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January 2, 2018




Newest Disney Springs nightlife hot-spot now open to the public

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2018) – Corks popped, performers dazzled, searchlights painted the skies and The Edison – the newest hot-spot at Disney Springs – rang in 2018 with a gala, grand opening party Sunday night.

The Edison, a lavish, “Industrial Gothic”- themed restaurant and entertainment venue, toasted the new year with an eye-filling spectacle of world-class entertainment, bountiful food stations, craft cocktails and an unforgettable fizzy Champagne toast for the countdown to midnight.

The showy soiree began with a Hollywood-style red carpet made from the train of a red ball gown. Hosts in flapper attire and inventors on stilts greeted special guests amid the dazzling step and repeat photo ops reminiscent of a Tinseltown premiere. Inside, a live band, cabaret dancers, aerialists, variety acts and a DJ created an otherworldly scene and grand celebration as guests welcomed in 2018.


The ticketed grand opening party was the glittery lift-off for The Edison. By day, the new venue will be a playful dining experience for families, while at night, the space transforms into a destination focused on craft cocktails, contemporary American fare and entertainment unique to Central Florida, all within an eye-popping, waterfront setting.


The Edison creates a completely unique combination of style, art and design with great food, cocktails and world-class entertainment. A fully immersive experience, The Edison features multiple themed areas to explore, such as the Lab performance space, The Ember Parlour, Telegraph Lounge, The Patent Office, The Tesla Lounge, The Radio Room, and the Waterfront Patio.


“The lights are officially on at The Edison and we’re delighted that guests can now experience the extraordinary entertainment, craft cocktails and cuisine unlike anything else in Central Florida,” said Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group. “The reimagined power plant celebrates an era of invention and imagination in a new and distinct way.”

Open for lunch and dinner, The Edison treats guests to menu creations of Chef PJ Finneran that consist of contemporary American fare such as Pork Belly Pops (chile-brown sugar glaze), Crispy Fried Chicken (cast iron buttermilk biscuits), and a signature The Edison Burger, (a juicy combination of house-ground sirloin, short rib and brisket, topped with Cabot cloth-bound cheddar, onion rings, smoked bacon, house pickles, lettuce, tomato, special sauce and served with hand-cut fries). The Edison will soon introduce Bartender’s Midnight Breakfast, a late-night menu that will include traditional breakfast fare at night and offer guests a perfect way to keep the party going as the evening is winding down.

The Edison’s beverage lineup focuses on artfully crafted cocktails, interesting beers and wines, and house-made punches that serve from two to 10 guests. The Edison Signature Series includes cocktails such as The Wonderlust (Pernod Absinthe, Nolet’s Gin, Crème de Violette, pineapple syrup, lemon), Lady Marmalade (Corsair Absinthe, Hangar One, Noilly Prat vermouth, Giffard Ginger, verjus, pomegranate), The Crimson Vesper (Absolut Elyx, Lilet Rouge, Plymouth Sloe Gin, orange) and The Edison (Woodford Reserve, Belle de Brillet Pear Liqueur, lemon).

The center of the restaurant is stage for a dance floor and performance stage, where an eclectic lineup of live entertainers including musicians, aerialists and dancers fire up the night.

The Edison is now open Sunday-Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Thursday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Guests at The Edison must be 21 years or older starting at 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday nights. There is a cover charge of $15 per guest beginning at 10 p.m. Additionally, The Edison has an enforced dress code Thursday-Saturday evenings beginning at 10 p.m. Men must wear slacks, jeans or dress shorts. No ball caps, sleeveless shirts or flip-flops are permitted. Jackets are optional.

This destination restaurant will host a variety of unique events, chef-driven dinners and promotions throughout 2018. The restaurant offers savings for Disney Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members, Tables in Wonderland cardholders and Disney Cast Members. For more information on The Edison, visit

February 23, 2017

New Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno Begins April 2!


As previously announced, Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk will launch a character breakfast this spring. The new Bon Voyage Breakfast will begin on April 2, and will give guests the opportunity to meet a variety of characters, including Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel and Prince Eric.

Breakfast will begin with a choice of a mixed berry parfait or fresh fruit salad and a frying pan of pastries featuring braided breakfast bread and clam shell pastries.


The rest of the breakfast menu is:

“Shipwreck al Forno”
Calzone with scrambled Eggs, Soppressata, Bacon, Sausage,
Blend of Cheeses and Sunday Gravy

“Golden Frittata”
Prosciutto di Parma, Piquillo Peppers, Green Onion,
Pecorino Romano and Roasted Potatoes


“Tangled Eggs”
Tomato & Basil Scrambled Eggs,
Fresh Mozzarella, Sunday Gravy and Roasted Potatoes

“Two Eggs Poached Under Water”
House-made Fennel sausage, Parmesan, and Sunday Gravy
over Golden Polenta and Toasted Ciabatta

“Tower of Pancakes”
Seasonal Buttermilk Pancakes with Bacon or Sausage


“Royal Breakfast”
Oak-Grilled Steak, Cheesy Egg Torte, Asparagus,
Crispy Onions and Roasted Potatoes

“Swimmers di ‘light'”
Smoked Salmon Egg White Omelet with Spinach, Mushrooms,
Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and Roasted potatoes

Kids options include a choice of a Mickey Pancake, Mickey Waffle or a “Little Royal Breakfast,” which will feature an egg, bacon and toast.

Breakfast will also include your choice of non-alcoholic beverage such as coffee, tea, juice, milk and soft drinks. Mimosas, a Peach Bellini, cappuccino, press pot coffee and more will be available at an additional charge.

This character dining experience, offered at breakfast only, will cost $34 for adults, $20 for children.

Reservations are now open. To book, visit or call 407-WDW-DINE.

January 6, 2017

Disney 'Dine on the Go' Debuts January 12


From January 12 until February 22, guests visiting Magic Kingdom for the day can purchase Disney Dine-on-the-Go, which includes the following:

-- one lunch quick-service entree and one non-alcoholic beverage, good until 4 p.m.
-- one dinner quick-service entree and one non-alcoholic beverage, good after 4 p.m. (Dessert is not included).

You can purchase Disney Dine-on-the-Go at Vacation Planning booths around the Magic Kingdom. Disney Dine-on-the-Go certificates also are available for children ages 3 to 9.

Participating restaurant locations include Casey’s Corner, Columbia Harbour House, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe and Pinocchio Village Haus.

Valid park admission is required to use the certificates. Price is $29 for adults, $12 for ages 3 to 9.

January 4, 2017

"Delicious Disney, A Chef Series" Continues in 2017 at Walt Disney World Resort


Imagine an intimate evening filled with delicious cuisine prepared just for you by an award-winning culinarian from Walt Disney World Resort. This year, the Walt Disney World Resort chefs launched a new dinner series to showcase the stellar talents of the culinary team; with unique and inspired culinary creations coupled with deliciously creative wine pairings. And the “Delicious Disney, A Chef Series” will continue in 2017 with the theme of “storytelling with food.” These dinners are a wonderful opportunity for epicureans to meet amazing chefs as they prepare specially themed meals for you.

