March 27, 2017
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Magic Kingdom Park
New! Josh Gad Recently Surprised Guests at Be Our Guest Restaurant: Diners at Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest Restaurant on opening night of Disney’s new live-action “Beauty and the Beast” had quite a treat with an unexpected celebrity appearance! Josh Gad, who plays Gaston’s loyal sidekick LeFou, in “Beauty and the Beast” decided to stop by Magic Kingdom Park’s Be Our Guest Restaurant to surprise and delight guests! Josh popped over to the restaurant to greet fans and engage guests in a classic sing-along creating even more excitement around the film’s release. Lucky guests!
Reminder! Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Continues: The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is an annual spring event taking place from March 1 to May 29, 2017 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The festival features an irresistible array of new gardens and character topiaries, popular entertainers and tasty food and drink offerings. Fresh, farm-market food and beverage flavors will debut at the new Northern Bloom and The Berry Basket Outdoor Kitchens that will join 13 returning Outdoor Kitchens. The new generation of princess topiaries (Snow White, Anna and Elsa – the first to be designed and created with topiary facial features) will welcome a brand-new Belle topiary. This year’s Epcot front-entrance topiary garden, “Welcome Spring Fun, Food and Flowers,” inspired by a vintage Walt Disney short film will spring to life with a floral-festooned maypole featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy and Pluto.
The popular Garden Rocks concert takes place four days each week, with three concerts each Friday through Monday presenting pop musicians that span multiple genres over five decades. Redesigned interactive play gardens will include the new “Cars”-themed Road to Florida 500 garden introducing the new “Cruz” character topiary from the June 2017 release of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3.” Music Garden Melodies play area will return with a new garden design, musical note topiary elements and climbing nets. The Festival Center will showcase an entertaining mix of gardening seminars and DIY workshops.
New! Beauty and the Beast Cupcake Now Available: The Beauty and the Beast white chocolate raspberry cupcake is now available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This cupcake is included in the Disney Dining Plan and will be available through April 30 at the following locations:
• ABC Commissary
• Catalina Eddie’s
• Fairfax Fare
• Rosie’s All-American Café
• Trolley Car Café
Updated! Minnie’s Seasonal Dine Lunch Date Changed: In early February, it was announced that Minnie’s Seasonal Dine would be offered for lunch and dinner beginning May 14th. The plans have changed and guests can continue to enjoy lunch with the Disney Junior pals through September 3. At Disney Junior Play ‘n’ Dine, Jake the Pirate, Sofia the First, Handy Manny and Doc McStuffins will continue to have fun interactive moments with Guests for breakfast and lunch.
Just in time for Halloween, Minnie Mouse will gather all of her friends to celebrate the seasons with Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine for both lunch and dinner beginning September 4. Each season brings with it unique music, décor, costumes, menu items, party favors and interactive musical moments.
Breakfast at Hollywood and Vine will continue to feature Disney Junior Play ‘n’ Dine, including fun interactive moments with favorite Disney Junior pals Jake, Sofia, Doc McStuffins and Handy Manny.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
First Look at Menu for Satu’li Canteen in Pandora: When Pandora – The World of Avatar opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27th, the Satu’li Canteen will be available to guests, too. Here, guests can enjoy creative, flavorful dishes based on the healthful bounty of Pandora, with wholesome grains, fresh vegetables and hearty proteins. An on-stage grill is a prominent feature in the colorful dining room. Look for familiar dishes with a twist in the fast-casual restaurant, with bowls that allow diners to customize their lunch or dinner. Diners start with a base of quinoa and vegetable salad; red and sweet potato hash; mixed whole-grain and rice or romaine and kale salad. Next is either with wood-grilled chicken, slow roasted beef, sustainable fish or chili-spiced fried tofu. And the bowl is finished with charred onion chimichurri, black bean vinaigrette or creamy herb dressing.
The menu also offers steamed “pods” – bao buns with either cheeseburger or vegetable curry and served with root vegetable chips and crunchy vegetable slaw.
For little ones, there’s an option of grilled chicken or beef, fish or tofu with greens or rice; a hot dog wrapped in Parker House dough; cheese quesadilla, or a steamed “pod” (cheeseburger bao bun). The fast-casual restaurant will also be the first to offer Mobile Order, a new convenient option to order and pay for meals on-the-go within the My Disney Experience app, allowing guests to bypass the queue to order when they arrive at the restaurant. Using the app, guests can select menu items, customize their order and pre-pay for their meal. When they arrive at the restaurant they will tap an “I’m here” button in the app, which will notify the kitchen to prepare the meal. When ready, guests will be alerted through the app to pick up their meal at a designated window. Additional fast-casual and quick-service restaurants will begin to offer Mobile Order later this year
Learn How to Decorate Your Own Cake at Amorette’s Patisserie: You can learn how decorate your own Disney cake at the new Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie beginning March 31. Reservations are open today, and the experience, which must be booked in advance, will be from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every Friday through May 5. Sip complimentary specialty coffee, mimosas and bellinis while you work side by side with the pros at Amorette’s Patisserie to decorate your own Mickey Dome Cake. Take your cake home to impress your family and friends – it not only looks beautiful, but tastes delicious. Space is limited. Cost is $129 plus tax for ages 10 and up, for one to two guests working on a single cake.
Walt Disney World Hotels
Reminder! Changes Coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will undergo an expansion over the next two years. The expansion at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will include a new 15-story tower that will add 500 rooms, featuring suites and concierge level services. The resort will also refurbish its current resort rooms and transform its landscape with floating gardens and an island oasis that connects the resort through a series of bridges. The new tower overlooking Lago Dorado, the resort’s centerpiece lake, will allow guests to experience something truly unique, rooftop dining with panoramic views of popular nighttime fireworks from nearby Disney theme parks.
Reminder! Changes Coming to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be reimagined with new additions to the resort’s current marketplace, Centertown, including new waterfront dining and retail shopping areas. This centralized location will offer the resort’s guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining. These changes will also take place over the course of the next two years (approx).
Closures and Refurbishments
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