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It’s been a while since we’ve visited one of my favorite nosh spots: Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney. That’s right… it’s Earl’s, Disneyland-style!
We’re back for a quick visit because I couldn’t wait to dig into the Pepperoni Pizza Bread (and I maaaay have grabbed a few other items, too). The ingredients are exactly what you’d figure: sauce, cheese, and pepperoni on bread. [Read more…]
Located near the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney, the ESPN Zone is a great place to take a pit stop in the middle of a long Disneyland day. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Monorail Station the ESPN Zone has something for everyone in your party.
We recently headed over for an afternoon of food and fun. Upon entering we were greeted by a fabulous team of hostesses who immediately took us to a table. We visited mid week in the early afternoon and there was no wait. However, if the World Cup had been playing, we probably couldn’t get near the place!
The menu at ESPN Zone is full of your traditional American type favorites. Items include Ribs, Chicken, Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads, & Wraps.
In addition to their regular menu, ESPN Zone currently has some very tasty Summer menu offerings. AND on this special menu, you can find [Read more…]
The walls are down and the doors are open! Disneyland’s Downtown Disney has just welcomed one of the most unique Starbucks stores in the nation.
This LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified store is beyond gorgeous. First off, you may be wondering what LEED is; I myself had to look it up to get some more information.
LEED certification encourages “green” building, using sustainable products in the construction of the building. It also requires Energy Star performance ratings on appliances, lighting, machinery, etc.
This Starbucks has all that and more. Let’s take a look inside!
Both the interior and exterior of the store are lined with upcycled box car wood. It has been sanded and stained to a beautiful golden brown color. You can actually see the holes where the bolts originally held the box cars together.
Other design elements include hand painted murals and a tree stump that was cut into a bench for seating. Starbucks wanted to bring in hand crafted elements that compliment their hand crafted beverages.
The focal centerpiece of the store is a 9 panel LCD screen that features original content from the areas of the world that Starbucks sources their coffee.
The images have been modified to look as though they are watercolors, and change every minute or so. The only other Starbucks in the nation to features this same screen is in New York’s Times Square location.
All Content on the LCD Screen is Original to Starbucks.
When designing the store, Starbucks knew that its visitors would be in the area expecting some Disney magic. Looking to impress guests and spread some of their own pixie dust, elements were added to this new store that have yet to be introduced to any other Starbucks location.
The main feature is the interactive digital chalkboard. I immediately noticed this when I walked in the doors. It does two different things. First, it acts as a drawing board allowing guests to use their fingers to write messages, draw pictures or play a fun game of tic tac toe.
Of course I couldn’t resist trying it out for myself…
Second, it creates its own pictures using images it “sees” in front of it.
Sure enough, I watched for a few minutes and I noticed that the man sitting near it was all of a sudden featured in a chalk type drawing right there on the board. Very cool!
By the way — it has a disclosure right there on the wall stating that they are using scenes and people in that area of the store to create the unique chalkboard drawings, so you’ve been warned that you might be part of the artwork.
Above the barista work space, Starbucks has added a light up map featuring locations where they source their coffee.
This particular Starbucks has very little indoor seating. In fact the only seating is really a few small benches and the round stools that can be seen in front of the interactive screen.
Instead, the seating was designed to be a patio experience; “alfresco” is what I was told specifically. The patio was built around a large pre-existing tree. Not wanting to uproot this long time resident, Starbucks made it the focal point of the patio.
The seating around it is very inviting. In fact, if it weren’t for the World of Disney being right next door, you might easily forget that you were just steps away from the Main Gates. I can definitely see this area being at full capacity most, if not all of the time. It’s a great spot to take a break.
Another element unique to this store is the living wall towards the back of the patio. The wall features 1000 native plants and acts as a backdrop to more patio seating.
In addition to their regular beverage menu, this particular Starbucks location has a “Starbucks Reserve” menu. They have a special reserve coffee bar that serves up some rare and exotic coffee blends that can not be found at most Starbucks locations. The Reserve menu changes on a regular basis.
You can also find the familiar refrigerated cases that serve up prepackaged foods, snacks, bottled water, juice, milk and more.
Pastries and and treats can be found as well.
This location has the typical Starbucks branded gear available for purchase. You can buy coffee, water bottles, cups, mugs, etc.
They also have a location-specific Orange County mug.
