Review: Cheeseburger Spring Rolls at Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland Egg Roll Wagon

I’ve strolled past the Adventureland Egg Roll Wagon lots of times.

Maybe you have, too… and possibly without even knowing it. Adventureland hosts a few carts featuring the regulars like ice cream bars, popcorn, and plenty of cold drinks for tropical, Adventureland-type days. It also has the one responsible for the irresistible fragrance of cinnamon-glazed almonds on your way to Pirates of the Caribbean. But the Egg Roll Wagon stands alone in its little area and also stands alone in its food offerings, being the only grab-and-walk egg roll location in Magic Kingdom.

You pass the little cart after the entrance to the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse (give a shout if you still love it!).

Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse

Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse

Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse

Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse

And you can see it to your left when facing the Magic Carpets of Aladdin — it’s the little red cart with the cool overhang.

Egg Roll Wagon on the left

Egg Roll Wagon on the left

By the way… a word of warning: if you ever find yourself in line for an egg roll, watch out for this guy.

Magic Carpets of Aladdin Camel

Magic Carpets of Aladdin Camel

He spits. How I manage to forget that every single time I’m in his general vicinity, I’ll never know.

Anyway, back to the Wagon! Here it is on a slightly less busy day ;).

Egg Roll Wagon

Egg Roll Wagon

But on the particular day of my recent visit, I was in Adventureland checking out the new homes for both Sunshine Tree Terrace and Aloha Isle. That’s when I noticed a little sign at the Egg Roll Wagon which made me do a double-take. You see, the Egg Roll Wagon typically offers fairly standard egg roll choices; you know, like pork and vegetable.

Egg Roll Wagon menu

Egg Roll Wagon menu

But there was a brand new item available for testing, which means the outcome can be anything from deciding not to feature them at all, to offering them on peak days (such as the day I was there), to adding them to the regular menu.

So, what is the test item in question (umm, if you didn’t see it in this post’s title ;)? Cheeseburger Spring Rolls!

Cheeseburger Spring Rolls sign

Cheeseburger Spring Rolls sign

You don’t have to ask me twice! So, here they are, and you can already see [Read more…]

Review: Sweet Potato Nuggets at Magic Kingdom’s Golden Oak Outpost

The last time we visited the Golden Oak Outpost in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland, it was for a Fry Feast, trying out their revamped menu featuring loaded Waffle Fries.

Because my hands (and tummy) were full of fries that day, I didn’t have the chance to sample the other new addition to the menu at that time: Sweet Potato Nuggets. Before the fry takeover, you may recall that Golden Oak Outpost offered Corn Nuggets dusted with Powdered Sugar for a short time. So today we’re back to finally check out the newest nuggets on the scene.

You’ll see the Sweet Potato Nuggets on the menu underneath the variety of Waffle Fries. By the way, where there were previously four types of fries, you’ll now see three (the Tex-Mex Fries didn’t make the final cut).

Golden Oak Outpost menu

Golden Oak Outpost menu

At first glance, the Sweet Potato Nuggets looked a bit like the Corn Nuggets (save for the color), thanks to the helping of powdered sugar dusting the top.

Sugar-dusted nuggets

Sugar-dusted nuggets

But where the Corn Nuggets featured a separate fried batter surrounding creamed corn, the sweet potato nuggets are nothing but sweet potato. Once you bite in, you can easily see that [Read more…]

Rumor: Saying Goodbye to Magic Kingdom’s Aloha Isle?

UPDATE: It may not be “Aloha” for Aloha Isle after all… It’s possible that Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace may be switching locations soon. We’ll keep you posted as this story progresses!

It may be that the days of lining up at Magic Kingdom’s Aloha Isle for a Dole Whip are coming to an end…

Recently, Aloha Isle’s Adventureland neighbor, Sunshine Tree Terrace, added Aloha’s signature snack to their menu. Adding to its own specialty treat — the Citrus Swirl — now Dole Whip can be purchased at Sunshine Tree Terrace as well. Options currently include the flavors of Pineapple, Vanilla, or a Swirl of both served in your choice of cone, cup, or in Float form.

So, why the change? It seems Aloha Isle may be closing to make way for a new restaurant in Adventureland, and Sunshine Tree Terrace will become the sole spot to find Dole Whip at Magic Kingdom.

Dole Whip at Sunshine Tree Terrace

Dole Whip at Sunshine Tree Terrace

So, what’s on tap for this possible new location? Rumor has it a Tiana-themed restaurant may be in the works.

Is Aloha Isle coming to an end?

Is Aloha Isle coming to an end?

Again, we want to stress that this is currently filed solidly under “rumor” status, but [Read more…]

Review: Iced Tea Lemonade Slush at Magic Kingdom’s Columbia Harbour House

Frozen Slush drinks are by no means new to Magic Kingdom.

You’ll find them in all sort of  places in a variety of flavors.

Pinocchio Village Haus is known for changing it up with slushes dedicated to characters from the Pinocchio story and film (examples include the former Jiminy Cricket Slush and the current Blue Raspberry Slush in honor of the Blue Fairy).

