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‘Festival of the Lion King Dining Packages’ Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom®

A new dining experience is coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park pairing favorite experiences with the park’s most popular restaurant!

With two different options to choose from, both all-new Festival of the Lion King Signature Dining Packages include a delicious meal at Tiffins Restaurant followed by special VIP seating at one of the most popular shows at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Tier 1

  • Delectable three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner with a seasonally-inspired prix fix menu at Tiffins Restaurant (one appetizer, one entrée, one dessert, and your choice of wine, beer, or a non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Priority reserved VIP seating at Festival of the Lion King
  • Commemorative Festival of the Lion King cast photo
  • Unique Kilimanjaro Safari® tour escorted by a special guide

Price: $99 per adult | $49 per children ages 3-9
(tax and gratuities not included)

Tier 2

  • Delectable three-course lunch or dinner with a seasonally-inspired prix fix menu at Tiffins Restaurant (one appetizer, one entrée, one dessert, and your choice of wine, beer, or a non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Priority reserved VIP seating at Festival of the Lion King
  • Commemorative Festival of the Lion King cast photo


Price: $74 per adult | $29 per children ages 3-9
(tax and gratuities not included)

The Festival of the Lion King Signature Dining Packages will run daily Aug. 13 – Nov. 21, 2018. As with all table service offerings, space is limited so contact your Magic Maker® today for more details!

All menu items, pricing, and event experiences are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

A Look Inside the New ‘California Grill’

The California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort as you know it now is about to become a part of Disney history! Closing on Feb. 1st for an extensive refurbishment, it will reopen in late Summer 2013 with a new decor and kitchen along with a new menu!

As one of Walt Disney World® Resort’s Signature Dining locations, the California Grill provides exquisite cuisine and a spectacular view of the Seven Seas Lagoon from the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. While the refurbishment will bring change to the menu and the appearance of the restaurant, guests will still delight in the tastes of their gourmet meal.

Enjoy this sneak peek of the “New” California Grill by browsing these recently released renderings and menu previews.

Once a reopening date has been announced, we will let you know!

All renderings and menu previews are subject to change

Walt Disney World® Resort Beyond the Bun

by Magic Maker® Tara Radulski

“MOM!  I’m hungry!”

As the mother to two young boys, both of which are in the 95th percentile or higher for their height, we hear this often at home…and even more when we are on vacation.  Just the other weekend we went to Fort Worth, Texas for the day to enjoy the Children’s Museum.  To our delight, the Fort Worth Stock Yard show was also going on, and we had the opportunity to enjoy it as well.  The only downfall to our day was having lunch at the stockyard show.  Just the thought of eating at fairs or amusement parks is enough to send me running for my antacid! The burgers, fries, corndogs, chicken strips, fried pickles and such make up just about the entire menu selection.  I know it’s bad when my kids start asking for a piece of fruit instead of more junk.

At Walt Disney World® Resort, some refer to it as Quick Service, others refer to it as Counter Service, some may even call it “fast food”.  It is all those things, but it is also much more than what you would expect from “amusement park” food.  Clients who are on one of the Disney Dining Plans, especially those on the Quick Service Dining Plan, always ask me what the best places to eat a quick meal are.  Now, I will admit that the expected burgers and fries, pizza and chicken strips are available.  But much better options abound!

In our two-part series, we’ll look at the four Walt Disney World® Resort parks and explore what Walt Disney World® Resort has to offer ‘beyond the bun’.


