DISNEY FOOD NEWS AND UPDATES
In order to make sure you hear everything we hear, I created this Disney Food News Pinboard to capture the bits and pieces of information we receive through the grapevine.
I’m so grateful for all of the tidbits of info that I hear from readers and friends — I rely on you guys to be my eyes and ears for the DFB since I’m in Texas. If you hear a piece of Disney Food News, please pass it along to us via twitter, facebook, or email so that we can post it either on the Blog or on the Pinboard!
Feel free to send photos if you get a glance of a new menu, a new food item, another new addition to a Disney park or resort. And don’t forget to let me know how to credit you (name, web link, etc.).
The Latest Disney Food News
LATEST NEWS BLOG POSTS
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
Here are some news tidbits that we don’t have a full post about on the site, but that are important to know for your next Disney vacation!
Restaurant and Other News
Birds Eye and Disney Parternership: Birds Eye is introducing a first-of-its-kind frozen offering, bringing nutritious, veggie-rich side dishes to kids, featuring Disney characters they know and love.
The Disney offerings by Birds Eye feature pastas in the shape of today’s favorite Disney characters including Anna, Elsa, and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen; Lightning McQueen and Mater from Disney Pixar’s Cars; and classic characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Varieties include: whole grain pasta and corn with a butter sauce, pasta and broccoli with a cheese sauce, pasta and peas with a parmesan cheese sauce, and pasta and carrots with a tomato sauce.
These four varieties are available now, and for more information on Birds Eye products, please visit www.birdseye.com.
Special 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merch: Disney and Pandora have partnered to introduce a new Pandora charm commemorating the Fest’s 20th anniversary. Look for it at Walt Disney World’s World of Disney and the Marketplace Co-Op.
Cheshire Cafe at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is no longer serving Cake Cups.
Happy Hour at bluezoo: bluezoo has announced a nightly Happy Hour from 5-7PM.
Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch BBQ Possibly Closing: We’re hearing rumors that the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ at Disneyland will be closing in January. All of the animals that reside there will be leaving as well. DFB will keep you updated as we learn further details.
Disneyland has introduced a new premium dining option happening during Mickey’s Halloween Party, Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou. Here are the details:
When: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM
September 25, 28 & 30
October 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
Where: Blue Bayou Restaurant, Disneyland
What: Three-Course Meal with live Entertainment by Dr. Facilier
Price: $150 per person for adults and children, Gratuity and Tax included. Price does not include Mickey’s Halloween Party admission, which is required to attend.
The menu for the event will be:
Appetizer: Choice of Crab Cake with Creole slaw and Remoulade sauce or Warm Goat Cheese Tart with baby spinach, golden beets, prosciutto and dried cherry vinaigrette
Entrée: Choice of Braised Short Rib with Danish blue cheese whipped potatoes, baby carrots and huckleberry-pinot noir reduction; Bourbon Glazed Chicken Breast with smoked aged white cheddar polenta, asparagus and thyme jus; or Red Fish with crispy rock shrimp, green beans, Louisiana long grain rice and étouffée sauce
Dessert: Choice of Dark Chocolate Crème Brulee with salted caramel macaroon or Almond Praline Cheesecake with petit honey beignets
Guest Chef Series — Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World:
For the second year in a row, Four Seasons has created a spectacular line up of guest chef dinners. The Resort will host the following special dinners:
Tuesday, October 13: PB&G will host Kevin Nashan, multiple James Beard Award nominee and Chef/Owner of Sydney Street Café and The Peacemaker in St. Louis, Missouri. Chef Nashan will work alongside Executive Sous Chef Sam Faggetti and Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber. $65 per person.
Thursday, November 5: Capa will host Jonathon Sawyer, chef/owner of The Greenhouse Tavern and Trentina, in Cleveland, Ohio. Chef Sawyer will join Capa Chef Tim Dacey for a pre-fixe pairing dinner. Sawyer won the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Great Lakes. $125 per person.
Saturday, December 5: Capa will host a James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour dinner, featuring award winning chefs including Gerard Craft, 2015 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef-Midwest, known as St. Louis’ preeminent chef-restaurateur at flagship Niche as well as at Brasserie by Niche, Taste and Pastaria; Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia in Chicago and Top Chef Masters; Ed Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Kentucky and Top Chef; Stefan Riemer, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Pastry Chef, Concept Development; Michael Sullivan formerly of Blackberry Farms, Tennessee, and more to be announced. $235 per person.
