Planes, trains, and… cookies?

March 11, 2011

Early on a recent Saturday morning, Lil’ Sis Lindsay, her hubby Big Josh, Miss Bonnie and myself made our way to the Magic Kingdom for the Steam Train Tour. So yes, on that day there were plenty of trains, a fortuitous discovery of some tempting cookies, and well… okay, not really any planes… but one of our party works on them for a living… and it was the best title I could come up with, so cut me some slack.

I’m not going to try and give you a complete blow-by-blow of the tour: if you’re really interested in sometime doing it, I’d prefer not to totally “spoil” it for you – likewise if you’re not that interested in the subject matter you might find that discourse a bit boring, and well, I’m a bit lazy… and the sooner we get trough it, the sooner we get to the cookies!

I’d looked at doing the tour in the past, but it seemed it had only been offered on weekdays, so it never really fit into my schedule before – however this time it was available on a weekend, so we went for it. The met our guide Sean outside the Kingdom at 7:30 (yes, AM) and were led into the park (which was opening at 8 that day). There were three others in addition to our party so we had quite an intimate tour group.

We were given a basic history of Walt’s early life and his early fascination with trains – good stuff if you weren’t already familiar with the tale – but most of our group was already pretty well-versed and we were distracted by the fact that we were standing in a pretty barren Magic Kingdom before the hoards came in…

A rare sight: the castle without anyone in front of it

The Mayor preparing for his daily duties...

We paused as the gates opened and the early guests streamed in around us – it was quite the sight from the other side…

We eventually made our way up into the station and boarded our own private train, the Roy O. Disney.

We rode around the park, getting more history along the way, until we were transferred to the tracks that would take us backstage to the area where the trains (as well as the monorails) live when not making their way around the park.

The real “meat” of the tour took place here (yes, we’ll get to the cookies later…)…

We learned a lot about the history, maintenance and day-to-day  operation of these beautiful and historic machines…

Train below, Monorail above...


One of the most interesting factoids was the origin (or at least one of the purported origins) of the phrase “The Real McCoy”.

The Real McCoy

From this backstage area we were also afforded a view of some storage areas…

Never expected to see the skeleton of a dinosaur on this tour...

We were all pleasantly surprised that we would actually be allowed into the engineers’ domain….

Lighting the fire...

We rode back to the Main Street station and disembarked for a brief respite…

On the way off the train we had an unexpected encounter with a canine...

We had a bit of a break before the tour wrapped up, and it was then when Big Josh discovered the fabulous cookie goodness at the Main Street Confectionery…  we’ll get to that soon… be patient…

After about three hours our tour wrapped up in the main station area at the front of the park – Sean (who was  a great and enthusiastic host, obviously very passionate about the subject at hand) gave some info on the Carolwood Pacific Railroad (Walt’s “home” train) and suggested we also check out the Carolwood Pacific room (formerly the Iron Spike Room) at the Wilderness Lodge Villas (which is a very cool space).

This tour was very enjoyable, especially if you’re into the history of the parks and the Disney family. Of course for anyone interested in trains or any sort of mechanical or engineering history this is also a natural…. it’s also one of the more economical tours offered at WDW  (about $45).

Now to the cookies…

As we took our break towards the end of the train tour, Big Josh went on a trek to find some sustenance for his breakfast-deprived bride… and with the closest source of nutrition being the Confectionery, he returned with (among other things) these:

Cookies... and cleavage... mmmm...

 

Yes – big honking Oreo cookies – one filled with fudge and the other peanut butter… hot damn….

So of course Miss Bonnie and I decided this required further research and following the conclusion of the train tour we forced ourselves to take the bullet for the benefit and elucidation of you, my three Dedicated Readers… you’re welcome…

Entering the Confectionery we found them actually making said cookies:

Looks like someone had to do some product testing...

Even though the cookie clearly is imprinted with the name “Oreo” and the logo, they sell them as “Fudge Cookie” – and we found not just the stuffed ones (peanut butter, fudge and the traditional Oreo vanilla filling for $4.95 each), but for an extra dollar, you can also get them dipped in chocolate – holy crap….

We chose the traditional filling that had been chocolate dipped and drizzled with a decorative white topping:

After we admired it for a bit, we bit in:

You few Dedicated Readers know that I do claim not to have much of a sweet tooth (unlike Miss Bonnie), but hot damn, this thing was good… it was very sweet, and it was about all we could do to eat the whole thing between the both of us, but I will be back for more… there are other flavor combos to try (and I do dearly love peanut butter)…

Think I need to go for a run now to burn off the empty calories I plan on consuming…

3 Responses to “Planes, trains, and… cookies?”

  1. sambycat Says:

    i would buy 8 and only eat the regular gigantic oreo middles. also, $40ish bucks for a tour seems much cheaper than the ELEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS we paid to get pictures of us in front of the castle with noone else around. except, oh yeah, there were like 8 million people streaming towards cinderellas breakfast bonanza.

    poo.

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  2. The train tour has been on my short list for some time now and I need me some of those cookies!

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  3. Kelly Says:

    Love your blog! Not sure if you know this, but they have these delicious gems at Goofy’s Candy Co at downtown disney, where you can dip them in your choice of chocolate AND toppings. These tie with dole whips as my favorite disney treat.

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