DFB’s Top 10 Disney Food News Stories of 2016

Happy New Year, DFB Friends!

Let’s face it: 2016 handed us some real bummers. But there were some good things that happened, too. And that’s especially true where Disney Food is concerned.

California Grill Sunset

The Sun is Setting on 2016!

Today as we gather our noisemakers, funny hats, and bubbly to ring in the New Year, let’s take a few minutes to review some of the biggest Disney Food News Stories of 2016.

Are you with me? Let’s go! [Read more…]

News: Lunar New Year Celebration Expanding With Three Marketplace Booths in Disney California Adventure

The Lunar New Year Celebration in Disney California Adventure Park will expand to 17 days in 2017!

Running from Friday, January 20th through Sunday, February 5th, the Festival will offer live performances throughout the Paradise Garden area, extra activities and decorations, special merchandise, and Disney characters — Mickey and Minnie, Mulan and Mushu — all dressed up to celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

It will also feature additional food offerings by way of three new Asian Marketplace Booths. These will serve items inspired by the cultures of China, Korea, and Vietnam — the countries which traditionally celebrate the Lunar New Year. [Read more…]

News: Special Menus for New Year’s Eve in Disneyland

Are you welcoming 2017 at the Disneyland Resort?

Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle

Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle

Then you may want to know about a few dining locations offering special menus for the New Year’s Eve celebration! [Read more…]

News: Tower of Terror 13th Hour Dessert Party in Disney California Adventure for ONE NIGHT ONLY

If you’re spending New Year’s DAY in Disney California Adventure, there also will be a very interesting way to spend New Year’s NIGHT. An extra-ticket Dessert Buffet event will be held and you just may want to drop in…

Disney California Adventure

Disney California Adventure

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 13th Hour will take place for one night only on Sunday, January 1st. Starting at 10:00 pm, guests will enjoy a dessert buffet and live music while having access to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in its original form before the attraction is transformed into “Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout.” The party will last until 1:00 am on January 2nd (which is the attraction’s final day of operation). [Read more…]

New DFB Video Review: Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop

We are stopping into Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop today for our latest DFB Video!

You’ll find two Disney locations for Ghirardelli — one in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs, and the other in Disneyland’s Disney California Adventure. While we love all of the Ice Cream, Cocoa, Coffee, and Chocolate Goodies you can get in both stores, today we’ll be focusing on the Disneyland location.

Earthquake Family Favorite

Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop’s Earthquake Family Favorite Sundae

If you love ice cream sundaes made with only the finest quality ingredients, then Ghirardelli is the place for you. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Cross-Country Disney Day — Iconic Treats from Six Disney Parks in One Day

Wow!!! Guest author (and an awesome friend who always sends me the best photos of Disney food!) Lori Fries, takes us on a whirlwind, coast-to-coast tour of six parks in one day. Let’s see what food she sampled!

If you are like me, you love BOTH Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. I achieved my top item on my bucket-list and went to all 6 parks — four in Disney World and two in Disneyland — on the same day!

Six Parks, One Day Treats

Six Parks, One Day Treats

Picking one snack in each park brings with it a unique set of challenges. For the first time in modern memory, I didn’t want to go to a park and pick what I felt like eating at the time. Seasonal treats have always held a special place on my Must Do Disney Food List, but I wanted to go with iconic treats.

There is an entirely different set of things I love to eat on both coasts. I could go to Epcot and fill my stomach around World Showcase. My trip was even during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! That is a different challenge.

Would I pick things only served on a stick to make an easy getaway to the next destination? Nope. That would rule out some classics like the Mickey pretzel.

Here is what I did. My first stop was Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar
To me, vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s silhouette screams Disney snack at its finest.
You can find them at ice cream carts and restaurants throughout the parks in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Not only can you get them from all the parks but all the resorts as well. I also knew that the carts are opened before the official park opening.

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Review: Festival of Holidays Food Booths in Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort

I just got back from the very first Festival of Holidays in Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort!

Disney Festival of Holidays

Disney Festival of Holidays

This new Festival is running now through January 8, 2017, and features music, dance and entertainment, and decorations all in honor of the season as it is celebrated around the globe.

You can see photos of every food item, plus prices and menus, at our

Festival of Holidays Page!

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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: 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!

©Disney

©Disney

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!

Ho Ho Ho… Here we GO! [Read more…]

Now Available: Frozen Dining Package at Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure

Hoping to catch Frozen — Live at the Hyperion in Disney California Adventure?

Well, you’re not alone :). So it might be handy to know that Carthay Circle Restaurant is offering a Dining Package that includes preferred viewing for the show in addition to a three-course prix fixe lunch.

Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure

Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure

Adults will start with a soup and salad duo, then follow up with their choice of entree: Roasted Chicken Breast, Heirloom Tomato and Avocado with poblano-lime vinaigrette, or an Herb-crusted Petite Filet of Angus Beef with Point Reyes blue cheese risotto, spinach and wild mushrooms.  The Kids’ menu offers a choice of soup or salad and a variety of Mickey Check Meals to choose from (mini crispy tacos and orecchiette pasta with tomato sauce among them). [Read more…]