The Croissant Doughnut has had a few homes in Epcot over the years since making its debut.
Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is a fabulous opportunity to eat lots of great food and to drink lots of great drinks. And while we know we’ll be putting some of our returning favorites on our must-eat list — we also make a second list: New Stuff We Can’t Wait to Try! (Yeah, we’re all about lists here at DFB!)
And this is that list — including a few items we got the chance to sample recently!
Guinness Baileys Shake – Ireland
The new Guinness Bailey’s Shake from the Ireland booth got us all kinds of excited when we saw it on the menu! We were expecting a frozen, creamy drink with a powerful hit of Guinness and Baileys — and that’s just what we got when we tried it during a preview! PLUS it comes with the glass! We can’t wait to try it again!
The Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar is brand new this year, and the offerings sound incredible! Mimosas include varieties like the Tropical Mimosa and the Madras Mimosa (which we have tried!), and there’s a tasty-sounding, kid-friendly drink called Frozen Apple Pie!
But aside from those intriguing drinks, the Mimosa Bar is also serving up pastries like an Almond Croissant and a Cheese Danish with Sweet Icing! One of each, please! [Read more…]
Recently, Walt Disney World announced that its beloved “Welcome Show” would move from its familiar location atop the train station to its new home on the stage in front of Cinderella’s Castle.
Casey’s Corner, with its perfect Main Street location and iconic design, is one of a few Main Street, USA, locations that will be opening for the breakfast crowd. We love Casey’s classic decor so much, we might stop for breakfast just to spend more time checking it out!
While the relocation of the Welcome Show was a downer for those who have grown to love watching it at the train station, the introduction of new breakfast options is pretty exciting!
It’s a New Year!!!
And to ring it in, there are some NEW GOURMET HOT DOGS coming to one of our very favorite Counter Service spots… Casey’s Corner in the Magic Kingdom!
Casey’s is, of course, THE quintessential place to enjoy a dog in Disney World. While you can always grab a standard hot dog to top at the condiment bar, Casey’s has also long been home to the classic Chili-Cheese Hot Dog and the less traditional Barbecue Slaw Dog (in addition to the fan favorite Corn Dog Nuggets).
But you may notice something new on the menu during your next visit to Casey’s… and any subsequent visits after that. Because a new rotating specialty menu will feature new Hot Dogs every month.
And they’re starting with a foot-long version of the Mac & Cheese and Bacon-topped Hot Dog! [Read more…]
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! We hope you have all your baking, shopping, and prepping done…because we sure don’t.
It’s been a big week for food news at Walt Disney World with the grand opening of the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen!
We have a lot to share, so let’s jump right in…
Disney Food News
- The Ganachery Chocolate Shoppe is open at Disney Springs! We have a first look and full review!
- The Jungle Cruise Restaurant has finally opened in Walt Disney World! Check out our full review!
- Still looking for that perfect gift? Check our our Disney and Star Wars Gift Guide!
- California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is serving a Sunday Brunch starting in February.
- There’s a new spot for quick eats and drinks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We checked out the Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks just for you!
- Have you tried the Candy Cane Kah-lada at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? It’s a great holiday drink!
- Disney California Adventure’s Cove Bar is being expanded!
We know, we know… we talk about the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival a lot around here. Like, a LOT, a lot.
And can you blame us? It’s our favorite time of year, and we can’t wait to dig into all the new flavors like Brazil’s Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca (as well as some of our old standbys — I’m looking at you, Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup) at the Festival Marketplace Booths this year.
But let’s say your Disney World travel dates fall outside of the Festival dates of September 25 – November 16th. What’s a Disney food fan to do?
I’ll tell you what… You can try a few Food and Wine Festival offerings in spots around Epcot and Downtown Disney right now. Follow me!
Featured Beverages at the Refreshment Cool Post
We’re starting at Epcot’s Refreshment Cool Post, tucked between the China Pavilion and the walkway to Germany.
You may have passed the Refreshment Coolpost a bajillion-and-one times on your jaunts around World Showcase without thinking much of it. Kid-friendly fare is the primary focus, with the main offerings of hot dogs and frozen yogurt (for a time it was a super yummy pineapple) providing options for picky eaters far away from the American Adventure Pavilion. Even if you have walked right on by, you may still be familiar with the nearly constant sound of drums being played by the congregating kiddos! [Read more…]
The long-awaited moment has arrived…
Be Our Guest Restaurant -- Breakfast
So, in the (slightly paraphrased) words of Lumiere, “Now, we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair, as Be Our Guest Restaurant proudly presents… your Breakfast!”
Since the day Be Our Guest Restaurant opened as part of New Fantasyland in November of 2012, it seems to have only picked up steam. To say that its initial offerings of a Table Service Dinner and Counter Service Lunch have been successful would be an enormous understatement. The popularity and demand for meals at Be Our Guest have led to a third offering for the day, which is the new meal and experience that we’re here to review now: Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant!
UPDATE: Please note that as of June 2015, the original test phase of breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant has been extended and Advance Dining Reservations are available for breakfast through October 3, 2015.
Before we step inside, though, it’s worth exploring the outside grounds a bit, since that’s where you check in for your Advance Dining Reservation. But mostly, it’s just a neat hour to be in New Fantasyland and experience some of the quiet among the earliest breakfast arrivals.
With the Daylight Savings Time change being so recent, the sun had not been out long before my friends and I arrived for check in, so the natural light in the area was especially beautiful.
But it’s also the indoor themeing of this restaurant that makes it so special, so let’s step once more into the Beast’s Castle…
We’ve taken one or two (or three) tours around Be Our Guest Restaurant before, but it’s undeniable that the exceptional theming has been the top draw for guests hoping to dine here. And since, as with lunch, you get to choose where you sit for breakfast, you’ll want to give each of the three rooms consideration before your visit.
I don’t know which of the rooms has been most in demand since Be Our Guest opened. I’m guessing that it might be the Ballroom, since it so perfectly captures the scene where Belle and Beast dance together in the film, and is complete with elegant seating, stunning chandeliers, and falling snow.
Many guests, though, are eager to dine in the West Wing: the place Belle was forbidden to go due to the presence of the Enchanted Rose.
Aside from the magically falling rose petals, amazing special effects in this room include the sound of periodic thunderstorms, simultaneously revealing glimpses of the Beast in the portrait of the prince.
While the third room, the Rose Gallery, isn’t open for dinner, it IS open for both breakfast lunch. The highlight is the [Read more…]
Last December, we were thrilled to report that Epcot had jumped on the cronut wagon!
Epcot’s Refreshment Port (if you’re walking from Canada, you’ll find the Port immediately before the paths that take you into Future World) quietly introduced them with this unassuming sign listing “Croissant Doughnut.”
Of course, “Croissant Doughnuts” is quite an apt description for these fried pastries formed out of rings of croissant dough (plus, as I mentioned in the previous post, the name “cronut” is trademarked — so legal stuffs and whatever).
We tried ’em. We loved ’em. But guess what!!
Not only are the cronuts still in full swing at the Refreshment Port… you can now get them A LA MODE.
You need to approach the counter to see this option: it’s on a small sign near the registers, so you can’t find it on the regular display… at least, not yet.
Just take a look!
The ice cream is a generous portion of vanilla soft serve. If you want ice cream with every bite, you’re set!
Of course, I had to get the regular (non a la mode) cronut for a side by side comparison… all in the name of proper research, of course 😉 .
Everything that we love about the cronut to begin with [Read more…]
Along with holiday treats, we spotted some more interesting Disney Food news this week. Did you see the new sign for Spice Road Table?? It’s awesome! 2014 will bring this brand new tapas restaurant to Epcot’s Morocco!
For more details, just click on the links below!
Disney Food News
- Check out the new signage for Epcot’s Spice Road Table restaurant in Walt Disney World!
- The World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck rolled into Downtown Disney!
- We spotted new holiday treats at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
- The Cronut (or Croissant Doughnut) is being served at Epcot’s Refreshment Port.
- Disneyland visitors will find a new treat available in January — the Gourmet Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Apple!
- Disneyland’s Jingle Jangle Jamboree features cookie decorating and special snacks.
- Dole Whip and Popcorn scented air fresheners spotted in 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 restaurant closures!
DFB Reader Finds
Reader Abby tweeted a delicious find from Disneyland — the Chocolate Coffee Yule Log! You’ll find this seasonal treat at Plaza Inn!
Our buddy, disneynorth, tweeted this little beauty. There’s nothing better than a classic!
Thanks for sharing your delicious finds with us!
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On to the Round-Up!
Mickey Fix shares yet another fun gift idea — the Mickey Mouse Jelly Belly candy dispenser!
disZine reports on seasonal meals and treats at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney district.
Walt Disney World for Grown Ups shares a Private Dining Experience at the Grand Floridian Resort.
Designing Disney researches the design history for a Disneyland Paris restaurant — Fuente del Oro Restaurante.