News and Review: Cookies and Cream Churros (!!!) at Tortuga Tavern in the Magic Kingdom

Churros! Cookies and Cream! Chocolate Sauce! 

Now that we have your attention, we really think you need to know that Tortuga Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland is now serving Cookies ‘n Cream Churros!

Tortuga Tavern is a seasonally open spot, but even with a limited run — and, quite often, a limited menu — they can still churn out some surprises. Now that Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe has taken over the Mexican food offerings that used to be available at Tortuga Tavern before its brief turn as a BBQ spot, the Tavern now features selections like Turkey Legs and Hot Dogs, which you can also find at other locations in the park.

But the Cookies ‘n Cream Churros? These are all-new, and can only be found at Tortuga Tavern!

Tortuga Tavern Menu

Tortuga Tavern Menu

That’s right! Tortuga Tavern has traded Cookies ‘n Cream Gelato for Cookies ‘n Cream Churros!

Your serving of warm, chocolatey, churro goodness is actually a plate of eight mini churros (similar in serving style to the Churros you’ll find at Pecos Bill’s). They come with a pre-packaged container of chocolate sauce, in case you need even more chocolate.

Cookies and Cream Churros

Cookies and Cream Churros

Which, of course, YOU TOTALLY DO.

The cream comes in the center of the churro bites, and it makes them a bit more dense in the center than your typical Churro. But the chocolate and cream flavor is terrific (straight up Oreo, really), and the outside texture still offers that slightly crunchy churro crisp.

Cookies and Cream Churro Close Up

Cookies and Cream Churro Close Up

We aren’t sure how long guests can expect to see these on the menu, since the one thing constant at Tortuga Tavern is change. But — just like the other parks — Magic Kingdom is getting ready for the Holiday crowds, so hopefully these will stick around for the duration of the season!

What’s your favorite iteration of the Churro? Tell us about it so we can crave them even more than usual! 

News: FOOD for the Flurry of FUN Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

If you joined us yesterday, you know that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is already gearing up for the holidays!

Holiday Gertie at Hollywood Studios!

Holiday Gertie at Hollywood Studios!

The Studios has all sorts of festive fun in store this season, and it’s going to be a Flurry of FUN! The new Sunset Season’s Greetings will bring snow, moving billboards, and holiday projections to the Hollywood Tower Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, and we’re getting ready to welcome back the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Nighttime Spectacular, too, all kicking off November 9th!

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WUT?!?: Warm Salted Caramel Stuffed Pretzel Now at The Lunching Pad in Magic Kingdom

Well, well, well… guess what just popped up on The Lunching Pad’s menu?

A Salted Caramel Warm Stuffed Pretzel, that’s what!

You see, I was perusing The Lunching Pads’ menu on the Mobile Order portion of the My Disney Experience app. Why? Because rumor has it that a Secret Menu item will be coming to an “Out of This World” location in Magic Kingdom, and it will ONLY appear on the Mobile Order menu. The phrase “Out of This World” implies the new item will be available at one of the two restaurants in Tomorrowland that utilize Mobile Order: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and The Lunching Pad.

So! Now you know why I was on the app, even though I wasn’t in the park.

The Lunching Pad on Mobile Order screenshot

The Lunching Pad on Mobile Order screenshot

But it paid to check it out anyway, because that’s how I stumbled on the brand new Salted Caramel Warm Stuffed Pretzel at The Lunching Pad, listed right above the Pepper Jack Warm Stuffed Pretzel and the Sweet Cream Cheese Warm Stuffed Pretzel!

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First Look: NEW Disney’s Hollywood Studios Holiday Decor!!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Hollywood Studios Entrance

Hollywood Studios Entrance

In case you had any doubt ;-D, Halloween is OVER, people! Which means — at Disney World, anyway  — it’s time to take on the Holiday Season!

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News and Review: Candy Corn Margarita at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Okay, so Halloween is over, and Christmas decor is going up all over Walt Disney World (most noticeably in Hollywood Studios, which you can catch over on our Instagram!). But before we get knee deep in snowmen and Santa hats, we’ve gotta try the brand new Candy Corn Margarita being poured over at the Hollywood Studios pop-up bars!

Candy Corn Margarita Sign

Candy Corn Margarita Sign

This seasonal drink is crafted from Patron Silver Tequila, Stoli Vanil Vodka, Fanta Orange, and a splash of Lemonade. And it comes with a glow cube! [Read more…]

Confirmed: Maria & Enzo’s — Plus Pizza Ponte and Enzo’s Hideaway — Coming to The Edison Complex in Disney Springs

We got word about Maria & Enzo’s (formerly rumored to be “Mario & Enzo’s) in August — it’s an Italian Trattoria that will be located adjacent to the upcoming Edison Complex this winter. Today, we’re excited to report that not only has Maria & Enzo’s been confirmed, but there is MORE news to share about restaurant and bar concepts coming to the location!

