Are you ready to rock and BOWL next year in Disneyland? I sure hope so, because Splitsville Luxury Lanes is opening in the Downtown Disney District in late 2017!
Will you be celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas in Walt Disney World?
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.
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…]
It’s time for another fun addition to our Disney Food Galleries!
And today, we’re introducing a brand new gallery for all of you red meat lovers out there! Yep, we’ve gathered a whole buncha steaks from around Disney World to help you make your choices on your next visit.
Remember, some of these may drop off menus from time to time or have side dishes or preparation changed, but hopefully this will give you a good overview of what’s available! Here we go!
Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club is one of my top picks when it comes to steak at Walt Disney World. After all, they decorate with meat — the first thing you pass en route to your seat is the Steak Trimming Room!
Chefs here pride themselves not only on the very best cuts of meat, but appetizers, side dishes, and desserts inspired by market fresh ingredients. Yachtsman combines the very best of seasonal flavors with the traditional steak experience.
My absolute favorite pick at Yachtsman is the 16-ounce Boneless Ribeye. It is always a melt-in-your-mouth choice.
But we are also big fans of the 12-ounce Prime New York Strip Steak, served here with a rich potato gratin stack.
Shula’s at Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin is the kind of place that you think of when you envision an upscale steakhouse. As your eyes adjust to the dim lighting and you check out the menu — printed on a football! — you’ll settle into the refined elegance of your surroundings.
When I have the chance to dine here, I almost always go for my favorite, the 22-ounce Cowboy Ribeye (are you sensing a theme?). The Bone-in Steak has been excellent on every visit. The flavor is unbelievable!
Looking for a lighter approach to soothe your carnivore cravings? We’ve also enjoyed the Steak Mary Anne. Delicate by steakhouse standards, the 5-ounce medallions are served with a simple demi glace in this case. It’s the perfect plate for the guest who prefers all the flavor of prime, aged beef in a smaller serving.
If you’re a landlubber like me, then finding a great steak at a restaurant known for fabulous seafood is a dream come true. But it’s not impossible if you’re dining at Flying Fish Cafe.
When I visit, I always order the Char-Crusted Black Angus New York Strip. The creamy Sauce Foyot is such a great accent — and they’re never chintzy with it!
Can’t decide between surf and turf? You don’t have to! Try the two house specialities side by side with the Entree Duo, which features the Char-Crusted Angus New York Strip Steak and the restaurant’s most famous fish dish, the Potato-wrapped Red Snapper.
Jiko offers some of the most interesting food at Walt Disney World.
And while I enjoy the fusion of African, Indian, and Meditteranean flavors when it comes to appetizers and desserts, I rarely deviate from my favorite entree: the Oak-Grilled Filet.
And even when their delicious Mac and Cheese isn’t featured as the dish’s side, you can usually score it as a special request (and I totally recommend that you do).
In the mood for steak with no Advance Dining Reservation? Then head to Epcot’s Liberty Inn. Their New York Strip Steak, served with Red Wine Butter, Roasted Potatoes, and Steamed Broccoli, is surprisingly good.
Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant
Even though most of my favorite steaks at Disney World are featured at signature restaurants, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a good option at moderately priced restaurants, too, like Sci-Fi Dine-In.
Recently, I was pleasantly surprised by [Read more…]
Ahhhh…Pizza. Most of us love the stuff, whether it’s high end, low end, or homemade.
But one thing’s for sure — you and I both know that not all pizza is created equal — and this is definitely true when it comes to Disney.
Today, we’re awarding some Pizza Pie Superlatives. From Best to Worst and Everything In Between, let’s take a look at a few.
And when we’re finished with the awards, I’ve love to hear if you agree! Leave us a comment with your best and worst!
Best All-Around Pizza in Disney World
If you’ve been reading Disney Food Blog for any amount of time, the winner in this category will come as no shock to you. The hands-down best pizza in all of Disney World are the pies you find at Via Napoli in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion.
With authentic ingredients right down to the flour, tomatoes, and water they use, these are some serious pies that come closest to the real deal from Naples, Italy. They also taste the most like my favorite New York Style pizza (Lombardi’s!!!!) — the gold standard, as far as I’m concerned!
You can’t go wrong with any of the pizzas you order here, whether you’re getting a personal size, or you’re sharing with the table.
Worst Disney World Pizza
When it comes to pizza that you can safely — no, you definitely should — skip, we’ll chalk this up to… [Read more…]
Ready to get yer game on? We’re heading back to Splitsville Luxury Lanes in search of good eats and good times!
Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Splitsville Orlando just celebrated its first birthday this past December, so we were excited to experience it again now that it’s really settled in to Downtown Disney’s West Side.
Splitsville definitely changed the West Side landscape immediately upon its arrival, because this place is HUGE. Two floors with outdoor and indoor seating, five bars, a billiards area… oh, and the small matter of thirty bowling lanes!
