Disney Adds Isabella Rosselini and Marlee Matlin to Celebrity Narrator Lineup for Candlelight Processional


The Candlelight Processional is a not-to-be-missed event that’s held in the America Gardens Theatre during the holiday season at Walt Disney World as part of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.

A mass choir is joined by a 50-piece live orchestra along with a celebrity narrator and together, they tell the story of Christmas in words and music, in a very moving performance. An American Sign Language interpreter will also be on stage to translate the narrated story, allowing hearing-impaired guests to enjoy the event.

While there are still a couple of dates that don’t have a celebrity narrator assigned yet, Isabella Rosselini and Marlee Matlin have both been added to the 2019 lineup.

For guaranteed seating to this performance, we recommend booking a Candlelight Processional Dining Package. Reservations are open and can be made online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

Six Character Meals in Seven Days – Akershus Royal Banquet Hall


*DIS Contributors review meals, resort stays, and entertainment that they have paid for during their own vacations. They only utilize discounts and offers if they are available to the general public, such as annual passholder discounts, Tables in Wonderland, or DVC membership discounts. They receive no additional compensation for dining experiences or events, so that they may give their honest opinions about price and value.

This is a review of six different character meals done over an eight night, nine day vacation at Walt Disney World during August 2019. For the full seven days we were there, our party of six, including myself, my wife, our six and one year old daughters, and our four year old son, braved a collection of buffets, along with my mother, to see as many characters as we could. These reviews were done with the Disney Dining Plan, and the only out of pocket expenses were tips.

The scores given in these reviews will be in context of each other and not comparing them to other restaurants on property. The scores are out of 10, and anything less than a 5 will signal that there was a negative experience.

So, why so many character meals? First, it’s a fantastic way to maximize the value of the Disney Dining Plan. Second, it gets you and the family out of the heat and into some air conditioning. Third, after seeing all the different characters at the meals, you don’t need to wait in line to see them in the parks. When you’re shepherding around three small kids, these meals are great at keeping them occupied at the table and allow you to relax for a short while before getting back to touring the park.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Location: Epcot
Meal: Dinner
Characters: Belle, Ariel, Snow White, Aurora, and Cinderella
Cost: $59.99 per adult, $34.99 per child
Total Cost: $249.95 | Disney Dining Plan Cost per day: $282.43

The Location and Theming

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is located in Epcot in the Norway Pavilion on the south side. So if you’re coming from top side of the World Showcase, it’ll be located in the back of the pavilion close to the Frozen Ever After ride. If you have a reservation, you’ll have to get into the roped off area and speak with the cast member so that when your table is ready, you’ll be called to the front door via text message. If you walk up to the front initially, you’ll just get sent back anyway!

The theming of the restaurant is beautiful. This spacious restaurant doesn’t make it feel like you’re crammed into a cafeteria or just have the tables lined up to feed you efficiently like a lot of the other character meals like Hollywood and Vine and The Crystal Palace. There are multiple rooms all beautifully decorated like you’d expect a Norwegian hall to be. The tables aren’t too close to each other and the division of the rooms provides some form of intimacy and masks the fact they have a lot of seating capacity in this restaurant. The atmosphere is cozy and warm.

Score: 8 / 10

The Food

The meal is different from other character meals as it’s half way between a buffet and a served dinner like Cinderella’s Royal Table. As you are seated, you are handed a menu to select your main course. You are also allowed that this point to walk up to the “appetizer” buffet called the Taste of Norway. You have a selection of “Scandinavian Seafood, Imported Cheeses, cured and sliced Meats, and a vast selection of Salads and Fruits”. All of the choices are fresh and presented in a manner you’d expect in a higher end restaurant. The selection is vast and taste of the different meats and cheeses is delicious and the offerings are a higher quality option compared to other character dining experiences.

