Updated: When Will Disney World Re-Open After Hurricane Irma?

UPDATE Monday 1:47PM ET: Love these updates from Jeff_EMT on twitter. He was part of the Irma ride-out crew in the Magic Kingdom. Very interesting twitter stream from yesterday and last night.

UPDATE Monday 3:50PM ET:: According to this sign in the lobby at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney World theme parks will reopen Tuesday morning! And, guests can enjoy Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom!

Disney World theme parks reopening September 12!

Disney World theme parks reopening September 12!


Disney World closed those big purple theme park gates on Saturday night, September 9th, in preparation for Hurricane Irma. This was only the fifth time that Disney World closed its theme parks since it’s opening in 1971. And while guests were still accommodated at Disney World’s many resorts, the theme parks were shuttered and anticipated to re-open on Tuesday, September 12th.

Contemporary Resort in Disney World after Hurricane Irma

Contemporary Resort in Disney World after Hurricane Irma

Now guests who weathered the storm in Orlando, and those who have trips scheduled for this week and the coming weeks, are wondering when Disney World will re-open.

According to Fortune, Walt Disney World is working with experts to assess the damage from Irma, plan for clean-up efforts, and determine when it’s safe to re-open Disney’s parks and attractions.

The Orlando Sentinel shares more details, saying tropical storm-force winds will remain in and around the Orlando area until afternoon Monday. Orlando is under a curfew until 6PM to protect citizens from aftermath like live downed power lines.

“We are beginning an initial assessment of our property,” a Disney World spokeswoman said Monday morning. “While we experienced high winds and rain, we maintained power throughout the storm.”

Disney World and the rest of the entertainment attractions in the Orlando area are still aiming for a Tuesday re-open, but they are assessing damage and determining what is best for the safety of their guests and employees. Disney’s official website says they are still hoping to resume normal operations on Tuesday, September 12, but we haven’t seen any other announcements from Disney.

Do you have stories from Irma? Let us know in the comments below!

photo credit: thanks to Johnny B for tagging DFB in his instagram photo here.

Review: Zuri’s Sweets Shop in Animal Kingdom’s Harambe Market

We’re meandering back through the brand new Harambe Market in Disney’s Animal Kingdom to take you on a full tour and review of some of the treats at Zuri’s Sweets Shop today!

The shop, located outside the main gate of the new eating area, is your stop for all kinds of prepackaged sweets and snacks. You’ll find an assortment of familiar Disney snacks with Animal Kingdom-specific branding as well as a number of out-of-the-ordinary bulk items. But you’ll also find a confectionery counter with freshly made candy, cookies, and other sweets.

We shared a first look at Zuri’s the day it opened. As you may recall, the big story there was the “Match the Species” Treats — aka the “poop” candy. While the treats made a big sensation, they were gone almost as quickly as they arrived. (We’ve spoken to store managers about this, and they claim that the snacks sold well and they aren’t sure why they were pulled from the case. They suggest telling guest services that you’d like to see them come back.)

I can’t wait to show you all that we’ve tried over the course of a couple of visits! But before we get to that, let’s have a look around.


If you haven’t had a chance to check out Harambe Market in person, be sure to take a look at our tour of this new spot. Disney has managed, once again, to create a brand new part of Animal Kingdom that looks like it’s been there since opening day. The themeing here is extraordinary.


Harambe Market

You’ll find Zuri’s Sweets Shop standing across the “street” from the main area that [Read more…]

Splitsville in Downtown Disney Now Takes Tables in Wonderland Discount

Great news, sports fans! Splitsville, the brand new luxury bowling spot in Downtown Disney, Orlando, has announced that they’ll be taking the Tables in Wonderland discount card going forward!

For those who aren’t sure what Tables in Wonderland is, it’s a Disney World Dining discount card that can be purchased by Florida residents, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Annual/Seasonal Passholders of Walt Disney World.

The card offers a 20% discount on food and beverages (including alcohol) at most Disney World table-service restaurants, and even some counter-service locations (like food courts at resorts that don’t have a table-service location).

Check out Tables in Wonderland pricing, details, restaurants on the list, and more here!

Just of few of the eats at Splitsville

We’re excited that Splitsville is joining the list of restaurants where we’ll be able to get a discount when we’re in Disney World. My first visit to Splitsville was awesome, and I can’t [Read more…]

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Raglan Road Pub

Looking for somewhere in Orlando to get your green on?! Raglan Road Pub in Downtown Disney is putting on some serious green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend!

I was there last year for the festivities, and I can honestly say they’re AWESOME! Here’s the schedule for tonight and tomorrow:

Friday 16th
“Open air performances on our Tonsil Tickler patio from 6pm with the wonderful Murphy’s Law and The Irish Rogues, all the way from Ireland!! Creel performs on our Main Stage from 7pm with special guest appearances!!…. A not to be missed performance!”

Elevation -- U2 Tribute Band

March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day!
“Doors open from 11am with live entertainment from 12pm. Creel and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers will perform throughout the day. Guest musicians all the way from Ireland include Murphy’s Law & The Irish Rogues. Elevation, the worlds best [Read more…]

Disney World Bread Pudding Poll

Bread pudding is a ubiquitous dessert in Disney World. You can find versions of it on nearly every buffet restaurant menu (Boma’s and Crystal Palace’s are well-loved!), a counter-service version exists at the Main Street Bakery, savory versions have been found at Le Cellier and Cinderella’s Royal Table, and you could claim that Rose and Crown’s Sticky Toffee Pudding fits the bill.

