DFB Video: The NEW Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Happy Monday! We’re back in Walt Disney World today, bringing you another tasty DFB Video. This time, we’re checking out all that’s awesome about the newly refurbished Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge!

Campfire Cupcake

Campfire Cupcake

Roaring Fork has been a longtime favorite for guests staying at Wilderness Lodge — or even folks who stay elsewhere and trek over to take advantage of the counter service spot’s specialties.

Unfortunately, favorites like Mickey Waffles with Specialty Toppings are no longer available. Still, we found plenty to love on the menu reboot, both for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. [Read more…]

First Look and Review! The New Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

It’s good to see you again, Roaring Fork!

Roaring Fork is the primary Counter Service restaurant at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Over the past several months, the entire resort has been undergoing several refurbishments, and these changes have certainly included some of the dining options at the Lodge.

For instance, this past February brought the addition of Geyser Point Bar & Grill — a hybrid outdoor lounge and Counter Service location. The opening of Geyser Point coincided with the temporary closure of Roaring Fork for a renovation of its own.

And even though Geyser Point has been a terrific addition to Wilderness Lodge, we have missed Roaring Fork. As home to everything from Specialty Waffles in the morning to some of our favorite cupcakes anywhere — all served up in the Lodge’s uniquely beautiful rustic setting —  Roaring Fork has long held a special place in our hearts. And we know we’re not the only ones who feel that way.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Sign

Roaring Fork Outdoor Sign

So, I’m sure some of you are as anxious as I am to see what’s new and what’s remained the same (did the Waffles make the cut?!?) at Roaring Fork. Let’s not waste any more time checking it out!

Atmosphere

Before the refurbishment, there were a few words you could always use to describe Roaring Fork. Among them were “rustic” and even “cozy.” [Read more…]

First Look and Review: Geyser Point Bar and Grill at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

HELLOOOOO from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge!

We’re here to check out all the eats and drinks at the BRAND NEW Geyser Point Bar & Grill located near Silver Creek Springs Pool (the Resort’s main pool). This new spot blends right in with the Pacific Northwest feel of this beautiful Resort, and we’re happy to show you around!

By the way, this opening coincides with the temporary closure of Roaring Fork, a Counter Service option, and the permanent closure of Trout Pass Pool Bar. Roaring Fork will reopen later this year once their refurbishments are complete, but Trout Pass will be repurposed, with Geyser Point serving as the main pool bar for both pools.

Therefore, in its opening months, Geyser Point will be THE place for Counter Service breakfast, lunch, AND dinner at Wilderness Lodge (and Territory Lounge will serve continental breakfast options and coffee until 2 pm daily). But there’s more to it than that, as you’re about to see…

Wilderness Lodge Geyser Point Bar and Grill 2

Geyser Point Bar & Grill sign

… as you join us for our first trip to Geyser Point Bar & Grill!

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News: Geyser Point Pool Bar & Grill Opening Soon at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

A brand new restaurant is opening SOON at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge!

Artist rendering of Geyser Point Bar & Grill ©Disney

Artist rendering of Geyser Point Bar & Grill ©Disney

In fact, it looks like Monday, February 13th, may be the date set for the opening of Geyser Point Bar & Grill, a pool bar that will blend in with the Pacific Northwest feel of the Resort. (And, yes, this location was originally slated to open in the summer, sooo… SURPRISE!! ;-D). [Read more…]

Review: Cocktails, Cupcakes, and Seasonal Specialties at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Today we’re trying out a couple of drinks and a seasonal cupcake at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

When we’re imbibing at this beautiful resort, we’re usually paying a visit to one of our favorite bars in Disney World, Territory Lounge. Today, though, we’re stepping outside to enjoy some drinks at Trout Pass Pool Bar. Even if you aren’t going for a dip in Silver Creek Springs Pool, you can still stop by Trout Pass if you’re checking out Fire Rock Geyser or just exploring the grounds.

At Trout Pass, you’ll certainly find plenty of the pool bar drinks that are standards on the Disney Pool Bar Menu, like the Captain’s Mai Tai, the Banana Cabana, and the Pina CoLAVA. But, Trout Pass has also started following the fun trend at spots like the Polynesian Village Resort’s Barefoot Pool Bar, Pop Century’s Petals Pool Bar, and Muddy Rivers at Port Orleans Riverside, where specialty drinks themed to the Resort are available at the pool bars as well. This used to be the norm at the pool bars, but then things got all homogenous. I’m glad to see they’re coming back!

Only at Trout Pass, things work a bit differently.

Trout Pass Pool Bar

Trout Pass Pool Bar

Daily Drinks

The specialty offerings rotate as part of the Daily Drink Specials, featuring a different specialty cocktail for each day of the week. You’ll find a nice variety of both iced and frozen drinks for a warm Florida day by the pool! The Northwest theme of the resort is echoed in the names of the beverages like the Lumberjack, Ponderosa Pine, and Silver Creek Peach. [Read more…]

Review: Territory Coffee Company (Territory Lounge) in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

These days, lots of Disney World guests make a beeline for the nearest Starbucks on property to get their morning caffeine fix.

Epcot’s Fountain View, Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Bakery, Animal Kingdom’s Creature Comforts, and the Trolley Car Cafe at Hollywood Studios are understandably popular spots — especially in the early morning park hours.

But if you’re someone who stumbles to the coffeemaker first thing in the morning before you can form a complete sentence [sits at computer, points to self] and you happen to have a stay at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in your future, you might be interested to learn about Territory Coffee Company.

