Disney Holiday Gift Guide 2014: A Kid’s Gotta Eat!

Great news for all of us Disney fans!!

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Now through Sunday, DisneyStore.com is offering 25% off Disney Parks merch…and there’s a LOT of it to browse! Just click here to get started!

Or take a gander at a few fun items we’ve found to be hidden gems…just in time for holiday feasts!

Fun Kids’ Disney Dining Accessories!

We all know the typical holiday scene: the extended family is gathered ‘round for a feast, and there’s the “adults” table, and the “kids” table. But tell me… who wouldn’t want to be relegated to the kids table, with place settings and accessories like the ones we’ve found here?

Of course, these items aren’t just for the holidays, they’re good for all year. So, if you’re still looking for a few things to round out the stocking for your little pirate or princess, or just add some fun to their holiday (or everyday!) place setting, you may want to take a look at these…

Anna and Elsa Placemat

If this year’s wait times to meet Frozen’s Anna and Elsa at Disney World have been any indication, little girls may actually run to dinner if their place setting includes this Anna and Elsa Placemat.

Anna and Elsa Placemat

Anna and Elsa Placemat

Anna and Elsa Flatware

The Frozen Flatware features a spoon with Anna, and a fork with Elsa.

Frozen Flatware

Frozen Flatware

Anna Tumbler

For those who have picked their definite favorite, there is an Anna Tumbler

Anna Tumbler

Anna Tumbler

Elsa Tumbler

… or an Elsa Tumbler.

Elsa Tumbler

Elsa Tumbler

Frozen Water Bottle

Both sisters are featured on this Frozen Aluminum Water Bottle.

Frozen Water Bottle

Frozen Water Bottle

Olaf Sipper Cup

Really, though, who are Anna and Elsa without their buddy Olaf? Even if you’re completely Frozened-out ;) , you have to admit this Olaf Sipper Cup is pretty cute.

Olaf Sipper Cup

Olaf Sipper Cup

Mickey Mouse Plate

But even if Elsa is the current reigning Queen, there’s a little guy who inspires even more loyalty amongst the kiddos (and us big kids, too ;). I love how this Mickey Mouse Plate comes complete with ears (perfect for side dishes)…

Mickey Mouse Plate

Mickey Mouse Plate

Mickey Mouse Bowl

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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

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Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 23, 2010

More Disney Food News than you can shake a stick at this week, folks. Here’s our weekly news round-up to start off:

Whew! Are you all news-ed up? Me, too. Now on to the Disney Food stories of the week from around the web. Sit back, relax, and enjoy…

DF 82 shares the trip of a lifetime, to Club 33, in a two-part post: Part I, Part II

Parkeology has a very cool look at an outdoor cafe in Epcot’s France, which isn’t quite as outdoor as it used to be…

Designing Disney shows us the imagineering behind Victoria’s Home Style Restaurant in Disneyland Resort Paris.

At About.com: Theme Parks, my good friend and theme park guru Arthur Levine showcases his video about some great Disney World restaurants.

The DVC Life hashes out the fair/unfair conundrum regarding DVC members and free dining.

Kati’s Kupcakes showcases her newest Disney-themed sweet treat: Princess Cupcakes. But if Tinkerbell is your favorite, check out…

Disney Everyday, where you’ll find the creation of a Tinkerbell cake and cupcakes!

disUnplugged shares a trip to Disneyland’s Downtown Disney restaurant, Catal, for breakfast.

Chip and Co discusses grocery delivery to WDW resort hotels, while the Disney Parks Blog gives details on grocery delivery offered for DVC members.

Also, Disney Parks Blog shares the secret to making their Minnie Mouse caramel apples:

Finally — don’t forget, this is your last full week to enjoy Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival! You can see our ever-evolving coverage along with a full schedule of events on our Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival Info Page.