For anyone unfamiliar with Amorette's Patisserie at Disney Springs, do yourself a favor and get familiar ASAP. This artsy pastry shop is located right next to World of Disney in Disney Springs and offers a variety of signature cakes, macarons, eclairs, and more. The cakes and pastries here are so elegant you almost don't want to eat any of it! But, that's ridiculous because not only are the desserts gorgeous, they're DELICIOUS.
In a relatively new addition, Disney has started offering Cake Decorating Experiences at Amorette's. Being a naturally creative and artistic person, I jumped all over it as soon as I saw it. It did take us a few months to be able to get into a class (they're now offered Sun-Thurs, but at first it was only once or twice a week). This 90-minute class takes you through the cake-decorating process of a signature Mickey Character cake. You and a partner are given all of the materials, ingredients, and guidance you need to create this show-stopping cake!
We'll take you through the basics of the class and our experience with it so you can decide if this is something for you! If you find enjoyment in cake decorating, baking, or art in general we recommend giving it a try. It's a bit pricey ($150 per couple), but can be a lot of fun and you may just learn a thing or two!
We started off by meeting in front of Amorette's at 8:30 AM. Class starts at 9:00, but get there early so you can get settled in and order your free drinks. Yes, FREE. (Considering the price of the class, it's the least they could do.)
The class offers unlimited drinks from the menu above. We tried the mimosa, bellini, and caramel and vanilla lattes and cappuccinos.
The class caps out at 14 guests, so seating is not an issue at all. We happened to be the first ones in so we picked the work station right in the center, but as you can see in the photo, there are no bad views.
We got a short intro from our instructors about Amorette's, their backgrounds, and what the class would look like.
We also got to sample some cake and buttercream (of course there are not-so-hidden Mickey's)
They started by giving each of us the main "dome" of cake. This class is 100% about decorating, NOT baking. So, all of the baking and prepping part was done for us.
The inside of the cake is Chocolate Chiffon Cake, Milk Chocolate Mousse and
Orange Pate De Fruit Jelly. And it's AMAZING!
Pouring the first layer of glaçage..aka gelatin-like icing.
*Does this remind anyone else of a poison apple??*
Next, we did our first layer of painting the ears, buttons, and tail (all made of white-chocolate) with edible paint.
While waiting for those to dry a little we applied a second layer of glaçage which ended up looking like this.
And a second layer of paint to the ears, buttons, and tail.
Then the third and final layer of glaçage to the cake. This was the important one to make sure it looked it's best and didn't have any missing areas.
While the cakes sat in the refrigerator for a while to let the glaçage set, we got to walk around, order more drinks, explore Amorette's and talk with the instructors.
One of the coolest things about Amorette's is the fact that you can see the decorators working on their cakes and pastries while you're in the shop.
Then came the most nerve-racking part of the class: transferring the cake. Notice how some of the buttercream came out but I just attempt to sweep it under the cake lol
Luckily the "belt" fondant covers the bottom of the cake so you can't see any of your mistakes.
Adding all the final pieces together!
And the final product!!!
Posing like proud parents with our creation haha.
Everyone got to write their names on their cake in frosting.
You know we HAD to put Ride or Dine!
The other great thing about the class is that after you've finished, your cake is displayed in one of the glass cases in the bakery for everyone to see.
If you want to leave it there and pick it up later, they'll hold it for you for the rest of the day.
When you are ready to take your cake with you, it's placed in a nice box and bag and you're given a signed card by the instructors!
And there you have it! A basic rundown of Amorette's Cake Decorating Experience at Disney Springs. We had an absolute blast (probably more Brittany than Parker) with this class! The cake was delicious, AND HUGE, and it was just an all-around fun morning. It was also something pretty different than we're used to on Disney vacations, so that was exciting.
Amorette's Cake Decorating Experience runs Sunday-Thursday every week and offers this classic Mickey design cake on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and the seasonal Mickey cake on Mondays and Wednesdays. (UM, YES PLEASE, PUMPKIN MICKEY!!) If this is something you're interested in, make sure to book way in advance! Classes are only offered to 14 students per day and fill up several months in advance!! Until next time, happy decorating!!
We recently got back from a very fun and theme park-filled trip to Ohio & Pennsylvania! Along the way we got to visit four parks including the ROLLER COASTER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD: Cedar Point. We spent three days at the coaster-packed park and had an awesome time.
