Mission Space Restaurant and Ratatouille Ride Coming to Epcot, Tron in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, and MORE!

We’re reporting live from the D23 Expo and there is a TON of incredible news about the future of Walt Disney World!!

Mission Space Restaurant and Ratatouille and MORE Come to Epcot

First up, a brand new restaurant is slated to open in the next couple of years. This Table Service restaurant will be located adjacent to Mission: SPACE and will offer an “amazing dining experience in the stars”!!

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We’re sure the view will be out of this world ;-D. And we look forward to having a SERIOUSLY amped up dining option in Future World. This venture will be run by the Patina Restaurant Group (which operates spaces such as Via Napoli and Morimoto Asia).

Also, a Ratatouille ride has been officially announced for Epcot’s France! This will open in a space behind the Eiffel Tower in the France Pavilion — a completely new section of the pavilion. This will approximate the Ratatouille ride already operating in Disneyland Paris, in the sense that guests will “shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a dazzling chase across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant,” according to Disney. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: EAT THIS at Disney Springs Part 2!

Welp, we spent a little time in Disney Springs the other day with our EAT THIS in Disney Springs Part 1 video. So I bet you’ll have no problems figuring out what we’re doing today! ;-D

Yep — we’re back with another DFB Video today — specifically, Part 2 of what you can’t miss in Disney Springs!

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In this installment, join us as we give you some great tips for can’t miss dishes and treats. We’ll take you inside some of Disney Springs newest spots as we uncover hidden gems at D-Luxe Burger and The Ganachery. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: EAT THIS at Disney Springs Part 1

Hey Guys! Lately, we’ve been on a mission to share with you ALL THE THINGS. There are tons of don’t miss eats and drinks in Walt Disney World, and we’re serious about showing you the best of the best in our DFB Videos.

Today, we’re turning our attention to Disney Springs! But with all of the incredible food that’s happening there, you know this is going to take more than one video. So hang onto your Mickey Ears as we share everything you can’t miss at Disney Springs — Part 1!

Super Stretchy Cheese on the Crazy Corn

Super Stretchy Cheese on the Crazy Corn

In our first installment, we’re taking you inside of some of our new favorite spots, like Homecomin’, Boathouse, and Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. But we’ll also make time in the schedule to stop by some classics that are still bringing it! After all it’s not a trip to Disney Springs without popping by Ghirardelli or enjoying a Guinness at Raglan Road. [Read more…]

News: Terralina Crafted Italian to Open in Disney Springs this Fall

In late April, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria in Disney Springs closed its doors. And today, we’ve received news of what’s going to come of the space! Terralina Crafted Italian will continue the Italian cuisine tradition when it opens this fall!

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Chef Tony Mantuano — James Beard Award Winner — will return from Portobello to create Terralina’s menu, and will be joined once more by Chef Justin Plank who will run the kitchen. But there is plenty of change in store, too, for this all-new restaurant, which is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar refurbishment.

The result in the atmosphere will be “reminiscent of an Italian home” inspired by Italy’s Lake District, featuring an open kitchen and dining rooms as well as an outdoor veranda bar. [Read more…]

News: Disney World Yacht Club Resort Ale & Compass Restaurant and Ale & Compass Lounge Opening in October

Do you remember our recent trip to the new Market at Ale & Compass Counter Service and grab-and-go location in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort?

The Market at Ale & Compass

The Market at Ale & Compass

Well, that isn’t the only change we can expect in regards to dining at the Yacht Club! First: you may already be aware that Captain’s Grille is currently closed for a refurbishment.

But it seems that the changes will result in much more than your typical refurb. The Grille will reopen with a whole new feel AND a new name! Look for the re-imagined Ale & Compass Restaurant (part of the overall Ale & Compass concept) to present a “gastropub ambience” and offer “New England-inspired comfort food” for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. [Read more…]

News: Disney Restaurant Discounts During Orlando Magical Dining Month (PLUS MENUS!!)

Wow! What a fun surprise to see so many Disney Restaurants participating in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month for 2017!

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September is Orlando Magical Dining Month sponsored by Visit Orlando, and it begins with a preview week on August 25th and runs through October 1st. Magical Dining offers Orlando locals and guests the chance to enjoy the Orlando culinary scene at a significant savings: $35 for three courses at participating area restaurants. This year, the tally is over 100 restaurants offering the prix fixe dinners, which include appetizer, entree, and dessert.

In keeping with tradition, one dollar from each meal goes to support local charities. Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation are the two charities for 2017.

