DFB Podcast Episode 24: Disney Halloween Tips!

We are back with Episode 24 of the DFB Podcast and it’s time to talk HALLOWEEN at Disney World and Disneyland!

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What’s It About?
In this episode AJ gives a Food and Wine 2015 overview, noting her favorites from from this year. New events are discussed as well as new booth reviews!

Also we have reviews from the new openings over at the (now official) Disney Springs: Morimoto Asia and Jock Lindsey’s!

But the “main course” of the podcast features our best tips for visiting Disney World and Disneyland during Halloween season!

Hear our suggestions and all of the details on the new spooky snacks and activities! Listen right now at DFBPodcast.com, or subscribe via iTunes, RSS, or Stitcher!

Halloween at Disney!

Halloween at Disney!

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Tips from the DFB Guide: Budgeting for the Holidays at Walt Disney World

Heading to Walt Disney World for the holidays? Woohoo! It’s such a beautiful time to visit, as the Parks are all decked out in their festive best.

Order your holiday guide today!

From special events and holiday decor to snacks and drinks full of Yuletide cheer, there’s so much to pack into a visit.

But you’re gonna need a plan and a budget! Because I promise you, visiting Walt Disney World during the holidays is spectacular — but the costs can add up quickly.

Today, I’d love to share with you some of our best budgeting tips for planning your Holiday trip to Walt Disney World. Our tips come courtesy of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book, and by pre-ordering the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book with our special discount code — Preholiday  you get everything you need to make the most of your Disney holiday vacation.

Heigh Ho — let’s go!

Go Early — or Late — If Possible

Want to enjoy the Holidays at Disney, without paying holiday prices? It may sound impossible, but it’s not. The key is to schedule your visit for a time early or late in the holiday season.

Main Street USA at Christmas Time

Main Street USA at Christmas Time

Christmas decorations go up as early as November in some corners of the Resort. You’ll see festive tidings first normally at Magic Kingdom, where Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off in the early part of the month. By mid to late November, the incredible gingerbread displays that you’ll find at the Deluxe Resorts are taking shape. [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…]

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…]

Grand Launch! DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks 2015

After lots of fun research and delicious taste-testing, we’re happy to announce that the 2015 DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book is now available!

And to help us celebrate, you can get the new Guide for $3 off the regular purchase price for a limited timejust use code SNACKS15 at the check-out!

With over 340 pages of tempting snacks, the DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks is part of our DFB Guide Snacks Series!

As always, you will enjoy an instantly downloadable PDF guide with comprehensive information and advice on well over 300 delicious snacks that you can enjoy at the Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios parks in the Walt Disney World resort.

The DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book includes:

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#OnTheList: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Classics

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This post is part of the DFB #OnTheList series, where we feature eats you’ve GOT to have while you’re at Disney! Let us know what’s on YOUR Disney Food Bucket List @DisneyFoodBlog #OnTheList!

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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One Week ‘Til the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

There’s only ONE WEEK left until we kick off the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. It’s coming up SO FAST! So as we continue to cross off the days until it’s underway, we want to offer you some special savings on the DFB Guides!

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For all the fun we have bringing you the latest news about Disney Food, we’re passionate about one thing especially: making sure that every visit you make to Walt Disney World is as great as it can possibly be.

And that’s never more important than this time of year, when the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is just about to kick off!

So as we continue celebrating with a month of savings, we are happy to bring you savings on some of our most popular DFB Guides and Bundles.

DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival was written to give you everything you need to know in one handy volume (and we mean EVERYTHING).

With more than 240 pages and tons of bonus items, it offers all of the information that you need to make the most of your Festival visit. Learn more about the DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival here.

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And during our Countdown to the Festival Sale, we’re offering this popular DFB Guide for $3 off! Just use code COUNTDOWN at checkout to save on this must-have Food and Wine Fest companion.

