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.


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


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!

First Look! The NEW California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Oh my goodness, you guys! We got a chance to check out the newly revamped California Grill last night and IT. IS. AMAZING!

The popular restaurant, which sits high atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort, is the one that started it all. It was Disney World’s first foray into sleek, signature dining.

But even the most contemporary California vibe can become outdated. And so it was time for a little freshening.

Last night, we got a first look at the brand new re-imagined California Grill.

We’ll have even more pics for you later today — and a longer review for you next week! But I couldn’t wait to share these initial pics of the transformation! Come with us and take a look!

New California Grill Atmosphere

The facelift is evident before you ever set foot on the fifteenth floor. The check in desk, located on the second floor, has also received an updated look.

Second Floor Check In Desk for California Grill

A new font and background replace the signature cursive. Colorful stripes in warm colors replace the painted tile background.

After a quick trip up in the elevator reserved for California Grill guests, we stepped out into the entrance. A right turn, and we were greeted by a gorgeous, post-storm sunset.

California Grill view

Sweeping vistas have always been a hallmark of California Grill, but they’ve been made even more stunning with the introduction of floor to ceiling windows, which allow for plenty of natural light and incredible, 360-degree views.

California Grill New Dining Room

California Grill New Dining Room

Previously, the space was dominated by bright, bold geometric patterns. In re-imagining the space, Imagineers decided to look to the Contemporary’s mid-century roots for inspiration.

Taking elements from the work of iconic Disney artist Mary Blair, the entire space was [Read more…]

News! Changes to Disney World Tables in Wonderland Dining Discounts for 2014

We’ve got some news about one of Disney World’s popular dining discounts!

Tables in Wonderland, Walt Disney World’s fee-based dining discount program offered to Florida residents, Annual Passholders, and Disney Vacation Club members, is a great way to save money if you are a frequent diner at Walt Disney World.

The program offers 20% savings on food and beverages, including alcoholic beverages, at more than 100 Walt Disney World restaurants.

Today, we’re getting news of an update to restaurants that will either stop offering the Tables in Wonderland discount in the near future, or will be subject to more blackout dates when using the card.

Victoria and Albert’s to Discontinue Offering Tables in Wonderland Discount

According to the Tables in Wonderland website, Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa will continue to honor the Tables in Wonderland discount through July 14, 2014. However, as of August 1, 2014, the ultra-luxurious dining spot will no longer accept the Tables in Wonderland card.

Victoria and Albert's Main Dining Room

Currently, Tables in Wonderland members may still [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 31, 2013

So much awesomeness happened this week, but the best part of it ALL was THIS!!!

Madam Leota's Cracked Crystal Ball

Our DFB columnist, Heather, was able to have dinner in the Haunted Mansion, and she documented it all for us! Take some time to check out this truly epic post and be sure to give Heather some props for putting the article together. I’m not sure if I would have had the presence of mind to video that dessert…

Disney Food News!

Here’s what’s been happening this week!

And there’s more where that came from! 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!

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!

We love this pic sent in by RayRach320 of our favorite Elephant Cupcake in Disney’s Animal Kingdom! She wants to know if it’s OK to eat it for breakfast (and the answer is YES!).

Animal Kingdom White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake

Thanks to DFB Guest Author Corey Patterson for sending over this awesome pic of the Grand Floridian Easter Eggs — Storybook Circus edition!!

Grand Floridian Edible Easter Eggs!

DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks 2013 — Coming Soon!

DFB Mini Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks 2013 Citrus Swirl Page

Stay tuned this week for the launch of our DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks 2013 Edition!!

I won’t say too much about it now, but I will let you know that there are dozens more snacks, more photos, updated prices and snack credit info, and more!!

We’ll have details — and discount codes!! — for you later this week, but for now — here’s a sneak peek at our Citrus Swirl page in the Guide!

On to the Round-Up!

WESH.com shares some favorite Disney parks on-the-go breakfasts!

Staten the Facts offers a fun round-up of some great Disney desserts.

The Passporter Moms Podcast shares tips on touring the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival — with updates on the eats from yours truly!

In College Adventures of a Conservation Education Presenter, a Disney cast member and DFB reader features some awesome Disney dinnerware found in Australia!

All Ears gives a kids perspective of the new TRYit menu items at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival.

Disney Parks Blog features the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor in Disneyland.

Main Street Gazette shares the Bread Service at Sanaa!

DFB Podcast Episode 14: Best Disney Hotels for Dining!

