WDW Restaurant and Dining News
2008

DECEMBER 2008

Effective immediately, the booking window for Walt Disney World dining, recreation and tours will be 90 days, instead of 180 days.

All existing reservations will be honored as booked.

Disney Resort Hotel Guests are now able to book 90 days prior to their scheduled check-in date for the first 10 days of their stay. (Guests of the Swan and Dolphin, Shades of Green, Downtown Disney Area Hotels and Good Neighbor Hotels are not eligible for this benefit.)

Day guests can book 90 days before the date they wish to dine.

Grand Gathering experiences and La Nouba reservations can still be made up to 180 days in advance.

Certain dining locations around the World will have special hours and menus for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, and the dates surrounding this holiday. Some examples:

-- Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary will serve brunch on New Year's Day from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
-- Mickey's Backyard BBQ will offer a special showing December 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Be sure to ask if there are special hours at your resort's dining locations.

In addition, the Magic Kingdom eateries will expand their services to accommodate the heavy crowd volumes expected.

The following locations will offer breakfast items:

-- Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe : scrambled eggs, french toast, and cereal, 8-10 a.m. daily through December 31.
-- Sleepy Hollow: waffles daily at opening time
-- Main Street Bakery: continental breakfast at opening time
-- Plaza Ice Cream Parlor: coffee and pastries at opening
-- Scuttle's Landing, Westward Ho and The Lunching Pad: coffee and pastries

-- The Diamond Horseshoe will be open for dinner on December 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. ($29.99/adults; $15.99 for ages 3-9.) Prices do not include tax or gratuity. Dinner will be served family-style, all-you-care-to eat, and will offer roasted turkey breast, carved beef, pork loin, mashed potatoes, etc. It will also offer quick service lunch now through January 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-- The Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station will be open for lunch/dinner December 29-31, from 11 a.m. until midnight; January 1-3, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

-- El Pirata y el Perico Restaurante will be open for lunch December 30 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., with extended hours on December 31, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

-- Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland will serve burgers, snacks and beverages now through December 30 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

-- The Adventureland Veranda will be open as a Grab-and-Go location, serving sandwiches, salads, and beverages through December 31, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

-- There will be special carts added in Tomorrowland (corn dogs and nachos); Fantasyland (turkey wrap and sandwiches); and Liberty Square (cheese pizza and beverages)

Select restaurants around the World will have special operating hours and menus on Christmas Day , and the days surrounding the holiday. These include:

Cape May Cafe
-- December 25: open 2 - 9:30 p.m.

Chef Mickey's Fun Time Buffet:
-- December 25: brunch 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.; dinner 3:45 - 9:30 p.m.
-- January 1: brunch 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Whispering Canyon Cafe:
-- December 25: dinner noon - 10 p.m.

Mickey's Backyard BBQ:
-- December 23 and 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE.

The Diamond Horseshoe will be open for dinner December 24-31 from 5 -9 p.m. ($29.99 for adults; $15.99 for ages 3-9.) Prices do not include tax or gratuity. Dinner will be served family-style, all-you-care-to eat, and will offer roasted turkey breast, carved beef, pork loin, mashed potatoes, among other items.

NOVEMBER 2008

A number of special dining offerings have become available in anticipation of the upcoming holidays:

-- Diamond Horseshoe is taking reservations for dinner during Thanksgiving from November 26 - 29.

-- Dates have been added for Mickey's Backyard BBQ -- January 1 and January 3, 2009.

-- All resort food courts (French Quarter, Riverside, Caribbean Beach, Pop Century, All Star Sports, Music and Movies) will be offering a Thanksgiving meal between noon and 9 p.m.

-- Spoodles on the BoardWalk is taking reservations for a traditional Thanksgiving holiday buffet.

OCTOBER 2008

Cape May Cafe Breakfast Buffet Character Change! Chip and Dale have been replaced by Donald Duck. Donald joins Goofy and Minnie!

SEPTEMBER 2008

Epcot's Nine Dragons Opens - Lunch, Dinner and Kids Menus! Photos, and a Review!

Prices for the Fantasmic Dinner Package fixed price dinners have been adjusted slightly. Current prices are now:

Brown Derby $46.99 adult/$11.99 child (3-9) (plus tax and gratuity). Adult meal includes appetizer, entree, dessert and non-specialty, non-alcoholic beverage. Children must order from Children's Menu, and have a choice of soup or salad, entree, dessert and child's beverage.

