Review: Lunch at The Boathouse in Disney Springs

It’s back to The Boathouse for us today on the DFB!

The BOATHOUSE (as it’s officially known) has only been part of the Disney dining scene since this past April, when it opened in The Landing area of Disney Springs . (Believe it or not, though, it’s no longer the newest dining gig in town, since spots like Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, Vivoli il Gelato, and Morimoto Asia have all made their debuts since). Still, it has already made a big name for itself for a few reasons: first, its arrival marked the debut of the first of several more upscale dining additions coming to Disney Springs (with a price tag to match).

Second, with live music and watercraft tour options (have you seen the Amphicars?!), it’s also helping to ring in the entertainment-heavy focus that will continue to become a hallmark of several dining options in Disney Springs once the area’s transformation is complete.

While we explored the restaurant in full during its opening week, on my most recent trip, we decided to do things a little differently — a midday visit to explore what the main bar area has to offer.

The Boathouse Sign

The Boathouse Sign

Of course, we couldn’t help taking another quick look around this beautiful space first… [Read more…]

Joffrey’s Master of the Roast Exhibit at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

We have another new experience to show you today from the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Joffrey's Presents Master of the Roast

Joffrey’s Presents Master of the Roast

We all know that Disney has really, seriously upped their game where coffee is concerned. Gone are the days when you couldn’t get a decent cup of coffee in the ‘World. And a lot of the credit for the transformation goes to Joffrey’s.

While you may be most familiar with Joffrey’s for the numerous kiosks that they operate throughout the Parks, their presence at Disney goes a lot further than that.

Stop for that morning latte or Americano at Contemporary Grounds, and you’re drinking Joffrey’s. Or the next time you savor that special roast at your favorite Disney Signature Restaurant, and you’ll be happy to know that Joffrey’s is responsible.

Happy, why? Because you can now also take their signature roasts home with you, thus extending the deliciousness of your vacay just a wee bit longer. [Read more…]

Sneak Peek: Festive Treats at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Are you attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year?

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

If so, it’s time to get ready for SNOW on Main Street, U.S.A

Main Street Magic Kingdom

Main Street Magic Kingdom

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Review: Lunch at Via Napoli in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

One word: PIZZA!

Two more: VIA NAPOLI!!

Okay, so we’re having more than “just pizza” at Via Napoli today (even though it still easily takes the top spot on our Best Pizza in Disney World list by a mile). We’ll also be trying some soups, pasta… and maybe even a little vino while we’re at it.

No matter what I order, though, I look forward to my Advance Dining Reservation for Via Napoli — tucked in the back of Epcot’s Italy Pavilion — on every Disney World trip without fail (especially when my husband’s with me — this is a MUST for him). Not only does it serve up the Best Pizza in all of Disney World, but it also earns gold stars in my book for a pretty rare accolade from me: it is consistently good food.

Via Napoli Window

Via Napoli Window

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News: Pork Shank No Longer on the Menu at Gaston’s Tavern

RIP, Pork Shank…

We’ve been hearing rumors about this for a while, and it has finally to pass — the Pork Shank is no more.

Gaston’s Tavern opened in late 2012 as part of the New Fantasyland expansion in Magic Kingdom, featuring a variety of snacks and beverages. Headliner items on the menu — which, until now, has remained basically unchanged since the opening — include LeFou’s Brew (the Tavern’s own signature beverage) and Warm Cinnamon Rolls (noteworthy since they are no longer served at Main Street Bakery).

The one non-snack item on the list, though, might be the one that gained the biggest reputation from the get-go: the Pork Shank. This huge serving of meat-on-bone drew immediate comparisons to the iconic Jumbo Turkey Leg. Unlike the Turkey Legs, though, which have a home in every park, Gaston’s Tavern was the only place where you could consistently find a Pork Shank (aside from being served for a stint at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner in Hollywood Studios), and ultimately it drew a dedicated fan base of its very own.

Pork Shank

Pork Shank

The Pork Shank has recently been removed from the menu at Gaston’s Tavern. Below is a screenshot of the current menu from the Walt Disney World website. [Read more…]

“The 2015 DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book″ Grand Launch and Discount

Tis the season to be merry with a trip to Walt Disney World! And Disney Food Blog is starting off the holiday season with the Grand Launch of the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2015 e-Book!

We’ve been busy updating all the latest holiday tips and brand new info you NEED to know before you hit the parks and resorts this November, December, and January! (Yep — we cover EVERYTHING in this one — not just food!) With over 330 pages of detailed information, over 300 color photos, and multiple bonus extras, it WILL save you time and money during the busiest season in Walt Disney World! And it’s here just in time!

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And since we want you to save some cash right NOW, we have a steep discount for DFB readers (as always!). Get the brand new guide today for 20% off the regular purchase price for a limited time! How? Use code PEPPERMINT at the check-out!

