February may be well over, but you can celebrate Mardi Gras any time of year thanks to this week’s #OnTheList item: Beignets at Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter!
Will you be celebrating romance, friendship, or family at the Disneyland Resort in February? Then be on the lookout for specialty treats and menus at some of your favorite Disneyland dining locations celebrating St. Valentine’s Day on February 14th!
Of course, with Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, a few spots will be celebrating all weekend long… [Read more…]
We can all use a few tips when it comes to planning vacations at Disney. And of course, we think the food is just about the most important part of the trip!
Budgeting for all of the special meals that you’d like to enjoy is a big concern. And it may seem impossible to cut corners and save a little here and there while still enjoying yourself. But with a little creative planning, you can find some wonderful meals at some of the coolest places, all for less than you might think.
Previously, we shared our Top Picks at Walt Disney World for Meals Under $20. Today, we’re back to celebrate some fantastic meals that you can enjoy at Disneyland for around $20 or less. This is by no means exhaustive — there are lots more where these came from. But for now, come with us and check out some of the great options we have to share! [Read more…]
Happy New Year! We hope you had a great time ringing in 2016! We just know this year is going to be the best one yet!
Last year was full of Disney food news and we saw the opening of several great new restaurants at Disney Springs and the Magic Kingdom.
But this year is going to be even more amazing with the opening of more new spots at Disney Springs including STK Orlando, The Edison, and Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza!
We’re also looking forward to Tiffin’s at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and we’ll admit we can’t wait to see what happens with Toy Story Pizza Planet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
We have a lot to share, so let’s jump right in…
Disney Food News
- We looked back at the top Disney Food News Stories of 2015!
- You’ll want to check out our review of Cookes of Dublin!
- We’re hearing that major changes might be coming to Toy Story Pizza Planet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
- Check out this recipe for the Gingerbread Beignets from Disneyland’s Cafe Orleans.
- This week’s #OnTheList is all about the Lapu Lapu at the Tambu Lounge in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort! Cheers!
One of our favorite holiday flavors has to be gingerbread! Whether it’s in cookie form, or cake, or gelato, or even a life-size gingerbread display, it’s an obvious and beloved flavor of the season.
And as much as we love making cute little gingerbread people-shaped cookies, it’s always fun to try something new during your holiday baking session. So this year we’re going to make these Gingerbread Beignets.
The beignets are dusted with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar, but the Eggnog Crème Anglaise is a must as a dipping sauce!
This recipe hails from Cafe Orleans at Disneyland, where Gingerbread Beignets were available during the 2014 holiday season.
The recipe calls for chilling the dough at least 4 hours or overnight, so plan your baking day accordingly!
It’s been an exciting week as we have a front row seat to all that’s happening with the D23 Expo taking place in Anaheim this week!
Some of the biggest news to come out of California for Disney fans is the confirmation that a Jungle Cruise-themed restaurant is indeed coming to Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World! We first told you about this rumor quite a while back, and we can’t WAIT to see the details unfold on this exciting project!
Plus — feast your eyes on the Star Wars Restaurant news as well!
There’s been a lot more happening though around the Disney Universe. Read on to catch up on the latest!
Disney Food News
- It’s official and the rumors have been confirmed!: A Jungle Cruise Restaurant — Skipper Canteen — will be opening soon in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!
- Aaaaaaaand — Star Wars Restaurants will be coming to both coasts with the new Star Wars-themed land expansions!
- The House of Blues in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District has announced that it will be relocating to another spot in Anaheim.
- We are answering DFB Reader Questions, and telling you where you can score free refills in the Parks.
- Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is back for the tenth year in a row, and begins August 24.
- We’re taking a closer look at the progress over at Disney Springs, with a focus on Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.
- We also have a first look at the menu items coming to Jake Lindsey’s.
- Raglan Road will host their Great Irish Hooley for the fourth year this Labor Day Weekend.
Happy Father’s Day to all of you out there who are celebrating today!
Today, we’re sharing all the news that you might have missed this week, including important openings, interesting new treats, and some brand new experiences. Check it out!
Disney Food News
- A brand new culinary adventure is available for DVC members, and booking opens tomorrow! Stay tuned to DFB for details!
- We have a first look at Zuri’s Sweets Shop, which opened in Disney’s Animal Kingdom — and we include a review of their new poop candy! (It’s deeeeelicious!)
