Review: Red Rose Taverne Beauty and the Beast Restaurant in Disneyland

It’s happened! Our very first visit to Red Rose Taverne is in the books!!

“What’s Red Rose Taverne?” you ask? It’s a pop-up restaurant — Disney style! An homage to all things Beauty and the Beast — just in time for the feature film to hit theaters in less than a month.

Red Rose Taverne Red Rose Sign

Red Rose Taverne Sign

And instead of going to the trouble and expense of building Belle/Beast/Gaston their own place, those clever Imagineers decided to borrow Pinocchio’s digs for a bit. Yep — if you’re looking for Red Rose Taverne in Disneyland, head to the spot where Village Haus is in Fantasyland and you’ll find it!

As you can guess, this is a temporary situation. So intrepid Dining in Disneyland expert Heather Sievers didn’t waste any time getting there to try — well, pretty much everything on the menu.

Atmosphere

See? It works. It’s not much of a stretch to think you’d find this medieval-esque building in a small, provincial town in France, mais oui? Clever types will note the sides of the Village Haus Sign peek out from beneath the Red Rose Taverne banner. And note that even though, Miss, this is France, Minute Maid is still the sponsor. ;-)

Red Rose Taverne -- Outside View

Red Rose Taverne — Outside View

And now, we get to play a fun little game that I like to call Who Is Paying Attention to the Deets? In this archway at the entrance, you usually find Pinocchio being escorted right into trouble by Gideon and Honest John. A red curtain conveniently transforms the space. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Sneak Peek and Recommendations for the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

It’s time! As we bid “So long!” to the Inaugural Epcot Festival of the Arts, we welcome one of our favorite events of Spring — the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! And I can’t think of a better way to explore the Festival than with a brand new DFB Video!

Flower and Garden Festival Passport

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Almost Here!

The festival kicks off this Wednesday, March 1! So today, we’re sharing with you a preview of all the new can’t miss attractions — and dishes! [Read more…]

News: FULL BOOTH MENUS for 2017 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival!

It’s coming back VERY soon… bigger and better than ever! We’re talking about the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival!

DCA Food and Wine Booth Menus are HERE!

DCA Food and Wine Booth Menus are HERE!

And WE’VE GOT THE MENUS!!

Click here to see the FULL Menus and lots of FOOD PHOTOS for all of the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival booths!

Running DAILY this year from March 10 through April 16th, the Festival expands in a major way over last year’s eight Marketplace booths with a whopping FOURTEEN!

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Review: Croissant Donuts and Breakfast Hot Dog at Casey’s Corner in Magic Kingdom

Just when you thought Casey’s Corner couldn’t get any better (rotating Specialty Hot Dogs!), now our favorite Disney World hot dog spot is open for breakfast!

Recently, Walt Disney World announced that its beloved “Welcome Show” would move from its familiar location atop the train station to its new home on the stage in front of Cinderella’s Castle.

Casey’s Corner, with its perfect Main Street location and iconic design, is one of a few Main Street, USA, locations that will be opening for the breakfast crowd. We love Casey’s classic decor so much, we might stop for breakfast just to spend more time checking it out!

Casey's Corner

Casey’s Corner

While the relocation of the Welcome Show was a downer for those who have grown to love watching it at the train station, the introduction of new breakfast options is pretty exciting!

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News: Full Restaurant List with Prices for Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Dining Packages

We’re gearing up for Spring with all the latest information — including FULL MENUS for the event’s Outdoor Kitchens — for the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

The Flower and Garden Festival is Coming Soon!

The Flower and Garden Festival is Coming Soon!

Something new this year is the addition of Dining Packages for the Garden Rocks Concert Series. Just like with the Eat to the Beat Concert Series for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Dining Packages allow guests to pair breakfast, lunch, or dinner at an Epcot restaurant with reserved seating for one of the evening performances.

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First Look and Review: Paddlefish at Disney Springs

Over the weekend, we had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at Paddlefish, the latest restaurant to open in Disney Springs.

I say “latest,” but Paddlefish is simultaneously one of Disney Springs’ oldest and newest stops. That’s because Paddlefish is just the latest tenant in a restaurant that’s been in this area for quite some time. If you’ve been following along, then you know Paddlefish was most recently known as Fulton’s Crab House. And before that, you may have known it as the Empress Lilly, originally opened in 1977 and named for Walt Disney’s beloved wife.

