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!

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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.

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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…]

Review: Chip N’ Dale’s NEW Harvest Feast Breakfast at Epcot’s Garden Grill

Are you ready to start your day with Chip & Dale (along with a few more Disney pals) at Epcot’s Garden Grill?!

That’s right! Garden Grill, Disney World’s only rotating restaurant, has been serving dinner only for a while now. But on November 8th, TWO new meals joined the lineup: Garden Grill now serves up breakfast AND lunch, in addition to dinner! (This, by the way, brings the total of Character Breakfasts in Epcot to two, with the Norway Pavilion’s Akershus Royal Banquet Hall offering the other option with Princess Storybook Dining. Characters are now at both restaurants for every meal.)

The menu for the new lunch addition nearly duplicates that of Chip ’N’ Dale’s Harvest Feast for dinner. But breakfast is all-new, operating each day from 8:00 to 10:30 am.

We can’t wait to dig in! And we’ve got a few friends who would like to say “Good Morning” to you, too…

Chip

Chip

But let’s take a look around first. And, as always with the Garden Grill, I do mean AROUND… [Read more…]

It’s a Swell World This Holiday Season! Get 25% Off Disney Kitchen and Dining Goodies!

We love sharing with you all of the fun merch that Disney comes up with to usher in the holiday season!

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We’ll have a whole series of gift guides to help you find just the right thing for every person on your holiday gift list this year.

Today, we’re kicking off with a fantastic collection of retro-inspired serving pieces to make your trim-a-tree party the best yet! If you like what you see, just click on the links and head over to DisneyStore.com to purchase!

While you’re there, you can take advantage of their Friends and Family Sale, going on today through Sunday, November 8. Purchase at least one eligible item, enter code DISNEYPAL, and receive 25% off of your entire order!

And don’t forget — when you spend $75 or more, shipping is FREE with code SHIPMAGIC!

Let’s take a look at a few of our favorites…

Large Holiday Tray

Disney is on to something with their continued emphasis on retro designs. The Large Holiday Tray brings together characters you just know would hit it off — Mickey, Minnie, and Tink! Captured in muted colors and mid-century detail, this tray is sure to remind you that The Holidays are Swell! [Read more…]

#OnTheList: ‘Ohana Character Breakfast at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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This post is part of the DFB #OnTheList series, where we feature eats you’ve GOT to have while you’re at Disney! Let us know what’s on YOUR Disney Food Bucket List @DisneyFoodBlog #OnTheList!

Writing about Disney Food — all of it — well, it’s kinda the point of this blog. But I am never happier than when I can share one of my truly favorite meals with you.

And ‘Ohana’s Best Friends Character Breakfast definitely qualifies! Let’s take a closer look at this experience as we head into the Great Ceremonial House and see why ‘Ohana Breakfast is definitely #OnTheList!

Atmosphere

Recently, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort underwent a lengthy refurbishment. If you haven’t visited the resort in a while, you’ll definitely notice some changes to the lobby and other public areas.

Tiki Statue in Lobby

Tiki Statue in Lobby

With the Resort’s name change (the Polynesian resumed its original, opening day name), we also welcomed a couple of exciting new additions — the Pineapple Lanai and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. [Read more…]

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

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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

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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

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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…]