A Chocolate Mickey Waffle and Holiday Dole Whip?! It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

Extra, extra! Read all about it! The holidays bring even more fun changes to the Walt Disney World resort dining experience!

Who ever thought they’d see a chocolate Mickey waffle?! Well, here it is! This was found by Erin Foster and family at the Crystal Palace buffet!
choc mickey waffle

And when you order your Dole Whip at Aloha Isle this holiday season, get ready for a shock! It’ll be green if you order pineapple, and green and pink if you order a swirl!
holiday dole whip

Stay tuned to the Disney Food Blog for more edible Holiday treats, including a round-up of the Gingerbread Resort decor, as the season rolls on!

Thanks again to Erin Foster and family for the great photos! (I feel like I was right there on vacation with them…how about you?)

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 29, 2009

Eat hereNEWS!
A couple of very exciting news items to start out with this week!

First: have you heard about the new Surf’s Up! character meal in Disneyland? There aren’t a lot of details yet, but we’ve posted a few of the offerings as posted on the @DisneylandNews twitter account.

Also: Fulton’s Crab House is hosting a Holiday Wine Dinner on December 13th. The dinner is $49.95 and begins at 7 PM. Call 407-934-2628 for reservations.

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ROUND-UP
And now, it’s on to the week’s Disney Food Round-Up! Be sure to bookmark these websites — loads of great info and content:

Mommy Musings has a fun post and photo blog about her evening with Princess Tiana and Tyra Banks. Check out the lifelike edible teacups!

Around The Mouse has posted their take on the Best and Worst Counter Service locations in Disney World.

At Gorillas Don’t Blog, Major Pepperidge has posted a couple of old-timey (circa 1959) photos of Aunt Jemima herself in front of her Disneyland Pancake House.

Main Street Gazette shows us around the Pinocchio Village Haus in Disney World. “Always let your conscience be your guide…”

Imaginerding has a recipe for Disney-influenced, Christmas-themed dog treats — can you get more seasonal than that?!

Global Disney Pinvestigation has put up a Wishes Dessert Party review…I don’t remember seeing those yummy-looking canoli at my dessert party…

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SHOUT-OUTS TO NEWSWORTHY DISNEY FOODIES
Finally — I want to give a couple of shout-outs to some Disney foodie friends of mine:

First, a HUGE congrats and shout-out to one of my favorite food blogs — Tasty Chomps — for finishing as a finalist/runner up in the Best Local Blog/Blogger category in Orlando Sentinel’s Best Bets for 2009!

Also, remember when I posted an interview with Dawn Viola, a National Pie Champion, Orlando chef, and volunteer Disney sous chef? She was recently highlighted on the news in Orlando as a featured chef — there’s even a great video where she demonstrates the secrets to making her blue-ribbon-winning Apple Pie! Congrats, Dawn!

New Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends at Disneyland’s PCH Grill

backlot noticeExciting news! Starting December 11th, 2009, the Aloha Breakfast with Lilo and Stitch will switch to Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends!

According to @DisneylandNews on twitter:

Beginning Dec. 11, the character breakfast at Disney’s PCH Grill will change to “Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends.” New breakfast buffet will include flatbreads from a wood burning oven & signature chilaquiles with shredded beef, salsa verde & queso fresco.

Sounds good to us!

Tried and True (and Some Very New!) Disney Character Foods

I recently realized that you’re nobody in Toon Town if you don’t have your own food product line. Used to be only Mickey had his own ice cream bars…maybe a bag of pasta or two. But these days, you’re simply not A-list Toon material if you’re not selling your personalized line at the Main Street Emporium.

Let’s take a look at a few of the brands you can now purchase — endorsed by your favorite characters, of course! Some of them are actually pretty new on the scene…

Minnie’s Bake Shop
You can tell from our tour through Minnie’s kitchen that she’s a baker; luckily, we now get a chance to sample her recipes (and NOT the diet ones!):

True, this looks a bit like a re-brand of Mickey’s old cookie company, but, alas, who are we to judge?

Minnie's Bake Shop Cookies

Minnie's Bake Shop Cookies

These, I think, are entirely new. Love the spoons attached!

Minnie's Bake Shop Mixes

Minnie's Bake Shop Mixes

And here’s a quick sampling of other Bake Shop items:

More Minnie's Bake Shop Items

More Minnie's Bake Shop Items

Wonderland Tea
One of my favorite New York City haunts is called Alice’s Teacup, and I wonder if they’ll start carrying Wonderland’s newest tea line there! This line of teas, tea china, and tea accessories — straight from the Mad Hatter’s tea party — should please any Alice fan.

Be sure to read the Wonderland Decree on the box,

Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrarywise — what it is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would.

Alice's Teapot and Tea Display at MouseGears

Alice's Teapot and Tea Display at MouseGears

Alice's Tea

Alice's Tea

Alice's Tea Accessories

Alice's Tea Accessories

And here’s a great display at the Writer’s Stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Alice's Tea Display

Alice's Tea Display

Disney Princess Pasta
Even the princesses have gotten into the Food Product Line groove at Disney. What little princess wouldn’t love some noodle soup or homemade mac and cheese showcasing pasta shaped like her favorite female idols?

Disney Princess Pasta

Disney Princess Pasta

Goofy’s Candy Company
Of course, you all remember the sensationally successful Goofy’s Candy Company — well known throughout Disney to be the primary supplier of Halloween candy, gummies, and sour pucker powder!

