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Walt Disney World December 2016 Preview

by on November 30, 2016

Walt Disney World December 2016

Walt Disney World December 2016

Welcome to TouringPlans’ Walt Disney World December 2016 preview – we hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Who’s with us and ready for December? The holidays, which started as soon as the Halloween decorations came down are in full swing. We’ve got food booths at Epcot, Christmas parties, and TENTS.

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PizzeRizzo: Classic Disney Pizza Under New Management

by on November 30, 2016

Neon and classic pizzeria signs welcome you to PizzeRizzo.I have a secret. It’s kind of shameful in the eyes of many Disney fans. It’s definitely shameful in the eyes of those who enjoy good food.

Are you ready?

I was really sad when Pizza Planet closed earlier this year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, because I actually liked the pizza there.

I’m sure many are now completely questioning any dining reviews I’ve ever written, but it’s true! It’s not the best pizza at Walt Disney World (which I’ll rank in an upcoming post), but it served its purpose – fast, relatively cheap, and meets the cheese-sauce-bread ratio that qualifies it as “pizza”. I wondered, therefore, whether changes made in the transformation of the Toy Story-themed Pizza Planet to the newly opened Muppets-themed PizzeRizzo would also affect the pizza.

In short: no, it’s still the same pizza (and side salads, and meatball subs). For many of you, that’s probably enough of a review to know what you’re getting into (same food, new themed area surrounding The new ordering area at PizzeRizzo is much bigger than before.your dining table). I will say, though, that a few things about PizzeRizzo pleasantly surprised me, which I’ll share below.

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A First Look at the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

by on November 29, 2016

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

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We are just a few months away from the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, which kicks off on March 1 and lasts until May 29. (That’s 90 days of gardens, character topiaries, entertainers and food and drink offerings.) This year will feature a number of new things for Guests to enjoy.

To begin with, there will be two new Outdoor Kitchens that will join the thirteen returning dining kiosks. I am excited to learn what these new kitchens will offer, since I love the fresh food and beverages that this festival serves each year.

One of my favorite things about the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival are the topiaries. This year, there will be an all new Belle topiary from Beauty and the Beast. Belle will be a new generation of topiary that will feature facial features, much like Snow White, Anna, and Elsa currently have. She will be seen wearing her famous yellow ball gown. 

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Walt Disney World Introduces New Highway in the Sky Dine Around

by on November 29, 2016

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Have you ever wanted to take part in a progressive dinner at the Walt Disney World monorail resort restaurants? With the brand new dining adventure called Highway in the Sky Dine Around, you’ll be able to do just that.

Guests will be able to enjoy a five-course meal that will include cocktails, appetizers, dinner and dessert and will feature stops at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Plus Guests will receive a VIP guide and a private viewing of Wishes.

The event begins at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where you’ll check in at The Wave… of American Flavors where you’ll enjoy a specialty cocktail. From there, you’ll head to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort where you’ll enjoy a variety of island-inspired beverages and appetizers.

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ABC Commissary to Offer Fast-Casual Dining

by on November 29, 2016

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Guests who visit ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will soon be able to take advantage of a new way to dine. Beginning November 30, the counter service restaurant will now be offering a fast-casual dining experience during dinner. This new dinner offering will include a menu that focuses on made-to-order, healthful, and specialty items.

This experience appears to be similar to one that is currently offered at Be Our Guest Restaurant for lunch. Here’s how things will will work: Guests will place their order at the counter. After placing their order, Guests will receive a pager and be able to find a table while their food is being prepared. Once their food is ready to be served, it will be brought directly to the Guest’s table.

The fast-casual dinner option will be offered daily beginning at 3:30 p.m. Lunch at ABC Commissary will continue to operate as it currently does, as a full counter service option.

 

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SATURDAY SIX: Third Annual Theme Park Turkeys of the Year

by on November 26, 2016

This week’s SATURDAY SIX is one of our favorites as we present the Third Annual “Turkeys” of the Year. For Thanksgiving this week we took a look back at things both Disney and Universal fans should be thankful for, but today we are going to go the other way. Gather ’round as we continue the fine tradition of awarding six Theme Park “Turkeys” to the craziest, most outrageous, or just downright weird stories of the year, concluding with the coveted Golden Turkey award. Let’s kick off the ceremony with a food situation that blew us away….

# 6 – That Time Disney Charged $12.99 For a “Hurricane Box”

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Art by Juliette Elton (@JulietteElton)

In early October, the state of Florida had its biggest weather scare in almost a decade with the oncoming Hurricane Matthew. Most of the models used by meteorologists had Matthew slamming into the East Coast, and then continuing straight up through the center of the state hitting Orlando. Seemingly playing a weird game of chicken, Disney and Universal both waited until just about the last possible moment to announce their hard ticket events of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Halloween Horror Nights would be cancelled for Thursday, October 6th,  and all the Orlando theme parks would be closed on Friday, October 7th.

With the storm bearing down on Florida, food everywhere was being cleared off the shelves at Walt Disney World. Lines appeared at the hotel food courts that seemed impossible to believe were true (but they absolutely were.) The food court at Port Orleans French Quarter was in the process of being refurbished, and there WDW was offering a $12.99 boxed meal that included a sandwich, an apple, a bag of chips, and a cookie. Pictures of the paltry boxed lunch hit social media and news outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel, with most of the reaction being very unfavorable to Disney.

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2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Dates Announced

by on November 25, 2016

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

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This year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival has just ended, but we now know when the 2017 festival will occur. Next year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival is slated to take place for a record number of days – 75 days total; it will now occur from August 31 until November 13.

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival not only features incredible new and favorite dishes at the marketplace kiosks, but guests can also experience seminars, concerts, events, private meals, celebrity chefs, and more.

Each year, the Festival is a blast and as more details get released, I’ll make sure to let you know them!

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Daisy’s Best Week Ever November 24, 2016: So Much To Be Thankful For!

by on November 24, 2016

Hello Friends! First, let me start by wishing the very happiest Thanksgiving to those that celebrate. Personally, I’ll be enjoying more than my fair share of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie today! Due to the crowds I’ll be steering clear of the parks this holiday weekend. But that didn’t stop me from getting some amazing shots to share with you over the last few weeks. For starters, check out this glorious sunset at Epcot!

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Please click below to read more. This week we’ve got holiday decorations, Dr. Strange, PizzeRizzo, and more!

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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to Receive New Amenities

by on November 23, 2016

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Recently, I shared that the Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge was renamed as Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. But that was just the start of the changes.

Boulder Ridge Cove will open in the summer of 2017. This new area will feature an expanded sun deck and a zero-depth-entry pool in an area themed around an abandoned rock quarry. A nearby Boulder Ridge Railway and Mining Co. water tower will serve as the pool area’s landmark. Besides the pool, there will also be a new quick-service location called Geyser Point Bar & Grill. The new areas will include ample outdoor seating.

Stay tuned to the blog for further information about the changes coming to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

 

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Tiana’s Riverboat Party Coming to the Magic Kingdom

by on November 23, 2016

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If you or your child is a fan of Princess Tiana, I have a new offering that will soon be available to experience. Tiana’s Riverboat Party will take Guests aboard the Liberty Square Riverboat in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom to enjoy an ice cream social and unique parade viewing spot for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. Following the party, Guests will take a scenic cruise on the Rivers of America and be able to meet Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen.

Menu items include a variety of desserts, hand dipped ice cream, ice cream novelties, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Guests who wish to ride the Liberty Square Riverboat during the day will continue to be able to do so, however, the Riverboat will not operate two hours prior to the parade and will start running again approximately one hour after the parade has stepped off.

The cost of the dessert party will be $49 for adults and $29 for children (ages 3-9). To make reservations, call (407) WDW-DINE. This event will begin on November 29.

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