We’re back today with another fun stop in to the Disney Food Truck scene at Disney World’s (soon-to-be) Disney Springs!
Even with all the crazy happening in this corner of the World (and maybe because of it), the Food Trucks are going gangbusters.
But I found them right where I expected to the day we visited to check out some new eats. [Read more…]
Just the other day we shared word that one of our favorite Disney performers will be sharing his music at The Boathouse — the next restaurant presumed to be arriving on the Disney dining scene at Disney World’s Disney Springs.
While all signs are pointing to a possible April 13th opening, we can’t yet confirm the opening date. What we can do today, though is give you a glimpse at The Boathouse menu — AND show you some food photos of the menu items! Now, remember, all information here is subject to change. But let’s have a look at a few screenshots from the My Disney Experience app, along with a few pictures from theboathouseorlando.com (huge thanks to DFB reader Jenny M. for giving us the heads up on these pics!). You’ll want to make yourself comfy, because the list is pretty extensive!
As anticipated, this signature restaurant will focus on steaks, chops and seafood. In fact, let’s start with a look at the Steak, Chops & Provisions menu (for this first screenshot, I’ve left the map image so you can see where The Boathouse will be located — right next to Fulton’s). Among the many selections you’ll notice Filet Mignon and New York Strip (both with Bone-in options), a Porterhouse for Two, and a Tomahawk Long Bone Rib Chop for Two.
The “Green Grass and High Tides” selections offer Surf and Turf made for sharing. The Beach & Sea Lobster Bake serves two, while The Boathouse Surf & Turf Table serves four.
The Fish or Cut Bait menu offers dishes such as Wild Baja Shrimp de Jonghe and Hoison Glazed Florida Wahoo.
But then, you may prefer to start with some appetizers from [Read more…]
The construction walls are down at long last, and Food Truck Park is open in Downtown Disney’s West Side!
The cuisine of each food truck reflects that of a Disney Park, with Superstar Catering representing Hollywood Studios, and Namaste Cafe for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. World Showcase of Flavors bring tastes from Epcot’s annual International Food & Wine Festival to Disney guests year round, while Fantasy Fare features dishes from “Magic Kingdoms Around the World,” most notably the Hand-dipped Corn Dogs in honor of Disneyland.
Originally slated to open this past summer, Food Truck Park is open at last!
The actuality of Food Truck Park differs somewhat from the original artistic renderings.
The elevated structure that serves as a de facto entrance to the area was anticipated to provide raised seating that guests would reach via a glass elevator.
What has come to pass (at least, at this point in time) is a bit more low-key, but still an attractive and open space providing nice waterfront views nonetheless.
Standing tables abound, along with more traditional tables and chairs for those wishing to linger and relax awhile.
There are two cool bonuses, I think, that come along with this dedicated space for the food trucks. First, let’s say you were [Read more…]
We are so excited to finally shed some light on what’s happening behind those construction walls over at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney!
It seems that after stops, starts, delays, and renamings, Disney Springs is finally taking shape. And today, we’re sharing with you not one, but TWO new confirmed restaurants that will join the Disney Springs lineup sooner rather than later. And BOTH restaurants were featured on early posts here on DFB highlighting future Disney Springs dining.
The Boathouse will offer waterfront dining with a nautical theme. Located at The Landing within Disney Springs, the restaurant is the brainchild of Schussler Creative, the same company that brought you other super-themed restaurants around Disney like T-Rex, Rainforest Cafe, and Yak & Yeti. Gibsons Restaurant Group will operate the spot.
Guests can expect a mulitfaceted menu featuring American fare, including seafood, steaks, and chops. In addition, the restaurant will feature three different themed bars, including The Captain’s Raw Bar, The Admiral’s Club Bar, and The Dock Bar. Rooms within the restaurant will also carry a nautical theme and decor.
The Boathouse will offer guest more than just food, however. The restaurant will also serve as the launching spot for a number of boat-themed attractions. Guests can ride on a 40-foot Italian Water Taxi while they enjoy champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. There will also be guided “Amphicar” Tours that highlight sites around Disney Springs.
Live music and private dining space round out the offerings at The Boathouse. The new restaurant is scheduled to serve Disney Springs guests until 2:00 AM.
The Boathouse is slated to open in the [Read more…]
If you’re going to be in Disney World on Saturday, June 21st, you may want to make Downtown Disney a part of your evening itinerary…
Trucks on the Town, an all-new event featuring FOURTEEN food trucks, will be happening from 5 – 10 pm on Downtown Disney’s West Side on the lawn next to Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues!
All four Disney Food Trucks will be present: Superstar Catering, Namaste Café, Fantasy Fare, and World Showcase of Flavors (and there’s word of new items to appear alongside current choices such as the Hand-dipped Corn Dogs and pierogies!). Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Truck will be there, too.
The Marketplace Co-op just opened on Friday in Downtown Disney in Disney World, and if you’re looking for items to add to your Disney dream kitchen, your search may be over.
When we got a glimpse of some of the merchandise earlier this year, we thought, “Okay, this could be pretty cool.”
As it turns out… it is COMPLETELY cool!
The Marketplace Co-op is six separate “boutiques” housed inside of what once was one large store (formerly Team Mickey): Beautifully Disney, D-Tech On Demand, The Trophy Room, Cherry Tree Lane, Zoey and Pickles, and Disney Centerpiece.
The space for each section is not huge… but you will not believe the amount of fun stuff they’ve got packed in there! Being the food fans we are, we’re focusing on what’s available at the Disney Centerpiece.
The good news is, some of these items are available online, in case you aren’t able to visit the Co-op anytime soon. If you see a clickable link in our description, it will take you to the place where you can buy it!
