NEW Addition to the 2018 Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

The 9th annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic takes place Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

This popular two-night event coincides with the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival and includes The Causeway, Seminars, and three special food locations — and today we have details on the new themed area joining the lineup this year! [Read more…]

DFB Video: Disney World Steakhouse Battle!

Hey, friends! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and if you’re in the mood for some STEAK then you’ll definitely want to check it out!

STK Orlando

STK Orlando

That’s right! Today we’re taking on the Disney World steakhouses! Or, perhaps I should say they’re taking each other on in our Disney World Steakhouse Battle! We’re discussing Epcot’s Le Cellier, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Shula’s, and STK Orlando… and we’re listing pros and cons of each location to help you choose which location might be best for you during your Disney World vacation! [Read more…]

Dates and Details for the 2018 Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

We have some exciting news about upcoming Fall events at Walt Disney World!

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has announced the dates, menus, and seminars for the 9th Annual Food and Wine Classic. Mark your calendars for Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, 2018!

The Food and Wine Classic also coincides with the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. And once again, the Food and Wine Classic will include both Seminars and The Causeway.

Want to know what else you can expect at the 2018 Food and Wine Classic? Here’s a run down!

The Causeway

The central attraction of the Classic is the more than 40 tasting stations featuring dishes from the resort’s 17 restaurants and lounges as well as more than 30 wineries on the Causeway. Check out the Menus page for an idea of what you can expect!

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

This year several new menu items are joining returning favorites including Dynamite Rock Shrimp, Late Season Zellwood Corn, Wasabi Foam, Matsutake & Japanese Eggplant, Crispy Lotus Root from bluezoo, and Shake & Bake Style Southern Fried Chicken, Black-Eyed Pea Puree, White Cheddar Fondue, Bacon Infused Roast Garlic Gravy from Picabu.

Carnival Corner, Chinatown, and The Pig & Poke

In addition to the Causeway Tasting Booths, the Food and Wine Classic offers three special food areas this year, Carnival Corner, Chinatown, and NEW for 2018, The Pig & Poke. [Read more…]

News! Pennsylvania or New England Residents — Get a Deal at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts!

If you’re a resident of Pennsylvania or New England and you’re looking to save on your next Walt Disney World vacation, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin has a deal for you!

Stay at the Swan and Dolphin this year!

Stay at the Swan and Dolphin this year!

To celebrate the victory of either the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII next weekend, the Swan and Dolphin has announced the Champions Package. [Read more…]

Review: Aioli Madness at Cabana Bar and Beach Club at The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Pool bars don’t get a lot of love in the Disney food world, probably because they aren’t really what you’d call “destination dining.”

Obviously, they’re more of a convenience for when you’re… well, by the pool at your Resort! You’re not going to go out of your way to visit one, but you sure are glad that they’re around the pool when you are. Because there’s hungry… and then there’s I’ve-been-swimming-all-day hungry.

But that’s kind of a shame, because some pool bars have some pretty decent food (and great drinks)! The Oasis Bar & Grill Pool Bar at the Polynesian Village Resort really stepped up the game, for example, with items like great Kahlua Pork Sliders. And the Uzima Springs Pool Bar at Animal Kingdom Lodge serves flatbreads (including a unique Braai Chicken Flatbread) that’ll satisfy any sudden carb craving. And then Geyser Point at Wilderness Lodge took “pool bar” to the next level.

Cabana Bar and Beach Club at Disney World’s Dolphin Hotel (it’s convenient to the Swan, too) is one such under-celebrated pool bar.  Cabana even made an appearance at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic in October with their Double Fried Chicken! But my WOW here at Cabana was the aioli — there are tons of them and they are amazing. If you’re like me and love your dipping sauces, read on.

Cabana Bar and Beach Club

Cabana Bar and Beach Club

Cabana Bar and Beach Club (not to be confused with Banana Cabana at Caribbean Beach Resort or Cabanas on board the Disney Cruise Line ships) boasts a surprisingly huge menu (several pages long!). You’ll want to start with the Cocktails, which are cleverly named… and generously poured. ;) [Read more…]

2018 WDW Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Dates Announced!

We have some exciting news to share with you today!

