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Holiday Kitchen Menus for the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Holiday Kitchen Menus for the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Holiday Kitchen Menus for the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
Photo: Disney

Celebrating joyous holiday cheer from around the globe, the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth will run from November 27 through December 30, 2020. You will find a variety of yuletide decorations, live holiday music at various EPCOT stages, family-friendly activities, and, of course, the delicious food and beverage offerings at the Holiday Kitchens scattered throughout all 11 World Showcase pavilions and World Showplace. 

The popular Holiday Cookie Stroll is back this year with yummy freshly baked cookies from the EPCOT bakery ovens. The Festival Passport lists the five official Holiday Cookie Stroll locations. Each stop will offer a delicious cookie for purchase and a stamp for your Festival Passport. Once you’ve collected all five stamps, bring your Festival Passport to the Sweets & Treats Holiday Kitchen to receive an adorable complimentary Minnie Peppermint Cookie! The Holiday Cookie Stroll can be completed at your own leisure, and you can even bring back your stamped Festival Passport to EPCOT at any time during the festival to complete your stroll. 

In addition to all the cookies and decadent desserts at the festival, the EPCOT pastry chefs have been busy creating a Gingerbread Capital City! Located this year in World Showplace, this sweet patriotic display has gingerbread replicas of some of the nation’s most iconic landmarks including the United States Capitol Building, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and a 5-foot tall Washington Monument! 

And now it’s time to talk HOLIDAY KITCHENS! This Foodie Guide has it all – from unique and classic holiday dishes to festive seasonal cocktails and beverages. Check out all the delicious details below. Enjoy! 

Refreshment Port (Showcase Plaza) 

Food Items: 

  • Turkey Poutine French Fries with Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish, and Crispy Onions  

Beverage Items: 

  • T.G. Lee Eggnog (non-alcoholic)  
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog with Spiced Rum 
Photo: Disney

Citrus Blossom (Showcase Plaza) 

Beverage Items: 

  • Orange Cream Shake in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) 
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Cinnamon Cranberry Orange Wheat Ale, Tampa, FL (New) 
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Selections 
Photo: Disney

Mele Kalikimaka Holiday Kitchen (Showcase Plaza) 

Food Items: 

  • Kālua Pork with Okinawa Purple Sweet Potatoes and Mango Salad (New) 
  • Lomi Lomi Salmon with Tomatoes, Onions, Salmon Roe, Yuzu Mayonnaise, and Yucca Chips (New) 
  • Haupia: Hawaiian Coconut Pudding with Candied Macadamia Nuts and Coconut (New) 

Beverage Items: 

  • Kona Brewing Co. Big Wave Golden Ale, Kailua-Kona, HI  
  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL  
  • Melon Breeze with Spiced Rum (New) 
Photo: Disney

Holiday Sweets & Treats (Promenade Refreshments): 

Food Items: 

  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Peppermint Candy (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) 
  • Minnie Peppermint Cookie (Cookie Stroll) 

Beverage Items: 

  • Hot Cocoa (non-alcoholic)  
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings® Peppermint Cheer Tea (non-alcoholic)  
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL  
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Coquito Beer, Doral, FL (New) 
  • Hot Cocoa with Assorted Alcoholic Cordials (Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico Liqueur or Fireball Cinnamon Whisky) 
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings® Peppermint Cheer Tea and Whipped Cream Vodka  

Refreshment Outpost: 

Food Items: 

  • Warm Brown Sugar-stuffed Pretzel with Soft-serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce  

Beverage Items: 

  • Frozen Slushy Coca-Cola® or Minute Maid® Lemonade in a Souvenir Spike The Bee Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic)  
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Spicy Apple Cinnamon Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL 
Photo: Disney

Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany) 

Food Items: 

  • Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce, Spätzle, and Braised Red Cabbage  
  • Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes  
  • Linzer Cookie (Cookie Stroll) 

Beverage Items: 

  • Possmann Pure Hard Apple Cider, Frankfurt, Germany 
  • Ayinger Brewery Celebrator Doppelbock, Bavaria, Germany (New) 
  • Regional Riesling  
  • Glühwein: House-made Hot Spiced Wine  
Photo: Disney

American Holiday Table  

Food Items: 

  • Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Cranberry Sauce  
  • Holiday Pot Pie with Jackfruit, Mushrooms, Carrots, Peas, Onions, and Puff Pastry (Plant-based item) (New) 
  • Pumpkin Gingerbread Cheesecake with Cranberry Whipped Cream and Candied Pumpkin Seeds (New) 
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookie (Cookie Stroll) 

Beverages Items: 

  • Bell’s Bright White Ale, Comstock, MI   
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL  
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Peppermint Chocolate Stout, Titusville, FL   
  • Chalk Hill Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 
  • Martin Bay Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
Photo: Disney

L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (Between Morocco & France) 

Food Items: 

  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard  
  • Smoked Salmon Potato Latke  
  • Potato Latkes (Plant-based item) 
  • Sufganiyot: Mini Jelly-filled Donuts  
  • Black and White Cookie (Plant-based item) (Cookie Stroll) 

Beverages Items: 

  • Shmaltz Brewing Company Hanukkah Beer: Golden Jelly Doughnut Pastry Ale, Clifton Park, NY  
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail 
Photo: Disney

Festival Favorites (World Showplace) 

Food Items: 

  • Blackened Bass, White Cheddar Grits, and Okra with Tomato and Onion Stew, Seasonal Southern Delights 
  • Duck Confit and Dumplings with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Fig Reduction, Alpine Haus 
  • Gingerbread Cookie (Cookie Stroll) 

Beverages Items: 

  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog (non-alcoholic) 
  • Frozen S’mores (non-alcoholic)  
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with Bacardi Gold Dark Rum 
  • Frozen S’mores with Whipped Cream Vodka 
Photo: Disney

Holiday Hearth (World Showplace) 

Food Items: 

  • Red Velvet Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing (New) 
  • Salted Caramel Spaceship Earth® Cookie (New) 
Photo: Disney
  • Snowball Cookies (New) 
  • Peppermint Bark  
  • Stollen: Holiday Fruit Cake  
  • Mouse Crunch (New) 

Beverages Items: 

  • Gingerbread Milkshake (non-alcoholic) (New) 
  • Hot Cocoa (non-alcoholic)  
  • Gingerbread Milkshake with Whipped Cream Vodka (New) 
  • Cocoa Candy Cane: Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps  

Prost! (World Showplace) 

Food Items: 

  • Charcuterie and Cheese Plate  

Beverages Items: 

  • M.I.A. Beer Company White Christmas IPA, Doral, FL  
  • 3 Daughters Brewing 70 Degree Winter Weizen, St. Petersburg, FL  
  • Playlalinda Brewing Co. Gingerblonde House Ale, Titusville, FL (New) 
  • Ciderboys Mad Bark Apple Cinnamon Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI(New) 
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Blueberry Peppercorn Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (New) 
  • Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards 1911 Honey Crisp Hard Cider, Lafayette, NY (New) 
Photo: Disney

Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada) 

Food Items: 

  • Seared Scallops with Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney, and Hazelnut Croquant (New) 
  • Beef Bourguignon with Crushed Potatoes (New) 
  • Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple Mousse and Cranberry rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake  
  • Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie (Cookie Stroll) 

Beverages items: 

