A Few Pieces of News…

I don’t usually post on Saturdays, but I wanted to say thank you to a few folks who have mentioned or highlighted the Disney Food Blog in websites, podcasts, and books recently. Just click on the news headlines to be taken to the media where Disney Food Blog is mentioned.

beyond the attractionsDisney Food Blog is Mentioned in A WDW Guidebook
I’m excited to announce that The Disney Food Blog has had its first (and hopefully not its last) Guidebook mention! Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers focuses on successful WDW vacations with kids ages 2-5.

Thanks to Lisa Battista at Beyond the Attractions for this honor!

imaginerdinglogoImaginerding’s Getting to Know the Neighbors Again
George Taylor over at Imaginerding kindly let me drone on and on about my love of Disney and food in his latest “Meet Our Neighbor” segment.

Thanks to George for this opportunity. If you haven’t already become a huge fan of Imaginerding, you will! Check it out soon.

wdwtodaylogoWDWToday Lets DFB Help Answer a Listener Question
Thanks to the guys (and Annette!) at WDWToday Podcast for allowing me to chat with them on their episode highlighting Animal Kingdom’s Picnic in the Park!

I had a great time on the podcast — they have so much fun over there, don’t they?! If you’re not already a regular listener to this ‘cast, get on board!

studioscentrallogoStudios Central Lists DFB as a Must-Read WDW Blog
Studios Central has listed Disney Food Blog in its 13 Must-Read Disney World Blogs list. It’s a true honor to be listed among so many of the blogs I’ve been reading for years (and a few new ones that are just fantastic).

Studios Central is the premier website about Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World and covers some broader aspects of the World as well. This is a trustworthy site, and I’ve long been a fan — pop over and get acquainted if you haven’t already; it’s well worth your time.

MrFranksWildRidelogoMr. Frank’s Wild Ride Interviews DFB About the Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Thanks to Frank over at the Wild Ride for letting me explore the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival with him via a recent Funky Friday podcast.

We had a blast chatting, and he makes this broadcasting thing look so easy — he’s a natural! Be sure to catch the show if you haven’t already — you can hear it via Reedy Creek Radio!

Do-It-Yourself Disney Food Decor

A Sampling of Available Celebration Disks

A Sampling of Available Celebration Disks

I saw these for the first time on my recent Disney trip and thought they were really fun! If you’re celebrating an anniversary, a birthday, or anything else, just purchase one of these little chocolate disks for $.75, smack it on top of a cupcake, and you’re in business! (Can you tell I’m a big fan of celebrations that don’t require a whole lot of planning? ;) )

Chocolate Decorative Disks at Disney

Chocolate Decorative Disks at Disney

If you don’t feel like DIY, you can always buy a celebration item pre-decorated! I found these at Goofy’s Candy Company in Downtown Disney.

Grab A Pre-Made Celebration Snack

Grab A Pre-Made Celebration Snack

There’s even a disk that says, “Will You Marry Me?” — I don’t know about you, but the way to my heart is definitely through my stomach…preferably via a Mickey rice crispie treat!

Children’s Miracle Network Classic Wine and Dine Walk Menu

Mickey Gets Ready to Walk

Mickey Gets Ready to Walk

The Children’s Miracle Network Classic is offering a new twist this year in Walt Disney World — DISNEY FOOD and WINE!

From Nov.13-15, 2009, the Children’s Miracle Network Classic event will host a Wine & Dine Walk on Disney World’s Magnolia Golf Course, showcasing dishes from Disney World’s newest and most popular restaurants. This event is the season finale of the PGA Tour Fall Series, so if you have a golf-lover in your midst, you can’t miss it!

How to Get In Free
Disney Vacation Club Members can get into the Wine and Dine walk free! Simply proceed to the Will Call booth at the event and show the attendant your DVC membership card.

Disney Visa cardholders can get in free as well (and bring up to three guests). In addition, for each day that you spend $25 at the event, you and your 3 guests will receive preferred skybox seating or reserved grandstand seating on the 18th green. Seating is limited and based on a first-come, first-serve basis. To be eligible for Skybox/grandstand seating, cardmember must go to the Skybox entrance on the 18th green; mention this offer; and show receipts that indicate the Cardmember used his/her Disney Rewards Visa Credit Card, Disney Rewards Debit Card and/or Disney Rewards Redemption Card on the day Skybox/grandstand seating is sought to make a purchase(s) of at least $25 (pre-tax), in the aggregate, on-site at the event.

