Fun Fact Friday- Food by the Numbers (Chef Mickey’s)

Chef Mickey’s is very popular dining location.  Located in the Contemporary resort, it is just one monorail stop away from the Magic Kingdom, and add in Mickey and Pals for character dining, and ALL YOU CAN eat dining, it’s no wonder the reservations for this location are snatched up so quickly!  (If you want to go be sure to get your advanced dining reservation!  Reservations open up 180 days prior.)

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At breakfast Chef Mickey’s specialty is of course the famed Mickey Waffles! Here are some fun facts about how much food is served at Chef Mickey’s Daily-

4000 Eggs (That’s 333.3 dozen eggs!)

1600 Mickey Waffles

1500 Pancakes

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That’s a LOT to chew on 😉

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If I won the lottery…

Everyone has their dream of what they would do if they won the lottery.  The powerball has hit a world record high of 1.3 billion dollars with the drawing being held this coming Wednesday.  If you take the lump sum payment rather than the payment over time, you’re looking at 604.5 million dollars after taxes.  (If you take the lump sum it is 62% of the original value, and the IRS automatically takes 25% off the top as well).  Still 604.5 million dollars is more than I could ever imagine in my entire life.

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So what would I do with 604.5 million dollars.

Quit my job and live at Disney for a year.  I have always said that I would love to live at Disney for an entire year.  This would just be absolutely AMAZING.  For the first year post lottery I would just enjoy everything that Disney has to offer.  The estimated cost of living at Disney for a year (the way that I would want to live… in luxury!) would be approximately $450,000.  How did I get that number?  I would probably resort hop on a monthly basis within the Deluxe Disney Resorts, but for a starter, I would stay at the Polynesian Village Resort Bungalows, which are on average $600 per night.  So for a year that would be your biggest expense at the price of $219,000.  I would also add the dining plan on for myself and my husband.  At $62.00 per day per person, you’re looking at a year long expense of $45,260.  Add two platinum plus annual passes on so we have access to all of the parks, water parks, and golfing (I would have to take lessons), and you’re adding on another $1658.00.  I figured I would round up to $450,000 and use the additional $184,082 for other expenses like additional meals, spa treatments, special tours, and tipping.

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Spend a Year Traveling the World-  I am 32 years old and have traveled quite a bit compared to some, but there are so many places throughout the world that I would LOVE to visit.  Internationally I have been to England, Mexico, and Canada (I know… Canada practically doesn’t count…) I would love to visit Paris, Venice, Rome, Vienna, Budapest, Hawaii, Alaska, Tokyo, the American Southwest, the Caribbean, and many more spots!  One goal of mine has always been to visit all of the Disney parks in the world, so this would obviously be included in my year long travels.  I would be sure to enjoy cruises, as well as “Adventures by Disney” packages as part of my travels as well!

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Purchase a home at Golden Oaks- Golden Oaks is a development of high end homes on Disney property.  I would gladly spend the 3 to 5 million dollars to have a wonderful home near Disney property.

Here are just some of the perks of living in the Golden Oaks community-

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INVEST- While 604 million dollars is a LOT of money, and certainly enough to last a lifetime for two people, I would want to make sure I invest my money wisely to protect my newly acquired assets. Why not make a return on the money you already have!

Donate- I am currently a choir director at a school.  I would make a sizable donation to the choir program and set up a nice scholarship fund so that the choir wouldn’t have to fundraise any more.  I would also want to make donations to the Make a Wish Foundation, and the Haven of Rest (a local shelter in the Akron area.)

Hire a personal trainer- One thing that I’ve heard is that nearly everyone who has won the lottery gains weight afterwards.  I would want to ensure that didn’t happen to me.  I would want a personal trainer to stay on me constantly, and helping me stay in shape.

