News! STK Orlando to Open May 25th in Disney Springs, Reservations Available Now

Are you ready to make your reservations for STK Orlando?

STK sign installed at location earlier this year

STK sign installed at location earlier this year

I sure hope so, because STK Orlando is ready for YOU! The newest STK location will open in Disney Springs on May 25th at 5:00 pm! Check out this announcement from STK’s Twitter account, @eatSTK. [Read more…]

News: STK Orlando to Open Summer of 2016 in Disney Springs

We know we have a lot of great new arrivals to look forward to in Disney Springs very soon! May 15th alone will bring the debut of the new Town Center of the Springs along with the opening of four new eateries on the same day: Amorette’s Patisserie, B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co., The Daily Poutine, and Sprinkles.

Disney Springs sign

Disney Springs sign

But what about STK Orlando, the modern, high-end steakhouse set to open in The Landing of Disney Springs? It’s been a while since there has been any news regarding this spot which was originally slated for a late 2015 opening, then rescheduled for early 2016. With early 2016 officially past, we’re happy to report that there is talk swirling around this location once again, with Disney projecting an opening this summer. [Read more…]

News: Fulton’s Crab House Becomes Paddlefish this Fall

We’ve got more Disney Springs dining news, my friends!

While much of the recent talk surrounds several eateries still on the way to Disney Springs — AristoCrepes, D-Luxe Burger, Amorette’s Patisserie, Sprinkles, and The Daily Poutine to name just a few — we’ve known for some time that big changes are also in store for Fulton’s Crab House.

Whether or not you’ve ever dined at Fulton’s Crab House, it’s quite likely that you would still recognize this restaurant if you’ve ever paid a visit to Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney), thanks to its eye-catching design — a replica of a riverboat that Walt Disney purchased for his wife, Lillian.

A view of Fulton’s at dusk

Fulton’s Crab House

However, this longtime landmark will be a little less familiar when it reopens this fall with a new name, look, and added features. Under the name Paddlefish, the cuisine will still focus on fresh seafood (as well as chops and steaks and a new oyster shucking bar). But some plans for the “bow to stern update” resulting in a more modern feel can be seen in the concept art recently posted by Fulton’s Crab House on their Twitter account and Facebook page. [Read more…]

News: Tutto Italia Offers Prix Fixe Lunch Option This Summer

Fans of Epcot’s Italy Pavilion can take advantage of a new menu offering this Summer. As temps heat up, Tutto Italia Ristorante, Italy’s traditional table service restaurant, is adding a prix fixe lunch option.

The price for the three-course meal will be $27, and will include your choice of soft drink or iced tea as well.

© Tutto Italia

© Tutto Italia

As with other prix fixe meals within Epcot’s World Showcase restaurants, guests may choose from a list of several options for appetizer, entree, and dessert. Here’s a quick look at the choices! [Read more…]

News! 2016 Disney World Free Dining Offer Now Available!

Okay, Disney World Vacationers… IT’S HERE. Today brings the much-awaited news that Walt Disney World’s Free Dining Offer will be offered to guests for select dates in late August, September, October, November, and December 2016!

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Disney World Free Dining 2016 Travel Dates

Free Dining is being offered to guests ARRIVING during the dates listed below. A minimum stay of 3 nights is required and your package may not be booked for longer than 14 nights.

August 23* – October 1, 2016
November 15  November 21, 2016
November 26 – November 28, 2016
December 10 – December 21, 2016

You must book by July 8th to get the offer.

*Canadian travelers and Disney Visa Cardholders can book dates from August 14 — see details here

(Please note that the offer excludes: Campsites, Bungalows at Polynesian Village, Grand Floridian Villas, Bay Lake Tower, 3-bedroom Villas, Port Orleans French Quarter, and Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation. Port Orleans Riverside is only available through October 1st. )

Disney Resorts

If you stay at a Value Resort, you’ll receive the Quick Service Dining plan for FREE. (Note that you can upgrade to the standard or deluxe dining plans by paying the difference in cost per night.)

If you reserve a Moderate, Deluxe, or Deluxe Villa Resort, you will receive the standard Dining plan for FREE. (You can upgrade to the deluxe dining plan by paying the difference in cost per night).

Minimum/Maximum Days

You must book a minimum stay of 3 nights/ maximum stay of 14 nights at a Disney-owned resort. You may also need to purchase AT LEAST a 2-day Magic Your Way Disney World ticket with a Park Hopper AND/OR the Water Park Fun & More Option. Use this link to book!

Note — while Disney often uses the rhetoric “5-night, 6-day” in its promotional materials, that’s only sales language. You do NOT have to book 5 nights to have access to free dining!

Will Free Dining Save You Money?

