25 Must-Do Disney World Holiday Events — and Eats!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Season’s Greetings! It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and if you’re bound for Walt Disney World, it’s even better.

25 Must-Do Disney World Holiday Events

That’s because there is no more festive spot on earth to celebrate all of the heartwarming fun of the the season.

And we don’t want you to miss out on any of the top attractions. So let’s take a look our list of the 25 Must-do Disney Holiday Eventsand Eats! — to celebrate this season at Walt Disney World! [Read more…]

Review: Lunch at The Boathouse in Disney Springs

It’s back to The Boathouse for us today on the DFB!

The BOATHOUSE (as it’s officially known) has only been part of the Disney dining scene since this past April, when it opened in The Landing area of Disney Springs . (Believe it or not, though, it’s no longer the newest dining gig in town, since spots like Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, Vivoli il Gelato, and Morimoto Asia have all made their debuts since). Still, it has already made a big name for itself for a few reasons: first, its arrival marked the debut of the first of several more upscale dining additions coming to Disney Springs (with a price tag to match).

Second, with live music and watercraft tour options (have you seen the Amphicars?!), it’s also helping to ring in the entertainment-heavy focus that will continue to become a hallmark of several dining options in Disney Springs once the area’s transformation is complete.

While we explored the restaurant in full during its opening week, on my most recent trip, we decided to do things a little differently — a midday visit to explore what the main bar area has to offer.

The Boathouse Sign

The Boathouse Sign

Of course, we couldn’t help taking another quick look around this beautiful space first… [Read more…]

News: Where to Find Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream and Pumpkin Gelato in Disney World

For those of you who can’t imagine autumn at Disney World (or anywhere else, for that matter) without the flavor of pumpkin, we have some tasty news for you today!

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream has just returned to L’artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion!

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich

It’s available as a scooped ice cream OR a Pumpkin Spice Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich! [Read more…]

News: Chef Art Smith Restaurant in Disney Springs Confirmed

Well, it’s official! The rumor that Chef Art Smith is opening a restaurant is Disney Springs has been confirmed at last!

Earlier this summer, Chef Art Smith (BBQ Pitmaster Judge, author of Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort and other cookbooks, founder of Art and Soul in Washington, D.C. and Table Fifty-Two in Chicago, and former Chef to Oprah Winfrey), posted a message on his Facebook page stating that Chef Art’s Florida Fish Camp would be coming to Disney Springs. However, that post was quickly deleted, and we’ve been wondering about possibilities for his upcoming venture ever since.

Chef Art Smith

Chef Art Smith

The originally proposed name of the restaurant has changed and the spot will now be called Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine.

The name is inspired by the fact that Chef Smith is a Floridian, raised in Jasper, Florida (his family still lives and runs their farm there). Not only that, but the Chef — a former student of Florida State University — even completed a Culinary Internship with the Walt Disney World College Program!

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Review: Lunch at Raglan Road in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs

We’re taking in lunch at Raglan Road Irish Pub in Disney Springs!

If you’ve visited Disney Springs recently, you know that the area once known as Pleasure Island is practically unrecognizable from what it was two years ago. Construction walls abound, and new restaurants and shops seem to be opening every day.

The good news is that those walls seem to be decreasing every time I visit. And so on a recent research visit, I headed over to Raglan Road to take a peek at some new cocktails and have a bite to eat!


As I’ve said, if you haven’t visited for a while, all the work at Disney Springs is going to shock you. While Raglan Road used to stand front and center, easily viewable from the parking lots, now it’s a bit of a walk to get here from the nearest parking building.

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant Without the Construction Walls

You should budget at least 10 minutes or so if you’re coming from the parking garage. [Read more…]

Full Review: Dinner at Morimoto Asia in Disney World’s Disney Springs

Welcome to Morimoto Asia — the latest addition to the Disney Springs dining scene!

With dining locations in Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago (among others), Morimoto Asia is not the first restaurant venture headed by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. However, it is Chef Morimoto’s first “pan-Asian” restaurant, featuring flavors from across the continent with a focus on Thailand, Korea, Japan, and China.

This new Disney Springs location was created in partnership with the Pantina Restaurant Group (you may know this name from the group’s association with Disney World restaurants such as Via Napoli, Tutto Italia and Tutto Gusto, and a few Disneyland restaurants including Catal Restaurant and Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria).