The dinners are often intimate (no more than 60 guests), and the kickoff for 2017 will be Jan. 31 at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom Park. There will be nine dinners in all, in other locations including Markham’s at Golden Oak, Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park, and backstage at the Walt Disney World Tree Farm. See the full schedule below.

All reservations may be booked by calling 407.939.5773 daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Prices range from $199 - $499 and includes tax, gratuity, and wine.

January 31st at 7:45 p.m. Fireworks Reception – 9 p.m. Dinner
Celebrate the Magic Kingdom Parks’s 45th Anniversary!
Featuring Magic Kingdom’s Culinary Director Robert Gilbert and Team
Location Cinderella’s Royal Table, Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Park

February 22nd at 6:30pm
Come Explore a Journey around the World of Flavors
Featuring Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Culinary Director Robert Adams and Team
Location Markham’s at Golden Oak*

April 26th at 6:30pm
Enjoy Legendary Culinary Moments from Disney Animation History
Featuring Victoria & Albert’s Chef de Cuisine Aimee Rivera and Team
Markham’s at Golden Oak

May 31st at 6:30pm
Celebrating the Silly Symphony Flowers and Trees Anniversary
Featuring Park Event’s Culinary Director Chef John Clark and Team
Location Markham’s at Golden Oak*

June 28th at 6:30pm
A Culinary tribute to Ratatouille’s 10th Anniversary
Featuring Citricos’s Chef Dominque Filoni and Team
Location Markham’s at Golden Oak*

July 19th at 6:30pm
Enjoy the exotic and exquisite tastes of a journey Under the Sea
Featuring Flying Fish’s Timothy Majoras and Team
Location Markham’s at Golden Oak*

August 16th at 6:30pm

A Walk around the World with Disney
Featuring Culinary Director Edwin Wronski and the Flavor Lab Team
Location Markham’s at Golden Oak*

September 5th at 8:30pm
Enjoy a sampling of the Beast’s favorite French Cuisine
Featuring Flavor Lab’s Chef de Cuisine Roland Muller with Magic Kingdom Park’s Culinary Director Robert Gilbert
Location Be Our Guest, West Wing, Magic Kingdom Park

December 6th at 6:30pm
Farm to Table Dining Experience
Featuring a collaboration of our Disney Chefs
Location The Tree Farm

*Markham’s at Golden Oak Events are hosted by Chef de Cuisine Phillip Ponticelli

December 8, 2016

Morimoto Asia Rings in the Holidays

Ready to ring in the holidays? Visit Morimoto Asia for new and inovative holiday cocktails!

Winter Wonderland, Fuji Apple Holiday Cider and more. (Click on the photo for a detailed image.)


How about an Asian Whisky Flight? (Click on the photo for a detailed image.)


Morimoto Asia is located in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World.

June 6, 2016

Reservations Now Open for New Magic Kingdom Dining Package

Tony's Town Square Restaurant Offers New Dining Package

There’s a new way to enjoy the Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom Park! You can now make reservations to take a mid-day break and enjoy a three-course lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. Indulge in a delicious Italian meal, knowing you’ll also receive reserved viewing for the Main Street Electrical Parade, right in front of the flagpole on Main Street U.S.A.

The dining package includes your choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert and a beverage. Start your meal with delicious soup, salad or the addictive Zucchini Fries. Choose from favorites like Chicken Parmigiana, Spaghetti with meatballs or Margherita Pizza. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with classic Tiramisú or decadent chocolate cake layered with a chocolate-hazelnut filling.

Cost is $45 for adults, $17 for children plus tax and gratuity, or is one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. Reservations open June 7, and can be made by visiting or calling 407-WDW-Dine.

SOURCE: Disney Parks Blog

December 14, 2015

Sunday Brunch at California Grill Debuts February 7!


A new Sunday brunch is set to open at the California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort on February 7, 2016.

Dubbed "Brunch at the Top," the new meal launches a whole new menu as the restaurant opens for daytime dining for the first time.

As part of the dining experience, you get the chance to interact with Chef Brian Piasecki's culinary team in the open show kitchen.

The brunch offers a Bloody Mary Bar, cocktails and craft brews, as well as a signature brunch cocktail (included in the brunch price) and faux “mimosas” for kids. There is also a custom-roast French press coffee.

Brunch starts with an assortment of house-made breakfast pastries delivered to your table (for example, caramel apple Monkey bread, Tillamook Cheddar biscuit and cranberry scones pecan) with house-made jam and orange blossom honey butter. Then you head to the show kitchen for small tastes, such as house-smoked orange honey ham, deviled Lake Meadow Naturals eggs, Greek yogurt with vanilla-scented granola and fresh berries, kale and apple salad, baby iceberg wedge with Cherrywood bacon and avocado-buttermilk Ranch dressing, hardwood smoked salmon, California rolls with jumbo lump crabmeat, spicy tuna rolls and shrimp tempura with orange drizzle and mango.


Then you can choose your next course, delivered tableside:

--Pan-Fried Buttermilk Organic Chicken Cutlet with Haricots Verts, Toasted Almonds, Frisée, Beurre Noisette
-- Sweet Potato Pancakes with Caramelized Heirloom Apples, Dried Cranberry and Raisin Compote, Vanilla Custard, Warm Canadian Maple Syrup
-- Shrimp and Grits, Gulf White Shrimp with Tillamook Cheddar Grits, Spicy Tomato Broth, Espellette-Spiced Tomato Ragout
-- Poached Lobster Benedict with Butter-Poached Tail, Two Soft-Poached Eggs, Honey Ham, Yuzu Hollandaise, Marble Potato Hash
-- Chef’s Frittata with Three Lake Meadow Farms Eggs, Florida Heirloom Tomatoes, Roasted Poblanos, Chorizo, Creamy Goat Cheese, Marble Potato Hash
-- Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Soft Poached Eggs, Chimichurri, Marble Potato Hash and Charred Red Onion.


Mini-desserts, macarons and chocolate truffles close out the meal.

Cost is $80 (includes signature cocktail) for adults, $48 ages 3 to 11. The meal is two dining credits if you're using the Disney Dining Plan. Tables in Wonderland discount is accepted. Reservations open December 16, and can be made by visiting or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

November 6, 2015

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs Showcases Seasonal Dishes Featuring Local Pork


Pasture Prime Berkshire Pig Breed a Local Treasure with British Origins

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2015) – Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant master chef Kevin Dundon introduces local farm-raised pork from Pasture Prime Family Farm to the menu in three featured dishes now through February at the Disney Springs location.

