Rock You Like a Hurricane Episode 3: The Force Awakens

Free at last free at last, Thank Walt we are free at last.  Welcome to the exiting conclusion of surviving captivity in WDW.  In this episode, your favorite crime fighter and his sidekick venture out from their confines and explore what is left of the World.

Well, everything was left.  The guests had been given an all clear and informed that all the parks would be open at 0800 hours on Saturday.  The wife and I woke up, got ready, and headed to the monorail station of the Poly in hopes of getting to MK in time for the Welcome Show.  We were wrong. Of course the monorail was down and we had to take the bus.  We hopped a bus that arrived at 0740 hours.  “We can make it,” I thought happily to myself, but the detour into the Grand Floridian squashed those dreams.  Especially when the bus driver went out the wrong way and had to do some impressive acrobatics to free us. We arrived at MK a little after 8…along with 3/4 of Florida.  We did have a backpack and the wife sacrificed herself to stand in the bag line as I waited for her in limbo in the area between bag check and the main entrance for 27 minutes, and then made our way into MK.

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The herd of guests at the security bag check
Since I already snagged me a Joffrey’s from Captain Cooks, I was able to bypass that “other” coffee joint on Main Street and we booked it to Fantasyland.  Of course, no trip would be complete without a whirl on my favorite flying elephant and yours: Dumbo.  After that wonderful ride, we destroyed our fastpasses at Mine Train, Jungle Book and Splash Mountain.  Now what?  The park was packed and all the good fastpasses were gone by noon.

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I was tired
My better half and I grabbed some lunch at the best QS in the Kingdom: Columbia Harbour House.  I enjoyed some fish and fries and she got something that wasn’t as good, and we made a game plan.  We had about a 4 hour gap between our Haunted Mansion fastpass.  Nothing good came to mind so we just started walking around.  Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor had no wait, we tried it for the first time ever and enjoyed it.  Country Bears was free, haven’t done that ever.  Buzz was actually short and was a blast as usual (see what I did there?).  Somewhere during the wandering, I was able to grab a delicious turkey leg from the Frontierland Turkey Cart.

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I’m winning
Let’s go do Carousel of Progress.  I was excited and the wife was not.  It was my first time riding it in about 20 years and the first time for my lovely bride.  It was my dad’s favorite and he was always excited to do it.  We sat down with about 4 other guests.  The cast members didn’t even bother to tell us to move all the way down.  The attraction started with the familiar music and I sang along.  We took a trip through history and asked Cindy how she liked it. “I never want to that again.”  I was taken aback, but then realized that it had lost its power to bring folks in like it did when I was a youngster.  I also realized that I was just fooling myself and that COP needs something else.  I understand the history of it, and it was one of Walt’s.  However,  that’s some prime real estate right there.

After the depression of COP wore off, we headed over to Liberty Square for our dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern.  On the way we passed the new Muppets Show: The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History.  I was worried that it wouldn’t fit in.  I was wrong.  It was as funny as my rotund butt riding Dumbo.  Good jokes, clean fun and Miss Piggy.  We then sat down for our meal at Liberty Tree.  This is one of the very few restaurants on property that we have repeated.  The comfort food will put you into a coma if you don’t stop (I had to tell the waiter to take the food away) and the service is exquisite.

We finished dinner at around 5:30 PM.  There was only one thing left to do, wait 3 hours for the Main Street Electrical Parade.  We needed to claim a spot and we found an excellent spot near Casey’s Corner.  We laid out or recently purchased beach towels from the emporium, sat down and I was able to lean against the lamp-post.

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About an hour before the parade
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About 2 hours before the parade
 

We waited, and waited and waited some more.  The crowds grew and I had a Lance Bass celebrity sighting while waiting.  How did I know it was Lance Bass?  I told the wife “that guy looks like Lance Bass,” and one of his cronies yelled out, “Hey Lance.”  I digress.  I didn’t sit in that one spot the entire time.  I walked around, grabbed some popcorn and drinks, got some goodies from the confectionary and waited. Now,  I am not complaining, this is my wife’s favorite thing in all of WDW and I wanted her to have a good time.  And, it was the last weekend of the Main Street Electrical Parade.

After what seemed like an eternity (3 hours), the music blasted and the parade started.  As usual, it was awesome.  I will miss this show but I know that something even better will replace it (hopefully).

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The parade ended, and so did our night.  There was no extra magic hours and we didn’t want to fight the Wishes crowds.  We exited the park and stared down a 2 hour monorail line or hour boat line.  I chose the lesser of two evils and we moseyed on back to the Poly just in time to catch Wishes.  Once the spectacular was finished the wife headed back to the room as I grabbed me several of my last Jai Alais for the trip.  The next day we awoke, left the bubble and took that magical 7 hour drive back home.

