News: BaseLine Tap House and Grand Avenue Opening This Fall in Hollywood Studios

What? ANOTHER new Hollywood Studios main drag? Welcome GRAND AVENUE!!

We have LOTS to look forward to at Hollywood Studios, with Toy Story Land opening in 2018 and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (that’s the official name for Star Wars Land!) in 2019. But let’s face it… we’ve got some time to wait for those big, new adventures at the moment.

Toy Story Land Construction Walls

Toy Story Land Construction Walls

So it may be good to know that we have something new to look forward to much closer on the horizon: this fall, the new Grand Avenue area — celebrating “the spirit of present-day Downtown Los Angeles” — is coming to Hollywood Studios!

The area (essentially what remains of the former Streets of America) will showcase vintage office buildings and warehouses in representation of different parts of LA. And the new BaseLine Tap House will be a big part of the scene! [Read more…]

News! Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths Going UP!

It’s COMING SOON 

I’m talking about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Kicking off on August 31st, the longer-than-ever Festival will run all the way through November 13th!

There will be 35 Festival Marketplace Booths in celebration of Epcot’s 35th Anniversary (in fact, you can check out the full list of menus here!).

Coming Soon! sign

Coming Soon! sign

So I guess with more Booths AND more days than ever, the Food and Wine Festival crew needed some extra time to prepare. Because we are ALREADY seeing the Festival Marketplace Booths popping up all over World Showcase!

So you see, I’m not the only one telling you it’s COMING SOON

Coming Soon sign

Coming Soon sign

That’s actually the only current designation on the signage posted on top of the standing booths. But after years and years of attending the Food and Wine Festival, I’ve gotten to know these buildings pretty darn well! So, it’s now no trouble spotting the Ireland Marketplace Booth. (SUPER excited about the Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread here! It’s SOOOO GOOD.)

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Must-Eat Snacks at The Mara in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Now Including JUNGLE JUICE SLUSH!)

Boy, do I have a fun list for you today!

We’re taking on a few Must-Eat Snacks at The Mara in Animal Kingdom Lodge! This counter service restaurant serves up several classic dishes as you might expect (like Chicken Breast Nuggets and Burgers). But in keeping with the wonderfully immersive theming of the Lodge, you’ll also find unique African-inspired dishes like the tasty African Potjie Stew and Soups of the Day (I love it when the Coconut Curry Chicken Soup comes up on the rotation!).

Even in addition to some of those items, though, there are still a few nearly-unique-to-Mara finds (you’ll see what I mean by that soon) that aren’t necessarily African-inspired, but equally as tasty. And those land on our Mara Must-Eat Snacks list! Plus, they are all available for a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan!

So let’s start with with a VERY special item that just made its Mara debut!

Frozen Jungle Juice

Oh, joy!! We feared we’d lost the Jungle Juice Slushy for good when it disappeared from the menu at Animal Kingdom’s Mahindi, but a few weeks ago it made a surprise return. Better yet, it’s now available in TWO spots, since it’s at The Mara now, too!

The Mara Frozen Beverages

The Mara Frozen Beverages

Even though it’s called the Jungle Juice Frozen Beverage, it’s still that same awesome mix of Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava juices that is also known as POG Juice or Liliko’i Juice for breakfast in the Polynesian’s ‘Ohana and Kona Cafe.

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DFB Video: The NEW Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Happy Monday! We’re back in Walt Disney World today, bringing you another tasty DFB Video. This time, we’re checking out all that’s awesome about the newly refurbished Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge!

Campfire Cupcake

Campfire Cupcake

Roaring Fork has been a longtime favorite for guests staying at Wilderness Lodge — or even folks who stay elsewhere and trek over to take advantage of the counter service spot’s specialties.

Unfortunately, favorites like Mickey Waffles with Specialty Toppings are no longer available. Still, we found plenty to love on the menu reboot, both for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. [Read more…]

News! The Return of PLASTIC CHEESE at Casey’s Corner!

Yay!

It’s BACK, y’all!! PLASTIC CHEESE has returned to Casey’s Corner in the Magic Kingdom! Well…sort of.

If you’ve been following this story (or saga, as it were), Plastic Cheese is pretty much my all time favorite condiment of ALL TIME. Sure, Disney calls it “Cheese Sauce,” but we all know that the name Plastic Cheese comes from nothing but my deep and abiding love for this bright orange-yellow, melty, gooey, “this-probably-isn’t-real-food-but-if-it’s-wrong-I-don’t-want-to-be-right” cheddar cheese sauce that you could use to top anything from those Hot Dogs at Casey’s to French Fries at Cosmic Ray’s and so many things beyond. Better yet, you’d often find it as a self-serve component at various Toppings Bars in Counter Service restaurants.

But in 2015, Plastic Cheese disappeared — almost overnight — from Counter Service spots all across Disney World. Though we have seen it sporadically showing up here and there as a topping on items like the Plaza Loaded Fries and the French Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese at Flame Tree Barbecue, the days of self-serve Plastic Cheese were clearly long gone.

BUT!! We JUST spotted Plastic Cheese up for grabs once again at Casey’s Corner!!

Plastic Cheese at Casey's Corner!!

Plastic Cheese at Casey’s Corner!!

Now, there are some changes: you still won’t find Plastic Cheese on the Casey’s Toppings Bar alongside the sauerkraut, onions, and more. Instead, you’ll see it on the menu. For a buck. (Yeah, yeah. I know.) [Read more…]

The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book FINAL EDITION is HERE!

It’s here! We are SO excited to share with you the DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, 2017 Edition!

