What’s even sweeter than a sugar cube? A Mickey-shaped sugar cube!
The Disney Parks are always changing, and that means loads of Disney news! Every single day, we’re tracking Disney news (food and otherwise!) so we can bring you the latest. (If you join our DFB Newsletter, you’ll get all the newsy details FIRST!)
Here we’re gathering TEN of the biggest Disney news stories from 2018…ICYMI!
From price increases and ticket changes to transportation updates and new restaurants, the BIGGEST news stories from 2018 are going to seriously affect your upcoming trip in 2019! Read through to see what you NEED to know to make sure your visit next year goes smoothly!
Disney World Ticket Date-Based Pricing Introduced
When the announcement was made that Disney World’s tickets would go to a date-based pricing model, our readers had a lot of mixed reactions. On the positive side, readers said they were looking forward to seeing which dates would be lower and using that information to plan their trips. And if you’re a person who enjoys the growing complexity of planning a trip to WDW, we totally feel you on this!
Trattoria al Forno opened on Walt Disney World’s BoardWalk in 2014, and from its inception, the Italian eatery has been a warm and welcoming place for guests to enjoy a meal.
Trattoria al Forno
In 2017, Trattoria al Forno expanded its dining options by adding a unique character breakfast called the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast. This character meal allows guests to meet Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Ariel, and Prince Eric while dining on entrees and pastries inspired by Tangled and The Little Mermaid.
The Bon Voyage Adventure is a playful meal full of references to the animated films, but dinner at Trattoria al Forno remains a sophisticated affair (as far as theme park dining goes). There’s no dress code here, which makes it a convenient spot to grab dinner after a day at nearby Hollywood Studios or Epcot. The restaurant is also just a quick walk from the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, making it relatively simple to get to even if you’re not staying at BoardWalk Inn and Villas.
We thoroughly enjoyed our initial dinner here when Trattoria opened, and I was excited to dig into more of the slightly eclectic menu and to savor a little more of the cozy ambiance.
Trattoria al Forno commands quite a bit of real estate on the BoardWalk, owing to its spacious interior. The black awnings and the gold text on the signs are classy and let you know that you’re about to dine in style. You’ll also find the BoardWalk’s walk-up pizza window tucked beneath one of the awnings.
Wine Bar George in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs is only about seven months old, but already this spot has gained national exposure and lots of love from guests. Just last week we told you that the restaurant has been nominated as one of the best new restaurants in the country. And now Wine Bar George has introduced its Outstanding by the Ounce Food Menu!
Well over a year ago, Sunshine Seasons in Walt Disney World’s Epcot introduced the Flower Pot Cupcake, a peanut butter and jelly cupcake cupcake that was a great balance of style and substance. It was a guest favorite for sure!
And now, the Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcake has been updated for the winter season (and lost its flower pot moniker). There are no real, edible flowers here, but it’s okay because SNOWMAN!
Check out the frosting grass and festive sprinkles, too. The cupcake itself is jumbo — definitely enough to share if you want. But we don’t think you’ll want to share because it’s also delicious!
Here at the DFB, we’re all about taking advantage of money-saving opportunities whenever possible, but we also love snacks, soooo… We’ve combined these two loves into one super tip that’s straight from the 2019 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining!
That’s right: Snacks that are filling enough to be meals — which means saving some money or Disney Dining Plan credits! A Walt Disney World vacation budget often revolves around food: How much do we want to spend on meals each day? What’s the most we want to spend on snacks? Are we going to buy souvenir goodies to bring home?
If you’re on the DDP, you still have planning to do and questions to ask: If we want to try a Signature meal, how do we conserve entitlements to be sure we can cover it? If we’re on a Quick Service DDP, how can we stretch those credits to cover more meals?
If you’re planning a Walt Disney World vacation in 2019 and will be using the Disney Dining Plan, you’re likely already thinking about where you’ll eat and how you’ll maximize those credits.
Lucky for you, we have tons of resources to help you with all of that! Whether you’re trying to make the most of quick service credits or trying to maximize your table service credits, there’s a DFB post for you. 😉
We love us some cupcakes here at the Disney Food Blog (check out our Disney Cupcake Challenge!), and no year in review could possibly be complete without an ode to some of our favorites!
So for your delicious viewing pleasure: DFB’s Favorite Cupcakes of 2018!
Oh, yes. The year in cupcakes kicked off in high gear with the grandest cupcake of them all: the Rose Gold Cupcake! We found this beauty way back in January at Sunshine Seasons in Epcot’s Future World, and then rose gold treats suddenly began appearing everywhere!
We didn’t hate the rose gold trend. We were in for the ears, the spirit jerseys, and — especially — the cupcakes! This one from Main Street Bakery was a big hit due to all. that. frosting!
Sprinkles Cupcakes in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs and Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney knows a thing or two about celebrating holidays with its cupcakes, cookies, drinks, and more.
Earlier this year, Sprinkles announced its new line of holiday packaging, which is a lovely mix of snowflake designs and metallic gold!