News! and Review: Food Trucks In Testing at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts

So, you’ve heard us mention Food Trucks quite a few times here on the DFB, and typically we’re referring to the four Disney Food Trucks most often found at Exposition Park in Downtown Disney’s West Side (though we’ve also had the chance to visit the Truckeria Rolling Taco Truck when it has appeared on occasion).

Well, today we’re visiting four more Food Trucks… but they’re not the ones you’re accustomed to seeing (like Fantasy Fare or Namaste Cafe), nor are they in the place you’re used to hearing them mentioned. Nope… we’re excited to bring you news of the Food Trucks that can currently be found on the weekends at the Causeway of Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resorts!

Swan and Dolphin Causeway

Swan and Dolphin Causeway

I say “currently” because — as is pretty common for food trucks of any sort — schedules (as well as locations –what with being mobile and all ;) ) are apt to change. And these food trucks are actually in a testing phase as well. So while we’ll list some info about hours and availability with every truck below, please note that [Read more…]

News! “Food Truck Park” Coming to Disney World’s Downtown Disney in Summer 2014

You’ve been watching us for months review the four new food trucks in Disney World’s Downtown Disney!

Disney Food Trucks Logo

Disney Food Trucks Logo

Disney stormed onto the trendy food truck scene as part of Downtown Disney’s makeover into Disney Springs, bringing World Showcase of Flavors, featuring goodies from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival and Epcot Flower and Garden Festival; Superstar Catering, bringing eats from Disney’s Hollywood Studios; Namaste Café, showcasing treats from Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge; and Fantasy Fare, a bright red delight bringing menu items from Disney’s Magic Kingdoms all over the world (including hand-dipped corn dogs from Disneyland)!

Time to line-up at Superstar Catering

Time to line-up at Superstar Catering

For the first few months, the trucks were found in various spots around Downtown Disney — and even in the Parks during particularly busy holiday periods. We haven’t been able to find a definitive schedule or location for them, in fact!

But maybe that’s changing! We recently spotted this sign in Downtown Disney!

Food Truck Park coming to Downtown Disney Orlando

Food Truck Park coming to Downtown Disney Orlando

Yep! Looks like the trucks may be [Read more…]

What’s New Around Disney World and Disneyland for March 8, 2014!

There’s lots new to see all over the World and the Land! So settle in, friends, and read on!

Hollywood Studios

We’re starting this round at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant!

Sci Fi Diner

“…It came from the snack bar”

The House-made Sci-Fi Candy Bar has hit the dessert menu: a white and dark chocolate mousse layered between sponge cake and dipped in chocolate ganache.

Sci Fi Dessert Menu

Sci Fi Dessert Menu

There have been a couple of additions to 50’s Prime Time Café as well.

50s Prime Time Sign

50s Prime Time Sign

Another vegetarian entrée has been added to the menu: Sissy’s Vegetarian Favorite Multigrain Spaghetti! “Vegetable Protein and Mushrooms tossed in Marinara Sauce, just like Spaghetti and Meatballs.”

And don’t forget dessert! All your favorites remain, but Old-fashioned Handmade Milk Shakes are listed, featuring the famous “Peanut Butter & Jelly” and the limited time “Red Velvet Cupcake.”

Magic Kingdom

Okay, this next update isn’t about food… it’s just next to food ;) . But I couldn’t resist [Read more…]

Top 5 Must-Try NEW Restaurants in Walt Disney World for 2014

Happy New Year to all of our wonderful Disney Food Blog Readers out there!

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Whether you’re busy getting started with those resolutions, or recuperating from the big party last night, we thought we’d take a few minutes and discuss some fun new options that you’ve just gotta try in 2014!

True, there wasn’t nearly as much expansion in Disney Parks in 2013. It’s hard to measure up to New Fantasyland and Cars Land, after all! But there are still some fun new spots to check out.

So if you haven’t had the pleasure, allow me to introduce our picks for the Top 5 Must-Try New Walt Disney World Dining Spots for 2014!

L’Artisan des Glaces

Who knew that you could make Ice Cream even better? We were a little sad to hear that one of our favorite destinations for ice cream, Fountain View Cafe (hand made ice cream sandwiches!!!) would be converting to a Starbucks. But our blues faded away the very first time we stepped foot into L’Artisan des Glaces.

L'Artisan des Glaces Moved into the Former Boulangerie Patisserie Space

L’Artisan des Glaces Moved into the Former Boulangerie Patisserie Space

The tiny sorbet and ice cream parlour has tons of Old World charm — quite a feat since it opened, brand-new, in 2013! Occupying the space that was previously home to Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion, the shop gave us lots of reasons to venture off the beaten path in search of a refreshing treat. (Bakery fans, not to worry. The très popular bakery and pastry shop was rechristened Les Halles, and expanded to the back of the France Pavilion.)

Inside L'Artisan des Glaces

Inside L’Artisan des Glaces

On any given day, the scoop shop plays host to 16 varying flavors of ice cream and sorbet, made from scratch right here in the France Pavilion.

A scoop of the good stuff

A scoop of the good stuff

And the flavors aren’t your garden variety vanilla. They’re European-inspired flavors, with exotic names like Caramel Fleur de Sel, Coco-White Chocolate, and Profiterole. Okay and yes — there’s Vanilla, too. :-) They’re all made in house (I’ve actually seen the ice cream machines in the back!!), and the flavors absolutely pop.

L'Artisan des Glaces Ice Creams and Sorbets in Epcot's France

L’Artisan des Glaces Ice Creams and Sorbets in Epcot’s France

But that’s only part of the story. Because if you’re looking for something a little more interesting than just another scoop of ice cream (really, really incredible ice cream, mind you), then L’Artisan des Glaces is for you. They’re pushing the envelope with not one but THREE fun ice cream snacks that ensure I pop into the shop nearly every trip.

In the category of frosty drink treats with a grown-up twist, we have this gorgeous [Read more…]

The Year in Review: Top 10 Disney Food News Items of 2013!

If you’re a Disney Food Fan, then 2013 has been an exciting year!

Disney food news stories of 2013

We’ve had lots of  change, new announcements, and brand new experiences.

So today, we thought we’d take a look back at this year, and review the Top 10 Disney Food News Items of 2013!

From new coffee to new restaurants, new technology to new ice cream, we have a ton to cover!

Let’s get started!

1. COFFEE!

When Starbucks and Disney announced in 2012 that the coffee giant would be coming to Disney Parks, the news was huge! And when the first Walt Disney World locations began opening in 2013, the story once again topped the list of Disney food headlines.

Starbucks at Main Street Bakery is Right in the Middle of the Magic

The first location to open was Main Street Bakery on Magic Kingdom’s Main Street USA. While some loyal fans of the historic spot decried the chain store intrusion, many coffee lovers were thrilled that they could now enjoy their favorite brew in the shadow of Cinderella’s Castle.

And with the Main Street cinnamon rolls available at Gaston’s Tavern (at least they claim they’re the same…you can see our cinnamon roll throw down here!), well — at least not all of our favorite goodies are lost.

A Busy Morning at Main Street Bakery

The reopening of Fountain View Cafe in Epcot as the second WDW Starbucks location seemed to ruffle fewer feathers, since the themeing for the futuristic ice cream parlor wasn’t as beloved as Main Street Bakery. Still, patrons were irked with the lack of seating, even if the many, many bays for ordering mean that your java arrives fresh and fast.

Have Your Starbucks in Epcot with a View of Spaceship Earth

But Starbucks wasn’t the only coffee news we debated in 2013. Disney also announced that Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company, headquartered in Tampa, would become the official specialty coffee provider for Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Vacation Club resorts.

Joffrey’s is Named the Official Coffee Brand of Disney Parks

We’ve been enjoying Joffrey’s products for ages at the kiosks throughout the parks, so this was welcome news to many. So far, we are hearing that you seem pleased with the switch from Nescafe to Joffrey’s.

2. RESTAURANT FASTPASS TESTING — AND MORE TECH UPDATES!

Waaaaayyyyy back in January of this year, we first wrote about how we thought My Magic+ would affect Disney Dining.

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And before the year was out, we had the opportunity to see just how some of the new technology would work.

One of the most intriguing uses of MyMagic+ technology was the Touch to Pay System. We had an opportunity to put our Magic Bands to work with the new system, and Erin, our Disney Food For Families columnist, documented the process so our readers could be in the know!

Erin Paying with Her Magic Band at Artist Point!

Erin Paying with Her Magic Band at Artist Point!

And while we love the Magic Band concept, even cooler is all the Disney food bling that you can get to individualize your bracelet! I’m a sucker for the cupcake!

Magic Band Food Bling

Magic Band Food Bling

 

Another rumor that came to fruition was that [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 27, 2013

Love treats? With Halloween this week, we’re all about stocking up on candy.

Fun New Chocolate Boxes!

On your next visit to Disney, try the new CHOCOLATE candy boxes! So clever!!

Don’t forget Disney Food Blog is giving away two sets of Epcot Food and Wine Festival Cookbooks from the 2012 and 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festivals!

Check out the rest of this week’s news from Disney restaurants!

Disney Food News

  • New candy boxes are on the shelves at Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts!
  • Food Trucks will debut in early November at Downtown Disney Orlando!
  • Check out a review of ALL the Vegetarian Dishes at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival
  • Private Dining available at the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Uzima Springs Pool Bar.

