Review: Starbucks Brownie at Main Street Bakery in Disney’s Magic Kingdom

As you know, the Main Street Bakery recently re-opened as the first Starbucks location in a Walt Disney World theme park.

Starbucks fans are sure to be lining up for their daily dose of brew. But we’ve had requests for more reviews of the actual baked goods that can now be found at the Bakery.

While some options have remained from the previous Bakery menu, most of the eats and treats now found here are of the official Starbucks variety.

On our recent visit, we picked up a brownie to see if it passed muster… . Read on to see!

Atmosphere

The Main Street Bakery has been expanded and updated for a new look and feel. However, the turn-of-the-century charm still remains in the decor elements.

Bakery Sign.

In the window!

Notice a few of the “hidden mermaids” in the new look! These are a fun Starbucks-ified play on hidden Mickeys!

Bakery decor and hidden mermaids

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Dining in Disneyland: Big Thunder Ranch BBQ’s S’mores Bake

It’s been quite some time since I’d been over to the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ. My rib-loving son had been begging to go over there for some time, so it worked out that we were able to squeeze in a lunch date with a friend about a month ago.

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ

The menu is basically the same, minus the BBQ sausage in the meat bucket; but there are some new dessert options that I was not familiar with. Hello S’mores Bake!

S'mores Bake on the Menu

Warm chocolate brownie topped with roasted marshmallows, graham crackers and hot fudge? Seriously? No twisting my arm necessary for this one and it wasn’t hard to get my kid and my friend Katherine on board either.

The only downfall is that this dessert takes at least 20 minutes to prepare, so just go ahead and order it when you sit down. That way it will be ready for you before your feast begins to settle and you get too full to eat dessert.

You wouldn’t want that to happen because this situation is worth eating yourself sick for…

The S'mores Bake: Isn't it gorgeous?

The S’mores bake is served up in a HOT skillet. The brownie underneath is moist and gooey, the marshmallows are perfectly caramelized, the graham crackers are crunchy, and the hot fudge is [Read more…]

Review: 50s Prime Time Cafe (The Cheese is Back!!)

I never say no to a meal at 50s Prime Time Cafe, but I hadn’t been in WAY too long. So when I got a little email tip from a reader last week (thanks, Courtney!!) I knew I had to head over there…and quick! A menu change was about to make my dreams come true!

Located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this place is pure nostalgia. You really feel like you’ve stumbled into the 1950s when you enter this eatery — from the decor to the menu, everything screams mid 20th Century Americana.

Fancy meatloaf and mashed potatoes or fried chicken? Then you’re in the right place! Grab a napkin and set of silverware, remember to keep your elbows off the table, and join me for a fun, interactive helping of comfort food in this well-loved table service spot.

Atmosphere

Stepping into this restaurant truly is like stepping back in time.

50s Prime Time Sign - Outside

I never cease to be amazed at the way this restaurant immerses guests in the 1950s home atmosphere. You begin your meal by waiting in Dad’s Living Room. Be sure to take a moment and look around; I bet you’ll find something you’ll remember from your parents’ (or grandparents’!) house — I always do!

Dad's Living Room - The Waiting Area

Fancy a drink from Dad’s Liquor Cabinet? Then sidle up to the Tune-In Lounge Bar for a house specialty, or order something once you arrive at your table.

Full Bar at Tune In Lounge

Here’s a tip: If you can’t get an Advanced Dining Reservation here, hang out at the bar. You can order food there, too.

Another of Dad's Living Rooms - Seating for the Tune-In Lounge

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A Valentine’s Day “Family Date” at Disney’s Soda Fountain

When I think of  Lady and the Tramp, my mind immediately goes straight to the “Spaghetti Kiss” outside of Tony’s Italian restaurant where the cute pups enjoy their first date. Well… that and the Siamese cat scene. 

This year, Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store in Hollywood is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a very special candlelight dinner where you can engage in your own spaghetti kiss, if you please…

Here comes the spaghetti kiss!

My family and I headed to Hollywood on a family “Valentine’s Day” date night to check it out.

Disney's Soda Fountain

Atmosphere

The first thing I noticed was the adorable set up. The decor included red and white table cloths, candlelight, and even bread sticks. Just like the movie. Disney even added an extra touch, a [Read more…]

Disney World Treats for Guests with Special Diets

Update: Disney is no longer offering Divvies. They are currently offering bakery items from the Enjoy Life and OMG Manufacturers along with Rocky Mountain Popcorn, and Surf Sweets Jelly Beans throughout the Parks and Resorts.

