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Celebrate National Sandwich Day by Signing up to Get a FREE Sandwich at Disney

Published November 3, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Why not celebrate National Sandwich Day by signing up to Get a FREE sandwich at Disney? National Sandwich Day is TODAY November 3rd!

John Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich, and lucky for us, he was also a heavy gambler. Montagu often spent many long hours in London’s gambling parlors. In 1762, he created the sandwich by putting meat between two pieces of bread so that he could remain at the gambling table during his meal.

Obviously, the sandwich was named after him, and the rest as they say…is history.

Here are 3 ways you might want to celebrate today, and show Earl a nod of thanks:

First head over to DeliFreshThreads.com and check out the awesome sandwich themed shirts! Until midnight tonight –  you can get 25% off if you use THANKSEARL as your checkout code.


Second, you can learn how to get a free sandwich at Downtown Disney’s Earl of Sandwich (or other select locations) by clicking here.

Finally, whether you are at Disney or not, why not consume your favorite sandwich? Better yet, go ahead, be bold and daring..try a new sandwich! Have a magical day!



Cheshire Cafe Gourmet Cake Cups ~ Written by Guest Author Dawn Mathis Losch

Published October 15, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Cheshire Cafe Gourmet Cake Cups ~ Written by Guest Author Dawn Mathis Losch

**Update from Krista October 28, 2013: This treat is no longer being offered in the Magic Kingdom at this time. We hope they will bring it back one day!***

I just got back from one of my monthly trips to Disney, where I had to try the new Gourmet cupcake at the Cheshire cafe in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland.

The Cheshire cafe used to be the Enchanted Grove.  It has been updated with lots of pretty vines, and a pink striped smiling Cheshire cat on the sign. They sell cereals, muffins, fruit, slushies, and coffee now as well.

As soon as I saw the news about a new item being offered, I could not wait to try it. I am not a chocolate fan,so vanilla was the way to go.

The gourmet cupcakes are offered in a Chocolate coffee-ish flavor called Mad Hatter mocha, and Cheshire cupcake cake cup, which was vanilla.

It is a parfait looking dessert with layers of vanilla frosting, (lots of it), and vanilla cake. It is topped full of fun colored sprinkles.

You will definitely want to have your sweet tooth ready, because this is sure to kick it into overdrive.

I think the funnest thing about this dessert was the picture decoration on top.  It was totally edible, and it was neat to be eating a sugar picture.

Both the cupcake cups were reasonably priced at 4.19. I shared mine with my husband and daughter.


Dawn Mathis Losch lives in New Port Richey Florida with her family. She is also a regular contributor to Addicted to Mickey, a community page about Disney.

Contest for FREE Jewelry ends April 28th!

Published April 21, 2013 by Disneyways.com

It is our lucky day! Julie has decided to give away one of her beautiful jewelry pieces for FREE! I hope you will read her  note below and consider entering to win!


 A note from Julie Leedy of Chuckhljal.Etsy.com ~

So, I was thinking wouldn’t it be fun to win something without having to actually spend any money? Do these kinds of freebies even exist any more? Well, I think they do and I know I would love to be the recipient of a prize without having to spend money. So on that note…I have decided to run a little contest for my Etsy customers!!!!!

So here’s the details:

Find something in my Etsy Shop (chuckhljal.etsy.com), just one item, that you would want to make your own. Tell me why you love that piece and why you should be the recipient of this free gift. Here’s the deal breaker though…no sad stories, only good ones. I need a little Chicken Soup for the Etsy Soul, a story without sympathy; no deaths, diseases or devastations. Good heartfelt story telling. If you can make me laugh, even better. One little catch….if you are the chosen story teller, you are giving me permission to post your fun and heartfelt story to my Etsy and Facebook Accounts.

If you are willing to play, please send me your story via email at chuckhl@aol.com and I will see who’s story tickles me the most. The prize package is the item you loved and wrote about so be sure to send me the link or item number so I know what piece you are referring to. Good luck and feel free to invite your friends and family to play along too. Hurry, contest ends April 28th, 2013, and the winner will be announced on May 1, 2013.

Hugs, Julie

Christmas at the Beach Club Resort

Published December 25, 2012 by Disneyways.com

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It’s not all gingerbread houses – how about an enchanting holiday carousel, crafted of gingerbread, chocolate, and fondant? The carousel is a holiday tradition at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. There are also some sculptures to enjoy, and even a little shop where you can buy some Christmas goodies to take with you.

Try the Grey Stuff at Be Our Guest Restaurant!

Published November 2, 2012 by Disneyways.com

I was super excited to see the photo and review posted over at the DisneyFoodBlog.com today!

Here it is – the ever famous “Grey Stuff”! Photo credit Faith Gagliardi

The gang over at DFB said the taste was subtle. They took turns at guessing the flavor but were finally told the grey stuff is actually cookies and cream flavored. The decorative topping had a Rice Krispie type of flavor – and they said it was delightful. I just had to share! Have a magical day!

