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Top 4 Reasons to Book Your 2022 Disney World Vacation Today!

I am so excited to share with you that you can now book your 2022 Disney World vacation package! According to a survey by the U.S. Travel Association, 97% of respondents said that just having a trip planned made them happier! 2020 certainly wasn’t the year that we expected and there may still be some uncertainty for 2021 so now we can start looking forward to 2022! Today, I am sharing with you four reasons why you should book your 2022 Disney World vacation today!

Book with Just a $200 Deposit

You can book your 2022 Disney World vacation package with just a $200 deposit! With the remaining balance not due until 30 days prior to arrival, you will have plenty of time to save for your vacation. You can make payments towards your remaining balance anytime. We can even help you set up weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly payments towards your reservation. You may also find these ways to earn extra money for your Disney vacation helpful!

Best Availability

The earlier that you book, the better the availability will be. Disney has not reopened all Walt Disney World Resort hotels yet so availability is still limited, especially during busier travel times like spring break. Caribbean Beach is also the only moderate resort currently open that can sleep families of five so as you can imagine, these rooms are booking very quickly!

The theme park reservation system has also been extended through 2022 so you can go ahead and reserve your park days as soon as your vacation is booked to ensure that you can visit the park of your choice each day during your visit.

New Attractions and Fun Coming to Disney World

With the 50th anniversary of Disney World in October 2021, there will be a lot of new rides, attractions, and fun in 2022. Although we are still awaiting more details, anniversary celebrations often last a few months to a year so you can celebrate Disney World’s 50th anniversary into 2022! This is the perfect time to come to Disney World with your family!

FREE Gift when you Book by March 1, 2021

Lastly, when you book your 2022 Disney World vacation package with Siera by March 1, 2021, your kids will receive a FREE pair of Mickey ears! Your package must include a minimum three night hotel stay with a three day ticket. Ears will be mailed approximately two weeks before check in.

Here’s a little more information on the Walt Disney World resort hotels and theme park tickets to help you plan the best 2022 Disney World vacation for your family. We are still awaiting the return of Disney dining plans.

Disney’s Value Resorts: 

  • Disney’s All Star Sports Resort (no reopening date)
  • Disney’s All Star Music Resort (no reopening date)
  • Disney’s All Star Movies Resort (scheduled to reopen March 22, 2021)
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Moderate Resorts:

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter (no reopening date)
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside (no reopening date)
  • Wilderness Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Disney’s Deluxe Resort:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (no reopening date)
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort (scheduled to reopen May 30, 2021)
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn (no reopening date)
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (scheduled to reopen summer 2021)
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (scheduled to reopen June 6, 2021)
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Disney’s Deluxe Villa Resorts: 

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas- Jambo House (no reopening date)
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas- Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

I also have some recommendations for the best Disney resorts for kids and families and share 9 reasons why I think you’ll love Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Please note that your check in date cannot be more than 500 days in the future. We can currently book through June 2022. If you are planning to travel later in 2022, please let me know and we can figure out exactly when your booking window will open. Booking a 2022 package does not guarantee theme park availability, and guests will still need to make their park reservations for arrivals starting in 2022. Guests should book their park reservations immediately after linking their 2022 vacation package in the My Disney Experience app. 

As previously shared, Disney will no longer offer Disney’s Magical Express service for airport transportation, with arrivals Jan. 1, 2022. Complimentary transportation options – such as buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner – will continue to be available within Walt Disney World Resort for Disney Resort hotel guests, including to and from all four theme parks.

Contact Siera today at (734) 771-1290 or siera@destinationsinflorida.com to book your 2022 Disney World vacation!

Yummy Treats Coming to Disney World for Valentine’s Day 2021

Disney Parks Valentine's Day 2021
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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and Disney’s chefs and candy makers have been busy creating fun and delicious offerings to celebrate the season of love. You’ll find everything from adorable sweets you can grab on the go to romantic prix fixe meals with extra special touches to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2021 at Disney World.

Happy Valentine’s Day 2021!

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Valentine’s Day 2021 at Disney Springs

The Ganachery (available Jan. 31 – Feb. 14)

  • Sweetheart Minnie Piñata – Minnie Mouse dark chocolate sphere decorated with signature red bow and red heart-shaped dots filled with marshmallow treats.
  • Love Note Heart Piñatas – Chocolate heart filled with heart marshmallows adorned with sweet saying for your love.
  • Strawberries and Champagne Ganache Squares – Dark chocolate melded with strawberries and Champagne. Whimsical Cinderella’s coach container (holds two ganache squares) available for purchase.
  • I Heart U Ganache Lollipop – Raspberry and dark chocolate ganache on a stick decorated with I Heart U.
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Amorette’s Patisserie (available Feb. 7-14)

  • Dipped Strawberry Bouquet – Strawberry dipped in Guayaquil dark chocolate.
  • Love is in the Air Petit Cake – Pink velvet chiffon, strawberry mousse, chocolate chiffon, peanut butter filling, strawberry crisp pearls, and strawberry jelly.
  • Le Grand Amour Éclair – Orange marmalade and milk chocolate garnished with heart and pipette of orange-flavored liqueur.
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Marketplace Snacks (available Feb. 1-28)

  • A Valentine Swirl – A swirl of DOLE Whip®  Strawberry and Chocolate Soft-Serve with Chocolate-dipped Strawberry Garnish.
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Valentine’s Day 2021 at Magic Kingdom Park

Main Street Bakery (available Feb. 12-14)

Various Carts (available Feb. 12-14)

  • Royal Majesty – Strawberry-flavored cake pop dipped in red chocolate and coated with sprinkles.
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EPCOT

Biergarten Restaurant (available Feb. 14)

Traveler’s Café (available Feb. 14)

Garden Grill Restaurant  (available Feb. 14)

  • Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie – Sugar cookies with heart sprinkles.
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Coral Reef Restaurant (available Feb. 14)

  • Red Velvet Cake with white chocolate cream cheese icing, raspberry coulis, and a chocolate strawberry truffle.

Le Cellier Steakhouse (available Feb. 14)

  • Red Velvet Chocolate Bar – Dark chocolate crémeux, red velvet cake, white chocolate-orange-flavored liqueur, and raspberry coulis.
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Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, Masterpiece Kitchen Food Studio (available through Feb. 22)

  • Vanilla, rose water, and pistachio panna cotta.
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Creature Comforts (available Feb. 2 – Mar. 1)

  • Valentine’s Brownie with Mousse Dome – Strawberry mousse atop a chocolate brownie with valentine heart sprinkles.
  • Valentine’s Cupcake – Chocolate cake, cherry filling, and vanilla frosting with a chocolate zebra-striped heart.

Restaurantosaurus Restaurant (available Feb. 2 – Mar. 1)

Flame Tree Barbecue (available Feb. 2 – Mar. 1)

  • Valentine’s Cupcake – Chocolate cake with milk chocolate, soft ganache filling, vanilla buttercream, and Simba and Nala chocolate coin.

Dino-Bite Snacks (available Feb. 2 – Mar. 1)

  • Valentine Ice Cream Sandwich – Strawberry ice cream between two chocolate cookies rolled in sprinkles.
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Tiffins Restaurant (available Feb. 14)

  • Valentine’s Dessert – Chocolate-hazelnut mousse, pistachio cookie, berry coulis, pistachio sponge, chocolate ganache, and hazelnut liqueur-infused chocolate strawberry.

Nomad Lounge and Tiffins Restaurant (available Feb. 12-14)

  • Rose Rosé – Vodka, single estate rye, simple syrup, rose water, and rosé brut.
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Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Gasparilla Island Grill, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Roaring Fork, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Contempo Café, Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Ale & Compass Marketplace, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Beach Club Marketplace, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Capt. Cook’s, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

BoardWalk Bakery, Disney’s BoardWalk

P&J Southern Takeout, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Primo Piatto, Disney’s Riviera Resort

Available Feb. 11-15

  • Valentine’s Day Cinnamon Candy Cupcake – Cinnamon sponge cake filled with red cinnamon mousse topped with heart-shaped vanilla buttercream and Mickey & Minnie chocolate garnish.
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Landscape of Flavors, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Everything POP Shopping & Dining, Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Centertown Market, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Artist’s Palette, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Good’s Food To Go, Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Wind & Waves Market, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Available Feb. 11-15

  • Call Me Sweetheart – Chocolate cupcake filled with hazelnut cream topped with chocolate hazelnut and strawberry buttercream, white chocolate heart, and strawberry crisp pearls.

Valentine’s Day Celebration Wine Package (offered Feb. 11-14)

All Resort Locations Offering Mobile Order

  • A bottle (187ml) of sparkling wine and two squares of dark chocolate ganache with pink raspberry center served in Cinderella’s coach container. Conveniently available on mobile order.
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Topolino’s Terrance – Flavors of the Riviera, Disney’s Riviera Resort 

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu (available Feb. 11-14)

  • Sparkling Wine Toast Included.
  • Choice of One Appetizer:
    • Gnocchi – Duck confit, pesto bianco, garden kale, and pinole.
    • Romaine Insalata – Ricotta, watercress, acciuga, lemon, and olio d’oliva.
  • Choice of One Entrée:
    • King Salmon – Artichoke risotto, sauce vierge, upland cress, and huile d’ olive.  
    • Filet Mignon – Truffle mashed potatoes, charred barbeque onions, fungi purée, and vinaigrette.
    • Rigatoni – Braised chicken sugo, chanterelles mushrooms, dandelion greens, broccolini, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. 
  • Choice of One Dessert:
    • Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake – Sea salt caramel center, chantilly, and raspberries.
    • Key-to-Your-Heart Dessert – Raspberry chèvre cheesecake, milk chocolate mousse, strawberry mousse heart, almond crumble, hibiscus meringues, and fresh strawberries.
  • Special wine pairings will be available.

Narcoossee’s, Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu (available Feb. 11-14)

  • Choice of One Appetizer:
    • Endive and Pear Salad with Gorgonzola, cherrywood-smoked bacon,
      and apple-maple vinaigrette.
    • Maine Lobster Bisque – Butter-poached lobster, coral, and chervil.
  • Choice of One Entrée:
    • Grass-fed Filet Mignon served with Yukon Gold mash, roasted carrots, cipollini onions, and red wine-oxtail reduction.
    • Pan-seared Georges Bank Day Boat Scallops served with Parisian-style gnocchi, peas, ham, and truffle-Meyer lemon cream.
  • Dessert:
    • Key-to-Your-Heart Dessert – Raspberry chèvre cheesecake, milk chocolate mousse, strawberry mousse heart, almond crumble, hibiscus meringues, and fresh strawberries.
  • Special wine pairings will be available.

California Grill, Disney Contemporary Resort 

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu (available Feb. 11-14)

  • Sparkling Wine Toast Included.
  • Choice of One Appetizer:
    • Plant City Strawberry Salad – Butter lettuce, strawberry variations, corn shortbread, and avocado. 
    • Braised Beef Short Rib Wontons with doenjang miso-cola-onion sauce, crispy garlic-chili oil, radish, and pickled lotus root. 
    • Yellowfin Tuna Sampler – Maki, Oshizushi, Nigiri, Tartare served with Wasabi, pickled ginger, dashi, crispy garlic, yuzu-gooseberry gel, soy gel, and tapioca-nori puff. 
  • Choice of One Entrée:
    • Jumbo Scallops served with herb basmati rice, lobster, cashew chutney, bok choy, baby shiitake, and kaffir lime-coconut nage. 
    • Oak-fired Wagyu Striploin served with potato-celeriac-apple pavé, leek fondue, and fig-onion demi.
    • Green Circle Chicken served with truffle-potato rostï, porcini cream, baby turnips, and roasted cipollini.
  • Dessert:
    • Key-to-Your-Heart Dessert – Raspberry chèvre cheesecake, milk chocolate mousse, strawberry mousse heart, almond crumble, hibiscus meringues, and fresh strawberries.
  • Special wine pairings will be available.

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day 2021? Be sure to let us know how many days until your next Disney World vacation in the comments below!

Thanks Disney Parks Blog!

2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Food Studios Menus

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Ready to kick-off 2021 in an artful way? Then get ready for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, running now through February 22, 2021. In addition to celebrating visual and performing arts, the over 15 Festival of the Arts Food Studios showcase the best in culinary art – blending colorful ingredients, unique cooking techniques, and imaginative presentations to create edible masterpieces for the plate and glass. 

Our culinary and beverage teams created many new tastes and sips for this year’s festival and brought back several fan favorites. Be sure to check out our new Food Studio – Vibrante & Vívido Food Studio – located between Morocco & France. 

Returning is the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine, a fun food stroll highlighting five delicious sweet and savory offerings at the festival – all listed in the Festival Passport. Upon your colorful purchase, you will receive a stamp for your Festival Passport. Once you’ve collected all five stamps, bring your Festival Passport to the Decadent Delights Food Studio to receive an adorable complimentary Artist Palette Cookie. The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine can be completed at your leisure, and you can even bring back your stamped Festival Passport to EPCOT at any time during the festival to complete your stroll.

Here are all of the menus for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Food Studios:

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Refreshment Port (Showcase Plaza)

Food Items:

  • Lobster Poutine: Lobster, Lobster Bisque Cheese Sauce, Pickled Jalapeños, and Citrus Cream (NEW)

Beverages:

  • Barrel of Monks Brewing Raspberry Beret, Boca Raton, FL (NEW)
  • Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA 
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Citrus Blossom (Showcase Plaza)

Beverages:

  • Orange Cream Shake in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic)  
  • Lost Coast Brewery Tangerine Wheat Ale, Eureka, CA 
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Selections
    • Key Limen 
    • Strawberry Blush 
    • Orange Sunshine 
    • Sparkling Key Lime 
    • Sparkling Cranberry 
    • Sparkling Blueberry 

The Deconstructed Dish (Showcase Plaza)

Food Items: 

