First Look and Review: The New Ale & Compass Lounge in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Welcome to the all-new Ale & Compass Lounge in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort!

Well, that’s not actually the full story… Ale & Compass Lounge has been around for ages. But HUGE changes in dining options at Disney’s Yacht Club have brought such a major refurbishment to the lounge that it really is — for all intents and purposes — a whole new place!

Previously, Ale & Compass Lounge was just a teeny little spot to grab a drink or enjoy a coffee or continental breakfast in the morning without much in the way of seating. Like the Resort itself, Ale & Compass presented a nautical theme which was certainly pleasant.

But now, the Ale & Compass Lounge has re-opened as part of the re-imagined Ale & Compass dining concept for the Resort, which also includes The Market at Ale & Compass and the brand new Ale & Compass Restaurant.

Ale & Compass Lounge sign

Ale & Compass Lounge sign

So let’s check out the changes that make up the all-new Ale & Compass Lounge! [Read more…]

The 2017 Gingerbread Carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

I love all of the larger-than-life Gingerbread Displays around Disney World during the Holiday Season. You know this. But I must confess… I’ve got a favorite. It’s just not the Holidays until I see (and sniff!) the Gingerbread Carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort!

That’s why it’s especially good news that it is now up and spinning for guests visiting the Beach Club!

Gingerbread Carousel

Gingerbread Carousel

One of the reasons I love the Gingerbread Carousel so much is that it’s new every year. The theme last year, for instance, was the Fab Five, with horses for Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy. (As man’s and mouse’s best friend, Pluto got his own display placed just outside of the Carousel). And for 2017, the Carousel is themed with Lilo and Stitch! [Read more…]

NEW!!! The New Ale & Compass Restaurant in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Welcome to the brand new Ale & Compass Restaurant in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort!

The Ale & Compass Restaurant has taken the spot of Captain’s Grille as the casual Table Service Restaurant option in the Yacht Club. (The Resort’s other Table Service restaurant, Yachtsman Steakhouse, is a Signature Restaurant.) It comes to us as part of the new Ale & Compass dining concept for the Resort, which also includes the newly reopen and majorly refurbished Ale & Compass Lounge as well as The Market at Ale & Compass which opened earlier this year.

The Captain’s Grille was — in my opinion — something of a hidden gem. It offered a cheerful, comfy nautical feel and some decent options for surf-and-turf style eating for lunch and dinner, and a terrific breakfast which featured not only a buffet, but also a better-than-average a la carte menu.

The Ale & Compass Restaurant, though, has been completely re-imagined with its own unique feel.

Ale & Compass Restaurant Sign and Entrance

Ale & Compass Restaurant Sign and Entrance

Let’s step in!

Atmosphere

If you ever paid a visit to Captain’s Grille, you’ll remember a somewhat busier appearance to the entrance, since the check-in took place just outside the restaurant. Now, you step inside to see if there is walk-in space available (there was plenty on opening day), or check in for your Advance Dining Reservation. [Read more…]

Sneak Peek INSIDE The NEW Ale & Compass Lounge and Restaurant in Disney’s Yacht Club — PLUS A New Opening Date!

Disney’s Yacht Club has some major dining changes in store. The refurbished Ale & Compass Lounge and new Ale & Compass Restaurant will complete the rollout of the Ale & Compass dining concept for the Deluxe Resort, in cohesion with the previously opened Market at Ale & Compass.

Ale & Compass Lounge sign

Ale & Compass Lounge sign

Since there is currently a Private Event happening in the soon-to-be opened spaces, we were able to get a Sneak Peek TODAY!!

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Holiday Preview: The 2017 Walt Disney World Gingerbread Displays

Gingerbread displays at Walt Disney World have become such an exciting part of the holiday celebrations that guests can literally plan an entire day around seeing them all. (We even include some tips on how to do so in our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Holidays!)

2016 Grand Floridian Gingerbread Store

2016 Grand Floridian Gingerbread Store

And it is not hard to see why! Gingerbread is done bigger and better at the Disney Resorts, with literally HUNDREDS of pounds of ingredients being shaped and engineered — you might even say “imagineered” —  in unbelievable ways that you just have to see with your own eyes! [Read more…]

News: Yachtsman Steakhouse Serving Casual Breakfast and Lunch For a Limited Time

For a limited time, Yachtsman Steakhouse — the Yacht Club’s Signature Restaurant — will host a casual breakfast and lunch.

