Category Archives: Snacks & Treats
Walt Disney World allows you to bring a cooler into Walt Disney World, given you follow a few simple rules. So why not take advantage, you will save money and let your snack credits stretch further – a double win! Snacks are great to keep handy for little ones at Walt Disney World, not only will they be thirstier than normal it is great to have little ones busy doing something while you wait in line! Here are some family friendly snack foods you might want to pack on your next Walt Disney World vacation:
- Drinks – Don’t waste a snack credit of soft drinks and bottle water! Bring your own and use your snack credits for something much better like a Dole Whip! Keep your drinks cold in your room refrigerator or pack your sink down with ice the night before to get your beverages cold!
- Goldfish – Nothing keeps little kids occupied quite like goldfish! They are small and fit nicely into a child’s hand
- String Cheese – String cheese is very filling and keeps well in a cooler.
- Uncrustables – These things are a great idea! Peanut Butter and Jelly in sealed bread! It stays great inside a cooler and really isn’t too much of a mess either making it perfect for children! These are great around lunch time if you don’t want to shell out the cash for a counter service lunch. This would also be a great idea if you have a child that isn’t old enough to have the dining plan. Bring this for them instead and save yourself a little cash. Pair it with some other items in your cooler and you have got a nice little lunch!
- Trail Mix – I know there are some sweet and salty lovers out there! These are great for kids to hold and keep them busy in the stroller! Make sure to keep them inside the cooler though so the chocolate doesn’t melt!
While these options may not be the healthiest they do keep well inside a cooler. We do not pack a cooler to replace all of our meals at Walt Disney World, but to curb a craving. The only time my daughter gets irritable at Walt Disney World is when she gets hungry so it is great to have a few snacks on hand! Snacks also help to keep her in her stroller, it gives her something to do while she is sitting down giving us a break from carrying her!
Don’t forget to pack hand sanitizer inside your cooler as well! There is a lot of sickness that goes around Walt Disney World so before your snack make sure to freshen up! Also pack some baby wipes for sticky little fingers. They are great to have on hand so you don’t have to go to the bathroom to wash up each time your child eats something! It can save a lot of time!
I would love to hear from all of you on what, if anything, you pack to bring inside the Parks!
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Know The Best Snacks in the Magic Kingdom Before You Arrive!
In the past few years, snacks have taken on a new meaning when planning your Walt Disney World Vacation. We have countless emails from readers requesting information about snacks in the Magic Kingdom — where to find the best ones, how much they cost, and which snacks are worth the money!
Get Your Questions About Snacks Answered!
- “What snacks are available?”
- “How much do snacks cost?”
- “Can I get them with a Dining Plan Snack Credit?”
- “Are any snacks big enough to replace a meal?”
- “Where do I find the best snacks?”
- “What snacks should I get if I don’t have the Disney Dining Plan?”
Answer all these questions and more with the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks downloadable PDF!
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When we visited Beaches and Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort for the first time last year we were instantly in awe of those that ordered the Kitchen Sink. To say that it is huge is an understatement. Drew and I knew that there was no way that we could ever tackle such a challenge on our own. Luckily when we visited again in September we had back up.
A friend and fellow blogger was vacationing at Disney the same week so we made plans to meet up and have a late lunch at Beaches and Cream. Since there would be four adults and an ice cream loving child, we felt confident that we could handle the challenge, we were wrong.
For those of you that don’t know, the Kitchen sink is comprised of 8 scoops of ice cream, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, and mint chocolate chip, every topping they have including peanut butter and chocolate chips, bananas, cherries, angel food cake, brownies, a milky way candy bar, oreos, hot fudge, peanut butter sauce, sprinkles, and half a can of whipped cream.
The menu says the Kitchen Sink feeds four people. They must mean four people who haven’t eaten anything else that day. We ordered our usual burgers and fries before tackling dessert. Rookie mistake. We needed at least four other people to even think about finishing it.
It was a fun experience though. The lights in the restaurant flash and they make an announcement each time a kitchen sink comes out. Other guests look at you like you’ve lost your mind. And the look on the face of my friend’s little boy was priceless. His eyes said it all, you mean we get to eat all of that! My recommendation is to come hungry and with plenty of reinforcements. Because in this epic battle, the food won.
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From fast-casual fare to haute cuisine, the menu of dining options at Disneyland Resort offers something for every guest. Here, morning pancakes with Minnie Mouse are as celebrated as the spectacular creations at Napa Rose restaurant.
“We offer innovative cuisine from our award-winning chefs that match our guests’ desire for elegant dining,” said Michele Gendreau, director, Food & Beverage, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “But you can still find the Disneyland classics, from the Café Orleans Monte Cristo to Plaza Inn’s fried chicken.”
The rise in fine dining at Disneyland Resort is often an unexpected delight. At the hotels, top award winners are Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand California Hotel & Spa and Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel. A stellar wine program has elevated the quality of dining service throughout the Resort, with trained sommeliers in restaurants including Napa Rose and Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel.
Even though vacation may be a time for indulgence, Disneyland chefs provide healthful options, with every table-service and quick-service restaurant offering at least one vegetarian option.
For lifestyle dining options, or for requests from guests with food allergies or intolerances, there are a wide range of choices, from kosher to gluten and sugar free. In 2009, Disney tracked nearly a quarter of a million requests for special dietary needs and allergies. “We have a real commitment to innovative, healthy menus,” said Mahmud Dhanani, vice president of Food & Beverage Concept Development.
A new culinary dietary specialist recently joined the team to focus on vitality lifestyle ideas. Revised menus require that no more than 35 percent of calories can come from fat – saturated fat and sugar must account for no more than 10 percent of the meal’s calories. And chefs keep tinkering with recipes, such as smoothies, now made with non-fat yogurt and fresh fruit purees (now 120 calories and the former recipe was 420 calories).
