News: More Menu Details for Animal Kingdom’s Tiffins and Nomad Lounge

Well, yesterday brought the news that the debut of Animal Kingdom’s Rivers of Light evening spectacular won’t be taking place on April 22nd after all. (According to Disney Parks Blog, they anticipate releasing more information regarding the show and further nighttime activities coming to Animal Kingdom in mid-to-late May.)

However, park projects continue on, such as the construction of Tiffins, the park’s first signature restaurant, slated for a summer opening, as well as the accompanying Nomad Lounge.

Artist's Rendering of Tiffin's Restaurant ©Disney

Artist’s Rendering of Tiffins Restaurant ©Disney

Last week, Disney shared some details regarding the story inspiring the upcoming dining locations. And now, more light has been shed on what we can expect to see on the menus. [Read more…]

News: More Details on Tiffins Restaurant and Nomad Lounge, Opening in Animal Kingdom This Summer

Disney fans everywhere are pretty excited for Aprill 22nd — the anniversary of Animal Kingdom’s opening, and the debut of the Rivers of Light evening spectacular as well as the Harambe Wildlife Parti and the Discovery Island Carnivale.  [Editor’s Update: Please note that since the original publishing of this article, Disney has announced that the Rivers of Light spectacular will be delayed, and they will be releasing further information regarding an updated debut date for the spectacular and both street parties in mid-late May 2016.]

But after that date, it’s not as though the changes will stop coming to Animal Kingdom as it transitions into a all-day-into-nighttime park. Even after the arrival of Rivers of Light, two more highly anticipated additions will still be on the way this summer: the opening of Tiffins, Animal Kingdom’s very first signature restaurant, and the accompanying Nomad Lounge in the Discovery Island area of the park.

Artist's Rendering of Tiffin's Restaurant ©Disney

Artist’s Rendering of Tiffins Restaurant ©Disney

Tiffins will serve lunch and dinner daily, and the menu will feature food that “takes diners to Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americans.” But Disney has now released more about the restaurant’s atmosphere and backstory. Emily O’Brien, the Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Show Producer for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, states that “Tiffins is not about a make-believe place, it’s about real people and places.” [Read more…]

Review: Watermelon Mimosa and Beermosa at Animal Kingdom’s Dawa Bar

In December, we paid a visit to Animal Kingdom’s newest watering hole, Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks.

But we’re all for old favorites, too, so when AJ got a text from her friend Andy with the news that Dawa Bar in Animal Kingdom’s Africa had switched up their early morning cocktails, we were there!!

Now, all the talk about Animal Kingdom these days surrounds the upcoming nighttime activities like the Rivers of Light spectacular, which will extend the park into an all day experience later this spring. (And obviously we can’t wait for the arrival of Tiffins — Animal Kingdom’s first Signature Dining location — as well as the Nomad Lounge to open in conjunction with these new activities in 2016.)

But like I said, as excited as we are about all that future nighttime entertainment, we’re here to explore an exclusively early-morning experience: the recently refreshed Sunrise Cocktail menu at the Dawa Bar. While the Dawa Bar operates all day, this special menu of morning beverages is only available from 9:00 – 11:00 am.

Though morning pours aren’t new to the Dawa Bar (you may remember the Bloody Mary menu that was introduced in late 2014), we’re here to go over some changes with you, including an absentee from the Bloody Mary selections along with some fun new additions. (Did somebody say “Mimosas”?!)

Atmosphere

2014 brought a renovation and slight relocation to the Dawa Bar as well as the aforementioned morning menu of Bloody Marys.

Animal Kingdom's Dawa Bar

Animal Kingdom’s Dawa Bar

Other than that, though, things have held pretty steady at this African-themed lounge over the years. It still sits right beside the Tusker House check-in area. [Read more…]

First Look AND Review: Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

2016 is gearing up to be a positively HUGE year for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The headlining news revolves around the highly anticipated Rivers of Light spectacular, which — along with evening journeys at Kilimajaro Safaris also beginning sometime in the spring — will transform Animal Kingdom into a park with nighttime activities for the first time.

Naturally, this transition into a full day park will affect dining options, since expanded operating hours will result in a larger need for more dining opportunities. In fact, it’s already been announced that Animal Kingdom will also be getting its first Signature Restaurant in 2016, Tiffins.

But it’s not just huge shows and signature eateries coming to Animal Kingdom. Some additions are more subtle, but certainly still worth noting. For instance… SURPRISE!! As of this past Saturday, there is a brand new bar and snack stand you can now enjoy in Animal Kingdom’s Asia.

Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks

Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks

Welcome to Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks! Let’s have a look! [Read more…]

First Look! Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar in Disney World’s Disney Springs

Join us, fellow members of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, for a First Look at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar! We’ll be back on Monday with a FULL REVIEW!

Newly open in The Landing of what will become Disney Springs, the new HANGAR is the latest Downtown Disney HANGOUT! Then again, maybe “new” isn’t really the word for it…

You see, as the story goes, Jock Lindsey — a frequently trusted pilot for Indiana Jones — discovered this waterfront property in 1938 as he flew with Indiana over Florida on the hunt for the Fountain of Youth.

He returned to the area in the 1940s to make his home, setting up a small business — Jock Lindsey’s “Air Tours” — offering scenic plane tours of the state. And now we are left with the Hangar that he also used to host his friends in the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, of which Jock, too, was a member.

Outside of Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

Outside of Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

Are you ready to step in and see what adventures await? [Read more…]

News! Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Opens September 22nd in Disney World

If you should find yourself in Disney World later this month for a little something like… oh, I don’t know… say the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival beginning September 25th, then you may want to mark one more date on your trip calendar: Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will be opening in Downtown Disney on September 22nd!

