First Look and Review! The New Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

It’s good to see you again, Roaring Fork!

Roaring Fork is the primary Counter Service restaurant at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Over the past several months, the entire resort has been undergoing several refurbishments, and these changes have certainly included some of the dining options at the Lodge.

For instance, this past February brought the addition of Geyser Point Bar & Grill — a hybrid outdoor lounge and Counter Service location. The opening of Geyser Point coincided with the temporary closure of Roaring Fork for a renovation of its own.

And even though Geyser Point has been a terrific addition to Wilderness Lodge, we have missed Roaring Fork. As home to everything from Specialty Waffles in the morning to some of our favorite cupcakes anywhere — all served up in the Lodge’s uniquely beautiful rustic setting —  Roaring Fork has long held a special place in our hearts. And we know we’re not the only ones who feel that way.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Sign

Roaring Fork Outdoor Sign

So, I’m sure some of you are as anxious as I am to see what’s new and what’s remained the same (did the Waffles make the cut?!?) at Roaring Fork. Let’s not waste any more time checking it out!

Atmosphere

Before the refurbishment, there were a few words you could always use to describe Roaring Fork. Among them were “rustic” and even “cozy.” [Read more…]

New DFB Video: EAT THIS in Epcot Part 2!

Hey Guys! We promised you more Must Eat Epcot and today we’re back for a second round in our latest DFB Video!

Gelato Perfection! The Coppa Delizia in Epcot's Italy Pavilion

Gelato Perfection! The Coppa Delizia in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

The awesome thing about Epcot food is that you have plenty of classics, but there are also new things joining the scene every day. In recent years, additions like Tutto Gusto have kept World Showcase fresh. And I can’t pass up the Caramel Apple Cookie at Karamell-Küche. EVER.

Can’t wait to see more? Then click on our latest DFB Video to see what else you CAN’T MISS in Epcot!

Want to see ALL of our GET THIS in Disney World series — including Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot? Check out our GET THIS in Disney World playlist here!

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Whew! Are you ready to eat your way through Epcot? Leave a comment and tell us YOUR favorites!

Seven Things To Do BEFORE the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

You’re going to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Hooray!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips

Ok. Now what?

In 2017, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will take place August 31 through November 13. That’s 75 days of discovering new dishes, enjoying interesting wines, and learning about exciting cocktails and craft beers.

But unless you’re independently wealthy, you probably won’t be enjoying the entire two and a half month stretch.

Luckily, we know a thing or two about planning a GREAT Epcot Food and Wine Festival trip. We’ve even compiled our best tips in our DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Food and Wine Festival, available right now for pre-order.

To get you started on everything from choosing your dates, to what to pack, and how you pay for it all, let’s check out our best tips for Preparing for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, From Start to Finish.

1) Schedule Your Dates

It may seem basic, but get the calendar out and decide when you’d like to visit.

But really, it’s not so basic, right? There are all kinds of things to consider: When are crowds the largest? What’s the weather like? And OMG is Hanson going to be there this year??? (Spoiler Alert: Yep. They are.)

OMG! Hanson! (©Hanson)

OMG! Hanson! (©Hanson)

Unfortunately, with respect to schedules, if you have to plan in advance, you’re going to have to do so with some unknowns. Disney always puts out the final schedule of events, for everything from Special Events to Demonstrations and Seminars, pretty much at the last minute. Even Eat to the Beat is coming later and later (although we do have that full lineup — see it here!)

Beverage Seminar

Beverage Seminar

Our suggestion? Plan as much as you can based upon weather, crowds, and a general idea of when Special Events have taken place historically. For a look back at all of the details of previous Festivals, check out our Disney Food and Wine Festivals Page. [Read more…]

New!: Fruits of Mo’ara Fruit Bar in Animal Kingdom’s Pandora — The World of AVATAR

By now we’ve all seen images (or been in the thick!) of the massive crowds at Pandora — The World of AVATAR in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Pandora -- The World of AVATAR

Pandora — The World of AVATAR

We’ve braved those crowds to give you the skinny on eats at Satu’li Canteen (including breakfast!) and the drinks at Pongu Pongu. Oh, and let’s not forget the fun pre-packaged snacks exclusive to Pandora! (VEIN POD!!!!)

Blueberry Almond Pandora Popcorn

Blueberry Almond Pandora Popcorn

But as it turns out, folks have still gotta figure out a way to beat the crazy heat even in picturesque Pandora. So today we’re checking out what is thus far the only bottled drink and ice cream cart in the World’s newest land.

