Disney Springs Must Do: Goofy’s Candy Co.

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Sometimes we take vacations and visit places we soon realize we’ll visit again. There are beaches, hotels, and believe it or not, even stores that just stay in your memory for all time. Goofy’s Candy Co. is one of many super adorable shops in Disney Springs which, with all their renovations and new additions, is fast becoming an incredible Disney-themed shopping and dining location you have to visit while in Orlando.

Goofy’s is certainly not new. This sweet shop has looked mostly the same for as long as I can remember, and yet it remains an absolute must do for any shopping trip to Disney Springs.

Grab your wallet and be prepared to make a yummy purchase!

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Best Disney World Meals Under $20: Beaches & Cream Soda Shop

Disney World Beaches & Cream meal under $20

Updated for 2017!

Food is expensive at Walt Disney World, but if you look hard enough, you can find some excellent places for a great meal that won’t bust your budget. You want to make a reservation and then drop in Beaches & Cream Soda Shop over at the Beach Club Resort.

What can you get for under $20? Tons of entreés and sides, plus a long list of desserts!

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Disney Springs Must Do: Chocolate Extinction at T-REX

Chocolate Extinction T-REX Disney World

Updated for 2017!

T-REX is a fantastic restaurant located in the heart of Disney Springs. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled back 200 million years when you dine next to wooly mammoths, pterosaurs, a giant octopus, and life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, the largest of which is a 15-foot-tall T. Rex. This dining establishment is a favorite of kids and adults alike, although see our warning at the end for small children.

Serving lunch and dinner, T-REX burgers start at $16, while seafood, pasta, and “carnivore” dishes start in the $20 range and go as high as $30 each. This can be a pricey meal for a large family. If you are looking to enjoy the T-Rex experience without breaking the bank, make an Advanced Dining Reservation and order the Chocolate Extinction!

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Chocolate Extinction dessert price

T-REX is unlike anything you will encounter at your neighborhood eatery for sure. Dinosaurs decorate this dining establishment, where every room has a different theme, depicting diverse primordial landscapes from an ice cavern to a fern forest. We are fond of the ice cave, which changes colors frequently.

T-Rex restaurant Disney Springs

ice cave at T-REX Disney Springs

Hello Chocolate Extinction!

Chocolate Extinction is a gigantic portion of chocolate fudge cake served with ice cream plus whipped topping covered in fudge and caramel sauces, then topped with Butterfinger crumbs. This dessert is enough for four people, and it’s priced at $17.99 (2017 prices). That would be steep for one person, or even two, but four…We’ve now cut our costs down significantly per person.

And as somewhat of a self-appointed Disney dessert expert, having eaten more sweets on vacation than entrees, I can vouch for how rich tasting this cake is.

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T-Rex Downtown Disney menu

chocolate extinction dessert Disney World

Here’s what the dessert looks like in the light, in much better quality than photos I take…

T-REX dessert menu

Noise Warning for Small Children

Approximately every 20 minutes, there is a meteor shower with rumbling and faux-fiery explosions. The lights dim, the explosion sounds get loud, and things get interesting. But little people with noise aversions who may have some fears of both tall dinosaurs that appear real with darkened lighting may not react with clapping hands.

If your kids sailed right through and counted down until the next meteor shower, that’s fantastic. Having dined here multiple times through the years, we have witnessed several small crying children being walked out by a parent. So be aware of the noise/lighting changes and anticipate how your child will react. If your children can’t do dark rides at Magic Kingdom without issues, they may not be ready for the atmosphere of T-Rex’s prehistoric dining.

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There are a lot of appetizers on the T-REX menu that won’t break the bank. 2017 prices. 

Bruschetta $9.99

Tomatoes, herbed cheese, toasted focaccia bread, balsamic glaze

Dual Dip $11.99

Shrimp and Artichoke Dip plus Chili Con Queso Dip

Colosso Beef Nachos for Two $16.99

Cheddar cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, green onions

Mega Mozzarella  $8.99

Seared mozzarella, marinara, mozzerella fingers

Chicken Flatbread $11.99

Cheddar, mozzarella, Parmesan, goat cheese, caramelized onions, balsamic glaze

Chicken T-Rexadillas $11.99

Red bell peppers, green onions, Monterey Jack, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, avocado cream sauce

Supersaurus Sampler (for Four) $18.99

Chili con Queso Dip, Bruschetta, T-Rexadillas, onion rings. Add St. Louis style pork spareribs 7.99
 
There are also other desserts if you want to make your reservation for an afternoon snack or after-dinner treat. 2017 prices. 

Ice Age Indulgence (for Two) $8.99

Layers of ice cream sandwiches, fudge sauce, whipped topping, Heath Bar Crunch®

Meteor Donut Bites (for Two) $9.99

Chocolate and vanilla donut holes, powdered sugar, caramel and chocolate sauces

Cosmic Key Lime Pie $7.99

Our own freshly baked key lime pie, graham cracker crust, raspberry sauce, whipped topping

Sorbet Sampler  $6.99

Mango and Raspberry sorbet, raspberry sauce, mango puree, chocolate covered wafer

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We do recommend you make an Advanced Dining Reservation, which you can do 180 days in advance of your travel, but you can always stop by and see if they have an available table. Asking for a seat at the bar can be a fast way to get a seat.

T-Rex prices at Walt Disney World

Here’s a cute map of Disney Springs, March of 2016 edition, of the T-Rex location.

map to T-Rex Disney Springs

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you with fork and spoons in hand, ready to dig into some dessert!

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

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Disney World Must Eat: the Giant Turkey Leg

turkey leg Walt Disney World

Oh, Disney World giant turkey leg, thou art so…huge! Have you watched someone eat a turkey leg at WDW? There’s not really a cool way to do it; you just dig in and hope for minimal mess on your Splash Mountain t-shirt. Ever wondered where these snacks, or meals depending on who you talk to, came from, and how much they will cost you to buy one? Should you buy one or just skip it for something less carnivore-ish?

We have all your juicy, meaty answers, plus advice from our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans on what to do with your ca$h – spend it on this iconic treat or save it for a Dole Whip.

Today.com’s travel section relates that the giant turkey legs were first introduced at Disney World during the 1990s, which according to a The New York Times article in 2013, started as single stand in the late 1980s next to Big Al’s Coonskin Caps in Frontierland. The legs became such a popular item, they were quickly introduced to the other parks. More than 1.6 million turkey legs are consumed at the resort every year, and you can even buy all sorts of parks merchandise with pictures of turkey legs on them.

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Disney World giant Turkey Leg

Where can you buy them?

They are sold at both Disney World and Disneyland.

How much does it weigh?

Cured with a salt solution, the legs weigh 1.5 pounds each.

JeffCheapskate Princess Facebook fan, said, “I’m not a calorie counter, but I heard the calorie count on those along with the break down of fats and sodium per leg. And it is amazing how much of each can be packed in. I don’t remember all the numbers, but the calories were over 2000, and all the others were more than double a normal daily allowance. I’ve never had one, but after hearing all that… I never will!”

Good point, Jeff.

Exactly how many calories will you be devouring?

Each leg is roughly 720 calories with 36 grams of fat, according to a supplier, Yoakum Packing, as quoted by the The New York Times.

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The turkey leg is so popular, there is a shirt in its honor.

Disney World Giant Turkey leg shirt

Do the legs really come from turkeys or some other animal?

The New York Times reports that while people are accustomed to Thanksgiving turkeys (female birds or hens) the Disney legs are from the males, called toms, which are bigger. They can weigh up to 50 pounds each.

Steffi, Cheapskate Princess Facebook fan said,”No thanks. I’m a vegetarian. Don’t you wonder how the legs get SO big ???

Excellent question, Steffi.

Are they chock full of Steroids?

The New York Times quoted Keith M. Williams, a vice president at the National Turkey Federation (industry trade group) as saying farmers give toms “plenty of room to exercise their legs.” Federal law prohibits the use of steroids to make turkeys any meatier.

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And if eating animals isn’t your thing, they have a rice crispy treat version with exactly zero meat.

Disney turkey leg rice krispy treat

kids love turkey leg snacks at Walt Disney World

How many are sold each year?

The New York Times reported that at Disney’s six Florida and California theme parks, the company served up an astounding two million of its jumbo turkey legs in 2013. That’s 25 percent more than three years ago, and if you have noticed the turkey leg showing up in different park locations, like Tomorrowland at Florida’s Magic Kingdom, that number is sure to be on the rise.

The cost?

The legs each costs $9.49 before tax at Disney World, and apparently almost $12 at Disneyland. That’s not going to bust up your vacation budget, especially if you share it between a friend.

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Turkey leg, t-shirt version…

turkey leg t-shirt at Disney World

So we asked our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans what they thought about the well-known turkey leg, is it a must-do or should you skip it?

Yes, snack or meal

Yuuki Snack or meal. It depends on how hungry you are….”

Angela, “We like them! With a side of fries. But two will feed a family of five (3 kids) and just add fries. Just make sure the birds don’t take them!”

Brittany, “Mmmmm! I let my inner fat kid out when we’re at Disney, so I might say snack!!!”

Laurie, “Snack. Hubby, son, and I share one. It’s tradition.”

Angela, “Meal, and usually the only one of the day. After that maybe some snacks later.”

Shelley, “Meal…my grandson and I usually split one.”

No way, Jose the Tur-kay

Christie, “Skip. There are Dole Whips around the corner!”

Christine, “SKIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EW!!! Definitely skip!!!!! Caveman meal for sure! LOL!”

The following may be the most men we have ever had respond to a Facebook question, and ironically (you know that saying about how men love meat) they all said to skip it.

James, “At 1,136 calories per serving, not to mention 54 g fat, I will SKIP.”

Bill,  “Skip. It’s gross, loaded with salt, and tastes more like ham.”

Sean, “Skip. I always think of cavemen when I see people walking around munching on those things.”

The results among our Facebook crew that answered the question were about 40% said, “Yes, we gotta have it!” and 60% said “Ewww, skip it!”

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“Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern, in a photo by Gene Duncan from wdw.news.com, chowed down on some turkey legs with Chef Goofy in 2009. This guy eats all kinds of strange foods, so if he gives it a thumbs up, you know you’re probably OK!

Andrew-Zimmern eats a Disney World giant turkey leg

And a pin from the Disney World Pinterest site offers this this last bit of tasty advice…

keep calm and eat a Disney turkey leg

So what do you think?  At around $10, you gotta have it or gotta skip it?

Leave us a comment below and tell us what you plan to do on your next Disney vacation.

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Amanda Major Cheapskate Princess

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Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

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Now let our vacation planner help you plan your trip, totally for FREE!

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Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.