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2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Festival Center Tour

Whew! The 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is half over, and it feels like it just began!

There’s been a ton to do and see, but we couldn’t let another day slip by without showing you around one of the must-visit spots — Festival Center.

Festival Center

Festival Center

Located in the old Wonders of Life Pavilion in Future World East, the venue comes alive each year for the Food and Wine Festival. This is your spot to attend low-cost seminars and demonstrations and other special events. You’ll find Festival information, Intermissions Cafe, and some great shopping here as well.

Festival Center Sign

Festival Center Sign

We recently toured the spot to bring you pictures of every corner. There’s a LOT to cover, so let’s get started!

2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — Festival Center

Festival Center is THE place to begin your Food and Wine Festival Adventure. Helpful Cast Members provide you with information regarding all aspects of the Festival — from Marketplaces to Special Events.

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Guest Review: Grab ‘n Go Food and Beverages at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

Welcome guest author Zachary Ott with a fun photo tour of in room amenities and resort snacks available at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel!

Relax in your room! A tea set and hot water dispenser are available in your room at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel (one of three hotels available at the Tokyo Disneyland Resort). Small packets of instant coffee and matcha (green tea in a fine powder) are provided.

In-Room Tea at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.

Here is the in room preparation of the packaged matcha green tea.

Matcha Green Tea in Cup.

Perfect!

Green Tea Prepared.

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Dining in Disneyland: Pumpkin Beignets & Maleficent Sipper from the Mint Julep Bar

Mickey Beignets from the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square are always a special treat! That messy bag of powdered sugar Mickey shaped goodness is one of my favorite snacks to enjoy while visiting Disneyland.

Mint Julep Bar

Mint Julep Bar

And for Halloween Time, The Mint Julep Bar has welcomed back Pumpkin Beignets!  The beignets are sold in 3 or 6 piece bags and can be washed down with a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  A perfect Fall treat!

Pumpkin Beignets Signage

Pumpkin Beignets Signage

I don’t know if the recipe has changed, but I feel like over the past few years, the beignets were not so pumpkin-y tasting.  This year though, the pumpkin flavor was much more prevalent.  I ordered a bag of 3 to share with a friend.

3 Piece Please

3 Piece Please

The beignets are made fresh to order, so sometimes there is a bit of a wait. (They’re actually better when they’re fresh, fresh, fresh.) Don’t let the Continue reading →

News: Opening Day, Reservation Date, and Menu for Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s BoardWalk

While we recently bid farewell to Kouzzina at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, we can soon welcome Trattoria al Forno to the Disney World restaurant list.

Disney's BoardWalk

Disney’s BoardWalk

Set to open on December 18, 2014, this BoardWalk restaurant will add yet another Italian eatery to the Disney line-up. The menu includes handcrafted mozzarella (made daily), fresh cavatelli pasta, and pizzas made in the wood-burning oven. Take a look at the full menu below… .

Trattoria Menu

Trattoria al Forno Menu

Dishes will include Uncle Pats Pickled Peppers, Meatball Cannelloni Basil, Lasagna Bolognese, and Chicken Parmesan. The pics below come to us from the Disney Parks Blog.

Trattoria Dinner Entrees

Trattoria Dinner Entrees

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Snack Series: The Everything Brownie from Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

We recently made a side trip to swing through Landscape of Flavors, the notable counter service restaurant at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

The spot is one of our favorites for their innovative menu. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner all offer both comfort food and international flavors. But we also love their out-of-the-box snacks and sweet treats.

We recently told you about the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake, served in an extra-fun way — on a Mickey Straw. We wouldn’t quite pick it up and eat it like a lollipop…but seriously! How fun!

Today, we are back to share with you another sweet that we couldn’t resist…

The Everything Brownie

So, as you can see, the Everything Brownie is topped with, well, a little of everything. This is from the same general genre as the white chocolate chip brownie over at Starring Rolls, and you’ll also find this one in several other resort bakery cases (just found it a The Mara this week).

