Seven Things To Do BEFORE the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

You’re going to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Hooray!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips

Ok. Now what?

In 2017, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will take place August 31 through November 13. That’s 75 days of discovering new dishes, enjoying interesting wines, and learning about exciting cocktails and craft beers.

But unless you’re independently wealthy, you probably won’t be enjoying the entire two and a half month stretch.

Luckily, we know a thing or two about planning a GREAT Epcot Food and Wine Festival trip. We’ve even compiled our best tips in our DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Food and Wine Festival, available right now for pre-order.

To get you started on everything from choosing your dates, to what to pack, and how you pay for it all, let’s check out our best tips for Preparing for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, From Start to Finish.

1) Schedule Your Dates

It may seem basic, but get the calendar out and decide when you’d like to visit.

But really, it’s not so basic, right? There are all kinds of things to consider: When are crowds the largest? What’s the weather like? And OMG is Hanson going to be there this year??? (Spoiler Alert: Yep. They are.)

OMG! Hanson! (©Hanson)

OMG! Hanson! (©Hanson)

Unfortunately, with respect to schedules, if you have to plan in advance, you’re going to have to do so with some unknowns. Disney always puts out the final schedule of events, for everything from Special Events to Demonstrations and Seminars, pretty much at the last minute. Even Eat to the Beat is coming later and later (although we do have that full lineup — see it here!)

Beverage Seminar

Beverage Seminar

Our suggestion? Plan as much as you can based upon weather, crowds, and a general idea of when Special Events have taken place historically. For a look back at all of the details of previous Festivals, check out our Disney Food and Wine Festivals Page. [Read more…]

Reminder: 180DAYS Sale AND Candlelight Processional Packages Coming SOON!

Ho Ho Ho! This is your friendly reminder that CHRISTMAS IS COMING.

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And nope. I haven’t bought a single present, either. But here’s the deal. We’re almost to that magical mark: 180 days until Christmas. And trust us — if you want to have your choice of where you’d like to dine to celebrate the Holidays, then you’d better be ready on Wednesday to make the call. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Eat This in Epcot Part 1!

We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re heading to EPCOT —
where there are millions of amazing Disney dishes and snacks.

Cannoli Cupcake

Cannoli Cupcake

Well, maybe not millions. But there are lots. And when there’s this much edible and drinkable awesomeness in one place, it can be challenging to decide what you should eat. So we’re here to help!

Even though there are some great choices all over Walt Disney World’s resorts and in all four parks, Epcot represents amazing diversity — in part due to the countries of World Showcase. I mean, with classics like Norway’s Schoolbread, all the yum in Karamell-Küche, and Grown Up Slushes in France, where in the world do you start?? [Read more…]

New DFB Video Review: Rapunzel and Ariel Bon Voyage Breakfast in Disney World

We know that y’all are pretty serious when it comes to Character Dining at Walt Disney World. So in today’s DFB Video, we’re taking a closer look at Walt Disney World’s newest character dining experience — the Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno.

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

Trattoria al Forno has served breakfast since it opened on the BoardWalk in 2014. But earlier this year, the restaurant became home to Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel, and Prince Eric as they send guests off on a grand adventure of their own.

The table service, prix fixe meal allows guests to choose from several menu options. And oh, by the way — you can also choose to dine on the patio, character free, if you’d prefer. [Read more…]

Save With The 180-Day Sale!

You Guys! CHRISTMAS!!

Christmas? Wha?? “But AJ, it’s June and it’s so hot/humid/sunny/rainy/sooooo nooooottt Christmas!”

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Well…true.

BUT — it’s also only 187 days until Christmas.

That means that if you’re planning a December Disney trip, then it’s time to don your Santa hat and get into the holiday spirit, my friends!

Still wondering why? Ha! Lemme explain.

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You can book restaurants at Disney World 180 days in advance. And the most popular restaurants book up to capacity on that first day! SO, restaurants at Disney World start booking for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day NEXT WEEK!!! We don’t want you to miss out. So it’s time to start planning. [Read more…]

News! 2018 Disney Dining Plan Updates — Now With Alcohol!

BIG NEWS TODAY! Booking is now open for 2018 Disney World vacation packages…but this year specialty beverages — including alcoholic drinks for guests 21-and-over and milkshakes and other options for guests of any age — are available with the 2018 Disney Dining Plans. 

Disney Dining Plan

You may already be well aware that booking a Disney World Vacation Package (also called the Magic Your Way package) means you’re eligible to add the Disney Dining Plan to your vacation.

But with Disney Dining Plan pricing changes, alcohol being added to the plans, and more, we’ve got a lot to chat about today.

But first, an overview… Just click any of the links below for full details for the 2018 Plans (and keep an eye on the pages for pricing updates, too!)

2018 Disney Dining Plans and Updated Prices

Quick Service Dining Plan

Entitlements for the 2018 Quick Service Dining Plan include the following for each guest (ages 3 and over) per night of your package stay:

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Review: Jalapeno Poppers and Sides at ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Today, we’re in search of a few supporting actor dishes at ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

This spot is pretty easy to overlook if you’re just wandering through DHS. It’s located along a walkway that appears to house buildings for the studio backlot.

In other words, it looks like a bunch of offices and a cafeteria. Except it’s not. But it kinda is, since it was themed after…a bunch of offices and a cafeteria. ;-) And besides, with not much of a backlot left these days, this area really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense anymore.