For starters, “An Irish Egg” features a fresh farm egg coated in crispy Guinness and Onion Sausage served on a bed of pickled cabbage with saffron aioli. Dundon’s “Pork by Pork” entree (pictured above) is a sage-and-onion-stuffed pork loin with cider-braised pork fricassee served with mashed potatoes and applesauce. And risotto lovers will get a spicy kick out of “Rinky Risotto,” a grilled chorizo and mushroom risotto. Dundon uses Pasture Prime pork with smoked paprika, cilantro and garlic for the house-made chorizo sausage.

“Pasture Prime raises a breed of pig, the Berkshire pig, which we also have at home in Ireland,” says Dundon, host of the award-winning PBS/Create TV cooking series, “Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Food” and “Kevin Dundon’s Back to Basics.” The Berkshire is known for succulent marbling and intense flavor and was first mentioned in stories of British army exploits nearly 300 years ago, according to Pasture Prime Family Farm.

“I decided to use this Central Florida farm, in particular, because I love to see passion when it comes to producing good food, and Pasture Prime has an abundance of passion,” Dundon says.

This past summer, Dundon’s seasonal menu showcase was a hit with three dishes featuring Wild Ocean Seafood from Port Canaveral, Fla.

To complement the seasonal pork dishes, Raglan Road now offers an autumn trio of brews that include Terrapin Pumpkinfest, Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest and Woodchuck Private Reserve Pumpkin Cider.

And Raglan Road guests can toast the season with new fall cocktails including “The Great Pumpkin” made with Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Calvados apple brandy, egg white, Terrapin Pumpkinfest and the pub’s own house-made Guinness Glaze. A second Raglan Road seasonal libation with a kick is the “Spiced Carmel Apple Martini” made with Calvados, butterscotch Schnapps, Magners cider and freshly muddled apples served in a glass with cinnamon-sugar rim and spiced apple skewer.

Raglan Road delivers a dining experience infused with genuine Irish hospitality for guests seated inside the restaurant’s multiple dining rooms, as well as those choosing to dine on the patio overlooking Disney Springs. The restaurant’s custom furnishings include those designed and built by Irish craftspeople, as well as century-old antiques, ornamentation and bric-a-brac shipped to Central Florida from Dublin. Traditional and contemporary Irish music and step dance performances create a spirited ambience daily from late afternoon through closing and during the Rollicking Raglan Weekend Brunch.

Know for its beer-battered fish and chips, seasonal farm-to-fork specialties and the freshest cold-water seafood flown in regularly, Raglan Road also offers a menu of gluten-free dishes. Dundon, one of Ireland's most celebrated chefs, works with a large culinary team to develop dishes with modern flair and Celtic creativity.

Raglan Road serves lunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner 3-11 p.m.; Bar menu 11 p.m.-late; Saturday and Sunday Rollicking Raglan Brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Visit or call 407/938-0300.

October 22, 2015

Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless to Open Frontera Fresco Restaurant at Disney Springs


LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – Chef Rick Bayless, a six-time James Beard Foundation winner, is bringing Frontera Fresco, his table-service Mexican restaurant concept, to Disney Springs, the new dining, shopping and entertainment district at Walt Disney World Resort.

Opening in Summer 2016, Frontera Fresco will showcase the gourmet Mexican cuisine that has made Chef Bayless a culinary legend.

“I’m thrilled to bring Frontera Fresco to Disney Springs and share my passion for Mexican cuisine with the families who visit Orlando every year,” Bayless said.

The new restaurant will feature authentic Mexican specialties such as hand-crafted tortas, tacos, salads, fresh-made guacamole and classic Mexican braised meat entrees, all prepared from time-honored recipes with natural, locally sourced ingredients. Frontera Fresco also will serve an extensive selection of margaritas, cocktails and craft beers and wine.

“Working with Chef Bayless to bring this fresh dining concept to the new Disney Springs is a joy for us, and we can’t wait for guests to experience it,” said Richard Debler, president and chief executive officer of Vista Springs.

Philadelphia-based Daroff Design is designing the nearly 6,000-square-foot space, which will seat 200 guests. Vista Springs LLC will be the restaurant operator.


About Rick Bayless

Chef Rick Bayless is probably best known for winning the title of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Masters,” with his authentic Mexican cuisine. His highly rated, national Public Television Series, “Mexico–One Plate at a Time,” is in its 10th season. In 2012, Chef Bayless was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Best Culinary Host.

Chef Bayless has launched several award-winning Chicago restaurants. He founded the casual Frontera Grill in 1987 and received the James Beard Foundation’s highest award, Outstanding Restaurant, in 2007. The 4-star Topolobampo served its first meals in 1989. And the wildly popular, LEED GOLD-certified, fast-casual Xoco launched in 2009, serving wood-oven tortas, steaming caldos, golden churros and bean-to-cup Mexican hot chocolate. Chef Bayless’s quick-service Tortas Frontera restaurants have changed the face of food service at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, while Frontera Fresco restaurants have brought Frontera flavors to several Chicago locations. His award-winning Frontera line of salsas, cooking sauces and non-GMO tortilla chips can be found coast to coast.

Chef Bayless is the author of nine cookbooks, including “Mexico–One Plate at a Time,” which was won the James Beard Foundation Best International Cookbook of the Year award in 2001. His “Fiesta at Rick’s” is a New York Times bestseller. He has won six James Beard Foundation awards, including two for his cookbooks, Midwest Chef of the Year, National Chef of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year and Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.

October 20, 2015

Minnie's Hollywood and Vine Dinners now Year Round


In August, Walt Disney World announced Minnie Mouse would be hosting a holiday dining experience at Hollywood and Vine in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Today WDW has announced that Minnie will now host a seasonal dinner year 'round. From January 4 to March 20, Minnie wil be celebrating the magic of the movies and the glamour of Hollywood. Other themes may include Delightful Spring, Excitement of Summer and Frightening Fun for Halloween.

Reservations open October 27th.

October 9, 2015

Florida Memories Inspire New Southern Cuisine In Disney Springs Restaurant with Celebrity Chef Art Smith


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2015) – Celebrity Chef Art Smith is bringing a taste of real Florida to a new restaurant opening in summer 2016 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine will showcase the cuisine of Chef Smith, who was born and reared in the town of Jasper, Fla., on the Florida-Georgia border. After 25 years of preparing award-winning meals for celebrities and heads of state and appearing on television, he is making Florida his home once again.

With farm-to-fork cuisine that showcases the bounty of Florida, and design inspired by turn-of-the century Florida architecture of the late 1800s, Homecoming will feature traditional Southern favorites with sophisticated, chef-inspired creations. The 6,000-square-foot, 200-seat restaurant “is where Florida heritage meets New Southern cuisine,” explains Smith.

