DFB’s Top 10 Disney Food News Stories of 2016

Happy New Year, DFB Friends!

Let’s face it: 2016 handed us some real bummers. But there were some good things that happened, too. And that’s especially true where Disney Food is concerned.

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The Sun is Setting on 2016!

Today as we gather our noisemakers, funny hats, and bubbly to ring in the New Year, let’s take a few minutes to review some of the biggest Disney Food News Stories of 2016.

Are you with me? Let’s go! [Read more…]

News: Dining Packages and Workshops at Epcot International Festival of the Arts

More details are starting to emerge about the brand new Epcot International Festival of the Arts, a celebration of the Visual, Culinary, and Performing Arts kicking off on January 13, 2017!

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The Festival will run on Fridays through Mondays through February 20th, and we’ve already taken a peek at some of the food and beverages coming to the Festival’s Food Studios. [Read more…]

Happy New Year from DFB!

Happy New Year from Disney Food Blog!

We are so excited to wrap up another year (especially THIS year…blergh) of bringing you all of the Disney Food News as it happens all around the world!

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And so, as we bid adieu to 2016 and ring in what we know is going to be a GREAT 2017, we wanna thank you in the best way we know how — with a SAVINGS just in time for your next Disney trip on our 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining! [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Where to Find the BEST Disney Fried Chicken

Who doesn’t love really great Fried Chicken!?!

It’s one of my favorites! And fortunately, there are some fantastic spots to get it at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. And we’re telling you all about some of our favorites in our next DFB YouTube Channel Video!

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

I’ll admit it — Fried Chicken is one of my favorite comfort food guilty pleasures. But it’s also one of those foods that restaurants don’t always do a great job executing. But we’ve found some great spots to share with you! [Read more…]

Review: Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen at Disney Springs

We’re back at Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen for another visit today!

You might be scratching your head and wondering, “But AJ, you guys were just there a little bit ago. Why a return so soon?” Well, lots of reasons, actually. But the primary one is this: Once is never enough when it comes to reviewing Disney restaurants. Restaurants in the ‘World are notoriously inconsistent, and while Homecoming impressed us initially, I always like to duck into a new spot after it’s been open for a bit, just to see if the shine and sheen are still around. In fact, we review spots over and over, so we can always make the best recommendations for our readers.

In addition, dear friends of mine invited me to tag along for a catch up session, and Homecoming was the agreed upon choice for dinner. And like I’m gonna say no to Fried Chicken? Not likely.

Besides, there’s plenty to cover on this menu, and a follow up visit gave me a chance to show you a few new things.

Let’s check out how Homecoming is doing, a few months along in the journey.

Atmosphere

The premise of Homecoming Florida Kitchen (HFK) is pretty cool, actually. Chef Art Smith is a native Floridian, who even spent some of the early years of his career as a Cast Member at Disney. So it’s befitting that the restaurant’s name is Homecoming, as he returns to his home state.

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Sign

The restaurant is a celebration of Old-Meets-New Florida in so many ways. The architecture echoes Florida Vernacular style, with lots of windows to let the light in, and deep overhangs from the hip roof to keep the heat out. [Read more…]

HOLIDAY Tips from the DFB Guide: Where to Dine When You Don’t Have a Reservation in Walt Disney World

It’s a pretty common occurrence. You’re in the middle of your Walt Disney World vacation, it’s the holiday season, and you’d love to enjoy a table service meal.

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But there’s only one problem: you don’t have an advance dining reservation (ADR).

Maybe your plans changed, or the weather did. Or it could just be that you planned to grab counter service, but now you’re rethinking that move. Whatever the situation, you might think that all hope is lost. There’s no way you’re getting into any Disney table service restaurant that you didn’t book 180 days out. Right?

You might be surprised to learn that I book a lot of tables just days before I head to Walt Disney World. And it’s not all that rare for me to change things up at the last minute — even during the busiest times of the year!

How do I do it? Flexibility helps a LOT. But if that’s not an option, what you need are some tried and true spots where you can probably score a table with very short notice, or even as a walk up.

Here are our suggestions for Where to Dine When You Don’t Have a Reservation in Walt Disney World. And if you love what you see here, be sure to check out the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining for tons of great tips!

The Wave…of American Flavors

One of my favorite resort dining spots is The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Bonus: it’s within walking distance (or monorail ride) of Magic Kingdom!

The Wave offers a hearty start to your day. Enjoy an a la carte breakfast of some of the restaurant’s specialties, like Sweet Potato Pancakes.

Sweet Potato Pancakes with melted butter and maple syrup

Sweet Potato Pancakes with melted butter and maple syrup

And if you can’t make up your mind between sweet and savory, you can opt for the Buffet. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Jungle Juice Slushy at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Looking for a seriously refreshing drink in Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Look no further than the Jungle Juice Slushy at Mahindi! It’s the next delicious stop on the DFB YouTube Channel train!

Frozen Jungle Juice at Animal Kingdom's Harambe Popcorn

Frozen Jungle Juice at Animal Kingdom’s Mahindi Kiosk

Jungle Juice (aka Lilikoi Juice at the Polynesian, aka POG Juice at other spots) has long been a breakfast favorite of mine. And I was over-the-moon excited when I first found it in slushy form a while back at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s the perfect refreshing treat as you’re taking in the exotic sights, sounds, and flavors of this special park.
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News: Main Street Electrical Parade Dining Packages Available for Disneyland Park

The Main Street Electrical Parade is returning to Disneyland Park — after a 20-year hiatus — for a limited run starting January 20, 2017, and running through June 18, 2017! Two Main Street Electrical Parade Dining Packages are available that include preferred viewing for the parade.

First, the Blue Bayou Restaurant will offer a three-course prix fixe meal (appetizer, entree, and dessert) that includes admission to a preferred viewing area for a designated performance of the parade that evening. Reservations for dates starting January 20th may be booked up to 60 days in advance by visiting Disneyland.com or calling (714) 781-3463.

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Blue Bayou

Second, the Main Street Electrical Parade On-the-Go Package at Aladdin’s Oasis includes a Grab & Go meal featuring the guest’s choice of three entrees and a voucher for a preferred viewing area for a designated performance of the parade that evening. Meal pick-up time may be reserved on Disneyland.com or by calling (714) 781-3463 for dates starting January 20th for as early as 12:00 Noon up to 60 days in advance. [Read more…]

First Look: Food Photos From the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Disney has provided a glimpse at some of the culinary items coming to the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

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Stay tuned to our 2017 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Main Page for ALL of the Latest Information!

And at first glance, ART certainly seems like the operative word! (Oh, and FYI, Disney didn’t mention what any of these things actually were, so your guess is as good as ours. Though this first picture definitely looks like Disney is adding pop tarts to its culinary line-up ??!?!?!?!??!?!) [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: December 20, 2016

Are your halls decked? Are your presents wrapped? Are you bursting with anticipation as you’re getting ready to celebrate the HOLIDAYS?!?

Cinderella Castle all lit up!

Cinderella Castle all lit up!

Because it’s the Most Wonderful — and Delicious! — Time of the Year at Walt Disney World! And we’re taking a tour around the Parks, Disney Springs, and several Disney Resorts to find out What’s New for this most festive season! [Read more…]