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<< Introduction >>
the livin' is easy"
Welcome one and all to our first summer-themed Insider of the year! Our
experts have great suggestions for cooling off and having fun at Walt Disney
World during the scorching summer months. We also present the top 5 places
to get that favorite summer treat – ice cream! And a cool, out of this
"World" dining experience is highlighted by MickeysGirl and Nigel.
Grab a cool drink and get comfortable……easy (and fun) reading ahead!
<< Disney World’s Best Summertime Activities >>
Presented by: Cara Goldsbury
The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World Resort
** Take a break from the theme parks and spend a day by one of Disney’s
fantastic resort pools. What better way to cool off in the summer heat.
** Shop till you drop in the air conditioned shops and restaurants at
Downtown Disney. Pick up all your souvenirs at the newly remodeled World of
Disney, the largest Disney store anywhere.
** Splish splash the day away at one of Disney’s unique water parks. Typhoon
Lagoon is a beauty with a pool boasting some of the tallest simulated waves
in the world. Or if you’re a daredevil at heart head to Blizzard Beach with
its wild, rushing water and death-defying slides.
** Snag a bass on a fishing excursion. Pontoon boats with experienced guides
depart from the resort marinas to fish the waters of Bay Lake, the Seven
Seas Lagoon, Lake Buena Vista, and the Sassagoula River. No fishing license
is required and it’s strictly catch and release.
** Hit the water at the Contemporary Resort where Sammy Duval Water Sports
offers parasailing, water-ski, tubing, and personal watercraft action. It’s
the kick of a lifetime!
** Catch a wave at Typhoon Lagoon with Cocoa Beach Surfing School. Learn to
surf in the super wave pool before park opening hours on Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday, and Friday.
** Take a spin on one of Disney’s waterways. With 850 acres of lakes, 130
feet of shoreline, 66 miles of canals, and over 500 watercraft, boating is a
major pastime at Walt Disney World. Most resorts as well as Downtown Disney
have their own marina with a variety of boats available for hire including
Boston Whaler Montauks, pontoon boats, sailboats, Sea Raycers, even a luxury
** Cool off in the mountains of the Himalayans. Expedition Everest, the
Animal Kingdom’s newest attraction, involves out-of-control railcars that
race forward and backward, sending Disney's Animal Kingdom guests swooping
into the unknown to brave twists, turns and drops inside and outside a
mighty mountain. It all leads to an unforgettable encounter with the yeti.
INTERCOTee Top 5 … Ice Cream Places
The Walt Disney World
resort is known for great attractions, fantastic landscapes and warm
weather. While the latter of the three features can be a bother in the
Spring and Summer months, Walt Disney World offers a number of places to
cool off with your favorite ice cream dish. While each INTERCOTee has their
own favorite places to get ice cream around “the world”, the Insider has
reviewed discussions from the past 6 months and tabulated the INTERCOTee Top
5 Favorite Places to Get Ice Cream.
Coming in at number 5 … Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
This ice cream parlor of yesteryear is one of many fashionable merchants
adorning Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, but the only one where you can
enjoy hand dipped cones or old fashion floats. For a classic cool treat try
the restaurant’s signature “Plaza” Ice Cream Sundae; this staple of the
dessert world features your choice of ice cream topped with hot Fudge,
whipped cream and a cherry served in waffle bowl.
Coming in at number 4 … Mrs. Potts' Cupboard
Stop by this Fantasyland confectionarium and your taste buds will be living
happily ever after. Here you can indulge in several unique sundaes like a
fudge brownie sundae or a strawberry shortcake sundae. The fudge brownie
sundae is scrumptiously comprised of a fudge brownie topped with your choice
of soft serve ice cream, hot fudge or caramel topping and whipped cream,
while the strawberry shortcake sundae is a delicious blend of vanilla soft
serve and strawberries slathered onto a shortcake.
Coming in at number 3 … The Plaza Restaurant
This quaint Victorian parlor on the corner of Main Street and the hub serves
up a variety of old fashioned ice cream classics like an Original Banana
Split and the Plaza Restaurant Sundae as well as unique ice cream dishes
like the Mickeylodean. The restaurants signature Plaza Restaurant Sundae is
your choice of ice cream topped with hot fudge, strawberry sauce, crushed
pineapple, whipped cream, chopped nuts and a cherry. The Mickeylodean is
sure to please for kids of all ages as this vanilla ice cream dish features
chocolate “Mickey ears” and cone hat.
