Trip Report: Disney World (April 2013, Day 1)

The Beginning:

DFB Cupcake

I have to begin by saying that this idea was inspired by a different website. I was introduced to Disney Food Blog run by AJ Wolfe in early 2013. As a “foodie,” or in medical terms, a food addict, I love to eat. Disney Food Blog (DFB) therefore had me mesmerized by the amazing eats available at Disney parks. Since I had an upcoming trip to Disney planned at the time for the Flower & Garden Festival, which this year included food kiosks, I decided to go all out and try every item from DFB that I felt was a “must try” item. The choices included everything she blogged about this year plus anything I found through the links within those blogs. In other words, my possible choices probably covered most everything mentioned in that website.

By the start of the trip my list of things I was wanting to try had grown to over 90 individual items. Most of them are small snacks such as the marble cupcake and Butterfinger cupcake shown in this photo, which I found here on DFB’s site. I had four days on the trip, with three in the parks and one outside the parks where I could still eat at Downtown Disney and the resorts. It was starting to look like this would be an ongoing venture attempting to try everything I wanted to eat at Disney.

Day 1: 8:20 a.m. Double Waffle Breakfast

After the first day I was reviewing the photos I took and noticed a problem. I was using a set distance 50mm lens that’s great with low light, but when taking closeups it has a very short focal point. Because of this, the point where my camera focused is very clear, but everything else is very blurry. Starting the next day I decided to use an 18-35mm zoom lens. This helped a lot and still did well with the low light conditions. It also let me get even closer for those shots that warranted it.

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Chocolate Lovers Waffle

We start day one with two waffle breakfasts at Roaring Fork in the Wilderness Lodge resort.

Each meal consisted of three small waffles with their respective toppings and three strips of bacon. The waffles in both meals were good consistency, crispy on the outside, while soft and fluffy on the inside.

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Chocolate Lovers Waffle Closeup

The Chocolate Lovers Waffle was very basic with the ingredients. Chocolate chips were sprinkled on top, and real whipped cream scooped on one of the waffles. It’s then drizzled with chocolate syrup.

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Chocolate Chips

Based on the simplicity of this dish, it’s something anyone can make at home. Based on that, I can’t rate it very high. As a chocolate lover, I found it tasty though.

Rating: 5/10

The bacon with both waffles was typical Disney fashion, somewhat flimsy and not very crispy. Still, it was bacon, and therefore very good. I just prefer bacon to be crispy.

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Bananas Foster Waffle

The Bananas Foster Waffle was the same setup as the other; Three small waffles with toppings, and three strips of bacon.

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Bananas Foster Sauce

The bananas foster sauce was great. It didn’t taste fake. It was definitely sweet enough that I didn’t need to add any syrup like I usually do on waffles. On the same thought, there was more than enough sauce to completely cover the waffles so there was flavor in every bite.

Rating: 7/10

10:40 a.m. Nutella Waffle Sandwich

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Nutella Waffle Sandwich

Next stop was Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom for a Nutella Waffle Sandwich. It was an unusual mix of flavors from the large quantity of fruit. I felt the Nutella (which should be my favorite part of this meal) was overpowered by the fruit.

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Belgian Waffle

The waffle was a great texture. As with the two breakfast waffles it was crispy outside and soft inside. The difference was that this was a full size, standard Belgian waffle (the breakfast waffles were the smaller Mickey shaped ones).

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Waffle Toppings

I decided to eat this “sandwich” with a knife and fork due to its potential messiness. It was stuffed to the point that it couldn’t really be folded without having some of the fruit fall off or having the waffle break in the middle.

Rating: 5/10

11:05 a.m. Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel

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Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel

At the Magic Kingdom’s Lunching Pad was the Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel. The pretzel itself was average tasting compared to a “normal” pretzel. It was a slightly different ingredient base and had a less buttery flavor than the average pretzel, and more of a sourdough taste. It’s really more of a pretzel due to its shape than taste.

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Cream Cheese Filling

The cream cheese filling was certainly not real cream cheese. It seemed like the “cool whip” equivalent in the cream cheese world. It was either a low fat cream cheese, or more realistically a processed product made from other ingredients. Together though, the pretzel with its filling was a unique and enjoyable taste. The pretzel was unsalted, so it lacked the salty and sweet combo many seem to enjoy, but it still had a sweet and sour (from the sourdough type bread) combo that worked. The one I got was not dry and did not feel like it had been made much earlier in the day and then sat for hours before it was purchased.

Rating: 6/10

11:20 a.m. Lunch Waffle Sandwiches

Back to Sleepy Hollow for their lunch waffles served after 11:00 a.m. These two waffle sandwiches had different textures than the breakfast ones. These were softer all the way around, including the outside. In this case it worked since I ate them with my hands in true sandwich fashion. The softness made them easier to fold without breaking. I don’t know if this is the normal way to make them, or if it just wasn’t the perfect batch. Either way, I have no complaints about the texture.

