Review: New Salads and Beverages at Animal Kingdom’s Gardens Kiosk

Just a couple weeks ago, we went on a trek that took us all over Disney’s Animal Kingdom to check out the recently refurbished Flame Tree Barbecue as well as the various locations that were serving Flame Tree dishes while the popular restaurant was closed.

That included the Gardens Kiosk, which was previously known as the spot to find allergy-friendly snacks and information regarding dining with special diets in the park. (By the way, you can still find those resources in their updated location. The Allergy-Friendly Kiosk is now located at the spot that was previously known as Discovery Island Ice Cream, just across the way from Creature Comforts outside of the entrance to the Africa section of the park.)

Not only did the Gardens Kiosk return with an all-new menu… it also returned with a different look. The new paint colors are shades of brown and green as opposed to the previous orange and yellow hues. And with an updated focus on salads, I’d say the earthy colors fit the bill quite well!

New look for the Gardens Kiosk

New look for the Gardens Kiosk

That’s right… Gardens Kiosk now features vegetarian and better-for-you fare in the form of two new salads: the Trek Power Salad and Farmers Salad. Rounding out the small menu is a [Read more…]

News! Three New Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events Exclusively for Chase Disney Visa Cardmembers

So, earlier today we brought Disney Chase Visa Cardmembers the good news that Cardholders are eligible for early booking for Special Events and Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations for the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival on July 28th.

Food and Wine Festival Updates

Well, now we have even MORE good news for Cardmembers. It has just been announced that THREE unique events have been added to the Food and Wine Festival, and they are EXCLUSIVELY for Disney Chase Visa Cardmembers!

The special events include:

Brews, Breakfast and More

On September 28 from 8:30 – 10:30 am, guests at Brews, Breakfast, and More will enjoy a three-course breakfast utilizing beer as both an ingredient and a pairing, while learning about “beer styles and brewing processes that date back to ancient Babylon and Egypt.”

An element of the dishes will be the use of Passport 20 Belgian Tripel Ale, a “complex beer featuring 20 ingredients to celebrate 20 years” of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This brew offers the distinction of including 11 ingredients to represent each one of the World Showcase countries along with one ingredient representing Florida. Among other courses, the menu will include Liquid-Nitrogen Fried “Smoking” S’mores.

Cost: $89 per guest (plus tax)

The Making of Party for the Senses

On October 27th from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, guests will enjoy learning [Read more…]

News! Epcot Food and Wine Festival Early Booking Details for Chase Disney Visa Cardmembers

We have some good news today for Chase Disney Visa Cardmembers who are traveling to Disney World during the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Disney Visa Pic

Chase Disney Visa Cardmembers will be able to book ALL Food and Wine Festival Events beginning at 7:00AM on Tuesday, July 28th. This includes Special Events such as the Party for the Senses and the brand new Rockin’ Burger Block Party as well as Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations.

For complete details on all the events to choose from, be sure to visit our Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations Page as well as our Special Events Page.

Please keep in mind that a limited number of seats will be released for the pre-booking opportunity, and as far as we know Cardmembers must have a Chase DISNEY Visa. All details are subject to change, but this is very similar to last year’s early booking offer. Interested Cardmembers must [Read more…]

Spotted! Miniature Disneyland Diamond Celebration Candy Apples… and How YOU Can Make Them, Too!

Okay, so I’m sitting there, scrolling through my Instagram feed, when I was tagged in pictures of these teeny-tiny, itty-bitty versions of the Mickey and Minnie Candy Apples all dolled up for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration made from polymer clay… small enough to fit on a fingertip!

Minnie and Mickey Diamond Celebration Candy Apple Miniatures ©The Microbakery

Minnie and Mickey Diamond Celebration Candy Apple Miniatures ©The Microbakery

GET OUTTA TOWN!

The Microbakery features all sorts of fun [Read more…]

Grand Launch and Discounts! The DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book

It’s here! We are SO excited to share with you the DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, 2015 Edition!

