Review: New Late Night Menu and Forbidden Lounge at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs

Morimoto Asia arrived in Disney Springs in late September of 2015.

Even though this Signature Restaurant is still a relatively new spot, at this point it could be considered one of the more established restaurants in the area given the many additions to dining options in Disney Springs since that time.

But Morimoto Asia has still gone through several changes of its own since opening. For instance, Morimoto Asia Street Food has since hit the scene, offering the restaurant’s signature Pan-Asian cuisine in a Quick Service fashion.

Even more recently, they’ve created an option custom-made for all you night owls out there enjoying the newly revived nightlife of Disney Springs with a new Late Night Menu!

And nighttime is an especially good time to visit Morimoto Asia. Because even though it’s a remarkably beautiful restaurant no matter the time of day, it’s especially pretty at night when the script on the outside of the building is brightly illuminated.

Morimoto Asia at Night

Morimoto Asia at Night

The late night menu is available each night starting at 10 PM, and is served exclusively on the second floor of the restaurant. [Read more…]

First Look! Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen in Disney Springs

We’re here for a FIRST LOOK at Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine!

Newly open in the Town Center of Disney Springs (yesterday was Opening Day), Homecoming is the latest venue opened by a Celebrity Chef in Disney World.

While the restaurants backed by Chef Morimoto (Morimoto Asia) and Rick Bayless (Frontera Cocina) make up other terrific recent additions to Disney World’s shopping and dining district, Homecoming is especially significant to Disney World and Florida as Chef Art Smith has strong connections to both.

Hailing from Jasper, Florida, Chef Smith is also a former Disney Cast Member via the Disney College Program! So, as you can imagine, even though Chef Smith heads up restaurants in other areas of the country, the name Homecoming has an extra special meaning.

Homecoming sign

Homecoming sign

We’ll be back with our full review of this new spot next week, but in the meantime, we couldn’t resist sharing this FIRST LOOK with you.

Oh, and just look who dropped by to say, “Welcome!” [Read more…]

News! Homecoming by Chef Art Smith to Open on July 12th in Disney Springs

Are YOU as excited about the impending arrival of Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine as we are?!

Coming Soon --  Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar

Coming Soon — Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar

Well, it looks like we’ll all get our chance to welcome Chef Art Smith’s newest restaurant to Disney Springs VERY soon… as in TOMORROW, July 12th!! [Read more…]

Menu Sneak Peek for Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine by Chef Art Smith

The arrival is getting closer… Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine — an upcoming restaurant headed by Chef Art Smith — is coming to Disney Springs soon!

Coming Soon --  Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar

Coming Soon — Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar

Orlando My Way from WESH TV got a Sneak Peek at the space… and the MENU!

It’s all Southern fare and fun, starting with… well, the Starters! Items like Church Lady Deviled Eggs and “Bunch of Puppies” with Pimento Cheese (I. LOVE. HUSHPUPPIES!).

Church Lady Deviled Eggs @Homecoming FL, Twitter Account for Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine

Church Lady Deviled Eggs @Homecoming FL, Twitter Account for Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine

“Buns & Such” features a Fried Chicken Sandwich and a Fried Catfish Sandwich. But it’s the Main Plates that are especially eye-catching, I think. We’re gonna focus on the poultry here… what with Fried Chicken & DOUGHNUTS and Art’s Fabulous Fried Chicken on the menu! (Pair those up with some Cheddar Cheese Biscuits or Momma’s Mac and Cheese under the Sides menu!)

Fried Chicken @Homecoming FL, Twitter Account for Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine

Fried Chicken @Homecoming FL, Twitter Account for Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine

Last week we spotted Chef Smith himself checking out some artwork at the new spot…

Chef Art Smith checking out the artwork at Homecoming

Chef Art Smith looking at Homecoming

… and we can’t wait to welcome him — and Homecoming! — to Disney Springs SOON!

Which dish would you most like to try at Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine? Please let us know with a comment! 

Review: New Arrivals at La Cava del Tequila in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

Who’s up for an adventure? Because we’ve certainly got one for you!

I know we can all agree on one thing: there is nowhere better to grab a Margarita than La Cava del Tequila in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion.

