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

So please join us for a very pumpkin-spiced edition of What’s New ;) ! [Read more…]

Spotted: Candy Case in Main Street Confectionery Undergoing Refurbishment

If you stop by the Main Street Confectionery over the coming weeks, you’ll find that things look quite different.

That’s because the Confection Case is undergoing a 6 week refurbishment, and is therefore closed.

But don’t fret! Not only is the rest of The Confectionery open (so you can still buy all sorts of in-house and prepackaged goodies), you can also still easily find your favorite house-made Disney confections —items like Mickey Krispy Treats, Cake Pops, Caramel Apples, and English Toffee — at Big Top Treats in New Fantasyland and Prairie Outpost & Supply in Frontierland! And the candy kitchen is still functioning at the Confectionery, so you can even get some house-made treats right here! Just not sold out of the case.

The six-week timeframe should position the reopening to occur around the beginning of November — right when the treats in the case will likely receive their annual holiday makeover into hues of red, green, and frosty winter blue.

In the meantime, let’s take a little tour to see what The Confectionery looks like at the moment.

The Current Confectionery

The Current Confectionery

It’s a bit disorienting to see such a hallmark of the shop behind refurb walls, so just as a reminder, the Case is to the left of the open kitchen where you can watch Cast Members create the treats. [Read more…]

News: Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package Coming to Tony’s Town Square in Magic Kingdom

So, here’s a question…

What happens to the Main Street Electrical Parade Lunch Package when the Main Street Electrical Parade ends its Disney World run on October 9th?

Well, here’s an answer! Guests WILL still be able to book a prix fixe lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom with reserved spots for a parade. But instead of the Main Street Electrical Parade, the package will change to the Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package.

That’s right — beginning October 10, 2016, Package guests will enjoy their choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert (along with a beverage) at Tony’s and receive a voucher for a reserved spot around the Town Square flag pole for the daytime (3:00 pm) Festival of Fantasy Parade.

Festival of Fantasy Parade's Big Gun!

Festival of Fantasy Parade’s Big Gun!

The cost is $45 for adults and $17 for children (or one Table Service credit on the Disney Dining Plan).

Festival of Fantasy Tangled Float

Festival of Fantasy Tangled Float

As of the time of this writing, Advance Dining Reservations for the Festival of Fantasy Dining Package are available by calling 407-WDW-DINE, and will presumably be available online as well in the near future.

Are you interested in the Festival of Fantasy Dining Package? Please let us know with a comment!

News: Updates to Refillable Popcorn Bucket Program in Disney World

We’re poppin’ in with a couple of updates for you regarding this summer’s Refillable Popcorn Bucket program in Disney World!

Adventureland Popcorn Cart in Magic Kingdom

Adventureland Popcorn Cart in Magic Kingdom

In case you missed the original buzz, Refillable Popcorn Buckets hit the scene in late June. Guests could purchase a souvenir Popcorn Bucket at select Popcorn Carts around Disney World for $10.00 and have it refilled at any Popcorn Cart on property (no matter where the original Bucket was purchased) for $1.50 for the remainder of the day.

Magic Kingdom refillable Popcorn Bucket

Magic Kingdom refillable Popcorn Bucket

The program was originally scheduled to run through September 1st. However, September 1st has come and gone… and the Refillable Popcorn Buckets are still up for grabs! At Magic Kingdom, they’ve even received a spooky little makeover in honor of the arrival of Halloween. [Read more…]

Exclusive Treats Return to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in Disney World

Little Ghouls and Goblins (and the not so little ones too) — take note! The annual celebration of all things Halloween, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, has kicked off at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. And we’re excited to see a couple of brand new treats for 2016!

Halloween at Disney!

Halloween at Disney!

At Gaston’s Tavern, we’re looking forward to digging into a new cupcake — Enchanted Pumpkin Spice!

