Top 10 Disney Dining News Stories of 2012

2012 draws to a close today, and what a year it’s been!! Here at Disney Food Blog we’ve been following every bit of Disney Dining and Food News, and we’ve narrowed down the list to 10 amazing stories we’d like to share with you!

Check out The Top 10 Disney Food News Stories of 2012!

#1: Alcohol Served at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World

In a move that shocked most and delighted many, Disney announced that it would begin serving alcohol within the gates of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for the first time in the park’s 41-year history.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Wine Menu -- click for larger image

At the brand new Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland, guests are now able to indulge in their choice of several French and Belgian beers and wines!

According to Disney Imagineers, it was important to complement the French menu of the restaurant with an excellent beer and wine list.

Kronenberg Beer at Be Our Guest

However, while adult beverages are now being served in the shadow of Cinderella’s castle, they will only be available during Be Our Guest’s Table Service dinner and will not be available “to-go.” So you won’t see anyone strolling around with a cocktail or a glass of wine awaiting their turn on the teacups. ;-)

#2: Starbucks Debuts in Disney Parks

It’s no secret that Disney has never been known for fantastic coffee — until now! In 2012 Disney and Starbucks announced a partnership to bring the iconic siren behind the main gates and into the parks.

Mickey and the Siren Unite

Starbucks has already opened its first stop in Disney California Adventure’s Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe and five more locations are planned in the near future.

Fans of the chain will welcome the first Walt Disney World Starbucks locations to the Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom and Fountain View Cafe in Epcot in 2013.

Starbucks Sign in Disney California Adventure

A location on Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A. is planned for the Market House in late 2013.

#3: Citrus Swirl Returns to Sunshine Tree Terrace in the Magic Kingdom

You spoke, and Disney listened! One of the biggest stories of 2012 was the return of the Citrus Swirl to Magic Kingdom’s Sunshine Tree Terrace.

Citrus Swirl

This refreshing treat hearkens back to the early days of Magic Kingdom, when Disney and the Florida Citrus Commission partnered to have orange treats in the park. The original soft serve was a [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: June 24, 2012

Fear NOT! The Cranberry Bog is back at this year's Festival!

Howdy all! It’s time for another fun round-up of the latest Disney food news and a few great Disney food articles from around the interwebs!

Disney Food News

Fun Disney Food info from this week…

  • Great news about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Find out some of the new World Showcase Booth dishes, Chefs that will be at the Festival, new events, and more!
  • Fresh cut fruit, fruit bowls, Noodle Salads, and more vegetarian options now available at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.
  • Mortimer’s Market is open in Disney California Adventure in the Disneyland Resort!
  • Get a first look at Fillmore’s Taste-In at Cars Land, Disney California Adventure!

We’ve got more food news (including more info about the new food tent in Typhoon Lagoon and changes to the menu at Animal Kingdom’s Bradley Falls kiosk…plus LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

DFB Snack Attack Tickets On Sale June 26

Disney Food Fans, we’re excited to announce that tickets for this year’s WDW Foodie Fest SNACK ATTACK will be available for purchase on June 26th, 2012, at 12pm ET.

Last year, tickets sold out in under two hours! So plan accordingly. :-)

The Second Annual Snack Attack on October 3, 2012, will feature a tailor-made menu full of our favorite Walt Disney World snacks — all in one place AND an exclusive, private view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in Epcot! Click here to read more about this event and how to get tickets!

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

On to the Round-Up

AKL serves up the recipe for Jiko’s Macaroni and Cheese!

Disney Tourist Blog shares how to maximize the value of the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan. This is super smart dining, folks!

Main Street Gazette heads to Jiko for the Grilled Berkshire Pork Loin.

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups suggests a date night at Epcot’s Mexico pavilion.

Gastropod Travels reviews a meal at Remy on the Disney Cruise Line! has budget-friendly meals at a DVC villa.

Disney Parks Blog features new drinks at Disney California Adventure, summer treats at the parks, and more peeks at new DCA eats!

Disney’s Wedding Blog showcases a glittery Cinderella slipper wedding

First Look! Mortimer’s Market on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure

Walking into the newly opened Buena Vista Street, one of the first things you see (if the Red Trolley is not parked at its station) is Mortimer’s Market

Designed as a place to pick up some “healthier” snack options, Mortimer’s hits you before you have the chance to grab a churro or popcorn!

Mortimer's Market

Mortimer’s Market Back Story

The “story” behind Mortimer’s is that this fresh fruit and veggie stand was run on Buena Vista Street by “Mortimer McKenzie.” Mortimer was said to be a small man with a high voice; friendly and unassuming, with an enthusiastic personality. 

A certain young animator might have found inspiration for a very famous character here…

Shelving Decor & Beverage/Fruit Cooler

For those who don’t know the story of how Mickey Mouse was created, he was originally called “Mortimer” Mouse! Walt’s wife thought that Mickey might be a better name, and the rest is history…

And before we jump into atmosphere and eats, I wanted to share another fun part of Mortimer’s and the rest of Buena Vista Street! To bring the story of Walt’s first few days in 1920’s California even more to life, Imagineers have introduced a wandering troupe of characters, or “citizens,” to interact with guests…

Citizens of Buena Vista Street

And these “citizens” of Buena Vista Street play a role at Mortimer’s too. While I was perusing the market, this friendly police officer walked through to ask all the cast members how “biz was going” on this “fine afternoon.” It was hysterical.

"Officer Clyde Blue"

Officer Clyde Blue Checking in on Business at Mortimer's

He then proceeded to hang out in front of the market and write some “tickets” to people who were doing good deeds or just looking nice. I literally saw him give a ticket to someone for having a “good hair day!” My friend Amanda’s daughter was written up for “Exemplary neonatal vehicle navigation.” Hysterical.

Behave yourself & You might just get written up for it!

Now, back to your regularly scheduled review!


Mortimer’s is pretty small, but it is packed with fun decor.

Vintage food cans, “Branded” crates of fruits & veggies, printed aprons, food scales, and even a bin of “vintage” Buena Vista Bugle newspapers adorn the shelves of the quaint market. 

I zoomed in on the Buena Vista Bugles to notice the headline & date. The papers are dated May 4th, 1927, with the headline from the grand opening of the Hollywood Tower Hotel; the inspiration for the Tower of Terror. After doing a little research, I found that the [Read more…]

Coming Soon! Mortimer’s Market on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure

There are so many fun new places about to open up in Disney California Adventure! I feel like I’m going to need a check list to hit them all when they officially open on June 15th! 

Be sure to check out the great menu options at Flo’s V-8 Cafe, Sally’s Cozy Cone Motel, Carthay Circle Restaurant, Trolley Treats, and Clarabelle’s Ice Cream! And don’t forget to snag your Starbucks at Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe!

Next up, Mortimer’s Market is one of the smaller shops, but that doesn’t mean you should skip it…

Mortimer's Market

Mortimer’s Market will be a one stop shop for whole and cut fresh fruits, veggies, “healthier” snacks, and beverages such as bottled water, juices, and soft drinks.

Mortimer's: Serving Up "Healthier" Alternatives

The “story” behind Mortimer’s is that this fresh fruit and veggie stand was run on Buena Vista Street by “Mortimer McKenzie.” Mortimer was said to be a small man with a high voice; friendly and unassuming with an enthusiastic personality. A certain young animator might have found inspiration for [Read more…]