The staff there is warm and friendly. The surroundings are beautiful and cozy (and cool!!). And the handcrafted margaritas are some of the best, most interesting versions of this beloved cocktail that you can get anywhere. And if you’ve tried to indulge in a visit here, then you know this for sure: La Cava is always PACKED.

But here’s the thing. La Cava isn’t satisfied to leave things the way they are. They’re always developing the next hot trend, the next new thing.

And today, we’re going to talk about something that would be adventurous anywhere. But when you put it within the framework of a Disney Park?

Salts and Pineapple Margarita

Salts and Pineapple Margarita


Time to check out La Cava’s newest offerings — Rim Salts in a variety of over the top combinations, new Margaritas, new spirits, and more. Ready? Here we go! [Read more…]

Review: Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

We’re heading back to Whispering Canyon Cafe for dinner!

This fun spot, located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, is the perfect place to dine with the whole family. What can you expect at Whispering Canyon? Generous portions, comfort foods, lots of all you care to enjoy options, and antics aplenty.

If I’m not enjoying breakfast here during a Walt Disney World visit, then you’ll probably find me at the dinner table at least once a year. And that was the case recently. Let’s check it out.


If you’re trying to locate Whispering Canyon Cafe, you can’t really miss it. It’s immediately to your left as soon as you walk through the doors of the Wilderness Lodge.

Whispering Canyon Sign

Whispering Canyon Sign

Because it’s not all that removed — or removed at all — from the lobby, that means that when the antics really get going, you’re probably going to hear them throughout the space. [Read more…]

Review: Frontera Cocina by Rick Bayless in Disney Springs

Frontera Cocina is the latest Table Service addition to the Disney Springs dining scene!

Frontera Cocina is headed by Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless. It’s located in the Town Center of Disney Springs, which still has a few eateries on the way throughout the summer; among them, Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine and Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza.

Chef Bayless may be best known as the host of the PBS show “Mexico—One Plate at a Time” (though he has received numerous accolades throughout his career), and Frontera Cocina likewise showcases authentic Mexican cuisine.

You’ll find Frontera Cocina right across from Sprinkles (though, since Sprinkles is still new itself, more familiar landmarks are seen just across the walking bridge — spots like Raglan Road and Morimoto Asia).

Frontera Cocina

Frontera Cocina

Now that we know where it is, let’s step inside… [Read more…]

News! 2016 Disney World Candlelight Processional NARRATORS Announced and Booking Available!

Great news for fans who love the Epcot Candlelight Processional at Disney World during the holidays!

We been watching and waiting for news about the popular event. Today we’re happy to share the list of narrators, and that booking for Candlelight Processional Packages is now officially open!

Neil Patrick Harris Narrating the Candlelight Processional

Neil Patrick Harris Narrating the Candlelight Processional

You can only make your Advance Dining Reservation by booking online at, or by phone by calling (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).

The Candlelight Processional features the retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator. The reading is accompanied by a robed choir and a full orchestra performing Christmas carols. [Read more…]

News: Several Disney World Restaurants to Participate in Dine Out for #OrlandoUnited

If you are in Disney World or anywhere around the Orlando area on June 30, 2016, we would like you to know about Dine Out for #OrlandoUnited — a city and statewide event in which participating restaurants all across Orlando and the rest of Florida are helping to raise money to benefit the OneOrlando Fund supporting the victims of the recent tragedy at The Pulse, and their families.

Dine Out for #OrlandoUnited via the Morimoto Asia Facebook Page

Dine Out for #OrlandoUnited logo via the Morimoto Asia Facebook Page

Participating restaurants in Disney World include Morimoto Asia, Bongos Cuban Cafe, House of Blues Orlando, Portobello, Raglan RoadSplitsville Luxury Lanes, STK Orlando, T-Rex, Yak and Yeti and the Rainforest Cafe (both the Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs locations). Ravello and Capa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World are also on the list. [Read more…]

News: Frontera Cocina by Rick Bayless to Open June 27th in Disney Springs

Great news today for Rick Bayless fans (and fans of great Mexican food in general)! We have an opening date for Frontera Cocina in Disney Springs!

Frontera Cocina sign

Frontera Cocina sign

Frontera Cocina by Rick Bayless (host of “Mexico-One Plate at a Time” and recent recipient of the Julia Child Award) just announced via Facebook and Twitter that the Grand Opening of the Disney Springs location will be this coming Monday, June 27th! [Read more…]