WDW Restaurant and Dining News

DECEMBER 2005

DVC Members can now add the Disney Dining Plan to their DVC reservations!

Beginning January 3, 2006, call DVC Member services to add the dining plan to your DVC reservations for April 1, 2006, or later.

The Spirit of Aloha Luau

Polynesian, 8pm show, has been cancelled for Wednesday, December 21, 2005.

Tony's Grand Gathering - Price increases as of 1/1/06

Persons 10 and up $39.99; Persons 3-9 $19.99 (includes 6.5% tax and 18% gratuity). It's an all you care to eat breakfast brought table-side. Song, dance and character interaction included. Tony will be on hand to help celebrate special occassions. After breakfast is finished, you will have reserved seating at the very next showing of Mickey's PhilharMagic.

If you already have a Tony's Good Morning Gathering booked, it will be at the old price UNLESS you change/alter the reservation.

NOVEMBER 2005

The Diamond Horseshoe Dinner Buffet 11/23 - 11/26

The Diamond Horseshoe at the Magic Kingdom Park will open temporarily as a Table Service Restaurant serving a dinner buffet. Available November 23 through November 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the menu will include chicken, salmon, carved beef, turkey and an assortment of sides and desserts.

OCTOBER 2005

MAKE DINING RESERVATIONS 180 DAYS IN ADVANCE!

As of October 28, 2005, you will be able to make all your Walt Disney World table service dining reservations as far as 180 days in advance! If you are staying at a Disney resort, you will still be able to book reservations for your entire stay, starting at 180 days from your arrival date. The new 180-day advance reservation program applies to Disney child care centers (Simba's Cubhouse, Never Land Club, etc.), and also other special events like the Wonderland Tea Party. In conjunction with this change to dining reservations, Walt Disney World will also publish operating hours six months in advance, to enable you to plan better.

CHANGES AT CINDERELLA'S ROYAL TABLE!

Beginning February 1, 2006, dining at Cinderella's Royal Table will undergo several changes:

-- Breakfast and Lunch will continue as Disney Princess-themed character meals. However, when you arrive at Cinderella Castle for your reservation, a photographer will be on hand to take pictures of your group in the lobby, before you are seated in the dining room. A package with four 4x6 prints and one 6x8 print of your photo, as well as one 6x8 print of Cinderella Castle, in a Cinderella photo holder (valued at $29.95 plus tax) will be delivered to you during your meal, which will be from a fixed-price, set menu. (Additional photos may be purchased.)

Breakfast: $31.99 ages 10 and up; $21.99 ages 3-9. Lunch: $33.99 ages 10 and up; $22.99 ages 3-9.

-- Dinner will become a fixed-price, set meal, also, hosted by the Fairy Godmother, who will lead the observance of special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. You will also have the chance to have your photo taken before dining, with a photo package similar to that mentioned above offered to you during the meal. In addition, you will receive a special, unframed, unmatted lithograph (worth $50), given exclusively to diners at Cinderella's Royal Table Dinner.

Dinner: $39.99 ages 10 and up; $24.99 ages 3-9.

NOTE: Once these changes go into effect (February 1, 2006), payment in full with a credit card will be required at the time of booking for all meals at Cinderella's Royal Table. If you do not have a credit card, the reservation cannot be made. All reservations for dining at Cinderella's Royal Table prior to February 1, 2006, will follow current pricing and deposit payment policies.

Magic Your Way Plus Dining Plan WILL be accepted at Cinderella's Royal Table meals, requiring TWO table service credits.

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Hoop-Dee-Doo 9:30pm Show Cancelled for 10/23 - Due to anticipated weather impacts as a result of Hurricane Wilma, the 9:30pm showing of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground has been cancelled for the evening of Sunday, October 23. The first two shows (5pm and 7:15pm) will occur as scheduled.