Enchanted Pumpkin Spice Cupcake at Gaston's Tavern  © Disney

Enchanted Pumpkin Spice Cupcake at Gaston’s Tavern ©Disney

It’s just one of the specialty cupcakes that you can enjoy exclusively during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Look for the return of other favorites, like the Chocolate Worms and Dirt Cupcake and the Spider Cupcake — this year, in Vanilla — at Main Street Bakery as well. [Read more…]

Review: Sausage and Cheddar-Stuffed Pretzel at Magic Kingdom’s Sleepy Hollow Refreshments

Anybody remember the Ham and Cheese-Stuffed Pretzel that debuted in the Magic Kingdom in January?

It’s had a few homes there, including its original location of The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland, and it was also spotted at Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland.

Most recently, it popped up again in Hollywood Studios at a relatively new snack cart right near Toy Story Midway Mania.

Well, on our last trip to Magic Kingdom, we found a new version of the stuffed pretzel at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments: the Sausage and Cheddar-stuffed Pretzel.

We thought we’d grab one to see how it differs from its Ham and Cheese counterpart.

Sausage and Cheddar-stuffed Pretzel

Sausage and Cheddar-stuffed Pretzel

Let’s start with the obvious difference: this one features sausage instead of ham ;) . (I know. Who would have guessed?!) And, of course, cheddar cheese instead of Swiss. Sesame seeds are the main topper with this one, and just like the ham version, it’s served warm. The general setup makes me think of the ol’ Frankfurter in a Pretzel Roll at Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner. [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: August 18, 2016

We know, we know… Back-to-School time is fast approaching (and in some spots, it’s already arrived!). But the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer aren’t quite over just yet, so we’ve still got some summer celebrating to do!

And, hey, the coming of Fall isn’t so bad, anyway. Not when we’ve got our very favorite autumnal event coming to the first stop on our tour in a matter of weeks. That’s why we’re kicking things off at Epcot to see What’s New!

Epcot

Food & Wine Festival Coming Soon!

The 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival will be here before we know it! Sure signs of its return are starting to appear around the park…

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Coming SOON!!

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Coming SOON!!

… as in, like, literal signs ;) . Even the Miniature Train display in the Germany Pavilion has received its annual decorations!

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Have you checked out the full list of Booth Menus to start strategizing your noshing plans yet?! It’s never too soon… the Festival starts on September 14th! [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Cinnamon Roll at Gaston’s Tavern in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

DisneyFoodBucketList 8-018This post is part of the DFB #OnTheList series, where we feature eats you’ve GOT to have while you’re at Disney! Let us know what’s on YOUR Disney Food Bucket List @DisneyFoodBlog #OnTheList!

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we totally think that there should be some amazing pastries #OnTheList! And we’re starting at Gaston’s Tavern in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Cinnamon Roll with Extra Icing

Cinnamon Roll with Extra Icing at Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland

You’ll find the cozy counter spot in New Fantasyland, adjacent to other attractions featuring Beauty and the Beast themeing. And if you’re a fan of that film, you have to see this area. Just like Cars Land in Disney California Adventure, Disney did an absolutely astounding job making this corner of the park an immersive experience. You expect LeFou to greet you at every turn! [Read more…]

News: Tables in Wonderland Adds New Restaurants, Plus Special Merchandise Discounts for a Limited Time

Great news today for Tables in Wonderland Members! You can now use your discount card at some of the most exotic spots throughout Walt Disney World!

Tables in Wonderland Card

Disney has just added four of its newest locations to the list of spots accepting the program. Here are the new additions!

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar — Located at Disney Springs, this super-themed bar has quickly become a favorite place to hang out for lovers of the Indiana Jones franchise (and anyone else, really). [Read more…]

News: “Gone Mad” Wishes Fireworks Party Debuts at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be another way to enjoy fireworks at Walt Disney World. Guess what? There is!

Wishes Fireworks Spectacular

Wishes Fireworks Spectacular

You already know about the Wishes Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom as well as the Ferrytale Wishes Fireworks Dessert Cruise. And you can’t forget fireworks viewing from great venues like California Grill, ‘Ohana, and Narcoossee’s. [Read more…]