Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 19, 2013

Woo!! We’re starting to get real details about this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The Brazil Booth Returns for the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

First, we have the full line-up of Eat to the Beat Concerts (new this year — The Go-Go’s, Manhattan Transfer, Spin Doctors, and more!); AND we also know that the Scotland booth will be a new addition to the festival!

Finally, we’ve got details on a few returning Epcot Food and Wine Festival booths, like Brazil!

Here’s more news!

Disney Food News

Here’s the Disney Food News this week…

Of course, there’s more! 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 End Zone Food Court Refurbishment at All-Star Sports, the return of ‘Ohana’s sweet and sour dipping sauce at the Polynesian Resort, and Woody’s All-American Roundup at Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch.

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!

This week we’re featuring the iconic Mickey! Like this Mickey Ice Cream Bar antenna topper we got from Stacie via Instagram.

Mickey Ice Cream Bar Antenna Topper!

And Stephanie tweeted “Just tried the chocolate ganache at our hotel! Soo rich and creamy! Thx for the tip, AJ :).” You are welcome!!

Mickey Ganache Tart!

Thanks for sharing these Mickey goodies with us!

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On to the Round-Up!

Mickey Fix celebrates summer with a Disney California Adventure candy and cookie jar.

Cake Wrecks shares some fun sweets with characters from The Lion King, Monsters, Inc., and more!

Studios Central re-visits the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups reviews Disney’s Magical Star cocktail.

disZine features new Vinylmation including the beloved Orange Bird!

Main Street Gazette leads us to a great cup of Kasbah coffee at the Tangierine Cafe in Epcot.

All Ears features Disney World Publishing Worldwide’s announcement for a diabetes-focused series for children. Hooray Mickey!

Disney Parks Blog highlights Woody’s All-American Roundup at Disneyland.

The Most Popular Disney World Restaurants (and Alternatives When They’re Full)

Many Disney guests agree that the most important Disney Dining Tips lists include one specific piece of advice:

Making Advance Dining Reservations is an absolute must when it comes to planning.

While many seasoned Disney travelers are aware of this, there are lots of folks who visit the parks and are stunned to find no tables available at their top restaurant choices. Don’t worry, it happens to all of us at one time or another…and we’ve got solutions for you!

Today, we’ve updated our list of the most popular Disney restaurants, and terrific alternatives if you can’t score a table at your coveted spot!

Let’s take a look at the most elusive restaurants to book these days…

Dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant

Scoring an advance dining reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant for their table service dinner can be a daunting task.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Ballroom Dining Room

From the time that they first announced the restaurant’s soft opening until now, we have heard from many readers who haven’t been able to secure a spot at Magic Kingdom’s newest restaurant. Here are a couple of reasons why:

Newness: The biggest reason for this remains the novelty of the place. Be Our Guest and all of New Fantasyland is still the hottest ticket in Walt Disney World since its grand opening in December 2012.

Incredible, Immersive Themeing: The impeccable themeing means that stepping into Beast’s Castle is truly like climbing through a portal into Beauty and the Beast. You almost expect to look down and find your food animated!

The Grey Stuff -- It's Delicious!

Novelty: The French-inspired cuisine that’s served at Be Our Guest is unlike anything else available in all of Magic Kingdom. In addition, there is huge novelty surrounding the fact that you can now order beer and wine in the formerly dry Magic Kingdom (for dinner only).

So, what to do if you can’t [Read more…]

News! Be our Guest Restaurant Menu Updates

We’ve got some Be Our Guest Restaurant menu updates for lunch and dinner!

Yep — the brand new Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland is already updating their choices and prices based on high demand…

Be Our Guest Restaurant Menu Changes Already in the Works...

Price Increases

First up, we have some price increases to contend with. We’ll need to dig deeper into our pockets when ordering lunch and dinner items.

For example at dinner, the French Onion Soup was $6.99 and is now $7.49; Thyme-scented Pork Rack Chop went up $2; and the Sauteed Shrimp and Scallops will now cost an additional $3. The steak dinner is up a few dollars as well. While dessert prices remained the same, most prices for appetizers and entrees on the dinner menu were increased.

Be Our Guest Menu Update!

For a general idea of what you can expect at the restaurant, check out our Be Our Guest Restaurant EVERYTHING ON THE MENU! review!

Guests will now pay an additional $3 for the Be Our Guest Restaurant Scallops and Shrimp

Lunch prices remain the same.

