DFB Video: How to Score a Seat at the NEW “Rivers of Light” Show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

This past weekend, we had our very first chance to view the newest Disney nighttime spectacular — Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

And lemme tell ya — it’s spectacular, and it’s totally worth the wait! We loved it SO much that we just had to make it the subject of our latest DFB Video!

Because we had the chance to see the show first hand, we want to share some images with you. But we also want to share how you can see the show yourself without standing in the anticipated long lines that are sure to greet its opening this weekend!

Rivers of Light Lotus Flowers

Rivers of Light Has Finally Arrived at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

The new show was supposed to debut in 2016, but Disney pushed its launch back nearly a full year. That means that it will debut just months — really just weeks — before we see the opening of Pandora — The World of Avatar on May 27. [Read more…]

Spotted: A Practically Perfect Mary Poppins Mug

If you’re looking for a mug that’s “Practically Perfect in Every Way” for yourself or as a gift this holiday season, I think we may have found one for you. This charming little Mary Poppins mug has been around for a few months now, but it was only recently that I really stopped to look and examine the details. And, of course, there are details galore

Mary Poppins Mug

Mary Poppins Mug

Three different panels surrounded in ornate designs feature Mary’s silhouette or simply her umbrella. [Read more…]

Spotted: Musical Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookie Tin That’s Awesome

So, we showed you a little something special during our most recent tour around Disney World

Musical Tree Tin with Shortbread Rounds

Musical Tree Tin with Shortbread Rounds

…and it’s taken the DFB team by storm!! Two of our team members have made it a priority to purchase this one!

Our Disneyland Correspondent, Heather Sievers, spotted it…and totally bought it…in Disneyland, recently! I know it LOOKS like it’s a simple tree tin featuring pictures of the new Storybook Plush Character Ornaments that can be found at Disney merchandise spots at the moment. BUT! [Read more…]

News! Passholder Exclusive Keepsake Glasses Returning for 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Last year, Walt Disney World introduced an Annual Passholder exclusive gift for guests attending the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. And this year, the offer is back again.

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic

While APs could head home from the Festival with a Port Wine Glass last year, in 2016, they can add an etched glass tumbler to their collection. Special thanks to reader Alex for the heads up about these!

Passholder Exclusive Food and Wine Festival Tumbler © Disney

Passholder Exclusive Food and Wine Festival Tumbler © Disney

How does this magic come to pass? Here’s the low-down: [Read more…]

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival: 20th Anniversary Festival Merchandise

Sure, Eating and Drinking Around the World is a MUST DO at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. But don’t forget to save time for the shopping too!

Of course, there’s a TON of Festival Merch available this year — just like always.

But I mostly wanted to share with you the really special stuff that’s available to mark this year’s milestone 20th Anniversary.

Let’s take a look!

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

Whether you’d like to wear your souvenir or eat and drink off of it, you’ll find just the right piece to take home with you.

Grey, long-sleeved T-Shirts bear the main logo of the 2015 20th Anniversary Festival.

Festival T Shirt

Long Sleeved Festival T-Shirt

We found a slightly different version in a short-sleeved, burgundy model as well. [Read more…]

What’s New Around Disney World: January 23, 2015

The year isn’t the only thing new around Disney World… we’re on the lookout for new eats, sweets, and refurbishment feats. Please keep your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside your ride vehicle at all times as we tour all four Disney World Parks to see What’s New!

Something's always just around the corner at Disney World!

Something’s always just around the corner at Disney World!

Animal Kingdom

We’re starting out with another WILD trip to Animal Kingdom, which includes a couple of menu updates. At Yak & Yeti Restaurant, Firecracker Shrimp and Ahi Tuna Nachos for Two join the appetizers (the Dim Sum Basket for two remains), and Ginger Salmon with Japanese Udon has been added to the noodle dishes. Chicken Tikki Masala is among the new specialty entrees, and Malaysian Seafood Curry arrives under Wok selections.

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Be sure to check out the Specialty Drinks for some fun new beverages: Pink Himalayan, Kiwi Kimono, and a Rickshaw Rickie.

Right next door at Local Food Cafes (also known as Yak & Yeti Counter Service), Korean Stir-fry Barbecue Chicken has replaced the Sweet and Sour Chicken.

Local Foods Cafe menu

Local Foods Cafe menu

At Dino Diner in Dinoland, U.S.A., the Snow Cone has been switched out for Nachos, served with just cheese or as Nachos Supreme (at least for these cooler months).

Dino Diner

Dino Diner

Dino Diner

Dino Diner

Tamu Tamu Refreshments has undergone another menu refresh, currently offering the Slow-cooked Chicken Curry, Vegetarian Curry, and Roasted Chicken Salad.

Tamu Tamu Refreshments

Tamu Tamu Refreshments

This isn’t entirely unexpected, as the menu here seems to go through a standard rotation. So, if you’re disappointed that the Slow-cooked Pulled Beef Sandwich is no longer available, Hakuna Matata. It could very well make its way back around in a few months.

And, as we discussed a few weeks back, Flame Tree Barbecue is closed for refurbishment with a tentative reopening of April 1st. Find out where you can find some of your favorite Flame Tree foods at other locations around the park!

