How To Score Disney World Free Dining in 2018!

It’s that time of year again – when we’re all eagerly awaiting the announcement of the 2018 Free Disney Dining Plan! The Free Dining offer is super popular – for good reason – and we’ve been talking about WHEN the Free Dining dates might be announced for a while now!

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The Disney World 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, but just remember that you’ll be paying full price for your resort hotel room and a minimum number of ticket days when you book free dining.

We are expecting the Free Dining dates to be announced VERY soon, and today we have five tips for how to score the Free Dining offer! [Read more…]

Here’s What’s GOOD About Tax Day!

It’s here! We’ve made it another year, U.S. Friends!

I’m talkin’ about Tax Day. Whether you received a hefty refund, or you’re still crying over the check you had to write, one thing is for certain: we are all happy to have the task of settling up with Uncle Sam done and over with for another year.

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Feel a Little Like This On Tax Day? Yeah. Us, Too.

See, we think that it’s time to take a TAX BREAK…and plan your DISNEY TRIP INSTEAD! I mean doesn’t this look like so much more fun?!?

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So for one week only, we’re offering a fantastic opportunity to save…(and an excuse to blow off your responsibilities and start making FASTPASS RESERVATIONS)! ;-D

Use promo code TAXDAY and save 50% Off the Everything Bundle for a VERY limited time! A $100 Value for Under $30!

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DFB Video: Epcot CANDY Challenge!

Well, the start of a new week is always a bit challenging, but we’re back with another DFB Video today that we hope adds some fun to your day: it’s our Epcot CANDY Challenge!

Epcot's Germany Pavilion

Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

I mean, THAT’S a challenge we can all get on board with, right? We’re taking you all around World Showcase AND Future World to show you selections of candy from all around the globe that you can include on YOUR Epcot Candy Challenge! And you never know… you may find a new favorite that you had never heard of before! So join us on a tour for LOTS of the sweet stuff in Epcot today (and grab a pen and paper… or your smartphone :) ) to prepare your list as you get ready to watch our latest DFB YouTube Video! [Read more…]

DFB Video: Magic Kingdom Main Street, U.S.A. Food Tour

It’s the weekend! And we’re celebrating it with another DFB Video today where we’re “walking right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.” to take a FOOD TOUR!

Main Street, U.S.A.

Main Street, U.S.A.

There’s nothing quite like those first steps down Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom during your Disney World vacation with Cinderella Castle directly in view. Among all the shops, sounds, sights and even smells — because who doesn’t love the fragrance wafting from the Main Street Popcorn Cart? — are plenty of terrific spots to grab a snack or meal throughout your Magic Kingdom day. From hot dogs to ice cream to Starbucks coffee and (so much!) beyond, there is plenty on Main Street to keep you going! And we’re showing all of it to you by taking you on a Main Street Food Tour in our latest DFB YouTube Video! [Read more…]

Millennial Pink Treats are Taking Over Disney World!

Inspired by the newest, hottest shade of Minnie Mouse Ears (and Spirit Jerseys. And MagicBands.), Millennial Pink sweets can currently be found in Counter Service locations all over Disney World! (Move over, Rose Gold…)

Millennial Pink Minnie Ears

Millennial Pink Minnie Ears

In fact, just this week we’ve already tried the Millennial Pink Cupcake filled with raspberry marshmallow and topped with raspberry buttercream at Art of Animation Resort’s Landscape of Flavors.

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What’s New at 50s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World has always been a destination for movie (and TV) magic.

And even though the park is in the throes of dramatic re-imagining, we’re happy that some favorite dining experiences have remained. One such favorite is 50s Prime Time Cafe, the totally immersive, throwback-Thursday-everyday table service restaurant where your Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins berate you for putting your elbows on the table and the menu is packed with comfort food.

We’ve visited 50s Prime Time Cafe several times over the years (most recently in 2016), and one of the best parts of the experience here is the consistency of the food. If you enjoy American comfort food, you won’t be disappointed by the offerings at 50s.

And if you’re not a fan of heavy classics like meatloaf and fried chicken, there are actually still some decent options for you — and you’ll get to experience the fun of mid-century family life straight out of a sitcom.

So set the table, keep those elbows off the table, and get ready to clean your plates!

50s Prime Time Sign

50s Prime Time Sign

Atmosphere

The immersive experience at 50s Prime Time Cafe is evident from wall to wall — and we mean that literally. You’ll find old timey collectibles ev.er.y.where. And we can’t get enough of them!

Open shelving and tchotchkes galore!

Open shelving and tchotchkes galore!

Retro busts and figurines

Retro busts and figurines

Everyone should have a Cookie Trolley.

Everyone should have a Cookie Trolley.

Every shelf is packed full of fun stuff — so you’ve got to take a stroll to check it all out. Seating is in the family kitchen, where shelves of retro items are on display and everyone gets a television — black and white and flashing clips of old programs! (And yes, these are the SAME clips you saw on your last trip…even if it was in, like, 2005.)

