Monthly Archives: July 2011

My favorite treat in the entire world…showcase, that is

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While wandering through the countries of the World Showcase in Epcot, there are many (many, many) snacks to choose from. Schoolbread in Norway, Fish and Chips in the U.K, Kaki Gori in Japan…something to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds.

And while I do love these treats, they are not my absolute favorite must-have treat.

For my favorite, I beeline straight for France, along the little streets, and hit the brakes once I see that glorious sign.

“Boulangerie Patisserie”

Bread and Pastry shop.

That doesn’t even BEGIN to describe the wonders inside. But that’s okay. I’m sure they had limited space to work with when designing the sign, and couldn’t rhapsodize about every one of their creamy, crunchy, delicious goods.

But that’s why I’m here!

When you walk into Boulangerie Patisserie, first off, you are bound to encounter a line snaking its way along the sidewalk. DO NOT BE DETERRED. AMAZINGNESS IS WITHIN YOUR GRASP!

Once you walk INTO the bakery, there are two identical counters on either side of the wall. The line will split into two. Based on my inability to choose the speedier line the previous time I visited, I would say go with the counter on the left. But again, what the cases contain is identical.

Inside of the cases, you will encounter heartier options at first. Sandwiches on wonderful baguettes (which can be toasted), cheese plates, and quiches.

Which are all well and good (the ham and cheese baguette is very satisfying), but the good stuff is just a few steps further down.

Cakes and cookies and eclairs and creme brulees and fruit tarts. Chocolate mousse and cheesecake and cream puffs. These will all gleam out from under the glass counter at you, beckoning you.

But I ignore their siren cries for my preferred treat.

Napoleon @ Boulangerie Patisserie, Epcot

The napoleon.

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Crispy layers of puff pastry sandwiched between heaping layers of pastry cream. The top is finished with a snowy dusting…nay, avalanche…of powdered sugar.

Goodness gracious is this thing good.

Let’s get a little bit closer, shall we?

Napoleon @ Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot

An aerial view.

Napoleons @ Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot

(No, they were not all for me.)

(But I could have eaten them had they been.)

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This sign = love

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– Walt Disney

I love this sign.

I LOVE this sign.

I love what it says, what it represents, how it’s ever-so-slightly tucked away, but easy to spot.

This sign is found at the front of the Magic Kingdom. It basically summarizes what I love about Disney into one plaque.

But most of all, I love that this sign reminds me to always look for the hidden touches. Those tucked-away corners that the Imagineers didn’t neglect to design, the shop window signs, the sidewalks that sparkle, the trashcans that come to life, everything that says “you have left the real world behind, welcome to our world, our kingdom.”

I love this place.

“They’re tourists, what do they know?”

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One of Wingnut and my favorite rides (probably should be “rides” in this case) is MuppetVision 3D. Not so much a ride as it is a show, but oh what a show it is. I think the preshow is actually my favorite part of the show. More than several times I have been tempted to let the purple glasses-wearing crowd pass by, hiding amongst the crates of Miss Piggy’s props and 2D Fruities, so I can watch the preshow in its entirety. Yes, again.

It’s time to get things started…

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Before actually entering the building on a recent trip, I suggested to Wingnut that we take a stroll slightly to the right. And around the back of the building.

Wingnut gave me one of his commonly-seen “this is entirely your weirdo thing” looks, letting me approach the unsuspecting cast member first.

We went up to the doors of the Muppets. As you probably know, the area we wanted to go to is normally blocked off by chains, as it is queue overflow area, but I’m pretty sure the line never gets that long. I didn’t want to go straight to the back alley of the Muppets.

“Hi there, come on in, the show’s about to start!” a cheerful CM greeted us.

“Um, hi. Do you mind if we go behind the chains over there before going into the show? I just wanted to…um…look at something…” I’ll admit, I felt like I was asking to go into the super secret backstage areas.

“Oh sure! No problem!”

I reassured her we’d return (not sure that she was actually concerned about that), and our adventure began!

Basically, there is a long unused line setup, with a ton of funny posters. One side has movie poster parodies, and one side has instructions on how to use your 3-D glasses, among other things. I mostly took pictures of the movie poster side, the “instructional” posters were a bit farther away.

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And a few from the other side of the queue ropes

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Our loitering outside of the Muppets building completed, Wingnut and I went back around to the entrance, said our “Hi again’s” to the CM, and went inside, to where the pre-show was just beginning!

No, we did not walk while wearing our 3D glasses, do not fear!

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A blurry photo of my two favorite hecklers.

