What’s New in Disney’s Hollywood Studios: May 2, 2018

Welcome back to another installment of What’s New! This time we’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where there’s a whole lotta new we won’t get to see until June 30 when Toy Story Land opens! But in the meantime, we’ve got the skinny on menu changes, pop-up bars, and merchandise that just might tide us over until Woody welcomes the gang to his new land (and opens his lunchbox)!

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Menus & Eats

Sweet Spells closed a couple of weeks ago, and let’s just say that almost no one was happy about it. Where would we get our sweets? What would happen to the spells? (Okay, maybe we’re just worried about the carbohydrates…) And while we haven’t seen any of the Sweet Spells-specific food items shift over to Trolley Car Cafe, we’re glad that Sweet Spells favorites like the Carrot Cake Cookie, Napoleon, Danish, and Candy Brownie have all remained at Trolley Car.

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

So while we hear you, lovers of treats who don’t want to wait in that Starbucks line, we’re still relieved that the Carrot Cake Cookie and these beautiful treats are still nearby! But note that the carrot cake cookie has had a bit of a makeover — the cake part is now pretty thick and serious, so it’s more like a round cake versus a whoopie pie.

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

Guests can also pick up a Tale As Old As Time Cupcake at Trolley Car right now, and it sounds lovely. Vanilla cake, raspberry filling, white buttercream (which is actually yellow…maybe they meant to put “vanilla buttercream”?). Classic and sweet.

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake

The Tale As Old As Time Cupcake features some details from Beauty and the Beast, including red roses, yellow frosting, and Belle and her prince in white chocolate form.

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake at Trolley Car Cafe

If the heat of late spring and impending summer have got you down at Hollywood Studios, there are a couple of great pop-up bars to fuel your adventures. Sunshine Day Cafe Pop-Up Bar is conveniently located on Sunset Boulevard, and is serving up wine, beer, and a couple of specialty drinks.

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

We have previously seen Baby Blues and Green Screen elsewhere in Hollywood Studios, but those bright colors suck us in every time.

Sunshine Day Cafe Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Cafe Pop Up Bar

If you’re in Echo Lake, you’ll find the Echo Lake Pop-Up Bar with specialty cocktails and wine.

Echo Lake Pop Up Bar Menu

Echo Lake Pop Up Bar Menu

At Fairfax Fare and Rosie’s All-American Cafe, Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon Lemonade has replaced Jim Beam Black Cherry Lemonade.

Fairfax Fare Drinks

Fairfax Fare and Rosie’s All-American Cafe Drinks

In the world of desserts, Backlot Express now offers BB-9E and Kylo Ren Cupcakes instead of BB-8 and Darth Vader Cupcakes.

Backlot Express Desserts

Backlot Express Desserts

And the missing menu boards at ABC Commissary have been replaced with digital menu boards, just as predicted.

ABC Commissary New Menu Boards

ABC Commissary New Menu Boards

KRNR Station is now serving up nachos!

KRNR Station now has nachos!

KRNR Station now has nachos!

And a super yummy-looking S’mores Brownie has appeared at Dockside Diner. We definitely want to get into that!

Dockside Diner S'mores Brownie

Dockside Diner S’mores Brownie

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Merchandise

Merchandise at Hollywood Studios is exciting this week! For starters, guests can purchase ties with character at various locations in the park, including the Orange Bird, Haunted Mansion, and Monorail designs! These have been around for a while and aren’t “new,” but they’re still super fun!

Orange Bird Tie

Orange Bird Tie

Haunted Mansion and Monorail Ties

Haunted Mansion and Monorail Ties

And if you get the Tiki Room Tie, we beg of you: please request it as the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Tie.

Tiki Room Tie

Tiki Room Tie

Also available are a couple of elaborate Minnie Ear designs. Belle is loaded with detail!

Belle Minnie Ears

Belle Minnie Ears

As is the Cheshire Cat, whose tail curls around one ear!

