Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 21, 2013

I’ve had an awesome time in Disney World these last couple of weeks, but I’ll be back this week to share more fun adventures!

NEW L'Artisan des Glaces opening in Epcot's France this year!

The big news (in my humble estimation, anyway!) is that we’ve got an opening date for the new ice cream and sorbet shop in Epcot’s France…and even some details on the the L’Artisan des Glaces menu! Check it out!

Disney Food News

Let’s take a look at a few of the big news items this week…

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios is hosting a May event for Tables in Wonderland members. A Fantasmic Dessert Party will be held on May 11, 2013!
  • There are a couple of new ice pop options at Disney World — including a brand NEW Itzakadoozie!
  • L’Artisan des Glaces will be opening in mid-June in Epcot’s France pavilion!

And 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.

This week, we featured a new menu at ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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!

Reader Keith K. sent us a photo of Mickey Waffles from Hong Kong Disneyland!

Mickey Waffles in Hong Kong Disneyland!

We love this photo of the strawberries and cream served at the Grand Floridian during afternoon tea. Thanks to Reader Morgan C. for sharing this sweet!

Strawberries and Cream!

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On to the Round-Up!

Mickey Fix features a new Mickey Mouse pepper mill for your Disney kitchen!

Gorillas Don’t Blog features an ice cream storefront in Disneyland.

Cartoon Research discovers Walt Disney’s “Carrot” characters.

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups toasts with cocktails at Splitsville!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World finds some tasty margaritas.

Running at Disney stops by Todd English’s bluezoo!

DisneyContemporary.com enjoys the Fab 5 at Chef Mickey’s!

Main Street Gazette takes a bite into the pork shank at Gaston’s Tavern.

Top 10 Disney Dining News Stories of 2012

2012 draws to a close today, and what a year it’s been!! Here at Disney Food Blog we’ve been following every bit of Disney Dining and Food News, and we’ve narrowed down the list to 10 amazing stories we’d like to share with you!

Check out The Top 10 Disney Food News Stories of 2012!

#1: Alcohol Served at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World

In a move that shocked most and delighted many, Disney announced that it would begin serving alcohol within the gates of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for the first time in the park’s 41-year history.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Wine Menu -- click for larger image

At the brand new Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland, guests are now able to indulge in their choice of several French and Belgian beers and wines!

According to Disney Imagineers, it was important to complement the French menu of the restaurant with an excellent beer and wine list.

Kronenberg Beer at Be Our Guest

However, while adult beverages are now being served in the shadow of Cinderella’s castle, they will only be available during Be Our Guest’s Table Service dinner and will not be available “to-go.” So you won’t see anyone strolling around with a cocktail or a glass of wine awaiting their turn on the teacups. ;-)

#2: Starbucks Debuts in Disney Parks

It’s no secret that Disney has never been known for fantastic coffee — until now! In 2012 Disney and Starbucks announced a partnership to bring the iconic siren behind the main gates and into the parks.

Mickey and the Siren Unite

Starbucks has already opened its first stop in Disney California Adventure’s Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe and five more locations are planned in the near future.

Fans of the chain will welcome the first Walt Disney World Starbucks locations to the Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom and Fountain View Cafe in Epcot in 2013.

Starbucks Sign in Disney California Adventure

A location on Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A. is planned for the Market House in late 2013.

#3: Citrus Swirl Returns to Sunshine Tree Terrace in the Magic Kingdom

You spoke, and Disney listened! One of the biggest stories of 2012 was the return of the Citrus Swirl to Magic Kingdom’s Sunshine Tree Terrace.

Citrus Swirl

This refreshing treat hearkens back to the early days of Magic Kingdom, when Disney and the Florida Citrus Commission partnered to have orange treats in the park. The original soft serve was a [Read more…]

Full Review: Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland

While visiting the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland in Walt Disney World last week, I knew I had to pay a visit to the new Gaston’s Tavern!

Gaston's Tavern

This tribute to the mighty Gaston from Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast features everything you’d expect, from a rustic atmosphere to antler-ific decor from top to bottom.

While it’s not getting as much attention as the new table-service restaurant, Be Our Guest Restaurant, in New Fantasyland, it’s not to be passed over. Debuting brand new, unique eats, Gaston’s is a must-do on your next Magic Kingdom visit…


While it’s a counter-service joint offering mostly snacks along with the newly introduced Pork Shank, Gaston’s showcases some unique dining areas once you grab your grub.

Gaston's Tavern Ordering Area

If you turn to your right after getting your food, you’ll find a main dining room complete with a giant portrait of Gaston. The room sports wooden tables and stools, a massive fireplace, and even Gaston’s giant chair, which is perfect for pictures.

Gaston's Tavern main dining room

Random Guy in Gaston's Chair

Over in the corner is this great little seating area that’s separated a bit from everything else. This circular spot is crowned with a chandelier of antlers, of course!

Gaston's Tavern side room off of main dining room

If you turn to your left after getting your food, you’ll find a smaller dining room. This one also holds plenty of wooden tables and stools for seating, and also features a dart game — in progress — between Gaston and [Read more…]

New Fantasyland Grand Opening Eats and Treats

If you’ve been following my twitter, instagram, and facebook streams, you’ve been inundated with photos and reports from this week’s New Fantasyland Grand Opening!

And, of course, I was busy trying all of the goodies you can now find in New Fantasyland! Let’s take a peek…

New Fantasyland Cupcakes

During this Grand Opening weekend, guests will be able to find lots of fun eats, treats, and memory-making merch to indulge in. A couple of my favorites? These New Fantasyland cupcakes!

These can be found at Big Top Treats and Main Street Confectionery.

Find these at Main Street Bakery!

Gaston’s Tavern

Over at Gaston’s Tavern, they’re open for business serving up Pork Shanks, Le Fou’s Brew, and cinnamon rolls among other eats.

LeFou's Brew

Gaston's Tavern Cinnamon Roll -- with extra icing

And commemorate your visit with one of these fun Gaston t-shirts! [Read more…]

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…]