Start Saving $$$ On Your Next Disney Trip With the DFB Store Mother’s Day Sale!

It’s a universal truth: Mom is the BEST. She does ALL the things. Running and waiting. Cooking and cleaning. Kissing away ouchies and cheering you on at your basketball game. And you totally forgot to get her something for Mother’s Day, didn’t you? ;-D

For all the hats she wears and for the hundreds of ways that she makes life better every single day, we’re honoring all the moms this weekend with our DFB Mother’s Day Sale!

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This weekend, get 40% off when you purchase any DFB Guide E-Book Bundle, then forward the books on to Mom so she can start planning her super fun Disney vacation (or, if you ARE Mom, send the kids out to play and start planning YOUR super fun Dsiney vacation)! Use code MICKEYMOM for the discount!

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Is Disney World’s Beaches and Cream Still Worth The Reservation?

We often hear from readers who want to know if DFB’s favorites of yore have still got IT.

You know what we mean: do they still have the mojo that keeps guests coming back year after year. For some restaurants at Walt Disney World, it’s killer food and a seasonal, ever-changing menu that draws in a crowd. For others, it’s an atmosphere that can’t be beat — like ‘Ohana‘s warm family feel or Sanaa‘s animal friends right outside the window.

For Beaches & Cream, it’s a sense of nostalgia paired with comforting eats that have been consistently good since the soda shop opened its doors almost thirty years ago. (Let’s just table that thirty years ago bit because there’s no way we’re that old…)

Beaches & Cream is tucked in between the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts on an outdoor walkway adjacent to Stormalong Bay — the fabulous pool shared by the resorts. That means Beaches and Cream is in the Epcot Resort Area (and just a stone’s throw from the International Gateway that serves as an entrance to Epcot’s World Showcase). This convenient location means that even guests not staying at the Resorts will make the short trip to this casual table service location for a bite to eat.

But you (and I!) wanted to know: does Beaches & Cream still have IT?

Beaches and Cream

Beaches and Cream

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Mother’s Day Brunch at Walt Disney World!

You love your mom, and she loves Walt Disney World. So why not treat her to a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch at Walt Disney World? There are several locations to take Mom on her special day — just make an Advance Dining Reservation and prepare to be Mom’s new favorite!

Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle

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What’s New in Disney’s Hollywood Studios: May 2, 2018

Welcome back to another installment of What’s New! This time we’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where there’s a whole lotta new we won’t get to see until June 30 when Toy Story Land opens! But in the meantime, we’ve got the skinny on menu changes, pop-up bars, and merchandise that just might tide us over until Woody welcomes the gang to his new land (and opens his lunchbox)!

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Menus & Eats

Sweet Spells closed a couple of weeks ago, and let’s just say that almost no one was happy about it. Where would we get our sweets? What would happen to the spells? (Okay, maybe we’re just worried about the carbohydrates…) And while we haven’t seen any of the Sweet Spells-specific food items shift over to Trolley Car Cafe, we’re glad that Sweet Spells favorites like the Carrot Cake Cookie, Napoleon, Danish, and Candy Brownie have all remained at Trolley Car.

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

So while we hear you, lovers of treats who don’t want to wait in that Starbucks line, we’re still relieved that the Carrot Cake Cookie and these beautiful treats are still nearby! But note that the carrot cake cookie has had a bit of a makeover — the cake part is now pretty thick and serious, so it’s more like a round cake versus a whoopie pie.

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

Guests can also pick up a Tale As Old As Time Cupcake at Trolley Car right now, and it sounds lovely. Vanilla cake, raspberry filling, white buttercream (which is actually yellow…maybe they meant to put “vanilla buttercream”?). Classic and sweet.

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake

The Tale As Old As Time Cupcake features some details from Beauty and the Beast, including red roses, yellow frosting, and Belle and her prince in white chocolate form.

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake at Trolley Car Cafe

If the heat of late spring and impending summer have got you down at Hollywood Studios, there are a couple of great pop-up bars to fuel your adventures. Sunshine Day Cafe Pop-Up Bar is conveniently located on Sunset Boulevard, and is serving up wine, beer, and a couple of specialty drinks.

