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Review: “Frozen” Premium Package and Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We’ve got a holiday surprise for you today… . I’ll give you a hint — it involves Frozen, dessert, and more Christmas lights than you can possibly imagine!

Well, maybe it’s not really a surprise — after all, you already saw the title at the top — but still!

Osborne Family Lights

Osborne Family Lights

On a recent trip to Walt Disney World to check out some of the early holiday decorations and events, I bought a ticket for the Frozen Holiday Premium Package. This package includes reserved viewing in the Premiere Theater for the “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration”, plus a unique Holiday Lithograph and Frozen Pin. There’s also a Frozen Dessert Party — which includes an all you care to enjoy spread of sweets and beverages. And the party was taking place right underneath the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in a reserved area!!

Can I be honest? I really didn’t care about the Frozen stuff. I don’t have a “Frozen-aged” kid at the moment, and while I saw the movie, I didn’t need to see it a bajillion times. So the big reason why I booked this party — besides wanting to show YOU guys what it was all about, of course — was to get a VIP vantage point for the Osborne lights.

Seriously, most of the time when I go to the Lights, I’m shoulder to shoulder with everyone else there. It’s PACKED many nights, so I was thinking it might be worth the money for the dessert party if I’d be able to enjoy the lights without re-living my “on-the-subway-going-to-work-during-rush-hour-in-NYC” days.

Unfortunately, the evening that I attended the event, the weather was…well…crap. One of those Orlando days when it just pours…and pours…and pours…with no break at all.

Anna and Elsa Cupcakes!

Cupcakes AND Lights?!?

BUT — the show must go on. And so, with the dessert-eating portion of the event moved to a covered location (Studio Catering Co.), we still had the opportunity to view the Osborne Family Lights. But they were not “dancing” due to the weather and TORNADO WARNINGS (wha???!!!???!?!). And, did I mention it was pouring? So it wasn’t all that hard to find a spot to watch whatever WAS happening out there, since everyone else was smart enough to go back to their hotels during said tornado warnings.

Fortunately, our friend, Mealtrip, took some pics on his Frozen party night that show you what the event looks like when the weather behaves itself!

Let’s head back to the Streets of America for a close up of the festivities.

Atmosphere

If you’ve purchased tickets for the Frozen Holiday Premium Package, you’ll want to head to Guest Services first, where you’ll pick up your credential. Hold onto this. It gets you into the different experiences included in your package.

Frozen Dessert Party Credential

Frozen Dessert Party Credential

Consult the back of the badge for a map of the route you should take to get to the area where the party is set up.

Back of Credential with Map

Back of Credential with Map

In addition, you’ll find a rip-off coupon-type thing at the bottom of the credential; you’ll need this to pick up your Special Pin and Lithograph. I waited until the end to pick mine up so I wouldn’t risk setting it down someplace, but I’ll go ahead and show it to you now.

Pin and Lithograph

Pin and Lithograph

So, in order for this to make sense, I’m going to show you what the Frozen Dessert Party should look like — and then what it looked like for me.

Normal Frozen Dessert Party Setup

When it’s not raining, you can expect to attend the Frozen Dessert Party in a special reserved area on the Avenue of the Americas. For those who know DHS well, it’s called the “teardrop.”

Here’s a shot of the seating area at dusk before the lights came on. You can already see the crowds building in anticipation of the lights coming on.

Seating at Dusk Before the Lights Come On

Seating at Dusk Before the Lights Come On

And once they’re on — lookout! This area can become extremely crowded. And that can become the opposite of fun very quickly. But the seating area of the dessert party gives you a fair amount of elbow room to enjoy the display.

Seating with the Lights On

Seating with the Lights On

Another View of the Lights and Seating

Another View of the Lights and Seating

Tables and Lights

Tables and Lights

Here’s a shot of a Beverage Table.

Beverage Table and Gorgeous Lights

Beverage Table and Gorgeous Lights

Tables laden with sweets are positioned with Continue reading →

“Taste of Hollywood on the Go” Fantasmic Picnic Package – Back for a Limited Time!

For a limited time, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios can once again enjoy A Taste of Hollywood Grab & Go from Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner.

Booking begins today, December 8th, so now’s the time to make your holiday touring plans!

With the anticipated holiday crowds arriving at the Walt Disney World resort this month, A Taste of Hollywood Grab & Go gives hungry visitors the chance to eat a counter service meal (more time to spend at the attractions!!) and enjoy a reserved viewing ticket for Fantasmic!