“I couldn’t be happier about coming back to Florida and Walt Disney World Resort,” he continues. “To be able to prepare the food I love in the place where I have so many special memories is a dream come true.” Smith is a sixth generation Floridian, and his family still raises cattle, pecans and heirloom vegetables on their ancestral farm.

Smith says he is especially pleased with the restaurant’s Disney Springs connection, as he recalls summertime gatherings at the springs in the Northern part of Florida, casual get-togethers known as “homecomings” when family and friends gathered to share Southern specialties, enjoy homemade desserts and maybe sip a hand-crafted cocktail under the shade of live oak trees.

“Once we heard the story of his passion for Florida and his vision for the restaurant, we knew that it was a perfect match” said George Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “We’re thrilled to welcome Chef Art back to the state and share his spirit of Homecoming with our guests from around the world.”

Homecoming Cuisine

“The menu is a big part of my ongoing homage to Florida’s bygone era,” explains Smith. “We will proudly and prominently support the Fresh from Florida campaign and the vast majority of our seafood, produce, poultry and beef will be from local farms, ranches or fisheries.”

The “rustic-chic” restaurant has a glass-walled show kitchen and the Southern Shinebar that celebrates an era where characters might have created some homegrown spirits on their homesteads just beyond the springs. The bar will feature whimsical cocktails, punches and coolers, including some made with now-legal variations of moonshine.

Smith’s expertise is all over the menu from Southern favorites like homemade pimento cheese, Church Lady deviled eggs, low country shrimp and grits, kale salad with Sweet Grass Dairy cheese and spiced pecans and a grilled Blackstrap pork chop with sawmill gravy. “Each dish has a little Florida twist and makes guests feel like they’re on the back porch with me for every meal,” says Smith.

Desserts will be a specialty, with cakes, pies and delectable sweets made daily and shipped from a bakery in Hamilton County, including the restaurant’s signature Mockingbird Cake. “Southern women, using delicious ingredients and love, are the world’s best bakers,” explains Art.

Disney Springs is a one-of-a-kind Disney experience, treating guests by day and night to great dining, shopping and entertainment amid beautiful open-air promenades, flowing springs and waterfront charm. With an air of sophisticated grace and design that harkens to Florida’s waterfront towns at the turn-of-the-century, Disney Springs is home to four distinct, outdoor neighborhoods opening in phases: The Landing, Town Center, Marketplace and West Side. When fully completed in 2016, Disney Springs will double the number of shopping, dining and entertainment venues – from the current 70 to approximately 150.

September 1, 2015

Limited Time Breakfast at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater


From November 1, 2015 to January 23, 2016, the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be open for breakfast, serving an all-inclusive meal that features breakfast pastries and a choice of appetizer, entree and non-alcoholic beverage. Entree options for adults include:

· Puff Pastry filled with Scrambled Eggs, Crab, Asparagus and Gruyere Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes

· Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Baby Spinach, with Bacon and Cheddar Custard on a Roasted Tomato and Cheesy Horseradish Potatoes

· Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Sausage Links and Breakfast Potatoes

· Macadamia Crusted Brioche French Toast with Mascarpone and Fresh Berries


Breakfast entrees for children age 3-9 include:

· Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, and Breakfast Potatoes

· French Toast

· Mini-Mickey Waffle

This experience is available for a limited time and is in addition to the regular lunch and dinner offerings. The price for breakfast is $23.99 per adult and $12.99 per child age 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity not included). Meals are one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. Reservations are now available through 407-WDW-DINE or online at

August 14, 2015

Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen To Open at Magic Kingdom Park

The Jungle Cruise, one of Magic Kingdom Park’s most popular attractions, has delighted guests for years. And as it was just announced at the D23 Expo moments ago, Jungle Cruise fans will have even more to look forward to later this year when the brand-new Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen restaurant opens in Adventureland.


At the Jungle Skipper Canteen, guests will be able to experience “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” in one of several unique dining rooms – including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The restaurant will also be staffed by Jungle Cruise Skippers.

The Jungle Skipper Canteen is currently under construction and will open its doors in late 2015.

-- Disney Parks Blog

March 26, 2015

New Menu Coming to Studio Catering Company at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Studio Catering Company at Disney's Hollywood Studios has announced new menu offerings!

Braised Pulled Brisket Sandwich with Munster Cheese, Arugula, and creamy horseradish


Deli Sandwich with Ham, Salami, Pepperoni, Provolone cheese, creamy pesto spread, pepper relish and Balsamic glaze.


Panini with Turkey, Swiss, Provolone and Honey Mustard with Tomato Basil Soup


Lighter fare includes the new Vegetable Wrap with Garlic Herb Spread


There are 2 new sides: House-made chips and Tomato Basil Soup.

February 6, 2015

Trolley Car Cafe Opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios


The Trolley Car Cafe, a new Starbucks location, has opened on the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards in Disney's Hollywood Studios.


Themed to resemble a classic trolley car station from early 20th century Hollywood, The Trolley Car Cafe serves a variety of Disney baked goods and Starbucks "La Boulange" pastry items, as well as Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages.


The Trolley Car Cafe is the third in-park location serving Starbucks products at Walt Disney World Resort. Locations are already open at Magic Kingdom (Main Street Bakery) and Epcot (The Fountainview), as well as Downtown Disney.

A new location will open this summer at Disney's Animal Kingdom in what was the Creature Comforts shop. (See the artist rendering below.)


November 13, 2014

Cinderella Dining Moves Temporarily to Citricos

Cinderella's Royal Table moves from Cinderella Castle to Citricos at the Grand Floridian during restaurant renovations January 5 - March 2015.

Cinderella will greet guests as they arrive and her Disney Princess friends will visit each table for autographs and photos. You can also participate in an interactive "Magical Wishing Ceremony" with the characters with "wishing wands" or "wishing swords" for little ones.


The Citricos menu is a combo breakfast/brunch from 8:00am to 2:20pm. The cost is $49.99 and $31.99 for those ages 3-9. Two Disney Dining Plan entitlements are required if you use the dining plan. Scroll down for the menu for both adults and children.


Reservations open to Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders on December 3rd. Reservations open to all on December 4th. Online reservations will be available at a future date.