The Everything Brownie

The Everything Brownie

Out of the brown paper wrapper, you can get a better idea of what you’ve got. Yep — it’s more than just a wrapper full of M & Ms, and Marshmallows, Chocolate Chips, and Nuts! You can begin to see the Brownie Base, and it has that yummy, gooey chocolate ganache-y type frosting as well.

The Everything Brownie -- of the Wrapper

The Everything Brownie — Out of the Wrapper

Though it doesn’t look like it in the photo, the brownie is Continue reading →

Review: Mama’s Snack Stop at Disney’s Aulani Resort

We’re headed to Hawaii with a review of goodies from Mama’s Snack Stop at Disney’s Aulani Resort.

Mama's Snack Shack

Mama’s Snack Shack

Atmosphere

Mama’s Snack Stop is just that — a little snack shack in Waikolohe Valley out by the pools at Aulani and right next door to Pāpālua Shave Ice. This stand is convenient for a quick bite while at the pools, beach, or any other activity you are doing at the hotel.

Eats

On this trip we started out with the Local Red Frank on a Soft Roll. Here, the roll is hollowed out from the end and the Frank is inserted (a la Puka Dog if you’ve ever had one). It had a very subtle hickory flavoring. The meat itself had a smooth texture, and the skin had no snap to it, unfortunately.

Portuguese Sausage and Local Red Frank

Portuguese Sausage and Local Red Frank

The Portuguese Sausage on the other hand had a very nice snap on the skin, and it had the expected mild spiciness with a strong garlic flavor. It was a hearty dog that paired very well with the garlic aioli that came on the side. We ordered it Continue reading →

Bundles of Savings: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Midpoint Sale!

We’re halfway through the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival in Walt Disney World…and we’re marking the occasion with a celebratory sale on our popular Disney Dining e-Books! Yup, keep on reading to discover more savings than you can shake a stick at.

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Snap up your books now, and don’t forget to take advantage of the bundle discounts for your upcoming trips!

When you opt to get in on the celebration of savings, you’ll know our most recommended snacks, dining tips, and Disney food recommendations. See what other readers are saying about the DFB Guide Books HERE!

This Week’s Deals

We’ve done all the intensive work and research for you! When you get our Disney Dining e-Book bundles, you’ll arrive Walt Disney World with a well-tested strategy to save money, save time, and have the best Disney World trip possible. All you have to do is HAVE FUN!

“All The Guides” Bundle

With this deeply discounted bundle you receive ALL of our DFB Guide e-Books to date:

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  • The 2014 DFB Guide to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
  • The 2014 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining
  • The 2014 DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks
  • The 2014 DFB Guide to Epcot Snacks
  • The 2014 DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks
  • The 2014 DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays pre-order (with FREE 2013 Guide)
  • DFB Dining Adventures!

If you are headed to Disney World in the next year, this bundle is a Disney traveler’s must-have. And we’re thrilled to be able to give it to you this week for $5 off using code SAVINGS.

This Bundle is priced at a huge discount already (over 20% off), extending a great deal to our readers (AND their friends!) headed to Walt Disney World. And with our extra $5 off this week, you get a tremendous deal on these DFB guides.

Find out more about the All The Guides Bundle here!

DFB Guide to the 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Discount

Of course, we’ve got you covered if you’re headed to the Food and Wine Festival and need some great tips in a hurry. With the amazing discount on our 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book, you won’t have to waste your vacation time and dollars on food you won’t love.

Our already top-selling guide is yours this week for $4 off with code SAVINGS.

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With over 220 pages and multiple bonus items, it’s jam-packed with the information that you need to make the most of your festival experience. Find out more about the DFB Guide to the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book here!

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Review: Banana Parfait and Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Custard at Hollywood Studios

If you’ve visited any Quick Service restaurants in Hollywood Studios, you’ve likely encountered a few standard dessert options, in addition to some pretty spectacular cupcakes.