After you are finished and your plates are cleared, you are brought the entree that you ordered. I had the “Raspeballer – Scandinavian Potato Dumpling” which is described as “Handcrafted Dumplings with Zucchini, Leeks, Peas, and Mushrooms served in a Coconut-Curry Sauce”. The portions are generous and the food is quite good. The dumplings were flavorful, and the coconut curry sauce was on the sweet side and it gave the rest of the vegetables a fine flavor. The vegetables were fresh and cooked well, nothing was over or under cooked. Others at the table had chicken that was also well received, and the kids had their own generous portion of mac-and-cheese.

Dessert is also presented to the table afterward, and, as a party of six, we were given two servings. The dessert selection contained chocolate cakes, apple crisps and other sweets. Our family was not able to finish them. The desserts were delicious and well prepared and were a step above other options presented at some of the other character meals.

A selection of adult beverages was also available on the menu.

Score: 8 / 10

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The Characters

It’s very difficult to compare the different characters that you get to meet at the different character meals that you can have on property. A lot of it depends on who your personal favorites are. The characters all do a wonderful job of interacting with the kids. Scoring mostly depends on how engaged they were, and how much interaction they had with the restaurant as a whole. At Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, you’ll get to visit with a collection of princesses. When you enter the restaurant, you are brought to a nook where Belle is standing to take pictures. The rest of the princesses you will meet at your table.

Our experience with the characters was fantastic. They spoke with the kids, stayed around as long as was necessary, and didn’t seem to rush off to the next table. During the meal, the characters take all of the kids around and lead them through the restaurant with a princess parade.

Score 9 / 10

Service

Service was excellent at Akershus. Our server was prompt and always visible in case we needed something. Plates were cleared and the food was brought to the table promptly, and at no point did we feel rushed to finish and leave. The server was always pleasant, met us with a smile, and provided a very professional experience.

With all of the traffic that comes through the restaurant, you sometimes expect servers to push for turnover, but this was not the case at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

Score 8 / 10

Value for Your Money

As we were on the Disney Dining Plan, cost was not a concern in the moment as this experience was a single table service credit per person. Based on my experience, this scored a very high value for my money. The food and character interaction was fantastic and left me personally wanting to come back with my family the next time we’re in Walt Disney World.

If I were going to spend money out of pocket on a single character meal on my vacation, Akershus is a great option for young kids who want to meet the different princesses. I would say it holds a high value for my money based on food quality, theming and character interaction.

Score 9 / 10

Overall Experience

My overall experience at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall was very welcoming. Previous experience with character meals led me to expect a room built to get you to the buffet and back as efficiently as possible with enough room for characters to visit your table. This is not the case with Akerhus with it’s inviting interior and higher quality food options for adults. I would place this experience on par with Cinderella’s Royal Table (which is a signature dining restaurant) as far as food quality, character experience and theming, but at a reduced cost.

The family – especially the kids – enjoyed their experience, and this is on our list to revisit during future vacations.

8 / 10 The Location and Theming
8 / 10 The Food
9 / 10 The Characters
8 / 10 Service
9 / 10 Value for Your Money

Monorail Loses Power & Leaves Nearly 100 Guests Requiring Evacuation Thurs. Night


Late Thursday night, a Walt Disney World monorail reportedly left the Transportation and Ticket Center on its way to Epcot when it lost power and “stalled” just above the Magic Kingdom parking lot.

Guest reports state that they were stuck on the monorail for about an hour as the Reedy Creek Fire Department rescued guests with a “bucket” that could hold a maximum of two guests each.

Source: Wesh2 News

Disneyland Goes Behind the Scenes of Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House


The Disneyland Resort has a released a video of the pastry chefs hard at work creating the gingerbread house for this year’s Haunted Mansion Holiday in Disneyland Park.

The 2019 design, which premiered a couple weeks ago, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion.

Take a look at how it all came together:

You can experience Haunted Mansion Holiday until after the new year!

Source: Disney Parks Blog

A Visit to the New Character Spot Location in Epcot’s Future World West


Character Spot has a new location in Epcot‘s Future World, and I stopped by earlier this week to get a feel for what the new meet and greet experience is like. With the closing of the part of the Innoventions West building that previously housed Character Spot, the meet and greet location has now moved across the way and around the corner.

