Review: New Warm Salted Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel at The Lunching Pad in Magic Kingdom

I learned about the Warm Salted Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel’s arrival at The Lunching Pad last week.

So you know I was ALL OVER IT when I got into the Magic Kingdom for the very first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party of the year!

Here’s the deal: The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland serves a variety of pretzels, including classic Mickey Soft Pretzels and flavor varieties like the Pepper Jack (Jalapeno Cheese) Stuffed Pretzel. And until last week, it was one of the only spots that carried the Sweet Cream Cheese-Stuffed Pretzel.

But the day after the Warm Salted Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel showed up on the Mobile Order menu, the Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel disappeared… as it has many times before.

And that’s the thing with these Stuffed Pretzels: they tend to come and go without any rhyme or reason. So that’s why you gotta HOP ON IT when you see one, because you never know how long they’re going to stay on any menu in Disney World.

So that’s exactly what I did with the new Warm Salted Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel!

Warm Salted Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel

Warm Salted Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel

Now, you know I love me some pretzels. So much so, in fact, that this isn’t even my first post about pretzels THIS WEEK. If you joined me earlier, you may know I highly recommend purchasing a side of chocolate sauce to go with your Mickey Soft Pretzel. But in the case of the Warm Salted Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel?

Warm Salted Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel with Chocolate Sauce

Warm Salted Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel with Chocolate Sauce

It ALREADY COMES WITH THE CHOCOLATE SAUCE.

YES!! Just consider all the elements at play here. First, you’ve got the saltiness of the pretzel. THEN you’ve got the golden sweet-and-salty buttery taste of the caramel. And THEN you’ve got the rich sweetness of the chocolate sauce.

Warm Salted Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel

Warm Salted Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel

And we’re still not done, because you’ve ALSO got that slight hint of crunch from the outer brown pretzel shell, contrasted by doughy center and the gooey caramel and chocolate.

Warm Salted Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel Dipped in Chocolate

Warm Salted Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel Dipped in Chocolate

Salty. Sweet. A bit of Crunch. The GOOEY Factor. If there’s anything missing here, I sure can’t think of it. At $4.79, this thing is a snack steal.

I know we’re already into the holiday swing of things here in Disney World, but it IS still November — and therefore technically still fall. And this Caramel Pretzel is perfect for the current season….even though I’m hoping it sticks around even longer!

Will you be grabbing a Warm Salted Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel if it’s available on your next visit to the Magic Kingdom? Please let us know with a comment!

WUT?!?: Warm Salted Caramel Stuffed Pretzel Now at The Lunching Pad in Magic Kingdom

Well, well, well… guess what just popped up on The Lunching Pad’s menu?

A Salted Caramel Warm Stuffed Pretzel, that’s what!

You see, I was perusing The Lunching Pads’ menu on the Mobile Order portion of the My Disney Experience app. Why? Because rumor has it that a Secret Menu item will be coming to an “Out of This World” location in Magic Kingdom, and it will ONLY appear on the Mobile Order menu. The phrase “Out of This World” implies the new item will be available at one of the two restaurants in Tomorrowland that utilize Mobile Order: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and The Lunching Pad.

So! Now you know why I was on the app, even though I wasn’t in the park.

The Lunching Pad on Mobile Order screenshot

The Lunching Pad on Mobile Order screenshot

But it paid to check it out anyway, because that’s how I stumbled on the brand new Salted Caramel Warm Stuffed Pretzel at The Lunching Pad, listed right above the Pepper Jack Warm Stuffed Pretzel and the Sweet Cream Cheese Warm Stuffed Pretzel!

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News: Disneyland’s Galactic Grill Introduces SERIOUSLY KILLER Late Night Menu

Should you find yourself in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland after 9 pm and in need of a bite, you might want to blast on over to Galactic Grill to check out their new Late Night Menu!

Galactic Grill AT NIGHT!

Galactic Grill AT NIGHT!

The Micron Burger is a mini-double slider packed with American cheese, house sauce, caramelized onions and a pickle ($7.99). [Read more…]

News and Review: Pretzels at Magic Kingdom’s Lunching Pad — Our Favorites are BACK!

We talk a lot about pretzels here at the DFB — because we pretty much love all of them. Ham and Cheese Stuffed Pretzels? Love. Authentic German pretzels in World Showcase? Uh-huh. Pretzel Roll Breadsticks at Le Cellier? Yaaaass x 5000!

So when we heard that the Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel (which they’re now calling the Pepper Jack pretzel) we’ve loved for years (and which has always been available in Disneyland) was staging a comeback, we got twisted up in a whole bunch of excitement. So you know we had to get over to the Lunching Pad ASAP to tear off a piece of that.

The Lunching Pad is located at the base of the Astro Orbiter adjacent to the Tomorrowland stroller parking — so beware that this area can get super crowded at times. But it’s worth it to pick your way through the chaos because the Lunching Pad serves up some great classic theme park grub. We particularly enjoy a good Hot Dog or Frozen Carbonated Beverages. Yum!

But on this visit, we just wanted pretzels. All. The. Pretzels.

