The Year in Review: Top 10 Disney Food News Items of 2014!

We are standing on the cusp of a brand New Year, and we can’t wait to see what 2015 holds in store for us — and Disney!


But we can’t wave goodbye to the old year without looking back on some of the biggest food news that happened throughout Disney Parks.

Most of this year’s big news happened at Walt Disney World, but we have a few memorable moments to share with you from Disneyland as well as other Disney Parks around the globe.

Today, we bring you a look back at 2014’s Biggest Disney Food News Stories! We have a LOT to cover — let’s get started!

First up, a little something I like to call…

The Beginning of Finally Doing Something with Pleasure Island

It’s the story we feel like we’ve been watching for years — what’s happening at Downtown Disney Orlando’s now defunct Pleasure Island??

Well, 2014 finally saw some solid progress, and the Disney Springs story seems to be coming to life.

An Artist's Rendering of Disney Springs

An Artist’s Rendering of Disney Springs

Lots of changes have made a trip to Downtown Disney a challenge in the last couple of years. But as the year draws to a close, the parking garages are open, and we are seeing some of the plans take shape!

2014 kicked off with a surprise restaurant opening of sorts — the House of Blues added a new counter service offering, The Smokehouse. We say surprise because we told you about the restaurant for the first time just days before the walls came down and the doors opened for business!

The Smokehouse at The House of Blues

The Smokehouse at The House of Blues

The Smokehouse is strictly a walk-up window venue. But the covered outdoor seating is pleasant, and you can often take in live music as you enjoy barbecue favorites, like their Beef Brisket Sandwich, St. Louis Ribs, or Smoked Turkey Legs.

Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich with House-made Cole Slaw

Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich with House-made Cole Slaw from The Smokehouse

But it wasn’t all good news for Downtown Disney this year. Guests at T-Rex Cafe last Spring were in for some decidedly unpleasant dinner excitement, as one of the restaurant’s humongous fish tanks sprang a leak during dinner service!

However, no one was injured and all of the fish were reportedly rescued. We’re glad that all turned out happily in the situation, but we’ll never look at those huge fish tanks quite the same way again!

Also in the Spring, we said hello to a spot that’s quickly become one of our most favorite spots to shop in all of Walt Disney World — the Marketplace Co-op!

Disney Centerpiece

Disney Centerpiece

We have found some totally awesome stuff in the store’s Disney Centerpiece Section, including dishes, glasses, and other tableware that celebrate all of our Disney cult favorites. Whether you’re a Dole Whip fan or love memorabilia celebrating Tomorrowland, chances are you’ll find something that you’ve just gotta have!

Orange Bird Section

Orange Bird Section

Starbucks also continued to [Read more…]

Guest Review: The Steakhouse in the Disney Village at Disneyland Paris

Join me in welcoming guest author Lottie Linter with a review of The Steakhouse in the Disney Village at Disneyland Paris!

Unlike Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney, the Disney Village at Disneyland Paris is where you’ll find most of the table service options at the resort. This is because the parks in Paris close very early (around 6 or 7PM) out of peak season, and not everybody wants to sit down to eat at 5:30PM, especially in Europe! We prefer to eat later, so we booked a table at The Steakhouse for 8PM on a Monday evening.


From the outside, the restaurant looks a little non-descript, and with the enticing Planet Hollywood, Rainforest Café, and Annette’s Diner drawing in people nearby, it’s easy to overlook this place if you only walk through the main thoroughfare of the village. In fact having visited Disneyland Paris seven times previously, I didn’t even notice this restaurant until I was a Cast Member there a few years ago!

The entrance takes up just a small strip of the Disney Village facades, but once you are inside and down a short corridor lined with dark wooden paneling and a wine fridge, the restaurant opens out into an absolutely huge warehouse complete with a large conservatory area.

The entrance to the restaurant

Exterior of The Steakhouse

The entrance corridor, taken from the bar

The entrance corridor, taken from the bar

After checking in, you can wait at the old-fashioned bar and have a pre-dinner drink, but as we were visiting out of season the restaurant wasn’t full and we were shown straight to our table.

The spacious bar area

The spacious bar area

The dining room is very impressive, and is themed around the Chicago meat markets during the prohibition era. There are black and white photographs all over the walls of who I can only assume were supposed to be wealthy meat-traders, or market owners – it’s not immediately clear, but I do think they add something quirky to the décor.

Some of the black and white pictures on the walls

Some of the black and white pictures on the walls

One of the big walls is vintage-style painted brickwork, but it has been made to look like they pulled down the plaster from a more modern steak restaurant to discover the old meat warehouse underneath. The conservatory area has black and white tiled floors and looks towards Lake Disney, McDonald’s, and the building that houses the Rainforest Café.

The huge exposed wall along one side of the restaurant

The huge exposed wall along one side of the restaurant

This slightly raised part of the restaurant with booths only opens at busier times

This slightly raised part of the restaurant with booths only opens at busier times

The conservatory area

The conservatory area

We were pleased to be seated in the main warehouse area, and although our particular two-top was quite close to the one next to us, in general the rest of the tables seemed to be quite nicely spaced.