All in all, it was a decent trip considering the circumstances.  Looking back though, I believe that we should have canceled and rescheduled.  But how often does your anniversary fall on a hurricane landfall, and why not do it in Disney World.

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When I was in the Magic Kingdom at the time of our trip, there was no Joffrey’s Coffee kiosk in the park and I had to grab my coffee at the hotel.  However, the great folks over at Joffrey’s now have a kiosk in Tomorrowland at Rockettower Plaza Stage near Space Mountain.Joffreys-Revive_Full_29803

Joffrey’s Kiosk Crawl

With the arrival of the newest Joffrey’s kiosk in the Magic Kingdom, I was thinking (I know a scary thought for sure), “…where else in the parks can I get recharged with some amazing Joffrey’s coffee or tea?”   

Trivia time:  Did you know that all the parks, including the water parks and Disney Springs, have Joffrey’s kiosks.  That would be 7 Parks (with Disney Springs) where you can drink the nectar of the gods! A total of 18 Kiosks for you to explore. Wait a minute…a Joffrey’s kiosk crawl.  Now we are talking!!!  Lets go on a little virtual crawl to see these kiosks.

Lets Start in the Magic Kingdom:

Even before you get into the Magic Kingdom, you can grab a coffee before you get on the monorail at the TTC.   While in the park, walk right down Main Street U.S.A. and into Tomorrowland for the newest kiosk Revive.  I love the theming and the style of Revive it fits in so well with the surrounding buildings and brings you back to an older time in Tomorrowland.  Its a phenomenal addition to the Magic Kingdom.

Let’s hope a monorail over to Epcot!  All Aboard, Stand clear of the doors…Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas.   Over at Epcot we will find 5 Kiosks, the most of any park.

As you step off the Monorail or a bus the classic Joffrey’s kiosk awaits.  In the the park itself you will find kiosks by Test Track, The American Adventure (I should go see that one of these days), between the United Kingdom and Canada, and by Disney Traders.  So many options…from the beginning of the park to the back of it.  There is no shortage of Joffrey’s flowing.  How about a Beverly inspired Joffrey’s drink??? Ok nevermind, ewe gross!

With the caffeine running through my veins, I am sure I could run to the Studios…but lets slow it down a bit and take the boat over to Hollywood Studios.

Right outside the exit of the Tower of Terror you, will find my absolute favorite Joffrey’s kiosk.  I drop everything to go to this one.  Get it, “drop everything” , LOL…I will be here all week folks.  Make sure you tip your waiter and waitress.   The kiosk near the entrance of Pixar Place is well themed and fits in very well with the building around it.

Time to hop bus and head over to Animal Kingdom.

I love both of these Kiosks, one near the entrance and the other one in Asia by Kali River Rapids.  Both kiosks fit the park perfectly.

Finally its time to head over to where it all started:  Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.  More trivia for you:  Typhoon Lagoon is the park that had the first Joffrey’s kiosk all the way back in 1995.

Typhoon Lagoon has 3 kiosks

Blizzard Beach has 2 Kiosks

I believe these are the best themed and most fun kiosks in all of the world.  They fit perfectly and always make me chuckle a little.  Make sure you try the mini doughnuts!!!

And finally after a long day throughout the parks, its time to relax and wind down at Disney Springs.

With all the hustle and bustle going on at Disney Springs, its nice to grab a great Joffrey’s coffee and just sit back, relax and do a little people watching.  What a great way to end our Joffrey’s kiosk crawl. Of course you can always stop at Tea Traders while at Disney Springs and get a full array of teas and drinks.

PHEW!!! I am beat, that sure was one fantastic kiosk crawl.  Whenever you are in the parks, look for any of these kiosks…it will surely bring a smile to your face.

When you can’t be at the parks, get some of the worlds greatest coffee sent right to your home at Joffreys.com.

 

What’s Brewing?? Joffrey’s News

Some really exciting news coming from our friends over at Joffrey’s coffee and tea company.  Let’s see what is brewing….

Joffrey’s News

 

Opening in March 2017, guests at Magic Kingdom® Park will soon be able to enjoy Joffrey’s coffees, teas and delicious treats at the new Joffrey’s Revive Coffee kiosk near Space Mountain in Tomorrowland.

 

Joffrey’s Revive Coffee Kiosk will offer a beverage exclusive to Magic Kingdom Park: the More S’mores Latte. Delight the kid inside with a cup of Joffrey’s artisan roasted espresso, mixed with rich chocolate sauce, sweet marshmallow syrup and topped with whipped cream, graham cracker sprinkles and fluffy marshmallows. This crave-able beverage is available hot or iced to satisfy every coffee lover with a sweet tooth.

