Full Review: Biergarten Restaurant at Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

You may remember how much I love sitting in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot with a beer and some food, and people watching.  Its really a perfect spot for a break in the middle of the day, and I thought nothing could top that.  BUT WAIT!  Enter the Biergarten Restaurant in the Germany Pavilion at the Epcot World Showcase.

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How pretty!  We went near Christmas time, so everything was decorated.

The Biergarten Restaurant is awesome.  Seriously.  I was admittedly skeptical, we rarely book a table service restaurant at Disney, particularly buffet service restaurants as we never feel like we eat enough to justify it.  However, I really really enjoyed Biergarten.  The restaurant is located in the back of the Germany Pavilion on the let hand side.  As you enter the restaurant, you are “transported into a traditional Bavarian village” where you enjoy your meal while listening to an Oompah Band.

All the food is buffet style, and is, of course, of the German persuasion. There is also a selection of German beers, which you can order by the 1/2 liter or liter (we went with 1/2 liters). You also sit at communal tables – I think they seat about 8 people depending on where in the restaurant they are. We had a party of 4, another party of 2, and us at ours and no one was too interested in chatting beyond their individual parties (though I’m sure that varies, depending on if you order the 1/2 liter or liter of beer).  For those of you who might get nervous about this sort of thing, it wasn’t awkward at all.

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Beer and menu – shaped like a beer stein!
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Menu page 1 – Beer Selection
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Menu page 2 – Wine Selection

So.  The food.  GUYS THE FOOD.  Okay, so this is a buffet style restaurant, and there are plenty of food options even for non-adventurous eaters.  I’m 99% positive the food pales in comparison to what you can get in Germany, but regardless, it still tastes pretty awesome, particularly for a buffet.  The buffet starts with a selection of cold items like potato salad, macaroni salad, sausage salad (I didn’t know sausage was considered a salad, but hey…), rolls and pretzel rolls (GET A PRETZEL ROLL).  Then hot items like a seasonal soup (ours was beer cheese, which I used as a dip for the pretzel roll), roast vegetables, sausage, pork schnitzel (my personal favorite), meatballs, a carving station, etc.  Finally, a variety of desserts like black forest cake and apple strudel, among other things.  Everything was great, I don’t think I tried anything I didn’t like, but my favorite was definitely the pork schnitzel.  Actually I liked it so much that I missed it when I got back and made it for dinner about a month later.

There really isn’t too much to say about the entertainment, they’re pretty fun to watch and for most of the time you’re eating they’ll be sort of in the background.  You’re going to have a specific reservation time, and the band goes on at various times throughout the day, but you will get to see the entertainment regardless of your reservation time, so don’t worry about it.  There is a dance floor, but no one was dancing while we were there – maybe because it was lunch time.

Overall, the atmosphere of the restaurant is really great and fun.  It will run you $15 to $34.99 per adult for lunch and $35 to $59.99 per adult for dinner.  Pricing depends on time of year.  It was $34.99 for lunch when we were there in early December 2016.

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on the Biergarten Restaurant at Epcot?

After being a bit skeptical as its kind of pricey for lunch, and a buffet, I was pleasantly surprised!  Of course, the beers are pretty big, so that might have had something to do with it, but the food was good (again, for a buffet), there were plenty of options, and the atmosphere was really fun.  If you’re looking for table service at Epcot I recommend it for lunch as its cheaper than dinner, but overall it was a good time and I’d definitely go again on another trip!

Initial Reactions: Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We visited Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Memorial Day weekend, which was the first weekend the new section of Animal Kingdom was open to the public.

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Map of the World of Avatar, courtesy disneyworld.disney.go.com

I’m going to preface this blog post with the fact that we have never seen Avatar.  We also didn’t go to Disney that weekend with the goal of fully checking out the World of Avatar, we were there for Megacon, but decided to take a day trip over to take a look around.  What actually ended up happening is that we wandered around for awhile, looking at the gigantic lines (everywhere, not just in the World of Avatar), then decided we were going to drink all day.  It was a very crowded weekend in the parks.  It was also hot.

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Pretty stuff.  A floating mountain.

Anyway.  The World of Avatar was pretty cool even just looking at it, and there is some awesome stuff to see.

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More floating mountains.

