A little Disney at home? Why not! Did you really have to ask? No. Welcome to the first of many Disney at home recipes from your favorites bloggers. Who also love cooking. Today, we’re talking Tipsy Ducks In Love recipe. Ok, you caught us, you caught the DVC Duo. Two points if you got the Ron White reference. This is not cooking, but let’s be honest ever great meal starts off with a cocktail! Let’s get to it, Tipsy Ducks In Love recipe here we come!
Tipsy Ducks In Love Recipe
Located at the Joy of Tea kiosk in Epcot’s China Pavilion you’ll find our drink of the day, the Tipsy Ducks In Love. The caffeinated adult beverage was added to the menu in 2012 and has been a staple ever since. Here is the DVC Duo’s Disney at Home Tipsy Ducks In Love Recipe!
3/4 of a cup of brewed chilled coffee
1/3 of a cup of brewed chilled black tea
1/4 of milk
1.5 ounces of Bourbon
3 tablespoons of chocolate syrup
Brew and chill both the coffee and black tea. Fill a cocktail shaker a third full with ice cubes. Add the brewed and chilled coffee. Next, add the brewed and chilled black tea. Followed by milk, bourbon, and chocolate syrup. Shake for 30 seconds or until the shaker is too cold to hold. Served over ice and top with whipped cream.
There is more than one way to shake things up. With this cocktail feel free to make the following substitutions as you see fit.
Cold Brew Coffee For The Store
Your Favorite Unsweetened Ice Tea
Non-Dairy Whipped Cream
More or Less Chocolate Syrup (up to 5 tablespoons)
Non-Alcoholic By Removing The Bourbon
One of the ways we like to “mix” up by using coconut/almond milk. We’ve found it adds a unique twist. Alright, after all this shaking it looks like our drink is ready. Time to enjoy!
Who says the magic has to end! Disney at home is a real thing and it’s totally possible to bring the magic home with you. Without stealing your favorite Disney character. By no means do we support, condone, or recommend the stealing of any Disney character. #sarcasm. Anyways, back to talking Disney at home. We’re opening the doors to our house and sharing how we keep the magic going!
What can we say, we like to state the obvious. Someone has to, why not us! By far the way most Disneyphiles keep the magic going with Disney at home is content. Whether it’s watching YouTube video, listening to a Podcast, or of course reading your favorite blog, content is the easiest way to keep Disney in your life. The other most obvious way is Disney Plus or Disney movies and shows as a whole. Whether it’s a Disney movie night, or be sucked into our new favorite Disney plus show the Mandolorian, Disney has a plethora of content to enjoy.
No, we’re not talking about the hilarious Jason Bateman movie. A good watch, but definitely not Disney at home worthy. Did anyone else just quote Gareth and Wayne in their head? “We’re not worthy”. When we say game night we’re talking about board games and puzzles. We like to spice up the traditional games with Disney inspired versions, like Monopoly. Dibbs on the doom buggy piece! Whether it’s Clue or Disney Villians, you can usually find these games at your favorite big box store or via a little online shopping.
Beyond the traditional board games, there are a variety of interactive games for either game consoles or your smartphone. You may catch Nate playing Disney Emoji Blitz from time to time, but let’s keep that secret between us, deal? Deal!
Grey stuff! We know you said grey stuff when you read it. We would say it’s delicious as well and worth a try when at Be Our Guestfor lunch. Speaking of food. See what we did there, in the blogging world we like to call that a smooth transition. Outside of the attractions, one of the big reasons we love Disney so much is the food. From the tasty treats to the grab and go meals, and our favorite sit down restaurants dishes, these are things would like to enjoy every day. And we can! Well, at least in our own way.
What are we talking about? We’re talking about channeling our inner Remy and making your way to the kitchen. One of the things we like to do for more Disney at home is to whip up our favorite recipes. There are tons of recipes to choose from and it doesn’t always have to be the whole dish. Once and while we like to work in a Disney inspired side dish with our meal.
The Little Things
It’s all about the little things when talking Disney at home. For we keep it simple, whether it’s enjoying our morning coffee from a Disney mug to wrapping ourselves in our Disney blanket to keep warm. Each and everything little helps keep the magic alive. It could be as simple as popping some popcorn and enjoying it your favorite refillable Disney popcorn bucket. Bonus points if you’re enjoying a Mickey Premium bar at the same time!
