How-To: Pre-Order Your Meal at Disney World’s Be Our Guest Restaurant

Though we still have a week or so left, it’s definitely safe to say that 2015 has been another big year for the ever-popular Be Our Guest Restaurant in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Looking back over the past year… February brought the announcement that lunch at Be Our Guest was ending its FastPass+ test for Disney Resort guests and opening up Advance Dining Reservations to anyone who wished to dine there. In March, we received word that breakfast would be coming to this spot that had only previously offered lunch and dinner. It was also announced that Advance Dining Reservations would be accepted for this new meal as well, even though — like lunch — breakfast is considered a Counter Service meal.

In the weeks and months to follow came a flurry of Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) made by guests focused on their Disney World vacation plans. Perhaps you have even made one in the time since, which might mean that you may be — at this very moment — getting ready to depart shortly for your Disney World vacation! (LUCKY YOU!!)

Be Our Guest Restaurant sign

Be Our Guest Restaurant sign

If your dining time is for breakfast or lunch at Be Our Guest you have the option to pre-order your meal within 30 days of your reservation, and today we’re going to look at how that process works. (The pre-order process does not apply to dinner at Be Our Guest, which, as always, is considered a Table Service meal.) [Read more…]

News: Holiday Drinks at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in Disneyland Hotel

We are bidding you Season’s Greetings from sunny California today! After all, no holiday is complete without a trip to…Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar!

Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

Right?! I mean, what’s Christmas without a little Aloha! Ahoy! AHA!  Well, even if you can’t make it to Trader Sam’s this Christmas, we can all share in a little holiday cheer explorer-style, thanks to reader Shannon Gourlay, who shared these pics with us on facebook! [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland Review: Candy Cane Beignets at the Mint Julep Bar

Looking for a fun snack with some holiday cheer?  Head on over to the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square for some Candy Cane Beignets!

Holiday Specials at The Mint Julep Bar

Holiday Specials at The Mint Julep Bar

Beignets are always a good decision, and Candy Cane flavored ones are an excellent decision.

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FULL Review: The New Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen in Disney World’s Adventureland

You may have seen our First Look… and now we are back for our full review of Magic Kingdom’s brand new Table Service eatery!

Welcome back to the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen!

With the exception, perhaps, of the arrival of Trader’s Sam’s Grog Grotto in Disney World last March, no new restaurant has met with as much anticipation as the Skipper Canteen since the opening of Be Our Guest Restaurant in 2012. But while Be Our Guest debuted as part of the all-new Fantasyland expansion, the Skipper Canteen finds its home in Magic Kingdom’s classic Adventureland. This land is also home, of course, to the Jungle Cruise, the beloved attraction on which the Skipper Canteen is based.

We enjoyed our first meal at the Skipper Canteen on its first day of soft openings, but today the restaurant officially opens to all Magic Kingdom guests. So, what better time to get to know this spot a little more?

Jungle Skipper Canteen sign

Jungle Skipper Canteen sign

So, my fellow Jungle Cruise passengers, let’s step back in, shall we? [Read more…]

News: Disney World’s California Grill to Offer “Brunch at the Top” Starting February 2016

Great news if you’re a fan of California Grill, Sunday Brunch — or both!

Coming on the heels of the announcement that Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian would begin offering a Sunday brunch, now we are hearing that California Grill will do the same.

The popular signature restaurant, which sits atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort, has been a dinner-only spot since opening in the 1990s. But as Disney World continues to expand hours in table service restaurants across property, it looks like California Grill will soon join the trend.

The experience promises to be a hybrid of sorts. If you’d like, you can choose to begin your meal with something to drink. Options include both mocktails and cocktails, or indulge in a trip to the Bloody Mary Bar.

Bloody Marys from the Bloody Mary Bar

Bloody Marys from the Bloody Mary Bar

Guests begin their meal with house made Breakfast Pastries and Breads. Assortments will include Caramel Apple Monkey Bread, Cranberry Pecan Scones, and Tillamook Cheddar Biscuits, accompanied by Jam made from scratch and Orange Blossom Honey Butter. [Read more…]

DFB 12 Days of Christmas: Day 9 — Win a Disney Parks Exclusive Holiday Starbucks Mug!

