Sleepy Hollow Review

Sleepy Hollow is a quick service restaurant located in Liberty Square within the Magic Kingdom.  This is a prime location off the hub heading into Liberty Square across the bridge.  This cute walk-up has limited seating outdoors both covered and uncovered.  The only downside to this location is that it is a very busy walkway so seating can be at a premium and you may find yourself jostled a bit if you are in the uncovered seating area.

The menu is limited but what they do have is pretty great!  This is where you can get the famous waffle sandwiches!  You can choose the sweet option with Nutella and fruit, or there is the spicy chicken waffle.  There is also a breakfast version served until noon!

If you aren’t here for a waffle there is also sausage and cheese stuff pretzel, baked potatoes and funnel cakes!  There is also an ice cream cookie sandwich and plenty of drink choices such as water, lemonade, coffee, milk, soy milk, and orange juice.

On my last trip I tried the spicy chicken waffle it was very good and the portion is huge!  So if you do get this my suggestion is to ask for the coleslaw on the side this will prevent the waffle from getting soggy while you eat it.   Or you could always split it and it makes a pretty filling snack for a good price.

I also tried a bit of the Nutella and fruit waffle and found this to be so delicious!  This would make a great and quick breakfast and again very easy to share!

This quick service gets a big two thumbs up from me. It should be on your list of places to check out for a quick snack or a full lunch!

Podcast Episode 142: Best Uses for Snack Credits

You know us here at Dole Whipped, we love talking about food!  One of our favorite things to do at Disney is snack!  This week we let you in on our favorite ways to spend the snack credits that are included in your Disney Dining Plan.  From the parks to the resorts, we’ll help you make smart snack choices!

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5 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Missing At Hollywood Studios

5 Things You Didn't Know You Were Missing at Hollywood Studios

In the last installment of this series, we’re going to cover Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This park is in a bit of a transitional phase right now with the construction of the new “lands”, but there are still some things that you might not notice.

Character Palooza – It doesn’t happen often, but once in a while, lots of characters from “Fantasmic” get together and mingle for 20-30 minutes with no lines.  They just sort of walk around and interact with everyone.  This is great for seeing some hard to find characters.

Citizens of Hollywood – These folks make up an improv group that sort of mingles with the crowd and interacts with them as well as doing some skits.  Find them on Sunset or Hollywood Boulevards.  They’re usually dressed like workers, police officers, directors, aspiring actors.  They’re a lot of fun so don’t miss them!

MuppetVision 3D – Now, I know this attraction has been around for a long, long time, and hasn’t changed much but don’t discount it. There are tons of little jokes throughout.  In the queue, right underneath the sign that says “Back in 5 minutes” you can see a welcome mat.  Lift it and find a key underneath.  Inside the waiting area, hanging from the ceiling is a net filled with Jello cubes.  It’s a play on words for Annette Funicello – a net fulla jello…get it?  A lot of these you will probably have to explain to your kids but even though this attraction is old, it’s still really fun!

PB& J milkshake – Even if you don’t have reservations at 50’s Prime Time, you can go into the bar and order one to go.  This is a favorite of Dole Whipped!

Carrot Cake Cookie – Used to be at Writer’s Stop, now at Beverly Sunset.  They are delicious, try one!


Podcast Episode 96: Snacking Around The World

You know here at Dole Whipped we are serious about snacking, so on our most recent trip to Walt Disney World, we decided to snack our way around the World Showcase at Epcot.  Listen in as we talk about all the food we tried and what we loved and what we didn’t.  We had such a great time snacking we wanted to share it with you so you could do your own Snack Around The World adventure!

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Epcot for Adults

Have you ever heard that Disney is for kids or that people are going to Disney for their kids?   We at Dole Whipped could not agree less with this.   Disney vacations are for everyone!  For this article I am going to tell you why Epcot is for adults, what you can enjoy while visiting this amazing park.

