Christian Working at Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom

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Christian heading into work.

We were thrilled when Christian’s work schedule allowed us to spend the whole day together at the Magic Kingdom as he didn’t have to go into work until 5:45pm.

Even better, it allowed him to make dinner for us at Cosmic Rays that night!
What a treat!

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Welcome to Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe at the Magic Kingdom.

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Christian outside his work location.

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Note The Incredibles family walking in the background!

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Cosmic Rays lounge area

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Not crowded at all at 5pm, but very crowded when we returned later for dinner!

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Sonny Eclipse playing in the background.

And, some photos taken that evening at work while making us dinner.

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He’s off to the underground Utilidors to get dressed for work.

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Bay 1 opening for the evening at 6pm.

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Christian typically works in Bay 1 making chicken nuggets and fries.

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Christian in his chef’s costume!

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He says everything in the kitchen is hot, hot, hot! He’s already suffered one bad burn on his hand.

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Making Elly’s burger.

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Elly’s Mickey Burger

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The excellent toppings bar.

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Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe is the major quick service restaurant in Tomorrowland. It’s a busy, busy kitchen.

It’s divided into three food “bays” so they can serve a lot of guests at once.  The food lines move pretty quickly.  It’s typically open for lunch and dinner, usually 10am – 8pm.

Christian’s usually works evening shifts with just a few morning ones depending on if the park has Extra Magic Hours before park opening.

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Food Chef Christian!

We’ve eaten there many times as it’s a good place for an early dinner.  Their burgers and chicken nuggets are tasty and the Toppings Bar is excellent.

Explore a galaxy of enticing options—from our out-of-this-world BBQ platter and chicken breast nuggets to bacon cheeseburgers and hot dogs. Customize your meal at the topping bar, then have a blast enjoying the stellar musical entertainment of Sonny Eclipse!

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The Mickey Burger cheeseburger ($16) at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café!  This angus burger comes loaded with macaroni and cheese, American cheese, cheese sauce, flaming hot cheese dust, and bacon all served on a toasted Mickey Mouse bun.  It’s out of this world!

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Caroline and Mitch got to visit him at work in April:

Christian at working at Cosmic Rays

Christian at working at Cosmic Rays

Christian at working at Cosmic Rays

Time for dinner!

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Christian at working at Cosmic Rays

Big hugs!

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This Mickey Cheeseburger was made with ❤

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We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP.

Both are available on Amazon.com:

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Christian making some magic at the Magic Kingdom.

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The Mickey Burger cheeseburger ($16) at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café!

Finding the Hidden Pascals in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland

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I took this pretty photo of the Gardens of Tangled.

Pascal, a sweet chameleon, is a true and loyal friend to Rapunzel in Disney’s “Tangled’ movie.

Pascal and his friends can be found hiding throughout the Magic Kingdom Fantasyland’s Tangled-themed pavilion, The Gardens of Tangled, just across from Rapunzel’s’ Tower.

This is beautiful, quiet garden filled with flowers, greenery, and even a small stream.

Ten of Pascal’s chameleon friends have made this garden their new home. They can be seen lounging about on rocks near the stream, in the greenery, and even hidden on nearby buildings (look up high!).

Look for 10 of them!

Look for 10 of them!

After a few minutes of searching, we were able to find seven chameleons hiding in the garden.

Next time you’re in Fantasyland, be sure to say hi to Pascal and his friends.

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Gray Pascal (color of the rocks)

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Tan Pascal

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Yellow Pascal

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Olive Pascal

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Moss Pascal

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Brown Pascal

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The real Pascal is hiding in the windowbox on the left, way up high!

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There he is!

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Green Pascal. This is really Pascal! He is the hardest one to spot!!!!

We think at area around the Gardens of Tangled is very pretty.

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Rapunzel’s Tower and waterfall.

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Looking for more of Pascal’s friends.

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This area of Fantasyland is very pretty.

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I think the buildings are Tudor style.

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And there’s It’s a Small World.

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The Lanterns of Tangled.

At dusk, the lanterns turn on and a photopass cast member comes out with an illuminated lantern.  (The wait times for this photo op can be very long.  There’s no FastPass for it.)

Beautiful!

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Dusk and the lanterns have turned on.

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Caroline and Mitch. First trip back to Disney World after getting married.

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Making a wish.

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Sealed with a kiss.

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Wish fulfilled.

 

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Yes, the Lanterns of Tangled are right outside the restrooms!

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We agree! We love this scene from Tangled!

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Caroline and her new cat.

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If you need to recharge a device, have a seat!

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The outlets are in the stumps.

Need to recharge your device or phone? Have a seat!

Need to recharge your device or phone? Have a seat!

Free charging station!

Free charging station!

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Maximus hoof print in Fantasyland by Tangled area.

