When you’re considering Character Meals for your Disney World vacation, there is more to keep in mind than you might think. Now, of course, there’s the characters, and today we’re talking about the Fab Five at Chef Mickey’s and Pooh and the Gang at Crystal Palace. But you may also want to think about decor, location, cost.. oh, and THE FOOD! So, be sure to watch our latest DFB Video to explore all the factors when deciding whether to book an Advance Dining Reservation at Chef Mickey’s or Crystal Palace… or both! [Read more…]
Rapunzel, Ariel, Flynn Rider, and Prince Eric would like to wish you the “Best! Day! EVER!!!”
Trattoria al Forno
They’re all part of a new character breakfast at Trattoria al Forno, located on Disney World’s Boardwalk!
Guests can now start the day with favorite Disney couples such as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled, and Ariel and Price Eric from The Little Mermaid, because the brand new Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast has officially made its debut at Trattoria al Forno (which continues to serve classic Italian fare featuring regional specialties for dinner).
So grab your autograph books — and be sure to have your camera ready! — because some very special friends are waiting to meet you…
… at the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast! [Read more…]
Character meals — where you go to a restaurant and are entertained by Disney characters visiting your table and signing autographs — are pretty much a Disney rite of passage for any disney fan.
So we’re super jazzed about the news that a new character breakfast is coming this spring to Trattoria al Forno on Disney World’s BoardWalk!
This new character breakfast is a “bon voyage” celebration with Disney royal couples from films including Tangled and The Little Mermaid. That’s right…it looks like Rapunzel and Flynn Rider are finally getting a character breakfast!!
Thankfully, Walt Disney World makes it pretty darn easy to dine with little kids. Meals for children under age three are free in many circumstances, high chairs are available everywhere, and healthier side dishes are now de rigueur in kids’ meals.
And of course you should know that with the one teeny exception of Victoria & Albert’s, even the smallest children are welcome at any Disney restaurant. Don’t even spend a moment worrying about whether it’s OK to bring your baby with you to dinner. It’s absolutely, 100%, fine. No kidding.
But while the restaurants are happy to have your baby on board, from a logistical standpoint, dining with a smaller baby can pose a bit of challenge at Walt Disney World, or anywhere else for that matter.
Restaurant meals can be particularly arduous if you have a new baby that’s too small to sit at a high chair. What do you do with the baby while you’re eating? How to do you balance feeding the infant and feeding yourself? [Read more…]
It’s official, everyone! The big news this week: Starbucks is coming to Disney Parks! Whether you love it or hate it, the coffee king will be opening six locations soon — one in each domestic Disney park.
Later today, stay tuned for pictures of the new Art of Animation Food Court and Menus! We’re reporting live from Disney World this week!
Disney Food News
- Starbucks comes to Walt Disney World and Disneyland!
- Disney World’s Be Our Guest Restaurant will open this Holiday Season!
- New menus for the renovated Epcot’s Tutto Italia in Walt Disney World! Opening soon!
- Check out the fun Popsycakes at Bongos Cuban Cafe in Disney World’s Downtown Disney!
- Check out these new Princess Character Cookies found in Disneyland!
We’ve got more food news (including a new chef at Mama Melrose’s, opening date for Disneyland’s Candy Palace and Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, plus a new confectionery, Trolley Treats, coming to Disney California Adventure) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!
DFB Podcast Episode 3
We’re excited to finally announce the third episode of the DFB Podcast, which you can download now!
Thanks to everyone who’s listening for being so generous with your time, comments, and support!
In this episode, we share Disney Food News, answer listener questions, reveal our trivia winner from last week (and ask a new trivia question), and discuss non-buffet character meals in Disney World and Disneyland!
On To The Round-Up
DisneyCaribbeanBeach.com shares the recipe for Poolside Lemonade – a fave cocktail at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.
disZine shares how to get free cupcakes when Sprinkle Cupcakes helps promote DreamWorks’ upcoming dramedy, People Like Us!
