Would You Want An Interactive Disney Cake?

A semi-recent post on Wired Magazine’s website provided a round-up of new and upcoming personalized and customizable Disney parks products. The item that caught my eye was a mention of a patent that was approved this summer for an “interactive cake.”

Apparently I’m behind the times, because this story did get some play in the Disney and tech blogospheres about two years ago, when the patent was first filed. But still, the fact that the patent was actually approved is noteworthy in my book.

When I think “interactive cake” my mind’s eye goes to the auto-with-moving-wheels and fire-breathing-dragon sort of cakes that appear from time to time on Food Network programs like Ace of Cakes. However, the interactivity in the Disney patent appears to be limited to images, moving or otherwise, being projected onto desserts via specialized pico projectors.

Now I’m thinking the cake becomes more of a movie screen, like the water spray is the movie screen in Fantasmic. The only time I’ve seen something like that was on an episode of “Ace of Cakes” in which Duff and the gang created a multi-textured all white cake that was used as a screen during the Baltimore Contemporary Museum’s 20th birthday celebration. Film of birthday parties was shown on the birthday cake.

In this figure below (and in the patent text), it looks like Disney could take this one step further. If guests cut or otherwise alter the cake, the image will change. For example, a “river” projected onto the cake could become a “waterfall” if a piece of the cake is [Read more…]

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Countdown Sale! Back By Popular Demand…

We’re down to just a couple of weeks until the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival opens in Walt Disney World!

As you know, here at DFB we’ve been celebrating our countdown with sales on our Disney Dining Guidebooks, and this week we have one of our previous sales back by popular demand!

Want to make sure your visit to Walt Disney World is as delicious as possible? Come with us as we celebrate with a month of savings!

This Week’s Deals

We got requests from readers to bring back this particular offer for one more week, so here it is! Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of this great deal this week.

Disney Food Blog Guide Bundle

Our Disney Food Blog Guide Bundle is on sale for the FIRST time ever…AGAIN! ;-)

This bundle packs in all of our e-Books, including the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Guide, and this week only you can get $4 off using code SAVINGS.

This Bundle is priced at a huge discount already (over 25% off), offering a great deal to anyone headed to Walt Disney World. But with our extra $4 off this week, you get the best deal we’ve ever offered on the DFB. Find out more about the Disney Food Blog Guide Bundle here!

DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

And, of course, our Food and Wine Festival countdown month continues with an extra special discount on our best-selling 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book!

This 160-page Guide to the best Food and Wine Festival in the World is yours this week for [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 22, 2012

We showcased more sneak peeks of Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern, opening later this year in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Take a look at artwork and costume reveals!

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the DisneyStore.com 25% off sale! Get details here!

And it won’t be long before we’re sharing LOTS of news about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This week, we have info about some of the Festival’s special events.

Disney Food News

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We’ve got more food news (including a dining rewards program at WDW Swan and Dolphin, restaurant closure updates, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

DFB Podcast Episode 7

The seventh episode of our DFB Podcast is ready for downloading! Listen now because this episode has a special discount code for two of our DFB e-Books! :-)

In this episode we report on Disney Food News, discuss Disneyland and Walt Disney World mystery snacks, answer listener questions, and reveal the answer to our Episode 6 trivia question (as well as dish out a brand new trivia question)!

Click here to go to the Podcast page for Episode 7. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

Take a listen!

On to the Round-Up

Cake Wrecks amuses us with villain cakes including Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper!

Designing Disney looks at the Toad Hall Restaurant in Disneyland Paris.

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups enjoys the clambake dinner at the Beach Club’s Cape May Cafe.

Daveland takes a tour of Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street – stopping by Clarabelle’s Ice Cream plus the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe.

Main Street Gazette has Big Island Tacos for lunch at the Kona Cafe.

DisneyContemporary.com details information about the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage sailing from the Contemporary Resort on select evenings.

Disney by Mark enjoys some delicious eats at Aulani in Hawaii. Check out Papalua Shave Ice as well as the new Mama’s Snack Shop. Including a gorgeous cupcake!

First Look! The Cheshire Cat Caramel Apple in Disneyland

Strolling through Downtown Disney this morning, Marceline’s was closed. BUT, there were some talented candy makers in the kitchen making something brand spanking new: The Cheshire Cat caramel apple.