For a complete list of participating restaurants and Magical Dining Month menus, head over to Visit Orlando’s website. And to see all of the restaurants at Disney World and in the immediate Lake Buena Vista area, click here.

This year, an unprecedented number of Disney restaurants are participating, and we are happily surprised to see several Disney owned and operated spots on the list! Among them are The Turf Club, Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Grand Floridian Cafe, Jiko, Olivia’s Cafe, and The Wave… of American Flavors.

Inguday Tibs in Brik at Jiko

Inguday Tibs in Brik at Jiko

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Review: Dinner at Homecomin’ in Disney Springs

We’re back at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen for another visit today!

So…I’m noticing we’ve been there kind of a lot. It’s turning into my go-to restaurant — the place that pops to mind if I have a meeting, or a date night, or just get kind of hungry. And, you know…that’s saying something.

From the surroundings, to the service, to the food (and drinks!), this place is…pretty great.  They offer fantastic cocktails and a decent counter service menu; and their table service options are some of the best in Walt Disney World.

I was recently in Disney Springs on a family trip, and decided that my traveling companions needed to check out this place for themselves. Wanna come along? I thought you might. :-)

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And oh, hey, it’s Homecomin’ now, y’all. Not Homecoming. To drive home that down-home, rural Florida feeling, Chef Art Smith officially decided to drop the “g”. Just FYI.

Outside View

Outside View

We’ve shown you around a couple of times, so I’ll just give you the highlights during this visit. For a full look at the space, inside and out, be sure to check out our very first review of Homecomin’ that shares our first impressions from our first two visits. [Read more…]

Review: New Menu at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

You are likely well aware that BIG CHANGES are underway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

After all, the addition of two whole new lands — Star Wars and Toy Story — is no small undertaking. And the construction has already resulted in the closure of several eateries (including my beloved Writer’s Stop and Starring Rolls) around the park.

But a few classic spots have remained, thankfully, untouched for now. And when it comes to Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, this spot’s dedicated fans — and there are many — sure hope that “for now” extends to “for always.”

And I can’t argue with that. There’s something so fun (and completely immersive) about sitting in a booth shaped like a vintage car, watching a reel of old movie clips on the big screen under a faux night sky.

But while Sci-Fi wins loads of points for ambiance, some diners find the food to be a little hit or miss. So on this visit, we checked out a mix of some ol’ standbys along with items from the recently revamped menu.

So, let’s drive in, shall we?

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Sci-Fi Dine-In is essentially a massive room (make that, soundstage) with high, dark ceilings made to resemble the starry nighttime sky, and row upon row upon row of vintage-style convertibles. That’s the drive-in part of the Dine In, and it’s just about one of the most fun dining settings in Disney World.

Sci-Fi Dine-In

Sci-Fi Dine-In

You basically sit in the front seat or the back seat, and you have a fairly shallow counter in front of you. That’s your table. Not exactly conversation friendly, but that’s A-OK, because there’s other entertainment to take in.

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News: Chef Mickey’s Temporarily Relocating to Convention Center

Editor’s Note on 7/19: The temporary relocation to the Convention Center has been cancelled, and guests with Advanced Dining Reservations should receive an email from Disney stating that they can go to Chef Mickey’s regular location for their meal. 

According to wdwmagic.com, Chef Mickey’s will be relocating to the Contemporary Resort’s Convention Center from July 28th through August 13th for unplanned maintenance. (Sounds ominous!)

So, if you have an Advance Dining Reservation for those dates, you can rest assured that you will still be able to enjoy your Breakfast, Brunch, or Dinner buffet with Chef Mickey himself. And he’ll still be joined by Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto.

Additionally, guests who have already scheduled a reservation should be receiving a communication from Disney regarding the relocation.

In fact, you can still (as of this morning) make Advance Dining Reservations for the experience for the dates mentioned above. Fair warning, though… breakfast with Mickey and the gang still remains a hard ticket to get!

Chef Mickey

Chef Mickey

We’ll keep you posted on any further details.

If you’re looking for more details on Disney Character meals, check out our Best and Worst Character Meals in Disney World video!

What character meals are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

News! 2017 Disney World Candlelight Processional Narrators and Dining Packages Announced

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Too soon? ;) Well, not really… not if you’re planning to spend part of the holiday season in Walt Disney World. If that’s the case, we’ve got some great info for you about one of the most popular holiday events at Disney World. Booking is now officially open for the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages! AND we also have the preliminary list of narrators!

Neil Patrick Harris Narrating the Candlelight Processional

Neil Patrick Harris Narrating the Candlelight Processional

You can make your Advance Dining Reservation NOW by booking online at disneyworld.com, 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…]