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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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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?

 

 

 

 

 

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?

Amazing Sneak Peek of Pandora – The World of Avatar

 

Kingdom Planners was fortunate enough to be invited to a “Sneak Peek” of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest land – Pandora – The World of Avatar!  We were so excited to be allowed into the newest land at Walt Disney World.

 

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As we walked past the security gates (the land does not officially open to the public until May 27th), we were greeted by official envoys of  ACE (Alpha Centauri Expeditions).  With their help, we were transported to a new world, Pandora.

 

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We began our adventure by exploring the gorgeous Valley of Mo’ara.  Lush and filled with exotic flora and fauna, it is like nothing you’ve seen back on Earth.

 

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The enormous floating mountains are definitely the focal point of this amazing landscape.

 

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And although Pandora is beautiful during the day, the forest glows with bioluminescence at night – which will be even more spectacular!

 

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I found a little banshee friend (you can find your own in the Windtraders gift shop).  You will notice that there are no “Disney” themed gifts available in Windtraders, as you have truly left Earth.  Even the shopping  bags are “Pandorian” – not from Walt Disney World or Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

 

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So that is a preview of the wonderful Valley of Mo’ara area of Pandora – The World of Avatar.  In addition to the sights and sounds of the alien atmosphere, there will also be a Na’vi-built drum circle where you can play and new Wilderness Explorer badges and challenges.

This new world opens on May 27, 2017 and as a benefit to Walt Disney Resort guests, special Extra Magic Hours  for Pandora will be extended from 11pm-1am (through July 4th).

More posts are coming with information on the dining and attractions in this amazing new land.

When are you going to visit Pandora – The World of Avatar?

 

Dining Review – Lunch at the Magic Kingdom’s Skipper Canteen

 

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If you are hungry for more adventurous fare while touring the Magic Kingdom, Jungle Navigation Co LTD. Skipper Canteen (whoo… that’s a mouthfull!) is the restaurant for you!  This dining experience goes way beyond the standard amusement park hamburger and fries, transporting you to the jungles of Asia, Africa and South America.

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I have to admit, I was a bit wary of dining at Skipper Canteen.  Would I like the exotic cuisine and more importantly – would our kids eat it?  However, once I entered this beautiful restaurant, I was very happy we decided to try it.

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The Canteen is an air-conditioned oasis in Adventureland and the dining rooms are wonderfully themed.  I spent quite a lot of time just looking at all the fun details that Disney put into their decorating.  Like many of Disney’s dining establishments, this restaurant tells a story.  This is the “tropical headquarters” for the skippers who show you the sites on the Jungle Cruise.

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The three dining rooms include the Mess Hall (pictured above), the Jungle Room (former parlor of Dr. Albert Falls) and the S.E.A. Room – a former secret meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (found behind a secret bookcase door!).

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We were seated in the Jungle Room, and loved the bright, colorful atmosphere.  The tables had enough space between them to give everyone some breathing room and the seating was comfortable.

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After exploring the restaurant a bit, we were ready to eat!  Our menu explained the origins of the restaurant.  Fun!

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On to the eats!

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