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99: Attempt to Make a Few Disney Dishes at Home

Some of the items that have been the most fun to cross off my Disney Bucket List have been food-related: a visit to Raglan Road, attending the Food & Wine Festival, and eating a Dole Whip , to name just a few.

But creating Disney dishes has been something I’ve left up to the Disney chefs… until now. I tried to make a few of my favorites at home! I decided to go with a main entree, a side dish, a dessert, and a cocktail — though not at the same time ;).

First up: the main dish… Butter Chicken from Sanaa! I found this recipe at magicalrecipes.net . Here it is in the pot:

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Making Butter Chicken

And here it is on the plate!

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Butter Chicken

I did make a few substitutions to this recipe based on ingredients I had readily available: cumin for black cumin, and ground pepper for peppercorn. Like a goof, I forgot to add salt to the marinade, so it wasn’t quite as flavorful as I’d hoped, but it was a ton of fun to make.

My side dish was this recipe for Cowboy Beans from my beloved Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue!

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Making Cowboy Beans

I think it really made a difference that I was able to use smoked pork and beef from some leftover barbeque we had.

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Smoked pork and beef

While my mom still makes the Best Baked Beans on Earth, this recipe serves as a terrific second-best — it’s excellent!

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Note: not a magical hot dog… just a regular one ;)

I made Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake from Liberty Tree Tavern’s lunch menu. The name is fitting: the individual cakes ballooned in the pan, and they were messy…

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Ooey Gooey Cakes in the pan

… but SOOO good, especially with ice cream! A tip: I made 6 of these, and only my husband and I were around to eat them. I’d advise sharing this one!

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Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake a la mode

My finale is the Blue Glow-tini, found in bars and lounges all over Disney property.

Blue Glow tini

Bluw Glow-tini description

The Blue Curacao is what gives this drink its color…

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Blue Glow-tini

And the light-up “ice” cube (set to blue) is what give it the GLOW!

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Glowing cube and sugared rim

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Glow-tini in the dark!

You can repeat this recipe at home after you’ve enjoyed a Blue Glow-tini or a Magical Star Cocktail in Disney World — you get to take the cube with you once you finish your drink! I may have one or six lying around our kitchen drawers ;) .

You can choose one of five colors (or clear) to set for your beverage, or you can leave it on a changing rainbow, a la the Magical Star Cocktail as seen in the pictures below, taken at the River Roost at Port Orleans Riverside Resort.

Magical Star Cocktail

Magical Star Cocktail

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Same drink!

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Still the same drink!

All this to say you don’t have to be in Disney World to experience a little of its culinary magic! It just doesn’t hurt, that’s all ;).

71: Have a treat at the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop

Step 1: Show up ;) (You can find Ghirardelli’s in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace.)

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Step 2: Make your choice (the hardest part!)

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Step 3: Place your order and grab a seat

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Step 4:  TA DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

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Single Scoop Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream topped with Milk Chocolate Fudge and Whipped Cream

Step 5: Enjoy :) !

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90: See all the Walt Disney World Resorts decorated for the Holidays

The halls have been seriously decked at Walt Disney World!

Port Orleans -- Riverside

Port Orleans — Riverside

All Star Sports

All-Star Sports

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

And it’s allowed me to complete this item on my Disney Bucket List: seeing all of the Disney World Resorts dressed up in their holiday finery!  To see the holiday decorations at the rest of the Disney World Resorts, click here :).

Please click on any of the images below to enlarge…

You’ll notice that each Resort’s decorations reflect the theme of the Resort itself. Nowhere is that more true than at the All-Star ResortsAll-Star Sports, All Star-Music, and All-Star Movies! The bright and vibrant trees reflect the way each Value Resort does everything on a grand scale!

All Star Movies Resort

All-Star Movies Resort

All Star Movies Resort

All-Star Movies Resort

All Star Music Resort

All-Star Music Resort

All Star Music Resort

All-Star Music Resort

All Star Music Resort

All-Star Music Resort

All Star Sports Resort

All-Star Sports Resort

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All-Star Sports Resort

All Star Sports Resort

All-Star Sports Resort

Pop Century Resort takes guests on a trip through the decades, so it’s fitting that its tree showcases images of Santa Claus as he’s been portrayed in American pop culture through the years.

