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!

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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.

Reminder:

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!

Signage

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!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 16, 2011

Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad at Hawaii Booth

There’s lots happening in the Disney Food world this week — new menus, new dining locations, new dining policies, and more! And don’t forget…that Epcot Food & Wine Festival is still going strong!

Disney Food News

Here’s the latest in the Disney Food World this week…

Of course, we’ve got TONS of Epcot Food & Wine Festival coverage happening over on our Epcot Food & Wine Festival Pages — click on breaking news to see the latest!

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book Review

Thanks to AllEars.net for another great review of our Food and Wine Festival Mini-Guide! We hope this book is helping lots of folks who are visiting the festival this weekend! Pick up your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book today!

Here’s an excerpt from the AllEars.net review:
You’ll not only want to buy this guide to help you plan for your visit to the Festival beforehand, but also to have it in your pocket during your visit. I plan to take it with me on my iPhone next month when I visit the Food and Wine Festival with my family.

Read the full review here!

You can download your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book today; and don’t forget to use code ALLEARS for a discount!

On to the Round-Up!

WDW for Grown-Ups recommends the Top 7 Epcot Food & Wine Festival booths.

Hello My Sweet has some awesome Star Wars party eats to try!

Yesterland has a rainy review of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. I was there on this day, and it was crazy!

DisneyShawn takes a look at the details of Toad Hall Restaurant in Disneyland Paris — “No Consumus Froglagus!”

AllEars.Net has a review of the first Discovery of Chocolate seminar at the Food and Wine Festival!

Main St. Gazette has another great recipe for us! From the 2010 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Spain booth — Spanish Almond Cake!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 15, 2011

Credential Front

Hope everyone’s had a great week, and all of you D23ers are having a blast in WDW!

Disney Food News

In Disney Food News his week, we heard the latest on Disney California Adventure’s two new restaurants set to open on July 1st!

AND we got the chance to put on our guest passes and (virtually) walk the black carpet at Disneyland’s Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Premiere with our fearless Disneyland columnist — Heather Sievers!

DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book Recommendation

On MiceChat, Sam Gennaway recommends Disney World essentials, including The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining!

A quick quote from the review: “[AJ’s] goal was to write a book that is unlike any other Disney guidebook. In that respect, she has succeeded. This could only come from somebody who realizes that dining is more than just eating at Disney, it is an important part of the whole experience. Plus, the book tries really hard to find the proper balance between planning and spontaneity, which is not easy anymore.”

Thanks to Sam, again, for this review, and thanks to MiceChat for sharing it! If you’d like to check out the e-Book, pick up your copy here!

And now, on to the round up…

A World View reviews our own Disney Food Blog Restaurant Search Tool! Thanks, Bruce!

Main Street Gazette reviews the sweet Sacristain pastry treat at France’s Boulangerie Patisserie.

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World shows us where to find freshly made potato chips and sweet potato fries.

Progress City, U.S.A. examines the Germany pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase including the Biergarten! Grab a snack from Sommerfest and check out these details.

Pitch interviews a former WDW chef. Find out how Celina Tio began cooking at Disney!

Thanks to Stitch Kingdom for giving us a heads up on a new cookbook to be published this fall.

Portobello, the Italian restaurant in Downtown Disney — not the mushroom — showcases pictures from their Cooking Class on May 13th!

MousePlanning reviews the brick oven made pizza at Via Napoli.

Latest News: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Info, Taste of Africa, and a New Cookbook

Whew! There’s been a multitude of news items that have popped up in the Disney Food world, so I decided to devote a post to all of them this morning:

Bangkok Marketplace Booth

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths

The Food and Wine Festival CMS website is now showing the 27 Epcot Food and Wine Festival International Marketplace Booths slated for the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. As we know, these include new additions South Korea and Belgium, and returning booth Singapore. It also includes another new addition, Charcuterie and Cheese (perhaps replacing The Mouse Catch booth)!

Check out the 2009 Food and Wine Festival Booth menus and photos here for inspiration about what might be offered this year!

Food and Wine Festival Event General Info … and Cirque du Soleil News?

The same website also offers information on general timing for each of the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival seminars, demonstrations, and signature special events. While specific details (e.g. which Chefs will present on which days) have not yet been announced, this information can help with basic trip planning around the Festival:

Also exciting, it looks like Cirque du Soleil will be returning to the Food and Wine Festival’s Party for the Senses this year.

As always, stay tuned to the master 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page, where we’ll link out to all of the latest news, details, and information.

Dawa Bar in Harambe Village

Taste of Africa Street Party News

A new culinary and cultural experience is coming to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom this summer. The Taste of Africa street party will take place every evening from July 9th through July 24th in Harambe Village in Animal Kingdom’s Africa.

The party will begin right after Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade and will continue through closing time (even during Extra Magic Hours). Included will be food and beverage tastings, authentic African entertainment, unique merchandise, and more.

New Disney Cookbook on the Horizon

Pam Brandon, Disney’s food writer extraordinaire, will be releasing a new official Disney cookbook this Fall. Currently titled Treasures from the Vault & Delicious New Favorites, I’m eager to see what dishes made the cut! If you’re wondering about the other cookbooks available, check our our Disney Cookbooks post! (Thanks to Stitch Kingdom for the tip!)

Remember, because we’re reporting this news so far ahead of time, details are always subject to change.

Now, in addition to all of that awesomeness, stay tuned tomorrow for an exclusive guest review of the Ariel’s Grotto World of Color Prix Fixe menu!