Review: Specialty Hot Dogs at The Lunching Pad in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Can’t wait for lunch? Head over to The Lunching Pad with us!

You’ll find this snack stop in Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. And while it looks pretty unassuming, it’s a great place to enjoy Cream Cheese Pretzels, or even Mickey Soft Pretzels!

But in addition to some of our favorite soft pretzel snacks and carbonated frozen drinks, they’re also an outlet for those delicious and inventive Gourmet Hot Dogs that you’ll find around the resort.

Today, we’re taking a look at not one, not two, but three of these deluxe dogs for lunch. C’mon!

Atmosphere

So, atmosphere at The Lunching Pad…well, what you see is pretty much what you get.

The Lunching Pad at Rocketeer Plaza

The Lunching Pad at Rocketeer Plaza

If you’ve been to Tomorrowland, you’ve seen the atmosphere of this spot. It’s really just a walk-up window.

Ordering Window

Ordering Window

There are a few tables scattered nearby, complete with those awesome, padded Tomorrowland seats.

And because The Lunching Pad is located beneath the PeopleMover and Astro-Orbiter, the overhang provides some much-welcomed shade when you stop here for a quick meal or snack.

Seating

Seating

But now that we’ve taken a (very quick!) tour around The Lunching Pad, let’s see about those dogs!

Eats

The menu at this snack stop is very small. You have a handful of frozen, carbonated beverages, which are so amazing on a hot day! And you can get them in plain cups or sport bottles. And as we mentioned before, this is also a good place to snag a soft pretzel.

Mickey Pretzel with Plastic Cheese

Mickey Pretzel with Plastic Cheese

But the star attractions here, if you’re looking for real sustenance, are the line up of over the top hot dogs.

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Menu — Click to Enlarge

Let’s just take a moment to admire them, shall we?

Today’s selections include, left to right, the BLT Hot Dog (NEW!), the Coney Island Dog, and the Philly Cheese Steak Dog.

Specialty Hot Dogs from The Lunching Pad in Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Specialty Hot Dogs from The Lunching Pad in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

We’ll start with the brand new-to-the-menu [Read more…]

News! Casey’s Corner in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Reopens with Updated Indoor Seating Area

We looooove telling you about news that can make your Disney trip even more comfortable and relaxing, and today we’re on a roll!

We’ve all been there… walking around Casey’s Corner with an armful of cardboard trays filled with hot dogs, French Fries, and a couple of enormous Cokes, searching indoors and out for a place to sit while hoping we don’t drop anything.

Welp, after a refurbishment that started in January, the Corner has reopened and is sporting some brand new digs! Yep — as far as we can tell, there are no more bleachers and no more movies…now we’ve got real, honest-to-goodness indoor seating (not just a few scattered tables) at Casey’s!

Casey's Corner

Casey’s Corner

Let’s take a quick look at the refurbished restaurant first. The entryway welcomes guests as always (just polished up a bit), and the menu remains unchanged (hooray!).

Casey's Entryway

Casey’s Entryway

Casey's Corner

Casey’s Corner

Casey's Corner Menu

Casey’s Corner Menu

And, of course, all of those nods to vintage baseball that make Casey’s what it is remain.

Casey's Baseball Memorabilia

Casey’s Baseball Memorabilia

The big surprise comes when you enter the indoor seating area.

This spot used to house a few tables, but the “Casey at the Bat” bleachers and a movie screen spinning old school Disney sports cartoons were the focal points of the area. The banners and scoreboards are still there…

Mudville Banners

Mudville Banners

Scoreboard

Scoreboard

However, the bleachers have been removed to make way for more tables, and the movie screen has been removed.

Refurbished Indoor Seating

Refurbished Indoor Seating

Refurbished Indoor Seating Area

Refurbished Indoor Seating Area

Casey’s is a beloved spot for many reasons [Read more…]

Mickey’s Toontown “Restaurant Tour” at Disneyland!

Mickey’s Toontown is the perfect place to visit when you want to feel like a kid again. It’s easy to believe that you’ve been dropped right into a cartoon as you venture into this land based on Toontown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Exploring Mickey’s and Minnie’s houses, and seeing all the cool detail, is one of my favorite things to do here!

And it’s great knowing that Toontown is still alive and kicking in Disneyland, since it went by the wayside to make room for New Fantasyland expansion in Walt Disney World.

But what if you’re looking for a bite to eat in the land of ‘toons? You’re in luck! There ain’t much to eat in Mickey’s Toontown, but what’s there sure is fun!

Toon Town Restaurants

Toon Town Restaurants

Among the wonky architecture and interactive attractions in Toontown, you’ll find an assortment of stands for grabbing a bite to eat between rides. And no worries about picky eaters — everything here is sure to please even the littlest members of your crew!

Let’s take a little tour of the counter services spots and see what they have to offer. Fortunately, they’re all nestled close together, similar to a food court – great for a family or group whose members all want something different for lunch!

Counter Service Eats in Disneyland’s Toontown

The first stop on Toontown’s Restaurant Row is Daisy’s Diner. Donald’s girlfriend serves up Pizza in two varieties — Cheese or Pepperoni. Pizzas are individually sized, and are pretty standard Disney pizzas. If you’ve eaten Disney counter service pizza anywhere else, you’ll know what to expect.

You can also get a limited assortment of drinks here — Soda-Pop, Milk, or Juice. The Souvenir Sipper is also available. We’ll see a pic of that in a sec. There are also a few desserts available as well.

Daisy's Diner

Daisy’s Diner

The next stop is Pluto’s Dog House. CUUUUUTE! ;-) I have serious love for that hotdog skewered on the fork above the window. Even the road signage out front lets you know what’s happening in this part of town.

Pluto's Dog House

Pluto’s Dog House

It probably won’t surprise you to find out that Pluto serves up Hot Dogs. Get a basket with a side of Apple Slices or Chips.

Pluto’s also features a few Kid’s Meal options, including a Kid’s Hot Dog or Turkey Sandwich, which both come with sides. There’s also a Toddler Meal featuring Macaroni and Cheese. Assorted desserts are available here, too.

In the drink department, Souvenir Sippers are also for sale here, along with the same beverage options that Daisy’s Diner features. However, you can also get Coffee, Hot Tea, and Hot Chocolate at Pluto’s — which are available in a Travel Mug.

Pluto's Dog House Menu

Pluto’s Dog House Menu

Our next stop is Clarabelle’s! Head to the awning with the cute cow spots if you’re looking for something a little fresher for lunch or dinner.

Clarabelle's

Clarabelle’s

Options include “Moo” Plate Specials (bahahahahahaha!), and you see the word [Read more…]

Guest Review: Ten Everyday Eats That Just Taste Better At Disney

Welcome guest author Michelle R.! She’s sharing her thoughts on everyday food that’s just better in Walt Disney World.

food tastes better at disney

Anyone who has ever flown long distances is familiar with jet lag. The time zone adjustment can take a few days or even weeks for mind and body to work out. I’ve discovered a little known vacation malady known as food lag. It’s similar to jet lag but normally occurs upon arrival home after a vacation. Days or weeks can go by before normal home food is appealing again.

Ten Normal Foods That Just Taste Better At Disney

While on vacation, meals are enjoyed in nice restaurants under relaxed or exciting circumstances. Throw Disney in the mix and you can get some serious food lag following your trip. The most ordinary foods taste much better when prepared and served at Disney parks and hotels.

I’ve listed 10 and all of them were so delicious, I couldn’t eat them for weeks after coming home.

Hot Dogs

While waiting for a parade to start, we grabbed a hot dog at Casey’s Corner on Main Street USA and split it. It was the best half hot dog I’ve ever eaten. The cheese, deep orange and flavorful, was in the middle of the meat and the bun soft and fresh. It was hot without burning and frankly, the most delicious hot dog I’ve ever had before or since.

Hot Dog and Fries from Casey’s!

Turkey Legs

If you’ve ever had to fight relatives at Thanksgiving for the turkey leg, go ahead and give it up now. Head to Disney and grab a turkey leg. Serving over 1.6 million drumsticks a year, there is plenty to go around and are they ever delicious!

Turkey Leg at Disney

Waffles

With a plethora of Waffle Houses and IHOPS in every town across America, you’d think eating waffles at Disney wouldn’t be a big deal.

