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The Ganachery Chocolate Shop in Disney Springs

‘The Ganachery’ Chocolate Shop to Open in Disney Springs

Disney announced earlier this month that they will be opening a brand new chocolate shop — The Ganachery — to be located in Disney Springs. No date has been confirmed for the grand opening. Chocolate connoisseurs and Disney fanatics everywhere can rejoice. Not only is Disney Springs going to have a chocolate hotspot, but there will even be a selection of chocolate bars inspired by a variety of Disney characters!

The Ganachery Chocolate treats

The Ganachery will be nestled in The Landing section of Disney Springs, amongst several mouth-watering Disney Springs restaurants like Jock Lindey’s Hangar Bar and Morimoto Asia. It sounds like a great opportunity for chocolate lovers to grab dessert after they enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants now located in Disney Springs!

Walt Disney World chefs traveled the world to bring the best chocolate and chocolate-making methods to their shop, where fresh chocolate and ganache (a combination of cream and chocolate) will be prepared on-stage by a chocolatier. If you shop at Goofy’s Candy Co. (located in the Marketplace section of Disney Springs) or the Main Street Confectionary in Magic Kingdom, you’ll experience the same type of stage-like show. This time, instead of drooling over candy apples and cotton candy, we get chocolate!

Ganache selections will include dark (65% custom blend), hazelnut, chipotle, and a unique custom blend derived from the world’s finest flavors and spices. If you love chocolate, it is sure to offer something to your taste…or several items!

Gifts, Shopping & Souvenirs

The Ganachery will allow guests to either buy and savor their chocolaty treats on the spot or purchase some to enjoy later. For chocolate lovers willing to share, The Ganachery will have select take-home gifts available in custom packages, which is a great souvenir to bring back to your chocolate-loving family and friends! Seems like a great way to thank your dog sitter too! It’s a guaranteed hit if you know someone with a sweet tooth!

As sweet lovers ourselves, we’ll be keeping our eyes open for an opening date of The Ganachery. The Ganachery is now open (December 2015)! For more information, be sure to check out our complete guide to Disney Springs. We’ll keep you posted as more choco-centric information is released!

Both Al & Sam Offer Unusual Orlando Souvenirs

Orlando souvenirs; most Orlando dinner shows and theme parks offer items you can purchase which help you remember your vacation or experience at that venue. Maybe you’ve got friends or family back home that you want to purchase a gift for. Souvenirs are great, and Capone’s Dinner & Show has an entire gift shop full of great cheap souvenirs. Some are also very unusual.

It’s not often that a theme park or restaurant offers a souvenir that people just can’t wait to get their hands on, but that is exactly what has happened this week. The famous mugs of Trader Sam’s are now available at Disney’s Polynesian Resort Village. This popular drink establishment has been open unofficially (soft opening) since late in March, but the souvenir mugs were nowhere to be found. The Grog Grotto is now officially open and the mugs, cups and shot glasses have magically arrived. These make great souvenirs.

shrunken head mugFounded by a famous “head” salesman, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto welcomes guests to explore a menu of “magical tropical drinks and food.” After all, Sam’s expertise in concocting head-shrinking potions has proven he also has a head for mixology. With his travels being quite extensive, there is a wide variety of drinks to choose from. Available in collectible Tiki mugs, some of these concoctions trigger a special effect when ordered inside the bar. Order a “Uh-Oa!” and the goddess of disaster may strike. Order a Shrunken Zombie Head, and well…hold on! Other Trader Sam cocktails include:

  • Polynesian Pearl
  • Nautilus
  • Castaway Crush
  • Tahitian Torch
  • Dark & Tropical Stormy
  • Krakatoa Punch (Enchanted Tiki Bar)
  • Uh-Oa! (Enchanted Tiki Bar)
  • HippopotoMai-Tai (Enchanted Tiki Bar)
  • Shrunken Zombie Head (Enchanted Tiki Bar)
  • Schweitzer Fall (No-Booze Brews)
  • Skipper Sipper (No-Booze Brews)
  • Polynesian Punch (No-Booze Brews)

Trader Sam’s menu is made up of small bites, which can easily be considered a meal. Well, not according to Mama Capone who wouldn’t dare let her guests have only a small order of anything! Her delicious dinner buffet menu is hard to beat, but for a small bar (the Grog Grotto only seats 50 inside and 82 on the patio), the menu selection is a nice variety including kalua pork tacos, pan-fried dumplings, roasted chicken and pork pâté bánh mì sliders, salmon oshizushi, corn-battered Portuguese sausages and a Headhunter Sushi Roll.

If you enjoy this enchanted South Seas hideaway, you need to also check out Al’s hideaway bar called The Four Deuces. This pre-show lounge at Capone’s dinner show offers Al’s Famous Rum Runner and many other cocktails. Ordering drinks here will not cause any special effects, but it may get you in on an innocent game of cards with the wise guys. Like Sam, Al offers non-alcoholic options and a little something for everyone.

Al Capone "mug" shot glass

Check out Al’s mug shot. It is literally an imprint of his “mug shot” from 1929 when the feds didn’t agree with how he was running his business. Other mugs, such as the Wise Guy and Wise Gal mugs are also available in the gift shop at Capone’s Dinner & Show. Capone’s also offers a great selection of T-shirts and other items as souvenirs.

Reservations are NOT required at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. At times the wait can be a couple of hours! They are open 4:00 p.m. to midnight daily. For more information, visit Trader Sam’s website. If you want to visit Al Capone’s dinner show, reservations ARE encouraged. Get cheap dinner show tickets by ordering them online at half price.

Even if you are a local resident, a trip to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto or Al’s joint is something that should be on your to-do list. Great memories are sure to be associated with either establishment. Enjoy the experience, and don’t forget to pick up a souvenir or two!