What’s New Around Walt Disney World: September 20, 2016

The Halloween decorations are up and the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival is ON! It MUST BE FALL in Walt Disney World!

Halloween Decoration in Magic Kingdom

Halloween Decorations at Magic Kingdom

So please join us for a very pumpkin-spiced edition of What’s New ;) !

All Things Halloween

It’s always fun to see the pumpkins, scarecrows, and autumn wreaths return to Magic Kingdom for the fall season…

Halloween Decorations in Magic Kingdom

Halloween Decorations in Magic Kingdom

Halloween Decorations in Magic Kingdom

Halloween Decorations in Magic Kingdom

Halloween Decorations in Magic Kingdom

Halloween Decorations in Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has kicked into high gear (and the super fun decorations can be enjoyed by every Magic Kingdom guest)!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party sign

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party sign

Halloween merchandise has, of course, crept into merchandise locations all around Disney World. There are popular returning items along with new pieces; some are food-related, and some not-so-much :) .

Halloween Merchandise

Halloween Merchandise

"Just One Bite" Bowl

“Just One Bite” Bowl

Coffin of Gummy Worms

Coffin of Gummy Worms

"Terror in Tomorrowland"

“Terror in Tomorrowland” Gummy Sour Pumpkin Bag

Trick or Treat sign

Trick or Treat sign

I always love it when the Mickey Krispy Treats get their fall makeovers!

Autumn Krispy Treats

Autumn Krispy Treats

Jack-o-Lantern Krispy Treat

Jack-o-Lantern Krispy Treat

Cauldron of Cocoa, anyone?

Cocoa Cauldron

Hot Chocolate Cauldron

Hot Chocolate Cauldron

Hot Chocolate Cauldron

I thought my favorite item was the “Boo to You” mug

"Boo to You" Mug (front and back)

“Boo to You” Mug (front and back)

… until I saw the Hitchhiking Ghosts Hoodie, that is!

Hitchhiking Ghosts Hoodie

Hitchhiking Ghosts Hoodie

Minnie and Mickey and the rest of the gang are in their spiffy new Halloween costumes for Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood Studios!

©Disney

©Disney

They’ll be in this hauntingly cute garb through November 6th, after which Minnie’s Holiday Seasonal Dine will begin in full festive force!

All Around the World

The current Seasonal Beverages at Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosks all over Disney World are a Harvest Latte, a Pumpkin Pie Chai, and a Pumpkin Pie Latte.

Joffrey's Seasonal Beverages

Joffrey’s Seasonal Beverages

And a Shakin’ Jamaican Cold Brew option can be found at some stops… since it’s still quite warm here, you know ;) .

Joffrey's Cold Brew sign

Joffrey’s Cold Brew sign

Congratulations to Princess Elena of Avalor who has been added to the Disney Character Lollipop Hall of Fame!

Elena Lollipop

Elena Lollipop

Pirate Mickey has a new Tutti Frutti Lollipop, too.

Pirate Mickey Lollipop

Pirate Mickey Lollipop

We’ve got a couple of updates on the Refillable Popcorn Buckets that hit the scene this summer. Not only has the program been extended beyond its original end date of September 1st (now rumored to run through October 31st), but the Buckets are now eligible for refills through “Length of Stay.”

Mahindi Popcorn Menu

Mahindi Popcorn Menu

Magic Kingdom Souvenir Popcorn Bucket September 2016

Magic Kingdom Souvenir Popcorn Bucket

Magic Kingdom Souvenir Popcorn Bucket September 2016

Magic Kingdom Souvenir Popcorn Bucket

Get the full scoop here!

This line of Working Day Mugs might add a little extra fun to the office…

Mickey Working Day Mug

Mickey Working Day Mug

Minnie and Daisy Working Day Mug

Minnie and Daisy Working Day Mug

Donald Working Day Mug

Donald Working Day Mug

Goofy Working Day Mug

Goofy Working Day Mug

And we spotted a new line of Pure Growth Organic Snacks including these Cinnamon Brown Sugar Breakfast Bars at Hollywood Studios, and will be keeping an eye out at other merchandise and snack spots around the World.

Pure Growth Breakfast Bars

Pure Growth Breakfast Bars

Epcot

The 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival has begun!! And it’s running for a record 62 days (until November 14th) this year.

"Taste Epcot"

“Taste Epcot”

So be sure to check out The Best of Fest to plan your Festival food picks! Here’s a small peek at just a couple of standouts for 2016, starting with Spicy Hummus Fries at the Morocco Booth:

Spicy Hummus Fries at Morocco Booth

Spicy Hummus Fries from Morocco Booth

France continues to bring its A-Game when it comes to Grownup Ice Pops. Don’t miss this year’s Frozen Daiquiri Ice Pop!

Frozen Daiquiri Ice Pop from France Booth

Frozen Daiquiri Ice Pop from France Booth

Sweet seekers will want to head to The Chew Collective Booth (located in Future World) for the Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse.

Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle from The Chew Collective

Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle from The Chew Collective

It takes a LOT of energy to check out everything the Festival has to offer.

Fountain View

Fountain View

Fortunately, the new Mocha Brownie at Fountain View is infused with caffeine (it’s made with espresso beans for a little pick-me-up)!

Mocha Brownie

Mocha Brownie

Have you seen the terrific merchandise line dedicated to the Biergarten Restaurant in the Germany Pavilion?

Biergarten T-shirt

Biergarten T-shirt

Biergarten T-shirt

Biergarten T-shirt

Biergarten Key Ring

Biergarten Key Ring

And check out this fun find in the Japan Pavilion: the little outdoor frozen treat kiosk is where you can now find mini Frozen Jello Cups. (These are also available at room temperature inside the Mitsukoshi shop.)

Mini Jello Cups

Mini Jello Cups

Select Lobby Beverages are currently available in Le Cellier.

Le Cellier Steakhouse

Le Cellier Steakhouse

Le Cellier Lobby Beverages Menu

Le Cellier Lobby Beverages Menu

And L’Artisan des Glaces is proudly serving its newest creation!

Entrance to L'Artisan des Glaces in Epcot's France

Entrance to L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France

It’s Candied Peanuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream.

L'Artisan des Glaces Flavor Menu

L’Artisan des Glaces Flavor Menu

Candied Peanuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream

Candied Peanuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream

Animal Kingdom

Stop by Zuri’s Sweets Shop for some Pumpkin Spice Fudge (you might spot it in other confection cases around Disney World, too).

Zuri's Sweets Shop

Zuri’s Sweets Shop

Pumpkin Spice Fudge

Pumpkin Spice Fudge

Zuri’s is also now serving Frozen Slushes in Lemonade and Strawberry.

Slushy Machines at Zuri's

Slushy Machines at Zuri’s

All options at Pizzafari are now actually Flabreads, save for the regular Cheese Pizza (because what would PIZZAfari be without at least ONE pizza?).

Pizzafari Sign

Pizzafari Sign

Of note among the recent additions are the Mediterranean and the Cheeseburger Flatbreads, and all are now served with a Tomato and Cucumber Salad.

Pizzafari Menu

Pizzafari Menu

The Dirt & Worms Cupcake is now available at Creature Comforts. Hi, Pumbaa!

Dirt & Worms Cupcake

Dirt & Worms Cupcake

And the Grilled Chicken Sandwich at Restaurantosaurus has received a slight update to the Grilled Chicken BLT Sandwich.

Restaurantosaurus Sign

Restaurantosaurus Sign

Restaurantosaurus Menu

Restaurantosaurus Menu

Magic Kingdom

Main Street Confectionery is confectionery case-free… for a time, at least ;) .

The Current Confectionery

The Current Confectionery

The confectionery case is closed for a six week refurbishment, but the store is still open for business!

Caramel Apple Display at The Confectionery

Caramel Apple Display at The Confectionery

We got pretty darn excited when we saw Queso Blanco available for a buck at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.

Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Queso on the Pecos Bill menu

Queso on the Pecos Bill menu

But, turns out it’s just a prepackaged option. Nothing super special… but it can be paired with a $3.99 side of chips (though we’d recommend loading up at the Fixin’s Bar instead).

Chips and Queso

Chips and Queso

Queso

Queso

At Table Service restaurants, keep your eyes peeled for autumnal and Halloween additions for desserts like this assortment from the buffet at Crystal Palace.

Halloween Desserts (and more) at Crystal Palace

Halloween Desserts at Crystal Palace

Many thanks to DFB Reader Jackie C. for the picture!

And over at Be Our Guest Restaurant, the Grey Stuff has gotten a little holiday makeover…

The Grey Stuff Brownie

The Grey Stuff Brownie

Hollywood Studios

Pumpkin Scones and Muffins are back for the season at The Trolley Car Cafe.

Trolley Car Cafe

Trolley Car Cafe

Scones

Scones

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin

Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin

Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin

But the Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Cupcake and the Peanut Butter Crunch Cookie are all new.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Cupcake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Cupcake

Peanut Butter Crunch Cookie

Peanut Butter Crunch Cookie

At both the Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant and Lounge, a Carrot and Ginger Soup is on the menu.

The Hollywood Brown Derby

The Hollywood Brown Derby

Small Plates Menu at Brown Derby Lounge (Partial)

Small Plates Menu at Brown Derby Lounge (Partial)

And a new (well, new to this area) Pop-up Bar has hit the Studios. It’s located near Toy Story Mania, and on our visit it was in operation from 12 – 6 pm.

Pop-up Bar neat Toy Story Mania

Pop-up Bar near Toy Story Mania

Even though it can easily be moved, we think this Pop-up Bar will stay in its current home on Pixar Place, since three of the cocktails are Toy Story-themed.

Menu and Deep Space Odyssey

Menu and Deep Space Odyssey

We’ll have a review of the Deep Space Odyssey (pictured above) for you here soon!

Funnel Cakes are back at Oasis Canteen!

Oasis Canteen

Oasis Canteen

Oasis Canteen Menu

Oasis Canteen Menu

All sorts of super fun signage has been added to the future site of PizzeRizzo (former home of Toy Story Pizza Planet) in preparation for a late fall opening.

PizzeRizzo sign

PizzeRizzo sign

PizzeRizzo sign for Banquet Hall

PizzeRizzo sign for Banquet Hall

PizzeRizzo sign

PizzeRizzo sign

Loving this nod to the ol’ Pizza Planet!

"The Best Pizza on the Planet"

“The Best Pizza on the Planet”

You’ll even spy signs for Gonzo’s Royal Flush (Ha!) at the nearby restrooms. They’re also under refurbishment in the recently renamed Muppets Courtyard area of the park.

Gonzo's Royal Flush

Gonzo’s Royal Flush

Darth Vader finds your lack of chocolate disturbing, so you can remedy that right quick with a new box of Star Wars Dark Chocolate Caramel Truffles.

Star Wars Chocolate

Star Wars Dark Chocolate Caramel Truffles

Disney Springs

Town Center

A stop at Amorette’s Patisserie always reveals some beautiful new creations.

Amorette's Patisserie

Amorette’s Patisserie

Amorette's Patisserie Cast Member

Amorette’s Patisserie Cast Member

Take the new Raspberry Lemonade Pastry, for instance (it’s raspberry mousse, lemon curd, and lemon chiffon cake).

Raspberry Lemonade Pastry

Raspberry Lemonade Pastry

Eclairs are now available individually or in an Assortment Box (flavors include Lemon Meringue, Pistachio, Raspberry,and Salted Caramel).

Box of Eclairs

Box of Eclairs

Raspberry Eclair

Raspberry Eclair

Coffee or Tea? Take your pick! The Petit “Coffee Time” Cake is a flourless chocolate cake with dark chocolate mousse and coffee buttercream.

Coffee Time Petit Cake

Coffee Time Petit Cake

The Petit “Tea Time” Cake, on the other hand, is a lemon and green tea chiffon cake with citrus curd, Italian buttercream, lemon pate de fruit jelly, and passion fruit fondant.

Tea Time Petit Cake

Tea Time Petit Cake

And don’t forget to look for special seasonal creations!

©Disney

©Disney

These include one more Petit Cake: this Fall Time Petit Cake — available through November 10th — looks like a birch tree (carved with an “A” for Amorette’s). We’ll have a full review for you soon!

Amorette's Autumn Petit Cake

Amorette’s Autumn Petit Cake

Layers are baked apple, salted caramel, milk jam, and spiced chiffon cake.

Stop by Sprinkles for the perfect tribute to Back-to-School season.

Sprinkles in Disney Springs

Sprinkles in Disney Springs

Peanut Butter & Jelly Ice Cream is available throughout September!

@Sprinkles Twitter

@Sprinkles Twitter (@sprinkles)

But is your Town Center visit too early in the day for ice cream? Well, even though we’d argue “Never” ;) , there IS a terrific new breakfast option waiting for you at The Daily Poutine: Breakfast Poutine!

All-Day Breakfast Poutine

All-Day Breakfast Poutine

Read about this all-day breakfast dish here.

The Landing

A Wine and Chocolate option is now on offer at The Ganachery, featuring a glass of sparkling Rosa Regale paired with a passion fruit ganache square.

The Ganachery sign

The Ganachery sign

Ganache and Wine & Chocolate sign at The Ganachery

Ganache and Wine & Chocolate sign at The Ganachery

Seasonal ganache flavors are Pumpkin Spice Latte and Cinnamon Apple.

©Disney

©Disney

Even more new flavors include Dark Chocolate Coconut and Creamy Peanut Butter Ganache.

West Side

Celebrate Oktoberfest at House of Blues through October 9th!

House of Blues

House of Blues

Special menu items for the celebration include Pork Schnitzel, Grilled Beer Bratwurst, a big ol’ Oktoberfest Pretzel, and Apple Strudel.

©House of Blues Orlando Twitter (@HOBOrlando)

©House of Blues Orlando Twitter (@HOBOrlando)

Find Mojito Lemonade at the Wetzel’s Pretzels stand.

Mojito Lemonade

Mojito Lemonade

Note that it’s actually a No-jito, since it’s non-alcoholic.

Wolfgang Puck Cafe is serving a fall twist on the classic Manhattan cocktail.

©Wolfgang Puck Cafe Twitter (@WPCOrlando)

©Wolfgang Puck Cafe Twitter (@WPCOrlando)

It’s an autumnal Cinnamon Apple Manhattan.

Resorts

Grand Floridian Resort

You know how we’ve seen a lot Table Service restaurants around Disney World combining Lunch and Dinner menus over the past several months? (For a case in point, check out our review of the revised all-day menu for Epcot’s Chefs de France).

Grand Floridian Cafe Entrance

Grand Floridian Cafe Entrance

Well, the Grand Floridian Cafe has put their own spin on the trend, instead offering a newly combined Breakfast and Lunch menu.

Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast and Dinner Menu

Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast and Dinner Menu

It’s available until 2:00 pm, then Dinner begins at 5:00 pm.

Remember, the Gone Mad Party is still happening at the Grand Floridian Resort just outside Gasparilla Island Grill.

Gone Mad Party sign

Gone Mad Party sign

What’s that? You haven’t heard about this free (with snacks available for purchase) Wishes Viewing Party? Read all about it here!

If you have an Advance Dining Reservation for 1900 Park Fare, please take note that the entrance has moved.

1900 Park Fare entrance

1900 Park Fare entrance

Though previously it was located just off the main lobby near one of the resort check-in counters, it’s now next to the Grand Floridian Cafe (just past the lobby and to the left).

1900 Park Fare entrance on left

1900 Park Fare entrance on left

Contemporary Resort

Current Contempo Cafe Cupcakes are Candy Apple and Candy Bar.

Candy Apple Cupcake

Candy Apple Cupcake

Candy Bar Cupcake

Candy Bar Cupcake

We’ll have a review of the Candy Apple Cupcake here for you soon (including a Caramel Sauce snack hack!).

Wilderness Lodge

Whispering Canyon Cafe has joined the Gigantic Ice Cream Dessert Game (think Beaches and Cream’s Kitchen Sink or Ghirardelli’s Earthquake Sundae)!

Whispering Canyon Sign

Whispering Canyon Sign

Introducing… the 10-Gallon Challenge.

Ten Gallon Challenge!

Ten Gallon Challenge!

You won’t see it on the menu, as it’s still currently in “testing phase.” But in the meantime, you can read all about it here!

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Two new Flatbreads are listed under Appetizers at Jiko: an Heirloom Tomato Flatbread and a Mozambican Chicken Flatbread. (YAY for flatbreads returning to the menu!)

Jiko Sign

Jiko Sign

Under Entrees, the Oak-grilled Dibi Rack of Lamb has replaced the Lamb Shank, and Peri Peri Green Circle Chicken replaced the Harissa Chicken.

Jiko Menu

Jiko Menu

Art of Animation Resort

The Dinoco Oil Can Sippers may look familiar to Disneyland guests, as that’s where they made their debut.

Dinoco Oil Can Sipper

Dinoco Oil Can Sipper

But Landscape of Flavors is carrying them now, along with the Crush Souvenir Sipper.

Landscape of Flavors

Landscape of Flavors

Souvenir Sipper Cups sign

Souvenir Sipper Cups sign

All Start Movies

CHEERS to World Premiere Food Court for offering two Adult Milkshakes on the menu…

World Premiere Food  Court

World Premiere Food Court

The Rialto Station is now serving the Curtain Call (a Chocolate Milkshake with Knob Creek Bourbon and candied bacon) and the Velvet Ropes (a Vanilla Milkshake with strawberries, sprinkles, and Frangelico).

Milkshakes with Alcohol sign

Milkshakes with Alcohol sign

The Rialto menu

The Rialto menu

Well, that’s it for all the Fall Fun this time!

Autumn Finale to Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire

Autumn Finale to Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire

We can’t wait to bring more to you in October! In the meantime, 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. elizabeth says

    Thank you for a wonderful tour of Disney !!! This was thoroughly enjoyable and your pictures are beautiful !

  2. Sarah says

    I’m happy to see it’s not just pumpkin spice-everything. I’m not a fan of it, but I do love apple- I wish more places would embrace it as a fall flavor.

  3. Katie Nelson says

    When is the complete holiday change done….from Halloween to Christmas?

    On Halloween, are you able
    To trick or treat at the resorts or Disney springs?!

  4. Essie says

    Wow!!!! What a fantastic report Wendy! There is so much covered and so much to enjoy! I love seeing all of the Halloween treats and new things. You did a wonderful job covering everything and the photos are great. I love these ‘What’s New’ Blogs! Thanks for a job well done!

  5. Kirsty says

    I agree with Essie – I love the “What’s New” posts! They are my favourite & you always do such a good job covering everything.

    Thanks :)

  6. DebC says

    We went to the Grand Floridian Café on Sept 25 for breakfast and the menu was the old one. They only had the Lobster Eggs Benedict, not the standard Eggs Benedict. When I asked about it, they said they only made the Lobster version, but I could remove the lobster.

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