There are endless ways to bring the magic home. The big question to ask is which way works best for you and your family? Additionally, Disney is also creating more ways to bring the parks into your home. For example, they just launched the Walt Disney Imagineering in a box with Khan Academy. You can check it out here. You can bet Nate will be checking out the courses. Alright, the time has come, we’re off to the kitchen! You thought we were going to say Neverland, huh? Gotcha!
You say resorts, we say hotels. It’s like saying potato or spud. At the moment, there are a lot of unknowns around the world and it will be some time before we know the full impact of COVID-19. With everything going on it does raise the question, what could happen to the Disney hotel projects? Let’s jump in our timerover and see if the future is really in the past!
First stop, 2001. The last time we saw any Disney hotel projects impacted by the happenings from around the world was a day every American will never forget. September 11, 2001. Earlier that year, in January of 2001, Walt Disney World announced a new Disney hotel project, Pop Century. The original concept called for two separate resorts, Pop Century, The Classic Years, and Pop Century, The Legendary Years. Each resort would have their own check-in areas and be connected by The Generation Gap Bridge over Hourglass Lake. The resorts would be built in phases with Classic Years first (2002 completion) and the Legendary Years later (2003 completion).
In the months following the national tragedy, travel to Walt Disney World and everywhere decreased sizably. We were in an economic slowdown. With fewer guests coming to the parks the demand for a new resort lessened. The future of the Pop Century came into the question. The Classic Years Resort was planned to open March of 2002. Due to tourism plummeting around the world Disney canceled the opening of The Classic Years, as well stopped all construction of the Legendary Years.
Disney did ultimately open the Pop Century Classic Years in December 2003. The Legendary Years was left “abandoned” for ~10 years. Once guest attendance returned and exceed previous levels, Disney shifted gears and turned The Legendary Years resort in the Art of Animation.
Each of the resorts is in a different stage of development, with the Star Wars project the furthest along. Additionally, with the Star Wars resort being more a “boutique” size hotel, we would expect this project to continue. If, and it’s a big if, at the moment, Disney decided to walk away from any of the projects our assumption would be Disney’s Reflections. Moving away or scaling back on this DVC resort would make the most sense, as the sales of the recently opened Disney Riveria Resort (DVC as well) have been slow. We would expect sales would continue to be slowed through this unprecedented time.
The Disneyland DVC resort should continue forward as well. It is well known within the DVC community that the demand for a second DVC resort on the west coast is through the roof.
We’re crossing our fingers none of the Disney hotel projects are impacted. However, if the past tells us anything, even if they are impacted, Disney could very much revisit the impacted project in the future. At this moment, there is nothing confirmed by Disney. It will be some time before we hear if any of the plans change. For now, let’s jump back into our timerover and head home. Stay safe everyone!
Could we even say better than all the rest? The Kona Cafe breakfast could be the most well-known breakfast at all of Walt Disney World. Followed closes by the Be Our Guest breakfast at the Magic Kingdom. What can we say the Beast knows how to host. Anyways, let’s get back on track as we’re here to chat about the Kona Cafe breakfast. Who else woke up hungry? Bring on the food!
No one wants to start the day-off hangry. Today we’re skipping over the basics around Kona Cafe and heading right to the good stuff. The Kona Cafe breakfast. For a full breakdown of the restaurant take a gander at our previous article. It’s got all the good stuff. Outside of the food of course!
Passholder Insights: One of the things we like to do is rope drop the Magic Kingdom and look to have breakfast at Kona Cafe around 10:30 am. We call that a win-win!
Breakfast Is Served
We know what you’ll are thinking. Here comes the Tonga Toast review. Don’t get us wrong, Tonga Toast is fantastic, it’s never a bad decision. What’s not to like, it’s French Toast rolled in cinnamon sugar then stuffed with bananas (fosters-style). We taste the sugar on our lips just writing this article. This sweet treat is perfect for anyone who enjoys the sweeter side of breakfast.
For our Kona Cafe breakfast review, we’re going a different direction. Some may say the path less traveled. We’re trying the other items on the menu. Yes, there are other items beyond the infamous Tonga Toast. The Hawaiian inspired menu is serving up a variety of unique breakfast items. First and foremost is the traditional Loco Moco. The more savory breakfast item has white rice topped with a grilled hamburger patty, then drenched in a chorizo gravy, and finished with tomato salsa and two eggs any style. You had us at chorizo gravy. This hearty breakfast item is all about the rich, creamy, slightly spicy flavors of the chorizo gravy. If you’re looking for an authentic taste with a spin, of the Hawaiian island we highly recommend this variation of the Loco Moco.