While in the Magic Kingdom® Park you can eat like a princess on a pauper’s budget (well, not really, but almost!)  The Columbia Harbor House in Liberty Square Area has Quick Service options such as their Lighthouse Sandwich which is hummus with tomato & broccoli slaw on toasted multigrain bread; or the Anchors Aweigh Sandwich with white tuna with lettuce and tomato on toasted multigrain bun; or even grilled salmon served with couscous and steamed fresh broccoli..  Also in the Magic Kingdom® Park, Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland® Area boasts half a rotisserie chicken or BBQ Ribs, both served with mashed potatoes and a seasonal vegetable.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park is “natazu” and the Quick Service options are much more than typical fast food!  At the Yak & Yeti™ Local Foods Cafe, guests can dine on items such as honey chicken, sweet and sour chicken, orange beef, an Asian chicken sandwich, or Mandarin chicken salad.  Over at the Flame Tree Barbecue there are options such as half a slab of St. Louis Ribs served with baked beans and corn muffin; half a rotisserie chicken served with baked beans and corn muffin; a beef or pork sandwich served with baked beans; a smoked turkey breast sandwich served on a multi-grain bun with cole slaw; or a barbecue chicken salad served with crisp greens and tomato with balsamic vinaigrette dressing in a toasted garlic shell.

You may just have to think again before you use the words “fast food” to describe the quick service / counter service food options at the Walt Disney World® Resort! Be sure to read next week as we finish exploring quick service dining around the parks at Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios™!

Allergies and Desserts at Walt Disney World® Resort

Disney Dining DessertBy Magic Maker® Megan Caceres

My daughters and I love trying new foods so dining is a big part of our vacations. My girls start choosing where they want to eat on our next trip while we are still on our current one. Now dining with food allergies (dairy, nuts, shellfish and several fruits) might take away from the pleasure of dining out, but not at Walt Disney World® Resort. From our first trip all the worry I had regarding my daughter’s allergies and mine vanished, due to the great service I received from the wonderful cast members when I called to make reservations, to the chefs and managers at all of the dining establishments. Even making reservations now online, it is easy to note all allergies and food intolerances.

But what about desserts? Allergies can be a bit tricky here. My daughter luckily is a fruit lover, and at the few establishments that we venture to at home, she is satisfied with a nice fruit platter, but we are on vacation…and as every parent knows, the kids are looking forward to desserts.

Well the folks at Walt Disney World® Resort won me over on our first trip with the care they took at making her feel like she was not going to lose out on some of the wonderful delights. At almost every table service restaurant we have ever been to they have always had dairy-free ice cream or allergy free cookies, but the chefs have gone beyond in ways I could never have dreamed of. Their service truly shows their dedication to their customers, and the great imagination that they have at designing fabulous desserts even with a ton of restrictions.

Counter Services should not be left out either, by contacting Special Dining at Walt Disney World® Resort, not only do they provide a form that you can submit back to them with all your advance dining reservations (which they then forward to the chefs at the restaurants) but they also send you a ton of information with great details of all the allergy free / food intolerance options throughout all the parks and resorts.

With the service that we get here, Walt Disney World® Resort had become our annual trip, we can all enjoy dining which is one of our favorite things, I can enjoy without worrying about an allergic reaction and my daughter…well to this day she says her desserts are better than ours, so I guess from her that is an A+ rating.

Contact your Magic Maker® to help make your dining arrangements and discuss with them any special dietary needs or concerns you may have.

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Magic Kingdom Park Adds New Kids’ Menu Items

Today, the Magic Kingdom® Park added some new options to their kids’ menus at four of their table-service restaurants. These new tastes will give children ages 3-9 some added variety over the much-loved mac ‘n cheese, chicken tenders, and french fries.

  Tony’s Town Square will now offer grilled cheese sandwich “dippers” on multigrain bread with tomato sauce on the side. Also at Tony’s, a steak skewer “spiedini” (cubes of meat cooked on a skewer) with roasted sweet potato fries and fresh fruit.
Tony's Town Square Grilled Cheese
Flatbread Pizza at Liberty Tree Tavern Liberty Tree Tavern will feature a new barbecued chicken and pineapple flatbread pizza served with a side of crisp veggies and apples or oven-roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, fruit and veggies.
The Plaza Restaurant will add a kids’ plate with grilled chicken slices, cous cous and a fresh fruit skewer. Plaza Restaurant Grilled Chicken
Chicken Pot Pie at Cinderella's Royal Table Last but not least, Cinderella’s Royal Table will add three new items to their menu. A chicken drumette with rice and broccolini, grilled beef skewers with mashed potatoes and corn, or a chicken pot pie topped with a biscuit crust.

If your kid is not one of the picky eaters, hopefully this is just be the beginning of new items added for them to choose from!

Three Incredible Specials, One Magical Vacation

The specials below are no longer applicable.

click here to see additional Walt Disney World® Resort Specials

Get FREE Dining with your Vacation Package when you choose select dates from October 2010 through September 2011. Buy one of these Magic Your Way® room and ticket packages and get a FREE dining plan. Staying in the middle of the magic is the best way to experience Walt Disney World® Resort. Visit when the lines at the theme parks may be shorter and enjoy this great offer!

Free Disney Quick Service Dining plan will be offered with select stays in a Value Resort.

Free Disney Dining Plan will be offered with select stays in Moderate, Deluxe, or Deluxe Villa Resort.

Offer is valid for arrivals on most nights:

2010: Oct 1 – 7 • Oct 22 – 28 • Nov 12 – 18 • Nov 27 – Dec 2 • Dec 10 – 21

2011: Jan 1 – 5 • Jan 9 – 13 • Jan 21 – Feb 3 • Feb 11 – 17 • Feb 25 – Mar 3 • May 27 – Jun 2 • Aug 19 – Sept 29

For best availability, book now. Rooms fill up fast! Book through December 20, 2010.

Get up to a $500 Disney Gift Card FREE when you buy one of these 5-night/5-day room and ticket packages at select Disney Resort Hotels. Use the gift card to cover vacation expenses: dining at your choice of Walt Disney World restaurants, special event tickets, sports, recreation, tours and more—all this in addition to shopping! With your card in hand, the world is yours!

Offer valid for arrivals on most nights 10/3-11/23/10, 11/27-12/25/10 and 1/1-2/16/11. Number of rooms allocated for these offers is limited. Minimum 5-night stay required. $500 Gift card for stays at select Disney Deluxe Resorts or Disney Deluxe Resort Villas. $300 Gift Card for stays at select Disney Moderate Resorts. $200 Gift Card for stays at select Disney Value Resorts.

For best availability, book now. Rooms fill up fast! Book through November 21, 2010.

SAVE UP TO 40% at DISNEY RESORT HOTELSWalt Disney World Room Only Specials
Save at least 25% at Disney Resort Hotels for stays on limited and select nights October through February. With special fall and winter room rates, your family can experience the vacation you need for less than you’d expect. For example, for just $62 per night plus tax, stay in a standard room at a select Disney Value Resort most Sunday to Thursday nights from November 28 through December 16, 2010.

25% Savings – Disney Value Resort Hotels
10/3-11/23/10, 11/27-12/25/10, 1/1/11-2/16/11

30% Savings – Disney Moderate Resort Hotels
10/3-11/23/10, 11/27-12/25/10, 1/1/11-2/16/11

25%-40% Savings – Disney Deluxe Resorts*
10/3-11/23/10, 11/27-12/25/10, 1/1/11-2/16/11
*Save 30% at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for stays most nights on 10/3-11/23/10, 11/27-12/25/10 and 1/1/11-2/16/11. *Save 25% at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge for stays most nights on 10/3-11/23/10, 11/27-12/25/10 and 1/1/11-2/16/11.

40% Savings – Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts
10/3-11/23/10, 11/27-12/25/10, 1/1/11-2/16/11

The number of rooms available at these rates is limited. Minimum length of stay requirements may apply for Friday or Saturday arrivals. Savings based on non-discounted price for the same room. Book early, rooms fill up fast! Book through November 21, 2010.

Chefs Whip Up Global Goodies

Like a fine wine that improves with age, the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival celebrates 15 years this Epcot International Food and Wine FestivalOct. 1-Nov. 14, 2010 with an unrivaled global tasting experience.

Where on the planet can foodies sample the cuisine, culture and entertainment of more than two dozen countries during a 1.3-mile stroll around a picturesque 40-acre lagoon?  Only at Walt Disney World® Resort, where more than 25 international marketplaces around the World Showcase promenade at Epcot® invite guests to taste tapas-sized portions and sip wines, beers and spirits from six continents.

