Goofy’s Candy Co.

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I love candy…candy, candy, candy. I am the female Willy Wonka. For this reason, Goofy’s Candy Co. is a must visit when we are exploring Downtown Disney. But this isn’t your typical candy store. Sure, they have row after row of every candy imaginable…but here they do things a little differently. Here you can make your OWN treats!

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Your customized snack begins with an order slip. This is so fun! You can choose from a Caramel Apple, Rice Krispie Treat, Marshmallows, Pretzel Rods and Cookies. Sound delicious? You’re just getting started!

The next step is to choose which type of chocolate to dip it in. I go for the white chocolate – my fave! Next are the toppings. If you can think of it, it’s likely a choice. Sprinkles, M&M’s, chocolate chips, cinnamon and sugar, crushed Butterfinger…you name it! Once you’ve made this hard decision (believe me, it’s hard) it’s time for the drizzle…

Once you’ve finished your order slip and hand if off at the counter, it will be about 10-15 minutes before you have your very own, customized snack. Be prepared… you will want to make another after the first bite!

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As if this candy playhouse wasn’t enough, there are also slushies here! Goofy’s Glaciers come in 8 yummy flavors AND – in keeping with the “build your own” theme- hat and feet pieces are available to customize your Glacier cup! Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Stitch or Princess…or you can mix and match. Goofy Princess, anyone?

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Possibilities in this candy Heaven are endless. Looking for the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs? Look no further. There are tons of pre-packaged candies and snacks for sale here. This is also the perfect place to use those Disney Dining snack credits…You’ll find something for everyone!

For more information on shops, dining, parks and more – Contact me today!

Erin Santamaria 1-877-377-0505 or erins@travelwiththemagic.com

Magical Memories – What to pack!

Packing tips for your Disney trip

So you are getting ready for your trip to Disney ~ how exciting!   Here are some items you may not of thought of and don’t want to forget.  I am also including a few things that you can do without.

Don’t forget:

  • Sunglasses – an absolute must have – that sun is bright!
  • CAMAERA!!  You don’t want to miss that perfect photo opt with Mickey Mouse!
  • Hats – always a great compliment to any outfit
  • Sunscreen – you can even get a little burned in January (happened to me!) and some aloe!
  • Bathing suits, goggles, and 1 or 2 pool toys (the pools are heated during the cooler months and every resort on Disney’s property offers a great pool)
  • Comfy shoes – you are walking 5-10 miles a day!  Make sure those feet are comfortable!
  • Hoodie or light jacket or sweatshirt for the evenings – it can cool off and get a little breezy.
  • Shorts and maybe a pair of light capris/khakis for the evenings
  • Character shirts – the characters enjoy seeing themselves on a shirt and usually make a big deal about it at the “Meet and Greets”.  Walmart and Target usually have some great ones to choose from.
  • Backpack to carry your stuff through the parks – you have to keep you bag with you on the rides.  The cast members will not watch your bag for you and I strongly suggest that you do not leave it in a stroller. Don’t’ worry – it will fit nicely between your feet on the rides.  For a little extra security, I always stick my leg through the shoulder strap on the fast and jerky rides (i.e Thunder Mountain, Everest, and Rockin’ Roller Coaster).
  • Stroller for young children (this is a personality preserver) – Just remember those little legs will be walking as much as you and they wear out quick.  It really helps to preserve their perky disposition by letting them sit for a little while.  Even those children that have been out of strollers for a few years will appreciate the rest.  You can bring your own (of course) – this is a really nice option for riding from the bus to your room after a long day at the parks.  Remember that you have to collapse the stroller completely before getting on the bus.  Or you can rent a single or double stroller at the parks.  You can also pay for a multi-day rental of the stroller.  The single rents for $15 per day or $13 for a multi-day rental.  The double rents for $31 per day or $27 for a multi-day rental.  Now Disney’s rental strollers cannot leave the parks.  But when you enter a different park, just show them your rental agreement and they will hand you a stroller.
  • Autograph books for the characters to sign at the character “Meet and Greets” and a large pen.  This helps the gloved characters to grasp the pen if it is a bit larger than normal.   Pressed Pennies
  • Pennies and quarters!  There are pressed penny machines EVERYWHERE.  These machines will flatten a penny and imprint the coin with an image.  These are so much fun for kids.  The cost is $0.51 (more specifically 2 quarters and 1 penny – nickels and dimes are not accepted).  There is also a great book for sale at the resorts and parks to hold your new collection.  The cost is $6.95 for the book.  It is my family tradition to fill a flat penny book for every trip.  Autograph books – scrapbooking
  • Snacks and bottles of water– go ahead and feel free to fill your backpack with some extra snacks from the resort food court or with some you brought from home.  Disney does allow outside food inside the parks.  They will search all bags before you enter each park.  But don’t worry – they are not worried about your candy or granola bars.  They are looking for other items that don’t belong at a Disney park.  I always take a ton of fruit snacks, flavors for bottled water, candy, and other yummy treats.  If you are traveling with little ones, they may love getting a new Pez dispenser at the resort gift shop of their favorite character and then they have something to play with during their wait in line while snacking on a little “pick me up”.  Smartees are another great treat to keep idle hands busy in the lines.
  • Small toy or gadget for the lines.  The lines can take a while for some small children.  It never hurts to toss a small toy phone, toy camera, doodle-pad or something little that your child can play with while they wait.  This will help them pass the time.  Don’t bring their favorite item though – I would hate for it to get lost!  So hit the dollar store for some little, cheap things.  Again – this is another personality preserver.
  • Misting fans – they do sell these at the parks.  But sometimes you can find them cheaper at Walmart.
  • Ponchos – just because you never know when a pop-up shower may strike!
  • A few more great items from the dollar store are glow sticks.  Disney does sell these really great glowing toys during the light shows (we have several).  But if you want to avoid paying for another souvenir, just grab some glow sticks and glow bracelets!  They work as a great alternative.

