News: GIANT Dole Whip PhotoPass Shots Now Available at Magic Kingdom

Remember the special Remy Magic Shot available at Epcot for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival for Disney World guests utilizing the Disney PhotoPass Service? Well, Magic Shots are actually available at every park for PhotoPass users, and there is a shot currently available at Magic Kingdom that is near and dear to our hearts. You can have your picture “taken” with a GIANT DOLE WHIP!

©Disney

©Disney

So, how do you get a Magic Shot made? Well, for the Dole Whip pic, inform PhotoPass Photographers in Adventureland that you would like to pose with the Giant Dole Whip, where Aloha Isle is home to Dole Whip in Magic Kingdom.

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Review: Pumpkin Spice Beignets at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory

Oh. You thought we were done trying ALL the Pumpkin Spice around Disney World?

Nope, not yet!

We’ve tracked down everything from Pumpkin Spice Shakes (made with ice cream or gelato) to the annual return of Pumpkin Fudge around the parks. But I may have found my very favorite Pumpkin Spice snack yet at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory in Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter, where they’re serving up PUMPKIN SPICE BEIGNETS.

WOOT!!!

Now, you won’t find Pumpkin Spice Beignets listed as an option on the menu alongside the regular French Quarter Beignets.

French Quarter Beignets

French Quarter Beignets

And the traditional (non-Spiced) Beignets are still available as well. [Read more…]

DFB Video: EVEN MORE Disney Snacks!

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and since Disney World is synonymous with SNACKING for us here at the DFB, we’ve got EVEN MORE Disney Snacks for you to check out to start your week off right!

No Way Jose at Beaches and Cream

No Way Jose at Beaches and Cream

Yes, we’ve covered Disney Snacks on our DFB YouTube Channel before. But there are SO MANY snacks to take in that we can’t possibly cover them all in just a video or two! So you should check out our newest installment and see if your favorite snack made our latest list! (And I’ll give you just one spoiler: the No Way Jose has landed on this one!) [Read more…]

News! Dole Whip-Topped Pineapple Upside Down Cake in Magic Kingdom!

There’s a new pineapple snack in town, and you’re going to want to sit down for this. It’s Pineapple. Upside Down. Cake. With. DOLE WHIP!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Dole Whip!!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Dole Whip!!

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Disneyland Must-Eats: Fried Chicken at the Plaza Inn

I’m not sure how to emphasize how good the Plaza Inn‘s Fried Chicken is. Let me just say this: it is the best fried chicken I have ever eaten. (Yes, that includes Homecomin’, which is incredibly tasty as well.)

Fact: Plaza Inn’s Fried Chicken — literally — is the best.

Plaza Inn Sign

Plaza Inn Sign

Plaza Inn is located on Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A., and its exterior is quintessentially Disney. So many great details on the awning and posts, not to mention the swirls of wrought iron on the sign. [Read more…]

Review: Yak and Yeti Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Since its earliest days, I’ve always enjoyed a stop at Yak and Yeti Restaurant.

Yak and Yeti is located in Animal Kingdom’s Asia (you’ll pass it on the corner on your way to the Maharajah Jungle Trek) in the fictional village of Anandapur. Like Tiffins and Restaurantosaurus — and pretty much any restaurant in Animal Kingdom — theming is key here, with decor that is immersive and memorable. While you dine, you are surrounded by images and icons of Asian culture. Even the brightly painted exterior mimics that which you might see on the colorful village streets of Northern India or Nepal.

And as for the food? It’s also usually — dare I say it? – consistent here. Consistently GOOD. If you’ve been reading DFB for any length of time, then you’ll know that is a compliment I rarely bestow, as it’s so rarely earned in any Disney World Table Service restaurant.

So… I headed to Yak and Yeti ON MY BIRTHDAY, because I reeeeally wanted those firecracker shrimp on my special day. Did my most recent visit likewise measure up?

