Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 9, 2012

Cheers to food and beverage news from Gaston’s Tavern (finally)! With the announcement of the signature brew and those gooey cinnamon rolls, I’m looking forward to stopping by with friends. Care to join me?!

LeFou's Brew at Gaston's Tavern

Disney Food News

Read on for yummy restaurant and food news from Disney!

  • Disney will release new collector’s pins with the opening of Be our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern!
  • Gaston’s Tavern at the Magic Kingdom will offer the non-alcoholic LeFou’s Brew along with signature cinnamon rolls!
  • Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a new menu with Buffalo chicken nuggets; and ABC Commissary has changed up their offerings as well. (More on that soon!)

We’ve got more food news (including restaurant closure updates, new menu at ABC Commissary, Margarita/Tequila Flight Promo at La Hacienda and San Angel Inn, new drinks at Animal Kingdom, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Update — Lunch With John Lasseter

A new signature event has been added to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival line-up. On October 19, Citricos will host a lunch perfect for Pixar fans at 12:30 for $130.

John Lasseter and his wife Nancy will present their California wines at this event. Chef Philip Ponticelli will pair Lasseter wines with seasonal cuisine.

A DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book Review

Thanks to Disney by the Numbers for reviewing our DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Pick up your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival today, and start planning.

Don’t forget our great DFB Deals of the Week on this Guide (get $3 off this week)!

DFB Podcast Episode 8 and 9 Now Available

We’re pleased to announce that the eighth and ninth episodes of our podcast have been released! In these episodes we’re chatting about Best Breakfasts in Disney, and the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Head over to DFBPodcast.com for the details… . And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups looks at a new food truck – The Tailgate Grill – at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Walt Disney World.

Cookie Madness bakes up some BoardWalk Brownies!

Cake Wrecks looks at Darth Vader cakes that have definitely gone to the Dark Side.

The Walt Disney World Restaurant Tour takes us to Raglan Road at Downtown Disney Orlando.

Main Street Gazette cooks up a 50’s Prime Time Cafe recipe – Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie!

Daveland dines at the Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure. Gorgeous pictures!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World toasts La Cava’s third birthday!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 2, 2012

It’s menu-changing season at Walt Disney World!

New Menu Items at Animal Kingdom

This week we got the chance to highlight a few updates in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where they’ve unveiled new menu items at three counter-service restaurants! (More of this menu change mumbo jumbo coming up tomorrow, by the way…)

Let us know what you think about the new options!

Disney Food News

Catch up on your Disney Food reading!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Update — Dinners With Cat Cora

Kouzzina by Cat Cora has added two more events to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival signature dining schedule.

Chef Cat Cora and the Kouzzina chefs will host additional dinners on October 2 and October 4 at 8pm. The cost is $170/person. The first signature dinner at Kouzzina will be held on September 27 at 8pm for $160. Note that Chef Cat Cora will only be in attendance at the October dinners.

Spots are extremely limited, and will go fast. Call 407-WDW-DINE to book.

We’ve got more food news (including restaurant closure updates, new dining locations at Aulani, a food truck at ESPN Wide World of Sports, a PCH Grill Passholder Preview in Disneyland, special offer at La Hacienda and San Angel Inn, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

A DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book Reviews

Thanks to Disney by Mark for a great review of our DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Pick up your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival today, and get planning. Don’t forget our great DFB Deals of the Week on this Guide!

Here’s some great advice from the Disney by Mark review:

Last year was my first at the festival and I found myself overwhelmed with choices and decisions to make. There was so much I wanted to do but I only had a limited time at Epcot…and Epcot is BIG. I found that in just one reading this guide has helped me plan my entire visit so I don’t collapse from exhaustion!

See? No exhaustion! ;-) Read the full review here! And, check out another great review at Jackie’s Magical Moments this week!

Now it’s your turn! Download your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book here! Get $3 off with our Deal of the Week!

On to the Round-Up

DisZine highlights the Great Irish Hooley event at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney this weekend.

Cookie Madness enjoys a treat from Epcot’s Biergarten – Bavarian Cheesecake.

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups hides out with a snack at the Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

A Wedding Cake Blog shares an adorable Minnie Mouse cake!

Mouse on the Mind dines at the California Grill overlooking the Magic Kingdom!

Main Street Gazette reviews the changes taking place with the restaurants in Epcot’s France pavilion.

AllEars takes a close-up look at the Pinocchio Village Haus.

DisneyParks looks back at the opening of Hollywood Scoops in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 19th, 2012

Disney Food News

If you’re visiting Disney World on November 19th or later, don’t forget that reservations for the highly-anticipated Be Our Guest Restaurant open Monday morning, August 20th! Let us know if you’ll be one of the first guests to dine at this new restaurant!