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We’ve been sending updated guides all week to our pre-order customers while Disney has been finalizing details for the festival. But all info is now finalized!

With more than 250 pages of new information for 2017, we have everything organized to ensure that you have your absolute best Food and Wine Festival yet!

And to celebrate our grand launch, we’re offering 20% off the cover price! Just use discount code CHEFS at the check-out to secure your savings!

The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book

2017 is a big year as the Epcot Food and Wine Festival runs 75 full days from August 31 through November 13! And The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book features all the info you need to know about this year’s events, from what’s NEW, to brand new details and a FULL Daily Schedule of Events. This book is uniquely organized to make sure you have the best Food and Wine Festival, ever!

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News! 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demos, Beverage Seminar, and Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It Workshop FULL SCHEDULES and Details!

Today, we are excited to share details for the Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage Seminars, and Mix It! Make It! Celebrate It! Workshops that will take place during the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

See links to the individual Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage Seminar, and Mix It! Make It! Celebrate It! Workshop Pages for all the details!

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With not a minute to lose as you make all of your plans (WHEW!!!), we now have details on the low-cost demos, seminars, and workshops that are one of the hallmarks of the Festival.

I know you’re just as anxious as we are to see what’s new in 2017! (You can read our recent reviews of culinary demos here and here, a recent beverage seminar here, and a Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! workshop here!)

Booking all of your favorites starts in just a few days — Thursday, July 20 for the general public, and Tuesday, July 18 for Annual Passholders, DVC Members, Golden Oak Residents, and Tables in Wonderland Members!

Culinary demos and beverage seminars represent great value when it comes to Festival events. They’re also a great way to learn in a fun, festive setting.

Click through to our Culinary and Beverage Seminars, Demonstrations, and Workshops page to see links to the Culinary and Beverage events.

The cost for all seminars and demos is $17 this year, and the events feature a wide range of talent from the culinary world. (Annual Passholders, DVC members, Golden Oak Residents, and Tables in Wonderland Members are eligible for $2 discounts on seminars and demonstrations held Monday through Thursday.)

Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands On Workshops will be $49. No discount is offered on the workshops at this time.

Look for celebrity chefs as well as star talent from throughout the Walt Disney World company — and beyond. Representatives from wineries and other beverage companies also make learning about wine and spirits a hands-on experience with tastings and demonstrations.

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Shipyard Brewing Beer Flight During a Beverage Seminar

There will be many familiar names in 2017, so check the details to find out when notable local chefs like Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon and James Petrakis of The Polite Pig as well as James Beard Award Winner Tony Mantuano take the stage! We’re excited to welcome back Maneet Chauhan and Keegan Gerhard as well!

With demos and seminars taking place daily during the Festival, you’re bound to find options that tempt your palate! [Read more…]

News: Gluten Free Eats at the 2017 International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot!

Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival kicks off on August 31 with an epic and record-breaking number of food booths — 35 — representing cuisines and lifestyles from around the globe.

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And as part of the Festival’s on-going commitment to providing awesome eats for guests of all kinds, many of the booths are featuring Gluten Free options! We expect to see lots of signage indicating the GF dishes. And of course cast members can also answer your food allergy questions.

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Mission Space Restaurant and Ratatouille Ride Coming to Epcot, Tron in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, and MORE!

We’re reporting live from the D23 Expo and there is a TON of incredible news about the future of Walt Disney World!!

Mission Space Restaurant and Ratatouille and MORE Come to Epcot

First up, a brand new restaurant is slated to open in the next couple of years. This Table Service restaurant will be located adjacent to Mission: SPACE and will offer an “amazing dining experience in the stars”!!

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We’re sure the view will be out of this world ;-D. And we look forward to having a SERIOUSLY amped up dining option in Future World. This venture will be run by the Patina Restaurant Group (which operates spaces such as Via Napoli and Morimoto Asia).

Also, a Ratatouille ride has been officially announced for Epcot’s France! This will open in a space behind the Eiffel Tower in the France Pavilion — a completely new section of the pavilion. This will approximate the Ratatouille ride already operating in Disneyland Paris, in the sense that guests will “shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a dazzling chase across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant,” according to Disney. [Read more…]

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News! New FOOD PHOTOS, Merch, Booking Details, and More

Update on Saturday, July 15: — We are LIVE again today for a second Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview Event, and we’re updating this post with even more NEW Food Photos! Photos include dishes from brand new booths as well as super exciting updates to old favorites, like Ireland. Scroll through to see the very latest!

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We’re LIVE today from Walt Disney World with some new details for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Earlier this week, we shared the full list of Booths and Menus, Special Events, and Booking Dates.

Since then, we’ve been gathering additional information about early booking opportunities and just who can call when. :-)

Today, Disney has filled in a few more of the gaps.

Let’s go!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Details, and NEW Food Photos

This year, we’re excited to see five brand new booths: Active EatsThe Almond OrchardCoastal EatsLight Lab, and Flavors From Fire!

Returning after a period away from the booth lineup, we welcome back SpainIndiaThailand, and The Cheese Studio. That means there are more booths than ever this year — 35 to mark the 35 years of Epcot.

Spain booth is back!

Spain booth is back!

But of course, this means that we have to say goodbye to a few to make room. Gone from the booth line-up in 2017 are the Desserts and Champagne, Poland, and South Korea booths.

As always, you can visit our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menu Index page for ALL the menus and links to individual booth pages showing food photos. We’ll be updating these pages throughout the festival with photos of every single food item!

But today, we’re sharing MENU and BOOTH Details as well as FOOD PHOTOS from both World Showcase and Future World booths! Start Your Planning NOW!

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