News! Dining Updates and MORE Coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach Resorts

We all have our favorite Disney Resorts, right? Well, today, we’re hearing some big news about two cult favorites — Disney’s Coronado Springs and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort!

Old Port Royale at Caribbean Beach Resort

Old Port Royale at Caribbean Beach Resort

There’s fun stuff to share, so let’s take them one at a time. [Read more…]

Happy Presidents’ Day Weekend! Save on the DFB Guide and Our Most Popular Book Bundle!

As we mark this Presidents’ Day, many of us are enjoying a wonderful perk — a day to sleep in and enjoy a little break. And that means one thing: it’s a GREAT time to plan your next Disney trip!

Save 20% on the 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book Second Edition Pre-Order with Promo Code GEORGE!

Our fully guaranteed, comprehensive e-Book offers more than 600 full-color pages to help you plan your very best Disney World trip ever!

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Pre-Order your 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining Second Edition today, and you’ll automatically receive the First Editions FREE as an immediate download! When we release the Second Edition (in early March), we’ll email it to you right away!

But if you want even MORE savings, read on…

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DFB Video: How to Score a Seat at the NEW “Rivers of Light” Show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

This past weekend, we had our very first chance to view the newest Disney nighttime spectacular — Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

And lemme tell ya — it’s spectacular, and it’s totally worth the wait! We loved it SO much that we just had to make it the subject of our latest DFB Video!

Because we had the chance to see the show first hand, we want to share some images with you. But we also want to share how you can see the show yourself without standing in the anticipated long lines that are sure to greet its opening this weekend!

Rivers of Light Lotus Flowers

Rivers of Light Has Finally Arrived at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

The new show was supposed to debut in 2016, but Disney pushed its launch back nearly a full year. That means that it will debut just months — really just weeks — before we see the opening of Pandora — The World of Avatar on May 27. [Read more…]

Limited Time! “Beauty and the Beast” Dining and Snacks — and The Grey Stuff! — Coming to Disneyland

Do you have March 17th circled in rose-red for the premiere of the live-action Beauty and the Beast film?

Enchanted Rose

Enchanted Rose

If you’re among those eagerly awaiting the movie’s release (like us!), and you happen to have an upcoming trip to Disneyland planned, too, then you’ll definitely want to know about some limited-time eats and treats coming to Disneyland soon!

Make your way over to Fantasyland, where in coming days you’ll find Village Haus Restaurant transformed (for a limited time) into the Red Rose Taverne! [Read more…]

Morimoto Asia and Wine Bar George Partner for ‘Wok and Wines’ Pairing Dinner in Disney Springs

Morimoto Asia is — like the rest of us — very excited about Wine Bar George, which is coming soon to Disney Springs. In fact, they are so excited that they’ve partnered with Master Sommelier George Miliotes for a ‘Wok and Wines’ Pairing Dinner!

Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Asia

The Wok and Wines Pairing Dinner features a menu created by Morimoto Asia’s Executive Chef Yuhi Fujinaga, showcasing modern Pan-Asian cuisine. And Miliotes — one of only 230 Master Sommeliers in the world — will pair each course with wines that will be served at Wine Bar George when it opens later this year. [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…]

News: Animal Kingdom Rivers of Light Dining Packages Now Available for Booking

Well, I don’t know which to be more excited about… the at-long-last arrival of the Rivers of Light Evening Spectacular debuting soon at Animal Kingdom, or the RIVERS OF LIGHT DINING PACKAGES that are now available for Advance Dining Reservations for meals beginning February 17, 2017!

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Similar to the already-existing Fantasmic! Dining Packages available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the new Rivers of Light Dining Packages allow guests to make a specific package reservation at select restaurants. The set price for your meal also includes seating for the show within a reserved section for everyone in your dining party (guests will receive seating vouchers at their meal).

The participating Animal Kingdom Restaurants will be Tusker House and Tiffins[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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First Look and Review: Paddlefish at Disney Springs

Over the weekend, we had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at Paddlefish, the latest restaurant to open in Disney Springs.

I say “latest,” but Paddlefish is simultaneously one of Disney Springs’ oldest and newest stops. That’s because Paddlefish is just the latest tenant in a restaurant that’s been in this area for quite some time. If you’ve been following along, then you know Paddlefish was most recently known as Fulton’s Crab House. And before that, you may have known it as the Empress Lilly, originally opened in 1977 and named for Walt Disney’s beloved wife.

With the revamping and major overhaul that Downtown Disney — now Disney Springs — has recently experienced, the old riverboat theming of Fulton’s wasn’t going to flow with the new vibe. And so, the restaurant’s owner, Levy Restaurants, signed to stay on in Disney Springs, and commenced to a stem to stern reimagining of the Old Girl.

We had a chance to take a look around at the new space, which opened to the public February 4th. Join us on a tour.

Atmosphere

As with the rest of Disney Springs, Paddlefish somehow manages to channel past and future at the same time, all with an industrial vibe.

Paddlefish -- Outside View

Paddlefish — Outside View

If you were familiar with Fulton’s, you’ll see the stark contrast between old and new right away. Gone is the old-timey riverboat look. In its place is a neutral palette of grey and white with touches of rich stained wood. [Read more…]

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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