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So you’re spending the day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and you already had lunch, but you’re starving and about to have a meltdown (we’ve all been there!), and dinner is hours away…so what do you do? I recommend you take a break and grab a snack at one of these Top 5 Hollywood Studios Snack Spots:
1. Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner – Head over to the this spot in the Echo Lake area of HS for some delicious milkshakes, and the infamous pretzel hot dogs and italian sausages served with peppers and onions. Need something to quench your thirst on a hot Orlando day? I recommend a frozen lemonade to go with that pretzel dog.
2. Tune In Lounge - Located adjacent to the 50′s Prime Time Cafe in the Echo Lake Area, this lounge serves up some killer bloody marys, and an assortment of other adult beverages. Plus you can order drinks and food selections off the Prime Time Cafe menu, like their infamously delicious PB&J Milkshake. The Lounge is open daily from 11am-10:30 pm for your drinking and dining pleasure.
3. High Octane Refreshments – Between the Backlot Tour and the Honey I Shrunk The Kids Play Area you’ll find this stand that may not exactly be a “snack” spot, but it IS attached to the Studio Catering Company counter service eatery which serves up sandwiches and salads to the hungry HS lunch crowds. High Octane is the “liquid” refreshment portion of this restaurant, serving up a “High Octane” Long Island Iced Tea, and a “Stoplight Margarita” which is a delicious layered green, yellow and red fruity drink that really packs a punch. Stop here from 11:30 am- 5:30 pm to give it a go.
4. Writer’s Stop – Located near the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater, this quaint little spot is a great cool spot to relax (the AC is always blasting, perfect place to go on a hot day!), and it is reminiscent of a little privately owned bookshop, where you can buy merchandise, books, oh and snacks too – their bakery case is alway stocked with muffins, cookies, cupcakes, and the infamous carrot cake cookie (a GIANT cookie sandwich with cream cheese frosting in the middle!) is available here, as well as assorted coffee drinks. Its a great place to stop and grab a bite and take a break!
5. Starring Roles – You’ll find this little Cafe on Sunset Boulevard serving up sandwiches, sushi, wines, coffee drinks, sodas and other beverages. However, I must say, the “Star” of this show has to the their baked goods – from eclairs, to tarts and fudge, cheesecake, and some truly amazing cupcakes – I highly recommend you head over to Starring Roles between 9am and 4pm to use up some of those snack credits! You can also grab breakfast here when the Park opens.
So If these are the best PLACES to grab a snack at Hollywood Studios, then what, exactly, is the BEST SNACK? Well, in my personal opinion, it HAS to be the Butterfinger Cupcake available at Starring Roles
It’s a chocolate cupcake with a dense fudge filling thats piled high with fluffy vanilla frosting and a hard chocolate shell that is covered in Butterfinger candy pieces….aka HEAVEN, all for the price of one little snack credit
…And if you happen to be between WDW trips and going through butterdfinger cupcake withdrawal, then try your hand at making your own for a little bit of the Disney Magic at home!
What about you – Where do you like to grab a bite while at Hollywood Studios?
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Continuing our series on the Top 5 Nap Spots for little ones we head to Hollywood… If you are at Hollywood Studios for the day and your Fast Pass for Toy Story Mania isn’t until 4pm, where do you take your little ones for a quick snooze? With its lack of shade and noisy performances, it’s not the most conducive for sleep. But even Hollywood Studios has some hiding places for peace and quiet.
- Streets of America-Find a back alley (which are more shaded) and park the stroller, or simply wander the streets until your little one is down. Avoid the Mater and McQueen, they make noise!
- Echo Lake-While featuring some of the noisiest attractions, Echo Lake is abound with quiet shaded areas and quiet benches. It’s also centrally located for the rest of the family.
- Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream-An indoor self-guided tour of Walt’s artifacts and memorabilia. Indoor, Low Lighting, Air-Conditioned. What else does your little one need? There is also a movie, which may or may not do the trick.
- Studio Catering Company-Covered patio with Dining tables and Chairs. Honestly, it’s hardly ever open and you are right near bathrooms and Honey I Shrunk the Kids.
