What’s New Around Walt Disney World: August 18, 2016

We know, we know… Back-to-School time is fast approaching (and in some spots, it’s already arrived!). But the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer aren’t quite over just yet, so we’ve still got some summer celebrating to do!

And, hey, the coming of Fall isn’t so bad, anyway. Not when we’ve got our very favorite autumnal event coming to the first stop on our tour in a matter of weeks. That’s why we’re kicking things off at Epcot to see What’s New!

Epcot

Food & Wine Festival Coming Soon!

The 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival will be here before we know it! Sure signs of its return are starting to appear around the park…

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Coming SOON!!

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Coming SOON!!

… as in, like, literal signs ;) . Even the Miniature Train display in the Germany Pavilion has received its annual decorations!

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Have you checked out the full list of Booth Menus to start strategizing your noshing plans yet?! It’s never too soon… the Festival starts on September 14th!

Future World

The dessert case at Sunshine Seasons has some fun new treats tucked inside.

Sunshine Seasons entrance

Sunshine Seasons entrance

These include Lemon Berry Mousse, Mocha Roulade

Lemon Berry Mousse

Lemon Berry Mousse

Mocha Roulade

Mocha Roulade

…and — our personal favorite — a Mickey Oreo Cheesecake!

Mickey Oreo Cheesecake

Mickey Oreo Cheesecake

Mickey Oreo Cheesecake

Mickey Oreo Cheesecake

There’s only a little time left to take part in the Refillable Popcorn Bucket program at the Disney World Parks, but it might be good to know that you can refill it with Specialty Flavors at the Gourmet Popcorn Stand in Future World before the program wraps on September 1st.

Gourmet Popcorn Stand Menu

Gourmet Popcorn Stand Menu

Cheddar Cheese, Buffalo Bleu Cheese, and Sour Cream and Chive are the extra yummy options here! And don’t forget that the cast members will likely mix the flavors for you if you’d like! Our favorite? Buffalo Bleu and Sour Cream and Chive mixed!!!

World Showcase

Visit the Gelato Stand in the Italy Pavilion to try the new Cannoli Cupcake.

Italy's Gelato Stand

Italy’s Gelato Stand

It’s a beauty of a deconstructed cupcake topped with a mini cannoli!

Cannoli Cupcake

Cannoli Cupcake

Read all about it here!

Staying in Italy, the Truffled Fettuccine Carbonara has made it to main menu at Via Napoli.

Via Napoli

Via Napoli

Via Napoli Menu

Via Napoli Menu

Truffled Carbonara

Truffled Carbonara

There’s still a little time left to enjoy the August Special — a Zignum Tonic — in Mexico’s La Cava del Tequila.

La Cava del Tequila

La Cava del Tequila

August Specials sign

August Specials sign

Don’t forget that — with the debut of the Frozen Ever After attraction in the Norway Pavilion — Kringla Bakeri og Kafe now opens at 9:00 am.

Kringla Bakeri og Kafe

Kringla Bakeri og Kafe

Some of the more recent offerings for breakfast include an Egg and Leek Pastry and Jarlsberg and Onion Biscuit.

Egg and Leek Pastry

Egg and Leek Pastry

Jarlsberg and Onion Biscuit

Jarlsberg and Onion Biscuit

And though it’s not available just yet, here’s some advance notice that the terrific team at L’Artisan des Glaces is busy working on a new flavor. How does Vanilla with swirls of Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge and Peanut Pralines sound to you :) ?

@artisandesglaces Instagram

@artisandesglaces Instagram

‘Cuz I think I’m all in. While we wait for that ice cream creation to make its debut, why don’t we hop on the Monorail in the meantime over to…

Magic Kingdom

Adventureland

If you’re planning on paying a visit to the World Famous Jungle Cruise Skippers at the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen, you’ll find a few new options on the menu.

Skipper Canteen Entrance

Skipper Canteen Entrance

Sustainable Fish Collar has been replaced by Shiriki Noodle Salad under the Appetizers.

Jungle Skipper Canteen Menu

Jungle Skipper Canteen Menu

For Entree choices, Whole Fried Fish is available as well (and there’s a new name for the Skip’s Mac and Cheese, which is now called Skip’s Beefy Baked Pasta).

Jungle Skipper Canteen Menu

Jungle Skipper Canteen Menu

Jungle Skipper Canteen Menu

Jungle Skipper Canteen Menu

You’ll find Quick Sand!!! (a Jasmine Rice Pudding dish) on the Dessert Menu, taking the place of the Sugar Crusted Congee Pudding. The biggest change, however, might be to the items under the Kids’ Entrees, where Chef Tandaji’s Crispy Chicken (sweet and sour chicken, essentially) can be found instead of Annie’s Housemade Arepas.

