May 24, 2013

Weekend at Disney and the Food Blog Forum Conference

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida Left to right: Rachel, Gina, Megan, Meagan, Carla, Erin, Julie, Me, Jenny, Katrina, Tina and Sommer.

Last weekend was such a wonderful whirlwind of friends, blogging, food, and fun at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando Florida. I had not been to Disney since 5th grade, so it was so fun experiencing the magic all over again! I’d love to go back with Kevin sometime soon when we have more time to ride rides. :) This weekend I was there attending the Food Blog Forum blogging conference with these sweet girls pictured above — plus oh, about 100 more, lol! :) I always say this, but if you have ever considered going to a blogging conference, jump right in and go! They are filled with fun everywhere you turn. :)

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

You know the first thing we had to do was check out the cupcake situation! :) I met up with Julie, Rachel, Katrina, and Erin for the first of many Disney Dessert parties. :) I loved this S’mores cupcake and the Pina Colada cupcake in the back. Although I think the other girls were totally digging the apple crumb bread in the back! :)

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida Clockwise from top left: Rachel, Katrina, Julie, me, Sommer.

Next we walked over to Disney’s Polynesian Resort for pineapple Dole Whips! They have a self-serve machine right in the lobby, you know we couldn’t pass that up! :)

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Snort! Yes, the two perfectly styled ice creams on the right belong to Sommer and Julie. Let’s not talk about that one of the left, lol. Not sure who made that masterpiece. ;) Thank you Julie for documenting my ice cream serving skills, lol!

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida Back Row left to right: Aggie, Sommer, Katrina, Megan, Rachel, Erin, Gina, Carla, Audra, Julie
Front Row left to right: Meagan, Jenny, Tina, me

After everyone arrived we had a quick meet and greet with all the bloggers, then it was time to hit the park! :) Thank you to Audra for this fun photo! :)

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

We got to the Magic Kingdom right at sunset. We rode Space Mountain! Somehow it got much scarier since I rode it in 5th grade, lol! My legs were wobbly the rest of the night. :)

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

The next morning: Ready for a full day of conference fun with Julie and Jenny! :)

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

How cute are these little Disney cake pops? :)

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

For lunch Disney showered us with delicious desserts designed just for us. Loved the Mike and Sully cupcakes!! Loved the Minnie cupcake as well. That is such a fun, easy idea!

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

That night for dinner Jenny and I headed to Epcot. I have always wanted to taste-test my way through the World Showcase! :)

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Passed by the Monsters U topiary! Can’t wait for this movie to come out. :)

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Our first stop was Germany! The line was out the door for the Werther’s Caramel Kitchen, so we knew we had to get in it. :) We got a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip caramel cookie, a double fudge caramel cookie, and a dark chocolate sea salt caramel. You may not know this about me, but dark chocolate sea salt caramels are one of my favorite treats ever. I would love a box of these for Valentine’s Day. ;) I always have to try one whenever I see one at a new place! :) These treats totally reminded me of Erin and our Berlin Bakery Tour. :)

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Next stop, Italy!! :) There was a cute gelato cart selling these Chocolate Chip Cookie gelato sandwiches with Cookies ‘n Cream gelato. So yummy!

The French Bakery was another favorite! I don’t know what it is, but I am totally digging lemon and lime treats right now. Loved this lemon meringue tart. The raspberry lime macaron was my favorite! Totally wish I had another one of these right now!

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Okay, you guys. We did it. :) I have always wanted to ride the Tower of Terror!! I wanted to go back when I was in 5th grade, but we didn’t get the chance. I’ve been dying to go ever since!!

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

On our last night at Disney we made our way to Hollywood Studios and I talked Jenny into going with me. We took this shot right before taking off on the ride. Can you see the terror in my eyes right now, lol??

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

I was absolutely cracking up at the photo they took during the ride!! Wish I had bought this one now, lol!! I love, love, loved it, I wanted to turn right back around and ride it again, lol!

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

It was Star Wars weekend at Disney, so while we were in Hollywood Studios we had to find the famous Darth Vader cupcake. It’s a DARK chocolate (get it? dark?) cupcake with peanut butter frosting. This was hands down my favorite of all the Disney cupcakes!! So soft, rich, and chocolaty. And peanut buttery. :) I brought this guy home to Kevin since he loves Star Wars, peanut butter, and chocolate. :)

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

On our last morning at Disney, we headed back to the Magic Kingdom to find the infamous big-as-your-head cinnamon bun from Gaston’s Tavern. When I saw Belle’s castle high and off in the distance, and Gaston’s Tavern with the fountain out front where Belle sits and reads her book, I felt just like I was in the little French village from Beauty and the Beast. The magic of Disney!

