News: Dining Packages and Workshops at Epcot International Festival of the Arts

More details are starting to emerge about the brand new Epcot International Festival of the Arts, a celebration of the Visual, Culinary, and Performing Arts kicking off on January 13, 2017!

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The Festival will run on Fridays through Mondays through February 20th, and we’ve already taken a peek at some of the food and beverages coming to the Festival’s Food Studios. [Read more…]

HOLIDAY Tips from the DFB Guide: Where to Dine When You Don’t Have a Reservation in Walt Disney World

It’s a pretty common occurrence. You’re in the middle of your Walt Disney World vacation, it’s the holiday season, and you’d love to enjoy a table service meal.

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But there’s only one problem: you don’t have an advance dining reservation (ADR).

Maybe your plans changed, or the weather did. Or it could just be that you planned to grab counter service, but now you’re rethinking that move. Whatever the situation, you might think that all hope is lost. There’s no way you’re getting into any Disney table service restaurant that you didn’t book 180 days out. Right?

You might be surprised to learn that I book a lot of tables just days before I head to Walt Disney World. And it’s not all that rare for me to change things up at the last minute — even during the busiest times of the year!

How do I do it? Flexibility helps a LOT. But if that’s not an option, what you need are some tried and true spots where you can probably score a table with very short notice, or even as a walk up.

Here are our suggestions for Where to Dine When You Don’t Have a Reservation in Walt Disney World. And if you love what you see here, be sure to check out the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining for tons of great tips!

The Wave…of American Flavors

One of my favorite resort dining spots is The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Bonus: it’s within walking distance (or monorail ride) of Magic Kingdom!

The Wave offers a hearty start to your day. Enjoy an a la carte breakfast of some of the restaurant’s specialties, like Sweet Potato Pancakes.

Sweet Potato Pancakes with melted butter and maple syrup

Sweet Potato Pancakes with melted butter and maple syrup

And if you can’t make up your mind between sweet and savory, you can opt for the Buffet. [Read more…]

First Look: Food Photos From the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Disney has provided a glimpse at some of the culinary items coming to the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

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Stay tuned to our 2017 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Main Page for ALL of the Latest Information!

And at first glance, ART certainly seems like the operative word! (Oh, and FYI, Disney didn’t mention what any of these things actually were, so your guess is as good as ours. Though this first picture definitely looks like Disney is adding pop tarts to its culinary line-up ??!?!?!?!??!?!) [Read more…]

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

Are your halls decked? Are your presents wrapped? Are you bursting with anticipation as you’re getting ready to celebrate the HOLIDAYS?!?

Cinderella Castle all lit up!

Cinderella Castle all lit up!

Because it’s the Most Wonderful — and Delicious! — Time of the Year at Walt Disney World! And we’re taking a tour around the Parks, Disney Springs, and several Disney Resorts to find out What’s New for this most festive season! [Read more…]

Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving and Christmas in Walt Disney World

Will you be celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas in Walt Disney World?

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Lucky you! What a fun way to spend the holiday season — with so much to be thankful for in such a cool place!

As you can imagine, the crowds tend to swell at Disney during holiday weeks like Thanksgiving and Christmas as lots of Disney fans choose to celebrate their holiday there. And Disney answers the call with tons of Thanksgiving spirit throughout many of their restaurants.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional meal, a gourmet twist on familiar favorites, or something that’s a complete departure from established customs, you’ll find lots of options for celebrating these special food days. Let’s check out a few of our favorites.

The Traditional: Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom

We all know it’s true. When you’re craving Thanksgiving dinner at Disney, there’s one spot you can always count on to deliver: Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

And we’re not just talking about on Thanksgiving Day, or merely around Thanksgiving. You’ll find the traditional feast on the lunch and dinner menu, every day of the year. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Cross-Country Disney Day — Iconic Treats from Six Disney Parks in One Day

Wow!!! Guest author (and an awesome friend who always sends me the best photos of Disney food!) Lori Fries, takes us on a whirlwind, coast-to-coast tour of six parks in one day. Let’s see what food she sampled!

If you are like me, you love BOTH Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. I achieved my top item on my bucket-list and went to all 6 parks — four in Disney World and two in Disneyland — on the same day!

Six Parks, One Day Treats

Six Parks, One Day Treats

Picking one snack in each park brings with it a unique set of challenges. For the first time in modern memory, I didn’t want to go to a park and pick what I felt like eating at the time. Seasonal treats have always held a special place on my Must Do Disney Food List, but I wanted to go with iconic treats.

There is an entirely different set of things I love to eat on both coasts. I could go to Epcot and fill my stomach around World Showcase. My trip was even during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! That is a different challenge.

Would I pick things only served on a stick to make an easy getaway to the next destination? Nope. That would rule out some classics like the Mickey pretzel.

Here is what I did. My first stop was Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar
To me, vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s silhouette screams Disney snack at its finest.
You can find them at ice cream carts and restaurants throughout the parks in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Not only can you get them from all the parks but all the resorts as well. I also knew that the carts are opened before the official park opening.

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New DFB Video: Best Walt Disney World Restaurants for First Timers

Hello from Walt Disney World!

Today, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite restaurants around the World, as we share with you our suggestions for the Best Walt Disney World Restaurants for First Timers. It’s the latest Disney Food Blog video that you’ll find on our brand new DFB YouTube Video Channel!

Best Disney World Restaurants for First Timers

Are you headed to Walt Disney World for the very first time, or are you a veteran of the Parks and Resorts? Tune in to see if you agree with our picks for First Timers. [Read more…]

News: 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Introduces Two New Booths

We may be busy decking the halls right now, but shortly after the holidays we’ll be dreaming of Spring. And in Walt Disney World, that means one thing — the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! Mark your calendars for March 1-May 29, 2017 — a full 90 days of flowers, food, and fun!

Ahhh, Epcot in the Spring.

Ahhh, Epcot in the Spring.

In its 24th year, the Flower and Garden Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. It’s truly a feast for all of the senses as Epcot introduces new topiaries like Belle and Figment to accompany all of the classics we’ve come to love. And in 2017, there’s even more of an emphasis on edible gardens. [Read more…]

Best of Epcot’s Holidays Around the World Food Booths!

Holidays Around the World at Epcot is a celebration of the Season as it is recognized around the globe!

Holidays Around the World

Holidays Around the World

Holiday traditions from various cultures are expressed through decorations, stories, music and food, while additional events include the nightly Candlelight Processional and a holiday version of the evening spectacular IllumiNations — Reflections of Earth. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion

Today, we’re back with another installment in our new DFB Video Series!

This time, we travel to France — via Epcot, that is — to take a look around one of our favorite counter service spots in all of Walt Disney World: Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie.

Les Halles

Les Halles

You’ll find Les Halles tucked into the very back of the France Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. And believe me, you won’t be disappointed with the trek to get back there. [Read more…]