Tip from the DFB Guide: Are Disney Refillable Mugs Worth the Cost?

We’ve packed tons of great Disney Dining info into our The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013! Today, let’s check out another great tip from the Guide!

Disney Refillable Mugs: Worth the Cost?

With another price hike last year, Disney refillable resort mugs at Disney World resorts now cost $15.49 plus tax.

Those with the Disney Dining Plan get theirs for free, but the rest of us would need to pay out of pocket for the mugs, which are infinitely refillable at certain locations within your resort during your length of stay.

Worth it? Well… yes and no. We’ve got both arguments represented below, so take a look to see which camp you fit into!

Are Disney World Refillable Mugs Worth the Cost

Refillable Mugs And Park Commandos

If you spend the majority of your time at the parks, the refillable mug may not be worth the out-of-pocket cost for your family. Consider these circumstances before you buy:

Use Times

If your family is full of park commandos, you’re probably racing out to each theme park opening in the early morning and returning to your resort shortly before the food court closes. Your refillable mug will spend more time sitting in your resort room than actually in use, since you can’t refill in the theme parks.

Distance to refill station can be far

After traipsing with the kids in the parks all day, it may be a lot of extra steps from your room to the mug refill station.

And remember, many resorts don’t have an option for refills after the counter-service spots close around 11pm or midnight. That means no refills after evening Extra Magic Hours in most parks.

Current Refillable Mug Information (BoardWalk)

Could save cash by buying offsite

If you’ve driven to the Mouse’s House from your hometown, or rented a vehicle once you landed in Orlando, you may want to stop at a nearby offsite store to pick up [Read more…]

New DFB Store Site Now Open!

We’re thrilled to announce the grand launch of our DFB Store, featuring our critically-acclaimed line of Disney Dining Planning e-Books.

We’ve expanded on the Disney food topics that we all love (yep, that includes snacks!) into comprehensive e-Books that specialize in the subjects that YOU wanted to know more about. :)

Our thorough (and growing!) line of e-Books offers a wealth of knowledge on Disney Dining topics for both new visitors and veteran Disney fans!

Welcome to our DFB Store

We’ve put hundreds of hours and over 20 years of research into creating these up-to-date e-Books so that planning the best possible Disney vacation can be easy for you. Don’t waste your family’s limited vacation time and money dining at a bad restaurant or snacking on sub par treats.

On our virtual bookshelf, we’ve stocked individual guidebooks as well as bundle packages that offer great discounts over purchasing each item individually:

As you browse the store, you’ll find product information including [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 22, 2012

Carthay Circle Theater and Restaurant in Disney California Adventure

This week we had fun sharing the new dessert and cocktail menu items at La Luce. And check out all the news pouring out from Disney California Adventure!

Disney Food News

We’ve got more delicious news (including Cool Wash Pizza closure, Palo High Tea discontinued, extended hours at Land Pavilion, and Vinylmation So Tasty Series info) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Grand Launch: The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2012 e-Book

We recently announced the grand launch of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2012 e-Book! It’s an instantly downloadable PDF guide, featuring over 310 full-color pages of photographs, information, and advice about our favorite subjects — food and dining in Walt Disney World.

We’ve updated our 2012 edition with over 60 new pages of details along with more photos, coverage of new Disney dining experiences, exclusive games, and more! This is the ONLY Disney Dining Guidebook you’ll need for your upcoming Disney World trip. It’s perfect for long-time Disney fans, and those brand new to the theme parks. Get your copy today at DFBGuide.com!

If you DID purchase the 2011 Guide and would like to purchase the 2012 Guide, we’ve got a special discount for repeat purchasers. Email us here to get a limited-time, one-use, exclusive discount code to purchase the 2012 Guide at a $6 discount. Please include the email address you used to purchase the 2011 Guide in the body of your email.

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups visits Les Vins de France Wine Shop and Tasting Room.

DisneyContemporary.com shares three favorite cupcakes from the bakery at the Contemporary Cafe.

AllEars.Net visits Flying Fish Cafe and Deb Wills explains why it’s a memorable meal for non-seafood lovers too!

Kevin Kidney celebrates the return of the Citrus Swirl and Orange Bird.

Main Street Gazette savors Beef Nachos at Tortuga Tavern in the Magic Kingdom.

StudiosCentral.com summarizes changes made to table-service restaurant menus at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

the magic kitschdom tackles home-made Zebra Domes.

Not Your Typical Top Ten Disney Dining Lists

Thanks to reader and facebook friend Roger Sauer at TravelScribbles, we’ve been laughing our heads off at these clever Disney-themed top 10 lists!

