Review: Creamsicle Float and Nutella Brownie Sundae at Vivoli il Gelato in Disney Springs

Boy, oh boy… do we ever have a treat for you today!

Actually, make that TWO treats. Because when we saw a sign at Vivoli il Gelato for the new Creamsicle Float and Nutella Brownie Sundae, it was a no-brainer to to get them both.

Vivoli il Gelato celebrated its one year anniversary in The Landing of Disney Springs in June. Since its arrival last summer, we’ve gained so many new eateries all over Disney Springs that it’s been difficult to have a chance to revisit some of the additions that joined the scene waaaaay back in the day — as in, 2015 ;) . But there is still so much to discover about these relatively new spots that we’re excited to step back into Vivoli il Gelato — the second storefront for the family-run gelato shop based in Florence, Italy.

Here’s the shop (it can be hard to spot, so just head towards the higher profile landmark of The Boathouse, look across the street, and Voila!)…

Vivoli il Gelato

Vivoli il Gelato

And here’s that sign we mentioned for the two new creations: The Nutella Brownie Sundae and the Creamsicle Float! [Read more…]

Review: Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine at Disney Springs

I hope that you’re sitting down.

Because we have a ton of pictures and details to share with you about Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine!

The restaurant opened with fanfare and plenty of rave reviews. And we were right there with you as we shared a first look!

If you can believe it, we’ve been back to Homecoming Florida Kitchen (hereafter shortened to HFK to save my fingers extra typing) again since opening day. As a result, we have lots of variety to share with you about this special spot.

This is a place that beckons you to slow down and sit a spell. So to begin, let’s take a nice, leisurely look around.

Atmosphere

You’ll find HFK right in the heart of Disney Springs, where the Town Center and The Landing come together.

Sign

Sign

While the outside may look a little Plain Jane at first inspection, you may form a different opinion after your initial look. Tons of windows, shaded in part by the metal hip roof that overhangs them, is reminiscent of the Florida Vernacular style of architecture. I love that you don’t find a single ounce of faux stucco here — the building choice of most Florida homebuilders these days. [Read more…]

News: Vivoli il Gelato Debuts Tiramisu Gelato for a Limited Time

We’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Vivoli il Gelato!

That’s right – the Disney Springs gelateria is turning a year old! This spot has been serving scoops of housemade gelato (with many ingredients imported directly from Italy), sorbet, specialty espresso beverages and baked goods since last June when it first opened its doors.

What a difference a year makes, huh? Since Vivoli il Gelato opened, it has been joined in Disney Springs by spots like Joffrey’s Tea Traders Café, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, Morimoto Asia, and The Ganachery… and that’s JUST in The Landing neighborhood alone!

All of that makes this first birthday for Vivoli il Gelato even more momentous, seeing as it can now be considered one of the bona fide veterans of the Disney Springs dining locations added over the past year.

Vivoli il Gelato

Vivoli il Gelato

And to celebrate the anniversary, the spot will be serving a limited-run flavor for THIS WEEKEND ONLY! While supplies last, Disney Springs guests will have the chance to try a custom-made Tiramisu Gelato, based on the traditional Italian dessert. [Read more…]

News: STK Orlando to Open Summer of 2016 in Disney Springs

We know we have a lot of great new arrivals to look forward to in Disney Springs very soon! May 15th alone will bring the debut of the new Town Center of the Springs along with the opening of four new eateries on the same day: Amorette’s Patisserie, B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co., The Daily Poutine, and Sprinkles.

Disney Springs sign

Disney Springs sign

But what about STK Orlando, the modern, high-end steakhouse set to open in The Landing of Disney Springs? It’s been a while since there has been any news regarding this spot which was originally slated for a late 2015 opening, then rescheduled for early 2016. With early 2016 officially past, we’re happy to report that there is talk swirling around this location once again, with Disney projecting an opening this summer. [Read more…]

Fun Find: Star Wars Dark Chocolate Bar at The Ganachery in Disney Springs

When The Ganachery – Disney’s own specialty chocolate shop – opened nearly one month ago in Disney Springs, it was impossible not to notice that this little chocolate boutique had a unique vibe all its own. (Take a full tour of the spot here!)

The Ganachery sign

The Ganachery sign

With specially-trained Cast Members (Chocolatiers) serving sixteen unique flavors of ganache, it’s clear that The Ganachery aims to offer a higher-end experience that isn’t replicated in other sweet stops around Disney World. [Read more…]

First Look AND Review: The Ganachery Chocolate Shoppe in Disney World’s Disney Springs

Chocolate for breakfast, anyone ;) ?

Well then, you’re in the right place… because this morning we’re visiting Disney World’s very own specialty chocolate shop: The Ganachery!

The Ganachery Storefront

The Ganachery Storefront

You’ll find the brand new Ganachery in The Landing of Disney Springs — that’s the same general area as many of the recent dining and shopping additions that have opened in Disney Springs over the past year such as Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, Vivoli il Gelato, and The Boathouse.

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News: Disney World’s Ganachery Opening December 15 in Disney Springs

Chocolate lovers, take note: on Tuesday, December 15th, Disney World’s very own specialty chocolate shop — The Ganachery — will open its doors in The Landing of Disney Springs!

Hand-crafted chocolate indulgences will be the headliner, all day, everyday.

©Disney

©Disney

According to Disney, “This isn’t about sugar and sweets, but pure and simple chocolate. The star of the show is a custom-made ganache, a luxurious, proprietary mixture of melted chocolate and cream.” [Read more…]

Review: Lunch at The Boathouse in Disney Springs

It’s back to The Boathouse for us today on the DFB!

The BOATHOUSE (as it’s officially known) has only been part of the Disney dining scene since this past April, when it opened in The Landing area of Disney Springs . (Believe it or not, though, it’s no longer the newest dining gig in town, since spots like Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, Vivoli il Gelato, and Morimoto Asia have all made their debuts since). Still, it has already made a big name for itself for a few reasons: first, its arrival marked the debut of the first of several more upscale dining additions coming to Disney Springs (with a price tag to match).

Second, with live music and watercraft tour options (have you seen the Amphicars?!), it’s also helping to ring in the entertainment-heavy focus that will continue to become a hallmark of several dining options in Disney Springs once the area’s transformation is complete.

While we explored the restaurant in full during its opening week, on my most recent trip, we decided to do things a little differently — a midday visit to explore what the main bar area has to offer.

The Boathouse Sign

The Boathouse Sign

Of course, we couldn’t help taking another quick look around this beautiful space first… [Read more…]

News: Where to Find Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream and Pumpkin Gelato in Disney World

For those of you who can’t imagine autumn at Disney World (or anywhere else, for that matter) without the flavor of pumpkin, we have some tasty news for you today!

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream has just returned to L’artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion!

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich

It’s available as a scooped ice cream OR a Pumpkin Spice Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich! [Read more…]

Review: Lunch at Raglan Road in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs

We’re taking in lunch at Raglan Road Irish Pub in Disney Springs!

If you’ve visited Disney Springs recently, you know that the area once known as Pleasure Island is practically unrecognizable from what it was two years ago. Construction walls abound, and new restaurants and shops seem to be opening every day.

The good news is that those walls seem to be decreasing every time I visit. And so on a recent research visit, I headed over to Raglan Road to take a peek at some new cocktails and have a bite to eat!

Atmosphere

As I’ve said, if you haven’t visited for a while, all the work at Disney Springs is going to shock you. While Raglan Road used to stand front and center, easily viewable from the parking lots, now it’s a bit of a walk to get here from the nearest parking building.

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant Without the Construction Walls

You should budget at least 10 minutes or so if you’re coming from the parking garage. [Read more…]