Atmosphere

Once you’re on the right continent in Animal Kingdom, the bright purple stucco exterior that makes up Yak & Yeti Restaurant is accented by arched windows, intricate corbels, and beautifully carved doors.

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

The backstory here is that the owner of this building in Anandapur is a man named Arjun, a former merchant who’s turned his opulent home into lodging for travelers. These details account for the eclectic mix of statues, wall hangings, and furniture. The bar area you see below features examples of these details. [Read more…]

DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios Snacks 2017

Have you checked out the 2017 DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book? The e-book is part of our DFB Guide Snacks Series and it’s a great tool for your Disney vacation planning!

AK-DHS Book Cover 2017

With over 380 pages of tempting snacks, the DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks is a great resource for figuring out where to eat and what to eat at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios!

You can get the Guide for 20% off the regular purchase price for a limited timejust use code SNACKS17 at the check-out! Save even more money when you bundle the DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks with some of our other guides — check out the details below!

As always, you will enjoy an instantly downloadable PDF guide with comprehensive information and advice on well over 340 delicious snacks – including LOTS of Pandora 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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News: Disneyland Bids Adieu to Disney Legend Chef Oscar Martinez

If you’ve enjoyed a meal at Carnation Cafe on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland, you’ve likely been in the midst of real Disney royalty –perhaps without even knowing it.

Carnation Cafe

Carnation Cafe

Chef Oscar Martinez has been working in the Cafe for half a century — and he has been working at Disneyland for over sixty total years. This makes Chef Oscar the longest tenured Disneyland cast member ever.

Carnation Cafe's Chef Oscar

Carnation Cafe’s Chef Oscar

But after decades of turning out “Oscar’s Potatoes” and his Loaded Baked Potato Soup, Chef Oscar retired on September 27. (And may we say that it is a well-deserved break?!)

Chef Oscar with his New Penguin Buddies

Chef Oscar

Chef Oscar has been a touchstone for visitors to Walt’s park, often seen first thing in the morning, waving to guests as they entered the park. He was always game for a chat, as our Disneyland correspondent Heather Sievers (@diningindisney) found out one morning.

Oscar started as a bus boy and worked his way up the restaurant ladder, finally achieving fame as a connoisseur of comfort food at Carnation Cafe. It was here that Oscar spent the last fifty years of his service to the Walt Disney Company and to the guests he loved so much.

Chef Oscar

Chef Oscar

And while Oscar has more recently spent his time as an ambassador in the dining room rather than as a chef on the line, his influence will continue to be felt in the Carnation Cafe and in the Company for years to come.

We wish Chef Oscar all the best in his retirement — and thank him for spreading so much Disney magic over the past six decades.

Have you met Chef Oscar? Share your story in the comments below! 

DFB Video: Where to Find Late Night Eats in Disney World

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re getting down to the serious business of late night snacking at Walt Disney World!

Cheese Fries with Chili!

Cheese Fries with Chili!

Making the most of a Walt Disney World vacation often means burning the candle at both ends — and you’ve gotta fuel your late night push! Here are our picks for the best late night snacks and where to find them. [Read more…]

Dos (and a Few Don’ts) for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

We wait all year for the start of it. Yep — the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is underway!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Logo Disney

If you haven’t been, be sure to put the event on your Disney Bucket List. At this time of year, Epcot is transformed into a food lover’s paradise. With Festival Marketplace Booths throughout both Future World and World Showcase, the opportunity to Eat Your Way Around the World(s) is even more exciting!

But then there are also so many events to attend. From free options like book signings and Back to Basics Seminars, to Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations, there are lots of less expensive options.

But there are also some choices if you’d like to splurge a little. Party for the Senses draws big crowds every year, as do pairing events and signature dining options at restaurants throughout the resort.

Booths Are Going Up!

Booths Are Going Up! It’s Almost Time!

It’s a lot to plan for! So we’d love to offer you advice on a few Dos and Don’ts for navigating the Epcot Food and Wine Festival like a pro. Consider these pointers as you make plans to attend this year’s event. [Read more…]