Mama Melrose $32.99 adult/$11.99 child (3-9) (plus tax and gratuity). Adult meal includes appetizer, entree, dessert and non-specialty, non-alcoholic beverage. Children must order from Children's Menu, and have a choice of soup or salad, entree, dessert and child's beverage.

Hollywood & Vine $26.99 adult (increased from $24.99)/$13.99 child (3-9) (increased from $11.99) not including admission, tax, and gratuity (no characters). All you care to eat buffet. Choose from a number of selections including; oven-roasted Prime Rib, Citrus Baked Chicken, Pan-seared Salmon, and Stir-Fry Noodles with Sesame. Also includes fresh salads and build your own ice cream/dessert bar. Adult beverages NOT included. Child's meal includes beverage.

Reduced Price for Bocuse D'or Grand Gala: $325 for Annual Pass or Park Ticket Holders

Due to the high demand for the Bocuse d'Or Gala dinner from Annual Passholders and Guests who are already in possession of park admission to Epcot, Disny has announced that there will be a special fee of $325.00 per person for the event -- exclusive of park tickets and tax. To benefit from this special rate, simply tell the Disney Dining Reservation Agent that you are a Passholder or have park entrance previously arranged. Available by calling 407-939-3378.

DISNEY DINING EXPERIENCE TO BECOME "TABLES IN WONDERLAND"

A Letter from Disney Dining Experience to its Members: "On the occasion of the 13th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, we are pleased to announce that we will be launching a new name for the Disney Dining Experience.

"Our Festival, which will take place from September 26 - November 9, 2008 will celebrate Cities in Wonderland, and following that theme, your dining club will be named Tables in Wonderland as of September 15, 2008.

"This new name will not alter any of your current benefits. We have simply decided to do this to help distinguish your membership from any other dining privileges at Walt Disney World Resort that bears a similar name to the Disney Dining Experience. You may continue to use your current card until expiration and your renewal card will reflect the new name, Tables in Wonderland.

"In addition, we look forward to seeing you during the Festival. The team has planned an exciting line-up of events for the entire 45 days. We are particularly excited about hosting the Bocuse d'Or Culinary Competition on September 26th and September 27th from 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on each day.

"Chefs Paul Bocuse, Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller invite you to watch some of the countries top professional chefs compete live to earn the privilege to represent the United States at the renowned Bocuse d'Or International Cuisine Competition in Lyon, France 2009.

"Plan to attend this unique event with Al Roker and Dana Cowin, Editor in Chief, Food & Wine Magazine as host emcees. Several celebrity chefs will be judging the Event and will be available for book signings throughout both days. Viewing the Competition is included in park admission.

"Also, the Gala Dinner on Saturday, September 27th will be a rare treat and a lot of fun.

"More information on this event, including the menu will be sent on a separate e-mail . . . an event not to be missed!

"We wish you a delicious journey as you explore Cities in Wonderland during the Festival, and as a member of Tables in Wonderland all year around."

AUGUST 2008

The Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining Plan are offering an incentive between August 24 and September 27th if you use your Table Service entitlement on Quick Service. When you use the Table Service at a Quick Service location the cashier will give you a Disney Dining Plan Snack or Merchandise certificate for the following:

Two snacks redeemable at the same time and location or redeemable at any Quick Service or Outdoor participating location. OR One Sligh Mesh Bag, valid at locations printed on the back of the certificate while supplies last.

T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure, A Place to Eat, Shop, Explore and Discover is scheduled to open at Downtown Disney on October 14, 2008. T-Rex, developed by Schussler Creative, Inc., and operated by Landry's Restaurants, Inc., features dining and retail in a 30,000-square-foot, 600-seat interactive prehistoric environment. The concept is built around water, fire and ice: Guests will be greeted with life-size animatronic dinosaurs that live among cascading waterfalls, bubbling geysers, a fossil dig site and much more. There will be a meteorite shower every 20 minutes and an aqua bar complete with a 6,000-gallon shark tank and a large octopus with mechanical tentacles. A full-size skeleton replica of Argentinosaurus, one of the largest of the dinosaurs and copied from a museum specimen about 125 feet in length, looms over the entrance, joined by a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. The theme carries over to the menu, which features items with names such as Caesarsaurus (Caesar salad), Raptor Ribs (Asian BBQ ribs), Pterodactyl Wings (Buffalo chicken wings), Triassic Tortellini (tri-colored cheese tortellini) and Gigantosaurus Burger (think really big hamburger).

