Guest Review: Tangierine Café in Epcot

Welcome back guest author Melissa Sue Sorrells Galley with a review of the Tangierine Café in Epcot’s Morocco!

Today we’re heading to one of my all-time absolute favorite places in Walt Disney World, Epcot’s Morocco at night, to do one of my all-time absolute favorite things ever: eat.

Morocco at night

Atmosphere

As you enter the Morocco pavilion, you’re immediately transported by the sights, smells, and sounds of a Moroccan marketplace, which sets the scene for the delicious meal you’re about to enjoy.

Nejjarine Fountain

Located on the France-side of the Morocco pavilion, the Tangierine Café is a [Read more…]

It’s Official: Starbucks Lands at Disney Parks

Update: Check out the discreet integration of Starbucks into Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe!

We speculated about a Starbucks-Disney collaboration a few months ago, and it turns out the rumors are true!

For decades, one of the biggest food-related complaints about Disney parks was the lack of decent coffee (Disney for many years relied on instant NesCafe and only recently brought in a few spots where Joffrey’s Coffee was sold). Now that Starbucks is planning to join forces with the Happiest Places on Earth, coffee addicts can finally ditch the jitters. ;-)

The coffee king will show up first in Disney California Adventure this June, at the brand new Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café. Locations will serve coffee, espresso, frappuccino, and more, and guests will also be able to nosh on signature Starbucks sandwiches, pastries, and desserts.

Other locations will be popping up soon in all four Disney World parks and Disneyland Park. Note that the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts have served Starbucks for quite a while.

One question I have: How do you “Disney-fy” something as highly-branded as Starbucks? Starbucks locations all seem pretty consistent to me…what would a Disney version be like? The Fiddler location will be themed to the 1920’s vision of Buena Vista Street — including Spanish/Mexican architecture and baristas in 1920s-inspired attire. Other locations will be themed as well.

Are you excited? Concerned? Don’t care as long as you can finally get good coffee? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Review: Epcot Haiti Drinks Booth (or “The Best Frozen Lemonade EVER”)

At the 2012 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, the Haiti: Garden of Many Colors display is a fun, new exhibit where guests can learn about Haitian culture.

Haiti Sign

We stopped by the beverage kiosk, which features Haitian rhums (rum) and liqueurs in delicious frozen cocktails along with other non-alcoholic options.

Personally, I think this addition is awesome. I love any time they add new food kiosks, but, I have to say, the yummy treats I tried were seriously rockin’. I can’t wait to tell you about ‘em! (Oh, and there’s a video of one of my favorite songs at the bottom of this post, too, so…just sayin’.)

An added plus? The booth area is even lighted — allowing for Happy Hour to continue long after the sun sets!

Atmosphere

The bright colors of the booth and surrounding decor made for a great, attention-grabbing display!

Haiti Booth Sign

Those of us who were at the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival will remember a veeeeery similar-looking booth to this one! ;-) Reduce, Reuse, [Read more…]

New! Fun Disney Ceramic Coffee Tumblers

You guys remember when Disney came out with those fun boxed candies with clever sayings on the front last year, right?

Well, we’ve spotted some adorable ceramic tumblers that sport similar sayings and are perfect for your morning cup of joe! Currently priced at $14.95, these Disney Theme Park Exclusive mugs make a great take-home souvenir.

Each 8 1/2″ tall mug has a detachable rubber lid and holds about 12 oz. of your favorite beverage. I haven’t seen them on DisneyStore.com yet, but if you do, let me know! Here are a few of the ones we found in the parks this week:

Disney monorail fans will love this mug. “Please stand clear of my coffee. Por Favor Mantengase AleJado De Mi Cafe'”!

Monorail Mug

Jessica Rabbit shows off her animated features and exclaims, [Read more…]

Coffee Margarita Now Available at Cava del Tequila in Epcot

Fun news for coffee and margarita lovers!

We recently heard that Epcot’s La Cava del Tequila is now offering a mezcal coffee margarita (a full-size version of this one that we got the chance to taste two years ago)! Don’t worry…yours will be MUCH bigger. Ours was just a small shot-sized sample. ;-)

Coffee Margarita sample

This one is smooth and creamy — with a kick!

Don’t forget to head over to Margarita Mondays tomorrow if you’re in Epcot! :-)

Guest Review: Aulani Eats and Off-Site Treats

in front of the Lava Shack

Join us in welcoming guest author Beth Osborn with a tour of Eats at Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa in Oahu. We’ve also got some great tips about eating at non-Disney spots around the resort! Brace yourselves — there’s Dole Whip, Shave Ice, Plate Lunch, and more — ahead! Don’t forget to check out Aulani restaurant info and menus here.

