New DFB Video: ULTIMATE Disney Ice Cream Sundaes You’ve GOTTA Try!

We are at the height of the summer heat, and that can mean only one thing: Ice Cream Time is All the Time. So in today’s DFB Video we’re getting down to the serious business of ULTIMATE Disney Ice Cream Sundaes You’ve GOTTA Try!

The Kitchen Sinks

The Kitchen Sinks

There is so much Ice Cream Sundae Wonder to enjoy at Disney. Like, food fantasy level stuff. Ranging from the classic Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream to the Earthquake at Ghirardelli to the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Sundae at Ample Hills Creamery — every day should be an ice cream day at Disney. [Read more…]

News: Disney World Annual Passholders Increased Dining Discount Through Sept. 30th

Hey, Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members! Guess what? According to wdwmagic.com, an increased discount is now available at several Resort restaurants now through the summer (ending September 30, 2017).

The Turf Club at Saratoga Springs Resort

The Turf Club at Saratoga Springs Resort

If you visit any of the locations listed below during the dinner meal timeframe BEFORE 6:30 pm or AFTER 8:30 pm, you will receive a 30% discount as opposed to the original 20%! [Read more…]

STAR WARS HOTEL Coming to DISNEY WORLD!

Wow. Some weekend, huh? SO MUCH news was released at the D23 Expo on July 15th regarding new experiences coming to Walt Disney World. A bit of it was specific to my personal favorite topic — Dining!! We learned that a brand new Space Restaurant (and RATATOUILLE attraction!!) are coming to Epcot.

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©Disney

But there was SO much more, such as the upcoming Gondola transportation system, additional new attractions, an opening timeframe for Toy Story Land, and more.

But even among these SUPER newsworthy items, the announcement that a Star Wars-inspired themed Resort is coming to Disney World really rocked the Disney news world!

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News: New Year’s Eve Events at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Available for Booking July 11

Even if it’s not exactly the right moment to start the Big Countdown to ring in 2018, it IS — believe it or not — time to start making your plans for New Year’s Eve in Walt Disney World!

View of Fireworks from the Contemporary

View of Fireworks from the Contemporary

And Disney’s Contemporary Resort will be hosting THREE celebrations, which will all open for booking on July 11th.

Disney Countdown to Midnight

Dining, dancing, music, and booze will all be components of Disney Countdown to Midnight in the Fantasia Ballroom. A band, DJ, and Mickey and Minnie will all join in the party, and guests will ring in 2018 viewing the Magic Kingdom New Year’s Fireworks and raising a glass of bubbly.

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News: Disney World Yacht Club Resort Ale & Compass Restaurant and Ale & Compass Lounge Opening in October

Do you remember our recent trip to the new Market at Ale & Compass Counter Service and grab-and-go location in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort?

The Market at Ale & Compass

The Market at Ale & Compass

Well, that isn’t the only change we can expect in regards to dining at the Yacht Club! First: you may already be aware that Captain’s Grille is currently closed for a refurbishment.

But it seems that the changes will result in much more than your typical refurb. The Grille will reopen with a whole new feel AND a new name! Look for the re-imagined Ale & Compass Restaurant (part of the overall Ale & Compass concept) to present a “gastropub ambience” and offer “New England-inspired comfort food” for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Most Popular Restaurants in Disney World — and Good Alternatives If They’re Full!

We’ve all been there, right? You try to score that coveted Advance Dining Reservation, and it just doesn’t happen. So what should you do? Fortunately, that’s what we’re talking about in our latest DFB Video!

Today, we’re sharing the most popular restaurants in Walt Disney World — and what to do when they’re totally booked!

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Be Our Guest Restaurant

So — what do you do when you can’t score dinner at Be Our Guest[Read more…]

News: Disney Restaurant Discounts During Orlando Magical Dining Month (PLUS MENUS!!)

Wow! What a fun surprise to see so many Disney Restaurants participating in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month for 2017!