Enjoy a picnic with the family!

Min and Bill's Dockside Diner

Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner

Pre-purchase A Taste of Hollywood Grab & Go for December 24-31, 2014. Show your receipt at the Fantasmic! entrance to receive a spot in a preferred location for the first or second show. Remember, seats are still first come, first served so plan accordingly.

Fantasmic!

Fantasmic!

Picnic Meal Choices:

Adults — Fried Chicken, Veggie Wrap, Sushi California Tuna Roll, Shrimp Salad, and Cold Cut Beef

Kids — Turkey Wrap, Power Pack

Desserts — Just Goodies, Cheese and Fruit

Fried Chicken!

Fried Chicken!

See more food pictures here!!

Cost: $16.99 Adults; $5.49 Kids; Desserts — To Be Announced.

Disney Dining Plan 1 counter-service credit accepted.

Adult Meal Options

Adult Meal Options

Kid Meal Options

Kid Meal Options

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Review: Lunch at Pinocchio Village Haus in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Today we’re visiting a Fantasyland classic… Pinocchio Village Haus Restaurant!

We were here not all that long ago, trying out the recent addition of Pesto Knots to the menu at this joint, which simultaneously features Bavarian architecture and Italian fare. And Pinocchio’s is always a great place to check out — especially in the hot summer months — for their character-inspired frozen Slushes (not to be confused with “Frozen” character slushes… just so we’re clear on that ;) ).

But it’s been a while since we’ve reviewed a full-on meal here… or three! So, that’s what we’re here to do. Welcome to Pinocchio Village Haus!

Atmosphere

Have you ever wondered about the German-style architecture of this restaurant for a story that’s set in Italy?

Pinocchio's Village Haus

Pinocchio's Village Haus

Pinocchio’s Village Haus

Pinocchio’s creator, Gepetto, is decidedly Italian, but even the Pinocchio atop of the ordering section reminds me a little of a German oompah figurine.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

To learn a little more about this unique style choice, check out this guest review for some insight!

Aside from the architecture, other hallmarks at Pinocchio’s are the gorgeous murals depicting characters and scenes from the film.

Geppetto Mural

Geppetto Mural

"Give a little whistle"

“Give a little whistle”

True, there are no roses with magically falling petals or indoor thunderstorms a la Be Our Guest Restaurant, but if you really take a look at the artwork (entire rooms and murals are dedicated to specific characters), I think Continue reading →

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 7, 2014

As promised, we featured more seasonal treats this week from Walt Disney World.

Splendor at the Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel

Splendor at the Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel

And what better place to start than the Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House?! And while the Beach Club’s seasonal carousel was still under construction, we did admire the gorgeous goodies for sale at the Beach Club Marketplace.

We also explored the new Food Truck Park at Downtown Disney Orlando and the updated Intermission Food Court at the All-Star Music Resort.

There’s lots more fun reading so visit the links below!

Disney Food News

Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including restaurant closures, Trattoria al Forno Desserts, Disneyland’s Holiday Waffle Cone, and more!

We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go.

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

I don’t know about you but I could use a Disney snack. And this Cream Cheese Pretzel tweeted by DFB Reader Michelle caught my attention. She says “@DisneyFoodBlog I went w/ your choices!” — yeah!!!

Pretzel Time!

Pretzel Time!

And DFB Reader Barry knows how much we love Disney cupcakes. He tweeted photographs from his own cupcake crawl, including the Lemon Cupcake and Carrot Cake Cupcake from Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons. Love!

Lemon Cupcake and Carrot Cake Cupcake - Sunshine Seasons

Lemon Cupcake and Carrot Cake Cupcake – Sunshine Seasons

What’s your favorite find? Share your Disney food photos!

DFB Cyber Monday Week SALE!

When it came time to offer you something truly special for our Cyber Monday Week Sale, we couldn’t think of anything better…than giving you everything.

Disney Food Blog Guidebooks

Disney Food Blog Guidebooks

And that’s why we’re announcing that, for this weekend, you can purchase the DFB Everything Bundle for 1/2 off the already deeply discounted price! Just enter code Everything50 at the check-out.

What does the Everything Bundle include? The name says it all — Everything! When you purchase the DFB Everything Bundle, you get all of the following DFB Guides:

Disney Holiday Gift Guide 2014: A Kid’s Gotta Eat!

Great news for all of us Disney fans!!

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Now through Sunday, DisneyStore.com is offering 25% off Disney Parks merch…and there’s a LOT of it to browse! Just click here to get started!

