News and Review: Three Baked Mac and Cheeses at Eight Spoon Cafe

Let’s try some word association. We’ll give you a bunch of words, and you tell us what they make you think of. Baked. Macaroni. Cheese.

Your turn. We’ll wait.

Correct! The answer is “YUM!” Great work. Now, come along as we tell you where you can find all of the above in three awesome, cheesy incarnations. We’ll give you a hint: You’re gonna hAVATARrific day in this park. ;)

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

That’s right! Animal Kingdom! With all of the excitement about Pandora — The World of Avatar and Rivers of Light that’s ramping up right now, it can be tough to plan your Animal Kingdom park days — especially your dining! [Read more…]

Review: Cretaceous Cooler at Restaurantosaurus in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Picture it: it’s a hot day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

(OK, that’s not the case right this minute, but LOTS of the time it’s a hot day in Animal Kingdom. ;-D) You need a beverage. Preferably one that is cold, sweet, and good for 5 o’clock somewhere. Even better if it has a groovy name.

We got your back. The Cretaceous Cooler found at the crowd-pleasing Restaurantosaurus may just check all of those boxes for you.

Aside from serving up consistently good Disney Counter Service classics like Chicken Nuggets and Bacon Cheeseburgers, Restaurantosaurus is also funky, fun, and kitschy enough to fit right in with its kitsch-central home, DinoLand U.S.A. (We say this with nothin’ but love.)

Restaurantosaurus

Restaurantosaurus

The paleontology students who — as the story goes — are responsible for the humorous décor all over the restaurant must’ve also felt the need for a cool drink to kick back with after a long week of study (well, those 21-and-over, that is). [Read more…]

News: 2017 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road in Disney Springs

There are so many reasons to visit Walt Disney World during the slightly less busy month of March. But if you’re asking us to help you justify a trip during this time of year, we have only one thing to say: the 2017 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant!

st patricks mighty festival logo 2016

We know Disney Springs is a hotbed of activity lately, with so many new restaurants opening in the last year, but Raglan Road remains one of our favorite spots. And that’s doubly true during the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival, Orlando’s premier celebration of all things Irish.

Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

This year the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival runs March 16-19, with an incredible line up of entertainment, family-friendly fun, and a special craft beer debut. We have all of the details for you here! [Read more…]

Best and Worst of the Fest: What to Eat (and What to Skip) at the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival

Greetings from sunny California! We’re coming to you from Disneyland where the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival is in full swing!

The 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Has Begun!

The 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Has Begun!

And the Festival is running EVERYDAY this year. So that means you’ve got from now through April 16th to try your top picks at this year’s FOURTEEN Festival Marketplace Booths.

To help you make your list, I’ve tackled each and every food item at ALL of them. Well, with the help of our Dining in Disneyland columnist and best west coast dine-around pal, Heather Sievers, of course!

Click here to check out photos AND prices of ALL the food at the Festival! (Allergy-Friendly Menus, Too!)

Overall, we found the food to be fantastic. It was much better than last year, and much MUCH better than Festival of Holidays. They’re thinking outside of the box and experimenting a little with flavors, and I commend that. [Read more…]

Review: Strawberry Cheesecake at Restaurantosaurus

You’re gonna hear us saying this a lot over the next several months: there’s a TON of stuff going on in the Disney food world at Animal Kingdom.

First we’ve got quality bites at Tiffins and Nomad Lounge. Second we will soon have two brand new dining options in Pandora — The World of AVATAR: Pongu Pongu and Satu’li Canteen. And third, old standbys like Yak and Yeti and Flame Tree Barbecue are still killin’ the food game. Animal Kingdom has stepped up the food game yet again.

But should you find yourself way over in Dinoland digging on something sweet and indulgent, adventure your way right over to Restaurantosaurus. It’s just past the spinning triceratops and across the way from the dig site. You can’t miss it.

While I LOVE Restaurantosaurus, we have had a bit of a hit or miss relationship with Animal Kingdom’s desserts-in-a-glass, and we’re happy to see them being replaced by better options. The Warm Turtle Brownie we tried recently was a big hit! And since we’re always open to try new things, on this visit we ordered the Strawberry Cheesecake.

Restaurantosaurus Strawberry Cheesecake

Restaurantosaurus Strawberry Cheesecake

Let’s just start by saying this ain’t a dessert in a glass. Look at that crust! It’s all graham crackers and buttery-ness! It’s just the right thickness to add texture without overwhelming the contents of its shell.

