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Reservations Now Open for New Character Dining Experiences at Disneyland Resort Hotels

Reservations are now available for Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Character Breakfast at Storytellers Cafe and Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast at Disney’s PCH Grill at Disneyland® Resort hotels. These dining experiences both start on July 10 and are the perfect way for you to start your Disney day.

Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Character Breakfast

At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Guests dining at Storytellers Cafe will join Mickey Mouse and his friends for Mickey’s Tales of Adventure. Discover the fun with your adventurous storyteller, Mickey, as he welcomes you into his immersive tales of adventure through his magical Adventurer’s Journal. Enjoy a bountiful Farmer’s Market Buffet of all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast specialties, including made-to-order omelets, Mickey waffles, fresh-baked goods and seasonal fruit. Mickey’s Tales of Adventure will be offered Monday-Thursday, 7-11:30 a.m. and Friday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast

Over at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Donald will be reunited with his heart-throb Daisy at Disney’s PCH Grill, and is bringing all the beachy fun with him! Soak in those rays and catch some waves on the dance floor with Donald, Daisy and Stitch as you chow down on an all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast buffet. Try the build-your-own-parfait stations, chef’s signature flatbreads, egg white frittatas, chilaquiles, smoothies, smoked salmon and more. Kids will love the Mickey waffles, Minnie pancakes, Bananas Foster French toast and a selection of hot and cold cereals, sausage, bacon and seasonal fresh fruit. Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast will take place Monday-Thursday, 7-11 a.m. and Friday-Sunday, 7-11:30 a.m.

Thanksgiving And Christmas Day Ideas For Dining at Walt Disney World Resort

There’s a feast of dining options for the upcoming holidays at Walt Disney World Resort. Starting with Thanksgiving Day and continuing through Christmas.  Special menus include all the classics – turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes and all your favorites!

Thanksgiving And Christmas Day Ideas For Dining at Walt Disney World Resort

In the theme parks, Thanksgiving specials are on the menu for lunch and dinner:

In the resorts, special dining for Thanksgiving Day is planned at:

  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground — Mickey’s Backyard Thanksgiving Feast at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ show located at the Fort Wilderness Pavilion. Four show times: noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. (Trail’s End Restaurant is also offering lunch and dinner options.)
  • Disney’s All-Star Resorts — Intermission Food Court and World Premiere Food Court (lunch and dinner).
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — Jiko – The Cooking Place (dinner), Sanaa (lunch and dinner).
  • Disney’s BoardWalk — Flying Fish Café, Kouzzina by Cat Cora (dinner).
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort — Shutters at Old Port Royale (dinner).
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort — California Grill, Chef Mickey’s (Dinner); The Wave … of American Flavors(lunch and dinner).
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort — Cítricos has three seatings for dinner; Grand Floridian Café (lunch and dinner), Narcoossee’s (dinner).
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort — Olivia’s Café (lunch and dinner).
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort — ‘Ohana (Dinner), Kona Café (lunch and dinner).
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Boatwright’s Dining Hall (dinner).
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa — The Turf Club Bar and Grill (lunch and dinner).
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge — Artist Point (dinner), Whispering Canyon Café (lunch and dinner).
  • Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts — Cape May Café (dinner), Captain’s Grille (lunch and dinner),Yachtsman Steakhouse (dinner).

Thanksgiving And Christmas Day Ideas For Dining at Walt Disney World Resort

For Christmas Day, there’s everything from Mickey’s Christmas Feast at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort to a prixe fixe at Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s Boardwalk.

In the theme parks:

  • At Epcot, Biergarten Restaurant at the Germany Pavilion will plus up the buffet with special holiday dishes, and Le Cellier Steakhouse is offering a special menu.
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Tusker House Restaurant will have Christmas specials on the buffet.
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Hollywood & Vine will have Christmas lunch and two dinner seatings with carved turkey breast, cornbread stuffing, root beer glazed butternut squash, spiced pumpkin mousse on the buffet.
  • In Magic Kingdom ParkThe Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland will offer Christmas Day dinner, and Tangaroa Terrace and Tortuga Tavern will feature a special holiday dinner buffet.
  • At Downtown Disney, Fulton’s Crab House and Portobello will have a holiday prix fixe offering.

In the resorts:

  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground — Mickey’s Backyard Christmas Day Feast at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ show located at the Fort Wilderness Pavilion. Two shows at 5 and 7 p.m. will offer all the holiday classics. (Trail’s End Restaurant is also offering lunch and dinner options.)
  • Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts – Cape May Café will be serving hand-carved smoked ham with winter pineapple chutney and turkey with stuffing. Captain’s Grille will offer a holiday buffet. Yachtsman Steakhouse will feature a special menu.
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – The Wave … of American Flavors will offer a special menu. And Chef Mickey’s will offer a Christmas Day brunch.
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – Cítricos will have two seatings at 5 and 7:30 p.m. as well as special Christmas Day seating in the private Chef’s Domain, offering a four-course menu.
  • Disney’s Boardwalk – Flying Fish Cafe will feature a prixe fixe four-course menu.
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort – Whispering Canyon Café will offer an all-you-care-to-eat holiday dinner with turkey, ham, beef strip loin, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cornbread and cranberry sauce.

