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Disney Fandom Rumor Mill – Soft Drink Price Increase

The Disney Fandom Rumor Mill has been busy again and this time not for the good.  Apparently soft drinks property-wide have increased to $2.69 and $3.19. (That is a $0.20 increase for the large size and a $0.10 increase for the medium.)

Now, I love my Diet Coke and am no means cheap but $3.19 for a large soft drink is a bit much for me to stomach since a 2-Liter bottle of Diet Coke is only $1.99.  It wouldn’t be so hard to take if there were free refills, like at a few of the quick service restaurants, but for a one-time fill up I am questioning my sanity at paying that price.

(Presumably, this increase in drink prices also applies at the resorts but since you can buy a mug for the length of your stay the price increase isn’t as daunting.)

I am sure that when I am tired and hungry and waiting in line at the Columbia Harbour House that I will forget my current outrage and go ahead and order my large Diet Coke – which I am sure is what Disney is hoping – but somewhere in the back of my mind I will be cringing on behalf of my wallet and secretly praying that my 401(k) will get fully funded this year.

For right now, my plan is to only get a soft drink where there are free refills and drink healthy water instead.

I can think of a few refillable locations but help me think of the rest.

So far, I’ve got these:

Epcot – Electric Umbrella, Sunshine Seasons

Magic Kingdom – Tortuga Tavern, Be Our Guest (lunch service)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Backlot Express

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Restaurantosaurus

Any others?

Are you upset at the rumored price increase?   Can you think of any other free refill locations?

Trivia Tuesday – Cobb Salad at Hollywood Brown Derby

Every year 31,000 Cobb Salads are served at the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The original recipe for the dressing was created in 1926 and still tops the salad.

Here’s the official story – or legend, if you will – as recorded by the Brown Derby itself:

    “One night in 1937, Bob Cobb, then owner of The Brown Derby, prowled hungrily in his restaurant’s kitchen for a snack.  Opening the huge refrigerator, he pulled out this and that: a head of lettuce, an avocado, some romaine, watercress, tomatoes, some cold breast of chicken, a hard-boiled egg, chives, cheese and some old-fashioned French dressing.  He started chopping.  Added some crisp bacon — swiped from a busy chef.

“The Cobb salad was born. It was so good, Sid Grauman (Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), who was with Cobb that midnight, asked the next day for a ‘Cobb Salad.’  It was so good that it was put on the menu.

“Cobb’s midnight invention became an overnight sensation with Derby customers, people like movie mogul Jack Warner, who regularly dispatched his chauffeur to pick up a carton of the mouth-watering salad.”

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Cobb Salad with French Dressing from the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios 

Serves 6


1/2 head iceberg lettuce

1/2 bunch watercress

1 small bunch chicory

1/2 head romaine lettuce

2 medium tomatoes, blanched & peeled

1 1/2 cups cooked turkey breast, diced

3 eggs, hard-cooked

1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled

6 strips crisp bacon, crumbled

2 tablespoons chopped chives


Chop all greens very fine (reserve some watercress for presentation) and  arrange in salad bowl.

Cut tomatoes in half, remove seeds, and dice fine.

Also dice the turkey, avocado, & eggs.

Arrange the above ingredients, as well as the blue cheese and bacon crumbles, in straight lines across the greens.

Arrange the chives diagonally across the above lines.

Present the salad at the table, then toss with the dressing. (below)

Place on chilled plates with a watercress garnish.

Brown Derby Old-Fashioned French Dressing

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 1/4 tablespoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 clove garlic, chopped

1/2 cup red-wine vinegar

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon English mustard

1/2 cup olive oil

1 1/2 cups salad oil

Blend all ingredients except oils, then add olive oil and salad oils and mix well.

Blend well again before mixing with salad.

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Disney World – Limited Time Magic The American Idol Experience: Juniors Edition

Anyone going to be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this week and have a kid that just loves to sing?  Then you are in luck!!!

This week’s Limited Time Magic is The American Idol Experience:  Junior Edition.  Guests ages 6 – 13 will have the opportunity to audition for  The American Idol Experience attraction  between August 12th – August 18th.  If they are selected, they will perform in front of a live studio audience and the judges just like on the TV show.

The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

Check out the complete list of songs below:

  • “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”
  • “Best of Both Worlds”
  • “Breakaway”
  • “Bubbly”
  • “Circle of Life”
  • “The Climb”
  • “Colors of the Wind”
  • “Drops of Jupiter”
  • “Go the Distance”
  • “I Want You Back”
  • “Life is a Highway”
  • “Love Story”
  • “One Thing”
  • “Part of Your World”
  • “Reflection”
  • “Rock With You”
  • “The Story of Us”
  • “Stuck like Glue”
  • “This is Me”
  • “Walking on Sunshine”
  • “You’ll Be in My Heart”

If your child is selected to perform, please share your video link with us.  We would love to see a future pop star – before they were famous.

Disney Trivia Tuesday – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

It is Tuesday and the means it is time for Disney Trivia Tuesday!!!  (I know you are excited but please try to contain your enthusiasm.)

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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is commonly referred to as simply Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

  • The attraction first opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World on July 29, 1999.  Subsequently, it opened on March 16, 2002 at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris.
  • It is currently the fastest roller coaster in France.
  • The coaster accelerates from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in 2.8 seconds.
  • Riders experience 4.5G as they enter the first inversion – more than an astronaut did on a space shuttle launch.
  • The roller coaster has three inversions.  They are intended to represent various Los Angeles Area Freeways including I-5, I-10 and US Rt 101.  You can see signs from these roads as you go through the ride.
  • The songs heard to each ride contain some new lyrics written specifically for the attraction.  “Love in an Elevator is sung as “Love in a roller coaster”.)
  • Songs in the U.S. version heard on each car are as follows: 1QKLIMO – “Nine Lives”, UGOBABE – “Love in an Elevator” and “Walk This Way”, BUHBYE – “Young Lust”, “F.I.N.E” and “Love in an Elevator”, H8TRFFC – “Back in the Saddle” & “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”, 2FAST4U – “Sweet Emotion” (live).
  •  The Paris version is based around an Aerosmith music video. Lighting rigs, projectors, strobes, and smoke effects are used in place of the road signs that exist in the U.S. version.
  • In 2000, Vekoma constructed a nearly identical version of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster for Walibi Holland in the Netherlands.  Initially called Superman The Ride, the ride was renamed Xpress in 2005.


You learn something new every day.  :)

Limited Time Magic on July 31st

American Idol® Live!” Celebrity Motorcade

July 31, 2013

Are you an American Idol fan?  If you are in the Orlando on July 31st then be sure to stop by Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Disney’s Limited Time Magic.  The Season 12 American Idol finalist will be in the park of a celebrity motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard.

"American Idol Live!" Celebrity Motorcade


Get ready to go to Hollywood—the American Idol Live! Tour 2013 is heading to Central Florida. And for just one day, Limited Time Magic is giving you a chance to see your idols in person at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Join the fun on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 when a one-time-only American Idol celebrity motorcade—featuring some of your favorite American Idol Season 12 Finalists—parades down Hollywood Boulevard.

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