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Some area shots around the Muppets vicinity:

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I know that the Muppets don’t really hold the same rope drop sense of urgency as does Toy Story Mania, Star Tours, Tower of Terror, or Rock N’ Rollercoaster, but it really is a show worth seeing (I won’t hold it against you if it falls 3rd or 5th or so in your Hollywood Studios touring plan).

And it is DEFINITELY a pre-show worth seeing!

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Deep-fried and caked in cinnamon sugar = THE most important meal of the day!

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They say that breakfast is the most important meal and best way to start your day.

With that logic, breakfast must be the best way to start off a Disney blog as well!

One of my favorite spots for breakfast at WDW (which is actually probably my favorite meal in WDW) is Kona Cafe in the Polynesian. It’s lush, tropical, and home to that deep-fried beauty known as Tonga Toast.

I convinced Wingnut that this would be a wonderful place to start our Disney day based solely on the legend of the Tonga Toast. He was in awe (“wait…it’s FRIED??”), and the reservation was booked soon after.

I too had a plan,  a plan involving some pancakes, pineapples, and macadamia nuts. I had seen way too many pictures of these to not try them for myself.

Wingnut waiting patiently for his sugary fried dough. It has a banana in it. It’s healthy fruit!

Adam @ Kona Cafe, Polynesian

Speaking of healthy fruit, we both had orange juice. I had completely forgotten to tell Wingnut about the Lilikoi juice (which I’m absolutely positive he would have loved) until after we placed our juice orders. He was content with his choice

Pretty soon this arrived at the table

Butter, syrup, strawberry sauce @ Kona Cafe, Polynesian

Syrup, butter, and strawberry sauce for the Tonga Toast. Oooh the giddy anticipation across the table was rising. Wingnut experimentally tasted some of the strawberry sauce on the end of his knife, and declared it delicious. I agreed, although it was a touch sweet for my taste (He loves sugary items – I once gave Wingnut pure cane sugar candies from Epcot, which were some of his favorites, just as a point of reference.)

And then the glorious moment arrived.

Tonga Toast @ Kona Cafe, Polynesian

Wingnut: “It was very good, the ham was very tasty, nicely grilled, and the tonga toast was great, both dips were really tasty although the strawberry definitely won out.”

Along with:

Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes @ Kona Cafe, Polynesian

(I had gotten the pineapple and butter on the side)

WOW these were good! And dense! But tasty! And really, so filling! But just one more bite!

Or, as Wingnut puts it, “your pancakes were chock full o’nuts.”

Now, I can eat pancakes pretty much anytime, anywhere, tons of them. I love pancakes. And I’ve eaten some dense pancakes before, but I was really surprised when I was only able to eat this much of them. (And this was with a bit of effort here, folks.)

Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes, the remnants @ Kona Cafe, Polynesian

These pancakes are PACKED with macadamia nuts! Delicious, but I had to leave a saddening amount behind. The sausage was just regular sausage. Not jam-packed with macadamia nuts, thank goodness!

Tremendously full, I then realized something…we get two beverages with breakfast! (Disclaimer: This was back on the Deluxe Dining Plan circa 2010 – only one beverage with breakfast is allowed nowadays.) I’m going to assume this is typically used for coffee, especially at Kona, but neither Wingnut or I are coffee drinkers.

I do, however, enjoy a nice hot chocolate.

Hot Chocolate @ Kona Cafe, Polynesian

This may not look like much, but it was the best hot chocolate of the trip (this one may have kicked off a hot chocolate with breakfast trend for this traveler). And after I had ordered it, I realized that it would have been a good idea to get it in a to-go cup, as we were pretty much stuffed with pancake and French, er, Tonga toast by then. Just as I thought of this, the server came back, the hot chocolate already in a to-go cup! I praised his brilliance, and we were on our way, deliciousness in tow (I think I was spoiled by the chocolatey drizzle).

So did Kona Cafe live up to our breakfast expectations? Absolutely! AND we got to MK in time to see the opening show, which I hadn’t thought we’d be able to, and hadn’t seen before!

Hi there, welcome to my park…

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Probably the number one thing I find myself thinking is “I wish I were in
Disney World right now.”

Variations on this theme include “when can I go back to Disney World?” “if I
were in Disney World right now, where would I eat lunch?” and “I wonder what
the queue time for Soarin’ is right now?”

Needless to say, Disney is a bit of an omnipresence amongst my brain cells.

So I thought I would share these Disney ruminations with the world. (Why? I
don’t know.) My poor beleaguered boyfriend, Wingnut, puts up with this on a
regular basis. Perhaps now he will be spared a Disney conversation or two.

Perhaps not.