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The dates have been announced for the 2018 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic! The 9th annual Food and Wine Classic will be held Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, 2018!

Once again, the Food and Wine Classic will coincide with the Epcot Food and Wine Festival and will include The Causeway and Seminars. The Sunday Bubbles Brunch is planned for Sunday, October 28, 2018!

Want to hear more about the 2018 Food and Wine Classic? Here are some details!

The Causeway

The Causeway is the central attraction at the Food and Wine Classic. Here you’ll find more than 60 tasting stations serving dishes from the resort’s 18 restaurants and lounges, along with more than 30 wineries serving wines from around the world!

The Causeway

Chinatown and Carnival Corner

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The 2017 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic is ON!!

The 2017 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Classic is HERE… and so are we!!

2017 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

2017 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

The Classic is running October 27th and 28th, and, as always, features innovative dishes from renowned chefs, lots of terrific wine and beer offerings, and a variety of informative seminars.

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Ticket holders for the event are enjoying the activities on Friday, October 27, and/or Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 5:30PM to 9PM. As in the past, there are several ticket options, which you can find on the event website. The Causeway Ticket provides unlimited access to food and drinks along the Causeway between the two resorts. The Causeway Ticket and Beer Garden ticket allows access to the unlimited Causeway offerings as well as the Beer Garden. There are also a la carte ticketstickets for seminars, and a Sunday Bubbles Brunch.

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IN. SANE. Bloody Marys at Phins in Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Hotel

Okay, so here’s the thing about Bloody Marys: you either love ‘em, or you hate ‘em. No matter which camp you fall in, though, you still might want to take a gander at the incredible “Proud Marys” they are serving up for Sunday Brunch at Phins, the Dolphin Hotel’s brand new lobby bar because this stuff is surrious.

Phins Proud Marys

Phins Proud Marys

Available on Sundays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM as part of Phins Sunday Sips, these over-the-top cocktails — also called “Brunch in a Glass” for obvious reasons — are tributes to four of the Swan and Dolphin restaurants.

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Preview: Must-Eats at the 2017 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic (Spoiler Alert — There’s Speculos Involved)

Do you have a ticket to the 2017 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic? If so, then you’re going to want to know a few of the bites you’ve just GOT to try on the Causeway when the event takes place this Friday and Saturday evening from 5:30 to 9:00 pm!

The Causeway

The Causeway

We’ve already given you a full rundown of the event here. But we were also able to attend a Preview of the Classic this week, and can’t resist sharing a few of our very favorite bites with you to make sure you don’t miss them if you’re attending the event. Because with over 60 stations, 49 different dishes, and over 60 beverages to choose from, you’ll definitely want to go in with a plan!

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Review: Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic — Beer Garden, Chinatown, Carnival Corner

The Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic is about to kick off this weekend! The 8th annual Classic takes place on October 27th and 28th, and we’ve told you all about what you can expect from The Causeway – that’s the main area of the Classic where food booths extend as far as the eye can see. The food! The drinks! The unlimited snacking (depending on your ticket)! We look forward to it every year.

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

But there are a few special areas of the Classic that are a little off the beaten…causeway. The Beer Garden, Chinatown, and Carnival Corner are fun additions to the event! And while The Beer Garden requires an add-on to your Causeway Ticket, Chinatown and Carnival Corner are included at no extra charge!

Ticket holders for the event will enjoy the activities on Friday, October 27, and/or Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 5:30PM to 9PM. As in the past, there are several ticket options, which you can find on the event website. The Causeway Ticket provides unlimited access to food and drinks along the Causeway between the two resorts. The Causeway Ticket and Beer Garden ticket allows access to the unlimited Causeway offerings as well as the Beer Garden. There are also a la carte ticketstickets for seminars, and a Sunday Bubbles Brunch.

Click here for Full Causeway Menus

Click here for Full Seminar Details

But first, here’s why you might want to tack on that Beer Garden option…

The Beer Garden

This area is a ticket add-on costing attendees an extra $25. Located under the cover of trees on Crescent Terrace, The Beer Garden also offers up extra food in addition to the Garden’s several local and seasonal beer varieties and one or more hard ciders. Guests also get a souvenir plastic glass. [Read more…]