DFB Reader Questions Answered: How Can I Buy Dinner for Someone During Their Walt Disney World Visit?

We’re delving into the Disney Food Blog mailbag today for another reader question. You guys ask some thoughtful things, and we figure if one person is asking about it, a lot of others may be looking for the answer as well!

Today, our question is all about giving the gift of good food!

Our reader asks:

How do I purchase a gift card for dining for my sister and brother-in-law when they go to Disney World?

What a completely amazing gift to give somebody! Just imagine, having a meal at your favorite Disney Signature restaurant, and it’s paid for in full! Awesome!

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Treating Someone Special to Dinner at California Grill Would Be an Amazing Gift!

There are actually a couple of different ways that you can pay for someone’s meal at Walt Disney World. Let’s talk about both.

Purchasing Disney Gift Cards for Dining (And Everything Else)

If you’re looking to treat someone to a special dining experience — or to at least pick up the tab — the easiest way is to purchase a [Read more…]

Disney Dining Tips: The Disney World Restaurant Search Tool!

Have you ever wished that with the push of a button you could figure out the PERFECT dining spots for your next Disney vacation?

Well, guess what? We’ve got you covered with the Disney Food Blog Restaurant Search Tool!

We LURVE Dining at Disney World, and we know that you do, too! But – wow! – with SOOOO many choices of where to eat, how in the World (ha!) do you narrow it down and make a decision?

We have taken 18 important Disney Dining search criteria and created a tool that will give you selections for the perfect Disney dining experience. And once you’ve narrowed down your restaurants, you can check out reviews, menus, and expert tips for each of them! Let’s take a look at how it works…

It’s incredibly easy (and actually pretty fun!) to use this tool.

1. Choose Criteria

You have 18 choices, so you can be as specific or as general as you

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Review: Birthday Cake Ice Cream (!!!) Cookie Sandwich at Disney World’s Sleepy Hollow Refreshments

Check it out!

I was wandering Magic Kingdom last Friday (on my way to my Be Our Guest Restaurant FastPass+ lunch — more on that soon!), and I noticed something…celebratory…at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square.

A new waffle sandwich? No. A change to the funnel cakes? Nope.

What I spotted was this…

Special Menu Placard

Special Menu Placard

Now, those of you who are familiar with Disney’s mucho popular homemade ice cream sandwiches know exactly what immediately ran through my head.

ABirthdayCakeIceCreamHomemadeIceCreamSammy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwich

Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwich

But let’s back up a little bit here before we get ahead of ourselves… .

Atmosphere

Sleepy Hollow Refreshments is a [Read more…]

News! Choose-Your-Dessert-Trio at Disney’s Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant

Thanks to facebook friend Terri Mabry Pendleton for sending along the fun news (and pics!) about Disney’s Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant’s latest piece of awesomeness.

You know how lots of Disney restaurants are doing dessert trios these days? Like, here are three little desserts instead of one big dessert? And you know how there’s always one or two desserts on that plate that you don’t really care about, but there’s one that you REALLY want to try?!?

Problem solved, say the Hollywood Brown Derby pastry chefs. CHOOSE WHICH ONES YOU WANT ON YOUR TRIO!!!!

Brown Derby Dessert Trio Menu Choices

Brown Derby Dessert Trio Menu Choices

Terri obvi made some killer choices: Bluberry Crumble (YUM!), Mini Grapefruit Cake, and…um…something chocolate, maybe? ;-D

Brown Derby Dessert Trio

Brown Derby Dessert Trio

And our friend Mealtrip chose some deliciousness, too!! Check out the Banana Toffee Cake on Cocoa Crunch and Strawberry Pearls in the middle!

Banana Toffee Cake on Cocoa Crunch and Strawberry Pearls

Banana Toffee Cake on Cocoa Crunch and Strawberry Pearls

Either way, I [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 9, 2014

Hellooooooo, everyone! If you’re as cabin fevered up as I am this week, you’re probably dreaming of Disney World in the Spring!

Disney Food Blog Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

We’ve got some awesome news about just that! The Flower and Garden Festival returns this year with even more “Outdoor Kitchens” and goodies. Yum! We’ll be back soon with menus — and hopefully food pics!

We have even more Disney Food scoop, just follow the links below!

Disney Food News

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 a Valentine’s Sweetheart Chocolate Table at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge!

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!

Facebook friend Lisa G. sent a photo from her meal at Fulton’s Crab House. Take a look at the Crab Cake!

Crab Cake at Fulton's

Crab Cake at Fulton’s

French Cake Designer (and Facebook Friend) Jonathan sent in this Olaf cake photo!! Love it!!!

Olaf Cake

Olaf Cake

We love your Disney food finds!

The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2014 e-Book Grand Launch

The fully updated DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2014 e-Book is an instantly downloadable PDF guide, featuring over 450 full-color pages of photographs, information, and advice about our favorite subjects — food and dining in Walt Disney World.

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It’s guaranteed to help you navigate your way to delicious dining on your next trip! And if you’re ready to get yours now, head on over to DFBGuide.com to pick it up!!

For our Grand Launch Sale, use code: 2014 to get a $4 discount for a limited time! And at the end of this post, we have details on even more savings!

While our 2013 Guide was extensive, Disney World is always updating menus, prices, and other dining info. And we’re always finding new things to tell you about! So we’ve updated our 2014 edition with brand new details and more exclusive info!

Here Are Just Some Of What You Get With Our 2014 Guide:

  • Over 450 Pages of Disney Dining and Planning information, tips, reviews, and recommendations!
  • An in-depth Disney Dining Restaurant Reviews section, covering all Disney restaurants, food kiosks, bars, and lounges
  • An updated Disney Dining Plan section and price analysis for 2014
  • NEW Disney food and restaurant photos
  • An updated Disney Snacks chapter, including our list of dozens of must-try snacks AND our Top 11 Must-Have Snacks for 2014.
  • An updated section on birthday parties and specialty cakes in Disney World
  • A comprehensive, 10-page chapter of What’s New in Disney World in 2014, including new restaurants, menu updates, and more
  • Details about how the My Magic+ Planning System and FastPass+ will affect your vacation planning
  • Our picks for the 11 Great Snacks you must try this year
  • Scavenger Hunts, Trivia, and Top 5 List updates
  • Bingo Cards
  • Updates on all pertinent facts such as dining hours, prices, resources, phone numbers, and restaurant closures/openings
  • All new restaurant additions, closures, refurbishments, and added dining experiences
  • And much more!

But, of course we’re offering a discount for our Grand Launch week!! Again, to celebrate the launch and to thank you for your support of the blog, we’ll be offering the Guide for $4 off its standard rate for a limited time! Order your copy now at DFBGuide.com and use code: [Read more…]

Guest Review: Ten Everyday Eats That Just Taste Better At Disney

Welcome guest author Michelle R.! She’s sharing her thoughts on everyday food that’s just better in Walt Disney World.

food tastes better at disney

Anyone who has ever flown long distances is familiar with jet lag. The time zone adjustment can take a few days or even weeks for mind and body to work out. I’ve discovered a little known vacation malady known as food lag. It’s similar to jet lag but normally occurs upon arrival home after a vacation. Days or weeks can go by before normal home food is appealing again.

Ten Normal Foods That Just Taste Better At Disney

While on vacation, meals are enjoyed in nice restaurants under relaxed or exciting circumstances. Throw Disney in the mix and you can get some serious food lag following your trip. The most ordinary foods taste much better when prepared and served at Disney parks and hotels.

I’ve listed 10 and all of them were so delicious, I couldn’t eat them for weeks after coming home.

Hot Dogs

While waiting for a parade to start, we grabbed a hot dog at Casey’s Corner on Main Street USA and split it. It was the best half hot dog I’ve ever eaten. The cheese, deep orange and flavorful, was in the middle of the meat and the bun soft and fresh. It was hot without burning and frankly, the most delicious hot dog I’ve ever had before or since.

Hot Dog and Fries from Casey’s!

Turkey Legs

If you’ve ever had to fight relatives at Thanksgiving for the turkey leg, go ahead and give it up now. Head to Disney and grab a turkey leg. Serving over 1.6 million drumsticks a year, there is plenty to go around and are they ever delicious!

Turkey Leg at Disney

Waffles

With a plethora of Waffle Houses and IHOPS in every town across America, you’d think eating waffles at Disney wouldn’t be a big deal.

