What’s New Around Walt Disney World: September 24, 2014

Food is always the star of the show for Disney Food Fans, but there’s no time of year when food steals the spotlight quite like this… with a little something called the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

But that’s not all the food news in these parts! We’ve spotted more fall treats and new Resort eats as we’ve been looking around Disney World to see What’s New

EPCOT

So, right off the bat, we know this isn’t exactly what you would call a “surprise” ;) , but since it’s Epcot’s time to shine, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the recent opening of this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Welcome to the Food and Wine Festival!

Welcome to the Food and Wine Festival!

Be sure to check out the Must-Eats among the dishes making their debut this year!

Bacon Hash at the Farm Fresh Booth

Bacon Hash at the Farm Fresh Booth

Coconut Candy at the Brazil Booth

Coconut Candy at the Brazil Booth

Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins® and cream cheese icing

Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins® and cream cheese icing at the Hops & Barley booth

In other EPCOT food news (yep, there’s still more!), the ice cream experts at L’Artisan des Glaces are helping everyone get into the Fall spirit with their release of the Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich.

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich

You can enjoy this pumpkin deliciousness in a Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich as well.

Another sure sign of Fall? The Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake has returned to the Funnel Cake kiosk in the American Adventure Pavilion.

Funnel Cake kiosk menu

Funnel Cake kiosk menu

Pumpkin spice funnel cake

Pumpkin spice funnel cake

A favorite Fall find is this year’s awesome souvenir Halloween mug! We first saw it at Epcot’s Refreshment Cool Post, but it’s popping up in all sorts of Disney Parks locations, including Disneyland!

2014 Halloween Mug

2014 Halloween Mug

Closeup of Halloween Mug

Closeup of Halloween Mug

DOWNTOWN DISNEY

In the Marketplace, Wolfgang Puck Express changed things up a bit with some new items.

Wolfgang Puck Express at the Marketplace

Wolfgang Puck Express at the Marketplace

For breakfast, options now include a Roasted Mushroom and Spinach Omelet and Chocolate Chip Waffles. Baby Spinach and Quinoa can be found among the salads, and new sandwiches include Chicken Salad, Chicken Meatball, and a Whole Wheat Hummus Wrap.

Marketplace Wolfgang Puck Express Menu

Marketplace Wolfgang Puck Express Menu

Pomodoro Pepperoni and Roasted Mushroom join the pizza lineup.

By no means unique to the Food Trucks, Fantasy Fare has added a Disney classic to their menu for those looking for something a little more familiar: Chicken Breast Nuggets.

Fantasy Fare Food Truck

Fantasy Fare Food Truck

Fantasy Fare Food Truck Menu

Fantasy Fare Food Truck Menu

Speaking of the Disney Food Trucks, Disney has released more concept art for the vision of the Food Trucks as the transition to Disney Springs continues.

© Disney

© Disney

Construction for what will be the Marketplace Causeway continues to come along nicely.

Downtown Disney Construction

Downtown Disney Construction

Downtown Disney Construction

Downtown Disney Construction

Fulton’s Crab House has a few new additions, including a Lobster Grilled Cheese available at lunchHello! 

A view of Fulton’s at dusk

A view of Fulton’s at dusk

Lobster TailShrimp & Grits, and Jambalaya join the dinner options.

RESORTS

BoardWalk Inn

Fans of the BoardWalk Bakery’s Strawberry Cupcake and Mickey Oreo Cupcake will be interested to know these two cupcake classics have received makeovers.

Strawberry Cupcake

Strawberry Cupcake

Oreo Cupcake

Oreo Cupcake

And this Bat Cupcake will bring a touch of fright to your sweetness through Halloween.

Bat Cupcake

Bat Cupcake

Grand Floridian

Over at Gasparilla Island Grill, you can now grab Stromboli!

Gasparilla Grill Menu

Gasparilla Grill Menu

Choices are Sausage and Pepperoni or Vegetable.

Caribbean Beach Resort

Old Port Royale Food Court has some new offerings as well, including Turkey Carbonara, a Roast Beef Pita, and a Smokey Italian Sandwich.

Old Port Royale Menu

Old Port Royale Menu

Old Port Royale Menu

Old Port Royale Menu

And I’m not sure if it’s new or just more recently caught my eye, but that Coconut Lime Smoothie sounds pretty darn good…

Port Orleans Riverside

Be on the lookout for some changes coming to the menu at Boatwright’s Dining Hall.

Boatwright's Sign

Boatwright’s Sign

The focus remains on Southern specialities with a Cajun flair, but there are some new twists with some fun and creative names on the way. Among other changes and additions, keep an eye out for Ol’ Man Island Oysters, and Colonel Peace’s Crawfish Pieces. Jackson Square Etouffee features crawfish simmered in a rich seafood sauce over rice; and the New York Strip will pay tribute to New Orleans with a name change: “The Big Easy.”

Oh, and did we mention the Red Velvet Cheesecake with bourbon-vanilla ice cream? Yeah… there’s that :)!

Before we sign off, here are a few more glimpses of the goodness that awaits you right now at Disney World…

New Food and Wine Festival Passports

New Food and Wine Festival Passports

New Brazil Marketplace

New Brazil Marketplace

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party sign

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party sign

Halloween at Disney!

Halloween at Disney!

Now if someone could please send some of those cooler fall temps down here to go along with the fall fun and treats, we’d be much obliged… ;) . 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!

Comments

  1. Essie says

    Thank you! I love the ‘What’s New Around Disney World’ blogs; if only I could visit after each one, my world would be perfect. Hopefully I will be enjoying some of these harvest treats next year.

  2. Tom P says

    I’m off to Old Key West on Saturday and looking at the online menu for Good’s Food To Go noticed what I think are two new items: Key West BBQ Pork Pita and Caribbean Jerk Chicken Pita. Anyone tried these?

  3. Sandi Vaughn says

    Just left the Food and Wine Festival. Your posts and photos helped us plan our food samplings. So many great foods. Will WDW ever make recipes available so we can take the flavors of the world home with us?

  4. says

    Sandi — WDW publishes a Food and Wine Festival cookbook each year. Unfortunately, this year the cookbook is only available at the festival and can not be purchased online. We publish several food and wine festival recipes here on DFB, though, so stay tuned for some from this year!

  5. Courtney says

    Anyone tried the Bat Cupcake? I’m trying to figure out what it might be. Caramel maybe? Or peanut butter? Either way, I think I will have to give it a try next week :)

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