What’s New Around Walt Disney World: December 11, 2014

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Disney World!! The season is rolling right along with festive treats and special events. And, as always, there’s plenty of other food news to go around: menu changes, new eats (did somebody say “Barbecued Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese?!”), completed refurbishments, ongoing Downtown Disney construction, and more. So join us on another trip around the World to see What’s New

EPCOT

Holidays Around the World is in full swing at Epcot! This annual festival shares holiday traditions from around the globe through story, music, and — our favorite! — FOOD!

Happy Holidays from EPCOT!

Happy Holidays from EPCOT!

Epcot Christmas tree ornaments

Epcot Christmas tree ornaments

Holiday Storyteller in Japan

Holiday Storyteller in Japan

France decoration

France decoration

Remember, this is the only time of year to grab such treats as Happy Face Fried Cakes at the Joy of Tea in China, Gingerbread Ice Cream at L’artisan des Glaces in France, and Panettone sweet bread at Italy’s Gelato Stand.

Happy Face Fried Cakes

Happy Face Fried Cakes

Gingerbread Ice Cream

Gingerbread Ice Cream

Panettone Sweet Bread display

Panettone Sweet Bread display

But there’s plenty of non-holiday food news as well… Starting in Morocco, Spice Road Table has not only started taking Advance Dining Reservations — they’re also now accepting the Disney Dining Plan.

To offer guests the ability to maximize their one Table Service plan credit, this tapas-based restaurant is now also serving full-sized entrees, including Coriander Crusted Rack of Lamb, Roasted Chicken, and a Mediterranean Vegetable Platter, among others.

Spice Road Table

Spice Road Table

Spice Road Table menu

Spice Road Table menu

Staying in Morocco, Tangierine Cafe debuted new entrees as well: a Meatball Platter and Saffron Rotisserie Chicken.

Tangierine Cafe menu

Tangierine Cafe menu

Tangierine Cafe entree display

Tangierine Cafe entree display

At the United Kingdom’s Rose & Crown Pub and Dining Room, the corned beef dinner dish has had a makeover: it’s now Strongbow Cider-braised Corned Beef, served with English Baked Beans (which is also a new side item on the menu) and Root Vegetable Slaw.

Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room

Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room

Rose and Crown menu

Rose and Crown menu

For lunch, the English Breakfast Burger has been replaced with a Welsh Pub Burger (Angus Beef Patty with Bass Beer, Irish Cheddar Gratin, Bacon, and Battered Leeks).

Ciao from Italy! Tutto Italia has a few menu changes: a new appetizer is Fior di Latte Calda (mozzarella, pomodorini, foccacia, and olive oil). Recent entree additions or makeovers include Lasagna al Forno (previously Bolognese), and Risotto Gamberi e Aragosta (previously featuring shrimp, this dish now includes both shrimp and lobster).

Tutto Italia

Tutto Italia

The Norway Beer Stand is now serving Einstok White Ale.

Norway Beer Stand

Norway Beer Stand

Norway Beer Cart menu

Norway Beer Cart menu

Among a few seasonal offerings, the Refreshment Cool Post has added a Frozen Elephant to their beverage options: Frozen Coke and Amarula Cream Liqeuer.

Refreshment Cool Post

Refreshment Cool Post

Refreshment Cool Post menu

Refreshment Cool Post menu

It appears to be similar to the (non-frozen) Brown Elephant that we enjoyed at the Cool Post during the 2013 International Food and Wine Festival, so it’s fun to see this on the menu! Sundaes here have been updated, too, featuring Dutch Chocolate and Dulce de leche frozen yogurt and a choice of white chocolate pearls or pretzels for garnish.

White Cosmopolitans are now available at the Refreshment Port.

Epcot Refreshment Port

Epcot Refreshment Port

And we’re thinking there’s just a bit of time left to try the current seasonal offerings at Joffrey’s Coffee Carts around the World, like this one between the UK and Canada Pavilions.

Espresso and Pastries stand between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions in Epcot

Espresso and Pastries stand between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions in Epcot

Seasonal specialty selections include a Gingerbread White Mocha LattePeppermint Mocha Latte, and an Eggnog Latte with Bailey’s.

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner has added a couple of artisan Macaroni and Cheese dishes to their menu: Buffalo Chicken and Barbecued Pulled Pork (Hello!).

