Friday, August 30, 2013

Fairfax Fare Dinner Review at Disney's Hollywood Studios...

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One of my good Disney College Program friends worked at Fairfax Fare & the retired Rosie's at Disney Hollywood Studios back in 2000 or then MGM. Whenever I walk by I always think of my friend Jimmy. We still chat now & then but he lives on the West Coast now. Miss you Jimmy!!!! I will post a picture of him working in his FABULOUS costume. ;)

My hubby was OBSESSED to try the famous turkey leg. When we were at Magic Kingdom that line was always forever long. Before Fantasmic we had a quick dinner. He LOVED his choice & it will be his new staple treat I'm sure. I chose to eat the half of chicken & beans combo. I hated the beans. They were NOT sweet BBQ beans like I thought. I ended up giving them to my hubby. The chicken was just okay. It was juicy & the spices were good I was just disappointed. I should've went for the mac & cheese hot dog looking back. What was I thinking?!

I had to document his first bite!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Red Velvet Cake & Cream Cheese Icing Recipe...

I know this isn't a Disney recipe but wanted to share an actual good recipe for red velvet. I was not impressed w/ the red velvet cupcake at DHS. It was so dry I threw it away! I have made this cupcake recipe into a cake two times with no issues. People always come back begging for more with this cake!

Like I said I use this recipe in a standard cake pan. I bake at 350 degrees for 30-35ish minutes but am constantly checking on the cake.


  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self- rising), sifted
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon red gel-paste food color
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

  1. STEP 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together cake flour, cocoa, and salt.
  2. STEP 2

    With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whisk together sugar and oil until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix in food color and vanilla.
  3. STEP 3

    Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and whisking well after each. Stir together the baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl (it will foam); add mixture to the batter, and mix on medium speed 10 seconds.
  4. STEP 4

    Divide batter evenly . Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing. Cake can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.
  5. STEP 5

    To finish, use a small offset spatula to spread cupcakes with frosting.

    Cream Cheese Frosting:
    One 8 oz softened cream cheese
    One stick softened butter
    One cup sifted powdered sugar 
    One teaspoon vanilla 

    Blend all very smooth & creamy. This recipe is just enough for the cake! It is pretty good icing. This is a known staple in my recipe box. Please feel free to ask any questions! 
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Disney Abbreviations...

My husband gave me the idea for this post. If you aren't on all the time you might not know all the lingo for Disney terms as well as Cast Members terms. I'm sure I will miss a lot of Disney abbreviations because there are THOUSANDS! I will try my best to list the most popular ones. Just this morning my hubby called on his way to work & said he saw a mickey bumper sticker that said AP & he asked me what it meant &  Of course I knew. ;) Please feel free to ask me any questions on any of the acronyms below!

