On a really hot day in Central Florida, there’s not much that seems more refreshing than an icy, frozen beverage. Though you can find varieties like Blue Raspberry, Cherry, and more all over the parks, the most popular options are typically Frozen Lemonade and Frozen Coke. And the Little Mermaid’s Price Eric has found a way to add a little something different to those drinks.
That said, even as a classic, it’s been through some changes. Just last summer, the classic bright green, uber minty version received a makeover into what it is now: a lemon-lime refresher with a more subtle mint flavor.
Now, you may be thinking: “Okay, fine. What does this have to do with Disney World, which is what I read about in the title?”
Well, let me tell you: Disney World’s Magic Kingdom now has its very own Mint Julep at long last, thanks to the arrival of the Mint Julep Lemonade Slushy on the menu at Casey’s Corner!
Casey’s has been one among a myriad of locations in Disney World that have sold the classic Lemonade Slushy for years. But now, Casey’s has stepped it up!
Question: If you go to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and skip Casey’s Corner, were you ever really there?
Well, I can’t speak for everybody. But in my case, the answer is: Nope! Especially now that plastic cheese is back.
Well, by now you know that Plastic Cheese disappeared for a while. We found some from time to time, but it was never enough. And we still couldn’t dunk our Corn Dog Nuggets in it whilst gazing lovingly at Cinderella Castle from the quaint patio of Casey’s Corner.
Thank goodness those dark days are over! Welcome back to Casey’s Corner, home of amazing hot dogs and even more amazing plastic cheese!
Casey’s is quintessential Main Street, U.S.A., fulfilling Walt’s vision of a Main Street reminiscent of one of his childhood home in Marceline, Missouri. It’s got tremendous architectural detail, from intricate molding to fabulous window casings.
Inside the small ordering area are lots of decor pieces harkening back to a simpler time. Oh, and there’s lots of classy striped wallpaper, too (which I kind of love). [Read more…]
The Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country is what I’d consider a hidden gem of Disneyland. The counter service restaurant is nestled way in the back of the park along the Rivers of America. The lines are never too terrible, there’s plenty of seating, and more importantly the food is quite wonderful!
Anyone who has ever flown long distances is familiar with jet lag. The time zone adjustment can take a few days or even weeks for mind and body to work out. I’ve discovered a little known vacation malady known as food lag. It’s similar to jet lag but normally occurs upon arrival home after a vacation. Days or weeks can go by before normal home food is appealing again.
Ten Normal Foods That Just Taste Better At Disney
While on vacation, meals are enjoyed in nice restaurants under relaxed or exciting circumstances. Throw Disney in the mix and you can get some serious food lag following your trip. The most ordinary foods taste much better when prepared and served at Disney parks and hotels.
I’ve listed 10 and all of them were so delicious, I couldn’t eat them for weeks after coming home.
While waiting for a parade to start, we grabbed a hot dog at Casey’s Corner on Main Street USA and split it. It was the best half hot dog I’ve ever eaten. The cheese, deep orange and flavorful, was in the middle of the meat and the bun soft and fresh. It was hot without burning and frankly, the most delicious hot dog I’ve ever had before or since.
If you’ve ever had to fight relatives at Thanksgiving for the turkey leg, go ahead and give it up now. Head to Disney and grab a turkey leg. Serving over 1.6 million drumsticks a year, there is plenty to go around and are they ever delicious!
With a plethora of Waffle Houses and IHOPS in every town across America, you’d think eating waffles at Disney wouldn’t be a big deal.
Is it the extra thickness or the fact they’re shaped like Mickey heads? Is it the generous supply of butter and real maple syrup? I’m not sure, but waffles at Disney absolutely spoiled me for home waffles for several months following our last trip.
Mashed potatoes are good just about anywhere, especially Grandma’s house. But again, Disney mashed potatoes are extraordinary.
Fish and Chips
All kids and many adults like fish sticks; but they love fried fish at Disney. Epcot’s Rose & Crown Pub serves the very best although folks say that Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom is every bit as good.
Again, wherever you are in Disney, the fish and chips are going to be good.
in Disney’s Hollywood Studios serves a wonderful brick oven baked pizza in a homey atmosphere. Followed by Fantasmic’s display of fireworks, water and music, you’ll be convinced no pizza could ever top the one you had just before the show.
Disney sells a prepackaged lemon ice that can be bought at almost any convenience store in the country, yet for some mysterious reason, this same lemon ice that quenches thirst and refreshes is 10 times more delicious within the confines of Disney.
So far I’ve covered six ordinary foods and one refreshing treat, but I’ve saved room for desserts. Dessert at Disney is [Read more…]
Call off the hunt. I have found the perfect snack for a hot, hot Florida day: Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade and Orangeade!
These have been around the parks for YEARS, but I couldn’t give up my addiction to that soft, gushy Frozen Lemonade to try these Minute Maid versions. Now it’s time to take a closer look!
Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade and Orangeade
The soft frozen lemonade is available in three different varieties — regular Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, and Orangeade.
The soft frozen snacks come in 12-ounce portions, which are pretty large actually. While sampling these, I regularly wrapped the cup in paper towels and stuck it into a cup holder on my camera bag to let it get a little more melty before digging in again.
