New Sense Of Africa Tour At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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If you’re an animal lover looking for something a little unique to try while you’re in Walt Disney World next time, Disney is offering a brand new experience that you might want to check out; the Sense of Africa tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

AKL Senses Tour 1This three and a half hour tour was created to give guests an up close and behind the scenes look at all that goes in to this world class resort. Filled with history, culture and animal encounters this one of a kind experience is sure to be a hit with guests that love the spectacular Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The tour begins with breakfast at my favorite dining location in all of Walt Disney World: Boma – Flavors of Africa. With so much delicious food to choose from, there is certain to be something there everyone will enjoy. You can check out my full breakfast review by clicking here.

After breakfast, engage the rest of your senses as you make treats for the red river hogs, learn about the care of the creatures from your animal keeper guide, and enjoy up close encounters with the okapi, giraffes, and ostriches.

Sense of Africa is offered on Tuesday and Saturday mornings and is $249 per person. For more information or reservations, please call 407-939-8687. Being a resort guest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is not required to participate in the tour.

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Sunday Brunch At California Grill

CA Grill Brunch

A new breakfast option will soon be on the horizon. Beginning February 7, 2016, guests can enjoy a delicious Sunday Brunch being served at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. What’s this new dining experience all about, you ask? Well, here’s the scoop courtesy of Disney:

California Grill atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort soars to new heights with ‘Brunch at the Top,’ a new Sunday dining experience beginning February 7, 2016. For the first time, guests can enjoy the beautiful daytime skyline of Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot and Disney resort hotels from the magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows at the California Grill restaurant while savoring a brunch of fresh, market-driven cuisine.

CA Grill Brunch 6‘Brunch at the Top’ is an immersive dining experience where guests can interact with the culinary team in the open show kitchen while sampling charcuterie, sushi and market-inspired salads.

The culinary adventure begins with an assortment of house-made breakfast pastries delivered to the table, including caramel apple Monkey bread and Tillamook Cheddar biscuits.

Guests will then visit the show kitchen for an assortment of small tastes, such as house-smoked orange honey ham, deviled Lake Meadow Naturals eggs, shrimp and grits with Gulf White Shrimp,  grilled flat iron steak with soft poached eggs, and hardwood cooked salmon.

Then guests choose their next course, delivered tableside:

  • Pan-Fried Buttermilk Organic Chicken Cutlet with Haricots Verts, Toasted Almonds, Frisée, Beurre Noisette;
  • Sweet Potato Pancakes with Caramelized Heirloom Apples, Dried Cranberry and Raisin Compote, Vanilla
  • Custard, Warm Canadian Maple Syrup;
  • Shrimp and Grits, Gulf White Shrimp with Tillamook Cheddar Grits, Spicy Tomato Broth,
    Espellette-Spiced Tomato Ragout;
  • Poached Lobster Benedict with Butter-Poached Tail, Two Soft-Poached Eggs, Honey Ham,
    Yuzu Hollandaise, Marble Potato Hash;
  • Chef’s Frittata with Three Lake Meadow Farms Eggs, Florida Heirloom Tomatoes, Roasted Poblanos, Chorizo, Creamy Goat Cheese, Marble Potato Hash;
  • Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Soft Poached Eggs, Chimichurri, Marble Potato Hash and Charred Red Onion.

The brunch concludes with an assortment of sweet mini-desserts, macarons and chocolate truffles. The decadent multi-course meal includes an over-the-top Bloody Mary Bar, cocktails and craft brews, as well as a signature brunch cocktail and faux “mimosas” for kids.

Brunch will be served each Sunday from 10:00am -1:00pm for $80, $48 ages 3 to 11. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE or online by clicking here. Guests are asked to adhere to a dress code when dining at California Grill; click here for more details.

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Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch Coming Soon

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Another breakfast option is being added to the Disney World line-up. Beginning on November 22, 2015, brunch will be served at Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa each Sunday. This restaurant features sophisticated dining and gorgeous views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom.

Narcoossee Brunch 3Brunch will begin with your choice of Champagne, Mimosa or a Bloody Mary for adults and a smoothie for children. There will be a Pastry Basket for the table to share that includes chocolate and butter croissants, muffins, Danish, pecan sticky buns, and a seasonal jam. Each guest will select an appetizer from Onion Soup Gratinee, Seafood Charcuterie, Romaine Salad, Shrimp and Grits, and Artisanal Cheeses. Next up, several delicious entrees are available including Brioche French Toast, Croque Madam, Lobster-Egg Benedict, Chicken and Waffles, Three Egg Omelette, Pan-Roasted Loch Duart Salmon, and Steak and Eggs. And if you weren’t already stuffed, each guest wraps up their meal with a trio of desserts.

The cost is $69 for adults and $41 for children (ages 3 – 9). Reservations are available now by clicking here or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Bon appetit!

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