Review: Warm Colossal Cinnamon Roll

Here it is in all its glory… the Warm Colossal Cinnamon Roll!  When I first heard about this new Disney treat, I knew I had to seek it out.  I love cinnamon rolls… especially Disney cinnamon rolls… and I was hoping this wouldn’t disappoint.

 

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At first glance, it honestly didn’t look like anything special… other than its size. A little on the dark side and not enough frosting. It looked like it was going to be dry, and I don’t like a dry Cinnamon Roll!

I could not have been more wrong. It was warm, soft and buttery. True, there isn’t a ton of white icing, but it is dripping in a caramel syrup (you can see it pooling in the bottom of the plate). This decadent treat has hurtled itself to the top of my Disney Cinnamon Roll list!

 

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But at $8.99 is this Cinnamon Roll really worth the cost? As you can see, it is aptly named a “Colossal” Cinnamon Roll. It is really huge… basically 5 “regular” Cinnamon Rolls baked together, so you probably should share this with 4 of your best friends. They will be best friends for life if you give them a bite of your Warm Colossal Cinnamon Roll.  If you share the roll the cost doesn’t seem so outrageous, so I think it is worth it.

 

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The Warm Colossal Cinnamon Roll can be found at the Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.   It is an unassuming little food window in the Africa section of the park.  It could easily be missed, but don’t!

What is your favorite Disney Cinnamon Roll?

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Review: Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch

One of our favorite restaurants in the Magic Kingdom is the Liberty Tree Tavern.  It is conveniently located in Liberty Square and it serves consistently good American comfort food.  If you want to escape the Orlando heat (or rain), this is a great place to find a reasonably priced lunch… especially important if you are not using the Disney Dining Plan (or simply don’t choose to use one of your Table Service credit here).  After a morning of enjoying the Magic Kingdom,  it is really nice to sit down, relax, and have a waiter bring you your food.

 

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Atmosphere:

The Liberty Tree Tavern brings you back to America’s early colonial days.  The dark wood, fireplaces, period bric-a-brac and the servers’ authentically designed costumes all contribute to the feeling that you have traveled back in time, if just for an hour or so.

The restaurant is divided into rooms that honor prominent people in U.S. history:  Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Paul Jones, Paul Revere, Betsy Ross and George Washington.   Each room is decorated with portraits and trinkets that are associated with each exceptional American figure.  This restaurant is a perfect example of the incredible detail that Disney puts into everything they do!

The tables and chairs are comfortable and you are not seated right on top of  your neighbor.  The restaurant can get loud at times, as is the case with a lot of Disney dining locations, but at least you won’t have concerns about the volume of your own children.

 

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Paul Revere Room

 

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John Paul Jones Room

Good Eats:

The lunchtime menu is what keeps pulling us back to the Liberty Tree Tavern.   Traditional American fare is their specialty and they do it well.    The Pot Roast, Turkey dinner (think Thanksgiving on a plate!), salads and sandwiches are all delicious… and don’t forget dessert!

The New England Clam Chowder is thick and well-seasoned.  This could be a meal just on its own.

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The Angus Burgers are huge, juicy and big enough to split (that’s just what we did!).  You can get them topped with Bacon, Cheddar, Mushrooms or Provolone… and they come with a side of Fresh Fruit, Sweet Potato Fries or regular “Tavern” Fries.

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Angus Burger with Cheddar and Sweet Potato Fries

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Angus Burger topped with Cheddar and Bacon with Tavern Fries on the side

 

If you are in the mood for something lighter, the Colony Salad is a solid choice.   Field Greens are topped with Grilled Chicken, Washington Apples, Craisins,  Pecans and Applewood-smoked Cheddar.  Tossed in a Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette.   This is my kind of salad… lots of yummy toppings.  But although it was filling, it was a bit bland.   In retrospect, a little extra dressing (or a different kind of dressing) would have fixed this.

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Colony Salad

 

We also ordered the Patriot’s Punch… primarily because I wanted to keep the souvenir mug… but it was surprise stand-out.  So delicious!  It was more dessert than beverage, with the frosty orange and vanilla slush blending into a wonderful creamsicle flavor.   It was so thick that we had to start out using a spoon instead of a straw… and it was also big enough to share.  I will definitely be ordering this again.  The cute mug is a bonus!  By the way, you don’t have to take the sticky mug with you once you are finished.  Your server will bring you a fresh new cup to take home, if you like.

