Disney World Enthusiast Weekly Round Up August 1, 2021

Here’s the Disney World Enthusiast Weekly Round Up for August 1, 2021!

Latest Disney World Enthusiast Articles

Liberty Square TreeDisney Did You Know

The “Liberty Oak,” which is the focal point of the Liberty Square area in Magic Kingdom, is the proud parent of more than 500 young trees. They all started out as acorns harvested from the majestic oak.

ESPN Club 1Tip Of The Week

If you happen to have an important game you would like to watch while you are in Disney World, head over to the Boardwalk Inn and checkout the ESPN Club. This family-friendly restaurant offers over 100 video monitors with global satellite feeds showing every sporting event imaginable, plus a 108 square foot video wall. This place is a sports lover’s dream.

Walt DisneyWalt’s Words

“Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature. Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil.” 

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Next week I’ll have more dining information, plus all of the latest Walt Disney World news!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Fairfax Fare In Disney’s Hollywood Studios

If you are visiting Walt Disney World soon and planning to spend some time hanging out at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’re bound to be looking for something tasty to eat. Head on down Sunset Boulevard and check out some of the delicious options being served up at Fairfax Fare (preferably AFTER you’ve ridden Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror)!

Fairfax Fare 2According to Disney:

Hot diggity dog! Fairfax Fare, located in Sunset Boulevard, has some over-the-top hot dogs, including a plant-based “hot dog” salad! (You have to try – it is fab!) Be sure to grab a refreshing beer, cocktail, or fountain drink to go along with your dog!

Select Menu Items 

  • Truffle Bacon Macaroni & Cheese Hot Dog – All-beef quarter-pound hot dog topped with savory truffle macaroni & cheese and crispy applewood bacon drizzled with mustard aïoli on a brioche butter bun served with pickled vegetables
  • Pretzel Dog – All-beef quarter-pound hot dog topped with apple-braised sauerkraut and onions, and drizzled with mustard aïoli on pretzel bread served with pickled vegetables
  • California BLTA Dog – All-beef quarter-pound hot dog topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, applewood bacon, crushed ranch tortilla chips, and house-made black pepper mayonnaise on a brioche butter bun served with pickled vegetables
  • Chicago-style “Hot Dog” Salad – Romaine blend, plant-based bratwurst, sliced sport peppers, tomatoes, onions, house-made dill pickle, sweet relish, mustard, and poppy-celery seed brioche croutons tossed in neon green relish vinaigrette (plant-based)

Other options at Fairfax Fare include a traditional hot dog, parmesan chips, pickled vegetables, a sandwich cookie dessert, and assorted hot and cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There is not a dedicated children’s menu at this location, so sharing is a good option for guests with smaller appetites.

Mobile ordering is available, and highly recommended as this location can get very busy most of the day. Fairfax Fare’s hours vary and is generally open for lunch and early dinner from about 11am to approximately 4pm each day. Prices range from $10 to $12 for hot dogs, $4 to $5 for side items and desserts, and $4 to $13 for beverages.

Which hot dog will you be having at Fairfax Fare?
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Disney World Enthusiast Weekly Round Up July 25, 2021

Here’s the Disney World Enthusiast Weekly Round Up for July 25, 2021!

Latest Disney World Enthusiast Articles

Polynesian Village ResortDisney Did You Know

If you wanted to stay in all the guest rooms in all of the hotels and resorts currently open on Walt Disney World property (at a rate of one per night), it would take decades.

Magic Kingdom Welcome ShowTip Of The Week

Arrive at the park for rope drop. This means be lined up and ready to enter as soon as the gates are open. If you can be among the first guests to enter the park, you’ll be at a huge advantage. Often you can experience three or more attractions before most visitors begin to trickle in an hour or so after the park opens.

Walt DisneyWalt’s Words

“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”   

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Next week I’ll have more dining information, plus all of the latest Walt Disney World news!

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge New Must Try Menu Items At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

If you are visiting Walt Disney World soon and planning to spend some time exploring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll likely work up an appetite. Disney recently announced several new must try items that have been added to the menus at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo and Ronto Roasters.

If you haven’t dined at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo before, according to Disney:

Docking Bay 3At this restaurant housed in a working hangar bay, choose from a variety of dishes prepared with ingredients from across the galaxy—all of it delicious, but none of it familiar. Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs has docked a food freighter loaded with fresh supplies and he’s ready to satisfy the appetites of visitors and locals alike with an array of exotic offerings. His planet-hopping travels allow him to prepare fare with unusual flavors that delight customers.

Docking Bay 1New Menu Items 

  • Batuuan Beef & Crispy Topato Stir Fry – Smoky braised beef glazed in tamarind sauce served with stir-fried vegetables, crispy herb yucca, pickled onions, and cilantro
  • Roasted Endorian Chicken Salad – Marinated chicken, mixed greens, grapes, tomato, cucumber, shaved onion, and radish in a lemon-pomegranate vinaigrette with spiced yogurt drizzle
  • Pirjanad Hot Chicken Tip Yip – Crispy chicken glazed in a spicy chipotle sauce served with white rice, relish of sweet corn, shishito peppers, jicama, plantains, and cilantro
  • Peka Tuna Poke – Raw tuna tossed in a spicy Sriracha dressing served with green papaya salad, pickled mushrooms, fresh herbs, and crispy garlic
  • Outpost Puff – Chocolate pastry filled guajillo chocolate mousse and green milk sauce finished with Thai tea panna cotta, spiced pineapple, and confectionary debris

Docking Bay 2Other options at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo include plant-based selections, children’s meals, and assorted alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Mobile ordering is available, and highly recommended as this location can get very busy most of the day and night. Docking Bay’s hours vary and is generally open for lunch and dinner each day. Prices range from $13 to $20 for entrees, $7 for dessert, $8 to $10 for children’s meals, and $3 to $15 for beverages.

If you haven’t tried Ronto Roasters, according to Disney:

Ronto Roasters 2As you wander the market, follow the intoxicating scent of grilled meat wafting through the air. Ronto Roasters is a favorite stop for crews prepping for their next mission.

Inside, spot the hanging podracer engine heating up a spit of meats. A pitmaster droid turns the mechanical spit, grilling a large side of ronto—a massive beast native to the planet Tatooine.

Ronto Roasters 1New Menu Items

  • Kyryll Pork Rinds – Pork rinds seasoned in a savory blend of ancho chili, cheddar, smoke, and cinnamon.
  • Zuchii Wrap – Grilled zucchini, smokey chickpea-onion slaw, creamy garlic-tahini sauce, and fresh cilantro wrapped in pita bread (plant-based)
  • Triple Suns Breakfast Wrap – Plant-based egg, smoky chickpea-onion slaw, and roasted tomato sauce wrapped in pita bread (plant-based)
  • Andoan Fruit with Muja Sauce – Sticks of jicama, cucumber, pineapple, melon, and dragon fruit doused in a tamarind sauce and dusted with peppercorn ash (plant-based)

Other options at Ronto Roasters include limited breakfast selections plus assorted alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There is not a dedicated children’s menu at this location, so sharing is a good option for guests with smaller appetites. Mobile ordering is available, and highly recommended as this location can get very busy most of the day. Ronto Roasters’ hours vary and is generally open for breakfast and lunch each day. Prices range from $8 to $13 for entrees and $4 to $15 for beverages.

Will you be trying the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge menu items?
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Enjoy Summer Dishes During Flavors Of Florida At Disney Springs

Flavors of FloridaIf you are looking for more delicious dining options at Walt Disney World this summer, head on over to Disney Springs from now through August 12, 2021 to enjoy dishes and drinks from more than 30 restaurants and shops celebrating the best of the Sunshine State during Flavors of Florida.

Check out this Foodie Guide to Disney Springs Flavors of Florida from Disney!

Flavors of Florida 1Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Florida Sunset Éclair – Blood orange, dulce de leche mousse infused with orange liquor and decorated with candied orange zest

Chef’s Art Smith’s  Homecomin’

  • Tender Fried Gator Bites – Marinated gator lightly seasoned and deep fried served with house-made remoulade and hot sauce
  • Floradora Cocktail – A mix of gin, freshly muddled raspberries, freshly squeezed lime juice, house-made simple syrup, and a splash of ginger beer

City Works Eatery & Pour House 

  • Grouper Tacos – Cajun-spiced grouper, blackened, Key lime coleslaw, pineapple salsa, micro cilantro, white corn tortillas, and olive oil-parsley fries
  • Golden Honey Margarita – Tequila, honey syrup, fresh orange juice, and fresh lemon juice

Coca-Cola Rooftop Beverage Bar

  • Coca-Cola Orange Cream Float – Soda fountain favorite with Florida flair

Flavors of Florida 2Dockside Margaritas

  • Specialty Margaritas – Chipotle or wine margarita served from this laid-back waterfront bar themed after a 1960s Florida fruit stand

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC

  • Orange Blossom Cupcake – Moist vanilla cake with sweet orange-flavored frosting

Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew

  • Key Lime Pie Donut – Glazed donut filled with citrus custard piped with sweet meringue and sprinkled with tendrils of lime zest

Frontera Cocina

  • Shrimp Ajillo Tostada – Roasted garlic-guajillo Florida pink shrimp, citrus-soy vinaigrette, avocado, jicama, local heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and orange
  • Watermelon Pink Flamingo – Fresh watermelon and lime juice with tequila and orange liqueur with a chili powder rim

