News! Changes to Disney World Tables in Wonderland Dining Discounts for 2014

We’ve got some news about one of Disney World’s popular dining discounts!

Tables in Wonderland, Walt Disney World’s fee-based dining discount program offered to Florida residents, Annual Passholders, and Disney Vacation Club members, is a great way to save money if you are a frequent diner at Walt Disney World.

The program offers 20% savings on food and beverages, including alcoholic beverages, at more than 100 Walt Disney World restaurants.

Today, we’re getting news of an update to restaurants that will either stop offering the Tables in Wonderland discount in the near future, or will be subject to more blackout dates when using the card.

Victoria and Albert’s to Discontinue Offering Tables in Wonderland Discount

According to the Tables in Wonderland website, Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa will continue to honor the Tables in Wonderland discount through July 14, 2014. However, as of August 1, 2014, the ultra-luxurious dining spot will no longer accept the Tables in Wonderland card.

Victoria and Albert's Main Dining Room

Currently, Tables in Wonderland members may still [Read more…]

Guest Review: Everything Pop Food Court Breakfast, Snacks, and Dessert

Welcome back guest author Joey Beyer to the Disney Food Blog with a groovy review of Pop Century’s food court!

On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, I had multiple firsts, which included the Liberty Tree Tavern, Le Cellier, and lunch at the Tusker House.

Today however, I will be discussing the food court at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. This was my first time staying at Pop Century, and my motivation was all the positive things I had heard about the “Everything Pop” food court.

Atmosphere

The Pop Century food court is well organized and, even when it was very busy, it never felt overly crowded.

Seating

The panoply of foods that each station offered also impressed me. Breakfast offers everything from the standard Disney baked goods (e.g. cheese danishes and muffins) to breakfast burritos to the famous Pop Century waffles.

Lunch and dinner sees the stations change to a deli counter, a grill, a pizza and pasta station, and a Mexican/Asian cuisine station. Sweet treats from the bakery such as cake, cookies, and cupcakes are offered throughout the day.

Eats

At breakfast time I sampled a Pop Century waffle, a cheese Danish (a longstanding Disney resort favorite of mine since I was very young), banana bread, and the blueberry muffin.

Of these options, the Pop waffle stands out the most. It may just be me, but something about that “Pop!” in the middle of the waffle makes it taste that [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 21, 2013

I’ve had an awesome time in Disney World these last couple of weeks, but I’ll be back this week to share more fun adventures!

NEW L'Artisan des Glaces opening in Epcot's France this year!

The big news (in my humble estimation, anyway!) is that we’ve got an opening date for the new ice cream and sorbet shop in Epcot’s France…and even some details on the the L’Artisan des Glaces menu! Check it out!

Disney Food News

Let’s take a look at a few of the big news items this week…

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios is hosting a May event for Tables in Wonderland members. A Fantasmic Dessert Party will be held on May 11, 2013!
  • There are a couple of new ice pop options at Disney World — including a brand NEW Itzakadoozie!
  • L’Artisan des Glaces will be opening in mid-June in Epcot’s France pavilion!

And 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.

This week, we featured a new menu at ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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!

Reader Keith K. sent us a photo of Mickey Waffles from Hong Kong Disneyland!

Mickey Waffles in Hong Kong Disneyland!

We love this photo of the strawberries and cream served at the Grand Floridian during afternoon tea. Thanks to Reader Morgan C. for sharing this sweet!

Strawberries and Cream!

The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book, 2013 Edition

Yes! The 2013 Edition of The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book is now available! For a limited time, you can get the new mini-guide for $2 off the regular purchase price — just use code MAGIC13 at the check-out!

Our best-selling DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book has been updated to include even more snacks! It carries 114 pages of information and advice on well over 100 delicious Magic Kingdom snacks (over 30 more than in our previous edition!). With a 100% money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose! :-)

The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book includes:

  • Full-color photos of over 100 of our favorite snacks
  • Current prices and Disney Dining Plan snack credit status
  • Snack locations
  • Disney Food Blog reviews of all snacks
  • Special Bonus items you’re going to love! (Of course…how could we not include these?)