"Lunch with Walt Disney World Animal Programs" at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge begins November 1, 2005. Have an up-close-and-personal experience with a Dolphin Trainer, Veterinarian or Animal Curator with the new Disney's Animal Specialists who will share their stories, passions and backgrounds over an authentic South African luncheon in the Wine Room at Jiko...The Cooking Place. Each week, a different presenter will meet with Guests in an entertaining and informal setting. Chef Anette Gray-Grecchi serves up a traditional South African feast for this uniquely Disney experience. The Lunch Series will be held every Tuesday from 12:00pm - 2:00pm. Cost is $65.00 + tax and gratuity per person. Guests 21+ can also enjoy an optional Wine Pairing for an additional $15.00. Guests interested in this exciting new dining opportunity should contact Shelley Oulach with Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge at 407-938-7149. This will currently be the only avenue to secure a reservation

The Menu may include:
Appetizer: Whole Wheat lavosh flat bread with Moroccan; Chermoula and Organic Field Greens

Entree: Maize crusted and pan-roasted halibut, and oven-roasted tenderloin with sweet potato and potato gratin.

Dessert: Pomegranate macerated fruit salad with homemade yogurt.

California Grill (Contemporary) implents new credit card guarantee policy -- for all reservations confirmed for Friday, October 21st and beyond a credit card is required at time of booking as a guarantee. Guests will be advised a $20.00 per person cancellation fee will apply for cancellations within 24 hours or for any no shows. Guests will need to provide billing address, card type, credit card number and expiration date on each booking.

Effective immediately (10/3/05) checks will no longer be accepted as payment by Disney Dining for reservations requiring advance payment (Cinderella's Royal Table, Hoop dee Doo Review, Sprit of Aloha Luau or Mickey's Backyard BBQ)

SEPTEMBER 2005

The Spirit of Aloha Luau at the Polynesian normally offers Dinner Shows Tuesday - Saturday at 5:15pm and 8:00pm. On Sunday, December 25, and Monday, December 26 both shows will be offered! Call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations.

Big Changes at 'Ohana at the Polynesian Resort! As of Sunday, October 2, 2005, the restaurant's character breakfast will feature Lilo & Stitch and Pluto, who will join Mickey. Chip, Dale, and Goofy will no longer appear at the breakfast. Review -- Photo Gallery

'Ohana at the Polynesian Resort has a new dinner menu!

From September 22 until October 5, 2005, El Pirata y el Perico Restaurante in the Magic Kingdom is open temporarily, serving a dinner buffet to guests referred from other Magic Kingdom table service locations and to walk-in guests. No reservations are accepted.

Pinocchio Village Haus in the Magic Kingdom has a new menu featuring Italian food.

Disney Vacation Club Member Champagne Brunches will take place at Citricos on the following Sundays: October 30, November 6, and November 13, 2005. Prices are $49.00 plus tax and gratuity per person for ages 12 and older, and $19.00 plus tax and gratuity per person for ages 3 to 11. Seating is limited. For additional information and reservations, call 407-938-3514 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST., Monday - Friday. You can also log onto the disneyvacationclub.com site for brunch menu and details.

On November 1, The Turf Club at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa will officially become The Turf Club Bar and Grill. It will feature new expanded menu offerings. This includes everything from signature drinks to sandwiches and other creatively prepared American favorites, in a warm, casual setting featuring indoor and outdoor seating areas. Both the indoor and outdoor seating areas will offer table service for lunch and dinner. Visible construction on the new dining area will also begin in November. The enhanced dining area is scheduled to debut in Summer 2006 and will more than double the current seating capacity. The current dining area will remain open during construction.

AUGUST 2005

Magic Your Way Dining Packages will NOW be accepted for Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages. All participating restaurants will be one entitlement, except for Coral Reef which will require two. You will still need to use a credit card to reserve your Candlelight Package. Persons on the Dream Maker Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Magic Your Way Premium packages are also accepted.

Thanksgiving Menus announced (8/17/05)

Restaurant Akershus (Norway, Epcot) has a new name: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. The "Princess Storybook Dining is the name of the character dining experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

JULY 2005

Upscale resort restaurants change dress code to Business Casual! No hats, swim suits, swim suit coveralls, tank tops, T-shirts, torn clothing or flip-flops. You can wear - dress shorts, pants, jean pants, collared shirts, blouses, sweaters, pants. Restaurants now requiring Business Casual include: Artist Point (Wilderness Lodge), California Grill (Contemporary), Citricos and Narcoossee's (Grand Floridian), Jiko (Animal Kingdom Lodge), Flying Fish (Boardwalk), and Yachtsman Steakhouse (Yacht Club).

