Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 21, 2014

If you’re planning an upcoming Disney World trip, we have a FIRST LOOK at the new Trattoria al Forno restaurant at BoardWalk Inn resort!

Charcuterie at Trattoria al Forno

Charcuterie at Trattoria al Forno

And you can now book a character dinner at Tusker House in the Animal Kingdom! Yes, all three meals will be hosted by Disney characters as of March 8, 2015!!

Headed to Disneyland for the holidays? Well, we have some recommended snacks for you!

While there, we suggest sampling a NEW churro ice cream sandwich while strolling through Downtown Disney. Or any of the other spectacular seasonal treats lining the bakery cases!

Craving more news? Dig in below — just click on the links!

Disney Food News

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 restaurant closures, and more!

We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go.

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!

It’s time for some cake!!

Carrie, our cake guru, shared a Fozzie Bear cake that she enjoyed while dining at the California Grill.

Fozzie Bear!!

Fozzie Bear!!

And here’s a homemade Olaf from Facebook Friend Samantha. Love!



Do you have a favorite find? Share your Disney food photos!

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Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 29, 2013

We hope our readers are enjoying a wonderful holiday season. Maybe some of you have even tried our DFB 2013 Holiday Cupcake Crawl!

Holiday Cupcakes in Disney World

Recently, the End Zone Food Court re-opened at the All-Star Sports Resort. Plus, we featured more holiday treats!

For details, just click on the links below!

Disney Food News

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 restaurant closures!

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!

All the way from Disney’s Aulani, DFB’s Disney Food for Families Columnist, Erin Foster, shares these tropical Mickey waffles.

Tropical Mickey Waffles

Tropical Mickey Waffles

Facebook friend Megan sent this note: “Best way to eat a Mickey Waffle – Brown Sugar, Butter, and Syrup! MMMmmm.” Woo — now that’s breakfast!

Mickey Waffle for breakfast

Mickey Waffle for breakfast

Thanks for sharing your Mickey waffles with us!

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Guest Review: Holiday Gingerbread Beignets at Disneyland’s Mint Julep Bar

Today, we’re wishing our readers happy holidays with another seasonal treat — Gingerbread Beignets — courtesy of guest author Kelli! Let’s take a closer look at this holiday specialty from Disneyland’s Mint Julep Bar!


The Mint Julep Bar located in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square can be considered a hidden gem. Located close to the Disney Railroad stop in New Orleans Square, this spot is the perfect resting ground for those needing a short break from all the walking and a quick bite to eat.

The Mint Julep Bar is a small walk-up spot located in New Orleans Square.

A note to those who may not be as familiar with the New Orleans Square area: the Mint Julep Bar is not visible from the main road. To get to it, turn left from the main road (Rivers of America will be on your right), as if you are going toward the eating section of the French Market Restaurant. Mint Julep Bar is in one of the corners of the Market’s outdoor patio seating.

The Mint Julep Bar is located in the outdoor patio seating area of the neighboring French Market Restaurant.


While the small walk-up spot is known for its New Orleans Mint Julep – a refreshing mint drink featuring a hint of lime — the classic Mickey-shaped beignets are a house specialty. These treats come coated generously with powdered sugar in packs of three ($4.19) or six ($7.19).

Mickey-shaped Beignets and New Orleans Mint Julep are some of the house specialties at this walk-up.

For those who don’t know: beignets (pronounced “ben-yays”) are doughnut or fritter-like pastries that are dipped in batter and deep fried. These delightful treats are derived from the Middle French “bignet” pastry that included a meat or fruit filling.

Regular Mickey Beignets at Disneyland's Mint Julep Bar

For the holidays, the Mint Julep Bar takes these Mickey-shaped beignets to the next level and features limited-time “Gingerbread Beignets” for the entire month of December only. According to the cast member working at the window, these gingerbread-flavored treats can only be found at the Mint Julep Bar, in neighboring Café Orleans — which is known for its version of the beloved Monte Cristo sandwich — or in Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Restaurant, located in Downtown Disney.

As a gingerbread lover, I would always get the Mickey Gingerbread Cookie that can be found in Downtown Disney’s Marceline’s Confectionary or at the Penny Arcade on Main Street (fun fact: a cast member told me these Mickey Gingerbread Cookies are actually available year round because gingerbread was Walt Disney’s favorite cookie).

But for this Disneyland trip, I knew I had to divert from my usual treat to try the gingerbread beignets. All in the spirit of the season, right?

Mickey Gingerbread Cookie.

After standing in a short line at the Mint Julep Bar around noon on a crisp, sunny Tuesday afternoon, I finally got the highly anticipated Gingerbread Beignets.

A list of the walk-up spot’s seasonal treats are in the window, and some of the treats are also listed on a separate menu board at the bar’s entrance.

The Mint Julep Bar is currently featuring several seasonal drinks and treats.

I opted for the three-pack, consisting of three decently sized, gingerbread-flavored, Mickey-shaped beignets served in a white paper bag. Knowing that the treats would be messy, I asked the cast member for a plate, which he willingly retrieved for me from the adjacent French Market Restaurant.

The little white bag filled with delicious Gingerbread Beignets.

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Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 23, 2012

The holidays are in full swing in Walt Disney World and in Disneyland!

Luckily, even though Christmas is just around the corner (and I’ve got a reeeeeeally fun Christmas post for you… well I think it’s really fun, anyway. ;-D), we’ve definitely got time to enjoy some seasonal treats from the Disney parks! They’ll stick around until New Year’s Day at least! :-)

Let’s take a look at some of the latest Disney Dining news!

Disney Dining News

Take a look at the Disney Dining news from this week!

We’ve got additional food news, including a snack combo at the Magic Kingdom, New Year’s Eve Venues at Epcot and Downtown Disney, Three Kings Day Celebration at Disneyland, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food in or from Disney, share a photo with us so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

Reader Jeffrey Lipack tweeted this festive treat – a snowman marshmallow wand! (Editor’s Note: On a recent visit to the Magic Kingdom, we spotted these little beauties at Big Top Treats in Storybook Circus for $4.99 or a Disney Dining Plan snack credit.) Awesome pic, Jeff!!

Peppermint Marshmallow Snowman Wand

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Snack Series: Yule Log at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

I just got back from a Disney World trip and BOY do I have a ton to share with you!! From new holiday goodies to in-depth reviews, we’ve got a lot of delicious food coming your way. But first up — I had to tell you about this awesome Yule Log at Kusafiri Bakery in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Yule Log

During my regular “casing” of Animal Kingdom on this trip, I found a few new holiday goodies at Kusafiri. There’s a red-and-green frosted chocolate brownie, a few holiday cookies, and the Yule Log, which I couldn’t wait to try!

Kusafiri eats

I snagged one and headed for my regular “photography” table nearby. :-) Check out the detail on this thing! I love the dusting of “snow,” and the holiday star sprinkles.

Yule Log

The “bark” is made up of dark chocolate shavings, which give the treat [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 2, 2012

Tis the season for holiday treats and this week, we shared some goodies from Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Disney Dining News

Here’s some of the big Disney Dining news this week…

  • Try out some of the new holiday treats at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World this year!
  • Two new, temporary kiosks have opened up in Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World to feed hungry guests during the busy holiday season. These feature some bestselling items from the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
  • Disney is rolling out The Mickey Check on menus at counter service and table service restaurants at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort in an effort to help parents and children make smart decisions at meal time!

We’ve got additional food news, including Gingerbread Creations at Disney California Adventure, Sushi Chef Yoshie Cabral at California Grill, New Epcot Snack Kiosk, New Name for Bistro de Paris, New Menu Item at Studios Catering Company, Refillable Mug Price Increase at Walt Disney World Resorts, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food in or from Disney, share a photo with us so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

Reader @Beccaaa_Ellis shared a cinnamon roll from Gaston’s Tavern with the remark “it’s totally worth it”!

Gaston's Tavern Cinnamon Roll

We love this photo collage from Disneyland’s Thanksgiving Feast courtesy of Charina Rubin on facebook! (Check out our review of the Disneyland Thanksgiving Feast here!)

Disneyland Thanksgiving Buffet

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On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups stops by the Gurgling Suitcase bar at Old Key West in Walt Disney World.

Mouse on the Mind heads to the new Big Top Treats at Storybook Circus in the New Fantasyland.

PopCenturySite.com goes over the bridge to the Art of Animation Resort’s Landscape of Flavors food court.

Changing Latitudes reviews Storyteller’s Cafe, and Carthay Circle, Cozy Cones, and Paradise Garden Grill at Disneyland.

Disney History shares a letter written by Walt with a photo of Walt and Lily peeling peaches.

Main Street Gazette enjoys the sips and tastes at Tutto Gusto in Epcot’s Italy pavilion. Love the cheese plates!

Yesterland shares his thoughts on culinary demos at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival.

See ya real soon!