With the revamping and major overhaul that Downtown Disney — now Disney Springs — has recently experienced, the old riverboat theming of Fulton’s wasn’t going to flow with the new vibe. And so, the restaurant’s owner, Levy Restaurants, signed to stay on in Disney Springs, and commenced to a stem to stern reimagining of the Old Girl.

We had a chance to take a look around at the new space, which opened to the public February 4th. Join us on a tour.

Atmosphere

As with the rest of Disney Springs, Paddlefish somehow manages to channel past and future at the same time, all with an industrial vibe.

Paddlefish -- Outside View

Paddlefish — Outside View

If you were familiar with Fulton’s, you’ll see the stark contrast between old and new right away. Gone is the old-timey riverboat look. In its place is a neutral palette of grey and white with touches of rich stained wood. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Top Disneyland Meals Under $20

Hello and Happy Monday! We’ve been busy putting together another gotta-watch-it-now DFB Video to share with you. But today, we’re heading to California!

Yep — It’s a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth — Disneyland, that is — to check out Disneyland Meals Under $20!

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And seriously — we totally get that there are TONS of foods you can get under $20. I mean, I could make a meal out of popcorn.

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Secret Menu: Disney World Citrus Swirl…JUST THE CITRUS!!!!

Update: Thanks to our commenters for letting us know that some cast members simply won’t/can’t fulfill this request without a manager’s approval. Good luck!

I’ve always loved the Citrus Swirl at Magic Kingdom’s Sunshine Tree Terrace. Who doesn’t? If you haven’t had one — it’s basically frozen orange juice swirled with vanilla soft serve. And it’s everything.

And even though there was a time where it was off the menu (we call those the “unmagical” days…and then there were the SUPER “unmagical” days when they SAID they brought it back, but it was just orange soft serve twisted with vanilla. NOT. THE. SAME.), it’s back again and has been for a while, thank goodness.

But today we’re not just talking about your run-of-the-mill Citrus Swirl. No sir. We’ve got a twist (see what I did there? of course you did.) that I think some of you will really like. ;-D Maybe not all of you. Maybe just a few of you. But if you’re as excited about this as I am, we’re clearly best friends and we need to hang out.

Sunshine Tree Terrace

Sunshine Tree Terrace

Standard Citrus Swirl -- frozen orange juice swirled with vanilla soft serve

Standard Citrus Swirl — frozen orange juice swirled with vanilla soft serve

First — you’ve got to make your way to Sunshine Tree Terrace. It sits right at the entrance to Adventureland, so it’s pretty easy to find. OH, and if this looks like Aloha Isle to you, remember that the two traded places a while back. ;-)

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News: Starring Rolls Cafe in Hollywood Studios Closing February 5th

Say it ain’t so…

Actually, those are the same words that came to mind when Writer’s Stop — a unique little coffee and pastry shop that used to be open in Hollywood Studios — closed a few months ago to make way for construction of the future Toy Story and Star Wars lands.

Only this time, these words apply to yet another beloved pastry stop in Hollywood Studios: Starring Rolls Cafe, located on the intersection of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards.

While Starring Rolls IS open today from 9:00 am – 3:00PM, we were told when we were in the shop recently that starting February 5th, 2017, the location will be shuttered.

Here are the details: Starring Rolls Cafe is, indeed, closed starting tomorrow, February 5th. The Cast Members — who will be moved to other locations — have not been informed as to whether or not the spot will reopen in the future.

Starring Rolls Cafe in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Starring Rolls Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Wow. While Writer’s Stop was known and loved primarily for one snack above all else, the Carrot Cake Cookie, but I don’t even know where to begin with Starring Rolls. How can I possibly narrow down from ALL the favorites that have come from Starring Rolls over the years? [Read more…]

Now Available! The DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book, 2017-18 Edition

It’s always Snack Time at Walt Disney World! In fact, Magic Kingdom snacks make great quick service meals, too! We’re really happy to announce that the 2017-18 Edition of The DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book is now available. And you’ll find all of our snacking recommendations inside!

And to celebrate the grand launch, we have a great discount for you! Our readers can get the new guide for 25% off the purchase price for a limited time — just use code SNACKS17 at the check-out!

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It’s time to snag your copy! Here are the details!

The Disney Food Blog Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book

The DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book is one of the many fun and informative Disney Dining e-Books offered by Disney Food Blog! [Read more…]