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As you walk through the new Character Spot entrance and into the building, you’ll find Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Minnie Mouse together in an area just to the left, across from where The Great Piggy Bank Adventure used to be. Over the years, this area has been used for a variety of things, such as Annual Passholder festival gift distribution. As guests approach Character Spot, they are directed to wait in a switchback line, and to have autograph books open and ready for the characters to sign.

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Each of the three characters stand in front of unique postcard backdrops, and they are situated side by side along the back wall of the space. Mickey Mouse is featured in front of a Future World themed backdrop.

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Goofy meets guests in front of a World Showcase themed postcard backdrop, and, as usual, was his fun and lovable self.

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Minnie Mouse is set against a backdrop that appeared to be themed to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, and she was more than happy to strike several adorable poses.

I felt that the new Character Spot, while lacking the themed permanent set pieces of the old location, provides a good guest experience. The bright colors and fresh backdrops were nice to see. Disney has also used lighting effects and music to help create a happy and fun environment, and guests around me were singing along. One thing that the new space lacks, though, is the element of surprise. There’s no guessing as to who’s around the corner as the three characters are easily seen by all and are lined up against a wall.

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If meeting Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy is on your Walt Disney World must-do list, stop on by the new Character Spot, and be sure to share your experience below.

Disney Cruise Line Adjusts Sept. 21 Sailing on the Fantasy from Eastern to Western Caribbean


As with all tropical systems that could potentially affect their voyages, Disney Cruise Line has been closely monitoring Hurricane Jerry in the Atlantic Ocean.

This morning, they’ve announced that the Disney Fantasy’s September 21 sailing has been switched from an Eastern itinerary to a Western itinerary to stay clear from any danger the hurricane might bring.

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The Disney Fantasy will sail the standard 7-night Western Caribbean itinerary stopping in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth instead of visiting Tortola and St Thomas. Friday’s stop at Castaway Cay remains on the schedule. Here is a look at the revised itinerary:

Saturday, September 21, 2019 – Port Canaveral
Sunday, September 22, 2019 – At Sea
Monday, September 23, 2019 – Cozumel
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 – Grand Cayman
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 – Falmouth
Thursday, September 26, 2019 – At Sea
Friday, September 27, 2019 – Castaway Cay
Saturday, September 28, 2019 – Port Canaveral

Is the Deluxe Dining Plan Worth It?


Why do some guests love the Deluxe Dining Plan?

It is true that the Deluxe Dining Plan does not fit every style of Walt Disney World vacationing. It is also true that it is not worth the money for some families going to the Walt Disney World Resort. The Deluxe Dining Plan can be very beneficial for many others, though. Here is a look into how the Deluxe Dining Plan can work for those that fit into that category.

The Deluxe Dining Plan (DDP) is an optional add-on to a Walt Disney World vacation package. You must be staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel to take advantage of any of the dining plans. All members of the party must be on the same dining plan. For this article, the focus will be on an adults-only trip. The DDP costs $116.25 per adult per night of stay, and you receive 3 dining credits/points per day and 2 snack credits/points. So, for a 5-night stay for 2 adults, the cost of the DDP would total $1,162.50.

I believe that there are all kinds of Disney travelers. There is a category of folks that like the leisurely trips and lots of exciting cuisines, myself being one of them. We are a group of Disney fans who like to stroll around the parks and resorts and eat like kings! I do not have a king’s budget, but I can save for a trip and save money using the Deluxe Dining Plan. In fact, in the past, we have come out ahead by $1200! Plus, we did not eat too much food, which is one of the largest complaints with the DDP. There is also a lot to be said about peace of mind when it comes to not having to spend and budget actively while on vacation. Just show up and eat whatever you fancy!

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The restaurants included in the Deluxe Dining Plan that require 2 credits to dine at are:
Cinderella’s Royal Table, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Be Our Guest (dinner only), Le Cellier Steakhouse, Monsieur Paul, Tiffins, Jiko, Flying Fish, California Grill, Citricos, Narcoossee’s, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Jaleo, Morimoto Asia, and The BOATHOUSE. There are several others that only require 1 dining plan credit to dine at.