Don’t bother bringing: (yes – this list is much shorter)

  • Hairdryer
  • Soap/Shampoo/Conditioner – my son loves getting the bottles of “Mickey shampoo” during his trips
  • Laundry bag for your dirty clothes – you can always ask Mousekeeping for extras!
  • Iron
  • Car seat – if you are flying – unless you need it for the flight, do not worry about bringing your car seat.  You cannot use it on any of Disney’s transportation.  And since all of Disney’s transportation is complimentary, there is no reason to rent a car and no reason for a car seat.
  • Pack-n-play – these are available at all Disney property resorts
  • Towel for the pool – extra towels are available for you while you are at the pools at the Moderate and Deluxe resorts.  If you are staying at one of the Value resorts, you can use one of the towels from your room

 

Don’t worry if you forget something, almost anything can be bought at the resort gift shop (i.e. shaving cream, razors, toothpaste, toothbrush, hair brush, etc).  While you are getting everything together, if you are flying, do not pack any medication or urgent necessities in the luggage you are checking – always pack these important items in your carry-on – you never know what might happen between your house and the resort.

If you have any questions and would like to use a planner for free – contact me at Robyn@travelwiththemagic.com or call me directly at 1-800-670-4312 ext 125.  I have an unexplained passion for Disney and making sure that everyone is getting the most that they can out of every visit!

 

Waffle Sandwiches

Have you heard about the new craze? Waffle sandwiches. Yes, it is real and they are available at the Magic Kingdom Park, at Sleepy Hollow a refreshment stand in Liberty Square located to the left of Cinderella’s Castle. Here you can get this magnificent masterpiece every day.

There are different types of waffles.

Nutella Waffle (1)

Nutella and Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich

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Ham, Prosciutto, and Swiss

Sleepy Hollow (3)

Sweet and Spicy Chicken

Waffle with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Waffle with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

The waffles are made fresh while you wait and they are absolutely delicious. The sandwich is large enough for a meal or you can share it as a two person snack. The Nutella waffle is available all day however the ham and chicken waffles are only available between 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Waffles are not the only delicious treat at Sleepy Hollow. Funnel cakes, ice cream cookie sandwiches, huge fresh chocolate chunk cookies, floats, Cappuccino and many other items are also available. Sleepy Hollow accepts the Disney Dining Plan. Snack credits and counter service may be used here. So on your way to Liberty Square stop and pick up a tasty waffle sandwich.

If you are ready to book your magical vacation give me a call and I will be glad to help you.

 Allison@Travelwiththemagic.com or 1-800-670-4312 ext. 134