The Backside of the Menu

The Backside of the Menu

Fantasyland and New Fantasyland

Check out this simple but gorgeous Mickey Caramel Apple covered with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt we found at Big Top Treats!

Mickey Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel Apple

Mickey Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel Apple

We also spotted Cast Members making the new Elliot Caramel Apples in honor of the release of the live-action film version of Pete’s Dragon.

Making the Elliot Apples

Making the Elliot Apples

He’s SO CUTE!! (But kiiiiiind of looks like a pig from Angry Birds?)

Elliot Apple

Elliot Apple

Sausage and Pepper Flatbread can now be found among the Flatbread Pizza options at Pinocchio Village Haus.

Pinocchio Village Haus Menu

Pinocchio Village Haus Menu

Liberty Square

Columbia Harbour House is one of the select restaurants currently listing calorie counts on the menu.

Columbia Harbour House Menu

Columbia Harbour House Menu

Columbia Harbour House Menu

Columbia Harbour House Menu

Though you’ll only find the calorie counts in just a few spots while it’s in testing, here’s something you’ll see at Columbia Harbour House that you can also find in MANY other locations… the Crush Sipper Cuptake a closer look here!

Crush Sipper Cup

Crush Sipper Cup

We first saw him at The Mara in Animal Kingdom Lodge, but he’s been seen at several Counter Service restaurants such as Art of Animation Resort’s Landscape of Flavors, and various nosh spots at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park… ‘cuz, you know, where else would a surfing sea turtle want to hang ten?

Crush Sipper Cup 4

Crush Sipper Cup

Sausage and Cheddar-stuffed Pretzel is currently available at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments.

Sausage and Cheddar-stuffed Pretzel

Sausage and Cheddar-stuffed Pretzel

Look for our review of this new Stuffed Pretzel option (it joins the Ham and Cheese-stuffed Pretzel) soon!

Sausage and Cheddar-stuffed Pretzel

Sausage and Cheddar-stuffed Pretzel

Tomorrowland

Hot on the heels of several new menu items at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe comes one more…

Cosmic Ray's Sign

Cosmic Ray’s Sign

…and I must say I’m rather intrigued by the new Falafel Burger.

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe Menu

Frontierland

Aaaaand for dessert, Red Velvet Cake is now available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.

Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe Menu

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe Menu

Next stop?

Animal Kingdom

Remember when the word came out that Animal Kingdom would no longer serve Turkey Legs? Well, that was true… for a time. But THEY’RE BACK!

Jumbo Turkey Leg

Jumbo Turkey Leg

Find Turkey Legs served with chips under the Entrees at Quality Beverages.

Quality Beverages

Quality Beverages

This is a fairly well hidden spot, by the way. Just head towards Local Food Cafes (the Yak & Yeti Counter Service option) in Asia, and find the understated express window tucked to the right to find your Turkey Leg!

Local Food Cafes has had a bit of a change-up of its own.

Local Food Cafes

Local Food Cafes

Keep an eye out for our review of the new American Kobe Beef Cheeseburger and American Kobe Beef Hot Dog on the menu!

Local Foods Cafe Menu

Local Food Cafes Menu

American Kobe Beef Hot Dog

American Kobe Beef Hot Dog

American Kobe Beef Cheeseburger

American Kobe Beef Cheeseburger

New sips at the Yak & Yeti Restaurant include the Kiwi Kimono (Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, Don Q Cristal Rum, banana liqueur and tropical fruit juices), the Rickshaw Rickie (Skyy Vodka, Cointreau, muddled oranges and limes with Sprite), and the Dalacini Mine Cart (Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, Disaronno, and lemonade with Monin Desert Pear Syrup).

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Yak and Yeti Menu

Yak and Yeti Menu

And at Nomad Lounge you’ll now find a selection of Artisanal Cheeses on the menu along with the Tiffins Bread Service (which has been offered previously, but is now officially on the menu).

Nomad Lounge Small Bites Menu

Nomad Lounge Small Bites Menu

Have you visited this still-new lounge yet? It’s something of a stunner…

Nomad Lounge

Nomad Lounge

Nomad Lounge Outdoor Seating

Nomad Lounge Outdoor Seating

Nomad lounge Specialty Cocktails

Nomad Lounge Specialty Cocktails

Our final park stop? It’s…

Hollywood Studios

So long, Toluca Legs Turkey Co.… Hello, Sunshine Day Cafe!

