There are some exciting new sweet and savoury food options coming to Walt Disney World this summer. We share what to watch for and where to find it. Plus, Disneyland's Pixar Place Hotel is finally getting a full re-theme and there are some great new options coming your way.
What's New for Summer Dining at Walt Disney World
What's New for Summer Dining at Walt Disney World
If you're a Disney traveler who always likes to try the latest and greatest that Disney culinary has to offer, then listen up.
Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada pavilion at EPCOT has some interesting new dishes to try. New appetizers include the Green Onion and Garlic Canadian Cove Mussels featuring P.E.I Mussels with ramp pistou cream, and broiled ciabatta. The Mushroom Bisque soup combines morel mushrooms, potatoes, and crème fraiche. Finally, there's Jumbo Chilled Shrimp with cocktail sauce and Espelette pepper cream.
There are also two plant-based dishes: 1) Fried Cauliflower combined with Tahini espuma, pine nut brittle, and radishes. 2) Canadian Tourtière: a chickpea and mushroom pie with braised endive, snap peas, stone fruit ketchup, and plant-based demi-glace.
New entrees include the Prime Steak Tartare “Kibbeh Nayeh” with Bulgar wheat, radish, mint, and garlic aïoli, and the Grilled Scallops with caviar, zucchini fritter, patty pan squash, sweety drop pepper, and a creamy piquillo sauce.
Over at the food courts in Disney’s All-Star Resorts, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and Disney’s Pop Century Resort, there's a new Korean-style IMPOSSIBLE Burger. It's topped with a Korean-style barbecue sauce and pickled vegetable slaw. These locations also have a plant-based chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and sprinkles.
At Disney’s Pop Century Resort, the Cuban Burger has ham, pickled pepper relish, provolone, and dijonnaise on a toasted brioche bun. The End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort has a new burger starting June 21 – the Bases Loaded Burger. This one has bacon jam, an onion ring, and beer-cheese sauce on a toasted brioche bun.
Also in the food courts at all All-Star Resorts, the Sweet Summertime Favorites is a dessert version of a summertime classic hot dog and french fries. It has chocolate￼￼d sugar cookies and raspberry dipping sauce.
Want more Disney sweet treats? Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is offering two new sundaes. The Mickey Sundae is vanilla-chocolate swirl soft-serve topped with mini brownies, Mickey ears, and chocolate décor. The vanilla soft-serve Minnie Sundae has strawberry sauce, Minnie ears, a bow and chocolate décor.
In the Deli at Disney’s BoardWalk you'll find the Strawberry Shortcake Croissant Roll. This is croissant dough with strawberry filling BUT it is only available on weekends.
Gasparilla Island Grill at the Grand Floridian has a Summer Berry Shortcake. It is moist vanilla sponge, blueberry compote, strawberries, and Chantilly.
Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has a new summer Margarita Flight featuring black cherry, spicy pineapple, raspberry, and cucumber melon margaritas.
Another new cocktail is at Toledo at Coronado Springs. This is a Smoked Passion Fruit made with Agustín Blázquez Felipe II Solera Reserva Brandy, demerara syrup, passion fruit, smoked cinnamon, and a house-made frozen orange juice cube.
Tamu Tamu in Animal Kingdom Park has a new Pineapple Crisp Sundae, which combines a pineapple crisp cake with vanilla ice cream and is topped with pineapple caramel and crispy streusel topping.
The Fried Chicken Sandwich is returning to Restaurantosaurus in Animal Kingdom. This is a warm brioche bun with crispy fried chicken breast, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and a roasted garlic aïoli. And yes, it comes with fries.
Flame Tree Barbecue also has a returning fan-favorite: the Ribs, Chicken, and Pulled Pork Sampler.
And finally, if you love a good ice cream sandwich, the Dino Dig Ice Cream Sandwich has vanilla ice cream between two house-made sugar cookies with chocolate sprinkles, cookie crumbs, sugar bones, and an cute white chocolate dinosaur.
Disneyland's Pixar Place Hotel is Finally Becoming Pixar Themed
Finally, the theming of Disney’s renamed Pixar Place Hotel at Disneyland Resort is catching up to its name.
The hotel’s exterior already has a new look and now the lobby will continue to evolve over the next few months as Pixar imagery is added.
By winter, the hotel lobby will feature the classic Pixar Lamp playfully balancing atop its ball.
Later this summer, an all-new water play area inspired by Nemo and his friends will open, where Crush the sea turtle goes with the flow atop a 186-foot-long waterslide and Hank can be seen hanging out at the pop-jet splash pad.
Later in the year, a family play court will be added to the pool deck with activities inspired by Pixar’s short films. Interactive games and imaginative free play celebrate favorite friends from “La Luna,” “Bao,” “For the Birds,” and “Burrow.” And when it’s time to relax, Guests may enjoy food and drinks under the love-struck umbrellas from “The Blue Umbrella.”
After dark, the pool deck will become a great spot to watch the Disneyland Park fireworks, or just to lounge by cozy character-inspired fire pits.
In the fall of 2023, the hotel will unveil a new restaurant at the resort: Great Maple. This Southern California-based modern American eatery specializes in playful takes on upscale comfort food. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner all day, the ground-floor restaurant — with an outdoor patio — will be open to Hotel Guests, local diners and theme park visitors.
Signature dishes will include Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Maple Bacon Doughnuts, Cajun Shrimp & Cheddar Biscuit Benedict, and the Soda Pop-Braised Baby Back Ribs! Great Maple will also have a full bar including beer, wine and cocktails.
There will also be food and beverage service at the pool, as well as a new grab ‘n’ go coffee shop and café near the lobby, and eventually at the hotel’s new concierge lounge.
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