New Dining Reservation Policy for Disney Resort Guests - Beginning July 18th, if you have a confirmed Walt Disney World Resort Reservation (with confirmation number) you can book your dining plans for your entire trip (up to a 10 day stay). This begins 90 days in advance of your arrival date. DVC members are advised to call DVC to make dining reservations, however you can call the main WDW DINE line and provide your confirmation number. Guests of the Dolphin, Swan, Shades of Green and Downtown Disney Resort hotels are not able to use the new booking window.

AllEarsNet.com Columnist Anita Answer, who is in the World as we go to press, reports: The Animal Kingdom Meal Plus Certificates are no longer available at that theme park's restaurants. I'm not sure when they stopped offering them, but when I tried to buy one today I was told they are not available any more. (7/19/05)

The dress code for the Contemporary Resort's California Grill has been upgraded to "business casual" from "resort casual."

The Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station in the Magic Kingdom is closed again, this time with the added notice that it only "operates seasonally." Meanwhile, the Pinocchio Village Haus has still NOT changed over to the pizza/Italian sandwich menu that we had heard was imminent. (7/16/05)

JUNE 2005

Effective July 1, children's meals at Disney restaurants will be for ages 3-9 (revised from ages 3-11). The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel restaurants will be adhering to this pricing guideline also, with the exceptions of Todd English's bluezoo and Shula's Steakhouse (both located in the Dolphin).

Starting Monday, July 25, at 7 a.m. EST you can book all special events for the 2005 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, being held from September 30 through November 13. Call 407 WDW-FEST (407 939-3378) to book events such as the Party for the Senses, Wine Schools, Food and Wine Pairings, Specialty Dinners, and more.

Along with releasing special discount codes for Disney resort rooms this fall, Disney announced last week that they will include a FREE Dining plan add-on with a 3-night or longer Magic Your Way Package. This offer is good for arrivals at Walt Disney World between August 21 and October 4 for a Magic Your Way package for 3 nights or longer at a Disney hotel. To receive this special offer, you must book by July 3, 2005. To book this offer, call 1-407-WDISNEY or your travel agent.

Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station in the Magic Kingdom is closed until July 1, 2005. There is no word on why the restaurant closed so soon after its recent reopening, or whether a menu change is in the works.

The new Fairytale Lunch with Cinderella and friends begins June 10 at Cinderella's Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom.The meal consists of family-style salad and dessert and your choice of an entree and non-alcoholic beverage. Price for adults is $23.99; price for children 3-9 is $12.99. There is a $10 per adult and $5 per child deposit. Lunch is served from noon - 3 p.m. daily.

MAY 2005

Advance Dining Reservations are now being accepted for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Liberty Tree Tavern (6pm - 8pm) and Tony's Town Square (5pm - 9pm)! (May 2, 2005)

Priority Seating become Advance Dining Reservations - After years of being called "Priority Seating" and confusing guests, Walt Disney World has finally changed the name of dining reservations to "Advance Dining Reservations". This change is effective immediately. The process is exactly the same as before, no change to how far in advance you can book the Advanced Reservations. (May 2, 2005)

APRIL 2005

Ariel (aka The Little Mermaid) will be among the Princesses appearing at the new Princess Storybook Meal beginning April 10 in Epcot's Norway pavilion. For the character meals, Ariel will don her ball gown and will circulate around the restaurant along with four or five of the following Princesses and Leading Ladies: Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Pocahontas, Mary Poppins, Mulan. Characters are subject to change without notice.

MARCH 2005

New Flavors at Sunshine Seasons in the Land. During the time the Land pavilion has been closed (scheduled to reopen in April), the Sunshine Season Food Fair has undergone a renovation including its new name. The new eatery will feature an open kitchen, five new stations and a centralized cashier (think Pepper Market or All Stars/Pop Century Food Court). The wood-fired grill will feature rotisserie items including Ancho-rubbed beef, Moroccan chicken and grilled Atlantic salmon. The Soup and Salad station will feature the freshest herbs and vegetables from The Land greenhouse!

