News! Star Wars Lands — and Star Wars Cantinas — Announced for Disneyland and Disney World!

Sooo… official news announcing the new Skipper Canteen Jungle Cruise restaurant coming to Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland wasn’t enough for ya?

Star Wars Lands — PLUS CANTINAS! — Coming to Disney World and Disneyland!

Well, then, let’s see if THIS does the trick… A REAL, TRUE STAR WARS CANTINA will be coming to both Disney World AND Disneyland as part of the Star Wars-themed Lands announced for BOTH coasts at the D23 Expo! We’ve been dreaming about this for years!

Star Wars Land Concept Art ©Disney

Star Wars Land Concept Art ©Disney

Here is a glimpse of the concept art for the Star Wars Cantina!

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Disneyland and Hollywood Studios will be the homes for each 14-acre expansion “where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.” According to Bob Iger, “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.” [Read more…]

News: Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Begins August 24

If you love to explore new restaurants, or just enjoy getting a good deal, then this one’s for you!

Orlando Magical Dining Month Logo 2015

Orlando Magical Dining, sponsored by Visit Orlando, is once again coming to restaurants all over Orlando — including some of your favorite spots in the Disney Area.

The event features 3-course, prix fixe meals for only $33 per person. A dollar from each meal goes to support ELEVATE Orlando, whose mission is to equip urban youth to graduate with a plan for the future.

While Magical Dining Month runs through September, for the second year in a row, restaurants will offer a preview week, so mark your calendars for August 24-September 30 to enjoy five full weeks of delicious eats. [Read more…]

News and First Look! Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Menu Items

Well, if you weren’t taken enough with what we can see so far of Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (slated to open in Downtown Disney/Disney Springs this fall), perhaps the latest information from Disney about the upcoming location will whet your appetite…

Jock Lindey's Hangar Bar under construction

Jock Lindey’s Hangar Bar under construction

It’s story time, friends! Here’s a little background on the place… According to Disney, when Jock Lindsey (the frequent pilot of Indiana Jones) flew Indy over Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth in 1938, he noticed a charming town below and decided to build a home right there on the waterfront. He often entertained his friends from the Society of Explorers and Adventurers in his hangar where they enjoyed drinks and good times.

Jock Lindey's Hangar Bar under construction

Jock Lindey’s Hangar Bar under construction

There seems to be a no-holds-barred approach to the styles of cuisine, as the tapas and beverages will be “inspired by Jock’s globe-trotting to all continents,” which could result in fun twists on anything and everything! In the meantime, Disney has provided a glimpse at some of the eats on the way.

Not only will the decor be inspired by the location’s aviation theme, but it appears some of the plating will, too. Check out the airplane “dish” holding the Pretzels with house-made mustard and beer-cheese fondue…

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Dr. Elsa’s She-Deviled Eggs will be topped with lumps of crab and brined in beet juice, while the “Good” Dates will be stuffed with goat cheese and topped with Marcona almonds.

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Heavier bites will include Rolling Boulder Sliders: three spice meatball sliders drizzled with yogurt sauce.

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But the winner for Best Name (so far) has got to go to the “Squid! Why’d It Have to Be Squid” calamari flatbread with spicy harissa.

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©Disney

Other items will include Brody Brats, Lao Che’s Revenge (spicy Asian wings), Tanis Tacos, and Snack of Ra (African-inspired salads and dips served with bread and naan crisps).

Specialty cocktails will include drinks like The Aviator’s Flight, The Scottish Professor, The Bitter Barkeep (with Peruvian Pisco), a Hovito Mojito, Anything Goes (a spicy cocktail created with an Asian spirit), The Fountain of Youth, featuring Florida vodkas, and a Cool-headed Monkey.

Me? I’ll be ordering a Reggie’s Revenge, with hopes of sipping it while enjoying the waterfront views from Jock’s old dry-docked steamboat…

"Reggie"

“Reggie”

Looks like plenty of good food and great times are coming to Disney Springs!

What do you think of some of the menu items coming to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar? Please let us know with a comment!

