NEWS and Full Review: The Market at Ale & Compass in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

We’re coming to you today from The Market at Ale & Compass!

Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “Great! But where’s Ale & Compass?” The Market at Ale & Compass is located in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. You may already be familiar with Ale & Compass Lounge, which sits near the Captain’s Grille (which is currently closed for refurbishment — guests can enjoy Captain’s Grille dishes at its temporary location in Ariel’s).

The Market at Ale & Compass, however, is located right by the Fittings & Fairings gift shop (which is… umm, also closed for refurbishment ;) , with a reopening planned for July. Change is the name of the game ‘round these parts!).

With the exception of the Yacht & Beach Club’s pool bar, Hurricane Hanna’s, the Yacht Club has been without a Counter Service option, with guests relying on nearby choices at the neighboring BoardWalk Inn and Beach Club.

Sign for The Market at Ale & Compass

Sign for The Market at Ale & Compass

The Market at Ale & Compass is here to change that… and it’s been a long time coming. Step inside!

Atmosphere

The Market at Ale & Compass has been established in half of what was the Fittings & Fairings gift shop (the other portion of the space will once again operate as a merchandise spot once it reopens in July).  [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: April 24, 2017

Wow… we’re gearing up for a LOT of new experiences coming to Walt Disney World in the coming weeks. Next month, the new “Happily Ever After” nighttime spectacular will make its debut in Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom will unveil an entire new LAND with Pandora — The World of AVATAR!

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“Happily Ever After” Concept Art ©Disney

But, as always, there is plenty taking place in the here and now in Disney World, too. So, let’s take a look around the parks and resorts to find out What’s New!

Animal Kingdom

Check out the half-adorable, half-creepy new Panda Caramel Apple in Zuri’s Sweets Shop! (That thing really needs pupils.) [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 21, 2016

Happy Sunday! We hope you’re enjoying this late-summer weekend! Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s Food Post Round-up!

Cinnamon Roll -- Another View

Cinnamon Roll — Another View

Summer might be winding down, but that means we’re just a few weeks away from the start of the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! We have a preview of a few of this year’s Marketplace Booths, including the all-new Greenhouse Guru booth.

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

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Best Disney World Cinnamon Rolls

Nothing hits the spot quite like that decadent treat, a Disney Cinnamon Roll. Whether you’re enjoying one of these mammoth pastries for breakfast with your coffee, or as an afternoon snack, it’s been one of my favorites forever!

It’s unfortunate that some of the very best ones, like the Main Street Bakery Cinnamon Roll and the Sticky Bun at Kouzzina, are no longer available.

Best Disney World Cinnamon Rolls

But there are still so many delicious options available out there! Let’s take a look at a few of my favorites, and then you can share with me which ones you like the best. [Read more…]

Review: Breakfast at Kouzzina in Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Let’s head to one of my highly recommended breakfast spots — Kouzzina, at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn!

This casual, but classy restaurant is carries the name of celebrity chef Cat Cora, and features a menu with a Mediterranean influence that celebrates Cora’s Greek heritage.

Kouzzina has won critical acclaim, and has long been one of our favorite stops for breakfast in all of Walt Disney World. So on a recent trip there, we decided to drop by and see what was new…and there was one thing that I’m STILL dreaming about today! I can’t wait to tell you about it!

Read on!

Atmosphere

Entering Kouzzina from the almost carnival-like atmosphere of Disney’s BoardWalk, you immediately sense a shift in mood. Kouzzina has a decidedly refined atmosphere, but with many rustic touches. It’s almost like urban-meets-farmhouse.

Menu Cover

In the entryway, there are shelves with mementos and cooking vessels. We spied this Hidden Mickey, which is a nice reminder that although Cat Cora is the chef, you’re still at Disney.

Entryway Decor Featuring a Hidden Mickey

Since a renovation last year, you can find lots of Cora-rific goodies for sale in the lobby of the restaurant.

