Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 11, 2013

The last pieces of the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival offerings were announced this week! :-)

2013 Food and Wine Festival Art Work

Now that the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Seminars and Demonstrations have been released, we can’t wait to see some of the culinary talent headed to Epcot this fall.

And you can easily schedule your own Festival experiences with the help of our DFB Guide to the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book!

Let’s take a closer look…

Disney Food News

Catch up on your food news from Disney!

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 Fountainview Cafe Starbucks opening early September in Epcot, and more.

DFB 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 Jeremy tweeted a picture of these Mickey-inspired creations. “Cake and cupcakes my wife made for our 2 year old’s birthday!” Adorable!!

Homemade Disney Cake and Cupcakes!

We love customizing treats at Goofy’s Candy Company in Downtown Disney Orlando! Look at these creations tweeted by Reader Craig. Great job, kids!

Make Your Own Treats!

We love your creations; thanks for sharing!

The DFB Guide to the 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book

We’re thrilled to announce the grand launch of the DFB Guide to the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book! With over 190 pages and multiple bonus items, it’s pretty substantial! And just in time to make your plans — booking begins on August 13th!

In honor of our grand launch, we have a discount option for DFB readers (as always!). You can get the new mini-guide for $3 off the regular purchase price for a limited time — just use code CHEFS at the check-out!

As always, we’ve made this mini-guide instantly downloadable for your convenience, and easily installed on your mobile devices. It’s a PDF guide with over 190 pages of detailed information about the Festival as well as photographs and customized bonus items to help you get the best experience possible.

Bonus Items

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival includes customized bonus items that go above and beyond any other Food & Wine Festival coverage currently available. These include:

  • A full, daily schedule of events for every day of the festival
  • A printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist that you can use to plan, and easily bring with you to the festival
  • Themed World Showcase booth crawls (there’s even one for the kids!)
  • Food and Wine Festival customized Touring Strategies for One Day visits, Budget-Conscious visits, visits with kids, and more
  • A chapter dedicated to all “New for 2013″ events, menu items, booths, and more
  • Full food, wine, beer, winery, and chef indexes, including dates and locations of where you can find your favorites
  • Epcot Food and Wine Festival recipes
  • And more!

Once again, celebrate the grand launch with us by getting $3 off the purchase price for the e-Book! Order your copy now for only $11.95 (regularly $14.95). To secure the discount, use code CHEFS at the check-out.

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Food and Wine Bundle

All the Guides Bundle, Including Food and Wine: Planning a big trip and need the low-down on Disney Food across the board? We’ve got it all for you in this steeply discounted e-Book Bundle, which includes the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Guide and the Holidays at Disney World Guide!

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On to the Round-Up!

Mickey Fix spices up our kitchens with these gorgeous Lenox Mickey and Minnie salt and pepper shakers!

Love at First Sight!

Walt Disney World For Grown Ups shares wine awards won by some of our favorite Disney restaurants!

Main Street Gazette stops by the Grand Floridian Cafe for the delicious Grand Floridian Burger!

AllEars shares tips for Disney cruise dining with young kids!

The Chicago Tribune highlights Disney Chefs Scott and Marianne Hunnel!

Pop Century Site shares the new menu at Everything Pop Food Court.

Ten Best Frozen Drinks in Disney World

It’s getting hot out there, guys!

And sometimes, when it feels like it’s 100 degrees and you’re sweltering in line, you need more than a cold drink. You need a frozen drink!

Fortunately, there are lots of palate-pleasing options found in all corners of Disney World. And we’ve got great options whether you’d like to go alocholic or non-alcoholic! Refreshment is just a menu choice away…

Today, we’re taking a closer look at our very favorites!

Frozen Lemonade

Sweet-tart and chilly, Frozen Lemonade calls to mind seaside treats from our favorite resort towns. And there’s nothing like it for reviving you on a super hot, sticky Florida day.

The secret is in the balance. A too-sweet treat can leave you feeling not so great while you’re standing in the bright sun. That little kick of sour rounds out the flavors and makes the beverage a true refresher.

Raspberry Lemonade Slush at Magic Kingdom

If you’re a lover of frozen lemonade, I have great news for you: there are tons of different varieties to try around the parks and resorts! You could make your own personal frozen lemonade crawl. (Hey! That’s a great idea…)

One of our favorites is the Raspberry Lemonade Slush that you find at Magic Kingdom’s Cheshire Cafe, located on the outskirts of Fantasyland. You can find a similar drink across the castle hub at Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland. And if you’re looking for frozen lemonade in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can find an awesome, slurpee-type version at Herbie’s Drive-In.

If you prefer your frozen lemonade with a little kick, one of our favorite adult versions is available at Animal Kingdom’s Dino Diner Snacks. The Frozen Bacardi Raspberry Rum Lemonade has been inspiring random cravings for me ever since I tried it. :-)

Frozen Bacardi Raspberry Rum Lemonade at Animal Kingdom's Dino Diner

Check out other locations to score frozen lemonade slushes when you’re parched in the parks.

Dole Whip Float

Part beverage, part Dole Whip soft serve, this is one of Disney’s classic must-eat treats! The Dole Whip Float combines sweet-tart soft serve pineapple goodness with pineapple juice to provide one of the most refreshing icy drinks in the Kingdom.

Breakfast of Champions!

You CAN get this with vanilla or orange dole whip as well — either choice will cut the tartness a bit. But I prefer pineapple-on-pineapple, myself! Find this great treat at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland.

Ice Cream Martinis

Looking for a new entry on your Drinking Around the World card? THE newest frozen drink concoction in Disney World can be found — where else? — World Showcase!

Head to Epcot’s newest eatery, L’Artisan des Glaces in the France Pavilion for the beautiful and crave-inspiring Ice Cream Martini.

Ice Cream Martini from L'Artisan des Glaces in Epcot's France Pavilion

The drink-sundae fusion is made by combining [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: June 2, 2013

Hubba hubba! There are some serious new treats in Epcot right now, kids!

Ice Cream Martini in Epcot's France

Yep — the long-awaited L’Artisan des Glaces opened this week in the France Pavilion, and it’s surpassed all expectations. With 16 decadent flavors of ice cream and sorbet along with the option of topping them with three liqueurs, it’s a great stop for both grown-ups and kids!

Check out our first look, with photos and information about the new Epcot France ice cream shop; and enjoy some spectacular treats for the eyes with our review of the “ice cream martini!”

Disney Food News

Enjoy this week’s tidbits!

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 South African Winemakers Tour at Jiko, Heinz Natural Ketchup at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Steakhouse 55 Wine and Dine Experience for Disneyland’s Annual Passholders, Sorcerer Mickey Candy Apples at Disneyland candy locations, Be Our Guest Restaurant earns an award, Chef Chris Windus leaving Todd English’s bluezoo, and sushi update at Kona Island Sushi Bar in Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

DFB 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!

The Backlot Express seems to be dispensing some extra magic to guests lately. If you hear Cast Members chanting “magic tray”, they’ll be delivering a free dessert to the lucky guest! DFB reader Jennifer tweeted “ate at the Backlot Express & got the “Magic Tray” & won a free dessert! Lemon Meringue cupcake.” We still don’t know what the “magic tray” is, but we want one!

Lemon Meringue Cupcake!

And while you’re at Backlot Express, we suggest this delicious Angus Onion Straw Cheeseburger sent in by DFB Reader Mandi!

Cheeseburger at Backlot Express!

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On to the Round-Up!

Mickey Fix features a classic Mickey Mouse waffle iron! Perfect for Summer Saturday breakfasts!

Classic Mickey Mouse Waffle Iron!

All About Ami explores popcorn stands at Tokyo Disneyland! (Keep scrolling down when you click over…it’s a LONG post, but you’ll get to the popcorn stands eventually!)

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups enjoys adult slushes in Epcot’s France pavilion.

Yesterland features the original billboards at Paradise Pier in Disney’s California Adventure. Includes Coca-Cola and McDonald’s advertisements!

Theme Park Insider dines at Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom.

disZine features an updated version of the cooking series That’s Fresh on the Disney Channel.

Main Street Gazette features the Grand Floridian Cafe.

New! Goofy’s Candy Company Disney Vinylmation

Two of my absolute favorite parts of Disney are Goofy’s Candy Company and collecting Vinylmations. You can imagine my utter delight when I learned that worlds have collided and there is now a Vinylmation series entirely devoted to Goofy’s Candy Company.

Take a look at the box. Even the illustrations look good enough to eat.

Once you open the wrapper, you’ll find a surprise Vinylmation Junior (these are the mini 1.5 inch size) depicting some form of [Read more…]

Snack Series: Goofy’s Glaciers

You may have seen the signs for Goofy’s Glaciers increasing in locations around Disney World lately!

Once found in Club Cool in Epcot, they soon moved into Goofy’s Candy Company in Downtown Disney and are now also found as a centerpiece of Big Top Treats in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland!

Goofy's Glaciers Sign at Goofy's Candy Company

These frozen drinks are less icee, and more…well…slushie. They remind me of a more structured slush puppie-type treat — more liquidy than icy, and rockin’ on a hot Walt Disney World kinda day.

The epicenter of Goofy’s Glaciers is Goofy’s Candy Company in Downtown Disney. Trust me; you’ll know where to find them once you get there!

Goofy Glacier Statue at Goofy

Here you’ll find lots of different flavors to quench your thirst. (Be advised, these tend to change, so have a back up plan in case your favorite isn’t available on the day you visit.)

All have (naturally) Goofy names, like Pucker Purple, Goofy’s Glacier Apple, Rootin’ Tootin’ Red, Orange You Happy Orange, and my favorite, Gawrshly Berry Blue. Purists will also be happy to see a Coca-Cola Cooler featured often as well!

Goofy's Candy Company Goofy's Glaciers Flavors

But wait! There’s more! You are actually encouraged to combine the flavors to make your own special concoction. (Kamikaze Goofy’s Glaciers!)

Now, when Big Top Treats debuted late last year, I was excited to see a couple of Goofy’s Glaciers flavors under the big tent as well!

Big Top Treats Sign

The flavors featured at [Read more…]

Valentine’s Day Goodies from Goofy’s Candy Company

It’s that time of year again!

Valentine's Day Inspiration at Goofy's Candy Company

Red, Pink, Hearts, and Chocolate start to show up en force in Disney Parks, heralding the coming of Valentine’s Day! And today we have some awesome Valentine’s treats to show you from Goofy’s Candy Company at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney!

Michelina O. and her cousin JoAnn shared these gorgeous goodies with us. Thanks, ladies! You know as well as we do that nothing says love like plenty of sugar and chocolate. ;-) Let’s take a close-up peek!!

Check out the swirled white and dark chocolate on this decadent Caramel Apple!

Valentine's Candy Apple

This Krispie Treat features red glittery Xs and Os so everyone knows exactly how you feel!

Hugs and Kisses Mickey Krispie Treat in Red

Hugs and Kisses in pink glitter sugar are [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: The New and Improved Candy Palace

After months of being boarded up earlier this year, the walls came down around Disneyland’s iconic candy shop in May. Let’s take a look at the newly remodeled Candy Palace!

Candy Palace

The new Candy Palace was carefully designed so that everything looks “edible.” From the gorgeous chandeliers to the tiled floors and even the Exit sign, the interior does look yummy!

Gorgeous Chandelier

Stained Glass and Light Fixtures

Tiled Floor

Candy Exit Sign

From the front, the store looks very much the same. The Candy Kitchen window remains to the right of the main entrance with the Penny Arcade to the [Read more…]

Fun Find: Goofy’s Candy Company Periodic Table of Elements

I’m sure it will come as a surprise to exactly no one that I pay a visit to Goofy’s Candy Company during every Walt Disney World vacation.

