First Look and Review! Sprinkles Cupcakes in Disney Springs Town Center

SPRINKLES IS HERE!!!

Seeing as we’re HUGE cupcake fans here at the DFB, this latest Disney Springs opening is a definite cause for celebration! And if you love cupcakes as much as we do, then this is great news for you, too, since Sprinkles was designated the “world’s first cupcake bakery” by the Food Network (the first location opened in Beverly Hills in 2005).

Of course, maybe you’ve already paid a visit to Sprinkles, which has locations in Dallas, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Nashville, among others. (Even though I prefer my beloved Magnolia cupcakes in the Village, I, myself, am intimately familiar with Sprinkles’ order-ahead policy and the employees at my local Sprinkles Cupcakes store pretty much know me by name.)

You may have tried one of the signature cupcakes, a house-made cookie, or some slow-churned ice cream (some locations carry all three, though some offer solely cupcakes). Maybe you’ve even zipped by one and grabbed a cupcake from one of the famous Cupcake ATMs.

But you’ve never been able to have one at Disney World… until NOW!

Sprinkles at Disney Springs

Sprinkles at Disney Springs

Join us in welcoming Sprinkles to Disney Springs! [Read more…]

First Look and Review! Ample Hills Creamery Soft Opens on Disney’s Boardwalk

We gave you a Sneak Peek last week…

… and now we’re back to give you a First Look at the brand new Ample Hills Creamery on Disney’s Boardwalk!

Just a few days ago, the walls came down around the newest ice cream parlor in Disney World and we were able to steal a glimpse of the spot located right next door to the ESPN Club. But now Ample Hills Creamery is currently in soft openings, and we were able to pop in for what we’ve all been waiting for… ICE CREAM!!

First, though, just a note that soft openings are like a “dress rehearsal” for new eateries and attractions around Disney World. This means that there are no guarantees that the spot will be operating at any given time, and — in the case of restaurants — the menu may not be finalized, or certain ingredients may not be available until everything is official. In the case of Ample Hills Creamery, the anticipated official opening will take place on May 15th.

Cast Members preparing for today's Soft Opening

Cast Members preparing for today’s Soft Opening

But we just couldn’t wait any longer to get a taste for ourselves so we could bring it to YOU… so welcome to the first Ample Hills Creamery location outside of New York State, right here in Disney World! [Read more…]

Review: New Whoopie Pies at Sweet Spells in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

They seem to be popping up a lot these days, folks… and now they’ve made their way to Sweet Spells at Hollywood Studios.

We’re talking about Whoopie Pies!

It used to be the only place you could typically find a Whoopie Pie in Disney World was at Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons in the form of the Red Velvet Whoopie Pie (and at Writer’s Stop, where the carrot cake cookie is, technically, a whoopie pie). A few months ago, though, they started showing up in other spots: first at the Art of Animation Resort’s Landscape of Flavors featuring mini versions like Chocolate and Carrot Cake. And then Everything Pop followed suit with their own unique version, the King Whoopie Pie.

If you’re from the northeast region of the United Sates, then you are likely already quite familiar with Whoopie Pies. But if they’re new to you, Whoopie Pies are cake sandwiches surrounding a filling of frosting or whipped cream. They’re most often made to be handheld snack, but you’re about to see that the Whoopie Pies at Sweet Spells are not exactly made for strolling…

So, grab a fork and knife and join us for a Whoopie Pie feast at Sweet Spells!

Sweet Spells (1)

Shared Entrance to Sweet Spells and Villains in Vogue on Sunset Boulevard

Four different varieties of Whoopie Pies have just about taken over a whole shelf of the bakery case. [Read more…]

Review: Lunch at Electric Umbrella in Epcot’s Future World

WOO HOO!!! We’re back at the Electric Umbrella in Epcot’s Future World!

Too much? Okay — I get it. It can be hard to muster up a ton of enthusiasm for the ol’ Umbrella. That’s not so much because of anything specifically wrong with it, per se.

But when your neighbors include counter service options like Katsura Grill, Tangierine Cafe, and Sommerfest just to name a few…well, the more standard options available at Electric Umbrella can pale in comparison. Even if you pit it against fellow Future World counter service option Sunshine Seasons, it’s gonna seem ho-hum.