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Splitsville Menu Adds 16 Delicious, Gluten-Free Dishes at Downtown Disney

Splitsville Menu Adds 16 Delicious, Gluten-Free Dishes at Downtown Disney

Spicy Tuna Roll

Splitsville chefs at Downtown Disney adds new dishes that are not only gluten-free, they are incredibly tasty!  Disney Parks Blog share the new menu and if there wasn’t a little “GF” symbol on it, you’d never guess that much of the new menu for Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney is gluten-free.

Splitsville Menu Adds 16 Delicious, Gluten-Free Dishes at Downtown Disney

Fantasy Roll

“We considered a separate menu, but decided to integrate the gluten-free dishes into the regular menu,” says Splitsville co-founder Mark Gibson. “So many of our guests are eating gluten-free these days, we wanted our featured “GF” items to have great flavor and appeal – we didn’t want to simply reconstruct existing dishes.”

Splitsville Menu Adds 16 Delicious, Gluten-Free Dishes at Downtown Disney

Fajita Steak Bowl

So Chef Patrick Steele set to work, creating menu additions that, while gluten-free, are also quite tasty. The biggest hits are the generous rice bowls: fiesta chicken, steak fajita, Asian shrimp and spicy veggie, all full of flavor and served with sticky rice. But it may be the gluten-free pizza crust that is the best surprise, a crunchy, thin crust topped with mozzarella and fresh tomato sauce, and you can pile on your choice of “GF” toppings. You’ll never miss the wheat flour.

Splitsville Menu Adds 16 Delicious, Gluten-Free Dishes at Downtown Disney

Gluten-Free Pizza

And while sushi is generally a safe zone, some sauces and ingredients aren’t gluten-free, like Kani Kama krab, a favorite white fish mix that contains wheat. Splitsville has added gluten-free sushi rolls – our favorite was The Alberto with no rice, just lean spicy tuna and avocado rolled in thinly sliced cucumber and served with lemon ponzu sauce.

Splitsville Menu Adds 16 Delicious, Gluten-Free Dishes at Downtown Disney

Fiesta Chicken Rice Bowl

Gluten-free appetizers include Blazing Chicken (tenderloins in spicy Buffalo sauce), steamed edamame and seared ahi tuna, which also is served as a salad with spring mix and Asian pear dressing. A gluten-free turkey BLT salad is another winner, a bowl full of roasted turkey, lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, bacon, red onion and blue cheese. Entrees include blackened mahi mahi with spicy voodoo shrimp and grilled salmon with mango chutney, fresh broccoli and sushi rice.

Splitsville Menu Adds 16 Delicious, Gluten-Free Dishes at Downtown Disney

Ahi Tuna Salad

“We’re amazed how many guests are eating gluten free,” says Gibson, “it’s now regarded as a better-for-you choice rather than just an option for those with gluten intolerance, and we wanted our menu to reflect this dietary trend with diversity and flavor.”

What new menu item do you want to try first?

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Beginning Aug. 26, 2013, you can book reservations at the re-imagined California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which debuts Sept. 9, 2013.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Still featuring those spectacular views of the Walt Disney World Resort, the California Grill dining room has been transformed with a sleek, contemporary interpretation of mid-century modern California design.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

The new menu features seasonal ingredients and lighter fare.  Guests will enjoy updated versions of longtime favorites, such as flatbreads, grilled pork tenderloin and oak-fired filet of beef. Plus, the sushi bar will offer a new chef’s choice menu.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

With 250 options on the wine list, there are 80 by the glass, 10 varieties of sake and eight types of craft beers and ciders. And, California Grill will feature its own menu of signature cocktails that you won’t find at any other Walt Disney World Resort restaurant.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Two communal tables of 10 are positioned at the north end of the dining room for optimal fireworks viewing. For outdoor fireworks viewing there are now two areas – one on the northwest side and a new deck on the southwest side.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

The re-imagined California Grill opens daily at 5 p.m. beginning Sept. 9, 2013.

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Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Do you have one of those places? You know what I mean … one of those places for which you hear great things, but you just never seem to make it there? For us, call that place Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

We had heard about it on podcasts, even seen it featured by our own Rick Howard (owner of Kingdom Magic Vacations) on his “Travel with Rick” video-cast. For whatever reason, however, we never made the time to go over and visit. Well, my wife and I remedied that foolish oversight and enjoyed Walt Disney World Resort‘s “all-you-can-eat” barbecue feast, for the first time, a few months ago.

It was a hot day in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, and it was approaching lunch time. Where to eat? We toyed with the idea of visiting Pecos Bill but were really feeling in need of a sit-down meal. One of our favorite stops is the Polynesian Resort’s Kona Cafe, but it didn’t quite pique our interest that afternoon. Then, we thought about Whispering Canyon.