In addition to the candy, and the cupcakes, and the fudge, and the create-your-own-snacks, one of my favorite parts about this shop is the wall decor, specifically the Jelly Belly portrait of Goofy and the Disney Periodic Table of Elements.

Goofy's Sign

I’ll tackle the bean art in a future post, but today I’m going to share with you the wonders of the Goofy’s Periodic Table, which is located in the store just below the candy making observation window.

In case the learnings from your 10th grade chemistry class have gone on a vacation of their own (mine are off enjoying the beach with the Latin verb conjugation I once knew), I’ll refresh your memory about [Read more…]

Halloween Party Throw Down: Disney World vs. Disneyland

Welcome back guest author Katie Drake with a review of the Halloween parties at Disney World and Disneyland. Note that your experience with crowds, candy, and weather may differ based on the dates you attend the parties.

Disneyland and WDW’s Magic Kingdom are both arguably at their best at Halloween time, with decorations and special sweet treats coming out in force for the holiday.

Both parks feature some of their most-anticipated hard ticket special events — Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom (MNSSHP), and Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland.

MNSSHP Sign

Mickey's Halloween Party in Disneyland

Of course most guests will only get to visit one, but which party to choose? The events are as alike as their confusingly similar names, but there are a few differences that make each one unique.

My family had the opportunity to attend MNSSHP in Walt Disney World in 2010, and followed it up with Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland in 2011. Here’s a head to head comparison so you can start planning on where to head for Halloween 2012!

Parade

Both parades feature a wide variety of favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween costumes, but the Florida parade wins this round based on one thing — the Headless Horseman.

Headless Horseman Rides in Magic Kingdom (c) Disney

Mickey's Halloween Party Parade in Disneyland

It’s not quite the same now that he has to walk down the parade route, instead of canter, but the sight is still something amazing to see. Other than that, the parades are pretty similar.

Parade Winner: [Read more…]

Disney Food Tips: Everything You Need to Know About Disney Snacks

We all know how important snacks have become in Disney World and Disneyland.

With some serious innovation on Disney’s part, snacks are no longer just a between meal throwaway, but something that inspires full-blown planning sessions! The day of snacks has dawned in Disney parks!

A lot of this is due to folks wanting to get the best value for their snack credits on the Disney Dining Plan in Walt Disney World. But the newly available variety of snacks also means that it’s much easier to piece together a less expensive mini-meal than it ever has been before.

Note that in mid-2015, Disney updated the definition for a “snack” on the Disney Dining Plan. It now includes many more items, like cups of soup, plain caramel apples, two scoops or less of hand-scooped ice cream (yep, sundaes too!), any menu item listed as a side, and any single-serving, non-alcoholic beverages.

We’ve put together a lot of info about Disney snacks over the past few years, and with so many trips coming up for our readers it’s time to share them all in one place.

Hope this is helpful, and don’t forget to share your best Disney snack tips with us in the comments. I’d appreciate hearing and sharing what you’ve learned!

A classic Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar!

Best Disney Dining Plan Snack Values

When using the Disney Dining Plan, it’s important to make the most of your snack credits.

Don’t waste a credit on an inexpensive and/or less-than-stellar treat; indulge in a snack that will be memorable!

Here are our favorite ways to use a snack credit. One of our favorite tips: if you’re lucky enough to be visiting Epcot during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, use those snack credits for trying international, tapas-sized dishes.

Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Best Chocolate-Covered Disney Snacks

If you enjoy a snack even more once it’s dunked in chocolatey goodness, we suggest trying any of our Top 5 Chocolate Covered Snacks.

From a caramel delight at Karamell-Küche, to the iconic Mickey Ice Cream Bar, chocaholics can make the most of their snack credits (or vacation dollars) with these decadent treats.

Chocolate-Covered Sea Salt Caramel at Karamell Kuche in Epcot

Top 5 Disney Take-Home Snacks

Let’s face it. Disney departure day is a complete bummer. And I find it [Read more…]