NEWS and Full Review: The Market at Ale & Compass in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

We’re coming to you today from The Market at Ale & Compass!

Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “Great! But where’s Ale & Compass?” The Market at Ale & Compass is located in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. You may already be familiar with Ale & Compass Lounge, which sits near the Captain’s Grille (which is currently closed for refurbishment — guests can enjoy Captain’s Grille dishes at its temporary location in Ariel’s).

The Market at Ale & Compass, however, is located right by the Fittings & Fairings gift shop (which is… umm, also closed for refurbishment ;) , with a reopening planned for July. Change is the name of the game ‘round these parts!).

With the exception of the Yacht & Beach Club’s pool bar, Hurricane Hanna’s, the Yacht Club has been without a Counter Service option, with guests relying on nearby choices at the neighboring BoardWalk Inn and Beach Club.

Sign for The Market at Ale & Compass

Sign for The Market at Ale & Compass

The Market at Ale & Compass is here to change that… and it’s been a long time coming. Step inside!

Atmosphere

The Market at Ale & Compass has been established in half of what was the Fittings & Fairings gift shop (the other portion of the space will once again operate as a merchandise spot once it reopens in July).  [Read more…]

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Disney World and Disneyland!

Happy Mother’s Day!! How about a day at Disneyland or Disney World just for mom?

A sweet treat just for Mom! ©Disney

A sweet treat just for Mom! ©Disney

If you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day, check out these special dining options at Disney World and Disneyland! [Read more…]

News: Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Relocating to Ariel’s During Refurbishment

Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is one of those Disney World hidden gems that is actually quite good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – especially if you don’t have an Advance Dining Reservation. And beginning in mid-May, guests will find the Captain’s Grille temporarily relocating to Ariel’s while the restaurant undergoes a refurbishment.

Captain's Grille is relocating temporarily in mid-May

Captain’s Grille at the Yacht Club is set to be renovated this spring

The decor of the Captain’s Grille is mildly nautical, but doesn’t have any stand out elements; so an update to the setting can’t hurt. Plus, there is currently quite a bit of work happening at Yacht Club – rooms are being updated and the convention center is also being enlarged. [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Walt Disney World

The BIG GAME is almost here! We’re talking Super Bowl LI, which takes place this Sunday!!

DFB Guide 2017 Second Edition Cover

There’s only one little problem, though: you’re in Walt Disney World.

Now, normally, that would be all kinds of awesome. But when the New England Patriots clash with the Atlanta Falcons this weekend, we’re betting that there will be lots of you looking to find a TV in time to catch the match.

But where?

Lucky for you, we’re huge football fans too! So we’ve done our research to figure out where the best places to catch the Super Bowl — or any big game, really — are throughout Walt Disney World. And today, we’re here to share them with YOU, just in time for kickoff!

They come to you courtesy of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining. And if you like what you see, check out our Pre-Order of the 2017 Guide, Second Edition deal: pre-order our latest edition, and get the current edition for FREE, as an immediate download!

The Impossible: ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk

So…here’s the deal. You were planning to head over to Disney’s BoardWalk suuuuper early, and stake out a spot at the bar to watch the Big Game at ESPN Club.

ESPN Club

ESPN Club

Um, here’s the bad news. Don’t bother.

Seating at this ultimate sports bar (yep, there are even TVs in the bathroom) is at such a premium that they aren’t even accepting walk ups. For the Super Bowl, it’s all premium reserved seating, which comes with a cover of $100 per person. [Read more…]

2016 Disney World Resort Gingerbread Displays

A wonderful holiday tradition has returned to select Disney World Resorts. It’s time to feast your eyes on the larger-than-life Gingerbread Displays. Let’s take a tour, it’s Gingerbread time!!

Beach Club

Every year, I look forward to seeing the Gingerbread Carousel found at the Beach Club Resort right next to Disney World’s Epcot. Stop by to see the new horses making their way around the Merry-Go-Round!

Gingerbread Carousel at the Beach Club

Gingerbread Carousel at the Beach Club

The horses this year were crafted in dark chocolate. [Read more…]

News: New Dining Discounts for Disney World Annual Passholders for 45th Anniversary Year

Happy 45th Anniversary, Walt Disney World!

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

And Happy Anniversary to Disney World Annual Passholders, who can take part in the celebration by enjoying some brand new discounts at select dining and merchandise locations around Disney World for the anniversary year! [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: August 18, 2016

We know, we know… Back-to-School time is fast approaching (and in some spots, it’s already arrived!). But the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer aren’t quite over just yet, so we’ve still got some summer celebrating to do!

And, hey, the coming of Fall isn’t so bad, anyway. Not when we’ve got our very favorite autumnal event coming to the first stop on our tour in a matter of weeks. That’s why we’re kicking things off at Epcot to see What’s New!

Epcot

Food & Wine Festival Coming Soon!

The 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival will be here before we know it! Sure signs of its return are starting to appear around the park…

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Coming SOON!!

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Coming SOON!!

… as in, like, literal signs ;) . Even the Miniature Train display in the Germany Pavilion has received its annual decorations!

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Have you checked out the full list of Booth Menus to start strategizing your noshing plans yet?! It’s never too soon… the Festival starts on September 14th! [Read more…]

Recommended Disney Dining Plan Two-Credit Restaurants

We get a lot of questions from readers here at DFB asking if the Disney Dining Plan is a good deal. One part of answering this question is doing the cut and dry calculations based upon a restaurant’s offerings. But the other part is determining if the restaurant is a good fit for your family. (For example, if Yachtsman Steakhouse offers a great bang for your buck when using the Dining Plan, but you’re a family of vegetarians, it probably isn’t the best choice! ;-D)

We were curious to determine which Disney Signature Restaurants offered the best deal or value pricewise — but also could be recommended by the experts here at DFB for atmosphere and food quality.

Disney Dining Plan 2 Credit Restaurants

Here are our picks for the restaurants that offer the best value for your 2-credit Disney Dining Plan slots.

[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…]

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. 

Sunrise at Disney World!

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…]