Review: Cookies and Cream Cupcake at Candy Counters in Disney World and Disneyland

Our Disneyland Correspondent Heather Sievers (you know her because she’s always Dining in Disneyland — and dining so well!) is more than up to the task of checking out new goodies. And this one happens to be on BOTH coasts right now!

In addition to hanging out with yours truly at the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival, and trying out ALL. THE. THINGS at the Red Rose Taverne (which has temporarily taken over Village Haus to commemorate the release of Beauty and the Beast), she’s still keeping up with the regular stomping grounds, too. And that includes stops like the Candy Palace.

The Candy Palace

The Candy Palace

Because there’s still nothing like a classic Mickey cupcake. And Heather picked up this Cookies and Cream Mickey Cupcake recently. [Read more…]

News: 2018 Disney World Free Dining Offer for United Kingdom Residents

HellOOOOOO to our friends across the pond! We wanted to let you know that the 2018 Walt Disney World Free Dining Offer is now available for United Kingdom Residents when you book a select Walt Disney World holiday!

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Disney World Free Dining Deal For UK Residents in 2018

Disney is offering the Free Dining deal to United Kingdom residents, PLUS you’ll receive a $200 Disney Gift Card and Disney’s 14-Day Ultimate Ticket for the price of a 7-Day ticket. However you’ll need to book by July 6, 2017, for arrivals between January 1 – March 18, 2018 and April 6 – November 30, 2018. [Read more…]

A New Dole Whip And Rum Smoothie Spotted in Disney World! Guess Where!

Dole Whip alert! Dole Whip alert! (Mental note: we need a secret, underground alert system for Dole Whip news.) Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort, with its enormous Big Blue (Nemo-inspired) Pool and totally groovy theming, now has an alcoholic Dole Whip drink (and a non-alcoholic option!).

Captain's Pineapple Drink at Art of Animation Resort

Captain’s Pineapple Drink at Art of Animation Resort

Yes, that sound you hear is us screaming with joy! To get one for yourself, you’re gonna have to make your way over to Art of Animation. You’ll know you’re there when you see massive depictions of animators’ sketches.

Art of Animation Entrance

Art of Animation Entrance

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News and Review: Hollywood Brown Derby TINY HAT Glowcubes!

In the ever-evolving, super-fun world of Disney Parks Glowcubes (that’s a thing, trust us), we’ve found the holy grail. And you don’t even need to go on a quest to get one (just take a boat or a bus to Hollywood Studios)!!

Introducing, the Brown Derby Hat Glowcube. I mean, C’MON, guys! It’s a TEENY DERBY HAT!

Hollywood Brown Derby Souvenir Glowcube

Hollywood Brown Derby Souvenir Glowcube

Look how stinking adorable that thing is. And it’s a glowcube! Whoever came up with this idea deserves a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — the Disney version AND the real one.

Brown Derby Souvenir Glowcube

Brown Derby Souvenir Glowcube

You can snag one for yourself at the Brown Derby Lounge (which is restaurant-adjacent). It comes automatically in the Derby Cocktail. [Read more…]

News! 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Preliminary Bands

It’s that time of year again, Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans!

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You know that here at DFB we pride ourselves on reporting Epcot Food and Wine Festival Info just as soon as we have it! And today, we’re sharing with you a look at the VERY FIRST artists you can expect to return for the 2017 Eat to the Beat concert series!

Just in case you’re new to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, lemme tell you a little about what all this means. Eat to the Beat is a concert series that takes place during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which runs this year from August 31-November 13. The series features musical acts from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s each year, and concerts take place most evenings of the Festival.

Since this partial list is preliminary, be sure to stay tuned to the Disney Food Blog for additions and/or changes to the schedule! We will bring you all the latest news first!

Eat to the Beat concerts are performed three times per evening, so you have three opportunities every night to see your favorite acts — at 5:30PM, 6:45PM, and 8:00PM.

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2017 Eat to the Beat Concert Line Up…So Far

Note: this schedule is subject to change.

August 31-September 1: Delta Rae
October 4-5: Rumor: Christopher Cross
October 14-15: Jeffrey Osbourne
October 27-29: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas

We’ll be updating our Eat to the Beat Schedule Page as soon as we have more bands confirmed!

All concerts take place in the American Gardens Theater at Epcot’s America Pavilion. Concerts are “free” — included in the price of your Epcot admission!

Lots of Festival goers plan their trips around which bands will be playing, so we’re pretty serious about bringing you news of bands and and dates as soon as we get our hands on them! Check back with our 2017 Eat to the Beat Concert schedule frequently to see updates. 