I couldn’t wait any longer to share a few with you! Feel free to add your own top 10 lists, or tack a few items on to Roger’s, in our comments section below! :-)

Top Ten Least Popular Walt Disney World Food Items


10. Captain Jack’s Sweaty Sailor Soda

9. Stitch’s Slimy Soy Bursts

8. Davy Crockett’s Toasted Ferret Feet

7. Tinkerbell’s Very Merry Fairy Berry Non-Dairy Lighter-than-airy Spun Sugar Wads

6. Pumbaa’s Five-Alarm Chili Bombs

5. Splash Mountain Gator Grab Bags

4. Cosmic Ray’s French Fried Beet Rings

3. Uncle Roy’s Thunder Mountain Oysters

2. Bay Lake Lager

1. Bob Dole Whip

Top Ten Low Cost Buffets Within Ten Minutes of Disney World

Mine! Mine!

10. Freightliner’s “Road Scrapin’s” Buffeteria on 528

9. Louie’s Low Tide Surplus Seafood Feast (open only Tuesdays at the edge of the Big Walmart on 535)

8. Lil’ Paree Authentic French Hors d’oeuvres by the Kilo in Winter Park

7. Tacos, Tacos, Tacos!! Eat Here and Get Gas!! (never in the same place twice; this trailer was last seen behind the [Read more…]

Tip from the DFB Guide: Free Tours at Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurants

We’ve added lots of fun and new dining info to our updated e-Book — The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013. One of my favorite tips in the book is the recommendation of the free tours at the Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurants! Yep, free!

After you read all about this great Disney Dining Tip, learn more about our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining grand launch — including a limited-time discount code — here!

Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurant Tours

The Animal Kingdom Lodge in Walt Disney World is known for quality table-service restaurants that offer some exotic menu items and exquisite, African-themed decor. But there’s a way to explore the restaurants without actually dining there!

Learn The Meaning Behind the Decor At Jiko Restaurant

Jiko, Boma, and Sanaa offer half-hour culinary tours each day! These tours cover some of the decor and meaning behind the architecture of the restaurants, and also explain certain menu items. You may even get to sample some of the restaurant’s dishes.

You can see our review of the Boma and Jiko Tour here.

Seating at Sanaa

When you don’t have time to eat at each restaurant, [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 15, 2012

We’ve had a fun week sharing the excitement of our new e-book! And check out those eats that we can look forward to at the Art of Animation’s food court, Landscape of Flavors. It’s not what you’d expect for food court fare…!

Mickey Fruit Tart at Art of Animation Resort

Disney Food News

We’ve got more delicious news on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Grand Launch: The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2012 e-Book

This week we announced the grand launch of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2012 e-Book! It’s an instantly downloadable PDF guide, featuring over 310 full-color pages of photographs, information, and advice about our faves — food and dining in Walt Disney World.

We’ve updated our 2012 edition with over 60 new pages of details along with more photos, coverage of new Disney dining experiences, exclusive games, and more!

For our Grand Launch Sale, use code: 2012 to get a $4 discount this week only! Order your copy now at DFBGuide.com and use code: 2012 for your discount!

If you DID purchase the 2011 Guide and would like to purchase the 2012 Guide, we’ve got a special discount for repeat purchasers. Email us here to get a limited-time, one-use, exclusive discount code to purchase the 2012 Guide at a $6 discount. Please include the email address you used to purchase the 2011 Guide in the body of your email.

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World For Grown-Ups stops by Scat Cat’s at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort.

Stuff From The Park looks back at a 1965 Carnation Cafe menu from Disneyland.

Studios Central finds extra hot dog carts around Disney’s Hollywood Studios to accommodate spring crowds.

AllEars.Net showcases South African wines featured at the Animal Kingdom’s Mombasa Marketplace!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World displays construction photos of the Tutto Italia renovation.

Main Street Gazette stops by the Polynesian’s Kona Cafe to sample the Chef’s Choice dinner option.

Progress City, U.S.A. focuses on the evolution of Epcot’s culinary offerings!

Mouse on the Mind takes a look at unique bread services at WDW restaurants!

“DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2012″ Contest!

Great news! We’re finalizing the 2012 edition of The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book right now, and we want to share the excitement with you!

So we thought this would be the perfect time for a Disney Food Blog contest — you could be the first to get your hands on a copy of the 2012 Edition of our acclaimed e-Book! Deadline is short, so send in your entry today!

Enter to Win!

Erin Foster, our illustrious Disney Food for Families columnist, came up with a really fun idea for the contest — Six Word Restaurant Reviews!

