Review: Plaza Ice Cream Parlor’s New Breakfast Menu

The Main Street Plaza Ice Cream Parlor is a Magic Kingdom landmark.

Located at the end of Main Street, USA, right before the turn-off into Tomorrowland, this place is an ice cream lover’s dream.

We love it so much, we recently created a Video Review so even when we’re miles away, we can still imagine we’re dipping into a hand-scooped sundae or enjoying an ice cream cookie sandwich.

But there’s more than just ice cream on the menu these days. Now that the Magic Kingdom opening show has been moved into the park itself, there’s plenty of time for milling about and noshing on breakfast before the rides officially open.

So the Ice Cream Parlor has graciously stepped in to add some morning fare to its standard list of eats. The additions include a long-awaited treat in the Magic Kingdom; and a sweet and tasty “event” that’s really more dessert than breakfast. But we never judge!

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Variety is the name of the game at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. There are several permanent flavors from which to choose as well as an occasional specialty flavor that rotates in and out of the line-up. [Read more…]

Review: Ice Cream Float from Main Street Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

With all the incredible new items popping up on menus around Disney World, sometimes a food fan’s just gotta go back to her roots.

In this case we are referring to a good old fashioned Ice Cream Float.  Of course, when you’re talking ice cream in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, you have to talk about the Main Street Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.

There are plenty of reasons why we love this joint. When we grab an ice cream treat here, we have a front row seat to Cinderella Castle. And then there’s the variety of ice cream on the menu, including options for vegans, the lactose intolerant, and those who avoid sugar.

And recently the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor introduced a new breakfast menu featuring a Donut Sundae. Seriously, y’all, this place just gets better and better.

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor Window

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor Window

But if you’re an ice cream treat traditionalist and the Donut Sundae is a little too busy for you (it takes all kinds), Plaza Ice Cream Parlor has you covered too.  And on a recent visit, we went for an old standard: the Hard-Scooped Ice Cream Float. [Read more…]

Review: Great (And Not So Great) Treats At Epcot’s Karamell-Küche!

Lately there has been no shortage of incredible food at Walt Disney World’s Epcot.

But even with all the stellar food at the International Festival of the Arts, I still craved some of my old favorites from everyone’s go-to caramel spot: Karamell-Küche.

Karamell-Küche has become a perennial favorite since its debut in 2010. And why not? It’s a charming stop in World Showcase’s Germany pavilion, and it serves some of the most crave-able sweets in the World. We love the Caramel Corn (and we love watching it be made), but who can resist their unassuming-but-oh-so-amazing Caramel Apple Cookie? We can’t!

And the Caramel Bacon Square is just crazy enough to work! Plus I can always rely on the Sea Salt Chocolate-Covered Caramel to satisfy my sweet/salty tooth (it’s been my on my must-eat list for, like, seven years, y’all!). Just about anything in their shiny glass display cases is delicious. (Well…maybe not the Caramel-Topped Chocolate Brownie. Too dry. Too boring. Too much else to capture my taste buds and attention.)

The menu is pretty self-explanatory, and since the goodies are all on display, you can study your options before making a selection.

Karamel Kuche Display

Karamell-Küche Display

And there are so, so many things from which to choose! You will have trouble making a decision, we promise. [Read more…]

Pre-Order the **2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining Second Edition** e-Book and Save!

Remember when we brought our 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dininga full four months earlier than our customary release date?

Well, there’s still so much changing in the World of Disney Food that we’re already working on our 2017 Second Edition! To celebrate this milestone — the first time we’ve shared a second edition — and to say thank you to all of our loyal DFB readers, we’re offering you a chance to pre-order the new DFB Guide at a two-for-one deal and a reduced price.

Yep, pre-order now and get BOTH:

1. 25% OFF your purchase! And…

2. You’ll receive the 2017 First Edition of the Guide immediately for FREE. Just use code WDW2017 at checkout! (We’ll send the 2017 Second Edition directly to your inbox as soon as it’s published in early March.) [Read more…]

Review: Beauty and the Beast Belle Cupcake in Disney Parks

Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes. These are three of our favorite words. The only thing that can improve on the word cupcake is to put the word character in front of it. We’ve touted our love of character-inspired cupcakes many, many, so many times. Darth Vader? Check! Lady and the Tramp and Cinderella? Check and check! Elsa? Anna’s Birthay? Olaf? It’s serious bizzness.