The Edison Complex construction

The Edison Complex construction

The three restaurants will form a complete complex, but each will feature their own unique menus, with a focus on Italian cuisine. Like The Edison, the concepts are being created by the Patina Restaurant Group (PRG).

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Review: Seasonal Cupcake Minis and Peanut Butter Pretzel Chip Cookie at Sprinkles

You all know that my love of Sprinkles knows no bounds.

What may surprise you, though, is that this has just as much to do with the non-cupcake items as much as the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes. From Frosting Shots to Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches (have you SEEN my brownie, cookie, and Cap’n Crunch cereal ice cream creation?!?), there’s a LOT to dig once you step inside Sprinkles. But you’ve gotta bypass the Cupcake ATM for that… or just make a plan to stop by again later ;-D.

So today, I thought I’d share a little bit of both with you from my most recent trip to Sprinkles. So, we’ll check out some classic Sprinkles cupcakes (in a bit of a new way) AND a killer cookie. (Remember that you’ll find Sprinkles on both coasts — in Disney World’s Disney Springs, and in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney. Most menu items are found in both locations.)

Sprinkles

Sprinkles

Seriously, you can always find something to satisfy your sweet tooth. And with lots of still-new stuff at Disney Springs, you’ll want to be over there anyway. (Plus, the holidays in Disney Springs are sure to be a massive hit in 2017, with ten new additions to Christmas Tree Trail and Santa in his Chalet!!)

Let’s cover the cupcakes first. Because when you’re standing before the glorious case of perfectly coiffed cupcakes at Sprinkles and not sure you can pick just one, the Cupcake Minis are a fabulous option. At $2 each, you can mix and match and get three for just over the price of one full-size cupcake. That’s what I did. Because more cupcakes is always better.

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Disney Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Family Celebration Now At Disney Springs

While the Dia de Los Muertos celebration continues in Disneyland with the new Plaza de la Familia seasonal event, Disney World is gearing up for its own taste of the festival with the Disney Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Family Celebration coming to Disney Springs!

©Disney

©Disney

Starting Friday, October 27th, the Celebration — a “family friendly fiesta” — will run through November 26th. From 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm daily, Disney Springs guests will enjoy themed music, food, and decor inspired by the upcoming film, Coco. The movie will follow Coco and Hector on a journey through the Land of the Dead.

Just head to Exposition Park on the West Side of Disney Springs. Yep, that’s the home of the Disney Springs Food Trucks, and that’s where Springs’ Street Tacos Food Truck (formerly Namaste Cafe) will be serving Vanilla Flan along with their regular taco menu for the celebration. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings will also feature kid-specific activities like face-painting.

So get ready for the celebration if you’re heading to Disney Springs! And, no matter where you are, get ready for Coco when the film is released on November 22nd!

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Review: Flower Pot Cupcake and Ursula Cupcake — Available through October 31 in Epcot

Today, I bring you a Tale of Two Cupcakes.

One wonderful, the other… not so much (as in REALLY not so much). You can find them both at Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion at Epcot.

Sunshine Seasons is a much-beloved quick service spot where guests rave about the variety of options, the use of ingredients from the neighboring Living With The Land, and the desserts. You already know how we feel about the Strawberry Shortcake here. And the seasonal Apple Crisp. And the Mickey Oreo Cheesecake.

The list truly goes on and on — mostly because Sunshine Seasons’ Cast Members go out of their way to create unique treats that represent the seasons and celebrations of Epcot. And we’re always game to try their newest creations.

But, well, allow me to tell the Tale of Two Cupcakes. I’ll begin with the bad news first because I believe it’s always better just to get it over with. The Ursula Cupcake at Sunshine Seasons is… gross.

Ursula Cupcake

Ursula Cupcake

The “black mirror” lacquered glaze on the outside is Ursula-approved, I’m sure. The fondant scroll for Ariel’s contract is a cute touch (although we can see Ariel has printed her name, not so much signed it). On top is Ursula’s shell necklace — also the tool used to capture Ariel’s lovely singing voice — and more tentacle-y fondant touches. [Read more…]

Spotted: New Epcot Starbucks “You Are Here” Mugs and MORE at Fountain View

We’ve checked out the new Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios Starbucks “You Are Here” Mugs  and Mickey Tumblers at Creature Comforts, Main Street Bakery, and The Trolley Car Cafe, respectively. Today, our stop is Epcot’s Fountain View, where the Mickey Tumbler similarly features beloved park icons — from yesterday and today! — in honor of Epcot’s 35th Anniversary.

Epcot Mickey Tumbler

Epcot Mickey Tumbler

I LOVE the nod to the Universe of Energy dinosaurs on Mickey’s foot! And there’s Figment! Horizons made it!! And Kitchen Kabaret get some love, which does my heart good. Spaceship Earth makes up Mickeys cute face… it goes on and on.

And, just like the other in-parks Starbucks locations, there is also a new “You Are Here” Mug.

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