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What’s New Around Walt Disney World: June 4, 2014

For this round of “What’s New,” we’ve got food news (and menu changes galore) from every single Disney World park… and beyond! So settle, in, make yourselves comfy, and join us to see What’s New!

Animal Kingdom

We’ll start with the fact that Dole Whip (with or without rum, y’all) can now be found at Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Animal Kingdom’s Africa! (Yep; we’ve had confirmation from Dole that it IS indeed authentic Dole Whip Pineapple Soft Serve.)

Tamu Tamu Refreshments

Tamu Tamu Refreshments

Pineapple Soft-serve (Dole Whip!) menu

Pineapple Soft-serve (Dole Whip!) menu

But we don’t want to miss the chance to mention that Tamu Tamu has also brought back some old favorites with a recent menu refresh: The Slow-cooked Pulled Beef Sandwich is back (hooray!), along with the return of the Quinoa Salad. The Roasted Chicken Salad and gorgeous Fresh Fruit Salad made the cut from the previous menu.

Tamu Tamu Menu

Tamu Tamu Menu

Inside the pulled beef sandwich

Inside the pulled beef sandwich

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

And I’m very happy to say that the Fresh Fruit Bowl is back in time for summer!

Fruit Bowl at Bradley Falls Kiosk

Fruit Bowl Salad

The Fruit Salad has returned to Bradley Falls, too.

Bradley Falls menu

Bradley Falls menu

Remember, Bradley Falls operates seasonally, so if it’s closed during your visit, it’s good to know you can head over to Tamu Tamu for a Fresh Fruit Bowl.

Have you seen (or heard?!) this awesome Musical Tumbler found at various food locations throughout Animal Kingdom? Get the full scoop here!

Musical Tumbler

Musical Tumbler

Musical Tumbler

Musical Tumbler

The Royal Anandapur Tea Company is a perfect spot to grab a cup of hot tea (assorted varieties available) or coffee. However, they’re currently offering some flavored Iced Teas in light of the warmer temps.

Royal Anandapur Tea Company Menu

Royal Anandapur Tea Company Menu

Though not food-related, I’d like to offer this next picture as a small tribute. Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade wrapped up its nearly 13-year run as Animal Kingdom makes way for all sorts of new adventures. I don’t think I’m speaking solely for myself when I say this unique, beautiful and fun parade will be missed.

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade

Magic Kingdom

The Lunching Pad has added one more option to its gourmet hot dog selection: the BLT Hot Dog joins the Coney Island Dog and the Philly Cheese Steak Dog.

Lunching Pad Menu

Lunching Pad Menu

Now, here’s something you don’t see everyday… this next bit is not a new item, but rather a new, lower price. The Mickey Kitchen Sink Sundae (or, the “Mickey Pants Sundae”) is now available at The Plaza Restaurant and The Main Street Plaza Ice Cream Parlor for $14.99 (as opposed to the debut price of $22.99).

Mickey Kitchen Sink Sundae sign

Mickey Kitchen Sink Sundae sign

Speaking of crazy-cute souvenirs, this glowing Olaf the Snowman cup can be found at Friar’s Nook and The Lunching Pad! You may have seen it during our coverage of the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event.

Olaf Souvenir Cup

Olaf Souvenir Cup

And now EVERYONE can finally see what’s inside the mountain at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! WOOT!

Gems in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue

Gems in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue

Epcot

We’ve got a LOT of menu updates from Epcot to share, so buckle in! Starting in Future World…

Coral Reef is offering a few new appetizers: Creamy Crab Dip for Two, Watermelon Salad, and Tuna Tataki.

Coral Reef Sign

Coral Reef Sign

Entrees now include Roasted Pork Belly, Oven-roasted Chicken Breast, and a Seared Salmon Filet. For desserts, Turtle Cheesecake replaces the Vanilla Caramel Flan.

Garden Grill continues to feature primarily the same offerings; however, we noticed that many of the dressings, butter, and sauces that accompany the dishes have changed.

Garden Grill Sign

Garden Grill Sign

The refreshed menu is:

Baked Warm Bread with Orange Blossom Butter

“Living with the Land” Harvest-inspired Farmer’s Salad

Char-grilled Filet of Beef with Demi-Glace Steak Butter

Roasted All-Natural Turkey Breast with Stuffing and a House-made Gravy

Sustainable Fish of the Day with Tomato Jam

Garden-Fresh Vegetables, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, and Bacon and Leek Dressing

Seasonal Skillet Dessert with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

And one more from Future World: Sunshine Seasons is now offering a Spicy Thai Green Curry Shrimp in place of the Spicy Cashew Chicken.

Part of the Sunshine Seasons menu

Part of the Sunshine Seasons menu

Moving to World Showcase, if you’re dining with Disney royalty (the Princesses!) at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, you now have a choice of Duo of Pork Belly and a Grilled Lamb Chop on the Dinner menu (previously, a Grilled Pork Chop and Rack of Lamb were available).

