Review: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! — Plus ALL THE FOOD — at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Happy Happy Holidays, Everyone!

If we weren’t quite feeling the Holiday Spirit yet, that all changed the other night as we took in the very first performance of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Christmas Tree

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Christmas Tree

I know, I know. We all dearly miss the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights just as much as you do. Let’s take a moment to reflect. (Somber music playing. Or something.)

Tree Detail

Tree Detail

Ok — is it out of our system? I hope so. Because we have some pretty cool stuff to share with you, starting with a look at some of the awesome decor you can spy around Studios. Let’s head in! [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Tajin Dole Whip Hack in Disneyland

Today, we’re sharing with you one of our favorite Snack Hacks Tajin Dole Whip – via our DFB YouTube Channel!

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When we heard about this one through the Disney grapevine, we asked our Bestie and Dining in Disneyland expert Heather Sievers to investigate. She headed to Disneyland’s Tiki Juice Bar to check out just how this combo of two wonderful things came to be. [Read more…]

Review: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe at Magic Kingdom

We are heading to one of Walt Disney World’s busiest park counter service locations to see what’s new for lunch — Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

Located on the edge of Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland near where it transitions to Fantasyland (it’s just to the right of the castle), Cosmic Ray’s is an excellent bet for finding something to please everyone, especially if your party includes members who are less adventurous in their tastes.

But if you do like more interesting fare, don’t be afraid of this intergalactic hotspot! In addition to tried and true favorites like Chicken Nuggets and Bacon Cheeseburgers, you’ll usually find some outta this world (see what I did there?) options as well.

Besides, Cosmic Ray’s is home to one of Disney’s legendary toppings bars. And you KNOW how much I love a good toppings bar.

Wanna see what I’m talking about? Let’s head in.

Atmosphere

Much like the rest of Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s is at once retro and futuristic — although the retro vibe is more 1980s than anything. Purple, teal, and silver will send you searching for your Swatch Watch.

Cosmic Ray's Sign

Cosmic Ray’s Sign

We’ll get to the ordering set up in just a sec, but first, let’s check out the seating. There’s a reason I want you to see this area first — one of the galaxy’s most famous acts takes center stage while you enjoy your meal. [Read more…]

2016 Disneyland Candy Cane Dates Announced!

The countdown is ON for a grand Disneyland Holiday tradition! Hand-Crafted Candy Canes are on their way back to Disneyland, and we’ve got all the info for you here… including dates!!

The Hand-made Candy Canes in Disneyland are the stuff of legend, and you can read all about the process of making the candy canes to what it’s like to participate in “the race” by our Disneyland correspondent, Heather Sievers, here!

Hand-Made Candy Canes in Disneyland!

Hand-Made Candy Canes in Disneyland!

For 2016, just like in years past, the making of the Candy Canes will alternate between Candy Palace on Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland and Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure.

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap from the Africa Booth

The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is a great place to sample new and exciting food and drinks from around the world!

Every year at the Food and Wine Festival we find delicious dishes that keep us coming back for more. And since most of the menu items are only available at the Festival, we often find ourselves craving a particular dish in….oh, January. To help curb those cravings we love cooking up some of our favorite dishes at home.

Africa Booth

Africa Booth

Trying out a new recipe is always a fun excuse to have some friends over for a dinner party – think of it as your very own private Food and Wine Festival, without the crowds or the Florida heat and humidity.

Today’s recipe for Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap from the Africa Marketplace booth might look a bit daunting, but don’t let the list of spices for the Berbere Spice Mix deter you. If you aren’t up for that big of a challenge, you can find pre-made spice mix online (but we think homemade is better)! Invite some friends over, pop open a nice bottle of South African wine, and let’s get cooking!

Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra, and Pap

Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra, and Pap

Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap

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Serves 4

Ingredients: [Read more…]

New! Exclusive Treats and Complimentary Eats At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! And it’s DOUBLY so if you’ve booked your tickets (like I just did!!!!) for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

This party is TOPS for ushering in your holiday celebration. It’s not Christmas until we’ve experienced snow on Main Street and watched the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade — complete with Santa himself!

Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

And you can’t forget the dazzling lights that turn Cinderella Castle into one of the most beautiful spectacles of the season. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Budgeting Your Time for the Holidays at Walt Disney World

Have you started playing Holiday Tunes in your car yet?? Because Christmas is HERE in Walt Disney World!

Christmas at Epcot

Christmas at Epcot!

And today, we’re celebrating the holidays on our DFB YouTube Channel with our best tips for budgeting your time during the holidays at Walt Disney World. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: The Disney Dole Whip!

For today’s DFB Video, we are sharing with you one of our all time favorite snacks — Dole Whip!

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We love Dole Whip for so many reasons — it’s tart-sweet tanginess…the refreshing way it says, “Hey! You’re on vacay!”…and the fact that you can get it on BOTH coasts! [Read more…]

Review: Frosting Shots (And a Cookie Hack!) from Sprinkles in Disney Springs

There is so much to love about Sprinkles. The Cupcakes. The Ice Cream. The Cookies. The outrageous combos thereof.

But you just knew that sooner or later, we were gonna talk Frosting Shots. And today’s the day!

Remember a couple of weeks back when I went all Sprinkles Crazy on you?

There were the killer Seasonal Cupcakes. And of course, that outrageous Ice-Cream-Cookie-Brownie-Sammie that I’m still dreaming about. (And now, so are you.)

But I also took the opportunity to get a couple of my favorite Sprinkles menu items — Frosting Shots — while I was at it.

Sprinkles Frosting Shots

Sprinkles Frosting Shots

You see, I loooooooovvvvvve Frosting. If you’ve been reading DFB for any amount of time, then you already know this. So a treat that’s nothing but the good stuff? Sign me up.

I discovered Sprinkles’ frosting shots at my local Sprinkles location here in Dallas, TX, years and years ago. So when I saw that the Disney Springs store had them, I couldn’t help myself. [Read more…]

News: Baked Potato Now at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom

I have long sung the praises of Baked Potatoes in the Magic Kingdom.

And I know you may be thinking, “So what’s the big deal? I can bake a potato at home.” But there are a few things I love to point out about this humble snack option.

One: it’s a snack that is hearty enough to serve as more of a meal, while being less expensive than most better-known snacks on property. Two: it’s a terrific option for our vegetarian friends. Three: it’s a fairly low-cal option that still offers plenty of great comfort food taste (though you can load it up with all the butter, sour cream, and shredded cheese that comes with it, if you prefer. No one’s stopping you!).

It’s just one of those simple things that can really hit the spot. So you can imagine our concern when we noticed on our latest Magic Kingdom stroll that the Baked Potato was no longer available at the spot that has served as its home for years: Liberty Square Market.

Baked Potato At Liberty Square Market

Baked Potato At Liberty Square Market

In its place on the menu? Turkey Legs. [Read more…]