What’s New Around Walt Disney World: March 29th, 2017

HAPPY SPRING, everybody!

Spring Mickey

Spring Mickey Bunny

Another winter is behind us and the warmth and blooms of spring are here at last. So we hope you’ll take a little Spring Break with us…

Spring Caramel Apple

Spring Caramel Apple

Mickey Wants Those Peeps!

Mickey Wants Those Peeps!

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Character Egg Cake Pops

Character Egg Cake Pops

Character Egg Cake Pops

Character Egg Cake Pops

Easter Bunny Caramel Apple

Easter Bunny Caramel Apple

… to check out What’s New Around Walt Disney World, starting with these fun new hot drink cups! While we weren’t sure about the understated design on the new cups and plates in Disney Parks, I do like these particular quotes being front and center.

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News! Updated Menus Now Available for 2017 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

We first told you the dates and details for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic — one of our favorite food events of the year — way back in January!

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This event ALWAYS gets tons of kudos from our readers!

The event, which takes place one weekend during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, is back again in 2017. Mark your calendars for Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28!

This event may only be two days long, but there’s a lot of wonderful eating and drinking to pack into that time.

The Food and Wine Classic offers guests informative and fun food and beverage seminars on a wide range of topics. We’ve enjoyed learning about mixology and all about Champagne in the past.

And food topics like how to make pasta are delicious and educational! To see the full list with descriptions of each, check out our Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Seminar Page.

But today, we’re excited to bring you the full menus for this year’s Causeway Event.

More than 50 Tasting Stations will be set up along the scenic Causeway between the Swan and Dolphin Resorts.

The Causeway

The Causeway

Booths will feature tasting plates from the resort’s 17 different restaurants and lounges, and more than 30 wineries from all over the world will offer pairings for the dishes. Craft breweries are also well represented, and live entertainment keeps the party going all evening long, as day fades into night. [Read more…]

A New Dole Whip And Rum Smoothie Spotted in Disney World! Guess Where!

Dole Whip alert! Dole Whip alert! (Mental note: we need a secret, underground alert system for Dole Whip news.) Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort, with its enormous Big Blue (Nemo-inspired) Pool and totally groovy theming, now has an alcoholic Dole Whip drink (and a non-alcoholic option!).

Captain's Pineapple Drink at Art of Animation Resort

Captain’s Pineapple Drink at Art of Animation Resort

Yes, that sound you hear is us screaming with joy! To get one for yourself, you’re gonna have to make your way over to Art of Animation. You’ll know you’re there when you see massive depictions of animators’ sketches.

Art of Animation Entrance

Art of Animation Entrance

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New DFB Video: 20 Disney Snacks You HAVE to Try in 2017

Heya! We’ve been busy compiling an amazing list — 20 Disney Snacks You HAVE to Try in 2017! — and it’s coming to you today in our latest DFB Video!

Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

Whether you’re looking for a new favorite dessert, treat, snack, meal, or drink, we have you covered! We just have one question for you: what are you gonna do with all of this awesome info?

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New DFB Video: Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars!

We know that there are a lot of Disney Icons out there. There’s Mickey, of course. And Cinderella Castle. But for our money and imagination, few things hold a candle to that most classic of Disney Treats — the Mickey Ice Cream Bar.

And so, we couldn’t get very far down the path — the video path, that is — without offering you a mouthwatering look at our favorite Mickey Shaped Ice Cream Treat! It’s all part of our DFB YouTube Video Series!

Enjoying a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar on Main Street USA

Enjoying a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar on Main Street USA!

It doesn’t matter if you’re in Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Resort or Park. Really, just about any destination with the word “Disney” in it has them. That premium Mickey Ice Cream Bar is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Fancy food can come and go, but nothing say Disney Magic like this baby!

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Disney Food Challenge: The Disney World French Fry Crawl!

Y’all!!! It’s time for some FRONCH FROES!!!!!!

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(For those of you new to DFB, that’s “french fries” in AJ-speak. ;-D)

We’ve got TONS of food crawls in our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, and in our latest edition, we just had to develop a brand new one– the French Fry Crawl!

It’s just one of the many great features that make the 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, 2nd Edition, our best book yet. With more than 650 pages of color photos, tips, reviews, and extra features, you HAVE TO HAVE IT for your next Disney trip! (I’m not biased or anything. For realz.)

