We brought you to the first day of Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays LIVE here on DFB, and today, we’ve got even more details about one of the Festival’s new experiences: the Cookie Stroll!
With the current construction of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ratatouille attractions in Epcot (not to mention the Disney Skyliner), it’s obvious that BIG CHANGES are taking place in Disney World’s Epcot.
And this morning at the D23 Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse event, we learned more information about some things that we knew were coming during the park’s multi-year transformation, as well as some brand new experiences on the way!
Let’s begin with the park’s nighttime spectacular…
TWO New Nighttime Spectaculars
Earlier this year, it was revealed that IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth would be ending its run as Epcot’s nighttime spectacular in 2019. But how will this iconic show be replaced? [Read more…]
“What are you doing New Year’s… New Year’s Eve?”
If you’re making plans to be at Disney World or Disneyland to ring in 2019, you should know about some of the special dining events, fireworks, and midnight toasts that are planned on both coasts.
Whether you’re looking for dining, family fun, or even dancing into 2019, there’s something for everyone this year! [Read more…]
Concept art has been revealed for Epcot’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy ride vehicle! Take a look!
This artwork and more information was shared by Bob Chapek while we were attending the IAAPA Breakfast this morning where he was the keynote speaker. And here’s a bit more info for this upcoming adventure! [Read more…]
The currently posted name for the restaurant is Space 220, and applicants are informed that “Like in the real International Space Station, represent your country in this restaurant. We will recruit European candidates [whose] role will be to make the guests feel like they are in space.”
Note that the posting says that the new restaurant will be “located next to the attraction Mission to Mars.” However, later it clarifies that “new restaurant will be located between Mission Space and Test [Track] at EPCOT.” [Read more…]
“Who’s the leader of the Club that’s made for you and me? M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!“
It’s almost time to celebrate the 90th Birthday of everyone’s best pal, MICKEY MOUSE! And what better way to celebrate any birthday than with a cake? Or a push pop? Or a pretzel? How about a specialty cheeseburger or salad? You’ll find ALL those things — and MORE! — in Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort this coming weekend ONLY to celebrate Mickey’s Birthday!
In Walt Disney World, the snacks you see below will be available at their designated locations from November 16th – 18th. In Disneyland Resort, you’ll find the snacks on November 17th and 18th only (unless otherwise noted below).
So get ready to pick out which snack you’d like to celebrate Mickey with from the lists below! [Read more…]
Epcot’s World Showcase at Walt Disney World is home to so many interesting restaurants serving high-quality food from around the (actual) world that it can be hard to decide which to choose.
And frankly, Nine Dragons in the China Pavilion has been one that we’ve decided to skip much of the time. The setting is lovely and worth exploring, but in the past, the food has been lackluster, no better than most of the Americanized Chinese restaurants found in strip malls around the country.
But we give second chances (and third and fourth and fifth) here at the DFB, so I made a reservation and hoped for something to love in this table service spot. And while I won’t say Nine Dragons has clawed its way up too far in the rankings of table service restaurants at Epcot, I will say that my most recent visit was the best I’ve had here.
While I encourage you to take that with a grain of salt, I also want to acknowledge that plenty of you do enjoy eating here, and I will always cling to optimism that even the least palatable of Walt Disney World dining locations will be in a constant state of flux, striving for better.
But let’s start with what we already love about Nine Dragons: its magical decor and warm atmosphere.
As part of Mickey Mouse’s 90th Birthday celebration, you can snap a fun picture in front of this adorable new Tomorrowland wall and support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Read on to find out how!
Coral Reef Restaurant is a table service option in Epcot’s Future World at Walt Disney World.
Coral Reef Restaurant
As you might imagine, Coral Reef is located in the Seas Pavilion, home of The Seas with Nemo and Friends. It’s one of only two table service restaurants in Future World — the other being Garden Grill in the neighboring Land Pavilion. The biggest draw to Coral Reef is the centerpiece of the restaurant: the six-million-gallon aquarium where fish, sea turtles, and (sometimes) divers swim by throughout the meal.
But even with that draw — making Coral Reef a truly unique Disney World experience! — Coral Reef often sinks to the bottom of DFB’s rankings of table service restaurants. Sadly the food just hasn’t been that great over the years. Lunch in 2014 was decent at best, with the Seared Mahi Mahi being the only I’d-get-that-again dish (alas, the Sriracha Shrimp we enjoyed on that visit are no longer on the menu…).
But you know we like to re-review restaurants on the regular, since chefs, menus, and servers change up regularly. My most recent visit was the best I’ve had in terms of food, and while it won’t move Coral Reef up to the top of the list at Epcot — admittedly a difficult park because there are so many awesome choices — it gives me hope that maybe the restaurant is providing a better experience for guests.
The atmosphere of Coral Reef is the star of this restaurant, and for those who love sea life or aquariums, this really is a must-try. Nothing quite compares to the beauty of dining with only eight inches of glass between the diner and the sealife.