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…]

UPDATED: Ale and Compass MENUS and Opening Date at Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort

The upcoming Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is opening on November 21, 2017!

©Disney

©Disney

While the Disney World website displays November 26th as the first date you’re able to make an Advance Dining Reservation for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner at this spot, we’ve been told that in fact November 21st will be the grand opening! This location will be the flagship offering of the new Ale & Compass dining concept for the Deluxe Resort. [Read more…]

DFB Video: Animal Kingdom Restaurants RANKED

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re ranking the Animal Kingdom restaurants from worst to best!

Tiffins sign

Tiffins sign

It’s ALL HAPPENING in Disney’s Animal Kingdom these days. The addition of an entire new land, Pandora — The World of AVATAR, has delivered more than its two new attractions. It also brought new dining options to the park. But even prior to Pandora, Animal Kingdom debuted its first Signature Restaurant with Tiffins, and its next door neighbor, Nomad Lounge. These in addition to all the ol’ standbys like Restaurantosaurus and Tusker House… well, you’ve got to check out the video to find out where they all rank! [Read more…]

What’s NEW At Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Grand Avenue, New Starbucks Mugs, Coco Cupcakes, and MORE

Hooray for HOLLYWOOD! Hollywood Studios, that is!

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios

We took a stroll around the park recently and were surprised with a ton of new fun finds, from big to small! And we’re starting at the brand newest of them all. Welcome to…

Grand Avenue

You already know that BaseLine Tap House made its debut at the very end of September.

BaseLine Tap House

BaseLine Tap House

It’s housed at the top of the brand new Grand Avenue area of the park, which is now open to all guests. [Read more…]

Review: Kobe-Style Brisket Poutine at Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

There’s a lot to explore — and a lot to love — at Animal Kingdom.

First, of course, is an entire new land, Pandora, and its new quick service restaurant Satu’li Canteen. And there’s Pongu Pongu, where you can snag fun and colorful drinks to sip on while you wait seventeen hours to ride Flight of Passage.

But before Pandora welcomed the masses to a whole new world this past May, the new kids on the block were Tiffins, the park’s first Signature Restaurant known for its creative dishes and incredible theming, and its next door neighbor, Nomad Lounge.

Nomad Lounge quickly became a guest — and DFB! — favorite, from our very first visit due to the peaceful, travel-inspired atmosphere and creative drinks. But Nomad Lounge also serves up small bites alongside beverages like the Leaping Lizard and Hightower Rocks. And the food offerings simply didn’t wow us the way the beverages did in the early days.

But when we heard of a recent addition to the menu — namely, House-Smoked Kobe-Style Brisket Poutine — we knew without a doubt that it was time to grab another bite at Nomad Lounge!

Atmosphere

Nomad Lounge is as much a destination for exploration as it is a destination for refreshments. For starters, the decor is designed to evoke stories of travel and includes fantastic banners that celebrate journeys taken by the WDW Animal Kingdom Imagineers themselves.

Travel Banners

Travel Banners

Once you look down, you’ll discover some suuuuuper comfy seating located both inside and outside the lounge. [Read more…]

DFB Video: Be Our Guest vs. Cinderella’s Royal Table

Happy Monday! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re discussing the differences between the two most in-demand Magic Kingdom dining experiences. It’s Be Our Guest Restaurant versus Cinderella’s Royal Table!

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Be Our Guest Restaurant

There is a LOT to consider when you’re trying to determine which spot receives one of your precious Advance Dining Reservations on your Disney World vacation. We’re tackling five major factors of each location: decor, food, cost, characters, and the views.  AND we’re letting you know which restaurant wins each category for DFB! [Read more…]

News: Milkshake of the Month — and BOTTOMLESS SHAKES — at Magic Kingdom’s Plaza Restaurant

The Plaza Restaurant is now serving up a Milkshake of the Month!

The Plaza Restaurant sign

The Plaza Restaurant sign

And they’re starting off with a bang with the Chocolate Hazelnut Milkshake, available throughout October!

©Disney

©Disney

Even better? It’s BOTTOMLESS! That’s right… Whispering Canyon Cafe isn’t the only Bottomless Milkshake game in town.

[Read more…]

Review: Dinner at STK in Disney Springs

We hadn’t been back to STK Orlando for another meal since it opened last summer, and it was time to check this brand new Disney Springs restaurant out again.

Located in The Landing area of Disney Springs, this restaurant that strives to be sexy has more of a vibe suited for a big city or Vegas, rather than the sleepy, Old Florida town of Disney Springs. Still, it was one of the most anticipated new restaurants that sprang up in the area.

On our first visit, we were fairly impressed with much of the food. But even as new restaurants continue to open in Disney Springs, we’re finding that some are rising to the top…and some…well…aren’t.

Which camp do we think STK is in? Come with us as we share our impressions of the upscale steakhouse.

Atmosphere

We arrived late for our advance dining reservation, owing to an earlier commitment that ran long. Since I was more than 15 minutes late, I was told that we would have to wait to be worked back into the schedule. Because I had a dining companion to chat with, it wasn’t a total bummer. But since the upstairs was completely closed for a private event, thus making downstairs more crowded than it needed to be, it was a little unfortunate. The old advice holds: try not to be late for your ADR.

STK Outside View and Outdoor Seating

STK Outside View and Outdoor Seating

While we were waiting, the DJ was spinning, as he normally is. The music was a combo of more recent songs with a smattering of everything else, from disco to 80s and beyond. It was a bit loud, but not so loud that we couldn’t talk. [Read more…]

Review: Yak and Yeti Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Since its earliest days, I’ve always enjoyed a stop at Yak and Yeti Restaurant.

Yak and Yeti is located in Animal Kingdom’s Asia (you’ll pass it on the corner on your way to the Maharajah Jungle Trek) in the fictional village of Anandapur. Like Tiffins and Restaurantosaurus — and pretty much any restaurant in Animal Kingdom — theming is key here, with decor that is immersive and memorable. While you dine, you are surrounded by images and icons of Asian culture. Even the brightly painted exterior mimics that which you might see on the colorful village streets of Northern India or Nepal.

And as for the food? It’s also usually — dare I say it? – consistent here. Consistently GOOD. If you’ve been reading DFB for any length of time, then you’ll know that is a compliment I rarely bestow, as it’s so rarely earned in any Disney World Table Service restaurant.

So… I headed to Yak and Yeti ON MY BIRTHDAY, because I reeeeally wanted those firecracker shrimp on my special day. Did my most recent visit likewise measure up?

Atmosphere

Once you’re on the right continent in Animal Kingdom, the bright purple stucco exterior that makes up Yak & Yeti Restaurant is accented by arched windows, intricate corbels, and beautifully carved doors.

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

The backstory here is that the owner of this building in Anandapur is a man named Arjun, a former merchant who’s turned his opulent home into lodging for travelers. These details account for the eclectic mix of statues, wall hangings, and furniture. The bar area you see below features examples of these details. [Read more…]

DFB Video: Hollywood Studios Restaurants RANKED (Including BaseLine Tap House!)

Hey, Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re ranking the restaurants in Disney’s Hollywood Studios from bottom to top… including the brand new BaseLine Tap House!

BaseLine Tap House

BaseLine Tap House

From super casual quick eats at spots like ABC Commissary and Rosie’s All-American Cafe to the park’s Signature Restaurant, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Hollywood Studios has plenty of long-time staples alongside the park’s newest lounge. So how will you know which spots should top the list for YOUR Studios visit? I guess you’ll have to watch our latest DFB Video to find out! [Read more…]