Review: Floridian Pancakes and Lobster Thermidor Burger at Grand Floridian Cafe

With so many dining options to try at Walt Disney World, it’s not every trip that I’m able to return to some classic Resort restaurants — particularly if I’m not staying at the Resort in question.

But on a recent visit, I had a meeting that was (thankfully!) at the Grand Floridian Cafe. Located off the lobby in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa’s main building, the Grand Floridian Cafe offers lovely views of the rose garden and courtyard pool beyond. It’s nice and tranquil, but not at all stuffy. So if you want to check out the Grand Floridian with your entire crew (including kiddos), this is a great place to try it.

The Cafe menu serves up traditional American dishes with a few nods to seafood and Southern fare in celebration of the Sunshine State, and our most recent trip here was for dinner. But a great feature at the Grand Floridian Cafe is the brunch-style menu offering breakfast dishes (in addition to the lunch offerings) through 2:00 pm. Hence the “Pancakes and Burger” mashup we’re reviewing today!

And there’s another big boon for the Grand Floridian Cafe: since it’s on the Resort Monorail loop, it’s easily accessible from Magic Kingdom and a terrific get-away if you need a little break from the park.

Atmosphere

Like every restaurant at the Grand Floridian, the Cafe is simple and elegant. You won’t find over-the-top, Disney-fied theming in terms of characters or bright colors. But you will feel as though you’ve gone back to the Victorian Era (minus all the stiff social constructs). Check in takes place at a desk with white columns and great trim details.

Grand Floridian Cafe Entrance

Grand Floridian Cafe Entrance

Right away you’ll notice the lattice-and-flowers carpeting, which carries throughout the restaurant. The wood trim also continues into the dining room, where floral wallpaper and tasteful seating await.

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News: 2nd Edition of The Nautilus Now Available at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a tiki bar full of enchantment, adventure… and crazy popular souvenir glasses!

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

While many of the specialty cocktails on the menu such as Krakatoa Punch, the Uh-Oa!, and the Polynesian Pearl come in souvenir glasses, the granddaddy of them all is: The Nautilus. And the “glass” is now available in its 2nd edition, according to the @WDWToday Twitter account. [Read more…]

2018 WDW Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Dates Announced!

We have some exciting news to share with you today!

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The dates have been announced for the 2018 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic! The 9th annual Food and Wine Classic will be held Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, 2018!

Once again, the Food and Wine Classic will coincide with the Epcot Food and Wine Festival and will include The Causeway and Seminars. The Sunday Bubbles Brunch is planned for Sunday, October 28, 2018!

Want to hear more about the 2018 Food and Wine Classic? Here are some details!

The Causeway

The Causeway is the central attraction at the Food and Wine Classic. Here you’ll find more than 60 tasting stations serving dishes from the resort’s 18 restaurants and lounges, along with more than 30 wineries serving wines from around the world!

The Causeway

Chinatown and Carnival Corner

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DFB Video: Food Tour of Epcot’s United Kingdom

Hello, friends! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re taking you on a Food Tour of Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion!

Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion

Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion

The United Kingdom is packed with so much more than just Fish & Chips as far as food options (although I do enjoy a stop at Yorkshire County Fish Shop, too!). Not only are there fun finds — even beyond Twinings Tea — at The Tea Caddy, but there is also some great pub grub to enjoy along with your pint… or pints ;) . And did you know you can catch the IllumiNations fireworks from a great dining spot in the UK Pavilion? Check it all out in our latest DFB Video! [Read more…]

Review: Caramel Butter Bar at Karamell-Küche in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

Karamell-Küche has become a destination all its own within Epcot’s Germany Pavilion.

And with good reason! Even among the Pavilion’s diverse offerings within Biergarten (a Table Service buffet complete with festive entertainment), Sommerfest (the Counter Service spot with NUDEL GRATINNNNN), and Bier Carts and HovelsKaramell-Küche focuses on one thing, and one thing only:

CARAMEL!

From seriously addictive Caramel Corn to Caramel Bacon Squares to the ah-mazing Caramel Pecan Bar (you gotta try it!), it’s hard to take in all the different iterations of caramel treats tucked within the Caramel Kitchen’s bakery case.

And speaking of different iterations…  I noticed a change to one of my favorite golden treats on my last visit when I spotted a sign for the Caramel Butter Bar. It was front and center ahead of what looked suspiciously like the old Caramel Covered Shortbread — also previously known as the Chewy Caramel Bar.

Caramel Butter Bar

Caramel Butter Bar

I wasn’t super concerned at first because this particular snack has been known by a few different names over the years, but basically remained a dependable combo of thick caramel poured atop and in between layers of buttery shortbread.

I figured I was good to go because the “new” Caramel Butter Bar looks… virtually identical to its predecessor. See? [Read more…]

Celebrate Walt Disney’s Birthday with a Special Vacation Offer!

Today we say Happy 116th Birthday to Walt Disney! To celebrate this very happy occasion, we’re teaming up with our partners at Small World Vacations for a limited-time offer!

In honor of Walt’s 116th birthday, DFB readers who book a NEW Walt Disney World Magic Your Way Package with Small World Vacations will get one FREE Disney Autograph Book per child (ages 3 – 9). To be eligible for the free book you just need to mention code DFB116 in your request for a price quote from Small World Vacations. That’s it!

It might be Walt’s big day, but YOU get the gifts!

Happy Birthday Walt!

Happy Birthday Walt!

Click here to request a price quote for your next Disney Vacation from Small World Vacations! Don’t forget to mention DFB116 for the offer!

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DFB Video: Walt Disney World Gingerbread Displays

It’s a brand new week, and we’re back with another DFB Video today! We’re checking out the 2017 Walt Disney World Gingerbread Displays!

Gingerbread Carousel at Disney's Beach Club

Gingerbread Carousel at Disney’s Beach Club

Now, you may think that planning your Disney World Gingerbread Tour is just a matter of plotting your stops to see the Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel, the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House, and every other gingerbread location in between from the Resorts, to the Parks, to Disney Springs. But there is more to know… like where you can find your own gingerbread snacks, what’s NEW this year among all the displays, and all sorts of other fun secrets and tips. Plus, you can watch the Gingerbread Carousel spin and catch a glimpse of the Grand Floridian Pastry Chefs creating the annual Gingerbread House! [Read more…]

What’s New in Disney World’s Disney Springs: December 4, 2017

Disney Springs: So many restaurants! So many seasonal treats! So much… construction. ;)

Disney Quest is no more!

Disney Quest is no more!

Let’s see what’s new this week!

Coming to Disney Springs

The building that was formerly Disney Quest is completely gone, leaving room for the construction of the NBA Experience! Here’s some NBA Experience concept art for those wanting a sneak peek of what’s to come. (I see a “Grill” in our future…)

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DFB Video: What I Wish I’d Known BEFORE I Went to Disney World

Happy Weekend! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re taking on a huge (and helpful) subject: What I Wish I’d Known BEFORE I Went to Disney World!

I'm Going to Disney World!

You’re Going to Disney World!

No matter whether you’re planning your first trip to Disney World or your twentieth, there are always a TON of factors to consider when it comes to planning your vacation. In fact, Disney World vacation planning practically has its own language. (Do the terms “ADR” or “FastPass+” mean anything to you?). While a lot of these tips will be especially helpful for first-time visitors, even repeat guests can always gather more information when it comes to Disney vacation planning to make your next experience even more magical. So please join us while we discuss all sorts of helpful hints for your next trip to Disney World! [Read more…]

The 2017 Gingerbread Display at Disney World’s BoardWalk Inn

We’ve been checking out ALL THE GINGERBREAD Displays in Disney World from the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House to the Beach Club’s Gingerbread Carousel. Today, we’re at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, and we arrived not knowing exactly what to expect.

Disney's BoardWalk

Disney’s BoardWalk

You see, the BoardWalk’s Gingerbread Display has varied over the years. You may recall the Sweet Shoppe theme or the days-of-yore Gazebo, or even the year that Stitch took over. Last year, the BoardWalk gave the Resort’s Pastry Chefs the opportunity to create several individual gingerbread houses themed to their choosing.

2017 BoardWalk Gingerbread Display

2017 BoardWalk Gingerbread Display

But for 2017, the whole team is back in action together, and they’ve created a brand new display themed after something very near and dear to our hearts… the BoardWalk’s restaurants!

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