Disney Springs is chock full of new stuff this week — including new eats, new gear, and new construction updates! Let’s see what’s shakin’!
Hello, Disney food friends! There’s so much happening all the time at Walt Disney World, and this is never more true than at the start of the winter holidays! It seems like there are new decorations and new seasonal eats being added… well, constantly!
So here’s what’s new at Disney Springs this week!
Some fun new decor has been added, including these nutty reindeer. We love the pasta hair bows.
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!
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.
Care to take a walk — or a sip? — down Memory Lane?
Then join us for few drinks at Dockside Margaritas in Disney Springs!
Why??? Because the outdoor Margarita Bar located in the Marketplace is currently serving drinks that used to be served at Pleasure Island. For those unfamiliar, Pleasure Island was once a section of Disney World’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district — then known as Downtown Disney — that put the emphasis on entertainment, offering nightlife for adult guests. Dance clubs included (among others) the 70s and 80s themed 8TRAX, the BET Soundstage, and Mannequins; while comedy spots included the Comedy Warehouse and the much beloved and dearly missed Adventurer’s Club.
So if beverage names like Leisure Suit, Hoopla, Thriller, Punch Line, Funmeister and Kungaloosh mean anything to you, then you’re going to want to belly up with us today at Dockside Margaritas!
Happy Sunday! We hope you’re enjoying a relaxing summer weekend! Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and check out the latest in Disney food news…
The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival starts in August this year and you can check out all the details here and pre-order our DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival here (and get the 2016 guide FREE!).
We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…
Disney Food News
- Several Pleasure Island drinks are coming to Dockside Margaritas in Disney Springs!
- Full Eat to the Beat schedule confirmed for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
- We checked out the Jalapeno Popper and other sides at the ABC Commissary.
- The 2018 Disney Dining Plan will include alcohol!
- Hand-dipped Corn Dogs are now available at Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom!
- We reviewed the gourmet doughnuts available at the Disneyland Hotel.
- It’s time to book your holiday meals at Disney World! Check out our 180 Days sale!
- We spotted a new Shop Stop ATM at Pop Century!
- We checked out the new drinks at shakes at the All-Star Resorts!
- New DFB YouTube videos: Is Be Our Guest Worth It? and a Video Review of the Bon Voyage Breakfast with Rapunzel!
Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including menu updates, restaurant closures, special events, and more! We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go.
New DFB Video!
Have you subscribed to the DFB YouTube Channel? We’ve got great content going up twice a week showcasing our adventures in Disney World and Disneyland! This week, we’re talking about the Bon Voyage Character Breakfast with Rapunzel and Ariel! Check it out below — and subscribe here!
Deal of the Week: Save with the 180-Day Sale!
If you’re planning a December Disney trip, then it’s time to don your Santa hat and get into the holiday spirit, my friends!! You can book restaurants at Disney World 180 days in advance. And the most popular restaurants book up to capacity on that first day! SO, restaurants at Disney World start booking for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day NEXT WEEK!!! We don’t want you to miss out. So it’s time to start planning.
“An Adventurer’s Life is Best!”
If you’re among the legions who deeply miss the Adventurer’s Club, you will soon have a way to get a taste of it back. Wdwnt.com reports that Dockside Margaritas — located in the Marketplace of Disney Springs — will soon be serving a few signature drinks from the Pleasure Island days… and we were able to confirm this news directly with Dockside Margaritas!
Look for back-in-the-day drinks to include the Adventurer’s Club Kungaloosh and the non-alcoholic Emil’s Strawberry Colada.
You can also look for other Pleasure Island club drinks to be featured on a rotating weekly basis, including the Bell Bottom, Techn-O, and Thriller from 8-Trax, Hoopla from Mannequins, and Punch Line from Comedy Warehouse, among others. (And if the Leisure Suit comes back, I’m moving in.)
Even better, these specialty drinks may be featured with a $9 price tag as part of a #ThrowbackThursday promo (non-alcoholic options will be priced at $5) from June 29th through September 28th.
You may also see the drinks available on other days of the week… just not with the Thursdays-only $9 price tag. In fact, the Bartender we spoke with believes that the beverages maaaay appear at Dockside Margaritas as early as this weekend (though she could not confirm 100%). We do know for certain, though, that they will be appearing for sure by Thursday, June 29th, as confirmed by the @disneysprings Twitter account.
In any case, they’re on the way! [Read more…]
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and yours!
