Walt Disney World Gingerbread Holiday Displays for 2011

Holiday Chef at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…in Disney World, anyway! And it will be looking even more so very soon!

As we look forward to the holidays in our favorite Disney parks, let’s take a look at when to expect the artful decor to go on display this year. And we’ll look back to the gingerbread displays from past holidays to warm our spirits (and appetites) for now!

These displays will be created by the WDW Food and Beverage team. Sometimes you can even watch the chefs put on the finishing touches! And don’t forget to check out the limited edition Gingerbread Display pins coming out this year!

Please note that information is subject to change.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

(Gingerbread House was scheduled to open on November 14th)

As your eyes try to take in the enormous Christmas tree in the lobby, your sense of smell will lead you toward the 16 foot tall Gingerbread House located in the lobby of the Grand Floridian Resort.

Grand Floridian 2010 Gingerbread House

It takes over 400 hours to bake the 10,000+ pieces of gingerbread! Last year’s house was amazing, and one of our colleagues snapped some pics of the construction this year! Thanks to Carla at Hoperatives for these!

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Construction 2011

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Construction 2011

Don’t forget that you can purchase a treat made from a classic Austrian gingerbread recipe right inside the Gingerbread House!! Freshly baked items will include [Read more…]

Snack Series: Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel Review and Some Pretzel Updates

Well, it was a pretzel kind of day on Friday in the Magic Kingdom and Epcot!

I sampled the famed Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel — now found at Fife and Drum — for the very first time, found out some details about the Sweet Cream Cheese pretzel in the Magic Kingdom, and learned more about the new (to WDW) Mickey-shaped pretzels!

Fife and Drum

Epcot’s Fife and Drum Offers Jalapeno Cheese, and Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzels

That’s right! We though they could only be found in one place in the parks (Animal Kingdom for the Jalapeno pretzel; Magic Kingdom for the Sweet Cream Cheese pretzel), but they can both be found in Epcot these days!

Epcot’s Fife and Drum, right outside of the American Adventure building, is the unassuming home for these very popular and sought after snacks! This spot is next to the near the Liberty Inn, so find a seat at the [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland: May 2011 Events

Check out these fun May 2011 Tables in Wonderland events in Walt Disney World!! Details can be found below the photos. Click on photos for larger version!

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Flower Power Happy Hour

Date and Time: Sunday May 8, 2011 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: American Adventure Parlor at Epcot
Cost:$35 per person, gratuity is included

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a special spring event filled with a colorful array of flowers, lush gardens, topiaries, live music, unique shopping, and educational programs. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the festival, finish off the day with a melodious evening at the America Gardens Theatre adjacent to the American Adventure Pavilion and enjoy music from the 1960s and 1970s during the Flower Power Concert Series. Join your fellow Tables in Wonderland members for a cocktail hour and then reserved seating for the concert of the ever-so-dreamy Davy Jones, best known as the front man for the 60’s sensation “The Monkees”.

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For reservations, e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed. The event is limited to 60 Guests. The event is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.

Illuminations Dessert Party

Date: Sunday May 28, 2011
Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Isle de France at Epcot
Cost: $50.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

Platters of rich, moist, delectable, and delicious desserts. A sky filled with glowing balls of fire and emblazoned with piercing streaks of light. The evening air rich with the sounds of an orchestral score. You are invited to a private Tables in Wonderland Dessert Party! Come enjoy a front row presentation of the premier nighttime spectacular at Epcot, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, while you sample platters of exquisitely prepared delectable desserts and rich coffees.

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For reservations, e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed. The event is limited to 100 Guests. The event is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.

The Wave . . . of American Flavors Discovery Dinner

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m. Reception; 7 p.m. Dinner
Location: The Wave . . . of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Please meet at restaurant’s main podium.
Dress: Casual Evening Attire
Price: $92 per person, includes tax and gratuity

Highlighting Hank Scott, President of Long & Scott Farms, who represents the third generation of the Scott family’s farming tradition. Scott Farms was established in 1963 by Billy Long and Frank Scott, Jr. who were childhood friends from the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Hank, who has worked on the farm since he was a boy, returned to the farm full-time after graduating from the University of South Florida.

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For reservations, e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed. The event is limited to 44 Guests. The event is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.

Gingerbread Displays At Disney World 2010, Part 2

As you know, Disney World showcases some truly edible artistry when it comes to their amazing gingerbread displays during the holidays! So far this year, we’ve gone on a photo tour of the Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House and the gingerbread displays in Disney’s Boardwalk, Beach Club, and Contemporary resorts.

American Adventure Gingerbread House

Today, we’re checking out the gingerbread houses at the Polynesian Resort, the fun gingerbread and gum (yep — GUM!) display at Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Tree Tavern, the (non-edible, but food-related) display at Yacht Club, and the life-sized gingerbread house at Epcot’s [Read more…]

Things I Learned at the Funnel Cake Stand

Yep — there’s a lot to learn from a walk through Epcot…

1. Ice Cream Can Look A Lot Like Butter.

So, I was wandering through Epcot when I caught sight of this.

Some guy (who turned out to be very nice) was holding this as he waited in line at the turkey leg stand in the America Pavilion. I thought it was a funnel cake with a huge slab of butter on it. No kidding. I was so intrigued that I [Read more…]

Epcot’s Liberty Inn: A Publick Dining Room

Did you know there’s a counter service restaurant in Epcot’s American Adventure pavilion? Lots of folks don’t, because it’s tucked back into the corner, but this place is massive!

It’s a great spot to stop for a rest and a bite to eat when you’re halfway around your World Showcase touring, and it’s also a good place to pass the time while you’re waiting for a show in the amphitheater across the way — Flower Power Concerts, Eat to the Beat Concerts, and the Candlelight Processional all take place there! (Note: Don’t feel like searching for a seat for the concerts? Sitting at an outdoor Liberty Inn table will give you the opportunity to hear the concert while enjoying your food! Win-win!)

Outdoor Seating

Atmosphere
While this is a typical Disney counter-service restaurant, imagineers have provided special touches [Read more…]