Cinderella's Dining at Cítricos
Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses

Adult Menu


Bakery Basket

Choice of One: Garden Salad-Artisanal Greens, Endive, Roasted Carrots, Sugar Snap Peas, and Marcona Almonds with Riesling Vinaigrette

Assorted Fresh Fruits


Choice of One:

Traditional Breakfast-Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, and Twice-cooked Breakfast Potatoes

Scrambled Egg Whites, Hot Ten-Grain Cereal, Greek Yogurt topped with Granola,
Whole-Grain Bread, and Fresh Fruit

Steak and Slow-Poached Eggs with Twice-cooked Breakfast Potatoes and Wilted Spinach

Grilled Ham and Biscuit, Slow Poached Eggs topped with Sausage Gravy

Market-inspired Fish with Angel Hair Pasta, and Aromatic Tomato Sauce

Florida Shrimp with Creamy Cheddar Cheese and Smoked Bacon Grits


Beverages included: Unlimited Coffee (regular/decaf), Iced Tea regular/decaf),
Fountain Beverages, and Juices (Apple/Orange/Tomato), One Specialty Beverage

Children's Menu


Choice of One

Bite-size Cheddar Cheese and Grapes

Garden Salad Fat-free Ranch Dressing


Choice of One

Turkey Pot Pie topped with a Cheese Biscuit

Roasted Chicken Leg with Brown Rice Pilaf and Broccolini

Children's Scrambled Eggs

Mickey-shaped Waffles

Steakserved with Mashed Potatoes and Sweet Corn


Beverages included:

Milk and Skim Milk
Fountain Beverages
Juices: Orange/Apple/Tomato
One Specialty Beverage

Specialty Beverage Selections

Adult Specialty Beverage Selection

Choice of One

Seasoned & Spiced Tomato Juice with Vodka
Glass of Wine

Children's Specialty Beverage Selection

Choice of One served in a Specialty Cup

Tink Drink
Lemonade, Orange Juice and Sprite

Strawberry Smoothie

(Menu subject to change without notice)

September 9, 2014

Trattoria al Forno Costumes - Lakeside Casual


In July, 2014, Disney announced that Trattoria al Forno (Italy) would replace Kouzzina (Greece) at Boardwalk.

Today Disney shares the costume designer renderings of the costumes for the cast members. These were designed by Walt Disney Imagineer Celina Lung. Lung has also designed costumes for Epcot's Coral Reef restaurant as well as various locations in Disney parks around the world.

The attire is "charming, casual, a little upscale", said Lung, and will match the restaurant color palette.


Burgundy shirts and blouses will be paried with khaki-colored pants. To provide a more refined finish the bladed leather belt will have an antique brass buckle. Serves will also wear bistro aprons.


A classic tweed jacket will complement the outfits in the colder months.


The restaurant is scheduled to open in December 2014. Kouzzina closes at the end of September. While Kouzzina is closed, breakfast will be offered at the Flying Fish Cafe.

March 26, 2014

Star Wars Weekends Dining Experiences


Great news for our Star Wars™ fans and Guests! Beginning March 26, two new dining experiences will be available for booking for Star Wars™ Weekends from May 4 to June 15, 2014.

Jedi Mickey's Star Wars™ Dine at Hollywood and Vine

The Fantasmic! dinner experience at Hollywood and Vine has been transformed into a Star Wars™ themed venue where Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Chip & Dale will all be dressed as their favorite Star Wars™ characters (Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, Stormtrooper Donald, and Ewoks Chip & Dale). The characters will meet and greet and interact with Guests throughout the evening.

Dates: May 4 - June 15, 2014

Times: 4:15pm to 8 or 8:30 pm (sometimes 9pm to 9:30 - based on park close)
Price: Adult - $59.99 with Fantasmic! Package or $55.99 without
Child - $36.99 with Fantasmic! Package or $32.99 without

A digital photo of the party with the Ewoks Chip & Dale on a commemorative PhotoPass card is included.

Star Wars™ Dine-In Galactic Breakfast
The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater becomes the Star Wars™ Dine-in Theater for this character dining experience. Characters include Stormtroopers, Jawa, Greedo, and Boba Fett and a Darth Vader Meet & Greet after check-in. Additionally, the traditional Sci-Fi clips will be replaced with Star Wars™ clips, trailers and music.

Dates: May 4 - June 15, 2014
Times: 8am - 12pm
Price: Adult - $47.99
Child - $29.99

A digital photo of the party on a commemorative PhotoPass card is included.

May 9, 2013

Free Dining Offer - September 2013 Walt Disney World

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February 2, 2013

A Preview of the New California Grill at the Contemporary Resort

The Contemporary Resort's popular restaurant, California Grill, closed yesterday for an extensive refurbishment.

The Disney Parks Blog recently released renderings of what the new California Grill dining room and onstage kitchen will look like when it opens later this summer.

Designed by the Puccini Group in San Francisco, the restaurant will feature a wall of wines at the entrance and will showcase the spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom below.






Chef Brian Piasecki has already begun working on the restaurant's new menu. According to the Disney Parks Blog, the menu will have updated versions of some of the restaurant's classics, like the beloved pork and polenta. This dish will become "Pork Two Ways" -- wood-fired tenderloin with goat cheese polenta, and braised lacquered pork belly with country applesauce.


The Parks Blog also revealed a new 24-hour braised beef short rib with truffle whipped potatoes, vol-au-vent (puff pastry) with roasted vegetables and natural jus.


As previously announced, sushi chef Yoshie is retiring, but the new sushi chefs will continue her legacy with such creative new tastes as Sea Urchin Nigiri with mamanori (soybean paper), salmon roe and freshly grated wasabi root.

January 11, 2013

Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles Opens in France Pavilion


Boulangerie Patisserie les Halles has opened in Epcot's France pavilion, in the space adjacent to the movie theater exit.

The new bakery, which replaces the former Boulangerie Patisserie in the pavilion, is much more spacious and offers a new, expanded menu. Offerings include pastries and other sweets, soups, sandwiches, salads and authentic French dishes such as quiche, Croque Monsieur (grilled ham and cheese) and pissaladiere, a pizza-like dish from the South of France.

The bakery opens at 9 a.m. every morning, before the official 11 a.m. World Showcase opening time.

The Disney Dining Plan is accepted for many items at this location.

The former patisserie is being remodeled and will soon reopen as an ice cream shop called Glacier.

November 10, 2012

Starbucks Locations at Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot Set to Open Next Year

According to the Disney Parks Blog, two Starbucks locations will open in Walt Disney World Resort next year, one in the Magic Kingdom and one in Epcot.

The Magic Kingdom's Main Street Bakery will close for refurbishment in January 2013 and reopen as a Starbucks in early summer. The cast members there will wear a costume consistent with the early 20th century look and feel of Main Street, U.S.A.

Over in Epcot, the Fountain View will close in March 2013 and reopen as a Starbucks location in midsummer. The cast member costumes there will be themed to match the park's futuristic theme.

The Starbucks locations at Magic Kingdom and Epcot will both offer the full complement of Starbucks signature beverages, artisan breakfast sandwiches and a wide selection of baked goods, including muffins, scones and specialty treats.

In June, a Starbucks location opened at Disney California Adventure park in the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe. More Starbucks locations are slated for both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland.