Just like everything else in Pandora, the cart is themed its new home. As opposed to your typical Ice Cream Novelties Cart, you’re instead visiting ACE Mobile Treats (the “ACE,” of course, referring to Alpha Centauri Expeditions, the interplanetary travel company that helps humans like us explore Pandora today).

ACE Mobile Treats

ACE Mobile Treats

Beverage offerings include standard bottled hydration options you’ll find elsewhere: bottles of Dasani, smartwater, and Powerade, along with Zico Coconut Water (here in Watermelon Raspberry) and vitaminwater (Dragonfruit flavored!). [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Eat This in Epcot Part 1!

We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re heading to EPCOT —
where there are millions of amazing Disney dishes and snacks.

Cannoli Cupcake

Cannoli Cupcake

Well, maybe not millions. But there are lots. And when there’s this much edible and drinkable awesomeness in one place, it can be challenging to decide what you should eat. So we’re here to help!

Even though there are some great choices all over Walt Disney World’s resorts and in all four parks, Epcot represents amazing diversity — in part due to the countries of World Showcase. I mean, with classics like Norway’s Schoolbread, all the yum in Karamell-Küche, and Grown Up Slushes in France, where in the world do you start?? [Read more…]

Review: Mochi Ice Cream and Hello Kitty Mochi in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

We recently we dug our spoons once more into Kaki Gori, the Japanese Shaved Ice served at Kabuki Cafe. For years now, it’s been THE go-to treat as far as frozen options in the Japan Pavilion go, perfect for the cooling down in the current summer heat.

Japan Pavilion Pagoda

Japan Pavilion Pagoda

But did you know that Japan has got another — perhaps more authentic — frozen snack to keep your temperature down? It’s called Mochi. And though it’s been hanging around at the carts in the pavilion on-and-off for years, this additional cart we spotted recently seems to be mostly Mochi-centric. [Read more…]

New DFB Video Review: Rapunzel and Ariel Bon Voyage Breakfast in Disney World

We know that y’all are pretty serious when it comes to Character Dining at Walt Disney World. So in today’s DFB Video, we’re taking a closer look at Walt Disney World’s newest character dining experience — the Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno.

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

Trattoria al Forno has served breakfast since it opened on the BoardWalk in 2014. But earlier this year, the restaurant became home to Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel, and Prince Eric as they send guests off on a grand adventure of their own.

The table service, prix fixe meal allows guests to choose from several menu options. And oh, by the way — you can also choose to dine on the patio, character free, if you’d prefer. [Read more…]

Save With The 180-Day Sale!

You Guys! CHRISTMAS!!

Christmas? Wha?? “But AJ, it’s June and it’s so hot/humid/sunny/rainy/sooooo nooooottt Christmas!”

DFB 180 Days 'Til Christmas Sale-02

Well…true.

BUT — it’s also only 187 days until Christmas.

That means that if you’re planning a December Disney trip, then it’s time to don your Santa hat and get into the holiday spirit, my friends!

Still wondering why? Ha! Lemme explain.

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You can book restaurants at Disney World 180 days in advance. And the most popular restaurants book up to capacity on that first day! SO, restaurants at Disney World start booking for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day NEXT WEEK!!! We don’t want you to miss out. So it’s time to start planning. [Read more…]

News: Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs Now in Magic Kingdom at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments

We’re gonna go waaaay back today… all the way to 2013 ;) .

That’s the year that Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs arrived — at long last — in Disney World, thanks to the Fantasy Fare Disney Food Truck.

Of course, Disneylanders have a long history with Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs. The Little Red Wagon and Stage Door Cafe in Disneyland Park and Corn Dog Castle in Disney California Adventure long ago elevated the standard theme park/carnival/state fair corn dog to a work of art.  An extra-thick layer of corn batter surrounds the hot dog, while the hand-dipped treatment lends a heartier, tastier, more satisfying crunch to the deep-fried golden batter.

Even with that description, it’s still hard to imagine how much this process improves upon your basic corn dog without trying one for yourself.

Hand Dipped Corn Dog

Disneyland Hand-Dipped Corn Dog from the Little Red Wagon

And now, there is one more spot in Disney World where you can do exactly that. Better yet, it’s in a PARK this time! Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in Magic Kingdom is now serving Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs!! [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Be Our Guest Restaurant — Is It Worth It?

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re getting down to the serious business of Be Our Guest Restaurant!

Be Our Guest Restaurant Tips

Located in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest took Disney fans by storm when it opened five years ago. The restaurant, part of the New Fantasyland expansion, morphs from a counter service spot during breakfast and lunch to a table service dining spot for dinner. [Read more…]