What’s New Around Walt Disney World — January 23, 2017

It’s our very first Trip Around the World of 2017 to check out What’s New!!

Happy 2017 from Walt Disney World!!

Happy 2017 from Walt Disney World!!

And things have sure started out with a bang, especially at…

Epcot

Festival of the Arts

A brand new Epcot event has begun… Welcome to the Festival of the Arts!

Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts

This new Festival celebrates the Culinary, Visual, and Performing Arts, and is a veritable FEAST for the eyes, ears, and tastebuds!

Mary Blair White Chocolate Art Painting with Chocolate Easel

Mary Blair White Chocolate Art Painting with Chocolate Easel

Mary Blair Exhibit

Mary Blair Exhibit

Ashley Brown Performing During Epcot Festival of the Arts

Ashley Brown Performing During Epcot Festival of the Arts

It runs weekends (Fridays – Mondays) through February 20th. So, if you’re planning an Epcot visit between now and then, you’ll definitely want to check out our Best of the Fest to read all about the MUST-EATS at the event’s Food Studios!

Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist

Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist

Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts

Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts

Mickey and Pluto White Chocolate Art Painting with Chocolate Easel

Mickey and Pluto White Chocolate Art Painting with Chocolate Easel

Remember, even if it looks too pretty to eat… it’s not ;) ! We were wowed by the sights AND the tastes at the Food Studios, and we can’t wait to hear what you think of them, too!

Of course, the Festival isn’t the only new thing at Epcot…

Future World and World Showcase

The current Seasonal Cupcake at Sunshine Seasons is Chocolate Cherry.

Sunshine Seasons sign

Sunshine Seasons sign

Chocolate Cherry Cupcake

Chocolate Cherry Cupcake

A few new items on the Lunch Menu at Tutto Italia in the Italy Pavilion include Risotto di Zucca con Gamberi and Tortellini di Ricotta.

Tutto Italia

Tutto Italia

And the Scaloppine di Pollo con Funghi e Tortellini alla Panna (cheese tortellini in a cream sauce paired with chicken cutlets and mushrooms) Lunch Special is only available for a very limited time, so catch it while you can!

Tutto Italia Lunch Menu

Tutto Italia Lunch Menu

The Saffron Rotisserie Chicken has returned to Morocco’s Tangierine Cafe (though the Wraps and Sliders have been removed from the menu).

Tangierine Cafe Sign

Tangierine Cafe Sign

Tangierine Cafe menu

Tangierine Cafe menu

At the UK Pavilion’s Rose & Crown, the Meat Pie appetizer is now listed as the House-made English Pastry, and is made with chicken instead of pork.

Rose and Crown

Rose and Crown

Rose & Crown Menu

Rose & Crown Menu

Poutine Alert! Le Cellier Steakhouse is currently serving Montreal Poutine alongside the Le Cellier Signature Poutine.

Le Cellier Steakhouse

Le Cellier Steakhouse

This version features French Fries topped with Montreal-smoked Brisket, French Onion Gravy, Gruyere Cheese, Pickled Vegetable Slaw and a Mustard-Beer Sauce (it’s a slightly different version from the Montreal Smoked Beef Poutine served in the past).

Le Cellier Menu

Le Cellier Menu

Venison Osso Bucco is a new entree, and the most recent seafood offering is a Smoked Soy Lacquer Striped Bass.

Remember that GINOURMOUS PRETZEL — officially named the Jumbo Pretzel — we spotted in the Germany Pavilion last month?

Jumbo Pretzel

Jumbo Pretzel

It’s been joined on the Bier Stand menu by another new addition: the Lebkuchenherz (Gingerbread Heart).

Bier Stand Menu

Bier Stand Menu

And finally, at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Skalldyrsgryet is a new Casserole-style version of the previous Fiskueppe entree (made with Scallops, Mussels, and Shrimp).

Akershus Sign

Akershus Sign

And the new Vegan-Vegetarian entree is the Gronnsaksgrateng… though I’m sure your server will understand if you simply say, “I’d like the Roasted Vegetable Terrine with braised lentils, please” instead ;) .

Akershus Menu

Akershus Menu

Magic Kingdom

There’s a new way to start the day in Magic Kingdom, with the “Let the Magic Begin” Welcome Show taking place at Cinderella Castle every morning. Main Street, U.S.A. and its shops are open to guests prior to the show, which means you can start your Magic Kingdom day a little earlier, and enjoy several new breakfast options!

Start Your Day by Cinderella Castle

Start Your Day by Cinderella Castle

Of course there’s always Main Street Bakery (the Magic Kingdom Starbucks location), where a Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant and Double Fudge Pound Cake can currently be found in the bakery case.

