Monday, November 2, 2015

October News Wrap-Up

Here is a recap of some of the Disney news we learned in October!  A lot of the news is food and restaurant related, so don’t read on an empty stomach!

Frozen at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
A new Disney Frozen Package is now available at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations at the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World®Resorts.  The new Frozen Package includes a choice of the Anna hair styling with costume or Elsa hair styling with costume. Guests will also receive shimmering makeup, face gem, nail polish, a Princess sash, a Princess cinch bag, and a huggable 12-inch Olaf plush.  If Guests already have an Anna or Elsa dress, they may select the Disney Frozen Crown Package, which includes Anna or Elsa hairstyle with braided hairpiece and sparkling snowflake hair accessories. Guests will also receive other items featured in the Disney Frozen Package including the 12-inch Olaf plush.

New Anna & Elsa package at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

New Menu at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café
On Oct. 2, 2015, a Tex-Mex cuisine menu debuted at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café at Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt DisneyWorld® Resort. Some of the new menu items include rice bowls and burritos with a choice of beef, chicken or veggies; fajitas with steak or chicken; Southwest Chicken Salad and Chicken Enchilada Soup. The fixin’s bar is be back with tasty sauces, salsas, peppers, onions, cheese and more.  For dessert, mini churros with dipping chocolate and Sopapillas (a crispy, puffy, fried pastry) make for sweet ending to any meal.
New menu offerings at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Pesos Bill's neighbor, Tortuga Tavern, is also featuring a new menu that you can read about here

Morimoto Asia now open at Disney Springs
Along with the name change from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs™ this month, Morimoto Asia – the newest venture for Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is now open daily for dinner and weekend brunch.  From pristine sushi to noodle bowls, the Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian restaurant provides flavors from across Asia with unique exhibition kitchens showcasing the continent’s traditions.  Located in The Landing section of Disney Springs, Morimoto Asia’s dining room features open terraces, a private, glass-walled dining space, a cocktail lounge and a sushi bar sculpted from hand-selected ash wood and hammered copper.

Disney Cruise Line Unveils Ports and Itineraries for Early 2017
In early 2017, Disney Cruise Line returns to favorite destinations in the Caribbean and Bahamas on a variety of itineraries, most from popular Florida ports. Limited-time engagements in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Galveston, Texas, complete the line-up for the first part of the year.  During these sailings, you can visit timeless tropical locales, dive into charming island cultures, sunbathe on golden beaches and revel in local marketplaces.  Most cruises feature a stop at DisneyCastaway Cay, a private island paradise reserved exclusively for DisneyCruise Line Guests. Interested in a Disney Cruise? Email me for more information as to the 2017 released dates and itineraries!
Disney Cruise Line

New Disney Chocolate Shop Coming to Disney Springs
If you have a sweet tooth, the unmistakable aroma of rich chocolate will draw you into The Ganachery, a new chocolate shop set to open in late 2015 at Disney Springs™ at the WaltDisney World® Resort.
Disney Springs
Located in The Landing, The Ganachery will specialize in custom-blended chocolates with the finest beans. Hand-crafted onstage by a chocolatier, the shop will feature fresh batches daily, including dark (65 percent custom blend), hazelnut, chipotle and a custom blend flavored with the world’s finest spices.

New Restaurant for Celebrity Chef Art Smith Coming to Disney Springs in Summer 2016
Celebrity Chef Art Smith is bringing Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine.  The restaurant will showcase 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. This new restaurant is expected to open in summer 2016 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World® Resort. 

Chef Rick Bayless to Open Frontera Fresca Restaurant at Disney Springs
Chef Rick Bayless, a six-time James Beard Foundation award winner, is opening a new restaurant at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World® Resort. Bayless, known for his authentic Mexican cuisine, is opening Frontera Fresco, featuring specialties such as hand-crafted tortas, tacos, salads, fresh-made guacamole and classic Mexican braised meat entrees, all crafted with his time-honored recipes. And, of course, margaritas (plus cocktails, beers and wine).

Club Disney Premieres Dec. 5 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Sunset Showcase, an all-new special event venue, will open later this year on Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. The premier engagement at the new Sunset Showcase will be Club Disney, the hottest spot in town for kids and characters alike! You can join Mickey and friends on the dance floor in this electric club environment, where a DJ Club Host spins the perfect playlist mix of favorite Radio Disney Top 40 songs as the floor and walls come alive with vivid images from classic Disney animation.  Club Disney will also feature a cool seating area and snack station, where you can refuel and recharge – both yourself and your electronic devices – before heading out for more adventures at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Club Disney coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios

Club Disney will also be home to Club Villain! Read more about that here! 

Victoria & Albert's Voted One of Top Restaurants in U.S.
Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was once again honored as one of the top restaurants in the United States in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice awards.
Voted number 6 out of 25, the Walt Disney World® Resort restaurant remains the only Florida restaurant on the illustrious list.   Some of the TripAdvisor reviews state: “A truly 5 Star evening” and “as promised, a delightful experience”.

Award winning Victoria & Alert's

Victoria & Albert’s, also a AAA Five-Diamond Award winner, recently added a new Chef’s Degustation Menu featuring some of Chef Scott Hunnel’s favorite dishes inspired by his travels as well as the seasons.  The seven-course Chef’s Tasting Menu remains, and the adjacent Queen Victoria Room offers a 10-course menu paired with exclusive wines from the restaurant’s impressive cellar.  The restaurant is open daily for dinner.

New Musical Group Debuts in Morocco at Epcot
Throughout World Showcase at Epcot®, you can enjoy a variety of live entertainment experiences and now, a new act has joined the lineup.  Ribab Fusion, a popular band from northern Africa, celebrates Morocco’s culture with everything from smooth grooves to high-energy funk, fusing the traditional sound of the single-stringed ribab with a contemporary, Afropop style.  You can catch this limited engagement of Ribab Fusion on stage at the Morocco pavilion, Wednesday to Sunday through Jan. 2, 2016.
Ribs Fusion now performing at the Morocco pavilion

Some other Disney new stories I already covered on the blog include:

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