What’s New Around Disney World and Disneyland: April 1, 2014!

We have a few updates from both coasts for this round of “What’s New!” And we promise that none of these are April Fool’s jokes. :-D

Starting on the east coast, a recent trip around Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Monorail Loop has revealed a few changes in eats and treats. We’re talking property refurbishments, menu updates, tea, and cupcakes,  so hop on board the Monorail (“Your Highway in the Sky!”) and see What’s New!

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Monorail Teal

Monorail Teal

Magic Kingdom

We’ll start our Monorail trip at Magic Kingdom. You may be aware that the Hub (the circular area directly in front of Cinderella Castle) has begun a major refurbishment. This project is slated to run in stages finishing sometime in 2015, with the purpose of accommodating more guests for fireworks and parade viewing, with the added benefit of relieving some of the post-show gridlock thanks to additional walkways.

Though much is covered by refurbishment walls, you can see in these photos where the water that flows towards and around Cinderella Castle has been drained for now to accommodate the construction.

Hub Refurbishment

Hub Refurbishment

Hub Refurbishment

Hub Refurbishment

Hub Refurbishment

Hub Refurbishment

Soooo… what does this have to do with food? The restaurants in the immediate area are still in operation. The beloved Main Street Popcorn Cart is, too; however, it’s now located on the bridge which connects the Hub to Adventureland.

Current location of Main Street Popcorn Cart

Current location of Main Street Popcorn Cart

Current location of Main Street Popcorn Cart

Current location of Main Street Popcorn Cart

Still an easy spot to grab some popcorn before the new Festival of Fantasy Parade!

Festival of Fantasy Parade

Festival of Fantasy Parade

Though the majority of the refurbishment to add expanded seating to Casey’s Corner is complete, we’re still noticing some small changes here and there.

The wall in the back room, which formerly housed a large-screen TV featuring vintage Disney sports-focused cartoons, was empty in the immediate weeks after the reopening. Now returning are the large pieces of artwork depicting turn-of-the-century images of America’s Favorite Pastime.

Casey's Corner Artwork

Casey’s Corner Artwork

Caseys Corner artwork (3)

Looking at the picture below, I’m sure you can’t help but notice that the middle remains open. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that a big-screen may return, so we’ll continue to keep an eye out.

Casey's Corner Back Wall

Casey’s Corner Back Wall

If you’re dining with Cinderella at Cinderella’s Royal Table, you’ll find a few changes to the entrée options.

Cinderella's Royal Table Sign

Cinderella’s Royal Table Sign

Cinderella's Royal Table Dining Room Window Seat

Cinderella’s Royal Table Dining Room Window Seat

New to the Lunch and Dinner menus are Pan-Seared Chicken and Slow-Roasted Bone-In Pork Loin, while a Beef Tenderloin Salad has been added to the Lunch Menu only.

Cinderella's Royal Table

Cinderella’s Royal Table

You will no longer find Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast, the Pork Sandwich, or the Panzanella Salad on the Lunch Menu. The Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast has also been removed from the Dinner Menu, along with the Roasted Bone-In Pork Chop.

And now for something completely different… over in Frontierland, you can try Corn Nuggets Dusted with Powdered Sugar at Golden Oak Outpost (you can read our review here)!

Golden Oak Outpost

Golden Oak Outpost

Corn Nuggets dusted with Powdered Sugar

Corn Nuggets dusted with Powdered Sugar

Over in Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café has brought back the Ham & Swiss Deluxe Burger to the options in Bay 2 (you can read more about the “Bay” system at Cosmic Ray’s here).

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

Cosmic Rays Bay 2 Menu

Cosmic Rays Bay 2 Menu

Contemporary Resort

Monorail Orange will take us to our next stop… the Contemporary Resort!

Monorail Orange

Monorail Orange

We spotted this Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake at the Contempo Café on a recent visit: “Strawberry Cake Infused with a Lemon-Cream center and iced with Strawberry Buttercream.”

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake

Remember, the fabulous cupcakes at Contempo Café change frequently, so it’s always worth taking a peek at the Bakery Case! See a few of our favorites here!

Polynesian Resort

All sorts of changes are in line to take place at our next stop… Monorail Yellow is dropping us off at The Polynesian Resort!

Monorail Yellow

Monorail Yellow

Captain Cook’s will soon undergo a refurbishment (starting April 9th). An alternate temporary quick-service dining location will be provided for guests in the meantime.

Outside View

However, there are some smaller changes, too; for instance, Bubble Tea is now being served at Kona Isle!

Kona Island Menu

Kona Isle Menu — click to enlarge

The Grand Floridian

Monorail Gold brings us to our final stop on the Loop: The Grand Floridian.

Monorail Gold

Monorail Gold

We noticed a menu change at the Grand Floridian’s Gasparilla Grill.

Gasparilla Island Grill Entrance

Gasparilla Island Grill Entrance

This spot has been known to switch it up with salads at lunch and pasta at dinner, so seeing salad at dinner was a surprise. We’ll be checking it out and keeping you posted! The current Create-Your-Own Salad station options include Fresh Grilled Chicken or Flank Steak as well as Vegan Chick’n Chunks.

Gasparilla Grill Create-Your-Own Salad Menu

Gasparilla Grill Create-Your-Own Salad Menu


We also have a bit of news from the West Coast: Flo’s V8 Café in Disney California Adventure Park is no longer serving breakfast.

Flo's V8 Cafe in Disney California Adventure's Cars Land

Flo’s V8 Cafe in Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land

So, if you’re looking for someplace new to start your day, Disneyland’s Downtown Disney has recently opened a brand new Starbucks location. You can enjoy a full photo tour by clicking here!

Downtown Disney Welcomes Starbucks

Downtown Disney Welcomes Starbucks

That concludes our coast-to-coast trip! 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!


  1. Shayne says

    We enjoyed having breakfast at Flo’s after an early morning rush to Radiator Springs Racers. Boo. :(

  2. Christina says

    is there a site just for disneyland food….. i have never been to disney world but i hope soon thank you

  3. Sandra says

    To eat at resorts do you have to be staying there or can you visit a resort to have a meal in one of their restaurants

  4. Janet says

    Well that just stinks! Flo’s was one of our favourite spots for breakfast! And suggesting starbucks can fill the void is just sad. Pretty sure s.b. Doesnt serve chicken tamales or brioche french toast :(

  5. Sam Winston says

    Whoo…here’s an idea. For the Disneyworld Railroad. Add two cars…a Dining car and a Kitchen car. You’d have to supply some type of bathroom facility in the Dining car. And you could still keep up the normal attraction for the main cars with exclusive boarding for lunch and dinner reservations.

    Considering the cost of a new resturant, a railway dining car option (with wine and beer) for dinner service with a fixed menu–or pre ordered web menu items.

    Heck if it would be fesable, I’d like a monorail dining car..and just ride it around and around while eating in an exclusive car. (Just shut down the “Please stand clear of doors” audio loop to remain sane over a couple of hours).

  6. Detronyx says

    But….but….I really wanted to try the french toast at Flo’s! Same thing happened when I wanted to try the cinnamon roll french toast at Carnation Cafe. They stopped serving it before I could try it. :(

  7. says

    Christina — You can check out DisneyFoodBlog.com/disneyland-food for TONS of great posts and reviews of Disneyland food!

  8. J.D. says

    Sandra, you do not have to be staying at a resort to eat at one its restaurants. I’ve been to a few restaurants at the deluxe hotels, but have never stayed at one.

  9. Courtney says

    (As a Poly employee..) Captain Cooks temp location will be the former cast break room, they are fixing it up now. However, they will not be moving the dole whip machine. And when the renovations are done, the dole whip machine at captain cooks will not be returning as self serve.

  10. Lauren says

    Sandra, you can go to any of the restaurants at the resorts without staying at them. Parking is also free if you have an ADR and are driving in, they will check the reservation when you get to the gate though.

  11. Pete says

    Hey Wendy!

    Any chance you or AJ can do an update on food/openings at Disney Springs? Starbucks should be opening at DTD soon, right?

  12. Lynda says

    Just visited Casey’s Corner yesterday, and there is now a handful of smaller paintings occupying the space between the large paintings in the picture posted above. I believe there were light fixtures on either side of the small pictures where you see spots on the wall in the photo.

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