In the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, there is a little place to get some treats and snacks in the new Fantasyland area. Right by Be Our Guest in the Beauty and the Beast section is Gaston’s Tavern where they are known for their GIANT cinnamon rolls and a drink called LeFou’s Brew. On top is a layer of foam that has a tart, fruity taste to it and the rest is this blended ice apple juice drink with hints of toasted marshmallow. It is a strange combination because the top is very summery tasting, whereas the bottom is fall tasting in my opinion. I did really enjoy it and would suggest it to someone else to try, but its more of a one time purchase for me. As delicious as I do think it is, it’s probably not something I would find myself randomly craving or drooling over…
But now I need to get my hands on that giant cinnamon roll.
Spring for most Walt Disney World enthusiasts equals Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot! A time to look at beautiful flowers and topiaries while enjoying delicious food! I highly HIGHLY recommend visiting this festival! Here are just a few food related items that I totally suggest you try if you make it to this awesome event! I’m sure there will be a part 2 (or 3 or 4) once I try more food and explore this year’s festival a little more.
First, we tried the Braised Beef and Seared Scallops from the food stand in Canada! They both were absolutely delicious! Braised beef came with creamy mashed potatoes and sweet carrots. Seared scallops came with bacon on top, as well as potatoes and green beans. It was a good amount of food, but wasn’t too heavy.
Next, we HAD to try the fruity in Japan. Two of my favorite things, fruit and sushi, combined! There was pineapple, melon and strawberry inside the roll. Even the drizzle of raspberry sauce and dollop of whipped cream on the side was good! Perfect light dessert to eat while exploring the other pavilions.
And last but NOT least, the famous Violet Lemonade. What can I say? IT LIVES UP TO THE HYPE! So refreshing, delicious and a MUST try. 10/10 would recommend. Its slightly tart and sour, but still very sweet. If it is hot and you need a pick me up, GET THIS.
(Side note: I tried the “edible” flower that sometimes comes on top of the drink at last year’s festival and it is disgusting. You have been warned…)
It isn’t a secret that anything you can buy on Disney property is pricey. When you add up the necessities like the price of the tickets with parking, food, drinks, etc. there might not be much left in your budget for fun things like souvenirs! So, I’m going to list some ideas of absolutely free souvenirs you can get from the Walt Disney Worlds parks. Yes, I said FREE. Just a few items you can keep for the memories of your magical day!
When you first get to the parks and are at the ticket/will-call booths, you can ask for a button. If you forget to get one then, you can walk up to cast members at any time throughout any park and ask for a button, they will either give you one or point you in the right direction to where you can get one. There are different buttons for different occasions, so depending on what you are celebrating you can get a pin. If you think you aren’t celebrating anything significant or don’t know what to get a pin for get a plain “I’m celebrating:” button and make something up! For instance, you could be celebrating visiting Walt Disney World for the 10th time.
Stickers are all over the parks! Not only can you get them at so many different stores and other places, but depending on where you ask for a sticker depends on what TYPE of sticker you get. If you go to Momento Mori outside of The Haunted Mansion and ask for a sticker, you get stickers with the hitchhiking ghosts on it. This could even make for a fun game of collecting all different types of stickers from around the parks.
As soon as you walk into any park, you can easily get a hold of a map. This could be considered trash to some people, but with a little creativity you can make a nice souvenir out of it. You could frame it (example below) and even add letter stickers or write out the date of the trip so you will always remember it. The crafting options are endless with these maps with a little help from mod podge or a quick trip to a craft store.
I am no stranger to the Florida summer heat. An average summer day can easily reach temperatures in the upper 90s. The weather can sometimes be exhausting and even sickening. Here are a few of my tips on how to beat the summer heat at Magic Kingdom.
- HYDRATION IS KEY! If you are bringing a bag or backpack, don’t forget to bring water bottles. You are allowed to bring food and drinks into the parks! Regular water bottles are good, but water bottles with a built in filter are great because you can fill them up at any water fountain around the park. If you don’t bring water bottles, that’s no problem at all. Pretty much every place at the parks that sell drinks will give you a cup of water with ice for free! Any restaurant or stand that sells fountain drinks will give you a cup of ice water for free if you ask. Along with drinking lots of water, don’t forget about all of the delicious cold treats. Your options are endless from Mickey-shaped ice cream sandwiches to Dole Whips (pictured above) and so much more.
- PLAN OUT YOUR DAY! To avoid walking around aimlessly in the heat, make a plan. Write down all of the attractions you want to enjoy. Use a map to figure out what order you would like to go to certain attractions, keeping the locations in mind. Decide if you want to start on one side of the park and your way around to the other side while choosing to go to attractions that are near each other. A lot of attractions are indoors and/or have queues that are indoors/shaded. Once you have a general idea, pick your fast passes accordingly. Anyone can get fast passes, they are free! I suggest getting them ahead of time to keep your day on schedule. Also, try to go to attractions that are indoors and seated between the hours of 12pm-3pm because this is when it will be the hottest. Attractions like Mickey’s PhilharMagic or Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress are perfect for getting out of the heat. Rides like Pirate’s of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion are also good options since they are both seated rides that are dimly lit and air-conditioned. Lastly, mid-day breaks are OKAY. If you are staying at a resort or somewhere nearby, go have a little nap or rest and come back later.
- DRESS FOR THE WEATHER! If you aren’t from Florida or somewhere with similar climate, this is definitely something to keep in mind. Tank tops or light t-shirts and shorts are a staple. Don’t be fooled by the way it feels outside first thing in the morning because it will become significantly warmer. I personally am not a fan of flip flops at theme parks because (among many other reasons) all of the walking can cause them to be easily broken, but wear whatever you are comfortable in. It may be chillier in the morning and at night, so bringing a light jacket in your bag or wrapping one around your waist is a good idea. Another tip is to pack a disposable poncho/raincoat or a small umbrella because summers in Florida often include random rainstorms. As far as accessories go, hats and sunglasses are a must have! *My ideal outfit for an all day trip during the summer to Magic Kingdom would consist of my hair in braids or a ponytail with a hat, dark sunglasses, a tank top, shorts, comfortable sneakers and a backpack with a light jacket, water bottle and small umbrella in it.*
Although some of these tips may seem obvious, they can be easily overlooked or forgotten in the midst of planning out everything else for your trip. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity during the summer in Orlando can be a killer (literally) in the summer! Be prepared AND DO NOT FORGET THE SUNSCREEN!