Dining at Walt Disney World: New Food Offerings

New things are “cooking” at Walt Disney World! Over the past couple weeks there have been some smaller news stories regarding food options at the parks and resorts. I have compiled a few of them to help you better plan your meals on your next trip.

Avatar Food Fallout:
We all know that changes are coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom over the next several years. However, these planned changes have already effected one of my favorite eateries in the park. Tamu Tamu has been hit by the Avatar invasion that has forced the Festival of the Lion King theater to be relocated to Harambe.
 
Because of the increase in foot traffic around Harambe, Disney has decided to change the once popular menu at Tamu Tamu to facilitate quicker service to guests. One of my favorite items in all of Walt Disney World was the spicy beef sandwich at Tamu, but I will always have my memories! The new menu features a trio of curry dishes aimed to still give guests a taste of Africa, with the speed of serving many more guests at a time:
 
  • Slow Cooked Chicken Curry- served over jasmine rice with pita bread
  • Vegetarian Curry- Roasted vegetables and tofu served with pita bread
  • Roasted Chicken Salad- Roasted chicken with dried fruits, African spices, served with pita bread
Diehard fans of  Tamu Tamu will surely order with cautious optimism. However, Disney has done a much better job of upgrading their quick service options in recent years.
 
Touchdown:
The four month refurbishment of the End Zone Food Court at the All-Star Sports Resort is finally complete. They updated the decor and moved away from the larger than life figures. It is now a modern food court with hints of sports themes throughout. The menu has also been updated, much to the excitement of guests I’m sure. They now have a “create your own pasta” and “create your own salad” menus. They also have kept the old favorites like pizza, burgers, and chicken nuggets. Check out some pictures of the new food court.

Moroccan Tappas:
The Morocco Pavilion in World Showcase is getting a new eatery. Spice Road Table will offer guests small plates with a variety of ethnic choices. Some of the menu options include harissa chicken, a Mediterranean omelet, mussels, jumbo shrimp, and more. This might be another great spot to enjoy some food and watch Illuminations too.
 
Not Just For New York Anymore:
Near the Canadian border of World Showcase you can enjoy one of the newest trends in pastries. The Cronut has made it’s way to the Refreshment Port. This love child of the croissant and donut has been met with great excitement at Walt Disney World. I am surely going to add this to my list of must have treats on my next trip!
 
One thing as a chef I love about Disney is they are always inventing, changing, and imagining new ways to temp our tastebuds. Sometimes we miss the foods we love that have passed on, but there is always something new to fill the void.
 

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Keith was born and raised in Northeast Ohio.He now lives with his wife a few miles from his childhood home. His first trip to the Magic Kingdom was at the age of two and while the only memories are in pictures, the magic laid dormant within him. Until he saw the animated movie Robin Hood, and his love began to grow. He has always had an interest in food and the togetherness it brings. He became a classically trained chef and all around foodie. His last trip to Disney World was in 2011 and he has been learning, researching, and keeping up on all things Disney since. He hopes to bring you all of the food news from the parks, tips on how to save money on food, and all the tastes and smells from the House of Mouse (especially when smell o vision is invented). You can follow Keith on Twitter @DarthChef79.

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