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

HAPPY OCTOBER!!! Milder temps have returned to Walt Disney World where we’re checking out What’s New in all four parks, Disney Springs, and a few of our favorite Resorts. AND it’s still high time for Pumpkin Spice, Candy Corn, and All Things Autumn.

Candy Corn Cupcake

Candy Corn Cupcake

Sooo… what are YOU going to be for Halloween? [Read more…]

Fun Disney Mugs at Magic Kingdom’s Confectionery!

You can never have too many Disney mugs.

If your kitchen cabinet looks anything like mine, it’s full of mugs and you’re still excited to find more that you “need.” And, I think you’re gonna need one of these new mugs from the Magic Kingdom’s Confectionery on Main Street, U.S.A.

Main Street Confectionery entrance

Main Street Confectionery entrance

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Review: Dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

It’s time to make another visit to Be Our Guest Restaurant! And this time, we’re dining in Beast’s Castle for dinner. Yay!

While I’ve had several opportunities to enjoy lunch at Be Our Guest, a dinner advance dining reservation is always a little tougher to get. Dinner here is currently the most difficult Disney World restaurant reservation to snag, requiring hopefuls to book at exactly six months out or take their chances with walk-up availability or cancellations.

That said, once you’ve been to Be Our Guest for dinner, there’s really not all that much reason to go back. See, the menu and actual dining experience at this must-do restaurant haven’t changed all that much since our very first, Eat All the Food, multi day experience when the restaurant opened in 2012.

But during my recent Epcot Food and Wine pilgrimage, I decided pretty last minute to attend a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party one night. And it just happened to be the night Disney decided to open up Be Our Guest to dinner reservations during the party. I was able to grab a dinner reservation for 10PM, but was actually able to go early and be seated around 8:30PM. Most likely this was because not many people knew the restaurant was open, so walk-ups were fewer.

So let’s head on into the Beast’s castle for dinner at Be Our Guest!

Don't miss out on Be Our Guest!

Don’t miss out on Be Our Guest!


Before we dig in, let’s take a look around. Because if you haven’t dined at Be Our Guest, you should know that this restaurant is nearly as much an attraction as it is a place to dine.

When you arrive, check in at the “podium” to the left of the walkway to the castle.


Be Our Guest Restaurant Check-In Area

Be Our Guest Restaurant Check-In Area

There are three dining rooms at Be Our Guest (more about those later), and you can request your favorite at check-in. It’s not guaranteed, but they’ll do their best to seat you there.

When your name is called or your buzzer goes off, you’ll be directed down the main walkway into the Beast’s Castle. Be sure to take in all of the detail along the way.

Be Our Guest Entrance

Be Our Guest Entrance

Be Our Guest Gargoiyle

Be Our Guest Gargoiyle

Gargoyle Light Post and Waterfall

Gargoyle Light Post and Waterfall

Guests familiar with the film Beauty and the Beast will recognize the stunning recreation of many elements of Beast’s Castle as they make their way to the main entrance.

Don't be late for dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant!

Don’t be late for dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant!

The feeling is eery, austere in places, and beautiful throughout. As you enter through heavy wooden doors, you’re greeted by one of Be Our Guest’s most famous elements — the gorgeous Beauty and the Beast mosaic.

Mosaic of Beauty and the Beast

Mosaic of Beauty and the Beast

At this point, you’ll check in with another cast member at another podium (FYI, they’ll be using some French pleasantries since you are now in France) and may need to wait a few minutes before you’re taken back to your table.

That’s OK, though, because there’s even more to take in! To your left, you’ll see a gallery flanked by suits of armor. Pay attention; they’re enchanted of course, so they’re whispering to one another. [Read more…]

New Video! Review of Tomorrowland Terrace in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

It’s Disney Food Blog Video day! Woo!!

We love how much YOU are loving our new video series, as we share favorite treats and familiar eats in a whole new way.

