DFB Video: Pixar Fest Must-Eats in Disneyland!

It’s the weekend! And we’re celebrating it with another DFB Video today, where we’re sharing the MUST-EAT items at Disneyland’s Pixar Fest!

Little Green Alien Caramel Apple

Little Green Alien Caramel Apple

Pixar Fest is running now through September 3rd, and there is a whole lotta fun and FOOD going on all over Disneyland Resort to celebrate! Now, you may be game to try each and every specialty food item at Pixar Fest (and if so, we’ve got a Pixar Fest Food Checklist to help you do that)!

But let’s say you’ve just got a day or two in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure this summer… well, in that case, you may need to narrow your list down to just the must-eat items. So here are some of the best of the best at Pixar Fest (with thanks to our great friend Heather Sievers @diningindisney) in our latest DFB YouTube Video!

And if you love this video, there’s plenty more for you to enjoy over on our DFB YouTube Channel!

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So check out the video and then let us know: What’s on YOUR must-try list for Pixar Fest? 

Is Disney World’s Beaches and Cream Still Worth The Reservation?

We often hear from readers who want to know if DFB’s favorites of yore have still got IT.

You know what we mean: do they still have the mojo that keeps guests coming back year after year. For some restaurants at Walt Disney World, it’s killer food and a seasonal, ever-changing menu that draws in a crowd. For others, it’s an atmosphere that can’t be beat — like ‘Ohana‘s warm family feel or Sanaa‘s animal friends right outside the window.

For Beaches & Cream, it’s a sense of nostalgia paired with comforting eats that have been consistently good since the soda shop opened its doors almost thirty years ago. (Let’s just table that thirty years ago bit because there’s no way we’re that old…)

Beaches & Cream is tucked in between the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts on an outdoor walkway adjacent to Stormalong Bay — the fabulous pool shared by the resorts. That means Beaches and Cream is in the Epcot Resort Area (and just a stone’s throw from the International Gateway that serves as an entrance to Epcot’s World Showcase). This convenient location means that even guests not staying at the Resorts will make the short trip to this casual table service location for a bite to eat.

But you (and I!) wanted to know: does Beaches & Cream still have IT?

Beaches and Cream

Beaches and Cream

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Sneak Peek at Lamplight Lounge Coming to Pixar Pier!

The newly reopened Blue Sky Cellar in Disney California Adventure is giving us glimpses into the future of Pixar Pier.

Pixar Pier Marquee Concept Art ©Disney

Pixar Pier Marquee Concept Art ©Disney

The Cellar features concept art, sketches, models, and even videos of the upcoming land, which opens on June 23rd, and includes some new concept art of Lamplight Lounge! As Heather Sievers (@diningindisney) was busy noshing on all the eats at Pixar Fest, she stopped by Blue Sky Cellar and shared photos of the concept art with us.

This new lounge will replace the Cove Bar. The story behind the space is that it’s renovated from an old warehouse factory, with the wooden floor made from refinished wood boards from the factory (you’ll spot them on the ceiling, too).

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Pixar Fest Eats: Three-Course Ratatouille-Inspired Menu at Cafe Orleans in Disneyland

Greetings from New Orleans Square in Disneyland, where we’re celebrating Pixar Fest at Cafe Orleans!

New Orleans Square

New Orleans Square

So far, we’ve shown you all sorts of snack and Counter Service goodies themed to the Pixar celebration which spans both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. But today, we’re bringing you to this beloved Table Service restaurant currently serving — among their already-famous dishes — a 3-course Prix Fixe menu created specifically for the Fest.

Click here to read all of our Pixar Fest reviews and print your own Pixar Fest Food Checklist!

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Disney World Must-EAT: Housemade S’mores at The Ganachery in Disney Springs

THEY’RE BAAAACK!

Summer is approaching, and with it, cravings for everyone’s favorite campfire treat: S’mores! Walt Disney World has done s’mores in lots of different ways over the years, most recently in latte form at Joffrey’s last year. And now The Ganachery in Disney Springs has upped the game on this simple treat.

The Ganachery Storefront

The Ganachery Storefront

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Mother’s Day Brunch at Walt Disney World!

You love your mom, and she loves Walt Disney World. So why not treat her to a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch at Walt Disney World? There are several locations to take Mom on her special day — just make an Advance Dining Reservation and prepare to be Mom’s new favorite!

Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle

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DFB Video: Best Attractions with Low-to-No Wait in Disney World’s Epcot

Happy Thursday! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re sharing the best attractions with low-to-no waits in Disney World’s Epcot!

Epcot's Spaceship Earth

Epcot’s Spaceship Earth

Perhaps you’ve already chosen how you’d like to use your three allotted FastPasses in Epcot as you plan your next Disney World visit. But there are several attractions outside of the major headliners like Soarin’ Around the World, Frozen Ever After, and Test Track. Of course, when you’re in Epcot, you can definitely spend a lot of time outside of attractions EATING in this food lover’s theme park, but you might even want to fit a few more rides in while you’re at it ;) . And we’re going to help you do exactly that in our latest DFB YouTube Video! [Read more…]

What’s New in Disney’s Hollywood Studios: May 2, 2018

Welcome back to another installment of What’s New! This time we’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where there’s a whole lotta new we won’t get to see until June 30 when Toy Story Land opens! But in the meantime, we’ve got the skinny on menu changes, pop-up bars, and merchandise that just might tide us over until Woody welcomes the gang to his new land (and opens his lunchbox)!

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Menus & Eats

Sweet Spells closed a couple of weeks ago, and let’s just say that almost no one was happy about it. Where would we get our sweets? What would happen to the spells? (Okay, maybe we’re just worried about the carbohydrates…) And while we haven’t seen any of the Sweet Spells-specific food items shift over to Trolley Car Cafe, we’re glad that Sweet Spells favorites like the Carrot Cake Cookie, Napoleon, Danish, and Candy Brownie have all remained at Trolley Car.

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

So while we hear you, lovers of treats who don’t want to wait in that Starbucks line, we’re still relieved that the Carrot Cake Cookie and these beautiful treats are still nearby! But note that the carrot cake cookie has had a bit of a makeover — the cake part is now pretty thick and serious, so it’s more like a round cake versus a whoopie pie.

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

Guests can also pick up a Tale As Old As Time Cupcake at Trolley Car right now, and it sounds lovely. Vanilla cake, raspberry filling, white buttercream (which is actually yellow…maybe they meant to put “vanilla buttercream”?). Classic and sweet.

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake

The Tale As Old As Time Cupcake features some details from Beauty and the Beast, including red roses, yellow frosting, and Belle and her prince in white chocolate form.

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake at Trolley Car Cafe

If the heat of late spring and impending summer have got you down at Hollywood Studios, there are a couple of great pop-up bars to fuel your adventures. Sunshine Day Cafe Pop-Up Bar is conveniently located on Sunset Boulevard, and is serving up wine, beer, and a couple of specialty drinks.

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

We have previously seen Baby Blues and Green Screen elsewhere in Hollywood Studios, but those bright colors suck us in every time.

Sunshine Day Cafe Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Cafe Pop Up Bar

If you’re in Echo Lake, you’ll find the Echo Lake Pop-Up Bar with specialty cocktails and wine.

Echo Lake Pop Up Bar Menu

Echo Lake Pop Up Bar Menu

At Fairfax Fare and Rosie’s All-American Cafe, Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon Lemonade has replaced Jim Beam Black Cherry Lemonade.

Fairfax Fare Drinks

Fairfax Fare and Rosie’s All-American Cafe Drinks

In the world of desserts, Backlot Express now offers BB-9E and Kylo Ren Cupcakes instead of BB-8 and Darth Vader Cupcakes.

Backlot Express Desserts

Backlot Express Desserts

And the missing menu boards at ABC Commissary have been replaced with digital menu boards, just as predicted.

ABC Commissary New Menu Boards

ABC Commissary New Menu Boards

KRNR Station is now serving up nachos!

KRNR Station now has nachos!

KRNR Station now has nachos!

And a super yummy-looking S’mores Brownie has appeared at Dockside Diner. We definitely want to get into that!

Dockside Diner S'mores Brownie

Dockside Diner S’mores Brownie

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Merchandise

Merchandise at Hollywood Studios is exciting this week! For starters, guests can purchase ties with character at various locations in the park, including the Orange Bird, Haunted Mansion, and Monorail designs! These have been around for a while and aren’t “new,” but they’re still super fun!

Orange Bird Tie

Orange Bird Tie

Haunted Mansion and Monorail Ties

Haunted Mansion and Monorail Ties

And if you get the Tiki Room Tie, we beg of you: please request it as the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Tie.

