Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Grown-Up Frozen Drinks You’ve Gotta Try!

The countdown is ON!

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We are just WEEKS away from the beginning of the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — and I know you’re as excited as we are!!

While we love Special Events and the Festival Seminars and Demonstrations, our favorite way to spend a Food and Wine Festival Day is Eating — and Drinking — Our Way Around the World at the Marketplace Booths.

And while the plethora of beer and wine choices are always awesome, we have a soft spot for the inventive and delicious Grown Up Slushies that the drink team comes up with! We love these so much that they’ve made it #OnTheList as some of our favorite must-have Disney treats.

This year, we’ve already spied several that we think you MUST try if you haven’t already. But we’ve also seen a couple new options that we’re anxious to sample ASAP! And then there are a few old favorites that deserve your time and attention if you get around to them.

Let’s head out for some refreshment, adult-style, with All the Frozen Grown Up Drinks Ya Gotta Try at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

La Passion Martini Slush and Frozen Daiquiri Ice Pop at the France Booth

If you plan to make a serious study of Grown Up Slushies in Epcot, then the France Pavilion has to be the first stop on your list. While the Grand Marnier and Grey Goose Slushies are perennial favorites available year around, there’s always something special to try at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

This year, the La Passion Martini Slush, a vibrant red mix of Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, Cranberry, and Passion Fruit Juice returns once more.

La Passion Martini Slush

La Passion Martini Slush

In recent years, France has given us another delightful twist on a childhood favorite: Frozen Grown Up Push Pops! [Read more…]

Review: NEW VERSION Mickey S’more in Disneyland

Remember the return of the Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich I happened upon at Pooh Corner in Disneyland recently? If not, take a moment to click this link and gaze upon the wonder of it, then meet me right back here.

Okay, ready? Now, right next to it in the bakery case was another chocolate-covered treat: the Mickey S’more.

Peanut Butter Sandwich and Mickey S'more in Pooh Corner case

Peanut Butter Sandwich and Mickey S’more in Pooh Corner case

And just like its neighbor, the Peanut Butter Sandwich, after being discontinued for a few months, the S’more has received a bit of a makeover. [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Cinnamon Roll at Gaston’s Tavern in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

DisneyFoodBucketList 8-018This 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!

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we totally think that there should be some amazing pastries #OnTheList! And we’re starting at Gaston’s Tavern in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Cinnamon Roll with Extra Icing

Cinnamon Roll with Extra Icing at Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland

You’ll find the cozy counter spot in New Fantasyland, adjacent to other attractions featuring Beauty and the Beast themeing. And if you’re a fan of that film, you have to see this area. Just like Cars Land in Disney California Adventure, Disney did an absolutely astounding job making this corner of the park an immersive experience. You expect LeFou to greet you at every turn! [Read more…]

Review and Photo Tour: The New Flying Fish at Disney World’s BoardWalk

We have a real treat for you as we head into the newly refurbished Flying Fish for our very first visit to this beloved spot!

More than most, Flying Fish has had a passionate fan base. And it’s funny, because at the same time, it tends to fly a bit under the radar. Even prior to its recent closure for refurbishment, you were much more likely to get a last minute advance dining reservation here than at some other signature spots, like California Grill. (Maybe that’s why the locals love it so much — they’re not fighting the tourists for a table.)

But we heard from you in large numbers during the reno. Passionate Fish fans continually asked us two questions: when will Flying Fish reopen? And will our favorite dishes (so many!) return?

Opening day turned out to be last week. As for the answer to the other question, you’ll have to read on to find out.

Join me as we have a look around the completely transformed Flying Fish, and then stick around to see all the details on the dishes that we enjoyed. Let’s go!

Atmosphere

While I love the charm and allure of the BoardWalk as night falls, we made our ADR early so that we could take full advantage of the good light for photos. And if you love the nostalgia of the super cool neon sign over the Flying Fish — good news. It remains nearly unchanged.

Flying Fish -- Outside View

Flying Fish — Outside View

Super fans will quickly note one major difference. With the refurbishment, the Flying Fish underwent a slight change to its name. Previously, it was known as Flying Fish Cafe. Now it’s just Flying Fish, and the sign has been updated to reflect that — complete with extra fish added. As you can see from the above photo, the front doors have been updated slightly as well. The window muntins are now diagonal and echo some of the same motifs that you’ll see inside. [Read more…]

Grand Launch! DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios Snacks 2016

After lots of fun research and delicious taste-testing, we’re happy to announce that the 2016 DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book is now available!

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And to help us celebrate, you can get the new Guide for 20% off the regular purchase price for a limited timejust use code SNACKS16 at the check-out!

With over 380 pages of tempting snacks, the DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks is part of our DFB Guide Snacks Series!

As always, you will enjoy an instantly downloadable PDF guide with comprehensive information and advice on well over 340 delicious snacks that you can enjoy at the Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios parks in the Walt Disney World resort.

The DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book includes:

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Review: New Menu at Liberty Tree Tavern at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! It’s time to head back to one of our favorite spots — Liberty Tree Tavern!

Ah, how we love thee, Liberty Tree. Located in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square, there are plenty of reasons why this park original is still one of our favorites. First of all, although we can embrace and even enjoy change (within moderation ;-) ), Liberty Tree Tavern has literally been around since the beginning. And that makes it a shoe-in for a spot in some of our collective earliest memories. A show of hands out there — how many of you recollect this Colonial-inspired dining room as one of your first Disney meals?