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JOFFREY’S IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THE ALTO MAYO PERU PROTECTED FOREST PROJECT

 

Joffrey’s is proud to work with Disney and their partner, Conservation International to support the Alto Mayo Protected Forest Project in Peru. This endeavor promotes sustainable coffee growing and trains local coffee farmers in alternative farming techniques that help protect forests, improve productivity, coffee bean quality and promote economic growth in the region. To assist in this initiative, Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.’s® Roastmaster met with the members of the Cooperativa De Servicios Multiples Bosque Del Alto Mayo (Alto Mayo Co-op) and worked to trade directly with this group of producers who are not only farming sustainably, but are certified Organic and Fair Trade as well.

 

Joffrey’s is proud to be able to support their efforts to farm sustainably. It is with sincere gratification and pleasure that we are now able to share this exquisite coffee with guests at select restaurants at Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort; from farm to table, you can share in our success of support for this great project and know that with each sip you are making an impact.

 

Now, Disney Guests can enjoy the very coffee that’s changing the lives of these farmers. Initially, the coffee will be served in the following restaurants, and then it will be available in restaurants that serve press pot coffee:

 

Walt Disney World Resort:

Tiffins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Le Cellier at Epcot, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Flying Fish Café, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas, California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Citricos and Narcoossee’s, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Artist Point, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

 

Disneyland Resort:

Carthay Circle Restaurant, Disney California Adventure Park, Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Steakhouse 55, Disneyland

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You can also order some of this amazing coffee for the comfort of your own own home.    Peru Alto Mayo organic & fair trade

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So that’s whats brewing with our friends from Joffrey’s coffee and tea company

Sit back relax and enjoy a flavor for every Disney memory.   Imagination by the cup

 

Rock You Like A Hurricane part 4-2.

We last saw our Disney duo confined to their 1-bedroom theme park view Polynesian Villa in Rock You Like A Hurricane Part 1. The nice phone lady informed that imminent danger was upon us and that we should take shelter by at least 11pm on Oct 8th.  Well, until 2300 hours rolled up, we decided to take what little time was available and grab a bite.

The Grand Ceremonial House was the place to be that evening.  Those who opted to leave were being cared for, and those fools who decided to stay were also taken care of.  The restaurants were in full swing and several park characters were also there. I remember seeing Captain Hook and Smee for a dance party for the children, and I slightly remember at least Pluto and Goofy.  Also, for sale was boxed breakfasts and lunches and hot fresh pizza was up for sale to take back to our rooms. We stuck around the GCH long enough to grab our boxed meals, pizza, grab a couple of drinks and purchase some survival necessities (candy, beer, board games and so forth). We made our way back to our room to await the impending doom.   It was about 2000 hours (8pm) and the rain and wind were starting to pick up.  We “enjoyed” our pizza, beer and watched some movies.  Soon, we decided to turn in early for the night.

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No reason for this pic, just didn’t take many this day

The next morning brought a devastating sight of… nothing.  No damage, no bungalows that came apart from their foundations and floating in the middle of Bay Lake.  Just a lot of wetness and some vegetation thrown about.  So, what to do?  We opened up our boxed breakfast and enjoyed a bagel and some fruit.  I had drunk my Joffrey’s coffee the day before and since I was at a DVC room, it did not get replenished.  So, no coffee, crappy boxed breakfasts and only 1 beer.  Instead of wallowing in self-pity and blaming the world for what was going on, we decided to relax and watch Disney movies on the tv and play a round of Disney Monopoly.  The only gripe I have of this is that about 1/3 of the way through The Little Mermaid (a classic) it shut off and we were treated to… Tron… Legacy (a classic piece of…).

At about 1100 hours (that’s 11 am for you non-military type) Cast Members were coming out of hiding and walking the grounds and driving their golf carts around.  At about noon-thirty the phone range and the nice lady said that we were free.  We put on our shoes and ran towards the GCH.  The wife and I stood in line at Trader Sam’s for an exclusive Haunted Mansion Tiki Mug that took about 2 hours.  It came with some kind of tiki drink that I can’t remember the name, but do remember that it was not that tasty.  So to get rid of the rum infused nightmare going on in my gullet, I grabbed a couple of beers and a good whiskey to get rid of the vileness.  As the wife and I were meandering through the GCH it was told that ‘Ohana was serving dinner to resort guests only.

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Waiting for the elusive tiki mug at the beginning of release

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Mr. Maui a few hours after release
 
 Now we have had ‘Ohana in the past and I was not as thoroughly impressed as my fellow brethren, but we were hungry and didn’t want Captain Cook’s.  I was also informed by telephone earlier that our Anniversary dinner at Jiko was not going to be honored (for it too was only opened to resort guests.)  I walked up to the hostess stand and asked for a wait time.  She stated that she couldn’t give us one but the average was about 20 minutes.  I was going to grab a libation from the Tambu Lounge for the wait, but the buzzer went off and we were seated right next to the window…just to the right of the Volcano Pool.  This would have been prime seating for a Wishes viewing.  Our server came out and informed that instead of doing the normal family style meal, a buffet with food from ‘Ohana and the Luau was being served, and yes, I could get beer!  The food was great: Chicken wings, salad, chicken, bread pudding and the lot.

    As we finished our meal, the server came to us and informed that there is a Cast Member rumor going around that Disney Springs was going to be opened at 5:30 pm for WDW resort guests only.  We paid, headed back to the room, and received an email and call that Disney Springs would be opened at 5:30 and we wanted to take advantage of this special moment.  Now imagine this: (almost) everybody that is staying on Disney property has been cooped up for a day and a half and they only had one place to go.  Yea, it was busier than Trader Sam’s on exclusive tiki mug day!  This was the first time we had experienced the completed Disney Springs with the Town Center and it was…nice.  Like walking down an outdoor mall with whimsical themed bars thrown about (but that’s for another article).  Needless to say, it was nice to get out but it was in fact extremely busy and not all of the establishments were open.  We bought some things for the kids and of course enjoyed a few cocktails, then headed back to the room to get ready for an early rise to Magic Kingdom in the morning.

    Stay tuned next time for the exciting conclusion of Disney during a hurricane.

    Don’t be like me, make sure you stock up on your Joffrey’s Coffee BEFORE a natural disaster strikes.

    Tea Time

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    With romance in the air this week, where can one go that is a little different and romantic at the same time?

    Afternoon tea at the Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian may hit the spot, a spot of tea that is.

    You can step through time and experience a traditional British tea service.

    Per the Disney website: Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room

    Within the walls of the Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, prepare to treat yourself to a rare and unforgettable event as you indulge in the relaxing ambiance of an era long since passed.

    Tour the globe as you sip from a collection of international teas—including Mrs. Potts Tea for your little ones—all while indulging in a delightful selection of sandwiches, scones, pastries and other delicacies.

    Turn back the hands of the clock for this delicate and delectable treat, 7 days a week. Located on the first floor of the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room takes place daily at the following times:

    • 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
    • 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Tuesday and Thursday

    Ranging in prices from $35 to a tea service for two priced at $175 there is something for everyone’s budget.  Enjoy finger sandwiches, tarts, scones and jams, desserts and of course a wide selection of teas in this multi course service.   If you so choose you can even add some champagne to this service.

    There is also Mrs. Potts tea service for children ages 3-9 for $20

    If you are looking to get away and do something outside of the parks that possibly won’t break the bank this might be your ticket to romance.  Take some time out of a busy and hectic vacation to sit and relax.  Sip some tea, put the cell phones away, and just talk to those that mean the most to you.

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    I am personally a coffee guy, but you can get some great teas and coffees over at Joffrey’s coffee and tea company.

     

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    So, Now What?

    Alright, the easy part is done. You have:

    1. Picked your trip dates
    2. Found the perfect hotel 
    3. Decided on using Disney’s Magical Express 

    What else could be difficult? 
    Other than paying for it. You are on your own for that one! (but donations can be made to my vacation fund, see me for further details)
    The waiting, without a doubt, is the most excruciating part of the build-up to the vacation. So, my feathered friends, how do you pass the time? I may have a few ideas to speed up the process*.

    • Countdown timers

    There are a ton of countdown timers on any app store to mark your special occasion. Are you looking for a way to keep track of you next birthday? There is an app for that. Wondering how long until your wedding? There is an app for that too. Curious how long it will be until your next Walt Disney World vacation? You guessed it, there is an app for that also. Personally, on my phone I use Days to Go WDW which is readily available in the app store. You can customize just about everything: pictures,  font, and most importantly, the date you are going (this is the important one).timer

    • Music

    One of the best things about the parks is listening to the music that is played throughout the parks (a.k.a. background music).  Thanks to our new modern day marvels, we can listen to music anywhere in the world (probably). Magical Mouse Radio is my go to choice when it comes to in-park audio, it has everything! The commercials you remember from being a child…oh they are there. The best background music in the world, they have you covered. Even some on ride audio is available.

    • Videos

    Thanks to YouTube, sights and sounds of a day in the park are only a few clicks away! This one is my personal favorite because seeing the warm weather and warm people are a great way to escape the doldrums of every single day or, as MickeyDude Tim puts it, “the frozen tundra of Southern Canada.” There are a ton of personalities on the internet so, without a doubt, there is someone that will be your perfect fit. I recommend looking up See Ya Reel Soon for Disney videos, sadly (for us) they have stopped uploading videos but that is because they are starting a family, good for them!

