Bar du Chocolat at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

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Waldorf Astoria Bar du Chocolat

A BAR DU CHOCOLAT is happening in Orlando, in the middle of WDW Property, at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando!!! That’s right — dozens of different types of chocolate and chocolate things, including pastries, truffles, shooters, and innovations thought up for the first time by Waldorf’s talented pastry Chef Kurtis Baguley and inspired by [Read more…]

Thanksgiving and Christmas Menus in Walt Disney World Restaurants

Chef Robert Getchell

I had the chance to chat with Chef Robert Getchell from Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Sanaa Restaurant recently about the holiday menus that are available at Walt Disney World restaurants this year!

Holiday Menus in Walt Disney World
Here are the details on holiday dining in Disney restaurants from Chef Getchell:

Most restaurants will offer their whole regular menu, or a slightly limited version of their regular menu, along with a “special for the day.” Specials will be themed to each restaurant, but at the same time will be very familiar to the guests as a traditional family meal.

For example, Sanaa will be offering an African-spiced turkey breast, dark meat gravy, cranberry and dry cherry chutney, and butternut squash as our special for holiday dining.

Other examples of holiday menu items include an Oak rotisserie turkey dish at California Grill; and a smoked turkey breast with sage butter, smokey butternut squash, and [Read more…]

Holiday and Christmas Treats in Disney World

Yep — Christmas has come to Disney World! It showed up around Wednesday of last week and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing!

Lucky for you and me, my Mom and Dad are in Disney World this week and I’ve been getting a steady feed of photos sent to the coffer each day!

Candy Cane Garden next to City Hall and the Firehouse

So here are some of the Christmas- and holiday-themed goodies you can enjoy in Walt Disney World this season. (By they way, this is by no means an extensive list; I’ll be heading to WDW in early December to capture even more holiday snacks on camera as they come available. I can’t wait to see what Karamell Kuche will do…)

First off, everyone’s favorite holiday treat — pumpkin fudge!! They found this at the Confectionery on Main Street in Magic Kingdom.

Pumpkin Fudge

And a yummy-looking seasonal muffin from Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Dad says its [Read more…]

Holiday Menus, Dining Events, and Discounts at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Headed to Disney World during November or December? The Disney World Swan and Dolphin have some great menus and events planned — and even some spectacular discounts and free gifts!

Specialty Menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas

Thanksgiving and Christmas bring the holiday spirit to some of our favorite restaurants in [Read more…]

Dining Planning for Christmas in Disney

The holidays in Disney Parks are an incredibly magical time, and because we’re well into the Disney World dining planning window for folks who are headed to Orlando during the holiday season I wanted to add a few resources to the planning sessions!

Where to Eat

Disney holiday menus will always feature special treats! At the request of several readers, I did a quick poll of our facebook fans and twitter followers to determine the answer to this question, “If you could dine at one Disney World restaurant for your holiday dinner, where would you go?” I was quickly rewarded with some fantastic answers! Here are some of the most popular responses:

Liberty Tree Tavern
This location wins with our readers for Thanksgiving, and it was an overwhelmingly popular choice for Christmas as well. Most readers indicated that the cozy atmosphere at Liberty Tree Tavern and the traditional holiday dinner fare is what would bring them here.

Liberty Tree Tavern Pot Roast

‘Ohana
Mele Kalikimaka! ‘Ohana was tied for first place with Liberty Tree Tavern, so clearly DFB readers share my affinity for the islands! :-) After growing up in the snowy tundra of western New York State, Hawai’i sounds pretty good as a Christmas destination right about now! Plus, this location has [Read more…]