News! Minnie’s Seasonal Dine Coming to Hollywood & Vine for Year-Round Celebrations

If you can’t make it to the limited-run character meal that is Minnie’s Holiday Dine coming to Hollywood & Vine Restaurant starting in just a few weeks, fret not…

Because our favorite gal Minnie Mouse will be hosting dinner parties ALL YEAR LONG! That’s right… Minnie’s Seasonal Dine will be offered throughout the year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: the text below has been updated, as Disney has since released the various seasons and themes that will be celebrated at Minnie’s Seasonal Dine.]

So, what happens after the holiday season? Well, that depends on the time of year… from spring to summer to Halloween and more, Minnie and some of her best Disney pals will be celebrating events and seasons throughout the year. Each season will offer changes in decor, music, menu items, “interactive musical moments,” and new costumes, adding to the festive fun!

First up? A celebration of the movies and all the glitz and glitter of Hollywood will take place from January 4th through March 20th! And it looks like Minnie is already adding to her considerable wardrobe for the next occasion…

©Disney

©Disney

Currently, interested guests are able to book through March 20, 2016 only. Minnie’s Seasonal Dine will change throughout the year as follows: [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: The Apples-For-Dayz Crawl at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It’s Fall — or it nearly is, anyway. And I don’t know about you, but when the days start to shorten and the air gets a little more crisp, I am all about APPLES. (You thought I was going to say pumpkin, didn’t you.)

The great thing about Apple Snacks and Treats is that they can actually be good for you. Well, better for you, anyway! ;-)

Today, I thought I’d feature one of my very favorite Disney Food Blog Crawls, just in time for Fall — the Apple-a-Day Crawl at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And the cool thing about this one is, despite its name, you can easily complete it in the space of one day!

And if you love the sounds of a food-based scavenger hunt featuring all of your favorite Disney Snacks, be sure to check out our latest updated e-book, the DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks 2015 for more creative eats!

Apple Turnover or Apple Danish at Starring Rolls

Start your apple-filled day at Starring Rolls Cafe.

This little bakery is the home of many of our favorite cupcakes. But they also feature lots of pastries for both breakfast and afternoon snacking.

At Starring Rolls, you can take advantage of the pastry spread and enjoy an Apple Turnover for breakfast. Yep; it’s a little decadent. But isn’t that what vacations are for?

Apple Craisin Turnover at Starring Rolls

Apple Craisin Turnover at Starring Rolls

Looking for something with more of a “breakfast pedigree”? Then check out the Assorted Danish. You’ll often find an apple version among the mix. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Mom’s Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake at 50’s Prime Time Cafe

Mom’s Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake from 50’s Prime Time Cafe is a decadent new menu dessert. Today, we have a mini-review from guest author Sandy DiCicco. 

50’s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a mid-century themed restaurant taken right out of your favorite TV shows from the era! Take it away, Sandy!

I usually get Dad’s Brownie Sundae, but after a recommendation from our waitress (she said the brownie sundae changed and it wasn’t as good as it used to be) that I should try the cake.

And boy am I glad that I did!

Chocolate cake and thick layers of peanut butter ganache/fudge make up the dessert. It was absolutely huge… this was a dinner plate!

I regrettably could not finish it all, but I’ll be dreaming about it for a long time!

Mom's Favorite! Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Mom’s Favorite! Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

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#OnTheList: Carrot Cake Cookie in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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This post is part of the DFB #OnTheList series, where we feature eats you’ve GOT to have while you’re at Disney! Let us know what’s on YOUR Disney Food Bucket List @DisneyFoodBlog #OnTheList!

 

The Writer’s Stop is an unassuming little coffee-shop-meets-bookstore at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But this small space is the original home to one heck of a BIG gem… and that’s the Carrot Cake Cookie, which is #OnTheList this week!

#OnTheList: Carrot Cake Cookie

The tricky thing about finding The Writer’s Stop is that it’s tucked in the Streets of America section of the park, which is dominated by false-fronts serving as studio settings of city streets. You could easily stroll right by and not even realize that it’s a functioning cafe and bookstore. [Read more…]

Grand Launch! DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks 2015

After lots of fun research and delicious taste-testing, we’re happy to announce that the 2015 DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book is now available!

And to help us celebrate, you can get the new Guide for $3 off the regular purchase price for a limited timejust use code SNACKS15 at the check-out!

With over 340 pages of tempting snacks, the DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks is part of our DFB Guide Snacks Series!

As always, you will enjoy an instantly downloadable PDF guide with comprehensive information and advice on well over 300 delicious snacks that you can enjoy at the Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios parks in the Walt Disney World resort.

The DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book includes:

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New! DFB Podcast Episode 23: #OnTheList — Our Disney Food Bucket List Choices!

We are back with DFB Podcast Episode #23!

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We told you we are working hard to bring you more Podcasts on a more regular basis so we hope you’re as excited as we are!

What’s It About?

This episode, Brad and I talk about some news from this past week and then jump into some exciting #OnTheList business!

We talk about what #OnTheList — the Disney Food Bucket List — is all about as well as give you a sneak peek at some future items straight off of our own lists!

We bring up Dole Whips (of course), hot link corn dogs, and more…tune in and see if you can guess what our choices are for each Disney park! You may be surprised… .

You can listen to it right here, right now!

Thanks for listening! Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and leave your comments below!

