It’s time to take another trip around the World, from Downtown Disney to EPCOT… and we’ll be visiting all sorts of Disney Resorts along the way! Strap in, folks, because there’s always something to find when you’re searching for What’s New at Disney World with the DFB!
The name of the game all over Downtown Disney these days continues to be, of course, construction for the transformation into Disney Springs. Here are a few recent shots of what will be The Boathouse restaurant, which seems to be coming along nicely.
On the West Side, The Smokehouse has introduced a new item: Smokehouse Nachos!
The Nachos can be customized with your choice of meat.
We’ve got a few menu refreshes in some Table Service locations, too. Those dining at Portobello can now enjoy Chicken or Eggplant Parmesan, and guests at lunch have two new sandwich choices: a salami and pepperoni Calzone and a Caprese sandwich.
Noteworthy among the additions are Tex-Mex Egg Rolls, Kalbi Short Ribs, a Lobster Roll appetizer, Chicken Piccata, Marsala, or Parmigiana, and a “Thanksgiving Every Day” entree.
Ever since The Marketplace Co-op opened, I can’t resist stopping by to see if they’ve added anything to the fan-focused merchandise (we love pretty much EVERYTHING at Disney Centerpiece!). I got a chance to check out the tiny pop-up WonderGround Gallery kiosk, and think the “It’s a Small World” mug reflects the feel of the Mary Blair’s artwork beautifully.
Do you remember those cute kitchen towel sets we spied a while back? One of our DFB readers let us know of a couple more (thanks, Mel! 🙂 ), and now we’re seeing them just about everywhere! Here is the Castle Set, followed by Winnie the Pooh.
But the favorite might be the Ratatouille set.
First, because the film’s theme (and star, Remy!) is perfect for the kitchen; and second, because it comes with its own recipe for Ooh-La-La French Toast!
DISNEY FOOD TRUCKS
The Downtown Disney Food Trucks have experienced a small menu changes. We’ve already mentioned the completely refreshed menu at the Superstar Catering Food Truck, and have sampled the Sticky Chicken and Waffles at Fantasy Fare.
By the way, a similar version of the Lamb Meatball Flatbread Sandwich that we liked so much at Superstar Catering can now be enjoyed at Namaste Café.
As of now, the Downtown Disney Food Trucks remain location independent as they await their future home base, Food Truck Park, which is still very much in construction phase.
Food Truck Park will be tucked between the new West Side Starbucks and Bongos Cuban Café. The concept art posted in front of the construction gives you a better idea of what’s to come (yep, that’s a glass elevator bringing guests to the overlook)!
The Disney Food Trucks have been spotted in other spots around the World, too. Namely, at All Star Music Resort (more on that later in the post)!
We’ve got two new desserts to choose from in the bakery case at Sunshine Seasons…
… a Banana Coconut Mousse Dome and Rice Pudding with Strawberry Compote.
Hoping to pair your wine selection at Germany’s Weinkeller with a little something?
How about this Artisanal Cheese Plate, featuring German cheeses, a bit of Alpine ham, and a pretzel stick?
At Tutto Italia, the Fettuccine Campagnole has been replaced with Fettuccine “Vecchia Roma.”
It’s made with arugula & basil pesto, spinach, and burrata cheese, bringing a meatless dish to the Pasta options.
Oh, Les Halles, how we love you…
…because you bring us things like chocolate-dipped Meringues-the-size-of-our-heads!
Seriously — this is bigger than fist sized! No more tiny treats for you!
You’ll find an expanded selection of refreshing Oasis Slushies at the Spice Road Table Juice Bar.
Each option is available with or without alcohol.
Here’s a spot we rarely chat about, but thousands of guests walk by every day. We’re talking about the Joffrey’s kiosk at the Ticket and Transportation Center (where guests catch a Ferry boat or Monorail to the Magic Kingdom, or transfer by Monorail over to Epcot).
But the much bigger Joffrey’s news is that Joffrey’s has created coffee blends honoring some of our favorite Disney restaurants!
Four Seasons Orlando
Four Seasons Orlando is now open!
Check out our Sneak Peek featuring some of the innovative dishes from three of their five restaurants: the Italian restaurant Ravello, PB&G (standing for Pool Bar & Grill), and Lickety-Split, the in-house coffee, dessert, and gelato bar!
The Polynesian Village Resort
You read that correctly — The Polynesian Resort has officially begun the process of reverting back to its original name of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort! You can see it “in action” on the Walt Disney World website.
The Beach Club Resort
Now, really, we can’t have a “What’s New” post without spotting some bit of Frozen food, can we ;)? The Beach Club’s Marketplace now has vanilla cupcakes featuring some of our Frozen friends.
All Star Music Resort
Note’able Grab ‘n Go is the current spot to get some quick eats while staying at All Star Music as the Intermission Food Court undergoes a four-month renovation, reopening in late December. Take a tour here of this temporary dining location!
But that’s not all! We’d like to thank one of our awesome DFB Readers (much appreciated, thrifty s!) for letting us know that rotating Disney Food Trucks have been spotted near the All Star Music Pool serving hot breakfast and dinner options! Breakfast options have included Waffles with Strawberries and Fresh Whipped Cream and Smothered Biscuits with gravy and caramelized onions. Good morning!
July’s Red (Velvet), White, and Blue Cupcake has been replaced with a Black Velvet and Whipped Cream Cupcake (the white chocolate spiral toppers and edible sparkles, however, remain 🙂 ).
That’s it for this round! Don’t forget to have yourself a Magical Day…
And until next time, Eat and Be Happy!
Have you spotted anything new during a recent trip around the World? We’d love to hear about it in a comment!