Make sure my parents and in-laws are taken care of– I would want to make sure that my parents and my in-laws were taken care of financially.  They would each receive a gift to pay off their homes and bills, and receive a monthly stipend to enjoy 🙂

 

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A taste of Disney… at home

Okay, so one of my FAVORITE quick service meals that we enjoyed at Disney during our July trip was the “Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese” from Bill and Min’s Dockside Diner.  This is located at Hollywood Studios.  As I mentioned in a blog post during our trip, this was our very first time at Bill and Mins. We often opt for air conditioned locations for our quick service meals because lets face it… its HOT in Florida during the summer!  With that being said, I had heard about this delicacy and was determined to try it, despite the outdoor dining area.  All I can say was that it was epic!  The only quick service meal that I think I enjoyed more was the pulled pork, cornbread waffle sandwich from Typhoon Lagoon.  (Yes… I will admit, I have a thing for pulled pork!)

  
So when I was grocery shopping at home and saw “Appleton Farms” pulled pork just staring at me from the meat case at Aldi, I knew what had to be done… I needed to recreate this awesomeness!

This recreation tastes remarkably close to the one at Disney and is very simple-

I used Stouffer’s Mac n Cheese, Appleton Farms Pulled Pork, and Tuscan Garden Crispy Onions.  If you don’t have an aldi nearby I would imagine you’ve got prepared pulled pork available, and French’s crispy onions.

   
 Mmmmmm… Maybe I will pretend I’m at Disney while I eat it 😉

  
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Tuesday’s Tip- Snack Credit Usage

If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, part of the purpose of the plan is that you’re meals are pre-paid and that it’s one less thing to worry about.  Another perk is that you can save money with the plan.  One way to get a lot of bang for your buck is to use your snack credits wisely.

Two snacks that I used my credits for on our most recent trip that were both GREAT snack credit values were the Mickey Shaped Pretzel with cheese) and a Venti Frappuccino from Starbucks.

The Mickey shaped pretzel with cheese totaled $5.79.  That is definitely on the higher end of snack prices that are eligible for the plan.

Mickey Shaped Pretzel

Mickey Shaped Pretzel

Starbucks is another GREAT location to use your snack credits.  You can get any drink any size (as well as pasteries) with the use of a snack credit.  I’ve always thought go big, or go home, so I got a Venti Coconut Mocha Frapuccino and Craig got a Venti Carmel Macchiato with an extra shot of espresso.  Each drink cost about $5 so I consider that another excellent use of a snack credit!

Venti Drinks from the "Fountain View" Starbucks at Epcot

Venti Drinks from the “Fountain View” Starbucks at Epcot

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30 Day Disney Challenge- Day 10 “Favorite Disney Dessert”

Confessions of a Mouskaholic's 30 Day Disney Challenge

Confessions of a Mouskaholic’s 30 Day Disney Challenge

I have gone to Disney with the Disney Dining Plan several times now, and so with each sit down meal I’ve had the chance to experience some pretty amazing desserts. But, I have 4 simple words in response to “What is your Favorite Disney Dessert”- Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake.  This amazing dessert can be found at the Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic Kingdom.

Here is the description of this delight (from the Disney website)- Vanilla Cake with a Gooey Toffee Filling, Caramel Sauce, and Vanilla Ice Cream

And here is the picture of the dessert in all of it’s glory

Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

What is your favorite Disney Dessert?

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Restaurant Review- Downtown Disney: Raglan Road

Raglan Road has a very special place in my heart.  I ate at Raglan Road after running my very first marathon back in January 2011. My husband and I had only been to Disney twice as a married couple, and were not quite as Disney savvy as we are now.  While we did stay on property for this trip, we didn’t know much about the Disney dining plan.  Our very first time we did just order appetizers, buy WOW WOW WOW were we impressed!  (Seriously, try “Smokie City”).  One could assume that after running 26.2 miles that just about anything would taste wonderful, and that is probably some what true, but the food was definitely awesome

Raglan Rd after 2011 Disney Marathon

Raglan Rd after 2011 Disney Marathon

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The comfy chair was a post race blessing!

