Review: Meatball Cone at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney

We first told you in March that some favorite Cone-Shaped Foods from Disney California Adventure had arrived in Walt Disney World!

WDWDowntown tweeted about the new menu items today

This is a trend that we’ve been seeing more and more lately. When a new, “unique” food is introduced at one of the parks, it usually shows up on the other coast with a different name or themeing. Case in point: Red’s Apple Freeze at California Adventure’s Cozy Cone Motel has morphed into Le Fou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland.

Cones Come to Disney World!

And now, we’re seeing the migration East of the cone foods — sadly sans the awesome Cars themeing. So you’d better believe that I made a special trip over to Downtown Disney’s Marketplace Snacks to check them out!

Marketplace Snacks in Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney

Two new cones replace a couple of the more upscale “gourmet” hot dog selections that were previously available here. If you’re a big fan of the Philly Cheesesteak Dog or the Barbecued Pork and Coleslaw Dog, you’ll have to enjoy them elsewhere. (At our last check, the Philly Cheesesteak Dog could still be found at Magic Kingdom’s Lunching Pad, while you can head to Casey’s Corner for the Barbecue Pork Coleslaw Dog.)

While that’s all good, I was here for one reason: those cones. Some have heralded cones as the blessed return of the Disney handwich.

The Cones come with two different fillings: the Chili Cone Queso and the Meatball Cone.

Marketplace Snacks Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Since I’m a big fan of bread bowls, I thought they both looked pretty amazing. So, which one did I try on this first outing?

The Meatball Cone

They both sounded pretty awesome, but since we already showed you the Chili Cone Queso, I opted for the [Read more…]

Top 10 Disney Dining News Stories of 2012

2012 draws to a close today, and what a year it’s been!! Here at Disney Food Blog we’ve been following every bit of Disney Dining and Food News, and we’ve narrowed down the list to 10 amazing stories we’d like to share with you!

Check out The Top 10 Disney Food News Stories of 2012!

#1: Alcohol Served at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World

In a move that shocked most and delighted many, Disney announced that it would begin serving alcohol within the gates of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for the first time in the park’s 41-year history.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Wine Menu -- click for larger image

At the brand new Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland, guests are now able to indulge in their choice of several French and Belgian beers and wines!

According to Disney Imagineers, it was important to complement the French menu of the restaurant with an excellent beer and wine list.

Kronenberg Beer at Be Our Guest

However, while adult beverages are now being served in the shadow of Cinderella’s castle, they will only be available during Be Our Guest’s Table Service dinner and will not be available “to-go.” So you won’t see anyone strolling around with a cocktail or a glass of wine awaiting their turn on the teacups. ;-)

#2: Starbucks Debuts in Disney Parks

It’s no secret that Disney has never been known for fantastic coffee — until now! In 2012 Disney and Starbucks announced a partnership to bring the iconic siren behind the main gates and into the parks.

Mickey and the Siren Unite

Starbucks has already opened its first stop in Disney California Adventure’s Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe and five more locations are planned in the near future.

Fans of the chain will welcome the first Walt Disney World Starbucks locations to the Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom and Fountain View Cafe in Epcot in 2013.

Starbucks Sign in Disney California Adventure

A location on Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A. is planned for the Market House in late 2013.

#3: Citrus Swirl Returns to Sunshine Tree Terrace in the Magic Kingdom

You spoke, and Disney listened! One of the biggest stories of 2012 was the return of the Citrus Swirl to Magic Kingdom’s Sunshine Tree Terrace.

Citrus Swirl

This refreshing treat hearkens back to the early days of Magic Kingdom, when Disney and the Florida Citrus Commission partnered to have orange treats in the park. The original soft serve was a [Read more…]

Guest Review: Cozy Cone Motel in Disney California Adventure

Today, we’re making a pit stop with Kent Walker at the brand new Cozy Cone Motel in Disney California Adventure for snacks!

When they were putting the plans together for Cars Land, someone must’ve asked, “So what are we going to do with the Cozy Cone?”

The Imagineers knew that it had to be a part of the new addition to Disney California Adventure, but in what form should the Cozy Cone Motel be accessible to guests? In true Imagineer fashion, someone came up with the perfect solution – snacks! Each cone could be its own concession stand selling a specialized kind of snack.

Very cool sign!

Atmosphere

Walking down Route 66 into Cars Land is like dropping yourself into a computer at Pixar studios. Radiator Springs is just as you remember it from the Cars movies.

Walking past Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, you see Fillmore’s Taste-In on your right as you keep on going. After passing Sarge’s Surplus Hut on the right, you come across the courtyard for the Cozy Cone Motel on the other side of the street.

The front part of the property has a cool water fountain and a spot where you can meet Lightning McQueen or Mater at various points throughout the day.

Check out the flowers – they’re blooming tail lights!

Here’s our good friend Roger with his [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: June 17, 2012

Um…what an AWESOME WEEK!

Cars Land and Buena Vista Street became a reality in Disney California Adventure over in Disneyland Resort, Heather — our intrepid columnist and resident Awesome Spice — risked life and limb to get hundreds of photos and try dozens of menu items for some rad reviews (and there are more to come, my darlings; SO many more to come!), I got the chance to interview Chef Marianne Hunnel about the big doin’s happening at this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival (more on that tomorrow!), and…my big brother got married!!

