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Celebrate Christmas in July at Disney Springs

If you’re missing that holiday spirit, then you’ll want to head over to Disney Springs where they’re celebrating the season with their Christmas in July event.  Beginning July 15 through July 30, 2017, guests can experience special holiday-themed treats, merchandise and entertainment offerings throughout the Disney Springs Marketplace.

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In July, The Art of Disney is featuring holiday inspired art with artist meet and greets, Dockside Margaritas is featuring the Snowflake Margarita, and Disney’s Days of Christmas is hosting a special meet and greet with Santa  dressed in his Florida attire. “Summer Santa” will be on hand for photographs 1:00pm to 10:00pm.

For this limited-time Disney Springs celebration, a DJ will be spinning Christmas-beats and Enjoy Your Face will be celebrating with holiday face painting designs. Even the Disney Springs fountains will be decked for the season.

Additionally, Starbucks in the Marketplace is offering their holiday themed drinks and special sweets will be available at Goofy’s Candy Company or Disney’s Candy Cauldron, featuring peppermint bark and gingerbread cookies. You’ll also find a few holiday-themed treats, including Santa Mickey and Minnie specialty apples and krispy treats. Don’t forget to stop by AristoCrepes to indulge in a gingerbread crepe too!

Complete Festival Marketplace Menus Released for 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will return this year with more dates, more marketplace booths, and more culinary events.  The 22nd annual event will run for 75 days (up 13 more from last year), opening August 31 and running through November 13, 2017.  Also, to celebrate Epcot’s 35th Anniversary, there will be a record number of marketplace booths stretching all around World Showcase and into Future World.

The complete Festival Marketplace booth menus are below;

Epcot Legacy Showplace

  • Chilled Scotch Egg wrapped in Sausage with Mustard Sauce
  • Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich
  • L’Orange Cotton Candy: A mixture of Lime and Orange Cotton Candy (vegetarian)
  • Bright Horizons: Sprite® with Multi-flavored Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic)
  • M.I.A Beer Company 305 Golden Ale, Doral, FL
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • JDub’s Passion Wheat, Sarasota, FL
  • Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale, DeBary, FL
  • Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, Tampa, FL
  • Eastern Florida Flight
    • M.I.A. Beer Company 305 Golden Ale
    • Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale
    • Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Western Florida Flight
    • JDub’s Passion Wheat
    • Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale
    • Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale

Flavors from Fire

  • Piggy Wings: Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds
  • Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions, and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso
  • Romano and American Grana Cheeses
  • Sweet Pancake with Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sausage, Onion Jam, and Maple Butter Syrup
  • Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, and Raspberry Dust
  • Orlando Brewery Smokin’ Blackwater Porter
  • Ravenswood Zinfandel, Napa Valley
  • Swine Brine featuring Evan Williams Bourbon

Light Lab

    • T=C2: Tonic Water and Cotton Candy (non-alcoholic)


  • RGB: Citrus Apple Freeze (non-alcoholic)
  • Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls
  • Left Hand Brewing Company Polestar Pilsner, Longmont, CO
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Robonaut Red Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA, Seattle, WA
  • Sixpoint Brewery Mad Scientist Radiant Flux, Brooklyn, NY
  • Founders Brewing Company Green Zebra Watermelon Gose Ale, Grand Rapids, MI


  • Blue Point Brewing Company Hoptical Illusion IPA, Patchogue, NY
  • Space Flight
    • Left Hand Brewing Company Polestar Pilsner
    • Playalinda Brewing Company Robonaut Red Ale
    • Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA
  • Light Flight
    • Sixpoint Brewery Mad Scientist Radiant Flux
    • Founders Brewing Company Green Zebra Watermelon Gose Ale
    • Blue Point Brewing Company Hoptical Illusion IPA

Earth Eats Inspired by ABC’s “The Chew”

  • Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce (vegetarian)
  • Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots, and Feta Cheese
  • Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle (gluten friendly)
  • Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines Chardonnay “Goldie,” California
  • Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines Pinot Noir, California
  • Redstone Meadery Black Raspberry Mead

