Sure, there’s plenty of new stuff to check out at Animal Kingdom these days, what with Pandora — The World of AVATAR still less than two months old.
But we’re starting our tour around the Park with the return of an old favorite… [Read more…]
The countdown is ON!
We are just WEEKS away from the beginning of the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — and I know you’re as excited as we are!!
While we love Special Events and the Festival Seminars and Demonstrations, our favorite way to spend a Food and Wine Festival Day is Eating — and Drinking — Our Way Around the World at the Marketplace Booths.
And while the plethora of beer and wine choices are always awesome, we have a soft spot for the inventive and delicious Grown Up Slushies that the drink team comes up with! We love these so much that they’ve made it #OnTheList as some of our favorite must-have Disney treats.
This year, we’ve already spied several that we think you MUST try if you haven’t already. But we’ve also seen a couple new options that we’re anxious to sample ASAP! And then there are a few old favorites that deserve your time and attention if you get around to them.
Let’s head out for some refreshment, adult-style, with All the Frozen Grown Up Drinks Ya Gotta Try at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
If you plan to make a serious study of Grown Up Slushies in Epcot, then the France Pavilion has to be the first stop on your list. While the Grand Marnier and Grey Goose Slushies are perennial favorites available year around, there’s always something special to try at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
This year, the La Passion Martini Slush, a vibrant red mix of Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, Cranberry, and Passion Fruit Juice returns once more.
For those of you who can’t imagine autumn at Disney World (or anywhere else, for that matter) without the flavor of pumpkin, we have some tasty news for you today!
Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream has just returned to L’artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion!
Time for a visit to a great little table service stop in the heart of all the magic — Tony’s Town Square in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!
This spot has it all — Disney history, beautiful themeing, and if you play your cards right, some of the best views in the entire resort!
But while I love the restaurant itself, the food hasn’t always been the main draw in the past.
We’re checking in today for lunch to see what’s new, and if my love affair with that the patio seating remains firmly intact!
Tony’s is located right on the Town Square (natch) of Magic Kingdom — as soon as you pass below the train station and enter Main Street USA. You can’t miss it.
Pass by the Town Square Theater where you can meet Mickey, and you’re there!
Inside, you’ll check in at the hostess stand and await your table. While a walk up spot isn’t unheard of, it’s best to make an advance dining reservation here — especially if you’d like to take advantage of Tony’s biggest draw. We’ll get to that in a few minutes.
The waiting area was given a bit of a refresh last year, when the Town Square Theater opened as the new spot for Mickey’s meet-and-greet.
The space retains its turn-of-the-century charm, but the finishes are newer. You’ll also get your first dose of the restaurant’s star characters and theme! The animated classic Lady and the Tramp plays continually on the flat screen television.
Once your table is ready, you’ll be shown to one of three main seating areas. The restaurant is [Read more…]
Fall is here and the Disneyland Resort is full of lots of amazing seasonal treats.
If you know me, you know this is my very favorite food season and anything with the word “pumpkin” in the title is something that you’ll find me ordering.
Two things that I recently devoured, both located at Disneyland, are the Pumpkin Fritters from Royal Street Veranda and Pumpkin Beignets from the Mint Julep Bar. Both are mouth watering, but I do have a favorite… .
In my book, the Pumpkin Fritters reign tastiest seasonal pumpkin treat. But don’t worry, if you prefer the Pumpkin Beignets, I’ll still be your friend!
Let’s start with MY favorite:
Pumpkin Fritters can be be found at Royal Street Veranda near Pirates of the Caribbean.
Known for their chowder in a bread bowl, this great little spot also serves fritters. Normally the fritters are apple, but this year they have seasonal Pumpkin “Squash” Fritters!
For $3.69 you get a very generous portion of [Read more…]
Thanks to reader Joe Barrett, we’ve got some fun seasonal pumpkin eats in Disney World to share!
First up, these awesome Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Pecan Butter from Kona Cafe in Disney’s Polynesian Resort. They look amazing!!
Kona often has seasonal pancakes, so be on the look-out. Remember the red velvet pancakes with cream cheese topping around Valentine’s Day this year?
Over at Boma in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, lucky guests will find these Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes! According to Joe, they have more of a pumpkin pie texture than a cheesecake texture, but they’re still delicious, and great for any pumpkin fan.
