Crew, plank, ahh, we get the connection! We back with another installment of our Disneyat-home recipes. This time around we’re hitting the water to share our Crew’s Cup Walk the Plank recipe. Found at many of the Walt Disney World lounges and restaurants, the walk the plank is getting a unique spin at Crew’s Cup. Or should we say upgrade! It’s an upgrade that has Nate’s name all over it, Bullet. Not just any type of Bullet, we’re talking rye. Grab those shakers, it’s time to craft our at-home version of Crew’s Cup Walk the Plank recipe!
Reminds us of home! Located in the Yacht Club resort, Crew’s Cup Lounge is a longtime DVC Duo favorite. If you can’t find us in the parks, we’re more than likely here. Themed after a traditional New England boathouse, Crew’s Cup is a great place to pull up a bar seat and enjoy a drink or two (it’s vacation after all). The cocktail menu centers around your traditional classics like an old fashioned or martini. Additionally, the lounge has to the standard Disney cocktail menu you’ll find around most of Disney property. After a couple of trips we noticed the Crew’s Cup Walk the Plank recipe was different, so had to try it. For research purposes of course! Let’s just say we’re glad we did. The best way to describe it is a lighter, more refreshing version of a traditional old fashioned. One could say it’s a whiskey variation of a Mai-Tai. Alright, the ice is melting, we’d better get to the shaking!
Crew’s Cup Walk The Plank Recipe
3 oz of Bullet Rye Whiskey
1 oz of Orange Juice
1/2 oz of Ogeat Syrup
1/2 Fresh Squeezed Lemon
1 Luxardo Gourmet Maraschino Cherry
Fill the shaker halfway with ice
Add Bullet Rye Whiskey
Add Orange Juice
Add Ogeat Syrup
Squeeze 1/2 lemon
Shake until it’s too cold to hold
Server over ice
Garish with one Luxardo Gourmet Maraschino Cherry
Crew’s Cup made a variation of the Walk the Plank, why can’t we? Below are a few options for substitutions, feel free to make adjusts where you would like.
Replace Bullet Rye Whiskey, with any rye whiskey
Replace Bullet Rye Whiskey with Crown Royal Mothern Harvest Rye Whisky
We recommend enjoying this cocktail on some type of dock, deck or any wood floor surface would do!
Could they be history? Well, everyone in The Hall of Presidents is technically part of history. They were all presidents after all. This is not a look back at history. What we’re referring to is the potential rethemeing of the Hall Presidents at Walt Disney World’ Magic Kingdom. Needless to say, the rumor mill around opening this opening day attraction is hopping. Could the rumors be true? Is Disney already working on the rethemeing of The Hall of Presidents? Let’s see if the writing is on the wall and The Hall of Presidents is getting ready for the history books!
Where It Started
Fact, all rumors start somewhere. The question from there becomes, is there any truth in the rumor? Our rumor around the rethemeing of The Hall of Presidents stems directly from the rethemeing of Splash Mountain. When Disney announced the flume attraction would be rethemed to a Princess and the Frog experience, it raised the question around what other Disney attractions should be reimagined. As we spoke about in our Hamilton and The Muppets article, Disney has a list of attractions they are looking to change due to socially related topics. The changes could be as small as an individual scene or as large as the whole attraction. On that list is the Hall of Presidents.
Why The Hall of Presidents?
It’s history, right? Yes, the concept of The Hall of Presidents is about American history. The show takes the audience through a summarized telling of key points of our nation’s history. With the end being a statement from whichever president is currently sitting in the office. What puts the attraction on the list of potential refurbishments is everything the story doesn’t talk about. What we’re referencing is the social injustice that took place for hundreds of years. Many of the presidents highlighted within the show both partook and facilitated the social injustice within our nation. The show is a reminder of a past that many guests rather not remember.
On top of it is the underlying topic of politics. You know politics, it’s one of those topics the can really get a conversation heated up. In some cases, as hot as Florida in July. Now that’s hot. From our understanding, this is one of the additional reasons Disney is looking into the retheming of The Hall of Presidents.
The Right Person For The Job
More like persons! According to Jim Hill of Jim Hill Media network, the rethemeing of The Hall of Presidents has already begun. It sounds like Disney has reached out to two famed musical creators to draft a new script for the show. The first person should be no surprise, as they have been tied to a variety of Disney projects including a film that may lead to a new World Showcase pavilion. We’re talking about Lin-Manuel Miranda. He may be familiar with how to write a historical script.
Our other creator is a bit more surprising. He does have a connection with the Disney company in the form of Milo’s Law. This animated series appeared on the Disney XD channel back in October of 2016. The show ran for 40 episodes. Who are we talking about, we’re talking about Weird Al Yankovic. Yes, the same guy that wrote musical hits like Eat It, and Like a Surgeon.