Bonus photo!  Try and find Maximus’s hoof print in Fantasyland by the Tangled area.

Disney Fun Fact:  Pascal is actually based on a real chameleon, owned by one of the movie’s cast members. The day the directors were trying to find a name for the character, the CM said she named her chameleon Pascal, so they took that name.

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Pascal, Rapunzel’s friend.

Pascal serves a similar role as being a friend and protective sidekick to Rapunzel as Flit the hummingbird did for Pocahontas.

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Disney Bounding as Pascal.

The real Pascal (so tiny!!).

The real Pascal.  (He’s so tiny!!)

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Disney Bounding as Rapunzel. That jeweled Pascal pin is really cool!

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Rapunzel’s famous line from the movie.

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Breakfast at the Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

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Wearing my new Mickey Ears from Aulani.

We were lucky to get last minute breakfast reservations for 4 at the Kona Café, and super lucky that Christian was able to join us before heading off to work in Tomorrowland.

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Breakfast menu, February 2019

The Kona Café boasts the famous Tonga Toast as their signature breakfast dish.

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I ordered the Tonga Toast so everyone could try it. It was delicious!  $16

Tonga Toast is a deluxe French Toast…banana-stuffed, fried sourdough bread rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with a side of strawberry compote. It’s absolutely incredible and one of our favorite Disney foods.

The Breakfast Menu features pancakes, French toast, omelets, eggs, bacon and sausage.

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Christian’s Macadamia Nut Pancakes topped with pineapple sauce and a side of bacon. $14

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Ian’s Polynesian Egg Platter with Spam.  $14

We recommend ordering a glass of the Liliko’i Juice for breakfast (orange, passion fruit, and guava juice blend). Disney fans will recognize this as the famous POG Juice.

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My Liliko’i Juice. I always add ice to my juice because I like it super cold.  $6.50

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We ordered a pot of French pressed coffee for the table. It takes about 2 minutes of resting (pressing time) for the coffee to be ready.  $9.50

Freshly Brewed Hawaiian Kona Coffee, Maragogype Press Pot (Serves 2-3)

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Kona Cafe:  A Taste of the Islands.

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The Kona Cafe. We were seated on the left under the mask.

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Welcome!

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Our reservation was for 9:50am and we were seated st 9:55am. Food came up very fast.

The Kona Café is located at Disney’s beautiful Polynesian Village Resort where the sights and smells of the Hawaiian Islands are enough to make anyone want to stay!

Whether you are a guest at Disney’s Polynesian Resort or not, you’re welcome to dine at the Kona Café.  Make a dining reservation and you’ll be allowed to park at the Polynesian for free.

If you’re staying at Grand Floridian or at the Contemporary Resort, just hop on the monorail and come over over.

In case you were wondering, “Kona” is a Hawaiian name meaning “Lady”.

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Christian heading off to work at Cosmic Rays after breakfast.

Cast Member note:  Disney cast members get a 20% discount at the Kona Cafe.

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It’s a beautiful day. Sunny and 74 degrees.

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We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com:

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

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Tonga Toast Kona

Tonga Toast should always be served with a slice of fresh pineapple!

                               MAKING TONGA TOAST AT HOME

INGREDIENTS LIST

For the Tonga Toast

1 Loaf white bread, unsliced

2 Bananas, sliced

4 Large eggs

1 c. Heavy cream

1 tbsp. Sugar

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

Vegetable oil, for frying

1 c. Cinnamon sugar

Strawberries, sliced for topping

Maple syrup

For the Strawberry Compote

1 1/2 c. Strawberries, chopped

3 tbsp. Sugar

1 tbsp. Lemon juice

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Slice bread loaf into 3 to 4 very thick pieces. Use a knife to create a slit in one side of the toast, then stuff banana slices into the toast. Repeat with remaining bread pieces and bananas.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Dunk each stuffed sliced into the batter mixture, tossing to coat all sides.

Pour a 1/4” of vegetable oil into skillet and heat over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the battered bread and cook until crispy and golden all over, about 2 minutes per side.  (This can also be baked in a 9″x13″ buttered glass pan at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.)

Drain toast briefly on a wire rack. Pour cinnamon sugar into a large shallow bowl, then gently shake off excess oil from warm toast and toss in cinnamon sugar.

Garnish with fresh sliced strawberries and serve with strawberry compote and maple syrup.

Making the strawberry compote: In a small skillet over medium heat, combine strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook until the strawberries begin to break down and the mixture has thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and gently mash the compote with the back of a fork.

Fabulous Upgrades Coming to Epcot in 2020

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Epcot’s guest entrance will be more park-like in 2020 with a fountain.

Big changes – about a BILLION dollars worth – are coming to Epcot in time for Disney World’s 50th Golden Anniversary Celebration in Summer 2021.

