What’s New Around Walt Disney World: April 24, 2017

Wow… we’re gearing up for a LOT of new experiences coming to Walt Disney World in the coming weeks. Next month, the new “Happily Ever After” nighttime spectacular will make its debut in Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom will unveil an entire new LAND with Pandora — The World of AVATAR!

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“Happily Ever After” Concept Art ©Disney

But, as always, there is plenty taking place in the here and now in Disney World, too. So, let’s take a look around the parks and resorts to find out What’s New!

Animal Kingdom

Check out the half-adorable, half-creepy new Panda Caramel Apple in Zuri’s Sweets Shop! (That thing really needs pupils.)

Panda Caramel Apple

Panda Caramel Apple

I’m thinking this cutie is inspired by the new Disneynature film, Born in China.

Also at Zuri’s, the Bulk Snacks lining the wall previously featured items like dried fruits and nuts. Those options have been replaced by the kinds of candies you’ll find in other confectioneries around Disney World. Sayonara, good-for-you stuffs.

Zuri's Bulk Options

Zuri’s Bulk Options

That said, there are a few Gummi items unique to Zuri’s like Flowers, Frogs, Butterflies, Turtles, Starfish, and Gooey-Filled Gummi Insects.

Gooey-Filled Gummi Insects

Gooey-Filled Gummi Insects

Pick up a Lotus Glow Cube in honor of Rivers of Light at the Feeding Ground Popcorn Stand, Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks, and various snack and ice cream carts around Asia.

Lotus Glow Cube on Pink Lotus Beverage

Lotus Glow Cube on Pink Lotus Beverage

Here you see it topping the Pink Lotus from Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks. Imagine how fun this would look at night watching the show!

Lotus Glow Cube on Pink Lotus Beverage

Lotus Glow Cube on Pink Lotus Beverage

Okay, maybe this will give you a better idea…

Lotus Glow Cube

Lotus Glow Cube

In most spots, the glow cube is an additional $4 with your beverage of choice.

Mr Kamal’s is now serving Mr. Kamal’s Seasoned Fries with Tzatziki Salad and Sriracha Ketchup (in place of the former Samosa).

Mr. Kamal's Menu

Mr. Kamal’s Menu

Mr. Kamal's Seasoned Fries

Mr. Kamal’s Seasoned Fries

Oh, and… PANDORA IS COMING!!!

Bridge to Pandora -- The World of AVATAR

Bridge to Pandora — The World of AVATAR

IT’S. SO. CLOSE. NOW. This bridge will allow entrance to the new Land which officially opens on May 27th!!

Hollywood Studios

If you’re in Hollywood Studios for Morning Extra Magic Hours as a Disney Resort guest, or starting your day at the park on a particularly heavy crowd day, you can now stop by Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner for breakfast.

Mins and Bill's Dockside Diner

Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner

A Breakfast Burrito is the featured item, offered along with items like Cinnamon Rolls, Bagels, and your morning cup o’ joe.

A little later in the day, adult guests can also order one of the new cocktails on the menu.

Min and Bill's Menu

Min and Bill’s Menu

These include the Patron Platinum Margarita, Frozen Lemonade with your choice of Bacardi Superior Rum or Dragon Berry Rum, the Kahlua and Cream Milkshake (made with chocolate or vanilla ice cream), or the one we tried: the Blue Long Island Iced Tea.

Blue Long Island Iced Tea

Blue Long Island Iced Tea

Look for a review of this — and the current lunch and dinner menu at Min & Bill’s — here soon!

Eats at Min and Bill's Dockside Diner

Eats at Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner

More boozy options are available at the Oasis Canteen.

Oasis-Canteen

Oasis Canteen

A Barq’s Root Beer Float with Stoli Vanilla Vodka and a Dreamsicle Float made with Orange Juice and Stoli Vanilla Vodka are now being served.

Oasis Canteen Menu

Oasis Canteen Menu

The still relatively new Fast-Casual dinner service at ABC Commissary is currently offering a couple of appetizers in addition to the regular entree list.

ABC Commissary Sign

ABC Commissary Sign

Look for Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers and Mediterranean Hummus as options to start your meal.

Appetizers at ABC Commissary

Appetizers at ABC Commissary

Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers

Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers

You may already be familiar with Goofy’s Candy Co. Bagged Candy, which has been a park staple for years. Well, now Goofy has a little competition from a certain adorable astromech droid…

BB-8 Orange Sour Balls

BB-8 Orange Sour Balls

… a Wookie…

Chewie Candy

Chewie Blue Raspberry Gummies

… and Kylo Ren.

