Soft Gingerbread Recipe

Soft Gingerbread Recipe

This Soft Gingerbread recipe dates back to the year 1934 and is also know as “spice bread” in France and “pepper cake” in Germany.  It was a favorite holiday treat in the home of Walt Disney!  This recipe is included in the book, “Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food”.

Serves 9

Ingredients:

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

3/4 Cup hot water

1/4 Cup butter, room temperature

1/4 Cup vegetable shortening

1/4 Cup sugar

1 Egg, well beaten

1 Cup Molasses

2 Cups flour, sifted

1 Teaspoon ground ginger

1 Teaspoon cinnamon

Steps:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, shortening and sugar for about 3 minutes.

Scrape the mixing bowl before adding egg,  molasses, flour, ginger and cinnamon. Blend until combined.

Add baking soda water to mixture and beat until smooth (about 1 minute).

Grease and flour an 8-inch by 8-inch pan.  Pour in batter.

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Allow to cool before cutting into nine even pieces and serving.

TIP:  lightly coating your measuring cup with cooking spray before measuring out your molasses will help the molasses pour easily and completely.

Eat Like Walt Cover

Two decades before the California food revolution, Walt Disney was planning a revolution of his own. Walt knew that food could be more than nourishment – it could be entertaining, too. The concept of families eating and playing at the same time was an innovation in mid-century America. Food in Disneyland wasn’t gray or humdrum. It was full of fantasy and color!

Eat Like Walt is a culinary tour of the park’s six lands. Every attraction has a story, and so do many of the menu items. Disneyland’s food transports us as much as it satiates us, or as Walt declared, “The food is as fabulous as the fun, too.”

(Information obtained from Disney Files Magazine)

 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Part 2

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Part 2

 

Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in festive holiday clothing while standing next to a Christmas tree

Here Comes Mickey… and Santa Too!

This Christmas season, get ready for a magical holiday gathering with your loved ones—and some familiar Disney faces.When Mickey celebrates the season, Magic Kingdom Park lights up with excitement for Guests of all ages. Cinderella Castle shimmers and joyful music fills the air. Disney Characters don their most festive attire. Favorite attractions take on a holiday theme. And enchanting surprises lie around almost every turn!

During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you’re invited to share hugs, receive autographs and capture photos with over a dozen beloved Disney Characters as they spread holiday cheer around Magic Kingdom Park.

Anna & Elsa smile at one another during the Frozen Holiday Wish transformation at Magic Kingdom park

Discover dozens of iconic Magic Kingdom attractions you’re welcome to enjoy as you explore each land!

This year, many of your favorite experiences will be available during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party—including one re-imagined with holiday spirit:

Frontierland

Fantasyland

Tomorrowland

Savor delicious yuletide sweets as you sip on seasonal beverages, all complimentary and available all throughout the park.

An assortment of holiday cookies and other sweet treats during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Several holiday treat locations will be open until midnight during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, serving up a variety of complimentary delights!

Please note that alternative healthy and gluten-free options are available upon request. All menus and offerings are subject to change and availability.

Schedule and Pricing
Save $10 on your tickets compared to the day-of purchase price when you buy at least a day in advance! The party takes place on the following dates:

  • November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29 and 30
  • December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21

Prices vary based on event night. $10 advance purchase discount available for all event dates except December 21, 2018, when full day-of purchase price will apply. Be sure to purchase your tickets online today!

Please note: separate theme park admission is required for this special event.

One visit to Goldwiser and you will make it your favorite place to buy and sell your precious metals!!!

(Information from DisneyWorld.com)

 

 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Part 1

 

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in festive holiday clothing while standing next to a Christmas tree

 

This is an absolutely spectacular Christmas Parade.  This parade has it all including marching soldiers, dancing reindeer and gingerbread men, and even the big man himself, Ole Saint Nick!  Children of all ages will be amazed!!

