WDW Restaurant and Dining News
2011 Archive

DECEMBER 2011

The Disney Dining Plan will feature a number of changes effective January 1, 2012:

  • Several additional "Operating Participant restaurants" will now accept the Disney Dining Plan in 2012: Rainforest Cafe (at both Downtown Disney and Disney's Animal Kingdom), T-REX, House of Blues Restaurant, Bongo's Cuban Cafe, Paradiso 37, Fulton's Crab House and Portobello.
  • The list of eligible snack items has expanded and includes a large variety of single-serving food and beverage items at carts, kiosks, quick-service and select merchandise locations across property. (The Dining Plan snack symbol is posted on menu boards and next to many of the eligible products in merchandise shops.)
  • ALL Disney Dining Plan packages include a Resort Refillable Drink Mug allowing free refills, only at quick-service locations at the Disney resort where you are staying for the length of your current stay.
  • The Quick-Service Dining Plan (QSR) now includes 2 QSR meals and 1 snack per guest, per night.
  • The Disney Wine & Dine Plan add-on is no longer available.

Other key points of the Disney Dining Plan that have been better defined include:

  • Gratuities are not included unless otherwise indicated. An automatic 18% gratuity charge will be added to the bill for parties of 6 or more. An automatic gratuity charge may also be added to the bill for items ordered that are not included in the DDP (for example, alcoholic beverages).
  • Children 3-9 must order from a children's menu where available at all quick-service and table-service restaurants (TSR).
  • Meals and snack entitlements can be used in any order throughout your resort stay until the total allotment of entitlements is used up or until midnight on the reservation check-out date. For example, you can use all of your snack entitlements on your first day, but you will not have any snack entitlements to use during the remainder of your stay.
  • You can not redeem meals or snacks for anyone who is not on the Disney Dining Plan.
  • Meal and snack entitlements are linked to each person on the Key to the World (KTTW) card. Present your KTTW card at the time a meal or snack is purchased and specify the number of meals or snacks being redeemed for guests ages 10+ and for guests ages 3-9.
  • Substituting entitlements:
    • You may use TSR entitlements in a QSR location; however, you may NOT use QSR entitlements in a TSR.
    • You cannot combine snack entitlements to purchase a TSR or QSR meal.
    • You cannot use remaining QSR or TSR entitlements to purchase snacks.
    • TSR and QSR meals during lunch and dinner include a dessert. You cannot substitute the dessert for an appetizer or salad. If you would like to order an appetizer or salad, the price of item ordered will be added to the bill.

MORE DINING NOTES -- a round-up of Disney dining-related tidbits, courtesy of The Disney Food Blog:

-- Walt Disney World New Year's Eve Dining and Special Events - There are quite a few great New Year's Eve and New Year's Day dining options available in Walt Disney World this year, including events at Atlantic Dance Hall, California Grill, the World Showplace in Epcot, and DisneyQuest! Check out specialty meals at La Hacienda de San Angel, Bistro de Paris, Biergarten, Chef Mickey's (New Year's Day brunch), Yachtsman Steakhouse, Victoria & Albert's, Citricos, and Narcoossee's. Also, check out the Swan and Dolphin Resorts and the Bonnet Creek Resorts for great New Year's Eve meals.

-- Pot Roast Sandwich and Seasonal Kiosks at Disney's Hollywood Studios - There's a seasonal pot roast sandwich available at Studio Catering Company along with two seasonal food kiosks now open in Disney's Hollywood Studios. See StudiosCentral.com for details and photos.

-- Williams Sonoma carrying Disney themed baking accessories -Check out your local Williams Sonoma store for baking accessories themed to Snow White, Star Wars, and Marvel characters!

-- Todd English's bluezoo Unveils an Interactive Bar Menu! - Head to bluezoo in the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort to experience a new, interactive digital bar menu! You'll find yours right at your table!

-- Art of Animation Resort's Landscapes Cafe to Open in Summer 2012 - The new Landscapes Cafe food court will be opening in Summer 2012 at Art of Animation Resort, Disney World's newest family suites value resort. This will be part of the graduated opening of the resort. The Cafe will have several food stations offering menu items like Mongolian Beef and smoothies!

-- Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Magic Kingdom) is under refurb and may be closed January 4 - March 27

For more details on these and many other Disney dining-related items, along with photos, visit disneyfoodblog.com

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-- New Year's Eve specialty dinners in Epcot - Special dining experiences are available at La Hacienda de San Angel and Bistro de Paris for New Years Eve. Prices begin at $175. In Mexico enjoy an authentic dining experience with a live Mariachi band and indoor viewing (from restaurant) of IllumiNations. For reservations call 407-842-1107. In France enjoy a four course meal at 6:30pm or 10pm. Call 407-284-0202 for reservations.

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MORE DINING NOTES -- a round-up of Disney dining-related tidbits, courtesy of The Disney Food Blog:

-- 2011 Walt Disney World Resort gingerbread holiday display commemorative pins are selling out fast. The Disney resort gingerbread displays have a brand new component this year. Many of them have scannable QR codes that show guests videos and information about the gingerbread creations --directly on their smartphones or other portable devices.

-- Storybook Treats in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland introduced (officially) the Hot Fudge Cookie Sundae. Also, there's a red and green version of the soft serve swirl cone available.

-- Be Our Guest Restaurant in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom will open in late 2012.

-- The Dunes Pool outside of the Beach Club Villas is now offering Poolside Dining (room service).

-- New dishes are being added to the Remy menu on the Disney Dream. If you're sailing soon, check out the Jamon Wrapped Shrimp, which features seasonal ingredients.

-- Mango Gelato cup has been added to the Magic Kingdom ice cream novelty list. Itzakadoozie pops have been removed from the parks, replaced by the Triple Blast Ice Pop.

-- In addition to the seasonal Chocolate Peppermint and Spiced Apple cupcakes at Contempo Cafe, the Boardwalk Bakery is offering a Peppermint cupcake as well.

-- The seasonal favorite, Santa's Little Helper, has returned as a holiday signature beverage at the Yacht Club's Crew's Cup Lounge.

-- To accommodate holiday crowds, the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon is serving a Counter-Service lunch December 17 - 31st from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

-- Downtown Disney's Earl of Sandwich is boasting improved ice cream brownie sandwiches for dessert.

-- Disney resort refillable mugs now cost $14.49, plus tax.

