DFB Podcast Episode 24: Disney Halloween Tips!

We are back with Episode 24 of the DFB Podcast and it’s time to talk HALLOWEEN at Disney World and Disneyland!

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What’s It About?
In this episode AJ gives a Food and Wine 2015 overview, noting her favorites from from this year. New events are discussed as well as new booth reviews!

Also we have reviews from the new openings over at the (now official) Disney Springs: Morimoto Asia and Jock Lindsey’s!

But the “main course” of the podcast features our best tips for visiting Disney World and Disneyland during Halloween season!

Hear our suggestions and all of the details on the new spooky snacks and activities! Listen right now at DFBPodcast.com, or subscribe via iTunes, RSS, or Stitcher!

Halloween at Disney!

Halloween at Disney!

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2014 Resort Cast Member Pumpkin Carving Contests

Didn’t get your fill of Halloween fun this year? Fret not, friends! Because we’ve got one more treat for you from the season of tricks…

On October 30th and 31st, Disney Resort Cast Members at resorts around the World competed in pumpkin decorating contests. I got to check out the displays at the Contemporary Resort and Port Orleans — Riverside, and wanted to share some of the fun with you today!

At the Contemporary Resort, individual Cast Members showed off their pumpkin carving skills. The display was huge, including well over twenty pumpkins!

Contemporary Resort Cast Member Pumpkin Carving 2014

Contemporary Resort Cast Member Pumpkin Carving 2014

Contemporary Resort Cast Member Pumpkin Carving display

Contemporary Resort Cast Member Pumpkin Carving display

Contemporary Resort Cast Member Pumpkin Carving display

Contemporary Resort Cast Member Pumpkin Carving display

Contemporary Resort Cast Member Pumpkin Carving display

Contemporary Resort Cast Member Pumpkin Carving display

Contemporary Resort Cast Member Pumpkin Carving display

Contemporary Resort Cast Member Pumpkin Carving display

Guests at the Contemporary placed their votes for pumpkins across a few categories. A member of the Security Team won “Best Overall” for this awesome [Read more…]

Review: Ghost Cupcake at Disney’s BoardWalk Bakery

The Boardwalk Bakery is scaring up some Halloween fun this year. Our twitter followers wanted to see what was inside this Ghost Cupcake! (And, let’s be honest, I did, too!)

No stranger to unique treats of any sort (Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie, anyone?), the BoardWalk Bakery has earned its place as a go-to stop for cupcake gems — both seasonal and otherwise.

We’re talking everything from the Red (Velvet), White, and Blue Cupcake to celebrate this past Fourth of July to the recently made-over staples: the Strawberry Cupcake and the (soon to be reviewed here on DFB) Oreo Cupcake. So, it’s not exactly a surprise that the newly renovated Bakery would conjure up a little something (see what I did there?) to commemorate Halloween.

Ghost Cupcake

Ghost Cupcake

Taking it from the very top, our little ghost friend is formed of fondant, just like the Ghost Cupcake featured at Gaston’s Tavern at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. While technically edible, it’s not recommended. He’s really there for decoration and — clearly — a super high fright factor ;). 

Ghost topper

Ghost topper

Also like Gaston’s version, his ghostly form is supported by a (totally edible!) marshmallow tucked underneath.

Marshmallow ghost

Marshmallow ghost

The “frosting” is [Read more…]

What’s New Around Disney World: September 4th, 2014

We’re staring down the last of the dog days of summer as Disney World gears up for Fall… Join us on a tour around all four east coast Parks as we check out What’s New!


Fall Fun

With September upon us everyone is anticipating autumn and special seasonal events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (currently underway) and the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (more on that a little later in the post :). So it’s not surprising to see Magic Kingdom all decked out for the occasion!

Magic Kingdom autumn decorations

Magic Kingdom autumn decorations

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Disney Merch SALE: Time To Stock Up on Disney Goodies!