Chef Mickey's Serving Lunch - Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary is serving a lunch buffet between 8/24 - 9/25/08.

Magic Kingdom has Two Extra Dining Locations between 8/24 - 9/25/08.

Tomorrowland Terrace Cafe - will be open for dinner on Aug. 24, 31, Sept. 7 and 14, 2008 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.. Dinner will be buffet style featuring breads, salads, pastas and carved to order Chimichurri Beef Strip Loin. Dinner is $35.00 for adults, and $18.00 for those ages 3-9. If you are using the Disney Dining Plan, this is counts as one Table Service meal.

Diamond Horseshoe - will be open for dinner from Aug. 24-31, and Sept. 13-25, 2008 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Dinner will be family-style, all-you-care-to-eat, and will feature roasted turkey breast, carved beef, pork loin, and mashed potatoes. Dinner is $28.99 for adults, and $14.99 for those ages 3-9. If you are using the Disney Dining Plan, this is counts as one Table Service meal.

According to an item in the Orlando Sentinel, the Portobello Yacht Club at Downtown Disney will be closed September 27 through October 12 while it undergoes a makeover. The Walt Disney World restaurant will be known simply as "Portobello" once the transition to resemble an Italian trattoria is complete in December. The menu will shift from traditional Italian fare to food inspired by regional Italian destinations such as Milan, Tuscany and Rome. The restaurant is operated by Chicago-based Levy Restaurants.

Recently, Walt Disney World began charging a premium on certain meals and dining experiences during peak seasons. Such seasonal pricing will be implemented at the following dining locations during peak seasons:

-- 1900 Park Fare
-- Akershus
-- Biergarten
-- Boma
-- Cape May Cafe
-- Chef Mickey's
-- Cinderella's Royal Table
-- Crystal Palace
-- Garden Grill
-- Hollywood and Vine
-- Liberty Tree Tavern (dinner only)
-- 'Ohana
-- Trails End
-- Tusker House

Upcoming peak times that will see the seasonal price increases are:
November 22 - November 29, 2008
December 16, 2008 - January 3, 2009
April 5 - April 18, 2009
May 24 - July 11, 2009

Information on 2009 Magic Your Way packages has been released. In addition to its popular Magic Your Way Plus Dining package, Disney is introducing a Magic Your Way Plus Quick Service Dining package, for those who are interested in dining only at the quick-service eateries around Walt Disney World. Costs for the 2009 packages are as follows:

Quick Service Dining Plan: Adults $29.99 per person per night; children 3-9 $8.99 per person per night
Basic Dining Plan: Adults $39.99 per person per night; children 3-9 $10.99 per person per night
Deluxe Dining Plan: Adults $69.99 per person per night; children 3-9 $19.99 per person per night

Take a look at the updated information on the 2009 packages here:
http://allears.net/pl/packages.htm

Cinderella's Royal Table prices have increased by $1 for adult/child at breakfast to: $34.99 and $23.99; Lunch has risen $2/$1 to $37.99/$24.99; and Dinner has also risen $2/$1 to $42.99 and $26.99.

JULY 2008

Citricos and Citricos Chef's Domain at the Grand Floridian Resort have extended their daily operations thru March 29, 2009 (previously the restaurant was closed 2 days a week).

....from Joy Kumme: My husband and I lunched at Trail's End earlier this month and were told by our server that the lunch buffet will be changing to a cold buffet - soup and sandwich - as of July 23.

Editor's Note: A call to Disney Reservations confirmed that lunch is now soup, salad, and sandwiches. Dinner at Trails End will continue to feature chicken, ribs, a carved item, and all the same items as before.

Still a bit bleary-eyed when you get to the Ticket and Transportation Center? A new stand has opened between the Resort Monorail Beam and the Ferry Boat, Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Co. In addition to a variety of coffee beverages, the stand also has pastries, muffins, and frozen beverages. The stand is open from 7:30 a.m. until one hour after the park closes, no later than 1 a.m. for Extra Magic Hours.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Disney recently received a food-service license for a restaurant in the building being constructed next to the Contemporary Resort under the working name of "Bay Lake Tower Finish Kitchen." According to the license application, the restaurant will be a 693-square-foot take-out only eatery. The projected completion date is September 1, 2009. For the full article:

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/business_tourism_aviation/2008/07/more-amenities.html

The Diamond Horseshoe Revue is open for quick service lunch (sandwiches, chips, and snacks) 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. through July 31. In addition, dinner will be served at this location August 24-31 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Adventureland Veranda , also in the Magic Kingdom, is hosting "Refreshment Oasis" from July 13 - August 2, serving a variety of vitaminwater, water, cold sandwiches and fruit.

