Do you love lazy rivers, water slides, or swimming? If so, then you’ll want to add a day at one of the Disney World water parks, Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, to your next Disney World vacation! With the warm temperatures in Florida almost year round, you can enjoy Disney World’s water parks during almost any vacation.
Here are seven reasons to spend a day at Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park:
1.Blizzard Beach has a special story all its own
A ski resort in Florida? You heard that right! As the story goes, a legendary snowstorm in Florida prompted local opportunists to build a ski resort. When Florida’s climate returned to normal temperatures and the snow began to melt, Blizzard Beach was born.
2. Blizzard Beach is home to one of the fastest waterslides in the world
The ultimate water park thrill ride, Summit Plummet, is a 120-foot-tall waterslide with a near-vertical drop. Guests accelerate up to 65 mph on the slide, making it one of the fastest attractions at Walt Disney World.
4. The first chairlift in Florida was built at Blizzard Beach
Want to know a Disney secret? This colorful chairlift, built to ferry guests to the top of Mount Gushmore, was the first of its kind in the state of Florida. The chairlift offers a scenic bird’s-eye view of Blizzard Beach and easy access to Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher and Teamboat Springs.
5. There’s a full-service beach bar serving Blizzard Beach-inspired cocktails
Piña CoLAVA anyone? How about a Blue Blizzard Margarita? The Polar Pub serves as Blizzard Beach’s own full-service beach bar and offers specialty cocktails inspired by the park’s stories.
6. Cross Country Creek is one of the longest lazy rivers in the U.S.A.
At 3,000 feet, Cross Country Creek ranks among the longest lazy rivers in the country. It takes between 20 and 30 minutes to complete one journey around the waterway – depending, of course, on how lazy you want to be!
7. Teamboat Springs is one of the world’s longest family whitewater raft ride
One of the world’s longest family whitewater raft ride is none other than Teamboat Springs at Blizzard Beach. Along the winding rapids of Teamboat Springs, guests encounter remnants of the fabled snowstorm in the form of snowshoes, snow shovels, melting icicles and a snow mobile.
You’ve booked your family’s Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line vacation! Now what? How will you pass the coming weeks and months before your magical adventure? There are so many fun ways to countdown to Disney vacations! You can get the whole family involved to build excitement for your visit.
A countdown chain can be both a fun visual for the kids as you count down the days until your vacation and a great activity to keep them busy! Depending on how early you begin your countdown to Disney, you can count down the number of weeks to go or the number of days to go. Or, make a combination of both! We have a PDF version of the countdown chain that you can print at the bottom.
Have a Disney Movie Marathon
There are so many attractions and shows inspired by Disney movies. Make some time to catch up on any you may have missed. Disney+ has a great selection or you can always order some relatively inexpensively from Amazon.
We recommend the animated classics for Magic Kingdom, Frozen for Epcot, Toy Story and the Star Wars trilogies for Hollywood Studios, and Avatar for Animal Kingdom, just to name a few.
If you have little ones, you can pick up Disney coloring books from your local dollar store. They can color pictures of their favorite characters that they hope to meet during your vacation. We also love Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Coloring for little ones, even to occupy them on the airplane.
You can even sign up for a FREE Disney World coloring book to get started ASAP here.
Read a Disney Themed Book Series
From TheKingdomKeepers.com, “In this fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme park “guides” find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls. Using a cutting-edge technology called DHI–which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging–Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids are transformed into hologram projections that guide guests through the park. The new technology turns out, however, to have unexpected effects that are both thrilling and scary. Soon Finn finds himself transported in his DHI form into the Magic Kingdom at night. Is it real? Is he dreaming? Finn’s confusion only increases when he encounters Wayne, an elderly Imagineer who tells him that the park is in grave danger. Led by the scheming witch, Maleficent, a mysterious group of characters called the Overtakers is plotting to destroy Disney’s beloved realm, and maybe more. This gripping high-tech tale will thrill every kid who has ever dreamed of sneaking into Walt Disney World after hours and wondered what happens at night, when the park is closed.”
You can start with the Kingdom Keepers Boxed Set which includes the first three books of the series. This is perfect for older kids to read on their own or mom and dad to read together with younger ones.
A Twisted Tale
For adult readers, you could try the “A Twisted Tale” series. This series will “reintroduce fans to their favorite worlds and stories – with game-changing twists that have readers feverishly turning pages to follow their heroes and heroines into all-new adventures.”
Earth Month is a great time to reflect on our personal relationship with our beautiful planet and how we can all care for the world we share. Whether it’s reducing your own ecological footprint, planting a tree, creating a butterfly garden or learning more about wildlife and conservation, all of these efforts unite us as we do our part to protect nature’s treasures. And while Disney theme parks celebrate all living things every day, during the annual Earth Day 2021 Celebration there’s an added opportunity for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park guests to connect with the magic of nature through engaging activities designed to educate and inspire the whole family.
From April 18 to 24, 2021, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will host limited-time experiences including unique Disney character appearances, fun learning opportunities, specialty merchandise, themed food and beverage, a new Wilderness Explorer activity and more. Here’s a look at what’s in store to spark your curiosity about wildlife and inspire your own conservation efforts:
The Animation Experience at Conservation Station shows how Disney Artists bring favorite characters to life by using animals for inspiration. For the Earth Day Celebration and the month of April, you can learn to draw characters – including Dumbo, Terk, Squirt, Shere Khan, Simba and Scar – whose real-life counterparts represent amazing stories of conservation work around the globe.