Let’s start with the best of the best: Drinking Around the World!  Those over the age of 21 can enjoy beer, wine, liquor and mixed drinks from eleven countries.  Check out our information on this subject: Blog and the Podcast.

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If you drinks aren’t your thing maybe Snacking Around the World is an option!  This is a fantastic option with a group of friends so you all get a little taste of everything!  Check out our articles here for ideas.

Another great option for adults are the movies that play in the pavilions of the World Showcase.  France, Canada, and China all have Circle Vision 360 films featuring landmarks and places of interest in these countries.  The films are fairly short and very well done and perfect for adults to enjoy.

Future World also has many great attractions and I won’t list them all, but those that adults may find most fun are Spaceship Earth, Soarin’, Living with the Land, Test Track, and Mission Space.


Dining in Epcot is a dream! There are so many choices for the adventurous eaters, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Mexican, Norwegian, seafood, and steakhouse.  There are of course some character dining options but if you are looking to avoid this there are plenty of choices in Epcot.  Just be sure to make your advanced dining reservations.


Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party is a great activity for adults!  You get drinks and desserts and a lovely view of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.  You can read all about it!

Seasonally there is the Flower and Garden Festival.  There are the concerts, gardening seminars, playgrounds for kids, amazing gardens and topiaries, butterfly house, and food booths called Outdoor Kitchens.


Like Flower & Garden there is the Food & Wine Festival.  Included with this are the Eat to the Beat Concerts, cooking and mixology classes and seminars, as well as food and drink booths from around the world.

Epcot really is a park for everyone!  Check out my articles on Epcot for Kids, Epcot for Preschoolers.

Snacking Around the World Showcase: Part III

And we’re back with the final installment of our Snacking Around the World series.  In case you need to catch up, Jamie, Tara, and I did a little research trip to Disney in January 2016 and decided to sample all the snacks that the World Showcase had to offer. If you would like to read part 1 that includes United Kingdom, France and Morocco click HERE and to see what Japan and Germany have to offer (and why not US and Italy) you need to read part 2 and can get there by clicking HERE.

Mexico, Chips & Salsa at La Cava del Tequila

For this stop, our main goal was to have a margarita, but we also decided to grab a snack too.   There’s no photo because, well, it’s chips and salsa.  It’s not that exciting!

Jamie: I’ve had better chips and salsa for sure. But these did hit the spot for pairing with our margaritas. C+

Shannon: Salsa is meh here. The chipotle smoky flavor was a bit overwhelming. Chips were nice and crispy. C-

Tara: Tara: Clearly these were not great because I had to think a minute to remember having them! Well, first we were having a fun drink too but they need a few more options of snacks in La Cava so I can try more fun drinks. The salsa was not good and the chips did not taste fresh. But they were good in a pinch and helped offset the very strong drinks!  C+

China, Egg rolls at Lotus Blossom Cafe


After the drinks and rather disappointing Mexico snack we were pretty hungry and we thought a nice fried snack might be just the thing.

Jamie: Surprisingly delicious for a quick service side! B+
Shannon: After having some margaritas at La Cava, these hot, fresh, creepy egg rolls hit the spot. A-
Tara: After a few margaritas these taste better than they do without the tequila. They were good but a bit soggy. I would eat them again though! B-
Norway, School Bread, Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe
After the egg rolls, we were a bit stuffed and decided to head back to our room.  We nearly forgot to grab a School Bread but we got one and took it to go.  We had it for breakfast the next morning.
Jamie: School bread is one of my favorites, so no surprise I’ll rate this one an A!
Shannon: Not my favorite. It was good but had a funky aftertaste that I wasn’t fond of. C+
Tara: YUMMY. I love me some school bread. This is popular and cultish for a reason. Try it! It is not what you think it is! A-


Beaches and Cream Soda Shop is the Best Ice Cream in the World…and More

Thanks to for the photo!

Thanks to for the photo!

