Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Visit to Babycakes in Downtown Disney

I can't believe it has taken me this long to post about one of my favorite stops in Disney World: Babycakes!  When Traivor and I first decided to go to Disney World I didn't think we would make it to Babycakes as the bakery is located in Downtown Disney.  I was in store for quite the surprise when we turned our Disney World day into an adventure that spanned Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Magic Kingdom and an ending in Downtown Disney.  By the end of the day we were exhausted but figured we should check out Downtown Disney for dining options since we were already within the park and didn't have a car to check out other options.
We left Magic Kingdom for Downtown Disney and were surprised by how far away it is; the bus ride to Downtown Disney was definitely the lengthiest of our day.  We were also surprised by how enormous Downtown Disney is, with tons of options for kids and adults alike.  We started walking through the Boardwalk en route to Paradiso 37 (post coming soon!) and on our way I spotted Babycakes right next to Fresh-A-Peel.  It wasn't listed on the official map of restaurants but the bakery's signage was easy to pick out, as I recognized it from my many visits to the L.A. and NYC locations. 



We decided to check out the bakery after our dinner.  Instead of heading right over to Babycakes, however, we took a ride in a hot air balloon.  This hot air balloon was giant and not a typical wicker basket hot air balloon.  Instead where we stood as we went up was made of metal and felt secure; I'm not sure I could ever go up on a "real" hot air balloon ride after the fear I felt going up in this one.  From the top we had a great view of the parks, the fireworks show going on around Disney World, and the water which Downtown Disney sits on.

After our hot air balloon ride we made our way over to Babycakes.  I was a bit surprised that Babycakes is housed in the same building as Pollo Campero as I normally wouldn't associate a vegan/gluten free bakery with Pollo Campero.  I expected it to be housed within the neighboring Fresh-A-Peel, as Babycakes' mission would seem to fit better with that healthy salad shop.  Nonetheless there it was in Pollo Campero - my heaven. 

When we walked in I ducked into the bathroom and by the time I got to the counter Traivor had talked the girl working up about what options were being offered.  Sadly it was the end of a busy day and they didn't have much, but in a very sweet gesture she offered to frost me a fresh gluten free cookie 'wich, my favorite item from Babycakes.  It tasted just as great as cookie 'wiches from Babycakes normally do and I was happy to have the opportunity to eat a gluten free dessert while in Disney World.

Regular readers already know I love this place... and my visit to the Downtown Disney location didn't change anything.  It's great to have healthy, allergy-friendly options in Downtown Disney.  I can't wait to see where the bakery's next location is!

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Babycakes
1674 East Buena Vista Drive
Orlando, FL 32830 (Map)
855.462.2292

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