Disney Snacks

Magical Blogorail – Top 10 Disney Snacks

Disney Snacks

The pure, unbridled joy of eating your own Jumbo Emu (I mean, Turkey) Leg!

Hello everyone, and welcome!  Today I’m joining the Magical Blogorail as we talk about our top 10 Disney Snacks!  Who’s hungry now, besides me? I’ve got an eclectic list here, I hope there is something for everyone!  Let me know your favorite Disney Snacks in the comments, and thanks!

Top 10 Disney Snacks

#1: Fresh Popped Popcorn

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To me, there is nothing better than fresh popped popcorn in Town Square! Image ©Disney

A bottle of Diet Coke, a box of freshly popped popcorn, and a Disney parade — three of the best things, joined together, and when combined, create an incredible night of memories for this writer!  It’s a simple choice perhaps, but one I can’t wait to experience again!

#2 Cinnamon Roll from Gaston’s Tavern

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This beauty used the be the exclusive snack for me of the old Main Street Bakery, but can now be found at Gaston’s Tavern.  Still as good as always, this yummy treat is more than just a Disney Snack — it’s a full-fledged breakfast meal because it’s so big.

#3 Jumbo Turkey Leg

As seen above, my daughter Sophie loves the Jumbo Turkey Leg as much as I do.  It’s a huge snack, so much so that perhaps it doesn’t qualify as one, but it’s definitely something that we will split among the two of us.

#4 Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

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I like the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar, but to my wife Cindy, it is bar none her favorite Disney snack anywhere!

#5 Churros

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While I think all of us agree that the churros at Disneyland are better than the ones at Walt Disney World, I would suggest that you go try them out over in Disney Springs.  It’s been a while since I had one there, so hopefully they still have them, but it was a great churro!

#6 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Oh my, now that’s a tasty treat!  Nothing like an ice cream sandwich made up of two fresh baked cookies!  Yummy and big enough to share at that!

#7 Beignets!

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These tasty New Orleans treats can be had at Port Orleans French Quarter.  If you have gluten allergies, don’t worry, you can also get these in a gluten free variety like those seen above! You might want to wear white that day though because of the powdered sugar!

#8 Mickey Shaped Pretzel

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These are good, especially if you have them in Germany with a beer — it’s a good combination to me, at least.

#9 Waffle Cone Ice Cream Sundae

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Sometimes, nothing is better than a great ice cream sundae! Over at the Plaza Ice Cream Shop, they’ve got all sorts of tasty ice cream treats to try out!

#10 A Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Although the cookie shown is not a chocolate chip cookie, at least not on outward appearances, it reminds me of the time that one of the Cast Members had a special chocolate chip cookie — easily about nine inches in diameter — that was for our daughter Sophie, and sent from Cinderella herself!  It was one of those Disney Magic moments, and was part of the Year of a Million Dreams, but to our six or seven year old, it meant the world to her.

It’s moments like those — and of course, the wonderful treats, and incredible rides, and on and on and on — that make Walt Disney World the best place for us to visit.  What are your favorite Disney snacks? Let me know in the comments below, please, and thanks for stopping by today!

 

 


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Seven Weeks

Seven Weeks Until Disney – Seven Things to Experience

Seven Weeks
Hello everyone, and welcome to our weekly countdown post of things we want to experience while we are at Disney next month!

This week we’re focusing on attractions that we want to experience for one reason or another.  There’s no real rhyme or reason for this list, just because, which I suppose is reason enough for me! I hope you enjoy the list!

Pirates of the Caribbean

Simply put, this is just one of those attractions that we really enjoy, even if the version at Disneyland is better…
For a unique twist of the theme song from the movies, check out this YouTube video:

Test Track

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Test Track for us is one of the overlooked attractions at Epcot. We are such fans of Soarin’ that usually that’s what gets our top-tier FastPass selection, and as a result, we end up skipping on Test Track. This time, though, we are interested in experiencing it, so hopefully we’ll make that a reality!

Soarin’ over the World

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Since it’s been a few years since we have been to Walt Disney World, we have not experienced Soarin’ over the World yet, but it’s definitely on our list to experience! Hopefully we’ll make it a reality on this trip!

