REVIEW: Rancho del Zocalo in Disneyland’s Frontierland

Join me in Disneyland’s Frontierland as we go back to one of my much-loved counter service spots: Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante!

Disneyland Rancho del Zocalo Sign

Disneyland Rancho del Zocalo Sign

Before we dig into the eats, let’s take a look around first; because if you’re like me, I think you’ll like what you’re about to see… [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Our Favorite Gluten Free Dishes for 2015

Sometimes, eating with food sensitivities or dietary preferences can be a bit of a drag. And that’s never more the case than when you’re on vacation.

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But once again this year, Disney is taking its commitment to offering gluten free options seriously at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

To that end, not only will you find some delicious dishes that don’t contain gluten; they’re clearly marked in the free Food and Wine Festival Passports that you can pick up at the Festival!

Today, we’re highlighting a few of the more interesting gluten free options that we’ve tried so far. And if you love sampling your way around the World sans gluten, check out our handy page listing ALL of the Festival’s gluten free options this year!

“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

Ok…this one’s a no-brainer! It’s a DFB restaurant favorite already.

But truly, this is the MOST wonderful time of the year — because you can get the “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce at the Canada Booth without an advance dining reservation!

Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

Deliciously satisfying, this is one dish that I never, ever want to share. Get your own if we’re Food and Wine-ing it together! [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

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The saying goes, “The eyes have it.” But in this case, it’s all about the EARS.

#OnTheList Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

#OnTheList Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

You can spot them on the red-and-blue wrapping imprinted with that famous face…

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar Packaging

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar Packaging

…or the trademark shape on ice cream cart signs around the parks. [Read more…]

Review: New Menu at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

Howdy hey there! After being closed for a few days, Pecos Bill Tale Tall Inn and Cafe is back up and running with a completely new menu!

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe Sign

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe Sign

I know this may be not-too-happy news for those old school Pecos Bill fans, but the new menu isn’t so bad. Let’s take a look at the changes! [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Churros at Disneyland

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There is a MAJOR nostalgia factor for me with this week’s #OnTheList item, and many west coast Disney park visitors can’t call it a day at Disneyland until they’ve had one of these: a Disneyland Churro!

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Now, you may have noticed something interesting about this #OnTheList item. Much like Dole Whip, Churros are indeed available at both Disneyland AND Walt Disney World. However, we’re giving Disneyland Churros the #OnTheList treatment because they’re more prominent there, and are nothing short of a must-eat treat on the west coast. [Read more…]

News: New Menu Coming to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Disney World

Wondering what’s up in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland while Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe is currently closed for a three-day refurbishment?

Well, we already have a glimpse of what changes will be revealed when it reopens tomorrow, October 1st… because an ALL-NEW MENU has been posted on the Walt Disney World website!

That’s right… this former favorite-place-to-grab-a-burger for many Magic Kingdom guests has entirely revamped the menu, now focused on Mexican fare, as opposed to the previous burgers, BBQ sandwiches, and side items like Chili-Cheese Fries.

The next time you mosey on in to pay a visit to Pecos Bill, you’ll see Fajita Platters, Burritos, Rice Bowls, and Salads on the menu.

Let’s get right to it!

Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Starting with the entree choices: Fajita Platters — with either beef or chicken — seem to be the star entree, and Burritos have a presence as well. All are served with Cilantro Rice and Beans, something we’re already familiar with from Tortuga Tavern (a seasonally-open Counter Service restaurant, which is also currently rumored to be facing a menu change of its own). Beef, Chicken, and Roasted Vegetable Rice Bowls, along with a couple of variations on a Southwest Salad round out the entree choices. [Read more…]

News! Updated Cocktail Menu at Disneyland’s Club 33 Lounge

Greetings from the exclusive Club 33 in Disneyland!

Club 33 Sign

Club 33 Sign

With many thanks to my buddy Eric Chu of Chu’s Choices, we are excited to give you a glimpse of the new cocktail menu at Club 33 Lounge. [Read more…]

Best of the Fest: What To Eat at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Happy 20th Anniversary of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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We’re celebrating the best way we know how, with a trip all over Epcot to bring you the best of the best from the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

It was a tough job gathering all of the goodies and pricing for you at each of the Marketplace Booths for this year’s festival, but hey… somebody’s gotta do it. Of course, we needed a little sustenance along the way ;). What better excuse to Eat and Drink our Way Around the World again this year!

Be sure to click over to our Marketplace Booth Page to see pictures of every single dish at the Festival. Just click through the links for each booth to see pictures of all your favorite dishes, along with every single new one from this year!

