News: Milkshake of the Month — and BOTTOMLESS SHAKES — at Magic Kingdom’s Plaza Restaurant

The Plaza Restaurant is now serving up a Milkshake of the Month!

The Plaza Restaurant sign

The Plaza Restaurant sign

And they’re starting off with a bang with the Chocolate Hazelnut Milkshake, available throughout October!

©Disney

©Disney

Even better? It’s BOTTOMLESS! That’s right… Whispering Canyon Cafe isn’t the only Bottomless Milkshake game in town.

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Review: Dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Time to go back in time and dine with the Founding Fathers… . Or, at the very least, settle for the next best thing: dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern in Walt Disney World.

Liberty Tree Tavern has long held a special place in my heart — and in many of yours as well, I know. If you’re one of many longtime Tavern devotees, you already know that for years this Magic Kingdom Table Service has offered an a la carte menu for Lunch, while dinner has featured an All-You-Care-to-Enjoy meal served family style.

Both of those things are still true. But some notable changes to both the lunch and dinner menus took place just a couple months ago. For instance, Lunch still offers a la carte options (with some returning favorites among them), but you can also order the All-You-Care-to-Enjoy Bill of Fare, if you wish.

And the changes to Dinner? Well, there was only one. But it was a pretty darn big one, and I had to experience it for myself.

Liberty Tree Tavern Sign

Liberty Tree Tavern Sign

So please join me, my fellow citizens… .

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News: Liberty Tree Tavern Menu Updates (And Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake for DINNER!)

Remember last October when Liberty Tree Tavern began offering the All-You-Care-to-Eat Patriot’s Platter for Lunch?

At the time, subsequent changes to the Lunch Menu for this Magic Kingdom Table Service favorite included the removal of a few popular dishes from the a la carte items. These included the New England Pot Roast and the Fish & Chips. (Dinner, as always, remained All-You-Care-to-Eat, served Family Style for all guests.)

Well, friends… the Pot Roast and the Fish & Chips are BACK for lunch!

At least, according to the recently updated Liberty Tree Tavern menu page on the Walt Disney World website. See?!? You’ll spot the Pot Roast Under “Our Tavern Keeper’s Favorite.”

Screenshot from the Walt Disney World website

Screenshot from the Walt Disney World website

Even the Tavern Keeper missed the Pot Roast! [Read more…]

News: Lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern Now Features All-You-Care-To-Eat Option

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

A few changes have come to the menu at one of our favorite restaurants — and possibly yours, too — at the Magic Kingdom: Liberty Tree Tavern.

Liberty Tree Tavern is best known for its family-style All-You-Care-To-Eat, It’s-Pretty-Much-Thanksgiving-Year-Round dinner.

However, this Table Service spot serves lunch as well, though in an a la carte fashion, with popular choices that have included New England Pot Roast, Fish and Chips, and the much beloved — and quite aptly named — Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake.

And it’s the lunch menu in particular that is the recipient of the recent changes. The main one being that — while a la carte options DO still exist — the All-You-Care-To-Eat Patriot’s Platter is now an option for lunch time, too, in addition to dinner. Here’s a look at just the first portion of the newly updated lunch menu.

Screenshot of Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch Menu

Screenshot of Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch Menu

Lunch previously had a Thanksgiving-style option with the previous Pilgrim’s Feast, which featured Roast Turkey and Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, and a veggie. But it was not All-You-Care-To-Eat, and the Patriot’s Platter also features Sliced Prime Rib, Carved Pork Roast, and Mac and Cheese in addition to the previously mentioned items. [Read more…]

Rumor: Magic Kingdom’s Plaza Restaurant to Offer Increased Walk-up Availability

Right on the heels of the announcement that the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen has started to accept Advance Dining Reservations comes another “ADR” switcheroo!

According to wdwmagic.com, The Plaza Restaurant in Magic Kingdom will begin to expand its availability to walk-up guests (those without Advance Dining Reservations) beginning July 17th.

Of course, in order to do so, The Plaza will not be accepting Advance Dining Reservations for a majority of the day. Wdwmagic reports that Advance Dining Reservations will only be available for booking from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon daily. Guests interested in dining later in the day can visit the podium located just outside the restaurant.

And indeed, a search for Advance Dining Reservations for the week of July 17th on the Walt Disney World website resulted in options available only in the 11:00 am hour for lunch. Here’s an example:

The Plaza Advance Dining Reservation screenshot

The Plaza Advance Dining Reservation screenshot

And though you are still able to search for “Dinner” options past July 17th, nothing comes up in testing several dates. [Read more…]

News: Same-Day Dining Reservations for Skipper Canteen in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Ahoy, Jungle Cruise Passengers!

If you have a trip planned to the Magic Kingdom in February, you may want to know about a new limited-time option for booking a same-day dining reservation at the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen (the Jungle Cruise Restaurant)!

Since the Jungle Skipper Canteen first opened its doors in mid-December of 2015, it has broken typical Advance Dining Reservation protocol for Table Service restaurants by retaining its status as a walk-up only location.

Perhaps in anticipation of one of Disney World’s first peak weeks of 2016, however, a same-day reservation system will be in place that will be unique to the Jungle Skipper Canteen, available from February 12 – 27, 2016. [Editor’s Update: Same-day Reservations have been extended for Skipper Canteen beyond the original trial dates, and continue to be available on a day-of booking basis.]

Skipper Canteen Entrance

Skipper Canteen Entrance

The process will be much the same as making a standard Advance Dining Reservation; interested guests may visit the Jungle Skipper Canteen page on the Disney World website. Of course, being outside of those dates right now, it currently only lists the standard operating hours for lunch and dinner. Presumably, however, the standard booking engine should appear on February 12th with bookings for that day only, and so on through the 27th. [Read more…]

Disney Dining Details: Skipper Canteen Secret Passageway Bookshelves

Do you harbor a secret dream to become a member of the S.E.A. (Society of Explorers and Adventurers)?

If so, then maybe you’d like to do a little exploring with me today as we step back inside the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, the still-new restaurant based on the Jungle Cruise attraction.

We’ve already taken a full tour of of the Canteen, including its three dining rooms: the Crew Mess Hall, the Falls Family Parlor, and a once-hidden meeting room for the S.E.A. But now it’s time to check out a few more of those Disney details! And with many thanks to my friend Daniel Wanderman who recently dined there, we’ve got some more to share…

In order to enter the S.E.A. Room coming from the Mess Hall, you must pass through a hallway.

Bookcases lining the hallway from the Mess Hall

Bookcases lining the hallway from the Mess Hall

As you pass, you’ll notice the hallway is lined with bookcases. [Read more…]