The Earl of Sandwich at Disney Springs

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March 2019: My delicious lunch at Earl of Sandwich  $12 (before discount)

There is sadly no Earl of Sandwich where we live in Boulder, Colorado.

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Welcome!

But, there’s a really large nice one at Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida that we eat at once a year.

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The Earl of Sandwich at Disney Springs.

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The Earl of Sandwich at night.

The ordering line is usually out the door all day long, but the line moves very fast and we rarely wait more than 15 minutes for our food.

There’s table seating both inside and outside.

The Earl also serves breakfast, but we’ve never been there that early!

Open:  8:30am – 11pm

And, they are on the Disney Dining Plan and accept Quick Service/ Snack credits.

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And cast members get a 10% discount! (Thanks Lisbeth!)

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The Holiday Turkey Sandwich

This popular spot for a quick meal at a reasonable price features hot and cold sandwiches served on oven-warm bread.  Large selection of salads and bakery items.  Counter service restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

The Earl of Sandwich

The Earl of Sandwich

Menu items:
Hot Sandwiches ($6.99 – $7.99)
Sandwich Wraps ($6.99)
Artisan Soups ($4.99 – $5.99)
Breakfast Sandwiches ($6.49)
Fresh Salads ($7.99)
Bake Shop (muffins, cookies, brownies, scones, turnovers) ($1.99 – $4.99)
Chips ($1.29)
Bread Pudding ($2.99)
Smoothies, soft drinks, teas, juice, beers
Signature Earl’s Grey Lemonade ($2.99)
Boxed lunches to-go are available

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8:29am before they open the door to the waiting masses outside.

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So good!

Lunch/Dinner Menu – April 2019

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 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.

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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Disney Officially Cancels Plans for 4th Resort Hotel in Downtown Disney at Disneyland

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The canceled hotel.

Plans for a luxury hotel at the west end of Downtown Disney in Anaheim are dead, and the area will remain focused on shopping, dining and entertainment, Walt Disney Co. officials announced Wednesday.

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They closed the Earl of Sandwich – our favorite place to have lunch and brought in food trucks instead!!!! 😦

This summer, Disney had started emptying out businesses, including the Rainforest Cafe, AMC Theaters, Starbucks, ESPN Zone, and the Earl of Sandwich (our favorite place to eat!), to make way for the hotel expected to lure business and pleasure travelers seeking high-end accommodations.

The Earl of Sandwich will re-open in their old spot this month.

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Proposed hotel design

Disney has been working for years toward construction of the posh new hotel on the west side of Downtown Disney, reaching to the border of the existing Disneyland Hotel. However, the hotel project was redesigned to move the hotel proposed location from the existing parking lot of Downtown Disney to an adjacent location.

dlr4The project has been in limbo since August, when the city told Disney a shift in the location of the project meant it could no longer receive the promised tax incentive.

Disneyland Resort confirmed today that they will not be adding a 4th hotel at this time.

Disneyland Resort spokesman, Liz Jaeger, made the following statement on the project this afternoon:

“We’ve taken the time to review the economics of our proposed Four Diamond hotel for Anaheim and have made the final decision to cancel the project. While this is disappointing for many, the conditions and agreements that stimulated this investment in Anaheim no longer exist and we must therefore adjust our long-term investment strategy.”

The hotel was being built to take advantage of a “City of Anaheim tax incentive for building four-star hotels within the city.” The program, created in 2015, allowed Disney to retain 70 percent of the occupancy tax visitors brought in for the first 20 years of operation. The city of Anaheim denied the incentive when Disney revised hotel plans, forcing Disney to rethink the building of the hotel.

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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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Girls Night Out at Downtown Disney

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Shopping at World of Disney with my friends.

My DAK coworker friends and I got off work at 7pm and decided to take the bus over to DTD instead of heading home to our apartments.

The sun was setting by the time we got to DTD and got changed out of our costumes and into street clothes.

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In our Mickey ears.

We had dinner at Earl of Sandwich – delicious!! – and walked around seeing all the changes and construction.

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That hit the spot! 🙂

(Downtown Disney will become Disney Springs in summer 2016.)

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Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop at night.

When it was time for some dessert, the place to go was, of course, Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop! 🙂

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YUM!!

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I got a Cookie Dough Sundae.

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Two Girls
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale
by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
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 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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The Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney

The Earl of Sandwich at DTD.

The Earl of Sandwich at DTD.

There’s no Earl of Sandwich where we live (Boulder, Colorado).

But, there’s a really large nice one at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida.

Eating there day and....

Eating there day and….

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…night! 🙂

We ate there both on the first day of our vacation, and also with friends on our last vacation day before we headed out to the airport. As usual, it was delicious! Both times, the serving line was literally out the door, but the line moves fast and we didn’t wait more than 20 minutes for our food.

The Holiday Turkey Sandwich

The Holiday Turkey Sandwich.  This is one of their BEST sandwiches!

A year ago, the Earl of Sandwich is where we celebrated Thanksgiving 2013 while we were working at DCP:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/thanksgiving-weekend-working-at-downtown-disney/

This popular spot for a quick meal at a reasonable price features hot and cold sandwiches served on oven-warm bread.  Large selection of salads and bakery items.  Counter service restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

The Earl of Sandwich

The Earl of Sandwich

Menu items:
Hot Sandwiches ($5.99 – $6.49)
Sandwich Wraps ($6.49)
Artisan Soups ($3.99 – $4.99)
Breakfast Sandwiches ($6.49)
Fresh Salads ($6.49)
Bake Shop (muffins, cookies, brownies, scones, turnovers) ($2.29 – $3.99)
Ice Cream sandwiches
Smoothies, soft drinks, teas, juice, beers
Signature Earl’s Grey Lemonade
Boxed lunches to-go available as well as a selection of prepared items

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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

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
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 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.