Flavors of Florida 3Gideon’s Bakehouse

  • Chocolate Chip Key Lime Pie Cookie – Chocolate chip cookie infused with Florida Key lime juice covered in dark chocolate and coated with crunchy pie crust crumbs
  • Key Lime Pie Cake – 3-layer vanilla Key lime cake with tangy Key lime cream cheese frosting and house-made graham cracker crust accents

Goofy’s Candy Co. & Disney’s Candy Cauldron

  • Key Lime and Strawberry Cupcakes
  • Key Lime and Strawberry Marshmallow Pops
  • Key Lime and Strawberry Crisped Rice Treats

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar

  • Key Lime Pie – Key lime filling layered on a graham cracker crust topped with toasted coconut
  • Green Gator – Toasted coconut rum mixed with melon liqueur, simple syrup, and pineapple juice

Jaleo by José Andrés

  • Pancetta de Valencia – Cured classic pancetta drizzled with orange sauce served with potato purée
  • Agua de Valencia – Refreshing blend of orange juice, gin, vodka, and Spanish cava

Flavors of Florida 4Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

  • Florida Shrimp Tacos with Watermelon Salsa – Jerk-spiced shrimp served in a grilled corn tortilla with watermelon pico de gallo

Marketplace Snacks

  • DOLE Whip Watermelon – DOLE Whip Watermelon piled high on a slice of fresh watermelon or layered in a parfait with Key lime mousse and sprinkled with chocolate chips

Flavors of Florida 5Morimoto Asia

  • Florida Frog Leg “Lollipop” Tempura – Frog leg nuggets sweetened with an orange blossom honey glaze rolled in toasted sesame seeds and served on one-bite skewers
  • Florida Sunshine Lager – American-style beer brewed by a local brewing company in Winter Garden, Florida 

Paddlefish

  • Florida Shrimp Feast – Peel and eat Key West pink shrimp with red potatoes and sweet corn on the cob
  • An easy-to-drink wheat beer with hints of blood-orange flavor crafted by a local brewing company

Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas

  • Blood Orange Margarita – Tequila, blood orange tequila, and fresh lime juice mixed with a splash of agave nectar
  • Florida Sunshine Orange Cake – Sweet Florida orange layer cake with white chocolate frosting

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

  • Florida Key Lime Salmon – Whiskey-cured house-smoked salmon, Florida Key lime and herb crushed potatoes, pea texture, and horseradish-crusted crispy skin
  • A signature pale ale from local brewing company brewed with Florida grapefruit

Flavors of Florida 6Splitsville’s Bamboo Bar

  • Golden Spider Roll – Tempura-fried softshell crab, cucumber, and avocado wrapped in soy paper and sushi rice topped with diced mango, honey wasabi, eel sauce, and micro greens
  • Hemingway Daiquiri – Dark rum, maraschino liqueur, fresh lime and grapefruit juices, and splash of house made grenadine served in a coupe glass

STK Orlando

  • Market or Fresh Catch – Ceviche with passion fruit, lime, and chilies
  • The Florida Sunset – Rum, passion fruit syrup, strawberry purée, and orange and pineapple juices garnished with a strawberry and orange slices

Terralina Crafted Italian

  • Creamsicle Panna Cotta – Italian “cooked cream” infused with orange served with raspberry purée and cookie crumbles
  • Summer Sangria – Pitcher of special blend of white wine and vodka and garnished with fresh Florida citrus (serves 4)

The BOATHOUSE

  • Key West Peel and Eat Shrimp – A seafood classic served with hot drawn butter and cocktail sauce
  • The BOATHOUSE signature beer – refreshing and flavorful lager with light and crisp fruity undertones

Flavors of Florida 7The Ganachery

  • Key Lime Ganache Pop – White chocolate blended with Key lime juice and fresh lime zest covered with dark chocolate

Flavors of Florida 8The Polite Pig

  • Shrimp and Grits – Southern classic with a Florida peach and habanero glaze
  • Bees Knees – Lemon juice, honey syrup, and gin with a splash of soda

Vivoli il Gelato

  • Lemon Blueberry Cookie Sandwich – Blueberry gelato sandwiched between two lemon cooler cookies 
  • Key Lime Cheesecake Shake – Cheesecake gelato blended with Key lime juice and chunks of Key lime pie topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and graham cracker crumbs

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

  • Local Tomato & Burrata Salad with fresh stone fruit, blackberries, granola, and honeycomb.
  • Strawberry Basil Margarita – Tequila mixed with strawberry and lime juice garnished with fruit and fresh basil sprigs

YeSake

  • Watermelon Boba Slushie – Refreshing summer drink with watermelon and boba pearls

Be sure to pick up a Flavors of Florida event guide upon arrival at the Disney Springs Welcome Center or any participating location. Don’t forget to share your delicious dish or favorite Florida finds on social media using #FlavorsofFL and #DisneySprings!

Which Flavors of Florida dish looks best to you?
Please leave a comment; I would love to hear from you!