Disney Holiday Gift Guide 2014: A Kid’s Gotta Eat!

Great news for all of us Disney fans!!

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Now through Sunday, DisneyStore.com is offering 25% off Disney Parks merch…and there’s a LOT of it to browse! Just click here to get started!

Or take a gander at a few fun items we’ve found to be hidden gems…just in time for holiday feasts!

Fun Kids’ Disney Dining Accessories!

We all know the typical holiday scene: the extended family is gathered ‘round for a feast, and there’s the “adults” table, and the “kids” table. But tell me… who wouldn’t want to be relegated to the kids table, with place settings and accessories like the ones we’ve found here?

Of course, these items aren’t just for the holidays, they’re good for all year. So, if you’re still looking for a few things to round out the stocking for your little pirate or princess, or just add some fun to their holiday (or everyday!) place setting, you may want to take a look at these…

Anna and Elsa Placemat

If this year’s wait times to meet Frozen’s Anna and Elsa at Disney World have been any indication, little girls may actually run to dinner if their place setting includes this Anna and Elsa Placemat.

Anna and Elsa Placemat

Anna and Elsa Placemat

Anna and Elsa Flatware

The Frozen Flatware features a spoon with Anna, and a fork with Elsa.

Frozen Flatware

Frozen Flatware

Anna Tumbler

For those who have picked their definite favorite, there is an Anna Tumbler

Anna Tumbler

Anna Tumbler

Elsa Tumbler

… or an Elsa Tumbler.

Elsa Tumbler

Elsa Tumbler

Frozen Water Bottle

Both sisters are featured on this Frozen Aluminum Water Bottle.

Frozen Water Bottle

Frozen Water Bottle

Olaf Sipper Cup

Really, though, who are Anna and Elsa without their buddy Olaf? Even if you’re completely Frozened-out ;) , you have to admit this Olaf Sipper Cup is pretty cute.

Olaf Sipper Cup

Olaf Sipper Cup

Mickey Mouse Plate

But even if Elsa is the current reigning Queen, there’s a little guy who inspires even more loyalty amongst the kiddos (and us big kids, too ;). I love how this Mickey Mouse Plate comes complete with ears (perfect for side dishes)…

Mickey Mouse Plate

Mickey Mouse Plate

Mickey Mouse Bowl

So does the [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Mickey Snacks!

Who’s the leader of the Club that’s made for you and me?

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!

Yep, we’re going a little old school on today’s edition of Disney Food Pics of the Week — our regular series where we feature reader pics posted on Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza, our Flickr group!

And nothing says Disney Food! like having the Mouse himself on your eats.

Mickey Waffle with Bacon!

Mickey Waffle with Bacon!

If you’d like to get in on the fun, head over to Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza on Flickr and join the group. We’d love to see even more of your great food shots! Let’s see what you’ve found!

Mickey Cake Pop

Photographer: Tricki Woo

Cake Pops have taken the world by storm over the last couple of years, it seems. So, of course, it didn’t take too long for a Disney version to pop up! Ha! Get it? These normally come with marshmallow ears, and the colors are gorg!

Mickey Cake Pop

Mickey Cake Pop

Mickey Beignets at Cafe Orleans

Photographer: Riniel Calaelen

Cafe Orleans in Disneyland is one of my favorite stops for a delicious, Cajun-inspired meal. And I always leave room for Mickey Shaped Beignets, which come with amazing Raspberry and Vanilla Dipping Sauces here.

Mickey Beignet

Mickey Beignet

Mickey Ice Cream Bar

Photographer: Planning WDW

But there’s no way we could write about Mickey Snacks without mentioning the [Read more…]

Review: Dinner at Garden Grill Restaurant in Disney World’s Epcot

We’re heading back to Epcot’s Future World for dinner at Garden Grill Restaurant!

This is a DFB favorite, and it comes together as Chip ‘n Dale’s Harvest Feast. The dinner features an all-you-care-to-eat meal served Family Style.

If you’ve ever shied away from eating in Future World in favor of the more varied cuisine available in World Showcase, it may be time to give Disney World’s only rotating restaurant a chance.

Please join me, Chip ‘n Dale, Pluto, and the main Mouse himself (MICKEY!) at the Harvest Feast for some food and fun!

Garden Grill Sign

Garden Grill Sign

The Atmosphere

The atmosphere? Well, that depends… You see, the Garden Grill rotates over the various scenes of the Living with the Land attraction, so what you see depends on where in the rotation you are in the moment.

It takes about one hour to make the full rotation, so it’s slow enough that you don’t really notice the feel of it while you are dining — at least, I didn’t. I was too busy enjoying the views!  Take a look…

Living with the Land as seen from Garden Grill -- The Farmhouse

Living with the Land as seen from Garden Grill — The Farmhouse

Living with the Land as seen from Garden Grill -- The Farmhouse

Living with the Land as seen from Garden Grill — The Farmhouse Dog!

Living with the Land as seen from Garden Grill -- Rainforest

Living with the Land as seen from Garden Grill — Rainforest

Transition from Rainforest to Desert

Transition from Rainforest to Desert

Garden Grill Mural

Garden Grill Mural

We enjoyed all of this from our table on the lower level of this two-level restaurant. It’s definitely a score if you are seated on the lower level, which is fashioned with booths as opposed to the chairs and tables on the upper level.