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The Grand Plaza

In 2020, Epcot’s grand plaza is being totally redesigned and re-landscaped with a new large fountain being added to the back in front of Spaceship Earth.

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June 2019: The Leave a Legacy walls are gone!

The Leave A Legacy photos will be moving to a new setting just outside the park’s gateway.

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June 2019: Major progress on the new Ratatouille attraction.

We’re most excited about the new Ratatouille ride coming to the Epcot France pavilion in summer 2020. It’s a very popular ride at Disneyland Paris.

Epcot, which opened in 1982, has been showing its age.

Over the next 2 years, Epcot will be getting a lot of Imagineering love.

“We want to keep it true to the original vision, while making it more timeless, more relevant, more family, and more Disney,” said Disney spokesperson.

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We’re looking forward to this Epcot update the most!

Ratatouille Ride attraction: France
Coming to the France pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, the new ride will be based on the popular Disneyland Paris attraction. That 4D ride shrinks visitors down to the size of Remy, the gourmet chef who happens to be a rat, and sends them on an adventure using sophisticated trackless vehicles.  Read more:  New Ratatouille Attraction

Guardians of the Galaxy attraction
A new attraction based on the popular Marvel franchise is taking over Ellen’s Energy Adventure in the former Universe of Energy pavilion. While it sounds more “family” (and potentially a whole lot of fun), the connection to the park’s vision seems tenuous. What are the Guardians doing in Epcot and not Hollywood Studios?

New mission for Mission: Space
In addition to sending passengers on a mission to Mars (which will be getting new media), the Epcot attraction will offer a toned-down experience that will take guests on an orbital adventure above Earth. Younger kids will be able to blast off on the revamped ride which will reopen later this summer 2019.

Space-themed restaurant
Next to Mission: Space, Epcot will be adding a table-service restaurant that will transport diners to a space station high above Earth. It promises to have great views of Earth.

New film for the China Pavilion
A new in-the-round movie about China will be presented at Epcot’s pavilion. It will use a new digital “Circle-Vision 360” film and projection system that will replace the circular theater’s multiple screens with one seamless screen and image.

We haven’t heard anything about a new IMAX film for France, but as the current film was filmed in the late 1970s, we imagine that will be updated too.  Same with the Canada film.  The technology has changed so much in 40 years….not to mention the clothes and cars!

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Having fun at Epcot.

We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Trying School Bread at Epcot Norway

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The Kringla Bakeri

The Kringla Bakeri is located in the Norway pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase.

Walk through the open door and you’ll find yourself in a quaint, Scandinavian kitchen.

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I like the decor in here.

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This is a good place to hang out in the afternoon and wait for it to stop raining. It’s rarely crowded.

Kringla Bakeri is best known for School Bread.  This treat is a sweet bread roll, injected with vanilla custard, then covered with sweet icing and toasted coconut.

Ian had never tried School Bread before and was in the mood for a late afternoon snack.

I ordered a chocolate cupcake.

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Ian’s School Bread, $3.99

The School Bread recipe comes from a classic Norwegian snack (properly called “Skolebrød”), which kids took to school in their lunches and parents sold at bake sales.

The bread is a cross between a cinnamon roll and a dinner roll. It’s not super moist, more like a dinner roll flavored with cardamom.

We’ve tried it before and didn’t care for it, but Ian really liked it!  🙂

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People either love School Bread or hate it.

The Kringla Bakeri also features a selection of other traditional Norwegian pastries like lefse, and also a large selection of sandwiches, many of which contain some sort of fish or eggs.

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Menu board, February 2019

Sandwiches with fish and cheese.

Sandwiches with fish and cheese.

We love lefse!!

We love lefse!!  ❤

These looked tasty!

These looked tasty!

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Purple Passion Cupcakes, $5.99, new this month.

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Pretzels

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Sweet treats.

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My chocolate cupcake with snowflake sprinkles.

There is lots of seating outside in the back, which is nice in the evening or when the weather is too hot. It was empty when we were there.

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You can get wine by the glass, $9

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The bakery is right next to the Norway Viking.

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Velkomen! Welcome!!

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We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com:

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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It’s considered good luck to touch the troll’s big nose…it means that you’ll be back! 🙂

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We always stop by and touch the troll’s nose for luck!  ❤

One last secret that only cast members know:

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Did you know that there’s a twin of the Epcot troll in Norway??!! The troll at Epcot is brown, while the troll at the Flam Railway Station in Voss, Norway has been painted.

Brunch at Disney World’s Trail’s End Restaurant

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Welcome to Trail’s End Restaurant

Christian and a few of his DCP friends decided to have brunch at Trail’s End Restaurant near the Wilderness Lodge last week.

