Review: Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party in Magic Kingdom

Who doesn’t love capping off a night at Disney World with a Fireworks spectacular? I know I do, whether I’m standing shoulder-to-shoulder with literally thousands of other guests in the Hub of Magic Kingdom or taking it all in from the balcony at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

But there is one thing that can make a nighttime show even better…

Desserts at the Happily Ever After fireworks dessert party

Desserts at the Happily Ever After fireworks dessert party

And that’s DESSERT. Better yet, make that plural: DESSERTS.

That’s where Fireworks Viewing Parties come in! At present Disney is offering the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios, and the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party at Epcot, which pairs desserts and a ride on the Frozen Ever After attraction with a showing of IllumiNations.

But on my last trip, I booked what might be the highest in demand of them all: the Happily Ever After Dessert Party (technically named the Fireworks Dessert Party) at Magic Kingdom. [Read more…]

News: BaseLine Tap House and Grand Avenue Opening This Fall in Hollywood Studios

What? ANOTHER new Hollywood Studios main drag? Welcome GRAND AVENUE!!

We have LOTS to look forward to at Hollywood Studios, with Toy Story Land opening in 2018 and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (that’s the official name for Star Wars Land!) in 2019. But let’s face it… we’ve got some time to wait for those big, new adventures at the moment.

Toy Story Land Construction Walls

Toy Story Land Construction Walls

So it may be good to know that we have something new to look forward to much closer on the horizon: this fall, the new Grand Avenue area — celebrating “the spirit of present-day Downtown Los Angeles” — is coming to Hollywood Studios!

The area (essentially what remains of the former Streets of America) will showcase vintage office buildings and warehouses in representation of different parts of LA. And the new BaseLine Tap House will be a big part of the scene! [Read more…]

Spotted: Super Fun T-Shirts Celebrating Disney Snacks

We’ve been spotting some pretty terrific food-themed T-shirts around Disney World and Disneyland merchandise locations lately, and I couldn’t resist sharing some of these fun finds with you today. Because YOUR favorite iconic Disney snack may be represented on some of this garb, and I’d hate for you to miss a chance to pick one up on your next Disney World trip!

If Mickey Waffles, Pretzels, Turkey Legs, and Dole Whips (along with The Haunted Mansion, Fireworks, and Mickey himself) make up your BEST DAY EVER, then check out this tee!

Best Day Ever T-shirt

Best Day Ever T-shirt

Now, the Turkey Leg shirt has been around for a while now…

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News and Review: Pretzels at Magic Kingdom’s Lunching Pad — Our Favorites are BACK!

We talk a lot about pretzels here at the DFB — because we pretty much love all of them. Ham and Cheese Stuffed Pretzels? Love. Authentic German pretzels in World Showcase? Uh-huh. Pretzel Roll Breadsticks at Le Cellier? Yaaaass x 5000!

So when we heard that the Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel (which they’re now calling the Pepper Jack pretzel) we’ve loved for years (and which has always been available in Disneyland) was staging a comeback, we got twisted up in a whole bunch of excitement. So you know we had to get over to the Lunching Pad ASAP to tear off a piece of that.

The Lunching Pad is located at the base of the Astro Orbiter adjacent to the Tomorrowland stroller parking — so beware that this area can get super crowded at times. But it’s worth it to pick your way through the chaos because the Lunching Pad serves up some great classic theme park grub. We particularly enjoy a good Hot Dog or Frozen Carbonated Beverages. Yum!

But on this visit, we just wanted pretzels. All. The. Pretzels.

Lunching Pad Menu

Lunching Pad Menu

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Review: New Menu at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

You are likely well aware that BIG CHANGES are underway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

After all, the addition of two whole new lands — Star Wars and Toy Story — is no small undertaking. And the construction has already resulted in the closure of several eateries (including my beloved Writer’s Stop and Starring Rolls) around the park.

But a few classic spots have remained, thankfully, untouched for now. And when it comes to Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, this spot’s dedicated fans — and there are many — sure hope that “for now” extends to “for always.”

And I can’t argue with that. There’s something so fun (and completely immersive) about sitting in a booth shaped like a vintage car, watching a reel of old movie clips on the big screen under a faux night sky.

