New!! La Cava del Tequila’s Universe of Energy Margarita in Epcot

If you didn’t get a chance to take a final spin on the Universe of Energy, there’s still a way to pay tribute to the classic Epcot attraction.

Just stop by La Cava del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion!

Just like in fall of 2014 when La Cava honored the Maelstrom with a specialty margarita (which you can still get today!), the Universe of Energy has received a nod with the Universe of Energy Margarita!

This tribute-in-a-glass features Mezcal, Senorio Blanco, Liquor Ancho Reyes Verde, Guanabana Liqeuer (which is made with the Guanabana fruit [aka soursop] and rum and has flavors of strawberry and pineapple), fresh apple and lemon juice, and agave nectar.

Universe of Energy Margarita on Cava del Tequila Menu

Universe of Energy Margarita on La Cava del Tequila Menu

It’s served on the rocks, as you can see here. [Read more…]

News: Eclipse Margarita — and Straws Have Been Exiled! — at La Cava del Tequila

Are you ready for THE SOLAR ECLIPSE?!?

La Cava del Tequila sure is… and you can be, too, if you’re in Epcot TODAY.

Eclipse Margarita

For today only, in honor of the Eclipse, La Cava del Tequila is selling an ECLIPSE MARGARITA for $10!

Much like the eclipsed sun later on today (around 2:45 pm in Central FL, FYI), the Eclispe Margarita has a dark hue. It’s made up of Tequila Altos Reposado, orange liquor, lime juice, agave nectar, and food grade activated charcoal. It’s served frozen or on the rocks.

And the white topper? That’s lime foam.

Eclipse Margarita

Eclipse Margarita

Here is Pepe, ready to welcome you with an Eclipse Margarita! [Read more…]

News! 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menu UPDATES and CHANGES, Plus New FOOD PICS

There is just never a dull moment when it comes to bringing you the latest 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival news. :-D

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic Square

Today, we’ve learned that there have been major updates to three of the festival’s Marketplace Booth Menus.

If you’re not familiar with the way that the festival works, the Marketplace Booths are the small kiosks that serve the special food and drink items throughout Epcot during the festival.

For many folks, these booths ARE the festival — and in 2017, you’ll be able to make stops at 35 booths total, to mark the 35th anniversary of Epcot.

So, what’s changing? Let’s take a closer look. And then check out some new FOOD PHOTOS that we’re also sharing!

Mexico

One of the festival’s most popular booths, Mexico has rolled out an entirely updated beverage menu.

Mexico Marketplace Booth

Mexico Marketplace Booth

Previously, they had planned to serve the following: [Read more…]

News: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tasting Sampler Details

Thought you’d heard all the news there is to hear as we get ready for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Logo Disney

Well, you gotta stay tuned to the DFB, because as August 31st approaches (that’s the Festival kickoff date!), there’s still plenty to share! For instance, today we have brand new information about the Festival Tasting Sampler!

The Tasting Sampler comes with credentials (or vouchers) for eight food or beverage items at the Festival Marketplace Booths (some exceptions do apply, and will be noted on the voucher). Also included is a limited-release Epcot Food and Wine Festival Pin.

Tasting Sampler Credential

Tasting Sampler Credential

Note that last year, purchasers could choose between eight and sixteen items on their sampler. This year, from what we can tell, there’s only the option to get eight.

The price is $65, and the Tasting Samplers can be purchased daily starting at 9:00 am at the following locations: the Festival Center, the Bridge Kiosks, the Festival Shop at the Germany Pavilion, and the Festival Boutique between Morocco and Japan (additional places to purchase may also be made available).

[Read more…]

Sneak Peek: 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

Just THREE WEEKS from now, the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be in full swing!! So you know what that means… you’ve gotta get geared up! And by the looks of things, there are going to be plenty of ways to do that, with over 75 commemorative items up for grabs throughout the Festival!

©Disney

©Disney

Let’s take a look at some of this year’s merchandise, starting with all sorts of purple-infused (and Kitchen Kabaret-inspired) FIGMENT gear! [Read more…]

Top Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

It’s nearly here: the Epcot Food and Wine Festival kicks off shortly and we are counting down the days!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Logo Disney

Before long, we’ll all be traipsing about Epcot, noshing on old favorites and new finds.

