Ten Best Frozen Drinks in Disney World

It’s getting hot out there, guys!

And sometimes, when it feels like it’s 100 degrees and you’re sweltering in line, you need more than a cold drink. You need a frozen drink!

Fortunately, there are lots of palate-pleasing options found in all corners of Disney World. And we’ve got great options whether you’d like to go alocholic or non-alcoholic! Refreshment is just a menu choice away…

Today, we’re taking a closer look at our very favorites!

Frozen Lemonade

Sweet-tart and chilly, Frozen Lemonade calls to mind seaside treats from our favorite resort towns. And there’s nothing like it for reviving you on a super hot, sticky Florida day.

The secret is in the balance. A too-sweet treat can leave you feeling not so great while you’re standing in the bright sun. That little kick of sour rounds out the flavors and makes the beverage a true refresher.

Raspberry Lemonade Slush at Magic Kingdom

If you’re a lover of frozen lemonade, I have great news for you: there are tons of different varieties to try around the parks and resorts! You could make your own personal frozen lemonade crawl. (Hey! That’s a great idea…)

One of our favorites is the Raspberry Lemonade Slush that you find at Magic Kingdom’s Cheshire Cafe, located on the outskirts of Fantasyland. You can find a similar drink across the castle hub at Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland. And if you’re looking for frozen lemonade in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can find an awesome, slurpee-type version at Herbie’s Drive-In.

If you prefer your frozen lemonade with a little kick, one of our favorite adult versions is available at Animal Kingdom’s Dino Diner Snacks. The Frozen Bacardi Raspberry Rum Lemonade has been inspiring random cravings for me ever since I tried it. :-)

Frozen Bacardi Raspberry Rum Lemonade at Animal Kingdom's Dino Diner

Check out other locations to score frozen lemonade slushes when you’re parched in the parks.

Dole Whip Float

Part beverage, part Dole Whip soft serve, this is one of Disney’s classic must-eat treats! The Dole Whip Float combines sweet-tart soft serve pineapple goodness with pineapple juice to provide one of the most refreshing icy drinks in the Kingdom.

Breakfast of Champions!

You CAN get this with vanilla or orange dole whip as well — either choice will cut the tartness a bit. But I prefer pineapple-on-pineapple, myself! Find this great treat at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland.

Ice Cream Martinis

Looking for a new entry on your Drinking Around the World card? THE newest frozen drink concoction in Disney World can be found — where else? — World Showcase!

Head to Epcot’s newest eatery, L’Artisan des Glaces in the France Pavilion for the beautiful and crave-inspiring Ice Cream Martini.

Ice Cream Martini from L'Artisan des Glaces in Epcot's France Pavilion

The drink-sundae fusion is made by combining [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Frushi from Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival

Today, we are so excited to bring you one of our DFB readers’ most requested recipes — Frushi! What’s Frushi, you’re asking? Basically, it’s “Fruit Sushi”…minus the fishes!

Frushi from the 2013 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

The super fun dessert item was featured this past spring at Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, which featured marketplace booths similar to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Read our complete review of the 2013 Flower and Garden Festival here! There were some amazing eats available at the [Read more…]

News! Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Food Booths Are Arriving (And the Menu Has Been Updated)!

Epcot is starting to bloom for this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, which will be held March 6-May 19th! And we’ve UPDATED OUR FULL MENU!!!

And we’ve just updated our FULL Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Menu available at this year’s festival.

Don’t forget to check out the FOOD PHOTOS featuring some of the goodies that can be found at the TWELVE specialty food marketplaces this year!

The Epcot Flower and Garden festival menu items are sure to be crowd-pleasers, and we’re excited to see the food booths and topiaries already popping up around the Showcase…

2013 Cinderella Topiary at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Many of these booths — OK, ALL of the booths — are going to look very familiar to those of us who attend the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

In Mexico, we’re headed for a margarita along with some yummy tacos. What will you try? The Jardin De Fiestas Mexico booth will offer: Crab Tostadas with Chipotle Aioli and Valentina Salsa: Pork Tacos served over flour tortilla and topped with Cactus leaves, Tamarind and [Read more…]

News! Full Food and Beverage Listing for the 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Marketplaces!

Great news! I got the chance to speak with Epcot Park Event Content Development Manager Michael Jenner — basically the head honcho when it comes to food at this year’s Flower and Garden Festival — and now I’m excited to share not only his recommendations for noshing around the World this spring, but everything that will be on offer at this year’s Festival!

As you know, the 2013 event will be the first to debut multiple food and beverage marketplaces throughout the World Showcase.

Today, we’ve got a few more great updates and tips to share, plus we’ve got the FULL list of food and beverage offerings!  Click here to see everything you’ll be able to try during the festival this year!

Q&A with Michael Jenner

I can’t wait to try all of the new goodies at the Festival this year! Let’s find out how this awesome addition came about…

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Angel Food Cake with Macerated Berries

Q: What brought about the idea of bringing more food and beverages to the Flower and Garden Festival?

A: We’ve been wanting to do this for several years. It’s been a daytime festival, so even though the parks stayed open at night, the festival kind of shut down. By adding the Food and Beverage component, as well as lit topiaries this year, the festival can continue after dark.

Guests have also been interested in the natural progression of food from garden to table. So the 12 new marketplaces will feature huge gardens in front of them, and the menus will feature ingredients inspired by what we’re displaying in those gardens.

Q: What are a couple of dishes you’re most excited about and recommend?

A: I’ll be at the Smokehouse Barbecue and Brews marketplace all day. We’ll actually have a wood burning smoker on stage smoking the pig for the pulled pig slider. The Smoked Brisket with Collard Greens with Jalapeno Cornbread just melts in your mouth! Also, portions at the smokehouse will be hearty-sized, not tapas-sized — you can’t do barbecue small!

I’m also excited about the Dole Whip with spiced rum at the Pineapple Promenade . We’ll be selling both regular dole whip and the spiced rum version, and the staff is really excited about it.

The Florida Fresh marketplace is featuring ingredients from local farms, and I love the Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Zellwood Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro. It pairs well with the Hot Sun Tomato Wine, which has a spicy, almost Bloody Mary taste.

Q: What other surprises can we expect at the Flower and Garden Festival this year?

A: We’re finalizing the Passport for the Flower and Garden Festival. This will be a lot like the Epcot Food and Wine Festival passport, with which guests can get stamps when they visit various marketplaces.

Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, fresh Zellwood Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro

We’re also excited about the “TRYit” items on the marketplace menus. These are specialty items that are inspired by the gardens around the World Showcase. They’re perfect ways for you (or the kids!) to try something new. One of these items is the Beet Lollipop, a “push-up” filled with roasted red and golden beets and cream cheese. It will be found at Intermissions Cafe in the Festival Center!

You’ll also want to check out the Oz Garden, inspired by the new Disney film, Oz, the Great and Powerful. This playground will be lit so the kids can play at night, and it’s the perfect place for them to blow off some steam while you (the parents) indulge in food from the marketplaces. The Oz Garden is scheduled to open next week (February 11th)!

Now let’s jump right into the full list of incredible eats and drinks you’ll have the chance to indulge in during the festival!

Flower and Garden Festival Marketplaces and Food and Beverage Listing

Note that many items on this list will be available for a Disney Dining Plan snack credit! Items in BOLD below are part of the “TRYit” menu inspired by fruits and vegetables growing in the gardens throughout the World Showcase during the festival! Be sure to [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 27, 2013

Great news for those of you heading to Disney World during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival this year!!

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Angel Food Cake with Macerated Berries

The Festival has more for us Disney Food Fans than it ever had before! Twelve food marketplaces will be debuting this year, featuring fun tapas-sized eats like you’d find at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Be sure to check out this post for the Flower and Garden Festival menu, food photos, marketplace themes, and more!

Disney Dining News

The latest scoop on Disney food…

We’ve got additional food news, including Wine Dinner at Artist Point, restaurant closures, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

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!

Via Twitter, @tforrester shares these comments: “this breakfast panini @ Sunshine Seasons is 1 of my favorite things”.

Breakfast Panini

DFB Reader Ros sent us this cupcake alert – a Minnie Mouse cupcake shirt!

Minnie Cupcake Shirt

Coming Soon…!!

We know that lots of you have been eagerly awaiting our 2013 Edition of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, and we’re excited to say it’s COMING SOON! This week, in fact!!

We’ve been working hard on this edition all year, and it’s our biggest and best, yet! This e-Book features:

  • over 400 pages of up-to-date, critical information about Disney Dining;
  • more full color photos;
  • widely expanded restaurant reviews for every single Disney restaurant, kiosk, bar, and lounge on property;
  • specific details and advice on dining planning;
  • and lots more.

Expect the Grand Launch — along with a great discount and some awesome e-Book bundle deals — to come your way later this week!

On to the Round-Up

Mickey Fix highlights a Storm Trooper M&M candy dispenser.

DisZine announces a Super Bowl Party at Splitsville in Downtown Disney Orlando.

WESH shares budgeting tips for Disney dining. Courtesy of the DFB!

AllEars shares food, fun, and family at ‘Ohana in the Polynesian Resort.

Gorillas Don’t Blog shares circa 1996 photos from the Carnation Ice Cream Parlor in Disneyland.

Conde Nast Traveler discovers the Dole Whip!

OC Weekly stops by Disneyland’s Earl of Sandwich.

Have a great Sunday! See ya tomorrow!

 

UPDATES! Food Photos of Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Menu Items (Plus New Marketplaces!)

Awesome news! We’re just as excited as you are that FOOD will be featured at this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival (March 6-May 19), and now we have PICTURES!!

UPDATE: See the full list of food and beverages available at the festival here!

Below, you can see the updated menu (with extra menu items AND marketplaces added in red in the lists below) and photos of some of the eats you can expect to find a the Festival! See this post for previous details!

Menu Items Will Include:

  • Dole Whip with Spiced Rum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Classic Dole Whip Float Will Get A "Floater" At The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

  • Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, fresh Zellwood Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro

Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, fresh Zellwood Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro

  • Angel Food Cake with macerated Florida Berries

angel food cake with macerated berries

  • Watermelon Salad with Pickled Red Onions

Watermelon Salad with pickled Red Onions, Baby Arugula, Feta Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Cole Slaw

Pulled Pig Slider with Cole Slaw

  • Waterkist Farms Heirloom Tomatoes are paired with house-made Mozzarella, Minus 8 Vinegar and fresh Basil

Waterkist Farms Heirloom Tomatoes are paired with house-made Mozzarella, Minus 8 Vinegar and fresh Basil

  • Sweet “Frushi” made with Fresh Fruits and Coconut Rice
  • Hot Sun Tomato Wine, Watermelon Passion Fruit Cocktail, Orange Blossom Pilsner, and Blueberry Blue wine

Watermelon Passion Fruit Cocktail, Orange Blossom Pilsner (both Florida Fresh marketplace) and Blueberry Blue wine (Fruits by the Glass marketplace)

  • Nonalcoholic drinks will include chilled rose blush lemonade, frozen desert violet lemonade, and strawberry slush

Chilled Rose Blush Lemonade (The Cottage marketplace near UK pavilion), Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (Pineapple Promenade marketplace) and Strawberry Slush

Marketplaces Will Include:

To showcase these goodies, 12 specialty themed marketplaces will be set up around Epcot. These will include:

  • Smokehouse Barbecue and Brew at American Adventure
  • Florida Fresh at the World Showcase Promenade
  • Primavera Kitchen in the Italy Pavilion
  • The Cottage: Savories, Trifles and Tea garden marketplace at the UK Pavilion
  • Pineapple [Read more…]

News! Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Menu Items Announced

UPDATE: Check out this updated post featuring MORE menu items and PHOTOS of the food that will be available at the 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!!
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Awesome news! We reported late last year that the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival would be expanding their specialty food offerings this year. And according to the Orlando Sentinel, there have been a few menu items announced for the highly anticipated Garden Marketplace booths at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival this year (March 6-May 19)!

For the first time, the Flower and Garden Festival will offer multiple food booths featuring regional goodies from the United States and some of the World Showcase countries.

Menu Items Will Include:

  • Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, fresh Zellwood Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro
  • Angel Food Cake with macerated Florida Berries
  • Watermelon Salad with Pickled Red Onions
  • Baby Arugula, Feta Cheese and Balsamic Reduction
  • Sweet “Frushi” made with Fresh Fruits and Coconut Rice
  • Nonalcoholic drinks will include chilled rose blush lemonade and strawberry slush

AND….

Dole Whip with Spiced Rum!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, please!!

The Classic Dole Whip Float Will Get A "Floater" At The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Marketplaces Will Include:

To showcase these goodies, 12 specialty themed marketplaces will be set up around Epcot. These will include:

2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Will Include Unique Food and Beverages

The 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be in full bloom from March 6 – May 19, 2013 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

And best of all for us Disney food fans, the chefs will create exclusive festival eats at cooking stations around World Showcase – a festival first!

We don’t have a lot of info yet, but the booths may be like last year’s Haiti kiosk where we discovered the tastiest frozen lemonade!

Haiti Booth

While the chefs are creating the menu, we’ll be dreaming about the kind of festival flavors that might be offered at the multiple festival-themed food and beverage kiosks.

For now, we know the menu will include backyard barbecue and a multitude of [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 6, 2011

Wow. It’s been an amazing week here at the Disney Food Blog. We are so grateful to hear your excitement over our upcoming E-book, The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining and can’t wait to give you even more details soon!

This week in Disney Food news:

Now, on to the round-up!

Walt Disney World For Grownups tantalizes our taste buds with a review of Tutto Italia.

Cake Wrecks shows us princess-inspired cakes. Love the carriage!

Sweet Tooth shows us how to make Mickey cupcakes. Tell the kids about your next trip by serving these sweet desserts!

Main Street Gazette heads to one of my favorite restaurants — Chefs de France. YUM! Also, check out the Roundtable this week (I’m in it!)

A GreatFull Day features paintings by Lorelay Bove, a Disney artist who’s worked on Disney Fine Art features as well as Princess and the Frog. Here, a couple of her items feature food!

Touring Plans wonders if the 2011 WDW Disney Dining Plan is still a good deal.

Eating (and Drinking) Around WDW celebrates National Margarita Day in Walt Disney World.

Studios Central‘s Darkroom theme this week was “restaurant!” Check out the pics :-)

Disney Parks Blog encourages guests to put on milk moustaches with a PB&J milkshake!

2011 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Foodie Events

It’s not quite time for that other Festival that foodies mark on their calendars ;). While we wait (and wait) for October, there are some other fun exhibits to explore in Walt Disney World!

For the 18th year, Epcot will be hosting the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival from March 2-May 15, 2011, and you can find the festival guide here. Foodies will find some delightful exhibits, which we’ve detailed below.

Future World
GoGo on the Go Challenge – Discover more about healthy [Read more…]