-- New restaurants have been added to the Disney Dining Plan for 2012 . They include Bistro de Paris, Fulton's Crab House, Wolfgang Puck Dining Room, Rainforest Café, T-Rex Café, Bongos Cuban Café, Crossroads at House of Blues, Portobello and Paradiso 37 for table service restaurants. The counter-service restaurants are Beastly Kiosk, Mr. Kamal's, Katsura Grill, Min & Bill's Dockside Diner, Diamond Horseshoe, Friar's Nook, Golden Oak Outpost, Tortuga Tavern, Bongo's Cuban Cafe Sandwich Window and Marketplace Snacks, Trails End Takeaway, Turtle Shack, Paddock Grill, Art of Animation Resort's Landscapes Cafe (Phase 1 Scheduled to open Summer 2012), Cooling Hut, Lowtide Lou's, Snack Shack, and Surf Doggies.

For more details on these and many other Disney dining-related items, along with photos, visit disneyfoodblog.com

NOVEMBER 2011

MORE DINING NOTES -- a round-up of Disney dining-related tidbits, courtesy of The Disney Food Blog:

-- New World Showcase shirts in Epcot show off the specialty foods and beverages of each nation. These shirts can be purchased at a WDW gift shop or via WDW Merchandise Mail Order at 877-560-6477.

-- Gluhwein (spiced red wine) is being served again in Epcot's Germany at the Christmas Market booth. Traditionally served warm, this drink has hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and citrus. Celebrate the season with the perfect blend of sweet and spice! By the glass, it's selling for around $6. (It's also for sale in the Weinkeller shop in the Germany pavilion, both by the glass and the bottle. A bottle is $12.95.)

-- The Contempo Cafe at the Contemporary Resort is offering seasonal cupcakes: chocolate peppermint and spiced apple! The chocolate peppermint version is decorated with candy cane sprinkles and offers a treat inside -- chocolate syrup!

-- Kouzzina at Disney's BoardWalk has new breakfast items. The French Toast Baklava is super-sweet and includes Grilled Fig and Anise country bread with honey, walnuts, and cinnamon along with bacon or chicken sausage for $11.99. For a hearty choice, try the Breakfast Skillet with eggs, Pequillo peppers, Nueske's bacon, onions, Greek cheese, and sweet potato hash topped with arugula for $13.99. In addition, the breakfast potatoes are now a potato hash.

-- Disney was a winner at Cheers Magazine's 2012 "Cheers Beverage Excellence Awards" for "Best Chain Multi-Concept Beverage Program." Further applause is deserved for winning the 2012 VIBE VISTA Award for "Best Wine Program" in the hotel/cruise line segment.

For more details on these and many other Disney dining-related items, along with photos, visit disneyfoodblog.com

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Pepper Market at Coronado Springs Resort Testing Breakfast and Lunch Buffet, December 4, 2011 - January 4, 2012. As a result, the nearby Maya Grill will no longer be open for breakfast. The automatic service charge will be eliminated for buffet breakfast and lunch at Pepper Market and an "optional tip" line will be added. (There will still be a service charge for dinner.)

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The new Katsura Grill, which sits on the site of the former Yakitori House in Epcot's Japan pavilion, is set to open on December 7. The remodeled restaurant and its surroundings are inspired by the famous Katsura Imperial Villa of Kyoto, which is recognized as a masterpiece of Japanese gardening. You can see the menu for the new counter service restaurant HERE.

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The new "A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience" at Disney's Hollywood Studios lets you enjoy an affordable picnic plus reserved seating for Fantasmic!, the park's nightly extravaganza that takes guests inside the dreams of Mickey Mouse, into a world where his magic creates dancing waters, shooting comets, animated fountains, swirling stars, balls of fire and other amazing wonders. Reserved viewing is first come, first served, so get there early! It's just for a short while -- December 18 - 31, with reservations starting December 1 at 407-WDW-DINE (a credit card guarantee is required). Pick up is at Min & Bill's Dockside Diner from 11 a.m. through 1-1/2 hours prior to your selected show time. You choose which performance you'd like to attend when you order your meal. Pick up your meal at your convenience and then you're on your own for an easy picnic lunch or dinner. You might want to try more than one of the picnic goodies, but your Fantasmic! seats are based on the number of guests in your party (entrees ordered must be equal to or greater than your party size). And, yes, it's part of the Disney Dining Plan -- a quick-service entitlement. Here's what you can order:

-- Fried chicken with maple-glazed sweet potato and baby spinach salad, broccoli and cranberry salad and cheesecake, $14.99

-- Veggie wrap with avocado spread, tabbouleh, avocado and tomato salad with citrus vinaigrette and chocolate cake, $14.99

-- Olive oil poached salmon with couscous salad with dried cranberries and peas, roasted beet and apple salad and Key lime pie, $14.99

-- Teriyaki and orange marinated beef with udon noodle salad and caramelized vegetables and sesame mandarin vinaigrette, seaweed salad with gingered carrots and mandarin orange cheesecake, $14.99

-- Fresh fruits, Brie, dipped strawberries and focaccia bread, $11.99

-- Chocolate-dipped pretzels, strawberries and marshmallows with chocolate dipping sauce, $9.99

-- Kid's meal with turkey and American cheese wrap and strawberry yogurt, apples and carrots with ranch dip and seven-layer cookie bar, $5.49

-- Kid's meal Power Pack with Goldfish crackers, strawberry yogurt, string cheese, apples and carrots with ranch dip and a seven-layer cookie bar, $5.49

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MORE DINING NOTES -- a round-up of Disney dining-related tidbits, courtesy of The Disney Food Blog:

-- Trail's End Restaurant at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground has a new baked potato bar during the dinner buffet offered each evening. Top your salted baked potato with melted cheese, fresh bacon, and a variety of other toppings.

-- In the Magic Kingdom, the Golden Oak Outpost has undergone a menu change. All hot items except the hot dog were removed from the offerings.

For more details on these and many other Disney dining-related items, along with photos, visit disneyfoodblog.com

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Tables in Wonderland is hosting two special dining events for its members during the month of December:

-- The Wave... of American Flavor's Discovery Dinner at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Thursday, December 15, 2011. 6:30 p.m. reception; 7:00 p.m. dinner. The Wave... of American Flavors presents Ben McLean III, vice president of Uncle Matt's Organic Citrus, a Florida-based, family-owned company offering premium quality organic citrus juices and organic produce. As an organic advocate, Ben has collaborated with some of the nation's leading university agricultural scientists implementing field trials designed to prove the beneficial impact of sustainable agriculture on the environment, while emphasizing the importance of growing nutrient dense foods. Dinner is $92 per person; includes tax and gratuity. The event is limited to 40 guests.

-- Tables in Wonderland Holiday Party -- Saturday, December 17, 2011 in the Norway pavilion lounge in Epcot. 5-5:30 p.m. reception; 5:30-7:45 p.m. dinner; 8:15-9 p.m. Candlelight Processional with celebrity narrator Chita Rivera (entertainment subject to change without notice); 9-10 p.m. IllumiNations viewing. Price: $115 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included. The event is limited to 80 guests.

For reservations, e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a first-come, first-served basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed. These events are exclusively for Tables in Wonderland members.

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MORE DINING NOTES -- a round-up of Disney dining-related tidbits, courtesy of The Disney Food Blog:

-- The clip-on glow lights that shine on kid souvenir drinks will debut new characters this holiday season. Look for Ariel and Captain Jack Sparrow (a pirate skull and crossbones)! These lights have debuted in Disneyland and aboard the Disney cruise ships. We're guessing that readers will spot them soon in Walt Disney World, too!

-- Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will be held next year on October 12 - 13, 2012.

-- Dates for 2012 Jiko Wine dinners have not been announced yet. The wine growing and harvest season in South Africa takes place January through March. Jiko's manager indicated that wine dinner announcements should take place in late March with the fabulous dinners beginning in April or May.

-- A new glazed almond and pecan stand has been installed in Epcot's France Pavilion for the holiday season. It's located near Les Chefs de France. Choose between cinnamon-glazed almonds or pecans while touring World Showcase.

-- Savory beignets seem to be all the rage in Disney World restaurants! Check out this new Disney Food trend:
http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/11/29/disney-food-trend-savory-beignets/

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Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando are hosting a number of special holiday experiences:

Christmas at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek -- Reservations recommended: 407-597-5500.

-- Harvest Bistro: Enjoy the Christmas Eve Holiday Buffet at Harvest Bistro, from 6-10pm on Dec. 24. Prices $24.99 for adults. Children under 12 eat free (up to two complimentary child meals per full-price adult meal). On Christmas Day, enjoy Christmas Dinner Buffet, 5 - 10 pm. This Christmas feast includes traditional holiday entrees. A delightful dessert buffet will ensure nobody leaves hungry! Prices $29 for adults. Children under 12 eat free (up to two complimentary child meals per full-price adult meal). Enjoy Dinner with Santa at Harvest Bistro, December 22, 23 and 24. Santa will make appearances from 6-9pm, in front of Harvest Bistro. Don't forget your camera and Christmas list!

-- La Luce by Donna Scala: Enjoy family recipes at La Luce, featuring recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. Enjoy our special ala carte holiday features from Donna Scala.

Christmas at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

-- Peacock Alley: It's a chocolate-covered holiday season at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, which will feature Bar du Chocolat, an exotic display of chocolate treats from around the world, every Friday and Saturday Evening, November 25 through December 31. Bar du Chocolat is an evening opportunity to experience nearly 30 ala carte chocolate treats from Waldorf Astoria's dynamic display of decadence. Peacock Alley is transformed into a chocolate boudoir, offering an evening of self indulgence. Guests can choose from a signature selection of chocolate treats from the hotel's talented executive pastry chef Kurtis Baguley, featuring time-honored recipes from around the globe. Highlights include handmade chocolate truffles, exotic chocolate cakes, rich Hanukkah gelt, gourmet cocoa, pillows of chocolate mousse and bowls of beautiful bon-bons. [priced per piece]

-- Bull & Bear Steakhouse: On Christmas Eve, Bull & Bear Steakhouse opens an hour early (at 5pm), featuring an a la carte menu. Enjoy a four-course holiday meal, served on Christmas Day from 6-10pm. This dining experience includes a choice of entrees, including a holiday goose carved tableside, along with special selections created by Chef David Sears. The standard Bull & Bear ala carte menu will be available. Prices: $95 per person (and $50 for children under 12), or $125 with wine pairings. Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

-- Oscar's: On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Oscar's will feature a holiday family dinner buffet from 6-10pm. This special feast will include classic holiday fare, new Waldorf Astoria traditions, and a special dessert finale. Holiday dinner buffet is $42 person, excluding tax and gratuity. Children under 12 are $22 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

New Year's Eve at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek -- Info and reservations: 407-597-3600.

-- Zeta Bar will be transformed into the "Bubble Lounge," featuring live entertainment from 8 pm until midnight, and a selection of champagnes by the glass and bottle. See the ball drop on 10 large-screen televisions.

-- La Luce - Guests can dine on a special holiday menu with features prepared by Donna Scala.

-- Harvest Bistro - Enjoy a special dinner buffet from 5-10pm, where kids dine for free! And to celebrate the New Year, adults will receive one complimentary glass of champagne. Prices $39 for adults. Children under 12 dine free (up to two complimentary child meals per full-price adult meal).

New Year's Eve at Waldorf Astoria Orlando -- Reservations: 407-597-5409.

-- Bull & Bear: Down Memory Lane – A Bull & Bear New Year's Celebration. Orlando's exclusive New Year's Eve experience at Waldorf Astoria, a journey that unfolds throughout five courses prepared by Chef David Sears. Option One: "A Trip to the Past, Present, and Future" Bull & Bear - 6 p.m. to Close. $149 per person, 5-course prix-fixe menu; $59 for children under 12 years of age. Wine pairing available, but not included in the prix-fixe price. Children are encouraged to attend the on-site WA Kids 'Rock in the New Year' Party, available through WA Kids Club. Dress: Jacket and tie required; black-tie preferred. Option Two: "Let's Go All the Way - the VIP Experience." For guests looking to bring in 2012 in style. Experience includes the following: a Deluxe Suite at Waldorf Astoria Orlando for two nights, with a special themed welcome amenity; Five-course Pre-Fixe New Year's Eve Dinner for two at Bull & Bear featuring A Trip to the Past, Present and Future; an exclusive After-Dinner New Year's Eve Party at Sir Harry's Lounge, including live entertainment and complimentary champagne; breakfast for two at Oscar's (two mornings); golf for two at Waldorf Astoria Golf Club. This exclusive limited-quantity package is available for $2,012 (a $3500 value).

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MORE DINING NOTES -- a round-up of Disney dining-related tidbits, courtesy of The Disney Food Blog:

-- A new, official Food & Beverage Recipe Request Form was recently spotted in Disneyland and readers report that it's being used in Walt Disney World as well. The form has room for your name, email address or mailing address, and the recipe that you are requesting. The name of the restaurant in which you are making the request is already indicated on the paper. There is a disclaimer that recipes have been converted from large batches to small kitchen use and thus the flavor may not be exactly as you remembered. We've received feedback that people have been receiving recipes a few days after turning in these cards (which you can get from your server).

-- Many gingerbread displays are now up in the deluxe Walt Disney World Resorts, like the Beach Club, Grand Floridian, and Contemporary. Joining this year's line-up is a new creation in the lobby of the BoardWalk Resort. The traditional gingerbread and chocolate gazebo is back, but now you can also see Stitch's Bakery Store Front, a miniature replica of the BoardWalk Bakery that Stitch has taken over (Lilo's there, too) -- 14 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Disney cast members will be inside the creation decorating gingerbread houses. There's also a life-size gingerbread house at the American Adventure pavilion selling goodies again this year.