In possession of no ADR (Advanced Dining Reservation), we knew we would be “walk-ins”, and, as such, we were a little bit concerned that there would be “no room at the table” for us. As it turned out, though, the restaurant wasn’t crowded at all. Take a look!

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Welcome to Whispering Canyon Cafe!

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

C’mon in!

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Not that busy at all!

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Looking towards the back of the restaurant.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Look past the diners. The restaurant opens up with a great view of the Wilderness Lodge lobby.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

A look back at the entrance.

We were quickly seated at a comfortable table and handed the Canyon’s menu of “delicious-ness”.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

How can we pass by the “All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Platter”?

My wife ordered some Evian, while I ordered a Diet Coke.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Don’t you just love using a Mason jar for a glass?

You have to love the “dinner-ware” too.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

I would like to slip these shakers into my backpack. Shhh! No, I didn’t.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Look! A “not so” Hidden Mickey! Where’s the BBQ?

Our meal came out pretty quickly and was served “family-style”. Their delicious cornbread came first.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

But, finally, the “star of the show” arrived!

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

From left to right: pulled pork, corn, sausage (slightly hidden), ribs, chicken, and mashed potatoes. Foreground: beans.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

A place for almost everything!

As far as my wife and I were concerned, the pulled pork and the ribs were the best of the bunch. That’s where we had our “seconds”. And, “thirds”!

For the amount of food we got, and for the price (merely $21.99 per person), Whispering Canyon Cafe was a pretty good value, in our opinion. If you’re a fan of good BBQ, all of the “All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Platter” items were good. The ribs and pulled pork, however, were outstanding! We suggest you stop by and give them a try.

One suggestion, though? Make an ADR. We got lucky and hit the restaurant at the right time. They’re usually pretty darn packed! Oh, and whatever you do … ask for some ketchup. You’ll find out why!

Bon appetit!


Guest Author – Bob Sikon

Guest Author Bob SikonBob Sikon is a Cast Member “Wanna-Be”. He fell in love with Walt Disney World on his first visit to Mickey’s Florida home in 1999, and it was all because of the Cast Members. In his words, “The way they take care of you, they make you want to be part of The Magic.” Someday, his dream will come true, and he’ll proudly wear a Cast Member name badge, but, for now, you can find him in Atlanta, GA, planning his next trip to “The World”, and blogging about the place “Where Dreams Come True” at allinwdw.com.

Kingdom Magic Vacations Disney Cruise Quick Tip – Rotational Dining

Rick and Leslie Howard explain how rotational dining works on a typical Disney Cruise in this week’s Kingdom Magic Vacations Disney Cruise Quick Tip.

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Guests Enjoy New Dining and After Hours Experiences on the Re-Imagined Disney Magic

Guests on board the newly re-imagined Disney Magic will enjoy new dining experiences as well as new Adult lounge areas called After Hours.  It’s all part of the complete re-imagining of the Disney Magic taking place this summer, and we are very excited about the new changes coming to this amazing ship!

First, if food is always a favorite part of your Disney cruise, you’re going to love the magical makeover coming to dining experiences on the Disney Magic this October. Hear all about it in this video!

And finally, we hear all about the big city-style fun just for adults in After Hours, the new nighttime entertainment district coming to the reimagined Disney Magic cruise ship.

And, if all this magic sounds too good to pass up, special rates have been extended on select fall sailings! Book through Aug. 31, 2013.

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Rock Out at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

Live like a rock star at the exciting Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. From the sweeping California mission-style facades to the legendary Palm Restaurant to a palm-lined swimming pool where you’re immersed in sound, not just water, it’s the coolest hotel on earth.

Rock Out at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

Big, comfortable beds. All the latest amenities, including MP3 docking station and iHome Clock radio, an entertainment center complete with 32″ HD flat panel television and CD player, high speed wired and wireless internet access, and Keurig Coffee Makers, maybe this is the reason rock stars leave home to go on tour in the first place. Upgrade to the key-accessed Club Level Floor and enjoy additional perks and privileges. The Hard Rock Hotel also offers Special Kid’s Suites for your little ‘rockers’.

Rock Out at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

For those guests requiring some special needs, all entrances to individual guest rooms include the room number in Braille, the international language of the blind and Hearing Impaired Kits (that include a TDD relay service)  from Star Service that may be used in any guest room on property!

The Hard Rock Hotel® offers exceptional dining options including the famed Palm Restaurant, one of the country’s premier steak and seafood establishments. You might run into a visiting rock star at The Kitchen, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can linger over cocktails at the ultra-hip Velvet bar; grab a poolside snack at the beachclub; enjoy some award-winning ice cream at Emack & Bolio’s Marketplace; and when you get those late night cravings, room service is available 24 hours a day.