And with more marketplace booths joining the ranks every year, there is always something to be excited about.

But planning is key, especially as the festival continues to grow. And we’re here to help!

We’ve been around the festival block a time or two, ;-) so I’m happy to share with you some of Disney Food Blog’s Top Tips for making this the best Epcot Food and Wine Festival yet! Let’s dig in!

1. Know Before You Go

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival has become massive, both in terms of timeframe and offerings. Every year, it gets longer, and more booths are introduced. This pretty much guarantees that if you show up expecting to wing it, you’re gonna miss some stuff. So planning has gotta be your starting point.

Spend some time looking at the menus, and determine your must eat and must drink lists. Give special attention to this exercise if you have particular preferences or sensitivities as Disney labels items that are gluten free and vegetarian. (For all of this year’s gluten free offerings, check out our list of GF menu items here.)

Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée at Patagonia

Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée at Patagonia, a Gluten Free Option

Also, give some thought to where you might escape the heat for a bit. Craft Beers, located in The Odyssey, offers a nice respite from the sun. Besides, it’s a great place to grab a cold one. In World Showcase, duck into Mitsukoshi Department Store in Japan for a breather, or take in the Voices of Liberty for a break. [Read more…]

New Video: Best Disney World Restaurants for the Whole Family!

It’s that time! We’re sharing another fun look at Disney food with our latest DFB Video, and today we’re talking about the Best Disney World Restaurants for the Whole Family!

The Pioneer Hall Players

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue Offers Fun and Fab Food for the Whole Fam!

Sure, there are times when you want a grown up experience, or something a little more well, um, quiet. But if you’re in the World with grandma, grandpa, and the kids, these are the perfect spots to entertain everyone. [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!

[Read more…]

Review: New Drinks at La Cava del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot

We’ve sure been doing some talking about Epcot lately, what with the 2017 International Food and Wine Festival starting in less than a month (!!!) and some sneaky peeks happening over the past few weeks.

But lest we get lost in a sea of future Marketplace Booths, there is plenty happening in the here and now, too. And one of the places it’s ALWAYS happening is La Cava del Tequila inside the Mexico Pavilion of World Showcase.

This cave full of liquor features one of my absolute favorites with the Avocado Margarita, which remains near the top of my Drinking Around the World list. It’s creamy, surprisingly refreshing, and fully satisfying on a hot day. But if you’re looking to stray outside the list of tried and true favorites, with over 70 types of tequila you can easily find something new-to-you!

So let’s head on down to La Cava, inside the Mexico pyramid. And remember, you can queue up to grab your drinks To-Go; or you can wait for a table to open up at this cozy little spot.

Entrance into La Cava del Tequila

Entrance into La Cava del Tequila

But if you do choose to sit a spell, you can’t beat the atmosphere. Low lighting, lots of stone and brick work, beautiful murals showcasing the tequila-making process, and carved chairs help this place feel right at home in the beautiful Pavilion while still having a vibe unique to anywhere else in Disney World. It’s a great little getaway. [Read more…]

News: Mobile Order Comes to Epcot Starting with Electric Umbrella

Mobile Order has arrived at Epcot!

Mobile Order is the still relatively new process that allows guests – via the My Disney Experience app – to pre-order and pre-pay for meals at select Counter Service locations around Disney World. This enables guests to bypass the ordering queue at their selected restaurant and go straight to pick up their food upon arrival! (You can learn about how the entire process works from start to finish here)

Animal Kingdom was the first park to utilize Mobile Order, and it is currently offered in four locations: Flame Tree Barbecue, Pizzafari, Restaurantosaurus, and Satu’li Canteen.

Next up was Magic Kingdom, where Columbia Harbour House, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café, Pinocchio Village Haus, and Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant now all offer Mobile Order.

One location so far in Disney Springs offers the service: D-Luxe Burger.

Mobile Order Pickup Sign at D-Luxe Burger

Mobile Order Pickup Sign at D-Luxe Burger

And as of today, Epcot is now represented, too, as Future World’s Electric Umbrella is the latest location added for Mobile Order. [Read more…]