If you’ve been to Epcot in Walt Disney World, you’ve probably stopped in at Club Cool, a Coca Cola store and soda sample spot. At Club Cool, you can taste “flavors around the world” for free as well as buy Coca Cola merchandise and coke slushies. With Epcot’s renovations scheduled later this year, Club Cool may be changing so we wanted to document one of our favorite spots before it does.
My husband has always loved Club Cool and loves popping in there for a quick, sweet taste. So I did a Father’s Day photo session here at Club Cool with my husband and daughter for the “Best Pop Ever.”
If you’ve tried all of these flavors before, you’ll know all about the “Beverly Face” so be sure to check out Elodie’s Beverly Face! Haha
Have you been to Club Cool? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
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Earlier this month Erin Mckenna’s Bakery at Disney Springs started serving vegan ice cream again just in time for these hot summer months. And it tastes like Disney magic!
Erin Mckenna’s Bakery is an all vegan, gluten free, soy free and kosher bakery based out of New York City with a location in Disney Springs. This is a hot spot for those eating a plant based diet and also for families that have food allergies. They offer a variety of bakery items such as coffee cakes, tea cakes (the raspberry chocolate is amazing), cupcakes, brownies, bagels, eclairs and more.
Recently, they started offering hand scooped ice cream. It is perfectly creamy and delicious! I have tried the vanilla with salted caramel in a cup and the ice cream cookie sandwich with both vanilla and chocolate ice creams. My favorite so far has been the vanilla ice cream cookie sandwich. The ice cream with salted caramel topping was also really flavorful and creamy.
When I used to go to Disney World with my family as a child, my mom and I would eat a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich together on Main Street from the Main Street Ice Cream Shop. It’s a special memory enjoying a special treat by the castle with family. This ice cream sandwich tasted just like my childhood memory of ice cream sandwiches on Main Street. Let’s hope they start offering this option in more locations like inside the parks! (Fingers crossed.)
Here’s the “scoop” on their current ice cream situation as this is written on June 15, 2019:
The ice cream is hand-scooped and coconut based (ingredient list for vanilla below)
You can get scooped ice cream in Small, Medium or Large cups
They have toppings available to make it a sundae
Both chocolate and vanilla flavors are currently available
They do sell out occasionally, so it may be best to check before going
Pricing list in photos below
I hope you’re able to try this “nice cream” and love it as much as I do!
And then be sure to enjoy your time at Disney Springs as well. Disney Springs is an outdoor shopping mall where it’s free to go and free to park! There are many restaurants and fun shops to check out. There is often live entertainment, usually in the evenings. You’ll even find some fun photo opportunities here!
Lastly, a couple money saving tips: 1. A cup and a cookie or brownie bite ordered separately would be less expensive than a cookie sandwich. 2. If you’re a Disney Annual Passholder, remember to ask for your discount!
This is the reason a majority of our daily adventures are captured with an iPhone. It’s rarely practical to carry around a camera all day. But I do regularly bring my camera with me, especially for short adventures.
Today, I brought my professional camera to Animal Kingdom and was able to capture some of these special memories of my daughter in high quality images. I love the way I’m able to capture more of what I see and feel when I bring out my camera.
Elodie did amazing today. She sat through a long design appointment and barely complained at all. So we wanted to give her lots of space to play and run around while also having some fun family time. She had a magical evening playing throughout Animal Kingdom. And I was able to find a good amount of time to play along and some time to capture the moment through photography as well.
If you have a camera, how do you find the balance between capturing your family’s memories and carrying around equipment? Leave a comment here letting me know.
Misty puddle jumping
Gorilla Falls Waterfall Dancing
She remembered Pocahontas giving her a leaf here and found one and did some leaf dancing herself
Recently we went to Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World. This was a part of an Annual Passholder Event where the park was open just for the special event.
Babywearing in a Water Carrier
I had not been to a Disney Water Park since I was a teenager and was really curious how we would like it as a family and if we would want to upgrade our Annual Passes to include the water park as a family with an almost two year old.
What I loved about Typhoon Lagoon was that it definitely has the Disney feel to it. It is an extremely clean and well organized water park. I felt safe and comfortable the whole time.
