is underway and with it has come a rush of notable news throughout Disney. And at Disney World especially this week, we’ve seen tons of big stories — including rumors of new restaurants, new meals, new menus, and even a Food and Wine Festival update!
The biggest news is that the new Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto “soft” opened at Disney Polynesian Village Resort yesterday. Crowds were off the charts (6 HOUR WAIT TO GET IN!), but we’re putting a First Look post together and will have pics for you tomorrow morning (including this awesome Nautilus drink, thanks to DFB reader Lori Hope Fries)! Yay!
But back to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, 2015 is a big year in the history of the event as we celebrate 20 years of Eating and Drinking Around the World.
We’ll bring you every detail and dish as the news unfolds, but in the meantime, this week, we have word of the very first acts lined up for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series!
We’ll get started today by taking a look at some of the week’s biggest stories.
Disney Food News
- Hollywood Studios Catering Company has received a menu refresh. See what’s new at this Counter Service stop!
- Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto in Disney World’s Polynesian Village Resort is just days away from opening!
- We have a FIRST LOOK at some of the musical acts who will perform during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
- Check out this fun Master Chef Contest sponsored by Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant and enter to win a trip to Ireland!
- Epcot’s Taste Track has debuted a line of Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, and we’re trying them all.
- Magic Kingdom just MAY be getting that new Adventureland restaurant we told you about a while back — and it’s looking like it may be themed after the Jungle Cruise attraction!
- We bring you our “Everything on the Menu” review of breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant!
Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including Restaurant Closure Updates, Special Events at Disney Restaurants, Seasonal Pop-Up Food Stands, and more!
We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go.
DFB Reader Finds
It’s a chilly day across much of the US today, but we’re dreaming of warmer temperatures. So today, we’re featuring Ice Cream Treats from around Magic Kingdom!
Let’s take a moment to enjoy some Hand-Dipped Ice Cream from the new landscape in the Magic Kingdom Castle Garden area, courtesy of reader Kristen Figuerado. That view makes it even more delish. 🙂
Reader Sheri Robb shows us that, not only is the Mickey Pants Kitchen Sink Sundae adorable — it’s plenty big enough to share!
Do you have a favorite Disney Food find? Share your photos with us!
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On to the Round-Up!
is celebrating March Madness, Disney Style, with limited collection March Magic Tees! Hurry — quantities are limited!
WDW For Grown Ups features a collection of The Best Things to Eat On Sticks at Walt Disney World!
Daveland has a look back at when Hills Brothers — not Starbucks — ruled the coffee offerings in Disney.
Main Street Gazette is out to satisfy your ice cream cravings with the Sand Pail Sundae at Typhoon Lagoon!
Imaginerding highlights a book about table manners from Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase. No Slurping, No Burping is a stylish and funny way to teach kiddos table manners!
Disney Parks Blog highlights the Food Network’s voyage aboard the Disney Dream — including a behind-the-scenes tour of the ship’s galleys.
WESH offers a look at beautiful Disney wedding cakes.