The World of Avatar is located by Pizzafari and Tiffins.  It was about 95 degrees the day we were there and Animal Kingdom had kindly provided “hydration stations” (jugs of water and cups) along the path to the World of Avatar, and were encouraging you to make sure you stayed hydrated.  As a reminder, you can also get free ice water from most kiosks or restaurants that have fountain drinks.

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A big flower thing?

First of all, the World of Avatar is BIG.  We didn’t go on any of the rides or into the store (again, lines), but we spent at least 2 hours looking around.  Although, we walk slow.  The level of detail is crazy.  I’m sure if we had seen Avatar we would have appreciated this more, but seriously I looked at a tree and there was some weird like Avatar green slime on it.  Themed down to the smallest detail.

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Waterfall.

There are 2 rides in the World of Avatar.  The Na’vi River Journey and the Avatar Flight of Passage.  The Na’vi River Journey is a gentle drifting boat ride, and the Avatar Flight of Passage is a 3D movie ride where you ride a banshee, more of a thrill ride.  When we were there the wait times were 250 minutes according to the board, but we heard a CM say that that they had put the wait time at the maximum it could go and it could be longer or shorter.  Right now (on Sunday June 25th at about 1:00pm) the wait times are 60 minutes for the Na’vi River Journey and 110 for Avatar Flight of Passage, so they have definitely dropped.

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Yeah okay I’m not really sure, I didn’t see Avatar.

There is also a store, Windtraders, which sells – you guessed it – Avatar and Disney stuff.  There is a quick service restaurant (Satu’li Canteen) that was actually not crowded at all when we were there, but it was about 11:30am.  There looked to be plenty of seating, and the menu was pretty interesting.  There is also a drink stand, Pongu Pongu, and I definitely want to get my hands on some Hawkes’ Grog Ale, which is a Golden Ale flavored with wheat and citrus and is apparently green.

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Umm this is maybe significant in some way.

If you’re just there for a few hours and not going on any rides, the showcase is the Valley of Mo’ara and the ABSOLUTELY GIGANTIC FLOATING MOUNTAINS. Pictures do not do these things justice.  They are SO BIG.  And SO COOL.  Although they’re so big that I got inexplicably nervous walking under them and looking up at them.  There really is a ton of detail and a lot to see, and while you’re walking around you’ll probably find some cool interactive stuff – its not a land to breeze through while trying to get on a ride.  Take your time, look at the details.

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A… mech…?  I guess….?  I dont know.  I think I should have watched the movie.

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on the The World of Avatar?

In no particular order, my initial reaction(s) to the World of Avatar were:

  1.  This place is gigantic.
  2.  There is some serious detail in this land.
  3.  Wow, this is really pretty.
  4.  IS THAT THE LINE?!
  5.  Damn, those floating mountains are huge.
  6.  It is incredibly hot today.
  7.  I wonder what the structural integrity of these floating mountains is.
  8.  I probably should have watched Avatar, I’m going to pretend this is Zangarmarsh from World of Warcraft.
  9.  IS THAT THE LINE????!!!!!!

Eventually, we are going to go on those rides and I’ll provide a more full review.  For now, the detail and theming of the land was worth the walk around.

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Floating mountains are neat.

Full Review: The Polite Pig at Disney Springs

We live somewhat locally to the Walt Disney World resort area (well, locally enough that we can drive).  I believe I’ve said this before, but on our final day we like to visit Disney Springs to do any last minute shopping, grab lunch, go for a walk, and buy some Sprinkles Cupcakes to home (thus preserving some of our vacation for longer).  We were recently in Orlando for MegaCon, which will be featured in an upcoming post, and made our way over to Disney for a few days as well.  On our way out, we stopped at The Polite Pig for lunch, which is a “modern BBQ outpost with Florida cuisine and an array of libations on tap,” according to disneyworld.disney.go.com.

It is actually a quick service BBQ restaurant that has a full bar (indoor and outdoor), with indoor and outdoor seating.  You place your order at the counter, they give you a pager, you go find a seat and they bring you your food at the table.  While we were there they also came around with samples of blondies and oatmeal cookies which were pretty great, although not great enough to make us actually purchase one.