Main Street Bakery sign

Main Street Bakery sign

Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant

Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant

Double Chocolate Pound Cake

Double Chocolate Pound Cake

But there are definitely some less-expected offerings to try! For instance, how would you like a Hash Brown-topped Hot Dog at Casey’s Corner as you rise and shine?!?

45th Anniversary Celebration Dog at Casey's Corner

45th Anniversary Celebration Dog at Casey’s Corner

Or you can wakey-wakey with a trio of Croissant Doughnuts!

Croissant Doughnuts at Casey's

Croissant Doughnuts at Casey’s

Croissant Doughnuts Cross-section

Croissant Doughnuts Cross-section

In fact, the full Casey’s menu is available even in the earliest hours, allowing you the chance to try the new rotating menu of Specialty Hot Dogs any time of day.

Mac and Cheese Hot Dog

Mac and Cheese Hot Dog

The offering will change every month, so be sure to pay Casey a visit and check it out on your next trip!

And have you seen the new DONUT SUNDAE at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor???

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor donut Sundae

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor Donut Sundae

The other key offering from the Plaza (among assorted muffins and cereal), includes a plate of Mickey Waffles.

Updated menu at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Breakfast Menu at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

YES!!! Mickey Waffles at an in-park Counter Service spot at last!

Mickey Waffles with Strawberries and a side of bacon

Mickey Waffles with Strawberries and a side of bacon

Even The Confectionery is offering a new grab-and-go choice with a prepackaged Hostess Cinnamon Roll for $2.65.

Hostess Cinnamon Roll

Hostess Cinnamon Roll

(But if you’re in the market for a Cinnamon Roll, we’d recommend waiting until the rest of the park opens to grab one at Gaston’s Tavern instead). Check out all the details on new breakfast choices at the Magic Kingdom, and stay tuned for more reviews on these options coming soon!

Now, here’s a little something we’ve noticed at a few Counter Service spots in the Magic Kingdom. Several paper plates and bowls were sporting a new design, which is fairly minimalist, save for the not-really-from-Walt-Disney quote lining the edges. (Disney Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald actually wrote this quote for the Horizons ride in Epcot.)

Counter Service Paper Plate

Counter Service Paper Plate

These could simply be a transitional design from the holiday plates to a new year-round plate, but we’re not yet sure.

Oh, and remember how we found out before the end of 2016 that, moving forward, beer and wine will be served at four more restaurants (in addition to Be Our Guest Restaurant)?

Kronenberg Beer at Be Our Guest

Kronenberg Beer at Be Our Guest

Our friend Daniel Wanderman shared this picture with us of the selection at the Jungle Skipper Canteen.

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@danielwanderman Instagram

Liberty Tree Tavern features, among other beer and wine choices, Sam Adams Boston Lager and Iron Horse Fairy Tale Celebration Cuvee Brut, while Tony’s Town Square is serving Luce dell Vite “Lucent” Super Tuscan and Birra Moretti Lager. Options at Cinderella’s Royal Table during lunch and dinner include Sparkling Wines and Champagnes such as Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial Rosé and Rosa Regale Sparkling Red (and, yes, a $320.00 bottle of Cuvée Dom Pérignon Brut, if you’re so inclined to splurge).

Hollywood Studios

Pop-up Bars around Hollywood Studios are serving two new Star Wars-themed drinks.

Pop-up Bar in Hollywood Studios

Pop-up Bar in Hollywood Studios

The General features Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Bols Blue Curacao, and sweet-and-sour.

Star Wars Drinks Menu

Star Wars Drinks Menu

And this tribute to The Princess is made with 1800 Silver Tequila, Triple Sec, Monin Wildberry, sweet-and-sour, and cranberry juice.

Olaf is once again featured on the current Seasonal Cupcake at Hollywood Studios Counter Service spots, but this time the flavor is Marshmallow (as opposed to the more regularly offered Olaf Carrot Cake).

Seasonal Olaf Cupcake

Seasonal Olaf Cupcake

And though this isn’t necessarily new, it’s been quite some time since we’ve seen Sushi available at Starring Rolls, so it was nice to spot it on our last visit.

Starring Rolls Cafe sign

Starring Rolls Cafe sign

Sushi at Starring Rolls

Sushi at Starring Rolls

Animal Kingdom

We were surprised on a recent trip by Terra Treats to find some major changes had come to what was formerly known as the “Allergy-Friendly Kiosk.”

Terra Treats Menu

Terra Treats Menu

Several of the Gluten Free items were removed from the menu (such as GF Bagels, Cupcakes, Cookies, and Doughnuts). New to the spot? Buffalo Chicken Wings, served warm in a batch of three.

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo Chicken Wings

And by the way… Churros are back at Dino Bite Snacks!

