Cinnamon Roll Throw-Down: Gaston’s Tavern vs. Main Street Bakery

Since the Starbucks at Main Street Bakery announcement a couple of weeks ago, there’s been lots of worry about whether the beloved cinnamon rolls will still be available at Main Street Bakery in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

According to the Disney Parks Blog, the only response to this question has been: “…the cinnamon rolls are available at Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland…”. Even if this only refers to the period while the Main Street Bakery will be closed for refurbishment, there’s no mention of whether or not they’ll return to the Main Street Bakery when it re-opens in the Summer of 2013. (Personally, I think they will, but what do I know?)

Gaston's Tavern VS. Main Street Bakery: Cinnamon Roll Challenge!

SO, we decided to take it upon ourselves to do a little taste test between the two cinnamon rolls to find out if the Gaston’s Tavern version is a worthy substitute for those giant rolls over on Main Street! Here we goooo!

Gaston’s Tavern Cinnamon Roll

According to cast members, these rolls are actually made at the Bakery and transported over to Gaston’s, so they should be largely the same, right? The icing (supposedly a maple version at Gaston’s) is added at the Tavern instead of at the Bakery.

First impression? The Gaston’s Tavern Cinnamon Roll is just as large — if not larger — than the one at Main Street Bakery!

As always, I asked for extra frosting — which isn’t (yet) a common request at Gaston’s. Still, the cast member was kind enough to go back to the kitchen and squeeze a bit more frosting onto the roll. The “extra frosting” thing works differently here than it does at Main Street Bakery, though: At Main Street, the extra frosting is scooped from the bottom of the cinnamon roll pan, which means it’s all warm and cinnamony!

Here at Gaston’s, the extra frosting is just squeezed on from the original frosting bottle, which means it’s room temp…and not cinnamony. Probably an issue due to the rolls being made elsewhere.

Gaston's Tavern Cinnamon Roll -- with extra icing

But we looked past that, as the roll seemed to have [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 14, 2012

We’re excited to share some seriously amazing photos from Disney World’s New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom this week! Thanks again to our readers and colleagues for contributing their pics!

This incredible new land has been under construction for years, and we’re so excited to give you the first sneak peek into Be Our Guest Restaurant, Gaston’s Tavern, and the Beast’s Castle! (We’ve even got pics of the food you can order at Gaston’s! Think BIG!)

Scroll down a bit further to see MORE fun Disney eats that have debuted in Disney World and Disneyland this week in a new feature called DFB Reader Finds! If you see a new food item while you’re in the parks or cruise ships, send it along so we can highlight it.

Disney Food News

Feed your foodie cravings with this week’s Disney Food news — right now, everything’s coming up New Fantasyland!

We’ve got additional food news (including restaurant closure updates and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

With the on-going Food and Wine Festival, we’re updating our coverage daily with World Showcase booth reviews, new photos, and other Festival news!

Find all of the latest Epcot Food and Wine Festival News and Reviews here, and stay tuned for our take on several seminars and events around the festival.

Also, our great DFB Deals of the Week for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Opening Week have been extended!!

Check out the awesome discounts we have available on our Disney Dining e-Book Bundles and our 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Guide!

Stay tuned for more festival news!

DFB Reader Finds This Week

Check out these new Disney menu items that have popped up in the parks! If you find a fun new food, share a photo with us so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds!

Thanks to Hannah Collins for alerting us to this fun option: an Ice cream cookie sandwich featuring birthday cake ice cream at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in the Magic Kingdom.

Birthday Cake Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Black Pearl (chocolate lava cake with pumpkin ice cream) has popped up at Blue Bayou in Disneyland. Looks yummy! Thanks to Varsenik Wilson for the [Read more…]

The Epic Mega Post of Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern Pictures! (Now With Pork Shank!)

Celebrating one of the most beloved animated films by Disney, Belle’s Village in the New Fantasyland area of Disney World’s Magic Kingdom transports guests to scenes from “Beauty and the Beast”. Of course, we are especially fond of the dancing flatware*!

But NOW, we have even more pictures from the two venues that we are most excited about — Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern (we even have pics of the FOOD TODAY!).

During a New Fantasyland “Dress Rehearsal,” some incredible Disney Food Blog readers and a few of our favorite colleagues captured the photos in the dazzling display below. A huge thanks goes out to Alison Durkee (who also writes over on DisZine.com), Matt Hoskins, Suzannah DiMarzio at Zannaland, Missy Rosenberg and Franklin Khamvongsa, Kelly Tressler, @CoreyPatterson, @Leah679, and @CookingGuys for these incredible photos! Let’s take a peek…

Here we gooo!

Be Our Guest Restaurant Pictures

Guests have been able to enter Be Our Guest Restaurant for the first time over the past couple of days! Even though they’re not yet serving food at Be Our Guest, there is still a LOT to take in… . You can see the Beast’s Castle from anywhere in Belle’s Village, and it looks particularly ominous from Maurice’s Cottage!

