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7 Walt Disney World Dining Changes ALL Guests Should Be Aware Of (May 2016)

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 May's dining update we look at a number of menu changes happening around Epcot's World showcase, some new additions at a popular quick service eatery at Disney's Animal Kingdom, plus the return of the annual dining deal for 2016. 

1. Surprise new bar opens in Canadian pavilion

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This week guests who walked around Epcot's World Showcase were surprised to learn that part of the Northwest Mercantile gift shop at the front of the Canada Pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot has been converted to a new walk up bar. Entitled Trading Post Refreshments, guests can find this new drink stop nestled within the merchandise in this location, and can even take a seat and relax with some new outdoor seating at the front of the pavilion (the space is too small for indoor seating).

Inside, guests can find a variety of Canadian beers, as well as ice wines at this new watering hole including the following current menu items (subject to change of course):

Molson Canadian

Labatt Bourbon Barrel

Blanche De Chambly

Neige Premiere

Apple Inniskillin Vidal 

Though this pop-up bar might be temporary (it's not listed on Walt Disney World's website quite yet, and its placement is rather precarious) this is certainly an interesting addition. 

2. Sprinkles Bakery (and cupcake ATM!) to debut in two weeks 

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Much-anticipated new bakery Sprinkles has announced that it will be opening its Disney Springs location on May 15th. This new location will offer the chain's traditional baked goods, including cupcakes, ice cream and cookies as well as a specialty ATM that will dispense sweet treats on-demand for guests. Though the shop will be open during standard business hours, the cupcake ATM will be available from 9:00AM to 2:00AM, making it perfect for late-night sweet cravings. 

3. Free dining deal for 2016 officially revealed 

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As was rumored several weeks ago, Walt Disney World's free dining deal is back for 2016. Guests staying Value Resort (with the exception of the Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation), will receive the Quick Service Dining plan for free, and those staying at a Moderate, Deluxe, or Deluxe Villa Resort, will receive the standard Dining plan for free. As in years past, guests can always upgrade to the next "tier" of dining plan by paying the difference in cost per night. This year's free dining deal is available for guests arriving on the following dates:

August 23 – October 1, 2016 (Note: Canadian travelers and Disney Visa Cardholders can book dates from August 14)

November 15 – November 21, 2016

November 26 – November 28, 2016

December 10 – December 21, 2016

 Guests wanting to take advantage of this deal will need to act fast, as spots typically fill up before the deadline, which is July 8th this year. 

4. American Adventure dining locations get new menu items

Several dining locations at Epcot's American Adventure pavilion have gotten new menu items in recent days. Liberty Inn has added clam chowder soup to its lunch and dinner offerings and a frozen Coke with a float of Buffalo Trace bourbon whiskey to its drink menu. And speaking of drinks, over at the Fife & Drum Tavern, guests can now order a Henry’s Hard Orange Soda (also available as a float) and the Block & Hans kiosk has added a number of new craft beers to their lineup.

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