Oh, my… where to begin?! How about Adventureland section?
Ceramic Dole Whip Keepsake Box
How can we not start with Dole Whips? At first glance, this ceramic Dole Whip appears to be only that – just a ceramic figurine.
However, you can lift off the lid and store a keepsake in the Dole Whip’s bowl.
I think this would look SO AWESOME on a desk!
Aloha Isle Hurricane Glasses
If you prefer a different homage to your beloved Dole Whip, these Aloha Isle Hurricane Glasses might do the trick.
These “Aloha” plates measure in at 7 inches, for appetizers or desserts… or both 😉 .
The companion “Aloha” bowls also come in three color choices: [Read more…]
For this round of “What’s New,” we’ve got food news (and menu changes galore) from every single Disney World park… and beyond! So settle, in, make yourselves comfy, and join us to see What’s New!
We’ll start with the fact that Dole Whip (with or without rum, y’all) can now be found at Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Animal Kingdom’s Africa! (Yep; we’ve had confirmation from Dole that it IS indeed authentic Dole Whip Pineapple Soft Serve.)
But we don’t want to miss the chance to mention that Tamu Tamu has also brought back some old favorites with a recent menu refresh: The Slow-cooked Pulled Beef Sandwich is back (hooray!), along with the return of the Quinoa Salad. The Roasted Chicken Salad and gorgeous Fresh Fruit Salad made the cut from the previous menu.
And I’m very happy to say that the Fresh Fruit Bowl is back in time for summer!
The Fruit Salad has returned to Bradley Falls, too.
Remember, Bradley Falls operates seasonally, so if it’s closed during your visit, it’s good to know you can head over to Tamu Tamu for a Fresh Fruit Bowl.
The Royal Anandapur Tea Company is a perfect spot to grab a cup of hot tea (assorted varieties available) or coffee. However, they’re currently offering some flavored Iced Teas in light of the warmer temps.
Though not food-related, I’d like to offer this next picture as a small tribute. Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade wrapped up its nearly 13-year run as Animal Kingdom makes way for all sorts of new adventures. I don’t think I’m speaking solely for myself when I say this unique, beautiful and fun parade will be missed.
The Lunching Pad has added one more option to its gourmet hot dog selection: the BLT Hot Dog joins the Coney Island Dog and the Philly Cheese Steak Dog.
Now, here’s something you don’t see everyday… this next bit is not a new item, but rather a new [Read more…]
Downtown Disney (currently transitioning to Disney Springs, with the official renaming set for 2015) has opened its second of two Starbucks locations.
You may want to grab your own cuppa joe before settling in to take this tour – the West Side location is HUGE, so there is lots to see!
Before we step inside, one of the unique outdoor features is the grass roof, aided in its growth by recycled coffee grounds.
As you approach the door to enter, you’ll notice that this is a Starbucks Reserve location. More on that to come…
While the Marketplace location that opened a couple of weeks ago is a walk-up counter for grab-and-go coffee, the West Side location is large enough that there is a dedicated room just for ordering and picking up your coffee. The queue is waiting for you!
If you are a Starbucks regular, you may not even need to glance at the menu, but it’s there, just in case 😉 .
You can grab a bite from the bakery case as well. While there are no location-specific treats, I learned that this location carries just about every item from the La Boulange pastry line including coffee cake, cheese danish, cookies, muffins, croissants, scones, and breakfast sandwiches.
Packaged sandwiches, salads, and cheese and fruit boxes are also available.
Once you pick up your coffee, you can proceed to the next room and grab a spot to relax.
Since it is anticipated that this will be a very busy spot, the name of the game is seating, and lots of it.
I liked this group table – a smart addition for a family vacation destination (there are a couple of group tables in the outdoor seating area, too, which we’ll see a bit later).
You can even gain some coffee knowledge if you take a look around. Chalk-style murals depict regions where coffee beans are harvested, as well as a little history of the French Press brewing system.
A few cool antique coffee grinders and measuring scales are tucked into wall shelves.
Everywhere you look, you’ll find more coffee-inspired details.
With lots of wood and black walls, this spot might be rather dark, but large windows provide plenty of natural light as well as a great view of Downtown Disney and the lake.
There are two really unique features in this room to share. One is the interactive screen. The screen is interactive in that you can “draw” on it (think etch-a-sketch, without the little pen).
I stole this little greeting idea from Heather, our Disneyland reporter, from her trip to the Starbucks location in Downtown Disney Anaheim 🙂 .
I also mention the Anaheim Starbucks because you can use this screen to check out what’s happening out there from your spot at Disney World!
Of course, Anaheim is three hours behind the east coast, so there wasn’t much action to be seen during my morning visit, since they weren’t open yet. But there was still fun to be had — occasionally you can catch a glimpse of the chalk version of yourself, and see what they would be seeing in Anaheim.
I kind of felt like I was in the “Take On Me” video (by A-ha!) from WAAAAAY back in the day. If you remember that, then I salute you, fellow child of the eighties! (AJ’s Editor Note: “I TOTALLY had that cassette single!!!!!!! This is why Wendy and I are friends.”)
Obviously, part of what’s involved in this technology are cameras, so a disclaimer is present letting you know where to go if you prefer not to be filmed during your visit.
The other special thing in this room is the Reserve Coffee Counter. If you are looking specifically for Reserve Coffee, save yourself some time and bypass the main ordering section, since you’ll find the Reserve Coffee in the seating room. It has it’s own register, so you can make your purchase without waiting in the main line.
Reserve Coffee is offered at select Starbucks locations, featuring very small batches of “rare and exotic” beans. These upscale brews are [Read more…]
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…]