An upgrade to Disney's Dining Reservation System will begin July 21, 2008. As the application upgrade occurs, the latest reservation date guests will be able to secure is January 25, 2009. This means that in some cases you may not be able to book as far in advance as usual. (Note that reservation booking windows for Victoria & Albert's, Chef Mickey's and Cinderella's Royal Table will not be affected by this system upgrade.) Beginning October 24, 2008, the current system will be replaced by an improved system for dining, recreation and tour bookings. With the launch of the new booking system, reservations for dining, recreation, and tours will be made during one single transaction. Once the upgrade is completed the booking window will expand back to the normal 180 days.

Citricos and Citricos Chef's Domain at the Grand Floridian Resort are open daily now through the week ending September 27, 2008.

Liberty Tree Tavern - Beginning January 5, 2009, the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Tree Tavern will no longer offer character dining. The last character dinner at the Tavern will be on January 4, 2009. (Posted July 1, 2008)

Garden Grill Lunch - Beginning October 6, 2008, Epcot's Garden Grill will no longer serve lunch. The Garden Grill will continue to serve dinner.

JUNE 2008

Many Disney World restaurants will have extended hours for the upcoming Christmas/New Year's holidays:

Cape May Cafe:
--breakfast extended to 11:30am (1/2 hour later) 12/20 to 1/3
--dinner from 5:00pm (1/2 hour earlier) 12/20 to 1/3
-- Christmas Day (12/25) standard extended dinner hours, 2pm-9:30pm

Chef Mickey's
--breakfast from 7:00am-12:30pm (open 1 hour later) 12/20 to 1/3
--dinner from 4:00pm-9:30 pm (open 1 hour earlier) 12/20 to 1/3
--Christmas Day (12/25) standard extended hours: 7am-1pm brunch, 3:45pm-9:30pm dinner
--New Year's Day (1/1) standard extended hours: 7am-12:30pm brunch

'Ohana
-- breakfast from 7:30am-11:30am (open ½ hour later) 12/20-1/3
-- dinner from 4:00pm-10:00pm (open 1 hour earlier) 12/20-1/3

Whispering Canyon
--dinner from 4:30pm-10:00pm (open ½ hour earlier) 12/20 to 1/3
--Christmas Day standard extended dinner hours, 12pm-10pm

Boma
-- dinner from 4:00pm-10:00pm (open ½ hour earlier) 12/20 to 1/3

Spoodles
-- dinner from 4:30pm-10:00pm (open ½ hour earlier) 12/20 to 1/3

Mickey's Backyard BBQ
--shows on December 23 and December 30 (Tuesdays)

The Diamond Horseshoe Revue in Magic Kingdom's Frontierland will be open for quick service lunch (sandwiches, chips, and snacks) from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. now through June 28.

The Polynesian Resort has been testing a new sushi bar, Kona Island Sushi Bar , in the evenings at the Kona Island coffee stand, located next to the Kona Cafe. A mini palm tree barrier separates the area from the path to the glass door leading to the monorail. The trial bar offers standard sushi items such as sashimi, California luau roll, and tuna poke, and also has a selection of cocktails and sake. See the menu here: http://allears.net/menu/men_sushi.htm

Jiko-The Cooking Place , at Animal Kingdom Lodge, recently received the Orlando Home & Leisure 2008 Silver Spoon Awards for Best Wine List and Wine Service.

MAY 2008

The Wave Brings a Splash of Fun, Healthful Dining to Disney's Contemporary Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- With drinks like the Antioxidant Cocktail, entrées such as whole-wheat linguine with clams, rock shrimp and fresh thyme in chunky tomato broth, and crispy almond-raisin "baklava" for dessert, The Wave brings a surge of new dining ideas to Walt Disney World Resort.

Located in Disney's Contemporary Resort, the new restaurant is "bold cooking inspired by fresh markets," said Dieter Hannig, vice president of new concepts for Walt Disney World Food & Beverage. "America is more and more a melting pot, and The Wave features American cooking with world flavors."

