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Dining in Disneyland: Zero Premium Popcorn Bucket and Other Halloween Time Popcorn Souvenirs

The star of the Halloween Time popcorn world this year is most definitely the Zero Premium Popcorn Bucket.

Zero Premium Popcorn Bucket

Zero Premium Popcorn Bucket

Zero is currently residing in New Orleans Square at the Popcorn Wagon where Oogie Boogie is hard at work!

Oogie Hard at Work

Oogie Hard at Work

He can be yours for $12.50.

Popcorn Cart Pricing

Popcorn Cart Pricing

To access your freshly popped popcorn, simply Continue reading →

Photo Tour: Memento Mori Haunted Mansion Specialty Shop in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Welcome, Foolish Mortals… to Memento Mori, the new Haunted Mansion gift shop in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square!

Memento Mori sign

Memento Mori sign

“Materializing” on October 6th, this spot (formerly Yankee Trader) is situated right by the Haunted Mansion, naturally. (The Haunted Mansion never HAD a gift shop, and Disney needed to remedy that, of course.) And we’re dying to show you Haunted Mansion fans some of the gems tucked inside… (and, yep — there are LOTS of awesome kitchen items and food-related goodies to share, too)!

Memento Mori gift shop

Memento Mori gift shop

But seriously, this place is pretty awesome. I wandered the store for nearly an hour just trying to take it all in. Here are a couple of pics of the “atmosphere” around the top of the display areas.

Memento Mori Atmosphere

Memento Mori Atmosphere

Memento Mori Atmosphere

Memento Mori Atmosphere

If you can’t get to the shop in person, some of Continue reading →

Review: Maryland Crab Cakes and Old Bay Fries Liberty Inn, Epcot

Hear Ye, Hear Ye… there have been some recent additions to the menu at everyone’s favorite Publick Dining RoomLiberty Inn, found in Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion!

It’s time to strap on your tri-corner hat and buckled shoes (‘cuz I know you’ve got those handy!) and get ready to travel back to colonial times to check out some of the contemporary fare at this Counter Service option.

True, it’s primarily known as a place to grab a quick burger and fries or a hot dog. So it wouldn’t surprise me if you’re tempted to ask, “Why stop at Liberty Inn when there are so many unique options all around World Showcase?”  Well, as mentioned, they’re changing things up a bit, and I must say I’m somewhat intrigued with the direction things are going…

Liberty Inn sign

Liberty Inn sign

Entrance to the Liberty Inn

Entrance to the Liberty Inn

Come on in!

Atmosphere

Even if you’ve never stepped into Liberty Inn (and it’s somewhat easy to miss, blending into the back of the Pavilion), you likely won’t be surprised to know that the atmosphere reflects the colonial era, since that’s the general feel of the rest of the Pavilion. The place where this themeing is most evident is the collection of the thirteen original colony flags lining the brick wall.

Wall of Flags

Wall of Flags

Add a few touches such as candle “lanterns,” and you’re all set for time travel.

Wall lanterns

Wall lanterns

With ample natural light streaming in from the huge windows, white trim, and high ceilings, the indoor seating area always reminds me a little bit of Continue reading →

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 19, 2014

While we are still enjoying all the Halloween treats (Pumpkin Beignets!!) materializing around the Disney parks and resorts, we’re also happy to announce the upcoming opening date (December 18th) for the new Trattoria al Forno restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk resort in Walt Disney World.

Pumpkin Beignet

Pumpkin Beignet

Plus, click below for all the details on this week’s Disney Food News…

Disney Food News

Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including restaurant closures, Seasonal Coffees at the Animal Kingdom’s Royal Anandapur, Specialties at the Animal Kingdom’s Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe, and more!

We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go.

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

As we get closer to Halloween, our Reader Finds are focusing on seasonal treats. DFB Reader Barry tweeted from our favorite cupcake hotspot in Disney’s Hollywood Studios — Starring Rolls Cafe. That Minnie cupcake is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting!

Minnie Witch and Butterfinger Cupcakes

Minnie Witch and Butterfinger Cupcakes

Or how about the Worms and Dirt cupcake? It’s an especially fun sweet during the Halloween season.

Worms and Dirt Cupcake

Worms and Dirt Cupcake

Do you have a Favorite Find? Please, share!

DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book

We’re thrilled to announce that the 2014 DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book is now available!

And in honor of our grand launch, you can get the new Guide for $3 off the regular purchase price for a limited timejust use code SNACKS14 at the check-out!

With over 280 pages of delicious snacks, the DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks is part of our DFB Guide Snacks Series!

As always, you will enjoy an instantly downloadable PDF guide with comprehensive information and advice on well over 250 delicious snacks that you can savor at the Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios parks in the Walt Disney World resort.

The DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book includes: Continue reading →

2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Festival Center Tour

Whew! The 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is half over, and it feels like it just began!

There’s been a ton to do and see, but we couldn’t let another day slip by without showing you around one of the must-visit spots — Festival Center.

Festival Center

Festival Center

Located in the old Wonders of Life Pavilion in Future World East, the venue comes alive each year for the Food and Wine Festival. This is your spot to attend low-cost seminars and demonstrations and other special events. You’ll find Festival information, Intermissions Cafe, and some great shopping here as well.