The parade begins in the Magic Kingdom on Main Street, USA, and features the appearances of many Disney characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, Pluto, Scrooge McDuck and Chip & Dale, as well as floats featuring celebrities.  Musical performances and marching bands from various schools and community groups across the USA are also showcased.  The parade concludes with the arrival of Santa Claus.  Most of the program is taped for television in November and early December for broadcast on Christmas Day. Until the early 1990s, the parade was broadcast live on Christmas Day!!

 

The conclusion of the nightly parade is Holiday Wishes, a nightly fireworks show.  Holiday Wishes is amazing!! It joins the fireworks with accompanying Christmas song lyrics. It is truly a spectacular Christmas fireworks show!

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Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and the Holiday Wishes fireworks are shown nightly and are not to be missed if you are visiting Disney World for the holidays!

Visit any of our Goldwiser locations for selling your precious metals and buying your Christmas gifts of jewelry or coins.  You won’t be disappointed!

(information obtained from disneyworld.com)

 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

Disney mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the extremely fun, Halloween-themed party that is held at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World during the Fall every year.  The party is a special ticketed event that requires a special ticket purchase in order to attend.  There aren’t as many tickets sold to the event as what is usually sold for daily admission into the park, so that guests are able to enjoy the benefit of shorter lines and less guests to contend with in the park for shows, viewing locations, etc.  Halloween Night is the most popular night to attend the event and only guests with tickets will be able to attend the event on Halloween Night!!

Disney Happily Ever After 2

Guests that attend the event are able to enter the Magic Kingdom starting at 4PM.  The party officially starts at 7PM and runs through 12AM.  There are special character meet and greets, stage shows, a parade, fireworks show and unlimited trick-or-treating around the park in special areas.  Guests are able to wear costumes (as long as they adhere to Disney’s costume rules) and the park is decked out for the occasion.  If all of this wasn’t enough, many of the rides and attractions at the park are also open for guests to enjoy!

disney mickey halloween

If you are visiting Walt Disney World and have your eye on any of the other Not So Scary Halloween Party dates, then you will want to buy your tickets soon.  Nights in October are sure to start selling out.  Who has or will attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?  It has been one of my favorite events!  My family and I have attended several times in costume and Mickey’s party is always super fun!!  I love “trick or treating” as an adult.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Partially taken from DisDining.com)

 

Money Saving Tips For A Disney World Vacation – Part 3

Money Saving Tips For A Disney World Vacation – Part 3

 

Castle Money

Look for Toppings Bars

Eating in Disney can get pricey fast. You can get more bang for your buck by eating at locations with toppings bars. Order a burger and pile it high with whatever is on that toppings bar. You can probably make your meal big enough to share, and even if not, at least it’ll keep you full for a while longer.  From personal experience, I have done this & it has helped us share a meal!

Split Meals

Speaking of sharing meals, meal splitting is actually a great way to save money in Disney. Many places have huge portion sizes that can easily be split between two people. If you are too hungry to share one meal between two people, consider splitting two meals between three people. Another great option is to order a pizza from the hotel food court to share, or get a family fried chicken meal to-go from Fort Wilderness.  Again, my husband and I have found that the portions are large enough to split and if we’re still hungry, we just share a desert!

DCL pizza

Use Magical Express

If you’re flying in and staying onsite, be sure to use Magical Express. This free shuttle bus will take you from the airport to your hotel at no extra charge. This is great not only because it is free transportation, but also because it means you won’t have to pay for parking.  Another perk is that  your luggage is delivered directly to your resort room.  You do not have to wait for your luggage!!  Time saver!

Magical Express

Schedule Rest Days

Our last tip is to schedule in rest days. Park tickets are expensive, and honestly, there is plenty to do on Disney property without ever stepping foot in the parks. Therefore, you can save quite a bit of money by cutting one day off your tickets and enjoying a relaxing day by the hotel pool or exploring the many amazing Disney World resort hotels.  Also, it gives you a chance to explore Disney Springs!

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Some information from HowtoDisney.com)

 

Money Saving Tips For A Disney World Vacation – Part 2

Money Saving Tips For A Disney World Vacation – Part 2

 

Castle Money

Are you dying to go on a Disney World vacation, but need to spend a little less this time around? Many will say it can’t be done, but I beg to differ. While Disney World will never be an inexpensive vacation option, it definitely is possible to cut corners and save a bit of money here and there—something that really adds up to a lot by the time vacation is over.

