DFB Video: Best Disney World Restaurants When You’re on a Budget!

Hey, Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re discussing Walt Disney World’s best Table Service restaurants… on a budget!

Beaches and Cream is great when you're on a budget (or anytime!)

Beaches and Cream is great when you’re on a budget (or anytime!)

We all know how pricey food at Disney World can be, but today we’re checking out some of the best Table Service spots where you can still have a totally magical dining experience without busting your vacation budget! You’ll find delicious food at all of these spots — and we’d recommend a few of them as much as some Signature dining spots (yes, really!). A few of our favorite budget-friendly spots include Beaches and Cream and The Fountain at Disney’s Dolphin Hotel… but that’s not all! So check out our latest video to see the full list! [Read more…]

Review: My Favorite Food in Disneyland

OK, for serious. I’m just going to say it. This is the BEST food in Disneyland. Believe me, Napa Rose is incredible, Steakhouse 55 slays, and Club 33 is amazing. I’ve been to all three many times. But if I only have one meal to eat in Disneyland, it’s going to be this one.

We all know that Disney restaurants can be maddeningly inconsistent, but this one? Always good. And these particular menu items are home-runs every single time. It’s a good day for a visit to Cafe Orleans in Disneyland, don’t you think?

Located in New Orleans Square, this casual Table Service restaurant serves consistently killer NOLA French Quarter-inspired fare with a little bonus panache.

New Orleans Square

New Orleans Square

New Orleans Square, for those who haven’t been, is so fun. It’s always Mardi Gras here, people! Big masks, oversized beads, and beautiful architectural details make this place a magnet for visitors to the Happiest Place on Earth.

And Cafe Orleans is right in the heart of things.

Atmosphere

Cafe Orleans is a pretty classy joint. Think stained glass and elegant decor (by theme park standards). It all starts outside. [Read more…]

Confirmed: Maria & Enzo’s — Plus Pizza Ponte and Enzo’s Hideaway — Coming to The Edison Complex in Disney Springs

We got word about Maria & Enzo’s (formerly rumored to be “Mario & Enzo’s) in August — it’s an Italian Trattoria that will be located adjacent to the upcoming Edison Complex this winter. Today, we’re excited to report that not only has Maria & Enzo’s been confirmed, but there is MORE news to share about restaurant and bar concepts coming to the location!

The Edison Complex construction

The Edison Complex construction

The three restaurants will form a complete complex, but each will feature their own unique menus, with a focus on Italian cuisine. Like The Edison, the concepts are being created by the Patina Restaurant Group (PRG).

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News: Disney World Annual Passholders Get Reserved Seating at Eat to the Beat Concerts

Can you believe we’ve already reached this point? We are just two weeks out from the end of the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Even so, we still have a little more news to share! According to orlandoparksnews.com, Disney World Annual Passholders can enjoy a reserved seating area at the remaining Eat to the Beat Concerts from now through the Festival’s end on November 13th!

Festival Center

Festival Center

Annual Passholders can visit the Annual Passholder Button location inside the Festival Center and, with a Valid Annual Pass, request a badge for the 5:30, 6:45, or 8:00 PM show. First-come, first-served.

At showtime, head to the left entrance of the America Gardens Theatre for the separate queue for those with badges.

Remaining acts include Hanson, Boyz II Men, Living Colour, and more! Be sure to check out the full line up here!

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Review: Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

I had the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan on a recent visit, so I was hitting up all the 2-credits I could find!! And today, we’re heading back to that bastion of Old Hollywood Glamor, The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Have you ever dined here? The Hollywood Brown Derby is notable for a few reasons. First, it’s the only signature dining experience that you can enjoy within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (although that’s likely to change with the opening of Galaxy’s Edge, the Star Wars-themed land coming to the park in 2019).

And fans of the restaurant’s signature dishes, like the original Hollywood Brown Derby Cobb Salad, are always quick to advocate for this spot.

My experiences here have been hit or miss, but I’ve enjoyed the addition of The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge in recent years.

But since it had been a while since I’d been to the Derby, I decided to make it a priority on my most recent Disney World visit to make an advance dining reservation to see the latest. Here we go!

