[This post originally ran in November 2014, which is when the Bloom family celebrated Thanksgiving in the Magic Kingdom. Wherever you are, have a Happy Thanksgiving. If you are not in the United States, you can go ahead and enjoy your day too.]
There are many choices for Thanksgiving dinner at Walt Disney World. Most every resort restaurant has some option, and within the parks many of the sit down restaurants offer a Thanksgiving meal. We decided to do something a little bit different. We brought our own Thanksgiving dinner into the Magic Kingdom.
This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Even MORE Extreme Eats at the Universal Orlando Resort. We’re fast approaching Thanksgiving, the official holiday of glorious overeating. As most of you know by now, we here at the SATURDAY SIX headquarters are big fans of Extreme Eats at the theme parks. Long ago we passed the line of adventurous foodies and into the realm of gluttony for the sake of gluttony. And guess what? We’re heading back for more! So sit back, be careful as this article is the literary equivalent of a case of 5 Hour Energy (unfortunately just all of the side effects and none of the benefits), and let’s begin our countdown starting with…
# 6 – Big Pink Donut (Springfield, USA)
Our first stop has to be in Universal’s Springfield USA, home of the Krusty Burger, the Clogger, and Lard Lad Donuts. The giant Lard Lad figure and his gigantic donut (a fun reference to the Big Boy restaurant mascot) stand out even in a land of outrageousness. But what stands out even more is the Lard Lad Big Pink Donut. The size of a human head, the Big Pink Donut is incredible to see in person, and even better to eat!
As Homer Simpon once said, “Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?”
Now THAT’S a donut!
Encased in glass, like all fine works of art. (photo by @AmusementBuzz)
The unassuming Little Red Wagon sits just to your right as you get to the end of Main Street
OK, so let me tell you all a little story. I happened to be in Los Angeles recently for work. I live in St. Louis, and one thing I’ve come to learn is that unless you wrap up your business on the west coast really early in the day, you’re basically spending the evening out west because the flights home get in unacceptably late. On the up side, one thing you can do when you’re in the Los Angeles area with nothing to do is go visit Disneyland, and that, my friends, is exactly what I decided to do on this last trip. Unfortunately, the park was set to close at 9:00 p.m., so I was going to have to pack the entirety of my visit into 5 hours. So, with this limited time schedule, what do you think I did the very first thing upon entering the park? Splash Mountain? Big Thunder? Haunted Mansion? Nope, I made a beeline to the Little Red Wagon to get a corn dog. Do you know what I did right before leaving Disneyland for the day? I went by the Little Red Wagon and had another corn dog. Do you know why? It is because the Little Red Wagon corn dog at Disneyland is the single best food item on planet Earth, period, full stop. Allow me to elaborate after the jump.
Advance dining reservations start as early as 8 AM, and so you have some amazing opportunities for photos with Spaceship Earth on the way in with no crowds, and by arriving early and being seated right at 8 AM, we were able to finish our meal and arrive downstairs at Soarin’ about five minutes before the morning crowds.
This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at the Top Six Additions to Disney Springs (So Far). We’ve been fans of The Area Formerly Known as Downtown Disney for a long time. Among other things, it has an amazing bowling alley/restaurant in Splitsville, the most incredible Disney store in Florida with The World of Disney, and one of the absolute best places to watch a movie with the AMC Fork & Screen. Last year, during the height of construction in the area making it a true challenge to go, we still did a SATURDAY SIX on Why You Needed To Visit. While construction at the Disney parks seems to crawl along at a snail’s pace, work at Disney Springs moves so fast that even Universal can’t keep up. In fact, just over the last twelve months so much has happened that today we are going to count down our six favorite additions to this shopping and dining district, starting off with…
# 6 – Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
When Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar was announced earlier this year, we here at the SATURDAY SIX offices were more than a bit concerned. We love Indiana Jones, but an Indiana Jones themed bar based around a character even we didn’t remember from the movies? For those who don’t remember (AKA normal human beings) Jock Lindsey was the pilot who flew Indy out of Peru at the very beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and was never seen or mentioned again over the course of four movies. Imagine if New Fantasyland didn’t have Gaston’s Tavern, but instead a bar themed after Monseiur D’Arque, the character Gaston pays to take Belle’s father to an insane asylum.
We breathed a sigh of relief when the Hangar Bar officially opened, and it turned out to be great. A highly themed experience that can be enjoyed whether you are an Indiana Jones fan or not (but tons of great details if you are). Our trepidation about the pun-filled menu was also put to rest when the food and drinks turned out to be at a higher level than Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, one of our favorite lounges at The World. Our menu recommendations: For food try the Air Pirate’s Pretzels (served on a fun plane display) and the Good Dates (what a great name). For drinks you can’t go wrong with The Scottish Professor, the Bitter Barkeep, or the Aviator’s Scotch Flight.
