Greetings from the exclusive Club 33 in Disneyland!
Welcome, adventurers, to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar in The Landing of Disney Springs!
Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar
Or should I say, “Welcome Back”? Just last week, we brought you a First Look from Opening Day of the Hangar, and today we’re back for a full review, including every single food item on the menu, several of the specialty cocktails from the uniquely-themed list of libations, and even a glimpse at some of the specialty souvenir drink glasses on their way to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.
The reasons behind the high levels of anticipation surrounding the opening of the Hangar Bar have been twofold: first, the backstory surrounds Jock Lindsey — a frequent pilot for the movie character of Indiana Jones — so fans of the film franchise were especially excited to have the chance to step inside the story.
Second, the ongoing transformation from Downtown Disney into Disney Springs continues to bring a whole new kind of dining scene to Disney World, including more upscale dining venues like The Boathouse and Morimoto Asia (set to open this coming Wednesday), and uniquely-themed spots such as the one we’re visiting again today.
So, we know who Jock Lindsey is… but why the “Hangar Bar”? You see, when Jock was flying Indiana Jones over Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth, he just so happened to spot a piece of waterfront land that caught his attention. [Read more…]
Ready for some beer that doesn’t really seem like beer but is still super awesome? Let’s go to Epcot!
Rose and Crown Beer Stand
When you’re wandering around this great-for-food-and-beverage-lovers park, you never know what you’re going to come upon. There’s that great value — and surprisingly hidden — Epcot wine walk, the sweet deal of the cheese plate and wine flight at Weinkeller, that killer cronut, and probably lots more that you might never have known about.
One of my favorite not-so-hidden gems here is the Rose and Crown Beer Stand. I say not-so-hidden because there are several times during the day when you will likely have to change your walking path in order to swerve around the line that builds up here.
Rose and Crown proper is a great pub and restaurant, and we love stopping in for a pint. But if necessary, you can skip the air con and taking a load off in the pub (thank you, toddler) and instead get your drink to go at the Beer Stand.
You’ll find the line (make sure you get into the right one) to the left of the check-in area at the restaurant. The walk-up location serves specialty bottled and draft beers.
Believe me, I feel your pain (though, for me, it’s the option for Orange Swirl that I miss).
It’s less than a month before the kick off for the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
All the fun begins on September 25, and runs for more than seven weeks, wrapping up on November 16.
But you know what? It doesn’t have to be.
Some of the most fun and educational events are low in cost, and there are even free demonstrations and exhibits that you can take advantage of.
Today, let’s spend a little time exploring one the most useful — and one of my favorite! — strategies from the DFB Guide to the Food and Wine Festival, 2015 Edition. We’ve fully updated this popular guide with all of the 2015 information to help you make the most of your visit to this year’s festival.
Ready to experience the yum on a budget? Let’s go! [Read more…]
Join us as we visit Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room for lunch!
Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room
The traditional British Pub, located on the edge of the lagoon in Epcot’s UK Pavilion, offers an authentic experience for lunch, dinner, and drinks.
It had been a while since I’d visited the Rose and Crown; so on a recent trip my husband and I made an advance dining reservation and headed over. This is the spot to find comfort food, and I have fond memories of dining here with my parents and older brother back when you had to make your reservations via the World Key kiosks when you arrived at Epcot!
Let’s take a little tour before settling down to eat.
Like any good British pub, the Rose and Crown anchors the little “village” we know as the UK Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. It’s the first structure you come to on your left as you exit the Canada Pavilion.
The Rose and Crown actually offers a couple of different service options. You can head into the Pub and order a pint or anything else from their full bar as well as a few “pub grub” food items, or you can dine at their table service restaurant. (But the English Bulldog, sadly, has still not made a return.) If you’re doing the latter, you’ll check in at a podium outside of the Pub. [Read more…]
It’s almost September, but everyone knows that we’re still looking at summertime temps to continue in Florida — expanding well into October (at least). So you may find it good to know about some cold adult refreshers that have popped up in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in recent months!
The Cold Front
Let’s start on Commissary Lane at the ABC Commissary.
The Cold Front not only promises a relief from the heat, but it’s also well in keeping with Frozen Summer Fun (which won’t conclude until September 7th, so you’ve still got time a little time to catch it!).
It’s just six weeks away! We’re talking about the beginning of the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
Circle Friday, September 25, because that’s the day that kicks off more than seven full weeks of delicious food and drink in Epcot. And because this is the Festival’s 20th Anniversary, we know that it’s going to be something extra special.
Excitement is building as we look forward to all of the Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage and Mixology Seminars, and other fun Special Events. But mostly, I can’t wait to Dine and Drink Around the World at the Marketplace Booths!
This year, in honor of the 20th Anniversary, the Festival also welcomes the Cast of The Chew, as they film a week’s worth of shows on location from the Festival, and host special events.
But they’ve also been busy creating menus for two brand new Booths — Sustainable Chew and Chew Lab. The two booths will be located in an area called Next Eats Festival Area, which will be located in Epcot’s Future World, marking the first time Marketplace Booths have been located away from the World Showcase Promenade.
Today, we’re going to take a first look at all of the dishes that these special booths will offer. Be sure to add them to your festival plans — I was actually really impressed with the eats here.
Sustainable Chew Marketplace Booth
It’s Friday, and that means one thing to me: HAPPY HOUR!
But it’s also just weeks — WEEKS, PEOPLE! — from the start of the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
Beginning on September 25 and running more than 7 weeks, this year’s Festival promises to be extra special as we mark the 20th Anniversary of the event. We’re looking forward to trying some new dishes and revisiting some old favorites.
And of course, along with the eats, there will be plenty of fantastic drink options to enjoy as well. Back again this year is the Frozen Szarlotka Cocktail at the Poland Marketplace Booth. It’s a great pairing with all of the dishes at the Poland Booth, like the Kielbasa & Potato Pierogi with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream as well as the Sauerkraut Pierogi. (Want to make the Kielbasa and Potato Pierogies at home too? Check out our recipe here.)
This is THE perfect drink for Fall in Florida. It has that wonderful flavor of Apple Cider, but it’s nice and icey, which may make you forget for a moment that it’s still 90 degrees outside. And it’s SUPER easy to put together! Take a look. [Read more…]
We’re tackling another question from the DFB Reader mailbag today! Our reader asks:
Which counter service locations in Walt Disney World have self serve kiosks offering free refills?
This is an especially good question from a budget perspective. Since the Resort Refillable Mugs can’t be used in the parks, you might want to know where you can go to get more than one drink from the soda fountain. Let’s check out a couple of spots where you can grab a drink when you’re extra thirsty.
Just note: you do need to purchase a drink from these locations before filling up your cup again and again! Also, our DFB team members have checked with cast members at each location to confirm that refills are, indeed, allowed during your meal at the restaurant. [Read more…]