Updated: Wishes Dessert Party Coming Back March 28th? Rumors…

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UPDATE 3/24/10: Heard via reader email that a CM at Disney dining confirmed that the party would start up again on the 28th. (Note: We still consider it a rumor until Disney confirms via official channels.) Not sure if they’re booking yet, so keep on calling! :-)
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Hearing on the message boards this morning that the hugely popular Wishes Dessert Party might be on its way back to the Magic Kingdom as soon as March 28th. When I called Disney Dining to confirm, I was told that the event will be returning to the Magic Kingdom soon, but that booking details were not available for release and I should call back in a week.

My best guess? For those of you headed to WDW in the next few weeks or months who want to book the Dessert Party, start calling every morning to see what you can find out.

Good luck!

In the meantime, check out our photos and info about the Wishes Dessert Party!

For more breaking Disney Food news, see our Disney Food News bulletin list.

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Hope for Wishes Dessert Party in Spring 2010

Our Plate of Goodies at the Wishes Dessert PartyWDW Magic is reporting that while the Wishes Dessert Party at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has ended its run, there’s hope that it will return in the Spring of this year.

To read more about the Wishes Dessert Party and to see photos and prices, see our other Wishes Dessert Party blog posts.

WDW Moms Panel: Good Eats When Going Solo at Disney

Earlier this week, we had a guest post giving some tips and tricks on dining solo in Disney World. Today, in our fifth post in the Walt Disney World Moms Panel mini-series, I asked the moms what they would eat in Disney World if they were blissfully alone for a whole day. Get ready for some delicious answers!

From Mom Anna S.

Without children in tow, I would start my day off at the Grand Floridian Café for some lobster eggs Benedict. This is about the most delicious and indulgent way to start your day at Walt Disney World! Although I will admit, my sweet tooth would be crying out for the stuffed croissant!

Kaki Gori from Epcot's Japan

Kaki Gori from Epcot's Japan

It’s off to EPCOT to explore the shops that my children usually are too bored to enjoy, and lunch at the best location on the planet for “fast” food – the Yakitori House. A Japanese Curry for lunch, followed by a Kaki Gori at the shaved ice stand, is a perfect balance of flavors and textures – sort of a fire and ice combo.

After an exhausting day shopping, I am off for my favorite meal anywhere on Walt Disney World property – the filet mignon and macaroni and cheese at Jiko. Arguably the best meal I’ve had anywhere, my mouth waters just thinking about the level to which the Jiko chefs have elevated this simple meal.

The day does not end until I swing back into the Magic Kingdom, where I’ll enjoy my dessert – the world famous Dole Whip with fresh pineapple spears on the side. Although, with no children tagging along, I’ll have a WHOLE Dole Whip to myself, and I may not have room for the sweet juicy pineapple!

From Mom Erin F.

I’m lucky enough to go on an annual solo vacation to Disney World; I’ve been three times so far, with the fourth trip coming up in January. My dream breakfast is beignets at Port Orleans Resort French Quarter — calories don’t count on vacation! Then it’d be anything hot and fried –- mini donuts at Blizzard Beach, fried dough, etc.

One thing I really enjoyed on my last solo trip was going to the Territory Lounge at Wilderness Lodge — I got a raspberry mojito and the flatbread from Artist Point.

My dream dinner? Jiko!

From Mom Jennifer W.

If left alone for one day at WDW the choices for incredible food would be endless. It’s funny to think that when I first started going to WDW I thought the only meals available were character meals! However, over the years I have learned that there is so much more!

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

But with that said, I honestly think I would start my day at one of my favorite breakfast spots … the Crystal Palace at the MK. It just does not get any better than biscuits and gravy, potatoes, eggs, and sausage, and of course if there is room, how can one resist the Mickey Mouse waffles?

I would then need to walk some distance before enjoying lunch! I think this would be eaten at the Cantina de San Angel in Mexico. Just a quick lunch where I would enjoy a wonderful taco salad and perhaps a tasty margarita as well. And no afternoon at WDW is complete without a Mickey Mouse ice cream. Frozen to perfection, I truly can say I love these.

Okay now dinner? Ohhhh that is so incredibly hard to choose! I think for this particular day I’m going for a fantastic meal at Jiko! On my last visit there, I was amazed by everything I tried. The seafood and steak dishes were by far my favorite. As I walked home completely full and satisfied I think I would call this a great day, but wait – on the way out of the park there are those darn Rice Krispy treats with chocolate on them! Oh well, everyone needs a midnight snack!

From Mom Jodi G.

