Review: All That Jazz from the Big Easy Splash Menu at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort

Raise your hand if you love Port Orleans!!

Sure, people may look at you and wonder why your hand is in the air, but pay them no mind. It’s all for the love of the Port.

I’ll take any opportunity I can get to head over to the Port Orleans Resorts, be it Riverside or French Quarter (though I have a slight bias towards Riverside, what with the River Roost and all). So I was excited to finally have a chance to stop by recently to check out the specialty drinks that debuted earlier this summer. These sips are specific to the pool bars at Port Orleans — Muddy Rivers at Riverside, and Mardi Grogs at French Quarter.

I made the stroll to the Ol’ Man Island pool area and Muddy Rivers over at Riverside. Where Mardi Grogs celebrates the colorful Mardi Gras vibe of the French Quarter, Muddy Rivers offers the rustic Southern charm of Riverside. (You can’t go wrong either way.)

Muddy Rivers Pool Bar

Muddy Rivers Pool Bar

Muddy Rivers Pool Bar

Muddy Rivers Pool Bar

Before I even reached the bar, though, signs showing guests the Big Easy Splash — the food and beverage selections currently available poolside — led the way. [Read more…]

News: “Snacks with Character” Allergy-Friendly Items Now Available in Disney Parks

In early September, we gave you a Sneak Peek of the Disney-branded allergy-friendly snacks that were — at the time — on their way to Disney Parks at an undetermined date. Well, that date is now here… the “Snacks with Character” line is now officially available throughout Disney Parks!



At the time, we sampled the Chocolate Chip Crunchy Cookies, but now a full line is available, offering alternative choices for guests seeking other options due to allergies or lifestyle choice. We’ve spied a few more items that have cropped up over the past few weeks as well, and options include items like Lemon Burst Cookies, Dark Chocolate Bars, and Chocolate Sunseed Bars. [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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“Welcome to the mystery, romance, and adventure of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. Here on the shores of paradise, our seafaring friend established this happy hideaway for all to enjoy!” 

#OnTheList: Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

#OnTheList: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Aside from proudly boasting his offer of TWO of his heads for one of yours, everyone’s favorite Head Salesman from the beloved Jungle Cruise attraction — Trader Sam — has one more bragging right to add to his list: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is #OnTheList this week! [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Budgeting for the Holidays at Walt Disney World

Heading to Walt Disney World for the holidays? Woohoo! It’s such a beautiful time to visit, as the Parks are all decked out in their festive best.

Order your holiday guide today!

From special events and holiday decor to snacks and drinks full of Yuletide cheer, there’s so much to pack into a visit.

But you’re gonna need a plan and a budget! Because I promise you, visiting Walt Disney World during the holidays is spectacular — but the costs can add up quickly.

Today, I’d love to share with you some of our best budgeting tips for planning your Holiday trip to Walt Disney World. Our tips come courtesy of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book, and by pre-ordering the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book with our special discount code — Preholiday  you get everything you need to make the most of your Disney holiday vacation.

Heigh Ho — let’s go!

Go Early — or Late — If Possible

Want to enjoy the Holidays at Disney, without paying holiday prices? It may sound impossible, but it’s not. The key is to schedule your visit for a time early or late in the holiday season.

Main Street USA at Christmas Time

Main Street USA at Christmas Time

Christmas decorations go up as early as November in some corners of the Resort. You’ll see festive tidings first normally at Magic Kingdom, where Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off in the early part of the month. By mid to late November, the incredible gingerbread displays that you’ll find at the Deluxe Resorts are taking shape. [Read more…]

Review: Beach Club Marketplace at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Join us as we head to Beach Club Marketplace for late-night bite!

Did you even know that Disney’s Beach Club Resort has a counter service location? Well, if you didn’t, you’re not alone. Actually, if it weren’t for the fact that it’s a Rapid Fill Refilling location, I’m not sure anyone would know that there’s hot food for sale here.

Let’s take a look at this shop and see if it’s worth your time to stop in.


You’ll find Beach Club Marketplace tucked into the side entrance of the Beach Club Resort if you enter from the courtyard located behind the lobby. Sound confusing? Yeah. It is.

Disney's Beach Club Resort

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

If you enter looking for just a restaurant, you’ll quickly find that Beach Club Marketplace serves more than just one purpose, and looks more like a gift shop than anything else. Because that’s basically what it is. [Read more…]

Review: New Specialty Burgers and the Everything Pop Sundae at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

We’re checking out a whole slew of totally fun new burgers (and picking up a not-so-little dessert) at Pop Century Resort’s Everything Pop!

(And for those of you who miss the All-American Picnic Burger that used to grace the menu at Sci-Fi Dine-In, you’ll want to stay tuned!)