A List of Available Merchandise

Some of the Cat Cora Merchandise for Sale

Once your name is called and you head into the restaurant, you’ll see another result of the recent renovation. Olive Oil — Greek Olive Oil, to be precise — is used as a hip decor element. Personally, I think this is a little too contemporary for the more “farmhouse-y” feel of the restaurant, but that’s why I’m not an interior designer I guess.

Olive Oil Bottles

While the art wall of olive oil bottles provides the urban touch, lots of dark wood in the dining room brings the rustic feel to the party. Walls with dark wood wainscoting match booths, tables, and beamed ceilings. Lighter wood planks cover the floor. All in all, the hard surfaces and high ceilings can make for a loud space, but the overall feeling is comfortable.

Seating

Bright light is filtered at the windows through white curtains. It really is a very relaxing spot for breakfast in WDW! A good contrast to what you’re about to experience in the parks! ;-)

Windows

Be sure to look up, too. The light fixtures are really beautiful, with an almost Middle Eastern look.

Beautiful Light Fixture

And the painted tin ceiling carries the feeling of antiquity through the space.

Light Fixture From Another Angle

The open kitchen draws the eye, however. It’s always entertaining to watch [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 6, 2013

Are you ready for an awesome new treat??

Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich!

Check out the fantastic new Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich at Epcot’s L’Artisan des Glaces in France!

And while you’re in Epcot, don’t forget to enjoy all of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival offerings! We just had a whirlwind trip, and we’ll continue to bring you festival coverage throughout the event!

There’s also some important news that I don’t want you to miss. Be sure to check out the NEW cancellation policy coming to ALL Walt Disney World table service restaurants.

Let’s check out the rest of the news…

Disney Food News

Read on!

Of course, there’s more! 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 a New Dining Room on the Disney Magic, and more.

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

We’ve got some fun sweets this week!

Reader Morgan sent this message: “Who wants a cinnamon roll from Gaston’s? YOU DO NOW! Buahahaha!”

Cinnamon Roll at Gaston's Tavern

Here’s another sweet [Read more…]

Review: New Treats at Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Today, we are sharing with you some brand new treats that we’ve discovered at one of our favorite spots in Animal Kingdom, Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery!

Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery Sign

This tiny spot has a huge cult following (and I’m right at the front of the line) for their amazing baked goods, like the White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake and the Paw Print Brownie.

But they’ve just debuted a couple more snacks that have me counting the days until my next Disney trip!

Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery

The fantastic new treats go beautifully with the already stellar (though limited) list that you could find there previously. Some of the items are available all day, while others are only available in the afternoon.

Kusafiri Bakery Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Let’s take a look at a couple of the new items!

Elephant Ears

First up — a pastry that is perfectly named for noshing at Animal Kingdom. That’s right, folks, we have Elephant Ears for you today.

Elephant Ears

The enormous pastries, made from puff pastry layered with a [Read more…]

Snack Series: Cinnamon Sticky Bun at BoardWalk Bakery

Well, my friends…it’s time to tempt  your taste buds yet again! You’ll remember when I visited the newly refurbished Boardwalk Bakery and ate my weight in pastry a few weeks ago… .

The NEW Boardwalk Bakery -- three times the size of the old one!

Well, here’s another gorgeous treat from the updated bakery that I’m sure you’re going to love — the ooey-gooey Cinnamon Sticky Bun!!

Cinnamon Sticky Bun

It’s OK if you’d like to take a moment to sit quietly with that picture. We’ll wait.

They had these piled high on a plate in the display case of the bakery, and they totally just CALL to you!! (What’s that one in the pic above saying to you now???) And I couldn’t help myself… . I ordered one and [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: June 30, 2013

I’m getting SO excited for the upcoming Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

This week we got a glimpse at a few more delicious 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival menu items that will be featured at this year’s World Showcase booths.

From salmon in Scotland to pork belly in Brazil, we can’t wait to eat our way around the World this year. Stay tuned this month for even more great updates and menu items as they’re revealed.

In the meantime, check out our 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page and our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans facebook page for more…

Disney Food News

We’ve gathered this week’s food news from your favorite Disney destinations!

  • Bread Cone sandwiches are now being offered at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
  • Check out the new cinnamon roll in town at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney!
  • The Rainforest Cafe recently opened the brand new Lava Lounge with outdoor, waterfront dining. Also, check out the new volcano show that occurs nightly in Downtown Disney Orlando!
  • A few more 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menu Items have been announced for Disney World’s massive Food and Wine event!
  • A new Orange Slush beverage is being served at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!
  • Check out our review of the updated quick-service restaurant — Gasparilla Island Grill — at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Walt Disney World!

Of course, there’s more! 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 Dole-Inspired Menu Items at Downtown Disney Anaheim and Limited Time Magic Treats in Walt Disney World July 1-7.

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

This week we’re featuring some unique desserts. First up, Reader Mandi emailed this gorgeous Chocolate Ginger Cake from Epcot’s Teppan Edo! (We tried this one at Tokyo Dining and loved it!)

Chocolate Ginger Cake!

Facebook Friend Vanessa shared this note: “For those of you who missed it, here are some of the lovely treats AJ chose for this Snack Attack, Butterfinger Cupcakes from DHS, Red Velvet Cupcakes, School Bread from Norway…” We had a great time!

Snack Attack Desserts!

DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks Grand Launch Celebration

We’re celebrating the grand launch of our BRAND NEW DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book!

You can get the new Guide for $3 off the regular purchase price for a limited time — just use code SNACKS13 at the check-out!

With over 250 pages of delicious snacks, the DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks is the third — and long-awaited — book in our DFB Guide Snacks Series!

As always, you will enjoy an instantly downloadable PDF guide with comprehensive information and advice on well over 200 delicious snacks that you can savor at the Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios parks in the Walt Disney World resort.

The DFB Mini-Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book will include:

  • Full-color photos of well over 200 of our favorite snacks
  • Over 260 pages of great information, tips, and insider info
  • Current prices and Disney Dining Plan snack credit status
  • Disney Food Blog reviews of all snacks
  • Special Bonus items you’re going to love! (Of course…how could we not include these?!)

DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks Sample Page

Know what you’re getting BEFORE using a precious snack credit or spending limited vacation dollars. Whether you want sweet, salty, crunchy, healthy, or something in between, The DFB Mini-Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book tells you where to find a snack to match your craving!

Don’t forget — for easy access in the parks, put the guide on your smartphone or tablet!

Or Bundle For Even More Savings!

Headed to Disney World and want the whole scoop on snacks? Bundle four of our most popular Disney Dining Guides and SAVE!

Pick up our DFB Guide and Snacks Bundle for over 40% off! This includes our critically acclaimed DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, and DFB Guide to Epcot Snacks along with the brand new DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks. All editions have been updated for 2013!

Check out how you can have the best Disney vacation ever…and pay even less!

For more detailed information and sample pages [Read more…]

Review: LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland

We were very excited in 2012 to bring you some of the earliest pictures of Gaston’s Tavern in Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland!

This rustic spot, known for hearty snacks that could easily double as a meal, is one of the newest spots to score eats in all of the resort. And with its incredible themeing, you feel like you’ve stepped out of reality and right into Gaston’s cozy mancave featured in Beauty and the Beast!

Gaston's Tavern -- Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland

And while we’ve talked about some of great menu items here — like the brand new Pork Shank (now in Disneyland, too!) and the Gaston’s Tavern Cinnamon Rolls, there’s one star player that merits a bit more detail — LeFou’s Brew!

Atmosphere

If you’ve had the chance to read our reviews of New Fantasyland, or visit the area yourself, then you already know about the incredible job Imagineers did here. (If you’d like to see more, check out our reviews of lunch and dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant, as well as some of the fun options at Big Top Treats!)

And Gaston’s Tavern is just one more foray into fantasy… . The tavern is depicted in the film when Gaston is whining to LeFou about how Belle has rejected him.

Gaston's Tavern Main Dining Room

Many of the features in the movie have [Read more…]