In order to break down the financial side of the Deluxe Dining Plan, the following calculations have been done for the minimum price. They include an entree/buffet for breakfast. Appetizer, entree, and dessert for lunch and dinner. I did not include drinks, so there is a little wiggle room. I am also putting all of the DDP cost on the meals and excluding your 2 daily snacks which will make using them extra money saved!

2 Meals/Day – Breakfast/Lunch = $38.75   Dinner = $77.05
3 Meals/Day – Breakfast = $19.38   Lunch = $38.75  Dinner = $58.12

Here is an example of how to maximize your Deluxe Dining Plan. For this example, let us visit one of my absolute favorite restaurants: the Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. This restaurant is a steak lover’s dream. For us, every trip to the Walt Disney Resort has to include dinner at the Yachtsman!

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Average Meal Price (included in the DDP) is $75.00
Highest Meal Price (included in the DDP) is $92.00

The Yachtsman will serve you with nice sized portions and very rich food, so I would not plan for loads of adventure after your meal. Also, we usually only eat two meals on the day we go to the Yachtsman for dinner, this way it is not too much food.

As you can see, the average price for the Yachtsman Steakhouse is $75.00. This is a little lower than our calculated minimum price for the DDP on 2 meal days. However, are you going to the Yachtsman Steakhouse to eat a salad for an entree? I’m not, nor would any steak fan. So here is a peek at the menu:

First Course (Appetizer)
French Onion Soup $12.00        Caesar Salad $12.00
Crab Louis Revisited $18.00      Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail $19.00
Lobster Bisque $13.00                 Steakhouse Wedge Salad $14.00
Prime Beef Ravioli $18.00          Charcuterie or Cheese Board $19.00

Butcher’s Cuts (Entree)
8-oz Black Angus Filet Mignon $50.00
14-oz Roasted Prime Rib $45.00
16-oz Rib-Eye Steak, Prime $57.00
12-oz New York Strip Steak, Prime $50.00

Land and Sea Entrées
10-oz Rocky Mountain Lamb Chop $54.00
Citrus-cured Ora King Salmon $42.00
Lobster Pasta $52.00
Bell & Evans Chicken $34.00

Desserts
Lime Semifreddo $12.00                Carrot Cake (No Sugar Added) $12.00
The Lexington Sundae $10.00      Seasonal Sorbet Trio $9.00
Crème Brûlée $10.00                      The Admirals Cake $16.00

How much would your meal add up to? Also, your drink is included in the Deluxe Dining Plan, but does not negatively affect the outcome of the calculations above. So, now we know that the Yachtsman can be effective as a dinner option for the DDP. What about the rest of the day? Remember this is a 2 meal day; should you choose breakfast or lunch? The answer would depend on your plans for the day. Are you going to a particular park in Disney, spending the day at the resort, or even traveling to another theme park like Universal? And, of course, what restaurant will give you more bang for your DDP buck? Here are some options:

Breakfast 1 credit options that meet or exceed average $:
1900 Park Fare, Chef Mickey’s, Ohana,  Tusker House, Crystal Palace

Some lunch 1 credit options that meet or exceed the average $:
50’s Prime Time             Boma                                Chef Mickey’s
Chef de France               Crystal Palace                  Kona Cafe
Liberty Tree Tavern      Sanaa                                 Sci-fi Dine In
Sebastian’s Bistro          Teppan Edo                      The Wave
Tokyo Dining                  Turf Club Bar & Grill     Tusker House
Tutto Italia                      Via Napoli                        Whispering Canyon Cafe
Yak & Yeti                       Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

For a late breakfast, around 9-10 AM, I would choose any of the above options. All are character meals, and each one is in a great location depending at which park you decide to start your day. For an early lunch instead of a late breakfast, I would choose any of the 1 point options depending on your location at lunch time. The reason I do not recommend any of the 2 credit restaurants is that they would not (for this day) be cost effective. During the entire stay though it could be. If you need food outside of your chosen dining time, I would suggest using snack credits. You would be surprised what you can get with snack credits! For example, if you are staying at The Wilderness Lodge, a Fruit and Cheese Plate ($6.98) can be purchased using a snack credit! Also, many pastries and even coffee can be purchased using a snack credit, and would be a very good light breakfast.

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Let’s have a pretend day at Walt Disney World! We are staying at the Wilderness Lodge. Today is a lazy morning, waking up at 8 AM. While I get ready for the day, my sweetheart goes and grabs us each a coffee and a chocolate croissant from the Roaring Forks restaurant. All of the items were covered with Deluxe Dining Plan snack points. After enjoying our little breakfast on the balcony, we head out to the boats for the Magic Kingdom. We use our first fast pass for The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and then head over and have some fun in Adventureland. We get into all kinds of trouble with our favorite characters and enjoy the day. For lunch, we hop on a boat and head over to the Contemporary Resort to eat at The Wave. At 12:30 PM, we eat wonderful meals in a crisp and cool environment. We get back to the Magic Kingdom in time to see the parade and, though the parade is great, we enjoy watching the little ones around us light up watching it. Next, we are off to use our other fast passes, and especially to slow down and enjoy where we are. No rush, no worries! At around 6 PM, we head back to the Wilderness Lodge to get changed and refreshed for dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse. Our Minnie Van picks us up and delivers us to the Yacht Club resort. Dinner is amazing, to say the least. We walk on over to the World Showcase and catch the fireworks. What a good day!

Breakdown
Breakfast:
Specialty Coffee $4.49 – 1 snack point
Iced Coffee $ 2.49 – 1 snack point
Chocolate Croissant $3.49 x 2 ($6.98) – 2 snack points
Lunch:
Appetizer 1 Lump Crab Cakes $ 15.00
Appetizer 2 Steamed Bao Bun $10.00
Entree 1 Pappardelle Pasta $20.00
Entree 2 Signature Burger $19.00
Desert 1 Chocolate Flight $11.00
Dessert 2 Trio of Sorbet $11.00
2 Waters $0.00
Total: $86.00 all on the DDP using 1 credit per person.
Dinner:
Appetizer 1 French Onion Soup $12.00
Appetizer 2 Crab Louis Revisited $18.00
Entree 1 Filet $50
Entree 2 Ribeye $57
Dessert 1 The Lexington Sundae $10
Dessert 2 Admiral’s Cake $16
Beverage 1 $3.49
Beverage 2 $3.49
Total: $169.98

Grand Total: $269.94
Break-even point: $233.50
Difference: + $36.44

 

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A nice day with food that reaches a level above those in our normal lives. Service that exceeds expectations and, in this case, an excellent value to boot. There is definitely a wrong and a right way to use the Deluxe Dining Plan. The biggest mistakes made with the DDP are:

● Using credits for Quick Service Meals
● Not making Advance Dining Reservations
● Not wisely booking reservations with considerations to the rest of your day
● Booking meals too close together
● Thinking you have to eat everything on your plate
● Ordering things you may not like to maximize your points
● Not being adventurous with your dining locations (go to Jiko!)
● Trying to eat 3 meals per day every day
● Not taking advantage of the 2 credit restaurants for dinner
● Not using your snack credits

I hope this article helps you in your decision making for your next trip; either to confirm that the Deluxe Dining Plan is not for you or to help you see how it can be beneficial to you. Thank you so much for letting me nerd out with all of the math. I know there are those out there, like me, that like to get very detailed in your planning. Happy Travels Disney Fans!

Walt Disney World Balloon Handler Struggles Against Strong Gust of Wind


If you’ve ever seen the cute images of guests “holding” a giant bunch of Disney balloons on Main Street, U.S.A., what you may not have noticed was the Cast Member still holding onto the end of the bunch.

A lot of times, guests don’t quite understand why things have to be done a certain way when it comes to their safety. At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on Sunday, you can see how a strong gust of wind knocks a Cast Member to the ground as he struggled to hold onto the balloons.

The next time you ask a Cast Member if you can pose with their bouquet of balloons, you can now see why it’s important for them to hang on tight.

