You Know You’re Eating in Disney World If… (Part Three!)

We had a lot of fun with our first two sets of “You Know You’re Eating in Disney World if…” posts, and we couldn’t help putting together one more! (Check out “You Know You’re Eating in Disney World When… Part I“, and “You Know You’re Eating in Disney World When… Part 2!”)

Read on to find out how dining in Disney World might be a little bit different than your typical mealtime!

Are any of the items on our list ringing your bell? Let us know in the comments how you know that –

You Know You’re Eating in Disney World If…

1. You buy the popcorn just to get the container.

Because Everybody needs a little Dumbo purse. Right?

DUMBO!!!!

Style with Dumbo

2. You see a rat in the restaurant…and you want to take a picture with it.

Everybody say, “Cheeeeeeze!” (What? Too much?)

Mickey!!!

Mickey!!!

3. You can have beer in three different countries — before noon.

Oh Epcot. How we love [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 17, 2013

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Cupcake at Disney's Hollywood Studios

I hope you’re having an awesome celebration (and, just so you know, hanging out and eating cake would be a perfectly acceptable “celebration” as far as I’m concerned) and enjoying your green-tinted holiday!

We showcased a few St. Paddy’s Day treats that have popped up in Disney World yesterday, and we can’t wait to hear about everything you’re finding as well. Also, DisneyStore.com is having a sitewide sale TODAY ONLY! Use code “green” at the check-out for 17% off. Seems like a good day for shopping… ;-)

But, in the meantime, let’s head out to explore a bit of the Disney Food News that’s been in the headlines this week!

Disney Food News

Find out what’s been happening this week in the world of Disney Food!

We’ve got additional food news, including restaurant closures, Extra Dates for Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

DFB Reader Finds!

If you find a fun new food — or other awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday! This week we have some goodies that our readers sent in from home!

First up, Erin at OPKitchen sent us these friendly faces. She exclaimed, “we came as close as we could!” Looks great to me!!

Homemade Mickey Waffles!

Check out this classic original Mickey Waffle maker in the original box! Wow! Sent in by Tiffany L. — thanks for sharing! Let us know how they turn out!

Classic Mickey waffle maker!

Headed to Disney World in 2013?

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of our critically acclaimed DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2013 e-Book!

This must-have guide has over 400 pages of experience-based advice and information as well as hundreds of full-color photos. It’s perfect for long-time Disney World fans AND those headed to the parks for the first time this year!

Don’t get stranded without a plan. Pick up your copy for $4 off using code 2013 TODAY! With a 30-day money-back guarantee, you’ve got nothing to lose. :-)

Bundle for SAVINGS!
Want even more savings? Bundle three of our time-tested guides into one purchase to get even more great Disney Dining information and photos. With our popular DFB Guide + Snacks Bundle, you’ll get our DFB Guide 2013 Edition along with our DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks AND our DFB Guide to Epcot Snacks for a significant discount!

“Let the Memories Begin!”

Save TODAY at DisneyStore.com!

DisneyStore.com is having a sitewide sale today! Take 17% off sitewide with code GREEN! :-) Here are a few fun treats you can indulge in for a discount today ONLY!

Start your summer fun early with these re-useable Mickey Mouse ice cubes!

Bring some Disney magic to game night with this Disney Monopoly Edition!

Click here to see more fun goodies for sale today only!

On to the Round-Up!

Orlando Sentinel highlights the career of Sushi Chef Yoshi Cabral from the California Grill. Happy retirement!

Disneyland News talks with the Carthay Circle Restaurant’s Executive Chef Andrew Sutton!

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Ever After Blog highlights alternative wedding desserts – it’s not just about cake anymore!

Candy Industry shares that Jelly Belly has partnered with Disney.

AllEars reviews the Grand Floridian’s Citricos restaurant.

Main Street Gazette gives a little redemption to Pinocchio Village Haus in Disney World.

Disney Every Day reviews menu items at Splitsville in Downtown Disney Orlando.

Have a great week, everyone!

News! 2013 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2013 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon is now open!