Catch a glimpse of some special characters who will join other favorite Disney pals on Discovery River Character Cruises.
Snack around the park sampling Earth Day eats, including a selection of limited-time specialty cupcakes: the Creature Comfort’s Honey Bee Cupcake, the strawberry-flavored Flamingo Cupcake at Flame Tree Barbecue, or the Sea Turtle Graham Cracker Cupcake (plus the Crave the Wave cocktail!) at Restaurantosaurus Lounge. Be sure to dig in soon because the treats are only available for a limited time.
Set out on a series of self-guided, nature-themed challenges and earn a special Wilderness Explorer limited-time Earth Day Nature badge.
Hunt for an Earth Day 2021 limited-edition Te Fiti Moana trading pin. You can also support the Disney Conservation Fund by purchasing a cuddly plush inspired by species that call Disney’s Animal Kingdom home; or check out Island Mercantile’s eco-friendly water bottles, tumblers and reusable bags that promote sustainability.
Any time you visit the park, marvel at unique animals and meet the newest arrivals. Most recently, the park welcomed the birth of Ranger, and you can get a glimpse of the rambunctious five-month-old white rhino calf and his crash on your journey aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris. While on safari, also keep an eye out for two young Masai giraffe who were born a few months ago, and playful Nigerian dwarf goats that hang out at the warden’s outpost.
Disney PhotoPass Service captures magical memories with special in-park Earth Day 2021 backgrounds and Magic Shots, including an all-new photo opportunity. In addition, Earth Day 2021 screen savers and Zoom backgrounds can be downloaded from the My Disney Experience PhotoPass gallery.
Beginning April 2, you can watch as artisans transform 40 tons of sand into a detailed sculpture celebrating National Geographic’s “Secrets of the Whales,” an original series streaming on Disney+ on Earth Day. The intricate sculpted masterpiece will be located on the Discovery Island Stage until April 30.
For more information on how Disney cares for animals and helps protect species in the wild, visit DisneyAnimals.com, check out “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom” on Disney+, streaming now, Disney Park Wild Sights, a short form video mini-series exclusive to the My Disney Experience app, or follow along on Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Instagram (@DrMarkAtDisney) and Facebook (@DisneyASE) pages.
Ready to hop into Easter 2021 with some deliciously adorable offerings from Disney Parks? You’ll find everything from cute Easter cupcakes, mini bunny cakes, and chocolate-covered eggs to a list of Easter brunches at Walt Disney World Resort! Happy Easter!
Easter 2021 at Walt Disney World Resort
Creature Comforts, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (mobile order available)
Flame Tree Barbecue, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (mobile order available)
Restaurantosaurus, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (mobile order available)
Thumper Cupcake – Carrot cupcake with cream cheese filling, caramel buttercream, and a chocolate “Thumper” (available Mar. 18 through Apr. 5)
Tiffins Restaurant, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Ready to celebrate the luck of the Irish and all things green at Disney? Well, you ARE in luck because Disney’s chefs and beverage managers have created some fun and tasty limited-time offerings in honor of St. Patrick’s Day 2021. You may not be Irish by birthright, but you can join in the spirit of this festive Irish celebration which, happily, food and drink is an integral part!
Check out our Foodie Guide to St. Patrick’s Day at Disney Parks. Sláinte!
St. Patrick’s Day 2021 at Walt Disney World Resort
Amorette’s Patisserie, Disney Springs
Shamrock Cream Puff with Irish cream mousse and whiskey-caramel sauce (available March 12-20)
Crème Brûlée – Matcha orange crème brûlée (available March 12-20)
The Ganachery, Disney Springs
Irish Whiskey Chocolate Squares – Dark chocolate ganache infused with Irish whiskey (available March 12-20)
Irish Cream Chocolate Ganache Squares – Milk chocolate ganache infused with Irish cream (available March 12-20)
Leprechaun Mickey Piñata – Chocolate piñata filled with gold-dusted chocolate marshmallows (available March 12-20)
D-Luxe Burger, Disney Springs
Dubliner Burger – Signature-blend beef patty topped with Dubliner cheddar, corned beef, shoestring fried onions, Irish stout barbecue sauce, lettuce, and grilled onions (available March 1-31)
Irish Cream Milkshake – Vanilla gelato with Irish cream, caramel sauce, toasted marshmallow, and green sprinkles (available March 1-31)
Shepherd’s Pie – Stout-braised ground beef, peas, carrots, onions, shredded cabbage, potato purée (available March 10-17)
Irish Libations (available March 10-17)
Vivoli il Gelato, Disney Springs
St. Patrick’s Affagato – Your choice of gelato, matcha tea, and whipped cream (available through March 31)
Green Velvet Cake Shake: Cake batter gelato, green velvet cake, milk, whipped cream and cannoli filling (available through March 31)
YeSake, Disney Springs
Peppermint Patty – Slush with mint, lemonade, and blue curaçao syrup served with whipped cream and peppermint bark topping. Available alcoholic and non-alcoholic (available March 5-31)
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, Disney Springs
Raglan Road Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival – Unplugged! Think more acoustic than electric. More intimate than boisterous. The same great live entertainment, with all bands imported from Ireland. The same delicious Irish food and drink. Visit www.raglanroad.com for reservations. (March 17)
Tamu Tamu Refreshments, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Isle of Java, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Irish Coffee with Irish whiskey, Joffrey’s Coffee, whipped cream, and shamrock sprinkles (available March 12-17)
