Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 20, 2016

Happy Sunday! We hope you’re having a relaxing pre-Thanksgiving weekend and that you’re ready to check out the latest Disney food news in our round-up!

Stollen Bites -- Up Close

Stollen Bites — Up Close

Disneyland’s Festival of Holidays opened last weekend, featuring 14 food booths with themed menus! Check out all the menus here!

Speaking of holiday food, don’t forget about Holidays Around the World at Epcot and the new food booths coming for this year!

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

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2016 Disneyland Candy Cane Dates Announced!

The countdown is ON for a grand Disneyland Holiday tradition! Hand-Crafted Candy Canes are on their way back to Disneyland, and we’ve got all the info for you here… including dates!!

The Hand-made Candy Canes in Disneyland are the stuff of legend, and you can read all about the process of making the candy canes to what it’s like to participate in “the race” by our Disneyland correspondent, Heather Sievers, here!

Hand-Made Candy Canes in Disneyland!

Hand-Made Candy Canes in Disneyland!

For 2016, just like in years past, the making of the Candy Canes will alternate between Candy Palace on Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland and Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure.

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News! Refillable Mugs WITH HANDLES are BACK at Walt Disney World!

Remember when we told you about the move by Disney to streamline their Refillable Resort Mugs by making them handle-free?

JUST KIDDING! Well..sort of.

Refillable Mugs -- WITH HANDLES -- Are BACK!

Refillable Mugs — WITH HANDLES — Are BACK!

We don’t know if it’s due to the massive and passionate outcry to the original news (100+ comments and counting!), or if this was always the master plan. But for whatever reason, it appears that Mugs WITH HANDLES are making their way back to Walt Disney World Resorts. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Cinderella’s Royal Table Breakfast at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Welcome guest author Sarah Gurung as she shares her character dining experience at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Yay!!!

On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World, I wanted to plan lots of first experiences for myself and for my family, comprised of my husband and my five-year-old daughter. We booked our trip just before the 180 day mark, and I serendipitously found myself staring at an available Cinderella’s Royal Table breakfast Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) shortly thereafter. I couldn’t pass it up! In fact, over the next few months, I regularly checked back to see if we could get in even earlier when, low and behold, I was able to grab a pre-park opening ADR. Even better!

Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of those Disney World experiences that is truly exquisite. The setting is stunning, the food is delicious, and the entertainment is so fun — for kids of all ages, really.  

Sign outside restaurant

Sign outside restaurant

Atmosphere

Let’s start with the beauty that is the restaurant itself. The check-in desk is toward the back of the castle on the right. This process was efficient, and we were quickly invited into the foyer of the castle for our Cinderella meet-and-greet. We found the foyer to be low lit but plumb full of details: shields, tapestries, and gorgeous lighting.

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New DFB Video: Budgeting Your Time for the Holidays at Walt Disney World

Have you started playing Holiday Tunes in your car yet?? Because Christmas is HERE in Walt Disney World!

Christmas at Epcot

Christmas at Epcot!

And today, we’re celebrating the holidays on our DFB YouTube Channel with our best tips for budgeting your time during the holidays at Walt Disney World. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Walt’s — an American Restaurant in Disneyland Paris

Today, DFB welcomes guest author Jennifer Storelli with a table-service restaurant review from Walt’s in Disneyland Paris.

As an experienced Walt Disney World Resort fan but first-timer at Disneyland Paris, I had a difficult time selecting a table-service restaurant for dinner. The options ranged from character buffets, to a Wild West dinner show, to movie-themed restaurants, to upscale steakhouses, and more. Fortunately for me, I had until my arrival at my resort to make a decision, because I was not willing to pay for an international call to Disneyland Paris dining to make a reservation.

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

As my husband and I enjoyed the sites of Paris and made our way to the more familiar setting of Disneyland Paris, we decided we wanted an upscale venue to celebrate our last night of vacation and a taste of American food. Plus, when we read reviews that said Walt’s is an open-to-the-public version of the coveted Club 33 in Disneyland, we were sold.

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News: MENUS UP for Disneyland’s Festival of Holidays!

The very first Festival of Holidays debuts in Disney California Adventure on November 10th! AAAAAH! Heather and I are SO EXCITED!

Part of the celebration — which will also include live music and dance performances, beautiful decorations, and a special holiday version of the World of Color nighttime spectacular — is the addition of FOURTEEN festive marketplaces (wha?!?!?) featuring global holiday cuisine!

