Changes Coming to Rix Sports Bar & Grill at Coronado Springs Resort!

There are all sorts of changes in store for Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This Moderate Resort is currently undergoing a massive renovation which will ultimately result in a new fifteen-story tower featuring rooftop dining complete with fireworks viewing,  500 new resort rooms, refurbishments to current rooms, and a new Concierge Club-Level Lounge.

Artist's Rendering of the New Tower at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort © Disney

Artist’s Rendering of the New Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort © Disney

Now, most of these changes will not be complete until 2019. But one of the changes to this Resort is coming much sooner!

Rix Lounge has long been a spot for guests at Coronado Springs to grab a drink and relax after a day of vacation fun (or attending a conference, in the case of convention visitors), though more recently the name changed to Rix Sports Bar & Grill.

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Concept Art for Concierge Club-Level Lounge (and More) Coming to Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort

Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort is in the midst of a major renovation, which will ultimately result in a new fifteen-story tower featuring rooftop dining complete with fireworks viewing. Oh, AND 500 new resort rooms, refurbishments to current rooms, and a new Concierge Club-Level Lounge to name just a few enhancements.

Artist's Rendering of the New Tower at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort © Disney

Artist’s Rendering of the New Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort © Disney

While the transformation won’t be complete until 2019 (big year for Disney: see Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ;) ), this new rendering provides a look at the upcoming Concierge Lounge.

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2018 Disney World Free Dining Offer Now Available!

TODAY’S THE DAY! Walt Disney World’s Free Dining Offer is officially coming back and will be offered to guests for select dates in August, September, November, and December 2018 (NOTE: There are no October dates this year, but if your check-in date is in late September, you can obviously take your stay into October).

Disney World Free Dining 2018 Travel Dates

free-diningFree Dining is being offered to guests ARRIVING during the dates listed below.

August 20* – September 29, 2018
November 24 – November 27, 2018
December 7 – December 23, 2018

You must book by July 7th to get the offer.

*Canada Residents may book now for travel dates beginning August 2, 2018, and Disney Visa Cardholders may book now for travel dates beginning August 2, 2018.

(See below for participating resorts. Please note that the offer excludes several resorts this year, including campsites, 3-bedroom villas, and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Little Mermaid Standard Rooms.)

Disney Resorts For Disney World Free Dining Offer

If you stay at a participting Value or Moderate 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.)

Participating Value Resorts include:

  • All-Star Music
  • All-Star Sports
  • Art of Animation Resort (Family Suites only)
  • Pop Century

Participating Moderate Resorts include:

  • The Cabins at Fort Wilderness (campsites excluded)
  • Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Coronado Springs Resort

If you reserve a participating 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.)

Participating Deluxe Resorts include:

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Beach Club Resort
  • BoardWalk Inn
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Yacht Club Resort

Participating Deluxe Villas include:

  • Animal Kingdom Villas — Jambo House
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge — Kidani Village
  • Beach Club Villas
  • BoardWalk Villas
  • Old Key West Resort
  • Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Minimum/Maximum Days for Disney World Free Dining Offer

You must book a minimum stay of 4 nights/maximum stay of 14 nights at a participating Disney-owned resort. You also need to purchase AT LEAST a 4-day Magic Your Way Disney World ticket with a Park Hopper AND/OR the Park Hopper Plus Option.

Will Free Dining Save YOU Money? We Break Down the Numbers For You…

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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 how to save the MOST 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 2018 e-Book to help you save the most money possible.

With over 650 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 “WDW2018” to get 25% off today! With a full, money-back guarantee, there’s nothing to lose!

Ready to Book Free Dining? We’ve Got a Limited Time Offer From Our Trusted Travel Agent Partners!

The agents at Small World Vacations are ready to help you save time, headaches and best of all, money. They compare available discounts to find the best deal for you. This is why they are the preferred travel agent of the Disney Food Blog.

Book a new 2018 Walt Disney World® vacation valued at $3600 or more and get one FREE Mickey Themed insulated cooler filled with yummy treats and surprises delivered to your onsite Walt Disney World resort room. (Items may vary.)

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This offer is good for check-ins August 2 through December 31, 2018. Offer must be booked with Small World Vacations April 24 through May 1, 2018. Restrictions apply. Substitutions may be necessary. Personalization not available. 

Enter code DFBFD18 to qualify when you request a price quote from Small World Vacations*.

