In addition to news about Disney World and Disneyland, we also heard about a Tangled-themed attraction in Disneyland Paris, a Space Mountain transformation in Tokyo Disneyland, and even a new Frozen expansion in Hong Kong Disneyland. And now we’re here with big Disney Cruise Line news for Aussies and Kiwis!
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Three new Adventures by Disney destinations have been announced for 2021, in addition to modifications to current destinations. Disney has also announced the dates for advance booking for 2021 itineraries!
It’s COMING SOON…
I’m talking about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Kicking off on August 31st, the longer-than-ever Festival will run all the way through November 13th!
So I guess with more Booths AND more days than ever, the Food and Wine Festival crew needed some extra time to prepare. Because we are ALREADY seeing the Festival Marketplace Booths popping up all over World Showcase!
So you see, I’m not the only one telling you it’s COMING SOON…
That’s actually the only current designation on the signage posted on top of the standing booths. But after years and years of attending the Food and Wine Festival, I’ve gotten to know these buildings pretty darn well! So, it’s now no trouble spotting the Ireland Marketplace Booth. (SUPER excited about the Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread here! It’s SOOOO GOOD.)
Um…how cool are these Darth Vader s’mores?! I know I just posted about the Darth candy mold (and other super fun Star Wars and Marvel gift ideas) on Friday, but I couldn’t help showing it off again!
So, in Disney Food News this week we were pleasantly surprised to discover updates to Walt Disney World’s standard bar menu found at the watering holes and restaurants throughout the parks and resorts.
We’ve also got my personal review of the new Frozen Beer in Epcot’s Japan pavilion. But there’s more to Disney than drinks… check it out!
Disney Food News
Disney World has new adult beverages, plus seasonal treats!
- Make Darth Vader S’mores with these awesome Darth Vader helmet ice cube and candy molds! You can also make R2D2 s’mores!
- Shrunken Zombie Head Mugs now available at Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel!
- Disney World’s Polynesian Resort will introduce a new menu at the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show for a limited time.
- Disney’s standard bar and lounge menu has been updated to include some fancy new drinks, and some classic concoctions as well!
- Frozen beer has debuted in Epcot’s Japan pavilion.
- Seasonal Funnel Cake Flavors are available Disney World’s Epcot in the American Adventure Pavilion!
We’ve got additional food news (including a souvenir stein at Sleepy Hollow, new name for Fresh A-Peel in Downtown Disney, new Le Cellier dessert item, new menu item at Sci-Fi, restaurant closure updates, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!
DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2012 Review!
The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2012 is our comprehensive, 300-page e-book packed with Disney Dining tips for your next vacation. Wondering if the book will help with your upcoming trip? Check out our latest review!
We’d like to thank Richard Bernato at WDW Radio for the glowing review:
I bet that no one, in or out of Walt Disney World has researched and constructed such a study as her Guide to Walt Disney World Dining.
There is virtually no aspect about Disney Dining, planning for it, paying for it, and oh by the way enjoying it, that you will be unable to find in the guide. And having the book for its advice and information will certainly be a major contributor to you and your family’s very happy and satisfying vacation.
DFB Food Finds
If you find a fun new food in or from Disney, share a photo with us so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds!
This week, our colleagues at Disney Hipsters shared this spooky pic of a skeleton brownie at The Mara in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge! I haven’t seen this one anywhere else!
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates
The 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is still going strong, and we’re updating our coverage daily with World Showcase booth and special event reviews, new photos, and other Festival updates!
Here’s some of the latest…
- A review of the Tequila Pairing Lunch in Mexico’s La Hacienda de San Angel.
- Food pictures and reviews of the New Zealand and Italy marketplace booths.
Find all of the latest Epcot Food and Wine Festival News and Reviews here,
and stay tuned for our take on several seminars and events around the festival.
On to the Round-Up
Daveland takes a look at vintage photos of coffee locations in Disneyland before there was Starbucks.
Disney History Institute visits backstage at the vintage Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland.
AKL Resort orders room service at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Main Street Gazette re-visits the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival with an at-home recipe for Frozen Jim Beam Red Stag Lemonade.
Eating (and Drinking) Around the World visits the 2012 Food & Wine Classic at the WDW Swan and Dolphin.
Disney Parks Blog takes us on a behind the scenes look at the Haunted Mansion’s gingerbread house in Disneyland.
With the debut of new menus at some of our favorite Disney restaurants, the start of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and even more details about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, the news has been filled with yummy eats and treats!
Leave us a comment below with your thoughts on the latest news!
Disney Food News
Alrighty! Let’s dig into these new menus and updates, shall we??
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort features a new menu at Beaches and Cream!
- Whispering Canyon Cafe also has menu changes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
- Argentina, Ireland, and New Zealand seem to have NEW or updated construction in their Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths this year! Don’t forget to check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Index for all the latest news!
- Check out the Map for the 2012 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and learn about options for special diet treat exchange!
- Grand Floridian chefs have introduced new menu items at the Beach Pool Bar in Walt Disney World!
We’ve got more food news (including restaurant closure updates, Chase Lounge for Disney Visa cardholders at Food and Wine Festival, Disneyland and Disney World serving Frank & Weenies and Franken-Fusion Lemonade, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!
Disney Food Blog “Focus on Epcot” Sale!
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In addition, we are offering a discount on the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — use code COUNTDOWN to get $3 off this week! Time to get planning if you’re headed to the Festival!
Wondering if the books are any good? Check out our latest reviews!
We’d like to thank Adventures By Daddy for the glowing review – “Like the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival itself, AJ Wolfe’s e-book is comprehensive, but presented in an easy, “digestible” way. The e-book has a gorgeous compendium of photos, and is a great way to experience and relive the festival once you return.”
In addition, we appreciate the positive review given by Running At Disney. “Last year I got the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book and it was a life saver! The book features a full, daily schedule of events for each day of the 46-day festival. This level of detail, organized by day, can’t be found anywhere else online or in print.”
On to the Round-Up
Walt Disney World for Grown Ups
looks at the benefits of a Tables in Wonderland membership for restaurant savings.
AKL Resort has information about Sundown Mingles for Disney Vacation Club members at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Daveland shows us Walt’s apartment including his mini-kitchenette.
Main Street Gazette shows us the vintage concept for the never-built Scandinavia pavilion in Epcot which would have included a smorgasbord restaurant and sidewalk bakery.
Eating and Drinking Around the World finds a Perry the Platypus sugar cookie pop in Epcot!
The Walt Disney World Restaurant Tour visits the 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood studios.
Disney Parks Blog celebrates Oktoberfest at the Biergarten with an interview with the Epcot musicians.
Ladies and Gents, my next round-up will be coming to you from Walt Disney World! Very exciting, but right now, let’s talk about the great — and not-so-great — Disney food news from this week:
- A price increase is anticipated on Disney World buffets starting October 3rd.
- La Hacienda de San Angel is open for walk-up guests, as is La Cantina de San Angel. See a report from the Grand Opening this week, and check out the La Hacienda de San Angel menu and La Cantina de San Angel menu. Reservations are being taken for dates after October 15th.
- Disney has made it easier to make dining reservations on your smartphone!
- Disney Online is teaming up Cat Cora and the Muppets for some online shows about food and recipes!
Also, we got word from DFB reader Lori Kiehl that ‘Ohana might be closed during breakfast from 17-20 of January. No official word on that, but FYI.
And now, on to the round-up!
Studios Central shows a detailed look at where you can find elements of Star Tours in Disney Hollywood Studios’ Sci-Fi Dine-In.
Main St Gazette reviews the Zebra Cupcake in Animal Kingdom (agreed that the cake was the best part on this one, Ryan!)
OC Register reports as Disney California Adventure says goodbye Pizza Oom Mow Mow and hello Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta.
Disney Geek shows off the new Halloween popcorn bucket for the Disney parks!
etckt reviews Via Napoli!
WDW Magic reports that Bongos Cuban Cafe has been added to the Disney Dining Reservations System.
The Givens Chronicles is counting down to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival by making recipes from the 2009 festival! Here’s her rendition of New Zealand’s Lamb Sliders!
Disney Dispatch is also counting down to the Festival with a look at Argentina.
WDW Info reports that Chef Mickey is no longer table-side at Chef Mickey’s in WDW’s Contemporary Resort. According to user reports, he’s up front taking pics now rather than visiting table-side.
Finally, I wanted to share with you a few other perspectives on the La Hacienda de San Angel opening in Epcot this past week. Scott Joseph, Orlando’s premier food critic, has a fantastic video from his experience at the Grand Opening:
And here are some write-ups from around the Disney-sphere about the Grand Opening event:
Zannaland (Margarita menu!!!), Disney Everyday, Scott Joseph Orlando, Theme Park Mom, Daily Disney from Orlando Sentinel, WDW Radio, Lauging Place, Inside the Magic, WDW News Today