New Menu Items

Chicken Breast Provençal (Pan-seared and simmered in a rustic blend of Heirloom Tomatoes, Olives, White Wine, and fresh Herbs with Seasonal Vegetables and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes) has replaced the Rotisserie Cornish Hen.

At lunch, the Grilled Steak Sandwich has been substituted with a [Read more…]

Guest Review: Seafood Dine-Around at Walt Disney World

Join us in welcoming guest author KJ Simpson with a Walt Disney World Seafood Adventure!

Crab Cakes at Narcoossee's

A recent trip to Walt Disney World opened up a whole new world of culinary delights for me: seafood!

In my many previous visits, I had never tried any seafood dishes. This year, for a variety of reasons, I began incorporating seafood into my diet. As part of this new culinary adventure, I decided to sample some of the many dishes from the sea that are available throughout the parks and resorts.

If you’re curious about some of the offerings that can be found throughout Walt Disney World, read on as I embark on this seafood adventure…

And don’t forget to share your favorite Disney seafood dishes in the comments below!

Yorkshire County Fish Shop

No seafood tour would be complete without a stop at the very popular Yorkshire County Fish Shop, in the United Kingdom area of Epcot’s World Showcase, for an order of Fish & Chips.

There’s often a line at the Yorkshire County Fish Shoppe- this is a popular spot!

It’s a classic — two pieces of battered fish, served in a quick-service style over chips (also known as fries, here on this side of the pond). It’s even wrapped in faux-newspaper to give it a whimsically authentic appearance.

While not the healthiest of seafood meals, it was certainly one of the tastiest! There’s not a lot to go wrong here, and this was a perfect afternoon snack to share. The malt vinegar — a traditional accompaniment to the English fish fry — added the perfect tang and gave a whole different taste dimension to the fish.

The classic - Fish & Chips.

Sharing this while sitting in the seating area off to the side overlooking World Showcase Lagoon was a splendid afternoon respite! If you eat outside here, be forewarned: enjoy the view, but beware of the aggressive birds, ducks, and squirrels. They apparently love the food here as much as we do, and are not shy about wanting you to share.

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

Next was a visit to the newly-refurbished bakery in the France pavilion, Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie.

The expanded menu has a new seafood offering: Bisque de Homard, or Lobster Bisque.

Les Halles

This was a satisfying soup, smooth and creamy without being too heavy. Tomato was the more dominant flavor here, but the seafood added a richness and [Read more…]

DFB Reader Questions Answered: Dinner and Fireworks Timing at Magic Kingdom

It’s time to delve once more into the Disney Food Blog Reader Questions Mailbag! We’re pretty sure that if one of you is asking about something, then many of you are probably wondering the same thing. :-)

Today, we are featuring a couple of questions that are all about how to ensure a good dining game plan to view Wishes at Magic Kingdom.

Wishes at Magic Kingdom

Be Our Guest Restaurant and Fireworks Viewing

Our DFB Reader asks…

When should we make our reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant so that we have sufficient time to enjoy our meal, and so we are on time to see the Electrical Parade and Wishes?

The long and short answer for this? It depends! Note that you won’t be able to see Wishes or the Parade FROM the restaurant, so dining first and then finding a viewing spot out in the park is important.

When you’re making a dinner reservation for Be Our Guest Restaurant (or any other dining location) and you’d like to view the Electrical Parade and Wishes, it’s important to check park hours to find out when each of the events are taking place on that [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Three Must-Try Disney Snacks for 2013

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And to help you and your family indulge, our The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013 e-Book includes an expanded Snacks Chapter this year, along with our top 11 MUST-try snacks for 2013!

Today, we’re going to share three of our favorites from that list of 11 must-try snacks. But we’ve got plenty of recommendations where those came from in the DFB Guide! Pick up your copy here for an extra $4 off using code 2013 for a limited time!

Three Must-Eat Disney Snacks for 2013

Now without further ado, here are three of our 11 must-eat snacks recommended for 2013!

Potato Leek Soup

At the new Be Our Guest Restaurant, jaws tend to drop when taking in the imagineering marvels. While enjoying the scenery, treat your taste buds to the Potato Leek Soup.

Potato Leek Soup

For the biggest bang for your buck – and a filling option – the rich and creamy Potato Leek Soup is satisfyingly thick with potato chunks and leeks. It’s an incredible flavor that can be easily enjoyed as a light meal or unique snack.