Note: Ya still gotta pay for your food. See menu below!

Other Payment Options
For those who aren’t DVC members or Disney Visa cardholders, pre-event ticket sales are available through www.ticketmaster.com, and ticket booths will be located onsite during the tournament: weekly badges are $20 and daily tickets are $10.

Wine & Dine Walk Menu on the Magnolia Course
Hole No. 11
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort: Captain’s Grille
Offers the best flavors of New England

* Crab Cakes with Tartar Sauce – $6.25
* Lobster Roll – $7.50
* Wine Pairing: Fess Parker Chardonnay – $3.25
* Beer Pairing: Samuel Adams (16oz Draft) – $6
* Bud Light (16oz) – $5.50
* Bud Light Lime (16oz) and Michelob Ultra (16oz) – $6.50

Hole No. 13
Disney’s Contemporary Resort: The Wave
Features tasty and healthy American cooking with a dash of world flavoring

* 5 Spice Chicken Wrap – $4.25
* Avocado and Citrus Salad – $3.25
* Wine Pairing: Trimbach Gewurztraminer – $3.75
* Beer Pairing: Wolover’s Organic Pale Ale – $6.75
* Bud Light (16oz) – $5.50
* Bud Light Lime (16oz) and Michelob Ultra (16oz) – $6.50

Hole No.15
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: The Turf Club Bar & Grill
Presents simple preparations with flavorful and tasty results

* Chicken and Artichoke Flatbread – $4.25
* Lamb Chops – $5.75
* Mickey Ravioli – $3.75
* Wine Pairing: Schweiger Cabernet Sauvignon – $3.50
* Beer Pairing: Saratoga Lager – $6.75
* Bud Light (16oz) – $5.50
* Bud Light Lime (16oz) and Michelob Ultra (16oz) – $6.50

Hole No.17
Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Sanaa
Provides a blend of African cooking with Indian flavoring

* Chicken with Red Curry Sauce served with Basmati Rice and Naan Bread – $4.25
* Shrimp with Green Curry Sauce served with Basmati Rice and Naan Bread – $4.25
* Wine Pairing: Conundrum White Blend – $4.25
* Beer Pairing: Kingfisher Premium Lager (from India) – $6.75
* Bud Light (16oz) – $5.50
* Bud Light Lime (16oz) and Michelob Ultra (16oz) – -$6.50

Hole No. 17
Disney’s Wide World of Sports Café
Offers rich and creamy desserts sure to please

* Gelato Cookie Sandwich – $2.50
* Wine Pairing: Magicale Sparkling Blush WinE – $3.50
* Bud Light (16oz) – $5.50
* Bud Light Lime (16oz) and Michelob Ultra (16oz) – $6.50

Putting Green
Disney’s Wide World of Sports Café
Serves classic American Cuisine with a twist

* BLT – $3.50
* Chicken Kabob – $4.50
* Wine Pairing: King Estate Pinot Gris – $3.50
* Beer Pairing: Blue Moon Belgian Wheat – $5.50
* Bud Light (16oz) – $5.50
* Bud Light Lime (16oz) and Michelob Ultra (16oz) – $6.50

Disney Food Rumor: The Victoria Room at Victoria and Albert’s?

Victoria and Alberts Dining Room

Victoria and Alberts Dining Room

Rumor has it that Victoria and Albert’s is developing a new, and even more sumptuous, offering for patrons: “The Victoria Room.”

According to a message board postings, The Victoria Room will be a dining experience even more extravagant than the Chef’s Table.

Rumored Specs
–Menu will have a 12-16 course dinner
–Experience will include all new menus and wine pairings, and level of service will be stepped up
–The number of diners in this private seating room might be limited to between 12-16
–The cost will be $295.00 per person, inclusive of the wine pairings
–As far as we can tell, this will NOT be the same as booking a private room for a party (i.e. no minimum number of guests)

Right now, there is no launch date (though there’s a hope that it will premier this winter), and, again, this is all rumor. Also rumored is a new website for V&A (Victoria_Albert.com) — not yet launched as of this posting — and a new V&A-only phone number (407-WDW-DVNA).

Unanswered Questions…
How different is this from what you get with the “private dining room” option currently at V&A? Will you be dining with other patrons, or just your group? Could the “New Years Eve” experience be the “pilot-test” of this room? Not sure yet…

Do you have info about the rumor? Would love to hear your updates, all!

Disney + Food + Technology = :-D

Disney’s been sampling how technology can enhance theme park dining for years. One of my earliest memories is stopping at the Epcot WorldKey under the golf ball to make dinner reservations via the talking head on the screen.

Today, Disney’s continuing to make progress in the information age. The recently launched online Advanced Dining Reservations system and the following tech-y installments are good examples.

Computerized Ordering
You’ll recall a previous post on the Food Blog about the Contemporary Resort Contempo Cafe’s new computerized ordering system. It resembles the made-to-order (“MTO”) ordering system from my favorite gas station chain, Sheetz, and I thought it was fantastic when I got the chance to use it for the first time in February.

As it turns out, Disney’s been adding these ordering systems in several spots throughout the parks and resorts. I’ve got some photos from Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in the Magic Kingdom and Captain Cook’s quick service restaurant in the Polynesian Resort, as well as the Contempo Cafe photos.

Contempo Cafe Ordering System Instructions

Contempo Cafe Ordering System Instructions

Contempo Cafe Ordering Computer Stations

Contempo Cafe Ordering Computer Stations

Contempo Cafe Ordering Screen

Contempo Cafe Ordering Screen

Computers for Ordering at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Computers for Ordering at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Computer Order Screen at Captain Cooks

Computer Order Screen at Captain Cooks

Captain Cooks Order Screen

Captain Cooks Order Screen

Online Ordering
One tech advancement I’m very excited about is Wolfgang Puck Express’ online ordering system. While this isn’t a “Disney innovation,” it is a way to take advantage of technology when dining at Downtown Disney.

If you’re planning on heading to Wolfgang Puck Express in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace, simply visit their online ordering website in advance. No need to log in, just click on “browse menu” and set a date, then make your choices — even substitutions — online.

Wolfgang Puck Express in Downtown Disney

Wolfgang Puck Express in Downtown Disney

Online Ordering advertisement at Wolfgang Puck Express

Online Ordering advertisement at Wolfgang Puck Express

Even if you’re headed to Disney World in a few days, you can pre-order what you’d like for lunch when you arrive and have it waiting for you at Downtown Disney as soon as you land at MCO. Brilliant.

Where have you seen technology at work?
If you’ve experienced online or computerized ordering, or have a comment about another dining technology at work, I’d love to hear your story! Contact me via the email form button above!

Paradiso 37 Review

We haven’t had a good, solid restaurant review for a while, and I have a lot of them in the hopper! We’ll start today with Paradiso 37, where I had the good fortune to dine in September!

paradiso 37

Paradiso 37 Entrance

Paradiso 37 Entrance

The Atmosphere
You’ll remember that Paradiso 37, located on Pleasure Island in Disney World’s Downtown Disney, recently opened its doors. We posted some great food photos when Paradiso opened, and I wanted to supplement those with a few more photos and my review of the restaurant. Be sure to check out that link for the background of this new restaurant specializing in Latin American street food and cuisine.

We headed to Paradiso for lunch, and I was blown away by the incredible “bar glasses” chandelier. I’ve never seen anything like it, and the whimsy and risk prepared me for the menu I was about to see.

Paradiso 37 Bar Glasses Chandelier

Paradiso 37 Bar Glasses Chandelier

We were brought to our table and felt very comfortable in the open dining room. This place is clearly made for socializing — you can see almost every table in the restaurant from any vantage point, and the tapas-heavy menu screams “share me!” It’s also made for drinking (if you like that sort of thing); the floor-to-ceiling display of tequila bottles as the focal point of the room makes a gorgeous design statement, and the restaurant prides itself on its varied tequila, beer, and margarita offerings.

Paradiso 37 Dining Room

Paradiso 37 Dining Room

Paradiso 37 Tequila Bottle Bar Focal Point

Paradiso 37 Tequila Bottle Bar Focal Point

Paradiso 37 Partial Margarita Menu

Paradiso 37 Partial Margarita Menu

Paradiso 37 Tequila Menu

Paradiso 37 Tequila Menu

Paradiso 37 Beer Menu

Paradiso 37 Beer Menu

And while the indoor dining is lovely, the outdoor dining area, with its own bar and a fantastic view of Saratoga Springs Resort and the Characters in Flight balloon, is the perfect spot for an evening out with friends or a yummy family lunch.