Seating at 50s Prime Time Cafe

Seating at 50s Prime Time Cafe

The wallpaper is seriously serious, with its classic black-and-white checkerboard pattern.

50s Prime Time Cafe Seating

50s Prime Time Cafe Seating

And the TV styling? Space age, baby!

Someone adjust the bunny ears!

They should sell these things.

But here at 50s Prime Time Cafe, there are rules, family!

Stay out of Mom's kitchen!

Stay out of Mom’s kitchen!

Remember that dining here, you’re being served by your cousin most likely, and they’re pretty straightforward! No special treatment for you, and if you can’t tell them what color the soap was in the restroom you may end up standing in the corner for not washing your hands. If you don’t want to take part in the shenanigans (like singing “I’m a little teapot” in front of the whole restaurant when you didn’t finish your veggies), let your server know when you are seated.

If you’d like to see some of the fun antics, click here!

So what’s Mom cookin’ up in there? Let’s check it out!

Eats

The menu at 50s Prime Time Cafe is a laundry list of classic American comfort food — with a few nods here and there to healthier eats that probably weren’t on Grandma’s table. But you’ll want to start with a glance at the Drink Menu, where you can pilfer something From Dad’s Liquor Cabinet (or select a Sparkling Wine or Craft Beer).

50s Prime Time Cafe Drink Menu

50s Prime Time Cafe Drink Menu

Beverages at 50s Prime Time Cafe

Beverages at 50s Prime Time Cafe

While these adult beverages are a fun addition to the meal (and included in the 2018 Disney Dining Plan!), there’s really one drink you’ve got to try — and it’s family friendly! The Peanut Butter and Jelly Milk Shake is front and center on the full menu, and it’s delicious!

50s Prime Time Cafe Menu

50s Prime Time Cafe Menu

It’s served in a tall glass with the stainless milkshake cup so you can top off your shake throughout your meal. And you’re going to want to drink every last drop!

PB and J Milkshake at 50s Prime Time

PB and J Milkshake at 50s Prime Time

On this visit, I asked to see the Allergy-Friendly Menu and received this two-page menu with allergens clearly listed in red.

50s Prime Time Cafe Allergy Friendly Menu

50s Prime Time Cafe Allergy Friendly Menu

50s Prime Time Cafe Allergy Friendly Menu

50s Prime Time Cafe Allergy Friendly Menu

The Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese is one of my favorite things on any menu anywhere in the World — and we celebrated hard when it returned to the menu years ago after disappearing for a period! It’s a wheel of fried cheese served with fruit, raspberry sauce, and a piece of crusty bread. You have to get this!

Fried Cheese Appetizer

Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese Appetizer

Next up, entrees! Dad’s Stuffed Pork Chop was a miss on my visit. I love the concept — and the flavors are good.

Dad's Stuffed Pork Chop

Dad’s Stuffed Pork Chop

There’s great color on the outside of the chop, and the accompaniments are colorful and tasty.

Dad's Stuffed Pork Chop

Dad’s Stuffed Pork Chop

But this pork chop was way too tough and a challenge to cut through — to say nothing of actually chewing it! Hopefully it was just poorly executed on my visit and is actually awesome for everyone else. But I wouldn’t chance it again.

Dad's Stuffed Pork Chop Interior

Dad’s Stuffed Pork Chop Interior

Rather, I’d go for a Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes! This is a definite yes if you enjoy the three components: Roast Beef, Fried Chicken, and Meatloaf (complete with ketchup squiggle).

Sampling of Mom's Favorites

Sampling of Mom’s Favorites

If you’re looking to choose just one of the three, though, the Fried Chicken is the bomb, followed closely by the Roast Beef. You can’t go wrong with either one!

Sampling of Mom's Favorites

Sampling of Mom’s Favorites

The Sustainable Verlasso Salmon is one of those menu items that likely wasn’t on everyone’s gran’s table. But it’s a terrific option for those looking to eat a little lighter (and more sustainably). This was well prepared and served with a great assortment of veggies.

Sustainable Verlasso Salmon

Sustainable Verlasso Salmon

The final entrees of the day are actually two versions of the same dish: Adult and Kids’ Chicken Pot Pie. This creamy mix is a combo of chicken, mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions, and peas. It’s topped with a flaky pastry — which seems to be pretty much the only difference between the two sizes. The grown up version comes with a square of pastry…

Adult Chicken Pot Pie

Adult Chicken Pot Pie

…while the (way more fun) kids’ version comes with Mickey-shaped pastry! Really, the portion size was so similar that it’s worth it to go with the kids’ just for the fun factor!

Kids' Chicken Pot Pie

Kids’ Chicken Pot Pie

The flavor on this is a little bit bland, but I’m not a huge chicken pot pie fan. If you LOVE pot pie, you’ll likely enjoy this one. It has several guest devotees.

Of course, there’s also a Dessert Menu, where Mom and Dad have listed some of their favorite sweets.

Desserts at 50s Prime Time Cafe

Desserts at 50s Prime Time Cafe

Dessert at 50s Prime Time Cafe features some classics — and we do love a classic dessert! Unfortunately, these were not really up to par. The Traditional Warm Apple Crisp was covered in plenty of sweet/buttery crisp.

Traditional Warm Apple Crisp

Traditional Warm Apple Crisp

But the filling is a generic canned apple pie-type filling. So it was tasty, but it wasn’t special.

Traditional Warm Apple Crisp

Traditional Warm Apple Crisp

Dad’s Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake was disappointing (especially for lovers of chocolate/PB combos!). This was dry and unremarkable. Get the Peanut Butter and Jelly Shake instead!

Dad's Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake

Dad’s Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake

Nosh or Not?

Pull up a chair in Mom’s kitchen if: 

  • The idea of dining in a different decade sounds fun!
  • You like comfort food and want to eat some good renditions of old favorites!
  • You’re looking for a table service dining experience that’s casual and even a little irreverent.

Change the dining channel if: 

  • You prefer not to be pulled into hijinks while you dine.
  • You want to eat food that’s a bit more innovative and adventurous.
  • Table service doesn’t interest you — you’ve got rides to ride and attractions to enjoy.

Overall

Family, 50s Prime Time Cafe is still the bee’s knees, with tasty eats and some of the best atmosphere you’ll find in the World! On my visit the service was truly amazing (shout-out to Mark and Elaine). It’s a must-do at least once in your travels to Hollywood Studios. And don’t forget: if you can’t score an Advance Dining Reservation for 50s (or the walk-up time is too long a wait for you), you can get the full menu in neighboring Tune-In Lounge!

Want to know how 50s Prime Time Cafe ranks among Hollywood Studios restaurants? Check out our DFB YouTube video of the best (and worst) of the Studios!

Is 50s Prime Time Cafe on your Disney must-do list? Tell us what you love the most! 

DFB Video: Hidden Secrets of Disney World Explained — Part 2!

It’s almost the weekend! And what better way to celebrate making it through most of the week than with another DFB Video? Today we’re sharing even MORE Disney World Hidden Secrets!

Lady in the Hatbox!

Lady in the Hatbox!

You may have watched our first video where we explained several Hidden Secrets of Walt Disney World (and if you missed it, you can check it out here!).  Well, today we’re taking on even more Disney World hidden gems, from sights to sounds to… smells?! So enjoy another trip around the World with us as we share some more secrets in our latest DFB YouTube Video! (And stay tuned… because there’s plenty more where these came from!) [Read more…]

When That Disney World Restaurant That’s Never Open…Is Open! Tomorrowland Terrace Eats!

Alert! Alert! Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant is open!

This seasonal quick service spot is located right at the entrance of Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. And when we say seasonal, we mean, like, super seasonal. It’s very rare to see this spot open, but Spring Break’s notoriously massive crowds were enough to open the Restaurant for the lunch time rush — 11AM to 3:30PM during my visit!

The menu here is small and variable, and it won’t appeal to every Walt Disney World guest. But if you’re looking for something simple and fast, this might just fit the bill for you. Plus you can use Mobile Ordering here, making this an even more convenient location!

And it’s actually a pleasant place to dine during the spring (and early summer before the heat really kicks in!). There’s a reason Tomorrowland Terrace is the spot for the Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party: views! The seating here has a Hub and Castle view (albeit blocked from some seats).

So join me as I check out Tomorrowland Terrace!

Atmosphere

Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant is about what you’d expect from a counter service restaurant in Tomorrowland: some neon, funky fonts on the signs, and lots of metal (or metallic) accents.

Entering Tomorrowland Terrace!

Entering Tomorrowland Terrace!

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Millennial Pink Chocolate Treats Debut at Disney World’s Ganachery

With the Rose Gold Minnie Ears trend slowly slipping into our rearview (very, very slowly because we still love you, Rose Gold Unicorn Cupcake!), you knew it was only a matter of time before a new color trend emerged to fill the void. And that color, our Disney food loving friends, is Millennial Pink. We showed you the sweetly colored ears on DFB’s Instagram recently (where we gave away a couple pair!), and we still can not get enough of that puffy bow. ;)

Millennial Pink Minnie Ears

Millennial Pink Minnie Ears

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DFB Video: Disney World Bathrooms! (Volume I)

It’s a new week! So we’re back with another DFB Video today featuring a brand new topic: Disney World Bathrooms!

Restroom sign at AbracadaBar

Restroom sign at AbracadaBar

If you’ve been tuning in to our DFB YouTube Channel for any length of time, then you know one of our top goals is to provide you with the most valuable information for your Disney vacation. So, you may be wondering how a video about Disney World restrooms provides valuable info? Because we’re sharing the least crowded bathrooms in Disney World to save you TIME during your trip! After all, you’ve got FastPasses lined up for your favorite attractions, Advance Dining Reservations for your preferred restaurants, and maybe even a Mobile Order or two to pick up somewhere in there! So check out our advice on where to find the least crowded bathrooms — and we’ve even thrown some extra cute ones in there just for fun :) — with our latest DFB YouTube Video! [Read more…]