2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tip: How Many Days Should I Budget For the Festival?

You Guys! It’ll be here before we know it!! YEP — I’m talking about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for August 31-November 13. This year’s festival offers a record 75 days of fantastic eats, drinks, and more!

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Already, we’re starting to get our very first big pieces of news about how this year’s festival will shape up.

We know for sure that there will be 35 booths to celebrate the 35 years of Epcot, and that both India and Spain will return in 2017.

While we await the announcement of the rest of the new booths, we can still start our planning! If you haven’t already done it, this is a great time to preorder the 2017 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We have all the tips, tricks, and strategies that will make this your best fest yet! AND when you preorder the 2017 guide, you get the 2016 guide for free as an immediate download — so you can start your planning now!

In the meantime, we’re sharing some of our best tips for making the most of your time at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival from our guide’s Frequently Asked Questions section. Today’s question is:

How Many Days Should I Budge For The Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

We get this one all the time! And while there’s no right or wrong answer, we definitely have a few things for you to consider as you make your decision.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

If possible, plan for two or more days. See, here’s the thing. For all that we talk about the festival centerpiece — the marketplace booths — there is so much more to do and experience. And it’s not all super pricey. [Read more…]

News: Full Menu for Pongu Pongu, and DFB’s “Eat This, Not That” Video for Animal Kingdom’s Pandora!

With just a few weeks left until Pandora – The World of Avatar opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom we have more information about the menu at the lounge on Pandora, Pongu Pongu.

Pongu Pongu Concept Art ©Disney

Pongu Pongu Concept Art ©Disney

The full menu for the “eclectic” lounge has been released on the Walt Disney website! Let’s check it out!

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Screenshot from Disney World website.

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Spotted: Lightsaber Churros at Disneyland (and Maybe Coming Back to Disney World!)

Star Wars AND Churro Fans, listen up! Look what Dining in Disneyland reporter extraordinaire Heather Sievers has found in Disneyland!!

CHURRO LIGHT SABERS!!!!

CHURRO LIGHTSABERS!!!!

Yep! We’re talking Sith and Jedi Lightsaber…Churros! For realz.

Red and Blue Churros

Red and Blue Churro Sign

We spied them at the Churro Cart in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, and they’ll be there throughout the month of May.

Churro Cart in Disneyland's Tomorrowland

Churro Cart in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland

But we also spotted them in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May the Fourth. While we hear they’ll be back, they aren’t there as of press time, unfortunately. But..a new hope! For churros! (What?!) [Read more…]

Spotted: Baby Groot Cupcakes and Sipper Cup at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened last weekend and the cutest member of the Guardians has to be Baby Groot! We just love the little guy, so we were super excited when we spotted a couple of Baby Groot items at Disney’s Hollywood Studios today!

Hooray for Hollywood Studios!

Hooray for Hollywood Studios!

How cute is this Baby Groot Sipper? You’ll find the cup at the popcorn carts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. He can be yours – filled with your favorite fountain beverage – for just $12.75.

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Baby Groot Sipper

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Tips from the DFB Guide: Disney Character Meal Pros and Cons

We are back with some of our very best kept Disney Dining Secrets. And we want to share them with you!

2017 DFB Guide to WDW Dining Cover March 6 Planning what you’re going to eat and drink at Walt Disney World is no small undertaking. To begin, there are tons of choices. But what if you could make your meal a real multitasker? Say, you could enjoy some terrific eats, and get that shiny new autograph book filled with the names of all of your Disney favorites? Yep, we’re talking Character Meals.

You may think that the character meal experience isn’t for you. But we invite you to take a closer look at these special meals and see for yourself if a Character meal could be right for you.

And if you like what you see here, be sure to check out the brand new, just released 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, Second Edition, where we talk character meals and LOTS more! And for a limited time, you can get it for 20% off with code SAVE2017 at checkout! Here we go!

Are Character Meals One-Size-Fits-All? Why Should I Book One?

You may think that if you’re an adult, single, or have older kids, there’s really no reason to engage in that Disney Rite of Passage, the Character Meal. But we think there’s a place for everyone at the character table, and here’s why.

Eating a big breakfast will fill you up -- and cost less than dining big later in the day!

