Dining

Review of Beauty and the Beast-themed Red Rose Taverne Restaurant at Disneyland

by on February 24, 2017

This is a review of Red Rose Taverne, a new restaurant at Disneyland which opened to promote the 2017 film, Beauty and the Beast. It temporarily replaces the Pinocchio-themed Village Haus Restaurant. Red Rose Taverne brings some new decor, and thankfully a much improved menu. First, lets take a look at the menu:

Red Rose Taverne Menu

When I saw this menu it struck me at how packed with unique items it is. A Cauli-Flower sandwich? Poutine pizza? I never expected to see items like this at a quick service theme park restaurant. In the last couple of years Disneyland’s menus have become a bit bland and uninteresting, but Red Rose Taverne seems to have a perfect balance for those looking for items like basic hamburgers, and others looking for something slightly more adventurous.

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Trattoria al Forno Character Meal to Debut in April

by on February 24, 2017

Trattoria al Forno

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Are you excited about the upcoming all new character meal that’s slated to debut at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk on April 2? The new breakfast option called Bon Voyage Breakfast, will feature some of your favorite Disney couples – Rapuzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled and Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid.

The breakfast menu will include items with an Italian inspiration with names that are fitting of the characters who are hosting the meal.

Breakfast will begin with your choice of either a mixed berry parfait or fresh fruit salad and a frying pan of pastries featuring braided breakfast bread and clam shell pastries.

Main dishes will include:

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Geyser Point Impresses On Opening Day

by on February 22, 2017

Geyser Point overlooks Bay Lake at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.With so many changes in the works for Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Boulder Ridge Villas, it was inevitable we’d see a new dining hotspot for the resort’s guests. The latest addition to the resort’s great slate of restaurants, Geyser Point Bar & Grill, recently opened while construction crews add finishing touches to the new lakeside villas and pool area. Functioning as a hybrid quick service location and outdoor bar for the neighboring quiet pool, Geyser Point is currently the main quick serve dining location for the resort while Trout Pass Pool Bar and Roaring Fork undergo refurbishment.

I dropped in for lunch on opening day to get a look at the new menus and location, and at first glance, Geyser Point really wowed me. The location is spectacular – set right on the edge of Bay Lake (adjacent to Trout Pass and the geyser walkway), the covered (with an actual roof!) cushy seating area surrounds a central bar, with a quick service window and accompanying drink refill station on one exterior edge. The open-air seating area features built-in fans and heaters, useful for both of Florida’s seasons (the two-week winter and then summer), as well as pull-down shade screens on all sides that will protect guests from inclement weather.

With architecture matching the main lodge, Geyser Point blends in to the resort seamlessly.This place is pretty versatile – you can order quick food to-go, or stay a while and have your food delivered to you in the seating area (on real plates with real silverware – a true luxury at Walt Disney World quick service locations). If bar/lounge food is more your speed, you can take a seat and one of the roaming cocktail servers will come to take your order from the separate bar menu. Once you’re done with your meal (either quick food or bar menu food), Cast Members will come clear your table for you.

Quick service food options are pretty traditional fare – sandwiches and salads, but the menu emphasizes seafood options (crab cakes and grilled salmon) uncommon at many other resort quick service locations. Even the burger comes with a slightly-elevated option – you can grab the standard beef burger common around Walt Disney World, but you can also opt for a bison burger. The menu is definitely a little more adventurous than the resort’s other quick service location, Roaring Fork (which serves solid, simple sandwiches, flatbreads, and salads).

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Paddlefish Swims to Success After Renovation

by on February 15, 2017

Paddlefish Review

If you’ve been to Disney Springs in recent months, you’ve probably noticed the large-scale renovations going on with the classic Empress Lilly stationary steamship, formerly home to Fulton’s Crab House. The seafood eatery closed this past April to make way for an updated restaurant. This month, though, we finally get to enjoy this new restaurant in a familiar home, now called Paddlefish. With an updated menu and all-new décor inside and out, I was pretty excited to give Paddlefish a try and see how it compares in the now highly competitive Disney Springs dining arena.

The exterior of the newly-revamped PaddlefishReservations are now open for booking for meals starting February 20th; in the meantime, the restaurant is working on a solely walk-up only basis. I was able to snag a table right away midweek for an early dinner, ready to sample from the extensive dinner menu. Be warned: lunch and dinner are not the same menus here (as is common at many Disney Springs restaurants like neighboring Boathouse, Homecoming, and Frontera Cocina), and they even have a special Sunday brunch menu, so check out TouringPlans’ menu pages to see which meal fits your budget and appetite the best. Disney Dining Plan is accepted here, as well as Tables in Wonderland, Annual Passholder, and DVC Member discounts.

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Planet Hollywood Misses the Bus to Flavortown

by on February 14, 2017

Planet Hollywood Observatory Review

There aren’t a lot of restaurants that scare me. Even with a newly revamped menu, though, Planet Hollywood Observatory kind of scared me. I had been to the old restaurant a few times prior to the recent transition, and never had a remarkable meal, on par with reader surveys that rank Planet Hollywood as the least-liked restaurant in Walt Disney World. I knew, though, that for a recent lunch visit, I’d have to approach the new Planet Hollywood with an open mind, with hopes that things had improved.

First Impressions

The view from Planet Hollywood Observatory's outdoor deck is beautiful.
First impressions of the new interior: it’s a bit boring now, far less tacky and kitschy than before. Much of the Hollywood memorabilia has been relegated to the stairwells and corners, with lots of brick and projections now taking center stage on the walls. It’s also very, very loud now, especially once the restaurant is jam-packed with guests. To take advantage of the nice day outside, and steer away from the noise, my party requested an outdoor deck table, overlooking Disney Springs. We were still treated to a mid-meal blast of “Afternoon Delight” from the neighboring speakers (an experience, I assure you), but it was much tamer, noise-wise, outside.

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The Cutest Food at Tokyo Disneyland

by on February 6, 2017

Food at Tokyo Disneyland

If you’re not following TouringPlans on YouTube, you’re missing out. Case in point – on a recent trip to Tokyo Disneyland, our own fearless eater, Guy Selga, made some great videos for you of some of the best (and most unusual) food at Tokyo Disneyland. From hamburgers on a chocolate bun with cream cheese and strawberry to all manner of churros – Guy tried it all with the help of our good friends at the Disney Tourist Blog.

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Geyser Point Bar & Grill to Open Soon at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

by on February 2, 2017

Geyser Point Bar & Grill

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Big changes are taking place at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge! That includes the creation of a brand new quick service walk up window that will be opening on February 13. Geyser Point Bar & Grill will be an open-air pool bar located along the water’s edge of the resort and it will feature cedar beams and natural stone, perfectly reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest that the resort so fabulously replicates.

Guests will be able to enjoy an artisanal beverage courtesy of the Pacific Northwest, as well as small plates such as Shrimp on a Wire with Miso-Lime Vinaigrette, Togarashi, Shishito Peppers, and Chili-Aïolili; a Bison Burger with Tillamook Cheddar; House-smoked Salmon BLT with Lemon-Caper Mayonnaise; Grilled Portobello, Zucchini, Roasted Red Peppers, Tomato, and Multi-Grain Salad with Goat Cheese; Chocolate Brownie Mousse with Caramel Popcorn and Toasted Meringue; and a house-made seasonal pie.

Due to the opening of this new dining establishment, two other locations will be closing for refurbishment on February 13. Roaring Fork and Trout Pass Pool Bar will see updates and fresh looks that will debut later this year. During the closures, Guests will be able to get quick breakfast, lunch, or dinner option at the new Geyser Point Bar & Grill. In addition, Territory Lounge will be offering a continental-style breakfast including coffees, pastries, and a yogurt parfait.

Stay tuned to the blog for further updates about Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

 

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All-New Character Meal Announced For Trattoria al Forno

by on February 1, 2017

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Can you feel the love in the air? It’s not just because Valentine’s Day is quickly coming up. No….it’s because today Disney announced that an all-new character breakfast will be debuting this spring at Trattoria al Forno.

This table service restaurant located at Disney’s BoardWalk will feature a great way to start your day with a fun meal that not only includes some of your favorite Disney Princesses, but also their Princes, as well! Characters will include Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled and Ariel and Eric from The Little Mermaid.

Not much else is known about this new dining opportunity. Stay tuned to the blog for further information about this great breakfast option.

 

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Ask It: Where Do You Want to Go For Dinner Tonight?

by on February 1, 2017

It’s time for this week’s Ask It!

Last week, we asked you:

If you could have dinner in/near WDW tonight, would you eat at a….

With more than 1200 votes cast, the final results were (in order from least to greatest):

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Paddlefish at Disney Springs Gets Official Opening Date

by on January 25, 2017

©Paddlefish

After months and months of refurbishment work, I can officially tell you that Paddlefish is reopening on February 4!

The Disney Springs restaurant, which is formerly known as Fulton’s Crab House, has been seeing a massive bow to stern transformation. When the seafood-centric restaurant reopens, it will be themed more now after a modern, luxurious yacht and will be an inviting and opulent atmosphere for guests. Paddlefish will offer Guests multiple dining experiences and private event spaces.

While Paddlefish’s main focus will be on seafood, there will also be beef, chicken, vegetarian, and vegan options for Guests to enjoy. Specialties will include oyster shucking bar, Florida stone crab and Alaskan king crab, steaks and chops, as well as classic and curated cocktails. Paddlefish will feature separate lunch and dinner menus.

Here’s a look at some of the dishes you’ll be able to enjoy at Paddlefish:

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