  • Frozen Coffee (non-alcoholic)  
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Maple Cinnamon Coffee Beer, Tampa, FL (New) 
  • Regional Icewine  
  • Regional Red Wine  
  • Frozen Coffee with Tap 357 Whisky 

Holiday Beverages in the English Garden (Behind The Tea Caddy) 

  • Twinings® Christmas Tea Toddy served with a Cinnamon Stick (non-alcoholic) 
  • Twinings® Christmas Tea Toddy and Drambui served with a Cinnamon Stick 
Photo: Disney

Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen (France) 

Food Items: 

  • Rillette de Saumon: Salmon Spread with House-made Bread   
  • Dinde Forestière, Pommes Dauphines: Turkey with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Onions in a Mustard Cream Sauce with Puffed Potatoes (New) 
  • Bûche de Noël au Caramel: Christmas Log with Chocolate Cake and Dark Chocolate Caramel Ganache  

Beverage Items: 

  • Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc Fruits Rouges Draft  
  • Rosé Pétillant Méthode Traditionnelle Champenoise: Rosé Sparkling Wine, Pink Flamingo  
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Village de France  
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini: Grey Goose Vanilla, Vodka, and Chocolate Milk   
Photo: Disney

Sapphire Holiday Kitchen (Morocco) 

Food Items: 

  • Grilled Lamb Kefta Kebab and Grapes with Euro Cucumber, Red Pepper, Pickled Pearl Onions, and Harissa-Cilantro Dressing   
  • Confit of Chermoula Chicken Drum with Cinnamon Granny Smith Apple, Toasted Almonds, Brussels Sprouts, and Pinot Noir Glaze  
  • Sfenj: Warm Beignets with Cream, Cinnamon-Sugar, and Chocolate Sauce   

Beverage Items: 

  • Mediterranean Beer  
  • Kasbah Prestige Red Wine  
  • The Andalusian “Poinsettia” Cocktail: Sparking Wine, Orange Liqueur, and Cranberry Juice topped with Orange Blossom Water  

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy) 

Food Items: 

  • Biancaneve Italian Flatbread with Mozzarella, Asiago, and Parmesan  
  • Sacchetti alla Boscaiola: Four-cheese Mini Beggar’s Purses filled with Sweet Sausage, Caramelized Onions, Pancetta, and Cremini Mushrooms with a Creamy Sauce (New) 
  • Cannoli Siciliani: Crisp Pastry filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate, and Candied Orange  

Beverage Items: 

  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner  
  • Pinot Grigio  
  • Chianti  
  • Prosecco  
  • Rosa Regale  
  • Moscato   
  • Italian White Sangria with Prosecco  
  • Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon  
  • Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila  
Photo: Disney

Shanghai Holiday Kitchen (China)  

Food Items: 

  • Red-stewed Beef Rice Bowl (New) 
  • Curry Chicken Rice Bowl (New) 
  • House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons  

Beverage Items: 

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Bobas (non-alcoholic)  
  • Tsigntao Lager  
  • Jasmine Draft Beer  
  • Dragonfly: Jose Cuervo Tequila Gold, Vodka, Mango Syrup, and Orange Juice  
  • Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk, and Boba  
  • The Lucky Mo: Peach Schnapps, Peach Syrup, Orange Juice, and Piña Colada Mix  

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan) 

Food Items: 

  • New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat Soba Noodles in Hot Dashi Soup with Shrimp Tempura, Fish Cake, and Chopped Green Onion  
  • Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade Tuna, Salmon, Ikura, and Yellowtail with Vegetables decorated on a bed of Rice   
  • Ichigo Mont Blanc Tart: Strawberry and Bavarian Cream-filled Tart sprinkled with Konpeito (New) 

Beverages items

  • Ichigo Milk Boba: Cranberry and Yuzu Cream Drink with Japanese Calpico and popping Strawberry Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic)  
  • Sapporo Draft Beer  
  • Tsubaki Whiskey Sour: Plum Wine with Whiskey, Cranberry Juice, Sugar, and Lemon  
Photo: Disney

Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico) 

Food Items: 

  • Giant Tostada de Chorizo: Chorizo served on a Giant Tostada with Chipotle Black Bean Purée, Salsa Verde, Queso Cotija, Crema Mexicana, and Pickled Onion (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (New) 
  • Tamal de Pollo: Braised Chipotle Chicken served in a Corn Masa topped with Mole Verde, Queso Cotija, Crema Mexicana, and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) 
  • Dulce de Leche Churros: Dulce de Leche filled Churros sprinkled with Cinnamon-Sugar (New) 

Beverages Items

  • Tulum Mexican Craft Beer with a Blackcurrant and Ginger Liqueur Floater  
  • Pumpkin Spice Margarita: Tomba Blanco Tequila, Ojo de Tigre Mezcal, Nixta Corn Liqueur, Pumpkin Spice Purée, and Lime-Agave Juice with Cinnamon-Sugar Rim (New) 
  • Horchata Margarita: Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, Abasolo Corn Whiskey, Horchata Rum, Agua de Horchata, and a hint of Cinnamon-infused Mezcal Liqueur 
Photo: Disney

Funnel Cake (The American Adventure) 

  • Sweet Potato Casserole Funnel Cake topped with Marshmallow Topping, Cinnamon-Sugar, Honey-roasted Pecans, and a Caramel Drizzle (New) 

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company®– All Locations: 

  • Caramel Tinsel Latte:A cheerful Chocolatey Latte drizzled with Caramel Sauce and crumbled TWIX® Original, available hot or iced (New) 
  • Caramel Tinsel Donut topped with crumbled TWIX® Original  

Are you heading to the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays? Which dish are you most excited to try?

Don’t miss the holiday fun throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. You’ll find festive décor, themed merchandise, seasonal food & beverage offerings and entertainment, happening now through December 30, 2020!

This information was originally shared by the Disney Parks Blog.

Sneak Peek of 2020 Holiday Treats at Disney World

Sneak Peek of 2020 Holiday Treats at Disney World

2020 holiday treats at Disney World
Photo: Disney

I absolutely love the holiday season at Disney World, especially all the festive decorations, merchandise, and yummy food and drink. The Walt Disney World chefs and mixologists have again created yummy treats and sips that will make your holiday visit to the parks delicious! We have highlighted some of the best 2020 holiday treats at Disney World, but be sure to check out all the holiday offerings when you visit the parks and let us know your favorites!  