The Hard Rock Hotel offers exceptional dining options including the famed Palm Restaurant, one of the country’s premier steak and seafood establishments. You might run into a visiting rock star at The Kitchen, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Hard Rock Hotel® offers exceptional dining options including the famed Palm Restaurant, one of the country’s premier steak and seafood establishments. You might run into a visiting rock star at The Kitchen, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can linger over cocktails at the ultra-hip Velvet bar; grab a poolside snack at the beachclub; enjoy some award-winning ice cream at Emack & Bolio’s Marketplace; and when you get those late night cravings, room service is available 24 hours a day.

You can linger over cocktails at the ultra-hip Velvet bar; grab a poolside snack at the Beach Club; enjoy some award-winning ice cream at Emack & Bolio’s Marketplace; and when you get those late night cravings, room service is available 24 hours a day.

The Hard Rock Hotel® offers exceptional dining options including the famed Palm Restaurant, one of the country’s premier steak and seafood establishments. You might run into a visiting rock star at The Kitchen, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can linger over cocktails at the ultra-hip Velvet bar; grab a poolside snack at the beachclub; enjoy some award-winning ice cream at Emack & Bolio’s Marketplace; and when you get those late night cravings, room service is available 24 hours a day.

When Mom and Dad want to enjoy a night of fun at Universal CityWalk or a quiet dinner alone, they can drop the kids off at the supervised children’s activity center called Camp Lil’ Rock. This kids camp offers arts and crafts, stories, computers, video games, movies, board games and other activities, all under the supervision of trained counselors. The children’s activity centers are for children ages 4-14. Hours and prices vary and advance reservations are required.

Hard Rock and Fender have teamed up to offer a uniquely authentic rock-and-roll experience and serious guitars are the new in-room amenity. Are you ready?  Guests may choose from 20 different awesome Fender guitars including legendary Stratocasters, classic Telecasters and a few special surprises. We also offer bass guitars for those of you who love throwing down a funky baseline. Plus, we provide an amp and a pair of headphones to ensure maximum sound for you and zero noise complaints to us.   The best part? There's no charge or time limit on use (but just to be sure you don't go off on your next world tour with our guitar, a $1,000 credit card deposit is required when checking a guitar out). So grab that Fender axe you’ve always wanted to try, channel Stevie Ray or Clapton and shred for as long as you're staying at Hard Rock Hotel.

Hard Rock and Fender have teamed up to offer a uniquely authentic rock-and-roll experience and serious guitars are the new in-room amenity. It’s called Picks and guests may choose from 20 different awesome Fender guitars including legendary Stratocasters, classic Telecasters and a few special surprises. The hotel also offers bass guitars for those of you who love throwing down a funky baseline. Plus, the Hard Rock provides an amp and a pair of headphones to ensure maximum sound for you and zero noise complaints to the hotel.

The best part? There’s no charge or time limit on use (but just to be sure you don’t go off on your next world tour with the Hotel’s guitar, a $1,000 credit card deposit is required when checking a guitar out). So grab that Fender axe you’ve always wanted to try, channel Stevie Ray or Clapton and shred for as long as you’re staying at Hard Rock Hotel.

With so many great amenities, restaurants, and not to mention right next door to Universal Studios Orlando, the Hard Rock Hotel is the perfect choice to live your rock and roll fantasy in classic style!

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Enjoy a Dinner at the Flying Fish Cafe on Disney’s Boardwalk

We LOVE Dining at Disney! As a matter of fact, after all these years of visiting Walt Disney World and even Disneyland, now the restaurants are as much of an attraction for us as the Theme Parks! I know it sounds hard to believe, but Disney restaurants are an attraction in themselves!

After all, they do have world class chefs, wonderfully themed restaurants and fantastic and diverse wine lists themed to that restaurant, the best example that comes to mind is Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has one of the most extensive lists of South African wines than any restaurant in the country.

Dining at the Flying Fish at Disney's Boarkwalk Resort

So along with planning which park we’ll visit and how many FastPasses we can get, we think about which restaurants we’ll be dining in. On a recent trip, we had the opportunity to eat at one of our favorites, the Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk.

Dining at the Flying Fish at Disney's Boarkwalk Resort

At the Flying Fish, guests dine amid parachuting fish, funhouse mirrors, decorative roller coaster tracks and a whimsical, backlit Ferris wheel. The ambiance and décor really are incredible, it’s totally sets the stage for the wonderful meal you will soon be enjoying.

Dining at the Flying Fish at Disney's Boarkwalk Resort

As you walk into the restaurant to be seated, you will pass by and be able to peer into the onstage kitchen, where chefs use uber-fresh ingredients to create such succulent specialties as potato-wrapped red snapper, crispy crab cakes and char-crusted strip steak.

A very popular experience at the Flying Fish is the Chef’s Tasting Wine Dinner for a savory 5-course prix fixe menu with expertly chosen wines.

Take a seat at the chef’s counter, directly in front of the onstage kitchen, and interact with the talented culinary team preparing the evening’s specialties.