Morimoto Asia opened its doors just last week on September 30th for dinner (lunch and the anticipated weekend brunch will not be offered for a few weeks yet — the starting date is yet to be announced), and you may have had a chance to check out our First Look from opening night. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Since the writing of this post, it has been announced that lunch at Morimoto Asia will debut on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 11:00 am.)

Today we’re back for a full review.

Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Asia

So, settle in! Because there’s LOTS to see… [Read more…]

First Look! Morimoto Asia in Disney World’s Disney Springs

Welcome to the brand new Morimoto Asia Restaurant in The Landing of what is at long last OFFICIALLY Disney Springs!

We’ll be back with a full review on Monday, but today we’re here for a First Look. In some respects, our meal at Morimoto Asia itself was a bit of a First Look, because while dinner seatings are up and running each night beginning at 5:00PM, the restaurant will not be serving lunch or its planned weekend brunch for a few weeks yet (the starting date for these dining opportunities is yet to be announced).

Once it is fully open, operating hours will be 11:00 am to 2:00 am, bringing extended hours — custom-made for a more vibrant nightlife — to Disney World’s ever-transforming and newly renamed dining and entertainment district.

But that’s all logistics… we know you’re itching to take a peek inside Iron Chef Morimoto’s first Pan-Asian restaurant, just like we were!

Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Asia

So let’s do exactly that… [Read more…]

FULL MENU Review: Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World

Welcome, adventurers, to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar in The Landing of Disney Springs!

Or should I say, “Welcome Back”? Just last week, we brought you a First Look from Opening Day of the Hangar, and today we’re back for a full review, including every single food item on the menu, several of the specialty cocktails from the uniquely-themed list of libations, and even a glimpse at some of the specialty souvenir drink glasses on their way to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.

The reasons behind the high levels of anticipation surrounding the opening of the Hangar Bar have been twofold: first, the backstory surrounds Jock Lindsey — a frequent pilot for the movie character of Indiana Jones — so fans of the film franchise were especially excited to have the chance to step inside the story.

Second, the ongoing transformation from Downtown Disney into Disney Springs continues to bring a whole new kind of dining scene to Disney World, including more upscale dining venues like The Boathouse and Morimoto Asia (set to open this coming Wednesday), and uniquely-themed spots such as the one we’re visiting again today.

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar Sign

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Sign

So, we know who Jock Lindsey is… but why the “Hangar Bar”? You see, when Jock was flying Indiana Jones over Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth, he just so happened to spot a piece of waterfront land that caught his attention. [Read more…]

First Look: Disney World’s Morimoto Asia Menu

Morimoto Asia — the newest dining addition to Disney World’s Disney Springs — will open its doors to guests on September 30th. Reservations are available now via OpenTable.com, and will be available by calling the restaurant directly beginning September 30th at (407) 560-6686. Advance Dining Reservations will be available through (407) WDW-DINE beginning November 1st.

Ultimately, the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner (as well as a weekend brunch) with operating hours from 11 am to 2 am daily, but in its opening weeks it will be operating for dinner only.

Morimoto Asia concept art ©Disney

Morimoto Asia concept art ©Disney

Although, before you make that reservation for dinner you may want to know what’s on the menu :), which will be the first to feature Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s “pan-Asian” cuisine. Fortuantely, we’ve got a glimpse for you today, thanks to the Morimoto Asia Facebook page! [Read more…]

First Look! Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar in Disney World’s Disney Springs

Join us, fellow members of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, for a First Look at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar! We’ll be back on Monday with a FULL REVIEW!

Newly open in The Landing of what will become Disney Springs, the new HANGAR is the latest Downtown Disney HANGOUT! Then again, maybe “new” isn’t really the word for it…

You see, as the story goes, Jock Lindsey — a frequently trusted pilot for Indiana Jones — discovered this waterfront property in 1938 as he flew with Indiana over Florida on the hunt for the Fountain of Youth.

He returned to the area in the 1940s to make his home, setting up a small business — Jock Lindsey’s “Air Tours” — offering scenic plane tours of the state. And now we are left with the Hangar that he also used to host his friends in the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, of which Jock, too, was a member.

Outside of Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

Outside of Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

Are you ready to step in and see what adventures await? [Read more…]