This week Jennifer and Sara are sharing their favorite Walt Disney World restaurants that offer more than just a meal! Whether it is a movie, or cooking your dinner right in front of you, these restaurants are both delicious and entertaining. Plus Disney news, listener celebrations, and more!
We previously reported that mobile ordering for dining was coming to Disneyland, but now we know which eateries you can order at! The new mobile ordering feature will be available at six Disneyland park locations – Bengal Barbecue, Galactic Grill, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Hungry Bear Restaurant, Jolly Holiday Bakery Café and Red Rose Taverne – and nine Disney California Adventure park locations – Award Wieners, Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream, Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill, Corn Dog Castle, Flo’s V8 Café, Lucky Fortune Cookery, Pacific Wharf Café, Paradise Garden Grill and Smokejumpers Grill. Order customization will be available directly on the Disneyland app, including allergy-friendly offerings at select locations. Mobile ordering is currently available to annual passport holders, and will "soon" be available to everyone (no exact date announced).
Disney recently announced that the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will return November 18 – December 30, 2018. The Candlelight Processional also returns this year and for the first time, the popular holiday tradition opens for Thanksgiving on November 22 and run through December 30.
The Disney Parks Blog announced recently that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge would open in "summer 2019" at Disneyland Resort and in "late fall 2019" at Walt Disney World. More specific dates have not yet been revealed.
Disney Cruise Line recently announced its Fall 2019 (September through December) itineraries. There are no new ports of call in these sailings. The Disney Magic will return to New York and offer itineraries to Bermuda before repositioning to Miami for Bahama and Caribbean itineraries. The Disney Wonder sails back to San Diego for Baja and Mexican Riviera itineraries. The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will continue sailing out of Port Canaveral with its usual 3-, 4-, and 7-night cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean. Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime cruise dates are included in this period, as well as two DVC member cruises for 2019.
This week Jennifer and Sara are continuing their resort review series with Disney's All Star Resorts - All Star Movies, All Star Music, and All Star Sports! What are the pros and cons to choosing these resorts for your Walt Disney World vacation? Plus the latest news from Disney, listener celebrations, and more!
Disneyland Annual Passholders have the chance to take the Churro Challenge from now until June 8, 2018. To participate, you need to buy a $5 map at select locations selling churros, then visit four more churro carts that are offering special Pixar-themed churros to collect stickers. If you collect all the stickers, you can turn in your map for a special Churro Challenge button.
Image of Beer - Epcot contributed by Jennifer Marx from the PassPorter Photo Archive
You can now order beer and wine at The Plaza Restaurant, The Crystal Palace, and The Diamond Horseshoe at the Magic Kingdom. In 2012, Be Our Guest restaurant was the first to serve alcohol. Since then, four other restaurants -- Tony's Town Square, Liberty Tree Tavern, Skipper's Canteen, and Cinderella's Royal Table -- have begun serving alcohol.
An new signature dining restaurant will be coming to the Japan pavilion in Epcot. The new restaurant's setting will draw from both nature and takumi (a word meaning “artisan” in Japanese), as well as the relationship between Japanese craftsmanship and the natural world. Mistukoshi USA will operate the new restaurant (they currently operate the other restaurants, stores, and kiosks in the pavilion). No opening date has been announced yet.
The annual Christian music festival traditionally held in September for the past 35 years will no longer take place at Walt Disney World. Last year was the last event. Disney says various Christian groups and artists will still continue to hold concerts at the resort in Florida. For example, MercyMe and Tauren Wells are on the schedule to perform later this year at Disney's Eat to the Beat Concert Series.