If you already booked your 2018 Walt Disney World vacation directly with Disney within the last 30 days and it’s valued at $3600 or more (without airfare and not yet paid in full) for an arrival between August 2 – December 31, 2018, it’s not too late to get the Mickey Themed Insulated Cooler with goodies! Transferred reservations qualify! Offer expires May 1, 2018. Restrictions apply. For details email Small World Vacations at guestrelations@ smallworldvacations.com and mention DFB code DFBFD18.

If you are ready to begin planning a trip, simply fill out Small World Vacations’ no obligation quote form! Small World Vacations is happy to share over 20 years of Disney expertise and firsthand experience with MyDisneyExperience, dining reservations and FastPass+ so you can sit back, relax and get ready to enjoy your vacation.

Click here to get a no-obligation quote from Small World Vacations! Don’t forget to enter code DFBFD18 to qualify when you request a price quote*.

* In-room gift courtesy of Small World Vacations. Comparable approximate value at Disney Florist is $59.95. While supplies last. One tote per qualifying new 2018 Walt Disney World vacation reservation valued at $3600 or more for check-in August 2 – December 31, 2018. No cash value and void if cancelled. Non-transferable. Substitutions may be necessary. Offer valid on bookings made April 24 – May 1, 2018 for travel dates August 2-December 31, 2018.

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2018 Disney World Free Dining Offer for Canada Residents

More big news today regarding the Free Dining Offer that has been released for guests traveling to Disney World!

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This batch of news is specific to Canadians who can book the 2018 Disney World Free Dining Offer now for arrival dates starting on August 2nd. (Arrival dates for U.S. Residents begin August 20th.) 

So, for Canadian guests, eligible arrival dates to book Free Dining are as follows:

  • August 2 – September 29, 2018
  • November 24 – November 27, 2018
  • December 7 – December 23, 2018

All other details as released this morning  remain the same for Canadians (including that the offer must be booked by July 7th).

Click Here to See the Disney World Free Dining Offer For USA Residents!

Will Free Dining Save YOU Money? We Break Down the Numbers For You…

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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 how to save the MOST 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 2018 e-Book to help you save the most money possible.

With over 650 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 “WDW2018” to get 25% off today! With a full, money-back guarantee, there’s nothing to lose!

What’s New Around Walt Disney World — January 23, 2017

It’s our very first Trip Around the World of 2017 to check out What’s New!!

Happy 2017 from Walt Disney World!!

Happy 2017 from Walt Disney World!!

And things have sure started out with a bang, especially at… [Read more…]

Review: The EAT THIS NOW Churro Cupcake from Contempo Cafe

I know! It’s been a banner week for Disney Cupcake fans!!

Recently, I had to share with you the “man, this sure does taste a lot like strawberry” Watermelon Cupcake at the Contempo Cafe.

But today, I’m back to tell you about one so good that I broke a DFB rule! Read on to find out more. :-)

Churro Cupcake

So, there’s plenty of reasons to love a Churro, right? I mean, what’s not to love about fried dough that’s rolled in cinnamon sugar? The soft inside against the crunchy outside texture makes this one of our DFB #OnTheList favorites. It’s true churros can be found more often in Disneyland, but we love the nods we’ve seen to it on the East Coast as well.

I mean, in both DL and WDW, we’re encountering a whole subculture of Churro-topped treats! There have been Churro Milkshakes, and we’ve even created our very own Churro Sundae. The Churro Funnel Cake at Hungry Bear is now on the full time menu (YAY!). And who could forget the Churro Ice Cream Sandwich?!?!

Churro Cupcake and Mickey!

Churro Cupcake and Mickey!

I’d like to argue that a Churro alone is plenty. But this cupcake took it to a Whole New Snack Level. And that’s what makes this one so special. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Breakfast (and Creme Brulee French Toast) at Pepper Market in Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Welcome Bob Sikon with a review of the Pepper Market’s breakfast offerings at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. After experimenting with buffet meals for breakfast and lunch, the Pepper Market has returned to a la carte menus.

Since our first visit to Walt Disney World in 1999, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort has held a special place in our family’s heart. The same can be said for Coronado’s Quick Service option, the Pepper Market.

In our many visits, we’ve seen Coronado and its Pepper Market change many times as well. It has transformed itself twice – first from an a la carte selection of an eclectic variety of cuisines to a breakfast and lunch buffet and back again. In early 2013, my wife and I got the chance to see the newest incarnation of our favorite quick service restaurant. We went for breakfast several days after it returned to its a la carte roots.

