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New menu items at Backlot Express

Though it may not initially seem like it, Disney parks have truly come into their 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 Disney parks and resorts, there are some big changes taking effect right now you should know about.

For April's dining update, we mark our calendars for the return of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, look at three new restaurant openings across the resort, plus round up some recent menu changes at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom! 

1. New Salt & Straw ice cream shop now open at Disney Springs

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New artisan ice cream shop Salt & Straw is now open at Disney Springs. This new sweet treat stop is located on the West Side of Disney Springs and serves hand-scooped ice cream, milkshakes, and more. The location will have several permanent standard flavors like chocolate gooey brownie, sea salt with caramel ribbon, double fold vanilla and cinnamon snickerdoodle in addition to rotating "limited edition" seasonal flavors that change every month. 

2. Reservations for updated Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue will be available next month

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Walt Disney World's Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue dining experience, which has been unavailable since the resort initially closed due to COVID-19 in 2020 will return to Pioneer Hall at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground this summer on June 23. The show will be slightly modified with a few updates to its script and scenery, but Disney has gone on record as saying the changes are in line with spirit of the show. The menu will once again feature a feast full of favorites including fried chicken, smoked BBQ ribs, a variety of savory sides and strawberry shortcake. Reservations for this returning entertainment option will be available at the Walt Disney World website in just a few weeks starting May 26.

3.  2022 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival kicks off this July

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Disney has announced that the 2022 edition of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival will kick off later this summer on July 14 and will run through November 19, which makes this year's event the same length as last year's extended festival. More than 25 Global Marketplaces will be part of the lineup in 2022, including returning favorites like The Swanky Saucy Swine, Appleseed Orchard, Hops & Barley, Earth Eats and more. 

4. Backlot Express gets new menu update

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Popular quick service eatery Backlot Express at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has gotten an extensive menu update with new offerings including a Cuban Sandwich, Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork Burger, Teriyaki Tofu Bowl, and Chicken Southwest Salad. This location's Backlot Burger and Galaxy's Edge-themed hummus have been removed from the menu. 

5. New Breakfast items added to Isla Fresca cart at EPCOT

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And speaking of menu updates, guests getting an early start at EPCOT can now find new breakfast items at the Isla Fresca cart from 8:30-10:30 a.m that include: Arepa with Egg and Cheese, Arepa with Chorizo, Egg, and Cheese and for a sweet pick me up Dulce de Leche Cocoa Coffee has also been added.

6. Local Green Orlando food truck now open at Disney Springs

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A new Local Green Orlando (an offshoot of Local Green Atlanta) food truck is now open at Disney Springs, offering plant-based, vegetarian, and pescatarian dishes including the Monsta shrimp burger, Bubba Sparxx vegan pulled BBQ sandwich, and Elote Street Corn. 

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