If you've ever wondered why Disney Employees are called Cast Members, it's because everything at Disney is a show. From the obvious, like Beauty and the Beast Live, or the Disney Jr. Dance Party, to the not so obvious, at Sir Mickey's or World of Disney stores, the custodians, chefs and animal caretakers. Walt Disney wanted to make sure that everyone knew that they were important in helping to create the show (I guess like the saying no small parts, only small actors) so everyone was a Cast Member. Additionally, since he preferred to be called Walt, instead of Mr. Disney, all Cast Member name badges are also first names.
In front of Disney's guests, the term onstage is used. The behind the scenes is called backstage, but onstage or off, everyone helps create amazing memories at what's truly, the happiest places on earth.
You guys know how much we love making Disney recipes, or copycatting them! Our Tie Dye Cheesecake from Pop Century was a hit, and so were the Banana Split Cupcakes! We've had a few flops along the way, but I'm always up for a Disney recipe! Especially since often, it's the only way my youngest can have a safe Disney dessert with his food allergies.
Like so many of you I'm sure, the last few months have been filled with baking. Father's Day weekend we decided to make Mr. Disney Magic a batch of cookies from his dream Disney Resort. We've never been there, that's a one day maybe kinda price for us, but we can still enjoy the cookies, right?
These were the most unusual cookies I've ever made. They didn't call for granulated sugar. Weird, right? We whipped up a batch of these to see how they compare to our usual recipe. The house was divided...my youngest and I said eh, but Mr. Disney Magic and my oldest loved them.
Want to try for yourself? I prefer a big, chewy cookie myself.
The dough mixed up easily, it was very airy. That's what made me nervous. It was a beautiful, soft dough.
I scooped it onto trays with my usual tablespoon cookie scoop. I wasn't sure how much these would spread, so I didn't crowd the pan, and did 9, instead of my usual 12, because the Disney picture they looked thin and huge.
They didn't take long to cook, but you can see...the cookies did not spread at all! I know I didn't have too much flour, because I very carefully measured.
Next batch, I pressed the cookies down, flattening slightly. It made no difference. The taste was there, but these cookies were more airy, light in your mouth, instead of a dense, chewey cookie.
Overall, these weren't bad. Would I gift them? Probably not. I do plan to try these again, substituting half of the powdered sugar for granulated, and see if that helps with the spread, and the chewiness.
When you got your Disney masks in, if they were a little snug for you we've got great news! Disney is making an XL size. Designed for those who the Large didn't quite fit, this might be your chance to wear your favorite designs more comfortably!
Preorders are happening now, at ShopDisney.
Not sure what size you need? There's a chart to measure with. We LOVE our masks, you can read about that here, however, the Large didn't fit Mr. Disney, so it will be great he can have these.
Anyone in your house like to play Fortnite? Whether that's you or not, you like Disney, that's why you are here! Did you know that Fortnite and Disney are actually similar in ways? Here's eleven ways they are like each other. I bet you smile at at least once!!
And for those of you with a Fortnite obsessed teenager who doesn't want to leave the XBOX behind to go on a family vacation, challenge them to find their own similarities between the game and your destination!
1. It's impossible to visit every location in one drop
Disney Parks are tough to do in just one day. Just like a drop in Fortnite, the round is over before you've had a chance to visit every location. The attractions, shows, shops and restaurants are just too plentiful, same as there's too many chests to loot and named locations to stop at in a single round.
2. Just like in squads, no one can agree where to go first
Am I right? It's Slinky Dog Dash for Jim, Rockin' Coaster for Bob, Jill wants to hit Toy Story Mania and Jess is determined to be the first one one Star Tours. That's the same in Squads. How many times have you given in and done the drop where you didn't want to? Or just headed out on your own? There's just no pleasing everyone!
3. It's way too easy to spend your money
There's always a new shiny bauble so spend your hard earned money on at both Disney and Fortnite! Whether it's a new shirt, mug or lightsaber, purse, snacks or pressed pennies,
you just want it all. Like those new skins and back blings, that wrap and emote and ohhh look at that new dance...!
4. It takes a long time to walk anywhere
Unless you've got a little motorized help or mom or dad pushing a stroller, the walk from one end of the map to the other isn't easy at all, no matter if you are in Magic Kingdom or Fornite. Whew. Gotta stop for a second. Too. Much. Walking. But, both Fastpasse Times and The Storm don't care, do they?
5. You reminisce about the places that aren't there anymore
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride! Maelstrom! Moisty Mire! Tilted Towers! Ahh the good old days. Those whipper snappers now days don't know what they missed.
6. Wherever you want to go, there's a crowd
Want to ride Expedition Everest or Space Mountain or Seven Dwarves Mine Train? Be prepared for a crowd! It's a lot like when you suddenly have eight squads descend out of no where at The Authority or Misty Meadows. If you stick around, it might not be pretty.
7. Storms move in, like it or not
It doesn't matter if you are a half mile away from your next ride, or right in the middle of some sweet looting. Storm's going to happen when Storm wants. It doesn't care about you. So always pack a poncho and grab some chug splashes.
8. There are endless Youtube videos of others having fun
Can't be there in person? Or want to learn some tips? Youtube is the place for both Disney fans and Fortnite fans. There's no end to the videos out there, but, like all videos, not all are rated G or PG, so be careful letting little kids have free reign.
9. Solo, duo, squad or team, there's always a good time to be had
Anytime is a good time at Disney, right? Same with Fortnite. If you go alone or in a group, you're going to have a great time. You wouldn't be there if you didn't!
10. Every time is different from the last
You might visit the same areas in the same order but that doesn't mean you're going to have the same experiences, or the same loot. Every time is different and that's part of what makes it fun. There's always someone or something new to see.
So what do you think? What similarities do you see between Disney and Fortnite? Can we find enough for a part two?
With grocery prices on the rise, this article caught my eye. It states that we throw away 16% of the money we've spend on food, because it doesn't get eaten. Wow.
Know what, I'm guilty of that, for sure. But, and those are 2016's numbers, not 2020's which are higher, but can you imagine how many hundreds that adds up to? the article says almost $700...and that was four years ago.
So what would $700 or more, look like in your vacation fund? How many days of a hotel is that? How many park tickets? How many restaurants meals or souvenirs could you buy for that $700?
2020 has been full of insecurity for so many. I know I've lost a gig job, and then substitute teaching, and depending on how school resume, I might not even be able to do that this fall, if the children are learning from home, or on different school/home schedules. It's scary for sure, especially thinking about our budget and how that money was always our vacation and extra expenses money.
So what's the plan? How are we all NOT going to just throw out $700 or more?
We could: (Click the underlined words to visit blog articles about that topic)
* Re purpose food before we throw it out -- that's how Doritos were made, after all!
* Make a little less or be more diligent about eating leftovers
* Dine out less, and make copycat restaurant meals from home - there are tons!
* Use a Disney plan when we go on day trips anywhere and bring our own snacks and drinks
I bet you've got more ideas too! Hop over to our Facebook page and share them!