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Seasonal Sweets and Treats at Disney Springs

September 22, 2016

Disney Springs is celebrating the fall season with a number of fun, limited time treats that should delight Guests both young and old!

Amorette’s Patisserie in the Town Center neighborhood of Disney Springs will feature a Pumpkin Mickey cake with decadent layers of chocolate chiffon cake, milk chocolate mousse and orange blossom pate de fruit, which will be available from October 1st – 31st.

 

Pumpkin Mickey cake

Pumpkin Mickey Cake

 

The Fall Time Petit Cake will also be available at Amorette’s from September 11 – November 10. Designed to look like a birch tree with a carved “A” for Amorette’s, this cake features delicious layers of baked apple, salted caramel, milk jam and spiced chiffon.

 

Fall Time Petit Cake

Fall Time Petit Cake

 

At D-Luxe Burger, a Caramel Apple Shake will be available from October 1st – November 10th. The creamy vanilla gelato base is perfectly complemented with tart green apple and sweet caramel flavors and topped with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.

 

Over in The Landing neighborhood of Disney Springs, new seasonal ganache flavors are now available at The Ganachery, Pumpkin Spice Latte and Cinnamon Apple. Additional new flavors such as Classic Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Coconut, and Creamy Peanut Butter ganache are also available.

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte and Cinnamon Apple Ganache

Pumpkin Spice Latte and Cinnamon Apple Ganache

 

Flying Fish and the AbracadaBar at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort

May 19, 2016

Flying Fish Concept Art

 

Opening is set for late summer for Flying Fish Restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort. The “Cafe” goes away as part of the name, and you will be welcomed to a sophisticated interior that still pays homage to the golden era of seaside boardwalks.

 

A new menu will feature sustainable fish, as well as a new Fruits of the Sea appetizer with rock shrimp and clams from Florida, grouper cheek, mussels, a splash of Brandy and a rich lobster stock.

 

Inside, Flying Fish Restaurant will feature an all-new kitchen and dining room (with expanded space for private dining events), sparkling architectural accents, like golden-winged room panels and an impressive chandelier that mimics a school of flying fish overhead. Next door, the new AbracadaBar lounge will open, taking the spot formerly occupied by Seashore Sweets candy and ice cream shop.

 

This new “curious cocktail lounge” combines the Golden Age of Magic with the magic of Disney storytelling. From enchanted magic show posters and mystifying mirrors to vintage props and tricks, AbracadaBar promises to be just as surprising and magical as its name suggests.

 

I’m most intrigued about the AbracadaBar.  “Enchanted Magic Show Posters” brings to my mind images of the enchanted artwork on board Disney Cruise Line ships.  (For those of you unfamiliar with them, enchanted artwork looks like a normal painting or poster until you stand and look at it for long enough.  Then it magically animates in a unique way for each piece of art, and sometimes even interacts with nearby enchanted artwork.)

 

I’m also wondering if they’ll use any elements from dearly-missed Adventurers Club in the AbracadaBar.  I can think of a few things from there that would fit in with the “golden age of magic.”   I suppose I’ll find out soon enough, but I really can’t wait for this place to open!

Amorette’s Patisserie Opens May 15 at Disney Springs

May 4, 2016

Amorette’s Patisserie

 

With sweets almost too pretty to eat, Amorette’s Patisserie showcases the beautiful work of Walt Disney World® Resort pastry chefs in a new shop coming to Disney Springs™.

Classic and contemporary cakes and pastries are the stars in this high-end pastry shop where you can watch pastry chefs decorate signature cakes in the on-stage finishing kitchen. Even the beautiful boutique-style packaging, inspired by old-fashioned hatboxes, lends to the sophisticated feel of the location.

From a classic macaron or crisp, light pavlova to the ultimate chocolate-chocolate chunk cookie, Amorette’s is a dessert lover’s dream come true.

 

Amorette’s Patisserie

 

There’s something for everyone: eclairs, New York-style cheesecake, opera cake and sacher torte. Special sweets have names like “Reflection in Memphis” (peanut blondie with bacon, banana and chocolate) and Strawberry Fields of OC (strawberry mousse with basil sugar and lemon curd). Amorette’s Signature Cake is beautifully decorated, with 10 layers of delectable flavors and textures. These are edibles that only a talented pastry artist could create. And, yes, there are gluten friendly cakes on the menu.

