‘World of Color’ Dining Packages for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Kickoff Event

“World of Color” dining packages have been added to Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration 24-Hour kickoff event, reports the Disney Parks Blog. Packages can be found at select restaurants in California Adventure on May 22-23.

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Lunch and dinner packages will receive reserved viewing for the 9 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. shows on May 22. Participating restaurants include Carthay Circle Restaurant and Golden Vine Winery and will offer their standard menu.

Ariel’s Grotto and Wine Country Trattoria will offer a two-course, prix fixe breakfast menu from 12 a.m. until 1:45 a.m. on May 23. With this meal, guests will receive reserved viewing for a 3 a.m. showing of “World of Color.”

Reservation information can be found by visiting Disneyland.com/dine or calling 714-781-DINE.

Mouse Bites for April 17, 2015

the-boathouse-gibsons-sandwich-king-burgerGibsons “Sandwich King” Burger from The BOATHOUSE

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all have had a great week and are ready for the weekend. I know I am. The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs officially opened last week, so Matt and I stopped by to check it out for lunch. We also strayed from sandwiches and ordered wraps from Earl of Sandwich. We also got a caffeine fix sampling some of Joffrey’s Specialty Coffee Collection for Disney.

dtd-margarita-bar-patron-anejo-margaritaDockside Margarita’s Patrón Añejo Margarita 

On the news front, Mother’s Day is fast approaching! Disneyland has some special offerings for the holiday, as do a couple restaurants over at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. Dockside Margaritas reopened yesterday at Disney Springs (Downtown Disney Marketplace), so we’re looking forward to seeing the new space and perhaps ordering a cocktail. Finally, Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats will be coming to the Disney Dream this fall.

Our friends have been up to some adventures as well!

2015-epcot-flower-garden-the-smokehouse-beer-flightThe Smokehouse’s Beer Flight

Jenn of Beers and Ears shares Part 1 of her exploration of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kiosks.

tc-french-onion-soupThe Turf Club’s French Onion Soup

Alexis of Gluten Free in Orlando visits 1900 Park Fare for breakfast. The also head to The Turf Club Bar and Grill for dinner.

disney-fantasy-vista-cafe-snackAn evening snack at the Vista Cafe

Adam and Andrew of the Disney Hipster Blog hop on board the Disney Fantasy and stop by Vista Cafe.

cookes-of-dublin-beef-and-lamb-dublin-style-pie-with-chipsCookes of Dublin’s Beef and Lamb Dublin-Style Pie with Chips

Sarah of Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free at WDW makes her way to Cookes of Dublin.

Thank your for visiting and we’ll keep you posted on any Disney food news that comes our way over the weekend. Enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend!

Joffrey’s Disney Parks and Resorts Specialty Coffee Collection

I’ll preface this by saying, as I’ve noted on the blog before, that I’m not a coffee drinker. That’s mostly true. When I went to college in Maine, you better believe I was a coffee drinker. The winters were brutal, and walking around campus required the piping hot beverage to stay warm. As I kept moving south post-graduation, that hot coffee was gradually replaced with iced coffee and chilled coffee beverages. Now, here in Florida, that cup of coffee is reserved for especially sluggish mornings at the office, when a can of soda just isn’t going to cut it.

american-adventure-joffreys-espresso-coffee-pastriesDuring the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, visit Espresso, Coffee and Pastries at The American Adventure Presented by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. Here, you’ll find a Chocolate Stout latte featuring Monin chocolate, caramel and hazelnut with milk and espresso and an Iced Bailey’s latte featuring Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur with milk and espresso over ice.

I enjoy the flavor of coffee, be it the beverage or perhaps worked into a dessert. Matt, on the other hand, does not. He can’t even stand the smell of it, so no personal-sized brewer in our house – not even if we have guests. We have to take them out to get their coffee fix (which, let’s face it, is usually in the parks ;) ).

You might be familiar with the kiosk above and similar versions around the parks. These kiosks serve Joffrey’s Coffee, and their menus boast an assortment of preparations. Despite not having a coffee maker at home, my office features a Keurig, and I was able to find a reusable K-Cup that fits the machine. The wonderful people at Joffrey’s offered to send along a few samples of their coffee for me to try, and I’ve been drinking them over the past few days.

