News: Mickey Mouse ON YOUR COFFEE at Joffrey’s in Disney World!

We’re used to seeing our favorite Disney characters in parades, at meet-and-greets, and at Character Meals.

Mickey Mouse at Garden Grill

Mickey Mouse at Garden Grill

But seeing them ON OUR DRINKS is something new!

Mickey Mouse!!

Mickey Mouse!!

The Joffrey’s Tea Traders Cafe in Disney Springs is where you can find MICKEY MOUSE right on top of your coffee! [Read more…]

Review: Must-Eat Sundaes at Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop!

Summer is the season of frozen treats, and while we don’t think you ever need a specific reason to indulge in ice cream, the heat in central Florida is certainly a sufficient and easy excuse.

Enter Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop!

Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop is located in the Marketplace of Disney Springs, with the “Spitting Stitch” entrance of World of Disney on one side and the Marketplace Co-Op on the other (Disneylanders can find Ghirardelli in Disney California Adventure, too). You might know Ghirardelli as the San Fran-sophisticated shop that emits the irresistible scent of chocolate (and the spot where you can still snag a free sample of the famously creamy Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares).

In addition to chocolate, Ghirardelli always plays a great Sundae game. Treats come complete with San Francisco-inspired names like the Golden Gate Banana Split. There’s also a spectacular four (or more) person delight called the The Earthquake with its EIGHT scoops of ice cream and full toppings (think of it as akin to Beaches and Cream’s Kitchen Sink, only without an Advance Dining Reservation).

So, everybody, grab a spoon, and join us as we try two Sundaes we hadn’t tried on previous visits: the Presidio Passion and the Crissy Field. 

Ghiradelli Menu

Ghiradelli Sundae Menu — click to enlarge

FYI, Presidio National Park is located at the Golden Gate in San Francisco, and the Presidio Passion Sundae inspired by this unique park is a chocolate-covered strawberry lover’s dream!

Presidio Passion Sundae

Presidio Passion Sundae

Swirls of strawberry and chocolate come together in this indulgent cup (the cup is key here, as it’s easy to carry with you if you’ve grabbed your sundae on the go!). Just LOOK at it…

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Review: Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs

Ready to create a little culinary MAGIC?

Because THAT’S the goal for participants in the Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie, the Disney owned-and-operated bakery in Disney Springs. From the get-go (it has been open for just over a year), Amorette’s Patisserie has been known for offering a feast for the eye as well as the palate, creating miniature works of art in the form of pastries, cookies, and cakes.

Guests visiting Amorette’s have also spied Character Dome Cakes among the treats. These signature creations feature the associated colors and costume features of beloved characters like Goofy, Donald, Minnie, and Pluto. But perhaps none are as recognizable as the Main Mouse himself: Mickey!

In fact, registered participants in the Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie get to learn how to decorate a Mickey Mouse Dome Cake of their very own in a hands-on, small group setting limited to twelve guests. And we’d like to share with you our experience at the class today!

Amorette's Patisserie

Amorette’s Patisserie

The Cake Decorating Experience

The 90-minute class started bright and early at 9:00 am in the Amorette’s Patisserie show kitchen. (The store itself doesn’t typically open until 11:00 am or 12:00 noon each day, so the class takes place prior to opening.) [Read more…]

News: “Craft Beers and Bites Festival” Coming to Morimoto Asia

As if we needed another reason to visit Disney Springs and the much lauded Morimoto Asia, on July 29 the restaurant will host the “Craft Beers & Bites Festival”.

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Proceeds from the event will benefit Children’s Home Society of Central Florida, so you can get your brew and eats on and support a worthy cause!

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News: Christmas in July Treats at Disney Springs

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!

And, no, this time I’m not talking about the release of the 2017 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages, or three ways you can ring in the New Year at the Contemporary Resort. Nope, I’m saying the Holiday Season is ON… in Disney Springs, that is!

Because July 15th through July 30th is Christmas in July in Disney Springs!