Of course, there’s more! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including Rocky Road Caramel Apple at Disneyland, Earn a Free Sandwich App at Earl of Sandwich, and more!

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible 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!

Facebook Friend Timothy shares his mini-review of the French Regional Lunch at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival: “Attended the French Regional lunch at Monsieur Paul’s on Sunday. Cotes du Rhone wine from Jean Luc Colombo. The food and wine was superb, a well done event. We started with the Amuse-Bouche. Next was the Saucisson in brioche, greens and Port reduction. Mr. Paul’s vinegar chicken, Grautin Dauphinois, chanterelles, this was unbelievable. Emmental cheese and last Saint Honore, caramelized apricots, light vanilla cream, pistachio ice cream. I cannot believe I had room for this it was soooo good.”

Saint Honore at French Regional Lunch

And DFB reader Katie tweeted [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 15, 2013

Great news!!! Disneyland Corn Dogs — those hand-dipped gems on a stick — are coming to Walt Disney World via a themed food truck!

Disneyland Hand-Dipped Corn Dog

There are lots more yummy eats (BUTTER CHICKEN!) rolling into Downtown Disney, too.

And, let’s not forget about other new treats found recently, including cupcakes, Caramel Apple Stuffed French Toast, and more!

If you’re not hungry yet, read on!

Disney Food News

Lots of great food news reading from Disney this week!

  • Themed food trucks will roll into Downtown Disney starting this Fall!
  • Disneyland’s Club 33 will be renovated in 2014. There are lots of changes in store for this historic space. Will Club 33 expand to Walt Disney World?
  • Caramel Apple Stuffed French Toast is now being served at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom.
  • Check out our review of the Guava Pocket and Peanut Butter Brownie options at the renovated Fountain View Cafe/Starbucks in Epcot!
  • Two new cupcakes were spotted recently at the Contempo Cafe in Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Starring Rolls Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Look for the Chocolate Cherry Cupcake and Root Beer Cupcake on your next visit!
  • Sommerfest in Epcot’s Germany pavilion is now serving three new menu items — Curry Wurst, Leberkase (German Meatloaf) Reuben, and Nudel Gratin!

Of course, there’s more! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including a Chips & Slices Now Open at Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, Magic Kingdom’s Disney Chefs at Inaugural Edible Orlando – Field to Feast Event, New Menu Item at La Cantina de San Angel, Halloween Cake Pops at Sweet Spells in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland’s Market House Starbucks Opening Soon, New Menu at Disneyland’s Rancho del Zocalo, and more.

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible 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!

This week, DFB Reader (and guest author!) Katie shares pictures of Disney cupcakes — Minnie Mouse Cupcake and PB&J Cupcake — from Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Resort.

Minnie Mouse Cupcake

PB&J Cupcake

We love cupcakes; thanks for sharing your treats with us! Check out MORE Disney cupcakes here!

The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining Pre- Food and Wine Festival Sale!

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  • A comprehensive index of bars and lounges.
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On to the Round-Up!

Mickey Fix entices us to make our own Disney recipes in this gorgeous Mickey Mouse Casserole Dish. Mac ‘n’ Cheese? Yes, please!

Mickey Mouse Casserole Dish

Gorillas Don’t Blog reminisces about the seating area at the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship in Disneyland!

Wicked Local celebrates the return of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival!

Quasi-Everything creates a rum drink inspired by Monsters Inc!

Studios Central shares Halloween Halloween Cake Pops from Sweet Spells!

Main Street Gazette reviews BoardWalk Bakery’s No-Sugar Added Mango Vanilla Panna Cotta!

AllEars interviews California Grill’s Chef Brian Piasecki.

Updates: Disney Springs Restaurants

As many of you know, Disney made a big announcement this week for Disney World fans — the expansion and renovation of Downtown Disney in Orlando over the next three years!

As we reported earlier, the new (and improved) area will be called Disney Springs, and construction will double the number of shops and restaurants available to Disney guests.

And since we shared the rumors of new Disney Springs Restaurants a couple of weeks ago, even more rumors are starting to come out!

Downtown Disney will become Disney Springs over the next three years

Will Disney Springs See a “Food Truck Row?”

For example, according to Orlando Business Journal and The Daily City, a “Food Truck Row” may be a major possibility during the new Disney Springs renovation of Disney World’s Downtown Disney.

Disney Springs' Town Center will offer one of a kind shopping and dining experiences

Food trucks have been spotted at Downtown Disney and ESPN Wide World of Sports previously, but local Orlando Food Truck experts The Daily City have some interesting details that might back up a “Food Truck Row” at Disney Springs:

…one of the main food truck builders has a supposed mystery client who has rush ordered

[Read more…]