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Menu behind the counter at the Polite Pig – it was actually this hard to see in real-life, but there were paper menus available for the visually challenged
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Sauce bar at the Polite Pig

Because it was lunchtime, we decided to split a few things instead of ordering our own individual meals.  The menu isn’t too extensive, but has some great options on it.  We ordered the pork shoulder ($14), the mac and cheese ($6), and the hop salt pretzel ($10).  I found the menu to be pricy as the sides are à la carte, but since we were splitting all of this it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, and trust me this was plenty of food.  We also didn’t have any alcoholic beverages on this trip (again, lunch, and we needed to drive home), which kept the cost down.

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Pork shoulder, pretzels, beer cheese fondue (top left), IPA mustard (hard to see in the middle).
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Better view of the beer cheese fondue and IPA mustard, plus some of the sauces from the sauce bar.  I’m not positive what these were, I found them un-remarkable.
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Better view of the mac and cheese and one of the pretzels.

The Polite Pig actually doesn’t get great reviews on Yelp, although I think most of it is due to the food cost issue.  We actually really enjoyed everything we had, particularly the pork shoulder.  The Polite Pig has a “BBQ sauce” bar (… actually, its just dispensers, like ketchup/mustard dispensers, and paper cups), which has a variety of options you can see on the menu, but we found that the pork shoulder really didn’t need any sauces to make it enjoyable, it was actually very flavorful on its own.  We did dip the pretzel in each one of the sauces, and while good, they were nothing to write home about.  The pretzel itself comes with beer cheese fondue (a HUGE AMOUNT OF IT) and IPA mustard, both of which were incredibly tasty – so much so that I usually couldn’t decide which to dip my pretzel into.  Finally, the mac and cheese was REALLY GOOD GUYS.  Sometimes mac and cheese can be kinda flavorless, but I really enjoyed it.

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A very tilted picture of the Polite Pig interior.
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Outdoor bar seating at the Polite Pig

Lets talk about seating.  There is indoor and outdoor seating, and its a pretty big place, we didn’t have to wait long to find a table.  They seemed right on top of cleaning off the tables as soon as one party was done, so even though we had a minute of “table-hovering,” we still sat down at a clean table.  There is also a lot of bar seating available, or I suppose you could get your food to-go and sit somewhere outside at Disney Springs.  The only thing I’ll mention about this is the day we were there was really hot (around 95 degrees), and while there were still people sitting in the “patio” area as it was partially shaded, I don’t think this would be the best place to sit in the middle of August, which would cut out some of the seating options.

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Taps at the bar
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Taps behind the counter where you order food

I’ll also say that while we didn’t partake, the bar options certainly looked intriguing.  I don’t really like bourbon, but there is a bourbon bar with options ranging from $9 to $99.  I suppose if I liked bourbon this would entertain me more.  There are also a variety of beers (I really like Florida Cracker from Cigar City, you should give it a try if you can find it in your area or if you happen to go somewhere that has it), and cocktails on tap.  Again, you can see all of these options on their menu.

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Polite Pig Merchandise!

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on the The Polite Pig in Disney Springs?

Well, I liked the Polite Pig. I thought it was a good option for lunch and we definitely got plenty of food, despite not ordering our own meals. We actually brought one of the pretzels home because it was too much (and BBQ is really heavy). I do think its pretty expensive given that you need to order the sides separately, but I would go back, possibly sit at the bar, and try some of the beers or cocktails.

And yeah, on a slightly unrelated note, if you can find Cigar City beers anywhere, definitely give them a try.

Full Review: The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Despite the remarkably silly name (seriously I feel awkward typing it), The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is a amazingly fun time, really for all ages.  Hoop Dee Doo, which I will now shorten to “HDD” for the remainder of this blog post, is a 2 hour dinner show featuring the “Pioneer Hall Players” with rousing Wild West dancing, singing, and vaudeville comedy.  Thats what it says on the website.  Seriously though, it really is fun, and the food is great.

HDD is located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort in Pioneer Hall.  I’ve written about Fort Wilderness in my post about Crockett’s Tavern, and again I recommend taking the very pretty boat ride from Magic Kingdom over to Fort Wilderness, and getting there early to either get a drink at Crockett’s Tavern, or walk the grounds of Fort Wilderness.  If you go that route, the only thing I recommend is leaving early, because the boat can get backed up right before HDD begins.

