Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Party for the Senses

It’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival Time. And that means we’re heading back into World ShowPlace for the grandest of the Food and Wine Festival Special EventsParty for the Senses!

In previous years, Party for the Senses one of the festival’s biggest (and priciest) Special Events, brought together over-the-top food and drink, paired with up close and personal entertainment provided by Cirque de Soleil. But in 2016, that all changed, as the events became much more specifically themed and the slate of entertainment changed with each party.

Disney Springs Featured at Party for the Senses

Disney Springs Featured at Party for the Senses

Join us as we look back at one of the events from last year, which celebrated Disney Springs.

Party for the Senses: A Sense of Disney Springs

Have you ever been inside the cavernous World ShowPlace? What? You don’t even know what that is?

Well, that’s because it’s a special events pavilion that’s only opened up for big doings, such as holiday dinner buffets… and grand tasting events during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, like Party for the Senses. During the rest of the year, the venue, located between the Canada and UK Pavilions, is hidden behind a large set of wooden doors.

Inside World ShowPlace

Inside World ShowPlace

As you enter, the first room is normally sort of like a giant receiving hall. Go past this area, and that’s where the party really starts. [Read more…]

The DFB Bi-Coastal Disney Grilled Cheese Crawl!!!!!!

If you haven’t heard the big news, I’m here to deliver it: April is Grilled Cheese Month. And that, my friends, is a food holiday that we can totally get behind.

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Because we know of a BUNCH of seriously worthy grilled cheese choices in the Disney parks and resorts that we can’t wait to tell you about!

And if you love what you see here, be sure to check out our 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, which includes tons of bonus features, like fun food crawls throughout Walt Disney World!

Now pack your bags and your stretchy pants, cause it’s time to head to both coasts to partake in the Disney Food Blog Grilled Cheese Crawl!

(Should there be Rocky music playing here or something? I feel like there should be.)

Who’s coming with? Let’s go!

Our first stop: Walt Disney World! 

Pimento Grilled Cheese, Planet Hollywood Observatory

If you were there with us when Planet Hollywood Observatory opened (or actually, reopened) its doors earlier this year, then you know that we weren’t all that impressed with most of what we tried. But there was one standout: the Pimento Grilled Cheese.

Pimento Grilled Cheese -- Up Close

Pimento Grilled Cheese — Up Close

The triple decker sandwich is two meals in one. First, you have a fairly traditional Grilled Cheese, spiced up with the addition of Pimento Cheese. But then, the second story involved super cheesy Mac and Cheese layered between crunchy Grilled Bread. Yep, that’s A Layer of Carbs on Top of More Carbs. And we are completely fine with that. [Read more…]

St. Patrick’s Day Treats in Disney Springs and Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and yours!

As you’re searching through the closet for your favorite green garment to don today, you may want to know about some green and Irish-themed EATS you can search for should you find yourself in Orlando’s Disney Springs or Anaheim’s Downtown Disney District on March 17th! (And heads up: a few of these treats will stick around through the rest of the month!)

We’ve already shared some of the treats you will spot around the Disney World parks earlier this week, but now let’s take a look at the Leprechaun-snacks you’ll find in Disney World’s shopping, entertainment and dining district!

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Even outside of the highly recommended Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road (get all the details here!), there is still plenty of Irish-themed grub to go ‘round. And the one we’re most excited about is the Irish Stout Poutine covered in corned beef, braised cabbage, beer cheese and chives at The Daily Poutine!

@DisneySprings Twitter Account

@DisneySprings Twitter

We’ve already mentioned the seasonal ganache options at The Ganachery, which include Irish Cream, Stout, and Irish Whiskey. [Read more…]

Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving and Christmas in Walt Disney World

Will you be celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas in Walt Disney World?

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Lucky you! What a fun way to spend the holiday season — with so much to be thankful for in such a cool place!

As you can imagine, the crowds tend to swell at Disney during holiday weeks like Thanksgiving and Christmas as lots of Disney fans choose to celebrate their holiday there. And Disney answers the call with tons of Thanksgiving spirit throughout many of their restaurants.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional meal, a gourmet twist on familiar favorites, or something that’s a complete departure from established customs, you’ll find lots of options for celebrating these special food days. Let’s check out a few of our favorites.