Outdoor Seating and View

Outdoor Seating and View

Characters in Flight

Characters in Flight

Paradiso 37 Outdoor bar

Paradiso 37 Outdoor bar

The Meal
We were seated next to a table of four who seemed to have ordered every appetizer on the menu. We wondered why, but soon envied them. What we discovered was that Paradiso 37 seems to have spent a lot of time crafting interesting, delicious “appetizers and shareables,” but didn’t spend nearly as much time on the design of the entrees — at least in our opinion! Again, another piece of evidence that this place might want you to mix, mingle, drink, and socialize rather than tuck into a big meal.

I started out with a margarita, which was delicious — sour with a very strong flavor and not at all watery. From there, we dove into our outstanding appetizers: Central American Crazy Corn, which is fire roasted corn-on-the-cob with a spicy pepper sauce & chefs special cheeses; and the Mexican Dipping Trio — fresh corn tortilla chips served with three dips of chunky guacamole, chili con carne & queso fundido (we substituted more Fundido for the Guac…even though we’re from Texas, we’re not big guac fans).

Paradiso 37 Margarita

Paradiso 37 Margarita

Paradiso 37 Corn Appetizer

Paradiso 37 Corn Appetizer

Paradiso 37 chips, queso, and chili con carne

Paradiso 37 chips, queso, and chili con carne

The corn was delicious — clearly the spotlight of the meal for me. The combination of the (not-too-spicy) spicy pepper sauce with those melted cheeses was perfect. It tasted as good as it looks.

The fundido and chili with tortilla chips was good as well. Just be sure your fundido was fully melted; ours wasn’t, and after trying to cut it with a spoon, we asked if this was really what the texture was supposed to be. The manager soon came to our table with replacement fundido — smooth and, thank goodness, fully melted. The taste was divine, and I was more than willing to excuse the mistake.

We were full by this time, but our entrees soon came to the table: North American Sliders, served with your choice of Blackened Mahi Mahi, Grilled BBQ Chicken or BBQ Pulled Pork, served with fries (we got Grilled BBQ Chicken); and Baja Burrito — a flour tortilla with your choice of grilled chicken or beef with sauteed peppers, squash, red onions, chefs special cheeses and topped with sweet chipode BBQ sauce, served with cilantro rice and black beans.

Paradiso 37 Burrito

Paradiso 37 Burrito

Paradiso 37 BBQ Chicken Sliders entree

Paradiso 37 BBQ Chicken Sliders entree

French Fries

French Fries

Like I said, when you go to Paradiso 37, go for the appetizers/tapas and the drinks. The entrees were nothing special, and we weren’t all that impressed. Though everything tasted fine, we wished we’d spent the money and calories sampling a few more of those appetizers instead of choosing entrees. Live and learn!

Dessert was delicious, though. I knew I’d already posted photos of the mini-ice-cream-cones on my previous Paradiso 37 blog, so we decided to go for the churros, dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with caramel sauce; and Chilean sopapillas — crispy fritters dusted in sugar and served with chocolate sauce. Both were fantastic choices, and although the “fried-things-with-dipping-sauces” is a common dessert theme in Disney World right now, these impressed us more than other versions we tried on our trip. I’m also posting a photo of the restaurant’s signature dessert, which we didn’t order, but looks…hefty!

Paradiso 37 Churros and Sopapillas for dipping

Paradiso 37 Churros and Sopapillas for dipping

Paradiso 37 Signature Dessert

Paradiso 37 Signature Dessert

I highly recommend Paradiso 37 for drinks and appetizers, but unfortunately can’t recommend it so quite so highly for dinner entrees. That said, I hope you do get the chance to head over there for a fun evening on your next trip — enough of the appetizers and drinks are interesting and tasty enough to make it worth your while!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 1, 2009

Eat hereA belated Happy Halloween to everyone! I hope you all had some wonderful treats (and very few tricks!).

Welcome to November and the first Disney Food Post Round-Up of the month — there’s already a LOT happening… . And remember, this week is your last chance to experience the incredible Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! Click that link for information, highlights, and photos and menus from the World Showcase international marketplace kiosks!

On with the Round-Up!

Disney Parks Blog highlights an invitation to Thanksgiving Dinner at Disneyland in the Disneyland Hotel. Sounds delicious!

Scott Joseph Orlando has an exclusive — the recipe from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Lobster and Scallop Fisherman’s Pie. This recipe was featured in the Cork, Ireland, marketplace kiosk.