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Oh, and you’ll find this little guy in a few places, too ;).

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Moving to the Moderate Resorts, Port Orleans – French Quarter greets guests with four trees in the courtyard decorated primarily in the signature colors of Mardi Gras: purple, green, and gold.

Port Orleans -- French Quarter

Port Orleans — French Quarter

Port Orleans -- French Quarter

Port Orleans — French Quarter

Port Orleans -- French Quarter

Port Orleans — French Quarter

It’s sister Resort, Port Orleans – Riverside has one grand tree in its beautiful lobby, and the magnolias are a reminder of this Resort’s southern charm.

Port Orleans -- Riverside

Port Orleans — Riverside

Port Orleans -- Riverside

Port Orleans — Riverside

Upon entering Coronado Springs Resort, two trees glisten behind the fountain centerpiece.

Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs Resort

But as you enter the Check-In area, there is much more to see…

Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs Resort

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Coronado Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, a Deluxe Villa, is themed after Saratoga Springs, New York — known for Saratoga Race Track. You’ll see equestrian-themed decorations all over the tree!

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort

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Hidden Mickey :)!

I’ve saved my favorite for last… Disney’s newest Resort, Art of Animation, celebrates the process and stories of Disney animation. Color certainly plays a huge part in… well, the art of animation ;). I think it’s so cool how this white tree explodes with color through it’s ornaments, while also honoring the beginnings of the black-and-white pencil sketch.

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

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Art of Animation Resort

The wall behind the Front Desk area blends from one color to the next… and so do the season’s wreaths!

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

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Art of Animation Resort

There is one more place that we haven’t yet explored… but its holiday celebration is so unique that it has it’s own spot on my Disney Bucket List! #47: Visit Fort Wilderness at Christmas to see the decorated RVs. Stay tuned… and, until then, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Bucket List Bonus! See the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue!

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Pioneer Hall!

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All-you-can-eat fried chicken, ribs, mashed potatoes, corn bread, baked beans, corn, and salad… brought to you by the bucketful!

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(Okay, this is a little embarrassing… the fried chicken smelled so good that I took a bite before grabbing my picture. Whoops!)

Did I mention the Strawberry Shortcake?

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Or the all-you-can-drink soda, beer, and sangria (for those of age, of course)? (Read that again. Then again. Yep. It’s true.)

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Amazing musicians and hilarious actors in a “Wild West”, vaudeville-style show!

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More fun than you can shake a stick at!

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It’s the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds! And once you go, you’ll understand why families return year after year on their Disney vacations. This dinner show (one of the longest-running in the U.S. at 40 years and counting) is a quintessential Disney experience… great entertainment, yummy food (in buckets!), and oodles of fun and laughter with family and friends. I can’t believe we waited so long to do this, and I have a feeling it’s going to become one of our traditions, too.

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You can learn more about pricing, seating options, and how to make your Advanced Dining Reservation here.

37: Enjoy a beverage at BoardWalk’s Belle Vue Lounge

"The Shadow, Lamont Cranston, a man of wealth, a student of science, and a master of other people's minds, devotes his life to righting wrongs, protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty. Cranston is known to the underworld as THE SHADOW. Never seen, only heard. As haunting to superstitious minds as a ghost. As inevitable as a guilty conscience. The identity of The Shadow is known only to his intimate friend and aide, Margo Lane. Today's story…”

Not what you were expecting? That’s because the Belle Vue Lounge in Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is full of unexpected things…

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Pull up a chair next to one of these beauties, and treat your ears to some vintage radio shows from the 30s and 40s…

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I don’t have any flowery words or phrases to describe the atmosphere that comes along with hearing these shows in this beautiful setting. It’s just cool, and that’s all there is to it. Belle Vue has joined Territory Lounge and Victoria Falls (oh… and the River Roost!) as one of my very favorite bars to visit in Walt Disney World. So grab a friend and a drink…

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Maybe an old game or two…

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And enjoy the sounds, tastes, and sights of the Belle Vue Lounge.

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It makes sense that so much of the magic at Belle Vue is in what you hear, in addition to what you see. After all…

“No man sees… The Shadow!”

[Excerpt from "The Shadow" radio show produced by Street & Smith Publications]

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