Dining at the Flying Fish at Disney's Boarkwalk Resort

The Chef’s Tasting Menu changes daily but may include such delicacies as miso-cured yellowfin tuna with shirred quail egg or ginger-laced Maine lobster ravioli.

Dinner seatings for this experience—which is designed for Guests 10 years of age and up—are at 5:45 PM and 8:15 PM, Sunday through Thursday. Groups of up to 6 can be accommodated and reservations must be made at least one day in advance.

Dining at the Flying Fish at Disney's Boarkwalk Resort

As we were seated, some warm bread arrived at our table and we selected a wine, the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. We were parched from a hot day in the parks and this fit our fancy wonderfully!

There we six of us dining, so we chose a variety of appetizers to start off. Actually we chose the three signature appetizers, Crispy Sesame and Togarashi-scented Calamari – with Asian Dipping Sauce, Yellowfin Tuna Tartare and Crispy Tempura Tuna-Vegetable Sushi Roll – with Wasabi Foam, and a Sweet-and-Spicy Sauce and Signature Flying Fish Cafe “Crispy Maine Coast Jonah Crab Cake” – with Vegetable Slaw and Ancho Chile Rémoulade. Each was fantastic, but I think the Calamari was incredible!

Crispy Sesame and Togarashi-scented Calamari

Crispy Sesame and Togarashi-scented Calamari

Yellowfin Tuna Tartare and Crispy Tempura Tuna-Vegetable Sushi Roll

Yellowfin Tuna Tartare and Crispy Tempura Tuna-Vegetable Sushi Roll

"Crispy Maine Coast Jonah Crab Cake" - with Vegetable Slaw and Ancho Chile Rémoulade

“Crispy Maine Coast Jonah Crab Cake” – with Vegetable Slaw and Ancho Chile Rémoulade

For our entrees, one of our friends had the Trio of Heritage Berkshire-Kurobuta Pork, which was incredibly which had a rich pork au jus and was incredibly tasty. Another tried the Fragrantly-spiced “Char-crusted” Yellowfin Tuna, which is one of my favorites and is maybe the best Tuna I’ve had anywhere. Another of our table mates ordered the Mussels appetizer and Roasted Heirloom Beets and Fresh Vermont Goat Cheese which was a great choice. Two signature entrees on the menu are the Idaho Potato-wrapped Red Snapper and the Char-crusted Angus New York Strip Steak always tough for me to choose between these two. Well thanks to the Chef, we don’t have to anymore! Now they have combined the two into a Chefs Thunder Entrée Duo.

Fragrantly-spiced "Char-crusted" Yellowfin Tuna

Fragrantly-spiced “Char-crusted” Yellowfin Tuna

Roasted Heirloom Beets and Fresh Vermont Goat Cheese

Roasted Heirloom Beets and Fresh Vermont Goat Cheese

Idaho Potato-wrapped Red Snapper and the Char-crusted Angus New York Strip Steak

Idaho Potato-wrapped Red Snapper and the Char-crusted Angus New York Strip Steak

The Char-crusted Angus New York Strip Steak comes with a Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Red Bermuda Onions, Young Carrots, and Haricot Verts with Classic Sauce Foyot which tops it off so nicely! The Char on it is perfect while the steak stays juicy and tender on the inside!

The Potato-wrapped Red Snapper is served over a Rich Leek Fondue with a Veal Glace de Viande and Red Wine-Cassis Butter Reduction. The fish is flaky, tender and moist, and the leek fondue just melts in mouth, delicious!

We did manage to save just a bit of room for dessert, I know sounds crazy, right? The Flying Fish is known for its Caramelized Banana Napoleon, Crisp Phyllo, Banana Mousse, Crème Caramel, Exotic Fruit Coulis, and Bitter Chocolate. As one of my friends who recently tried this said, “I’m so mad I just found out about this”!

We also tried the “Nuts about Chocolate” Indulgence, Caramel Chocolate and Hazelnut Praline Mousse, Candied Pecan and Butterscotch-laced Blondie, Chocolate Sorbet, and Candied Marcona Almonds, while the Banana Napoleon was really good, the chocolate sorbet and the almonds was my favorite!

"Nuts about Chocolate" Indulgence,

“Nuts about Chocolate” Indulgence,

Flying Fish Cafe is a Signature Dining location, which means that it is one of the pricier places to eat at Walt Disney World. Expect to spend $36-60 per person, or to use 2 credits per person on the Disney Dining Plan.

The Chef’s Wine Tasting Dinner includes a 4-course prix fixe menu that includes wine pairings for $149 plus tax – groups of up to 6 can be accommodated.

Reservations are highly recommended, and can be made 180 days in advance.  Reservations are required for the Chef’s Wine Tasting Dinner.

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Imagineering Food & Wine: Germany – Guest Blog Post

When I look back at the last two years of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, as well as at the “Food” & Garden Festival held this past Spring, I think I’m in the minority. When appraising World Showcase’s German Marketplace, I come away very disappointed.