News: Details and Booking for 2015 Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights Dining Events

Last week, Disney announced that 2015 will be the last year for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The popular show is wrapping to accommodate construction for two new Lands coming to the park in the future: Toy Story and Star Wars.

The festive synchronized holiday lights and music show will be on display from November 6, 2015 through January 3, 2016.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

The announcement also revealed that two new extra ticket events will be added this year to celebrate the final run of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Details have been released for each of these events, which are now open for booking.

Merry and Bright Dessert Party

The Merry & Bright Dessert Party will take place from November 6 through December 30, 2015. Please note that the hours change based on the date you choose:

  • from November 6-December 24, the party runs from 7:00 – 8:30 pm,
  • and from December 25-30, the party runs from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm.
  • Excluded dates are: November 17, December 9, and December 18.

Guests will enjoy a reserved viewing area, and will also receive a custom stadium blanket as a souvenir.

Price to attend is $69 for adults, $39 for children (including tax and gratuity).

Guests Enjoying the Seating Area

Guests Enjoying the Seating Area

Guests can book by calling (407) 939-3463 or online via the Walt Disney World website.

Osborne Lights -- Peace On Earth

Osborne Lights — Peace On Earth

Merry and Bright Dinner Reception

From January 1 (8:30 to 10:00 pm), and 2nd, 3rd (7:00 to 8:30 pm), the Merry & Bright Dinner Reception will offer a chance to ring in the new year by enjoying small plates (turkey, beef, and shrimp dishes among them) along with specialty drinks, wine, and beer, all from an exclusive reserved viewing area. At evening’s end, each guest will receive “a custom shadow box keepsake featuring their own Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights!”

Seating at Dusk Before the Lights Come On

Seating at Dusk Before the Lights Come On

The price to attend is $99 for adults, $54 for children (including tax and gratuity).

Interested guests may book this event online, or by calling (407) 939-3463.

Osborne Lights

Osborne Lights

Please note that seating for the events is outdoors and uncovered without assigned seating, and an alternate location will be used in the event of rain (usually this is Studio Catering Co.). It is anticipated that these events may book up quickly, due to the popularity of the Dancing Lights.

For more information, be sure to visit the Merry & Bright Dessert Party and Merry & Bright Dinner Reception pages on the Walt Disney World website.

Will you be seeing the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights during its final run? Please let us know with a comment!

New! DFB Podcast Episode 22: Food and Wine 2015 Preview!

We’re back! For those of you who missed listening to the DFB Podcasts, we are are happy to announce the 22nd episode of the DFB Podcast!

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We’ve been MIA for awhile, but we are so excited to be back in action! You’ll have to listen to this edition to hear about our whereabouts, but we are actively working on new ways to make sure we can record the podcast more often.

What’s It About?

There have been some major Disney announcements lately (Star Wars, anyone?) along with some 2015 Epcot Food and Wine news, so we had plenty to cover!

In the 22nd episode AJ and Brad apologize for being bad podcast friends, and cover the recent announcements of Skipper Canteen, Star Wars Land(s), and our favorite Food and Wine activities.

Here’s the Podcast page for Episode 22. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

Thanks for listening! Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and leave your comments below!

News: Dessert and Dinner Events Announced for the Final Year of Osborne Lights at Disney World

Well, I don’t know if this is a huge surprise with all of the upcoming construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to make way for Toy Story and Star Wars Lands, but it is with some melancholy that we learned that it is — indeed — official: this Holiday Season will be the final year for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights — the joyful and unique holiday celebration featuring millions of lights synchronized to holiday music at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The display will run from November 6, 2015 through January 3, 2016. 

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Two new events have been announced in conjunction with the final year of the Spectacle (a chance to “go out with a bang,” so to speak): the Merry & Bright Dessert Party will take place from November 6th – December 30th, and the Merry & Bright Dinner Reception will be available to book for the first days of the New Year, January 1 – 3, 2016.  [Read more…]

News! Breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a Limited Time

Looking for a brand new way to start your day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

Then you may want to know that Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant will be serving BREAKFAST for a limited run from November 1, 2015, through January 23, 2016[EDITOR’S UDPATE: Please note that the trial run of breakfast at Sci-Fi Restaurant has ended, and at this point the option has not been renewed.]

While the full menu has not yet been published on the Disney World website, a partial list states that offerings will include a

  • Puff Pastry with Scrambled Eggs, Crab, Asparagus, and Gruyere Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes; 
  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Baby Spinach, with Bacon and Cheddar Custard on a Roasted Tomato and Cheesy Horseradish Potatoes;
  • Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Sausage Links, and Breakfast Potatoes; and 
  • Macadamia Crusted Brioche French Toast with Mascarpone and Fresh Berries.

Your meal will also include breakfast pastries and a choice of appetizer, entree, and one non-alcoholic beverage. The price will be $23.99 for adults, $12.99 for children.

While this limited run breakfast is a new offering at Hollywood Studios, we do have some idea of what breakfast is like at Sci-Fi Dine-In, thanks to the Star Wars Galactic Dine-In Breakfast (offered only during and around Star Wars Weekends).

Sci-Fi Dine-In Breakfast Details

Sci-Fi Dine-In Breakfast Details

Please note: the picture below is from the Star Wars breakfast experience and not the upcoming meal, but at least you can get an idea about that Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Roasted Tomato! [Read more…]