It’s time to take another stroll around Disney World and see what’s new and awesome! We’ve got parade pics, Olaf apples, Gaston-themed headwear, and more! Won’t you please join us ?
Fun “Frozen” Finds
Everything’s coming up “Frozen” at Walt Disney World to celebrate the release of the movie on Blu-Ray and DVD.
Olaf the Snowman has been bestowed a true Disney character honor… He’s now a Candy Apple!
Keep an eye out for him in candy locations like Sweet Spells, Main Street Confectionery, Candy Cauldron, and Goofy’s Candy Company… I’m hoping he’s here for the long haul!
You may also spy some favorite treats in a blue hue for a very limited time, including Mickey Krispy Treats and Marshmallow Wands.
A recent walk around Downtown Disney revealed that the Disney Food Trucks are making their way around. Previously housed primarily between Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues (and occasionally spotted in the grassy area next to Bongos Cuban Cafe), the Food Trucks we’re spotted in new and different places around the West Side.
And Fantasy Fare has been spotted over in the Marketplace (this is the spot next to World of Disney where Santa’s Chalet can be found during the holidays).
However, the one thing certain about the Food Trucks is that they are ever-changing . And we know something new is coming thanks to these Food Truck Park signs found around Downtown Disney.
What’s to come? Only time will tell!
The Starbucks construction site on the Marketplace side is really starting to take shape. You can now see the triangular top peeking out above the walls, matching the “Coming Soon” artwork.
And as new things arrive, we also say goodbye to a few things, too… . We bid adieu to Pollo Campero, Bodie’s All-American, and Babycakes NYC in the Marketplace today.
Be sure to keep an eye out for Babycakes selections in the refrigerated section in select Resorts!
You’ll find the Downtown Snow Company kiosk on the path from Marketplace to Pleasure Island.
This modest little stand serves Shaved Ice and Cinnamon Glazed Roasted Nuts. On my last trip, I spotted a flavor-filled update to the Shaved Ice options. I’ve got to find out what “Wedding Cake” Shaved Ice tastes like!
Over on the West Side, The Smokehouse has posted official operating hours, which fluctuated a bit during opening weeks.
You’ll be able to grab a Smoked Turkey Leg or Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm. I’d recommend an evening visit, since there’s a higher chance you might catch some live music!
Well, you know we adore the Cake Cups over at the Cheshire Café, so we couldn’t resist giving you one more glance at the two new flavors… White Chocolate Rabbit and Queen of Hearts Strawberry Shortcake!
Oh… and there’s the small matter of the new Festival of Fantasy Parade.
Still… Cake Cups!!!
A few weeks ago, we took a look at the recently renovated indoor seating at Casey’s Corner. Now, the outdoor seating refurbishment has been revealed, offering more umbrella-covered spots from which to view the new parade, or just enjoy a hot dog with a perfect view of the Castle.
Gaston’s Tavern and Be Our Guest Restaurant Merchandise
For anyone looking to channel their inner-Gaston, this nifty hat can now be yours… complete with antlers!
I actually found this at Hollywood Studios, but I’m guessing it’s a pretty safe bet that you can also get it at Bonjour Village Gifts, right next to the place it honors: Gaston’s Tavern (the price is $21.95).
While it was difficult to tear my eyes away from that hat, I also noticed this Tapestry Throw featuring the lovely mosaic from the movie which was stunningly replicated at Be Our Guest Restaurant.
Okay, now this may not exactly be “news,” but it was news to me! I’ll confess, I haven’t seen Fantasmic! over at Hollywood Studios in about a year.
Since it had been a while, I wanted to celebrate the occasion with a Mickey Pretzel. When I walked back to the snack stands, I couldn’t help but take a peek at the full menu. To my surprise, you can enjoy a Bread Cone during Fantasmic! Choices are Mac & Cheese and Fiesta Chili-Cheese.
This is noteworthy because Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner removed Bread Cones from the menu in favor of Turkey Legs and Pork Shanks a while back (so, Min & Bill’s is where you can grab a Turkey Leg when Toluca Turkey Legs is closed).
And Marketplace Snacks in Downtown Disney removed Bread Cones months ago to offer an Italian Caprese Wrap and a Grilled Vegetable Sandwich instead.
So, it’s good to know that Bread Cones are still in existence somewhere in Disney World… just the thing to nosh while watching Mickey take on Maleficent!
While the Flower & Garden Festival remains the big food story at Epcot, one small change has also taken place. The Donkey Cart that can occasionally be spotted in the Italy Pavilion is now offering Lemon Sorbet and Spumone Gelato.
The liqueurs and sparkling wines remain; however, the Pizelle has been removed from the menu for now.
Café Rix over in Coronado Springs has switched back entirely to a cold grab-and-go lunch and dinner menu, after offering a limited hot menu for a while.
This change comes in light of having a new option for hot lunch (and breakfast!) over at the recently opened Las Ventanas.
That’s it for this round! 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!