This post is dedicated to one of my dearest friends, Erin “Formerly Tate” Schmerr and her new husband, Daniel. May they have many magical years together!
Disney World, where dreams come true. Ian and I flew on a somewhat magical flight (it was hella early) to Orlando to celebrate our sure-to-be magical three-year anniversary and the more-than-magical marriage of Erin Tate and Daniel Schmerr. Needless to say, magic was in the air.
The theme for the weekend was “Dreams come true!” There were also hand motions to accompany this theme. Try it out. Mickey has a hard time getting those hands up high for “True!”
I have a big head and little arms.
In addition, we started a list of “Dream come true!” moments. Oddly, but not so oddly, the list starts out with us seeing a 12 foot tall coke bottle with mist spraying from the oversized cap. Hollywood Studios knows how to quench my thirst. However, it wasn’t actual coke mist. Even where dreams come true, that wouldn’t be such a magical idea.
The second moment came on Star Tours in Hollywood Studios. Erin, the bride-to-be, was selected to be the Rebel spy. That is a once in a lifetime opportunity, friends. I’ve only ever dreamed of being the Rebel spy.
The third and perhaps best “Dream come true!” moment was wearing ponchos and dancing in the daily Florida rain. When we checked the weather forecast for our time in Orlando, it showed the stormy rain cloud for four days straight…and beyond. It rains every freaking day there and Disney makes $8.50 off a poncho that probably costs them only a nickel. You’re just paying for the logo. Best damn $8.50 I ever spent. We danced in our ponchos like there was no tomorrow. All the moving around and water brought us to “Dream come true!” moment #4 where we successfully used the restroom while wearing ponchos. Not as difficult as it seems. Am I sharing too much? No, you can never share too much magic. There were many more magical moments such as reenacting Singin’ in the Rain with actual rain, eating Mickey Mouse shaped waffles, and battling a child in Germany (Epcot) with a foam crown, shield, and knife, but I won’t bore you with the details. Except, the child beat me. For shame.
Before entering Disney’s magical realm, I scouted out cupcake options. Disney is a one-stop shop where you can get tiny Ewoks, ponchos, and cupcakes. Magic Internet, on the computer, which is the fairest cupcake of all?
The Chocolate Butterfinger cupcake from Starring Rolls Café in Hollywood Studios.
Starring Rolls Café, get ready for this star. Upon seeing the bakery tucked in the middle of Hollywood Studios, I assumed the proper position and yelled, “SUPERSTAR!” Molly Shannon style. This little café offers a few lunch entrées such as their Black Forest Ham sandwich but I recommend going for their desserts—cakes, pastries, breads, etc. To complement their sweets, they offer a variety of beverages such as coffee and wine.
The magical Internet told me to choose their Chocolate Butterfinger cupcake. I couldn’t argue with the Internet. I tried once and it told me to 01000110011101010100001101001011 myself. I was offended.
The Chocolate Butterfinger cupcake was a magic wishing cupcake, sans poison. The chocolate cake was full and rich. The cake was filled with a fudgy chocolate and topped with a thick layer of bright white vanilla buttercream frosting. Tons (almost literally) of crumbled Butterfinger completed this monstrous cupcake. Disney’s motto should be: Go big or go home where there’s less magic. I didn’t try any seven cupcakes while in Disney but I’m pretty sure this one counts as seven. It was huge. Ian and I split it but couldn’t even finish it. Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger cupcake. Seriously, though, help me eat this thing.
I couldn’t have wished for a more magical time with Ian or a more magical union between Erin and Dan. Love and magic was everywhere.
Want to know a secret?
Promise not to tell?
We are standing by a wishing well.
Make a wish into the well,
that’s all you have to do.
And if you hear it echoing,
Your wish will soon come true.