Guests enter the stylish new space on the first floor of the hotel through a brushed steel arch "tunnel" into The Wave's lounge, one of the largest at Walt Disney World Resort. The sleek, serene décor is earthy browns and golds, with frosted glass lamps for soft ambient light and a copper-colored metal ceiling. Banquettes and booths line the perimeter of the dining room, and wooden tables are set with white linen napkins. A large central table is draped in sheer fabric in purples and golds.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the 220-seat restaurant takes casual dining into the health-conscious 21st century. The classic American breakfast menu includes plenty of egg creations, but guests also can make their own Wave muesli or sip a Beta Berry Smoothie with raspberry puree and non-fat yogurt blended with Odwalla Berries GoMega (a great source of Omega-3). The Pure Sunshine breakfast cocktail features organic vodka and orange juice topped with Vitamin Energy Drink. Coffee is organic Colombian (fair trade and "Smithsonian-certified bird-friendly") and teas are whole leaf Pyramid bags in flavors from chamomile blossoms to monsoon chai.

At lunch, light eaters might enjoy lettuce wraps with sautéed lamb and bay scallops, or a lump crab cake with crispy papaya slaw. Entrées include oversized salads and a vegetarian sandwich with grilled tofu, roasted veggies and herb goat cheese on multi-grain bread, but guests also can chow down on an Angus chuck burger with cheese and Applewood smoked bacon, or a classic grilled Reuben.

The dinner menu offers a delicious spin on comfort classics such as pan-seared Alaskan black cod with corn and edamame (soybean) stew with cilantro chutney; braised lamb shank with bulgur lentil stew and red wine sauce, and a nouvelle chicken pot pie with thyme pastry. Sides at both lunch and dinner include braised greens and roasted sweet potatoes and carrots.

"Lots of stocks, lots of broths and seasonal ingredients keep the menu well balanced," said Chef Frank Brough. "We are sourcing ingredients locally and regionally to create fresh flavors, and our fresh catch of the day features sustainable seafood."

Desserts continue the theme with a dozen choices for mixing and matching three mini-favorites for one price. From chocolate mousse with chocolate ganache, to yogurt sorbet with blueberry compote and coconut panna cotta with passion fruit, guests can indulge their sweet tooth without a big hit in calories. Or go overboard with a dessert cocktail like the Mudslide martini: Baileys Irish Cream, vanilla vodka, Kahlúa and vanilla ice cream.

Wine 'With a Twist,' Innovative Spirits Menu

The wine program, with only screw cap wines, is cutting-edge and supports sustainable agriculture, says Master Sommelier John Blazon, manager of wine sales and standards for Walt Disney World Resort.

"The surge in the use of the screw cap is nothing short of a revolution in wine packaging," says Blazon. Industry experts say that the screw cap is the most significant technical evolution in the wine industry since the glass bottle was introduced 250 years ago.

And the options for screw cap wine are growing, said Blazon. The Wave serves no California wines (California Grill on the resort's 15th floor has a corner on the California market), but instead focuses on bright-style New World wines from the Southern Hemisphere, including Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Sparkling wines from Tasmania, Rieslings from South Australia, floral New Wave whites from Argentina and Pinot Noirs from New Zealand are among the interesting choices, with 50 available by the glass. A flight of 3-ounce samplings and dessert wines, ports and sherries round out the wine list.

For beer fans, certified organic ales from Orlando Brewing are on the menu. Produced in Orlando, these handcrafted ales use only American-grown certified-organic barley malt. Three Orlando Brewery ales are available on tap, including Blonde Ale, Pale Ale and Blackwater Dry Porter. Also on the menu is gluten-free Redbridge lager.

Trendy cocktails are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Start the day with a Pomegranate Splash (vodka, pomegranate liqueur, cranberry juice and soda water) or the Ultimate Bloody Mary (organic vodka, Bloody Mary mix and a dash of red chili sauce).

"Natural and flavorful are the buzzwords for cocktails," said Stuart McGuire, director of beverage sales and standards for Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts. The Pure-tini mixes organic vodka with organic mango and passion fruit liqueur. The Antioxidant Cocktail features wild berry vodka, black raspberry liqueur, açai juice with agave, lychee, aloe juice and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

The Wave is part of a revitalization at Disney's Contemporary Resort that includes a makeover of the hotel's fourth floor with a new game arcade and new quick-service eatery for salads and sandwiches (replacing Concourse Steakhouse). The popular Chef Mickey's restaurant and the monorail station anchor that family-friendly area.