The Sweet & Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich had a good (3-4oz?) size serving of chicken along with what others have said is coleslaw.

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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich

It contained shredded carrot, and some other unidentified shredded green vegetable. The chicken was a perfect mix of sweet and spicy. I don’t do well with spicy items, but this was definitely bearable for me. The waffle was topped with fresh arugula. This herb on the top really stood out and made the taste complete. All the ingredients worked really well together.

Here is a cross section view showing the average thickness of the meat:

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Cross Section

It was a substantial amount to easily taste along with the waffle.

Rating: 8/10

The Ham, Prosciutto, & Swiss Waffle Sandwich was also excellent.

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Ham, Prosciutto, & Swiss Waffle Sandwich

It’s the collection of a popular mix of lunch meats and cheese, but in a waffle.

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Waffle Ingredients

Beyond the three ingredients mentioned, it included some type of herb flavored mayo sauce which was delicious. Once again, it was topped with arugula for an exquisite flavor that you don’t find in your average deli sandwich.

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Folded Waffle Sandwich

I could taste each individual ingredient and all were very good. This cross section shows how once folded over, there is more than enough substance inside so that the waffle doesn’t overpower the flavor of the sandwich. These two sandwiches were some of the best waffle creations I’ve had, along with the bananas foster from earlier in the morning.

Rating: 6.5/10

Angus Chuck Cheeseburger

I will make sure to note whenever I show an item that I did NOT eat. This will be the first.

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Angus Chuck Cheeseburger
I did try a bite of this burger from Liberty Tree Tavern, but it was my wife’s order while I was eating the next featured item, the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake.

My wife stated (and I agree) that while this burger was very good, it was not any different than any other burger you can get at most mid level chain restaurants. If you’re craving a burger, there is certainly nothing wrong with this one. It was cooked as ordered, and came with a side of fries and a pickle.

12:50 p.m. Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

This is a very very popular dessert at Disney. It is found (along with the burger) at the Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom.

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Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

I made a reservation at this table service restaurant just to order this dessert. My wife ordered the burger for lunch, and at the same time I ordered this as my “meal.”

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Dessert Layers

The bottom layer of this dessert is a vanilla cake. The layer above that consists of a mixture of chocolate, sugar, butter, and toffee. This is then topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream which is sprinkled with toffee pieces. The plate is then drizzled with chocolate and caramel. The taste of the entire dessert was very sweet. It had a sticky, slightly crunchy texture. This was a great dessert and a welcome change from the many more common ones you find at most other restaurants.

Here is a view of the toffee pieces on top.

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Toffee

If you don’t like extremely sweet foods this may be a bit much for you, but I found it to be an excellent dessert.

Rating: 8/10

5:30 p.m. Carrot Cake Cookie

This was no cookie. It was two over-sized cookies with frosting sandwiched in between. It was about six inches across. I realized by the end of the day that I need to find a way to show size perspective for some of these items. This thing was way bigger in front of me than any photos I’d seen led on to. My photos don’t do it justice either. It really was big.

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Carrot Cake Cookie

The Carrot Cake Cookie is found at The Writer’s Stop in Hollywood Studios. It tasted just like a slice of carrot cake, and had just about the same consistency as well. It can’t be explained any better than a slice of carrot cake that can be held without falling apart. Even the frosting appeared to be accurate to what you’d find on the actual cake, both consistency and taste-wise.

Rating: 7/10, and that’s with me not being the biggest fan of carrot cake in the first place.

5:50 p.m. 50’s Prime Time Café

I had a dinner reservation at 50’s Prime Time Café in Hollywood Studios. DFB can give you an idea of the theme of the restaurant here.

I ordered a chocolate milkshake which was about as good as they get.

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Chocolate Milkshake

I wondered if there was anything else besides a few scoops (looked to be about 5 scoops in the cup) of ice cream in the ingredient list. It was very sweet which I liked, and its thickness let me know there might have been a hint of something else besides melted ice cream, like milk in there as well. Most places don’t make them like that any more. It tasted real and not processed. Ice cream, and maybe milk or cream. Nothing else that was noticeable in the flavor, except maybe added sugar. It was served classic style, still in the metal mixing cup.

I ordered A Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes.

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A Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes

It included meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, collard greens, fried chicken, and pot roast. The meal came out real quick. When I ordered it, the server said, “Oh, leftovers.” I waited less than 10 minutes for the whole thing to arrive after ordering. This tells me it may have been pre-made and just reheated or taken out from under the heat lamp. This, however, almost added to the homemade theme and made it really taste like leftovers from mom’s homemade cooking. Normally I’d be unhappy with a meal that had not been cooked to order, but based on the theme of the restaurant it ended up being surprisingly better than average when putting the food, shake, and experience together.

Rating for food and shake combo: 7.5/10

This meal completed day one.

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