Creature Comforts, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Restaurantosaurus, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Flame Tree Barbecue, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake – Chocolate with mint ganache filling, vanilla frosting, and chocolate shamrock (available March 2-17)
Nomad Lounge, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
St. Patrick’s Day Trio – Madeline rainbow cake, cream liqueur-coffee panna cotta, and vanilla chiffon cake pop with whiskey-caramel ganache (available March 17-20)
Restaurantosaurus, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
St. Patrick’s Day Reuben Totchos – Crispy tater tots loaded with nacho cheese, sautéed corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and crunchy rye croutons (available March 12-17)
Dino-Bite Snacks, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
St. Patrick’s Day Ice Cream Sandwich – Mint Ice cream between double chocolate-chip cookies rolled in shamrock sprinkles (available March 1-17)
Creature Comforts, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Tamu Tamu Refreshments, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Mickey Colossal Cinnamon Roll – Green icing drizzle on Mickey Colossal Cinnamon Roll (available March 17)
Landscape of Flavors, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Everything Pop Shopping and Dining, Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Luck of the Green – Chocolate cupcake filled with mint crème topped with vanilla buttercream and shamrock sprinkles (available March 15-18)
Dahlia Lounge, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Three Bridges Bar & Grill, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
St. Paddy’s Dessert – Irish cream mousse filled pâte à choux with pistachio cream and a chocolate shamrock (available March 17-20)
Gasparilla Island Grill, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Luck of the Irish Coffee Panna Cotta – Chocolate coffee mousse, Irish cream-Irish whiskey panna cotta, and vanilla cream topped with a shamrock cookie (available through March 17)
Goods to Go, Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Key Lime Tart with graham cracker crust, key lime custard, and shamrock garnishes (available March 8-18)
The Artist Palette, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Irish Car Bundt – Irish stout Bundt cake with Irish cream mousse and Irish whiskey caramel (available March 8-18)
Wind & Waves Market, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
Shamrock Whoopie Pie – Green tea cake with gold citrus crème filling (available March 12-20)
Roaring Fork, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
St. Patrick Cupcake – Green velvet cupcake with cream cheese icing decorated with Chip ‘N Dale and shamrocks (available March 17)
Beach Club Marketplace, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort
The Market at Ale & Compass, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort
Irish Cream Mousse Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake topped with Irish cream mousse dome and chocolate crisp pearls (available March 10-18)
St. Patrick’s Day 2021 at Disneyland Resort
Trolley Treats, Disney California Adventure Park
Marceline’s Confectionery, Downtown Disney District
St. Patrick’s Mickey Apple – Granny Smith apple dipped in caramel, marshmallow ears, enrobed in milk chocolate, colored white chocolate, and a green top hat (available March 10-17)
Pot of Gold Apple – Granny Smith apple dipped in caramel, dipped in dark chocolate, and embellished with yellow white chocolate and gold candy-coated milk chocolates, rainbow sour belt, and green chocolate shamrock (available March 17)
Shamrock Krispy – Shamrock-shaped krispies dipped in green and white chocolate decorated with a yellow Mickey (available March 7-17)
Mint Chocolate Cookie Marshmallow Wand – Mickey-shaped marshmallow dipped in mint milk chocolate, enrobed in chocolate cookie crumbles, and drizzled with green and white chocolate (available March 10-17)
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express, Downtown Disney District
Mint Chocolate Chip Glazed Beignets – A sweet blend of chocolate chips and fresh mint with a “touch of the Irish” green sprinkles (available March 15-21)
Uva Bar & Café, Downtown Disney District
Corned Beef and Cabbage Burger – Angus Beef patty resting on a bed of braised cabbage topped with Swiss cheese, sliced corned beef, and whole grain mustard a oli on a brioche bun served with garlic fries (available March 17)
Irish Nachos – French fries topped with corned beef, Guinness beer cheese, pico de gallo and spicy aoli (available March 17)
Irish Libations (available March 17)
What are your St. Patrick’s Day 2021 plans? Will you be visiting one of the Disney Parks?
This post lists all the sweet and savory bites as well as refreshing sips at the over 20 festival-exclusive Outdoor Kitchens. The newest Outdoor Kitchens are the EPCOT Sunshine Griddle offering delicious brunch items, and EPCOT Farmers Feast, where a rotating seasonal menu will offer the finest local ingredients through the festival. And check out the new Orange Bird sipper – how is it possible he is even more adorable this year?
Returning is the Garden Graze, a fun food stroll highlighting five delicious offerings at the festival – all listed in the Festival Passport. Upon your Garden Graze purchase, you will receive a stamp for your Festival Passport. Once you’ve collected all five stamps, bring your Festival Passport to Pineapple Promenade Outdoor Kitchen to receive a complimentary prize exclusive to the festival. Complete the Garden Graze at your leisure, and you can even bring back your stamped Festival Passport to EPCOT at any time during the festival to complete your Garden Graze.