Garden Grill booth

Garden Grill booth

The booths provide more of a “front row seat” experience for the attraction, so it’s worth asking at check-in to see if you can get one. I wasn’t expecting a booth since it was just my husband and me, but several of the booths are divided with drop-leaf tables, allowing for a larger family on one side, and a pair on the other. The drop-leaf, of course, can be raised to accommodate a larger group, if needed.

Larger Booth -- Family Side

Larger Booth — Family Side

Larger Booth -- Side for a pair

Larger Booth — Side for a pair

Of course, the special touches are in full effect here — check out this table setting! Remind you of a certain character?

Mickey Table Setting :)

Mickey Table Setting :)

Speaking of… The one thing with the ability to distract you from the attraction views is… well, it’s actually FOUR things: the Characters!

Here’s Chip striking a pose in front of the Prairie Desert.

Chip strikes a pose

Chip strikes a pose

Pluto stopped by to say “Hello!”

Pluto!

Pluto!

Dale plotted how he might sneak some of our food…

Dale Plotting...

Dale Plotting…

… but I informed him it was people food, and not well-suited for chipmunks. (That makes for a sad chipmunk!)

Sad Dale

Sad Dale

Okay, this next shot is not a shining example of terrific photography ;) . But I hope it conveys that moment of excitement when you first spot THE EARS over a nearby booth (c’mon, you can admit it!), and realize who will be at your table shortly…

EARS!

EARS!

Farmer Mickey Mouse — in OVERALLS, no less!!!

Farmer Mickey

Farmer Mickey

At the start of the meal, I was a bit [Read more…]

Disney-Themed Ice Cream Takes the Art World By Storm

Well… sort of. ;-)

During a design experiment, the advertising agency STOYN took iconic figures easily recognized in global culture and made them into ice cream images (Um…awesome!!).

In August 2011, this ice cream art was on display and for purchase at the Fountain Art Fair in Miami. Check out a few of these rockin’ creations!

Darth Vader is flavored with blueberry and licorice:

Darth Vader

Donald Duck’s all about the bananas and chocolate!

Donald Duck

Mickey Mouse is an icy [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: “Who’s the Leader of the Club…”

Thanks to all who have contributed their photos to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! Keep sending them along! This week, the Disney Food Pics of the Week feature the leader of the club — Mickey himself — as represented in food!

A classic cupcake with Mickey sprinkles — it doesn’t get any more Disney than that! Photographer: Angela Sledz

A dessert from the Vulcania Restaurant in Tokyo DisneySea! [Read more…]

Fun Gifts For the Disney Grillmaster

These can be found at shops throughout Walt Disney World and are perfect for the grillmaster in your life!

First, a fun grill tools set — notice the hidden Mickey in the spatula?

Mickey Mouse Grillmaster Tools

And here are some great spices, seasonings, and sauces to sample! Oh Boy, That’s Good Dry Meat Rub; Oh Boy, That’s Good Chicken Dry Chicken Rub; and Sweet-As-Minnie Barbecue [Read more…]

‘Ohana Character Breakfast: Mickey and Friends

Pinvestigator Cody, of the Global Disney Pinvestigator Blog, is back with another round of comments and photos about a recent meal. This one, breakfast with Mickey and Friends at ‘Ohana, is one of his favorites; you’ll see why when you see these amazing photos! Thanks, Cody!

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‘Ohana means “family,” and the restaurant stretches that feeling throughout the meal! Opening at 7:30am, we arrived at 7:20 for a 7:40 Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR). There were about 20 families in front of us waiting to check in, but we were the second family to be seated (they really do pay attention to those ADR times!)

'Ohana Breakfast Open Kitchen

'Ohana Breakfast Open Kitchen

The hostess took us to our table, giving us a short tour of the restaurant along the way. We briefly stopped by the open kitchen where the hostess took our appetizer plate from the rows and rows of Pineapple and Cinnamon Raisin Bread (both are delicious, by the way), explaining that giving bread to family is one of the ‘Ohana customs celebrated at the restaurant.

Pineapple Bread and Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Pineapple Bread and Cinnamon Raisin Bread

We sat at our table, which included a great view of Cinderella Castle.

view from 'Ohana

Right away, a server came out with our “POG Juice” — Orange, Pineapple, Guava! It was delicious.

POG Juice

POG Juice

Not less than 5 minutes later, we got our food. It’s served family-style at ‘Ohana, with all-you-can-eat bacon, eggs, sausage, and potatoes.

breakfast

Another server also came around regularly with a bowl of Mickey Waffles, hot out of the “iron.”

Mickey Waffle

Mickey Waffle

Additionally, we received a small fruit platter, with pineapple, cantaloupe, grapes, and more.

'Ohana Fruit Platter

'Ohana Fruit Platter

Finally, the characters made their appearances! They were great and spent an equal amount of time at each table. Every 30-45 minutes is the ‘Ohana Family Parade, where the characters invite everyone to dance and sing and “shake!”, all to the song “Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride.”

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse

Stitch

Stitch

Pluto

Pluto

Lilo

Lilo

Overall the meal was really enjoyable, and definitely delicious. This has to be my FAVORITE
Disney resort character breakfast.

Rating: 4.5 of 5
Tables in Wonderland: yes
Characters: 5 of 5
Food: 4.5 of 5