 

Amorette’s Patisserie

 

Amorette’s features a few delectable beverage options as well. You can sip a Champagne or sparkling wine with your pastry, or go straight for the indulgent Amorette’s Hot Chocolate Ganache, a cupful of sippable chocolate with Chantilly and shaved dark chocolate on top. You can also opt for a glass of cold milk, coffee or tea.

 

Amorette’s Patisserie

 

Amorette’s Patisserie will open on May 15, 2016 with the rest of Town Center, and beginning May 22, Guests can pre-order Amorette’s Patisserie cakes by calling 407-934-3500 with 72 business hours advance notice.

2016 Free Dining is here!

April 25, 2016

2016 Free Dining

2016 Free Dining

You can get a FREE Dining Plan when you buy a non-discounted 5-night/6-day package that includes a room at a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel and ticket with the Park Hopper® or Water Park Fun & More Option for arrivals most nights Aug. 23-Oct. 1, 2016, Nov. 15-21, Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 10-Dec. 21, 2016 when you book by July 8, 2016.

When you stay at a select Disney Moderate Resort, Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, you get the Disney Dining Plan with a variety of delicious dining options! When you stay at a select Disney Value Resort, you get the Quick-Service Dining Plan that allows you to enjoy a quick bite!

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The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Dining plan excludes gratuities and alcoholic beverages. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

2016 Free Dining Details

Booking Window:
April 25-July 8, 2016

Arrival Window:
Aug. 23-Oct. 1, 2016, Nov. 15-21, Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 10-21, 2016

Length of Stay Requirements:
Minimum – 3 nights
Maximum – 14 nights

Full List of Offer Exclusions:
Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside is excluded during the following dates: November 15 to 21, November 26 to 28 and December 10 to 21, 2016.

D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs

March 23, 2016

Disney Springs continues to expand its dining, shopping and entertainment options at Walt Disney World Resort, and I’ve been loving everything.  I’m excited to give you more details about the new D-Luxe Burger, opening this May at Town Center at Disney Springs.

Featuring delicious gourmet burgers and twisted milkshakes, D-Luxe Burger is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious bite – whether you choose to dine in the eclectically comfortable western-inspired interior, or the covered outdoor seating area that overlooks the springs.

D-Luxe Burger

There’s a burger for everyone, complete with unique toppings, freshly baked buns and a signature blend of beef. Gourmet burgers on the menu include:

  • Classic Cheeseburger – Beef patty topped with cheddar, lettuce, tomato and pickle
  • Barbeque Classic Burger – Beef patty topped with a fried onion ring, smoked Gouda, bacon, barbeque sauce and lettuce
  • El Diablo Burger – Chorizo-and-signature-blend patty, fried banana peppers, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayonnaise
  • Southern Classic Burger – Beef patty, topped with fried-green tomato, pimento cheese, lettuce and bacon
  • Cluck Burger – Ground chicken patty, garlic herb sauce, avocado, lettuce and tomato
  • Veggie Burger – house-made patty topped with Tzatziki, green bean salad, lettuce and tomato

D-Luxe Burger Fries

 

Freshly cut fries with a choice of dipping sauces are the perfect complement to any burger.

 

D-Luxe Burger Shake

 

For dessert, you can indulge in artisanal gelato shakes with rotating flavors including Vanilla, Chocolate, Raspberry, Strawberry, Salted Caramel, S’mores and Cake. Root beer, Cherry Coke and orange soda floats are also featured, as well as hard sodas, draft beer and cider. For those who choose to sully their ice cream with alcohol, shakes with spirits included Smoked Bourbon and Beer and Godiva Raspberry.

 

D-Luxe Burger Macaroons

 

And, if the shakes weren’t enough, there is a Red Velvet Burger Macaron – handcrafted to look just like a burger, down to the raspberry “ketchup.”

If you’re thinking about visiting Walt Disney World this summer to visit D-Luxe Burger, check out this special offer!

