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 you should know about.

For July's dining update, we take a look at a new event at one of Disney Springs' most popular eateries, an unexpected refurbishment, plus the ongoing expansion of Disney's newest mobile order system! But first, let's take a look at a new addition that was just announced a few days ago...

1. A new restaurant is coming to Disney's Yacht Club

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Disney’s Yacht Club Resort will soon replace the Captain's Grille with a new table service restaurant that will have a gastropub ambiance serving New England-inspired comfort foods. Named the Ale & Compass Restaurant, this new dining location will recreate the cozy warmth of a lighthouse and will have an on-stage hearth oven as its focal point. 

In addition, the Ale & Compass lobby lounge will also be refurbished with a new interior and expanded seating for 58 guests. Classic cocktails and small bites will be featured on an updated menu for this casual area.

2. Mobile Order comes to Disney Springs and the Magic Kingdom 

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After successful trials at four restaurants inside Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World has expanded its mobile-ordering option to a restaurant beyond the theme parks. Guests visiting Disney Springs can now use the My Disney Experience app to select menu items at the Disney-owned D-Luxe Burger restaurant and will also be able to order food from the Tomorrowland Terrace at the Magic Kingdom next week.

Guests wanting to use this feature at these locations will need to have a credit card linked to their My Disney Experience app to order food in advance, are not able to use AP or DVC discounts, and cannot use Disney Dining Plan credits with this feature either. 

3. Morimoto Asia to host inaugural Craft Beers and Bites Festival this month

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Morimoto Asia has announced the inaugural Craft Beers and Bites Festival, which is a new dining event that will benefit the Children’s Home Society of Central Florida. Taking place on July 29th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, this event will feature eight Florida craft breweries with individual food pairings prepared by Morimoto Asia’s Executive Chef Yuhi Fujinaga. Tickets will cost $49.80, which include unlimited beer and appetizers, and 100% of the profit from this event will go to The Children’s Home Society of Central Florida.


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