DFB Video: Chef Mickey’s Versus Crystal Palace

Welcome to a new week! We’re back with another DFB Video, and today we’re comparing two popular Disney World Character Meals. It’s Chef Mickey’s versus Crystal Palace!

Will you be dining with Tigger at Crystal Palace?

Will you be dining with Tigger at Crystal Palace?

When you’re considering Character Meals for your Disney World vacation, there is more to keep in mind than you might think. Now, of course, there’s the characters, and today we’re talking about the Fab Five at Chef Mickey’s and Pooh and the Gang at Crystal Palace. But you may also want to think about decor, location, cost.. oh, and THE FOOD! So, be sure to watch our latest DFB Video to explore all the factors when deciding whether to book an Advance Dining Reservation at Chef Mickey’s or Crystal Palace… or both! [Read more…]

Review: Season’s EATINGS for the Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is starting TODAY at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Hollywood Studios Entrance

Hollywood Studios Entrance

While the park is getting ready for the debut of Sunset Season’s Greetings and the return of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Nighttime Spectacular to make up a Flurry of Fun starting Thursday, November 9th, the seasonal sweets and treats are available in the park NOW!

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WUT?!?: Warm Salted Caramel Stuffed Pretzel Now at The Lunching Pad in Magic Kingdom

Well, well, well… guess what just popped up on The Lunching Pad’s menu?

A Salted Caramel Warm Stuffed Pretzel, that’s what!

You see, I was perusing The Lunching Pads’ menu on the Mobile Order portion of the My Disney Experience app. Why? Because rumor has it that a Secret Menu item will be coming to an “Out of This World” location in Magic Kingdom, and it will ONLY appear on the Mobile Order menu. The phrase “Out of This World” implies the new item will be available at one of the two restaurants in Tomorrowland that utilize Mobile Order: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and The Lunching Pad.

So! Now you know why I was on the app, even though I wasn’t in the park.

The Lunching Pad on Mobile Order screenshot

The Lunching Pad on Mobile Order screenshot

But it paid to check it out anyway, because that’s how I stumbled on the brand new Salted Caramel Warm Stuffed Pretzel at The Lunching Pad, listed right above the Pepper Jack Warm Stuffed Pretzel and the Sweet Cream Cheese Warm Stuffed Pretzel!

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DFB Video: Five Must-Do Holiday Events in Walt Disney World

Hey, Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re getting ready for the Holiday Season with FIVE Must-Do Holiday Events in Walt Disney World!

Celebrating Christmas in Epcot's Germany Pavilion

Celebrating Christmas in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

If you haven’t started your Holiday planning yet, it’s high time to do exactly that now that it’s November! Of course, if a trip to Walt Disney World plays a part in your Holiday plans, you’ll definitely want to find out these FIVE festive things that you can’t miss. From Epcot’s Candlelight Processional to  Gingerbread Galore, there is so much to see and TASTE for the Season! [Read more…]

DFB Video: Best Disney World Restaurants When You’re on a Budget!

Hey, Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re discussing Walt Disney World’s best Table Service restaurants… on a budget!

Beaches and Cream is great when you're on a budget (or anytime!)

Beaches and Cream is great when you’re on a budget (or anytime!)

We all know how pricey food at Disney World can be, but today we’re checking out some of the best Table Service spots where you can still have a totally magical dining experience without busting your vacation budget! You’ll find delicious food at all of these spots — and we’d recommend a few of them as much as some Signature dining spots (yes, really!). A few of our favorite budget-friendly spots include Beaches and Cream and The Fountain at Disney’s Dolphin Hotel… but that’s not all! So check out our latest video to see the full list! [Read more…]

Review: Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

I had the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan on a recent visit, so I was hitting up all the 2-credits I could find!! And today, we’re heading back to that bastion of Old Hollywood Glamor, The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Have you ever dined here? The Hollywood Brown Derby is notable for a few reasons. First, it’s the only signature dining experience that you can enjoy within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (although that’s likely to change with the opening of Galaxy’s Edge, the Star Wars-themed land coming to the park in 2019).

And fans of the restaurant’s signature dishes, like the original Hollywood Brown Derby Cobb Salad, are always quick to advocate for this spot.

My experiences here have been hit or miss, but I’ve enjoyed the addition of The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge in recent years.

But since it had been a while since I’d been to the Derby, I decided to make it a priority on my most recent Disney World visit to make an advance dining reservation to see the latest. Here we go!

Atmosphere

The Hollywood Brown Derby is located on Hollywood Boulevard, and anchors one end of the street that channels the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

The Hollywood Brown Derby

The Hollywood Brown Derby Sign

The original Brown Derby was actually a chain of restaurants, but the one that you see here is a replica of the location at 1628 North Vine Street. This location was closest to the studios, and became a bit of a Hollywood icon itself. [Read more…]

Review: Flower Pot Cupcake and Ursula Cupcake — Available through October 31 in Epcot

Today, I bring you a Tale of Two Cupcakes.

One wonderful, the other… not so much (as in REALLY not so much). You can find them both at Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion at Epcot.

Sunshine Seasons is a much-beloved quick service spot where guests rave about the variety of options, the use of ingredients from the neighboring Living With The Land, and the desserts. You already know how we feel about the Strawberry Shortcake here. And the seasonal Apple Crisp. And the Mickey Oreo Cheesecake.

The list truly goes on and on — mostly because Sunshine Seasons’ Cast Members go out of their way to create unique treats that represent the seasons and celebrations of Epcot. And we’re always game to try their newest creations.

But, well, allow me to tell the Tale of Two Cupcakes. I’ll begin with the bad news first because I believe it’s always better just to get it over with. The Ursula Cupcake at Sunshine Seasons is… gross.

Ursula Cupcake

Ursula Cupcake

The “black mirror” lacquered glaze on the outside is Ursula-approved, I’m sure. The fondant scroll for Ariel’s contract is a cute touch (although we can see Ariel has printed her name, not so much signed it). On top is Ursula’s shell necklace — also the tool used to capture Ariel’s lovely singing voice — and more tentacle-y fondant touches. [Read more…]

The 2017 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic is ON!!

The 2017 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Classic is HERE… and so are we!!

2017 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

2017 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

The Classic is running October 27th and 28th, and, as always, features innovative dishes from renowned chefs, lots of terrific wine and beer offerings, and a variety of informative seminars.

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Ticket holders for the event are enjoying the activities on Friday, October 27, and/or Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 5:30PM to 9PM. As in the past, there are several ticket options, which you can find on the event website. The Causeway Ticket provides unlimited access to food and drinks along the Causeway between the two resorts. The Causeway Ticket and Beer Garden ticket allows access to the unlimited Causeway offerings as well as the Beer Garden. There are also a la carte ticketstickets for seminars, and a Sunday Bubbles Brunch.

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Spotted: New Epcot Starbucks “You Are Here” Mugs and MORE at Fountain View

We’ve checked out the new Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios Starbucks “You Are Here” Mugs  and Mickey Tumblers at Creature Comforts, Main Street Bakery, and The Trolley Car Cafe, respectively. Today, our stop is Epcot’s Fountain View, where the Mickey Tumbler similarly features beloved park icons — from yesterday and today! — in honor of Epcot’s 35th Anniversary.

Epcot Mickey Tumbler

Epcot Mickey Tumbler

I LOVE the nod to the Universe of Energy dinosaurs on Mickey’s foot! And there’s Figment! Horizons made it!! And Kitchen Kabaret get some love, which does my heart good. Spaceship Earth makes up Mickeys cute face… it goes on and on.

And, just like the other in-parks Starbucks locations, there is also a new “You Are Here” Mug.

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IN. SANE. Bloody Marys at Phins in Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Hotel

Okay, so here’s the thing about Bloody Marys: you either love ‘em, or you hate ‘em. No matter which camp you fall in, though, you still might want to take a gander at the incredible “Proud Marys” they are serving up for Sunday Brunch at Phins, the Dolphin Hotel’s brand new lobby bar because this stuff is surrious.

Phins Proud Marys

Phins Proud Marys

Available on Sundays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM as part of Phins Sunday Sips, these over-the-top cocktails — also called “Brunch in a Glass” for obvious reasons — are tributes to four of the Swan and Dolphin restaurants.

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