2004 WDW
Restaurant and Dining News


DECEMBER

Changes at Cinderella's Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom - Beginning January 30th, the Once Upon a Time Character Breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table will begin extended breakfast hours. The last seating for breakfast will move from 10:20 to 11:15 am. In making this change, there will be a reduction in the lunch hours at Cinderella's Royal Table. Beginning January 30th, the location will be open for lunch from 1:00 until 2:55 pm.

On Sunday, December 19, Seven Dwarfs' Mine in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom® Park will re-open as a seasonal location. It will offer fresh fruit, snacks, Smuckers Uncrustables, Dannon yogurt, contour soda bottles, bottled water and drink boxes.

Spirit of Aloha Shows at the Polynesian cancelled due to weather December 14th, 15th, 16, 24 (8pm only) and 25th.

NOVEMBER

Cinderella's Royal Table will be closed for rehab beginning January 17. Lunch and dinner will return on January 27th. Breakfast will begin again on January 28th.

OCTOBER 2004

Captain Jack's Restaurant at the Downtown Disney Marketplace will be closed all day on Tuesday, November 2, 2004. The restaurant will resume normal operations on November 3.

Reader Kimberly Litton writes: Just to let you know, the Garden Grill Restaurant in EPCOT will be closed for "rehab" from Janaury 2, 2005 - April 6, 2005.

Reader Becky Barker writes in to say: I called today (10/27) to make a priority seating for the Prime Time Cafe and they told me it is going to be closed for refurbishment from January 17, 2005 - January 31, 2005.

As of October 31st, Victoria and Albert's will have a separate number for reservations. The team at V & A's will provide a more exclusive experience for guests by having Cast Members whose job is to book this event. Call 407-824-1089.

Beginning Sunday, October 24, the Princess Storybook Breakfast at Restaurant Akershus in Epcot will have seatings until 11:40 a.m. daily. Subsequently, Restaurant Akershus will no longer serve lunch. The restaurant will continue to offer a family-style dinner daily.

Cinderella's Royal Table will be closed for rehab beginning January 17, 2005. Lunch and dinner service will resume January 27, with the popular character breakfast resuming the next morning, January 28.

SEPTEMBER 2004

Epcot's Restaurant Akershus no longer serves lunch

AUGUST

Friday, August 27, marks 90 days until Thanksgiving Day (November 25). Our friend Scottwdw at PS Planning Guide (http://pscalculator.net/) reminds us that Priority Seatings for this holiday will be taken starting that morning. "Since it's a major US holiday, Priority Seatings will be at a premium in many places, so be sure to call early!" Scott notes. "Remember to have your credit card handy when making a PS for special holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Easter or Mother's Day."

WDW Dining Policy Change - As of August 29, 2004, full payment will be required in full for the Hoop-Dee-Doo, Spirit of Aloha Show and Mickey's Backyard BBQ at the time of booking. As long as you cancel up to 48 hours in advance, you will receive a full refund.

The My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea Party at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has been extended through 1/28/05. Your credit card will be charged by WDW prior to the event.

Through October 2nd, the tea will be offered Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

Starting October 3rd, the tea will be offered Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

JUNE 2004

Yacht Club Galley open for Dinner after a long hiatus!

California Grill at the Contemporary -- began a new check-in procedure (June 14) for their dining guests. You will now check in at a podium located on the second floor of the Contemporary Resort. A Cast Member will then escort parties with Priority Seating, or those persons wishing to enjoy the California Grill lounge, to an elevator reserved only for California Grill diners.

"Dining With a Walt Disney Imagineer" has been extended through July 30, 2004.

Disney-MGM Studios' Starring Rolls has reopened with a new look and a new menu, featuring sandwiches, pastries and gourmet coffee. Tucked away near the Brown Derby, this quiet spot is now also the place to get a scaled-down version of the Brown Derby's famous Cobb Salad.

MAY

My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea - Starts June 10, 2004 at the Grand Floridian's Garden View Lounge. From 10:30 - noon, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; your little girl can dress up and have a special tea party with Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. The tea party is hosted by "Rose Petal" a magical rose from Aurora's garden, who will lead sing-alongs, storytelling and a princess parade.

