Review: New Mocha Brownie at Epcot’s Fountain View

When you stop by Fountain View in Epcot for your Starbucks fix, there’s a new sweet treat to try!

There are two ways to ride Soarin without a FastPass: groggily walk to park opening and make a mad dash to be first in line, or leisurely stroll into Epcot and stand in the hours-long line that’s waiting for you. So whether you make your coffee stop before or after, Fountain View will come in handy.

You can’t miss Fountain View on your way to the back of the park. It will be looking over Epcot’s amazing fountains directly across from Mouse Gears and right next to Club Cool.

Fountain View exterior

Fountain View exterior

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Behind the Scenes at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

We’re continuing our coverage of the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival with a brand new special event at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort!

That’s right… we paid a visit to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto to check out a new Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Event that’s NOT happening at Epcot. While Signature Dining Events have long been held in and around various restaurants on property, this year is the first time that Special Events have expanded to Disney World Resorts. These debut offerings include Brunch with a Twist at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, The Secrets of Flavor at Disney’s Yacht Club, Culinary Adventures with a Master Chef at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and the Special Event we’re reviewing today: Behind the Scenes of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Of all the new Resort Special Events, this sold-out option (at a cost of $99.00 per guest) was likely the most in demand, held on four select Wednesdays from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto has been a HUGE hit with Disney World guests since it opened in March of 2015 due to its interactive Tiki-themed atmosphere, crafty cocktails and popular souvenir mugs. An added bonus for Disney fans is that this place is chock-full of nostalgia and Disney history… so much so that it can really help to have a cast of high-energy Skippers at hand to point some of them out (all while mixing drinks and serving up some delicious eats, of course).

So join us once again as we step inside the Grog Grotto…

Behind the Scenes of Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Behind the Scenes of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

…to show you a little bit about what happens behind the scenes at Trader Sam’s! [Read more…]

News: Changes to The Chew’s Taping Schedule in Epcot Due to Hurricane Matthew

If you’ve been following all the news and updates for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, then you’re likely well aware that ABC’s daytime cooking show, The Chew, is taping shows at Epcot during the Festival for the second year in a row. Due to Hurricane Matthew, however, the original taping schedule has been altered.

The Cast of The Chew

The Cast of The Chew

Tapings were originally scheduled for two shows on Wednesday, October 5th, two on Thursday, October 6th, and one on Friday, October 7th for a total of five shows set to air next week. But according to the Orlando Sentinel, tapings have been moved up to avoid the arrival of storms anticipated for later this week.

Two shows were instead taped yesterday, and this afternoon, a third show will be added at 5:15 pm. (The original taping times for today, 9:40 am and 1:40 pm, have and are moving forward as scheduled). The Thursday and Friday tapings have been cancelled.

Guests who were ticket holders for the original tapings have been notified via email. Yesterday’s tapings were moved to a first-come, first-served basis, so it is likely that the same scenario will take place during this afternoon’s additional 5:15 pm show.

News: New Dining Discounts for Disney World Annual Passholders for 45th Anniversary Year

Happy 45th Anniversary, Walt Disney World!

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

And Happy Anniversary to Disney World Annual Passholders, who can take part in the celebration by enjoying some brand new discounts at select dining and merchandise locations around Disney World for the anniversary year! [Read more…]

Review: Candied Peanuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream at Epcot’s L’Artisan des Glaces

They’ve done it again, my friends!

We’re back at L’Artisan des Glaces to check out their newest flavor of house-made ice cream.

Even the name is quite a mouthful (almost as much as the Cinnamon, Caramelized Apple & Crumble Crunch), but we think you’ll find it’s worth taking the time to place your order ;) .

So, remember this name: because it’s time to try some Candied Peanuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream!

First thing’s first, though. Let’s head into this lovely little ice cream shop in Epcot’s France Pavilion…

L'Artisan des Glaces sign

L’Artisan des Glaces sign

… and look for the new flavor listed on the menu among the 16 currently featured flavors of ice cream and sorbet, all made in-house. [Read more…]

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Festival Center Tour and Festival Merchandise

The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is officially underway!

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We spent the better part of last week taking a look at all there is going on this year, and shared with you our Best of the Fest so far. And we aren’t finished yet!

We’ll be sharing our reviews of Marketplace Booths as well as impressions of some of the Special Events taking place throughout the Festival.

And speaking of special events, many of them take place in Festival Center, which serves as the headquarters for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. But there’s more to the space than just stages for Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars.

We are eager to share with you all that the Festival Center offers this year. Let’s head in and take a tour of the space. Along the way, I’ll also share with you some merchandise we spotted for 2016.