Today, we’re taking a closer look at a place that’s full of mystique — Tomorrowland Terrace in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.



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News: Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel Returns to Magic Kingdom

We’re back at the Magic Kingdom for Round Two of the Returning Snacks Series!

Perhaps you were with us when we stopped by Sleepy Hollow Refreshments earlier this week to investigate the return of the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich. (It was something of a disappointment, honestly. Find out why here.)

Well, we had one more item to look into that day…. could the rumors be true? Had the Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel REALLY come back to The Lunching Pad? And, if so, is it still every bit as good as we remember?

Not that it’s so hard to remember. The Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel only split from the scene earlier this year, and unfortunately its savory counterpart, the Jalapeño Cheese Pretzel, disappeared right along with it.

But, lo and behold, on our recent Magic Kingdom jaunt, there it was.

The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland

The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland

The Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel is back on the menu at The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland (still priced about the same as it was and once again a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan)! [Read more…]

News! Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich Returns to Magic Kingdom. (Just WAY Smaller and WAY More Expensive.)

Okay, I was SUPER PUMPED when I started hearing about the return of a certain favorite sandwich to the Magic Kingdom.

Our roving reporter headed straight to Main Street, U.S.A. to begin a trek to discover the truth behind recent rumors of the return of the treat.

The main objective: Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in Liberty Square to find out if the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich was back on the menu.

And IT IS!! The Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich is once again listed along with the Nutella and Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich, and the relatively recent addition of the Sausage and Cheddar-stuffed Pretzel.

The Chicken Waffle Sandwich made its return with… a gigantic price increase (womp, womp).

Sleepy Hollow Refreshments Menu

Sleepy Hollow Refreshments Menu

It’s now $10.29. So, there ya go. But still… it’s BACK! So we had to try it to see if it was the same goodness it always was. As a reminder, here’s the sandwich in its previous form. Big Belgian waffle, big chicken, slaw, and arugula. (Can you sense we’re setting you up for disappointment here?) [Read more…]

News: Food and Beverages — Including Dole Whip! — Allowed Into the Enchanted Tiki Room Attraction in Disney World

Sing with me now!

“Welcome to our tropical hideaway

You lucky people, you!

If we weren’t in the show starting right away,

We’d be EATING DOLE WHIPS with you!”

What’s that you say? You can only bring your Dole Whip from the Tiki Juice Bar into the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction in Disneyland?

Dole Whip Float

Dole Whip Float

Not anymore! Disney World guests are now allowed to bring their Dole Whips from Aloha Isle into the neighboring Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room to enjoy while listening to all the birdies sing. [Read more…]

New! Queso Blanco at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Disney’s Magic Kingdom

We have some news at the Magic Kingdom! No, our beloved plastic cheese isn’t back, but there is a new melty, cheesy goodness available at Pecos Bill’s!

If you’re not familiar, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe is like a magical Chipotle serving fajitas, burritos, and rice bowls with a pretty extensive toppings bar in Frontierland. We also give it high marks for the delicious mini churros with a side of chocolate sauce!

It’s located right at the corner of Adventureland and Frontierland with a ton of indoor seating, so it’s a great place to relax and enjoy lunch — and maybe dry off after a trip through the Briar Patch at Splash Mountain!

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

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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…]

New-ish Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party to Debut at Magic Kingdom on October 1st

Are you familiar the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party? Even if you haven’t personally attended one, you may already be aware that Magic Kingdom guests can reserve a party that offers a specific spot for viewing the park’s nighttime fireworks spectacular, Wishes, while being treated to a dessert buffet at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.



Well, for parties beginning October 1st, guests will be able to take their pick between two different versions of this experience.

First is the Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace. Prior to the fireworks, guests will go to Tomorowland Terrace Restaurant and enjoy a buffet of desserts including chocolate-dipped strawberries, Disney-themed cupcakes, and ice cream along with fruits, cheeses, and beverages (including the opportunity to raise a sparkling cider toast). [Read more…]