Served at both lunch and dinner, the soup makes an awesome savory snack choice. Note that it’s marked as a Disney Dining Plan snack credit during lunch, but we’re not sure if you can use a credit at dinner.

Chocolate Mickey Ganache

An incredible Landscape of Flavors creation (found at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort), this snack speaks to our sweet cravings.

The Chocolate Mickey Ganache includes a chocolatey crust is filled with gooey chocolate ganache in the shape of Mickey Mouse! A white chocolate Mickey face adds a familiar smile.

Chocolate Mickey Ganache

Cheesy Pesto Bread

Another Landscape of Flavors creation offers innovative eats that are [Read more…]

5 Things You’ve Gotta Try at Walt Disney World in 2013!

It is a great time to be a Walt Disney World Fan, and an even greater time to be a Disney Food Fan! There has been a truly dizzying array of really unique, inventive food to come down the pike over the last year, and we can’t wait to hear what YOU think about it.

Since we are all about the eats in these parts, I thought I’d give you my two cents on the 5 Things You’ve Gotta Try at Walt Disney World in 2013 — Food Edition! Let’s do it!

Tutto Gusto

If you haven’t had the chance to stop by Tutto Gusto, the new wine bar that opened in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion last summer, I heartily recommend you get there, asap!

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

This alluring, intimate spot has enjoyed lots of business since opening — I often find it full to the max when I visit! (Luckily, I snapped this pic on an early day!)

Gusto Fireplace Area

Following on the heels of the success enjoyed by its Mexican cousin, La Cava del Tequila, Tutto Gusto adds even more eats. Not only can you find an extraordinary assortment of Italian wines and beers, but there is also a wonderful menu of small bites to choose from.

Even non-wine drinkers can find plenty to love about this spot, which feels like it was just transported to Florida from Italy. Italian Cheese and Sausages? Sign me up!

Tutto Gusto Cheese Board

Stop in for a glass, some cheese, or even heavier pasta or panini options. The full menu from Tutto Italia next door is available here, too!

Or grab a fabulous dessert and a glass of Moscato. You won’t be disappointed.

Territory Lounge Eats

When I need a break from the [Read more…]

Review: Be Our Guest Restaurant Lunch

UPDATE: Please note that as of February 25, 2015, Be Our Guest Restaurant began to accept Advanced Dining Reservations for lunch. For further information, please click here

Last month I was so excited to bring you my “Everything on the Menu!!” review of dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant.

Today, it’s time to head back into New Fantasyland for my very first taste of lunch at this must-do restaurant!

Be Our Guest Bridge Entrance

Because Be Our Guest Restaurant differs greatly from the run-of-the-mill counter service spots around Disney, I’m going structure this review according to how you progress through the restaurant. Follow the headlines, and it should all make sense. :-)

We have a ton of great detail to cover, so let’s get right to it!

In Line!

Amid a backdrop of rugged, austere mountains of New Fantasyland, you find the bridge and gateway that ushers you into Beast’s enchanted castle, home to Be Our Guest Restaurant.

Now that the enormous eatery is officially opened, there are still extraordinarily long lines for lunch on many days, as guests await their turn to see inside and sample the food.

Line to Get into Be Our Guest for Lunch

Line to Get in From My Perspective

We know that Disney is testing a fastpass like system and a pre-ordering for Be Our Guest, so the lines may soon be a thing of the past. But, in the meantime, be sure you know when they begin serving lunch (usually around 10am or 10:30am) so that you can get there early.

Regardless, the line did move quickly (it’s about a 30 minute wait from the back of the bridge); and soon, I was walking into the castle.

Ordering Process

Once inside, you find pretty much exactly what you would expect: low-lighted spaces with beamed ceilings reminiscent of medieval European castles. Enchanted suits of armor guard the long entryway. At the end of the hall, you see the stained glass window depicting Belle and Beast’s famous dancing scene.

Suits of Armor in Entry Hallway (c) Disney

Listen closely, and you’ll hear the suits of armor murmuring to each other in French accents!

As you enter the ordering area, thoughtful touches tell you that you’ve arrived in the beast’s library!!

Ordering Area

This ornate room is home to a cozy fireplace and Beast’s enormous chair. You’ll also find the automated ordering areas masquerading as [Read more…]

Top 10 Disney Dining News Stories of 2012

2012 draws to a close today, and what a year it’s been!! Here at Disney Food Blog we’ve been following every bit of Disney Dining and Food News, and we’ve narrowed down the list to 10 amazing stories we’d like to share with you!