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Patriot’s Punch

 

And… I saved the best for last.  Quite possibly my favorite Disney dessert (it is neck and neck with the bread pudding from Raglan Road!)…. the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake.   This is simply amazing.   A dense cookie-cake is topped with a huge amount of vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and toffee pieces.  The cake is served warm and the ice cream begins to melt immediately, contributing to the ooey-gooey nature of this dessert!  The toffee pieces give the dessert a wonderful chewy texture and the whole thing is just 100% great!

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Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

 

As you can see, the Liberty Tree Tavern is a great place to recharge after a morning filled with Magic Kingdom fun.  Simple, delicious comfort food.   This restaurant “costs” one Table Service credit per person on the Disney Dining Plan, but since the menu items are reasonably priced it is generally a good idea to pay “out-of-pocket” for this meal.

Is the Liberty Tree Tavern a “must do” restaurant for you on your Disney vacation?

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Tour of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Staying at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is a wonderful experience.  The Grand Floridian is Disney’s flagship resort and is reminiscent of Florida’s 19th century luxurious seaside hotels.

 

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Why should you choose the Grand Floridian Resort?

  • Monorail and boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom and other Magic Kingdom resort
  • Monorail service to Epcot
  • Beautiful location on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon
  • Elegant Victorian décor
  • Excellent service
  • Large guest rooms (440 square feet for most standard rooms)
  • Good variety of dining options (including character dining)
  • Spa on site
  • View of Electrical Water Pageant and Magic Kingdom fireworks from resort
  • Villa, suite and club level rooms available

With 867 rooms located in 4- and 5-story buildings, the Grand Floridian has a gorgeous location on the Seven Seas Lagoon.  One of three “Monorail” resorts, transportation to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot is as easy as can be.   The 5-story Grand Lobby is an impressive place to regroup after a day at the parks and often features live entertainment …  either a band or a pianist, depending on the time of day.

 

Grand Floridian Lobby

 

Grand Floridian Lobby

 

Grand Floridian Lobby

 

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Rooms:

The standard rooms at the resort are some of the largest on the Disney property, at 440 square feet (dormer rooms are smaller, but have vaulted ceilings).   With two queen beds and a daybed/sofa, they accommodate 5 guests plus one infant in a crib.  King rooms are also available.

 

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Two Queen Beds

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  Daybed and dresser/entertainment unit

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Double sinks and vanity

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Dormer room (notice vaulted ceiling and fan)

 

Good Eats:

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Beached Pool Bar and Grill

If you get hungry while staying at the resort you are never far from some great dining options.  The resort is home to the fanciest restaurant in Walt Disney World, the AAA Five-Diamond awarded Victoria & Albert’s, and two “Signature Restaurants”… Citricos and Narcoosee’s.  A character breakfast and dinner at are very popular at 1900 Park Fare and you can have a casual meal at the Grand Floridian Café.  In addition, Mitzner’s Lounge serves some menu items from Citricos, if you are not in the mood for a formal meal or don’t have a reservation.

If you would like a spot of tea, the Garden View Tea room is the place to be.   With a wonderful variety of tea, sandwiches and pastries, it is a very civilized place to take a midday break.

For Quick Service, Beaches Pool Bar has some nice food options and the Gasperilla Island Grill is open 24 hours (great news if you are hungry after a late night at the parks).  If that isn’t enough, Room Service is also available.

 

Recreation:

There is no shortage of things to do at the resort.  The pool areas are superb, with zero entry for the little ones and water slides for the bigger kids (and kids at heart).  The Beach Pool features a 181-foot waterslide and luxurious cabanas are available for an additional fee.   The Courtyard Pool (the “quiet pool”) has a whirlpool spa.   In between the two pool areas there is an Alice in Wonderland-themed water play area for children (slides and fountains).

 

 

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Courtyard pool

In addition to the wonderful pools, the resort features a marina for watercraft rentals, Senses Spa, fitness room, arcade, tennis, 1-mile jogging path and multiple gift shops.  You can definitely have a very full day just exploring the resort amenities.  If you still have energy at the end of the day, walk down to the lagoon near Narcoossee’s restaurant and view the Electrical Water Pageant and the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

Overall, a stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is sure to please even the most discerning guest.   Elegant, yet relaxed, the resort is a fantastic place to call home during your Walt Disney World vacation.

 

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