-- The reopening date for the Yakitori House in Epcot's Japan Pavilion has been pushed back to December 16, 2011.

-- The Diamond Horseshoe in the Magic Kingdom's Frontierland will be open this week as both a counter service and table service restaurant as follows: For counter service lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 20-23, 25-26; for table service dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. on November 20-23; t able service all day on November 24.

-- Disney has partnered with charity in an effort to end child hunger by using the "it's a small world" brand. A percentage of sales will be allocated directly to Feed Projects , which supports projects to eliminate hunger and malnutrition around the world. Look for items such as the Feed Our Small World cookbook, along with Feed our Small World logo t-shirts for kids, and fun tote bags for adults in Disney Stores and other retailers nationwide.

For more details on these and many other Disney dining-related items, along with photos, visit disneyfoodblog.com

--The Pizza Window at the BoardWalk is now accepting the Disney Dining Plan:
-- One Quick Service Coupon includes: 1 slice of pizza;1 soft drink; 1 dessert
-- Two Quick Service Coupons include: 1 whole pizza; 2 soft drinks; 2 desserts

http://allears.net/pl/packages11a.htm

MORE DINING NOTES -- a round-up of Disney dining-related tidbits, courtesy of The Disney Food Blog:

-- As part of the ongoing refurbishment and expansion of Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland, Enchanted Grove has been transformed into the Cheshire Cafe. As you'll recall, this location is right next to the Mad Tea Party, so the Cheshire Cat tie-in does make a bit more sense. Changes include an updated facade, new paint, and new signage. The menu has remained the same (with prices going up slightly on several items).

-- Epcot's Rose and Crown was among the many restaurants changing up the menu in Walt Disney World this fall. Among other changes, the appetizer trio is now gone (though you can still get the scotch egg), and a new Pork Duo dish has been introduced. A seasonal vegetable curry is also new on the menu. As for desserts, the lemon pie is gone, but a new Irish Whiskey-Caramel creme brulee has been added. (We greatly enjoyed the Pork Duo.)

-- Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom is welcoming menu changes as well. While the beloved homemade ice cream sandwich remains, the addition of three new waffle sandwiches is the big news. Choose from Sweet and Spicy Chicken, Nutella with Fresh Fruit, and Prosciutto with Tomatoes and Swiss. Sadly, the counter-service location bids farewell to the large Mickey-shaped waffle and the yummy chicken and wild rice soup.

-- We received word this week that Disney's Hollywood Studios has changed the bread rolls served at table-service meals to a version that contains egg. This may cause problems for guests who follow a vegan diet and may affect other special diets. Be sure to ask about ingredients before you dig into that bread basket.

-- Wolfgang Puck Cafe, Portobello, Raglan Road, and Fulton's Crab House in Downtown Disney have announced prix fixe Thanksgiving menus available next week. Be sure to make reservations through WDW-DINE if you'll be spending Turkey Day in Disney World.

-- Orlando's House of Blues will be introducing the new Crossroads at House of Blues menu by celebrity Chef Aaron Sanchez in December 2011. This new menu will keep some old favorites (like jambalaya), put a new spin on others (like the beloved cornbread), and add some entirely new dishes to the mix.

For more details on these and many other Disney dining-related items and photos, visit disneyfoodblog.com

-- Thanksgiving at the Fort! Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground is doing their annual Thanksgiving at the Fort lunch/dinner this year on Thursday, November 24, 2011. There is still plenty of availability for the noon and 2 p.m. meals and limited availability for the 4 and 6 p.m. meals. Price is $52.99 for ages 10 and older; $31.99 for ages 3 to 9. Menu includes:

--Hearty Vegetable Soup
--Tossed Garden Salad with Dressing
--Assorted Dinner Rolls
--Cornbread
--Butter
--Smoked Turkey Breast
--Honey-Mustard Glazed Ham
--Mashed Potatoes
--Candied Yams
--Green Beans
--Butternut Squash with cranberries
--Cornbread Stuffing
--Country Turkey Gravy
--Cranberry Sauce
--Pumpkin Pie
--Ice Dream Novelties
--Itzakadoozies
--Iced Tea, Lemonade, Coffee, Beer and Wine

Scheduled to Appear: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Pluto, Pocahontas, Meeko, Country Bears, Chip & Dale, a live country band and Trevor the Trick Roper. (all subject to change)

--Disney.com has launched Season Two of the "Taste of Disney" web series, which offers the opportunity to explore the culinary experiences found at Disney Parks and bring the magic into your home. Mother and daughter hosts Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand give you a behind-the-scenes look into the food and special events of Disney Parks. This season's episodes feature in-depth interviews with head chefs and event planners from Disney Parks, sharing their secrets. Highlights include:

-- Finding out how 900,000 sumptuous samplings, 338,000 wine glasses and 100,000 desserts are made and distributed over the 45 days of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
-- Seeing how some of their favorite iconic foods like Disney's Polynesian Resort Tonga Toast and Main St. Confectionery's Mickey-inspired candy apples are made
-- An interview with the chef de cuisine of the Flying Fish Cafe about the restaurant and one of its most popular signature dishes
-- A look at how Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa inspired the all-new Hawaiian kiosk at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and tips for hosting an authentic luau at home

After watching each episode, you will be able to access the recipes for all featured dishes. You can also check out the "Meet the Chefs" page for in-depth information about the hosts, chefs and other guests from the series.

http://land.allears.net/blogs/dnews/2011/11/disneycom_launches_season_two.html

MORE DINING NOTES -- a round-up of Disney dining-related tidbits, courtesy of The Disney Food Blog:

-- The "book-by" date for 2012 Free Dining has been extended to December 17, 2011. You still have some time to make those free dining reservations for 2012. (NOTE: 2011 booking dates ended at the original deadline and are no longer available to book.)

-- Disney is displaying the first of the 2011 holiday merchandise now, including food-related items. Stop over at the park candy stores to pick up holiday candy corn, rice krispie treats, cookies, sprinkles, chocolate boxes, and more.

-- Disney has released "Jingle Smells," which are Vinylmations that carry the scent of holiday food favorites like chocolate, peppermint, marshmallow and gingerbread! In addition to these, there are a few more holiday-themed Vinylmations available, including one that is reminiscent of most of us after Thanksgiving Dinner.

-- Also, don't forget to book your Candlelight Processional dining packages -- they're going fast!

http://allears.net/tp/h_cpfaq.htm

For more details on these and many other Disney dining-related items and photos, visit disneyfoodblog.com

DINING NOTES -- a round-up of Disney dining-related tidbits, courtesy of The Disney Food Blog:

-- Zagat named Victoria & Albert's at the Grand Floridian Resort to their Best Restaurants list and notes it as the best place to dine in Orlando.

