#RocktheDots Discounts in Disney World and Disneyland on January 21st

We just love Minnie Mouse here at the DFB!

©Disney

©Disney

And we’re so excited that Sunday, January 21st – National Polk Dot Day – has been declared #RockTheDots day for a second year in a row — because it’s a day set aside to celebrate all things Minnie Mouse!

Minnie Mouse Cake Pop

Minnie Mouse Cake Pop

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Lunch AND Dinner Review: The Edison in Disney Springs

IT’S TIME to step inside… THE EDISON.

Officially announced in May of 2015 (and rumored long before that), The Edison’s Disney Springs debut has been a long time coming. Of all the dining additions that have come to Disney World’s shopping, dining and entertainment district since the beginning of the enormous expansion of the area formerly known as Downtown Disney, The Edison was — from the start — one of the most highly anticipated of the new offerings. (Originally slated to open in 2016, it has also been one of the most long delayed.)

After all, with the passing of Pleasure Island, options for adult nightlife in Disney Springs have been pretty much non-existent, even with all the terrific new places to dine. But the announcement of The Edison — inspired by its sister location in Los Angeles and a collaboration between Patina Restaurant Group and Kinetescape’s Andrew Meieran — brought the promise of a space geared towards adults, offering classic American food, craft cocktails, and live late night entertainment including cabaret, music, and palm reading in a lavish, “Industrial Gothic” setting.

And, what, exactly, does that mean? Well, we showed you much of that in our First Look at The Edison.

The Edison

The Edison

But now that we’re back with our full review of both Lunch AND Dinner, it’s time to take a closer look…

Atmosphere

Approaching The Edison, you are entering a building that once served as a power plant providing electricity to Disney Springs during its earliest days as a growing town (according to the backstory).

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FULL Review!! Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar and Restaurant in Disney Springs

Looking for a little hideaway? Then Enzo’s your guy…

Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar and Restaurant is now officially open in Disney World’s Disney Springs, and we have a full review for you today.

Together with Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante and Pizza Ponte, Enzo’s Hideaway is the lounge option (which also offers full table service) within this trio of new Italian restaurants in Disney Springs. Like Maria & Enzo’s, the Hideaway is headed by Chef Theo Schoenegger. But the Tunnel Bar puts forth its own spin on Italian cuisine inspired by apertivo bars in Rome.

When you step inside Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar, you’re entering a speakeasy in what are said to have once been rum-running tunnels with the story also inspired by the true Florida history of rum-running. (Hence, the Prohibition-era cocktails you’ll spot on the menu.)

Between this and Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, it’s clear that Enzo is one busy guy.

Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar and Restaurant sign

Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar and Restaurant sign

Let’s see what he’s been up to.

Atmosphere

So, who exactly is Enzo? He is Maria’s husband, and together this immigrant couple from Italy ran a bakery in what was formerly the Air Terminal for Disney Springs. When the air terminal closed, they made a name for themselves in the town by opening up Pizza Ponte. [Read more…]

News: Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar and Restaurant Now Open in Disney Springs

It’s time to sneak underground into Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar and Restaurant in Disney Springs!

Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar and Restaurant

Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar and Restaurant

The final component of the newest trio of Italian eateries in Disney Springs — the other two being the already open Pizza Ponte and Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante — is now officially open to guests! We explored the space with our First Look last week. And last night we were there for the official opening!

We’ll be posting our review of Enzo’s VERY soon, with the full scoop on Appetizers

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News: Raglan Road Irish Pub Announces the Departure of Master Chef Kevin Dundon

Raglan Road Irish Pub has been a staple in Disney Springs since it opened in 2005, and from day one, Master Chef Kevin Dundon has been wowing guests with his eclectic Irish menu. So it’s definitely a sad day in Disney food news as we report that the Chef has left the building.

Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

Raglan Road in Disney Springs

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Review: The Dining Room at Paddlefish in Disney Springs

With so many new (and not-so-new, but still greatly loved) dining experiences in Disney Springs, it can be tough to decide where to make your precious Advance Dining Reservations.

So on a recent visit to Disney Springs, I checked out Paddlefish — this time in the dining room (as opposed to the top deck bar) to get an overview of some of the menu’s most popular items. And while most of it was good, some of it was great (and one item — spoiler alert! — was just bad).

Paddlefish is a brand new restaurant in an old, established building. You’ll recall that Fulton’s Crab House used to reside here, in the docked, multi-storied Empress Lily on Lake Buena Vista; and actually this spot has been a restaurant since 1977. When Paddlefish opened, guests were greeted with a combination of old and new. Neutral and trendy gray paint gave the restaurant a streamlined look, but some details of old remained, like brass railings and the fabulous sternwheel.

So what do you say? Shall we paddle in?

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

Atmosphere

The first floor bar at Paddlefish is a beautiful space, with its curved, recessed ceiling, wall of windows, and various seating arrangements. Definitely a comfortable place to grab a drink or two! [Read more…]

Where to Find Disney Dole Whip Without A Park Ticket!

You know it! You love it! You have to have it! It’s Dole Whip (affectionately called Pineapple Soft Serve a lot of the time), and it’s been a staple of Walt Disney World for years. Of course you know where you can find it in Adventureland at Aloha Isle (Disney World) and the Tiki Juice Bar (Disneyland) in the shadows of the Tiki Room (you can even bring your sweet treat inside to eat during the show!).

Dole Whip at Aloha Isle

Dole Whip at Aloha Isle

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First Look AND Review!! Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante Opening Soon in Disney Springs

We’d like to introduce you to two of our newest friends in Disney Springs: Maria & Enzo!

Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante is the table service component of a trio of brand new Italian eateries in Disney Springs, along with Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar (which will open soon) and the already open Pizza Ponte.

These three restaurants, run by the Patina Restaurant Group, are part of the complete complex of The Edison.  Though the three are bound together by location, atmosphere, and story, each presents its own take on Italian cuisine.

We were able to attend a Sneak Peek Media Event, which included a dedication for Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante.

Dedication of Maria & Enzo's Ristorante

Dedication of Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante

The Ristorante will be open to guests soon (a full opening is anticipated by January 10th, though soft openings may precede). But just after the Media Event, the full menu was open for the evening. So today, we’re excited to bring you both a First Look AND a full review!

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First Look! THE EDISON in Disney Springs

All right, friends… we’re going in. Welcome to THE EDISON!

The Edison

The Edison

The new, highly anticipated spot is currently open to walk-up guests in Disney Springs. (If you’re hoping to visit on or after January 15th, you can make reservations via OpenTable now.) And while the location is meant to provide some long-awaited adult nightlife to Disney’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district, it will be open throughout the day (starting at 11:30 am) and family-friendly until 10:00 pm.

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News: Reservations for The Edison, Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, and Enzo’s Hideaway in Disney World Now on OpenTable

If you’ve been itching to get into The Edison, then you’ll be glad to know that reservations are now available on OpenTable.com for dates starting January 15th!

Screenshot of The Edison FLA website

Screenshot of The Edison FLA website

You can either visit The Edison website and link from there (as seen above), or visit OpenTable.com directly. In either case, reservations will be available daily starting at 11:30 am.

And remember when you are making your reservation that the spot will be family-friendly by day, but will be open only to guests 21 and over after 10:00 pm. Soft openings are currently taking place, but those will be open to walk-ups only when available.

But that’s not all… Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante — the Table Service component of the new trio of Italian eateries — is ALSO taking reservations via OpenTable.com for dates starting January 15th! [Read more…]