Having Breakfast at Disney’s Grand Floridian Café

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It’s a very pretty cafe!

We were lucky to get last minute reservations for 3 for breakfast at Disney’s Grand Floridian Café.

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Having breakfast with Christian!

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It all looks so good! Breakfast is the best meal that the café serves.

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Huge Mickey Waffle, warmed maple syrup, scrambled eggs and bacon, and a cup of strong coffee. I am ready for the day! ❤

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❤ Having breakfast with my favorite guys. ❤

We were lucky that Christian had the day off and was able to join us.  (Fun fact: Disney cast members get a 40% breakfast meal discount at Disney’s Grand Floridian Café.)

It’s a very pretty restaurant and the breakfast food is all very good.

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Eggs Benedict are Mitch’s favorite breakfast!  A Flight of Eggs Benedict: A tasting of Grand Floridian Cafes’ Three-signature Eggs Benedict served with Marinated Tomato Salad, $19.

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Christian’s huge Mickey Waffle topped with fried chicken and warmed maple syrup.  $20 Delicious!

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My Grand Breakfast, $16

The cafe is very pretty and inviting, especially in the morning with the sunlight streaming in through the windows.  (Our reservation was at 10am.)

It’s done in all pinks and creams, with lovely views of the Grand Floridian blooming rose garden outside.

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Look at all the windows!  You almost need sunglasses to eat here in the morning!

View of the rose gardens outside.

Lovely views of the Grand Floridian’s rose garden outside.

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Grand Floridian Cafe

Welcome!

Elegant, yet unpretentious, the Grand Floridian Cafe is a delightful restaurant. The Victorian motif features lovely florals and muted tones. A wall of windows overlooks the courtyard and landscaped rose gardens of the Grand Floridian Resort.

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Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast Menu, April 2019

Entrees

American – Two eggs served with biscuits, bacon, sausage and breakfast potatoes and a choice of juice, $16

Sirloin Steak and Eggs – Breakfast potatoes, two eggs your way in Béarnaise sauce, $20

Fruit Plate – with cottage cheese or Greek yogurt and granola, $9

Smoked Salmon – with tomatoes, onions, capers, cream cheese and toasted bagel, $11

Eggs Benedict – Two poached eggs on a toasted English Muffin, Canadian bacon, and Key Lime hollandaise sauce served with asparagus and broiled tomato au gratin, $15

Lobster Eggs Benedict – Two poached eggs, lobster hash, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce, $20

Ham and Cheese Omelet – served with breakfast potatoes, $13

Frittata – Egg whites, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes, basil and fresh fruit, $12

Seasonal Pancakes – Seasonally-inspired with house-made butter with choice of bacon or sausage, $14

Mickey Waffle – malted or multigrain waffle served with bacon or sausage, $15

Buttermilk Pancakes – served with bacon or sausage; strawberry, blueberry or bananas add $3.50, $14

My French Toast with bacon and warmed syrup.

Brioche French Toast with bacon and warmed syrup.  $16

Vanilla-laced French Toast – Brioche bread dipped in vanilla-flavored egg batter served with bacon or sausage, $16 [I’ve had this.  Highly Recommended!] 

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Fruit plate (vegan), $9

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Mickey Waffle, $15

Side Dishes

Ham, Bacon or Sausage, $5

Turkey Sausage or Canadian Bacon, $5

Fruit-flavored Yogurt, $5

Greek Yogurt – with orange blossom honey, $4

Cottage Cheese, $4

Pastry Selections, $6

Danish or Croissant, $4

Bagel and Cream Cheese, $4

Steel-cut Oatmeal – served with raisins and brown sugar, $8

Beverages

Grand Blend Press Pot Coffee, $8

Coffee, $3.79

Espresso, $3.99

Cappuccino or Latte – Flavored with Chocolate, Caramel or Vanilla – add $.50; $ 5.50

Juices, $3.99

Specialty Beverages (non-alcoholic)

