News! Hollywood Brown Derby Patio Lounge May Be Opening Soon in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

We have a fun rumor to share!

We’ve heard through the grapevine that the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is opening ‘The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge’ soon — possibly even this week!

The new lounge will be located on the existing patio at the Hollywood Brown Derby, but seating will be on a first come, first served basis. No reservations are required!

This sounds a lot like the great additions of Tutto Gusto and Cava del Tequila in Epcot as well as the Lava Lounge in Downtown Disney.

Patio at Brown Derby

A no-reservation option that still offers some great eats and good drinks!? I’m in.

Eats

Speaking of eats, the menu items at the Lounge are coming from the restaurant’s appetizer menu. You’ll be able to choose from Artisinal Cheeses, Brown Derby Sliders, Duck Confit Tacos, Prince Edward Island Mussels, Charcuterie Board for two, and Brown Derby Shrimp Cocktail.

Andouille-Crusted Prawn Over Black Diamond Cheddar Grits, Wilted Greens, and Ancho Oil

While enjoying some great food you’ll also be able to sip on [Read more…]

New! Strawberry and Cream Cupcake Debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

While hanging out in Disney’s Hollywood Studios last week, we were super psyched to see a brand new Disney cupcake that has debuted for the Summer in the park — the Strawberry and Cream Cupcake!

We first stumbled upon it while in line for lunch at Rosie’s All-American Cafe and there’s no way we could pass it up.

Just in Time for Summer -- Strawberry and Cream Cupcake

The CM taking my order let us know that the brand new cupcake had made its appearance only the day before, and that it was delish. As usual at the Studios, the seasonal offering is available in other spots as well.

I spied it at Backlot Express, and it was also available alongside other famous Hollywood Studios cupcakes like the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake and the Butterfinger Cupcake at Starring Rolls.

Strawberry and Cream Cupcake at Starring Rolls

Of course, it was a [Read more…]

Review: Rosie’s All American Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Today, we are headed into Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a bite to eat at one of the park’s Sunset Ranch Market counter service locations, Rosie’s All American Cafe.

Sunset Ranch Market is a little food court that specializes in some awesome themeing and some pretty “meh” food. ;-)

But it’s super convenient — especially if you’re headed toward or back from two of the park’s most popular attractions: Tower of Terror and Rock n Roller Coaster! (Not to mention Fantasmic!) Let’s take a look.

Atmosphere

Rosie’s All American Cafe is located in a primo spot at the crossroads that separate Tower of Terror and Rock n’ Roller Coaster. If you’re looking for a bite to eat while you wait for your FastPass time, you couldn’t ask for a more convenient location.

Rosie's All American Cafe in Sunset Ranch Market

Sunset Ranch Market is an outdoor food court-type set up, themed after LA’s Farmer’s Market. As a result, you have the added benefit of lots of variety here, which is perfect if your group can’t come to consensus about food choices.

Rosie's busy at lunch time

The feel of this area continues the vintage vibe of the park. The setting is World War II-era America, which fits right in with the Studios’ depiction of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

“Rosie” in the restaurant’s name is a reference to Rosie the Riveter, the wartime cultural icon that represented the women who kept the workforce fortified (often in factories) while men were off fighting the war.

Signs on the walls echo the wartime spirit of perseverance.

Signs on the Walls Depict the Restaurant's Theme

One of the most interesting spots in Sunset Ranch Market is the Victory Garden, which is located adjacent to Rosie’s (and happens to be one of the very first restaurant theme elements I wrote about when I started this blog way back in 2009!).

The plot of land pays tribute to the real victory gardens that civilians planted during World War II. The government called upon citizens to plant these gardens in order to supplement food rations, which were necessary to feed servicemen and women stationed all over the globe.

Victory Garden Sign

And this is the real deal! You see real, produce-bearing plants here, like pineapples and peppers. It’s a fantastic visual illustration of history, and a great way that the Studios educates as it entertains.

