Seven NEW Experiences to Try at Walt Disney World!

Whether you’ve been to Walt Disney World one time or one hundred times, there’s always something new to do. And right now, there’s a ton! Besides the opening of Pandora, the World’s newest land located at Animal Kingdom, there are seven other fun and functional new experiences you’ve gotta try!

Mobile Ordering

Mobile Ordering has been offered since May 2017, and now it’s expanded to more locations! Mobile Ordering allows guests to use their My Disney Experience app to pre-order and pre-pay for meals at counter service locations.

Satu'li Mobile Ordering 2

Mobile Ordering lets participating guests bypass the ordering queue and go directly to the Order Pick-Up window. No more waiting in long lines to order your nuggets, y’all!

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News: Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party with Fireworks Viewing Coming to Epcot

Starting July 17th, a brand new Fireworks Dessert Party is coming to Epcot. Replacing the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party (its last date is listed for July 14th) will be the Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party, themed to — of course — the Frozen film and Frozen Ever After attraction in the Norway Pavilion.

Frozen Ever After Entrance

Frozen Ever After Entrance

Held on select evenings, the experience will begin at World Showcase Plaza East one hour prior to IllumiNations, where guests will enjoy desserts, drinks, and views of Epcot’s nighttime spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, followed by a ride on the Frozen Ever After attraction. [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Epcot Food and Wine Festival on a Budget

It’s less than a month before the kick off for the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Food and Wine 2015 Info Graphic Square URL

All the fun begins on September 25, and runs for more than seven weeks, wrapping up on November 16.

While there are tons of Special Events, including Regional Lunches and Dinners, Pairing Meals, and Demonstrations and Seminars, one thing is for sure: the Festival can get very pricey, very fast.

But you know what? It doesn’t have to be.

Some of the most fun and educational events are low in cost, and there are even free demonstrations and exhibits that you can take advantage of.

Today, let’s spend a little time exploring one the most useful — and one of my favorite! — strategies from the DFB Guide to the Food and Wine Festival, 2015 Edition. We’ve fully updated this popular guide with all of the 2015 information to help you make the most of your visit to this year’s festival.

Ready to experience the yum on a budget? Let’s go! [Read more…]

News! Epcot’s Spice Road Table Now Accepting Advance Dining Reservations

Spice Road Table in Epcot’s beautiful Morocco Pavilion is now accepting Advance Dining Reservations!

Spice Road Table features a variety of Mediterranean tapas and wines, and is also known for its prime waterfront location offering IllumiNations fireworks viewing while you dine. IllumiNations can be seen from both the covered outdoor seating area, as well as from the large windows in the indoor seating area.

At the time of this writing, online reservations are available beginning December 2nd. While it does appear that reservations can be made throughout the standard 180-day window, we’re not certain if this advanced booking option will extend beyond this year’s busy holiday season.

Make a reservation at Spice Road Table

Find available seating at Spice Road Table

Currently, guests are able to state preferences on whether they would like to sit outdoors or indoors upon their arrival at Spice Road Table, and requests are honored whenever possible based on availability. There is no option for stating preference when making your Advance Dining Reservation.

Spice Road Table outdoor seating

Spice Road Table outdoor seating

Spice Road Table Indoor View

Spice Road Table Indoor View

No matter where you’re seated, this opportunity for reservations will be [Read more…]

SOLD OUT! October 14th DFB Snack Attack IllumiNations Dessert Party at Epcot!

This event has SOLD OUT. If you would like to be on our waiting list, please send an email to support@DFBGuide.com. We will only contact waiting list names if a spot becomes available.

Looking forward to seeing everyone who signed up!
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Now’s the Time!

I’m pleased to announce that tickets for this year’s Disney Food Blog Snack Attack Illuminations Dessert Party are now available for purchase. Scroll down and click the ticket button to snag yours today! :-) Tickets are limited, and are first-come, first-served.

View of Illuminations for Snack Attack -- Super Close to the Action!

View of Illuminations for Snack Attack — Super Close to the Action!

About Snack Attack

The DFB Snack Attack is an exclusive, VIP event featuring a menu full of our favorite Walt Disney World snacks — all in one place — AND an incredible, private view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in Epcot!

Click here to see a review and photos from a DFB Snack Attack last year!

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth -- And Your View from Snack Attack!

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth — And Your View from Snack Attack!

The event features a dessert buffet with some classic Disney Food Blog favorites!

Epcot Norway School Bread at Snack Attack

Epcot Norway School Bread at Snack Attack

We are still working out the details of this year’s menu, but you can be assured that it will include plenty of DFB Favorite Snacks, like School Bread from Kringla Bakeri og Kafe and [Read more…]

Disney Food Blog Snack Attack is Back! Save the Date for October 14, 2014

Finally — news for those of you who have been requesting this info for a long time! The Disney Food Blog Snack Attack is back, better than ever!

We are celebrating the best time of the year at Walt Disney World — the Epcot Food and Wine Festival — with our very own Illuminations Dessert Party at Epcot! Tickets go on sale Monday, August 4th, at 9AM ET. This event always sells out quickly, so plan ahead!

View of Illuminations for Snack Attack -- Super Close to the Action!

View of Illuminations for Snack Attack — Super Close to the Action!

Let’s get right down to the details!

