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  1. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up to take a closer look at another Disneyland Resort attraction! Over the last few months, we’ve observed artifacts from an archaeological dig site at Indiana Jones Adventure and western details at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This month we will take a stroll to the boardwalk for a closer look at Toy Story Midway Mania! Toy Story Midway Mania! opened in June 2008 and joined the California-themed boardwalk, which will soon be a part of the new Pixar Pier when it opens June 23, 2018. The Victorian architectural design of Toy Story Midway Mania! celebrates the heyday of the great seaside parks of the early 20th century, while bringing everyone’s favorite Pixar characters to Disney California Adventure Park. The adventure begins as guests pass through the portal and “shrink” into the toy world. You’ll notice details like the white baseboards along the floor grow from a few inches to nearly four feet high! In addition, the ceiling’s height gives you a toy’s eye view of the attraction. Even wall outlets are larger than life with strings of giant lights plugged into the sockets. Andy’s toys, games, books and drawings line the walls, occupying every nook and cranny throughout the attraction and creating a toy carnival. There are actually 29 different activities and toys you can identify from the “Toy Story” films—or maybe even your own childhood. Next time you visit, try to see how many you find! Some of the toys have opened carnival booths in between games. The “Hockey Puck’s Ice Cream” show set towards the end of the attraction refers to a line made famous by Don Rickles, the comedian who voices Mr. Potato Head. There are also certain targets and combinations of targets that, when hit, will trigger hidden surprises that visually affect the gamescape and encourage participants to thoroughly explore all the targets. While riding, be sure to keep an ear out for Rex who is a fan of games and knows a trick or two that will help you out. Toy Story Midway Mania! is open for you to enjoy while Imagineers prepare for the Pixar Pier opening on June 23, 2018. To learn more about this attraction and how Woody and friends came together to put on this game, check out Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Toy Story Midway Mania! View the full article
  2. Now that Splitsville Luxury Lanes is officially open at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort, let’s take a peek around the 40,000-square-foot space! The unique venue isn’t your typical restaurant and bowling alley. Instead, the lanes are interspersed throughout the two floors creating a unique perspective. There are multiple dining areas with fantastic views of Downtown Disney, as well as two craft cocktail bars, an outdoor patio and live music every night. Tour Splitsville in the video below: As you can see, Splitsville is a lively, comfortable venue for guests of all ages to enjoy. The mid-century design features modern furnishings, pop art-style murals and floor-to-ceiling windows. I can’t forget to mention the amazing food. Splitsville’s chefs have created a delicious menu, which includes sushi, rice bowls, burgers, pizza and more! Check out the space for yourself on your next visit to Downtown Disney! Make reservations today at disneyland.com. View the full article
  3. The Return to Sleepy Hollow Event, which made its debut last year, will make its way back to Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground this fall! Welcome to Fort Wilderness! The evening event features a group viewing of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” animated classic from 1949 right inside the Tri-Circle-D Ranch stables. You may even catch a glimpse of galloping ghosts and encounter the Headless Horseman himself! Tri-Circle-D Ranch Dates for the event are as follows, and take place at 8:00 and 10:00 PM: September 28-30 October 3-7, October 10-14, 17-21, 24-31 There are different booking levels for “Return to Sleepy Hollow.” General seating is $22 per person. Premium seating is $38 per person and includes a priority photo opportunity with the Headless Horseman and a Halloween treat bag. New this year, guests may add a Dessert Party. The Party takes place at 9:00 pm (so, after the viewing for 8:00 PM guests and before the viewing for 10:00 PM guests), and costs $60 per person. Booking for Return to Sleepy Hollow is now open, and space is very limited. Interested guests are encourage to book as soon as possible by calling (407) WDW-TOUR. Think it’s too early to start making your Disney World autumn or holiday plans? Think again! Dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party were just released this week! And this latest announcement for Return to Sleepy Hollow proves it’s time to turn your mind to Halloween and Christmas if you’re planning your Disney World trip for that time of year…. Ready or Not ! Don’t Miss Out on Any Disney World Fun This Holiday Season! The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2018 is a one-of-a-kind resource that will help you get the most out