New for 2018 at Cedar Point is Steel Vengeance! This hyper-hybrid record-breaking coaster was out of this world! Steel Vengeance is the tallest steel-wood coaster hybrid in the world! Many coaster and amusement park enthusiasts flocked to CP for the opening of this awesome re-vamp and we were SO excited to finally get to ride.
Despite lining up as soon as the park opened, we still waited almost 2 hours to ride the new coaster. (We stayed at Hotel Breakers, CP's hotel, which allowed early access into the park but not onto this specific ride on the days we were there). Although the wait time and the heat were brutal, both Parker and I agreed that the ride was worth it! Are you brave enough to take on the 200 ft drop and 4 inversions of Steel Vengeance?
While at Cedar Point we also got to experience their new summer event, Cedar Point Nights, featuring the Fire and Ice Tastebud Tour! Starting at 7 PM nightly, the park begins this summer party by opening the Fire and Ice food booths followed by glow and dance parties on the beach, the Fire and Ice Concert in the Park, and wrapped up with A Kiss Goodnight Firework display!
The Fire and Ice Tastebud Tour was right up our alley. We are a Theme Park FOOD Blog, after all. The Tour features four booths with unique food and beverage offerings. A sampler card can be purchased with 8 tickets. Each item is 1 ticket and there are 12 items between the 4 booths, so you can try almost everything with one sampler card.
The Four Booths:
The Strawberry Lemonade was a highlight for sure. It was SO good, this one is a must-try!
We both really enjoyed the seared tuna caesar salad. Despite featuring wasabi caesar dressing, the salad had no heat to it. But, overall, this item was toward the top of our list.
Unfortunately, we both wanted the firecracker shrimp to be better than it was. The flavor was good, but the shrimp wasn't even warm and it seemed like it may have been sitting out for a while. Also, as you will soon see, these white crispy things (I think they're crispy rice noodles, but I could be wrong) are on the majority of their dishes. It's not terrible, but given the high winds that Cedar Point faces, we were struggling a bit.
Sweet and Spicy Pork
Our favorite booth for sure!
The brown sugar skewered pork belly with Thai garlic sauce. The meat was a little tough, but the taste was on point! And, we were thankful for the skewer as many of the offerings here were very difficult to eat.
My mouth is watering just looking back at this photo. The chipotle spiked short ribs with garlic toast and avocado crema. Hands down the best item of the tour. We loved it so much we got a second one. It was also the largest item of the tour, so more bang for your buck!
I'm conflicted about this one. The fiery bourbon glazed wing (singular) is obviously pretty small. It's also in a little basket filled with those crispy white noodles again which made this incredibly difficult to eat. You can't put the basket down because the wind will blow it and all the little noodles all over the place (yes we're speaking from experience here), but it's hard to hold the basket and pick up a wing and eat it. And forget holding a drink, too.
BUT, the flavor was good. I enjoyed the taste, just wish it wasn't so difficult.
This was probably our least favorite booth. We didn't try the raspberry lemonade which I have a sneaking suspicion may have been the best thing at the booth, but what we did try was just mediocre.
The chicken and waffles with jalapeño butter.
Once again, very difficult to eat. I ended up just picking it up and taking a bite of it. Personally, I wasn't a fan of that bite, but, Parker liked it once he put the syrup on it.
This booth also featured a South Shore Perch Taco with jalapeño slaw and peach relish.
Down on the beach (right outside of the park) the fun continued with two more snack booths and the glow party, silent disco, and beach games.
Glow Dance Party
The Beach Grill Food and Beverage Booth
The Party Snacks Food and Beverage Booth
This is the homemade potato chips with the onion garlic parmesan dip. This stuff was seriously addicting! The chips were great on their own, too. But this dip...I'm still thinking about it now.
So, all in all, it was a successful trip to Cedar Point. We rode so many roller coasters, ate SO much food, and had such a good time. I seriously can't wait to go back!
We want to hear from our readers- How many of you have been to Cedar Point? What's your favorite coaster? And do you plan on checking out their summer Cedar Point Nights?
Let us know in the comments!!
This week we are so excited to be sharing with you one of the coolest and most unique parks we've been to. We've been holding on to this gem for a little bit now, and we're so happy to be finally blogging about it! The park is called Wild Adventures Theme Park and is located in Valdosta, GA.
