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:

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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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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Top 10 Food Myths About Eating at Disney World

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Happy Fall, y’all!  Welcome!

#1:  The kids’ menu is only for kids.

Anyone can order from the kids’ menu.  We do it all the time.

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Kid’s Meal: Turkey sandwich with healthy sides and a fountain drink. $5.99

#2:  Character meals are only for kids.

Oh, please.  We love meeting characters and we love character buffets!!  Enough said.

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Character breakfast with Mickey…a chance to meet him without waiting in long meet and greet lines!

#3:  You can’t bring in your own food and drinks.

Disney World allows guests to bring food and drinks into the parks.  The rules are simple: no alcohol and nothing in glass containers (with the exception of baby food in glass jars). Enjoy!

#4:  It’s impossible to eat on a budget.

Counter service locations in every park provide FREE cups of ice water. We always ask for large cups with lots of ice.  We never order anything but water to drink with our meals, saving at least $3/person/meal.  My sister brings concentrated fruit punch drops to add to her iced water.

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Water in Florida can sometimes taste “off”. These drops make it delicious!

If you want to save money on snacks, pack some granola bars, baggies of cookies or chips, poptarts, a little something for everyone in your bag or backpack.

Then, buy one Disney Snack per day, like a Mickey pretzel, and share it!  Best of both worlds.

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Sweet treats for dessert. Most can be shared by at least 2 people!

#5:  There’s nothing healthy to eat at theme parks.

Disney World provides healthy options for guests at quick service, table service, and snack stands all over the property. When ordering, look for healthy sides like carrots, salads, apple slices, grapes, or other fresh fruit.

Look for Mickey Check meals on the kids menus. These meals follow nutritional guidelines that limit saturated fat, sodium, sugar, and calories. The kids meals have healthy sides like grapes available instead of cookies. (And remember, anyone can order them!)

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Coffees, sodas, and beers available at Epcot Norway pavilion.

#6:  Alcohol isn’t served in Disney Parks.

Drink up, me hardies!  When Walt Disney conceptualized the Magic Kingdom, he decreed that it (and Disneyland in California) should remain dry, with no alcohol served on the premises, except for Club 33 in Disneyland. But that tradition ended in 2012 when Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom’s new Fantasyland began serving adult beverages at dinner.  All restaurants at Epcot serve wine and beer.  Same with the nice sit down restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios.

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These ham and cheese sandwiches at Epcot France are so good!!!

#7:  There’s nothing but burgers and fries on the menu.

Even the quick service places offer pretty good choices on their menus.  While the park burgers aren’t very good, the fries are consistently good everywhere. The sandwiches are very good.

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These sandwiches are very tasty!

#8:  Dining with allergies is too hard.

Disney World has made a lot of progress over the past few years in providing options for guests with food allergies. This attention to allergens even finds a place at special ticketed events – like at the 2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, where allergy-friendly treats are available to all guests.

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Some of the baby food and supplies available at the Baby Care Center at the Magic Kingdom. All the Baby Care Centers at Disney World are fully stocked.

#9:  It’s too hard to visit Disney World with a baby.

We speak from our experience working as WDW cast members…Disney World is a place for families, including those with babies.  There are fabulous Baby Care Centers located in all four parks, and they are terrific, quiet spots to take care of your little one.  Caroline loved working at the one in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  They are fully stocked with baby food and snacks.  But, please, use some common sense people!  The millions of guests visiting the WDW parks annually come from all over the world and your 4 week old newborn baby shouldn’t be exposed to their germs!!

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Caroline (off duty) at her DAK Baby Care Center.

#10:  Same-day Advance Dining Reservations are impossible to find.

Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) can be made 180 days ahead of your arrival day.  Lots of guests book their dining reservations at 12:01am.

Two things are helpful for finding same-day ADRs: persistence and flexibility. Be persistent: check the Disney World dining app repeatedly throughout the day. Be flexible: check out dining reservations at an off time and you might get lucky.  Plans change and guests change their ADRs all the time!

Last:  There’s nothing for vegetarians to eat.

Total myth.  Disney has really expanded their vegetarian meal offerings across the property.  We’ve never tried any of them so we can’t comment on their taste, but know that a surprising number of guests order them.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

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

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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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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20%-40% Dining Discount for WDW Cast Members

At Be Our Guest for lunch.

At Be Our Guest for lunch.

We’ve updated this blog for 2015-2016: 20-40% Dining Discount for Cast Members 

With just a few blackout dates, cast members at WDW get at least a 20% – and a some locations a 40% – dining discount at a lot of onsite restaurants through October 3, 2015.

Here’s our CP tip:  Ask every time!  There are too many restaurants and blackout dates and restrictions to keep track of!  We always asked (nicely of course!) at every place we eat at, including the QSFB ones!

You never know!

Dining reservations can be booked directly online at: www.disneyworld.com/dining

General dining blackout dates through October 3, 2015.

General dining blackout dates through October 3, 2015.

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Restaurants WITH restrictions and blackout dates. (20%)

Restaurants with NO blackout dates.

Restaurants with NO blackout dates. (40%)

The fine print.

The fine print.

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

Book link on Amazon.com:

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

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