Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 12, 2012

This week we reported on some seriously exciting Disney food news from Walt Disney World!

From the opening date for Be Our Guest Restaurant (December 6th!) to more dates for Free Dining and finally culminating in the release of more Food and Wine Festival news, it was a crazy, exciting week, right?!

Disney Food News

Let’s take a more in-depth look at the news!

We’ve got more food news (including FREE Disney Dining Plan extended to December 20, a new menu at Tutto Gusto, restaurant closure updates, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

DFB Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Grand Launch and Discount!

In anticipation of the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, we’ve launched the DFB Mini Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book.

It’s jam-packed with all the info you need to make sure you get the best value from the 2012 festival! Get your copy now before booking begins on August 14th at 7am!

For our readers, we’re offering the Guide at a discount during this Grand Launch week! Get your copy of this instantly downloadable PDF for just $11.95 (regularly $14.95). How? Use code CHEFS at check-out. With a 100% money-back guarantee, you’ve got nothing to lose!

Check out special features, bonus items, sample pages, and more at DFBMiniGuides.com/FoodandWine!

On to the Round-Up

Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion gives us a close-up look at the china inside this popular attraction.

WESH shares the top 5 must try activities at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Courtesy of DFB!

Studios Central recommends the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Running at Disney looks at healthy options at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Mousetalgia recreates Disneyland’s exotic Tahitian Terrace during a one night only dinner event.

Main Street Gazette finds a great soup – Chicken and Andouille Gumbo – at the River Roost Lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside resort.

Gluten Free and Dairy Free at WDW announces a special diets IllumiNations party!

Tables in Wonderland September Event: “Elephants & Bees” at the Tusker House Restaurant

Tables in Wonderland has announced an interesting event for September. Animal enthusiasts and Animal Kingdom fans will want to check it out.

“Elephants & Bees” at Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Location: Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Date: Saturday September 8, 2012 6:30pm
Cost: $110 per person, including tax and gratuity
Dress Code: Resort Casual
Guest Speaker: Joseph Soltis, Ph.D, Research Scientist

Joseph Soltis received his Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from UCLA in 1996 and arrived at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2003. Since then he has been investigating the social behavior and vocal communication system of the African elephant, both at the Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, and in the Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya. Joseph works on ways to reduce human-elephant conflict that benefit both elephants and people.

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Welcome Reception
Chef’s Selection of passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Graham Beck Brut Rosé Sparkling

Amuse Bouche
Sweet Chili Shrimp Cocktail with Mango Foam and [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 1, 2012

Beast Castle

Even more incredible happenings in the Disney Food World this week! We finally got some news about the most anticipated dining event in recent Disney history — Be Our Guest Restaurant!

I know I’m excited about this (my fingers are crossed for a miraculous early opening for my Fall trip), and can’t wait to hear more!

Disney Food News

Take the edge off your Disney food cravings with the news from this week…

We’ve got more food news (including info about a new menu at bluezoo…plus LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Two New Reviews for the DFB Guide!

We’re pleased to share two new reviews of our 2012 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book this week!

First up, RunningAtDisney.com says,

My favorite thing about the guide are all of the great tips. AJ and the DFB team have done a lot of research (I’m totally jealous!) to help us find the best meals and the best values on WDW property. …And then there is the Disney Dining At-A-Glance section… Where to find the best popcorn, a place to propose, exotic eats, the least expensive buffet, and the list goes on and on.

Read the full review here!

Next up, a fun review from LEG+JCB who are on their way to Disney World soon. Here are a few nice words they said about the Guide…

Not only is it updated annually, but as an e-book, it’s loaded with links to more extensive reviews and photo essays on their site, and [it’s] great to take with you to the parks on a smartphone (or, if you’re adventurous, a tablet).

The book also comes with budgeting spreadsheets and sample dining itineraries which I found to be extremely helpful… . Lance will also be happy with the book’s comprehensive list of bars and lounges, which I’m sure he’ll need to utilize after one trip on It’s a Small World.

Read the rest of the review (pretty funny :-D) here.

Pick up your very own copy of the 2012 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining right here!

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups stops by the Tune In Lounge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Daveland is won over by his first trip to the Mad-T Party at Disney California Adventure.

