Snack Series: Fudge Brownie and Strawberry Shortcake Sundaes at Storybook Treats

UPDATE: Please note that as of June 2015, the Fudge Brownie and Strawberry Shortcake Sundaes are no longer being served at Storybook Treats. 

I’d been hearing from far and wide about the yummy sundaes at Storybook Treats (formerly Mrs. Potts’ Cupboard) in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland, and while doing research for our DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks I finally got to try them!

There are plenty of sweet options at this little stand, sandwiched between Friar’s Nook and The Many Adventure’s of Winnie the Pooh. But some of the best known are the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae and the Fudge Brownie Sundae.

What makes these stand out in the Magic Kingdom? Well, at many stands this size you’ll find the option to purchase soft service ice cream and cookies, but this is one of the only spots that offers unique dessert options like the sundaes (you really can’t get these at other [Read more…]

Guest Review: The Pinocchio Village Haus

Let’s welcome back guest reviewer Bill Iadonisi with another insightful and delicious Disney World restaurant review! Bill travels to the Magic Kingdom’s The Pinocchio Village Haus this week, so let’s tag along. Take it away, Bill!

Hello again Food Blog readers! We are back on track reviewing Disney’s amazing array of Counter-service restaurants. This week we mosey over to the Magic Kingdom again, Fantasyland to be exact, and explore another of my favorite watering holes, The Pinocchio Village Haus.

This eatery, like everything else in Disney, is richly themed and has a very interesting back story. So before I begin to explore the cuisine, I would like to acquaint all with this interesting story:

Atmosphere and Story
As all fans know, Pinocchio is the tale of a puppet that comes to life and becomes a real boy when he proves himself truthful, brave and able to tell right from wrong. This story is set in Italy. In fact the name “Pinocchio” in Italian means “Pine Eyes.”

Pinocchio's Village Haus

But the Pinocchio Village Haus has more of a German motif than Italian; even the word “Haus” is German. Why? You can blame Disney chief Illustrator Gustaf Tenggren, who after being hired by Disney in 1936 was given the task of imparting an “Old World” look to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

This influence rolled over into the film Pinocchio, where Old World German architecture won out over [Read more…]

Disney World’s Toontown Fair — A Foodie Farewell

As you know, Mickey’s Toontown Fair will close Friday, February 11, 2011, to make way for the new, expanded Fantasyland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

As a farewell to a land many of us grew up with (and watched our kids grow up with), Erin Foster suggested we gather a few of our favorite photos and brightly-colored, cartoon memories of Toontown, food blog style.

Mickey and Minnie’s Houses
It looks like food played a big part in the ‘Toon’s lives. Mickey’s and Minnie’s country houses in Toontown both featured very busy kitchens! Minnie was always cooking up yummy sweets and giving us recipes for her favorite cookies; and Mickey — in the midst of a remodeling contest — had a some bigger [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 6, 2011

Disney Dream's Enchanted Garden

Welcome to February, my food-loving friends! Dare I say — not a whole lot of Disney Food news this week, so let’s jump right into the round-up!

Kevin Kidney‘s got part II of his Disneyland Chicken of the Sea ‘spective!

Main Street Gazette reports on a brand new spot to get your favorite treat in the Magic Kingdom, a la Fantasyland refub!

DLRP Today has news on some discounts at McDoh’s in Disneyland Resort Paris — and news on how the Earl of Sandwich construction is going!

Studios Central reviews Sci Fi Dine-In in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Skimbaco Food showcases a Curried Carrot and Apple Soup recipe from the Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream cruise ship.

Unlimited Thinking blogs about eating gluten-free on the Disney Wonder cruise ship.

In the Kitchen With Minnie

In light of Mickey’s and Minnie’s imminent move out of Disney World’s Fantasyland, I thought we’d take a tour through each mouse’s kitchen to glean whatever cooking and food-related tips and tricks we can before they take up residence elsewhere. Today, we visit Minnie’s kitchen!

First stop is Minnie’s bulletin board. Located just outside her kitchen, we get an idea of the kind of diet advice she’s giving out in her magazine:

A Note From the Fairies

A Note From the Fairies

Minnie's Response

Minnie's Response

And diets are clearly a concern for Minnie (guess she’s working hard on keeping that mouse-ful figure!). Here’s her little invention for keeping the calories at bay — “diet cookies.” You can have as many as you want, if you can get to them through the glass!:

Minnie Invites Us to Sample Her Diet Cookies

Minnie Invites Us to Sample Her Diet Cookies

Minnie's Diet Cookies

Minnie's Diet Cookies

As we enter Minnie’s kitchen, there’s always a lot going on. This is the room where you’ll find the most interactivity in Minnie’s house, and for all her talk about diets, there’s nothing diet in here! Follow the crowd and see what Minnie’s making in her oven and microwave — there are really fun sound effects here, too:

We've Got a Cake Mixing Up for the Oven...

We've Got a Cake Mixing Up for the Oven...

Another Cake is Just About to Rise in the Oven

Another Cake is Just About to Rise in the Oven

That Cake Sure Rose Up Fast

That Cake Sure Rose Up Fast

Popcorn Flies Around the Microwave

Popcorn Flies Around the Microwave

Once you’re full of cake and popcorn, check out Minnie’s “WestingMouse” fridge to see what kinds of cheesy goodness she has today. Also, be sure to check out her favorite cookie recipe, “Cheesy Chip Cookies,” pinned up on the door.

Minnie's Westingmouse Fridge

Minnie's Westingmouse Fridge

One Side of Minnie's Fridge

One Side of Minnie's Fridge

And Minnie's Freezer Section

And Minnie's Freezer Section

Chewy Cheesy Chip Cookies

Chewy Cheesy Chip Cookies

All cheesed out? Check out what Minnie’s “put up” for the winter, along with a few of her prized cookbooks:

Minnie's Canned Goods

Minnie's Canned Goods

Minnie's Cookbooks

Minnie's Cookbooks

Interestingly, Mickey seems to have a candy company to rival Goofy’s…

Mickey's Candy Company Items

Mickey's Candy Company Items

And it’s fun to see what Minnie’s collecting — teapots!

Minnie's Stores Collected Teapots Above the Cabinets

Minnie's Stores Collected Teapots Above the Cabinets

Even the pots and pans are musical here! You can hear them banging and clanging in rhythm!

Musical Pots and Pans

Musical Pots and Pans

Finally, head out into Minnie’s sun room and see her prized buttercups…

Butter - Cups

Butter - Cups

Thanks for touring Minnie’s kitchen with us. We’ll be visiting Mickey soon, but I hear his kitchen’s being remodeled…something about a contest…

Food Post Weekly Round-Up: September 19, 2009

Eat hereLOADS of food posts this week! Everyone must be as excited as I am about the Food and Wine Festival starting on Friday and writing subconcious food posts as a result!

Before we begin, the big Disney Food news this week includes the grand opening of Kouzzina, the Wishes Dessert Party extension through January 2, 2010, and the D23 Expo reveal of upcoming Magic Kingdom Fantasyland restaurants! Be sure to check out these stories if you haven’t already.

And now, here we go!

The LA Times reports a new food stop in Disneyland that will open September 25th, and serve turkey legs, chimichangas, and corn on the cob.

The Orlando Sentinel shares a fantastic grand opening Kouzzina photo gallery and restaurant review.

The Orange County Register reports the resignation of Michael Jordan, Master Sommelier and General Manager of Disneyland’s Napa Rose.

The Touring Plans Blog asks “Does Free Dining Always Save You Money?” and comes up with some intriguing results.

Disney Food Blog facebook fan Scott Dickison posted a photo and some info about the new shrimp platter dish at Columbia Harbor House in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The meal is $9.69, and comes with fries and coleslaw.

The WED Page remembers The Empress Lily Riverboat character meal, complete with great photos!

Main Street Gazette posts about one of my favorite meals in Disney World: Casey’s Corner hot dogs.

Save Pleasure Island speculates about some possible restaurants rumored to be headed for Downtown Disney.

My Disney Mania has a report from Club 33, direct from guest reporter Donald Duck!

Disney Every Day reminds us about Cast Member Day at the Food and Wine Festival — cast member or not, you can sample some of the Festival offerings a day in advance!

Thanks for the great food writing, everyone!

D23 Expo Reveal: Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern!

UPDATE: Read about the Opening Date for Be Our Guest Restaurant and Reservations Info!

The rumors from this summer are true! By now, many of you have heard about the incredible re-vamp in store for Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Fantasyland. You’ve heard about Dumbo expanding, the Ariel attraction, and dancing lessons with Cinderella. But what WE like to hear about is the FOOD! And Disney has happily included some new dining establishments in its Fantasyland plans: Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern!

Be Our Guest Restaurant:

Be Our Guest Restaurant Concept Art, Beast's Castle

Be Our Guest Restaurant Concept Art, Beast's Castle

Both dining spots will be in the new Beauty and the Beast area of Fantasyland, and we know for certain that Be Our Guest Restaurant will be a three-room, themed, table-service restaurant in the “Beast’s Castle.” Speculation is that this may be the re-emergence of a restaurant slated for Disneyland Paris’ fantasyland a while back.

Michael, over at Progress City, U.S.A., hypothesized even more for the restaurant in his July 16th, 2009, blog post. This came soon after the initial blueprints for the fantasyland plans were leaked earlier this summer:

What’s really mysterious is the “Be Our Guest Restaurant.” … Could this new restaurant be a revived version of the unrealized dining concept for Disneyland Paris’s Fantasyland, which would feature an animatronic dinner show based on Beauty and the Beast? In that attraction, guests would dine while the Beast’s castle slowly came to life around them; it would be as if they had combined the Enchanted Tiki Room with an actual restaurant. It would certainly be a nice addition to the park.

This sounds like an amazing dining experience. My fingers are crossed!

Gaston’s Tavern:

Gaston's Tavern Concept Art

Gaston's Tavern Concept Art

Also new on the scene is Gaston’s Tavern, which looks like it might be a counter-service or less-expensive table service location. You can see, as Jay Rasulo quipped in his description, Gaston said he likes to decorate with antlers…

From The Source
Here’s the YouTube video of Jay Rasulo’s speech on the subject! Enjoy!

Other info welcome!
If you were at the Expo or know anything more about these two dining spots, let us know. I can’t wait to hear more.

You can contact me via facebook, twitter, or email. Thanks!