Review: Unexpected Sundaes at Hollywood Scoops

Beneath the Tower of Terror’s ominous shadow at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, you’ll find the fun blue and pink sign for Hollywood Scoops Ice Cream!

Now, after seeing the menu recently, I could NOT believe I’d never tried the APPLE CRISP SUNDAE!! Did you know that was there and not tell me?!? ;-)

I love all things apple crisp, so I couldn’t wait to high-tail it over there and snag this snack on my next trip!

Atmosphere

This little ice cream stand at the corner of Sunset Ranch Market channels art deco retro Hollywood in style and decor.

The lines here are often long, but since it’s one of the only places around where you can get your hand-scooped ice cream fix, it’s usually worth the wait.

Eats

I begged Matt from Studios Central to meet me in DHS (what better way to explore Hollywood Studios food than with the expert?), and we decided to sample both the Brownie Sundae and that Apple Crisp treasure.

At least I was [Read more…]

Disney World Star Wars Weekends Snacks!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is once again hosting Star Wars Weekends from May 18 – June 10, 2012, for fans celebrating the George Lucas films.

If you have young padawans that can’t wait to meet Chewbacca (“let the wookie win”) or a budding Jedi that dreams of a lightsaber battle with Darth Vader, this event is for you!

Adults that grew up with the Star Wars empire are equally excited about this special event with the opportunity to purchase unique merchandise and meet celebrities. I’m looking forward to attending my second Star Wars Weekend this year, and not only will I be posing for a picture with an Ewok, I’m going to snag one of these galatically-good snacks as well!

According to the DisneyParks Blog, there are some fun treats awaiting hungry Star Wars fans! My 12-year old son just told me that he likes “all of them,” but he’s headed for the Darth cupcake first.

Darth Vader Cupcake

A special chocolate cupcake featuring Darth Vader will be available for $4.99 at Darth’s Mall, ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., Pizza Planet, and Starring Rolls Cafe.

This is pretty much the regular chocolate, peanut butter cupcake with a Darth head stuck in it, but we’re not complaining! Also, it’s definitely more ornate than last year’s version! “It is useless to resist” the power of the Darth cupcake!

Darth Cupcake

Churro Bucket

Loyal droid R2D2 features his own bucket of churros with chocolate dipping sauce. Get yours at [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 8, 2012

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

Happy Easter! Lots of Disney food awesomeness happening around the world this week!

We got to see the concept art for the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in Epcot, we’re reporting some great news about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, we’re seeing new entrees added to the menus at several Disney restaurants, and more!!

Disney Food News

Here’s the latest…

We’ve got more delicious news on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

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Wondering what Disney restaurants are right for your family (or just feel like playing with a really awesome tool during your Disney World planning?)? Use our customized Disney World Restaurant Search Tool to plug in your personalized criteria and check out recommended restaurants!

Screen Shot of the Disney Restaurant Search Tool

It’s super easy to use, and might recommend restaurants that you hadn’t considered. The best part is that it will give you highly customized suggestions of Disney restaurants that are perfect for YOUR family! :-)

On to the Round-Up

WildernessLodgeSite.com stops by the Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge.

Magical Trash features the themed garbage cans at Columbia Harbour House.

Walt Disney World For Grown Ups visits the Bellevue Lounge at the Boardwalk Resort.

Main Street Gazette finds a meal combo deal at Joy of Tea in Epcot’s China pavilion.

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World shares a weekend of Walt Disney World eats.

Running at Disney reviews a pre-race meal at Via Napoli before running the Princess Half-Marathon.

Daveland fascinates us with an interesting look at the vintage Casa de Fritos once located in Disneyland’s Frontierland.

DisneyParks Blog hops over to the Grand Floridian for a look at the first-ever edible Easter egg display at this resort. These pieces are too beautiful to eat!

Holiday Treat: Bunny Cupcakes and Other Favorites at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Ready for some Springtime cuteness? In addition to the other Springtime treats being sold in Disney parks and resorts, Pastry Chef Andreas Born at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has created an adorable bunny cupcake that will be sold for a limited time only!

Bunny Cupcake!

Chef Born played with flavors (and icing) to concoct this springtime creation — a pineapple-coconut cupcake celebrating the Easter holiday. Love the pink bunny ears!

This yummy treat can be found at Starring Rolls, Backlot Express, Pizza Planet, ABC Commissary, and Studio Catering Co. from April 6 – April 17, 2012. It sells for $4.99 or a Disney Dining Plan snack credit!

While You’re There…

Don’t forget to check out some of our other favorite Disney cupcakes and treats in the Studios!

Try the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake at Starring Rolls:

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake

And the Carrot Cake Cookie, found at [Read more…]

Review: Fairfax Fare and the Macaroni & Cheese and Truffle Oil (and Bacon) Hot Dog

Another fun review of a new (to me) item in the parks that’s a little over the top!! Remember when we told you about the Gourmet Hot Dogs that are now being served at Hollywood Studios’ Fairfax Fare?

I finally got my chance to give one a try! Knowing I had a Mama Melrose reservation in just a couple of hours, I headed over to Fairfax Fare just in time to hit smack dab in the middle of Spring Break lunch crowds! Woo! Anyway; here’s the sordid tale…

Atmosphere

With a primo location in the shadow of Tower of Terror, the open air market vibe of Fairfax Fare makes it a terrific place to grab a bite while you’re waiting for your FastPass time or the next street show along Hollywood Boulevard.

