Bonjour! It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that I bring you news from the latest addition to the France Pavilion in Epcot, L’Artisan des Glaces Sorbet and Ice Cream Shop. With many recent renovations, much of the France Pavilion has been under construction for some time now. Boulangerie Patisserie les Halles recently re-opened, and now with the opening of L’Artisan des Glaces Sorbet and Ice Cream Shop the France Pavilion has all sorts of wonderful treats to tempt your tastebuds. Wandering through the pavilion makes you feel like you are transported to Paris. And no trip would be complete without a travel buddy. I was lucky enough to have fellow Chip & Co. writer (and owner of Disneyways), Krista with me. She and I were both very excited to check out all the cool treats, which were perfect for the hot day in which we visited.
If you are looking for a hearty Italian meal with great ambiance then head to Mama Della’s Ristorante located in the Loews Portofino Bay Resort at Universal Orlando. I dined here in February and would most definitely consider it a “must-do” dining experience when vacationing at Universal Orlando.
When you enter the restaurant it feels as if you are in your grandmother’s house for Sunday dinner. It is charming and the tables are decorated with mismatched plates and antique tablecloths. The smell of garlic and pasta sauce fill the air as the sounds of Opera singers seranading you at the table make the experience complete. A dinner here is certainly an experience in La Dolce Vita’ or “The Sweet Life” as you enjoy Italian specialties from Tuscany, Naples and Piemonte regions.
I dined here with a large group, and we were served a variety of options from the menu. We began the meal with La Mamma Dell’ Antipasto a mixed tray of cheese, cured meats, olives and peppers. This was so wonderful I probably would have finished the whole plate myself. Our next appetizer was the Bruschetta Caprese Con Burrata, again this was flawless. I could make an entire meal just from the appetizers alone at this restaurant! Next came a salad, the Insalata Mamma Della, fresh crisp and a wonderful palate cleanser for the heavy pasta we knew was coming.
Disney Aulani Resort and Spa created this view just for you. Can you imagine sitting back in a pool lounge chair watching this sunset? If you visit Disney Aulani Resort and Spa you can.
Sure Sunsets are nice, but you can have those at home too right? Maybe not nearly as beautiful as that, or maybe yours are? You might want to know some of the other activities you could do beyond enjoying a leisurely day by the ocean or pool.
Here’s a highlight of the activities available at Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa:
Let’s start with the most obvious one since we’re on an island. The Beach. It was absolutely perfect, white sand beaches, and perfect ocean water. As the beach is located on an inlet, the man made breakers keep the big waves from entering the area. This allows you to enjoy some paddle surfing, canoeing, snorkeling and swimming for all ages.
The wonderful thing about Disney food is there are so many places and new dishes to try that list are ever changing and if you’re a Disney Foodie then that is a good thing! So lets wrap this up with a bang and with that I say… Dinner is Served
Now this can be a debate that can go on forever, there are peoples favorite places that they love and others that well lets just say they wouldn’t be running back to!
Whatever the case these are my picks for Disney Foodie Dinner Favorites in WDW so lets see how they compare to your list Most times dinner will be your bigger meal of the day, most times… So that is the premise with these choices I’m going to take.
COSMIC RAYS in the Magic Kingdom is my pick for Counter Service Dinner here! Big portions and big taste is a winning combo! My favorite here is the 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken - with Mashed Potatoes and a seasonal vegetable its always juicy and flavor filled! Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches and more are the favorites here and that’s a big plus for here, something for everyone! Plus you can have dinner and a show with ”Sonny Eclipse,” the animatronic lounge singer.
Now my choice for Table Service here in the Magic Kingdom was a toss up, I think that everyone at least once needs to eat in Cinderellas Castle just because well its Cinderellas Castle that said this is all about the food and just the food so with I am going with the CRYSTAL PALACE!! Salads, pasta, meats and sides all tasty with a more than a few stand outs. My favorite here is the Prime Rib and the Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes! Oh how I love those potato’s Buffets aren’t everyone’s cup of tea and you do dine here with Winnie and friends but I’ve always had a hot, fresh and tasty meal here!
How many of us go to Walt Disney World to celebrate a birthday or anniversary? We usually go to Disney around my son’s birthday; since we were not at home we used to wonder how we’d be able to sing “Happy Birthday” without a cake. We like to make it as special as possible for my son. We found that we could purchase a Disney Cake at any of Disney’s restaurants. There are two ways you can have a cake; a Celebrate Today! Cake or you can order a specialty cake.
The “Celebrate Today! Cake”
Be spontaneous! Have an instant celebration with a 6-inch cake — available in both chocolate and vanilla. No notice is necessary; you can order upon arrival at most table-service restaurants; cost is $21.00 for this special cake (and it’s oh-so-yummy too!)
A custom cake can be the icing on your celebration. A few years ago, we went to ‘Ohana and had a cake for a large group of friends, and Disney really personalized the cake! You can choose from a variety of cakes and shapes, personalized for your special occasion. If you plan on celebrating at Cinderella’s Royal Table (in the Castle) you can purchase a Glass Slipper cake for your little princess. Just give 48 hours advance notice so they can make your customized creation. Pricing varies depending on the cake, but it’s so worth it.