    If you want to look at all of Orlando life, take a look at The Tim Tracker videos. Tim and his wife Jenn are two fantastic people that bring us into their everyday life and give us a peek inside what it is like living in Orlando, from what I can tell it is hot.

    So, there it is, at least a starting point on things you can do to pass the time until you’re on your way back to the vacation kingdom of the world. In the mean time…might I suggest some Joffrey’s DisneyParks and Resorts Specialty Coffee Collection, it’s the next best thing to being there!

     

    *Time is a finite measurement and I have been told it is not possible to move it forward…. Yet.

     

     

    Garden Rocks Series Invades Epcot!

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    Who is ready to Rock?  If you are around my age (and I am proud to say I will be 40 in March) then many of the acts coming to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival are right up your alley.  Some songs may have been a guilty pleasure for you while others may have been your anthem for life itself.  Either way, a diverse group of performers are coming and I would love to see them all!

    Showtimes for the Garden Rocks Concert Series take place Friday through Monday at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM.

     

    March 3-4 -Jon Secada:   “Just Another Day”

    March 5-6 -Dennis DeYoung The Music of STYX:   “Mr. Roboto”

    March 10-13 -Pointer Sisters:  “I’m So Excited”

    *New this Year March 17-18 -Simple Plan:   “Welcome to My Life”

    March 19-20 -Plain White T’s:   “Hey There Delilah”

    March 24-27 -Night Ranger:  “Sister Christian“

    April 7-10 -Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice:  “Spinning Wheel”

    April 14-17 -Gin Blossoms:  “Hey Jealousy”

    April 21-24 -The Orchestra starring former members of ELO:   “Evil Woman”

    *New this year-April 28-29 -Exposé:  “Point of No Return”

    * New this year -April 30-May 1 Berlin featuring Terri Nunn:  “Take My Breath Away”

    May 5-8 -STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas:   “We Built This City”

    May 12-15 -The Guess Who:   “American Woman”

    May 19-22 -Herman’s Hermits starring Peter No one:   “I’m Henry VIII, I Am”

    May 26-29 -The Spinners:   “Working My Way Back To You”

    **Let us know who you want to see the most in the comment section

    Rock out while trying some of the many wonderful Joffrey’s coffee selections found throughout the Festival.   If you cant make it down to the festival order some today at Joffrey’s

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    What is Joffrey’s brewing at this year’s Flower and Garden Festival?

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    Let’s take a look at what Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company has to offer at this year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

     

    Festival inspired libations will keep you going as you make your way around the festival.

    The Lemon Rita:   A frozen lemon-lime delight blended with 1800® Silver Tequila or Grey Goose Vodka®     Some of my favorite flavors all together,  YES please!

    The Tiki Torch:  Frozen passion fruit thrills with sweet juicy flavors and a hint of tartness, all blended with Grey Goose Vodka.  Not sure if I will ever be able to let it go!   Get it Frozen…No;  come on now,   ok whatever onto the next drink

    Frozen Strawberry-Lemon Sunset:  Layered frozen strawberry and lemonade topped with Grey Goose Vodka.    Could be a perfect ending to an amazing day.  As the sun sets in the background you take one sip and smile!

    Spiked Chai Latte:   Iced, frozen or hot chai tea latte with chai spices, creamy vanilla and blended with Bailey’s Irish Crème® or Grey Goose Vodka.   I am partial to the Grey Goose on this one.  Just more up my alley, both are delicious.  Hey why not get both???

    If you ask me, and I know you are, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the choices.  There is something for everyone, all different enough to satisfy whatever you are craving.    Take a look around for a Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company kiosk and let me know what you had.   Better yet, tweet us @themickeydudes with a picture and a comment!

    For those of you not going down to the festival this year, why not order some great Joffrey’s coffee online at Joffrey’s

     

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    2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Menus!

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    The annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will be held from March 1- May 29, 2017.  Epcot comes alive with the colors of spring, the smell of amazing food, and the sounds of some good ‘ole rock and roll – this festival is a can’t miss event of every spring season!

     

    Each food kiosk has a little something for your dining pleasure.  Just enough to wet the pallet as you move on to the next kiosk to feast on another small plate… and then another… and another and…you get the idea.  Man I am getting hungry just thinking about all the incredible food.  Let’s take a look at the newly released menus.

