News: More Planet Hollywood Observatory Menu Details (and PHOTOS!) Released

The transition is nearly complete from the OLD Planet Hollywood to the NEW Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs!

Usually, Disney does a great job keeping new places under wraps so that the big reveal is more like a big bang! And that would be perfect here, with all the observatory spacey stuff. Unfortunately, a giant globe-shaped edifice is a little hard to hide.

So as we WATCH Planet Hollywood Observatory taking shape right in the middle of Disney Springs, I have to say — I’m kind of intrigued about what’s to come with the menu. And that’s especially true after I caught my first glimpse of the over-the-top milkshakes we’ll soon be able to enjoy here.

We recently received a few more hints about what you can expect to see when the restaurant finally opens its doors. (The website and social media are still saying that the opening will take place in the “Fall”, but the website is accepting reservations starting in January.)

The Walls are Down at Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs

The Walls are Down at Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs

Let’s take a closer look. [Read more…]

Review: Salted Oatmeal Cornflake Cookie, Brownie, and Cap’n Crunch Ice Cream Sandwich at Sprinkles in Disney Springs

::Gasp!:: OK, I know that’s a LONG title…but I HAD to let you know what we’re in for!

I stopped by the new Sprinkles in Disney Springs on my recent trip to Walt Disney World. And I seriously could not. Stop. Trying new things.

You already know about their fantastic Cupcakes. And we’ve also shared our impressions of their Sundae — homemade Ice Cream craftily layered with your choice of Cupcake, so you get a lil bit of everything in every bite. HEAVEN.

But guess what? There’s even more!

I just shared those incredible Seasonal Cupcakes with you. (If the Lemon Meringue and the German Chocolate Cupcakes are gone when you’re there, look for the Caramel Apple and S’mores versions for Fall!)

But I’ve gotta come clean. That’s not all I tried while I was in town.

Because they also offer one of my most favorite things ever: Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches.

You know I’m a big fan of Disney’s version of these. But wait, just wait, until you see the outrageousness that awaited us at Sprinkles.

Let’s Go.

Salted Oatmeal Cornflake Cookie and Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich with Cap’n Crunch Ice Cream(!!!!!)

So the amazing thing about the Sprinkles Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich is that it’s totally customizable. Name your cookies. Name your ice cream. Mix and match to your heart’s content.

Making My Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Making My Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

I’ve already offered you a little foreshadowing of what awaits. But let’s back up a little, because I want to show you how your Cookies come to you if you just order one solo. [Read more…]

Review: 10-Gallon Challenge Sundae at Whispering Canyon Cafe in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

We are back at Wilderness Lodge’s Whispering Canyon Cafe, and this time it’s just for dessert! It seems like we were just visiting this favorite fun spot of ours for dinner but after hearing rumors about a new GIGANTIC dessert we had to make our way back… .

Making its sort-of debut is the…drumroll please…10-Gallon Challenge!

10-Gallon Challenge!

Ten Gallon Challenge!

Why sort-of? This item hasn’t made the official menu yet and will most likely be in a testing phase for the next few months. But don’t let that stop your party from ordering it for now. Just consider it to be a secret menu item!

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New: Hard Root Beer Float at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We’ve got a new refreshment for you to try in Hollywood Studios at Hollywood Scoops!

Hard root beer floats have been popping up EVERYWHERE recently around the World – including Beach Club’s Beaches and Cream and Epcot’s Fife and Drum, not to mention the upcoming Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Now, Hollywood Studios is joining in on the fizzy fun! Hollywood Scoops, if you’re not familiar, is a tiny, early 1900s style house on Hollywood Boulevard just before Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. When you get tired of all those Mickey Premium Bars (HA!), Hollywood Scoops is known for serving hand-scooped ice cream sundaes and other chilly treats.

Hollywood Scoops

Hollywood Scoops

The line gets pretty long when it’s hot out, and after adding this delicious treat, we wouldn’t be surprised if it gets longer!

