First Look and Review! The New Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

It’s good to see you again, Roaring Fork!

Roaring Fork is the primary Counter Service restaurant at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Over the past several months, the entire resort has been undergoing several refurbishments, and these changes have certainly included some of the dining options at the Lodge.

For instance, this past February brought the addition of Geyser Point Bar & Grill — a hybrid outdoor lounge and Counter Service location. The opening of Geyser Point coincided with the temporary closure of Roaring Fork for a renovation of its own.

And even though Geyser Point has been a terrific addition to Wilderness Lodge, we have missed Roaring Fork. As home to everything from Specialty Waffles in the morning to some of our favorite cupcakes anywhere — all served up in the Lodge’s uniquely beautiful rustic setting —  Roaring Fork has long held a special place in our hearts. And we know we’re not the only ones who feel that way.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Sign

Roaring Fork Outdoor Sign

So, I’m sure some of you are as anxious as I am to see what’s new and what’s remained the same (did the Waffles make the cut?!?) at Roaring Fork. Let’s not waste any more time checking it out!

Atmosphere

Before the refurbishment, there were a few words you could always use to describe Roaring Fork. Among them were “rustic” and even “cozy.” [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Must-Eat Snacks at Disney World Resort Hotels

Did you know, did you know? We love some Disney snacks around here. :-)

2017 DFB Guide to WDW Dining Cover March 6

And part of the reason that we love them so much is that we know that you do, too! In fact, I’m 100% confident that I could spend an entire vacation in the ‘World and sustain myself on snacks alone.

And that’s why I dedicate a lot of real estate in the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining to offering you pictures and details about snacks in all four corners of Walt Disney World.

And if that’s not enough for you, I’ve also written guides dedicated to the snacks in each Park as well as special events happening throughout the year — which, believe it or not, usher forth their own seasonally-themed treats. You can discover it all in our DFB Guide Everything Bundle.

But more about that in a minute. Right now, let’s look at one of my favorite lists: Must-Eat Snacks in Walt Disney World Resort Hotels. The list comes to you courtesy of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining. And if you like what you see, check out our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2017 Second Edition. With more than 650 pages of information, we leave no Disney Food topic uncovered!

But let’s get back to that list. :-) Time to check ‘em out!

Naan Bread with Dipping Sauces

Head to Disney’s Art of Animation for our first snack stop. Landscape of Flavors, the resort’s counter service offering, is a great place to enjoy some out of the ordinary quick service options.

But one of the best values is the Side of Naan with Dipping Sauces.

SIDE of Naan

Side of Naan with Dipping Sauces

The house-made Flatbread and trio of Accompaniments are so good, I’m willing to make an special trip for them! These aren’t on the menu as a side item, but you can order them that way! [Read more…]

Review: Seven Layer Bar and Toffee Shortbread Bar at Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors

Landscape of Flavors — the food court at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – developed a reputation early on for being a step above your average food court.

With options such as the Surf and Surf Burger, the World of Flavors Tandoori Station, and a Create-Your-Own Pasta bar, it’s been one to watch from the beginning for some fun and appetizing entrees.

It also introduced something unexpected to the realm of food court desserts: Landscape of Flavors has its own Gelato Bar — a feature that has since been added to the recently refurbished End Zone Food Court at All Star Sports Resort.

Today, though, our search for sweets is focused on a different area… Who’s up for raiding Landscape’s pastry case?!

Pastries and Desserts Case

Pastries and Desserts Case

Two recent additions here caught our attention: the Toffee Shortbread Bar and the Seven Layer Bar.

Toffee Shortbread Bar and Seven Layer Bar

Toffee Shortbread Bar and Seven Layer Bar

So, let’s grab [Read more…]

Review: Cherry Cobbler at Port Orleans, Riverside Resort

It’s gotta be said… Port Orleans – Riverside has a lot going for it.

It just might be my favorite Disney World Resort – at the very least, it’s in my top three. So it’s entirely possible that my total bias towards all-things-Riverside may be coming into play when I think about the food options.

But, c’mon! This is the home of the great River Roost lounge, made all the greater thanks to our friend Yeeha Bob. (Oh, and those unreal Prime Rib Sliders don’t hurt, either. Trust me.) Aaaaand it’s got Boatwright’s, serving up Louisiana favorites like Jambalaya and Chicken and Andouille Gumbo.

And last, but not least, is the Riverside Mill Food Court.

Riverside Mill Food Court

Riverside Mill Food Court

It’s rustic-meets-comfy, and somehow — for a place with huge amounts of seating – manages to feel at least a little bit cozy, with its abundant natural light and mismatched chairs.

Riverside Mill Seating

Riverside Mill Seating

Riverside Mill Seating

Riverside Mill Seating

But the best part might be the slowly turning water wheel that you can view from inside.

View of water wheel

View of water wheel

In my head, it looks like this… totally sepia-toned!

Water wheel... in sepia!

Water wheel… in sepia!

Today we’re here to try a treat I’ve had my eye on for a while now (and I’ve only ever seen it at Riverside Mill). It’s the Cherry Cobbler, coming at you from the Bakery section!

Riverside Mill Bakery section

Riverside Mill Bakery section

The Cherry Cobbler doesn’t pop up on the menu until the evening, typically around 5:00 pm.

Bakery Menu at Riverside Mill Food Court

Bakery Menu at Riverside Mill Food Court

I’ve wanted to try it since the first time I saw a huge, bubbling pan-full!

Batch of hot Cherry Cobbler

Batch of hot Cherry Cobbler

What I received was definitely heavy on the cherry, but not so much on the cobbler.

Cherry Cobbler

Cherry Cobbler

That’s unfortunate, because every time I bit into some of the crumbled topping, it was [Read more…]

Guest Review: Old Faithful Club Concierge Lounge at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Welcome Guest Reviewer James Armstrong! Today, we get to see the concierge’s food amenities at the Wilderness Lodge in Walt Disney World. Let’s head to the Old Faithful Club!

While recently staying at Wilderness Lodge we had the pleasure of staying on the Concierge level (also known as the Old Faithful Club).

This is an “upgrade” you can purchase for your room when staying at most of the deluxe Disney World hotels. As part of this upgrade (and additional cost), you benefit from a private concierge to help arrange tickets, childcare, transportation, and recreational activities.

You ALSO get some free food in the Club Lounge.

Atmosphere

To get to the concierge level guests need to use their room key in the elevator, which will activate access to the seventh floor.

Old Faithful Club Elevator Key.

From here, you’ll be afforded excellent views of both the Fire Rock Geiser and the lodge itself. It also has the Old Faithful Club Lounge!

Old Faithful Times Guide. Click image for larger version.

Eats

As part of the Concierge experience, access to the Old Faithful Club Lounge is granted. Here, you’ll find all-you-care to eat snacks and drinks. This service will likely not replace all three meals, however it is a convenient stop for in-between snacks or light meals.

Continental Breakfast (7:00am – 10:30am*)
Breakfast was a nice variety of pastries, muffins, bagels, yogurt, fruit, and cereal. The menu was consistent throughout our visit.

Breakfast Pastries

Fridge stocked at breakfast

Cereal Dispensers

The Cinnamon Rolls had tender dough and a nice sweet flavor.

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls Close-Up

There were plenty of Mini Muffins– Blueberry and [Read more…]

Review: Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

You know how much we love the food at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge around here. All of the restaurants here — Whispering Canyon Cafe, Artist Point, and even Territory Lounge — offer incredible food in unique settings.

But despite my many trips to Roaring Fork, I just realized I’ve never put together a full review for you guys!

Located conveniently mere steps away from both the lobby of the hotel, as well as the pool area, Roaring Fork is a great place to grab a quick meal or snack on the go as you head out for a swim or to the parks.

Atmosphere

Entering into Roaring Fork, you get that same Pacific Northwest Territory adventure vibe present all around Wilderness Lodge, with more of a hint of the rustic here.

It’s awesome how the signage around Wilderness Lodge has a sense of flow to it. You really do feel like you could go outside and hop into a white water raft, bound for some rapids!

Roaring Fork Sign

There’s an abbreviated menu board located outside so you can tell at a glance if the selections here will appeal to you.

Menu Outside of Roaring Fork -- Click to Enlarge

One thing to note about Roaring Fork is the [Read more…]

Best Cookie Snacks in Walt Disney World

OK, all. Today we’re talking about something that I know you can all appreciate…

COOKIES! Yep. Simple, sweet, and the perfect combo of portable and delicious, cookies are the oft-forgotten workhorse of the snack world.

Now, I know that there are dozens of awesome cookie options in Disney World. So many that we couldn’t possibly list them ALL in our “best of” post about cookies. But we’re going to take a shot at listing a few of our favorites…and hopefully a few that you haven’t yet sampled!

These are cookies that are truly something special — options that either I couldn’t get anyplace else, or treats that say Disney! loud and clear to me.

So I present to you the Disney Food Blog’s Favorite Cookies at Walt Disney World! Don’t forget to check out more awesome Disney Snacks like these in our 2013 DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book!

Carrot Cake Cookie

Ever since I discovered the Carrot Cake Cookie at The Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I’ve made it a point to grab one on just about every trip. The Writer’s Stop is — sadly — now closed, but you can still grab the Carrot Cake Cookie at Sweet Spells.

These are the epitome of awesome Disney snacks. Unique, only found in one park anywhere in the world, and truly, over-the-top delicious. They consist of two components: Cakey “cookies” and a huge amount of cream cheese icing — more than you would ever get on the run-of-the-mill slice of carrot cake.

The cookies themselves are moist, sweet, and spicy. And I liken this snack to the best version of a whoopie pie ever. :-)

Carrot Cake Cookie

This treat is huge, which makes it perfect to share or to eat as a snack over a few days!

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

You saw this one coming from a mile away, didn’t you? There is no fancy dessert that holds a candle to one of my favorite grab and go sweet treats, the Homemade Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich!

Two ginormous cookies are smooshed together with a huge scoop of ice cream for a portable (if slightly messy) treat. Decadent, simple, and a great way to cool down on a hot Florida day!

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

But another fun fact that makes these sandwiches a favorite of mine is that often, you can customize them! Pick your cookie, pick your [Read more…]