Review: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! — Plus ALL THE FOOD — at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Happy Happy Holidays, Everyone!

If we weren’t quite feeling the Holiday Spirit yet, that all changed the other night as we took in the very first performance of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Christmas Tree

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Christmas Tree

I know, I know. We all dearly miss the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights just as much as you do. Let’s take a moment to reflect. (Somber music playing. Or something.)

Tree Detail

Tree Detail

Ok — is it out of our system? I hope so. Because we have some pretty cool stuff to share with you, starting with a look at some of the awesome decor you can spy around Studios. Let’s head in! [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: November 15, 2016

Hello, friends! Well, we’d be remiss if we didn’t start out this post by wishing THIS GUY a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Happy Birthday to THIS GUY!!

Happy Birthday, Mickey!!

Mickey Mouse was presented to the world with the premiere of the animated short “Steamboat Willie” on November 18, 1928. And our favorite Mouse will be joining us all around the World today for our November edition of What’s New!

All Around the World

The Holiday Season is upon us! [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Tajin Dole Whip Hack in Disneyland

Today, we’re sharing with you one of our favorite Snack Hacks Tajin Dole Whip – via our DFB YouTube Channel!

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When we heard about this one through the Disney grapevine, we asked our Bestie and Dining in Disneyland expert Heather Sievers to investigate. She headed to Disneyland’s Tiki Juice Bar to check out just how this combo of two wonderful things came to be. [Read more…]

Review: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe at Magic Kingdom

We are heading to one of Walt Disney World’s busiest park counter service locations to see what’s new for lunch — Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

Located on the edge of Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland near where it transitions to Fantasyland (it’s just to the right of the castle), Cosmic Ray’s is an excellent bet for finding something to please everyone, especially if your party includes members who are less adventurous in their tastes.

But if you do like more interesting fare, don’t be afraid of this intergalactic hotspot! In addition to tried and true favorites like Chicken Nuggets and Bacon Cheeseburgers, you’ll usually find some outta this world (see what I did there?) options as well.

Besides, Cosmic Ray’s is home to one of Disney’s legendary toppings bars. And you KNOW how much I love a good toppings bar.

Wanna see what I’m talking about? Let’s head in.

Atmosphere

Much like the rest of Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s is at once retro and futuristic — although the retro vibe is more 1980s than anything. Purple, teal, and silver will send you searching for your Swatch Watch.

Cosmic Ray's Sign

Cosmic Ray’s Sign

We’ll get to the ordering set up in just a sec, but first, let’s check out the seating. There’s a reason I want you to see this area first — one of the galaxy’s most famous acts takes center stage while you enjoy your meal. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: A Tour of the Coca-Cola Rooftop Bar at Disney Springs

We’re high above the rooftops of Disney Springs today, as we bring you another installment in our DFB YouTube Video Series!

Coca-cola Store Rooftop Beverage Bar Area

Coca-cola Store Rooftop Beverage Bar Area

Since it opened last Summer, the Rooftop Bar at the Coca-Cola Store has become one more place to chill with a cold beverage. And you’ll see that there are a TON to choose from! [Read more…]

News! Refillable Mugs WITH HANDLES are BACK at Walt Disney World!

Remember when we told you about the move by Disney to streamline their Refillable Resort Mugs by making them handle-free?

JUST KIDDING! Well..sort of.

Refillable Mugs -- WITH HANDLES -- Are BACK!

Refillable Mugs — WITH HANDLES — Are BACK!

We don’t know if it’s due to the massive and passionate outcry to the original news (100+ comments and counting!), or if this was always the master plan. But for whatever reason, it appears that Mugs WITH HANDLES are making their way back to Walt Disney World Resorts. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap from the Africa Booth

The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is a great place to sample new and exciting food and drinks from around the world!

Every year at the Food and Wine Festival we find delicious dishes that keep us coming back for more. And since most of the menu items are only available at the Festival, we often find ourselves craving a particular dish in….oh, January. To help curb those cravings we love cooking up some of our favorite dishes at home.

Africa Booth

Africa Booth

Trying out a new recipe is always a fun excuse to have some friends over for a dinner party – think of it as your very own private Food and Wine Festival, without the crowds or the Florida heat and humidity.

Today’s recipe for Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap from the Africa Marketplace booth might look a bit daunting, but don’t let the list of spices for the Berbere Spice Mix deter you. If you aren’t up for that big of a challenge, you can find pre-made spice mix online (but we think homemade is better)! Invite some friends over, pop open a nice bottle of South African wine, and let’s get cooking!

Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra, and Pap

Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra, and Pap

Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap

Africa Marketplace Booth
Serves 4

Ingredients: [Read more…]

New! Exclusive Treats and Complimentary Eats At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! And it’s DOUBLY so if you’ve booked your tickets (like I just did!!!!) for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

This party is TOPS for ushering in your holiday celebration. It’s not Christmas until we’ve experienced snow on Main Street and watched the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade — complete with Santa himself!

Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

And you can’t forget the dazzling lights that turn Cinderella Castle into one of the most beautiful spectacles of the season. [Read more…]

Review: Joffrey’s Specialty Beverages at the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

It’s true… you can grab a drink at a Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosk in Epcot (and all around Disney World, as a matter of fact) any time of year.

Joffrey's Coffee in Disney World

Joffrey’s Coffee in Disney World

But did you know that select Joffrey’s Kiosks are serving Specialty Beverages specifically for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Yep! So we’re going to do some Showcase (and Future World!) sippin’ today to check out each of the four Festival beverages from Joffrey’s… and even if you aren’t a coffee drinker, I think you’ll want to stay tuned!

You will see exactly why as we start our tour in Future World.

Frozen Strawberry-Lemon Sunset

You can find the Frozen Strawberry-Lemon Sunset at the Future World East Joffrey’s Cart (it’s not far at all from the Festival Center). [Read more…]

New DFB Video: The Disney Dole Whip!

For today’s DFB Video, we are sharing with you one of our all time favorite snacks — Dole Whip!

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We love Dole Whip for so many reasons — it’s tart-sweet tanginess…the refreshing way it says, “Hey! You’re on vacay!”…and the fact that you can get it on BOTH coasts! [Read more…]