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With all the additional eats, it will likely be well worth it — much like the Epcot Food and Wine Festival — to study up on the various booth menus before your visit. So it’s a good thing they’ve just been released!

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WOO-HOO! The 2016 DFB Guide to the WDW Holidays e-Book is HERE!

Tis the season to be merry with a trip to Walt Disney World! And Disney Food Blog is starting off the holiday season with the Grand Launch of the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2016 e-Book! And you can get YOURS today for 20% Off the purchase price! Just use code CANDYCANE at check-out! (Don’t forget — we have a full 100% Money-Back Guarantee! :-D)
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We’ve been busy updating all the latest holiday tips and brand new info you NEED to know before you head to Walt Disney World for the holiday season, including NEW events and holiday happenings, over 380 pages, 350 full-color photos, and an informative FAQ section.

The guide includes:

  • Detailed descriptions and photos of every holiday event and activity happening at the parks and resorts this year — including tips on how to make the best use of your time and money when visiting!
  • A full chapter dedicated to all “New for 2016″ events, dining options, and activities, including what’s new at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, and Epcot’s Holidays Around the World.
  • A fully comprehensive holiday dining section with listings of holiday snacks, treats, meals, and menu items offered this year — from popcorn kiosks all the way to Signature Restaurants.
  • NEW! Holiday cooking tips and recipes straight from Walt Disney World chefs
  • Updated chapter on where to dine with no advance dining reservations.
  • Updated chapter on 10 must-eat snacks this holiday season.
  • A clickable 3-Month Schedule of Holiday Events so you can see at-a-glance what looks interesting to you.
  • Comprehensive listings — with color photos! — of Disney Resort holiday decor and gingerbread displays
  • Our recommendations on ways to SAVE while you’re in Disney World this holiday season.
  • Scavenger Hunts for every theme park
  • Disney Cruise Line Chapter
  • A Preview of the 2017 Holidays in Disney World
  • Expanded Epcot Holidays Around the World section
  • Expanded Disney Springs holiday offerings
  • Expanded Disney’s Hollywood Studios holiday offerings
  • New! Religious services chapter
  • New! Hotel discounts chapter
  • Expanded “tips” chapter
  • Updated What’s New section
  • Updated and Expanded Holiday Dining sections
  • Updated holiday activities/events chapters
  • New and updated crawls and touring strategies
  • Updated Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party event and dining information
  • And more!

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Don’t Miss Out on Any Disney Holiday Fun!

You’re probably paying a lot of money for your Disney holiday vacation…and we’re here to make sure you get the biggest bang for your buck! And with the holiday season already here, the time is now!

Holiday Guide Sample Pages

Holiday Guide Sample Pages

Booking early for holiday events and dining is critical, and our exclusive holiday dining and event information is the most efficient way to plan your holiday strategy. On a budget? Find out how to make those dollars stretch all around Disney World.

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New Video: Our Disney Dining Plan Recommendations for One-Credit Restaurants!

We’re back with the latest episode on the DFB YouTube Channel. And today, it’s all about our best recommendations for Disney Dining Plan Table Service One-Credit Restaurants!

Disney Dining Plan One Credit Recommendations

We get this question all the time: is the Disney Dining Plan a good deal? We think there’s only one way to answer that question — by doing the math! So we ran the numbers to see which tables service spots accepting one Disney Dining Plan credit had the most expensive average entrees. [Read more…]

SPOOKY SAVINGS at the DFB Store! Limited Time Only…

Happy Halloween, Everyone!

Are you waiting for Grim Grinning Ghosts to come out and socialize? Me too!

On this spooky All Hallow’s Eve, we wanted to offer you a little something extra — and it’s way more TREAT than trick!

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For a limited time only, save 31% off of EVERYTHING in the DFB store. That’s every Guide — including our brand new 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining! Just use promo code SPOOKY and watch the savings appear right before your eyes!

But that’s not all. You can also scoop up these special savings on every bundle that we offer. So that means you get extra savings off of an already hugely discount product! Yay!

AND — if Holidays are Walt Disney World are your thing — you can use the sale to pre-order the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Holidays — and get the 2015 version of the Guide for free as an immediate download!

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Don’t delay! Just like those Happy Haunts, these savings won’t materialize for long.  Use SPOOKY to save big today!