News and Review: Beverly’s Revenge at the Coca-Cola Rooftop Bar in Disney Springs

OK, where my Disney World veterans at?!? This one is for you guys — my compadres who have known and loved Disney for decades…and who know exactly what I’m talking about when I mention…“BEVERLY.”

Club Cool Flavors - click for larger version

Club Cool Flavors – click for larger version

You either love it…or you REALLY, REALLY HATE IT! That’s the dealio when it comes to Beverly, a carbonated drink popular in Italy (or so they say) made by the Coca-Cola company. Having their friends and family try the super-bitter Beverly at Epcot’s Club Cool has been a sneaky trick that long-time Disney World fans have played for years.

But now? Poor Beverly is getting her own!

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Best of the Fest: What to Eat at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

We’ve just wrapped up our first visit to the inaugural Festival of the Arts in Epcot! And we can promise you one thing — It will NOT be our last.

This celebration of the Arts — with a focus on the disciplines of Culinary, Visual, and Performing Arts — will take place Fridays through Mondays from now until February 20th.

Epcot Festival of the Arts Best of the Fest DFB

This brand new festival offers guests opportunities to SEE works of art on display at exhibits and galleries featuring works by Disney artists, HEAR live music performed by local high schools and universities as well as Broadway talent, and TASTE dishes and drinks at the Festival’s Food Studios!

We spent opening day at the Festival and we were bowled over by the experience. While DFB was there primarily to explore the food, we also enjoyed the many other examples of artistic talent, ranging from spontaneous displays of sidewalk chalk art, to an incredible musical performance by Disney on Broadway actors and singers Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland.

Ashley Brown Performing During Epcot Festival of the Arts

Ashley Brown Performing During Epcot Festival of the Arts

Walking Chalk Gallery at Epcot Festival of the Arts

Walking Chalk Gallery at Epcot Festival of the Arts

But what about the food? So glad you asked! We spent the day sampling our way through the festival’s food offerings at Food Studios as well as other spots around World Showcase. [Read more…]

News! ALL FOOD PHOTOS from the Epcot Festival of the Arts Booths Now Available!!

There is so much to SEE, HEAR, and TASTE at the brand new Festival of the Arts in Epcot!

2017 Epcot International Festival of the Arts sign

This celebration of the Arts — with a focus on the disciplines of Culinary, Visual, and Performing Arts — is currently up and running on Fridays through Mondays from now until February 20th. So that gives you six weekends to SEE works of art on display at exhibits and galleries featuring works by Disney artists, HEAR live music performed by local high schools and universities as well as Broadway talent, and TASTE dishes and drinks at the Festival’s Food Studios!

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First Look: Food Photos From the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Disney has provided a glimpse at some of the culinary items coming to the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

©Disney

©Disney

Stay tuned to our 2017 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Main Page for ALL of the Latest Information!

And at first glance, ART certainly seems like the operative word! (Oh, and FYI, Disney didn’t mention what any of these things actually were, so your guess is as good as ours. Though this first picture definitely looks like Disney is adding pop tarts to its culinary line-up ??!?!?!?!??!?!) [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: December 20, 2016

Are your halls decked? Are your presents wrapped? Are you bursting with anticipation as you’re getting ready to celebrate the HOLIDAYS?!?

Cinderella Castle all lit up!

Cinderella Castle all lit up!

Because it’s the Most Wonderful — and Delicious! — Time of the Year at Walt Disney World! And we’re taking a tour around the Parks, Disney Springs, and several Disney Resorts to find out What’s New for this most festive season! [Read more…]

News! Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2017 Dates!!

Well, I have an early holiday present for you all this year… it’s the dates for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

And I DO mean early… because for the first time, the Festival will begin in AUGUST! It is set to run from August 31 – November 13, 2017 (that’s a RECORD 75 DAYS, my friends!). [Read more…]

News: Epcot Festival of the Arts (with food, of course!) Coming in January and February 2017

A brand new event featuring — can you ever guess ;) ? — FOOD is coming to Epcot in January!

©Disney

©Disney

Okay, so that’s not really the whole story… the focus of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be on three disciplines: visual, culinary, and performing arts. This weekends-only event will run Fridays through Mondays from January 13th through February 20th, with new art being unveiled each week.

The Culinary Arts will be represented at the event’s Food Studios (aka booths), offering “creations that look almost too good to eat, but you won’t be able to resist.” [Read more…]

New Caramel Snacks at Epcot’s Karamell-Küche

You waited all year for pumpkin spice, and Karamell-Küche in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion does not want you to be disappointed!

Several new seasonal treats await at this tiny sweets shop in the World Showcase. Karamell-Küche is one of the best places to satisfy your sweet tooth, which makes sense considering the name translates to “caramel kitchen” in English!

And who doesn’t think a caramel kitchen is a good idea?

When you walk in, you’ll see the treats in all of their sugary glory behind the glass and probably some cast members working on a new batch, too. They have caramel-dipped everything: apples, strawberries, cupcakes, cookies, and a DFB favorite, the caramel-covered popcorn.

It’s Werther’s caramel central.

Karamell-Küche sign

Karamell-Küche sign

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What’s New Around Walt Disney World: October 20, 2016

HAPPY OCTOBER!!! Milder temps have returned to Walt Disney World where we’re checking out What’s New in all four parks, Disney Springs, and a few of our favorite Resorts. AND it’s still high time for Pumpkin Spice, Candy Corn, and All Things Autumn.

Candy Corn Cupcake

Candy Corn Cupcake

Sooo… what are YOU going to be for Halloween? [Read more…]

New Margarita Kiosk/Bar Under Construction in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion?

Remember when the popular little Margarita Stand in the Mexico Pavilion closed early this summer to make way for the Frozen attraction construction in Norway?

Former Mexico Margarita Stand

Former Mexico Margarita Stand

Plenty of us were sad to see it go. Even though our top prize for Margaritas goes to La Cava del Tequila (which is tucked inside the Mexico Pavilion’s pyramid), many of us carry a soft spot for the home to those layered Fiesta Margaritas that were a go-to Mexico stop during an attempt at Drinking Around the World! [Read more…]