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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 TABLE SERVICE RESTAURANTS by Sheila Nowell

I know there are top 10 lists for Disney food all over the internet… So I’m following the crowd. 🙂 I thought I’d post my TOP 10 Table Service Restaurants.  Some people don’t see why dining is necessary at Disney, but I am now a firm believer that Dining is a must-do experience if you are able! Sadly, we haven’t had the opportunity to eat at more than 5 at a time, so we’ve only had 15 meals to speak of. 😦  So…I’ve included a Top 10 “Can’t Wait” list, too. 🙂

TOP 10 TABLE SERVICE RESTAURANTS/EXPERIENCES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

10. CHEF MICKEY’S at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

This place is so popular with my clients. We had it for breakfast and it was alot of fun!  Very colorful and energetic.

9. 1900 PARK FARE at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

We went here for the Wonderland Breakfast. We had alot of fun meeting Mad Hatter, Alice, and Mary Poppins, even!

8. CINDERELLA’S ROYAL TABLE at Magic Kingdom

I have eaten here twice – once in 2000 on my honeymoon, and once in 2002 with my 6 month old, husband, parents, and sister.  Both times, we walked up to be seated with no reservation. That is rare nowadays!  I know we ate for lunch or dinner each time, but I don’t remember much more about it other than it’s a great experience to eat in a castle!  We plan on trying for a coveted breakfast reservation for this year to take our girls for their first time!

7. AKERSHUS ROYAL BANQUET at EPCOT

This is a WONDERFUL alternative to Cinderella’s Royal Table.  There are princesses EVERYWHERE!  We went for breakfast and had a great time walking to our reservation before rope drop!

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6. WOLFGANG EXPRESS DINING ROOM at Downtown Disney

It’s been a LONG time since we have enjoyed this (2003, I believe), but the atmosphere and food were wonderful!

5. SPIRIT OF ALOHA DINNER SHOW at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

If you read my Top 10 Attractions list the other day, you know that I love culture. This show has SO much culture in it!  I loved the fire shows, the dancing, everything!  And Polynesian food is full of sweetness…of the two dinner shows we have done, this is by far our favorite!

4. 50S PRIME TIME CAFE at Hollywood Studios

I love home-cooked comfort food, so this was a great option for us. I also love the simple-ness of the “past” so the 50s kitchen atmosphere is perfect here.  I look forward to dining here again someday, after I’ve tried the 3 other restaurants I haven’t had yet!

3. CORAL REEF at EPCOT

Mmmm.  We ate here way back in 2008 and it was unforgettable. I love aquariums and sea life. The aquarium wall had me in a trance most of the time, and I loved it when the diver came up to the window with a message for one of the guests!  The food was excellent, as was the service.  It was an “unforgettable” kind of meal.

2. LE CELLIER STEAKHOUSE in Canada at EPCOT

It’s REALLY hard to enjoy a steak. I like them well done. No pink at all. BUT…I also like it juicy and “chewable.”  Most places just don’t get it right for me.  This place, though, we perfect. Yum!  I also loved the cheese soup, the pretzel bread, and the Glow-Tini. 😉  My family is begging me to go back here this fall. I am having a hard time saying no…

Glowtini at LeCellier

Glowtini at LeCellier

Bread Plate at Le Cellier (Pretzel bread is DELISH!)

Bread Plate at Le Cellier (Pretzel bread is DELISH!)

Cheese Soup at LeCellier WOW

Cheese Soup at LeCellier WOW

1. LIBERTY TREE TAVERN at Magic Kingdom

We ate here for dinner – family style – and enjoyed every. single. bite.  Everything from the salads to the dessert was wonderful.  In fact, it was our “last meal” before leaving the next day, and I am so thankful because it left us with a great taste!  LOL I want to try it for lunch, too, but it will be hard to not go back for dinner!  🙂

The salad at Liberty Tree Tavern dinner

The salad at Liberty Tree Tavern dinner

The mugs at Liberty Tree Tavern

The mugs at Liberty Tree Tavern

TOP 10 “I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY IT” RESTAURANTS

I read alot of reviews for dining, and am choosing between these for our next trip!

