Disney Food for Families: Coping With Fears

Kids can be caught off guard by some of the themed elements at Disney restaurants. Erin Foster’s next Disney Food for Families column describes what restaurants might pose a problem and how to cope.

Wooly Mammoth

When my daughter Louisa was four years old, she was already a veteran of several Disney trips. These trips included at least a dozen character meals, dinner at the raucous Whispering Canyon Cafe, and even the foot-stomping Hoop Dee Doo Revue.

She handled all these experiences with kiddie aplomb, so it never occurred to me that we would ever have any problems at Disney restaurants. I was shocked when we got to the Animal Kingdom’s Rainforest Cafe and mid-appetizer, Louisa had a full-on, quivering-lip meltdown.

As it turns out, we had been seated directly next to the life-sized, chest-thumping, screeching, audio-animatronic gorilla. In her preschooler mind’s eye, that gorilla was inches away and effectively alive. She was terrified. My husband ended up getting his meal and hers packed to go; they left the rest of the family and went back to finish eating in the hotel room.

I later learned that, of course, she had company in experiencing sensory overload at the Rainforest Cafe and that there are several other WDW restaurants that have the potential to unsettle [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 12, 2010

Flying Fish Serving Breakfast

Welcome to the December 12th Weekly Round-Up! First, the news:

  • Don’t forget to vote for your favorites in the DFB Choice Awards! Casting your vote will help other Disney guests to make decisions about their dining planning thanks to your experience and thoughts.
  • Disney’s providing quick-service coupons in Disney World and Disneyland. Click here for more info.
  • Flying Fish Cafe is currently serving Kouzzina‘s breakfast menu while Kouzzina is undergoing refurbishment.
  • Don’t forget to check out SamLand’s Disney Adventures for an opportunity to give back this holiday season!

And don’t forget to check out our suggestions for holiday gifts for the Disney foodie in your life!

  • Disney Food Blog Holiday Gift Ideas, Part 2
  • Disney Food Blog Holiday Gift Ideas, Part I
  • And now, on to the round-up!

    Culinary in the Country, one of my favorite food blogs, brings us a great trip report from WDW!

    Kevin Kidney has a fitting nod to Walt Disney on what would have been Disney’s 109th birthday.

    Main Street Gazette finds one of the strangest banana splits I’ve ever seen

    etckt has compiled a list of the films included in the clips at Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Sci-Fi Dine-In! Awesome!!

    Cupcakes Take The Cake has cupcakes that remind me of 1. Peter Pan, 2. Animal Kingdom, 3. Pop Century Resort…in that order.

    Eating (and Drinking) Around the World makes Morocco’s Beef Kefta Pocket from the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

    Two Boos Who Eat have their “Disneyland Monday” post, which is pretty funny… but if you love Tron, you might not want to read…

    Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 17, 2010

    Woo hoo! Just wanted to remind everyone before we start the round-up: We were finally able to announce the winners of the WDW Foodie Fest Scavenger Hunt! (And thank the volunteers and sponsors as well!)

    Thanks to all 300+ (!!) folks who came to celebrate with us at the 2010 WDW Foodie Fest! Stay tuned to the Disney Food Blog Newsletter, and Disney Food Blog on twitter and facebook for details about the 2011 WDW Foodie Fest. It will be held in the beginning of October 2011, and there may be some surprises in store… ;-)

    Now, on to the Round-Up!

    StitchKingdom reports on Day 1 of D23’s Sip and Stroll event in Epcot, including Dave Smith’s retirement dinner!

    DisZine has a great review of Olivia’s Cafe at Disney’s Old Key West Resort! Check out that Key Lime Tart!

    Epcot Crowd at Wine and Dine Half Marathon After-Party

    Touring Plans‘ blogger Caroline Baggerly recaps and shares her opinion on her experience running the brand new Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, which took place in Walt Disney World on October 2nd as part of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival opening weekend.

    Disney Every Day has some great photos from a trip around the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

    BritMick has a fun review of Kouzzina by Cat Cora!

    Eating (And Drinking) Around the World has an awesome review of the Beer and Sake seminars at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic from last weekend. Check it out!

    Wine-Oh Of The Year offers a trip report of their visit to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival — with special attention paid to the wine, of course.

    Everything WDW has a great review of Epcot’s Via Napoli.

    Main Street Gazette reviews the Singapore Booth at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

    Eating Around WDW shares a review of Sci-Fi Dine-in at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

    HeatherW.com is back with some more great Disney Food scrapbooking layouts! Here’s Main Street Bakery and Birthday at Chef Mickey’s!

    Mousekefoodie discusses Kimonos at the Swan.

    Armchair Imagineers have a very cool review of their visit to the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic as well!

    Finally, thanks again to StitchKingdom for sharing the links to the third and fourth parts of the Disneyland Paris Mickey Cookie Decorating Competition!

    Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 19, 2010

    Ladies and Gents, my next round-up will be coming to you from Walt Disney World! Very exciting, but right now, let’s talk about the great — and not-so-great — Disney food news from this week:

    Also, we got word from DFB reader Lori Kiehl that ‘Ohana might be closed during breakfast from 17-20 of January. No official word on that, but FYI.

    And now, on to the round-up!

    Studios Central shows a detailed look at where you can find elements of Star Tours in Disney Hollywood Studios’ Sci-Fi Dine-In.

    Main St Gazette reviews the Zebra Cupcake in Animal Kingdom (agreed that the cake was the best part on this one, Ryan!)

    OC Register reports as Disney California Adventure says goodbye Pizza Oom Mow Mow and hello Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta.

    Disney Geek shows off the new Halloween popcorn bucket for the Disney parks!

    etckt reviews Via Napoli!

    WDW Magic reports that Bongos Cuban Cafe has been added to the Disney Dining Reservations System.

    The Givens Chronicles is counting down to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival by making recipes from the 2009 festival! Here’s her rendition of New Zealand’s Lamb Sliders!

    Disney Dispatch is also counting down to the Festival with a look at Argentina.

    WDW Info reports that Chef Mickey is no longer table-side at Chef Mickey’s in WDW’s Contemporary Resort. According to user reports, he’s up front taking pics now rather than visiting table-side.

    Finally, I wanted to share with you a few other perspectives on the La Hacienda de San Angel opening in Epcot this past week. Scott Joseph, Orlando’s premier food critic, has a fantastic video from his experience at the Grand Opening:

    And here are some write-ups from around the Disney-sphere about the Grand Opening event:
    Zannaland (Margarita menu!!!), Disney Everyday, Scott Joseph Orlando, Theme Park Mom, Daily Disney from Orlando Sentinel, WDW Radio, Lauging Place, Inside the Magic, WDW News Today

    Tribute to the Sandwich Cookie

    I’m not sure about you, but one of my favorite ways to break my diet is with an OCP or an Oreo (or seven). So it’s exciting to see so many wonderful sandwich cookies mixed into the Magic of Disney! Here are a few of my favorite spots for sandwich cookies…

    Cape May Cafe Oreo Bon Bons
    Nowhere before has the casual Oreo been elevated to such a haute status. The Cape May Cafe Oreo Bon Bon — a confection built upon an Oreo sandwich cookie — has been a staple at the Cape May Cafe evening Clam Bake for years and has risen to minor cult status among Disney fans.

    Oreo Bon Bons

    Climb-able Sandwich Cookie
    Trust me, you’ve never seen a sandwich cookie this big! Nestled between a massive paper clip and a pile of dirt, this one might not exactly be appetizing, but it sure is interesting. You’ll find it [Read more…]

    Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 25, 2010

    New truffles in WDW

    As you know, I’m reporting from Disney World this weekend, and from Disneyland next week! Here are some of the latest news items:

    Now — on to the round-up!

    OC Register preps me for the best dishes to sample at Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival next week!

    Main Street Gazette shares a love of Frozen Sunshine at Beaches and Cream!

    DisneyGeek has some great shots from the Food and Wine Festival in Disneyland in his Disneyland photo round-up this week.

    The LA Times Travel Blog features videos of John and Nancy Lasseter talking wine and the Lasseter Winery at this past weekend’s California Food & Wine Festival opening. Here’s one to whet your appetite:

    The Disney Chick makes Fettucini Alfredo from Epcot’s Tutto Italia!

    Babes in Disneyland posts about special dietary needs in Disneyland.

    Disunplugged visits Napa Rose and chats with Guy Fieri at the California Food & Wine Festival.

    Disney Parks spots Tina Fey at the Sci-Fi Dine-In!

    Anniversary and Honeymoon Treats in Disney World

    This post is part of the DisMarks Disney Blog Carnival! If you’re a Disney fan, be sure to head over and check out all of the other fantastic Disney blogs in the carnival!

    You’ve heard all about the Disney Birthday Treats that some restaurants share with their guests in celebration. Today we want to share with you a few fun treats that have been received by Disney honeymooners, which are often the same congratulatory treats given to those celebrating their Anniversaries, as well.

    California Grill Honeymoon Presentation

    California Grill Honeymoon Presentation

    As many of you know, my husband and I split our honeymoon between Disney World and Hawai’i last Fall, and there are several things to consider when planning a “DisneyMoon!” You can plan an official extravaganza with Disney Honeymoons, or you can keep the planning more personal. We did the latter, but were still able to celebrate “Disney-style” through the generosity of a few of our favorite Disney restaurants.

