What’s New Around Walt Disney World — June 14, 2016

If you’ve been keeping up on all the latest food news in Walt Disney World with us here at the DFB, then you know that the latter half of May brought all kinds of additions to the Disney dining scene!

Disney Springs

Disney Springs

And the arrival of the summer season also brings expanded food options to feed the increasing crowds at the parks and beyond, so our tour will include all sorts of updates, changes, and additions – both big and small – as we check out What’s New around Walt Disney World! [Read more…]

Rumor: Magic Kingdom’s Plaza Restaurant to Offer Increased Walk-up Availability

Right on the heels of the announcement that the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen has started to accept Advance Dining Reservations comes another “ADR” switcheroo!

According to wdwmagic.com, The Plaza Restaurant in Magic Kingdom will begin to expand its availability to walk-up guests (those without Advance Dining Reservations) beginning July 17th.

Of course, in order to do so, The Plaza will not be accepting Advance Dining Reservations for a majority of the day. Wdwmagic reports that Advance Dining Reservations will only be available for booking from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon daily. Guests interested in dining later in the day can visit the podium located just outside the restaurant.

And indeed, a search for Advance Dining Reservations for the week of July 17th on the Walt Disney World website resulted in options available only in the 11:00 am hour for lunch. Here’s an example:

The Plaza Advance Dining Reservation screenshot

The Plaza Advance Dining Reservation screenshot

And though you are still able to search for “Dinner” options past July 17th, nothing comes up in testing several dates. [Read more…]

Review: Donald Duck Butt Cupcake from Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Bakery

Fans of cupcakes have had a lot of eye candy lately here on DFB.

We loved spotlighting the yummy eats — including cupcake sundaes! — at the newly-opened Sprinkles in Disney Springs. And don’t forget the Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake, the latest creation from the Boardwalk Bakery.

But the recent creations from Contempo Cafe, including the Watermelon Cupcake and the unbelievable Churro Cupcake, have really wowed us.

Now those were all gorgeous and fun, but our most recent cupcake spotting comes from our old nostalgic favorite, the Main Street Bakery. Today, we’ve got the Donald Duck Butt Cupcake!

Donald Duck Butt Cupcake!

Donald Duck Butt Cupcake!

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News: Main Street Electrical Parade Lunch Package Coming to Tony’s Town Square at Magic Kingdom

We love this news today! And it MAY not be exactly what you’re expecting from the title…so read on!

You know that I’m a total sucker for Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The history, the lovely ambiance, and the normally-better-than-average food all means that I usually have a really great experience at this Main Street USA landmark.

But now, there’s an even better reason to schedule lunch with Tony!

Beginning June 7 (that’s tomorrow! — maybe even TODAY for some of you), you can book the Main Street Electrical Parade viewing package to enjoy lunch at this iconic spot — plus a little something more!

Main Street Electrical Parade Viewing Package

If Italian food is one of your favorite things, and standing forever to secure your spot for the Main Street Electrical Parade isn’t, then listen up!

Lady in the Hatbox!

Lady in the Hatbox! at Tony’s Town Square

Starting June 7, you can book a three course, prix fixe lunch at Tony’s Town Square and receive a reserved spot for viewing the Main Street Electrical Parade. [Read more…]

Review: Flavor Boosted Beverages at Magic Kingdom’s Columbia Harbour House

We’re back in Liberty Square for a visit to one of our readers’ favorite quick service spots — Columbia Harbour House!

But we’re not back for the tried-and-true items that make this spot a top choice — dishes like the Anchors Aweigh and Lighthouse Sandwiches, Vegetarian Chili, and the beloved Lobster Roll.

In fact, we’re actually here for something you can find pretty much everywhere in Disney World: fountain beverages. Oh, and tea and Slushes.

But Columbia Harbour House is the first counter service location in a park we’ve seen to introduce the chance to spruce up your regular ol’ soda pop with an extra flavor boost. You can add a Monin Premium Flavored Syrup to your drink or slush of choice to the tune of 50 pennies.

