There’s always something new happening in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs, and this week is no exception! We’ve got menu changes, new merchandise, construction updates, and extras! Join us to see What’s New!
Hello, Disney food friends! There’s so much happening all the time at Walt Disney World, and this is never more true than at the start of the winter holidays! It seems like there are new decorations and new seasonal eats being added… well, constantly!
So here’s what’s new at Disney Springs this week!
Some fun new decor has been added, including these nutty reindeer. We love the pasta hair bows.
So recently we showed you a treat that looks very much like it would be loaded with all sortsa Pumpkin Spice flavor.
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain
Only it’s not. The super cute Pumpkin Cupcake you’ll find at sweet spots such as the Main Street Confectionery, Big Top Treats, and Goofy’s Candy Co. is topped with a pumpkin-shaped dollop of orange frosting, but the flavor is pure vanilla. You can click here to check it out.
Today, though, we’re going in the opposite direction with a treat that doesn’t look remotely pumpkin-esque, but is positively PACKED with loads of autumnal spices for those of you who are ready to get your PUMPKIN ON this fall.
Allow me to introduce you to… the Pumpkin Spice Caramel Shake at Ghiraradelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop in Disney Springs!
“Pumpkin Perfection,” indeed! You’ll also notice that Pumpkin Spice Caramel Hot Cocoa is also on the menu. However, at this point in the game in Central Florida, even though the nights really are getting pleasant, it’s not quite “curl up with a cup of cocoa” weather just yet. (As you can tell, we have to get a little creative when it comes to celebrating autumn in these parts.)
And, frankly, I had already made up my mind about the Shake, anyway. It comes to you looking like your basic vanilla shake, only with loads of scrumptious Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Fudge coating the sides. [Read more…]
2016 is nearly upon us, and so we find ourselves looking back at all that 2015 had to offer. It’s been an exciting time, full of huge announcements about new venues and attractions and lots of progress on previously announced projects. Before we bid goodbye to one year and welcome a new one, let’s review where we’ve been and see a glimpse of what’s to come!
Star Wars Lands Coming to Both Coasts — And It’s Bringing Lots of Food From a Galaxy Far, Far Away
There was a HUGE disturbance in the Force — the Disney Force, that is — this summer when Disney announced that Star Wars Land would be coming to both Disneyland AND Walt Disney World. The crowds went wild! [Read more…]
Hey all! Well, the Disney Food news this week was expansive, diverse, and dramatic. We saw tons of comments and feedback on the just-announced 2015 Walt Disney World Free Dining offer.
And readers were equally passionate about the news that Ghirardelli Soda Fountain at both Disney California Adventure and Disney World’s Downtown Disney would no longer be offering peanut products. While we will miss their delicious Gold Rush Sundae, many readers with allergy concerns are excited about this new development.
We also saw some much-anticipated news out of Disney’s Animal Kingdom about all the new stuff happening there! Let’s check it out.
Disney Food News
- Ghirardelli has discontinued the use of peanut products in their Walt Disney World and Disneyland locations, as part of a company-wide move toward a peanut-free environment.
- A limited-run test is underway giving guests the option to pre-order food items at Backlot Express and Fantasmic concessions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Terrace at Disney World’s Polynesian Village Resort are now officially open!
- We’re taking a first look at the exterior of the new Starbucks at Animal Kingdom, scheduled to open soon!
- The 2015 Walt Disney World Free Dining Offer is back for select travel dates and resort locations in 2015!
- We’re giving you a sneak peek at the brand new Harambe Marketplace at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, set to open later this month.
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 the latest menu updates, restaurant closures, special events, and more!
We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go.
DFB Reader Finds
Today, we’re featuring more irresistible sweet treats!
Do you have a favorite Disney Food find? Share your photos with us!
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Greetings from the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Center!
Tucked in the waaaaaay back of the center is a small area hosted by Ghirardelli that’s dedicated to all things chocolate: From Bean to the Bar. This is a returning exhibit, but they’ve got all new surprises this year.
You can pick up packaged Ghirardelli goodies here, and get an education about the chocolate-making process. But today we’d like to show you something that’s easy to miss if you’re not on the lookout. There are some pretty amazing displays created by none other than Disney Pastry Chefs… and they’re made of CHOCOLATE!
Check out this gathering of many of our favorite Disney Villains created by [Read more…]
There’s been a ton to do and see, but we couldn’t let another day slip by without showing you around one of the must-visit spots — Festival Center.
Located in the old Wonders of Life Pavilion in Future World East, the venue comes alive each year for the Food and Wine Festival. This is your spot to attend low-cost seminars and demonstrations and other special events. You’ll find Festival information, Intermissions Cafe, and some great shopping here as well.
We recently toured the spot to bring you pictures of every corner. There’s a LOT to cover, so let’s get started!
2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — Festival Center
Festival Center is THE place to begin your Food and Wine Festival Adventure. Helpful Cast Members provide you with information regarding all aspects of the Festival — from Marketplaces to Special Events.
Check out this map [Read more…]
How many times have you said to yourself, “I wish I could eat CHOCOLATE for dinner!!!!” I know. TONS, right? Well the dream has finally come true! And it happened at the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
This year, a brand new signature dining experience kicked off the festival during opening weekend. The Chocolate Dinner, hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate, promised to be a sumptuous experience for the discriminating chocolate lover.
The dinner consisted of a reception, followed by six plated courses, presented by the Disney chefs who created them.
Let’s head over to Epcot’s World Showplace Event Pavilion for a look at this decadent event!
Ever wonder what’s behind those enormous brown doors between the Canada and UK Pavilions within Epcot’s World Showcase? You might, if you’ve never attended an event at the World Showplace Pavilion. But if you look closely at your Epcot map, you’ll see it there.
That was the setting for the evening’s event, and the sign above the beautiful awning announced it in style.
Pan back a bit, and you can see the main entrance to the building. A reception preceding the plated dinner took place in the World Showplace courtyard, to the left of the main entrance.
As we entered through the massive brown wooden doors, a team of servers greeted us with beverages. Guests could choose from Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Chocolate Martinis, or Sparkling Wine. The drinks disappeared quickly every time the staff came out with another tray of them!
While guests sipped on their cocktails, beer, and wine, teams of cast members passed trays of [Read more…]
This week, we got our first look at the 2013 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Once again, the party is brimming with unique treats!
From candy corn soft serve to cupcakes galore (YUM!), we recommend snacking your way through the party. Don’t forget about the complimentary trick-or-treat candy!
Here’s some more food news from your favorite Disney parks…
Disney Food News
Enjoy this week’s delicious news!
- 2014 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties are offered on select nights. Check out some of the exclusive treats offered at the party this year!
- Discount meals available during Downtown Disney’s Foodtopia in October!
- Food Kiosks will return to the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!
- A new kiosk, Prince Eric’s Village Market, is now open in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland. Menu options include Shave Ice!
- Edible Orlando hosting Field to Feast Dinner starring Walt Disney World chefs!
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 Ghirardelli at El Capitan Theatre, and more.
DFB Reader Finds
We’re featuring delicious eats from Disneyland this week from Reader Wendy Hofmann!
First up: “Bowl of gumbo ($9) from Cafe Orleans! Delicious! The bowl is a much better deal than the cup ($6). The gumbo is rich, with lots of chunky chicken and sausage. The restaurant serves it with a big serving of dirty rice on top of the soup.”
Wendy shares this next delight: “OK, next picture does not do this item justice…carrot cake from [Read more…]
We’re all about snacks lately on DFB, and we recently shared a list of our Top 12 Salty Snacks at Disney World! We came up with a couple of obvious choices (Popcorn!), but we also surprised some of you with other outside-the-box suggestions, like the Sleepy Hollow Waffle Sandwiches.
Out of that post, however, there came a fantastic suggestion from a DFB reader: we needed a list of sweet-meets-salty recommendations, too! I mean, you know how much I lurve some sea-salty sweets.
And so today, we answer that challenge! Presenting, the DFB Top 14 Disney Sweet-Salty Foods (and Drinks!).
And yep, this one spans BOTH coasts. You’re gonna love it…
A chocolate cupcake with banana pudding filling, peanut butter frosting, and candied bacon? Yes, pls.
So what’s up with this daring (for Disney) cupcake? I tried it…and I loved it!
The name is, of course, an homage to the King himself, Elvis Presley, and his love of peanut butter and banana sandwiches. But throw in the sweet-salty candied bacon, and you have the makings of a truly epic cupcake. You will be all shook up. (Ba ha ha ha!) I guarantee.
Chocolate-Covered Sea Salt Caramel
Ah, this is one of my favorites…and one of Disney’s truly hidden gems if you ask me. If you are seeking a few perfect bites of decadence, then look no further than the Chocolate-covered Sea Salt Caramel at Karamell-Küche in Epcot’s Germany.
(Seriously. This one could have a commercial made for it. One of those ads where the chick, like, shuts the door and locks it so that she’s all alone with her chocolate-covered caramel? You know what I mean.)
This is the quintessential sweet salty treat — super sweet caramel enrobed in chocolate (your choice of milk or dark), and sprinkled generously with crystals of sea salt. Each bite is the perfect combination of flavors and textures.
I’ve been known to walk around Epcot with one of these in my camera bag taking surreptitious bites throughout the day. Just sayin’.
If you’re looking for a sweet-salty treat that also packs a protein punch, then Cinnamon-glazed Almonds and Pecans are the indulgence for you.
Sweet, salty, and spicy, you smell these amazing pecans and almonds before you see them — and then you must have them!
And because they’re a snack that really stays with you (AND they don’t melt — a snack requirement in Orlando through most of the year), they’re perfect to tide you over until that next advanced dining reservation.
Monte Cristo Sandwich
No list of sweet salty favorites would be complete without paying tribute to what is quite possibly the best sandwich on the planet: the Monte Cristo Sandwich at Cafe Orleans in Disneyland. While not technically a “snack,” — it’s hard to finish this even as a meal — it’s still an awesome addition for any of you sweet-salty lovers out there.
Also available at Blue Bayou, this is probably the closest that a sandwich ever came to being a donut!
Thick, rich bread envelops a combination of [Read more…]