Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 29, 2016

Happy Sunday and happy long weekend! As we mark a time of remembrance this Memorial Day weekend, we also hope you’re planning some celebrations with family and friends as summer is officially starting.

Tiffins Sign, with tiffins on top

Tiffins Sign, with tiffins on top

It was another exciting week for foodies at Walt Disney World as we celebrated the opening of AristoCrepes, Tiffins, the Nomad Lounge, and STK Orlando ! We had a chance to attend the preview night at STK and we’ll have a full review of our recent dinner there very soon!

There are just a couple more days left to enter new sweepstakes from Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea? You can win a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort as part of the 2nd Annual Magic in Your Mug Sweepstakes!

And finally, don’t forget about our Memorial Day sale — 40% off all items at the DFB Store!

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

Disney Food News

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Rumor: Will Toy Story Pizza Planet Reopen as “Pizza Rizzo”?

When Toy Story Pizza Planet closed in January for a refurbishment it was immediately wondered if the Hollywood Studios pizza spot would reopen with a new theme.

The former Pizza Planet

The former Pizza Planet

A short time later, a few clues began to lend weight to rumors that the quick service spot might reopen with a Muppets theme. First, there was the arrival of construction walls around the closed restaurant with more than a subtle hint of that classic Muppets humor. [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World — April 13, 2016

It’s time for another Trip Around the World to check out all the latest eats and happenings… and maaaaaybe a couple of construction walls, while we’re at it ;). Because while April showers might bring May flowers, this month is also bringing LOTS of changes to the Disney World parks!

And nowhere else is that more true than…

Hollywood Studios

“Please Pardon Our Pixie Dust”

It’s already been over six months since it was announced that MAJOR changes are on the way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the construction of Toy Story and Star Wars Lands.

"Please Pardon Our Pixie Dust"

“Please Pardon Our Pixie Dust”

Of course, it will be quite some time before those Lands are realized, but early April brought some of the first physical signs of change as the Streets of America section of the park (including eateries such as Studio Catering Co., High Octane Refreshments, Herbie’s Drive-In and the Pretzel Garden) was officially closed to make way for construction. [Read more…]

News: Muppets Courtyard is Officially Official…for now…at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

For those keeping track of changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this week, there’s one more to add to the list. You already likely know that the construction of Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land is now officially underway, as evidenced by the very recent closure of Streets of America fixtures such as Studio Catering Co. and the Lights! Motors! Action Extreme Stunt Show to make way for the new ventures.

Construction Walls Blocking  the Streets of America

Construction Walls Blocking the Streets of America

But what about Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano? It was always part of the former Streets of America section of the park, and yet it’s still in operation. (Yay!)

Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

Well, it’s now part of the newly renamed Muppets Courtyard! The new name of this area of the park is revealed in the updated Guide Map for Disney’s Hollywood Studios (it’s listed on the bottom right of the shot below). [Read more…]

Imagineering Fun: Construction Walls in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (This Post is Not as Boring as it Sounds in the Title)

Okay, let’s face it: construction walls covering up refurbishment areas in Disney World are something we’re pretty used to seeing. They cover everything from the upcoming Frozen Ever After attraction in the former home of Epcot’s Maelstrom to Avatar Land in Animal Kingdom to the ongoing transformation of Disney Springs, and then some.

Walls outside of Planet Hollywood's refurbishment in Disney Springs

Walls outside of Planet Hollywood’s refurbishment in Disney Springs

And we’re bound to spot more and more very soon as Disney’s Hollywood Studios expands to add both Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land.

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Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 3, 2016

Happy New Year! We hope you had a great time ringing in 2016! We just know this year is going to be the best one yet!

Star Wars Desserts at Hollywood and Vine

Star Wars Desserts at Hollywood and Vine

Last year was full of Disney food news and we saw the opening of several great new restaurants at Disney Springs and the Magic Kingdom.

