Review: Liberty Tree Tavern Dinner

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you’ll know how much I love Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom. This is one of my veeeeeeery favorite restaurants to visit for lunch, because it’s simple, good food; usually great service; quick; easy; and relatively inexpensive. It’s consistently in our top 5 Disney restaurants at our house!

But I hadn’t been for dinner in a long time. A really long time. Like, “not in over three years” kind of a long time. So one night during our recent trip to Disney World, we decided on a whim to cancel our current dinner reservation and go to Liberty Tree Tavern. My husband had never been, and I was craving some mac and cheese, so… off to Liberty Square!

Liberty Tree Tavern

Atmosphere

When you walk into Liberty Tree Tavern, you can immediately tell that it’s meant to represent colonial days. The wood paneling, candlestick sconces and chandeliers, and thick glass windows along with the absolutely massive cooking fireplace in the lobby make you feel as though you might be in Colonial Williamsburg!

Liberty Tree Tavern Lobby

Table Setting at Liberty Tree Tavern

What you don’t immediately see is some of the best restaurant Imagineering in Disney World as far as I’m concerned. I’ve done an entire post previously about this, but I’ll [Read more…]

Friday Happy Hour: Craft Beers and Seasonal Ale at Raglan Road

Raglan Road in Disney World’s Downtown Disney area wants to share their passion for beer!

This restaurant and pub offers over 50 types of beer, many of which are imported from Ireland due to an increase in craft beer production. And with the popularity of Craft Beers increasing, Raglan Road is proud to offer new and exciting brews.

For example, stop in to sample the “Home-Grown Organic Beer Flight,” which is made locally by the Orlando Brewing Co. Or try the seasonal Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale, a refreshing brew with a hint of spice flavor.

Pumpkinhead’s awards include a 2008 European Beer Star Silver Medal and 1st Place at the 2007 California Brewers Festival. And since this beer pairs well with fall food, be sure to order one at Raglan Road’s specialty Thanksgiving meal!

You can see the full list of Raglan Roads available brews on their beer menu.

According to Raglan Road, [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 11, 2011

Donald Duck announces new lunch!

It was an exciting week with the announcement of a new character meal hosted by Donald Duck that will be offered at Tusker House in the Animal Kingdom.

And we’re getting so close to the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival now that we’re already planning our touring strategy. You can too — just check out the information in our mini-guide below! We got some great reviews this week!

Latest Disney Food News

  • Starting December 4th, a Tusker House character lunch will be offered in addition to Donald’s Safari Breakfast!
  • Disney Parks exclusive wines will be debuting at the Food and Wine Festival!
  • Downtown Disney’s Raglan Road announced a Thanksgiving meal in addition to its regular lunch and dinner menu.
  • ‘AMA’AMA at Disney’s new Aulani Resort in Hawai’i is now serving guests! Check out this dinner review.

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book Review

We’re honored that our newest Mini-Guide is getting such positive reviews! One of the most recent is from Kristin Ford with the Orlando Sentinel’s A Mom and A Mouse! Here’s some of what she has to say about the Mini-Guide…

Like her other projects, AJ Wolfe’s new e-book is thorough. She, of course, explains the many components of the festival, such as seminars, celebrity chef meet-and-greets, signature tastings and concerts. It’s all valuable information laid out in an easy-to-find and easy-to-read format. …I especially like the “With the Kids Strategy” in The Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Wolfe offers ideas to engage the kids throughout the park so that the family is moving around World Showcase, allowing parents to sample much of the food.

Read the rest of the review here. Thanks to Kristin and the Orlando Sentinel!!

The Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book has over 125 pages of information you need to dive right into the festival. Start YOUR planning with the purchase of your guide.

On to the Round-Up!

Meet the World in Progressland Has a compilation of photos of Tokyo Disney Resort’s popcorn stands! This is from 2009, but it’s awesome! Love the Roastie-Toasties!

The Disney Blog tells us how to eat cheap at Disneyland!

Main Street Gazette takes us to the River Roost Lounge for evening entertainment and eats! Yee-Haa!!

Eating (and Drinking) Around The World shows us how to make Tuna Poke, Aulani Style!

All Ears Net‘s Jack Spence talks restaurants at Epcot’s France Pavilion. We love it when he does that.

DisMarks has released their 29th Disney Blog Carnival! Lots of great articles on your favorite topics over there.

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We’re thinking today of the men and women who lost their lives on 9/11/01 and of the friends and family they left behind, many of whom are still fighting fear and loss with strength and resilience.

Disney World’s Raglan Road Offers Special Thanksgiving Meal

Downtown Disney’s Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant has announced a Thanksgiving dinner with lots of trimmings.

Gather your family and friends for a memorable meal in this authentic pub built in Ireland and imported to Orlando! The warm hospitality and traditional music is an inviting atmosphere for a holiday dinner.

Raglan Road’s Master Chef Kevin Dundon has created a gorgeous meal for the evening. Savor Bunratty Mead glazed turkey; butter whipped potatoes; apple, sage, & sweet onion stuffing; braised Brussels sprouts; cranberry & plum chutney; and traditional gravy; all for $26.95 plus tax.

If you’d like to skip the feast, Raglan Road will also serve [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Disneyland Hotel Thanksgiving Feast

Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers is back with a review of the Thanksgiving Feast at Disneyland Hotel in the Disneyland Resort! (And, can I just say, posts this long and in-depth take FOREVER to write; thank you, thank you Heather for this amazing report!) Here we go!

