Review: Fresh at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

I recently had the best panini I’ve ever tasted. Seriously. And it was at Fresh — a casual dining restaurant in the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort (within walking distance of two WDW theme parks!).

Featuring Mediterranean recipes reminiscent of Spain, Italy, France, Greece, and Morocco, Fresh offers simple, flavorful menu options. We chatted in a previous post about the fun new drink offerings that Fresh has dreamed up, and the buffet breakfast has something for everyone.

The a la carte offerings at breakfast and lunch also offer some great choices. Another perk: an unlimited dessert buffet is available to all who order a salad or sandwich from the lunch menu!

On my recent visit, I started with [Read more…]

2011 Disney Dining Plan Changes

It’s a new year, and we wanted to walk you through the ins and outs of what’s changed and what’s stayed the same when it comes to the Disney’s Dining Plan (DDP) in 2011! Fans and critics of the DDP will notice only a few changes this year:

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Standard Disney Dining Plan

  • The standard DDP was $41.99 per adult per night and has been bumped to $45.99 for the value and regular seasons. The rates for kids ages 3-9 remained the same at $11.99 per night.
  • Peak season 2011 rates will apply February 17-26, March 11-April 30, June 3-August 13 and December 21-31. Adult rates rose from $46.99 per night to $47.99. The nightly rate for children age 3-9 remained the same at $12.99 per night.
  • For Quick-Service, Table-Service and Private In-room meals, the option to order juice at breakfast in addition to a non-alcoholic beverage was deleted. Perhaps guests were [Read more…]

Disney World’s Toontown Fair — A Foodie Farewell

As you know, Mickey’s Toontown Fair will close Friday, February 11, 2011, to make way for the new, expanded Fantasyland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

As a farewell to a land many of us grew up with (and watched our kids grow up with), Erin Foster suggested we gather a few of our favorite photos and brightly-colored, cartoon memories of Toontown, food blog style.

Mickey and Minnie’s Houses
It looks like food played a big part in the ‘Toon’s lives. Mickey’s and Minnie’s country houses in Toontown both featured very busy kitchens! Minnie was always cooking up yummy sweets and giving us recipes for her favorite cookies; and Mickey — in the midst of a remodeling contest — had a some bigger [Read more…]

Valentine’s Day Menu at Orlando’s La Luce by Donna Scala

Woo!! As you know, Mr. Wolfe and I absolutely love, love, love this restaurant — take a look around via my La Luce review… .

It’s located right in the middle of Disney World property (at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort) and offers (in our humble opinion) the best Italian meal around. So I was pretty excited to find out that La Luce by Donna Scala will offer a yummo specialty menu from [Read more…]

Review: Disney’s Soda Fountain & Studio Store in Hollywood

Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers has an awesome review of a Disney food location that many of us haven’t seen…

When most people hear the word Disney, they don’t think of Hollywood.  However, located right across the street from Grauman’s (aka Mann’s) Chinese Theatre, there is a very fun place that many Disney fans may have not had a chance to visit.

Disney’s Soda Fountain & Studio Store is conveniently connected to [Read more…]

New Menu at Disneyland’s Village Haus

Disneyland’s Village Haus has some delicious-looking new menu items! Thanks to Jobber99 (aka Jon Chua) and he and his wife’s trusty flickr photo streams, we have some pics! Thanks again, guys!

The new menu includes…

Angus ⅓ lb. Pastrami Cheeseburger
Angus chuck burger, pastrami, pickles, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, lettuce and a creamy horseradish sauce

Angus Pastrami Burger

Chicken Sausage
Topped with sauerkraut served in [Read more…]

A Vegetarian in Disney: Oscar’s Potatoes Recipe

Disney World Moms Panelist Kathie F. brought us some great insights into dining vegetarian in Disney World, and today she’s walking us through a favorite vegetarian recipe from Carnation Cafe in Disneyland! Stay tuned to see more tips, tricks, and recipes from Kathie about going Vegetarian in Disney!

Oscar's Choice: The Cafe Scramble

Being a Disney geek, I naturally follow the official Disney Parks Blog. Imagine my delight when one of this past week’s posts combined some of my favorite things: Disney & Food. And, not just anything to do with food, but a vegetarian recipe that I could make at home to give me a little “Disney Fix” in the middle of a cold and snowy winter!

The post I’m referring to was for “Oscar’s Potatoes” by a favorite Disney foodie of mine: [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland February and March 2011 Events

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Black Tie Blue Jeans Special Event

Date and Time: Saturday March 5, 2011, 6:45 – 9:00pm
Location: MAGIC KINGDOM® Park, Diamond Horseshoe Saloon
Cost: $110 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

Come mix and mingle with a mixture of formal and care-free! Just what is the “Black Tie Blue Jeans Special Event?” It’s fun and [Read more…]

More Disney Food Merchandise

Clearly Disney food is not only a popular topic with park guests, but also with the folks at the Disney Merchandise Department.

Magnets depicting some of our favorite Disney foods, including Mickey-shaped rice krispie treats and Mickey bars

Magnets depicting Disney food

And pins! I love how some of these come in [Read more…]

Review: Cinderella’s Royal Table Breakfast

Lords and Ladies of the Kingdom, we welcome you to…Cinderella Castle!!!

Admittedly, I couldn’t wait to go back to the castle — in the middle of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom — to dine. I’d never had breakfast here (not since I was a small fry, at least), and I was downright giddy! I don’t care how old you are, it’s just plain rad to go inside the castle where nobody else (unless they have a reservation, too, of course) gets to go. Seriously. Rad.

So I made the reservation the minute our 180-day Advanced Dining Reservation Window opened up (yep — this is one of the toughest reservations to get, so book early), gave them my credit card number (need to lock this one in with a card number — call in advance to cancel, or you’ll be charged), and started counting down the days…

Atmosphere

There are several magical things that happen when you book an early breakfast reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table:

  1. You get into the Magic Kingdom early. That’s right. Book your reservation for 8:00am on a day when the park doesn’t open until 9 and you get the wonderful experience of entering the park before anybody else and walking down an empty Main Street USA. You feel like a VIP. THEN, when you’re finished with your meal, you’ve already bypassed the huge crowds that gather at the entrance turnstyles at opening time, and you get first crack at Fantasyland. Very cool trick.
  2. You get to explore the castle and its [Read more…]