 

2016 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival – 90 Days of Fun!

February 4, 2016

The 2016 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival will occur at Walt Disney World® Resort March 2-May 30, 2016 – expanding from 75 to 90 days. Here’s a look at what’s new as the festival celebrates its 23rd year!

2016 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
At the 2016 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, new culinary creations at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens will introduce fresh variety and flavor to the offerings at a record 13 festival kiosks surrounding the World Showcase Promenade.  This year, La Isla Fresca takes you to the Caribbean for authentic bites, including Jamaican Braised Beef with Pigeon-Pea Rice and Jerk-Spiced Grouper or Chicken with Mango Salsa. And, at the new Cider House, a Field Greens salad with greens harvested at The Land pavilion, heirloom apples, Stilton cheese and dried blueberries will pair well with blueberry hard cider from Plant City, Florida.

At the park entrance, the first-ever Huey, Dewey and Louie topiaries will feature floral interpretations of Donald’s mischievous nephews inspired by the 1943 Donald Duck comic book called “The Victory Garden.”

A new hands-on Harmony Gardens musical playground will debut featuring Disney’s Fab Five topiaries of “band leader” Mickey Mouse, as well as Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck. With the playground’s interactive drums, chimes and xylophones, kids can create their own musical sounds.

And, as in previous years, each weekend at the Festival Center, you can dig in for a complimentary hands-on Gardening Seminar experience as they get tips from experts on a broad range of topics.

Plus, the Garden Rocks concert series returns with music spanning four decades. Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice, BRIAN HOWE, former lead singer of Bad Company, Georgia Satellites and Darlene Love make their Festival debut this year. Here’s the lineup (subject to change without notice):

  • March 4-6 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • March 11-13 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • March 18-20 – Little River Band “Reminiscing”
  • March 25-27 – Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • April 1-3 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”
  • April 8-10 – The Guess Who “American Woman”
  • April 15-17 – NEW! Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
  • April 22-24 – NEW! BRIAN HOWE, former lead singer of Bad Company “Can’t Get Enough”
  • April 29-May 1 – NEW! Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”
  • May 6-8 – Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
  • May 13-15 – NEW! Darlene Love “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home”
  • May 20-22 – Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
  • May 27-30 (Monday) – The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”

Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturdayand Sunday of the Festival.

Please note 2016 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival is included in regular Epcot admission.

 

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Symphony in the Stars Dessert Party

January 8, 2016

There’s a sweet new way to have even more out-of-this-world fun now through March 19, 2016 with Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort.

 

Symphony in the Stars Dessert Party

 

Featuring special viewing of the “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks, this new dessert party allows you to enjoy a selection of sweets as the night sky erupts with an arsenal of impressive fireworks, set to the most dramatic and memorable Star Wars themes of all time.

On the menu, look for lots of Star Wars-themed dessert treats, including the popular Droid and Darth Vader cupcakes, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and a souvenir Chewbacca stein to take home.

The Symphony in the Stars Dessert Party costs $69 for adults and $39 for children. Tax and gratuity are included. Advance reservations are recommended. Book today by calling 407-939-3463 or by visiting Disneyworld.com/dine.

Jungle Skipper Canteen Restaurant is open!

December 14, 2015

Jungle Skipper Canteen Restaurant

 

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen (a.k.a. Jungle Skipper Canteen restaurant) was has a “soft opening” this weekend.  Although it won’t officially open until Wednesday, there are already pictures of the food and video of the interior circulating around the internet.  From what I’ve seen so far, it looks fantastic!  I’m especially happy with the menu.

Jungle Skipper Canteen restaurant menu

Photo courtesy of John at BigFatPanda.com

It is different and unique.  While I’m sure it isn’t to everyone’s tastes, I think that is great!  The Magic Kingdom was really in need of a table service restaurant which would shake things up a bit.  I think Disney really delivered and I can’t wait to try it for myself next month.

