Mini Bucket List of Tasty Treats

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One thing I love to do when planning my next Walt Disney World vacation is to come up with a list of all of the different food and drinks I would like to try on our next trip. It very rarely happens that I can cross them all off and some stay on my list over the course of several trips. There are just so many food locations and so many interesting choices that it seems impossible to try them all. And sometimes it doesn’t always quite make it into our plan or budget. I listen to a lot of different podcasts from week to week, I read a lot of different Disney related blogs, and any time someone mentions a new or interesting food, drink or experience, I immediately plug it into my notes app on my phone. Call it my mini bucket list if you will. My mini bucket list of tasty treats.

It is things like this that help me keep the dream alive while I sit here not so patiently waiting for my next vacation. *sigh*

-Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow: Truth be told, I just need to visit Sleepy Hollow in general. In fact, I am ashamed to call myself a Walt Disney World fan when I have never even stopped here. Those waffle sandwiches are calling my name too!
-Lapu Lapu at the Tambu Lounge: My friends at the Enchanted Tiki Talk podcast talk about this drink all the time, and I want to know and understand what they are talking about. I want to feel like we are still friends and that I can hang! Now with the addition of Trader Sams, I need to make the Polynesian a priority.
-Truffle Mac n Cheese Hot Dog at Fairfax Fare: Truffle was all I really needed to hear in order to be convinced. It seems I’m always searching to find something good to eat while at the Studios. I plan to give this bad boy a try!
-Sugar Cane Mojito at Dawa Bar: Safari Mike from Jambo Everyone is a big fan. And I’m a big fan of him, so I would imagine I will be a big fan of this. That is, if I can bring myself to not order my signature drink, the margarita!
-Cronut at the Refreshment Port: Located right as you enter the World Showcase in Epcot and head towards Canada, I have always just walked past this place completely oblivious. Then I hear all these rave reviews about this croissant donut, or what they call the cronut. I will not walk past this place again, I can promise you that.
-School Bread at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe: I don’t even like coconut but I am probably going to need to get this. Because apparently you aren’t a Disney fan unless you’ve tried School Bread.
-Roasted Pork Shank at Gaston’s Tavern: It’s been too busy inside Gaston’s Tavern the last few times we have been by there. But the pork shank has been on my list for a long time.
-Tamarind Margarita at La Cava: La Cava is pretty much my favorite place in Epcot and I’ve experienced maybe one too many margaritas there. But my love of the Blood Orange margarita makes me think I might also love this one.

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When in France…drink champagne!

-Cream Cheese Pretzel at Fife and Drum: A pretzel…with cream cheese…sounds like my kind of snack.
-Sliced Beef Brisket at Tortuga Tavern: This menu is completely new as of like yesterday and if Tortuga Tavern is open on our next trip, this will be our lunch destination for sure!

Are any of these items on your mini bucket list of tasty treats to try?

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Do you want to be a Travel Agent?

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From my earliest memories, I loved to travel. It didn’t matter if it was a day excursion or an 10 night dream trip. I wanted to see my Downtown Disney entrance sign, Mickey Mouse Disney, Mickey Mouse Disney sign, Disney, Mickey Mouseworld, my country, my state and my town. That passion for travel brought me to opening my own agency. I know that there are many people that have this same dream and I would like to help make their dreams come true as well. Before becoming a travel agent, I worked at the The Disney Store on the management team. My favorite part was training new cast members and always being able to learn something new. That is the foundation of Magical Vacations by Me. It’s about having a support system to help you realize your dreams. Whether you are a new agent or someone that has been in the industry for awhile, please read the article below and email the answers to the questions below to frances@magicalvacationsbyme.com

As an independent contractor with Magical Vacations by Me, LLC,  you’ll set your own schedule while booking travel for clients and receiving commission on that client’s travels. You’ll be running your own home business via Internet, phone, and in-person and could enjoy tax benefits – please speak with your tax adviser. This is a 100% commission position. There is no base salary or company provided health insurance.

