As if there’s not enough dining choices at Walt Disney World, they are continuously adding new, unique dining experiences for guests. Here are 12 new and notable noshing choices for you to consider on your next Disney World adventure!
Jaleo is a vibrantly decorated restaurant with food to match. While Jaleo is new to Disney Springs, Jose Andres has had great success with his Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas locations (among others) in the past. This Spanish restaurant boasts inventive dishes, all artistically presented.
2. Chicken Guy!
So good it needs an exclamation point, Guy Gieri’s Chicken Guy! at Disney Springs has chicken finger lovers rejoicing. It’s a fun, affordable option that everyone can enjoy, and they even have salads. Be sure to check out all of their signature sauces! The Loaded Fries (pictured above) blew our minds!
In current news, The Shop! Association Annual Store Design Awards announced “The Chicken Guy!, a collaboration between celebrity chef Guy Fieri and restauranteur Robert Earl was honored for design excellence + execution. The 1,800-square-foot fast-casual restaurant is the first location with plans for additional locations across the country, including opening in Miami later this summer at Aventura Mall. When designing the location, the API(+) team was tasked with developing a compelling environment that embodies Guy Fieri’s edgy and fun personality. The space is a unique half crescent shape and is located in a highly trafficked area of Disney Springs so it receives large numbers lunch and dinnertime guests. Rough brick walls and corrugated tin ceilings provide an edgy, urban, industrial backdrop to colorful graphics. Simple illustration-style graphics throughout the restaurant can be described as in-your-face and playful – on brand with Fieri’s famous personality. Guy greets visitors at a selfie wall in the que area and the restaurant’s differentiators are expressed via graphics in the dining room.”
3. Wine Bar George
Also located at Disney Springs, Wine Bar George is the creation of Master Sommelier George Miliotes. With over 140 wines available, it’s a good thing that pairings are suggested! You can have a full meal here, or enjoy small plates. You’ll want to hang around for dessert, too, which you can pair with a dessert wine.
4. Three Bridges Bar and Grill
As part of the recent transformation of Coronado Springs Resort, three bridges were constructed to span the resort’s huge lake, making it easier for guests to get around. At the middle of the bridges is Three Bridges Bar and Grill, which serves up favorites like pork tacos, steak, and chicken with latin flair.
5. Toledo- Tapas, Steaks, and Seafood
Also new to Coronado Springs Resort is Toledo- Tapas, Steaks, and Seafood. This restaurant is
Located atop the brand new Gran Destino Tower and offers beautiful views of the area (including theme parks in the distance). The restaurant is themed after surrealist art and focuses on Spanish cuisine.
6. Sebastian’s Bistro
If you’re staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (or even if you’re not), don’t overlook the recent addition of Sebastian’s Bistro, named after everyone’s favorite crab from The Little Mermaid. Sebastian’s Bistro replaces Shutters, and has received great reviews. The menu is full of Latin and Caribbean flavors featuring items like Jerk Chicken and a crab cake topped burger. I’m not sure if Sebastian would approve of his “under the sea” friends being served up “on the plate” in the restaurant that bears his name and likeness, but the restaurant sounds like it will be worth a trip or skyliner ride to check it out!
Takumi-Tei is a signature dining experience located in the Japan Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. The beautiful new location celebrates the balance between Japanese art, nature, and cuisine. Enjoy a traditional Japanese dining experience where you can choose to dine a la carte on wagyu beef, sushi, and roasted duck, or choose a multi-course tasting menu. If you’re looking for the ultimate experience, you can reserve the 9-course Chef’s Table option. Unlike most park-based restaurants, Takumi-Tei does enforce a more formal dress code.
8. & 9. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo & Oga’s Cantina
When you travel to Batuu- that is, the planet you’ll be transported to when you enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge- you’ll have just a few food and beverage options. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is the land’s quick-service location, featuring fresh and options like chicken, hummus, noodles, and veggies in uniquely themed combinations. Oga’s Cantina is more of a watering hole than a dining location, but it may be tough to get in to for awhile, as many guests clamour to experience this other-worldly bar. The land is officially opening on August 29th.
And more to come…
Though not open at the time of this writing, we are eagerly anticipating several offerings that will be coming to us before the end of the year (and possibly before your next trip to Walt Disney World)!
10. Unnamed Space Restaurant
The yet to be named space-themed restaurant, located between Mission Space and Test Track, is nearing completion at Epcot. Guests will feel like they’ve been transported to outer space, thanks to the elaborate theming and large windows that will look out into “space.” It’s rumored that the new venue will open by the end of 2019- fingers crossed!
11. Regal Eagle Smokehouse – Craft Drafts and Barbeque
Another Epcot dining location is getting an overhaul- the Liberty Inn, a quick-service location in the American Pavilion of the World Showcase. Liberty Inn will be transformed into the Regal Eagle Smokehouse- Craft Drafts and Barbeque. The food and wine festival offerings at the American smokehouse have always been very popular (hello bacon cupcakes), so this sounds like an opportunity to meet that demand year-round.
12. Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera
At the very end of 2019, Disney’s Riviera Resort will open to hotel guests as well as those visiting to dine. One of the locations is a new dining experience that you can reserve now: Topolino’s Terrace- Flavors of the Riviera. With views of nighttime entertainment at both Hollywood Studios and Epcot, reservations here will be highly sought after. The menu will feature both Italian and French cuisine, and will be home to a character breakfast as well.
Which of these recent and upcoming dining locations has you diving into My Disney Experience to make a reservation? Which ones have you tried already? We’d love to hear about your experiences!
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