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First Look and Review: Joffrey’s Revive Coffee Kiosk and S’Mores Latte in Magic Kingdom

GOOD MORNING from Magic Kingdom!

Of course, it’s pretty much always a good morning when you’re in Disney World. But if you’re in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, the mornings are even brighter thanks to the arrival of the brand new Joffrey’s Revive Coffee Kiosk!

Tucked next to the Tomorrowland Stage where you can sometimes find the Mr. and Mrs. busting a move at the #INCREDIBLESSuperDanceParty, the newest Joffrey’s Kiosk is the first in the Magic Kingdom. (Until now, the closest kiosks to Magic Kingdom have been at the Ticket and Transportation Center and the Contemporary Resort.)

There are two things you can count on with a visit to a Joffrey’s kiosk in Disney World: one, fun theming to perfectly match its surroundings. And two: a good cup of coffee (or tea, if you prefer).

Joffrey's Revive sign

Joffrey’s Revive sign

We’re here to check out both. So, Blast Off with us to Tomorrowland to hang out and caffeine up at the new Joffrey’s Revive! [Read more…]

News and Review: Buffalo Chicken Chips at Trilo-Bites in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is alive with activity lately, and the hits just keep on coming!

Last year we were celebrating the grand opening of Tiffins and Nomad Lounge (hello, deliciousness amidst some of the most pristine decor we’ve ever seen!), and still 2017 is shaping up to be even more incredible.

We’ve got Pandora — The World of AVATAR, people! In just about three months! And with this new area of the park comes two new restaurants: Pongu Pongu and Satu’li Canteen.

And Rivers of Light! With dining packages! And seats (well, a helpful video about scoring seats)!

But we’re always on the lookout for new dishes at our old favorites, so on a recent visit, we stopped at Trilo-Bites.

Trilo-Bites at Animal Kingdom

Trilo-Bites at Animal Kingdom

You know Trilo-Bites as a seasonal (e.g. hardly ever open) counter service stop in Dinoland, land of the giant cartoon dinos and carnival-style games. Trilo-Bites’ previous menu goodie was the Pulled Buffalo Chicken Waffle Sandwich, which was truly awesome. This time, we discovered another Buffalo chicken incarnation: Buffalo Chicken Chips.

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Best of the Fest: What to Eat at the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

It truly is one of the most beautiful times of the year at Epcot, now that the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival has officially begun!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

From now through May 29th, Epcot guests will enjoy over seventy Disney-themed topiaries all over the park, special exhibits and seminars for all the Green Thumbs (and those aspiring Green Thumbs!) out there, and the Garden Rocks Concert Series (complete with Dining Packages this year). [Read more…]

Review: The New Chuck Wagon Fresh Fixin’s Food Truck at Fort Wilderness Campground

There’s a new place to grab some grub at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

And it might be the single coolest thing we’ve seen at Disney World in quite some time… Welcome to the Chuck Wagon!

This new food truck is serving up Counter Service-style eats on its Fresh Fixin’s menu to all the Happy Campers at Fort Wilderness from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM Saturdays through Mondays, and from 5:00 – 9:00 PM Tuesdays through Fridays. This here’s also the spot where you can grab some classic camping snacks (S’mores!). Oh, and some of those Fort Wilderness Moonshine Cocktails, too!

But to load up on some of these treats, you gotta know where to find ‘em first. So join us on our jaunt to visit the Chuck Wagon! Though you may be surprised to learn it’s not actually a wagon at all.

So then, what is it?

Atmosphere

Custom-made to blend in perfectly with its campground surroundings, the Chuck Wagon Fresh Fixin’s Food Truck is designed to look exactly like an old school RV. Get a load of this!

The Chuck Wagon

The Chuck Wagon Food Truck

And when I say old school, I mean it, as evidenced by the original Walt Disney World logos you’ll spot on the outside! [Read more…]

NEW! Maple Popcorn in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Disney popcorn is addictive. We love it flavored. We love it in pretty buckets. We love it smothered in hot caramel. Shall we keep counting the ways?

How ’bout just one more: we love it in Refillable Popcorn Buckets. Like, LOVE it in refillable buckets. Because the only thing better than popcorn is more popcorn.

So imagine our happy dance upon discovering a new flavored popcorn with the refill option in the Magic Kingdom: MAPLE!  It’s available only at the Frontierland Popcorn Cart.

Frontierland Popcorn Cart

Frontierland Popcorn Cart

The menu here is pretty straightforward. You can grab a beverage, an ice cream treat, or, you know, POPCORN.

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