Check out The Top 10 Disney Food News Stories of 2012!

#1: Alcohol Served at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World

In a move that shocked most and delighted many, Disney announced that it would begin serving alcohol within the gates of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for the first time in the park’s 41-year history.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Wine Menu -- click for larger image

At the brand new Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland, guests are now able to indulge in their choice of several French and Belgian beers and wines!

According to Disney Imagineers, it was important to complement the French menu of the restaurant with an excellent beer and wine list.

Kronenberg Beer at Be Our Guest

However, while adult beverages are now being served in the shadow of Cinderella’s castle, they will only be available during Be Our Guest’s Table Service dinner and will not be available “to-go.” So you won’t see anyone strolling around with a cocktail or a glass of wine awaiting their turn on the teacups. ;-)

#2: Starbucks Debuts in Disney Parks

It’s no secret that Disney has never been known for fantastic coffee — until now! In 2012 Disney and Starbucks announced a partnership to bring the iconic siren behind the main gates and into the parks.

Mickey and the Siren Unite

Starbucks has already opened its first stop in Disney California Adventure’s Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe and five more locations are planned in the near future.

Fans of the chain will welcome the first Walt Disney World Starbucks locations to the Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom and Fountain View Cafe in Epcot in 2013.

Starbucks Sign in Disney California Adventure

A location on Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A. is planned for the Market House in late 2013.

#3: Citrus Swirl Returns to Sunshine Tree Terrace in the Magic Kingdom

You spoke, and Disney listened! One of the biggest stories of 2012 was the return of the Citrus Swirl to Magic Kingdom’s Sunshine Tree Terrace.

Citrus Swirl

This refreshing treat hearkens back to the early days of Magic Kingdom, when Disney and the Florida Citrus Commission partnered to have orange treats in the park. The original soft serve was a [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 30, 2012

Hey all!! Happy last-round-up-of-2012!! Tomorrow we’ll have an awesome collection of our Top 10 Disney Food News Stories from 2012 — AND we’ll be sending out out Disney Food Blog Newsletter! Click here to sign up!

Limited Time Magic Cookie

Also, don’t forget that Disney’s newest promo — Limited Time Magic — will be starting in just a couple of days! Keep your eyes open for limited time events and special options while you’re in Disney World and Disneyland this year! Food-wise, look for specialty menus, limited edition eats, and more!

But since we’re still in 2012, let’s take a peek at the latest Disney Food News…

Disney Dining News

Scoop up some Disney Dining news over on our Disney Food News Pin Board!!

  • Gasparilla Grill & Games at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort will be re-opening soon as Gasparilla Island Grill.
  • An on-line ordering feature is being tested for Be Our Guest Restaurant’s lunch guests.
  • Walt Disney World has been named the “Best Gluten Free Vacation Destination” in the 3rd Annual Gluten Free Awards!
  • Starbucks in the Magic Kingdom is reportedly opening on May 18th after a lengthy refurbishment of the Main Street Bakery! Note that Disney refurbs often open late, so stay tuned for updated opening dates.
  • Disneyland pays tribute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue!
  • More News Year’s Eve options at Walt Disney World Announced!
  • Temporary bar kiosks will be set up in World Showcase for New Year’s Eve!
  • Menu changes have taken place at Carthay Circle restaurant in Disney California Adventure.

We’ve got additional food news, including restaurant closures, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

DFB Reader Finds

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

Erin, our Disney Food for Families columnist, discovered fresh snickerdoodles, cider, and candy canes in the lobby of the Wilderness Lobby during her holiday vacation. We heard that the Polynesian was offering similar goodies to those lucky enough to be in WDW during the holidays!

Holiday Treats at the Wilderness Lodge

Our editor, Kim LaPaglia, spotted this new popcorn t-shirt ($23.95) featuring the original Disneyland popcorn box at Keystone Clothiers in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Popcorn T-shirt

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On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups visits Epcot’s Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for an adults-only princess meal.

Disney Parks Blog shares ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve at Disney Quest, Bongos Cuban Cafe, Splitsville, Raglan Road, La Nouba, or Planet Hollywood in Downtown Disney Orlando.

AND, they win a point in our book for looking at the roastie toasties at Disneyland’s popcorn carts.

Mouse on the Mind looks at some freebies at Old Key West resort, including [Read more…]