Some of the best Ice Cream at Walt Disney World

In honor of National Ice Cream Day, we had to honor some of the best Ice Cream at Walt Disney World. There are so many different ways to get your ice cream fix in Walt Disney World that we had to feature some of our very favorites.

Without a doubt, our kids’ favorite Disney treat is the iconic “Mickey Bar”.  Premium vanilla ice cream dipped in rich chocolate – there is nothing not to like here.

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Just be sure to get lots of napkins!

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Another kid favorite is the “Mickey Ice Cream Cookie Sundae” found at Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.  It is simple, but so cute and yummy.  A scoop of vanilla ice cream, two chocolate cookies and Mickey sprinkles make a great pick-me up.

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This next dessert isn’t really billed as ice cream, but look at that mountain of vanilla deliciousness…   The Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake at the Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom is at the top of my list for ice cream desserts.

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Right up there with the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake, is the ‘Ohana Bread Pudding a la mode and topped with warm Bananas Fosters Sauce.   Yum… Just, yum.

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No Walt Disney World ice cream list would be complete without featuring the famous Dole Whip.  This treat is dairy-free, so not really ice cream, but still refreshing and creamy.

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Beaches and Cream, a small ice cream shop in the Beach Club Resort, is the home of several tremendous frozen concoctions.  In addition to the enormous “Kitchen Sink”, they have the prettiest Strawberry Shortcake Sundae that I have ever seen…

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How to make homemade Mickey Mouse Beignets!

Have you ever tried the Mickey Mouse Beignets at Disneyland Park?  They are served by the bagful at the Mint Julep Bar and as a delicious dessert at Cafe Orleans in the beautiful New Orleans Square.

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If you have never tried a Mickey Mouse beignet, they are like puffy doughnuts, served warm and absolutely coated in powdered sugar.  Regular beignets are little squares, but these are cut into a cute Mickey Mouse shape. They may be one of the messiest treats you have ever eaten (watch out for all of that powdered sugar – and avoid wearing black!), but they sure are worth it!

At the popular Mint Julep Bar in Disneyland Park, they often offer seasonal flavors of their beignets as well.  For example, during the holidays, they have Candy Cane flavor!  The warm puffs of dough are covered in pulverized candy cane sugar… yum!

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Also, during the recent 50th anniversary celebration for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, Disney offered “Lost Treasure Beignets” at the Mint Julep Bar.  These were coated in gold sugar!  These were lemon-flavored and so pretty!

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Since the Mickey Mouse beignets are one of my favorite Disneyland treats, I decided I just had to try re-creating them at home.  I knew this would involve deep frying, which I don’t do very often, but I had a feeling these would be worth the trouble.  I happen to have a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter but of course you could just cut the dough into squares and they would still taste amazing.

I have posted the recipe below with pictures of the cooking process.  The recipe ended up not being difficult at all and  I have to say that these Mickey Mouse Beignets turned out great! Super-delicious and tasted just like the Disneyland version.  Let’s just say my family was very happy – and covered in powdered sugar!

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Mickey Mouse Beignets - Disneyland Resort
Adapted from "Delicious Disney Desserts"
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Large Beignets
Ingredients
Servings
Large Beignets
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  1. Stir yeast into the warm water in a small bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine ingredients - sugar through boiling water - in a bowl of an electric mixer.
  3. Stir in yeast mixture.
  4. Mix with the dough hook of the electric mixer on medium speed until dough is smooth.
  5. Rest dough for 30 minutes.
  6. Roll to 1/4 inch thickness and cut beignets with a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter.
  7. Cover with a towel and let dough rise until doubled in size (about 1 1/2 hours).
  8. Heat 3 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees in a heavy pot over medium-high heat. Fry beignets until golden - about 2-3 minutes - and turn when they are brown on one side.
  9. Remove with tongs and place on paper towels to drain (they will be very hot!). While still warm, coat the beignets with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
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Walt Disney World Resort packages for 2018!

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The new Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Are you planning on traveling to Walt Disney World in 2018? The Walt Disney World 2018 packages are available to book starting June 20, so this is the  perfect time to think about next year’s magical vacation!

Contact Kingdom Planners and one of our wonderful agents will start making your Walt Disney World 2018 travel arrangements.  Tomorrow our agents will be up early getting each client exactly what they want and planning the vacation of their dreams!

Why book now?

It may seem too early to be thinking of next year’s vacation, but booking now has many benefits.  One of the most important benefits is that you have the best chance of staying at your favorite Disney resort and in your favorite room category. Would you love to see the new Happily Ever Fireworks from the comfort of your own room?  This is possible if you have a Cinderella Castle view room at your resort!

Plus, once your resort reservation is made, you can think about all the fun dining and recreation choices you would like to make – and be ready when your booking window opens.  The most popular restaurants and activities do book up quickly.

There is always something new at the Walt Disney World Resort and you don’t want to miss any of it in 2018. From the beauty of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival in the spring to the magic of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party during the winter holidays – there is never a bad time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort.  And – if you haven’t been to the new Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, it is a must-see.  This new land seems to really transport you to another planet.

Request a free quote from Kingdom Planners to book your 2018 trip and we can get the fun started!

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Liberty Tree Tavern – Thanksgiving at the Magic Kingdom, every day!