-- The Raglan Road Irish Pub at Downtown Disney now offers a menu of craft beers, including the "Home Grown Organic Beer Flight" full of craft beers made locally by the Orlando Brewing Co.

-- Epcot's La Cava del Tequila has revamped its tapas menu again. The brand new appetizer list includes Queso Con Jalapeno and Crab Tostadas. Follow @CavaDelTequila on Twitter to get a discounted price on a shot of El Mayor Silver Tequila.

-- Disney World Free Dining has been extended through September 2012 for guests from Canada and Latin America. Don't forget that guests from the United Kingdom can book Free Dining through November 2012.

-- Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom has installed LCD menu screens similar to those seen in resort food courts, complete with rotating food images.

-- Tutto Italia Ristorante in Epcot's Italy pavilion will be undergoing refurbishment in 2012. Expect the restaurant to be closed from January 8 – April 1, 2012.

-- Disneyland noted this week that its eateries will not charge fees for last-minute cancellations or missed reservations. This announcement comes on the heels of Walt Disney World's new dining reservation cancellation and credit card guarantee policies that went into effect on October 26.

For more details on these and many other Disney dining-related items and photos, visit disneyfoodblog.com

OCTOBER 2011

Tables in Wonderland is hosting another special Discovery Dinner at The Wave... of American Flavors at the Contemporary Resort on Thursday, November 17, 2011. Reception is at 6:30 p.m.; dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. Dress Code - Casual Evening Attire. Cost: $92 per person, includes tax and gratuity. The theme for the evening is "The Wonders of Sustainable Seafood." Fresh from Florida spokesperson, David Fennesey, presents an array of great seafood from Florida's coastal waters. David represents Central Seafood and will host the dinner with Chef Frank Brough and Area Manager Stephen Shepherd. For reservations, e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed. The event is limited to 40 guests. NOTE: The event is exclusively for Tables in Wonderland members.

Beginning October 26, 2011, a number of Walt Disney World Resort restaurants will adopt changes to their cancellation policy. As of that date, these restaurants will require a credit card number to guarantee reservations and will charge $10 per person if cancellations aren't made at least one day in advance.

Certain locations that require a pre-paid reservation will continue with this policy, and will retain the full, pre-paid amount if reservations are not cancelled one day in advance. Special dining events and packages such as Fantasmic! packages, New Year's Eve dinners, and Victoria and Albert's reservations may have different cancellation requirements.

Dining locations participating in the credit card guarantee policy will be as follows:

Pre-Paid Locations:

• Cinderella's Royal Table
• Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
• Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
• Mickey's Backyard BBQ

Credit Card Guarantee Locations:

• 1900 Park Fare
• Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
• Artist Point
• California Grill
• Cape May Cafe
• Chef Mickey's
• Cítricos
• The Crystal Palace
• Flying Fish Cafe
• Garden Grill
• Hollywood and Vine
• Jiko – The Cooking Place
• Le Cellier Steakhouse
• Narcoossee's
• 'Ohana
• Tusker House Restaurant
• Hollywood Brown Derby
• Victoria and Albert's (cancellation policy is $25/per person)
• Yachtsman Steakhouse

There is now a special phone line that only handles dining cancellations: 407-WDW-CNCL. Book or cancel dining reservations at, or direct any questions to any table-service restaurant podium, Walt Disney World Resort Hotel front desk, concierge or Guest Relations, or call 407-WDW-DINE. Guests may also make and cancel reservations online: DisneyWorld.com/Dining.


A special, Halloween-themed Mickey's Backyard BBQ will be held on October 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. Disney characters will wear Halloween costumes for the evening's special dance party, along with an all-you-can-eat buffet. Make reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

http://allears.net/dining/menu/fort-wilderness-pavilion/backyard-bbq

SEPTEMBER 2011

--Master Chef Kevin Dundon of Downtown Disney's Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant will debut a special Thanksgiving meal this year for just $26.95 per person. The meal will include turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry and more with an Irish flair. The restaurant's regular menu offerings also will be available on Thanksgiving Day, November 24.

--Planet Hollywood at Downtown Disney West Side has changed its operating hours, and is now open 11 a.m.-midnight daily.

--Tusker House in Disney's Animal Kingdom will begin serving a character lunch as of December 4, 2011. The new character dining experience will be called Donald's Dining Safari Lunch at Tusker House and will feature Donald and Daisy Duck and friends. Donald's Dining Safari Lunch at Tusker House Restaurant will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. daily and will vary in cost by season from $25.99 to $29.99 for adults and $14.99 to $16.99 for children ages 3 to 9. Call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations, or after September 14 book online at www.disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining . NOTE: With the launch of this new character lunch, the restaurant will no longer offer reserved seating for performances of Finding Nemo - The Musical.

--Fulton's Crab House, Portobello and Wolfgang Puck Cafe in Downtown Disney, all operated by the Levy Group, will be holding a series of culinary events to coincide with the upcoming Epcot International Food and Wine Festival that starts September 29.

Fulton's Crab House (407-934-2628):
-- Culinary demonstration: 1 p.m. October 6 demonstration on how to prepare pan-seared wild Alaska king salmon: $11
-- Signature dinner: 7 p.m. November 2 with chef Ron Cope; $150 per person.

Portobello (407-934-8888):
-- Culinary demonstrations: 1 p.m. October 7 with chef Steven Richard preparing his one of a kind "biramisu" dessert, $11; and 1 p.m. October 20 with James Beard Foundation award-winning chef Tony Mantuano preparing insalatina di cappensante dorate, $13
-- Signature dinner: 6:30 p.m. October 20 in the restaurant's waterside trattoria with chefs Steven Richard and Tony Mantuano; $150 per person.

Wolfgang Puck Cafe (407-938-9653):
-- Culinary demonstration: 5 p.m. October 19 with chef Chris Albano will be preparing a pumpkin ravioli dish; $11
-- Signature dinner: 6:30 p.m. October 12; $135 per person.

For more information or to place a signature dinner reservation, call 407-939-3463 (407-WDW-DINE).

--The Enoteca Castello wine shop in Epcot's Italy Pavilion will spotlight two new wines made exclusively for Disney Parks during the upcoming Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. The label is Sogno d'Italia, or "Dream of Italy," made by Placido in Tuscany and imported by Banfi Vintners. There's both a white (Pinot Grigio) and a red (Chianti). During the festival, the wine can be purchased by the glass ($6) at Enoteca Castello, or by the bottle ($16.95) at the wine shop in the Festival Welcome Center. The wines will be sold at the Italy shop even after the festival and will eventually be added to wine lists at select Disney restaurants.