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

We have previously seen Baby Blues and Green Screen elsewhere in Hollywood Studios, but those bright colors suck us in every time.

Sunshine Day Cafe Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Cafe Pop Up Bar

If you’re in Echo Lake, you’ll find the Echo Lake Pop-Up Bar with specialty cocktails and wine.

Echo Lake Pop Up Bar Menu

Echo Lake Pop Up Bar Menu

At Fairfax Fare and Rosie’s All-American Cafe, Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon Lemonade has replaced Jim Beam Black Cherry Lemonade.

Fairfax Fare Drinks

Fairfax Fare and Rosie’s All-American Cafe Drinks

In the world of desserts, Backlot Express now offers BB-9E and Kylo Ren Cupcakes instead of BB-8 and Darth Vader Cupcakes.

Backlot Express Desserts

Backlot Express Desserts

And the missing menu boards at ABC Commissary have been replaced with digital menu boards, just as predicted.

ABC Commissary New Menu Boards

ABC Commissary New Menu Boards

KRNR Station is now serving up nachos!

KRNR Station now has nachos!

KRNR Station now has nachos!

And a super yummy-looking S’mores Brownie has appeared at Dockside Diner. We definitely want to get into that!

Dockside Diner S'mores Brownie

Dockside Diner S’mores Brownie

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Merchandise

Merchandise at Hollywood Studios is exciting this week! For starters, guests can purchase ties with character at various locations in the park, including the Orange Bird, Haunted Mansion, and Monorail designs! These have been around for a while and aren’t “new,” but they’re still super fun!

Orange Bird Tie

Orange Bird Tie

Haunted Mansion and Monorail Ties

Haunted Mansion and Monorail Ties

And if you get the Tiki Room Tie, we beg of you: please request it as the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Tie.

Tiki Room Tie

Tiki Room Tie

Also available are a couple of elaborate Minnie Ear designs. Belle is loaded with detail!

Belle Minnie Ears

Belle Minnie Ears

As is the Cheshire Cat, whose tail curls around one ear!

Cheshire Cat Minnie Ears

Cheshire Cat Minnie Ears

We have a thing for the VHS Notebooks that have been available for a couple of years, and now we can get our VHS-loving fingers on The Little Mermaid, Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, and Dumbo!

VHS Notebooks!

VHS Notebooks!

The biggest news in merchandise is happening at the former Sweet Spells location, which is now a Pixar merchandise location — Tinseltown Trinkets and Reel Vogue!

Sweet Spells is now Pixar Merchandise Shop

Sweet Spells is now Pixar Merchandise Shop

Inside the store portion of the old location there’s lots of merch to peruse, as well as some packaged sweets like cotton candy and massive lollipops.

Sweet Spells' New Look

Sweet Spells’ New Look

Sweet Spells' New Look

Sweet Spells’ New Look

The promised Pixar merchandise is actually very sweet, including these Up!-inspired couples’ tees!

She's My Greatest Adventure

She’s My Greatest Adventure

He's My Greatest Adventure

He’s My Greatest Adventure

Mike and Sully get some love with Monsters, Inc./University-inspired gear.

The Overachiever Monsters Tee

The Overachiever Monsters Tee

The Natural Monsters Tee

The Natural Monsters Tee

This tote ain’t subtle, but it’s fun!

Roar Your Heart Out Tote

Roar Your Heart Out Tote

And, well, if you’ve been in the market for a plush Sully tail, we say why? But also: you can find yours here!

Sully Tail

Sully Tail

But, oooooooh! You knew there had to be Toy Story merchandise! This tank celebrates the little green guys!

Oooooh! Tank

Oooooh! Tank

And this hoodie is colorful and playful.

Toy Story Hoodie

Toy Story Hoodie

Meanwhile, we’re totally into this Squad Goals tote. What other squad could a Disney fan need?!

Squad Goals! Tote

Squad Goals! Tote

If MagicBands are your thing, you’ll definitely want to check this out: a Toy Story MagicBand!

