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.
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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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.
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.
Still an easy spot to grab some popcorn before the new Festival of Fantasy Parade!
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.
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.
If you’re dining with Cinderella at Cinderella’s Royal Table, you’ll find a few changes to the entrée options.
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.
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.
Monorail Orange will take us to our next stop… the Contemporary Resort!
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.”
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!
All sorts of changes are in line to take place at our next stop… Monorail Yellow is dropping us off at The Polynesian Resort!
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.
However, there are some smaller changes, too; for instance, Bubble Tea is now being served at Kona Isle!
The Grand Floridian
Monorail Gold brings us to our final stop on the Loop: The Grand Floridian.
We noticed a menu change at the Grand Floridian’s Gasparilla Grill.
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.
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.
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!
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!