Review: Pumpkin Spice Pretzel at the Pretzel Garden in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

If you are spending any part of this holiday season in Disney World (which has already officially kicked off with events like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party), I’m just going to assume that a visit to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is on your vacation itinerary.

This special holiday event has become even more of a Must-Do this year, with the fact this holiday season is the final chance to watch the Lights dance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Before the Lights even come on, though, lots of folks like to stake out their spot on the Streets of America to wait for the moment when the Lights begin to shine. Fortunately, there are some snacking opportunities to help you pass the time with some tasty treats!

As always, the Pretzel Garden opens up in advance of the show, serving up… well, pretzels, of course. Churros, glazed almonds and pecans, and a few beverages round out the list.

I spotted the ol’ standbys at this little kiosk right away: the Cream Cheese Pretzel and the Mickey-shaped Pretzel.

Pretzel Garden

Pretzel Garden

But there was also an addition to the pretzel selections on the menu: the Pumpkin Spice Pretzel. [Read more…]

Review: NEW Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It’s time to Eat, Drink, and BE MERRY at Hollywood & Vine for MINNIE’S HOLIDAY DINE!

This past weekend delivered the debut Minnie’s Seasonal Dine Character Meals in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. From now through January 3, 2016, dinner at Hollywood & Vine is a holiday meal, offerings guests the very unique opportunity to celebrate the season with a few of our favorite Disney pals!

Once the holidays wrap up, dinner parties with Minnie Mouse and friends will continue; however, the theme will change with the seasons! Starting January 4, 2016, Minnie and the gang will host a celebration of Hollywood and the movies. Spring, summer, and even Halloween will have themed celebrations of their own; and decor, music, and even certain menu items will change along with the party theme.

This isn’t the first time Hollywood & Vine has changed things up from its typical non-character buffet dinner (breakfast and lunch, it should be noted, will continue to feature Disney Junior pals at Play ‘n Dine). Hollywood & Vine has played host to themed, seasonal character dinners in the past with Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine, held in conjunction with Star Wars Weekends for the past two years.

Hollywood and Vine

Hollywood and Vine

But the only Force involved in Minnie’s Holiday Dine is a whole lotta of HOLIDAY SPIRIT… [Read more…]

New! Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cupcake with Maple Buttercream Icing in Disney World

Ready for a little “Pilgrim”-age to Hollywood Studios? Sorry — I had to.

We are back again with yet another delicious new disney cupcake over at DHS. Replacing the Halloween Carrot Cake Cupcake is the all new Thanksgiving Pumpkin cupcake!

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cupcake

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cupcake

These can, as usual, be found at many of the quick service spots around the park. Keep in mind that Rosie’s All American Cafe and Catalina Eddies’s are currently closed for renovations! We found this one at Fairfax Fare.

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Review: All-New Limited Run Breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Well, here’s a new one for ya… how about starting your day UNDER THE STARS at Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant?

Yep, the perpetual evening setting of Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant is now the latest breakfast stop at Disney’s  Hollywood Studios! This long-time, well-loved lunch and dinner spot is now offering a limited-run meal: guests can give breakfast a try at Sci-Fi Dine-In, currently available for booking from now until January 23, 2016 with seatings from 8:00 – 10:15 am. [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.]

Of course, this isn’t Sci-Fi’s first time serving up the most important meal of the day. For the past two years, it has played host to the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast, a character meal held in conjunction with Star Wars Weekends. But Darth Vader and his Dark Side cronies stayed in a galaxy far, far away this go ‘round. The current breakfast offering is a non-character meal featuring pre-fixe selections.

Are you ready to check it out?

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Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant

Then, here we go! [Read more…]

News: Club Villain Dance and Dine Event Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hold on to your evil hats, Disney Villains fans… because it looks like Club Villain is on the way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Club Villain Screenshot on Walt Disney World website (Image ©Disney)

Club Villain Screenshot on Walt Disney World website (Image ©Disney)

Club Villain has appeared on the Walt Disney World website, offering a  brand new “dance-and-dine event,” which will hit the scene on January 16, 2016 and continue on select Saturday nights at Sunset Showcase. [Read more…]

Review: Carrot Cake Cupcake with Orange Buttercream Icing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The cupcake haven that is Disney’s Hollywood Studios is currently celebrating Halloween with an updated twist on an old favorite: the Carrot Cake Cupcake. It might not sound like a Halloween cupcake, but thanks to the jack-o-lantern on top (sporting MICKEY EARS, no less) it sure does look like one!

Carrot Cake Cupcake

Carrot Cake Cupcake

We’ve enjoyed our fair share of Carrot Cake Cupcakes at the Studios with the Olaf Carrot Cake Cupcake in and around the Frozen Summer Fun event over the past two summers. So what’s the twist I mentioned? This time, it’s topped off with Orange Buttercream Icing (and — of course — the Pumpkin Mickey!). [Read more…]

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…

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©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!

 

Editor’s Note: Since the writing of this post, the Writer’s Stop has changed its offerings in light of its uncertain future due to construction in that area of the park. But you can still grab a Carrot Cake Cookie at Sweet Spells!

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…]