What’s New Around Walt Disney World: November 15, 2016

Hello, friends! Well, we’d be remiss if we didn’t start out this post by wishing THIS GUY a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Happy Birthday to THIS GUY!!

Happy Birthday, Mickey!!

Mickey Mouse was presented to the world with the premiere of the animated short “Steamboat Willie” on November 18, 1928. And our favorite Mouse will be joining us all around the World today for our November edition of What’s New!

All Around the World

The Holiday Season is upon us! [Read more…]

Review: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe at Magic Kingdom

We are heading to one of Walt Disney World’s busiest park counter service locations to see what’s new for lunch — Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

Located on the edge of Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland near where it transitions to Fantasyland (it’s just to the right of the castle), Cosmic Ray’s is an excellent bet for finding something to please everyone, especially if your party includes members who are less adventurous in their tastes.

But if you do like more interesting fare, don’t be afraid of this intergalactic hotspot! In addition to tried and true favorites like Chicken Nuggets and Bacon Cheeseburgers, you’ll usually find some outta this world (see what I did there?) options as well.

Besides, Cosmic Ray’s is home to one of Disney’s legendary toppings bars. And you KNOW how much I love a good toppings bar.

Wanna see what I’m talking about? Let’s head in.

Atmosphere

Much like the rest of Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s is at once retro and futuristic — although the retro vibe is more 1980s than anything. Purple, teal, and silver will send you searching for your Swatch Watch.

Cosmic Ray's Sign

Cosmic Ray’s Sign

We’ll get to the ordering set up in just a sec, but first, let’s check out the seating. There’s a reason I want you to see this area first — one of the galaxy’s most famous acts takes center stage while you enjoy your meal. [Read more…]

New! Exclusive Treats and Complimentary Eats At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! And it’s DOUBLY so if you’ve booked your tickets (like I just did!!!!) for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

This party is TOPS for ushering in your holiday celebration. It’s not Christmas until we’ve experienced snow on Main Street and watched the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade — complete with Santa himself!

Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

And you can’t forget the dazzling lights that turn Cinderella Castle into one of the most beautiful spectacles of the season. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Cinderella’s Royal Table Breakfast at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Welcome guest author Sarah Gurung as she shares her character dining experience at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Yay!!!

On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World, I wanted to plan lots of first experiences for myself and for my family, comprised of my husband and my five-year-old daughter. We booked our trip just before the 180 day mark, and I serendipitously found myself staring at an available Cinderella’s Royal Table breakfast Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) shortly thereafter. I couldn’t pass it up! In fact, over the next few months, I regularly checked back to see if we could get in even earlier when, low and behold, I was able to grab a pre-park opening ADR. Even better!

Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of those Disney World experiences that is truly exquisite. The setting is stunning, the food is delicious, and the entertainment is so fun — for kids of all ages, really.  

Sign outside restaurant

Sign outside restaurant

Atmosphere

Let’s start with the beauty that is the restaurant itself. The check-in desk is toward the back of the castle on the right. This process was efficient, and we were quickly invited into the foyer of the castle for our Cinderella meet-and-greet. We found the foyer to be low lit but plumb full of details: shields, tapestries, and gorgeous lighting.

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New DFB Video: The Disney Dole Whip!

For today’s DFB Video, we are sharing with you one of our all time favorite snacks — Dole Whip!

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We love Dole Whip for so many reasons — it’s tart-sweet tanginess…the refreshing way it says, “Hey! You’re on vacay!”…and the fact that you can get it on BOTH coasts! [Read more…]

News: Baked Potato Now at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom

I have long sung the praises of Baked Potatoes in the Magic Kingdom.

And I know you may be thinking, “So what’s the big deal? I can bake a potato at home.” But there are a few things I love to point out about this humble snack option.

One: it’s a snack that is hearty enough to serve as more of a meal, while being less expensive than most better-known snacks on property. Two: it’s a terrific option for our vegetarian friends. Three: it’s a fairly low-cal option that still offers plenty of great comfort food taste (though you can load it up with all the butter, sour cream, and shredded cheese that comes with it, if you prefer. No one’s stopping you!).

It’s just one of those simple things that can really hit the spot. So you can imagine our concern when we noticed on our latest Magic Kingdom stroll that the Baked Potato was no longer available at the spot that has served as its home for years: Liberty Square Market.

Baked Potato At Liberty Square Market

Baked Potato At Liberty Square Market

In its place on the menu? Turkey Legs. [Read more…]

Disney News From Around the World

Whew! What a week it’s been for food news from Walt Disney World! We learned about the opening date for PizzeRizzo, changes to lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern, the (almost) full list of narrators for the 2016 Candlelight Processional, AND expanded options for food booths coming to Epcot’s Holidays Around the World…. to name just a few!

Hello from Disney World!

Hello from Disney World!

And would you believe it doesn’t end there? We thought we’d pop in with a quick update with EVEN MORE news from around the World. Starting with… [Read more…]

New Video: A Quick Look at Magic Kingdom’s Citrus Swirl

Happy Friday! Who’s ready for a classic Walt Disney World treat?!

Ever since the real Citrus Swirl came home to roost a few years ago, we can’t get enough. We were never fans of that Orange Sherbet concoction that masqueraded as Citrus Swirl for a while.

And today, this fan favorite treat is the star of our latest DFB Video!

Citrus Swirl

Citrus Swirl

Swirls of icey cold frozen Orange Juice yum, plus Vanilla Soft Serve. Sigh. I’m so ready for another one of these right now. It’s the perfect treat to enjoy on a sunshiney Florida day. And it’s the very next way we’re bringing you the best food that Disney has to offer via our new DFB Channel on YouTube. [Read more…]

News: Lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern Now Features All-You-Care-To-Eat Option

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

A few changes have come to the menu at one of our favorite restaurants — and possibly yours, too — at the Magic Kingdom: Liberty Tree Tavern.

Liberty Tree Tavern is best known for its family-style All-You-Care-To-Eat, It’s-Pretty-Much-Thanksgiving-Year-Round dinner.

However, this Table Service spot serves lunch as well, though in an a la carte fashion, with popular choices that have included New England Pot Roast, Fish and Chips, and the much beloved — and quite aptly named — Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake.

And it’s the lunch menu in particular that is the recipient of the recent changes. The main one being that — while a la carte options DO still exist — the All-You-Care-To-Eat Patriot’s Platter is now an option for lunch time, too, in addition to dinner. Here’s a look at just the first portion of the newly updated lunch menu.

Screenshot of Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch Menu

Screenshot of Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch Menu

Lunch previously had a Thanksgiving-style option with the previous Pilgrim’s Feast, which featured Roast Turkey and Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, and a veggie. But it was not All-You-Care-To-Eat, and the Patriot’s Platter also features Sliced Prime Rib, Carved Pork Roast, and Mac and Cheese in addition to the previously mentioned items. [Read more…]