The Traditional: Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom

We all know it’s true. When you’re craving Thanksgiving dinner at Disney, there’s one spot you can always count on to deliver: Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

And we’re not just talking about on Thanksgiving Day, or merely around Thanksgiving. You’ll find the traditional feast on the lunch and dinner menu, every day of the year. [Read more…]

Celebrate Halloween at Disney Springs with Fun Cocktails and a Special Party!

Halloween is almost here! And if you’re looking for some ghoulish ways to party during the spookiest time of the year, there’s no better place to be than Disney Springs!

Disney Springs Pumpkin

Disney Springs Pumpkin

We’ve been excited to see just what the expanded shopping, dining, and entertainment district would be offering in the way of holiday celebrations, and it’s shaping up already to be a fun place to enjoy the festivities. [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: October 20, 2016

HAPPY OCTOBER!!! Milder temps have returned to Walt Disney World where we’re checking out What’s New in all four parks, Disney Springs, and a few of our favorite Resorts. AND it’s still high time for Pumpkin Spice, Candy Corn, and All Things Autumn.

Candy Corn Cupcake

Candy Corn Cupcake

Sooo… what are YOU going to be for Halloween? [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-up: August 28, 2016

Happy weekend! We hope you’re having a wonderful, relaxing weekend! Now it’s time to grab a cup of tea (or coffee), sit back, and check out the latest in Disney food news!

Nutella Brownie Sundae

Nutella Brownie Sundae

Perhaps the most exciting news right now is that we’re less than three weeks away from the start of the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! If you’re headed to this year’s Festival you should definitely check out these grown-up frozen drinks!

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

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Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 13, 2016

Happy Sunday and Happy Daylight Savings Day! We hope you’re having a wonderful weekend and that you remembered to spring ahead! Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and catch up on the latest Disney food news!

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Even though we lost a much-needed hour of sleep we’re still celebrating Daylight Savings and Springing Forward with special savings at the DFB Store!

With our Daylight Savings Sale you can get the Everything Bundle and the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining for 25% off! Just use code DAYLIGHT at checkout!

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

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News: The Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant Starts TODAY!

It’s just about that time — St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner!

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And if you happen to be in Orlando for the holiday, there’s just one place you’ve gotta be…Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant!

Year after year, Raglan Road continues to wow with this festival, which combines the best of Irish music, dancing, culture, and food. And even throughout the constant construction in Disney Springs, they’ve kept it going strong.

This year’s festival will span seven full days. The party starts TODAY — Friday, March 11 — and runs straight through St. Patrick’s Day on the following Thursday!

During the event, you can enjoy all of the wonderful food and drink that Raglan Road offers; and there will be complimentary face painting. Please note: seating will be first come, first served on St. Patrick’s Day, and a cover charge of $10 per person will be applied on that day only for all guests over the age of 18. It gets BUSY, so go early!

Let’s take a look at what you can expect in 2016!

Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival Special Culinary Events

Master Chef Kevin Dundon is sure to have something special in store for guests who attend Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival culinary events! Choose from a luncheon and culinary demonstration, or indulge in a special signature dining experience. [Read more…]

Fun Follow: Raglan Road Twitter Account

Are you following Raglan Road on Twitter (@RaglanRoadPub)?

Here’s the deal: I started following along to receive timely info about this fan-favorite Irish pub in Disney Springs. Thanks to Paul (one of the three co-owners of Raglan Road), the pub’s Twitter account is a great place to find the scoop on all things Raglan.

But there’s a bit more to it than that.

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@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

Instead of reading like a commercial, Paul prefers that the stream reads more like a conversation with the pub. But regardless of who you’re supposed to be talking to in 140 characters or less, this twitter feed is pretty freaking entertaining.

@RaglanRoad Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

Of course, sometimes it just makes me hungry.

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@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

Or thirsty.

@RaglanRoad Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

@RaglanRoad Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

But more often than not… it just makes me laugh.

@RaglanRoad Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

@RaglanRoad Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

@RaglanRoad Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

(Of course, it seems like there’s a bit of pressure to make that happen ;) .)

@RaglanRoad Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

And it always has some “food” for thought.

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

Or just take in some good ol’ Irish wisdom.

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

Check it out — I’ve even learned some totally new ways to do math…

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@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

… along with friendly some Public Service Announcements.

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@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

So, if you need a quick Irish vacation and can’t swing directly to Raglan Road or Ireland itself, follow along on Twitter…

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

It may provide just the mini-getaway you’re looking for!

Do you follow the social media accounts of any Disney restaurants? If so, which ones? Please let us know with a comment!