2020 holiday treats at Magic Kingdom
Photo: Disney

Magic Kingdom Park

Twice Upon a Cupcake – A confetti Christmas tree tops a vanilla cupcake with a red velvet hidden Mickey (Available at Main Street Bakery Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

Let it Snow Taco – Sugar cookie “taco shell” filled with salted caramel and spiced chocolate mousse (Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

An Orange Bird Christmas – Orange–scented white chocolate mousse filled with orange curd (Available at Sunshine Tree Terrace Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

Chip and Dale Christmas Churros – Gingerbread churros topped with apple pie filling and chocolate chips (Available at Westward Ho Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

Pistachio Chai Tea Float – Pistachio soft–serve, spiced chai tea, and a red velvet cake pop ornament (Available at Aloha Isle Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

2020 holiday treats at Hollywood Studios
Photo: Disney

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – Frozen salted caramel hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, green sugar, and a chocolate drizzle served with a souvenir Mickey Glow (Available at PizzeRizzo, Backlot Express, ABC Commissary, and Rosie’s All–American Café Nov. 6 – Jan. 4)

Mickey’s Holiday Cookie – Vanilla butter cookie enrobed with white chocolate and sugar snowflakes (Available at ABC Commissary and Rosie’s All–American Café Nov. 6 – Jan. 4)

Holiday Whoopie Pie – Red velvet whoopie pie filled with a classic cream cheese filling (Available at The Trolley Car Café and Backlot Express Nov. 6 – Jan. 4)

Olaf’s Snow Flurry – Yellow cupcake with vanilla buttercream, snow flurry sugar, and Olaf Glow (Available at Rosie’s All–American Café Nov. 6 – Jan. 4)

2020 holiday treats at Animal Kingdom
Photo: Disney

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

White–Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cheese Mousse – White chocolate peppermint cream cheese mousse with peppermint sauce and chocolate cookie crumbles (Available at Satu’li Canteen Dec. 20 – Jan. 2)

Menagerie Cupcake – Gingerbread cupcake with cream cheese frosting topped with a white chocolate bear (Available at Creature Comforts, Flame Tree Barbecue, and Restaurantosaurus Dec. 1–30)

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwich – Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched between two pumpkin cookies decorated with fall sprinkles (Available at Dino–Bite Snacks Nov. 1–30)

Santa Mickey Mousse – White chocolate peppermint mousse dome on a brownie base, snowflake sprinkles, and chocolate Mickey ears (Available at Creature Comforts Dec. 1– Jan. 2)

2020 holiday treats at EPCOT
Photo: Disney

EPCOT

Spiked Frozen Apple Pie – Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine with Minute Maid® Apple Juice and Cinnamon (Available at Block & Hans now – Dec. 31)

Maple Bûche de Noël – Maple mousse and cranberry rolled in gingerbread chiffon cake (Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Sneak Peek!)

Be on the lookout for a Guide to the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays – you won’t want to miss any of the festive Holiday Kitchen offerings! Which one of these 2020 holiday treats are you most excited to try during your vacation?

Thanks Disney Parks Blog!

Top 10 Ways to Give Your Family a Surprise Disney Vacation

I am always so impressed with parents who can keep the secret while planning a surprise Disney vacation. Have you ever wanted to surprise your kids with a Disney World vacation, but just unsure the best way to do it? Whether it’s a first visit or a special celebration, it can be a lot of fun to plan a surprise Disney vacation. Here are ten different ways to give your kids a surprise Disney vacation!

surprise Disney vacation

1. Scavenger Hunt: You can hide clues throughout your home where they will eventually find the last clue revealing the big trip. You can even have them pick up small gifts at each stop to compile at the end. Some of the earlier clues can be more generic like sunglasses, new luggage, hats, and swim suits.

2. Gift Basket: You can give your children new luggage, backpacks, and other goodies that will be useful during your vacation. Some of the “essentials” include an autograph book, Mickey ears, Mickey drawstring bags, glow sticks, plush, and water bottles. You can even find a pre-made box here.

3. Disney-inspired Dinner: You can make an entire meal based on your favorite Disney movie. Disney Family has A TON of recipes to help you create the perfect menu for your big reveal. We always love Mickey waffles as a quick and easy meal. You can make mini Mickey waffles or classic Mickey waffles.

4. Book: There are some great planning and Disney inspired books that you can give your family. These are great if you’re going to reveal the big surprise a while before you leave. You can get everyone involved in the planning process this way. Some of our favorites include Birnbaum’s Official Vacation Guide, Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World for Kids, the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, the Hidden Mickeys of Walt Disney World and Disney World’s Hidden Mickeys.

5. Letter from Mickey: You can make a letter from Mickey Mouse for your kids letting them know that you’ll be coming to visit. Or, if you book your Disney World vacation with us, we will send your family a letter from Mickey Mouse in addition to an autographed picture to help with your surprise.

surprise Disney vacation

6. Custom Shirts: You can reveal your surprise Disney vacation with new shirts! If you are crafty, there is plenty of inspiration on Pinterest or you can always order some from Etsy or Amazon.

7. Character Call: If you are sailing on a Disney cruise, you can schedule a FREE call prior to your sailing from Mickey, Goofy, or Mickey and Minnie together. This can be a great way to tell the kids about your cruise!

8. Surprise at the Airport: If your kids aren’t big enough to read, you may be able to make it all the way to the airport before having to reveal the big surprise. Imagine the look on their faces as you pull up and they see all of the airplanes coming in and out!

9. A Box Full of Balloons, Characters, and More: If you can get a big cardboard box, fill it with Disney inspired goodies like balloons, plush, confetti, and more. Your kids will love unwrapping it and opening it to find surprises with clues revealing your vacation.

10. Puzzle: You can make your own puzzle at home or order one from Shutterfly to reveal your special message telling your family about their surprise Disney vacation. You can also find a beautiful wooden puzzle for a Disney World vacation or a Disney Cruise Line vacation.

Have you ever revealed a surprise Disney vacation? Share your experience below!

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Most Affordable Table Service Restaurants at Disney World

Since Walt Disney World reopened in July, dining plans have been unavailable. This can make eating in the parks on a budget relatively difficult. Food is often the biggest expense of a Disney World vacation. So, today we want to share with you the most affordable table service restaurants at Disney World.

Top Most Affordable Table Service Restaurants at Disney World

Inside the Theme Parks

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater: The atmosphere is almost as good as the food at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The whole family will love eating inside of a car at this old fashioned drive in movie theater. You can choose from burgers, pasta, sandwiches, chicken, and more, all $25 and under. If you’re looking for a treat, we also enjoy the desserts like their house-made candy bar, warm doughnut, and cookie shake.

The Plaza Restaurant: This charming parlor serves lunch and dinner inside Magic Kingdom Park at the end of Main Street, U.S.A.. You can try the home-style meatloaf, cheese steak sandwich, burger, or club sandwich for $22 or less! But, be sure to save room for dessert here. They have amazing seasonal milkshakes and delectable sundaes year round.

50’s Prime Time Cafe: You will feel like you really have traveled back to the 1950’s when you step inside of 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You’ll even have a chance to watch black-and-white clips from popular prime-time shows circa 1955 during your meal. All of the classics are on the menu- fried chicken, meatloaf, and pot roast. Or, just order the sampler to try a little of each. Just remember to keep your elbows off of the tables here.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant: Tony’s Town Square Restaurant gets somewhat mixed reviews from guests, but we have had consistently good experiences there, as recently as October 2020. You can try pizza or a number of pasta dishes, with most being under $25 each. We recommend the shrimp alfredo or spaghetti!

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria: You’ll enjoy a culinary tour of Southern Italy when you dine at Via Napoli in EPCOT. The whole family can easily share one of these amazing, authentic Neapolitan style pizzas. Via Napoli was even voted Critic’s Choice for “Best Theme Park Restaurant” by Orlando Sentinel.

Nine Dragons Restaurant: Nine Dragons Restaurant is hidden in the China pavilion at EPCOT. You can enjoy Cantonese, Mongolian, Szechuan, Hunan and Kiangche-style specialties under the soft glow of Chinese lamps. The menu offers spare ribs, kung pao chicken, fried rice, pork belly, and so much more for $25 or less. Nine Dragons even offers a family dinner for $26 per guest which includes your choice of soup, select entrees, and dessert.