Goofy's Candy Company

A Sampling of Goofy's Candy Company Items

A Sampling of Goofy's Candy Company Items

Chip and Dale Snack Company
For those of you who want to preserve your diet — or at least have a semi-healthy snack — while on vacation, head straight to the Chip and Dale product line (do NOT pass go…). These are the healthiest pre-packaged snacks you’ll find on property (besides the packaged fresh fruit, of course), and the line includes dried fruit mixes, trail mix, pretzels, many different kinds of natural nuts, etc.

Chip and Dale Food Products

Chip and Dale Food Products

Mickey’s Many Product Lines
I’m sure I haven’t captured all of Mickey’s product lines here, but I’ve at least snapped photos of some of the newest items on the scene. We’re all familiar with Mickey’s “Really Swell” Coffee Brand, and, of course, Mickeyroni and Cheese! But have you sampled his Resort Delights island-inspired products, or his Chocolatears-brand gourmet chocolate bark?

Mickey's Really Swell Coffee Brand Treats

Mickey's Really Swell Coffee Brand Treats

Mickey's Really Swell Flavored Coffee Collection

Mickey's Really Swell Flavored Coffee Collection

Mickeyroni and Cheese

Mickeyroni and Cheese

Mickey's Resort Delights Taffy

Mickey's Resort Delights Taffy

Mickey's Resort Delights Punch and Iced Tea Flavors

Mickey's Resort Delights Punch and Iced Tea Flavors

Mickey's Resort Delights Coconut Patties

Mickey's Resort Delights Coconut Patties

Mickey's Chocolatears Gourmet Chocolate Bark

Mickey's Chocolatears Gourmet Chocolate Bark

What’s YOUR Favorite?
While you may be partial to the old school classic Mickeyroni and Cheese, I can’t wait to sample some of that gourmet chocolate bark! Would love to hear from some of you who have tried the Resort Delights line as well — any good?

Disney Food Round-Up: November 22, 2009

Eat Here Here’s our last Disney Food Round-Up before the USA Thanksgiving holiday, so I thought we’d start with a couple of Thanksgiving links; after that, we’ve got your regular weekly round-up links — great sites, all!

Thanksgiving Posts of the Week
First of all, be sure to visit the Disney Food Blog‘s extra special “Thanksgiving Disney Food Round-Up,” where I’ve gathered a bunch of links that pertain to Thanksgiving 2009 at Disney parks, including how to survive Thanksgiving week at Disneyland, the poll results for best Thanksgiving dinner restaurant in Disney World, and more.

Also, be sure to visit the Orlando Sentinel’s Daily Disney post about how Disney chefs lightened up Thanksgiving recipes.

Weekly Round-Up
Scroll down on this Disney Parks Blog post to read about awards received by Disneyland’s Napa Rose restaurant and Executive Chef, Andrew Sutton.

Speaking of Disneyland, the OC Register reports on a brand new bratwurst and baked potatoes counter service location, Troubadour Tavern, in Fantasyland.

The Disney Chick tempts us with another great recipe, this time for Sesame Chicken at Nine Dragons Restaurant.

Disney History has posted about an interesting vintage Australian Disney Cocoa Tin auction happening on ebay. I had no idea there were vintage Australian Disney Cocoa Tins.

Main Street Gazette is back from his vacation in Disney World and has reviewed Kouzzina for us! Opa!

Check out Touring Plans if you’re wondering about food for teens in Disney.

Scott Joseph Orlando reports that Victoria and Albert’s has earned the AAA 5-diamond award for its 10th consecutive year.

Stuff From the Park shares a couple of vintage 1960’s menus from Disneyland — Hills Brother’s Coffee House and Coffee Garden and Plaza Terrace.

Thanksgiving in Disney — The Food Round-Up

Thanksgiving is one week from today, so for those of you who are thinking about heading to Disney for the big day (and saving yourself from some serious dish washing!), I’ve gathered a few Thanksgiving-y and Food-y posts and links for you!

Disney Thanksgiving News and Info Round-Up

1. Wondering where to have your Thanksgiving dinner at Disney? Head over to our Disney Food Blog post about the Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving in Disney World, where we post the winners of our reader poll on the topic.

2. Of course, many Disney restaurants offer special Thanksgiving meals for the holiday, and Disney Moms Panelist, Erin Foster, was kind enough to share the menus from her special holiday last year. This might give you an idea of what to expect in Disney restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner:

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3. DReport’s Soft Opening blog reports that Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station, El Pirata y El Perico, and the Diamond Horseshoe will be serving during Thanksgiving week.

Specs include the Noodle Station serving American food for lunch and Asian cuisine for dinner, and the Diamond Horseshoe opening as counter service for lunch and table service for dinner. Visit DReport’s Soft Opening blog at the link above for more info.

4. Disney Parks Blog reminds us of an exciting Thanksgiving dinner event at Disneyland.

5. The Disney Blog shares specifics about Thanksgiving dinner at Orlando’s Downtown Disney. Plan for Thanksgiving at Fulton’s Crab House, Portobello, or Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe!

6. StudiosCentral.com has the latest on who’s serving special Thanksgiving menus at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (I’ve heard great things about Thanksgiving at the Brown Derby, and I bet Thanksgiving dinner at “mom’s table” in 50’s Prime Time Cafe would be fun… .)

7. OC Register gives some great info on Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Disneyland.

Happy Thanksgiving in advance! If you have more Thanksgiving in Disney information, just drop me a line via twitter, facebook, or email, and I’ll add the info to this post!

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!