New Fantasyland Grand Opening Eats and Treats

If you’ve been following my twitter, instagram, and facebook streams, you’ve been inundated with photos and reports from this week’s New Fantasyland Grand Opening!

And, of course, I was busy trying all of the goodies you can now find in New Fantasyland! Let’s take a peek…

New Fantasyland Cupcakes

During this Grand Opening weekend, guests will be able to find lots of fun eats, treats, and memory-making merch to indulge in. A couple of my favorites? These New Fantasyland cupcakes!

These can be found at Big Top Treats and Main Street Confectionery.

Find these at Main Street Bakery!

Gaston’s Tavern

Over at Gaston’s Tavern, they’re open for business serving up Pork Shanks, Le Fou’s Brew, and cinnamon rolls among other eats.

LeFou's Brew

Gaston's Tavern Cinnamon Roll -- with extra icing

And commemorate your visit with one of these fun Gaston t-shirts! [Read more…]

The “Everything On the Menu!!” Dinner Review of Be Our Guest Restaurant in Disney World

Mystery has surrounded the creation of the Beauty and the Beast-themed Be Our Guest Restaurant — Disney’s newest dining location — since we first saw the Be Our Guest Restaurant concept art!

From the announcement that beer and wine would be served for the first time at a Magic Kingdom restaurant to our most recent Be Our Guest guest review, we’ve explored the Beast’s domain from afar.

Be Our Guest Bridge Entrance

Well, not anymore. I finally was able to dine at the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom! And over the course of several meals I (and my various dining companions) ordered everything on the menu. (Well, the adult menu anyway.) I know how important it is to know what you’re getting when you’re planning your dining in Disney World, and I wanted to be thorough with this one for you guys.

After months (and months) of speculation about the decor and menu, stepping inside Be Our Guest Restaurant was truly exciting.

Be Out Guest Restaurant Check-In Area

After dining there several times this weekend, I’m anxious to bring to you my take on the food, beverages, and decor. So, let’s get started…

Atmosphere

Guests begin their experience by checking in at the Bridge entrance — a bit like a Gatekeeper’s area. This is where you make your requests for a dining room if you’d like — the Ballroom or West Wing (the Rose Gallery is usually used only for lunch, though some overflow tables are seated there during dinner currently).

Once you’re checked in, you’ll be given a pager and asked to wait on the bridge. Once your page goes off, head toward the large restaurant entrance to be greeted by the Beast’s servant who will take you to your table!

Be Our Guest Restaurant Entry Doors

Beast's Servant Leads Us To Our Table

Once you’re inside the castle, be sure to peek into the Beast’s Study. It’s the room where lunch guests make their orders, and is located right through the hallway where the Knights are all whispering to one another!

In the study, you might see Beast himself greeting his guests!

This was a surprise for those of us dining at the restaurant the first night of reservations. We’d all been told that Beast would not appear, but at 45 minute intervals throughout the evening he walks through the restaurant (with great fanfare and cheering) and then settles in [Read more…]

News! New Cupcakes Debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

I’m pretty excited that when I visit Disney World soon, I’ll have a chance to taste two brand new seasonal cupcakes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Also, coming in January, is an extravagant cupcake experience that’s worthy of a certain charismatic Captain we all know and love…;-) And judging from the descriptions, these are going to taste just as incredible as they look!

Pumpkin Mickey Cupcake

First up: a fun homage to fall with this cheerful Pumpkin Mickey Cupcake!

Pumpkin Cupcake with Maple Frosting, Candied Pecans, and Mickey Ears

Featuring a — what else? — pumpkin cake(!), this is topped with maple icing and garnished with sugared pecans.

Disney Christmas Cupcake

Once we’re done with the pumpkins, it will be time for Santa hats and such — and this fun Mickey Mouse-topped Christmas Cupcake!

Gingerbread Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Minnie Santa Ears

Decorated with traditional red and green sprinkles, the beautiful treat will [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: The New and Improved Candy Palace

After months of being boarded up earlier this year, the walls came down around Disneyland’s iconic candy shop in May. Let’s take a look at the newly remodeled Candy Palace!

Candy Palace

The new Candy Palace was carefully designed so that everything looks “edible.” From the gorgeous chandeliers to the tiled floors and even the Exit sign, the interior does look yummy!