So what can you do to save a few bucks while still having a blast in your favorite theme parks in the world? Well, it all starts with planning and thoughtful decisions.

Below are some of the best money saving decisions you can make before and during your trip to ensure you spend as little as possible so you get the most bang for your buck.

Shop Beforehand

Anyone who’s ever been to Disney World can tell you that the place is packed with gift shops.  Clothing items can be pricy at Disney shops.  This is great for shoppers with money burning a hole in their pocket, but not so much for those who are trying to save money. In order to avoid spending way too much money on souvenirs, purchase some gifts beforehand and dole them out throughout the trip. These gifts can be purchased from Walmart, the Disney Store Outlet, or even the dollar store for a fraction of what you’d pay in Disney World.

Grab Cheap Starbucks Cards

Every single Disney World park has a Starbucks. Once in a while, Groupon will sell Starbucks cards at half-off.  Also, there are several on-line discount gift card companies.  Discount amounts vary, so check the websites.  Watch for these deals and snatch up those discounted cards whenever possible. The cards can then be used during your trip to buy coffee, snacks, and sandwiches.

Invest in an Annual Pass

This one might seem crazy, but it can actually save you money. If you plan to visit Disney two years in a row, plan the trips to be 11 months apart. Purchase Annual Passes for the family, and your tickets will be taken care of for both trips. Not only that, you will also receive free parking and discounts on certain food, drink, and merchandise during both visits.

Drink Free Water

When on vacation, it can be tempting to treat yourself to lots of soda and alcoholic beverages. However, when you’re walking all day in the Florida heat, what your body really needs is water. Rather than opting for sweet drinks, stay hydrated and save some serious dough by drinking the free cups of water found at counter-service locations.  Another option is to buy bottled water at a local grocery store or through one of the grocery delivery services.  You can bring your own bottled water into the parks and save money by not having to purchase bottled water in the parks!

I agree that Disney World will never be an inexpensive vacation option but it definitely is possible to cut corners.  Yes, you can afford a trip by using most if not all of these money saving tips.  Have a great Disney vacation!!

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

Stay tuned for more tips in Part 3 of this series!

(Some information from HowtoDisney.com)

 

 

 

Walt Disney World Characters You Can Meet and Greet at Epcot – Part 2

Walt Disney World Characters You Can Meet and Greet at Epcot – Part 2

If you are a fan of character meet and greets during your Walt Disney World vacations, Epcot is a must do for you!  World Showcase provides an awesome backdrop for classic Disney characters to meet guests in their native countries. Future World has some pretty awesome character meet opportunities as well.  Using the character finder portion of the MyDisneyExperience App simplifies the character search process.  Use it for quick glances at which characters you plan to meet during your day in the parks.  In this article we are highlighting several characters (or groups of characters) you can meet and greet at Epcot.

Mickey & Minnie – Future World’s Epcot Character Stop

A trip to Walt Disney World is incomplete without the chance to see Mickey and Minnie right?  Lucky for you, swinging by Epcot’s Character Stop is an easy way to meet Mickey and Minnie at the same time.  Grab a fast pass or wait in the standby line and enjoy the awesome air conditioning while waiting for your turn to meet the star of Walt Disney World and his adorable girlfriend, Minnie Mouse.

Mickey Mouse Epcot

Baymax – Future World Hiro’s Workshop

Meet this precious squishy hero, give him a hug and snap a photo.  Who doesn’t love Baymax? One of the great things about Epcot character meets is that they feature classic Disney characters from early films and also newer characters like Pixar film characters.

Baymax

Donald and Pluto – Around World Showcase

You can’t forget these classic Disney characters when searching for meet and greet opportunities. Although Donald and Pluto do not meet guests as a pair, their meeting spots are relatively close to each other.  Donald Duck meets guests outside the Mexican temple adorned in his adorable sombrero and Mexican poncho.  Pluto greets guests at the Friendship Ambassador Gazebo at the entrance to World Showcase on the Mexico side.