At busier times they also have live jazz playing in this restaurant, which I imagine would really take the atmosphere up a notch, but tonight we just had the sounds of the hustle and bustle in the dining room. If there was any music, we couldn’t hear it!

Cool light fixtures in the main dining room

Cool light fixtures in the main dining room


In France, they tend to eat from prix-fixe menus – these are often made up of a select number of options from the à la carte menu but priced at a discount. The Steakhouse is no different, and offered up [Read more…]

News! La Place de Rémy is Now Open at Disneyland Paris!

Cool news out of Disneyland Paris this week — La Place de Rémy is now open at Walt Disney Studios Park!

And the new area is home to the brand new attraction and table service restaurant inspired by the Disney-Pixar animated film Ratatouille, news we first told you about earlier this year. A ride? Based on a restaurant? Especially a French restaurant??? I love it!

 L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy -- The New Ratatouille-Themed Attraction at Disneyland Paris

L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy — The New Ratatouille-Themed Attraction at Disneyland Paris

The attraction, L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, seems like all kinds of fun, too! As guests shrink down to rodent size, they board [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Glow Drinks!

We’re back with more Disney Food — er, Drink — Photo fun today, thanks to our fantastic readers who contribute to Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza — our Flickr page!

Speaking of Disney Drinks, it’s time to talk Glow Drinks! I can’t help it — I absolutely love these things!

Lunar Landing Glow Drink at Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant

Lunar Landing Glow Drink at Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant

You do too, it seems! Let’s see a couple of your best shots featuring Disney’s world-famous glow drinks that we found on Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza!

Light & Colours at Disneyland Paris

Photographer: Hilary_JW

For our first glowing cocktail, we’re going all the way to France! Yep, that’s right. they even have them at Disneyland Paris! If you’re interested in picking one up on your next trip, head to The New York City Bar at Hotel New York, and ask for the Light & Colours. A combination of raspberry vodka, green apple liqueur, and fruit juices, this sounds refreshing, and looks fantastic!

Light & Colours Cocktail from Disneyland Paris

Light & Colours Cocktail from Disneyland Paris

Tropi-Glow Cocktail at The Wave

Photographer: MGiordano1

This lovely shot of the Tropi-Glow Cocktail, formerly found at The Wave of American Flavors in Disney’s Contemporary Resort makes me want to run right there, right now, and order their [Read more…]

New Menu Options at Earl of Sandwich! (And Holiday Sandwich Year-Round!!)

Update: Disneyland Annual Passholders get a 20% discount (that’s twice the Passholder dining discount!) on Mondays and Tuesdays in March 2013 at Earl Of Sandwich in Downtown Disney Anaheim.

We’ve got some seriously rad news for all of you fellow Earl-lovers today!!!

In Disney World, Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris, Earl of Sandwich specializes in delicious counter-service eats. (Read an Earl of Sandwich Review in Disney World here and an Earl of Sandwich Review in Disneyland here to find out what all the fuss is about!)

And here’s the latest — new menu items are being added the first week of March, including hand-tossed salads, handcrafted wraps, and Artisan soups…and the HOLIDAY SANDWICH will now be offered year round!!

“Earl of Sandwich is known for the World’s Greatest Hot Sandwich. We now have great wraps, salads, and soups to match”, says Steve Heeley, President & CEO of Orlando based Earl of Sandwich.

Wrapped Earl of Sandwich...sandwich!

The Full Montague is a fan favorite at Earl of Sandwich

Yep — there’ll be a lot more to choose from the next time you head over to Earl!

New Earl of Sandwich Menu Options

Healthful options for on-the-go dining is just one reason that Earl of Sandwich is so popular! Let’s check out the new items!

  • 8 Great new “Greens” Hand–Tossed Salads, including Berry, Almond & Chicken Salad, BBQ Chicken, and Thai Salads.
  • 7 Great new “Hand Crafted” Wraps, including Buffalo Chicken (YES, PLEASE!!!!); Baja Chicken; and Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Wraps.
  • A new line of high quality Artisan Soups, including chicken noodle, black bean, chicken tortilla, butternut squash, and other great new flavors. Yes, the signature tomato soup will still be available!
  • New, lighter breakfast offerings, including oatmeal with fruit, nut, and brown sugar toppings. Also look for New York style bagels and cream cheese.
  • Two great sandwiches join the permanent line-up — the cult favorite Holiday Turkey Sandwich, and the [Read more…]

Disneyland Paris: Souvenir Chocolat!

While in Disneyland Paris I unfortunately did not have a lot of time to shop. With only one day to cover both parks, we focused on doing and seeing as much as we could, but bypassed pretty much every store. It killed me to walk by so many amazing “looking” places, but hey, we were lucky to be there at all!

On the way out at park’s close, we did hit one store where I had about 15 minutes to fill a bag full of goodies. It felt like being on Supermarket Sweep (and yes I know how that feels, my husband and I were on that game show 9 years ago, and WON!). 

One of the items I tossed in the bag was a box of cute little chocolates. I didn’t really inspect them until we got home, but when I did, I wished I’d grabbed a few of them.

Buyer's Remorse: Should've Purchased More!

The box was filled with about 80-100 chocolate squares. I think it was around $10 US, which really isn’t a bad deal. I’ve been passing them out as treats to friends and family, and they’ve been a big hit. I’m down to my last handful, so I thought I’d share them with you too, before they are gone!

There are four different designs in this lovely little variety pack, each one featuring a popular Disneyland Paris attraction: The Tower of Terror with Stitch as a bellhop, Pirates of the Caribbean with Peter Pan, Minnie with Le Carrousel De Lancelot, and my favorite The [Read more…]

New! Disneyland Paris 20th Anniversary Wines

Happy 20th anniversary to Disneyland Paris! Just in time for happy hour, and courtesy of Maxime Bogaert with Designing Disney, we’ve been given a unique look at a special wine commemorating this celebration. Take it away, Maxime!

At the occasion of its twentieth anniversary, Disneyland Paris has launched a special “20th Anniversary Cuvée”.

Happy 20 years, Disneyland Paris!

Commemorative Wine from Disneyland Paris

The Merlot Red, Chardonnay White, and Grenache Rosé wines are served in the resort’s bars and restaurants. But guests can also purchase a bottle at the hotel shops and take it home as a souvenir (available at [Read more…]

Disneyland Earl of Sandwich Official! Opening Early Summer 2012

We were excited about the rumor last month that Earl of Sandwich was coming to Disneyland…and now it’s official!!

Disneyland announced today that our favorite Orlando sandwich shop will open a new location in Downtown Disney in early Summer 2012.

Disney Concept Art -- Earl of Sandwich, Disneyland Resort

“We pride ourselves in giving our guests a unique experience at Downtown Disney through different retail and food offerings,” said Tony Bruno, vice president of Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney. “This will be the only Earl of Sandwich in California and it is sure to be a favorite among our guests as it has been at Walt Disney World for nearly eight years.”

The new restaurant will be adjacent to the [Read more…]

Rumor! Starbucks and Earl of Sandwich May Come to Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

Update: Check out Starbucks at the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe!

According to Al Lutz at MiceAge, Disneyland’s Downtown Disney in Anaheim may see two new popular and affordable eateries soon — Starbucks and Earl of Sandwich!


After a long negotiation in which Starbucks insisted on retaining control of their management and training, coffee lovers may soon welcome this addition to Downtown Disney Anaheim.

Intended location is top secret, but speculation has the popular coffee shop moving into the east wing of the La Brea Bakery building. Another location, the spot vacated by Compass Books at the other end of the Downtown Disney strip, is also a possible site for the java stop.

Earl of Sandwich

Earl of Sandwich has also been mentioned for both of these locations. This would be the first West Coast eatery for the restaurant famous for their delicious sandwiches.

The first location for Earl of Sandwich was Disney World, and a location opened in Disneyland Paris last year, so this addition would make sense.

By the way, speaking of Earl of Sandwich, don’t forget to sign up for their new Earl of Sandwich e-club and get a free sandwich on your birthday!

Thanks to DFB reader David Welty for the tip!

Source: MiceAge

Guest Review: Street Food and Snacks at Disneyland Paris

I’m excited to present a guest review all about fellow blogger Beth Chaney’s exploration of street food and snacks during her recent visit to the Disneyland Paris resort.

Hi DFB readers! I’m excited to share a bit of my experience at the Disneyland Paris (DLP) resort. As a long time Disney fan and Disney park goer, I had to add a day at Disneyland Paris to the itinerary of my recent trip to France. And one of the things I was most excited to see at DLP was how Imagineers had transformed the American park experience for a European audience — especially the food!

castle food

Food is such a part of the Disney park experience — from popcorn to Mickey Bars to rice krispie treats; but how would that be captured for an international audience? Especially for an audience that is supposed to be a bunch of foodies? And what better place to explore than along the streets of the Disneyland Park!

Main Street

Street Food

Street Food is big at Walt Disney World, and the same thing was true at DLP. Although not as numerous as at the Florida parks, there were lots of little carts on the street selling snacks and sweets. The most popular item? Candy apples, which seemed to be at just about every cart!

candy apples

After candy apples, the next most popular item at the street carts were “hot dogs.” But these aren’t American hot dogs (although those are available at Casey’s on Main Street — which just happens to be in the exact same spot as the outpost at WDW!). These are more foot long sausages baked into french bread and sometimes topped with cheese. So more of a sandwich than an American hot dog.

hot dog

Also popular at the street food stands — candy bars. Not Disney branded or labeled candy bars, but the [Read more…]