Coming in at number 2 … Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
This throw back to the soda shops of the 1950’s American seaboard serves up
sundae’s that will fill even the largest of appetites. The shop located at
Disney’s Beach Club Resort offers huge signature gourmet sundaes like the
Milky Way Sundae, The Fudge Mudslide or the No Way Jose. The No Way Jose, a
particular INTERCOTee favorite, is a peanut butter lovers dream comprising
of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, peanut butter and hot fudge sauces,
peanut butter and chocolate morsels, whipped cream and a cherry. The main
edible attraction though is a mountain of tasty morsels known as the Kitchen
Sink. This monstrosity of a sundae is scoops of vanilla, chocolate,
strawberry, coffee and mint chocolate chip, smothered cookie bites, candy
bar pieces, whipped cream, cherries, hot fudge, and every other topping in
the shop all served up in a kitchen sink.
And coming in at number 1 …
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
Topping out our list is a sweet San Franciscan soda shop that is sure to
please all chocolate lovers. This soda fountain nestled amongst the shops of
the Downtown Disney Marketplace serves up a number of deliciously memorable
sundaes like The Earthquake, the S'More Sundae, the Very Berry Sundae, the
Golden Gate Banana Split and the Warm Caramel Sundae. For those looking for
a unique treat, the soda shop offers two specialty signature sundaes the
Cable Car (scoops of rocky, chocolate chip, and chocolate ice cream topped
with marshmallow topping, home-made hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, chopped
almonds, a chocolate cable car and a cherry) and the Strike it Rich Sundae
(A scoop of butter pecan ice cream topped with butterscotch sauce and golden
almond nuggets “buried” under a layer of vanilla ice cream, home-made hot
fudge sauce, whipped cream, chopped almonds and a cherry).
is first and foremost about the chocolate, its no surprise that their
flagship sundae is their “World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae”. This sundae lives
up to it’s name featuring two scoops of premium vanilla ice cream
overflowing with fresh home-made Ghirardelli hot fudge sauce, topped with
whipped cream, chopped almonds and a cherry.
That’s it for the countdown, hope it’s given you some ideas for places to
cool off with a sweet treat on your next trip.
Dining Out with MickeysGirl and
A long time ago, on a
five-year mission to seek out new food and new dining experiences, in a
World far, far away...we're proud to bring you a new edition of Dining Out!
This time around, we turn our focus to Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, located on
Commissary Lane at the Disney-MGM Studios! This is definitely one of our
favorite family-friendly restaurants at the Studios.
For those of us old enough to remember going to the drive-in theater,
ordering some food and watching a cheesy movie on the big outdoor screen was
definitely fun. Well, leave it to Disney to combine all the best parts of
this experience to allow a new generation of kids (and even some
kids-at-heart) to enjoy!
Your experience starts at check-in, where you'll probably notice that many
of the servers are wearing roller skates! Once your table -- oops, car -- is
ready, you'll be taken down a slim hallway. Once you reach the end and turn
the corner you'll be instantly surrounded by the theme. Rows and rows of
car-tables, all facing a giant screen playing clips from really bad science
fiction movies and cartoons. Don't forget to look upward to notice the
painted “night sky” complete with stars – it really helps put you in the
Most of the cars offer three rows which seat 2 comfortably, and all seats
face the screen. There are some picnic type tables available for larger
parties of those folks having special needs. Of course, being located in
Disney-MGM Studios, park admission is required and Advanced Dining
Reservations are highly recommended, as spots fill up very quickly.
Sci-Fi is open for lunch and dinner.
served from 11a.m. until 4p.m., offers prime rib, smoked turkey, reuben and
BBQ chicken breast sandwiches (Nigel's favorite), penne pasta & pan-fried
catfish. Prices range from $10.99 to $15.99.
offers several of the lunch items, plus other features such as BBQ ribs,
prime rib, top sirloin & New York strip steak. Prices for dinner range from
$14.00 to $18.99. Your standard drinking fare (sodas, tea, water, etc) is
available as well some “big kid drinks” like beer and Mud Slide shakes
Don't forget to leave room for dessert! Sci-Fi offers several yummy 'Closing
Credits', including cheesecake, an apple and pecan crisp, plus the famous
"Big Bang", with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge & caramel all swirled together
with chocolate candies and strawberries!!
As mentioned before, ADR’s are highly recommended. Sci-Fi also participates
in the Magic Your Way with
as well as the Disney
Dining Experience for your dining convenience.
Sci-Fi Dine-in comes highly recommended by these two kids at heart, as well
as our Little Nigel, the most adult of the 3 of us (he’s 8). ;-) We’ll
definitely be going back for a rerun… I mean a return visit.
We hope you've enjoyed our review, and we'll be back next time with an
all-new review. Live long and prosper, earthlings!
Wow, there is so much to do to battle the heat during those hot summer
months when the parks are so busy! I bet we're all craving some ice cream
right about now. Thanks to all those who contributed to this issue. We'll be
back in a couple of weeks with another Insider. Until then, see you on the
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