Disney Food Round-up: October 15, 2017

Happy Sunday and happy October! We’re back with another edition of our Disney Food Round-up for you today.

Amorette's Mickey Pumpkin Cake

Amorette’s Mickey Pumpkin Cake

HalloweenTime has begun in Disneyland, and we’ve got reviews of the adorably spooky eats!

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is in full swing at Epcot! If you’re making plans to attend the Festival you should check out our Best of the Fest post and DFB Best of the Fest YouTube video!

And don’t forget, the 2017 Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic is at the end of this month on October 27 and 28! We have all the details for you!

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.

New DFB Video: 7 Things You Have to Try at Disney World RIGHT NOW

Have you subscribed to the DFB YouTube Channel? We’ve got great content going up twice a week showcasing our adventures in Disney World and Disneyland! This week, we’re talking about Nosh or Not? – Epcot’s Italy Food Tour! Check it out below — and subscribe here.

Deal of the Week: Save 20% off the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2017 Pre-Order

The calendar might say “fall” but the holiday season is fast approaching and if you’re planning a visit to Disney World this year for the holidays, it’s time to check out the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2017 e-book!

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The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2017 is a one-of-a-kind resource that will help you get the most out of your holiday vacation at Walt Disney World.

We’ll guide you through all the special events, activities, and dining so that you can get the biggest bang for your buck! Yep — Our Holiday Guide covers everything Disney holiday-related — not just the food!

And if you pre-order the 2017 Guide now, we will send you an instant download of the 2016 Guide so that you can start your planning right away! Then, you will automatically receive the 2017 Guide as soon as it’s published in early November.

What’s In The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holiday 2017 e-book?

  • Holiday-themed crawls - We’ve mapped out four holiday Crawls that will take you around Walt Disney World to see the best of the holiday attractions and/or food.
  • Customized Holiday touring strategies - Will you be visiting with extended family? Going to the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Want to see the holiday celebrations on a budget? We’ve developed customized touring strategies for these circumstances and more!
  • A full chapter on where to dine without a reservation!
  • In-depth look at Holiday snacks
  • Disney Parks scavenger hunts
  • And MORE!

As always, we’ve made this guide instantly downloadable for your convenience, and easily installed on your mobile devices. It’s a PDF guide with ​380+ pages of detailed information about the Holidays at Disney World as well as hundreds of photographs and customized bonus items to help you get the best experience possible. ​​​​​​​

Enter discount code PreHoliday at checkout, and receive 20% off the list price of $14.95 and you’ll get both the 2016 Guide and the 2017 Guide for $11.95! Two for the price of one!

Use code PreHoliday at checkout for a 20% discount.

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or around Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday.

Remember when we told you about the Secret Menu at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort? DFB reader Drop the Arrow checked it out recently and said when the chef asked how they kenew about the menu they replied “Disney Food Blog!” Thanks for the shout-out!

Secret menu eats at All Star Movies!

Secret menu eats at All Star Movies!

Disneyland Corn Dogs are the stuff of legend! They are always a must-eat item when we’re at Disneyland! Our pal Chris Hogstad delcarded his the “best lunch ever” and we have to agree!

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Yep. Best lunch EVER.

Do you have a favorite Disney Food find? Share your photos with us!
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On to the Round-Up!

Mickey Fix has a new How-To Guide for Throwing a Haunted Mansion Halloween Party!

WDW for Grownups shared some great drinks from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Disney Parks Blog shared a fun how-to for a Mickey Ghost Apple.

Disney Family shared a recipe for Hidden Mickey Caramel Apple Slices.

Have a great week! We’ll see you back here tomorrow with another great Disney food review!

DFB Video: 7 New Things You HAVE to Try in Disney World RIGHT NOW

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re letting you know the 7 new things you HAVE to try in Disney World RIGHT NOW!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork at Flame Tree Barbecue

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork at Flame Tree Barbecue

Let me tell you something… Disney World sure is keeping us BUSY with all sorts of new, unexpected, and TASTY eats all over the parks and resorts lately! And if you’ve got a Disney World vacation lined up in the near future, you’re going to want to know the must-eat items topping our list. We got seven brand new hits for you today, so you can get ready by preparing a list of your own for your upcoming trip! [Read more…]

HOLIDAY Tips from the DFB Guide: Where to Dine When You Don’t Have a Reservation in Walt Disney World

It’s a pretty common occurrence. You’re in the middle of your Walt Disney World vacation, it’s the holiday season, and you’d love to enjoy a table service meal.

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But there’s only one problem: you don’t have an advance dining reservation (ADR).

Maybe your plans changed, or the weather did. Or it could just be that you planned to grab counter service, but now you’re rethinking that move. Whatever the situation, you might think that all hope is lost. There’s no way you’re getting into any Disney table service restaurant that you didn’t book 180 days out. Right?

You might be surprised to learn that I book a lot of tables just days before I head to Walt Disney World. And it’s not all that rare for me to change things up at the last minute — even during the busiest times of the year!

How do I do it? Flexibility helps a LOT. But if that’s not an option, what you need are some tried and true spots where you can probably score a table with very short notice, or even as a walk up.

Here are our suggestions for Where to Dine When You Don’t Have a Reservation in Walt Disney World. And if you love what you see here, be sure to check out the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining for tons of great tips!

The Wave…of American Flavors

One of my favorite resort dining spots is The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Bonus: it’s within walking distance (or monorail ride) of Magic Kingdom!

The Wave offers a hearty start to your day. Enjoy an a la carte breakfast of some of the restaurant’s specialties, like Sweet Potato Pancakes.