Frozen Ever After

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So my daughter and her best friend have no interest in Frozen Ever After, but the adults do, so we’ll see if we can experience it. Part of me wants to see what it will be like in replacement of Maelstrom, so for any of you that have answers to that, feel free to comment below and let me know.

Star Tours

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Star Tours is one of those attractions that Disney just did right when they updated it.  They turned a tired attraction into one of my favorite attractions at Hollywood Studios, and I’m hoping to experience it once again next month.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is still, to this day, one of my favorite roller coasters.  Everything from going around that curve, to watching for the saloon girls in the window dancing, to looking for Hidden Mickey’s, there’s just a ton I love about this attraction, and I can’t wait to see it and experience it again.

Expedition Everest

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A thrilling roller coaster located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park!

Closing us out this week is Expedition Everest over at Animal Kingdom.  Still one of my favorites, I can almost guarantee that Cindy and I at least will be experiencing this attraction once again.

That concludes our look for this week of the attractions we want to experience next month at Disney.  What’s on your list of attractions and experiences to enjoy at Disney?

 

Eight Weeks

Eight Weeks Until Disney – Eight Things to Experience

Eight Weeks

Last week, we started our weekly countdown series to our trip to Walt Disney World on Thanksgiving.  Since last week was nine weeks until Disney, this week is eight weeks!  As a result, here are eight things that we want to experience when we get there!

Eight Weeks until Disney: Eight Things to Experience

Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays

This special event used to be known as the “Holidays Around the World” but Disney has transformed it into a festival similar to what we are used to seeing for the Flower & Garden Festival and the Food & Wine Festival.  This added feature to Epcot is not a special ticket event, so you can experience the yuletide traditions of all of the World Showcase pavilions at your own pace.  The festival runs from November 19 – December 30 this year, and it is something that I am extremely interested in experiencing!

The World of Avatar

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The World of Avatar opened up over the summer at Animal Kingdom, and with it comes two big attractions — Avatar – Flight of Passage, and the Na’vi River Journey.  When Avatar was announced for Animal Kingdom, so many people, myself included, thought it was a ridiculous notion to put the land there instead of Hollywood Studios.  Well, it seems that the Disney Imagineers have outdone themselves again and created a world that will literally take you away. Cue the Calgon commercial, please.  While I’m not certain I want to try Flight of Passage (I think I’ll like Na’vi River Journey better), I can’t wait to experience the drastic change in Animal Kingdom.

Rivers of Light

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The Rivers of Light is another thing at Walt Disney World I want to experience.  Based on the World of Color attraction over at Disney’s California Adventure, this show features water, lights, and music to paint a picture and draw a scene you will not soon forget.  This is another experience I want to see in eight weeks!

Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse

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The top of the Swiss Family Treehouse.

While the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse is not a prime ticket attraction, to me it’s still one of my favorites, but what I really think would be cool would be to see how the Christmas decorations could be seen — if they could be seen at all — would look from there, or if they would add anything to the attraction for the season.

It’s a Small World and Peter Pan’s Flight

I know I touched on different attractions before in last weeks post, but I really want to see if attractions like it’s a small world and Peter Pan’s Flight will be modified to include decorations in some of the scenes.  For example, will we see stockings hung in Wendy’s room, or will we see a Christmas tree in one of the scenes of it’s a small world?  Those are things I want to be on the lookout for.

IllumiNations

During the Christmas season, IllumiNations has a special ending that includes special holiday greetings from each of the World Showcase pavilions and other details to add a festive take on the traditional fireworks show.

Sunset Seasons Greetings

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This special event is included with your theme park admission to Hollywood Studios, and from reading about it, this may be one of my favorite things to experience this year.  Picture Sunset Boulevard snowing in a Norman Rockwell backdrop, and it just might become your favorite experience of the season.

Santa Claus

Over at Disney Springs, you can have your picture taken with the man himself while he takes a break from toy building to get some much needed R&R.  Since we will be at Disney Springs for some of our meals, this might be a good time to stop by and say hi!

This wraps up our eight weeks countdown of eight things to do.  What is on your list to try out? Let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Hollywood Studios

Updated Favorite Disney Hollywood Studios Attractions!

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No longer here, but still a favorite to me!