It’s been so much fun sharing special drawings and deals with you this holiday season! And now, we are more than halfway through our DFB 12 days of Christmas celebration!

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So clearly, it’s time to announce another drawing. :-D And I know JUST the thing! [Read more…]

First Look! Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen Restaurant in Disney World! (Yep — the Jungle Cruise Restaurant!)

It’s been months of waiting and wondering since the moment it was announced… but at last, the wait is OVER.

Welcome, Adventurers, to the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen!!

That’s right, Jungle Cruisers! The Skipper Canteen is currently in soft openings! (Remember, soft opening means that there are no guarantees that the restaurant will be in operation during your visit and is not currently accepting Advance Dining Reservations. But, it IS occasionally open for walk-ups during this still-in-testing period!)

The official opening of the Jungle Skipper Canteen is set for Wednesday, December 16th.

No word yet on when Advance Dining Reservations will be accepted, and we’ll look forward to keeping you posted. But we know that you’re itching to see what’s behind the doors of the Canteen as much as we were. And far be it from us to keep any of you hungry Jungle Cruiser Passengers waiting any longer!

After all, the WORLD FAMOUS Jungle Cruise Skippers are eagerly awaiting your arrival…

Skipper Canteen Entrance

Skipper Canteen Entrance

Atmosphere

Alberta Falls welcomes you to the Jungle Skipper Canteen! Alberta, of course, is the granddaughter of Dr. Albert Falls, the founder of the Jungle Navigation Company, which was originally a cargo shipping venture.

Dr. Albert Falls

Dr. Albert Falls

When cargo business took a downturn, Alberta decided to open up cruises to passengers, thanks to the suggestion of one of her Skippers. (Perhaps you’ve been on one yourself ;) ?) [Read more…]

Disney Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Everyone On Your List!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Everyone!

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I don’t know about you, but I am nowhere near finished with my to-do list yet. There’s baking to enjoy, cards to address — and of course, gifts to buy!

If you’re in the same boat with me, check out this fun collection of great, “Disneyfied” gifts that I’ve gathered from the Disney Store and Amazon. There’s a little something for everyone on the list!

For Your Haunted Mansion Fangirl (or Boy)

Who doesn’t love the spooky, morbid, tongue-in-cheek ghoulishness of the Haunted Mansion? If you have an HM fan to buy for, check out these fun finds.

She will be the belle of the cocktail party dressed up in the Haunted Mansion Hostess Apron. Extra points if she manages to scowl in sinister fashion throughout the gathering!

Haunted Mansion Hostess Apron

Haunted Mansion Hostess Apron

Make the cleaning up vanish in a trice with handy and colorful Haunted Mansion Towels. [Read more…]

Close-Up! The 2015 Disney World Resort Gingerbread Displays

All over the World, it’s GINGERBREAD TIME!!! It’s a wonderful holiday tradition to feast your eyes on the larger-than-life Gingerbread Displays at several Deluxe Disney World Resorts before you feast your tummy on all the festive treats available during your visit!

Disney World Gingerbread House Tour

Disney World Gingerbread House Tour

We’re going to take you on a visit to the major Gingerbread hot spots in Disney World, and we’ll start our Gingerbread tour at the Epcot area resorts…

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

My  personal favorite is the Gingerbread Carousel found at the Beach Club. I always love to spot the new horses each year making their way on the Merry-Go-Round!

Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel

Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel

We’d love to introduce you to this year’s team of horses… here’s Julia! [Read more…]

DFB 12 Days of Christmas: Win a Ceramic Dole Whip!

It’s Day 2 of celebrating the DFB 12 Days of Christmas! And since it’s Christmas we’re celebrating, we couldn’t let another day go by without giving one lucky reader something really special for the holidays!

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I loved this Ceramic Dole Whip the first time I first laid eyes on it at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs! It’s the perfect little hiding place for special whatnots. And it’s also a fabulous way to remember your last trip. It might even inspire you to plan another one! [Read more…]