19 December 2014, 12:00 pm
Top Christmas Treats at Orlando Theme Parks
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the sweetest, too! Bakeries across the country are pumping out loads of ooey, gooey, sugary and sweet treats to celebrate the season but you don’t have to go far to find a decadent dessert. Orlando theme parks have some pretty amazing chefs and bakers who have been working overtime to bring you their best Christmas treats, and the result is mouthwatering!
Holiday Cake Pops at Goofy’s Candy Company – Goofy’s Candy Company in Downtown Disney is always a great place to grab something sweet, and right now that something sweet is festive for the holidays. Guests can indulge in one of our favorite treats in Disney: cake pops. These mini bites of cake are decorated with either a Santa Mickey hat or as a bright blue snowflake. You can’t go wrong with a cake pop so whichever you choose your sweet tooth will be satisfied!
Gingerbread Cupcakes at Hollywood Studios – For an in-park treat, head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the tasty gingerbread cupcakes. Decorated with traditional red and green sprinkles and a Mickey Mouse hat, this cupcake is almost too festive to eat! Almost! When you finally do bite into the cupcake your taste buds will smile as they are taken over by gingerbread and cream cheese icing. Yum!
Buche de Noel au Chocolat at Epcot – There is a world of tasty treats at Epcot to try this season but one of our favorites is Buche de Noel au Chocolat (Chocolate Christmas log) at Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie. This sweet concoction is massive and will satisfy any chocolate lover’s sweet tooth. Draped in chocolate ganache and decorated with colorful pearls, a mushroom meringue and a white chocolate ribbon, this cake is decadent.
Dutch Chocolate Grasshopper at Epcot – The only drink on our tasty treat list, the Dutch Chocolate Grasshopper at Epcot is a rich chocolate ice cream drink with a splash of peppermint schnapps and a sprinkling of crushed candy canes. It’s both refreshing and mouthwatering.
Candy Cane Fudge at SeaWorld Orlando – You read that right. Candy cane fudge!! This pepperminty treat at SeaWorld Orlando has a soft gooey center like fudge with a hard, crunchy peppermint top. It’s one of the prettiest desserts there is, and tastes even more amazing.
For a taste of these popular Christmas treats look for discounted Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.
17 December 2014, 1:53 pm
Food For Thought Hot Butterbeer at Universal Orlando
You’ve tried it cold, frozen and maybe even as an ice cream flavor and now Universal Orlando has made the famous Butterbeer hot!
It was only a matter of time before Universal dabbled with the secret recipe to make it a hot drink. Given Florida’s warm weather it made sense to first offer the drink cold and frozen, and then add an ice cream flavor, but that was actually never the way J.K. Rowling intended. In fact, in the books and in the movies, Harry and friends are frequently found warming up with a hot mug of the brew during cold winter outings.
Nothing says winter like a hot mug of cocoa, and that is exactly what Universal Orlando had in mind when they created the newest Butterbeer concoction. Offering the same butterscotchy and shortbread flavor as its original, the hot Butterbeer is creamy and smooth and will warm your bones when the Orlando weather gets chilly, or just when you want a frothy foamy drink that will make you feel like you are actually part of the Harry Potter series.
Universal Orlando has confirmed that the hot version will be available all year long so if you don’t make it to the parks this winter you can always grab a hot mug in the spring or summer. Some of you may be wondering when Universal will had alcohol to the drink, something that J.K. Rowling even hinted at in the books. As of right now, there is no word from Universal that there is an alcoholic version in the works, but stay tuned to see if that changes!
If you need to try this delicious warm beverage right now you can find hot Butterbeer at Leaky Caludron, The Hopping Pot and The Fountain of Fair Fortune inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios. And if you happen to be at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure when your tastebuds beg for a hot drink head to Three Brooomsticks or Hog’s Head Pub to fill up on the yummy treat.
For a taste of the new hot Butterbeer, or for the original, look for discounted Universal Orlando tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.
15 December 2014, 12:08 pm
Inside the New Film Vault Store at Universal Studios
Universal Studios has always been the place where you can “Ride the Movies.” It began nearly 25 years ago as a new and thrilling way to experience your favorite Universal films through rides and attractions. Today, the same is true with even more movie-themed attractions being added each year. In honor of the movies that helped catapult Universal into the competitive theme park world, the park has opened The Film Vault store, and it is one of the only places in Universal where you can pay homage to the attractions and films of Universal’s past.
Located in the former television preview space across from Transformers: The Ride-3D, The Film Vault is a movie buffs’ dream. Full of merchandise from just about every Universal movie you can think of, this unique store will take you back to some of your favorite films including such classics as “Scarface,” “King Kong,” “Jurassic Park,” “Jaws,” “E.T. Extra Terrestrial,” “Back to the Future,” and more.
The items at the new merchandise store include everything from the Bride of Frankenstein purse and wallet to Back to the Future items including the multi-colored 2015 hat worn by Marty McFly in the film. There are also King Kong pillows as well as plenty of T-shirts with Dracula, Psycho and more on them, posters of movies and of course an extensive collection of Universal films. With the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters coming up, the store also has a huge line up Ghostbusters merchandise including toys, T-shirts, hats and more. Ghostbusters used to have a bigger presence in the park with a live show and a special effects show where Twister currently resides.
The Film Vault Store also offers Universal Studios items like T-shirts, mugs and the like.
To check out the new The Film Vault store at Universal Studios and take home a Bride of Frankenstein purse or that 2015 Back to the Future hat, look for discounted Universal Studios tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets. While you’re at Universal Studios, don’t miss Macy’s Holiday Parade, Mannheim Steamroller live in Concert or any of the many other holiday shows during Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort.