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 December's Walt Disney World dining update, a new dining package for early 2017 is now available for booking at Epcot, alcohol availability expands at the Magic Kingdom, plus the All-Stars Resorts introduce a number of new options just in time for the new year! 

1. Dining packages now available for Broadway performances during Epcot International Festival of the Arts 

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Last week Disney announced the lineup of Broadway stars who will take the stage at America Gardens Theatre to perform the award-winning music of Disney on Broadway as part of the inaugural Epcot International Festival of the Arts, and this week it was confirmed that a new dining package that includes guaranteed seating for these performances will be available. 

Reservations for this new meal and performance combination are now available via phone (1-407-WDW-DINE), and guests can choose between having breakfast, lunch or dinner as part of the package. No matter what meal you choose, dining package holders will enjoy either a three-course meal or full buffet as well as guaranteed seating for the 8:00 PM concert of the day. Prices range from $39-$69 (plus tax) for adults, $23-$41 (plus tax) for children aged 3-9. Though reservations are not yet available online, they should be in the next few days. 

2. Gasparilla Island Grill returns from refurbishment

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The Grand Floridian's Gasparilla Island Grill reopened last week following a two month refurbishment. Though this establishment was closed for awhile, there weren't that many changes made to this 24-hour restaurant, save for an updated menu as well as a newly-installed Coca-Cola Freestyle machine. 

3. Disney's All-Star Music Resort to offer special brunch on January 1

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Disney's All-Star Music Resort has announced that it will transform the back section of the Intermission Food Court into a table-service location for one day only on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Guests visiting the hotel on this day will be able to enjoy a brunch offering that will have an extensive all-you-care-to-eat menu from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM This offering will cost $21.99 for adults and $11.99 for children. Interestingly, menu selections have not been posted online, reservations are not available, and seating will be walk-up only. 


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