Cheshire Cat Minnie Ears

Cheshire Cat Minnie Ears

We have a thing for the VHS Notebooks that have been available for a couple of years, and now we can get our VHS-loving fingers on The Little Mermaid, Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, and Dumbo!

VHS Notebooks!

VHS Notebooks!

The biggest news in merchandise is happening at the former Sweet Spells location, which is now a Pixar merchandise location — Tinseltown Trinkets and Reel Vogue!

Sweet Spells is now Pixar Merchandise Shop

Sweet Spells is now Pixar Merchandise Shop

Inside the store portion of the old location there’s lots of merch to peruse, as well as some packaged sweets like cotton candy and massive lollipops.

Sweet Spells' New Look

Sweet Spells’ New Look

Sweet Spells' New Look

Sweet Spells’ New Look

The promised Pixar merchandise is actually very sweet, including these Up!-inspired couples’ tees!

She's My Greatest Adventure

She’s My Greatest Adventure

He's My Greatest Adventure

He’s My Greatest Adventure

Mike and Sully get some love with Monsters, Inc./University-inspired gear.

The Overachiever Monsters Tee

The Overachiever Monsters Tee

The Natural Monsters Tee

The Natural Monsters Tee

This tote ain’t subtle, but it’s fun!

Roar Your Heart Out Tote

Roar Your Heart Out Tote

And, well, if you’ve been in the market for a plush Sully tail, we say why? But also: you can find yours here!

Sully Tail

Sully Tail

But, oooooooh! You knew there had to be Toy Story merchandise! This tank celebrates the little green guys!

Oooooh! Tank

Oooooh! Tank

And this hoodie is colorful and playful.

Toy Story Hoodie

Toy Story Hoodie

Meanwhile, we’re totally into this Squad Goals tote. What other squad could a Disney fan need?!

Squad Goals! Tote

Squad Goals! Tote

If MagicBands are your thing, you’ll definitely want to check this out: a Toy Story MagicBand!

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

That’s it for now from Disney’s Hollywood Studios! You know we’ll be back with more What’s New — so stick with the DFB crew!

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Disney Food News This Week: April 8, 2018

Happy weekend! Here’s all the Disney food news this week!

Baked Mac and Cheese with Shrimp

Baked Mac and Cheese with Shrimp

The 2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is ON! We have FULL MENUS for the Epcot Flower and Garden FESTIVAL plus Photos of EVERY FOOD ITEM and most beverages!

And, the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival is happening through April 12 — which is next Friday! Click here for the FULL MENUS and ALL the FOOD PHOTOS for the DCA Food and Wine Festival!

And it’s time to get the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2018 e-book! Save 25% now with code wdw2018!

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

Disney Food News

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 menu updates, restaurant closures, special events, and more! We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go. [Read more…]

Sweet Spells in Disney’s Hollywood Studios Closing This Month?!

Wow.

We’ve just heard that Sweet Spells will be closing permanently later this month to make way for a Pixar merchandise location.

Quoi?!?

Sweet Spells in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Sweet Spells in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Sweet Spells has served traditional Disney park snacks such as Mickey-shaped Krispy TreatsCake PopsFudge, and more over the years. It’s one of the spots where you can see specialty Caramel Apples being decorated, and it added a line of Whoopie Pies unique to the location a couple of years ago.

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What’s New at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: March 14, 2018

What’s up, Disney pals? Today we’re excited to bring you What’s New at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And we’ve got photos of all that great Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge merchandise!

Welcome to Disney's Hollywood Studios!

Welcome to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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Disney Food Challenge: Can You Eat ALL 14 Of Disney’s BEST Cupcakes?!