Exporting Sunshine caps off a trip around the world with dinner at Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian Resort!

Disney by Mark stop by Disney’s Aulani resort in Hawaii for lunch at the Makahiki restaurant.

AllEars.Net discusses dining at Walt Disney World with a special diet.

Main Street Gazette travels to the Norway pavilion for an apple and cream concoction – the Veiled Maiden – at Kringla Bakeri og Cafe.

Disney Parks Blog features a Dad and Daughter team who have made a habit of visiting Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

News! Tables in Wonderland Food and Wine Festival Sneak Preview Event

Tables in Wonderland has announced a “Taste Your Way Around the World” Sneak Preview of the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

As we count down the days to the Festival, which begins September 28, the Sneak Preview is the place to sample new dishes and learn more about the upcoming events!

Location: Odyssey Pavilion at Epcot®

Date: Saturday July 28, 2012 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Price: $110.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

This exclusive event allows guests to sample the food and learn about the new things in store for this year’s Festival! Get the scoop on the new Epcot Food and Wine Festival marketplaces as well as new special events.

The event is limited to 150 Guests, and is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members. Park admission not required.

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For reservations:

Visit www.disneyurl.com/SneakPreview for self-booking and instant confirmation.
Note this is a new booking process. The website will go live and begin taking reservations on Monday July 2, 2012, at 10:00am.

When you go to the website please have the following information ready: [Read more…]

Guest Review: Tables in Wonderland Great Movie Ride Dinner

Welcome guest author Jamie with a once-in-a-blue-moon review of The Great Movie Ride dinner event offered by Tables in Wonderland in Walt Disney World. PLEASE NOTE: This dinner is offered RARELY and cannot be booked through Disney Dining.

Who doesn’t like to go see a good movie? But what makes it even better? How about dinner and a movie! But not just any dinner, a four course dinner while you’re actually IN the movie!

On June 16, 2012, my wife and I had the pleasure of attending a Tables in Wonderland event at The Great Movie Ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.

Entrance to The Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Studios.


Once we checked in and got our wristbands, we were able to walk around outside and look at all of the famous hand prints that decorated the pavement in front of the main entrance. You might recognize this one!

Minnie Mouse Impressions

Suddenly, a dapper looking figure comes bursting out of the main entrance. It was none other than Alberto Dante, the “famous” movie director himself. He proceeded to tell a few jokes and really got the crowd excited to see what the night had in store. I was extremely honored when he gave me one of his business cards.

Alberto Dante

Alberto Dante's Business Card

After about 10 minutes, we followed Alberto through the front doors.

Once we were inside, we were led to where the attraction begins. Through his megaphone, Alberto said to follow him, as he led us down to the main floor. We were now walking on the track that [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 6, 2012

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

Cheers to the new Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (cheese) and updated Tutto Italia Ristorante (cheese) in Epcot’s Italy pavilion! We got the chance for a sneak peek at the Grand Opening, and it was (cheese) awesome!

Be sure to check out our photo tours and pics of the new menu items! (Did I mention there’s cheese?)

Disney Food News

We’ve got more food news (including Four Special Dining Options on Mother’s Day Sunday May 13 at Disneyland) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Facebook E-Book Sale Starts Tomorrow!

To thank you for following us over on Facebook, we’re throwing our first ever Facebook e-Book Sale this week!

Starting tomorrow — Monday, May 7th, 2012 — we’ll begin the new e-Book sale on the Disney Food Blog Facebook Page.

Follow us over there for details on the sale AND for a link to our brand new Disney Food Blog Store website!

On To The Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups visits the Tea Caddy in Epcot’s United Kingdom.

Little Lion Baked Goods makes Avengers Cake Pops.

AKLResort.com enjoys poolside dining at the Maji Bar while staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village.

Running at Disney shares a post-race meal at Epcot’s Rose & Crown.

Main Street Gazette suggests a child-size breakfast option at Sunshine Seasons.

Mouse on the Mind investigates bread service options at Disney restaurants.

AllEars.net’s Steve Barrett found a food-related Hidden Mickey.

a Mouse and a Dream dines at Disneyland’s Plaza Inn!

Tables in Wonderland June Event: Great Movie Ride Dinner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Tables in Wonderland has announced a spectacular event for June!

