What’s New Around Walt Disney World: March 3, 2015

We’re taking a quick trip around all four Disney World Parks and then making stops at several Resorts, where a lot of food news seems to be taking place as of late!

But we’re starting our “World”-wide tour at Downtown Disney, and taking a peek at how things are shaping up as the transition towards “Disney Springs” continues on. And we may even take a sneak peek at something coming to our friends in Disneyland on the west coast.

Disney Springs mural

Disney Springs mural

So, are you ready to see What’s New? Good! Because in the words of Peter Pan, “Here we GOOOOOOO…”

DOWNTOWN DISNEY

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC

Okay, so we’ve mentioned it a couple of times recently, but that’s because we’re happy that BabyCakes has a new home in Downtown Disney! Located at The Landing of what will be Disney Springs, Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC has been up and running since 1 pm on Sunday, February 22nd.

Erin McKenna's Bakery storefront

Erin McKenna’s Bakery storefront

Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC

Erin McKenna

Erin McKenna

Samoa Donut

Samoa Donut

Featuring gluten-free and vegan baked goods, this is great news for guests on some dietary restrictions. Read our opening day review here!

Flour and Sugar

Speaking of baked goods, Flour and Sugar is a little kiosk that can be found on the newly opened Marketplace Causeway. It sells pre-packaged cookies inspired by various cities in the Sunshine State.

Flour and Sugar

Flour and Sugar

We tried the Siesta Key Key Lime S’more, and we’ll have a review here for you soon!

Key Lime S'more

Key Lime S’more

Disney Springs Construction

All in all, things really seem to be picking up speed in Downtown Disney with the Causeway completed, allowing an easy stroll from spots around T-Rex to the Rainforest Cafe side at the Marketplace.

The Marketplace Causeway

The Marketplace Causeway

Light post on The Marketplace Causeway

Light post on The Marketplace Causeway

Disney Springs sign

Disney Springs sign

We’ll be sure to take a little tour along the path when we’re back with our Flour and Sugar review! The next thing we have our eyes on? Look for

construction to be completed on The Boathouse, currently anticipated for an April opening.

The Boathouse

The Boathouse

The Boathouse

The Boathouse

The Boathouse sign

The Boathouse sign

Raglan Road

While construction and completion remains the main focus, there are also just some good ol’ menu updates to tell you about at one of our favorite spots: Raglan Road!

Raglan Road

Raglan Road

Up for Brunch at Raglan? Pork Hash Tagged, Ellis Isle Steak ‘n Eggs, and Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes have been added to the line-up (just click on any of the menu images to enlarge).

Raglan Road Brunch menu

Raglan Road Brunch menu

Brunch Sampler Platter, Close Up of Battered Poached Egg

Brunch Sampler Platter, Close Up of Battered Poached Egg

New dinner entrees include the Double Joint (bone-in ribeye), Cod Cornucopia, and Proud Pork.

Raglan Road Dinner menu

Raglan Road Dinner menu

Double Joint -- 28-Ounce Bone-In Ribeye

Double Joint — 28-Ounce Bone-In Ribeye

Cod Cornucopia

Cod Cornucopia

Proud Pork -- Grilled Pork Chop

Proud Pork — Grilled Pork Chop

The Smoking Margarita is one of the new specialty libations, featuring tequila and Irish whiskey, agave nectar, and fresh lime sour with a smoked paprika and sugar rim. And you’ll spy a Ginger Mojito on the list as well.

Raglan Road Drinks menu

Raglan Road Drinks menu

Our Whiskey Sour, Smoking Margarita, and Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Our Whiskey Sour, Smoking Margarita, and Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Teelings Whiskey Punch and Ginger Mojito

Teelings Whiskey Punch and Ginger Mojito

In fact, we got to try a bunch of the new menu items recently, and you can check out our review here!

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Trolley Car Cafe

In early February, The Trolley Car Cafe opened up for business and is now serving up Starbucks Coffee (along with both Starbucks and Disney treats) right on Hollywood Boulevard!

Trolley Car Cafe

Trolley Car Cafe

Trolley Car Cafe sign

Trolley Car Cafe sign

Hollywood Studios "You Are Here" mug

Hollywood Studios “You Are Here” mug

Read our Opening Day post here!

Hollywood Studios Quick Service Breakfasts

This recent addition has brought some changes to the Hollywood Studios breakfast offerings. Quick Service breakfast options now revolve around Trolley Car Cafe, Starring Rolls Cafe, and Writer’s Stop, as the eateries along Sunset Ranch are no longer serving breakfast (think Fairfax Fare, former home of the Egg and Cheese English Muffin).

Sunset Ranch

Sunset Ranch

Cinderella Premium Popcorn Bucket

And be on the lookout for Cinderella’s Coach, hitting Hollywood Studios this month in the form of this Cinderella Premium Popcorn Bucket!

©Disney

©Disney

It is in celebration of the live-action “Cinderella” film, coming to theaters everywhere on March 13th!

EPCOT

2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Is your calendar marked for March 4th? That’s the day the 2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival begins, and some details have emerged regarding new food and beverages that will be featured at some of this year’s Outdoor Kitchens!

And check a couple of super popular princesses who are joining in the floral fun! (Notice the wintry mix of flowers around Elsa meeting the summertime meadow around Anna!)

Anna and Elsa Debut at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival This Year!

Anna and Elsa Debut at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival This Year!

A Grown-Up Ice Pop Debuts at the Fleur de Lys Outdoor Kitchen in the France Pavilion

A Grown-Up Ice Pop Debuts at the Fleur de Lys Outdoor Kitchen in the France Pavilion

New Beverages Set to Debut at the 2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Include Pineapple Cider, X, and an Urban Mary

New Beverages Set to Debut at the 2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Include Pineapple Cider, X, and an Urban Mary

Tutto Gusto

In Italy’s Tutto Gusto, Gamberetti (shrimp and calabrian chili) can now be found under the Cavatappi options, and Tuscan Pork Ribs and Meatball Sliders have returned under Gusto Specialties.

Tutto Gusto Entrance

Tutto Gusto Entrance

Stay tuned for our review!

L’artisan des Glaces

Who’s up for Lemon Ice Cream with Crispy Meringues at L’artisan des Glaces in France? We tried it and it’s awesome!!!

L'Artisan des Glaces in Epcot's France Pavilion

L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion

L'artisan des Glaces flavor sign

L’artisan des Glaces flavor sign

Le Cava del Tequila

And would you look at this little cutie who has made her arrival at Mexico’s La Cava del Tequila? She travels with guests and has had her picture taken all over Disney World! You can follow her adventures on the La Cava Twitter feed.

©LaCavadelTequila

©LaCavadelTequila

Her name? Quite fittingly, it’s “Margarita”! (And, no, this isn’t Margarito, for those who are wondering.)

Yorkshire County Fish and Chips

In the UK Pavilion, we recently tried the dessert change up featured at Yorkshire County Fish Shop: Victoria Sponge Cake.

Yorkshire County Fish Shop menu

Yorkshire County Fish Shop menu

Victoria Sponge Cake in package

Victoria Sponge Cake in package

Look for our review here on the DFB soon!

ANIMAL KINGDOM

Bradley Falls

Word has it that the April 1 reopening for Flame Tree Barbecue (currently under refurbishment) has been pushed to later in the month. If you’re looking for some additional bites in the meantime, a Thai Pork Sandwich was spotted (and sampled!) by our friend Andy Jackson from Eating (and Drinking) Around the World at Bradley Falls.

Bradley Falls

Bradley Falls

Thai Pork Sandwich with Asian Cucumber Slaw

Thai Pork Sandwich with Asian Cucumber Slaw

Drinkwallah

And who would’ve expected to come across sandwiches at a spot by the name of Drinkwallah?

Drinkwallah Sign

Drinkwallah Sign

Though the focus here is on sips, an assortment of sandwiches can currently be found here as well.

Drinkwallah

Drinkwallah

Turkey Sandwich sign at Drinkwallah

Turkey Sandwich sign at Drinkwallah

We’re pretty sure this is only for the most popular times of the year, however, so get there fast if you wan’t ‘em.

MAGIC KINGDOM

Pinocchio Village Haus

I know, I know… it seems like such a small thing. But I was happy to see the addition of marinara sauce to the Pesto Garlic Bread Knots at Pinocchio Village Haus.

Pinocchio Village Haus

Pinocchio Village Haus

Pinocchio Village Haus menu

Pinocchio Village Haus menu

The reason for my excitement? I felt like marinara was the one thing slightly missing from this savory snack!

RESORTS

Coronado Springs

Previously a breakfast and lunch only spot, Las Ventanas is now serving dinner, too. Additionally, it recently began accepting Advance Dining Reservations.

Las Ventanas

Las Ventanas

Las Ventanas Lunch and Dinner menu

Las Ventanas Lunch and Dinner menu

I really enjoyed breakfast there when this small Table Service restaurant opened last March, so it’s nice to know that more people will have a chance to give it a try!

Meanwhile, its neighbor, Maya Grill, has had a menu refresh.

Maya Grill

Maya Grill

Appetizers now include the Taquiza taco trio, Cocktail de Camaron (shrimp), and Carpaccio of Ahi Tuna. Among the new entrees are Red Snapper Veracruzana and Pan Roasted Cornish Game Hen. You’ll also find entrees made for serving 2 under “Seasonal Signatures.”

Maya Grill Menu

Maya Grill Menu

Moderate Resorts

It’s been fun to see the specific Resort-themed merchandise — including drinkware — popping up at Port Orleans – Riverside and French Quarter, Caribbean Beach Resort, and Coronado Springs. Here’s a glimpse!

Port Orleans French Quarter Tumbler

Port Orleans French Quarter Tumbler

Port Orleans Riverside Throw

Port Orleans Riverside Throw

Coronado Springs Water Bottle

Coronado Springs Water Bottle

Port Orleans French Quarter ornament

Port Orleans French Quarter ornament

I love the mugs, like this one at Caribbean Beach Resort, the best.

Caribbean Beach Resort mug

Caribbean Beach Resort mug

Wouldn’t you know… by the time I got to Port Orleans (my favorite!) to snatch a Riverside or French Quarter mug, they were sold out. These popular mugs should be coming back in stock, though, according to a Cast Member I spoke with. Fingers crossed!

Grand Floridian

The Tea Packages for Afternoon Tea at The Garden View Lounge have changed.

Garden View Lounge sign

Garden View Lounge sign

The Garden View Lounge Afternoon Tea menu

The Garden View Lounge Afternoon Tea menu

You can see the full menu of package options here.

Polynesian Resort

Chicken has returned to the dinner menu at ‘Ohana!!

'Ohana

‘Ohana

'Ohana menu screen shot

‘Ohana menu screen shot

And one of our awesome readers kindly informed us that at Kona Cafe, the “New York Strip is now served with a maple bacon butter instead of teriyaki pineapple. It is served with choice of potato and seasonal veggies (mine was delicious broccoli). Half of an entire bunch of garlic cloves come roasted as well, ready for delicious spreading. It was incredible!”

Kona Cafe sign

Kona Cafe sign

Thanks so much for sharing, Emily!

Disneyland

Well, I don’t know if you can call this “What’s New,” since it’s really “What WILL be new”… But when I saw these adorable Mickey Balloon Popcorn Buckets coming to Disneyland in May as part of the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration, I fell in love with this picture and had to share!

©Disney

©Disney

Who could resist?

Well, that wraps up this round of What’s New… Thanks for joining us! 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. Dana says

    We’re going to Disneyland for the first time ever this fall, and I can’t wait to get one of those popcorn buckets!

  2. says

    I don’t expect to be back at the World for a while now so I’m quite excited to see the final transformation into Disney Springs by the time I do.

    The overcrowding by the Lego Store on my last trip was a real fun-sucker as we all shuffled along. Seeing the bridge open now is a small celebration in itself.

    Looking forward to reading your Victoria Sponge review – a very traditional British cake to have with a cuppa :) Much happier to see that than the shortbread cookies (I love shortbread but it just seemed such a lazy menu item – some pre-packaged cookies, meh)

  3. Wendy says

    Dana — That is awesome! Hope you have a great first trip :)!!

    Penny — Yes, that new bridge is going to provide some great relief, I think :). And it’s fun to hear your thoughts on the new UK offering. I’m in the same boat in that I love shortbread, but thought it was a really neat change up on the menu!

  4. Amanda says

    is the Cinderella’s coach popcorn bucket only at Hollywood Studios? Or are they at all of the parks?

  5. Jess says

    I LOVE that Cinderella popcorn bucket! I wish it had been available during Princess Half Marathon weekend! You may have already covered this and I just missed it, but I was devastated to learn that Pecos Bill’s no longer serves the legendary taco salad. I thought they were joking when they told me! That was my favorite lunch at the Magic Kingdom.

  6. Evelynn says

    Mmmmm….. Lemon ice cream sounds good and those Mickey popcorn buckets are adorbs! – words from my niece :)

  7. Michael Nolan says

    We tried the Siesta Key cookie a few weeks ago. I like the idea of the little kiosks

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