Angel, Mexico, World Showcase, Epcot

Located just outside the Pyramid that symbolizes the Mexico Pavilion, La Cantina De San Angel is the quick service counterpart to the San Angel Inn (which is located inside the Pavilion.)  I have never eaten at the SAI, but the Cantina is a great substitute for me as they serve up many Mexican favorites of mine (especially since my family doesn’t like Mexican as much as I do!)

1) Sunshine Seasons

Sunshine Seasons, The Land, Epcot

My number one quick service dining location is Sunshine Seasons.  This restaurant is really good because it combines incredible food — with hot and cold options available — with a prime location inside of the Land Pavilion — so you can get in out of the heat, and a convenient location to wait while others in your party enjoy other attractions.  As I said, you can enjoy everything from hot and cold dishes, sandwiches, and other things, all the way to sushi if you so desire.  The food is incredibly fresh, and you will enjoy it, no matter what you try.

That, my friends, is my list of my top ten quick service restaurants to eat at Disney World.  Thank you for reading, and feel free to post any comments, or even your own top ten list!