July 26, 2012

Citricos at the Grand Floridian Announces Food and Wine Dinners


Chef de Cuisine Phillip Ponticelli and Keith Gimball, new area manager for Citricos, have announced several upcoming wine dinners:

August 30, 2012
Allamand Vineyards-Small family-owned winery in Mendoza. Owner-Winemaker Cristian Allamand and General Manager Martin Castro will be presenting

Sept 11, 2012
Chateau Tanunda, Barossa Valley with John Geber-Proprietor

Sept 12, 2012
Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley with Ginger Dollins-Southeast Regional Sales Director

Sept 19, 2012
Seresin Estate, Marlborough New Zealand with
Clive Dougall- Winemaker

Oct 10, 2012
Laurent-Perrier, Champagne with Sarah Halstead-Southeast Regional Director

Oct 24, 2012
Wines of Spain with Luis E. Garcia of The Matarromera Group Ribera del Duero

Nov 6, 2012
Meeker Winery, Sonoma with Lucas Meeker-Owner Winemaker

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $155 (includes gratuity) plus tax

These food and wine dinners are limited to 10 guests per dinner. You may book dinners directly by calling 407-824-3988. Credit card guarantee is required and there is a 72-hour cancellation fee. Please include a cell phone number when leaving a message or emailing for confirmation.

July 2, 2012

California Grill to Close for Extensive Rehab

California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort Gets Ready for a New Look

California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Disney's California Grill will be closing for an extensive renovation beginning January 6, 2013. The restaurant is slated to reopen late summer.

Sporting a new look when it reopens, Chef Brian Piasecki is very excited about the "enhancements to the interactive kitchen - we'll be able to give a fresh spin to California Grill classics, and add some cutting-edge new selections to the menu."

Chef Brian Piasecki

There will be changes to the menu but Chef Brian explains "we'll still focus on a fresh, seasonal menu with top-of-the-line sushi. You can still look for creative flavors and techniques, and sophisticated cuisine."

California Grill's two private dining rooms are expected to remain.

The Cast Members in the kitchen as well as the dining room all plan to return.

California Grill sits high atop the Contemporary Resort offering spectacular views of not only the Magic Kingdom, but Epcot and the surrounding areas as well. It is one of the most popular spots for dinner and viewing the Magic Kingdom fireworks!

California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

July 29, 2011

Kakigori Cart in Japan Pavilion at Epcot Expands with Savory, Sweet Bites


from the Disney Parks Blog...

On a hot afternoon, nothing is better than a shaved ice, or kakigori, from the little cart in front of the Japan pavilion at Epcot. A brain freeze is inevitable as we slurp the icy, sweet treat.

Now the cart, just reopened this week, has a new name - Kabuki Cafe - and new tastes, the kind of satisfying nibbles you can eat and still stroll.

The shaved ice still is there, but now the menu includes edamame (steamed soybeans in the pod) and meal-in-a-bowl miso soup, plus sweet plum wine and sake. And smoothies and ice cream cups join the sweet line-up.

Delicious salty-sweet tastes for munching and strolling World Showcase Lagoon.

June 21, 2011

Victoria & Albert’s Once Again Receives Highly Coveted AAA Five-Diamond Award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., June 21, 2011 - For the 12th consecutive year, Victoria & Albert's at Disney' Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has been awarded the coveted AAA Five-Diamond Award. Victoria & Albert's is the only restaurant in Orlando and one of only three in Florida to be honored with the highest accolade a restaurant can achieve.

Victoria & Albert's Chef Scott Hunnel has drawn national and international applause for his preparation and delivery of American regional cuisine with classical influences at the elegant, 50-seat restaurant.

"Earning the AAA Five-Diamond Award is like winning an Oscar," said Victoria & Albert's Chef Scott Hunnel. "To be one of 55 restaurants in all of North America to receive this prestigious award is such an honor. It confirms our philosophy that it takes passion and a synchronized team to deliver consistent, top-quality cuisine night after night!"

A Disney cast member for more than 20 years, Chef Hunnel understands that the fundamentals of cooking don't change, rather with time, palette's change. He believes it's the continuous evolution that goes into each dish that makes the cooking and the menu at Victoria & Albert's different from other restaurants. To keep pace with the ever-changing food & beverage industry, Chef Hunnel takes gastronomic journeys to visit world-class restaurants, hotels, farms and markets for healthy and savory inspirations.

"Working for Disney has been very gratifying because the company understands that to be the best, we must never stop exploring and growing in constant pursuit of excellence."

Take for example one of his signature dishes -- the prosciutto-wrapped lamb served with cipollini onions and sherry vinaigrette - which tastefully demonstrates classical European influences combined with the culinary expertise behind the Victoria & Albert's team of award-winning chefs.

"What makes Victoria & Albert's exceptional is not only the incredible cuisine, but the entire dining experience," said Kevin Myers, vice president of Walt Disney World Resort Operations. "From reservations, the very personal table-side service, sommeliers, chefs and pastry chefs.....the whole team is dedicated to delivering a memorable evening for each of our guests. We couldn't be prouder of the entire team."

Those memorable experiences have led to other accolades including the Orlando Sentinel's 2011 Culinary Hall of Fame, the Forbes Four Diamond Award, Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence and Florida Trend's Golden Spoon Award. Chef Hunnel was also a 2011 semi-finalist in the annual list of top chefs in the country by the James Beard Foundation. He has also been recognized annually since 2007 by the Foundation for his refreshingly contemporary approach in the kitchen and straightforward cooking philosophy.

February 5, 2010

Pollo Campero and Levy Campero Announce First Combined Restaurant Concept to Open at Downtown Disney® Marketplace

New Restaurant Slated to Open in Late 2010

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pollo Campero, an international Latin chicken quick-service restaurant chain, has partnered with franchisee Levy Campero to deliver a new restaurant concept in Downtown Disney® Marketplace at Walt Disney World® Resort. The restaurant will feature Pollo Campero's signature Latin chicken, as well as a new restaurant concept featuring fresh, healthy food. (EDITOR'S NOTE: This new restaurant will replace the Marketplace's McDonald's, which will close its Downtown Disney location in April 2010.)

"This is an exciting opportunity for Pollo Campero to introduce its famous chicken, along with our newest fresh restaurant concept of salads and wraps, to visitors from all over the world," said Adam Cummis, president of Levy Campero. "We are thrilled to collaborate with one of the strongest brands in the world to showcase our Latin delicacies and look forward to a long working relationship."

Walt Disney World guests will be able to savor combinations of freshly prepared Campero Latin chicken, unique, flavorful side dishes such as yuca fries and sweet plantains, and Latin drinks including horchata and tamarindo. The menu also will include nutritious and delicious meals such as chef-prepared salads, sandwiches and wraps using simple recipes derived from only the freshest ingredients.

"We're pleased to offer this new Latin-style restaurant to our guests at Downtown Disney," said Keith Bradford, vice president of Downtown Disney. "Its diversity of offerings and well-balanced options are the perfect addition to our current blend of dining experiences."

"For decades, Walt Disney World has introduced its guests to rich cultural experiences," said Juan Jose Gutierrez, chief executive officer of Pollo Campero. "We will build on the park's rich cultural heritage, helping visitors discover the unique tastes and togetherness of family-style Latin dining."

Pollo Campero's food is freshly prepared each day. Fried and grilled chicken is marinated, sending the distinctive Campero flavor all the way to the bone. Fried chicken is hand-breaded in seasoned flour and slowly pressure-cooked without trans-fats, resulting in a flavorful and juicy meal. Grilled chicken features the taste of lime and orange juices, red bell peppers, and a special blend of Latin herbs and spices. The new fresh concept menu will feature fresh salads, sandwiches, fruits, and healthy snacks, as well as vegetarian, gluten-free, sugar-free, low-sodium or organic offerings.

This new family-oriented location at one of America's beloved destinations - Walt Disney World - exemplifies Pollo Campero's drive to become one of the top 50 quick-service restaurant brands in the United States. Pollo Campero has spent decades building a brand while retaining the values and service of a family-run business. By combining its efforts with Levy Campero, Pollo Campero has opened new doors including the expansion into Walt Disney World Resort.

About Pollo Campero

The world's largest Latin chicken restaurant chain, Pollo Campero offers its customers "Flavor You Can't Campero." The company serves more than 85 million customers each year at more than 300 restaurants in 12 countries around the globe. This includes more than 50 locations already open in the United States, with additional stores slated for this year. For more information, visit

About Levy Campero

Levy Campero is a subsidiary of Levy Family Partners, LLC, a holding company established by entrepreneur Lawrence F. Levy for his family's investments in real estate partnerships, securities and private businesses. Levy Campero owns the franchise rights to operate Pollo Campero restaurants in Florida and Illinois, and is headquartered in Chicago. The company currently operates five restaurants and is focused on successfully developing and operating Pollo Campero franchised restaurants in its territories.

January 16, 2010

New Dining Room at Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - True Disney foodies know you haven't arrived until you've dined at the crème de la crème of restaurants - Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. But now the top-rated dining room has a new "must do": the gorgeous Queen Victoria's Room.

Queen Victoria's Room is behind closed doors just off the main dining room. With just four tables, restaurant manager Israel Perez promises attention to your every whim. They've brought back French gueridon service - a gueridon is a fancy rolling cart that goes from table to table for customized service and "wow" factor - a flourish of Himalayan sea salt atop your filet, a decadent wine sauce or a lavish display of cheese, for instance.

Anyone who's tasted Chef Scott Hunnel's exquisite creations knows this is a memorable affair. How often do you savor perfectly seared Kurobuta pork tenderloin and belly, or butter-poached lobster with bisque and lobster roe foam? And vegans and vegetarians are Hunnel's favorite challenge. The sommelier happily will pair something delicious with each of the 10 courses. Yes, 10 courses, but they're small. Still, plan on three to four hours of leisurely dining.

It's worth the price of a baby-sitter - no kids under 10 are allowed in the dining room, so you're guaranteed an evening of blissful quiet. Be advised, men must wear jackets (tie optional) for this formal affair.

You'll float out the door with a long-stemmed rose for women and personalized menus for everyone to carry home. Cost for Queen Victoria's Room is $200 per person, plus $95 for wine pairings. The restaurant has its own reservation line, 407/939-3862. There is just one seating nightly.

November 24, 2009

Victoria & Albert’s World-Class Experience Serves Up a Decade of Diamonds


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Nov. 24, 2009 - For the 10th year in a row, Victoria & Albert's restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award. As one of only 52 restaurants to receive this symbol of excellence in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean, Victoria & Albert's delivers "haute cuisine" with seven-course prix-fixed menus, wine pairings and the finest ingredients from the world market.

At the helm of this critically-acclaimed restaurant is 15-year Victoria & Albert's veteran, Chef de Cuisine Scott Hunnel.

"It takes every individual on the team to achieve such a great honor consistently, from the reservationists to the wait staff and culinary team," remarked Hunnel about reaching this prestigious milestone. "The secret to our success is realizing that it's a continuous journey of reinvention in the restaurant and what we're doing today has to be better tomorrow."

Only 0.27 percent of AAA's 60,000 Diamond Rated lodgings and restaurants in North America received this honor for 2010. According to AAA's ratings guidelines, to achieve Five Diamond status, restaurants must "consistently provide a world-class experience."

The culinary team's impeccable artistry and unique recipes, combined with an expert service staff and maître d', is what exceeds guest expectations daily in an effortless and unobtrusive manner.

"Our guests expect more and that's why we travel extensively to keep our minds open to develop new and exciting delicacies," said Chef Scott. "Over the years, we've visited other highly ranked restaurants in Paris, New York and Barcelona to get a perspective on what the competition is doing and to keep bringing the freshest and most original ideas home to our guests only the way Disney can."

To keep up the world-class culinary standards, the team at Victoria & Albert's inspect every detail of the presentation and are totally immersed in the delivery of the operation. Under Chef Scott's direction, the focus for 2010 is on taking the restaurant to the next level and in pleasing guests with new and exciting gastronomic surprises.

September 19, 2009

Kouzzina by Cat Cora Debuts at Disney’s BoardWalk

Mickey and Cat Cora outside Kouzzina

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Chef Cat Cora and Disney have debuted an exciting new family-dining restaurant with the opening of Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk at Walt Disney World Resort.

This is the first table-service restaurant for the celebrity chef, featuring a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to the Cora family's Greek roots.

Chef Dee Foundoukis:

Chef Dee Foundoukis

Owned and operated by Disney and open daily for breakfast and dinner with seating for about 200 guests, the new restaurant features "time-honored recipes passed down from my ancestors, as well as my favorite Greek and Mediterranean dishes that my family loves," Cora says.

Cat Cora

As a Mississippi native born to a family of Greek restaurateurs, Cora grew up immersed in two different and flavorful cultures, and has taken from that unique background the kitchen "know-how" handed down through generations. The cuisine at Kouzzina (Greek for "kitchen" and pronounced "koo-zee-nah") showcases Mediterranean cuisine and Chef Cora's philosophy to create simple yet sensational meals.

Kouzzina by Cat Cora features an exhibition kitchen in the spacious dining room:

Kouzzina Exhibition Kitchen

The restaurant's spacious interior features an open kitchen, wooden tables and chairs and a walk-up pizza window for casual dining at outdoor tables on the boardwalk. Breakfast specialties include Kouzzina's signature blend of press-pot coffee and an icy Greek frappé with coffee, milk and natural sugar. Sweet choices include steel-cut cinnamon oatmeal, blueberry orange granola pancakes and Greek-style yogurt with fresh fruit and house-made granola. Savory breakfast creations include turkey-sweet potato hash with two eggs and arugula salad; the stacked Kouzzina breakfast with two poached eggs, kalamata olive toast, artichoke spread, sweet potato hash and bacon or chicken sausage; and spinach-tomato-feta scrambled eggs.