But there are some spectacularly sweet, official bread pudding options at three of Disney World’s popular table-service restaurants.

It’s these three that I’m going to stick with today, and usually I can give you my clear favorite; but when it comes to these, I think it’s time for a poll. After having eaten each one of these desserts over the past year, I can’t make up my mind as to which I like best — I honestly can’t wait to dig into each one of them again!

So I’m hoping you’ll join in and cast your vote for a favorite. Let us know in the comments why you made your choice, and if you have another bread pudding version that you would [Read more…]

Guest Review: Disney World’s Paradiso 37

Guest reviewer Bill Iadonisi is back with another great review! This time, Bill takes us to a relatively new Downtown Disney eatery — Paradiso 37. Take it away, Bill!

Hello again Disney food lovers. Before I begin I must offer an apology. I had promised to first review all of the Disney counter-service restaurants for the Food Blog. But as you can see, I had to deviate a bit from my plans for this review. Circumstances brought me to Downtown Disney, and we decided on Paradiso 37 for dinner, hence this review! But I will be [Read more…]

Food Network’s “24-Hour Restaurant Battle” Casting in Orlando This Weekend

24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Food Network’s successful competition reality series, is currently casting for its second season and is holding an open casting call in Orlando on Sunday November 14, 2010.

We are looking for charismatic and outgoing two person teams with pre-existing relationships, who have always dreamed of running their own restaurant. Applicants may have lots of restaurant experience, no restaurant experience, or some combination of both. One member of the team will run the “back of the house” and one member will run the “front of the house”. As a team they must have the skills to open and run their own restaurant!

Sunday, November 14, 2010
Holiday Inn Orlando
5905 Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

Please click on the following flyer for [Read more…]

Meet Chef Cat Cora in Orlando!

Cat Cora and Mickey Mouse at KouzzinaFor those of you who are huge Food Network fans like I am, or for those of you who are huge Kouzzina fans like I am, or for those of you who are huge Cat Cora fans like I am…

Chef Cat Cora’s coming to Orlando!

She’ll be doing a book signing and cooking demo at the Macy’s Store at Mall at Millenia, and she’ll be sharing Kouzzina recipes, too!

When: Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 
2:00 pm
Where: Macy’s Home Store at The Mall at Millenia in Orlando, 3rd Floor Home Department
Customer RSVPs are recommended, but not required. To reserve your seat at the event, please call 407.264.2332.

Disney Food Post Weekly Round-Up: July 26

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There has been SO much Disney food news this week! Free Dining Offer extensions, 2009 Epcot Food and Wine Festival details announced, and an opening date for Cat Cora’s new Kouzzina restaurant (book your ADRs now), among other items! You can always catch up by visiting our Disney Food News section (you can get there by clicking on the little newspaper icon in the right sidebar).

In the meantime, there have also been some great Disney food posts on the web! Here we gooo!

SoloFriendly reviews Downtown Disney’s Wolfgang Puck Cafe: Another balanced review from SoloFriendly about her recent WDW trip. Great detail…and a scrumptious photo of some cobbler a la mode!

The OC Weekly highlights Disneyland’s Club 33: Few of us know the real deal on this membership-only club in Disneyland; this blog takes a look at the length of the waiting list and the cost to be a member…if that’s even an option anymore!

TheDisneyChick shares the recipe and photos of her foray into making Boma’s Melktart: Anyone who’s tasted this yummy dessert at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma restaurant knows that it’s yummy and likely none-too-easy to make! TheDisneyChick is always kind enough to provide photos of the process for anyone brave enough to tackle the recipe. (And, yes, it’s technically from July 15th, but it’s awesome, so it’s here.)

The TouringPlans.com Blog reviews Epcot’s Biergarten: Kristen shares insights into the decor, food options, and entertainment at Epcot’s Germany Pavilion table-service restaurant — and a photo of her companion’s liter of beer! (FYI. That’s a lotta beer.)

MissKim highlights here some Disneyland dining reviews from her recent family vacation: This is part three of her reviews section, so be sure to scroll back through the posts to catch parts one and two!

ScottJosephOrlando is polling for the best pizza in Orlando!: Okay, not really “Disney,” but for any of us who have tried to find a good slice in the World, you KNOW we need this information! Head on over and check the stats!

Have a great week all! I hope to see you over on our DisneyFoodBlog Facebook Page!

Paradiso 37 to Open to Guests Tomorrow…Ltd.

Paradiso 37 Concept Art (c)Disney

Paradiso 37 Concept Art (c)Disney

Good news! Paradiso 37, the newest restaurant at Disney World’s Downtown Disney, will be opening tomorrow…sort of. The restaurant will open to walk-up traffic only, and reservations won’t be taken.

Here’s Disney’s website language about the restaurant:
This high-energy restaurant and bar serves up unique cuisine inspired by the Street Foods of the Americas. Menu items from North, South and Central America will be featured for lunch and dinner. Paradiso 37 features an international wine bar and a one of a kind tequila tower bar with more than 50 kinds of tequila and a selection of signature frozen margaritas.

Come in for a cup of specialty coffee at Paradiso 37 when they open at 11:00 a.m., and return in the evening for festive food, beverages, and entertainment; the restaurant closes late at night.

Even more good news: An impromptu review from a cast member over on The Disney Blog just became available! Check it out here: The Disney Blog Paradiso 37 Cast Member review.