Disney Springs Update: Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Construction Progress

This past May, fans of the Indiana Jones film franchise were excited to learn about the plans for Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar to join the line-up of new dining venues coming to Disney Springs!

Jock Lindey's Hangar Bar under construction

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar under construction

The storyline will revolve around Indiana Jones and his pilot (who serves as the name inspiration for the location), Jock Lindsey. While the menu will feature themed tapas and specialty cocktails, the location itself will be decked out with vintage travel posters, aviation equipment, and even correspondence between Indy and Jock. The opening is anticipated for fall of 2015, and based on a recent visit to the site, progress seems to be coming along very nicely indeed! [Read more…]

News! Minnie’s Holiday & Dine Dinner Now Available For Booking!

In mid-July, menus mysteriously appeared on the My Disney Experience app (viewable only on Android devices at the time) for Minnie’s Holiday & Dine Dinner, which subsequently opened up a flurry of talk about whether a special holiday character meal was coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Now we can happily say that guests will indeed be able to celebrate the season with Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy (in their “all-new holiday finery”!) from November 7, 2015 through January 3, 2016! The dining experience will feature holiday decor, music, and “holiday-themed food and activities.” Guests can book the experience with or without the Fantasmic Dining Package (however, at the time of this posting, only the option including VIP seating for the Fantasmic! nighttime spectacular is bookable online).

Here are all the Merry Details!

Dinner seatings start at 4:30 pm (closing times vary based on the evening’s presentation of Fantasmic! and park close).

Cost to dine without the Fantasmic option is $50.05 for adults (including tax, not gratuity) and $29.81 (including tax, not gratuity) for kids 3-9, and, per a call to WDW-DINE, 1 Table Service credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

Cost to dine with the Fantasmic option is $56.44 for adults (including tax, not gratuity) and, per a call to WDW-DINE, $34.07 (including tax, not gratuity) for kids 3-9, and 1 Table Service credit on the [Read more…]

News: Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant is Permanent

Greetings, Monsieurs et Madames!

The invitation to be the guest of Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts for breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant has been extended. The initial test phase of the prix fixe, “fast, casual” meal at Be Our Guest Restaurant has ended and breakfast is now officially a permanent offering!

Of course, along with change comes… more change ;). This time in the form of a price increase: it will now cost $21.99 for adults to enjoy the prix fixe breakfast at Be Our Guest (the cost was $19.99 during the test period), and $13.99 for children ages 3-9 (previously $11.99).

Breakfast at Be Our Guest remains 1 Counter Service credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

Open-Face Bacon and Egg Sandwich for Breakfast at Be Our Guest

Open-Face Bacon and Egg Sandwich for Breakfast at Be Our Guest

The official word is that Advance Dining Reservations will open tomorrow, August 5th, via My Disney Experience or by calling (407) WDW-DINE for dates October 4 and extending through the typical 180-day window for reservations. But I’m just sayin’, this is what popped up on my computer today, so you may get lucky and be able to book today for that booking window: [Read more…]

News: Peaches and Cream Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich Debuts at L’artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion

More seasonal creations out of of L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France!

You know the drill… just think of the Pumpkin SpicePeppermint, and Strawberries and Cream Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches (not to mention the red, white, and blue version of the Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich that makes its way around in time for Bastille Day in July) that ring in the flavors — and even colors — of the corresponding holiday or season.

And with (technically) two months of summer left, it’s a great time to enjoy the new Peaches & Cream Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich that just hit the scene.

Housemade Vanilla Ice Cream tucked into a peach macaron…

Peach Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

Peach Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

Now that doesn’t sound like a bad way to celebrate all that’s left of summer at all, does it? [Read more…]

Spotted: Country Bear Jamboree Jug AND Mug in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland

“Howdy, folks! Welcome to the one and only O-riginal Country Bear Jamboree!”

Country Bear Jamboree Jug

Country Bear Jamboree Jug

So, whaddya think of the new Country Bears Souvenir Jug?!? You can grab yours at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe filled with a fountain beverage for $9.29, or Raspberry Lemonade Slush for $10.49. Here’s a closeup for ya… [Read more…]

News: Full Menus Announced for the 2015 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

While we’ve been focusing on all the excitement that Fall brings for Disney Food Fans, we have another fun event to update you about — the 2015 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic!

