Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Famous Disney Cast Members...

I had no idea most of these celebs were Disney Cast Members! It is so interesting!

Jennifer Hudson- Singer on Disney Wonder

Steve Martin- Actor/Comedian in Merlin's Gift Shop

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Michelle Pfeiffer- Alice in Main Street Electrical Parade

Taye Diggs- Performer/Actor

Robin Williams- Jungle Skipper! ( not confirmed though)

Terri Garr- Magic Kingdom Parade Dancer & "Show Me America" show @ Contemporary

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Wayne Brady- Tigger at WDW!

Kevin Richardson of Backstreet Boys- Alladin. He met his wife there who played Belle! ;)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Disney Carrot Cake Recipe...

I found this cookbook on for $15 recently! I promised to bake something for a guy at work & he wanted carrot cake so this was a great opportunity to try a new recipe. This recipe is extremely easy & quick to complete. I followed the recipe/directions exact. I should have checked on the cakes before the time was up. These came out a tad dry in my opinion. The guys at work LOVED this. I just iced them into two 9" cakes separately instead of stacking them into one double layer cake. I did that so it was easier to transport for myself. Next time I make it I will cook less & make into double layer. The recipe calls for buttercream icing  but I used a Disney Cinnamon cream cheese frosting recipe that I already had to give it a little something extra. The guys came back for 3rd & 4th's of this cake so I'm assuming they really liked it. :) Just be careful when making this in 9 inch pans & watch them. I was doing too many things at once & lost track of the time. :) I will definitely make this again!

Quick Tip: I highly recommend a food processor with shred attachment & nut chopper for this recipe! I also used baby carrots for this recipe so it was easier to put in processor.

Best mixer attachment ever!!!!

Here is the recipe for the frosting: 

1 c unsalted Butter (softened)
1.5 c cream cheese softened (1.5 blocks)
1 t Vanilla 
2 c Powdered Sugar
1/2 t ground cinnamon 

Blend butter & cream cheese together until smooth. Then slowly add rest of ingredients until mixed well & smooth! 

Mix oil & sugar well

Batter after everything is added

I made 2 cakes exactly like this

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Gluten Free & Other Dietary Information for DisneyWorld!

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I recently emailed WDW to get the most updated information for eating on a special diet while at WDW. It amazes me how wonderful they are in accommodating their guests! I was told to go a little early to your ADR's so you can talk to chef about your needs. Some gluten free dishes might take longer. 

Dear Kate,

Thank you for inquiring about how Walt Disney Parks and Resorts handles special dietary requests.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Food & Beverage team is committed to offering a wide range of options to accommodate Guests with food allergies or intolerances. When booking your dining reservations, please be sure to advise the Cast Member of your special dietary restrictions. If you book online, please make sure you include your dietary restrictions on each reservation. If you have already booked your reservations and you are not sure you included the restrictions, please contact our Disney Reservation Center at 407-WDW-Dine or 407-939-3463. Guests are also welcome to speak to a chef or a manager on duty when arriving at the dining location.

Whether dining at a table-service or quick-service restaurant, Guest food allergy or intolerance requirements will be addressed when brought to our attention. Due to the large volume of meals we serve, vendors and suppliers occasionally swap out product. Therefore, menu items and preparation is often updated. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will use reasonable efforts to prevent the introduction of the allergen of concern into the food through close attention during our sourcing, preparation and handling processes. However, it is ultimately up to the Guest to use his or her individual discretion to make an informed choice regarding whether to order any
particular items. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts cannot guarantee that allergens may not have been introduced during another stage of the food chain process or, even inadvertently, during preparation. We do not have separate kitchens to prepare allergen-free items or separate dining areas for Guests with allergies or intolerances.  
Most Table-Service locations and Quick-Service locations in the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts offer no-gluten added products for the main menu items with or without prior notice. For instance, if a location has waffles as the main menu item, they will generally offer gluten-free waffles as well.

We have included a link below which lists some of the products that you may find available at the food and beverage locations that may suit your needs.  Please know that this is not a comprehensive list of all the options that are available, but represents many of the special dietary products offered across the Walt Disney World Resort. If a location is not listed, this does not mean they are not able to accommodate your request; however, some of the products that are found at other locations may not be available.  As always, we encourage you to speak with a chef or manager when you arrive at any dining location for the most recent information.

