My mom used to make me Mickey Mouse pancakes all the time, and every time she did I thought, Holy shit I am such a lucky girl! My mom is the funnest! And really, why don’t moms make Mickey Mouse pancakes every time? It’s not like it’s all that much harder, and the amount of increased pleasure is astronomical. Why the fuck would you be a lazy a-hole and make regular, circular pancakes when you could make these?
Category Archives: Dining
There’s a fancy shmancy restaurant at The Grand Floridian Resort that is pretty expensive, even by Walt Disney World Standards – Victoria & Albert’s. It’s a little pretentious – it’s got a harp player, but the food is really good and chef Scott Hunnel totally respect vegetarians. It’s just been awarded the AAA Five-Diamond Award, the highest AAA honor for a restaurant for the 11th year (first awarded in 2000) and is the only Five Diamond restaurant in Central Florida and one of only three in Florida, along with L’Escalier and The Restaurant at the Four Seasons, both in Palm Beach. Only 55 restaurants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico made the 2011 list. Continue reading
When I was thirteen or so, my mom brought me and my friend Patty to Disney World, which ended up being a pretty big shit show. Patty is one of the silliest people I know, her love of fart jokes has no bounds, and she was up for any stupid idea my mom and I have. (She knows the rules.)
One morning we dined in Chef Mickey’s, and have you been there? It’s a huge open buffet nestled inside the Contemporary (you can hear the monorail whizzing by from above) where Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Chip get dressed in chef hats and pose with kids while everyone scarfs down watery scrambled eggs. I do not like this kind of restaurant. But sometimes I’ll do anything for good ambiance.
At first glance, it might seem like Disney World is a bad place for vegetarians. Without going too much into who the average Disney-goer is, I’ll say that: he is not into tofu. So to please his needs, there are burger places everywhere, freaking turkey legs parading around Main Street and several steak joints that people go wild for. It’s pretty easy to eat vegetarian in the parks and resorts, but they do not always advertise it. My mom and I know to order the “Unplugged” when we go to the California Grill in the Contemporary. We’ve been eating it for so long I can’t even remember how we found out about it, since it is not on the menu.
Last time we went, the manager was walking around and I asked him why. “Do you want to be our marketer?” He said. “There’s limited space on the menu, and nobody would order it.”
I couldn’t believe he was saying this. Out loud. To a gracious vegetarian, who had just said “thank you so much for offering this delicious vegetarian option. We come here many times a year just for Unplugged and appreciate that you have something so amazing on your menu.”
I almost threw my wine in his face but I really, really wanted to drink it.
Once my mom and I were on a Disney World resort bus going somewhere and we overheard this family going ape shit nutzo over something called the Hoop-De-Doo Revue. They kept on saying it all loud and stuff, and for the entire bus ride they started every sentence with, “Well. At the Hoop De Doo Revue…”
We rolled our eyes at them, but mostly because they were taking up the entire back of the bus with their kids and these wagons they brought on the bus and their kids were really misbehaved. But also because we thought the Hoop-De-Doo Revue sounded really stupid. And, as we would find out when we soon caved and bought tickets, it is really stupid.
There is an underlying sentiment that runs insidiously through the hearts of many at Walt Disney World: children have more rights than adults at Disney World. Call me paranoid, but after years of observance I know it’s there. Parents think that two adults that are there without kids (like Lauren and me) shouldn’t be “stealing” magical opportunities from their kids. They think we should stand aside and acquiesce if asked to give up good seats, spots at parades and shows and kids should be given pretty much whatever they want. I’m OK with that; to a point.
Lauren I am a little embarrassed to admit this.
One of my favorite things to do in Walt Disney World isn’t in the park, it’s not an attraction or ride, it involves nothing resembling anything Disney, and it’s not music, shopping, food, or drink.
Although, wait. I am drinking while I do it. Can you guess what it is? Continue reading
Lauren In EPCOT, 11 countries are represented in World Showcase with pavillions where you can eat, drink, shop, and party authentically (or inauthentically in an adorable, kitchy way) in the country you are visiting. And 11 countries are represented by their young, hot cast member representatives. Continue reading