Festival Center Sign

Festival Center Sign

We recently toured the spot to bring you pictures of every corner. There’s a LOT to cover, so let’s get started!

2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — Festival Center

Festival Center is THE place to begin your Food and Wine Festival Adventure. Helpful Cast Members provide you with information regarding all aspects of the Festival — from Marketplaces to Special Events.

Check out this map Continue reading →

Guest Review: Grab ‘n Go Food and Beverages at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

Welcome guest author Zachary Ott with a fun photo tour of in room amenities and resort snacks available at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel!

Relax in your room! A tea set and hot water dispenser are available in your room at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel (one of three hotels available at the Tokyo Disneyland Resort). Small packets of instant coffee and matcha (green tea in a fine powder) are provided.

In-Room Tea at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.

Here is the in room preparation of the packaged matcha green tea.

Matcha Green Tea in Cup.

Perfect!

Green Tea Prepared.

Check out the wide array of eats, including Disney branded food, available Continue reading →

Dining in Disneyland: Pumpkin Beignets & Maleficent Sipper from the Mint Julep Bar

Mickey Beignets from the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square are always a special treat! That messy bag of powdered sugar Mickey shaped goodness is one of my favorite snacks to enjoy while visiting Disneyland.

Mint Julep Bar

Mint Julep Bar

And for Halloween Time, The Mint Julep Bar has welcomed back Pumpkin Beignets!  The beignets are sold in 3 or 6 piece bags and can be washed down with a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  A perfect Fall treat!

Pumpkin Beignets Signage

Pumpkin Beignets Signage

I don’t know if the recipe has changed, but I feel like over the past few years, the beignets were not so pumpkin-y tasting.  This year though, the pumpkin flavor was much more prevalent.  I ordered a bag of 3 to share with a friend.

3 Piece Please

3 Piece Please

The beignets are made fresh to order, so sometimes there is a bit of a wait. (They’re actually better when they’re fresh, fresh, fresh.) Don’t let the Continue reading →

News: Opening Day, Reservation Date, and Menu for Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s BoardWalk

While we recently bid farewell to Kouzzina at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, we can soon welcome Trattoria al Forno to the Disney World restaurant list.

Disney's BoardWalk

Disney’s BoardWalk

Set to open on December 18, 2014, this BoardWalk restaurant will add yet another Italian eatery to the Disney line-up. The menu includes handcrafted mozzarella (made daily), fresh cavatelli pasta, and pizzas made in the wood-burning oven. Take a look at the full menu below… .

Trattoria Menu

Trattoria al Forno Menu

Dishes will include Uncle Pats Pickled Peppers, Meatball Cannelloni Basil, Lasagna Bolognese, and Chicken Parmesan. The pics below come to us from the Disney Parks Blog.

Trattoria Dinner Entrees

Trattoria Dinner Entrees

Trattoria al Forno will serve Continue reading →

Snack Series: The Everything Brownie from Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

We recently made a side trip to swing through Landscape of Flavors, the notable counter service restaurant at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

The spot is one of our favorites for their innovative menu. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner all offer both comfort food and international flavors. But we also love their out-of-the-box snacks and sweet treats.

We recently told you about the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake, served in an extra-fun way — on a Mickey Straw. We wouldn’t quite pick it up and eat it like a lollipop…but seriously! How fun!

Today, we are back to share with you another sweet that we couldn’t resist…

The Everything Brownie

So, as you can see, the Everything Brownie is topped with, well, a little of everything. This is from the same general genre as the white chocolate chip brownie over at Starring Rolls, and you’ll also find this one in several other resort bakery cases (just found it a The Mara this week).

The Everything Brownie

The Everything Brownie

Out of the brown paper wrapper, you can get a better idea of what you’ve got. Yep — it’s more than just a wrapper full of M & Ms, and Marshmallows, Chocolate Chips, and Nuts! You can begin to see the Brownie Base, and it has that yummy, gooey chocolate ganache-y type frosting as well.

The Everything Brownie -- of the Wrapper

The Everything Brownie — Out of the Wrapper

Though it doesn’t look like it in the photo, the brownie is Continue reading →

Review: Mama’s Snack Stop at Disney’s Aulani Resort

We’re headed to Hawaii with a review of goodies from Mama’s Snack Stop at Disney’s Aulani Resort.

Mama's Snack Shack

Mama’s Snack Shack

Atmosphere

Mama’s Snack Stop is just that — a little snack shack in Waikolohe Valley out by the pools at Aulani and right next door to Pāpālua Shave Ice. This stand is convenient for a quick bite while at the pools, beach, or any other activity you are doing at the hotel.

Eats

On this trip we started out with the Local Red Frank on a Soft Roll. Here, the roll is hollowed out from the end and the Frank is inserted (a la Puka Dog if you’ve ever had one). It had a very subtle hickory flavoring. The meat itself had a smooth texture, and the skin had no snap to it, unfortunately.

Portuguese Sausage and Local Red Frank

Portuguese Sausage and Local Red Frank

The Portuguese Sausage on the other hand had a very nice snap on the skin, and it had the expected mild spiciness with a strong garlic flavor. It was a hearty dog that paired very well with the garlic aioli that came on the side. We ordered it Continue reading →