Safari Mickey

It’s Cool In There, People. I’m not talking, like, rad. I mean literally, it’s cool. Like, air-conditioned. And in our opinion, waiting for characters with the a/c cranked up while noshing on delicious food WAY beats standing out in the hot sun any day. [Read more…]

Guest Review: “Eat This, Not That” in Disney World’s Pandora — The World of Avatar

For the past weeks we’ve been getting some amazing reports, reviews, and photos from dozens of DFB readers who have been to Pandora during cast previews, eaten multiple menu items, and sent us their thoughts!

While we here at DFB haven’t been to Pandora, yet, we’ve compiled the reviews of our readers into an Eat This Not That guide for the World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom that I hope will help out those of us who are headed to Pandora later this month! We always love when the DFB community can help each other out, and we think this is a great example of one of those times!

For those who aren’t sure what we’re talking about, Pandora — The World of Avatar, is a new land opening later this month in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Floating mountains in Pandora!

Floating mountains in Pandora!

Cast member previews are running right now, and we’re super excited to see the menu items from Satu’li Canteen (the land’s new quick-service location) as they’re served (and not a la Disney promotional pics). Let’s take a look! And stay tuned at the bottom of this post for our Eat This, Not That Recommendation List!

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Review: Warm Peach Cobbler at Liberty Inn in Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion

Disney World Counter Service locations typically offer a few standard desserts.

You may be familiar… at places like Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and Pinocchio Village Haus in Magic Kingdom you’ll often find Chocolate Cake on the dessert menu. Over in Hollywood Studios, Fairfax Fare, Backlot Express, and more serve a Chocolate Mousse. Chocolate Mousse is an Animal Kingdom Counter Service dessert staple, too, at Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe.

They’re all fine, if not particularly remarkable. (Okay, we DO dig that Chocolate Cake). But there is another Counter Service dessert that you’ll only find in one spot. Oddly, it’s found in a place not exactly known for unique choices: Epcot’s  Liberty Inn, located in the the American Adventure Pavilion.

You know the drill: Liberty Inn is the place to go if you (or your kiddos in tow) want simple classics like Burgers, Chicken Breast Nuggets, and the like — plenty of fried food to fuel your continued continental adventure.

Liberty Inn Sign

Liberty Inn Sign

But we’re here today to put the spotlight once more on an item that is surprisingly unique to Liberty Inn: the Warm Peach Cobbler. [Read more…]

News: Crispy Battered Corn on the Cob is Stupid Good at Disney California Adventure!

We’ve got some delicious food news from Disneyland Resort! Paradise Garden Grill at Disney California Adventure recently added two new deep fried foods-on-a-stick to its menu!

Paradise Garden Grill Menu

Paradise Garden Grill Menu

Two new items are : Chicken & Waffles Skewer and Crispy Battered Corn on the Cob. Our Dining in Disneyland pal Heather Sievers checked out the menu and shared the deep fried goodness with us!

(Oh, and FYI, the menu at Paradise Garden Grill is where you’ll also find your favorite fried foods during the refurb of Corn Dog Castle, including Hot-Link Corn Dog, Corn Dogs, and Cheese on a Stick!) [Read more…]

Review: Warm Apple Crisp from Sunshine Seasons in Epcot’s Land Pavilion

Disney World’s fancy desserts are impressive with their layered fruits and house-made gelato and gaufrettes for texture.

And we love a creme brulee as much as the next guy with crisped, caramelized sugar on his upper lip. But, really, there is nothing like a good, soul-warming apple crisp.

We recently fell in love with the apple crisp they’re serving up at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs. And this typically-seasonal dessert finds a home on table service menus and in quick service dessert cases alike.

Today, we want to talk about the latter. And, not all that surprisingly, we found our most recent Warm Apple Crisp food hug at Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion at Epcot.

Sunshine Seasons at The Land pavilion in Epcot

Sunshine Seasons at The Land pavilion in Epcot

Of course, we could have gone with an old favorite and ordered the Strawberry Shortcake (yum!) or a new favorite with the Mickey Oreo Cheesecake. But Warm Apple Crisp is the current seasonal dessert here, so we couldn’t pass it up. [Read more…]

DFB Video: Must-Try Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo in Disney World!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! Are you planning to indulge in some serious queso-guac-margarita goodness today?!

As for us, we know where we’re heading to celebrate: La Cava del Tequila in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion! And you’re welcome to come along in our latest DFB Video: Cinco Margaritas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

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It’s Margarita Time!

La Cava del Tequila, with its stellar selection of tequila and mezcal (and even sotol!), is one of the best places anywhere ever to go for margaritas, or even flights. We’ve enjoyed our fair share of their handcrafted drinks.

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