Conchas Minnie Ears Arrive at Epcot Mexico

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Conchas Mickey Ears at Epcot Mexico (Mexican Sweet Bread)

Conchas are a delicious Mexican Sweet Bread.

The festive Conchas headband can be found at the Mexico pavilion in Epcot and also at Disneyland.

These beautiful Minnie Ears were designed to represent the very popular Mexican sweet bread (pan dulce) typically made with sugar, butter, and flour. The topping cracks during the baking process giving the sweet bread a crunchy, shell-like appearance. Pan dulce is perfect for breakfast with a nice cup of café or during the merienda for an afternoon snack.

The bow is inspired and colored after the traditional Mexican Zarape textile stripes and covered with clear flat sequins that add lots of brillo (shimmer and shine)!

#DisneyFamilia

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Try not to take a bite out of these yummy Minnie Ears!

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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.

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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The Spitting Camel Returns to The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom

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Watch out as you walk by her or you may get wet!

The spitting beauty of Adventureland is back!

After undergoing refurbishment for a few months, the beloved Spitting Camel of Adventureland is back and just in time for this weekend’s sweltering heat, too.

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Memorial Day Weekend 2019 forecast. HOT!!!

The Spitting Camel statue has been a staple of The Magic Carpets of Aladdin since 2001.

alladins-magic-carpet-rideWe personally avoid her spitting water at us, but many guests love it!

We noticed that she was gone during our trips to Disney World earlier this year.

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Adventureland is our favorite land!

Adventureland is our favorite land at the Magic Kingdom!

The Flying Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland is one of our favorite rides at the Magic Kingdom.

The wait lines for it are never very long.

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All aboard!  Our flying carpet ride awaits…

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is such a fun ride!  We think that it’s a cooler version of the Dumbo ride because you pilot flying “magic carpets” instead of elephants.

Insider Tip #1:  The wait times are always much, much shorter at the Flying Carpets than they are over at the Dumbo ride.  In fact, there was no wait at all when we got there!

Insider Tip #2: Sit in the front seat to control how high your carpet flies and sit in the back seat to make it tilt forwards and back.

Insider Tip #3:  Yes, the camel out front spits water….and a great distance! It’s controlled by a behind-the-scenes cast member, and yes, they can see you! 🙂

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The flying carpets flying over a splashing fountain below.

Flying high over Agrabah on a magic carpet around a giant genie lamp:

Flying high!

Flying high with the wind in my hair!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

Holding onto my flower crown.

Caroline holding onto her flower crown in the wind.

Elly has picked up a shift at Agrabah next week.

Wheeeeee…….

That guy just got spit on by the camel!

Watch out below!  That guy just got spit on by the camel!

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When I was a Disney Cast Member, I actually worked in Agrabah!

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My very colorful Agrabah Bazaar costume

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May 24, 2019: Aladdin opens today and we’re seeing it this weekend!

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

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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

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Welcome Home, DCP Graduate Christian!

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Christian returned home after a semester at Disney World working in the Disney College Program.

We missed him so much and are glad that he’s back!
He had a great time living and working at Disney World for 5 months.

We, of course, had a Welcome Home Party to welcome him back to Colorado and a bunch of snow!

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Homemade cupcakes.

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Scout was so happy to see him!

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Christian Graduating from the Disney College Program last week:

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Christian’s graduation photo with Mickey and Minnie!

Disney College Program’s graduation event for the Spring 2019 CPs was held today at The Commons clubroom next to Christian’s apartment.

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The DCP graduation invitation

Mickey and Minnie were there greeting CPs wearing their new red graduation costumes.

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Spring 2019 DCP graduation day

Christian was given a pair of Mouse Ears and his diploma for successfully completing the Spring 2019 Disney College Program internship.

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Mickey graduation caps for everyone!

There was a really nice catered meal for all CPs at Chatham Field on May 8th.

It was a lot of fun! 🙂

We’re glad that he went to the graduation event with Mickey and Minnie even if he couldn’t stay long because he had an evening shift at Cosmic Ray’s.

A CP Moment.

CP Moment #50:  DCP Graduation Day

There are CP Moments that every person doing the DCP internship has during their program:

50 Magical Moments Everyone on the DCP Has

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Congratulations Christian!!!!  🙂

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Mickey Graduation Plush

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Working at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland this semester:

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Christian working at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom this semester.

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This cheeseburger was Christian’s specialty: The limited edition Mickey’s 90th Birthday Cheeseburger! $17, only available at Cosmic Rays.

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He worked in Bay 1 making 1,000s of chicken nuggets every week.

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Christian outside his work location in the Magic Kingdom.

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Sonny Eclipse playing some sweet jazzy tunes in the background at Cosmic Ray’s.

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Christian’s work costume.  (Graphic by Elly Collins.)

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Congratulations Christian!  Spring 2019 DCP Program graduate.

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Christian had lots of visitors from Colorado during his program:

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When Caroline and Mitch came to visit him at work. Time for dinner!

Christian at working at Cosmic Rays

Big hugs!  Only 1 month left at Disney World.

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After every 2am shift when Christian finished cleaning out the fryers!

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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.

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 Discontinues Selling Car Antenna Toppers

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Car antenna toppers for every holiday and every favorite character!

Disney Parks is no longer selling Disney-themed car antenna toppers in its stores.

We knew this day was coming as most cars nowadays either have an embedded antenna in the front windshield or a thick 6” antenna mounted over the back windshield.

Gone are the days when all cars had 30” antenna wires fastened to the car’s front hood!

We personally own about 20 of these antenna toppers, most of them holiday themed.

And neither of our cars have the old fashioned wire antenna!  😦

But, you can still use them!