You can tell you’re in a festive place even before setting foot inside Splitsville’s doors. Music is always playing in the outdoor seating area, and it’s often provided by live musicians.
The other hint as to what’s going on here is the colorful display of bowling balls.
Do I bowl? Not really. Do I totally want one of these? You bet!
Upon entering the building, you immediately hear music and the sound of pins being downed by bowling balls. Because there is a LOT to take in right away, these signs directing you where to go for dining and/or bowling are especially helpful.
We headed left to the Dining Check-in and mentioned our Advanced Dining Reservation. Yes, Splitsville does take ADRs, and it’s nice to have one on a weekend, especially. But — thanks to the enormous size — it can be a great place to try to score a walk-in! We were seated right away (even though we arrived about 15 minutes in advance of our ADR), but we couldn’t resist taking a look around.
Colorful lockers and rows of bowling shoes remind you that this isn’t only a restaurant, my friends. It’s the highest end bowling alley dive you’ve ever been to.
As your eyes take in all there is to see – including the enormous escalator joining the first and second floors, the entire vibe is almost over stimulating. The fun and casual attitude of the staff, however, helps you to relax right away and feel at home.
There are nods all over the place to the [Read more…]
Tables in Wonderland Members – this one’s for you! Announcing the Splitsville Luxury Lanes DINE AROUND!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Downtown Disney’s West Side
$90.00 per person, including tax and gratuity
This special event will feature some of Splitsville’s finest foods (with paired beverages!).
It will also feature [Read more…]
This week, we take a look at Disneyland’s NEW Market House, featuring Starbucks. You’ll want to stop here for brew, goodies, AND the cozy decor!
I love the holiday season at the Disney parks; mark your calendar with the Disneyland Candy Cane dates. Those sweet swirls are a popular tradition and not-to-be missed!
If you missed any Disney food news this week, check out the articles below!
Disney Food News
- Starbucks has opened at the Market House on Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A.!
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to one of our favorite bakeries in Walt Disney World — Writer’s Stop.
- Check out the Disneyland Candy Cane Dates for 2013!
- Check out the new Mickey Macaroons!
- The Old Port Royale Food Court at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort showcases tropical pastries. Look for Mango Almond Tartlets, Banana Turnovers, and more!
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 restaurant closures, TripAdvisor Award for Victoria & Albert’s, Splitsville Adds Gluten Free Dishes, and more!
DFB Reader Finds
DFB Reader Jennifer emailed us a picture of the Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich at Captain’s Grille. She says “… It’s served on Foccacia bread with an arugula & red onion vinaigrette. It’s served with orzo salad or French fries. … It is my favorite lunch of all time.
The bread is flavorful, soft, but crisped on the outside. The tomatoes are sweet and the fresh cheese, creamy. The arugula vinaigrette adds just enough tangy bite and brings the entire sandwich together nicely. I usually ask for extra dressing and started using it for my fries also. I thought it was a hidden gem, I should share!”
Thanks for sending your yummy photos and tips!
The “DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2013″ Grand Launch!
Tis the season for the Grand Launch of the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2013 e-Book!
And since we want you to save some cash right NOW, we have a steep discount for DFB readers (as always!). Get the brand new guide today for $3 off the regular purchase price for a limited time! How? Use code JINGLE at the check-out!
The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2013 e-Book features 270 pages of all the info you need to know before you head to Walt Disney World for the holiday season, including NEW events and holiday happenings, over 250 photos, and an informative FAQ section. It includes:
- Detailed descriptions and photos of every holiday event and activity happening at the parks and resorts this year — including tips on how to make the best use of your time and money when visiting!
- A fully comprehensive holiday dining section with listings of holiday snacks, treats, meals, and menu items offered this year — from popcorn kiosks all the way to Signature Restaurants.
- A clickable 3-Month Schedule of Holiday Events so you can see at-a-glance what looks interesting to you.
- Comprehensive listings — with color photos! — of Disney Resort holiday decor and gingerbread displays
- Our recommendations on ways to SAVE while you’re in Disney World this holiday season.
- A section dedicated to all “New for 2013″ events, dining options, and activities, including what’s new at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, The Celebrate the Magic Castle Show, and the Epcot Candlelight Processional.
- NEW Scavenger Hunts
- NEW Disney Cruise Line Chapter
- A Preview of the 2014 Holidays in Disney World
- And more!
For more detailed information and sample pages from The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2013, head over to the DFB Store!
And if you want an even BETTER deal, snap up our DFB Holiday Bundle! This includes the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays AND our original DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2013!
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On to the Round-Up!
Mickey Fix warms our hearts (and stomachs) with this Mickey and Minnie cookie jar! Order now; for Disney fans on your holiday list!!
Daveland highlights the new Starbucks at the Market House in Disneyland.
Walt Disney World For Grown Ups features new cocktails on Disney World’s bar and lounge menu.
Disney Hipsters visits Sommerfest in Epcot’s Germany pavilion.
