The Year in Review: Top 10 Disney Food News Items of 2014!

We are standing on the cusp of a brand New Year, and we can’t wait to see what 2015 holds in store for us — and Disney!

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But we can’t wave goodbye to the old year without looking back on some of the biggest food news that happened throughout Disney Parks.

Most of this year’s big news happened at Walt Disney World, but we have a few memorable moments to share with you from Disneyland as well as other Disney Parks around the globe.

Today, we bring you a look back at 2014’s Biggest Disney Food News Stories! We have a LOT to cover — let’s get started!

First up, a little something I like to call…

The Beginning of Finally Doing Something with Pleasure Island

It’s the story we feel like we’ve been watching for years — what’s happening at Downtown Disney Orlando’s now defunct Pleasure Island??

Well, 2014 finally saw some solid progress, and the Disney Springs story seems to be coming to life.

An Artist's Rendering of Disney Springs

An Artist’s Rendering of Disney Springs

Lots of changes have made a trip to Downtown Disney a challenge in the last couple of years. But as the year draws to a close, the parking garages are open, and we are seeing some of the plans take shape!

2014 kicked off with a surprise restaurant opening of sorts — the House of Blues added a new counter service offering, The Smokehouse. We say surprise because we told you about the restaurant for the first time just days before the walls came down and the doors opened for business!

The Smokehouse at The House of Blues

The Smokehouse at The House of Blues

The Smokehouse is strictly a walk-up window venue. But the covered outdoor seating is pleasant, and you can often take in live music as you enjoy barbecue favorites, like their Beef Brisket Sandwich, St. Louis Ribs, or Smoked Turkey Legs.

Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich with House-made Cole Slaw

Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich with House-made Cole Slaw from The Smokehouse

But it wasn’t all good news for Downtown Disney this year. Guests at T-Rex Cafe last Spring were in for some decidedly unpleasant dinner excitement, as one of the restaurant’s humongous fish tanks sprang a leak during dinner service!

However, no one was injured and all of the fish were reportedly rescued. We’re glad that all turned out happily in the situation, but we’ll never look at those huge fish tanks quite the same way again!

Also in the Spring, we said hello to a spot that’s quickly become one of our most favorite spots to shop in all of Walt Disney World — the Marketplace Co-op!

Disney Centerpiece

Disney Centerpiece

We have found some totally awesome stuff in the store’s Disney Centerpiece Section, including dishes, glasses, and other tableware that celebrate all of our Disney cult favorites. Whether you’re a Dole Whip fan or love memorabilia celebrating Tomorrowland, chances are you’ll find something that you’ve just gotta have!

Orange Bird Section

Orange Bird Section

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News! Closing Date Announced for Pollo Campero and Babycakes NYC at Disney World’s Downtown Disney

News on the Disney Springs front!

The mega food outlet occupied by Pollo Campero, Bodie’s All-American, and Babycakes NYC has an official closing date now. The Downtown Disney Marketplace spot will shutter its doors on Wednesday, March 19.

Pollo Campero at Downtown Disney Orlando

Pollo Campero at Downtown Disney Orlando

The combo restaurant will close to make way for the continued re-imagining of the Downtown Disney area as it morphs into Disney Springs.

Speculation has abounded regarding what businesses and restaurants will survive and make it through to Disney Springs. Already we have seen the rollout of four food trucks — portending the closure of some restaurants while capitalizing on a hot trend at the same time.

Fantasy Fare Food Truck

Fantasy Fare Food Truck

Pollo Campero, Bodie’s All-American, and Babycakes NYC join the casualty list that also includes [Read more…]

Disney World’s Kouzzina Now Offering Prix Fixe Menu

At Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, Kouzzina by Cat Cora is now offering a Prix Fixe Menu.

This five course dinner includes some of Kouzzina’s chefs’ favorites and specialties.

Note that beverages are an additional cost unless you are paying with the Disney Dining Plan (non-alcoholic beverage included).

It’s important to know that substitutions will not be offered, so guests with special dietary concerns should opt for the regular menu.

Mezze Pikilia
Goat Cheese Sto Fourno
Lamb Soutzoukakia
Sautéed Shrimp
Spiced Hummus

Greek Hummus and Spreads at Kouzzina

Soupa kai Salata
White Truffle Avgolemono
Horiatiki Salata
Dolmades

Palate Refresher

Duo of Signature Piata
Fisherman’s Stew
Slow Braised Short Ribs
Smoked Feta Mashed
Seasonal Vegetables

Kouzzina Short Ribs

Glyka Pikilia
Mini Budino, Sour Cherry Spoon Sweet
Walnut-Pistachio Baklava
Duo of Pagota

If you are dining a la carte and wish to try one of the above dishes, these items will also available individually. Guests in your party may choose from the a la carte or prix fixe menu and not all guests have to choose from the same menu.

The Prix Fixe menu is now available for $69.00 per person or one table-service credit per person for Disney Dining Plan guests.

In addition, the standard Disney Dining Plan will accrue a surcharge of $18.53 and guests with the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan will pay a surcharge of $4.54. Discounts will apply, and an automatic gratuity will only be added for parties of six or more guests.

While Advance Dining Reservations are suggested, they are not necessary in order to order from the prix fixe menu.

What’s your favorite dish at Kouzzina? Will you order the Prix Fixe menu on your next visit?

Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 4, 2013

It’s been a SUPER busy week for Disney Food news!! :-)

Look for Scottish Salmon at the Scotland Booth!

With the release of 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival menus, we’ve seen a lot of new dishes that we can’t wait to sample.

Of course, the new Disney World Fall Free Dining offer was terrific news for many of our readers who were able to save valuable vacation dollars on their Walt Disney World packages.

Let’s check out what else is happening in the “World” of Disney dining!

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We’ve got lots of news to catch up on!

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 Casey’s Corner Artist Autograph Session with Miniaturist Robert Olszewski, Wine Dinners at Citricos, New Year’s Eve at Monsieur Paul, and more.

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

Facebook friend Lauren shares “Sci-Fi Dine In Theater- always a favorite with my boyfriend and me! Nothing beats the super fun, retro atmosphere… I adore it!”

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater!

And check out this picture of the 24 Layer Chocolate Cake at Disneyland’s Steakhouse 55! Facebook Friend Lynda shares “OH YES I DID and it was AWESOME!!!!”

24 Layer Chocolate Cake!

Thanks for sharing your Disney food memories!

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On to the Round-Up!

Mickey Fix finds a mod Donald Duck coffee mug. Perfect for your morning caffeine fix!

Donald Duck Mug!

Eating Around WDW heads to the Lava Lounge!

Walt Disney World for Grownups sips a Lapu Lapu at Disney’s Polynesian resort.

Main St Gazette stops by Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe to taste-test the Steak and Pork Platter.

Running at Disney enjoys the Cobb Salad at The Hollywood Brown Derby!

Babble shares Club 33 photos and tips from our own Dining in Disneyland columnist, Heather Sievers!

Disney Cruise Line Blog shares a snack idea using Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bars and Cookies. Try it on your next Disney cruise!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 7, 2013

I hope you had an awesome Independence Day Week if you’re in the USA!

Mickey Mouse July 4th Cupcake!

We had a great time covering all of the Limited Time Magic treats in the Disney World parks for the 4th of July!

These are available through today, July 7th, but hopefully that strawberry and blueberry shortcake sundae will stick around… :-)

And there’s lots more Disney Food News where that came from! Let’s check it out…

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Catch up on the latest food news from Disney!

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 possible closing date for Cap’n Jack’s at Downtown Disney Orlando.

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

Monsters University treats have all over Disney parks, and have been inspiring DFB readers at home! Take a look at these homemade Mike cookies sent in by DFB Reader Angela!

Homemade cookies!

And DFB Reader Joe sent us these fun cake pops in the making!

Cake Pops!

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  • Downloadable worksheets for planning your trip.
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  • A comprehensive index of bars and lounges.
  • An index of some of our favorite Top 5 lists.
  • Four food-themed scavenger hunts — one for each Disney World theme park!
  • Disney Dining Trivia to play while waiting in line, or waiting for a table.

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On to the Round-Up!

Eat, Sleep, Run Disney dines at Carthay Circle in Disney California Adventure.

Mickey Fix delights with this Darth Vader candy and ice cube mold! Perfect for summer parties; we love the Vader S’mores idea!

Pop Century Site highlights Tie-Dye Cheesecake and Pop Waffles!

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups stops by Liberty Square Marketin the Magic Kingdom.

Running at Disney enjoys a feast at Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Disney Hipsters enjoys a vegetarian lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafe.

Main Street Gazette samples goodies at the Territory Lounge at Wilderness Lodge.

Disney Parks Blog heads to Disneyland to make s’mores!

Reader Question: Is Dole Whip Vegan and Gluten Free?

For guests visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland with a special diet, the popular Dole Whip treat is now just about the perfect snack! Dole Whip’s fruit flavors are now vegan! And Dole Whip has always been gluten free.

Dole Whip fruit flavors are now vegan!

At least, they are according to the official Dole Whip Mix website – Unified Enterprises Corporation. You can now enjoy any fruit flavor of Dole Whip on your vegan and/or gluten free diet!

Taken From Website of Unified Enterprises Corp

At Disney, you’ll find pineapple Dole Whips! There’s also an option for a Dole Whip Float, which adds pineapple juice to the mix. (The vanilla flavor that has been offered at some locations is not considered vegan at this time.)