One of the priorities of every family at Disney is good eating (or it should) and one of the best treats (or meals – hey it is Disney) is ice cream. There are many places for you to grab a Mickey Bar or other frozen treat (Dole Whips are also a must of course) but the best ice cream at Walt Disney World and maybe the world is at Beaches and Cream.

Side bar: I am on a mission to find the best ice cream in the world and based on this, I feel I am an expert on ice cream. With all this experience, I am well qualified to recommend a visit to Beaches and Cream on every single Walt Disney World vacation. “Wow (you must be thinking) how lucky you are to come across this blog article because how rare it is to find an ice cream expert – this Beaches and Cream place must be something special”. You are right! You are lucky (haha) and it is special! Though not only do I heart the ice cream, I truly like the non ice cream food at Beaches and Cream as well. So you are in good hands with this dining recommendation.

Beaches and CreamBeaches and Cream is a fun, diner style restaurant that will remind you of an old-fashioned Eastern seaboard ice cream shop. The restaurant is small and only houses a few tables and some vinyl booths; plus some extra seating at the counter where you get a front row view to the grill and all the going ons with the food! Beaches and Cream is a one credit Table Service restaurant (on the Disney Dining Plan). A tip for you though is it is also a good place to pay out of pocket if you are in need of an extra table service credit. If you want to use two table service credits for one of the amazing signature dining options or just want an extra sit down meal during your trip then this is where you should take advantage. It’s pricing is not overly expensive (on Disney’s scale) and the food and options are top notch. Last year they did start taking reservations, for lunch and dinner, which was a great thing because the wait to sit down and eat could easily be over an hour during busy times. Beaches and Cream is located at the Beach Club Resort and to get there just head out the back side and over to Storm Along Bay. You have two options to get served there by either having a reservation (or waiting for a table or sit at the bar) to order from the full menu or they also have a separate to go line to order ice cream or beverages from if you want to enjoy these items outside by the pool or at one of the outdoor tables they have set up. Yes, you may be already thinking it is too far or difficult to get to if you are not staying at one of the Boardwalk area resorts. Well, to you I say first why are you not staying at one of those amazing resorts and yes it is worth it! Just walk out the International Gateway (back side) of Epcot and either walk or take a Friendship boat over to the Beach Club. Even if you have to take a bus or taxi, it is still worth it, and honestly if you have to walk from anywhere I would still tell you to go.

First let’s talk about the menu that does not include ice cream. I know, I know, but saving Beaches and Cream burgerthe best for last and all that. But, do not discount the menu or think all that is good is the ice cream because besides having the best ice cream in Disney they also have the best burgers on property as well. I always announce I am only going to eat ice cream instead of a meal first so I can have lots and lots of ice cream…but I get there and start smelling the burgers and I can’t resist. So, order the burgers and fries…it is really a great burger. The other items on the menu are great as well. We have tried the chicken sandwich and the Beaches hot dog and both were great. For vegetarians out there or just someone who wants something a little different they offer a vegetarian falafel and though I have not tried it, I have first hand knowledge from a picky vegetarian that it is wonderful. Oh, and the grilled cheese and tomato bisque soup – now that is my favorite combination of foods at home and I am sure they do it top notch there but honestly at Disney I am usually not ordering soup…but that is just me! The lunch and dinner menus are the same and pricing is the same too for both and ranges from $10-$17 and it is a great value for the excellent food.

Now on to the piece de resistance and that is the dessert menu, in which everything includes ice cream and usually a twist…it is not just apple pie or even apple pie a la mode but it is apple-cranberry pie a la mode. The options are endless and start with a good old fashioned sundae with two scoops of ice creams “drenched with your choice of one of the following toppings: Marshmallow, Strawberry, Pineapple, Peanut Butter, Hot Fudge, Caramel, or Chocolate Syrup topped with Whipped Cream, Toasted Almonds, and a Cherry”. If you want something different and my favorite try the No Way Jose which

