Category Archives: USA – Disney World

Hollywood Studios – Disney World

The last park we visited was Hollywood Studios and to make use of our time on our last day, we only stopped for lunch.

The highest rated counter-service restaurant is the Starring Rolls Cafe (o the play on words!).

We ordered chocolate muffins and croissants.. and for dessert.. Disney World’s most famous cupcakes!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake… Red velvet cheesecake, topped with cheesecake, wrapped in frosting, covered in toffee pieces and drizzled with chocolate.  This should be considered as a mini-cake… or 2 minicakes (red velvet and cheesecake).  The sweetness of the red velvet cupcake and frosting is balanced by the tangy-taste of the cheesecake.

butterfinger cupcake….  this again is GIGANTIC .. biggest cupcake I have ever seen… The vanilla frosting is covered with crushed butterfingers and there’s fudge frosting in the middle of the chocolate cupcake. Unfortunately, this was entirely too sweet….

Because of the 2 cupcakes, I managed to have enough energy to last until the end of Extra Magic Hours  at 11pm…..


Starring Rolls Cafe

Hollywood Studios @ Disney World

Epcot @ Disney World

Epcot (the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) is THE Disney Park for foodies!

There’s 2 parts of Epcot, Future World and World Showcase.  In World Showcase, there are 11 pavilions representing 11 countries: Italy, United Kingdom, Mexico, United States, Canada, Norway, Japan, China, Morocco, Germany and France.  Each pavilion has food (counter-service and sit-down restaurant) representing each country’s cuisine.  Basically, you can eat your way around the world at Epcot!



For lunch, we ate at Kingla Bakeri Og Kafe, the bakery at the Norway Pavilion.

Norwegian Club ( Ham, Turkey, Bacon and Jarlsberg and Muenster Cheese with fresh Tomatoes, Sliced Red Onion, and Lingonberry Mayonnaise on toasted Multigrain Bread)…… This was pretty good.  Love anything that has lingonberry!

School Bread (Sweet Cardamom Bun filled with Vanilla Crème Custard and topped with Glazed and Toasted Coconuts)… This was sold-out at first and I had to wait 30 mins for the next batch.  It was ok… not amazing because the bread was tough and dry.  I prefer the Chinese version of coconut buns.

For dinner, we ate at Katsura Grill (Japan Pavilion).

The building on the right is the Japanese Department Store Mitsukoshi! Never thought I would see it in Disney!

We ordered Tempura Udon, Chicken Cutlet Curry and Beef Terriyaki rice. This tasted authentic, was delicious and was our favourite meal at Disney! .. this was also the cheapest meal!

The Starbucks at Epcot uses cute Disney cups!


Kingla Bakeri Og Kafe and Katsura Grill

Epcot @ Disney World

Magic Kingdom – Disney World

The park I was looking forward to most at Disney World was Magic Kingdom!

We got to the park 45 minutes before opening (yes.. I’m that crazy) and watched the welcome show and rope drop.  I’ve been to Disney countless times as a kid and teen but have never woken up that early to be there before opening… so this was a new experience.

In addition to lining up for rides, we also lined up for lunch at the most popular restaurant at Disney World, Be Our Guest.  The restaurant is the main part of the expansion of the Fantasyland expansion and has the theme and decor based on Beauty and the Beast.  

Because we were staying at a Disney resort, we were eligible for FastPast + reservation.  Unfortunately, I didn’t book it until a few weeks before the trip, so they were all out.   We started lining up for lunch at 10:15 (opens at 10:30am) and about 10 minutes after they start letting people in, the cast member said the first seating is all full and to come back at noon.  We didn’t listen, stayed in line and got into the castle by 11am.

mosaic of Belle and the Prince…

Beast’s ballroom

Beauty and the Beast… they spin!

the rose!!!

We ordered the food before entering the restaurant and was given a rose that lights up and lets the cast member know where you’re sitting.

potato leek soup…

Tuna Niçoise Salad – Warm Seared Tuna Steak, chilled Green Beans, Potatoes, Olives, Roasted Bell Peppers, Tomatoes and a Hard Poached Egg.

Braised Pork (Coq Au Vin Style)– Eight Hour Slow-cooked Pork with Mushrooms, Onions, Carrots and Bacon served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Jardiniere….

The Master’s Cupcake (Chocolate Sponge Cake topped with Lumiere’s special “Grey Stuff”)

Triple Chocolate Cupcake ( Chocolate Sponge Cake, Chocolate Mousse Filling and Chocolate Ganache)….

After lunch, we rode on more rides and then went looking for Disney World’s most famous ice-cream, Dole Whip.

Only Aloha Isle in Adventureland sells this popular icy treat.  There’s 2 lines from the 2 sides and both are equally long.  We waited for more than 10 minutes…

We got the Dole Whip soft-serve in pineapple flavour and the Pineapple Float (pineapple dole whip in pineapple juice)…. Love this! perfect for the hot humid weather. The pineapple whip is soooo pineapply and not sweet.. so it’s made of the real stuff.  The float is double the goodness… but the pineapple juice was kinda sour compared to the whip.

After that.. we played till the sun went down…..

For dinner, we decided for something quick again and found a highly rated counter-service restaurant (yay for free wifi at Disney).

the picture is kinda dark.. but the restaurant is called Harbour House, a seafood restaurant…

Garden Harvest Salad (Mixed Greens, Garden Vegetables, Green Beans, Carrots, and Chicken)….

Battered Fish Basket with fries, Seafood Macaroni & Cheese ( Lobster and Shrimp served over Macaroni & Cheese), Chicken Pot Pie, Steamed Fresh Broccoli, apple slices… pretty gourmet food for a fast-food restaurant. The Mac & Cheese had chunks of lobster! The batter for the fish was thin and crispy. The pot pie was creamy.. which the parents loved and my mom wants to try this at home…

I actually preferred to food at Harbour House than Be Our Guest…We stayed at Magic Kingdom past the closing time! Such a tiring yet fun day!


Be Our Guest Restaurant

Aloha Isle

Harbour House

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Animal Kingdom @ Disney World

The upcoming posts are about DISNEY WORLD!!!!  We actually went to Florida before DC and NYC… but I’ve just come around to blogging about it now.

I went to Disney World years ago when I was 7 and 11.. and now as an adult, I  still had a blast!

We bought a 4 day pass and the first park we went to was Animal Kingdom.

For lunch, we ate at Flame Tree Barbecue, which many forums/parents blogs/Disney fanatics rate as one of the best option for counter-service lunch.

the most famous item is the  1/2 Slab of St. Louis Ribsit doesn’t look too appetizing.. but the meat was extremely tender and the sauce was flavourful..

chicken and ribs combo….

Disney doesn’t advertise this.. but you can order any dish without the sides and can save a couple dollars! Sweet! Cause my family doesn’t like beans and coleslaw….

Also, you can ask for free water (hot/iced) at any counter-service restaurants!


Flame Tree Barbecue

Animal Kingdom @ Disney World