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!
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.)
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.
And I’m very happy to say that the Fresh Fruit Bowl is back in time for summer!
The Fruit Salad has returned to Bradley Falls, too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
And now EVERYONE can finally see what’s inside the mountain at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! WOOT!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
And finally, a small addition to the Fountain View Starbucks for all our cupcake peeps out there: the Strawberry and Cream Cupcake has arrived!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!