of your holiday vacation at Walt Disney World. Pre-order The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2018 and get the 2017 edition as a free, instant download! It includes over 400 pages of must-have information, including: A full What’s New!! chapter for the 2018 Holiday Season A full Monthly Schedule of Events for the Holiday Season How to avoid the crowds on Disney World’s busiest days (and when Disney World closes their parks due to capacity!) ALL of the events, activities, and holiday additions in Walt Disney World. ALL. OF. THEM. And of course we’ll tell you where to eat! ;-D Pre-order your 2018 Guide now and get 20% off with code PEPPERMINT! As always, our e-Books are 100% guaranteed! If you don’t love it, you get your money back! Would you like to attend the Return to Sleepy Hollow event? Please let us know with a comment! Disney Food Blog Fans, be sure to check out our DFB Disney World Dining Guide e-Books! Find great deals at DFBStore.com! Also, come on over and: Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Twitter Become a Facebook Fan Related posts: News! MICKEY WAFFLES Now Available at Magic Kingdom’s Sleepy Hollow Refreshments News: Baked Potato Now at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom Menu Update and Black Forest Waffle Review at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments View the full article
  4. All of Disney’s themed resort hotels take guests to faraway lands, moments in time and inside beloved stories. They’re truly extensions of the wondrous theme parks. Once you and your kids discover some of the specialty offerings like camping at Fort Wilderness or the pirate or princess-themed rooms, it’s like finding a buried treasure. These accommodations put you in the middle of the story where you can act out your inner princess, buccaneer and so much more! Mateys can set sail at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and slumber in a pirate ship bed, or get the fairytale treatment at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside storybook rooms where royalty rules. There’s also Disney’s Art of Animation Resort where storybook landscapes and icons from classics like “Finding Nemo,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King” come to life. And get ready for an out-of-this-world experience when the new Star Wars-inspired resort opens — escalating the immersion like never before. So let’s take a look at how Disney can put you inside the magic of its resort hotels. View the full article
  5. Well, it’s just one Instagram-able cupcake after the other coming out of Main Street Bakery these days, isn’t it? Learn About: Main Street Bakery Magic Kingdom Disney World Restaurants I’m about to introduce you to the new Flower Crown Cupcake!! This trendy cupcake has taken the spot of the Rose Gold Minnie Ears Cupcake in the Main Street Bakery case. Don’t worry, though — if you need a Rose Gold Cupcake to match your Rose Gold Minnie Ears or Rose Gold Spirit Jersey, you can still find one at Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons and a few of the Disney resort hotels — at least for the time-being. We saw it safe inside the bakery case in Epcot this very morning! Anyway, just like the Rose Gold Ears Cupcake, you can also find Minnie Ears in the parks to go with this one for some match-y photo ops ! Here are the Flower Crown Minnie Ears… Flower Crown Minnie Ears And here is the Flower Crown Cupcake! Flower Crown Cupcake So, sure… with the buttercream icing flower crown, we know it’s cute. But how does it taste? Flower Crown Cupcake sign The Flower Crown Cupcake is a vanilla cupcake topped with buttercream icing. Flower Crown Cupcake But going one step beyond vanilla, the cake is filled with a raspberry buttercream in addition. Flower Crown Cupcake And those ears? Rather than fondant or white chocolate, they’ve changed things up with hard candied sugar — like two nearly transparent pieces of rock candy. Flower Crown Cupcake These offer a fun variety to the textures here! Only be careful — they are almost like jawbreaker-level hard, so treat these as you would a lollipop and don’t bite directly down. Hard Candy Ear Though the vanilla flavor is predominant, the raspberry buttercream inside gives the whole thing a hint of brightness — even a spring-like fruity flavor in keeping with the season. Or maybe it’s just the flower crown putting us in that frame of mind… Flower Crown Cupcake So, it looks like the Main Street Bakery is keeping up with the trends as much as the makers of the Minnie Ears! Let us know of any fun finds you may spy in the bakery cases these days! Don’t Miss Out on the ALL the Best Snacks Walt Disney World Has to Offer! Get four awesome e-Books FULL of Disney park dining advice, bundled for 30% off the already discounted price! Yep, we’ve scoured the parks to find any and all snack choices — from the mundane to the spectacular — and we tell you all about them (with full-color pictures!) in our snack guides! These are updated every year, so you know your guide will be perfect for your upcoming trip, and they’re bundled with our DFB Guide to WDW Dining! This money-saving bundle includes