News: Starring Rolls Cafe in Hollywood Studios Closing February 5th

Say it ain’t so…

Actually, those are the same words that came to mind when Writer’s Stop — a unique little coffee and pastry shop that used to be open in Hollywood Studios — closed a few months ago to make way for construction of the future Toy Story and Star Wars lands.

Only this time, these words apply to yet another beloved pastry stop in Hollywood Studios: Starring Rolls Cafe, located on the intersection of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards.

While Starring Rolls IS open today from 9:00 am – 3:00PM, we were told when we were in the shop recently that starting February 5th, 2017, the location will be shuttered.

Here are the details: Starring Rolls Cafe is, indeed, closed starting tomorrow, February 5th. The Cast Members — who will be moved to other locations — have not been informed as to whether or not the spot will reopen in the future.

Starring Rolls Cafe in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Starring Rolls Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Wow. While Writer’s Stop was known and loved primarily for one snack above all else, the Carrot Cake Cookie, but I don’t even know where to begin with Starring Rolls. How can I possibly narrow down from ALL the favorites that have come from Starring Rolls over the years? [Read more…]

Review: Cranberry Bliss Bar at Main Street Bakery

We love watching the seasons change at Walt Disney World, and not just because pumpkins change into evergreen wreaths overnight (literally!).

No, friends, we love all the seasonal treats that reappear along with the decorations! And the Main Street Bakery is a great place to grab something new (or a returning favorite).

Despite several new breakfast locations opening on Main Street in the morning, we think the Main Street Bakery will retain its popularity. As the home of the Magic Kingdom’s Starbucks, the Main Street Bakery incorporates both fun, Disney-fabulous treats (we love the seasonal and character cupcakes!) and our favorite Starbucks items. This is true of all of the on-property Starbucks locations, so no matter where you find yourself, you’ll have a bunch of goodies to choose from.

Main Street Bakery

Main Street Bakery

On our visit to the Main Street Bakery, we tried one of the returning seasonal items: the Cranberry Bliss Bar. This bar is one of the Starbucks offerings, so if you’re a fan of this one in the real world, you can now enjoy it in the Parks as well.

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First Look and Review: Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs

It’s official! We have visited the newly-opened Planet Hollywood Observatory!

We came. We saw. We conquered…And We Were Thoroughly Underwhelmed. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

A major overhaul to the inside, outside, and menu seemed like the perfect excuse to head on back to Planet Hollywood. So armed with a hearty appetite and a couple of friends, I set out for what was a big, faded blue orb, and is now Disney Springs’ newest “old, repurposed” building (Disney Springs is said to be based on a town in the 1920s that grew up around a natural spring — and many of the buildings have been repurposed into shopping and dining venues…so they all look vaguely industrial).

We don’t want give away the last line in this saga, so let’s start from the beginning. (Hint. It wasn’t all bad.) By the way, this is going to be a LONG review, so settle in, my friends!

Atmosphere

Have you been to Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown Disney? Then you know exactly where to find Planet Hollywood Observatory. It hasn’t moved. (Oh, and we’re calling it PHO from here on out, K?)

Outside View

Outside View

We walked around the building while the light was still good, just so you could get a sense of how much things have — and haven’t — changed. As you can see, most of the neon, and all of the blue, are gone. Also gone is the sign at the top of the sign. Unfortunately, nothing has replaced it, so the whole thing looks a bit — okay, a LOT — unfinished. [Read more…]

News! FULL BOOTH MENUS for 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, PLUS Garden Rocks Concert Series, and MORE

Oh my WORD there’s so much great Disney news this week! And today is no slouch!

March 1st will herald the official arrival of SPRING to Disney World with the kickoff of the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, running through May 29th! And we’ve got some serious scoop for you!!

Flower and Garden Festival Passport

Flower and Garden Festival Passport

We have the FULL LIST of Booths and Menus for the event’s Outdoor Kitchens (including two BRAND NEW BOOTHS!), the Garden Rocks Concert Series Lineup (with Dining Packages available for the first time this year!), and more to tell you about!

So, let’s waste no time… [Read more…]

SECRET MENU! Nachos Rio Grande Challenge at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Disney World

What’s that? You’ve never heard of the Nachos Rio Grande Challenge at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom?

Yeah, don’t feel bad. ‘Cause I’d never heard of it either until just a couple of weeks ago! ;-D But I was so excited when one of our readers asked about the “giant nachos” at Pecos Bill’s. And I was even more excited when I headed over to check them out! (Luckily, they just started these a couple of months ago, and they weren’t publicized anywhere…so I can sort of forgive myself that I didn’t know about them til now.)

As is the case with other “challenges” around Disney World — like the Kitchen Sink Sundae at Beaches and Cream — this one is pricey…and meant to enjoy with a crowd! And I was so excited to find an awesome family to share them with me on my visit!

