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)

 

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)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

Cast Members You Should Tip at Disney World-Part 1

Cast Members You Should Tip at Disney World –Part 1

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.

Baggage handlers

As you begin and end your trip, several people are likely to handle your luggage.  My family and I sometimes park offsite at our local airport and take a parking service van over to the airport terminals.  If the driver loads/unloads your bags, consider tipping $1-2 per bag.  If you use curbside baggage drop-off at your airport, double that.  If you fly into Orlando International, you may use Disney’s Magical Express.  In most cases, Disney handles your luggage behind the scenes and gratuity is included, even if you’re present when it’s delivered.  If you choose to retrieve your own luggage and take it aboard Magical Express, tip the driver for loading and unloading it.  Same thing on the return.  If a CastMember assists you with your bags at your hotel, tip them. Usually once you arrive at a Disney resort, a cast member with Bell Services may bring your luggage to your room.  We always tip $1-$2 per bag.

Disney Resort Bellhop

Drivers

As noted above, most guests flying into the Orlando airport use Magical Express if the guest is staying on Disney grounds.  You can tip your driver if you wish, but it’s not necessary.  This is supposed to be a “free” service to onsite guests.  The bus service, Magical Express, is operated by Mears Transportation (an Orlando transportation company).  Most of these drivers do accept and appreciate tips.  If you take a town car, shuttle, taxi or Uber, tip 15-20% each way.  These services are independant contractors.

Magical Express

Grocery delivery

Over the last few years, several grocery delivery services have popped up around Disney World.  If you are staying more than a few days, this can be very helpful.  All Disney hotel rooms have a small refrigerator.  The Vacation Club resorts have full kitchens or kitchenetts.  Be sure to tip anyone who handles your groceries, including those who may temporarily store your groceries and those who deliver to your room.  Some of the grocers allow you to tip online when you place your order.

Groceries

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!

Stay tuned for more tips on “who to tip” in Part 2 of this series!

(Some information 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.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! entrance.jpg

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)

 

 

Star Wars Must Do Experiences at Hollywood Studios – Part 2

Star Wars Must Do Experiences at Hollywood Studios – Part 2

Until Star Wars: Galaxy Edge opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests still have options to travel to a galaxy far, far away.  Hollywood Studios is the singular destination for Star Wars entertainment and rides at Walt Disney World.  Here are some amazing  experiences you need to see on your next trip!

Character Meet and Greets

Located at Star Wars Launch Bay, guests have the opportunity to meet and have their photos taken with BB-8, Chewbacca, and Kylo Ren.  We love the realism of the scenes where guests meet the characters.  Guests will be amazed by the short lines to meet the characters, too!

Kia Lo Ren

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

A stage show put on multiple times a day on the stage in front of the theatre, Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away takes guests on a journey through the classic moments in the films and demonstrates the magic of the film series!  The show is outside, so we recommend checking out one of the earlier shows in the day or one of the late ones!  I have been to this show several times and I highly recommend it.  Be sure to go — you won’t be disappointed.

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

 

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

The nightly fireworks display at Hollywood Studios is a fantastic combination of fireworks and projections onto the Chinese Theatre.  The show is one of the best on property and the combination of Star Wars and fireworks is sure to draw a crowd, so be sure to get there early to stake out a good viewing location – and of course to grab some popcorn and a pretzel or a Mickey ice cream bar!  Both children and adults will love this show.

Star Wars Galactic Spectacular

Star Tours

The original Star Wars experience takes guests on an interactive journey into the worlds of the movies on a mission to protect the Rebel Spy in their fight against the Empire.  You’ll love the variety of the ride with show scenes changing no matter how many times you ride the attraction.  And with new Star Wars movies being released, guests are introduced to these worlds not only through the movies, but through the ride.  My family always checks out this attraction on a visit to Hollywood Studios because we haven’t given up being selected as the Rebel Spy!  Ok, on my last trip to Disney, I was selected as the Rebel Spy — super cool!  Plus we are still trying to see all of the show scenes — there are many, many different scenes.  Yes, Star Tours has been around a while but it has been updated and this is still one of my favorites at Hollywood Studios!

Star Tours

 

Star Wars is a wonderful, immersive story and my family and I like being able to explore those lands and meet the characters during vacation.   Personally, I cannot wait for the world of Star Wars to become even more detailed with the new land, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge (scheduled to open the Fall of 2019)!  What is your favorite Star Wars experience at Disney World?