So when I saw this little piece of loveliness at the Magic Kingdom Confectionery last week, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. (Like, for real, I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I finally got one.) And there’s no way you can fight the urge this time. So just give in. Say it with us: “We’ll take a Belle Cupcake, please.”

Belle Cupcake from Big Top Treats

Belle Cupcake from Big Top Treats

It’s a Belle-Inspired Cupcake, and it. is. everything. Rose? Yellow frosting? PEARLS?!?!?

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News: Pandora — The World of AVATAR Opens May 27th in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Are you PREPARED for PANDORA?!?

"Prepare for Pandora" construction sign

“Prepare for Pandora” construction sign

If not, it will be much easier now to start preparing, since now we have an OPENING DATE for Pandora — The World of AVATAR! This brand new Animal Kingdom land will officially open on May 27th!! Guests can look forward to two new headliner attractions with the Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage. [Read more…]

News and Review: Mickey Shortbread Cookie

With so much exciting news in the Disney food world lately (hello, Epcot International Festival of the Arts), we have one more treat to put on your radar. The Disney Classics Shortbread Cookie is popping up on shelves all over the World — and it is adorable.

Classics Mickey Shortbread Cookie

Classics Mickey Shortbread Cookie

Look at that face, friends. Doesn’t it just make you want to take a big bite out of an ear? [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Top Disneyland Meals Under $20

Hello and Happy Monday! We’ve been busy putting together another gotta-watch-it-now DFB Video to share with you. But today, we’re heading to California!

Yep — It’s a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth — Disneyland, that is — to check out Disneyland Meals Under $20!

Disneyland Under $20 Thumbnail

And seriously — we totally get that there are TONS of foods you can get under $20. I mean, I could make a meal out of popcorn.

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Secret Menu: Disney World Citrus Swirl…JUST THE CITRUS!!!!

Update: Thanks to our commenters for letting us know that some cast members simply won’t/can’t fulfill this request without a manager’s approval. Good luck!

I’ve always loved the Citrus Swirl at Magic Kingdom’s Sunshine Tree Terrace. Who doesn’t? If you haven’t had one — it’s basically frozen orange juice swirled with vanilla soft serve. And it’s everything.

And even though there was a time where it was off the menu (we call those the “unmagical” days…and then there were the SUPER “unmagical” days when they SAID they brought it back, but it was just orange soft serve twisted with vanilla. NOT. THE. SAME.), it’s back again and has been for a while, thank goodness.

But today we’re not just talking about your run-of-the-mill Citrus Swirl. No sir. We’ve got a twist (see what I did there? of course you did.) that I think some of you will really like. ;-D Maybe not all of you. Maybe just a few of you. But if you’re as excited about this as I am, we’re clearly best friends and we need to hang out.

Sunshine Tree Terrace

Sunshine Tree Terrace

Standard Citrus Swirl -- frozen orange juice swirled with vanilla soft serve

Standard Citrus Swirl — frozen orange juice swirled with vanilla soft serve

First — you’ve got to make your way to Sunshine Tree Terrace. It sits right at the entrance to Adventureland, so it’s pretty easy to find. OH, and if this looks like Aloha Isle to you, remember that the two traded places a while back. ;-)

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Review: Cranberry Bliss Bar at Main Street Bakery

We love watching the seasons change at Walt Disney World, and not just because pumpkins change into evergreen wreaths overnight (literally!).

No, friends, we love all the seasonal treats that reappear along with the decorations! And the Main Street Bakery is a great place to grab something new (or a returning favorite).

Despite several new breakfast locations opening on Main Street in the morning, we think the Main Street Bakery will retain its popularity. As the home of the Magic Kingdom’s Starbucks, the Main Street Bakery incorporates both fun, Disney-fabulous treats (we love the seasonal and character cupcakes!) and our favorite Starbucks items. This is true of all of the on-property Starbucks locations, so no matter where you find yourself, you’ll have a bunch of goodies to choose from.

Main Street Bakery

Main Street Bakery

On our visit to the Main Street Bakery, we tried one of the returning seasonal items: the Cranberry Bliss Bar. This bar is one of the Starbucks offerings, so if you’re a fan of this one in the real world, you can now enjoy it in the Parks as well.

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