News and Tip! How to Get a Free Sprinkles Cupcake in Disney World!

Editor’s Note: We’ve spoken to Sprinkles, and they have indicated that this offer was temporary and for a limited time. The offer ended May 31.

We haven’t made it a secret around here — I am SUUUUUPER excited that one of my favorite cupcake haunts, Sprinkles Bakery, recently opened in Disney Springs!

Sprinkles Cupcakes!

Sprinkles Cupcakes!

The World’s First Cupcake Bakery (Orlando edition ;-D) opened its doors on Sunday, May 15. And with it, cupcake lovers can also enjoy the Cupcake ATM! [Read more…]

First Look and Review: Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs

We have been waiting patiently since we first heard the announcement, and the day has finally arrived. The doors to Amorette’s Patisserie have officially opened!

The brand new, upscale bakery joins other boutique sweets spots, like Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC, The Ganachery, and Vivoli Gelateria, at Disney Springs this week. The work on the newly re-imagined shopping and dining district is just about complete, and it’s pretty amazing.

But along with other carts and shops, Amorette’s Patisserie has been on our short list of places to anticipate! Let’s head in and take a look around.

Atmosphere

Step into the newly opened Town Center at Disney Springs and you’ll soon locate Amorette’s Patisserie. The Disney-created back story is charming: artistic sisters Kara and Sara are the current owners of the shop, which has been passed down through many generations of their family. The shop dates back to the earliest days of Disney Springs, around 1900.

Amorette's Patisserie Sign

Amorette’s Patisserie Sign

Amorette's Patisserie -- Outside

Amorette’s Patisserie — Outside

But the sisters are as interested in artistic expression via beautiful and delicious pastries as they are in other forms of art. And so you see evidence of their handiwork throughout the shop. We’ll get to some sweet examples in a minute, but first, let’s look around a bit. [Read more…]

First Look and Review! Sprinkles Cupcakes in Disney Springs Town Center

SPRINKLES IS HERE!!!

Seeing as we’re HUGE cupcake fans here at the DFB, this latest Disney Springs opening is a definite cause for celebration! And if you love cupcakes as much as we do, then this is great news for you, too, since Sprinkles was designated the “world’s first cupcake bakery” by the Food Network (the first location opened in Beverly Hills in 2005).

Of course, maybe you’ve already paid a visit to Sprinkles, which has locations in Dallas, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Nashville, among others. (Even though I prefer my beloved Magnolia cupcakes in the Village, I, myself, am intimately familiar with Sprinkles’ order-ahead policy and the employees at my local Sprinkles Cupcakes store pretty much know me by name.)

You may have tried one of the signature cupcakes, a house-made cookie, or some slow-churned ice cream (some locations carry all three, though some offer solely cupcakes). Maybe you’ve even zipped by one and grabbed a cupcake from one of the famous Cupcake ATMs.

But you’ve never been able to have one at Disney World… until NOW!

Sprinkles at Disney Springs

Sprinkles at Disney Springs

Join us in welcoming Sprinkles to Disney Springs! [Read more…]

News! 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates — World Showcase Booths, Special Events, Culinary Demos

Hooray! We finally have a few more updates on the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which will be showcasing tons of awesomeness from September 14-November 14 this year!

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We’ve been reporting the latest and greatest for you as soon as we hear it, from new Eat to the Beat Concert acts to confirmed Food and Wine Festival World Showcase Booths. And now we have even more great info to help you as you plan your Fall trip to the World.

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

Disney releases Food and Wine info in trickles this time of year, and today we’ve got more details on World Showcase Booths, new special events, a reimagined Party for the Senses, and a twist to the standard culinary and beverage seminars at the Festival Center. Read on for more!

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First Look and Review! Ample Hills Creamery Soft Opens on Disney’s Boardwalk

We gave you a Sneak Peek last week…

… and now we’re back to give you a First Look at the brand new Ample Hills Creamery on Disney’s Boardwalk!

Just a few days ago, the walls came down around the newest ice cream parlor in Disney World and we were able to steal a glimpse of the spot located right next door to the ESPN Club. But now Ample Hills Creamery is currently in soft openings, and we were able to pop in for what we’ve all been waiting for… ICE CREAM!!

First, though, just a note that soft openings are like a “dress rehearsal” for new eateries and attractions around Disney World. This means that there are no guarantees that the spot will be operating at any given time, and — in the case of restaurants — the menu may not be finalized, or certain ingredients may not be available until everything is official. In the case of Ample Hills Creamery, the anticipated official opening will take place on May 15th.

Cast Members preparing for today's Soft Opening

Cast Members preparing for today’s Soft Opening

But we just couldn’t wait any longer to get a taste for ourselves so we could bring it to YOU… so welcome to the first Ample Hills Creamery location outside of New York State, right here in Disney World! [Read more…]

News: YeSake, Morimoto Asia Street Food, and D-Luxe Burger Open May 15th in Disney Springs

We’ve got even MORE food news coming out of Disney Springs! D-Luxe Burger, Morimoto Asia Street Food, and YeSake will join the already impressive list of eateries opening in Disney Springs on Sunday, May 15th!

©Disney

©Disney

D-Luxe Burger — the Disney owned and operated burger joint featuring gourmet burgers and artisanal gelato shakes — has been in our sights for some time, and its May 15 opening has now been confirmed.  [Read more…]

Review: Lunch at Electric Umbrella in Epcot’s Future World

WOO HOO!!! We’re back at the Electric Umbrella in Epcot’s Future World!

Too much? Okay — I get it. It can be hard to muster up a ton of enthusiasm for the ol’ Umbrella. That’s not so much because of anything specifically wrong with it, per se.

But when your neighbors include counter service options like Katsura Grill, Tangierine Cafe, and Sommerfest just to name a few…well, the more standard options available at Electric Umbrella can pale in comparison. Even if you pit it against fellow Future World counter service option Sunshine Seasons, it’s gonna seem ho-hum.

But we’ve got to give some credit where it’s due. Over the past few years, the menu at Electric Umbrella has seen more changes than many other spots. Some have been successful (French Dip Burger!), and some not so much (Mac and Cheese Burger). In other words, there’s been some innovation here. (You might even call it innovention. ;-) )

The Electric Umbrella

The Electric Umbrella

Since our last meal here, there have been even more menu updates. So clearly, it was time for another visit. [Read more…]

News: Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package Now Available for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

It’s never to early to begin your holiday planning… not when it comes to a holiday at Disney World, at any rate! Tickets are now available for booking two special holiday events at Disney World: Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

With the return of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be the return of the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package option to add on to your evening. [Read more…]

Review: Roule Lard et Fromage (Bacon and Cheese Roll) at Epcot’s Les Halles

You know, there are few better ways — especially while Soarin’ is undergoing refurb ;) — to start a day at Epcot than a visit to Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion.

Even though we talk about Les Halles a lot here on the DFB (it’s one of our Favorite Epcot Restaurants, after all), it still comes as a surprise to lots of guests that you can indeed start your day at Epcot here.

Unique among World Showcase counter service eateries, Les Halles opens at 9:00 am, whereas the rest open along with World Showcase at 11:00AM daily. (Future World spots like Fountain View and Sunshine Seasons are the places you can find breakfast items upon Epcot’s typical 9:00AM opening).

Now, you may think it’s all sweet treats at Les Halles, and if you want to start your day with Mousse au Chocolat, a Napoleon, or even a coffee-infused Café Liégeois, then have at it — you’re on vacation!

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot's France Pavilion

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion

But there is a savory little gem we’d like to bring to your attention today, if you haven’t yet sampled this Les Halles staple for yourself: it’s the Roule Lard et Fromage. [Read more…]

Review: Lunch at ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill in Disney World

Welcome, Sports Fans, to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill!

To clarify before we begin, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill is not to be confused with the ESPN Club located on Disney’s BoardWalk. The ESPN Grill is a Counter Service eatery found in Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex — a place you may be familiar with if you’ve participated in a runDisney event, attended a Major League Baseball Spring Training game here, or visited as a participant or spectator in a sporting event hosted at the facility.

My visits to the Complex stem from being a participant in runDisney races (the Fitness Expos including runner Packet Pickup are typically housed here). Understanding how jam-packed any runDisney race weekend can be — from transportation to and from both the Expo and the races, the events themselves, as well as packing in all the park touring you want to do — it can be convenient to have access to some Counter Service eats at one of your required stops during the trip.

When I went to pick up my race packet for the Inaugural Star Wars 10K, I figured it would be a good time to grab a bite and give Complex visitors an idea of what’s available. After all, if you’re here, you’ve clearly got sports on the brain, so you’d better fuel up :)!

Atmosphere

As a facility that hosts numerous sporting events throughout the year, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex spans over 230 acres that include playing fields and building facilities. The ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill is located in the Complex’s Jostens Center.

Jostens Center

Jostens Center

The very first thing you see upon entering are the menu boards and ordering counters, located outside of the main dining area. So you’ll place your order here… [Read more…]