Once again, runDisney invites you to a nighttime race that takes place during the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

I can say from experience that this race is incredibly fun!! I can’t wait to hear your stories! This year’s race weekend is November 8-9, 2013!

Pre-Race Taste Party

This year, the weekend kicks off with a Pre-Race Taste Party on Friday, November 8, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.! The party takes place at the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios where guests can relax before the big race.

Wine and Dine Half Marathon!

The Pre-Race Taste will feature:

  • early entry into Disney’s Hollywood Studios at 6:00 p.m.;
  • a private party at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show;
  • five tastes from the Epcot Food & Wine Festival;
  • one “signature sip” drink coupon;
  • cash bar;
  • and Disney character meet & greets.

Tickets are $79 (ages 3 and up). Children under 3 do not need a ticket.

*Tickets are non-refundable. Menu options subject to change without notice. Disney Wine & Dine Pre-Race Taste Party is subject to availability. Children under 3 do not need to purchase a Party Ticket. Book now as space is limited! To make a special dietary request, please contact runDisney@disneysports.com.

Half Marathon and Finish Line Party

Join the ultimate runners night out as you race a half marathon through three Disney Theme Parks. Throughout your journey, you’ll pass entertainment and characters. Imagine running a race that circles the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, cruises down the Streets of America underneath the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and finishes near Spaceship Earth at Epcot.

Then, the party gets started after you cross the finish line! Celebrate your achievement at the Finish Line Party – an exclusive, after-hours [Read more…]

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Will Feature a New runDisney Race!

Fun news from runDisney today!! The Wine and Dine Half-Marathon that we’ve all grown to know and love has been moved! That’s right, it will now be taking place at the end of the festival — November 9-10!

In its place is a brand new 10-mile race under the moniker of the Tower of Terror 10-Miler! This race will take place on September 29, 2012, and will feature a course through Hollywood Studios. A private afterparty will follow this race as well!

Like all runDisney events, the race weekend will feature a variety of events, including a 5K, kids’ races, and a Health & Fitness Expo. You can register for the Tower 10-Miler on February 14th!

Source: Disney Parks Blog

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 25, 2011

OK, all! We’re here in Walt Disney World for the Happiest Time of the Year! Stay tuned to see lots of tweets and facebook updates from us as we wander around the World.

And we’ll, of course, bring you more-than-you-thought-possible kinds of coverage of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival here on the blog! Don’t forget to start planning your trip now by checking out our individual World Showcase Booth pages — they’re already sporting photos of the food you can purchase!

(Don’t care about the Food and Wine Festival? Fear not! We’re prepping Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland Paris reviews for the next couple of weeks, too!)

Latest Disney Food News

  • We’ve interviewed seminar leaders for the Second Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. Learn what to expect from the Beer, Mixology, and Spanish Wines seminars!
  • Iron Chef Cat Cora’s Kitchen Memories event has been canceled at the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
  • A new menu was recently discovered at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You’ll see our review of the famed Picnic Burger this week!
  • Shula’s Steak House takes the “Best of Award of Excellence” recognition for their extensive wine list in Wine Spectator Magazine’s annual Wine List Awards.
  • Foodies will find another delicious event in Orlando this fall! The Waldorf Astoria Orlando will host Orlando Food & Wine Weekends, Sept. 30 – Oct. 30, 2011.
  • The Disney Food Blog is creating a series of e-books highlighting Disney Dining Adventures. Check out an example and learn how YOU can be a part of our next Disney Dining Adventures e-Book!
  • Check out the 2011 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Finish Line Party Brochure and Map! Get set for an evening of fun in Epcot!

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book Reviews

We’re honored that our newest Mini-Guide is getting such positive reviews!

Jackie’s Magical Moments has this to say:
The last time I went to the Festival, I didn’t do any of the special events, I didn’t know what to expect at all. I felt like I’d missed everything. It doesn’t have to be that way and you can make the very most of everything if you’re prepared, even if you only have a couple of days. This guide is a MUST-HAVE if you are attending….

Check out the rest of the review to learn several reasons why the mini-guide is a must for your Food & Wine planning.