News Source: 6ABC

New Entertainment Announced for Frontierland & The Golden Horseshoe at the Disneyland Resort


Visitors to Disneyland have some new entertainment to look forward to this fall in Frontierland and at The Golden Horseshoe.

Next week, a strolling magician will arrive with “demonstrations of sleight-of-hand and other tricks.” Guests can find this “master of magic” on the streets of Frontierland, on the Mark Twain steamboat, or mixing in with patrons inside The Golden Horseshoe throughout the fall season.

The Golden Horseshoe will also welcome a pair of piano players later this fall. These pianists will come ready to challenge each another to a dueling piano showdown as they take turns playing iconic numbers from the Old West. They’ll even take requests from the audience. Guests are encouraged to stop by and see if they can stump them.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

Walt Disney World Shares 2019 Foodie Guide to ‘WonderFall’ Flavors at Disney Springs


WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs made its debut last year and it’s back again in 2019. This limited-time foodie event will take place from September 20 through November 4, 2019, with more than 30 participating locations.

Guests will find seasonally-inspired specialty cocktails and ciders, desserts, and dishes that feature the familiar flavors of the season such as pumpkin, squash, apple, cinnamon, and more.

Take a look below at the list of what will be available with their descriptions and images directly from the Disney Parks Blog.

4R Barbacoa Cantina Food Truck

  • Squash Blossom Quesadilla – fresh squash blossom, zucchini, tomato, onion, refried beans, Chihuahua cheese, and queso fresco with a side of pico de gallo

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Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Harvest Apple Crépe – with vanilla sauce and toasted pecans
  • Pumpkin Crème Brûlée – pumpkin custard with brûléed sugar, candied pecans, and a pumpkin sable cookie garnished with Amorette’s chocolate

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AristoCrêpes

  • Poison Apple Cocktail – caramel apple frozen cocktail featuring apple whiskey and creamy caramel served in a poison apple stein

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The BOATHOUSE

  • Apple and Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée – topped with cinnamon whipped cream and sugared wonton chips
  • Pomegranate Margarita – tequila, lime juice, pomegranate liqueur, agave nectar, and a fresh lime wedge with a salted rim

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Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

  • Smoked Turkey Sliders – made with white cheddar cheese, spring mix, tomato, and Homecomin’s homemade cran-apple chutney
  • Brown Sugar Old Fashioned – featuring brown sugar bourbon, simple syrup, and bitters with muddled oranges and cherries

D-Luxe Burger

  • Oktoberfest Burger – signature blend beef patty topped with smoked sausage, braised red cabbage, stout cheese sauce, lettuce, tomato, and grilled onion on a Parker House Roll.
  • Pumpkin Pie Milkshake – made with gelato, caramel sauce, and graham cracker crumbles topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice

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Earl of Sandwich

  • Holiday Turkey Sandwich – sliced turkey with cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mayonnaise on fresh-baked bread

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC

  • Caramel Apple Medley – vanilla cake lightly drizzled with caramel, baked apples, and a cinnamon mousse topped with sugar crystals

Enzo’s Hideaway

  • Roasted Pork Porchetta – made with smoked maple polenta, delicata squash, pomegranate, and garlic gremolata
  • Smoked Maple Old Fashioned – featuring smoked maple bourbon, cinnamon pear syrup, and chocolate bitters topped with a cinnamon stick and an orange-peel garnish

Frontera Cocina

  • Chorizo Sopes – two crispy corn masa boats, pork chorizo, roasted butternut squash, cotija cheese, crema, cilantro, and onions.
  • Horchata Margarita – joven mezal, agua de horchata, coconut liquor, and cinnamon

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The Ganachery

  • Pumpkin Spice Ganache Square – chocolate ganache with pumpkin spice
  • Chai Tea Ganache Square – chocolate ganache with chai tea
  • Maple Pecan Bourbon Hot Ganache – topped with a chocolate bacon garnish

House of Blues® Restaurant & Bar

  • Voodoo Shrimp – sautéed shrimp in a beer reduction sauce served over jalapeno-cheese cornbread
  • Abita Pecan Ale, Abita Brewing Company