Tiki Room Tie

Tiki Room Tie

Also available are a couple of elaborate Minnie Ear designs. Belle is loaded with detail!

Belle Minnie Ears

Belle Minnie Ears

As is the Cheshire Cat, whose tail curls around one ear!

Cheshire Cat Minnie Ears

Cheshire Cat Minnie Ears

We have a thing for the VHS Notebooks that have been available for a couple of years, and now we can get our VHS-loving fingers on The Little Mermaid, Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, and Dumbo!

VHS Notebooks!

VHS Notebooks!

The biggest news in merchandise is happening at the former Sweet Spells location, which is now a Pixar merchandise location — Tinseltown Trinkets and Reel Vogue!

Sweet Spells is now Pixar Merchandise Shop

Sweet Spells is now Pixar Merchandise Shop

Inside the store portion of the old location there’s lots of merch to peruse, as well as some packaged sweets like cotton candy and massive lollipops.

Sweet Spells' New Look

Sweet Spells’ New Look

Sweet Spells' New Look

Sweet Spells’ New Look

The promised Pixar merchandise is actually very sweet, including these Up!-inspired couples’ tees!

She's My Greatest Adventure

She’s My Greatest Adventure

He's My Greatest Adventure

He’s My Greatest Adventure

Mike and Sully get some love with Monsters, Inc./University-inspired gear.

The Overachiever Monsters Tee

The Overachiever Monsters Tee

The Natural Monsters Tee

The Natural Monsters Tee

This tote ain’t subtle, but it’s fun!

Roar Your Heart Out Tote

Roar Your Heart Out Tote

And, well, if you’ve been in the market for a plush Sully tail, we say why? But also: you can find yours here!

Sully Tail

Sully Tail

But, oooooooh! You knew there had to be Toy Story merchandise! This tank celebrates the little green guys!

Oooooh! Tank

Oooooh! Tank

And this hoodie is colorful and playful.

Toy Story Hoodie

Toy Story Hoodie

Meanwhile, we’re totally into this Squad Goals tote. What other squad could a Disney fan need?!

Squad Goals! Tote

Squad Goals! Tote

If MagicBands are your thing, you’ll definitely want to check this out: a Toy Story MagicBand!

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

That’s it for now from Disney’s Hollywood Studios! You know we’ll be back with more What’s New — so stick with the DFB crew!

Don’t Miss Out on Any Disney Fun!

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With mini-reviews of every single restaurant, bar, lounge, kiosk and more; an entire chapter on the best snacks in Disney World; full Disney Dining Plan analysis (and how to get FREE dining); and a full chapter on discounts and deals; you’ll have everything you need to plan your best vacation yet. Click here to order your copy of the 2018 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining E-book with code WDW2018 to save 25% today!

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Which of the new DHS tidbits are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments! 

Review: Teppan Edo in Disney World’s Epcot

Teppan Edo… it’s been a while, my friend!

Too long, I might say. I tend to not visit Teppan Edo in the Japan Pavilion as often as other spots around Epcot’s World Showcase — not because I haven’t enjoyed it in the past (because I have). This is due to the fact that as Epcot’s resident hibachi grill, the menu and experience doesn’t tend to change very much. So from a reviewer’s perspective, there isn’t a hugely revised menu or anything to keep readers posted on.

But from a Disney fan perspective (and Epcot fan. And Japan Pavilion fan. And FOOD fan!), I was rather keen on making a new Advance Dining Reservation here. And when @DininginDisney and her family happened to be going, I was excited to tag along!

So, let’s see how this recent visit went!

Guest Check In for Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining

Guest Check In for Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining

Check-in for Teppan Edo is located just outside the steps leading up to the restaurant.

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Sneak Peek at TOY STORY LAND! NEW Images of Attractions, Merch, and More!

TOY STORY LAND opens NEXT MONTH!!

Toy Story Land Opening on June 30th

Toy Story Land Opening on June 30th

Okay, so it’s opening on the last day of next month… but still! We can hardly wait, but fortunately today has brought us more images to “ooh” and “aah” over in the meantime!

Visit our Toy Story Land Page for the full scoop on this new Land!

For instance, check out the first released image of the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction! So cute, right? Maybe my kid will actually ride this one!

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