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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.

From the removal of a popular menu item at one of the Magic Kingdom's best quick service restaurants to the introduction of several seasonal new snack and beverage choices around the resort, if you are planning on grabbing a bite to eat at Walt Disney World in the near future, here are 6 changes that have either already happened or are coming very soon that all guests need to know about!

1. The end of the Sleepy Hollow Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich

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Sleepy Hollow Refreshments has long been considered by Magic Kingdom fans as one of the best hidden gems at this park, thanks largely to its selection of budget friendly waffle sandwiches. However, one of the most popular offerings, the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich, was unceremoniously removed from the menu this week with no explanation. Though fans have been quite vocal about their disappointment regarding this development (petitions have been created, FYI), it looks like this cult favorite is not coming back to the Magic Kingdom any time soon, much to the chagrin of many fans who considered this menu item a classic. 

2. Churros and Jalapeno Pretzels removed from Disney's Animal Kingdom

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In even more bad news for Walt Disney World snack fans, two iconic snack items have been completely removed from all kiosks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom effective immediately: churros and jalapeno pretzels. No reason was given for the sudden removal, but many suspect that there may have been concerns about guests trying to feed these items to some of the wildlife. As a result, these two snack items are not expected to return. The good news however is that churros are still widely available at every other Walt Disney World park, and Jalapeno pretzels can actually be found at Epcot's American Adventure pavilion as well as at the Blizzard Beach water park. 

3. Seasonal LeFou’s Winter Brrrew debuts at Gaston’s Tavern

In an effort to diversify the beverage offerings at Gaston's Tavern (and take advantage of the cooler temperatures that have been chilling Floridaians over the past few weeks), the Magic Kingdom has introduced a warm, seasonal version of LeFou's Brew. However, the name is really the only thing Lefou's Winter Brrrew has in common with its predecessor, as these two drinks share almost no ingredients. While the former is a frozen apple juice with toasted marshmallow and passion fuit-mango foam topping, the seasonal winter variety is hot chocolate with toasted marshmallow topped with whipped cream and crushed candy cane. Both varieties are currently sold at Gaston's Tavern, with the winter variety costing $3.99 in a cup, or $9.49 in the same souvenir glass that the original variety is sold in. 

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Don't forget the addition of tea at the Crescent Solarium at the Beach Club. It can be tricky to book -currently only option is to call and hope you get the right cast member (several were shockingly clueless)....but well worth the effort.

During the test period for same-day reservations for the Jungle Skipper Canteen guests CAN use the My Disney Experience mobile app to book a table starting at 6am daily. In addition, if you already have a dining reservation at another location and wish to change to the Skipper Canteen any cancellation fee will be waived.

I understand that the lack of reservation for the Skippers Canteen is annoying but personally, I don't like the fact that you can't go into any restaurant anymore on a whim because all the reservations are full. Maybe it's a good thing to have this restaurant more available to the general crowds.

Might be a compromise to guests who book less than 180 days out and find all the tables are booked. Or those who have unexoected travel delays and need to rebook. Sure it might not be the ideal restaurant but better than trading in your tabke service meal credit for a hot dog and fries.

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