Take 2011’s Food & Wine, for example. Their offering included Goulash Soup, Sausage in a Pretzel Roll, and an Apple Strudel featuring Werther’s Original Caramel and Vanilla Sauce.

Their 2012 effort presented, pretty much, the same Sausage (actually, a Bratwurst) in a Pretzel Roll, a Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese, and an encore of the Apple Strudel.

Imagineering Food & Wine: Germany - Guest Blog Post

Imagineering Food & Wine: Germany - Guest Blog Post

2013’s “Food” & Garden Festival – OK, it’s really the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – switched things up a bit. We were served a Savory Bread Pudding with Spring Peas and Wild Mushroom Ragout, German Meatloaf Sandwich with Sweet Mustard and Fried Shallots, and Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce.

Imagineering Food & Wine: Germany - Guest Blog Post

For me, the menus were just OK. For example, as I look back at my notes, I find that I reported the following:

“The roast bratwurst was a disappointment. It was a relatively tasteless sausage on a VERY small pretzel roll. Both my wife and I gave it two thumbs down.”

“The Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese wasn’t a bad dish. It was just merely ordinary.”

“Both my wife and I came away unimpressed with their 2012 menu. In fact, we left Germany more unenthusiastic than we did from any other F&W kiosk – which must put us in the vast minority because the lines at Germany seemed to be constantly rip-roaring long.”

When it comes to this year’s “Food” & Garden feast, “I mean this next statement in the most complimentary of terms. Take Spam and cross it with a good old hot dog and you’d have Germany’s meatloaf.”

The potato pancake caused me to write, “A bit too much minced onion for my taste and a little too salty. I don’t need another helping, thanks.” Truth be told, after a chance meeting with Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann, where we told him the pancakes were a bit too salty for us (how did we have the nerve?), we DID try them again. The second time around, they were MUCH better.

Where’s all this going? Plain and simple, Germany has been “just OK”, in our opinions. But, for a country that sports great options with regard to cuisine, it should be able to offer much more and much better.

For 2013, given the chance to write the menu, I would lean back on one of my favorite dishes (and, a traditional German favorite) – Pork Schnitzel. I would bread it in Panko and cover it with a delicious gravy.

Imagineering Food & Wine: Germany - Guest Blog Post

Then, I would serve Beef Sauerbraten with Potato Dumplings.

Imagineering Food & Wine: Germany - Guest Blog Post

Finally, I would finish with a nice slice of Black Forest Cake.

Imagineering Food & Wine: Germany - Guest Blog Post

Yes, I know it’s a complete “reboot” of the Germany kiosk’s menu, but I’m confident those “rip-roaring long” lines will be even longer if we kick the food offering up these few notches.

What do you think?


Guest Author – Bob Sikon

Guest Author Bob SikonBob Sikon is a Cast Member “Wanna-Be”. He fell in love with Walt Disney World on his first visit to Mickey’s Florida home in 1999, and it was all because of the Cast Members. In his words, “The way they take care of you, they make you want to be part of The Magic.” Someday, his dream will come true, and he’ll proudly wear a Cast Member name badge, but, for now, you can find him in Atlanta, GA, planning his next trip to “The World”, and blogging about the place “Where Dreams Come True” at allinwdw.com.

Imagineering Food & Wine: Singapore – Guest Blog Post

Singapore is SO misunderstood.

I have to admit, I know very little about Singapore.  For example, did you know that it is just off the southern tip of Malaysia and is an island country made up of 63 islands?!

When it comes to Food & Wine, in spite of the culinary genius of Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann and his team, Singapore annually receives criticism as THE marketplace desperately in need of “stepping its game up”.

However, consider this … a Singapore “hawker center” is a building housing rows and rows of small food stalls – all serving a variety of foods and desserts.  Sound a bit familiar?

Imagineering Food & Wine – Singapore

Is it Food & Wine every day in Singapore?

Or, how about this?  When it comes to cuisine, diversity is THE word.  Malaysia, China, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, the Middle East and many other countries can claim influence on Singapore’s culinary landscape.

To be honest, if ever there was a country MADE for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, it is Singapore!

Let’s take a look back at recent history.  In 2011, Chef Jens offered us a shrimp cake on a sugar cane skewer.  In addition, his entrees included an Indonesian-inspired coconut-braised beef rendang.  Last year, the beef rendang returned to be accompanied by a seared mahi-mahi.

As I recall, the shrimp cake and mahi-mahi were quite tasty.  I have to admit, however, that I couldn’t scrape up the desire to try the rendang.  I mean, the pictures that I saw of that spicy meat dish didn’t look appetizing at all.

Imagineering Food & Wine – Singapore

Step your game up, Singapore!

So, if we were given the chance to write Chef’s menu, what could we offer?

Well, first, I would suggest replacing the beef rendang.  It has had its day, and, as I researched the multitude of options we could choose for Singapore, I found the perfect replacement.  Chef Jens won’t have to travel far to find a slam-dunk recipe.  Have you ever had Sanaa’s butter chicken?  You should.  It’s an incredible Indian-influenced dish.  Sanaa can be found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village.