  • Deconstructed Reuben: Rye Popover, Corned Beef, Gryuère Panna Cotta, and Brined Brussels Sprouts with Broken Thousand Island Dressing 
  • Deconstructed BLT: Crispy Pork Belly, Soft-poached Egg, Brioche, Watercress Espuma, and Tomato Jam 
  • Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped New York-style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies 

Beverages:

  • Rainboba: Fruit Bursting Boba with Sparkling Water (non-alcoholic) 
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings of London® Chai Tea Shake with Maple Syrup garnished with a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon (Non-alcoholic) 
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings of London® Chai Tea Shake with Cream Bourbon garnished with a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon 
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Decadent Delights (Promenade Refreshments)

Food Items:

  • Raspberry Soft-serve Ice Cream (New
  • Lemon Soft-serve Ice Cream (New)
  • Artist Palette Cookie

Beverages:

  • North Coast Brewing Co. Scrimshaw Pilsner, Fort Bragg, CA 
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Deco IPA, Doral, FL 
  • Saugatuck Brewing Co. Peanut Butter Porter, Douglas, MI 
  • Beer Flight also available 
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Pop Eats (Showcase Plaza)

Food Items:

  • Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese (New)
  • Tomato Soup with French Onion and Bacon Grilled Cheese (New)
  • Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Belgian Chocolate 
  • Pop’t Art: Modern-designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling 

Beverages:

  • #RainbowSherbetGlitterDreamAle by Playalinda Brewing Co., Titusville, FL 
  • Popping Bubbles Cocktail 
  • Tomato Soup Can Bloody Mary
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Refreshment Outpost

Food Items:

  • Plant-based Bratwurst with Spicy Turmeric Aïoli, Coffee Barbecue Jackfruit, and Slaw 
  • Warm Brown Sugar-stuffed Pretzel with Banana Soft-serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce 

Beverages:

  • Frozen Slushy Coca-Cola® or Minute Maid® Lemonade in a Souvenir Spike The Bee Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) 
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Blue Raspberry Blonde, Titusville, FL (New)
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Cuisine Classique 

Food Items:

  • Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes, and Aged Balsamic 
  • Coq au Vin: Chicken Roulade with Violet Mustard, Candied Carrots, Pancetta Crisp, Marble Potatoes, and Beurre Rouge Sauce (New) 
  • Opera Cake: Almond Joconde, Coffee Buttercream, and Chocolate Ganache (New)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie 

Beverages:

  • 3 Daughters Brewing Rosé Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL 
  • 81Bay Brewing Rosé Blonde Ale, Tampa, FL 
  • Frozen Rosé 
  • Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Art Series, Logrono, Spain 
  • Domaine Savary Chablis, Burgundy 
  • A Play on Rosé Flight 
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The Artist’s Table

Food Items:

  • Beef Wellington: Mushroom Duxelle, Prosciutto, and Puff Pastry with Red Wine Demi-Glace and Fennel Cream 
  • Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, and Parmesan Crisp (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie

Beverages:

  • SippingChocolate Flight: White, Milk, and Dark Chocolate (non-alcoholic) 
  • Saugatuck Brewing Co. Neapolitan Milk Stout, Douglas, MI 
  • Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, Lexington, KY 
  • Lindemans Framboise Lambic, Belgium 
  • Âme du Vin Côtes de Provence Rosé 
  • Writer’s Block Pinot Noir, Lake County, CA 
  • Symphony in Chocolate Flight: Mozart Cream Liqueurs paired with Sipping Chocolates 
  • Beer Flight also available 
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Mosaic Canteen (Morocco)

Food Items:

  • Mediterranean Flatbread with Zaatar Pesto, Artichokes, Roasted Peppers, Sundried Tomatoes, and Fennel Cream (New)
  • Harissa-roasted Rack of Lamb with Baba Ganoush, Picholine Olives, Toybox Tomatoes, Preserved Lemons, and Pomegranate (New)
  • Mouskoutchou: Orange Cake with Cinnamon-Chocolate Mousse (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Orange) (New)

Beverages:

  • 1906 Reserva Especial Dark Amber Lager (New)
  • Maeloc Blackberry Hard Cider (New)
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Vibrante & Vívido Food Studio (Between Morocco & France) 

Food Items:

  • Chilled Seafood Cocktail with Octopus, Scallops, Shrimp, Black Garlic Aïoli, Tomato-Coconut Sauce, and Serrano-Lime Oil (New)
  • Blue Corn Pupusa-stuffed with Cheese and topped with Shredded Pork, Guajillo and Árbol Chile Sauce, Cabbage Slaw, and Aji Amarillo Crema (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)(Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Blue) (New)
  • Passion Fruit Mousse with Dragon Fruit Jam (New)

Beverages:

  • Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie (non-alcoholic) (New)
  • Frozen Piña Colada (New)
  • Passion Fruit Daiquiri (New)
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Festival Favorites (World Showplace)

Food Items:

  • Remy’s Ratatouille with Eggplant, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Tomatoes, and Red Pepper Piperade (Plant-based) (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Red) (New)
  • Charcuterie with Meats and Cheeses featuring Nueske’s® Applewood Smoked Beef 
  • Lemon Blood-Orange Tart 
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie 

Beverages:

  • Blue Sky Black Cherry Boba Freeze (non-alcoholic)  
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Strawberry Blonde Nitro, St. Petersburg, FL 
  • Breckenridge Brewery Nitro Vanilla Porter, Breckenridge, CO 
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Milk Stout Nitro, Doral, FL 
  • Cold Fashioned Coffee Cocktail 
  • Neapolitan Beer Flight 
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The Painter’s Palate (World Showplace)

Food Items:

  • Prime Steak Tartare with Pickled Vegetables, Parsley Salad, Béarnaise Anglaise, and Sous Vide Quail Egg (New)
  • Salt-roasted Beet Tartare with Pickled Vegetables, Parsley Salad, and Béarnaise Aïoli (Plant-based) (New)
  • Pistachio Cake with Cherry Mousse and Morello Cherries (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Green) (New)

Beverages:

  • Kalimotxo: Red Wine Cocktail with Pibb® Xtra (New)
  • Frozen Rusty Nail Cocktail (New)
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut Rosé, Spain
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Masterpiece Kitchen 

Food Items

  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings, and Zinfandel Reduction 
  • Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-Herbs 
  • Vanilla, Rose Water, and Pistachio Panna Cotta (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Pink)

Beverages:

  • Weihenstephaner Original Lager, Freising, Germany 
  • Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Brut Champagne 
  • The Meeker Vineyard Winemakers’ Handprint Merlot, Sonoma County, CA 
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut, Spain 
  • Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist 
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L’Art de la Cuisine Française (France)

Food Items:

  • Crème de Brie en Petit Pain: Warm Creamy Brie in a House-made Bread Bowl 
  • Croissant à la Truffle Noir d’Hiver: Black Winter Truffle Croissant (New)
  • Moelleux à la Framboise et aux Chocolats Valrhona: Molten Chocolate and Raspberry Cake with Pure Origin Valrhona Chocolates (New)
  • Trio de Macarons: Assortment of Three House-made Macarons in a Gift Box 

Beverages:

  • Frozen French Martini: Grey Goose, Vodka, Chambord Liqueur, Pineapple, Orange, and Grape Juice with Lemon-Lime Foam 
  • Charles Lafite, Brut Méthode Traditionnelle Champenoise, French Sparkling Wine 
  • Château La Gordonne, Vérité du Terroir, Côtes de Provence Rosé (New)
  • Bordeaux Merlot and Cabernet Blend, Baron des Chartrons, 2015 (New)
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El Artista Hambriento (Mexico)

Food Items:

  • Chile Relleno: Fried Poblano Pepper filled with Flank Steak, Black Beans, and Tomatoes drizzled with a Poblano Cream Sauce (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)(New)
  • Pork Belly Pastor: Pastor-marinated Pork Belly atop Boniato Purée with Charred Pineapple and Crispy Cilantro (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)(New)
  • Taco de Chocolate: Chocolate Candy Shell filled with Mexican Chocolate Mousse with a touch of Chile topped with Tropical Fruit (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)(New)

Beverages:

  • Mexican Craft Beer: Tulum Artisanal Lager crafted with Citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean Seawater 
  • Diego Pomegranate Margarita: Ojo de Tigre Mezcal, Pomegranate-Prickly Pear Juice, Blackcurrant Liqueur, and Rose Petal Liqueur with a Hibiscus Salt Rim 
  • Frida Carrot Margarita: Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, Carrot Juice, Ginger Cordial, Lime Juice, and Agave Nectar 
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Goshiki (Japan)

Food Items:

  • Stone Garden: Red Bean Mousse with Chocolate Rocks and Arare Rice Cracker Pebbles (New)
  • Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped Sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Cucumber, and Sesame Seed over a decorated plate of Wasabi Aïoli, Sriracha, and Eel Sauce 
  • Vegetable Gyoza: Vegetable-filled Spinach Gyoza with Tofu atop Mashed Potatoes with a Kamaboko Fish Cake, Pepper Strings and Tonkatsu Teriyaki Sauce 

Beverages:

  • Haiku Draft Lager (New)
  • Masu Sake in a Traditional Personalized Wooden Cup 
  • Pink Snow: Sake, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice, and Calpico dusted with Snowflake Confetti (New)
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The Painted Panda (China)

Food Items:

  • Old Shanghai Shi Zi Tou: Pork and Water Chestnut Meatballs served with Taro Root (New)
  • Sichuan Red Hot Mala Shrimp (New)

Beverages:

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic) 
  • Jasmine Draft Beer 
  • Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Spirit, Amaretto, and Piña Colada Mix 
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec
  • Sea Butterfly: Butterfly Pea Flower infused Cocktail with Lychee Syrup, Vodka, Light Rum, and Magic Boba Pearls 
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L’Arte di Mangiare (Italy)

Food Items:

  • Arancini: Sweet Sausage fried Risotto Balls with Pomodoro Sauce (New)
  • L’Aragosta: Lobster Ravioli with Vanilla-Saffron Cream Sauce and Shredded Chili Peppers (New)
  • Bomboloni: Cream-filled Italian Doughnut with Raspberry Sauce and Powdered Sugar (New)

Beverages:

  • Peroni Pilsner 
  • Pinot Grigio 
  • Chianti 
  • Prosecco 
  • Rosa Regale 
  • Moscato 
  • Italian White Sangria with Prosecco 
  • Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello 
  • AmarettoBellini: Amaretto, White Peach Purée, and Prosecco 
  • Bergamotto: Italicus Rosolio Di Bergamotto, Prosecco, and Cerignola Olive 
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Funnel Cake

  • Red Velvet Funnel Cake topped with Cream Cheese Icing and Pixie Dust (New)
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Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

  • Showcase Plaza – Caramel Canvas Latte: Artisan Latte with Peanut Butter Syrup, Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Sauce topped with SNICKERS® Original Candy Pieces paired with a doughnut       
  • The American Adventure – Color-Me-Latte:  Made for a true artiste with Espresso, Swiss Chocolate Syrup, and Dark Chocolate Sauce sprinkled with M&M’s® Candies paired with a doughnut       
  • Future World East – Starry Night Latte: Paint the sky with this Espresso beverage with Dulce de Leche, White Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Sauce topped with MILKY WAY® Bar Pieces paired with a doughnut    
  • Canada – Creative Twist Latte: Stretch your imagination with this Latte with Brown Butter Toffee Syrup and Swiss Chocolate Syrup topped with TWIX® Bar Pieces paired with a doughnut

Are you visiting the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts? There are lots of exciting things planned for Walt Disney World in 2021!

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21 Reasons You Need to Visit Walt Disney World in 2021

21 reasons to visit Disney World in 2021

Happy New Year! Walt Disney World Resort is ready to help you turn the page on 2020 right away and begin 2021 with magic. From new and classic attractions to culinary experiences to character interactions and more, here are 21 reasons to be excited about a visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth in 2021:

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1. Explore the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts: Beginning January 8 and lasting through February 22, you’re invited to an expansive collection of visual, performance and culinary arts throughout the park. 

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2. Gaze Upon the Reimagined Entrance Fountain at EPCOT – The new water feature in front of Spaceship Earth hearkens back to the park’s origins and highlights a greener, more open and welcoming experience as you enter the park. The fountain is the most recent milestone in the historic transformation of EPCOT now underway. 

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse search for their perfect picnic spot in Runnamuck Park as part of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the new family-friendly attraction opening March 4, 2020, in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The first ride-through attraction in Disney history featuring Mickey and Minnie brings guests into the vibrant world of “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

3. Step Inside the Cartoon World of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Go through the movie screen as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Engineer Goofy and Pluto take you on a trip through Runnamuck Park … where anything can happen!

Guests come face to face with First Order Supreme Leader Kylo Ren as they stumble into the bridge of a Star Destroyer in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the groundbreaking new attraction opening Dec. 5, 2019, inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California. (Steven Diaz, photographer)

4. Embark on a Star Wars Adventure in a Galaxy Far, Far Away – Disney’s Hollywood Studios is also home to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the immersive, award-winning land featuring two thrilling attractions: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Cinderella Castle, the icon of Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., recently completed a royal makeover. The castle’s new color scheme features bold, shimmering and regal enhancements befitting The Most Magical Place on Earth. Special elements include a sapphire dusting on the blue rooftops and gold trim that makes the spires sparkle in the sun. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

5. Check Out Cinderella Castle’s Royal Makeover – The treasured icon at the heart of Magic Kingdom Park now features bold, shimmering and regal enhancements befitting its royal status, making for a great photo with family and friends. 

6. Experience Classic Attractions at Magic Kingdom Park – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, The Haunted Mansion, “it’s a small world,” Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain … the new year is a great time for you to reconnect with these classics loved by millions the world over. 

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7. Watch for New Residents on the Harambe Wildlife Reserve at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – Nigerian dwarf goats now play like kids at the warden’s outpost near the end of Kilimanjaro Safaris. 

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8. Bask in the Cuteness of Baby Animals – In addition to the Nigerian dwarf goats, you may catch a glimpse of some of the animals born in 2020 at Walt Disney World while at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris, for example, you may spot young Masai giraffe now out on the savanna.

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9. Celebrate the Magic of Nature in Pandora – The World of Avatar – At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, travel to the Valley of Mo’ara to hike among the floating mountains of Pandora and experience two awe-inspiring attractions: Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. 

Mickey Mouse will star in the “Mickey and Friends Cavalcade” when Magic Kingdom Park reopens July 11, 2020, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. With traditional parades on temporary hiatus to support physical distancing during the park’s phased reopening, Disney characters will pop up in new and different ways throughout the day. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

10. Find Disney Characters in New Places – From cavalcades to caravans to flotillas and even special “pop-up” appearances, you can discover favorite friends at all four theme parks and the occasional special surprise at Disney Resort hotels. 

11. Hop from Park to Park – As of January 1, 2021, guests who purchase a ticket or annual pass with Park Hopper benefits can once again visit more than one park per day (with some new modifications).  

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12. Indulge in Sweet New Treats at Disney Springs – When visiting the shopping, dining and entertainment district of Walt Disney World, you have plenty of new options to satisfy your sweet tooth, including newly opened Gideon’s Bakehouse and the forthcoming M&M’S store and Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew. 

13. 50th Anniversary Celebration – Although Disney hasn’t released any specific details as to what we can expect for this very special occasion, the Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate its 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021.

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14. Return to Favorite Disney Restaurants – As part of the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, restaurants continue to return to operation across The Most Magical Place on Earth. Recent reopenings include The Crystal Palace inside Magic Kingdom and the character breakfast at Chef Mickey’s inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort. 

15. Make Some Time to Relax Outdoors – Central Florida weather is often gorgeous in the early months of the year, and Walt Disney World offers special ways to enjoy some outdoor recreation, including golf and miniature golf, fishing expeditions, horseback riding and more.

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16. Buzz Through the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, Blooming in March – Beginning March 3, you’ll find fresh cuisine, creative gardens and unforgettable topiaries as part of this annual festival. 

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17. Soak Up the Sun at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park – After remaining closed for all of 2020 due to the pandemic, this wintry-themed water park is planning to reopen in March and celebrate its 25th season in splashy style. 

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18. Look for Some Fresh Pixie Dust at the Entrances to Walt Disney World – Make some new memories as you pass these iconic gateways to The Most Magical Place on Earth, which are receiving a refreshed color palette complementing the recent Cinderella Castle makeover. 

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19. Add Extra Theme Park Magic to Vacations – Available to book beginning Jan. 5, 2021, guests buying non-discounted four-night/three-day room and ticket packages at select Disney Resort hotels for arrivals most nights Jan. 8, 2021, through Sept. 25, 2021, will receive an additional two days of theme park tickets. 

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20. Florida Residents Can Take Advantage of a Special Ticket Offer – Beginning Jan. 4, 2021, the four-day Florida Resident Discover Disney Ticket invites Floridians to visit any of the four Disney parks through June 18, 2021 (subject to blockout dates), for $199 (plus tax).  

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21. Get Excited for Even More Magic Later this Year – Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the new family-friendly attraction coming to the France pavilion in EPCOT, will debut in 2021. And the new Cirque du Soleil show “Drawn to Life,” coming to Disney Springs, will be a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Be sure to follow @spreadingmagic on social media for more details about these experiences and other excitement happening around Walt Disney World in the future!

As a reminder, Walt Disney World continues to operate with enhanced health and safety policies so everyone can enjoy the magic responsibly. To manage attendance, guests are required to have valid theme park admission and make a park reservation for each day of their visit through the Disney Park Pass system. Please visit Disneyworld.com/Updates for more information.

Are you planning to visit Walt Disney World in 2021?

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16 Ways to Celebrate a Birthday at Disney World

There’s always something to celebrate at Disney World! From birthdays to anniversaries or first visits, we love celebrating at Disney World! If you have the opportunity to celebrate a birthday at Disney World, there are some ways that you can make it extra special and magical! Here are sixteen different ways that you can celebrate a birthday at Disney World.

Birthday at Disney World

Before You Go

Note Your Birthday Celebration on All Reservations: If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, be sure to note your birthday celebration. You should receive a call from a special Disney friend wishing you a “Happy Birthday!” If you are booking any dining reservations at a Disney restaurant, you can note your birthday celebration at the time of booking so the restaurant can celebrate with you, as well.

Book a Special Meal: Plan a special meal just for the birthday boy or girl. If it is a child (or someone young at heart), consider a character dining experience. You can find our list of the best character meals here. If it is just adults, try a signature dining experience. Or, if you’re looking for dinner and a show, try Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue or Spirit of Aloha.

Order an In-Room Gift or Celebration: Disney Floral and Gifts has a wide variety of in-room gifts and decorations available for purchase. Balloons start at just $9.99 while in-room celebrations begin at $275. Choose from a pre-made gift basket or build your own!

Book a Dessert Party: All four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks offer a dessert party for their nighttime spectaculars. You’ll get to enjoy the best views of Happily Ever After, Epcot Forever, Fantasmic, or Rivers of Light while sampling sweet treats and drinks. You can review all of the dessert parties here.

Book a Makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or Character Couture: You can transform into your favorite Princess, Knight, or other Disney Character with one of these makeover experiences. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique provides makeover for children ages 3-12 at three locations- Magic Kingdom Park, Disney Springs, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Character Couture is best for guests who are too old for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, but can accommodate children, as well. Julie at Double Your WDW has a fabulous review of Character Couture, complete with photos.

Sail on a Fireworks Cruise: There are a few cruises available, each with a spectacular view and delicious desserts. Your kids will love the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage departing from Disney’s Contemporary Resort. They’ll get to mingle with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee while they eat an array of desserts. Then, Peter Pan afterwards. Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise is a great option for families and couples looking for a great view and dessert without characters. If you’re looking to really splurge, Disney has private fireworks cruises starting at $299 plus tax.

Go Behind the Scenes on a Tour: You can go behind the scenes and learn more about how the magic is made at Disney World with one of their tours. Behind the Seeds in the Land Pavilion at Epcot is one of the more affordable options at just $29 per person. Caring for Giants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is only $30 per person, but does have a minimum age requirement of 4 years. Disney’s Family Magic Tour at Magic Kingdom is fun for families with children of all ages.

Order a Birthday or Celebration Cake: Order a Mickey Mouse Celebration Cake for just $35 at participating restaurants. You can order in advance by calling (407) WDW-DINE or at the restaurant. You’ll be able to choose from chocolate or white chocolate flavors. You can also order a custom cake with your desired theme and decorations by calling (407) 827-2253 at least 72 hours in advance. Or, guests at least 10 years of age and older can try the cake decorating experience at Amorette’s Patisserie on Sunday through Thursday mornings at 9 am.

Make or Order a Birthday Shirt: You want everyone to know that you’re celebrating, right? In addition to your birthday button, you can either make or order a special birthday shirt. Some of our favorites are these Mickey birthday shirts, Minnie birthday shirts, best birthday ever shirts, birthday girl shirts, best birthday ever shirts, and best day ever shirts.

Birthday at Disney World

After You Arrive

Pick Up a Birthday Button: If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can pick up a complimentary birthday button from the front desk. If not, you can stop by guest services inside any of the theme parks to pick one up. This free button will let everyone know that you are celebrating! You never know what kind of special surprises or pixie dust you could receive.

Have Characters Sign a Birthday Card for Autographs: If you bring a birthday card, you can have the characters sign that for a fun and unique souvenir. You could even bring a few to have “themes” like one for Disney Princesses, one for classic characters, and more.

Take a Ride in an Amphicar: Have you ever ridden in an Amphicar? With less than 400 left in the world, there’s a good chance that you haven’t. But, you can ride in an Amphicar at The Boathouse at Disney Springs. During the 25-minute guided tour, you’ll learn about the landmarks around Disney Springs. The current cost is $125 per car and holds 3-4 guests.

Purchase Birthday Ears: Disney has a HUGE variety of both Mickey and Minnie ears available throughout the parks and resorts. Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs have some of the best selections. New birthday ears will be the perfect accessory for your celebration. You can purchase the Mickey Ears Birthday Hat or Minnie Ears Birthday Headband.

Pick a Pearl in the Japan Pavilion: There’s a unique experience in the Japan pavilion at Epcot. It is both a fun experience and inexpensive souvenir. You can choose an oyster to be opened which will contain at least one beautiful pearl. If you’re extra lucky, you might even find an oyster with two pearls! You can even order a Cinderella carriage necklace holder for your pearl before you go.

Look for Photo Opportunities: Pose for a photo with your celebration button throughout the parks. Ask Disney PhotoPass photographers for magic shots, as well. Plus, if you stop by the PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs, you can take pictures with some birthday inspired props and backgrounds. If you have Memory Maker, this experience is included at no additional cost.

Explore the World Showcase: The cast members working in each pavilion around the World Showcase are actually from the country that you are visiting in the World Showcase. These cast members are happy to write “Happy Birthday” in their native language for you as a fun (and educational) souvenir. Order an Epcot passport for them to write your birthday message in.

Ready to book your vacation to celebrate a birthday at Disney World? Call Siera at (734) 771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com today.

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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
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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 
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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 
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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) 
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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 
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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 
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!