Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Food Trucks: Delicious Delights at Disney Springs!


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The Food Trucks are located in the heart of Disney Spring's Westside. The delicious food and beautiful waterfront view make this the perfect spot to stop during a day of shopping. No reservations are needed and there are plenty of options for the entire family. All of the menus have been recently updated. The (formerly) Namaste truck is now Spring's Street Tacos...and that pork belly taco sounds AMAZING! But, you really can't go wrong with the Fantasy Fare classic hand-dipped corn dog, now served with waffle fries!! So many choices! What will you choose??
HAND-DIPPED CORNDOG NOW SERVED WITH WAFFLE FRIES INSTEAD OF CHIPS!




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*The Food Trucks and seating area are handicapped accessible. Cast Members are also available for Guests needing assistance.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

WIN!! Pixar Cars 3 Prize Package!

To celebrate the release of the new Cars 3 movie by Pixar, The Princess Papers is giving away some swag from the recent Disney Parks Blog premiere!

Cars 3 is a hilarious film that both kids and adults can enjoy. If you've ever felt the pains of aging, prepare to laugh with this one! Also, I highly recommend seeing it in 3D. The visual details are incredible; the quality only Pixar can deliver. Look for the mirror with smudges on it...amazing! There is a scene where a home movie is shown and it looks like a real life movie. Several times during the screening, I had to remind myself that Cars 3 is ANIMATED! It's that well-done.

Make sure to get to the theater early. You don't want to miss the new, touching, Pixar short, "LOU."

Included in the giveaway will be:
*8x10 print from the Pixar Short, "LOU."
*A Cars 3 button with movie release date.
*A Cars 3 keychain with movie release date on the back.



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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

NEW!! Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast: Tangled & Little Mermaid!

IMPORTANT: IF PHOTOGRAPHING THE CHARACTERS IS YOUR PRIMARY REASON FOR ATTENDING, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK YOUR PHOTOS BEFORE THE CHARACTERS LEAVE YOUR TABLE! YOU MAY NOT GET A SECOND CHANCE TO INTERACT WITH THEM DURING THIS DINING EXPERIENCE!
I attended this character breakfast twice. I had two VERY different experiences. The first time, I saw all of the characters, took photos, and at the end of the meal, a manager personally asked if we had spent time with all of them.
The second visit, we saw all of the characters. However, we were sitting in the center of the room with low lighting and some of the pictures were blurred. We requested to take photos again. We were told that the characters are not permitted to return to the tables a second time. A manager asked to see our phones to confirm that our pictures were bad (to me, this was offensive and unacceptable for privacy reasons). After a lengthy discussion, she took the phone of one person in our group to another area of the restaurant and took pictures of two of the characters for us as "a favor." We were not permitted to take the pictures ourselves or go to the area where she went.
As many of you may know, other Disney character meals allow the characters to continuously circle the restaurant with repeated stops at the same tables.
The manager would not confirm the policy of the restaurant, but based on my second experience (only), please be sure to get all of the photos you want before the characters leave your table! 

You can hear me discuss this Character Dining Experience in detail (including the photo issue) on the Divas Dish Diz Podcast, episode #77 LINK HERE.

Located at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Trattoria al Forno now hosts a new character breakfast adventure. During this multi-course breakfast, you will meet Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from the movie Tangled as well as Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid.

MENU
3-Course Prix Fix Menu including non-alcoholic beverages ($34.99 Adult/$15.00 Child).

FOOD
To Share- Frying Pan of Themed Pastries and Beverage of Choice.



The pastries are fresh and delicious, but the theming is what sets them apart. Pretty, jam-filled seashells with a single pearl turnovers, chocolate croissant braids, light and flaky sun cookies, and mini muffins are all served in the notorious Tangled frying pan to start this meal off right! 

Starter- Choice of Yogurt with Berries, Honey, Sebastian Cookie, and Granola Bar or Mixed Fruit with Tiara Cookie and Sword Toothpick.



Both options are tasty. You really can't go wrong with fresh fruit at breakfast in my opinion. However, I found that the layer of honey on the yogurt was overly sweet for my tastes. On my second visit, I requested "no honey" and it was perfect. The mini granola bars are soft, chewy, and  YUMMY! My server was gracious enough to add a tiara cookie to my yogurt...she KNEW!


King Triton's Shipwreck al Forno- Calzone with Soppressata, Bacon, Sausage, Blend of Cheeses, and Sunday Gravy.


This is the most surprising breakfast/brunch option that I've found on Disney property, and it is BRILLIANT! The dough is tender and just thick enough to hold all of the generous, meaty, cheesy, filling inside. It wasn't as heavy as I expected, but it will definitely fill you up for a long day racing around the parks. As an Italian girl, I appreciated the fresh flavor of the marinara sauce (Sunday gravy). Just enough for dipping. The Calzone is the clear winning choice here.

Royale Breakfast- Oak-Grilled Steak, Cheesy Egg Torte, Asparagus, Crispy Onions, and Roasted Potatoes.

Steak and eggs are a classic breakfast combo taken to another level here. Nice oak-grilled char on the meat and those crisp bits of fried onions provide a hearty flavor combination. The egg torte has a similar texture to a quiche. It's delicate and full of flavor. The asparagus were cooked perfectly. They still had a little crunch to them and make the whole breakfast "healthy" by providing a splash of green, right?

Swimmers Delight- Egg White Omelet with Smoked Salmon, Goat Cheese, Spinach, Mushroom, and Tomato with Roasted Potatoes.



This breakfast seems to be offered as the "lighter" option (although not specified). While I can appreciate that attempt, it was overflowing with smoked salmon and goat cheese. That is NOT a complaint. However, I'm not sure that it creates what most would consider a "light" breakfast. I ordered with whole eggs, not just whites (texture preference). It was generously filled and the vegetables were fresh. For those of you concerned that this is a small portion or too healthy and light, rest assured it is NOT. It's fantastic. I would list this as my second favorite menu option, next to the calzone. 

Tower of Pancakes- Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes and Seasonal Fruit Compote with Bacon or Sausage.
The tower is presented beautifully. I appreciate the Tangled movie theme. But, it's pancakes. Pretty pancakes, but just pancakes. The blueberry compote is wonderful. It is actual fruit, not just colored and artifically flavored syrup. If you are a pancake fan. These are a good choice. But, when provided a refillable platter of pastries with a meal, pancakes seem redundant.

CHARACTERS
The Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast includes several characters who Guests may not encounter very often: Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled, and Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid. A character signature card is provided on the table, but characters will also sign autograph books. Please take note of the potential issue with taking photos that I described above. Be sure to check that you have good photos before they leave your table!









THE SMOLDER!!!





DECOR
Trattoria Al Forno decor is best described as elegant with dark, rich woods and fabrics. Seating includes booths, luxurious high back chairs, and more traditional low back tables and chairs. It has an open kitchen, attached bakery, and is a very lovely Italian-themed restaurant. However, the dark lighting is not the best for photos with characters and there is no character-themed decor anywhere in the restaurant. This is a breakfast only experience, not an exclusively character-dining location. 


I would definitely recommend the Bon Voyage Adventure Character Breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney's Boardwalk Resort. The food is delicious and fun. The characters are unique and excellent with their interactions. The theming of the food is well thought-out and makes up for the lack of whimsical decor. The price is also reasonable considering the experience. Just be aware of the potential limitations on character photos to save yourself from any tears and this is an excellent experience to add to any Disney vacation.

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*The Boardwalk Resort and Bon Voyage Breakfast are handicapped accessible. Handicapped accessible boats go there from both Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway entrance of Epcot. Walking paths also run from both parks to this location. 

*Affiliates Mary Morales, Travel Agent and SupersizeOrlando.com