The Asian Wok Shop offers noodle bowls and stir fry including a Mongolian barbecue and wok station. Foods here will have a light healthy approach that include Mongolian vegetable beef stir fry and a vegetarian noodle bowl with tofu (sounds like what is on the new Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station menu). Look for Black-forest ham and salami, turkey mufuletta and grilled veggie Cuban sandwiches at the Sandwich Shop. Finally, there will be a bakery. Each station will offer vegetarian and children's items as well as grab-and-go foods.

Cinderella's Royal Table Character Dine -- Beginning June 10, a new Character Lunch will debut at the Magic Kingdom! All your favorite princesses from breakfast will now be at the midday meal! The character lunch will feature family-style salad and dessert and the choice of five adult entrees or children's meals along with a nonalcoholic, non-specialty beverage. Lunch will be $23.99 for adults (12 and older) and $12.99 for children 3-11. A deposit of $10 per adult and $5 per child will be required (as is currently the case with breakfast).

Disney's Spirit of Aloha show at the Polynesian has been canceled for March 2 and 3 -- 8pm show only! 5:15pm show still goes on. (March 1 show at 8pm was cancelled also.)

The character lunch at Magic Kingdom's Crystal Palace has increased to $19.99 (plus tax) per adult. A similar increase will be in effect when the Garden Grill Restaurant, in Epcot's Land pavilion, reopens this spring. Adult dinner and children's prices have not changed.

FEBRUARY 2005

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue's 9:30 p.m. show is cancelled February 28, 2005.

Disney's Spirit of Aloha show at the Polynesian has been cancelled due to impending cold weather as follows: Thursday, February 10 -- 8pm show only is cancelled; Friday, February 11 -- 5:15pm and 8pm shows have both been cancelled

Effective Feb 4, you will no longer need to guarantee holiday Priority Seatings with a credit card. The following holidays are included: Valentines Day, Mothers Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, NYE and NYD. This change is only for Table Service Dining and does NOT effect prepaid events, Cinderella's Royal Table or Princess Storybook dining, recreation or other special events.

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue's 9:30 p.m. show is cancelled February 1 - 3, 2005.

An authentic Irish pub and restaurant, complete with traditional and contemporary Irish music, storytelling and dance, is scheduled to open in summer 2005, in the space formerly occupied by the Pleasure Island Jazz Club. The pub, as-yet unnamed, will be owned and operated by Great Irish Pubs Florida, Inc., which also owns "Nine Fine Irishmen" at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The menu for the new restaurant is expected to be a blend of traditional Irish fare with a modern twist. Pleasure Island club admission will not be required for entry into the pub.

Mother's Day Brunch Returns at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival on May 7-8, 2005. For complete details visit: http://allears.net/menu/men_mom.htm

JANUARY 2005

Beginning January 19th, the Trail's End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness will begin accepting Priority Seatings. Trail's End serves all you care to eat Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

The Plaza Pavillion counter service eatery in the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland is closed for refurbishment.

Princess Storybook Dining -- Begins April 10th -- Norway's Restaurant Akershus in Epcot will begin offering 3 Princess Character meals a day, adding lunch and dinner to the already popular breakfast! Breakfast will continue to be American fare and lunch and dinner will offer Norwegian Cuisine for adults and American style for kids. All meals will be served family style at the table. Until April 10th, Akershus will continue to offer the traditional Norwegian dinner as well as the Princess Breakfast.

Effective April 10, 2005:
Breakfast 8:30am - 10:10am
$21.99 Adults (12 and older), $11.99 Children (3-11)
Lunch 11:40am - 2:50pm
$23.99 Adults (12 and older), $12.99 Children (3-11)
Dinner 4:20pm - 8:40pm
$27.99 Adults (12 and older), $12.99 Children (3-11)
Price includes non specialty drink such as soda, coffee, tea, punch, milk.

Characters MAY include any of the following: Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora), Mary Poppins, Pocahontas, or Mulan.


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