What’s New Around Walt Disney World: November 15, 2016

Hello, friends! Well, we’d be remiss if we didn’t start out this post by wishing THIS GUY a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Happy Birthday to THIS GUY!!

Happy Birthday, Mickey!!

Mickey Mouse was presented to the world with the premiere of the animated short “Steamboat Willie” on November 18, 1928. And our favorite Mouse will be joining us all around the World today for our November edition of What’s New!

All Around the World

The Holiday Season is upon us!

Mickey and Minnie are ready to celebrate!

Mickey and Minnie are ready to celebrate!

Or at least in Disney World, it sure is! Everywhere you look, snacks and merchandise are taking on festive hues of red and green at confectionery stops and shops all over the World.

Peppermint Bark Tin

Peppermint Bark Tin

Gingerbread Popcorn

Gingerbread Popcorn

Donald and Goofy Candy Bag

Donald and Goofy Candy Bag

Mickey Ears Candy Ornament

Mickey Ears Candy-filled Ornament

Holiday Plush

Holiday Plush

Holiday Minnie Mouse

Holiday Minnie Mouse

Frosted Cookies

Frosted Cookies

Mickey Santa Cupcake

Mickey Santa Cupcake

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

Keep an eye out at the confectionery spots like Big Top Treats, Sweet Spells, Main Street Confectionery and the like for the Sandy Claws Caramel Apple.

Sandy Claws Caramel Apple

Sandy Claws Caramel Apple

And Counter Service locations are currently serving up drinks in this Jeff Granito-designed Walt Disney World-specific holiday cup (as opposed to the previous all Disney Parks version)!

Disney World Counter Service Holiday Cups

Disney World Counter Service Holiday Cups

Ditto for the Popcorn Carts around the World, with the new holiday Popcorn Containers.

Disney World Holiday Popcorn Containers

Disney World Holiday Popcorn Containers

The Refillable Popcorn Bucket program (which was most recently predicted to end on October 31st) has been extended yet again. We found this Holiday Design at Animal Kingdom!

Holiday Refillable Popcorn Bucket

Holiday Refillable Popcorn Bucket

Holiday Refillable Popcorn Bucket

Holiday Refillable Popcorn Bucket

These new Christmas Tree Tins not only contain a bunch of Mickey Mouse Shortbread Rounds — they also wind up, play music, and spin! We’ll have a post all about this one soon!

Shortbread Rounds Musical Tree Tin

Shortbread Rounds Musical Tree Tin

If you are searching for a gift for that popcorn fan in your life, Main Street Popcorn is now also available in large Combo Tins.

Main Street Popcorn Combo Tin

Main Street Popcorn Combo Tin

They include Caramel, Kettle, and Cheddar Cheese Popcorn for $13.99.

And the pre-packaged Shortbread Character Cookies that have started popping up just about everywhere are now available in Princess versions, too.

Tiana Shortbread Cookie

Tiana Shortbread Cookie

Belle Shortbread Cookie

Belle Shortbread Cookie

Magic Kingdom

Mickey in the Magic Kingdom!

Mickey in the Magic Kingdom!

Holiday Fun

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is in full swing on select dates in the Magic Kingdom!

Happy Holidays from Magic Kingdom

Happy Holidays from Magic Kingdom

Special treats for the Party this year include the Holiday Wish Red Velvet and Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes, which you can find at Main Street Bakery (though sometimes the Bakery serves these all day on party days!).

Holiday Cupcake Sign

Holiday Cupcake Sign

Peppermint and Holiday Wish Cupcakes

Peppermint and Holiday Wish Cupcakes

Read about all the Party-exclusive treats (including expanded complimentary cookie options for this year!) here.

Even if you aren’t attending the party, all park guests can enjoy the return of the gorgeous holiday decorations around the park.

Magic Kingdom Holiday Decor

Magic Kingdom Holiday Decor

Magic Kingdom Christmas Tree

Magic Kingdom Christmas Tree

Toy Soldiers

Toy Soldiers

Toy Soldiers under Christmas Tree

Toy Soldiers under Christmas Tree

Even the Beast is getting into the spirit with the BEAUTIFUL Christmas Tree inside his Castle at Be Our Guest Restaurant.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Christmas Tree

Be Our Guest Restaurant Christmas Tree

Mrs. Potts Ornament

Mrs. Potts Ornament

Lumiere Ornament

Lumiere Ornament

And everyone can take a trip on the Jungle — I mean, JINGLE — Cruise, too, in…

Jingle Cruise sign

Jingle Cruise sign

Adventureland

After your yuletide trip down those treacherous waters, you’ll have earned some rest and relaxation. So it might be a good time to take in a bite to eat at the Jungle Skipper Canteen, where some brand new Souvenir Mugs — filled with your choice of Schweitzer Slush or Punch Line Punch — have hit the scene!

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©Disney

Liberty Square

Meanwhile, in Liberty Square, Turkey Legs can now be found — in place of Baked Potatoes — at Liberty Square Market.

Liberty Square Market

Liberty Square Market

Liberty Square Market Menu

Liberty Square Market Menu

The Baked Potatoes can currently be found instead at the nearby Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, served with butter, sour cream, and shredded cheese on the side.

Sleepy Hollow Refreshments

Sleepy Hollow Refreshments

Baked Potato sign

Baked Potato sign

Read up on the recent changes to the Liberty Tree Tavern menu, where the All-You-Care-To-Eat Patriot’s Platter is now available for lunch as well as dinner, in addition to lunch-only a la carte items.

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

Liberty Tree Tavern Entrance

Liberty Tree Tavern

Liberty Tree Tavern

Seafood Macaroni and Cheese has returned in the form of Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese to Columbia Harbour House.

Columbia Harbour House

Columbia Harbour House

Baked Chicken Breast and Shrimp can also now be found on the menu.

Columbia Harbour House Menu

Columbia Harbour House Menu

Tomorrowland

Going from the past into TOMORROW, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe has two new additions to the menu with the Grilled Chicken Club served with Macaroni and Cheese and Green Beans and the 1/2 Chicken and Pulled Pork Combo.

Cosmic Ray's Menu

Cosmic Ray’s Menu

Fun additions to the Toppings Bar include Crispy Onions and Sriracha Aioli.

Cosmic Ray's Toppings Bar options

Cosmic Ray’s Toppings Bar options

Crispy Onions in Toppings Bar

Crispy Onions in Toppings Bar

Pump for Sriracha Spicy Aioli

Pump for Sriracha Spicy Aioli

Sriracha Spicy Aioli

Sriracha Spicy Aioli

And Sonny Eclispe has been joined by a fellow space pal…

BB-8 Souvenir Cup sign

BB-8 Souvenir Cup sign

… since the popular BB-8 Souvenir Cups typically available in Hollywood Studios can now be found at Cosmic Ray’s as well.

Fantasyland

In Pinocchio Village Haus Restaurant, the Chicken Parmesan Pasta and Sandwich are now available for both lunch AND dinner.

Pinocchio Village Haus

Pinocchio Village Haus

Pinocchio Village Haus Menu

Pinocchio Village Haus Menu

Main Street, U.S.A.

Returning to the very front of the park, a House Salad has replaced the Insalata Fresca at Tony’s Town Square, and an Italian Cheese Dip has joined the Appetizer list.

Tony's Town Square Restaurant

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

New entrees include Baked Rigatoni, a Pork Chop and the Vegetarian Pizza.

Tony's Town Square Restaurant

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant Menu

And keep an eye our for Olaf-themed Cotton Candy at the Main Street, U.S.A. Popcorn Cart, as well as other snacks stands around the park!

Olaf Cotton Candy

Olaf Cotton Candy

Hollywood Studios

Catch the Birthday Boy in his holiday finest with the return of Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine!

Mickey at Minnie's Holiday Dine

Mickey at Minnie’s Holiday Dine

His best gal Minnie, of course, is your Hostess (also joined by Donald, Daisy, and Santa Goofy).

Minnie Mouse Celebrates the Holidays at Hollywood and Vine

Minnie Mouse Celebrates the Holidays at Hollywood and Vine

Read all about this yuletide version of Minnie’s Seasonal Dine here! Don’t they fit in perfectly with all the holiday decor at the Studios?

Hollywood Studios Christmas Tree

Hollywood Studios Christmas Tree

Hollywood Studios Decorations

Hollywood Studios Decorations

Holiday Streetmosphere

Holiday Streetmosphere

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! — the new holiday nighttime spectacular — made its debut on November 14th!

Jingle Bell Jingle BAM!

Jingle Bell Jingle BAM!

And all sorts of festive holiday eats have arrived just in time for the big show!

Holiday Cookies at Popcorn Stands

Holiday Cookies at Popcorn Stands

Hot Cocoa at Popcorn Stands

Hot Cocoa at Popcorn Stands

This is especially evident at Sunshine Day Cafe — located in Sunset Ranch Market — where a Seasonal Menu offering all sorts of festive goodies and drinks has hit the scene!

Sunshine Day Cafe Seasonal Menu

Sunshine Day Cafe Seasonal Menu

We’ll be taking a closer look at some of these options soon, but for now here’s a peek at a few!

Stollen Bites

Stollen Bites

Gingerbread Mickey

Gingerbread Pop

Giant Gingerbread Men Kit

Giant Gingerbread Men Kit

The main stage for the spectacular, by the way, is located not too far from the location of a new Food and Beverage Marketplace coming to the Studios.

Food and Beverage Marketplace under construction

Food and Beverage Marketplace under construction

You’ll also be able to find a NEW holiday cupcake at the Studios this season! This Chocolate Cupcake with Peppermint Bark can be yours at ABC Commissary.

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BUT Trolley Car Cafe has not yet forgotten we have a wee bit of autumn left ;) , as evidenced by the Autumn Harvest Cupcake.

Autumn Harvest Cupcake

Autumn Harvest Cupcake

The menu at Fairfax Fare has received a fairly big update. Gone is the Tri-Tip Beef One-Pound Baked Potato and the previous Barbecue items.

Fairfax Fare

Fairfax Fare

In their place are an Empanadas Platter, El Pastor Pulled Pork Sandwich, and a Fajita Combo Platter along with a few carryovers from the former menu.

Fairfax Fare Menu

Fairfax Fare Menu

And don’t forget that PizzeRizzo opens on November 18th… that’s THIS FRIDAY, folks!!

PizzeRizzo!

PizzeRizzo!

Be sure to read up on the menu — and some fun aspects of the new atmosphere — before your first visit! And in the meantime, check out what it looks like with the construction walls down!

PizzeRizzo

PizzeRizzo

Quirky Muppets humor, of course, plays a huge part in the setting, with the signs and painted sentiments on the outside walls.

PizzeRizzo outdoor atmosphere

PizzeRizzo outdoor atmosphere

PizzeRizzo outdoor atmosphere

PizzeRizzo outdoor atmosphere

PizzeRizzo windows

PizzeRizzo windows

The neon Pizza signs and curtains showing through the windows fit right in with the city-scape area that the recently dubbed Muppets Courtyard carries over from what used to be known as the Streets of America section of the park.

PizzeRizzo windows

PizzeRizzo windows

PizzeRizzo windows

PizzeRizzo windows

Oven "Fresh"

Oven “Fresh”

And, as promised, there is plenty of expanded seating outside (though we’re most curious regarding the indoor seating, where a wedding reception is said to be taking place…)

Outside PizzeRizzo

Outside PizzeRizzo

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

Oh! And here is the full menu so you can start to consider your order in advance :) .

PizzeRizzo Menu

PizzeRizzo Menu

Of course, maybe you’ve had a chance to peruse it already. After all, according to the menu, PizzeRizzo has been “Giving You The Business Since 1908.” ;)

Epcot

Hello from Mickey at Epcot’s Garden Grill!

Farmer Mickey

Farmer Mickey

Holidays Around the World at Epcot starts the day after Thanksgiving, November 25th. Along with the return of Holiday Storytellers and the Candlelight Processional,  new additions are coming to the celebration in the form of MORE FOOD!

Passport for Holidays Around The World

Passport for Holidays Around The World

Think something like the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with a seasonal twist when it comes to new booths on the way such as Alpine Haus, American Holiday Table, and Feast of the Three Kings.

Slow Roasted Turkey at American Holiday Table © Disney

Slow Roasted Turkey at American Holiday Table © Disney

Learn all about these — and more! — here.

And at long last, the full narrator list for the Candlelight Processional is complete. Anthony Mackie will narrate the presentation of the Christmas Story accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and choir on December 7th through 9th.

Candlelight Processional

Candlelight Processional

Click here to find the complete list of narrators along with information on the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages for 2016.

Le Cellier Steakhouse is now offering a prix fixe lunch menu — along with standard a la carte options —  from 11:15 am – 2:30 pm daily. Your choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert include options such as the popular Cheddar Cheese Soup and a new Wagyu Beef Burger ‘Oscar’.

Le Cellier Prix Fixe Lunch on the Disney World website

Le Cellier Prix Fixe Lunch on the Disney World website

And the Maple Creme Brûlée is one of the dessert options, too!

Animal Kingdom

Mickey says “Jambo!” from Animal Kingdom’s Tusker House Restaurant!

Mickey in Safari Costume at Tusker House

Mickey in Safari Costume at Tusker House

Seasonal items such as Gingerbread Loaf, the Cranberry Bliss Bar and Holiday Cake Pops can be spotted in the bakery case at Creature Comforts and other Starbucks locations throughout Disney World.

Creature Comforts Starbucks Entrance

Creature Comforts Starbucks Entrance

Gingerbread Loaf

Gingerbread Loaf

Cranberry Bliss Bar

Cranberry Bliss Bar

Holiday Cake Pops

Holiday Cake Pops

They’re now also serving the same Turtle Brownie that is a dessert and snack option at Restaurantosaurus.

Turtle Brownie

Turtle Brownie

And for another sweet treat, a new option is now available at some of the park’s Ice Cream Carts: the Outshine brand Creamy Coconut Frozen Fruit Bar.

Creamy Coconut Fruit Bar on menu

Creamy Coconut Fruit Bar on menu

Disney Springs

If you’re planning on doing some serious holiday shopping in Disney Springs, then you’ll also need some serious sustenance!

The Marketplace

Look for new options on the Rainforest Cafe menu to include a Mushroom and Spinach Flatbread, and a Parrilla Veggie Flatbread.

Rainforest Cafe menu

Rainforest Cafe menu

The Kale and Red Quinoa Salad is also new.

AristoCrepes has gone through a variety of updates over the past month.

AristoCrepes sign

AristoCrepes sign

Rather than a full menu dedicated to both sweet and savory crepes, currently a selection of just sweet crepes is available, including the S’mores Crepe and Strawberries and Cream Crepe (and — just for the season — a Gingerbread Cheesecake Crepe).

S'mores Crepe

S’mores Crepe

The menu has also been expanded to include a few park staples (popcorn and soft pretzels among them), along with a selection of seasonal beverages which for now include flavored Hot Cocoas and Seasonal Brews.

Savory Crepes, on the other hand, can now be found in…

Town Center

Amorette’s Patisserie is the new home to Savory Crepes in Disney Springs, including Ham and Cheese and Caprese Crepes.

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©Disney

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©Disney

There is also a sweet option with the Banana and Hazelnut Crepe.

The Landing

Last month we mentioned the new Dim Sum Brunch at Morimoto Asia, and this month we got to experience it!

@morimotoasia Facebook

@morimotoasia Facebook

Xiaolong Bao

Xiaolong Bao

Sesame Balls

Sesame Balls

Current seasonal drinks options also include the delicious Nashi Pear Margarita made with Maestro Dobel Tequila, Asian pear purée, fresh lime juice and Cointreau.

Nashi Pear Margarita

Nashi Pear Margarita

The Ganachery is now offering a Chocolatier’s Special of  a complimentary chocolate bar with the purchase of 16-piece Ganache Box.

Chocolatier's Special

Chocolatier’s Special

And Stollen is back for the holiday season!

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©Disney

Check out this display at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar Display

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Display

It features some of the spot’s Souvenir Glasses for sale on their own.

Hovito Mojito Glass

Hovito Mojito Glass

Reggie's Revenge Glass

Reggie’s Revenge Glass

Cool Headed Monkey Glass

Cool Headed Monkey Glass

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC posted a menu outside to help guests more readily find the gluten-free and vegan options available to them.

Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC indoor sign

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC indoor sign

Erin McKenna Bakery NYC menu

Erin McKenna Bakery NYC menu

While we’re here ;) , let’s take a gander at the Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

… along with the new Milkshakes menu.

Milkshakes Menu

Milkshakes Menu

West Side

There is a updated process to ordering at the Disney Food Trucks located in Exposition Park.

Exposition Park

Exposition Park

Rather than go directly to your Food Truck of interest, you can now review the menus for each truck in one dedicated ordering area for all the trucks in the area that day, then visit the specific truck that serves your meal for pickup.

Menus for Food Trucks

Menus for Food Trucks

If you stop by, you’ll notice that World Showcase of Flavors, which previously featured tastes from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival year-round, has received a complete menu makeover in favor of a variety of Tacos.

World Showcase of Flavors Menu

World Showcase of Flavors Menu

Exposition Park also has a new Beer Stand with craft beers on tap, featuring (at this time) a couple of local brews with Reef Donkey from Tampa, and 3 Daughters from St. Petersburg, FL along with Yuengling and Sierra Nevada.

Craft Beer Stand

Craft Beer Stand

The YeSake kiosk now offers Build Your Own customizable options. Your choice of base is a Rice Bowl, an Udon Noodle Bowl, or a Wrap paired with Ahi Tuna or Salmon, Cooked Shrimp, Yakiniku Beef, or Grilled Chicken.

YeSake Kiosk

YeSake Kiosk

Topping options include — but aren’t limited to — seaweed salad, pico de gallo, pickled red ginger, tempura crunch, cabbage, and jalapeño, while sauces include sweet teriyaki, sesame ginger, and wasabi ponzu, among others.

Resorts

Refillable Resort Mugs

Have you heard the word? The Refillable Resort Mugs options have changed YET AGAIN! Some Resorts are now carrying them with handles once more!

Refillable Mugs -- WITH HANDLES -- Are BACK!

Refillable Mugs — WITH HANDLES — Are BACK!

And a pink top and handle is now among the color choices.

Pink Mug

Pink Mug

Were you a fan of the handle-free design that debuted this summer? Well, we’ve learned from Cast Members that the plan moving forward is to include BOTH mugs with and without handles. Read all about it here!

Grand Floridian

Evenings at the Grand Floridian now include the Garden View Champagne and Wine Lounge from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, featuring small bites that pair well with the selections of wine and champagne.

Garden View Lounge sign

Garden View Lounge sign

Don’t forget: the refurbishment of Gasparilla Island Grill is still underway through mid-December.

Gasparilla Grill Refurbishment sign

Gasparilla Grill Refurbishment sign

Grab and Go and additional Counter Service options continue to be available at spots like Mizner’s Lounge and Beaches Pool Bar in the meantime.

Mizner's Grab and Go Menu

Mizner’s Grab and Go Menu

Beaches Pool Bar Menu

Beaches Pool Bar Menu

At Citricos, the Yellowtail Red Snapper has replaced the Halibut, and the Ratatouille is now made with quinoa instead of tofu.

Citricos Entrance

Citricos Entrance

Citricos Menu

Citricos Menu

But perhaps the most anticipated thing at the Grand Floridian is the return of the Holiday Gingerbread House! This Grand Floridian tradition — which is an actual working snack stop in addition to being a wonderful decoration — will open on November 16th.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House sign

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House sign

Here is a glimpse at some of the work the elves (in the guise of Pastry Chefs) had completed on our last visit!

Gingerbread House underway

Gingerbread House underway

Established 1999

Established 1999

Gingerbread House awaiting final details

Gingerbread House awaiting final details

Contemporary Resort

Of course, the Grand Floridian isn’t the only Deluxe Disney Resort preparing their larger-than-life Gingerbread creations. The Contemporary was also finalizing the scene for the annual Frozen Gingerbread Display on our recent trip!

Frozen Gingerbread Display

Frozen Gingerbread Display in progress

Working on the display

Working on the display

Working on the display

Working on the display

Elsa and Anna awaiting placement

Elsa and Anna awaiting placement

Located right next to the display, the Contempo Cafe has received a menu update, too.

Contempo Cafe

Contempo Cafe

New items include Peasant Salad, Barbecued Chicken Cobb Salad, a Sustainable Catch, a Chicago-styled Italian Beef Sub, the Contempo Smokehouse Burger, Braised Beef Grilled Cheese (Sign me up!), and an American Wagyu Beef Slider Duo.

Contempo Cafe menu

Contempo Cafe menu

Contempo Cafe menu

Contempo Cafe menu

Keep your eyes peeled for a vanilla Villain Cupcake in Contempo’s Cupcake Fridge!

Cupcake selection at Contempo Café

Cupcake selection at Contempo Café

Thanksgiving Day will feature a special Pumpkin Cupcake with Cherry Pie filling. And on December 5th only, you will be able to enjoy a Lemon Meringue Cupcake in honor of another very important birthday: Walt Disney’s!

Polynesian Village Resort

Mickey says Aloha from the Polynesian!

Say Aloha to Mickey and Friends at 'Ohana

Say Aloha to Mickey and Friends at ‘Ohana Breakfast

This is the Resort where you’ll find Kona Cafe, which has a few new desserts on the menu with the Pala’ai, Warm Pear Tart, and Kona Coffee Creme Brûlée.

Kona Cafe sign

Kona Cafe sign

Kona Cafe Dessert Menu

Kona Cafe Dessert Menu

Boardwalk Inn

Be on the lookout at Boardwalk Bakery for a special treat inspired by Steamboat Willie on November 18th: the Heritage Mickey dessert.

Boardwalk Bakery

Boardwalk Bakery

This combo of dark and white chocolate mousse will be topped off with ears and a tail in honor of Mickey himself.

Heritage Mickey

Heritage Mickey ©Disney

It will be one of many special offerings around Disney World to celebrate Mickey’s Big Day. Because if there is one thing to remember as we wrap up this round of What’s New, it’s that “It was all started…

Jumbo Mickey Waffle

Jumbo Mickey Waffle

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

Mickey Pretzel

Mickey Pretzel

Mickey Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwich

Mickey Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwich

Mickey Ganache Tart

Mickey Ganache Tart

Colossal Mickey Cinnamon Roll

Colossal Mickey Cinnamon Roll

Mickey Oreo Cupcake

Mickey Oreo Cupcake

… by a MOUSE!”

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. Laura S says

    It is my birthday today and I am going to Disney! I cannot wait to see all of the new 2016 Christmas food and merchandise! YAY!!! Cant Wait!!!! :):):):)

  2. Rune says

    Wow, so many yummy things listed here, I can almost smell the gingerbread. +)

    Having developed gluten sensitivity I interested in a trip to Erin’s to maybe try a cookie sandwich but $5.50 a pop is a bit too steep considering a single cooking is $1.75 (so two is $3.50) and then it’s an extra 2 bucks for the frosting … Ouch! Maybe I’ll Dole whips.

  3. Holly says

    Did they just discontinue the corn on the cob from Liberty Square Market or has that been moved? What about the sweet potatoes?

  4. Eric says

    AJ – Do you know why Disney has not released an online menu for Thanksgiving yet? We’ll be there next week and while you can call the dining line and have the menu read to you, there doesn’t seem to be a place online that has released the menus. In years past the menus have been released well in advance of the holiday. Thanks!

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