Want even more savings? Bundle two or more of our time-tested guides into one purchase to get even more great Disney Dining information and photos.

DFB Guide + Snacks Bundle:
With our popular DFB Guide + Snacks Bundle, you’ll get our

Three Great e-Books: Over 30% Off!

  • DFB Guide 2013 Edition, our
  • DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, AND our
  • DFB Guide to Epcot Snacks

All for a significant discount! Learn more about the DFB Guide + Snacks Bundle here!

DFB Snack Bundle:
Already have the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining? You can still bundle for savings! Pick up our bundle of two DFB Snack Guides — Magic Kingdom and Epcot — for less.

With the DFB Snack Bundle, you’ll receive the DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book and the DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks e-Book for one super-discounted price. Purchase the DFB Snack Bundle here!

Did You Purchase a Previous Edition of the DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks?
Read more about our extra discounts for previous purchasers here!

For more detailed information and sample pages from The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, head over to DFBMiniGuides.com!

On to the Round-Up!

Mickey Fix features a new Mickey Mouse pepper mill for your Disney kitchen!

Gorillas Don’t Blog features an ice cream storefront in Disneyland.

Cartoon Research discovers Walt Disney’s “Carrot” characters.

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups toasts with cocktails at Splitsville!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World finds some tasty margaritas.

Running at Disney stops by Todd English’s bluezoo!

DisneyContemporary.com enjoys the Fab 5 at Chef Mickey’s!

Main Street Gazette takes a bite into the pork shank at Gaston’s Tavern.

Tables in Wonderland May Event: Fantasmic! Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Tables in Wonderland members — here’s a dessert-tastic event for you!

Tables in Wonderland has announced aFantasmic! Dessert Party in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 11, 2013!

Dessert Party! Click image for larger version.

Here are the details…

Fantasmic! Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Dates: Saturday May 11, 2013
Time: 8:30 – 9:30pm
Price: $68.72 per person. Tax and gratuity is included.

Experience the fun, fancy and fears of Mickey Mouse as he battles forces that turn his vibrant dreams into a vivid nightmare. Mickey faces off against Disney villains in an amazing spectacular of dancing water, dramatic music, breathtaking animation, lasers, fireworks, and surprises! At this private Tables in Wonderland Dessert Party, you’ll enjoy VIP seating at the premier nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Fantasmic!, while sampling platters of exquisitely prepared desserts.

Offerings include:

Savory Station
Artisan Cheeses, Dried Fruits, Nuts, and Sliced Baguettes

Sampler Station
Mickey Ear Brownie Bon Bons
Balsamic Macerated Strawberries, Mascarpone and [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 7, 2013

Hey all! I’m writing to you from 30,000 feet as I’m on my way to Walt Disney World! Stay tuned this week for tons of live updates and photos from me via twitter and facebook!

Looks Like Spice Road Table Guests Will Have a Great View of Illuminations!

In the meantime, the big Disney food news this week is the confirmation of a new restaurant opening in Epcot’s Morocco. We broke the news back in 2012, but we’re excited to see that it’s now official!

Later this year, you’ll be able to enjoy Mediterranean cuisine via small plates and tapas at the Spice Road Table on the World Showcase Lagoon waterfront! Read more about the new Epcot Morocco restaurant here!

Disney Food News

Short and savory!

  • Tables in Wonderland members can enjoy a discount at La Nouba at Downtown Disney on select dates April through June. Plus, a beer dinner has been announced for The Wave restaurant.
  • A new restaurant will be opening this year in Epcot’s Morocco called Spice Road Table. Construction has already begun, and guests will find merchandise that was sold in the shops on the waterfront now being sold at Tangierine Cafe!

And there’s more where that came from! 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. This week, we featured spring events at Ralph Brennan’s, custom food vinylmations at the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland’s Tiki Room, and an honor for Victoria & Albert’s Restaurant!