Saturday, January 16, 2016: Capa will host a special guest chef dinner with Philip Foss, chef/owner of El Ideas, a Michelin Star Chicago restaurant. Foss is known for his avant-garde preparations and techniques. $195 per person.
Reservations for any of the guest chef dinners can be made by calling 407 313 6161.
Citricos Wine Dinners: A series of wine dinners have been announced for Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort.
Oct 14- Jarvis Winery, with David Crane- $195/per person (inclusive of gratuity) plus tax
Oct 21- Champagne- Carnard Duchein with Jade Apisuk- $195/per person (inclusive of gratuity) plus tax
These events have very limited seating in the Chefs Domain.
To book, please respond via email to Keith.Gimbel@disney.com. Include the number of guests in your party with their names, cell phone number, and a good time to call for your credit card guarantee information (48 hour cancellation policy applies).
Menu Update at Boatwright’s: Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort has updated its menu offerings to Guests.
While the Gulf Delta Chilled Shellfish has been removed from the lineup, the Ol’ Man Island Oysters have been added, now combined with the new Colonel’s Peace Pieces, featuring a blend of lightly fried oysters, crawfish, shrimp, okra, and drizzled with the house-made remoulade.
Joining the appetizer selection will be the Pirogue Platter, including the Chef’s selection of meats and artisanal cheeses.
The Ponchartrain Pasta will now include orecchiette pasta, Andouille sausage, and fresh shrimp, complimented with fresh corn, and tossed in a light cream sauce. The Voodoo Chicken will now be accompanied by fluffy waffles and garnished with maple bacon gravy.
Add Shrimp Creole, Crab Imperial, or Crawfish Mac n’ Cheese to enhance your entrée experience.
Turkey Legs in the Magic Kingdom: Note that turkey legs will no longer be served from Frontierland and Liberty Square kiosks. Look for this hearty snack at Cool Ship in Tomorrowland going forward.
New Menu at Maya Grill: Maya Grill at Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort has released a new menu. Check it out here.
Sanaa Menu Update: Looks like the Beef Short Rib is no longer available, but the Spicy Durban Shrimp has returned. Thanks to Daniel Staten for this update!
Cookes of Dublin Menu Update: The Doh Bar no longer appears on the menu (what??!!) at Cookes of Dublin in Downtown Disney Orlando. But we’ve talked to the chef, and it will be back eventually! Thanks to Reader Emily for this information.
Kona Cafe Updates: Reader Emily also reports that her family was able to order the ‘Ohana bread pudding to be brought to their table! “The portion was plentiful, the single serving about the same size as the portion for 2 people served at ‘Ohana. Came with the same lovely sauce and ice cream!”
Also, the “New York Strip is now served with a maple bacon butter instead of teriyaki pineapple. It is served with choice of potato and seasonal veggies (mine was delicious broccoli). Half of an entire bunch of garlic cloves come roasted as well, ready for delicious spreading. It was incredible!”
Thanks for the updates!!
Pacific Wharf Cafe Menu Update: At Disney California Adventure, Pacific Wharf Cafe’s menu has been updated and now appears much smaller. For example, the Chili and Shrimp Louie Salad have been removed.
Thanks to Reader Janet for the heads up.
Storybook Treats Updated Menu: Storybook Treats at the Magic Kingdom has removed all specialty sundaes from their menu, including the Brownie Sundae, the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae, and the Chocolate Chunk Cookie Sundae. They have also removed frozen yogurt from their offerings. Caramel topping was still available as of June 11, but it’s not currently on the menu.
Stitch Waffles at ‘Ohana: Stitch-themed waffles are now being served at ‘Ohana’s family-style breakfast in the Polynesian Village Resort. During this festive breakfast, Mickey Waffles are still being served as well! Source: Tikiman
Walt Disney World Restaurant Closures
Liberty Tree Tavern: Walt Disney World has announced that Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Tree Tavern will be closed for refurbishment as of July 6, 2015. No official re-opening date has been released, however it’s anticipated to re-open just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Pizzafari closed on August 24 for renovation and is slated to reopen sometime in October.
Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s BoardWalk will undergo a lengthy refurbishment in 2016. The restaurant has reported via email to some patrons that it will be closed from February to November 2016. Thanks to AllEars.net for the heads up!
Disneyland Restaurant Closures
See ALL the latest news posts on our Disney Food News Category.