Further down the Kona Cafe breakfast menu, you’ll find the Seven Seas Samoan. The concept of the dish is a less carb centric variation of a benedict. Two poached eggs sit atop a pulled pork and turkey hash then drizzled with a citrus Hollandaise Sauce and served along with a mustard green salad. This is a dish you don’t want to share, it’s that good. Within the tender, juicy pulled pork you can taste the tropical flavors of the banana leaves used to slowly roast it. What truly caught our attention is the citrus Hollandaise with its subtle orange and pineapple sweetness. It’s not enough to pull away from the dish, but you definitely know it’s there. This dish is a DVC Duo all-time favorite and something we recommend from anyone who enjoys benedicts.
Passholder Insights: For more benedict options, you’ll want to head over to the Grand Floridian Cafe for their bunch.
Yes, it is simply the best! For us, Kona Cafe breakfast is our favorite at Walt Disney World. With their unique takes on Hawaiian classics and spins on your favorite breakfast items, there is something everyone. Oh, we almost forgot the best part, the coffee! The Kona coffee press pot is the best coffee you’ll find at Walt Disney World. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any of the dishes. With that said, we better eat before we get hangry!
No, we’re not talking about Splash Mountain. Though, it is a “big splash”. We’re talking about the big news the Walt Disney Company dropped on February 25, 2020, announcing Bob Chapek as the new CEO. For Disneyphiles it’s one of the moments you’ll always remember where you were when you heard the news. Many people knew it was only a matter of time before the original Bob, Bob Iger that is, would step away from his helm and fade to the background. Regardless of how you feel about the new Bob, Bob Chapek that is, there will be ripples in the water from this “big splash”. Let’s take a look at a few.
The Parks Say…
The Magic Kingdom was not excited about the news. To say the least. In the matter of a week, three of the park’s iconic attractions went arie in what could be labeled as Disney attraction civil disobedience. We’re looking at you, Jungle Cruise, PeopleMover, and Haunted Mansion. In a less tongue in cheek perspective of the Chapek announcement, the Disney parks will be directly impacted in a different way. With Chapek moving up to the CEO position it leaves a vacancy in Walt Disney Parks, Experience and Products role.
Say hello to Josh D’Amaro. If the Disney parks have a say in who would assume the role previously held by Chapek, we’re guessing they would vote for Josh. He is a beloved leader within the company by both guests and most importantly the cast members. After restructuring Adventures by Disney to what we know it as today, then reestablishing Disneyland as the “People’s Park”, Josh is now overseeing Walt Disney World. Or as we say, the last step in becoming a Disney global leader.
There is no information directly linking Josh to the position, but he is by far the fan favorite to assume the position. The longer Chapek holds off on making a decision the chances improve for Josh. Regardless, of who assumes the position, the new leader will have more of an impact on the day to day operations and overall strategy for the parks than Chapek. But, we’ll get more into that.
Bring On The IP?
There’s no doubt over the past 10 years we’ve seen Disney bring more Intellectual Property (IP) to the parks. From Toy Story Land to the opening of Frozen Ever After, and of course Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, every new experience is linked to a Disney property. The question becomes was this is an Iger or Chapek decision? Bob Iger is known for acquiring Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars, as well as saying we need to see more “Disney ” in the parks. What is unknown is if Chapek feels the same way or was just following the lead of Iger. We can assume but only time will tell for sure.
What is known is Chapek’s desire to be more agile when it comes to reacting to box-office success. One of his pet projects is a concept known as the interchangeable attraction or the black box attraction. This would be a space where Disney could quickly swap out out IP for another when Disney hits a home run at the theaters. For example how Frozen was a huge hit. The question becomes how quickly could we see this concept become a reality.
A Grander View
What’s this new view? It’s everything. Everything Disney as a company has hand in. Traditionally, when your view and responsibilities grow it means you’re less involved in the day-to-day. This relates directly to the parks and leads us to believe whoever assumes the role of Walt Disney Parks, Experience and Products will have the greatest impact on what we experience as guests. Chapek will definitely provide guidance and direction, but will have less involves in the execution.
Time will tell. Whenever there’s a change at the top it’s an exciting time, as no one knows what to expect. In the DVC Duo, the change from Iger to Chapek has raised more questions than answers. Based on the 3-year deal what looks to be happening is Disney saying to Chapek “show us what you got”. This is the same deal Iger received when taking over Eisner and he made a “big splash”. Hello, Pixar! Followed by many more splashes over the years. What will Chapek’s “big splash” be? It’s a mystery, but we’re putting over money another Asian park. Can you say India? Well, that’s a story for another day and our “big splash”!