Spotted! New Disney Princess Mugs… and a few Villains, too!

Okay, Disney Princess fans, this one’s for you (oh, and you Villains fans haven’t been forgotten, either)!

I always love to check out the mugs in the big merchandise shops around Disney World – places like Magic Kingdom’s Emporium, Epcot’s Mouse Gears, and Downtown Disney’s World of Disney.

Main Street Emporium

Main Street Emporium

Why, I don’t know, because I have way more mugs than I have people to pour coffee for… plus, I’m pretty sure they multiply themselves (I mean, I couldn’t have purchased all of those, could I?). But still, I’ve always liked the idea of a souvenir that you can use in your daily life — and use often, at that.

Well, my most recent visit to the Emporium was rewarded with my first look at these: the new line of Princess mugs!

Princess Mug Display

Princess Mug Display

Much like the popular ear hat ornaments, these mugs incorporate distinctive elements of a particular character’s design and story (in fact, Disney Merchandising has stated that this line was inspired by the ear hat ornaments).

First, for those who might be unfamiliar with the ear hat ornaments, here’s an example.

Ariel Ear Hat Ornament

Ariel Ear Hat Ornament

Now on to the mugs! I have to start with Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), because I love how the clever design showcases both her pink dress as well as her blue one. I’m also pretty impressed with the way the “gems” are painted in such a way that they almost look real.

Both sides of the Princess Aurora Mug

Both sides of the Princess Aurora Mug

Princess Aurora Mug down the middle

Princess Aurora Mug down the middle

Snow White’s mug is certainly eye-catching, due to her bold primary colors as well as the sparkling apple.

Snow White Mug

Snow White Mug

By the way, the sparkling apple is what makes this one unfit for the microwave – I did not find that to be the case with the other mugs when I peeked at the bottom (though I should note that Cinderella’s mug wasn’t yet on the shelves the day I saw them, so I’ll need to check. I can’t wait to see that one!).

Sparkling Apple

Sparkling Apple

You gotta love that so many of our Princesses have iconic hair-dos, and those have been incorporated into each mug handle as well. Arguably, the most famous locks belong to Rapunzel

Rapunzel Mug

Rapunzel Mug

Though many are partial to Ariel’s red hair.

Ariel Mug

Ariel Mug

And then there’s always [Read more…]

Top 6 Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit Values for 2012

As always, we want to make sure all of us are getting the best value with our Disney Dining Plan snack credits!

For those who are unfamiliar with the Disney Dining Plan, it’s a way for guests to pre-pay for their dining when visiting Disney World. “Snack credits” are used by guest to purchase items like popcorn, candy, ice cream, and other low-cost treats.

I’ll list my top six choices, then you tell me your experiences. Let’s work together on finding the best snack credit deals!

Note that snack credits are usually accepted for items that are a single serving, and cost $4.50 or less (though some cost as much as $4.99 out of pocket).

1. Bakeries

A Disney Food Blog staff and reader favorite — bakeries! Not only can you use your snack credit for some incredible treats, but you can also get a pastry for your morning meal. Hey, it’s vacation!

Don’t forget to check out our Disney World Bakery Throw Down to see some of the very best spots to spend those credits.

Disney World Cinnamon Roll at Main Street Bakery

Consider some of these options at bakeries around Disney World: cinnamon rolls, butterfinger cupcakes, caramel cupcakes, white chocolate elephant cupcake, crepes, school bread…and so much more!

These are all great deals for one single snack credit.

2. Ice Cream Sundaes and Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Recently, I’ve been overwhelmed with what kinds of sundaes you can get for a snack credit in Disney World! Easily costing $4.50 or more out of pocket, these sundaes are awesome deals!

Stop by Storybook Treats in the Magic Kingdom to snag a Cookie Fudge Sundae that you can easily split between two! Other options at Storybook Treats include a Brownie Sundae and a yummy Strawberry Shortcake Sundae!

Hot Fudge and Caramel Cookie Sundae at Storybook Treats

Another ice creamy treat that’s not-to-be-missed is the homemade ice cream cookie sandwich. You can get these at all four parks, and while the snack credit payment option [Read more…]

Disney Food Holiday Gift Ideas, Part 2

We have more Holiday Gift Ideas and none too soon. It’s officially December and the clock is ticking. So, let’s get to this week’s holiday gift ideas.

Each week, we’re sharing some fun gift-giving ideas for the Disney and/or food fans in your life. No need to get in a long queue — shopping online is so easy!

Ratatouille ”My Adventures” Personalized Book

Your child is the star in this personalized storybook featuring Remy! This book can commemorate your little chef’s skills or your visit to Les Chefs de France where dining with Remy is a house-specialty. Order your personalized book today!

Raglan Road Mugs

Raglan Road is now offering online shopping! You’ll find Guinness apparel, Irish gifts, Raglan Gift Certificates, and more!

From the brand new Raglan Road Cafe Collection, these fine porcelain mugs were designed by Graham Knuttel and produced by Tipperary Crystal. There are four styles to choose from — or collect them all!

Raglan Road Cafe Mug

Minnie Mouse Kitchen Play Set

For those WDW guests that miss Minnie’s House in the Magic Kingdom’s Toon Town, this play set will bring back nostalgic memories of that precious cake baking in Minnie’s oven. Give your little chef their own kitchen! Active imaginations can cook up a world of tasty meals. The set includes [Read more…]