To enter the contest, simply write up your own Six Word Restaurant Review about any Disney restaurant (it’s OK if you’ve never been there!), and send it to us — with SIX WORD CONTEST in the subject line. Contest entry deadline is 11:59PM on Tuesday, April 10th!

How To Write a Review

Not sure how to write a six word restaurant review? I wasn’t either! But it’s really fun! Here are a few of Erin’s examples: [Read more…]

Disney Food Blog Birthday e-Book Sale!

Gauging how quickly I can span the distance between me and the frosting...

Well, my friends, September 1st has come around again and I am one year older today! To celebrate, let’s save some dough!

Announcing the Disney Food Blog e-Book Birthday Sale!

We’re extremely proud of the three e-Books we’ve launched so far this year, and what better way to celebrate than with savings?

For the next four days, use code BIRTHDAY to purchase any or all of our Disney Food Blog e-Books and receive a discount!

You can get:
$4 off our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining,

$2 off our DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, and

$2 off our DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival!

Or purchase all three e-Books for just $33.85 (regularly $41.85) using code BIRTHDAY!

This sale is only on through the weekend, so purchase your e-Books with the discount code through Sunday. We hope you love them (but if you don’t, there’s always a 30 day, money-back guarantee!)

**Start of Summer Sale!** on the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining

Happy Start of Summer, everyone! We’re celebrating vacation season with a great discount on our critically-acclaimed guidebook to eating in Disney World. This weekend, celebrate vacation season by getting your very own Disney Food Blog Guide for 20% off the regular purchase price using code: Summer on the check-out page!

If you don’t have your Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book yet, this is the time to buy. Want to help someone else plan the best possible trip to Disney World? Purchase the DFB Guide as a gift!

The Disney Food Blog’s Guide to dining in Walt Disney World features 250 full-color pages of information, planning suggestions, tips, and details about eating in Disney World, including where you can dine in Disney World 24-hours a day, where to get a self-serve Dole Whip whenever the whim strikes you, what to do when you’re late for an Advance Dining Reservation, and even where to get interesting kids’ food for your adventurous eater.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, “This comprehensive e-book is a valuable tool for both first-time visitors and Disney World veterans.”

DFB Guide Sample Page

DFB Guide Sample Page

Money-Back Guarantee

With a 30-day money-back guarantee, your purchase is 100% risk-free! If you’re unsatisfied with the book for any reason, you can receive a refund, no questions asked. This discount will last this weekend only, so get your copy today :-)

Bonus Items

Don’t forget, with your purchase you will receive four e-Worksheets! These re-usable worksheets can guide you as you plan your vacation, or can serve as a great place to keep all of your important confirmation numbers, plans, and trip notes! They also have spots to note any snacks and foods you want to be sure to try!

You’ll also receive as part of your purchase an exhaustive index of Disney World Bars and Lounges, and several One-Day Dining Strategies that offer suggestions for where and what to eat in a variety of circumstances.

To see more testimonials and recommendations, sample pages, and details on Bonus items when you purchase, visit http://DFBGuide.com! Don’t forget to use code Summer at check-out!

Have a great summer, everyone!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: June 19, 2011

It’s been an exciting week for foodies as details of the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival emerged.

Latest Disney Food News

Check out the latest!

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News

Lots of updates on Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival this week!

We have in-depth coverage of the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival here!

New Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining Review

Thanks to Debra Peterson, Disney Travel Examiner for reviewing the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book!

What’s particularly impressive about “The DFB Guide” is its coverage of so much WDW travel information as it relates specifically to dining. Sections devoted to, among other things, transportation, holidays and crowds, and kids’ clubs demonstrate the care with which Wolfe addresses the entire Disney dining experience.

Read her full review here! And get YOUR copy of the Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining here!

Now, On to the Round-Up!

DesignerLand is taking orders for the popular Tiki Pineapple Whip Tee – commemorating Adventureland and Dole Whip on a shirt! (See the graphic above!) See more of Richard Terpstra’s artistry at DisneyDesignerLand.

Cake Wrecks highlights sweet treats featuring Jim Henson’s beloved muppets. So adorable!

Main St. Gazette has found a Napoleon to beat the one at his beloved Boulangerie in Epcot’s France! Click to find out where!

The Disney Go To Girl reviews the Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian makes a couple changes including a new menu option!

Eating WDW shares the details of where Minnie Mouse’s Stand Mixer ended up after her house closed in Toon Town earlier this year.

joanna and her amazing technicolor interwebs discloses snacks seen on the Disney Food Blog that she can’t wait to try!