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Have you ever craved a big, family-style Thanksgiving meal when you are months away from the actual holiday?  Time for you to visit the Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.  At lunch and dinner, you can order an amazing meal full of comfort foods… even if you are dining solo – as I was!

 

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The decor of this restaurant makes me smile.  I love the details of the individually themed rooms and it has a comfortable, homey atmosphere.

 

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One thing that has changed since my last visit to this restaurant – adult beverages!  Some of the Table Service restaurants in the Magic Kingdom now serve alcohol, a major change from the traditionally “dry” eateries in the park.

 

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I have to admit, on a hot summer day this Sam Adams was very refreshing – and I liked how this brand of beer fit the restaurant’s colonial theme.

 

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At lunch, diners can choose from an a la carte menu filled with yummy entrees or go with the “Patriot’s Platter,” an “all-you-care-to-eat” menu.  At dinner time, all guests must choose the Platter.

As I had arrived in time for an early dinner, I had to order the “Patriot’s Platter” and I was not disappointed!

My meal began with soft, fluffy rolls that reminded me of the Sally Lunn buns I had enjoyed in England.

 

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Then I “ate my vegetables” by having some of this “Declaration Salad” – fresh greens tossed with a house-made sweet dressing.  A bit too sweet for me, so I only ate a bit.  Not a problem, I knew the best was yet to come!

 

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The main event is a platter filled with roasted turkey breast, pot roast, pork roast, corn, herb stuffing and mashed potatoes.

 

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This is a platter for ONE person!  And my lovely server graciously asked me a few times if I wanted seconds of any portion (or all!) of it.

This meal was sooooo good.  I know it seems like I enjoy most Disney food so maybe I am not a reliable critic, but I am actually pretty discerning when it comes to my meals.  The turkey was my favorite part of the platter.  Very flavorful and juicy.  I would have been happy with just the turkey and stuffing (I am a big stuffing/dressing person).

The pot roast is a reliable classic at the Liberty Tree Tavern – with a luscious gravy and tender meat and they also got the corn and potatoes just right.

The only disappointing bite was the pork roast, which was a bit fatty.

And before I forget, there was a side of macaroni and cheese as well!  You will not leave this place hungry and the food is very accessible and enjoyable for children as well.  I know this dinner would be a hit with my picky eaters.

 

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I REALLY wanted seconds of the turkey, but I knew that I wanted to eat my dessert more.  One of my favorite desserts on Disney property – the Oooey Gooey Toffee Cake!

 

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This is just a warm, chewy toffee cookie/cake topped with rich vanilla ice cream, drizzled with fudge and caramel sauce and sprinkled with more toffee pieces.   This beauty is neck-and-neck with ‘Ohana’s bread pudding in the race to be my favorite restaurant dessert.

I really enjoyed my dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern and I’m sure you will too!  Do you prefer a la carte lunch items at this restaurant or would you “go for it” and get the platter?

 

 

 

 

 

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Sneak Peek of the two new attractions at Pandora – The World of Avatar

 

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Kingdom Planners was thrilled to be invited to a “Sneak Peek” of the amazing new land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Pandora – The World of Avatar.

This new land includes two incredible new attractions.  The first, an “e-ticket” attraction, is Avatar Flight of Passage.  The second is a much more gentle ride named Na’vi River Journey.

 

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During the preview, the stand-by wait was posted as 25 minutes… and luckily it was even shorter than that.  The queue itself takes about 5 minutes to walk through, even without a line!  I’m sure that the stand-by wait will be much more than 25 minutes once Pandora opens to the general public.  Get your FastPass+ now!

 

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The queue was very well-themed.  There were so many details that it would be difficult to notice everything in only one or two rides.

 

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The eco-friendly message is clear throughout the land of Pandora.

 

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As you get closer to riding, there is more information on how humans can “link” to their Avatar.

 

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A board tracks all of the human-Avatar links and where their banshees are located.

 

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An empty queue line – this will be a very rare shot in another week!

 

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Getting closer to riding a banshee!  You step on your assigned number and you are matched with your Avatar.

 

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After the match, no more photos are allowed.  You are then led into a room where you are fitted to your banshee.  You put on your special (3D) glasses, are linked to your Avatar, and take the flight of your life!

In our opinion, the ride is not scary, but the illusion of flight may be too much for those who are afraid of heights. As one Cast Member put it, this attraction is “Soarin’ on steroids”!

If Avatar Flight of Passage is too much for some members of your party, or if you have young ones with you, then the Na’vi River Passage is the attraction for you.

 

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Similar to “it’s a small world,” this attraction is a gentle boat ride.

 

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Your journey takes you deep into a bioluminescent forest, where you see and hear the wonders of Pandora.

 

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On your ride, you come face-to-face with the mystical creatures and glowing plant life of the rainforest.

 

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At the end of your adventure, you meet the Na’vi Shamen of Songs.  She sends her positive energy out to the forest and to you as well.

 

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The Na’vi Shaman of Songs is the most complicated Audio-Animatronics figure ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering and meeting her is an impressive ending to this attraction.

 

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The two attractions in this new land are stunning and experiencing them is a must on any Walt Disney World vacation.  There is much to explore in Pandora – The World of Avatar.  In addition to the rides, there is the unique landscape to explore plus unique dining and shopping opportunities.

When are you planning your journey to Pandora – The World of Avatar?

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