- Creature Comforts, the new Starbucks in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, also opened this week. We take you on a photo tour of this new java stop.
- Disney World is testing free taxi service for guests traveling to signature restaurants.
- Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl has returned to Walt Disney World. We review Min and Bill’s version of this favorite dish here!
- In our latest installment of Epcot Food and Wine FAQs, we give you advice on how to budget for this year’s festival.
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 menu updates, restaurant closures, special events, and more!
We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go.
DFB Reader Finds
Today, we’re featuring Comfort Foods!
Melissa Edmonds Kruep shared this wonderful shot of the Meatloaf at T-Rex. She says it’s Amazing!
Beth Kahline Scott just celebrated her honeymoon at Disneyland with this delicious meal — Three-Cheese Monte Cristos and Pommes Frites from Cafe Orleans! The PERFECT celebration meal, IMHO!
Do you have a favorite Disney Food find? Share your photos with us!
Deal of the Week: 180 Days ’til Christmas Sale Now Through June 28!
Why is the 180 Day mark so magical? Most restaurants at Disney World start booking for Christmas Day on June 28th, 180 days before Christmas Day. So if you wanna get a table for your holiday dinner at one of Disney’s most popular restaurants, now is the time to book! And we can help you plan every meal.
180 Days ‘Til Christmas Sale — 3 Great Ways to SAVE!
We know you’re just as excited as we are about the upcoming holiday season in Walt Disney World! And like we said: it’s never too early to start making plans. After all, you’ve gotta make those advance dining reservations 6 months ahead, especially around the busy holiday season. So we have three exciting offers for you today — and they’re all yours until June 28th — 180 Days Before Christmas!
On a budget? Find out how to make those dollars stretch all around Disney World. Our DFB Guides are ALL you need to plan your holiday dining!
And with these handy, e-book format guides at your fingertips, there’s nothing that you won’t know about food at Walt Disney World! Just download them, put them on your mobile device, and GOOOOOOO!
As always, thanks for your support of DFB! We couldn’t do this without you!
On to the Round-Up!
Mickey Fix is giving away a Dooney and Bourke bag! Check out all of the details on their website — but hurry! The deadline to enter the drawing is June 29.
Eating (and Drinking) Around the World highlights the big news that the Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog will return to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival this year.
Disney Parks Blog shares the special Inside Out-inspired options available right now at Disney California Adventure’s Award Wieners.
WESH TV explores the Dine with Animal Specialists Experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort.
And it’s always fun to take a look at what’s new on Cake Wrecks. This week — fantastic Disney Cake Fails.
Are YOU kicking off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration by spending a FULL 24 HOURS with Mickey and the gang in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure?!
That’s right! The eagerly anticipated Diamond Anniversary Celebration officially begins this Friday, May 22nd, at 6 am — the same day Walt Disney World launches the “Coolest Summer Ever” with Magic Kingdom’s 24 hour day. Now, 24 hours may seem like a LOT of time… but when you see all the special treats created just for the occasion, you may find that 24 hours isn’t nearly enough!
And we would love it if YOU would help us all join in the fun! Are you attending the 24-hour celebration on either coast? If so, please feel welcome to send us any and all pictures — be they of food or just plain FUN — from your experience! Just let us know how you’d like to be credited on your pictures, and we’ll do our best to include as many as possible in our ongoing coverage this Friday! You can send pictures to us on twitter, Facebook, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or @ us on instagram!
And now… back to the FOOD!! Special dishes and snacks will abound in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure throughout the celebration.
World of Color Dining Packages
Don’t forget that World of Color Dining Packages are available for the new “World of Color — Celebrate!” show. Unique to the 24-hour event are 2-course, prix fixe breakfast packages available from midnight to 1:45 am on May 23rd at Ariel’s Grotto (as a non-character meal) and Wine Country Trattoria, offering reserved viewing for a special 3 am World of Color show.
Though online it appears as though Dining Reservations are currently full, you never know when you might happen upon a cancellation.
The Diamond Anniversary Ice Cream Sandwich offers a cool twist on the celebratory treats with your choice of ice cream between two sugar cookies. Find it at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, alongside an Ice Cream Sundae served in a souvenir kitchen sink!