Meet The World in Progressland shares a truly wonderful post revealing some incredible Halloween Disney details in Tokyo Disneyland’s popcorn carts.

Main Street Gazette showcases the Animal Kingdom’s Royal Anadapur Tea Company — one of my favorite places to have breakfast in the World.

5 Kingdoms compares the different “Casey’s Corners” throughout the Magic Kingdoms. Take time to read it and not just look at the pictures ;)

The Disney Chick is back with another wonderful Disney recipe, complete with photos of each separate recipe step. This time, try out the Shrimp With Tomato Feta Compote from Citricos in the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Daveland presents us with some great indoor and outdoor photos of Disneyland’s Aunt Jemima’s Kitchen –> River Belle Terrace.

Theme Park Insider reviews Disneyland’s Cafe Orleans. (You really owe it to yourself to look at these photos today. Trust me.)

Mouseplanet reminds us what’s great about San Angel Inn in Epcot’s World Showcase. (Stay tuned to the Disney Food Blog this week to see even more great reasons to enjoy San Angel Inn!)

Global Disney Pinvestigation shares the latest news and concept drawings of the restaurants on the Disney Dream cruise ship! Also, check out his great Epcot Food and Wine Festival photo blog.

Touring Plans reminds us to stop by the ESPN Club on Disney World’s Boardwalk.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Disney food posts! If you spot a great food post this week that you think belongs on the round-up, be sure to let me know — just click on “contact me” at the top of the page!

Thanks for reading!

WDW Moms Panel: Good Eats When Going Solo at Disney

Earlier this week, we had a guest post giving some tips and tricks on dining solo in Disney World. Today, in our fifth post in the Walt Disney World Moms Panel mini-series, I asked the moms what they would eat in Disney World if they were blissfully alone for a whole day. Get ready for some delicious answers!

From Mom Anna S.

Without children in tow, I would start my day off at the Grand Floridian Café for some lobster eggs Benedict. This is about the most delicious and indulgent way to start your day at Walt Disney World! Although I will admit, my sweet tooth would be crying out for the stuffed croissant!

Kaki Gori from Epcot's Japan

Kaki Gori from Epcot's Japan

It’s off to EPCOT to explore the shops that my children usually are too bored to enjoy, and lunch at the best location on the planet for “fast” food – the Yakitori House. A Japanese Curry for lunch, followed by a Kaki Gori at the shaved ice stand, is a perfect balance of flavors and textures – sort of a fire and ice combo.

After an exhausting day shopping, I am off for my favorite meal anywhere on Walt Disney World property – the filet mignon and macaroni and cheese at Jiko. Arguably the best meal I’ve had anywhere, my mouth waters just thinking about the level to which the Jiko chefs have elevated this simple meal.

The day does not end until I swing back into the Magic Kingdom, where I’ll enjoy my dessert – the world famous Dole Whip with fresh pineapple spears on the side. Although, with no children tagging along, I’ll have a WHOLE Dole Whip to myself, and I may not have room for the sweet juicy pineapple!

From Mom Erin F.

I’m lucky enough to go on an annual solo vacation to Disney World; I’ve been three times so far, with the fourth trip coming up in January. My dream breakfast is beignets at Port Orleans Resort French Quarter — calories don’t count on vacation! Then it’d be anything hot and fried –- mini donuts at Blizzard Beach, fried dough, etc.

One thing I really enjoyed on my last solo trip was going to the Territory Lounge at Wilderness Lodge — I got a raspberry mojito and the flatbread from Artist Point.

My dream dinner? Jiko!

From Mom Jennifer W.

If left alone for one day at WDW the choices for incredible food would be endless. It’s funny to think that when I first started going to WDW I thought the only meals available were character meals! However, over the years I have learned that there is so much more!

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

But with that said, I honestly think I would start my day at one of my favorite breakfast spots … the Crystal Palace at the MK. It just does not get any better than biscuits and gravy, potatoes, eggs, and sausage, and of course if there is room, how can one resist the Mickey Mouse waffles?

I would then need to walk some distance before enjoying lunch! I think this would be eaten at the Cantina de San Angel in Mexico. Just a quick lunch where I would enjoy a wonderful taco salad and perhaps a tasty margarita as well. And no afternoon at WDW is complete without a Mickey Mouse ice cream. Frozen to perfection, I truly can say I love these.

