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April Treats of the Month and Food Merchandise at Disney World and Disneyland

Walt Disney World and Disneyland are soothing your sweet tooth with some delectable treats from the Disney candy kitchens in April; and in Walt Disney World this month, you’ll be able to take home some fun food merch!

Treat of the Month

Look for seasonal specialties including: dipped strawberries, cupcakes, apples, cookies, fudge, and more!

Getting Ready for a Chocolate Coating

Getting Ready for a Chocolate Coating

You’ll want to try a dark chocolate covered apple with a raspberry and vanilla white chocolate drizzle. Adorned with semi sweet, white chocolate chips, and roasted almonds pieces, this candy apple is sure to please!

Featured Candy Apple in April -- Dark Chocolate and Raspberry

Featured Candy Apple in April — Dark Chocolate and Raspberry

You’ll find these goodies at select locations:

Walt Disney World
Magic Kingdom
Confectionery
Storybook Circus

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Sweet Spells

Downtown Disney Area
Goofy’s Candy Company
Candy Cauldron

Disneyland Resort
Disneyland
Candy Palace
Hunny Spot

Disney California Adventure
Trolley Treats

Downtown Disney
Marceline’s Confectionery

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Merchandise

Representatives from Tropical Blossom Honey Co. Inc. and Kumquat Growers will feature their products along Epcot’s Promenade from Continue reading →

Review: White Chocolate Raspberry Easter Cupcake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Guess who made it back to Hollywood Studios this year?

The Easter Bunny … though, not in the way that you may think! Check out the ears on the White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake!

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake

Of course, as Disney food fans, I suppose we’ve all grown rather accustomed to the fact that many of our favorite foods come with EARS.

A classic Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar!

A classic Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar!

Mickey Pretzel with Plastic Cheese

Mickey Pretzel with Plastic Cheese

Mickey Waffle Double Take Cape May Cafe

Mickey Waffles

So, while it was not altogether surprising, it was still fun to spot THESE ears popping up once again in the current specialty cupcake!

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes in Starring Rolls Bakery Case

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes in Starring Rolls Bakery Case

The White Chocolate Raspberry cupcake – a return from previous years – can be found at several Hollywood Studios Quick Service locations, including Toy Story Pizza Planet, ABC Commissary, Studio Catering Co., and Starring Rolls Cafe. Just look for this sign:

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake Sign at ABC Commissary

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake Sign at ABC Commissary

This cupcake is Continue reading →

New Executive Chef and Menus at Todd English’s bluezoo in the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is home to a truly unique and delicious restaurant — Todd English’s bluezoo. With the addition of a new executive chef and updated menus, we suggest stopping by bluezoo real soon!

Since our last visit (and bluezoo review) when Chef Windus was still at the helm, the menus have been updated.

New executive chef, Ryan Ratino, is introducing updated menus for the bluezoo dining room as well as the cocktail and beer options!

Chef Ryan spent two years as chef de cuisine before taking on this new role. Let’s take a peek at the menus!

bluezoo menu

bluezoo menu

Focused mostly on seafood with a fun Southern flair, there are some great new items like the Tasmanian Salmon. But the classic clam chowder returns, as does the “dancing fish!”

Clam Chowder at bluezoo

Clam Chowder at bluezoo

Landlubbers will also find some new choices including braised white bean cassoulet. We always recommend the never-know-what-you’re-gonna-get Chef’s Creation. It’s always been incredible on our experiences here!

bluezoo dinner menu

bluezoo dinner menu

Low Country Jumbo Shrimp — Chef’s Creation

And just look at the thirst-quenching adult beverage menu. Bluzoo has always been a pioneer when it comes to mixology, craft beers, and more. A visit to the lounge here will never go unrewarded.

beverages at bluezoo

beverages at bluezoo

We loved the Smoking White Sangria on our last visit; and, of course, the classic zooberry returns. Also, notice a new drink in honor of Autism Awareness Month that benefits the Princeton House Charter School!

Zooberry

Zooberry

bluezoo is boasting one of the best beer lists Continue reading →

News and Review: Captain Cook’s Temporary Location at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

ALOHA from Disney’s Polynesian Resort!