all of the following: The 2018 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining The DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks The DFB Guide to Epcot Snacks The DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks All four are being sold together — for 30% off the already hugely discounted bundle price. Use code BUNDLE18 at check out to get the discount. It’s a $63 value for under $30!! With this Bundle of e-books you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips to plan the best Disney World vacation ever. And with our handy e-book format, you can download the Guides to all of your electronic devices and take them with you wherever you go! And with our 100% money-back guarantee, what do you have to lose? Would you like to try the Flower Crown Cupcake? Please let us know with a comment! Disney Food Blog Fans, be sure to check out our DFB Disney World Dining Guide e-Books! Find great deals at DFBStore.com! Also, come on over and: Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Twitter Become a Facebook Fan Related posts: News! Rose Gold Ears Cupcake Debuts at Magic Kingdom! Every. Single. Rose Gold Snack. in Disney World News!! Rose Gold Ears Cupcake Has Arrived at Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons View the full article
  6. We’re thrilled to announce that the “Return to Sleepy Hollow” offering is coming back this fall at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and you can book your experience right now! Like last season, “Return to Sleepy Hollow” includes a group viewing of the 1949 Disney animated classic film “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” inside the resort’s historic Tri-Circle-D Ranch stables. And during event nights, you’ll be able to see galloping ghosts and experience an up close and personal encounter with the Headless Horseman. The “Return to Sleepy Hollow” begins on September 28 at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground: September 28-30, October 3-7, October 10-14, 17-21, 24-31 at 8 and 10 p.m. Also, new this year, we’re offering a dessert party at 9 p.m. after the movie if you’re viewing the 8 p.m. show or prior to the movie if you’re viewing the later show. This experience can be reserved by calling 407-WDW-TOUR. General seating costs $22 per person, while premium seating, which includes a priority photo opportunity with the Headless Horseman and a Halloween treat bag, costs $38 per person. And the dessert party at 9 p.m. costs $60 per person. Space is extremely limited for this offering – so, hurry and book now! View the full article
  7. Last year we geeked out when the Disney Parks started selling Dole Whip and Mickey Premium Bar Plush — and now there are even more squishy Disney food friends to snuggle! Dole Whip Plush Mickey Premium Bar Plush And thanks to our Disneyland correspondent, Heather, (over at @DiningInDisney on Instagram!) we’ve got pics! Disney Food Friend Plush Heather found these cuties at Big Top Toys on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park, but they can be found anywhere plush is sold in the Disneyland Resort. And at $14.99, they are impossibly cute! The Minnie Mouse Cupcake Plush features her iconic polka dot bow as well as a faux crinkly cupcake wrapper (it’s cloth and pleated sweetly). Minnie Mouse Cupcake Plush The Mickey Pretzel gets love with this funky plush which, while not exactly snuggly, is super cool! We love that they kept the twist and didn’t just generalize with a Mickey ears shape. Gotta love the giant salt flakes, too! Mickey Pretzel Plush This next one is cute. We love the pink bow and the classic ears shape. The Minnie Mouse Macaron is kind of the most generic of the bunch, so even if you’re not in the market for plush Disney food, this one might fit the (souvenir) bill. Minnie Macaron Plush This last plush is Heather’s favorite of the group: Mickey Caramel Apple — complete with a stick that’s got a little chocolate drip on it! Love the detail. Mickey Caramel Apple Plush So while we’ll be eating all of these Disney foods, we might as well add permanent depictions of them to our souvenir collections. See More Disneyland Food News Here on our Disneyland Food Page! Which plush have you got your eye on? Tell us in the comments below! Disney Food Blog Fans, be sure to check out our DFB Disney World Dining Guide e-Books! Find great deals at DFBStore.com! Also, come on over and: Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Twitter Become a Facebook Fan Related posts: News: Dole Whip and Mickey Bar Plush Spotted in Disney Parks New Merch: Iconic Disney Food T-Shirts Dining in Disneyland: Dia de los Muertos Treats View the full article
  8. What a spectacular shot we have to share with you in tonight’s “After Dark” series. The image, snapped by photographer Mark Willard, was taken of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot. This guest-favorite nighttime spectacular has been entertaining families at Epcot since it debuted at the park in 1999. The show tells the story of mankind in three acts: from the earth’s fiery birth to the triumph of life to hope for the future, set to an unbelievable score. Is “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” a must-do for you? Tell us in the Comments section below. View the full article
  9. In yet another twist to the menu at Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland, Gaston has added some mammoth, meaty sandwiches to the offerings. Learn About: Gaston's Tavern Magic Kingdom Disney World Restaurants You may know that we have long bemoaned the loss of the Pork Shank, which was the Tavern’s signature item when New Fantasyland opened in 2012. Ever since that was removed from the menu, it’s felt like Gaston’s Tavern has lost its footing somewhat in figuring out what to serve (awesome Cinnamon Roll — with extra icing, please! — notwithstanding). Though they did have a decent Tavern Beef Stew for a spell, entree-style items have been largely absent from the menu here. But for a place with such terrific atmosphere, we wanted more of a reason to linger in the setting in addition to the sweet snacks primarily featured on the menu. Yep, I call the atmosphere “terrific.” Because you know Gaston… he loves his compliments! Gaston’s Tavern — Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland Plus, it truly is an awesome setting… Gaston’s Portrait and Fireplace Gaston’s Chair Anyway, these new sandwiches just may provide that excuse! First on the list is the new Ham, Brie, and Grain Mustard Sandwich served with chips. (And you’ll never hear me complain about Brie anywhere!) Gaston’s Tavern Food Menu The other offering — also served with chips — is the Smoked Turkey, Swiss, and Cranberry Aioli Sandwich. Sandwiches on the Menu And you can choose, of course, to wash either of those down with a nice, cold LeFou’s Brew! LeFou’s Brew from Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland So what do you think? Will these sandwiches tempt you to spend more time at Gaston’s Tavern? Do you think they’re just in the mix for Spring Break and then we’ll lose them? P.S. I’m not anti the new sandwiches, myself… but please bring back the Pork Shank, Gaston!!! Will you be trying one of the new sandwiches at Gaston’s Tavern? Please let us know with a comment! Don’t Miss Out on Any Disney Fun! The 2018 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, is now available! With more than 650 pages, the 2018 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining is full of tips and planning tools developed by Disney World experts over 20+ years of visits. We’ve done the research for you, so you’ll know just which spots will uniquely suit your family’s needs! With mini-reviews of every single restaurant, bar, lounge, kiosk and more; an entire chapter on the best snacks in Disney World; full Disney Dining Plan analysis (and how to get FREE dining); and a full chapter on discounts and deals; you’ll have everything you need to plan your best vacation yet. Click here to order your copy of the 2018 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining E-book with code WDW2018 to save 25% today! Use code WDW2018 at check-out for a 25% off the cover price! Our guides are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose. Disney Food Blog Fans, be sure to check out our DFB Disney World Dining Guide e-Books! Find great deals at DFBStore.com! Also, come on over and: Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Twitter Become a Facebook Fan Related posts: Review: Sweets Eats at Gaston’s Tavern in the Magic Kingdom! Review: NEW Tavern Beef Stew at Gaston’s Tavern in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Get it! Gaston’s Tavern Now Gives a Cup of Icing for Guests Who Want All the Good Stuff! View the full article
  10. As regular readers know, we’ve been sharing updates on what to expect when Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens to guests on June 30. Today, we’re excited to let you know that inside this new land, you’ll have the chance to encounter some of your favorite characters from the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” films, including Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl. Woody, Buzz and Jessie will be greeting guests throughout Toy Story Land on a daily basis. And each character (along with the rest of the gang) will be joining in on the fun in a land where guests “shrink” to the size of a toy. Guests will be also be able to take a ride on Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit, or take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won at Pizza Planet. Gallery Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios view all Toy Story Land guests can also walk through a new carnival game box to experience Toy Story Mania!, which has been a guest-favorite attraction at the park since it opened in 2008. Now expanded with a third track, the popular attraction will allow even more guests to take aim at 3D objects – using everything from baseballs to cream pies – in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced games. Keep checking the Disney Park Blog for more updates as we move closer to the opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. View the full article
  11. A career in the foodservice industry is very rewarding, but it’s not all “Champagne and caviar!” Kitchens are fast-paced, yet focused, in an effort to deliver perfection on each plate for every meal. If you work and support “behind the scenes” you are implementing new programs while trying to stay one step ahead of this ever-changing industry. What drives someone to pursue a job in food and beverage? It truly is a combination of passion and dedication to the industry and, maybe, just a little bit of pixie dust. The number of years in the foodservice industry for the 22 women profiled in this series totals close to 600, with over 460 of those years at Disney. When asked why they wanted to work in food and beverage at Disney, here are a few of the answers: “I came to Disney as a chef because I wanted to be the best and in order to achieve that, you need to learn from the best.” “Disney has so many opportunities and does creative work like nowhere else.” “My mom works for Disney and I wanted to be a part of the great experience she always talked about.” “As a Florida resident, my family visited the parks a lot. The company’s values, reputation, and high level of guest service were instilled in me at a young age.” “Disney has a commitment to creating a healthier generation of kids – I want to be a part of that.” “I just love what this company represents and the memories that it has created for me and the fact that I get to do that for our guests and cast members every day.” “I have always been told I’m too happy so I wanted to surround myself with people like me. What better place than Disney? ” “What started out as a part-time summer job blossomed into my lifetime career. I consider myself very fortunate and I can’t imagine working anywhere else. ” “I love what I do and I have a passion for the food and beverage industry. The icing on the cake is having the opportunity to work for The Walt Disney Company.” “I can be a chef anywhere in the world, but there is only one place where the sole function of my job is to create happiness on a daily basis. That is why I choose to work for Disney.” It is clear these women love what they do – especially at Disney. Here is a look at the next group of Disney Women of Food & Beverage. Cheryl Dolven Hometown: Colfax, Wash. (grew up on a wheat farm) Years in the Food & Beverage Industry: 18 years Year Started with Disney: 2016 Current Role: Manager, Health & Wellness, Food & Beverage, Walt Disney World Resort Education/Accomplishments: Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Central Washington University; Registered Dietitian; named as one of “40 under 40 Rising Stars” by Full Service Restaurant Magazine Delicious Details: Passionate about making a difference and creating positive change; fond food memories of eating snap peas, cucumbers, and strawberries from the family garden; enjoys soaking up the sun at the beach – but always with sunscreen and a hat; volunteers for the Food & Culinary Dietetic Practice Group; loves being a mom and spending time with her daughter; fresh fruit is always in the fridge – it’s nature’s candy; a cookie scoop is her favorite kitchen gadget; co-authored a book titled Recipe Nutrient Analysis: Best practices for calculated and chemical analysis; grew up on a farm so food is part of her DNA; described as driven, passionate, and inquisitive. What advice would you give young women wanting to get into the food and beverage industry? Go for it! There are so many opportunities within the industry because it takes so many disciplines to bring ideas to life. Remember that you may have to work a couple of jobs that you don’t necessarily love to get where you want to go. Network, volunteer, and keep working towards your goal. Gina Greene Hometown: Born in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam. Grew up in a military lifestyle and has lived in Florida the longest. Years in the Food & Beverage Industry: 22 years, 6 years as a chef Year Started with Disney: 1995 Current Role: Chef, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort Education/Accomplishments: College as an education major and found her way into the foodservice industry; Disney Partners in Excellence Delicious Details: Loves mini kitchen gadgets; anything coconut – cake, water, scents; does not eat red meat; her mom is her biggest inspiration; enjoys the beach; favorite dry rub seasoning is a blend of coffee, garlic, paprika, and brown sugar; perfect snack is warm chocolate chip cookies and cold milk; described as passionate, hands-on, and impatient. What advice would you give young women wanting to get into the food and beverage industry? You have to want it, you have to enjoy it, you have to have passion for it, and always, no matter what, stay positive. Jeannie Villarreal-Bissell Hometown: San Antonio, Texas Years in the Food & Beverage Industry: 31 years Year Started with Disney: 1987 Current Role: Beverage Project Manager, Disneyland Resort (supporting new beverage initiatives and implement new beverage concepts and standards) Education/Accomplishments: Texas A&M University – studied Architecture; Court of Master Sommeliers – Introductory Sommelier Diploma Level One; Cicerone® Program Certified Beer Server Level One Delicious Details: Loves Texas-style BBQ; favorite kitchen gadget is a food processer; enjoys cooking, gardening, boating, and dining out; Champagne and cheese are always in her fridge; huge sports fan – San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys are her favorite teams; inspired by her parents, sisters, and husband; described as someone who does things “by the book” and known for her attention to details. What advice would you give young women wanting to get into the food and beverage industry? Work hard! Strive to be the best at what you do. Get to know every aspect of the business. Treat your guest as if you are welcoming them into your home! Lastly, I honestly feel that in order to be successful in this industry, you must have passion for the business. Cheers! Anna Otero-Knox Hometown: Bronx, N.Y. Years in the Food & Beverage Industry: 25 years Year Started with Disney: 1991 Current Role: Food & Beverage Proprietor, Pandora – The World of Avatar, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Walt Disney World Resort Education/Accomplishments: Master’s Degree in Business from Saint Leo University; Court of Master Sommeliers – Introductory Sommelier Diploma Level One; Disney Partners in Excellence Delicious Details: Loves dancing to Latin music; her sister, Judy, is her biggest inspiration; feels foodservice leaders have a responsibility to teach the next generation in the business and remind experienced generations why we love it and stay in it; “organized chaos” is her definition of running a restaurant; a pressure cooker is her favorite kitchen gadget – always looking to save time; described as passionate, caring, and driven. What advice would you give young women wanting to get into the food and beverage industry? First, become self-aware. Find out what makes you happy before you set out to do a job that requires you to make others happy. Being in the foodservice industry is exactly that. You have to find joy in the service of others. You will get pulled in every direction in this role (both physically and emotionally) so you have to be set with your own foundation before you can effectively help others and find joy in doing so. The job has its pros and cons and at the end of the day it’s most important to love what you do so it doesn’t feel like “work.” View the full article
  12. Today is National Goof Off Day, and since goofing off all day around the office probably isn’t the wisest idea, I decided the best way for me to celebrate is to share photos of character pals having some silly fun around Walt Disney World Resort, as captured by Disney PhotoPass Service. Gallery Capturing Silly Shenanigans with Disney PhotoPass in Honor of National Goof Off Day view all Whether you act goofy, royally regal, or anywhere in between during your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, you can count on Disney PhotoPass Service to capture the story of your Disney vacation! Learn more about Disney PhotoPass Service and how to take home all of your vacation memories for one price with Memory Maker. View the full article
  13. Hello, there! We’re back with another DFB Video for you today, and you’ll want to prep your suitcase for this one… because we’ve got the Ultimate Disney World Packing List for you today! Are you prepped to hit the POOL? Our latest DFB YouTube Video comes by viewer request! And it’s a GREAT question: What should you pack for your Disney World vacation? We’ve got all sorts of practical gear that you’ll need… and even some suggestions for some extra magic that you can bring along with you, too! So, sit back and enjoy this one… before you get up to START PACKING! And if you love this video, there’s plenty more for you to enjoy over on our DFB YouTube Channel! By the way, have you subscribed yet? If you hit the button below, you can subscribe to the channel and never miss a single episode! So check out the video and then let us know: What’s your favorite tip for packing to go on a Disney vacation? Disney Food Blog Fans, be sure to check out our DFB Disney World Dining Guide e-Books! Find great deals at DFBStore.com! Also, come on over and: Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Twitter Become a Facebook Fan Related posts: DFB Video: 9 Rookie Mistakes Not to Make in Disney World DFB Video: How to OUTSMART the Crowds in Disney World DFB Video: Disney World vs Disneyland — Which One Is Best for YOU? View the full article
  14. So, Artist Point… we meet again. Learn About: Artist Point Disney World Restaurants Okay, I know… “Melodramatic much?” Maybe. But here’s the thing: this Signature Restaurant in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and I have met several times now. And years ago, I would commonly say that I never knew what to expect. Some visits were terrific, while others… well, just weren’t. But over my past few visits, I have come to a more regular expectation: that I simply won’t be wowed by the experience. And — believe it or not — that’s exactly why I keep going back. Because if you’ve been with me here on DFB for any length of time, you know that the only consistent thing about Disney restaurants is that they can be really inconsistent. So I always want to give places a chance to up their game. Well, that and I just straight up love Wilderness Lodge. So, how did this last visit treat me? Let’s step inside the Lodge… Disney’s Wilderness Lodge … and find out! Atmosphere When you set foot inside Artist Point (and, really, anywhere in Wilderness Lodge), you’re no longer meant to feel as though you’re in the Sunshine State. Artist Point Instead, you’ve entered the Pacific Northwest. Artist Point This is primarily evidenced by the sweeping views outside the large, numerous windows featuring the lake and plentiful pine trees (so, window tables here are for sure a score). Beautiful View Otherwise, the room takes the more rustic feel of the Lodge as a whole with woodwork in softer hues and exposed beams on the ceiling. Artist Point A unique touch throughout the room are the cast iron, Japanese-style lanterns. Not only do they provide a lovely touch in terms of lighting the space, but they also help tell the story of Wilderness Lodge. Entryway and Lanterns As the “history” of the Lodge includes westward expansion, these symbolize the way movement towards the west opened up trade with countries overseas. And you’ll see a lot of Asian influence on the menu as well. The story is also told in the murals in the atrium. (Be sure to look up, or you might just miss them!) Artist Point Mural Artist Point Mural You can even learn about them when you sit down and look at the menu. Artist Point Murals And speaking of the menu… Eats There are a few ways you can try the cuisine at Artist Point. You may prefer to go a la carte, as I did. You’ll find Appetizers and Soup and Salads listed alongside the currently Featured Wines. (Just click to enlarge any of the menu images.) Appetizers, Soups and Salads, and Featured Wines Menu At Artist Point, you’ll always find a take on Cedar Plank Salmon on the Entree list, which is listed below the Butcher’s Cuts featuring a 32 oz Aged Bone-in Rib Eye for Two. Butchers’ Cuts, Entrees, Sides, and Enhancements Menu House Sides and Enhancements are found listed above the second way you might choose to try the offerings. And that’s the Taste of the Pacific: a five Course meal for $75.00 (wine is an additional $25.00 per person). Taste of the Pacific Menu This includes your choices of Appetizer, Shrimp or Salad, an Entree (two meat choices and one seafood), and dessert, all finished off with friandise (a small bite of something sweet). Bread service has remained the same since my last visit: a rustic basket of warm bread served with fresh butter topped with pink sea salt. Pretty standard, but nothing to complain about. (At least it’s still free.) Bread and Butter But trust me when I say that you’ll want to save some room and order up the Smoked Mushroom Bisque. No matter how my overall visit goes at Artist Point, I can depend on this savory, creamy bowl garnished with sunflower seeds and a bit of veggie, with a chicory sauce to add a little more depth to the flavor. Smoked Mushroom Bisque It simply never disappoints. The Land Greens Salad tops said greens with pear, radish, seed granola, and goat’s milk cheese. It’s finished off with a pear vinaigrette. The Land Greens Salad Any time I see that the supplied greens for a salad come from The Land Pavilion in Epcot, I know it’s going to taste incredibly fresh — and that was definitely the case here. And for something that sounds like a simple green salad, the mixture of flavors and textures (especially the pairing of the cheese with the pear) give this one a little something more. The Braised Short Rib Bolognese features Farm Egg Pappadelle Pasta and Alba Mushrooms, and is garnished with aged cow’s milk cheese. Braised Short Rib Bolognese The nicely tender rib meat swimming in gravy when coupled with the pasta is a rather unique listing as an appetizer, because it’s almost too filling. But it’s a decent option if you’re going with one of the fish or vegetarian selections and still want to sample some of the house beef. That said… I totally went for some of the house beef . Yachtsman Steakhouse debuted a Porterhouse for Two on the menu a few years ago, it’s not been terribly uncommon to find them in other spots in Disney World. And The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs serves sharable steaks, as many steakhouses outside of Disney World have for some time. My dining companion and I decided to give Artist Point’s 32 oz Aged Bone-in Rib Eye for Two a go. Aged Bone-In Rib Eye for Two It comes in at $119, and is served with your choice of one of the House Sides. (We’ll check out my selection soon. I’ll give you a hint: there’s mac and cheese on the menu, sooo…. ). It’s the same price as the Yachtsman Steakhouse Porterhouse for Two. Which brings me to my point: Artist Point is not a steakhouse. The Rib Eye was good and flavorful and topped with some of that lovely fresh butter, but it’s not memorable in the way I would expect at that price point. It was… good, but not great. As “hinted” at, I chose the Macaroni and Cheese as my included House Side. Macaroni and Cheese If you’ve never tried macaroni and cheese alongside a steak, you simply must (though I’d probably recommend that you do so at Jiko… The Cooking Place instead). This mac was fine — but a bit bland. We added the Local Mashed Potatoes as another House Side. These are thick, buttery, and creamy…a good version of mash. Local Mashed Potatoes My dining companion was torn between getting the Seared Diver Sea Scallops and sharing the Rib Eye with me, so our server kindly brought her a few to try when we decided to go for the steak. Note that this was an added cost. Seared Sea Diver Scallops Typically the full entree comes served with a root vegetable puree, heirloom apple, shiitake mushrooms, kale, and a horseradish confit. But on their own, as seen here, the scallops were tender and flavorful, if not particularly plump. For dessert options, the Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée is topped with poached pears, hazelnut, and honey. Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee Okay, you may be starting to sense a theme here: the Creme Brulee is pretty standard, and the accompaniments are lovely to look at. But, otherwise, it just doesn’t stand out as anything remakrable. The classic dessert here is the Artist Point Cobbler served with Seasonal Berries and topped with Forest Berry Ice Cream. Artist Point Cobbler It’s well known that menus at Signature Restaurants tend to change with the seasons (so, about once a quarter). The Cobbler here has stood the test of time because it’s a solid dish with its thick, golden, warm crust with the hint of salty butter playing against the fruity, bright ice cream and berries. (Though I do wish this was a crumble or strusel topping instead of the more cake-like crust.) But here’s a hint: you can also often find it on the menu right next door at Territory Lounge, which is honestly one of my favorite dining spots not just in Wilderness Lodge, but in all of Disney World. We finished off with the Warm Donuts. Warm Donuts These are served with a Chocolate-Rose Hip Creme Anglaise. (Donuts = good. Rose Hip sauce = weird. Well, not exactly weird, but definitely too floral for me.) Warm Donuts with Chocolate-Rose Hip Creme Anglaise I do like it when Signature Restaurants have a fun dish like this — the kind that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but still provides a bit of an upscale twist such as the anglaise seen here. This is a fun ending to a meal that, overall, I wish would have had more standout moments. Nosh or Not? You might want to visit Artist Point if: You’re staying at Wilderness Lodge and want to be familiar with every corner of it… and this is one of them. You are a Salmon connoisseur — it’s the specialty of the house. You’ve never had a chance to see Wilderness Lodge, and Artist Point gives you the opportunity while trying out the Lodge’s signature location. You might want to skip Artist Point if: You want to be sure that your Signature Restaurant dining dollars (or two required Table Service credits on the Disney Dining Plan) are going to a more memorable experience. Great steak is your goal! Head towards The BOATHOUSE, Yachtsman Steakhouse, or Shula’s Steak House. You’d like to stay around the Magic Kingdom for your Signature Dining experience, but want the added perk of fireworks viewing, which comes with several alternate Magic Kingdom Resort dining options such as California Grill at The Contemporary, or Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian. Now, here’s something to remember… my experience at Artist Point is not an indication of Signature Restaurants all over Disney World. It just goes to show that there is a great deal of variance in Disney restaurants even at the higher price points. You can check out all the options — which I’ve ranked based on my own experience — in the video below. Overall I know — and understand — that several readers who love Artist Point may heartily disagree with my assessment here. And I’m glad that other guests have truly enjoyed their visits. But even though I keep giving Artist Point a chance, it just never quite lives up to the experiences I’ve had at several other Signature Restaurants at Disney World, and I can’t give it a solid recommendation for the money it costs. If Artist Point is must-do dining for you, please let me know why with a comment below! What has your experience been with Artist Point? Please comment below and tell us! Disney Food Blog Fans, be sure to check out our DFB Disney World Dining Guide e-Books! Find great deals at DFBStore.com! 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  15. For this week’s Disney Doodle, artist Ashley Taylor found inspiration in the beauty of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which is taking place daily at the park through May 28, 2018. According to Ashley, the festival, which packs the park chock full of colorful blooms and topiaries, would be the first stop for Flora, Fauna & Merryweather from the 1959 film “Sleeping Beauty.” “With all of the beautiful flowers in bloom at the Flower and Garden festival, it’s easy to imagine Flora and Merryweather trying to use their magic to add more pinks and blues to the color scheme,” Ashley said. View the full article