You can’t just drive up to the restaurant parking lot.  It took them an hour to go about 6 mikes from their DCP apartments to the restaurant.

First, they took the cast member bus over to the Wilderness Lodge, then caught another shuttle bus to the restaurant which is up in the Fort Wilderness campground area.  The Wilderness shuttle buses run every 5 minutes, and it takes about 10-12 minutes to get from the Lodge to the restaurant as the buses make a lot of stops along the way.

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Don’t be late for your reservation! Allow a lot of time to get to the restaurant!

Trail’s End is a pretty small restaurant, and it’s set up buffet serving style.

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The stone fireplace with elk head mounted over it.

The restaurant is decorated in western décor, including a real buffalo head mounted on the wall and a real the stone fireplace.

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The restaurant’s buffet stations with hot and cold breakfast foods.

A few minutes after being seated and ordering some juice, they all got up and went over to the different stations of food.

Moonshine juice in glass canning jars.

“Moonshine”, aka POG juice, in glass canning jars.

Trail’s End serves the most delicious “moonshine” drink, a yummy mixture of chilled orange juice, passion juice, and guava juice..aka POG juice. So good!

Everything is served on western-style tin plates.

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Round 1. Christian has been missing having fresh fruit while at the DCP.

The house specialty is the French Toast Bake and all their signature buffet egg dishes.  They feature huge, “help yourself” serving platters of crisp bacon and grilled breakfast sausages.  All delicious!

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Dessert. 🙂

Cast members get a 40% discount on breakfast.  For that giant breakfast, it’s $17.99 guests, but only $10.79 for cast members!!!

Trail’s End is hands-down the best breakfast at Disney World!

Rating:  5 Stars

Some more food photos:

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Lots of fresh fruit available.

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Two kinds of Mickey Waffles:  Plain and Chocolate Chip!

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Bacon and two kinds of breakfast sausages.

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Mickey Waffles!! Christian’s favorite!

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Two kinds of yogurt (strawberry and vanilla) with several healthy toppings.

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Scrambled eggs.

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Muffin station

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Bagels and cream cheese.

Trail’s End Breakfast Buffet (February 2019)

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Breakfast Buffet: $17.99

Entree/Main Courses
Breakfast Buffet – Scrambled Eggs, Sausage and Bacon, Breakfast Pizza, Breakfast Hash, Mickey Waffles, Eggs Benedict, Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Specialty Country Pork Dish, French Toast-Custard Pudding, Cheese Grits, Oatmeal, Yogurt Parfait Station, Freshly-baked Pastries, Vegetable Frittata – $17.99 [HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!]

Bounty Breakfast – served with Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Hash Browns, French Toast, and Biscuit – $8.79

Side Dishes
Biscuits and Gravy –  $3.69
Blueberry Yogurt – $1.99
Cinnamon Roll –  $3.19
Fruit Plate –  $3.39
Muffins –  $2.79
Oatmeal – $2.79
Warm Sticky Buns (6 each) –  $4.69

Drinks
Assorted Fountain Beverages – Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Cherry Coke, Sprite, Barq’s Root Beer, Minute Maid Light Pomegranate Lemonade, Pibb Xtra, Iced Tea – $2.99
Dasani Bottled Water –  $2.50
Freshly Brewed Joffrey’s Coffee – $2.79
Hot Cocoa – $2.79
Hot Tea –  $2.79
Moonshine Juice, Minute Maid Apple Juice – $2.59

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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge lobby. Very pretty! It’s a beautiful lodge.

They stopped by the Wilderness Lodge afterwards and had a look around.  It’s a beautiful place, a copy of Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

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We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com:

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Cinderella’s Royal Coach Returned to Magic Kingdom for Valentine’s Day

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Cinderella’s Royal Carriage on display last week.

Cinderella’s Royal Carriage returned to Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom for a few days for Valentine’s Day, on February 13, 14, and 15, 2019.

We were walking by Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel and happened to spot it.

There were only 3 people in line to see it!

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That’s a very plush carriage seat!

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The crystals on top of the carriage.

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A carriage built for one.

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My mom meeting the Fairy Godmother.

She’s a favorite of ours!  Just the nicest character that you’ll talk to at the Magic Kingdom!

We went on Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel that night and the carriage was still out, all illuminated.  Very pretty!

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The carriage all lit up at night.

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A Magical Moment Reunion

When Amber was 2 years old, she met Snow White at the Magic Kingdom.

“Every single time I saw her until I was 15, she recognized me and knew me by name. She made my Disney childhood so incredibly magical. I haven’t seen her in person since, but I knew she was now the Fairy Godmother. Today, I tracked her down & got to hug her. Best day ever!!”

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25 years later….

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We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP.

Both are available on Amazon.com:

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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