Foodie Weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

This fun cinnamon bun is seriously the size of HALF a loaf of bread, lol! We really needed 5 more people to help us eat it, but I had no problem finishing my half, lol! It was surprisingly warm and gooey all the way through. Yum! Be sure to ask for extra frosting… Trust us on this. ;)

Be sure to check out these other fun recaps from our weekend at Disney and the Food Blog Forum 2013 conference :)

Jenny @ Picky Palate
Julie @ Table for Two
Karyn @ Pint Sized Baker
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
Caroline @ Chocolate and Carrots
Audra @ The Baker Chick
Aggie @ Aggie’s Kitchen
Angie @ Big Bear’s Wife
Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
Meagan @ A Zesty Bite
Carla @ Carla’s Confections
Katrina @ In Katrina’s Kitchen

Thanks so much for looking! Have a great weekend!! xoxo



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33 Comments





1
Joleen May 24, 2013 at 1:10 am

WOW! You’ve got me drooling all over my computer…I’m definitely craving the dole whips-perfect for a hot summer day!

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Nika @Vintage Paper Designs May 24, 2013 at 1:53 am

Now I am hungry.
Very… very…. hungry.
And I was thinking to hit the gym today.
Yeah right.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 24, 2013 at 3:19 am

I love this post – the pics are so fun and plentiful and looks like such an awesome weekend! I hadnt been to Disneyworld since I was in about 5th grade either but about 7-8 yrs ago my husband and I ran the Disney half marathon and it was hands down, the BEST race either of us have ever done. We loved it. It was truly magical! And your time there looks just as magical!

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Teri May 24, 2013 at 5:53 am

How much do you really eat and how can you Not eat? Everything looks so delicious and Disney land looks great too, I’ve never been. You do a great job, thanks for sharing.

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Michelle May 24, 2013 at 6:24 am

Oh Amanda, I have been dieing to get back down to Disney!!! We love DW!!! You would think it has been ages since we have been. Ha! Nope. We were just there last summer. But I love the place! I would love to be able to get down this time of year for the flower fest or in Sept. with the Halloween decor up. Their food there is ALWAYS good!!! If you ever have a chance to get back down, go to Germany for dinner, if nothing else for the dessert buffet!! I think my DH and I had each of the desserts they were SO good!!! I have been craving the Bavarian Cheesecake from there.

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 24, 2013 at 6:42 am

I’m glad I’m not the only one still having issues with Space Mountain. Your Dole whip was hilarious but who cares if it tastes amazing, right? ;) In love with your recap and now I want to go back even more because I missed SO much stuff. Must stay longer next time. Can’t wait to see you again sometime!

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Manderley May 24, 2013 at 6:48 am

Waoooo You are a lucky girls!
I was been in Orlando 9 years ago, and I loved it. My daughter was 7 years old and now she wants to go again whith 16 years old…
So yummy the desserts.

xoxo

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Julie @ Table for Two May 24, 2013 at 6:56 am

SO MUCH FUN!!! I had a blast with you and it was so great to finally meet you :) we definitely did eat up a storm! Haha, the dole whip was my favorite part – hilarious!! Hope to see you again soon, love! xoxo

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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective May 24, 2013 at 7:20 am

Oh what a fun trip! It was so great to hang out with you–and I’m SO JEALOUS about the Darth Vader cupcake. I didn’t find that one, although I think I tried every other possible cupcake in all of Disney World.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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Erin @ Brownie Bites May 24, 2013 at 7:21 am

I was going to comment on those ADORABLE Monster’s, Inc cupcakes, but then I saw the caramel cookies… and then I fainted dead on the floor when I saw that MASSIVE cinnamon bun! I mean, what the heck? That thing is nuts!!

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jenny Flake May 24, 2013 at 7:35 am

Girl!! Had the best weekend with you in FL! Love your re-cap. Still cracking up at our Tower of Terror photo, lol!!!

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Angie | Big Bear's Wife May 24, 2013 at 8:36 am

I love the re-cap! Oh my and that S’mores cupcakes, why oh why didn’t I see those! I need that haha! I’m so glad that I got to meet you this weekend, hope to see you at some more conferences. Love that Tower of Terror photo too haha, we didn’t get to ride that this year but hope to on our next trip, (whenever that is haha). Hugs!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh May 24, 2013 at 8:47 am

Those Minnie cupcakes are ADORABLE and the rest of it looks amazing as well. Yum! I haven’t been to Disney in…uh…yeah 20 years next year. I might have just decided what our vacation is for next year.

