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!

Disney Dining Review: Liberty Tree Tavern

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Head on over to Liberty Square with us and sample all that makes Liberty Tree Tavern one of the most under-appreciated restaurants at Walt Disney World!

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Liberty Tree Tavern is a one table-service credit restaurant on the Disney Dining Plan, and reservations for this restaurant are recommended.  When we last ate at the Liberty Tree Tavern, it was way back on Sophie’s birthday, June 19, 2008, and it was a character dining location.  Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Chip & Dale came to meet us, and it was a wonderful setting for a character meal.

Liberty Tree Tavern is no longer a character meal, but I’m betting that the food is as delicious as ever!  Themed much like the land that is occupies, Liberty Square, the food is based on what you would find during the Colonial Days, when the United States was in it’s infancy.  Here is the dinner menu, the kids menu, and the lunch menu for you to peruse at your leisure.

The dinner menu is served family style, with wonderful dishes, I remember how good it all was when we last ate there!  The lunch menu is ordered off the menu, and features such dishes as pot roast, pasta, and other great dishes.

During our most recent visit, we invited along Sophie’s best friend Riley to join us.  It was Sophie’s birthday, and the two of them had so much fun all day long at the Magic Kingdom!  It was during this dining experience that I was able to get these pictures.  I love the way that Minnie Mouse is all decked out in period clothing!

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Riley (left), Minnie Mouse, and Sophie (right)
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Sophie loves to kiss the noses of the characters!  I’m not sure why…
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Riley and Sophie with Dale!

The are two reasons that we stopped going to Liberty Tree Tavern.  The first is because they changed it out of being a Character dining location.  We really enjoy our interaction with characters, and have always enjoyed being able to do that while eating, and not have to wait in line to see them.  So when they stopped it being a character location, it kind of lost a little bit of it’s appeal to us.  I know, that seems kind of a lame excuse, and it is, but it’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!  The second reason is because we actually ate at Liberty Tree Tavern two years in a row, both 2007 and 2008, and we wanted to try out other restaurants.

When we are a little older, I can see us coming back to Liberty Tree Tavern to have a meal there again.  It is a wonderful atmosphere, with wonderful food and theming, and in 2007, when we had finished having lunch there, we just happened to have some Disney Magic on our side, and we walked out of the restaurant just in time to see one of the parades come right by!  I was able to snag these and other photos from our viewing location!

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Chip on Parade!
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Donald Duck and Pluto!
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Goofy!
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Minnie Mouse!
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She has that float all to herself!

I really enjoyed Liberty Tree Tavern the times that we ate there, and will give it a try again in the future.  Although we haven’t been there for a number of years, I still have fond memories of the restaurant, including when Cindy and I ate there when we ate our way around Disney.  It was then that Cindy claims that she “got the goods” on me and my “crush” on Minnie Mouse.  I keep telling her we’re just friends, but she’s not buying it!  Still, I think Cindy likes eating there also, so we’ll be back again, I think.

Have you eaten at the Liberty Tree Tavern?  What are your impressions of it?  Please tell me in the comments!

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Magic Kingdom — Liberty Square

The Liberty Bell replica, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom

The Liberty Bell replica, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom

Liberty Square is located in the Magic Kingdom, just west of the wheel hub, and just down from Peter Pan’s Flight and “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland.  Liberty Square is one of my favorite lands, not so much because of all of the attractions, but rather because of all of the history that the Disney Imagineers have imparted into the land.

While Liberty Square isn’t home to a whole lot of attractions, it is home to some of the best attractions in the Magic Kingdom.  Here they are in alphabetical order:

As a land, though, Liberty Square is so much more than a pass through to Frontierland or Adventureland.  The Haunted Mansion is so much fun that we ride it multiple times each time we visit.  The Hall of Presidents is a history lesson — but with the fun of all of the Presidential Audio-Animatronics® thrown in for good measure.  The Liberty Square Riverboat is a relaxing ride on the Rivers of America when all you want is a break from all of the walking you have done that day.

In addition to the attractions, you also have some prime restaurants.  Liberty Tree Tavern has a great menu, the only thing I don’t like about it is that they took it off of the “Character Dining” menu.  Columbia Harbour House is a seldom thought of quick service restaurant that often has very little wait, yet serves good food.  And don’t forget about “Ye Old Christmas Shoppe”, one of the best Christmas stores you will ever find!

As is often the case with my writing, pictures say so much more than I can.  Please enjoy some of these pictures!  The next time you visit the Magic Kingdom, take time to look at all of the little details that make Liberty Square a living, breathing history lesson in the middle of Disney Magic!

“Liberty Belle”

 

 

 

 

 

These three pictures are so cool to me, with the lights and fireworks reflected in the Rivers of America!

The Liberty Square is more than The Haunted Mansion®, more than The Hall of Presidents, more than the Liberty Tree Tavern.  Liberty Square is a reminder for all Americans of the blood, sweat, and tears that have been shed to make our country great.

The Lands of the Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is an incredible place to visit.  From a theme park perspective, it is almost like having seven parks all rolled into one.  The reason for this is because of all of the different “Lands” that you can visit.  They include the following:

Over the next several posts, I will take a look at each of these lands, outlining the things that my family has enjoyed from each place, and also taking a look at some of the things we haven’t done that we would like to explore.  Stick with “My Dreams of Disney” for some information you can take with you the next time you visit Disney!