What’s New in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World: May 7, 2018

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!

West Side

West Side

Disney Springs New Menus & Eats

Coca-Cola’s Rooftop Bar is serving up sweet treats, including Coca-Cola Cake and Coca-Cola Brownies! Yes, we will embrace the Treat Yourself mantra!
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Is Disney World’s Beaches and Cream Still Worth The Reservation?

We often hear from readers who want to know if DFB’s favorites of yore have still got IT.

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?

Beaches and Cream

Beaches and Cream

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Disney World Must-EAT: Housemade S’mores at The Ganachery in Disney Springs

THEY’RE BAAAACK!

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.

The Ganachery Storefront

The Ganachery Storefront

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Mother’s Day Brunch at Walt Disney World!

You love your mom, and she loves Walt Disney World. So why not treat her to a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch at Walt Disney World? There are several locations to take Mom on her special day — just make an Advance Dining Reservation and prepare to be Mom’s new favorite!

Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle

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What’s New in Disney’s Hollywood Studios: May 2, 2018

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

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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.

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

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.

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

Trolley Car Cafe Treats

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.

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake

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.

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake

Tale As Old As Time Cupcake at Trolley Car Cafe

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.

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Pop Up Bar

We have previously seen Baby Blues and Green Screen elsewhere in Hollywood Studios, but those bright colors suck us in every time.

Sunshine Day Cafe Pop Up Bar

Sunshine Day Cafe Pop Up Bar

If you’re in Echo Lake, you’ll find the Echo Lake Pop-Up Bar with specialty cocktails and wine.

Echo Lake Pop Up Bar Menu

Echo Lake Pop Up Bar Menu

At Fairfax Fare and Rosie’s All-American Cafe, Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon Lemonade has replaced Jim Beam Black Cherry Lemonade.

Fairfax Fare Drinks

Fairfax Fare and Rosie’s All-American Cafe Drinks

In the world of desserts, Backlot Express now offers BB-9E and Kylo Ren Cupcakes instead of BB-8 and Darth Vader Cupcakes.

Backlot Express Desserts

Backlot Express Desserts

And the missing menu boards at ABC Commissary have been replaced with digital menu boards, just as predicted.

ABC Commissary New Menu Boards

ABC Commissary New Menu Boards

KRNR Station is now serving up nachos!

KRNR Station now has nachos!

KRNR Station now has nachos!

And a super yummy-looking S’mores Brownie has appeared at Dockside Diner. We definitely want to get into that!

Dockside Diner S'mores Brownie

Dockside Diner S’mores Brownie

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!

Orange Bird Tie

Orange Bird Tie

Haunted Mansion and Monorail Ties

Haunted Mansion and Monorail Ties

And if you get the Tiki Room Tie, we beg of you: please request it as the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Tie.

Tiki Room Tie

Tiki Room Tie

Also available are a couple of elaborate Minnie Ear designs. Belle is loaded with detail!

Belle Minnie Ears

Belle Minnie Ears

As is the Cheshire Cat, whose tail curls around one ear!

Cheshire Cat Minnie Ears

Cheshire Cat Minnie Ears

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!

VHS Notebooks!

VHS Notebooks!

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!

Sweet Spells is now Pixar Merchandise Shop

Sweet Spells is now Pixar Merchandise Shop

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.

Sweet Spells' New Look

Sweet Spells’ New Look

Sweet Spells' New Look

Sweet Spells’ New Look

The promised Pixar merchandise is actually very sweet, including these Up!-inspired couples’ tees!

She's My Greatest Adventure

She’s My Greatest Adventure

He's My Greatest Adventure

He’s My Greatest Adventure

Mike and Sully get some love with Monsters, Inc./University-inspired gear.

The Overachiever Monsters Tee

The Overachiever Monsters Tee

The Natural Monsters Tee

The Natural Monsters Tee

This tote ain’t subtle, but it’s fun!

Roar Your Heart Out Tote

Roar Your Heart Out Tote

And, well, if you’ve been in the market for a plush Sully tail, we say why? But also: you can find yours here!

Sully Tail

Sully Tail

But, oooooooh! You knew there had to be Toy Story merchandise! This tank celebrates the little green guys!

Oooooh! Tank

Oooooh! Tank

And this hoodie is colorful and playful.

Toy Story Hoodie

Toy Story Hoodie

Meanwhile, we’re totally into this Squad Goals tote. What other squad could a Disney fan need?!

Squad Goals! Tote

Squad Goals! Tote

If MagicBands are your thing, you’ll definitely want to check this out: a Toy Story MagicBand!

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

Toy Story MagicBand

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!

Don’t Miss Out on Any Disney Fun!

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Which of the new DHS tidbits are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments! 

DisneyStyle Store in Disney Springs’ West Side Coming Soon!

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!

Disneystyle Store in Disney Springs

Disneystyle Store in Disney Springs

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There’s Now a Tiramisu Popsicle in Disney World’s Epcot!

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.

Via Napoli Donkey Stand in Epcot's Italy

Via Napoli Donkey Stand in Epcot’s Italy

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Best Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credit Restaurants in 2018

With the 2018 Disney Dining Plan including alcoholic and specialty non-alcoholic beverages, it’s more difficult than ever to figure out where to go to make the most of your DDP.

So we’re back with our recommendations for where to use your Quick Service Disney Dining Plan credits at Walt Disney World.

Disney Food Blog Recommended Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credit Values
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Review: “Millennial Pink” Cupcakes 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!

Landscape of Flavors

Landscape of Flavors

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Should I Use Disney World’s Minnie Vans? Minnie Van Pros and Cons

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.

Catch that Monorail!

Catch that Monorail!

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!

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