Kids’ menus, too, are evolving, and changes make healthier choices the standard instead of the “alternate.” Grapes, apples, carrot sticks and unsweetened applesauce in place of French fries and 1 percent milk or bottled water instead of soda, for instance. Guests must request fries and sodas (at no additional cost).
Theme Park Eats
Theme park guests looking for food on the run will find beautiful fresh fruit carts in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. Favorite quick bites in Disneyland include cheddar cheese and broccoli soup and grilled salmon salad from the Harbour Galley in New Orleans Square; sandwiches and sweets from Jolly Holiday Bakery (opening in 2012) on Main Street, U.S.A.; easy-to-eat skewer snacks at Bengal Barbecue and the legendary Dole Whip at the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland; Mickey-shaped beignets and funnel cake from the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square; hot pizza from Red Rockett’s Pizza Port and grilled vegetable sandwiches from Tomorrowland Terrace in Tomorrowland.
For a relaxing meal, spots such as Carnation Cafe on Main Street, U.S.A., serve generous salads and the legendary loaded baked potato soup. Settle in for barbecued ribs and chicken at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue in Frontierland (barbecued tofu and veggie skewers available upon request).
Enchanting Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square, one of the most-requested reservations, offers diners specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya and filet mignon. Casual, family-friendly eats are on the menu at Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A., and River Belle Terrace in New Orleans Square, where Walt Disney himself enjoyed breakfast on Sundays. For authentic Mexican, Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland dishes up taco and burrito platters. Out-of-the-way Hungry Bear, nestled in the shady trees in Critter Country, is a favorite for Disney fans who recommend the burgers and the view on the riverfront.
At Disney California Adventure, guests can grab a sandwich or sweets at Pacific Wharf Cafe. Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill offers tacos with steak, pork, grilled chicken or fish. Hearty Asian creations are served at Lucky Fortune Cookery, with beef, chicken or tofu with vegetables, rice and your choice of four sauces.Other restaurants along Paradise Pier offer retro favorites from corn dogs to cheesy pizza.
To wile away a lunch, dine al fresco at Wine Country Trattoria at the Golden Vine Winery, with a menu of pastas, grilled sandwiches and California wines by the glass. At dinner, the menu adds balsamic-braised short ribs, herb-roasted chicken breast and braised lamb shank.
The lively Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration at Ariel’s Grotto is one of this park’s most-requested reservations, with Ariel, Snow White, Belle, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty greeting guests at every table.
Dining With Characters
For a leisurely way to enjoy a delicious meal and time with the Disney characters as they stop by each table for photos and autographs, make reservations for a Character Dining Experience. These include:
- Disneyland: Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A., daily Breakfast in the Park With Minnie and Friends; My Disneyland Birthday Party with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in the afternoons.
- At Disney California Adventure: Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration at Ariel’s Grotto, with Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella at breakfast and lunch.
- At the hotels: Chip ‘n Dale Critter Breakfast at Storytellers Cafe offers a delicious breakfast buffet, while Goofy and his pals entertain at Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel for daily brunch and dinner. At Paradise Pier, Mickey Mouse and friends entertain at the Surf’s Up! Breakfast With Mickey and Friends.
Priority Seating is recommended in advance by calling Disney Dining, 714-781-DINE (714-781-3463).
Downtown Disney District
Diverse flavors, from spicy pasta jambalaya and andouille-crusted mahi mahi at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen to Irish salmon and braised Angus short ribs at Catal Restaurant, there are myriad choices for any palate in the Downtown Disney District, conveniently located just outside the theme parks and near the hotels.
Hearty dishes (and 175 TV screens, including the ones in the restrooms) give ESPN Zone diners plenty of energy for the restaurant’s interactive Sports Arena. Nearby, House of Blues has diners digging in to baby back ribs and pan-seared voodoo shrimp. For California-inspired cuisine, take a seat at La Brea Bakery and try a grilled panini or homemade soup.
For Mexican, it’s Tortilla Jo’s handmade tortillas; for Italian, Naples Ristorante Pizzeria and adjacent Napolini for thin-crust pizzas, pastas, soups and sandwiches. Kids love the tropical storms, waterfalls, aquarium and live parrots at Rainforest Cafe, where guests will enjoy choosing from more than 50 varied items on the menu.
About Disneyland Resort: The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s three hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 969-room Disneyland Hotel and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” fun. For information on attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort visit www.disneyland.com, call (866) 60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.
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What is it? Mickey Mousse Dome
Why you want it? Chocolate Overload in the shape of Mickey Mouse!
2 cups chilled heavy cream
4 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 package of gelatin, bloomed
7 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped
Garnish: Two Chocolate Coins and Oreo Cookies
Special equipment: an instant-read thermometer
Method of Preparation
Heat 3/4 cup cream in a 1-quart heavy saucepan until hot. Whisk> together yolks, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a metal bowl until combined well, then add hot cream and gelatin in a slow stream, whisking until combined. Transfer mixture to saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until it registers 160°F on thermometer. Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and stir in vanilla.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a pan of
simmering water (or in a glass bowl in a microwave at 50 percent power
3 to 5 minutes), stirring frequently. Whisk custard into chocolate until smooth, then cool.
Beat remaining 1 1/4 cups cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks. Whisk one fourth of cream into chocolate custard to lighten, then fold in remaining cream gently but thoroughly.
Spoon mousse into small cups and let set then at the Oreo cookie.
Once completely set demold and add the two chocolate coins to the top.
Special thanks to Sarah for sharing the picture with us!
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