I’d go with a light breakfast, and then have lunch at the Brown Derby. The grapefruit cake and the Cobb salad are my favorites.

For dinner, I’d just roam around the World Showcase eating the best from each country – crepes, funnel cakes, pretzels… etc.

From Mom Kara B.

After much thought, I decided the California Grill would be a great way to celebrate ME! I could spend as much time as I wanted leisurely enjoying an elegant multi-course meal with no little kids bugging me to eat fast so we can go back to the Magic Kingdom.

Goodies at the Wishes Dessert Party

Goodies at the Wishes Dessert Party

The views there are worth a million bucks, so I’d have to have a window seat so I could soak in all beauty of the Seven Seas Lagoon and its surroundings, especially the Magic Kingdom. And then there is the outdoor balcony areas, which before the fireworks are so wonderfully peaceful looking out at the entire WDW resort area; a true moment of zen to gather one’s thoughts and think of all the good in the world.

I also have to admit I was tempted to put down the Wishes Dessert Buffet, which I have yet to try. I think it would be a great way to socialize and meet people, indulge on sweets, and catch a premium seat to watch Wishes.

PS: I’d also love to have room service in Cinderella’s Castle Suite.

From Mom Joanne M.

Oooh, fun question. I would head to (or hopefully I’m already staying there) Stormalong Bay at the Beach and Yacht Club and start with a delicious cocktail at the poolside bar. Then I would head over to the Flying Fish on the Boardwalk. I have to be honest and tell you it’s not because it has my favourite dish, but because we had to cancel our August reservation because my daughter was sick. It’s long been on my list to try, and I would love to enjoy it at a relaxed pace.

From Mom Heather R.

Alone – I can’t even imagine it!

I’m not generally a big breakfast gal, so anywhere I could grab a decent cup of coffee an everything bagel with smoked salmon would make me happy. I used to say Starring Rolls in Hollywood Studios, but unfortunately the last time I was there the lox was no longer an option.

The Famous Flying Fish at Flying Fish Cafe

The Famous Flying Fish at Flying Fish Cafe

For lunch, a bowl of clam chowder at Columbia Harbor House always makes me happy.

Dinner is always my biggest meal of the day, and what a tough decision! I think I’ll go with the Flying Fish, a perrennial favorite. I’d start with the Chardonnay-steamed Maine Coast Blue Hill Bay Mussels. Although I’m not always a huge fennel fan, these are delicious. Strange as it sounds at a seafood restaurant, the Char Crusted New York Strip Steak there is fantastic and in my opinion, among ofthe best steaks to be had in Disney.

I don’t usually indulge in sweets, but if I were to make an exception, the beignets at Port Orleans are really yummy.

And a drink/treat? Definitely a Grey Goose Slush from Epcot.

Gosh, I just realized I’ve spent my whole hypothetical day running back and forth to different eateries! Now that really IS blissful!

From Mom Whitney P.

I’m always on a quest to try something new when I’m at Disney, rather than visiting old haunts, so I’d probably make a bee-line to the new Kouzzina, showplace of fellow Mississippian Cat Cora.

The Birth of a Dole Whip Float

The Birth of a Dole Whip Float

Even though I’m not much for eating table service alone (although some of my fellow Disney Panel Moms–and Dads–do), I’d have to make an exception for this restaurant. I love to make meals out of an array of appetizers, so I’d probably order her Kouzzina spreads of Chickpea Hummus, Kalamata Fig, and Harissa Yogurt along with the Spanakopita! (And that’s what I’m planning on doing when I go with my family in October!)

My favorite drink? Hands down Disney’s Pina Colava, a raspberry sauce-laced pina colada. It’s a given when I’m at Brown Derby, but I’ve also enjoyed it at Sanaa and Teppan Edo. It tends to be seasonal, but if it’s not on the menu, I’ll ask anyway!

And no visit to Magic Kingdom would be complete without a Dole Float, a favorite of mine and fellow Disney Mom Margaret.

From Mom Beth C.

I would go during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival and sample all of the treats from around the world. I did this last September and really enjoyed myself. I finally had the opportunity to eat at the Tangierine Café in Morocco. I had been wanting to try this restaurant for years but my schedule when touring with my family never worked out. This was the perfect opportunity to try this cafe. The food was delicious and fresh and eating it out side listening to the Moroccan music was a perfect way to enjoy a lunch alone.

From Mom Jo Y.

Well first I’d have to have a funnel cake, we don’t have them here in the UK so I have to have one every single trip. Just plain though, no strawberries or ice-cream.

Earl of Sandwich

Earl of Sandwich

Counter Service would have to be Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney; I would order The Full Montagu with beef, turkey, cheese and salad followed by a delicious cupcake.

Whilst in DTD I’d nip over to Goofy’s Candy Company to make my own rice crispy treat. I would cover it in milk chocolate, rolled in choc chips and drizzled in caramel.

Dinner would be at Narcoossee’s, where I’d dine on filet mignon with potato gratin followed by key lime crème brulee. If I still had room after that I’d visit the Magic Kingdom for a pineapple Dole Whip float from Aloha Isle, and then waddle back to my resort!

From Mom Kim L.

I would begin with breakfast at Boma. I’d request a cozy table near the window. Afterwards, I would walk around the resort.

For a mid-day treat, I am heading to the Grand Floridan for afternoon tea in the Garden View Lounge. I would choose strawberries and cream along with lemon pound cake. I highly recommend the Princess Breakfast tea.

My evening would end with a delightful meal at The Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge. Dim lighting and delectable food provide a perfect way to wind down.

From Mom Kay B.

If traveling alone I would definitely choose spots that not only have great food but also good entertainment. Top spots that I would head to include 50’s Primetime Cafe in Hollywood Studios, where I would not be able to pass up their pot roast, milk shakes, and s’mores for dessert!

Teppan Edo's Sake-Rita

Teppan Edo's Sake-Rita

There are two EPCOT restaurants I would head to and those are the German Biergarten, where I can get my schnitzel and spaetzle, and of course good beer, while watching the show.

Teppan Edo is my other choice for this park since you can watch dinner being prepared right in front of you. I love all the food, chicken, and steaks and seafood, so anything goes here, but it must be accompanied by one of their specialty “umbrella” drinks to make it complete!

In the Magic Kingdom I would head to Casey’s Corner and enjoy a good dog and fries while watching the people on Main Street and listening to the piano player……all the time hoping the ducks won’t take a nibble out of my leg. :)

Absolute snack musts are a bag of popcorn and a hunk of peanut butter fudge from any of the Disney fudge spots!

From Mom Amber V.

If I had a day at Disney World all alone to enjoy my favorites, I would start with Tonga Toast for breakfast at the Kona Cafe. I would be sure to get all of my favorite snacks — dole whip float, popcorn, and Mickey Bars at some point throughout the day.

My choice for lunch would be something quick like a hot dog at Casey’s or a BLT salad from Columbia Harbor House, because I would want to save room for a fabulous dinner at my absolute favorite restaurant — Jiko. Barbecue chicken flatbread, filet mignon with macaroni and cheese, and the pistachio creme brulee is my idea of the perfect meal to end a fabulous day at Disney!

From Dad Doug I.

I do this often, as work travel and book research trips leave me solo in Orlando.

Nothin' like a little popcorn on a Solo Disney Day

Nothin' like a little popcorn on a Solo Disney Day

Typically I seek out whatever is new, but while I love many of the character meals and some of the ones that involve a show (like 50’s Prime Time or Whispering Canyon Cafe), many are ones where going solo just makes me feel a bit out of place. So some of my favorite solo dining places that I like to frequent include:

Breakfast: Kona Cafe at the Polynesian (Strictly for the Tonga Toast!)
Lunch: Flame Tree BBQ or Tangierine Cafe
Dinner: California Grill
Snack: Popcorn from the carts as you enter the Magic Kingdom. Walt would have wanted it that way!

Dirty Little Confession: While I like all that, I have to confess that I have dined, on more than one occasion, at “Snackapalooza!”. Don’t waste your time searching for it on a park map. I coined this phrase for those times where instead of going to a restaurant, I ‘surf’ the World Showcase promenade, getting a few different nibbles from the national pavilions. I love getting a bite here, a bite there, and sampling cuisines from around the globe!

From Mom Margaret F.

I have been fortunate enough to enjoy a few solo trips to Disney world, and while I was first worried that I would be lonely or look out of place, I quickly discovered how much I have still missed while rushing after my children on our family trips.

The Porch at Tony's Town Square

The Porch at Tony's Town Square

I love eating at Tony’s Town Square and sitting on the outside porch. In an odd way, with all the crowds passing by, it is remarkably peaceful to me.

While the food is delicious, it is such a great place to watch the excitement and joy of the guests as they first enter Magic Kingdom, or to listen to the recaps of their amazing day as they exit the park. Watching the kids (and mom and dad) jump in glee at the sight of Main Street and Cinderella Castle continues to remind me why I love Disney so much.

