2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: Hawai’i and Thailand

We are counting down to the start of the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which starts this year on August 31!

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As part of our on-going countdown, we’re making a list (and checking it twice!) of all the things we MUST eat this year, and we’re definitely including items from today’s featured booths: Thailand and Hawai’i!

This year the Festival is celebrating Epcot’s 35th anniversary with 35 Marketplace Booths – featuring five new booths and some returning booths, including Thailand!

Let’s check out what you’ll find on the menus at Thailand and Hawai’i… .

Hawai’i

The Kalua Pork Slider is a fan-favorite at the Hawai’i booth.

New Marketplace Booth for Hawaii!

New Marketplace Booth for Hawaii!

Food:

  • Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad and Pickled Cucumbers and Wasabi Cream
  • Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers and Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts

Beverages:

  • Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine
  • Mai Tai featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum

If you can’t wait until the Festival starts, here’s a recipe for the Kalua Pork Sliders! [Read more…]

New Video: Our Top Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

OMGeeeeeeee! It’s almost here! The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is just around the corner. Like, it starts this week! So there’s no better time than RIGHT NOW to share our Top Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in our latest DFB Video!

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If you’re truly a fan of Disney, Food, and Disney Food, then this really is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The festival has grown to mammoth proportions — 75 days in 2017! — with tons of great eats and drinks to sample. [Read more…]

Five Dining Memories To Make at Walt Disney World

No matter how you vacation at Walt Disney World, the primary goal is always the same: to make memories that you can cherish and share for a lifetime. And with hundreds of attractions, shows, and experiences to try, there’s no shortage of ways to make those memories.

Hello from Disney World!

Hello from Disney World!

But one of our favorite ways to make new and lasting memories is by enjoying special dining experiences in the World. So if you’re officially planning your next vacay (or just daydreaming, as you should!), here are five unique and special dining experiences sure to leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Dine Above the World

Anyone can sit at ground level and enjoy some tasty Fish and Chips or a tray of Chicken Nuggets, but if you want to elevate your dining, you gotta get above the World. And thanks to some thoughtfully placed restaurants, you can do that with ease! [Read more…]

Cute Food Art by Donna Yan — Disney World Edition!

YAY!!! Our Cute Food Art friend Donna Yan has a whole new series… and this one is dedicated to Disney World snacks!

If you’ve been following along with the Cute Food Art series, then you’ve already enjoyed seeing Donna’s adorable, playful artwork featuring iconic Disney snacks. While you can find a lot of these snacks in both Disney World and Disneyland, there are many west coast-specific prints to check out in honor of some Disneyland favorites.

The Disney World series likewise features some snacks you can only find in Disney World, starting with the Master’s Cupcake and Lemon-Raspberry Cream Puff — exclusive treats at Be Our Guest Restaurant!

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Belle’s books, Mrs. Potts, and Chip make cameo appearances, along with what I can only assume is an Enchanted Rose.

Corn Dog Nuggets from Casey’s Corner are diving in to little teeny dishes of ketchup and mustard! [Read more…]

Review: Contempo Café in Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Aaaaand I’m back at Contempo Café!

No surprise, really. After all, this Counter Service spot in Disney’s Contemporary Resort is easy enough for anyone to get to, regardless of whether or not you are staying at any of the Resorts on the Monorail Loop. Because I’m thinking it’s a pretty safe bet that your Disney World vacation plans include a trip to the Magic Kingdom. And the Contemporary boasts not only easy access via Monorail; it’s also the only Resort you can walk to directly from Magic Kingdom!

Even more, though, I love to stop here due to Contempo Café’s history of serving better-than-you’d-expect counter service grub, from surprisingly memorable entrees to some seriously stellar desserts.

So stroll or Monorail on in with me to check out what’s new (and which of my favorite entrees has remained, thankfully, nearly unchanged) at the Contempo Café!

Atmosphere

Contempo Cafe is located in the Grand Canyon Concourse adjacent to Chef Mickey’s. Basically, there’s no way you can go hungry in this zone! Contempo Cafe definitely has that we’re-trying-to-be-contemporary vibe that we know and love of the Resort, with lots of linear design and brushed nickel finishes.