Gorgeous Chandelier

Stained Glass and Light Fixtures

Tiled Floor

Candy Exit Sign

From the front, the store looks very much the same. The Candy Kitchen window remains to the right of the main entrance with the Penny Arcade to the [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 30, 2012

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We’re reporting live from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! We’ve already eaten around the World and we have our favorites

Stay tuned as we continue to bring you the most up-to-date Festival information this week, along with World Showcase Booth reviews, seminar/demo reviews, and much more!

Follow us online here!

Disney Food News

Let’s fill up on some food-inspired deets from Disney!

We’ve got more food news (including a new menu at Yachtsman Steakhouse, restaurant closure updates, Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel Will Appear at Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

This Week’s DFB Deals

It’s Finally Here!! The 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is in full swing!

To commemorate opening week, we’re offering savings on all of our Disney Dining Guidebook bundles! These bundles combine several of our e-Books to make sure you get the best deal possible.

Food and Wine Bundle

The Food and Wine Bundle offers our best-selling DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival and the critically-acclaimed DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining!

This bundle packs offers everything you need to head to Disney World AND the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This week, get the Food and Wine Bundle for $3 off using code SAVINGS.

Epcot Bundle

Epcot Bundle

Including the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival and the DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks, use this bundle to get the most out of your trips to Epcot during the Food and Wine Festival and beyond!

Get yours this week for $3 off using code SAVINGS.

Snacks Bundle

The Snack bundle offers the DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks and the DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks together!

Snacks Bundle

These books showcase some of the classic snacks in Disney World, but also offer insights into our favorite not-so-common treats and eats in the parks. Get your Snacks Bundle for $3 off using code SAVINGS.

“All The Guides” Bundle

With this deeply discounted bundle you receive ALL of our DFB Guide e-Books to dayte: THe DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival, The DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks, The 2012 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, and our fun DFB Dining Adventures!

This is a must-have bundle for those headed to Walt Disney World in the next year. We’re so excited to be able to give it to you this week for $4 off using code SAVINGS.

DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Sale

Finally, our Food and Wine Festival countdown month celebration also includes an amazing discount on our 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book !

Our already top-selling guide is yours this week for $3 off with code COUNTDOWN.


Whether you want to sample wine, enjoy a craft beer, taste test an exotic dish, or find the best dessert, The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will help you discover the right strategy for you.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our COUNTDOWN TO THE FESTIVAL and grabbed some great bargains! Stay tuned to our 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Coverage this week for all the latest from the Festival!

On to the Round-Up

A Wedding Cake Blog has us swooning over a Cinderella Castle cake.

DisZine announces the details of Downtown Disney’s Frankenweenie weekend. Hurry ends today, September 30th!

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups visits the BoardWalk’s dueling piano bar – Jellyrolls!

Daveland gives an intimate look at breakfast at Disneyland’s Aunt Jemima’s Pancake House.

All Ears reviews new lunch items at Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge resort.

Disney Insider gives us the scoop on Walt’s Favorite Foods. Food fight alert!

Main Street Gazette reminisces about “sponge cake” at Epcot Center!

Disney Parks Blog shares the new “Delicious Disney Holidays” cookbook!

Review: Pizza Planet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Time to head To Infinity…and Beyond! (Except you’ll pretty much stay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.) Recently, I headed over for a late lunch (early dinner?) at Pizza Planet to see what was up!

A perennial kids’ favorite, families LOVE this place! The pizza-heavy menu and oodles of video games make this a good family stop in a park that’s not necessarily known for its kid-oriented counter service options. And while the food probably won’t wow you, the chance to let the kids burn off some energy might.

Atmosphere

Did you know that Pizza Planet has been mentioned in every Pixar film except The Incredibles? Remember the “YO” truck in Toy Story? Pizza Planet Delivery Guy!

Modeled after the fictional restaurant Pizza Planet from the Toy Story franchise (complete with a huge arcade!), you’ll feel like you’ve stepped right into the film as you enter the place.

Outside Sign

It’s actually housed in part of the old Backlot Area at the Studios, right across the way from Muppet Vision 3D.

Pizza Planet

Even if you’re just looking to escape the heat for a little, this place is huge and offers seating upstairs, downstairs, or [Read more…]

Guest Review: Kona Cafe Dinner at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Guest author Aaron Crum returns with a review of the Kona Cafe. Let’s join him now for dinner where he shares some great eats and exciting news (Congrats!!) at this Polynesian Resort restaurant in Walt Disney World. Pass the bread, please! ;-)

For those of us who frequent Walt’s playground, we know that there are endless possibilities when it comes to dining. Each trip usually requires a new adventure or a new experience.

However, every now and then, you find a “diamond in the rough” (yes, Aladdin pun intended). With that being said, I find myself booking at least one meal every trip at Kona Café. This well-kept secret inside Disney’s Polynesian resort is, in my opinion, one of your “Disney Must-Do’s” (you know, that little park infomercial that is on a constant loop in your hotel room?).

Atmosphere

Kona Café is on the second floor of the lobby in Disney’s Polynesian resort. And upon entering, you find yourself quickly transported to a tropical oasis. The foliage from the lobby is ever-present and really leads you to believe you are no longer in central Florida.

There is hardly a “waiting area” specifically designed for Kona; rather, it shares a waiting space with ’Ohana. While Kona often gets busy, you can sometimes dine there without the expense of an advance dining reservation. In fact, we were there celebrating a special occasion (I will elaborate!) and we were told by the manager that they keep several time slots open in order to accommodate walk-in guests.

Seating Area

Eats

Let’s get to the good stuff, the FOOD!

First to the table is a loaf of bread, accompanied by a side of macadamia nut butter. The bread was [Read more…]

Fun Find: The Disney Cupcake Guide Infographic

If you know anything about us here at Disney Food Blog, then you know we are PASSIONATE about our Disney cupcakes! …That’s an understatement, actually…since we’ve even created our very own 2011 and 2012 Disney Cupcake Crawls!

Well, today, I bring you the most beea-utiful “infographic” that I have EVER set my eyes on. Why so lovely, you ask? Because it’s ALL ABOUT CUPCAKES. DISNEY cupcakes, to be specific. Take a look…

Emma from A Pinch of Pixie Dust has done an [Read more…]

Review: Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake in Epcot

I don’t go to Sunshine Seasons in Epcot nearly enough. (This is true of everyone pretty much, right? ;-) )

This great spot is smack in the middle of the Land pavilion in Epcot, and offers some of the best counter service food in all of Walt Disney World. This includes some very unique desserts, and anytime I DO visit I can’t resist trying out a few new treats. Today: the Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake…

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake

This is what I would call an “attractive” cupcake (minus the condensation droplets…sorry about that…). Colorful Mickey sprinkles and dark chocolate curls, thick pink buttercream frosting, chocolate cake — admit it; you’d fall for it, too. But let’s get down to the review of what’s inside!

As my friend and I took initial bites, we debated whether the frosting (I always start with the frosting) was actually [Read more…]

Top 6 Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit Values for 2012

As always, we want to make sure all of us are getting the best value with our Disney Dining Plan snack credits!

For those who are unfamiliar with the Disney Dining Plan, it’s a way for guests to pre-pay for their dining when visiting Disney World. “Snack credits” are used by guest to purchase items like popcorn, candy, ice cream, and other low-cost treats.

I’ll list my top six choices, then you tell me your experiences. Let’s work together on finding the best snack credit deals!

Note that snack credits are usually accepted for items that are a single serving, and cost $4.50 or less (though some cost as much as $4.99 out of pocket).

1. Bakeries

A Disney Food Blog staff and reader favorite — bakeries! Not only can you use your snack credit for some incredible treats, but you can also get a pastry for your morning meal. Hey, it’s vacation!

Don’t forget to check out our Disney World Bakery Throw Down to see some of the very best spots to spend those credits.

Disney World Cinnamon Roll at Main Street Bakery

Consider some of these options at bakeries around Disney World: cinnamon rolls, butterfinger cupcakes, caramel cupcakes, white chocolate elephant cupcake, crepes, school bread…and so much more!

These are all great deals for one single snack credit.

2. Ice Cream Sundaes and Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Recently, I’ve been overwhelmed with what kinds of sundaes you can get for a snack credit in Disney World! Easily costing $4.50 or more out of pocket, these sundaes are awesome deals!

Stop by Storybook Treats in the Magic Kingdom to snag a Cookie Fudge Sundae that you can easily split between two! Other options at Storybook Treats include a Brownie Sundae and a yummy Strawberry Shortcake Sundae!

Hot Fudge and Caramel Cookie Sundae at Storybook Treats

Another ice creamy treat that’s not-to-be-missed is the homemade ice cream cookie sandwich. You can get these at all four parks, and while the snack credit payment option [Read more…]