Dino Bite Snacks sign

Dino Bite Snacks sign

Churros are One of Our Favorite Classic Disney Snacks!

Churros are One of Our Favorite Classic Disney Snacks!

Of course, we’re already looking forward to summer at Animal Kingdom, as we all…

Pandora Construction signs

Pandora Construction

PREPARE FOR PANDORA — The World of AVATAR!

Pandora Construction sign

Pandora Construction sign

Pandora Construction sign

Pandora Construction sign

Entry Bridge into Pandora

Entry Bridge into Pandora

All Around the World

Some “LOVE”-ly seasonal drinks are currently available through February 20th at the Joffrey’s Coffee and Pastry kiosks all over Disney World: The Valentine’s White Mocha (with raspberry) and the Amore Cocoa Latte (with dark chocolate and coconut).

Joffrey's Seasonal Menu

Joffrey’s Seasonal Menu

The Cupid’s Kiss Latte (with caramel and coconut) has made a return as well.

Cupid's Kiss

Cupid’s Kiss

Even more characters have joined the lineup of the new-style Character Shortbread Cookies. Namely, the Pixar gang!

Toy Story Shortbread Cookie

Toy Story Shortbread Cookie

Monsters University Shortbread Cookie

Monsters University Shortbread Cookie

Nemo and Dory Shortbread Cookie

Nemo and Dory Shortbread Cookie

Cars Shortbread Cookie

Cars Shortbread Cookie

And check out this Mr. Potato Head Midway Mania Mug

Mr. Potato Head Mug

Mr. Potato Head Mug

Some new Main Street Popcorn treats have started to show up in tins throughout merchandise locations.

Caramel Popcorn Bark

Caramel Popcorn Bark

Keep an eye out for Popcorn Caramel Bark and Popcorn Brittle.

Popcorn Brittle

Popcorn Brittle

A few locations that serve your basic Assorted Chips (places like Liberty Square Market, Sunshine Seasons, and Anaheim Produce) are now featuring Mickey-shaped Veggie Chips by Good Health, in addition to the standard Doritos, Cheetos, and the like.

Mickey-shaped Veggie Chips

Mickey-shaped Veggie Chips

A few new Mood Chocolate boxes have joined the ever-growing list of new options. Take, for example, this C-3PO and R2-D2 “These Are the Chocolates You Are Looking For” box of Milk Chocolate Crispy Truffles.

"These Are the Chocolates You Are Looking For"

“These Are the Chocolates You Are Looking For”

But once again, you’ll understand if we’re a little partial to The Princess

"Aren't You a Little Short... on Chocolate?"

“Aren’t You a Little Short… on Chocolate?”

Speaking of Star Wars, these Stacking Meal Sets, which include a plate, a bowl, and a tumbler each, just recently hit the scene.

Yoda Stacking Meal Set

Yoda Stacking Meal Set

BB-8 Stacking Meal Set

BB-8 Stacking Meal Set

Darth Vader Stacking Meal Set

Darth Vader Stacking Meal Set

Okay, these next items have nothing whatsoever to do with food, but still… MONORAIL HIGHLIGHTERS!!

Monorail Highlighter Set

Monorail Highlighter Set

And Trash Can Highlighters!

Trash Can Highlighter Set

Trash Can Highlighter Set

Disney Springs

Details are starting to emerge surrounding construction for The Edison.

The Edison construction

The Edison construction

You can now read “1901” (Walt Disney’s birth year) and “Power & Light” in the etched signs peeking above the construction walls.

The Edison

The Edison

Work continues at the upcoming Paddlefish as well, where the restaurant’s sign and paddlewheel are well in place.

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

And the Planet Hollywood Observatory is indeed COMING SOON!!

Planet Hollywood Observatory

Planet Hollywood Observatory

Advance Dining Reservations may currently be made for dates beginning February 1st.

Planet Hollywood Observatory

Planet Hollywood Observatory

You can enjoy quite a nice view of the Observatory from the Coca-cola Store Orlando Rooftop Bar.

Beverly's Revenge

Beverly’s Revenge

That’s where you can also enjoy a new cocktail featuring the infamous Beverly soda of Club Cool fame… Beverly’s Revenge!

Beverly's Revenge Menu

Beverly’s Revenge on the Menu

Or maybe NOT enjoy it ;) . See what we mean here!

Beverly's Revenge

Beverly’s Revenge

Some new items on the menu at Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming include the Thigh High Chicken Biscuits Starter and Braised Short Ribs Entree.

Homecoming Sign

Homecoming Sign

Starter Menu

Starter Menu

Entree Menu

Entree Menu

Southern Snap Beans are a new Side (and the sides here should definitely NOT be overlooked!).

Sides Menu

Sides Menu

There is also some more outdoor seating in front of the restaurant… all the better a spot from which to sip a Moonshine Flight!

Additional Outdoor Seating

Additional Outdoor Seating

@DisneySprings Twitter

@DisneySprings Twitter

Stop by the bar at Portobello Trattoria for Contenta Ora… also known as Happy Hour!

Portobello Restaurant

Portobello Restaurant

Pizza and wine selections will be featured Mondays through Fridays from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:00 pm.

@DisneySprings Twitter

@DisneySprings Twitter

Amorette’s Patisserie has added a few sandwiches to their ever-growing list of options: the Three Meat Classic Italian and Serrano Ham and Cheese.

Crepes and Sandwich Menu

Crepes and Sandwich Menu

Sandwich on Display

Three Meat Sandwich

And for something sweet to wrap up your trip to Disney Springs… find Hot Cocoa Spoons at The Ganachery.

Hot Chocolate Spoons

Hot Chocolate Spoons

Resorts

Contemporary Resort

Grab a buddy for this one, my friends… because guests 21-and-over can now dive into a HUGE shareable cocktail at The Wave. Check out the Seven Seas Lagoon!

Seven Seas Lagoon

Seven Seas Lagoon

We’ll be taking a MUCH closer look at this one soon!!

Seven Seas Lagoon

Seven Seas Lagoon

Coronado Springs

We’re not sure if these Sportspacks being sold at Pepper Market are new or simply new-to-us, but we noticed these by the cash registers on a recent visit.

Pepper Market Entrance

Pepper Market Entrance

Pepper Market Sports Packs

Pepper Market Sportspacks

The packs include your choice of four snacks and four drinks for $24.99, with a refill option for your pack as well.

Sportspack Inclusions

Sportspack Inclusions

Sportspack Selections

Sportspack Selections

All Star Music

Start your day at Intermission Food Court with a new Honey Bun, available in the mornings.

Intermission Food Court at All-Star Music

Intermission Food Court at All-Star Music

Honey Bun

Honey Bun

The Sweet and Salty Cupcake now comes with Mickey Pretzels and crumbled bacon, and Black Forest Cupcakes have also made their way to the bakery case.

Sweet and Salty Cupcake

Sweet and Salty Cupcake

Black Forest Cupcake

Black Forest Cupcake

All Star Movies

Some fun new character-themed items at World Premiere Food Court include an Almond Cherry Minnie Cake

World Premiere Food  Court

World Premiere Food Court

Almond Cherry Minnie Cake

Almond Cherry Minnie Cake

… and “Tangled” Blondies!

"Tangled" Blondies

“Tangled” Blondies

"Tangled" Blondie

“Tangled” Blondie

You’ll also spy a cute twist on a Mickey-shaped food: Mickey Cupcakes with Gold Chocolate Coin ears!

Mickey with Chocolate Coin ears

Mickey with Chocolate Coin ears

Grand Floridian

Gasparilla Island Grill has reopened from its recent refurbishment, and while the space remains much the same (the exception being the addition of Coke Freestyle machines), the menu received a makeover, with a focus on artisan ingredients used for the made-to-order Sandwich Bar, the “Create-Your-Own Salad” Bar (which is now a Yogurt Bar in the mornings), and the thin crust pizza.

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Sandwich Bar Ingredients ©Disney

Mahi Mahi Reuben ©Disney

Mahi Mahi Reuben ©Disney

Save room for dessert!

Dessert Selections ©Disney

Dessert Selections ©Disney

Well, that’s a wrap! And even though we’ve been at this whole 2017 thing for a few weeks already, I sure hope it’s not too late to wish you…

2017 Disney World Snow Globe

2017 Disney World Snow Globe

2017 Disney World merchandise

2017 Disney World Tote Bag

2017 Disney World Keyring

2017 Disney World Keyring

2017 Disney World Mug

2017 Disney World Mug

2017 Disney World Mug

2017 Disney World Mug

2017 Disney World t-shirt design

2017 Disney World t-shirt design

… a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 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. Tyler says

    Well written comprehensive review. So fun to catch up on the parks without having to walk them all! Thank you, Wendy.

  2. Hannah says

    15 days until we arrive. I’m already too excited to sleep and now after seeing this….even more excited. Thanks for the information. It’s great to have this in between trips, because we miss it so, and right now as we get ready to go, because we may have to add something to our schedule. Thank You for all your hard work.

  3. Kimberly says

    Can anyone tell me if that Chocolate Cherry seasonal cupcake at Sunshine Seasons ended Jan. 31? I want to go get one, and I haven’t been lucky with these. Every time I go to get one on Disney property, they tell me “We retired that one yesterday.”

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