Main Street Gazette enjoys the groovy Tie Dye cheesecake at Pop Century’s Everything Pop food court.
Daveland goes back to Disneyland’s Plantation House where fried chicken was the specialty.
Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups finds beer, wine, and mixers at the WDW value resorts.
Studios Central previews snacks in R2-D2 containers for the 2012 Star Wars Weekends.
Disney Wedding Podcast chats with AJ about incorporating Disney food into a wedding reception or other catered event.
Wesh.com shares DFB tips on celebrating your special occasions at a Disney restaurant.
All Fare’s Food Blog reviews the Animal Kingdom’s Flame Tree Barbecue!
Hey all! Thanks once again for your generous welcome of our new DFB Podcast into your listening list!
Just wanted to drop a line this afternoon to let you know that the third episode of our DFB Podcast is now posted and ready for downloading!
In this episode, we take a look at Disney Food News, answer listener questions, reveal our trivia winner from last week, and take a look at why it can be good to choose a non-buffet character meal in Disney World and Disneyland!
Take a gander and a listen and let us know [Read more…]
In my mind, a vacation isn’t a vacation if you’re doing the same old chores you do at home, but at a different locale. I spend enough time packing lunches and cooking dinners all year long; I want a break from this when travel. That means I want to eat in restaurants when I’m on the road.
This mindset was one of the factors that made Walt Disney World such a wonderful destination for my family when my daughters were small. There are dozens upon dozens of restaurants to choose from and they’re ALL kid friendly (with the one tiny exception of Victoria & Albert’s).
When I figured out that I could have gourmet food and wine while my toddlers were gleefully welcomed with high chairs, plain pasta, and coloring pages, I was hooked.
But while there are abundant dining options at Disney World, there are some types venues that work slightly better than others for families with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. There are also some tips and tricks that can make dining with small fries even happier in this happiest of places.
Preparation Is Everything
Before you arrive at Walt Disney World, there are several steps you can take to make your on-site dining run more smoothly: [Read more…]
But first…the news!
- The Karamelle Kuche, or Caramel Kitchen, in Epcot’s Germany has a reported opening date!
- Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will be expanding dining offerings during the summer and free dining seasons. This is your chance to see what some of those “never-open” counter service spots look like!
- The Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts are introducing an annual Food and Wine Classic this year during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Check out the details for info on seminars and samplings as well as some great hotel rates.
- Touring Plans tipped us off to a potential extension of Disney World Free Dining. Hopefully we’ll find out more soon.
AND… Disney Food Blog and WDW Foodie Fest t-shirts are now available! You can check them out over on www.Zazzle.com/DisneyFoodBlog. Remember, you can purchase any design on any size/style shirt, so feel free to mix and match. While the designs are different, the back of each shirt carries our acronym — DFB for Disney Food Blog — and tagline, “Food is a Theme Park!”
And now — on to the round-up!
Pop Century Site explores unique food items at Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
Touring Plans‘ blogger Todd Perlmutter has a great homage to Saratoga Springs’ Turf Club Bar and Grill.
Parkeology remembers the Disney Handwich (and scorns the up-and-coming copycats).
Theme Park Mom allowed yours truly to do a fun guest post on Character Meals in Disneyland! Thanks, Leigh!
Everything WDW has an in-depth review of Chefs de France in Epcot.
Pee Dee Foodie takes a look at the Main Street Confectionery in Walt Disney World.
Disney Parks Blog showcases their pastry creations (and pastry chefs!) in a cool video.
You are cordially invited to join your favorite Disney Princesses for a breakfast straight out of your favorite storybook at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall!
A Princess character meal, you could encounter any combination of the following at your meal: Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Mulan, Cinderella, and/or Mary Poppins. Many Disney World guests consider Akershus’ Princess Storybook Breakfast a preferable [Read more…]