- Take a Boat Ride-The same Friendship boats that leave Epcot, make a stop at Hollywood Studios. Therefore you can ride the boat with your child in their stroller as stops are made at Epcot, Boardwalk Resort, The Swan and Dolphin, Beach and Yacht Club. There is also a walking path which if the weather isn’t miserable makes a great option.
These are just some of my suggestions for Nap Spots at Hollywood Studios. Any places you’ve found in Hollywood Studios for a snooze? Please share with our readers in the Comments section of this article.
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Walt Disney World has so many amazing Resort Hotels to choose from that researching and picking one is no easy task! They all are great in their own ways, but to me, Disney’s Pop Century Resort stands out as one of the best. Why, you ask? Well, here are the top 5 reasons:
1. Great Value – Pop Century is one of WDW’s Value Resorts, which means its among the lowest priced Resorts on Disney property, with rooms ranging from as low as $85 a night up to $190 a night (depending on what time of year you are planning to visit). The amount of fun you get for this price is what makes it a great value – there are great pools, play areas, an arcade. and an amazing food court/gift shop area to keep you entertained. Standard rooms sleep 4, and while some complain that they are small, I find them to be plenty spacious, and all rooms have new furnishings and really are a great place to stay and still get that “on property” Disney magic for a low price (which of course includes extra magic hours, and use of Disney Transportation including the Disney Magical Express airport shuttle service)
No matter how many times I go to Walt Disney World, certain sights, sounds, attractions, and experiences still elicit excitement and smiles from me as if it was my first trip! How Disney World makes me feel is one of the many reasons that keep me coming back year after year; and today, I’m sharing my favorite Disney feelings from the surge of adrenaline through my favorite thrill rides to the sweet taste of a classic Disney snack! Let’s see if any of these are your favorites too!
10. Flying over London on Peter Pan’s Flight-This original opening day attraction has been a favorite among guests for generations, and that’s because I get to experience what it’s like to fly out of Darling children’s nursery and over a tiny, glowing London while aboard a flying pirate ship! This part of the attraction really makes me feel like a kid again; and for just a moment, I believe!
9. Walking into your Disney Resort room for the first time-I’m a huge fan of the Disney resorts because they let the Disney magic continue even after I’ve left the parks; and one of my favorite Disney feelings is that anticipation of opening my resort room door, wondering what Disney touches I will find inside and what my new Disney home will be for the next few days! See, I’m getting excited just talking about it!
8. Biting into the ear of a Mickey Mouse Premium Bar-This Mickey shaped ice cream bar, covered in a layer of thin chocolate, is a Disney World classic and is somewhat of a rite of passage for anyone visiting WDW for the first time. Plus, in the humid, Florida heat, it’s one the best ways to cool off.
I know Napping at Disney World is a funny subject to write about but if you have little ones it is not always feasible to go back to the room for naps that is why I am writing these articles.
Due to its size, Epcot has many places to park the stroller and cajole the little ones to sleep.
- World Showcase-Yup, the whole thing! Place your little one in the stroller and start walking. Maybe even detour with a soothing boat ride across the lake to Italy. Yes, you will be surrounded by people, but keeping the stroller moving always works for us. Avoid the musical performances at the American Pavilion.
- Take a Boat Ride-Exit Epcot near the International Gateway (between UK and France pavilions)and continue along the path to the resort boats. You can ride the boats to the Boardwalk, Swan and Dolphin, Beach and Yacht Club resorts. Stay on the boat or get off for a quiet spot away from it all. You do not need to take you child out of the strollers so that is a bonus!
- Go to the United Kingdom-Behind the shops you will find Gardens and a Hedge Maze. Grab a snack and head over to find a quiet spot. It’s centrally located to food, restrooms and other activities for family members.
- American Adventure-Dark and Air-Conditioned. Enough Said!
- Visit Morocco-One of Epcot’s overlooked treasures. Near the art exhibit there are some cool spots to sit and have little one take a rest as well. Because it’s so overlooked, it can be very quiet and restful!
Epcot has so many beautiful nooks to find some rest for your little ones. And your feet! Like all Disney parks, there is a Baby Care Center for a rocking chair and some air conditioning. However, some days a trip back to the resort is in order. You know your kids best, so gauge their moods so everyone has a great day!
Please share your favorite Nap Spots at Epcot in the comments section below.
MickeyMom is Mom to two boys, travel planner and is a strong believer in naps for the entire family!
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