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The heat is on in central Florida, where summer comes early and stays late, but if you’re at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Pineapple Lanai is the place to go to stay cool. That’s because you’ll find Dole Whip here year-round — including two recent additions: Lime and Lemon. We turned these into a sweet swirl with a Dole Whip hack a couple weeks ago, and now… there’s MORE!

Raspberry Dole Whip has arrived at Pineapple Lanai! And it gets better: guests can swirl it with lime for what’s angling to be the most refreshing frozen treat in the World!

Raspberry-Lime Dole Whip Swirl at Pineapple Lanai!

Our pal Kristen from WDWforGrownups.com gave us a peek at this treat, and let’s just say, we need to get our hot little hands on it ASAP! Up till now, the only place to find raspberry Dole Whip has been Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom where it’s used to craft the Hei Hei Character Cone. (Click here to see why we called the Hei Hei cone the cutest cone ever!)

So, anyway, if you need us we’ll just be gettin’ our swirl on over at the Poly. Aloha until the next fabulous Dole Whip news!

Which Dole Whip flavors have you tried? Do you have a favorite? Which one do you want to try? Let us know in the comments! 

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening NEXT week in Disneyland. And WE. CANNOT. WAIT!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ©Disney

We’ve been covering everything from Galaxy’s Edge menu options to merchandise and ride facts, and we thought we’d knew just what to expect on the planet of Batuu. But then we heard about this…

The OC Register shared a post which gave details about a slimy, one-eyed space squid that will be lurking in the “murky water of a glass cistern tank feeding a Disneyland drinking fountain.” When someone bends down to take a sip…a creature just might POP up to greet you. So…have those cameras ready for some funny moments.

Not only will you possibly see the creature, but you might hear it as well, since it will be lurking in the pipes connected to the water fountain and the bathroom.

This space squid is actually an audio-animatronic Dianoga that will call the pipes of the drinking fountain his home. The Walt Disney Imagineering executive creative director Chris Beatty said that “the sewer system contains a Dianoga to handle the sewer challenges that this outpost would have.” And big Star Wars fans might actually recognize this creature, as he’s the one that nearly drowned Luke Skywalker in A New Hope.

A hairy one-eyed space squid suddenly appears when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge visitors get a drink of water. (Courtesy of starwars.com)

Now when it comes to the size of this creature, be prepared because the Beatty also shared that “This isn’t some baby Dianoga living in the Galaxy’s Edge subterranean pipes. It’s a full-size hairy eyestalk just like the one seen in the first Star Wars film.”

Disney has also shared that there are little moments like these sprinkled throughout the park, so keep those eyes peeled! After learning about this creature…we really don’t know what all Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will offer.

It’s really happening….can you believe it?

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All-Star Movies seems to be rolling out lots of delicious snack options lately. I mean we literally just reviewed a SUPER yummy Peaches and Cream cupcake that happens to be the perfect summer treat.

Key Lime Cheesecake

And now, we’ve tried the NEW Key Lime Cheesecake treat as well! We’ve seen cheesecakes like this before, but this one seems to be a little different.

The Key Lime Cheesecake is a plain vanilla cheesecake with key lime mousse, glaze, and graham cracker crumbles on top.

Key Lime Cheesecake

We were pretty obsessed with the key lime mousse on top. But, the glaze didn’t really taste like anything, though it was sweet.

Key Lime Cheesecake

So, pretty much this is a classic cheesecake topped with a sugary glaze and delicious key lime mousse. So go ahead and dive into this yummy treat spoon first!

Key Lime Cheesecake

The portion was really nice and you can get it for $5.29 or a snack credit if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan.

Try this one out and let us know what you think! 

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Okay, my fellow cupcake lovers. If you know us you know we love tasting and reviewing our way through all that Disney has to offer…but we always seem to get really excited when we find new cupcake options.

From the new Imagination Pink cupcake to the new bird cupcake at Animal Kingdom, we’ve really been getting our fill of icing lately. (But it’s never enough.)

Peaches and Cream Cupcake

And today we found another new cupcake we’re super excited about! And that icing happened to be the best part! (:

If you find yourself at the All-Star Movies resort, you’ve got to try the new Peaches and Cream cupcake.

Peaches and Cream Cupcake

This delicious treat is a yellow cake topped with peach buttercream, vanilla buttercream, edible glitter, and sprinkles.

Peaches and Cream Cupcake

We LOVED the peach buttercream because it really tasted like a peach! The little dabs of white buttercream made us think of French vanilla ice cream, which was super yummy. The cake itself was baked perfectly, and we’re a sucker for anything sparkly, so really this treat was a winner in our books!

Peaches and Cream Cupcake

The Peaches and Cream cupcake can be found at All-Star Movies for $5.49 or one snack credit if you are a part of the Disney Dining Plan! 

And if you want to check out another new snack addition at Walt Disney World…you’ve got to see these new gourmet cotton candy flavors. They’re INSANE! 

What’s hand down the best cupcake you’ve ever eaten at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments below! 

