Top 5 Can’t-Miss Eating Experiences Coming to Disney Parks in 2017

Happy New Year, Friends!

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with links to current reviews of the most anticipated 2017 Dining Experiences that have opened so far! Look for UPDATES and links throughout the post. 

I hope that your 2017 is off to an excellent start and that you’re planning your next trip to Disney Parks for sometime this year!

Cinderella Castle

Happy 2017!

As has been the case for the last few years, Disney has promised some big doin’s coming our way during the calendar year.

And oh, well, sure. The entire universe is poised on the edge of its collective seat, awaiting some indication of when Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land will spring to life. BUT — even though we really don’t expect to hear of openings on those fronts in 2017, there’s still PLENTY to look forward to!

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News: ABC Commissary Offers New ‘Fast Casual’ Dining and Dinner Menu

ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios hasn’t often wowed us in the past. But that may be changing.

The dining spot has previously been strictly counter service in the classic Disney sense of the word. (Check out a recent review here.) You know the set up — order your food from the overhead menu boards, and then step forward with your receipt to collect your tray of drinks and food.

These days, however, ABC Commissary is trying a slightly different approach.

Billing the spot as “fast casual” for the dinner hour, the restaurant takes the same tack as one of our favorites, Wolfgang Puck Express in Disney Springs. The concept is pretty simple: order your food from a cast member and receive a pager. But unlike spots that expect you to come collect your food when the pager goes, off, your food will find you.

Ordering stations

Ordering stations

Guests choose a seat once they’ve ordered their food, and cast members will deliver the food and drinks to their table. Cast members are also available for other needs during your meal. Flag them down for condiments or anything else you might need. [Read more…]

News: Reservations and Menu Now Available for Frontera Cocina by Rick Bayless in Disney Springs

Editor’s Note: The opening of Frontera Cocina has been pushed back. It is anticipated that walk-ups will be received beginning June 27, but Open Table is accepting reservations starting July 21 at the time of this update.

Okay, Rick Bayless fans… this is a good day for you!

Frontera Cocina Logo

Because Frontera Cocina by Rick Bayless (host of “Mexico — One Plate at a Time” among numerous other achievements) will open on June 26, 2016! Well, at least according to Open Table — the online reservation booking engine. Tables are available to book at 6:00 pm daily for dates beginning Sunday, June 26th. [Read more…]