Welcome to the first day of the 2021 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival!
Dining looks a little bit different in Disney World right now for both table-service and quick-service locations. Things are constantly changing, and we like to give you the most up-to-date experience possible. That said, there are certain quick-service spots in Disney World that we just don’t find ourselves visiting as often as others. This is one of them.
Pinocchio Village Haus is a quick-service location in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland, known for serving up flatbreads, salads, and other Italian-inspired food. This spot has a prime location yet it has been largely forgettable for the most part on past visits. How would the food hold up on this visit? Let’s find out!
It has been quite the FULL day with some FULL stomachs tasting our way around the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival!
We’ve been traveling around the booths in World Showcase to see what stand-outs the festival has to offer this year! The Italy booth is a returning Food & Wine Festival staple. But how do the dishes stack up this year at A Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival? Let’s take a look!
Get out your fanciest kicks and meet us over at the home of vanishing libations and standing ovations. That’s right, we’re heading to chill with some of Disney World’s coolest cats at the Magicians’ Lounge, otherwise known as AbracadaBar.
We came back to Disney’s BoardWalk to see the latest tricks the bartenders had up their sleeves — and to perform our own famous illusion: watch their fries DISAPPEAR! So the question is: was it worth it?
You’ve just arrived at Walt Disney World, and it’s late, and you’re starving. Or you’ve finished at the Park for the day, it’s late, and you’re starving. Or you’ve wrapped up a fun time at Fantasia Golf and — well, you get the gist.
Well, there are lots of places, actually! But today, I thought we’d take a closer look at three of our favorites featured in the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book!
Raglan Road Irish Pub
While there are several spots at Disney Springs where you can enjoy a late night bite to eat, Raglan Road is one of our favorites.
The menu features a mix of comforting, traditional Irish pub food with some fusion flavors, like curry. We have lots of favorites here, but one of the best dishes on the menu is the Fish and Chips! And no worries if you follow a gluten-free approach to eating — their Gluten-Free Fish and Chips are just as fantastic as the traditional version (some even like them better).
But the menu is only half the draw here. You’ll also find live music and traditional Irish dancing nightly.
Although it can be tough to get a walk-up table during the earlier evening hours, it’s a little easier to grab a spot later at night. The full menu is available until 11PM; order from the bar menu from 11PM until “late”.
Gasparilla Island Grill
Regardless of the hour, night or day, you can find something to eat at Gasparilla Island Grill.
Located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, it’s a monorail stop away from both Magic Kingdom and the Ticket and Transportation Center. You’ll find a menu packed with thin crust pizza in various sizes and with your choice of toppings. The menu here also includes some yummy desserts like Coconut Pot de Creme!
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Today we’re headed to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort to check out the newly renovated Gasparilla Island Grill!
This counter service spot, tucked in a corner off of the first floor lobby, offers counter service fare.
Open 24 hours a day, it’s a great amenity for guests who arrive early or late in the day for their Disney visit. It’s also a good option for revelers who are enjoying late or early Extra Magic Hours!
The big news regarding Gasparilla, however, is the recently completed refurbishment that has changed the spot up a bit.
Let’s head in to see what has changed about this counter service oasis amid the finery of one of Disney’s most expensive resorts.
The Grand Floridian is undergoing lots of construction and refurbishment lately. In addition to the new Disney Vacation Club villas being built and the Beach Pool Bar undergoing updates, Gasparilla was closed from late summer 2012 until early this year, as the space (and the name!) was given an overhaul.
From the outside, however, it still looks very much the same as before. You enter the restaurant through doors from an outside terrace.
One complaint guests had about the previous incarnation of this spot was the “Grill and Games” combo. An assortment of arcade games shared space with the seating area. Though convenient for parents, it could get a little loud at times.
The arcade has now been relocated to an adjacent space where the Grand Floridian’s kids’ club used to be. With the arcade gone, the restaurant has been rechristened “Gasparilla Island Grill.” As with many spots around the Grand Floridian, this one takes its name from a Florida locale, Gasparilla Island, a gulf barrier island located on the state’s southwest coast.
Guests familiar with the old layout of Gasparilla will immediately notice the change to the restaurant’s look. The green and burgundy palette has been replaced with a simpler, more modern green and blue combination.
The seating has been greatly expanded as well, although the actual ordering area remains very similar.
Ornate touches remain, however, and these chandeliers are a nice new (almost steampunky) touch. Check out the [Read more…]