     

    Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market  (returning from 2016 Germany Pavilion)

     

    Food

    • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V)
    • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream
    • Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips (GF)
    • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries

     

    Beverages

    • Hugo-Charles De Fere “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint
    • Paulaner Original Munich Lager
    • Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen
    • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager
    • Beer Flight

     

    Cider House  (returning from 2016 UK pavilion)

     

    Food

    • Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Branston Dressing with Pears
    • House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare
    • Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries (V) (GF)

     

    Beverages

    • McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, West Seneca, NY
    • Caribe Blood Orange Tropical Hard Cider, Florida Beer Company, Cape Canaveral, FL
    • Ciderboys Strawberry Magic Hard Strawberry Cider, Wisconsin
    • Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, California (Non-alcoholic)

     

     

    Florida Fresh  (returning from 2016)

    Food

    • Carne Asada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
    • Shrimp and Stone-ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn , Tomatoes and Cilantro (GF)
    • Florida Larder Board: Orlando-made Ricotta Cheese, Cahaba Farms Micro Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic, Country Pâté and House-made Pickles
    • Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue

    Beverages

    • Key Lime Sparkling Wine, Florida Orange Groves Winery, St Petersburg, FL
    • Quat Seasonal Fruit Ale, Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Tampa, FL
    • Mirth and Merriment Golden Ale, Barley Mow Brewing Company, Largo FL
    • Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale, Florida Beer Company, Cape Canaveral, FL
    • Beer Flight
    • Watermelon Cucumber Slush with Tamiami Florida Gin
    • Watermelon Cucumber Slush (Non-alcoholic)
    • Fresh-Squeezed Watermelon Juice (Non-alcoholic)

     

    Fleur de Lys (returning from 2016 France pavilion)

     

    Food

    • Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne: Alsatian Onion Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust (V)
    • Poulet aux Écrevisses, Riz Pilaf: Baked Chicken with Crawfish served with Rice Pilaf
    • Macaron Chocolat Framboise: Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam (GF)

     

    Beverages

    • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush: Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liquor, White and Red Cranberry Juice
    • Kir Pomegranate, Sparkling Wine, Pama Pomegranate Liquor
    • Brut de Pêche, Natural Peach Sparkling Wine
    • Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blend, C’est La Vie
    • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664: Fruity White Beer with Citrus Notes

     

     

    Hanami (returning from 2016 Japan pavilion)

    Food

    • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream on the side (V)
    • Ahi Tuna Poke Sesame Ginger
    • Beef Teriyaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger

    Beverages

    • Sapporo Draft Beer
    • Kirin Draft Beer
    • Matcha (Green Tea) Sake Cocktail
    • Amabuki Kurenai Junmai Sake
    • Ozeki Shin Junmai Sake
    • Dasani Water

     

    Jardin de Fiestas (returning from 2016 Mexico Pavilion)

     

    Food

    • Chile Relleno de Picadillo: Battered Poblano Pepper filled with Ground Beef covered with Tomato Sauce and Garnished with Queso Fresco and Toasted Almonds
    • Brocheta de Pollo con Salsa Morita: Grilled Chicken with Red and Green Bell Pepper served with Salsa Chile Morita and Garnished with Micro-Cilantro and Edible Flowers
    • Tres Leches: Vanilla Sponge Cake, Cajeta, Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk and Garnished with Orange Zest

    Beverages

    • Hibiscus Margarita
    • Elderflower Pineapple Margarita
    • Watermelon White Sangria
    • Pacifico Draft Beer with Kahlua Floater
    • Dasani Water

     

    La Isla Fresca (returning from 2016 Showcase Plaza)

    Food

    • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
    • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce
    • Caribbean Conch Salad with Avocado, Mango and Onions
    • FlanCocho: Vanilla Caramel Custard with Chocolate Coffee Cake (V)

     

    Beverages

    • Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager
    • Frozen Simply Tropical™ Juice Drink with Cruzan Mango Rum
    • Frozen Simply Tropical Juice Drink (Non-alcoholic)

     

    Lotus House (returning from 2016 China pavilion)

    Food

    • Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wrap
    • Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries (V)
    • Vegetable Spring Rolls (V)

     

    Beverages

    • Oolong Peach Bubble Tea
    • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice
    • Dragon Pearl: Beer, Honey, Cream and Tapioca Pearls
    • S.G: A cooler of Mango Wine, Strawberry and Ginger Ale
    • Plum Wine Cooler
    • Tsingtao Beer
    • Dasani Bottled Water

     

    Northern Bloom   (new this year  Canada pavilion)

    Food

    • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple wood Smoked Bacon (GF)
    • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables
    • Naomi Bar Trifle

     

    Beverages

    • Maple Shake (Non-alcoholic)
    • Maple Shake with Crown Royal
    • Unibroue Maudite
    • Unibroue a Tout Le Monde
    • Unibroue Ephermere

     

     Pineapple Promenade (returning from 2016 Showcase Plaza)

    Food

    • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips
    • Pineapple Soft-Serve (V)

     

    Beverages

    • Sparkling Pineapple Wine, Florida Orange Groves Winery, St. Petersburg, FL
    • Pineapple Mana, Maui Brewing Company, Hawaii
    • Pineapple Soft-Serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
    • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (Non-alcoholic)

     

    Primavera Kitchen  (returning from 2016 Italy pavilion)

    Food

    • Antipasto Misto: Cerignola Olives, Sweet Soppressata and Salami, Ovolini, Mozzarella, Sweet Roasted Peppers and Ciabatta Bread
    • Meatball Parmigiana: Hand-made Beef and Veal Meatballs, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmigiana and Fresh Basil
    • Strawberry Tiramisu: Ladyfingers, Mascarpone Cream and Marinated Strawberries topped with Strawberry Sauce (DDP)

    Beverages

    • Pinot Grigio
    • Chianti
    • Prosecco
    • Corbinello
    • Moscato
    • Bellini Sparkling Wine and Peach purée
    • Rossini Sparkling Wine and Marinated strawberries
    • Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
    • Moretti Lager
    • Moretti La Rossa
    • Dasani Water

     

    Taste of Marrakesh  (returning from 2016 Morocco pavilion)

    Food

    • Merguez “Hot Dog” Sausage: Spicy Beef and Lamb with Satueed Onions and Green Peppers
    • Home-Made Falafel with Pickled Beet and Turnip, Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce
    • Baklava (V)

     

    Beverages

    • Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur
    • White Sangria
    • Guerrouane Red Wine
    • Casa Beer
    • Dasani Water

     

    The Berry Basket   (new this year)

    Food

    • Lamb chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique
    • Field Greens with fresh Strawberries, Blue Cheese, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spice Pecans (V)
    • Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepperberry Sorbet/Ice Cream (V)

     

    Beverage

    • Founders Raubeaus Pure Raspberry Ale
    • Island Grove Blueberry Moscato
    • Twinings Berry Cocktail

     

    THE SMOKEHOUSE  (returning from 2016 The American Adventure)

    Food

    • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw and Crispy Onions
    • Smoked Pork Ribs with Black Bean and Corn Salad (GF)
    • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños
    • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (V)

     

    Beverage

    • Zen of Zin Old Vine, California
    • Orange Blossom Pilsner, Orlando, FL
    • 3 Daughters Phantasmas IPA, St. Petersburg, FL
    • Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL
    • Beer Flight
    • Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine
    • Frozen Lemonade (Non-alcoholic)

     

    Urban Farm Eats  (returning from 2016 Showcase Plaza)

    Food

    • Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Gourmet Farms Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction (GF) (V)
    • Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragoût, Spring Vegetables and Fingerling Potatoes
    • Crabless Cake with Crispy Vegetable Slaw, Lemon Vinaigrette and Old Bay Remoulade (V)

     

    Beverages

    • Avivé Natural Peach Sparkling Wine, France
    • King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir, Oregon
    • Wildflower Pale Ale, Forbidden Root Brewery, Chicago, IL
    • Urban Mary

     

    How does one choose?!?    I say take your time, enjoy the scenery and get a little something from each kiosk.  Be adventurous and take some chances.  With the prices ranging from $3 to $8 it is a great opportunity to try something new, like the seared scallop at Northern Bloom, or maybe an old favorite like the pulled pork slider from the Smokehouse.   No doubt you will fall in love with something as Spring fills the air at The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

     

    In my next post we will be looking at what our official coffee  Joffrey’s has to offer at this year’s festival:  Stay Tuned!

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    Morimoto Street Food

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    As I long for the warm weather and my mind keeps drifting back to Walt Disney World (I know shocking).  I wanted to share some thoughts on Morimoto Street Food in Disney Springs.  Tucked in right next to Morimoto Asia, this little gem packs all the excitement and adventure of Morimotos but in a more relaxed way (for less money of course).

    So what is Street Food Anyways???

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    With plenty of seating outside to enjoy the beauty of the newly imagined Disney springs, this spot is perfect to just sit back, relax, and get some great food.

     

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    The crystal clear water is so peaceful while eating
    Now lets look at the menu.

    At quick glance, I was excited to try the Bao Tacos that I heard so much about and I had to be adventurous and get the takoyaki.   With the great prices I suggest try something new and different.  Its not going to ‘break the bank’ even if you don’t like it.  You’ve got to wash it all down with the Singapore slush.

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    The Verdict:  Delicious! I got the Kalbi Bao Tacos; short rib, kimchi, scallions on a soft steamed bun.  It was fresh and flavorful.  Some people are not kimchi fans, for those people I can say this kimchi was not over-bearing.  It was just right and added a depth of flavor with the perfectly cooked short ribs.  So what about the tokoyaki (octopus)?  This scared me a bit, but as I said, had to be adventurous.  The flavor was quite good but the texture was a little softer than I expected.  It wasn’t bad at all…just different, I was expecting a harder fritter.   Finally, the Singapore Slush, on a warm Florida day this hit the spot perfectly!