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)

 

Star Wars Experiences at Hollywood Studios – Part 1

Star Wars Experiences You Should See at Hollywood Studios – Part 1

Until Star Wars: Galaxy Edge opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests still have options to travel to a galaxy far, far away.  Hollywood Studios is the singular destination for Star Wars entertainment and rides at Walt Disney World.  Here are some amazing  experiences you need to see on your next trip!

Chewbacca

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

This experience is limited to the young Padawans in your group.  Young guests who are interested in this experience are encouraged to get to the park as close to rope drop (opening) as possible to sign up.  Those selected for the experience will be dressed up in Jedi attire and are invited to fight against the Empire with light sabers in a fantastically entertaining stage show near the entrance to Star Tours!

Darth vader

March of the First Order

Occurring at various times during the day, the March of the First Order is a very general experience, but is one that you’ll love checking out.  Captain Phasma and a contingent of Stormtroopers march from the central stage area in front of the theatre on down  to Hollywood Boulevard.  It’s so much fun to watch the other families part ways in the street and photograph the Stormtroopers marching.   The music that is played to accompany the march is fantastic — you will love it!

March of the First Order

Star Wars Launch Bay

Located in Animation Courtyard, Star Wars Launch Bay is a destination for both new and old fans of Star Wars!  There is so much to see and discover here – guests can see props from the Star Wars movies, shop for a memento, and even see a short film about the Star Wars franchise.  You may also want to make sure you bring a few things to barter with because jawas wander around the Launch Bay and are willing to trade with guests!  So much fun!!

Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars is a wonderful, immersive story and it’s wonderful being able to explore those lands and meet the characters during vacation.   Personally, I cannot wait for the world of Star Wars to become even more detailed with the new land, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge (scheduled to open the Fall of 2019)!  What is your favorite Star Wars experience at Disney World?

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)

 

 

 

Experiences Worth Repeating At Disney World’s Magic Kingdom – Part 3

Experiences Worth Repeating At Disney World’s Magic Kingdom – Part 3

 

As a person who has experienced the Disney parks multiple times, I often get asked if I ever get tired of visiting the Magic Kingdom. My answer is always, “No way! I’m ready to go again right now!” Here are some of the experiences that I love and will continue to visit again and again.

Playing the Part at “Enchanted Tales with Belle”

Speaking of storybook experiences, “Enchanted Tales with Belle” is one you and your kids can actually be a part of. After taking a trip through a magical portal, join Belle in the castle library to help reenact the story of how she and the Beast met. Your family will cherish the memories made here forever.  This attraction is more for children — adults may want to wander through once.  A plus is that this attraction is mostly in the cool indoors! 

Enchanted Tales With Belle

Riding the PeopleMover

Need a break from thrill rides like Space Mountain and Seven Dwarves Mine Train? Hop on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and take a leisurely tour around Tomorrowland. You might be surprised what you get to see.  This is a ride I go on every time I visit Magic Kingdom!  It’s a nice low key attraction with a low wait time.

Seeing the Carousel of Progress

The show is perhaps a little dated, but the Carousel of Progress has a certain charm that keeps us coming back. Its message is a useful reminder that as good as things are today, there’s always a great big beautiful tomorrow to look forward to.

Ride Carousel Of Progress

As you can see, the Magic Kingdom has no shortage of experiences worth revisiting year after year. With time, you’ll find out which of them—whether they’re listed here or not—are even more special to you.

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 in Part 4 of this series.

(Some information from howtodisney.com)

Experiences Worth Repeating At Disney World’s Magic Kingdom – Part 1

Experiences Worth Repeating At Disney World’s Magic Kingdom – Part 1

 

As a person who has experienced the Disney parks multiple times, I often get asked if I ever get tired of visiting the Magic Kingdom. My answer is always, “No way! I’m ready to go again right now!” Here are some of the experiences that I love and will continue to visit again and again.

Riding the Ferry In

Riding the fast (and air-conditioned!) monorail is nice, but doesn’t quite offer that same magical feeling as taking a ferryboat ride across the Seven Seas Lagoon and watching the distant Cinderella Castle come closer in your view.  The kids will be so excited. If the weather is nice or if you leave at park closing, opt for the ferry; you won’t regret it.

Ferry Boat

Arriving at Rope Drop

It used to be that arriving at park opening meant watching a little show at the gate before entering.  Present day, they allow you to walk down Main Street, U.S.A. even earlier than before so you can soak up some of the charm and maybe grab a coffee from Starbucks until it’s officially opening time, when a few familiar characters take the stage in front of Cinderella Castle and “drop the rope”, so to speak.