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/09/get-first-taste-of-new-wine-exclusively-for-disney-parks-at-this-year%e2%80%99s-epcot-international-food-wine-festival/

AUGUST 2011

-- In the coming weeks, many Walt Disney World restaurants will see high demand due to the free dining promotion that is being offered. The following restaurants have extended dining hours September 18 through 27 to help accommodate the expected crowds:

-- 'Ohana at the Polynesian Resort will extend breakfast one hour until noon.
-- Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge will begin serving dinner one hour earlier at 4 p.m.
-- Garden Grill at Epcot will extend dinner one hour later until 9 p.m.
-- Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort will extend breakfast until 12:30 p.m. and will start serving dinner one hour earlier at 4 p.m.
-- Mickey's Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will be open for dinner on Tuesday nights, September 20 and 27.

-- FREE Dining is Back! Book a Walt Disney World® Magic Your Way package, with accommodations and Theme Park tickets, and you will get a select Dining Bonus - Free*! Value resort - Get Quick Service Dining Plan Moderate, deluxe or villa - Get Disney Dining Plan Valid for stays most nights: (Blackout dates apply & subject to change & availability) 2011: 10/2-10/8, 10/23-11/5, 11/13-11/18, 11/27-12/3, 12/11-12/17 2012: 1/8-1/14, 1/22-2/4, 2/12-2/18, 3/4-3/10 and 3/25-3/31. See MouseFanTravel.com for more details!

-- Grand Gathering Experiences The Grand Gatherings Safari Celebration Dinner, Good Morning Gathering and International Dinner & IllumiNations Dessert Reception will no longer be offered at the Walt Disney World Resort as of January 28, 2012.

-- Yakitori House in Epcot's Japan will be closed for refurbishment August 10 through November 15, 2011. While closed Japanese Quick Service Cuisine options will be available at the temporary Food & Wine kiosk on the promenade: California Sushi Rolls, Spicy Tuna Rolls, Teriyaki Chicken, Teriyaki Beef, Shogun Teriyaki Combo, beverages and desserts.

-- Sand Trap Bar and Grill at the Osprey Ridge Golf will be closed Sunday, August 14th, 2011 due to a private function and August 15 - 21, 2011 due to golf course maintenance.

-- Hoop Dee Doo the 9:30 PM show of the Hoop-Dee-Doo at has been cancelled for friday, August 12, 2011. The 5:00 PM and 7:15 PM shows will go on as usual. Guests will be notified.

Flying Fish Cafe on the BoardWalk will host several wine dinners during the 2011 Food and Wine Festival, in addition to its previously announced official Signature dinner on November 3, featuring Moet & Chandon wines. The dates for the other wine dinners are: October 6 (wines by Domaine Serene); October 13 (wines of Spain); October 20 (wines of Argentina); November 4 (Markham Winery). Individual announcements about these wine dinners will be released closer to the dates, and you will be able to book reservations at that time through Flying Fish. NOTE: This Signature dinner on November 3 must be booked through Disney Dining, 407-WDW-DINE when general reservations for the Food and Wine Festival open on August 16.

Kouzzina by Cat Cora on Disney's BoardWalk will not serve breakfast on October 30, 2011, due to an Epcot Food and Wine Festival event being held at that location. In its place, the nearby Flying Fish Cafe will serve breakfast on October 30, 2011 ONLY.

Casey's Corner in the Magic Kingdom will be closed for refurbishment August 30 through September 14. Also in the Magic Kingdom, The Lunching Pad will be closed for refurbishment August 29 through September 16.

JULY 2011

-- Full details for the 16th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival , "Passport to a World of Flavors," can now be found on the official Walt Disney World website:

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/special-events/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/

-- Lots of Food and Wine Festival News was released at the Tables in Wonderland Festival Preview held over the weekend. Here are some of the highlights:

-- Look for the Festival Guide to be published on Disney's website on August 12. Reservations for special dining events begin August 16 at 7 a.m. by calling 407-WDW-FEST. Some reservations for culinary demos and beverage seminars can also be made online.

-- Epcot will stay open until 10 p.m. on select Friday and Saturday evenings during the Festival.

-- Tables in Wonderland discounts apply to Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars on Monday through Thursday ONLY (TiW members must call Disney Dining to get the discount).

-- At the 3D Disney's Dessert Discovery events they will introduce new "Sweet Seats", akin to the Wine View Lounge for the Party for the Senses. For an additional charge, you can receive a reserved private table, entrance into World Showplace 15 minutes before general admission, specialty beverage, a unique dessert offering. Cost for the event is $80/person (which includes the "Sweet Seat" reservation).

-- There will be a special Vertical Wine Tasting featuring Freemark Abbey wines at the California Grill on November 5. Cost will be $225/person.

-- A new Mexico Tequila Lunch will be offered at La Hacienda for $65/person Saturdays and Sundays.

-- Tutto Italia will be hosting new Food and Beer pairings ($50/person on Tuesdays 2-4 p.m.) and Dessert and Wine pairings ($50/person on Thursdays 2-4 p.m.)

-- White Truffle Lunch featuring truffles imported from Alba, Italy, with five courses paired with Batasiolo wines. $175/person at Tutto Italia on October 23, noon - 3 p.m.

Other details about the new and returned offerings can be found on our Food and Wine Festival pages:
http://allears.net/tp/ep/foodwine.htm

-- Walt Disney World's House of Blues location in Downtown Disney is now offering D23 Members 15 percent off meals.

-- Candlelight Processional Lunch and Dinner Packages go on sale July 26. The packages include a meal, reserved seating at the show and pre-arranged fireworks viewing. (Packages are not available for Sunday, December 4, at 5 p.m. -- it is a special, Community Relations showing of the Candlelight Processional.) Package prices do NOT include tax and gratuity or park admission. Participating restaurants are listed below (prices listed are Adult / Child):

-- Biergarten Restaurant: Lunch $ 32.99 / $ 17.99; Dinner $ 50.99 / $ 25.99
-- Chefs de France: Lunch $ 51.99 / $ 13.99; Dinner $ 64.99 / $ 17.99
-- Coral Reef: Lunch $ 51.99 / $ 13.99; Dinner $ 64.99 / $ 17.99
-- Garden Grill Restaurant: Dinner $ 52.99 / $ 26.99
-- La Hacienda de San Angel: Dinner $ 64.99 / $ 17.99
-- Le Cellier Steakhouse: Lunch $ 53.99 / $ 14.99
-- Nine Dragons Restaurant: Lunch $ 38.99 / $ 12.99; Dinner $ 49.99 / $ 15.99
-- Restaurant Marrakesh: Lunch $ 38.99 / $ 12.99; Dinner $ 49.99 / $ 15.99
-- Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room: Lunch $ 38.99 / $ 12.99; Dinner $ 49.99 / $ 15.99
-- San Angel Inn: Lunch $ 38.99 / $ 12.99; Dinner $ 49.99 / $ 15.99
-- Teppan Edo: Lunch $ 51.99 / $ 13.99; Dinner $ 64.99 / $ 17.99
-- Tokyo Dining: Lunch $ 51.99 / $ 13.99; Dinner $ 64.99 / $ 17.99
-- Tutto Italia: Lunch $ 51.99 / $ 13.99; Dinner $ 64.99 / $ 17.99
-- Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria: Lunch $ 38.99 / $ 12.99; Dinner $ 49.99 / $ 15.99

The basic and deluxe Disney Dining Plans can be used for the Candlelight Processional packages, requiring TWO table service credits. Magic Your Way Premium and Platinum Packages can also be used for the Candlelight Processional Package.

http://www.allears.net/tp/h_cpfaq.htm

JUNE 2011

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Show Times Change - Beginning November 13, 2011 through February 11, 2012, a test of new show times will take place. Shows will be adjusted to one hour earlier! New times will be 4:00pm, 6:15pm and 8:30pm. This does not affect pricing in any way. At this time, shows will revert to the previous schedule of 5pm, 7:15pm, and 9:30pm on February 12, 2012.

