We’ve got another What’s New at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for you this week, and it involves construction! We bet you’re surprised to hear that, aren’t you? 😉
For those keeping track of changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this week, there’s one more to add to the list. You already likely know that the construction of Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land is now officially underway, as evidenced by the very recent closure of Streets of America fixtures such as Studio Catering Co. and the Lights! Motors! Action Extreme Stunt Show to make way for the new ventures.
But what about Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano? It was always part of the former Streets of America section of the park, and yet it’s still in operation. (Yay!)
Well, it’s now part of the newly renamed Muppets Courtyard! The new name of this area of the park is revealed in the updated Guide Map for Disney’s Hollywood Studios (it’s listed on the bottom right of the shot below). [Read more…]
We’re staring down the last of the dog days of summer as Disney World gears up for Fall… Join us on a tour around all four east coast Parks as we check out What’s New!
With September upon us everyone is anticipating autumn and special seasonal events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (currently underway) and the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (more on that a little later in the post :). So it’s not surprising to see Magic Kingdom all decked out for the occasion!
(Love seeing this sign pop up [Read more…]
It’s no secret that my daughter Louisa is more than a little produce averse. There was a period of about four years when NO fruit or vegetable crossed her lips, and even now at age 12 she still has to be cajoled into having more than a bite or two of something as innocuous as sweet potato or banana.
So you can imagine my surprise when, on a recent trip to the Animal Kingdom’s Yak & Yeti restaurant, she consumed nearly the entire plate of wok-fried green beans we had ordered for the table. It was one of those parenting moments where you hold your breath and move slowly so as to avoid breaking the spell.
Those Yak & Yeti yummies didn’t turn Louisa into an inveterate bean eater, but she is now occasionally willing to nibble on a tempura string bean if we’re out for Japanese. Based on our prior track record with legumes, I’m going to count that solidly in the win column.
The Theme Park Food Effect
What was it about the Yak & Yeti beans that made Louisa such a fan? Yes, they were quite tasty, and yes, the green part was handily obfuscated by a crunchy, yumtastic fried breading coating; but we had tried similar ploys in the past to no avail. My theory is that the Yak & Yeti beans were flavored by the spice of (cue the orchestra) The Theme Park Food Effect.
Much like campers will say that meals eaten on the trail are the BEST, you know that their experience is colored by the fact that their senses are overwhelmed and they’re starving from an [Read more…]
It’s official, everyone! The big news this week: Starbucks is coming to Disney Parks! Whether you love it or hate it, the coffee king will be opening six locations soon — one in each domestic Disney park.
Later today, stay tuned for pictures of the new Art of Animation Food Court and Menus! We’re reporting live from Disney World this week!
Disney Food News
- Starbucks comes to Walt Disney World and Disneyland!
- Disney World’s Be Our Guest Restaurant will open this Holiday Season!
- New menus for the renovated Epcot’s Tutto Italia in Walt Disney World! Opening soon!
- Check out the fun Popsycakes at Bongos Cuban Cafe in Disney World’s Downtown Disney!
- Check out these new Princess Character Cookies found in Disneyland!
We’ve got more food news (including a new chef at Mama Melrose’s, opening date for Disneyland’s Candy Palace and Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, plus a new confectionery, Trolley Treats, coming to Disney California Adventure) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!
DFB Podcast Episode 3
We’re excited to finally announce the third episode of the DFB Podcast, which you can download now!
Thanks to everyone who’s listening for being so generous with your time, comments, and support!
In this episode, we share Disney Food News, answer listener questions, reveal our trivia winner from last week (and ask a new trivia question), and discuss non-buffet character meals in Disney World and Disneyland!
On To The Round-Up
DisneyCaribbeanBeach.com shares the recipe for Poolside Lemonade – a fave cocktail at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.
disZine shares how to get free cupcakes when Sprinkle Cupcakes helps promote DreamWorks’ upcoming dramedy, People Like Us!
Main Street Gazette enjoys the groovy Tie Dye cheesecake at Pop Century’s Everything Pop food court.
Daveland goes back to Disneyland’s Plantation House where fried chicken was the specialty.
Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups finds beer, wine, and mixers at the WDW value resorts.
Studios Central previews snacks in R2-D2 containers for the 2012 Star Wars Weekends.
Disney Wedding Podcast chats with AJ about incorporating Disney food into a wedding reception or other catered event.
Wesh.com shares DFB tips on celebrating your special occasions at a Disney restaurant.
All Fare’s Food Blog reviews the Animal Kingdom’s Flame Tree Barbecue!
Lots of Disney food news popped up this week, including lovely, flavorful things like wine, chocolate, caramel, coffee, cake, and more!!
Plus, we’ve found some seriously interesting posts to share with you — did you know that Doritos may have been invented in Disneyland?? Check it out…
Treat Yourself to Updated Disney Food News
- In Anaheim, Disneyland’s Downtown Disney may see two new popular and affordable eateries soon — Starbucks and Earl of Sandwich!
- Treat your princess like royalty with the “Her Royal Highness Package” at Cinderella’s Royal Table. The package includes a balloon centerpiece, tiara, and specialty cake.
- Flying Fish Cafe is offering a Wine Dinner on February 2nd. Space is limited.
- Disney’s Soda Fountain celebrates the Beauty and the Beast 3-D film with a specialty sundae. Love the candy rose!
- The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is bringing back Chocolate, Wine, and Romance weekends in February! Check out the details!
- Disneyland restaurants will offer special Valentine’s Day menus.
