Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Post About Snacks at Disney World by Sheila Nowell

How could I end the Top 10 saga without a post about snacks?  I haven’t found alot that I am “crazy” for just yet, but am working on it!  LOL!  For now, just 5 for you.  Thanks for reading all about OUR favorites. I hope many of you commented with your own!

SHEILA’S TOP 5 FAVORITE SNACKS AT DISNEY WORLD

5) Rice Cream at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe at Norway at EPCOT. We actually tried the School Bread and Lefse, too.  The Rice Cream was my favorite. We are going to try the Sweet Pretzel, Veiled Maiden, & Verdens Beste, and probably the Norwegian Club, too. 😉  It’s all part of our “snacking around the World at EPCOT” tradition. 🙂

The Rice Cream is the one with the fruit topping on the right.

The Rice Cream is the one with the fruit topping on the right.

4) Funnel Cake – a standard fair food, good no matter where you get it!

3) Fruit & Nutella Waffle Sandwich at Magic Kingdom – my very first experience with Nutella, and it was smashing, baby!

Nutella & Fruit Waffle Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom - YUM!

Nutella & Fruit Waffle Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom – YUM!

2) Butterfinger Cupcake at Starring Rolls in Hollywood Studios – yes, it was every bit as moist and good as the reviews say it is!

Butterfinger Cupcake from Starring Rolls (with a bite...ewww!)

Butterfinger Cupcake from Starring Rolls (with a bite…ewww!)

 

1) ANYTHING at the Karamell Kuche at the Germany Pavilion at EPCOT.  I’m sort of a caramel addict, and this place is my best (or worst) friend.

Some may not understand why the Dole Whip isn’t on there.  I honestly don’t know.  See, I’ve tried it…TWICE.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Pineapple. I can’t stress this enough…so why I don’t love the Dole Whip is beyond me. I do like it…I just don’t understand the cult following that it has!  LOL  I’m going to try the Citrus Swirl this fall.  🙂

Some Honorable Mentions:

Chai Tea from Kusafari Coffee Shop & Bakery at Animal Kingdom

Chai Tea from Kusafari Coffee Shop & Bakery at Animal Kingdom

Cinnamon Roll at Gaston's Tavern at Magic Kingdom

Cinnamon Roll at Gaston’s Tavern at Magic Kingdom

Club Cool (free soft drink samples from various countries) at EPCOT

Club Cool (free soft drink samples from various countries) at EPCOT

Cream Cheese Pretzel from America Pavilion at EPCOT

Cream Cheese Pretzel from America Pavilion at EPCOT

Liberty Swirl from America Pavilion at EPCOT

Liberty Swirl from America Pavilion at EPCOT

TOP 10 “I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY IT” SNACKS AT DISNEY WORLD

Elephant Ear from Kasafiri Coffee at Animal Kingdom – do they taste anything like funnel cakes?  Better?

Egg Roll from the Egg Roll Carts at Magic Kingdom or Yak N Yeti from Animal Kingdom – because I love Egg Rolls!

Corn Dog Nuggets from Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom – a big deal, as I didn’t care for the lunch we had from there…at all!

Citrus Swirl from Sunshine Tree Terrace – could I like it better than the Dole Whip *gasp*

The Kitchen Sink from Beaches & Cream at the Beach Club Resort – of course, to SHARE

Churritos with Caramel Sauce at La Cantina in Mexico at EPCOT – did someone say caramel?  🙂

Verdens Beste, Veiled Maiden, & Sweet Pretzel at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe at Norway in EPCOT – the menu is full of tempting items!

Anything from Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in France at EPCOT because what I tried before wasn’t memorable at all…like, I can’t remember it…lol

Another cupcake from anywhere!  I’m told they are fabulous throughout the parks. I’m going to keep my eye out for an elephant one at Animal Kingdom?!

Carrot Cake Cookie at Writers Stop at Hollywood Studios – because I also want to punch the time card at the front of the restaurant!

 

That’s it!  What’s your recommendation or on your must try list?  Did my post make you anxious for a trip to Disney?  Hit “Request a Quote” at the top of the page. I’d love to help you out!  Or send me an email at Sheila@MyTravelLobby.com

TOP 10 QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANTS AT DISNEY WORLD

Another Top 10 list?  Yup.  I know…there are top 10 lists all over the place when it comes to Disney food.  I feel out of place if I don’t follow the trend.  LOL

I’ve had ALOT of quick service restaurants at Disney World.  And I definitely have my opinions on them, too.  😉  In fact, I think I have more quick service that I DON’T like than I do.  But, for the sake of keeping it to the top 10, and positive, that’s all I’ll discuss.  And, of course, I’ve included my Top 10 “Can’t Wait to Try It” list, too. 😉

TOP 10 QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANTS AT DISNEY WORLD

10.  SWEET TOMATOES

Ok, I know this isn’t a Disney-property place to eat, but I listed ALL the places I’ve been at Disney, and couldn’t come up with a 10th that was good enough to include on my top 10 list. LOL!  I am pretty picky… Anyways, our family ALWAYS goes to Sweet Tomatoes for a meal while at Disney. It’s just across the street from the entrance to Disney World by Downtown Disney, and is so wonderful. It’s the largest salad bar ever, with every topping imaginable, followed by a pasta bar, a soup bar, a bakery, and a dessert bar.  The cool thing about this place is that they go by monthly “themes” so they never have the same soups or pastas or baked items or desserts out each time we go!  I personally really love soups and salads (and sandwiches) and my family, as picky as they are, all agree…Sweet Tomatoes is a MUST DO.