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!

Thanks to Stephanie Miller for sending over this awesome Hoop Dee Doo Revue ticket from the 80s! She says “80’s Hoop De Doo. Price was right! Same Strawberry Shortcake.” Love it!

Hoop Dee Doo Revue Ticket from the 1980s

Reader Laura tweeted a picture from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in the Magic Kingdom. She shares “Finally tried this huge and yummy waffle with chicken, loved it! Thanks @DisneyFoodBlog for the recommendation!” Hooray!! See our review here!

Chicken Waffle Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow!

Grand Launch and Discount: The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book, 2013 Edition

We’re thrilled to announce that 2013 Edition of The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book is now available! And in honor of our grand launch, you can get the new mini-guide for $2 off the regular purchase price for a limited time — just use code MAGIC13 at the check-out!

We’ve updated our best-selling DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book to include even more snacks! It carries 114 pages of information and advice on well over 100 delicious Magic Kingdom snacks (over 30 more than in our previous edition!). With a 100% money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose! :-)

The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book includes:

  • Full-color photos of over 100 of our favorite snacks
  • Current prices and Disney Dining Plan snack credit status
  • Snack locations
  • Disney Food Blog reviews of all snacks
  • Special Bonus items you’re going to love! (Of course…how could we not include these?)

Want even more savings? Bundle two or more of our time-tested guides into one purchase to get even more great Disney Dining information and photos.

DFB Guide + Snacks Bundle:

With our popular DFB Guide + Snacks Bundle, you’ll get our

Three Great e-Books: Over 30% Off!

  • DFB Guide 2013 Edition, our
  • DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, AND our
  • DFB Guide to Epcot Snacks

All for a significant discount! Learn more about the DFB Guide + Snacks Bundle here!

DFB Snack Bundle:

Already have the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining? You can still bundle for savings! Pick up our bundle of two DFB Snack Guides — Magic Kingdom and Epcot — for less.

With the DFB Snack Bundle, you’ll receive the DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book and the DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks e-Book for one super-discounted price. Purchase the DFB Snack Bundle here!

Did You Purchase a Previous Edition of the DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks?

Read more about our extra discounts for previous purchasers here!

For more detailed information and sample pages from The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, head over to DFBMiniGuides.com!

On to the Round-Up!

First of all, a BIG thanks to Jen Yates at Epbot.com and Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing for sharing our post about the Disneyland Haunted Mansion dinner with their readers. These are two of my fav-o-rite websites, and I urge you to go check them out if you haven’t already! Seriously. Go now. We’ll wait…

Tonga Toast for Sunday Brunch? Yes, please!

WFTV shares great Sunday brunch restaurants at the Walt Disney World resort.

Zagat named Victoria & Albert’s as one of the top 15 iconic restaurants in the United States.

Seattle Times announces that Starbucks hired Walt Disney executive Matthew Ryan for the new position of global chief strategy officer.

Just Jenn Recipes features some really fun Star Wars recipes here!

Yesterland visits the 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival’s new food kiosks!

Main Street Gazette reviews the Starring Rolls Fruit Tart in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The Atomic Grog recaps the news and rumors regarding the restaurants at Disney Springs!

Tables in Wonderland Events: La Nouba Discount and The Wave Discovery Beer Dinner

Tables in Wonderland has announced an April Discovery Dinner, as well as a great perk for the next couple of months!

La Noube Discount - click on image for a larger photo!

First up, members will receive a discount on Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba tickets in Orlando’s Downtown Disney from April 9 – May 11 and May 28 – June 21, 2013! Next, another Discovery Dinner at The Wave will be happening in April. And this one features Beer!

La Nouba Discount

Tables in Wonderland members will receive a discount on tickets for themselves and up to three guests at 6pm and 9pm performances on Tuesdays – Saturdays from April 9 – May 11 and May 28 – June 21.

Ticket prices depend on the category of seats selected.