Top Most Affordable Table Service Restaurants at Disney World

Disney Springs

Disney Springs has a lot of affordable table service restaurants, as far as dining on property goes at least. Most of them are rated “$$” on the Disney World website which indicates that their pricing generally ranges from $15 to $34.99 per person. Below, I have listed my favorite affordable table service restaurants at Disney Springs.

Splitsville Dining Room: Did you know that you can dine at Splitsville without having to bowl? They have a full menu including pizza, sushi, salads, sandwiches and more. You can enjoy six different 13-inch pizzas for less than $20 each! We also love their Macho Nachos for just $16 which can also feed two people! If you have a rainy day or time outside the parks, stop by for a delicious meal and even some bowling.

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen: Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen is the ultimate spot for comfort food. They have some of the best fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and sweet tea that I’ve ever had! You can enjoy any of their sandwiches, dinner salads, or kitchen (sampler) plate for under $20! They also offer a delicious weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Rainforest Cafe: Rainforest Cafe is always a family friendly option where your kids will love the chance to journey into the Amazon, surrounded by animated animals to the sounds of thunder claps and sudden rainstorms. All of the sandwiches and burgers are under $20 in addition to some of the appetizers that could be served as a meal like the quesadillas, chicken strips, or pepperoni flatbread.

Planet Hollywood: You can dine among the stars at Planet Hollywood. The restaurant is full of movie memorabilia and TV’s of all sizes! You may just get to participate in a sing along during your meal. All of the burgers and sandwiches on the menu are under $20. Some of our other favorites include one of the biggest nachos we’ve ever tried, and the penne, chicken & broccoli pasta, each under $20, as well.

T-Rex Cafe: T-Rex is one of my favorite restaurants for families with boys because of the theming, including squawking pterosaurs, wooly mammoths, a massive undulating octopus and life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. Every 20 minutes, you’ll even get to experience a meteor shower, complete with rumbling and fiery “explosions.” You can enjoy burgers, quesadillas, flatbread pizza, and more for under $20.

City Works Eatery & Pour House: City Works Eatery & Pour House is Disney Springs’ newest dining establishment. It is located at the far end of the West Side, next to the NBA Experience. You can enjoy burgers, fish or chicken tacos, mac n’ cheese, or chicken wings here for under $20. This is also a great spot to watch your favorite game on TV.

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Top Most Affordable Table Service Restaurants at Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Did you know that you are welcome to dine at any Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, regardless of where you are staying? You can visit other hotels and enjoy some of their delicious dining options and even shopping, in many cases.

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop: You may feel like you’ve traveled back in time when you visit this nostalgic soda shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. They have a full dinner menu with six burgers and sandwiches, each under $20. The real “star of the show” here though is the dessert! They serve hand-dipped ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, and more. The most expensive item on the menu is the Kitchen Sink at $35, which easily serves four.

Bonus: Beaches & Cream also offers a to-go menu of ice cream and beverages, and you can even enjoy your treats at a poolside table outside, overlooking Stormalong Bay.

Sanaa: You can enjoy a delicious dinner with some incredible views of the animals on the savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas- Kidani Village. Keep an eye out for gazelles, zebras, giraffes, kudu, ostriches, cranes and more as you dine. Don’t miss the Indian-style Bread Service appetizer which includes five breads and nine different dipping sauces.

Kona Cafe: Kona Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort with a menu inspired by the South Seas. If you’re starting your day here with breakfast, you have to try the Tonga Toast, a banana stuffed french toast. During dinner, you can enjoy poke bowls, sushi, glazed chicken wings, or lobster and crab macaroni & cheese for under $20 each!

Olivia’s Cafe: Olivia’s Cafe is often considered one of the best hidden gems at Disney World. This nautical themed restaurant serves Key West inspired dishes like conch fritters, crab cake, sea scallops, shrimp pasta and more. You can try the Duval Street Burger, Conch Flats Club Sandwich, or any of the appetizers for under $20 each.

Grand Floridian Cafe: We think the Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is another great hidden gem, especially for brunch. During breakfast and lunch, you can enjoy pancakes, Mickey-shaped waffles, eggs benedict, and more, each for less than $20. You’ll also enjoy a nice view of the gardens at the resort.

As a reminder, reservations are strongly recommended for table service restaurants and can be made up to 60 days in advance in your My Disney Experience account.

What are your favorite affordable table service restaurants at Disney World?

*Please note that all prices are current as of October 2020, but subject to change.

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6

Although the holiday festivities may look a little different this year, the 2020 holiday season at Disney World will return Friday, November 6, 2020.

From the Disney Parks Blog:

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6
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From November 6 through December 30, 2020, you will be able to enjoy festive décor, themed merchandise, seasonal food & beverage offerings and entertainment all across Walt Disney World Resort. Holiday magic will be in full force at the four theme parks and Disney Springs, and Santa Claus will make time for special pop-up appearances at each location, waving and exclaiming holiday wishes to all. 

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6
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Guests will be delighted by the sight of festive flotillas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, holiday promenades at EPCOT and merry motorcades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Character cavalcades at Magic Kingdom Park will take on a special holiday twist, with Christmas friends on festive floats in their holiday finest. Gingerbread Men? Check! Elves and Reindeer? Check, check! And, we can’t forget the Toy Soldiers, who will join the Main Street Philharmonic as they march through Magic Kingdom Park, bringing musical holiday cheer for all to hear.  

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6
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When night falls, special projection effects will give a festive look to Cinderella Castle this year, providing a colorful backdrop for our guests’ photos. The appearance of the iconic castle will be transformed with a rotating series of designs including a whimsical Christmas sweater and a regal overlay of red, green and gold ornamentation. This will be in place of the Castle Dream Lights. Other holiday experiences that draw big crowds will be on hiatus this year as well, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Candlelight Processional at EPCOT. 

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6
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Of course, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a meal among friends and family. Minnie Mouse will be hosting a yuletide gathering for all her friends at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting November 6. Santa Goofy will be there, along with Minnie and more in their holiday best.

Over at Disney Springs, guests will discover Christmas around every corner as they come across a collection of elaborately-decorated Disney Christmas trees spread throughout this retail, dining and entertainment destination. In the evening, guests visiting areas within Town Center, West Side and The Landing will encounter a magical snowfall, adding an extra touch of wonder to their holiday shopping. And to top it off, Jock Lindsey will once again be turning his hangar bar into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar complete with delightful holiday décor and a delicious limited-time menu filled with festive favorites.

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6
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Disney Resort hotels will also be decked out for the holidays, with their lobbies featuring iconic trees and other festive flourishes. However, guest favorite gingerbread displays will not return to any of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels this year due to physical distancing guidelines.

Starting a bit later in the 2020 holiday season at Disney World, highlights from the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will return on Friday, November 27. Holiday kitchens will be offered around World Showcase promenade with favorites like American Holiday Table featuring Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing and Bavaria Holiday Kitchen with dishes like Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl.

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6
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Guests can step inside World ShowPlace to enjoy the returning group, JOYFUL!, who present a journey through R&B, Gospel, contemporary and traditional Christmas and holiday music. Also, the Voices of Liberty will bring their incredible 8-part harmonies to the America Gardens Theatre stage for a special concert of favorite carols and songs of the season.