In addition to the tea party, princess cake and meet and great with Aurora, each guest from 3-11 will receive "My Disney Girl" collectable doll plus accessories; a tiara, Princess link bracelet, princess scrapbook and a "Best Friend" certificate.

$200 includes gratuity (but not tax) for one adult and one child ages 3-11. Additional adult guest is $65 plus tax and an additional child is $135 plus tax.

Reservations begin on May 26th.

Please send AllEarsNet a report if you attend this special event!

Downtown Disney's Wolfgang Puck Cafe and Wolfgang Puck Dining Room Priority Seatings are now available through WDW-DINE.

Liberty Tree Tavern is now accepting Priority Seatings for each of the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party nights. Dinner seatings are offered from 4 - 8:50 p.m.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Guests 12 and over: $21.99 plus tax (Dinner Only - Event ticket NOT included)
Guests ages 3-11: $9.99 plus tax (Dinner Only - Event ticket NOT included)

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Guests 12 and over: $21.99 plus tax (Dinner Only - Event ticket NOT included)
Guests ages 3-11: $9.99 plus tax (Dinner Only - Event ticket NOT included)

For more information or to make a priority seating, call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).

"Dining With a Walt Disney Imagineer" has been extended through June 30, 2004.

APRIL

El Pirata Y el Perico Restaurante will be closed for refurbishment from April 26 until May 28, 2004. The counter service area will get a new food service line. The closest place for food will be Pecos Bill's in Fronterland.

Magic Kingdom's Enchanted Grove closed for refurbishment on April 19, 2004 and will reopen June 11th. During the closure, the Enchanted Grove will receive a new floor and serving windows. The next closest snack foods can be found at Mrs. Potts (soft serve ice cream and cold beverages).

Beginning Sunday April 4, the Grand Floridian Cafe will be open for dinner, as well as breakfast and lunch!

"Dining With a Walt Disney Imagineer" has been extended through April 28, 2004.

4th of July Dining Celebration at California Grill - Contemporary - The event will feature entertainment to celebrate Independence Day with a great view of fireworks at the MAGIC KINGDOM Park and Walt Disney World Resort. Guests will enjoy a "dine around" experience with multiple food and wine stations throughout the restaurant.

MARCH

Restaurant Akershus in Epcot's Norway will be closed from April 18 through May 10th for lunch and dinner. Character breakfast is still available.

Downtown Disney Marketplace changes it's dining hours effective March 16, 2004 from 10:30am to 11:00pm to 9:00am - 11:00pm

The popular counter service spot Starring Rolls, in the Disney-MGM Studios, is closed for refurbishment until March 25.

Tom Sawyer Island's very own Aunt Polly's reopened on March 14th and will be open daily beginning at 11:00am. Closing time will vary. Menu items include soft-serve ice cream, fresh baked apple pie, and specialty sundaes!

The Earl of Sandwich opens in Downtown Disney March 2nd!

The 9:30pm Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness has been cancelled for March 1 and 4th.

FEBRUARY

The 9:30pm Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness has been cancelled for Sunday, February 29th.

The Spirit of Aloha Dinner 8pm Show at the Polynesian has been cancelled for Friday, February 27th.

Hours for El Pirata Y el Perico Restaurante in the Magic Kingdom during the month of February are:

Thursday, February 12 - Monday, February 16 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 16 - 11:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 28 - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

JANUARY

The 9:30pm Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness has been cancelled for January 29, January 30, and February 1, 2004.

The Spirit of Aloha Dinner 8pm Show at the Polynesian has been cancelled for Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23, 2004.

The 9:30pm Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue at Fort Wilderness on Thursday, January 22 has been cancelled.

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue - The 9:30 p.m. seating of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue has been cancelled fo January 12th, 13th, and 14th (1/9/04)

"Dining With a Walt Disney Imagineer" has been extended through 2-27-04. (1/10/04)


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