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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 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!

The Pirates League or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique?

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We love all the “extra” experiences Disney offers…even if it is at a price!  For my daughter’s 8th birthday, we gave her the option of participating in The Pirates League or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.  I wasn’t the least bit surprised when she chose to be a Pirate Empress!  My son (who was 10 at the time) was all about Pirates of the Caribbean, and she wanted to be just like her brother in as many ways as is possible for a “girl.”

It was so much fun!  We had a 9:00 am appointment, and you know what that means!  We got early entry into the park!!!  If you have never done that, you MUST. It’s an amazing magical feeling to walk down Main Street USA with NO one around you.  We arrived at the entrance to Adventureland and were stopped by a rope…but the cast members there were “pirates” who kept us very entertained with some very bad jokes!

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Once we were allowed to go to The Pirates League, we checked in and the kids had a great time choosing their pirate names.  Once in the chairs, the cast members REALLY played the part well, gearing the kids up to be the best pirates ever.  My kids (and my husband and I, too!) laughed and laughed.  After their transformation was complete, they were made to say the pirate oath and were taken into a secret treasure room for their awesome souvenirs!  There is alot more to this experience, but I would DEFINITELY do it again and again.  It’s so amazing!

Spinning the wheel to determine her pirate name!

Spinning the wheel to determine her pirate name!

Our next trip to WDW was for my youngest daughter’s 6th birthday, so we decided to give Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique a try.  We arrived at the Magic Kingdom location for our appointment and the girls were treated like royalty. We went with the middle package that includes hair, makeup, and nails, but not dresses. (There is also a package for boys, but my 11 year old was not even remotely interested.)

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The girls had a great time here, too!  But, surprisingly, I think we ALL enjoyed The Pirates League better!

Someday, I’d like to get us in for a $5 glitter ponytail or mohawk at Harmony Barber Shop.  Until then, we have some great memories!!!  Have you done either of the three?  What is your favorite?

As always, if you’d like more information on this attraction or any other, contact us!  We’d love to help. 🙂

 

Submitted by Sheila Nowell

TOP 10 DISNEY PIXAR MOVIES by Sheila Nowell

So, there are 14 Disney Pixar movies out so far. I love every single one of them.  I really do!  Here’s my personal Top 10 Pixar movies list. Enjoy!

TOP 10 DISNEY  PIXAR MOVIES

10.  TOY STORY – ALL 3 OF THEM!

I have a bad habit of lumping things together in the Top 10 lists, don’t I?  Well, I love Toy Story movies.  Toy Story 1 was the FIRST Pixar release, and it is what had me “hooked.”  Plus, Toy Story 2 and Toy  Story 3 don’t mean anything without Toy Story 1, right?  I love Toy Story 2 because I LOVE cowboys and anything country. So, even though Jessie is a “girl,” she represents something I would love to be. And Toy Story 3…really?  Who DIDN’T cry at the end of that movie?  Ugh…like, the UGLY cry.

9. CARS

Cars was released in 2006 when my son was 4 1/2…the PERFECT time for a little boy to fall in love with the movie. His love of the movie became my love, too.  We even decorated his room in Cars…and he loved it until he was 7.  Then, he became “too old” for it (in his words) and switched to Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean.  Oh well…  Cars 2 wasn’t nearly as good…or as memorable…except for Mater and the Wasabi…

8. BRAVE

Honestly, I had NO clue that Brave was a Pixar movie. LOL!  But I enjoyed the Irish accents throughout, and watch it just to listen to it. LOL

7. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

This was such a cute movie!  The hype leading up to it was occurring right as I became a Disney Travel Agent, so I became immersed and “sucked in” with everyone else.  Still, as most “part 2” movies are, it wasn’t as good as the first!

6. MONSTERS, INC.

Love love love.  Boo was the cutest little thing ever!  And the idea of monsters being scared to death of a 2 year old little girl is quite ingenious.

