Mobile Order Debuts at Epcot’s Electric Umbrella

Mobile Order is now available to guests at the Electric Umbrella in Epcot’s Future World.

The rollout at Epcot will continue with it being available at the Liberty Inn on August 7th.

Mobile Order allows guest to pay for meals within the My Disney Experience app, bypassing what can be a lone line to order at the restaurant. Using the app, guests can select menu items, customize an order and pre-pay for a meal.

Mobile Order is currently available at Electric Umbrella, Columbia Harbour House, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café, Pinocchio Village Haus, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, Tomorrowland Terrace, Flame Tree Barbecue, Pizzafari, Restaurantosaurus, Satu’li Canteen and D-Luxe Burger.

Pinocchio Village Haus Now has Mobile Ordering

Mobile Order is now available at Pinocchio Village Haus in the Magic Kingdom.

The service begins today, July 24 at Pinocchio Village Haus,. The quick service restaurant becomes the third Mobile Order location at the Magic Kingdom.

Later this summer,  Columbia Harbour House and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café will be added to the line-up.

Mobile Order is currently available at Pinocchio Village Haus, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, Tomorrowland Terrace, Flame Tree Barbecue, Pizzafari, Restaurantosaurus, Satu’li Canteen and D-Luxe Burger

Annual Passholder/DVC Dining Discount Increased at Several Restaurants through Summer

Walt Disney World is increasing the discount for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members from through September 30th.

Guests that are Annual Passholders and DVC Members will now get a 30 percent discount (up from 20%) on regular price food and non-alcoholic beverages when dining during the dinner meal period before 6:30 PM or after 8:30 PM at the following locations:

  • Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
  • The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • The Grand Floridian Café at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Olivia’s Cafe at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside
  • The Turf Club Bar & Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Captain’s Grill at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Epcot’s Future World to Get New Space-Themed Dining Experience

Epcot’s Future World will see an expansion the Space theme with the addition of a new “out-of-this-world” dining experience.

The new restaurant, which will invite guests to travel into space for amazing dining experiences in the stars, will be located adjacent to the park’s Mission: SPACE attraction.  Walt Disney Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald shared a first look at the restaurant during the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts presentation at D23 Expo 2017.

“We know our guests love dining at Epcot – and the restaurants really are out of this world,” Fitzgerald said. “Now we’re about to create one that takes that literally.”

The new space restaurant will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group. Patina Restaurant Group operates several other restaurants at Walt Disney World including Tutto Italia and Via Napoli at Epcot and Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs.

Unused land between Mission: SPACE and Test Track will be the location of the restaurant, which continues to leave the Wonders of Life pavilion available for future projects.

Chef Mickey’s Relocation to Convention Center Cancelled

Three weeks ago we had reported that Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort would be moving to the resort’s convention center due to the restaurant needing some unplanned maintenance.  Walt Disney World has now announced that Chef Mickey’s will no longer be temporarily relocating to the convention center in late July.

The maintenance that was scheduled expected to begin on July 28th and last through August 13th has now been cancelled, and the restaurant will be operating as normal.

Changes Coming to Disney’s Yacht Club Resort Dining Options

The Market at Ale & Compass is the first step in a major re-imagining of dining at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, including a re-imagined lobby lounge and new concept for the former Captain’s Grille.

The airy, new market offers a small merchandise area (which is set to open later this month) and 28 seats for casual dining. With both made-to-order and grab ‘n go, you can start the day with an egg white wrap, spinach and feta pastry, or sticky bun. Lunch and dinner include specialties such as grilled paninis, ham and Cheddar on a pretzel roll and a veggie sandwich with roasted broccoli and garlic, kale, almond, golden raisins and cheese on a whole-grain baguette.

A grab ‘n go selection offers sandwiches, salads and other eats, including kid-friendly items. For sips, there’s a Coca-Cola® Freestyle, beer and wine, and a specialty drinking station that offers both specialty coffees and smoothies.

A whole new Ale & Compass concept debuts at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in October, when the lobby lounge is transformed with a new interior and expands to 58 seats, offering a new menu of classic cocktails and light bites. But the biggest change is the adjacent Captain’s Grille, which becomes Ale & Compass Restaurant.

The Ale & Compass Restaurant menu is still in the works, but the re-imagined restaurant will have a gastropub ambience with New England-inspired comfort food, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. An on-stage hearth oven is the focal point. Décor is inspired by the cozy warmth of a lighthouse, as a comforting respite from the outside world. The casual, table-service restaurant is on the Disney Dining Plan.

Two Walt Disney World Chefs Among 2017 ‘Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America’

Pastry Chef Stefan Riemer and Pastry Chef Olivier Saintemarie are among Dessert Professional Magazine’s “Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America.” Both chefs were invited to showcase their exquisite desserts at an event honoring winners on June 5 in New York City.

Two Walt Disney World Chefs Among 2017 ‘Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America’

Riemer, executive pastry chef on the Culinary Development team for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, was classically trained in Europe and joined the Disney Culinary team in 1999 after traveling the world as a certified master pastry chef. In his current role he develops and implements pastry menus and new pastry brands such as Amorette’s Patisserie and The Ganacheryat Disney Springs. He is the recipient of the prestigious Walt Disney Legacy Award, recognition for outstanding achievement, selected by leaders and peers.

“I am so honored to be recognized, but a chef is nothing without a great team and the influence of the people surrounding him,” said Riemer.

Two Walt Disney World Chefs Among 2017 ‘Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America’

Saintemarie is executive pastry chef for Chefs de France restaurant in the France pavilion at EpcotWorld Showcase. Also classically trained in Europe after a year in the French Navy, he relocated from Paris to London, then joined Disney Cruise Line in 1999 where he was executive pastry chef. He moved to the French pavilion at Epcot in 2014 to open the new bakery and production kitchen, where he oversees bread and pastry production for Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, Les Chefs de France, Monsieur Paul and L’Artisan des Glaces.

“Stefan and I met when we both joined the Disney company in 1999, and it was such an honor to be there together in New York receiving the award, in the company of such notable chefs,” said Saintemarie.

This is the 24th year the Dessert Professional magazine has honored pastry chefs based on talent, creativity, contributions to the industry and dedication to creating high-quality confections.

Walt Disney World Announces Dining Plans for 2018

Walt Disney World has announced details for the 2018 Disney Dining Plans. Guests will have new beverage options including alcohol with the new plans.

For guests that are 21 and older, beer, wine and cocktails will be available.  Also included for all ages will be non-alcoholic specialty beverages, such as milkshakes, smoothies and premium hot chocolate.

Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

What’s Included

All guests in the party ages 3 and over will receive the following each night of their package stay:

  • 2 Quick-Service Meals
  • 2 Snacks

Each Guest ages 3 and over will receive a refillable drink mug, which is eligible for refills at self-service beverage islands at Quick-Service locations at any Disney Resort hotel.

New for 2018 vacation packages! Guests have several new beverage options available including non-alcoholic specialty beverages and, for Guests 21 and older, beer, wine and cocktails.

Each Quick-Service meal includes (for breakfast, lunch or dinner):

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

Snacks:
At Quick-Service restaurants, most Outdoor Carts and select merchandise locations, snacks may include a single serving of items such as:

  • Frozen ice cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar
  • Popcorn scoop
  • 12 oz. coffee, hot chocolate or hot tea
  • Prepackaged milk or juice
  • Piece of whole fruit
  • Bag of snacks
  • 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola®, Sprite® or Dasani® water
  • 20 oz. fountain soft drink

Beverages (2017 plan only):
Guests can choose one non-alcoholic beverage within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Soda
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Beverages (2018 plan only):
Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests 21 and older can can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot Chocolate
  • Soda, Coffee or Tea

A single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply. Guests must be age 21 or older and present valid ID to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a Quick-Service meal entitlement.

What’s Not Included

  • Alcoholic and specialty beverages (2017 plan only)
  • Items that are more than a single serving (such as a box of doughnuts or a jar of peanut butter)
  • Items (such as popcorn or drinks) that are served in a souvenir container
  • Items sold from recreational rental counters
  • Items considered to be merchandise (such as bottle toppers, glow cubes and bottle straps)
  • Special dining events offered at certain Table-Service locations

 

Disney Dining Plan

Dine at more than 50 Table-Service restaurants, in addition to enjoying on-the-go meals and snacks.

What’s Included

All guests in the party ages 3 and over will receive the following each night of their package stay:

  • 1 Quick-Service Meal
  • 1 Table-Service Meal
  • 2 Snacks

Each Guest ages 3 and over will receive a refillable drink mug, which is eligible for refills at self-service beverage islands at Quick-Service locations at any Disney Resort hotel.

New for 2018 vacation packages! Guests have several new beverage options available including non-alcoholic specialty beverages and, for Guests 21 and older, beer, wine and cocktails.

Each Quick-Service meal includes (for breakfast, lunch or dinner):

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

Each Table-Service meal includes (for breakfast):

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

-OR-

  • 1 Full Buffet** or Family-Style Meal

Each Table-Service meal includes (for lunch or dinner):

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Dessert*
  • Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

-OR-

  • 1 Full Buffet** or Family-Style Meal

*Ask your server about potential substitutions, but substitutions are not guaranteed. **If available; buffet excludes specialty beverages that are sold separately (2017 plan only).

Snacks:
At Quick-Service restaurants, most Outdoor Carts and select merchandise locations, snacks may include a single serving of items such as:

  • Frozen ice cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar
  • Popcorn scoop
  • 12 oz. coffee, hot chocolate or hot tea
  • Prepackaged milk or juice
  • Piece of whole fruit
  • 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola®, Sprite® or Dasani® water
  • 20 oz. fountain soft drink

Beverages (2017 plan only):
Guests can choose one non-alcoholic beverage within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Soda
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Beverages (2018 plan only):
Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests 21 and older can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single-serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot Chocolate
  • Soda, Coffee or Tea

A single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply. Guests 21 and older must present valid ID to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a Quick-Service or Table-Service meal entitlement.

Other Dining Experiences to Redeem Table-Service Meals

Character Dining:
Dine with some of your favorite Disney Characters! Have your camera ready for this experience that adds a little extra magic to your Table-Service meal.

Cinderella’s Royal Table requires 2 Table-Service meals will be redeemed per person.

Merchandise or photo imaging products that may be offered for sale at Character Dining Experiences are not included. Gratuities are not included unless otherwise noted.

Signature Dining Restaurants: 

Experience an elegant Table-Service option with a wide selection of cuisines ranging from traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean to premium steaks and fresh seafood.

Each meal from a Signature Dining restaurant includes:

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)
  • 1 Dessert

2 Table-Service meals for each Signature Dining restaurant meal ordered will be redeemed from each person’s meal plan balance.

The dress code for Signature Dining restaurants is Resort casual. Not permitted in dining room: tank tops, swimsuits or swimsuit coverups, hats for gentlemen, cutoffs, torn clothing of any kind or T-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics.

Dinner Shows:
Enjoy family-style dining with live entertainment at a themed dinner show.

The Disney Dining Plan can be used for Category 2 or Category 3 seating at all Dinner Shows (subject to availability) and Category 1 seating at the 8:30 PM Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (subject to availability). Please pick up your Dinner Show ticket at the Concierge Desk in your Disney Resort hotel prior to arriving at the show. All Dinner Shows require advance reservations.

2 meals for each Dinner Show meal ordered will be redeemed from each person’s meal plan balance.

Private In-Room Dining:
Indulge in the comfort and convenience of dining in your room at select Disney Resort hotels.

Each Private In-Room Dining meal includes:

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Dessert (lunch and dinner)
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

2 meals for each Private In-Room Dining meal ordered will be redeemed from each person’s meal plan balance. Gratuities are included.

Pizza Delivery:
Each Pizza Delivery meal includes:

  • 1 Pizza Entrée Item
  • 2 Single-serving Non-alcoholic Beverages (or Alcoholic Beverages, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)
  • 2 Desserts

A total of two 2 adult meals will be redeemed from your meal plan balance for each Pizza Delivery meal. Gratuities are included.

What’s Not Included

  • Alcoholic and specialty beverages (2017 plan only)
  • Items that are more than a single serving (such as a box of doughnuts or a jar of peanut butter)
  • Items (such as popcorn or drinks) that are served in a souvenir container
  • Items sold from recreational rental counters
  • Items considered to be merchandise (such as bottle toppers, glow cubes and bottle straps)
  • Special dining events offered at certain Table-Service locations

Disney Deluxe Dining Plan

The most comprehensive dining plan that gives you the most meals with appetizers, in addition to snacks.

What’s Included

All guests in the party ages 3 and over will receive the following each night of their package stay:

  • 3 Meals
  • 2 Snacks

Each Guest ages 3 and over will receive a refillable drink mug, which is eligible for refills at self-service beverage islands at Quick-Service locations at any Disney Resort hotel.

New for 2018 vacation packages! Guests have several new beverage options available including non-alcoholic specialty beverages and, for Guests 21 and older, beer, wine and cocktails.

Each Quick-Service meal includes (for breakfast, lunch or dinner):

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

Each Table-Service meal includes (for breakfast):

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

-OR-

  • 1 Full Buffet** or Family-Style Meal

Each Table-Service meal includes (for lunch or dinner):

  • 1 Appetizer
  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Dessert*
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

-OR-

  • 1 Full Buffet** or Family-Style Meal
    *Ask your server about potential substitutions, but substitutions are not guaranteed. **If available; buffet excludes specialty beverages that are sold separately (2017 plan only).

Snacks:
At Quick-Service restaurants, most Outdoor Carts and select merchandise locations, snacks may include a single serving of items such as:

  • Frozen ice cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar
  • Popcorn scoop
  • 12 oz. coffee, hot chocolate or hot tea
  • Prepackaged milk or juice
  • Piece of whole fruit
  • Bag of snacks
  • 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola®, Sprite® or Dasani® water
  • 20 oz. fountain soft drink

Beverages (2017 plan only):
Guests can choose one non-alcoholic beverage within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Soda
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Beverages (2018 plan only):
Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests 21 and older can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single-serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot Chocolate

A single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply. Guests must be 21 or older and present valid ID to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a Quick-Service or Table-Service meal entitlement.

Other Dining Experiences to Redeem Table-Service Meals

Character Dining:
Dine with some of your favorite Disney Characters! Have your camera ready for this experience that adds a little extra magic to your Table-Service meal.

Cinderella’s Royal Table requires that 2 Table-Service meals will be redeemed per person.

Merchandise or photo imaging products that may be offered for sale at Character Dining Experiences are not included. Gratuities are not included unless otherwise noted.

Signature Dining Restaurants:
Experience an elegant Table-Service option with a wide selection of cuisines ranging from traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean to premium steaks and fresh seafood.

Each meal from a Signature Dining restaurant includes:

  • 1 Appetizer
  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)
  • 1 Dessert

2 Table-Service meals for each Signature Dining restaurant meal ordered will be redeemed from each person’s meal plan balance.

The dress code for Signature Dining restaurants is Resort casual. Not permitted in dining room: tank tops, swimsuits or swimsuit coverups, hats for gentlemen, cutoffs, torn clothing of any kind or T-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics.

Dinner Shows:
Enjoy family-style dining with live entertainment at a themed dinner show.

The Disney Deluxe Dining Plan can be used for Category 2 or Category 3 seating at all Dinner Shows (subject to availability) and Category 1 seating at the 8:30 PM Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (subject to availability). Please pick up your Dinner Show ticket at the Concierge Desk in your Disney Resort hotel prior to arriving at the show. All Dinner Shows require advance reservations.

2 meals for each Dinner Show meal ordered will be redeemed from each person’s meal plan balance.

Private In-Room Dining:
Indulge in the comfort and convenience of dining in your room at select Disney Resort hotels.

Each Private In-Room Dining meal includes:

  • 1 Appetizer
  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Dessert (lunch and dinner)
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

2 meals for each Private In-Room Dining meal ordered will be redeemed from each person’s meal plan balance. Gratuities are included.

Pizza Delivery:
Each Pizza Delivery meal includes:

  • 1 Pizza Entrée Item
  • 2 Single-serving Non-alcoholic Beverages (or Alcoholic Beverages, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)
  • 2 Desserts

A total of two 2 adult meals will be redeemed from your meal plan balance for each Pizza Delivery meal. Gratuities are included.

What’s Not Included

  • Alcoholic and specialty beverages (2017 plan only)
  • Items that are more than a single serving (such as a box of doughnuts or a jar of peanut butter)
  • Items (such as popcorn or drinks) that are served in a souvenir container
  • Items sold from recreational rental counters
  • Items considered to be merchandise (such as bottle toppers, glow cubes and bottle straps)
  • Special dining events offered at certain Table-Service locations

Mobile Order to Expand to Magic Kingdom

Mobile Order will be expanding to five Magic Kingdom restaurants this summer.

The Magic Kingdom restaurants getting the new phone-based ordering system will be Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, Pinocchio Village Haus, Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn & Café and Columbia Harbour House.

These restaurants are extremely busy and should significantly benefit from the new system which allows guests to pay for meals on-the-go within the My Disney Experience app, bypassing the queue to order at the restaurant.

The Music of Pixar Live! Dining Package Now Available

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now offering a dining package to go with its new summer show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Beginning May 26th, The Music of Pixar Live! Dining Package gives guests reserved seating, along with breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the park’s table service restaurants.

The  Music of Pixar Live! will showcase a selection of Pixar soundtrack favorites from Cars, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story and UP, all performed by a live orchestra. As the symphony plays, giant screens will feature a movie montage, outtakes and interview excerpts with the folks behind Pixar’s captivating music. Character appearances and a sing-along will also be part of the 40 minute show, performed three times per night, in the Theater of the Stars on Sunset Blvd.

Each dining package includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert, along with a non-alcoholic beverage and one guaranteed seat for The Music of Pixar Live! held on the same day.

Reservations can be made now at 407-WDW-Dine or online through August 27, 2017.

The following restaurants are taking part:

Hollywood & Vine

Breakfast – $39 per adult and $25 per child
Lunch – $52 per adult and $32 per child
Dinner – $57 per adult and $35 per child

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

Lunch & Dinner – $45 per adult and $18 per child

The Hollywood Brown Derby

Lunch & Dinner – $65 per adult and $22 per child

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