For more decadent food news, stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis — even little stuff that you might not see in a full post on the blog! Worth a look… 🙂
DFB Disney Dining Adventures e-Book
Have you read our newest Disney Food Blog e-Book?
DFB Disney Dining Adventures includes over 80 pages of pre-planned food fun to add to your family’s plans on your next trip! Let us do the planning for you — all you need to do is have a blast!
Want a day full of Dole Whips or a day planned for a Princess? Perhaps you have a dino fan in the family — we’ve got two days of pre-planned Jurassic-sized fun! And if you’re traveling with the grown-ups, check out our full two-day Beer Adventure!
The e-Book includes:
- Fully themed strategies that cover one day, two days, or a full week
- Themed breakfast, lunch, and dinner suggestions
- Disney attraction and ride suggestions that complement each Adventure theme
- Our favorite snacks that are within easy access during each Adventure
- Historical and behind-the-scenes tips and details that make the Adventure come alive!
- Plus more bonus sections!
On to the Round-Up!
AKL Resort takes us to the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Sanaa at Kidani Village. Try the yummy Naan bread!
OC Weekly investigates the origins of Doritos? There may be a Disneyland connection!
Main St. Gazette clearly agrees with me that the Picnic Burger is a slam dunk at Disney World’s Sci Fi Dine-In! Woo!
WDW Parkhoppers heads to dinner at the Polynesian’s Kona Cafe.
MousePlanet reviews the story behind Mama Melrose’s at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
DisneyParks Blog shares favorite healthy eats at Walt Disney World.
One of our favorite pastimes is looking at your photos submitted to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! While they make us really hungry…please send more! 😉
The Disney Food Pics of the Week this week feature flatbreads! Flatbreads (also possibly known as fancy pizzas) can be found at many of Disney’s table-service and quick-service restaurants.
Hello! Chef BigFatPanda here!
Again, I apologize for not posting in quite some time. My friends know the reason, and I’d like to open up to you about it as well. My Mom was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in January of this year. She passed away on August 28th. As you may have read, she was very influential in my life (as most mothers are), but even more so when it came to her passion for cooking.
While life will never be the same, it does go on. Her name was Anna, and all prayers for her are most appreciated. I know she would love knowing she was mentioned here. Thank you!
Today we are going to make an Oven-Baked Chicken Parmesan from Mama Melrose’s at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Let’s face it, most of us go weak at the knees for a good chicken parmesan, no? I know I do. I’m always looking for that crunchy outside, tender inside and balance of cheese and sauce that can even make my non-Italian friends ask for more.
Well, look no further. If you have been reading my column, you know I tell it like it is and I can absolutely give you my seal of approval on this recipe and then some (with a few alterations). 🙂
As usual, the recipe’s instructions will be bolded for easy reference should you wish to print this out and skip my commentary. I’d like you to NOT do that since I am turning 40 in a few weeks and relish my dwindling relevancy. 🙂
There really are 2 parts to this recipe: you first create the breadcrumb mixture, then actually [Read more…]
Happy May to everyone! We hope everyone fared well during this stormy week.
Here’s the foodie news from Disney this week:
- Downtown Disney Anaheim restaurants announce summer events. Learn to salsa!
- Free Dining was announced for August and September!
- A new coffee kiosk opens at the Transportation and Ticket Center
- Tables in Wonderland releases May 2011 event news
- A unique dessert option is spotted at Hollywood Scoops featuring dessert trays
DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining Reviews!
We had a couple more great reviews of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining this week!
Oh Amanda says, “If you are going to Disney World and plan on eating there, YOU NEED THIS BOOK!” Read her full review here!
Disney By The Numbers says, “You must buy your copy NOW. Don’t wait to buy this book; it is a must have for all WDW guests, even if you’re local to WDW or come from half way around the world each year on vacation.” Read his full review here.
Thanks, guys! Remember, you can get your copy of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book right here!
And now, on to the round-up!
Eating (and Drinking) Around the World shows us how to play with our Disney food with new theme park snack and play sets. Finally a Mickey ice cream bar that will survive the trip home! 😉
Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups shares a review of Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Cake Wrecks It’s a sandwich! It’s a cake! It’s a Mickey MLT!
Progress City, U.S.A. takes a look at Disney dining news circa 1984!
Main Street Gazette reveals how the Rose & Crown Pub in Epcot’s United Kingdom pavilion honors the royal wedding of William and Kate!
WDW Radio answers reader questions about purchasing groceries to use at your Disney resort.
Benefiting Heart of Florida, The United Way’s Chef’s Gala will be held in Epcot’s World Showplace on Saturday May 21, 2011. The 19th annual Chef’s Gala touts the event as “A Tasteful Way to Make a Difference” which raised almost $170,000 last year! Walt Disney World has hosted the Chef’s Gala since its inception with over a million raised in that time!
The festivities begin at 6:45 pm. with a cocktail attire dress code.
6:45 – 8:15 pm Champagne Served and Martini Bar Opens
7:30 – 10:00 pm Chefs Begin Serving
Guests will enjoy a silent auction and wine reception. This tasteful event continues with a scrumptious tasting featuring over 20 top chefs (and restaurants) from Central Florida. There will also be paired fine wines, desserts and specialty coffees. For questions about wine and wine pairings, Sommeliers will be on hand.
Participating restaurants include: Artist Point, Kouzzina by Cat Cora, La Luce by Donna Scala, Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, Sanaa, Todd English’s bluezoo, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, Tusker House Restaurant, The Wave…of American Flavors, Disney’s Contemporary Resort Bakery, Epcot Bakery, Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company.
Ticket Info: [Read more…]