What’s New Around Walt Disney World: March 29th, 2017

HAPPY SPRING, everybody!

Spring Mickey

Spring Mickey Bunny

Another winter is behind us and the warmth and blooms of spring are here at last. So we hope you’ll take a little Spring Break with us…

Spring Caramel Apple

Spring Caramel Apple

Mickey Wants Those Peeps!

Mickey Wants Those Peeps!

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Character Egg Cake Pops

Character Egg Cake Pops

Character Egg Cake Pops

Character Egg Cake Pops

Easter Bunny Caramel Apple

Easter Bunny Caramel Apple

… to check out What’s New Around Walt Disney World, starting with these fun new hot drink cups! While we weren’t sure about the understated design on the new cups and plates in Disney Parks, I do like these particular quotes being front and center.

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Review: Raspberry Smoothie at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

Do you remember, by chance, how much we loved the Iced Coffee Float at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies?

If not, then lemme tell ya. We loved it a LOT. But since there’s a new sipping spot/coffee joint in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland with Joffrey’s Revive Coffee Kiosk, the offerings at Auntie Gravity’s (also located in Tomorrowland) have changed up a bit.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I think Joffrey’s Revive is a terrific addition to Magic Kingdom. But I have to admit I was bummed to find that one of the subsequent changes was the removal of Iced Coffee Floats from Auntie Gravity’s.

So, with that, it’s time to find a different sipper from Auntie (who still serves up soft-serve ice cream, too, by the way).

Ice Cream and Smoothies sign

Ice Cream and Smoothies sign

Fortunately, she still has a few tricks up her sleeve, as Auntie Gravity’s is one of the few spots where you can find Smoothies, available in Raspberry or Strawberry. [Read more…]

Review: Casey’s Corner Chili-Cheese Dog with Shredded Cheese

Casey’s Corner is a staple for many Disney World visitors.

And it’s certainly long been a staple for us here at the DFB! You may recall when we took on the challenge of sampling all of the spot’s Specialty Hot Dogs, which included the Chili-Cheese Dog. Though the specialty dogs themselves have seen their fair share of changes (especially thanks to the new monthly rotation of Featured Hot Dogs for 2017), the Chili-Cheese Hot Dog has remained a solid standby.

But even standbys can change, and you’re about to see how this one has, too.

Our story begins when Plastic Cheese was removed from Counter Service locations all over Disney World. And while this isn’t exactly “news” anymore, we’re still seeing — and, frankly, emotionally processing — the effects of that change.

One of those changes, as you might anticipate, occurred with the Chili-Cheese Hot Dog at Casey’s. And I’d been kiiiiind of putting off this review because — SPOILER ALERT — I figured, right off the bat (Casey’s baseball pun not intended… much), that my enjoyment would likely be diminished.

Chili Cheese Hot Dog

Chili Cheese Hot Dog

The Plastic Cheese was replaced by finely shredded cheddar when the disappearance occurred. [Read more…]

News: Liberty Tree Tavern Menu Updates (And Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake for DINNER!)

Remember last October when Liberty Tree Tavern began offering the All-You-Care-to-Eat Patriot’s Platter for Lunch?

At the time, subsequent changes to the Lunch Menu for this Magic Kingdom Table Service favorite included the removal of a few popular dishes from the a la carte items. These included the New England Pot Roast and the Fish & Chips. (Dinner, as always, remained All-You-Care-to-Eat, served Family Style for all guests.)

Well, friends… the Pot Roast and the Fish & Chips are BACK for lunch!

At least, according to the recently updated Liberty Tree Tavern menu page on the Walt Disney World website. See?!? You’ll spot the Pot Roast Under “Our Tavern Keeper’s Favorite.”

Screenshot from the Walt Disney World website

Screenshot from the Walt Disney World website

Even the Tavern Keeper missed the Pot Roast! [Read more…]

Beauty and the Beast Treat: Enchanted Rose Cake Pop

Today, we’re back with a review of a special, limited time treat — just in time for the release of Disney’s latest HUGE movie — Beauty and the Beast! I give you the Enchanted Rose Cake Pop!

Enchanted Rose Cake Pop

Enchanted Rose Cake Pop.  And Owl. With the Face.

Okay…so Enchanted Rose Cake Pop is the dressed up name that I’m giving this one, because “Character Inspired Cake Pop” is so…. un-Disney-fied. [Read more…]

Disney Food Challenge: The Disney World French Fry Crawl!

Y’all!!! It’s time for some FRONCH FROES!!!!!!

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(For those of you new to DFB, that’s “french fries” in AJ-speak. ;-D)

We’ve got TONS of food crawls in our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, and in our latest edition, we just had to develop a brand new one– the French Fry Crawl!

It’s just one of the many great features that make the 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, 2nd Edition, our best book yet. With more than 650 pages of color photos, tips, reviews, and extra features, you HAVE TO HAVE IT for your next Disney trip! (I’m not biased or anything. For realz.)