Cinna-Ren Cinnamon Candy

Cinna-Ren Cinnamon Candy

And before I forget to say it, since it’s coming up soon… May the 4th Be With You!!

Epcot

We’re anxiously awaiting the opening of Choza de Margarita in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion!

Construction of Choza de Margarita

Construction of Choza de Margarita

That’s the new name for the upcoming tequileria that was previously announced as Choza Tequila.

Construction of Choza de Margarita

Construction of Choza de Margarita

Construction of Choza de Margarita

Construction of Choza de Margarita

Click here to learn about updates to Epcot’s World Showcase Wine Walk, which now includes this acrylic wine glass.

Acrylic Wine Glass

Acrylic Wine Glass

The glass is refillable and can also be purchased for $5 even for those not participating in the Wine Walk.

Acrylic Wine Glass

Acrylic Wine Glass

At Kabuki Cafe in Japan, new Sake Mist flavors include Coconut Pineapple and Blackberry.

Kabuki Cafe Menu

Kabuki Cafe Menu

Fortunately, the Blood Orange Sake Mist is still on the list.

Blood Orange Sake Mist

Blood Orange Sake Mist

Also fortunately, the Chocolate Cherry isn’t ;) . The Temari Sushi Combo and Futomaki Big Roll are new on the menu as well.

Le Cellier is now offering a Porterhouse Steak for 2 on the menu.

Le Cellier Menu

Le Cellier Menu

It’s $119, or 4 Table Service credits on the Disney Dining Plan (a regular solo meal at Le Cellier is typically 2 credits for this Signature Restaurant).

And right nearby at the Refreshment Port, the Stow Away Mary is available on a trial basis.

Refreshment Port

Refreshment Port

Be sure you read the garnish ingredients for this Bloody Mary carefully.

Stow Away Mary sign

Stow Away Mary sign

I kind of love whoever came up with Chicken Breast Nuggets as a garnish :) .

Magic Kingdom

Happy Baseball Season, everyone!! Casey’s Corner is always the perfect place to celebrate the return of America’s National Pastime.

Casey's Corner

Casey’s Corner

It’s also where you’ll find the Featured Hot Dog of the Month: the Pizza Dog is topped with caramelized onions, sausage, cheese, pizza sauce, and basil.

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Okay. It may not be the deeply missed old school Main Street Bakery Cinnamon Roll

Mickey Cinnamon Roll

Mickey Cinnamon Roll

… but at least the new Cinnamon Roll at Main Street Bakery is MICKEY-SHAPED!!!

And, as I mentioned earlier…  we’re all getting a new evening spectacular at Magic Kingdom with “Happily Ever After,” which debuts on May 12th.

Farewell "Wishes" T-shirt

Farewell “Wishes” T-shirt

But in the meantime, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say, “Thank you, Jiminy.”

Farewell "Wishes" Traveler Cups

Farewell “Wishes” Traveler Cups

For ALL the wonderful, magical memories.

Disney Springs

Town Center

Let’s give a warm welcome to the newest resident of Disney Springs. The Polite Pig has officially — and ever so politely — moved into the Town Center!

The Polite Pig

The Polite Pig

This modern barbecue joint features wood-smoked and grilled Southern fare, along with a unique beverage program with all drinks served on tap AND a Bourbon Bar with over 50 selections.

The Southern Pig

The Southern Pig

Old-Fashioned

Old-Fashioned

Find out our thoughts from our very first visit on the Pig’s opening day here!

It’s not a trip to Disney Springs these days without checking out the current Dome Cakes at Amorette’s Patisserie.

Amorette's Patisserie

Amorette’s Patisserie

Here is the lovely little Petit Spring Time Cake, which includes Champagne Mousse… among other ingredients ;) .

Petit Spring Time Cake

Petit Spring Time Cake

But, still… Champagne Mousse!

Petit Spring Time Cake Sign

Petit Spring Time Cake Sign

We are loving the Duo options at D-Luxe Burger which include two burgers, two drinks and fries to share.

D-Luxe Burger

D-Luxe Burger

So grab a buddy and get to gettin’!

Duo Menu

Classic Duos Menu

West Side

New signage has sprung up at the Candy Cauldron.

