Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 31, 2014

Big news this week, all! The Pineapple Lanai at Disney’s Polynesian Village (aka “The Poly”) is open, and guests can once again indulge in one of the “World’s” most iconic treats at this resort.

Pineapple and Vanilla Swirl Dole Whip in Souvenir Tiki Bowl at Pineapple Lanai

Pineapple and Vanilla Swirl Dole Whip in Souvenir Tiki Bowl at Pineapple Lanai

Get yer Dole Whip and Dole Whip Floats here, but they’re no longer self-serve OR 24-hour. Bittersweet.

Also, Disney has confirmed that Starbucks will open in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in February 2015!

Click below for all the details on this week’s Disney Food News!

Disney Food News

  • A brand new Disney World premium dessert party — Villains’ Sinister Soiree — is taking place this Fall at Magic Kingdom!
  • Check out some awesome sale merch at DisneyStore.com this weekend!
  • Take a look at some irresistible new treats at Jolly Holiday in Disneyland Park — including an adorable take on a Spoonful of Sugar!
  • Satisfy your Starbucks tooth in February 2015 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Indulge in a Dole Whip or Dole Whip Float at the brand new Pineapple Lanai in Disney World.
  • Le Cellier in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion at Walt Disney World has made a major change to the popular filet mignon!
  • Starbucks coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
  • Signature dining is available at Disney’s Yachtsman Steakhouse restaurant and now two new steak options are featured on the menu.

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, Citricos Wine Dinners at the Grand Floridian, 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!

Today, we are highlighting bacon, including this find from Facebook Friend Don. He says: “This bacon cupcake at The Smokehouse is awesome!”. Remember that this is only available during Disney’s Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot in the Spring!

Bacon Cupcake

Bacon Cupcake

Here’s a homemade version from Facebook Friend Sarah of the Loaded Baked Potato Soup from Disneyland. Yum!

Homemade Soup

Homemade Baked Potato Soup

What’s your Favorite Find? Send it in!

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First Look, Guest Review, and Photos! Epcot’s Sparkling IllumiNations Dessert Party

Remember last week when we told you about the brand new “Sparkling” IllumiNations Dessert Party in Epcot? Well, we’ve got pics from the very first event! :-) Many thanks to DFB reader Tricia Noble and her husband, who snapped the photos on Saturday night and wrote up a review!

Tonight my wife and I went to the first night of Epcot’s Illuminations Dessert Party. Being the first night of an event, we expect that things will change and adjust according to the feedback Disney Events receives.

Dessert Party Menu

Dessert Party Menu

The party location was right as you enter the World Showcase, between the two gift shops at the edge of the lagoon. The view for Illuminations from here is fantastic. However, the location is a bit more public than we were expecting for a ticketed “private” party.

Dessert Party View

Dessert Party View

In addition, the slope in the area meant that there were no chairs. The ccktail tables scattered around were not sufficient for the number of attendees, and not usable by young guests and those in scooters or wheelchairs. I expect that to be addressed quickly (more tables were brought out just before the fireworks started.)

Dessert Party table

Dessert Party table

Eats

Now for the desserts. The party was billed as tastes from around the World Showcase, but unless I miss my mark, the countries represented merely inspired, rather than provided, the offerings.

I would have liked to either see more variety or better pairings between the wines and the desserts. The fresh fruit was nice and flavorful, and a good palette cleanser between the other confections.

Dessert Party Eats

Dessert Party Eats

Offerings included Cronuts (called Cronis here, apparently), strawberry sauce, Tiramisu, Pot de Creme, Baklava, fresh fruit, shortbread, and ice cream goodies like Mickey bars, Mickey ice cream sandwiches, orange creme pops, and other [Read more…]

Review: DFB Snack Attack IllumiNations Dessert Party (Save the Date for our October Event!)

I’m excited to say that we just had another awesome Disney Food Blog Snack Attack and IllumiNations Dessert Party a couple of weeks ago!!

Watching Illuminations from a VIP location and eating Disney desserts? Yes, please!