Gluten Free Product Offerings:

Click below link for a listing of all WDW allergy listings by location

Table-service restaurants that accept reservations at Walt Disney Parks
and Resorts can accommodate most food allergies or intolerances.
Common Food Allergies include:

- gluten or wheat
- shellfish
- soy
- lactose or dairy
- peanuts and tree nuts
- fish
- eggs
- corn

If a member of your party has any of the common food allergies listed above, please speak with a chef or a manager on duty when arriving at the dining location. They will be happy to assist with your selection and provide product labels and ingredients for menu items.

The locations listed below have Quick-Service menu items or products that, upon request, may accommodate common food allergy or intolerance requirements.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park:
- Restaurantosaurus
- Flame Tree Barbecue

Disney's Hollywood Studios:
- Backlot Express
- Studios Catering Co.
- ABC Commissary
- Toy Story Pizza Planet

- Liberty Inn
- Sunshine Season

Magic Kingdom Park:
- Be Our Guest (Lunch Only)
- Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
- Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café
- Columbia Harbor House
- The Pinocchio Village House
- Casey’s Corner

Most Quick-Service locations in the Walt Disney Resorts are able to accommodate special dietary needs and provide menu items and ingredients upon request.

For prepackaged items, we recommend that Guests read the ingredient list on the label before purchasing any product.

All our Chefs in our Theme Parks and Resorts are trained to handle allergies and take every precaution against any cross contact. As mentioned previously, due to the large volume of meals we serve, vendors and suppliers occasionally swap out product. Therefore, menu items and preparation are often updated. We stress that you ask to speak to a Chef or Manager when you arrive at each location. They will be happy to
assist with your selection and provide product labels and ingredients for menu items.

The restaurants will do their best to accommodate Guest dietary requirements, but cannot guarantee they will be able to meet all requests. For additional information, we encourage you to visit our website

I hope your visit is enjoyable.

Wendi Anderson
Special Diets Team
Guest Experience Services
Walt Disney World Resort

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Busch Gardens,VA Rhine River Cruise...

My hubby loved the Epcot Food & Wine Festival so much that he had to attend the 1st ever Busch Gardens one. To read about my  F&W festival review  please click here:

We arrived to BG around 10am. We went straight to the F&W festival tent to buy tickets for the Rhine River Cruise. We were lucky because we got tickets to the last cruise for the day. We were traveling so couldn't buy online & print. I do not drink wine but I knew it was something my husband really wanted to do. He enjoyed both wines. ;)

We checked in 15 minutes before our cruise time at the front podium. I was carded since he bought the tickets & you get a wristband. We boarded the boat & it had no tables but large seating area kinda like booth seats facing other guests.

A girl dressed in a tuxedo was the server for the whole boat & passed out everyone a tray & the wines they reserved in advance. I ate my fruit,cheese & truffle tray happily! It was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. They also had a live band on board too! It was cool to cruise around the waters of BG a few times. The cruise lasted 30 minutes & was $20 per person.

This festival is no where near as big as Disney's obviously but we did taste some good food. The sample sizes were much larger than you get at WDW as well & my hubby appreciated that!

Check In Area

They were an amazing jazz band!

We found this random CM sign @ BG?! All the other signs said Team Leads but this said cast members which I found odd?

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Grey Stuff Recipe & Review!!!

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The above picture is an example of what the grey stuff looks like at the new "Be Our Guest Restaurant" in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. I have not been to the restaurant yet myself. I was told this recipe is almost exact to "the grey stuff" I randomly found it online 2 weeks ago! I made this for my office. I sent an email out titled "The Grey Stuff" & explained to everyone that it was a dessert from Beauty & the Beast etc.... I got a bunch of replies saying they thought my email was about spoiled food in the fridge. LOL. A lot of people were reluctant to try this (because it looks like...)but after they took one bite people were going back 3-4 times for a serving!!! They said it was one of the best things I've ever made so I consider this recipe a keeper. This would be a GREAT dish to bring to a BBQ. This is SO easy to make too! 

The Grey Stuff Recipe 


Instant Vanilla Pudding ( I used sugar free) 
1.5 cups of 2% or whole milk 
15 oreos 
1 tub of Cool Whip 
2 T of chocolate instant pudding ( I used sugar free)
* add candy pearl sprinkles if desired

  • Put vanilla instant pudding mix in bowl & add all the milk.
  • Mix well & put in fridge 10 minutes so it sets
  • Put oreos in food processor until you create a fine powder 

oreo dust

  • Add oreo to pudding & mix well
  • Add Cool whip to mixture 
  • Add 2 T Chocolate instant pudding mix to mixture & mix well 

  • Put in fridge for one hour & then serve! I didn't have a fancy piping set to serve how WDW does. ;)
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Tower of Terror Old Hollywood hotel Idea...