Okay now dinner? Ohhhh that is so incredibly hard to choose! I think for this particular day I’m going for a fantastic meal at Jiko! On my last visit there, I was amazed by everything I tried. The seafood and steak dishes were by far my favorite. As I walked home completely full and satisfied I think I would call this a great day, but wait – on the way out of the park there are those darn Rice Krispy treats with chocolate on them! Oh well, everyone needs a midnight snack!

From Mom Jodi G.

I’d go with a light breakfast, and then have lunch at the Brown Derby. The grapefruit cake and the Cobb salad are my favorites.

For dinner, I’d just roam around the World Showcase eating the best from each country – crepes, funnel cakes, pretzels… etc.

From Mom Kara B.

After much thought, I decided the California Grill would be a great way to celebrate ME! I could spend as much time as I wanted leisurely enjoying an elegant multi-course meal with no little kids bugging me to eat fast so we can go back to the Magic Kingdom.

Goodies at the Wishes Dessert Party

Goodies at the Wishes Dessert Party

The views there are worth a million bucks, so I’d have to have a window seat so I could soak in all beauty of the Seven Seas Lagoon and its surroundings, especially the Magic Kingdom. And then there is the outdoor balcony areas, which before the fireworks are so wonderfully peaceful looking out at the entire WDW resort area; a true moment of zen to gather one’s thoughts and think of all the good in the world.

I also have to admit I was tempted to put down the Wishes Dessert Buffet, which I have yet to try. I think it would be a great way to socialize and meet people, indulge on sweets, and catch a premium seat to watch Wishes.

PS: I’d also love to have room service in Cinderella’s Castle Suite.

From Mom Joanne M.

Oooh, fun question. I would head to (or hopefully I’m already staying there) Stormalong Bay at the Beach and Yacht Club and start with a delicious cocktail at the poolside bar. Then I would head over to the Flying Fish on the Boardwalk. I have to be honest and tell you it’s not because it has my favourite dish, but because we had to cancel our August reservation because my daughter was sick. It’s long been on my list to try, and I would love to enjoy it at a relaxed pace.

From Mom Heather R.

Alone – I can’t even imagine it!

I’m not generally a big breakfast gal, so anywhere I could grab a decent cup of coffee an everything bagel with smoked salmon would make me happy. I used to say Starring Rolls in Hollywood Studios, but unfortunately the last time I was there the lox was no longer an option.

The Famous Flying Fish at Flying Fish Cafe

The Famous Flying Fish at Flying Fish Cafe

For lunch, a bowl of clam chowder at Columbia Harbor House always makes me happy.

Dinner is always my biggest meal of the day, and what a tough decision! I think I’ll go with the Flying Fish, a perrennial favorite. I’d start with the Chardonnay-steamed Maine Coast Blue Hill Bay Mussels. Although I’m not always a huge fennel fan, these are delicious. Strange as it sounds at a seafood restaurant, the Char Crusted New York Strip Steak there is fantastic and in my opinion, among ofthe best steaks to be had in Disney.

I don’t usually indulge in sweets, but if I were to make an exception, the beignets at Port Orleans are really yummy.

And a drink/treat? Definitely a Grey Goose Slush from Epcot.

Gosh, I just realized I’ve spent my whole hypothetical day running back and forth to different eateries! Now that really IS blissful!

From Mom Whitney P.

I’m always on a quest to try something new when I’m at Disney, rather than visiting old haunts, so I’d probably make a bee-line to the new Kouzzina, showplace of fellow Mississippian Cat Cora.

The Birth of a Dole Whip Float

The Birth of a Dole Whip Float

Even though I’m not much for eating table service alone (although some of my fellow Disney Panel Moms–and Dads–do), I’d have to make an exception for this restaurant. I love to make meals out of an array of appetizers, so I’d probably order her Kouzzina spreads of Chickpea Hummus, Kalamata Fig, and Harissa Yogurt along with the Spanakopita! (And that’s what I’m planning on doing when I go with my family in October!)

My favorite drink? Hands down Disney’s Pina Colava, a raspberry sauce-laced pina colada. It’s a given when I’m at Brown Derby, but I’ve also enjoyed it at Sanaa and Teppan Edo. It tends to be seasonal, but if it’s not on the menu, I’ll ask anyway!

And no visit to Magic Kingdom would be complete without a Dole Float, a favorite of mine and fellow Disney Mom Margaret.

From Mom Beth C.

