I went to Disney World!

I feel as if I’ve neglected my blog lately. But life has been busy. Let me catch you up with a few bullet points.

    • December marked a flurry of activity around here. A lot of Christmas treats were posted, but behind the scenes life was a little miserable. After months of being sick, the doctors told me that I had a faulty gallbladder and had to have surgery a few days after my final exams ended. Can you say awful and stressful?! The surgery was easy squeezy, the recovery was awful, but I’m back to being 100% now!
    • Two days into 2014, I headed to Disney World with a friend of mine from law school. We wanted to mark our halfway point through law school by spending a week at the happiest place on earth. I’ll be sharing a lot of photos on this post – because who doesn’t love Disney? (If you don’t, don’t even speak of it – we can no longer be friends). And we ate a lot of treats, so I’ll share my thoughts on those!
    • The spring semester has started and the mountain of work is piling up yet again. In case I haven’t complained about it recently (ha!), allow me this chance. You guys. Law school is nuts. The girls in my partnership tax class have already asked, “you’ll be bringing cookies every week, right?” Yes. Maybe every day. We will need them.
    • That’s about it for me. I’ll try to post as many goodies as I can over the next couple months. Valentine’s Day is less than a month away (!), so it’s time make something cuuuuute!
    • On with the Disney photos! If you have any questions or are planning a trip, shoot me an email or leave a comment. I love talking Disney. Also – early January is a great time to visit the parks (low crowds, cool weather, generally awesome experience — and the Christmas decorations will still be up!).
    • And in case someone wants to know – the photos below were taken with either (a) my iPhone or (b) a Nikon D300 with a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 lens.

Disney2014__024Disney2014__004Christmastime at the Magic Kingdom!Disney2014__037My favorite ride – the Mad Hatter’s Tea PartyDisney2014__253Disney2014__254These two photos were taken at the Confectionery on Main Street USA. Everything looked so delicious! I wanted one of those Goofy caramel apples – but not for $10!Disney2014__007The new magnet collection is adorable. All the classic Disney treats!Disney2014__016And here’s a real Mickey waffle! Waffles just taste better in Mickey form.Disney2014__043A must-eat at the Magic Kingdom is pineapple Dole Whip. Do not be swayed by the orange Dole Whip. Go with pineapple. It is one of my all-time favorite treats.Disney2014__096Gaston’s Tavern is part of the new Fantasyland. If you go, try LeFou’s Brew, which is frozen apple juice with a hint of marshmallow. It’s delicious!
Disney2014__101Speaking of new Fantasyland, have any of you been to Be Our Guest? It was the best part of our trip. What a magical restaurant. Truly.Disney2014__102Note the red napkin folded into a rose. Those Disney imagineers miss nothing!Disney2014__103You can have “The Grey Stuff” for dessert – which is cookies ‘n’ cream mousse – but really does look like mystery grey fluff.Disney2014__288A little more Magic Kingdom Christmas.Disney2014__307Who doesn’t love fireworks?Disney2014__054The Osborne Lights at Hollywood Studios – so amazing!Disney2014__078We lunched at the 50s Primetime Cafe. The food was decent – all comfort food! Andrea tried a peanut butter and jelly shake – and it tasted like a blended and frozen Reese’s peanut butter cup. Mmm!
Disney2014__279Is there anything happier than a Disney balloon?Disney2014__159EPCOT is next!Disney2014__173First stop, the bakery in France. I got macarons and Andrea got chocolate mousse.Disney2014__180Next was the Karamell-Kuche in Germany. *Everything* was covered, dripped, drizzled, or dunked in caramel. My version of heaven. :)Disney2014__187Norway brought us the Kringla Bakeri og Cafe. My friend (and Disney super fan and expert) Amber HIGHLY recommended that we try the schoolbread. You guys. Oh my god. And look, I *hate* coconut. But this magical pastry sent from the heavenly land of Norway? SO DELICIOUS. I dream about it. Others feel the same way!Disney2014__197Loved the cookies ‘n’ cream cupcakes at the Boardwalk Bakery.Disney2014__047A note about our hotel – we stayed at the Contemporary and booked a boring garden level room. Upon arrival, we were upgraded to a Club Level room with a view of the Magic Kingdom. H-o-l-y-s-h-i-t. You couldn’t have wiped the smiles off of our faces! In addition to the great view, there was free food in the common area from 7am to 10pm, every day. Breakfast! Snacks! Wine and cheese! Free beer! Dessert party! It was basically the best thing ever – and we’ll never be that lucky with an upgrade ever again.Disney2014__015Free chocolates. The one with the photo of the Contemporary? It’s chocolate. I ate our hotel. Also, I love love loved the Contemporary. I didn’t know if I would because it was said to be so modern and cold – but I thought it was fantastic. The hotel was warm and clean and simple – and the biggest perks were the fact that you could walk to the Magic Kingdom and that the monorail went through the hotel (talk about convenient).Disney2014__283And here’s the end of the photos (thank god, right?). I had a great time with Andrea and I will always love Disney with all my heart. And I will also always love those Mickey-shaped krispie treats. Daaaamn they’re good.

  • Danielle - January 16, 2014 - 10:14 am

    Great photos! I can never get a decent photo of the castle and fireworks. Did you meet any characters? My favorites are Chip and Dale. Going to Disney is a fun way to escape from reality for awhile. :) I always look forward to seeing the recipes you post on your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - January 16, 2014 - 10:15 am

    Great photos! I can never get a decent photo of the castle and fireworks. Did you meet any characters? My favorites are Chip and Dale. Going to Disney is a fun way to escape from reality for awhile. :)

    I always look forward to seeing the recipes you post on your blog. Good luck with your spring semester!ReplyCancel

    • Annie - January 16, 2014 - 10:25 am

      Hi Danielle! Thanks for the compliment on the photos :) We didn’t meet any characters. The wait times were always so long! And it’s always more fun to see all the little kids freaking out about meeting Mickey Mouse rather than meeting him yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Carol - January 17, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Your photos are terrific………they remind me of the trip we took to Disney with our Grandson. He (and us ) met all the characters…..his favorites was “Woody” and “Goofy”

    Thanks for sharing the pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - January 22, 2014 - 2:13 am

    What gorgeous pictures!! Looks like an amazing place, I think one could go there just for a food tour and forget the rides! We are in Los Angeles and I still have to take the kids to Disney, haven’t been brave enough yet! :)ReplyCancel

  • Annie - January 22, 2014 - 6:57 am

    Thanks, Maggie! And I agree – you could totally devote a Disney vacation to food! Mmm.ReplyCancel

  • Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies - February 13, 2014 - 3:26 pm

    Somehow I missed this post! The photos are stunning, girl, and oh Schoolbread, how I adore thee. Thanks for the shout out. And I TOOOOOTALLY agree on orange dole whip. That crap tastes like baby aspirin. SKIP IT and inhale pineapple dole whip. It’s the only way to go. Excellent shot of my Epcot fountain too! (I call it that because I used to work in the kiosks in either side of it, and it made every day SO fantastic.)ReplyCancel

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