The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland offers an array of Icee-type slushes in four different flavors: Blue Raspberry, Cherry, Minute Maid Lemonade, and Coca-Cola. Cheshire Cafe serves arguably the most popular versions of slush drinks: Lemonade and Raspberry Lemonade.

You can also find the Raspberry Lemonade at Sunshine Tree Terrace, along with a Pina Colada Slush (sans rum) to boot. And I haven’t even mentioned the Liberty Swirl Slush at Sleepy Hollow — a patriotic red-and-blue combo of Strawberry and Blue Raspberry. OR the Cherry Slush with FOMZ at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

Cherry Slush topped with Lemon Lime Fomz

Cherry Slush topped with Lemon Lime Fomz

Still with me in spite of the brain freeze ;) ? Good. Because there is a place that’s managed to fly under the radar in the Slush game, and that’s Columbia Harbour House. Like a few other spots, it does indeed serve the Lemonade Slush. But they have their very own spin on this frozen treat as well: the Iced Tea Lemonade Slush. And I’d yet to try it.

Columbia Harbour House

Columbia Harbour House

Columbia Harbour House

Columbia Harbour House

The Iced Tea Lemonade Slush has been on the menu for quite some time, but you’d almost never know it. On the back of the printed menu, the Lemonade Slush gets tops billing with a big ol’ picture on the bottom left, while the Iced Tea version just gets a small mention on the upper right corner.

Columbia Harbour House menu

Columbia Harbour House menu. Mmmm broccoli.

The Iced Tea Lemonade Slush comes to you not entirely blended, so you see both components — the Iced Tea Slush and the Lemonade Slush — in a “layered” effect.

Iced Tea Lemonade Slush

Iced Tea Lemonade Slush

And, of course, the same thing happens with the flavors: sometimes you get [Read more…]

Review: Waffle with Strawberries and Whipped Cream at Sleepy Hollow in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

We talk a lot about the unique Waffle Sandwiches over at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments.

The Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich, the  Nutella and Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich, and the Ham with Prosciutto and Swiss Waffle Sandwich typically steal the spotlight.

But if Waffle Sandwiches aren’t quite your thing, you’re not out of options at this waffle hot-spot. If you peek under the Nutella and Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich on the menu, you’ll notice a couple of more traditional choices: the Waffle with Powdered Sugar or Cinnamon, and the Waffle with Strawberries and Whipped Cream. (Thankfully, all these waffles have never replaced the fried doughy goodness that is Funnel Cake — they all continue to exist happily together on the menu!)

Sleepy Hollow Menu

Sleepy Hollow Menu

I chose the Waffle with Strawberries and Whipped Cream.

Waffle with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Waffle with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

As I watched my waffle being prepared, I noticed [Read more…]

Review: Blue Raspberry Slush at Pinocchio Village Haus in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

For all the attention that the extremely well-themed dining spots in New Fantasyland receive, Pinocchio Village Haus in Magic Kingdom’s original Fantasyland is certainly not short of its own charms.

There are even a few special surprises to know about if you pop in here for lunch or a snack! We’ll tell you about those later!

But even if you don’t intend to partake in one of the flatbreads – this spot’s main entrée – it’s worth a stop to at least pop in and take a look at some of the artwork that covers the walls, especially for fans of classic Disney animation.

A similar Pinocchio restaurant is included in several of the Disney parks around the world, and all of them feature incredible themeing like this!

Geppetto Mural

Geppetto Mural

"Give a little whistle"

“Give a little whistle”

One small touch that I appreciate at Pinocchio’s is how characters from the film are often incorporated into a few of the offerings; in particular, it’s the slushes as of late.

Previously home to Pinocchio’s Punch and Jiminy Cricket’s Slush, the menu currently features Lemonade Slush, “a favorite of Pinocchio’s,” and Blue Raspberry Slush, “a favorite of the Blue Fairy.” (By the way, it’s not designated on the menu, but these slushes are good for a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan.)

 

Lemonade and Blue Raspberry Slush

Lemonade and Blue Raspberry Slush

Being nothing if not a complete sucker for stuff like this, I placed my order for the Blue Fairy’s favorite, the Blue Raspberry Slush! And, WOW… is this thing ever BLUE! It is every bit as blue as Jiminy Cricket’s Slush was so very, VERY green.

Blue Raspberry Slush

Blue Raspberry Slush

You’ll find a frozen Blue Raspberry beverage over at The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland, as well as a few other spots all over the Parks (think Drinkwallah in Animal Kingdom, or Peevy’s Polar Pipeline in Hollywood Studios). However, their hue is closer to an icee-style slush that you may be familiar with, like this…

Blue Raspberry Frozen Beverage at The Lunching Pad

Blue Raspberry Frozen Beverage at The Lunching Pad

The Blue Fairy’s Slush is a decidedly bold and nearly cobalt blue, and it comes topped with whipped cream drizzled with raspberry syrup. It’s actually sort of pretty if you can get past the un-naturalness of the whole thing ;) .

