News and Review: Columbia Harbour House Shrimp Fest

OK, so Columbia Harbour House doesn’t really have a “Shrimp Fest.” I just sort of created one on my recent visit by ordering ALL. THE. SHRIMPS!!!! ;-D Coming right up? Shrimp and Chicken, Fried Shrimp, and Shrimp Mac & Cheese! (Yes, I forgive you if you scroll ahead to see that last one.)

Tucked into a perfectly themed corner of Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom, Columbia Harbour House has a strong and devoted following.

With its menu of consistently popular choices — lots of healthier, lighter, vegetarian choices along with some hearty fish and chips — and its impeccable theming, Columbia Harbour House is a great place to cool down and fuel up when you’re touring the Magic Kingdom.

And its location is ideal. It’s a short walk from Frontierland, a stone’s throw from the Haunted Mansion, and holds court in Liberty Square (just before it morphs into Fantasyland around the corner).

Columbia Harbour House

Columbia Harbour House

This place is Americana architecture at its finest.

Atmosphere

The interior of Columbia Harbour House reinforces the exterior theming (at least that part of the facade that faces Liberty Square). It heavily features wood, from the furniture to the walls.

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Best of the Fest: What to Eat at the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

It truly is one of the most beautiful times of the year at Epcot, now that the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival has officially begun!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

From now through May 29th, Epcot guests will enjoy over seventy Disney-themed topiaries all over the park, special exhibits and seminars for all the Green Thumbs (and those aspiring Green Thumbs!) out there, and the Garden Rocks Concert Series (complete with Dining Packages this year). [Read more…]

How to Make Mickey Waffles at Home!

Sometimes, nothing but a plate with This Guy on it will do. Yep. We’re talkin’ about a Mickey Waffle the size of your head.

Jumbo Mickey Waffle

Jumbo Mickey Waffle

Or do you prefer the Mini Version? So cute, I could just eat them up! (And I doooo!)

Mickey Waffles!

Mickey Waffles!

Regardless of whether your tastes run to the Jumbo or the Mini, say it with me:

Mickey Waffles Are The Best Waffles.

And that’s why you want to — YOU NEED TO — make them at home. [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: February 28, 2017

Whew! It sure has been a news-y few weeks for Disney World! From the debut of the long-awaited Rivers of Light show in Animal Kingdom, to the announcement of a brand new fireworks spectacular on the way to Magic Kingdom, to the return of another annual Festival at Epcot: the 2017 Flower and Garden Festival.

Fresh Epcot

Fresh Epcot

But it sure doesn’t stop there, because we’ve got even more news to explore… by checking out WHAT’S NEW around Walt Disney World! [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Where to Find Your Favorite Starring Rolls Treats in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hey Guys! We are back today with another fun — and timely! — DFB YouTube Video!

So, we were all a little shocked and saddened — although not totally surprised —  a few weeks back when we learned that Starring Rolls Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios would be closing. Womp womp.

Oh, Starring Rolls.

Oh, Starring Rolls.

This was totally a Word-on-the-Street kinda thing. Disney didn’t make any announcements, and there’s still been no word about whether the closure is temporary or forever. (We’re hearing temporary. But we’ll keep you posted.) [Read more…]

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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