Flame Tree Barbecue closed for refurbishment

Flame Tree Barbecue closed for refurbishment

Speaking of refurbishments, construction of [Read more…]

More Details of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Revealed at…Disneyland!?

We have some fun new updates for you today of what’s soon to be at Walt Disney World — but they’re coming to us from Disneyland!

Intrepid Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers attended the fun Mahaloween Luau event earlier this year at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in the Disneyland Hotel. While there, she grabbed a sneak peek of what we can expect at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. We also gleaned a few more details from The Atomic Grog!

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto Concept Art

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Concept Art — Coming Soon to Walt Disney World!

While details have been kept mostly under wraps since we were given our first glimpse of concept art last Spring, the presentation by Imagineers Brandon Kleyla and Kyle Barnes at the Mahaloween Luau served to add a few more pieces to the puzzle.

I'll Have Whatever She's Making, Please!

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Although we know that Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto will be similar to the wildly popular Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in Disneyland Hotel, we’re also starting to get an idea of how they’ll differ. And the key is right here in some of the photos we are sharing with you today.

Trader Sam's Tiki in Orlando

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

The most interesting thing to come out of the presentation is the subtle difference in themeing between the two different Trader Sam’s locations. While the Disneyland Trader Sam’s has a style more reflective of Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise ride — think African Queen — Imagineers have something entirely different in mind for the Grog Grotto.

At the Polynesian, Trader Sam’s will celebrate more of the nautical aspect of the intrepid head salesman’s adventures. Look for the primary themeing cues to come courtesy of the [Read more…]

Disney Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Disney Mug-a-Palooza!

With cooler temperatures on the rise (wait… that’s not right ;) ), it’s that time of year to curl up with a warm beverage in your favorite mug! Of course, it happens to coincide with the time of year to think of gift-giving (and receiving!). So let’s take a look at some super fun Disney mugs that hit the scene in a veritable Mug-a-palooza! If you’d like to get a little shopping done while you’re at it, just click any of the links below…

Okay, I don’t know how much she’ll help you against the chill, but this purple Elsa Mug captures the Frozen Queen quite nicely…

Elsa Mug

Elsa Mug

For Halloween, Christmas, or anytime of year, really, you gotta love this awesome Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas Mug!

Sally Mug

Sally Mug

“Red 5 standing by.” Leave it to Luke Skywalker… not only is he preparing for the Deathstar Battle, he’s also serving up your morning cuppa joe as a Mug version of himself!

Luke Skywalker Mug

Luke Skywalker Mug

It’s a three-fer! This set of Star Wars Stackable Mugs let’s you twist-and-match Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and a Stormtrooper.

Star Wars Stackable Mugs

Star Wars Stackable Mugs

This festive Mickey Mouse Mug comes with its own spoon to stir an extra dollop (or two!) of whipped cream into [Read more…]

Spotted! New Disney Princess Mugs… and a few Villains, too!

Okay, Disney Princess fans, this one’s for you (oh, and you Villains fans haven’t been forgotten, either)!

I always love to check out the mugs in the big merchandise shops around Disney World – places like Magic Kingdom’s Emporium, Epcot’s Mouse Gears, and Downtown Disney’s World of Disney.

Main Street Emporium

Main Street Emporium

Why, I don’t know, because I have way more mugs than I have people to pour coffee for… plus, I’m pretty sure they multiply themselves (I mean, I couldn’t have purchased all of those, could I?). But still, I’ve always liked the idea of a souvenir that you can use in your daily life — and use often, at that.

Well, my most recent visit to the Emporium was rewarded with my first look at these: the new line of Princess mugs!

Princess Mug Display

Princess Mug Display

Much like the popular ear hat ornaments, these mugs incorporate distinctive elements of a particular character’s design and story (in fact, Disney Merchandising has stated that this line was inspired by the ear hat ornaments).

First, for those who might be unfamiliar with the ear hat ornaments, here’s an example.

Ariel Ear Hat Ornament

Ariel Ear Hat Ornament

Now on to the mugs! I have to start with Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), because I love how the clever design showcases both her pink dress as well as her blue one. I’m also pretty impressed with the way the “gems” are painted in such a way that they almost look real.

Both sides of the Princess Aurora Mug

Both sides of the Princess Aurora Mug

Princess Aurora Mug down the middle

Princess Aurora Mug down the middle

Snow White’s mug is certainly eye-catching, due to her bold primary colors as well as the sparkling apple.

Snow White Mug

Snow White Mug

By the way, the sparkling apple is what makes this one unfit for the microwave – I did not find that to be the case with the other mugs when I peeked at the bottom (though I should note that Cinderella’s mug wasn’t yet on the shelves the day I saw them, so I’ll need to check. I can’t wait to see that one!).

Sparkling Apple

Sparkling Apple

You gotta love that so many of our Princesses have iconic hair-dos, and those have been incorporated into each mug handle as well. Arguably, the most famous locks belong to Rapunzel

Rapunzel Mug

Rapunzel Mug

Though many are partial to Ariel’s red hair.

Ariel Mug

Ariel Mug

And then there’s always [Read more…]