Disney Character Punch – Light Lemonade Punch served in a souvenir cup with a glowing Disney character clip-on light, $8.00

Mega Berry Smoothie – raspberry puree and nonfat yogurt blended with Odwalla Berries Go Mega, $6.00

Raspberry Colada – blend of creamy colada and pureed raspberries, $5.50

Tropical Splash – refreshing surprise of blended strawberries and orange juice, $6.00

All-natural Lemonade – topped with a Wildberry Foam, $5.49

Frozen Cappuccinos – chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut or caramel, $5.50

Specialty Cocktails (alcoholic)

Grand Colada – a tropical blend of Myer’s Rum, Coconut, and Pineapple, topped with Blue Curacao, $12

Florida Sunshine – Peach Schnapps, Chambord, Skyy Vodka, and a splash of orange and cranberry juices, $12.50

Key West – a frozen blend of pureed strawberries and orange juice, laced with rum, $11.25

Grand Mimosa – Champagne, orange juice and a splash of Grand Marnier, $11.50

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The Grand Floridian Cafe planning pin

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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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2019 Giant Easter Eggs on Display at the Grand Floridian

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April 2019:  So many giant eggs to look at this year. The pastry chefs really outdid themselves!

The Annual Giant Easter Eggs Display at the Grand Floridian starts April 1st and runs through April 28, 2019 this year.

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The details.

These 40 JUMBO chocolate Easter Eggs (9-12 pounds each!!) are created and crafted by Disney Pastry Chefs over the course of three weeks.

Each egg is 16” – 20” tall and decorated with “edible products such as modeling chocolate, fondant, sugar floral, royal icing, colored cocoa butter and sculpted sugar art pieces.”

Some Easter Egg highlights from the 2019 Grand Floridian display:

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New this year: Mary Poppins Returns (front).  This is our favorite egg!

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Mary Poppins horse and carriage from the movie. (back).

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Robin Hood.

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Aladdin. Opening June 2019.

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New egg this year: Coco.

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New egg this year: Moana.

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UP.

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Amazing creativity!

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Beauty and the Beast, front

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Beauty and the Beast, back

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Cinderella Royal Carriage egg

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Pinocchio

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Oz Emerald City

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Lady & the Tramp. One of Elly's favorites.

Lady & the Tramp, one of Elly’s favorites.

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Wildlife of the World.

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Evil Queen

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If you have time on your Disney World spring vacation, be sure to stop by the Grand Floridian and bring your camera!!!  They are so wonderful!

And, don’t forget about the sweet treats available at the Parks this month!

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Spring cupcakes at Magic Kingdom.

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Spring cupcakes at Epcot.

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And, the Easter Bunny has returned to the Magic Kingdom this week!

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Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny are greeting guests at the Magic Kingdom all month.

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Special characters will be out all month.  Thumper & Ms. Bunny

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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.

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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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Two Disney Sisters.

 

 

 

 

The Weekly Parasol Parade at Grand Floridian

Showkeeping Parasol Parade at Grand Floridian

Friday morning, 8am:  Cast members getting ready for the Grand Floridian’s Parasol Parade!

We would like to say that we’ve been up and going early enough to see the 8am housekeeping parasol parade in the Grand Floridian courtyard, but that would be a lie!  🙂

Our Grampy was an early riser and really enjoyed seeing the parasol parade during his stays.

It’s on our Disney World bucket list.

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World

A Disney ‘Special Touch’ for Grand Floridian Guests!

Early rising guests at Disney’s Grand Floridian can enjoy a cheery parade of over 50 parasol-toting housekeepers on Monday and Friday mornings at 8am sharp.

The tradition began when the Grand Floridian opened in 1988. The Housekeeping Team cast members, aka Showkeeping,  gather at the marina and slowly stroll through the Victorian courtyard around the pool area. What a charming way to start the day!

It does look like a fun way to begin and to end the work week!

We’ve stayed at the Grand Floridian and the Showkeeping Team works very hard to make guests happy and keep the Grand Floridian spotless and clean.

Watch the parade:  Showkeeping Parade at the Grand Floridian

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What a lovely parade!

What a lovely parade on a beautiful day!

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We love their housekeeping costumes!

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Over 50 cast members – and sometimes guests! – participate in the parade.

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Have a magical day!

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Very pretty!

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And they are off to work for the day!

Some photo credits: WDW Shutterbug.

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Friday, March 8, 2019: Sunny and 73 degrees at 8am. Perfect parade weather!  🙂

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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

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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Two Disney Sisters

Disney World Resort Hopping 101: The Basics

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Welcome to Walt Disney World!

Resort Hopping is a great way to spend some down time on your Disney World vacation.

Maybe the parks are crowded and you want to get away from the hustle and bustle.

Maybe you have an extra day of vacation without tickets and want some fun ways to fill your time.

We do it every trip and it’s a lot of fun.

Here are our Resort Hopping 101 tips:

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Transportation options at Disney World

Use Disney Transportation

Use Disney Transportation when traveling between resorts.  It’s free.

The Monorail travels between three of the resorts, some resorts have boat transportation, and Disney buses travel to all resorts.

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The gondolas will have great treetop views of the parks!

The Disney Skyliner gondolas will be up and running this summer.

During peak times of the year, Disney has started charging for daytime resort parking ($25) and/or limiting resort parking to guests with hotel reservations, not just dining reservations.

Make a Dining Reservation

Part of the appeal to resort hopping is to try the restaurants at the resorts.

All of the deluxe resorts boast fine dining options with award-wining restaurants. Some even offer entertainment and character dining experiences.

Plan on dining for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the resorts on your resort-hopping list, and make a reservation in advance. This will guarantee you a spot at a table during your resort adventures.

Don’t Try to Do It All

With over 25 resorts at Disney World, it would be unrealistic to expect to visit them all when resort hopping, and it would take away from the fun and enjoyment. Set realistic expectations in regards to the number of resorts you plan to visit in one day.  Pick one or two things you’d like to do at each resort, and don’t be disappointed that you can’t do it all. It just means you’ll have to visit again!

Go on a Travel Day

If you only have part of a day at Disney due to your arrival or departure time, spend the time resort hopping instead of purchasing a ticket to the parks (now over $100/day for a single park ticket) when you can only spend a few hours there. You’ll save some money by not buying a park ticket, and you will find plenty of fun and magic at the resorts.

Be Prepared

You most likely need many of the same things resort hopping as you do spending the day at the parks. You might want to bring a poncho or umbrella in case it rains as you’re traveling to and from resorts, you’ll want your camera and/or phone, comfortable shoes, or anything else you find you need at the parks.

Also, if you have dining reservations at a fine dining location, like California Grill or Victoria & Albert’s, there is a dress code, so make sure what you’re wearing is in line with their dress code.

Dedicate at Least Half a Day

Resort hopping takes time.

It’s wise to dedicate at least half a day to resort hopping. If you try to visit more than a few resorts in less than half a day, you’ll find yourself rushed and most likely unable to do everything on your list. With half a day or more, you can plan on having a meal, a snack, and have time to explore lobbies and shopping places without feeling rushed.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

We love the Grand Floridian’s annual Gingerbread House!

Resort Hop During the Holidays!

Christmas time is truly a magical time at Disney World and that especially includes the resorts!

If you find yourself at Disney World during the Christmas season, make an effort to do some resort hopping. The deluxe resorts go above and beyond in their decorations. All have giant Christmas trees with decorations that correspond to the theme of the resort.

There is a life-sized gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian, and you can purchase delicious gingerbread cookies there. At least 5 other Disney resorts have gingerbread displays, all unique.  Check them all out!