This year, Disney and celebrity chefs are teaming with winemakers and brew masters from around the world to commemorate 15 years of Delicious Discoveries.  During the six-week festival, guests will discover:

  • Two new tasting marketplaces – Belgium and South Korea –plus new menu offerings at popular returning marketplaces including Singapore, Argentina, Chile, Poland, South Africa, Australia, U.S.A., Spain and others.
  • Celebrity chef appearances starring top culinarians like Warren Brown, Cat Cora, Todd English, Gale Gand, Robert Irvine, Art Smith, Andrew Zimmern and more.
  • A complimentary Marketplace Discovery Passport to be stamped at each international marketplace visited for the perfect scrapbook souvenir.
  • Daily wine seminars, bottle signings, author events and culinary demonstrations at the Festival Welcome Center.
  • Eat to the Beat! concerts three times nightly at America Gardens Theatre.
  • Two Epcot restaurants grand opening just in time for the festival: Via Napoli at the Italy pavilion and La Hacienda de San Angel at the Mexico pavilion.

New Sips, Fresh Bites

Whether sampling steamed mussels with roasted garlic cream at the new Belgium marketplace or sipping the trendiest wines from South Africa and Chile, festival guests can make a day of grazing their way around the World Showcase promenade.  Tapas-sized portions of regional specialties run $3-to-$8 each, and recommended wines and beers make perfect pairings at each marketplace.  To make grazing simpler and more fun, guests can purchase a festival-themed mini-Disney Gift Card that can be loaded and reloaded at several park locations.  The card comes attached to a band that can be worn conveniently on the wrist and used for purchases at park marketplaces, restaurants and shops.

Live regional entertainment includes music, acrobatics and improv performances along the promenade.  Evening Eat to the Beat! concerts at America Gardens Theatre feature acts from many musical genres.  Appearing for the first time on the Eat to the Beat! stage are: Sugar Ray, Air Supply, Howard Jones, 38 Special, Roger Hodgson (formerly of Supertramp,) Hanson and Rick Springfield.  Kicking off the festival Oct. 1-3 is fan-favorite Taylor Dayne, and wrapping the event Nov. 12-14 is crowd-pleaser Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Each fall, the festival attracts a diverse audience of more than 1 million guests ranging from wine connoisseurs and epicures to novices wishing to boost their culinary IQs.  Special culinary programs showcase a lineup of renowned winemakers, guest chefs and speakers participating in elegant dinners, luncheons, seminars and wine schools.

Festival highlights include:

  • The Festival Welcome Center, with a Wine Bar, Authentic Taste Seminars, Authors Without Borders weekend conversations and more.
  • Some 250 chefs including Disney chefs and guest chefs from across the country conducting culinary demonstrations and hosting dinners and tasting events.  Guest chefs on tap include Debbie Gold, Rock Harper, Jeff Henderson, Robin Miller, Jamie Deen and many other culinary stars.
  • New events that include 3-D Disney’s Dessert Discovery and a festival preview night, First Bites Opening Reception, on Sept. 30.
  • Popular returning events that include Celebrating Family and Friends in the Kitchen, Epcot Wine Schools, Mexico Tequila Tastings and Food and Wine Pairings.

Festival guests can enjoy fresh Epcot experiences including the latest Future World high-tech fun at Innoventions.  They also can go “under the sea” at The Seas with Nemo & Friends, “up in the air” at Soarin’ in The Land pavilion or “out of this world” at Mission: SPACE.  In World Showcase, new and updated restaurants welcome guests at the Italy, Japan, Mexico and China pavilions.

Included with Epcot Admission

Authentic Taste seminars and Authors Without Borders programs with special book signings at the Festival Center, Eat to the Beat! concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.

Special Programming by Reservation

The Party for the Senses grand tasting events and other special wine and culinary programs require reservations and separate event admission.  Contact your Magic Maker® for more information.