Arriving to Aulani on October 15, my husband Kev and I selected familiar WDW items — refillable mugs! We purchased purple and blue refillable mugs, which have an Aulani design that matches the beige wallpaper in the halls of the hotel. Red and green options were also available.

Even though the mugs are more expensive at Aulani, we felt we got our money’s worth at $18.99 each over the week we were there.

‘Ama ‘Ama Restaurant at Aulani

We had dinner at Ama Ama — Kev’s salt crusted fish was like nothing we’d ever seen before, with a completely removable crust. He said it was very moist.

Salt Encrusted Fish from Ama Ama

I had the French Maui onion soup and a tomato and cheese salad (two appetizers instead of an entree). Both were excellent.

French Onion Soup and the Tomato Salad from Ama Ama

Makahiki Restaurant and Rip Swirl at Aulani

We had a character breakfast at Makahiki with Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy. I wasn’t as excited about the buffet as some at Disney World, but I did enjoy the [Read more…]

Guest Review: ‘AMA ‘AMA Beachside Restaurant at Disney’s Aulani Resort

We’re so excited to have a review of Disney’s Aulani Resort’s premier restaurant just a few days after its opening! Mark Hickson is a Disney fan, a former Disney Imagineer, and a Hawai’i resident and food blogger (among many other things). We’re honored to share this article with our readers. Thanks, Mark!

'Ama 'Ama Beachside Restaurant

So the resort has been open for five days now and I thought it would be the perfect time to dine in the resort’s signature restaurant, ‘AMA ‘AMA. The restaurant is named after the tasty mullet fish ʻamaʻama that us locals enjoy.

Atmosphere

The setting is an open air thatched roof fishing shack and a minimalist fishing factory with concrete pillars and a large fish holding tanks complete with pipeline and spigot. Of all the beautiful facilities at Aulani Resort this place’s theme is the only one that doesn’t work.

Our reservations were for 5:30pm and my wife and I were seated directly. Unfortunately since it is an open air dining area (no walls), the sun was low enough to shine in so it was very bright and hot at our table. In retrospect I would wait until sunset to be seated.

Eats

Take a look at the official ‘AMA ‘AMA menus below:

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For drinks I ordered a Pineapple Papaya Cosmo. It was fun, tropical and fresh with a light foam on top. Good enough to order a second, which I did! My wife’s coffee was [Read more…]

Hidden Gem: Animal Kingdom’s Royal Anandapur Tea Company

I like to play a game with myself at Disney parks. It’s called “pretend I live there and I’m not super rushing to do or see anything.”

While this game isn’t always successful, I’ve found that when I get up early and head into the parks during extra magic hour or right at opening time, I can claim a little bit of peace and quiet in some of the less populated areas. And as Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World is the most beautiful Disney park I’ve been in, it’s one of my favorites to visit in the relative peace of early morning.

Tea Company Sign

At these times, most guests head straight to Expedition Everest; the rest veer left toward Harambe and Kilimanjaro Safaris. Me? I keep on going through Asia toward the very back of the park — to the Anandapur Tea Company — in a section of the park that houses restaurants, walking trails, and a water ride.

Since few people want to do any of those things in the early morning, it can be pretty empty back there, but it’s a great spot to get a mild caffeine fix and some breakfast pastries.

Royal Anandapur Tea Company

Atmosphere

The Tea Company is designed as a regional, Asian tea stop, so there’s lots of [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 1, 2011

Happy May to everyone! We hope everyone fared well during this stormy week.

Here’s the foodie news from Disney this week:

DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining Reviews!

We had a couple more great reviews of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining this week!

Oh Amanda says, “If you are going to Disney World and plan on eating there, YOU NEED THIS BOOK!” Read her full review here!

Disney By The Numbers says, “You must buy your copy NOW. Don’t wait to buy this book; it is a must have for all WDW guests, even if you’re local to WDW or come from half way around the world each year on vacation.” Read his full review here.

Thanks, guys! Remember, you can get your copy of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book right here!

And now, on to the round-up!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World shows us how to play with our Disney food with new theme park snack and play sets. Finally a Mickey ice cream bar that will survive the trip home! ;-)

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups shares a review of Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Cake Wrecks It’s a sandwich! It’s a cake! It’s a Mickey MLT!

Progress City, U.S.A. takes a look at Disney dining news circa 1984!

Main Street Gazette reveals how the Rose & Crown Pub in Epcot’s United Kingdom pavilion honors the royal wedding of William and Kate!

WDW Radio answers reader questions about purchasing groceries to use at your Disney resort.

Monorail Coffee!

For those that weren’t aware, the Transportation and Ticket Center has added one of our favorite new little coffee kiosks. (Like the one over by the Epcot monorail station.)

Transportation and Ticket Center Coffee Kiosk

Now, when are they going to put coffee stations on the buses…? ;-) Here’s one of the menu signs for the kiosk. The other menu sign photo [Read more…]