We love theme park bars. We think you know we love theme park bars. So when we say that Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is one of the best in town, you can take that to the bank.
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.
Aviator’s Flight. 3/4 oz pours of three single malt whiskeys. (photo by Brandon Glover)
When I arrived at noon, Epcot appeared quite a bit busier than you might hope a weekday in early November would be. Welcome to Jersey Week! Thanks to teachers’ conferences in New Jersey, wait times were jacked up throughout the park, with Spaceship Earth posting a 35 minute standby queue as I entered.
It is difficult for me to admit what I’m about to say — The Landing truly gives Disney Springs its identity. That’s so hard because after all, The Landing at Disney Springs sits on hallowed ground, the former site of one of my favorite places: Pleasure Island. But those days are sadly over and it is time to welcome a whole new experience. Sure, there are still a few finishing touches to come, but there’s lots to enjoy too. As a Pleasure Island fan who is still getting over its closure, I feel compelled (perhaps as my own grieving process) to share why I enjoy The Landing at Disney Springs.
One of the reasons the name and setting of Downtown Disney evolved into Disney Springs is its ideal setting along a glistening lake. None of the previous three sections of Downtown Disney (West Side, Pleasure Island, and the Marketplace) ever really took advantage of the waterfront location. The Landing has changed that.
Three distinct dining destinations feature the lakeside location as a showstopping amenity. Clearly The BOATHOUSE is champion of making the most of the waterfront with the crowning jewel being their Dockside Bar. A stroll down a pier, right alongside the Amphibicar launch, leads to a rectangular bar with seating for about twenty plus about 10 or so high-top tables. Rich dark woods, glistening from fresh polish, brass and nautical accents give an air of casual sophistication. As the various watercraft slowly move through the water, it is difficult to not feel like a member of the privileged few who have found their way to an exclusive, yet welcoming yacht club.
This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six MORE Extreme Eats at Walt Disney World. For some people, the thing they like most about their theme park vacations is the great attractions like Haunted Mansion. Others love the world class shows like Festival of the Lion King. Here at the SATURDAY SIX we say Nay Nay, because what we love are the EXTRME EATS. Candy apples the size of a newborn’s head? An ice cream sundae using, among other things, 8 scoops of ice cream and a whole can of whipped cream? A cupcake topped with peanut butter icing, candied bacon, and chocolate drizzle? YES PLEASE, we’ll take one of each. In fact, make that two. Today we are back for more of the most outrageous, the most insane, and definitely the most Extreme Eats on Disney property. So sit back, have a bottle of Pepto-Bismol handy, and let’s begin our countdown starting with…
# 6 – Pop-Tart Sandwich (Pop Century Resort)
No, you are not seeing things. What you are looking at actually exists. Over at the Everything Pop food court at Disney’s Pop Century Resort is what was once thought of as an urban legend. The Pop-Tart Breakfast Sandwich features egg, bacon, and cheese on a strawberry Pop-Tart. The egg is more of a hockey puck in (possibly) edible form. The cheese and bacon melt together in a scene straight out of the classic horror film The Fly. We’d like to tell you how this tastes, but we did not dare eat it as the Pop-Tart sandwich probably should be thrown directly into the fiery pits of Mordor.
The Pop-Tart Sandwich at Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
Hello, my darlings! It’s me, Daisy! Oh my goodness, I’ve missed you. Of course, I’ve been loving Seth’s posts so much that I almost feel guilty stepping back in this week. But I went to Disneyland for Halloween, how could I not share that with all of you?
I hope you’ll forgive me for just breezing in for the week. Seth will be back with his excellent posts next week. I’m hoping that my schedule will open up a little this fall and I’ll be able to write some daily park visit posts like I used to in the days before BWE. Would anyone like to see that? Let me know in the comments below! Plus don’t forget that you can follow me over on the Touring Plans Instagram account. I have so much fun interacting with you guys over there. We just hit 5,000 followers so come join the party! Now, let’s get going with the good stuff!
I know this isn’t the traditional view of the castle. I took so many photos, but this one where I “snuck up on it” was my favorite. The first day of our trip was unseasonably hot, but after that the weather mellowed out to a brisk perfection. The upside of the warmer temperatures were these crisp, blue skies. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten such pretty photos of Sleeping Beauty’s castle.
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