It’s time to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and what better way to do that than with some Italian comfort food and good drinks? At Disney Springs, Maria and Enzo have your back with special menu items this week.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Walt Disney World, including lots of options in Disney Springs. But if you or your beloved enjoy fine wine and fine dining — and combinations thereof! — consider making an Advance Dining Reservation to savor the special menu at Wine Bar George!
This master sommelier-helmed spot offers an elegant dining experience, and the Valentine’s Day menu — available from February 14-16 — is a special chance to try eclectic food, specially curated wines, and lots more. [Read more…]
When you decide to purchase the Disney Dining Plan (or if you snag it during the yearly Free Dining offer!), you want to make sure you maximize your dining credits at every opportunity. With so many one-credit table service restaurants from which to choose, it can be tough to know where to go in order to get the best value for your credits. That’s where the DFB comes in.
Check out our top picks for Disney Dining Plan One-Credit Meals that offer the Biggest Bang for your Disney World Buck!
Kona Cafe, located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, recently changed its menu, and now there’s a lunch and dinner item that makes this table service spot the biggest bang for your DDP buck! So if you’re a fan of a 20-oz. Bone-In Black Angus Rib-Eye, prepare to be the master of the DDP! On top of the $55 steak, add a $14 Lapu-Lapu and a dessert selection (up to $9), and you’ve got a $78 value for your table service credit!
Construction continues in earnest in Disney Springs’ West Side, where we’re eagerly awaiting the completion of the NBA Experience and Jaleo — with its quick service appendage Pepe. There’s been a lot of progress on both — including glorious copper-colored roofing at Jaleo!
How amazing is this roof design? The color seems to mimic Spanish roof tiles (concept art seemed to indicate a much more yellow/gold roof, so we’ll keep an eye on this), while the layers create visual interest.
Large lettering will spell J-A-L-E-O on windows spanning the entire building, and those seem to be up and completed! [Read more…]
Whispering Canyon Cafe has been a staple of fun family dining at Walt Disney World’s Wilderness Lodge for years.
Whispering Canyon Cafe
And I’ve enjoyed a meal and the overall atmosphere many times over the years. This has been the place to go for raucous hijinks like wooden pony races, massive straw drops, and tables overloaded with ketchup bottles.
That’s all to say: there has never been much whispering going on at Whispering Canyon Cafe. But it’s a place where fun was front and center, food was decent (although never particularly inspired), and diners knew they’d have a good time.
But that history of silliness and play was all in jeopardy last year when Whispering Canyon Cafe got a bit quieter. That’s because — for reasons unknown — Whispering Canyon Cafe toned the fun way down last May.
Or did they? After we posted about the major changes coming to the Cafe, our readers reported a lot of variation in their dining experiences. Some found the quieter setting, while others still witnessed hijinks. [Read more…]
Looking for a way to romance your significant other in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs? STK Orlando wants to help you woo your partner with special steak, fish, and sweets — plus STK’s Signature Menu. And if all else fails, they’ve even got a Love Potion Cocktail!
Bonus: the swanky nightspot is also extending Valentine’s through the weekend! [Read more…]
Il Mulino is a hidden gem of Walt Disney World dining.
Il Mulino New York Trattoria
Located in the Swan Hotel in the Epcot resort area, Il Mulino is off the typical beaten path. But for those that find it, it’s often a meal to remember.
Il Mulino is an Italian restaurant modeled after the original and much-lauded Il Mulino in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. And you see a bit of that in the decor — but you taste a lot of it in the food. Menu items derive from the Abruzzo region of Italy and as such are comprised of an eclectic mix of ingredient from the mountains, the sea, and the pastures.
But origins aside, Il Mulino just serves really good food.
It’s been several years since my last visit to Il Mulino, and in that time, a lot has changed at the Swan and Dolphin Hotels. New dining and drinking spots have opened, there’s a new executive chef overseeing the seventeen (17!!) dining establishments in the two resorts, and the Swan and Dolphin Classic continues to wow with new (and returning) tastes year after year.
Walt Disney World’s Land Pavilion is home to one of our go-to quick service spots in Epcot’s Future World — Sunshine Seasons — but upstairs from Living with the Land is one of my favorite underrated character meals: Garden Grill. It’s here, in a rotating restaurant, that diners meet Disney character friends, dine on some really great grub, and get a bird’s eye view of the attraction below. It’s truly one-of-a-kind.
Remember, at Garden Grill, always ask for a booth versus a table. I just think they’re more fun, plus your view of the Livin’ With The Land attraction scenes below is much better with a booth!
Garden Grill Characters
Before we get into the food, let’s say hello to some friends. Garden Grill is home to Farmer Mickey who always looks sharp in his overalls and plaid!
We are big fans of Sanaa at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — Kidani Village, with its delicious Bread Service, awesome entrees, and great ambiance. And for Valentine’s Day, this popular one-credit table service restaurant is serving up two special desserts that sound a little familiar!
The first Valentine’s offering is called Cupid’s Candy Bar and the description is super close to the Spice Trade Candy Bar that we loooooove. [Read more…]