Review: Candy Cane and Gingerbread Gelato at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

One of my favorite parts of this time of year is seeing all of the Gingerbread House Displays at the Disney World Resort Hotels! Better yet, I love spying all of the new festive sweets available at the displays. And this year, The Boardwalk Inn is hosting not only an updated display, but a few new treats as well… .

For the past few years, the BoardWalk Inn has returned to celebrating its turn-of-the-century Atlantic seashore theme with its gingerbread display.

Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe

Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe

For 2015, the simultaneous display and shop (a la the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House) has been reimagined as Ginger’s Bread and Cookie Shoppe. [Read more…]

DFB 12 Days of Christmas: 50% Off the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book

Hello, hello!! Did you get your entries in to win the Ceramic Dole Whip yesterday? I hope so!! And we are super excited to continue celebrating the DFB 12 days of Christmas with another special savings offer!

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Get The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book 2016 Pre-Order TODAY for 50% Off — and get the 2015 Guide FREE! Use Code 12DAYS for the deal!

The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining e-Book is an instantly downloadable PDF guide, featuring over 490 full-color pages of photographs, information, and advice about our favorite subjects — food and dining in Walt Disney World. [Read more…]

Close-Up! The 2015 Disney World Resort Gingerbread Displays

All over the World, it’s GINGERBREAD TIME!!! It’s a wonderful holiday tradition to feast your eyes on the larger-than-life Gingerbread Displays at several Deluxe Disney World Resorts before you feast your tummy on all the festive treats available during your visit!

Disney World Gingerbread House Tour

Disney World Gingerbread House Tour

We’re going to take you on a visit to the major Gingerbread hot spots in Disney World, and we’ll start our Gingerbread tour at the Epcot area resorts…

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

My  personal favorite is the Gingerbread Carousel found at the Beach Club. I always love to spot the new horses each year making their way on the Merry-Go-Round!

Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel

Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel

We’d love to introduce you to this year’s team of horses… here’s Julia! [Read more…]

DFB 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1 — 20% Off All DFBStore Products!

Welcome to Day 1 of the Disney Food Blog’s 12 Days of Christmas!

Here at DFB, we are all about sharing the best of the Holiday Season with you! From amazing eats and seasonal shows to special tips and tricks for the holiday season, we’ve got everything you need to know about winter trips to Disney parks!

So since we here at DFB absolutely LOVE this time of year, we’ve put together 12 days of surprises for YOU. Check in everyday to see great discounts on must-have Disney items and opportunities to win special Disney souvenirs!

We’ve got 12 Days of holiday fun coming up — in addition to all of our great Disney food coverage, of course — so be sure to stop in daily to get the latest updates!

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If you have a Disney Fan in your life — and let’s face it, you must, or you wouldn’t be reading this :-) — or you’re just looking for a great deal, then check out today’s offer as our 12 days of Christmas savings get underway!

Today, we are offering you a discount on all DFB store products! [Read more…]

Review: Dinner at the Grand Floridian Cafe in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Please join us for dinner at the Grand Floridian Cafe!

The Grand Floridian Cafe doesn’t garner the headlines of the Grand Floridian Resort’s signature restaurants — Narcoossee’s and Citricos — or the AAA 5 Diamond experience, Victoria and Albert’s. And, of course, there is always the unique-to-the-Grand-Floridian experience of Afternoon Tea in the Garden View Tea Room. And though 1900 Park Fare, like the Grand Floridian Cafe, is also a 1-Credit Table Service restaurant on the Disney Dining Plan, it’s better known for being a character meal and buffet option.

The Grand Floridian Cafe offers guests an opportunity to spend some time at Disney World’s flagship resort at a more modest price point than its counterpart table service restaurants. But since it tends to get a bit overshadowed by the other options (even though we think it’s a hidden gem), we’re back for a visit to take a look around and explore the current dinner offerings at the Grand Floridian Cafe.

Atmosphere

It’s quite a “grand” stroll through the entire lobby to find the Grand Floridian Cafe.

Grand Floridian Cafe sign at entrance

Grand Floridian Cafe sign at entrance

Head left at the back of the lobby, pass one of the merchandise shops, and its entrance is one of the last things you’ll see before your next step is outside. [Read more…]

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Yacht & Beach Club Resort to Feature Adventurers Club Entertainment

New Year’s Eve celebrations aren’t hard to come by when you’re ringing in the New Year in Disney World!

