Review: Lunch (and new menu items!) at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

With so many new spots to check out at Disney Springs, I was anxious to get back to a few of our longstanding favorites.

So on a recent visit to Walt Disney World, I took the opportunity to meet friends at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.

Atmosphere

If you’re familiar with the former Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island, then you know that Raglan Road used to front the Pleasure Island District, right next to the expansive parking lots.

Well, with the redesign of the entire area and the birth of Disney Springs, Raglan Road seems to have moved! Actually, it’s in exactly the same place…it’s just that Disney Springs has bubbled up right out front of the spot. :-)

New Disney Springs Map

New Disney Springs Map — Key

New Disney Springs Map

New Disney Springs Map — Raglan Road is #36

So to get your bearings, you need to think of what’s around the restaurant now. You’ll find it across the bridge from Sprinkles. And of course, Morimoto Asia is right next door. [Read more…]

Tour of Quick Service Eats at Disney World’s Blizzard Beach

With Memorial Day weekend behind us, summer has unofficially begun. So grab your towel, OODLES of sunscreen, and (Swim) SUIT UP… because I can’t think of a better place to kick off the season than BLIZZARD BEACH!!!

Blizzard Beach

Blizzard Beach

I don’t know about you, but fewer things make me as hungry as a day of splashing the day away at one of Disney World’s two water parks (Blizzard Beach’s counterpart is Typhoon Lagoon). So we thought it would be fun to take you on a little tour of the Quick Service spots around Blizzard Beach and grab a bite or two while we’re at it. We’ll start our tour at one of the first buildings you see as you enter the park.  [Read more…]

News: Main Street Electrical Parade Lunch Package Coming to Tony’s Town Square at Magic Kingdom

We love this news today! And it MAY not be exactly what you’re expecting from the title…so read on!

You know that I’m a total sucker for Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The history, the lovely ambiance, and the normally-better-than-average food all means that I usually have a really great experience at this Main Street USA landmark.

But now, there’s an even better reason to schedule lunch with Tony!

Beginning June 7 (that’s tomorrow! — maybe even TODAY for some of you), you can book the Main Street Electrical Parade viewing package to enjoy lunch at this iconic spot — plus a little something more!

Main Street Electrical Parade Viewing Package

If Italian food is one of your favorite things, and standing forever to secure your spot for the Main Street Electrical Parade isn’t, then listen up!

Lady in the Hatbox!

Lady in the Hatbox! at Tony’s Town Square

Starting June 7, you can book a three course, prix fixe lunch at Tony’s Town Square and receive a reserved spot for viewing the Main Street Electrical Parade. [Read more…]

Photo Tour and Review: Sights — and Snacks — in Animal Kingdom AT NIGHT!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened on April 22, 1998. But this past Memorial Day weekend ushered in a whole new era for the park, which is now open through the evening for the first time since the park’s opening date.

So what happens when this

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

… turns into THIS? [Read more…]

Review: Flavor Boosted Beverages at Magic Kingdom’s Columbia Harbour House

We’re back in Liberty Square for a visit to one of our readers’ favorite quick service spots — Columbia Harbour House!

But we’re not back for the tried-and-true items that make this spot a top choice — dishes like the Anchors Aweigh and Lighthouse Sandwiches, Vegetarian Chili, and the beloved Lobster Roll.

In fact, we’re actually here for something you can find pretty much everywhere in Disney World: fountain beverages. Oh, and tea and Slushes.

But Columbia Harbour House is the first counter service location in a park we’ve seen to introduce the chance to spruce up your regular ol’ soda pop with an extra flavor boost. You can add a Monin Premium Flavored Syrup to your drink or slush of choice to the tune of 50 pennies.

The six flavor choices include Blackberry, Mango, Passion Fruit, Peach, Watermelon, and Wildberry for your Slush, iced or hot tea, or fountain drink.