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Performing at Eat to the Beat

We can’t wait for more Food and Wine info to be released! Be sure to join our DFB Newsletter for Epcot Food and Wine Festival details!

Start Your Planning NOW!

News! The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for pre-order! And if you pre-order the 2017 edition, you get the 2016 edition (with TONS of great info!) for FREE!!!

This 250+-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.

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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!

Order your 2017 edition today and we’ll immediately send you the 2016 edition for FREE to get started on planning right away! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% discount!

Be sure to stay tuned to Disney Food Blog for all of the latest coverage about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We’ll have the details FIRST!

Now let’s hear from all of you Eat to the Beat Fans — what music acts are you hoping to catch at this year’s Festival? Leave a comment below!

News: Amorette’s Cake Decorating Experience in Disney Springs Now Available For Booking

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect that further dates have been added for the Amorette’s Cake Decorating Experience! 

If you’ve paid a visit to Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs, then you’ve likely spent more than a few minutes taking in all the gorgeous dome cakes on display.

And if you’ve ever wondered, “How do they DO that?…” well, now you have the chance to find out for yourself! The Amorette’s Cake Decorating Experience is now available for booking on Friday mornings from March 31 through May 5, 2017. UPDATE: Dates have been added through August 2017 for Amorette’s Cake Decorating Experience, and are taking place up to three mornings per week. Scroll to the end of this post for the booking link. 

Guests will learn the culinary technique used to decorate Amorette’s signature Mickey Dome Cake. This 90-minute class starts in Amorette’s Show Kitchen at 9:00 am (before the bakery opens to the public). The instructor for the class will share stories, tips, and describe the process of decorating an Amorette’s Dome Cake from initial design to the finished product.

Specifically, participants will learn how to pour the glacage and coat the ears, tail, belt, and buttons on Mickey with edible paint.

Mickey Mousse

Mickey Mousse

Capped at 12 guests per class, this small-group experience will include non-alcoholic and — for guests 21 and over — alcoholic refreshments. Guests will take their Mickey masterpiece with them upon completing the class (or Amorette’s will gladly hold cakes by request for pick up later in the day). [Read more…]

Avatar Pandora Annual Passholder Previews Now Booking

Editor’s Note: Our original link was working just fine for us. :-D But due to the large number of readers having issues with it, AJ has updated it with a link from her own email. Best of luck!

Are you a Disney World Annual Passholder? Do you want a sneak peek at Pandora in Disney’s Animal Kingdom before it opens to the public?

Pandora Concept Art ©Disney

Pandora Concept Art ©Disney

You’re in luck! Passholder previews just started booking this morning!! Previews are in blocks of 2 hours each from May 13-22, 2017 (the land is scheduled to officially open on May 27th).

Pandora Concept Art ©Disney

Pandora Concept Art ©Disney

Head over to this link to register! You may encounter a short wait. Previews are first come, first served!

Are you going to see Pandora early? Let us know in the comments below!

News: Full Menu for Satu’li Canteen in Animal Kingdom’s Pandora

What’s that, you say?! You want even MORE info about the new Satu’li Canteen coming to Animal Kingdom’s Pandora – The World of AVATAR?

Satu'li Canteen Concept Art ©Disney

Satu’li Canteen Concept Art ©Disney

Then we’ve got some good news for you. Because the full menu for Pandora’s fast-casual dining establishment is now available on the Disney World website! Let’s take a gander!

The first thing to note is that the menu will be the same for Lunch and Dinner. [Read more…]

Beauty and the Beast Treat: Enchanted Rose Cake Pop

Today, we’re back with a review of a special, limited time treat — just in time for the release of Disney’s latest HUGE movie — Beauty and the Beast! I give you the Enchanted Rose Cake Pop!

Enchanted Rose Cake Pop

Enchanted Rose Cake Pop.  And Owl. With the Face.

Okay…so Enchanted Rose Cake Pop is the dressed up name that I’m giving this one, because “Character Inspired Cake Pop” is so…. un-Disney-fied. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Our Top 10 Disney Dining Tips!

We’re coming to you with our latest DFB YouTube Video! And today, we’re all about offering some great tips for planning your best Disney vacation ever, with our Top Ten Disney Dining Tips — straight from YOU!

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Yep! We know that you’re our partners in crime. You’re the crowd that gets us, because you love Disney Food just as much as we do! So when it came time to figure out the very most important tips that go into planning for your Disney vacation — the eating part, anyway ;-) — it was you that we turned to!

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