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Disney News Round-up: Captain’s Grille Retheming, New Year’s Eve at Disney’s Contemporary, and More

Welcome to today's Disney news round-up! We have a ton of Disney food news to share, including news about the refurbishment of the Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club Resort, three New Year's Eve celebrations at Disney's Contemporary Resort, and much more. Let's dig in!

Disney News Round-Up: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Treats, Disney Requires Kids to Scan Fingers at Park Gates, and More

Welcome to another edition of our Disney news round-up. Today we're checking out stories about Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and a new requirement for kids at the theme park entrances. Let's see what's going on!

Exciting Food News at the Walt Disney World Resort

There's some really exciting food news coming out of the Walt Disney World Resort this week. A Magic Kingdom restaurant is offering table service dining during the busy spring season, cupcakes are coming to Disney Springs, and so much more.

The Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience Coming to Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Just in case Star Wars Weekends weren't going to be amazing enough this year, Disney just announced the addition of a popup Star Wars-themed restaurant, The Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience. This spot was "once a known hangout of Rebel pilots, aliens, and smugglers" and the themeing is going to be out of this galaxy amazing.

BoardWalk Bakery Reopens at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

After a several months long refurbishment, the BoardWalk Bakery at Disney's BoardWalk Inn has finally reopened! And it's bigger and better than before.

Details Surface Regarding Walt Disney World's 40th Anniversary Celebration on October 1

Disney to date has seemed fairly tight-lipped about what's in store to celebrate 40 years of Walt Disney World. Recently, though, some of the big day's plans have emerged and give guests an idea of what to expect on October 1 at the Magic Kingdom.

First off, a special 40th anniversary presentation will start at 10 a.m. at the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. Mum's still the word on the presentation's details, but it's said that many guests have been planning for an early trip to the MK that day.

Babycakes NYC Vegan Bakery Opens in Downtown Disney

In a trifecta of deliciousness, three new food locations opened in Downtown Disney this month, replacing the spot vacated by McDonald's after the restaurant's contract expired with Disney last year.

Pollo Campero and Fresh Apeel offer your entrees, while Babycakes NYC -- a starlet New York City bakery that recently expanded to LA and now to Orlando -- offers the primary dessert options.

What makes this place different from any other you'll find in Disney World, however, is what you won't find in its cupcakes, breads, and cookies. The Vegan bakery is also egg-free, gluten-free, casein-free, and refined sugar-free -- perfect for guests with specialty diets!

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Favorite Must-Have Snacks at Disney Springs

In the last couple of years, thanks to the opening of many new restaurants, Disney Springs has become a go-to destination for good food and drinks. You'll find some incredible signature dining spots and some equally as delicious quick service restaurants too. And let's not forget about the cupcake ATM at Sprinkles.

Favorite Sweet Treats at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Yes, we know. Disney's Hollywood Studios is a hot mess right now thanks to the construction projects for Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land. But the theme park still has some redeeming qualities including The Great Movie Ride, Tower of Terror, and Toy Story Mania. And you can meet BB-8 and Baby Groot, so it's not all bad. Plus, there's a ton of great food to be found at the Studios.

Start Your Day of Adventure At Creature Comforts In Disney's Animal Kingdom

I'm one of those girls that needs her morning coffee, and when I'm headed out for a day at a Disney Park, the first thing I do is figure out where the Starbucks is. At Disney's Animal Kingdom, you can be sure that I'll be making my way to Creature Comforts... because that's exactly what I need.

The New Gasparilla Island Grill Still Stuns With Sweet Cupcakes

The Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has reopened after after a bit of refurbishment, and guests can delight in a brand new menu with artisanal ingredients and elevated flavors. A whole team of culinary stars collaborated on the relaunch, including James Beard nominee and Grand Floridian Executive Chef, Scott Hunnel, Grand Floridian Executive Pastry Chef, Erich Herbitschek and Chef Noah Estabrook.

Bright Flavors Makes Sprinkles Cupcakes Stand Out

Like many Disney fans, I love a good cupcake, and I was especially excited to hear Disney Springs is the new home to a Sprinkles location. Sprinkles is considered by many to be the first name in cupcake bakeries, but you'll also find ice cream, cookies, and delicious combinations of the decedent treats.

Top 5 Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

When staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel I tend to consider the dining options when making my final decision. Is there somewhere to grab a quick and delicious breakfast? What type of table service dining " if any " is available? Can I find good coffee quickly in the morning? All important factors when choosing a hotel.

Sip, Snack, and Stroll: Magic Kingdom Classics Challenge

Snack & Strolls are a popular way to eat - or drink - your way around the Parks of Walt Disney World. The most popular versions involve eating your way around the world at Epcot, or conquering the bars of the Seven Seas Lagoon on a monorail crawl. Our friends over at the Disney Food Blog even offer a wide variety of ideas for fun foodie themed "crawls" around Walt Disney World property in their annual Guide to Walt Disney World Dining eBook.

Dining at the Walt Disney World Resort with Food Allergies

Dining out with food allergies can be challenging, frustrating, and sometimes impossible. There are restaurants you need to avoid and restaurants where the staff just doesn't "get it." But when you're visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, dining out with food allergies is usually less stressful and can even be a bit magical.

Celebrating Thanksgiving at Chef Mickey’s in Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Celebrating Thanksgiving at the Walt Disney World Resort is a great time to start new family traditions and let someone else do the cooking. On our recent Thanksgiving-week vacation we spent "Turkey Day" visiting two theme parks, lounging by the pool, and we let Chef Mickey and pals handle the big meal.