Blue Raspberry Slush

Blue Raspberry Slush

Whipped cream and raspberry drizzle

Whipped cream and raspberry drizzle

The flavor of the raspberry drizzle is a lighter flavor much like blue cotton candy. Once you get beyond the whipped cream, though, there is not one thing [Read more…]

News and Review: Corn Nuggets at Golden Oak Outpost in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

It sure is spring here at Disney World! The sun is high and strong, and the spring break crowds at the parks are rising a bit. The great thing about that is there are some really fun food finds cropping up around the Parks.

Certain food locations that aren’t always operating are opening their ordering windows and doors… and – in some cases – bringing some new snacks with them. Woo!

Take, for example, the Golden Oak Outpost in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland.

Golden Oak Outpost (4)

Golden Oak Outpost Sign

It’s not altogether unusual to find it open and offering some quick eats; in particular, a tasty Chicken Sandwich and Chicken Breast Nuggets (a six-piece version at a slightly lower price point, as opposed to the standard eight-piece… good to know!).

Golden Oak Outpost (7)

Golden Oak Outpost

However, it’s also not unusual to see a sign suggesting that hungry cowpokes should stop by Pecos Bill’s because the spot is not currently serving.

So while I wasn’t super-surprised to see it operating, I was surprised to see a recent addition to the menu: Corn Nuggets Dusted with Powdered Sugar.

Golden Oak Outpost Menu

Golden Oak Outpost Menu

Nope — not Corn DOG nuggets; just corn nuggets. Upon asking one of the Cast Members about this snack, she informed me that [Read more…]

New!: Italian Spiced (and more!) Roasted Corn at Liberty Square Market

It’s funny: Liberty Square Market is smack dab in the middle of Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square. And yet, somehow it remains something of a hidden gem. I’m referring to the structure itself, and also its food offerings. You never know what you might find at Liberty Square Market.

Liberty Square Market

Liberty Square Market

Well, that’s not entirely true. You do always know you’ll find lots of grab-n-go options, like bagged chips and whole fruit. And you’ll find them in a pretty cool setting! But there are always a few surprises here, too! Let’s check out a few of the details.

Atmosphere

There is a lot of charm packed in this not-so-huge space. And all of it perfectly complements its Liberty Square surroundings, from the open-air building…

View of Liberty Square Market

View of Liberty Square Market

…to the font used on the menu.

Liberty Square Market Menu

Liberty Square Market Menu

I like the barrels of Mead, Ale, Grog, and potatoes! (Please note: Liberty Square Market sells neither mead, nor ale, nor grog ;D) . It does, however, sell potatoes! More on that in a few…)

Barrels o' Mead and Grog!

Barrels o’ Mead and Grog!

My very favorite is the cart full of chips. I like to think this was how the Founding Fathers picked up their Doritos and Cheetos after a long morning of drafting Constitutions and what-not. You know.

Cart full of chips

Cart full of chips

You can take your goods to this seating area behind the Market. Tables are often [Read more…]

Disney Snack Series: Chocolate-Covered Banana!

So, we’ve all seen (and probably eaten) those frozen chocolate-covered nanners that you can get at the Disney ice cream carts, right? But have you ever seen an unfrozen version? I hadn’t! Until I scoped out the snack cases at Big Top Treats in the Magic Kingdom last week!

Chocolate and Peanut Covered Unfrozen Banana at Big Top Treats in Magic Kingdom

Here I found a new-to-me treat — a regular old unfrozen banana covered in chocolate and peanuts! Rock on! Of course, they have a version that skips the peanuts as well if you’re just a straight banana-and-chocolate kind of person.

The no-nuts version is $3.79 and the peanuts version is $4.29. Both are available for a Disney Dining Plan snack credit.

Two versions of the unfrozen banana available at Big Top Treats

I chose the version with peanuts (extra protein, you know!) and couldn’t wait to try it.

The frozen bananas are so hard to break into, but with this you get all of the great flavors without cracking your teeth! (Plus, it takes forever to eat those frozen bananas…the unfrozen ones mean instant gratification for us Disney snack fiends.)

Chocolate and Peanut Covered Banana

The chocolate was fresh and had great flavor — it didn’t taste or feel plastic-y or artificial at all. And the banana was ripe and sweet, so no worries about starchy, “green” fruit here. In fact, I was worried that the softness of the banana might make it fall right off the stick; so if you buy this for your kiddo, it might make sense to [Read more…]

Try It! The Magic Kingdom “I Heart Mickey” Snack Crawl

The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book is packed with salty, savory and sweet munchies that make a day at the Magic Kingdom even more memorable! You know how much I love food-inspired crawls, so today I’d like to share with you the details of the I Heart Mickey Snack Crawl we developed for our Magic Kingdom Snacks guidebook.

I can’t promise that you’ll run into Mickey Mouse during this icon-enriched tour, yet you can honor our favorite mouse by feasting on these Mickey-shaped treats in the Magic Kingdom!

Here we go…

Mickey Waffle

Travel to your starting point — Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square — to enjoy the ever popular Mickey Waffle. We’re going for the plate-sized Mickey waffle, here; and this is one of the only places in the World you can get them!

Mickey Waffle

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

Next up, we’ve got another iconic snack for you! Head to any treat cart in the Magic Kingdom to revel in the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar! Go ahead and get [Read more…]