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What’s New Around Walt Disney World: May 6, 2014

Today we’re talking everything from Mac & Cheese to Mine Trains, and from slushes to steins. Please join us for another trip around the World to see What’s New!

Magic Kingdom

Friar’s Nook made waves around New Year’s when the menu changed to feature some very unique styles of Macaroni and Cheese, while hot dogs remained available as a choice. Well, they’ve been brought together in the form of a Truffle Macaroni & Cheese Dog.

Friar's Nook Menu

Friar’s Nook Menu

Why not, right? They had all the ingredients handy since they introduced all that Mac & Cheese goodness to the menu, and it’s always a lovely thing to find more Mac & Cheese Hot Dogs available at Disney World!

The Omnipresent Macaroni and Cheese Hot Dog

The Omnipresent Macaroni and Cheese Hot Dog

But something a bit more unexpected has also arrived: Pot Roast Macaroni & Cheese has replaced the Blue Cheese Macaroni and Cheese with Balsamic (whaaaat…?!?).

Pot Roast Mac & Cheese at Friar's Nook

Pot Roast Mac & Cheese at Friar’s Nook

Soooo, what’s it like? Stay tuned for our review!

Pinocchio Village Haus has reopened since its refurbishment. This Magic Kingdom Counter Service restaurant is known for its many rooms with beautiful artwork honoring the film Pinocchio, and it appears the refurbishment was just a general spruce-up with no major changes.

Pinocchio Village Haus

Pinocchio Village Haus

The entrée menu continues to feature flatbreads, and there are only small changes to report.

Pinocchio Village Haus Menu

Pinocchio Village Haus Menu

Those changes are found on the back of the menu: Lemonade Slush and Blue Raspberry Slush have replaced Pinocchio Punch (though you can find the same beverage at Sunshine Tree Terrace: All-Natural Lemonade with Wildberry Foam).

Lemonade and Blue Raspberry Slush

Lemonade and Blue Raspberry Slush

No sign of that Jiminy Cricket’s Slush, either, but the Slushes here do tend to change with some frequency, so we’ll see if Pinocchio’s conscience makes a return one of these days…

Liberty Square Market often reveals some surprises in the small signs around the registers in addition to the more permanent offerings listed on the hanging menu. While this snack stand has had Slushes available for a long time, on my most recent visit they were also offered in the souvenir Horseman’s Stein.

Additional items available at Liberty Square Market

Additional items available at Liberty Square Market

The stein itself has been available at Sleepy Hollow, but this was the first time I’d noticed it here. I adore anything to do with the old Ichabod Crane and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow film, so seeing this piece in other places makes me smile.

Horseman's Stein

Horseman’s Stein

Sing it with me! “He’s the new school master! What’s his name? Ichabod! Ichabo-od Craaaaaane!”

Horseman's Stein

Horseman’s Stein

There’s one more spot where you can grab a Mickey Kitchen Sink Sundae (affectionately known here on the DFB as the “Mickey Pants Sundae”). This sign was spotted at the check-in counter for the Plaza Restaurant.

Mickey Kitchen Sink Sundae

Mickey Kitchen Sink Sundae

While these aren’t limited to the Magic Kingdom, the Main Street Emporium is the first place we first got to see the new line Princess and Villain mugs. On a more recent visit, we spied the remainder of the collection! Here is the Cinderella mug

Cinderella Mug

Cinderella Mug

Cinderella Mug

Cinderella Mug

… and while the general design differs, we thought you might like to see the new Maleficent and Evil Queen mugs, too!

Front AND Back of Maleficent mug

Front AND Back of Maleficent mug

Evil Queen Mug

Evil Queen Mug

And among all these small changes, we sure can’t ignore the biggest change of all! The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Roller Coaster was dedicated in New Fantasyland on May 2nd, with the official opening date for the public announced for May 28th.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is preparing for Star Wars Weekends 2014 beginning on May 16, and two all-new Star Wars Character Meals have already made their debut in advance of the celebration!

Breakfast is being served at Sci-Fi Dine-In with Darth Vader and some of his fellow Dark Siders at the Star Wars Galactic Dine In.

Star Wars Galactic Dine In sign

Star Wars Galactic Dine In sign

While over at Hollywood and Vine, Jedi Mickey and pals joined guests for dinner at Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine! Check out our full review of this special event!

Jedi Mickey!!!!

Jedi Mickey!!!!

Ewok Chip and Dale welcome you!

Ewok Chip and Dale welcome you!