I would go during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival and sample all of the treats from around the world. I did this last September and really enjoyed myself. I finally had the opportunity to eat at the Tangierine Café in Morocco. I had been wanting to try this restaurant for years but my schedule when touring with my family never worked out. This was the perfect opportunity to try this cafe. The food was delicious and fresh and eating it out side listening to the Moroccan music was a perfect way to enjoy a lunch alone.

From Mom Jo Y.

Well first I’d have to have a funnel cake, we don’t have them here in the UK so I have to have one every single trip. Just plain though, no strawberries or ice-cream.

Earl of Sandwich

Earl of Sandwich

Counter Service would have to be Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney; I would order The Full Montagu with beef, turkey, cheese and salad followed by a delicious cupcake.

Whilst in DTD I’d nip over to Goofy’s Candy Company to make my own rice crispy treat. I would cover it in milk chocolate, rolled in choc chips and drizzled in caramel.

Dinner would be at Narcoossee’s, where I’d dine on filet mignon with potato gratin followed by key lime crème brulee. If I still had room after that I’d visit the Magic Kingdom for a pineapple Dole Whip float from Aloha Isle, and then waddle back to my resort!

From Mom Kim L.

I would begin with breakfast at Boma. I’d request a cozy table near the window. Afterwards, I would walk around the resort.

For a mid-day treat, I am heading to the Grand Floridan for afternoon tea in the Garden View Lounge. I would choose strawberries and cream along with lemon pound cake. I highly recommend the Princess Breakfast tea.

My evening would end with a delightful meal at The Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge. Dim lighting and delectable food provide a perfect way to wind down.

From Mom Kay B.

If traveling alone I would definitely choose spots that not only have great food but also good entertainment. Top spots that I would head to include 50’s Primetime Cafe in Hollywood Studios, where I would not be able to pass up their pot roast, milk shakes, and s’mores for dessert!

Teppan Edo's Sake-Rita

Teppan Edo's Sake-Rita

There are two EPCOT restaurants I would head to and those are the German Biergarten, where I can get my schnitzel and spaetzle, and of course good beer, while watching the show.

Teppan Edo is my other choice for this park since you can watch dinner being prepared right in front of you. I love all the food, chicken, and steaks and seafood, so anything goes here, but it must be accompanied by one of their specialty “umbrella” drinks to make it complete!

In the Magic Kingdom I would head to Casey’s Corner and enjoy a good dog and fries while watching the people on Main Street and listening to the piano player……all the time hoping the ducks won’t take a nibble out of my leg. :)

Absolute snack musts are a bag of popcorn and a hunk of peanut butter fudge from any of the Disney fudge spots!

From Mom Amber V.

If I had a day at Disney World all alone to enjoy my favorites, I would start with Tonga Toast for breakfast at the Kona Cafe. I would be sure to get all of my favorite snacks — dole whip float, popcorn, and Mickey Bars at some point throughout the day.

My choice for lunch would be something quick like a hot dog at Casey’s or a BLT salad from Columbia Harbor House, because I would want to save room for a fabulous dinner at my absolute favorite restaurant — Jiko. Barbecue chicken flatbread, filet mignon with macaroni and cheese, and the pistachio creme brulee is my idea of the perfect meal to end a fabulous day at Disney!

From Dad Doug I.

I do this often, as work travel and book research trips leave me solo in Orlando.

Nothin' like a little popcorn on a Solo Disney Day

Nothin' like a little popcorn on a Solo Disney Day

Typically I seek out whatever is new, but while I love many of the character meals and some of the ones that involve a show (like 50’s Prime Time or Whispering Canyon Cafe), many are ones where going solo just makes me feel a bit out of place. So some of my favorite solo dining places that I like to frequent include:

Breakfast: Kona Cafe at the Polynesian (Strictly for the Tonga Toast!)
Lunch: Flame Tree BBQ or Tangierine Cafe
Dinner: California Grill
Snack: Popcorn from the carts as you enter the Magic Kingdom. Walt would have wanted it that way!

Dirty Little Confession: While I like all that, I have to confess that I have dined, on more than one occasion, at “Snackapalooza!”. Don’t waste your time searching for it on a park map. I coined this phrase for those times where instead of going to a restaurant, I ‘surf’ the World Showcase promenade, getting a few different nibbles from the national pavilions. I love getting a bite here, a bite there, and sampling cuisines from around the globe!