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

At the United Kingdom’s Rose & Crown, appetizers now include House-made English Meat Pies, Apple & Frisee Salad, and a crock of Potato Leek Soup (we loved the old version, but I’m guessing this is the new lighter version back again).

Fish & Chips and Bangers and Mash have been designated as Rose and Crown Signature Favorites, and Scotch Flights are now listed on the main menu.

Rose & Crown Menu

Rose & Crown Menu

Lunch guests can find Indian-Style Chicken Masala on the menu, along with Vegetable Cottage Pie, Shredded Corned Beef on Toast, and Shepherd’s Pie.

For dinner, entrees now include Vegetable Cottage Pie, Roasted Scottish Salmon, and Shepherd’s Pie.

Fans of Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in France have a couple of new options to add to the already huge array of choices: Vichyssoise (Leek and Potato Soup served in a bread bowl) has been added to the menu.

Les Halles menu

Les Halles menu

And we’re happy to see that the Elephant Ear has returned (you’ll find it on the menu as “Palmier” for $3.85 and a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan)! We really enjoyed this treat when it received a trial run in February, so it’s great to see it again.

Elephant Ears in bakery case

Elephant Ears in bakery case

A tip: the chocolate is delish, but it melts quickly in the Florida sun – it might be best to keep this one in the indoor seating area!

Staying in France, If you’ve tried and adored the La Vie en Rose Slush during the Flower and Garden Festival, you’ll be happy to know that it’s still an option, even though this year’s Festival ended on May 18th. While it’s not on the permanent menu at this point, it’s currently the “Featured Slush” at Les Vins des Chefs de France kiosk, home of the Grand Marnier Orange Slush and the Grey Goose Lemon Citron Slush!

Featured Slush Sign

Featured Slush Sign

La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush (Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain liquor with White and Red Cranberry Juice)

La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush (Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain liquor with White and Red Cranberry Juice)

Even though the greeting spot for Frozen’s Anna and Elsa has moved from Epcot to Magic Kingdom, you can still find evidence of the film’s characters in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion. I love Kringla Bakeri og Cafe’s take on the Marshmallow Wand, featuring Olaf the Snowman, and Anna is featured on a mini Bundt Cake.

Frozen snacks in Norway

Frozen snacks in Norway

And finally, a small addition to the Fountain View Starbucks for all our cupcake peeps out there: the Strawberry and Cream Cupcake has arrived!

Strawberry and Cream cupcake

Strawberry and Cream cupcake

Hollywood Studios

Okay, so obviously the biggest food news here lately has revolved around Star Wars Weekends: from cupcakes, to specialty beverages, to amazing popcorn buckets, everything’s coming up Star Wars!

Darth Vader Popcorn Bucket

Darth Vader Popcorn Bucket

But I noticed a small addition to the Joffrey’s kiosk over at Pixar Place: it’s now serving up a featured specialty brew, as well as a couple of summertime coffee treats: Iced Coconut Coffee and “Tropical Delight.” I’ve noticed these starting to pop up at several of the other Joffrey’s kiosks to be found around Disney World as well.

Joffrey's Specialty Coffee

Joffrey’s Specialty Coffee

If Toluca Legs Turkey Company (open seasonally) is closed during your visit to Hollywood Studios, there is now one more spot you can grab a Jumbo Turkey Leg in addition to Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner. Fairfax Fare has added Turkey Legs to the menu.

Fairfax Fare

Fairfax Fare

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney won’t officially become Disney Springs until 2015, but the transformation is certainly in full swing, with the opening of the Marketplace Starbucks, the West Side Starbucks, and a new home for Wetzel’s Pretzels and Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream.

Front view of Marketplace Starbucks

Front view of Marketplace Starbucks

West Side Starbucks in Downtown Disney

West Side Starbucks in Downtown Disney

Wetzel's Pretzels and Haagen-Dazs on the West Side

Wetzel’s Pretzels and Haagen-Dazs on the West Side

The causeway that will provide passage across the water from the Rainforest Café to the Fulton’s Crab House area is coming along, too.

Disney Springs construction

Disney Springs construction

Disney Springs construction

Disney Springs construction

Resorts

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Aaah, Sanaa… ! The lunch and dinner menus have been refreshed. Some of your favorite items may have undergone a name change (for instance, the Grilled Angus Burger served at lunch is now the Sanaa Burger), but happily the primary changes here are additions.

Sanaa

Sanaa

You can now choose Chicken Vindaloo as one of your Slow-cooked options for lunch or dinner. At dinner only, Goan Style Crab Cakes have joined the list of appetizers.

Sanaa Menu

Sanaa Lunch Menu

Sanaa Menu

Sanaa Dinner Menu

Port Orleans – Riverside

Over at Port Orleans – Riverside, those dining at the Resort’s Table Service option, Boatwright’s, will see some new options among all those Southern favorites.

Boatwright's Check In

Boatwright’s Check In

Barbecued Shrimp and Fried Oysters join the appetizer line up, and guests can now order a side of Dirty Rice to go with their entrée.

The entrée selections now include a Slow-Roasted Prime Rib, Pasta Boillabaisse, Turbodog Barbecued Ribs, Shrimp and Grits (which was previously an appetizer), and Sustainable Fish. Desserts have been refreshed as well: Espresso Chocolate Cake and No-Sugar-Added Crème Brule are new options.

BoardWalk

Those dining at Kouzzina by Cat Cora before it closes on September 30 have an updated selection.

Kouzzina by Cat Cora Menu Cover

Kouzzina by Cat Cora Menu Cover

Previously, the Kouzzina Trio featured tasting-sized portions of three dishes has changed to a Create-Your-Own Kouzzina Trio, where guests choose three from the following: Char-grilled Lamb Burger, Mini Pastitisio, Oven-baked Gigantes Beans, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Capers and Cheese, Kouzzia Garlic-Rosemary Potatoes, or Cinnamon-stewed Chicken.

ESPN

If you catch a game and some grub over at ESPN Club and don’t see your favorite item on the menu, be sure to take a look at the menu item descriptions – most are still available under a name refresh.

ESPN Club (with a line to get in on Game Day!)

ESPN Club (with a line to get in on Game Day!)

That said, there have been some changes. For appetizers, Lobster Bites have been replaced with Crawfish Bites, and the Asian Chicken Salad has been replaced with a Tuna Nicoise Salad.

Those EXTREME Burgers are now called Hand-crafted Burgers, but fret not – they’re still pretty extreme ;). There is a new Bayou Burger and a Caprese Burger. The Oktoberfest Burger has been refreshed and returns as the Old World Bavarian Burger.

So… are you hungry yet ;) ? I know I am! 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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14 Comments

  1. Ande says:

    I love the dragon photobomb!

    I hope the vichyssoise is still on the menu when I’m there in December, even though I know it’s unlikely because it’s a cold soup. It’s been so long since I’ve had some.

  2. Aland says:

    Wendy, what a great comprehensive report. I feel as if I just traveled around WDW and tried everything you mentioned. The improvement in the fare ( especially the CS offerings ), over the last 30+ years is amazing. Every time I think it can’t get any better – it does. And the Dole Whips come with Meyer’s rum? How have I missed that?

  3. Kaz says:

    So anyone know if either or the potato-leek soups are vegetarian off-hand?

  4. Becky W says:

    We were at Fairfax Fair yesterday, but Turkey leg was not on the menu…we did not think to ask if it was available.

  5. Jennifer says:

    I love this article! I think DFB should do more like it. Its really great to see all of the changes to restaurants throughout Disney even if they are only little changes.

  6. Wendy says:

    Ande – The dragon says hello ;)! Have a great time preparing for your December trip!

    Aland — Wow, thanks so much! The Dole Whips with rum are still relatively new. For the past two years, they’ve only been available at Epcot during the Flower & Garden Festival, so it’s fun to see them continuing on elsewhere. Hope you get to try some soon — Cheers!

    Kaz – Hi! Hmm… you know, I’m assuming that the Potato and Leek soup is, however, I’m not 100% certain. If I’m able to confirm, I’ll update via this thread. Thanks!

    Becky – Good to know! I just saw it on Sunday, so that’s a very recent change. Perhaps they discovered they weren’t a good fit for the space. Thank you for the update!

    Jennifer — Thank you! We plan to keep these coming, so your feedback is really appreciated!

  7. Nicki says:

    ESPN did not remove the chicken and waffles, they actually just added it to the menu. And they are pretty delicious. Happy eating!

  8. Anna says:

    A price reduction?! That doesn’t happen often at Disney. Maybe the powers that be read all the feedback your original posting on the Mickey Pants Sundae garnered. Good news!

  9. Heather says:

    I am not paying five bucks for three marshmallows, a sticker, and a crazy straw. That’s a bowl full of nope with a nope sandwich.

  10. Megan says:

    You just made my life with that news of the return of the pulled beef pita from Tamu Tamu! I was seriously depressed about its removal!!! AND I can get a Dole Whip for dessert??? That’s all I need….life is perfect. °o°

  11. Maggie says:

    I wish Royal Andapur would offer bubble tea, that would be awesome!

  12. Meredith Allen says:

    Over at O’hana at the Polynesian Resort, they have taken the grilled chicken off the menu and placed lettuce wraps instead. They still have chicken wings!!

  13. Heather says:

    I am so happy to hear the pulled beef sandwich is back at Tamu Tamu. My whole family really enjoyed it last time we visited.

  14. Angela says:

    Will the Darth Vader popcorn buckets be available all year? My husband would love to buy one, but we are going in October.

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