Review: Character Breakfast at Disney’s ‘Ohana

Ohana signAfter all of the times I’ve been to Walt Disney World since I was a kid, I had never been to the Polynesian Resort near Magic Kingdom until our last visit. One of the original resorts that opened back in 1971, the resort’s 11 longhouses (named after island nations like Fiji, Hawaii, Tonga and Tahiti) sit on the scenic shores of Seven Seas Lagoon with white sandy beaches.

We decided to visit the Polynesian for a character breakfast at the resort’s ‘Ohana (which means family, if you’ve seen “Lilo and Stitch”), and is one of the most popular spots for kids of all ages to have some quality one-on-one time with Mickey, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch.

Let’s take a closer look at the raucous family experience at ‘Ohana…

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A Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Ingredients in the Grand Floridian Gingerbread HouseWalt Disney World’s signature gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is a towering achievement. It’s constructed with more than 1,000 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 800 pounds of flour, and tons of Pixie Dust and creativity.

Let’s take a moment – one week from Christmas Day – to take a needed breather from all the wrapping presents, signing cards and other hecticness to look inside this marvel from some of the most talented bakers in the country, if not the world.

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Foodie X-mas Wishlist 2011

I’m back again this year with some of the best gifts to get that foodie on your X-mas list (hint, hint honey…) this holiday season.

So, here are some of my favorite things from the interwebs in 2011 – the kitschy, the quirky and just plain fun.

Scrabble - Cooking EditionScrabble: The Cooking Edition

Who doesn’t love the classic tile word game? Now, your favorite food lover can have a blast with this special edition set that comes with recipe cards and a mini grocery bag.

Cost: $29.95 from Cooking.com

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DIY: Mickey Mouse Cake Pops

Mickey Mouse Silhouette Cake PopsEditor’s Note: This post is featured on the Disney Blog Carnival #34. Read more great posts about all things Disney!

In honor of one month ’til I’m back at my most favorite place on Earth – Walt Disney World – I decided to make my first batch of cake pops.

Cake pops are little balls of crumbled cake and frosting that are then covered in candy or chocolate coating and decorated with more candy, sugar crystals or sprinkles. These little sugary treats have been popping up all over WDW the past year or so (check out Disney Food Blog’s intro on the cake pop infiltration), and they have also seen a rise in popularity from Bakerella.

The process of making cake pops is very labor intensive. Be sure to do your homework on this project before you start. It helps to know all of the materials you’ll need (styrofoam blocks, paper sticks, candy coating, etc.) in advance so you’re not scrambling for items in the midst of dipping or forming the pops – since the candy coating sets fairly quickly.

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Dining on the Disney Dream – Pt. 1

Disney Dream's AquaDuck

Disney Dream's AquaDuck watercoaster

Yesterday marked the 200-day mark until Brett and I embark on our first Disney Cruise. Not only is this our first cruise, but we will be taking it on Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship – the Disney Dream. My dear friend (and fellow Disney food lover), AJ Wolfe from DisneyFoodBlog.com had the awesome chance to spend some – albeit very short – time on the ship. Today is part one of two looking at the food options on this spectacular ship.

Take it away AJ!

In January I had the lucky opportunity to spend two days eating on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship, the Disney Cruise Line’s newest — and biggest — vessel! And when I say “spend two days eating,” I mean it. I’m pretty sure I always had a fork in my hand!

The food options seem endless on the Dream, and with five full-service restaurants, a breezy buffet, 24-hour room service, and plenty of grab-and-go counter service options, they pretty much are. Here’s a little overview of how to feed your face at sea!

Rotational Dining

The Disney Cruise Line assigns dining arrangements via a rotational dining system. This means that guests are assigned to dine at one of the main dining locations each evening, and they’ll “rotate” through the restaurants throughout their cruise. This way, you get to experience all of the main dining options on the ship! Best of all, your attentive waitstaff rotates with you.

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Book Review: The DFB Guide to WDW Dining

Disney Food Blog Dining e-book coverI have to say that one of my fave spots on the interwebs is the Disney Food Blog. I must commend AJ Wolfe on the spectacular job she has done over the past two years compiling reviews, photos and mucho information to the dining at my happiest place on Earth.

Recently, AJ (and her awesome team of helpers) published an e-book titled “The Disney Food Blog’s Guide to Walt Disney World Dining: Steps to a Stress-Free, Personalized Plan.” Since I just bought an e-reader, what was my first purchase?

Of course you know what it was!

The guide is 256 pages of colorful photos, tips, planning guides and tidbits of knowledge that you won’t find anywhere else.  The guide takes out all the stress of getting those so-desired ressies at Chef Mickey’s character breakfast at the Contemporary Resort or dining with the princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom.

Even a die-hard Mickey fans like me can find some new info. For instance:

  • You don’t have to stay at a Disney resort to make an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR).
  • There’s baby food (albeit limited) available to purchase at Baby Care Centers located in the theme parks. You can find diapers, formula and other baby needs, too.
  • There’s a place at the Polynesian Resort where you can get Dole Whips 24/7. (Mmm, Dole Whips…)

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