Blue Bayou Disneyland Restaurant Review

One of my all-time favorite restaurants at the Disneyland Resort is the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square! There’s so much to love about this restaurant! Blue Bayou is a Table Service restaurant with Cajun/Creole-inspired food. Both lunch and dinner are offered and reservations, which can be made 60 days in advance, are highly recommended. On occasion, walk ins are accepted, but I would not rely on that.

Blue Bayou Disneyland Restaurant Review

I have tried both the lunch and dinner menus and personally enjoy the dinner menu more! The lunch menu is a little cheaper and does include their well-known Monte Cristo sandwich! For my Blue Bayou Disneyland restaurant review, I’m going to speak specifically to the dinner menu.Wondering where to eat in Disneyland? Give Blue Bayou a try. Read our restaurant review to know what to expect and what to eat. We make great recommendations, but the fun you have is all up to you!

Location

First of all, where is the Blue Bayou? For those of you who may not know, it is located within the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction! The location of the restaurant is a big appeal to those who dine there. When you check in for your reservation, you can request a table by the water. You’ll be provided with an additional wait time to be seated at those tables, usually 15-30 minutes depending on how busy the restaurant is that day. The water side tables allow you to watch riders go by on their boats and have a closer look at the attraction. The restaurant gives its guests the feel of an evening in New Orleans with colorful lanterns strewn overhead and candle lights at each table! After you’ve taken in the beautiful decorations around you, it’s time to decide what to eat!Disneyland Restaurant Review Blue Bayou

Appetizers

Whether you’re in the mood for steak, chicken, seafood or a vegetarian option, Blue Bayou has it all for you! Before you begin eating, you’re provided with a complimentary basket of bread and butter. Each entree comes with a choice of Blue Bayou House Salad with your choice of Ranch or Sherry vinaigrette, or a cup of their signature New Orleans Gumbo. For an additional charge, you can upgrade to their Louisiana-spiced Shrimp. I would highly recommend the Gumbo! You don’t have to eat at the Blue Bayou to try it. Visit the Royal Street Veranda, a Quick Service location, to try the Gumbo in a delicious sourdough bread bowl!

Entrees and Desserts

My usual choice is the Surf & Turf, which my friend ordered, so I decided to go with the Pan-seared Salmon. The Surf & Turf includes a petite Lobster Tail and Broiled Filet Mignon served with Blue Bayou Au Gratin Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and Béarnaise sauce. The Pan-seared Salmon is served with Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Arugula, crispy Onions, Sautéed Spinach, and Blood Orange Beurre Blanc.Blue Bayou Disneyland Restaurant ReviewAdditionally, other entrees include Bone-In Rib-Eye, Citrus-marinated Chicken Breast, Royal Street Seafood Jambalaya, and Portobello Mushroom and Louisiana Popcorn Rice. There are also options for kids, so don’t think this restaurant is limited to just adults! Hopefully after your meal you’ve saved room for dessert! We decided to try the Crème Brulee which was to die for! Overall, the Blue Bayou has yet to disappoint. The wait staff is amazing and friendly, the experience is as unforgettable as the food!

Dining Packages

Finally, with the reopening of “Fantasmic!” this summer, the Disneyland Resort brought back its dining packages to both the Blue Bayou and River Belle Terrace. As mentioned in a previous post, The Main Street Electrical Parade offered a dining package through the Blue Bayou. The same package is being offered for Fantasmic! The package includes a 3-course meal for a flat price of $65.00 per adult and $25.00 per child (ages 3-9) and admission to a reserved viewing area for one of the two Fantasmic! shows that evening. I plan on trying to dining package at the River Belle Terrace later in the summer. Come back to hear how my Fantasmic! dining package experience was!

Can’t Miss Foods at Walt Disney World

Can’t Miss Foods at Walt Disney World

Even if you are not a self-proclaimed “foodie,” why not take the chance to branch out while on vacation? Not only does Disney Springs have some amazing options to try, but you might even be surprised at what you find inside the parks too. Today, we’re sharing some great options for “can’t miss” foods at Walt Disney World.

