There’s always something new happening in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs, and this week is no exception! We’ve got menu changes, new merchandise, construction updates, and extras! Join us to see What’s New!
We often hear from readers who want to know if DFB’s favorites of yore have still got IT.
San Angel Inn Restaurante
You know what we mean: do they still have the mojo that keeps guests coming back year after year. For some restaurants at Walt Disney World, it’s killer food and a seasonal, ever-changing menu that draws in a crowd. For others, it’s an atmosphere that can’t be beat — like ‘Ohana‘s warm family feel or Sanaa‘s animal friends right outside the window.
For Beaches & Cream, it’s a sense of nostalgia paired with comforting eats that have been consistently good since the soda shop opened its doors almost thirty years ago. (Let’s just table that thirty years ago bit because there’s no way we’re that old…)
Beaches & Cream is tucked in between the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts on an outdoor walkway adjacent to Stormalong Bay — the fabulous pool shared by the resorts. That means Beaches and Cream is in the Epcot Resort Area (and just a stone’s throw from the International Gateway that serves as an entrance to Epcot’s World Showcase). This convenient location means that even guests not staying at the Resorts will make the short trip to this casual table service location for a bite to eat.
But you (and I!) wanted to know: does Beaches & Cream still have IT?
Summer is approaching, and with it, cravings for everyone’s favorite campfire treat: S’mores! Walt Disney World has done s’mores in lots of different ways over the years, most recently in latte form at Joffrey’s last year. And now The Ganachery in Disney Springs has upped the game on this simple treat.
Welcome back to another installment of What’s New! This time we’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where there’s a whole lotta new we won’t get to see until June 30 when Toy Story Land opens! But in the meantime, we’ve got the skinny on menu changes, pop-up bars, and merchandise that just might tide us over until Woody welcomes the gang to his new land (and opens his lunchbox)!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Menus & Eats
Sweet Spells closed a couple of weeks ago, and let’s just say that almost no one was happy about it. Where would we get our sweets? What would happen to the spells? (Okay, maybe we’re just worried about the carbohydrates…) And while we haven’t seen any of the Sweet Spells-specific food items shift over to Trolley Car Cafe, we’re glad that Sweet Spells favorites like the Carrot Cake Cookie, Napoleon, Danish, and Candy Brownie have all remained at Trolley Car.
So while we hear you, lovers of treats who don’t want to wait in that Starbucks line, we’re still relieved that the Carrot Cake Cookie and these beautiful treats are still nearby! But note that the carrot cake cookie has had a bit of a makeover — the cake part is now pretty thick and serious, so it’s more like a round cake versus a whoopie pie.
Guests can also pick up a Tale As Old As Time Cupcake at Trolley Car right now, and it sounds lovely. Vanilla cake, raspberry filling, white buttercream (which is actually yellow…maybe they meant to put “vanilla buttercream”?). Classic and sweet.
The Tale As Old As Time Cupcake features some details from Beauty and the Beast, including red roses, yellow frosting, and Belle and her prince in white chocolate form.
If the heat of late spring and impending summer have got you down at Hollywood Studios, there are a couple of great pop-up bars to fuel your adventures. Sunshine Day Cafe Pop-Up Bar is conveniently located on Sunset Boulevard, and is serving up wine, beer, and a couple of specialty drinks.
We have previously seen Baby Blues and Green Screen elsewhere in Hollywood Studios, but those bright colors suck us in every time.
If you’re in Echo Lake, you’ll find the Echo Lake Pop-Up Bar with specialty cocktails and wine.
In the world of desserts, Backlot Express now offers BB-9E and Kylo Ren Cupcakes instead of BB-8 and Darth Vader Cupcakes.
KRNR Station is now serving up nachos!
And a super yummy-looking S’mores Brownie has appeared at Dockside Diner. We definitely want to get into that!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Merchandise
Merchandise at Hollywood Studios is exciting this week! For starters, guests can purchase ties with character at various locations in the park, including the Orange Bird, Haunted Mansion, and Monorail designs! These have been around for a while and aren’t “new,” but they’re still super fun!
And if you get the Tiki Room Tie, we beg of you: please request it as the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Tie.
Also available are a couple of elaborate Minnie Ear designs. Belle is loaded with detail!
As is the Cheshire Cat, whose tail curls around one ear!
We have a thing for the VHS Notebooks that have been available for a couple of years, and now we can get our VHS-loving fingers on The Little Mermaid, Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, and Dumbo!
The biggest news in merchandise is happening at the former Sweet Spells location, which is now a Pixar merchandise location — Tinseltown Trinkets and Reel Vogue!
Inside the store portion of the old location there’s lots of merch to peruse, as well as some packaged sweets like cotton candy and massive lollipops.
The promised Pixar merchandise is actually very sweet, including these Up!-inspired couples’ tees!
Mike and Sully get some love with Monsters, Inc./University-inspired gear.
This tote ain’t subtle, but it’s fun!
And, well, if you’ve been in the market for a plush Sully tail, we say why? But also: you can find yours here!
But, oooooooh! You knew there had to be Toy Story merchandise! This tank celebrates the little green guys!
And this hoodie is colorful and playful.
Meanwhile, we’re totally into this Squad Goals tote. What other squad could a Disney fan need?!
If MagicBands are your thing, you’ll definitely want to check this out: a Toy Story MagicBand!
That’s it for now from Disney’s Hollywood Studios! You know we’ll be back with more What’s New — so stick with the DFB crew!
Which of the new DHS tidbits are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments!
There’s about to be a new spot in Disney Springs’ West Side that is just begging to take all of our money. It’s called DisneyStyle, and it’s going to be jam-packed with Disney merchandise like spirit jerseys, tee shirts, and accessories!
You’re traveling the World Showcase at Walt Disney World’s Epcot, and you need some Tiramisu. Trust us, we know the feeling. Head on over to the Italy Pavilion, and pony up to the Via Napoli Donkey Cart.
So we’re back with our recommendations for where to use your Quick Service Disney Dining Plan credits at Walt Disney World.
You’re ready to jump on the “Millennial Pink” treat bandwagon. We know. That soft pink is kind of irresistible. And thankfully, there’s no need to resist! We gave you the inside scoop about the many pink things that have popped up in Walt Disney World, and today we’re getting up close and personal with two Millennial Pink cupcakes!
We’ll start in one of the best food courts in the World: Landscape of Flavors at Art of Animation Resort!
Picture this: You have an Advance Dining Reservation at Polynesian Village Resort’s ‘Ohana, but you’ve just finished getting your swim on at Animal Kingdom Lodge. How do you get from point A to point B?
You could use Disney transportation, which would entail a lengthy bus ride from Animal Kingdom Lodge to Magic Kingdom, then a transfer to either the Resort Monorail Loop or the boat to the Poly.
But what if one or more of these modes of transportation is delayed? What about the meats?! How will you get your Lapu Lapu?! The ‘Ohana Bread Pudding is slipping through your fingers!