Citrus Swirl Makes a Comeback at Walt Disney World Resort!

The original Citrus Swirl makes its official comeback at the Magic Kingdom's Sunshine Tree Terrace. Gone for more than a quarter of a century, it’s nice to have them back where they belong for the 40th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World Resort. Who remembers that icy swirl of frozen orange and soft-serve vanilla ice cream, a duo of delish in the heat of summertime? There was a knock-off for a while at Aloha Isle, but this swirl is the original recipe, a sweet-tart tower in a cone or … [Read more...]

Signature Restaurants – Are They Worth It? Part 1


When it comes to planning your Walt Disney World vacation, there are so many things to think about, and one of the most important (in my opinion anyways!) is where to eat while you're there. Chances are good you may want to have a special meal to commemorate your vacation, and that's where WDW's Signature Restaurants come into play. This group of restaurants are the cream of the crop, the finest food (and drinks!) available at Walt Disney World.So the big question is, are they worth it? Are … [Read more...]

Drink Around the World Showcase – China Pavilion

China's Joy of Tea at Epcot

If you’re touring Epcot for Chip & Co.’s Drink Around the World Showcase (DAWS) challenge, China is a promising quick drink stop. China provides two convenient locations for drinks and a nibble, the Lotus Blossom Café, the pavilion’s counter-restaurant, and the Joy of Tea stand.While either place works well for DAWS, I’m partial to China’s Joy of Tea stand. Not only is it one of the most attractive kiosks in the World Showcase, with a picturesque view of both the lagoon and the China … [Read more...]

Drink Around the World Showcase – Japan Pavilion

Sake at Japan, Epcot's World Showcase. D.K. Peterson

If your tour of Epcot includes participating in the Chip and Company’s Drink Around the World Showcase (DAWS) experience – our drink and food challenge – Japan is always a welcome stop. Especially if you’re participating in the spirit of an international DAWS day by sipping some sake, or another Japanese beverage.A convenient stop for DAWS is Japan's outdoor food cart. It offers three drinks in addition its cold Kaki-Gori treat (see below for more on Kaki-Gori). There you may ordera … [Read more...]

Disney’s California Grill to Close for Refurbishment?

Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli from Disney's California Grill

According to, the California Grill may be closing for a lengthy refurbishment in 2013.  The restaurant would close on January 1, 2013 for a 4 to 6 month refurbishment. Rumors have been circulating about roof work but it seems the restaurant may be getting a face lift.I visited the California Grill for the first time in January and had an amazing meal. I didn't see any signs of wear and tear but I may have been too preoccupied with my food! If you have an upcoming trip … [Read more...]