Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 26, 2015

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Food and Wine Festival Updates

No, I’m not talking about Christmas in July. Instead, we’re excited to have nearly all of the details about the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival in place!

It’s been a week full of news gathering where this year’s Festival is concerned, as we’ve also been busy putting the final touches on the DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! More about that in just a bit.

First, let’s look at all the Disney Food News — there’s a ton of stuff happening!

Disney Food News

Review: Hey Howdy Hey Takeaway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

C’mon kids!! Everyone into the Studios for another look at Hey Howdy Hey Takeway in Pixar Place!!

This is one of my favorite little kiosks in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Lots of folks just wander on by, but there are so many cool themeing elements here to gawk at!!

Banner Over Hey Howdy Hey Takeaway Kiosk

Atmosphere

Hey Howdy Hey Takeaway is a wagon-shaped kiosk located across from the entrance to Toy Story Midway Mania.

Hey Howdy Hey Takeaway Wagon

Theming for the spot comes from the Toy Story franchise — specifically, Toy Story 2, which explores Woody’s history as a TV personality.

You’ll remember that in that film, Woody learns that “he” starred on a TV show, along with Jessie, Bullseye, and the Prospector. And of course, there were many products created to promote the kids show. (Sound familiar??)

What self-respecting Woody fan wouldn’t start the day without a heapin’ helpin’ of Cowboy Crunchies?

Cowboy Crunchies Giant Box

And, much like you’d find in the [Read more…]

Review: Gingerbread Hot Cocoa and other Holiday Treats at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of the best parks to visit during holiday time — especially if you’re a food fan like me!

Disney's Hollywood Studios at Holiday Time!

On this visit, I got to check out several new holiday additions to the DHS menus — especially around the Streets of America area. These are in place to create a more festive atmosphere for Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights attendees! :-)

Streets of America Newsstand Holiday Eats

First up, a Newsstand decked out in holiday gear…

Disney's Hollywood Studios Holiday Newsstand

The menu included goodies like caramel corn, spiced eggnog, and two flavors of hot cocoa!

I began my perusal with checking out the new Mickey Popcorn Buckets for this holiday season! These are different from last year’s Mickey Snowman buckets, and are found throughout the parks.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Mickey Popcorn Buckets

Turns out, you can get the caramel corn in these festive containers! But how they open — basically the “caramel corn is Mickey’s brain” as the cast member put it — is a bit disconcerting… ;-)

Disney's Hollywood Studios Mickey Head Caramel Corn

Disney's Hollywood Studios Holiday Mickey Popcorn Bucket

So after checking out Mickey’s innards, it was time to try some of the new holiday beverages here at the Studios! I had a choice of [Read more…]

13 Questions and Answers About Bringing Your Own Food to Disney Theme Parks

Erin Foster is the Disney Food for Families columnist and a behind-the-scenes guru here at Disney Food Blog! Check out more of her posts here.

At the Disney Food Blog, we are obviously HUGE fans of dining at the Walt Disney World restaurants. But there may be times when, due to budgetary, medical, religious, or other restrictions you may want or need to bring your own food into the parks with you. Here are 13 typical questions and answers about having non-Disney food at Disney.

  1. Am I allowed to bring my own food and/or beverage into the parks?

    Yes, with limited exceptions.

  2. Exceptions? What exceptions?

    The Walt Disney World website states that you are not permitted to bring alcoholic beverages or glass containers into the parks. Glass baby food jars are allowed.

  3. But what about the security check points?

    They’re looking for weapons and things of that nature. They will not question your consumables unless they’re alcohol or in a glass container.

    In my many hundreds of park admissions, the only item I’ve ever personally seen confiscated at the security checkpoint was a bottle of Heineken, which obviously failed both the alcohol and glass tests.

Soft-sided, insulated bags are easy to carry in the parks

  1. There are no limits on the quantity of food I can bring in the parks? Really?

    It’s correct that there are no specific limits on how much food you can bring with you into the parks. You’re not limited to just snacks or just a water bottle; a full lunch of sandwiches, fruit, dessert, etc. is fine.

    However (and this is a big however), there ARE limits on the size of the container you can use to carry your food into the park. No box, cooler, bag, or other container larger than 24″ x 15″ x 18″ is allowed into the parks as a food receptacle, or for any other purpose. This means that you’ll have to leave that giant Coleman you use for tailgates at home.

    Also, other than strollers, you may not bring any wheeled conveyances into the parks. This means no rolling coolers or wagons to transport lots of smaller coolers.

  1. What types of food have you brought into the parks?

    Nearly every time I enter a Disney theme park, I’m carrying some sort of beverage: water bottle, Diet Coke, or juice box for the kids. When my children were small, I always brought baggies filled with their favorite munchables like Goldfish and Cheerios.

    I have a friend whose son has severe allergies; she brings entire meals for him when she visits the parks.

  2. Have you ever had any problems with this?

    Nope. Not once. Really.

  3. Any ideas about what I should use to carry my food in?

    In my experience, I’ve seen guests have the most success with [Read more…]

Review: Paradiso 37 Drinks, Appetizers, and Dessert

Paradiso 37 in Orlando’s Downtown Disney has been one of my favorite tapas and drinks places in Walt Disney World since it opened on Pleasure Island back in 2009 (…back when Pleasure Island was Pleasure Island).

Today, even though Paradiso has lost a few of its neighbors, it’s still going strong (in my opinion) and offering some of my favorite appetizers and margaritas on property.

A few weeks ago, Erin Foster and I stopped into Paradiso (at my urging — I hadn’t been there in WAY too long) for some eats and treats.

Paradiso 37 Entrance

Paradiso 37 Entrance

Atmosphere

Once again, I was reminded when walking into Paradiso 37 that this restaurant is all about fun — and all different kinds of fun at that!

The martini-glass-and-tequila-bottle chandelier hanging over the foyer is a good indication that this restaurant means business when it comes to happy hour.

Paradiso 37 Bar Glasses Chandelier

Paradiso 37 Bar Glasses Chandelier

And the floor-to-ceiling tequila bar centerpiece showcases [Read more…]

Disney Dream Guest Review: Non-Alcoholic Specialty Drinks

Welcome guest author James Dolan with a thirst-quenching review of mocktails aboard the Disney Dream!

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There is a big market for “adult beverages.” That is a euphemism for drinks containing alcohol. Those of us who are adults who don’t consume alcohol are left with the routine fountain sodas, plain fruit juices and occasionally a decent bottled root beer. If you’re lucky, you might actually get a Shirley Temple made correctly (with ginger ale), and if you’re really lucky it might have a cherry for garnish. Of course, there is always the standard, uninspired non-alcoholic pina colada or strawberry margarita.

Meanwhile, our alcohol-consuming friends are choosing from lengthy lists of “adult beverages” and receiving brightly colored drinks in fancy glasses with artfully placed garnishes. These drinks usually cannot be ordered in a non-alcoholic version because they consist of (big surprise) mostly alcohol.

Fortunately, if you are cruising on the Disney Dream, these woes are a thing of the past! Non-alcoholic specialty drinks [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 5, 2010

Welcome to the first Disney Food Post Round-Up of December 2010!! As always, we’ll begin with the news:

  • Don’t forget to vote in our DFB Choice Awards! The awards have been set up so that Disney Food Blog readers can help future Disney-trippers by letting their favorite restaurants be known! You can vote through December 22nd.
  • Disney’s launched its own snack chip line in the parks!
  • Take a look at some new Le Cellier menu items.
  • The Coke Freestyle Machine, featuring 106 flavors, is now at WDW’s Downtown Disney movie theater.
  • Disney World Annual Passholders can get a free (small) bag of Karamell Kuche caramel corn from December 4-11! Just show a valid photo ID with your Annual Pass to get the treat.

Also, I’d like to share with you a very special holiday request from a very special colleague. The SamLand’s Disney Adventures Blog is reaching out to the Disney Community to help raise funds for Women at Work, a nonprofit focused on helping people learn career skills and find employment. Please stop over to SamLand to read his request on behalf of this great organization.

Now, on to the round-up!

ABC News has a showcase of Mickey Shaped Food! (Thanks to Erin Foster for the heads up!)

Main Street Gazette reviews the WDW Contemporary Resort’s Contempo Cafe.

DLRP Magic shares the great news that Disneyland Paris has just added restaurant menus to their site!

Yesterland shares the history of L’ Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante in Epcot (an oldie, but a goodie).

DisneyShawn gives us more Club 33 goodness.

Party Through the Parks highlights more holiday drinks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Five New Disney World Drinks You’ve Gotta Try

You guys know I’m always looking for new, fun drinks to try, and I had a field day on my recent trip to Orlando! Here are just a few of my new favorites:

Yak and Yeti: Shaved Ice Martini
A.K.A. — the snow cone. This fun drink comes in three flavors — Grape, Cherry, and Citrus/Melon. I chose the shockingly bright green version, which included vodka, midori, and pineapple juice along with my (beloved) sweet and sour. The presentation is the best part, but who WOULDN’T want to try an alcoholic snow cone?! Find it at Yak and Yeti Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Citrus Shaved Ice Martini

La Luce by Donna Scala: Limonata
A straight-up pucker-fest, the Limonata is a classy drink served in a classy atmosphere. It’s light, refreshing, and sour — just how I like it! Pair it with the fritto misto or the (incredible) four cheese pizza appetizer. Find it at La Luce by Donna Scala, a new restaurant at [Read more…]

Fun World of Color Dining Treats

Food Featured at Disneyland Resort's World of Color

In addition to the World of Color Dining Packages and Picnic Meals, guests will also get to experience edible color in other ways!

Spectrum Splash: Beverages in light-up souvenir glasses with a colorful choice of flavors –- strawberry red, blueberry blue, or sour Granny Smith apple green.

World of Color Specialty Drinks

Light-Up Cotton Candy: White cotton candy with a colorful swirl, on an illuminated wand that lights the cotton candy from inside.

Light Up Cotton Candy

Multi-Colored & Flavored Popcorn: A delicious treat that comes in three flavors – red cherry, blueberry and purple grape – and mixed in with regular kettle corn, all served in a Disney California Adventure see-through “World of Color” souvenir popcorn bucket.

Tropical Mist Cocktail (for adults): It’s a passion fruit and mango liqueur with coconut rum – and a light-up swizzle stick. Available at the Cove Bar and Ariel’s Grotto restaurant.

Sounds awesome to me!

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Monorail Crawl

Polynesian Signature Drinks

Polynesian Signature Drinks

You’re familiar with the bar crawl and the pub crawl (for our friends across the pond). You may even be familiar with Drinking Around the World at Epcot’s World Showcase. But have you ever done the Monorail Crawl?!?

Disney World’s three monorail resorts–Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and Contemporary–each have great lounges where you can relax, chat with friends, and experience the theme of the individual hotels. It’s a fun way to resort hop, spend a little non-park time, and have a few fun drinks along the way! See you at Tambu Lounge, Mizner’s Lounge, and the Outer Rim Lounge!

So simply start at one of the resort lounges, have a drink, then take the monorail to the next resort lounge and do the same. Continue all the way around the monorail loop!