View of a Distant Beast's Castle from Maurice's Cottage

Once you make the trek to the castle, you’ll have to cross the bridge! This makes the anticipation even stronger…

Entrance Bridge to Beast's Castle!

Sad Gargoyles line the bridge to the Castle, guarding this incredible vista of rocky waterfalls!

Sad Gargoyles and Waterfalls guard Beast's Castle

Sad Gargoyle is Sad says Matt Hoskins' son, Alexander

Don’t forget that you can purchase goblets with this Sad Gargoyle on them at Bonjour! Village Gifts!

As we approach the Beast’s Castle, Disney Imagineers have placed lots of enticing detail to tell the story! The Beast’s Coat of Arms adorns this castle gate…

The Beast's Shield Adorns a Castle Gate

And other gates stand ready to repel intruders! [Read more…]

Sneak Peek! Gaston’s Tavern MENU and Photos In the New Fantasyland

Woo-hoo!!!! More awesomeness from New Fantasyland!

This time — we get to see the MENU for Gaston’s Tavern, a brand new counter-service location in the Magic Kingdom! And — bonus — we get a peek INSIDE as well! Let’s go beyond the New Fantasyland Castle Wall for a look…

Wall into the New Fantasyland in Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Belle’s Village inside the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom began an early soft opening today, and we’ve got the details! Check out these fun peeks at Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.

Gaston’s Tavern

First up, let’s take a little tour of what you’ll experience when you head into Gaston’s Tavern in Disney World’s New Fantasyland. Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog for some wonderful pics!

Out front of Gaston’s Tavern, the centerpiece fountain features a comical look at Gaston and LeFou.

Gaston's Fountain

And here’s what you’ll see right before you enter Gaston’s Tavern!

Outside Gaston's

When the doors swing open, you’ll see Gaston’s larger-than-life portrait on the wall.

Gaston's Portrait

Also on the wall, you’ll see the score from a recent game of darts between Gaston and LeFou. Wonder who’s winning…

Gaston's Dart Board

Gaston’s hunting gear is on display for all to [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 9, 2012

Cheers to food and beverage news from Gaston’s Tavern (finally)! With the announcement of the signature brew and those gooey cinnamon rolls, I’m looking forward to stopping by with friends. Care to join me?!

LeFou's Brew at Gaston's Tavern

Disney Food News

Read on for yummy restaurant and food news from Disney!

  • Disney will release new collector’s pins with the opening of Be our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern!
  • Gaston’s Tavern at the Magic Kingdom will offer the non-alcoholic LeFou’s Brew along with signature cinnamon rolls!
  • Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a new menu with Buffalo chicken nuggets; and ABC Commissary has changed up their offerings as well. (More on that soon!)

We’ve got more food news (including restaurant closure updates, new menu at ABC Commissary, Margarita/Tequila Flight Promo at La Hacienda and San Angel Inn, new drinks at Animal Kingdom, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Update — Lunch With John Lasseter

A new signature event has been added to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival line-up. On October 19, Citricos will host a lunch perfect for Pixar fans at 12:30 for $130.

John Lasseter and his wife Nancy will present their California wines at this event. Chef Philip Ponticelli will pair Lasseter wines with seasonal cuisine.

A DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book Review

Thanks to Disney by the Numbers for reviewing our DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Pick up your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival today, and start planning.

Don’t forget our great DFB Deals of the Week on this Guide (get $3 off this week)!

DFB Podcast Episode 8 and 9 Now Available


We’re pleased to announce that the eighth and ninth episodes of our podcast have been released! In these episodes we’re chatting about Best Breakfasts in Disney, and the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Head over to DFBPodcast.com for the details… . And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups looks at a new food truck – The Tailgate Grill – at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Walt Disney World.

Cookie Madness bakes up some BoardWalk Brownies!

Cake Wrecks looks at Darth Vader cakes that have definitely gone to the Dark Side.

The Walt Disney World Restaurant Tour takes us to Raglan Road at Downtown Disney Orlando.

Main Street Gazette cooks up a 50’s Prime Time Cafe recipe – Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie!

Daveland dines at the Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure. Gorgeous pictures!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World toasts La Cava’s third birthday!

Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern Trading Pins Coming Soon!

Since the start of the Disney pin trading in 1999, the release of new pins have often coincided with major openings at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

New Fantasyland Grand Opening Pin

With the highly anticipated grand opening of the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland on December 6 (previews on November 19th), including the Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern (hooray!!), Disney’s pin team has created new pins to collect!

A variety of pins will be available, including open and limited edition pins, boxed sets, multi-pin sets, and some pins designed especially for Annual Passholders. On opening day, several pins will be released to commemorate the special occasion, and we’re most excited for these ones…

Gaston’s Tavern Pin

Gaston charms with his big ol’ smile and the allure of a great new brew at Gaston’s Tavern!

