Full Review: Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Welcome Travelers, to the Nomad Lounge, a place to share stories about travel and adventure.”

These are the words that welcome you to the Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But even before reading that sentence, you can already tell you’ve entered into a place celebrating the “concept of being transformed by adventure.”

So pack your own sense of adventure as we do some exploring of this brand new space that just joined the scene on May 27th — the very same day that the park itself stayed open well into the night for the first time! Of course, it’s not the only new offering in the park that has found the need to expand food options as well as entertainment in light of the new all-day schedule.

But I do think you’re about to see why it’s become an immediate favorite to many guests already. Step in with me, fellow travelers…

Atmosphere

Nomad Lounge is housed in the same structure as Tiffins — Animal Kingdom’s first Signature Restaurant.

Nomad Lounge

Nomad Lounge

It’s located in Discovery Island (just head around the corner from Pizzafari to find the building). [Read more…]

FULL Review: The New Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen in Disney World’s Adventureland

You may have seen our First Look… and now we are back for our full review of Magic Kingdom’s brand new Table Service eatery!

Welcome back to the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen!

With the exception, perhaps, of the arrival of Trader’s Sam’s Grog Grotto in Disney World last March, no new restaurant has met with as much anticipation as the Skipper Canteen since the opening of Be Our Guest Restaurant in 2012. But while Be Our Guest debuted as part of the all-new Fantasyland expansion, the Skipper Canteen finds its home in Magic Kingdom’s classic Adventureland. This land is also home, of course, to the Jungle Cruise, the beloved attraction on which the Skipper Canteen is based.

We enjoyed our first meal at the Skipper Canteen on its first day of soft openings, but today the restaurant officially opens to all Magic Kingdom guests. So, what better time to get to know this spot a little more?

Jungle Skipper Canteen sign

Jungle Skipper Canteen sign

So, my fellow Jungle Cruise passengers, let’s step back in, shall we? [Read more…]

First Look! Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen Restaurant in Disney World! (Yep — the Jungle Cruise Restaurant!)

It’s been months of waiting and wondering since the moment it was announced… but at last, the wait is OVER.

Welcome, Adventurers, to the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen!!

That’s right, Jungle Cruisers! The Skipper Canteen is currently in soft openings! (Remember, soft opening means that there are no guarantees that the restaurant will be in operation during your visit and is not currently accepting Advance Dining Reservations. But, it IS occasionally open for walk-ups during this still-in-testing period!)

The official opening of the Jungle Skipper Canteen is set for Wednesday, December 16th.

No word yet on when Advance Dining Reservations will be accepted, and we’ll look forward to keeping you posted. But we know that you’re itching to see what’s behind the doors of the Canteen as much as we were. And far be it from us to keep any of you hungry Jungle Cruiser Passengers waiting any longer!

After all, the WORLD FAMOUS Jungle Cruise Skippers are eagerly awaiting your arrival…

Skipper Canteen Entrance

Skipper Canteen Entrance

Atmosphere

Alberta Falls welcomes you to the Jungle Skipper Canteen! Alberta, of course, is the granddaughter of Dr. Albert Falls, the founder of the Jungle Navigation Company, which was originally a cargo shipping venture.

Dr. Albert Falls

Dr. Albert Falls

When cargo business took a downturn, Alberta decided to open up cruises to passengers, thanks to the suggestion of one of her Skippers. (Perhaps you’ve been on one yourself ;) ?) [Read more…]

News! Trader’s Sam’s Grog Grotto is Coming to Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort!

We are so excited about some BIG NEWS coming out of Walt Disney World today!

Trader Sam's!!!!!!!

Trader Sam’s is coming to Disney World!!!!!!!!!!

If you’ve spent any time recently at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, you know that there are lots of changes going on over there. In fact, we told you about the temporary Captain Cook’s Snack Company location just recently here on Disney Food Blog.

Concept Art -- Polynesian Village Resort Lobby

Concept Art — Polynesian Village Resort Lobby

Well, today, we’re getting a few more details about just what’s taking place behind those construction walls!