Also in the news this week, Epcot’s Bistro de Paris is undergoing a transformation that will result in a new look AND a new menu. Lots of changes happening in Epcot’s France this Fall!

I’m craving one of the new margaritas from La Cava. Check out the tasty concoctions in the link below. Cheers!

Disney Food News

Time to review this week’s news!

We’ve got more food news (including restaurant closure updates, Citricos Wine Dinners, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

A DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book Review

Thanks to Mouse on the Mind for a great review of our Food and Wine Festival Mini-Guide! We hope this book is helping lots of folks plan their Food and Wine Festival adventures! Pick up your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival today, and get planning.

Here’s one of my favorite parts of the Mouse on the Mind review:

…if you’re not sure whether you need the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival to plan your Food & Wine adventure: YOU DO.

Well, I think so, too! ;-) Please click through and read the full review here!

Download your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book here!

On to the Round-Up

MickeyFix tempts us with a Star Wars beverage gift set.

Running at Disney enjoys delicious eats at the Green Cabin Room at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

Main Street Gazette cools down at KRNR – The Rock Station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Yesterland re-visits Compass Books and Cafe at Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

WildernessLodgeSite.com gives an overview of the resort’s refillable mugs.

Daveland shares vintage photos from Aunt Jemima’s Pancake House at Disneyland.

All’s Fare Food Blog visits Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 5, 2012

Enchanted Rose Motif at Be Our Guest

We’ve got a few more sneak peeks at Be Our Guest restaurant! This brand new restaurant will be opening later this year in Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland!

Disney Food News

In the news since our last round-up…

We’ve got more food news (including NEW Citricos Wine Dinners, a new food spot in the New Fantasyland, restaurant closure updates, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

We’ve been reporting all of the details about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

DFB Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Coming Soon!

And with the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival rapidly approaching, we’ll have all the info you need to make sure you get the best value from the 2012 festival!

Our DFB Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is coming soon!

Special Features
Of course, we’ve included a few bonus items for you! Let’s take a look at a few of them…

  • A full, daily schedule of events for every day of the festival
  • Brand new World Showcase booth crawls for this year’s menus
  • Food and Wine Festival customized Touring Strategies for visiting [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: June 3, 2012

Beast Castle

Some great new information from the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival was announced this week, and we’ve also got some fun news from the Animal Kingdom!

Disney Food News

Here’s the latest happening in the Disney Food World this week!

We’ve got more food news (including restaurant closure updates, Disney California Adventure’s Ghirardelli Soda Fountain, and more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Enter to Win the Disney Food Blog Contest!

Have you entered to win our latest Disney Food Blog contest? Simply send a picture or video showing us a fun Disney trip memory, then let us know how one of our DFB Guides helped make that memory happen!

The winner will receive a DFB Guide of their choice, as well as a special surprise gift!

Send your pictures or videos to contest@DisneyFoodBlog.com by June 10th, 2012 to be entered!

On To The Round-Up

WDW for Grown-Ups takes us to Enoteca Castello in Epcot’s Italy!

AllEars.Net reports on a new champagne lunch at Remy being offered on a trial basis aboard the Disney Fantasy.

DisneyContemporary.com shares a recipe for The Wave’s Passion Fruit Mojito. Thirst-quenching!

Main St. Gazette features the Teriyaki Chicken Nuggets found at the Friar’s Nook in the Magic Kingdom.

What I Gather shows how to dine with a paleo diet at Walt Disney World.

MiceChat shares some interesting food and beverage displays around the Magic Kingdom.

DisneyParks Blog rounds up fun at Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree!

On The Go In MCO tours the menus and shares food pics from the Art of Animation Resort’s Landscape of Flavors food court.

Just a Spoonful of Sugar reviews a recipe for La Salade de Maison served at Cafe Orleans in Disneyland.

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

We’re excited to announce the grand launch of The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2012 e-Book! It’s now available for purchase and download to help you make the most of your dining opportunities while in Disney World.

The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2012 e-Book is an instantly downloadable PDF guide, featuring over 310 full-color pages of photographs, information, and advice about our favorite things — food and dining in Walt Disney World.

It’s guaranteed to help you navigate your way to delicious dining on your next vacation! 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: 2012 to get a $4 discount this week only!

If you purchased the 2011 Guide last year, scroll down for details on repeat purchase discounts. Also, scroll down to the bottom of the post for details on the 6-word Restaurant Review winner, Vicky B!

What’s In The Guide?

As you know, the Guide includes:

  • A 5-Step Strategy for Disney Dining Planning, covering everything you need to know from budgeting and booking to kids’ meals and fireworks.
  • A comprehensive and in-depth look at Disney World dining, including tips and tricks to ensure a positive and stress-free dining experience.
  • The ability to be read on your mobile device or computer!