For dinner, Cora's hand-selected beverage menu includes "Cat's Ouzo-tini," Mediterranean sangria and her own wine label, Coranation, featuring California wines. Starters include crisp calamari, goat cheese-stuffed grape leaves, spinach pie and Spiro's Greek Salad. Entrées range from cinnamon stewed chicken to traditional whole fish and a char-grilled lamb burger, with sides such as chilled salt-roasted beets, smashed garlic-fried potatoes, sautéed brussel sprouts and herbed orzo with Greek olive oil and Kasseri cheese. A traditional baklava and dense, rich, chocolate budino are dessert favorites.

CAT'S OUZO-TINI: The signature cocktail at Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk Resort is the ouzo-tini, the celebrity chef's personal recipe featuring Absolut vodka, Metaxa ouzo, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice and pomegranate served in a sugar-rimmed martini glass shaken and served tableside.


SPIRO'S GREEK SALAD: The traditional starter at Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk Resort includes tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, kalamata olives and feta.


TRADITIONAL WHOLE FISH: At Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk Resort, whole fish is pan roasted and served with braised greens, Greek olives, fennel and smoked chili.


SPANAKOPITA: The version of this savory pie at Kouzzina by Cora at Disney's BoardWalk Resort has a flaky phyllo crust and a filling of spinach, feta, leeks and dill.


PASTITISIO: This baked Greek casserole dish at Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk Resort includes bucatini pasta, cinnamon-stewed meat sauce, and béchamel sauce.


CINNAMON-STEWED CHICKEN: A signature dish at Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk Resort with tomatoes, herbed orzo and Mizithra cheese.


CHAR-GRILLED LAMB BURGER: The burger at Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk is made with lamb and dressed with olives and feta, with a side of crisp sweet potato fries


FISHERMAN'S STEW: Scallops, seasonal fish, shellfish and fennel, grilled bread, and ouzo butter create a savory dinner in a bowl.


BAKLAVA: This traditional walnut and cinnamon pastry is served with pistachio gelato:


Cora began working with Disney in 2008 by creating a Disney Video on Demand series to showcase ways to help families develop more healthy eating habits. The first and only female Iron Chef on Food Network's hit show "Iron Chef America," Cora is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She also is executive chef for Bon Appétit magazine. In addition to hosting the instructional cooking demonstrations for Disney Video on Demand, Cora has been a featured chef at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and at Disney's California Food & Wine Festival at Disneyland Resort.


April 8, 2009

New Waterfront Eatery Opens at Downtown Disney Early May 2009

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Paradiso 37, a high-energy restaurant and bar featuring cuisine from North, South and Central America, welcomes guests to its table in May at Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort.

The lakeside eatery will offer a delectable variety of menu offerings representing the 37 countries of the Americas, plus an international wine bar, 37 varieties of tequila and 10 signature frozen margaritas.

The new concept was developed by Orlando-based E-Brands Restaurant Group, a multi-concept restaurant group which currently owns and operates Timpano Chophouse, Samba Room, Taqueria Canonita, Aquaknox, David Burke, Salsa Orlando and Canonita Express in a number of locations across the United States.

The lively Downtown Disney restaurant will feature nightly entertainment and will be open daily from 11 a.m. until late night.

March 5, 2009

Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Villas to Open May 1, 2009

Sanaa (pronounced sah-NAH), the new table service restaurant at Animal Kingdom Villas' Kidani Village is set to open May 1, 2009. Named for the Swahili word for "artwork," Sanaa will feature African-inspired cuisine with an Indian touch and will be open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant will serve familiar foods prepared in tandoor ovens, along with slow-cooked specialties showcasing the flavorful spices of Africa.

The following are some of the dishes that will appear on Sanaa's menu:

Lamb Kefta with Tamarind and Papaya Sauce.

Grilled Flank Steak, with spinach and mushroom pancake served with oven-dried chutney.

Tandoori Chicken served with basmati rice or seven-grain pilaf.

Tandoori Lamb Chops served with basmati rice or seven-grain pilaf.

Grilled Pork Chop Loin, glazed with pickled lime and ginger served with sauteed spinach.

Mustard seed-crusted Scallops with a coconut cream sauce.

Dum Biryani, Fresh vegetables and basmati rice, wrapped in bread dough served with pineapple raita.

Slow-cooked beef short ribs, shrimp with green curry sauce, served with basmati rice or seven grain pilaf.

October 25, 2008

Disney Chef Wins Culinary Professional of the Year in National Competition


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 2, 2008 - Several Walt Disney World Cast Members were among the top hospitality-industry professionals to receive honors for outstanding culinary achievements in the annual Santé Restaurant Awards presented by Santé, a magazine for restaurant professionals. As the only peer-judged restaurant and hospitality competition in North America, the awards program recognizes excellence in restaurant food, wine, spirits and service hospitality. Disney's Chef de Cuisine Scott Hunnel received the Culinary Professional of the Year award for his outstanding achievement in culinary service and hospitality at Victoria and Albert's restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

"It was like winning an Oscar," Hunnel said of his award. "Working for Disney has been very gratifying because they support my continuous growth, along with the other Cast Members who work in the restaurants," he said.

As a Disney chef for nearly 20 years, Hunnel said a true leader realizes that it takes more than cooking a good meal to be successful-it's a team effort. "It's really taken years of building the foundation of this restaurant and building the team," he said of his fellow chefs at Victoria & Albert's. "We had to really instill the philosophy of continuous evolution."

Understanding that evolution helped Hunnel capture the attention and taste buds of his peers. The fundamentals of cooking don't change, he said, rather it's the extra love that goes into the dish that makes his cooking and the restaurant menu different from others. This culinary expertise is tastefully demonstrated in one of his signature dishes -- the applewood smoked buffalo tenderloin with melted fennel, leeks and salad greens with blood orange vinaigrette.

Other Disney professionals setting themselves apart from competitors include Gary Kaikaka from California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort, who received the Service Professional Award for outstanding achievement in food, wine and spirits service. The restaurant managers and servers at Jiko-The Cooking Place at Disney's Animal Kingdom also received the Wine Hospitality Award for outstanding achievement in wine service and hospitality.

The Santé Restaurant Awards are based on a variety of criteria, and winners represent a broad spectrum of restaurant- and hospitality-industry professionals with a common passion for their work and a commitment to excellence. Award recipients will be honored for their achievements at this year's festivities, to be held at Silverado Resort in Napa, Cal., Nov. 4.

August 19, 2008

Chef's Table Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Guests get VIP treatment at the elegant Chef's Table in the back of the kitchen at Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Chef Scott Hunnel and sommelier Brian Kozial offer award-winning cuisine and fine wines.

Chef's Table at Victoria and Alberts Grand Floridian

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