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Logo 2015

The two-night event, back by popular demand for the sixth year in a row, will once again take place over Halloween Weekend in 2015. Mark your calendars for Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31!

The Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic is made up of two components: Seminars and the Causeway. Seminars center around learning more about food and beverage in a fun, interactive way. For more details on this year’s Food and Wine Classic Seminars, be sure to check out our Food and Wine Classic Seminar Page.

But guests stay and play for the evening on the Causeway!

If you’re new to the Food and Wine Classic, the Causeway is a collection of food and beverage booths set up in the walkway that links the Swan and Dolphin Resorts. Every single restaurant from both the Swan and Dolphin — all nine! — participate, and bring tapas-sized eats to the party. Chef Robert Ciborowski, the executive chef of the Swan and Dolphin Resort, also prepares some dishes in Cib’s Smoke Shop.

Shula's Booth Is Always Popular at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Shula’s Booth Is Always Popular at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

In addition, there are tents representing beer and wine from all over the world, offering tasting portions. [Read more…]

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Premium Package Details

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect correct information as confirmed directly with Disney.

Last year, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Premium Packages debuted at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival — and they were a big hit! For those interested in the 2015 Food and Wine Festival Premium Packages, they are indeed returning!

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Please note: Be sure to call (407) WDW-FEST for specific details and inquiries. 

So, through info from our readers as well as our own phone calls to 407-WDW-FEST we’re piecing together a few details for ya on this Premium Package for 2015. Note that all of this is subject to change, but we wanted to be sure you knew that the package is back so you can get on the horn and book it yourself before it sells out.

Here are all of the package details:

  • Packages are available Monday through Thursday of each full week of the Festival.
  • Each Premium Package includes access to eleven designated shaded Premium Package Areas throughout Epcot, offering concierge service (i.e. Cast Members will go purchase your booth items for you and bring them back to you in the Premium area) from 12:00 noon to 8 pm.
  • Each Premium Package will also include one Amenity Bag (to be picked up at the Festival Center) including a bottle of 20th Anniversary Celebratory Wine, a wine glass, and one Festival-themed MagicBand.
  • The Premium Package will include 4 Entitlement Tags for use at the Premium Package Areas running concierge service for the Festival Booths. This means you’ll get 4 booth menu items for free as part of your package. (Usually the free options don’t include super expensive stuff like Dom Perignon.)
  • Premium Packages will include a ticket to your choice of either a Culinary Demonstration (during the 5 PM slot) OR a Beverage Seminar (during the 2 PM slot) during the week of participation.
  • Premium Packages also provide entry to the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party.
  • Admission to Epcot is NOT included with the Premium Package.
Premium Package credential, gift card, and themed MagicBand

Premium Package credential, gift card, and themed MagicBand

Start Your Planning Today! The DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is now available!

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Want even more great tips? This 240+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever. Order your 2015 edition today!

Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a $3 discount!

Be sure to check our main Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page frequently for updates, and also check out Epcot Food and Wine Festival 101 for even more information about the festival!

Want More Epcot Food and Wine Festival Info?

We’ll have all the coverage and information you need right here on Disney Food Blog! Here’s what we know so far…

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Index

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu IndexFull Menus and Food Photos Now Available!
2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events
2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations
2015 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans Facebook Page
2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Wine and Dine Half Marathon
2015 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
Food and Wine Festival 101
2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and FOOD PHOTOS
2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Items

How to Book Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) starting Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 7AM ET (join the Disney Food Blog Newsletter to find out as soon as we do about all the details!). Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage Seminars, Mixology Seminars, and general admission for some special events will be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents may be eligible for a $2 discount (per person, per event) for beverage and mixology seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. These members will be able to book seminars and demos on July 24th at 9AM ET. Discounts are by phone at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) or through DVC Member Services. Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders are able to book events starting July 28th at 7AM.

Will you be booking the Premium Package? Let us know below in comments!