  • 25% Discount for Category 2 Tickets: Adult: $69.75 plus tax; Child: $55.50 plus tax
  • 35% Discount for Category 3 Tickets: Adult: $48.75 plus tax; Child: $39.00 plus tax
  • 35% Discount for Category 4 Tickets: Adult: $39.65 plus tax; Child: $31.85 plus tax

Call 407-WDW-SEAT (407-939-7328) to purchase tickets OR visit https://shop.omniticket.com/wdw/wcq/?associationid=43&promocode=TBLES13Q3! (Must show current Tables in Wonderland card when picking up tickets at the Box Office.)

The Wave Discovery Dinner

Lots of fun to be had at the April Beer Discovery Dinner at the Wave!

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Location: The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013 6:30pm Reception; 7pm Dinner
Cost: $110 per person, including tax and gratuity
Dress Code: Casual Evening Attire
Menu: See below for the full menu and booking information!

The Wave welcomes Brewmaster James Emmerson of Full Sail Brewery. This brewery has earned Oregon Brewery of the Year 2013 and numerous other awards.

James Emmerson attended brewing school in 1987. He started his brewing career at Sieben’s Brewery in Chicago before being hired as Brewmaster at Full Sail Brewing Co. [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland April Event: Flower Power Happy Hour

It’s time for a new Tables in Wonderland event!! This one is gonna be totally groovy, man. ;-)

This year’s Flower Power Happy Hour will take place at the American Adventure Parlor at Epcot® on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 6:00pm. Cost is $50.00 per person, plus tax; and gratuity is included.

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You know that our favorite part of this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is the FOOD (see our FULL review of every single food item at the festival here!). But another great aspect of the festival are the nightly Flower Power concerts featuring your favorite songs from the 60s and 70s.

On this Tables in Wonderland evening, guests can join fellow members for a cocktail hour and then reserved seating for the concert of Village People – best known for that wedding reception and summer camp favorite, “Y.M.C.A.” You’ll also get reserved viewing for IllumiNations.

Flower Power Happy Hour Event Timeline

6:00pm – Happy Hour at American Adventure Parlor. Hors D’Oeuvres, Beer, Wine, and Specialty Beverages

7:15pm – Move to America Gardens Theatre

8:00pm – Reserved seats for Village People show at [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland March Events: The Great Movie Ride Dinner

Here’s a special event for Tables in Wonderland members!

Hooray for Hollywood! Click on the image for larger version.

Tables in Wonderland has announced The Great Movie Ride Dinner taking place in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 7 and 8, 2013! Check out an AWESOME review of this experience here!

Details below…

The Great Movie Ride Dinner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Dates: Thursday March 7 and Friday March 8, 2013
Time: 8:00 – 10:30pm
Price: $195.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

Guests will arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and walk through the courtyard of the Majestic Graumann’s Chinese Theatre. Then they will be invited to enter The Great Movie Ride after the attraction is closed with exclusive backstage VIP access!

You’ll get to walk through and dine inside the attraction to experience some of the most classic scenes in motion picture history. See up-close the sets from Busby Berkeley musicals, crime dramas, old-fashioned Westerns, and more!

Menu

Passed Reception in the Gangster Scene 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Stuffed Foccacia Cement Shoes
Gangster Charred Beef with Smokey Apple Pear Glaze
Peppered Shotgun Stool Pigeon with Lavender Aioli

Dining inside the Great Movie Ride!

Plated Dinner in the Western Scene 8:30 – 10 p.m.
Local Three Boys Farms Greens with Land Grown Mickey Cucumbers, Ruskin Tomato and Chick Pea Croutons, with Desert Cactus Flower Vinaigrette

Mesquite Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Whiskey Mushrooms paired with Black Skillet Seared U-10 Scallop with Roasted Corn, Cilantro and Chiles. Served with [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 10, 2013

Who’s gearing up for Valentine’s Day? Disney, that’s who!

True Love Week starts in Disney Parks tomorrow!