Hard Root Beer Float sign

Hard Root Beer Float sign

Let’s see that float! [Read more…]

Review: Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

We’re heading back to Whispering Canyon Cafe for dinner!

This fun spot, located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, is the perfect place to dine with the whole family. What can you expect at Whispering Canyon? Generous portions, comfort foods, lots of all you care to enjoy options, and antics aplenty.

If I’m not enjoying breakfast here during a Walt Disney World visit, then you’ll probably find me at the dinner table at least once a year. And that was the case recently. Let’s check it out.

Atmosphere

If you’re trying to locate Whispering Canyon Cafe, you can’t really miss it. It’s immediately to your left as soon as you walk through the doors of the Wilderness Lodge.

Whispering Canyon Sign

Whispering Canyon Sign

Because it’s not all that removed — or removed at all — from the lobby, that means that when the antics really get going, you’re probably going to hear them throughout the space. [Read more…]

Sneak Peek INSIDE: Ample Hills Creamery on Disney World’s BoardWalk (And Rumored Opening Date!)

I’m having a TON of fun at Disney World this week! And my trip has been made all the better by seeing that the construction walls surrounding the soon-to-be-open Ample Hills Creamery have come down!

Ample Hills Sign on Disney World's BoardWalk

Ample Hills Sign on Disney World’s BoardWalk

This “re-imagined take on the turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor” will take over the spot that was previously occupied by the ESPN Club Arcade, next door to the very-much-still-open ESPN Club.

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Review: The Earthquake Sundae and More at Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop

Recently, I was in Disneyland for the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. And while I ate a lot of wonderful food and attended some delicious special events, I KNEW it was time for me to finally hit up Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop for some super sweets. And by super sweets, I mean SUPER BIG ICE CREAM!

Signs

Welcome to Ghirardelli!

See, I had heard that one of my all time favorite Ghirardelli treats — the Gold Rush Sundae — was alive and well at the DCA location, even though it’s not listed on the menu (and no longer found at all at the Disney Springs location in Walt Disney World). And I also knew that I HAD to try the ginormous Earthquake Sundae as well (this one IS found at Disney Springs in Disney World, just FYI). [Read more…]

Review: Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream in Disney California Adventure

Let’s head back to one of our favorite ice cream spots in Disney California Adventure: Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream!

Clarabelle's

Clarabelle’s

Named after Clarabelle Cow (you can learn a little more on the backstory of her name — and subsequently the shop’s name — here), this cute little spot is located on Buena Vista Street in DCA. [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Ice Cream Martini at L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France

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This post is part of the DFB #OnTheList series, where we feature eats you’ve GOT to have while you’re at Disney! Let us know what’s on YOUR Disney Food Bucket List @DisneyFoodBlog #OnTheList!

I bet that after a long day battling crowds at Disney World, alcohol and ice cream sound pretty darn good. Put ‘em TOGETHER, and you’ve got our #OnTheList item for today!!

#OnTheList Ice Cream Martini

#OnTheList Ice Cream Martini

This week’s #OnTheList item popped up a couple of years ago in Epcot’s France at L’Artisan des Glaces! An Ice Cream Martini? Yes, please! [Read more…]

Review: The Fountain at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts

We’re coming at you today from The Fountain at Disney’s Dolphin Resort!

And if “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM,” this is THE place to get it if you’re staying at the Swan & Dolphin.

In fact, for those less familiar with Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Resorts, they’re just a stroll away from Epcot and Hollywood Studios, in the same general area of Disney’s BoardWalk, Yacht, and Beach Club Resorts. And if you’re having trouble getting into Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club (it’s been a little more challenging ever since they started accepting Advance Dining Reservations), The Fountain can be a terrific alternative.

But this isn’t just some shadow of Beaches and Cream. Boasting diner favorites (and twists on the classics) as well as one of the best ice cream selections on Disney property (shakes, sundaes, and more),  The Fountain is worthy of a visit in its own right, and I’d like to show you why…

The Fountain Sign

The Fountain Sign

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