The six flavor choices include Blackberry, Mango, Passion Fruit, Peach, Watermelon, and Wildberry for your Slush, iced or hot tea, or fountain drink.

Columbia Harbour House drink menu

Columbia Harbour House drink menu

My customized combos were a Watermelon Sprite and a Wildberry Lemonade Slush. [Read more…]

News: Magic Kingdom’s Skipper Canteen Now Accepting Full Advance Dining Reservations

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen opened its doors in December 2015.

Since its very first day, things have functioned differently at Magic Kingdom’s newest eatery based on the classic Jungle Cruise attraction. In its opening weeks, the Skipper Canteen deviated from its counterpart Table Service restaurants by accepting only walk-up guests.

Then this past February, Disney announced that reservations would be accepted for the Skipper Canteen after all — albeit in a unprecedented form. Same-day reservations became available for the spot which previously offered none at all.

But today a third — and presumably final — change has been announced. Like all other Table Service restaurants in Magic Kingdom, the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen is now accepting Advance Dining Reservations for guests hoping to make future plans to dine there.

Skipper Canteen Entrance

Skipper Canteen Entrance

Advance Dining Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance of your visit via the Walt Disney World website, the My Disney Experience app, or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

S.E.A. Shu Mai

S.E.A. Shu Mai

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What’s New Around Walt Disney World: May 13, 2016

Are you ready for another trip around the World? We’ve got lots of new eats, treats, and Gaston-themed Feasts coming at you for this round of What’s New (along with a peek at a lot — and I mean A LOT — of stuff to come!).

We’re kicking off our latest jaunt at the most Magical of All Kingdoms…

Magic Kingdom

A recent visit to the Magic Kingdom revealed changes and additions — both big and small — to Counter Service spots all over the park.

Greetings from Magic Kingdom!

Greetings from Magic Kingdom!

But the one that might just take the cake (CUPcake, that is!) is the new Donald Duck Vanilla Cupcake at the Main Street Bakery! [Read more…]

News: Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package Now Available for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

It’s never to early to begin your holiday planning… not when it comes to a holiday at Disney World, at any rate! Tickets are now available for booking two special holiday events at Disney World: Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

With the return of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be the return of the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package option to add on to your evening. [Read more…]

Review: Corn Dog Nugget Meal Now Available at Casey’s Corner in Disney World

With the baseball season recently starting, there is no better place to get into the spirit of the season than Casey’s Corner in the Magic Kingdom!

Casey’s Corner is one of our favorite stops for a quick meal or a snack anytime of the day. And while we love their specialty hotdogs, I’ve always been a huge fan of their Corn Dog Nuggets as well. And I know there are many of you who are fans.

On a recent visit, we noticed a switch-up on the menu that we couldn’t wait to share.

Corn Dog Nugget Meal at Casey’s Corner

There’s plenty of good news to share here. Both the Chili-Cheese Hot Dog and the Barbecue Slaw Dog are still available. And now, they come in two versions — regular, or foot long!

Of course, you can also still get the Hot Dog Meal, which comes with a plain dog that you can top anyway you’d like from Casey’s Plastic Cheese-less fixings bar. (Yep. It’s still not back. Sigh.)

But what really caught my eye was the new Corn Dog Nugget Meal. Sweet.

Updated Casey's Corner Menu

Updated Casey’s Corner Menu

Previously, the fan favorite snack was only offered as a side item. Now these little nuggets are officially a meal option! [Read more…]

News: Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party Takes Over FastPass Viewing Area in the Magic Kingdom

Disney is expanding the elbow room for guests who are attending the Wishes Dessert Party in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The kicker? They’re using the area that, up to now, has been designated for viewing Wishes with a FastPass.

Wishes Fireworks Spectacular

Wishes Fireworks Spectacular

Effective immediately, guests who take advantage of same-day booking for this premium event will move into the Main Street Plaza Gardens when the fireworks begin. Guests who booked their Wishes Dessert Party in advance can choose to remain in the Tomorrowland Terrace for fireworks viewing, or join the other guests in the Gardens. [Read more…]