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…]

Top 10 Disney World Bars and Lounges

South African Wine at Jiko

When it comes to a happy hour beverage, a night out with your spouse or some friends, or…let’s face it…a margarita at the stroke of noon…there are a few spots in Disney World that get the job done better than others! FYI — The Disney Food Blog offers a full list of bars and lounges — complete with descriptions of each place — in our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book.

Now, let’s take a tour of our Top Ten Disney World bars and lounges — these are the places that really make us want to get up and dance. ;-) Don’t forget to check out our list of Honorable Mentions at the end! Many of these spots offer the standard Disney Parks bar and lounge menu should you be interested.

Top Ten WDW Bars and Lounges

Top Ten Walt Disney World Bars and Lounges

1. La Cava del Tequila

Nestled in the twilit atmosphere of the Mexican pavilion in Epcot, La Cava del Tequila is popular with tequila and margarita fans. Try the Avocado Margarita while perusing the limited appetizer menu. See our margarita reviews here and a pic of the tequila flight here!

Due to its cozy and dark location, La Cava makes a great place to escape the heat and bright sunshine while touring World Showcase. However, it gets crowded quickly, so to ensure that you get a table, head over to La Cava at opening time — noon!

La Cava Bar

2. Jellyrolls

While Jellyrolls isn’t for everyone, if you love music from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, and especially if you love dueling piano improv, it’s going to fit the bill for you!

An entertainment spot on Disney’s Boardwalk bringing you non-stop dueling pianos, the bar at Jellyrolls plays second fiddle to [Read more…]

Review: Flying Fish Cafe

During April’s 5 Stars to Mickey Bars event, I was very grateful to have the opportunity to dine with some incredible women at the Disney World Boardwalk’s Flying Fish Cafe!

Atmosphere
Flying Fish Cafe has a whimsy about it that you don’t find at many of Disney World’s signature restaurants. The ocean-side carnival theme — including massive and colorful murals on the walls — fits well into the Disney World Boardwalk area. Even a few of the columns in the restaurant look like they’re covered in gold fish scales.

Flying Fish Cafe Tables and Murals

And the flying fish dangling via parachutes from [Read more…]

Disney Pool Bar Series: Leaping Horse Libations

Leaping Horse Libations

Welcome to Disney’s Boardwalk Inn! We’re here at one of my favorite spots, Leaping Horse Libations, at what I fondly refer to as the “clown pool.” :)

The Clown Pool

The Clown Pool

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is themed after the vintage northeastern boardwalk resorts popular in the early 1900s. “The Clown Pool” is its carnival pool, with Leaping Horse Libations serving as the centerpiece carousel. You can clearly see in the structure that it’s made to represent a carousel, and the “leaping horses” in the name are the carousel horses, of course!

Leaping Horse Libations Carousel

Leaping Horse Libations Carousel

The Counter Seating at Leaping Horse Libations

The Counter Seating at Leaping Horse Libations

While Leaping Horse Libations doesn’t have an extensive grill or food menu like you’d find over at the Yacht and Beach Clubs’ Hurricane Hanna’s, it does have a yummy drink menu, and you can purchase snacks.

Drink Menu

Drink Menu

Non-Alcoholic Drink and Snack menu

Non-Alcoholic Drink and Snack menu

And don’t forget that you’re not far from some delicious dining options on the Boardwalk. Straight from the pool, you can always head over to Kouzzina, Flying Fish, ESPN Club, the Boardwalk Bakery, or just over to the hot dog cart (a chili dog always sounds good to me after a long afternoon in the pool…how about you?).

Christmas in July at the Disney Food Blog

Christmas (Eve) is in exactly six months, and I thought it’d be fun to visit a couple of Disney resorts and their food-rific Christmas decor! You’ll have to forgive me that these photos are a few years old (2005, I think), but we all know that gingerbread scenes are where it’s at for Disney resorts at Christmas-time, so at least they’re up-to-date in concept!

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn: “Santa’s Toy Workshop”
Disney bakers have a history of hiding characters — including hidden Mickeys — in their gingerbread scenes. This one has the fab five hidden throughout!

Boardwalk Inn Gingerbread Display: Santa's Toy Workshop

Boardwalk Inn Gingerbread Display: Santa's Toy Workshop

And of course, this is all made out of edible ingredients!

Santa's Toy Workshop Ingredients

Santa's Toy Workshop Ingredients

The Beach Club: “Gingerbread Carousel”
The gingerbread carousel at the Beach Club is pretty much the same every year. Yep, the horses change, but the concept remains. And if you’ve seen the Travel Channel special, you know that there’s usually a white chocolate hidden Mickey somewhere on the display.

Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel

Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel

And, again, completely edible — and a group effort!

Carousel Ingredients

Carousel Ingredients

Hopefully this will put you in the holiday spirit a bit and remind you of all the wonderful Disney food to come over the holiday season! :-) Happy Holidays and Happy Christmas in July!

(PS: I take NO responsibility for the lot of you who are about to go check and see if there are any good deals on Disney resorts at Christmastime right about now…no responsibility at all!)