But, be aware that in late 2018 the parking guards really started cracking down on limiting parking to resort guests only at the deluxe resorts during the holiday season.  It’s best to park at one of the other resorts on property like All Stars and take the Disney transportation bus around.

Here are a few of our favorite places to resort hop:

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Our #1 place to resort hop!

The Grand Floridian

You can catch a monorail directly from the Magic Kingdom or from Epcot by way of the Ticket and Transportation Center. There is also a water launch which is fun as long as it’s not cold out. From the other parks, you’ll have to take a bus.

When you get there, check out the orchestra that plays most afternoons upstairs in the main Grand Lobby. Make reservations for proper afternoon tea or for dinner at the fancy Victoria & Albert’s. Look for hidden Mickeys in the elaborate marble floors. This is also a very peaceful place to sit in the Grand Lobby and just enjoy the atmosphere!

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Resort hopping on a cool and rainy afternoon.

Polynesian Resort

Another monorail hotel, you can get to the Polynesian the same ways as the Contemporary or Grand Floridian. Once you get there, go to Captain Cook’s and get a Dole Whip, or get a tropical cocktail at the lounge outside of O’Hana or make a reservation for a family-style dinner at O’Hana.

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We love Dole Whip!

If you schedule your visit late enough, you can watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show over the castle at Magic Kingdom complete with the music piped in while you’re enjoying dinner!

DisneyÕs Contemporary Resort Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes

CR Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes tempting us!

The Contemporary

The Contemporary is a great place to visit. You get to the Contemporary the same way you get to the Polynesian resort since it’s a monorail resort or you can walk over from Magic Kingdom. Once you get there, browse the great gift shops here. These may be our favorite gift shops on property. If you’re hungry, head upstairs to the Contempo Cafe. It’s a quick-service eatery with a lot of unique options for everyone’s tastes. Try the pot roast and veggies – it’s incredible.

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Electrical Water Pageant: It’s very pretty with the float lights reflecting off the Seven Seas Lagoon.

You’ll also find character dining here at Chef Mickey’s. If you’re resort hopping at night, you can watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show over the castle from the 4th floor observation deck and catch the nightly Electrical Water Pageant.

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Don’t forget to stop in at the Wilderness Lodge and check out the huge Christmas tree! So pretty!!!

Wilderness Lodge

To get to the Wilderness Lodge, you can take a boat from the Magic Kingdom or Contemporary Resort, or a bus from the other parks. This is one of our favorite places to explore. Go on a search for hidden Mickeys. Watch the geyser erupt outside, or sit in the immense lobby straight from our National Parks. Take a close look at the towering fireplace.  Book a dinner reservation at Whispering Canyon Cafe – it’s one of the most fun and family-oriented restaurants on property. Roast some marshmallows over the campfire outside (free). You can also catch the Electrical Water Pageant going by at night.

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

The Yacht & Beach Clubs

These resorts are sister resorts, sharing a fabulous pool, in the Epcot resort area. If you’re at Epcot, you can walk out the back entrance at the International Gateway between the France and United Kingdom pavilions and continue on the sidewalk straight to the resorts.

Try a kitchen sink sundae from Beaches & Cream soda shop. Sit on the sandy beach and watch the Friendship boats go by. In the evenings, catch a movie under the stars on this same beach. Go to the lobby of the Yacht Club and visit with the Captain. Browse their gift shops – they’re some of our favorites!

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Disney Boardwalk – See it during the day, but come back at night…it’s magical!

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is a great place to resort hop in the evenings. You can get there the same ways you can get to Yacht & Beach Clubs, as there are sidewalks that connect the three resorts.

If you’re hungry, try the walk-up pizza by the slice window or grab a sweet treat from the Confectionery. There are always street performers to watch and plenty of benches and tables to sit and enjoy the ambiance.

You can rent a surrey bike here as well. Catch a sporting event at the ESPN club. If you stand on the bridge between the Boardwalk and the Yacht & Beach Clubs looking towards Epcot, you can view the 9pm IllumiNations fireworks at the end your day.