Mouse on the Mind receives some Disney Magic — a free Mickey Ice Cream Bar!
TripAdvisor names Victoria & Albert’s as top 3 fine dining restaurant in United States!
You’ve probably heard the rumors brewing, but this is the first time that we’ve heard details about changes that may be planned for Downtown Disney Orlando!! Please note that all of this is subject to change (and probably WILL!).
What’s the Latest?
Along with a new name (Disney Springs), parking garage (thank goodness!), and the re-imagining of Planet Hollywood, new restaurants and shops are now being named in these rumors!
A new “district,” which is being called the Town Center, may part of the proposed plan. Pleasure Island could be known as The Landing, and the Marketplace may return to its roots — The Village Marketplace. Only the West Side area would retain its current label in this structure.
Part of the remodel could bring a two-story entertainment area similar to City Walk at Universal Studios.
Possible New Restaurants?
This photo from Save Pleasure Island showcases a few possible options.
We can’t wait for more details to emerge, but of course we’re pretty excited about the possible addition of a Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar, which we LOVE in Disneyland.
Here a few other options that are apparently on the block for Disney World’s “Disney Springs:”
- Planet Hollywood would become The Observatory.
- Disney Character Dining (TBD)
- Disney Burger (TBD)
- Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
- Wine Bar (TBD)
- The Edison
- Disney Bakery (TBD)
- Food Truck
- Powell’s Sweet Shoppe
- Italian Restaurant (TBD)
- Argo Tea
Mickey knows what’s up this weekend!!
We’re right there with you with the game on and the chicken wings on speed dial!!
But just in case you need a break from the pre-game coverage, we’ve got tons of awesome Disney Dining news to share with you today! Check out some of the latest updates below…
Disney Dining News
Catch up on Disney’s food news…
- Splitsville in Downtown Disney is now taking the Tables in Wonderland discount!
- New menu items will debut at California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort when it reopens after a six month renovation.
- Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Topping are being served at the Kona Cafe in the Polynesian Resort. Order now – they’re available for a limited time only!
We’ve got additional food news, including restaurant closures, New Menu Items at Tamu Tamu Refreshments, Valentine’s Week Dinners and Specialty Cupcakes at Walt Disney World and Disneyland restaurants, Special Super Bowl Eats at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, Exterior Renovation at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, Lunar New Year Specialties at Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney Anaheim, Exterior Renovation at Rainforest Cafe, Hurricane Hanna’s Grand Opening, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!
This week, reader @nellie204 shared this too-adorable photo she titled: “Standard Disney Breakfast at Saratoga!” via twitter!
We love the choice of breakfast foods, Nellie!!!
The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013!!
This week we celebrated the grand launch of The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013 e-Book! This valuable resource is fully updated for 2013 visits, and is now available for purchase and download to help you make the most of your dining opportunities while in Disney World.
The fully updated DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013 e-Book is an instantly downloadable PDF guide, featuring over 400 full-color pages of photographs, information, and advice about our favorite things — food and dining in Walt Disney World.
It’s guaranteed to help you navigate your way to delicious dining on your next vacation! And if you’re ready to get yours now, head on over to DFBGuide.com to pick it up!!
For our Grand Launch Sale, use code: 2013 to get a $4 discount for a limited time! And at the end of this post, we have details on even more savings!
To celebrate the launch and to thank you for your support of the blog, we’ll be offering the Guide for $4 off its standard rate for a limited time! Order your copy now at DFBGuide.com and use code 2013 for your discount!
If you purchased the 2012 Guide and would like to purchase the 2013 Guide, we’ve got a special discount for repeat purchasers. Email me here to get a limited-time, one-use, exclusive discount code to purchase the 2013 Guide at a $6 discount. Please include the email address you used to purchase the 2012 Guide in the body of your email.
For more detailed information and screen shots from the e-Book, head over to DFBGuide.com! With a 100% money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose!
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All three are being sold together for the first time –and for a massively discounted price. Just $29.95 instead of the regular price of nearly $42.00.
On to the Round-Up
WDW Today Podcast chats with us about Walt Disney World dining with kids.
Parents Magazine gives Disney Dining tips, including suggestions from yours truly!
Daveland visits the Main Street Market House in Disneyland.
DisZine reports on Splitsville’s Super Bowl Party!
The Drinks Business discusses wines at the exclusive Club 33 in Disneyland.
Running at Disney dines at the Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club resort.
Main Street Gazette samples the Milky Way Sundae at Beaches and Cream.
Disney Gals discuss keeping kosher at Disney.
Disney by Mark fuels up at Flo’s V-8 Cafe at Disney California Adventure.
For those who aren’t sure what Tables in Wonderland is, it’s a Disney World Dining discount card that can be purchased by Florida residents, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Annual/Seasonal Passholders of Walt Disney World.
The card offers a 20% discount on food and beverages (including alcohol) at most Disney World table-service restaurants, and even some counter-service locations (like food courts at resorts that don’t have a table-service location).