Restaurantosaurus at Disney's Animal Kingdom is now offering its own brand of chicken nuggets and french fries, rather than McDonalds Chicken McNuggets and fries. In addition, starting Wednesday, the counter service restaurant will begin offering a new dessert menu and new children's meals.

The Diamond Horseshoe in the Magic Kingdom's Frontierland will be open for quick service lunch (sandwiches, chips, and snacks) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 17, 24, 25, 27, and 30.

APRIL 2008

Reservations are now being accepted for arrivals June 30, 2008, and later at The Wave , located at Disney's Contemporary Resort. The restaurant, a casual dining table service restaurant that features American cooking blended with world flavors, will offer a classic American breakfast, a quick and casual lunch, and dinner. In addition, the stylish contemporary lounge will offer new world wines with a twist and trendy cocktails with natural flavors. The restaurant will accept one entitlement from the Disney Dining Plan and will honor the DVC, Passholder, Disney Dining Experience, and Cast Member discounts as currently accepted at Concourse Steakhouse.

Cap'n Jack's at Downtown Disney will be closed for rehab from May 12 - May 17, 2008

Reminder that special "holiday" pricing will be in effect at the buffets from May 25 - July 5, 2008!

Many menus around the World reflect recent price increases. At Le Cellier in Epcot, for example, most appetizers increased by $1.00, while the mushroom stuffed filet and New York Strip Steak jumped from $29.99 to $34.99. Chicken and prime rib entrees are also up $1.00. In addition, the menu now includes a Chili-Seared Pork Tenderloin, with pickled vegetables and Udon noodles tossed in peanut sauce for $21.99.

There is a new, expanded menu at Citricos at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The restaurant, which features cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean regions of France, Italy and Spain, is now open seven days a week through July 5, 2008. Among other selections, the new menu items include Sweet Onion Bisque, Seared Tuna Carpaccio, Roasted Chicken Breast with Torchiette Pasta, and Bone-In Ribeye.

The Orlando Sentinel has reported that The Cheesecake Factory is pulling out of DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney's West Side. The Cheesecake Factory Express restaurant there will be converted into a Disney-owned and operated counter-service eatery in late May. The menu is expected to be similar to current offerings.

MARCH 2008

Wolfgang Puck's Express has reopened in the Marketplace at Downtown Disney.

El Pirata y El Perico , in the Magic Kingdom's Adventureland, is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and may remain open through the summer.

Citricos fine dining in the Grand Floridian is now open 7 days a week and will continue to do so through July 5, 2008.

Concourse Steakhouse - Previously AllEars reported that the Concourse Steakhouse in the Contemporary resort would close beginning May 11th. The new closing date is May 31, 2008. It will be replaced by Quick Service dining.

The Wave, new table service, will open on the first floor, will open soon after the Concourse Steakhouse closes.

FEBRUARY 2008

The Spirit of Aloha 8:00pm Show at Disney's Polynesian Resort is cancelled for Wednesday and Thursday, February 27 & 28, 2008.

The Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland Noodle Station is open now from 5pm to 9pm (or if the park closes officiallly earlier it will close earlier) from now until August 23, 2008.

Extended Holiday Dining Hours: During Easter week and Spring Break, certain dining locations will be offering extended hours:

1900 Park Fare - Grand Floridian
March 15-18; April 18-25
Dinner 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Cape May Cafe - Beach Club
March 15-18; April 18-25
Breakfast 7:30am - 11:30am

Chef Mickey's - Contemporary
March 15-18; April 18-25
Breakfast 7:00am - 12:00pm
Dinner 4:00pm - 9:30pm
March 23 (Easter)
Breakfast 7:00am - 1:00pm

Ohana - Polynesian
March 15-28
Breakfast 7:30am - 11:30am
March 15-28, April 18-25
Dinner 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Tony's Town Square - Magic Kingdom
March 16-29
Dinner 4:30pm - 9:00pm
March 23 (Easter)
Dinner 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Whispering Canyon - Wilderness Lodge
March 15-28, April 18-25
Dinner 4:30pm - 10:00pm

The Lunching Pad in the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland is now serving a variety of new items, including soy milk, along with regular and chocolate milk, carrots and celery sticks with ranch dip ($3.69), and an apple crunch pack ($1.29). Soy milk is also now available at other Magic Kingdom locations, including the Village Fry Shoppe, Sleepy Hollow, and Sunshine Tree Terrace.