Atmosphere

The Hollywood Brown Derby is located on Hollywood Boulevard, and anchors one end of the street that channels the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

The Hollywood Brown Derby

The Hollywood Brown Derby Sign

The original Brown Derby was actually a chain of restaurants, but the one that you see here is a replica of the location at 1628 North Vine Street. This location was closest to the studios, and became a bit of a Hollywood icon itself. [Read more…]

Review: Flower Pot Cupcake and Ursula Cupcake — Available through October 31 in Epcot

Today, I bring you a Tale of Two Cupcakes.

One wonderful, the other… not so much (as in REALLY not so much). You can find them both at Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion at Epcot.

Sunshine Seasons is a much-beloved quick service spot where guests rave about the variety of options, the use of ingredients from the neighboring Living With The Land, and the desserts. You already know how we feel about the Strawberry Shortcake here. And the seasonal Apple Crisp. And the Mickey Oreo Cheesecake.

The list truly goes on and on — mostly because Sunshine Seasons’ Cast Members go out of their way to create unique treats that represent the seasons and celebrations of Epcot. And we’re always game to try their newest creations.

But, well, allow me to tell the Tale of Two Cupcakes. I’ll begin with the bad news first because I believe it’s always better just to get it over with. The Ursula Cupcake at Sunshine Seasons is… gross.

Ursula Cupcake

Ursula Cupcake

The “black mirror” lacquered glaze on the outside is Ursula-approved, I’m sure. The fondant scroll for Ariel’s contract is a cute touch (although we can see Ariel has printed her name, not so much signed it). On top is Ursula’s shell necklace — also the tool used to capture Ariel’s lovely singing voice — and more tentacle-y fondant touches. [Read more…]

Spotted: New Epcot Starbucks “You Are Here” Mugs and MORE at Fountain View

We’ve checked out the new Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios Starbucks “You Are Here” Mugs  and Mickey Tumblers at Creature Comforts, Main Street Bakery, and The Trolley Car Cafe, respectively. Today, our stop is Epcot’s Fountain View, where the Mickey Tumbler similarly features beloved park icons — from yesterday and today! — in honor of Epcot’s 35th Anniversary.

Epcot Mickey Tumbler

Epcot Mickey Tumbler

I LOVE the nod to the Universe of Energy dinosaurs on Mickey’s foot! And there’s Figment! Horizons made it!! And Kitchen Kabaret get some love, which does my heart good. Spaceship Earth makes up Mickeys cute face… it goes on and on.

And, just like the other in-parks Starbucks locations, there is also a new “You Are Here” Mug.

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DFB Video: Epcot’s Mexico — Nosh or Not? Food Tour!

Hello, friends! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we would love it if you would join us on a Food Tour of Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion!

Cheers from the Mexico Pavilion!

Cheers from the Mexico Pavilion!

Now, you likely already know about our love for La Cava del Tequila… and we’ll definitely be hitting it up in our video today! But we’re also talking about some other spots…  like where you can score some delicious Mexican candy and chocolates, and a couple of primo places where you can watch the IllumiNations spectacular while enjoying some terrific eats. We’ll also fill you in on a place you might want to skip when you’re planning what you want to NOSH ON or NOT in Epcot’s Mexico! [Read more…]

Review: Frosé at Muddy Rivers Pool Bar in Disney World’s Port Orleans Resort, Riverside

Port Orleans Resort, Riverside! And Ol’ Man Island, with its fabulous, amoeba-shaped pool!

Muddy Rivers View

Muddy Rivers View

Nestled right by Ol’ Man Island is the home-y and rustic Muddy Rivers Pool Bar, and it’s everything you want out of a pool bar in the Bayou. (Haven’t thought about what you’d want out of a pool bar in the bayou? Let us help you visualize it.) There’s wood everywhere you look, including exposed rafters. At the base of the bar are weathered vertical wood panels in a variety of colors, creating the feeling that this bar has been pieced together over time. [Read more…]

SPOOKY SAVINGS at the DFB Store — 31% Off Everything For a Limited Time!

It’s Halloween time, everyone!

Are you waiting for Grim Grinning Ghosts to come out and socialize? Me too!

And in honor of this spook-tacular time of year, we wanted to offer you a little something extra — and it’s way more TREAT than trick!

(Look at this crazy graphic that photographer and graphic designer Tina made! We have such talented people at DFB!!!)

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For a limited time only, save 31% off of EVERYTHING in the DFB store. Just use promo code SPOOKY and watch the savings appear right before your eyes!

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