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by today!  Nearly four years ago, we ran a post about our favorite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and today, with all of the changes that are under way at the park, we decided it was time for an update!  So, without further ado, here is our updated favorite Hollywood Studios attractions!  Keep in mind, I don’t have Fantasmic listed because I think of that as a show, not as an attraction.  Personally, while I haven’t seen Fantasmic at Walt Disney World, I have seen it at Disneyland, and it is at the top of all sorts of lists in my book!

Updated Top 5 Disney’s Hollywood Studios Attractions!

#1: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Hollywood Studios Coming in at number one on our list — the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith attraction. This is one of my favorite roller coasters in all of Disney, and at Hollywood Studios, it is a must ride attraction for me every time! About the only thing I wish was different about it is the length — at just 1:22 of actual roller coaster time, that’s not very long at all!  The pre-show length is 3:12.

 

 

 

#2: Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

Hollywood Studios Before this attraction was redone, it wasn’t even a blip on my radar.  But with the way that they redid the attraction and re-opened it on May 20, 2011, this attraction shot up my wow factor, landing here at number two on the list.  What really did this for me I think is the fact that in each ride, one person from the group riding is chosen as the Rebel Spy — and on my very first ride, I was selected!

When you factor in the possibility of getting one of up to 54 different settings for the attraction, (although, to me, I think I’ve only seen maybe three or four different versions) and that just makes for a great adventure!

 

#3: Toy Story Midway Mania

Hollywood Studios Coming in at number three on our list is Toy Story Midway Mania, that crazy, wacky, carnival games ride where you are immersed into the carnival games of Andy’s world!

For me, it’s really a toss-up (pun somewhat intended) between this attraction and Star Tours as to which is number two, and which is number three on the list.  About the only reason I put Toy Story at number three is because the attraction — even with a FastPass — is often quite slow to load.  So, for that reason, and probably that reason alone, I have it listed at number three on our list. What are your thoughts regarding this attraction? Let us know in the comments!

#4: The Great Movie Ride

Hollywood Studios At number four in our countdown is The Great Movie Ride.  While this attraction doesn’t have the glitz and the glamour of the high thrill ride attractions, it is truly a really neat attraction, and features distinct looks at some of the great classic movies from the 20th Century.

One of the things I’ve been reading about lately, though, is the rumor that the attraction will be closing in 2018.  Will this be happening, and what does that mean to you?  Will you miss it, be glad to see it go, or something in between?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!

 

#5: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Hollywood Studios Rounding out our top five is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.  In our previous ranking, it wasn’t in my top five, but did make the honorable mention list.  This time, it’s number five.  Why is that?  Well, I will tell you right out that I do NOT like the drop sequences of the attraction.  It is among the things I least like at Walt Disney World — and ranks up there with such horrible attractions as “It’s Tough to be a Bug” over at Animal Kingdom.

But, what I do really enjoy, though, is the backstory.  I also really enjoy the theming.  And, I really, really do enjoy the anticipation.  So, because of all of that, I have decided to include the attraction on my list, and here it is at number five.

What are your thoughts on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror? Do you like it or hate it?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

Honorable Mention: Muppet*Vision 3D

Hollywood Studios Muppet*Vision 3D was originally on our list at number four, but I’ve dropped it down to our list of Honorable Mentions this go around.  The primary reason for this is simply because it just isn’t as good for me as it used to be.  In days gone by, the corniness of the humor, the dated fashion, all of that “charm” that made the attraction one of my favorites, that was awesome.

Now, though, I think that my brain has shifted a bit, and what I used to think of as neat and quaint and all that, well, now it just seems old and dated and run down.  I’ll admit that this somewhat saddens me.  Still, on any given day at Hollywood Studios, I think the attraction will be given a visit, even if it’s just to get some photos of the props and stuff at the attraction, and it’s less about the show. What are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comments!

Honorable Mention: One Man’s Dream

Hollywood Studios As I mentioned in my previous version of this post, One Man’s Dream is more museum than attraction, but it still holds a place in my heart.  The rumors are rampant that this attraction is getting ready to close.  Word is that the Archivists for Disney are heading to Florida to pack up the exhibits and take them to San Francisco, to the Walt Disney Family Museum.  I don’t know if this is true or not, but it wouldn’t surprise me.  Sadly, attractions like this are just not as popular as they used to be, and if it does close, it’ll be one more thing that changes Hollywood Studios from being a Theme Park and just making it like any other run of the mill Amusement Park.