Jaleo by José Andrés

  • Seared Scallops – with butternut squash, orange, and caramelized pumpkin seeds
  • Karlita Cocktail – brandy, amontillado, orange, lemon, and orange bitters

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Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

  • Giant Charcuterie Pretzel – featuring an air pirate cargo pretzel, prosciutto, sliced brats, artisan pepperoni, smoked cheddar, black diamond cheddar, pickles, spicy mustard, and beer cheese fondue
  • Autumn Smash – spiced rum, pear nectar, simple syrup, and a splash of lemon juice topped off with a cinnamon twig

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Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante

  • Chicken Saltimbocca – prosciutto di parma, roasted apple, cipollini onions, and balsamic glazed baby carrots
  • Pumpkin Vodka Cocktail – mixed with pumpkin purée, apple cider, and a splash of soda water with lemon

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Paddlefish

  • Crispy Catfish – with southern grits, black pepper butter sauce, baby kale, and julienne apple.
  • Paddlefish Hard Apple – apple juice mixed with bourbon and ginger beer and garnished with a cinnamon stick

Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas

  • Autumn Special Flatbread – honey-roasted pears, creamy brie, caramelized walnuts, and fresh rosemary on a delicious crispy crust
  • Smoky Cinnamon Old Fashioned – made with a s’more roasted cinnamon stick and bourbon

Planet Hollywood

  • Slow Roasted Chicken Breast – tender slow-cooked all-natural double chicken breast, pan gravy with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and green bean medley
  • Fall Spirit – cinnamon whiskey blended with fresh lemon juice and honey syrup finished with apple cider

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The Polite Pig

  • Maple Bourbon Pork Belly – pork belly croutons on smashed sweet potatoes with maple whiskey caramel
  • Apple Cider Whiskey Sour – rye whiskey mixed with apple cider, lemon, brown sugar, and cinnamon

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

  • Braised Pork Shoulder – served with creamed sage cabbage, pickled mustard seeds, red wine jus, and spiced caramelized apple purée
  • Samhain Sangria – whiskey, sauvignon blanc, cold-pressed apple cider, seltzer, and homemade cinnamon syrup with fresh orange, apple, and cranberries

Rainforest Café 

  • Roasted Fall Vegetable Tacos – roasted butternut squash with a roasted fall vegetable mix, corn, and black bean salsa garnished with avocado crema, fresh cilantro, and a lime wedge

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Splitsville

  • Grilled Chicken and Apple Flatbread – Maple apple butter, smoked Gouda,  and goat cheese topped with crisp diced apples, grilled chicken, red onion, bacon, and cilantro
  • Spiced Pear Spritzer – fresh pear nectar, ginger liqueur, vodka, lemon juice,  and allspice topped with ginger ale and garnished with star anise

Sprinkles

  • Pumpkin Cupcake – pumpkin cake laced with fragrant ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon topped with sweet cinnamon cream cheese frosting

STK Orlando

  • STK Beef Lollipops – served with cranberry spice chutney and delicious sweet potato frites
  • Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita – a nutty-flavored beer brewed with Louisiana roasted pecans

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Sunshine Churros

  • Pumpkin Spice Churros – classic churro with delicious pumpkin spice

T-REX

  • Mushroom Ravioli – topped with Italian sausage in a butternut squash cream sauce, freshly grated parmesan cheese, and sage
  • Bourbon and Cider Cocktail – fall cocktail with bourbon, apple, and ginger

Terralina Crafted Italian

  • Apple and Cranberry Bread Pudding – made with cinnamon and cloves
  • Terralina Cider – featuring cinnamon whiskey, apple liqueur, and sour mix

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Vivoli il Gelato

  • Pumpkin Cannoli – Italian pastry shell filled with sweet cream and pumpkin

Wine Bar George

  • Ibérico Pork Pluma – made with confit Yukon potatoes and butternut squash purée
  • Triton, Tempranillo from Toro – full-bodied red wine with ripe plum, black cherries, and earthy notes

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Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

  • