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Pic of the Week: Ice Cream at L'Artisan des Glaces in FrancePic of the Week: Ice Cream at L'Artisan des Glaces in France
September 23, 2016
We recently had the opportunity to sample four amazing ice cream flavors (including the new Candied Peanuts with Peanut Butter Fudge) at L'Artisan des Glaces, the ice cream shop located in the France pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase. The gorgeous array of colorful scoops is one of our favorite Pics of the Week.


Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Coming October 28-29Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Coming October 28-29
September 23, 2016
he Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic will celebrate its seventh year October 28 - 29 at the Epcot Resort Area resort with its largest event to date featuring 50 food and wine stations, 10 seminars and opportunities to meet the award-winning chefs behind featured culinary masterpieces.


Half-Price Voodoo Shrimp Served Tuesdays in SeptemberHalf-Price Voodoo Shrimp Served Tuesdays in September
September 22, 2016
House of Blues Orlando is offering its Voodoo Shrimp for half-off on Tuesdays during the month of September.


Premium Reserved Seating Now Available at ESPN ClubPremium Reserved Seating Now Available at ESPN Club
September 21, 2016
Reserved premium seating with guaranteed viewing of your preferred sports game is now available at the ESPN Club on Disney's BoardWalk. These premium seats include all food and beverages up to a minimum amount. Cost is $75/adult and $25/child 3-9, plus tax and gratuity. "Big game" seats are available for college and NFL football games; NBA playoffs and finals; NHL playoffs and finals; MLB playoffs and finals; most soccer games. (Note that audio may not accompany your game.) Call 407-939-5656 at least 24 hours in advance to reserve.


REVIEW: Art Smith's Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Shine at Disney SpringsREVIEW: Art Smith's Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Shine at Disney Springs
September 10, 2016
Deb Wills and Linda Eckwerth review Celebrity Chef Art Smith's new restaurant in Disney Springs, Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Shine.


Epcot's International Food and Wine FestivalEpcot's International Food and Wine Festival
September 06, 2016
Countdown to 2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival: New Dining, Tasting and Chef Experiences Add Culinary Cachet; 62 Delicious Festival Days Run Sept. 14-Nov. 14, 2016. Check out our guide for All You Need to Know!

        Related Links:
         -- VIDEO: The Debs' Top Tips for the Food and Wine Festival
         -- Festival Must-Do's and Don'ts!
         -- Marketplace Food Photo Gallery
         -- Family Trip Around the Marketplaces
         -- Global Marketplaces
         -- Tips for Families
         -- Special Dining Experiences
         -- Beverage Seminars/Culinary Demonstrations
         -- Eat to the Beat Concert Series
         -- Chase Lounge for Chase Cardmembers Returns
         -- Take the AllEars.Net Food and Wine Festival Marketplace Survey!
         -- Plan Your Eating Journey with Our Survey Results


Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri Teams Up with Planet HollywoodCelebrity Chef Guy Fieri Teams Up with Planet Hollywood
September 02, 2016
Planet Hollywood, America's preeminent restaurant destination dedicated to celebrating the entertainment industry, announced today that dynamic chef, restaurateur and television personality Guy Fieri will introduce a flavor-packed burger and sandwich menu as part of their larger menu offerings for the transformed Orlando flagship location, set to reopen this fall as the Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs.


Animal Kingdom Lodge's Boma: Dinner PhotosAnimal Kingdom Lodge's Boma: Dinner Photos
August 30, 2016
We've added more than 40 photos of Boma's dinner buffet!


Walt Disney World End of Summer RoundupWalt Disney World End of Summer Roundup
August 24, 2016
Summer is nearing an end as the kids are heading back to school. Summer weather is still in full swing in Central Florida! If you are in town, here are some events happening in the next couple weeks you may want to be aware of.

        Related Links:
         -- Sand Sculpting Festival Final Weekend
         -- Great Irish Hooley Through September 5
         -- Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Has Begun
         -- Club Villain Reopens September 2
         -- Last Chance: Jungle Book Alive with Magic Final Show September 5
         -- 2017 Mom's Panel Selection Process Begins September 7


Guy Fieri Teaming Up With Planet HollywoodGuy Fieri Teaming Up With Planet Hollywood
August 23, 2016
Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is now collaborating with Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs. Fieri, best known for his Food Network show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," will design an exclusive burger and sandwich menu for the restaurant, which has been undergoing a major transformation over the past few months. The restaurant is set to reopen this fall as the Planet Hollywood Observatory, with an exterior reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century observatory, and an interior with refurbished upholstery, spherical planet-shaped lighting fixtures and stylish finishing, a newly expanded outdoor terrace and bar overlooking all of Disney Springs.


Countdown to Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Starts September 14!Countdown to Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Starts September 14!
August 17, 2016
Top celebrity chefs, brand new Disney resort cooking and dining experiences and irresistible Eat to the Beat dining packages will add fresh twists to the 21st Epcot International Food and Wine Festival presented by Chase at Walt Disney World Resort.

The annual Disney celebration of global flavors, running 62 days from Sept. 14-Nov. 14, has become one of America's top food festivals and features inspired sips and bites at more than 30 marketplaces. And for the second consecutive year, ABC's Emmy Award-winning lifestyle series, "The Chew," will produce a full week of programs from the festival. "Chew" hosts Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz will share their Disney culinary adventures and tasty recipes before Epcot audiences Oct. 5-7 in shows scheduled to air Oct. 10-14.


GoGo squeeZ Named Official Applesauce of Disney ResortsGoGo squeeZ Named Official Applesauce of Disney Resorts
August 17, 2016
GoGo squeeZ applesauce has announced that it has been named the Official Applesauce of Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. GoGo squeeZ's applesauce pouches will be available in locations throughout both resorts. In addition, GoGo squeeZ is a sponsor of several events held at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. GoGo squeeZ is the presenting sponsor of all runDisney Kids Races that are part of Disney's race weekends. GoGo squeeZ is also a sponsor of the annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and of all Disney Social Media Moms Celebrations.


Top of the World Lounge - All New DecorTop of the World Lounge - All New Decor
August 16, 2016
Bay Lake Tower's Top of the World Lounge has a brand new color scheme and furnishings.


Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Opens at Disney SpringsBlaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Opens at Disney Springs
August 10, 2016
Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza opened August 5 at Disney Springs Town Center. The new fast-casual eatery features made-from-scratch dough and artisanal toppings, as well as two ovens that turn out 11-inch pies in 180 seconds. The menu highlights custom-built pizzas all for one price, with an interactive assembly line that lets you customize a pizza (or pick one of their signature pizzas). All pizza and salad ingredients are free from artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and gluten-free dough and vegan cheese are both available. The 5,000-square-foot spot has seating for 200 and accepts the Disney Dining Plan. Blaze Pizza was designed as part of the Disney Springs architecture to resemble an 1850s-era sawmill that's been contemporized, and uses single-species wood in the open kitchen and ordering area, including lumber milled from a cypress log felled more than 200 years ago and reclaimed from Florida's Apalachicola River. A large covered patio with seating cantilevers over the waterfront.


Magical Dining Month Begins Late AugustMagical Dining Month Begins Late August
August 08, 2016
Celebrate Orlando's amazing culinary scene during Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month. Beginning August 29 during a special preview week, and continuing through October 2, select Orlando restaurants will offer prix fixe dinners for just $33. More than 70 Orlando restaurants are participating in 2016. Among the restaurants that are participating in the Disney World area:
-- Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin: Il Mulino New York Tratorria and Todd English's blue zoo
-- Disney Springs: Morimoto Asia and STK Orlando
-- Four Seasons: Ravello


Latest Refurbishment Schedule UpdatesLatest Refurbishment Schedule Updates
August 08, 2016

-- Dino Institute Shop at Animal Kingdom will be closed for refurbishment July 25 through October 16, 2016.
-- All Star Sports Grand Slam Pool will be closed for refurbishment October 10 - December 2, 2016.
-- Pop Century Resort will be undergoing a hard goods refurbishment starting October 16. It will be complete sometime in 2017.
-- Pop Century's Computer Pool will be closed for refurbishment October 31 - December 23, 2016.
-- Yacht Club resort rooms will be undergoing refurbishment beginning October 31. They will be complete sometime in 2017.
-- Cookes of Dublin at Disney Springs is closed through August 8 for refurbishment.
-- Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf is closed through August 10 for refurbishment.
Visit our Refurbishments and Closings page for details.


Restaurants Added to Tables in WonderlandRestaurants Added to Tables in Wonderland
August 05, 2016
As of August 5, 2016, Tables in Wonderland is now accepted at the following new locations:

-- Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar at Disney Springs
-- Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom
-- Nomad Lounge, Disney's Animal Kingdom
-- Tiffins, Disney's Animal Kingdom

In addition, the 2017 block-out dates for Tables in Wonderland have been released:

-- Mother's Day
-- Easter Sunday
-- Independence Day
-- Thanksgiving Day
-- Christmas Eve
-- Christmas Day
-- New Year's Eve
-- New Year's Day


New Menu Introduced at Tokyo DiningNew Menu Introduced at Tokyo Dining
July 29, 2016
Tokyo Dining at Epcot's Japan Pavilion has introduced an all-new menu, sharing traditional Japanese concepts with elements that are familiar to those from all corners of the world. New ingredients include Kurobuta pork, succulent real crab, exceptional seasonal vegetables, lobster, an incredibly unique Japanese Cheese, lamb, and several new varieties of sushi.


5th Annual Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road Labor Day Weekend!5th Annual Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road Labor Day Weekend!
July 28, 2016
New live music and dance entertainment, fresh menu creations and plenty of craft beer and cocktail options are on tap Labor Day weekend Sept. 2-5 during the 5th annual Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.


Flying Fish Reservations Now Open for Bookings August 3 and Beyond!Flying Fish Reservations Now Open for Bookings August 3 and Beyond!
July 28, 2016
After a major re-imagining, reservations open July 29 for dates beginning August 3 and beyond at Flying Fish on Disney's BoardWalk. The entire interior of the popular restaurant, including the on-stage kitchen, has been redesigned. To go along with the redesign, Chef Tim Majoras, a veteran of the Flying Fish kitchen, has created a new menu. The seafood-centric menu features entirely sustainable fish and shellfish, and includes Chef Majoras' creations such as corn-crusted wild Gulf shrimp, wild Alaskan king salmon and plancha-seared Hokkaido scallops. For carnivores, there's Wagyu filet mignon, Kurobuta pork belly and bison striploin. In addition, general manager and sommelier Stig Jacobsen has crafted a new wine list with nearly 80 selections by the glass. For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.


For more details on these and many other Disney dining-related items, along with photos, visit disneyfoodblog.com