Sweet Potato Pancakes with melted butter and maple syrup

Sweet Potato Pancakes with melted butter and maple syrup

And if you can’t make up your mind between sweet and savory, you can opt for the Buffet. [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 24, 2016

Happy Sunday! We hope you’re staying cool this weekend! Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and catch up on all the Disney food news from the week!

Plaza Loaded Fries

Plaza Loaded Fries

We’re still celebrating the grand launch of the DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-book! You can order your copy today for 20% off the cover price with the code Chefs16!

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

Disney Food News

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What’s New Around Walt Disney World: July 19, 2016

It’s high temps and good times in Walt Disney World this summer season! We’re spotting plenty of frosty summer sips to help you beat the heat, along with all sorts of new restaurants to stop in and take an air-conditioned breather.

And if we’re talking about new restaurants, there’s only one place to start this round of What’s New, and that’s…

Disney Springs

Latest Additions

I know — it’s as though the openings are never-ending at Disney Springs! The Grand Opening Summer Celebration is ON for this dining, shopping, and entertainment district!

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Disney Springs

Can you believe it? What once seemed like a never-ending transformation of what was once Downtown Disney to Disney Springs is now complete (though we still have a few more spots to welcome in the coming months!). [Read more…]

Review: New Menu Items at The Plaza Restaurant in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Lots of changes have come to The Plaza Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom recently!

This summer, The Plaza — which is a Table Service restaurant — became much more accessible to walk-up guests when it changed its Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) availability window to just 11:00 am – 12:00 noon daily, opening up the remainder of the day to play host to those without ADRs.

Hot on the heels of that change, we noticed another… to the menu! The Entree and Dessert listings have been expanded with a few more options. But the new assortment of Appetizers has gained the most attention, since one of the three new selections bears a striking resemblance to a favorite retired Magic Kingdom snack from back in the day (we’ll be taking a look at that again here today!).

Before we dive into the changes, though, it might be nice to know that some of the things about this beloved spot have remained — thankfully — very much the same… .

Atmosphere

As you turn the corner on Main Street, U.S.A. towards Tomorrowland, you’ll find The Plaza Restaurant tucked right next to its Quick Service counterpart, the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.

The Plaza Restaurant sign

The Plaza Restaurant sign

Upon entering, you’ll notice that lots of windows allow for plenty of sunlight to flow in, and the smaller size of the restaurant is made to feel somewhat larger with the help of mirrors in the main dining room as well. [Read more…]

News: Figaro Fries Return as “Loaded Plaza Fries” at The Plaza Restaurant

We have REALLY exciting news today! If you have been been mourning the loss of Figaro Fries since their untimely demise at the Magic Kingdom’s Pinocchio’s Village Haus, it is now time to celebrate!

Figaro Fries from Pinocchio's Village Hau

Figaro Fries from Pinocchio’s Village Haus

This fan-favorite extinct dish has been reincarnated as “Loaded Plaza Fries” at The Plaza Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom!

Get your "Figaro Fries Fix" at The Plaza now!

Get your “Figaro Fries Fix” at The Plaza now!

On a recent visit to the Magic Kingdom we checked out the updated menu at The Plaza and there they were! Loaded Plaza Fries – french fries topped with melted cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and ranch dressing.

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Rumor: Magic Kingdom’s Plaza Restaurant to Offer Increased Walk-up Availability

Right on the heels of the announcement that the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen has started to accept Advance Dining Reservations comes another “ADR” switcheroo!

According to wdwmagic.com, The Plaza Restaurant in Magic Kingdom will begin to expand its availability to walk-up guests (those without Advance Dining Reservations) beginning July 17th.

Of course, in order to do so, The Plaza will not be accepting Advance Dining Reservations for a majority of the day. Wdwmagic reports that Advance Dining Reservations will only be available for booking from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon daily. Guests interested in dining later in the day can visit the podium located just outside the restaurant.

And indeed, a search for Advance Dining Reservations for the week of July 17th on the Walt Disney World website resulted in options available only in the 11:00 am hour for lunch. Here’s an example:

The Plaza Advance Dining Reservation screenshot

The Plaza Advance Dining Reservation screenshot

And though you are still able to search for “Dinner” options past July 17th, nothing comes up in testing several dates. [Read more…]

Top Meals Under $20 in Walt Disney World

We can all use tips on how to save a little money now and then. And that’s never more true than when you’re planning a Disney vacation!

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It may seem like the impossible task: finding a bargain in Walt Disney World. And that’s seems especially true when it comes to food.

But believe it or not, there are some truly fantastic meals at Disney Restaurants for less than $20 dollars! And I’m not just talking counter service.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite meals that you can still score at Walt Disney World for under $20. I think you’ll be surprised at all of the cool places you can eat without bleeding your wallet dry!

Tonga Toast at Kona Cafe

Ah, Tonga Toast. If you haven’t had it, you really need to get it on your list.

To enjoy this one, book your breakfast advance dining reservation for Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Tonga Toast

Tonga Toast

Thick-cut Sourdough Bread is stuffed with ripe bananas before it’s deep fried and rolled in Cinnamon Sugar. Served with a side of Strawberry Coulis for dipping/pouring, it’s the perfect, decadent start to your Disney Day. And since it’s incredibly hefty, it will keep you going for hours. [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 11, 2015

It’s been another busy week of food news! And since we’re almost to the middle of October that means Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween parties are in full swing at the Magic Kingdom with lots of fun treats! And of course we can’t forget about the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival still going strong!

Morimoto Peking Duck

Morimoto Peking Duck

We had a chance to dine at Morimoto Asia, and the newest restaurant in Disney Springs did not disappoint!

We have a lot to share, 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…]