The news this month is delicious! Well, at least a lot of it involves food! First, there are changes to the 2018 dining plan. There have also been changes to dining during Mickey’s Not-so-scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Second, Coral Reef received a new menu. There’s also a new Illuminations Dessert Party coming mid-july! Plus, Mobile Order now gives you three Animal Kingdom Restaurants to pre-order from! And to top it off, Disney announced three new restaurants for Disney Springs! Whew! That’s just the half of it!
Attention all those visiting Walt Disney World during Mickey’s Not-so-scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. You may have noticed some trouble getting a reservation at places like Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and Crystal Palace. Well, it’s because only those who are attending the party on those nights will be admitted into the restaurants during the time of the ticketed events. Previously, guests were admitted up until the start of the party and then escorted out once their meals were finished. Starting this year, you must have a ticket to be allowed into one of the above restaurants if your dining takes place during the event time.
Ahoy mateys! If it’s a Pirates life ye be seeking, ye has come to the right place. Now, scalawags will have their spirit caught as part of their buccaneering journey. For those that don’t speak pirate, the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction now offers an on-ride photo as part of Disney’s Photopass and Memory Maker. Be sure to say “aye” as you leave the haunted grotto and plunge into adventure!
Epcot has some nice restaurants and Coral Reef is one of them. They’ve just updated the menu to add new foods to try. Have your choice of charbroiled octopus, seafood salad with Gulf Shrimp, and a seasonal house salad that is perfect for the summer months. Looking ahead, Coral Reef will be closed August 27th -29th.
Frozen Ever After Dessert Party is set to replace Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party starting July 17th. Desserts and beverages will be Frozen themed with such delicious treats as Olaf’s Warm Double Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake, Anna’s Blue Velvet Cupcakes, and Sven’s Fresh Fruits & Berries. After Illuminations, guests will be able to ride Frozen Ever After in Norway, without having to use a Fastpass! The cost is $79 for ages 10 and older and $47 for ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity are included.)
DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
Cruz Ramirez, rookie trainer extraordinaire from Cars 3, will be making a pit stop at Walt Disney World this summer! Be sure to swing by Pixar Place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to say hello (although no exact arrival date has been released.)
DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM
If visiting Pandora isn’t enough, now you can take home a little bit of another planet by becoming an Avatar Action figure. With a little digital magic, the scientists at Alpha Centauri Expedition, located inside of Windtraders, use futuristic technology to create your human/na’vi figurine. After customizing your Na’vi, it takes about 30 minutes to receive a completed figure. The cost is $74.99 and reservations must be made (on a first-come, first-served basis) at Windtraders. If that’s not enough, accessory sets can also be purchased for $14.99.
Mobile Order, the ability to order Quick-service food from the My Disney Experience App on your phone, pay for it in advance, then pick it up, has added another restaurant. Mobile Order kicked off with the new Satu’li Canteen in Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Now you can also order from Pizzafari and Flame Tree Barbecue at Animal Kingdom. Rumors have the Mobile Order coming to several Quick-service locations at Magic Kingdom very soon. We’ll keep you updated at locations are added.
By the end of this year, Disney Springs will welcome three new dining locations. First, in the fall a new Italian restaurant will replace Portobello Country Italian Trattoria in The Landing near Paddlefish. The restaurant is currently closed while the refurbishment takes place. Later this year, Wine Bar George will open with over 100 wine selections and shareable plates. Finally, The Edison will open by the end of 2017 and feature American cuisine, craft drinks, and live entertainment. Even with three additions, Disney Springs isn’t finished its restaurant expansion. In 2018, Jaleo will open on the West Side and deliver a menu with a Spanish flair. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will also open sometime in 2018 in Town Center.
One great reason to visit Walt Disney World during a holiday, is the unique events they plan. Disney Springs recently celebrated Father’s Day with many different experiences,
gifts, and menus. Highlights included $25 off a Vintage Amphicar Tour of Lake Buena Vista from The BOATHOUSE. STK Orlando and Paddlefish had an extraordinary menu on Father’s Day. Marketplace Co-op even had deals on massages or facials from Senses-- A Disney Spa. I hope some dads received special treatment!
Dooney & Bourke has upped their accessory game by showing off some of their releases for later this summer. Not only has the Disney Sketch collection has been updated, but coming on July 22nd at the Marketplace Co-op, you will be able to own a Princess Tiana handbag as well as a few items from the Madame Leota themed collection.
If you are a PANDORA fan (the jewelry, not the new land), you will love the new Fantasyland three-piece gift set. The set, which sells for $200, includes the Classic Carousel, Flying Dumbo dangle, and Alice’s Tea Cup. The set is available at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom, Mouse Gear at Epcot, and World of Disney in Disney Springs. It is also available at the Disney Store online.
Disney Tails has expanded their collection to include more products for your four-legged furry friends. Accessories include headbands, harnesses, bowls, and collars. The products currently carry Mickey or Minnie inspired patterns and they’ve even created a cat collar. You can find new swag for your fur-baby at select Walt Disney World Resort locations and on the Shop Disney Parks app.
If you’re headed to the Disney Parks soon, listen up. There’s a new gift card design featuring the delicious Mickey Ice Cream Bar that you can get. You need a minimum of $15 to start but can load up to $1000. It’s a great way to give your little sweeties a “cool” shopping card of their own, or get one as a gift for someone back home. The best part is they are reloadable and never expire. What a fun way to use a gift card!
The Night of Joy concert tickets went on sale June 6th. There’s a new ticket pricing tier this year that places single-night concert tickets at $45 (plus tax) and two-night concert tickets for $69 (plus tax.) You can add one day at a Walt Disney World theme park for $62 (plus tax.) Some of the entertainment this year includes Tobymac, Natalie Grant, Amy Grant, and Steven Curtis Chapman.
Memory Maker prices went up overnight, literally! Now you will pay $169 in advance for the ability to download every Photopass photo you get on your trip. The price was formerly $149 in advance. We found you can get hundreds of pictures for the price, plus all the on-ride photos that you couldn’t possibly take yourself. Plus, you can’t put a price tag on memories.
Tempt your palate this summer with delicious new treats throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks. First, take a bite out of Cheshire Cat Tails offered at Cheshire Café in Magic Kingdom. These are long chocolate chip filled pastries complete with pink and purple icing. Beat the summer heat with thirst quenching shaved ice at Harambe Fruit Market in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Flavors include watermelon, piña colada, and mango-passion fruit. Also in line with shaved ice, Geyser Point Bar & Grill at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has a frozen Berry Whip drink that is sure to cool you down!
With the release of 2018 travel packages this week, Disney Dining has changed some features of the dining plan. For 2018, there are new beverage options which includes beer, wine, and cocktails for guests over 21. Prices have also gone up by about $8 for adults under the regular Disney Dining Plan and about $1 for children 3-9.
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