Capt. Cook’s is the Polynesian’s Quick Service option — famous for Tonga Toast in the morning, and Pork Sandwiches and Nachos in the afternoon into the evening (more on their also-famous Dole Whips later in the post). You can typically find a few unique and stellar cupcakes here, too.

Well, its original location is currently closed for refurbishment from now until later this summer. We’re definitely looking forward to the new-and-improved digs, but in the meantime we thought we’d swing by to give you a quick look at the temporary location.

Captain Cook's Refurbishment Sign

Captain Cook’s Refurbishment Sign

If you head to the original location for Captain Cook’s, you’ll see signs directing you to the temporary location. From the original space, it’s just to the right of the set of stairs that bring you to Tambu Lounge.

Temporary Location

Temporary Location

The first thing to greet you is the main seating area.

Main seating in temporary location

Main seating in temporary location

Main seating in temporary location

Main seating in temporary location

Captain Cook’s signature tables made the move…

Tables

Tables

And additional seating can be found to the left of the main area.

Additional seating

Additional seating

Past the seating, you see the food area.

Main seating with food area behind

Main seating with food area behind

The kitchen space appears roomy.

Facing the kitchen

Facing the kitchen

Flow in the costumer area is a bit Continue reading →

News: Chef Cat Cora Responds to Questions About the Closing of Kouzzina in Walt Disney World

Recently, we shared the announcement that Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney’s BoardWalk resort would be shutting its doors on September 30th at Walt Disney World.

Cat and Mouse to Part Ways in September

Cat and Mouse to Part Ways in September

There’s been lots of speculation from our readers and other Kouzzina fans as to why the restaurant will be closing, and on Monday, April 14th, Cat Cora addressed the closure of Kouzzina on Reddit:

“We’re at the end of our contract, and Disney and I want to do more projects together. But this is a really great time for them to focus on a new concept in that space and I can focus on more restaurants around the world. It’s all good, and I’ll still be at the Epcot festival of food & wine this year.”

With official confirmation of the Kouzzina closure as of September 30th, we’re now looking forward to seeing what’s in store for this space.

Fans of Kouzzina are sure to miss the awesome breakfasts! And fans of Cat Cora can mark their calendars for this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Continue reading →

You Won’t Believe This Snack!: Warm Colossal Cinnamon Roll at Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

I was swinging by Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery in Disney’s Animal Kingdom the other day and two things on the breakfast menu caught my little eye…

First up — the hot breakfast wrap sounded like a yummy, protein-y mix of goodness to fuel my park day (and I did get it, though I’ll tell you all about it in another post); but THEN…how could I ignore the next item on the menu?

Warm Colossal Cinnamon Roll???? For NINE DOLLARS?!??!?!

OK, so A) When you use the word “colossal,” you better mean business, and B) Seriously?? Nine dollars???

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Menu — Click to Enlarge

Usually when I’m at Kusafiri, I sample their cupcakes or their Paw Print Brownie. But this time…well, you know what happened.

Warm Colossal Cinnamon Roll

Warm Colossal Cinnamon Roll

I took this picture to show you the size of this thing. The roll is big enough to Continue reading →

Fun Find: Frozen-Themed Treats in Disney World and Disneyland

Are you an Anna, Elsa, or Olaf fan? You might have to wait 4 hours to meet them in the parks these days, but you can grab a snack with their likenesses a lot quicker!

Due to the of popularity Disney’s award-winning film, “Frozen,” select food and merchandise around the Walt Disney World parks is showcasing some of the movie’s favorite characters!

Frozen Themed Cookies

Frozen Themed Cookies

Earlier this year, we featured the Frost Cupcake discovered at the Contempo Cafe (home to some of our favorite cupcakes!). And we just adore the Olaf Candy Apples!

Frozen themed Rice Krispy Treats were recently spotted at Epcot’s Mouse Gears as well as The Puffin’s Roost gift shop in the Norway pavilion. We found ‘em in Disneyland at the Candy Palace this weekend, too!

Check out the fun close-up!