If you’re planning to be in the parks this week, you’ll find plenty of decorated treats and eats celebrating the holiday. And Disney World and Disneyland are both offering some great specialty romantic dinners!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Disney Dining News

In the news this week…

We’ve got additional food news, including restaurant closures, Mardi Gras at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney Anaheim, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other 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!

Our Facebook Friend Lynda shared this photo of specialty Mardi Gras cupcakes from the French Market Restaurant in Disneyland. “Both Mardi Gras cupcakes were great. Front cupcake is Red Velvet. Back cupcake is Chocolate Raspberry. Break open the chocolate dome and you have a nice surprise of chocolate mousse.”

Mardi Gras Cupcakes.

And here’s an awesome Star Wars Valentine’s Yoda Gift from Target sent to us by Reader Jon.

Yoda Plush and Valentine Conversation Hearts!

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!

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.

Three Great e-Books: Over 30% Off!

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! :-)

Want even more savings?! We’ve bundled three of our most popular guides into one discounted price! Our DFB Guide & Snacks Bundle offers:

  • The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013, PLUS
  • The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, AND
  • The DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks

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.

Find out more about the DFB Guide & Snack Bundle here!

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups goes to Epcot’s Via Napoli for Aqua Fresca.

Yesterland takes a look at the history of the Corn Dog Castle in Disney California Adventure.

AllEars shares an unexpected imagineering marvel at Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom.

DisneyCaribbeanBeach.com shares the new menu from Shutters at this tropical Disney World resort!

Designing Disney tours Pizzeria Bella Notte restaurant at Disneyland Paris.

Running at Disney enjoys breakfast at the BoardWalk Inn’s Kouzzina, including allergen-free waffles!

Main Street Gazette stops by the new Boulangerie Patisserie les Halles in Epcot’s France pavilion.

Orange County Register reports on Disney California Adventure’s Lunar New Year treat — Boudin sourdough loaf in the shape of a snake.




February Tables in Wonderland Events: Design and Display Warehouse Event and Discovery Dinner!

Fun updates for Tables in Wonderland members! Tables in Wonderland has announced a Discovery Dinner at The Wave…of American Flavors at the Contemporary Resort and a Special Event at the Design & Display Warehouse for February. Both are NOW available for booking!

Tables in Wonderland Special Event - click image for larger version

Tables in Wonderland Design and Display Warehouse Special Event

Location: Design & Display Warehouse
Date: Friday February 22 and Saturday February 23, 2013; 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $115 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

The Park Event Operations Design and Display team dreams, designs, and creates themed atmosphere settings for Conventions, Special Events, and many other activities throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. From concepts to renderings, through finished construction, the Design and Display team can bring any “theme” to life.

They use their talent, experience, and design skills to design and build custom pieces for events. With hundreds of props, sets, and backgrounds in the warehouse, they create the perfect atmosphere and surroundings for events. This is your opportunity to peek “backstage”, and see historical Disney pieces like the Nautilus and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride! Come meet the Design and Display team, learn about what they do, see all the props up close, and enjoy a Buffet Reception with fellow Tables in Wonderland members!

Circus Popcorn Action Station
“Popcorn” Chowder with Grilled Chicken, White Cheddar and Roasted Red Pepper
Gourmet Salted Freeze Fried “Popcorn” dusted with Truffle, Bacon, or Lobster Sea Salts
Seafood Ceviche topped with Green Onions, “Popcorn” and Corn Nuts

Tron Chilled Action Station
Trio of Flavors from the “Grid”
Duo of Sweet and Sour “Isomorphic” Test Tubes
Heirloom Tomato “Disc” with Micro Basil and Balsamic

The Little Mermaid Action Station
Nori “Sea” Salted Kale Chips
Baked Indian “Ocean” Spiced Sweet Potato Wedges
“Under the Sea” Conch Roll – Conch Fritters served in Bun with Lettuce and Key Lime Aioli

Good vs. Evil Action Station
Medley of “Good” Greens and Vegetables served with “Evil” Bloody Mary Vinaigrette
“Good” Roasted Marble Potatoes with [Read more…]