Here’s some fun ideas for using Disney Antenna Toppers:

On Your pre-2010 car’s 30″ Car Antenna – You knew this would be number one. It’s what they’re made for. I will say that you need to make sure that they fit a little snug because I’ve had them go on super easy and then come off just as easily… while driving at 40 mph. Goodbye fun souvenir!

Pencil or Pen Toppers – Maybe this is the teacher in me, but they fit perfectly on top of pencils!  Bring some to school and show them off!

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Orange Bird topper, $1.99 at the Character Outlet store.

Christmas Decoration Toppers – You can transform your favorite antenna toppers into Christmas tree decorations with a little bit of ribbon and craft glue.  They are much cheaper than buying Disney Christmas ornaments at the Parks, approx.. 75% less.

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Just tuck them into your door wreath.

Add them to Your Holiday Wreath – You can make a door wreath for any season and Disney has antenna toppers for every holiday that you can think of, along with most Disney characters having their own topper too.  They make a boring wreath into a Disney wreath!

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Make a bouquet!

Bouquet of Antenna Toppers – This is great if you have a collection. Make an “antenna topper bouquet” in a vase to display your collection. This way, you aren’t displaying one at a time or having to choose just one for a souvenir.  You can get a bunch of them off ebay now and display them in a pretty vase.

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We liked these toppers so much that we bought them in packages of 4 toppers!

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We have Disney car antenna toppers for every holiday including this set!

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My most favorite car topper! ❤

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

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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

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1996: When the Cinderella Castle at Disney World was Bright Pink!

We thought this change was wonderful!

We thought this bold castle color change was wonderful…but a lot of guests hated it!

We went on a family trip to Disney World in November 1996 to see the “Pink Birthday Cake Castle” unveiled for Disney World’s 25th anniversary celebration a few weeks earlier.

We were not disappointed!!  It was BRIGHT PINK!

At WDW for the 25 Anniversary celebration - in the of the Pink Castle.

Nov. 1996:  At Disney World for the 25th Anniversary celebration – sitting in front of the “Pink Castle”.  We loved it! ❤

Waiting for the 3 o'clock parade.

Waiting for the 3 o’clock parade to start.

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Magic Kingdom marching band.

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Caroline and the Lion King float.

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Genie on Main Street USA in the 3 o’clock parade

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All those candles were inflatables and would sway in the breeze.

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I took this photo of a close-up of the details.<3

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The whole Castle wasn’t painted…this is the view from the backside, Fantasyland.

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It really dazzled the eye!

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So pretty in the morning sunlight!

We saved the MK park map from our trip!

We saved the MK park map from our trip! Nov. 1996

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Disney drinking glasses celebrating the 25th anniversary of WDW. Sold at McDonald’s for just $1.  We wish we had bought more than just one!

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December 2018:  The Cinderella Castle Dream Lights are on.  Make it pink!!  🙂

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Throwback Thursday: Our mom at the Wedding Pavilion next to the Grand Floridian.

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Sitting with our mom.

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

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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!

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney Sisters

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Disney Announces Film Release Schedule Through Christmas 2020

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They are dominating movie theaters in 2019 and 2020!

Get your popcorn ready!

Walt Disney Studios has unveiled its upcoming film releases for 2019 – 2020.

It’s a crazy number of movies!!!

(We’ve highlighted the ones we’re definitely seeing in bold.)

Trailers for all of the summer movies are on YouTube now, along with first trailers for some of the Fall movie releases.

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Toy Story 4: June 21st

2019 Summer Releases

Walt Disney Studios’ 2019 summer films:

Tolkien – May 10

Aladdin – May 24

Dark Phoenix – June 7

Toy Story 4 – June 21

Stuber – July 12

Disney’s The Lion King – July 19

The Art of Racing in the Rain – August 9

Ready or Not – August 23

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – October 18th

 

2019 Fall/Winter Releases

Ad Astra -September 20, 2019

The Woman in the Window – October 4

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – October 18

Ford V. Ferrari – November 15

Frozen 2 – November 22

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – December 20

Spies in Disguise – December 25

 

2020 Disney Film Releases

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Jungle Cruise – July 24, 2020

Underwater – January 10, 2020

A new Kingsman movie – February 14, 2020

Call of the Wild – February 21, 2020

Onward – March 6, 2020

Mulan – March 27, 2020

The New Mutants – April 3, 2020

Untitled Marvel Movie – May 1, 2020

Artemis Fowl – May 29, 2020

Untitled Pixar Movie – June 19, 2020

Free Guy – July 3, 2020

Bob’s Burgers – July 17, 2020

Jungle Cruise – July 24, 2020

The One and Only Ivan – August 14, 2020

Death on the Nile – October 9, 2020

Untitled Marvel Movie – November 6, 2020

Ron’s Gone Wrong – November 6, 2020

Untitled Disney Animation Movie – November 25, 2020

West Side Story – December 18, 2020

Cruella – December 23, 2020

Note:  Avatar 2 has been pushed back once again, it’s now slated for December 2021.

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“We’re excited to put in place a robust and diverse slate that lays the foundation of our long-term strategy, bringing together a breadth of films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Fox, Fox Searchlight and Blue Sky Studios to create an extraordinary collection of cinematic experiences for audiences around the world,” said Cathleen Taff, president, Theatrical Distribution, Franchise Management, and Business & Audience Insights, The Walt Disney Studios.

“With a strong summer already in place, we are eager to carry that momentum forward over the coming years thanks to a creative wellspring of bold and imaginative stories coming from our world-class studios—including several new chapters of two revered franchises, Avatar and Star Wars.”

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We’ve been to a lot of Disney movie premieres!

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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

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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

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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

Grand Floridian Cafe breakfast

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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