You may already be familiar with the Territory Lounge in Wilderness Lodge. It’s one of our absolute favorite Disney bars thanks to some really great noshes and cozy atmosphere.

Territory Lounge

Territory Lounge

But with a typical opening time of 4:30 pm, this beautiful space sat empty most of the day until last summer, when the Territory Coffee Company opened for what was originally a test run. [Read more…]

Review: Chocolate Caramel Cupcake at Roaring Fork in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

If you stop by the bakery case in Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, there is bound to be something that will catch your eye; maybe the Magic Cookie Bar, or the S’mores cupcake, which is still going strong.

Cupcakes at Roaring Fork

Cupcakes at Roaring Fork

But there is a treat often found there that’s managed to fly under the radar, and that’s the Chocolate Caramel Cupcake.

Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes in Bakery Case

Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes in Bakery Case

I think this snack’s low profile is due to its rather simple appearance. While chocolate on chocolate always looks pretty good, when it’s placed near something like the Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes at Roaring Fork

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes at Roaring Fork

… it can be easy to miss. But my fellow caramel fans should take notice, because you don’t want to pass this by!

Chocolate Caramel Cupcake

Chocolate Caramel Cupcake

While I mentioned this cupcake being rather plain at first glance, the “outside” is still nothing to sneeze at. Rich chocolate cake is topped with dense chocolate frosting that is dark enough to be mistaken for bittersweet chocolate (especially when spied in the bakery case), but reminds me more of chocolate fudge in both flavor and consistency. YUM.

Chocolate Frosting closeup

Chocolate Frosting closeup

The frosting is not laid on too thick, which is fine because it leaves more room for what’s inside… and it’s what’s inside that really [Read more…]

What’s New Around Disney World and Disneyland for March 8, 2014!

There’s lots new to see all over the World and the Land! So settle in, friends, and read on!

Hollywood Studios

We’re starting this round at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant!

Sci Fi Diner

“…It came from the snack bar”

The House-made Sci-Fi Candy Bar has hit the dessert menu: a white and dark chocolate mousse layered between sponge cake and dipped in chocolate ganache.

Sci Fi Dessert Menu

Sci Fi Dessert Menu

There have been a couple of additions to 50’s Prime Time Café as well.

50s Prime Time Sign

50s Prime Time Sign

Another vegetarian entrée has been added to the menu: Sissy’s Vegetarian Favorite Multigrain Spaghetti! “Vegetable Protein and Mushrooms tossed in Marinara Sauce, just like Spaghetti and Meatballs.”

And don’t forget dessert! All your favorites remain, but Old-fashioned Handmade Milk Shakes are listed, featuring the famous “Peanut Butter & Jelly” and the limited time “Red Velvet Cupcake.”

Magic Kingdom

Okay, this next update isn’t about food… it’s just next to food ;) . But I couldn’t resist [Read more…]

Guest Review: Territory Lounge at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Courtesy of DFB Reader Christina, we have a mini-review from the Territory Lounge at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

This is one of our favorite spots to relax when we’re in the World, and it’s not just because it’s an out-of-the-way retreat! The menu is ALWAYS awesome!

The Territory Lounge at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

The Territory Lounge at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

You’ll remember our discovery of the awesome fondue, charcuterie, house-made chips and dips, and DONUTS, right?? Well, the donuts aren’t there anymore, but you can still get lots of our other favorites!

Bar Area and Round Table Seating at Territory Lounge

Bar Area and Round Table Seating at Territory Lounge

Let’s take a look at the current menu…

Territory Lounge Menu

Territory Lounge Menu

Christina notes a seasonal change with the Mushroom Soup substituted for Clam Chowder. Here’s a previous menu (October 2013) for comparison:

Territory Lounge Menu October 2013

Territory Lounge Menu October 2013

Christina had the new fondue… made with [Read more…]

Guest Review: Old Faithful Club Concierge Lounge at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Welcome Guest Reviewer James Armstrong! Today, we get to see the concierge’s food amenities at the Wilderness Lodge in Walt Disney World. Let’s head to the Old Faithful Club!

While recently staying at Wilderness Lodge we had the pleasure of staying on the Concierge level (also known as the Old Faithful Club).

This is an “upgrade” you can purchase for your room when staying at most of the deluxe Disney World hotels. As part of this upgrade (and additional cost), you benefit from a private concierge to help arrange tickets, childcare, transportation, and recreational activities.

You ALSO get some free food in the Club Lounge.

Atmosphere

To get to the concierge level guests need to use their room key in the elevator, which will activate access to the seventh floor.

Old Faithful Club Elevator Key.

From here, you’ll be afforded excellent views of both the Fire Rock Geiser and the lodge itself. It also has the Old Faithful Club Lounge!

Old Faithful Times Guide. Click image for larger version.

Eats

As part of the Concierge experience, access to the Old Faithful Club Lounge is granted. Here, you’ll find all-you-care to eat snacks and drinks. This service will likely not replace all three meals, however it is a convenient stop for in-between snacks or light meals.

Continental Breakfast (7:00am – 10:30am*)
Breakfast was a nice variety of pastries, muffins, bagels, yogurt, fruit, and cereal. The menu was consistent throughout our visit.

Breakfast Pastries

Fridge stocked at breakfast

Cereal Dispensers

The Cinnamon Rolls had tender dough and a nice sweet flavor.

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls Close-Up

There were plenty of Mini Muffins– Blueberry and [Read more…]