What’s New Around Walt Disney World: Animal Kingdom Mini Edition

When it comes to Disney’s Animal Kingdom lately, it seems the more things change, the more they… keep on changin’!

We all got pretty excited about the announcements from the D23 Expo about the BIG changes coming to Hollywood Studios, as well as the Skipper Canteen on the way to Magic Kingdom. But Animal Kingdom got a share of the spotlight, too, with further details announced regarding attractions that will be part of the upcoming new land of Pandora — The World of AVATAR, and the Rivers of Light Nighttime Spectacular as well as sunset adventures for Kilimanjaro Safaris on the way.

Good Eats!

Good Eats!

But, as usual, we’re keeping our eye on the small changes, too! Let’s take a walk around Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a mini edition of “What’s New!”


Royal Anandapur Tea Company

Thanks to the excitement over the new Tea Trader’s Cafe by Joffrey’s in Downtown Disney, we know there are more than a few of you tea fans out there! So, you may want to take note of some new offerings at the Royal Anandapur Tea Company

Royal Anandapur Tea Company

Royal Anandapur Tea Company

New and seasonal additions for hot brew choices include Black Currant, Jasmine, Lemon Ginger, Morrocan Mint, Green Dragon Oolong and Honeybell Orange. [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Zebra Domes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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This post is part of the DFB #OnTheList series, where we feature eats you’ve GOT to have while you’re at Disney! Let us know what’s on YOUR Disney Food Bucket List @DisneyFoodBlog #OnTheList!


This week’s #OnTheList item is approaching cult classic status when it comes to Disney food: Zebra Domes! You can find these beauties at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Lodge at both Boma and The Mara.

Zebra Domes are #OnTheList

Zebra Domes are #OnTheList

At Boma, Animal Kingdom Lodge’s buffet restaurant, you can eat as many as you want any night of the week. Just high-tail it over to the dessert table!

The Mara, AKL’s counter-service location, usually has Zebra Domes in their refrigerated grab-and-go section. They’re sold in sets of four.

Pack of Zebra Domes at The Mara

Pack of Zebra Domes at The Mara

So what’s a Zebra Dome? An Amarula Cream Liquor mousse is enrobed in panna cotta-esque white chocolate and drizzled with chocolate and chocolate shavings. The whole thing sits atop a thin cake base.

Zebra Dome

Zebra Dome

While this is, indeed, #OnTheList, this is the kind of dessert that you either love or hate. Because of the flavors included, this is often a favorite for those who also enjoy Tiramisu.

Zebra Dome Cut In Half

Zebra Dome Cut In Half

The flavors that really jump out for me are caramel from the Amarula and the white chocolate.

Enjoying a Zebra Dome In The Lobby At Animal Kingdom Lodge

Enjoying a Zebra Dome In The Lobby At Animal Kingdom Lodge

You may have to travel to Animal Kingdom Lodge for this #OnTheList item but they’re an iconic Disney food that you have to try at least once!

Will you be adding Zebra Domes to your Disney Food Bucket List? Let us know with a comment below!

What’s On YOUR Disney Food Bucket List?

Zebra Domes are featured on the DFB Disney Food Bucket List — #OnTheList! Check out the list for more must-eats, and tweet, instagram, and Facebook your Disney Food Bucket List items @DisneyFoodBlog with #OnTheList!


Review: Village Haus in Disneyland

We’re taking in a meal at a classic stop in Disneyland — The Village Haus!

Village Haus Sign

Village Haus Sign

I don’t get to this corner of Disneyland nearly as much as I should. It’s waaaaaaaaay in the back corner — head into Fantasyland and hang a left.

But since a very similar restaurant exists in Walt Disney World — Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland — I usually find myself skipping THIS Village Haus in lieu of one of my favorite spots, like Cafe Orleans. [Read more…]

Review: Fairfax Salad at Fairfax Fare in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Fairfax Fare has a cool, out-of-the-ordinary meal to try when you’re beating the pavement at Hollywood Studios.

This is the spot for Gourmet Hotdogs while visiting the ‘World. We can recommend the yummo Mac & Cheese (and Truffle Oil & Bacon) Hot Dog here.

Also, anyone who enjoys barbecue will want to check out their smoked specialties, like Chicken and Spareribs. Or grab your iconic Smoked Turkey Leg should the craving take hold (and Toluca Legs Turkey Co. isn’t serving, which is often the case). It’s served as a meal at Fairfax Fare, with Baked Beans and Coleslaw on the side.

We recently conducted all kinds of delicious research for the upcoming Grand Launch of the 2015 edition of the DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Snacks. So it was the perfect opportunity to check out a few the menu items here that we haven’t enjoyed yet!

And guess what? We found a delicious salad at Fairfax Fare that’s sure to appeal to the most ardent meat lover out there. Let’s check it out.

The Fairfax Salad at Fairfax Fare

If you’re on the hunt for Fairfax Fare, head down Sunset Boulevard and hang a left before you make it all the way to Tower of Terror. The walk-up window location is part of the Sunset Ranch Market.

Fairfax Fare at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Fairfax Fare at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This area is home to several counter service options at DHS, like Anaheim Produce, Rosie’s All-American Cafe, Catalina Eddie’s, and Hollywood Scoops[Read more…]

Review: New Cocktails at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It’s almost September, but everyone knows that we’re still looking at summertime temps to continue in Florida — expanding well into October (at least). So you may find it good to know about some cold adult refreshers that have popped up in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in recent months!

The Cold Front

Let’s start on Commissary Lane at the ABC Commissary.

The ABC Commissary

The ABC Commissary

The Cold Front not only promises a relief from the heat, but it’s also well in keeping with Frozen Summer Fun (which won’t conclude until September 7th, so you’ve still got time a little time to catch it!).

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Review: Lunch at The Diamond Horseshoe in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland

The last time we visited the rarely-open Diamond Horseshoe in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland was last summer.

Since The Diamond Horseshoe is only open seasonally for lunch (and very rarely for its buffet dinner during the absolute busiest weeks of year) it can be tricky to try it out. But with Liberty Tree Tavern closed for its current refurbishment — and therefore taking one Magic Kingdom lunch option off the table — it has been a wee bit easier to stop by the ol’ (dry ;) ) saloon these days.

True, by and large folks are getting ready to head back to school if they haven’t already (Where the heck is this summer going, by the way???), so the peak crowd days of the this summer season are suddenly behind us. But you never do know when The Diamond Horseshoe doors will open again, and you’ll want to be ready when they do!

So, back inside the Horseshoe we go!

Diamond Horseshoe

Diamond Horseshoe

Because even a place that depicts a bygone saloon era still goes through some changes now and then… it’s magic, you know ;). [Read more…]

2015 Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: Sustainable Chew and Chew Lab Marketplaces

It’s just six weeks away! We’re talking about the beginning of the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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Circle Friday, September 25, because that’s the day that kicks off more than seven full weeks of delicious food and drink in Epcot. And because this is the Festival’s 20th Anniversary, we know that it’s going to be something extra special.

Excitement is building as we look forward to all of the Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage and Mixology Seminars, and other fun Special Events. But mostly, I can’t wait to Dine and Drink Around the World at the Marketplace Booths!

This year, in honor of the 20th Anniversary, the Festival also welcomes the Cast of The Chew, as they film a week’s worth of shows on location from the Festival, and host special events.

But they’ve also been busy creating menus for two brand new Booths — Sustainable Chew and Chew Lab. The two booths will be located in an area called Next Eats Festival Area, which will be located in Epcot’s Future World, marking the first time Marketplace Booths have been located away from the World Showcase Promenade.

Today, we’re going to take a first look at all of the dishes that these special booths will offer. Be sure to add them to your festival plans — I was actually really impressed with the eats here.

Sustainable Chew Marketplace Booth

Sustainable Chew is all about just that — sustainably harvested food. [Read more…]

DFB Reader Questions Answered: Where Can I Get a Free Counter Service Refill in the Parks?

We’re tackling another question from the DFB Reader mailbag today! Our reader asks:

Which counter service locations in Walt Disney World have self serve kiosks offering free refills?

This is an especially good question from a budget perspective. Since the Resort Refillable Mugs can’t be used in the parks, you might want to know where you can go to get more than one drink from the soda fountain. Let’s check out a couple of spots where you can grab a drink when you’re extra thirsty.

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Just note: you do need to purchase a drink from these locations before filling up your cup again and again! Also, our DFB team members have checked with cast members at each location to confirm that refills are, indeed, allowed during your meal at the restaurant. [Read more…]

Review: Disneyland 60th Diamond Anniversary Drinks at Jolly Holiday Bakery

Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary is firmly underway. And it’s been pretty exciting to explore all the eats and drinks they’ve created to mark the celebration.

Sleeping Beauty Castle decked out for the Diamond Anniversary

Sleeping Beauty Castle decked out for the Diamond Anniversary

After spending a whirlwind kickoff weekend at Disneyland earlier this year, I still have stuff to share with you! And here’s the good news — we’ll be celebrating the 60th Anni for a whole year, so you have plenty of time to check these treats out for yourself! [Read more…]