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…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 19th, 2012

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If you’re visiting Disney World on November 19th or later, don’t forget that reservations for the highly-anticipated Be Our Guest Restaurant open Monday morning, August 20th! Let us know if you’ll be one of the first guests to dine at this new restaurant!

Also in the news this week, Epcot’s Bistro de Paris is undergoing a transformation that will result in a new look AND a new menu. Lots of changes happening in Epcot’s France this Fall!

I’m craving one of the new margaritas from La Cava. Check out the tasty concoctions in the link below. Cheers!

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Time to review this week’s news!

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

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

Thanks to Mouse on the Mind for a great review of our Food and Wine Festival Mini-Guide! We hope this book is helping lots of folks plan their Food and Wine Festival adventures! Pick up your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival today, and get planning.

Here’s one of my favorite parts of the Mouse on the Mind review:

…if you’re not sure whether you need the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival to plan your Food & Wine adventure: YOU DO.

Well, I think so, too! ;-) Please click through and read the full review here!

Download your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book here!

On to the Round-Up

MickeyFix tempts us with a Star Wars beverage gift set.

Running at Disney enjoys delicious eats at the Green Cabin Room at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

Main Street Gazette cools down at KRNR – The Rock Station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Yesterland re-visits Compass Books and Cafe at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. gives an overview of the resort’s refillable mugs.

Daveland shares vintage photos from Aunt Jemima’s Pancake House at Disneyland.

All’s Fare Food Blog visits Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons.

News! Bistro de Paris Gets New Look and Menu; Glacier Ice Cream Parlor Added to France Pavilion

UPDATE: New name for Bistro de Paris will be “Monsieur Paul” — a fitting tribute to Chef Paul Bocuse!

There’s lots to anticipate over at Epcot’s France!!

We broke the news on the Epcot France bakery’s transformation and new menu earlier this year. Now we’ve heard even more updates from around the pavilion!

Boulangerie Patisserie

Look for Bistro de Paris to re-open in early December with a new name plus a whole new look! And the transformation of the Epcot restaurants includes the addition of a new bakery by mid-December along with an ice cream shop. Jerome Bocuse (owner of the France pavilion restaurants and son of the famous founding Chef Bocuse) revealed even more details!

Bistro de Paris

This Epcot restaurant will undergo a complete transformation including a new name — Monsieur Paul, less formal dining room with fresh and bright colors, costumes for the servers, and haute cuisine menu.

The elegant atmosphere will allow park guests to enjoy French cuisine in a nice (but not stuffy) atmosphere. For example, the servers will no longer wear tuxedos. Themeing will revolve around [Read more…]