One of my favorite treats is to grab a Dole Whip Float and sit on a bench near the Castle hub and watch all of the guests stop for a picture by the Partners statute. As I enjoy the best treat on property, it makes me smile to see so many guests stop and admire Walt and Mickey hand in hand, and hopefully Walt knows how much joy he continues to bring to so many everyday.

Thanks again to all the “moms” who are participating in the interviews!

Don’t forget, if you’d like to share your “most magical Disney Dining moment,” send me an email! I’m collecting stories and will post them in the next post of “Chicken Soup for the Disney Foodie soul!”

More Wishes Dessert Party Photos!

6/2011 Update: The Wishes Dessert Party can be booked online here. There’s no telling how long the party will be available (it’s been extended far beyond its original trial period).

Goodies at the Wishes Dessert Party

Goodies at the Wishes Dessert Party

As you know, we were lucky enough to attend a Wishes Dessert Party while in Disney World a few weeks ago! It was a blast, and I highly recommend the experience to anyone who can snag a seat.

To be fair, there have been some negative reviews of the event. These included comments that the service felt rushed, they ran out of items quickly, and there was a long line to get into the actual seating area. I will add that there are several rows of assigned seating, and while we had a seat in the front row, I’m not sure I’d be as happy with the cost if we’d gotten a seat in the back.

During our party, we arrived late (therefore not having to deal with a line to get in), and found that desserts were replenished regularly. Perhaps Disney’s heard some of the complaints and made adjustments accordingly. For us, the show was wonderful, and the desserts were delicious.

Below, you can see photos of many of the desserts, along with labels of what they actually are.

For more information about the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party at the Magic Kingdom, which has now been extended through the end of the year, check our Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party info-post. Now on to the photos!

Banana Creme Tart

Banana Creme Tart

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Mango Shooter

Mango Shooter

Classic Cheesecake (delish!)

Classic Cheesecake (delish!)

Rice Krispy Treats

Rice Krispy Treats

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee

Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake

Brownies

Brownies

Raspberry Tart

Raspberry Tart

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

My crappy photo of Tinkerbell

My crappy photo of Tinkerbell

There you go!! Hope you enjoyed! ;-) For even more photos, check out our earlier post highlighting pics from our friend Zapperz at My Disney Mania. While ZapperZ’ Wishes Dessert Party Photos are much better than mine, I figured I’d toss mine up here, too! You can never have too many pics of dessert!

For more Wishes Dessert Party information:
Wishes Dessert Party Announced (includes details of the evening)
Wishes Dessert Party Photos!!
Wishes Dessert Party Extended Through October, 2009
Wishes Dessert Party Extended into January 2010
Wishes Dessert Party Confirmed Through End of May
Wishes Dessert Party Booking Through August 2010
Wishes Dessert Party Extended Through December 2010

Food Post Weekly Round-Up: September 19, 2009

Eat hereLOADS of food posts this week! Everyone must be as excited as I am about the Food and Wine Festival starting on Friday and writing subconcious food posts as a result!

Before we begin, the big Disney Food news this week includes the grand opening of Kouzzina, the Wishes Dessert Party extension through January 2, 2010, and the D23 Expo reveal of upcoming Magic Kingdom Fantasyland restaurants! Be sure to check out these stories if you haven’t already.

And now, here we go!

The LA Times reports a new food stop in Disneyland that will open September 25th, and serve turkey legs, chimichangas, and corn on the cob.

The Orlando Sentinel shares a fantastic grand opening Kouzzina photo gallery and restaurant review.

The Orange County Register reports the resignation of Michael Jordan, Master Sommelier and General Manager of Disneyland’s Napa Rose.

The Touring Plans Blog asks “Does Free Dining Always Save You Money?” and comes up with some intriguing results.

Disney Food Blog facebook fan Scott Dickison posted a photo and some info about the new shrimp platter dish at Columbia Harbor House in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The meal is $9.69, and comes with fries and coleslaw.

The WED Page remembers The Empress Lily Riverboat character meal, complete with great photos!

Main Street Gazette posts about one of my favorite meals in Disney World: Casey’s Corner hot dogs.

Save Pleasure Island speculates about some possible restaurants rumored to be headed for Downtown Disney.

My Disney Mania has a report from Club 33, direct from guest reporter Donald Duck!

Disney Every Day reminds us about Cast Member Day at the Food and Wine Festival — cast member or not, you can sample some of the Festival offerings a day in advance!

Thanks for the great food writing, everyone!

Magic Kingdom Wishes Dessert Party Extended into January 2010

Wishes Dessert Party Buffet

Wishes Dessert Party Buffet

Just confirmed a rumor with Disney Dining that the Wishes Dessert party has been extended through January 2, 2010!

