New DFB Video: Join Us For the Monorail Crawl!

We have another fun adventure today, coming to you via our DFB YouTube Video series!

Have you ever completed it? I’m talking about the most famous Disney Crawl of Them All — the Monorail Crawl!

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It’s super easy — and fun! Because who doesn’t love a trip anywhere via Monorail? [Read more…]

Possible Details and Dates for the 2017 Disney World Free Dining Offer

It’s that time of year again – time to start placing your bets on when the 2017 Free Disney Dining Plan will be announced. We all know how popular free dining has become in recent years and we’re betting that this year won’t be any different!

Mickey Waffles!

Mickey Waffles!

If you’re not familiar, the Disney free dining offer includes a free Disney Dining Plan with the purchase of a Walt Disney World Resort hotel and ticket package. The “free” part of the name pulls you in, just remember that you’ll be paying full price for your resort hotel room when you book free dining.

In the past, free dining was announced for less crowded (non-peak) times during the year – late summer, early fall, and early winter (before the holiday season). But let’s be honest, there’s really no such thing as a non-peak season anymore. So we’re expecting this year’s free Disney Dining dates will include more summer dates, in addition to the usual fall and early-winter (non-holiday) dates.

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News: Permits Filed for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is still a few months away, but we have some exciting news to share! We’re hearing that several popular booths may be returning for the 2017 Festival.

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic

According to the Orlando Business Journal, permits have been filed to “provide labor, materials and/or electrical for construction” for Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths.

The returning booths as noted in the permits are: Scotland, New Zealand, Ireland, Belgium, Islands of the Caribbean, Patagonia, Brazil, the Chocolate Studio, and Sustainable Chew. [Read more…]

Disney Food Blog is YouTube’s “Creator on the Rise” Today!!!

I was SO excited to see that DFB is YouTube’s Creator on the Rise today! That means we have YOU to thank for liking and subscribing to the DFB Videos we’re putting together for you! Thank you so much for watching, leaving comments, and supporting us in our video channel!

Yay!!!

Yay!!!

Joey, Tina, and I are having a fantastic time bringing you these videos. And judging from the tremendous response we’re receiving, you’re finding them to be super helpful as you plan your next vacation — or just daydreaming about being in Disney! [Read more…]

Review: Grab-and-Go Menu Available at Art Smith’s Homecomin’!

We’re so excited to share that one of our favorite new restaurants in Disney World — Chef Art Smith’s (awesome!) Homecomin’offers grab-and-go options! (Oh, and yes, apparently the name has changed from “Homecoming” to “Homecomin’.” Just FYI.)

Y’all know that Disney Springs has added lots of quality food stops, including Top Chef Master (and master of Mexican cuisine in America) Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina and the fully updated Paddlefish. But even before its opening, Homecomin': Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine — the official full name of Art Smith’s labor of love in Disney Springs — captured our attention.

The backstory here is that Chef Art is originally from Florida, and the restaurant is a charming homage to the state of his birth. From colorful murals depicting Florida agricultural life to booths reminiscent of church pews, Homecomin’ is clearly full of Art’s very big love.

Chef Art Smith on Opening Day

Chef Art Smith on Opening Day

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Walt Disney World Club 33 Lounges May Be Opening Soon

Club 33 is the stuff of legend — not only to Disneyland visitors, but to Disney fans EVERYWHERE.

Club 33 Seating

Club 33 Seating

This members-only restaurant, located in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, was originally designed by Walt Disney and used as a space to entertain friends and VIPs. These days, access is gained via a hefty initial membership fee in addition to annual dues. Though the location itself has seen changes over the years, a dining experience at Club 33 remains elusive to most Disneyland guests. [Read more…]

Review: Classic Treats at the Magic Kingdom Confectionery in Walt Disney World

We’ve got some classic Disney snacks to share with you from the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Confectionery!

Walking down Main Street, you can smell the sugary goodness coming from the Confectionery before you can see its turn-of-the-century facade. And it’s always worth a trip inside to check it out! They have the cutest Disney treats, including chocolate covered cookies, candy covered apples, and gourmet candies in the shapes of our favorite Disney characters.

Even if I don’t want to eat sweets (*cough*NEVERHAPPENS*cough*), I like to stop in to watch the cast members roll the Rice Krispies and dip apples into that sweet chocolate!

And today we’ve got some favorite Confectionery treats to share with you!!!

Sweets display at Main Street Confectionery

Sweets display at Main Street Confectionery

Eats

We’ll start with the Mickey-shaped treats, because I think they’re the most magical. :)

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#OnTheList: Margarita and Martini Flights at Disney World’s Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

In the exciting/frustrating world of Disney World ADRs (Advance Dining Reservations), some restaurants just seem to be tougher to get into than others. And the Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of those more difficult tickets.

So in 2013, the Disney gods (or Imagineers or restaurant planning mavens) smiled and — poof!– the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge was born.

Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge Bar

Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge Bar

And it was good. Right from the start, the Lounge became one of our favorite places to drop in unannounced. We could get all the glittery Hollywood-ness of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant without an ADR! [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Warm Wild Berry Buckle from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

The 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom right now, and this year The Berry Basket joined the Outdoor Kitchens.

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

The Berry Basket is the place for berry lovers, offering savory and sweet dishes! The Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepperberry Sorbet is one of our Best of the Fest! The warm cake topped with cool and spicy sorbet was amazing! [Read more…]

Photo Tour and Review: Wind and Waves Now Open at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort has been undergoing extensive renovations. And recently, Disney Food Blog was invited to see everything that’s happening there.

Disney's Vero Beach Resort sign

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

The resort is located on Florida’s East Coast, just south of the Cocoa Beach area. If you’re driving there after a stay at Walt Disney World, it will take you a little less than two hours to get there. When I arrived, I was surprised by the charming and relatively small size of the resort. I think I’ve grown accustomed to sprawling WDW resort complexes! The lobby, with its central courtyard and atrium, reminded me of a beachy Grand Floridian.

Resort Lobby

Resort Lobby

While we were waiting for lunch at the resort’s restaurant, Wind and Waves Grill, to begin, I decided to take a look around. Come along with me on the tour. [Read more…]