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September is Orlando Magical Dining Month sponsored by Visit Orlando, and it begins with a preview week on August 25th and runs through October 1st. Magical Dining offers Orlando locals and guests the chance to enjoy the Orlando culinary scene at a significant savings: $35 for three courses at participating area restaurants. This year, the tally is over 100 restaurants offering the prix fixe dinners, which include appetizer, entree, and dessert.

In keeping with tradition, one dollar from each meal goes to support local charities. Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation are the two charities for 2017.

For a complete list of participating restaurants and Magical Dining Month menus, head over to Visit Orlando’s website. And to see all of the restaurants at Disney World and in the immediate Lake Buena Vista area, click here.

This year, an unprecedented number of Disney restaurants are participating, and we are happily surprised to see several Disney owned and operated spots on the list! Among them are The Turf Club, Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Grand Floridian Cafe, Jiko, Olivia’s Cafe, and The Wave… of American Flavors.

Inguday Tibs in Brik at Jiko

Inguday Tibs in Brik at Jiko

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New DFB Video: Beignets (and the Beignet Gelato Sundae!) at Port Orleans Resort, French Quarter!

Happy Funday Monday! Today, we thought we’d take a closer look at one of our favorite Disney Resort Snacks in our latest DFB Video. So join me as we head over to the shady squares of Port Orleans French Quarter Resort.

And when we go to Port Orleans you know we aren’t leaving without snagging an order or three of their amazing Beignets!

Beignet Sundae

Beignet Sundae

Smothered in powdered sugar, these hot-from-the-fryer, melt-in-your-mouth treats are pretty amazing all by themselves. But at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, you can also score them with Dipping Sauces. Choose from Caramel, Raspberry, or Chicory Coffee Ganache. Or don’t choose. Because ALL THE SAUCES. [Read more…]

News: Chef Mickey’s Temporarily Relocating to Convention Center

Editor’s Note on 7/19: The temporary relocation to the Convention Center has been cancelled, and guests with Advanced Dining Reservations should receive an email from Disney stating that they can go to Chef Mickey’s regular location for their meal. 

According to wdwmagic.com, Chef Mickey’s will be relocating to the Contemporary Resort’s Convention Center from July 28th through August 13th for unplanned maintenance. (Sounds ominous!)

So, if you have an Advance Dining Reservation for those dates, you can rest assured that you will still be able to enjoy your Breakfast, Brunch, or Dinner buffet with Chef Mickey himself. And he’ll still be joined by Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto.

Additionally, guests who have already scheduled a reservation should be receiving a communication from Disney regarding the relocation.

In fact, you can still (as of this morning) make Advance Dining Reservations for the experience for the dates mentioned above. Fair warning, though… breakfast with Mickey and the gang still remains a hard ticket to get!

Chef Mickey

Chef Mickey

We’ll keep you posted on any further details.

If you’re looking for more details on Disney Character meals, check out our Best and Worst Character Meals in Disney World video!

What character meals are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

First Look and Review! The New Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

It’s good to see you again, Roaring Fork!

Roaring Fork is the primary Counter Service restaurant at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Over the past several months, the entire resort has been undergoing several refurbishments, and these changes have certainly included some of the dining options at the Lodge.

For instance, this past February brought the addition of Geyser Point Bar & Grill — a hybrid outdoor lounge and Counter Service location. The opening of Geyser Point coincided with the temporary closure of Roaring Fork for a renovation of its own.

And even though Geyser Point has been a terrific addition to Wilderness Lodge, we have missed Roaring Fork. As home to everything from Specialty Waffles in the morning to some of our favorite cupcakes anywhere — all served up in the Lodge’s uniquely beautiful rustic setting —  Roaring Fork has long held a special place in our hearts. And we know we’re not the only ones who feel that way.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Sign

Roaring Fork Outdoor Sign

So, I’m sure some of you are as anxious as I am to see what’s new and what’s remained the same (did the Waffles make the cut?!?) at Roaring Fork. Let’s not waste any more time checking it out!

Atmosphere

Before the refurbishment, there were a few words you could always use to describe Roaring Fork. Among them were “rustic” and even “cozy.” [Read more…]