Cheshire Cat Caramel Apple

The apples, inspired by the new Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure, are $9.99 and will be available at Marceline’s in Downtown Disney, Candy Palace on Main Street, and Pooh Corner in Critter Country. I was also told that they will “most likely” be at Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street when it opens on the 15th of June!

Bubbling Caramel!

Getting Ready for a Chocolate Coating

I promised myself that on my way out, I’d be bringing one home…you know, for “work” purposes…. So, when I was on my way out of Disney California Adventure (review of Ghirardelli coming soon!), I popped into Marceline’s and noticed that there were [Read more…]

Coming Soon! Mortimer’s Market on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure

There are so many fun new places about to open up in Disney California Adventure! I feel like I’m going to need a check list to hit them all when they officially open on June 15th! 

Be sure to check out the great menu options at Flo’s V-8 Cafe, Sally’s Cozy Cone Motel, Carthay Circle Restaurant, Trolley Treats, and Clarabelle’s Ice Cream! And don’t forget to snag your Starbucks at Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe!

Next up, Mortimer’s Market is one of the smaller shops, but that doesn’t mean you should skip it…

Mortimer's Market

Mortimer’s Market will be a one stop shop for whole and cut fresh fruits, veggies, “healthier” snacks, and beverages such as bottled water, juices, and soft drinks.

Mortimer's: Serving Up "Healthier" Alternatives

The “story” behind Mortimer’s is that this fresh fruit and veggie stand was run on Buena Vista Street by “Mortimer McKenzie.” Mortimer was said to be a small man with a high voice; friendly and unassuming with an enthusiastic personality. A certain young animator might have found inspiration for [Read more…]

First Look: Mad T Party Drinks and Eats at Disney California Adventure

This past Friday, Disney California Adventure surprised visitors with a soft opening of their new nighttime dance party, the Alice-in-Wonderland-themed Mad T Party

Atmosphere

Knowing that the “Rabbit Hole” was opening at 7:00, we got there just before so we could see the whole grand opening first night extravaganza. You can see by the photo below, that the soft opening wasn’t too big of a secret; lots of people!

Mad T Party Rabbit Hole (aka Entrance)

As far as seating goes, Disney really did it right. I am totally in love with the Linvin plastic furniture that they purchased to fill the area. If you want one of these in your home, though, it’s going to set you back about $895 (I did the research, I hope Disney got a bulk discount!). There are plenty of chairs, but you might have to fight me for a purple one….

Mad T Party Seating

And as the night wore on, the atmosphere got even more colorful…

Mad T Party After Dark

While waiting for the Rabbit Hole to open, which basically meant walking though a long tunnel of mist, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum greeted guests and put on a little banter to entertain us while we waited. I wonder if these guys shaved their heads for the part? 

Tweedles

Also, check the tough guy neck tats on the backs of their heads. Pretty [Read more…]

Review: D23’s “Off the Map” Event with Dinner at Club 33

When I heard about D23’s Off the Map event, I made sure to be home when tickets went on sale. A visit to the Disneyland Dream Suite, touring Walt’s Apartment, a ride on the Lilly Belle, and a super surprise dinner at one of the resort’s most unique restaurants (hmmmm, wonder where that could be)? Sign. Me. Up. 

I sat down at my computer at about 9:50am, tickets would be available starting at 10:00am. I literally sat and refreshed for 10 minutes straight. Yes, I’m that nerdy.  It paid off, because at exactly 10:01 (according to my computer’s clock) I had two tickets in my shopping cart and was checking out, credit card in hand.  By the time I finished checking out, the event had sold out. I was surprised that they went so fast, but I then realized that it must be a very small and obviously sought after event.

NOTE: This review is long and has lots of pictures of awesome things. There’s a whole meal and a snack in the write-up (of course, this is the Disney Food Blog), but we couldn’t help including pics of the rest of the tour as well! I hope you enjoy!

Checking In

We checked in at 9:00am on a Tuesday morning and were put into groups. We soon met with our uber fabulous D23 guide, Jeffrey (you may know him as the Disney Geek)!

Guess Who???

This is where we learned that there were only 72 tickets sold for the event and that it sold out in 30 seconds. Wow, so lucky to have scored two!  The crowd was very mixed, the age range spanned from teen to senior and some people traveled from across the country to be here.  We had 11 people in our group; most were southern California Disneyland locals, others were from Las Vegas, and there was one all the way from Georgia (Hi Andy!).

Off the Map Check In

Our group was scheduled to go to Walt’s Apartment at 10:30, so we had a bit of time to kill. Disneyland had just opened at 10:00, so it was fun to watch the park “wake up” as the horse drawn carriages emerged, characters came running from backstage, and the Disneyland Band marched right in front of us.  We met our apartment tour guide outside of the Disneyland Fire Department promptly at 10:30.

Disneyland Fire Department

Touring Walt’s Apartment in Disneyland

After given some history of Walt’s Apartment, we walked backstage and headed up the stairs (holding the handrail like we were asked) and entered the Victorian style apartment. Immediately I noticed the musty smell and got goosebumps knowing that I was in a room that Walt Disney spent many a night in, entertaining friends, playing with his grandchildren, and looking out the window [Read more…]

First Look! Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship Specialty Cocktails

The Disney Fantasy was christened in New York City this week, and eager passengers await their first voyage on the newest Disney Cruise Line ship!

We wanted to share a few of the specialty cocktails you’ll find on board — you know we’re all about prioritizing any on board credit you may have received! ;-)

Adults-Only Restaurants

The Fantasy’s adults-only restaurants, Palo and Remy, will offer some delicious ways to complement your meal!

Remy

The uber-posh French restaurant, Remy, features a cocktail that is expertly handcrafted at your table. The signature cocktail “Collette” combines Taittinger Champagne and pear vodka, then is garnished with fresh blueberry, dried apricot, and mint leaf.

We loved this one! :-) The cool science-y part? When vodka is mixed with champagne, the champagne loses its bubbles! The sugar being released from the piece of candied apricot re-creates the effervescence! Taste? Incredible.

Collette Champagne Cocktail

Remy also boasts two wine lists! A special list of nearly 200 wines features vintage French wines, and Remy’s Vault holds the exclusive list with rare wines from around the globe. The latter lists includes a 1947 Château Cheval Blanc, which was the wine requested by the food critic from “Ratatouille” and retails at $25,000 per bottle. You’ll also find a 1961 Château Latour, which was also featured in the film.

Bottles from the Vault are presented by a white-gloved sommelier in an elegant velvet box with the wine on a silver-plated plaque.

White Gloves found near the Remy Vault of wines

Check out our review of Remy aboard the [Read more…]

Happy Holidays from Disney Food Blog!

To me, this time of year is all about seeing and spending time with family, and that includes my awesomely cool parents — now apparently known to many readers as “AJ’s Mom and AJ’s Dad” (yes, they actually have t-shirts that say that). ;-)

Anyway, today I wanted to share with you a couple of videos that were shot by my Dad on my parents’ trip to Disney World over the Thanksgiving holiday. Check out these fantastic close-ups of the gingerbread and holiday displays at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort! (While the Yacht Club display isn’t gingerbread, there are several signs that remind us of the yummy restaurants at the resort — and that works for me!)

I hope you have a wonderful holiday, no matter where you are. Thank you so much for reading, supporting, eating, and laughing with us here at the DFB!

Beach Club Resort Gingerbread Carousel

Yacht Club Resort Holiday Train Display

Happy holidays!!! Be sure to check out our Christmas in Disney Page for LOTS more holiday information, treats, and photos about spending the holidays in Disney World and Disneyland!

Christmas in Disneyland: Santa’s Cabin & Storytellers Cafe Gingerbread House

Heather Sievers is the Disney Food Blog’s Dining in Disneyland columnist. See more of her columns here!

There are two awesome holiday experiences in Disneyland Resort that are not to be missed this year. Nope, I’m not talking about the homemade candy canes or the yule log (though both of those are definitely not-to-be-missed!), I’m talking about visiting Santa’s Cabin at Big Thunder Ranch in Disneyland and visiting the gingerbread house at Storytellers Cafe in Disney’s Grand Californian Resort!

Santa’s Cabin at Big Thunder Ranch

Every year my family visits Santa at his Disneyland home away from the North Pole.  His lovely cabin in Big Thunder Ranch is the perfect escape from the harsh winter back home. He even brings along Mrs. Claus and his reindeer too!

Santa's Just Around the Corner!

Santa's Cabin at Big Thunder Ranch

Santa is one lucky guy, because Mrs. Claus has been busy in the cabin’s kitchen.  All of these yummy goodies are waiting for him when he’s done listening to Christmas wishes.

The Cabin's Kitchen

Someone's Making Cookies!

That dough looks good enough to eat!! Check out a [Read more…]