Regular options include Chocolate Mousse and No-Sugar-Added Strawberry Parfait, or Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Custard and Banana Parfait. These are often part of the dessert options to include with your Quick Service Meal on the Disney Dining Plan (and, of course, can be purchased on their own as well).

I stopped by Studio Catering Co. where the desserts include the Banana Parfait and Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Custard. You can also find these at Rosie’s All-American Cafe, Catalina Eddie’s, and Fairfax Fare. Let’s dig in so you can decide how you’d most prefer to use that dessert option! (Note that these are also available at Fairfax Fare!)

Studios Catering Co.

Studio Catering Co.

Studios Catering Co.

Studio Catering Co.

Before placing my order, I couldn’t help but admire the cheerful chalk art on the concrete floor.

Chalk art!

Chalk art!

Chalk art!

Chalk art!

As you can see, both the Banana Parfait and the Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Custard are part of the “in-a-glass” series of snacks.

Banana Parfait and Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Custard

Banana Parfait and Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Custard

That’s not an official series, by the way… that’s just what I’m calling it ;) . You may be familiar with the Cheesecake in a Glass over at Animal Kingdom.

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Dining in Disneyland: Monster U “Style” Burger at Tomorrowland Terrace

Halloween Time at Disneyland is most certainly my favorite time of the year.  The decor, the ride overlays, the merchandise, and the FOOD!

Big Mickey Pumpkin

I always look forward to trying out new holiday offerings, but this one I was a little nervous about because I don’t really have fond memories of eating at Tomorrowland Terrace.

It’s been a really long time since I’ve eaten here and I’m happy to report that I did have a pleasant experience.  In fact, in the near future, we should probably feature a full review of this counter service eatery here on the blog.  I’ll put it on my “to do” list.

For now though, let’s take a look at the Monster U “Style” Burger and Fries meal that they’re featuring through October 31st.

Halloween Time Monster U Style Burger Signage

Halloween Time Monster U Style Burger Signage

The Cheeseburger comes topped with Burger Sauce, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, and Grilled Onions.  It’s served with a side of french fries covered in Parmesan Ooze.

Monster U Style Burger with Fries

Monster U Style Burger with Fries

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Disney Food Pics of the Week: Fun Food at 50s Prime Time Cafe

We’re back with another fun edition of Disney Food Pics of the Week!

We never pass up a chance to visit a classic — 50s Prime Time Cafe!

You’ll find this throwback spot in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And a meal will send your spiraling back in time to the 1950s. Enjoy lunch or dinner from the comfort of formica tables and vinyl chairs — all while you watch TV and your “cousins” bring you the best home cooked-style meals!

And judging from a trip through Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza — our Flickr page — you guys love it, too!

Today we’re sharing some of our favorite photos that you’ve captured of meals at this kitschy spot. Let’s take a look!

Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken

Photographer: Travelhyper

Who can resist good fried chicken? Well, Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken is some of the best we’ve had at Disney. Check out this gorgeous snap!

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Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken is the Tops!

Finish Your Green Beans…Or Else!

Photographer: Nancy RK

The antics of the staff — your “cousins” — at 50s Prime Time Cafe are the stuff of Disney legends. You had better know the color of the soap if you use the restroom (FYI, it wasn’t blue anymore on my last visit!), and for heaven’s sake, keep your elbows off the table! And some scary things can happen if you don’t eat all your veggies…

Disney Food Pics of the Week Green Beans

I Would Eat My Green Beans If I Were You . . .

(My friend once had our Cousin Tommy take her fork and FEED HER the last three green beans on her plate.)

50s Boston Cream Parfait

Photographer: Mandy Jansen

Desserts at 50s Prime Time carry on the comfort food, retro vibe. We love Dad’s Sundae with all of its crazy toppings, and the Continue reading →