Walt Disney World
Restaurant and Dining News

Two WDW Chefs Named "Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America"Two WDW Chefs Named "Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America"
June 26, 2017
Two Walt Disney World chefs are among Dessert Professional Magazine's "Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America." Stefan Riemer, executive pastry chef on the Culinary Development team for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, was classically trained in Europe and joined the Disney Culinary team in 1999. In his current role he develops and implements pastry menus and new pastry brands such as Amorette's Patisserie and The Ganachery at Disney Springs. Olivier Saintemarie, executive pastry chef for Chefs de France restaurant in the France pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, was also classically trained in Europe. He joined Disney Cruise Line in 1999 and moved to Epcot in 2014. He oversees bread and pastry production for Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, Les Chefs de France, Monsieur Paul and L'Artisan des Glaces.


Morimoto Asia Forbidden Lounge Late Night OfferingsMorimoto Asia Forbidden Lounge Late Night Offerings
June 26, 2017
Morimoto Asia recently debuted its new summer additions to the Forbidden Lounge late-night menu. Deb and Linda were able to sample the new cocktails and also the late-night food offerings.


2018 Dining Plan Includes Alcoholic Beverages2018 Dining Plan Includes Alcoholic Beverages
June 25, 2017
Walt Disney World 2018 vacation packages went on sale today, June 20. Along with that, Disney has released updated information for its 2018 Dining Plans. One of the biggest changes to next year's dining plans is the inclusion of certain alcoholic beverages. Other specialty beverages have also been included in the plans. For guests with a vacation package that includes a Disney Dining Plan:
-- Those over the age of 21 can choose either one single serving non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine. A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as: artisanal milkshakes; fresh smoothies; premium hot chocolates; soda, coffee, or tea. A single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as: beer or cider; wine or sangria; mixed drinks and specialty cocktails (some exceptions apply).
-- Those under the age of 21 can choose a single serving non-alcoholic beverage as described above.
These beverages are included with a table-service or quick-service meal entitlement, not individually.
In addition, prices for the 2018 dining plans are as follows:
-- Quick-Service Dining Plan is $52.49 per night per adult; $21.75 per night per child age 3-9
-- Basic Dining Plan is $75.49 per night per adult; $25.80 per night per child age 3-9
-- Deluxe Dining Plan is $116.24 per night per adult; $39.90 per night per child age 3-9


2017 Eat to the Beat Concerts Announced!2017 Eat to the Beat Concerts Announced!
June 22, 2017
The full schedule of musical acts performing during the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival has been released. The concerts, known as the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, will be performed nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot's World Showcase at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. The concerts are included with your theme park admission.


Noshing Around Disney SpringsNoshing Around Disney Springs
June 21, 2017
Follow Deb and Linda as they nosh around Disney Springs.


2017 Dining Discounts Summary2017 Dining Discounts Summary
June 15, 2017
Here's an updated chart in PDF form summarizing the various dining discounts (DVC, AP, Tables in Wonderland, etc.) available around Walt Disney World as of June 2017.


Frozen Ever After Dessert Party Debuts July 17Frozen Ever After Dessert Party Debuts July 17
June 15, 2017
Reservations are now open for the brand-new Frozen Ever After Dessert Party, which offers reserved seating for the fireworks spectacular "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth," along with delicious desserts and a special opportunity to enjoy the Frozen Ever After attraction in the Norway pavilion. Starting July 17, 2017, the party, which will take place in World Showcase Plaza East overlooking World Showcase Lagoon, will feature decor, drinks, desserts and snacks inspired by the film Frozen. Adults 21 years and older will be able to enjoy alcoholic beverages such as a pina colada, margarita or "Summertime Punch," a refreshing blend of prickly pear syrup, vodka, lemonade and ginger ale. After IllumiNations, guests will be escorted to the Norway pavilion for a special ride on Frozen Ever After. Cost is $79 for guests ages 10 and above, $47 for ages 3 to 9 -- tax and gratuity included. Reservations can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dine or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.


Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe Closing SoonWolfgang Puck Grand Cafe Closing Soon
June 15, 2017
A recent article in the Orlando Business Journal reported that Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe at Disney Springs, operated by Chicago-based Levy Restaurants Inc., will close for good soon. The site, which encompasses several smaller venues (The Dining Room, Express, Sushi Bar and the Cafe), will begin laying off 193 workers starting August 1. Levy Restaurants is not involved in Puck's plans for Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill, a new location set to open in 2018 that will "modernize the traditional bar and grill concept in a setting inspired by traditional farmhouses with a touch of elegance. In addition, the Journal also speculated that Bongo's Cuban Cafe, owned by singer Gloria Estefan, may soon close.


Halloween and Christmas Dessert Party Tickets Now AvailableHalloween and Christmas Dessert Party Tickets Now Available
June 14, 2017
Tickets are now available for dessert parties for the nights of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. The dessert parties include specially themed sweets, non-alcoholic beverages, and reserved viewing for the nightly fireworks at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. The cost is $79 for adults and $47 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax not included). For reservations, book online or by calling (407) 939-3463. Note that a separate ticket to either the Halloween or Christmas Party is also required and is not included in the price of the dessert party.

In addition, reservations can now be made for table-service dining at Be Our Guest Restaurant, Cinderella's Royal Table and The Crystal Palace for times during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which takes place select nights beginning August 25 through November 1.


Delicious Disney Dining Series Continues This SummerDelicious Disney Dining Series Continues This Summer
June 09, 2017
The "Delicious Disney" dining series continues this summer:

-- On June 28, Citricos at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa hosts a culinary tribute to the 10th anniversary of the Disney Pixar film "Ratatouille" with Chef Dominique Filoni and his team at 6:30 p.m.
-- On July 19, the exotic and exquisite tastes of a journey under the sea are featured at Flying Fish at Disney's BoardWalk with Chef Timothy Majoras and team, also at 6:30 p.m.
Seating is limited for all of the Delicious Disney Dining Series events. For more information or to make reservations, call 407-939-5773.


New Dining Concepts Coming to Disney SpringsNew Dining Concepts Coming to Disney Springs
May 30, 2017
Five new dining concepts debut at Walt Disney World's Disney Springs as early as Fall 2017, including a new restaurant called Jaleo, by world-renowned Chef JoseAndres' ThinkFoodGroup. Set to open in 2018 in the West Side, the restaurant will bring the spirit and flavors of Spain.


Disney Springs to Host "Springs Street Eats" Food Truck RallyDisney Springs to Host "Springs Street Eats" Food Truck Rally
May 28, 2017
This June 2 and 3, Disney Springs will host "Springs Street Eats," which will highlight the fare from eight Central Florida food trucks, including some from Disney Springs' own Exposition Park.


Mickey Mouse Celebration Cake Now Available for OrderingMickey Mouse Celebration Cake Now Available for Ordering
May 19, 2017
Beginning May 17, a brand-new Mickey Mouse celebration cake can be ordered at any Walt Disney World Resort owned and operated table-service restaurant. The cake is available in either chocolate or white chocolate, and can be decorated with a special message of "Happy Birthday" or "Congratulations" on the chocolate ears. Each cake serves 4 to 6 guests, and costs $35 plus tax and gratuity. Celebration cakes can be added to a new or existing dining reservation starting May 17 by calling 407-WDW-DINE or by inquiring in person at a Walt Disney World Resort concierge desk or restaurant podium. Booking ahead is encouraged, as same-day quantities are limited.


Celebrate Sandwich Week with Specials at Earl of SandwichCelebrate Sandwich Week with Specials at Earl of Sandwich
May 16, 2017
Earl of Sandwich at Disney Springs is celebrating British Sandwich Week by featuring a different $5 sandwich each day through May 19. Just mention "British Sandwich Week" when placing your order to receive the $5 sandwich of the day. This offer is not valid with any discounts or other offers.


Make Mickey Waffles at Home!Make Mickey Waffles at Home!
May 16, 2017
You can buy the actual waffle mix that is used at Walt Disney World for its delicious Mickey waffles: Carbon's Golden Malted Pancake and Waffle Flour. This patented mix, which was created 80 years ago, is made of high-quality wheat, flour and cornmeal blended with premium malt and natural flavorings. The resulting texture and the sweet flavor create Mickey waffles that are the closest we have come to what is served at Walt Disney World.


Mother's Day Specials and Experiences Celebrate "Mom" Mother's Day Specials and Experiences Celebrate "Mom"
May 10, 2017
May 14: Mother's Day -- Special dining and other experiences celebrating "Mom" can be found around Walt Disney World and its hotels.


"Music of Pixar LIVE" Dining Packages Available"Music of Pixar LIVE" Dining Packages Available
May 08, 2017
Reservations are now available for a special dining package that includes reserved seating for the new "The Music of Pixar LIVE!", a limited-time concert event featuring memorable music from beloved Pixar films. With the The Music of Pixar Live! dining package, you will receive a voucher for reserved seating at the Theater of the Stars (the Beauty and the Beast theater), where the show will be performed three times nightly starting May 26. Participating restaurants include Hollywood and Vine (Disney Junior Play 'n Dine and Minnie's Seasonal Dine), The Hollywood Brown Derby and Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano. Dining must occur no later than 2.5 hours prior to show time or 1.25 hours after show time; vouchers can be picked up at the restaurant (if dining prior to show time) or at the theater (if dining after the show). You can also combine this dining package with the Fantasmic! Dining Package, which will also provide you with reserved seating for this nighttime show at the Hollywood Hills Theater. "The Music of Pixar LIVE!" Dining Package is Disney Dining Plan eligible and counts as one table-service entitlement for Hollywood and Vine and Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano, two table-service entitlements for The Hollywood Brown Derby. You can make reservations for the "The Music of Pixar LIVE!" Dining Package online. If you're interested in the combined Music of Pixar/Fantasmic! dining package, you must call 407-WDW-DINE/939-3463.


Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Paradiso 37Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Paradiso 37
May 04, 2017
Blogger Kristin Ford shares five reasons why you should celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend at Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas, at Disney Springs.


Frontera Cocina Celebrates Cinco de MayoFrontera Cocina Celebrates Cinco de Mayo
May 04, 2017
May 5-7: The First Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Frontera Cocina will feature food and drink specials all weekend long. There will be a live DJ on the patio during the evening. Make reservations on OpenTable.com.


35 Marketplaces, Other Early Details of 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Announced35 Marketplaces, Other Early Details of 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Announced
May 02, 2017
Initial details of the 22nd annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival were announced today. The 75-day event, which runs from August 31 to November 13 this year, will celebrate Epcot's 35th anniversary with a record number of Festival Marketplaces -- 35.