Also new for this year’s festival are some tasty musical morsels for your ears! Each weekend, you can enjoy a series of concerts featuring local bands from Orlando, also known as the “City Beautiful.” Friday through Monday evenings, these “City Beautiful” bands will take the stage at America Gardens Theatre to perform popular songs of yesterday and today.
We have listed all the fantastic new offerings so you can map out your “not to miss” new and returning favorites for when you visit. Have fun planning your festival foodie itinerary – come hungry!
Flavor Full Kitchen Hosted by AdventHealth (Future World West)
Grilled Baby Vegetables with Hummus Cream and Red Pepper Coulis (gluten/wheat friendly; plant-based; Garden Graze)
Seared Verlasso Salmon with Farro Risotto and Micro Herbs
Strawberry Mousse with Chocolate Crisp Pearls
Blood Orange Agua Fresca (non-alcoholic)
Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt (non-alcoholic)
EPCOT Sunshine Griddle (Future World East)
Avocado Toast with Marinated Toybox Tomatoes and Fresh Goat Cheese on Toasted Ciabatta (new)
Shrimp and Grits: Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Sweet Corn Salsa
Corned Beef Brisket Hash with House-made Potato Barrels, Onions, Peppers, Cheese Curds, and a Soft-poached Egg with Tabasco Hollandaise (new)
Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites with Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Bacon (new)
Froot Loops Shake (non-alcoholic; new)
Joffrey’s Coffee Cold Brew Cocktail with Milk, Kahlúa Rum and Coffee Liqueur, and Vanilla Vodka (new)
The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board (Showcase Plaza)
Tupelo Honey and Sweet Corn Spoon Bread with Jalapeños, Bacon, and House-made Whipped Honey Butter (gluten/wheat-friendly; new)
Lavender Honey Mustard-marinated Chicken Flatbread with Whipped Honey-Ricotta Cheese, Marinated Vegetables, and Purple Haze Lavender Goat Cheese (new)
Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Whipped Cream, Whipped Honey, Crystalized Honey, Honeycomb, Dehydrated Honey, and Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses
Honey-Peach Freeze in a Souvenir Spike the Bee Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic)
One of my favorite things about spending a day at a theme park is the food! There are so many delicious snacks and treats! When we can’t visit the theme parks in person to get our fix, we can make these theme park recipes at home.
Disney Parks Recipes
Disney Parks Churro Bites
1 cup water
8 tablespoons butter
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups vegetable or canola oil
½ cup sugar
Combine water, butter, salt, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon in 1 ½-quart saucepan over medium heat. Bring pot to rolling boil.
Reduce heat to low.
Add flour and stir vigorously until mix forms a ball. Remove from heat and let rest for 5-7 min.
Add eggs, one at a time, and stir until combined. Set aside.
Heat oil in medium skillet or 1-quart saucepan over medium-high heat or until temperature reaches 350˚.
Spoon dough into piping bag fitted with large star tip. Pipe 1-inch strip of dough over saucepan, cut with knife, and drop into hot oil. Repeat until churro bites fill saucepan with room to fry.
Fry churro bites until golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon or mesh spider strainer.
Drain churro bites on paper towel.
Mix sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in medium bowl. Toss in churro bites until coated. Place on serving plate and serve with favorite dipping sauce.
Mickey Mouse-shaped Beignets
1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105°)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup boiling water
Vegetable oil for frying
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Combine sugar, shortening, salt, heavy cream, egg, flour and boiling water in a large bowl; stir in yeast mixture. With the dough hook attachment of an electric mixer on medium speed, mix the dough just until combined and smooth. Let dough rest for 30 minutes.
Roll to 1/4-inch thickness and cut individual beignets with a Mickey Mouse-shaped cutter or cut into 2 1/2 to 3-inch squares. Cover with a towel and let dough rise until doubled in size in a warm, draft-free area, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Using caution, heat 3 inches of vegetable oil to 350°F in a deep, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Fry beignets until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes, turning as soon as they brown on one side. Remove with tongs and place on paper towels to drain. Dust warm beignets with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box TartsRecipe
Chocolate Hazelnut Tarts
4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt, divided
3 sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 eggs, divided
10 tablespoons water
1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk, divided
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
For Chocolate Hazelnut Tart
Combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of salt, butter, coconut oil, and 2 of the eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until combined.
Add water and mix on low speed for 1 minute. Increase speed and blend until dough is smooth. Do not overmix.
Divide dough into two even balls and wrap in plastic wrap. Rest in refrigerator for 45 minutes.
Preheat over to 375 degrees.
Mix remaining egg and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
Lightly flour a large cutting board and roll first ball of dough into 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Cut into eight 2- by 6-inch rectangles.
Place rectangles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with reserved egg wash. Spread 1 tablespoon of chocolate-hazelnut spread on the rectangle.
Roll remaining ball of dough into 1/4-inch thick rectangle and cut into eight 2- by 6-inch rectangles. Place on top of chocolate hazelnut covered tarts and seal edges with a fork. Brush top of tarts with egg wash.