Kona Cafe

If you love bananas, strawberries, and french toast, you must try the Tonga Toast at the Kona Cafe. This quaint cafe is located at the Polynesian Village Resort. Be sure to have a healthy appetite when you visit because the Tonga Toast is HUGE. It is a slice of sourdough bread stuffed with banana, rolled in cinnamon sugar, and served with strawberry compote. This meal is sure to get anyone ready for a day at the parks.can't miss foods at walt disney world

Yak and Yeti

In Animal Kingdom, the Yak & Yeti is the place of your dreams. For sit down or counter service, Yak and Yeti will satisfy any appetite. My favorite menu item is the Wok-Fired green beans served with a soy lime dipping sauce. I never knew that fried green beans would change my world, but these sure did. During my next trip, I know that I must try the Potstickers and Dim Sum basket for two. I’m never one to order desserts at an Asian restaurant, but their Fried Wontons skewered with fresh pineapple and served with vanilla ice cream and honey vanilla drizzle is making my mouth water at just the thought of it. This is a must try for me!

Coming Soon: Satu’li and Pongu Pongu

I absolutely loved the beauty of floating mountains and bioluminescent rainforests in the Avatar movie, and I’m so excited to be visiting the Pandora World of Avatar park on opening weekend. I’ve been looking over the menu for Satu’li Canteen, and these dishes look otherworldly. Satu’li is a fast casual restaurant serving everything from beef to tofu, but the most interesting thing I see are the steamed pods. If it’s anything like the Pork bao at Morimoto’s Asia, then I will be one very happy adventurer. Available in Vegetable Steamed Curry and Cheeseburger these light and fluffy looking pods do seem interesting. Pandora: The World of Avatar also offers another quick service option that will definitely quench any explorer’s thirst.

Serving bioluminescent frozen cocktails, indigenous beers, and sweet treats only available here, Pongu Pongu sounds like the perfect stand to visit on a hot day. Read our list of can't miss foods at Walt Disney World and see if you've eaten any of our favorites! What's on your "can't miss" list?I cannot wait to try all of these new, amazing looking dishes this summer! I will definitely be sharing which ones are best in another round of “Can’t Miss Foods at Walt Disney World.” Until next time, Bon Appetit!

Episode 44: All About Food at Walt Disney World

Stacey Little

We are so excited to introduce you to our friend and guest podcaster for today’s episode. His name is Stacey Little, and Meredith and I went to high school with him (way back in the day, when Jesus was a small child). He’s the author behind Southern Bite cookbook, a cookbook and website that features Southern recipes that are simple and delicious. He’s been featured on the Today Show and Fox and Friends.

Stacey loves Disney as much as he loves a good Southern recipe, and today’s episode is all about our top 5 foods/restaurants that we love at Walt Disney World. Listen in to our favorites and see if we mentioned yours! ~Amy ºoº

P.S. Here is the backside of the pyramid in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot. It will make sense once you listen to the episode!

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Disney Dining : How I Got Out of My Comfort Zone

I’m a creature of habit. Always have been, and probably always will be. I tend to make safe choices, and when that comes to Disney, that means choosing restaurants that we’ve enjoyed in the past. When we started planning our December anniversary trip to Disney, I told my husband that we were only going to eat at restaurants that we have never eaten at before. This was going to be a trip of firsts, and trying new dining options was at the top of the list.

I started off by mapping out my park days and a loosely set touring plan. We didn’t have park hoppers, so my choices for dining were either going to be resort restaurants, or park restaurants. After I set my basic plans and knew what days I wanted to be in each park, I started checking menus to see prices and entree choices.

We were on the dining plan, and I knew that I was going to be “that” person that chose the most expensive option just to get my moneys worth out of the dining plan. We had 4 sit down meals to choose, and after checking out the menus of what we thought we would like, we settled on:

Dinner at Be Our Guest. This was our first meal of the trip, and it set the bar high. My husband loves Beauty and the Beast, so dining in the Beast’s castle was a huge hit for him. The decor was amazing, and the entire experience was fantastic. We both ate the grilled strip steak with garlic-herb butter, vegetables and pommes frites. The steak was cooked to perfection and the french fries dipped in the sauce (basically mayo with garlic) were so yummy. We left full and totally satisfied.

Our second restaurant choice was dinner at Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine. This is a buffet restaurant at Hollywood Studios.The food was really good and fresh, but the lobster mac and cheese is what won me over. That and the dessert selections.

Can we just have a moment of silence for whoever invented the chocolate fountain, because wow. So yummy! 

Hollywood and Vine was a good restaurant with lots of food choices on the buffet. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

I kinda broke my own rules with our 3rd choice when I picked The Garden Grill at Epcot because we have eaten there before, but I went with it because we’ve never eaten breakfast there. And I scored pre-park opening breakfast which made it even better. This was such a fun meal. It’s the same characters as dinner (Chip, Dale, Mickey and Pluto), and the interaction is just as great. It’s a family style meal, and there was so much food! We ate until we were stuffed, and there was so much leftover. I highly recommend this dining choice, and if you can get pre-park reservations, you are right there by Soarin’, so you can just scoot over as soon as you get done eating.