The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Center

You’ll find the Festival Center located to the left as you enter Epcot and pass beneath Spaceship Earth. Head toward the old Wonders of Life Pavilion in Future World East, and you’ll be going in the right direction.

Entrance

Entrance

Enter and head left or right down the easily accessible ramp, and you’ll come to the Information Desk. This is your first stop if you have questions, but it’s also where you’ll pick up tickets for events taking place in Festival Center. These include Culinary Demos, Beverage Seminars, and several other special events. [Read more…]

News: Disney World Joffrey’s Kiosks Serving Coffee for a Dollar on September 29th for National Coffee Day

Over the years we’ve been known to celebrate National Margarita Day, National Root Beer Float Day, National Pie Day, and National Mojito Day here on the DFB.

But on Thursday, September 29th, we won’t be the only ones celebrating National Coffee Day. Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosks will be helping guests throughout Walt Disney World celebrate, too… with one dollar cups of coffee!!

©Joffrey's Coffee and Tea Company

©Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company

That’s right! Grab a 16 ounce cup of hot coffee or a 24 ounce cup of iced coffee for a buck at any Joffrey’s Coffee location in Walt Disney World.

Joffrey's Coffee in Disney World

Joffrey’s Coffee in Disney World

Here’s a look at just a few of the several Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosks around Disney World so you can know where to be on the lookout.

Find this one at the Transportation and Ticket Center while on your way to Magic Kingdom or Epcot.

Joffrey's kiosk at the TTC

Joffrey’s kiosk at the TTC

The Joffrey’s kiosks at Hollywood Studios have some of the best theming, like this one located outside of the Tower of Terror.

Tower of Terror Coffee Stand

Tower of Terror Kiosk

Did you know that Royal Anandapur Tea Company in Animal Kingdom is a Joffrey’s spot?

Anandapur Royal Tea Company

Royal Anandapur Tea Company

And Epcot has several locations in the park in both Future World and World Showcase like the American Adventure kiosk.

Joffrey's American Adventure Coffee Kiosk

Joffrey’s American Adventure Coffee Kiosk

Don’t forget that select Joffrey’s Kiosks in Epcot are serving specialty beverages for the 2016 Food and Wine Festival!

Spiked Chai Latte at American Adventure Kiosk

Spiked Chai Latte at American Adventure Kiosk

(Not for a buck, though. ;) )

Spiked Chai Latte

Spiked Chai Latte

So whether you’re sampling one of Joffrey’s specialty beverages for the Festival in Epcot, or looking for a dollar cup of Joe in or around the parks, September 29th is looking like the perfect day to stop by a Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosk in Disney World!

Have you tried Joffrey’s Coffee in Disney World yet? Please let us know with a comment!

Disney Food Blog FAQ: How Much Should I Budget for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

It’s here! I can hardly believe it, but the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is finally underway!

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The fun officially kicked off on September 14 and runs until November 14. That’s more than eight weeks of savoring all that this special event has to offer! And we had so much fun eating and drinking along the Promenade to discover our Best of the Fest dishes and drinks to recommend!

But of course, you can’t forget the tons of events that take place during the Festival. From Low Cost Events like Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars to high end Special Events like Party for the Senses, there’s so much to do at every turn. But here’s the catch — nearly all of it comes with a pricetag.

So that, of course, begs the question: how in the World do you plan for the Food Lover Trip of the Year?

We get it! So we’re here for you with some great tips for Budgeting for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. And if you like what you see, be sure to check out our 2016 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, completely updated with everything you can expect to enjoy at this year’s event!

The Food and Wine Festival is HERE! But it can be pricey...

The Food and Wine Festival is HERE! But it can be pricey…

How Much Money Should I Budget For a Day at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

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What’s New Around Walt Disney World: September 20, 2016

The Halloween decorations are up and the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival is ON! It MUST BE FALL in Walt Disney World!

Halloween Decoration in Magic Kingdom

Halloween Decorations at Magic Kingdom

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Review: Morocco Juice Bar at Epcot’s Spice Road Table

It’s no secret that we think Morocco has some of the most intriguing options in Epcot’s World Showcase, so we’re going to take a closer look!

The juice bar outside the Spice Road Table restaurant in the Morocco pavilion has some refreshing options you might be interested in! The bar is basically a walk-up window serving some unique drinks. (They used to have house-made ice cream, but, alas, no longer.) While you wait for your table at Spice Road Table or walk around the World Showcase, stop by the juice bar for a pick-me-up!

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Morocco Juice Bar

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