Here’s the official word from Disney, followed by a video of the interior from my friend John (aka Big Fat Panda):

Beginning Dec. 16, 2015, you can set off on a culinary adventure featuring “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” at the new Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Located steps from the legendary Jungle Cruise attraction, this new 222-seat table-service restaurant is staffed by the wisecracking crew of the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd.  Diners are seated in one of three dining destinations inside the company’s headquarters-turned-restaurant: the mess hall; the jungle-inspired parlor once used by the company’s founder, Dr. Albert Falls and his family; or the former meeting room of the mysterious Society of Explorers and Adventurers.

The adventurous menu features bold and flavorful tastes inspired by the exotic flavors of the rivers traveled on the Jungle Cruise. You can try Trader Sam’s head-on shrimp, Dr. Falls’ signature grilled steak or the house-made arepas with slow-cooked beef, black beans, tostones and queso fresco. Little ones can enjoy items such as Junior Skip’s special mac and cheese. And for dessert, there is a Kungaloosh! – an African-inspired chocolate cake served with caramelized bananas and cashew-caramel ice cream. Refreshing non-alcoholic specialty beverages, Punch Line punch and Schweitzer Slush, will also be offered.

The Disney Dining Plan will be accepted at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. Reservations are not currently being offered.

 

New Dining Experiences Coming to Disneyland Park in February 2016

December 11, 2015

 

Mickey Mouse Pancake

 

Two new dining experiences are coming to Disneyland® Park in 2016!

River Belle Terrace will become a table-service location, serving lunch and dinner beginning Feb. 10, 2016. The menu will feature Southern barbecue staples like ribs, chicken, as well as sustainable seafood, and enticing starters and sides. Plus, new signature desserts will also be available. Reservations for River Belle Terrace will open soon.

Also in Frontierland, Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante will begin serving breakfast beginning Feb. 2, 2016. Here, Guests can enjoy some favorites from the old River Belle Terrace menu, like the famous, as well as new Mexican-inspired breakfast entrees. Breakfast will be available until 11:30 a.m. every morning before switching to the lunch and dinner menu at noon.

New Star Wars Experiences Arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

December 5, 2015

Star Wars Launch Bay

 

The Force is growing stronger at the Walt Disney World® Resort with the addition of new Star Wars-inspired entertainment now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

Star Wars Launch Bay

At Star Wars Launch Bay, located in Animation Courtyard, you can interact with Star Wars characters by choosing to encounter the Dark Side in a Star Destroyer themed area, or visit with the brave Rebels in a makeshift Rebel Base. One path may lead to Darth Vader, while the other leads to Chewbacca.

Guests can also visit two different exhibits – Celebration Gallery and Celebration Hallway to view iconic ships from the Rebel Alliance and Imperial Navy fleet, as well as replica Star Wars props and murals. Guests excited for the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens can head to Preview Gallery to explore an area filled with costumes, artwork, models and more from the new film. And of course, shoppers can get their fix at Launch Bay Cargo, a unique shop that will offer a wide selection of Star Wars merchandise, including original artwork.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

This popular attraction, which takes Guests on a daring journey through the Star Wars galaxy, has been enhanced to feature new characters and adventures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

Younglings can get in on the fun over at Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. This popular offering, which allows young Guests to step into the shoes of a Jedi in training, has been enhanced to feature new characters, including a new villain – the Seventh Sister Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

If you wish to be introduced to (or relive) the adventure and excitement of the Star Wars film franchise you  can do so at Star Wars: Path of the Jedi. Here, you can view an abridged cinematic reel that reviews Star Wars episodes I-VII.

Galactic Food

New Star Wars-inspired items have been added to menus at Food & Beverage locations throughout the park. You can enjoy Blue Milk Panna Cotta, Padawan Limeade, BB-8 Lemon and Butter Cream Cupcakes, and much more.

But the fun doesn’t end there. The “Symphony In The Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” nightly fireworks show will begin blasting off Dec.18, 2015. And, beginning Jan. 5, 2016, you can watch the fireworks from a reserved viewing area during a special dessert party – “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party.” You can enjoy Star Wars-themed desserts and drinks. Plus, you’ll receive a souvenir stein featuring one of the most beloved Star Wars characters, Chewbacca. The dessert party costs $69 for adults and $39 for children. Tax and gratuity are included.  Advance reservations are recommended.

 

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