Contempo Cafe Entrance

Contempo Cafe Entrance

It’s bright, open and, well… pretty loud most of the time. Aside from the Monorail zooming through regularly (hooray!), you get chatter from both open-air restaurants and the general hullabaloo of a busy resort. I find it to be festive, but if you’re craving some quiet, this may not be your spot. [Read more…]

New!! La Cava del Tequila’s Universe of Energy Margarita in Epcot

If you didn’t get a chance to take a final spin on the Universe of Energy, there’s still a way to pay tribute to the classic Epcot attraction.

Just stop by La Cava del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion!

Just like in fall of 2014 when La Cava honored the Maelstrom with a specialty margarita (which you can still get today!), the Universe of Energy has received a nod with the Universe of Energy Margarita!

This tribute-in-a-glass features Mezcal, Senorio Blanco, Liquor Ancho Reyes Verde, Guanabana Liqeuer (which is made with the Guanabana fruit [aka soursop] and rum and has flavors of strawberry and pineapple), fresh apple and lemon juice, and agave nectar.

Universe of Energy Margarita on Cava del Tequila Menu

Universe of Energy Margarita on La Cava del Tequila Menu

It’s served on the rocks, as you can see here. [Read more…]

News: Great Irish Hooley Returns to Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

The Sixth Annual Great Irish Hooley will return to Disney Springs with song, dance, and general Celtic merrymaking at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant!

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Mark your calendars, as the Hooley kicks off at 3:00PM on Friday September 1, and runs clean through the weekend, to end late on Labor Day, Monday, September 4.

The Great Irish Hooley live music line-up includes Elevation, a U2 tribute band; the Lisa Canny Band; and the Gary O’Meara Band.

Elevation Lead Singer on stage at Raglan Road

Elevation Lead Singer on stage at Raglan Road

The Hooley will feature a full range of family-friendly entertainment, as the Raglan Road Irish Dancers are on hand to perform throughout each day. There will also be Celtic face painting Saturday through Monday. There’s no cover charge for this event.

Are you headed to the Hooley? Let us know in the comments below.

News: Citrus Swirl Orange Float at Sunshine Tree Terrace in Disney World

WOW! Just two weeks ago we broke the news that Vanilla Dole Whip had returned to Aloha Isle.

And now we’ve got MORE news regarding another Adventureland iconic snack…

It’s the Citrus Swirl from Sunshine Tree Terrace!

The tart orange slush (like frozen OJ) swirled with vanilla soft serve just got a MAJOR update.

Because you can now get a Citrus Swirl Orange Float!

Citrus Swirl Orange Float

Citrus Swirl Orange Float

Here’s the deal: you won’t even see this on the Sunshine Tree Terrace menu… yet. [Read more…]

News! 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menu UPDATES and CHANGES, Plus New FOOD PICS

There is just never a dull moment when it comes to bringing you the latest 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival news. :-D

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Today, we’ve learned that there have been major updates to three of the festival’s Marketplace Booth Menus.

If you’re not familiar with the way that the festival works, the Marketplace Booths are the small kiosks that serve the special food and drink items throughout Epcot during the festival.

For many folks, these booths ARE the festival — and in 2017, you’ll be able to make stops at 35 booths total, to mark the 35th anniversary of Epcot.

So, what’s changing? Let’s take a closer look. And then check out some new FOOD PHOTOS that we’re also sharing!

Mexico

One of the festival’s most popular booths, Mexico has rolled out an entirely updated beverage menu.

Mexico Marketplace Booth

Mexico Marketplace Booth

Previously, they had planned to serve the following: [Read more…]

More Cute Disney Food Art! Halloween Edition

Think August is too early for Halloween? Well, not exactly… at least not in Magic Kingdom, where preparations are on for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party which kicks off on August 25th! Disneyland follows suit on September 20th with Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Someone else is getting ready for Halloween, too… our friend Donna Yan, who creates Cute Food Art featuring iconic Disney snacks! And she JUST came out with three prints for the most ghoulish time of the year! Just look at all the details on the Mickey Beignets and Mint Julep — Halloween Version print (Hello, Zero!). That Maleficent krispy treat is epic. And see the spiderweb detail on the Mickey balloon, just like they have in the parks during the Halloween season??

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The Poison Apple Mug with Grapes is full to overflowing with grapes all decked out in their costumes, including a teeny tiny Haunted Mansion Cast Member. [Read more…]