Disneyland Dole Whip Float

Dole Whip Nutritional Information

Sneak Peek! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Eats

This time of year, there’s one Magic Kingdom event that’s a must-do — Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! This super-fun Disney World hoopla is held on select evenings now through December 21st.

In between enjoying the shows, attractions, Holiday Wishes fireworks, and Once Upon a Christmastime parade, we know you’ll be hungry!

Snow on Main Street at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Remember, we’ve included all of our tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in our new DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2012 e-Book!

Along with party eats, you’ll find the information that you need on shows, character greetings, and more! Plus, it’s jam-packed with all of our holiday tips on visiting the gingerbread displays, and other holiday events at Walt Disney World.

But now, to whet your appetite, here’s a quick look at a few specialty goodies you’ll find at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to nosh on this year!

Sneak Peek! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Specialty Eats

From complimentary treats to fun quick-service additions, there are plenty of ways to quell your hunger at MVMCP!

Complimentary Holiday Treats

We love the seasonal, complimentary treats at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! They are delicious and FREE (with admission, of course)! Be sure to look for these balloons that mark treat locations!

Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party Treat Location Balloon

Fill up on cookies and hot chocolate, or healthier options like apple slices and apple juice. The cookies – usually snickerdoodles – are big and chewy! And the packaged apple slices are crisp and refreshing.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Snickerdoodles and Apple Slices

Beverages are conveniently served in to-go cups allowing for [Read more…]

New! Gluten Free Menu for the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Finally!! Guests visiting the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival now have access to an official map with the location of menu items that are gluten-free!

See photos of ALL gluten-free items on our 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Page!!

Gluten Free Map for the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Here are your Disney-approved options for gluten-free eats at this year’s Festival:

Argentina
Grilled Beef Skewer – Order without the Chimichurri Sauce!

Australia
Shrimp on the Barbie
Grilled Lamb Chop

Caribbean Islands
Jerk Spiced Chicken Drumstick

Jerk Spiced Chicken Drumstick with Mango Chutney

Canada
Beef Filet Mignon

Cheese
Cheese offerings are gluten-free – skip the bread!

Florida Local
White Corn [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 23, 2012

New Menus!

With the debut of new menus at some of our favorite Disney restaurants, the start of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and even more details about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, the news has been filled with yummy eats and treats!

Leave us a comment below with your thoughts on the latest news!

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Alrighty! Let’s dig into these new menus and updates, shall we??

We’ve got more food news (including restaurant closure updates, Chase Lounge for Disney Visa cardholders at Food and Wine Festival, Disneyland and Disney World serving Frank & Weenies and Franken-Fusion Lemonade, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

Disney Food Blog “Focus on Epcot” Sale!

The 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival starts on FRIDAY, and this coming weekend is also a special celebration for one of our favorite parks — Epcot! So we’re counting down to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival with fabulous savings on our Epcot eBooks!

This Festival bundle packs together our DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival AND the The DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks for $3 off using code THIRTY.

Find out more about the “Focus on Epcot” Bundle here!

In addition, we are offering a discount on the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — use code COUNTDOWN to get $3 off this week! Time to get planning if you’re headed to the Festival!

Wondering if the books are any good? Check out our latest reviews!
We’d like to thank Adventures By Daddy for the glowing review – “Like the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival itself, AJ Wolfe’s e-book is comprehensive, but presented in an easy, “digestible” way. The e-book has a gorgeous compendium of photos, and is a great way to experience and relive the festival once you return.”

In addition, we appreciate the positive review given by Running At Disney. “Last year I got the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book and it was a life saver! The book features a full, daily schedule of events for each day of the 46-day festival. This level of detail, organized by day, can’t be found anywhere else online or in print.”

Be sure to take advantage of this week’s DFB Deals as we celebrate the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival AND Epcot’s 30th Anniversary! Find out the details here.

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups looks at the benefits of a Tables in Wonderland membership for restaurant savings.

AKL Resort has information about Sundown Mingles for Disney Vacation Club members at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Daveland shows us Walt’s apartment including his mini-kitchenette.

Main Street Gazette shows us the vintage concept for the never-built Scandinavia pavilion in Epcot which would have included a smorgasbord restaurant and sidewalk bakery.

Eating and Drinking Around the World finds a Perry the Platypus sugar cookie pop in Epcot!

The Walt Disney World Restaurant Tour visits the 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood studios.

Disney Parks Blog celebrates Oktoberfest at the Biergarten with an interview with the Epcot musicians.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Trick-or-Treat Map, and Special Diets Treat Exchange

Halloween in Walt Disney World has pretty much already started! (September? Who needs September?)

And highlighting the Fall season, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party is the place to trick-or-treat!

But be sure to check out this treat map so you know exactly where you want to head as soon as you get in the park!

Trick or Treat Locations - click image for larger version

11 candy spots (and pop-up treat stations) will help curb party-goers’ sweet cravings. And to guarantee the candy [Read more…]