Disney World dining


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  1. California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

At the top of the resort, a must do. Watch the fireworks while enjoying a California dinner. Sushi, flatbreads, fish are the theme here. If the bartender is Ray, have him make you a Saki martini. They are out of this world. $35 to $59.99 per adult

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  1. Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Casual waterfront dining with coastal cuisine. They have a fairly good wine list.  $35 to $59.99

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  1. Be Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom

Step inside the Beast’s enchanted castle for an unforgettable sit-down dinner. One of the only places you can drink alcohol in the Magic Kingdom as well. $28 to $35 per adult. This spot is hard to get. Plan ahead!

 

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  1. San Angel in Epcot

Dine in perpetual twilight at this Mexican restaurant, modeled after a hacienda at the base of Mayan ruins. Great option for something not as expensive but in a secluded atmosphere. $15 to $34.99 per adult

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  1. Le Cellier in Epcot

Set in a cozy cellar of a Canadian chateau with outstanding steaks and seafood specialties. You must try the cheddar cheese soup and signature poutine. $35 to $59.99 per adult

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  1. JIko- The Cooking Place at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Jiko is a blend of traditional African, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine. Chicken, seafood, vegan, and vegetarian dishes with bold blends of spices and flavors can be found here. Jiko has a vast African wine list that is excellent! $35 to $59.99 per adult

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  1. Tiffin’s at the Animal Kingdom

This restaurant is inspired by exploration and adventure. The plates are small so don’t go super hungry but the lounge cocktails are amazing! $35 to $59.99 per adult.

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  1. Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

Sustainable seafood and prime steaks in the newly remodeled contemporary American restaurant. Make sure to take a walk around the Boardwalk after dinner. $35 to $59.99 per adult.

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  1. Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort

Enjoy slow-cooked meats, salads, and vegetarian specialties served with Indian flavors  while enjoying the view through the glass wall of animals roaming the savannah outside. To most, the highlight of the menu is the Indian bread service. A must do. $15 to $34.99 per adult

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  1. Shula’s at Walt Disney Resort Swan and Dolphin Resort

Former football coach Don Shula’s sophisticated steakhouse chain serving beef and other classics. $35 to $59.99 per adult

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Top Cocktails around the World

• Lava Flow is a tourist favorite. It is a combination of Pina Colada and daiquiri. These can be found at almost every pool bar at a resort.

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• Craft beers at the Grand Floridian pool are some of them most extensive I have seen in the area. Below is the entire beer menu at Beaches Pool Bar and Grill.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Magic Hat #9
New Belgium Fat Tire
Blue Moon
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider
Bud Light
Bud Light Lime
Budweiser
Cigar City Jai Alai
Cigar City Maduro Brown
Coors Light
Corona Extra
Corona Light
Heineken
Kona Longboard Island Lager
Magic Hat Circus Boy
Michelob Ultra
Miller Lite
Yeungling
O’Doul’s
Red Stripe
Stella Artois
New Belgium Sunshine Wheat
New Belgium Ranger IPA
New Belgium Shift
Newcastle Brown Ale
Bluepoint White IPA
Samuel Adams Seasonal
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Left Hand Milk Stout

• The Pineapple drink at Ohana called Lapu Lapu is a tropical rum drink served in a hallowed out pineapple. Here is the recipe in case you feel like adding this to the next cookout.

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Lapu Recipe:
Ingredients
1. One part Bacardi 151 or plain light rum
2. One part Myers dark rum
3. Two parts orange juice
4. Two parts sweet-n-sour mix
5. Pineapple (optional)
Directions
1. Combine the first four ingredients, and shake over ice
2. Serve in hollowed out pineapples (or a glass with a colorful umbrella, if no pineapple is easily accessible

• Cava de Tequila. This is tucked in the temple of Mexico at Epcot’s World showcase. There are so many varieties of drinks here. I have tried many and quite a few are sweet so if you like that, go for it as they are fresh and tasty. I like the skinny margarita. The staff is super nice and you can grab some chips and guacamole which you are at it. Don’t be fooled by the Margarite Stand in front of the temple, this is not the same.