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My Travel Lobby agent Shane Nowell enjoying his Sweet Tomatoes fare!

 

9. SUNSHINE SEASONS at EPCOT

It was nice to have so many options here, but almost too overwhelming with 5 of us all wanting something different. I feel the same way in the food courts at the hotels, though. 😉

8. COSMIC RAYS at Magic Kingdom

This was a place we stumbled on accidentally for their bathrooms, but were pleasantly surprised at the amount of choices here, too.  We went during a non-peak time (after 7 pm) so there was NO wait at any of the registers!

7. EATING “AROUND THE WORLD” at EPCOT

Part of the joy of the World Showcase and the culture at EPCOT is all of the food.  This was the way we got our “picky” kids to try new foods…and like them!  It’s now a tradition…we stop at EVERY quick service place at each country and try something new to share.  It’s been so much fun!

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Samples of goodies at Kringla Bakeri og KafeNorway – Rice Dream, School Bread, and Lefse

6. BACKLOT EXPRESS at Hollywood Studios

I see it all the time…the food at Hollywood Studios is nothing to be desired, and there are NO quick service places that are good. Well, I beg to differ.  Backlot Express is a little gem hidden behind Star Tours and Indiana Jones, and we enjoy the food there just fine!  It’s SO much better than the other 2 places we have tried (ABC Commissionary and Fairfax Fare).

5. EARL OF SANDWICH at Downtown Disney

I was told this was a good place, and inexpensive for your non-Disney Dining Plan meals. I was told correctly.  YUMMO! Wonderful sandwiches on very tasty bread with a British feel and very much worth waiting in line for!

4. PECOS BILLS TALL TALE TAVERN at Magic Kingdom

It’s alot like Backlot Express, actually.  But better!  They have a bar of condiments you can add to your burger, and the burgers are fantastic! We have eaten here MULTIPLE times now.

3. FLAME TREE BBQ at Animal Kingdom

We love barbeque. We love being outside. We love views. Flame Tree has it all.  We ate at the END of the path behind the restaurant and had the most amazing view EVER.  Highly recommend.

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Our son, Josiah, standing in front of the awesome view of Expedition Everest from the back of Flame Tree BBQ - an incredibly peaceful spot!

Our son, Josiah, standing in front of the awesome view of Expedition Everest from the back of Flame Tree BBQ – an incredibly peaceful spot!

2. TORTUGA TAVERN at Magic Kingdom

I love Mexican food even more than barbeque. Like, 100 times better. I think I’m part Hispanic…though I’m really not…lol  I’m told Tortuga Tavern is only open occasionally, so we have been pretty lucky because it’s been open every time we go!  Yay!  (BTW…we have tried La Cantina quick service at Epcot and were sorely disappointed…)

1. WOLFGANG PUCK EXPRESS at Downtown Disney

This one “won” because it feels like you are eating at an upscale restaurant, but for a quick-service price.  It’s fabulous…absolutely fabulous.

TOP 10 “I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY IT” QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANTS AT DISNEY WORLD

This list is a little harder…if you have other recommendations, let me know!

10.  TAMU TAMU

My bestest friend from jr high/high school used to work at Animal Kingdom, and told me that Tamu Tamu is the best.  So…I have to try it, right?!  🙂

9. COLUMBIA HARBOR HOUSE at Magic Kingdom

I’m not a big fan of fish, but I’m told this is a great QS option, so I would like to give it a whirl!

8. YAK N YETI at Animal Kingdom

Love me some Asian food…but the kids, not so much.  I may have to get this for my daughter and I while the others try Restaurantosaurus…

7. ROSIE’S ALL AMERICAN CAFE’ at Hollywood Studios

This is one I NEVER hear about…but when I do, it’s usually pretty positive.  I decided to give it a try this fall.

6. PINOCCHIO VILLAGE HAUS at Magic Kingdom

Another one that I’ve not been too excited to try, but I hear it’s good…and it has upstairs dining AND a special book you can sign!

5. STUDIO BACKLOT EXPRESS at Hollywood Studios

I picture this as a “healthier” option at Hollywood Studios, so I’d like to try it, too.

4. RESTAURANTOSAURUS at Animal Kingdom

I’ve heard the theming is great, and that it’s a great place for the kids.  I want to try it out because we really didn’t like Pizzafari and haven’t tried Yak N Yeti or Tamu Tamu yet…

3. COOKES OF DUBLIN at Downtown Disney

It’s supposedly as good as Raglan Road, so I am really really really wanting to try this place out!

2. STARRING ROLLS at Hollywood Studios

I’ve had their cupcake…wow…and hear they have sandwich options for lunch that are good!

1. BE OUR GUEST at Magic Kingdom

Again…it’s the experience. I’ve got to try the Grey Stuff…an old teapot told me that it’s delicious…

 

Any on the list that surprise you?  Any that you think should be added?  Want to know my list of places I don’t like?  🙂  Let me know in the comments!