There are no hidden fees with Magical Vacations by Me. You can expect to pay normal business expenses such as document mailing costs, business cards, office supplies, travel expenses, continuing education, etc. There is a one time on boarding fee of $150 that you can receive $100 back once you have met a $15,000 sales goal within 9 months on contract. No yearly or monthly sales fees.

You would work under Magical Vacations by Me’s industry ID. You would be able to book vacations for trips all around the world, if you so choose. You aren’t limited to just Disney.

Polynesian Resort, Polynesian Resort food, Plynesian resort restaurantsMYTH: Being a Travel Specialist will be soooo easy! All you do is punch in a couple of keys on the computer and it’s done!

It’s a lot of hard work with great rewards but you must put forth the effort. You will have to learn to balance your home life and your clients. Clients don’t always want to talk when it’s convenient to you. You only get paid AFTER your client has traveled and AFTER MVbM has received payment from the vendor. This means that you put forth a lot of work before you get paid. There is also a chance that you may work hard and the client books direct with Disney, with another agent or they may decide not to go.

You must also be in the US legally and fill out a W9 form for tax purposes.

If you application is accepted:

1. There is a $150 on boarding fee that you will receive $100 back when you have $15,000 in confirmed sales within the first 9 months on contract.

2. You must complete the Disney College of Knowledge and basic travel education within a timely manner.

3. Submit three referrals for vacations

4. Begin making dreams come true.

Please answer the following questions and email your responses to frances@magicalvacationsbyme.com

1. Full Legal Name

2. Mailing Address

3. Best Contact phone number and times to contact

4. Are you able to give full time hours (32 + hours per week) or Part Time (up to 20 hours per week)?

5. Are you currently employed? If so, where?

6. Would you be willing to submit to a back ground check?

7. Are you active on social media? If so, where? (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

8. Do you have your own blog or one that you write for? If so, what is it?

9. Please list all Disney Destinations that you have experienced and the dates that you experienced them.

10. Please list any other travel partners that you may have experienced (Sandals, Royal Caribbean, Universal Resorts, Sea World etc.).

11. Please tell us about your favorite Disney experience.

12. Where will you find your clients? (The ball field, church, social media etc. )

13. Why do you think you would make a great Magical Vacations by Me travel specialist?

14. Do you have any previous experience in the travel industry?

I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

 

 

EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival… is it worth the trip?

The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is September 28-November 12, 2012 and is one of the largest festivals held at EPCOT. There are nearly 30 international food & beverage stands that Disney calls Marketplaces. You will be able to try foods from Tapas to Kabobs to anything in Mama Melroses' Ristorante Italiano, Mama Melroses', Disney's Mama Melroses menu, Mama Melroses' prices, Mama Melroses reservationsbetween. The real question is if it’s worth traveling to EPCOT to gorge yourself on food that you may or may not like. The answer is YES!My husband is a self proclaimed “foody” and has a stomach made from steel. I like what I like and usually don’t venture too far from the “usual”. He wanted to try something from every marketplace so off we go. He ate Shrimp on the Barbie with a Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze to Prosecco Zardetto. He then turned to me and let me have a bite or two if he thought that I would like it. I did find a few new favorites that I would have never been able to experience. We were on the Deluxe Dining Plan which gave us two snack credits per person per night of our stay. That allowed us to try everything that we wanted and we only used our snack credits. The dining plan made it easy for us.

Free Dining is available during most dates of the Festival. Value resorts receive free Quick Service Dining Plans. Moderate & Deluxe resort guests

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receive free PLUS Dining. You can upgrade any dining plan for a fee. This special offer is for arrivals most nights Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, Oct. 19 – Nov. 1, Nov. 9-15, Nov. 23-29 and Dec. 10-20, 2012. Space is limited and subject to availability. Please contact our travel partner for more information: Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys.

A Mouse Kateerz Fan, Ellen Conner, sent us the menus from the Food & Wine Festival from 2011 and wanted us to share them with you.

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