Columbia Harbour House drink menu

Columbia Harbour House drink menu

My customized combos were a Watermelon Sprite and a Wildberry Lemonade Slush. [Read more…]

News: Magic Kingdom’s Skipper Canteen Now Accepting Full Advance Dining Reservations

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen opened its doors in December 2015.

Since its very first day, things have functioned differently at Magic Kingdom’s newest eatery based on the classic Jungle Cruise attraction. In its opening weeks, the Skipper Canteen deviated from its counterpart Table Service restaurants by accepting only walk-up guests.

Then this past February, Disney announced that reservations would be accepted for the Skipper Canteen after all — albeit in a unprecedented form. Same-day reservations became available for the spot which previously offered none at all.

But today a third — and presumably final — change has been announced. Like all other Table Service restaurants in Magic Kingdom, the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen is now accepting Advance Dining Reservations for guests hoping to make future plans to dine there.

Skipper Canteen Entrance

Skipper Canteen Entrance

Advance Dining Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance of your visit via the Walt Disney World website, the My Disney Experience app, or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

S.E.A. Shu Mai

S.E.A. Shu Mai

[Read more…]

Disneyland Snack Hack: The Saucy Cheddar Cheese Stick

We are back with another “ya gotta try it” Disneyland Snack Hack today!

Our Dining in Disneyland guru Heather is full of fantastic ideas when it comes to inventing brand new snacks. And starting with a favorite is always a guarantee for success.

Disneyland Cheese stick

Disneyland Cheese stick

For our latest Snack Hack, we’re heading straight into Disney California Adventure. [Read more…]

Full Review: STK Orlando in Disney Springs

Last week we gave you a First Look

… and now we’re back with our full review of STK Orlando, the newest dining venue in Disney Springs!

STK Orlando is the latest addition to the list of Signature Dining restaurants in Disney Springs, which also includes Morimoto Asia and The Boathouse (with Paddlefish and The Edison still on the way).

But STK hasn’t only joined the dining line-up in Disney World — the Orlando location also joins fellow STK restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and D.C., with more to come.

So let’s see how STK’s big city vibe fits into Disney World’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district with our first visit for dinner at STK Orlando!

Atmosphere

If you checked out our First Look, you already know that STK Orlando is located in the The Landing of Disney Springs; however, the location is easily viewed from the area’s new Town Center. Here is the view as you approach from the Orange Parking Garage.

STK Orlando

STK Orlando

The exterior, therefore, fits right in while retaining its own unique look, with its resemblance to a refurbished train station from the early 1900s. [Read more…]

Full Review: Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Welcome Travelers, to the Nomad Lounge, a place to share stories about travel and adventure.”

These are the words that welcome you to the Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But even before reading that sentence, you can already tell you’ve entered into a place celebrating the “concept of being transformed by adventure.”

So pack your own sense of adventure as we do some exploring of this brand new space that just joined the scene on May 27th — the very same day that the park itself stayed open well into the night for the first time! Of course, it’s not the only new offering in the park that has found the need to expand food options as well as entertainment in light of the new all-day schedule.

But I do think you’re about to see why it’s become an immediate favorite to many guests already. Step in with me, fellow travelers…

Atmosphere

Nomad Lounge is housed in the same structure as Tiffins — Animal Kingdom’s first Signature Restaurant.

Nomad Lounge

Nomad Lounge

It’s located in Discovery Island (just head around the corner from Pizzafari to find the building). [Read more…]

News: Today is the Final Day of Operation for Epcot’s Mexico Margarita Stand

It’s the end of an era! My friends, today, May 31st, is your LAST CHANCE to raise a glass full of Frozen Margarita from the Margarita Stand in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion.

Margarita Stand

Margarita Stand

For years, this spot located outside the Pavilion’s pyramid structure has served up Lime, Strawberry, and Mango Frozen Margaritas to thirsty guests. (Including the potent multi-colored Fiesta margarita!)

However, La Cava del Tequila has announced via their Twitter account that the location will be closing, and today is its last day.  [Read more…]