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Meagan @ A Zesty Bite May 24, 2013 at 9:13 am

Loved your recap! It was so nice to finally meet you in person.

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Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats May 24, 2013 at 10:19 am

Looks like you ladies had a blast! Hope I can join in on a blog conference soon :)

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

So fun to meet you and hang out – what a fun weekend! I wanted to try that Darth Vader cupcake it looked so good! And that cinnamon roll? I need to go back just for that!

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nessa May 24, 2013 at 10:44 am

Completely drooling over that cinnamon bun!

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Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen May 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

That cinnamon roll looks delicious. And it looks like you ladies had such a fun time. Any weekend based on food, is a good one in my books :)

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Kathi May 24, 2013 at 11:49 am

Looks like you girls had a great trip to Fl. What a fun re-cap. Would you mind sharing your nail polish color?? Love the pink!

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen May 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I’m seriously bummed that I didn’t get to try the Darth Vader cupcake! It was awesome meeting you and I CANNOT believe that you came to my itty bitty town to get your dogs! Next time give me a shout and we’ll eat some canal mud together :) xoxo- K

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Aggie May 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm

So fun! Now I’m craving a cinnamon bun. Your tower of terror pic cracks me up – love it!

It was so great to finally meet you Amanda! Let me know when you come back to Disney :)

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Emily @ Life on Food May 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Dole whips are my favorite treat at Disney. I can never get enough.

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Karyn - Pint Sized Baker May 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm

It was great to have met you. I was so nervous to say Hi, but I’m glad that I did. I went to Epcot and did not find all that great looking food! WOW! I need a map of where all the goodies were! Is there a “Food Map” of Epcot? That would be great!

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Olivia May 24, 2013 at 11:13 pm

me so hungry!

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Angela King May 25, 2013 at 8:11 am

It looks like you had so much fun! That cinnamon roll is on my list for next time I visit.

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Robin @ Simply Southern Baking May 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

Great recap Amanda. It sure was a blast! So good to meet you last weekend. Wish we were back out there again! :)

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Denise @ Creative Kitchen May 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

I loved every minute of last weekend….Disney and FBF sure know how to do it up right! It went by so quickly, there was so much to do…so many other bloggers to meet and SO little time. Though we kept passing each other……we never had the chance to meet. Hopefully next time ;)

I’m into lemon and lime too….and those macarons in Paris are NEW!! I was super excited to see them in the patisserie! Still not brave enough for Tower of Terror….so you rock!

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor May 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Wow, that s’mores cupcake looks pretty amazing!

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janet tobler May 26, 2013 at 7:32 am

hello there, i live in saint petersburg florida and i just went to disney. i also go to downtown disney and i have been to epcot center and stayed at several of the resorts. i don’t know where you are findingall of these tasty good looking deserts from, but they are not from these places that you are mentioning. actually it is a running joke with anyone who lives here how horrible the food and treats are in gerneral at all of the resorts and amusement parks in orlando or tampa. i don’t know how i could have missed seeing of finding all of these treats the 35 years that i have been here and the 4 times i have visited disney. i love going, but the food and the treats in general are terrible and everyone knows it. i am not getting what you expressing here. i have actually stayed at the polynesian. so sorry i disagree with your findings from personal experience. maybe they made the food especially for you guys because of your convention, but in reality for regular visitors it isn’t so.

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Hahaha. That previous comment gave me a good laugh. :D

And I saw the stuff coming out of Germany in IG and was like, “Huh?! I wish we had this stuff in Germany!” We don’t have nice cookies (except at Starbuck’s), peanut butter anything, or any fudge. There’s not even a word for it. They should have made you pretzel rolls, nougat filled pretzel croissants, and um… yeah, that’s all that’s good. :) But that other stuff does look incredible!

I loved seeing your pictures. So many of the images of other bloggers I had in my mind were off. So off. Nice that you all had a fun time!

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Amy @ The Nifty Foodie May 28, 2013 at 9:11 am

Goodness! I totally missed out on some goodies in Epcot…I spent most of my time in MK that weekend. :-) It was so nice to meet you, by the way!

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Carla @ Carlas Confections June 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I cant believe I didnt comment on this when it first went up lol ;) That was seriously the best weekend! I wish we could all go back!! The tower of terror was so scary and awesome. I wish we would have bought our picture too ;)

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Alisha July 8, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I 100% recommend you and Kevin going to WDW for a couples trip! My husband and I have gone each year we’ve been married (3 so far) and have found that it is our absolute favorite vacation to do together. We don’t have kids and we get plenty of funny looks when we tell folks we’re going, but we have the most romantic/magical/fun trip there ever was! Be sure to let me know if you’d like any tips – I also used to work there! :)

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