Dining

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.

 

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.

 

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

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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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Your Top-Rated Epcot Restaurants

by on January 24, 2017

Top-rated Epcot restaurants

Today we’re looking at your top-rated Epcot restaurants, based on the 122,000 Disney World dining surveys we received in 2016.

Dining is an integral part of any visit to Epcot. Epcot has around 30 quick-service and table-service restaurants – the most of any Disney World theme park. Epcot also has some of the best bars in the area, specializing in everything from tequila to sake to sweet, sweet German wines. And if you’re asking whether the Disney Dining Plan is worth buying for your next Disney World trip, this article should help you find the best places to use those dining plan credits.

Save room for dessert!
Photo courtesy of Disney (c)

We’ll also add a “Best Epcot Treats” section to include places like Germany’s Karamel Kuche sweets shop and France’s L’Artisan des Glaces ice cream parlor. Our editors point out that some people don’t consider caramel or sugar cones a proper meal. We’ll exclude (for now) small kiosks without seats or tables, like Taste Track.

The Best Quick-Service Epcot Restaurants

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New Breakfast Options Available at Magic Kingdom

by on January 17, 2017

Recently, the Magic Kingdom rolled out a brand new Welcome Show that takes place on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. Because of this, Guests are now able to enter the Magic Kingdom and stroll through Main Street U.S.A., savoring the atmosphere, taking photos, and grabbing a quick breakfast. While most immediately head to the Main Street Bakery for their Starbucks coffee, Disney has introduced a few new locations that will be serving up some unique breakfast options.

Magic Kingdom Casey's Corner

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Casey’s Corner will be serving up muffins, bagels, and a croissant doughnut. But if you’re looking for something a little more interesting, they will also be offering corn dog nuggets and the hash brown dog. The hash brown dog features hash browns, bacon, Cheddar, onion straws and chipotle-ranch. One thing to note is that according to the Disney Parks Blog, breakfast options at Casey’s Corner will stop being served at 11:00 a.m.

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Disney World Valentine’s Day Romance: Mix and Match Your Plan

by on January 17, 2017

Valentine's Day Romance at Walt Disney World

While Disney World is known for being a magical place for families, its fantastic variety of dining, attractions, entertainment, and recreation options also make it a great place for couples to find some romance. With the approach of Valentine’s Day, you may be thinking about how to spend an ideal day of romance, Disney World-style. This article offers a framework for a plan and plenty of ideas to inspire your own Disney World Valentine’s Day.

Disney World Romance Step #1: Breakfast

What better way to start off Valentine’s Day than with a leisurely breakfast. Although taking a park by storm at rope drop is a key strategy in time-efficient touring, Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to take a slower approach. Here are some great resort and in-park options. Keep in mind that the location of your choice can be a stepping stone to the next part of your plan.

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