DFB Podcast Episode 24: Disney Halloween Tips!

We are back with Episode 24 of the DFB Podcast and it’s time to talk HALLOWEEN at Disney World and Disneyland!

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What’s It About?
In this episode AJ gives a Food and Wine 2015 overview, noting her favorites from from this year. New events are discussed as well as new booth reviews!

Also we have reviews from the new openings over at the (now official) Disney Springs: Morimoto Asia and Jock Lindsey’s!

But the “main course” of the podcast features our best tips for visiting Disney World and Disneyland during Halloween season!

Hear our suggestions and all of the details on the new spooky snacks and activities! Listen right now at DFBPodcast.com, or subscribe via iTunes, RSS, or Stitcher!

Halloween at Disney!

Halloween at Disney!

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Tips from the DFB Guide: Budgeting for the Holidays at Walt Disney World

Heading to Walt Disney World for the holidays? Woohoo! It’s such a beautiful time to visit, as the Parks are all decked out in their festive best.

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From special events and holiday decor to snacks and drinks full of Yuletide cheer, there’s so much to pack into a visit.

But you’re gonna need a plan and a budget! Because I promise you, visiting Walt Disney World during the holidays is spectacular — but the costs can add up quickly.

Today, I’d love to share with you some of our best budgeting tips for planning your Holiday trip to Walt Disney World. Our tips come courtesy of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book, and by pre-ordering the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book with our special discount code — Preholiday  you get everything you need to make the most of your Disney holiday vacation.

Heigh Ho — let’s go!

Go Early — or Late — If Possible

Want to enjoy the Holidays at Disney, without paying holiday prices? It may sound impossible, but it’s not. The key is to schedule your visit for a time early or late in the holiday season.

Main Street USA at Christmas Time

Main Street USA at Christmas Time

Christmas decorations go up as early as November in some corners of the Resort. You’ll see festive tidings first normally at Magic Kingdom, where Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off in the early part of the month. By mid to late November, the incredible gingerbread displays that you’ll find at the Deluxe Resorts are taking shape. [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Carrot Cake Cookie in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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This post is part of the DFB #OnTheList series, where we feature eats you’ve GOT to have while you’re at Disney! Let us know what’s on YOUR Disney Food Bucket List @DisneyFoodBlog #OnTheList!

 

Editor’s Note: Since the writing of this post, the Writer’s Stop has changed its offerings in light of its uncertain future due to construction in that area of the park. But you can still grab a Carrot Cake Cookie at Sweet Spells!

The Writer’s Stop is an unassuming little coffee-shop-meets-bookstore at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But this small space is the original home to one heck of a BIG gem… and that’s the Carrot Cake Cookie, which is #OnTheList this week!

#OnTheList: Carrot Cake Cookie

The tricky thing about finding The Writer’s Stop is that it’s tucked in the Streets of America section of the park, which is dominated by false-fronts serving as studio settings of city streets. You could easily stroll right by and not even realize that it’s a functioning cafe and bookstore. [Read more…]

Review: Beach Club Marketplace at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Join us as we head to Beach Club Marketplace for late-night bite!

Did you even know that Disney’s Beach Club Resort has a counter service location? Well, if you didn’t, you’re not alone. Actually, if it weren’t for the fact that it’s a Rapid Fill Refilling location, I’m not sure anyone would know that there’s hot food for sale here.

Let’s take a look at this shop and see if it’s worth your time to stop in.

Atmosphere

You’ll find Beach Club Marketplace tucked into the side entrance of the Beach Club Resort if you enter from the courtyard located behind the lobby. Sound confusing? Yeah. It is.

Disney's Beach Club Resort

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

If you enter looking for just a restaurant, you’ll quickly find that Beach Club Marketplace serves more than just one purpose, and looks more like a gift shop than anything else. Because that’s basically what it is. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Our Favorite Gluten Free Dishes for 2015

Sometimes, eating with food sensitivities or dietary preferences can be a bit of a drag. And that’s never more the case than when you’re on vacation.

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But once again this year, Disney is taking its commitment to offering gluten free options seriously at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

To that end, not only will you find some delicious dishes that don’t contain gluten; they’re clearly marked in the free Food and Wine Festival Passports that you can pick up at the Festival!

Today, we’re highlighting a few of the more interesting gluten free options that we’ve tried so far. And if you love sampling your way around the World sans gluten, check out our handy page listing ALL of the Festival’s gluten free options this year!