I was hoping to see some Starbucks/Disney colab merchandise, but alas it was no where in sight. I did ask if it was in the works and the answer was, “We aren’t ruling out the possibility.” So, basically, don’t hold your breath!
Grinds to Go
Reserve coffees can be purchased to take home.
And…. If you need some additional energy to go, you can grab boxes of VIA, tea or coffee to take with you.
Overall, I think that Starbucks did a great job designing a location that fits right in at the Happiest Place on Earth. The design elements are modern and playful, a perfect Disney fit. I also love that it provides a great little spot for fueling up before a long day in the parks. It’s also the perfect retreat if you need a break…
Just a few hours in and already a super long line.
Welcome to Downtown Disney, Starbucks!
Have you had a chance to visit the new Starbucks in Downtown Disney? If so, did you have a favorite design element? Did you try the Reserve coffees or play with the digital chalkboard? Let us know in the comments below.
I have to say, I LOVE my Earl of Sandwich email updates. And when I got this one, my family and I headed over for dinner that very night!
These items are currently available in Disney World AND Disneyland, and I’m happy to say that I was able to try out all 4 items and I’m here to report back!
I ordered the BBQ Chicken Sandwich on white bread and thought it was delicious. I almost never ever stray from my favorite, the Holiday Turkey. While this is on the menu though, I might just have to switch back and forth on alternating visits.
The sandwich is full of chicken smothered in sweet BBQ sauce. It also has red onions, which were not at all overpowering. I normally ask for no or “easy” onions, but I totally forgot when I ordered, and the amount on the sandwich didn’t bother me at all.
Topped with cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of cilantro, I’d love it if this sandwich made its way permanently to the menu.
My husband went with the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich. After trying mine, we both realized that the BBQ Chicken was [Read more…]
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… I love being on the Earl of Sandwich email list. Not only do you get a free sandwich for your birthday month (which I just redeemed!) but you also get emails letting you know about seasonal specials.
When this one recently arrived, I got pretty excited!
Holiday eats have descended upon Earl of Sandwiches across the country, and I headed into our local Disneyland store to check ‘em out! Note that these are also available at the Walt Disney World Earl of Sandwich!
Holiday Turkey Sandwich
We all know that the Holiday Turkey Sandwich is here to stay as it became a permanent menu item last year. And even though it’s always there, I still get super excited whenever I get a chance to have one.
Piled high with turkey, stuffing, gravy & cranberry sauce, this sandwich is comfort food at its best. A hand held Thanksgiving meal, the Holiday Turkey Sandwich is toasted to perfection and really can not be beat.
Holiday Ham Sandwich
New to the holiday sandwich family this year is the Holiday Ham Sandwich.
With heaps of ham, fresh pineapple rings & a holiday apple glaze type sauce, this sandwich is sure to be a huge hit. Served warm and toasted just like all of its Earl relatives, the flavors in this new sandwich really pop.
In my opinion, you can’t really go wrong with a pineapple/ham partnership.
Peppermint Brownies have also made a comeback. They taste just as great as they did when they made their debut last year. Chocolate goodness sprinkled with [Read more…]
New technology continues to be unveiled at Walt Disney World restaurants. This week, we have an exclusive report on the Rapid Fill beverage program at Disney resorts, as well as the Touch to Pay system that comes along with the MyMagic+ rollout.
It’s time to catch up on the news. Read on…
Disney Food News
Lots of news from Disney this week!
- Rapid Fill, the new beverage program for Walt Disney World refillable mugs, is now in use. See how it works!
- Walt Disney World restaurants continue to implement new technology, including Tableside Tap to Pay Pads, MagicBands, and more!
- Brand new sweet eats debut at Animal Kingdom’s Kusafiri Bakery!
- Big news for Chase Visa Card Members who are looking forward to the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival’s VIP Lounge!
- Starbucks plans two locations at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney district.
Of course, there’s more! 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 An Artful Open House at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney district, Animal Kingdom Menu Changes, New Entertainment at Scat Cat’s Club in the Port Orleans French Quarter resort, and more.
DFB Reader Finds
We love this tweet received from Reader Nicole: “Thanks @DisneyFoodBlog for all the yummy suggestions and it’s only Day 1!” You are welcome!!
Reader Becky tweeted the new menu from Epcot’s Sommerfest restaurant. The side item — German Potato Salad — is a new addition!
The DFB Guide to the 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book
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Cruising Downtown Disney, heading back to our car to go home, a cart that I had never seen before caught my eye. Old West Cinnamon Rolls? Hello!