Even with all this going on, Hollywood Studios has still managed to remember and commemorate Earth Day with the return of the Worms in Dirt Cupcake, available this year through May 15th.

Worms in Dirt Cupcake

Worms in Dirt Cupcake

However, this guy did make a special appearance for May the 4th Be With You, and we’ll be seeing more of him when Star Wars Weekends kick in.

Darth Vader Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake

Darth Vader Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake

Did you know that Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner serves up Seasonal Shakes year round? The current shake is Pineapple with Toasted Coconut, and it’s always worth a peek to see what might be in store during your visit.

Pineapple Shake with Toasted Coconut

Pineapple Shake with Toasted Coconut

Toy Story Pizza Planet is offering its own souvenir cup!

Pizza Planet souvenir cup

Pizza Planet souvenir cup

And there is one small menu change to report at the Sci Fi Dine-In: the “Area 51 Salad” has been replaced by “Sci-Fi Salad“: Mixed Greens, Dried Cranberries, Granny Smith Apples, Blue Cheese Crumbles, and Sunflower Seeds tossed in Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Sci Fi Menu

Sci Fi Menu

Downtown Disney

Here is a glimpse at some of the ongoing construction next to Fulton’s Crab House of what is presumed will be The Boathouse restaurant.

Disney Springs Construction

Disney Springs Construction

We’re also still enjoying some of our favorite Downtown Disney haunts. If dessert is what you’re after, a stop at Ghirardelli’s is never a bad choice. And there is a new option on that long list of sundaes: the Crissy Field Cookie Bits Sundae.

Cookie Bits Sundae

Cookie Bits Sundae

In addition to cookies ‘n cream ice cream and Colossal Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookie crumbles, this sundae also features the new Ghirardelli’s Minis.

Ghirardelli Minis

Ghirardelli Minis

Ghirardelli Minis

Ghirardelli Minis

Resorts

Wilderness Lodge

Over at Wilderness Lodge, Whispering Canyon Cafe has re-introduced the All-You-Care-to-Enjoy Skillet to the dinner menu, featuring well-liked options such as Slow-roasted Pork Ribs, Barbecued Pulled Pork, Roasted Chicken, Oak-Roasted Beef Strip Loin and Western-style Sausage.

Whispering Canyon Skillet

Whispering Canyon Skillet

In recent months, these offerings have been available in a slightly different format: the Build-Your-Own-All-You-Care-to-Enjoy Platter, which also had a fish option.

Now, an additional fish option appears under the entree list: Bandana Bandit’s Herb-crusted Cod (along with the remaining Trout dish).

Whispering Canyon Dinner Entree Menu

Whispering Canyon Dinner Entree Menu

Ranger John’s Chicken and Corn Tortilla Soup has also arrived on the appetizer choices.

Caribbean Beach Resort

There are a few menu changes to mention over at Caribbean Beach Resort’s table service restaurant, Shutters.

Shutters

Shutters

Under the appetizers, the new items are Chicken Sancocho and Caribbean Crab and Seafood Corn Dogs (okay, Shutters, you’ve made me curious!). These replace the Mahi Mahi Bake and the Chorizo Black Bean Soup.

Shutters Menu

Shutters Menu

For entrees, the Garlic Lime-Seared Chicken Breast replaces the Seared Chicken Breast, and the Pan-Seared Jerk-Rubbed Mahi Mahi replaces the Chili-Rubbed Mahi Mahi over Conch Chowder.

Port Orleans — Riverside

I saw this scrumptious-looking, bubbly Cherry Cobbler over at Port Orleans – Riverside Mill Food Court. For a small bakery section, you can often find some pretty yummy goodness down by the Riverside (Port Orleans fans, do you now have that song in your head, too?)!

Bakery Menu at Riverside Mill Food Court

Bakery Menu at Riverside Mill Food Court

Batch of hot Cherry Cobbler

Batch of hot Cherry Cobbler

Grand Floridian

One of the Grand Floridian’s Signature Restaurants, Citricos, has announced an exclusive event: the Citricos Wine Dinner- Domaine Serene.

Citricos

Citricos

On July 24th, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy five delicious courses of food and wine. The event also offers very limited seating in the Chefs Domain. The price is $155 per person (inclusive of gratuity) plus tax (credit card guarantee is required to book this experience). Interested guests may call (407) 824-3988.

Sparkling Wine at Citricos!

Sparkling Wine at Citricos!

Whew! So, 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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17 Comments

  1. Jenny says:

    Wow, so much yummy stuff all over the resort. I don’t even know where to begin.:)
    I do think I’ll start at POR with that cobbler, I will be there in just under two weeks.:)

  2. Stephanie says:

    I can’t remember if it was at Friar’s Nook or Storybook Treats, but one of them had a tall Olaf souvenir cup with a blue slush drink. I saw it a week or so ago and the cast member said they had just started offering them. It was a thin, tall blue cup with Olaf on the side. I unfortunately was not able to get a photo of it.

  3. May says:

    I’m curious if anyone knows….. as far as the Star Wars Weekend dining events we have reservations for dinner at Sci-Fi dine in will the music and video feed be Star Wars themed? I am 100% sure no characters that is only for Breakfast but was curious if it will be a normal Sci-Fi dine in for dinner or not. With Disney we never seem to know. Thanks!

  4. Leslie says:

    Thanks for the super detailed post! With a heavy heart (a la Frozen :)), we decided to switch our September reservations from POR to the Caribbean so we can take advantage of the free dining deal. It looks like I will still have to make a run to POR while we’re there for the cobbler though!

  5. Jenna says:

    Everytime I go Friar’s Nook is NEVER open. Do you think there’s any chance it will be open when I go in mid-September?

  6. Elaine says:

    If that picture of the construction at DTD is what’s being built behind Fultons, then it’s not a restaurant. That’s a causeway that will bridge the lagoon. Creates a more circular flow for traffic in the Marketplace.

  7. sherry says:

    All of the new additions look Great. Goung this weekend can’t wait to try some of them!

  8. Jennifer says:

    I love articles like this! Its nice seeing all of the little changes through out the parks and resorts.

  9. Rachel A says:

    Will there be a review of the Star Wars breakfast at the Sci-Fi? I can’t be there this year, so I’m living vicariously through your reviews!

  10. Amy says:

    The cupcake ‘cups’ are gone! They were there last Sunday and we went back this past Sunday for one – gone! The cast member did not know if they would be returning or not :(. Say it isn’t so! They were an icing-aholics dream come
    true!

  11. Ashley says:

    That Pizza Planet souvenir cup is a lot cheaper than the rest of the souvenir drink cups Disney offers (most of which seem to be around $10). Very good value – and it’s cute too! The pot roast mac&cheese looks interesting, at least it would if I liked cheese. But the rest of my family would like it.

  12. Epcyclopedia says:

    Quick note:

    Coral Reef at Epcot made some menu changes just last week. New style menu printed and a few minor changes. A friend texted me, but the photo was a little too blurry to make it all out. It was funny because we had just dined there the week before, and she went back to bring her husband for the first time.

  13. Wendy says:

    Jenny – Woo! I love POR, have a great trip!!

    Stephanie – thank you! I’ll keep an eye out!

    May – That’s a great question, I was wondering the same thing. I’ll see if I can find out anything on that for you :).

    Leslie – glad you were able to get free dining, I hope your vacation is terrific!

    Jenna – I never used to find it open, either, even though I live in nearby and go often. But ever since New Year’s when they made the menu switch, I’ve seen it open on every visit (at least around peak lunch hours), no matter if it’s been a high-crowds week or not. Here’s hoping you are able to catch it on your next trip!

    Elaine – Thank you so much! That’s great info, much appreciated!

    Sherry – hope you have a magical weekend :)!

    Jennifer – thanks so much for your kind words!

    Rachel – We’re hoping to have one in the future, and hope you can make it to WDW next year!

    Amy – I have good news for you, I think :). I saw them just this past Monday (the Queen of Hearts and White Chocolate Rabbit that they’ve had as of late). So, they were back that day. I’ve had the same experience as you previously, though – they had run out and couldn’t say when they were coming back. I guess they sell out pretty quickly some days!

    Ashley – I thought it was cute, too :). And you’re right, the price is pretty good one this one!

    Epcyclopedia – awesome, thanks so much for the info!

  14. Jenna says:

    Thanks Wendy! Fingers crossed I’ll finally get to try it out! :)

  15. May says:

    Thanks, Wendy! I hope you can find out about the Sci-fi dine in…I really was hoping the music and video feed would be Star Wars themed that’s sorta why I booked but either way we will have a good time!

  16. Diane says:

    I just signed up for DFB and I have to say, this is one awesome blog! I even love reading the other members comments. It is amazing how thorough you are and how you get all your information….it’s simply magical! Keep up the good work. It’s so much fun to be a part of something that others love just as much as I do.

  17. AJ says:

    Diane — Thank you SO SO much! What a great way to start the weekend!

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