It might feel like 100 degrees where you are (it sure does here!) but let’s take a look at some awesome new finds that will make you the hit of your Fall entertaining schedule.

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Can’t make it to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Bring the party home, then!

We’ve also found a couple of cute sale items to help you get a jump on your holiday shopping. And this weekend, you can take an additional 25% off Select Sales Merchandise with Promo Code Extra25. So be sure to check out all of the cool sale items on DisneyStore.com!

Let’s take a look!

Villains Light Up LED Candle

Light up frightfully dark nights with this (surprisingly classy) Villains Light Up LED Candle featuring a glittering display of some of your favorite Disney baddies. It’s sure to be the hit of your Halloween party or porch decorations this All Hallow’s Eve! And since there’s no flame, the only scary thing about this centerpiece will be the characters.

Villains Light Up LED Candle

Villains Light Up LED Candle

Evil Queen as Old Hag “Just One Bite” Bowl

I can’t think of a better place to display that bounty of apples this Fall than this v. cool Evil Queen as Old Hag “Just One Bite” Bowl!

Evil Queen as Old Hag "Just One Bite" Bowl

Evil Queen as Old Hag “Just One Bite” Bowl

Haunted Mansion Bottle Stopper

Keep all of your spirits (ha!) from spoiling with the Haunted Mansion Bottle Stopper. Perfect for wine or liquor bottles…or use your lively imagination! The vintage style is sure to spark conversation.

Haunted Mansion Bottle Stopper

Haunted Mansion Bottle Stopper

Haunted Mansion Drink Coasters

Haunted Mansion Drink Coasters ward off evil water rings and entertain at the same time! Your friends will all be jealous. Well, the Disney fan ones will be, anyway.

Haunted Mansion Drink Coasters

Haunted Mansion Drink Coasters

Mickey Mouse Jack o Lantern by Jim Shore

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News! Disney Adds Premium Event “Villains’ Sinister Soiree” to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Lineup

If Fall and Halloween are your favorite Disney times of the year, you’re going to LOVE what we have to share!

Mickey Lantern!

Mickey Lantern!

We’ve seen hints that Disney will be offering some new premium enhancements to the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This hard-ticketed, after-hours event takes place at Magic Kingdom on select evenings September through November. The party features trick or treating, your favorite characters dressed up in their Halloween costumes (so cute!), the Boo-To-You Parade (with the Headless Horseman!), and Happy HalloWishes Fireworks. It’s a whole lot of fun!

But if you’re looking for an extra special way to enjoy the holiday, you’ll want to check out this news!

Villains’ Sinister Soiree at Cinderella’s Royal Table

Lady Tremaine and Friends are taking over the Castle! Join her at [Read more…]

New! Snow White Candy Apple and More Disney Halloween Treats

Boo to You! Halloween time is officially upon us! And during my recent visit to Walt Disney World, I had a blast checking out all of the awesome Halloween-themed treats.

Whether you prefer cute and sweet or spooky and sinister, you’ll find just the right sweet for Trick or Treat!

There’s nothing better than a colossal caramel or candy apple! My favorite, hands down, is this ghoulish Poison Candy Apple, inspired by the film Snow White. It’s fantastic, isn’t it?! As far as I can tell, it’s a standard candied apple covered in green-tinted white chocolate!

Snow White Poison Candy Apple

Prefer your spooky with a side of caramel? Then this Skull Chocolate Covered Caramel Apple is for you! With both white and milk chocolate, it’s wicked delish!

Skull Chocolate Covered Caramel Apple

You don’t have to look far to find apple treats that are inspired by Mickey himself. The Jack-o-Lantern Mickey Caramel Apple is covered with bright orange sugar that makes it all sparkly.

And don’t you love the pool of white chocolate that makes up Ghost Mickey’s trailing “hemline”? Really, white chocolate specters are the tastiest, don’t you think?