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Seating options and pricing at HDD, as of 4.30.2017 from the Walt Disney World website

There are 3 seating times for HDD, 4:00pm, 6:15pm, and 8:30pm.  You’ll get the same show at each seating, and they are all priced the same.  There are tiers of pricing that are determined by where you are sitting.  You have a good view wherever you are, so its really up to you.  I will say that I actually prefer the balcony seating because there is only one row of tables up there, so there isn’t anyone in between you and the stage-action.  Also because I’m not very big on audience participation, and if you’re in the main floor category 1 seating area, you might get some of that.  I wont spoil it for you.

HDD, as I said, is a dinner show.  Its actually one of the longest running musical theater performances in the United States, which is kind of cool.  Its been running since 1974.  The show consists of 6 people with live musical accompaniment, who are a “traveling theater troupe” in the Wild West (get it, Pioneer Hall Players…?  Yeah.).  Since its a musical, there are plenty of songs, but also skits and jokes and some general funniness that will keep everyone in your family entertained.  At the end of the night, get ready to spin your checked napkin over your head and/or play a washboard with a spoon, because thats what you’re going to be doing, along with the rest of the audience.  You’ll have fun, really.  I know it sounds silly when you’re a 30 year old adult without any kids.  You should go anyway.

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The HDD players, image courtesy disneyworld.go.com

Okay, but it does bother me a little bit that people are spinning their dirty napkins over their head and rubbing used spoons on washboards, but that might just be me.  Its still fun.  I guess thats just part of the spirit of the evening.

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HDD Menu

Moving on.  Lets talk about the food.  THE AMAZING FOOD.  I’m not kidding, it really is great.  Its all you can eat and you will be very excited about it being all you can eat.  Its also all you can drink, with choices of non-alcoholic drinks, wine, beer (bud light or yuengling, nothing that entertaining), and sangria.  Unfortunately the last time we were at HDD I was horrendously ill with some kind of flu/cold/disease, so I was woefully unable to partake, but they’ll bring you a pitcher of the alcoholic drinks if you ask.  They’re all served in mason jars.  Cute.

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Beer at HDD

For food, you get this amazing selection of cornbread, salad, fried chicken, BBQ pork ribs, a seasonal veggie (its usually corn), mashed potatoes, beans, and strawberry shortcake.  We also got surprise mac-and-cheese last time, which was super exciting.  THE FRIED CHICKEN IS SO GOOD I DREAM ABOUT IT.  All of these are brought to your table in metal buckets that they will slam onto the table making an exceptionally loud noise that will scare the hell out of you if you’re not paying attention and are watching the show.  You can ask for seconds of anything you’d like.

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Corn, beans, etc.
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Corn, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, mashed potatoes
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Mac and cheese
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Mashed potatoes, corn, fried chicken, BBQ ribs

You probably shouldn’t fill up on cornbread or salad, but honestly they’re really REALLY good.

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Strawberry shortcake, DOESN’T IT LOOK GOOD?!

The real show-stopper (hah, get it, because its a dinner show?  …I’m so sorry…), is the strawberry shortcake.  Its great.  SO GREAT.  The only thing that I wish is that you have a little bit more time to eat it.  Its served at the end of the night, because obviously its dessert, and you eventually need to leave and stop eating.  I eat really slow so this is sometimes an issue with dinner show type settings.  Regardless of this criticism, its still awesome.

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue?

I know, it has a silly name.  I know, you might feel stupid as a couple of adult 30 year olds going to a Disney dinner show.  And I know, all you can eat BBQ when there are some really awesome and creative restaurants at Disney combined with what is essentially shitty beer might sound less than tempting at first glance.

You should go anyway.  HDD is one of my favorite dinner experiences at Disney.  Its fun, even the silly singing is fun, the food is actually some of the better food I’ve had on property, and its just done right.

There is definitely a reason this is one of the longest running dinner theater shows in America.  When Disney does something for over 40 years, they definitely do it correctly.

Its also really fun if you go for any sort of life event, like a birthday or anniversary.  They will point it out, and its definitely a fun event to commemorate the occasion.