• Grand Marnier Orange Slush in France in the Showcase. This is found at a wine kiosk by the lake. I like the other option, the Grey Goose Lemon Citron slush. You can do it as 8 oz. or 12oz (their supersize version with an extra shot).

A little tip, it is an eight minute walk from the margarita stand to the Grand Marnier and Lemon Citron kiosk.

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• Testarossa – Red Head Ketel One Vodka, Grand Marnier and Crandberry Juice, muddled with Strawberries and Fresh Basil Leaves topped with Ground Pepper.. My all-time favorite Disney Drink! This is actually at Swan on Crescent Lake. It is in the bar at the entrance of the restaurant Il Milano.

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• Pineapple float with rum!!!! Found in Animal Kingdom at Tamu Tamu Refreshments. You can order it with dark rum or coconut rum. So refreshing on a hot day!

• Best places for beer at Epcot are the UK in the Showcase at Rose and Crown Pub and Germany.

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candlelight processional

2014 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages have opened up.

Participating restaurants for this year are:

Biergarten Restaurant
Chefs de France
Coral Reef Restaurant
The Garden Grill
La Hacienda de San Angel
Nine Dragons Restaurant
Restaurant Marrakesh
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
San Angel Inn Restaurante
Teppan Edo
Tokyo Dining
Tutto Italia Ristorante
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages start at $35 for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults, include a meal at an Epcot restaurant and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances and pre-arranged fireworks viewing. It also takes two dining credits on the dining plan. You can make reservations online or at 407-939-3463. If you are a client of Ears of Experience, we will make them for you if you have booked a package with us or are a Concierge Client.

Nov 28 to Nov 29 2014: Jodi Benson
Dec 5 to Dec 6 2014: Whoopi Goldberg
Dec 15 to Dec 17 2014: Sharon Stone
Dec 18 to Dec 20 2014: Ana Gasteyer
Dec 21 to Dec 23 2014: Marlee Matlin
Dec 28 to Dec 30 2014: Steven Curtis Chapman

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doleI wish I could take credit for this but thanks to disneychef.com, we have a new project for the week, trying this out!

For this version, she suggests using her handy, dandy Yonanas machine (which I have). For those who don’t have one, no fear… A good blender can do roughly the same thing with maybe a slightly less creamy texture. That said, I really encourage checking out a Yonanas machine though, especially if you’re into clean or healthy eating and struggle with giving up sweet treats. I’ve put everything from bananas to smoothie mixes through to make really great, healthy dessert options, and there are so many great recipes out there…

The only thing she sometimes switches up when making these is the whipped topping. The real deal Dole Whips are vegan friendly with no dairy, so I suppose the most authentic way to serve this is without the whipped topping. However, if you like a really creamy texture, she says to add the whipped topping. It’s all personal taste. But if you’re a purist, skip the whipped topping. The consistency is light, though admittedly not as light as the in-park soft serve.

Now, on with the recipe. Seriously, it’s insanely easy. She did warn everybody. It’s easy. Embarrassingly easy. Don’t make me write how to make this a Dole Whip Float… Just put pineapple juice in a glass and scoop some of this on top. Easy. Super, duper easy.
Dole Whip
Inspired by the Dole Whips served at Aloha Isle and Captain Cook’s at The Polynesian Village Resort

1 16-ounce bag of Dole frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup whipped topping (optional)
Water (if using a blender)
Remove pineapple chunks from freezer. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
Using a Yonanas machine, feed the pineapple chunks into the chute. Using the
plunger, push through the feeder into a bowl. Disassemble unit and scrape out remaining whipped pineapple.
If desired, mix in whipped topping until thoroughly blended. Serve immediately.
If using a blender, add pineapple into the blender and blend on puree, adding water slowly in a thin stream while the blender is running as needed, to achieve desired consistency.

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Be Our Guest Opening at the New Fantasyland Expansion Be Our Guest Restaurant: Counter Service. The BEST counter service venue in Magic Kingdom, quite possibly in all the “World.”