Disney Food Blog Snack Attack Illuminations Dessert Party

We love having the chance to meet and greet our readers. And Snack Attack gives us an opportunity to do just that.

Seating for Snack Attack as the Sun Sets

Seating for Snack Attack as the Sun Sets

And it’s even better when we can enjoy some of our favorite Disney eats and VIP viewing of Epcot’s nighttime spectacular, Illuminations!

And that’s not all. The menu will include [Read more…]

NEWS! Epcot IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party Reservations NOW Available!

Looking to find Epcot’s tastiest desserts all in one place? Disney has announced the debut of the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party!

Guests will enjoy the “best desserts and sparkling wines from all around World Showcase” while viewing IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth from an exclusive area in the Showcase Plaza.

Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party WDW
Which desserts are included? An array of treats from around World Showcase, including (but not limited to): Prosecco and tiramisu from the Italy Pavilion, baklava from Morocco, and Vanilla Pot de Crème from France.

Illuminations, Reflections of Earth

Illuminations, Reflections of Earth

The details: this event will take place on [Read more…]

Update! Spice Road Table Opening Soon In Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion!

Waaaaay back in 2012, DFB broke the exclusive news story that a new restaurant would be opening in Epcot’s Morocco pavilion!

As we confirmed in April, Spice Road Table is opening soon! This restaurant joins Tangierine Café (Moroccan sandwiches and specialty pastries) and Restaurant Marrakesh (savory dishes, Moroccan music, and belly dancers). The restaurants all showcase Morocco’s authentic charm.

Mediterranean outdoor cafes served as inspiration for the restaurant’s themeing. Spice Road Table’s exterior is whitewashed with icy blue accents reminiscent of the famous “Blue City” of Chefchaouen in the North African country’s Rif Mountains. Look for an outdoor terrace seating 120 guests and room for 60 indoors with incredible views of the World Showcase lagoon. I can’t wait to see IllumiNations from here! Inside, guests will find cozy booths, Moroccan light fixtures, intricate tiles, tapestries, and art. Some features will represent Morocco’s indigenous Berber tribes.

Along the front of the building, a Moroccan “souk” will offer wares from colorful marketplaces. Before your meal, get a henna tattoo from an artist specializing in temporary body art. There will be traditional and modern designs to choose from!

Spice Road Table

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Guest Review: Epcot’s Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room

Today we are welcoming guest author Rebecca Dolan with a dining review of the Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room. Read on…

When it comes to Epcot’s Rose & Crown, the mantra should be “come for the fireworks, stay for the food.” Sure the menu of British comfort classics has always been on point, but the real draw here has to be the restaurant’s back patio, which offers one of the best fireworks views on the shores of the World Showcase Lagoon.

This combination of no-frills British food and fireworks made Rose & Crown both one of my mother’s favorite Disney spots, and the bane of the Epcot trips of my youth. (Ugh, do we have to watch the fireworks again? I want to eat in Morocco!) But, Rose & Crown and I have come a long way over the past years. And, I now fully support adding it to a Disney dining itinerary.

Atmosphere

The first thing you’ll probably notice about Rose & Crown is that it isn’t built in just one architectural style. Instead, the building is a mash-up of three different, popular pub styles.

The building’s three sides at Rose and Crown.

The main entrance leads into a full-service pub where you can belly up to the bar for traditional beers, ciders, and scotches from the UK. A handful of tables provide a much-needed respite from the afternoon sun.

Stopping in for an evening pint.

Outside the pub entrance, to the left, is the check in booth for the dining room. Seating is either on the outdoor patio overlooking the lagoon, or inside the main dining room. Try your best to score an outdoor table if you can (back patio is better than side patio) for the fireworks view.

This will likely prove to be a difficult endeavor, however. After close to three decades of dining here, this trip was the first time our family was actually seated outside.

Get a load of that view!

Now, don’t let that get you discouraged! Even if you can’t get the coveted front row seats, those eating inside are allowed [Read more…]

What Should I Do in Epcot on a Kid-Free Night?

Check out this great DFB reader question we received a while back!:

I am traveling to Orlando on business and will be in Epcot for one evening. What would you suggest that I do with this rare dining opportunity? Normally, my family accompanies me on this trip, but this year, I’m looking forward to a kid-free night in the park!

There are TONS of great options for a kid-free night in Epcot. I’ve got a couple in mind, but I can’t wait to hear what YOU would do!

Evening at Epcot is Extra Magical!

But also, as much as we all love our families, it’s fun sometimes to have a little grown up time in the parks.

And if you’re a parent who hasn’t had a chance to do that, we still bet that you’ve got a couple of great suggestions dreamed up just in case! So share your suggestions for a dream night in Epcot in the comments section below!

As for what I would do? After about six rides in a row on Maelstrom, Spaceship Earth, Soarin’, and Test Track in a row, here’s what I’m thinking food-wise…

Tutto Gusto for Dinner

For dinner, I would choose Tutto Gusto. The wine bar, one of the newer additions to World Showcase’s Italy Pavilion, features a wonderful menu of tempting small plates — and you don’t need a reservation to dine there! Also, it’s very solo-diner friendly.

You can see a recent Tutto Gusto review right here!

One of Tutto Gusto's Cheese Boards

The atmosphere is cozy, and the [Read more…]