Nothing says portable, edible happiness like a cupcake. And if you’re anything like us, your Disney vacation just isn’t complete until you’ve had one. Or two. Or fifteen. It’s hard to stop, really, because the Disney food gods have designed so many beautiful and delicious options.
But how does a good, cupcake-lovin’ guest like yourself know which cupcakes to choose? Fret not! Your pals at the DFB have just the thing you need. We’ve developed your map to the tastiest and prettiest cupcakes created by Disney. We give you a brand new Cupcake Crawl! Here we go!
BEST DISNEY CUPCAKES GRAPHIC

1. Rose Gold Minnie Ears Cupcake, Sunshine Seasons, Epcot

We’re starting the crawl with the Rose Gold Minnie Mouse Ears Cupcake, which has taken the Disney cupcake world by storm! Minnie’s rose gold ears are something of a legend already, and the cupcake they’ve inspired is getting the same treatment. You will find your Rose Gold Minnie Mouse Ears Cupcake at Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion in Future World at Epcot. (Yes, there are other Rose Gold Ears cupcakes in Disney World currently, but this one is the best. Trust us.)
Rose Gold Ears Cupcake

Rose Gold Ears Cupcake

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It’s a Flurry of Fun for THE HOLIDAYS at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Disney’s Hollywood Studios!!!

Moving Billboard on Sunset Boulevard

Moving Billboard on Sunset Boulevard

From now through December 31st, guests can celebrate the season with a Flurry of FUN! Highlights include the return of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Spectacular, special seasonal touches around Echo Lake, and much more.

We’re starting that “much more” with the all-new Sunset Seasons Greetings — and all the Season’s EATINGS — on Sunset Boulevard and beyond!

Sunset Seasons Greetings

Falling snow, twinkling lights, moving billboards, and festive projections on the Hollywood Tower Hotel all make for the magical transformation of Sunset Boulevard into Sunset Seasons Greetings!

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Review: Season’s EATINGS for the Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is starting TODAY at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Hollywood Studios Entrance

Hollywood Studios Entrance

While the park is getting ready for the debut of Sunset Season’s Greetings and the return of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Nighttime Spectacular to make up a Flurry of Fun starting Thursday, November 9th, the seasonal sweets and treats are available in the park NOW!

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News: FOOD for the Flurry of FUN Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

If you joined us yesterday, you know that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is already gearing up for the holidays!

Holiday Gertie at Hollywood Studios!

Holiday Gertie at Hollywood Studios!

The Studios has all sorts of festive fun in store this season, and it’s going to be a Flurry of FUN! The new Sunset Season’s Greetings will bring snow, moving billboards, and holiday projections to the Hollywood Tower Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, and we’re getting ready to welcome back the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Nighttime Spectacular, too, all kicking off November 9th!

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Where to Find Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING in Disney World!

HOORAY!!! It’s time for all things Apple, Caramel, and Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING!!! And while this is true all over the country, it may be even more so in DISNEY WORLD, where you’ll encounter everything from Pumpkin Coffee to Cupcakes and Milkshakes to Gelato and more… everything’s coming up PUMPKIN!

Pumpkin Cupcake

Pumpkin Cupcake

Wanna know where you can get your PUMPKIN ON — and your other favorite fall flavors — in Disney World? Then read on, my Fall-minded Friends…

Pumpkin Coffee

Just like back home — where everybody knows your name — the Disney World Starbucks locations are once again carrying the World Famous Pumpkin Spice Latte! [Read more…]

Disney Food Video: GET THIS at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is kind of the forgotten park right now in Disney World. So much construction. So many shuttered restaurants. So is it still even worth it to go? YEP! And when you DO go, we’ve got the list of what you need to be eating! Check out today’s DFB Video for the things you MUST eat when you visit Hollywood Studios!

Maple Bacon Whoopie Pie at Sweet Spells in Hollywood Studios

Maple Bacon Whoopie Pie at Sweet Spells in Hollywood Studios

There’s a lot to eat in the studios still, but some of it is just not worth the cost or the calories. Stick with our tips and you can rest assured you’ll be eating the best of the best.

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