In the Victory Garden -- Up Close

There’s even a scarecrow, complete with [Read more…]

Review: Hey Howdy Hey Takeaway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

C’mon kids!! Everyone into the Studios for another look at Hey Howdy Hey Takeway in Pixar Place!!

This is one of my favorite little kiosks in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Lots of folks just wander on by, but there are so many cool themeing elements here to gawk at!!

Banner Over Hey Howdy Hey Takeaway Kiosk

Atmosphere

Hey Howdy Hey Takeaway is a wagon-shaped kiosk located across from the entrance to Toy Story Midway Mania.

Hey Howdy Hey Takeaway Wagon

Theming for the spot comes from the Toy Story franchise — specifically, Toy Story 2, which explores Woody’s history as a TV personality.

You’ll remember that in that film, Woody learns that “he” starred on a TV show, along with Jessie, Bullseye, and the Prospector. And of course, there were many products created to promote the kids show. (Sound familiar??)

What self-respecting Woody fan wouldn’t start the day without a heapin’ helpin’ of Cowboy Crunchies?

Cowboy Crunchies Giant Box

And, much like you’d find in the [Read more…]

Inside Story: Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

When you find yourself in the middle of Disney’s Hollywood Studios in need of something cold and creamy and delicious, I’m going to give you some odd advice: look for the big, green dinosaur.

Gertie's Head as She Chomps on Leaves

There, among the jungle trees, you’ll see a gentle giant, chomping on vegetation. And you know you’re in for a treat. (If Gertie’s is open for business, that is.)

Gertie's, Open for Business!

If you’re lucky, Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction will be open, and serving up wonderful spirals of chocolate and vanilla (or swirled!) soft serve in cups and cones, both sugar and waffle. You’ll also find some of your favorite premium ice cream bars, as well as other snacks, like fresh fruit and trail mix.

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

But the best part about Gertie’s isn’t the ice cream. You can get that anywhere. What’s awesome about this place is the animation history you can encounter!!

Many of you probably wonder who in the world [Read more…]

The Fantasmic! Picnic Package Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a Limited Time

Great news for Spring Breakers in Disney World!

From March 24-April 4, Taste of Hollywood to Go — otherwise known as the Fantasmic! Picnic Package — returns! You’ll get to enjoy a quick, delicious meal and reserved seats for Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Choose Your Picnic Meal!

Choose from five boxed meals!

Fried chicken with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sweet corn and carrots, and warm apple crisp.

Fried Chicken!

Veggie sandwich with avocado, orange and tomato salad, tabbouleh, and chocolate cake.

Veggie Sandwich!

California and tuna sushi roll with beet and apple salad, ginger-marinated tomatoes and cucumbers, and a spicy pecan chocolate cluster.

Sushi Roll Picnic option!

Cajun shrimp salad with beet and apple salad, ginger-marinated [Read more…]

Review: Lemon Meringue Cupcake and MORE at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

We’re always looking forward to the newest cupcake creations in Disney World. And even though we JUST shared a new favorite Disney cupcake with you last week, I couldn’t wait to tell you about these, too!

As you know, counter-service locations like ABC Commissary, Starring Rolls, Pizza Planet, and other Disney’s Hollywood Studios restaurants, often feature specialty cupcakes. Here are a few to add to your Disney Snack list on your next trip!

Lemon Meringue Cupcake

Thanks to twitter friend Kat Rembacki and DFB reader Jessica Plassio for sending us news of this sweet temptation!

This is the perfect confection for those who (like me) love a little sour with their sweet. In this newly debuted Lemon Meringue Cupcake, you’ll find yellow cake and a frothy toasted marshmallow frosting.

Gorgeous cupcake!

The pretty colored chocolate shavings are a nice Springtime touch! But there’s more…!!

And we’re happy to report that the “surprise inside” [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland March Events: The Great Movie Ride Dinner

Here’s a special event for Tables in Wonderland members!