Active Eats

  • Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions
  • Roasted Verlasso® Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri (gluten friendly)
  • Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake, and Tortilla Streusel (vegetarian)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Cucumber & Lemon Lime Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FL
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling, Washington
  • Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Coastal Eats

  • Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado Lemongrass Cream
  • Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette
  • Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-chipotle Butter Sauce
  • Erath Pinot Gris, Oregon
  • Soter Planet Pinot Noir, Oregon

The Chocolate Studio

  • Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel (gluten friendly)
  • Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Dust (vegetarian)
  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
  • Banfi Rosa Regale, Piedmont
  • Lenotti Recioto della Valpolicella, Italy
  • RL Buller Fine Muscat

The Cheese Studio Hosted by Boursin® Cheese

  • Braised Beef “Stroganoff” with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom, and Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce
  • Savory Caramelized Onion Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Tart with cold Arugula Salad and Aged Balsamic (vegetarian)
  • Cheese Trio: Profiterole topped with Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese and Orange Apricot Jam; Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Boursin® Shallot and Chive Cheese and Everything Seasoning; Strawberry Macaroon with Boursin Pepper Cheese
  • Leth Steinagrund Gruner Veltliner, Austria
  • Liberated Pinot Noir, California

The Wine & Dine Studio

  • Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce
  • Pulled Duck Confit with Cannellini Bean Ragoût and Zinfandel Reduction
  • Trio of Artisan Cheese (vegetarian): Fromager d’Affinois de Excellence with Toasted Baguette; Point Reyes Original Blue with Apricot Jam; Point Reyes Toma with Honey
  • Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese: Trio of Artisan Cheese Paired with Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, St.
  • Francis Chardonnay and Recuerdo Malbec
  • Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford
  • St. Francis Chardonnay, Sonoma County
  • Recuerdo Malbec, Argentina
  • Eden Canyon “Jolie” Red Blend, California
  • Meiomi Rosé, California

Islands of the Caribbean

  • Jamaican Beef Patty with Mango Salsa
  • Mojo Pork with Black Beans, Cilantro Rice, and Pickled Red Onions (gluten friendly)
  • Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (vegetarian)
  • Carib Lager
  • Caribbean White Sangria
  • Frozen Mojito

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New Zealand

  • Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs
  • Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
  • Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce and Kumara Purée
  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
  • Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir, Marlborough
  • Frozen Wine Cocktail featuring Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc


  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion, and Snap Peas (gluten friendly)
  • Grilled Lamb T-Bone with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies (gluten friendly)
  • Lamington: Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut (vegetarian)
  • Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale
  • Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz
  • Hope Estate “Wollombi Brook” Semillon, Hunter Valley

The Almond Orchard Hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®

  • Cauliflower Risotto with Pulled Chicken, Artichokes, Spinach and Parmesan Cheese with Aged Balsamic
  • Fire-roasted Tomato Hummus topped with Blue Diamond® Salt & Vinegar Almonds served with Blue Diamond Nut Thins®
  • Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae with Fresh Berries and Crunchy Chocolate Oats


  • Beef Empanada
  • Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée (gluten friendly)
  • Verum Pinot Noir, Rio Negro
  • Bodega Noemía de Patagonia “A Lisa” Malbec, Rio Negro
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  • Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad, Pickled Cucumbers, and Wasabi Cream
  • Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions, and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts
  • Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine
  • Mai Tai featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum
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    Farm Fresh

    • Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy
    • Roasted Beet Salad with Green Beans, Feta Cheese, Minus 8 Vinaigrette, and Toasted Walnuts (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
    • Gumption Citrus Freak Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT
    • Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT
    • Two Henrys Elderberry Cream Hard Cider, Plant City, FL
    • Florida Orange Groves Mango Mama Wine
    • Cider flight



  • Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles, and Vegan Tzatziki (vegetarian)
  • Taste of Greece: Stuffed Grape Leaves with Lemon Dill Sauce, Grilled Octopus and Feta Cheese Dip with Warm Pita
    Spanakopita (vegetarian)
  • Bougatsa: Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup and Cinnamon (vegetarian)
  • Domaine Skouras Moscofilero, Peloponnese
  • Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko, Santorini
  • Argyros Atlantis Red Blend, Santorini


  • Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables
  • Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake with Cold Noodle Salad
  • Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice
  • Helfrich Gewürztraminer, Alsace
  • Singha Lager


  • Rib Eye Taco: Marinated Rib Eye, Roasted Chipotle Sauce, and Grilled Scallions on a Corn Tortilla
  • Tequila Chipotle Shrimp: Served on a Black Bean Huarache garnished with Red and Green Cabbage, Queso Fresco, and Crema Mexicana
  • Cajeta Mousse served with Cajeta Sauce and White Chocolate Flakes
  • Prickly Pear Margarita
  • Classic Pomegranate Margarita
  • Mexican-style Sangria
  • Pacifico Lager with Floater


  • Beijing Roasted Duck Bao Bun with Hoisin Sauce
  • Spicy Chicken Bao Bun
  • Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles
  • Chicken Potstickers
  • Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk (non-alcoholic)
  • Tsingtao Lager
  • Ritzy Lychee with Courvoisier Cognac VS and Smirnoff Vodka
  • Happy Peach with DeKuyper Peach Liqueur and Myers’s Dark Rum
  • Kung Fu Punch with Smirnoff Vodka and Bols Triple Sec
  • BaiJoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice
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  • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (vegetarian)
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Basmati Rice (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
  • Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews, and Warm Naan Bread
  • Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake with Chocolate Coconut Mousse (vegetarian)
  • Mango Lassi (non-alcoholic)
  • Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
  • Sula Shiraz, Nashik
  • Kingfisher Lager


  • Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, and Pap (gluten friendly)
  • Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew with Vegan Yogurt and Quinoa (vegetarian)
  • Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket with Mint Raita (vegetarian)
  • Ernie Els “Big Easy” Chenin Blanc, Western Cape
  • Simonsig Pinotage, Stellenbosch
  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape
  • Wine flight

Brewer’s Collection

  • Lebkuchenherz: Decorated Gingerbread Heart
  • Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
  • Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Naturtrüb
  • Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer
  • Beer flight


  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese
  • Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
  • Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (vegetarian)
  • Lebkuchenherz: Decorated Gingerbread Heart
  • Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
  • Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel
  • Dr. Heyden Oppenheimer Sacträger Riesling Spätlese, Rheinhessen
  • Selbach Riesling Classic Dry, Mosel
  • Wine flight
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  • Charcuterie in a Cone with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette
  • Traditional Spanish Paella with Shrimp, Mussels, Chicken, and Crispy Chorizo (gluten friendly)
  • Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops and Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar, and Smoked Paprika (gluten friendly)
  • Sweet Olive Oil Cake with Powdered Sugar and Lemon Curd
  • Rafael Palacios Bolo Godello, Valdeorras
  • Bodegas y Viñedos Artazu Garnacha Rosado, Navarra
  • Casa Castillo Monastrell, Jumilla
  • Wine flight


  • Crispy Calamari with Spicy Pomodoro Sauce
  • Absolut Penne: Vodka Sauce with Shrimp
  • Cannoli al Cioccolato: Chocolate-covered Cannoli Filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Fruit
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Corbinello
  • Moscato
  • Frozen Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
  • Moretti Lager Beer
  • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer

Hops & Barley

  • New England Lobster Roll
  • Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese served on Griddled Garlic Toast
  • Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing (vegetarian)
  • New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire White Ale, Fort Collins, CO
  • Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale, San Francisco, CA
  • Orange Blossom Brewing Foxtail Cold Brew Coffee Pilsner, Orlando, FL
  • Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
  • Atalon Pauline’s Cuvée Red Blend, Napa Valley
  • Beer flight


  • Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumpling
  • Salmon BLT Sushi Roll
  • Teriyaki Ginger Pork
  • Pom Pineapple Sake Cocktail
  • Kara Tamba Tarekuchi Dry Sake
  • Yukikiage “Snow Shadow” Junmai Sake
  • Sapporo Lager


  • Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket
  • Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions, and Tzatziki Sauce (vegetarian)
  • Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce (vegetarian)
  • Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur
  • Les Trois Domaines Guerrouane White Wine, Meknes
  • Moroccan Sangria
  • Casa Pale Lager


  • Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream (vegetarian)
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream (vegetarian)
  • Hoegaarden Witbier
  • Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale
  • Stella Artois Hard Cidre
  • Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Beer flight


  • Escondidinho de Carne – “Little Hidden One”: Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca (gluten friendly)
  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato, and Onions (gluten friendly)
  • Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Barbosa Black Beer, Doral, FL
  • Lidio Carraro Chardonnay
  • Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça


  • Moelleux au Fromage de Chèvre et Épinards: Warm Goat Cheese Pudding with Spinach (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
  • Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
  • Boeuf Bourguignon, Purée de Pommes de Terre:Cabernet Sauvignon Braised Beef with Mashed Potatoes
  • Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Crème Brûlée with Housemade Raspberry Jam (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
  • La Passion Martini Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice
  • Chardonnay, Bouchard Ainé & Fils
  • Château les Graves de Barrau Merlot and Cabernet Blend, Bordeaux
  • St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 Pale Lager


  • Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy
  • Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread (vegetarian)
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
  • Twinings® Pumpkin Chai Tea and Caramel Shake (non-alcoholic)
  • Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
  • Guinness Blonde American Lager
  • Twinings® Pumpkin Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka


  • Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herbed Sour Cream
  • Traditional Scottish Lamb Stew with Neeps and Tatties
  • The Tipsy Laird: Whiskey-soaked Cake with Lemon Cream and Toasted Oats (vegetarian)
  • Belhaven Brewery Scottish Ale
  • Citrus Thistle featuring Hendrick’s Gin


  • Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (gluten friendly)
  • Moosehead Radler: Lager infused with Grapefruit, Grape and Lemon Juices, New Brunswick Neige Premiere “Apple Ice Wine”, Québec
  • Fielding Estate Red Conception, Niagara Peninsula

For more information, visit

Disney PhotoPass Day Returns to Walt Disney World Resort on August 19

In 2016, Walt Disney World Resort held its inaugural Disney PhotoPass Day and the event was such a success, that it will return again in 2017.  And Disney is promising that this year’s event will be even bigger than last year’s event!

On August 19, guests can expect to find numerous event-exclusive Animated Magic Shots, even more one-day-only Character Experiences, and incredible photo locations at all four theme parks!

Stay tuned for more details!

VIDEO: Disney’s ‘Raven’s Home’ Theme Song


NEW Fantasmic! Inspired Eats Available at Disneyland Park

The all-new Fantasmic! debuts July 17 at Disneyland and the park is celebrating with special eats and sweets inspired by the nighttime spectacular.  You can find the items below throughout New Orleans Square, Frontierland, and Critter Country beginning July 17.

Mint Julep Bar

  • Blackberry Beignets

Churro Cart in New Orleans Square

  • Sour Watermelon Churro
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Churro Cart in Critter Country

  • S’mores Churro – A graham cracker churro with chocolate and marshmallow dipping sauce

Churro Cart in Fronteirland

  • Sour Watermelon Churro

Golden Horseshoe

  • Chocolate Cherry Coke Float
  • Cookie Sundae
  • Spicy Peanut Brittle made by Disneyland Candy Makers
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Harbour Galley (Evening Menu)

  • Lobster Mac and Cheese Hot Dog
  • Lobster Roll
  • Loaded Lobster Chips – House-fried potato chips topped with tender lobster, cheddar cheese sauce, spicy-lime mayo and chives
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Hungry Bear Restaurant

  • Teddi Berra Lavender Sparkler – A sparkling drink with lavender, elderflower and lemon
  • Milk and Honey Funnel Cake – Topped with sweetened
  • condensed milk, clover honey, edible flowers and whipped cream
  • Blueberry Honey Crème Pie
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Outdoor Vending

  • Nachos – Tortilla chips with warm nacho cheese and pickled jalapenos, topped with picante sauce. Perfect for eating on the go or while watching “Fantasmic!”
  • Kettle Popcorn – Sweet and salty kettle corn

Locations with Dining Packages featuring reserved viewing for “Fantasmic!”

  • Blue Bayou Restaurant
  • River Belle Terrace
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant

To make reservations for a “Fantasmic!” Dining Package, visit or call 714-781-DINE.