The question in the DVC Duo house is whether these are the right people for the job. In short, yes! Retelling history in a way that is approachable for all audiences, especially in a theme park, is no easy task. From our perspective, the best way to approach it is head-on through comedic relief. Who doesn’t enjoy a sarcastic joke, you know we do. Based on the work of both people, it’s easy to see how Disney could create a storyline that is right for everyone. What that storyline will be is still unknown, as the rethemeing of The Hall of Presidents is still in the very early stages. Knowing Disney they will look for something that is both entertaining and educational at the same time. If we had to guess, we wouldn’t expect any changes until after the 50th-anniversary of Walt Disney World.
It makes a lot of sense. The time has come for Disney to make a change to this opening day attraction. What we are hoping for is the new show will leverage all the animatronics. What we love about the Hall of Presidents is the ability to see the advancements in Disney’s animatronic technology all in one show. For now, we should treat the rethemeing of The Hall of Presidents as a rumor, as the project has not been confirmed by Disney. Alright, that’s a wrap, or should we say it’s history!
Rumors, we got rumors! Get’em while they’re hot. For the past year-plus, we’ve been tracking the idea of a new nighttime Magic Kingdom parade at Walt Disney World. All the signs we’re looking great, then everything was flipped upside down. Or, as we like to say in the DVC Duo house, Thanos “snapped”. With no Avengers to reset time, we’re looking to the future to see how Walt Disney World’s plans may have changed. In this case, regarding a new nighttime Magic Kingdom parade. Strap on your headlamps, we’re talk a walk in the dark!
There’s always a plan. When it comes to a nighttime Magic Kingdom parade, Walt Disney World had a solid plan. According to many sources, including Dan Cockerell (former Vice President of the Magic Kingdom ), Disney longed for the day they could bring a nighttime parade back to the park. Similar to how Paint the Night debuted at the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, the plan called for the new parade to premiere with the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World. The parade was slated as one of the “50-new things” for the anniversary, along with an array of new things like TronLifecycle Power Runand Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
We all know what changed, let’s just say thanks, Thanos. With social distancing the new norm and The Walt Disney Company looking for ways to quickly bounce back from closing the parks, rumors, and announcements starting popping up. It was only a matter of time before we started hearing of different projects being put on hold or canceled altogether, especially after Disney mentioned the $900 million savings on their quarterly board call. The announcements began with the delaying of the Spaceship Earth refurbishment and continued from there. A few days prior to the announcement of the rethinking of Epcot Festival Center and pausing of the Mary Poppins attraction, a few well-known Disney insiders stated a new nighttime Magic Kingdom parade if off the books. It should be noted that no official word regarding the potential of a parade or it being canceled has been made by Disney.
The only confirmation we have is Disney did order 50 new parade floats at the beginning of 2019. Now some of the floats were used in creating the Magic Happens parade for Disneyland, but not all 50.
The Key Word
It’s all in the fine print. Or, in this case, the choice of words. The word we’re talking about is new. All the insiders made it clear to say the new nighttime Magic Kingdom parade is not happening. What they didn’t say is, a nighttime Magic Kingdom parade isn’t happening. We had a thought in the DVC Duo house. It happens from time to time. What if Disney has a new plan. A plan that could still include a nighttime Magic Kingdom parade?
Here’s what we’re thinking. At the moment it does not make sense for Disney to invest in a parade that they may not be able to use for the 50th-anniversary. However, they could use a former nighttime parade. That’s right, we’re looking at you Main Street Electrical parade. If we reach a point where social distancing is more-lax, Disney could bring the framed parade out of retirement. It is something Disney could do as a last-minute option. Or, a less likely parade option would be to bring the Paint the Night parade to Walt Disney World.
Beyond the parades, Disney does have other options for nighttime entertainment. Early reports are showing the new character cavalcades are a huge success. Disney could take this concept and bring it to the night. How great would it be a randomly see character rolling down Main Street USA on a lite up float? The best part, it would be a surprise when it happens every time. Disney has already done nighttime cavalcades during the 2020 Villains Afterhours Events. In the few events that took place, they were very well received.
Time will tell. Overall we believe Disney will have some type of nighttime Magic Kingdom parade for the 50th-anniversary. It may be a parade in the loosest form or experiencing a node to the past. Either way, we’ll be excited to see nighttime lights in the Magic Kingdom once again. Alright, it looks like the bulb on the headlamp is starting to burn out!
It’s the other famous Polynesian Resort lounge! For this rendition of our Disney at homerecipes, we’re getting tropical and sharing our Trader Sam’s HippopotoMai-Tai recipe. Say that 5 times fast! We’ll wait. Pretty hard, right? Anyways, Trader Sam’s is known for two things, the ambiance or better known as the show, and out of this world tiki drinks. You go for the show, but if you’re like us you stay for the cocktails. Alright, the time has come to get this tropical tiki show on the road. Grab those cocktail shakers we’re making our Trader Sam’s HippopotoMai-Tai recipe!
Inside or out? That’s the decision you have to make when heading to Trader Sam’s. The speakeasy-style cocktail bar has two options to choose from, the Terrace or the Grog Grotto. If it’s your first time, definitely opt for the Grog Grotto. The wait may be long, but the show inside is definitely worth it. If you’re like us, you can head upstairs to Tambu Lounge and have a backscratcher while you wait. Beyond the amazing cocktails, Trader Sam’s is serving up a variety of taste apps. Our favorite is definitely the pan-fried dumplings. Well, let’s get to our Trader Sam’s HippopotoMai-Tai recipe before our ice melts!
