2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tip: How Many Days Should I Budget For the Festival?

You Guys! It’ll be here before we know it!! YEP — I’m talking about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for August 31-November 13. This year’s festival offers a record 75 days of fantastic eats, drinks, and more!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Logo Disney

Already, we’re starting to get our very first big pieces of news about how this year’s festival will shape up.

We know for sure that there will be 35 booths to celebrate the 35 years of Epcot, and that both India and Spain will return in 2017.

While we await the announcement of the rest of the new booths, we can still start our planning! If you haven’t already done it, this is a great time to preorder the 2017 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We have all the tips, tricks, and strategies that will make this your best fest yet! AND when you preorder the 2017 guide, you get the 2016 guide for free as an immediate download — so you can start your planning now!

In the meantime, we’re sharing some of our best tips for making the most of your time at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival from our guide’s Frequently Asked Questions section. Today’s question is:

How Many Days Should I Budge For The Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

We get this one all the time! And while there’s no right or wrong answer, we definitely have a few things for you to consider as you make your decision.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

If possible, plan for two or more days. See, here’s the thing. For all that we talk about the festival centerpiece — the marketplace booths — there is so much more to do and experience. And it’s not all super pricey. [Read more…]

News and Photo Tour: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Dining Options During Construction

Editor’s Note: We’ve confirmed that all options — grab and go, the buffet, and the food truck options, are all considered to be quick service credits on the Disney Dining Plan.

Thanks to the huge brouhaha that it caused, most of us know that Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World is undergoing a massive renovation starting — well, now.

Contruction at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Contruction is Underway at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

While the resort undergoes what is from all accounts going to be a gigantic, transformative makeover, dining options are obviously going to be impacted. In fact, Caribbean Beach Resort’s only bar, Banana Cabana, and its only sit-down restaurant, Shutters, are closing to make way for the overhaul.

Shutters Entrance

Shutters Entrance Last Week

Obviously, people still need to eat, though. So we’ve been monitoring the situation closely. As part of that, we’ve visited the resort a couple of times over the last two weeks to bring you descriptions and photos of everything, as the transitional plans shape up. [Read more…]

Spotted: Lightsaber Churros at Disneyland (and Maybe Coming Back to Disney World!)

Star Wars AND Churro Fans, listen up! Look what Dining in Disneyland reporter extraordinaire Heather Sievers has found in Disneyland!!

CHURRO LIGHT SABERS!!!!

CHURRO LIGHTSABERS!!!!

Yep! We’re talking Sith and Jedi Lightsaber…Churros! For realz.

Red and Blue Churros

Red and Blue Churro Sign

We spied them at the Churro Cart in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, and they’ll be there throughout the month of May.

Churro Cart in Disneyland's Tomorrowland

Churro Cart in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland

But we also spotted them in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May the Fourth. While we hear they’ll be back, they aren’t there as of press time, unfortunately. But..a new hope! For churros! (What?!) [Read more…]

Guest Review: “Eat This, Not That” in Disney World’s Pandora — The World of Avatar

For the past weeks we’ve been getting some amazing reports, reviews, and photos from dozens of DFB readers who have been to Pandora during cast previews, eaten multiple menu items, and sent us their thoughts!

While we here at DFB haven’t been to Pandora, yet, we’ve compiled the reviews of our readers into an Eat This Not That guide for the World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom that I hope will help out those of us who are headed to Pandora later this month! We always love when the DFB community can help each other out, and we think this is a great example of one of those times!

For those who aren’t sure what we’re talking about, Pandora — The World of Avatar, is a new land opening later this month in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Floating mountains in Pandora!

Floating mountains in Pandora!

Cast member previews are running right now, and we’re super excited to see the menu items from Satu’li Canteen (the land’s new quick-service location) as they’re served (and not a la Disney promotional pics). Let’s take a look! And stay tuned at the bottom of this post for our Eat This, Not That Recommendation List!

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Celebrate Star Wars Day With Great Finds!

May the 4th is HERE, so get ready to brush off your Star Wars togs, mugs, and other gear to celebrate the holiday the right way!

Rebel Hangar atmosphere

Rebel Hangar atmosphere

What’s that? You need more Star Wars stuff in your life? Meee tooooo! See? We totally get each other.

That’s why I wanted to share some of my favorite Star Wars merch finds with you today. Maybe you’re gearing up to celebrate the release of The Last Jedi later this year. Or you might be looking for that perfect gift for Mom or Dad in time for Mother’s or Father’s Day. Or are you on the hunt for that perfect grad gift?

Whatever you’re after, check out these fun finds! And don’t forget to head over to Disney Store to catch the deals today!

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News: Mickey Mouse Celebration Cakes Coming to Disney World this Spring

Celebrating your birthday, anniversary, or the fact that you’re on vacation is getting a little bit sweeter this spring at Disney World! Disney is introducing new Mickey Mouse Celebration Cakes that can be ordered at select table service restaurants.

©Disney

©Disney

The Mickey Mouse Celebration Cakes will be available in chocolate or white chocolate and can be ordered at any Walt Disney World owned-and-operated table service restaurant. [Read more…]

Celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day with Fun Disney Finds!

Ah, Moms.

They juggle all the balls, don’t they? They keep us in line, run the house, kiss the ouchies, get us where we need to be, and so much more!

Disney Mother's Day Cookies

Disney Mother’s Day Cookies at Magic Kingdom Confectionery

So if your mom is anything like ours, we’re pretty sure that she deserves some seriously wonderful gifts this Mother’s Day. And you’re in luck, because we have a few great suggestions right here!

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Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience Coming to Disneyland this Spring

Fans of Tomorrowland in Disneyland will have a brand new vantage point from which to see their favorite area and attractions soon!

On May 26, Disneyland will introduce the Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience.

Disneyland Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland Terrace in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland

For $45 per person for guests 3 and older, you can hang out in this exclusive area, which is “situated high above Tomorrowland,” from 8:00-10:00PM. The price of the experience also includes a boxed treat with sweet and savory desserts. Guest can also choose one hot or cold non-alcoholic beverage. [Read more…]

Celebrate Dapper Day at Disney Springs with Special Food and Drinks

This weekend is the perfect time to get dressed up and head over to Disney Springs to celebrate Dapper Day! What’s Dapper Day you ask? According to the official Dapper Day website, the day “celebrates refined style from yesterday and today by organizing fashionable outings to Disney Parks twice a year.” (That’s Disneyland one day, and Disney World the second day.)

Dapper Day events in Disney Springs! ©Disney

Dapper Day events in Disney Springs! ©Disney

This weekend, April 28-30, guests can celebrate Dapper Day in Disney Springs with special offers at select merchants and specialty food and drinks! [Read more…]

News: Two New Dining Packages Announced for ‘The Music of Pixar Live!’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has an all-new musical show debuting on May 26 – The Music of Pixar Live! The nightly show will be performed in the Theater of the Stars and celebrates 20 years of Pixar films with music, characters, and a movie montage. Today Disney announced two new Music of Pixar Live Dining Packages!

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©Disney

The Music of Pixar Live Dining Packages allow guests to make a dining package reservation at a select restaurant and the package includes reserved seating for the show. [Read more…]