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Wraps from Earl of Sandwich

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Well, this is certainly a first for us. We went to Earl of Sandwich and ordered… Wraps. I know, I know. We’re crazy, right? Having had all of the sandwiches from the menu (and then some), we decided to branch out and try something new. With Cannonballs! no longer on the Limited Time menu, recently replaced by the Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Matt wasn’t really interested in the sandwiches. I noted there was a Thai Wrap on their Hand-Crafted Wraps menu, and it piqued his interest.

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The Thai Wrap features Grilled Chicken, Romaine, Chinese Cabbage Mix, Sweet Chili Sauce & Thai Peanut Dressing.

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Matt’s a fan of Thai flavors, so he enjoyed this wrap quite a bit. I tasted a bite, and it just wasn’t doing it for me. Some of those flavors just aren’t my favorite, and there were too many of them going on. I will say the cabbage and Romaine gave the wrap some good crunch, which was definitely needed for this otherwise soft wrap. But this was Matt’s wrap, not mine, and he liked it and ate it in its entirety.

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Mother’s Day Dining at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

2014-swan-dolphin-food-wine-classic-setupThe Dolphin (left) and the Swan (right)

Two of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel restaurants, Garden Grove and Todd English’s bluezoo, will be hosting special dining experiences for Mother’s Day. (A note to those with membership to Tables in Wonderland – Mother’s Day is one of the blackout dates.)

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Garden Grove (located in the Swan): Complete with Disney character interactions under a whimsical, 25-foot oak tree centerpiece, dining at Garden Grove is something the whole family will enjoy. From 7-10 a.m., a special Mother’s Day breakfast menu includes hand-crafted bacon, open-faced crab sandwiches, potato gratin Dauphinoise and yogurt mousse parfaits. Additionally, a special Mother’s Day brunch menu, served from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., features herb-crusted prime rib, quiche and green been almandine. Mother’s Day dining options are $35.99 for adults, $19.99 for children (ages 3-9) and free for kids under three. For more information visit reservations call 407-934-1618.

Breakfast menu:

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Brunch menu:

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Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats Coming to the Disney Dream

The Disney Parks Blog is reporting several updates coming to the Disney Dream starting October 26, including a Millenium Falcon-themed play area and a Disney Infinity Toy Box. Also coming to the ship is Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats.

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Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats will serve handmade gelato and ice cream, candy, and other novelty treats (available for purchase). The shop will resemble the land of the Sugar Rush race car game featured in Wreck-It Ralph, complete with race track, checkerboard floor, gas pump-styled gumball machines, Vanellope’s race car, and King Candy’s throne. Located on Deck 11, it will have two entrances – one inside Cabanas and one outside by the pool deck.

Lunch at The BOATHOUSE

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Disney Springs’ newest resident opened last Monday – The BOATHOUSE. The restaurant is described as being upscale, and, based on prices, aims to be that way. The menu (photos later in the post) is slightly different than what’s on Disney’s website. I noticed because one of the items I had been contemplating – the Sirloin Steak Salad – was absent. Also, the Grilled Tacos, which offered a choice of Steak, Fish, or Mushroom, turned into Grilled Flroida Mahi Tacos. Regardless, let’s take a look!

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The restaurant boasts several Amphicars, which, for $125, provides you with a captain and up to three guests for a 20 minutes ride around the lake. Personally, that’s a bit steep, but when Matt spotted a tank version, that trip might very well be in our future. How much to mod my Jeep to do this?

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The restaurant space is massive, with plenty of interior bar seating. There is also a bar outside, and, in retrospect, I wish we had sat out there. The weather was nice, but I will say the inside bar/restaurant space is LOUD. Music was playing over the sound system, and eventually there was a live musician singing and playing guitar, but we still were constantly having to repeat ourselves when we tried to converse. Of the two TVs we could see where we sat, our viewing options, sans sound, were a soccer match and Univision – the first show featured an infomercial for some blender, and then it was a telenovela.

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Matt had one item on his mind when we got there. Coconut Frog Legs. (Sorry, Prince Naveen. Not Sorry.) We’ve been wanting to try frog legs for so long, but we seemingly never see them on the menu anywhere here in Central Florida.

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