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…]

News: Disneyland Introduces New Fine Dining Experience, 21 Royal

Disneyland Resort has recently introduced a new and exclusive fine dining experience, 21 Royal. If you thought dining at Club 33 was the pinnacle of fine dining at Disneyland, this new experience takes it to another level.

The 21 Royal experience includes dinner for 12 guests inside 21 Royal Street, a space that was meant to be Walt and Lillian’s private apartment overlooking New Orleans Square in Disneyland Park.

Inside 21 Royal at Disneyland ©CorderoStudios

Inside 21 Royal at Disneyland ©CorderoStudios

The evening begins at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, where valets will give you and your guests a VIP escort to 21 Royal Street. Diners will enjoy signature cocktails served by professional butlers in the salon, followed by a reception on the patio. Guests will also have a chance to explore the rooms in the apartment, in addition to learning the history of the space from guides including sommelier Matt Ellingson.

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Now Available! The DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book, 2017-18 Edition

It’s always Snack Time at Walt Disney World! In fact, Magic Kingdom snacks make great quick service meals, too! We’re really happy to announce that the 2017-18 Edition of The DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book is now available. And you’ll find all of our snacking recommendations inside!

And to celebrate the grand launch, we have a great discount for you! Our readers can get the new guide for 25% off the purchase price for a limited time — just use code SNACKS17 at the check-out!

MK Snacks 2016 3D Book Cover

It’s time to snag your copy! Here are the details!

The Disney Food Blog Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book

The DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book is one of the many fun and informative Disney Dining e-Books offered by Disney Food Blog! [Read more…]

News: Opening Date Announced for Paddlefish in Disney Springs!

February 4, 2017, will be the opening date for Paddlefish, the establishment previously known as Fulton’s Crab House in Disney Springs (which was previously known as Downtown Disney ;) ).

Screenshot via PaddlefishRestaurant.com

Screenshot via PaddlefishRestaurant.com

Paddlefish, a Levy restaurant, will retain a focus on fresh seafood (along with steaks and chops), even though the space itself has received a “bow to stern” update! The new space with a sleek look and modern feel will play host to lunch and dinner — as well as Brunch on Sundays — complete with a brand new rooftop lounge featuring terrific waterfront views. [Read more…]

News and Review: Milk Chocolate Cake Batter Truffles Mood Chocolates!

Good news, chocolate lovers!  Mood Chocolate boxes have made a triumphant return to Disney World (you can read about their previous appearance here)!  And they feature fun new packaging and exciting new flavors.

Mood Chocolate Boxes

Mood Chocolate Boxes

Believe it or not, there are even more options than those pictured above, but we predict the Star Wars versions will be a big hit! On this trip, we gave the Milk Chocolate Cake Batter Truffles a try.

Minnie Mouse Mood Chocolate

Minnie Mouse Mood Chocolate

Such cheerful packaging with that Cutie Pie Minnie!  To get a sneak peek of what’s in the box, check out the images on the side of the box.

Sneak Peek of Mood Chocolates

Sneak Peek of Mood Chocolates

Most of the chocolates have a character imprinted on them, and each box comes with eight individual squares of chocolate.

Mood Chocolates Out of Box

Mood Chocolates Out of Box

The convenience of having eight individual, nicely packaged pieces of chocolate means these are totally shareable.  Alternatively, these are totally savable so you can munch on them at your leisure. Or eat them all at once (we won’t judge).

This particular package features Milk Chocolate Cake Batter Truffles.

Close Up Mood Chocolate

Close Up Mood Chocolate

The chocolate here is a little on the softer side, although the bottom layer is a slightly thicker.

Mood Chocolate Ganache

Mood Chocolate Ganache

And the ganache — oh, the ganache.  The cake batter flavor is perfect (and perfectly addicting!). But my next box will be the Princess Leia Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Truffles!

We are so happy these boxes are back.  Not only are they a sweet and tasty treat to munch on around the World, they’re also a terrific souvenir.  At $5.99, the Mood Chocolates are a much-welcome return to the World.

Which flavor are you going to try?!  Let us know in the comments! 

Dining in Disneyland: Secret Menu Mozzarella Sticks at Stage Door Cafe

We are back in Disneyland today with a review of a “Secret Menu” item from Stage Door Cafe! You’ll find this hidden gem in Disneyland’s Frontierland, right around the corner from the Golden Horseshoe Saloon.

Stage Door Cafe

Stage Door Cafe

This hard-to-find eatery is teensy, with barely enough space for more than ten people in the counter service ordering area.

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What’s New Around Walt Disney World — January 23, 2017

It’s our very first Trip Around the World of 2017 to check out What’s New!!

Happy 2017 from Walt Disney World!!

Happy 2017 from Walt Disney World!!

And things have sure started out with a bang, especially at… [Read more…]

News: Advance Dining Reservations Now Available for Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs

Hooray for HOLLYWOOD… because Advance Dining Reservations are now available for the Planet Hollywood Observatory!

Originally scheduled to open last fall, the major refurbishment of what was once Planet Hollywood into the new Planet Hollywood Observatory has met with several delays over the past few months. But soon, we’ll see the results of this lengthy makeover in the West Side of Disney Springs!

Of course, we do have some idea of what to expect already…

For instance, we know that the space will be enhanced with the outdoor Stargazers Bar offering views of Disney Springs. A 4,500-square-foot video screen (along with a DJ at night) will provide entertainment, and the menu will feature Planet Hollywood favorites along with new items unique to the location, such as a Burger and Sandwich menu headed up by Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri.

Planet Hollywood Observatory

Planet Hollywood Observatory

What else is in store? Well, let’s take a look at the menu! You’ll want to settle in, because it’s pretty extensive, starting with Appetizers ranging from the classic Planet Hollywood menu — like the World Famous Chicken Crunch — to Shareable Sampler Platters for four. [Read more…]

News and Review: Main Street Electrical Parade-Themed Treats at Disneyland Resort

Many Disney fans have a special place in their hearts for their favorite parades and fireworks shows. And for a whole bunch of us, the Main Street Electrical Parade pulls at our heartstrings big time. And now that it’s back at Disneyland — welcomed by a TON of amazing MSEP themed treats? We HAD to get there!!

Main Street Electrical Parade Banner

Main Street Electrical Parade Banner

The glittering spectacle features innumerable lights, fan-favorite characters, and catchy, fun music. Beloved since its first appearance at Disneyland Resort way back in 1972 and its subsequent appearance in Disney World in 1977, the Main Street Electrical Parade is pretty universally adored.

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News: Booth Menu Details for Lunar New Year in Disney California Adventure

Are YOU preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year with Mickey, Minnie, Mulan, and Mushu at Disney California Adventure?

©Disney

©Disney

If so, then you’ll want to keep an eye out for three new Asian Marketplace Booths that will be serving special items for the celebration, which runs from Friday, January 20th, through Sunday, February 5th.

Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

Let’s take a look at the limited-time eats, inspired by the cultures of China, Korea, and Vietnam! [Read more…]