Confirmed: Maria & Enzo’s — Plus Pizza Ponte and Enzo’s Hideaway — Coming to The Edison Complex in Disney Springs

We got word about Maria & Enzo’s (formerly rumored to be “Mario & Enzo’s) in August — it’s an Italian Trattoria that will be located adjacent to the upcoming Edison Complex this winter. Today, we’re excited to report that not only has Maria & Enzo’s been confirmed, but there is MORE news to share about restaurant and bar concepts coming to the location!

The Edison Complex construction

The Edison Complex construction

The three restaurants will form a complete complex, but each will feature their own unique menus, with a focus on Italian cuisine. Like The Edison, the concepts are being created by the Patina Restaurant Group (PRG).

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Review: Seasonal Cupcake Minis and Peanut Butter Pretzel Chip Cookie at Sprinkles

You all know that my love of Sprinkles knows no bounds.

What may surprise you, though, is that this has just as much to do with the non-cupcake items as much as the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes. From Frosting Shots to Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches (have you SEEN my brownie, cookie, and Cap’n Crunch cereal ice cream creation?!?), there’s a LOT to dig once you step inside Sprinkles. But you’ve gotta bypass the Cupcake ATM for that… or just make a plan to stop by again later ;-D.

So today, I thought I’d share a little bit of both with you from my most recent trip to Sprinkles. So, we’ll check out some classic Sprinkles cupcakes (in a bit of a new way) AND a killer cookie. (Remember that you’ll find Sprinkles on both coasts — in Disney World’s Disney Springs, and in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney. Most menu items are found in both locations.)

Sprinkles

Sprinkles

Seriously, you can always find something to satisfy your sweet tooth. And with lots of still-new stuff at Disney Springs, you’ll want to be over there anyway. (Plus, the holidays in Disney Springs are sure to be a massive hit in 2017, with ten new additions to Christmas Tree Trail and Santa in his Chalet!!)

Let’s cover the cupcakes first. Because when you’re standing before the glorious case of perfectly coiffed cupcakes at Sprinkles and not sure you can pick just one, the Cupcake Minis are a fabulous option. At $2 each, you can mix and match and get three for just over the price of one full-size cupcake. That’s what I did. Because more cupcakes is always better.

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IN. SANE. Bloody Marys at Phins in Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Hotel

Okay, so here’s the thing about Bloody Marys: you either love ‘em, or you hate ‘em. No matter which camp you fall in, though, you still might want to take a gander at the incredible “Proud Marys” they are serving up for Sunday Brunch at Phins, the Dolphin Hotel’s brand new lobby bar because this stuff is surrious.

Phins Proud Marys

Phins Proud Marys

Available on Sundays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM as part of Phins Sunday Sips, these over-the-top cocktails — also called “Brunch in a Glass” for obvious reasons — are tributes to four of the Swan and Dolphin restaurants.

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Review: Limited Time Dark and Smoky Drink at Paddlefish in Disney Springs (See It To Believe It)

If you’re celebrating Halloween at Walt Disney World and you’re also a grown up who likes to try new things, Paddlefish in Disney Springs has exactly what you’re after. It’s called the Dark and Smoky, and it’s creeptacular.

Dark and Smoky Set Up

Dark and Smoky Set Up

Now, you might be thinking, “Wait. What? That’s not dark OR smoky!” Stay with me. Because this drink is a trick before it’s a treat. The concoction of Mezcal and Pumpkin Spice Syrup is innocent enough. But beside it lays a sliver of darkness. [Read more…]

Review: Haunted Mansion Dole Whip Special Occasion Cake at Napa Rose in Disneyland

If you follow our Disneyland correspondent Heather Sievers on her Instagram, you know she’s got a bit of a thing for the Haunted Mansion. (And hey, don’t we all :) ? )

Well, lucky for us, Heather’s friends and family treated her right for her recent birthday by ordering a totally epic specialty cake for her birthday dinner at Napa Rose at the Grand Californian Resort in Disneyland.

It’s the Haunted Mansion-themed cake, and It. Is. EVERYTHING.

Haunted Mansion Cake

Haunted Mansion Cake

Let’s just break this thing down for a minute. First is the perfectly eerie purple frosting with black Haunted Mansion wallpaper accents and Haunted Mansion-approved script, written by some of the greatest ghost writers the literary world has ever known, I presume…  [Read more…]

Review: Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic — Beer Garden, Chinatown, Carnival Corner

The Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic is about to kick off this weekend! The 8th annual Classic takes place on October 27th and 28th, and we’ve told you all about what you can expect from The Causeway – that’s the main area of the Classic where food booths extend as far as the eye can see. The food! The drinks! The unlimited snacking (depending on your ticket)! We look forward to it every year.