I wonder how many people will be lining up at the Stage Door Cafe for this Mocha Chip Funnel Cake?
Plenty of savory dishes for longer term sustenance (you’re gonna need it!) will be [Read more…]
Whenever I’m in need of a trip to the Park that Started It All, but don’t have the time to jet off to California, I love to check out YOUR shots on Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza, our Flickr group. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, head over there! It’s the perfect way to get your extra Disney food fix.
Today, I thought I’d share some of our best reader photos of favorite dishes in Disneyland.
Let’s take a closer look at a few of our favorites in this latest installment of our Disney Food Pics of the Week Series!
Frites and Mint Julep
Photographer: Michael Greening
There are a couple of different spots in Disneyland that I must check out every time I visit, and one of them is Cafe Orleans. A trip just wouldn’t feel complete with at least one Monte Cristo Sandwich, and an order of Frites to share (HA!). (Michael did it right here, with two sauces!) And while you’re at it, you have to try Disneyland’s famed Mint Juleps at least once!
Disneyland Corn Dogs
Photographer: Kirsten Marie Hutton
There was never a better caption for a pic — “It’s not a trip to Disneyland…” — without a stop at the Corn Dog Truck! Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs are one of the DL treats that is a [Read more…]
Okay. So I tried to come up with the Top Three Disneyland Restaurants for First Timers. But there was no way I could limit my picks to just three. So then, I said, hey, let’s try for the Top Five.
So in the end, I cut myself off at Eight.
There is so much good food in Disneyland. Really, it was super hard not to just give you a list of pretty much every restaurant there, and call it a day.
But if you must narrow it down, these are the restaurants that I love. These are the spots that I’d go to every single time if I could. (And mostly, I do.)
Heading to Disneyland, or just dreaming about a pilgrimage there? Check out my picks for the places you have to visit during your very first trip. Whether you’re looking for a meal or a snack, you can’t go wrong with putting these spots on your list.
If I could only eat at one spot in Disneyland for the rest of my life, I’m fairly sure that spot would be Cafe Orleans. Located on New Orleans Square, it’s offers some of the beautiful patio seating that Disneyland is known for.
But I’m going to be honest — Cafe Orleans claims the distinction of offering not just one or two, but three of my favorite Disneyland dishes. (And that’s pretty much all I ever eat there.) First, when you visit here, I insist you order the Pommes Frites. Tossed with Garlic and Parmesan, they’re served with a Cajun Remoulade ramekin. I also insist you order TWO remoulades. At least. Per person.
While I love their gumbo here as well, it’s the Monte Cristo Sandwich that I can’t live without. Pockets of bread layered with Ham, Turkey, and Swiss Cheese are lightly battered and deep-fried. Served with Berry Puree for dipping, this is pretty much something everyone should eat at least once in life.
Not a meat-eater? There’s also an All-Cheese Version. No. Seriously. There is.
Behold. The Three-Cheese Monte Cristo. Did I mention the Double Creme Brie?
But save room for dessert — because you can’t pass on the Mickey Beignets served with Dipping Sauces.
Have this meal just once, and you can say “I’ve been to Disneyland” properly as far as I’m concerned.
But Cafe Orleans has an older, slightly more posh sister — Blue Bayou. And while I usually skip it in favor of Cafe Orleans, if you’re visiting the ‘Land for the first time, you really need to experience this place.
Because more than anything, Blue Bayou is an experience; it’s as much an attraction as a restaurant.
Because the restaurant is fashioned to look like a verandah on a river’s edge. Look below you into the water, and you see travelers, en route to explore the mysteries of the Pirates of the Caribbean.
Honestly, the food is less important here to me than the “view.” I have enjoyed the New Orleans Signature Gumbo. And in this setting, it’s even better.
And yep, to be honest, I like to order the Monte Cristo here, too!
It’s a little fancier (and more expensive), but just as delicious.
Some of my Disneyland dining choices are obviously sentimental; either I love the restaurant, the food, or both. But it’s not like they’re the tip-top of the culinary pyramid or anything. But then, there’s Napa Rose.
Nestled inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, Napa Rose stands as a testament to fine California fusion cuisine, inspired by fresh farm-to-market ingredients.
Chef Andrew Sutton is in charge here, and his menus make use of the freshest items. Prepare to be [Read more…]