In the new Fantasyland you will find the newest dining venue that is beyond compare. After crossing the bridge and stepping inside you are actually immersed in Beast’s castle rooms as they appeared in the movie. There are three dining rooms: the ballroom (includes snow falling outside the windows), the west wing (including the magic rose and the Prince’s painting that changes to the Beast as the last rose petal falls) and the rose gallery where Belle and the Beast are dancing atop a music box. During lunch this restaurant offers counter service dining (no reservations required) and at dinner is a table service meal (reservations are required and book up 6 months in advance). There are no characters at either meal.

In the new Fantasyland you will find the newest dining venue that is beyond compare. After crossing the bridge and stepping inside you are actually immersed in Beast’s castle rooms as they appeared in the movie. There are three dining rooms: the ballroom (includes snow falling outside the windows), the west wing (including the magic rose and the Prince’s painting that changes to the Beast as the last rose petal falls) and the rose gallery where Belle and the Beast are dancing atop a music box. During lunch this restaurant offers counter service dining (no reservations required) and at dinner is a table service meal (reservations are required and book up 6 months in advance). There are no characters at either meal.

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Recently I posted the first of three blogs I am writing about planning for a Walt Disney World Trip.  In Stage I of planning for your trip we talked about where to stay, what tickets to purchase, and how to make dining plans.  Hopefully, with the help of Ears of Experience you have now picked the right “on property” resort, know what ticket package is best for you, and have decided if a dining plan is right for you.  Most experienced Walt Disney World travelers would hope to have all of this done at least 6 months from the time of the upcoming trip.  Why six months?  Disney has just changed back to a 180 day advance reservations system for dining and special activities.

With all of the Disney Dining plans now available and the offering of free dining at certain times of the year, if you plan on eating at any of the on-property sit down restaurants, advance reservations are a most.  So if you plan on having Breakfast with Cindy or a fun filled evening at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Review, let Ears of Experience get those reservations made as soon as possible.  The more popular the dining experience, the sooner you must book. 

If you have taken my advice and book a room on-property, then Disney will allow you to book 180 + ten days in advance.  What this means is that by using your room reservation number, meals for your entire stay (up to ten days) can be made at one time up to 180 days in advance. 

EPCOT Dive QuestIn addition to dining reservation, booking of special activities must also be done early.  Disney World offers everything from behind the scene tours of the parks, parasailing over Bay Lake, golfing, spa treatments, and just about anything else you can think of doing.  During my up coming trip in December I am going to EPCOT Segwey TourSCUBA dive
at the Living Seas and take a Segway Tour of EPCOT before it opens. 

Remember, do not over do it, leave time to relax and just enjoy Walt Disney World.  I will soon post the last of my three part blogs on planning a Walt Disney Trip, Planning What to Do When I Get There?

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It seems that I get phone calls about once a month from a friend of a friend asking me about taking a trip to Walt Disney World.  What surprises me most is when someone calls and tells me that they are going in a month and have not done any planning. 

I think a trip to Walt Disney World is something that requires at least some advance planning.  I break my trip planning into three stages, the first has three parts.  Where to stay, what tickets to purchase, and how am I going to handle dining. 

Walt Disney World ResortsStage 1, Part 1:  The first thing I need to know is where to stay, how many days I will be staying, and how much it will cost.  This is where your first call to Ears of Experience comes in.  For me I love to be involved in Disney 24 hours a day, so I always stay on park.  Rooms for every budget are available, so working with an expert will ensure that you get the right room at the best price. 

Disney TicketsOnce you have to a place to stay, then you can move on to the second decision, what type of tickets to buy.  There are just so many types of tickets that again asking for help is a great idea.  In general, the more days you stay, the lower the cost per day .  Where the help is needed is in the options that you can add to a ticket.  Park Hopping, Water Park Fun & More, and No Expiration are some of the options that can be added to the “base ticket”.  For which options are right for you, talk with Ears of Experience and they can tailor a ticket package for you.

Disney DiningThe final step in the Stage 1 of the planning is do I want a “Dining Plan”.  With the dining plan, all meals will be paid in advance.  The dining plan is flexible enough so that you should be able to eat when and what you want.  If you decide that the dining plan is right for you, it should be booked at the same time you book your room and reserve your tickets.  Package deals do save money. 

I will be writing again soon about Stage II of the planning process; advance dining reservation and other activities.

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