Full Review: Sprinkles Cupcakes at Disney Springs

Sprinkles Cupcakes is a California-based cupcake bakery chain that sells hands-down the best cupcake I have ever had in my life.  And there is one in Disney Springs.  And I’ve asked everyone I know to vote for a South Florida location.  Or possibly Boston, so we can have Sprinkles Cupcakes at our upcoming wedding.

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Look at all the cupcakes!

One can only hope.

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Sprinkles, if you’re listening, South Florida or Boston would be great.

Something about their frosting is ridiculous.  And the cake.  I think I’m drooling.

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Frosting cupcakes at Sprinkles

Sprinkles has a rotating menu of cupcake flavors depending on day of the week and season.  I recommend the flagship flavor, the quintessential, the one and only Sprinkles Cupcake.  And actually all of the other flavors too.  Just go and get cupcakes.  So far we have sampled, the Sprinkles Cupcake, the carrot cake cupcake, the salty caramel cupcake, the black and white cupcake, the peppermint chocolate cupcake (during Christmas), and the vanilla cupcake, and probably others.  I’m not even sure.  They’re all amazing.

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Sprinkles Cupcake

In order of amazingness, here are my rankings:

  1.  Sprinkles Cupcake
  2.  Carrot Cake Cupcake (this is the only time I have ever rated something with carrot cake second)
  3.  Salty Caramel Cupcake
  4.  Peppermint Chocolate Cupcake
  5.  Black and White Cupcake
  6.  Vanilla Cupcake

But really they’re all pretty much tied.  The cupcakes come in 2 sizes, large and these adorable mini cupcakes, so you can try 2 flavors.  Or three.  Or four.

 

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Mini Sprinkles Cupcake, look at how cute it is!

In addition to cupcakes, Sprinkles also sells cupcake sandwiches (a scoop of ice cream between two halves of a cupcake or two cookies), shakes and floats, sundaes, cookies, and ice cream.

And frosting shots.  Yes, that is just a cup of frosting for $1.50.

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Sprinkles Menu

We have gotten one of the cookies and some ice cream, and admittedly they were somewhat unmemorable next to the cupcakes.

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Salted caramel cupcake, vanilla cupcake, peanut butter cup ice cream

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on Sprinkles Cupcakes at Disney Springs?

GO. TO. SPRINKLES.

What we like to do is arrive at Disney.  Go to Disney Springs.  Get some drinks and a snack at Hangar Bar.  Get two mini cupcakes at Sprinkles.  Then head to Epcot.

On the day we leave we get two cupcakes in a to-go box (which they will happily do, and give you an instruction sheet for how best to care for your cupcakes), and save them for dessert the next day when we’re sad we’re not at Disney.  Its awesome.

 

 

Drinkin’ Around Disney Resorts: Crockett’s Tavern at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Disney’s Fort Wilderness has 2 options for guests, a campground and cabins for rent.  This could be a very cost effective option for those of you who are looking to spend a little less on your lodging.

Its very easy to get to Fort Wilderness from Magic Kingdom, among other options, you can hop on a boat that will take you right there.

Fort Wilderness is a very cool resort to visit if you get the chance.  There are a ton of recreation options such as archery, pony, wagon, and carriage rides, boat rentals, fishing, canoe rentals, bike rentals, and the Wilderness Back Trail adventure which takes you through the resort on a segway.   And the resort is on about 750 acres of cypress and pine forest, so there is a ton of animal life to see.  We’ve seen a lot of deer!

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Sunset at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

Its also pretty if you go there near sunset.

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Davy, Davy Crockett! … Oh wait thats from Hoop Dee Do.  

And, if you’re looking for some adult refreshments, Crockett’s Tavern is the place to be.  While there is a walkup window where you can get to-go beer and wine, there is also a small bar inside that serves some appetizers and the standard Disney drink menu.

When we were there they also had some specialty drinks made with Ole Smoky Moonshine – very fitting for the atmosphere.

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Strawberry Lemonade made with Ole Smoky Strawberry Moonshine.

We tried the Strawberry Lemonade made with Ole Smoky Strawberry Moonshine, Odwalla Lemonade, Wild Strawberry Monin, and Sprite.  It is very appropriately served in a mason jar.  I was a little afraid to try this because I’ve never had Ole Smoky Moonshine, but it just tasted like alcoholic strawberry lemonade.  I do recommend the drink though, it was pretty good.  I wish I had tried some of the other options!

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With a full bar and some snack options, Crockett’s Tavern is a nice spot to sit if you’re staying at Fort Wilderness, waiting to go to Trails End or Hoop Dee Do Musical Review, or just want to see the resort.

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on Crockett’s Tavern?

While I wouldn’t necessarily make a special trip specifically to go there, checking it out should you be staying at Fort Wilderness or visiting is definitely recommended.   And don’t be afraid to try a drink made with moonshine!

Disney Tips and Tricks: Footwear Edition

You might think this is a weird topic for a post.  Trust me.  It isn’t.  I have actually put a considerable amount of thought into my footwear choice at Disney.  The reason is that Disney is big.  You’re going to walk A LOT.

The Walt Disney World Resort area is made up of 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 1 shopping area, and over 25 hotels.  According to the internet search I just did, thats over 40 square miles of Disney fun times.  Or, Disney fun roughly the size of San Francisco.

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Map of the Walt Disney World Resort area.  Its big.  Map courtesy https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/maps/

The 4 theme parks are Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.    With a variety of ticket options, and enough time, you can manage to visit all 4 parks in a single trip.  Ticket options range from 1 day passes to 10 day passes, and you can get admission to 1 park per day, or a “park hopper” that allows you entry to multiple parks per day.  Admission to water parks is separate.

The parks themselves are big, with Magic Kingdom being the smallest park and Animal Kingdom being the largest.  Different sources quote different numbers, but I went with the sizes listed on themeparktourist.com.

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Approximate park sizes.  Sizes are courtesy http://www.themeparktourist.com/features/20140401/17257/numbers-comparison-disneys-theme-parks

What that also means is that you’re going to do a lot of walking trying to see everything.

We live in Florida and have had annual passes for a few years now (I know you’re jealous).  I’ve put more thought into what goes on my feet than is probably normal, but we walk a TON when we’re at Disney.  The max we’ve walked in a day was during Star Wars Weekends, and we (somehow) walked 13 miles around Hollywood Studios.  Thats a half marathon of walking, just to give you an indication.  On our last trip, our average daily distance was about 8 miles per day, some days being more and some less.

Getting straight to the point, you’re going to walk more than you think.  Thus, your footwear choice is something that you should put at least a little thought into.

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With the right footwear, you could be as happy as Leonardo DiCaprio.

In 5 years of Disney trips, I have yet to find an option that has left me pain free by the end of the trip, and that I didn’t find hideously ugly.  What I have found to work tremendously is a combination of Reef flip flops, Cobian flip flops, and Asics slip-ons, and swapping them out daily.  Yes, that means I have walked upwards of 8 to 10 miles in flip flops.  Yes, my feet were fine afterwards.  I actually prefer them.  These all get between a 4.5 and 5 rating (out of 5).

Here are some others I have tried (with ratings), hopefully this will help guide your search for the perfect footwear:

Sanuk yoga mat flip flops (4/5):  Actually not bad, but for some reason soap would come out of them when they got wet and that annoyed me.

Chaco Flip EcoTread (0/5):  People swear by Chacos but these were possibly the most uncomfortable shoes I have ever owned.

Merrell Sandals (3/5):  Good for walking but not cushion-ey enough to stand on my feet all day.  The sandals I own aren’t available anymore.

Minnetonka Moccasins (4/5):  These were actually pretty good, but I could only wear them 1/2 a day.

Sperry Canvas Sneakers (2/5 at Disney, 4/5 for casual wear):  I actually love these shoes and wear them all the time, but walking long distances is ridiculously painful in them, so I do not recommend them for Disney.

Seriously though, cycling through Reef flip flops, Cobian flip flops, and Asics slip-ons has really been the most pain-free trip I’ve had.

Also, what really works is stretching while I wait in line.  Seriously.  You’ll look weird.  EMBRACE IT.

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts footwear at Disney?

Before you leave for your vacation, put some thought into your shoes.  Are you bringing shoes you wear every day?  How far have you walked in them?  Are they broken in?  THEY HAD BETTER BE BROKEN IN.

Trust me.  Its better to think about this before you leave then to realize, 3 days into your 7 day vacation, that your feet are killing you and you have blisters.

And really, stretching while your waiting in line is a good idea.