October 26, 2010

Disney's Toy Story Green Alien Cupcakes

The Toy Story Aliens are my favorite characters in the Toy Story movies. Why? Maybe it is the way they ooohhh and awwww. Or perhaps it is because they are the ultimate heroes in Toy Story 3? I'm not quite sure but they  always bring a smile to my face. I ran across some Alien cupcakes on this site and I just had to make them! So, come along with me and lets make some Alien cupcakes!

You will need cupcakes, frosting, black decorator gel icing, food coloring, Green Apple Sour Straws, Green Apple Sour Belts and white Mentos. Of course my Alien was right there to give a helping hand!
Next, color the icing a lovely Alien green. I cut the ear shapes with kitchen shears out of the belts and cut the straws into 2" lengths.
Here are the supplies needed  for each Alien cupcake.
Place three Mentos on the cupcake and add the black eyeballs and mouth with the black decorator gel icing. I made some different shaped mouths too.
Insert the antenna by pushing into the cupcake at an angle. Take the ear shapes and wiggle them into the icing. Hint: The next time I make these little guys I will cut my ears out ahead of time and let them sit and dry for a little bit so they will stiffen up. These ears tended to droop a little over the sides.
Voila! Alien cupcakes! 
I just have to say it, "You have saved our lives, we are eternally grateful!"  Whew, I feel better now! If you make some of your own Alien cupcakes I would love to hear about them!

October 25, 2010

Disney's Wishes Fireworks Show

One of our favorite memories at the Walt Disney World is being able to see the Wishes fireworks show from the Seven Seas Lagoon.
While we were taking the ferry from the Grand Floridian Resort over to the Magic Kingdom the Wishes firework show began.We were able to watch the fireworks as we traveled across the lake. As we approached the dock the show wasn't over, so the captain slowed to a stop and allowed us to see the grand finale before docking.  I love watching Wishes as it never gets old for me, but watching it from the water was a special treat for me!

October 18, 2010

The Writer's Stop at Disney's Hollywood Studios

One of Disney's Hollywood Studios hidden secrets is the Writer's Stop coffee shop. This little shop was not listed on the official park map on my last visit, but you can find it on Commissary Lane next door to the Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant. I do not enjoy coffee, I am more of a diet Coke kind of gal, but I love to stop at the Writer's Stop. You may be thinking why is that?
Is it because I can find souvenirs, books, and a few things for my kitchen? Is it because on a hot day at the park the air conditioning feels wonderful?
No! It is because of the Carrot Cake Cookies! Yes, there are other confections sold here to eat along with a cup of coffee or soft drink, but the Carrot Cake Cookie is at the top of my list of yummy snacks to find at Disney's Hollywood Studios. When you walk up to the counter don't be alarmed if you don't see it among the other goodies in the display case. I don't know why, but they are encased in a white paper bag, so you might not see them at first glance.
Once you purchase the cookie and a drink you can usually find a nice quiet place to sit in the Writer's Stop to enjoy every bite! The moist carrot cake type cookies are sandwiched between a smooth and rich cream cheese icing. I usually think the best part about carrot cake is the cream cheese icing, and this cookie had a perfect ratio of icing and cookie.
This is a large cookie! It is a perfect size to split with a friend as I did when I enjoyed it's yummy goodness. It is a bargain at $2.95 and when I was there it was even included as a Snack Credit on the Disney Dining Plan. On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the top, this rates as a 5 with me!

October 11, 2010

Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin

The Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin attraction is one of my favorite things to do while in the Magic Kingdom. I can never just ride this once and be happy. This ride is a video-game inspired ride that is based on the story line of Buzz Lightyear and the Evil Emperor Zurg from Disney's Toy Story 2 movie. 
I totally enjoy blasting away at the Evil Emperor Zurg's robot minions!  While spinning around in the space cruiser you hit the targets with the laser cannon. When a target is hit there are fun sounds and special effects to be seen. Points are added to your score on the display screen in the front of the space cruiser.  As you walk out of the attraction you can see the photo that was taken of you during the ride and the rank you received.  I was happy to see that I was at the Galactic Hero rank which is the highest rank possible!  My husband was at the Star Cadet rank. We won't even go there! I think something was said about my spinning the space cruiser around too much, or not spinning it at the right time. That could be the case, but I will be keeping my Galactic Hero rank and leaving it at that!