I should totally buy a lottery ticket…

While I’m off doing that, why don’t you read up on the latest:

Disney Food News

Disney foodiness this week…!

We’ve got more food news (including Father’s Day dining at Orlando’s Downtown Disney and the D23 Sip & Scream Event…plus LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Dad’s Day Sale on the Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining

In honor of great dads (including my very own “AJ’s Dad,” who’s friggin’ awesome), we’re finally having a sale on our 2012 edition of the Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book. (I know — it’s been forever, right? Sorry about that.)

This week only, use code “DAD” to get 20% off this 300-page, fully portable e-Book. (FYI — It looks smokin’ on your iPad!)

SO, snap up the book and DON’T MISS ANYTHING for your next Disney World trip! Especially not the sweet money-saving tips!

On to the Round-Up

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World visits the new Sundowner Celebration at the Animal Kingdom.

Main Street Gazette noshes on the Chilled Summer Roll at the Animal Kingdom.

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups stops by the pool bars at the Grand Floridian resort.

A Wedding Cake Blog shares an awesome Star Wars inspired Groom’s Cake!

AllEars.Net spots a “hidden Mickey” at Epcot’s Teppan Edo!

Disney by Mark dines at Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot’s Canada pavilion.

Running at Disney visits the new Tutto Gusto wine bar in Epcot!

Disneyland had an awesome feature of the Head Chef over at Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland a while back! I’ll be reviewing a couple of items here in the next week or two!

Cars Land First Look: Food Photos and Reviews From Sally’s Cozy Cone Motel

After our fun look at Flo’s V-8 Cafe, I couldn’t wait to tell you all about Sally’s Cozy Cone Motel and the eats you can find there come June 15th at Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land!

We now have even more info than we did in our previous Cars Land Menu Post. Read through the menu below, then take a look at our tasting reviews!

Cozy Cone Motel Menu

Cone Number 1
Churro bites with cinnamon-chocolate sauce, cinnamon-spiced hot cocoa, and Ramone’s Pear of Dice Soda made with dessert pear syrup, mojito syrup and Sprite.

Cone Number 2
Soft-serve ice cream and “route” beer floats.

Cone Number 3
Savory bites all served in edible bread cones, such as a bacon-scrambled egg cone for breakfast, chicken verde or chili “cone” queso for lunch and dinner.

Specialty beverages are Fillmore’s Fuelin’ Groovy Ades, all-natural lemonade with [Read more…]

Cars Land Restaurants: What We Know So Far

As we get closer to the June 15, 2012 opening of the new Cars Land in Disney California Adventure, we wanted to take a look at what we know so far about the Radiator Springs’ restaurants.

Artist Rendering of Cars Land, copyright Disney

After all, we’ve come along way in gathering details about these venues since our earlier reports. And while we’re not holding our collective breath, we’re still crossing our fingers that someday we’ll see an announcement for a drive-in type restaurant similar to the Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.

For now… let’s take a look at what we DO know is coming in just under two months.

Flo’s V8 Cafe

This is the hot-spot when traveling along historic Route 66! Resembling a giant air filter in Radiator Springs, Flo’s V8 Cafe will serve cuisine inspired by the Mom ‘n Pop Diners we all know and love. As a quick-service option for breakfast meals, lunch, and dinner, the cafe will also have an outdoor patio overlooking [Read more…]

Sneak Peek! Cars Land Food in Disney California Adventure!

The Disney Parks Blog clued us in on some of the fun food you’ll be able to find in Cars Land this summer! Fingers crossed I can get out to Disney California Adventure in Disneyland Resort to try all of these goodies, but rest assured Heather will be there to sample a few for us!

Cozy Cone Motel

Start out your meal at the Cozy Cone Motel, where food is presented with a “cone” theme (think “chile cone carne” or “cone on the cob“!).

Chili Cone Carne at Cozy Cone Motel

You’ll also find a cone featuring flavored popcorn, including the fun bacon and cheddar version from the Bayou Bash as well as salt and vinegar, nacho cheese (YUM), sweet and spicy, and even [Read more…]

New Restaurants on Track in Disney California Adventure

As part of Disneyland Resort’s ginormous expansion and refurb of Disney’s California Adventure, the park is welcoming several new restaurants to the mix!

Paradise Pier

At Paradise Pier, you’ll soon find Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and the Paradise Garden Grill taking up residence. You can see the concept art for the new restaurants here! Clearly Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy are very excited, as indicated by these fun construction walls set up in DCA (thanks to our Disneyland Correspondent, Heather Sievers, for the pics!).

Cars Land

And over in Cars Land, we’ll find three new spots to munch: The Cozy Cone Motel will sell “cone” themed goodies, Fillmore’s Taste-In will sell “natural snacks and drinks,” and Flo’s V8 Cafe will serve diner food inspired by the restaurants found along Route 66. The OC Register published an awesome map of the space recently, and they have more Cars Land info here.

copyright Disneyland; published by OC Register

Can’t wait!! (And for those who got the pun in the title, my apologies ;-D)