Disney is testing new transportation for Signature Restaurants

Starting now through June 30th select guests that are staying at The Grand Floridian Resort, The Polynesian Village Resort, or The Contemporary Resort have been, or will be, asked to take part in a dining test. This dining test will provide direct transportation to other resort hotel signature restaurants.If you are staying, or will be, staying the resorts mentioned above you are eligible to take part in the test. However, not everyone can participate. Only pre-selected guests will be be … [Read more...]

Vivoli Gelateria is now open Downtown Disney/Disney Springs

If you have ever been Florence, Italy, you may have heard of Vivoli Gelateria. It was the only food place mentioned in National Geographic’s City Guide to Florence. I think that means it must be pretty good! This is a family run shop and this will be their second location and the first not in Italy. It is now open at The Landing, the newest neighborhood addition to the new Disney Springs.It was founded in 1932 by Raphael and his two brothers, Vivoli Gelateria actually started out as a dairy. … [Read more...]

Top 10: Food & Wine Festival Insider Tips

I can't stop talking about Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival! It is seriously the best time of year to go! This year, my family and I are going in late September to enjoy the Festival,  Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and to top it off we got Free Dining!! (You can do this too,  ask me how Summer@worldofmagictravel.com)For most Walt Disney World guests, the Epcot Food & Wine Festival is the booths. They are the little kiosks added throughout World Showcase with snack … [Read more...]

Breaking News: Starbucks at Animal Kingdom Now has an Opening Date

Finally! We have an opening date for the Starbucks at Animal Kingdom! The opening date is, drum roll please, June 18th. So very soon! The new Starbucks will be where the old Creature Comforts used to be, on Discovery Island. They will have all the usual food and drinks just like the Starbucks at the other parks.This new location makes 6 total Starbucks at Disney World.Magic Kingdom Epcot Hollywood Studios Animal Kingdom Downtown Disney x 2I love Starbucks so this make me … [Read more...]

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ Now Serving 4 Days a Week at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is not talked about often but I think it is very good. More days have been added to their schedule. You can now book Tuesday and Friday as well as Thursday and Saturday.Mickey's Backyard Barbecue is an all you can eat feast of classic BBQ favorites like, hamburgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese etc. But wait there is more, they also have some new additions to the classic favorites. Now you can also get dishes like jambalaya, … [Read more...]

Best Quick Service Restaurants: Disney Parks Edition

With so many choices in each Disney World park for Quick Service, it's hard to know where to go. I like to go to certain ones that I KNOW are good instead of just opt for the nearest place with a menu.I have tried almost all of the Quick Service spots in the Parks, and this list is strictly my opinion (and my children's, because if they're happy I'm happy, right?!) I'm going to leave Be Our Guest off the list because it's not a quick-serve  since it requires a reservation. This list also … [Read more...]

New Details Announced for 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

A global culinary journey celebrating 20 delicious years of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will excite your taste buds from Sept. 25-Nov. 16, at Epcot in the Disney World Resort. The 2015 festival will have celebrity chefs and debut new marketplace tastes from around the world and celebrate guests’ favorite dining traditions.Disney chefs and festival programmers are whipping up a feast of surprises to celebrate the 20th annual event in style. New wine tastings, rockin’ … [Read more...]

Disney Dining Plan cutting back on snack locations

Aloha! More juicy Disney Gossip is floating around. I posted earlier this week about some big changes to the Disney Dining Plan on the horizon. Well, there may be even bigger changes coming and I doubt they will be popular.It seems as though Disney will be cutting back a huge amount on snacks and locations. Quite a few snack only spots might not accept the Dining Plan at all anymore.  A few people have told me that the changes are already showing up on the website (see below). Sometimes the … [Read more...]

Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is now open

Harambe Market, at Disney's Animal Kingdom, is a busy marketplace alive with the flavors of African street foods. Now it has been expanded!That Market was built around a Colonial-era train depot design complete with a 1960s water tower, Harambe Market invites Disney guests to sample true flavors of Africa. There are 4 themed shops offerthat fresh meals, snacks and beverages like those found in an African street market.Each quick-service shop window built into colorful store fronts … [Read more...]

Top 10 Places I’m Looking Forward To at The All New Disney Springs

There are major changes coming to one of my favorite spots, the former Downtown Disney. So much exciting stuff is happening there! Here are my picks for the top 10 changes to look forward to  when Disney Springs is complete.In 2016, when completed, Disney Springs will double the number of shops and restaurants and grow to more than 1 million square feet, which means I am going to have to schedule a whole day during my trip just for doing DS!Top 10 places I am looking forward to checking … [Read more...]