Latest News in Dining Around Disney World

She’s back! Laurie gives us the latest update on several dining locations and more.
SAD NEWS!! Starring Rolls on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood Studios has closed. There is no word on what will become of the location. πŸ’” Saddest news is that the 2005, yes it is that old, Club Penguin will be DELETED and replaced with Club Penguin Island. BOOO!!! Also say farewell to the Muppet balloon at Hollywood Studios.
GOOD NEWS! The margarita stand in Mexico pavilion in Epcot is being replaced with a Choza tequila sponsored bar that will also serve empaΓ±adas, tacos, and guacamole. Magic Kingdom has added alcoholic beverages to the menus at Tony’s Town Square, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Skipper Canteen, and Liberty Tree Tavern.
HALLELUJAH!!!!!!! Cosmic Ray’s has discontinued the bays. No more having to wait in one line for a sandwich and one for a burger when there is a central kitchen. The menu remains about the same. One line for all your dining!
COMING SOON!!! The Polite Pig will be coming to Disney Springs this year. They offer wood fired grill fare. The Edison and possibly other spots will open someday maybe this year. The third addition to Disney Springs is Master Sommelier George Miolotes and his Wine Bar George that will be a wine connoisseur’s heaven.
Jiko has added perch from Lake Victoria, Durham Ranch elk loin, lamb tagine, and buttery-sweet scallops that are paired with Berkshire pork belly chutney. A new appetizer is the Manti Dumplings that are filled with boar, bison and elk and accompanied by spicy tomato sauce and saffron yogurt. The new (6 months) Chef Daniel Sicilian is offering seasonal side dishes as well as offering menu items based on what is available in the market. Another new Chef is Michael Craig who will be offering a Tanzanian chocolate mousse, pistachio financier (a type of cake), pink peppercorn meringue, cacao nib crunch and pineapple dessert. An interesting and tasty sounding dish is the sweet potato cheesecake with sweet apple chutney.
Finally, after nearly two years of construction, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has added the Geyser Point Bar & Grill. Cedar beams and natural stonework make for a comfortable place along the water to rest after a long day in the parks. Adults will find themed drinks and items from Pacific Northwest breweries, vintners, and distilleries. This will be a “small plates” type of menu that features crispy fried oysters with miso tartar sauce; cheesy barbecue brisket with house-made chips; β€œShrimp on a Wire” with miso-lime vinaigrette, togarashi spices, shishito peppers and chili-aioli; and a handcrafted charcuterie. They will have a walk up window. They are open for all meals. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs with sausage and bacon, crab cakes Benedict, and maple-cinnamon pancakes.
The quick-service lunch and dinner menu, available at the walk-up window includes:
Bison burger with Tillamook Cheddar, sweet onion straws and marionberry barbecue sauce
Classic bacon burger with Tillamook Cheddar
House-smoked turkey sandwich with cranberry mayonnaise
Lump crab cake sandwich with house-made Canadian bacon and spicy cabbage-carrot slaw
Grilled salmon BLT with lemon-caper mayonnaise
Salad with grilled Portobello, zucchini, roasted red peppers, tomato and multi-grain salad with goat cheese dressing
Grilled chicken or salmon with arugula and romaine, apples, seasonal berries, hazelnuts and red wine vinaigrette
Seasonal fruit plate with lavender honey yogurt.
For dessert there’s seasonal pie and a chocolate brownie mousse with caramel popcorn and toasted meringue.
Kids’ all-day menu:
Grilled chicken strips with dipping sauces, apple or veggie sticks
Finger Food Sampler with sliced smoked turkey, Tillamook Cheddar, spiced apple jam, grape tomatoes and sourdough crisps.
The Lily is back as Paddlefish with awesome seafood as well as steak. They are out of the Levy chain so expect special diet friendly dining. They are the only place serving en papillote style fish. They offer mussels, shrimp, oysters, clams, and lobsters in an array of presentations. The boils are red potatoes, corn and choice of seafood boiled up like in New England.
Guy Fierri has join Planet Hollywood in the menu designing part of the grand reopening. The Stargazer Lounge will feature Florida breweries and will offer signature drinks. There will be outdoor seating with views of Disney Springs. Look for old favorites and new Fierri inspired dishes. A night at the observatory has taken on a new meaning.
Trattoria Al Forno will be offering a character breakfast this Spring. There are no details other than Tangled and Ariel characters in a “Bon voyage” theme.
Hollywood & Vine will continue to offer a Playhouse Disney Character breakfast from 8 am to 10:20 am. On May 14th the Minnie’s Seasonal Dine will start at 11:20 am. Watch as the theme will change to Spring. ABC Commissary has guests order food, sit down, and they deliver the food to the table. The menu is very tight so check to see if like what is served.
Magic Kingdom has new breakfast options. Casey’s Corner will be serving muffins, bagels and a croissant donut. Plaza Ice Cream Parlor will serve Mickey waffles, Kelloggs cereal and donuts. Kids will love the donut sundae, a donut topped with ice cream, hot fudge, apple, whipped cream, peanut butter chips, chocolate chips and a cherry. Sleepy Hollow has the new egg, ham and tomato waffle sandwich as well as the fruit and chocolate-hazelnut waffle sandwich. Golden Oak has dropped the waffle fries and only offers regular fries and chicken nuggets.
Keep an eye open for holiday dining as Cape May will do a Mother’s Day and an Easter Brunch. Maple flavored popcorn can be found in Frontierland. Casey’s Corner will have monthly specialty hot dogs such as the barbecue slaw dog. Captains Grille at the Yacht Club will be at Ariel’s in the same building from May, 2017 until Autumn, 2017. Last December Sanaa added typical breakfast fare with an African flare. The Contemporary and Yacht Club will offer guests a quick meal for breakfast menu placed with the menu inside the room service info. This is a test for now.
Pandora will be the newest land in Animal Kingdom. What is know is the names are Satu’li Canteen (restaurant) and Pongu Pongu (adult drinks). Kiosks, quick service, lounge, or table service is not known. Rivers of Life show packages are a great deal and allow guest to try Tiffins and other restaurants. The night time is very limited in hours so it is best to do the package to save time.
Gasparilla Grille at the Grand Floridian now offers stations (bays). The sandwich bar offers sandwiches, such as roast beef, ham, and turkey. They are made fresh like at Subway but not subs. There is a salad bar as well. In the mornings there is a station that will serve yogurt with a variety of toppings available. The hot sandwich and pizza station features in-house pizza dough. There will be gourmet burgers, mahi mahi Reuben sandwich, and a chicken and Brie sandwich. There will be a station offering baked goods such as coconut pot de crème, almond fruit tart, and in-house yummy treats. Also they will offer typical coffeehouse drinks.