Bake for 17 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely.
Mix sugar, 1 tablespoon of the milk, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Slowly add remaining milk until icing is smooth and spreads easily, but is not runny.
Spread icing on each cooled tart and top with bacon pieces.
Grilled Three-Cheese SandwichRecipe
Cream Cheese Spread
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup shredded Double Gloucester or cheddar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich
8 slices of artisan bread
8 cheddar cheese slices
8 provolone slices
For Cream Cheese Spread:
Combine cream cheese, Double Gloucester or cheddar, heavy cream, and salt in food processor. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
For Garlic Spread:
Combine mayonnaise, garlic, and salt in small bowl and stir until blended. Set aside.
For Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich:
Lay out artisan bread slices on parchment paper or large cutting board.
Place 2 slices of cheddar on 4 of the bread slices. Place 2 slices of provolone on remaining bread slices.
Equally spoon cream cheese spread on slices with provolone. Gently smooth cream cheese spread over each slice.
Press cheddar side and provolone side together.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes, until hot.
Brush both sides of the sandwiches with garlic spread.
Grill sandwiches for 2 minutes on each side, until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown.
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe
1/2 pound of bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 medium red onion, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 3 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 4 tablespoons butter 1 cup all-purpose flour 3 cups chicken stock 4 cups milk 1 pound white cheddar cheese, grated 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce Coarse salt, freshly ground pepper to taste 1/2 cup warm Canadian golden lager or any pale lager-style beer Chopped scallions or chives, for garnish
In a 4- or 5-quart Dutch oven, cook bacon, stirring, over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Add red onion, celery, and butter and sauté until onion has softened, about 5 minutes.
Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes over medium heat. Whisk in chicken stock and bring to boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add milk and continue to simmer for 15 minutes. Do not boil after milk is added.
Remove from heat and add cheese, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Blend with immersion blender until cheese is melted and soup is smooth. Stir in warm beer. If the soup is too thick, thin with some warm milk.
Serve the soup hot, garnished with chopped scallions or chives.
The Grey Stuff Recipe
1 1/2 cups cold whole milk
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
15 chocolate sandwich cookies
1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping, thawed
3 tablespoons instant chocolate pudding mix
12 scalloped sugar cookies
Edible sugar pearls
Pour milk into large mixing bowl. Add instant vanilla pudding mix and whisk for 2 minutes until smooth and slightly thickened. Place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, until firm.
Place chocolate sandwich cookies in food processor and pulse until puréed.
Fold puréed cookies into pudding mix. Stir until fully mixed.
Add whipped topping and instant chocolate pudding. Stir until fully mixed.
Place in refrigerator and chill for one hour.
Spoon grey stuff into piping bag fitted with desired tip. Pipe grey stuff onto cookies. Top with sugar pearls.
Tonga Toast Recipe
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 quart canola oil, for frying
1 loaf sourdough bread (uncut, 12 inches long)
2 large bananas, peeled
Mix sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl (large enough to roll toast) with a fork until thoroughly blended. Set aside.
Whip eggs in medium bowl (large enough to dip toast) until well beaten. Add milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.
For Tonga Toast:
Using caution, preheat oil to 350°F in a large pot or a deep fryer. (If using a large pot, use a candy thermometer to make certain the oil does not get any hotter or it will burn.)
Slice the bread into four three-inch-thick slices.
Cut each banana in half crosswise, then each piece lengthwise.
Place a bread slice flat on the counter and tear out just enough from the middle (do not tear all the way through) to stuff half a banana into; repeat with each bread slice.
Dip stuffed bread into batter, covering both sides, allowing excess batter to drip off bread and place carefully into hot oil.
Cook 4-5 minutes until golden brown. If needed, turn toast over after 2 minutes and cook for another 2 minutes on other side. Remove and drain excess oil.
Roll toast in cinnamon-sugar. Repeat for each piece of toast.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Milk Shake Recipe
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons jelly (strawberry or grape)
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup milk
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
Add additional peanut butter or jelly to taste.
Cook’s Notes: Two cups sliced strawberries can be substituted for jelly.
Chili with Beans
1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon coarse salt
Black pepper, to taste
Ground cayenne, to taste
2 cups jar cheese sauce
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with chilies
1 (2 pound) bag frozen potato barrels
1 1/2 cups corn chips
Chili with Beans
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
6 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
For Chili with Beans:
Brown ground beef in a 5-6 quart Dutch oven over medium heat until fully cooked. Drain off excess grease.
Add onion and garlic and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until onion is translucent.
Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, chili powder, and cumin. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add salt.
Add black pepper and cayenne, as needed.
Keep warm until ready to serve.
For Queso Sauce:
Place cheese sauce and diced tomatoes with chilies in small saucepan. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes, until warm.
Keep warm until ready to serve.
Cook potato barrels according to package instructions.
Divide potato barrels into 6 bowls. Place 1/4 cup each of corn chips, chili with beans, and queso sauce on top of each bowl of potato barrels.
Top each bowl with 2 tablespoons shredded cheese, 1 tablespoon sour cream, and 1 teaspoon green onions.