Fairfax Fare Sign

However, if you’re visiting during a busy season be ready for the crazy that is the crowdiness of Dinney Whirl. Seriously; I waited for at least 20-30 minutes in these lines. Off the charts.

Fairfax Fare Spring Break Crowds

Once you grab your snacks here, head over to the condiment bars to the left of the building, then snack yourself a table somewhere in the sea of seats in [Read more…]

Butterfinger Cupcake Revisited at Starring Rolls Cafe

We found this amazing butterfinger cupcake waaaaaay back in early 2009, and at first, I wasn’t sure it was real!

You can find it at what has become the holy grail of Disney cupcakes and all things yummy, Starring Rolls Cafe, in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

I decided (nearly three years later) that it was time to re-visit this treasure and see if it still garnered high marks as a snack (or breakfast ;-)) worthy cupcake.

I’m all about in-depth research — especially where frosting is concerned! So what’s underneath that crushed butterfinger topping?

Butterfinger Cupcake

The answer is obvious, isn’t [Read more…]

Memory Lane: Stories From 50’s Prime Time Cafe in Disney World

If you’ve dined at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you probably have a fond memory (or more!) of your server’s antics.

Here’s the storyline (every good Disney restaurant has a storyline, after all!): This restaurant is set up with the theme of a 1950’s kitchen, and “mom” is back behind the wall stirring up some grub! Of course, your servers are all part of the family, so they’re referred to as “cousins” or “uncles”!

Should you make any major faux pas (like putting your elbows on the table or not finishing your vegetables), your “cousin” or “uncle” could very well dole out a little punishment! Guests have found themselves standing in the corner, singing My Little Teapot in front of the whole restaurant, and more! Of course, the experience really does depend on who your server is (I’ve had some duds in my time), but more often than not, this is a really fun experience.

We asked our DFB Facebook Friends to share their fun memories — and send pics! Below are a few of the hilarious responses! We can’t wait to hear YOUR favorite 50’s Prime Time Cafe memories — let us know about them in the comments section below!

Eat Your Veggies

Here’s the story that gave us the idea to do this post! Thanks to Jill for sending over this photo and memory!

“My punishment for not eating my veggies — green beans returned to me with whipped cream for dessert!” exclaims Reader Jill S.

Green Beans and Whipped Cream

Reader Heather C.’s family had to sing! “All we are saying, is give peas a chance“, sung to my father while he was being fed by [server] Uncle Tommy the last forkful of peas from the chicken pot pie.”

Give Peas a Chance

And “[server] Uncle Tommy using a kazoo and flying the “airplane” fork into [Read more…]

News! Hollywood Brown Derby Tests Interactive Special Diets Menu

Matt Hochberg over at StudiosCentral.com, highlighted a new interactive special diets menu at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This menu is currently being tested until February 28, 2012.

Interactive Menu at The Hollywood Brown Derby

The interactive menu will enhance (not replace) the experience that a guest with a Special Diet has with the restaurant’s culinary team. A chef will still visit your table to discuss dietary concerns if you’d like.

Check out this great walk-through video of the [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 1, 2012

Complimentary Champagne Toast at Victoria and Albert's Chef's Table

Happy New Year, everyone!! We hope your year is filled with delicious treats and lovely toasts, but most of all, we hope your year has a little Disney in it!

To start things out right, here’s a recap of the Disney Food news that’s been happening over the past week while we were all stuffing ourselves with fudge, cookies, and egg nog (oh, wait, that was just me?). ;-) Believe it or not, there were a LOT of developments last week!

Brand New Disney Food News

For more delicious food news, stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis! And don’t forget to follow along on our 2011 Holiday Dining page!

On to the Round-Up!

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups hangs out at the Dawa Bar in the Animal Kingdom. Sigh — so relaxing!! One of my favorite places!

Tokyo Disneyland Club 33 Pins!

RocketNews24 shares six reasons Tokyo Disneyland’s secret restaurant Club 33 is awesome! I’m LOVING the pics in this one!

SamLand Disney takes a power lunch at The Brown Derby restaurant. Check out the vintage phones!

Gorillas Don’t Blog shares a vintage Disneyland photo of the Red Wagon Inn, Walt’s personal favorite restaurant in 1955.

AllEars.net celebrated 15 great years at the beginning of December, and did so with some delicious Disney food.

Main St. Gazette celebrates the season with some Pumpkin Fudge! Great pic, Ryan!

Disney Parks Blog shared recipes for two of Trader Sam’s holiday cocktails! If you can’t make it to Disneyland, make one at home!

News!: Pot Roast Sandwich and Seasonal Kiosks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has some new treats in store for those traveling to Walt Disney World in the next few weeks, according to Studios Central!

New Pot Roast Sandwich

A Pot Roast Sandwich is debuting at Studio Catering Company this week! It looks pretty good, but I can’t wait to hear some reviews from you guys!

Pot Roast Sandwich at Studio Catering Company

New Food Kiosks and Menu Items Added

Just like last year, an Italian food kiosk is being added to the area near Muppet Vision 3D.

This temporary dining spot is being added due to the crowds expected this holiday season, and will serve Italian favorites like Penne Pasta with Tomato Sauce for $7, Penne Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Meatballs for $9, and Minestrone Soup for $3.50 (also a Disney Dining Plan snack credit).

A second kiosk called “Happy Holidays” and located on Echo Lake is serving [Read more…]