News: Opening Date Announced for Paddlefish in Disney Springs!

February 4, 2017, will be the opening date for Paddlefish, the establishment previously known as Fulton’s Crab House in Disney Springs (which was previously known as Downtown Disney ;) ).

Screenshot via PaddlefishRestaurant.com

Screenshot via PaddlefishRestaurant.com

Paddlefish, a Levy restaurant, will retain a focus on fresh seafood (along with steaks and chops), even though the space itself has received a “bow to stern” update! The new space with a sleek look and modern feel will play host to lunch and dinner — as well as Brunch on Sundays — complete with a brand new rooftop lounge featuring terrific waterfront views. [Read more…]

News and Review: 24 oz. Seven Seas Lagoon Cocktail Debuts Disney’s Contemporary Resort

There’s a new drink in the World, and you have got to check it out!

But to find it, there’s only one place you can go, and that’s Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Just head to the Lounge at The Wave… of American Flavors (or Top of the World in Bay Lake Tower), and that’s where you can order up the The Seven Seas Lagoon.

Before we dive in, we’ve got to note how fun it is to see another Resort-specific cocktail on a Disney lounge menu. With the rare exception of specialty spots like AbracadaBar and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, you can go from one Resort Bar to the next and not see much difference in the offerings. But here and there, you’ll find beverages themed to their Resort. The New Orleans-inspired cocktails at Port Orleans’ River Roost, the classic cocktails at the BoardWalk’s Belle Vue Lounge, and the specialty drinks at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Victoria Falls come to mind. And we always think it’s a thing to celebrate when they come along.

There’s much more to say, though, about The Seven Seas Lagoon. Clearly, its name is inspired by the Contemporary’s location as one of the Resorts surrounding the Seven Seas Lagoon.

Seven Seas Lagoon

The Seven Seas Lagoon

Or maaaaybe it gets its name from the fact that this drink is the size of an ACTUAL LAGOON. [Read more…]

News: Advance Dining Reservations Now Available for Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs

Hooray for HOLLYWOOD… because Advance Dining Reservations are now available for the Planet Hollywood Observatory!

Originally scheduled to open last fall, the major refurbishment of what was once Planet Hollywood into the new Planet Hollywood Observatory has met with several delays over the past few months. But soon, we’ll see the results of this lengthy makeover in the West Side of Disney Springs!

Of course, we do have some idea of what to expect already…

For instance, we know that the space will be enhanced with the outdoor Stargazers Bar offering views of Disney Springs. A 4,500-square-foot video screen (along with a DJ at night) will provide entertainment, and the menu will feature Planet Hollywood favorites along with new items unique to the location, such as a Burger and Sandwich menu headed up by Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri.

Planet Hollywood Observatory

Planet Hollywood Observatory

What else is in store? Well, let’s take a look at the menu! You’ll want to settle in, because it’s pretty extensive, starting with Appetizers ranging from the classic Planet Hollywood menu — like the World Famous Chicken Crunch — to Shareable Sampler Platters for four. [Read more…]

#RocktheDots Discounts in Disney World and Disneyland on January 22nd

Let’s face it… Mickey isn’t the only one who loves MINNIE MOUSE around here!

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That’s why Sunday, January 22nd is set aside for us all to #RocktheDots in honor of Minnie on a VERY fitting occasion: National Polka Dot Day! [Read more…]

News: New Breakfast Options Available at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Including Mickey Waffles!

Earlier this month, Magic Kingdom moved its park opening show to Cinderella Castle…which means MK guests get to wander around Main Street before the park officially opens!

Breakfast at the Kingdom!

Breakfast at the Kingdom!

Along with this change, breakfast options have been increased on Main Street, including new menu items at Casey’s Corner, theMain Street Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, and more! We’ll have full reviews of all of these items later this week, but here’s an overview for now!

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News and Review: Beverly’s Revenge at the Coca-Cola Rooftop Bar in Disney Springs

OK, where my Disney World veterans at?!? This one is for you guys — my compadres who have known and loved Disney for decades…and who know exactly what I’m talking about when I mention…“BEVERLY.”

Club Cool Flavors - click for larger version

Club Cool Flavors – click for larger version

You either love it…or you REALLY, REALLY HATE IT! That’s the dealio when it comes to Beverly, a carbonated drink popular in Italy (or so they say) made by the Coca-Cola company. Having their friends and family try the super-bitter Beverly at Epcot’s Club Cool has been a sneaky trick that long-time Disney World fans have played for years.

But now? Poor Beverly is getting her own!

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News and Review: DONUT SUNDAE (!!!) at the Main Street Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

WHAT?!??! I know. That’s what you’re saying right now.

“WHAT?! DISNEY HAS A DONUT SUNDAE AND I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT IT?!” How do I know you’re saying that? Because that’s exactly what I was saying when Tina (<– amazing DFB photographer who’s frigging awesome) spotted this at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor in the Magic Kingdom this week!

But it’s OK. It’s brand new — not even on the menu yet — so we didn’t miss out on too much of the Donut Sundae lifespan. And we’re hoping that lifespan is a nice, long one!

The Main Street Plaza Ice Cream Parlor can be found at the intersection of Main Street USA and Tomorrowland, just before you get to Cinderella Castle. And the sundae joins a few other must-have treats on the Ice Cream Parlor’s menu, including the house-made ice cream sandwich (preferably ordered with a drizzled sauce!), the “kids’ cone” (it’s totally OK to order this as a grown-up, too) with Mickey ears, and the Plaza Ice Cream Sundae. So…I’m really not envying you the decisions you’ll have to make when you get there! ;-D

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor donut Sundae

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor donut Sundae

After spotting the sundae on a placard, we grabbed it! It comes with a warm glazed donut, warm apple compote, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, a cherry, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips.

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News: Passholder Seating Available for Festival of the Arts Disney on Broadway Concert Series

The very first Epcot International Festival of the Arts kicks off TOMORROW, and we wanted to let Walt Disney World Passholders know of a unique opportunity to enhance their experience!

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On each of the Festival’s event nights (running Fridays through Mondays until February 20th), the Disney on Broadway Concert Series will showcase Broadway talent performing Disney classics at the America Gardens Theatre.

Walt Disney World Passholders are now able to register for Passholder Seatings at the 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm shows. [Read more…]

News: One-Day Disney Dining Plan to Begin Testing in the Magic Kingdom

If you’re planning a visit to the Magic Kingdom from January 12 through February 22, 2017, you may be very interested to find out about a single-day Dining Plan that will enter a test phase in the park during those dates!

Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle

According to wdwmagic.com, Disney Dine-on-the-Go will be available for purchase throughout the test phase. Guests may purchase the plan at Magic Kingdom Vacation Planning Booths. While cost information is currently unavailable, it is anticipated that pricing will include both adult and child options. [Editor’s Note: since the original posting of this article, Disney has announced that the price will be $29.00 for adults, and $12.00 for children ages 3 to 9] [Read more…]

News: 2017 Dates for “Delicious Disney, A Chef Series” Announced

A total of nine dinners will be offered in the Delicious Disney, A Chef Series in 2017.

Unfamiliar with the Delicious Disney Series? These unique events offer guests the opportunity to enjoy culinary creations by Walt Disney World Resort Chefs — along with wine pairings — in a more intimate setting (capped at 60 guests).

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The 2017 theme is “Storytelling with food,” and dates, times, locations, and themes are as follows: [Read more…]