WDW strives to accommodate guests with special diets. While dining at table service restaurants can be extremely enjoyable even for diners with dietary concerns, finding snacks can be more time-consuming. Don’t spend time on your vacation looking for safe treats, read our Allergies and Intolerances information before your trip. You’ll discover counter-service locations that cater to special diets and places to get your Divvies such as the Main Street Bakery!

Products such as Divvies snacks (no eggs, no nuts, no dairy) are available throughout the resort. Gluten-free products are also sold in Walt Disney World. Vegans can find yummy snacks too. The popcorn in the parks uses an animal-free butter flavoring!

When time permits, venture over to Downtown Disney to visit BabyCakes NYC for inspired sweet treats!

Divvies

Divvies at Gasparilla Grill

Divvies cookies are sold for $2.49 per package. Caramel Popcorn ($4.29) makes for a great “grab ‘n go” snack. Other items include Jelly Beans for $3.99 and a Fudge Brownie at $3.39. These products aren’t cheap but they’ll satisfy your craving while adhering to your dietary concerns.

Cost for Divvies

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New! Dessert Trays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has unveiled new desserts. Check out these dessert trays! They are totally unique and make dessert on-the-go a delicious adventure! No word on exactly WHEN they’re sold, but we’re told you can find them at Hollywood Scoops.

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Fantasmic Sweet Treats Tray is Key-Lime Pie, Tiramisu, blueberry cheesecake, Mickey Brownie, and Raspberry Cake. This costs $13.99. With sparkling wine, it’s $19.99.

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The Evening Delight Tray is brie and cheddar cheese, fresh fruits, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. This costs $11.99. With sparking line, it’s $17.99.

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The Just Goodies Tray has pretzel sticks dipped in chocolate and candies, and strawberries and marshmallows with a chocolate dipping sauce. This costs $11.99. There’s no sparkling wine option here.

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These remind me a little bit of the Fantasmic’s Premium Viewing Dessert Trays in Disneyland! Do you think they might start a dessert event at Disney World’s Fantasmic, too?!

A special thanks to Shelley Carran at OntheGoinMCO.com for sending us the scoop on these desserts!

“You Won’t Believe This!” Snack: Brownie-Frosting Sandwich

This one is going to be hard to top. It might be my favorite “You Won’t Believe This!” Snack to date.

I was knocked off my rocker when I tried this Brownie-Frosting Sandwich today. There’s no other name for it. Earl of Sandwich calls it “The Earl’s Brownie Creme,” but, in my book, it’s a big ol’ Brownie-Frosting Sandwich.

Here’s the basic construction: a huge, circular, rich brownie was cut in half and filled with the most delicious frosting imaginable. First, let’s discuss the brownie: This was the closest thing to home made I’ve ever seen in a Disney baked good. It looked, smelled, and tasted [Read more…]

My Disney Food Day: In Pictures

I’ve had a busy and rewarding day at the Walt Disney World “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” media event; and while you’ll be seeing in-depth blogs over the next few days about my adventures, I wanted to share with you as soon as possible a few of my favorite Disney photos from today.

So, come along with me on this mini-photo-trip-report!

My Disney Day in Photos
First, we got up early-early-early to head over to Epcot for our Akershus breakfast with the Princesses. I think this is just about the most true-to-“life” Snow White I’ve ever seen:

Snow White at Akershus Restaurant

Snow White at Akershus Restaurant

Then it was off to the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” Media Event, but what do I see as I’m walking around World Showcase? Giant tin cans!! These were used throughout Epcot today as themeing for the Volunteer Events! This one indicated that a VERY cool Detroit radio station would be broadcasting live from Epcot today! (Shout out to Jake Edwards!)

Detroit 96.3 Radio Station Broadcast Location Marker

Detroit 96.3 Radio Station Broadcast Location Marker

Finally made it around the Showcase in time for the big World Record reveal and Media Event. This is the World’s Largest Sculpture Made of Canned Goods! Be sure to check out our breakdown of the foods used for each character!

Canned Goods Sculpture Reveal at Disney World

Canned Goods Sculpture Reveal at Disney World

And of course I needed to get Pluto’s picture in front of his canned-good likeness!

Disney's Pluto with Canned Goods Pluto

Disney's Pluto with Canned Goods Pluto

I was thrilled to see that Mickey’s fingers were made out of huge-mongo bags of [Read more…]