Mickey Jack-o-Lantern and Ghost Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples

Pure, sweetness is also on tap with these [Read more…]

The Incredible Halloween Pumpkin Carvers of Disneyland!

Happy Halloween Everyone! In honor of this candy-filled fabulous day, we thought we’d share a fun Disneyland Halloween Time tradition: The Incredible Pumpkin Carvers.

The Incredible Pumpkin Carvers of Disneyland

For several years now, Disneyland has featured some of the most amazing pumpkin carvers I’ve ever seen. This year, the “Incredible” carvers are located at the Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Carnival in Frontierland.

The sign says “Ask Them How They Do It,” so I did! On the day that I visited, I spoke mostly with Joe, a 7 year veteran carving for Disney. He told me that they carve all day long making Disney inspired pumpkins for guests to enjoy.

Pumpkin Carver Extraordinaire Joe Working on Yoda's Ear

Joe was working alongside of Georgina, who told me that the carved pumpkins actually last up to a year if you keep the carving on the surface (i.e. not cutting the tops off and cleaning them out).

Georgina at Work

Some of the pumpkins on display, including the “Baby Mickey” shown below, were featured last year at Disneyland’s Halloween Time.

Baby Mickey is actually a year old pumpkin!

Now, I don’t know about you, but I am not a big fan of raw pumpkin smell. So, when I asked about the smell while carving, I was surprised to learn that they use a white variety of pumpkin that actually smells like cucumber for many of their masterpieces.

Joe let me take a whiff of one of his pieces and yep, much more cucumber-y than smelly!

Mike Wazowski Pumpkin

Supplies used include, but are not limited to, carving knives, paints, shish kebob skewers, decorative floral pearl tips pins, ribbon, straw & pipe cleaners. And after [Read more…]

Snack Series: Halloween Bat Cupcake at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Happy Halloween!! We’ll be covering a few of the fun, spooky goodies you can find this year around Disney Parks in the next couple of days, but I wanted to start out with this decadent Bat Cupcake I found at Kusafiri Bakery in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Bat Cupcake at Kusafiri Bakery

You know we love our Disney Cupcakes here at DFB, and finding a new one to try is always a delicious adventure.

Animal Kingdom’s contribution to the Disney cupcake landscape has been getting better and better, and I have to say that their Cotton-Top Tamarin Cupcake and Elephant Cupcake are two of my very favorites on property. So I had high hopes for [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 10, 2010

Karamell Kuche Caramel Corn

Whew! After a week of celebrating the WDW Foodie Fest‘s great memories, we’re back with the Round-Up and going strong!

Our biggest news these days is from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival:

Now, on to the round-up!

Babes in Disneyland‘s Lisa brings us a great video interview with a look at Disneyland Halloween Treats! Check out the blog for a recipe for those gingerbread Mickey Beignets!

Passport To Dreams Old and New has an incredible overview of how the “Phantom Food Scare of 1971,” and other concerns regarding feeding the masses, has affected changes in Disney Park design.

Eating (and Drinking) Around WDW heads over to Epcot’s newest counter-service spot, Cantina de San Angel.

Main Street Gazette asks can a meal be good based solely on the restaurant atmosphere, using Animal Kingdom’s Restaurantosaurus as the example. (Personally, I’m a big fan of the chicken nuggets there, but, what can I say?)

Studios Central lists and discusses his top 5 favorite entrees in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Frugal Dinks share their review of the Saki Seminar at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic.

Touring Plans heads to Whispering Canyon Cafe.

AllEars reviews the Grand Marnier “Taste, Shake, and Indulge Like the French” deminar at the Food and Wine Festival in Epcot.

The Givens Chronicles is giving away a 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Cookbook! Be sure to enter to win — it’s a great compilation of old and new recipes this year.

Cooking With Mickey reviews Akershus in Epcot’s Norway!

Disney Dispatch reviews the menu at the United States Booth at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.