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What’s New Around Disney World: September 4th, 2014

We’re staring down the last of the dog days of summer as Disney World gears up for Fall… Join us on a tour around all four east coast Parks as we check out What’s New!

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Fall Fun

With September upon us everyone is anticipating autumn and special seasonal events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (currently underway) and the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (more on that a little later in the post :). So it’s not surprising to see Magic Kingdom all decked out for the occasion!

Magic Kingdom autumn decorations

Magic Kingdom autumn decorations

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And even if your trip isn’t around the corner, there are lots of extras, like Disney Recipes to bring the magic home.

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Review: Lemon Blast Cupcake at Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons

You know how we love our big, over-the-top cupcakes here at the DFB.

We take ‘em filled with cream cheese, topped with Darth Vader, sprinkled with edible glitter, and any and all combinations of the above!

Cupcakes tend to take some of the top spots in any Disney World bakery case, so typically they aren’t remotely hard to spot.

But there is a little cupcake gem that really hasn’t received its proper due… The Lemon Blast Cupcake can only be found in the Sunshine Seasons bakery case in Epcot’s Future World, and more often than not, it’s hidden on the bottom shelf, well below the croissants, cookies, and muffins.

Here is a small batch, just waiting to be discovered like the “Charlie in the Box” on the Island of Misfit Toys…

Lemon Blast cupcake on the bottom of the case

Lemon Blast cupcake on the very bottom of the case

(By the way, the Lemon Blast Cupcake is $4.49 and a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan.)

One of our rad readers (thanks, Jessica!) reminded us of this one, and it’s high time to give the Lemon Blast Cupcake a little DFB love!

Aside from the zig-zaggy, criss-cross-y pattern of lemon (!) drizzled over the top, the rest of the cupcake is pretty basic… or so it seems. Vanilla frosting covers a yellow cupcake base.

Lemon Blast Cupcake

Lemon Blast Cupcake

Frosting and lemon closeup

Frosting and lemon closeup

Before we find out what’s inside, take a look at this…

Lemon Cupcake Topping

Lemon Cupcake Topping

Weird, right? The piped lemon gel topping is a little stringy and a little sticky. So be warned. ;-) I’m not sure how I feel about it. Physically it’s kind of gross, but it tasted fine. So, there ya go.

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Fun Find: Macaron Merch in Epcot’s France Pavilion

We’re big fans of Macarons around here. These wonderful little pastries are so, so addictive; and recently they’ve started popping up in Disneyland and Disney World, including Patisserie Boulangerie Les Halles.

Box of Macarons from Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

Box of Macarons from Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

L’Artisan des Glaces Ice Cream and Sorbet Shop next door even features an Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich made with them!

Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream
Sandwich from L’Artisan des Glaces Ice Cream and Sorbet Shop

And judging from your comments, you love them, too! So Disney’s giving guests even more opportunity to show their Macaron Fandom with Macaron Merch in the gift shop right outside of Les Halles!

Macaron-Themed Merchandise in Epcot’s France Pavilion

These are perfect for pastry lovers…

Macaron Merch Display in Epcot's France Pavilion!

Macaron Merch Display in Epcot’s France Pavilion!

Leaning Tower of Macarons T Shirt

Leaning Tower of Macarons T Shirt

The little Continue reading →

Review: New Breakfast Items at Animal Kingdom’s Pizzafari and Dawa Bar

I think the start of the day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is something pretty special.

Since the entryway intentionally helps you meander a bit through the tree-lined pathways, there is an air of peacefulness about it you just don’t find in the other parks. And If you do find yourself here in the early morning hours, you’ll need sustenance to help energize you for a full day of touring.

New Breakfast Menu at Pizzafari

Pizzafari in Discovery Island (heading on the pathway towards Africa) is one of the only places that offers a hot breakfast in the park. In the past (and as recently as our last visit in June), we were unimpressed — to say the least — with Pizzafari’s breakfast options.

But the morning menu recently underwent a refresh, so we were interested to give the new offerings a try.

Pizzafari sign

Pizzafari sign

Atmosphere

Yes, we’re here to check out the new menu. But it’s practically impossible to walk into Pizzafari and not take some time immediately to notice and enjoy the brightly colored artwork that covers pretty much every inch of the place!  Below are just a few of my favorite Continue reading →

News! Wine Pairings Offered at Martha’s Vineyard Lounge at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

If you’ve been hoping for a reason to spend a little more time at Disney’s beautiful Beach Club Resort, you just may have one now! Martha’s Vineyard Lounge is hosting wine pairings on a few select dates.

Disney's Beach Club Resort

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Martha's Vineyard Sign

Martha’s Vineyard Sign

Upcoming dates are Continue reading →

Review: La Cava del Tequila in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

Aaaahhh, La Cava del Tequila… what’s a trip around World Showcase without walking inside your doors?

Well, we’re back, and we’re here to celebrate a very special birthday…La Cava del Tequila just turned five years old! For a place that’s still relatively new (in Disney World terms, anyway), it sure has earned its place on the absolute MUST list ever since opening its doors in August 2009.

We’re celebrating this special occasion with a few of my favorite things (cue the song!) and branching out with a few sips I’d never tried before.

As the saying goes, it may be “5 o’clock somewhere,” but we’re just happy when it’s 12 o’clock at La Cava del Tequila!