There’s never a dull moment at the vibrant celebration of all things pop culture that is Pop Century Resort, and that’s certainly true at the resort’s food court, Everything Pop! It’s a great place to find unique themed eats like Tie-Dye Cheesecake, the King Cupcake, and the Pop Tarts Breakfast Sandwich.

Today we’re heading back to try out some recent additions to the menu. Specialty burgers have become all the rage at Everything Pop, and they’ve also added their own take on a slightly smaller version of the famous Kitchen Sink Sundae… with a “Pop” twist, of course!


Now, when you refer to Everything Pop, technically you’re speaking not only of the Food Court, but also the merchandise shop.

Everything Pop Sign

Everything Pop Sign

For our DFB purposes, though, it’s typically a quick stroll past the gifts and souvenirs into the sizable food court, featuring separate ordering and serving stations offering everything from pasta and pizza to pot roast and sloppy joes (along with all sorts of traditional resort grab-and-go items). [Read more…]

New Year’s Eve Events at Walt Disney World to Ring in 2016

Have you made your New Year’s Eve plans yet???

New Year's Eve Toast

New Year’s Eve Toast

Yeah, me neither. But believe it or not, it’s not too soon to start making plans… if you’re planning on ringing in 2016 at Walt Disney World, that is!

In addition to regular dining opportunities in the parks and resorts, special dining events will once again be offered for guests looking for some unique ways to celebrate, and the options appear to have expanded from last year’s offerings.

As you might anticipate, Epcot tops the list for most guests hoping to ring in the new year in one of the parks, thanks to extra special entertainment throughout the day as well as an extended version of the Illuminations Nighttime Spectacular, so the bulk of special New Year’s options take place throughout World Showcase.

However, a few of the Resort restaurants are planning celebrations of their own as well. Here’s the festive rundown (so far! It’s always possible that other events may yet be in store…)

New Year’s Eve at Epcot World ShowPlace

Returning to Epcot this year is the New Year’s Eve at Epcot World ShowPlace dining event. Once again, the event will feature buffet dining set to classic Disney music, and will also feature vignettes for fun photo opps to remember the celebration. [Read more…]

News: Changes to Tables in Wonderland Dining Discount Program in Walt Disney World

Over the weekend, Disney announced changes coming to its popular Tables in Wonderland discount dining program. The changes were effective Sunday, October 4, 2015.

Tables in Wonderland Membership Card

If you aren’t familiar with the program, guests purchase a card annually, which offers the following benefits:

  • 20% Discount on food and beverage at participating restaurants. The discounts include alcohol.
  • Complimentary Resort Valet Parking as well as complimentary Theme Park Parking, for the express purpose of dining.
  • Invitations to exclusive special events. These events carry an extra cost.

While the basic benefits are not changing, the price for the card is increasing significantly. Florida residents will now pay $175 per year for the card, while Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members will now pay $150 annually. The prices are up from $125 and $100, respectively. There are no discounted renewal rates for the Tables in Wonderland Card.

Tables in Wonderland will also continue to observe Black Out Dates instituted in 2014. These include the following: [Read more…]

News: Waterfront Brunch Coming to Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

A new dining opportunity is coming to Narcoossee’s, one of the signature restaurants at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

A hallmark of Narcoossee’s is the wonderful views it offers of Seven Seas Lagoon, which makes it known as an especially terrific option if you book your Advance Dining Reservation for dinner in coordination with a showtime of Wishes — the Magic Kingdom Fireworks spectacular.

Later this fall, Narcoossee’s will be making the most of its unique setting in the daytime with the new Waterfront Brunch, which will be offered on Sunday mornings beginning November 22, 2015 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

The meal will begin with a specialty beverage of either champagne, a Mimosa, or a signature Bloody Mary, while a smoothie option will be available for guests under 21.

Next, a shared basket of pastries will include house-made chocolate and traditional croissants alongside muffins, Danish pastries, and pecan sticky buns, all served with Vermont cultured butter and seasonal jam.



Guests will then choose from an appetizer selection including Onion Soup Gratinee, Shrimp and Grits, Seafood Charcuterie, an Artisanal Cheese Selection or a Romaine Salad. Entree choices will include Lobster Eggs Benedict, Brioche French Toast, Chicken and Waffles, Freshly Caught Seasonal Fish, and Steak and Eggs (among others). Brunch will end with a dessert trio. [Read more…]

#OnTheList: The King Cupcake at Disney World’s Pop Century Resort

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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!


Are you ready for one huge hunka-hunka cupcake? Because THAT’S what you’ll get with the King Cupcake, our latest #OnTheList item found at Disney’s Pop Century Resort!

#OnTheList King Cupcake

#OnTheList King Cupcake

Elvis Presley has no shortage of diehard fans to this day, but it appears he was quite the fanboy himself… particularly of a good ol’ peanut butter and banana sandwich. But it didn’t stop there — he was also known to enjoy this classic combo with bacon. [Read more…]