Min and Bill's featured items

Min and Bill’s featured items

Barbecued Pulled Pork Macaroni & Cheese and Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese

Barbecued Pulled Pork Macaroni & Cheese and Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese

Be sure to check out our full review of each of these new items!

At 50s Prime Time CafeDad’s Stuffed Pork Chop (with Gouda cheese, cranberry, apples, and herbs) is now on the menu. And Cousin Brandon’s Grilled Salmon (with maple bourbon butter sauce, broccolini, and sweet potato-bacon hash) replaces Cousin Barry’s Poached Salmon.

50s Prime Time Cafe menu

50s Prime Time Cafe menu

Sorry, Barry… we hope you’ll still visit the family.

If you’re watching the Osborne Lights dance on the Streets of America, you can stop by Herbie’s Drive-In for the new S’mores (they look like little “hot pockets” for easier carrying).

Herbie's Drive-in

Herbie’s Drive-in

Herbie's Drive-in menu

Herbie’s Drive-in menu

S'mores on the menu

S’mores on the menu

And you can now add a shot of Bacardi Superior Rum, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, or Three Olives Cherry Vodka to your Coke or Lemonade Frozen Cooler.

DOWNTOWN DISNEY

Exposition Park in Downtown Disney’s West Side is now open! This is the new location for the four Disney Food Trucks (though they’re still apt to roam, as trucks will!).

Entrance to Food Truck Park

Entrance to Food Truck Park

Food Truck Park

Food Truck Park

Take a photo tour of the park here (and check out our review of Superstar Catering’s Slow-cooked Pot Roast Sandwich)!

Of course, even as projects are realized, work continues all over Downtown Disney as it transitions to Disney Springs. Here are a few recent shots of what will be The Hangar and The Boathouse restaurants.

The Boathouse construction

The Boathouse construction

Amphicar sign for The Boathouse

Amphicar sign for The Boathouse

disney springs construction 5

Hangar construction

And the Springs Bottling Co. sign now rises above what will be Morimoto Asia, anticipated to open summer of 2015.

Springs Bottling Co. sign

Springs Bottling Co. sign

Springs Bottling Co. sign

Springs Bottling Co. sign

What’s better than hanging out with friends, enjoying a pint (or two!), and listening to live music at Raglan Road?

Raglan Road

Raglan Road

Be sure to check out Raglan’s newest band, Reel Ó Gránde. Showtimes for all the excellent music and dancing at Raglan Road can be found at the Raglan Road website.

Reel O Grande

© Raglan Road

And a big CONGRATULATIONS to Raglan Road’s Chef Kevin Dundon for winning a Taste TV Award for his PBS television series, “Modern Irish Food”!

Master Chef Kevin Dundon

Master Chef Kevin Dundon

RESORTS

All Star Music Resort

Intermission Food Court is open again after a four-month long refurbishment.

Intermission Food Court Entrance

Intermission Food Court Entrance

Beverage Station

Beverage Station

Intermission Food Court

Intermission Food Court

See the results here!

Grand Floridian

A Holiday Turkey Sandwich featuring Roasted Turkey, Stuffing, Gravy, and Cranberry Sauce can currently be enjoyed at the Grand Floridian’s Gasparilla Island Grill.

Gasparilla Island Grill entrance

Gasparilla Island Grill entrance

Is this a temporary addition, or will it find a home on the regular menu like the Holiday Sandwich at Downtown Disney’s Earl of Sandwich? Time will tell!

Thanks so much for joining us on another trip around the World! And 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. says

    Thanks for the updates on Spice Road Table and Rose and Crown. These restaurants are in our plans next month, and I didn’t realize the Spice Road Table had added entrees. Good to know!

  2. says

    As a Brit I can’t believe they’ve paired the Corned beef meal with baked beans! Those two things do not go together at all!

  3. Jon says

    Kariss, as I Brit I think corned beef goes just fine with beans, but braising it in Strongbow?!? Cider goes with pork, not beef!

  4. Stefanie says

    The Holiday Turkey Sandwich at Gasparilla Island Grill was really good! I have yet to try the Holiday Turkey Waffle from the Promenade at Epcot. Any reviews on this?

  5. Michelle says

    I agree beans are fine with Corned beef but Cider!!! No no no! not with beef should be pork!

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