Snack Series: Contempo Cafe Red Velvet Cupcake

One of our favorite counter-service joints, Contempo Cafe, has perfected another yummo cupcake that I can’t wait to tell you about!

Previously, we’ve shared our reviews of the Apple Spice, Chocoalte Peppermint, Dulce de Leche, and Black Forest cupcakes here at Contempo, and now we’ve got a version of my very favorite cake in the world — the Red Velvet cupcake!

You can find this snack in the bakery case at Contempo Cafe in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World. Just bypass the ordering machines and head right to the cupcakes!

Red Velvet Cupcake

Once again, this cupcake sports the lighter-than-lard frosting common to most Contempo Cafe cupcakes. It’s not as light as a whipped cream frosting, but it is definitely [Read more…]

13 Questions and Answers About Bringing Your Own Food to Disney Theme Parks

Erin Foster is the Disney Food for Families columnist and a behind-the-scenes guru here at Disney Food Blog! Check out more of her posts here.

At the Disney Food Blog, we are obviously HUGE fans of dining at the Walt Disney World restaurants. But there may be times when, due to budgetary, medical, religious, or other restrictions you may want or need to bring your own food into the parks with you. Here are 13 typical questions and answers about having non-Disney food at Disney.

  1. Am I allowed to bring my own food and/or beverage into the parks?

    Yes, with limited exceptions.

  2. Exceptions? What exceptions?

    The Walt Disney World website states that you are not permitted to bring alcoholic beverages or glass containers into the parks. Glass baby food jars are allowed.

  3. But what about the security check points?

    They’re looking for weapons and things of that nature. They will not question your consumables unless they’re alcohol or in a glass container.

    In my many hundreds of park admissions, the only item I’ve ever personally seen confiscated at the security checkpoint was a bottle of Heineken, which obviously failed both the alcohol and glass tests.

Soft-sided, insulated bags are easy to carry in the parks

  1. There are no limits on the quantity of food I can bring in the parks? Really?

    It’s correct that there are no specific limits on how much food you can bring with you into the parks. You’re not limited to just snacks or just a water bottle; a full lunch of sandwiches, fruit, dessert, etc. is fine.

    However (and this is a big however), there ARE limits on the size of the container you can use to carry your food into the park. No box, cooler, bag, or other container larger than 24″ x 15″ x 18″ is allowed into the parks as a food receptacle, or for any other purpose. This means that you’ll have to leave that giant Coleman you use for tailgates at home.

    Also, other than strollers, you may not bring any wheeled conveyances into the parks. This means no rolling coolers or wagons to transport lots of smaller coolers.

  1. What types of food have you brought into the parks?

    Nearly every time I enter a Disney theme park, I’m carrying some sort of beverage: water bottle, Diet Coke, or juice box for the kids. When my children were small, I always brought baggies filled with their favorite munchables like Goldfish and Cheerios.

    I have a friend whose son has severe allergies; she brings entire meals for him when she visits the parks.

  2. Have you ever had any problems with this?

    Nope. Not once. Really.

  3. Any ideas about what I should use to carry my food in?

    In my experience, I’ve seen guests have the most success with [Read more…]

The Hidden Laws of the Magic Kingdom

On a visit through Adventureland and Frontierland last month, I noticed that some of the local restaurants had rules I wasn’t even aware of… . Figured I’d share them here with you so that you can avoid finding yourself in a sticky bind in the future…

Should you find yourself wandering into Tortuga Tavern, remember the Code of Conduct below (be sure to click to enlarge — you’ll need to read it all), including “Every man has equal right to fresh provisions (iffin he has the gold),” and “A witness shall be present for gaming at cards or dice. (Short drop and sudden stop for cheatin’ scallywags.).”

And, of course, no monkeys.

Tortuga Tavern Code of Conduct

Next door at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe there is a shorter list of rules, but they’re no less important (after all, this is the Code of the West). Methinks the last one is likely the most [Read more…]

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…]

Disney Food Holiday Gift Ideas, Part 2

We have more Holiday Gift Ideas and none too soon. It’s officially December and the clock is ticking. So, let’s get to this week’s holiday gift ideas.

Each week, we’re sharing some fun gift-giving ideas for the Disney and/or food fans in your life. No need to get in a long queue — shopping online is so easy!

Ratatouille ”My Adventures” Personalized Book

Your child is the star in this personalized storybook featuring Remy! This book can commemorate your little chef’s skills or your visit to Les Chefs de France where dining with Remy is a house-specialty. Order your personalized book today!

Raglan Road Mugs

Raglan Road is now offering online shopping! You’ll find Guinness apparel, Irish gifts, Raglan Gift Certificates, and more!

From the brand new Raglan Road Cafe Collection, these fine porcelain mugs were designed by Graham Knuttel and produced by Tipperary Crystal. There are four styles to choose from — or collect them all!

Raglan Road Cafe Mug

Minnie Mouse Kitchen Play Set

For those WDW guests that miss Minnie’s House in the Magic Kingdom’s Toon Town, this play set will bring back nostalgic memories of that precious cake baking in Minnie’s oven. Give your little chef their own kitchen! Active imaginations can cook up a world of tasty meals. The set includes [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 20, 2011

Holiday Ice Cube Cupcakes at Disney's Hollywood Studios

With the holidays underway at the Disney parks and resorts, we’re gathering lots of goodies to share with you.