    One of the best things about the newly imagined Disney Springs are all the new and different food offerings.  Morimoto Street Food didn’t disappoint, it hit the spot and it was adventurous, but not crazy adventurous…it was just right.  The quality of the food, the price, the choices, the view, all add to a great meal. So the next time you are down in the Springs, make sure you check out Morimotos Street Food, you won’t be sorry.

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    Joffrey’s News

    Great News from Joffrey’s in the newsletter this month!

    Lets see what’s brewing…

    BREW-TASTIC NEWS JANUARY 2017

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    Resolutions, resolutions.  Whatever your plans for success this year, we hope we are a tasty part of your day.  Below please find our latest seasonal coffee, tea and limited time beverages that your fans will love to hear about.  As always, thanks for spreading the Joffrey’s love.

     

    NEW!  ANNUAL PASSHOLDERS RECEIVE 20% OFF AT JOFFREY’S KIOSKS:  Beginning January 1, 2017, Joffrey’s will offer Annual Passholders a 20% discount on food and beverages, excluding alcohol. Just show your season pass when paying.

     

    NEW! SIGNATURE BEVERAGES AT THE JOFFREY’S KIOSKS IN WALT DISNEY WORLD (January 14-February 20):

     

    Cupid’s Kiss Latte:    You won’t forget your first kiss, a rich espresso shot blended with caramel & coconut syrups, dark chocolate and creamy steamed milk.

     

    Valentine’s White Mocha:   A dreamy blend of rich espresso, white chocolate syrup, raspberry and creamy steamed milk.

     

    Amore Cocoa Latte:   Fall in love with our rich espresso flavored with dark chocolate sauce, light coconut syrup and creamy steamed milk.

     

    All available Hot or over ice.  Make it spirited by adding a shot of Bailey’s Irish Crème, Grey Goose Vodka, Kahlua or Jameson Irish Whisky!

     

     

    NEW!  DISNEY PARKS & RESORTS SPECIALTY COFFEE K-CUPS®– available end January:

    Soon at select deluxe hotels you will find Joffrey’s French Roast Specialty Coffee K-cups in room.  Easy to brew and memorable tastes await.  Once available they will be available for home ordering at Joffreys.com

     

    TASTING NOTES:   a blend of our 100% Specialty Grade Arabica Beans dark roasted to a brown so deep it borders on black. Robustly aromatic with hints of caramel and chocolate with a beautifully smoky finish that delightfully lingers.

     

    BIG NEWS COMING to MAGIC KINGDOM:  please stay tuned as we unveil exciting offerings at the Magic Kingdom Park

     

    VALENTINES FLAVORS OF LOVE GIFT SET:  Available at the end of January, Joffrey’s will offer a great gift set that includes a 1-lb bag of our best selling flavored coffee and 7oz bag of chocolate covered espresso beans all tucked into a cute red gift box.  Set will include Angels Kiss Coffee, Sinful Delight Coffee or Le Cellier Coffee and chocolate espresso bean bundles. Find it at http://www.joffreys.com/gifts-accessories

     

    JOFFREY’S LOCATIONS LOCATOR Want to find all the places Joffrey’s is served at the Disney Parks & Resorts, use this handy online locator:  http://www.joffreys.com/disney-locations.aspx

     

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    The Disney Planner. Random Thoughts on Preparing for a Trip to Disney.

    Welcome to a series of articles I will be writing about prepping for a trip to WDW. This series is just a jumper of ideas that pop into my head when traveling to WDW. In preparing for a runDisney trip on January 6, I have already started packing while folding this morning’s batch of laundry.

    So with that, I present to you my random thoughts on packing for WDW:

    1: Take a Picture of your checked luggage:

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    This might seem strange since you know what bag you are taking, but go with me here.  Twice Magical Express has sent my bag home on an earlier flight. I waited and waited, yet no bag dropped. When I went to the airline baggage office I was asked what my bag looked like. I showed them the picture along with the claim check. It turned out my bag was in one of their closets. The lady helping me said she wished everyone would take a picture of their bag because  seeing the picture of my luggage tag helped her find the bag faster.  In this case it was the best thing I could have done for myself.

     

    2: Pack singles in your carry-on and wallet:

    In this world of apple pay, credit card points, and debit cards, cash is not used as much. I for one hardly use cash anymore and, as a result I have been in the embarrassing situation of not being able to tip the Magical Express driver , valet driver, or the bell man. Putting singles on your packing list will help avoid such embarrassing situations.

    3: The best way to save space while packing, the Skivvy Roll:

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    This one is just practical. Who wants to risk breaking a zipper on their luggage due to over packing? This will clear up space in the long run. Refer to the direction here to learn how to make a Skivvy Roll. Also here’s a video.

    Well that’s it for now. Do you have any travel tips? Let me know in the comments below.