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

That’s it for now from Disney’s Hollywood Studios! You know we’ll be back with more What’s New — so stick with the DFB crew!

Don’t Miss Out on Any Disney Fun!

The 2018 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, is now available!

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With more than 650 pages, the 2018 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining is full of tips and planning tools developed by Disney World experts over 20+ years of visits. We’ve done the research for you, so you’ll know just which spots will uniquely suit your family’s needs!

With mini-reviews of every single restaurant, bar, lounge, kiosk and more; an entire chapter on the best snacks in Disney World; full Disney Dining Plan analysis (and how to get FREE dining); and a full chapter on discounts and deals; you’ll have everything you need to plan your best vacation yet. Click here to order your copy of the 2018 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining E-book with code WDW2018 to save 25% today!

Use code WDW2018 at check-out for a 25% off the cover price! Our guides are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose. :-)

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Which of the new DHS tidbits are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments! 

Best Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credit Restaurants in 2018

With the 2018 Disney Dining Plan including alcoholic and specialty non-alcoholic beverages, it’s more difficult than ever to figure out where to go to make the most of your DDP.

So we’re back with our recommendations for where to use your Quick Service Disney Dining Plan credits at Walt Disney World.

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Should I Use Disney World’s Minnie Vans? Minnie Van Pros and Cons

Picture this: You have an Advance Dining Reservation at Polynesian Village Resort’s ‘Ohana, but you’ve just finished getting your swim on at Animal Kingdom Lodge. How do you get from point A to point B?

You could use Disney transportation, which would entail a lengthy bus ride from Animal Kingdom Lodge to Magic Kingdom, then a transfer to either the Resort Monorail Loop or the boat to the Poly.

Catch that Monorail!

Catch that Monorail!

But what if one or more of these modes of transportation is delayed? What about the meats?! How will you get your Lapu Lapu?! The ‘Ohana Bread Pudding is slipping through your fingers!

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Pixar Fest Eats: Carrot Cake Churro at Disneyland Resort

Pixar Fest is in full swing at Disneyland Resort — and they’ve got the eats to prove it! ;) We are so ready for this festival of friendship and all of our favorite Pixar pals (not to mention the Fest-worthy treats!).

Pixar Fest Kicks off on FRIDAY!! ©Disney

Pixar Fest Kicks off on FRIDAY!! ©Disney

Today we’re bringing you a fun churro option — one of many churros available during Pixar Fest! The Carrot Cake Churro is located at the churro cart across from the Haunted Mansion — so scare up one of these ASAP!

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Guest Review: Disney World Snack Adventures With Peanut and Tree Nut Allergies

Join me in welcoming guest reviewer, Corinna. Corinna is a Food Allergy Consultant and mother of 2 beautiful girls who both have severe food allergies. She loves to travel with her family and Disney has been a big part of her travels for many years from Disneyland to Walt Disney World to Adventures by Disney. This post was inspired by her most recent visit to Disney World in April 2018. Read on…

Disney World Snack Adventures with Peanut & Tree Nut Allergies

We were able to do a dream trip to the Walt Disney World Parks for spring break. Let’s just say it was a busy week, but oh so awesome! Our family of four had the time of our lives discovering the happy Disney atmosphere, the rides, and of course the FOOD.

In our family, we LOVE Disney because they are really good about offering safe options for those with food allergies. In this post, I thought I would share some of the absolutely delicious snacks we found that are safe for peanut and tree nut allergies.

Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle

Keep in mind that you should always check whether a snack continues to be safe and if it’s safe for your allergies, because things can change at any time. Disney provides an “allergy binder” or “allergy menu” at every food station that shows the ingredients of every item and what the allergens are. We got used to asking to see the allergy binder before we bought & ate anything.

First of all when you’re at Disney, you won’t find many baked goods that are safe for peanut and tree nut allergies.  But fear not, there are lots of other goodies that will fill your sweet snacking tooth! Here are a few of them…

Churros at Magic Kingdom

Even though baked goods safe for guests with peanut and tree nut allergies are not plentiful, this one makes up for it by itself! The flavor of cinnamon and sugar surround a crisp, cake-like batter. You can find churros at several of the small food stands scattered throughout the Parks. Yum!