1 fresh lime
1/2 oz orgeat syrup
1/2 oz agave nectar
1/2 oz Orange Curacao
1 oz Coruba Dark Rum
1 oz Bacardi Rum
Fill your cocktail shaker halfway with ice
Squeeze in the whole lime
Add orgeat syrup
Add agave nectar
Add Bacardi Rum
Add Coruba Dark Rum
Add Orange Curacao
Shake it up until it’s too cold to hold
Serve over ice
There’s more than one way to shake our Trader Sam’s HippopotoMai-Tai recipe. Below are a few substitutions, feel free to make changes where you see fit.
Replace Bacardi Rum with any gold rum. Our go-to is Appleton’s.
Replace Coruba Dark Rum with any dark rum.
Replace Orange Curarcao with any orange liqueur. Our go-to is Patreon orange liqueur
In Trader Sam tradition we recommend enjoying the cocktail in your favorite tiki glass!
New food? Did someone say new food? If you know us, we’re always up for trying something new, and the perfect place to that is at the 2020 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. In what will be remembered as one of the most unique festivals to date, the 2020 Epcot Food and Wine Festival kicked-off with the reopening of Epcot on July 15, 2020. Boasting 20 food booths that are spread around Epcot’s World Showcase, this year’s festival is offering up fan favorites, festival classics, and new creative dishes from both the Flower and Garden Festival and Food and Wine Festival. Scanning through the list of menus it’s definitely hard to pick what’s new for this year. It got us thinking, if only there were a list of the new dishes and drinks for the 2020 Epcot Food and Wine festival? Dreams do come true! Without further ado, we present our list of the new festival dishes and drinks for 2020!
New Dishes and Drinks at the 2020 Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Short’s Brewing Co. Mule Beer, Elk Rapids, MI
Heavy Seas Brewery Tropicannon Citrus IPA, Halethorpe, MI
Parish Brewing Co. Ghost in the Machine Double IPA, Broussard, LA
3 Daughters Raspberry Lemonade Dry Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
Short’s Brewing Company Starcut Ciders Mosa Hard Cider, Bellaire, MI
Ciderboys Banana Bliss Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI
Mac & Cheese Hosted by Boursin Cheese
Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese with Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese topped with Herbed Panko
Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese with Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce topped with Carrots, Celery, and Blue Cheese Crumbles
Lobster Macaroni and Cheese with Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce and Lobster Cream topped with Herbed Panko
Macaroni & Cheese with House-made Italian Sausage and Peppers (Plant-Based)
Stiegl Brewery Radler Zitrone, Salzburg, Austria
L’ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines, Columbia Valley, WA
Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR
Desserts & Champagne
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops with Crumbled Twix® Original
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops with Crushed M&M’S® Milk Chocolate
Frozen S’mores (Non-Alcoholic)
Frozen S’mores with Whipped Cream Vodka
Banana Bread with Mixed Berry Compote (Plant-Based)
Islands of the Caribbean
Flancocho:Passion Fruit Cake with Coconut Flan
Ribeye Taco: Ribeye Steak with Ranchera Salsa in a Corn Tortilla topped with Onions, Chives, and a Lime Wedge
Pork Tostada: Fried Corn Tortilla topped with Chipotle Black Beans, Roasted Pork, Fresh Salsa Verde, Onions, and Cilantro
Passion Rose Sangria: Red Wine, Rum, Rose Petal Liqueur, Passion Fruit Purée, and Lime
Mango Smoky Margarita: Mango Purée, Mezcal, Applejack, Lime Juice, and Agave Nectar with a Tajín Chile-Lime Rim
Mongolian Beef Bao Bun
Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Naturtrüb
La Classica: Cheese Tortellini with Ricotta, Provolone, Fontina, Parmesan, Vodka Sauce, and Crispy Bacon
Italian White Sangria with Prosecco
Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon
Hops & Barley
Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
Street Corn Funnel Cake topped with Roasted Corn, Cotija Cheese, Cilantro and Cumin Crema dusted with Paprika
Tempura Donburi: Two Pieces of Tempura Shrimp and Kakiage Vegetable Tempura with Tentsuyu Dipping Sauce served over Sushi Rice
Strawberry Nigori Sake
Beef Kefta Pocket with Caramelized Onions, Garlic, and Spicy Tomato Concassée
Kasbah Prestige Red
There’s a solid smorgasbord of options at the 2020 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. It’s great to see that Disney carried over a variety of the dishes and drinks for the Flower and Garden, as only a select few people we’re able to experience the festival. Rumor has it that Disney may switch up the menus a little bit as we approach fall. With the festival running from July 15, 2020 to early November, it would make sense for Disney to “spice up” the offerings along the way. While it looks like we have a list of what we’re going to try this year!
For a full list of menu please check out the following link.