What’s New Around Walt Disney World: August 18, 2016

We know, we know… Back-to-School time is fast approaching (and in some spots, it’s already arrived!). But the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer aren’t quite over just yet, so we’ve still got some summer celebrating to do!

And, hey, the coming of Fall isn’t so bad, anyway. Not when we’ve got our very favorite autumnal event coming to the first stop on our tour in a matter of weeks. That’s why we’re kicking things off at Epcot to see What’s New!


Food & Wine Festival Coming Soon!

The 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival will be here before we know it! Sure signs of its return are starting to appear around the park…

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Coming SOON!!

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Coming SOON!!

… as in, like, literal signs ;) . Even the Miniature Train display in the Germany Pavilion has received its annual decorations!

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Have you checked out the full list of Booth Menus to start strategizing your noshing plans yet?! It’s never too soon… the Festival starts on September 14th! [Read more…]

News: Specialty French Fries at Beaches and Cream in Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Do we really need another reason to enjoy visiting Beaches & Cream?

Probably not.

After all, it’s home to greats like the No Way Jose, some of the Best Grilled Cheese in Disney World, and the World Famous Kitchen Sink (which now has a CHOCOLATE LOVER’S version in addition to the original).

And just this past spring, this 50s-style diner and ice cream parlor debuted a line of Hard Floats and Shakes for adults.

So, no. We don’t need another reason. But guess what?

Beaches and Cream

Beaches and Cream

They’ve gone and given us one anyway! It’s a little menu dedicated to French Fries… fully loaded. There are three kinds of specialty fries to choose from: Gravy Fries, Cheese and Bacon Fries, and Chili and Cheese Fries. [Read more…]

Review: New England Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Let’s go to the beach to check out a new menu item!

OK, we all know that the demise of the Clam Chowder in a bread bowl at the Magic Kingdom’s Columbia Harbour House has been LONG lamented. But here’s a…maybe…replacement?

The Marketplace at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is the counter-service restaurant shared by Yacht and Beach Club Resorts for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We don’t talk about this one much, because there’s not a lot here; and what IS here isn’t much to talk about. ;-D But that said, every once in a while this spot wows us with something unique and delicious.

If you walk into the lobby from the parking lot and take a left, you’ll see the entrance sign on your right. You’ll find a few indoor seats in the Solarium, a peaceful, sunny room down the hall, and outdoor seating along the covered walkway going toward the Beach Club Villas.

Beach Club Marketplace entrance sign

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NEW: Turtle Cupcake at Contempo Café in Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Time to head over to Disney’s Contemporary Resort for this new cupcake!

August’s cupcake at Contempo is a Turtle Cupcake featuring everyone’s favorite kid turtle, Squirt! Radical, Dude! 

Contempo Café is known for its totally awesome cupcake selection! The Café, if you’re not familiar, is the counter-service restaurant in the Contemporary Resort, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the Grand Canyon Concourse near the popular character buffet, Chef Mickey’s.

The restaurant has great options like Cajun Seared Mahi and Chicken Alfredo Pasta — and you can’t miss the amazing Pot Roast! And breakfast here features one of our favorite giant Mickey waffles, because it’s served with salty caramel bananas foster sauce.

But today, we’re going to focus on this month’s Squirt cupcake – sweeeeeet!

Turtle Cupcake

Turtle Cupcake, dude!

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News: Greenhouse Guru Marketplace Booth to Debut…Maybe…at the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic SquareSooo… do you remember that fantastic Duck Confit dish we enjoyed at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Preview Event earlier this summer?

We’ve been keeping a special eye out for it, because the Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa was — hands down — our favorite new dish from the event.

Well, the BIG DAY revealing the official list of Marketplace Booths and Menus that will be at the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival came and went… with no mention of either the Duck Confit OR the yet-to-be-named Marketplace coming to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

It’s been an unsolved mystery… until now, that is!

We believe we’ve spotted the future home of the Duck Confit as well as the previously-unnamed Marketplace Booth…

Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa

Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa

Greenhouse Guru hosted by Village Farms is now showing up on the What’s New page for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival! [Read more…]

News: Tables in Wonderland Adds New Restaurants, Plus Special Merchandise Discounts for a Limited Time

Great news today for Tables in Wonderland Members! You can now use your discount card at some of the most exotic spots throughout Walt Disney World!

Tables in Wonderland Card

Disney has just added four of its newest locations to the list of spots accepting the program. Here are the new additions!

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar — Located at Disney Springs, this super-themed bar has quickly become a favorite place to hang out for lovers of the Indiana Jones franchise (and anyone else, really). [Read more…]

First Look and Review: Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza in Disney Springs

In Disney Springs and in need of some pizza STAT?

Then look no further than the brand new Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza! (OK, anyone else wondering why there’s an apostrophe in “Fire’d”? Isn’t the apostrophe supposed to stand in for a letter? What letter is missing here? Isn’t Fast Fired OK? But I digress.)

You may already be familiar with Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza if you live near one of its existing locations in the United Sates or Canada.

If not, your next trip to Disney Springs may offer you your first opportunity to try a Blaze artisanal pizza pie fired up in an open-flame oven in 180 seconds (that’s the FAST part!).

Blaze joins the ranks of spots like D-Luxe Burger, Earl of Sandwich, and Cookes of Dublin as another Counter Service option for Disney World’s shopping and dining district.

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza

Here we go!
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News: The Best of Epcot Festivals Cookbook Available During the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic SquareWith the arrival of August, we can happily say that the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins NEXT MONTH!

And along with the start of the Festival (September 14th this year, by the way) comes this year’s Festival Cookbook!

The Best of Epcot Festivals Cookbook will feature not only favorite recipes from the Food and Wine Festival, but also some from this past spring’s Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.

This is similar to the 2014 Cookbook, which included recipes from both festivals as well as December’s Holidays Around the World.

Here’s a peek at the cover…



Featured recipes will include Quesitos from this year’s new Islands of the Caribbean Marketplace at the Food and Wine Festival. [Read more…]

News: Win a Trip to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival from The Chew! Plus — How to Get Tickets to the Live Taping!

We found out in June that the cast of ABC’s daytime cooking show, The Chew, will be returning to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival this fall.

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic Square

Care to join them :) ?

Well, this might be your chance!

Enter To Win A Trip to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

You can enter The Chew’s Magical Culinary Adventure Sweepstakes between now and 11:59 pm on September 2nd. The chosen winner (age 18 or older) will be able to bring three guests along to Disney World between October 5th – 9th, 2016 to enjoy the Food and Wine Festival and attend a live taping of The Chew!

Be sure to visit The Chew’s Magical Culinary Adventure Sweepstakes website to enter.



Get Tickets to See The Chew Live Taping at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

So… let’s just suppose you don’t win the Sweepstakes. Are you planning to attend the Food and Wine Festival anyway and hoping to see a live taping of The Chew? When The Chew made its Festival debut in 2015, the free tickets were gone almost as soon as the availability was announced. [Read more…]

News: Handle-Free Refillable Mugs Spotted at Disney World Resorts

We’re coming to you today from Saratoga Springs Resort, where an updated version of the Refillable Resort Mugs has been spotted at The Artist’s Palette (the Counter Service restaurant for Saratoga Springs).

The Artist's Palette Sign

The Artist’s Palette Sign

Now, typically when we talk about updated Refillable Resort Mugs, we’re referring to new graphics on the mug. For instance, the most recent design change took place last October when the artwork on the mugs was updated to depict the Fab Five driving under the famous Walt Disney World entrance gate. [Read more…]