Imagineering Food & Wine – Singapore

If you give us butter chicken, Chef, we’ll flock to Singapore!

For Singapore’s second entree, I could make a strong argument to keep their seared mahi-mahi.  It WAS pretty tasty, but, since this marketplace is going to get a complete “refurb”, I’m going to suggest a popular seafood dish with Malaysian overtones – chili crab.

Imagine crab stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savory tomato and chili-based sauce.  Despite its name, it is not a very spicy dish.  It was, however, listed by CNN as one of the “World’s 50 most delicious foods” in 2011.  Some rendition of this has got to be worth a taste.

Imagineering Food & Wine – Singapore

If not crab, then I could imagine Chef presenting some kind of “chili seafood” dish.

There you have it.  If Singapore is in need of an upgrade, I would say its old entrees need to be completely erased in favor of brand new choices.  In my mind, the butter chicken is a sure winner.  The crab is a wild card.


Guest Author – Bob Sikon

Guest Author Bob SikonBob Sikon is a Cast Member “Wanna-Be”. He fell in love with Walt Disney World on his first visit to Mickey’s Florida home in 1999, and it was all because of the Cast Members. In his words, “The way they take care of you, they make you want to be part of The Magic.” Someday, his dream will come true, and he’ll proudly wear a Cast Member name badge, but, for now, you can find him in Atlanta, GA, planning his next trip to “The World”, and blogging about the place “Where Dreams Come True” at allinwdw.com.

 

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar – Guest Blog Post

If you’ve followed me at allinwdw.com for any measure of time, you know that my entire family loves Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  Frankly, from our view, for the price, it is one of the best places to stay at Walt Disney World Resort.  It is clean, NOT crowded (as much as you might fear it is – given that it is a conference resort), and the people working there are top-notch.  Well, we also love their lake-side watering hole – Laguna Bar.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

This way to paradise!

One of the things I tell people is that I fell in love with Walt Disney World many years ago because of the Cast Members.  As a young family, with one 2nd grader in tow, we were taking our very-first BIG vacation.  The staff at Coronado Springs made us feel like we were the only guests visiting Walt Disney World, and they made us want to be a PART of the magic.  What more can you ask for when you’re handing Mickey your hard-earned dollars?  Well, the bartenders at Laguna are prime examples of great service.

The Laguna Bar sits directly behind El Centro – the Southwestern U.S./Mexican-themed resort’s main (central) building.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

Only a few steps away from El Centro.

It is a small establishment, but, for us, it packs a large “punch” in the form of hours of enjoyment.  It’s our vacation, after all, and what does one do on vacation but relax?  Oh, we love the theme parks, don’t get us wrong, but sometimes we just want to sit around and chill.  Laguna Bar is an ideal spot.  A cold beverage of any variety, enjoyed by Lago Dorado (the man-made lake at the heart of the resort) takes us to a very happy place.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

A comfortable, little resting place.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

The stools encircle the bar.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

Welcome to Laguna!

Dining Recon: Laguna bar

Ample seating.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

A beautiful view.

Food options at Laguna Bar are a bit limited, but Coronado’s Quick Service food court – Pepper Market – is just a short stroll away.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

If you’d like to stick around and keep your seat, however, Laguna sports a new menu.  With cuisine supplied by Cafe Rix, they have expanded their options to include nine salad and sandwich items as well as four “kids” meals and two desserts.  The former menu offered choices from amongst only two salads, three sandwiches, and two recipes of individual pizzas.  A big improvement!

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

We had the Cobb Salad and the All Beef Jumbo Hot Dog.  The salad was fresh and very filling.  Accompanied by your choice of chips, the “dog” was a hearty little meal!

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

You’ll love their signature cocktails. The Cancun Colada is especially tasty!

Whether you are buying a beverage or looking for a place to enjoy “take-out” from either Pepper Market or Cafe Rix, there’s plenty of seating.  For us, though, we enjoy a spot at the bar.  It is there that we can enjoy the company of Laguna’s outstanding staff of bartenders.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

No, Paola! We can’t drink that whole bottle!

If you’re looking for a surprisingly quiet, clean, moderately priced place to call home when you reach Walt Disney World, we would highly recommend Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  If you’re looking for a place to sit back, relax, and chill in the presence of friendly Cast Members and a beautiful view, then visit Laguna Bar.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

The crowd gathers!

The Three Caballeros request your presence!

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar


Guest Author – Bob Sikon

Guest Author Bob SikonBob Sikon is a Cast Member “Wanna-Be”. He fell in love with Walt Disney World on his first visit to Mickey’s Florida home in 1999, and it was all because of the Cast Members. In his words, “The way they take care of you, they make you want to be part of The Magic.” Someday, his dream will come true, and he’ll proudly wear a Cast Member name badge, but, for now, you can find him in Atlanta, GA, planning his next trip to “The World”, and blogging about the place “Where Dreams Come True” at allinwdw.com.