Lunching Pad Menu

Lunching Pad Menu

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News: Jalapeño-Cheese Pretzel Returns to Magic Kingdom for a Limited Time

A lot of Disney stories start with “Once Upon a Time…”

And here’s one more for you. Once Upon a Time, Disney Food Fans could count on a couple of SUPER yummy pretzels at a few snack stands around Disney World. These were the Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel and the Jalapeño-Cheese Pretzel; and you could typically find at least one of them at spots like Epcot’s Fife & Drum Tavern, Animal Kingdom’s Eight Spoon Cafe (when it was known as the Beastly Kiosk), and Magic Kingdom’s Lunching Pad.

Then, one by one and spot by spot, they began to disappear until they were (nearly) all gone.

So you can understand how excited we were when the Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel returned to The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland last October! Likewise, you may be able to guess how happy we are to tell you that the Jalapeno-Cheese Pretzel is BACK at The Lunching Pad, too!

Jalapeño Cheddar Pretzel is BACK!

Jalapeño-Cheese Pretzel is BACK!

We’re certain that — like the Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel — this spicy, savory, cheesy goody will taste every bit as good as always. (You see, we don’t get to make it to Typhoon Lagoon Water Park as often as we’d like, and Lowtide Lou’s is the only place that carries it regularly these days).

Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel inside

Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel inside

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News and Review: Disneyland Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge

In case we haven’t already mentioned it: Happy 40th Anniversary to Disneyland’s Space Mountain! But what to get for the mountain who’s got everything? How about a groovy, above-the-action, nighttime lounge for Disneyland guests?

What? That sounds like a gift for us? Good — because it is! May 26th marked the first ever Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience, a super-cool celebration of the out-of-this-world mountain (and land!) that has become a Disney icon!

Disneyland's Tomorrowland

Disneyland’s Tomorrowland

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Disney Restaurant Review: Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland

When you’re traveling through time in Tomorrowland in Disneyland, you’re sure to work up an appetite — and thanks to Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, you’ll always be able to snag a fortifying snack or meal. (There’s a fun little backstory to the Pizza Port here!)

Redd Rocket's Pizza Port sign

Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port sign

Atmosphere

Seating at Pizza Port is indoors or…

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Review: Raspberry Smoothie at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

Do you remember, by chance, how much we loved the Iced Coffee Float at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies?

If not, then lemme tell ya. We loved it a LOT. But since there’s a new sipping spot/coffee joint in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland with Joffrey’s Revive Coffee Kiosk, the offerings at Auntie Gravity’s (also located in Tomorrowland) have changed up a bit.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I think Joffrey’s Revive is a terrific addition to Magic Kingdom. But I have to admit I was bummed to find that one of the subsequent changes was the removal of Iced Coffee Floats from Auntie Gravity’s.

So, with that, it’s time to find a different sipper from Auntie (who still serves up soft-serve ice cream, too, by the way).

Ice Cream and Smoothies sign

Ice Cream and Smoothies sign

Fortunately, she still has a few tricks up her sleeve, as Auntie Gravity’s is one of the few spots where you can find Smoothies, available in Raspberry or Strawberry. [Read more…]

First Look and Review: Joffrey’s Revive Coffee Kiosk and S’Mores Latte in Magic Kingdom

GOOD MORNING from Magic Kingdom!

Of course, it’s pretty much always a good morning when you’re in Disney World. But if you’re in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, the mornings are even brighter thanks to the arrival of the brand new Joffrey’s Revive Coffee Kiosk!

Tucked next to the Tomorrowland Stage where you can sometimes find the Mr. and Mrs. busting a move at the #INCREDIBLESSuperDanceParty, the newest Joffrey’s Kiosk is the first in the Magic Kingdom. (Until now, the closest kiosks to Magic Kingdom have been at the Ticket and Transportation Center and the Contemporary Resort.)

There are two things you can count on with a visit to a Joffrey’s kiosk in Disney World: one, fun theming to perfectly match its surroundings. And two: a good cup of coffee (or tea, if you prefer).

Joffrey's Revive sign

Joffrey’s Revive sign

We’re here to check out both. So, Blast Off with us to Tomorrowland to hang out and caffeine up at the new Joffrey’s Revive! [Read more…]

Review: New Items at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland

Who’s up for a little retro-futuristic dining at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe?

Cosmic Ray’s remains your best Magic Kingdom bet for Counter Service staples like Bacon Cheeseburgers and Chicken Breast Nuggets (especially since the Mexican fare menu revamp at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe that took place last fall). It’s your basic go-to when you’re looking for a menu that’s bound to have something that will appeal to just about everyone in your traveling party.

Even so, that doesn’t mean Cosmic Ray’s can’t change things up from time to time, as evidenced by a few new menu items we spotted recently and thought we’d check out with our review today.

And even if they didn’t alter their menu as extensively as the nearby Tomorrowland Terrace recently did, we’ll take pretty much any excuse to pay a visit to our old pal, Sonny Eclipse!

Sonny Eclipse entertains at Cosmic Ray's

Sonny Eclipse entertains at Cosmic Ray’s

Now that we’ve said “Hello” to Sonny, let’s check out what else is happening at the Starlight Cafe… [Read more…]