Hooray for Hollywood! Click on the image for larger version.

Tables in Wonderland has announced The Great Movie Ride Dinner taking place in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 7 and 8, 2013! Check out an AWESOME review of this experience here!

Details below…

The Great Movie Ride Dinner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Dates: Thursday March 7 and Friday March 8, 2013
Time: 8:00 – 10:30pm
Price: $195.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

Guests will arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and walk through the courtyard of the Majestic Graumann’s Chinese Theatre. Then they will be invited to enter The Great Movie Ride after the attraction is closed with exclusive backstage VIP access!

You’ll get to walk through and dine inside the attraction to experience some of the most classic scenes in motion picture history. See up-close the sets from Busby Berkeley musicals, crime dramas, old-fashioned Westerns, and more!

Menu

Passed Reception in the Gangster Scene 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Stuffed Foccacia Cement Shoes
Gangster Charred Beef with Smokey Apple Pear Glaze
Peppered Shotgun Stool Pigeon with Lavender Aioli

Dining inside the Great Movie Ride!

Plated Dinner in the Western Scene 8:30 – 10 p.m.
Local Three Boys Farms Greens with Land Grown Mickey Cucumbers, Ruskin Tomato and Chick Pea Croutons, with Desert Cactus Flower Vinaigrette

Mesquite Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Whiskey Mushrooms paired with Black Skillet Seared U-10 Scallop with Roasted Corn, Cilantro and Chiles. Served with [Read more…]

Review: Gingerbread Hot Cocoa and other Holiday Treats at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of the best parks to visit during holiday time — especially if you’re a food fan like me!

Disney's Hollywood Studios at Holiday Time!

On this visit, I got to check out several new holiday additions to the DHS menus — especially around the Streets of America area. These are in place to create a more festive atmosphere for Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights attendees! :-)

Streets of America Newsstand Holiday Eats

First up, a Newsstand decked out in holiday gear…

Disney's Hollywood Studios Holiday Newsstand

The menu included goodies like caramel corn, spiced eggnog, and two flavors of hot cocoa!

I began my perusal with checking out the new Mickey Popcorn Buckets for this holiday season! These are different from last year’s Mickey Snowman buckets, and are found throughout the parks.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Mickey Popcorn Buckets

Turns out, you can get the caramel corn in these festive containers! But how they open — basically the “caramel corn is Mickey’s brain” as the cast member put it — is a bit disconcerting… ;-)

Disney's Hollywood Studios Mickey Head Caramel Corn

Disney's Hollywood Studios Holiday Mickey Popcorn Bucket

So after checking out Mickey’s innards, it was time to try some of the new holiday beverages here at the Studios! I had a choice of [Read more…]

Fantasmic Picnic Package, “A Taste of Hollywood To Go,” Returns in 2012-2013

We all know that those lines for Fantasmic! are long and the table-service seating for Fantasmic! meals is limited. Mickey’s solution for the busy holiday season debuted in 2011 “A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience”.

Returning this year to help feed the holiday crowds, a picnic-style, quick-service dining option will be offered to guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios from December 22, 2012 – January 5, 2013 and March 24-April 4, 2013. Guests can make reservations up to 24 hours prior by calling 407-WDW-DINE (a credit card guarantee is required).

The picnic meals include a 20oz drink ($15.99 adults, $5.49 for kids) as well as reserved seating for Fantasmic! similar to the standard Fantasmic dining packages. Each entree can be purchased with one counter-service Disney Dining Plan credit.

Seating in the reserved section of the stadium will still be first come, first served.

Min and Bill's Dockside Diner

Meal Pick Up will take place at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner beginning at 11:00 a.m. until 1.5 hours prior to the show time that you preselect. Get your meal when it best fits into your touring schedule!

Fantasmic seats will be based on the number of guests in your party, and entrees ordered must be equal to or greater than your party size.

Here are a few pics of what the picnic meals may look like![Read more…]