There are several age appropriate activities for toddlers. The large wave pool has a beach style entry where my daughter could walk in on her own and happily played for hours. She loved the big wave and she had a whole system down by the end of the night. There is also a lazy river and splash pad area perfect for younger children as well. I would not hesitate at all to bring a family with young children here.
Typhoon Lagoon Wave Pool
There are also plenty of big slides and rides for the older kids too. I’ve been told that the waits are usually pretty reasonable for these as well.
Typhoon Lagoon Rides
We were able to enjoy a plant based dinner at the quick service Leaning Palms. There is an entire plant based menu with several options as well as an allergy friendly menu. I enjoyed the plant based rice bowl which was both vegan and gluten free. My husband and daughter enjoyed the Impossible burger and Beyond brat sandwich.
Plant Based Rice Bowl (Gluten Free)
Beyond Plant Based Brat
Impossible Plant Based Burger + Fries
There are snacks like popcorn and pretzels as well. There’s plenty to choose from here for a plant based family.
Overall, we had a blast and would happily go play here any time. We decided for our family, we won’t upgrade our passes to include the Disney Water Parks for now but only because we have so many other resort style pools available to us within about the same driving distance. I would absolutely recommend to any family with young children wanting to visit Typhoon Lagoon to do so whether it’s a whole summer cool off plan or just for one day!
If you choose to go, I recommend having a plan for your belongings. We did not really have a great plan and the locker area was extremely busy. It may be best to go with just the bare minimum like towels and a room a Magic Band. Otherwise, I’d plan on getting a locker if you’ll be there for the day.
The large wave pool was definitely the highlight for our family. Our daughter refused to get out the entire time. Plus, it really is neat to watch! Check out the video of Typhoon Lagoon below:
Have you been to Typhoon Lagoon? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
This year, Disney on Ice just announced they will have a new show which sounds equally as amazing: Disney on Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Who doesn’t love a good road trip adventure?! Read on below for more information from Disney on Ice.
Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments. Featuring new and classic tales, this a multi-generational experience visits Orlando from September 6-8, 2019 for six performances at Amway Center. Tickets go on sale May 21.
Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters. Travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti. Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys when guests traverse through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. Discover a whole new world and be swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine that will render the audience “Speechless.” Mosey on over to a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky. Fans will hit a high note with Mickey and pals during the Disney edition of Road Trip Karaoke as they introduce Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana. Families should be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction as Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures makes a pitstop right in Orlando!
Orlando Show Times: Friday, September 6, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 7, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, September 8, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Venue: Amway Center, 400 W. Church Street #200, Orlando, FL 32801
For group rates and information, reach out to 866-248-8740. Stay current on the latest developments through social media:
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #RoadTripAdventures
*Note, some photos and information on this post have been provided by Feld Entertainment.
Check out this video of Mickey, Minnie and all of their friends from last year:
For our two family vacations in 2015 and 2016 (when we were foster parents) and since my daughter was born in 2017, we have been babywearing at Walt Disney World. A few months ago, we were stopped at Peter Pan’s Flight when we were in our Tula and told we could not have our 1.5 year old in the Tula baby carrier. We asked to speak to a manager and were told it was the policy that babywearing was not allowed.
Honestly, I was shocked. In 4 years and probably a thousand times riding rides while babywearing with the understanding that the policy was that we could babywear on any ride any ride without a height restriction, I expected the manager to say that the cast member was mistaken and we would be able to proceed. But the manager stated firmly it was the policy for several years.
After emailing Guest Services asking for an official policy and receiving an even more confusing answer at first, I spoke with a gentleman on the phone who the confirmed their policy by email:
The new policy is that generally, “boat rides” like Pirates of the Caribbean and It’s a Small World you can use “forward facing” carriers on the front. On all rides with a lap bar, the child must be sitting facing forward not in a carrier. I was told that Cast Members may have additional discretion at the rides and accommodations may be made for special needs, but this is not clear.
As far as I know, there is no official policy stated anywhere and when I’ve been by myself since then I haven’t been asked to take my daughter out of the carrier. We cannot use a forward facing carrier due to her age/size and do not actually even own one.
Have you experienced this babywearing policy at Walt Disney World? I would love to hear your experiences and thoughts below.