Thanksgiving Weekend: Working at Downtown Disney

Thanksgiving Weekend: Working at Downtown Disney

Having Thanksgiving dinner with my CP friends.

Thanksgiving is a great time of year because it’s getting to be close to Christmas! Normally, I love having a break from college and being home and doing fun things like decorating, eating good food, and going to movies.

This year was a bit different because on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and Saturday, I worked early morning stocking shifts, which mean I had to be at Downtown Disney by 5:30am.

The CPs in the program with me all work nights, and normally so do I, because the full-time or part-time people work the normal day hours. So, it’s been really hard lying in bed waiting to fall asleep at my normal time of 2am, and then getting up at 4:40am for work (3 days in a row)! The shifts actually aren’t that bad; it’s basically processing the delivery of new merchandise, scanning it into the system, putting ink tags on everything, and then putting the merchandise onto the shelf or back in the stock room.

Thanksgiving note from the managers.

Thanksgiving note from the managers.

I like working holidays because Disney does a great job recognizing the cast members that are working, and this year we had a catered Thanksgiving feast luncheon by Boston Market, how perfect!

During my break, the two other CPs who were working with me (Allie and Damyra) in the other stores in my zone joined me and we had a little lunch in the back lot behind Once Upon a Toy store. It was pretty good, but the feast was missing the stuffing and mac and cheese, both of which are so good from Boston Market! The managers served it to us too, which was pretty cool.

Serving stations.

Serving stations.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Pumpkin pies for everyone!

Pumpkin pies for everyone!

The best thing about the food was the homemade cupcakes someone made. They were pumpkin cupcakes with spiced frosting, and inside of them was a little mini pumpkin pie (with pie crust and pumpkin pie filling), baked inside the cupcake. It was really cool and yummy! Cake & pie together!

While I had to work, Caroline had Thanksgiving off! She didn’t tell anyone for 2 weeks because she knew she’s be barraged by requests from CPs to switch shifts with her! (She went to the DCP Housing’s Thanksgiving Feast earlier.)

Since she had a nice day off and cleaned the apartment since we have our third inspection coming up. 😦

She also got to sleep in, which I was so jealous of because I’d been working 5+ hours by the time she got up.

On Thanksgiving Day, I came home from work at 2:30pm and immediately took a nap! When I woke up at 5pm, we went to Downtown Disney.

Thanksgiving night at the Earl of Sandwich

Thanksgiving night at the Earl of Sandwich

We had a fancy, gourmet, home-cooked dinner at ‘Earl of Sandwich’, lol! That was our Thanksgiving dinner, but Caroline actually got the “Holiday Ham”, which she said was very good. I had a chicken wrap, since I’d already had Thanksgiving food for lunch.

After dinner, we walked all the way to the other end of Downtown Disney, in the freezing cold, and we tried out the “Dine-In” AMC Movie Theater, which was FANCY! The chairs are huge leather sofa type chairs and you have a table in front of you, and a waitress.

Caroline got a holiday drink called the “Snowball”, which came in a round glass and was white. It tasted like peppermint. We both got desserts and it was very fancy! The Disney movie “Frozen” just opened and was AMAZING! Best movie EVER! I loved every one of the songs, and it really blew me away. We’re planning on seeing it at least 2 more times and buying the sound track immediately! So awesome!

Our “Frozen” blog link: Seeing Disney’s “Frozen” Movie

At AMC, having drinks and watching 'Frozen'.

At AMC, having drinks and watching ‘Frozen’.

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Downtown Disney at 5:30AM

If you’re wondering what Downtown Disney looks like at 5:30 in the morning, it’s COLD (41 degrees) and DARK (sunrise isn’t until 6:50am). All the Christmas lights are turned on and it’s very quiet.

I had three stocking shifts in a row this Thanksgiving weekend, all 6am – 2:30pm. 😦

Downtown DIsney Christmas display.  So pretty!

Downtown Disney Christmas display. So pretty!

My friend, Ting, works at Pin Traders with me.

My friend, Ting, works at Pin Traders with me.

Off to work at Team Mickey.

Thanksgiving weekend.  Off to work at Team Mickey.

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Two Disney sisters.

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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Friday Night Magic

August 23, 2013:  Friday Night Magic

I spent the day exploring Downtown Disney! I drove over with Elly because she had to work. She showed me her break room and her costuming, and we just hung out for a few minutes before she had to clock in.

It’s interesting to see how different the setup is for her. Costuming is so close and easy to access! Unlike Animal Kingdom, which is a ten minute drive away from the Park’s front door.

I started out the afternoon eating at the Earl of Sandwich. That place is so good! And I used my cast member discount to get 20% off! I ordered a Hawaiian sub and chips. So good!

I walked over to see Elly in action and was happily surprised to see that a special wall of pins was temporarily open for trading! I immediately got in line and traded for Belle from the gem series. 🙂

After visiting Elly, I walked over to World of Disney. That place is HUGE! Literally twelve massive rooms. I must have walked through it for two hours and still ended up asking for help for what I was looking for. Haha.

I was on a mission to buy mom’s birthday presents! I got her a picture frame, a Mickey snowflake, Mickey and Minnie Thanksgiving salt and pepper shakers, and some key chains. Oh, and some Disney earrings for me to wear to work! All with my cast member discount!! 😀

Oh, a funny story, almost every cast member I talked with to pin trade with somehow knew I was also a cast member. Must have been my Disney look!
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain

Then, I went to the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and got this delicious creation!

I was originally going to try to go to Hollywood Studios to see Fantasmic (hence my great shirt), but didn’t end up going. I opted for a night in, preferably sitting down. 🙂