What are your thoughts on this? Let me know, and thanks!

 

So, how did we do in our updated list of our favorite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?  Did we hit a home run, strike out, or somewhere in between? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Railroad Story

Walt Disney’s Railroad Story: The Small-Scale Fascination That Led to a Full-Scale Kingdom

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Black Loop. Today we are sharing the Disney books you should have in your collection.


Railroad Story

Walt Disney’s Railroad Story is a treasure for any Disney enthusiast young or old.  This coffee table book of 432 pages written by Michael Broggie is an illustrative work that takes the reader through the life of Walt Disney in a way that features his early beginnings and how his love for railroads led to a passion that he incorporated into his parks worldwide.

The book is divided into several sections, called “scenes”, but before all of that, this reader was captivated with a forward written by Lillian B. Disney, wife of Walt Disney, and spellbound by two of Walt’s Nine Old Men, Ward Kimball & Ollie Johnston, with incredible introductions.

A book of this length can’t be written about properly in one blog post, so what I’m going to do is take each of the scenes in order and offer up my favorite parts from each scene. Let’s journey down each scene in our railroad story, starting at scene one.

Scene One: Humble Beginnings

This scene, comprised of seven chapters, looks at various aspects of Walt’s upbringing.  What I like about this whole book is the incredible photography seen throughout; some of these photos and drawings are ones that we haven’t seen in many a year, if ever, and many of them are likely only found now in the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

Near the end of scene one is chapter six, which talks about the trip that Ward Kimball and Walt Disney made to the Chicago Railroad Fair.  Reading through that chapter, Michael Broggie paints a picture of Walt that many of us have imagined, but few have witnessed.  In it, he describes how sentimental that journey was for Walt.  Of course, Walt Disney had some raising in Chicago, so he knew it well; at one point in the story, Walt is leading Ward through various stations in the L, describing where this track went or where that track went. While Ward Kimball had no idea where they were, it finally dawned on him that Walt was reliving his childhood.

Our railroad story continues in scene two, where we learn how the stage is set.

Scene Two: Setting the Stage

In scene two, the stage is set for exploring the growing fascination with railroads, and Walt and Lilly purchase the land that would become the site of their home in Holmby Hills. This scene goes into greater detail on the building of Walt’s backyard small scale railroad, but what I really enjoyed reading was the chapter known as “The Birth of Lilly Belle”.  In this chapter, Broggie goes into detail on the locomotive that would run Walt’s backyard operation, the Carolwood Pacific Railroad, and how they made the locomotive by hand in the machine shop at the Studio, under the direction of Michael Broggie’s dad, Roger.  Reading more about the deadline they were under, and the pressure to make it work, really made the pages turn in that chapter, and I felt like I was there with them making it happen all over again.

Scene Three: Happiest Place on Earth

Our railroad story continues in scene three.  In this section, the real meat of the story starts to come alive as we look at the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland, and the Santa Fe  & Disneyland R.R. that was built at the park.  In addition, we learn of how the park attendance outgrew the pace that the railroad could operate at, even with two running locomotives at a time, and the search is on for a 3rd locomotive for the railroad.

Scene Four: A Magic Kingdom

It is in scene four that our railroad story takes a sad turn.  As you all know, Walt Disney died before the Florida Project could be completed, and Walt Disney World (replacing the original name of Disney World) is completed with Walt’s brother Roy at the helm.  Though the show must go on without Walt, the legacy that he built and left behind continued with many of the same special features that were employed under the direction of Walt.  The new Magic Kingdom was built with a railroad around it like at Disneyland, but the trains were larger — and I learned that the reason for this is because the railroad had as much as a 2% grade in places, and larger trains would make that more manageable, as well as allow for more cars and more passengers as a result!

Epilogue: Leaving a Better World

The conclusion of our railroad story leaves us with perhaps the words that we all should strive to emulate.  Thank you for reading our post today, I leave you with the words of Walt Disney himself to close us out:

“If I leave this world a better place, then my time here will have been worthwhile.” ~ Walter Elias Disney

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