What’s New Around Walt Disney World: April 24, 2017

Wow… we’re gearing up for a LOT of new experiences coming to Walt Disney World in the coming weeks. Next month, the new “Happily Ever After” nighttime spectacular will make its debut in Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom will unveil an entire new LAND with Pandora — The World of AVATAR!

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“Happily Ever After” Concept Art ©Disney

But, as always, there is plenty taking place in the here and now in Disney World, too. So, let’s take a look around the parks and resorts to find out What’s New!

Animal Kingdom

Check out the half-adorable, half-creepy new Panda Caramel Apple in Zuri’s Sweets Shop! (That thing really needs pupils.) [Read more…]

Sneak Peek: Specialty Drinks at Satu’li Canteen and Pongu Pongu in Disney World’s Pandora

Just in case you’re unaware… Pandora — The World of AVATAR is COMING SOON!!!

Bridge to Pandora -- The World of AVATAR

Bridge to Pandora — The World of AVATAR

Opening in Animal Kingdom on May 27th, this new land will, of course, feature new dining and drinking establishments along with its highly anticipated attractions: Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. And today, we’ve got a little sneak peek at some of the specialty drinks that will be served exclusively to thirsty travelers visiting Pandora. [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Margarita and Martini Flights at Disney World’s Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

In the exciting/frustrating world of Disney World ADRs (Advance Dining Reservations), some restaurants just seem to be tougher to get into than others. And the Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of those more difficult tickets.

So in 2013, the Disney gods (or Imagineers or restaurant planning mavens) smiled and — poof!– the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge was born.

Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge Bar

Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge Bar

And it was good. Right from the start, the Lounge became one of our favorite places to drop in unannounced. We could get all the glittery Hollywood-ness of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant without an ADR! [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Disneyland Secret Menu Items

I recently returned from Disneyland, where Dining in Disneyland expert Heather Sievers and I had the pleasure of being speakers at the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival! And we had so much fun sharing our tips on Secret Menu Items in Disneyland that we had to share all about it in our latest DFB Video!

Secret Disneyland Menu Item: Macaroni and Cheese in a Sourdough Bread Bowl!

Secret Disneyland Menu Item: Macaroni and Cheese in a Sourdough Bread Bowl!

We love allllll Disney food, obvi. But there’s something really awesome about those secret menu items that you’ve gotta know about to get.

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A New Dole Whip And Rum Smoothie Spotted in Disney World! Guess Where!

Dole Whip alert! Dole Whip alert! (Mental note: we need a secret, underground alert system for Dole Whip news.) Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort, with its enormous Big Blue (Nemo-inspired) Pool and totally groovy theming, now has an alcoholic Dole Whip drink (and a non-alcoholic option!).

Captain's Pineapple Drink at Art of Animation Resort

Captain’s Pineapple Drink at Art of Animation Resort

Yes, that sound you hear is us screaming with joy! To get one for yourself, you’re gonna have to make your way over to Art of Animation. You’ll know you’re there when you see massive depictions of animators’ sketches.

Art of Animation Entrance

Art of Animation Entrance

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News and Review: Hollywood Brown Derby TINY HAT Glowcubes!

In the ever-evolving, super-fun world of Disney Parks Glowcubes (that’s a thing, trust us), we’ve found the holy grail. And you don’t even need to go on a quest to get one (just take a boat or a bus to Hollywood Studios)!!

Introducing, the Brown Derby Hat Glowcube. I mean, C’MON, guys! It’s a TEENY DERBY HAT!

Hollywood Brown Derby Souvenir Glowcube

Hollywood Brown Derby Souvenir Glowcube

Look how stinking adorable that thing is. And it’s a glowcube! Whoever came up with this idea deserves a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — the Disney version AND the real one.

Brown Derby Souvenir Glowcube

Brown Derby Souvenir Glowcube

You can snag one for yourself at the Brown Derby Lounge (which is restaurant-adjacent). It comes automatically in the Derby Cocktail. [Read more…]

Review: Cretaceous Cooler at Restaurantosaurus in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Picture it: it’s a hot day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

(OK, that’s not the case right this minute, but LOTS of the time it’s a hot day in Animal Kingdom. ;-D) You need a beverage. Preferably one that is cold, sweet, and good for 5 o’clock somewhere. Even better if it has a groovy name.

We got your back. The Cretaceous Cooler found at the crowd-pleasing Restaurantosaurus may just check all of those boxes for you.

Aside from serving up consistently good Disney Counter Service classics like Chicken Nuggets and Bacon Cheeseburgers, Restaurantosaurus is also funky, fun, and kitschy enough to fit right in with its kitsch-central home, DinoLand U.S.A. (We say this with nothin’ but love.)

Restaurantosaurus

Restaurantosaurus

The paleontology students who — as the story goes — are responsible for the humorous décor all over the restaurant must’ve also felt the need for a cool drink to kick back with after a long week of study (well, those 21-and-over, that is). [Read more…]

DFB Video: Best of the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Eats!

Hi and Happy Monday! We’ve just come through a glorious few days celebrating the opening of the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! And we’re so happy to share a closer look at all the beauty — and tasty eats! — with our latest DFB YouTube Video!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, in its 24th consecutive year,  continues to signal that Spring has sprung in Walt Disney World. [Read more…]

News: Menu Details for Satu’li Canteen and Pongu Pongu in Pandora – The World of AVATAR

May 27, 2017, marks the opening day of an entire new land in Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Pandora – The World of AVATAR!

Pandora Concept Art ©Disney

Pandora Concept Art ©Disney

Of course, that also means that the land’s main restaurant, Satu’li Canteen, and drink station, Pongu Pongu, will open on May 27th as well. And today, we have new details regarding these upcoming dining and drinking experiences! [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Sneak Peek and Recommendations for the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

It’s time! As we bid “So long!” to the Inaugural Epcot Festival of the Arts, we welcome one of our favorite events of Spring — the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! And I can’t think of a better way to explore the Festival than with a brand new DFB Video!

Flower and Garden Festival Passport

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Almost Here!

The festival kicks off this Wednesday, March 1! So today, we’re sharing with you a preview of all the new can’t miss attractions — and dishes! [Read more…]