There is a complete re-imagining of the beloved resort underway! But instead of modernizing with the changes, they’re taking it [Read more…]

Spotted: Adventurers Hut in Downtown Disney

Recently, I walked by a kiosk in Pleasure Island. The Adventurers Hut sits right next to what used to be a popular Downtown Disney nightlife spot (that many of us knew well).

Closed Adventurers Hut

Perhaps the Adventurers Hut is supposed to remind us of the beloved and departed Adventurers Club (a moment of silence, please), but I’m not sure it’s helpful. ;-)

Trader Sam’s in Disneyland comes a little closer, but without the copius entertainment and multiple rooms. Will they bring a similar establishment back to Walt Disney World? Time will tell… .

Decor at Adventurers Hut

Although this kiosk is a [Read more…]

Review: Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

“Aloha, ahoy, aha! And welcome to the mystery, romance, and adventure of Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.”

These are the words that lure you into Trader Sam’s story when you first look at a menu in this brand new Tiki bar in the Disneyland Hotel! In fact, a good friend of mine has referred to it as “the best of the Jungle Cruise, Adventurers Club, and Tiki Room rolled into a liquor license.” I heartily agree.

Let’s take a trip to the “happy outpost,” shall we?

Trader Sam's Welcome Message - click image for larger version

Atmosphere

I had been watching the creation of Trader Sam’s with great interest during the Spring and early Summer of 2011.

All I’d heard is that this destined-to-be-great spot might incorporate some of the decor of the old Pleasure Island Adventurers Club in Disney World, one of my very favorite places. And with the brilliant artistry of Kevin Kidney and Jody Daly behind it, it had [Read more…]

5 (New to Me) Disneyland Discoveries I Couldn’t Wait To Share

Well, I’m going to be honest with you. I’m looking through the thousands of pictures I took over my 6-day trip to Disneyland and I want to write about ALL of it RIGHT NOW!

The Hungry Bear Blueberry Pie is a Thing of Beauty

Since I obviously can’t do that, and I can’t bring all of you over to my living room to look through a slide show (we don’t have enough Doritos), I’ve decided to highlight five of my favorite discoveries here. I know that some of these are already near and dear to you lucky local Disneylanders, but they were new to me on this trip, and I loved ‘em.

Each of these will be showcased in detail in longer review posts coming up over the next few months, but I couldn’t wait to share some of my personal new favorites with you ASAP!

Red Velvet Roulade

Over at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen we found plenty of new favorites. From the beignets to the garlic cheese bread, almost everything we tried was a winner.

But I have to say we were very pleased that we switched our dessert order last minute to this Red Velvet Roulade. Moist, rich red velvet cake stuffed with incredibly creamy, tangy cream cheese frosting. The perfect ending to a great meal.

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Red Velvet Roulade

Plaza Inn Fried Chicken

I know — you’re shocked that I’ve never tried this before! I am, too! What an incredible piece of poultry this is.

A huge portion of golden brown fried chicken is supplemented by [Read more…]

Kungaloosh!

It’s been almost nine months since the last “curtain” on the Adventurer’s Club in Disney World’s Downtown Disney, and I figured some of us might be in withdrawal.

Radio-a-thon Library Show

Radio-a-thon Library Show

I don’t know where you can get Kungalooshes these days (2011 Edit: You can get ‘em at Trader Sam’s in Disneyland!), but when it’s late…and you’re lonely…you can always mix up a pitcher at home.

Well, it doesn’t HAVE to be late…and you don’t HAVE to be lonely…:

Kungaloosh Recipe

1 cup Daily’s Strawberry Daiquiri Mix
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum
1/4 cup blackberry brandy

Toss it in a blender with enough ice to make it slushy, or serve over ice.

Kungaloosh Old Style from Trader Sam's in Disneyland

This recipe is from All Ears Net, and it’s listed as the recipe used from about the year 2000 forward. (It’s certainly the one I remember.)

Kungaloosh!

What are your favorite Adventurer’s Club memories??