From Snowman cupcakes to Ice Cube cupcakes (wow!) to seasonal beverages, we’re getting in the spirit of the season!

Latest Disney Food News

Busy week? Let’s catch up on the news!

Do you crave more news? Check out our Disney News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Coming Soon! Give the Gift of Delicious Planning This Year with DFB Guide Gift Certificates!


Our popular Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, and upcoming DFB Dining Adventures e-Books make great gifts for friends or family members planning a trip to Walt Disney World!

Very soon, you’ll be able to purchase gift certificates to share the books with your friends and relatives this holiday season! Stay tuned this week to find out how!

The best part? You’ll be able to take advantage of our individual e-Book Holiday Discounts, or purchase all of our e-Books and receive our e-Book Bundle Discount!

Friends don’t let friends go to Disney World unprepared. These e-books will ensure that your loved ones will get the biggest bang for their dining buck in Walt Disney World! More info on this great gift idea will be available later this week!

On to the Round-Up!

PopCenturySite.com takes a refreshing break at the Petals Pool Bar.

WESH.com reveals the top 5 WDW foodie fantasies provided by yours truly!

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups takes us to the Territory Lounge at the Wilderness Lounge. And don’t forget that WDW for Grownups has an awesome Muppets Giveaway this week!

Orange Bird

Progress City, U.S.A. reminisces about the adorable Little Orange Bird. His citrus-y presence is missed in Adventureland!

All Ears reviews the Best of Bocuse Dinner at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Main Street Gazette reviews the White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake at Kusafari Coffee Shop & Bakery in the Animal Kingdom. It’s a cupcake and lollipop in one!

The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle masters the Jedi Art of baking Star Wars cookies.

All Fare’s Food Blog shows us how to make Mickey Mouse cake pops. Adorable-ness!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 13, 2011

Cheshire Cafe Sign

This weekend wraps up the 2011 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. It’s been a whirlwind of food, menus, beverages, parties, and demos, and we’ve had a great time covering it all for you. Don’t worry, though — we still have a few reviews to share next week!

Moving forward, we set our sights on the holiday season and all the yummy good treats that are created for the celebration in the Disney parks and resorts!

Latest Disney Food News

Relax and catch up on this week’s news highlights!

Do you crave more news? Check out our Disney News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

On to the Round-Up!

MiceChat takes us to Disneyland for a behind-the-scenes look at outdoor vending!

WDW for Grown-ups reviews one of my favorite hideaways — the lounge at Sanaa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village.

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World gives us a tour of random foodie “odds and ends” around Epcot. Check out the adorable Mickey Ice Cream bar shirt to the left, courtesy of Andy Jackson.

Main Street Gazette reviews the Floridian Club Sandwich at the Grand Floridian’s Gasparilla Grill.

The Orange County Register announces the Anaheim Thanksgiving Dining Guide, including Disneyland options!

Healthy Disney shares vegetarian options at Wolfgang Puck Express.

Disney Parks Blog showcases a unique, hand-painted Vinylmation created for the Festival of the Masters. Check out Mickey’s Ice Cream Dream!

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!

“Jingle Smells” and Other Foodie Vinylmations Available Now

There’s a feast of food-related Vinylmation available on DisneyStore.com and in Disney Store retail locations. This is a great way to do some holiday shopping for Disney foodie friends, even if you can’t make it to the parks this winter.

Smellable Holiday Vinylmations

Now available is next best thing to edible Vinylmations, smellable Vinylmations.

“Jingle Smells,” which retail for $11.95 each, are Vinylmations actually embedded with scents of the holiday season: gingerbread, marshmallow, candy cane, and chocolate.

My Jingle Smells haven’t arrived in the mail yet, but from all reports I’ve seen, these cutie patooties do actually smell like their namesakes. To add to the deliciousness quotient, the Jingle Smells are topped with a little cap that allows them to accept a hook and function as an ornament. You know what, I think I’m going to go order some more now.

Peter Pan “Never Grow Up” Vinylmation Set

And here’s the second in the “Kidada for Disney Store” series. This one, a combination 9″ and 3″ set, is called “Never Grow Up.” The larger figure features Peter Pan fighting his shadow while cavorting on a giant ice cream sundae. (I think I had [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Food Pictures: Japan and China Booths

It’s time for more 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth food pictures! Today, we’re headed to Asia and will be visiting Japan and China!

As always, if you want to see full coverage of each booth, check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages! Click on any booth or country name for detailed information, menus, photos, and prices.

Japan

Japan introduced a couple of new items to the menu this year, including Pork Kakuni and the Tokyo Sunset — both can be seen below. The pork serving was massive and very good. The Tokyo Sunset, a mix of pineapple juice, banana liqueur, peach schnapps, and coconut rum, was delicious.

Pork Kakuni -– $4.95 and Tokyo Sunset –- $8.00

The Spicy Tuna Roll, California Roll, and Tuna Sensation (with salmon added in this year) are all back at the [Read more…]