While I’ve never been all that excited about the food here, you can find some solid choices for lunch and dinner. Also, it’s worth noting that, while lunch is your garden variety Disney counter service concept, dinner switches over to a fast casual service model.

That means for the midday meal, you order your food and collect it at the kitchen counter. But for dinner, you order, take a pager, find a seat, and your meal finds you.

It’s dinner that we’re taking a closer look at today, as we explore some of your options for sides and appetizers — and Disney Dining Plan snack credits! — when you dine at ABC Commissary for Dinner. Let’s take a look.

Dinner Appetizers and Sides

While the lunch menu at ABC Commissary offers fairly straight forward fast food (think burgers, sandwiches, nuggets, and salads), dinner is a slightly more refined experience — at least in terms of some of the menu offerings.

Ordering stations at ABC Commissary

Ordering stations at ABC Commissary

There is some overlap. You’ll find the barbecued chicken and ribs combo platter on both the lunch and dinner menu as well as the Mediterranean salad. But dishes like the Chimichurri sirloin steak and the seared lemon pepper salmon are solely the domain of the evening meal. And it’s a few of the sides that are offered with these dishes that we want to explore.

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Menu — Click to Enlarge

We also noticed on our most recent visit that the spot is offering a few appetizers. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips: When Should I Visit the Festival?

Are you as excited about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival as we are? It will be here before you know it!

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Summer may have just begun, but in just a couple of months — weeks, really — we’ll be kicking off the festival with strolls along World Showcase Promenade, sipping and noshing on lots of new dishes and returning favorites.

And even though we’re still awaiting major details, like booking dates and a full list of events, there’s plenty that we can get started on in the way of planning.

Hard Sprecher Orange Cream Soda Float

Cheers to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

But there’s one factor you must determine before you can get to any of your other plans: what’s the time best time to visit the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? We answer below — including some things you may not have thought about. [Read more…]

Father’s Day Sale: Save 30% Off Everything in the DFB Store!

Happy Father’s Day to all of you special guys out there! We love the guys in our lives — including uncles, grandfathers, big brothers, stepparents, and godfathers, and anyone who takes the time to be a father figure to those around him.

And who doesn’t want to give Dad the best gift ever: a superbly planned trip to Disney World where he gets to eat all the best food and drink all the best drinks?!? We’ve got a great deal today to help you make that happen!

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30% Off Everything in the DFB Store with Code: DADSDAY!

Seriously — EVERYTHING!! Just use code DadsDay for a limited time!

Our sale includes all of the DFB Guides that you’ve come to know, love, and trust to bring you the very best, most up to date, and most relevant coverage of Disney Food available anywhere! Check out our testimonials page to see how other Disney fans like you feel about our guides!

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2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining E-Book, Second Edition

Our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, our original Guide, is newly updated for 2017-2018 and covers it all! We take you to every park, every resort, and every single restaurant, lounge, and kiosk as we share with you our latest reviews, tips, advice, and photos of all the food you can enjoy across Walt Disney World.

It doesn’t end there, though. We also have fantastic tricks and insider info to save you time, money, and hassle as you plan your next Walt Disney World visit. All things Dad will LOVE to have happening!

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Bundle For the BEST Deal!

But without a doubt, Bundling is the BEST deal of all! Where can you get critically-acclaimed and beloved Disney guides worth over $100 for around $40? Right HERE!

2017 Everything Bundle

Our DFB Guide Bundles are already hugely discounted. But when you purchase any of our Bundles today, you’ll receive an additional 30% off — a total steal!

Whatever you’re looking for — just Snack Guides, the DFB Guide + Snacks, or Everything — we have just the right bundle for you.

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And Keep In Mind…the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is JUST Around the Corner!

And when you pre-order our 2017 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival or our 2017 DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays, you’ll get our 2016 versions for FREE as immediate downloads (and we’ll send you the 2017 versions the moment they’re published!) That’s like getting two books for the price of one — with 30% off on top of that! This offer is good when you purchase any bundle that includes the books as well.

But hurry! These savings won’t be offered for long.

So don’t miss your chance to save time and money planning your next Disney World trip with our complete line of DFB Guide e-books! Just enter promo code DadsDay at check out and save 30% off of your entire order.

With your satisfaction guaranteed (yep — love it, or you get your money back!) on all of our DFB Guides, you have nothing to lose! Check out our customer reviews below! 

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As always, we thank you for your support of the Disney Food Blog! We couldn’t do this without all of you! And Happy Father’s Day to ALL of you awesome dads out there!

It’s Summer! Sign Up for the DFB Newsletter to See All the Latest Disney Eats First!

So, we’re pretty much running around like crazy people with all of the killer snacks and souvenir stuff coming out of Disney World and Disneyland lately.

There were near riots over the Beauty and the Beast Rose Tumbler a few months back. And we’re loving the Pirates Skull Mug — with Dole Whip of course.

Aloha Isle Souvenir Skull Mug Dole Whip Float 3 copy

Dole Whip Floats + Skulls. YAAAAAASSSSS.

 

But that’s not all. There are also some outrageously fantastic themed foods, like doughnuts that give you super powers in Disneyland. (That’s right, right? Like I didn’t miss something there, I’m pretty sure.)
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