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What’s New Around Disney World and Disneyland for March 8, 2014!

There’s lots new to see all over the World and the Land! So settle in, friends, and read on!

Hollywood Studios

We’re starting this round at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant!

Sci Fi Diner

“…It came from the snack bar”

The House-made Sci-Fi Candy Bar has hit the dessert menu: a white and dark chocolate mousse layered between sponge cake and dipped in chocolate ganache.

Sci Fi Dessert Menu

Sci Fi Dessert Menu

There have been a couple of additions to 50’s Prime Time Café as well.

50s Prime Time Sign

50s Prime Time Sign

Another vegetarian entrée has been added to the menu: Sissy’s Vegetarian Favorite Multigrain Spaghetti! “Vegetable Protein and Mushrooms tossed in Marinara Sauce, just like Spaghetti and Meatballs.”

And don’t forget dessert! All your favorites remain, but Old-fashioned Handmade Milk Shakes are listed, featuring the famous “Peanut Butter & Jelly” and the limited time “Red Velvet Cupcake.”

Magic Kingdom

Okay, this next update isn’t about food… it’s just next to food ;) . But I couldn’t resist sharing it! Next time you grab a Shaved Ice at Prince Eric’s Village Market, you’ll also be able to pay a visit to King Triton.

King Triton beside Prince Eric's Village Market

King Triton beside Prince Eric’s Village Market

King Triton Statue

King Triton Statue

Directly across from Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid (and as part of the area’s Disney Vacation Club kiosk), this enormous tribute to Triton offers up some fantastic photo opps. But what really fascinated me was the little area behind the statue.

Artisan's Workshop

Artisan’s Workshop

This artisan’s workshop showcases the sketches and carved mockups of what will eventually be the artist’s final products.

Woodwork "in progress"

Woodwork “in progress”

Sketch of the Little Mermaid, echoing the attraction

Sketch of the Little Mermaid, echoing the attraction

The details are stunning, especially considering that many will pass right by on their way to the attraction (like I nearly did). But it’s worth a stop if you’re a fan of Disney details!

And, heck, while we’re there… here are a few more glimpses of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, as those construction walls continue to come down and reveal more and more of what’s in store!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Can’t wait to ride this one!

Animal Kingdom

We spotted this cool specialty drink stand along the path toward Asia (coming from Africa — you can see the Monkey playground in the background). Now, it was an unusually busy day in Animal Kingdom, so we’re not sure if it’s permanent — and clearly, it’s mobile :) .

Specialty Drink Bar in Asia

Specialty Drink Bar in Asia

Cool detail on the stand

Cool detail on the stand

No matter what, it’s got some great-sounding offerings: The Glacier (Raspberry Vodka blended with lemonade) and Kali River Tea (Captain Morgan Spiced Rum over Iced Tea).

Specialty Drinks

Specialty Drinks

Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney has kicked off its epic 11-day celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival! Previously, the event was headquartered at Raglan Road Irish Pub, but this year, it has expanded to include the entire Downtown Disney area.

Pick Up a Mighty St. Patrick's Festival Passport to Keep Track of All the Fun!

Pick Up a Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival Passport to Keep Track of All the Fun!

We’ve already told you a bit about the food and fantastic entertainment line up you can expect. New this year, guests can take in performances on three separate stages — the Raglan Road Patio Stage, the Raglan Road Pub Stage, and the Ring of Kerry Stage located at Westside.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Raglan Road!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Downtown Disney!

But we can’t wait to see what Chef Kevin Dundon has in store for the Lunch Demonstration and Signature Dinner that he’ll be hosting!

Chef Kevin Dundon Will Host Two Signature Dining Events in March at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

Chef Kevin Dundon Will Host Two Signature Dining Events in March at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

In addition to entertainment, there will be lots of family friendly fun as well, including stilt walkers, face painting, and dance workshops. Also, Disney has just announced the Mighty Family Fun Zone, presented by Muppets Most Wanted, which will include a place to draw your favorite Muppet Friends.

Many of the Downtown Disney restaurants will be getting into the spirit too, with specially-themed cocktails, like the Cuban Leprechaun Mojito at Bongos, or the Fiddler’s Dream at Portobello Restaurant.

