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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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More Tuesday Trivia – Disneyland Matterhorn

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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.  :)

Disney Trivia Tuesday



Duffy the Bear is one of the newest Disney Characters but he wasn’t created from a Disney movie or story.  He was initially introduced in 2002 as “The Disney Bear” for the opening of “Once Upon a Toy” at Downtown Disney.  His original back story was about a trip to the Magic Kingdom with Mickey Mouse with some pixie dust being involved.

In 2004-2005, the Tokyo Disney team re-named “The Disney Bear” and created a new back story about Mickey Mouse going on a sea voyage.  Minnie Mouse didn’t want Mickey to be lonely so she made him a bear and gave it to him in a duffel bag.  Mickey nicknamed the bear “Duffy” (from being in the duffel bag) and took that bear all over the place meeting lots of new people.  The rest is history.

Duffy the Bear is all over the parks now.  You can get your picture taken with him at his own Friendship Gazebo in Epcot or at Paradise Pier’s Treasures in Paradise in Disney California Adventure Park.  You can also purchase your own stuffed Duffy and a different outfit for every occasion.  There are outfits for your personal Duffy ranging from PJs to Jedi costumes.  Duffy even has his own Facebook page.

Duffy is HUGE in Japan.   He has been dubbed the “bear of happiness and luck” on the Tokyo Disney website.  And he has a girlfriend, ShellieMay, who can be seen at Tokyo DisneySea, as well as his own stage show called “The My Friend Duffy”.

And you just thought Duffy was a stuffed bear.


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