The diversity of visitors to Walt Disney World knows no bounds — and with those diverse visitors comes an infinite number of dietary preferences and requirements. We hear from loads of readers with different food needs, and we hear you loud and clear! And with 2019 beginning, we know a lot of you are looking to the popular keto diet to help keep your New Year’s Resolutions!
We are standing on the cusp of a brand New Year, and we can’t wait to see what 2015 holds in store for us — and Disney!
But we can’t wave goodbye to the old year without looking back on some of the biggest food news that happened throughout Disney Parks.
Most of this year’s big news happened at Walt Disney World, but we have a few memorable moments to share with you from Disneyland as well as other Disney Parks around the globe.
Today, we bring you a look back at 2014’s Biggest Disney Food News Stories! We have a LOT to cover — let’s get started!
First up, a little something I like to call…
The Beginning of Finally Doing Something with Pleasure Island
It’s the story we feel like we’ve been watching for years — what’s happening at Downtown Disney Orlando’s now defunct Pleasure Island??
Well, 2014 finally saw some solid progress, and the Disney Springs story seems to be coming to life.
Lots of changes have made a trip to Downtown Disney a challenge in the last couple of years. But as the year draws to a close, the parking garages are open, and we are seeing some of the plans take shape!
2014 kicked off with a surprise restaurant opening of sorts — the House of Blues added a new counter service offering, The Smokehouse. We say surprise because we told you about the restaurant for the first time just days before the walls came down and the doors opened for business!
The Smokehouse is strictly a walk-up window venue. But the covered outdoor seating is pleasant, and you can often take in live music as you enjoy barbecue favorites, like their Beef Brisket Sandwich, St. Louis Ribs, or Smoked Turkey Legs.
But it wasn’t all good news for Downtown Disney this year. Guests at T-Rex Cafe last Spring were in for some decidedly unpleasant dinner excitement, as one of the restaurant’s humongous fish tanks sprang a leak during dinner service!
However, no one was injured and all of the fish were reportedly rescued. We’re glad that all turned out happily in the situation, but we’ll never look at those huge fish tanks quite the same way again!
Also in the Spring, we said hello to a spot that’s quickly become one of our most favorite spots to shop in all of Walt Disney World — the Marketplace Co-op!
We have found some totally awesome stuff in the store’s Disney Centerpiece Section, including dishes, glasses, and other tableware that celebrate all of our Disney cult favorites. Whether you’re a Dole Whip fan or love memorabilia celebrating Tomorrowland, chances are you’ll find something that you’ve just gotta have!
News on the Disney Springs front!
The mega food outlet occupied by Pollo Campero, Bodie’s All-American, and Babycakes NYC has an official closing date now. The Downtown Disney Marketplace spot will shutter its doors on Wednesday, March 19.
The combo restaurant will close to make way for the continued re-imagining of the Downtown Disney area as it morphs into Disney Springs.
Speculation has abounded regarding what businesses and restaurants will survive and make it through to Disney Springs. Already we have seen the rollout of four food trucks — portending the closure of some restaurants while capitalizing on a hot trend at the same time.
Pollo Campero, Bodie’s All-American, and Babycakes NYC join the casualty list that also includes [Read more…]
At Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, Kouzzina by Cat Cora is now offering a Prix Fixe Menu.
This five course dinner includes some of Kouzzina’s chefs’ favorites and specialties.
Note that beverages are an additional cost unless you are paying with the Disney Dining Plan (non-alcoholic beverage included).
It’s important to know that substitutions will not be offered, so guests with special dietary concerns should opt for the regular menu.
Goat Cheese Sto Fourno
Soupa kai Salata
White Truffle Avgolemono
Duo of Signature Piata
Slow Braised Short Ribs
Smoked Feta Mashed
Mini Budino, Sour Cherry Spoon Sweet
Duo of Pagota
If you are dining a la carte and wish to try one of the above dishes, these items will also available individually. Guests in your party may choose from the a la carte or prix fixe menu and not all guests have to choose from the same menu.
The Prix Fixe menu is now available for $69.00 per person or one table-service credit per person for Disney Dining Plan guests.