Castle Day

 

Stopping to Enjoy the Ambiance

It’s tempting to rush around Magic Kingdom trying to get through every single item on your wishlist. However, it’s good to slow down once in awhile and really take it all in. Watch a parade or two, or catch a show that springs up along your path. Do some people-watching. Sing along to the background tunes. Smell all the amazing smells. Whatever you do, don’t pass up the chance to fully enjoy your time in the most magical place on earth.

Eating Breakfast with Winnie and Friends at The Crystal Palace

It’s a bit expensive as far as breakfast buffets go, but nonetheless an experience you won’t want to miss. As you sit in this beautifully decorated restaurant enjoying delicious menu items such as freshly baked pastries, made-to-order omelettes, seasonal fruit, and breakfast meats and potatoes, you get to meet characters from Winnie the Pooh as they visit each table. Don’t forget to bring your autograph book and your camera!

As you can see, the Magic Kingdom has no shortage of experiences worth revisiting year after year. With time, you’ll find out which of them—whether they’re listed here or not—are even more special to you.

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 to more in Part 2.

(some information from HowtoDisney.com)

 

Dining Experiences You Should Try in the World Showcase at Disney’s Epcot

Dining Experiences You Should Try in the World Showcase at Disney’s Epcot

 

Nestled at the back of Disney’s Epcot is the World Showcase, which houses 11 different pavilions that represent 11 different countries. Within these pavilions you can find food, drinks, and merchandise that are unique to the country, making you feel like you’ve stepped out of a theme park and into the country itself! Many of the pavilions have a table service dining experience with unique food and drink options—and they are worth the price. Here are some dining experiences you should try at least once from the World Showcase:

San Angel Inn Restaurante

If you’ve ever traveled around the World Showcase, you know that you pass the Mayan pyramid when you walk through Mexico. But did you know there’s a restaurant inside? The space is illuminated with warm lights, making for an extra romantic setting. You’ll also have a stunning view of the Mayan pyramid replica that is built inside as part of the Three Caballero’s attraction. You can enjoy delicious Mexican dishes such as empanadas, tacos and queso fundido, as well as pork, chicken and fish. Plus, if you’re 21 or older, you can sip on margaritas, wines and beers.

San Angel Inn

Teppan Edo

If you’re a fan of hibachi, then this is a must-do on your next trip. At the top of the long flight of stairs in the Japan pavilion is Teppan Edo, which combines an authentic Japanese meal with a show performed by your chef. You’ll be able to enjoy Udon noodles and steamed rice along with a steak, chicken, seafood or vegetable entrée. You can also enjoy sushi rolls, tempura and edamame. Plus, if you’re 21 or older, you can enjoy Japanese beer, wine or even sake if you’re feeling adventurous!

Teppan Edo

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

If your favorite kind of food is Italian, Via Napoli is the place to try at Epcot! If you want a taste of Southern Italy, there are so many delicious items on the menu that you’ll truly have a hard time deciding what you want! From several types of pasta to eggplant, chicken and veal entrees, you’ll want a little of everything. But the crown jewel of this restaurant truly is the pizza, which is the best! But make sure you save room for dessert because tiramisu, zeppoles, and cannolis are on the menu!

Via Napoli Epcot

Biergarten Restaurant

If you’re looking for a true meal and show dining experience, look no further than Biergarten, which is located in the German pavilion. You’ll feel like you stepped into a real Oktoberfest celebration and there is plenty of fun to be had! Feast on favorites such as bratwurst, schnitzel, German meat loaf and Bavarian-style pot roast while you tap your foot to the beat of live music. You’ll also enjoy desserts that are made fresh daily, such as Bavarian cheesecake and apple strudel! But, of course, don’t forget about the variety of German beers and wine you’re bound to enjoy. My personal favorite is the dark beer which seems to be a huge hit with guests year-round!

biergarten-epcot-oompah-band

Le Cellier

This Canadian steakhouse is recommended as one of the best dining experiences on property, which is probably why it tends to be difficult to get a reservation and why booking 180 days in advance is highly recommended. Le Cellier, located within the Canada pavilion, offers delicious steaks, poutine, and mouth-watering sides. In addition,  their  Canadian cheddar cheese soup is famous. Be sure to save room for dessert because maple crème brulee and blueberry cheesecake are on the menu! This is a wonderful option if you’re celebrating something special, such as a birthday, anniversary or graduation since it is a little pricier than some of the other dining experiences. However, it’s well worth the price you pay!

Le Cellier Steakhouse

Epcot offers some of the best unique dining across all of Walt Disney World. The World Showcase offers guests the opportunity to truly be immersed in a different culture and be transported to another country, even if it’s only for an hour or two. If you’re looking to step out of your comfort zone and be a little adventurous, try a dining location in a country other than the American pavilion and be prepared to fall in love!

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)