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…]

News! More Eat to the Beat Concerts Announced for the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

As we gear up for this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival, we’ve been keeping an eye on the Eat to the Beat concert line-up. Concert-goers can start making festival plans to see their favorite group during the festival, which runs September 27 – November 11, 2013.

This list is preliminary and is ALWAYS subject to change! :-) Eat to the Beat concerts happen three times per evening, so you have three chances each night to see your favorites — 5:30pm, 6:45pm, and 8:00pm!

2013 Eat to the Beat Concert Line Up!

Note that this schedule is subject to change.

Sep. 27-29: Starship starring Mickey Thomas

Sep. 30-Oct. 1: Go-Go’s NEW!

Oct. 2-4: Air Supply

Oct. 5-6: Sister Hazel

Oct. 7-9: Sugar Ray

Oct. 10-11: Edwin McCain NEW!

Oct. 12-13: The Manhattan Transfer NEW!

Oct. 14-15: Wilson Phillips

Oct. 16-17: Pointer Sisters

Oct. 18-20: Night Ranger

Oct. 21-23: Boyz II Men

Oct. 24-25: Survivor

Oct. 26-27: [Read more…]

2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Details! New Scotland Booth, Eat to the Beat Concerts, Special Events, and More!

YAY! The first details have officially begun trickling out about the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Be sure to stay tuned to our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page for all the details. And join our DFB Newsletter to be the first to know about menus, booking dates, and prices!

Today, we’ve got updates on special events, Eat to the Beat Concerts, new and returning booths and menus, and more! Let’s go…

Scotland Booth Debuts; Brazil Booth and Others Return!

We’re excited to report that a new Scotland booth will be debuting at the 2013 Festival (could this have anything to do with Merida? Hmm…).

And I can’t wait to hear about the menu the Brazil booth will offer this time around!

Brazil Booth Sign

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Scotland Booth
Guests can indulge Innis & Gunn® Original Beer and Glenfiddich® Scotch Flight (12, 15 and 18 year), , including the Loch Lomond Cocktail featuring Glenfiddich® 12 year, at the brand new Scotland Marketplace this year! I can’t wait to see what traditional flavors they pair with the drinks.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Brazil Booth
After a one-year hiatus, the popular Brazil booth makes its return! The Brazil Marketplace returns by popular demand with an exciting new menu following a one-year hiatus.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Brazil Booth

Here are our pics and review from the 2011 Brazil Booth; and though Disney says the menu will be totally new, I’m hoping they bring back the frozen Caipirinha!

LeBlon Frozen Caipirinha at the Brazil Booth in 2011

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Hawai’i Booth
Once again, the fan-favorite Hawai’i booth makes its return with a similar menu to the past two years. You’ll find the Kalua Pork Slider again this year (get the recipe here to make at home!) along with the Seven Tiki Mai Tai. Perfect for relaxing on vacation…

Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise at the Hawai'i Booth

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Terra Booth
Returning for its second year, the Terra Booth will offer vegan goodies for Epcot guests. Check out pics and reviews from last year’s booth here — the Trick’n Chicken Curry will return in 2013.

Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein Chick’n Breast at the Terra Booth

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Florida Local Booth
Also returning for a second year, the Florida Local Booth gives Disney visitors a taste from local Florida farms! Here are our reviews and photos from last year’s Florida Local Booth!

Florida Fresh Booth will return to the 2013 Festival

Eat to the Beat Concerts

Brand new bands will debut this year at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concerts! Check out all of the confirmed 2013 Eat to the Beat Concert Dates here!

New to the festival this year are the Go-Go’s (Sept. 30-Oct. 1), Edwin McCain (Oct. 10-11), The Manhattan Transfer (Oct. 12-13), Spin Doctors (Oct. 31-Nov. 1), and Christopher Cross (Nov. 2-3)!

The Spin Doctors debut at this year's Eat to the Beat Concerts!

Celebrity Chefs are Back

Don’t forget to plan time to see your favorites this year! Returning and debuting are Chefs Warren Brown, Paula DaSilva, Gale Gand, Jamie Deen, Robert Irvine, Dean Max, Rock Harper, [Read more…]

2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Information

Great news, Disney Food Fans!! The dates for the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival are now up on the DisneyWorld.com site.

Start making your plans for…

September 27-November 10, 2013

Of course, dates are always subject to change. But these dates are what we expected — beginning on the last Friday in September, as always; and going through the second Sunday in November. (Note: no Veteran’s Day holiday included this year.)

2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Details

Of course, we here at DFB are already gathering details and info to make your planning even easier. Check out our 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page for current information and upcoming news!

Also, sign up for our DFB Newsletter for all the latest updates right in your inbox!

Mushroom Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce at the Canada Food and Wine Booth

2012 Food and Wine Festival Coverage

If you’re planning for 2013, I encourage you to review our coverage from the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

This includes lots of special event reviews, seminar reviews, and photos of every single World Showcase Booth food item!! Much of the festival will be similar to last year, so you can use that info [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Tequila Pairing Lunch at La Hacienda de San Angel

While at Disney World for the opening weekend of the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, I had the distinct pleasure of attending a Tequila Pairing Lunch at La Hacienda de San Angel.

A Food and Wine Festival special event, the lunch takes place most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the Food and Wine Festival from 12 noon until 1:30pm.

While I’d been to the very first Tequila Tasting Seminar held in Epcot’s Mexico during the 2009 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, I hadn’t yet been to one of the lunches, which began at last year’s festival and have been highly acclaimed.

Armed with a love of tequila and an appreciation for Mexican food, I headed into La Hacienda de San Angel to see what awaited me.

Atmosphere

Shazam! For a great beginning, I was welcomed with my first sample of tequila of the day — a beautiful Rose Margarita.

Rose Margarita, The Opening Cocktail

Made with premium white tequila and rose water, this is a lovely — and authentically Mexican — way to begin our journey. I sipped as I strolled to my seat.

As I entered the dining room, I passed by this display table holding various tequilas and other elements of our seminar. This table gives you a view-at-a-glance of everything we would discuss and experience during the lunch. This was clearly going to be fun!

Display Table at Entry of Luncheon

Since I was alone, I found myself sharing a table with three other women and we chatted a bit before the presentation began. We were seated in the main dining room of La Hacienda for the sold-out event.

Seating and Table Settings for Luncheon

Once we were all [Read more…]

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Food Pictures and Review: Italy and New Zealand

Yay! We’re headed back to Epcot for another great World Showcase booth review at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Our stops today include guest favorites Italy and New Zealand.

If you’re looking for your other favorite booths, be sure to check out ALL the info and brand new photos on our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages.

Click on any booth or country name, to see detailed information, menus, and prices, and you’ll also see our all-new photos from each booth!

Italy

Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival Italy Booth has been a mainstay of the Food and Wine Festival since the very beginning, way back in 1996.

Italy Marketplace Booth

This year, we said goodbye to a few dishes, but enthusiastically welcomed some awesome additions to the menu!

2012 Italy Marketplace Booth Menu -- Click to Enlarge

New to the Italy Booth this year is the Salsiccia e “Papacelli” Napoletani — a sweet sausage with peppers, served with ciabatta bread.

I really enjoyed this miniature take on an Italian classic, sweet sausage and peppers. And I love that there’s a new sausage kid on the block to join Germany’s Bratwurst and Canada’s Chicken Chipotle Sausage!

Salsiccia e “Papacelli” Napoletani (Sweet Sausage, Red Pepper, Ciabatta Bread)

A fan favorite — the Ravioli di Formaggio all-Emiliana — returns, and is just as delicious as ever! The large cheese ravioli is smothered in a meaty, creamy, tomato-laced sauce, and is then topped with [Read more…]

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Food Pictures and Review: Australia and China Booths

We’re back with another 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth review today with pictures from two more Marketplace hot spots: Australia and China!