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When Walt Disney World first announced a forthcoming option for guests and Annual Passholders to upgrade their MagicBands, we heard from a ton of DFB readers and followers who couldn’t wait to partake in this fun, personalized option.

But since the bands became available to order on Monday (see the announcement here!), we’ve heard a lot more about glitches than successes.

My Disney Experience screenshot

If you’re one of the many who attempted to order a Disney icon, character, or snack MagicBand and met with limited (if any!) success, you’re not alone! We’re hearing about snags that include a reduced number of options when making a selection and orders being cancelled after they’ve been placed.

My Disney Experience screenshot

Disney hasn’t released any official account of why these things are happening, but some readers have reported calling Disney World and being told by cast members that many of the MagicBands have already sold out. That could explain why the options are reduced when guests try to order and why some orders are being canceled after the fact.

Several MagicBand Upgrade options

We’ll keep you posted if we learn anything official about the glitches in the MagicBand upgrade process — and if we hear that MagicBands are being restocked. In the meantime, comment below to let us know what you’ve encountered when trying to upgrade. And though it’s a poor consolation: know that you’re not alone in your MagicBand upgrading dismay.

Here’s hoping for smooth sailing and restocked bands soon!

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This year marks the 25th Anniversary of “The Lion King” (and the live-action version of the film will make its debut in July!). And to celebrate, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is rolling out all the snacks — I mean, all the stops! — with a variety of treats available starting May 24th which will be available through the end of the summer!

The Lion King Photo Op in Animal Kingdom

Tamu Tamu

Stop by Tamu Tamu for the Simba Ice Cream Sandwich: Vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies and decorated with a chocolate tail and an image of Simba.

“The Lion King” Snacks ©Disney

It’s also where you’ll find Simba’s Sunset Dole Whip: Pineapple Dole Whip topped with red syrup made up of watermelon and coconut.

“The Lion King” Snacks ©Disney

The King’s Cooler is the same as Simba’s Sunset Dole Whip, but with RUM!

Shave Ice Cart

Visit the Shave Ice Cart (near Africa’s Harambe Market) for an Asante Slush: Shaved ice topped with watermelon and passion fruit-mango syrup.

“The Lion King” Snacks ©Disney

Dawa Bar, Harambe Market, and Boneyard Bar

You’ll find the red Serengeti Sangria at Dawa Bar, Harambe Market, and Boneyard Bar.

“The Lion King” Snacks ©Disney

Anandapur Bus and Trilo-Bites

The Bugs ‘n Grub Waffle Cone — chocolate soft-serve ice cream in a green cone with cookies and cream “dirt” crumbles, gummy worms, and a chocolate beetle — will be served at the Anandapur Bus and Trilo-Bites.

“The Lion King” Snacks ©Disney

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.

Get some special Lion King latte art at Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. locations in the park!

“The Lion King” Snacks ©Disney

You’ll also be able to order up the Lion’s Latte — a hot or iced latte with white chocolate and coconut and featuring Joffrey’s “Flavors of Africa” artisan roast coffee from Kenya.

Pizzafari

And, of course, you’ll find the Simba Cupcake (which is available now) at Pizzafari.

Simba Cupcake

It’s a vanilla cupcake filled with white chocolate mousse and topped with buttercream, an edible piece featuring Simba, and a mane of orange and yellow icing.

Tusker House (Breakfast)

Guests dining with Mickey and friends at Tusker House for breakfast will find Simba and Nala waffles on the buffet.

“The Lion King” Snacks ©Disney

Later This Summer…

While it seems these won’t be available this Friday when the snacks debut, Disney shares that “The Lion King” novelty sipper and popcorn bucket will be available “later this summer” at carts around the park!

“The Lion King” Sipper and Popcorn Bucket ©Disney

So, start working on your ROAR and get ready for all the new Lion King treats at Animal Kingdom starting this Friday!

Which Lion King treat would you most like to try? Please let us know with a comment!

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Welcome to another What’s New from Walt Disney World’s Epcot! We’ll be strolling through Future World and World Showcase to give you a look at construction, merchandise, and FOOD! Grab your passport, and let’s stroll!

Welcome to Epcot!

What’s New in Epcot’s Future World

Construction at Epcot is visible before you even leave your car! The Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster is housed inside this massive building (painted blue, presumably, so it can disappear into the blue sky beyond), which looms large on the horizon as you walk towards the park’s entrance.

Guardians of the Galaxy Construction

And, in case you missed it, work has begun in removing the Leave A Legacy photos as the entrance of Epcot begins its transformation.

Epcot Entrance

Epcot Entrance

Inside the park, lots of construction is visible on the old Universe of Energy pavilion.

Guardians of the Galaxy Construction

Guardians of the Galaxy Construction

Guardians of the Galaxy Construction

Guardians of the Galaxy Construction

Nearby, the space-themed restaurant (now officially scheduled to open later this year!) construction continues, with exterior work progressing via scaffolding. Much of the restaurant is hidden behind trees to the left of this visible portion.

Space Restaurant Construction

Space Restaurant Construction

In food news, Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion has changed up the popular Mickey Oreo Cheesecake! The original was bright red and drew some skeptical responses from readers concerned about the color. (See our review here!)

Mickey Oreo Cheesecake

The new version removes the red frosting layer in favor of a cookies-and-cream layer that tops plain cheesecake. It seems to be a little smaller than the original, and it no longer features two mini Oreos on the ears. Instead, there’s a stick pushing into the side of the cheesecake, making this one… portable?

Mickey Oreo Cheesecake Changed

Except, from the looks of it, Mickey isn’t super happy about it. This cheesecake was already cracking in the pastry case.

Mickey Oreo Cheesecake Changed

Mickey Oreo Cheesecake Changed

In drink news, Sunshine Seasons has added three cold drinks: Raspberry Rum Lemonade, Kahlua Iced Coffee, and Flavored Frozen Lemonade available in watermelon, cherry, and green apple.

Frozen Lemonade at Sunshine Seasons

Frozen Lemonade at Sunshine Seasons

What’s New in Epcot’s World Showcase

Meanwhile at the International Gateway, construction continues on Disney’s Skyliner! This project is expected to conclude this fall, and we’ve started seeing several unwrapped character-covered gondolas on the tracks! (You’ve GOT to see them here!)

Epcot Skyliner Construction

Epcot Skyliner Construction

Epcot Skyliner Construction

Epcot Skyliner Construction

Wrapped gondolas are visible on the tracks near the Station, and beyond them, work continues in the France Pavilion, too!

Epcot Skyliner Construction

The pavilion’s Ratatouille ride is under construction (you can see unfinished construction toward the back of the pavilion from this angle).

France Pavilion Construction

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One question I am often asked is, “AJ, what do you eat in the parks when you aren’t gathering info for DFB readers?” My answer? Well, I have several favorites. And for years, one of them has been the Frangipane at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion.

Frangipane

Pictured above you’ll see the classic version I’ve loved ever since the first time I tried it. And I know what you’re thinking: “What’s the big deal?” But there’s always been more to this deceptively simple pastry than meets the eye.

As it turns out, though… my beloved Frangipane has been changed. The menu will still tell you that the Frangipane ($4.50 or a Disney Dining Plan snack credit) is an “almond filling between puff pastry.”

New Frangipane at Les Halles

No longer a triangle, we received a rectangular shape with far more topping than the slight dusting of sugar I’m accustomed to. The newly added coarse sugar on top lends the treat a crunch, and I didn’t mind the variation in texture. In fact, it added more texture than sweetness, which is great in that it’s still not an overly sweet treat.

New Frangipane

And, thankfully, what makes the unassuming Frangipane so memorable — that incredible almond center formed with plenty of butter, sugar, and eggs — is still present in abundance within the light and flaky pastry.

New Frangipane

Whew!

I’m happy to say that the Frangipane at Les Halles is still one of my top recommendations for great snacking in Epcot’s World Showcase!

Find out more about all there is to eat in Epcot’s France Pavilion in our DFB YouTube Video!

Disney World France Food Tour: Nosh or Not? in Epcot's France Pavilion - YouTube
Have you ever tried the Frangipane in Epcot’s France? Please let us know with a comment!

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The next time you’re in Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney District, be sure to stop by the new Sugarboo & Co.!

Sugarboo & Co. ©Disney

The family-owned boutique (Disney shares that they call themselves a “Dealer in Whimsy”) offers  imprinted jewelry, candles, bath products, handmade ceramics, and paper goods.

Decor with inspiring sayings are another popular style of product at Sugarboo & Co. which Walt Disney World guests may recognize from the Disney Springs location.

Sugarboo & Co. ©Disney

Disney shares: “If you’re wondering about the word Sugarboo, it comes from the nicknames the artist/owner Rebecca Puig has for her children, Jake and Sophie. She and her husband Rick started their family business in 2005 with ‘the inspiration to create products that remind us of the ones we love.’ “

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Will you be paying a visit to Sugarboo & Co.? Please let us know with a comment!

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Disney After Hours events offer guests the chance to enjoy the parks after closing hours at three Disney World Parks: Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Limited guest capacity for these events allows guests to enjoy popular park attractions with little-to-no wait.

Slinky Dog Dash Wait Time at Hollywood Studios After Hours

Another highlight of these extra-ticket events is complimentary ice cream, popcorn and select beverages included in your admission.

Mickey Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwich at After Hours

Today Disney has announced that more dates have been added to these popular events for these three parks:

  • Magic Kingdom Park: August 22 and 29; and September 5, 12, 19, and 26
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: July 2, 8, 15, 22 and 29; August 5, 12, 19, and 26; and September 3, 9, 16 and 23
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: July 5, 12, 19 and 26

You can visit Disneyworld.com/DisneyAfterHours to purchase tickets and view the full list of experiences and inclusions. Disney After Hours event tickets cost $125 + tax for advance purchase and $129 + tax for day-of purchases. (Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders can take advantage of a discounted price at $95 + tax.)

Want to learn more about Disney After Hours? Check out our DFB YouTube Video below!

Are Disney World After Hours Events Worth The MONEY?!? - YouTube
Would you like to attend Disney After Hours? Please let us know with a comment!

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