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6

We can look forward to creating new holiday traditions as Disney introduces unique ways to enjoy the season together. So, make your list – and check it twice – because there’s a lot of holiday fun to see and do at Walt Disney World Resort!

9 Reasons You Will Love Staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Disney’s Pop Century Resort is one of the official Walt Disney World Resort hotels, owned and operated by Disney. As a resort guest, you’re eligible for Disney’s Magical Express (complimentary airport transfers), complimentary transportation to and from the theme parks, complimentary parking at the theme parks, and so much more. We are discussing our 9 favorite reasons to stay at Disney’s Pop Century Resort in further detail below and think you’ll love staying here, too!

Price

First and foremost, we have to acknowledge what a great value it is to stay at this value resort. With prices starting at just $154 per night (in 2020 before any special offers), this is an amazing way to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel on a budget. Outside of Disney’s All Star Resorts, this is the most economical option at Disney World.

Refurbished Rooms

The hotel rooms at Pop Century were recently refurbished and are beautiful! Disney replaced the double beds with two queen beds and removed the carpeting with a modern laminate flooring. The second queen bed even folds into the wall with a table and chairs underneath for additional space and seating in the room. They have a very updated and modern feel with Disney touches scattered throughout.

Disney Skyliner

The Disney Skyliner is Disney’s newest method of transportation, opening fall 2019. These gondolas offer quick and convenient access to both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. The Skyliner station sits between Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, making it a short walk from the 60’s section. It takes just 7 minutes of travel time to arrive at Hollywood Studios while only 12 minutes to arrive at EPCOT. Please note, there is a transfer station at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort when traveling to either park from Pop Century.

Everything Pop Shopping and Dining

Disney’s Pop Century Resort has a spacious food court and gift shop called Everything Pop Shopping and Dining. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Depending on the time of year, it may open as early as 6 am and remain open until as late as midnight. They have meals, snacks, and treats in addition to the resort refillable drink stations. You can even purchase a pizza meal deal with salad and breadsticks to feed a family of four for just $29.99!

Resort Activities

Even at this value resort, Pop Century has a team of entertainment staff that offers activities by the pool, Movies Under the Stars, and more. Most of this is included with your stay at no additional cost. So, if you’re spending time at the resort, don’t forget to check the activities calendar to find all that will be available during your visit.

Dedicated Buses

Unlike some Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Disney’s Pop Century Resort does not ever share buses with any other property. You will always enjoy a ride to and from the parks without having to make any additional stops on your way. You won’t even have to wait for multiple stops throughout the resort (as with many moderate and deluxe villa resorts) as Pop Century has one main bus stop at the front of the resort.

Photo Opportunities

There are larger than life statues throughout the resort that make for some amazing photo opportunities! Snap a picture with Goofy, just outside of Everything Pop Shopping and Dining. You’ll also find Mowgli and Baloo together in addition to Duncan Yo-yo’s and a Play-Doh container in the 60’s section. Other areas of the resort offer a tricycle, Roger Rabbit, Lady and the Tramp, a Rubix cube, foosball, and so much more!

Theming

The retro theming of Disney’s Pop Century Resort is fun for guests of all ages. Many parents (and grandparents) can relive their childhood with photos and relics from decades of the past. There are sections from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Discounts

Disney’s Pop Century Resort has historically participated in most every discount that Disney offers. From free dining to room discounts, you have a great chance of being able to take advantage of additional savings on your stay here!

Have you ever stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort during your Disney World vacation? What was your favorite part? Be sure to let us know!

Weekdays at Disney Springs: Special Offer for Fall 2020 at Disney World

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Weekdays at Disney Springs: Special Offer for Fall 2020 at Disney World
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At Disney Springs, there’s always something new to discover from incredible restaurants to top-name retail brands and boutiques (some with co-branded Disney Collections!). If you love good food AND good deals, you’ll love Weekdays at Disney Springs. Starting September 21, 2020, you’ll be able to receive special 20% discounts on select menu items at 20 dining locations throughout Disney Springs. These offers will be available Monday-Thursday each week through October 29, 2020.  

Weekdays at Disney Springs is the perfect opportunity to try restaurants you’ve always wanted to go to or even indulge in a dish you’ve never had before. So stop on by and have a bite (or sip!) with us. 

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Blaze Pizza 

Enjoy 20% off with the purchase of a pizza and a drink – Including popular pizzas like the Green Stripe Pizza with pesto drizzle over grilled chicken, toasted red peppers, chopped garlic, mozzarella, and arugula or the Meat Eater Pizza with pepperoni, crumbled meatballs, red onion, mozzarella, and red sauce 

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Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’  

Get your southern fix with 20% off Shrimp & Grits – Pan-seared shrimp with tomato gravy and Tasso ham served over creamy Bradley’s grits 

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City Works Eatery & Pour House 

Grab a brew and enjoy 20% off the Tex Mex Mac ‘n Cheese Dish (with spicy chorizo, roasted jalapeño, pepper jack cheese sauce, crispy tortilla strips, cilantro, and cavatappi) and Smoked Cheddar Mac ‘n Cheese Dish (with grilled chicken, bacon lardons, smoked cheddar cheese sauce, cavatappi, and smoked cheddar cheese) 

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D-Luxe Burger  

Have a sweet sip with 20% off non-alcoholic Artisanal Shakes – Includes the Chocolate Gelato Shake, Cookies ‘n Cream Gelato Shake, Pumpkin Pie Gelato Shake, S’mores Gelato Shake, Strawberry Gelato Shake, and Vanilla Gelato Shake 

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The Edison 

Drop in for 20% off the Queen Cut Prime Rib – Boneless 14oz prime rib with au jus, horseradish cream sauce, popover, and your choice of baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, or fries 

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Enzo’s Hideaway 

Enjoy 20% off Dolce Vita – Charcuterie board featuring cured meats, artisan cheeses, and bread sticks 

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Frontera Cocina 

Enjoy 20% off of select dishes and the Sparkling Margarita – Dishes include the Red Chile Chicken Enchiladas, Garlicky Mushroom and Eggplant Tacos, and Cochinita Pibil 

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Haagen Dazs 

Satisfy your sweet tooth with 20% off any Dazzlers Sundae (Three (3) maximum per transaction) – Includes the Banana Split, Rocky Road, Dulce Split, and Mint Chip Sundaes 

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Hot Diggity Dogs and Mac & Cheese Disney Food Trucks 

Stop by Disney Springs West Side 20% off any purchase – Try bites like the Santa Fe Loaded House-made Chips, the Santa Fe All-Beef Hot Dog, the Six-Cheese Crunchy Macaroni and Cheese, and more 

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Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company 

Receive 20% off of the Fall-favorite Pumpkin Crème Brûlée Cold Brew (also available in Nitro Brew) – Featuring hints of pumpkin pie and vanilla custard 

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Maria & Enzo’s 

Enjoy 20% off Pollo Alla Parmigiana – Lightly-breaded chicken breast, tomato sauce, fior di latte mozzarella, parmagiano-reggiano, and spaghetti pomodoro 

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Morimoto Asia 

Enjoy 20% off Peking Duck Ramen – Served with Peking duck broth, egg noodles, duck meat, scallion, cilantro, and soy marinated egg 

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Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas 

Enjoy 20% off of any appetizer – Includes Chips & Salsa, Beef Empanadas, P37 Dipping Trio, P37 Nachos, South American Crazy Corn, Poutine, and Peruvian Salchipapa 

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Pizza Ponte 

Grab a cheesy bite with 20% off of the Big Roman Pizza Slice – With tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese 

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Planet Hollywood 

Receive a 20% discount on your entire bill – Not valid with other special discounts or promotions; valid with our Special Prime Rib and Grouper menu; not valid for alcohol, gift cards or group events; valid one per table per visit 

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Polite Pig 

Chow down with 20% off Spiced Pork Rinds – Served with pimento cheese dip 

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Splitsville Luxury Lanes 

Strike! Get 20% off Loaded Fries – Fries smothered with queso blanco, bacon, ranch, and scallions 

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Sunshine Churros 

Get your churro fix with 20% off your entire purchase – Yummy churros include dipped churros (chocolate-hazelnut or milk chocolate), gourmet churros (strawberry cheesecake or cookies and cream), and classic churros (traditional cinnamon, watermelon, apple cinnamon, fruity cereal, salted caramel, and rose gold) 

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Starbucks 

Enjoy 20% off all merchandise and retail coffee 

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Wetzel’s Pretzels 

Grab a sweet snack with 20% off Cinnamon Bitz (Three (3) maximum per transaction)  

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Wolfgang Puck Express 

Enjoy 20% off all Hand-Crafted Gourmet Pizzas including the Margherita Pizza, Roasted Mushroom Pizza, Classic Cheese Pizza, Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza, BBQ Chicken Pizza, Meatball Pizza, and Pepperoni Pomodoro Pizza 

For more information on all of the locations listed above, to make reservations, or find the latest information on all of the guidelines for having a safe and fun time while visiting Disney Springs, visit the official Disney Springs website.  

Heading to Disney World this fall? Don’t miss these 5 things to order before your 2020 Disney World vacation!

DISCLAIMER: Weekdays at Disney Springs® area is a promotional program valid Monday-Thursday from 9/21/20-10/29/20. Participating Disney Springs® locations offer at least one featured menu item at a 20% discount. Guests must mention “Weekdays at Disney Springs” in order to receive discount. Not valid with other offers. Offerings are subject to change without notice. 

5 Things You Need to Order for Your 2020 Disney World Vacation

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Things are a little different at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida now. Although the magic is absolutely still there, there are some changes that Disney has made to keep guests and cast members as safe as possible. Face coverings are now required, but there are also a few other things that we have found very helpful to order before your 2020 Disney World vacation.

Masks: Face coverings are required at the Walt Disney World Resort for all guests age two and up. They do need to be worn everywhere, from the theme parks to Disney Springs and even hotels. You can read Disney’s safety guidelines here. My kids and I prefer cloth reusable masks while my husband prefers disposable masks. You can wear whatever you are most comfortable in, as long as it meets Disney’s guidelines.

Cooling Towels: It’s hot almost year round in Florida and the masks will likely make you even warmer than you would otherwise be. This four pack of breathable cooling towels will stay chilled for up to three hours and even come with their own waterproof carrying case and carabiner clip.

Neck Fans: Another great option to help keep you cool during your vacation is neck fans. These rechargeable neck fans allow you to remain hands free while waiting in line or walking the parks. They even offer three speed levels and adjustable, rotating fans so you can control your comfort.

Lanyards: If you’re traveling with kids, you may find it helpful to bring a lanyard for them. Although they can only remove the mask while stationary and actively eating and drinking, it’s great to be able to clip their mask onto a lanyard rather than having to find somewhere clean and dry to set it down. My son has even continued to use his lanyard for his mask at school! This four pack of Disney lanyards can even cover the whole family for less than $10!

Face Wipes: We have found that our faces get pretty hot and sweaty under the masks. Although it’s nice to take a break at a relaxation station to cool off, we find face wipes extra refreshing. It can also help with any “maskne” concerns. We have used the Simple Cleansing Face Wipes with great success. They’re lightweight and easy to throw in your park bag.

Are you planning a 2020 Disney World vacation? We’d love to help! Our incredible services are 100% free to you. Plus, we’re giving a free reusable cotton face mask to all guests who book a 2020 vacation. Contact us today for more details.

Where You Can Find Fall 2020 Treats at Disney World

Where You Can Find Fall 2020 Treats at Disney World

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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It’s spooky season again at Walt Disney World Resort, and that means it’s time for the highly-anticipated return of yummy fall 2020 treats at Disney World! From pumpkin spice, apple, and cinnamon delights to sweet sips and fun novelties, each of the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks is offering a wonderful assortment of autumn-themed items and you won’t want to miss them.  

In addition, you’ll find touches of fall décor at Magic Kingdom Park, a special cavalcade down Main Street U.S.A., and more! 

You can now find all of these fall 2020 treats at Disney World, unless otherwise noted. Happy snacking! 

Magic Kingdom Park

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  • Mickey Cinnamon Roll (Available at Main Street Bakery) – Mickey-shaped cinnamon roll drizzled with orange and white icing 
  • Cinnamon Donuts (Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café) – Served in a Hitchhiking Ghost Novelty container 
  • Hades Nachos (Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café) – Black bean nacho chips with “fiery” buffalo chicken, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, salsa, and jalapeño 
  • Constance’s For Better or For Worse Wedding Cake (Available at Liberty Square Market) – Citrus cake with raspberry Bavarian cream, whipped cream flowers, and a chocolate axe 
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  • Pumpkin Spiced Waffle Sundae (Available at Sleepy Hollow) –Pumpkin spice-flavored waffled topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and sprinkles 
  • Poor Unfortunate Souls Float (Available at Storybook Treats)– Cream cheese soft-serve, black raspberry syrup, and Coke 
  • Pumpkin Spice Milkshake (Available at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies) – Topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle, sprinkles, and a Mickey-shaped marshmallow straw
  • Pumpkin Spice Soft-Serve Sundae (Available at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies) – Served as a sundae topped with whipped cream, caramel, and sprinkles
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  • Mickey Monster Mash Burger (Available at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café) – Burger with Meunster cheese, potato barrels, bacon, and sriracha aïoli 
  • Headless Horseman Rides Again (Available at Sunshine Tree Terrace) – Strawberry DOLE® Whip with Fanta Strawberry and a Headless Horseman Novelty Straw 
  • Not So Poison Apple Cupcake (Available at Pinocchio Village House) – A spiced apple cupcake with pecan crunch buttercream themed after a poison apple 
  • Orange and Black Sugar Churros (Available at Various Churro Carts and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café) 
  • Oogie Boogie Dice Novelty Glow Cubes (Available at Various Quick-Service Restaurants) 
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  • Jack Skellington Sipper (Available at Various Quick-Service Restaurants and Outdoor Vending Locations) 
  • Oogie Boogie Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Various Popcorn Carts) 
  • Mickey Pumpkin Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Various Popcorn Carts) 
  • Halloween Base Popcorn Bucket (Available at Various Popcorn Carts)
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  • Hitchhiking Ghost Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Liberty Square Popcorn Cart) 
  • Hitchhiking Ghost Sipper (Available at Various Quick-Service Restaurants) 
  • Madame Leota Sipper (Available at Sleepy Hollow) 

