Review: Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Nearly a year ago, Flying Fish reopened after a lengthy refurbishment closure. Disney Food Blog visited on the very first day that it reopened (here’s that review for reference).

While we gave full marks to the beautiful interior and excellent service, and we found some bright spots to celebrate on the revamped menu, we were frankly underwhelmed. The restaurant had abandoned long time cult favorites like their Potato Wrapped Snapper and the Char-crusted Certified Black Angus New York Strip Steak, purportedly in the name of those hot, buzzy themes of sustainability and seasonality. Fine.

But while everything was indeed fine, it was no longer special. It was no longer my favorite spot to get a last minute signature restaurant advance dining reservation and KNOW that it was going to be fabulous.

Well, we’re a year in now. And I was anxious to see what, if anything, had changed. Had they returned those amazing signature dishes to the menu? Was the menu completely different from a year ago, owing to the use of seasonal ingredients and sustainable seafood choices? Were they celebrating local?

Flying Fish Entrance

Flying Fish Entrance

Only one way to find out. Time to head in. [Read more…]

Top Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

It’s nearly here: the Epcot Food and Wine Festival kicks off shortly and we are counting down the days!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Logo Disney

Before long, we’ll all be traipsing about Epcot, noshing on old favorites and new finds.

And with more marketplace booths joining the ranks every year, there is always something to be excited about.

But planning is key, especially as the festival continues to grow. And we’re here to help!

We’ve been around the festival block a time or two, ;-) so I’m happy to share with you some of Disney Food Blog’s Top Tips for making this the best Epcot Food and Wine Festival yet! Let’s dig in!

1. Know Before You Go

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival has become massive, both in terms of timeframe and offerings. Every year, it gets longer, and more booths are introduced. This pretty much guarantees that if you show up expecting to wing it, you’re gonna miss some stuff. So planning has gotta be your starting point.

Spend some time looking at the menus, and determine your must eat and must drink lists. Give special attention to this exercise if you have particular preferences or sensitivities as Disney labels items that are gluten free and vegetarian. (For all of this year’s gluten free offerings, check out our list of GF menu items here.)

Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée at Patagonia

Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée at Patagonia, a Gluten Free Option

Also, give some thought to where you might escape the heat for a bit. Craft Beers, located in The Odyssey, offers a nice respite from the sun. Besides, it’s a great place to grab a cold one. In World Showcase, duck into Mitsukoshi Department Store in Japan for a breather, or take in the Voices of Liberty for a break. [Read more…]

New Video: Best Disney World Restaurants for the Whole Family!

It’s that time! We’re sharing another fun look at Disney food with our latest DFB Video, and today we’re talking about the Best Disney World Restaurants for the Whole Family!

The Pioneer Hall Players

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue Offers Fun and Fab Food for the Whole Fam!

Sure, there are times when you want a grown up experience, or something a little more well, um, quiet. But if you’re in the World with grandma, grandpa, and the kids, these are the perfect spots to entertain everyone. [Read more…]

News: Dole Whip and Mickey Bar Plush Spotted in Disney Parks

So we just told you yesterday the big news that vanilla Dole Whip is back for swirling at Magic Kingdom’s Aloha Isle… . But today we have even more Dole Whippy news!

@DisneylandToday Twitter

@DisneylandToday Twitter

How ‘bout some details on where YOU can snag your own DOLE WHIP PLUSH?!? Now this cute-cute-CUTIE — along with a Mickey Bar companion —  is available Disney Parks!

While we spotted this via the @DisneylandToday Twitter, if you visit the Shop Disney Parks app[Read more…]

News: Vanilla Dole Whip Is BACK at Magic Kingdom’s Aloha Isle

WHOA!!! Do I ever owe DFB Reader Lauren F. a HUGE thank you!

She informed us of some VERY good news… she JUST got a Pineapple and Vanilla Dole Whip SWIRL from Aloha Isle!!!

You may recall when Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace switched locations in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland well over two years ago. But the locations weren’t the only thing that changed at the time: there was a change to the Aloha Isle menu, too. The option to swirl your Pineapple Dole Whip with Orange (or order Orange on its own) was removed from the menu.

In fact, the only flavor on the menu at all was simply Pineapple. And even though Pineapple Dole Whip — often referred to as Pineapple Soft Serve — has been popping up in various locations around Disney World (like the latest beverages at All Star Resort bars, for instance), the only place you have been able to swirl flavors since the location change was the Polynesian’s Pineapple Lanai.

Pineapple and Vanilla Swirl Dole Whip at Pineapple Lanai

Pineapple and Vanilla Swirl Dole Whip at Pineapple Lanai

We happily confirmed Lauren’s findings with a visit to the Disney World’s website where Vanilla does, indeed, appear on the Aloha Isle menu! [Read more…]

Seven NEW Experiences to Try at Walt Disney World!

Whether you’ve been to Walt Disney World one time or one hundred times, there’s always something new to do. And right now, there’s a ton! Besides the opening of Pandora, the World’s newest land located at Animal Kingdom, there are seven other fun and functional new experiences you’ve gotta try!

Mobile Ordering

Mobile Ordering has been offered since May 2017, and now it’s expanded to more locations! Mobile Ordering allows guests to use their My Disney Experience app to pre-order and pre-pay for meals at counter service locations.

Satu'li Mobile Ordering 2

Mobile Ordering lets participating guests bypass the ordering queue and go directly to the Order Pick-Up window. No more waiting in long lines to order your nuggets, y’all!

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You’re Going to Love This! “Cute Food Art” Featuring Iconic Disney Snacks!

Oh. My. Goodness! I have something that I have been absolutely ITCHING to share! And it’s something YOU can totally enjoy whether or not you are in Disneyland or Disney World. Because this amazing artwork by Donna Yan will help you celebrate many of YOUR favorite iconic Disney foods from your own home!

Donna Yan’s prints are, in her words, “Cute Food Art Inspired by My Travels.” And while those travels primarily take her to Disneyland, Hawaii, and Japan, Disney World frequenters will find plenty to adore here, too.

For instance, these too-cute-for-words Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars can be appreciated on both coasts!

Donna Yan Artwork

Donna Yan Artwork

Same with the Dole Whip print :) .

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Review: New Drinks at La Cava del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot

We’ve sure been doing some talking about Epcot lately, what with the 2017 International Food and Wine Festival starting in less than a month (!!!) and some sneaky peeks happening over the past few weeks.

But lest we get lost in a sea of future Marketplace Booths, there is plenty happening in the here and now, too. And one of the places it’s ALWAYS happening is La Cava del Tequila inside the Mexico Pavilion of World Showcase.

This cave full of liquor features one of my absolute favorites with the Avocado Margarita, which remains near the top of my Drinking Around the World list. It’s creamy, surprisingly refreshing, and fully satisfying on a hot day. But if you’re looking to stray outside the list of tried and true favorites, with over 70 types of tequila you can easily find something new-to-you!

So let’s head on down to La Cava, inside the Mexico pyramid. And remember, you can queue up to grab your drinks To-Go; or you can wait for a table to open up at this cozy little spot.

Entrance into La Cava del Tequila

Entrance into La Cava del Tequila

But if you do choose to sit a spell, you can’t beat the atmosphere. Low lighting, lots of stone and brick work, beautiful murals showcasing the tequila-making process, and carved chairs help this place feel right at home in the beautiful Pavilion while still having a vibe unique to anywhere else in Disney World. It’s a great little getaway. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Best Breakfasts in Walt Disney World

Who loves breakfast? Me, toooo! And if there’s anything better than breakfast, it’s vacation breakfast. Even better? DISNEY VACATION breakfast. And that’s what we’re talking about today in our latest DFB Video!

Mickey Waffles!

Mickey Waffles! You MUST!

What’s your Disney breakfast favorite? Mickey Waffles and MORE Mickey Waffles? Tonga Toast? Nutella Waffle Sandwiches? How about a buffet of endless classics or all you care to enjoy skillets paired with antics or characters? [Read more…]