Hey all!! Episode 14 of the DFB Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure!!

Yep — we know that secretly you all choose your hotel based on what restaurants you can get to within walking distance (doesn’t everyone?!?).

So we wanted to make your decision making process as easy as possible and just share our favorite Disney hotels for dining. It takes the guesswork out of it for you, ya know? ;-)

SO — listen in to hear some of our favorite Disney hotels in Disney World AND Disneyland…based on restaurants alone. (Of course, this is the most important criteria for a hotel. It goes 1.) Good restaurants, 2.) Beds and stuff.)

And we also throw in some awesome listener questions (and our basically-decent-if-a-little-bit-too-long answers) and some Disney TRIVIA — which gives you the chance to win one of our DFB Guides to Disney World Dining! Woo!!!!!

Alrighty…time to take a listen! And don’t forget to rate us on iTunes!

Best Disney World Restaurants for First Time Disney Visitors

Everyday we receive lots of mail from you, our awesome DFB readers, asking for restaurant suggestions and recommendations. And while we certainly have our favorites, we know that you do, too!

So when a Disney first-time visitor recently asked what restaurants we would recommend for their upcoming trip, we couldn’t think of a better panel of experts to ask than YOU!

When I put the question out on the Disney Food Blog Facebook page, I was overwhelmed by the huge and immediate response that I got!

Let’s take a look at your recommendations for the restaurants first timers must experience on that inaugural Walt Disney World trip!

If you have other thoughts or ideas — or, better yet, stories of your favorite restaurants during a first-time visit — please share them with all of us in the comments section! More suggestions are always better!

Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

When it comes to first time Disney dining, the winning restaurant recommendation is, hands down, Chef Mickey’s in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Many of you agree that anyone visiting the Happiest Place on Earth for the very first time MUST experience a buffet that includes lots of character interaction.

Chef Mickey’s is highly recommended by our DFB Readers!

But the suggestion is practical, too. Readers pointed out that a character dining experience offers terrific value for your Disney dollar, with an all-you-care-to-eat option. [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 24, 2013

Happy Princess Half-Marathon Weekend!! We had a great time in Disney World last week, and we’ve got TONS of awesome new finds to share with you over the next few weeks! Stay tuned!!

NEW Disney Parks Popcorn Boxes!

One fun find was this new design on Disney Parks paper products, like popcorn boxes, plates, cups, and more. The red design is out, and this new yellow-with-silhouettes design is in! Whaddya think?? This design will be the same across Disney World and Disneyland.

Disney Dining News

Now here’s a bit more Disney Dining news for ya!

We’ve got additional food news, including restaurant closures and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

Great Deal on DFB Guide + Snacks Bundle!

Here’s my favorite deal ever on our DFB Disney Dining Guide Books: Three awesome e-Books bundled for over 30% off! Limited time only…

Three Great e-Books: Over 30% Off!

Our DFB Guide & Snacks Bundle offers:

  1. The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013, PLUS
  2. The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, AND
  3. The DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks

All three are being sold together for the first time — and for a massively discounted price. Just $29.95 instead of the regular price of nearly $42.00.

Our Snack Guides vibrantly display and review over 250 Disney World snacks (!!), but also showcase some our favorite under-the-radar treats and eats in the parks. Get your DFB Guide & Snacks Bundle — including the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2013, the DFB Guide to Epcot Snacks, and the DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks — for over 30% off here.

Find out more about the DFB Guide & Snack Bundle here!

DFB Reader Finds!

If you find a fun new food — or other 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!

Susan emailed us this beautifully dressed Mickey Waffle from the All-Star Movies Resort.

Mickey Waffle with syrup!

And Erin Foster, our Disney Food for Families Columnist here at DFB, sent over this cool pic of what the Princess Half-Marathon runners found in their breakfast box this weekend!


Runners Breakfast Box for Princess Half-Marathon Weekend!

On to the Round-Up!

Mickey Fix features a fun Mickey and Friends Popcorn Tin!

Changing Latitudes drinks around the world in Epcot!

Cake Wrecks features cool Mickey Wazowski and Yoda cakes in their Sunday Sweets post!

Disney Hipsters share the experience of being “Celebrities of the Day” at Hollywood Brown Derby!

Main Street Gazette heads to Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner for sausage in a pretzel roll! Yum.

Disney by Mark reviews lunch at ‘Ama ‘Ama at Disney’s Aulani resort in Hawaii.

Disney Parks Blog shares Top Ten Wedding Cakes made by the pastry chefs for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings.