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.

For March's dining update we get our first glance at some confirmed new menu items headed for the newest restaurant coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom later this year, plus a few limited-time dining tests are happening at various locations around the resort. This month, we also take a look at a big new rumor that, if true, could change how guests plan their meals at Walt Disney World forever. 

1. Turkey legs removed from Disney's Animal Kingdom menu

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Earlier this month it was confirmed that the iconic Turkey Leg snack was discontinued at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (this snack was previously only on the menu at Flame Tree Barbecue). Sadly, this is the third removal of an iconic snack from this park, as churros and jalapeno pretzels were also discontinued back in February as well. However, the good news here is that all of these yummy items are all still available at Epcot, the Magic Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

2. Diamond Horseshoe begins limited time table service test 

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In just a few days the Diamond Horseshoe will have daily service for the first time in many years thanks to a limited-time test. During this trial, the restaurant will be serving a three course meal on a fixed price menu that will cost $33 plus tax for adults, and $19 plus tax for ages 3-9 (with regular drinks included). Guests can stop in to this dining location for either lunch or dinner, which will both feature the exact same menu items, which you can peruse here.

However, be aware that if you are looking to check out this new dining experience at the Magic Kingdom, you will only have until May 30th, as that is when this limited-time test is currently scheduled to end (though if table service at the Diamond Horseshoe proves to be a hit, we wouldn't be surprised to see it extended). Though walk-ups will likely be available at some point during the day, reservations are still recommended for this limited-time experience, and can now be made through the Walt Disney World website. 

3. Tiffins confirms several menu items

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The Orlando Sentinel got an advance tasting of several items that will be on the menu at Tiffins, the newest restaurant still under construction at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Though the full menu is still shrouded in secrecy, here are the items that were confirmed in the advance review: 

  • Black-eyed pea fritters with roasted sweet peppers, yogurt, zhough and peppadew puree
  • Sustainable seasonal fish crudo with roasted corn salsa, lime and smoked sea salt
  • Honey-glazed coriander spiced pork ribs
Clearly it seems that Disney is trying to appeal to sophisticated tastes with this new dining location, and it will be interesting to see if guests respond to the eclectic mix of foods that will be found in this restaurant, which celebrates the "art of travel". 


This is going to backfire if it happens. They have raised regular ticket prices, adjusted Annual Passholder stipulations to now include blackout dates (unless you pay more for the highest pass), and have begun opening more and more table service restaurants which in essence cost more. Bringing food at least padded the cost of admission. Now they are going to force everyone to pay higher ticket prices and high prices for food? I realize the popularity of everything they are building, but watch the massive drop-off of local residents. The only real "perk" will be for the packages they are pushing.

A jump in ticket prices, a possible resort fee, and a possible ban on outside food! Some people will not go at all and some will go less often.

I don't think Disney should totally ban outside food, but maybe they should put a size limit on the lunch bag/cooler that can be brought into the parks. I understand some people bring in outside food to save money, but in some cases it has gotten too excessive; you don't need to pack enough food like you're mounting an expedition to Antarctica. I do agree that all outside food should be banned at the Animal Kingdom, except for those with very specific dietary needs, for the animals health and safety.

My family and I go about twice a week to disney. We bring our own food in, for the most part. We don't mind buying food from quick service places though, as we enjoy most of their food.but that's usually when it's just my wife and i. And, if we have the money, at a full service restaurant(that's usually for special occasions). But when it's us and the kids, we always bring some sort of food with us.

The last time I went to a Six Flags park, they didn't even let you bring in granola bars or sealed bottles of water. If they continue to allow snacks and water, it doesn't bother me. I enjoy eating the park food anyhow.

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