In addition, the standard Disney Dining Plan will accrue a surcharge of $18.53 and guests with the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan will pay a surcharge of $4.54. Discounts will apply, and an automatic gratuity will only be added for parties of six or more guests.
While Advance Dining Reservations are suggested, they are not necessary in order to order from the prix fixe menu.
What’s your favorite dish at Kouzzina? Will you order the Prix Fixe menu on your next visit?
It’s been a SUPER busy week for Disney Food news!! 🙂
With the release of 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival menus, we’ve seen a lot of new dishes that we can’t wait to sample.
Of course, the new Disney World Fall Free Dining offer was terrific news for many of our readers who were able to save valuable vacation dollars on their Walt Disney World packages.
Let’s check out what else is happening in the “World” of Disney dining!
Disney Food News
We’ve got lots of news to catch up on!
- Disney World Free Dining has been extended for dates in October, November, and December 2013!
- The Walt Disney World 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus have been officially announced! Plus, check out more news and details about Walt Disney World’s 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
- There will be changes to the Tables in Wonderland dining discount program in 2014!
- Check out the news on the possible new Rapid Fill Refillable Mug program that’s rumored to be rolled out at Walt Disney World Resorts in the very near future.
- The Gardens kiosk catering to guests with special diets debuts at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom today!
- The Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn has announced a series of wine dinners to take place during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. Includes a dinner with John Lasseter!
- Magic Kingdom’s Tortuga Tavern is serving their very own version of a favorite Disney classic frozen drink — the Liberty Swirl Slush!
- The new Peppermills at Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel have a story!
Of course, there’s more! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including Casey’s Corner Artist Autograph Session with Miniaturist Robert Olszewski, Wine Dinners at Citricos, New Year’s Eve at Monsieur Paul, and more.
DFB Reader Finds
Thanks for sharing your Disney food memories!
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On to the Round-Up!
finds a mod Donald Duck coffee mug. Perfect for your morning caffeine fix!
Eating Around WDW heads to the Lava Lounge!
Walt Disney World for Grownups sips a Lapu Lapu at Disney’s Polynesian resort.
Main St Gazette stops by Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe to taste-test the Steak and Pork Platter.
Running at Disney enjoys the Cobb Salad at The Hollywood Brown Derby!
Babble shares Club 33 photos and tips from our own Dining in Disneyland columnist, Heather Sievers!
Disney Cruise Line Blog shares a snack idea using Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bars and Cookies. Try it on your next Disney cruise!
I hope you had an awesome Independence Day Week if you’re in the USA!
We had a great time covering all of the Limited Time Magic treats in the Disney World parks for the 4th of July!
These are available through today, July 7th, but hopefully that strawberry and blueberry shortcake sundae will stick around… 🙂
And there’s lots more Disney Food News where that came from! Let’s check it out…
Disney Food News
Catch up on the latest food news from Disney!
- Great news for holiday visitors! The Disney World Candlelight Processional Dining Packages will go on sale on July 9th! Get more details here…
- Dole Whip is catering to more special dietary needs by offering a vegan, dairy free product. It’s also gluten free!
- The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is now home to the new All-American sundae!
- Epcot’s Kabuki Cafe is now serving new sushi items.
- Disneyland’s Candy Palace has a new sweet treat: Candy Sticks!
Of course, there’s more! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including a possible closing date for Cap’n Jack’s at Downtown Disney Orlando.
DFB Reader Finds
Monsters University treats have all over Disney parks, and have been inspiring DFB readers at home! Take a look at these homemade Mike cookies sent in by DFB Reader Angela!
And DFB Reader Joe sent us these fun cake pops in the making!
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On to the Round-Up!
Eat, Sleep, Run Disney
dines at Carthay Circle in Disney California Adventure.
Mickey Fix delights with this Darth Vader candy and ice cube mold! Perfect for summer parties; we love the Vader S’mores idea!
Pop Century Site highlights Tie-Dye Cheesecake and Pop Waffles!
Walt Disney World for Grown Ups stops by Liberty Square Marketin the Magic Kingdom.
Running at Disney enjoys a feast at Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Disney Hipsters enjoys a vegetarian lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafe.
Main Street Gazette samples goodies at the Territory Lounge at Wilderness Lodge.
Disney Parks Blog heads to Disneyland to make s’mores!
For guests visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland with a special diet, the popular Dole Whip treat is now just about the perfect snack! Dole Whip’s fruit flavors are now vegan! And Dole Whip has always been gluten free.
At least, they are according to the official Dole Whip Mix website — Unified Enterprises Corporation. You can now enjoy any fruit flavor of Dole Whip on your vegan and/or gluten free diet!
At Disney, you’ll find pineapple Dole Whips! There’s also an option for a Dole Whip Float, which adds pineapple juice to the mix. (The vanilla flavor that has been offered at some locations is not considered vegan at this time.)
Dole Whip Nutritional Information
- Vegan (no dairy)
- Less than [Read more…]
This time of year, there’s one Magic Kingdom event that’s a must-do — Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! This super-fun Disney World hoopla is held on select evenings now through December 21st.
In between enjoying the shows, attractions, Holiday Wishes fireworks, and Once Upon a Christmastime parade, we know you’ll be hungry!
Remember, we’ve included all of our tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in our new DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2012 e-Book!
Along with party eats, you’ll find the information that you need on shows, character greetings, and more! Plus, it’s jam-packed with all of our holiday tips on visiting the gingerbread displays, and other holiday events at Walt Disney World.
But now, to whet your appetite, here’s a quick look at a few specialty goodies you’ll find at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to nosh on this year!
Sneak Peek! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Specialty Eats
From complimentary treats to fun quick-service additions, there are plenty of ways to quell your hunger at MVMCP!
Complimentary Holiday Treats
We love the seasonal, complimentary treats at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! They are delicious and FREE (with admission, of course)! Be sure to look for these balloons that mark treat locations!
Fill up on cookies and hot chocolate, or healthier options like apple slices and apple juice. The cookies – usually snickerdoodles – are big and chewy! And the packaged apple slices are crisp and refreshing.
Beverages are conveniently served in to-go cups allowing for [Read more…]
See photos of ALL gluten-free items on our 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Page!!
Here are your Disney-approved options for gluten-free eats at this year’s Festival:
Grilled Beef Skewer – Order without the Chimichurri Sauce!
Shrimp on the Barbie
Grilled Lamb Chop
Jerk Spiced Chicken Drumstick
Beef Filet Mignon
Cheese offerings are gluten-free – skip the bread!
With the debut of new menus at some of our favorite Disney restaurants, the start of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and even more details about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, the news has been filled with yummy eats and treats!
Leave us a comment below with your thoughts on the latest news!
Disney Food News
Alrighty! Let’s dig into these new menus and updates, shall we??
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort features a new menu at Beaches and Cream!
- Whispering Canyon Cafe also has menu changes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
- Argentina, Ireland, and New Zealand seem to have NEW or updated construction in their Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths this year! Don’t forget to check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Index for all the latest news!
- Check out the Map for the 2012 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and learn about options for special diet treat exchange!
- Grand Floridian chefs have introduced new menu items at the Beach Pool Bar in Walt Disney World!
We’ve got more food news (including restaurant closure updates, Chase Lounge for Disney Visa cardholders at Food and Wine Festival, Disneyland and Disney World serving Frank & Weenies and Franken-Fusion Lemonade, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!
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On to the Round-Up
Walt Disney World for Grown Ups
looks at the benefits of a Tables in Wonderland membership for restaurant savings.
AKL Resort has information about Sundown Mingles for Disney Vacation Club members at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Daveland shows us Walt’s apartment including his mini-kitchenette.
Main Street Gazette shows us the vintage concept for the never-built Scandinavia pavilion in Epcot which would have included a smorgasbord restaurant and sidewalk bakery.
Eating and Drinking Around the World finds a Perry the Platypus sugar cookie pop in Epcot!
The Walt Disney World Restaurant Tour visits the 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood studios.
Disney Parks Blog celebrates Oktoberfest at the Biergarten with an interview with the Epcot musicians.