While our 2011 Guide was very 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 2012 edition with over 60 new pages of details along with more photos, coverage of new Disney dining experiences, exclusive games, and more!

In addition to these updates, our 2012 Guide adds:

  • Over 60 new pages of Disney Dining information
  • More Disney food and restaurant photos, and NEW Disney food and restaurant photos
  • An entire chapter focused on Snacks in the theme parks and resorts, one of the most popular Disney dining topics
  • Disney Dining Trivia to play while you’re waiting in line (or waiting for a table!)
  • Exclusive Disney food-themed scavenger hunts for each Disney World theme park
  • A comprehensive section of Disney Food news and updates from the past year, including new restaurants, new menus, and more
  • Brand new “Top 5” lists to help you make quick dining decisions
  • A brand new At-A-Glance section featuring quick facts such as how to locate your lost dining reservations, where to dine with the princesses, or where to pick up a six-pack of beer
  • New Snack Crawls through the parks and resorts
  • Updates on all pertinent facts such as dining hours, prices, resources, phone numbers, and restaurant closures/openings
  • All new restaurant additions, closures, and added dining experiences
  • And much more!

And the best part is: the price hasn’t changed! Our extensive Disney Dining information, updated and added to with 60+ extra pages and countless new details, will cost you the same amount that it did in 2011.

But, of course we’re offering a [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 29, 2012

Breakfast Bread Pudding at Cinderella's Royal Table

Hey there, hi there, ho there!! It’s time to start up another great week of Disney food by taking a look at the awesomeness that happened last week!

As always, let’s start with the latest news in the food-related dis-o-sphere!

Disney Food News

Serious fun and deliciousness on the docket this week!!

  • Tables in Wonderland has announced an awesome event for February 25th! And, by the by, we’re hearing reports that DVC members can now get Tables in Wonderland cards!! Woo!
  • A new Breakfast Bread Pudding has been introduced at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom
  • Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney Orlando is undergoing some refurb of the lounge and external areas. It’s still open during construction.

DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book!

It’s been a while since we mentioned our Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, so I wanted to share the details for our newer readers!

Our inaugural edition of this instantly downloadable e-Book is packed with over 250 pages of must-know tips, tricks, secrets, and details for first-timers and veteran visitors to Disney World! And don’t forget the photos! There are over 200 photos in this book alone!

Now’s the time to grab your copy (updated in December 2011 with the latest info!). Head over to DFBGuide.com to see sample pages, reviews from top media outlets like the Orlando Sentinel, and more! You could be reading it in minutes! And don’t forget to use Code DFBA11 to get your discount. :-) Thanks for supporting the Disney Food Blog!

On to the Round-Up

DisZine takes a look at the new canine treats wagon that’s been barking up trees all over Disney World property! (Bad pun? Sorry about that.)

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups takes us to the cozy Ale & Compass Lounge at the Yacht Club Resort.

All Ears Net blogger Laura G. has a rockin’ report on food during the WDW Marathon weekend! Carb-loaders rejoice!

Main St. Gazette shares another addition to the ice-cream-sundaes-bigger-than-your-head contingent in Disney World. We now have the Kitchen Sink, the Sand Pail Sundae, and this behemoth.

Disney Hipsters heads to favorite counter-service spot Columbia Harbour House for some yummy eats!

All’s Fare Food Blog visits Tony’s Town Square restaurant in the Magic Kingdom with not-so-impressive results (surprised?).

Mouse on the Mind shares a fun mini-review of Wilderness Lodge’s Artist Point.


The Disney Food Blog Newsletter is coming out this week!! If you’re not on the list, jump on here!

Disney Food Year in Review: 2011

Happy New Year, everyone! 2011 was a big year for food in Disney parks and resorts, and when there are this many changes it can be helpful to recap — especially if you’re headed to a Disney park or resort soon!

So come with us as we walk through 2011 and a few of those newsworthy highlights! What’s your favorite Disney Food news from 2011?? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

2011 Disney Food Year in Review

Check below to see 2011 updates from Disney World, Disneyland, and other Disney destinations as well as our additions and changes here on the Disney Food Blog!

Walt Disney World Year In Review

Restaurant Openings and Renovations
Although they haven’t enjoyed as many full-blown restaurant openings as they did in 2009 and 2010, Disney World has definitely had its share of restaurant renovations and updates.

Tortuga Tavern in the Magic Kingdom replaced the (also Pirate-themed) El Pirata y El Perico. Serving much the same menu, including Mexican and Tex-Mex options, Tortuga also added some fun and whimsical decor so that you don’t forget that you’re in Disney World.