Effective Wednesday, February 20, Passholders can book Room Only Plus Dining Package offers. These exclusive offers will allow Annual Passholders to book rooms with the addition of the Disney Dining Plan, Disney Deluxe Dining Plan and Wine add-on without having to purchase additional Magic Your Way tickets. Regular package reservation and cancellation policies apply. For more information and to book your package, contact the Walt Disney Travel Company directly at 407-828-8101. A valid adult Annual Pass is required at check-in.

Yachtsman Steakhouse will be closed for refurbishment from February 18-26, 2008.

Sweet Spells at the Hollywood Studios will be closed from February 17 - March 14, 2008

Orlando-area media recently reported that Downtown Disney's Raglan Road, an Irish pub and restaurant, was closing. This report was made in error -- Raglan Road is still open, with no plans to close.

JANUARY 2008

A photo package will be included for ALL reservations made for April 27, 2008 and beyond for Princess Storybook Dining at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot. Prices are as follows:

Breakfast: $28.99 ages 10 and older; $12.99 ages 3-9
Lunch: $30.99 ages 10 and older; $13.99 ages 3-9
Dinner: $35.99 ages 10 and older; $14.99 ages 3-9

Holiday Pricing: May 25, 2008 - July 5, 2008 :
Breakfast: $32.99 ages 10 and older; $14.99 ages 3-9
Lunch: $34.99 ages 10 and older; $15.99 ages 3-9
Dinner: $39.99 ages 10 and older; $16.99 ages 3-9

Yes, we doubled and triple checked. The holiday pricing includes the entire month of June!

Price includes non-specialty, non-alcoholic drinks (sodas, coffee, tea, iced tea, lemonade, punch, milk). Tax and gratuity are NOT included.

The seasonal Mickey's Backyard BBQ will resume on March 6, 2008. This buffet dinner and dance features entertainment and character experiences Thursday and Saturday nights only from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the outdoor pavilion. The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet features cole slaw, cornbread, baked chicken, BBQ pork ribs, hot dogs and all the fixin's, baked beans, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon, ice cream novelties, lemonade, iced tea, beer, and wine. Cost is $44.99 for adults and $26.99 for children ages 3-9 (tax and gratuity included). A surcharge will apply during the peak holiday season, March 16-30, 2008: $48.99 (ages 10+) and $28.99 (ages 3-9). Infants ages 0-2 are free, but need to be counted in party size. For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE.

The Spirit of Aloha 8:00pm Show at Disney's Polynesian Resort is cancelled for Tuesday, January 15, 2008. The 5:15pm show will go on as scheduled.

Wolfgang Puck Express at Downtown Disney Marketplace will be closed for refurbishment beginning January 7 through March 6. Once it reopens, there will be new menu choices, and an expanded indoor dining area. During this time, the West Side location will remain open.

Holiday Dining Surcharges that were in effect for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday seasons will also be in effect from March 16-30, 2008. Prices will be higher at the following restaurants: Boma Breakfast and Dinner, Cape May Breakfast and Dinner Buffet, Chef Mickey's Breakfast and Dinner, Trails End Buffet, 1900 Park Fare Breakfast and Dinner, 'Ohana Breakfast and Dinner, Captain's Grille Breakfast Buffet, Tusker House, Garden Grill, Princess Storybook Dining, Crystal Palace, Liberty Tree Tavern Character Dinner, Cinderella's Royal Table, and Play 'n' Dine at Hollywood and Vine.

Effective January 1, 2008, the AAA Five Diamond Victoria & Albert's restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, will implement a modified age policy and will be geared specifically towards adults and older children. Guests ages 10 and above are invited to dine at this establishment. Walt Disney World Resort caters to Guests of all ages. Victoria & Albert's provides a unique fine-dining experience focused specifically on adults and older children. Out of the 98 full-service dining options at the Walt Disney World Resort, Victoria & Albert's will be the only restaurant that showcases more of an adult-oriented atmosphere.

Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Shows for January 2 and 3, 2008, have been cancelled due to the cold weather.


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