The Year in Review: Top Disney News Stories of 2017

Happy New Year!

There’s no denying that 2017 has been a year of changes, some good and some not-so-good. But when it comes to Disney food news, we have to say this year has been FULL of updates!

Ready to ring in the New Year!

Ready to ring in the New Year!

And as we get ready to ring in the New Year with party hats, noisemakers, and a toast, we’re taking a few minutes to review some of the biggest Disney Food News stories of 2017!

Let’s go! [Read more…]

Disney World Refillable Mug Price Increase

OK, nobody’s surprised on this one, right? Anyone? Anyone? Yep, the Refillable Resort Mugs have price-hiked again.

Refillable Resort Mugs

Refillable Resort Mugs

The current Length of Stay price for the Mugs is $18.99. [Read more…]

DFB Video: Walt Disney World Gingerbread Displays

It’s a brand new week, and we’re back with another DFB Video today! We’re checking out the 2017 Walt Disney World Gingerbread Displays!

Gingerbread Carousel at Disney's Beach Club

Gingerbread Carousel at Disney’s Beach Club

Now, you may think that planning your Disney World Gingerbread Tour is just a matter of plotting your stops to see the Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel, the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House, and every other gingerbread location in between from the Resorts, to the Parks, to Disney Springs. But there is more to know… like where you can find your own gingerbread snacks, what’s NEW this year among all the displays, and all sorts of other fun secrets and tips. Plus, you can watch the Gingerbread Carousel spin and catch a glimpse of the Grand Floridian Pastry Chefs creating the annual Gingerbread House! [Read more…]

DFB Video: All the Mac and Cheese in Walt Disney World!

Happy Monday! We’re back this week with another DFB Video, and today we’re digging into one of my favorite dishes: Macaroni and Cheese!

Mac and Cheese at The Boathouse

Mac and Cheese at The Boathouse

Wait… did I say “one”? Scratch that. Because not only are we checking out several of our favorite versions of Disney Mac and Cheese… we’ll also tell you how you can get a list of EACH and EVERY  Mac and Cheese in Disney World! Basically, if I see Mac and Cheese on any Disney World menu, I order it so I can let you know where you can find your ideal dish. Does Mac and Cheese topped with pulled pork, coleslaw, AND onion rings appeal to you? How about shrimp-topped mac and cheese? Or are you more of a purist? No matter what, you’re bound to find at least one version (and probably more) that you’ll need to try on your next Disney World trip!

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First Look and Review: The New Ale & Compass Lounge in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Welcome to the all-new Ale & Compass Lounge in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort!

Well, that’s not actually the full story… Ale & Compass Lounge has been around for ages. But HUGE changes in dining options at Disney’s Yacht Club have brought such a major refurbishment to the lounge that it really is — for all intents and purposes — a whole new place!

Previously, Ale & Compass Lounge was just a teeny little spot to grab a drink or enjoy a coffee or continental breakfast in the morning without much in the way of seating. Like the Resort itself, Ale & Compass presented a nautical theme which was certainly pleasant.

But now, the Ale & Compass Lounge has re-opened as part of the re-imagined Ale & Compass dining concept for the Resort, which also includes The Market at Ale & Compass and the brand new Ale & Compass Restaurant.

Ale & Compass Lounge sign

Ale & Compass Lounge sign

So let’s check out the changes that make up the all-new Ale & Compass Lounge! [Read more…]

The 2017 Gingerbread Carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

I love all of the larger-than-life Gingerbread Displays around Disney World during the Holiday Season. You know this. But I must confess… I’ve got a favorite. It’s just not the Holidays until I see (and sniff!) the Gingerbread Carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort!

That’s why it’s especially good news that it is now up and spinning for guests visiting the Beach Club!

Gingerbread Carousel

Gingerbread Carousel

One of the reasons I love the Gingerbread Carousel so much is that it’s new every year. The theme last year, for instance, was the Fab Five, with horses for Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy. (As man’s and mouse’s best friend, Pluto got his own display placed just outside of the Carousel). And for 2017, the Carousel is themed with Lilo and Stitch! [Read more…]

NEW!!! The New Ale & Compass Restaurant in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Welcome to the brand new Ale & Compass Restaurant in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort!

The Ale & Compass Restaurant has taken the spot of Captain’s Grille as the casual Table Service Restaurant option in the Yacht Club. (The Resort’s other Table Service restaurant, Yachtsman Steakhouse, is a Signature Restaurant.) It comes to us as part of the new Ale & Compass dining concept for the Resort, which also includes the newly reopen and majorly refurbished Ale & Compass Lounge as well as The Market at Ale & Compass which opened earlier this year.

The Captain’s Grille was — in my opinion — something of a hidden gem. It offered a cheerful, comfy nautical feel and some decent options for surf-and-turf style eating for lunch and dinner, and a terrific breakfast which featured not only a buffet, but also a better-than-average a la carte menu.

The Ale & Compass Restaurant, though, has been completely re-imagined with its own unique feel.

Ale & Compass Restaurant Sign and Entrance

Ale & Compass Restaurant Sign and Entrance

Let’s step in!

Atmosphere

If you ever paid a visit to Captain’s Grille, you’ll remember a somewhat busier appearance to the entrance, since the check-in took place just outside the restaurant. Now, you step inside to see if there is walk-in space available (there was plenty on opening day), or check in for your Advance Dining Reservation. [Read more…]

Sneak Peek INSIDE The NEW Ale & Compass Lounge and Restaurant in Disney’s Yacht Club — PLUS A New Opening Date!

Disney’s Yacht Club has some major dining changes in store. The refurbished Ale & Compass Lounge and new Ale & Compass Restaurant will complete the rollout of the Ale & Compass dining concept for the Deluxe Resort, in cohesion with the previously opened Market at Ale & Compass.

Ale & Compass Lounge sign

Ale & Compass Lounge sign

Since there is currently a Private Event happening in the soon-to-be opened spaces, we were able to get a Sneak Peek TODAY!!

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News: Celebrate Mickey’s Birthday with Special Disney World Treats This Weekend Only!

Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse! Mickey’s birthday is November 18th, and if you’re in Disney World this weekend (November 17th – November 19th), YOU can celebrate everyone’s favorite Mouse with special treats all over the Resort!

Happy Birthday Mickey!

Happy Birthday Mickey!

Desserts will vary by location, so if you pick up one of these little beauties, be sure to tag us at #disneyfoodblog on Instagram so we can share your treat with the world!

Magic Kingdom

Find the Steamboat Willie Cookies ‘n Cream Cheesecake at Main Street Bakery, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café and Pinocchio Village Haus.

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Holiday Preview: The 2017 Walt Disney World Gingerbread Displays

Gingerbread displays at Walt Disney World have become such an exciting part of the holiday celebrations that guests can literally plan an entire day around seeing them all. (We even include some tips on how to do so in our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Holidays!)

2016 Grand Floridian Gingerbread Store

2016 Grand Floridian Gingerbread Store

And it is not hard to see why! Gingerbread is done bigger and better at the Disney Resorts, with literally HUNDREDS of pounds of ingredients being shaped and engineered — you might even say “imagineered” —  in unbelievable ways that you just have to see with your own eyes! [Read more…]