Rice Krispie Treats with a Frozen Theme

Rice Krispie Treats with a Frozen Theme

And sugar cookies have also taken on Continue reading →

Review: FastPass+ Lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

I had an awesome weekend in Disneyland, but today I’m headed to New Fantasyland with a lunch review of Be Our Guest Restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

The restaurant has taken the park by storm. Even after being open for more than a year, it’s still one of the top draws in New Fantasyland. If you want to eat lunch here, be prepared for long lines!

But on a recent visit to Walt Disney World, I had a little surprise awaiting me in my email inbox — the opportunity to use FastPass+ for a lunch reservation at Be Our Guest. No way was I passing up the opportunity to eat lunch here without waiting in line. Come along with me across the bridge to the Beast’s Castle!

Atmosphere

We first told you about the FastPass+ system a while back, when Erin Foster had the opportunity to test it out.

Be Our Guest Restaurant!

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Erin found the whole process to be practically flawless. So I was anxious to see if they had streamlined it even further since that early testing phase.

Booking the FastPass+ reservation was similar to making a regular advance dining reservation. I thought the FastPass+ option for Be Our Guest was still an invite-only opportunity, but if you see the comment by a reader below, it looks like anyone with a resort reservation can book it. I haven’t tried, so let us know what your mileage is.

Once I’d logged in at the special website, I was offered several different times to dine. The time window works like a regular FastPass — you have a specific window of time in which to show up and use your FastPass. I chose a late lunchtime, but I was really hoping for an early option.

And here’s a TIP: I preferred an earlier dining time, so I checked back the next morning and an earlier spot had opened up! So be sure to secure a table, any table. There’s a good chance you can change your time later. In fact, you can change your time up until arrival.

FastPass+ Ordering

Choosing the Time for Your FastPass+ Reservation is Easy

I took advantage of the opportunity to order online. The menu that popped up looked similar to the ones I had used during my previous lunch visit.

I could even make alterations to the entrees — leave off a sauce, for instance — and the menu would show me the nutritional information changes for different choices.

FastPass+ Ordering

Ordering an Entree Via FastPass+

I could even pre-order drinks and desserts.

FastPass+ Ordering

FastPass+ Dessert Ordering!

On the day of my reservation, I arrived a little early and checked in at the same spot where you confirm your dinner advance dining reservation. The cast member gave me a rose — the customary red one, not the yellow ones that were used during earlier testing — and directed me to a FastPass+ line that was right beside the regular line.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Check-In Area

Be Our Guest Restaurant Check-In Area

And speaking of lines, they’re still long. Real long. Like, back to The Little Mermaid long. It was spring break though, so I’m hoping it’s not always so crazy.

But if you really want to eat here, be encouraged by the fact that the line generally moves pretty quick. It took about 30 minutes for me to get in the last time from the back of the bridge.

Line to get in to Be Our Guest Restaurant for Lunch

Line to get in to Be Our Guest Restaurant for Lunch

Once in, I went to the podium via the FastPass+ line and was directed to a regular pay kiosk. The cast member confirmed my order and I paid there.

Checking in for my Reservation

Cast Members Help Guests with Ordering

It’s important to note that I could have changed anything or everything about my order at this point — from my selections, to leaving some of the trimmings off of my sandwich.

Normally, I show you the menus closer to the food, but the ordering process is a little different at Be Our Guest, so let’s take a look at them here.

Main Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Main Menu — Click to Enlarge

You can also read up on the way things work here if you’re still a little confused :-)

Desserts and How Things Work at Be Our Guest -- Click to Enlarge

Desserts and How Things Work at Be Our Guest — Click to Enlarge

If you aren’t visiting Be Our Guest for lunch via a FastPass+ invitation, you will still be directed to a cast member or kiosk to place your order.

Banner Over Ordering Kiosk

Banner Over Ordering Kiosk

Kiosk Where You Place Your Order

Kiosk Where You Place Your Order

At that time, you’ll be given your rose.

Rose That Tells My Food Where to Find Me

Rose That Tells My Food Where to Find Me

And this is where the two experiences meet up! From there, I went to the drink station, which is self-serve during lunch.

Drink Station

Drink Station

Don’t you love the fancied up fountain drink station?

Drink Station -- Up Cloce

Drink Station — Up Close

I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating. Real silverware and Continue reading →

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 13, 2014

Want to hang in Epcot after hours? Then you’ll want to check out the Epcot After Hours Wind Down!

