Crystal Palace and Magic Kingdom Refurb Pics: 1/16

Just got an infusion of Crystal Palace and Magic Kingdom refurb pics in the ol’ email box from some friends at Hopefully will have more Disney dining refurb photos from another good friend who’s in WDW this week, so stay tuned!!

Crystal Palace Refurb: Everything shrouded and boarded up, so there’s not too much to see, but clearly there’s “big doin’s” going on!

Crystal Palace is shrouded in mystery...

Crystal Palace is shrouded in mystery...

Close Up

Close Up

Another Angle

Another Angle

Directions for Baby Center have been Posted

Directions for Baby Center have been Posted

Bridge Between CP and Liberty Square: Looks like the bridge is under renovation as well. Our source mentioned that he saw them working on a bridge over near the moat where the Electric Water Pageant floats are kept [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland Adds New Restaurants

Tables in Wonderland Membership Card

Tables in Wonderland Membership Card

Just got an email specifying new restaurants being added as of January 2010 to the Tables in Wonderland discount program!

Epcot®: Tokyo Dining Location Only (Not Teppan Edo)

Disney’s BoardWalk Resort: Kouzzina by Cat Cora (formerly Spoodles)

Disney’s Wide World of Sports: ESPN® Sports Cafe

DOWNTOWN DISNEY® Marketplace: Fulton’s Crab House

DOWNTOWN DISNEY® Pleasure Island: Portobello

DOWNTOWN DISNEY® West Side: House of Blues®, Wolfgang Puck® Cafe

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort: Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Kimonos, Shula’s Steak House, Todd English’s bluezoo

For more information about Tables in Wonderland and for a full list of participating restaurants, visit our Tables in Wonderland Reference Page.

New Latin-Inspired Menu at Epcot’s Refreshment Port

Long gone are the McDo’s fries; in their place is a snappy new menu with Latin favorites at Epcot’s Refreshment Port. Thanks to Amanda Tinney of for this guest post!

Epcot Refreshment Port

Epcot Refreshment Port

Adios McDonald’s. Bienvenidos Latin Flair!

Chicken Nuggets and French Fries have been replaced with Empanadas and Tostones at the Refreshment Port in Epcot’s World Showcase. Cast members working there confirmed that the change took place right before the 2009 Holidays. The menu board reveals [Read more…]

Victoria & Albert Website and New Queen Victoria’s Room Menu

Queen Victoria's Room at Victoria and Albert's

Queen Victoria's Room at Victoria and Albert's

News! You recall when we speculated about a new, exclusive Queen Victoria’s Room addition to Victoria and Albert’s? It’s here! You can read about it on the new Victoria and Albert’s website: Queen Victoria’s Room description.

They also have menus posted, including the Chef’s Table and Queen Victoria’s Room Menu. I’ve typed it out below:

Deviled Quail Egg with American Caviar
Tomato-Fennel Custard Baked in the Shell
Heirloom Tomato Sorbet with Olive Oil Powder
Italian Buffalo Mozzarella with Toasted Pine Nuts
Tomato Carpaccio, and Octopus
Bruno Paillard Brut Première Cuvée NV

Sesame-crusted Bigeye Tuna with Tatsoi Salad and [Read more…]

Sneak Peek at a Dinner in the Great Movie Ride

After seeing last week’s post about the Tables in Wonderland dinner at Disney World’s Great Movie Ride, @janettwokay shared with me some photos from her recent Disney Fairy Tale Weddings vow renewal celebration held in the same venue! Here’s a great way to get a good idea of what dining inside the ride might be like!

This is also a good way for those of you contemplating using the GMR as a venue for your private celebrations to see what could await you…

Gangster Scene: Appetizers
Guests began the evening in the Gangster Scene, where cocktails were served and appetizers were passed. Tables were set up simply: black and red linens and rope adorning the chairs. In the background, you can see a pianist tickling the ivories — he played throughout the cocktail service.

Tables in the Gangster Set

Tables in the Gangster Set

A bartender was set up over to the side. There’s a great photo of a still set up behind him! Even the service was themed: beer cans were served in paper bags, wine was served in coffee mugs, and mixed drinks were served in mason jars.

Bartender in Gangster Scene

Bartender in Gangster Scene

The cocktail hour included various appetizers, including: [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 10, 2010

Eat hereBefore I launch into the round-up, here are a few quick reminders about some big food news reported this week:

Now, off we go to the round-up! Plenty of good Disney food writing this week, including some great news items:

StitchKingdom reports that the Cantina de San Angel refurbishment is underway.

WDWMagic has a photo gallery of the Cantina refurb walls, and also has photos of pizzeria construction in Italy.

WDWNewsToday shares photos of the Crystal Palace refurb and a dry Splash Mountain at Disney World!

