Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

2 Days: Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

The smile on River’s face speaks volumes about how incredible this treat is! Image courtesy my friend Neal!

Today we are taking a look at my wife Cindy’s favorite Disney treat — the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar!  Shown here with our friend River, this delicious treat has been known to put a smile on even the grumpiest dwarf!

The bar is a technological marvel in it’s simplicity.  Vanilla ice cream, dipped in chocolate syrup, frozen, and with a stick for easy holding!  As you probably already know, everything tastes better if it’s on a stick! :)

You can get them at almost any vendor spot in any park, but perhaps the best place to enjoy them is as a dessert at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ!  They had a freezer filled up with them, you could have eaten as many as you wanted!  Not that I would do something like that, mind you — but you could have!

What do you think of this treat?  Where does it rank in your list of favorites?  Do you like the Dole Whip better than this, or how about my favorite, a freshly popped bag of popcorn?  Let me know in the comments, please, and thanks for stopping by!

Top Five WDW Things We Want Everywhere!

Part of the magic behind a Disney vacation is revisiting those things that you just can’t get anywhere else. When we experience them for the first time at the Parks, we are hooked! During each visit we taste, ride, see, or hear them again and again.

But what if we could experience those things year round in our own backyard, so to speak? In that vein, here is my Top 5 list of WDW things we want everywhere:

Gimmie No. 5

Attention to Detail. No one does this like Disney! Every detail is plussed to the max. The cleanliness stands out, as does the extraordinary theming. And I’m not alone in desiring a little Disney detailing in my everyday life, as the TV show Backyard Disney attests!

Gimmie No. 4

         

Dole Whip. I don’t think you can even get this Island Treat in the real Hawaii! But if you’re one of the people who will stand in line for hours just to get a spoonful, then you know that this confection should be sold worldwide!

Gimmie No. 3

Cast Members. Imagine if all service personnel that you come into contact with during your normal day had that Disney attitude! No more surly grocery store clerks. No more indifferent bank tellers. Just smiling faces everywhere!

And my wife said that what she would like is a Cast Member standing on every corner to help her find her way. On the street. In the mall. Everywhere! Nothing like that two-finger point to clarify your direction in life.

Gimmie No. 2

Monorails. OK, I know these marvels of transportation are found outside WDW. Las Vegas has one (for now), as does most of Asia. But here in North America, a Monorail ride is almost impossible to enjoy outside the berm, as it were!

Imagine again that your child could walk to the end of your driveway and board a Monorail to school. Morning commutes to work on Monorail Teal? Bring it on! And no more light rail trains to block you at every intersection. Now that’s my vision of transportation heaven!

Gimmie No. 1

Mickey Premium Bars. Delish! There really is no need to try to convince anyone that this would be a good idea as I’m sure everyone is on board for this one!

Have I missed your favorite WDW thing that you want everywhere? Let me know in the comments section!

Top 5 Ways to Chill Out at Disney

In honor of both winter and our new Disney friend, Olaf, I would like to present the Top 5 ways to chill out at any Disney Park or Resort.

Cup Topper from Frozen, the movie

Sometimes we get a little stressed and in too much of a hurry during our Disney vacations. What with rushing to get our FastPasses, running to get in a looooong line-up, or trying to plan hours ahead to get the best Parade viewing spot, we might miss the simple pleasures available to us.

Such as:

Chilly Tip Number 5

Hammocks. Most Resorts that have a beach front also have a hammock or two swinging around somewhere. And even if you’re not staying at that Resort, but just Resort-hopping like I do, no one is going to stop you from relaxing for a few moments while you watch boats go by. And if you pick the right hammock in the evening, you may even be able to watch the Electrical Water Pageant.

Stock Photo of the Electrical Water Pageant

Want to know some of the best places to watch the Pageant across the Walt Disney World Resort? Locations include:

  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Beginning at 9:00 PM
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (including Narcoossee’s) – Beginning at 9:15 PM
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Beginning at 9:30 PM
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground – Beginning at 9:45 PM
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Beginning at 10:10 PM; in instances when Wishes Nighttime Spectacular takes place at 10:00 PM, the Electrical Water Pageant will begin shortly following its conclusion
  • Right outside the entrance of Magic Kingdom park – Beginning at 10:35 PM, during Extended Theme Park Hours only

Chilly Tip Number 4

Dole Whip or Mickey Bars. Most of us can’t resist a frosty treat and these two (among others) are WDWorld-renowned for helping weary and hot Guests chill! Rather than bore you with details here, I’ll let my fellow blogger over at Disney Musings thrill you (or should I say ‘chill you’?) with details at this link.

Picture from Disney Musings

Chilly Tip Number 3

Water. Not just for drinking anymore! If you’re like me, and who isn’t, you likely seek out free chill opportunities wherever they can be found. Well, let me recommend getting a little damp as a great way to chill!

Here are a few places to get a free splash of water: World of Disney at DTD (Stitch will ‘spit’ on you for free); Splash Pad also at DTD (just outside the Disney Design-a-Tee store); Outside Star Tours in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (an Imperial Walker will ‘shoot’ you for free); Test Track Cool Wash at Epcot (see pic below).

Stand and prepare to be misted!

There is simply no end of places where you can get misted, squirted, sprayed, or ‘spit’ on for free at WDW!

Chilly Tip Number 2

Beverages. Sometimes you need to chill from the inside and so only an ice-cold drink will do it! Again, there is no end to the places that serve frosty beverages, but Club Cool is perhaps one of the most fun! Located at the Innovations Pavilion at Disney’s Epcot, this store features Coca-Cola merchandise as well as several fountain drink stations where you can sample some of the world’s more unique flavors of Coca-Cola products, such as:

  • Krest Ginger Ale from Mozambique
  • Fanta Kolita from Costa Rica
  • Beverly from Italy
  • Vegeta Beta from Japan
  • Kinley Lemon from Israel
  • Lift Apple from Mexico
  • Smart Watermelon from China
  • Mezzo Mix from Germany

Of course, flavors may change from year to year or visit to visit. Not adventurous with your sipping? Then find your drinking comfort zone just over the bridge in World Showcase. Pick your country and enjoy a regional beverage of your choice!

Chilly Tip Number 1

Water Attractions. OK, no more fooling around! If you really want to chill out then it’s time to get WET. Hit the Kali River Rapids or Splash Mountain and leave the rain poncho in the stroller! The only rules here are no hiding behind another body and never wear white. Other than that: Bring on the Chill!

The temperature was 50 degrees and we got soaked = CHILLED OUT

Bonus Round

Water Parks. This is a no-brainer so… water parks.

Ice Gator from Blizzard Beach

Of course, my wife found another way to chill out during one of our visits to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Simply get caught in one of Florida’s sudden thunder showers:

Each to her own, I guess.

The Lands of Disneyland: Adventureland!

Tarzan's Treehouse is one of the attractions you can find in Adventureland

Tarzan’s Treehouse is one of the attractions you can find in Adventureland

Today we are taking a look at Adventureland in our continuation of our Lands of Disneyland series!  This land, much like similar lands of the same name at other Disney parks, is themed around the spirit of adventure that can be found in the land.  Originally, Adventureland was going to be based off of some of the nature documentaries that Walt Disney produced, including real animals!  However, after Walt was told that real animals would likely hide or sleep all day, the decision was made to make animals that would take the place of the real animals.  Later on, Audio-Animatronic animals were put in place to add a more realistic feel.

In Adventureland you can find the following attractions for you to enjoy:

In addition to the attractions, you can also find shops and snack bars — including the Tiki Juice Bar, which is located right outside the Enchanted Tiki Room and can be a great way to get a Dole Whip before the next show!

As a family, we didn’t really spend a whole lot of time in Adventureland.  One thing that is a little disconcerting about Disneyland is how quite often, pictures you take in one land are of attractions or scenes in a completely different land, such as the two photos below.  However, that is really part of the charm of Disneyland, I suppose, and will never be changed, so it isn’t that big a deal really.

This picture shows Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, located in Frontierland

This picture shows Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, located in Frontierland

This picture was taken from Tarzan's Treehouse of the shops

This picture was taken from Tarzan’s Treehouse of the shops of Frontierland and Adventureland

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Adventureland, one of the lands of Disneyland Park.  Stay tuned as we take a look next at one of the smallest — but most popular — lands when we explore New Orleans Square on Friday!  Until then, let me know please, what do you think of Adventureland?  Just let me know in the comments, and thanks!