From Mom Margaret F.

I have been fortunate enough to enjoy a few solo trips to Disney world, and while I was first worried that I would be lonely or look out of place, I quickly discovered how much I have still missed while rushing after my children on our family trips.

The Porch at Tony's Town Square

The Porch at Tony's Town Square

I love eating at Tony’s Town Square and sitting on the outside porch. In an odd way, with all the crowds passing by, it is remarkably peaceful to me.

While the food is delicious, it is such a great place to watch the excitement and joy of the guests as they first enter Magic Kingdom, or to listen to the recaps of their amazing day as they exit the park. Watching the kids (and mom and dad) jump in glee at the sight of Main Street and Cinderella Castle continues to remind me why I love Disney so much.

One of my favorite treats is to grab a Dole Whip Float and sit on a bench near the Castle hub and watch all of the guests stop for a picture by the Partners statute. As I enjoy the best treat on property, it makes me smile to see so many guests stop and admire Walt and Mickey hand in hand, and hopefully Walt knows how much joy he continues to bring to so many everyday.

Thanks again to all the “moms” who are participating in the interviews!

Don’t forget, if you’d like to share your “most magical Disney Dining moment,” send me an email! I’m collecting stories and will post them in the next post of “Chicken Soup for the Disney Foodie soul!”

Reminder! Disney World Advanced Dining Reservations at 180 Days Starting Tuesday, 10/27

Screen Shot of Online Advanced Dining Reservations System

Screen Shot of Online Advanced Dining Reservations System

Hi all! Just wanted to send out a quick reminder that Disney World Advanced Dining Reservations are going back to 180 days ahead of arrival tomorrow, October 27, 2009. This means that, if your Disney World arrival date is within the next six months, you can call tomorrow, Tuesday, and make advanced dining reservations for most of your favorite restaurants.



Remember, you can do this by calling 407-WDW-DINE, or by booking online. Check out our online booking primer for specific information and screen shots illustrating how to book ADRs online.

For more information about the change from booking ADRs 90 days in advance to 180 days in advance, check out our previous post on the 180 Day ADR timeline. And to calculate when you can make all of your Disney Reservations, check out the PS Calculator!

More Wishes Dessert Party Photos!

6/2011 Update: The Wishes Dessert Party can be booked online here. There’s no telling how long the party will be available (it’s been extended far beyond its original trial period).

Goodies at the Wishes Dessert Party

Goodies at the Wishes Dessert Party

As you know, we were lucky enough to attend a Wishes Dessert Party while in Disney World a few weeks ago! It was a blast, and I highly recommend the experience to anyone who can snag a seat.

To be fair, there have been some negative reviews of the event. These included comments that the service felt rushed, they ran out of items quickly, and there was a long line to get into the actual seating area. I will add that there are several rows of assigned seating, and while we had a seat in the front row, I’m not sure I’d be as happy with the cost if we’d gotten a seat in the back.

During our party, we arrived late (therefore not having to deal with a line to get in), and found that desserts were replenished regularly. Perhaps Disney’s heard some of the complaints and made adjustments accordingly. For us, the show was wonderful, and the desserts were delicious.

Below, you can see photos of many of the desserts, along with labels of what they actually are.

For more information about the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party at the Magic Kingdom, which has now been extended through the end of the year, check our Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party info-post. Now on to the photos!

Banana Creme Tart

Banana Creme Tart

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Mango Shooter

Mango Shooter

Classic Cheesecake (delish!)

Classic Cheesecake (delish!)

Rice Krispy Treats

Rice Krispy Treats

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee

Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake

Brownies

Brownies

Raspberry Tart

Raspberry Tart

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

My crappy photo of Tinkerbell

My crappy photo of Tinkerbell

There you go!! Hope you enjoyed! ;-) For even more photos, check out our earlier post highlighting pics from our friend Zapperz at My Disney Mania. While ZapperZ’ Wishes Dessert Party Photos are much better than mine, I figured I’d toss mine up here, too! You can never have too many pics of dessert!

For more Wishes Dessert Party information:
Wishes Dessert Party Announced (includes details of the evening)
Wishes Dessert Party Photos!!
Wishes Dessert Party Extended Through October, 2009
Wishes Dessert Party Extended into January 2010
Wishes Dessert Party Confirmed Through End of May
Wishes Dessert Party Booking Through August 2010
Wishes Dessert Party Extended Through December 2010