There’s a lot of hoopla that accompanies ordering the Nachos Rio Grande, and I wanted you to see it firsthand! Check it out!!

OK, the video shows EVERYTHING (so go watch it! And subscribe to our channel! ;-D), but here’s the gist!

To get the Nachos Rio Grande, you need to arrive between 3 and 6PM at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland. Let a cast member know you’d like to order the secret Nachos, and the whole restaurant will start buzzing with excitement! I quickly found out that the Nachos serve 6-8 people — or MORE — and the order brings with it a whole “VIP experience” at Pecos Bill’s.

Cast Members ready to get the party started for the Nachos Rio Grande!

Cast Members ready to get the party started for the Nachos Rio Grande!

After you order (and pay the astronomical $90 price tag — yeah, you REALLY have to want some big nachos to pay that much), cast members will don their special cowboy hats and escort you back to a reserved table set with pioneer-style tin plates and checkered napkins. [Read more…]

News! Booking Now Available for Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Events and Demos

The 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival kicks off NEXT MONTH!

Disney California Adventure  Food and Wine Festival

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival

While last year’s Festival ran on weekends only, this year’s Disneyland Resort event will run daily from March 10 – April 16, 2017. And TODAY is the time to really start planning, because booking is now open for the Festival’s Ticketed Events! And with even more dates to enjoy, there are more events this year! Let’s take a quick look at the options… [Read more…]

Review: Red Velvet Cake Available at Magic Kingdom Locations

Ooh, y’all, have we got some news for you in the world of Magic Kingdom seasonal desserts! These are the desserts that come and go as the seasons progress, causing us both joy (Yea! New flavors!) and heartache (No! I have to wait another year for my favorite pumpkin everything!).

In this case, we are rejoicing because Red Velvet Cake is now available in the Magic Kingdom!

Friars Nook Red Velvet Cake

Friars Nook Red Velvet Cake

We found ours at Friar’s Nook, but it’s also available as a dessert item at Pecos Bill’s. At Friar’s Nook, we’re pretty used to seeing these seasonal delights come and go, so we can’t promise this beauty will be available forever. But for now, it’s fantastic.

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News: Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine To Be Offered for Lunch and Dinner

Minnie Mouse has been hosting some pretty fun dinner parties at Hollywood and Vine Restaurant in Hollywood Studios for a while now.

Minnie’s Seasonal Dine kicked off in November of 2015. This Character Meal gives guests the chance to enjoy dinner — with themes changing according to the time of year — with Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy.

And soon, there will be even more opportunities to join Minnie and the gang for some festive fun. Because, starting May 14, 2017, Minnie’s Seasonal Dine will be offered for lunch as well as dinner! (Advance Dining Reservations are anticipated to open February 1st for this experience).

Minnie's Holiday Dine

Minnie’s Holiday Dine

Currently, lunch at Hollywood and Vine features Disney Junior Play ’n Dine with Disney Junior characters such as Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, and Handy Manny. [Read more…]

Top 5 Can’t-Miss Eating Experiences Coming to Disney Parks in 2017

Happy New Year, Friends!

I hope that your 2017 is off to an excellent start and that you’re planning your next trip to Disney Parks for sometime this year!

Cinderella Castle

Happy 2017!

As has been the case for the last few years, Disney has promised some big doin’s coming our way during the calendar year.

And oh, well, sure. The entire universe is poised on the edge of its collective seat, awaiting some indication of when Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land will spring to life. BUT — even though we really don’t expect to hear of openings on those fronts in 2017, there’s still PLENTY to look forward to!

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Review: Chip N’ Dale’s Harvest Feast Breakfast at Garden Grill Restaurant in Epcot

We are headed into The Land Pavilion in Walt Disney World’s Epcot today for one of our favorite character meals at Garden Grill Restaurant!

This spot may feel a little dated in a way…but we prefer to think of it as retro. ;-) Disney’s (Orlando’s!!) only rotating restaurant is still tops for the coolness factor of the, you know, rotation. I can remember going to this restaurant when I was a little kid — it was fancy-pants back then (with sculpted Mickey butter!), but the nostalgia factor is high here for Epcot babies. Add in some pretty delicious food, and you’re doing even better. AND then — characters! Even Mickey! So it’s probably sort of easy to see why we like it.

Recently, our Dining in Disneyland expert and friend of DFB Heather Sievers travelled to Walt Disney World for a visit. Among their many culinary adventures, her family opted to visit Garden Grill Restaurant for breakfast one morning.

Let’s tag along and see how it went!

Atmosphere

Garden Grill Restaurant is located within The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World West.

The Land Pavilion

The Land Pavilion

This building is a serious multitasker. You’ll find three different attractions housed here: Soarin, Living with the Land, and The Circle of Life. All have different entrances, which are accessible as you travel down ramps circling either side of the round building’s perimeter. [Read more…]