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Tiffins Introduces New Lunch Offerings

by on July 6, 2016

Tiffins

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If you have been curious to try the all-new signature restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Tiffins, you now have a great opportunity to do so.

A brand new lunch menu has been introduced for the restaurant which features small portions of some of Tiffins’ most popular dishes. From 11:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day, Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the Taste of Tiffins options. This offering allows Guests to explore the standout dishes from this restaurant. Guests can choose from a pairing of two different options, alongside a Jade rice blend for $28.00, plus tax and gratuity.

Options that Guests can select from include: flash-fried blue mussels, black-eyed pea fritters, crispy Yellowtail Snapper, sustainable fish crudo, 72-hour beef short rib, salad of roasted baby beets, market vegetable curry, marinated grilled octopus, Chermoula-rubbed chicken, or the masa and pulled pork tamale. (My suggestions…the octopus and the beef short rib. I’ve tried both and they were both excellent!)

In addition, a light bites menu has been introduced as well, including:

  • Archaeologist Salad ($12.00)- Spring Vegetable Variations, Pumpernickel Soil, and a Champagne Vinaigrette
  • Tiffins Signature Bread Service ($10.00) – Pomegranate Olive Oil, Harissa Yogurt, Zhough Yogurt, Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
  • House-made Head Cheese and Chicken Liver Pate ($14.00) – Goji Berry Chutney, Accouterments, Whole Grain Mustard
  • Lobster-Popcorn Thai Curry Soup ($13.00) – Basil Emulsion, Popped Sorghum

Should you choose, you still do have the option to order off the regular, all-day menu at lunch, as well. The choice is yours, but I think this new offering is certainly a great way to sample some great dishes without over-stuffing yourself during the lunchtime hours.

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Taste Track at Epcot Reopens with New Menu Offerings

by on July 3, 2016

Taste TrackThe Taste Track kiosk found near Test Track has now reopened with a brand new menu. Guests will be able to cool down with a sweet treat, soft drink, or hard soda. Menu items will include:

  • Hot Fudge Sundae: Choose from vanilla, chocolate or swirl ice cream, with hot fudge and choice of toppings – rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, or waffle cone pieces
  • Caramel Sundae: Choose from vanilla, chocolate, or swirl ice cream with caramel and choice of toppings – rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, or waffle cone pieces
  • Ice cream Cookie Sandwich: Choose from vanilla, chocolate, or swirl ice cream
  • Soft Serve Ice Cream: Choose from vanilla, chocolate or swirl ice cream served in a waffle cone
  • Ice Cream Float: Barq’s Root Beer, Coke, or Diet coke with choice of ice cream
  • Not Your Father’s Hard Root Beer Float: Not your Father’s Hard Root Beer with choice of ice cream
  • Henry’s Hard Orange Soda Float: Henry’s Hard Orange Soda with choice of ice cream

Taste Track will be open daily from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Disney Springs Updates – Coca-Cola Store Orlando, Levi’s Store, and More

by on July 3, 2016

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Disney Springs has been rocking and rolling ever since it officially opened the Town Center section of the shopping and dining district. One thing that hasn’t officially happened is a grand opening event. That is until now. The Disney Springs Grand Opening Summer Celebration has officially kicked off and will last until September!

Guests will be able to experience live entertainment, special décor, sales at many retailers, and fun warm weather-inspired enhancements. Free, live entertainment will take place throughout Disney Springs with something for everyone including pop, country, jazz and more. There will be a variety of live musicians, improvisational rappers, DJs, Living Statues and even a roaming illusionist. Local talent will be performing including Sleeping Sunset (Pop), The I-4 Band (Top 40), Chaz Robinson (Pop), Casey Conroy (Contemporary/Pop), Plus 1 (Country), Vintage Vinyl (Contemporary with a vintage sound), Dayve Stewart (Jazz), CeCe Teneal (R&B), The Gerry Williams Band (Funk), and The Liam Duncan Trio (Current Acoustic). In addition, every afternoon, the Marketplace Fountain will be flowing, giving Guests the chance to splash the day away during the Beat the Heat DJ Party.

Many shopping locations around Town Center will offer some great deals, with some lasting all summer. Make sure to check with the stores to see if they will be offering specials.

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Kali River Rapids to Test Single Rider Option

by on July 2, 2016

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For those of you visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom and who would like to get drenched on Kali River Rapids while potentially waiting in a shorter line, I have news! A single rider test will be taking place from July 3-17 in an effort to allow more Guests to experience the attraction.

To enter the single rider line, Guests will use the FastPass+ entrance where they will be separated into a different section further down the queue. Guests will then be placed on boats needing single riders when necessary.

For those looking to take advantage of this particular line, do keep in mind that testing is not guaranteed and may stop and start at any time.

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Walt Disney World Introduces New Disney PinQuest Scavenger Hunt

by on June 30, 2016

If you are a Disney pin collector, I have a great new activity for you to participate in this summer. Called Disney PinQuest, this new pin scavenger hunt will take place in the Magic Kingdom where Guests will be able to find and collect a series of limited-release pins all while searching for clues around the park.

Guests are able to use a map with a decoder to solve clues that allow them to collect and purchase a series of seven limited-released Disney Pin Trading pins from different areas around the the park. Disney PinQuest is a great way to interact with Cast Members all while collecting unique pins along the way.

Disney PinQuest

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Let Loose on New Year’s Eve with Disney Countdown to Midnight Celebration

by on June 30, 2016

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Celebrate good times and ring in 2017 with a fun party at Disney’s Contemporary Resort! With Disney Countdown to Midnight, you can celebrate the New Year in style with an unforgettable experience.

The fun will take place at the Fantasia Ballroom where Guests will be able to enjoy the “best-of-the-best” bites and wine pairings from favorite restaurants such as California Grill, Flying Fish, Cítricos and Narcoossee’s. In addition, Guests who are 21 years of age and older can enjoy a cocktail or two.

From there, you’ll be able to dance the evening away courtesy of tunes from an interactive DJ who will play music spanning from the ‘60s to today! You’ll also be able to catch the band Alter Ego who will perform a dance-filled revue. The evening will continues as you stroll outside to catch a unique musical act playing songs of today—complete with a retro twist.

Concludes the night as you watch the incredible “Fantasy in the Sky” Fireworks Spectacular from the Magic Kingdom which will officially celebrate the arrival of 2017, alongside a champagne toast.

There will also be themed photo backdrops and props to help you capture the memories of the evening and Guests will receive a special souvenir to commemorate the night.

In addition, complimentary transportation will be provided for select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

This ticketed event will cost $225 per Guest (tax and gratuity included), and takes place from 8:00 p.m. on December 31 (with official check in beginning at 7:00 p.m.) to 1:00 a.m. The party is for Guests of all ages and is an all-inclusive affair.

Tickets are limited and Guests may begin booking this option starting on July 4.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call (407) WDW-DINE.

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Candlelight Processional Dining Packages Now on Sale for 2016 Holiday Season

by on June 30, 2016

Candlelight Processional

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For those of you who are anxiously awaiting being able to book Candlelight Processional dining packages, I bring good news! Candlelight Processional dining packages are now available to book!

Just what is Candlelight Processional? It’s a fantastic and moving show that takes place at the holiday season in the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot that includes a celebrity narrator, a mass choir, and an orchestra all there to performing a re-telling of the Christmas Story. The best way to ensure that you get to see this incredible and extremely popular show, booking the dining package is really the way to go.

This year’s Candlelight Processional takes place from November 25 through December 30. Show times are at 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. nightly. (With the exception of December 4 which will only have show times at 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.)

The celebrity narrator list hasn’t fully been announced for this year, but we do have the start of a partial list. Guests can expect to see:

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Diamond Horseshoe Serving Meals Into September at the Magic Kingdom

by on June 30, 2016

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The Diamond Horseshoe at the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square will continue to offer and all-you-care-to eat table service lunch and dinner option through September 10.

The meal includes a Frontier Salad that’s topped with roasted corn, cornbread croutons, and housemade chipotle-ranch dressing. The main course includes a platter of flavorful entrees to choose from: barbecue pulled pork, sliced turkey, country smoked sausage or braised beef with all the fixins. For dessert, enjoy a campfire brownie, which is topped with a toasted marshmallow. 

Soft drinks, tea, coffee and milk are included with your meal.

The cost for this meal is $33 plus tax for adults and $19 plus tax for children ages 3-9 years.

For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE.

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Frontera Cocina Now Open at Disney Springs

by on June 27, 2016

Frontera Cocina

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The newest restaurant for Disney Springs has opened! Frontera Cocina, brought to life by celebrity chef, Rick Bayless, is now open in the Town Center section of Disney Springs.

Frontera Cocina will delight friends, family and food-lovers with exciting flavors and a contemporary Mexican experience. Frontera Cocina features warm colors, an open kitchen and a lively atmosphere.  The table-service portion of the restaurant offers menu items such as Oaxacan Red Chile Chicken, Salsa Verde Shrimp Enchiladas Suizas, Carnitas, Shrimp Mojo de Ajo, Crispy Half Chicken, and freshly made salsa and guacamole.

The restaurant also includes a quick-service window, offering Guests the option of enjoying on-the-go tacos, chips and guacamole, as well as a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Frontera Cocina is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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More Details about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on June 27, 2016

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They’re coming back! If you are a fan of the ABC daytime show, “The Chew”, have I got some great news for you! The five co-hosts, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz, will be returning to record five shows live from the 21st Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. The show will tape on October 5-7 and will air on ABC from October 10-14. For those who missed the show taped at Epcot last year, the hosts shared stores of Disney adventures, played games, and created tasty dishes and drinks. Those looking to attend a taping will be able to find out more information soon.

In addition, throughout the festival, fans of “The Chew” will be able to stop at The Chew Collective in the Next Eats section located in Future World. Dishes will include Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots and Feta Cheese; Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce and Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle. Festival guests also can sip this year’s exclusive new Festival Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon at The Chew Collective.

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