But now, back to the subject at hand. Call ‘em Fries, Chips, Poutine, whatever — there’s pretty much nothing about fronch froes we don’t love. And Disney hasn’t failed us with their yummy spins on this classic side.

So head out with us as we complete this most delicious challenge. We’ll be all over the place for this one, so plan accordingly! The French Fry Crawl will likely take you an entire trip to complete. Unless, you know, you’re like us — and want to eat fries for every meal. Then it might only take you a day and a half. ;-)

Hungry? Good! Let’s go!

Stop #1: Smothered Fries, Beaches and Cream

Our first stop is Beaches and Cream. Find this little Soda Shop in the Disney Beach Club Resort.

Beaches and Cream is one of my favorite stops for about a million reasons. There’s a cool, beachy retro feel to the place, and it’s known for its killer sundaes. While my favorite is the No Way Jose, the most iconic treats here are the Kitchen Sinks.

But we’re stopping here today for a plate — or two — of their Loaded Fries! Currently, there are three versions: Sock Hop Fries, Chili-Cheese Fries, and Cheese and Bacon Fries.

Sock Hop Fries are covered in a savory Brown Gravy and topped with melty Shredded Cheddar. Think of them as Poutine’s American cousin.

Gravy Fries

Sock Hop Fries

But the Bacon and Cheese Fries. Omigosh. Cheese Sauce (!!!!), Bacon, Peppercorn Ranch, and Red Onions elevate this one to amazing. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Mickey Waffles!

Hello and Happy Thursday! We have another spectacular DFB Video to share with you today. And this time, we’re bringing you a closer look at the breakfast treat that you and I both can’t get enough of — Mickey Waffles!

Mickey Waffles!

Mickey Waffles!

Whether you like the mini version, or you go for Mickey Waffles that are roughly the size of your face ;-) , nothing says “I’m on a Disney vacay!” like enjoying one of these yummo treats.

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News: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Specialty Food Items Around Walt Disney World

It’s the week we’re all seeing GREEN… for St. Patrick’s Day! And if you’re in Disney World on March 17th (and even before), there are plenty of ways to celebrate the love of all things Irish.

St Patty's Day Mickey Apple

St Paddy’s Day Mickey Apple

Let’s start at Magic Kingdom, where the current Specialty Hot Dog at Casey’s Corner (available throughout the rest of March) is topped with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and wholegrain mustard. [Read more…]

Celebrate Daylight Savings This Weekend With…MORE SAVINGS!

Coming up on Sunday we’ll be celebrating Daylight Savings and Springing Forward — and you know what that means: one less hour of sleep.

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but let me also be the bearer of GOOD news: we at DFB have decided to add a silver lining to your weekend and offer some GREAT savings at DFBStore.com in honor of Daylight Savings time!

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Whether your visit is just around the corner during the Spring Break rush or you will be logging your Disney Days later on in 2017, one thing is for sure: Planning ahead is the key to a stress-less vacay. And that’s never more true than when it comes to dining. [Read more…]

Review: The New Chuck Wagon Fresh Fixin’s Food Truck at Fort Wilderness Campground

There’s a new place to grab some grub at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

And it might be the single coolest thing we’ve seen at Disney World in quite some time… Welcome to the Chuck Wagon!

This new food truck is serving up Counter Service-style eats on its Fresh Fixin’s menu to all the Happy Campers at Fort Wilderness from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM Saturdays through Mondays, and from 5:00 – 9:00 PM Tuesdays through Fridays. This here’s also the spot where you can grab some classic camping snacks (S’mores!). Oh, and some of those Fort Wilderness Moonshine Cocktails, too!

But to load up on some of these treats, you gotta know where to find ‘em first. So join us on our jaunt to visit the Chuck Wagon! Though you may be surprised to learn it’s not actually a wagon at all.

So then, what is it?

Atmosphere

Custom-made to blend in perfectly with its campground surroundings, the Chuck Wagon Fresh Fixin’s Food Truck is designed to look exactly like an old school RV. Get a load of this!

The Chuck Wagon

The Chuck Wagon Food Truck

And when I say old school, I mean it, as evidenced by the original Walt Disney World logos you’ll spot on the outside! [Read more…]