News: Pork Shank No Longer on the Menu at Gaston’s Tavern

RIP, Pork Shank…

We’ve been hearing rumors about this for a while, and it has finally to pass — the Pork Shank is no more.

Gaston’s Tavern opened in late 2012 as part of the New Fantasyland expansion in Magic Kingdom, featuring a variety of snacks and beverages. Headliner items on the menu — which, until now, has remained basically unchanged since the opening — include LeFou’s Brew (the Tavern’s own signature beverage) and Warm Cinnamon Rolls (noteworthy since they are no longer served at Main Street Bakery).

The one non-snack item on the list, though, might be the one that gained the biggest reputation from the get-go: the Pork Shank. This huge serving of meat-on-bone drew immediate comparisons to the iconic Jumbo Turkey Leg. Unlike the Turkey Legs, though, which have a home in every park, Gaston’s Tavern was the only place where you could consistently find a Pork Shank (aside from being served for a stint at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner in Hollywood Studios), and ultimately it drew a dedicated fan base of its very own.

Pork Shank

Pork Shank

The Pork Shank has recently been removed from the menu at Gaston’s Tavern. Below is a screenshot of the current menu from the Walt Disney World website. [Read more…]

First Look: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic 2015

Earlier this week, we had the chance to check out a sneak preview of some of the wonderful offerings at the 2015 Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic.

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Logo 2015

The Swan and Dolphin Resorts’ companion event to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival kicks off TONIGHT! And if you haven’t gotten your tickets already, no worries — you can purchase them at the Will Call Table.

The Food and Wine Classic consists of two different offerings. You can attend informative seminars, where you can learn about everything from Cheese Pairings and Pasta Making to Wine Blending and how to make the perfect Caipirinha!

But there’s also the Causeway Grandtasting. Set up between the two resorts, the Causeway offers tasting-size portions of special dishes that represent all of the resort’s restaurants. There are also additional areas highlighting the diverse talents of the Swan and Dolphin Culinary Team.

I have plenty of new stuff to share with you, and there are some great food and drinks returning. Let’s take a look around at what the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic has to offer this year!

NEW! Carnival Corner

Carnival Corner will be a brand new addition to this year’s Food and Wine Classic! The area, inspired by sweets and treats from childhood, will showcase the Swan and Dolphin Food Trucks/Trailers.

Carnival Corner Food Truck -- Funnel Cake Truck

Carnival Corner Food Truck — The Funnel Cake Truck Is Ready To Go!

In this special area, guests can enjoy four different fun foods: Mac and Cheese, Corn Dogs, Funnel Cakes, and Nitro Kettle Corn! [Read more…]

Holidays at Walt Disney World: Holiday Transformation and Treats

One of my favorite times of the year in Walt Disney World will start happening soon, as we start to see all of the decor, souvenirs, and especially food items that announce “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!”

The Holidays are Here in Magic Kingdom!

The Holidays are Almost Here in Magic Kingdom!

It seems like everywhere you look during November and December, the Parks and Resorts transform to a (warm) Winter Wonderland! And it’s enough to make the kid inside me giddy. [Read more…]

Top Meals Under $20 in Walt Disney World

We can all use tips on how to save a little money now and then. And that’s never more true than when you’re planning a Disney vacation!

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It may seem like the impossible task: finding a bargain in Walt Disney World. And that’s seems especially true when it comes to food.

But believe it or not, there are some truly fantastic meals at Disney Restaurants for less than $20 dollars! And I’m not just talking counter service.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite meals that you can still score at Walt Disney World for under $20. I think you’ll be surprised at all of the cool places you can eat without bleeding your wallet dry!

Tonga Toast at Kona Cafe

Ah, Tonga Toast. If you haven’t had it, you really need to get it on your list.

To enjoy this one, book your breakfast advance dining reservation for Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Tonga Toast

Tonga Toast

Thick-cut Sourdough Bread is stuffed with ripe bananas before it’s deep fried and rolled in Cinnamon Sugar. Served with a side of Strawberry Coulis for dipping/pouring, it’s the perfect, decadent start to your Disney Day. And since it’s incredibly hefty, it will keep you going for hours. [Read more…]

#OnThe List: The Grand Marnier Orange Slush in Epcot’s France

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Yep — drinks can be iconic, too, and this one is imperative for every in-the-know Disney drinker.

#OnTheList: Grand Marnier Orange Slush

#OnTheList: Grand Marnier Orange Slush

This week’s #OnTheList item has become one of the must have drinks year-round at Epcot. It is the perfect choice when you want to have a yummy drink and be able to cool down at the same time: the Grand Marnier Orange Slush in France!

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News: More Orange Bird Merchandise Coming to Disney Parks (Including a MagicBand!)

Every morning is a great morning to “Think Orange Thoughts!”

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©Disney

And the new Orange Bird merchandise on the way to Disney Parks should help you do exactly that :). The little Orange Bird makes his official home at Sunshine Tree Terrace in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, and you can see him when you stop by to pick up your Citrus Swirl. [Read more…]

Review: Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion

Le Cellier Steakhouse is tucked inside Epcot’s Canada pavilion.

Le Cellier has seen a few changes over the years. Once upon a time, it was a very much in-demand restaurant requiring one Table Service credit on the Disney Dining Plan. These days, while you’ll still typically find it to be quite crowded (the same goes for most Table Service restaurants in World Showcase), it’s now a Signature Restaurant requiring two Table Service credits to dine there at either lunch or dinner. And there’s no longer a less-expensive lunch menu as in days of yore.

Much more recently, it’s gone through another change as well. For those who enjoy keeping up with the whereabouts of Disney Chefs, you may know that Chef Dee Foundoukis (formerly of Kouzzina by Cat Cora and Trattoria al Forno) is now heading up Le Cellier.

So I thought it was high time to head back and see how things are shaping up…

Le Cellier Steakhouse -- Outside View

Le Cellier Steakhouse — Outside View

… and check out what’s new and what’s remained the same inside “The Cellar.” [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Big Thunder Ranch BBQ Halloween Round Up Featuring Seasonal Cookie Bake

Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch BBQ has always been one of my favorites.  When I heard that it would be closing for good on January 11th, 2016, (in order to make room for Star Wars Land) I knew that I needed to plan a few visits.

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ


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#OnTheList: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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“Welcome to the mystery, romance, and adventure of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. Here on the shores of paradise, our seafaring friend established this happy hideaway for all to enjoy!” 

#OnTheList: Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

#OnTheList: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Aside from proudly boasting his offer of TWO of his heads for one of yours, everyone’s favorite Head Salesman from the beloved Jungle Cruise attraction — Trader Sam — has one more bragging right to add to his list: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is #OnTheList this week! [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Carrot Cake Cookie in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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The Writer’s Stop is an unassuming little coffee-shop-meets-bookstore at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But this small space is the original home to one heck of a BIG gem… and that’s the Carrot Cake Cookie, which is #OnTheList this week!

#OnTheList: Carrot Cake Cookie

The tricky thing about finding The Writer’s Stop is that it’s tucked in the Streets of America section of the park, which is dominated by false-fronts serving as studio settings of city streets. You could easily stroll right by and not even realize that it’s a functioning cafe and bookstore. [Read more…]