Cinderella Castle at Christmas
Ed. – We realize it’s still over a month until Halloween, and you haven’t even ordered your Thanksgiving Turducken yet, but tickets are already on sale for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Enjoy the Food&Wine-aweenThanksmas season and have a Happy New Marathon Weekend.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a popular, hard ticket event at Disney World where guests can enjoy holiday festivities and the Christmas spirit at the most magical park of them all, the Magic Kingdom! The party is scheduled for select dates throughout November and December. In addition to the festive atmosphere, but also a series of holiday performances and activities to enjoy. Like what? New this year is the lighting, or rather freezing, of Cinderella Castle by Frozen’s Elsa! The party also offers character dance parties, Holiday Wishes, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, character meets, and so much more. To help you maximize the Disney magic, I’ve got a little early Christmas present:
Disney Savvy Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Plan for the Cold – Contrary to popular opinion, Florida is not warm and sunny all year long. In fact, it can get very chilly at Disney World during the holiday season, especially at night. The past two times I attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, I’ve needed several layers or even a coat to keep warm. When your party date draws close, check the extended forecast or monthly average temperatures for an idea of how to dress.
Watch the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade from Main Street – Many guests have their own opinions for where to watch the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Electrical Parade; but for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, I encourage everyone to find a spot on Main Street, U.S.A. for the popular Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Why? Main Street, U.S.A. is the only location in the park where fake snow drifts down from above as the parade passes by, creating a picture-perfect winter wonderland! Spots along the parade route go quickly, so claim a space early!
Prepare for Rain – During my first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party experience, it rained the whole night! Myself, along with most of the party guests, just donned a poncho and braved the damp, but there were few changes to the party due to the inclement weather. First of all, some elements of the parade were removed for safety purposes. The main floats were still included, but some of the characters and dancers were not. Whenever the weather isn’t cooperative, Disney does their best to carry on the night as planned, but some performances and live entertainment can be cancelled, delayed, or altered. It’s just something to prepare yourself and another reason to check the forecast.
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Ed. – Today the blog is taking you to Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter. These resorts are connected by a very pleasant walk along the Sassagoula River and are favorites on the Unofficial Guide reader survey.
On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World, I stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter, which is my personal favorite moderate resort hotel. An important factor in choosing any Walt Disney World Resort is the food. Especially when traveling with a larger group, variety is essential when it comes to dining options. Luckily, Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, the main dining option at French Quarter, offers a variety of choices with a strong influence on Cajun and New Orleans cuisine.
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory is a breakfast, lunch and dinner quick service food court decked out in a bright and colorful Mardi Gras theme. If you’re into subtlety, you might just die of excessiveness while eating here. Some may say that many of the decorations of Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory are “creepy” or “terrifying” but I personally think they straddle the, “almost scary but hilarious because of it” line quite nicely. Also, in case you were wondering, both the Disney Dining Plan and Tables in Wonderland are accepted at Sassagoula. That’s all well and fine but the real question remains. Is the food any good? I’m happy to report that after staying at French Quarter for a week and having multiple meals there, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
Fun ambiance or terrifying nightmare fuel? You decide!
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Anadapur Local Cafe Menu
I’ve been there. You have two days to hit all four parks, and you want to ride everything. You know it’s possible, but you also know you’ll have to resign yourself to popcorn and Mickey bars for 48 hours.
Not true, my friends! It is possible to snag some good, healthy(ish) theme park food on-the-go!
Here are some of my favorite spots to grab some delicious, FAST food that will keep you going strong throughout your park touring. And the best news is — most of this stuff is easy to eat while you’re walking, so you don’t even have to jockey for a table! Just order, pay, and head to the next ride — eat on the way!
Pork Egg Rolls in Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
Yum! One of my favorite suggestions! Over in Anadapur Village in the park’s Asia section, you’ll find a great little counter-service restaurant right between Yak and Yeti Restaurant and Kali River Rapids.
Anadapur Local Cafe serves a rockin’ pork egg roll that’s out of this world. Best part? It’s finger food, so you can grab and go!
Starring Rolls Turkey Sandwich
Gourmet Sandwiches, Muffins, Fruit, and Trail Mix in Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
There’s a plethora of grab-and-go deliciousness in the studios, and you won’t have to sit down once!
Head over to Starring Rolls Cafe for a sandwich (including a great veggie option!) or a pastry, and if you get hungry again, hit Anaheim Produce on Sunset Boulevard for trail mix or apple slices with caramel dipping sauce. I promise you won’t hit a mid-day slump with these choices!
Bratwurst and Dessert in Epcot:
There’s really no excuse whatsoever for eating poorly in Epcot; it’s bursting with delicious and easy options for substantial grab-and-go food! I like to swing by Sommerfest in Epcot’s Germany pavilion for a Brat, then stop by Tangierine Cafe in Morocco for some delectable baklava.
Bratwurst from Sommerfest in Epcot
Now, if baklava isn’t your thing, keep walking a few paces and grab a crepe in France! All are easy-to-eat options that won’t weigh you down on your touring adventure.
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup or Hot Dogs at the Magic Kingdom:
Shocked that you could find such a wholesome option in a theme park? Don’t be!
Disney’s been working hard to make delicious, healthy options easier for you, so take advantage! At the Magic Kingdom’s Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square, you can get a nice-sized portion of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup — and the soup container is pretty portable, so it will be easy to eat while you’re waiting in line for the Haunted Mansion!
Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom
Of course, if soup isn’t enough to quell your hunger, head over to Casey’s Corner before the parade and get yourself a hot dog (hey, you’ve been healthy all day!).
One of my favorite traditions (with touring plan synergy!) is to get a hot dog and dine while saving my parade viewing spot on the curb. It’s a great opportunity to do a little people-watching and rest my feet while I’m still (technically) being productive!
What are your suggestions?
I’m looking forward to your favorite tips and tricks for eating on-the-go while you’re touring the parks in Disney World! Do us all a favor and share your ideas in the comments below — you never know when you can help a fellow Disney fan by giving a quick tip!
AJ Wolfe writes about Disney food, restaurants, news, info, and planning over at The Disney Food Blog!