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Disney World Dining Caters to Everyone – Special Needs Dining

Disney World Vacation - Infant Looking at MenuFrom Magic Maker® Kip Dennis
Anyone who has visited the Walt Disney World® Resort in the past can tell you about their excellent dining options. From the ethnic restaurants in the World Showcase at EPCOT®, to the class act dinner theater like Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, and the one-of-a kind restaurants like 50’s Prime Time Café, there is something for everyone. But when you have a dietary restriction, you may think that you choices are limited. With the MAGIC of Disney it is actually quite the opposite.

While recently traveling with someone with a food allergy, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of service provided. When placing my advance dining reservations (ADRs), I notified the cast member of the allergy. All of my reservations were noted to alert the staff of the extra care needed. Just let your personal Magic Maker know of your special needs and they will communicate those to Disney. They can also provide you with additional information relating to your restrictions including suggested restaurants that will be able to best meet your needs.

At our table service meals, our waiter/waitress told us that their chef would be out to talk about our particular dietary need. Each chef went to great lengths to ensure a meal was made without any allergen contamination. If it was a buffet meal, the chef escorted him around to identify “safe” foods.

For counter service, we just notified the cast member at the order podium of our restriction. They once again notified a manager to come and consult us on what our available options were.

The Special Dietary program at Disney is just another example of how Disney continues to provide great service to their guests.

Celebrity Chef, Cat Cora, Opens New Restaurant in Walt Disney World

Celebrity chef Cat Cora and Disney are joining together to open a casual, family restaurant at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort.

Kouzzina by Cat Cora features time-honored Mediterranean recipes, as well as the chef’s personal favorites. The new table-service restaurant is included in the Disney Dining Plan and available to book simply by letting your personal Magic Maker® know your desired date and time.

Kouzzina is the Greek word for kitchen. This family dining restaurant has an open kitchen with a wood-burning grill and oak-fired ovens. It will serve creative, Greek-inspired dishes that are described as simple, yet sensational.

To complement the flavors and aromas wafting out of the open kitchen, Chef Cora has hand-selected a beverage menu, including her special cocktail recipes and private label wines from California.

Cat Cora achieved celebrity status by becoming the first female Iron Chef on the Food Network’s hit show “Iron Chef America.” She’s been a featured chef at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival and at Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival at the Disneyland® Resort.

Adult Dining at the Walt Disney World® Resort

by Chet McDoniel – Off to Neverland Travel®

While many people are aware of the multiple family and kid-friendly dining opportunities at the Walt Disney World® Resort, a lesser known fact is this: Disney has many wonderful opportunities for adult dining as well.  Adult dining at the Walt Disney World® Resort can be just as magical as the kid-friendly variety.   Many mouth-watering opportunities await, and while I can not go through each and every detail, I would like to list a few options that await you on your next Disney vacation:

  • Citricos (pictured right) – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – Soak in relaxed sun-drenched southern European ambiance. Enjoy flavorful American fare inspired by the legendary cuisine of Provençe, Tuscany and the Spanish Riviera. The market-fresh Mediterranean cooking is fresh, light and simply stylish.
  • California Grill – Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Venture into the vibrant and charged atmosphere and watch culinary masterpieces being created in the on-stage kitchen. This award-winning restaurant on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort features spectacular views of Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom® Park.  Tip – Be sure to make a reservation during the evening fireworks as you’ll be treated to a very unique and spectacular view.
  • Yachtsman SteakhouseDisney’s Yacht Club – Set sail for this ship-shape steakhouse for quality, aged, grain-fed USDA beef. Black Angus Beef is dry aged in our custom aging room from where you can personally select your own cut of meat.  All meat, ranging from filet mignon, porterhouse, bourbon strip and Angus prime rib, is cooked over our oak fired grill, in our on-stage kitchen.
  • Victoria and Albert’sDisney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – Indulge your discriminating culinary tastes at this elite, intimate and elegant eatery recognized by the nation’s top food critics. This very-special-occasion romantic Victorian retreat offers nightly harpists, lavish décor, personalized menus and a long-stem rose for each lady.

As I mentioned before, this is just a small sampling of all of the delectable delights for adults to sample when visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, FL.  Walt Disney World® adult dining is a feast for the senses, and promises to please each and every guest who visits.