Then, come on back to see our must-buys among the new items at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Chicken Sausage with Creamy Polenta at the Canada Marketplace

Well, whaddya know… along with the Le Cellier Beef Filet and Cheddar Cheese Soup, the Canada Booth can claim even more bragging rights with the return of the Chicken Sausage with creamy polenta and Minus 8 Onion Jam.

Chicken Sausage with Creamy Polenta and Minus 8 Onion Jam

Chicken Sausage with Creamy Polenta and Minus 8 Onion Jam

This was a favorite of mine back when it was on the menu at Le Cellier, and I was super excited to see it make its way to the festival back then. Sweet, savory, and with just a bit o’ heat, we’re glad it made its way back after being on hiatus for a couple years! [Read more…]

How Using Your Disney Dining Plan at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Just Got Better

We all know it: having the Disney Dining Plan while visiting the Epcot Food and Wine Festival can be pretty awesome.

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Because, after all, in the past, you could save up your snack credits and use them to Eat Your Way Around the World. And the only thing better than the Food and Wine Festival is enjoying it for the price of your already-purchased Disney Dining Plan!

But if you can believe it, using your Disney Dining Plan at the Food and Wine Festival just got even better. Recent changes in how Disney Dining Plan credits can be spent will make enjoying all that the Food and Wine Marketplace Booths have to offer even more fun than before.

Want to know more about how to use your Disney Dining Plan at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Read on!

Turn Your Quick Service Meals Into Food and Wine Booth Eats!

This is probably the most exciting change to the Disney Dining Plan: you can now use your Quick Service Meal Credits to purchase up to three different snacks, and call it a meal!

Swap your Counter Service Credit for Snack Credits and get more of these.

Swap your Counter Service Credit for Snack Credits and get more of these.

There are rules about the way this works, however. In order to swap your Quick Service Meal Credit for snacks, you have to do it all in one transaction. So unfortunately, that means you can’t go to the Hawai’i Booth and order something, then mosey over to the Belgium Booth for something else.

Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream

Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream

But if you think about it in terms of your group or family pooling credits, it’s just a matter of logistics. After all, you can use Dad’s credits at the Canada Booth so that everyone can have their own Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup. Then use Mom’s for three different items at another booth. And really — that’s pretty awesome. Because that soup has been known to incite family spoon feuds.

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

Start Your Planning Today! The DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is now available!

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Want even more great tips? This 200+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever. Order your 2015 edition today!

Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a $3 discount!

Be sure to check our main Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page frequently for updates, and also check out Epcot Food and Wine Festival 101 for even more information about the festival!

Want More Epcot Food and Wine Festival Info?

We’ll have all the coverage and information you need right here on Disney Food Blog! Here’s what we know so far…

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Index

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Index 
2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events
2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations
2015 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule
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2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Wine and Dine Half Marathon
2015 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
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2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and FOOD PHOTOS
2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Items

How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) (join the Disney Food Blog Newsletter to find out as soon as we do about all the details!). Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage Seminars, Mixology Seminars, and general admission for some special events will be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com as well as by phone.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents will be eligible for a discount (per person, per event) for beverage and mixology seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

And now we’d love to hear from all of you — are you excited to use your Disney Dining Plan in this new flexible way at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Leave a comment and tell us what you think about the changes!

#OnTheList: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Classics

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The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is just about ready to kick off!

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We are just days away from the start of the Festival, which gets underway this Friday, September 25. And we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the special event!

With more than seven weeks to party, there’s plenty of time to enjoy every bite and drink that you have on your list.

And speaking of, we’re celebrating our very favorite food items that are on our Disney Food Bucket List — with this special edition of #OnTheList: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Favorites!

Ready to stroll the Promenade? Let’s head out!

Fresh Baked Carrot Cake with Craisins® and Cream Cheese Icing — Hops & Barley

Nothing like starting with dessert, right? And if you’re going to limit your sweets at this year’s Festival, then the Fresh Baked Carrot Cake with Craisins® and Cream Cheese Icing has to be on your short list.

You’ll find this dreamy little cake at the Hops & Barley Booth, halfway around World Showcase — and the perfect spot to indulge in a decadent treat.

Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins® and cream cheese icing

Fresh Baked Carrot Cake with Craisins® and Cream Cheese Icing

If you’re a frosting fan like I am, you may be concerned that the warm, liquid-y frosting won’t cut it when it comes to your craving — but I guarantee you, it will. Just be sure to ask for extra!
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