Review: Two Grab-and-Go (or Grab-and-STAY) Options at Sanaa Kuamsha Breakfast

Good Morning from Sanaa!

And I don’t say that lightly. I think any morning is a good one when you’re starting it at Animal Kingdom Lodge. And last fall, Sanaa — located in the Resort’s Kidani Village — started offering guests one more way to do that with the arrival of the Kuamsha Breakfast.

Sanaa operates as a Table Service restaurant for lunch and dinner. Breakfast, though, is a different story. Featuring Quick Service entrees as well as Grab-and-Go options (hot and cold items), breakfast is a pretty casual affair.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not a unique experience.

Sanaa

Sanaa

Upon approaching Cast Members at the check-in desk (where you would typically mention your Advance Dining Reservation for lunch or dinner), you’ll receive a menu listing your breakfast options. [Read more…]

Review: Loaded Potato Puffs at The River Roost in Port Orleans Riverside Resort

Who’s up for a bit of pub grub at The River Roost?

I seriously love River Roost lounge. It’s located in one of my favorite Disney World Resorts: Port Orleans — Riverside. Better yet, it’s home to Yeeha Bob, an honest-to-goodness Disney World treasure. Bob Jackson is a recipient of the Walt Disney Legacy Award who shares his humor, fun, energy, and music with audiences at the River Roost four nights a week.

Oh! And I’ve enjoyed some pretty tasty food here, too. I loved the trio of Prime Rib Sliders that used to be on the menu here. But those were taken off the list some time back, and I’ve been looking for a River Roost replacement.

So if you, too, find yourself at Port Orleans in search of some Potables, Victuals…

Potables and Victuals

Potables and Victuals

… and/or Libations and Spirits, then join me at The River Roost! [Read more…]

Must-Eat Snacks at The Mara in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Now Including JUNGLE JUICE SLUSH!)

Boy, do I have a fun list for you today!

We’re taking on a few Must-Eat Snacks at The Mara in Animal Kingdom Lodge! This counter service restaurant serves up several classic dishes as you might expect (like Chicken Breast Nuggets and Burgers). But in keeping with the wonderfully immersive theming of the Lodge, you’ll also find unique African-inspired dishes like the tasty African Potjie Stew and Soups of the Day (I love it when the Coconut Curry Chicken Soup comes up on the rotation!).

Even in addition to some of those items, though, there are still a few nearly-unique-to-Mara finds (you’ll see what I mean by that soon) that aren’t necessarily African-inspired, but equally as tasty. And those land on our Mara Must-Eat Snacks list! Plus, they are all available for a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan!

So let’s start with with a VERY special item that just made its Mara debut!

Frozen Jungle Juice

Oh, joy!! We feared we’d lost the Jungle Juice Slushy for good when it disappeared from the menu at Animal Kingdom’s Mahindi, but a few weeks ago it made a surprise return. Better yet, it’s now available in TWO spots, since it’s at The Mara now, too!

The Mara Frozen Beverages

The Mara Frozen Beverages

Even though it’s called the Jungle Juice Frozen Beverage, it’s still that same awesome mix of Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava juices that is also known as POG Juice or Liliko’i Juice for breakfast in the Polynesian’s ‘Ohana and Kona Cafe.

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New at Magic Kingdom: Cheshire Cat Tails, Frusta, and Much More!

We’ve been spending a lot of time — like, A LOT — at Animal Kingdom lately. No real surprise there, as it’s home to the brand new land, Pandora — The World of AVATAR. But while entire new lands are always the biggest news, that doesn’t mean things aren’t happening all over the World.

Magic Kingdom Entrance Area

Magic Kingdom Entrance Area

So we thought we’d take a little trip to the Magic Kingdom today!

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

Of course, you likely already know that Happily Ever After, the new nighttime spectacular, is lighting up the night for Magic Kingdom guests! [Read more…]

News: Springs Street Eats Food Truck Rally in Disney Springs June 2nd and 3rd

You may already be familiar with Disney’s Food Trucks: Fantasy Fare, World Showcase of Flavors, Superstar Catering, and the new Springs Street Tacos (formerly Namaste Cafe).

World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck

World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck

While the trucks sometimes change locations (for instance, Superstar Catering Food Truck is currently serving guests as the Centertown Food Truck at Caribbean Beach Resort as a temporary dining option), you’ll most often find three of the four trucks at their regular home in Exposition Park.

On June 2nd and 3rd, however, you’ll find Fantasy Fare and World Showcase of Flavors in Disney Springs West Side right by Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues. You see, they’ll need a little more room to host SIX more food trucks for the weekend for the Springs Street Eats Food Truck Rally! [Read more…]

Spotted: Italia Kitchen Merchandise in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

Before a recent visit to Via Napoli in Epcot for a pizza, my husband and I had a few spare minutes before our Advance Dining Reservation. We decided to spend that extra time in La Bottega Italiana, one of the Italy Pavilion’s shops, where I happened upon some fun kitchen gear and other Italia-themed merchandise.

Pasta Mickey Italia Apron

Pasta Mickey Italia Apron

It had been a while since I’d popped in this particular store, so I’m not sure how long these have been around, but what stood out to me right away was this fun apron featuring Mickey formed out of various pasta shapes. [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: April 24, 2017

Wow… we’re gearing up for a LOT of new experiences coming to Walt Disney World in the coming weeks. Next month, the new “Happily Ever After” nighttime spectacular will make its debut in Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom will unveil an entire new LAND with Pandora — The World of AVATAR!

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“Happily Ever After” Concept Art ©Disney

But, as always, there is plenty taking place in the here and now in Disney World, too. So, let’s take a look around the parks and resorts to find out What’s New!

Animal Kingdom

Check out the half-adorable, half-creepy new Panda Caramel Apple in Zuri’s Sweets Shop! (That thing really needs pupils.) [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: March 29th, 2017

HAPPY SPRING, everybody!

Spring Mickey

Spring Mickey Bunny

Another winter is behind us and the warmth and blooms of spring are here at last. So we hope you’ll take a little Spring Break with us…

Spring Caramel Apple

Spring Caramel Apple

Mickey Wants Those Peeps!

Mickey Wants Those Peeps!

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Character Egg Cake Pops

Character Egg Cake Pops

Character Egg Cake Pops

Character Egg Cake Pops

Easter Bunny Caramel Apple

Easter Bunny Caramel Apple

… to check out What’s New Around Walt Disney World, starting with these fun new hot drink cups! While we weren’t sure about the understated design on the new cups and plates in Disney Parks, I do like these particular quotes being front and center.

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News: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Specialty Food Items Around Walt Disney World

It’s the week we’re all seeing GREEN… for St. Patrick’s Day! And if you’re in Disney World on March 17th (and even before), there are plenty of ways to celebrate the love of all things Irish.

St Patty's Day Mickey Apple

St Paddy’s Day Mickey Apple

Let’s start at Magic Kingdom, where the current Specialty Hot Dog at Casey’s Corner (available throughout the rest of March) is topped with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and wholegrain mustard. [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: February 28, 2017

Whew! It sure has been a news-y few weeks for Disney World! From the debut of the long-awaited Rivers of Light show in Animal Kingdom, to the announcement of a brand new fireworks spectacular on the way to Magic Kingdom, to the return of another annual Festival at Epcot: the 2017 Flower and Garden Festival.

Fresh Epcot

Fresh Epcot

But it sure doesn’t stop there, because we’ve got even more news to explore… by checking out WHAT’S NEW around Walt Disney World! [Read more…]