Boy, do I have a fun list for you today!
We’re taking on a few Must-Eat Snacks at The Mara in Animal Kingdom Lodge! This counter service restaurant serves up several classic dishes as you might expect (like Chicken Breast Nuggets and Burgers). But in keeping with the wonderfully immersive theming of the Lodge, you’ll also find unique African-inspired dishes like the tasty African Potjie Stew and Soups of the Day (I love it when the Coconut Curry Chicken Soup comes up on the rotation!).
Even in addition to some of those items, though, there are still a few nearly-unique-to-Mara finds (you’ll see what I mean by that soon) that aren’t necessarily African-inspired, but equally as tasty. And those land on our Mara Must-Eat Snacks list! Plus, they are all available for a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan!
So let’s start with with a VERY special item that just made its Mara debut!
Frozen Jungle Juice
Oh, joy!! We feared we’d lost the Jungle Juice Slushy for good when it disappeared from the menu at Animal Kingdom’s Mahindi, but a few weeks ago it made a surprise return. Better yet, it’s now available in TWO spots, since it’s at The Mara now, too!
Even though it’s called the Jungle Juice Frozen Beverage, it’s still that same awesome mix of Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava juices that is also known as POG Juice or Liliko’i Juice for breakfast in the Polynesian’s ‘Ohana and Kona Cafe.
Remember oh those many years ago when I presented you with my Top Five Disney Brownies?
Well, times change… as do snacks and desserts in and around Disney World. And now here we are celebrating a still-new year, and the brownie landscape has changed. While a few of our favorites from Round One continue to grace our list of Best Brownies, some are no longer available. (We miss you, Paw Print Brownie and Brownie Fudge Sundae!)
But fret not… there’s still no shortage of classic brownie goodness in Disney World (and some not-so-classic, as you’ll notice many of these feature a twist on tradition).
Whaddya say we make a NEW Best Brownies list?
That’s right… a new list for a new year! Grab a fork and get ready to dig into some chocolatey brownie deliciousness with me!
Pin it for later!
Peanut Butter Brownie with Warm Caramel Sauce
OK, this is probably the best thing you will put into your mouth all month. Let me say that I eat a lot — A LOT — of Disney food, and much of it is sweet deliciousness; but this thing took my breath away.
You can find the Peanut Butter Brownie with Warm Caramel Sauce at Sunshine Seasons in Epcot. And here’s the kicker…
Not so long ago, I took a trip to The Mara, the Quick Service location at Animal Kingdom Lodge to check out the Giraffe and Zebra Cupcakes. But when I posted my review, we also shared pics of a couple of delicious looking brownies that we’d seen at the bakery… .
I guess they grabbed the attention of a few DFB Readers as well :), because when I read over the comments on that article, several went something like this:
“Yep, the cupcakes look great. But, ummm… HELLO! What can you tell me about that Peanut Butter Brownie?!?” (And THIS is exactly why DFB Readers are So. Great. )
So, with that… it’s back to The Mara we go!
Located on the ground floor of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Mara is one of the more interesting quick service locations in Disney World.
The Mara offers unique eats in a unique setting. From African Stew and a delicious variety of soups to something on the menu called an “African Chili Cheese Dog” (Note to self: find out what that’s all about), there is so much more here than your standard cheeseburger.
What I most appreciate about the atmosphere is that it has a more “grown-up” feel for a Quick Service location, with its nods to the majesty of nature. Yet it’s still completely comfortable and approachable, in large part due to the whimsical artwork on the walls.
For this visit, I took my goodies to the outdoor seating area.
It’s lovely and [Read more…]
Great news!!! Disneyland Corn Dogs — those hand-dipped gems on a stick — are coming to Walt Disney World via a themed food truck!
There are lots more yummy eats (BUTTER CHICKEN!) rolling into Downtown Disney, too.
And, let’s not forget about other new treats found recently, including cupcakes, Caramel Apple Stuffed French Toast, and more!
If you’re not hungry yet, read on!
Disney Food News
Lots of great food news reading from Disney this week!
- Themed food trucks will roll into Downtown Disney starting this Fall!
- Disneyland’s Club 33 will be renovated in 2014. There are lots of changes in store for this historic space. Will Club 33 expand to Walt Disney World?
- Caramel Apple Stuffed French Toast is now being served at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom.
- Check out our review of the Guava Pocket and Peanut Butter Brownie options at the renovated Fountain View Cafe/Starbucks in Epcot!
- Two new cupcakes were spotted recently at the Contempo Cafe in Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Starring Rolls Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Look for the Chocolate Cherry Cupcake and Root Beer Cupcake on your next visit!
- Sommerfest in Epcot’s Germany pavilion is now serving three new menu items — Curry Wurst, Leberkase (German Meatloaf) Reuben, and Nudel Gratin!
Of course, there’s more! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including a Chips & Slices Now Open at Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, Magic Kingdom’s Disney Chefs at Inaugural Edible Orlando – Field to Feast Event, New Menu Item at La Cantina de San Angel, Halloween Cake Pops at Sweet Spells in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland’s Market House Starbucks Opening Soon, New Menu at Disneyland’s Rancho del Zocalo, and more.
DFB Reader Finds
We love cupcakes; thanks for sharing your treats with us! Check out MORE Disney cupcakes here!
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On to the Round-Up!
Mickey Fix entices us to make our own Disney recipes in this gorgeous Mickey Mouse Casserole Dish. Mac ‘n’ Cheese? Yes, please!
Gorillas Don’t Blog reminisces about the seating area at the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship in Disneyland!
Wicked Local celebrates the return of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival!
Quasi-Everything creates a rum drink inspired by Monsters Inc!
Studios Central shares Halloween Halloween Cake Pops from Sweet Spells!
Main Street Gazette reviews BoardWalk Bakery’s No-Sugar Added Mango Vanilla Panna Cotta!
AllEars interviews California Grill’s Chef Brian Piasecki.
Disney Food Blog author Wendy returns with a review from the newly-updated Fountain View Cafe — the newest Starbucks location in Epcot’s Future World.
Last week I popped over to Epcot to do a first look at the brand new Starbucks spot in Epcot!
This ice cream shop turned coffee stop continues to feature futuristic decor befitting Future World, but now the menu has changed significantly!
Today, we’re taking an up-close look at two snacks — the Guava Pocket and the Peanut Butter Brownie from this new Starbucks location!
Yup! Fountain View is now your Starbucks stop at Epcot!
So if a Venti Dark Roast and Cake Pops are part of your weekly (or daily!) dining, you don’t have to abandon those treats during your vacation.
You can stroll in to grab your favorites and enjoy the outside view…
Just don’t forget to take a closer look at the inside view first… check out the completely cool and unique “Bubble Wall” behind the ordering counter (yep, that’s its name)!
But that’s not all that’s changed about the venue! Let’s take a look at a couple of new edibles added to the list… .
First, you may be interested in learning about a Disney-specific gem. If so, then allow me to introduce you to the Guava Pocket.
Not only is the Guava Pocket Disney-specific, it is also unique to Fountain View. You won’t find this treasure at the Main Street Bakery or anywhere else in Disney World at the moment.
The Guava Pocket turned out to be a [Read more…]