But this year is going to be even more amazing with the opening of more new spots at Disney Springs including STK Orlando, The Edison, and Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza!

We’re also looking forward to Tiffin’s at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and we’ll admit we can’t wait to see what happens with Toy Story Pizza Planet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

We have a lot to share, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

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Rumor: Major Changes For Toy Story Pizza Planet in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2016

There are just a few days left to enjoy the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which will have its last run on January 3, 2016.

The final year of this well-loved holiday lights display coincides with construction for entire new lands coming to Hollywood Studios. Perhaps you’ve heard of a little film franchise called Star Wars? Yep, its getting a land of its own, along with Toy Story Land on the way as well.

While that’s not exactly “new news” anymore, the fact that Toy Story Pizza Planet is closing for a lengthy refurbishment may come as a surprise to some guests visiting Hollywood Studios in the new year.

According to wdwmagic.com, Pizza Planet will begin a major refurbishment on January 19, 2016, which will last late into the year. And, indeed, no times are available for Pizza Planet starting January 19th on the Walt Disney World website.

Screenshot of Pizza Planet Calendar on the Disney World website

Screenshot of Pizza Planet calendar on the Disney World website

Word on the street has it that when the location reopens (projected for November), it may not reopen as Pizza Planet, but as a new eatery entirely. These rumors certainly make sense, given the future of Toy Story Land. Reopening a new and improved Pizza Planet in the upcoming land could result in a more immersive experience. [Read more…]

Disney Daydreaming: Toy Story Land Dining Options

So, you might say it was kind of a BIG DEAL out at the D23 Expo, what with the announcements about the new Skipper Canteen Jungle Cruise-themed restaurant coming to Adventureland, and a little thing called STAR WARS LAND coming to both Disneyland and Disney World’s Hollywood Studios.

Of course, there was even more news than that… from Soarin’ Around the World updates coming to Epcot to more information about Pandora — The World of AVATAR, and, of course, Toy Story Land also on the way to Hollywood Studios.

Toy Story Land Concept ©Disney

Toy Story Land Concept ©Disney

Now, I know that’s not exactly food news, per se, but Toy Story Land is going to cover 11 acres so it’s going to be HUGE. Let’s face it — there’s gotta be some food going in there somewhere! [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Cupcakes With Flair!

We are back with another installment of Disney Food Pics of the Week. Thanks to all of you super talented photographers who post on Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza, our Flickr group!

Today, we’re celebrating what I think should be classified as a fifth food group. That’s right — we are all about Cupcakes in today’s post! Be sure to check out some of our favorite Disney Cupcakes in our Cupcake Gallery…but in the meantime, we’ve got some sweets to share…!

Honey Lemon Cupcake

The Honey Lemon Cupcake from Disneyland’s Hungry Bear restaurant has to be one of the cutest cupcakes I’ve seen at Disney to date. Topped with a sweet little honey bee and a sprinkle of edible gold glitter, you find the same delish frosting that crowns it also serves as a filling! (Read a review of the cupcake, plus other menu items at Hungry Bear, here.)

Photographer: Hilary White

Honey Lemon Cupcake from The Hungry Bear

Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcake

Mangia! I always look forward to digging into hearty and delicious dishes when I visit [Read more…]

Guest Review: Darth Vader Cupcake at Star Wars Weekends in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Welcome Guest Author Becca C. with an out-of-this-world review of the Darth Vader Cupcake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — an exclusive during Star Wars Weekends!!

Calling all chocolate and peanut butter lovers! There’s a cupcake being sold (yay, it’s back!) during Star Wars Weekends that is defiantly tempting enough to bring this fan to the dark side.

Darth Vader Cupcake!

This treat starts with a moist chocolaty cupcake. Then as you can see from my half finished version here they pile on the peanut butter frosting. This was an update to the cupcake last year from it’s previous version, and it’s carried on through this year’s event! This frosting is simply [Read more…]