    Restaurant Tips for Those Celebrating Honeymoons or Anniversaries
    If you’re planning to commemorate your marriage in Walt Disney World, letting the restaurants in on your celebration is both free and easy, and it can really add to the festive atmosphere of your vacation. Consider these Dining Tips when you’re planning your Disney honeymoon or celebrating your anniversary: [Read more…]

    Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 14th, 2010

    Epcot Morocco Baklava

    Epcot Morocco Baklava

    I’m trying out something new this week, guys. Every once in a while, I’m going to use a relevant pic other than my standard “Eat Here” photo into the Weekly Round-Up. Hopefully this’ll be fun. :-) Now, on to the round-up!

    To start out, here’s some cool NEWS!!: Have you heard about Chef Cat Cora’s book-signing and cooking demo in Orlando next weekend? Check out the specs here!

    Touring Plans has a guest blog by yours truly all about the Monorail Crawl — a fun way to experience the lounges at the Monorail Resorts.

    StudiosCentral analyzes prices at Disney’s Hollywood Studios restaurants to determine whether or not the restaurants are a good value cost-wise.

    DisneyGeek shares his incredible pics, including several food photos, from Disneyland’s D23 Anniversary Event! Keep scrolling through after the linked page to see more.

    The Plain Chicken has developed her very own recipe for the Butterfinger Cupcake from Disney’s Hollywood Studios Starring Rolls Cafe. We’re thrilled that she first heard about the delicious confection right here on our blog!

    Imaginerding takes a look at Minnie Mouse’s bookshelves — with a special look at her cookbooks!

    Babes in Disneyland has a pic of some Cheshire Cat-tail Candy in Disneyland! I totally missed this post last week, but I’m hoping they’re still there!

    EverythingWDW does a Q&A about the newest Disney World dining plan — the Quick Service Dining Plan.

    Tasty Chomps is tempting me with photos of the baklava…and other good stuff…from Tangierine Cafe in Epcot’s Morocco.

    Watch Me Eat visits Epcot’s Club Cool.

    The Disney Parks Blog shares the news that Disney World chefs were in the White House this week cooking for the Greek Prime Minister!

    Deb Wills from AllEarsNet tweeted the following pic of Flame Tree Barbecue’s new queue line.

    Chip and Co shares a review of breakfast at Epcot’s Akershus Restaurant. This one’s especially good for those of you who have little princesses.

    Disney Every Day visits the Main Street Bakery for breakfast. Yum-o cinnamon rolls!

    DisUnplugged‘s Culinary Quest family compares and contrasts Disneyland Resort’s Rancho del Zocalo and Cocina Cucamonga. I love the venn diagram at the end!

    In The Daily Disney from the Orlando Sentinel, food writer Heather McPherson highlights the recipe for the oh-so-tempting Chocolate Crusted Key-Lime Pie from the Grand Floridian Cafe. If anyone wants to make this and send it to me, feel free.

    Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 21, 2010

    Eat hereIt’s been a busy week, everyone! Just in case you missed them, here are a couple of headlines from the Disney Food Blog in the past few days: highlights from the Dinner:Impossible visit to Walt Disney World last week, and the options for foodies at the upcoming Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.

    Also, check out Touring Plans for an analysis I did on whether Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ restaurants are a good value.

    Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide reports that the preliminary list for the James Beard Award in the Best Chef Category includes Victoria and Albert’s Chef Scott Hunnel.

    Orlando United shares some photos of WDW’s Crystal Palace with the refurb walls down.

    DLRP Today reports that Disneyland Resort Paris’ Pizza Planet will become a Buzz Lightyear Buffet.

    The Disney Chick takes you through the creation of one of my favorite Disney World desserts, Liberty Tree Tavern’s Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake.

    DisneyShawn gives a peek into the imagineering of Mrs. Potts’ Cupboard and the Friar’s Nook in WDW’s Magic Kingdom.

    Disney Parks Blog shares a dessert recipe from the Saratoga Springs’ Turf Club Restaurant.

    AllEarsNet has a gorgeous photo-blog from Nine Dragons Restaurant in Epcot’s China.

    Main Street Gazette writes about the Yakitori House in Epcot’s Japan.

    DisUnplugged brings us to the Troubadour Tavern in Disneyland.

    The Daily Disney from Orlando Sentinel shares a Coconut Curried Chicken Stew recipe from Boma at WDW’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

    Have a great week!

    Sci-Fi Dine-In

    I wanted to give you more construction pics for today, but DH said you’d prefer some food porn, so here we go! We’re headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Sci-Fi Dine-In! Sci-Fi Dine-IN Sci-Fi Dine-in in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a quintessential Disney experience. It’s imagineering and restauranteur-ing at its collaborative best: drive-in movies and good eats mixed together on a big ol’ sound stage in the middle of a theme park! The next time you bring someone new to Disney World and want to knock their socks off with something they’ve never seen before, book a reservation here. Atmosphere You’ll enter through what looks like a movie theater entrance, but find yourself here, in a soundstage-esque reservation area. The floors are concrete and you’re surrounded by [Read more…]