Or take a gander at a few fun items we’ve found to be hidden gems…just in time for holiday feasts!

Fun Kids’ Disney Dining Accessories!

We all know the typical holiday scene: the extended family is gathered ‘round for a feast, and there’s the “adults” table, and the “kids” table. But tell me… who wouldn’t want to be relegated to the kids table, with place settings and accessories like the ones we’ve found here?

Of course, these items aren’t just for the holidays, they’re good for all year. So, if you’re still looking for a few things to round out the stocking for your little pirate or princess, or just add some fun to their holiday (or everyday!) place setting, you may want to take a look at these…

Anna and Elsa Placemat

If this year’s wait times to meet Frozen’s Anna and Elsa at Disney World have been any indication, little girls may actually run to dinner if their place setting includes this Anna and Elsa Placemat.

Anna and Elsa Placemat

Anna and Elsa Placemat

Anna and Elsa Flatware

The Frozen Flatware features a spoon with Anna, and a fork with Elsa.

Frozen Flatware

Frozen Flatware

Anna Tumbler

For those who have picked their definite favorite, there is an Anna Tumbler

Anna Tumbler

Anna Tumbler

Elsa Tumbler

… or an Elsa Tumbler.

Elsa Tumbler

Elsa Tumbler

Frozen Water Bottle

Both sisters are featured on this Frozen Aluminum Water Bottle.

Frozen Water Bottle

Frozen Water Bottle

Olaf Sipper Cup

Really, though, who are Anna and Elsa without their buddy Olaf? Even if you’re completely Frozened-out ;) , you have to admit this Olaf Sipper Cup is pretty cute.

Olaf Sipper Cup

Olaf Sipper Cup

Mickey Mouse Plate

But even if Elsa is the current reigning Queen, there’s a little guy who inspires even more loyalty amongst the kiddos (and us big kids, too ;). I love how this Mickey Mouse Plate comes complete with ears (perfect for side dishes)…

Mickey Mouse Plate

Mickey Mouse Plate

Mickey Mouse Bowl

So does the Continue reading →

Be Our Guest Restaurant To Offer Table Service Breakfast? We Think So…

UPDATE: It appears that, for now, the breakfast information has been removed from the Disney World website. We’ll be keeping a (hopeful!) eye out for its return, and will keep you posted!

Lunch, Dinner…and now Breakfast?

Be Our Guest Restaurant has proven to be extraordinarily popular. It’s incredibly difficult to get a dinner advance dining reservation (ADR) a full two years after its opening. And lunch continues to be such an attraction that Disney seems to be moving toward a FastPass+ System for the quick service meal — something unprecedented.

But it’s looking more and more like we’ll all have another shot at dining in Beast’s Castle in the very near future.

Be Our Guest Restaurant to Begin Serving Breakfast in February?

We’ve been monitoring rumors forever it seems that Be Our Guest would begin serving breakfast. And it looks like that rumor is about to become a reality.

Our team has been checking daily to see if Be Our Guest is offering a breakfast ADR option…and as of today, they are! Now, before you run over and excitedly jam up the Disney website ;-) , I should mention that, while the breakfast option is showing up, it’s not bookable yet. When we try to book a table, we’re told that we can’t at this time.

Be Our Guest Breakfast Option on Disney World Website

Be Our Guest Breakfast Option on Disney World Website

But here’s what we DO know: Continue reading →

Photo Tour: All Star Music’s Intermission Food Court in Walt Disney World Reopens After Refurbishment

All Star Music’s Intermission Food Court reopened on Wednesday after a refurbishment that began on August 1st. Originally slated to reopen on December 21, guests at All Star Music now have a fully functioning Food Court to enjoy a few weeks ahead of schedule.

And when it looks this great (aside from the obvious convenience), that’s especially good news…

Intermission Food Court Entrance

Intermission Food Court Entrance

Atmosphere

Taking its cue from the All Star Sports End Zone Food Court (which underwent a remodel of its own last year), Intermission Food Court now employs clean lines and a more neutral, somewhat muted color palette as opposed to the bold primary colors and over-the-top murals of musicians featured in the previous design.

Intermission Food Court

Intermission Food Court

Intermission Food Court

Intermission Food Court

While it’s immediately pleasing to the eye, what I love is that it’s deceptively simple. There are some obvious tributes to musical instruments, such as the woodwinds surrounding the indoor window of the Singing Spirits Bar.