Kitchen Sink Recipe
1/2 cup warm fudge topping
1/2 cup warm butterscotch topping
1/2 cup warm peanut butter topping
1 medium banana, sliced in 1/2-inch slices
1 cinnamon spice cupcake (2 ½ x 1 1/4-inch), quartered
1 angel food cupcake (3 x 1 1/2-inch), quartered
2 generous scoops vanilla ice cream
2 generous scoops chocolate ice cream
2 generous scoops strawberry ice cream
1 generous scoop mint chocolate chip ice cream
1 generous scoop coffee ice cream
3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1/4 cup marshmallow cream
1/4 cup strawberry topping
1/4 cup pineapple topping
14-ounce can dairy whipped topping
1 large brownie (6-inch x 6-inch), quartered
1 regular-sized candy bar, quartered
4 chocolate cookies with cream filling
1 tablespoon sliced toasted almonds
1 tablespoon dark and white chocolate shavings
1 tablespoon crushed chocolate cookies with cream filling
1 tablespoon chopped jellied orange slices, about 2 large slices
1 tablespoon milk chocolate chip morsels
1 tablespoon peanut butter chip morsels
1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles
1 tablespoon rainbow sprinkles
1/2 cup drained maraschino cherries
Pour hot fudge, butterscotch, and peanut butter toppings into bottom of large bowl.
Layer banana slices and cupcake pieces over toppings. Top with all ice creams.
As quickly as possible, spoon chocolate syrup, marshmallow cream, strawberry, and pineapple toppings over ice cream.
Cover completely with dairy whipped topping. Tuck brownie pieces, candy bar pieces, and cookies in whipped topping.
Sprinkle with toasted almonds, dark and white chocolate shavings, crushed cookies, jellied orange slices, milk chocolate chip morsels, peanut butter morsels, chocolate sprinkles, and rainbow sprinkles. Top with cherries.
Butterbeer Recipe from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
One of the most iconic snacks from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or even all of Universal Orlando Resort is butterbeer. Butterbeer is served chilled, frozen, or warm (seasonally) inside of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You can find this sweet butterscotch flavored treat in the Three Broomsticks, Leaky Cauldron, Hog’s Head, and carts throughout the Wizarding World.
1 cup light or dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
6 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
3/4 cup heavy cream divided
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
4 bottles (12 oz. bottles) cream soda
In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.
Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.
In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.
To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.
To make your butterbeer most like the original version served at Universal Orlando Resort, you will want to freeze this recipe since it served hot.
We even have a Harry Potter recipe card that you can print out to save your butterbeer recipe to make again and again!
Fried PB&J with Bananas Sandwich Recipe from Halloween Horror Nights
Although Universal Orlando Resort was unable to offer Halloween Horror Nights in 2020, you can still enjoy a delicious treat from the nation’s premier Halloween event as you dream about the fun for 2021!
The first step to enjoying these fried pb&j with bananas sandwich is to make the secret ingredient that makes this sandwich unbelievable… FUNNEL CAKE BATTER!
Funnel Cake Batter Recipe
1 ½ cups of whole milk
2 large eggs
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
In a large bowl, mix the milk and eggs together.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Next, stir the bowl of dry ingredients into the large bowl of wet ingredients and mix until smooth.
Set aside for later.
Fried PB&J with Bananas Sandwich Recipe
2 slices of thick cut, white bread
1 ½ tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
1 ½ tablespoons of grape jelly
½ banana sliced
1 teaspoon chocolate syrup
½ cup funnel cake batter
1 tablespoon of powdered sugar
Canola oil (I would get at least 48 oz.)
Preheat a large, heavy bottomed pot or large fry pan with canola oil until it reaches 350 degrees (use a candy thermometer to check temp).
You can also use a dutch oven or stock pot to fry as well. Whatever floats your boat… or in this case, sandwich.
For the canola oil, you’ll want around 2 inches or so. You want to be able to fully submerge the sandwich in the oil.
If you don’t have a candy thermometer (which I did not), you can tell the oil is ready when it’s shimmering with a whiff of smoke.
Spread creamy peanut butter evenly on one slice of bread.
Spread grape jelly evenly on another slice of bread.
Pause to lick any peanut butter or jelly you may have gotten on your fingers.
Slice the banana and place onto the piece of bread with the peanut butter.
Close sandwich and submerge into the bowl of funnel cake batter until completely covered.
Place the sandwich into the preheated oil but be careful! I recommend using tongs or a large slotted spoon.
Fry until golden brown on both sides.
Remove from oil and place onto paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
Drizzle as much chocolate syrup as you’d like and garnish with powdered sugar. I love A LOT of chocolate as you can probably tell in the picture!
First, let’s get fancy and get a bunch of little bowls and divide all the ingredients up into them. Then, let’s get mixing!
Put the jalapeños in a large bowl (if you don’t like spiciness, skip this step.)
Carefully cut the avocado in half and discard the pit by inserting the blade into the seed using a quick and gentle cutting movement, then twist and remove. Gently scoop the avocado with a spoon and place in a bowl.
Add the red onion, tomatoes, cilantro, salt, and olives to the bowl.
Add a drizzle of olive oil.
Mash and mix all the ingredients together using the back of a large spoon or fork, then mix in the lime juice.
Shape it into a perfect little guac mountain and garnish with extra cilantro or tomatoes.
Get your favorite chips and get your guac on!
Blast the mariachi music, throw those chips in a bowl, and get that salt shaker ready. It’s time to fiesta!
Big Apple Grilled Cheese Recipe from TODAY Cafe
You can bring a taste of Universal’s comfort food to your home with the Big Apple Grilled Cheese recipe from TODAY Cafe. This fun twist on grilled cheese combines the savory flavors of melted cheesiness and tomatoes with the crisp sweetness of apples all in one sandwich. It’s a great lunch option for your kids or for the big kid that’s in all of us.
2 slices of white bread
2 slices of cheddar cheese
2 slices of Swiss cheese
1 slice of pepper jack cheese
1 tablespoon roasted plum tomato
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
4 thin slices of Red Delicious apple
Butter two slices of white bread with softened butter
Remove the core of the apple and cut into 4 wedges
Thinly slice one wedge of apple and set aside for later
Place bread butter side down into non-stick fry pan on medium heat
Begin to build the sandwich by laying the pepper jack and Swiss cheese on one slice
Allow the cheese to begin to melt from the heat below
Once the cheese begins to soften, place apples and tomatoes on top of the slice with cheddar
Using a spatula, flip the side with the pepper jack onto the other side and press for one minute
Ensure that both sides are golden brown, remove from pan and place onto cutting board
Cut in half and enjoy the cheesiness!
Serve with your favorite side of fruit, potato salad, or whatever your heart desires
Bonus: it’s an easy recipe to tackle for those of us who aren’t necessarily cooking savvy.
Mini Pumpkin Donuts with Green Icing Recipe
This is the perfect pumpkin donut recipe to bring a little Halloween Horror Nights to your home. Not only are they deliciously pumpkin flavored, they’re also mini and very cute!
Makes 24 Mini Pumpkin Donuts
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
¼ cup of pumpkin pie spice
1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup milk
4 cups flour (plus a little more if dough is sticky)
Vegetable oil (for frying)
Green icing or white icing + green food coloring (from local grocery store for topping)
In a large bowl mix the sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and nutmeg together.
Add eggs, milk, and melted butter. Beat well.
Add 3 cups of the flour, beating until blended. Add one more cup of flour and beat well. The dough should be soft and sticky but firm enough to handle. If you feel it’s necessary, add up to 1/2 cup more flour.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill for (at least) one hour.
I am so excited to share with you that you can now book your 2022 Disney World vacation package! According to a survey by the U.S. Travel Association, 97% of respondents said that just having a trip planned made them happier! 2020 certainly wasn’t the year that we expected and there may still be some uncertainty for 2021 so now we can start looking forward to 2022! Today, I am sharing with you four reasons why you should book your 2022 Disney World vacation today!
Book with Just a $200 Deposit
You can book your 2022 Disney World vacation package with just a $200 deposit! With the remaining balance not due until 30 days prior to arrival, you will have plenty of time to save for your vacation. You can make payments towards your remaining balance anytime. We can even help you set up weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly payments towards your reservation. You may also find these ways to earn extra money for your Disney vacation helpful!
The earlier that you book, the better the availability will be. Disney has not reopened all Walt Disney World Resort hotels yet so availability is still limited, especially during busier travel times like spring break. Caribbean Beach is also the only moderate resort currently open that can sleep families of five so as you can imagine, these rooms are booking very quickly!
The theme park reservation system has also been extended through 2022 so you can go ahead and reserve your park days as soon as your vacation is booked to ensure that you can visit the park of your choice each day during your visit.
New Attractions and Fun Coming to Disney World
With the 50th anniversary of Disney World in October 2021, there will be a lot of new rides, attractions, and fun in 2022. Although we are still awaiting more details, anniversary celebrations often last a few months to a year so you can celebrate Disney World’s 50th anniversary into 2022! This is the perfect time to come to Disney World with your family!
FREE Gift when you Book by March 1, 2021
Lastly, when you book your 2022 Disney World vacation package with Siera by March 1, 2021, your kids will receive a FREE pair of Mickey ears! Your package must include a minimum three night hotel stay with a three day ticket. Ears will be mailed approximately two weeks before check in.
Here’s a little more information on the Walt Disney World resort hotels and theme park tickets to help you plan the best 2022 Disney World vacation for your family. We are still awaiting the return of Disney dining plans.
Disney’s Value Resorts:
Disney’s All Star Sports Resort (no reopening date)
Disney’s All Star Music Resort (no reopening date)
Disney’s All Star Movies Resort (scheduled to reopen March 22, 2021)
Please note that your check in date cannot be more than 500 days in the future. We can currently book through June 2022. If you are planning to travel later in 2022, please let me know and we can figure out exactly when your booking window will open. Booking a 2022 package does not guarantee theme park availability, and guests will still need to make their park reservations for arrivals starting in 2022. Guests should book their park reservations immediately after linking their 2022 vacation package in the My Disney Experience app.
As previously shared, Disney will no longer offer Disney’s Magical Express service for airport transportation, with arrivals Jan. 1, 2022. Complimentary transportation options – such as buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner – will continue to be available within Walt Disney World Resort for Disney Resort hotel guests, including to and from all four theme parks.
