As reported by our friends over at Theme Park Tourist, there are a number of dining related changed that are currently going on at The Walt Disney World Resort. Here is a great current list of these changes…
By Amanda Kondolojy, Friday, September 2, 2016 05:26
Though it may not initially seem like it, Walt Disney World has truly come into its own in recent years as a real food lover’s paradise. If you count yourself as one of the many who love eating their way around the Walt Disney World parks and resorts, there are some big changes taking effect right now and very soon that you should know about.
For this month’s Walt Disney World dining update, we take a look at a new breakfast option at Disney Springs, menu changes at both Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as the upcoming discontinuation of a popular sweet option at the Magic Kingdom.
1. The Daily Poutine adds a breakfast option at Disney Springs
Though Disney Springs has come into its own in the past year as a great place to go for dinner, there really isn’t much at this shopping district for guests who want to fuel up for the most important meal of the day before getting some early-morning shopping in. However, it looks like early morning diners have at least one new option as The Daily Poutine kiosk in the Town Center area is now opening at 9:00 AM daily. And in addition to its normal gourmet fry options, this kiosk is now serving up a brand new menu item: All Day Breakfast Poutine. This omnibus breakfast dish consists of fried potato puffs, sausage gravy, and cheddar curds, all topped with a fried egg.
2. Animal Kingdom quick service eateries get menu refresh
Two quick service restaurants located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom have added some interesting new dishes to their menus in recent weeks. First up is Pizzafari, which has added a trio of flatbreads (cheeseburger, Mediterranean, and pepperoni) to the menu recently, replacing the round pizzas that were served previously. In addition, the former side salad served at this restaurant was removed in favor of a new tomato-cucumber salad.
Over at Restaurantosaurus, the menu changes are a bit less dramatic, as a new Grilled Chicken BLT Sandwich has replaced the former plain Grilled Chicken Sandwich. This new(ish) entrée is quite the upgrade as it is now topped with thick-cut hickory-smoked bacon, tomato, arugula, spicy ailoi, and toasted Parmesan crumbles.
3. New desserts debut at Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons
Though Sunshine Seasons has unfortunately discontinued breakfast for the foreseeable future, this popular Epcot eatery has added some interesting new desserts to its lunch and dinner lineup, including a fragrant Lemon Berry Mousse, a decadent Mocha Roulade and even the artful cookie-crusted Mickey-shaped cheesecake pictured above!
4. Polynesian Resort eateries adjust operating schedule
Beginning this weekend, the operating hours for two of The Polynesian Resort’s most popular eateries will be changing just slightly. From now on ‘Ohana will serve dinner from 4:00-10:30 PM (moving a half hour later from the previous 3:30-10:00PM hours), and the nearby Tambu Lounge will be open slightly longer as well, continuing to serve drinks and snacks at this resort until midnight.
5. Two Disney Springs restaurants join Orlando’s Magical Dining Month
Magical Dining Month takes place throughout the month of September in Orlando, and this year two Disney Springs eateries will be joining in the fun. In case you haven’t heard of this annual tradition, Magical Dining Month is a program where participating restaurants feature three-course, prix fixe dinners that cost $33 per person, with one dollar from each meal sold benefiting a charity (this year the recipient is The Russell Home for Atypical Children).
For 2016’s edition of this event, Disney Springs restaurants Morimoto Asia and STK Orlando are set to join long-time Lake Buena Vista participants Todd English’s bluezoo and Il Mulino New York Trattoria at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. This year’s Magical Dining Month runs from August 29 to October 2 2016, and guests can learn more about the prix fixe menus offered at these dining establishments here. Reservations are strongly reccomended and guests who do want to participate in this special dining experience will need to ask specifically for a Magical Dining menu when they arrive at their desired restaurant.
6. Custom cakes at the Magic Kingdom are being discontinued
One special extra at Disney parks that many guests don’t typically know about is the in-park custom cake delivery serivce, which allows guests looking for a special way to commemorate a birthday or special occasion to call a hotline in advance of their visit and have a custom cake created and delivered right to them inside the theme park. Though this service always made for an extra magical moment at the Magic Kingdom, Disney has recently announced that they will officially stop offering custom cake delivery at this park effective December 15th.
Interestingly, the Magic Kingdom is the only park affected by this change, as custom cakes can still be delivered to Disney Springs, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. No immediate reason was given for this single park change, but if we had to guess, we’d say that this discontinuation may be due to Disney moving cake operations to an in-park location (previously they were handled by the Contemporary Resort bakery). However, until something is officially announced, if you are planning on celebrating something special and want to include a custom cake, you’ll need to do it somewhere other than the Magic Kingdom after December.
7. New Disney Springs direct bus service now available
Though not technically just a dining update, Disney is trying to encourage guests to end a Disney day with a meal at Disney Springs by offering direct service bus service from Walt Disney World theme parks to Disney Springs from 4pm to 11pm (or until 2 hours following park close, whichever is earlier) daily. This new offering is one-way only, so guests wanting to return to a theme park after visiting Disney Springs will need to transfer at a resort.
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