10. MICKEY’S BACKYARD BBQ at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Disney has 3 Dinner Shows.  We have been to the other 2 (Spirit of Aloha and Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Revue), so I’d like to “even out” the score. 😉  This one is outside, picnic-style, but I don’t want to go in the fall…we had our share of mosquitoes at Hoop-Dee-Do in September…lol

9. WHISPERING CANYON CAFE AT Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

I love to laugh. I love joking around with people. So I’d like to eat here and see how the waitstaff are when our neighboring table asks for ketchup. 😉

8. CALIFORNIA GRILL at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

I do have a taste for fine dining, and the recent updates to this restaurant have my interests peaked.  I don’t think I want to take the kids, though…

7. WORLD SHOWCASE at EPCOT

I have WAY too many places I want to try at EPCOT.  The top picks, for now, are Via Napoli, Biergarten, Teppan Edo, La Hacienda, and Rose & Crown.  Once I get those out of the way, I want to do all the others, too!

6. BE OUR GUEST at Magic Kingdom

It’s all about the experience. 🙂

5. OHANA at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

I love Bread Pudding. I hear Ohana’s is the place to go…

4. KONA CAFE at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

The waiter at Crystal Palace told us that Kona Cafe is the #1 Breakfast spot in all of Disney World.  I really really really want to try the Tonga Toast.  🙂

3. HOUSE OF BLUES GOSPEL BRUNCH at Downtown Disney

I love me some Black Gospel choir music.  I was saved to this type of music. 🙂  My kids are well versed in it, too. LOL  So, I REALLY want to go to the Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch here on a Sunday someday.  Like, BAD.

2. RAGLAN ROAD at Downtown Disney

I love Bennigan’s, but they pulled out of my city a decade ago.  I also love Irish dancing.  Put the two together, and I picture some very entertaining meals at Raglan Road!

1. YACHTSMAN STEAKHOUSE at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Yes, I want to see if this one is as good as Le Cellier.  I have heard wonderful things, and hope I can talk the family into this one instead of Le Cellier this fall (although I think I’m losing the battle…)

 

So, what is your favorite table service restaurant at Disney?  Any recommendations?

Why Plan? Well, it’s a MEMORABLE experience, right?

180 days.

That seems like F.O.R.E.V.E.R.  I know.  (I really know…right now, the countdown on my phone says 397 days until our next Disney vacation…I’d be thrilled if it said 180 days, but still frustrated…because I want to be there NOW.)

Disney is notorious for having all sorts of timelines for everything.  45 days when the final payment is due on your reservation. 2 days prior to make changes without full loss of payment. 60 days to do your on-line check in.  180 days…this one is a pretty important one.

Lots of people say they don’t go to Disney for the food…they go for the fun and the experiences!  But take it from me…a seasoned traveler to the Dis…Dining IS an experience to be had at Disney. I promise.

Our first 3 trips as a family, we didn’t plan dining at all.  We just went on a whim…we “winged” it.  Not a big deal. But I can’t remember much about those times. We just ate and moved on, without a plan.

The last 3 times…well…we have started to challenge ourselves!  We have read so much about the restaurants and seen so many specials on tv about them.  So, we decided to become Disney “foodies” ourselves.

Disney is full of various experiences!  Character dining – the kids LOVE getting a hug from Mickey and his friends, or a princess!  And best yet…you don’t have to stand in line in the heat (or rain) to wait to see them…they come to your table while you are eating!!! 

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Meeting Belle at Storybook Princess Breakfast at Akershus at Epcot.

Or how about the Dinner Shows?  There are 3 “official” ones – we have made it to 2 of them.  Unofficially, though, there is entertainment and MANY of the restaurants…from an awesome piano entertainer, belly dancers, Oktoberfest, and comical waitstaff.  There are also some great “secrets” – such as great restaurants to eat at for a great view of the fireworks at various parks. 

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The pretzel bread at Le Cellier Restaurant! Image

This is the Wisconsin Cheese Soup at Le Cellier Restaurant…mmmmm

The dining options at Disney are becoming more and more widely known…so that’s why it’s so important to PLAN!  Book your trip at least 181 days prior to going – all you need is $200 down (or a percentage if it’s a cruise or adventure).  Then, we can plan and book your dining reservations!  (I get up at 5 am to get this accomplished for you while you sleep snug as a bug in a rug…)

There are obviously MANY more reasons to PLAN…if you are going to spend this much money on a trip, you need to do everything possible to make it a memorable one!  Let me help you!