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What’s New Around Walt Disney World: March 19, 2014!

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.

Blue "Frozen" Treats

Blue “Frozen” Treats

Olaf the Snowman has been bestowed a true Disney character honor… He’s now a Candy Apple!

Olaf Candy Apples

Olaf Candy Apples

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.

Blue "Frozen" Marshmallow Wands

Blue “Frozen” Marshmallow Wands

Downtown Disney

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.

For instance, the World Showcase of Flavors truck was parked across from Splitsville.

World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck across from Splitsville

World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck across from Splitsville

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).

Fantasy Fare Food Truck next to World of Disney

Fantasy Fare Food Truck next to World of Disney

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.

Food Truck Park coming to Downtown Disney Orlando

Food Truck Park coming to Downtown Disney Orlando

What’s to come? Only time will tell!

The first sure sign of spring at Disney World is the Flower & Garden Festival. But a smaller sign is seeing all the things available to stuff your Easter basket at Ghirardelli.

Ghirardelli Easter Merchandise

Ghirardelli Easter Merchandise

Ghirardelli Easter Merchandise

Ghirardelli Easter Merchandise

Ghirardelli Easter Merchandise

Ghirardelli Easter Merchandise

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.

Starbucks Construction

Starbucks Construction

Artwork on construction walls for Starbucks

Artwork on construction walls for Starbucks

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.

Pollo Campero and Bodie's All-American

Pollo Campero and Bodie’s All-American

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.

Downtown Snow Company

Downtown Snow Company

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!

Downtown Snow Company Shaved Ice Flavors

Downtown Snow Company Shaved Ice Flavors

Over on the West Side, The Smokehouse has posted official operating hours, which fluctuated a bit during opening weeks.

The Smokehouse

The Smokehouse

The Smokehouse Hours

The Smokehouse Hours

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!

Magic Kingdom

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 flavorsWhite Chocolate Rabbit and Queen of Hearts Strawberry Shortcake!

White Chocolate Rabbit and Queen of Hearts Strawberry Shortcake Cake Cups

White Chocolate Rabbit and Queen of Hearts Strawberry Shortcake Cake Cups

Oh… and there’s the small matter of the new Festival of Fantasy Parade.

Festival of Fantasy Tangled Float

Festival of Fantasy Tangled Float

Festival of Fantasy Parade

Festival of Fantasy Parade

Festival of Fantasy Maleficent Float

Festival of Fantasy Maleficent Float

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.

Outdoor Seating at Casey's Corner

Outdoor Seating at Casey’s Corner

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!

Gaston's Tavern Hat

Gaston’s Tavern Hat

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).

Gaston's Tavern Hats

Gaston’s Tavern Hats

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.

Beauty and the Beast Tapestry Throw

Beauty and the Beast Tapestry Throw

Beauty and the Beast Tapestry Throw

Beauty and the Beast Tapestry Throw (image on packaging)

Hollywood Studios

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.

Fantasmic!

Fantasmic!

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.

Fantasmic! Snack Stand Menu

Fantasmic! Snack Stand Menu

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).

Min and Bill's Dockside Diner

Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner

Min & Bill's Menu

Min & Bill’s Menu

And Marketplace Snacks in Downtown Disney removed Bread Cones months ago to offer an Italian Caprese Wrap and a Grilled Vegetable Sandwich instead.

Marketplace Snacks in Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney

Marketplace Snacks in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney

Marketplace Snacks Menu

Marketplace Snacks Menu

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!

Epcot

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.

Stand in Epcot's Italy

Stand in Epcot’s Italy

Italy Cart Menu

Italy Cart Menu

The liqueurs and sparkling wines remain; however, the Pizelle has been removed from the menu for now.

Resorts

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.

Cafe Rix Sign

Cafe Rix Sign

Cafe Rix Menu

Cafe Rix Menu

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!

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12 Comments

  1. Jessi says:

    Never had it at Disney, but Wedding Cake is one of my favorite shaved ice flavors! If you can get half wedding cake, half vanilla topped with cream- that is THE BEST! (I find it really weird they don’t have vanilla on the list…)

  2. Wendy says:

    Jessi — that’s cool! I’ve never heard of this flavor anywhere before :). I’ve noticed Snow Company tends toward tropical/fruity flavors, so it will be interesting to see if they bring in others like this (or vanilla, as you mentioned!).

  3. Steph says:

    Sad to see Babycakes go :-( I hope they will open up something similar somewhere else on property!

  4. Alan says:

    Wendy – These “Whats new” posts are great as they supply me with a checklist for my next trip. It’s almost as good as being there – well not really, but still very, very helpful and fun to read.

  5. Wendy says:

    Steph — I’m bummed to see Babycakes go, too. I’m not Gluten-Free, but I have friends who are so I’ve visited with them. I was always impressed with the cupcakes, and know it was a great option for so many. I’m glad they can still be found at a few Resorts, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll pop up in more places.

    Alan — Thank you so much for your kind words — they’re much appreciated! Here’s hoping your next trip comes soon so you can check some things off your list :)!

  6. Angelina says:

    Love the idea of the wraps!!! And do those “Frozen” themed marshmallows have twisty straws intead of sticks? Cuz that would be awesome!

  7. Wendy says:

    Angelina, yes, those are Mickey Straws :). Over the past few months, I’ve noticed the straws in just about all the marshmallow wands — it seems they’ve replaced the old sticks almost entirely, and you’re right… they are a great touch!

  8. Cheryl says:

    Do you happen to recall how much the Beauty & The Beast tapestry throw was? I know someone who would love that :) Thanks!

  9. Wendy says:

    Hi, Cheryl! It’s $74.95. I just saw it available on the Disney Store online, as well :).

  10. Pat says:

    Wendy,
    I love all the foodie things you share with us, including all the great pictures. I know I read that you will be able to find Babycakes items in “select resorts”. My 4 y/o granddaughter is g/f and I would greatly appreciate it if you happen upon which resorts have any Babycakes items would you share them with us or me?? Thank you so much for all you do.

  11. Wendy says:

    Hi, Pat, and thanks so much for your kind note :)! Currently, Babycakes can still be found at: All Star Sports, the Art of Animation, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club and Boardwalk Resorts. Primarily, I’ve seen them as a mini-pack (an assortment of four mini cupcakes sold together). I’ll have an eye out to see if they are offered anywhere else in the future (I’m keeping my fingers crossed :), and will be glad to keep you posted through these updates! Thanks again!

  12. Yvonne says:

    My husband and I recently had lunch at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner. We both purchased the Chocolate Milkshakes and 1 Pork Shank to share. The Pork Shank was plenty big for both of us and the milkshakes were delicious! Highly recommend!

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