©WDWDowntown Twitter

©WDWDowntown Twitter

Be sure to check out the backstory on this hangout for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers set up by Jock (a frequent pilot for Indiana Jones himself). [Read more…]

News and First Look! Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Menu Items

Well, if you weren’t taken enough with what we can see so far of Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (slated to open in Downtown Disney/Disney Springs this fall), perhaps the latest information from Disney about the upcoming location will whet your appetite…

Jock Lindey's Hangar Bar under construction

Jock Lindey’s Hangar Bar under construction

It’s story time, friends! Here’s a little background on the place… According to Disney, when Jock Lindsey (the frequent pilot of Indiana Jones) flew Indy over Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth in 1938, he noticed a charming town below and decided to build a home right there on the waterfront. He often entertained his friends from the Society of Explorers and Adventurers in his hangar where they enjoyed drinks and good times.

Jock Lindey's Hangar Bar under construction

Jock Lindey’s Hangar Bar under construction

There seems to be a no-holds-barred approach to the styles of cuisine, as the tapas and beverages will be “inspired by Jock’s globe-trotting to all continents,” which could result in fun twists on anything and everything! In the meantime, Disney has provided a glimpse at some of the eats on the way.

Not only will the decor be inspired by the location’s aviation theme, but it appears some of the plating will, too. Check out the airplane “dish” holding the Pretzels with house-made mustard and beer-cheese fondue…

©Disney

©Disney

Dr. Elsa’s She-Deviled Eggs will be topped with lumps of crab and brined in beet juice, while the “Good” Dates will be stuffed with goat cheese and topped with Marcona almonds.

©Disney

©Disney

Heavier bites will include Rolling Boulder Sliders: three spice meatball sliders drizzled with yogurt sauce.

©Disney

©Disney

But the winner for Best Name (so far) has got to go to the “Squid! Why’d It Have to Be Squid” calamari flatbread with spicy harissa.

©Disney

©Disney

Other items will include Brody Brats, Lao Che’s Revenge (spicy Asian wings), Tanis Tacos, and Snack of Ra (African-inspired salads and dips served with bread and naan crisps).

Specialty cocktails will include drinks like The Aviator’s Flight, The Scottish Professor, The Bitter Barkeep (with Peruvian Pisco), a Hovito Mojito, Anything Goes (a spicy cocktail created with an Asian spirit), The Fountain of Youth, featuring Florida vodkas, and a Cool-headed Monkey.

Me? I’ll be ordering a Reggie’s Revenge, with hopes of sipping it while enjoying the waterfront views from Jock’s old dry-docked steamboat…

"Reggie"

“Reggie”

Looks like plenty of good food and great times are coming to Disney Springs!

What do you think of some of the menu items coming to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar? Please let us know with a comment!

Disney Springs Update: Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Construction Progress

This past May, fans of the Indiana Jones film franchise were excited to learn about the plans for Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar to join the line-up of new dining venues coming to Disney Springs!

Jock Lindey's Hangar Bar under construction

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar under construction

The storyline will revolve around Indiana Jones and his pilot (who serves as the name inspiration for the location), Jock Lindsey. While the menu will feature themed tapas and specialty cocktails, the location itself will be decked out with vintage travel posters, aviation equipment, and even correspondence between Indy and Jock. The opening is anticipated for fall of 2015, and based on a recent visit to the site, progress seems to be coming along very nicely indeed! [Read more…]

Review: Lava Lounge at the Disney Springs Marketplace

Today we’re taking this blog all the way to the edge… of Downtown Disney!

We’re stopping for drinks and grub at the Lava Lounge, found just about as far as you can go to the end of Downtown Disney’s Marketplace. It’s funny — with the majority of the transformation to Disney Springs affecting the Landing, the West Side, and the parking areas of Downtown Disney, the Marketplace feels largely unchanged.

Now, I know that’s not true, considering the addition of spots like the Marketplace Causeway, the Marketplace Co-op and Dockside Margaritas. But comparatively speaking, and even with the welcome additions in the other areas, it feels nice to still have some familiar spots to enjoy in the area.

It says something about the rate of change in Downtown Disney lately that the Lava Lounge — now just over two years old — feels like one of those familiar spots. Still, being relatively young in the scheme of things, a lot of DFB Readers haven’t had a chance to explore it. So let’s make our way underneath that big ol’ volcano and check it out!

Lava Lounge

Lava Lounge

Atmosphere

You’ll experience much of the atmosphere of the Lava Lounge before even entering the Lounge itself. The hallmark of the area, of course, is the “active” volcano, and if you’ve ever been anywhere in the Marketplace when it erupts with fire (about every half hour or so, I think), you’re familiar with the almost thunder-like roar that accompanies it. [Read more…]

Review: The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

Cheers from The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge!

The Brown Derby Lounge sits just outside The Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Its reputation stems from that of the original Brown Derby Restaurant in the City of Lights — a hot spot of the 1930s and 40s where stars of the Golden Age of film came to “see and be seen.” The outdoor lounge (which was added to the Disney World location in 2013) offers a spot for walk-ups without Advance Dining Reservations to enjoy a taste along with a bit of the ambience of the signature restaurant.

The Lounge serves food along with cocktails and bar service. And with some new items added to the menu this summer, we thought it was a good time to travel back to Hollywood’s heyday with a visit to the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge.

Atmosphere

For a newer location, The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge blends so seamlessly within its surroundings that its hard to remember that it hasn’t been here all along. And, to be fair, the patio and tables HAVE been here all along, but they weren’t functioning as a lounge at the time.

Below is a shot from its opening day in October 2013.

Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

Not much has changed in the past almost-two years, except for [Read more…]