News: Changes Coming to Disneyland’s River Belle Terrace and Rancho del Zocalo

February of 2016 will bring BIG changes to two beloved Disneyland dining locations.

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First, Frontierland’s River Belle Terrace will change from its current status as a Counter Service location to a Table Service option serving lunch and dinner only as of February 10, 2016.

River Belle Terrace

River Belle Terrace

The menu will focus on “Southern barbecue staples” such as ribs and chicken as well as sustainable seafood offerings. Of course, this change means that River Belle Terrace will soon be accepting reservations (the date guests will be able to start booking has yet to be announced). [Read more…]

Disney Holiday Preview: Celebrating Christmas Throughout the World at Epcot

I love the riches of tradition that take place throughout Epcot during Holidays Around the World.

Christmas Comes to World Showcase

Christmas Comes to World Showcase

And one of my favorite holiday rituals is learning about how others celebrate this important time of the year.

We all know about Santa in the United States and other countries, Père Noël  in France, and Father Christmas in the UK. Today, I thought we could take a look at some of the other Christmas traditions celebrated in the lands of World Showcase. And of course, we’ll be snacking along the way as well. :-)
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Spotted: Disney Parks Exclusive Starbucks Mug and Cup Ornaments

Well, you already know about the Starbucks Holiday Mug exclusive to the Disney Parks Starbucks: Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Bakery, Epcot’s Fountain View,  Animal Kingdom’s Creature Comforts, and The Trolley Car Cafe at Hollywood Studios.

But did you know about the itty-bitty versions of the year-round cups and mugs? That’s right — the in-park Starbucks are also selling ornaments of the signature Starbucks cup design that you can only find in Disney Parks.

Disney Parks Starbucks Cup Ornament

Disney Parks Starbucks Cup Ornament

Your choices are miniature versions of the hot beverage cups or the cold beverage tumblers for $12.95 each. [Read more…]

25 Must-Do Disney World Holiday Events — and Eats!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Season’s Greetings! It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and if you’re bound for Walt Disney World, it’s even better.

25 Must-Do Disney World Holiday Events

That’s because there is no more festive spot on earth to celebrate all of the heartwarming fun of the the season.

And we don’t want you to miss out on any of the top attractions. So let’s take a look our list of the 25 Must-do Disney Holiday Eventsand Eats! — to celebrate this season at Walt Disney World! [Read more…]

Review: Black Forest Milkshake at Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner

Min and Bill’s has done it again!

We are back at Hollywood Studios’ very own Dockside Diner for this season’s specialty milkshake. You may recall a few of the milkshake gems that have made the rounds at this unassuming spot, like the scrumptious Caramel Apple, the creative Cinnamon Sweet Churro, and the festive Red Velvet Peppermint Shake in honor of the holidays.

Nowadays we can’t walk into Hollywood Studios without stopping by Min and Bill’s to check out the latest concoction, because they’ve made the hunt pretty fun by changing the seasonal shake offering on a fairly frequent basis.

Things had changed up yet again on our most recent trip with the Black Forest Milkshake.

So, who’s ready to do some seasonal shake sipping with me?

Atmosphere

Min and Bill’s Diner is located inside the “S.S. Down the Hatch” on Echo Lake in Hollywood Studios.

Min and Bill's Dockside Diner at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

All seating is outdoors, but they do have a nice amount of tables and umbrellas set up right in front.

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Review: Fried Green Tomato Sandwich at Fairfax Fare in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

EDITOR’S UPDATE: Now that Rosie’s All-American Cafe is reopen from its refurbishment, the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich is now being served there instead of Fairfax Fare. Rosie’s All-American is also located in the Sunset Ranch Market. 

Welcome back to Fairfax Fare in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Fairfax Fare is part of Sunset Ranch Market: a string of Counter Service spots on Sunset Boulevard, which also includes Anaheim Produce, Hollywood Scoops, Catalina Eddie’s, and Rosie’s All-American Cafe.

Altogether, they serve just about the full array of typical Counter Service favorites, from pizza and burgers to ice cream and grab-and-go snacks.

Fairfax Fare in particular is known for “Smoked Specialties” such as spareribs and chicken dishes. In fact, it’s quite the carnivore’s destination, when you think about it. So it was with definite curiosity that we tried a more recent addition to the menu, which just so happens to be a vegetarian entree: the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich.

Atmosphere

Fairfax Fare, with its simple setting and ordering windows blends right in with the other Sunset Ranch Market eateries along Sunset Boulevard.

Fairfax Fare

Fairfax Fare

Of course, even though it blends in with the typical scene, it does stand out a bit more at the moment due to its next door neighbors — Catalina Eddie’s and Rosie’s All-American Cafe — currently undergoing refurbishments. (They’re anticipated to reopen on November 20th). [Read more…]

Disney Holidays: Beverages with Holiday Cheer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Thanks to The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is full of yuletide cheer!

Osborne Family Tribute Window

Osborne Family Tribute Window

Or perhaps I should say, Yuletide CHEERS… [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland Review: Star Wars Season of the Force Menu Hits Galactic Grill

Great news, Star Wars fans!

Tomorrowland Terrace in Disneyland has recently transformed to celebrate the Star Wars Season of the Force debut at Disneyland.

Season of the Force

Season of the Force

The resort is currently celebrating all things Star Wars, and along with that celebration comes the grand opening of the Galactic Grill.  Last week I was invited to the restaurant’s first service to try out some of the new offerings.

Galactic Grill

Galactic Grill

Located in the heart of Tomorrowland, this counter service restaurant is serving up Star Wars themed menu items with clever names and some clever ingredients, too! The menu offers both “Dark Side” and “Light Side” foods.  You have to choose which side you’re up to trying!

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Review: New Menu Items at Epcot’s Liberty Inn

We are back at Liberty Inn, the Quick Service spot in The American Adventure in Epcot!

If you’re strolling around World Showcase and are on the hunt for some perfectly patriotic eats, Liberty Inn is your place. For a long time, offerings were pretty basic at this Counter Service location, which primarily features expected fare like burgers, chicken breast nuggets, and salads.

While that still holds true in most regards, it’s worth noting that Liberty Inn made some strides late last year towards providing a couple of options that reflect a greater array of American cuisine, including a few regional dishes like a Lousiana-Style Shrimp dish as well as Maryland Crab Cakes.

However, the menu has changed up once again, so we returned to scope out the situation and see what’s new, what’s gone, and how things are shaping up.

Liberty Inn Sign

Liberty Inn Sign

So, let’s step back into everyone’s favorite Publick Dining Room, Liberty Inn! [Read more…]

Spotted: 2015 Starbucks Disney Parks Holiday Souvenir Mug

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the Disney Parks Starbucks shops! If you’re spending any part of your holiday celebration in Disney World, you may want to let everyone know you were there with one of these Starbucks Holiday Castle Mugs! SO cute!

Starbucks Disney Parks Holiday Mug

Starbucks Disney Parks Holiday Mug

On the mug, a castle is formed out of glittering Christmas trees, ornaments, and wreaths. The Starbucks logo is on the back. And the mug comes with its own extra-festive box. [Read more…]