Is it the extra thickness or the fact they’re shaped like Mickey heads? Is it the generous supply of butter and real maple syrup? I’m not sure, but waffles at Disney absolutely spoiled me for home waffles for several months following our last trip.

Mickey Waffle with Butter!

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are good just about anywhere, especially Grandma’s house. But again, Disney mashed potatoes are extraordinary.

Whether you’re at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma, Disney chefs seem to bring a little extra fluff and flavor to this ordinary food.

Mashed Potatoes at Liberty Tree Tavern

Fish and Chips

All kids and many adults like fish sticks; but they love fried fish at Disney. Epcot’s Rose & Crown Pub serves the very best although folks say that Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom is every bit as good.

Again, wherever you are in Disney, the fish and chips are going to be good.

Fish and Chips from Epcot’s Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Pizza

Mama Melrose’s in Disney’s Hollywood Studios serves a wonderful brick oven baked pizza in a homey atmosphere. Followed by Fantasmic’s display of fireworks, water and music, you’ll be convinced no pizza could ever top the one you had just before the show.

Carne d’Italia Flatbread

Lemon Ice

Disney sells a prepackaged lemon ice that can be bought at almost any convenience store in the country, yet for some mysterious reason, this same lemon ice that quenches thirst and refreshes is 10 times more delicious within the confines of Disney.

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

So far I’ve covered six ordinary foods and one refreshing treat, but I’ve saved room for desserts. Dessert at Disney is [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 2, 2014

Are you ready for the big game!!!??? While you’re making your chicken wings and painting your face orange or green, take a minute to check in on all the latest Disney Food News with us — including our choices for the best Disney cake ever! You might be surprised by what you see…

must eat disney cake

In other awesome news, our latest e-Book edition — the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2014 — was released last week! Grab your copy for $4 off using code 2014 for a limited time! It’s 450 incredible pages of info and photographs you NEED to see before you head to Disney World on your next vacation!

We have even more Disney Food scoop, just follow the links below!

Disney Food News

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 a short refurbishment for Good’s Food To Go and Victoria & Albert’s and restaurant closures!

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!

Twitter friend @TravelingHeidi shared this awesome Duck appetizer from California Grill! It was part of her Christmas dinner!

Duck App at Cali Grill (copyright @TravelingHeidi)

Duck App at Cali Grill (copyright @TravelingHeidi)

We love your Disney food finds!

The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2014 e-Book Grand Launch

The fully updated DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2014 e-Book is an instantly downloadable PDF guide, featuring over 450 full-color pages of photographs, information, and advice about our favorite subjects — food and dining in Walt Disney World.

miniguide_0114_3d

It’s guaranteed to help you navigate your way to delicious dining on your next trip! And if you’re ready to get yours now, head on over to DFBGuide.com to pick it up!!

For our Grand Launch Sale, use code: 2014 to get a $4 discount for a limited time! And at the end of this post, we have details on even more savings!

While our 2013 Guide was extensive, Disney World is always updating menus, prices, and other dining info. And we’re always finding new things to tell you about! So we’ve updated our 2014 edition with brand new details and more exclusive info!

Here Are Just Some Of What You Get With Our 2014 Guide:

  • Over 450 Pages of Disney Dining and Planning information, tips, reviews, and recommendations!
  • An in-depth Disney Dining Restaurant Reviews section, covering all Disney restaurants, food kiosks, bars, and lounges
  • An updated Disney Dining Plan section and price analysis for 2014
  • NEW Disney food and restaurant photos
  • An updated Disney Snacks chapter, including our list of dozens of must-try snacks AND our Top 11 Must-Have Snacks for 2014.
  • An updated section on birthday parties and specialty cakes in Disney World
  • A comprehensive, 10-page chapter of What’s New in Disney World in 2014, including new restaurants, menu updates, and more
  • Details about how the My Magic+ Planning System and FastPass+ will affect your vacation planning
  • Our picks for the 11 Great Snacks you must try this year
  • Scavenger Hunts, Trivia, and Top 5 List updates
  • Bingo Cards
  • Updates on all pertinent facts such as dining hours, prices, resources, phone numbers, and restaurant closures/openings
  • All new restaurant additions, closures, refurbishments, and added dining experiences
  • And much more!