Looking for your other favorites? Check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages.

To see detailed information, menus, photos, and prices, just click on any booth or country name, and you’ll see our all-new photos from the booth!

China

The China Marketplace Booth has been known for large portion sizes and fun cocktails at the Festival since 1996. It’s a very popular booth this year!

China Marketplace Booth

This year’s menu got a relatively big renovation, although a few of the items remained (or were tweaked and renamed.)

2012 China Marketplace Booth Menu -- Click to Enlarge

First up — making its debut in 2012 is the Mongolian Beef with Chinese Steamed Bun. The stir-fried beef had excellent flavor from the traditional vegetables, and I really loved the creamy sauce.

Mongolian Beef with Chinese Steamed Bun

Pork Pot Stickers were an item that stuck around from the past few years. I imagine there [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Food Pictures and Review: Canada and Ireland Booths

Time to visit two of my most favorite booths — Canada and Ireland!

If you’d like to see full coverage of each Marketplace available at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages! Just click on any booth or country name and you’ll see detailed information, menus, photos, and prices.

Here we gooo!

Canada

I was super excited when I found out that Canada would be offering one of my favorite Le Cellier dishes of all time – the “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce!

Mushroom Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

I was worried that it would be overdone, but not only was it perfectly cooked, there was actually plenty of truffle butter sauce! And that’s saying a lot, because I love it so much that I always order extra!

The much-loved [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Food Pictures: Terra Vegan Booth Review

We’ve been hanging out at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival so we can bring you updated pictures of all the terrific dishes that are available this year!

Today, let’s review one of the “brand new for 2012″ booths — Terra Vegan Marketplace!

Terra

All new for 2012, the Terra Marketplace offers an oasis for those with a vegan diet! The dishes here feature Gardein products — vegetable protein foods that provide an alternative to traditional meats.

Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein Chick’n Breast
I was first struck by how good this smelled when it was on the grill/griddle at the back of the Terra booth! A very impressive start!

When I got my portion, it looked tasty — and it was. The flavors in the chick’n and in the curry sauce were impressive.

Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein Chick’n Breast

Since I’m a meat-eater, I did notice a difference in taste and texture from a regular chicken breast; this reminds me of the frozen chicken nuggets you find in the refrigerated aisle of your grocery store.

Overall — I wouldn’t choose to put this on my dinner table every night, but if you’re unable to (or choose not to) eat meat, this is a good substitute.

Chili Colorado with House made Chips & Cashew Cheese
Also at the Terra booth, the Chili Colorado is another dish that smells great while being made! This one doesn’t taste as much like beef as [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Festival Center and Chase VIP Lounge Photo Tour

Greetings from the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! For those of you coming to Walt Disney World over the next month and a half for the festival, here’s a quick tour of the Food and Wine Festival Center!

Festival Center - Outside View

Located in Future World (within the old Wonders of Life Pavilion – go left at MouseGear), this is where you’ll head for many of the culinary demonstrations and seminars.

You’ll also find HGTV events here, as well as some terrific Festival merchandise.

Let’s take a little tour, shall we?

Festival Center Sign

Festival Center Attractions

When you come down the ramps to enter the building, you’ll find helpful Cast Members at the Information Booth ready to answer all of your questions and steer you in the right direction.

This is also where you’ll find your Food and Wine Festival Passports – great for gathering stamps to commemorate your mission to eat and drink your way around the World!

Information

The info booth is also where you’ll go to get wristbands for celebrity chef meet-and-greets and book signings. 2 signings per wristband this year!

The check-in area is where you’ll go when you’re ready to check in for any seminars or demonstrations that you’ve signed up to attend. TIP: Head to the check-in area if you don’t have a reservation for an event, but you’d like to attend. They just might have some openings!

Demo and Seminar Check In

This interactive [Read more…]