Remembering Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Well, we had hoped against hope that it wouldn’t happen… but it has.

Last week, we said goodbye to the Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

In order to make way for the construction of the future Star Wars and Toy Story Lands, the closure of the Streets of America section of the park began in April, resulting in the removal of several eateries in the area like Studio Catering Co., High Octane Refreshments, and Herbie’s Drive-In. The beloved little Writer’s Stop, however, escaped the first round of closures.

It wasn’t without a change of its own, though. In April, Writer’s Stop began operating as a de facto lounge for guests awaiting their Advance Dining Reservation for the neighboring Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant instead of as the pastry, coffee, and book store it was best known as over the years.

Writer's Stop

Writer’s Stop

Through the changes, the Writer’s Stop was a small corner of peaceful respite during a very busy park day. (Since the Streets of America section of the park was an assemblage of building false fronts and film sets, many guests would pass right on by Writer’s Stop, assuming it was more of the same.) [Read more…]

Review: Salted Oatmeal Cornflake Cookie, Brownie, and Cap’n Crunch Ice Cream Sandwich at Sprinkles in Disney Springs

::Gasp!:: OK, I know that’s a LONG title…but I HAD to let you know what we’re in for!

I stopped by the new Sprinkles in Disney Springs on my recent trip to Walt Disney World. And I seriously could not. Stop. Trying new things.

You already know about their fantastic Cupcakes. And we’ve also shared our impressions of their Sundae — homemade Ice Cream craftily layered with your choice of Cupcake, so you get a lil bit of everything in every bite. HEAVEN.

But guess what? There’s even more!

I just shared those incredible Seasonal Cupcakes with you. (If the Lemon Meringue and the German Chocolate Cupcakes are gone when you’re there, look for the Caramel Apple and S’mores versions for Fall!)

But I’ve gotta come clean. That’s not all I tried while I was in town.

Because they also offer one of my most favorite things ever: Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches.

You know I’m a big fan of Disney’s version of these. But wait, just wait, until you see the outrageousness that awaited us at Sprinkles.

Let’s Go.

Salted Oatmeal Cornflake Cookie and Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich with Cap’n Crunch Ice Cream(!!!!!)

So the amazing thing about the Sprinkles Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich is that it’s totally customizable. Name your cookies. Name your ice cream. Mix and match to your heart’s content.

Making My Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Making My Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

I’ve already offered you a little foreshadowing of what awaits. But let’s back up a little, because I want to show you how your Cookies come to you if you just order one solo. [Read more…]

News: New Dining Discounts for Disney World Annual Passholders for 45th Anniversary Year

Happy 45th Anniversary, Walt Disney World!

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

And Happy Anniversary to Disney World Annual Passholders, who can take part in the celebration by enjoying some brand new discounts at select dining and merchandise locations around Disney World for the anniversary year! [Read more…]

Review: Candied Peanuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream at Epcot’s L’Artisan des Glaces

They’ve done it again, my friends!

We’re back at L’Artisan des Glaces to check out their newest flavor of house-made ice cream.

Even the name is quite a mouthful (almost as much as the Cinnamon, Caramelized Apple & Crumble Crunch), but we think you’ll find it’s worth taking the time to place your order ;) .

So, remember this name: because it’s time to try some Candied Peanuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream!

First thing’s first, though. Let’s head into this lovely little ice cream shop in Epcot’s France Pavilion…

L'Artisan des Glaces sign

L’Artisan des Glaces sign

… and look for the new flavor listed on the menu among the 16 currently featured flavors of ice cream and sorbet, all made in-house. [Read more…]

News: Disney World Joffrey’s Kiosks Serving Coffee for a Dollar on September 29th for National Coffee Day

Over the years we’ve been known to celebrate National Margarita Day, National Root Beer Float Day, National Pie Day, and National Mojito Day here on the DFB.

But on Thursday, September 29th, we won’t be the only ones celebrating National Coffee Day. Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosks will be helping guests throughout Walt Disney World celebrate, too… with one dollar cups of coffee!!

©Joffrey's Coffee and Tea Company

©Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company

That’s right! Grab a 16 ounce cup of hot coffee or a 24 ounce cup of iced coffee for a buck at any Joffrey’s Coffee location in Walt Disney World.

Joffrey's Coffee in Disney World

Joffrey’s Coffee in Disney World

Here’s a look at just a few of the several Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosks around Disney World so you can know where to be on the lookout.

Find this one at the Transportation and Ticket Center while on your way to Magic Kingdom or Epcot.

Joffrey's kiosk at the TTC

Joffrey’s kiosk at the TTC

The Joffrey’s kiosks at Hollywood Studios have some of the best theming, like this one located outside of the Tower of Terror.

Tower of Terror Coffee Stand

Tower of Terror Kiosk

Did you know that Royal Anandapur Tea Company in Animal Kingdom is a Joffrey’s spot?

Anandapur Royal Tea Company

Royal Anandapur Tea Company

And Epcot has several locations in the park in both Future World and World Showcase like the American Adventure kiosk.

Joffrey's American Adventure Coffee Kiosk

Joffrey’s American Adventure Coffee Kiosk

Don’t forget that select Joffrey’s Kiosks in Epcot are serving specialty beverages for the 2016 Food and Wine Festival!

Spiked Chai Latte at American Adventure Kiosk

Spiked Chai Latte at American Adventure Kiosk

(Not for a buck, though. ;) )

Spiked Chai Latte

Spiked Chai Latte

So whether you’re sampling one of Joffrey’s specialty beverages for the Festival in Epcot, or looking for a dollar cup of Joe in or around the parks, September 29th is looking like the perfect day to stop by a Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosk in Disney World!

Have you tried Joffrey’s Coffee in Disney World yet? Please let us know with a comment!

Confirmed: Sprinkles Cupcake Bakery to Open in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

Hooray! It’s TRUE!! Disneyland is indeed getting its own Sprinkles!

Sprinkles Sign in Disney Springs

Sprinkles Sign in Disney Springs

Rumors began to surface at the end of last month, and now Disney has officially confirmed that Downtown Disney will indeed be home to Sprinkles in Disneyland, with an opening scheduled for November.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

So Disney Springs in Disney World will no longer be the only Disney location where you can grab a famous handcrafted Sprinkles cupcake or house-made cookie!

[Read more…]

Review: Disney Halloween Cupcake and the Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin at Main Street Bakery

Can you believe it’s already been over three years since the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Bakery became the first Starbucks location in Disney World?

At the time of the transition from the original Main Street Bakery, it was a pretty major, high-profile change. These days, though, it’s no longer unusual to spot the signature Starbucks green Siren logo around both Disney World AND Disneyland, and guests have become rather accustomed to getting their favorite Frappucino or Pumpkin Spice Latte on their Disney vacation.

As far as food goes, primarily you’ll find similar (if not the exact same) options that you’ll be familiar with if you tend to frequent Starbucks in your hometown — pastries and treats like the popular Iced Lemon Loaf, or small meals like Breakfast Sandwiches.

But you’ll still find a few unique-to-Disney items in the case at Main Street Bakery. The same is true of the other in-park Starbucks locations: Epcot’s Fountain View, Animal Kingdom’s Creature Comforts, and The Trolley Car Cafe in Hollywood Studios.

Today we’re going to look at a mix of both at the Main Street Bakery — one Starbucks item, and two unique-to-Disney items. In fact, we’ll mix it up even further by making one of those Disney items a seasonal offering. After all, ’tis the season for creepies and crawlies…

Halloween Decorations in Magic Kingdom

Halloween Decorations in Magic Kingdom

… like the current Spider Cupcake! [Read more…]

Review: Butterscotch Mickey Beignets in Disneyland for Halloween Time

It’s Halloween Time at Disneyland… and a new flavor of Mickey Beignets has come along for the season!

Mint Julep Bar

Mint Julep Bar

Stop by the Mint Julep Bar to find the Beignets, currently sprinkled with Butterscotch-flavored sugar. (You’ll also see them on the menu at Cafe Orleans.) [Read more…]

Review: Deep Space Odyssey Cocktail at Pixar Place Pop-Up Bar in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

My, how the landscape has changed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

"Please Pardon Our Pixie Dust"

“Please Pardon Our Pixie Dust”

As the park dives into construction for the future Toy Story and Star Wars Lands, one of the places where change is most noticeable is around Pixar Place. While it used to be that you could continue your stroll past Toy Story Mania and then head towards the Streets of America, when you continue your walk these days you’ll encounter… construction walls. [Read more…]

Review: Lemon Meringue and German Chocolate Seasonal Cupcake Flavors at Sprinkles in Disney Springs

I was in Walt Disney World recently for a quick visit.

And even though it was a super short visit, mostly due to the opening of the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, I HAD to head over to Disney Springs. But — and I know you totally saw this coming! — my first stop was Sprinkles!

I’ve made no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of Sprinkles. So it’s only natural that Sprinkles + Disney equals Dream Come True territory for me.

I love all of their treats — Cupcakes, Cookies, Ice Cream, you name it. And who can resist a Cupcake ATM for your After Hours Cupcake neeeeeeeds??

But today, I’m checking out their Seasonal Cupcake Flavors. And if they look good to you, hightail it over to Sprinkles and get ‘em before they’re gone!

(Also, I apologize in advance for all the upcoming Sprinkles posts here on DFB.)

Lemon Meringue Cupcake

Let’s kick off the party with the Lemon Meringue Cupcake.

Lemon Meringue Cupcake -- In the Wrapper

Lemon Meringue Cupcake

This one has it all, kids: Marshmallow Icing and Lemon Cake on the outside… [Read more…]