You can see past posts on the Wishes Dessert Party here:

Wishes Dessert Party Announced (includes details of the evening)
Wishes Dessert Party Photos!!
Wishes Dessert Party Extended Through October, 2009

I was told that in November and December, the party will only be held Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Not sure if I’d bet on that, though… . As always, you can book 90 days in advance.

Thanks to reader Psg42 for the tip!
Photo Credit: Zapperz @ MyDisneyMania.blogspot.com

Food Blog Weekly Round-Up: August 30th

Animal Kingdom eat hereI am loving this week’s links! Chef Mickey’s, Star Wars cakes, Magical Dining Month in Orlando — what could be better?

I’m obligated to remind you, however, of all of the exciting Disney food news that’s bubbled up this week: the Wishes Dessert Party dates have been extended (which we’ve all been hoping for!), La Cava del Tequila is open (hooray!), and discounts abound for the 2009 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

OK. Now that that’s out of the way… on to the Round-Up!

CakeWrecks posted some “sweet” (ha ha) Star Wars cakes: If you haven’t looked at CakeWrecks, you need to do so! The webmaster of this hilarious blog featuring real-world cakes gone wrong is also, lucky for us, a Disney fan!

DisneyDaddy reviews Chef Mickey’s: A tidy little run-down of one very hard-to-get dining reservation! Enjoy your Thanksgiving Dinner at Chef Mickey’s, Chuck!

The DisneyChick shares her experience making Strawberry Banana Bread from Wilderness Lodge’s Whispering Canyon Cafe: I love that DisneyChick includes plenty of photos in these recipe blogs; in this one, the batter looks good enough to eat all by itself!

Main St. Gazette reminds us of the history of Downtown Disney restaurants Portobello and Fulton’s: The “Disney Magic” history, that is…

Check out Orlando’s Magical Dining Month and Latin Food and Wine Festival: During September, Magical Dining Month in Orlando, you can enjoy meals at the city’s top restaurants for just $20-$30 ($1 of which will go the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children)! This is a great way to be charitable while eating at some amazing places. Also, don’t miss the debut of Orlando’s Latin Food and Wine Festival October 1-3! Stop by and check these out if you’re in the area (and if you’re a foodie, which you know you are!).

Zannaland reviews Sanaa at AKL Kidani Village: A great review — including Sanaa’s treatment of birthdays at the restaurant!

Disneyland announces that it will charge $.99 for tomatoes on burgers: “Tomatoes were often something that guests requested to be removed from their burgers,” says a Disneyland spokesperson. Hmm…

Stitch Kingdom show us the medal for Disney’s Taste for the Race: The race may be in its final year, but you can go out with a bang with this finisher’s medal around your neck!

Thanks, everyone, for the great food posts this week! I’m always looking for Weekly Round-up fodder; if you see a great food post while you’re out and about this week, drop me a line via facebook, twitter, or email. Thanks!

Wishes Dessert Party Extended Dates Through End of October!

Wishes Dessert Party Buffet

Wishes Dessert Party Buffet

9/18 Update: Wishes Dessert Party has been extended through January 2nd, 2010!

Just spoke with Disney Dining and had it confirmed that the Wishes Dessert Party has been extended through the end of October! Call WDW-DINE to book (it’s news to a lot of the booking agents, so just be persistent! I was on the phone with guest services supervisors for quite a while confirming this…).

Call soon! There are some dates in September that are already sold out!

FYI: 24-hour cancellation, cost for two adults was $46. Also, it looks like the party might not be offered on Sundays in September.

You can see past posts on the Wishes Dessert Party here:
Wishes Dessert Party Announced (includes details of the evening)
Wishes Dessert Party Photos!!

Photo Credit: Zapperz @ MyDisneyMania.blogspot.com

Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party Photos!

THANK YOU to Zapperz at My Disney Mania for allowing me to use his stunning Wishes Dessert Party photos from this weekend. Stop by his blog and see more of his photos from his trip (including a few from the Museum of Pintiquities)!

The Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party is currently running from June 23 through August 28. (9/18 Update: The Wishes Dessert Party has been extended through January 2nd, 2010!) It includes exclusive viewing for Wishes fireworks and a self-service dessert buffet. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

You can read more about the event on our previous Wishes Dessert Party blog post.

Tomorrowland Terrace--Location of the Dessert Party

Tomorrowland Terrace--Location of the Dessert Party

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Castle from Party Vantage Point

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SpectroMagic from Party Vantage Point

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Wishes from Party Vantage Point

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Wishes from the Party Vantage Point