EPCOT

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  • Halloween Cupcake (Available on Halloween Day Only at Sunshine Seasons) – Choice of vanilla or chocolate cupcake with buttercream and a Mickey Pumpkin garnish 
  • Nemo & Squirt’s Noggin Concoction (Available on Halloween Day Only at Coral Reef Restaurant) – Chocolate brownie stuffed with a chocolate chip cookie topped with white chocolate-covered pretzels and a Mickey Pumpkin Garnish 
  • Halloween Sugar Cookie (Available on Halloween Day Only at Traveler’s Café and Garden Grill) – Sugar cookie topped with Halloween Sprinkles 
  • Liquid Nitro Cake Pop (Available on Halloween Day Only at Desserts & Champagne Marketplace in World Showplace for EPCOT Taste of International Food & Wine Festival) – Liquid nitro chocolate cake pop with Halloween sprinkles 
  • Oogie Boogie Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available Canada Popcorn Cart and Fife & Drum) 
  • Green Cauldron Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Eats at EPCOT Experience and Mission Space Popcorn Cart) 
  • Halloween Base Popcorn Bucket (Available at all EPCOT Popcorn Locations) 
  • Tire Pumpkin Novelty Straw (Available at Sunshine Seasons and Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue) 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

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  • Scar Cupcake (Available at Creature Comforts, Flame Tree Barbecue, and Restaurantosaurus) – Red velvet cupcake with toasted marshmallow filling, chocolate marshmallow frosting, chocolate pebbles, white chocolate flames, and an edible icing image  
  • Spooky Apple Punch Specialty Beverage (Non-Alcoholic) (Available at Flame Tree Barbecue and Isle of Java) – Sprite with Monin Apple Syrup poured over ice, garnished with a rocky candy apple straw, a gummy worm, a Novelty Poison Apple Glow Cube, and a sugar lime rim 
  • Rotten Apple Punch Specialty Beverage (Alcoholic) (Available Flame Tree Barbecue) – Angry Orchard and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky over ice, garnished with a rocky candy apple straw, a Novelty Poison Apple Glow Cube, and gummy worms 
  • Tire Pumpkin Novelty Straw (Available at Tamu Tamu, Trek Snacks, Restaurantosaurus, TriloBites, and Outdoor Vending Ice Cream Carts)  
  • Purple Cauldron Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Trek Snacks) 
  • Halloween Base Popcorn Bucket (Available at Trek Snacks) 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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  • Poison Candied Apple (Available at Trolley Car Café) – Apple and caramel mousse covered in red glaze with a crunchy candy base 
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Cannoli (Available at PizzeRizzo) – Pumpkin cheesecake mixed with a hazelnut praline crunch in a cannoli shell 
  • Pumpkin Tiramisu (Available at Rosie’s All-American Café) –Layers of cream mascarpone and spiced pumpkin cake 
  • Box of Bones Chocolate Éclair (Available at Backlot Express)– Chocolate éclair with dark chocolate mousse and white chocolate bones 
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  • Frozen Apple Cider (Non-Alcoholic) (Available at Rosie’s All-American Café, Backlot Express, and PizzeRizzo) – Served with a Novelty Poison Apple Glow Cube 
  • Frozen Apple Cider with Crown Royal Regal Apple (Alcoholic) (Available at Rosie’s All-American Café, Backlot Express, and PizzeRizzo) – Served with a Novelty Poison Apple Glow Cube 
  • Orange Cauldron Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Anahiem Produce, Hollywood Popcorn, and Animation Popcorn) 
  • Tire Pumpkin Novelty Straw (Available at Rosie’s All-American Café, Backlot Express, PizzeRizzo, and Anaheim Produce) 

WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT HOTELS

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Mike Wazowski Dome Cake (Available Sept. 20-Oct. 31 at Capt. Cook’s) – Milk chocolate cake dome with white chocolate icing
  • Halloween Minnie Cupcake (Available Sept. 20-Oct. 31 at Capt. Cook’s) – Chocolate cupcake with milk chocolate “rocky road” filling
  • Poisoned Apple Cocktail (Available through Nov. 1 at Barefoot Pool Bar) – Vodka, melon liqueur, blue curaçao, and pineapple juice with a novelty glow cube

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

  • Spooky Rum Punch (Available Through Oct. 31 at Banana Cabana) – Caribbean rum, sour apple liquor, and cranberry juice garnished with a Purple Poison Apple Novelty Glow Cube
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Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Monster Cupcake (Available at Contempo Café Oct. 29-31) – Confetti cupcake filled with candy bar custard and purple buttercream
  • Pumpkin Pie Tart (Available at Contempo Café Oct. 26-29) – Pumpkin pie tart with cinnamon whipped cream

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (All Items Available at Roaring Fork Sept. 27-Oct. 31)

  • “Going Batty” Halloween Cupcake  Chocolate cupcake with cookies and cream filling and ganache icing
  • Spooky Mickey Brownie – Classic brownie topped with a dark chocolate spider
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Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Pop’s Potion Cocktail (Available through Oct. 31 at Petals Pool Bar) – Coconut rum, melon liqueur, pineapple and orange juice, Sprite, and blue curaçao floater with gummy worm garnish and purple Poison Apple Novelty Glow Cube

Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (All Items Available Oct. 1-Nov. 1)

  • Monster Cookie Bag (Available at The Artist’s Palette, Good’s Food To Go, and Conch Flats General Store) – Sweet and salty chocolate chip, pretzel, and candy-filled cookie bites
  • Pumpkin Spiced Whoopie Pie (Available at The Artist’s Palette) – Chocolate whoopie pie filled with a pumpkin-spiced marshmallow and garnished with a spider web chocolate decor
  • Caramel Cauldron Cupcake (Available at The Artist’s Palette, Good’s Food To Go, and Conch Flats General Store) – Chocolate cupcake filled with a salted caramel buttercream and sauce garnished with chocolate flames and a witch’s broom
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Disney’s Riviera Resort – Le Petit Café

  • Pumpkin Mousse (Available Sept. 17-Nov. 28 starting at 12pm daily) – Pumpkin mousse with pumpkin cheesecake and autumn-spiced sable
  • Jack O Lantern Mousse (Available Oct. 30-31 starting at 12pm daily) – Pumpkin mousse with pumpkin cheesecake and Autumn spiced sable
  • Pumpkin Glacé Coffee (Available through Nov. 28) – Frozen blend of coffee, pumpkin purée, and fall spices topped with cinnamon whipped cream and salted caramel crispy pearls
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Disney’s BoardWalk – BoardWalk Bakery (All Items Available Oct. 26-Nov. 1)

  • Candy Corny Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake filled with white chocolate candy corn mousse and decorated with orange and yellow buttercream swirls, yellow crispy pearls, and a white buttercream ghost
  • Ghostly Mickey Brownie – Mickey-shaped brownie topped with chocolate ganache and garnished with meringue ghosts
  • Witch’s Mallow-Hat – Breton cookie topped with a marshmallow witch’s hat, coated in dark chocolate, and garnished with Halloween sprinkles
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Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club (All Items Available Sept. 22-Oct. 31)

  • Tiramisù (Available at The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace) – Classic tiramisù with coffee flavor, a chocolate pretzel skeleton, and marshmallow skull
  • Candy Corn Cupcake (Available at The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace) – Vanilla cupcake with chocolate Mickey ears
  • Pumpkin Whoopie Pie (Available at The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace) – Pumpkin cake with brown butter cream cheese filling and sprinkles
  • Pumpkin Spiced Butter Pecan Shake (Available at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop) – Pumpkin-spiced butter pecan shake with chocolate sauce and orange icing topped with a pumpkin cupcake and decorated with assorted chocolate crispy pearls

DISNEY SPRINGS

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Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Candle Petit Cake (Available through Nov. 2) – Layers of chocolate biscuit, vanilla chiffon and cookies and cream mousse with a layer of cookie cream
  • Halloween Minnie Mousse (Available through Nov. 2) – Carrot cake with pumpkin mousse and marshmallow mousse
  • Pumpkin Crème Brûlée (Available through Nov. 27) – Pumpkin custard, leaf cookie, and candied pecans
  • Novelty Pumpkin Tire Straw (Available through Nov. 2)
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The Ganachery 

  • Minnie Frankenstein Piñata (Available through Oct. 31) – Dark 65% chocolate sphere decorated with modeling chocolate and edible “bolts” filled with milk chocolate-covered vanilla bean marshmallows and crispy pearls
  • Caramel Ganache Skulls (Available through Oct. 31) – Dark 65% chocolate skulls filled with creamy caramel ganache
  • Hot Sipping Chocolate (Available through Nov. 2)
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte Ganache Squares (Available through Nov. 2)
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AristoCrépes

  • Oogie Boogie Worms in Dirt (Available through Nov. 2) – Mint ice cream, chocolate cookie crumbs, and gummy worms
  • Bug Juice (Available through Nov. 2) – Vodka, raspberry liqueur, melon liqueur, and blue curaçao with house-made sweet-and-sour and topped with cranberry juice and gummy worms 
  • Oogie Boogie Premium Popcorn Bucket

D-Luxe Burger

  • Pumpkin Milk Shake (Available Through October) – Vanilla gelato, caramel, pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie baking spices, whipped cream, and pumpkin pie baking spices on top 

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

  • Poison Apple Glow Cube (Available Through Nov. 2)

The Daily Poutine(All Items Available Through Nov. 1)

  • Oktoberfest Poutine– French Fries with stout gravy, bratwurst sausage, sauerkraut, and cheese curds
  • Canadian Apple Slushy – Apple whisky with Odwalla Lemonade, caramel, and apple topped with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle

Dockside Margaritas (All Items Available through Nov. 2)

  • Black Magic Margarita – Tequila, orange liqueur, house-made sweet-and-sour, and black cherry purée
  • Poison Apple Glow Cube 

Outdoor Bars (All Items Available Through Nov. 2)

  • Witch Way– Vodka and blue curaçao with pineapple and orange juices 
  • Jack-O-Lantern– Rum, dark rum, orange liqueur, lemonade, and orange juice with a float of grenadine
  • Shimmery Star Cosmo
  • Tire Pumpkin Novelty Straw

Select Outdoor Vending Locations (All Items Available Through Nov. 2)

  • Oogie Boogie Premium Popcorn Bucket
  • Halloween Novelty Glow Cubes
  • Halloween Novelty Straws
  • Mickey Pumpkin Premium Popcorn Bucket
  • Halloween Base Popcorn Bucket

Which of these fall 2020 treats at Disney World are you most excited to try?

Sneak Peek of Disney World’s Phased Reopening Plus Tips for Your Visit

sneak peek at Disney World's phased reopening

Walt Disney World Resort began its phased re-opening on July 11, 2020. I had the opportunity to spend eight days in the theme parks and at Disney’s Pop Century Resort at the end of July and would love to share my experience during Disney World’s phased reopening this summer.

Overall, I had a magical time in the parks and at my hotel. We were able to see a number of Disney characters, experience all of the attractions we wanted to (many multiple times) thanks to short lines, and even enjoy a character dining experience. The Disney magic is still alive and well and waiting to welcome you back at the Walt Disney World Resort. I even discussed my experience during Disney World’s phased reopening on The Budget Mouse podcast. Be sure to listen for all the details!

Safety Protocols

ways Disney World is keeping you safe during Disney World's phased reopening

Disney is taking guest (and cast member) safety very seriously.

All guests make pass a temperature screening to enter the theme parks and wear a face covering throughout their visit. Face masks are only able to be removed while actively eating or drinking AND stationary. You are no longer able to stroll the parks with a drink in hand without your face covering.

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Social distancing is being practiced everywhere, from the resort lobby to attraction queues and even Disney transportation. Disney buses now accommodate five to six families with barriers installed and select seats marked as unavailable. Dividers have been installed in the monorail, as well. There are ground markers at every attraction queue to keep at least (and sometime more) six feet between parties. At certain points of the queue where guests would be on one side of you or the other, plexiglass barriers have been installed.

They have added hand sanitizer machines throughout the parks and resorts. It is readily available and encouraged both before and after experiencing attractions.

I personally felt very safe traveling during Disney World’s phased reopening with my three year old and eight year old due to all of these safety precautions.

Disney Characters

Disney Characters at Disney World's phased reopening

One thing that many guests seem to be very concerned about (and understandably so) is characters. Disney is not allowing guests to hug characters right now, but we still found plenty of opportunities to see and even interact with them.

All four parks are offering character cavalcades that actually feel like a short, mini parade. You can find Mickey and friends at all four parks and a variety of other characters throughout the parks. Guests can even personally interact with many of these characters. For example, Anastasia and Drizella are often standing on Cinderella Castle with microphones to talk to guests. We also found Buzz Lightyear, Joy from Inside Out, Gaston, Winnie the Pooh, and Alice in Wonderland among others. You can stop for a picture and even talk to these characters.

Disney is currently offering two character dining experiences. You can enjoy breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort or lunch or dinner at Garden Grill at Epcot. These are also the only opportunity to take a picture with the characters with your mask on. The characters just have to keep their distance.

Five Tips for Visiting During Disney World’s Phased Reopening

  1. Take Advantage of Mobile Order Whenever Possible: This single tip will save you so much time during your visit. Mobile order is available at the resort food courts and (open) quick service locations in the theme parks. You can order your meals in your My Disney Experience app and simply arrive to pick up your food when it is ready.
  2. Prepare for Bag Check: Bag check has changed, but for the better! It is so much faster and easier now! However, you can be prepared by removing any large metal objects from your bag like an umbrella or sunglass case as you prepare to enter the park.
  3. Pack Multiple Masks: You’ll probably get hot and sweaty throughout the day so if you have an extra mask in your park bag, you can change it out for a fresh mask. Masks are also available for purchase throughout the theme parks and hotels.
  4. Set Expectations in Advance: You can find a list of which attractions and dining experiences are currently open. Be sure to look this over so you aren’t disappointed with the attractions or even dining experiences are currently available.
  5. Practice Wearing Masks at Home with Kids: Your kids may not have had to wear a mask very much at home, if at all. I would recommend practicing with them at home so that they have an idea of what to expect. They can also start getting used to the mask so it won’t be as bothersome during your visit.
Free Gift when you book a 2020 Disney World Vacation Package

We’d love to help you plan a magical and memorable Disney World vacation this year. Plus, we have a special offer when you book your 2020 Disney World vacation package with us! When you book a minimum three night stay with a three day ticket, you’ll receive a 2020 Walt Disney World Resort photo album ($24.99 value)!

Will you be visiting during Disney World’s phased reopening this year? Don’t miss answers to our most FAQ about Disney World’s phased reopening, too!

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