Also in the Magic Kingdom, we saw Storybook Treats and Cheshire Cafe develop from their former counterparts.

The AMC Fork and Screen Theater opened in Downtown Disney in 2011, so you can save time by doing dinner and a movie together, then heading back out into the parks! Nothing like some serious multi-tasking in the World!

Katsura Grill replaced Yakitori House in Epcot’s Japan late in 2011. Much of the same food is offered, but you will find a slightly more “clean lines” layout and a few additional classic Japanese menu items.

The overhaul in Japan also included the addition of the Kabuki Cafe, which is basically a more formal Kaki Gori stand also serving a seasonal menu of Japanese snacks like Miso Soup, Sushi, and Edamame.

Japanese Pancake from Katsura Grill

Right between the two new spots? An outdoor Sake bar! We can highly recommend the lime sake cocktail!

Also in Epcot, the always-popular Le Cellier Steakhouse turned its dinner meal into a signature dining option in March, making this meal 2 credits on the Disney Dining Plan. Le Cellier is still a tough ticket to get, so I think the hope that this price increase would lessen demand for reservations might be dashed. It’s still a popular spot for both lunch and dinner.

Over in Animal Kingdom, the guest-favorite Tusker House Character breakfast has expanded to include a new character lunch as well! This has brought positive response from Disney character meal fans!

And Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has introduced a brand new dining experience in 2011! Dine with an Animal Specialist at Sanaa offers guests [Read more…]

First Look!: Magic Kingdom’s Cheshire Cafe Photos and Menu

We got some fun pics yesterday from Jacquie Symonds over on Google+ of the brand new Cheshire Cafe (the new name for the Enchanted Grove) in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

This change brings the counter-service kiosk’s theme into the fold of the Alice in Wonderland area of Fantasyland, which makes sense since it’s located right next to the Teacups ride! Let’s take a look at the changes between the old Enchanted Grove and the new Cheshire Cafe!


We’ve changed here from the fruity display of the Enchanted Grove, featuring Chip and Dale (or chipmunks of some variety), to the Cheshire Cat logo on a sign that looks like it’s being held onto the structure with vines! Minute Maid is still sponsoring the booth.

Cheshire Cafe Sign

Enchanted Grove Sign

Outside Appearance

The structure of the kiosk hasn’t changed much, but you can see that there is a new design on the front and side wainscoting and the accent color has changed from aqua to a [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 6, 2011

New Jingle Smells scented Vinylmation now available

Are your Halloween decorations put away? We hope so! Disney Parks is moving on to the Christmas season with decorations and merchandise popping up already!

Latest Disney Food News

If you missed some of the Disney Food news this week, we’ve gotcha covered!

Still hungering for more Disney news? Wander over to our Disney News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated regularly!

Coming Very Soon… The DFB Dining Adventures: Start Point, Magic Kingdom e-Book!

We’ve been working on this one for a while and are happy to announce that it’s now just a short while away from being published!

The DFB Dining Adventures: Start Point, Magic Kingdom e-Book will feature dozens of fun, themed dining adventures to help plan your family’s next Disney World vacation! Mix, match, and customize one-day, two-day, and week-long adventures to fit your family’s needs!

Try out Dining Adventures themed to Hidden Mickeys, Milkshakes, Pirates, Princesses, and even Plastic Cheese! But there are lots more where those came from! Stay tuned for details!

Until then, don’t forget to pick up a copy of our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book! A 250-page guide to planning and enhancing your dining in Disney World! The book has a 30-day money-back guarantee, so there’s no risk!

Listen Up

PassPorter Moms Podcast brought me on the show to chat about holiday dining at WDW!

WDW Today Podcast features a show where the guys and I talk about the 2012 Disney Dining Plan changes.

On to the Round-Up!

DisMarks showcases some awesome Disney-related articles in their 33rd Disney Blog Carnival!

Walt Disney World for Grownups escapes to the Wave Bar at the Contemporary Resort.

Muppet Cookbook featured on Tugley Wood

A Wedding Cake Blog treats us to a fabulous Beauty and the Beast cake. It even has a clear vase showcasing a single rose as a creative element!

Tulgey Wood takes us back to 1981 with a look at the Muppet Picnic Cookbook. And a hat tip to Imaginerding for the heads-up!

Main Street Gazette attempts to re-create the classic Sunshine Tree Terrace Orange Swirl!

AllEars.Net reviews the Tequila Lunch Pairing at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Is it worth the price? This review will help you decide!

Rate the Plate Utah reviews tasty eats at the Food and Wine Festival!

DisneyParks Blog celebrated National Cookie month with a sugar cookie recipe. Cool Jack Skellington icing too!