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We love the new Happily Ever After fireworks show!!  ❤

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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.

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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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Two Disney Sisters

   

 

Sweet Treats – Buying Shingles from Disney’s Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

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Selling gingerbread treats since 1999!

This time of year when you walk into Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, you can immediately smell the sweet and spicy aroma of baked gingerbread.

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Buying some sweet treats at the Gingerbread House.

Right in the middle of the Grand Floridian’s grand atrium lobby sits the full-sized 2018 GF Gingerbread House.

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The 2018 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

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The gingerbread recipe for making 5,089 shingles!

According to Disney, the gingerbread house is made up of 1,050 pounds of honey, 140 pints of egg whites, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 700 pounds of chocolate, 800 pounds of flour, 35 pounds of spices, and tons of Disney magic and pixie dust. (Look for the 17 Hidden Mickeys in the shingles!)

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The Magic Behind the Gingerbread Dough

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The Gingerbread Shoppe is open 10am – 10pm daily until January 1, 2019.

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Open daily 10am – 10pm.

But, the best part of the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is that on the backside of the structure, you’ll find the Gingerbread Shoppe, a dutch window where guests can purchase many kinds of sweet treats.

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The 2018 Mickey Gingerbread Mug is only available at Disney’s Grand Floridian!

These include gingerbread men, gingerbread houses, gingerbread cookies, gingerbread shingles, and white chocolate treats! If it can be made with gingerbread, it’s likely sold here.  🙂

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The 2018 Gingerbread menu

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Gingerbread everything!!

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Buckets of White Chocolate treats

The gingerbread shingles are the BEST! The cookie is very soft with a subtle gingerbread taste. And, the best part is that the back of the shingle is covered in rich dark chocolate, which pairs nicely with the gingerbread flavor.

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We could eat one of these every day! $9  ❤

It is one of our favorite treats at WDW!

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A Gingerbread House for sale at the Gingerbread House! $80!

A Gingerbread House for sale at the Gingerbread House!  $80

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The Gingerbread Shoppe

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Gingerbread Shingle, $9

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Mickey Mouse Gingerbread (new!), $9

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The 2018 GF Gingerbread Pin was released this week.
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You can even buy decorated gingerbread houses at the GF Gingerbread House!

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I found one of the Hidden Mickeys in the shingles!

The Gingerbread Shoppe is open from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily during the holiday season, usually until the first week in January.

This year, the Gingerbread House Shoppe is scheduled to close January 1, 2019, and Disney will start to disassemble it January 4, 2019.

Interested in what happens to all that gingerbread???

It gets recycled and composted! Disney Bees Recycle the GF Gingerbread House!

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Santa’s mailbox.

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Yes!

*Most photo credits for this blog:  Our CM friend Lisbeth!

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And don’t forget about those chestnuts roasting on an open fire!

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These look interesting!

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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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Caroline working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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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Two Disney sisters.

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We got to see it – and buy some sweet treats – last year.  So pretty…so yummy!!

2018 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

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The Grand Floridian’s 2018 Gingerbread House

The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is celebrating its 20th year!

Mickey and Minnie arriving at the Grand Opening Event on November 14, 2018 at 10am.  They have new holiday outfits!!!

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Mickey and Minnie arriving for the Grand Opening event on November 14th.

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Minnie cutting the red ribbon with the Chief Pastry Chef. The Sweet Shop is now open!

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20th Anniversary!

They put up the 2018 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House this week. It’s so beautiful!

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Front view.  It’s in a new location in the Grand Atrium this year!

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Dozens and dozens of beautiful red and white poinsettias surround the Gingerbread House!

There are Hidden Mickey’s carved into the shingles.  The whole lobby of the GF smells like gingerbread! ❤

Free samples of the gingerbread for all the guests.  So delicious!  The botton is coated in rich dark chocolate!

Free samples of the gingerbread for all the guests while they are assembling the house. So delicious! The bottom is coated in rich Belgium dark chocolate!

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The Gingerbread Sweet Shop – Opening Nov. 14th

The chefs make an extra 1,000 gingerbread shingles and dip them in rich, Belgium dark chocolate. You can buy them in the gift shop and also from the gingerbread house when it’s open (limited hours).

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We could eat one of these every day! ❤

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The gingerbread recipe

Some of the delicious gingerbread details:

The Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House stands 16 feet tall.

The ingredients include 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 800 pounds of flour, 140 pints of egg whites, and 700 lbs. of delicious Belgium chocolate!

Here’s a video of the final dusting by Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek:  Putting the Final Touches on the Gingerbread House  

The dusting of the gingerbread house takes 10-15 minutes. The chef squirts down the gingerbread roof with a ‘simple sugar’ water mix, and then slowly sifts powdered sugar onto the house.

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So yummy!

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Our friend Lisbeth got us the new 2018 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House pin this week!  ❤

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Then in early January when they take it all down, they take off all the gingerbread and compost it, wash down the house and store it again until next Christmas!  

Disney Behind-the-Scenes Video:  Bees Recycle GF Gingerbread House at WDW

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Walking around the Grand Floridian with the Gingerbread House up – it smells so good!!!!

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The 2018 Cinderella’sGingerbread Display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Open 10am-10pm daily.

Check out the other pretty gingerbread displays at Disney World:

Contemporary Resort:  2018 Gingerbread Display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Beach Resort:  The Gingerbread Carousel

Disney BoardWalk Resort: Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe

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Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

We love seeing the Grand Floridian’s annual Gingerbread House!

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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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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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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Caroline at work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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We got to see it last year.  So pretty…so yummy!!  Happy Holidays!

One last photo:

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Look for the 2018 Gingerbread House in it’s new location in the GF’s Grand Atrium this year.

Assembling the 2018 Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian

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Nov. 5, 2018:  Assembling begins on the Gingerbread House frame.

November 5, 2018: Yesterday, maintenance laid down temporary carpet protectors and brought in the wooden gingerbread house pieces.

Disney reuses the same wooden house frame every year.  It gets a fresh coat of white paint before they reassemble it.

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It took most of the day, but the gingerbread house is finally assembled.

Once the frame is assembled, the bakers arrive and get to work. A small crane/lift is brought in for the task.

It takes about a week to attach all the baked shingles and decorate the house.

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Disney is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the GF Gingerbread House.  Opening November 14th this year.

November 6, 2018:  The talented bakers and decorators begin working non-stop on the house.  While they are working, free gingerbread samples are available for guests to try.  It’s delicious!!!!!

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LE pin release on November 17th at 1pm.

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November 6, 2018 progress.

The whole grand atrium of the Grand Floridian smells like gingerbread! ❤

Free samples of the gingerbread for all the guests.  So delicious!  The botton is coated in rich dark chocolate!

Free samples of the gingerbread for all the guests while they are assembling the house. So delicious! The bottom is coated in rich dark chocolate!

The chefs make extra gingerbread shingles and dip them in dark chocolate. You can buy them in the gift shop and also from the gingerbread house when it’s open (grand opening Nov. 14th).

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We could eat one of these every day! ❤

November 14, 2018: The grand opening this year is on November 14, 2018 with a special limited edition 2018 GF Gingerbread House pin release happening on November 17th.

The Sweet Shop will be open offering all kinds of delicious gingerbread goodies!

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The gingerbread recipe. They start baking batches of the shingles in July!

November 6, 2018:  Let the decorating begin!

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All hands ondeck for this huge decorating project!

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Nov 6th progress

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Nov. 7th…coming right along…

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Adventure Book Cover

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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Caroline at work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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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Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

We love the Grand Floridian’s annual Gingerbread House!

Our plans for December 2018:

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