Sunshine Day Cafe

Sunshine Day Cafe

‘Tis true. Turkey Legs are no more at Hollywood Studios…. for now, at any rate. Replacing Toluca Legs Turkey Co. is the Sunshine Day Cafe. Like Toluca, it will remain a seasonal spot (operating on peak crowd days) kicking off the offerings at Sunset Ranch Market.

During our visit to Sunset Ranch Market, we tried the new Baked Potatoes at Fairfax Fare.

Fairfax Fare

Fairfax Fare

The Loaded Baked Potato you see on the right is somewhat eclipsed by the Fairfax ONE POUND Baked Potato.

One Pound Potato and Loaded Potato

One Pound Potato and Loaded Potato

It’s topped with a whole heap of Beef Tri-tip, brown gravy, and cheddar cheese. Check it out!

Fairfax One Pound Baked Potato

Fairfax One Pound Baked Potato

These are the things keeping us occupied at Hollywood Studios while we eagerly await PizzeRizzo. The concept art for this Muppet-themed pizzeria based on none other then Rizzo the Rat can now be seen on the construction walls surrounding what was formerly Toy Story Pizza Planet.

PizzeRizzo Coming Soon!

PizzeRizzo Coming Soon!

Look for PizzeRizzo to open later this year!

Disney Springs

Heads up, Earl of Sandwich fans! The Cannonballs Sandwich is back for a LIMITED TIME!

@DisneySprings Twitter Account

@DisneySprings Twitter Account

I know where I’m headed for lunch. How about you :) ?

Although, maybe you’re in the mood for pizza instead. If so, be sure to stop by Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, which opened in the Town Center of Disney Springs on August 5th!

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza

Check out our review of the newest Disney Springs dining joint here!

White Top Pizza

White Top Pizza

And don’t forget your S’more Pie!

S'more Pie

S’more Pie

But if by chance you do, you can pick up a box of S’mores Chocolates from The Ganachery.

S'mores at The Ganachery

S’mores at The Ganachery

The Boathouse has added a Pimento Cheese starter and the Boathouse Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger to the menu.

The Boathouse

The Boathouse

The Boathouse Menu

The Boathouse Menu

Morimoto Asia is now offering a prix fixe Lunch Set.

Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Asia

It includes Miso Soup and a House Salad with choice of a California Roll or white or brown rice, plus your choice of four select entrees accompanied by dumplings and pickled seasonal vegetables.

Morimoto Asia Lunch Set Menu

Morimoto Asia Lunch Set Menu

Stop by the Bongos Cuban Cafe Express window to check out two new Flatbreads — Cheese and Lechon (topped with sweet plantains drizzled with organic honey) or the new Cuban Roasted Pork Sandwich.

Bongos Cuban Cafe Express

Bongos Cuban Cafe Express

And I’m loving the option for the new Cuban Party Box, which includes a Ham Croquette, a Hand-breaded Stuffed Potato with Beef, a Mini Cuban Sandwich, and a Guava Pastry… all for $12.

Bongos Express Cuban Cafe Menu

Bongos Cuban Cafe Express Menu

After your meal at the Express, you can make a quick stop inside the Bongos Cuban Cafe retail store to pick up a bag of Estefan Kitchen Cuban Coffee to enjoy at home.

@DisneySprings Twitter Account

@DisneySprings Twitter Account

Before we leave Disney Springs, let’s take a Sneak Peek INSIDE the upcoming Paddlefish restaurant, thanks to the Paddlefish Twitter account.

@PaddlefishORL Twitter

@PaddlefishORL Twitter

They’re busy getting ready for a late November opening!

Resorts

Refillable Resort Mugs

Have you heard about the redesign of the Refillable Resort Mugs? They’re handle-free!

Handle-free Refillable Resort Mug

Handle-free Refillable Resort Mug

Though they haven’t yet hit all the shelves at all the Resort Counter Service restaurants, we’ve been informed that it’s highly likely that once the current supply of mugs with handles runs out, they will all be restocked with handle-free cups moving forward. Find out all about it here.

Disney’s BoardWalk

AlakaZAM! AbracadaBar has opened up on Disney’s BoardWalk!

AbracadaBar

AbracadaBar

It features Enchanting Elixirs such as Pepper’s Ghost and Curious Concoctions like the Seashore Sweet… all in a magical setting conjuring one of the coolest backstories of any bar in Disney World.

