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 August's dining update, we get our first look at concept art for a new restuarant, reservations are now available for a Christmas dessert party, plus fall-inspired treats debut at the Magic Kingdom! 

1. New restaurant announced for Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort  

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Full service eatery Shutters closed last year at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, and now we know what this dining location will be when the Centertown area of this resort reopens: Sebastian's Bistro! This lightly Little Mermaid-themed restaurant will offer a menu that blends Latin and Caribbean flavors, and will feature an interior design that reflects a tropical beachfront home with coral patterns and kelp filigre as well as lure-inspired art and nautical designs. 

Though all of these details sound really exciting, unfortunately Disney has yet to release information about when this new dining location (as well as the redesigned Centertown Market) will be open at this resort. Many are guessing Disney is targeting an early 2019 opening, but nothing has been officially announced yet. 

2. Reservations now available for holiday dessert party at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Though its still the middle of August, Disney is looking ahead to the holiday season, and have opened reservations for the 2018 Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party at Disney's Hollywood Studios. At this special event guests will be able to be able to enjoy reserved viewing for both Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM as well as Disney Movie Magic, in addition to enjoying holiday-inspired snacks, desserts, wine, beer, and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 

This year this returning upcharge will cost $79 for adults and $45 for children, with tax and gratuity included on from November 6 – December 22 and January 2-6. During the busiest part of the holiday season from December 23 – January 1, the dessert party will cost $89 for adults and $49 for children. 


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