DFB Five Days of Giveaways Day 4: Win a Disney Goodies Snack Box from Disney Food Blog!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Ready for another fun giveaway??!! I thought you might be!

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Remember the other day when we shared with you the chance to win a Disney Goodies Snack Box? These are the treats that you’ll find throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland. And nothing keeps the magic alive like taking some of this wonderfulness home when it’s time to wrap up my latest visit!
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Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving and Christmas in Walt Disney World

Will you be celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas in Walt Disney World?

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Lucky you! What a fun way to spend the holiday season — with so much to be thankful for in such a cool place!

As you can imagine, the crowds tend to swell at Disney during holiday weeks like Thanksgiving and Christmas as lots of Disney fans choose to celebrate their holiday there. And Disney answers the call with tons of Thanksgiving spirit throughout many of their restaurants.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional meal, a gourmet twist on familiar favorites, or something that’s a complete departure from established customs, you’ll find lots of options for celebrating these special food days. Let’s check out a few of our favorites.

The Traditional: Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom

We all know it’s true. When you’re craving Thanksgiving dinner at Disney, there’s one spot you can always count on to deliver: Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

And we’re not just talking about on Thanksgiving Day, or merely around Thanksgiving. You’ll find the traditional feast on the lunch and dinner menu, every day of the year. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Best Walt Disney World Restaurants for First Timers

Hello from Walt Disney World!

Today, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite restaurants around the World, as we share with you our suggestions for the Best Walt Disney World Restaurants for First Timers. It’s the latest Disney Food Blog video that you’ll find on our brand new DFB YouTube Video Channel!

Best Disney World Restaurants for First Timers

Are you headed to Walt Disney World for the very first time, or are you a veteran of the Parks and Resorts? Tune in to see if you agree with our picks for First Timers. [Read more…]

Sneak Peek: More Food Photos from Paddlefish, Opening Soon at Disney Springs

This past spring we found out that Paddlefish is coming to Disney Springs in the former location of Fulton’s Crab House. The new restaurant will focus on seafood as well as chops and steaks and a new oyster shucking bar!

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Way back in the Summer we shared a sneak peek at a few menu items. And while the official menu hasn’t been announced yet we have another peek at more of the menu items coming soon to Paddlefish. [Read more…]

News: Geyser Point Bar & Grill Opening Summer 2017 at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Editor’s Note: Geyser Point Bar and Grill will be opening in February 2017.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is home to some of our favorite dining spots including the Whispering Canyon Cafe and Roaring Fork. And next summer it will be home to a new table service restaurant - Geyser Point Bar & Grill. A new quick service restaurant is planned as well.

Artist rendering of Geyser Point Bar & Grill ©Disney

Artist rendering of Geyser Point Bar & Grill ©Disney

The new table service eatery is part of the on-going expansion at Wilderness Lodge, which also includes the addition of waterside cabins, a new pool at the Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (formerly The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge), and the addition of more DVC units in the main lodge.

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News: Sake & Shine Event with Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Chef Art Smith Coming to Disney Springs Dec. 3

Have you always wanted to dine at BOTH Morimoto Asia and Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine on the same night? Well, now you CAN — thanks to a new special event – Sake & Shine – on December 3.

Sake & Shine at Disney Springs

Sake & Shine at Disney Springs

Sake & Shine is a progressive dinner featuring Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Chef Art Smith at their respective restaurants in Disney Springs.

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News: More Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Details (and PHOTOS!) Released

The transition is nearly complete from the OLD Planet Hollywood to the NEW Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs!

Usually, Disney does a great job keeping new places under wraps so that the big reveal is more like a big bang! And that would be perfect here, with all the observatory spacey stuff. Unfortunately, a giant globe-shaped edifice is a little hard to hide.

So as we WATCH Planet Hollywood Observatory taking shape right in the middle of Disney Springs, I have to say — I’m kind of intrigued about what’s to come with the menu. And that’s especially true after I caught my first glimpse of the over-the-top milkshakes we’ll soon be able to enjoy here.

We recently received a few more hints about what you can expect to see when the restaurant finally opens its doors. (The website and social media are still saying that the opening will take place in the “Fall”, but the website is accepting reservations starting in January.)

The Walls are Down at Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs

The Walls are Down at Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs

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News: Breakfast with Santa at T-Rex Cafe in Disney Springs in December

We’re used to dining with friends at T-Rex Cafe.

Among our pals in this prehistoric dining joint are a Triceratops, a Wooly Mammoth, and a gigantic moving Octopus.

But for select dates in December, another friend — and his wife — will be joining guests at T-Rex in the Marketplace of Disney Springs. Because Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be the honored guests at Breakfast with Santa!

Typically, T-Rex only serves Lunch and Dinner. However, on December 17th, 18th, 22nd, and 23rd, T-Rex will host a breakfast buffet that will also feature easy access to Early Bird Shopping at the World of Disney Store (from 9 – 10 am), and the T-Rex Dino Store in addition to the chance to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

@DisneySprings Twitter

@DisneySprings Twitter

The price is $32 for adults, and $20.50 for children ages 4-9 (children ages 3 and under dine for free). [Read more…]

Review: Dim Sum Brunch and Seasonal Cocktails at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs

Even though Morimoto Asia has only been open for just over a year, in that time it has already debuted a few new offerings.

Since we first took in dinner at this signature restaurant located in The Landing of Disney Springs it has added Morimoto Asia Street Food, a Counter Service spot for casual and quick dining featuring more of Chef Morimoto’s Pan-Asian cuisine. And over the summer we tried the new Late Night menu, which is available starting at 10PM Sundays through Thursdays, and 11PM Fridays and Saturdays.

Now we’re back to check out yet another Morimoto Asia dining opportunity: the new Dim Sum Brunch! Dim Sum is a type of meal very popular in Asian cuisine featuring smaller plates so everyone can enjoy various items in one seating.

Before we dive into what’s on the menu, let’s go over some logistics: the Dim Sum Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30AM to 3:00PM, and the cost is $27.00 per guest. All brunch seating is upstairs at Morimoto Asia (including the 2nd floor outdoor area).

Outdoor Patio on the Second Floor

Outdoor Patio on the Second Floor

Guests ordering Brunch may also order off the regular menu. Also, guests dining at tables downstairs can order off the Brunch menu (though in an a la carte fashion). [Read more…]

Guest Review: Cinderella’s Royal Table Breakfast at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Welcome guest author Sarah Gurung as she shares her character dining experience at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Yay!!!

On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World, I wanted to plan lots of first experiences for myself and for my family, comprised of my husband and my five-year-old daughter. We booked our trip just before the 180 day mark, and I serendipitously found myself staring at an available Cinderella’s Royal Table breakfast Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) shortly thereafter. I couldn’t pass it up! In fact, over the next few months, I regularly checked back to see if we could get in even earlier when, low and behold, I was able to grab a pre-park opening ADR. Even better!

Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of those Disney World experiences that is truly exquisite. The setting is stunning, the food is delicious, and the entertainment is so fun — for kids of all ages, really.  

Sign outside restaurant

Sign outside restaurant

Atmosphere

Let’s start with the beauty that is the restaurant itself. The check-in desk is toward the back of the castle on the right. This process was efficient, and we were quickly invited into the foyer of the castle for our Cinderella meet-and-greet. We found the foyer to be low lit but plumb full of details: shields, tapestries, and gorgeous lighting.

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