I never understood why Disney didn't capitalize on the TOT hotel theme. It would be an absolute beautiful project. It could be another nice resort to visit. I'm not sure where it would go. Why don't we tear down Swan & Dolphin for it? ;)

These are some of my ideas on the theming of the resort.
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An idea for the hotel lobby (courtesy of

This looked very old Hollywood to me. There is already the Brown derby so this could be a nicer option than that?

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There could be actors around the hotel w/ these hairstyles/clothes to entertain guests in lobby,bar,etc... Maybe even an old Hollywood lounge w/ Marilyn Monroe,Rat Pack type Acts?

Do you have an idea of a new themed hotel for Disney? 

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Friday, July 12, 2013

My Magical Moment...

We were at the studios on a hot humid day in October 2012. We just finished the Backlot Tour & wanted a much needed ice cream treat & soda. My husband stood in line to get our items as I am away snapping pictures. There was a very large line. The girl handed my hubby 2 ice cream bars & 2 sodas saying that it was an anniversary gift from Mickey Mouse. He asked her if she was sure & she said Absolutely! We were so excited to get free treats. We were there for our 2nd wedding anniversary but didn't expect anything at all while there so this was a nice surprise. Neither of us had ever had the Mickey bar before so we were extra stoked that it was free! The Mickey bar was exceptional. I went to try to look at the calories & my hubby grabbed the wrapper to say calories don't count at WDW! Isn't that the truth?! ;) We will always have a special memory associated with Mickey bars now. :)

Can you tell me of any special magical moments that you have at at Disney???

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe & Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Cauliflower soup recipe & review....

I had amazing cauliflower soup at the Biergarten & am wondering if it is the same soup? I wasn't a fan of this recipe. It was time consuming & I didn't like the flavor. It seemed like Cauliflower mash w/ milk added to me? I've made FAR better Disney soups in the past & this is just NOT one of them!

If you want to give it a try here is the recipe:

Yield: 8 servings
Ingredients for cauliflower soup: 
4 tablespoons whole butter
1 large onion, diced
¼ chopped shallots
1/8 cup roasted garlic puree
4 pounds cauliflower florets
¼ cup EJ Brandy
2 2/3 cup of chicken stock
1 ½ quarts of heavy cream
1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme
To taste allspice
To taste crushed red pepper
To taste kosher salt
To taste ground white pepper
½ cup butter

Chive Oil for Garnish:
1 cup chives
1 cup olive oil blend
Sourdough Croutons for Garnish: 
½ loaf of sourdough baguette
Olive oil blend to lightly coat
To taste salt
To taste pepper

Method of Preparation:
for cauliflower soup:
1. On a cookie sheet, roast the shallots, garlic, onions until tender on 350° degree oven. When cooled, puree in a blender.
2. Roast the cauliflower until lightly colored.
3. In a large soup pot, melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Add onions and shallots.
4. Add the florets and allow to slightly brown, stir in garlic puree.
5. Deglaze the pot with the brandy.
6. Add chicken stock and cream. Allow the florets to soften until fork tender.
7. Puree with a stick blender or in a blender.
8. Add spices to taste.
9. Add the remaining butter to finish soup.
For chive oil:
1. In a airtight container, let steep a minimum of 24 hours.
2. Stain though a cheesecloth.
3. Store in airtight container.

For sourdough croutons: 
1. Small dice sourdough baguette and place in a bowl.
2. Lightly toss with oil, salt and pepper.
3. Place on a cookie pan and cook at 350° until golden brown

I didn't make the chive oil or croutons.....

On a cookie sheet, roast the shallots, garlic, onions until tender

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Eyes & Ears Cast Member Newspaper...

I am what you call a Disney Hoarder. My College Program friends are quite impressed with all of the things I held onto from our internships. I think I kept almost every cast newspaper I received. These are over 10 years old & you will be able to tell by the articles that I chose to show. This paper is a lot like any company's internal paper. It has a section for Jobs, Roommates,people selling cars, & a section for new apartment/Housing. It also has a section of classes cast members can take to further their careers. Every now & then it told about special Cast Member discounts in Orlando. I know when I worked at WDW I could see any movie at Downtown Disney for $5 all day/night. I went to the movies A LOT! ;) Disney has an awesome career advancement  program throughout of all Disney. I wish I took more advantage of the classes that they offered. I truly miss working for this awesome company every day...... :(

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Special glossy papers came out ever so often

I miss this parade & music don't you?!!! 
Anyone know if WDW still does the Jr Chef Program?!


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