As you’re searching through the closet for your favorite green garment to don today, you may want to know about some green and Irish-themed EATS you can search for should you find yourself in Orlando’s Disney Springs or Anaheim’s Downtown Disney District on March 17th! (And heads up: a few of these treats will stick around through the rest of the month!)
We’ve already shared some of the treats you will spot around the Disney World parks earlier this week, but now let’s take a look at the Leprechaun-snacks you’ll find in Disney World’s shopping, entertainment and dining district!
Disney Springs in Disney World
Even outside of the highly recommended Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road (get all the details here!), there is still plenty of Irish-themed grub to go ‘round. And the one we’re most excited about is the Irish Stout Poutine covered in corned beef, braised cabbage, beer cheese and chives at The Daily Poutine!
2016 is nearly upon us, and so we find ourselves looking back at all that 2015 had to offer. It’s been an exciting time, full of huge announcements about new venues and attractions and lots of progress on previously announced projects. Before we bid goodbye to one year and welcome a new one, let’s review where we’ve been and see a glimpse of what’s to come!
Star Wars Lands Coming to Both Coasts — And It’s Bringing Lots of Food From a Galaxy Far, Far Away
There was a HUGE disturbance in the Force — the Disney Force, that is — this summer when Disney announced that Star Wars Land would be coming to both Disneyland AND Walt Disney World. The crowds went wild! [Read more…]
We first told you about the new-but-not-quite new spot a while back. And ever since then, I’ve been eager to drop by and check out the new scene. So on a sweltering day last week, that’s just what I did. Let’s have a look.
I gotta say it — it looks awesome.
In keeping with the new Florida-forward Disney Springs theme, Dockside Margaritas looks like a little stand you’d find in the middle of a citrus grove. But they’re selling stuff that’s waaaaaay better than orange juice.
The distressed, faded sign gives the spot built-in age. But the bright citrus green and yellow palette keeps it feeling fresh.
The open-air feeling of the bar lends to that “grove stand” feel. You can walk up and order from three of the four sides. And regardless of where you are, you always have a great view of Village Lake.
As you approach Dockside from the front — meaning the side that faces the shops, not the water — the largest area of seating is just to the right of the building. And I think that it’s really beautifully done as well. A pergola overhead gives a little protection, but still allows for plenty of sunshine. Strands of overhead lights and a stand set up for a musician hint at a scene that promises to be relaxed but festive as the sun goes down.
I can’t wait to meet friends here at night for a drink (or two).
Looking back onto Dockside from the larger seating area, you also note that there is bar seating. Upon closer inspection, you see two bars actually — you can face the bar and chat with the friendly staff, or stare out over the water.
But at this point, after much deliberation, it was time to settle on a drink. So let’s take a look at the options. And this is where it gets good.
While the old spot was fine, just fine, for ordering a handful of tequila-based drinks and a couple of other options, things are way [Read more…]
Hello out there!
Welp — it’s official. The Boathouse did indeed open its doors last week!
The new restaurant is beautiful…and huge. We brought you a first look and our impressions of both the decor and the food recently.
While The Boathouse continues to refine service and work out all the details, Advance Dining Reservations are not available during this soft opening. It’s purely walk-up for the time being.
We have plenty more details about Disney’s newest restaurant below. So let’s take a look at this and the rest of the news we reported on this week. For more details on the above news and more, just click on the links below!
Disney Food News
- La Cava del Tequila fans can try a brand new version of the popular Pomegranate Margarita during their next visit.
- Speaking of tequila, Dockside Margaritas opened this week at Disney World’s Downtown Disney, serving mixed drinks inspired by the flavors of the Sunshine State.
- Olaf’s Perfect Sundae Day has debuted at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop. Looks like Summer is on its way!
- Some brand new Sweet Treats and Drinks are set to appear at Disneyland in honor of the Park’s 60th Anniversary.
- We have an update to the Epcot Starbucks “You Are Here” Mug story at Walt Disney World — a new version is now available.
- Disney has begun rolling out Allergy-Friendly menus at more than 100 of its restaurants at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. See an example here!
- We have our very first tour and review of The Boathouse, Disney’s newest restaurant, which just opened at Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs).
- The pool at Disney World’s Polynesian Village Resort has reopened after a lengthy refurbishment, and the Barefoot Pool Bar has reopened right along with it!
Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including menu updates, restaurant closures, special events, and more!
We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go.
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