Pepper's Ghost

Pepper’s Ghost

Seashore Sweet

Seashore Sweet

Curious? Find out more by clicking here.

You can walk directly from AbracadaBar into the recently reopened and refurbished Flying Fish where both the restaurant and the menu have received a pretty major makeover.

Flying Fish Main Dining Room

Flying Fish Main Dining Room

Flying Fish Chandelier

Flying Fish Chandelier

The Kurobuta Pork Belly, A Tour of the Coast, and the Ocean’s Bounty Sustainable Fish entree were just a few of the new dishes we tried.

Kurobuta Pork Belly

Kurobuta Pork Belly

A Tour of the Coast

A Tour of the Coast

Oceans Bounty Sustainable Fish -- Alaskan Halibut

Oceans Bounty Sustainable Fish — Alaskan Halibut

Find out what else we ate — and what we think of the new digs and dishes — here!

And the final stop of our BoardWalk stroll is one of our favorite spots: the Boardwalk Bakery, where the Coconut Lime and Passion Fruit Cupcake is the current specialty offering.

Coconut Lime and Passion Fruit Cupcake

Coconut Lime and Passion Fruit Cupcake

Yacht and Beach Club

Enjoy your Soup of the Day or Clam Chowder at the Beach Club Marketplace in a Bread Bowl!

Bread Bowl sign

Bread Bowl sign

Click here to read our review of the Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl. 

Clam Chowder in Bread Bowl

Clam Chowder in Bread Bowl

And next door at the Yacht Club, the breakfast options at Ale & Compass Lounge have been amped up with the inclusion of a Breakfast Sandwich and Wrap, along with Mickey Waffles.

Ale and Compass Sign

Ale and Compass Sign

Ale & Compass Breakfast Menu

Ale and Compass Breakfast Menu

And don’t forget to indulge in the new specialty french fry dishes at Beaches and Cream!

Gravy Fries

Gravy Fries

Swan and Dolphin

Staying nearby at the Swan and Dolphin Resort? You may want to take home a 6-pack of the exclusive — and locally-brewed — Phins & Feathers Pale Ale, since you can only find it at the Swan and Dolphin!

Phins & Feathers sign

Phins & Feathers sign

Phins & Feathers Pale Ale

Phins & Feathers Pale Ale

Port Orleans Resorts — French Quarter and Riverside

Guests at Port Orleans French Quarter will continue to have access to the Temporary Quick Service option while Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory continues its refurbishment into the fall.

Temporary Food Court Menu at Port Orleans French Quarter

Temporary Food Court Menu at Port Orleans French Quarter

Temporary Food Court Menu at Port Orleans French Quarter

Temporary Food Court Menu at Port Orleans French Quarter

One bonus of the temp space? Coke Freestyle machines!

Coke Freestyle Machines

Coke Freestyle Machines

And French Quarter guests can also take the pleasant walk down the Sassagoula River to Port Orleans — Riverside, where a Bayou Burger topped with Chopped Braised Prime Rib, Abita Beer Fondue, and house-made pickles on an onion roll can be enjoyed at Riverside Mill Food Court. 

Riverside Mill Food Court

Riverside Mill Food Court

Bayou Burger

Bayou Burger

YUM!!!!

All Star Resorts

End Zone Food Court at All Star Sports Resort is serving up Mickey Gelato Sundaes, which made their debut at the neighboring All Star Music when Intermission Food Court reopened after a refurbishment in 2014.

Gelato and Smoothie Menu

Gelato and Smoothie Menu

Two scoops of your choice of gelato and toppings paired up with a Mickey Waffle… SCORE!

Mickey Gelato Sundae

Mickey Gelato Sundae

And new to the bakery case are S’mores Bread Pudding and a Maple Bacon Cinnamon Roll.

Maple Bacon Cinnamon Roll

Maple Bacon Cinnamon Roll

Maple Bacon Cinnamon Roll

Maple Bacon Cinnamon Roll

S'mores Bread Pudding

S’mores Bread Pudding

The Create-Your-Own Burger option has been replaced with an American Classic Burger.

Burger Menu

Burger Menu

Personally, though, I would make my way next door to Intermission Food Court for the new Pub Burger.

Intermission Food Court at All-Star Music

Intermission Food Court at All-Star Music

It’s topped with onion strings, fried pickle, and house-made beer cheese served on a Pretzel Roll!

Burger Menu

Burger and Hot Dog Menu

You can also find Red Wine Braised Short Ribs on the list for Dinner.

Dinner Entrees

Dinner Entrees

Oh, and if you’re missing the King Cupcake that used to be at Everything Pop as much as we are, you can find a version of it at All Star Music on DJ Wednesdays when they serve their own version!

DJ Wednesday

DJ Wednesday

Alas, no candied bacon, but they claim it’s a Peanut Butter and Banana Cupcake fit for a King!

Peanut Butter Banana Cupcake

Peanut Butter and Banana Cupcake

Contemporary Resort

If you walk up to the bakery case at Contempo Cafe and DON’T spy any cupcakes inside… fret not!

Contempo Cafe

Contempo Cafe

Contempo Cafe Bakery Case

Contempo Cafe Bakery Case

It’s just because they’ve been given their very own ENTIRE REFRIGERATOR!

Cupcake Fridge!

Cupcake Fridge!

The Cupcake Fridge is where you’ll find the Turtle Cupcake — a caramel cupcake with chocolate pecan filling and caramel chocolate icing — through Aug 27th.

Turtle Cupcake

Turtle Cupcake

Say “Hi” to Squirt from us!

Wow! The summer fun never does stop around these parts, does it? But even if you’re next trip is still months away, no worries! After all, no matter when you return to Disney World, it’s just like the sign at Ample Hills Creamery reminds us:

"It's Always Ice Cream Weather Here"

“It’s Always Ice Cream Weather Here”

As always, 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. Aaron says

    I don’t know how I feel about them posting calorie counts on the menus. On one hand, I try to maintain a healthy diet when I’m at home, so I appreciate the effort so I can make better choices. But on the other hand, I’m at Disney World! I already know I’m eating bad, I don’t need to feel extra guilty when I’m on vacation by knowing just HOW bad! I doubt it’ll influence my decisions all that much, but I still have mixed feelings about it.

  2. Michelle says

    As a diabetic, I would love it if they would post calories AND carb counts on all the menus. It’s very difficult at times to manage blood glucose and insulin dosing without that information.

  3. Essie says

    Wow, that was so much information, I can’t remember everything I read to comment on my favorites! I think a great deal of the items look wonderful, with the exception of some of the extremely high end menus. I’m UST nt interested in them for my vacation. Thanks for an outstandingly well researched and inclusive report!

  4. Essie says

    I told you I’d forget! I AM glad to see calorie counts of the foods on the menus. I had lost a lot of weight before my last trip and couldn’t believe how much I regained in that one week! I’ve relost much of it again and won’t make that mistake a second time. Those calorie counts will be a big help.

  5. Mike V says

    Have no interest in the calorie counts, don’t care, i’m on vacation and will eat whatever and wherever and hom much I want.
    Live to Eat, Don’t Eat to Live.
    Not to mention on an average day during vacation you walk about 8 miles throughout the parks.

    This was a GREAT summary of all the new happenings in the parks, Thanks so much for the updates!

    Comment edited by moderator to adhere to DFB comment standards. — Thanks, Mike V.! We agree that everything in moderation — even cupcakes — is totally the way to go. :-) — Brooke

  6. Patricia C says

    Great update as always! So much new info! We’ll be there in FIFTEEN DAYS – sorry for the CAPS but I am insanely excited. Will put all this info to good use….except the calorie counts. I’m on vacation!

  7. Hannah says

    Patricia….Love the caps. Shows your excitement. I won’t be there until February but am also very excited. Disney World then Cruise. I love seeing other peoples excitement about DW.

    These reviews and updates help stay in touch in between trips and really help with the planning. I check in several times a day planning and dreaming of the next trip.

  8. Sandra G says

    Wow, I know what we’ll be doing at my house this weekend: planning and re-planning meals for our upcoming trip. Mike, that would include my husband on wheels, who is in no way cutting in line. Kind of a mean remark. No one gets a front of the line pass because they can’t walk without assistance. Just don’t get between him and his morning coffee.

  9. Jennifer says

    Thanks for the reminder to try the Nomad Lounge on our upcoming trip! How crowded is it these days? Can four of us wander in during the late afternoon and get a seat? Or not a chance?

  10. says

    Jennifer — No guarantees, but based upon our experience, we don’t think you’ll have a problem getting a table at this hour.

  11. says

    So based on your menu photo and Disney’s official menu, Cosmic Ray’s no longer offers veggie burgers? If that’s true, or it was replaced by the falafel burger, it’s a big loss to those of us who don’t eat red meat or just liked their veggie burgers.

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