5. UP

I admit…the first time I watched this movie, I was so disappointed.  It was so…well…sad, and depressing.  But, 2 years later, we made ourselves watch it again…and LOVED it.  I love the love story, I love Kevin (the bird) and Dug (the dog). I love Carl Frederickson, too, because he stood for his love. He fought to keep what was his.  He is my Pixar hero. 🙂

4. WALL-E

I can’t say that without saying it like a robot ….waaaaaallll- e.  🙂  I like the nostalgia on Earth, and the love story between Wall-E and Eve (again, Eeeee eeee vaaaaaahhhh). I also like the eye opening reality of where the world could be headed if it stays the way it is…no face to face contact, no physical activity, no “green” space… it’s sad to think of it.

3. THE INCREDIBLES

The best super hero movie ever made.  Who cares if it’s a cartoon  Every girl wants to be Elasti-Girl or Violet, and every boy wants to be Mr. Incredible or Dash.  Seriously!  I hope they make a part 2 (did I just say that?) to show off Jack Jack…

2. RATATOUILLE

Ah…this one is hard to explain.  I love to cook. I love new recipes. I love fine dining. I love that cooking is an “art.”  And I love the french accent (my hubby took 6 years of French…enough said).  This movie feels classy all around, and made me love…dare I say it…rats!?!

1. FINDING NEMO

Yes…it’s at the top of the list.  The colors and the sound of the ocean make me feel a strange peace every time I watch it.  I can recite this movie almost word for word.  And P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney…it really exists!?!

 

So, the only movie NOT on this list in some way is A Bug’s Life…and honestly, I have seen it, but only once.  I need to rent it and watch it again soon.  I’m sure it wasn’t a “bad” movie…because the “It’s Tough To Be A Bug” attraction at Disney World is awesome. LOL

What’s your favorite Pixar movie?

Meet Beverly Braunsdorf!

My Travel Lobby is growing!  Shortly after starting My Travel Lobby in 2013, Sheila found herself busier than she ever imagined…and busier than she could handle with her other “hats” of life.  In January 2013, she decided to expand her business and hired two wonderful team members to work along side her.

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Beverly Braunsdorf with Mickey Mouse!

Sheila met Beverly in September 2013 and almost immediately felt a connection.  Beverly had the same passion for Disney and alot of other similar values and traits.  After communicating almost daily with Beverly, Sheila knew she’d be a wonderful team mate!  Here’s Beverly’s introduction:

My name is Beverly Braunsdorf. My first trip to Walt Disney World was at age 26!  I  am so excited to be working my dream career along side Sheila Nowell!  I specialize in Disney Destinations, which includes Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Lines, Adventures by Disney, and Au Lani.  I have tons of Disney favorites.  My favorite ride is Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom.  My favorite restaurant (so far) is Akershus in Norway at Epcot.  My favorite show is Beauty and the Beast in Hollywood Studios.  And my favorite meet and greet is meeting Ariel in her grotto in Magic Kingdom because it’s the only place to meet her while she is still a mermaid!

 I am from a tiny town in Georgia famous for Sweet Vidalia Onions.  If you have not guessed it yet, that town in Vidalia, GA!   I was born and raised here in Vidalia, and I love it. Saved by grace as a young child, I am a passionate follower of Jesus! I met my loving husband, Jeremy, at age 17 and married him at 18.  We were baptized on the same day with our families there for us!  I have been blessed with 2 beautiful little girls Chloe (8) and Cadence (7). Every time I look at these beautiful little girls I see the face of God!  I am a simple country girl.  We love our pets from horses to hamsters – we have a heart full! Our family made a choice early on that we would homeschool our children, and we absolutely love it. I spend my weekends crafting. I love to scrapbook, paint and recently while at Animation Academy at Hollywood Studios, I learned that I love to draw, too!  

Beverly is an amazing woman with a sweet and friendly personality and spirit. You can reach her at Beverly@MagicalMomentsVacations.com or by phone at (912) 253-0179. You can also follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FreeVacationPlanner.