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Holiday 2015 Dining at WDW

We may just be a few days into August, but the holidays will be here before we know it, and if you’re spending your time at WDW, you definitely want to start making your dining reservations if you haven’t already.

liberty-tree-tavernLiberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom

For Thanksgiving, you can find the classic turkey dinner served family-style at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom.

rose-and-crown-restaurant-and-pubRose & Crown in the UK pavilion

Over in Epcot, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot serves traditional Norwegian meatballs and pan-seared salmon at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in addition to the traditional offerings. Special Thanksgiving menus during lunch and dinner seatings will also be served at Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Tutto Itlalia Ristorante, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Dining Room, and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, as well as quick service location Sunshine Seasons in The Land pavilion.

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Guest Post: Cheap Eats at Epcot with Ashley Dickey

Today we have a special guest, Ashley Dickey with Reserve Orlando, sharing with us her top choices on where to find Cheap eats at Epcot. You can read more about her here. So without further ado, here’s Ashley!

One place you can really indulge inside Disney World Theme Parks is Epcot. Stroll around World Showcase, home to 11 countries, and sample delicacies and traditional treats simmering with distinct flavor. Bite into a piece of Italian margherita pizza before chowing on a Moroccan lamb-filled skewer. Some places are more expensive than others, though, meaning your meals can really add up. Where should you go to get the best cheap eats at Epcot? Follow this guide to find locations that will leave your stomach happy and your wallet full.

Boulangerie Patisserie

France

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Everything from a sweet treat to a full meal can be bought at Boulangerie, and it’s all delicious. There’s usually a line, but the wait is worth it. For bakery items like pastries, tarts, cheesecakes, éclairs and oh-so-much-more, you’ll pay less than $5. At lunch, a custardy ham and egg quiche in a flaky tart is only $6, while a ham and cheese croissant will set you back only $4.75. Baguette sandwiches, cheese platters and other traditional French bakery favorites are on the menu, too, and nothing costs more than $10.

Sommerfest

Germany

sommerfest-currywurstSommerfest’s Currywurst

Nothing says German food quite like a beer and a bratwurst. At Sommerfest, order an authentic German sausage on a chewy roll topped with sauerkraut. Add an Altenmünster Oktoberfest beer to wash it all down with. It’s the closest you’ll get to Germany this side of Florida, and it’ll only cost you $15 for both.

Tangierine Café

Morocco

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Certainly one of my favorites, the Tangierine Café is an excellent value as servings are large and prices low. Plus, you can’t beat the spice-infused flavors of this Moroccan pavilion café. Sure, you’ll miss the mood lighting and belly dancing of their higher-end sister restaurant Marrakesh, but the food is just as good and the prices are even better. It’s healthy, too, which is rare for theme park fare. Opt for the chicken or lamb schwarma platter, served with a side of hummus, tabouleh, and Tangierine couscous salad with fresh Moroccan bread, then split it. At a cost of $14.95, it’s a cheap meal for two.

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Goofy’s Candy Co. Sour Candy Buttons

When I was a kid, I always liked candy buttons. They were just plain colored sugar that never peeled completely away from the paper, leaving small remnants of the stuff to be eaten along with the candy. They apparently were flavored, with pink being cherry, blue being line, and lemon being yellow. I don’t know if this has always been this way, or if it was change after the original company’s acquisition by Necco, but I vaguely remember them not being much more that just sweet.

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Goofy’s Candy Co. changes the game with the nostalgic treat, creating four sour flavors for their Sour Candy Buttons: Sour Green Apple, Sour Lemon, Sour Blue Raspberry, and Sour Strawberry.

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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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Allergy-Friendly Menus Coming to Disney Parks

On April 14, Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort will begin introducing allergy-friendly menus at approximately 120 quick-service and table-service restaurants, reports the Disney Parks Blog. These new menus will provide both convenience and readily available options for guests with dietary requests.

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Guests with food allergies and intolerances has been on the rise, with more than 650,000 special dietary requests in 2013. The new menus will provide allergen information for each menu item. The menus will include appetizers (where applicable), entrées, sides, desserts and kids’ meals. The allergens focused on are  gluten/wheat, milk, peanut, tree nut and fish. Guests may also still speak to the restaurant chef or special diets-trained cast member so the culinary team can to take extra measures during preparation to prevent cross-contamination.

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New Olaf Sipper Coming to The Parks

A new premium Olaf Sipper is coming to food and beverage locations through Disneyland Resort. Walt Disney World will see this sipper launch during the 24-Hour Party at the Magic Kingdom, which will take place May 22-23. No, I’m not going to make any Frozen references. You’re welcome. 😉

 Olaf Premium Sipper© Disney

New Hidden Mickey Pins Coming to the Parks This Month

I’m not typically a big pin collector, but the Disney Parks Blog released some photos of pins that are coming to the parks this month, and there are some cool food ones involved (although those aren’t necessarily what caught my eye!). The Disney Villains necktie pins will be available on both coasts, but Disneyland will also get a Mickey Mouse-shaped collection featuring park Food Icons: the Dole Whip, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Mickey Pretzel, and Churros. The Mickey Pretzel will also be featured as a Chaser Pin.

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