According to my 12 year old son, I stopped in my tracks “to get the breaking news.” Yes, he was making fun of me; and he did a whole running commentary while I stopped to get the scoop on this new-ish spot in Downtown Disney. After that nonsense, which was actually quite hilarious, he’s lucky that I still shared my cinnamon roll with him!
Located right next to the Pin Traders store, Old West Cinnamon Rolls has apparently been there for about 6 or so weeks. I obviously don’t cruise Downtown Disney enough to let this place exist for so long without knowing about it. Going to have to change that I guess, because the cinnamon rolls here are amazing.
The plastic cinnamon roll display (which reminded me of the gelato stand nearby) gives you inspiration to choose the cinnamon roll that’s right for you!
After quizzing the poor guy working at the stand I learned that the cinnamon rolls are a “design your own” situation. The menu consists of a base price of $4.75 for a plain cinnamon roll (and by plain they mean NO frosting). Additional toppings are $1.00, so you can build the designer cinnamon roll of your dreams. Toppings include [Read more…]
In the meantime, the big Disney food news this week is the confirmation of a new restaurant opening in Epcot’s Morocco. We broke the news back in 2012, but we’re excited to see that it’s now official!
Later this year, you’ll be able to enjoy Mediterranean cuisine via small plates and tapas at the Spice Road Table on the World Showcase Lagoon waterfront! Read more about the new Epcot Morocco restaurant here!
Disney Food News
Short and savory!
- Tables in Wonderland members can enjoy a discount at La Nouba at Downtown Disney on select dates April through June. Plus, a beer dinner has been announced for The Wave restaurant.
- A new restaurant will be opening this year in Epcot’s Morocco called Spice Road Table. Construction has already begun, and guests will find merchandise that was sold in the shops on the waterfront now being sold at Tangierine Cafe!
And there’s more where that came from! 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. This week, we featured spring events at Ralph Brennan’s, custom food vinylmations at the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland’s Tiki Room, and an honor for Victoria & Albert’s Restaurant!
Reader Laura tweeted a picture from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in the Magic Kingdom. She shares “Finally tried this huge and yummy waffle with chicken, loved it! Thanks @DisneyFoodBlog for the recommendation!” Hooray!! See our review here!
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On to the Round-Up!
First of all, a BIG thanks to Jen Yates at Epbot.com and Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing for sharing our post about the Disneyland Haunted Mansion dinner with their readers. These are two of my fav-o-rite websites, and I urge you to go check them out if you haven’t already! Seriously. Go now. We’ll wait…
WFTV shares great Sunday brunch restaurants at the Walt Disney World resort.
Zagat named Victoria & Albert’s as one of the top 15 iconic restaurants in the United States.
Seattle Times announces that Starbucks hired Walt Disney executive Matthew Ryan for the new position of global chief strategy officer.
Just Jenn Recipes features some really fun Star Wars recipes here!
Yesterland visits the 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival’s new food kiosks!
Main Street Gazette reviews the Starring Rolls Fruit Tart in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The Atomic Grog recaps the news and rumors regarding the restaurants at Disney Springs!
I am ecstatic to announce that the doors have been opened and those lovely golden bricks have been flying through that little toasty oven faster than you can say “Holiday Turkey Sandwich, please!”
Located directly next to the AMC Theater Complex across from The Rainforest Cafe, the Earl of Sandwich has replaced the Compass Cafe and Bookstore.
And although the bookstore was fun to browse and the cafe sold Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, I’d much prefer a sandwich from Earl any day. Last week the doors soft opened with a 25% discount on all menu items, and then “officially” opened this past Friday. I snuck over Thursday to get my fix.
The soft opening was no secret, and with the entire menu being 25% off I expected there to be a pretty substantial line. And I was correct.
When my boys saw the line they about had a panic attack because A: It was already 1:00 and they were beyond ready to eat lunch and B: They had never been to an Earl of Sandwich, so they had no idea how quickly the line moves. After visiting the Orlando and Vegas locations, I was fully aware of how well-oiled this sandwich making machine was.
I assured them that we’d move quickly and that it would be well worth the wait. I also bribed them and told them they could pick whichever dessert they wanted…
Menus While You Wait
My guess is that there were approximately 100 people in front of us in line, but we managed to order and have our food on the table in about 25 minutes. The line was outside the building and wrapped back to the temporary ice skating rink, but there were friendly Earl helpers [Read more…]