Contact Siera today at (734) 771-1290 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your 2022 Disney World vacation!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and Disney’s chefs and candy makers have been busy creating fun and delicious offerings to celebrate the season of love. You’ll find everything from adorable sweets you can grab on the go to romantic prix fixe meals with extra special touches to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2021 at Disney World.
The Walt Disney World Resort hotel has over twenty properties that you can choose from. With so many choices, how do you choose the best fit for your family? We are recommending the best Disney resorts for kids and families based on interests and plans.
Best Pool: Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort
Most everyone who has had the opportunity to experience Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts will agree that it is the best pool at Disney World. Your kids will LOVE splashing, swimming, and playing at Stormalong Bay.
You can float in the lazy river, climb to the top of a life-sized pirate shipwreck replica to slide down a 230 foot waterslide, play volleyball in the water, swim in the main pool, or let the kids play in the sand. You can also grab an ice cream treat from the to-go menu at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop.
Bonus: If you order a kids meal from Hurricane Hanna’s Grill, your kids will receive a sand pail and shovel.
Best Theming: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
In my opinion, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has the best theming of any Walt Disney World Resort hotel. And, at a value price tag! Your kids will find larger than life statues from Disney movies that they know and love.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has four sections themed after Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. All of the sections offer family suites which can sleep up to six guests except the Little Mermaid section which offer standard rooms that can sleep up to four guests.
The theming is carried so well throughout the resort, from the rooms to the pools and food court. Your kids will find larger than life statues from Disney movies that they know and love. These make for a great photo opportunity during your visit.
Most Convenient: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
It’s hard to beat the convenience of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This tropical paradise sits across the Seven Seas Lagoon from Magic Kingdom Park. You have a great view of the Happily Ever After nighttime spectacular from the pool and beach area.
You can take the monorail to both Epcot and Magic Kingdom. They also offer a complimentary water taxi to the Magic Kingdom. If you don’t want to have to fold your stroller, we recommend the monorail. The Transportation and Ticket Center is next to the Polynesian so you even can walk over to board the Epcot monorail, without having to ride around and then transfer monorails.
Bonus: You can get the fan favorite Dole Whip’s at Pineapple Lanai, located just outside of the lobby.
Best Resort for Animal Lovers: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
If your kids love animals, then you HAVE to stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge! This beautiful property offers savanna view rooms where you can watch animals from the comfort of your private balcony and hotel room. You’ll be able to see giraffe, zebra, cattle, antelope, kudu, wildebeest, and more on the four savannas surrounding the property.
The savanna view rooms can be booked with a king bed (for two guests) or two queen beds (for four guests). There are also less expensive categories available at the resort. Even without a savanna view room, you can still enjoy the view of the animals throughout the resort. There are various public viewing areas and even windows down the hallways for some incredible views.
Best “Bang for your Buck”: Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort offers a great value for your hard earned money. It is part of the value category which are the least expensive hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort. The rooms at Pop Century were recently refurbished to include two queen beds, one of which can fold up for more space in the room. It is also part of the new Skyliner (gondola) transportation system for quick and easy access to both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. You can also read my top nine reasons why I think you’ll love staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort here.
Best for Nature Lovers: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
If your kids love nature and the great outdoors, then Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground is the place for you! This huge campground can be a vacation destination in and of itself. They offer both cabins (that can sleep six guests) in addition to campsites for both tents and RV’s.
Fort Wilderness has a great location on Bay Lake. You can take a complimentary water taxi to the Magic Kingdom. You can also try archery, pony rides, carriage rides, and wagon rides. There are great dining options like Trails End and Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. Plus, you can’t miss Chip ‘n’ Dale’s nightly Campfire Sing-A-long, complete with s’mores.
Best Water Play Area for Littles: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter
If you are traveling with little ones, they will LOVE the Doubloon Lagoon water play area at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter. This Mardi Gras themed water play area is located next to the main pool and fully gated so guests 48 inches and under can safely explore on their own. The small size of this resort also makes it very appealing to families with small children.
Bonus: Be sure to try a Mickey beignet from Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory. We especially love the seasonal pumpkin spice beignets which are available in the fall.
Best for Princesses: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside is home to Royal Guest Rooms. Royal Guest Rooms are found in the Magnolia Bend section of the resort. Royal Guest Rooms can sleep up to four guests in two queen beds, have a letter from Princess Tiana on the table, fiber optics headboards, Disney Princess artwork on the walls, and more royal touches throughout the resort. Every Disney Princess will feel like royalty in these elegant rooms.
Bonus: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside are sister resorts so they do share amenities as far as pools and dining options. You can take a complimentary water taxi between the two properties.
Best for Pirates: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is home to Pirate Rooms. These pirate themed guest rooms are located in the Trinidad South section. The pirate rooms can sleep four guests in two double beds that resemble pirate ships. You’ll also find a barrel, pile of crates, “Pirates of the Caribbean” divider curtain, and more theming throughout the room. Caribbean Beach is also part of the new Skyliner (gondola) transportation system which allows you to quickly and easily access both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.
I truly believe that each Walt Disney World Resort hotel has its own unique perks and benefits. I have personally stayed at every Walt Disney World Resort hotel and would be happy to share my experiences with you regarding any property.
What do you think are the best Disney resorts for kids?