Sneak Peek: 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

Just THREE WEEKS from now, the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be in full swing!! So you know what that means… you’ve gotta get geared up! And by the looks of things, there are going to be plenty of ways to do that, with over 75 commemorative items up for grabs throughout the Festival!

©Disney

©Disney

Let’s take a look at some of this year’s merchandise, starting with all sorts of purple-infused (and Kitchen Kabaret-inspired) FIGMENT gear! [Read more…]

New Video: 20 MORE Disney Snacks You Have to Try!

Hey Guys! Remember when we told you all about the 20 Disney Snacks that you HAVE to try? Well, today we’re back with 20 more in our latest DFB Video!

Fruit galore!

Nutella and Fruit Waffle

 

Ah. Disney Snacks. There are some crazy amazing ones to choose from! From sweet to savory, with a couple that are both, we can’t get enough.

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News: Disneyland Fantasmic Dining Package Cafe Orleans Booking Info

It’s big news over in Disneyland that the nighttime spectacular Fantasmic! is back!

Fantasmic at Disneyland

Fantasmic at Disneyland

We recently enjoyed the return of the show — along with dinner at River Belle Terrace — thanks to the Fantasmic Dining Package. However, River Belle Terrace will be undergoing a refurbishment starting in September. So with the Fantasmic Dining Packages in high demand, a different option will be on offer in its place: the Fantasmic Dining Package at Cafe Orleans! [Read more…]

News: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party Returning to Hollywood Studios

The Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Nighttime Spectacular is returning to Hollywood Studios in November for the holiday season!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

And along with this festive projection and fireworks show comes the return of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party, pairing a reserved viewing area with holiday-themed food and drink. Multiple food stations will offer holiday sweets and snacks such as warm cheese fondue with pretzel bread, warm pumpkin pie, and spiced-bread pudding with vanilla ice cream. A Liquid Nitro Station will feature chocolate mousse with a choice of toppings (salted caramel sauce among them). [Read more…]

Review: Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Nearly a year ago, Flying Fish reopened after a lengthy refurbishment closure. Disney Food Blog visited on the very first day that it reopened (here’s that review for reference).

While we gave full marks to the beautiful interior and excellent service, and we found some bright spots to celebrate on the revamped menu, we were frankly underwhelmed. The restaurant had abandoned long time cult favorites like their Potato Wrapped Snapper and the Char-crusted Certified Black Angus New York Strip Steak, purportedly in the name of those hot, buzzy themes of sustainability and seasonality. Fine.

But while everything was indeed fine, it was no longer special. It was no longer my favorite spot to get a last minute signature restaurant advance dining reservation and KNOW that it was going to be fabulous.

Well, we’re a year in now. And I was anxious to see what, if anything, had changed. Had they returned those amazing signature dishes to the menu? Was the menu completely different from a year ago, owing to the use of seasonal ingredients and sustainable seafood choices? Were they celebrating local?

Flying Fish Entrance

Flying Fish Entrance

Only one way to find out. Time to head in. [Read more…]

News: Mobile Order Arrives at Hollywood Studios with Backlot Express

Hollywood Studios is now offering Mobile Order!

This process, which debuted at Animal Kingdom’s Satu’li Canteen in May, gives guests the opportunity to to pre-order and pre-pay for meals at select Counter Service locations around Disney World via the My Disney Experience app. Once you arrive at the restaurant? You simply notify the restaurant of your arrival on the app and go straight to pick up your food! (You can learn about how the entire process works from start to finish here.)

The process has rolled out at Counter Service restaurants across Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot. And yesterday, the fourth and final park — Hollywood Studios — joined the lineup, starting with Backlot Express!

Backlot Express

Backlot Express

It’s anticipated that ABC Commissary and PizzeRizzo will appear on the Mobile Order list soon.

Also recently, another Epcot restaurant was added to the list: Liberty Inn. [Read more…]

Top Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

It’s nearly here: the Epcot Food and Wine Festival kicks off shortly and we are counting down the days!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Logo Disney

Before long, we’ll all be traipsing about Epcot, noshing on old favorites and new finds.

And with more marketplace booths joining the ranks every year, there is always something to be excited about.

But planning is key, especially as the festival continues to grow. And we’re here to help!

We’ve been around the festival block a time or two, ;-) so I’m happy to share with you some of Disney Food Blog’s Top Tips for making this the best Epcot Food and Wine Festival yet! Let’s dig in!

1. Know Before You Go

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival has become massive, both in terms of timeframe and offerings. Every year, it gets longer, and more booths are introduced. This pretty much guarantees that if you show up expecting to wing it, you’re gonna miss some stuff. So planning has gotta be your starting point.

Spend some time looking at the menus, and determine your must eat and must drink lists. Give special attention to this exercise if you have particular preferences or sensitivities as Disney labels items that are gluten free and vegetarian. (For all of this year’s gluten free offerings, check out our list of GF menu items here.)

Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée at Patagonia

Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée at Patagonia, a Gluten Free Option

Also, give some thought to where you might escape the heat for a bit. Craft Beers, located in The Odyssey, offers a nice respite from the sun. Besides, it’s a great place to grab a cold one. In World Showcase, duck into Mitsukoshi Department Store in Japan for a breather, or take in the Voices of Liberty for a break. [Read more…]

Review: Loaded Potato Puffs at The River Roost in Port Orleans Riverside Resort

Who’s up for a bit of pub grub at The River Roost?

I seriously love River Roost lounge. It’s located in one of my favorite Disney World Resorts: Port Orleans — Riverside. Better yet, it’s home to Yeeha Bob, an honest-to-goodness Disney World treasure. Bob Jackson is a recipient of the Walt Disney Legacy Award who shares his humor, fun, energy, and music with audiences at the River Roost four nights a week.

Oh! And I’ve enjoyed some pretty tasty food here, too. I loved the trio of Prime Rib Sliders that used to be on the menu here. But those were taken off the list some time back, and I’ve been looking for a River Roost replacement.

So if you, too, find yourself at Port Orleans in search of some Potables, Victuals…

Potables and Victuals

Potables and Victuals

… and/or Libations and Spirits, then join me at The River Roost! [Read more…]

New Video: Best Disney World Restaurants for the Whole Family!

It’s that time! We’re sharing another fun look at Disney food with our latest DFB Video, and today we’re talking about the Best Disney World Restaurants for the Whole Family!

The Pioneer Hall Players

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue Offers Fun and Fab Food for the Whole Fam!

Sure, there are times when you want a grown up experience, or something a little more well, um, quiet. But if you’re in the World with grandma, grandpa, and the kids, these are the perfect spots to entertain everyone. [Read more…]