This guide includes customized bonus items that surpass any other Food & Wine Festival coverage that’s out there. These include:

  • A full, daily schedule of events for every day of the festival — this is the only place you’ll find this schedule anywhere!
  • A printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist that you can use to plan, and easily bring with you to the festival
  • Themed World Showcase booth crawls, including “Fun Eats for the Kids,” the “Chocolate Lovers Crawl,” the “Continent Crawl,” and so many more!
  • Food and Wine Festival customized Touring Strategies for One Day visits, Budget-Conscious visits, and even one to celebrate the TV Show The Chew!
  • A chapter dedicated to all “New for 2015″ events, menu items, booths
  • Full food, wine, beer, winery, cocktail, and chef indexes, including dates and locations of where you can find your favorites
  • Epcot Food and Wine Festival recipes
  • Top tips on how to use MyMagic+ and the Disney Dining Plan at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival
  • And so much more!

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Dining in Disneyland: Halloween Time Poison Apple Mugs and Poison Apple Glow Cubes

Halloween Time has arrived at the Disneyland Resort and I’m pretty sure I’ve found my favorite new item of the season! The Poison Apple Mug. Everything about it is awesome.

Poison Apple Mug

Poison Apple Mug

The mug is a stein type of style.  The little button on the handle flips up the lid. Although the stem looks like it would be a straw, it is not.  It’s just part of the decor. [Read more…]

Two Weeks ‘Til the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Let’s Celebrate!

It will be here before you know it! We are just TWO WEEKS away from the start of the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — craziness! But it’s not too late for you to take advantage of some special savings on the DFB Guides!

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We have so much fun providing you with all there is to know about Disney Food. Because there’s one thing we’re passionate about: making sure that you enjoy the best Disney trip ever, every time.

And that’s especially important when it’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival time. With so much to do, see, eat, and drink, it can be hard to keep it all straight! And that’s where we come in. :-)

So as we continue celebrating with a month of savings, we are happy to bring you special deals on some of our most popular DFB Guides and Bundles.

DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival was written to give you everything you need to know about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in one handy volume — and we mean EVERYTHING!

With more than 240 pages and tons of bonus items, it offers all of the information that you need to make the most of your Festival visit. Learn more about the DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival here.

Food and Wine Guide Cover 2015

And during our Countdown to the Festival Sale, we’re offering this popular DFB Guide for $3 off! Just use code COUNTDOWN at checkout to save on this important DFB Guide.

This guide includes customized bonus items that surpass any other Food & Wine Festival coverage that’s out there. These include:

  • A full, daily schedule of events for every day of the festival — this is the only place you’ll find this schedule anywhere!
  • A printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist that you can use to plan, and easily bring with you to the festival
  • Themed World Showcase booth crawls, including “Fun Eats for the Kids,” the “Comfort Food Crawl,” the “Heat Seekers Crawl,” and so many more!
  • Food and Wine Festival customized Touring Strategies for One Day visits, Budget-Conscious visits, and even one to celebrate the TV Show The Chew!
  • A chapter dedicated to all “New for 2015″ events, menu items, booths
  • Full food, wine, beer, winery, cocktail, and chef indexes, including dates and locations of where you can find your favorites
  • Epcot Food and Wine Festival recipes
  • Top tips on how to use MyMagic+ and the Disney Dining Plan at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival
  • And so much more!

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SNEAK PEEK: New Disney-Branded Allergy Friendly Snacks

Here’s a bit of news for ya — there are about to be some changes coming up with Disney-branded, pre-packaged snacks and we have a sneak peek for you today at one of the new varieties!

The parks and resorts will soon start selling a Disney-branded allergy friendly line of snacks!

Snacks With Character Allergy Friendly Snack

Snacks With Character Allergy Friendly Snack

The new line will include Chocolate Chip Crunchy Cookies, Sugar Crisp Crunchy Cookies, and Mountain Mambo Seed & Fruit Mix. The allergy friendly snacks will be billed “Snacks with Character,” and each will feature a well-known Disney character. No exact date yet on when these will be officially released, but let’s check out the Chocolate Chip Crunchy Cookies! [Read more…]