Be sure to pick up a Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Passport for all the fun details!

Don’t forget to save room for special dishes as well. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Downtown Disney’s Superstar Catering Food Truck is offering Epcot Food and Wine Festival favorite Fisherman’s Pie from the Ireland Booth. Yum!

Seafood Fisherman’s Pie from Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

Seafood Fisherman’s Pie from Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival

Speaking of food trucks, the Epcot-themed World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck is cross-promoting the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival right now.

Florida Fresh Outdoor Kitchen Featured on the World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck Menu

Florida Fresh Outdoor Kitchen Featured on the World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck Menu

The festival, which opened March 5, is once again showcasing tempting treats in a selection of Outdoor Kitchens situated around the World Showcase Promenade. (See our full review here.) So if it’s on your list to hit up Epcot for a Piggylicious Cupcake or some Shrimp and Grits — great news! You can skip the Epcot entrance and head to Downtown Disney instead!

For Now, You Can Grab a Piggylicious Cupcake at Downtown Disney's World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck!

For Now, You Can Grab a Piggylicious Cupcake at Downtown Disney’s World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck!

Piggylicious Cupcake -- Bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzels

Piggylicious Cupcake — Bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzels

 

Downtown Disney District in Disneyland

But Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District has news of its own — the long anticipated location of Starbucks will open for business on Monday, March 10!

Starbucks arriving to Downtown Disney in the spring

Starbucks Will Open in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District Next Week

This one looks like it will be a purely Starbucks experience, since it won’t be taking over an established location, like Market House in Disneyland. Stay tuned! We’ll bring you all the details about the new store soon!

Resorts

Guests at Coronado Springs have a new dining option! The lovely Las Ventanas is serving breakfast and lunch, and you can read our review here!

Las Ventanas

Las Ventanas

Chorizo Skillet at Las Ventanas

Chorizo Skillet at Las Ventanas

Finally, we’d like to thank DFB Reader Jeff B. for sharing a few notes with us from his trip to the beautiful Artist Point in Wilderness Lodge: “The Buffalo strip once served at Artist Point is now a three meat combo of buffalo steak, venison loin, and wild game sausage.”

Artist Point

Artist Point

Also, the popular “Berry Cobbler is now served in a small ramekin and has a scoop of blackberry ice cream on top instead of the traditional vanilla.”

Thanks for joining us on this trip around the World! Until next time, Eat and Be Happy!

Have you spotted anything new during a recent trip around the World? We’d love to hear about it in a comment!

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6 Comments

  1. kristina says:

    I hope the veg dish at 50′s is better than the “meat”balls. Those were dry and tasteless.

    Probably would order that and ask for regular pasta….given that their whole wheat tastes like bark.

  2. Detronyx says:

    I love mushrooms, but 50′s really needs to stop including them in their pre-made dishes that cannot be altered. My bf doesn’t like mushrooms, so it was hard for him to find anything on the menu he could eat because everything he asked about had mushrooms already included and there was no way to customize. Our waiter actually told us that “oddly enough, a lot of people here don’t like mushrooms”. I say take the hint and make the food sans ‘shrooms, and maybe only have them in things like an optional sauce on meatloaf or something, but not pre-baked into it.

  3. Keith says:

    “just like Spaghetti and Meatballs.” ….except, it’s not. LOL. I find it silly that vegetarians/vegans attempt to emulate the things that they detest so much…if that is the desired taste, then just enjoy the genuine item.

  4. Vance says:

    LOL…100% agree Keith…I know people choose/have to be vegetarian/vegan for a variety of personal or health reasons but I laugh anytime I see a vegan food trying to be it’s meat counter-part…my favorite is when they include the name of the meat in the description such as “meat-less chicken nuggets” or “animal-free pork chops”…you can’t include the original in the description because it’s totally not the same thing (OK, rant over)…

  5. kristina says:

    So, Keith & Vance…you two never used a sugar substitute? Or do they not serve it on the High Horse Airline?

    Seriously, no need to judge…some people actually like to eat things that you don’t.

  6. Alan says:

    Let’s not argue about what we call food, let’s celebrate all the delicious new things discussed in this post.

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