The Chocolate Lover’s Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream!!!

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Beaches and Cream soda fountain at the Yacht Club.

After renting our Surrey Bike and pedaling around the Boardwalk for an hour, we headed over to our reservation at Beaches and Cream.

I was so excited – none of my CP friends have tried the Kitchen Sink, so we were doing it on our last week of the program.

I tried the Kitchen Sink during my last program with Elly…and it was super gross.  😦

I do not like coffee ice cream + pineapple topping, which was what I got with every bite last time!! Yuck!!

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Trying the Kitchen Sink with my ICP friends that work strollers at DAK with me: Eve, Julia, and Jane!

This time around, I begged my friends to try something different than the $50 Original Kitchen Sink.

I heard that there were actually different types of Kitchen Sinks, so I convinced my friends to try the chocolate one with me.

There are actually 3 types of Kitchen Sinks at Beaches and Cream: the B&C Original, the Chocolate Lovers, and the Neapolitan.

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Chocolate Lovers Kitchen Sink: 3 scoops chocolate ice cream, 3 scoops cookies and cream, 2 scoops vanilla, 4 brownies, 4 oreos, 2 milky ways, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, white and dark chocolate shavings, and a WHOLE CAN OF WHIP CREAM!!!!!  Yes, please!

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OMG!!!

Luckily, all my girlfriends love chocolate as much as I do and we were all set to order the Chocolate Lovers Kitchen Sink.

Here's a funny shot, trying to get all of us in the photo! Our waitress was so nice!

Here’s a funny shot, trying to get all of us in the photo! Our waitress was so nice!

So good!!

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Excited to dig in with my ICP friend, Jane!

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All gone! So good!!

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that we finished the entire thing! Yum!!!!

Here’s a list of what’s included in the Chocolate Lover’s Kitchen Sink (5,000+ calories!!):

  • ½ cup fudge topping, warmed
  • ½ cup caramel topping, warmed
  • 2 4-oz. scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 3 4-oz. scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 3 4-oz. scoops cookies and cream ice cream
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 brownies (6-inch x 6-inch), cut in half
  • 2 regular-sized Milky Way  candy bars, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate shavings
  • 1 tablespoon white chocolate shavings
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate cookies with cream filling (Oreos), crushed
  • 1 tablespoon milk chocolate chip morsels
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles
  • 1 ENTIRE 14-oz CAN OF WHIPPED CREAM!

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Working the pin board at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Renting a Surrey Bike on the Boardwalk

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The Boardwalk Surrey Bikes.

I have been trying to convince my CP friends to rent one of those surrey bikes at the Boardwalk. It looks like SO much fun!

Since it was our last week of our summer College Program, I planned an epic night of bike riding followed by dessert at Beaches and Cream over at the Yacht Club!

We all got off work by 6pm and met up at the Boardwalk.

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If only the Boardwalk had been this empty when we were biking around!!  It was filled with summer crowds on the night we were there.

The surrey bike rental is right in front of the Boardwalk.  They were actually setting up for a movie on the lawn while we were “gearing” up for this!  (Get it? GEARING!??)
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We were super confused because you know that you can get alcohol at the Boardwalk, you’d think you’d want a more competent DD than just someone over 21 driving. 😉

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Here is the contract, which I had to fill out as the Driver and then everyone else in the party also had to sign it.

It was just $22 to rent the bike.  We had him split the bill 5 ways to make it easy for all of us to pay since none of us carry cash.  At less than $5 per person, it was cheaper than a movie ticket!

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Ready to roll.

After some group photos, we were off!!

I LITERALLY have NEVER laughed so hard in my life!!!!!

It kind of looks easy, watching other families go around the lake loop.  You start at the boardwalk, normally heading towards Epcot, cross over the International Gateway bridge, past the Yacht and Beach club, and then make a complete circle back at the Boardwalk.

I was the driver and my ICP friend, Eve, (from Thailand) was in charge of the bell. Well, guests gave no bothers at all about a giant mult-person bike hurdling towards them! haha  I kept telling my friends, “Don’t worry, my hand is ON the brake!” as we are literally going on two wheels around the corners.  I didn’t mean I was using the brake, but my hand was on it!

We were coming up to the “hill” right before the Friendship bridgeway and I was trying to get everyone to kick it up a notch because I knew it would be harder than it looks. Instead, we literally came to a complete stop on this hill!!!  (There’s a reason they call it “Heartbreak Hill”!)

We were laughing so hard as all the pedestrians strolled past us!

We made it almost all the way around and didn’t realize that there was a second hill on the other side of the Boardwalk!  We couldn’t make it up it and came to a complete stop, all of us just dying with laughter!  Luckily, a cast member was walking in the opposite direction and stopped to give us a boost up the hill.

The complete loop is only supposed to take less than 30 minutes….it took us over an hour!  When we got back to the rental place, I hopped off and asked the CM if we could go around again.

The guy working there was very nice and said it was OK!  He made it a Magical Moment for us!  So off we went!  We pedaled about one shop down the Boardwalk and realized…we didn’t want to conquer those hills again.  It was my bright idea to just do a U-turn and head back to the rental place.

Except, we had stopped our surrey between a shop and a street performer!  We got completely stuck at a dead stop length-wise on the Boardwalk!  We were all laughing so hard!  We tried to simultaneously pedal backwards and that did nothing!

Luckily, a random guest saw how much we were struggling (the surrey’s are very heavy) and grabbed onto the front of the bike and, as I steered, he backed us up enough so that we could turn completely around.  Too funny!

By the time we completed our outing, I was completely soaked in sweat from all the pedaling, from the Florida humidity, and from the embarrassment!

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Ready to conquer some hills!

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The Boardwalk at night. So pretty with the lights reflecting off the lake.  The Frozen fireworks at DHS were just starting.

It was literally the best night of my DCP program! ❤

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Dock sign says: “Wishing You a Magical Day”.


We decided to walk to Beaches and Cream to cool down and were so happy to catch the 9pm Frozen fireworks going off at Hollywood Studios, perfectly framed over the Boardwalk!
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 Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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Character Breakfast at Cape May

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Caroline’s friend and former coworker Meaghan (who now works at Epcot) invited us to go with her and her roommate Sara (who works at Sea World) to a character breakfast at Cape May at the Beach Club Resort by Epcot.

This was something new for us to do. Cape May is not as well-known as the other character breakfast buffets at WDW, so it’s easier to get last minute reservations there. We were able to use one of our 50% off CM dining coupons, which made the breakfast very reasonable.

Character Breakfast at Cape May

Beach Minnie

Minnie in her bathing suit and straw hat.

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So sweet!

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Our reservation was for 9am so we could have breakfast, and then head over to Epcot for the day. We liked the atmosphere at the Beach Club resort a lot. The pastel colors and décor are very “seashore at the turn-of-the-century”. It seems fun and carefree, perfect for a relaxed breakfast buffet.

Cape May dining room.

Cape May dining room.

The carpet matches the umbrella decor.

The carpet matches the umbrella decor.

Our buffet awaits.  Notice the umbrellas in the tiles.

Our buffet awaits. Notice the umbrellas in the tiles.

Mickey Waffles with warm syrup.

Mickey Waffles with warm syrup.  YUM!

The buffet was extensive and delicious! They had all kinds of breads and Danish, muffins, croissants, cinnamon rolls, cereals both hot and cold, scrambled eggs, frittata of the day, cheeses, seasoned potatoes, bacon/sausage/fish, fresh fruit, salads, and, of course, Caroline’s favorites: Mickey Waffles!

DSCN0532One cool thing that we did for this character breakfast was to bring our big Vinylmation for the characters to sign! 🙂

Elly’s great idea!

Minnie signing her name.

Minnie signing her name.

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Goofy in his swimsuit and life vest.

Goofy in his swimsuit and life vest.

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Donald Duck.

Donald Duck.  He’s a hard character to find at meet & greets.

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There are three Disney characters that visit with guests at their tables: Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, all in their bathing suits!

We missed seeing them in these costumes during our Disney Dream cruise in February, so it was fun to see them wearing them at Cape May! (Elly wished Mickey had been there in his swim suit costume – she’s still collecting photos with him in all his costumes!)

The characters were wearing the same beach costumes that they wear at Castaway Cay in the Bahamas!

The characters were wearing the same beach costumes that they wear at Castaway Cay in the Bahamas!

The umbrellas at the Beach Club are the same as the umbrellas at Castaway Cay!

The umbrellas at the Beach Club are the same as the umbrellas at Castaway Cay beach!

It was a wonderful breakfast with friends, then we were off to Norway at Epcot’s World Showcase. 🙂

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Cape May Café Menu, April 2014

All You Care to Eat Buffet, with Minnie, Goofy, Donald in Beach Attire

Served 7:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Note that the price of this meal varies based on the time of year (peak seasons vs regular season), and even on the day of the week (weekday vs weekend). The general price ranges for this meal are as follows:

Adult price range: $26.62-$30.88

Child (ages 3-9) price range: $13.84-$17.03

Tax is included; gratuity is not included. A standard, non-alcoholic beverage is included in this price.

The Breakfast Buffet Menu, October 2014

Bakery

Assorted Fresh-Baked Pastries, with butter and jellies

Cold Offerings

Sliced Salami, Capicola, Selection of Cheeses

Smoked Salmon, Pastrami-style Smoked Salmon, Capers, Onions, Lemons, Tomatoes

Hard-boiled Eggs, Low-fat Cottage Cheese, Apple Sauce, Healthy Grain Fruit Salad

Diced Pineapple, Diced Cantaloupe, Diced Watermelon, Orange Slices, Grapefruit, Strawberries

Apple Walnut Spinach Salad

Low-fat Strawberry Yogurt and Low-fat Vanilla Honey Yogur, Macerated Fresh Mixed Berries, Housemade Granola

Assorted Cereals with milk (skim, 2%)

Assorted Bagels, Breads, English Muffins, Cream Cheese, Butter, Strawberry Preserves and Grape Jelly

Hot Offerings

Scrambled Eggs, Chorizo and Four Cheese Scrambled Eggs, Frittata, Stewed Roma Tomatoes, Breakfast Potatoes

Hand-carved Glazed Ham, Pork Sausage Links, Smoked Bacon

Cape May Cafe French-toast with Maple Syrup, Caramel Banana Sauce

Mickey Waffles with Chocolate Chips, Strawberry Melba and Whipped Cream

Seasonal Vegetables, Hollandaise Sauce, Creamy Cheddar Grits, Biscuits with Home-style Sausage Gravy

Hot Oatmeal and Hot Apple Quinoa Cereal

Drinks

Unlimited milk, Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, Juices

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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