‘Limited Time Magic’ Sweets to Celebrate Independence Week at Disney Parks

Fourth of July themed sweets at Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are a special “Limited Time Magic” treat, on menus for just one week from July 1-7.
Here’s what you’ll find:

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, ever-popular cupcakes celebrate the Fourth of July with an all-American “apple pie” cupcake – vanilla cake with apple pie filling, caramel buttercream frosting and apple crisp topping. Topped off with a flourish of red, white and blue sprinkles and a red, white and blue white chocolate Mickey Mouse. The cupcakes are on the menu at ABC Commissary, Pizza Planet, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., Starring Rolls, Rosie’s All-American Café and Fairfax Fare. Cost is $4.99 and the cupcakes are one snack entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.

At Sunshine Seasons Bakery in The Land Pavilion in Epcot Future World, a fancy Baked Alaska Mousse is on the menu, a red, white and blue concoction of raspberry, white chocolate and blueberry mousse dipped in meringue. Cost is $3.99 and it is one snack entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.

Upstairs in The Land Pavilion, Garden Grill is adding an old-fashioned patriotic dessert – a skillet peach cobbler with vanilla whipped cream. It’s part of the family-style Chip ‘n Dales’ Harvest Feast dinner served nightly.

In the Magic Kingdom Park, StoryBook Treats is adding a red, white and blue strawberry shortcake to the menu – white shortcake, red strawberries and fresh blueberries for a touch of blue. Cost is $4.99 and is not dining plan eligible.

 

Universal Orlando Has a New Dining Plan

The Universal Dining Plan offers you the utmost in savings and convenience. Now when you book your Universal Orlando® Resort vacation you can purchase your meals and snacks in advance! Make the most of your time and enjoy family meals together at some of Universal Orlando’s most popular dining establishments. The dining plan is available to be booked now, but will not officially start at Universal until July 1, 2013. It is available to guests staying on-site at Universal Orlando Resort as well as those staying at off-site hotels.

The dining plan cost for adults is $45.99 plus tax and for children (age 3-9) $17.99 plus tax, gratuities not included. Guests at Universal do not have to purchase the dining plan for their entire length of stay, it is available for as many days as guests choose. For each day purchased guest will receive the following:

1 table service meal (entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage)
1 counter service meal (entree and non-alcoholic beverage)
1 snack
1 beverage

Universal Orlando has a huge array of dining options for kids and adults to choose from. Have breakfast with characters from Universal’s Superstar Parade at Cafe La Bamba or enjoy fine dining at Emeril’s. There are over 50 restaurants to choose from at Universal Studios, Universal Citywalk and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Click Here to Download the Flier for Universal Orlando’s New Dining Plan

 

Universal Orlando Unveils New Dining Plans

Universal Orlando has unveiled a new dining plan!  The new Universal Dining Plan is available to add to any vacation package with on-site hotel or off-site hotel, when you book through Kingdom Magic Vacations!

The new Universal Dining Plan is available to add to any vacation package with on-site hotel or off-site hotel, booked through Kingdom Magic Vacations

The first seating for the new dining plan is July 1st, 2013!  The cost of the Universal Dining Plan is $45.99 +tax for adults and $17.99 +tax for children (age 3-9), remember gratuities are not included.

There is also a new Free dining package, available for our off-site hotels only, for bookings made Now – 8/29/13, and is valid for travel 8/15 – 11/24/13 and 12/2 – 12/19/13.  This package includes 2 FREE days of the Universal Dining Plan when you stay 4-Nights or longer on this exclusive vacation package.

The Universal Dining Plan is NOT AVAILABLE for purchase at the parks, so make sure add it on when you book your vacation package!

he new Universal Dining Plan is available to add to any vacation package with on-site hotel or off-site hotel, booked through Kingdom Magic Vacations

HOW DOES IT WORK?

When you purchase your vacation package and include the dining plan you’ll receive a ticket to be exchanged at Universal Orlando Resort for a Universal Dining Plan card.
You can pick up your Universal Dining Plan card at:

he new Universal Dining Plan is available to add to any vacation package with on-site hotel or off-site hotel, booked through Kingdom Magic Vacations

Each day of the Universal Dining Plan entitles guests to enjoy:

• ONE TABLE SERVICE MEAL CONSISTING OF ONE EACH:
Entrée, Dining Plan Dessert & Non-Alcoholic Beverage
• ONE COUNTER SERVICE MEAL CONSISTING OF ONE EACH:
Entrée & Non-Alcoholic Beverage
• ONE SNACK (such as a hot dog, ice cream, frozen beverages)
From food carts or counter service locations
• ONE BEVERAGE
From food carts or counter service locations

The Universal Dining Plan offers you the utmost in savings and convenience. Now when you book your Universal Orlando Resort vacation you can purchase your meals and snacks in advance! Make the most of your time and enjoy family meals together at some of Universal Orlando’s most popular dining establishments.

To see the participating restaurant list CLICK HERE.

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