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©Disney

Yep, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Disney Springs Marketplace. You’ll find the Big Guy — Santa Claus!! — at Disney’s Days of Christmas (he’ll be dressed in summer wear, of course). He’ll be snapping pics with guests from 1:00 to 10:00 pm.

And visions of sugarplums will spring up throughout the area! At Goofy’s Candy Company and the Candy Cauldron (on the West Side), peppermint bark and gingerbread cookies will be among the featured holiday goodies.

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Party for the Senses

It’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival Time. And that means we’re heading back into World ShowPlace for the grandest of the Food and Wine Festival Special EventsParty for the Senses!

In previous years, Party for the Senses one of the festival’s biggest (and priciest) Special Events, brought together over-the-top food and drink, paired with up close and personal entertainment provided by Cirque de Soleil. But in 2016, that all changed, as the events became much more specifically themed and the slate of entertainment changed with each party.

Disney Springs Featured at Party for the Senses

Disney Springs Featured at Party for the Senses

Join us as we look back at one of the events from last year, which celebrated Disney Springs.

Party for the Senses: A Sense of Disney Springs

Have you ever been inside the cavernous World ShowPlace? What? You don’t even know what that is?

Well, that’s because it’s a special events pavilion that’s only opened up for big doings, such as holiday dinner buffets… and grand tasting events during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, like Party for the Senses. During the rest of the year, the venue, located between the Canada and UK Pavilions, is hidden behind a large set of wooden doors.

Inside World ShowPlace

Inside World ShowPlace

As you enter, the first room is normally sort of like a giant receiving hall. Go past this area, and that’s where the party really starts. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: EAT THIS at Disney Springs Part 2!

Welp, we spent a little time in Disney Springs the other day with our EAT THIS in Disney Springs Part 1 video. So I bet you’ll have no problems figuring out what we’re doing today! ;-D

Yep — we’re back with another DFB Video today — specifically, Part 2 of what you can’t miss in Disney Springs!

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In this installment, join us as we give you some great tips for can’t miss dishes and treats. We’ll take you inside some of Disney Springs newest spots as we uncover hidden gems at D-Luxe Burger and The Ganachery. [Read more…]

News and Review: Haight Ashberry Sundae (PLUS ACCESSORIES!) from Ghirardelli in Disney Springs

Just when you think an ice cream sundae from Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop can’t get any better, the clever minds behind Disney Springs’ iconic shop throw in some totally rad accessories!

Haight-Ashberry Sundae with Accessories!

Haight-Ashberry Sundae with Accessories!

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New DFB Video: EAT THIS at Disney Springs Part 1

Hey Guys! Lately, we’ve been on a mission to share with you ALL THE THINGS. There are tons of don’t miss eats and drinks in Walt Disney World, and we’re serious about showing you the best of the best in our DFB Videos.

Today, we’re turning our attention to Disney Springs! But with all of the incredible food that’s happening there, you know this is going to take more than one video. So hang onto your Mickey Ears as we share everything you can’t miss at Disney Springs — Part 1!

Super Stretchy Cheese on the Crazy Corn

Super Stretchy Cheese on the Crazy Corn

In our first installment, we’re taking you inside of some of our new favorite spots, like Homecomin’, Boathouse, and Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. But we’ll also make time in the schedule to stop by some classics that are still bringing it! After all it’s not a trip to Disney Springs without popping by Ghirardelli or enjoying a Guinness at Raglan Road. [Read more…]

News: Terralina Crafted Italian to Open in Disney Springs this Fall

In late April, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria in Disney Springs closed its doors. And today, we’ve received news of what’s going to come of the space! Terralina Crafted Italian will continue the Italian cuisine tradition when it opens this fall!

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Chef Tony Mantuano — James Beard Award Winner — will return from Portobello to create Terralina’s menu, and will be joined once more by Chef Justin Plank who will run the kitchen. But there is plenty of change in store, too, for this all-new restaurant, which is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar refurbishment.

The result in the atmosphere will be “reminiscent of an Italian home” inspired by Italy’s Lake District, featuring an open kitchen and dining rooms as well as an outdoor veranda bar. [Read more…]