Candy Cauldron

Candy Cauldron

Candy Cauldron

Candy Cauldron

Recent additions to the menu at The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Cafe include the Black Bean Soup, the Baby Beet Salad, and the Wolfgang Puck Chopped Salad to the Soups, Salads, and Starters.

Wolfgang Puck Cafe

Wolfgang Puck Cafe

You’ll also find Tagliatelle Primavera and Roasted Rack of Lamb under the Entrees. And the Pinkberry Martini, Coco Chanel, and White Chocolate Martini are the currently featured Cocktails.

Menu for The Dining Room at Woflgang Puck Cafe

Menu for The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Cafe

The World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck can most often be found in Exposition Park.

Exposition Park

Exposition Park

Though in its earliest days, this particular Food Truck featured popular bites from the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, these days you never quite know what you’ll find on its rotating menu.

World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck

World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck

Current offerings include a Chicken Cemita Sandwich, a Chilean Steak Sandwich, a Meatball Pomodoro Sandwich and a Pork Belly Ham and Cheese Sandwich.

The Landing

Let’s take a look at The Edison construction, where the signs have been changed to read “Opening Late 2017” (as opposed to the originally anticipated Spring opening).

Edison Construction

The Edison Construction

Edison Construction

The Edison Construction

Edison Construction

The Edison Construction

At Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, the Meatball Sliders have been replaced with Snakebite Sliders and Mac’s Pork Belly Sliders. The Shrimp Marrakesh is also new.

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

And you can now choose from different sauces with your Wu Han’s Hot Wings. Select one from Obi Wan Orange, Himalayan Zing, or Lao Che’s Revenge.

Hangar Bar Menu

Hangar Bar Menu

Seasonal gelato flavors at Vivoli il Gelato include Rum Raisin, Amaretto, and Passion Fruit.

Vivoli il Gelato

Vivoli il Gelato

Vivoli il Gelato Seasonal Menu

Vivoli il Gelato Seasonal Menu

Check out the new Chocolate Caramel Sundae and Waffle Bowl Sundaes (you can read all about the Nutella Brownie Sundae here).

Vivoli Sundaes Menu

Vivoli Sundaes Menu

And finally, the new Fresco Float features San Pellegrino Limonata poured over lemon and strawberry sorbet and topped with whipped cream and a strawberry.

Fresco Float sign

Fresco Float sign

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria is closing for refurbishment starting April 24th.

Portobello Restaurant

Portobello Restaurant

Look for this Italian kitchen to reopen in the fall! (Word on the street is that Family Style service will be part of the offerings.)

Marketplace

DANG!!! Marketplace Snacks has totally stepped up their Dole Whip game!

Marketplace Snacks in Downtown Disney

Marketplace Snacks in Downtown Disney

First off: you can now get your Dole Whip in Float form as well as in a cup. Second: you can now SWIRL your Dole Whip with vanilla, making this the only Dole Whip location outside of Pineapple Lanai with the option to swirl.

Marketplace Snacks Menu

Marketplace Snacks Menu

And THIRD: you can now purchase a Pineapple Rum Float.

The new regional dishes at T-Rex are Pacific Rim-themed.

T-Rex Restaurant

T-Rex Restaurant

Pineapple Chicken & Kalua Pork Rolls, Korean Spicy Stir-Fry Chicken and the Southeast Asian Trio make up the list.

Pacific Rim Selections

Pacific Rim Selections

Meanwhile, the current regional selections at Rainforest Cafe are Caribbean-themed, with the Jamaican Rundown, Coastal Redfish and Cuban Mojo Steak & Shrimp.

Caribbean Selections at Rainforest Cafe

Caribbean Selections at Rainforest Cafe

The Seasonal Salads at Earl of Sandwich are Avocado, Apple, Berry & Quinoa as well as Beet, Citrus, and Quinoa.

Earl of Sandwich in Disney Springs

Earl of Sandwich in Disney Springs

Seasonal Salads

Seasonal Salads

And the Savory Crepes have returned to AristoCrepes.

Crepe and AristoCrepes Kiosk

Crepe and AristoCrepes Kiosk

Also, guests 21-and-over can now add a float of rum or vodka to their choice of beverage, one option of which is the new Frozen Lava Colada.

AristoCrepes Menu

AristoCrepes Menu

Resorts

BoardWalk Inn

You can start your day with Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel, and Prince Eric at the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast!

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

Flynn Rider

Flynn Rider

Prince Eric

Prince Eric

Ariel

Ariel

This new Character Meal made its debut at Trattoria al Forno in early April.