AP= Annual Pass or Artist point
ADR= Advanced Dining Reservation
AK or DAK= Animal Kingdom
AKL=Animal Kingdom Lodge
AoA=Art of Animation resort
ASM=All Star Music or Movies
B&C- Beaches & Cream
BB-Blizzard Beach
BC-Beach Club
BOG-Be Our Guest
BTMR-Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
BW-BoardWalk Hotel
CBR-Carribean Beach Resort
CG-California Grill
CM-Cast Member
CoP- Carousel of Progress
CS or CSR- Coronado Springs Resort
CS- Counter Service also known as QS-Quick Service
CP- Crystal Palace
DCA- California Adventure
DCL-Disney Cruise Line
DD or DTD- Downtown Disney
DDP-Disney Dining Plan
DHS-Disney's Hollywood Studios
DL- DisneyLand
DLP- DisneyLand Paris
DQ- DisneyQuest
DVC-Disney's Vacation Club
EE-Expedition Everest
EMH-Extra Magic Hours
FLE- Fantasyland Expansion
FOTLK- Festival of the Lion King
FP- FastPass
FTW- Fort Wilderness
FW-Future World
GF or Grand Flo- Grand Floridian
GMR- Great Movie Ride
GS- Guest Services
HDDR- Hoop De Doo Review
HM-Haunted Mansion
IASW- It's A Small World
KTTW- Keys To the World Card (Your WDW Resort ID)
LTT- Liberty Tree Tavern
ME- Magical Express ( bus transportation from airport to WDW)
MK- Magic Kingdom
MNSSHP- Mickey's Not So Scary Hween Party
MSEP- Main St Electrical Parade
MVMCP-Mickey's Very Merry xmas Party
MYW-Magic Your Way ticket package
OKW- Old Key West Resort
PH-Park Hopper
Protein Spill- vomit,blood etc ( CM Phrase)
PI- Pleasure Island but alas most of it is gone :(----
POTC-Pirates of the Caribbean
Poly-Polynesian Resort
POP-Pop Century Resort
PPP-Pirate & Princess Party
PORS-Port Orleans Hotel
RnRc- Rock'n'Roller coaster
SM-Splash Mt.
SOG-Shades of green government resort
SWW-Star Wars Weekend
TDS-The Disney Store
TiW-Tables in Wonderland
TL-Typhoon Lagoon
ToT-Tower of Terror
TS-Table Service
TT- Test Track
TTA- Tomorrowland Transit Authority
UOE-Universe of Energy
VW-Vista Way ( Disney intern housing complex)
V&A-Victoria & Albert's
WL-Wilderness Lodge Resort
WDW-Walt Disney World Resort
WS-world Showcase
WWOS-World Wide of Sports
Y&B or YC - Yacht & Beach Club
YSH- Yachtsmen Steakhouse


AFAIK - As far as I know
AYR - As you recall
BTW - By The Way
FWIW - For what it's worth
GMTA - Great minds think alike
IIRC - If I recall correctly
IME - In my experience
IMHO - In my humble opinion
IYKWIM - If you know what I mean
J/K - Just kidding
JMHO - Just my humble opinion
LOL - Laugh Out Loud
OT - Off topic
OTOH - On the Other Hand
ROFL - rolling on floor laughing
ROFLMAO - rolling on floor laughing my *butt* off
TIA - Thanks in advance
TMI - Too much information
TTFN - Ta Ta For Now
TTYL - Talk To You Later
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary (means that no two people experience the same thing in exactly the same way, just a caution placed on some descriptions of places, events, food, merchandise, consumer habits, practices, etc.)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Downtown Disney old school....

This picture might date myself ;) 

I was going through some of my old pictures the other day & came across these. I used to LOVE browsing in the Virgin records store! I could spend hours there. Being a poor College programmer I spent a good chunk of time there & the disney discount helped! I got quite a few books & CD's there back in the day. I was sad to see it go.

My roommate worked in Downtown Disney so occasionally I would meet her at MCD's for her break. I had no idea there was a cast member entrance to that McD's until she showed me. Plus the cast members got a discount on top of being cheap & a totally separate counter/eat in area. It was pretty darn cool!

Does anyone else miss Pleasure Island?! We used to go almost every week on cast member night. Thursday nights CM's got in for free! It was always so much fun. I remember the ice luge, jello shot syringes, beach club & 8 trax!!! I also enjoyed NYE every night & the Comedy Warehouse!

What were your favorite parts of DTD that is no longer? 

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Sorry I had a crappy camera. I lived there BEFORE digital cameras :)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

My favorite Disney Character!

We all have a favorite character. Mine is Fantasia Mickey. I don't know what it is about that particular Mickey but I love him. The first time I saw him in DHS was in 2011. When I realized it was Fantasia Mickey my friend & I started jumping up & down like little school girls!

Who is your favorite character???

How did I manage to wear same shirt to DHS in 2011 & 2012?! ;)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Disney Postcards & What do you Collect???

Does anyone remember the free postcards that the Disney resorts used to give out for free? I found these in a box with some of my old Disney stuff. I used to go hotel hopping & collect free things in 1999-2000 when I lived there. Does anyone know if Disney still gives away free postcards at the resorts?

Right before I left my Disney College Program in 1999 I bought a bunch of these postcards at the Art of Disney that used to be on Main Street in MK but has since been replaced by something else. I got the Villains postcard at MGM back in the day. I really need to frame these & display. Do you collect postcards from WDW? If not what do you collect?

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