The ingredient list appears right on the cup. This is especially handy if you [Read more…]
Here’s another tucked away snack option for you in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
You’ll remember a couple of weeks ago when we talked about Hey Howdy Hey Takeaway in the Pixar Place area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Today, we’re taking you straight to the back of the park to find another fun spot for snacks on the go: Herbie’s Drive-In.
The spot is themed after everyone’s favorite little love bug — Herbie! It even features his trademark number “53” and blue and red stripes.
The menu shows a standard list of Disney stroll and eat foods — corn dog, chili dog, a side of chili, and assorted chips and other snacks. There’s a 70s vibe here as well, with the red, white, and blue stars motif — very reminiscent of the Bicentennial celebrations.
And another cool 70s choice — you can get your Corn Dog and Chips served out of R2D2’s head!
Note that many of the items here are available for a snack credit as well.
Happy 4th of July, everyone!! Today I wanted to share some wonderful Summertime treats in Disneyland. These are the perfect compliment to those hot, hot days…
Frozen Lemonade…and Then Some!
First up, I had to document for you one of my favorite Summer treats. We all love frozen lemonade — and you’ve probably seen it in pre-mixed strawberry or raspberry versions.
But what makes it awesome here is the option to add flavor shots while pouring the icy snack!
Recently, as I was wandering around Disneyland, I made my way back to Fantasyland and noticed a sign for frozen lemonade. Score!
But this wasn’t just any frozen lemonade. These lemonades were available with made-to-order flavor shots in either cherry or raspberry! The awesome Cast Member (shhh!) let me go behind the counter to get some great shots of her flavor shot technique.
The flavor of the cherry was delightful — the perfect combo of [Read more…]
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is once again hosting Star Wars Weekends from May 18 – June 10, 2012, for fans celebrating the George Lucas films.
If you have young padawans that can’t wait to meet Chewbacca (“let the wookie win”) or a budding Jedi that dreams of a lightsaber battle with Darth Vader, this event is for you!
Adults that grew up with the Star Wars empire are equally excited about this special event with the opportunity to purchase unique merchandise and meet celebrities. I’m looking forward to attending my second Star Wars Weekend this year, and not only will I be posing for a picture with an Ewok, I’m going to snag one of these galatically-good snacks as well!
According to the DisneyParks Blog, there are some fun treats awaiting hungry Star Wars fans! My 12-year old son just told me that he likes “all of them,” but he’s headed for the Darth cupcake first.
Darth Vader Cupcake
A special chocolate cupcake featuring Darth Vader will be available for $4.99 at Darth’s Mall, ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., Pizza Planet, and Starring Rolls Cafe.
This is pretty much the regular chocolate, peanut butter cupcake with a Darth head stuck in it, but we’re not complaining! Also, it’s definitely more ornate than last year’s version! “It is useless to resist” the power of the Darth cupcake!
Loyal droid R2D2 features his own bucket of churros with chocolate dipping sauce. Get yours at [Read more…]
Happy April Fool’s Day! No tricks here, today — just treats!! In the Disney Food news this week, we take a look at Springtime treats, new menu items, more menu changes, and some new adult beverages!
We’ve also gathered some really fun and fascinating reads in the round-up. Cheers!
Disney Food News
Here’s the latest…
- Hurry and get the Pomegranate Martini drink special on your next visit to the Animal Kingdom. We’ll be sharing more details about new drinks in the Animal Kingdom later this week!
- New beverages and popcorn flavors announced for Disney California Adventure this summer!
- The 2012 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival has debuted a Haiti Exhibit featuring frozen rum drinks and coffees.
- Sanaa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has introduced a new Disney dessert!
- The baked sweet potato is NEW at Liberty Square Market in the Magic Kingdom!
- Cream Cheese Pretzels are now being sold at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- We love the treats decorated in bright pastels for Easter! Cupcakes, cookies, and rice krispie treats are showing off spring colors!
We’ve got more delicious news on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!
The DFB Podcast Second Episode
Episode 2 of the DFB Podcast is rarin’ to go! In this episode, we’re talking about some of our newest counter-service finds, answering listener questions, and awarding our first DFB Podcast Trivia prize!! 🙂 Head on over and click on the Mac and Cheese Hot Dog!
If you have any Disney dining questions, send them along to us to be answered on the podcast! Just contact us here, and put PODCAST in the subject line!
On to the Round-Up
Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups
heads to the Wilderness Lodge for breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe.
Pixie Crust throws a vintage Disneyland party featuring Dole Whip cupcakes!
AllEars.net tours Europa – the adult entertainment district aboard the Disney Fantasy!
Disney Tourist Blog reviews one of my favorite counter service spots in Disneyland — the Plaza Inn!
Main Street Gazette samples the new Slow-roasted Pulled Beef Sandwich at Tamu Tamu Refreshments in the Animal Kingdom.
stuff from the park looks at a vintage menu from Disneyland’s Cafe Orleans.
DisneyContemporary.com shares a recipe for Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta from the California Grill. Love this stuff!!!