Wild Adventures is such a neat park because it's basically three parks in one. It's a theme park complete with thrill rides and roller coasters, an animal park featuring hundreds of exotic animals, and a water park with several slides and a wave pool! All of these things are included with your standard admission to Wild Adventures, so needless to say, you could easily spend an entire day in the park and still not get to see everything.
During our visit to Wild Adventures we got the opportunity to meet with the Director of Public Relations and the Food and Beverage Director to talk about some of the park's highlights and future plans! They were some of the nicest people we've encountered in the industry and they welcomed us into the park and made us feel right at home. We'll share some of what they shared with us in this post as well as our reviews of the park. So follow along with us through a trip report of our wild time at Wild Adventures!
There is no shortage of food offerings in Wild Adventures! Whether you're in the mood for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Philly cheesesteaks, pizza, or BBQ, you're sure to find a restaurant or food stand serving up something delicious at every corner. We started our day in the park by meeting with the Directors near the park's signature Barbecue restaurant: Lonestar BBQ.
This recently refurbished restaurant offers smoked BBQ ribs, chicken, and pulled pork in a modern, Texas-style atmosphere. This place is definitely the pride and joy of the Food and Beverage department (and with good reason). The F&B director let us know that their team slow smokes the meat for hours to get that melt-in-your-mouth perfection. They also offer four unique hand-crafted barbecue sauces with your meal that are available for purchase if you feel so inclined. (You will.) We got all four- Original, Spicy, Mustard, and Vinegar- but I think our favorite was definitely the mustard.
Lonestar BBQ was an unexpected food victory and we highly recommend it. In a park with so many appealing offerings, we'd say this one is a can't miss.
We also ate at Congo Wings! It's rare that we pass up an opportunity to eat hand-tossed wings anywhere we go, so when we saw this place, we had to stop!
The wings were very good. The only downside to this place is the lack of variety. Currently, they only offer one wing flavor- buffalo- which is Brittany's favorite, but not Parker's. Adding a bbq, lemon pepper, or garlic flavor would really enhance the menu.
But overall, you can't be mad at wings and cheese fries. It's literally my ideal cheat meal (which is every meal on vacation if we're being honest). This restaurant seems to have the most potential to us. Even the employees choose to eat most of their meals here! We saw several of them and, of course, stopped to ask them where their favorite place to grab lunch was.
We ended with the most intriguing offering in the park, a Colossal Shake from Mayfield Creamery. This location offers sundaes, shakes, and several flavors of ice cream. Currently, they're showcasing two fun shakes to go along with seasonal theming in the park. One is a cute "Fun @ Heart" shake with sprinkles and lollipops. The other- not as cute. To highlight "Mega Bugs", a new interactive, life-size bug exhibit, the park is offering a real cricket shake!
It's actually not as intense as it sounds. It's a cookies and cream ice cream shake topped with gummy worms, and a real chocolate-covered cricket. Honestly, the cricket tasted like a chocolate-covered peanut, but there's still something about knowingly eating bugs that you can't get out of your head. This shake was awesome and such a fun idea! It's something that you should definitely try, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised! (Plus you'll get bonus points for being brave enough to eat a bug!)
For those unfamiliar with Wild Adventures' history, we encourage you to look into it. It opened originally as an animal park, and the rides followed. It was a family-owned park and, at one time, the fastest growing park in the country. For example, from 1998-2001, the park added seven rollercoasters. Most of these roller coasters are standard kid and family coasters, except for Cheetah.
Cheetah, a 90-ft wooden coaster, is the park's longest roller coaster and has an out and back design. While Cheetah is certainly a fun ride, it is definitely not the smoothest. It was pretty uncomfortable and VERY bumpy. If ever there was a roller coaster that deserved a revamp, whether it's re-tracking or an RMC makeover, Cheetah would be it.
In addition to the park's seven roller coasters, there are several other family-style rides and attractions scattered throughout the park. The highlight for us was the Jungle Safari. This train ride takes you through several animal exhibits, passes under the Cheetah roller coaster, and ends with a feature of the park's "celebrity" elephant, Shirley, who starred in the remake of the movie "The Jungle Book" in 1994.
Splash Island Waterpark
Wild Adventures' water park, Splash Island, is a colorful and fun family-style water park. The park offers a great selection of tube slides and body slides, a wave pool, a ProSlide Tornado, and a lazy river.