We’ve always heard how amazing the Grand Ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel is for Thanksgiving. I’ve seen photos and read about it online the past few years. This year, we decided to make it happen. I mean someone had to review it for the Disney Food Blog, right? Nothing like taking one for the team…

Disneyland Ballroom

Atmosphere and Specs

Let me start by telling you how elaborate the check in process was. After entering the Disneyland Hotel, we [Read more…]

Guest Review: Liberty Tree Tavern Dinner

Welcome James Hummel (who you may know as @DisneyNorth over on Twitter) as a guest author today! James is a font of wine knowledge, but today he’s reporting on dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern — which serves a menu akin to a typical United States Thanksgiving-type meal each night. Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving! (Interestingly, James is from Canada, so he probably has to work today. Poor James. :-( )

Having never dined at a Magic Kingdom table service restaurant, I figured it was time to check one out. After reading the great reviews about the lunch that was served at Liberty Tree Tavern, I thought I would “take one for the team” and check out dinner.

Atmosphere
As with the rest of Liberty Square, the Liberty Tree Tavern looks like a stereotypical 18th century American Revolutionary War period establishment. Guests are welcomed into an open common area with a large fire place/cooking area. The room was decorated with an autumn theme when we were there.

Entry Lobby Decor and Chandelier

While I’m used to a certain level of noise at Walt Disney World, Liberty Tree Tavern seemed rather loud. Granted, my 2 year old son had no trouble adding to the noise level. There seemed to be a [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Thanksgiving Treats

Our Disneyland columnist, Heather Sievers, is back with some photos of Thanksgiving treats in Disneyland! Be sure to check out her other posts in her Dining in Disneyland column.

Let’s be Thankful!

Although I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas time at Disneyland, I do feel sort of bad for Thanksgiving. Halloween pretty much turns into Christmas overnight. Today, at The Blue Ribbon Bakery and The Candy Palace, both on Disneyland’s Main Street USA, I found two treats that made me THANKFUL.

I know AJ recently posted a photo of the pumpkin muffin, well guess what? I got to taste one today and let me tell you this, if you like pumpkin desserts, you need to get your hands on one of these before they are gone for the season.

Pumpkin Muffin

Honestly, this “muffin” seems more like a cupcake to me. It size is enormous, it’s super moist, and it has the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor. Not too overpowering, just [Read more…]

Holiday Menus, Dining Events, and Discounts at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Headed to Disney World during November or December? The Disney World Swan and Dolphin have some great menus and events planned — and even some spectacular discounts and free gifts!

Specialty Menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas

Thanksgiving and Christmas bring the holiday spirit to some of our favorite restaurants in [Read more…]

“The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Disney!” Entrees

Here’s the next post in our series based on the Food Network’s (very cool) show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate. As many of you know, due to some keen suggestions from readers we’re splitting our series up into different sections: breakfast, appetizers & side dishes, snacks & drinks, entrees (lunch & dinner), and desserts.

Today, we’re taking a look at entrees! I’ve done my favorite brand of informal polling (i.e. posted questions on twitter and facebook ;) ) to find out others’ experiences of the “Best Thing They Ever Ate” in Disney parks and resorts.

The following are the answers received from our readers about their favorite main courses and entrees! If your favorites aren’t here, please add them in the comments section below!

Steaks

It’s no secret that Disney World does steak well. You’ve seen my votes for Five Best Steaks in Disney World, and a lot of these made the list in our poll as well! Here are the top contenders according to our facebook and twitter readers:

Mushroom Filet Mignon with White Truffle Butter Sauce and Micro Chevril.

Le Cellier:

  • BBQ Filet Mignon: This steak, recently pulled from the menu, was the restaurant’s signature filet served with cream cheese mashed potatoes and doused in barbecue sauce.
  • Filet Mignon with Mushroom Risotto: The current incarnation of the filet is this version. Situated on a bed of delicious mushroom risotto and covered in a white truffle-herb [Read more…]

A Few Things We’re Thankful For…

Everyone’s favorite snack: The Dole Whip Float

Dole Whip Floats

Dole Whip Floats

Hot, plastic-y cheese on french fries

Cheese Fries

Cheese Fries

A homemade ice cream sandwich from the Main Street Bakery

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich

Park Popcorn

Popcorn

Popcorn

Chef Mickey’s Cheesey Potatoes

Cheesey Potatoes from Chef Mickeys

Cheesey Potatoes from Chef Mickeys

Cheese Soup at Le Cellier

Le Cellier Cheese Soup

Le Cellier Cheese Soup

Yummy dinner at California Grill

Pork and Gratin Polenta from California Grill

Pork and Gratin Polenta from California Grill

And, of course, Walt Disney, his incredible vision, and those who have executed it so well

Walt and His Vision

Walt and His Vision

Finally, we’re thankful for YOU, the incredible friends and readers who have made it so much fun to write the Disney Food Blog every day!

Happy Thanksgiving!



Note: Obviously these are a few of our favorite foods; to see some of Walt’s favorite foods, visit the “Recent News” section of the Friends of the Walt Disney Family Museum‘s Facebook Page.

Thanks to George Taylor at Imaginerding for showing me that great link.