This option is available in the midst of transition for the Resort’s dining options. The Yacht Club will soon be home to the new Ale & Compass Restaurant, which will serve as the cornerstone for a new  Ale & Compass dining concept. The concept will also include a renovated Ale & Compass Lounge and the recently opened Market at Ale & Compass.

The Ale & Compass Restaurant will replace the long-standing Captain’s Grille, which has been operating out of a temporary location at Ariel’s in the Beach Club since May. Now, with the official closure of Captain’s Grille there is a temporary need of a breakfast and lunch options at the Yacht Club. Hence, the Yachtsman’s limited run offerings!

Breakfast and lunch are currently available for Advance Dining Reservations through November 1, 2017 (the new Ale & Compass locations are slated for an October opening, with a confirmed date yet to be announced).

Yachtsman Steakhouse Entrance

Yachtsman Steakhouse Entrance

For breakfast, choices include a Pastry Board among the Early Starters, and it’s fun to see the Dark Chocolate Waffles from Captain’s Grille still listed as an Entree (even if I already miss the Lobster Omelet). [Read more…]

News: Disney World Yacht Club Resort Ale & Compass Restaurant and Ale & Compass Lounge Opening in October

Do you remember our recent trip to the new Market at Ale & Compass Counter Service and grab-and-go location in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort?

The Market at Ale & Compass

The Market at Ale & Compass

Well, that isn’t the only change we can expect in regards to dining at the Yacht Club! First: you may already be aware that Captain’s Grille is currently closed for a refurbishment.

But it seems that the changes will result in much more than your typical refurb. The Grille will reopen with a whole new feel AND a new name! Look for the re-imagined Ale & Compass Restaurant (part of the overall Ale & Compass concept) to present a “gastropub ambience” and offer “New England-inspired comfort food” for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. [Read more…]

NEWS and Full Review: The Market at Ale & Compass in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

We’re coming to you today from The Market at Ale & Compass!

Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “Great! But where’s Ale & Compass?” The Market at Ale & Compass is located in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. You may already be familiar with Ale & Compass Lounge, which sits near the Captain’s Grille (which is currently closed for refurbishment — guests can enjoy Captain’s Grille dishes at its temporary location in Ariel’s).

The Market at Ale & Compass, however, is located right by the Fittings & Fairings gift shop (which is… umm, also closed for refurbishment ;) , with a reopening planned for July. Change is the name of the game ‘round these parts!).

With the exception of the Yacht & Beach Club’s pool bar, Hurricane Hanna’s, the Yacht Club has been without a Counter Service option, with guests relying on nearby choices at the neighboring BoardWalk Inn and Beach Club.

Sign for The Market at Ale & Compass

Sign for The Market at Ale & Compass

The Market at Ale & Compass is here to change that… and it’s been a long time coming. Step inside!

Atmosphere

The Market at Ale & Compass has been established in half of what was the Fittings & Fairings gift shop (the other portion of the space will once again operate as a merchandise spot once it reopens in July).  [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: August 18, 2016

We know, we know… Back-to-School time is fast approaching (and in some spots, it’s already arrived!). But the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer aren’t quite over just yet, so we’ve still got some summer celebrating to do!

And, hey, the coming of Fall isn’t so bad, anyway. Not when we’ve got our very favorite autumnal event coming to the first stop on our tour in a matter of weeks. That’s why we’re kicking things off at Epcot to see What’s New!

Epcot

Food & Wine Festival Coming Soon!

The 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival will be here before we know it! Sure signs of its return are starting to appear around the park…

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Coming SOON!!

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Coming SOON!!

… as in, like, literal signs ;) . Even the Miniature Train display in the Germany Pavilion has received its annual decorations!

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Have you checked out the full list of Booth Menus to start strategizing your noshing plans yet?! It’s never too soon… the Festival starts on September 14th! [Read more…]

Review: Captain’s Grille Lunch

Welcome Aboard at the Captain’s Grille at Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort!

While this restaurant flies mostly under the radar for most folks, it does offer decent food and — even better — an easy-to-get table even if you don’t have reservations. Most of the time you’ll be able to walk right into Captain’s Grille and be seated, but it always pays to make reservations just in case.

I had a bit of a surprising meal here… read on to find out why!

Atmosphere

Captain’s Grille is one of those “lost” mid-priced Disney resort restaurants, which makes it a relatively quiet and calm place to grab a bite!

Themed similarly to the Yacht Club Resort, Captain’s Grille features model sailboats and subdued nautical decor coupled with light wood furniture.

Dining Room Seating

The theme is nothing to write home about, and the restaurant is open to the lobby as well as the surrounding walkways through the hotel. You may hear a bit of [Read more…]