Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving and Christmas in Walt Disney World

Will you be celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas in Walt Disney World?

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Lucky you! What a fun way to spend the holiday season — with so much to be thankful for in such a cool place!

As you can imagine, the crowds tend to swell at Disney during holiday weeks like Thanksgiving and Christmas as lots of Disney fans choose to celebrate their holiday there. And Disney answers the call with tons of Thanksgiving spirit throughout many of their restaurants.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional meal, a gourmet twist on familiar favorites, or something that’s a complete departure from established customs, you’ll find lots of options for celebrating these special food days. Let’s check out a few of our favorites.

The Traditional: Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom

We all know it’s true. When you’re craving Thanksgiving dinner at Disney, there’s one spot you can always count on to deliver: Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

And we’re not just talking about on Thanksgiving Day, or merely around Thanksgiving. You’ll find the traditional feast on the lunch and dinner menu, every day of the year. [Read more…]

DFB Five Days of Giveaways: Win a Disney Goodies Snack Box from Disney Food Blog!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Who’s ready for a giveaway??!! Well…how about FIVE giveaways and offers?!?!!!

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Here at Disney Food Blog, we KNOW that we couldn’t continue to bring you ALL the Disney Food, ALL the time, without ALL of YOU! [Read more…]

Review: Treats at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2016!

It’s time for a very MERRY CHRISTMAS with Mickey at his own Very Merry Christmas Party!!

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Guide

He’s throwing this festive bash on select nights at through December 22nd, and it’s one of my absolute favorite Magic Kingdom events EVER. I get excited just driving in and seeing the inflatable snow Mickey and Minnie over the park’s entrance gate and getting my Party wristband! [Read more…]

New DFB Video Review: Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop

We are stopping into Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop today for our latest DFB Video!

You’ll find two Disney locations for Ghirardelli — one in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs, and the other in Disneyland’s Disney California Adventure. While we love all of the Ice Cream, Cocoa, Coffee, and Chocolate Goodies you can get in both stores, today we’ll be focusing on the Disneyland location.

Earthquake Family Favorite

Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop’s Earthquake Family Favorite Sundae

If you love ice cream sundaes made with only the finest quality ingredients, then Ghirardelli is the place for you. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Cross-Country Disney Day — Iconic Treats from Six Disney Parks in One Day

Wow!!! Guest author (and an awesome friend who always sends me the best photos of Disney food!) Lori Fries, takes us on a whirlwind, coast-to-coast tour of six parks in one day. Let’s see what food she sampled!

If you are like me, you love BOTH Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. I achieved my top item on my bucket-list and went to all 6 parks — four in Disney World and two in Disneyland — on the same day!

Six Parks, One Day Treats

Six Parks, One Day Treats

Picking one snack in each park brings with it a unique set of challenges. For the first time in modern memory, I didn’t want to go to a park and pick what I felt like eating at the time. Seasonal treats have always held a special place on my Must Do Disney Food List, but I wanted to go with iconic treats.

There is an entirely different set of things I love to eat on both coasts. I could go to Epcot and fill my stomach around World Showcase. My trip was even during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! That is a different challenge.

Would I pick things only served on a stick to make an easy getaway to the next destination? Nope. That would rule out some classics like the Mickey pretzel.

Here is what I did. My first stop was Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar
To me, vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s silhouette screams Disney snack at its finest.
You can find them at ice cream carts and restaurants throughout the parks in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Not only can you get them from all the parks but all the resorts as well. I also knew that the carts are opened before the official park opening.

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Review: Pure Growth Organic Allergy-Friendly Snacks now at Disney Parks

Snacking with a special diet or allergy can be tricky at Walt Disney World, but Disney has released something that might make life a little easier!

Pure Growth Organic Snacks are, at a minimum, organic and all natural. While these grab-and-go snacks aren’t hearty meals, families can stash them in a backpack and eat on the go or in line. And, as a bonus, they come with Disney characters on the packaging to make them feel like a more magical snack!

Pure Growth Organic breakfast bar packaging

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Spotted: Musical Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookie Tin That’s Awesome

So, we showed you a little something special during our most recent tour around Disney World

Musical Tree Tin with Shortbread Rounds

Musical Tree Tin with Shortbread Rounds

…and it’s taken the DFB team by storm!! Two of our team members have made it a priority to purchase this one!

Our Disneyland Correspondent, Heather Sievers, spotted it…and totally bought it…in Disneyland, recently! I know it LOOKS like it’s a simple tree tin featuring pictures of the new Storybook Plush Character Ornaments that can be found at Disney merchandise spots at the moment. BUT! [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Best Walt Disney World Restaurants for First Timers

Hello from Walt Disney World!

Today, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite restaurants around the World, as we share with you our suggestions for the Best Walt Disney World Restaurants for First Timers. It’s the latest Disney Food Blog video that you’ll find on our brand new DFB YouTube Video Channel!

Best Disney World Restaurants for First Timers

Are you headed to Walt Disney World for the very first time, or are you a veteran of the Parks and Resorts? Tune in to see if you agree with our picks for First Timers. [Read more…]

Sneak Peek: More Food Photos from Paddlefish, Opening Soon at Disney Springs

This past spring we found out that Paddlefish is coming to Disney Springs in the former location of Fulton’s Crab House. The new restaurant will focus on seafood as well as chops and steaks and a new oyster shucking bar!

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Way back in the Summer we shared a sneak peek at a few menu items. And while the official menu hasn’t been announced yet we have another peek at more of the menu items coming soon to Paddlefish. [Read more…]

News: 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Introduces Two New Booths

We may be busy decking the halls right now, but shortly after the holidays we’ll be dreaming of Spring. And in Walt Disney World, that means one thing — the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! Mark your calendars for March 1-May 29, 2017 — a full 90 days of flowers, food, and fun!

Ahhh, Epcot in the Spring.

Ahhh, Epcot in the Spring.

In its 24th year, the Flower and Garden Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. It’s truly a feast for all of the senses as Epcot introduces new topiaries like Belle and Figment to accompany all of the classics we’ve come to love. And in 2017, there’s even more of an emphasis on edible gardens. [Read more…]