But now, back to the subject at hand. Call ‘em Fries, Chips, Poutine, whatever — there’s pretty much nothing about fronch froes we don’t love. And Disney hasn’t failed us with their yummy spins on this classic side.

So head out with us as we complete this most delicious challenge. We’ll be all over the place for this one, so plan accordingly! The French Fry Crawl will likely take you an entire trip to complete. Unless, you know, you’re like us — and want to eat fries for every meal. Then it might only take you a day and a half. ;-)

Hungry? Good! Let’s go!

Stop #1: Smothered Fries, Beaches and Cream

Our first stop is Beaches and Cream. Find this little Soda Shop in the Disney Beach Club Resort.

Beaches and Cream is one of my favorite stops for about a million reasons. There’s a cool, beachy retro feel to the place, and it’s known for its killer sundaes. While my favorite is the No Way Jose, the most iconic treats here are the Kitchen Sinks.

But we’re stopping here today for a plate — or two — of their Loaded Fries! Currently, there are three versions: Sock Hop Fries, Chili-Cheese Fries, and Cheese and Bacon Fries.

Sock Hop Fries are covered in a savory Brown Gravy and topped with melty Shredded Cheddar. Think of them as Poutine’s American cousin.

Gravy Fries

Sock Hop Fries

But the Bacon and Cheese Fries. Omigosh. Cheese Sauce (!!!!), Bacon, Peppercorn Ranch, and Red Onions elevate this one to amazing. [Read more…]

News: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Specialty Food Items Around Walt Disney World

It’s the week we’re all seeing GREEN… for St. Patrick’s Day! And if you’re in Disney World on March 17th (and even before), there are plenty of ways to celebrate the love of all things Irish.

St Patty's Day Mickey Apple

St Paddy’s Day Mickey Apple

Let’s start at Magic Kingdom, where the current Specialty Hot Dog at Casey’s Corner (available throughout the rest of March) is topped with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and wholegrain mustard. [Read more…]

First Look and Review: Joffrey’s Revive Coffee Kiosk and S’Mores Latte in Magic Kingdom

GOOD MORNING from Magic Kingdom!

Of course, it’s pretty much always a good morning when you’re in Disney World. But if you’re in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, the mornings are even brighter thanks to the arrival of the brand new Joffrey’s Revive Coffee Kiosk!

Tucked next to the Tomorrowland Stage where you can sometimes find the Mr. and Mrs. busting a move at the #INCREDIBLESSuperDanceParty, the newest Joffrey’s Kiosk is the first in the Magic Kingdom. (Until now, the closest kiosks to Magic Kingdom have been at the Ticket and Transportation Center and the Contemporary Resort.)

There are two things you can count on with a visit to a Joffrey’s kiosk in Disney World: one, fun theming to perfectly match its surroundings. And two: a good cup of coffee (or tea, if you prefer).

Joffrey's Revive sign

Joffrey’s Revive sign

We’re here to check out both. So, Blast Off with us to Tomorrowland to hang out and caffeine up at the new Joffrey’s Revive! [Read more…]

News and Review: Columbia Harbour House Shrimp Fest

OK, so Columbia Harbour House doesn’t really have a “Shrimp Fest.” I just sort of created one on my recent visit by ordering ALL. THE. SHRIMPS!!!! ;-D Coming right up? Shrimp and Chicken, Fried Shrimp, and Shrimp Mac & Cheese! (Yes, I forgive you if you scroll ahead to see that last one.)

Tucked into a perfectly themed corner of Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom, Columbia Harbour House has a strong and devoted following.

With its menu of consistently popular choices — lots of healthier, lighter, vegetarian choices along with some hearty fish and chips — and its impeccable theming, Columbia Harbour House is a great place to cool down and fuel up when you’re touring the Magic Kingdom.

And its location is ideal. It’s a short walk from Frontierland, a stone’s throw from the Haunted Mansion, and holds court in Liberty Square (just before it morphs into Fantasyland around the corner).

Columbia Harbour House

Columbia Harbour House

This place is Americana architecture at its finest.

Atmosphere

The interior of Columbia Harbour House reinforces the exterior theming (at least that part of the facade that faces Liberty Square). It heavily features wood, from the furniture to the walls.

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What’s New Around Walt Disney World: February 28, 2017

Whew! It sure has been a news-y few weeks for Disney World! From the debut of the long-awaited Rivers of Light show in Animal Kingdom, to the announcement of a brand new fireworks spectacular on the way to Magic Kingdom, to the return of another annual Festival at Epcot: the 2017 Flower and Garden Festival.

Fresh Epcot

Fresh Epcot

But it sure doesn’t stop there, because we’ve got even more news to explore… by checking out WHAT’S NEW around Walt Disney World! [Read more…]