The Easter season is in full force at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and for the seventh year running, this deluxe resort’s pastry chefs are absolutely wowing guests with artful Easter eggs covered in all things edible!
We hear it again and again (and we’ve said it ourselves): Cinderella’s Royal Table is a must at least once in your Disney World vacation life.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
And most guests who’ve dined in this hard-to-book restaurant inside Cinderella Castle agree that you’re really not there for the food. But the ambiance! The princesses! The views! The whole dining experience (did we mention it’s inside the castle?!) is the draw, even if the food is… a little hit or miss.
And it’s that experience that keeps Cinderella’s Royal Table hopping — with Advance Dining Reservations (ADR) ideally being made right at the 180 day mark — 180 days before the first day of your vacation. (Learn more about making dining reservations at Disney restaurants here.)
If you do get an ADR, prepare to be dazzled by the decor and wooed by the energy in the restaurant. You definitely get the sense that you’re in a special space, and with princesses swooping in for a chat and wishing stars waving in the air, it’s a one of a kind meal.
Gingerbread displays at Walt Disney World have become such an exciting part of the holiday celebrations that guests can literally plan an entire day around seeing them all. (We even include some tips on how to do so in our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Holidays!)
And it is not hard to see why! Gingerbread is done bigger and better at the Disney Resorts, with literally HUNDREDS of pounds of ingredients being shaped and engineered — you might even say “imagineered” — in unbelievable ways that you just have to see with your own eyes! [Read more…]
I’m not sure what it feels like in your neck of the woods, but the calendar says it’s officially SPRING! And the season is ON at Walt Disney World, with new food items to help feed those spring break crowds (did somebody say “Grilled Cheese”?), as well as an egg-stra special Easter display at the Grand Floridian Resort.
But that’s not all! There’s much more in store… so let’s hop to it, as we take another trip around the World to see What’s New!
Be Our Guest Breakfast
Hey, has anyone heard of some little dive by the name of Be Our Guest Restaurant? 😉
Well, in case you didn’t know about the Advance Dining Reservations heard ‘round the World, the popular restaurant is now open for BREAKFAST! Huge hits on the all-new prix fixe menu include the Open-Face Bacon and Egg Sandwich and the Croissant Doughnut.
You can read our Opening Day Everything on the Menu review HERE!
Sweet Treat Makeovers
Not sure how long this gem will be around, but the Cinderella Coach Apple celebrating the recently released live-action “Cinderella” film sure is a beauty!
You can find it for a limited time at the Main Street Confectionery and Big Top Treats. (Keep an eye out at spots outside of Magic Kingdom like Goofy’s Candy Company and Sweet Spells, too!) A few of the Krispy Treats have joined in on the fun, as well…
Snack Location Switcheroos
Well, the homes for these beloved snacks have changed places. You see, Sunshine Tree Terrace — home of the Citrus Swirl — is now located where Aloha Isle used to be. And Aloha Isle, boasting its signature Dole Whip? It’s now located where Sunshine Tree Terrace used to be.
Confused? Fret not — you can read all about it here! Rumor has it that this all has something to do with a new restaurant on the horizon for Adventureland. (And what’s this we’re hearing about a possible Jungle Cruise theme?!) Time will surely tell!
This temporary move will allow for [Read more…]
Pretty soon, the Cinderella Cupcake won’t be the only food tribute to the upcoming live-action “Cinderella” film at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Because Cinderella’s Coach will be arriving in March… in the form of this awesome PREMIUM POPCORN BUCKET!
Complete with carrying strap, wheels, and a picture of the princess herself, the introduction of this bucket celebrates the [Read more…]
Just last week some new Disney Princess cookies were introduced at the Disneyland Resort. I spotted them at Marceline’s in Downtown Disney. Not only did I conduct a little princess photo shoot on the spot, but I also took Ariel home with me for a taste test!
The generously sized cookies are all “Honey Vanilla” in flavor. They’re available in 4 different designs and will set you back just under $5.00.
I thought that the Snow White cookies were very well done. The eyes and hair were true to character & her face looked so sweet (literally and figuratively).
Cinderella was a little scary looking to me. Her hair looked [Read more…]
Having now traveled to Walt Disney World twice with our 4-year-old niece, we decided that it was time she experience dining with her favorite princess characters. We wanted to experience a new restaurant at the same time, and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (a.k.a. Princess Nirvana) was the hands-down winner.
Akershus is located in the Norway pavilion in EPCOT. The design of the restaurant reminded me of a European castle banquet hall. The entrance room is decorated with medieval style wooden chairs fit for Princes and Princesses.
Upon entering Akershus, you are welcomed by a Princess; our hostess for our meal was Belle. All guests had the chance to take a picture with Belle. Later in the meal, a Cast Member presents you with a package of your picture with the princess AT NO EXTRA COST! This was a pleasant surprise, as with most other character dining restaurants the pictures are an extra charge.
During the meal, there is a princess and prince parade. The Host Princesses ask the little princesses and princes to get up and walk around the room. Since many of the little princesses are dressed in their finest, this gives them the opportunity to show of their dresses.
Our niece loved the experience. She was able to meet [Read more…]
Remember when we had a little bit of Christmas back in August with these fun Star Wars items? It’s been a busy fall with all of the festivities going on around WDW and Disneyland, but now we can finally take a moment to share our weekly Holiday Gift Ideas!
Each week, we’ll share some fun gift-giving ideas for the Disney and/or food fans in your life. And isn’t shopping right there from your computer so much easier than trudging through the crowded malls? Consider this your shopping FastPass to beat the crowds!
Star Wars Hans Solo Chocolate Carbonite Bar
Um…this is just awesome even if you’re not a Star Wars fan. Hans Solo is frozen in this treat straight from Tattoine! This makes a great stocking stuffer for your Star Wars and/or dark chocolate fan. You can get your chocolate Hans Solo from a galaxy far, far away…where Jabba is apparently busy making seasonal treats.
Alice in Wonderland Tea Press Gift Set
A perfectly classic and understated gift for your sophisticated tea-drinker friends! 😉 This tea set includes everything you need for a great cup of tea — just add water! To get it, visit [Read more…]
Happy Halloween weekend! Let’s skip the tricks and get right to the treats — beer, food, wine, candy, and appetizers are all in the news this week.
And don’t forget to stop by the Main Street Bakery to get your homemade ice cream cookie sandwich on their specialty Halloween cookies! 🙂 Here we go…
Latest Disney Food News
Read on for this week’s Disney Food news highlights!
- The Raglan Road Irish Pub at Downtown Disney offers a menu of craft beers!
- La Cava del Tequila in Disney World has renovated its menu yet again. Check out the brand new appetizer list!
- Tables in Wonderland announces an event for November 2011 at The Wave in the Contemporary Resort!
- Review of the new Dulce Aventura candy store in Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure!
- Food photos and reviews from the Argentina and Morocco booths at the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
- Review of the new Tequila tasting and lunch held at La Hacienda de San Angel during the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
- Disney World Free Dining has been extended through September 2012 for Canadian and Latin American visitors!
Find more Disney news on our Disney News Pin Board, updated regularly with Disney Food News both big and small!
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates
We’ve passed the midway point of the festival, but there’s still a LOT of eating to do! Here are a few ways to stay up to date:
- We’re marking the occasion with a sale on our Festival e-book! Use code MIDPOINT to get 20% off the price of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book.
- Check out all of the great reviews coming in from the Festival! We have reviews of the World Showcase booths as well as the special events and deminars. To go directly to Epcot Food and Wine Festival reviews, click here.
- Check out food photos from all of the World Showcase booths here!
Stay tuned to our continuing coverage of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival over on our Epcot Food & Wine Festival Pages!
Review of The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book
The Disney Food Blog’s Guide to Dining in Walt Disney World features 250 full-color pages of information, planning suggestions, tips, and details about eating in Disney World.
According to The Clothspring, “The money saving advice in this book pays for itself! You get insider tips and expert advice on food in Disney. Author AJ Wolfe, also author of the Disney Food Blog, has compiled the best, easiest to follow guide on Disney food you will find on the market.”
Read the rest of the review here!
Before planning YOUR Disney World trip, order your copy here!
On to the Round-Up!
DisZine features an awesome Halloween sale at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Walt Disney World! Book now for several months out and get an added “treat!”
WESH.com features some delicious pumpkin-y goodness in an article about Disney World Halloween Treats and Tips (by yours truly!!)
Eating (and Drinking) Around the World takes us on a fun tour of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
The Dallas Arboretum highlights their 2011 fairytale theme in the pumpkin patch. Check out the amazing Cinderella’s Pumpkin Village.
Main Street Gazette samples an old-fashioned candy apple at Candy Cauldron in Downtown Disney!
WDWRadio has us craving fried chicken with this recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken from the Pop Century Resort!
Disney by Mark reviews the September 30 Xante Mixology seminar at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
Disney Parks Blog has a great video about a new dish at Remy on the Disney Dream:
Disneyland’s Princess meal takes place in Disney California Adventure at Ariel’s Grotto, a lovely little restaurant full of windows and under-the-sea themeing perfectly fitting for the princess from The Little Mermaid.
Ariel’s Grotto lunch at Disney’s California Adventure in Disneyland Resort begins with an impressive-looking first course followed by your choice of entrees. Go ahead and skip ahead to the dessert platter. It’s worth a quick peek now, but be sure to return here to finish our full review!
The princess vibe hits you before you even walk into the restaurant. Well, at least it did for us! We were required to walk past a merchandise kiosk selling princess dresses in order to get to the front door. Can you imagine walking by all of those dresses with your little girl on your way to a princess character meal? You’ll have to keep your wits about you, because I’m guessing she won’t! 😉
Passing the princess dresses, we walked under a sign welcoming us (and the Merfolk), and headed into the reception area for Ariel’s.
Here, we checked in at the podium and checked out a display of celebration cakes. These were prominent throughout Disneyland during our last visit. They’re available for order when [Read more…]