More details about special dining experiences at the 16th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival have been released in the Disney Parks Blog:

-- The preview First Bites Opening Reception will be September 29, 6:30-9 p.m.
-- The "3D" Disney's Dessert Discovery returns on October 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 4, 11.
-- Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French Grand Marnier Tasting and Interactive Experience will be held on October 8, 15, 22, 29, and November 5.
-- Epcot Wine Schools will be held October 9, 16, 23, 30, and November 5.
-- There will be a number of Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining at various locations (October 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 27, 30, November 1, 2, 3, 7, 10).
-- Kitchen Memories, formerly Celebrating Family & Friends in the Kitchen, returns on September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11.
-- Cheese Seminars will be October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12.
-- The Saturday evening tasting events, Party for the Senses, will have a new time 7:30-10 p.m., and will be October 8, 15, 22, November 5 and 12.
-- There will be Food & Wine Pairings on Mondays and Tuesdays during the festival.
-- Sweet Sundays will return on October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13.

Additional special events will include Italian and French pairings and lunches, as well as Mexican tequila events. The festival runs September 30 through November 13. To make reservations call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378).

Tables in Wonderland has announced two special events, exclusive to its members, for July:

-- Sunday Brunch at Narcoossee's at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: July 10, 2011, noon - 2 p.m. Brunch will feature the Wines of Domaine Chandon-Moet & Chandon USA. Dress Code: Business Casual. Cost: $95 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included. Guest speaker will be Mike Ehrbar, the Training and Development Manager for the Moet Hennessy Brand. The event is limited to 50 guests.

-- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Passport to a World of Flavors Sneak Preview at Wonders Retreat at Epcot: July 16, 2011, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Price: $99 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included. Be the first to sample the food and hear speakers talk about the new and exciting things at the festival this year. Learn what new marketplace kiosks will be added this year, as well as new special events. You will find out all of the information before it goes live on the website, and before reservations open to begin booking the events. The event is limited to 80 guests.

For reservations, e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a first-come, first-served basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed.

The "Untamed" Lunch at Sanaa, which allows you to dine with Animal Specialists, has a new reservation number: 407-938-6922; select Option 3 and leave a message. These luncheons are held Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Kidani Village restaurant. Cost for the four-course menu is $49 for ages 10 and up; $29 for ages 3-9, which includes tax, gratuity and a $5 contribution to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

Victoria & Albert's at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has received the AAA Five-Diamond Award for the 12th consecutive year. Victoria & Albert's is the only restaurant in Orlando and one of only three in Florida to be honored with the highest accolade a restaurant can achieve. Chef Scott Hunnel has drawn national and international applause for his preparation and delivery of American regional cuisine with classical influences at the elegant, 50-seat restaurant. Chef Hunnel was also a 2011 semi-finalist in the annual list of top chefs in the country by the James Beard Foundation. He has also been recognized annually since 2007 by the Foundation for his contemporary approach in the kitchen and straightforward cooking philosophy.

http://land.allears.net/blogs/dnews/2011/06/victoria_alberts_once_again_re.html

MAY 2011

The Flying Fish Cafe on Disney's BoardWalk is holding another of its Winery Series events, featuring special guest Winemaker/Owner John Duval of John Duval Wines, on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. There is a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu will include five courses with wine pairings. Cost is $135 per person (including gratuity) plus tax. Seating is limited to just 30 guests. Call 407-939-5667 to reserve space for this special event.

Copper River King Salmon is now on the nightly menu at Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. The popular fish, which fights its way 25 miles upriver to spawn in Alaska's Copper River, is only available a few weeks each year.

Animal Kingdom Lodge is now offering special afternoon events at two of its restaurants:

-- South African Wine Tasting: Every Wednesday at 3 p.m., Jiko in Jambo House hosts "a journey through the wine regions of South Africa." Cost is $25 (plus tax) per person. Call 407-938-7133 for reservations.

-- Dine with Animal Specialists: Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge's Kidani Village hosts an "Untamed" lunch every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. An Animal Specialist is on hand to answer questions and share fun facts, as they lend insight into the care of the animals that roam the nearby savanna. A four-course menu is offered. Cost is $49 for ages 10 and up, $29 ages 3-9 (with a special kids' menu). Price includes tax, gratuity and a $5 contribution to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. Only 12 participants per lunch. To make reservations, call the Safari line for Wanyama Safari at (407) 938-4755, which is the Animal Kingdom Lodge Itinerary Planning Office.

Wolfgang Puck Express in the Downtown Disney Marketplace will be closed beginning Sunday, May 15, and will reopen on May 25.

AMC Downtown Disney 24 located in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World will debut its AMC Dine-In Theatres on May 16. The Dine-In Theatres are in six auditoriums at AMC Downtown Disney, and they feature casual, in-theatre dining with an extensive menu (quesadillas, burgers, flatbread pizzas, grilled sandwiches, house specialties, as well as appetizers and desserts) and a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty drinks, beer and wine. Also available are upgraded reserved seating and table-top dining, as well as seat-side service and a personal call button that discreetly alerts a server. MacGuffins Bar & Lounge is a full-service bar and lounge area inside AMC Downtown Disney 24 that features a variety of beer, wine, cocktails and the full Dine-In Theatre menu, including appetizers and desserts. (MacGuffins Bar & Lounge guests must be at least 18 years old; minors accompanied by a parent or guardian [at least 21] are welcome). For pricing and more details:

http://land.allears.net/blogs/dnews/2011/05/a_new_intheatre_dining_experie.html

Tables in Wonderland has announced several special dining events exclusively for its members during the month of May:

-- Flower Power Happy Hour at the American Adventure Parlor at Epcot:
On Sunday May 8, 2011, join your fellow Tables in Wonderland members for a cocktail hour and then reserved seating for the Flower Power concert of Davy Jones, best known as the front man for the 1960's sensation, "The Monkees". Happy Hour from 6 to 7 p.m. at American Adventure Parlor with hors d 'oeuvres, beer, wine, and specialty beverages. At 7:15 p.m. relocate to America Gardens Theater for reserved seats for the At 7:45 p.m. Davy Jones show at the Flower Power Concert Series. Price: $35 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included. The event is limited to 60 guests.

-- Illuminations Dessert Party at Isle de France at Epcot: On Saturday May 28, 2011, Tables in Wonderland members are invited to a private Dessert Party! Enjoy a front row presentation of the premier nighttime spectacular at Epcot, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, while you sample platters of exquisitely prepared delectable desserts and rich coffees. The party starts at 8 p.m. and runs through IllumiNations until 9:30 p.m. Price: $50 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included. The event is limited to 100 Guests.

-- Tables in Wonderland -- Presents: The Wave . . . of American Flavors Discovery Dinner: On Thursday, May 19, 2011, The Wave at the Contemporary Resort will host a dinner featuring the produce of Long & Scott Farms. Reception at 6:30 p.m.; Dinner at 7 p.m. Dress: Casual evening attire. Price: $92 per person, includes tax and gratuity. The event is limited to 44 Guests.

For reservations for any of these events, e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed.

APRIL 2011

The Second Annual Food and Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin will be October 7 and 8, 2011. Last year, the event offered a variety of seminars, such as a Sake Hour and Bordeaux Blending, led by the resort's own food and beverage experts. While details are still being finalized, these seminars and others may also be offered in 2011, along with samples of cuisine from an assortment of Swan and Dolphin hotel restaurants. Special packages including guestroom accommodations will be available, as well as wristbands allowing you access to all the food and beverage offerings:

http://swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com/

Tables in Wonderland is hosting two special dinners at Walt Disney World this month exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members:

-- Cairo Dinner Show at Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular -- This buffet dinner show will be on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Enjoy a close-up view to this stage spectacular that reveals some of the moviemaking magic responsible for Indy's triumphs over deadly traps, bad-guy battles and epic-scale obstacles. Inspired by the blockbuster film "Raiders of the Lost Ark," this show recreates edge-of-your-seat scenes with more than a dozen stunt performers demonstrating techniques Hollywood uses to fool moviegoers into thinking a favorite celebrity has taken a punch, fall or bullet. Professional stunt performers are also joined by audience volunteers, who act as extras in the show. And at THIS event EVERYONE gets to be on the stage! Many surprises are in store for you, including a feast fit for a sultan! Cost is $160 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included. The event is limited to 250 guests.

-- Tables in Wonderland Presents: The Wave . . . of American Flavors Discovery Dinner -- Thursday, April 21, 2011 at The Wave at the Contemporary Resort. Time: 6:30 p.m. Reception; 7 p.m. Dress: Casual Evening Attire. Cost: $92 per person, includes tax and gratuity. The dinner features the organic products of "Uncle Matt" Matt McLean. The event is limited to 44 guests.

For reservations to either event, e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed.

From April 17-23, you can save 25 percent off dining with the purchase of any entree at select quick-service restaurants at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. To save money -- and alleviate wait times during one of the busiest seasons -- you must dine before 11:30 a.m. or between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Alcohol is excluded. Print out the vouchers you'll find on Disney's official site and present them at the time of purchase.

http://land.allears.net/blogs/dnews/2011/04/save_25_percent_with_voucher_w.html

MARCH 2011

Via Napoli in the Italy pavilion at Epcot is selling pizza by the slice (full pizzas are not available) now through May 28. Place orders at the podium to the left of the restaurant's main entrance. Items sold include: Cheese Pizza, $4.50; Pepperoni Pizza, $5.25; Mini Cannoli, $3.50; Soda – Coke, Sprite and Diet Coke, $2.50; Dasani Water, $2.50. This venue is treated as a quick-service restaurant option on the Disney Dining Plan. Hours of operation: noon-8 p.m., except on Fridays during Extra Magic Hours (EMH) when the pizza window is open noon-9 p.m.

The following restaurants have extended their seating times from April 16 to May 1 to accommodate more diners during the upcoming busy holiday season:

  • 'Ohana
  • Boma
  • Chef Mickey's
  • Cape May Cafe
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe
  • Garden Grill
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse

The Diamond Horseshoe in the Magic Kingdom's Frontierland is also now available to book for an all-you-can-eat dinner April 17-24, from 5 to 9 p.m. In addition, Mickey's Backyard BBQ will be offered on additional days: April 19, 22, 26 and 29

REMINDER: Effective March 1, 2011, dinner at Le Cellier Steakhouse will be elevated to a Signature dining experience, offering an exciting new menu that will change seasonally and an expanded wine list. For Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining Plan Guests, this change for dinner will require two table-service meal entitlements per person. Lunch will remain one table-service meal entitlement per person.

FEBRUARY 2011

Tables in Wonderland is presenting several special dinners:

-- The Wave . . . of American Flavors hosts another Discovery Dinner on Thursday, February 17, 2011. Reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Price: $92 per person, includes tax and gratuity. Celebrating Santa Sweets Tomatoes, the country's only grower and packer of Santa Sweets™ grape tomatoes, and the only grower of UglyRipe™ tomatoes. Winemaker Robin Back, whose family owns Fairview Estate and Spice Route Vineyards in South Africa, will also be on hand. For reservations, e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed. The event is limited to 50 guests.

-- Black Tie Blue Jeans Special Event. Saturday March 5, 2011 6:45 - 9 p.m. at the Magic Kingdom's Diamond Horseshoe Saloon. Guests are encouraged to wear either Blue Jeans or Black Tie -- or both. $110 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.  Cocktail Reception at 6:45 p.m., reserved viewing of Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade at 7:15 p.m. Dinner follows. For reservations, e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party.  You will be notified on a first-come, first-served basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed. The event is limited to 100 guests.

JANUARY 2011

REMINDER: Effective March 1, 2011, dinner at Le Cellier Steakhouse will become a Signature dining experience. For Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining Plan Guests, this change for dinner will require two table-service meal entitlements per person. Lunch will remain one table-service meal entitlement per person.

'Ohana at the Polynesian Resort closed for refurbishments yesterday, January 17. It is scheduled to reopen in time for dinner Thursday evening, January 20.

Tables in Wonderland is presenting a special Discovery Dinner at The Wave... of American Flavors, at the Contemporary Resort, Thursday, January 20, 2011. Time: 6:30 p.m. Reception; 7 p.m. Dinner. Price: $92 per person, includes tax and gratuity. The dinner will feature the organic citrus juices of Matt McLean's family orchards. For reservations, e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a first-come, first-served basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed. The event is limited to 50 guests.

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