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

But there are a few special areas of the Classic that are a little off the beaten…causeway. The Beer Garden, Chinatown, and Carnival Corner are fun additions to the event! And while The Beer Garden requires an add-on to your Causeway Ticket, Chinatown and Carnival Corner are included at no extra charge!

Ticket holders for the event will enjoy the activities on Friday, October 27, and/or Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 5:30PM to 9PM. As in the past, there are several ticket options, which you can find on the event website. The Causeway Ticket provides unlimited access to food and drinks along the Causeway between the two resorts. The Causeway Ticket and Beer Garden ticket allows access to the unlimited Causeway offerings as well as the Beer Garden. There are also a la carte ticketstickets for seminars, and a Sunday Bubbles Brunch.

Click here for Full Causeway Menus

Click here for Full Seminar Details

But first, here’s why you might want to tack on that Beer Garden option…

The Beer Garden

This area is a ticket add-on costing attendees an extra $25. Located under the cover of trees on Crescent Terrace, The Beer Garden also offers up extra food in addition to the Garden’s several local and seasonal beer varieties and one or more hard ciders. Guests also get a souvenir plastic glass. [Read more…]

News: Sweet on You Opens on the Disney Fantasy (with a New Mickey Pants Sundae Bowl!!)!

If you’re preparing to set sail on the Disney Fantasy, you need to know that a brand new sweet shop recently opened on board Disney Cruise Line’s youngest ship!

©Disney

©Disney

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Review and Preview: 2017 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Causeway and Seminars

The Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic has become a must-do food event in Orlando over the past few years.

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In its eighth year in 2017, the Epcot-area resorts’ festivities include innovative dishes from renowned chefs, lots of spectacular wine offerings, and a variety of informative seminars.

Ticket holders for the event will enjoy the activities on Friday, October 27, and/or Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 5:30PM to 9PM. As in the past, there are several ticket options, which you can find on the event website. The Causeway Ticket provides unlimited access to food and drinks along the Causeway between the two resorts. The Causeway Ticket and Beer Garden ticket allows access to the unlimited Causeway offerings as well as the Beer Garden. There are also a la carte tickets, tickets for seminars, and a Sunday Bubbles Brunch.

Click here for Full Causeway Menus

Click here for Full Seminar Details

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The Causeway

Intro and Check In

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It’s TIME! Pre-Order the 2017 DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays!

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are JUST around the corner! (But they totally are. You DO realize, that, right?)  Now is the perfect time to get started on all things Disney + Holidays by pre-ordering the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2017 e-Book!

I KNOW! I’M EXCITED, TOO!!!!

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That’s right. All of you who are JUST as happy as I am that Christmas goodies are showing up in department stores, who are itching to pull down the decorations from the attic, and who are fine-tuning your cookie recipes…we’re in this together! And if you’ve got a holiday Disney trip on the horizon…then it’s REALLY TIME TO START PLANNING!

Pre-Order the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2017 and Save!

We’ve been busy as elves (HA!) updating the 2017 guide with all the latest holiday tips and brand new info you NEED to know before you hit the parks and resorts this November, December, and January!

Use code PEPPERMINT to save 20% off of the cover price

when you pre-order the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays

2017 e-Book!

We cover EVERYTHING in this one — not just food! With over 300 pages of detailed information, over 300 color photos, and multiple bonus extras, this e-book WILL save you time and money during the busiest season in Walt Disney World! [Read more…]

Review: Pumpkin Spice Beignets at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory

Oh. You thought we were done trying ALL the Pumpkin Spice around Disney World?

Nope, not yet!

We’ve tracked down everything from Pumpkin Spice Shakes (made with ice cream or gelato) to the annual return of Pumpkin Fudge around the parks. But I may have found my very favorite Pumpkin Spice snack yet at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory in Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter, where they’re serving up PUMPKIN SPICE BEIGNETS.

WOOT!!!

Now, you won’t find Pumpkin Spice Beignets listed as an option on the menu alongside the regular French Quarter Beignets.

French Quarter Beignets

French Quarter Beignets

And the traditional (non-Spiced) Beignets are still available as well. [Read more…]