Pastry assortment at the Bon Voyage Breakfast

Pastry assortment at the Bon Voyage Breakfast

King Triton's Shipwreck al Forno

King Triton’s Shipwreck al Forno

Tower of Pancakes

Tower of Pancakes

Read our review of this new experience here!

Polynesian Village Resort

Be sure to check the refrigerated cases in Captain Cook’s to find the Moana Coconut Cupcake.

Moana Coconut Cupcake

Moana Coconut Cupcake

Fort Wilderness

We’ve got a few updates from Fort Wilderness (in addition to the arrival of the Chuck Wagon Food Truck).

Welcome to Fort Wilderness!

Welcome to Fort Wilderness!

Trail’s End is no longer serving an a la carte Lunch.  The buffet Breakfast is still available from 7:30 am – 12:00 noon, and the buffet Dinner is served from from 4:30 – 9:30 pm.

Trail's End

Trail’s End

Brunch is served on select days from 7:30 am – 2:00 pm. And here’s a peek at the current menu for P&J’s Southern Takeout.

P&J's Southern Takeout Menu

P&J’s Southern Takeout Menu

Along with a few New Offerings on the list.

New Offerings at P&J's Southern Takeout

New Offerings at P&J’s Southern Takeout

All Star Music

The Contemporary isn’t the only Disney World Resort serving mammoth, made-for-two cocktails.

Singing Spirits Bar

Singing Spirits Bar

This trend is starting to be seen all over Disney World, and the latest place we spotted it was the Singing Spirits Pool Bar.

Made-to-Share Drinks Menu

Made-to-Share Drinks Menu

If you order a Rock Star or a Guitar Solo, it comes to you in THIS…

HUGE Wine "Glass"

HUGE Wine “Glass”

… with two holes for straws to share!

Cup Cover

Cup Cover

Aaaaaand that’s a wrap for this month’s What’s New! We’re signing off with a few sentiments we spotted at Mickey’s Pantry in Disney Springs…

Sign in Mickey's Pantry

Sign in Mickey’s Pantry

Sign in Mickey's Pantry

Sign in Mickey’s Pantry

Sign in Mickey's Pantry

Sign in Mickey’s Pantry

Sign in Mickey's Pantry

Sign in Mickey’s Pantry

We’re with YOU, Pooh Bear!! Remember… Eat and Be Happy!

Have you spotted something new in your own trip around the World? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Sarah says

    I’m so sad to see the dried fruit go from Zuri’s! We tried it for the first time on our trip last June. The dried kiwi and cantaloupe was amazing.

  2. Carly says

    Yay! Thank you for this! I love these monthly reviews to catch us up on the happenings in the parks and resorts!!!! We are going next month – will be there starting May 21st – so hopefully the one for next month will be out before I go!!! That way I know where exactly to go for what I want! Thanks again!!!!

  3. Jessica says

    I noticed something for the snacks at oasis canteen. The ice cream topped funnel cake is a snack credit. Is this becoming more common place across Disney to see a little better snack credit options with the removal of desserts from quick service meal plans? Just wondering. We went on the dinning plan when I got engaged in 2015, and just booked our honeymoon on the dining plan for December. This was one of the biggest changes I noted.

  4. Mark says

    I am sure the porterhouse for 2 is excellent at Le Cellier, but we will still go to Longhorn for $46. Now if they only had a decent wine list.

  5. Nicole says

    I love these “what’s new” articles, thank you for continuing to post them! I still can’t get over how many new dining options there are at Disney Springs. It’ll be tough to choose on my next trip.

  6. Jean says

    I LOVE these updates!! Thanks for all the research! I REALLY want to try the seasoned fries at Animal Kingdom… and the Polite Pig… and the coconut cupcake… And I’m surprised that the Trail’s End lunch has ended! Then again, that brunch is pretty stellar. I have no problem eating fried chicken at 9am and eggs & bacon at 1pm.

  7. Hal Miller says

    I can’t find Wishes travel mugs or t-shirts for sale on my Shop Parks app. Can I purchase these items online?

  8. Matthew says

    Ahhh!! I just got back from WDW yesterday and I would have loooooooooved to get those lotus glow cubes! I was looking all around for Rivers of Light stuff and I guess I didn’t ask the right questions. I did try the new seasoned fries and they’re amazing! Be careful though I got sauce ALL OVER my t-shirt while eating them in the amphitheater waiting for Rivers of Light to start.

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