What’s New Around Walt Disney World — January 23, 2017

It’s our very first Trip Around the World of 2017 to check out What’s New!!

Happy 2017 from Walt Disney World!!

Happy 2017 from Walt Disney World!!

And things have sure started out with a bang, especially at… [Read more…]

News: Advance Dining Reservations Now Available for Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs

Hooray for HOLLYWOOD… because Advance Dining Reservations are now available for the Planet Hollywood Observatory!

Originally scheduled to open last fall, the major refurbishment of what was once Planet Hollywood into the new Planet Hollywood Observatory has met with several delays over the past few months. But soon, we’ll see the results of this lengthy makeover in the West Side of Disney Springs!

Of course, we do have some idea of what to expect already…

For instance, we know that the space will be enhanced with the outdoor Stargazers Bar offering views of Disney Springs. A 4,500-square-foot video screen (along with a DJ at night) will provide entertainment, and the menu will feature Planet Hollywood favorites along with new items unique to the location, such as a Burger and Sandwich menu headed up by Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri.

Planet Hollywood Observatory

Planet Hollywood Observatory

What else is in store? Well, let’s take a look at the menu! You’ll want to settle in, because it’s pretty extensive, starting with Appetizers ranging from the classic Planet Hollywood menu — like the World Famous Chicken Crunch — to Shareable Sampler Platters for four. [Read more…]

News and Review: Main Street Electrical Parade-Themed Treats at Disneyland Resort

Many Disney fans have a special place in their hearts for their favorite parades and fireworks shows. And for a whole bunch of us, the Main Street Electrical Parade pulls at our heartstrings big time. And now that it’s back at Disneyland — welcomed by a TON of amazing MSEP themed treats? We HAD to get there!!

Main Street Electrical Parade Banner

Main Street Electrical Parade Banner

The glittering spectacle features innumerable lights, fan-favorite characters, and catchy, fun music. Beloved since its first appearance at Disneyland Resort way back in 1972 and its subsequent appearance in Disney World in 1977, the Main Street Electrical Parade is pretty universally adored.

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News: Booth Menu Details for Lunar New Year in Disney California Adventure

Are YOU preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year with Mickey, Minnie, Mulan, and Mushu at Disney California Adventure?

©Disney

©Disney

If so, then you’ll want to keep an eye out for three new Asian Marketplace Booths that will be serving special items for the celebration, which runs from Friday, January 20th, through Sunday, February 5th.

Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

Let’s take a look at the limited-time eats, inspired by the cultures of China, Korea, and Vietnam! [Read more…]

#RocktheDots Discounts in Disney World and Disneyland on January 22nd

Let’s face it… Mickey isn’t the only one who loves MINNIE MOUSE around here!

©Disney

©Disney

That’s why Sunday, January 22nd is set aside for us all to #RocktheDots in honor of Minnie on a VERY fitting occasion: National Polka Dot Day! [Read more…]

News: New Breakfast Options Available at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Including Mickey Waffles!

Earlier this month, Magic Kingdom moved its park opening show to Cinderella Castle…which means MK guests get to wander around Main Street before the park officially opens!

Breakfast at the Kingdom!

Breakfast at the Kingdom!

Along with this change, breakfast options have been increased on Main Street, including new menu items at Casey’s Corner, theMain Street Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, and more! We’ll have full reviews of all of these items later this week, but here’s an overview for now!

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Review: Mac-and-Cheese Hot Dog Returns to Casey’s Corner for a Limited Time

Casey’s Corner: home of baseball memorabilia, intermittent ragtime jazz performances, and, of course, our go-to Disney hot dogs.

It’s a familiar stop for most visitors to the Magic Kingdom. For some, it is a must-stop, the craving for salty dog and cushiony bun too strong to resist (and who needs to resist while on vacation?).

We first told you about Casey’s new plans for a rotating menu of featured dogs a few weeks ago. Now, we’re back with a review of this month’s specialty: the Mac and Cheese Hot Dog.  

This specialty doggy can be found in numerous places around Disney World from time to time. We’ll never forget when we first spotted it, toting Truffle Oil, way back in 2012 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Since then, we’ve also found it at Animal Kingdom’s Restaurantosaurus and Friar’s Nook in Magic Kingdom; and a Mac and Cheese Burger was spotted at Epcot’s Electric Umbrella.

Mac and Cheese Hot Dog

Mac and Cheese Hot Dog

And we have to say that in so many ways, this particular one is a recipe for addiction: Casey’s famous hot dog smothered in mac and cheese and sprinkled with a healthy dose of bacon? That’s gotta be the epitome, right?

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Walt Disney World With Special Dining Options

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is coming up and if you’re lucky enough to be spending a love-filled day at Walt Disney World, there are a few special dining options available!

True Love Week starts in Disney Parks tomorrow!

True Love Week starts in Disney Parks tomorrow!

Artist Point, the Signature Dining restaurant at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, will feature a Sweetheart Dinner Menu on February 14. The dinner includes five courses and is $75 per person. Diners can add a wine pairing for $25. Reservations for the Sweetheart Dinner can be made online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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News and Review: Beverly’s Revenge at the Coca-Cola Rooftop Bar in Disney Springs

OK, where my Disney World veterans at?!? This one is for you guys — my compadres who have known and loved Disney for decades…and who know exactly what I’m talking about when I mention…“BEVERLY.”

Club Cool Flavors - click for larger version

Club Cool Flavors – click for larger version

You either love it…or you REALLY, REALLY HATE IT! That’s the dealio when it comes to Beverly, a carbonated drink popular in Italy (or so they say) made by the Coca-Cola company. Having their friends and family try the super-bitter Beverly at Epcot’s Club Cool has been a sneaky trick that long-time Disney World fans have played for years.

But now? Poor Beverly is getting her own!

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Best of the Fest: What to Eat at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

We’ve just wrapped up our first visit to the inaugural Festival of the Arts in Epcot! And we can promise you one thing — It will NOT be our last.

This celebration of the Arts — with a focus on the disciplines of Culinary, Visual, and Performing Arts — will take place Fridays through Mondays from now until February 20th.

Epcot Festival of the Arts Best of the Fest DFB

This brand new festival offers guests opportunities to SEE works of art on display at exhibits and galleries featuring works by Disney artists, HEAR live music performed by local high schools and universities as well as Broadway talent, and TASTE dishes and drinks at the Festival’s Food Studios!

We spent opening day at the Festival and we were bowled over by the experience. While DFB was there primarily to explore the food, we also enjoyed the many other examples of artistic talent, ranging from spontaneous displays of sidewalk chalk art, to an incredible musical performance by Disney on Broadway actors and singers Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland.

Ashley Brown Performing During Epcot Festival of the Arts

Ashley Brown Performing During Epcot Festival of the Arts

Walking Chalk Gallery at Epcot Festival of the Arts

Walking Chalk Gallery at Epcot Festival of the Arts

But what about the food? So glad you asked! We spent the day sampling our way through the festival’s food offerings at Food Studios as well as other spots around World Showcase. [Read more…]