New DFB Video: 20 Disney Snacks You HAVE to Try in 2017

Heya! We’ve been busy compiling an amazing list — 20 Disney Snacks You HAVE to Try in 2017! — and it’s coming to you today in our latest DFB Video!

Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

Whether you’re looking for a new favorite dessert, treat, snack, meal, or drink, we have you covered! We just have one question for you: what are you gonna do with all of this awesome info?

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Review: Casey’s Corner Chili-Cheese Dog with Shredded Cheese

Casey’s Corner is a staple for many Disney World visitors.

And it’s certainly long been a staple for us here at the DFB! You may recall when we took on the challenge of sampling all of the spot’s Specialty Hot Dogs, which included the Chili-Cheese Dog. Though the specialty dogs themselves have seen their fair share of changes (especially thanks to the new monthly rotation of Featured Hot Dogs for 2017), the Chili-Cheese Hot Dog has remained a solid standby.

But even standbys can change, and you’re about to see how this one has, too.

Our story begins when Plastic Cheese was removed from Counter Service locations all over Disney World. And while this isn’t exactly “news” anymore, we’re still seeing — and, frankly, emotionally processing — the effects of that change.

One of those changes, as you might anticipate, occurred with the Chili-Cheese Hot Dog at Casey’s. And I’d been kiiiiind of putting off this review because — SPOILER ALERT — I figured, right off the bat (Casey’s baseball pun not intended… much), that my enjoyment would likely be diminished.

Chili Cheese Hot Dog

Chili Cheese Hot Dog

The Plastic Cheese was replaced by finely shredded cheddar when the disappearance occurred. [Read more…]

News: Liberty Tree Tavern Menu Updates (And Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake for DINNER!)

Remember last October when Liberty Tree Tavern began offering the All-You-Care-to-Eat Patriot’s Platter for Lunch?

At the time, subsequent changes to the Lunch Menu for this Magic Kingdom Table Service favorite included the removal of a few popular dishes from the a la carte items. These included the New England Pot Roast and the Fish & Chips. (Dinner, as always, remained All-You-Care-to-Eat, served Family Style for all guests.)

Well, friends… the Pot Roast and the Fish & Chips are BACK for lunch!

At least, according to the recently updated Liberty Tree Tavern menu page on the Walt Disney World website. See?!? You’ll spot the Pot Roast Under “Our Tavern Keeper’s Favorite.”

Screenshot from the Walt Disney World website

Screenshot from the Walt Disney World website

Even the Tavern Keeper missed the Pot Roast! [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars!

We know that there are a lot of Disney Icons out there. There’s Mickey, of course. And Cinderella Castle. But for our money and imagination, few things hold a candle to that most classic of Disney Treats — the Mickey Ice Cream Bar.

And so, we couldn’t get very far down the path — the video path, that is — without offering you a mouthwatering look at our favorite Mickey Shaped Ice Cream Treat! It’s all part of our DFB YouTube Video Series!

Enjoying a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar on Main Street USA

Enjoying a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar on Main Street USA!

It doesn’t matter if you’re in Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Resort or Park. Really, just about any destination with the word “Disney” in it has them. That premium Mickey Ice Cream Bar is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Fancy food can come and go, but nothing say Disney Magic like this baby!

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Disney Food Challenge: The Disney World French Fry Crawl!

Y’all!!! It’s time for some FRONCH FROES!!!!!!

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(For those of you new to DFB, that’s “french fries” in AJ-speak. ;-D)

We’ve got TONS of food crawls in our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, and in our latest edition, we just had to develop a brand new one– the French Fry Crawl!

It’s just one of the many great features that make the 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, 2nd Edition, our best book yet. With more than 650 pages of color photos, tips, reviews, and extra features, you HAVE TO HAVE IT for your next Disney trip! (I’m not biased or anything. For realz.)

But now, back to the subject at hand. Call ‘em Fries, Chips, Poutine, whatever — there’s pretty much nothing about fronch froes we don’t love. And Disney hasn’t failed us with their yummy spins on this classic side.

So head out with us as we complete this most delicious challenge. We’ll be all over the place for this one, so plan accordingly! The French Fry Crawl will likely take you an entire trip to complete. Unless, you know, you’re like us — and want to eat fries for every meal. Then it might only take you a day and a half. ;-)

Hungry? Good! Let’s go!

Stop #1: Smothered Fries, Beaches and Cream

Our first stop is Beaches and Cream. Find this little Soda Shop in the Disney Beach Club Resort.

Beaches and Cream is one of my favorite stops for about a million reasons. There’s a cool, beachy retro feel to the place, and it’s known for its killer sundaes. While my favorite is the No Way Jose, the most iconic treats here are the Kitchen Sinks.

But we’re stopping here today for a plate — or two — of their Loaded Fries! Currently, there are three versions: Sock Hop Fries, Chili-Cheese Fries, and Cheese and Bacon Fries.

Sock Hop Fries are covered in a savory Brown Gravy and topped with melty Shredded Cheddar. Think of them as Poutine’s American cousin.

Gravy Fries

Sock Hop Fries

But the Bacon and Cheese Fries. Omigosh. Cheese Sauce (!!!!), Bacon, Peppercorn Ranch, and Red Onions elevate this one to amazing. [Read more…]

News and Review: Three Baked Mac and Cheeses at Eight Spoon Cafe

Let’s try some word association. We’ll give you a bunch of words, and you tell us what they make you think of. Baked. Macaroni. Cheese.

Your turn. We’ll wait.

Correct! The answer is “YUM!” Great work. Now, come along as we tell you where you can find all of the above in three awesome, cheesy incarnations. We’ll give you a hint: You’re gonna hAVATARrific day in this park. ;)

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

That’s right! Animal Kingdom! With all of the excitement about Pandora — The World of Avatar and Rivers of Light that’s ramping up right now, it can be tough to plan your Animal Kingdom park days — especially your dining! [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Mickey Waffles!

Hello and Happy Thursday! We have another spectacular DFB Video to share with you today. And this time, we’re bringing you a closer look at the breakfast treat that you and I both can’t get enough of — Mickey Waffles!

Mickey Waffles!

Mickey Waffles!

Whether you like the mini version, or you go for Mickey Waffles that are roughly the size of your face ;-) , nothing says “I’m on a Disney vacay!” like enjoying one of these yummo treats.

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Review: Strawberry Cheesecake at Restaurantosaurus

You’re gonna hear us saying this a lot over the next several months: there’s a TON of stuff going on in the Disney food world at Animal Kingdom.

First we’ve got quality bites at Tiffins and Nomad Lounge. Second we will soon have two brand new dining options in Pandora — The World of AVATAR: Pongu Pongu and Satu’li Canteen. And third, old standbys like Yak and Yeti and Flame Tree Barbecue are still killin’ the food game. Animal Kingdom has stepped up the food game yet again.

But should you find yourself way over in Dinoland digging on something sweet and indulgent, adventure your way right over to Restaurantosaurus. It’s just past the spinning triceratops and across the way from the dig site. You can’t miss it.

While I LOVE Restaurantosaurus, we have had a bit of a hit or miss relationship with Animal Kingdom’s desserts-in-a-glass, and we’re happy to see them being replaced by better options. The Warm Turtle Brownie we tried recently was a big hit! And since we’re always open to try new things, on this visit we ordered the Strawberry Cheesecake.

Restaurantosaurus Strawberry Cheesecake

Restaurantosaurus Strawberry Cheesecake

Let’s just start by saying this ain’t a dessert in a glass. Look at that crust! It’s all graham crackers and buttery-ness! It’s just the right thickness to add texture without overwhelming the contents of its shell.

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First Look and Review: Joffrey’s Revive Coffee Kiosk and S’Mores Latte in Magic Kingdom

GOOD MORNING from Magic Kingdom!

Of course, it’s pretty much always a good morning when you’re in Disney World. But if you’re in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, the mornings are even brighter thanks to the arrival of the brand new Joffrey’s Revive Coffee Kiosk!

Tucked next to the Tomorrowland Stage where you can sometimes find the Mr. and Mrs. busting a move at the #INCREDIBLESSuperDanceParty, the newest Joffrey’s Kiosk is the first in the Magic Kingdom. (Until now, the closest kiosks to Magic Kingdom have been at the Ticket and Transportation Center and the Contemporary Resort.)

There are two things you can count on with a visit to a Joffrey’s kiosk in Disney World: one, fun theming to perfectly match its surroundings. And two: a good cup of coffee (or tea, if you prefer).

Joffrey's Revive sign

Joffrey’s Revive sign

We’re here to check out both. So, Blast Off with us to Tomorrowland to hang out and caffeine up at the new Joffrey’s Revive! [Read more…]

DFB Video: Best of the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Eats!

Hi and Happy Monday! We’ve just come through a glorious few days celebrating the opening of the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! And we’re so happy to share a closer look at all the beauty — and tasty eats! — with our latest DFB YouTube Video!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, in its 24th consecutive year,  continues to signal that Spring has sprung in Walt Disney World. [Read more…]