Chips and queso at Cava del Tequila

Chips and queso at Cava del Tequila

Yep, you heard right! AFTER you’ve enjoyed IllumiNations and with a ticket to Epcot After Hours Wind Down, you’ll get to hang out at your choice of four hot spots for a beverage and light snack in World Showcase! Then, imagine strolling around the Epcot pavilions until 11PM (with no crowds)!

We can’t wait to try out this new option at Epcot! Find out how to get tickets for Epcot After Hours Wind Down here!

Click on the links below for more information on this new hard-ticketed event and more food news from Disney!

Disney Food News

Of course, there’s more! 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, updates, and more!

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!

Here’s one of our favorites — Fried Chicken (minus one piece ;-D) from Disneyland’s Plaza Inn sent in by Reader Sis. YUM!

Plaza Inn's Fried Chicken

Plaza Inn’s Fried Chicken

And how about a new beverage from L’Artisan Des Glaces at Epcot! Check out this Iced Cappucino menu sent in by Reader Sue.

Cafe Glace

Cafe Glace

Thanks for sharing your favorites and finds with us!

The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2014 e-Book Deal

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It’s guaranteed to help you navigate your way to delicious dining on your next trip! And if you’re ready to get yours now, head on over to DFBGuide.com to pick it up!!

For our Grand Launch Sale, use code: 2014 to get a $4 discount for a limited time! And at the end of this post, we have details on even more savings!

Here Are Just Some Of What You Get With Our 2014 Guide:

  • Over 450 Pages of Disney Dining and Planning information, tips, reviews, and recommendations!
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  • A comprehensive, 10-page chapter of What’s New in Disney World in 2014, including new restaurants, menu updates, and more
  • Details about how the My Magic+ Planning System and FastPass+ will affect your vacation planning
  • Our picks for the 11 Great Snacks you must try this year
  • Scavenger Hunts, Trivia, and Top 5 List updates
  • Bingo Cards
  • Updates on all pertinent facts such as dining hours, prices, resources, phone numbers, and restaurant closures/openings
  • All new restaurant additions, closures, refurbishments, and added dining experiences
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But, of course we’re offering a discount for our Grand Launch week!! Again, to celebrate the launch and to thank you for your support of the blog, we’ll be offering the Guide for $4 off its standard rate for a limited time! Order your copy now at DFBGuide.com and use code: Continue reading →

Top 5 Restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is my favorite park in Disney World when I’m in it. The themeing is incredible. I could wander around just looking at things there for days! But the other thing that keeps me coming back to Animal Kingdom again are some seriously awesome restaurants. This place has it all!

Let’s take a look at some of our favorites — and what sets them each apart from the crowd.

Tusker House

If you haven’t booked a meal at Tusker House, then you’re missing out.

This sprawling restaurant sits on the main thoroughfare in Harambe village within the Africa section of the park. And with some of the best immersive themeing anywhere at Disney World, it’s hard to take in all of the intricate details and imagineering here with just one meal.

Tusker House -- Outside View

Tusker House — Outside View

But it’s not just the surroundings that are interesting. Tusker House has some incredible food as well. Inspired by the flavors of Africa, you’re in for a treat, whether you’re dining for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

We especially love the Spit-Roasted Meats. And taking advantage of the all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet may save you on other meals during the day.

Spit-Roasted Meats Are a Specialty at Tusker House

Spit-Roasted Meats Are a Specialty at Tusker House

But if you’re still looking to add a character dining experience to your list of advance dining reservations, be sure to book the breakfast or lunch, as characters don’t appear at dinner.

Eating a big breakfast will fill you up -- and cost less than dining big later in the day!

Seeing Your Favorite Disney Friends in Safari Garb at Breakfast and Lunch is Super Fun!

It’s always a kick to add pics Mickey and Friends in different outfits, and at Tusker House, they’re dressed to go on a Kilimanjaro Safari with you!

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Looking for something exotic with an Asian twist? Then check out Yak and Yeti Restaurant. You can’t miss the big purple building in the Asia section of Animal Kingdom!

Themed as a grand home that’s been converted to a hotel, guests to the town of Anandapur are guaranteed to find

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