First Look and Review: Phins and Fuel in Disney World’s Dolphin Hotel

If you haven’t previously visited Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin, now is an especially good time to do it!

Dolphin Lobby

Dolphin Lobby

Why? Because now you can check out Phins, the Dolphin’s brand new lobby bar AND Fuel, the brand new grab-and-go market! [Read more…]

News: Disneyland Bids Adieu to Disney Legend Chef Oscar Martinez

If you’ve enjoyed a meal at Carnation Cafe on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland, you’ve likely been in the midst of real Disney royalty –perhaps without even knowing it.

Carnation Cafe

Carnation Cafe

Chef Oscar Martinez has been working in the Cafe for half a century — and he has been working at Disneyland for over sixty total years. This makes Chef Oscar the longest tenured Disneyland cast member ever.

Carnation Cafe's Chef Oscar

Carnation Cafe’s Chef Oscar

But after decades of turning out “Oscar’s Potatoes” and his Loaded Baked Potato Soup, Chef Oscar retired on September 27. (And may we say that it is a well-deserved break?!)

Chef Oscar with his New Penguin Buddies

Chef Oscar

Chef Oscar has been a touchstone for visitors to Walt’s park, often seen first thing in the morning, waving to guests as they entered the park. He was always game for a chat, as our Disneyland correspondent Heather Sievers (@diningindisney) found out one morning.

Oscar started as a bus boy and worked his way up the restaurant ladder, finally achieving fame as a connoisseur of comfort food at Carnation Cafe. It was here that Oscar spent the last fifty years of his service to the Walt Disney Company and to the guests he loved so much.

Chef Oscar

Chef Oscar

And while Oscar has more recently spent his time as an ambassador in the dining room rather than as a chef on the line, his influence will continue to be felt in the Carnation Cafe and in the Company for years to come.

We wish Chef Oscar all the best in his retirement — and thank him for spreading so much Disney magic over the past six decades.

Have you met Chef Oscar? Share your story in the comments below! 

News: Mickey’s New Year’s Eve BBQ Now Available for Booking

You’re invited to ring in 2018 with an extra-special version of Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness Campground… it’s Mickey’s New Year’s Eve BBQ!!

Mickey's Backyard BBQ sign

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ sign

Mickey, Minnie, Chip, and Dale will be on hand for the big celebration. But they’re not the only friends… a DJ and bluegrass musicians will join in the fun, too! A video feed of Times Square will allow everyone to view the happenings in the Big Apple, but guests won’t envy watching the folks near the traditional ball drop, as they’ll be viewing the Magic Kingdom New Year’s Fireworks from a special viewing area (and adults can enjoy champagne along with the show!). [Read more…]

DFB Video: Epcot’s Germany — Nosh or Not? Food Tour!

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today! We’re taking a Food Tour of Epcot’s Germany Pavilion and answering a VERY important question: Nosh or Not?

Gingerbread Heart from the Germany Pavilion

Gingerbread Heart from the Germany Pavilion

From Sommerfest to Biergarten to Karamell-Küche, Epcot’s Germany is PACKED with fantastic food finds. I mean, when your options revolve around beer, pretzels, and caramel, what’s not to love? Oh, and did we mention wine and cheese? Germany’s got it all… and SO much more. So check out our latest DFB Video and explore Germany with us. You may learn some treats you didn’t know about before, and find a few more things to add to your very own Nosh List! [Read more…]

News: Chef Mickey’s Relocating to Contemporary Resort Convention Center in Late November through December

Earlier this summer, it was anticipated that Chef Mickey’s would be relocating to the Contemporary Resort’s Convention Center from late July to mid-August for maintenance of the popular Character Meal location. However, that maintenance was cancelled… for a time.

Chef Mickey's

Chef Mickey’s

Now the temporary relocation is back on. Chef Mickey’s will be relocating to the Convention Center from late November through December 2017.  [Read more…]

Review: Territory Lounge in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

The landscape sure has changed at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

With this summer’s opening of the Disney Vacation Club Copper Creek Villas and Cabins, it was anticipated that more and elevated dining options would be needed at the already popular Resort. Hence the refurbishment of Roaring Fork as well as the addition of Geyser Point Bar & Grill.

And honestly, Geyser Point really is a terrific new spot. But today I’m taking you back to where it all started (in regards to great lounges at Wilderness Lodge): Territory Lounge.  I don’t care how many terrific enhancements they make to the Lodge. This spot will continue to rank among the best lounges in Walt Disney World, in my opinion.

They serve great drinks (with lots of Canadian beer options), but even better than the drinks is the upscale pub grub with old favorites served up in new ways, and less familiar dishes heavily inspired by the Pacific Northwest. [Read more…]

DFB Video: Best to Worst Disney World Two-Credit Restaurants

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re ranking ALL the Disney World Two-Credit Restaurants from BEST to WORST!

Where does California Grill fall on the list?

Where does California Grill fall on the list?

A “Two-Credit” Restaurant refers to how many Table Service credits are required to dine when utilizing the Disney Dining Plan. They’re also referred to as “Signature Restaurants” which means guests paying out-of-pocket will be spending some pretty big bucks to eat there. We find that some are very worth the splurge during your vacation and others… well, it’s time to find out how we rank Disney World’s Two-Credit Restaurants from BEST to WORST! [Read more…]

DFB Video: Best to Worst — Magic Kingdom Restaurants RANKED!

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re getting down to the serious business of RANKING Magic Kingdom restaurants!

magic kingdom restaurants ranked

With so many new and classic Magic Kingdom restaurants to choose from, it can be nearly impossible to know what’s what! That’s why we’re here to help! We’re reviewing all the greats (and the not so greats) in this video and ranking the Magic Kingdom restaurants best to worst.
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Review: Dinner at ‘Ohana in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

We’re at ‘Ohana!!  And ‘Ohana means FAMILY.

From the moment you enter ‘Ohana, you’re informed (or reminded, for returning guests) of the meaning of the restaurant’s name. This family-friendly spot is perched atop the Great Ceremonial House at the Polynesian Village Resort, and it’s become a must-dine for guests of all ages — including Disney World first timers!

The warmth of the atmosphere at ‘Ohana really makes you feel like you’re part of a massive extended family (where your server is your cousin), and that’s a really good thing.

‘Ohana has two dining experiences. Breakfast features characters with Lilo, Stitch, Pluto, and the Main Mouse himself. Dinner, on the other hand, is not a character meal, but still includes entertainment (which I’ll show you in this post). In either case, meals are all-you-care-to-enjoy. And while I really do love breakfast here, my most recent visit was for dinner.

'Ohana

‘Ohana

You are very welcome here at ‘Ohana! [Read more…]

Review: Via Napoli in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

Via Napoli, how do I love thee? Shall we count the ways?

Seriously, I would, but it would take too long. Since this Table Service restaurant opened in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion seven years ago, I’ve been among its biggest fans. I love the decor, with those massive pizza ovens named for Italian volcanoes, the huge open space with arches and chandeliers, and the colorful frescoes on the walls and ceilings.

Oh, and did I mention there’s PIZZA involved, too? Via Napoli easily tops my list for serving up the Best Pizza in Disney World. It’s pretty much become one of those spots I visit whenever I have an excuse to do so.

On my most recent visit, we started with a couple of drinks. And there is no shortage of options at Via Napoli. There are cocktails, signature drinks, and, of course, lots of vino.

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