Review: Gingerbread Hot Cocoa and other Holiday Treats at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of the best parks to visit during holiday time — especially if you’re a food fan like me!

Disney's Hollywood Studios at Holiday Time!

On this visit, I got to check out several new holiday additions to the DHS menus — especially around the Streets of America area. These are in place to create a more festive atmosphere for Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights attendees! :-)

Streets of America Newsstand Holiday Eats

First up, a Newsstand decked out in holiday gear…

Disney's Hollywood Studios Holiday Newsstand

The menu included goodies like caramel corn, spiced eggnog, and two flavors of hot cocoa!

I began my perusal with checking out the new Mickey Popcorn Buckets for this holiday season! These are different from last year’s Mickey Snowman buckets, and are found throughout the parks.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Mickey Popcorn Buckets

Turns out, you can get the caramel corn in these festive containers! But how they open — basically the “caramel corn is Mickey’s brain” as the cast member put it — is a bit disconcerting… ;-)

Disney's Hollywood Studios Mickey Head Caramel Corn

Disney's Hollywood Studios Holiday Mickey Popcorn Bucket

So after checking out Mickey’s innards, it was time to try some of the new holiday beverages here at the Studios! I had a choice of [Read more…]

Snack Series: Seasonal Funnel Cake Flavors in Epcot

If you’re a fan of that classic carnival treat, the funnel cake, I’ve got something that should make your Disney eats list!

Disney specializes in funnel cakes of all kinds — plain; cinnamon sugar; topped with apples, chocolate, strawberries, whipped cream; etc.

But there’s one spot in the “World” that offers seasonal flavors of these fried up goodies…that I haven’t found anywhere else!

Funnel Cakes Sign in Epcot's American Adventure

Yep! Epcot’s American Adventure Funnel Cake kiosk features a couple of special flavors that you can only get at certain times of the year: Strawberry Funnel Cakes and Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cakes.

American Adventure Funnel Cake Kiosk Menu

While I haven’t seen both on the menu at the same time, it’s always fun to stop by the kiosk and see what’s available when you’re there! Usually it’s Pumpkin Spice for Fall and Winter…

Pumpkin spice funnel cake

And Strawberry for Spring and Summer! Each cake costs [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 18, 2012

Green Cider in Epcot for St. Patrick's Day

We’re having fun discovering foodie specials during our visit to Disney World! Yesterday, Epcot was a sea of green as guests celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with green beer and green-tinted Grey Goose Slushies!

But there’s lots more Disney Food News to tell you about! But first — have you listened to our new DFB Podcast, yet? We’d love to hear your feedback on our first ever Podcast all about Disney Food!

Disney Food News

Here’s the latest…

For more sweet and savory food news, stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

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On to the Round-Up

AKL Resort shares the wine – Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz – sold at the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s gift shop.

Gorillas Don’t Blog visits 1967 Plaza Restaurants in Disneyland.

Travel Blogs on Huffington Post shares a slideshow of some new dishes on the Disney Fantasy!

A Taste of Wonderland dines gluten-free at Animal Kingdom’s Yak & Yeti.

Gastropodtravels reviews Remy aboard the Disney Dream. Take a look at that cheese trolley!

Main Street Gazette stops by the Cookes of Dublin in Downtown Disney.

WESH.com shares dining tips to beat the crowds at Walt Disney World. Oh, yes, those tips are courtesy of yours truly!

All’s Fare Food Blog finds Beatles’ yellow submarine kitchen accessories in Epcot’s United Kingdom.

Dining in Disneyland: Saying Goodbye to Blue Ribbon Bakery…and Hello to Jolly Holiday!

This holiday season marks the last holiday season for Disneyland’s Blue Ribbon Bakery.  Located on Main St. USA for the past almost 22 years, Blue Ribbon Bakery made its Disneyland debut on April 6, 1990 when it replaced the Sunkist Citrus House (fresh squeezed orange juice or lemonade anyone?).

Blue Ribbon Bakery

Known for its staple Disneyland treats like Cinnamon Rolls, Matterhorn Macaroons, seasonal goodies, and a good ol’ cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or cider, Blue Ribbon Bakery was the perfect go to stop for a quick snack or pick me up upon entering the park.

Blue Ribbon Bakery Cinnamon Roll

Giant Display Matterhorn Macaroon

Holiday Beverage Menu

In honor of Blue Ribbon’s awesomeness, I feel like we should pay homage to its last holiday season.  Here are some treats that were offered this year, along with a fun video depicting [Read more…]