As always, many Disney restaurants and counter-service locations will [Read more…]
I’m pretty excited that when I visit Disney World soon, I’ll have a chance to taste two brand new seasonal cupcakes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Also, coming in January, is an extravagant cupcake experience that’s worthy of a certain charismatic Captain we all know and love…;-) And judging from the descriptions, these are going to taste just as incredible as they look!
First up: a fun homage to fall with this cheerful Pumpkin Mickey Cupcake!
Featuring a — what else? — pumpkin cake(!), this is topped with maple icing and garnished with sugared pecans.
Once we’re done with the pumpkins, it will be time for Santa hats and such — and this fun Mickey Mouse-topped Christmas Cupcake!
Decorated with traditional red and green sprinkles, the beautiful treat will [Read more…]
Happy Halloween Everyone! In honor of this candy-filled fabulous day, we thought we’d share a fun Disneyland Halloween Time tradition: The Incredible Pumpkin Carvers.
For several years now, Disneyland has featured some of the most amazing pumpkin carvers I’ve ever seen. This year, the “Incredible” carvers are located at the Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Carnival in Frontierland.
The sign says “Ask Them How They Do It,” so I did! On the day that I visited, I spoke mostly with Joe, a 7 year veteran carving for Disney. He told me that they carve all day long making Disney inspired pumpkins for guests to enjoy.
Joe was working alongside of Georgina, who told me that the carved pumpkins actually last up to a year if you keep the carving on the surface (i.e. not cutting the tops off and cleaning them out).
Some of the pumpkins on display, including the “Baby Mickey” shown below, were featured last year at Disneyland’s Halloween Time.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I am not a big fan of raw pumpkin smell. So, when I asked about the smell while carving, I was surprised to learn that they use a white variety of pumpkin that actually smells like cucumber for many of their masterpieces.
Joe let me take a whiff of one of his pieces and yep, much more cucumber-y than smelly!
Supplies used include, but are not limited to, carving knives, paints, shish kebob skewers, decorative floral pearl tips pins, ribbon, straw & pipe cleaners. And after [Read more…]
Looking for a new recipe for your Holiday menu? The WDW Swan and Dolphin shared this recipe for Pumpkin Biscuits with Spiced Candied Walnuts. Happy Thanksgiving!
Ingredients for Pumpkin Biscuits
2 Cups Butter
3 ½ Cups Bread Flour
3 Cups Cake Flour
1/3 Cup Sugar
½ Tsp Salt
¼ Cup Baking Powder
4 Cups Buttermilk
4 Large Eggs
1 ¼ Cups Pumpkin Puree
1/3 Cup Molasses
12 Oz Chopped Spiced Candied Walnuts
Mix all dry ingredients together with butter until it forms a cornmeal like texture. Put your hand in the mix and squeeze, if it forms into a ball then it is done. Add in the [Read more…]
Happy Halloween weekend! Let’s skip the tricks and get right to the treats — beer, food, wine, candy, and appetizers are all in the news this week.
And don’t forget to stop by the Main Street Bakery to get your homemade ice cream cookie sandwich on their specialty Halloween cookies! Here we go…
Read on for this week’s Disney Food news highlights!
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We’ve passed the midway point of the festival, but there’s still a LOT of eating to do! Here are a few ways to stay up to date:
Stay tuned to our continuing coverage of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival over on our Epcot Food & Wine Festival Pages!
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DisZine features an awesome Halloween sale at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Walt Disney World! Book now for several months out and get an added “treat!”
WESH.com features some delicious pumpkin-y goodness in an article about Disney World Halloween Treats and Tips (by yours truly!!)
Eating (and Drinking) Around the World takes us on a fun tour of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
The Dallas Arboretum highlights their 2011 fairytale theme in the pumpkin patch. Check out the amazing Cinderella’s Pumpkin Village.
Main Street Gazette samples an old-fashioned candy apple at Candy Cauldron in Downtown Disney!
WDWRadio has us craving fried chicken with this recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken from the Pop Century Resort!
Disney by Mark reviews the September 30 Xante Mixology seminar at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
Disney Parks Blog has a great video about a new dish at Remy on the Disney Dream: