Disney Springs is all about a great atmosphere, good food, and PARTY TIME!
UPDATE: Due to Coronavirus concerns, Jaleo has decided to reschedule this event for the fall so we will be delaying the giveaway until a later time. We will update you as soon as we know more information. All guests who already purchased tickets are being notified.
And to celebrate their 1-year anniversary, these New Kids on the Block are celebrating the best way they know how — by throwing a Paella Block Party!
UPDATE: Due to Coronavirus concerns, Jaleo has decided to reschedule this event for the fall. We will update you as soon as we know more information. All guests who already purchased tickets are being notified.
Saturday, March 21st will bring a Paella Block Party to Disney Springs!
What’s the occasion? Jaleo by Chef José Andrés is “taking over the sidewalk on Disney Spring’s West Side” and opening up the restaurant to celebrate the signature spot’s one-year anniversary and very first Paella Block Party! [Read more…]
Hello again from Jaleo in Disney Springs!! We have found ourselves back for more tapas, paella, and sangria! They’re just so good we couldn’t resist.
Jaleo is a Spanish restaurant known for its authentic cuisine and cooking style. It’s brought to us by James Beard Award-Winning Chef José Andrés, and this is the fifth Jaleo location in the country. It’s also the largest!
Like I said, we enjoyed Jaleo on opening night, but with such a large menu, we were excited to finally go back and try new items!
opened just a few weeks ago, and the Spanish-inspired menu has everybody excited! Tapas? Paella? Sangria? Please, yes! But several of our readers have been wondering how the Disney Dining Plan will work at a restaurant known for its small plates. DFB has the details!
Here’s EVERYTHING you need to know about DDP at Jaleo!
First, Jaleo requires two Disney Dining Plan table credits on both the basic and the deluxe plans. [Read more…]
We are excited to be back at Jaleo by Chef José Andrés in Disney Springs!
This new signature restaurant showcasing Chef Andrés’ traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine began its soft-opening phase last Sunday. (You can check out our first review — including a full tour of the restaurant — by clicking here!) [Read more…]
Bienvenido to Jaleo by Chef José Andrés!
Newly open in Disney Springs, this is the fifth Jaleo location in the U.S. (the restaurant has its origins in Washington, D.C. where it opened in 1993). So Jaleo already comes accompanied with a well-earned reputation for showcasing the authentic Spanish cuisine of Chef Andrés through a variety of shared plates along with paellas, sangria, Spanish cheeses and wines and much more.
But Chef Andrés is not only known for his cooking. Among other and numerous accolades and awards, he has been named both “Outstanding Chef” and “Humanitarian of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation and received the 2015 National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Chef Andrés was also nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for disaster relief work through World Central Kitchen, the non-profit organization he founded in 2010.
We have been looking forward to the opening of Jaleo in Disney Springs for some time now, and we are so excited to bring you along for our first visit!
The Disney Springs location presents the biggest Jaleo yet. [Read more…]
There is just never a dull moment when it comes to bringing you the latest 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival news. 😀
Today, we’ve learned that there have been major updates to three of the festival’s Marketplace Booth Menus.
If you’re not familiar with the way that the festival works, the Marketplace Booths are the small kiosks that serve the special food and drink items throughout Epcot during the festival.
For many folks, these booths ARE the festival — and in 2017, you’ll be able to make stops at 35 booths total, to mark the 35th anniversary of Epcot.
So, what’s changing? Let’s take a closer look. And then check out some new FOOD PHOTOS that we’re also sharing!
One of the festival’s most popular booths, Mexico has rolled out an entirely updated beverage menu.
Previously, they had planned to serve the following: [Read more…]
Welp, boys and girls — it’s time to head into Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and take in lunch at Crystal Palace! This is a beloved character spot for many Disney fans, and a must-do character experience for lots of you.
Me? I hadn’t been to Crystal Palace in foreva…not since an ill-fated late-night visit a couple of years ago when the food was AW-FUL! Yep, it was the end-of-the-night dregs of the buffet and we were pretty much just grossed out. (Have you ever seen a buffet about 15 minutes before a restaurant is about to close? Not pretty.) We ate very little and left as soon as we could. Sad, since we do love dining with Pooh and friends.
But it was time to revisit the 100 Hundred Acre Wood — after all, we’d had lots of great meals here previously — and I made reservations with some friends for lunch.
We have tons of shots to show you, so let’s get started!
You’ll find Crystal Palace to the left of Main Street USA’s end, just as you approach Cinderella Castle. The beautiful glass building, inspired by ornate conservatories of the late Victorian Age, is a slice of Disney history as well. The restaurant has been around since opening day in 1971.
And here’s a tip if you’re looking for an extra-special experience during your Disney vacation: try and book Crystal Palace for an early breakfast. You’ll be one of the first guests into the Park when you do this, and visiting a nearly empty Magic Kingdom is an event to remember.
Once you step inside, you’ll see whitewashed walls that carry the bright, light decor throughout. Artwork depicting inspiration for the architecture as well as photos of lush palms cover the walls.
The soaring atrium above is gorgeous — especially on a sunny day!
After you check in, you’ll wait for your table outside on the shaded veranda. But once you step in, pause a moment to take it all in.
Tons of windows and glass domes allow for plenty of natural light in the two dining areas.
And really — look up. Because the windows are really stunning. I love the beautiful stained glass detail.
The decor puts you in mind of a Victorian conservatory, with its outside-but-inside feel. Lush flowers and what reminds me of patio furniture finish the area.
Crystal Palace is, of course, a character dining experience, and you’ve stumbled onto a party!
In fact, visit here, and you’ll take part in a Friendship Day Celebration with Winnie the Pooh and his friends.
Just check out these gorgeous flower topiaries of the whole gang!
The sweet little figures appear to be made of dried roses, and foreshadow the characters you’ll meet while you dine.
And beautiful hanging arrangements of tropical flowers complete the classic conservatory feel.
Seating is standard and fairly comfortable. Heavy, padded chairs share the space with booths, but some tables are situated a bit too closely for our comfort.
Seating along windows gives you a glimpse of guests waiting to be seated! But beyond them, you’ll also see a beautiful view of [Read more…]