Though it may not initially seem like it, Walt Disney World has truly come into its own in recent years as a real food lover’s paradise. If you count yourself as one of the many who love eating their way around the Walt Disney World parks and resorts, there are some big changes taking effect right now and very soon that you should know about. 

Though we've already discussed the newly opened Skipper's Canteen restaurant at length, an important change is already taking place at this dining location mere days after opening, plus more changes are coming to a number of other dining locations around the Magic Kingdom. This month we also take a look at a historic new dining event at the Contemporary resort and a Star Wars-inspired menu change at a popular quick service location at Disney's Hollywood Studios. 

1. The Magic Kingdom beefs up quick service offerings for the holidays

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the Magic Kingdom’s collection of almost always-closed eateries, the next two weeks will give guests ample opportunities to give them each a try, as every single quick service restaurant at the park will be open and serving various items beginning December 19th and running through January 2nd. Here’s a rundown of everything that will be open over the next several weeks and what will be served.

Diamond Horseshoe: Quick Service lunch (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and table service dinner (starting at 4:30 p.m.) daily

Market Street Sandwich Cart: Italian-themed sandwiches and salads

Storybook Circus Sandwich Cart: Sandwiches and salads

Tomorrowland Terrace: Burgers

Prince Eric’s Village Market: Prepackaged sandwiches, caprese cups and salads

Aunt Polly’s: Prepackaged sandwiches and salads

2. California Grill announces new 'Brunch at the Top' experience

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Brunch at the Top is an all-new dining experience that will allow guests into the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for the first time ever for a daytime meal. Beginning February 7th, this midday meal will begin with guests being able to nibble on an assortment of house-made breakfast pastries. From there diners can move into a special show kitchen area where they can view special demonstrations while sampling appetizers like house smoked orange honey ham, deviled eggs, sushi and more. Then comes the main course, where guests can select one of the following entrees to be served tableside:

Pan-Fried Buttermilk Organic Chicken Cutlet: Served with Haricots Verts, Toasted Almonds, Frisée, Beurre Noisette.

Sweet Potato Pancakes: Served with Caramelized Heirloom Apples, Dried Cranberry and Raisin Compote, Vanilla Custard, Warm Canadian Maple Syrup.

Shrimp and Grits: Gulf White Shrimp with Tillamook Cheddar Grits, Spicy Tomato Broth, Espellette-Spiced Tomato Ragout.

Poached Lobster Benedict: Served with Butter-Poached Tail, Two Soft-Poached Eggs, Honey Ham, Yuzu Hollandaise, Marble Potato Hash.

Chef’s Frittata Served with Three Lake Meadow Farms Eggs, Florida Heirloom Tomatoes, Roasted Poblanos, Chorizo, Creamy Goat Cheese, Marble Potato Hash.

Grilled Flat Iron Steak Served with Soft Poached Eggs, Chimichurri, Marble Potato Hash and Charred Red Onion.

During the experience, guests can sip on a glass of champagne or visit an extensive Bloody Mary Bar. Cocktails and craft brews, as well as a signature brunch cocktail and faux “mimosas” for kids will also be available.

Reservation are now open and the cost is $80 for adults, and $48 for kids ages 3 to 11.


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