Iridescent Treats — and Ears! — Take On the Latest Color Craze in Disney Parks

How can ONE set of Minnie Mouse Ears…

Iridescent Minnie Mouse Ears

Iridescent Minnie Mouse Ears

… be SO MANY colors?! [Read more…]

The 2018 Holiday Season at Disney World Includes NEW Experiences and Returning Favorites

The holiday season might be MONTHS away right now, but we’re so excited about what’s planned for this year at Disney World! The celebrations will feature a mix of returning favorites and some new experiences!

Santa Mickey Krispy Treat

Santa Mickey Krispy Treat

There’s so much happening this fall at the theme parks, Disney Springs, and the Disney World Resort Hotels — let’s check it out! [Read more…]

News! 2018 Disney World Free Dining Offer Update!

If you are considering booking Disney World’s Free Dining promotion for later this year, you now have an extended window of time to do just that.

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The booking window, which was originally open through July 7, 2018, has been extended to August 1, 2018.

Other details for the offer have remained the same:

Free Dining is being offered to guests ARRIVING during the dates listed below.

August 20 – September 29, 2018
November 24 – November 27, 2018
December 7 – December 23, 2018

If you stay at a participating Value or Moderate Resort, you’ll receive the Quick Service Dining plan for FREE. (Note that you can upgrade to the standard or deluxe dining plans by paying the difference in cost per night.)

If you reserve a participating Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort, you will receive the standard Disney Dining plan for FREE. (You can upgrade to the deluxe dining plan by paying the difference in cost per night.) [Read more…]

2019 Disney Dining Plans AND Disney World Vacation Packages Announced

Details for the 2019 Disney Dining Plans have been announced! Disney Dining Plans are a popular program available to Disney Resort guests booking a Disney World Vacation Package.

The Disney Dining Plan

The Disney Dining Plan

Before we dive into the details, just a reminder that to be eligible to participate in the Disney Dining Plan, you may need to book a Walt Disney World Vacation Package (also called the Magic Your Way Package). The Package includes your stay at a participating Disney World Resort and base Park Admission tickets for everyone in your traveling party.

Let’s take a look!

2019 Disney Dining Plans

2019 Quick Service Disney Dining Plan

Entitlements for the 2019 Quick Service Disney Dining Plan include the following for each guest (ages 3 and over) per night of your package stay:

  • Two Quick Service meals (entrée or combo meal at lunch and dinner and a beverage)
  • Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages — i.e. Artisanal Milk Shakes,  Fresh Smoothies, Premium Hot Chocolates, or Soda, Coffee or Tea — where offered). Guests 21 and older can can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.
  • Two snacks
  • One Resort refillable drink mug per person, per package

For full details — including pricing — see the Quick Service Dining Plan, click here.

2019 Standard Disney Dining Plan

Entitlements for the 2019 Standard Disney Dining Plan include the following for each guest (ages 3 and over) per night of your package stay: [Read more…]

Exciting New Feature on My Disney Experience App

Let’s set the scene: you’ve finally scored an Advance Dining Reservation for Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom. But you don’t know exactly how much time to allow to get there from your Resort, since you don’t have access to your Resort’s bus schedule in your room as you get ready to go.

You don't want to miss your Reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant!

You don’t want to miss your reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant!

Well… now you’re going to have your Resort’s bus schedule literally at your fingertips!! Disney is rolling out a new feature on the My Disney Experience app which will allow Disney Resort guests to see real-time estimates for when the next buses will depart from their Disney Resort hotel, as well as when they will arrive at their destination! [Read more…]

Review: Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Yacht Club Resort at Walt Disney World

When it comes to getting a great steak at Walt Disney World, there’s no shortage of intriguing options, including our current favorite steak on property: the Wagyu Beef at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs.

And when you visit a steakhouse in the World, you enter with certain expectations for mind-blowing excellence. Today we visit Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Yacht Club Resort. Will it live up to expectations?

Yachtsman Steakhouse has a solid reputation as a place to get a reliable steak with tasty sides (and awesome pull-apart onion bread…). Located in the subtly elegant Yacht Club, with its nostalgic lobby smell and clean, nautical lines, Yachtsman is a convenient out-of-park place to grab a meal, being proximal to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

We’ve enjoyed our visits here in the past, including the Porterhouse for Two and a delightful Boneless Ribeye. Would this visit be as successful as those in the past?

Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

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Review: Breakfast at Ale & Compass Restaurant in Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort

We’re starting our day in Disney World’s Yacht Club at Ale & Compass Restaurant!

Ale & Compass Restaurant opened just last November, replacing the long-standing Captain’s Grille as the casual Table Service location for the Yacht Club. (The other Table Service option here — Yachtsman Steakhouse — is a Signature restaurant.)

We’ve already visited for lunch and dinner, but I was particularly curious about breakfast, since this meal in particular had — in my opinion — more to live up to. I (and many others) always thought Captain’s Grille was a hidden gem in regards to breakfast. It offered both a buffet option along with some unique (and even memorable) a la carte items such as Dark Chocolate Waffles and the Lobster Omelet.

While many were ready for a change from Captain’s Grille lunch and dinner options, it left some rather big breakfast shoes to fill.

Ale & Compass Restaurant sign by the entrance

Ale & Compass Restaurant sign by the entrance

So, we’re here bright and early to how breakfast at Ale & Compass Restaurant fares.

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Even More Mother’s Day Treats and Eats in Walt Disney World and Disneyland

Are you and Mom spending Mother’s Day together in The Most Magical Place on Earth (Disney World) OR The Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland)? Well, in addition to the Disney World Brunch options we’ve shared with you previously, we’ve got even more options to add, including specialty snacks and additional Brunches in Disney World, AND special meal options in Disneyland!

Disney World Parks

Epcot

Sunshine Seasons will serve a Mother’s Day Dessert with raspberry mousse and lemon cake topped with a Swiss buttercream rose and fondant pearls on Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Dessert and Cupcake ©Disney

Mother’s Day Dessert and Cupcake ©Disney

But if you’re at Epcot a bit earlier, find a vanilla Mother’s Day Cupcake with raspberry white chocolate mousse and pink icing at Fountain View from May 11 – 13.

Animal Kingdom

In Animal Kingdom, stop by Creature Comforts and Isle of Java for a vanilla Mother’s Day Cupcake filled with white chocolate raspberry mousse and topped with buttercream flowers.

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Walt Disney World’s Minnie Van Service UPDATE

The Minnie Van service is a Disney-operated personal ride program available in partnership with the Lyft app, featuring Disney World Cast Members as drivers. When the program made its debut last year, it was first available to guests only at select Deluxe Resorts.

Minnie Van

Minnie Van

However, the rollout of the program has expanded over the past several months. And now, the rollout is complete and guests staying at any Disney World Resort — Value, Moderate, and Deluxe — can access the service, as well as guests at Four Seasons Orlando and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels. (Guests who already have the service on their apps can get rides to and from any on-property location at any time.)

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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…]