La Cava del Tequila Sign

La Cava del Tequila Sign

"We Open at Noon"

“We Open at Noon”

Is it noon yet ;) ? Then let’s step in!

Atmosphere

Small and cozy (and often crowded due to its well-deserved reputation), there’s still plenty for the eye to take in. Obviously, the tequila gets the spotlight – both figuratively and literally!

La Cava Tequilas

La Cava Tequilas

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Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 31, 2014

Big news this week, all! The Pineapple Lanai at Disney’s Polynesian Village (aka “The Poly”) is open, and guests can once again indulge in one of the “World’s” most iconic treats at this resort.

Pineapple and Vanilla Swirl Dole Whip in Souvenir Tiki Bowl at Pineapple Lanai

Pineapple and Vanilla Swirl Dole Whip in Souvenir Tiki Bowl at Pineapple Lanai

Get yer Dole Whip and Dole Whip Floats here, but they’re no longer self-serve OR 24-hour. Bittersweet.

Also, Disney has confirmed that Starbucks will open in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in February 2015!

Click below for all the details on this week’s Disney Food News!

Disney Food News

  • A brand new Disney World premium dessert party — Villains’ Sinister Soiree — is taking place this Fall at Magic Kingdom!
  • Check out some awesome sale merch at DisneyStore.com this weekend!
  • Take a look at some irresistible new treats at Jolly Holiday in Disneyland Park — including an adorable take on a Spoonful of Sugar!
  • Satisfy your Starbucks tooth in February 2015 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Indulge in a Dole Whip or Dole Whip Float at the brand new Pineapple Lanai in Disney World.
  • Le Cellier in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion at Walt Disney World has made a major change to the popular filet mignon!
  • Starbucks coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
  • Signature dining is available at Disney’s Yachtsman Steakhouse restaurant and now two new steak options are featured on the menu.

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, Citricos Wine Dinners at the Grand Floridian, and more!

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!

Today, we are highlighting bacon, including this find from Facebook Friend Don. He says: “This bacon cupcake at The Smokehouse is awesome!”. Remember that this is only available during Disney’s Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot in the Spring!

Bacon Cupcake

Bacon Cupcake

Here’s a homemade version from Facebook Friend Sarah of the Loaded Baked Potato Soup from Disneyland. Yum!

Homemade Soup

Homemade Baked Potato Soup

What’s your Favorite Find? Send it in!

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It’s guaranteed to help you navigate your way to delicious dining on your next trip! And if you’re ready to get yours now, head on over to DFBGuide.com to pick it up!!

This week, use code: 2014 to get a $4 discount for a limited time! And at the end of this post, we have details on even more savings!

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Disney Merch SALE: Time To Stock Up on Disney Goodies!

It might feel like 100 degrees where you are (it sure does here!) but let’s take a look at some awesome new finds that will make you the hit of your Fall entertaining schedule.

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Can’t make it to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Bring the party home, then!

We’ve also found a couple of cute sale items to help you get a jump on your holiday shopping. And this weekend, you can take an additional 25% off Select Sales Merchandise with Promo Code Extra25. So be sure to check out all of the cool sale items on DisneyStore.com!

Let’s take a look!

Villains Light Up LED Candle

Light up frightfully dark nights with this (surprisingly classy) Villains Light Up LED Candle featuring a glittering display of some of your favorite Disney baddies. It’s sure to be the hit of your Halloween party or porch decorations this All Hallow’s Eve! And since there’s no flame, the only scary thing about this centerpiece will be the characters.

Villains Light Up LED Candle

Villains Light Up LED Candle

Evil Queen as Old Hag “Just One Bite” Bowl

I can’t think of a better place to display that bounty of apples this Fall than this v. cool Evil Queen as Old Hag “Just One Bite” Bowl!

Evil Queen as Old Hag "Just One Bite" Bowl

Evil Queen as Old Hag “Just One Bite” Bowl

Haunted Mansion Bottle Stopper

Keep all of your spirits (ha!) from spoiling with the Haunted Mansion Bottle Stopper. Perfect for wine or liquor bottles…or use your lively imagination! The vintage style is sure to spark conversation.

Haunted Mansion Bottle Stopper

Haunted Mansion Bottle Stopper

Haunted Mansion Drink Coasters

Haunted Mansion Drink Coasters ward off evil water rings and entertain at the same time! Your friends will all be jealous. Well, the Disney fan ones will be, anyway.

Haunted Mansion Drink Coasters

Haunted Mansion Drink Coasters

Mickey Mouse Jack o Lantern by Jim Shore

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News! Pineapple Lanai Opens at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (Dole Whip!!)

Well, when we visited the newly refurbished Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Village Resort, we said we’d be back soon… and here we are, because the brand new Pineapple Lanai is now open!

Pineapple Lanai sign

Pineapple Lanai sign

So, why is Pineapple Lanai so important? It’s the new home to Dole Whip at the Polynesian! (For anyone unfamiliar with this beloved treat, check out a little Dole Whip info here. Then be sure to schedule some of your own personal snacking research on this pineapple soft serve — you’ll be glad you did!)

Pineapple and Vanilla Swirl Dole Whip in Tiki Bowl

Pineapple and Vanilla Swirl Dole Whip in Tiki Bowl

We’d love to take you on a quick tour of this new space.

Atmosphere

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