News: Caribbean Beach Resort Restaurants Closing this Spring for Refurbishment

Last week we broke the exciting news about new dining updates coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Now we’re learning that the upcoming construction projects mean the temporary closure of the restaurants at Caribbean Beach Resort.

Old Port Royale at Caribbean Beach Resort

Old Port Royale at Caribbean Beach Resort

Guests with reservations at Caribbean Beach Resort this spring – with arrival dates beginning  around May 1 – have been receiving emails from Disney notifying them that a resort refurbishment is taking place during their stay and that Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters, Banana Cabana Pool Bar, and the Calypso Trading Post will be closed. [Read more…]

DFB Video Review: The NEW Geyser Point Bar and Grill at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Today, we’re visiting Disney’s newest restaurant in our latest DFB Video!

Geyser Point Bar and Grill opened Monday at Wilderness Lodge in Walt Disney World, and we were there on opening day to give you a first look!

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Geyser Point opened with a relatively new hybrid concept: half bar and lounge, half counter service restaurant. This is a style Disney has been playing with for a while, and we kind of like it? We think? We’ll let you know in a year or so!

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First Look and Review: Geyser Point Bar and Grill at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

HELLOOOOO from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge!

We’re here to check out all the eats and drinks at the BRAND NEW Geyser Point Bar & Grill located near Silver Creek Springs Pool (the Resort’s main pool). This new spot blends right in with the Pacific Northwest feel of this beautiful Resort, and we’re happy to show you around!

By the way, this opening coincides with the temporary closure of Roaring Fork, a Counter Service option, and the permanent closure of Trout Pass Pool Bar. Roaring Fork will reopen later this year once their refurbishments are complete, but Trout Pass will be repurposed, with Geyser Point serving as the main pool bar for both pools.

Therefore, in its opening months, Geyser Point will be THE place for Counter Service breakfast, lunch, AND dinner at Wilderness Lodge (and Territory Lounge will serve continental breakfast options and coffee until 2 pm daily). But there’s more to it than that, as you’re about to see…

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Geyser Point Bar & Grill sign

… as you join us for our first trip to Geyser Point Bar & Grill!

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Review: Battered Banger and Chips at Epcot’s Rose and Crown Pub

The Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room in the World Showcase at Disney World’s Epcot is an authentic English pub dropped into sunny central Florida. And we love it. Like “can-we-move-in?” love it.

For years, Rose and Crown has earned a reputation as a classic World Showcase spot. Diners satisfy their need for English comfort food like fish and chips and cottage pie while enjoying some of the best pints found in the Parks.

But many visitors to Epcot don’t realize that the no-reservations-needed pub here has an incredible (though small) food menu and atmosphere! Plus — Carl the Bartender!

We know, we know. You want in.

Atmosphere

Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room gets high marks from diners for the restaurant’s authenticity, and it all starts with the curb appeal.

Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room

Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room

In fact, Rose and Crown features architecture from three different centuries on its exterior, which is in keeping with the period architecture found throughout the United Kingdom pavilion.

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New DFB Video: Margarita and Martini Flights at the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

Happy Friday! We have another spectacular DFB Video to share with you today. And this time, we’re coming to you from Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge!

Brown Derby Lounge Martini Flight

Brown Derby Lounge Martini Flight

Because we think there’s no better way to celebrate Happy Friday than with Happy Hour!

And for this reason, Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge is one of our most favorite stops for a drink in all of Walt Disney World. Why? Because FLIGHTS, my friends. (Also, people watching.) [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…]

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…]

New DFB Video: Top Disneyland Meals Under $20

Hello and Happy Monday! We’ve been busy putting together another gotta-watch-it-now DFB Video to share with you. But today, we’re heading to California!

Yep — It’s a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth — Disneyland, that is — to check out Disneyland Meals Under $20!

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And seriously — we totally get that there are TONS of foods you can get under $20. I mean, I could make a meal out of popcorn.

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First Look and Review: Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs

It’s official! We have visited the newly-opened Planet Hollywood Observatory!

We came. We saw. We conquered…And We Were Thoroughly Underwhelmed. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

A major overhaul to the inside, outside, and menu seemed like the perfect excuse to head on back to Planet Hollywood. So armed with a hearty appetite and a couple of friends, I set out for what was a big, faded blue orb, and is now Disney Springs’ newest “old, repurposed” building (Disney Springs is said to be based on a town in the 1920s that grew up around a natural spring — and many of the buildings have been repurposed into shopping and dining venues…so they all look vaguely industrial).

We don’t want give away the last line in this saga, so let’s start from the beginning. (Hint. It wasn’t all bad.) By the way, this is going to be a LONG review, so settle in, my friends!

Atmosphere

Have you been to Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown Disney? Then you know exactly where to find Planet Hollywood Observatory. It hasn’t moved. (Oh, and we’re calling it PHO from here on out, K?)

Outside View

Outside View

We walked around the building while the light was still good, just so you could get a sense of how much things have — and haven’t — changed. As you can see, most of the neon, and all of the blue, are gone. Also gone is the sign at the top of the sign. Unfortunately, nothing has replaced it, so the whole thing looks a bit — okay, a LOT — unfinished. [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Walt Disney World

The BIG GAME is almost here! We’re talking Super Bowl LI, which takes place this Sunday!!

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There’s only one little problem, though: you’re in Walt Disney World.

Now, normally, that would be all kinds of awesome. But when the New England Patriots clash with the Atlanta Falcons this weekend, we’re betting that there will be lots of you looking to find a TV in time to catch the match.

But where?

Lucky for you, we’re huge football fans too! So we’ve done our research to figure out where the best places to catch the Super Bowl — or any big game, really — are throughout Walt Disney World. And today, we’re here to share them with YOU, just in time for kickoff!

They come to you courtesy of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining. And if you like what you see, check out our Pre-Order of the 2017 Guide, Second Edition deal: pre-order our latest edition, and get the current edition for FREE, as an immediate download!

The Impossible: ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk

So…here’s the deal. You were planning to head over to Disney’s BoardWalk suuuuper early, and stake out a spot at the bar to watch the Big Game at ESPN Club.

ESPN Club

ESPN Club

Um, here’s the bad news. Don’t bother.

Seating at this ultimate sports bar (yep, there are even TVs in the bathroom) is at such a premium that they aren’t even accepting walk ups. For the Super Bowl, it’s all premium reserved seating, which comes with a cover of $100 per person. [Read more…]