But, of course we’re offering a discount for our Grand Launch week!! Again, to celebrate the launch and to thank you for your support of the blog, we’ll be offering the Guide for $4 off its standard rate for a limited time! Order your copy now at DFBGuide.com and use code: [Read more…]

Photos and Review Part 2: Spice Road Table in Walt Disney World’s Epcot

Just a couple of days ago, we brought you a first look at the brandest, newest restaurant in Disney World!

Spice Road Table in Epcot

Today, we finally get to sample even more of the menu from Epcot’s brand new eatery, Spice Road Table!

Located right on the water in the Morocco Pavilion within World Showcase, Epcot’s newest restaurant offers small plates and an interesting wine list featuring bottles from throughout the Mediterranean region.

Last week, we gave you a sneak peek at the inside of the Spice Road Table, as well as the new shops and Juice Bar! In addition, we had the opportunity to taste several of the desserts that are featured here, and we’re loving everything we’ve sampled so far!

Menu Cover

Menu Cover

Today, we’re going more in depth and giving you a look at several menu items that we enjoyed throughout the weekend, as DFB staff have been busy sampling many of the goods and snapping pics of everything!

Spice Road Table Outside

Spice Road Table — Outside View

From the atmosphere to the food, you’ll be well prepared when the time comes for your first visit to this new exotic hot spot!

Spice Road Table Samplers

Spice Road Table Samplers

Atmosphere

Spice Road Table is currently in its soft opening stage. In Disney Speak, that means that it’s generally open for business, but could close without warning as they [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 5, 2014

Welcome to the first DFB round-up of 2014!!

Disney food news stories of 2013

We’re so excited to launch into this awesome new year, but don’t forget to check out all of the biggest news stories of 2013!

We’ve got our top stories from the past year all tied up in a nice little package right here. Check it out and let us know you’re favorite updates from 2013!

Disney Food News

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

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!

Check out this awesome bringing-Disney-home breakfast created by our facebook friends Isabelle and Nathaniel! Yum…

Mickey Shaped Goodies for Breakfast at Home!

Mickey Shaped Goodies for Breakfast at Home!

Another facebook friend — Tara Lane — says “When the line at Starring Rolls is out the door, you can sometimes fill your cupcake need at the Candy Shop next door. My son and I split this seasonal cupcake at Studios on Friday. It was very good and didn’t have that weird red-frosting aftertaste that is sometimes prevalent – just tasted like sweet buttercream deliciousness.” Awesome!

Holiday Cupcake at Sweet Spells

Holiday Cupcake at Sweet Spells

Thanks for sharing with us!

Pre-Order The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2014 and get the 2013 Guide FREE!

Headed to Disney World soon? Pick up our 2014 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book for $4 off using code DINE! With this pre-order, you’ll get the 2013 Guide instantly — for free!

dfb guide 2014

This comprehensive e-Book offers over 400 pages of expert information, color photographs, advice, reviews, and details about Dining in Disney World. And these awesome bonus items are included:

  • Downloadable worksheets for planning your trip.
  • Seven sample one-day dining itineraries to help you with brainstorming.
  • A comprehensive index of bars and lounges.
  • An index of some of our favorite Top 5 lists.
  • Food-themed scavenger hunts — one for each Disney World theme park!
  • Disney Dining Trivia to play while waiting in line, or waiting for a table.

Pick up your copy today with code DINE for a $4 discount! As a downloadable PDF, the [Read more…]

DFB Podcast Episode 17: AJ’s and Brad’s Dream Disney Meals

Happy Holidays, Disney foodies! Exciting news today for all you hungry commuters, walkers, runners, snow-shovelers, gym-goers, Disney holidays road-trippers, and other assorted podcast listeners!

Just a note to let you know that after a (long — yes, we’re sorry!) hiatus, WE’RE BACK! The 17th episode of our DFB Podcast is now up and ready for downloading!

In this episode, AJ and Brad cover the latest Disney food news and discuss their dream meals at Disneyland and Walt Disney World — they each choose an appetizer, an entree and a dessert from anywhere at either resort to complete a dream Disney meal. We also answer two listener questions, and reveal the answer to our Episode 16 trivia question (and stump you with a new one)!

Here’s the Podcast page for Episode 17. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

Take a listen and as always, let us know what you think! The podcast has its own Twitter account — tweet us at @DFBPodcast!