Dining in Disneyland: Old West Cinnamon Rolls in Downtown Disney

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!

Old West Cinnamon Rolls Downtown Disney

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!

Atmosphere

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.

Inspiration...

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…]

Review: Downtown Disney’s Italian Ice Stand and NEW! Taco Truck

It’s time to take a quick trip to Downtown Disney in Disney World to check out a great way to cool your jets while you’re in Orlando this Summer!

Downtown Disney Italian Ice Stand

You may walk right past this kiosk in Downtown Disney, but it’s worth stopping during those hot Florida days! The Italian Ice stand is located near the middle of Downtown Disney’s West Side between the Characters in Flight Attraction and the bridge to Pleasure Island.

Italian Ice!

They offer six different flavors of Italian ice in three different sizes. Don’t you just love when a treat is fat free AND delicious?!

Italian Ice Menu.

On our visit, we sampled the Tie Dye, which was a mixture of three different flavors — Blue Raspberry, Lemonade, and Lime.

Italian Ice Tubs.

Not only was this very pretty — the ice had [Read more…]

Chili “Cone” Queso Now Available in Walt Disney World

It’s become more and more commonplace for Disney parks to introduce similar new food items on BOTH coasts — case in point: Red’s Apple Freeze at Cozy Cone Motel and Le Fou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern.

And it’s happened again now that Disney World’s Downtown Disney is serving another big Disneyland hitChili Cone Queso!

WDWDowntown tweeted about the new menu items today

Introduced first at the Cozy Cone Motel in Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land at its landmark opening in 2012, the Chili Cone Queso — along with other savory food-in-a-cone options — has been delighting Disneyland Resort visitors.

Once they order the Chili Cone Queso, diners discover a meaty chili topped with shredded cheese and corn chips all tucked into a hand-held, thick bread cone.

Chili "Cone" Queso

Now, Marketplace Snacks in Downtown Disney Orlando offers the same “cone”-coction along with a Meatball Cone version as well. Some would say that this is just the long-awaited return of the “handwich” to [Read more…]

Review: Cap’n Jack’s at Downtown Disney

It’s time to talk about a restaurant that hasn’t yet been on Disney Food Blog! (GASP!!)

Time to try out lunch at a Cap’n Jack’s! I’ve been to this spot twice now, and even though it will likely disappear at some point in the next few years with the Downtown Disney / Disney Springs renovation, I still need to tell you about it so that you can run over and get in a meal before it’s too late! :-)

Looking every inch the waterside Florida seafood restaurant, Cap’n Jack’s is located at Downtown Disney Marketplace and sits right atop a pier overlooking Village Lake. You’re so close to the water that you’ll feel like you’re floating!

Recently, I stopped into Cap’n Jack’s for lunch with a friend. My previous visit wasn’t great, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Will it be hit or miss? Time to find out!

Atmosphere

If you have ever been to a waterside seafood restaurant in your favorite beach resort town, Cap’n Jack’s will at once seem a bit familiar. Housed next to the Downtown Disney Marina, it’s a classic seafood spot!

Captain Jack's Sign

And that sense of history that you feel isn’t purely Disney magic. This restaurant has actually been around since 1975 when Buena Vista Shopping Center — now Downtown Disney Marketplace — originally opened. In Disney terms, that’s a seriously long time!

Within the restaurant, you’ll find fairly standard seating, low ceilings, and wooden floors. This feels like the family-owned seafood restaurant that you’ve been visiting for years.

Wide View of Seating

One thing you typically won’t find at Cap’n Jack’s is [Read more…]

Updates: Disney Springs Restaurants

As many of you know, Disney made a big announcement this week for Disney World fans — the expansion and renovation of Downtown Disney in Orlando over the next three years!

As we reported earlier, the new (and improved) area will be called Disney Springs, and construction will double the number of shops and restaurants available to Disney guests.

And since we shared the rumors of new Disney Springs Restaurants a couple of weeks ago, even more rumors are starting to come out!

Downtown Disney will become Disney Springs over the next three years

Will Disney Springs See a “Food Truck Row?”

For example, according to Orlando Business Journal and The Daily City, a “Food Truck Row” may be a major possibility during the new Disney Springs renovation of Disney World’s Downtown Disney.

Disney Springs' Town Center will offer one of a kind shopping and dining experiences

Food trucks have been spotted at Downtown Disney and ESPN Wide World of Sports previously, but local Orlando Food Truck experts The Daily City have some interesting details that might back up a “Food Truck Row” at Disney Springs:

…one of the main food truck builders has a supposed mystery client who has rush ordered

[Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 10, 2013

We’ve got some incredible updates for you this week!!!

First up, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival has begun in Walt Disney World, and we’ve got an EPIC review of nearly ALL of the food available at the 12 new food and beverage marketplaces! It’s well worth a look! (Plus, who doesn’t want to see that Dole Whip with Spiced Rum?!?!)

Also, some interesting news out of Downtown Disney… . Let’s get started!

Disney Food News

Catch up on the Disney dining news…

We’ve got additional food news, including restaurant closures, a Beer Dinner at Flying Fish Cafe, a Gluten Free Award for Walt Disney World, spring candy apples, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

First up, we shared our recipe for Disney World’s Magic Cookie Bars on the blog last week. Then, via Instagram, krissycakes13 shared a photo of her baking skills! “The Magic Cookie Bars! Mini-Sized!” Great job with the Magic Cookie Bar recipe!!

Homemade Magic Cookie Bars!

Sara Miller sent us this awesome photo of her daughter enjoying a Mickey ice cream bar — and she’s an ears first kind of girl! Yum!!

Enjoying a Mickey Ice Cream Bar!

We love sharing in your Disney food adventures! Thank you!!

On to the Round-Up

Passport 2 Dreams wows us again with an incredible look at a true Disney World food mystery…the the mystery of the Plaza Ice Cream Boat Shuffle.

Celebrate the Tiki Room!

Mickey Fix is ready to celebrate the Enchanted Tiki Room’s 50th Anniversary with these awesome Tiki Mugs!

Adventures in Beer shares some mouth-watering pics of the “Drunken Donuts” at Territory Lounge!

WESH highlights awesome desserts found at Walt Disney World. Written by yours truly! ;-)

Changing Latitudesreviews Tutto Gusto in Epcot’s Italy pavilion.

SBWire announces the 3rd Annual Gluten Free Award Winners and Disney World gets top honors for vacation destination!

Main Street Gazette reviews some yummo sliders at River Roost Lounge!

Disney by Mark shares some history of the Harbor Galley in Disneyland.

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Best Disney World Restaurants for Fish Fry

With Lent on the horizon — and with a few questions from readers recently about where to get a great fish fry in Disney World — I knew that now would be the perfect time to check out the best places to find that golden battered goodness at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Let’s check out some of the best fried fish in Disney World

Best Disney World Restaurants for a Fish Fry

United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot

You can’t go wrong for fish and chips in the delicacy’s home pavilion in Epcot.

Fish and Chips from Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Whether you take a load off at the Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room or grab some fried food to go from Yorkshire County Fish Shop, you’re in for a mild but authentic taste of one of England’s best exports.

While you’re there, enjoy a beer and a performance by The British Revolution or the Pub’s Hat Lady.

Cookes of Dublin and Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

If you find yourself in need of a fish fix while you’re “Downtown,” head over to the Pleasure Island District for two authentic and delicious options. The One & One at Cookes of Dublin is one of our favorites on property.

Cooked to order and served piping hot, the fish is flaky and tender.

Fish and Chips from Cooke’s of Dublin

But if you have the time for a slower meal, you may want to consider the famous beer battered fish and chips on the lunch menu at Raglan Road Irish Pub right next door.

Columbia Harbour House in Magic Kingdom

Here in Liberty Square, you can enjoy a counter service battered fish basket with broccoli, apples, or French fries at Columbia Harbour House counter service restaurant. The proportion of breading to fish is perfect, and the fish isn’t too oily.

Fried Chicken and Fish at Columbia Harbour House

Fried Chicken and Fish at Columbia Harbour House (photo from Kelly Amey via the DFB Flickr Group) 

Citricos at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

For a slightly more upscale take on the English classic, take a monorail ride to the Grand Floridian and pull up a chair at Citricos. There, you should order the melt-in-your-mouth pan-fried Florida black grouper, which gets [Read more…]

Splitsville in Downtown Disney Now Takes Tables in Wonderland Discount

Great news, sports fans! Splitsville, the brand new luxury bowling spot in Downtown Disney, Orlando, has announced that they’ll be taking the Tables in Wonderland discount card going forward!

For those who aren’t sure what Tables in Wonderland is, it’s a Disney World Dining discount card that can be purchased by Florida residents, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Annual/Seasonal Passholders of Walt Disney World.

The card offers a 20% discount on food and beverages (including alcohol) at most Disney World table-service restaurants, and even some counter-service locations (like food courts at resorts that don’t have a table-service location).

Check out Tables in Wonderland pricing, details, restaurants on the list, and more here!

Just of few of the eats at Splitsville

We’re excited that Splitsville is joining the list of restaurants where we’ll be able to get a discount when we’re in Disney World. My first visit to Splitsville was awesome, and I can’t [Read more…]

First Look and Food Review: Splitsville Menu in Downtown Disney

It’s finally time to bring you a sneak preview of Walt Disney World’s newest entertainment complex — Splitsville Luxury Lanes! Located at Downtown Disney and opening officially on December 19th, the bowling chain has created its biggest and best location, yet…

Splitsville -- Outside View

Located in the old Virgin Megastore across from Wolfgang Puck Cafe, the brand new space is a welcome addition to Downtown Disney’s WestSide. And with the promise of upscale bowling alley food — sliders, pizza, and sushi taking center stage — we were anxious to finally get a peek behind those construction walls.

Atmosphere

OK, so basically…this place is massive. Boasting two floors of bowling, dancing, and dining, you’ll be blown away by how much space there is here.

And both inside and outside of Splitsville, the vibe is completely retro chic. Owners wanted to bring back the golden age of bowling, so you’ll see a lot of mid-century modern touches throughout the space.

Locker Decor

Even the shoes make a statement.

Bowling Shoes

Cool “nuclear” chrome light fixtures mix with bold red, black, and white color schemes to make a decor statement. And speaking of red, black, and white, plan on seeing a lot of that in the merchandise here, too.

You can even purchase your very own [Read more…]

Review: Pollo Campero at Downtown Disney Orlando

We’ve got a review of a slightly under-the-radar spot in Disney World’s Downtown Disney today!

So far, you’ve heard about both breakfast, lunch and fun beverage options at Pollo Campero, but I haven’t ever posted my own personal review! It’s about time, don’t you think?

Join me for a visit to the Latin-inspired chicken restaurant that provides an interesting change of pace for Downtown Disney Guests!

Atmosphere

Located in what used to be the cavernous McDonald’s at the end of Downtown Disney’s Marketplace, counter-service location Pollo Campero shares space with two other foodstops: Bodie’s All-American (formerly Fresh A-Peel) and Babycakes NYC. On this visit, we were in the mood for chicken, so Pollo Campero it was.

Outside Pollo Campero

Once inside, you’ll approach the restaurant like most other counter service stops. Choose your food at the counter, and then proceed to a central bank of registers that’s shared with Bodie’s All-American.

Ordering Area

The general set up here is a bit “food-courtish,” but it does [Read more…]