News: Celebrate Mickey Mouse’s Birthday with Special Treats at Walt Disney World and Disneyland!

Mickey Mouse is celebrating his birthday on November 18 and we’re all invited to the party! Whether you’re celebrating the Mouse’s big day at Walt Disney World or Disneyland, there are so many sweet treats to enjoy – and the best part is, every dessert was inspired by Mickey!

Happy Birthday Mickey!

Happy Birthday Mickey!

Disney World

No birthday celebration is complete without cupcakes, and Mickey’s Birthday Cupcake will be available at The Trolley Car Cafe and Starring Rolls at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! A Love Mickey XOXO cupcake is available at the Main Street Bakery and Gaston’s Tavern in the Magic Kingdom, while Mischievous Mickey’s Birthday Cupcake – a confetti cupcake filled with strawberry mousse and topped with chocolate buttercream – will be available at Sunshine Seasons in Epcot.

[Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: November 15, 2016

Hello, friends! Well, we’d be remiss if we didn’t start out this post by wishing THIS GUY a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Happy Birthday to THIS GUY!!

Happy Birthday, Mickey!!

Mickey Mouse was presented to the world with the premiere of the animated short “Steamboat Willie” on November 18, 1928. And our favorite Mouse will be joining us all around the World today for our November edition of What’s New!

All Around the World

The Holiday Season is upon us! [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 27, 2016

Happy Sunday and Happy Easter! We hope you’re enjoying a day filled with friends and family (and maybe a chocolate bunny or two!). Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and catch up on the latest Disney food news!

Grand Floridian Easter Eggs

Grand Floridian Easter Eggs

We recently had a chance to stop by Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to check out the stunning Chocolate Easter Egg display. The Grand Floridian bakery team designs these incredible (and edible) chocolate eggs — and this is the fifth year they’ve been put on display for guests.

The eggs are on display through April 4.

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

[Read more…]

Review: Lunch at Kona Cafe in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Kona Cafe may not be all that interesting to look at.

But — breakfast, lunch, or dinner — this spot consistently offers delicious and unexpectedly good to great food.

Considered a bit of a hidden gem, Kona is normally a pretty easy spot for snagging an advance dining reservation. And with its super convenient location in the Polynesian Village Resort (right on the Magic Kingdom Monorail line!), it’s easily accessible from — well, pretty much anywhere.

But while we’ve enjoyed meals every time of the day here throughout the years, I never rely on past experiences to predict future outcomes. :-) And so I made it my mission on a recent visit to take in lunch at Kona once again.

Sure, it meant missing out on some of my most favorite breakfast items (sob — Tonga Toast!) — but hey, it’s worth it to bring you all the latest! Right?

So hop on the monorail with me, and let’s head to Kona for a midday meal.

Atmosphere

If you haven’t had the chance to check out the newly renovated Polynesian Village Resort, be sure to pencil in a little extra time when you head to Kona Cafe. I think Disney has done a great job of simultaneously breathing fresh air into this original Disney World spot and celebrating history. It’s new and old at the same time!

Kona Cafe

Newly Renovated Polynesian Village Resort Lobby

Unfortunately, the Imagineering Love didn’t reach all the way to Kona. So you’ll find the same decor that’s been here for quite some time. [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 6, 2016

Happy Sunday! We hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and catch up on the latest Disney food news!

Jerk-spice Grouper with Mango Salsa, Chayote and Green Papaya Slaw with Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette

Jerk-spice Grouper with Mango Salsa, Chayote and Green Papaya Slaw with Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette

We’re so excited to announced the grand launch of the 2016-17 edition of the DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-book! The fully-updated guide features photos, information, and advice on more than 180 snacks at the Magic Kingdom!

To celebrate the grand launch of The DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-book we’re offering the guide for 20% off the cover price! Just use the code Magic16 at checkout!

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

[Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 21, 2016

Happy Sunday! We hope you’re having a relaxing day filled with fun, family, and food!

Ahhh, Epcot in the Spring.

Ahhh, Epcot in the Spring.

It’s time to officially start looking forward to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! The full menus for the festival food booths are available right here on DFB!

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

[Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 24, 2016

Happy weekend! It’s time to dig in to our weekly round-up of the best Disney food news, and it’s been a busy week full of exciting annoucements!

Red Velvet Pancakes drizzled with syrup

Red Velvet Pancakes drizzled with syrup

If you’re traveling to Walt Disney World we have the scoop on the best character meals for kids of all ages! We also shared our favorite restaurants at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Did yours make the list?

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

[Read more…]

Review: Breakfast at Kona Cafe in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

We are kicking off this week right with one of my favorite breakfasts in all of the Disney Food Universe — Kona Cafe!

This mainstay of Walt Disney World flies under the radar quite a lot of the time. If you don’t know better, you’ll probably write it off as just a garden variety hotel lobby restaurant, good for grabbing a bite before you move onto bigger things.

For me — and for many Disney fans in the know — it’s a destination.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s take a look around, then dive right into the eats.

Atmosphere

If it’s been a while since your last visit to the Polynesian, then you’re in for a bit of a surprise. The hotel, one of Disney World’s original resorts, recently underwent a huge renovation.

The work not only added many new enhancements, like Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, and the Pineapple Lanai (your home for Dole Whip at the Poly). But it also transformed areas like the hotel’s lobby. While I miss the sound of the old waterfall, I think this assortment of glass float lights is a nice, new focal point.

Kona Cafe

Newly Renovated Polynesian Village Resort Lobby

Still, for better or for worse, Kona Cafe has remained largely unchanged. Located off of the second floor atrium, it still appears to be a rather ho-hum restaurant. [Read more…]

Best Places for Pressed Pot Coffee in Walt Disney World

Remember the old days when getting a decent cup of coffee at Walt Disney World was practically impossible?

Press Pot Trattoria al Forno

Unless you enjoyed kicking off your day with a cup of Nescafe, you were just out of luck back then. Stories of Disney fans bringing provisions from home weren’t out of the ordinary.

But as the world has slowly awakened to better coffee, Disney has jumped on the bandwagon. In the last few years especially, better coffee options at Disney World have grown by leaps and bounds.

One of the best ways to enjoy a good cup is via Press Pots, which are offered at many table service restaurants throughout the resort. You’ll find specific varieties, roasts, and blends by Joffrey’s Coffee, tailored to the tastes and theme of each resort.

Let’s look at a couple of our favorites! [Read more…]

Top Meals Under $20 in Walt Disney World

We can all use tips on how to save a little money now and then. And that’s never more true than when you’re planning a Disney vacation!

Top Meals Under $20 2

It may seem like the impossible task: finding a bargain in Walt Disney World. And that’s seems especially true when it comes to food.

But believe it or not, there are some truly fantastic meals at Disney Restaurants for less than $20 dollars! And I’m not just talking counter service.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite meals that you can still score at Walt Disney World for under $20. I think you’ll be surprised at all of the cool places you can eat without bleeding your wallet dry!

Tonga Toast at Kona Cafe

Ah, Tonga Toast. If you haven’t had it, you really need to get it on your list.

To enjoy this one, book your breakfast advance dining reservation for Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Tonga Toast

Tonga Toast

Thick-cut Sourdough Bread is stuffed with ripe bananas before it’s deep fried and rolled in Cinnamon Sugar. Served with a side of Strawberry Coulis for dipping/pouring, it’s the perfect, decadent start to your Disney Day. And since it’s incredibly hefty, it will keep you going for hours. [Read more…]