The Great Movie Ride Dinner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Location: Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Date: Friday June 15 and Saturday June 16, 2012 8:00 – 10:30pm
Cost: $165.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

When you arrive Disney’s Hollywood Studios, walk to the Majestic Graumann’s Chinese Theatre courtyard. From there, you’ll be invited to inside The Great Movie Ride attraction with exclusive backstage VIP access!

Imagine getting to walk through and dine inside the attraction experiencing the sets from Busby Berkeley musicals, crime dramas, old-fashioned Westerns, and more!

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Passed Reception in the Gangster Scene – 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.
“Squid and Beans” Salad
“Gambino” Balsamic Beef with Palermo Roasted Tomato
“Terranova” Blistered Artichoke Cheese Quenelle

Plated Dinner in the Western Scene – 8:30 – 10 p.m.
Creamy Free Range Yard Bird Corn Chowder with Piquillo Peppers and Ciabatta Bread
Wild Greens and Herbs with Cactus Cilantro Vinaigrette with [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 8, 2012

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

Happy Easter! Lots of Disney food awesomeness happening around the world this week!

We got to see the concept art for the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in Epcot, we’re reporting some great news about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, we’re seeing new entrees added to the menus at several Disney restaurants, and more!!

Disney Food News

Here’s the latest…

We’ve got more delicious news on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Have You Used the DFB Disney Restaurant Search?

Wondering what Disney restaurants are right for your family (or just feel like playing with a really awesome tool during your Disney World planning?)? Use our customized Disney World Restaurant Search Tool to plug in your personalized criteria and check out recommended restaurants!

Screen Shot of the Disney Restaurant Search Tool

It’s super easy to use, and might recommend restaurants that you hadn’t considered. The best part is that it will give you highly customized suggestions of Disney restaurants that are perfect for YOUR family! :-)

On to the Round-Up

WildernessLodgeSite.com stops by the Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge.

Magical Trash features the themed garbage cans at Columbia Harbour House.

Walt Disney World For Grown Ups visits the Bellevue Lounge at the Boardwalk Resort.

Main Street Gazette finds a meal combo deal at Joy of Tea in Epcot’s China pavilion.

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World shares a weekend of Walt Disney World eats.

Running at Disney reviews a pre-race meal at Via Napoli before running the Princess Half-Marathon.

Daveland fascinates us with an interesting look at the vintage Casa de Fritos once located in Disneyland’s Frontierland.

DisneyParks Blog hops over to the Grand Floridian for a look at the first-ever edible Easter egg display at this resort. These pieces are too beautiful to eat!

Tables in Wonderland: La Nouba Discount, Flower Power, and The Wave

There are some fun Tables in Wonderland perks and events over the next couple of months! First up, members will receive a discount on Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba tickets in Orlando’s Downtown Disney from April 17th-May 11th! Next, another Flower Power Happy Hour will be happening in May. And The Wave has another great dinner planned!

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 Tuesday-Saturday between April 17th and May 11th, 2012.

Tickets will be Category 2, and price will be $66.75 for adults and $54.00 for kids. Call 407-WDW-SEAT (407-939-7328) to purchase tickets! (Must show current Tables in Wonderland card when picking up tickets at the Box Office.)

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Flower Power Happy Hour

Held in the special event space atop the Norway Pavilion at Epcot®, join your fellow Tables in Wonderland members for a cocktail hour and then reserved seating for the Flower Power concert of Herman’s Hermits starring [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland: March 2012 Events

Tables in Wonderland has announced three special events for March 2012 — An Illuminations Dessert Party on St. Patrick’s Day, a specialty Irish lunch at Raglan Road, and a dinner at The Wave!

Illuminations Dessert Party

Location: Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Date: Saturday March 17, 2012 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $55 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

You are invited to a private Tables in Wonderland Dessert Party! Come enjoy a front row presentation of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, while you sample platters of delectable desserts and rich coffees.

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Dessert Buffet Menu
Trio of Mini Gourmet Doughnuts (!!!!!) with Coffee Gelato
-Tennessee Bourbon Glazed Dark Chocolate Doughnuts
-Carmel Nut Glazed Apple Pie Spiced Doughnuts
-Raspberry Glazed Buttermilk Doughnuts
-Served with [Read more…]