Singing Spirits Bar

Singing Spirits Bar

Singing Spirits Bar

Singing Spirits Bar

But the more you look, the more you see. For instance, the Beverage Station appears to be simply that, with a few musical touches on the dispensers and such.

Beverage Station

Beverage Station

Beverage Dispenser

Beverage Dispenser

Hot Cocoa Dispenser

Hot Cocoa Dispenser

But after taking a closer look, those circles on top of the Beverage Station actually Continue reading →

Dining in Disneyland: Mickey Elf Premium Popcorn Bucket

Christmas is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort and I’ve got a new popcorn bucket to prove it!!!!  I recently spotted this Mickey Elf Premium Popcorn Bucket and had to add it to my collection.

Mickey Elf Premium Popcorn Bucket

Mickey Elf Premium Popcorn Bucket

I normally don’t buy Premium Popcorn Buckets, but during the holidays, I’m basically a sucker. I use them for decor.  This is my third year getting the Holiday Mickey. I also have the Mickey Snowman & Mickey Santa.

Premium Mickey Elf Popcorn Buckets can be found and most Popcorn Carts throughout the resort and are $12.50 filled with regular popcorn or $14.00 if you want caramel corn (caramel corn is only available at some popcorn stands).

Popcorn Pricing

Popcorn Pricing

I will say this… unless we just happened to get a bad one, the Continue reading →

Review: Brand New Artisan Macaroni and Cheese (and Caramel Apple Shake) at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We’ve got some brand new, hot-off-the-presses food news for you today from Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner in Hollywood Studios!

Longtime home to the Frankfurter in a Pretzel Roll and Italian Sausage in a Bread Roll, there have been a few updates to the menu over the last couple years at Min and Bill’s. There are rotating seasonal shakes, the Jumbo Turkey Leg, and we were even able to get those fun bread cones here for a while.

But now they’ve added even more to the menu with the recent arrival of two brand new artisan Macaroni & Cheese dishes: Barbecued Pulled Pork and Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese. And I do mean brand new… these just hit the scene yesterday, folks! So, let’s get to it…

Min and Bill's Dockside Diner

Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner

These are very similar to the mac and cheese dishes served at Friar’s Nook in the Magic Kingdom, but they’re not EXACTLY the same. There are two new flavors to try!

Barbecued Pulled Pork Macaroni & Cheese and Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese

Barbecued Pulled Pork Macaroni & Cheese and Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese

You’ll spot them on the featured items sign, right under the Frankfurter and Italian Sausage (yep, they’re still on the menu — whew!).

Min and Bill's featured items

Min and Bill’s featured items

Min & Bill's full menu

Min & Bill’s full menu

You all know me well enough by now — it should come as no surprise that I was especially stoked about the combo of two of my very favorite foods on EARTH: Mac and cheese AND Buffalo chicken! If ever anything had “We made this for you, AJ” written on it, it would be this. So I dove into the Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese with Crumbled Blue Cheese right away.

But first, I took a good look at it, and I invite you to do the same…

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

The Buffalo chicken looks really strange, right? Frankly, it’s almost off-putting. And as a result, I wasn’t wild about it from the get-go. T

he blue cheese was VERY blue, and very strong, while the Buffalo chicken was kind of watery and weird.

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

It was spicy, at least, so that was good. But overall, it was not really a winner for this Buffalo, NY-raised girl. It seemed like the mac and cheese and the Buffalo chicken were two dishes that needed to be eaten separately. They didn’t go well together at all. Total bummer.

The Barbecued Pulled Pork Macaroni and Cheese, on the other hand, had everything Continue reading →

News! Booking Begins TODAY for 2015 Star Wars Weekends Dining Packages

Booking for Star Wars Weekends Dining Packages will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in 2015 and booking begins December 3, 2014.

Star Wars Character Meal Backdrop

Dinner at the Hollywood & Vine restaurant and breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater will offer these galactic experiences May 4th through June 14, 2015. Note that the character meals are available all week — not just on weekends!

Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine

At Hollywood and Vine, Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine will feature Disney characters wearing their Star Wars best as they celebrate the greatest saga ever told! See our review from this year’s experience here!

You may get the chance to meet Ewok Chip & Dale, Jedi Mickey, Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, and/or Stormtrooper Donald. Star Wars décor, themed foods, and music create a galactic experience. Advance Dining Reservations will be offered from 4:15-8PM.

Ewok Chip and Dale welcome you!

Ewok Chip and Dale welcome you!

Cost: Continue reading →