But then, it keeps us coming back as grown-ups for delicious comfort food! The a la carte menu served at lunch features one of DFB’s Favorite Burgers, the Angus Chuck Cheeseburger! And who could possibly resist the Pilgrims Feast at lunch? Because Thanksgiving Dinner served all year ’round is A-OK with me!

Recently, we learned of updates here (what?!?!) to the dinner menu. And while I don’t usually need an excuse to make an advance dining reservation at Liberty Tree, I figured it was the perfect reason to visit.

Join us to see what’s new — and what remains the same — when you dine at Liberty Tree Tavern for dinner!

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

Atmosphere

To step into Liberty Tree Tavern is to step back in time. The restaurant offers seating in six different rooms (none of that modern open floor plan stuff here).

Seating and View

Seating and View

Of course, an argument could be made that the throwback nostalgia here is part Colonial, part 1970s. But you know what? We’re totally fine with it. While some rooms offer paneling a plenty…

Decor

Seating and Wood Paneling Decor

Others are awash in white. Still, ample wood accents and parquet floors lend warmth and a feeling of antiquity. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Butter Chicken from the Africa Booth

We now have nearly all of the pieces in place for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

And I don’t know about you guys, but around here, we’re pretty excited. :-D

Africa Booth

Africa Booth

The Festival will last longer than ever in 2016 — get ready to Eat and Drink Around the World from September 14 through November 14!

Of course, we love all of the Special Events and Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations. And this year, we already have our seats booked for the brand new Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It Workshops. This new hands on experience promises to make the festival more interactive than ever. [Read more…]

Review: New Menu Items at The Plaza Restaurant in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Lots of changes have come to The Plaza Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom recently!

This summer, The Plaza — which is a Table Service restaurant — became much more accessible to walk-up guests when it changed its Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) availability window to just 11:00 am – 12:00 noon daily, opening up the remainder of the day to play host to those without ADRs.

Hot on the heels of that change, we noticed another… to the menu! The Entree and Dessert listings have been expanded with a few more options. But the new assortment of Appetizers has gained the most attention, since one of the three new selections bears a striking resemblance to a favorite retired Magic Kingdom snack from back in the day (we’ll be taking a look at that again here today!).

Before we dive into the changes, though, it might be nice to know that some of the things about this beloved spot have remained — thankfully — very much the same… .

Atmosphere

As you turn the corner on Main Street, U.S.A. towards Tomorrowland, you’ll find The Plaza Restaurant tucked right next to its Quick Service counterpart, the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.

The Plaza Restaurant sign

The Plaza Restaurant sign

Upon entering, you’ll notice that lots of windows allow for plenty of sunlight to flow in, and the smaller size of the restaurant is made to feel somewhat larger with the help of mirrors in the main dining room as well. [Read more…]

The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is HERE!

It’s here! We are SO excited to share with you the DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, 2016 Edition!

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And with not a moment to lose — early booking for this year’s Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars opens July 19th at 9AM; and booking for ALL events opens for EVERYONE on July 21, at 7AM!

With more than 250 pages of new information for 2016, we have everything covered to ensure that you have your absolute best Food and Wine Festival yet! And to celebrate our grand launch, we’re offering 20% off the cover price! Just use discount code Chefs16 at check-out to secure your savings!

The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book

2016 is a big year, as the Epcot Food and Wine Festival runs 62 full days from September 14 through November 14! And The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book features all the info you need to know about this year’s events, from what’s NEW, to brand new touring strategies — created with this year’s special events in mind!

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News! 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule!

We are so excited to share big news with you today! We have more information about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which takes place for a FULL 2 months this year — September 14-November 14, 2016!

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And today, full Eat to the Beat Concert line-up is here!!! There are lots of exciting returning acts like Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Starship, and Boyz II Men. But we always look forward to learning about new acts as well! This year, Wang Chung, the Plain White T’s, Soul Asylum, Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Bo Deans, and more bring new life to the party!

Here’s the full list. Don’t forget to check out our 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page for all the latest details on the festival!

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Line-Up

  • Wang Chung — NEW! – September 14-15
  • Starship —  September 16-18
  • Air Supply –  September 19-20
  • The Bo Deans — NEW! September 21-23
  • Fuel – September 24-25
  • Sugar Ray — September 26-28
  • Los Lobos — September 29-30
  • David Cook — October 1-2
  • Wilson Phillips — October 3-4
  • Blues Traveler – October 5-6
  • Plain White T’s — NEW! – October 7-9
  • 38 Special — October 10-11
  • Jeffrey Osbourne – NEW! October 12-13
  • Tiffany — October 14-16
  • Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx — October 17-19
  • Christopher Cross – October 20-21
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket — NEW! — October 22-23
  • Chaka khan — October 24-25
  • Billy Ocean — October 26-27
  • Living Colour -- NEW! October 28-29
  • Hanson — October 30-November 1
  • Soul Asylum — NEW! — November 2-3
  • Delta Rae — NEW! — November 4-6
  • Boyz II Men — November 7-9
  • Sister Hazel — November 10-11
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — November 12-14

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