Splash Island's newest addition is Ohana Bay, a Hawaiian-themed family area featuring seven slides! Most of the slides in this area are designed for younger children with the exception of Uli Uli Twisters.
What makes Wild Adventures so unique, is that in addition to having great rides, food, and entertainment like any other theme park, they also offer zoo enclosures and animal shows.
The animal exhibits are featured throughout the park which gives guests the ability to see hundreds of different species throughout their visit.
The park features an award-winning tiger show: Tigers of India. The show highlights the agility of these large cats and will leave you entirely amazed.
They also feature an up-close and immersive alligator show which completely blew our minds. Not only were we terrified (in a good way), we were thoroughly entertained. "Gators!" left us peeking through our fingers in order to catch what was probably one of the best shows we've seen in a theme park.
Wild Adventures exceeded our expectations in every single way. We want to thank the Directors of PR and F&B for taking the time to talk with us about the park and what makes it so special. It was obvious after sitting down with them that they are truly passionate about Wild Adventures and all that the park has to offer and plans to offer in the future. We were told that
2019 looks like it'll be a year for the kids, but to expect a larger additions for 2020!
We've seen Herschend Family Entertainment invest a lot of money into Dollywood and Silver Dollar City recently and we can't wait to see what they have in store for this park!
Let your imagination run wild!
See you soon, Wild Adventures!
Summer has finally arrived and theme park season is back in full swing! This weekend was the opening of SeaWorld San Antonio's new summer celebration: Electric Ocean. We decided to check it out, along with the new Sesame Street Party Parade and nighttime shows. While visiting the park we also saw some exciting newly renovated areas as well as some developing construction. We got some photos and we can continue to update everyone as developments are made, but for now, it's fun to guess what the park may have in store!
Electric Ocean is SeaWorld's new summer nighttime experience.
They've set up an area of the park (from just before WaveBreaker to just after Great White) with EDM DJ's, bars, snack stands, and even dance clubs. It's an interesting concept. It's very visually appealing, and it's a fun idea, but maybe because we were there on a Sunday night..it just seemed to be missing the people! The dance floors were pretty empty, with the exception of some of the costumed employees and a few children.
Hopefully it'll get a little bit more popular on Friday and Saturday nights going forward.
The Deep Sea Silent Disco was a dance floor set up across from Wave Breaker. There is no DJ here, you actually rent headphones from the glow shop set up behind it and you listen to your own choice of music. Hence the "silent" disco.
Headphone rental pricing (seems a little much to us).
Cool giant Lite Brite board set up next to Silent Disco
The Chill Out Bar is very easy to miss. We actually walked right by it and had to back track and study the map to find it. The whole idea is a club that stays cold..so we get that the door needs to stay closed. But, they could definitely do with a larger "open" sign! Maybe a sign on the actual door as well?
They had some cool drinks, above is the full menu. (Shock Wave pictured)
We also tried the nitrogen boozy ice cream. It tasted awesome! And it's a fun process to watch. I will say, though, it took them a good 20 minutes to make it. I do think they were just trying to figure out the machine and I don't anticipate it continuing to be such a long process for the rest of the summer, but I would still plan accordingly if you're trying to hit up a show after grabbing your ice cream!
Other fun "Electric Ocean" snacks.
Sesame Street Party Parade
Also new for 2018 is SeaWorld's Sesame Street Party Parade. The park has added new designated parade seating and viewing areas as well as painted parade markers on the grounds throughout the route. It was a cute parade and everyone seemed to enjoy it. The entire parade route was packed with people.
New parade viewing area (a few hours before the parade start)
The floats stop and park and the characters come down and play with the children.
They have bouncing balls, jump ropes, and they dance with them.
SeaWorld also brought back the summer favorites from last year: Sea Lions Tonite, Shamu's Light Up the Night, and Hydro Power Extreme FX
Sea Lions Tonite
Hydro Power Extreme
You can scroll through photos we took of the construction happening in the park as well as some of the newly renovated areas. The park is doing a great job of making improvements. Any thoughts on what they may be doing in these developing areas? Possibly Halloween event related? New Ride? The possibilities are endless!
And there you have it! It's going to be an exciting summer filled with many trips to multiple theme parks, but we are very fortunate to have a couple of really great parks right here in our hometown! Anyone have any plans to visit SeaWorld San Antonio this summer? We'd love to hear from you!
Parker and Brittany Ruhmel- Lovers of all things food and theme park related!