News: Hollywood Studios Grand Avenue and Grand Park Details

A few weeks ago, we received the news that BaseLine Tap House will be opening this fall in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

©Disney

©Disney

This new spot will serve up California beers, wines, and ciders along with a few small bites in what will be the Grand Avenue section of the park. And the offerings are fitting since Grand Avenue will be a celebration of downtown Los Angeles, complete with facades representing retail locations such as a music shop, loft apartments, and a tailor, among others.

Of course, this will bring to mind the shop and restaurant facades that previously made up this section of the park when it was known as the Streets of America. [Read more…]

News: Fantasmic! Dessert and VIP Viewing Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A whole new way to enjoy the Fantasmic! Nighttime Spectacular is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Hollywood Studios Fantasmic (13)

Fantasmic! Boat

The Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience is now available for booking for dates starting September 8th.

How will it work? Guests simply arrive at the Fantasmic theater prior to the evening’s first performance and pick up a package of snacks inspired by the show. Savory and sweet treats in the box for adults will include chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheesecake, a chocolate cupcake, apple crisp, and California trail mix.  [Read more…]

News: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party Returning to Hollywood Studios

The Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Nighttime Spectacular is returning to Hollywood Studios in November for the holiday season!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

And along with this festive projection and fireworks show comes the return of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party, pairing a reserved viewing area with holiday-themed food and drink. Multiple food stations will offer holiday sweets and snacks such as warm cheese fondue with pretzel bread, warm pumpkin pie, and spiced-bread pudding with vanilla ice cream. A Liquid Nitro Station will feature chocolate mousse with a choice of toppings (salted caramel sauce among them). [Read more…]

News: Mobile Order Arrives at Hollywood Studios with Backlot Express

Hollywood Studios is now offering Mobile Order!

This process, which debuted at Animal Kingdom’s Satu’li Canteen in May, gives guests the opportunity to to pre-order and pre-pay for meals at select Counter Service locations around Disney World via the My Disney Experience app. Once you arrive at the restaurant? You simply notify the restaurant of your arrival on the app and go straight to pick up your food! (You can learn about how the entire process works from start to finish here.)

The process has rolled out at Counter Service restaurants across Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot. And yesterday, the fourth and final park — Hollywood Studios — joined the lineup, starting with Backlot Express!

Backlot Express

Backlot Express

It’s anticipated that ABC Commissary and PizzeRizzo will appear on the Mobile Order list soon.

Also recently, another Epcot restaurant was added to the list: Liberty Inn. [Read more…]

Seven NEW Experiences to Try at Walt Disney World!

Whether you’ve been to Walt Disney World one time or one hundred times, there’s always something new to do. And right now, there’s a ton! Besides the opening of Pandora, the World’s newest land located at Animal Kingdom, there are seven other fun and functional new experiences you’ve gotta try!

Mobile Ordering

Mobile Ordering has been offered since May 2017, and now it’s expanded to more locations! Mobile Ordering allows guests to use their My Disney Experience app to pre-order and pre-pay for meals at counter service locations.

Satu'li Mobile Ordering 2

Mobile Ordering lets participating guests bypass the ordering queue and go directly to the Order Pick-Up window. No more waiting in long lines to order your nuggets, y’all!

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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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