But we’ve got to give some credit where it’s due. Over the past few years, the menu at Electric Umbrella has seen more changes than many other spots. Some have been successful (French Dip Burger!), and some not so much (Mac and Cheese Burger). In other words, there’s been some innovation here. (You might even call it innovention. ;-) )

The Electric Umbrella

The Electric Umbrella

Since our last meal here, there have been even more menu updates. So clearly, it was time for another visit. [Read more…]

News: Win a Trip to Walt Disney World with the Joffrey’s ‘Magic in Your Mug’ Sweepstakes!

Interested in learning how to win a FREE trip to Walt Disney World? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Magic in your Mug LOGO

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea, the Official Specialty Coffee of Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland® Resort and Disney Vacation Club, is sponsoring its 2nd Annual Magic in Your Mug Sweepstakes!

And the grand prize is a 5-day/4-night vacation package in Walt Disney World, which includes hotel, airfare, and theme park tickets. In addition, the winner will receive a $50 Joffrey’s Beverage Card to use for coffee and treats at Joffrey’s locations throughout the resort!

To enter, head to the Joffrey’s website and fill out the entry form. And as a bonus, when you enter, you’ll receive a 20% off online discount code for any purchase of the Disney Parks and Resorts Specialty Coffee Collection on the Joffrey’s website. What will you buy with your discount??

I Vote for Several Frozen Chais at Royal Anandapur Tea Company!

I Vote for Several Frozen Chais at Royal Anandapur Tea Company!

Hurry — this contest runs now through May 31. [Read more…]

Review: The Earthquake Sundae and More at Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop

Recently, I was in Disneyland for the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. And while I ate a lot of wonderful food and attended some delicious special events, I KNEW it was time for me to finally hit up Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop for some super sweets. And by super sweets, I mean SUPER BIG ICE CREAM!

Signs

Welcome to Ghirardelli!

See, I had heard that one of my all time favorite Ghirardelli treats — the Gold Rush Sundae — was alive and well at the DCA location, even though it’s not listed on the menu (and no longer found at all at the Disney Springs location in Walt Disney World). And I also knew that I HAD to try the ginormous Earthquake Sundae as well (this one IS found at Disney Springs in Disney World, just FYI). [Read more…]

Review: Roule Lard et Fromage (Bacon and Cheese Roll) at Epcot’s Les Halles

You know, there are few better ways — especially while Soarin’ is undergoing refurb ;) — to start a day at Epcot than a visit to Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion.

Even though we talk about Les Halles a lot here on the DFB (it’s one of our Favorite Epcot Restaurants, after all), it still comes as a surprise to lots of guests that you can indeed start your day at Epcot here.

Unique among World Showcase counter service eateries, Les Halles opens at 9:00 am, whereas the rest open along with World Showcase at 11:00AM daily. (Future World spots like Fountain View and Sunshine Seasons are the places you can find breakfast items upon Epcot’s typical 9:00AM opening).

Now, you may think it’s all sweet treats at Les Halles, and if you want to start your day with Mousse au Chocolat, a Napoleon, or even a coffee-infused Café Liégeois, then have at it — you’re on vacation!

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot's France Pavilion

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion

But there is a savory little gem we’d like to bring to your attention today, if you haven’t yet sampled this Les Halles staple for yourself: it’s the Roule Lard et Fromage. [Read more…]

Disneyland Food Hack: DIY Churro Sundae

We are back to bring you news of another delicious Disneyland Snack Hack!

A while ago, we shared how you can make a dreamy Dole Whip even more wonderful — just add Tajin Spice from Tropical Imports! But today, we’re going another direction entirely and bringing two of our favorite Disney treats together in the process.

Churro in Disneyland

Churro in Disneyland

Churros are a must on every Disneyland trip. But there’s nothing better than adding those warm, sweet fried treats to something cold and creamy. And that’s why we love making our very own Churro Sundae. Thanks to our Dining in Disneyland authority Heather for dreaming up this amazing treat! [Read more…]

Epcot Flower and Garden Recipe: Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans

We’re back with another delicious taste from the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

Flower and Garden Festival

With all that’s happening this Spring at Disney, you may have forgotten that the Festival is still going strong! Yep — there’s still time to see all of the beautiful flowers and informative exhibits in person. But even better — you can still get out there and experience the Outdoor Kitchens! [Read more…]

Review: Astronaut Ice Cream Sandwich from Mission Space Cargo Bay in Epcot

Today, we’re taking this blog where it’s never gone before… to SPAAAAAACE!!!

Mission Space

Mission: Space

Mission: Space, that is! You’ll know the Mission: Space Cargo Bay if you’ve ever ridden this Future World attraction — it’s the gift shop you pass through when exiting the ride. [Read more…]