Category Archives: Walt Disney World

New Menu Items Debut at Epcot’s Coral Reef Restaurant

Disney’s Coral Reef is one of the most unique dining options at Walt Disney World. You’ll find the table service restaurant located inside The Seas with Nemo and Friends in Epcot’s Future World and it happens to boast the largest inland saltwater environment ever built (it holds enough water to fill 54 Olympic-sized swimming pools).  Guests can dine on American and Seafood Cuisine as they feast their eyes upon a living coral reef which is home to 4,000 amazing sea creatures including 85 species of tropical fish, sharks, sea turtles, rays and the occasional scuba diver.

Chef Keith Schockling recently added new dishes to the menu, both savory and sweet, and they all look delicious!

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For starters, there’s a charbroiled octopus with nori sushi rice, sesame slaw and a soy reduction; a lump crab cake with watercress-citrus salad and a classic remoulade; seafood salad with Gulf Shrimp and mahi mahi in a citrus marinade with a little kick from serrano peppers, a little sweetness from mango sorbet and crisp plantain chip, and a seasonal house salad – for summer it’s mixed greens, raspberry vinaigrette, fresh berries, feta cheese and sunflower brittle.

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New entrées include one from land and one from sea: the tuna bowl with spice-crusted tuna, rice noodles, charred bok choy, crisp shiitakes, pickled vegetables and broth (substitute tofu for tuna if you prefer); and a bone-in roasted pork chop with potatoes, creamy pimento cheese, braised greens and a honey-barbecue vinaigrette.

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And if you saved room for dessert, there’s a rich citrus bread pudding with whiskey sauce, candied pecans and salted caramel gelato. Yum!

Returning diners, never fear, fan-favorites like the Lobster Bisque still remain on the menu.

For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/dining or call 407-WDW-DINE.

 

Walt Disney World Resort Refurbishments for June 2017

Here is a list of current and upcoming refurbishments/closings scheduled at Walt Disney World Resort for the month of June 2017.

MAGIC KINGDOM

  • Hall of Presidents 1/17/2017 – 6/29/2017

EPCOT

  • Mission:SPACE 6/5/2017 – 7/28/2017

DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM

  • Animal Hospital and Veterinary Treatment Room in Rafiki’s Planet Watch now-mid-June 2017

DISNEY SPRINGS

  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria  transitioning to a brand new restaurant 4/24/2017 – 9/30/2017

DISNEY RESORTS

  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Expansion of convention center 8/4/2016 – 2/1/2018
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters, Cabana Pool Bar, Calypso Trading Post – 5/1/2017 – 6/30/2018
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort  hard goods refurbishment 11/2016 – 2017
  • Disney’s Old Key West – Exterior maintenance and painting – 1/3/2017 – 7/27/2017
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Cub’s Den (children’s activity center) 1/3/2016 – 2017; Roaring Fork and Trout Pass Pool Bar 2/2017 – 7/17/2017
  • Disney’s Yacht Club – Captain’s Grill moving to Ariel’s 5/15/2017 –  9/30/2017; Fittings & Fairings Clothes & Notions 4/17/2017 – 7/14/2017; room refurbishment 1/2017 – 6/23/2017; expansion of convention center 8/4/2016 – 2/1/2018

To view a complete list of current and upcoming refurbishments at Walt Disney World Resort, please visit our refurbishment page.

 

Frozen Summer Games Begins Today at Disney’s Blizzard Beach

Starting today, guests will be able to experience some snowy, summery fun at Disney’s Blizzard Beach.  Visitors to the water park can once again join Team Kristoff or Team Olaf to participate in a variety of activities, from Ice Pail Relays and a Snowball Toss to Ski Pole Limbo and Slide Races.

Guests can also enjoy crafts, games and a DJ spinning tunes throughout the day this summer.

New this year, guests will be able to meet and take pictures with Kristoff and Olaf.  Either Kristoff or Olaf will be at a designated character greeting location at the park, where you can snap photos of each “Frozen” star and let them know which team you chose to play for.

Click here for more information on Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park.

The Music of Pixar Live! Debuts Today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Beginning today guests will be able to catch a brand new experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios called “The Music of Pixar Live! A symphony of Characters”  Do you have a favorite song from a beloved Pixar film?  Hear it live backed by a complete orchestra during this limited-time event.  You might even see an appearance of your favorite Disney Pixar characters as well!

Theater of the Stars will treat families to a celebration of the music, animation and characters of Pixar films. Featuring fun character moments and brilliant animated scenes on large video screens, a full orchestra performs selections of the stirring soundtracks from films such as “Toy Story,” “Up,” “Finding Nemo,” “Finding Dory,” “The Incredibles” and “Cars.”

Special video segments with the film’s composers take guests inside the scoring of a Pixar film. Their on-camera comments are backed by behind the scenes footage from Pixar, including orchestra recordings, story development, concept art and animation.

From the moment arriving guests are greeted by Green Army Men until the closing finale of You’ve Got a Friend in Me, in which the audience is encouraged to sing along, it’s a Pixar celebration like no other.

Throughout the show, beloved Pixar characters add moments of comedy and fun before their featured segment. As an example, Mike and Sulley take the stage to collect laughs as Mike tries stand-up before the “Monsters, Inc.” segment comes on-screen. Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear unwrap the “Toy Story” segment and “Up” is fronted by a special appearance of Carl Fredricksen and Dug. Can’t forget Dory (though she might!) – appearing before the “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory” segment.

The Music of Pixar Live! A symphony of Characters will run from May 26 – August 27, 2017.

‘Cars 3’ Preview Now Showing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Those of you who are anxiously awaiting the release of “Cars 3” this summer will be happy to hear a preview of the film is now being shown at Walt Disney World Resort.

Beginning today, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios can catch an advance look at a segment from the film as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction, where artwork and maquettes from the production will also be on display.

In case you aren’t familiar with the story, Disney has shared the following synopsis of the film:

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” is directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“), produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (“LAVA” short).

You can check out the official trailer below:

Cars 3 races into theaters June 16, 2017