By Nicole Cantore, Digital Integration Specialist, Global Food & Beverage
The summer is practically here, and as the season comes around, there are some tasty treats and eats you simply must indulge in at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. From sweet sensations at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to dining packages for the returning Fantasmic! at Disneyland park, there is tons of exciting foodie news that will get you excited and, of course, hungry!
Walt Disney World Resort
Let’s kick things off at Walt Disney World where there is plenty of foodie news to share! At Magic Kingdom Park, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant will be serving up some new dishes for you to enjoy. Start off your bella notte with one of the new appetizers – Tony’s Garlic Bread or the Toy Box Tomato Salad. After tasting these items, there are some new entrées to try, including the Oven-roasted Shrimp Scampi, Butcher’s Steak, Orecchiette with Spicy Italian Sausage, and Penne with Chicken al Forno. And what better way to finish than with a dessert, like the new Tiramisù Cannoli, Italian Strawberry Shortcake, Tony’s Spumoni Tart, or the Mandarincello Custard – how delicious! But don’t worry, the Spaghetti and Meatballs is still there so you can have your Lady and the Tramp moment.
Sunshine Seasons at EPCOT has some new eats to try – pizza rolls! This quick-service location found in The Land now has both a Cheese Pizza Roll and Pepperoni Pizza Roll.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth and want a cool treat on a warm summer day, take a trip over to Disney Springs for its newest addition – Salt & Straw! This ice cream spot has an array of unique flavors on the menu including fan favorites as well as a rotating monthly selection, so there’s always something new to try. Plus, sampling is highly encouraged.
This sweet spot isn’t the only thing new to Disney Springs. Marketplace Snacks is getting a bit of a foodie revamp with some delicious items being served. Starting today, Mickey and Friends Bubble Waffle Sundaes – yes, you heard that right – will be available! Choose between flavors like the Mickey Waffle Sundae featuring vanilla soft-serve, hot fudge, cookie crumbles, and white chocolate crisp pearls, the Minnie Waffle Sundae with vanilla soft-serve, strawberry topping, sliced strawberries, and white chocolate crisp pearls, or Donald’s Waffle Sundae made with vanilla soft-serve, lemon curd, and blueberries. If you want a bit of chocolate, Goofy’s Peanut Waffle Sundae has vanilla and chocolate soft-serve with hot fudge, peanuts, sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, M&M’s Minis, and a cherry on top while Pluto’s Waffle Sundae has chocolate soft-serve, chocolate-covered pretzels, peanut butter sauce, and milk chocolate crisp pearls. I will be trying all of these – for science, of course. And did I mention they’re Mickey-shaped?
Disney resorts are also bringing the heat this summer, and by heat, I mean eats! Several resorts have new plant-based offerings to enjoy! Start your day off the right way with the Plant-based Mickey-shaped Frittata featuring tomato, spinach, onions, and “mozzarella” served with potatoes and mixed fruit – how adorable! The IMPOSSIBLE Burger serves up an IMPOSSIBLE patty topped with Carolina-style barbecued jackfruit, pickled slaw, and “cheddar” served with french fries. These two items will be introduced to various menus now through June 7 at the Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is gearing up for summer when it comes to food! It has not one but two locations that are serving up some goodies. First up, beginning today, we have the return of fan favorites to Grand Floridian Cafe. For the location’s signature meal period, “blunch,” the Reuben is back and accompanied by coleslaw and steak fries. You also can enjoy a classic – Chicken and Waffles with hand-breaded chicken breast and malted waffle with a sriracha-honey drizzle. What could be better? As dinner time rolls around, the Café Meatloaf is a house-made turkey meatloaf with smashed red bliss potatoes, broccolini, and mushroom gravy, while the Shrimp and Grits feature jumbo shrimp with chorizo and fennel perfectly paired with a deliciously creamy, mascarpone cheese grits. The Caramelized Onion Soup Gratin, which is a traditional French onion soup, makes a comeback for both “blunch” and dinner!
What better way to celebrate the summer than with sweets? Gasparilla Island Grill is bringing a sweet tooth’s dream to life with some adorable items to enjoy starting today. The Cheshire Cat Wildberry Mousse features swirls of wildberry mousse, berry compote, and cake crumbles topped with a white chocolate Cheshire Cat. If you love Orange Bird, the Orange Bird Cake Pop is a must-try! This treat consists of a yellow cake pop swirled with citrus-scented buttercream to look like this iconic character. Lastly, you’ll find iconic flavors in the Brownie Crispy Cone, an ice cream cone filled with caramel-swirled brownie topped with a crisped rice treat, white chocolate drizzle, and sprinkles. I don’t know about you, but I need all of these.
Any Key lime fans out there? If so, there’s a sweet treat over at Good’s Food to Go at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. This Key Lime Pie Swirl is a DOLE Whip lime and vanilla soft-serve swirl topped with graham cracker crumbs. I don’t know about you, but this sounds like the perfect summer treat to me!
Let’s take a little trip to Disneyland Resort because some exciting things are on the horizon. You’ve waited and now the time has finally come – Fantasmic! is returning to Disneyland park, beginning May 28! And with that, dining packages are too. Both Hungry Bear Restaurant and River Belle Terrace have delicious, three-course meals available with this enhanced experience. Feast upon delicious cuisines before witnessing the wonders and delight of this exciting nighttime spectacular! Hungry Bear Restaurant serves up an on-the-go-package featuring Southern-inspired dishes, like BBQ pork ribs, grilled salmon salad, bacon potato salad, and a dessert. Over at River Belle Terrace, indulge in plates like the Chicken & Dumplings Skillet, Plant-based Cornbread Skillet, and Pan-roasted Shrimp. What could be better than dinner and a show?
If you’re looking for a unique vantage point, consider upgrading your Disneyland park day with the Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Package. For a limited-time, you can reserve this unique experience that allows you to enjoy the Tomorrowland Skyline balcony, opening up on May 20, while enjoying your choice of entrée, a side, dessert, and assorted, unlimited beverages. Not only do you get a great view of the park while you feast upon these tasty dishes, you’ll also get a one-of-a-kind view of dazzling fireworks when on display! Be sure to check the official Disneyland app and website to reserve your spot.
If you want to bring that Disney foodie magic to your home, the “Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World” cookbook is filled with tons of tasty dishes you can whip up in your very own kitchen! From the classic Tonga Toast to the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, even the Batuuan Ronto Wrap, there are tons of Disney treats you can make. This book not only features recipes from the talented Disney Chefs, but also includes heartfelt narrative, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, food photos, and Walt Disney Imagineering concept artwork highlighting the magic behind The World’s Most Magical Celebration for Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary. You can now pick up your own copy wherever books are sold!
You don’t want to miss out on any of these exciting and delicious summer offerings to be found at Disney Parks. Which are you most excited for?
(Note: All offerings are subject to change.)