Atmosphere

One thing that hasn’t changed much is the Pepper Market’s decor. For instance, a very familiar site welcomes you to the restaurant, and we would miss it if it was gone.

Welcome to the market!

The Pepper Market's Menu. (Click image for larger version.)

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Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 4, 2011

Teriyaki and Orange Marinated Beef Fantasmic! Picnic Meal

Woah, Nellie! Was there ever Disney Food news this week!! Let’s get up to speed on everything that’s happening in the World, the Land, and elsewhere!

Up-To-Date Disney Food News

Stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis! And don’t forget to follow along on our 2011 Holiday Dining page!

DFB Dining Adventures e-Book Now Available

Just a reminder that our brand new DFB Dining Adventures e-Book is now available! We’ve had lots of reader requests for pre-planned dining strategies that can be dropped right into your Disney World vacation plans, and we thought that was a pretty good idea, too! So we took it one step further and added some extra FUN!!

Don’t forget to use code “adventure” at check-out for $2 off!

And we’ve made your holiday gift-giving even easier by creating Disney Food Blog e-Book Gift Certificates! Use code “holiday” at check-out for some great discounts!

On to the Round-Up!

MiceChat.com interviews a former Club 33 cast member giving us an intimate glimpse into Disneyland’s exclusive restaurant!

WDW for Grown-Ups catches a game at the ESPN Club at the Boardwalk Resort.

Main Street Gazette asks a roundtable of experts where they find their favorite baked goods in WDW. See where yours truly would head for a sweet treat!

Momfluential looks at Disney’s holiday food offerings. She also got to hang out with our Dining in Disneyland columnist, Heather!

DisneyParks Blog shares a glimpse of a seasonal drink now being served at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel. Check out the awesome holiday decor too!

Picky Palate recreates the Chocolate Peanut Butter sandwiches from Disneyland. These delightful treats from Pooh Corner are giving me a rumbly in my tumbly!

The Earl of Sandwich family joins modern times with a retail business that we all know from its prominent Downtown Disney Orlando location! Thanks to Katie Bellairs for the heads-up.

News! Coronado Springs’ Pepper Market to Test Breakfast and Lunch Buffet

It’s been recently noted over on WDW For Grownups that the innovative food court, the Pepper Market, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will test a buffet during its breakfast and lunch hours.

The Pepper Market buffet “test” will take place December 4, 2011 – January 4, 2012 at a cost of $14.99 for adults and $8.99 for kids for the morning meal [Read more…]

Guest Review: Coronado Springs Resort’s Pepper Market

Bill Iadonisi returns with a colorful and impressive review of the Pepper Market at the Coronado Springs Resort. Take it away, Bill!

When guests vacation to Walt Disney World, they are looking forward to going on their favorite attractions, seeing World-Class shows and entertainment, and of course meeting the Disney Characters. A trip to Disney is an exciting adventure for all. But for many, the rides and attractions are just the tip of the iceberg.

I know that for myself, dining at Disney is a whole world of fun! With menu options from around the world and a huge diversity of food choices, the dining scene is a theme park unto itself.

Welcome!

While most guests hanker to dine in the parks, the resort venues are just as impressive. We know the classic restaurants such as Citricos, the California Grill and Jiko, but the resorts are also home to some of Walt Disney World’s “sleeper” restaurants.

These eateries are hidden gems with mostly low crowds, fantastic menus and easy access. Many times when the parks are booked, you can usually walk right in or have just a short wait before dining. Some of my favorites are the Kona Café and the Captain’s Grille. And here we will review; Coronado Springs Resort’s Pepper Market restaurant.

Atmosphere and Ordering Process

Pepper Market is an open food court located in the main building area of Coronado Springs Resort, called “El Centro.” It is a counter-service restaurant, although your drinks are brought to the table by a server.

But what makes this eatery special is its extensive menu and expansive dining area. Even during crowded times, you can usually find a table. It is themed after a south of the border-feel marketplace. Huge and airy, it is also very colorful, bright and gives the feeling of space versus claustrophobia — something we love in Disney restaurants.

Dining Area

As you make your way to the entrance, (next to Coronado’s table-service restaurant, the Maya Grill) you walk on terracotta tiles and past wrought iron fences adorned with green plants. Everything is vibrant and very colorful. It puts a smile on your face before you are even seated. At the entrance is a [Read more…]