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Since Disney World’s Free Dining offer generally can’t be combined with other discounts, it’s often difficult to determine whether or not your family will save more money with a Disney World hotel room discount or with the free dining offer.

We break down and compare the costs and options for several Disney World discounts, including the Free Dining offer, in our fully updated DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2016 e-Book to help you save the most money possible.

Along with over 530 pages of great Disney World dining advice, full color photos, and details, this book is a great deal.

Get your DFB Guide to WDW Dining here, and speaking of saving money — use code “20sale” to get 20% off today! With a full, money-back guarantee, there’s nothing to lose!

Are you excited for Free Dining? Please let us know with a comment!

News: Tiffins Restaurant and Nomad Lounge Open Memorial Day Weekend in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Though the Rivers of Light evening spectacular coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been delayed indefinitely from its originally scheduled date of April 22nd, nighttime celebrations will be ON at the park as of Memorial Day Weekend.

©Disney

©Disney

Animal Kingdom’s first signature restaurant, Tiffins, will open for lunch and dinner along with the adjacent Nomad Lounge on Memorial Day Weekend. Further information regarding the availability of Advance Dining Reservations for Tiffins will be made available on May 20th. (Reservations will not be needed for Nomad Lounge.)

Tiffins Entrance Concept Art.  © Disney

Tiffins Entrance Concept Art © Disney

On offer will be global dishes like Berbere-Spiced Lamb Chop with Mustard Greens and Lentil Stew and Mint Chutney representing African cuisine. Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with Huitlacoche Tamale as well as Hominy Succotash and Red Mole Sauce will represent South America, and Miso-glazed Black Cod with Forbidden Rice in Steamed Bok Choy with Turmeric Sauce will represent Asian cuisine. Further information regarding the menu at Tiffins can be found here.

Also set to debut are two new nighttime street festivals, the Harambe Wildlife Parti and Discovery Island Carnivale. Both celebrations will feature music and dancing, along with exotic food and beverages. [Read more…]

CONFIRMED: Star Wars Themed Dinner Club Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We first mentioned this a while back in this post about some of the dining options that we can expect when Star Wars Land opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But while we had confirmation at that time of a Cantina, today, we can confirm that there will also be a Dinner Club!

Disney has released a brand new artist rendering, which further cements their plans to build an immersive table service experience in Star Wars Land.

© Disney

© Disney

No details like name or what the menu might be —  we’re still operating with the name “Star Wars Dining Experience”. :-) But we think this is super exciting! After all, how many times did you wish you could jump into the screen and enjoy a dinner on another planet?? Me toooooo!!  [Read more…]

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Disneyland and Walt Disney World!

Doesn’t Mom deserve a little spoiling this Mother’s Day? Maybe it’s time for a Disney Day!

Nestle Mickey Ice Cream Bar

You, Mom, and Disney. What Could Be Better?

Personally, I think she’d be happy to spend a little time with YOU — and throwing in a Mickey Ice Cream Bar wouldn’t hurt. ;-) But if you’re looking for something just a little more special, check out these options! [Read more…]

WHAT?!??!?!?: New Adult Beverage and Hard Floats Menu at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop

Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re back at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop for TWO reasons.

One: We can never stay away from the home of amazing ice cream creations like the No Way Jose, Frozen Sunshine, Brownie a la Mode, and the always epic Kitchen Sink for too terribly long and…

Two: We just HAD to check out the new ADULT BEVERAGES MENU featuring Hard Floats and Milkshakes!!!

WHA?!?!??!…you’re probably saying? That’s right… if you’re ready to enjoy some ice cream concoctions with an adult twist, it turns out that Beaches & Cream should be your next stop. Like, PRONTO.

My great pal @danielwanderman alerted us to this wonderful development at our favorite old-fashioned ice cream parlor in Disney’s Beach Club Resort, and it is a DOOZY.

Beaches and Cream at Disney's Beach Club Resort

Beaches and Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Just take a gander… [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World — April 13, 2016

It’s time for another Trip Around the World to check out all the latest eats and happenings… and maaaaaybe a couple of construction walls, while we’re at it ;). Because while April showers might bring May flowers, this month is also bringing LOTS of changes to the Disney World parks!

And nowhere else is that more true than…

Hollywood Studios

“Please Pardon Our Pixie Dust”

It’s already been over six months since it was announced that MAJOR changes are on the way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the construction of Toy Story and Star Wars Lands.

"Please Pardon Our Pixie Dust"

“Please Pardon Our Pixie Dust”

Of course, it will be quite some time before those Lands are realized, but early April brought some of the first physical signs of change as the Streets of America section of the park (including eateries such as Studio Catering Co., High Octane Refreshments, Herbie’s Drive-In and the Pretzel Garden) was officially closed to make way for construction. [Read more…]