Our last reservation choice was dinner at La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot. Y’all. This meal was incredible. We ordered the Del Mar mixed grill for 2 and it comes with shrimp, fish, scallops and vegetables, served with beans and fresh salsas. The food was hands down the best food we ate at WDW, and the best Mexican food I’ve ever eaten. My husband nearly lost a few fingers when he tried to steal some of my scallops off my plate. My mouth still starts watering when I think about the cheesy sauce they put on the corn. We picked chocolate mouse and an empanada for dessert and they were both delicious. I would LOVE to go there again! 

When picking dining options at Walt Disney World, it is important to keep in mind what you know your family (especially picky eaters) will enjoy, but don’t be afraid to branch out and try something new. Browse the menus and see what all is out there. I’m so glad we tried some new restaurants, and I can’t wait to pick a few more new ones to try out on our next trip. What are your favorite restaurants at WDW? Any place you are dying to try? Let’s chat in the comments! Have a great day! ~Amy ºoº

Episode 8: Our Own Top 5 WDW Bucket Lists

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Today’s podcast is all about our Walt Disney World bucket lists – those things that we haven’t done yet, and dream of one day being able to say, “I’ve done that!” We didn’t share with each other what our Top 5 items were for our lists, and we all came up with some very different and uniquely Disney things. Here are the links to our bucket list items in case you want to find out more information about each one!

Meredith’s Top 5 Walt Disney World Bucket List
5. Eat at The Boathouse restaurant at Disney Springs
4. Complete all the adventure games in the parks: Pirates Adventure in Adventureland, Agent P’s World Showcase Adventures in Epcot, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Wilderness Explorers in Animal Kingdom.
3. Visit the Senses Spa at the Grand Floridian Resort
2. Stay at Polynesian Villas and Bungalows.
1. Parks marathon and visit all 4 theme parks and 2 water parks in 1 day.

Sarah’s Top 5 Walt Disney World Bucket List
5. RunDisney event


4. Eat at the Chef’s Table at Victoria & Alberts and eat at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
3. The Pirates League, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Jedi Training Academy (Meredith and I have Pirates League and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experiences from prior trips. You can read about them here, here and here!)
2. Make Rope Drop at Magic Kingdom and be the family of the day.
1. Go to a hard ticket event such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and take a tour – Behind the Seeds tour at Epcot and Walt Disney: From Marceline to Magic Kingdom

Amy’s Top 5 Walt Disney World Bucket List
5. Visit Downtown Disney
4. Trio of snack items: Churro, Turkey Leg, and Zebra Dome
3. Keys to the Kingdom Tour in Magic Kingdom and Epcot Seas Aqua Tour in the Living Seas aquarium
2. Stay in a savannah room at Animal Kingdom Lodge
1. Stay in Cinderella Castle Suite which is only available if you are uber rich and famous or win a Disney contest!

Now that you’ve heard our lists – and my own personal confession that I’ve never been to Downtown Disney (now called Disney Springs) – what is on your Walt Disney World bucket list? Let’s chat in the comments! ~Amy º0º

Episode 5: Advanced Dining Reservations

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On today’s episode we discuss everything Dining! From what an ADR is, to how to book, to which restaurants are our favorites, this episode has it all!

Here’s some helpful links from content mentioned in this episode:

Book Reservations Online

Call WDW Dining

Disney Abbreviation Guide

Our Favorite Restaurants:

Yak and Yeti

Tusker House

Garden Grill

Biergarten

Teppan Edo

Hollywood and Vine

50’s Primetime Cafe

The Crystal Palace

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Be Our Guest

Ohana

California Grill

Boma-Flavors of Africa

1900 Park Fare

Splitsville

Need a travel agent? Check out our pages here: Sarah, Meredith, Amy. We’d be happy to help create a magical vacation for your and your family!

New Additions to Disney Springs

In case you weren’t aware, Downtown Disney is slowly transitioning into its new name: Disney Springs. On Tuesday it was announced that 13 new vendors have signed on to open spaces in Disney Springs, including 8 new retail shops and 5 new dining locations. Here is the breakdown of what we can look forward to (from Disney Travel Agents):

  • Zara: Owned by the Inditex Group, one of the world’s largest fashion retail groups. Zara is known for its men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, and how it expertly interprets current fashion and style trends of the season, delivering original designs to the consumer in a matter of weeks.
  • Tommy Bahama: Iconic island lifestyle brand Tommy Bahama embodies relaxed sophistication. The hallmarks of this casual collection include island-inspired sportswear, denim, and swimwear for men and women in luxuriously soft silks and cottons, richly woven textures and eclectic prints.
  • Lilly Pulitzer: The authentic American resort wear brand, Lilly Pulitzer, is landing in the heart of Disney and will be offering their clothing and accessories, optimistic outlook, and happy prints to those who’ve loved the brand for years and new Lilly Girls out there. 
  • UNIQLO: Leading global retailer UNIQLO designs, manufactures, and sells casual apparel that comes from the company’s Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. The simplest design hides the most thoughtful details in clothing that is constantly being innovated to bring more warmth and lightness, better design and comfort to people’s lives.
  • PANDORA: Building on its existing relationship with Disney Parks, the popular jewelry brand offers classic yet modern charm bracelets, along with necklaces, rings and earrings, as well as a line of exclusive Disney-themed jewelry.
  • UGG: The UGG® brand is recognized as a premium lifestyle brand offering men’s, women’s and kid’s footwear as well as loungewear, outerwear, home products, cold weather accessories and handbags.
  • L’Occitane en Provence: L’Occitane en Provence is an international skincare and beauty line celebrating the culture and beauty of Provence, France.
  • Edward Beiner: A leading eyewear designer, purveyor and retailer, Edward Beiner offers today’s aspiring lifestyle-oriented customer the world’s most original, authentic and innovative designer, fashion and high performance eyewear.

Dining Locations

  • Edison: Inspired by The Edison venue in Los Angeles, this lavish “Industrial Gothic” -style restaurant, bar and nighttime destination is themed to a 1920s-period power plant, recalling an exuberant era of invention and imagination. It will feature exceptionally good classic American food, craft cocktails and live entertainment including cabaret and music.
  • Sprinkles: The world’s first cupcake bakery, as named by Food Network and others, serves up handcrafted cupcakes, slow churned ice cream and homemade cookies. Their innovative Cupcake ATM satisfies sweet-toothed epicureans 24/7.
  • Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza: Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint” known for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies. The fast-casual restaurant features an interactive assembly-line format that allows guests to customize their pizza, choosing from over 40 fresh, artisanal toppings – all for one price. The generously sized, 11-inch pizzas are “fast-fired” in a blazing hot open-flame oven and ready to enjoy in just 180 seconds.
  • Vivoli Gelateria: Vivoli Gelateria serves expertly crafted gelato made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, panini sandwiches and espresso drinks.
  • Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s specializes in premium loose-leaf teas (hot, iced, blended) featuring customs blends, accessories and packaged teas from all over the globe; created to go or for a tea experience in the café.

So there you have it! Whether you are a shopping fanatic or restaurant enthusiast, the updated Disney Springs is sure to have something for everyone! I’m looking forward to the Pandora store, and eating at Blaze Pizza. What about you? What are you excited about? Let’s chat in the comments! ~A ºoº

5.18.15 Trivia Answers

Here are the answers for today’s trivia questions. How did you do?

Question 1: Which Disney restaurant features the dessert below, filled with scoops of Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Coffee, and Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream smothered in every topping they have, and what is the name of the dessert?

Answer 1: Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club resort is where you can find the Kitchen Sink. This mammoth dessert serves 4 people (at least!) and is $28.99.

Question 2: Which Epcot restaurant features three ovens named for Italy’s famous volcanoes: Etna, Stromboli, and Vesuvio?

Answer 2: Via Napoli in the Mexican showcase at Epcot features 3 wood burning ovens: Etna, Stromboli and Vesuvio, which are used to cook their wood-fired pizzas.

Question 3: Which Walt Disney World restaurant can boast not only about their amazing view of Magic Kingdom, but also has some of the best sushi you can find around WDW?

Answer 3: California Grill, located on the 15th floor of the Contemporary Resort offers both amazing food and incredible views!

Thanks for playing along today! ~A ºoº

5.18.15 Trivia

I’m knee deep in planning for an upcoming anniversary trip to Disney World, and I’m trying to branch out and only eat at restaurants that we have never visited at Walt Disney World. I’m doing lots of research on options, and today’s trivia is all restaurant inspired. Good luck!

Question 1: Which Disney restaurant features the dessert below, filled with scoops of Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Coffee, and Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream smothered in every topping they have, and what is the name of the dessert?

Question 2: Which Epcot restaurant features three ovens named for Italy’s famous volcanoes: Etna, Stromboli, and Vesuvio?

Question 3: Which Walt Disney World restaurant can boast not only about their amazing view of Magic Kingdom, but also has some of the best sushi you can find around WDW?

Answer in the comment section, or on our facebook page. Answers will be posted at 7:00 tonight. Good luck! ~A ºoº

Quick! What do you want to eat? I dunno, what do YOU want to eat?

Hey howdy hey, it’s Friday!! And today’s post is going to be quick! As in, “we just planned a last-minute trip to WDW! Where should we eat?!”  but include my usual Friday tech topic too!

First off, let’s start by saying that yes, the earlier you get your ADR’s in, the better chance you have of getting the restaurants you really want. Let’s also state that for this post, we’re going to discuss restaurants based on the food itself, and not character dining. That’s a whole other post by itself and we’ll save that for a later date.

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I’m going to pin a few of my favorite spots not only in the parks, but around the entire property. There’s so much good food, that you really should eat with the “when in Rome” mindset. I mean think about it, let’s admit that we all have our regular foods that we have both at home and restaurants in our hometowns. It’s part of our day to day schedule. And to me, part of the “luxury” of vacation is being able to eat and experience something different everyday. Okay, so I may have gone overboard on our last trip with the ADR’s (apologies to my family now ^_^ )  but they were all so good that I have to share my favs list. With that said, if you’re truly doing the whole “last minute” thing, then it’s to be expected that a good majority of the restaurants pinned on our board will be already booked, but hey! It’s always worth a try, and with this list, you can just go through and ask a CM by directly calling Disney Dining. They’ll be able to continue checking from your list until you find something that’s available for you. There are always cancellations, so definitely give it a try! And don’t forget that you can always call Disney Dining, even while in the parks, to ask about a reservation.

Just use your phone’s qr scanner to scan the code located on our free MMM’s printable planning card! Yep! It will directly connect you with Disney Dining, and you can let them know that you are in the parks. This would also be handy to have if you already have an ADR and need to cancel on-the-fly. And think about it! It’ll actually save your phone’s battery life too because you won’t stand there waiting on a google search for the disney dining number, or your waiting on your email to load to call your TA (no offense to our TA ladies, just saying 🙂 ) We all know how cell service is on vacation. This would quickly and easily load the number on your phone. All you do is hit call! Wanna test it but can’t print right now? Go ahead “test” your qr scanner right on the screen straight from my photo. It totally works!

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As for our big “Quick! Where to eat?!” list, well, here’s how it’s going to work. We’re going to create a large collaborative pinterest board and want you all to join to contribute. I’ve already added a few of our readers that I know and already follow on pinterest, but if you’d like to participate (and I really hope you do!) then either comment or email us at memorymakinmoms@gmail.com with your pinterest email so that we can add you as a contributor to the board.

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Once you’re added, click on this link to navigate to Disney’s main list of all of their dining experiences for WDW. From there, scroll through the list and click on your favorite dining locations. Once you’re on that restaurant’s page, use a pin it button or copy/paste to directly pin on the pinterest website. Let’s make this collaborative and really share as many ideas and experiences as we can! 🙂 Be sure to only pin restaurants THAT YOU’VE ACTUALLY BEEN to and include a little bit about why you liked it. I’ve already started the board with some of my favorites, but no worries ladies! I’ve left PLENTY of room for you all to fill-out our favorites list!

And best yet? I’ve added a map to our board. But, you’re saying “So what?!”, right? Well, that’s pretty awesome actually because if you’re in the parks and want to know our favorites quickly, just open our board and look at the map in relation to where you are in WDW straight from your pinterest app (ios & droid)! You’ll be able to easily find restaurants near you at that moment that WE ALL collectively love for one reason or another. You might be pleasantly surprised to find something that you wouldn’t have know about otherwise.

Don’t have a pinterest account? That’s okay!! You can still contribute. (Though we hope you’ll come pin along with us! It’s a free app after all.) Just comment below with your favorites and we’ll try our best to add them to our board 🙂

Lastly, be sure to check out our tags on the right bar of the blog and click “Dining”  as well using the search bar at the top to search for Dining. We’ve written loads of other great posts on the WDW restaurants, so be sure to check those out too! And this post is a must if you’re unfamiliar with making ADR’s because it explains it all.

 

So, off with you now!! Go pin away and help us create our own collective WDW foodie community!! ~M °o°