“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

Ok…this one’s a no-brainer! It’s a DFB restaurant favorite already.

But truly, this is the MOST wonderful time of the year — because you can get the “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce at the Canada Booth without an advance dining reservation!

Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

Deliciously satisfying, this is one dish that I never, ever want to share. Get your own if we’re Food and Wine-ing it together! [Read more…]

Review: New Specialty Burgers and the Everything Pop Sundae at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

We’re checking out a whole slew of totally fun new burgers (and picking up a not-so-little dessert) at Pop Century Resort’s Everything Pop!

(And for those of you who miss the All-American Picnic Burger that used to grace the menu at Sci-Fi Dine-In, you’ll want to stay tuned!)

There’s never a dull moment at the vibrant celebration of all things pop culture that is Pop Century Resort, and that’s certainly true at the resort’s food court, Everything Pop! It’s a great place to find unique themed eats like Tie-Dye Cheesecake, the King Cupcake, and the Pop Tarts Breakfast Sandwich.

Today we’re heading back to try out some recent additions to the menu. Specialty burgers have become all the rage at Everything Pop, and they’ve also added their own take on a slightly smaller version of the famous Kitchen Sink Sundae… with a “Pop” twist, of course!

Atmosphere

Now, when you refer to Everything Pop, technically you’re speaking not only of the Food Court, but also the merchandise shop.

Everything Pop Sign

Everything Pop Sign

For our DFB purposes, though, it’s typically a quick stroll past the gifts and souvenirs into the sizable food court, featuring separate ordering and serving stations offering everything from pasta and pizza to pot roast and sloppy joes (along with all sorts of traditional resort grab-and-go items). [Read more…]

Review: Lunch at Raglan Road in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs

We’re taking in lunch at Raglan Road Irish Pub in Disney Springs!

If you’ve visited Disney Springs recently, you know that the area once known as Pleasure Island is practically unrecognizable from what it was two years ago. Construction walls abound, and new restaurants and shops seem to be opening every day.

The good news is that those walls seem to be decreasing every time I visit. And so on a recent research visit, I headed over to Raglan Road to take a peek at some new cocktails and have a bite to eat!

Atmosphere

As I’ve said, if you haven’t visited for a while, all the work at Disney Springs is going to shock you. While Raglan Road used to stand front and center, easily viewable from the parking lots, now it’s a bit of a walk to get here from the nearest parking building.

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant Without the Construction Walls

You should budget at least 10 minutes or so if you’re coming from the parking garage. [Read more…]

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Festival Center Tour

The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is officially underway!

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We spent the better part of last week taking a look at all there is going on this year, and shared with you our Best of the Fest so far. And we aren’t finished yet!

In the coming days, look for reviews of many of the Marketplace Booths, and we’ll also be sharing with you impressions of some of the Special Events taking place throughout the Festival.

And speaking of special events, many of them take place in Festival Center, which serves as the headquarters for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. But there’s more to the space than just stages for Culinary Demos and Mixology Seminars.

Let’s head into Festival Center as we show you some returning features from previous years — and introduce you to a couple of enhancements that are making their first appearances in 2015.

The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Center

You’ll find Festival Center located to the left as you enter Epcot and pass beneath Spaceship Earth. Head toward the old Wonders of Life Pavilion in Future World East, and you’ll be going in the right direction.

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Festival Center — Outside View

Get your bearings as you walk in the door — you’ll find a handy diagram of the circular space just to the left of the Information Desk. [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

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This post is part of the DFB #OnTheList series, where we feature eats you’ve GOT to have while you’re at Disney! Let us know what’s on YOUR Disney Food Bucket List @DisneyFoodBlog #OnTheList!

 

The saying goes, “The eyes have it.” But in this case, it’s all about the EARS.

#OnTheList Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

#OnTheList Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

You can spot them on the red-and-blue wrapping imprinted with that famous face…

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar Packaging

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar Packaging

…or the trademark shape on ice cream cart signs around the parks. [Read more…]

Review: Apple Pie Sundae and Poison Apple Mug at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

I had a BLAST running around Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party a couple of weeks ago! I hadn’t been in a few years, and it was so much fun to get back there (even though it was raining!).

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

I always love the festive atmosphere that transforms the not-so-spooky Magic Kingdom. [Read more…]