The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2015 e-Book Is Here!

The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2015 e-Book features over 330 pages of all the info you need to know before you head to Walt Disney World for the holiday season, including NEW events and holiday happenings, over 300 photos, and an informative FAQ section. It includes:

  • Detailed descriptions and photos of every holiday event and activity happening at the parks and resorts this year — including tips on how to make the best use of your time and money when visiting!
  • A full chapter dedicated to all “New for 2015″ events, dining options, and activities, including what’s new at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, and Epcot’s Holidays Around the World.
  • A fully comprehensive holiday dining section with listings of holiday snacks, treats, meals, and menu items offered this year — from popcorn kiosks all the way to Signature Restaurants.
  • NEW! Holiday cooking tips and recipes straight from Walt Disney World chefs
  • Updated chapter on where to dine with no advance dining reservations.
  • Updated chapter on 10 must-eat snacks this holiday season.
  • A clickable 3-Month Schedule of Holiday Events so you can see at-a-glance what looks interesting to you.
  • Comprehensive listings — with color photos! — of Disney Resort holiday decor and gingerbread displays
  • Our recommendations on ways to SAVE while you’re in Disney World this holiday season.
  • Updated Scavenger Hunts for every theme park
  • Disney Cruise Line Chapter
  • A Preview of the 2016 Holidays in Disney World
  • And more!

Don’t Miss Out on Any Disney Holiday Fun!

You’re probably paying a lot of money for your Disney holiday vacation…and we’re here to make sure you get the biggest bang for your buck! And with the holiday season already here, the time is now!

Holiday Guide Sample Pages

Holiday Guide Sample Pages

Booking early for holiday events and dining is critical, and our exclusive [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Alfresco Tasting Terrace at Disney California Adventure

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This post is part of the DFB #OnTheList series, where we feature eats you’ve GOT to have while you’re at Disney! Let us know what’s on YOUR Disney Food Bucket List @DisneyFoodBlog #OnTheList!


Welcome to Wine Country!

Alfresco Tasting Terrace Menu

Alfresco Tasting Terrace Menu

Nestled above Wine Country Trattoria is the Alfresco Tasting Terrace in Disney California Adventure. This little haven for wine lovers and Disney fans alike is #OnTheList this week! [Read more…]

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival: 20th Anniversary Festival Merchandise

Sure, Eating and Drinking Around the World is a MUST DO at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. But don’t forget to save time for the shopping too!

Of course, there’s a TON of Festival Merch available this year — just like always.

But I mostly wanted to share with you the really special stuff that’s available to mark this year’s milestone 20th Anniversary.

Let’s take a look!

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

Whether you’d like to wear your souvenir or eat and drink off of it, you’ll find just the right piece to take home with you.

Grey, long-sleeved T-Shirts bear the main logo of the 2015 20th Anniversary Festival.

Festival T Shirt

Long Sleeved Festival T-Shirt

We found a slightly different version in a short-sleeved, burgundy model as well. [Read more…]

Review: All-New Limited Run Breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Well, here’s a new one for ya… how about starting your day UNDER THE STARS at Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant?

Yep, the perpetual evening setting of Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant is now the latest breakfast stop at Disney’s  Hollywood Studios! This long-time, well-loved lunch and dinner spot is now offering a limited-run meal: guests can give breakfast a try at Sci-Fi Dine-In, currently available for booking from now until January 23, 2016 with seatings from 8:00 – 10:15 am.

Of course, this isn’t Sci-Fi’s first time serving up the most important meal of the day. For the past two years, it has played host to the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast, a character meal held in conjunction with Star Wars Weekends. But Darth Vader and his Dark Side cronies stayed in a galaxy far, far away this go ‘round. The current breakfast offering is a non-character meal featuring pre-fixe selections.

Are you ready to check it out?


Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant

Then, here we go! [Read more…]

DFB Podcast Episode 25: Dining With Kids in Disney, Part 1

We are back with Episode 25 of the DFB Podcast and it’s time to talk about dining with kids at Disney World and Disneyland!

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What’s It About?
In this episode AJ and Brad talk kids! We’re pretty sure we’re going to have about seven thousand podcasts about dining with your kids in the parks and resorts, but here’s our first crack at it…and it’s a doozy!

Dive in and listen as the hosts discuss licking or not licking the mashed potato spoon at buffets, why you want to go to Coral Reef with your kids, how to make sure you have the best character meal experience you possibly can, and more in Episode 25 of the DFB Podcast!

FYI — be prepared for explicit language!! Brad says H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks in this episode!! It’s getting crazy up in here!

Listen right now at, or subscribe via iTunes, RSS, or Stitcher!

Kids' Chicken Fingers Meal -- on a frisbee!

Kids’ Chicken Fingers Meal — on a frisbee!

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