New Year's Eve Toast

New Year’s Eve Toast

Maybe you’ll be welcoming 2016 with a special showing of Wishes at the Magic Kingdom or Illuminations at Epcot. And, of course, every year there are extra admission-required events also available for guests to choose from.

We shared some of the special holiday happenings taking place on December 31st at locations like Monsieur Paul, Le Cellier, and California Grill in a previous post. But for those looking for an extra-big splurge… the Countdown to Midnight might be just the thing to add to your celebration.

The Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center will be the setting for this special event, which Disney is billing as a Progressive “3-in-1” Party featuring food and cocktails, as well as live entertainment and music.

The celebration begins at 8:00 PM (with check-in starting at 7:30 PM). First, take a walk down nostalgia lane while enjoying an “interactive comedy reunion at the Adventurer’s Club(after stopping for a cocktail, beer, or wine at an open bar). Second, Club Live will set the stage for dancing to a live 9-piece band. Third, Club Vinyl will feature a 7-piece band playing jazzed-up versions of music from today in a “Preservation Hall” setting.

Additionally, special guest star Vanessa Williams has joined the lineup as the event’s headliner. 

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A View at Disney’s Yacht Club

Buffet and dessert stations and drinks are included with admission. And just before midnight, it will be time to put on a New Year’s Eve hat or tiara for the big countdown into 2016. Once the clock strikes twelve, a balloon drop and confetti blast will welcome the New Year, along with a champagne toast using your keepsake glass. [Read more…]

DFB Podcast Episode 26: Alternatives to Popular Disney Restaurants

We are back with episode 26 of the DFB Podcast! dining with kids at Disney World and Disneyland!

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What’s It About?
Last minute trip? Change in plans? Need to get a Disney trip on the books FAST? I’m all for it, but you may run into a little problem when it comes to booking beloved and popular Disney restaurants at the last minute.

We have a solution!

In this episode we discuss what options you have when you can’t get a reservation at the most popular Disney dining locations. Nothing available at Cinderella’s Royal Table? No reservations to be had at California Grill? Chef Mickey’s all booked up? No worries! We’ve got some awesome “second choice” restaurants (some of which are better than the “first choice” restaurants in our opinion!) that will be much easier to book for a last minute trip.

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

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DFB Cyber Monday Sale: DFB Guide + Snacks Bundle for $10 Off!

The Holidays are officially underway! And while we’ve been busy as elves offering you awesome savings on some of our most popular DFB Guides this holiday weekend — but we aren’t finished yet!

We kicked off our holiday savings with 20% off everything in the DFB Store! Use Promo Code 20Sale to secure these savings!

On Turkey Day, we offered a special 1/2 off deal on our most popular e-book, the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World. Use Promo Code Thanksgiving to take advantage of this great deal.

And on Black Friday, we offered you everything — The Everything Bundle, that is — for $10 off! You can STILL get in on this one with Promo Code Savings15 at checkout!

Finally, in honor of Cyber Monday, we’re bringing you another irresistible sale, just in time for your Disney Trip Planning and Gift Giving Needs!

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Review: Minnie’s Bake Shop Chocolate Chunk Cookies

You may have passed by boxes upon boxes of Minnie’s Bake Shop Chocolate Chunk Cookies in several merchandise spots around Disney World and Disneyland without even noticing.

Minnie's Bake Shop Label

Minnie’s Bake Shop Label

Found throughout popular merchandise and snack combo stops such as Magic Kingdom’s Big Top Souvenirs (home to Big Top Treats) and Epcot’s Mouse Gears in Disney World, to the Fantasia Shop in the Disneyland Hotel (where I purchased mine), these grab and go snacks aren’t exactly what you would call high profile on the Disney snacking scene. [Read more…]

DFB Black Friday Sale: Save BIG On Our Everything Bundle!

I hope you guys had a terrific Thanksgiving Day yesterday! I have to confess though, I’m not too motivated to do much today — except maybe plan my next trip to Disney. :-) So it’s time to carry on the holiday weekend with a little more celebrating…

…and offer you extra savings on one of our most popular Bundles!

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The DFB Everything Bundle — For Over 50% OFF the Individual Cover Prices!

Once again, as a big THANKS to our loyal readers, we’re offering a special deal for our Black Friday Sale. And since nothing is better than everything…that’s what we’re giving you!

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The DFB Everything Bundle — On Sale Today!

Today, you can purchase the DFB Everything Bundle for just $49.95! That’s OVER 50% off the total cost of the books when purchased separately (over $100)! Just enter code Savings15 at the check-out. [Read more…]