Donald Duck

Other Awesome Princesses – Around World Showcase

Once again, this tip goes for several Disney princesses that are located around World Showcase.  I love seeing the Disney princesses so much that I could not leave any off the list so they are all included here.  Meet Aurora in the French pavilion near the gazebo and shops, Belle is just a short walk way along the French promenade beside the water.  If you are looking to meet Princess Jasmine, drop by Lamps of Wonder in Morocco.  Meet the original Disney princess Snow White, beside the wishing well in Germany. Perhaps one of the coolest and toughest princesses is available to meet guests at The Temple of Heaven in China, that’s right guys- Mulan meets guests in China.

Mulan

As you can tell, there are many, many opportunities to meet Disney characters when visiting Epcot. The best news is that these are just some of the character meet and greet opportunities at Epcot.  Guests looking to dine with characters can consult guest services or the MyDisneyExperience App to snag a character dining experience in the park.  Reservations are suggested for Character Dining.  Wishing everyone a great Disney vacation and happy character meet hopping!

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Some information from HowtoDisney.com)

 

 

 

Places to Cool Off in Animal Kingdom on a Hot Day – Part 1

Places to Cool Off in Animal Kingdom on a Hot Day – Part 1

 

The rain may be unpredictable in Orlando, but the heat never is. For more than half the year, it’s a guarantee—Walt Disney World is gonna be HOT! But don’t let the heat stop your fun. With some creative planning and forward thinking, you can make a schedule for Animal Kingdom that keeps you and your family the coolest they possibly can be. Work these places into your Animal Kingdom plan to use their cool-down potential.

Table Service Restaurants

Making an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) for one of the Animal Kingdom restaurants is a great strategy to beat the heat since they all offer delicious food in the midst of deliciously cool A/C. Schedule an ADR midday at Tusker House, Yak and Yeti, Tiffins, or Rainforest Cafe for a needed break from the heat.

Yak and Yeti

Adventurers Outpost

Who’s the coolest duo in all of Walt Disney World? Mickey and Minnie, of course! But on a practical note, this character greeting spot is indoors, which means enjoying air conditioning while you wait.

Mickey and Minnie

Avatar Flight of Passage

If you haven’t been on the newest thrill ride in Animal Kingdom’s Pandora: The World of Avatar, then put it on your must-do list! Since the wait times are super high right now, the beginning of your journey will be hot, but the last hour will be in the cool interior. (And let me tell you, the wait—even over an hour—is definitely worth it!)  If available, try to get a Fast Pass for this attraction.  You will still have plenty of time to cool off!

Flight of Passage

Festival of the Lion King

This amazing acrobatic show is not only a feast for the eyes, it’s also a relief for your overheated body! The show lasts about twenty minutes, which is a great chance to sit and recharge in the cool of this theater in the round.

Festival Of The Lion King

Animal Kingdom does get hot, but with these spots in mind, you can manage even the hottest day. Also, remember to rehydrate often. Counter service restaurants will always give you a free cup of ice water to refill your water bottles, so don’t let them get dry! Stay cool, Disney Fanatics!

Stay tuned for more ways to stay cool in Animal Kingdom in Part 2!!

(Some information from howtodisney.com)

 

Cast Members You Should Tip at Disney World-Part 2

Cast Members You Should Tip at Disney World  – Part 2

 

Many people ask, “When is it appropriate to tip someone?”  Tipping can be a touchy subject, at Disney World.  Because Disney World is an international destination, it’s important to note that different cultures have different “rules” for tipping.  In the United States, it is customary to tip anyone who serves you.  The amount depends on the situation, but standard tipping is 15-20% of the total bill.  Here is a suggested list of who you should tip on your Disney vacation.

Mousekeeping

At Disney, housekeeping is known as “mousekeeping”.  Get it?  Ok, yes that’s a little corny but corny jokes can be funny!  It is customary to tip your maid $1-2 per person in the room, each day.  Leave cash in an envelope or with a note, in a prominent place, before heading out each day.  We usually tip at the end of the stay.