Imaginerding has the second of two posts in its Restaurantosaurus Book Update.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets shares photos and info about a 1967 LP titled New Year’s Eve at Disneyland, presented by Pepsi-Cola.

MagicCityMayhem posted a twitpic of the new Give A Day. Get A Disney Day. souvenir popcorn buckets at Disney World. You can find Magic City Mayhem here.

The Disney Blog has new about the eggs at House of Blues Restaurants, including Downtown Disney Orlando.

Everything WDW considers the merits of the Disney Dining Plan.

Main St. Gazette visits WDW’s Cinderella’s Royal Table.

A Walt Disney World Career celebrates dining at 50% of WDW’s table service restaurants. I shall have to go add up my own experiences and see if I’m even close!

Orlando Sentinel’s Daily Disney shares the recipe for Tony’s Town Square’s Tomato Dip with Goat Cheese.

Finally, here’s one I missed a while back (sorry!). Magical Kingdoms Disney Blog shares a review of Free Dining in Disneyland Resort Paris.

Thanks for sharing all of your news, thoughts, and insights about Disney food! Have a great week!

New Tables in Wonderland Dinners Announced

Tables in Wonderland has announced four members-only dinners happening in January and February 2010. To attend the dinners, you must be either a Florida resident or an Annual Passholder at Walt Disney World, and have a valid Tables in Wonderland membership.

1/15/10: The Great Movie Ride Dinner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Um…can I say COOL!? You get to have dinner inside the ride, as in reception in the Gangster Scene, plated dinner in the Western Scene, and dessert in the Land of Oz. No kidding.

$155 per person, 7:30-9:30pm. Send an email to with your name, phone number, home address, number of people in your party, and your interest to book. Members will be notified on a first-come first-served basis.

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1/20/10: The Wave’s Discovery Dinner at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
This month, the dinner features [Read more…]

Hope for Wishes Dessert Party in Spring 2010

Our Plate of Goodies at the Wishes Dessert PartyWDW Magic is reporting that while the Wishes Dessert Party at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has ended its run, there’s hope that it will return in the Spring of this year.

To read more about the Wishes Dessert Party and to see photos and prices, see our other Wishes Dessert Party blog posts.

2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Dates

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

October 1-November 14, 2010!

To get all the latest information about the 2010 Festival, including events, programming, international marketplaces, and more, check out our 2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival page! For specifics, click on the links below:

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Guide and map

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival International Marketplace Booth and Menus

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Free and Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concerts

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Party For the Senses

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 3, 2010

Eat hereWelcome to 2010! I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend. And I know a bunch of you are gearing up for January and February Disney trips, so get that laundry folded and in the suitcase, already!

Now, everyone’s posting some really fun things about Disney food in the past couple of weeks, so I can’t wait to share the latest with you.

First, however, I need to share some news — one of my favorite counter-service offerings, Animal Kingdom’s Picnic in the Park, will become a “seasonal” offering after January 2, 2010. “Seasonal” in Disney-speak can mean anything from open once a decade to open all the time except when it rains, so we’re not really sure what it means in this case.

Now, on to the Round-Up!

Daveland Blog shares some cool Blue Bayou photos from Disneyland.

Samland’s Disney Adventures shares a fun imagineering detail about Tony’s Town Square, which includes information about Le Chapeau next door, Walt Disney, Lillian Disney, and a puppy… .

The Disney Blog has an awesome story about a giant Wall-e made of donated food cans, which will eventually benefit local food banks.

Cake Wrecks reminds us that even though a lot of us are getting fatter, our character cakes are getting fatter, too!

Studios Central posted a great twitpic that reminds us of Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. Don’t forget to drop by Studios Central directly for info on DHS!

Imaginerding found some interesting books at Animal Kingdom’s Restaurantosaurus

Teacups and Toasters has a series of posts on the Disney Wonderland Tea you can find throughout the parks and resorts. shares the scoop that Earl of Sandwich will be opening a location at Disneyland Resort Paris. The site also shares a fun story on Mulled Wine at DLRP.

The Orange County Register reported in December that Robert Irvine is possibly being courted for an appearance at the Disneyland Food & Wine Festival.

Laughing Place reports that Epcot’s Refreshment Port, which used to be home to McDonald’s products, is now selling Latin-inspired foods such as empanadas and dulce de leche sundaes.

Cooking With Mickey is looking for your suggestions for recipes you’d like to see on the blog!

Main Street Gazette highlights a video and notes from Gary Vaynerchuk’s Portuguese Wines presentation in Epcot.

WDW Magic has the news that Studio Catering Company will be closed from February 15th, to March 27th, 2010.

Disney Every Day shares a video of the Boma Breakfast Buffet.

Great links this week! Have a good first week of 2010!