Thanks, Jackie!

And Now…On to the Round-Up!

Gorillas Don’t Blog shows us Big Al making popcorn!

DisZine reports that the Cake Boss will appear at this year’s Food and Wine Festival. See a video of Buddy and Pam Brandon here!

Kevin Kidney will be at WDW on September 30 and October 1st! Check out the Haunted Mansion themed item that he created for an auction.

Main Street Gazette features one of our favorite Fall treats in Disney World!

Healthy Disney highlights vegetarian options at Wolfgang Puck Express.

Touringplans.com Blog lets us escape to the Territory Lounge. We love a great place to relax!

DisneyParks Blog shares Club 33’s recipe for pumpkin beignets! Impress your friends with these treats at your Halloween party.

We’ll see you at the Festival!

9 Top Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is now less than a month away! And we asked Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans on facebook to share their personal tips for navigating the festival!

We received some valuable information that has been Festival-tested! For example, Michelle O. shared a personal experience warning of the dangers of sipping around the world before attending a seminar on The World’s Sharpest Knife. Learn from her experience. Bring first-aid or sip AFTER the knife session!

Here are a few more tried and tested tips…

Tip #1: Share

Facebook Fans Michelle J. and Susan S. advise Festival-goers to share their eats with family and friends. Joline S. agrees: “Share what you buy so you have enough room to try more things.”

Heather P. likes to share too! “If you want to try more than one item at each booth have everyone that is with you order something different so that you all can have a taste.”

Sharing is Caring at the Ireland Booth: Lava Cake, Fisherman's Pie, and Meade

Tip #2: Meal Planning and Touring Strategies

Sometimes planning ahead and taking your time while at the festival are the best ways to make sure you’ll be able to sample everything that you want. (Psst… taking a look at our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and Food Photos will help with the planning ahead!)

Christopher N. has mastered a dining (and grazing!) technique: “We plan a day where our lunch and dinner dining is at the festival booths. We start at one end of World Showcase with a preplanned idea of what items we want to try. We take our time and [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 24, 2011

Strawberry Lemonade at Enchanted Grove in Magic Kingdom

It’s been a sizzling hot week, so we hope you’re keeping cool! Maybe you have access to some delicious strawberry lemonade like the one to the right (in the Magic Kingdom). We’re counting down the days until we get our next fix of that stuff!

There’s lot of fun Disney food news this week as well as some awesome articles in the round-up, so let’s get started…

Disney Food News

Let’s review the latest news from this past week!

New Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide Just Around the Corner…

Just eeking out the final updates to the brand new Mini-Guide e-Book! (Thankfully, one of our fabulous columnists is in Disney World this week and has agreed to do a little extra recon for us!)

As you know, our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book covers a wealth of information about Disney World food. But after hitting 250 pages, we reserved some of the more detailed info for our upcoming series of Mini-Guides.

The first in the series will be the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, and it will be debuting very soon.

Detailed reviews, photos, prices, and snack-credit-worthiness of over 70 snacks in the Magic Kingdom are packed into this Mini-Guide, but, as always, we’ve included a few extras and bonus items as well!

We’ll have more information for you very soon; we can’t wait to hear what you think!

Here we go…On to the Round-Up!

Meet the World in Progressland shares the fabulous views seen only from Club 33!

Disney Contemporary Fan Site compares the Grand Floridian’s Citricos with the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill. Which would you choose?

DisneyTouristBlog reviews Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch BBQ. Yee-Haw!

Main Street Gazette shares with us a canyon skillet at Whispering Canyon Cafe.

Kokocooks takes us along on their cupcake crawl in Disney World — inspired by our DFB challenge!

Disney Contests and Sweepstakes gives us the scoop on the Rainforest Cafe Orlando’s summer photo contest. Good luck!

Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Step-by-Step Guide

Let us help you gear up for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend being held September 30 – October 1, 2011! Whether you are racing in the 5K or the half marathon, or cheering on a participant, this weekend will also offer time to dine on international foods at the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Be sure to check out our Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend pages for all the info you need!

Calendar of Events

Friday, September 30

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Expo
Jostens Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Expo is a two-day event filled with fun, fitness and food! This is where runners will register for the weekend events, pick up numbers and goody bags, and attend any seminars or events having to do with the races.

Pre-Race: Race waiver forms are ready to be downloaded and printed. Fill out the waiver and bring it with you to the Expo so you can receive your race number. Go ahead and take care of it out now! Pack the waiver with your other race essentials. Download here.

Now is a good time to review your Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, Family 5K, and Disney Kids’ Final Race Instructions. Unable to attend Packet Pick-Up? See Absentee instructions.

Will you wear a costume? Costumes are permitted in the Half Marathon. No face masks and costumes must not “be questionable or offensive” to others.

Transportation: Buses from Host Resorts will leave every 20 minutes. Look for runDisney logo in the front window of bus. Buses will run from one half hour prior to Expo opening until one half hour after Expo closing.

Step 1: Pick up your race packet at the HP Field House, then proceed to the Jostens Center for your t-shirt and goody bag.

Note: Your race packet should contain Half Marathon Bib Number with B-tag attached, Bag Check Sticker, Finish Line Party Guide, Finish Line Party Wristband, $10 Disney Gift Card, Pre-purchased commemorative pin if applicable.

Step 2: Pick up pre-purchased items. You will need to show your ID to pick up your items including commemorative Ears.

Step 3: Purchase any tickets needed for [Read more…]

2011 Wine and Dine Half-Marathon Finish Line Party Tickets on Sale Now

The 2011 Wine and Dine Half-Marathon Finish Line Party is a celebratory event following the Wine and Dine Half-Marathon and Half-Marathon Relay on October 1, 2011, in Disney World. For those who have a friend or family member running the race, tickets for the after-party are now available for purchase!

Specs and Pricing:
* $59 by August 31, 2011
* $69 between September 1 and September 24, 2011
* $79 between September 25 and October 1, 2011

Tickets ordered after August 31, 2011 will not receive the commemorative ticket and must be picked up at a will-call location on site before the event. Purchase here.

The Craziness That Was Last Year's After-Party

The Party’s Gonna Be Better This Year, We Promise!
Here’s the language I received about the party after registering for the race this year:

The post-race party will be expanded in 2011 to include a variety of Epcot® attractions and many more food and beverage locations. In addition, the half marathon finish line will be moved to just outside the main entrance to Epcot®. Our intent is to provide more space for the finish itself, a larger spectator viewing area, and a greatly expanded baggage claim operation. The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon finish area will be [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 24, 2011

Wilderness Lodge Carrot Cake Cupcake

Hi all!! Happy Easter to all who celebrate it! :-) We’ve got a TON of news this week, so let’s get started.

First of all, the 2011 WDW Foodie Fest, our Disney Food Blog meet-up, has been announced! The main event will be on October 2nd in Disney World, and we’ll be having several events throughout the week as well! Find out more about the WDW Foodie Fest here.

Latest Disney Food News

Recent Reviews of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining

And of course we have to highlight the great folks who are giving us a review of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining — our new e-Book! Do you have your copy?

Imaginerding, the last word in Disney books of any kind, highlights the reasons the book should be added to your WDW planning library. Read his review here.

Travel Hyper recommends the book for guests with dietary concerns and International travelers looking for information on gratuities. It is also noted that the book is even helpful to seasoned WDW visitors. Read her review here.

Now, On to the Round-Up!

A Wedding Cake Blog shows us an elegant Disney wedding cake!

DisneyContemporary.com polls Facebook fans for Contemporary Resort restaurant favorites — past and present!

Main Street Gazette goes nutty with a favorite salty/sweet snack at WDW.

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups reminisces about Epcot’s Kitchen Kabaret Revue.

Studios Central has some tips for your next Character Meal!

All Ears’ Searching Disney With Steve highlights a hidden Mickey in Disneyland’s Rancho del Zocalo!

Disney Parks Blog tells us what munchies can be found at Disneyland’s hotel lounges.