Yacht and Beach Club Resort Room

Food servers

This one should be a no-brainer!  Disney World has dozens of great table-service restaurants.  Be sure to tip your server(s) before leaving the restaurant.  Lots of the Disney restaurants are buffet-style, especially character meals.  Although you may be getting your own food, someone is still bringing your drinks and caring for your dining needs.  Tip appropriately.

Main St Confectionary Castmember

Room service

At the Disney moderate and deluxe resorts, room service is available.  Or, you may request an extra pillow or blanket.  If someone delivers food or other items to your room, tip a few dollars or 15-20% of your room service meal.

Room Service

Miscellaneous

If your child does the Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique, Pirates League or gets a haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street, tip 15-20%.  Ever taken a fireworks cruise?  Tip your boat driver.  I’ve even seen guests tip CastMembers at the end of a Behind the Scenes Tour.  Most of the tour cast members will not accept tips.  Just ask.  If that cast member has done an excellent job, be sure to fill out a form recognizing the outstanding job.

Barber Shop

In some cases, Disney Cast Members have been trained to refuse tips.  If that happens, offer up a hearty “Thank You!”  *Bonus tip: You can go to Guest Services and fill out a small form recognizing outstanding CastMember service.  Be sure to get their name!

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Some information taken from howtodisney.com)

 

 

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! is a live amusement show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Based on the popular and successful Indiana Jones film franchise and it includes various stunts and live reenacted scenes from the series’s first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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The show opened on August 25, 1989, as the first Indiana Jones attraction at a Disney park.  The show is about 30 minutes in length and appeals to both children, senior citizens and most especially fans of the Raiders film series.  I have been to this show many times and have always loved the action and explanation of how the many stunts from the movies are accomplished.

The action starts with Indy braving dangers in a recreation of the Peruvian temple scene from the beginning of the movie. Dangerous spikes, false floors and ancient booby traps test the archaeologist’s skills before he attempts to make a getaway with the golden idol. The stunt show then moves on to the busy and audience-participant filled streets of Cairo. Indy and Marion watch street acrobats before events take a turn for the worse and a massive fight scene breaks out. The Cairo street scene concludes with Indy shooting at a Jeep loaded with explosives, producing a fiery conclusion. The final scene of the stunt show recreates the action-packed sequence in which Indy and Marion try to stop the Nazis from flying the Ark to Berlin. The reenactment is complete with a scaled-down version of a German Luftwaffe aircraft with symbols imitating the swastika (actual swastikas were used in the show up until the 2000s). Indy fights a large German mechanic while Marion operates the aircraft’s machine gun, blowing away enemies in sight. Indy and Marion are able to make a narrow escape as the airfield is engulfed in flames.

Along with the former Superstar Television and Monster Sound Show, The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! is a show that relies on audience participation as part of the show’s entertainment. Volunteers are chosen from the crowd to perform in the Cairo street scene though they safely stay away from the real stunt work. Along with the audience, one real stunt actor plant is chosen from the audience to do real work, a fact that has become common knowledge after the many years that the attraction has been open (the plant is usually a man in a loud Hawaiian shirt).

The Stunt Theater holds 2,000 people; capacity audiences are common. The first performance is always the easiest to see. If the first show is at 10 a.m. or earlier, you can usually walk in, even if you arrive 5 minutes late. For the second performance, show up about 15-20 minutes ahead of time. For the third and subsequent shows, arrive 20-30 minutes early. If you plan to tour during late afternoon and evening, attend the last scheduled performance. If you want to beat the crowd out of the stadium, sit on the far right (as you face the staging area) and near the top.

Be sure to check the Times Guide at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the schedule and show times. Since this is an outdoor show, it is also subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Show times are subject to change.

This show is a “must see” to those guests visiting Disney for the first time.  It is also one that can be seen over and over again — don’t miss it!

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins and gift cards. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Some information from Wikipedia.com)