We had such an amazing time on that short trip for the marathon weekend that we went again that summer.  This time around we were on the dining plan, and certainly enjoyed the entrees!

Starting out at Raglan Road you’ll be served Irish brown bread with an amazing Guinness reduction.  (My mouth is watering as I type)

Raglan Road Irish Brown Bread

Raglan Road Irish Brown Bread

While the appetizers are not included on the dining plan I do have to recommend two appetizers because they’re just too good not to mention.  Smokie City (as I mentioned before) and the Mighty Mussels.  Smokie City is creamy smoked haddock & Dubliner cheese dip with potatoes, tomatoes & crostinis.  Don’t let the fact that it has smoked fish throw you for a loop, it’s totally cheesy and totally worth it.  It’s definitely big enough to share too!  The Mighty Mussels are 1/2 lb. of fresh Blue Hill Bay mussels in a coconut infused curry broth, and are absolutely amazing.  The coconut curry broth really has a unique flavor that will leave you craving more!

Smokie City

Smokie City

Now for the entrees, I don’t even know where to begin as far as making a recommendation.  The entree menu is quite large.  Generally in the restaurants they offer 6-8 entree options.  Raglan Road offers 21 entree options as well as 6 entree sized salads.  The average price for an entree is between $16 and $30, depending on what you’re in the mood for.

The Disney Dining plan is accepted here, and counts as a table service credit (includes a beverage, entree, and dessert).

The last WONDERFUL thing that I will mention about Raglan Road is the live entertainment!  You may catch a live band while you’re there like we did during our first experience, or perhaps an Irish dance performance!


There are lots of amazing restaurants to choose from at Downtown Disney, but Raglan Road is definitely worth the time!

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Restaurant Review- Dining in the World Showcase: Mexico

Let this be said about me, I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD!!!!!!  I mean seriously, there is a restaurant near our house and we eat there EVERY Wednesday.  There are even times that we eat there twice in one week because we love it so much.  With that being said, eating in the Mexico pavilion at the world showcase is almost a given on any trip of ours.  The difficulty with this is choosing between the two table service restaurants- La Hacienda de San Angel, and San Angel Inn.  La Hacienda is the newest restaurant having been added to the pavilion in 2010.  We have dined at both restaurants and they both have amazing qualities.  Here are my thoughts on both-

San Angel Inn

San Angel Inn

San Angel Inn

San Angel Inn is located inside the pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion.  I love love love the atmosphere of this restaurant.  The entire inside of pyramid is set up to be like a nighttime open air market place in Mexico.  The restaurant is situated between the market and the river that houses the “Gran Fiesta Tour” ride.  The setting for this restaurant is quiet, romantic and peaceful.

Your meal starts out with chips and salsa, and I love the salsa at this restaurant, it has almost a smokey quality.  The food is good, but not great.  When I choose this restaurant it’s mainly for it’s quite romantic atmosphere.

San Angel Inn Dinner Menu

San Angel Inn Dinner Menu

La Hacienda de San Angel is located directly across from the pyramid.  While a beautiful new restaurant, the setting isn’t nearly as romantic or intimate as the atmosphere at San Angel Inn (just my opinion, feel free to disagree!)

La Hacienda interior

La Hacienda interior

While the setting isn’t as spectacular, the food is much better.  I like their food selection as the taste of the food.  (I had the Tacos Camerones and they were AMAZING!!! It was served with refried black beans with a crumbled cheese and I couldn’t get over how delicious they were!)

La Hacienda de San Angel menu

La Hacienda de San Angel menu

The prices of the two are comparable and a good value on the Disney dining plan.  While the setting isn’t as intimate, La Hacienda does have a very nice view of the World Showcase Lagoon.  If you plan your reservation accordingly and are willing to wait for a seat by the window you can have an incredible view of Illuminations.

There are definitely perks to both locations, so whichever you would choose, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!  Be sure to get your dining reservations, as you will need them at either location!

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