Photo and Video Tour: Put on your coconut bra and grass skirt! It’s time for the Luau!

Published May 4, 2012 by Disneyways.com

I have wanted to go to Hawaii for pretty much as long as I can remember.  I’m a BIG Elvis fan and the movie Blue Hawaii probably influenced this in some way. A tan, handsome, young Elvis gyrating among the beautiful scenery of a Polynesian background? What’s not to like?! I guess since I love the thought of Hawaii, I love the thought of a luau, even if it’s just right here in my home town of Orlando Florida.

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My mother first came up with the idea a few months before. She wanted to get the family all together for something really special and fun. I promise I did not suggest or influence her in any way to pick the Disney luau, she came up with it all on her own.  It took about a month to get our entire group to agree on a date but it finally happened. We picked Friday April 27, 2012. This also happened to be my cousin’s birthday. Matt is a quiet guy who doesn’t like a lot of hoopla or attention on his birthday but he agreed this might be ok as long as we didn’t buy gifts or go to crazy.

Luau Matt

I sent out the first email and everyone seemed excited about the big day! I made a list of all the names and counted it 4 times. Could we really be a group of 16??? Yes we could – and in fact — we ended up adding one more a couple weeks later for a grand total of 17. Wow! We lost my Dad about a year ago and I just couldn’t stop thinking about how much he would have loved this. I missed him through the whole process (and again on the big night) but I feel like he was watching the whole time. I think he would’ve loved to make it a party of 18.

My Mom decided on category 2 seating. When I called to make the reservation – all that was left was category 1. There was no changing the date now — so we went with it.  I read and researched all I could about the luau just so I could make sure it was something everyone would like AND to try and help things to go as smoothly as I possibly could. The main thing that bugged me was why we had to be there an hour early. Disney policy states this for the luau and they even read you that policy again when you book the reservation. There was very little I could find on the internet about why this policy was in place.

My Mom and I headed to the Polynesian a couple of days early to pick up what I thought were going to be “tickets” to the luau, which are normally at the concierge desk. It was that magic time of around 7:30pm however. I knew there would be cast members at the luau podium this time of night so we made a beeline for the podium first with my list of questions in hand.

Sure enough, the crowds were filing in for the 8pm show and there were cast members waiting to greet us. I told them we were early for the Friday night show (this was Wednesday) and I had some questions. They were happy to assist. My first question was about parking. When my Mom and I pulled up that night we got one of the last spaces available. I was fearful with our big group that there might not be enough spaces for all of us! The cast member didn’t really know what to say. Just then I really lucked out and a manager approached us! The cast member repeated the question for him and just like that – that manager was MINE. The poor guy had no idea what he was getting in to. He politely calmed my fears by stating that parking has never been a problem for luau guests– and we could always pay to valet if we really needed to. He was surprised to hear the lot was so full on this particular evening. OK, so I was satisfied with that answer. I smiled sweetly and asked, “Do you have a few more minutes to answer my other questions?”

“Sure!” he replied in all his typical Disney helpfulness. So off we went…

“We have a group of 17. Do we really need to be here an hour early?” His response: “There is no reason for you to get here that early IF you have already picked up your ticket.”

“Ticket?” I asked, “I thought there would be 17 tickets.”

“Nope,” he replied, “ What you actually get is a slip of paper that has your confirmation number on it and says party of 17. That acts as your admission to the luau.”

WOW! One little slip?

I was shocked. This was a wonderful thing because I had no idea how I would see everyone beforehand to give them a ticket and what if they lost it? It’s just one little slip so I didn’t have to give anyone anything. Awesome.

Next I asked him about being tardy. My nephew Jason would be working that night and not able to get to the luau until probably 9pm or later. The manager said that wasn’t a problem and if my nephew was REALLY late we could ask for a refund on his ticket.

Finally, I asked him about seating. All he could promise me was that we’d be in Category 1 because that’s what was paid for. Oh well, I tried.

Friday night finally came and we all met at my Mom’s to carpool.

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We got through all the gates and parking without incident. Everyone was in a great mood when we arrived. I was SO glad I had talked to the manager because even though we weren’t super early, we still ended up standing around outside with no where to sit for 20 minutes or so, even after the formal pictures were taken.

When we finally got in however, things went great. The food was fantastic, the show and costumes were awesome. I couldn’t help but bob my head and wiggle a little in my chair to that music. It was a wonderful night. One of the highlights of the night was that they just happened to pick my nephew, pull him up on stage, and have his shake his booty like a rock-star. He was a great sport!

Here’s a few photos from our big night.

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This is not video that I took but it’s a great 4 minute clip of what the show is like.
All in all, we had a blast. Go see this thing if you get a chance! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2012

Published April 25, 2012 by Disneyways.com

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2012

Dates announced!!
















































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