It’s time to change out that 2018 calendar for a 2019, and we hope you’ve all got big Disney Parks (and Disney dining!!) plans for the coming year! Us? We’re resolving to eat more cupcakes (why not?!), drink more funky milkshakes, and bring you every tasty bit of news we can from the Disney Parks! But if you’re struggling with your New Year’s resolutions, may we suggest Disney resolutions?
Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel is always a good time. This character meal is similar to Disney World’s Chef Mickey’s in that you’ll meet some of the same characters (with a few surprising ones!) and dine on family-friendly buffet food. And our Disneyland correspondent Heather (check her out @DiningInDisney!) tells us there are some funky new pizza options here that you’re definitely going to want to see!
There is a brand new Character Dining experience in Disney World’s Wilderness Lodge!
Making its debut this evening, Artist Point now presents a character dinner featuring friends — and one foe! — from the beloved Disney film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Snow White, Dopey, and Grumpy now meet and greet with guests throughout the prix-fixe dinner, which also presents a photo opportunity with The Queen!
For years, Artist Point served as the the signature dining option in Wilderness Lodge with a focus on the tastes and feel of the American Northwest. But both the setting and the menu have received an entire makeover for this new meal, bringing Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film to the forefront of the experience in every aspect.
So it’s time to enter the Enchanted Forest… by way of Artist Point!
And so, the story begins… [Read more…]
In the pantheon of character meals at Walt Disney World, there’s only one where you can dine with big, fluffy friends straight out of the Hundred Acre Wood — and in a classic Magic Kingdom location: Crystal Palace!
Truth be told, we’ve had a bit of a roller coaster relationship with Crystal Palace over the years. Some visits have been good (like this lunch four years ago and like breakfast here back when you could get into the nearly-empty park!), and one was particularly awful (dinner at the end of the night = icky buffet remnants…I didn’t even do a post about it).
But the opportunity to dine with Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, and Tigger is pretty much a Disney World rite of passage and something that every Disney fan should do at least once. And dining in the Crystal Palace — a gorgeous building that’s been a mainstay since Magic Kingdom opened in 1971 — is a lovely experience.
But what about the food — arguably the most important aspect of any restaurant? It’s standard, but acceptable on most visits, with breakfast having, perhaps, the most interesting options with Pooh’s Breakfast Lasagna and Puffed French Toast being crowd favorites. And so I returned recently, for lunch this time, to see how things are going.
In April of this year, Disneyland Resort announced that two brand new character meals were coming to the resort — and in true @DiningInDisney fashion, our Disneyland correspondent Heather Sievers was all over it! She enjoyed Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet (which is billed as a Brunch Buffet on weekends and select Mondays and holidays!) at Storytellers Cafe in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel — and it. was. awesome.
This buffet brings Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Chip, and Dale in their finest adventuring attire — and Heather received this cute button on her visit, too! Doesn’t Mickey look ready for fun?
Earlier this summer, it was anticipated that Chef Mickey’s would be relocating to the Contemporary Resort’s Convention Center from late July to mid-August for maintenance of the popular Character Meal location. However, that maintenance was cancelled… for a time.
Now the temporary relocation is back on. Chef Mickey’s will be relocating to the Convention Center from late November through December 2017. [Read more…]
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Trattoria al Forno
Ladies and Gentlemen, ’tis nearly time to say “Good morning!” to Rapunzel, Flynn Rider (a/k/a Eugene Fitzherbert, a/k/a my boyfriend ;-D ), Ariel, and Prince Eric at the brand new Bon Voyage Breakfast Coming to the BoardWalk’s Trattoria al Forno!
April 2nd is the day this new Character Meal experience will make its debut.
As of this writing, the Disney World website has not yet been updated with full information regarding the meal. However, a call to Disney World Dining at (407) WDW-DINE confirmed that April 2nd is the opening date, and Advance Dining Reservations are currently open.
Minnie Mouse has been hosting some pretty fun dinner parties at Hollywood and Vine Restaurant in Hollywood Studios for a while now.
Hollywood and Vine Restaurant
Minnie’s Seasonal Dine kicked off in November of 2015. This Character Meal gives guests the chance to enjoy dinner — with themes changing according to the time of year — with Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy.
And soon, there will be even more opportunities to join Minnie and the gang for some festive fun. Because, starting May 14, 2017, Minnie’s Seasonal Dine will be offered for lunch as well as dinner! (Advance Dining Reservations are anticipated to open February 1st for this experience).
Currently, lunch at Hollywood and Vine features Disney Junior Play ’n Dine with Disney Junior characters such as Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, and Handy Manny. [Read more…]