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

We’ve got updates this go ’round from several corners of Disney World, ranging from a few small menu changes to big construction projects. But we’re starting with something that is popping up all over no matter where in the World you are: Easter treats! Please join us for another trip to see What’s New!

Easter Treats

From bunny ears to Easter Eggs, we’ve just got to give you a few glances at the Easter snacks popping (or hopping!) up absolutely everywhere around Disney World.

Main Street Confectionery Bakery Case

Main Street Confectionery Bakery Case

These particular goodies were spotted in the Main Street Confectionery, but similarly-themed sweets can be found through the Easter holiday at locations such as Big Top Treats, Sweet Spells, Goofy’s Candy Co. and the Candy Cauldron.

Easter treats

Easter treats

Easter treats

Easter treats

And you’ll find this White Chocolate Raspberry bunny-ear cupcake at Quick Service locations all over Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake

The Lemon Blueberry Cupcake at BoardWalk Bakery has received a spring holiday makeover, too!

Lemon Blueberry Cupcake

Lemon Blueberry Cupcake

We can’t resist giving you one more look at one of the gorgeous chocolate eggs in the Annual Easter Egg Display at the Grand Floridian.

"Frozen" Egg

“Frozen” Egg

Back of "Frozen" Egg

Back of “Frozen” Egg

These works of art will be on display through April 22nd, and they are worth a special trip to the Grand Floridian if you’re enjoying your Spring Break in Disney World. But if you can’t make it in person, you can check out the full display here.

Downtown Disney

Progress towards the future Disney Springs continues to move forward in Downtown Disney.

Downtown Disney Construction

Downtown Disney Construction

Can you remember when the upcoming location for the West Side Starbucks was both a Wetzel’s Pretzels and a Haagen Dazs Ice Cream store?

West Side Starbucks Construction

West Side Starbucks Construction

Well, their new home is “In Progress,” too! The construction site for the new Wetzel’s Pretzels and Haagen Dazs location is right next to Disney Quest, and across from Cirque de Soleil.

Future site of Wetzels Pretzels and Haagen Dazs

Future site of Wetzels Pretzels and Haagen Dazs

Wetzel's Pretzels construction sign

Wetzel’s Pretzels construction sign

Haagen Dasz construction sign

Haagen Dazs construction sign

These next two West Side stories (did I really just say that?!) are for the kiddos :) . The menu at The Smokehouse has been updated to show the Children’s Menu, which features a Mini Pulled Pork Slider.

The Smokehouse Menu

The Smokehouse Menu

The Smokehouse Children's Menu

The Smokehouse Children’s Menu

You may also notice that the menu designates The Smokehouse as accepting Quick Service Dining Plan credits on the Disney Dining Plan. When The Smokehouse first opened, contracts had not yet been negotiated for the Dining Plan, so it’s nice to see this update.

And at the Superstar Catering Food Truck, the Kid’s option has changed from a Beef Meatball Slider with marinara and provolone to a Spinach & Feta Beef Meatball Sandwich.

Superstar Catering Food Truck

Superstar Catering Food Truck

Superstar Catering Menu

Superstar Catering Menu

Speaking of the Disney Food Trucks, we noticed a small change to the open area between Cirque de Soleil and House of Blues: a few small tables with chairs have arrived. Because this area typically has at least two of the Food Trucks at any given time, a few seats will come in handy.

Tables near Food Trucks

Tables near Food Trucks

Tables near Food Trucks

Tables near Food Trucks

Though, like the trucks, these look highly mobile ;) , so they may move around, too!

Epcot

More food truck news! Our friend Andy Jackson spotted the World Showcase of Flavors truck parked on the promenade between Future World and World Showcase in Epcot! He mentioned that this was a trial run, and it may return during the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck in Epcot

World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck in Epcot

In the France Pavilion, the ice cream artisans at L’Artisan des Glaces have whipped up a new treat just in time for the warmer Florida temps: the Café Glacé (Iced Cappuccino with ice cream and whipped cream)!

Cafe Glace sign

Cafe Glace sign

We got to try it, and are excited to share our review with you soon! In the meantime, you can feast your eyes on this:

Cafe Glace Iced Cappuccino with ice cream

Cafe Glace Iced Cappuccino with ice cream

The Funnel Cake kiosk in the American Adventure Pavilion has made its seasonal funnel cake switcheroo: Double Chocolate Funnel Cakes are back on the menu (in place of the Pumpkin Spice that has been available since the fall).

Funnel Cake Menu

Funnel Cake Menu

Double Chocolate Funnel Cake

Double Chocolate Funnel Cake

In the Morocco Pavilion, the Spice Road Table Juice Bar has added to their non-alcoholic slushie selection: the Desert Rose and Tangerine Delight have joined the Royal Blue Slushie.

Spice Road Table Juice Bar Menu

Spice Road Table Juice Bar Menu

Previously, you could find the Desert Rose Slushie in the kiosk that used to be across the way, but the Tangerine Delight is making it’s debut.

Magic Kingdom

At Casey’s Corner, the Mystery of the Blank Wall has finally been solved. Thanks to DFB Reader Lynda, we learned that Casey’s appears to have completed it’s indoor seating refurbishment with black and white photographs and lamps (alas, no TV running vintage cartoons).

Casey's Corner back wall

Casey’s Corner back wall

Resorts

Artist Point in Wilderness Lodge has revealed a few new dishes recently. True, dishes at Disney World’s signature restaurants (places like the Hollywood Brown Derby, Citricos, and Jiko, to name a few) do tend to change at a relatively high frequency. Still, I wanted to mention one of the newest options here. The Artist Point Vegetarian Lo Mein is comprised of Sweet Chili Tofu, Yellow Thai Noodles, Sugar Snap Peas, Wild Mushrooms and Lotus Root.

Artist Point Menu

Artist Point Menu

I found this especially interesting because a Cast Member informed me that while the name correctly states that the dish is vegetarian, it’s also vegan. The “Coast to Farm” dish you see is new, too, and the Pacific Northwest Trio and Salmon dishes have received their seasonal updates.

And with that, we’ve ended our latest 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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5 Comments

  1. Moa says:

    There’s a chocolate egg display right now at the contemporary! :D (next to Fantasia) They look (and smell haha) amazing! :)

  2. Nicole T says:

    A Spinach & Feta Beef Meatball Sandwich as the kids option seems a little odd…

  3. Kris says:

    Happy to see the addition of a vegan entree. Hope the trend continues!

  4. Caroline says:

    re: kids options
    Not really. Not every kid lives off a diet of chicken nuggets. Mine would scarf that up. I think even some “picky” eaters would attempt it…it actually looks more like a slider than what I think of a meatball sandwich

  5. Anna says:

    I agree! My kids would love the spinach, feta, meatball sandwich. Keep up the creative options for kids, Disney!

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