Magical Blogorail Yellow: Walt Disney World Favorites

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Welcome to those of you joining me from DELIGHTFULLY DISNEY and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd  stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Welcome aboard Magical Blogorail Yellow! We’re glad to have you along for the ride. Stops along the way this month include our favorite snacks, restaurants, and rides/attractions at each of the Walt Disney World theme parks.

Pulling into the first station, we have Magic Kingdom Park.

  • Snack – Dole Whip at Aloha Isle. This refreshing delight probably needs no description, as it is a fave snack for many Guests! (See recipe in Today’s Takeaway below!)
  • Restaurant – Liberty Tree Tavern (dinner). It’s like every day is Thanksgiving Day at Liberty Tree Tavern. You get roasted turkey, pork loin, carved beef, gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes, macaroni-and-cheese, and stuffing served homestyle and followed by a melt-in-your-mouth “Johnny Appleseed Cake” (tavern-made white cake filled with apples and Craisins® dried cranberries, topped with vanilla ice cream – yum).
  • Ride/attractionBig Thunder Mountain Railroad is the favorite for our whole family.
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Next stop, Epcot.

  • Snack – Soft pretzel at the Germany Pavilion. It’s about halfway around the World Showcase; just the right place to take a break.
  • Restaurant – Le Cellier at the Canada Pavilion. I really only need to things on their menu to be a very happy camper: Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup and Mushroom Filet Mignon.
  • Ride/attraction – Soarin’. It’s really my favorite ride of all time, I think. It’s simple yet satisfying, you know? You get a thrill of feeling lifted above the clouds, yet you’re in the safe confines of a building. I think Soarin’ is the absolute best example of how Imagineering completely immerses Guests into each experience.
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On down the rail is, Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

  • Snack – I think the only snacks I’ve had at DHS are popcorn and a soft pretzel, and while they’re good, I’ve heard that ANY cupcake at Starring Rolls is to die for! So guess what’s on my bucket list when I get to WDW in 30 days?
  • Restaurant – Sci-Fi Dine-In. The food is not exceptional here, but the unique atmosphere certainly is. It’s another fine example of Imagineering expertise.
  • Ride/attractionToy Story Mania. Fun for the entire family that, like the movies, never gets old.
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And finally, we arrive at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

  • Snack – idk! I don’t think we’ve ever snacked there.
  • Restaurant – Restaurantosaurus. Our days are full but short at Animal Kingdom, and we’re usually so miserably hot and tired that we don’t feel like eating a lot. Restaurantosaurus has become our regular dive. The food’s not awesome, but it’s satisfying, and it’s fun to see all of Chester and Hester’s silliness scattered around.
  • Ride/attraction – Kilimanjaro Safaris. I’ve loved this ride since our first trip, when our knowledgeable guide spotted “the elusive truckus mechanicus” off the beaten path! LOL! It’s such a neat experience to be right in there among the animals. Plus, my youngest loves to fly off the seat when the vehicle goes over rough road.
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Today’s Takeaway:
If you’re currently at Walt Disney World, go ahead and treat yourself to a Dole Whip at Aloha Isle or one of the other locations that dish up this softserve. If you’re not at the Resort, why not make your own homemade version? If you have an extra $24 lying around, you could order a bag of the powdered mix, but it’s probably better made fresh from this Dole Whip recipe, which comes directly from

Pineapple Icee Whip
[Makes 8 servings]
2 cans (20 oz. each) DOLE Crushed Pineapple
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries, mini marshmallow or mini chocolate chips, (optional)
1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped

  1. Drain crushed pineapple; reserve 2 tablespoons juice. Set aside.
  2. Place crushed pineapple, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar and reserved pineapple juice in blender or food processor container. Cover; blend until smooth. Stir in cherries or marshmallow or chips, if desired. 
  3. Pour into two 1-quart freezer zipped bags. Store bags flat in freezer. Freeze about 1-1/2 hours or until slushy.
  4. Stir gently pineapple slush into whipped cream until just blended, in large bowl. Return to freezer until completely frozen, about 1 hour. Serve.

SCHOOL SUBJECT: Home Economics/Cooking
SKILL LEVEL: All, Adult Assistance Recommended

Thank you for joining me today. We have a very special Guest at the next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop, DISNEY ON WHEELS!

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Loop should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Delightfully Disney
2nd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse (You are here!)
3rd Stop ~ Disney on Wheels
4th Stop ~ DISTherapy

We’ll be back aboard Magical Blogorail Yellow September 6, 2013!

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Jodi Whisenhunt is an award-winning freelance writer and editor who has visited Walt Disney World numerous times and has been homeschooling since 2000. She is the author of MAGICAL MOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE: Learn While You Play at Walt Disney World Resort, available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and CreateSpace. Come, think outside the textbook and stretch the walls of your home classroom with Walt Disney entertainment!

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  • Heidi Strawser

    We share a LOT of the same favorites – Dole Whips, Le Cellier, Sci-Fi . . . I love Walt Disney World! I bet you are having fun with your countdown!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      30 days!!! We’ll be hitting these old faves soon :)

  • Heather Hedy F

    Love the safari!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      My youngest flew off the seat into his brother’s lap last time. It was too funny!

  • DIStherapy

    Again, look what I’ve learned today. I can now make my own Dole Whip!! Unfortunately, I am the only one in my household who likes it (#parentfail); I will have to make it as my very own guilty pleasure. Thanks Jodi!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      That works! You won’t have to share! ;)

  • Hayden

    Thanks for the recipe! I am going to try that soon :) Eating at Le Cellier is on my Disney bucket list! Everyone raves about that cheese soup! Soarin’ is my #1 fav Disney ride too!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I’m sad they made LeCellier lunch 2 table credits, though. Sigh

  • Melissa – Disney on Wheels

    We’re having dinner at LTT for the first time in December (with some awesome friends) and we can’t wait! And thanks for the recipe, I think we’ll give it a try.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      You’ll love it (LTT & the recipe)!

  • Dawn

    I so can’t wait to try a Dole Whip on our vacation in November!!!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      You’re gonna love it!

  • Dana Russell Schroeder

    What a wonderful idea to let us know which places you just have to hit in each park

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oh there are so many more, lol!

  • Amanda Fennell

    Thanks for showing me the Sci-Fi restaurant!! I would have never known what it was! Maybe I will go there next time!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oh yeah! It’s a really fun experience!

  • Cathleen King

    I love the pineapple dole whip when I first tried it 2 years ago.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Yum! :)

  • Dawn Hopkins Panagos

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ll have to give that a try! Dole Whip Floats are my favorite!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      You’re welcome! Enjoy!

  • Terilyn Satterley

    Awesome recipe. I love Dole Whips! Its my favorite snack at MK.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      They’re so good!

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