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 this month's Walt Disney World dining update, we take a look at the return of a fan-favorite snack to Disney's Animal Kingdom, reduced hours for a favorite Epcot location, a bunch of new deals for Tables in Wonderland members, and even a surprising celebrity partnership for a reimagined Disney Springs eatery.
1. Mickey's Backyard BBQ introduces new "category" seating options
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground has begun offering guests the option to choose between a Category 1 and 2 seating option when they book this character dining experience in advance. Category 1 is a little bit more expensive at $72 for adults ($47 for kids), but guests who opt for this seating option can enjoy the following perks:
- Early access to the backyard pavilion
- Priority seating that allows guests to get as close to the action as they'd like
- A pre-show character greeting with Mickey, Minnie, and friends
- Early access to all food and beverages on the buffet
Category 2 does not include these additions, but is a little bit cheaper, costing $62 for adults, and $37 for kids 3 to 9. As always, the Disney Dining Plan is accepted at Mickey's Backyard BBQ, and guests choosing either Category 1 and 2 will need two table service credits for this character dining experience (so, if you're on the Disney Dining Plan, definitely pick category 1 for the best experience!)
2. Turkey Legs are now back at Disney's Animal Kingdom (but you'll have to really look for them)
Though Turkey Legs were recently removed from Disney's Hollywood Studios, this iconic snack item has actually returned to Disney's Animal Kingdom after a nearly half-year long hiatus from this park. However, guests who want to grab this unique snack will have to do a little bit of hiking in order to find it at this park. The only place that serves Turkey Legs at Disney's Animal Kingdom is the Quality Beverages window, which can be found around the corner (near the seating area) from the Local Foods Cafe in Asia. Though this seems a little far (and off the beaten path), if you really want a turkey leg, now you know where to go!
3. Sunshine Seasons discontinues breakfast service at Epcot
Though it was only a few weeks ago that popular Epcot eatery Sunshine Seasons debuted a refreshed breakfast menu just in time for summer, it looks like this new menu was destined to be short-lived as Disney confirmed a few weeks ago that this dining location would no longer be serving guests before 11:00AM, effective immediately. No reason was given for the abrupt halt of breakfast service at this popular early-morning dining location, but we think this sudden closure might have something to do with this year's attendance slowdown, which you can read more about here.