2015 DFB F&W Guide Cover 3D

And with not a moment to lose — early booking for this year’s Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage and Mixology Seminars may open this Friday, June 24, at 9:00AM; and booking for ALL events opens for EVERYONE on Thursday, July 30, at 7:00AM!

With more than 230 pages of new information for 2015, we have everything covered to ensure that you have your absolute best Food and Wine Festival yet! And to celebrate our grand launch, we’re offering $3 off the cover price! Just use discount code Chefs2015 at check-out to secure your savings!

The DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book

2015 is a big year, as the Epcot Food and Wine Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary! And The DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book features all the info you need to know about this year’s events, from what’s NEW, to brand new touring strategies — created with this year’s special events [Read more…]

News! 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminar Details

Today, we are excited to share details for the Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars that will take place during the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Food and Wine 2015 Info Graphic Square URL

Just in time to make all of your plans (whew!!), we now have details on the low-cost demos and seminars that are one of the hallmarks of the Festival. I know you’re just as anxious as we are to see what’s new as we celebrate the Festival’s 20th Year!

Booking all of your favorites starts in just a few days — July 30th for the general public, and July 24th for Annual Passholders, DVC members, Golden Oak Residents, and Tables in Wonderland Members!

Culinary demos and beverage seminars represent great value when it comes to Festival events. They’re also a great way to learn in a fun, festive setting.

Click through to our Culinary and Beverage Seminars and Demonstrations page to see links to the Culinary, Beverage, and Mixology events. 

The cost for all seminars and demos is [Read more…]

Review: Troubadour Tavern in Disneyland Park

Helllllloooooo from Disneyland and the Troubadour Tavern!

Troubadour Tavern

Troubadour Tavern

This hidden gem is a great place to grab a very quick bite in Disneyland. It’s tiny and doesn’t have much seating, but there are a couple of menu items worth getting, and you may even see a show! More on that later… .

Atmosphere

In case you’re not sure where Troubadour Tavern is located (it’s kind of hidden, and many folks would walk right by), you’ll find it toward [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Kefta From the Morocco Booth

The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is coming up quickly!

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And one of my favorite ways to prep for the Festival is to make some of my favorite dishes from the Marketplace Booths. My family has been having a ton of fun trying new variations on burgers this Summer — and I think this Kefta from the Morocco Marketplace Booth is the perfect one to try next.

While the flavor is exotic, there’s nothing here that you can’t find in your local grocery! And if you, like AJ, despise the Cilantro that the recipe calls for, just double up on the Parsley.

I’m sharing this with you, and then I’m heading [Read more…]

Disney Dining Tips: What to Expect on Peak Booking Days

Are you excited to book your Low-Cost Seminars and Demos or Special Events for the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

OF COURSE you are!! You know who else is excited?

Buddy Valastro Demo at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Buddy Valastro Demo at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Lots and lots (and LOTS) of other people. ;)

Booking for Special Events and Demos and Seminars for the Festival will open to the general public on July 30th at 7 am this year, and the popularity of these events makes that date into something we call a Peak Booking Day — a day when you never quite know what to expect, because the phone lines and online booking engines are often jammed with folks trying to nab their top choices.

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Get ready to dial!

Of course, sought-after bookings aren’t unique to the Food and Wine Festival. Just ask anyone who’s ever tried to [Read more…]

News! Tahitian Terrace Diamond Luau at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in Disneyland

Aloha! Ahoy! AHA! Are you ready to raise a glass in honor of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary — and the no-longer-with-us Tahitian Terrace Restaurant – at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar?

Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

The Tahitian Terrace Diamond Luau will be taking place at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel on August 10th and 11th. This ticketed event will feature the Tahitian Terrace Tribute Show (the restaurant and show closed in 1993), an historical overview presentation by Disney Imagineers, and, of course, food! The menu will [Read more…]