It was so much fun to meet so many Disney Food Blog readers and supporters, and we lucked out with absolutely beautiful weather in Epcot for our VIP IllumiNations Dessert Party. Thank you all for coming!

The sun sets as we wait for the party to begin!

What’s Snack Attack?

Just in case you’re new to DFB, our Snack Attack events are special ticket-only evenings where we combine:

  • Our favorite Disney World snacks from all over the parks and resorts, AND
  • A private, VIP viewing area for IllumiNations, Reflections of Earth — the Epcot fireworks spectacular!

If you want to attend our next Snack Attack, save the date for October 2, 2013!! Tickets will go on sale soon!

One of several dessert tables weighed down with goodies for us!

Whaddya Eat at Snack Attack?

Well, we eat all of my favorite snacks…and DFB readers seem to like ‘em, too! These are served throughout the event, and are all-you-can-eat! Here’s a little sampling of some of the goodies…

Carrot Cake Cookies from Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (filled with gobs of cream cheese frosting!)

Writer's Stop Carrot Cake Cookies

Close Up of a Carrot Cake Cookie!

Zebra Domes from Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge Zebra Domes

School Bread from Epcot’s Norway pavilion

Epcot Norway School Bread

Butterfinger Cupcakes from Starring Rolls [Read more…]

3D: Disney’s Dessert Discovery Event at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Disney has introduced several brand new events as part of the 15th Annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival, including this 3D Disney’s Dessert Discovery event! A friend and foodie, Colin Buchanan (you might know him as @ParadisePeer on twitter), has written up an incredible review of his visit. Take it away Colin!

3Ds: Delicious Decadent & Delirious
As part of my 15th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival excursion I chose to attend the inaugural “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery event. Actually, my entire week was scheduled around this event. As soon as this year’s events were announced, the 3D event jumped off the page with the lure of desserts, cordials and a V.I.P. view of [Read more…]

More Wishes Dessert Party Photos!

6/2011 Update: The Wishes Dessert Party can be booked online here. There’s no telling how long the party will be available (it’s been extended far beyond its original trial period).

Goodies at the Wishes Dessert Party

Goodies at the Wishes Dessert Party

As you know, we were lucky enough to attend a Wishes Dessert Party while in Disney World a few weeks ago! It was a blast, and I highly recommend the experience to anyone who can snag a seat.

To be fair, there have been some negative reviews of the event. These included comments that the service felt rushed, they ran out of items quickly, and there was a long line to get into the actual seating area. I will add that there are several rows of assigned seating, and while we had a seat in the front row, I’m not sure I’d be as happy with the cost if we’d gotten a seat in the back.

During our party, we arrived late (therefore not having to deal with a line to get in), and found that desserts were replenished regularly. Perhaps Disney’s heard some of the complaints and made adjustments accordingly. For us, the show was wonderful, and the desserts were delicious.

Below, you can see photos of many of the desserts, along with labels of what they actually are.

For more information about the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party at the Magic Kingdom, which has now been extended through the end of the year, check our Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party info-post. Now on to the photos!

Banana Creme Tart

Banana Creme Tart

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Mango Shooter

Mango Shooter

Classic Cheesecake (delish!)

Classic Cheesecake (delish!)

Rice Krispy Treats

Rice Krispy Treats

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee

Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake

Brownies

Brownies

Raspberry Tart

Raspberry Tart

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

My crappy photo of Tinkerbell

My crappy photo of Tinkerbell

There you go!! Hope you enjoyed! ;-) For even more photos, check out our earlier post highlighting pics from our friend Zapperz at My Disney Mania. While ZapperZ’ Wishes Dessert Party Photos are much better than mine, I figured I’d toss mine up here, too! You can never have too many pics of dessert!

For more Wishes Dessert Party information:
Wishes Dessert Party Announced (includes details of the evening)
Wishes Dessert Party Photos!!
Wishes Dessert Party Extended Through October, 2009
Wishes Dessert Party Extended into January 2010
Wishes Dessert Party Confirmed Through End of May
Wishes Dessert Party Booking Through August 2010
Wishes Dessert Party Extended Through December 2010