Gaston's Tavern Pin

The lovely Mrs. Potts and Cogsworth are on this grand opening pin for Be Our Guest Restaurant. And Lumiere is ready to [Read more…]

News! LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern

We finally have some insight into the brew that will be served at Gaston’s Tavern when it opens in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland section later this year!

Approaching the tavern near the Be Our Guest restaurant, guests will find a huge statue of Gaston hoisting kegs of his favorite brew. Gaston’s Tavern will be a quick-service restaurant, resembling a comfy lodge in the French countryside. Of course, an enormous portrait of the egocentric Gaston will don an interior wall.

Gaston Statue

The signature beverage – LeFou’s Brew – is a [Read more…]

News! Be Our Guest Restaurant Reservations Can Be Made Starting August 20th!

UPDATE: Reservations now open at 7AM ET on Monday, August 20th. Guests can call 407-WDW-DINE to book. This change comes officially from Disney. If you booked via the automated booking line this morning, please read this.
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Finally! We have official confirmation that Be Our Guest Restaurant reservations in Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland can be booked starting Monday, August 20th, at 7AM ET! Note that this is a change from the previously announced 12 Noon reservations opening time, according to the Disney Parks Blog. On this date, reservations will be by telephone only — call 407-WDW-DINE (3463). A credit card number will be required to book the reservation, though it will not be charged at time of booking.

Beauty and the "Beast" Mosaic in Be Our Guest Restaurant

Online reservations will begin on Wednesday, August 22, via www.disneyworld.com/dine. Want to be one of the first to dine at Be Our Guest? The first available dinner reservations will be taken for November 19 — over two weeks before the official Grand Opening date!

See the full Be Our Guest Restaurant menus for lunch and dinner as well as more photos and details about Be Our Guest Restaurant here!

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Starting November 19, 2012, enjoy an enchanted meal surrounded by the lush decor of the Beast’s Castle in the Beauty and the Beast area of the New Fantasyland.

Guests will be able to dine counter-service (fast food) for lunch and table-service (sit-down) for dinner, experiencing one of three magical dining rooms: the West Wing, which houses the “enchanted rose”; the Rose Gallery, featuring larger-than-life figures of Belle and Beast; and the sparkling Ballroom with gorgeous chandeliers and even snow falling outside the massive windows.

Beast's Castle in the New Fantasyland

For continued news, [Read more…]

Be Our Guest Restaurant Opens December 6, 2012, in Disney World’s Fantasyland

UPDATE: Reservations for Be Our Guest can be made starting on August 20th by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Online reservations begin August 22. The first available dinner reservation is for November 19th.
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Finally, we have the details on an opening date for Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern in Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland!

This expanded Magic Kingdom land will feature new rides and attractions as well as two highly anticipated restaurants.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Starting December 6, 2012, enjoy an enchanted meal surrounded by the lush decor of the Beast’s Castle in the Beauty and the Beast area of the New Fantasyland.

Beast's Castle in the New Fantasyland

Guests will be able to dine counter-service (fast food) for lunch and table-service (sit-down) for dinner, experiencing one of three magical dining rooms: the Library, the West Wing (home of the enchanted rose), or the golden-colored Ballroom that we all remember from the movie.

You’ll be able to make reservations for this experience in late August. Sign up for our Disney Food Blog Newsletter to see details first.

See the Be Our Guest Restaurant menu as well as more photos and details about Be Our Guest Restaurant here!

Gaston’s Tavern

Also opening December 6, 2012, this fun quick-service location will be the epitome of perfection as Gaston’s famed portrait presides over the [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 22, 2012

We showcased more sneak peeks of Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern, opening later this year in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Take a look at artwork and costume reveals!

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the DisneyStore.com 25% off sale! Get details here!

And it won’t be long before we’re sharing LOTS of news about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This week, we have info about some of the Festival’s special events.

Disney Food News

This week we reported on…

We’ve got more food news (including a dining rewards program at WDW Swan and Dolphin, restaurant closure updates, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

DFB Podcast Episode 7

The seventh episode of our DFB Podcast is ready for downloading! Listen now because this episode has a special discount code for two of our DFB e-Books! :-)

In this episode we report on Disney Food News, discuss Disneyland and Walt Disney World mystery snacks, answer listener questions, and reveal the answer to our Episode 6 trivia question (as well as dish out a brand new trivia question)!

Click here to go to the Podcast page for Episode 7. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

Take a listen!

On to the Round-Up

Cake Wrecks amuses us with villain cakes including Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper!

Designing Disney looks at the Toad Hall Restaurant in Disneyland Paris.

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups enjoys the clambake dinner at the Beach Club’s Cape May Cafe.

Daveland takes a tour of Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street – stopping by Clarabelle’s Ice Cream plus the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe.

Main Street Gazette has Big Island Tacos for lunch at the Kona Cafe.

DisneyContemporary.com details information about the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage sailing from the Contemporary Resort on select evenings.

Disney by Mark enjoys some delicious eats at Aulani in Hawaii. Check out Papalua Shave Ice as well as the new Mama’s Snack Shop. Including a gorgeous cupcake!