Additional churros can be found these Walt Disney World locations: Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, Dino Diner, Anaheim Produce, Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies, Cool Ship, Storybook Circus Pretzel Cart, and The Lunching Pad.

Churros

Churros

Funnel Cakes with Ice Cream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

So what’s better than a baked good? A baked good with ice cream! Safe ice cream can be difficult to find for people with peanut and tree nut allergies in general, which is why this treat is so special. It combines two hard-to-find goodies into one over-the-top treat. This goodie is especially perfect to cool you down in the heat of the day, and you can find it at Oasis Canteen.

If you’re touring other areas of Walt Disney World, you’ll find more funnel cakes on the menu at the Funnel Cake Stand in Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion, Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, and the Funnel Cake Kiosk along Disney’s BoardWalk.

Funnel Cakes

Funnel Cakes

Violet Lemonade at Epcot

We were lucky to be at Disney during Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival which runs until May 28, 2018. During this time there are additional “outdoor kitchens” throughout World Showcase. One of the outdoor kitchens we visited was Pineapple Promenade.

Epcot Outdoor Kitchen Pineapple Promenade

Epcot Outdoor Kitchen Pineapple Promenade

Not only could you get Dole Whip here but they also had a selection of unique and refreshing drinks. We opted for the allergy-friendly violet lemonade. Complete with a gorgeous and edible violet right on top!

Epcot Lemonade

Violet Lemonade at Epcot

Dole Whip at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

In our family, a vacation to Disney isn’t complete without consuming copious amounts of Dole Whip. My kids were talking about it for quite awhile before we went. Which is why Tamu Tamu Refreshments in the Africa area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom was such a welcome sight for us. It was an easy decision; Dole Whip it is!

Need more Dole Whip? This tasty treat can also be found around Walt Disney World at Aloha Isle, Pineapple Lanai, Barefoot Pool Bar (served with rum), Marketplace Snacks, and Everything Pop food court.

Dole Whip at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Dole Whip at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

What delicious goodies have you found at Walt Disney World that are safe for peanut and tree nut allergies?

Corinna Meckelborg is a Food Allergy Consultant from Calgary, AB, Canada who loves to travel with her hubby and two kids.  Check out her blog about food allergy mom life at www.friendlypantry.com

Further information on dining at Walt Disney World with special diets can be found on DFB’s Special Diet page.

Plus, check out our DFB Guide to Walt Disney Dining for more information on Special Diets at Walt Disney World. Note that Disney Food Blog is not liable for issues encountered with allergies in Disney World. Please do your research and due diligence.

Don’t Miss Out on Any Disney Fun!

The 2018 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, is now available!

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With more than 650 pages, the 2018 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining is full of tips and planning tools developed by Disney World experts over 20+ years of visits. We’ve done the research for you, so you’ll know just which spots will uniquely suit your family’s needs!

With mini-reviews of every single restaurant, bar, lounge, kiosk and more; an entire chapter on the best snacks in Disney World; full Disney Dining Plan analysis (and how to get FREE dining); and a full chapter on discounts and deals; you’ll have everything you need to plan your best vacation yet. Click here to order your copy of the 2018 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining E-book with code WDW2018 to save 25% today!

Use code WDW2018 at check-out for a 25% off the cover price! Our guides are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose. :-)

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Pixar Fest Eats: Peanut Butter and Jelly Eclairs at Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland

Jolly Holiday Bakery is the place to go for bakery treats at Disneyland Resort. We love everything about it, from the styling of the building to the classic and trendy treats within. To join in the Pixar Fest fun, Jolly Holiday Bakery has a colorful and tasty addition to the Pixar Fest Food Checklist!

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

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Ultimate Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in Disney World

It might be starting to feel like summer where we are, but we’re already daydreaming about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018. And why not? Tickets are officially on sale, and we almost can’t wait for fall in the Magic Kingdom!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party sign

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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