No Way Jose

No Way Jose

is a “Peanut Butter and Hot Fudge delight featuring Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Morsels, Whipped Cream, and a Cherry” and is one of a kind. If you are the most daring you will order the flagship item of the “kitchen sink”. This is “scoops of Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Coffee, and Mint Chocolate Chip smothered in every topping available” and serves four (so they say but I would not order two if you have more people!) For all of you interested but think oh how much could it really have in it for toppings a cherry or two and some whipped cream? Well here is the list:

  • ½ cup fudge topping, warmed
  • ½ cup butterscotch topping, warmed
  • ½ cup peanut butter topping, warmed
  • 1 medium banana, sliced in 1/2 –inch slices
  • 1 cinnamon spice cupcake (2 ½ x 1 ¼-inch), quartered
  • 1 angel food cupcake (3 x 1 ½-inch), quartered
  • 2 4-oz. scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 4-oz. scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 2 4-oz. scoops strawberry ice cream
  • 1 4-oz. scoop mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • 1 4-oz. scoop coffee ice cream
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • ¼ cup marshmallow crème
  • ¼ cup strawberry topping
  • ¼ cup pineapple topping
  • 1 14-oz can dairy whipped topping

    Full Kitchen Sink! Thanks Disney Parks blog for the picture.

    Full Kitchen Sink! Thanks Disney Parks blog for the picture.

  • 1 brownie (6-inch x 6-inch), quartered
  • 1 regular-sized (2 ounce) candy bar, quartered
  • 4 chocolate cookies with cream filling
  • 1 tablespoon sliced toasted almonds
  • 1 tablespoon dark and white chocolate shavings
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate cookies with cream filling, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jellied orange slices (approximately 2 large slices)
  • 1 tablespoon milk chocolate chip morsels
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter chip morsels
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles
  • 1 tablespoon rainbow sprinkles
  • ½ cup drained maraschino cherries

Hungry yet? The price of all but the kitchen sink desserts range from $6-$9 and the kitchen sink is a bargain at $28.99 because of all the sugary goodness in one “kitchen sink”. If you want to save a few dollars and have a lot less fun (okay maybe not a lot less but some less fun you can go for the mini kitchen sink or the “Mickey’s pants bowl” which

Mini Kitchen Sink

Mini Kitchen Sink

you do get to take home with you as a souvenir so this helps make up for less sweet goodness. Plus if you want to experience some magic not only do you get the kitchen sink the whole restaurant will know because the lights start flashing and alarms go off and bells are rung as the cast member delivers the treat to your table. It is a good time for all but warning this dessert is not for the faint of heart (or anyone on a diet)! Oh wait, I forgot there are no calories at Disney but if there were I would not know or tell you because who wants to ruin the magic?

Are you sold yet on Beaches and Cream? If not, you must be crazy because there is not a better combination than Disney and Beaches and Cream that I know of but you tell me…what is your favorite Disney ice cream?

L’Artisan des Glaces review


After a beautiful evening stroll around World Showcase Lagoon, we stopped in L’Artisan des Glaces, a fairly new boutique style ice cream & sorbet shop in the France pavilion of EPCOT.  One of the key things worth noting here is that you can have liquor added to some of your selections, making this a fabulous stop for the kids AND for the grown-ups!

IMG_0849The decor is very aptly themed and adorable.  There are 2 identical freezers showcasing the selections, so don’t be afraid to move on down to the second one to take a peek…we found most people stopped at the first counter, but both cases are the same.


The flavor selection isn’t extensive, but it covers all the bases, and some twists are added as well.  There’s a chocolate macaron sandwich, a brioche ice cream sandwich, and adult selections such as an ice cream martini.  Scoops of ice cream or sorbet are served in cups or waffle cones, and are reasonably priced at just $3.99 for a single scoop.  We chose the vanilla single scoop & the chocolate macaron sandwich.  Both were delicious, but the macaron sandwich was the clear winner.  And just look at that adorable newspaper it’s served in!  Disney nails theming every time!!

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