News! 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Offers 2 Full Months of Delicious This Year!

The countdown is ON for September 14, 2016. Why? Because THAT’S the day the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins!

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But it gets even better… because this year, the Festival has been extended to run 62 days. It won’t wrap up until November 14th. That means TWO FULL MONTHS of the Food and Wine Festival! (NOTE: The festival usually begins on a Friday, so the fact that it’s starting on a Wednesday this year is…weird. Stay tuned to DFB just in case they change their tune and start it on the 16th instead!) [Read more…]

Imagineering Fun: Construction Walls in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (This Post is Not as Boring as it Sounds in the Title)

Okay, let’s face it: construction walls covering up refurbishment areas in Disney World are something we’re pretty used to seeing. They cover everything from the upcoming Frozen Ever After attraction in the former home of Epcot’s Maelstrom to Avatar Land in Animal Kingdom to the ongoing transformation of Disney Springs, and then some.

Walls outside of Planet Hollywood's refurbishment in Disney Springs

Walls outside of Planet Hollywood’s refurbishment in Disney Springs

And we’re bound to spot more and more very soon as Disney’s Hollywood Studios expands to add both Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land.

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Save Big This Presidents’ Day!

As we mark this Presidents’ Day, many of us are enjoying a wonderful perk — a day to sleep in and enjoy a little break. :-) And if you’re like me, that means one thing on a cold February day…it’s a GREAT time to plan your next Disney trip!

All-American Mickey!

All-American Mickey!

Looking forward to visit during the busy Spring or Summer season? Or do you have your eyes set on a Fall Food and Wine Festival Trip or a Holiday Extravaganza? Whatever you’re dreaming of, one thing’s for sure: you need to make some plans.

Believe it or not, it’s already time to start making those Advance Dining Reservations! And we’re going to help you make sure you choose the best restaurants Disney has to offer. There are hundreds, after all!

We have two great offers for you to choose from! Read on for all the details, but hurry — these savings are only available for a limited time!

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With reviews, tips, expert advice, and hundreds of color photographs, you’ll get the biggest bang for your planning buck! And our handy e-Book format has been completely updated for your 2016 Disney World vacation.

Inside the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2016, you’ll find: [Read more…]

Review: Cupid’s Kiss Latte at Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosks in Disney World

Once again, Joffrey’s Espresso Coffee & Pastries kiosks all over Disney World are serving up some specialty items to get us in the festive spirit. We checked out the Winter Specialty menu on our last visit, and now they’re helping us get ready for a caffeinated Valentine’s Day!

Joffrey's American Adventure Coffee Kiosk in Epcot

Joffrey’s American Adventure Coffee Kiosk in Epcot

Espresso drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, and mochas make up the menu along with tea and hot chocolate. Select Joffrey’s locations such as the one just outside of the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot also offer opportunities to “spike” your coffee with your choice of Bailey’s, Kahlua, or Jameson. [Read more…]

News! Dates, Menus Announced for the 2016 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

We have more exciting news for you today about upcoming Fall events in Walt Disney World!

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has announced the dates, menus, and seminars for their 7th Annual Food and Wine Classic. Circle Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, 2016, on your calendars!

The Food and Wine Classic also coincides with the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. And once again, the Food and Wine Classic will include both Seminars and The Causeway.

The Beer Garden, which was first introduced in 2014, is also returning, and will offer a wide range of beers from all over the world as well as local brews!

Guests can also enjoy more than 40 tasting stations featuring dishes from the resort’s 17 restaurants and lounges as well as more than 30 wineries on the CausewaySeminars offer an immersive educational opportunity, as participants delve deeper into the crafting of beverages, food and beverage pairing, and cooking demos. Let’s take a closer look at both!

The Beer Garden

The Beer Garden

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News: Same-Day Dining Reservations for Skipper Canteen in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Ahoy, Jungle Cruise Passengers!

If you have a trip planned to the Magic Kingdom in February, you may want to know about a new limited-time option for booking a same-day dining reservation at the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen (the Jungle Cruise Restaurant)!

Since the Jungle Skipper Canteen first opened its doors in mid-December of 2015, it has broken typical Advance Dining Reservation protocol for Table Service restaurants by retaining its status as a walk-up only location.

Perhaps in anticipation of one of Disney World’s first peak weeks of 2016, however, a same-day reservation system will be in place that will be unique to the Jungle Skipper Canteen, available from February 12 – 27, 2016. [Editor’s Update: Same-day Reservations have been extended for Skipper Canteen beyond the original trial dates, and continue to be available on a day-of booking basis.]

Skipper Canteen Entrance

Skipper Canteen Entrance

The process will be much the same as making a standard Advance Dining Reservation; interested guests may visit the Jungle Skipper Canteen page on the Disney World website. Of course, being outside of those dates right now, it currently only lists the standard operating hours for lunch and dinner. Presumably, however, the standard booking engine should appear on February 12th with bookings for that day only, and so on through the 27th. [Read more…]

News: Afternoon Tea Coming to Disney World’s Beach Club Resort

Well, it looks like Disneyland Hotel isn’t the only Disney resort getting a new Afternoon Tea!  Beginning this month, Disney World’s Beach Club will host Afternoon Tea at Solarium Gardens on select dates throughout the year in the resort’s beautiful Crescent Solarium.

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Dates currently available for booking are February 11- 14, February 18-21, March 24-29, May 5 – 8, June 16-19, and September 1 – 5, 2016.

EDITOR’S UPDATE: Please note that since this article was published, more dates have been added: April 14-17, May 5-8, July 1-4, and August 11-14.  [Read more…]

Review: Smoky Cheddar Grits at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Welcome back to Animal Kingdom’s Smiling Crocodile!

Now, you may be thinking, “Huh? What do you mean ‘welcome back’? I’ve never heard of the Smiling Crocodile.”

Well, the Smiling Crocodile previously went by a name you may be more familiar with:  the Gardens Kiosk. In fact, several Animal Kingdom snack stands have received mini-makeovers in the form of new names and, in several cases, updated paint colors; spots like the Eight Spoon Cafe (formerly the Beastly Kiosk), Mahindi (which was Harambe Popcorn) and Warung Outpost (previously known as Upcountry Beverages).

In most cases, though, the changes have been in name and fresh coats of paint only while the menus have remained the same. The Smiling Crocodile, however, is one of the exceptions to the rule. Last summer brought a menu refresh to this kiosk featuring the Trek Power Salad and Farmers Salad along with some unique and refreshing beverages.

The Smiling Crocodile

The Smiling Crocodile

But our recent visit to the Smiling Crocodile was to check out its refreshed menu and try one of the new items: Smoky Cheddar Grits. Care to join us? [Read more…]

News! Carolina and Colorado Residents Can Take Advantage of Savings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin!

If you’re a resident of North Carolina, South Carolina, or Colorado, and you’d like to save on your next trip to Walt Disney World, then read on for some great savings!

Stay at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin this Spring

Stay at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin this Spring

To mark the victories of the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos (and the fact that they’re heading to Super Bowl 50!), the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is offering a great deal for guest hailing from these states. Here are the details: [Read more…]

News! New Booths and Eats at the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

The 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is just around the corner. And today, we’re getting lots of news about how the Festival will take shape this Spring!

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Mark you calendars for March 2-May 30, 2016, as the festival celebrating all things that grow expands to a record 90 days! [Read more…]