Is it the extra thickness or the fact they’re shaped like Mickey heads? Is it the generous supply of butter and real maple syrup? I’m not sure, but waffles at Disney absolutely spoiled me for home waffles for several months following our last trip.

Mickey Waffle with Butter!

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are good just about anywhere, especially Grandma’s house. But again, Disney mashed potatoes are extraordinary.

Whether you’re at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma, Disney chefs seem to bring a little extra fluff and flavor to this ordinary food.

Mashed Potatoes at Liberty Tree Tavern

Fish and Chips

All kids and many adults like fish sticks; but they love fried fish at Disney. Epcot’s Rose & Crown Pub serves the very best although folks say that Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom is every bit as good.

Again, wherever you are in Disney, the fish and chips are going to be good.

Fish and Chips from Epcot’s Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Pizza

Mama Melrose’s in Disney’s Hollywood Studios serves a wonderful brick oven baked pizza in a homey atmosphere. Followed by Fantasmic’s display of fireworks, water and music, you’ll be convinced no pizza could ever top the one you had just before the show.

Carne d’Italia Flatbread

Lemon Ice

Disney sells a prepackaged lemon ice that can be bought at almost any convenience store in the country, yet for some mysterious reason, this same lemon ice that quenches thirst and refreshes is 10 times more delicious within the confines of Disney.

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

So far I’ve covered six ordinary foods and one refreshing treat, but I’ve saved room for desserts. Dessert at Disney is [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Treats at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Looking for some fun holiday treats? Look no further, Big Thunder Ranch is currently hosting the Jingle Jangle Jamboree; a one stop shop for fun games, cookie decorating, special snacks & SANTA!

Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Big Thunder Ranch

The menu here is simple, Hot Dogs, Corn on the Cob, “Candy Cane” Cotton Candy, Apple Burritos, Cookie Decorating Kits and various beverages.

Jingle Jamboree Menu

Our visit included the “Candy Cane” Cotton Candy & some Cookie Decorating. Let me break the sad news to you first. The cotton candy here DOES NOT taste like candy canes, it’s just “candy cane striped.” Even the cast member that I bought it from thought that it was peppermint flavored, but alas, that is a rumor. It’s still pretty though!

Candy Cane Cotton Candy on Display

It’s dark and light pink swirled and still

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Try It! The “DFB Favorites Crawl” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

You know that here at DFB we’re very, VERY fond of sampling snacks in the Disney parks and resorts!

And today we’re excited to show you a few more of our favorites — salty, sweet, creamy, crunchy, or a cross between!

We’re highlighting one of our classic food crawls! These little adventures are a great way to mark off some popular foods, all while touring the park at the same time!

And no worries — if you love this one, we have seven more food crawls for you to tackle in our new DFB Guide to Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom Snacks! I hope you’re hungry…let’s go!

Chocolate Peanut Butter or Chocolate Butterfinger Cupcake

Begin with a Disney Food Blog Favorite from way back — Cupcakes!

Once you enter the park, walk straight down Hollywood Boulevard and start your day with a cupcake at Starring Rolls Cafe. For the DFB Favorites Crawl, we recommend that you stick with one of two classic choices: the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake, or the Butterfinger Cupcake.

If you choose the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake, be forewarned: this one is for avowed chocoholics, or fans of that crazy amazing chocolate peanut butter combo. It’s chocolate with more chocolate with the cake and chocolate curls on top. But then, it’s crowned and filled with the most amazing chocolate peanut butter frosting! You have to taste it to believe it!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake

Or, you can opt for the [Read more…]

Review: KRNR Rock Station Food Truck at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

What’s that trailer that you just spied as you’re about to hop onto Rock’n Roller Coaster? A radio station, ready to give you your big break?

Nah, it’s KRNR the Rock Station! Well, actually, it’s a food trailer with a really cool theme. (Can you spot the Hidden Mickey in the sign?)

KRNR The ROCK Station Foodtruck

Those of you who have ridden Rock n Roller Coaster, Starring Aerosmith, have heard the KRNR radio announcer loud and clear, so it’s a great themeing element in the RnRC “plaza.” And this is a great stop if you’re looking for some food on the go.

There are hot dogs and chips if you’re hungry, but the real story here are the frosty treats. KRNR has a full line of soft serve options, including waffle cones in vanilla, chocolate, or swirl. You can also get Coke Floats or Barq’s root beer floats. And there’s that guest favorite, Minute Maid frozen lemonade as well! Fruit smoothies made with nonfat yogurt are a slightly healthier option.

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

There’s an assortment of bottled drinks, including juices.

Bottled Drinks in Cooler

There are also a few varieties of chips if you’re looking for a side for your hot dog, or if you just need a salt fix.

Bags of Chips

To satisfy your hunger for something sweet and chewy, you’ll find huge, [Read more…]

Review: Meatball Cone at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney

We first told you in March that some favorite Cone-Shaped Foods from Disney California Adventure had arrived in Walt Disney World!

WDWDowntown tweeted about the new menu items today

This is a trend that we’ve been seeing more and more lately. When a new, “unique” food is introduced at one of the parks, it usually shows up on the other coast with a different name or themeing. Case in point: Red’s Apple Freeze at California Adventure’s Cozy Cone Motel has morphed into Le Fou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland.

Cones Come to Disney World!

And now, we’re seeing the migration East of the cone foods — sadly sans the awesome Cars themeing. So you’d better believe that I made a special trip over to Downtown Disney’s Marketplace Snacks to check them out!

Marketplace Snacks in Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney

Two new cones replace a couple of the more upscale “gourmet” hot dog selections that were previously available here. If you’re a big fan of the Philly Cheesesteak Dog or the Barbecued Pork and Coleslaw Dog, you’ll have to enjoy them elsewhere. (At our last check, the Philly Cheesesteak Dog could still be found at Magic Kingdom’s Lunching Pad, while you can head to Casey’s Corner for the Barbecue Pork Coleslaw Dog.)

While that’s all good, I was here for one reason: those cones. Some have heralded cones as the blessed return of the Disney handwich.

The Cones come with two different fillings: the Chili Cone Queso and the Meatball Cone.

Marketplace Snacks Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Since I’m a big fan of bread bowls, I thought they both looked pretty amazing. So, which one did I try on this first outing?

The Meatball Cone

They both sounded pretty awesome, but since we already showed you the Chili Cone Queso, I opted for the [Read more…]

Review: House-Made Caramel Corn and More at Big Top Treats in the New Fantasyland

We’ve waited for months (sometimes it seems like years!) for the debut of the first sections of the New Fantasyland in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, and now we can finally say…

Welcome to Storybook Circus!

Sections of Storybook Circus have been open for a while — we even scoped it out a bit here!

But today we’re taking a more in-depth tour of Storybook Circus in the New Fantasyland — with a special emphasis on all the fantastic new FOOD, including the house-made caramel corn! But more about that later…

Welcome Area Outside

Occupying the area that was once Mickey’s Toontown Fair, Storybook Circus is themed as an old-fashioned circus straight out of the picture books that I loved as a kid.

Here, you’ll see plenty of touches that recall beloved scenes and a fun retro vibe from the classic film Dumbo, with lots of other Disney characters thrown in for good measure!

Big Top Souvenirs and Big Top Treats Show Kitchen

Big Top Souvenirs takes center stage in Storybook Circus. Inside the huge tent structure, you’ll also find Big Top Treats right in the middle, complete with a show kitchen.

Big Top Souvenirs and Big Top Treats -- Outside View

The sign outside hints at the treats inside, with teasers for cotton candy and caramel apples.

Treats Sign Outside

And cast members embrace the fun atmosphere! This guy with his puppets was hilarious! I totally wanted to tweak his clown nose. :-)

A Big Welcome from a Friendly Clown!

Thoughtful touches surround [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Hot Dogs

Your photo contributions to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza on flickr are soooooo mouthwatering! We love looking through your food pics!

The Disney Food Pics of the Week this week feature Disney hot dogs (we would have added corn dogs, but I think those should get their own feature)! For a classic theme park snack or meal, the hot dog is always a delicious option.

Loaded or plain — these hot dogs from Casey’s Corner in the Magic Kingdom look fabulous!
Photographer: Lucy Bartholomew/DisneyRoobs

Hot Dogs at Casey's

Here’s the new Italian Hot Dog from [Read more…]