But while Sci-Fi wins loads of points for ambiance, some diners find the food to be a little hit or miss. So on this visit, we checked out a mix of some ol’ standbys along with items from the recently revamped menu.

So, let’s drive in, shall we?

Atmosphere

Sci-Fi Dine-In is essentially a massive room (make that, soundstage) with high, dark ceilings made to resemble the starry nighttime sky, and row upon row upon row of vintage-style convertibles. That’s the drive-in part of the Dine In, and it’s just about one of the most fun dining settings in Disney World.

Sci-Fi Dine-In

Sci-Fi Dine-In

You basically sit in the front seat or the back seat, and you have a fairly shallow counter in front of you. That’s your table. Not exactly conversation friendly, but that’s A-OK, because there’s other entertainment to take in.

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Review: Jalapeno Poppers and Sides at ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Today, we’re in search of a few supporting actor dishes at ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

This spot is pretty easy to overlook if you’re just wandering through DHS. It’s located along a walkway that appears to house buildings for the studio backlot.

In other words, it looks like a bunch of offices and a cafeteria. Except it’s not. But it kinda is, since it was themed after…a bunch of offices and a cafeteria. ;-) And besides, with not much of a backlot left these days, this area really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense anymore.

While I’ve never been all that excited about the food here, you can find some solid choices for lunch and dinner. Also, it’s worth noting that, while lunch is your garden variety Disney counter service concept, dinner switches over to a fast casual service model.

That means for the midday meal, you order your food and collect it at the kitchen counter. But for dinner, you order, take a pager, find a seat, and your meal finds you.

It’s dinner that we’re taking a closer look at today, as we explore some of your options for sides and appetizers — and Disney Dining Plan snack credits! — when you dine at ABC Commissary for Dinner. Let’s take a look.

Dinner Appetizers and Sides

While the lunch menu at ABC Commissary offers fairly straight forward fast food (think burgers, sandwiches, nuggets, and salads), dinner is a slightly more refined experience — at least in terms of some of the menu offerings.

Ordering stations at ABC Commissary

Ordering stations at ABC Commissary

There is some overlap. You’ll find the barbecued chicken and ribs combo platter on both the lunch and dinner menu as well as the Mediterranean salad. But dishes like the Chimichurri sirloin steak and the seared lemon pepper salmon are solely the domain of the evening meal. And it’s a few of the sides that are offered with these dishes that we want to explore.

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Menu — Click to Enlarge

We also noticed on our most recent visit that the spot is offering a few appetizers. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: New Menu at Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a fun little hot spot for new menu options in Disney World.

Whether it’s a favorite of yours, or you’re hearing about it for the first time, you’ve gotta be intrigued at this point. ;-) So check out our latest DFB Video highlighting some awesome finds at Min and Bill’s!

Min & Bill's Loaded Chili Cheese Nachos

Min & Bill’s Loaded Chili Cheese Nachos

The menu is always changing here, but one thing’s for sure — we always find something tempting! While we haven’t seen any of the amazing seasonal milkshakes they’ve been known for lately, their Vanilla, Chocolate, and Kahlua versions are still worth your time. And who can resist a Foot Long Hot Dog with Pulled Pork on top? Meat + More Meat FTW. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Ultimate Disney Funnel Cakes in Disneyland and Walt Disney World!

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re getting down to the serious business of Funnel Cakes!

Funnel Cakes Thumbnail

But not just any funnel cakes…we’re talking Disney Funnel Cakes!!

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New DFB Video: Star Wars Eats at Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Heya Guys! Have WE got a treat for YOU today! But first off, a little intro is in order. We’d like you to welcome Adam, who makes his debut on our latest DFB Video today!

And this one takes us inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a closer look at the food at Backlot Express!

Dark Side Chicken and Waffles

Dark Side Chicken and Waffles

Does it surprise you to know that Backlot Express is one of our favorite spots to eat at DHS? The reasons are pretty simple. First, there’s some incredible themeing. Seriously, if you ever lose me at Studios, chances are good that I’m wandering around in here. [Read more…]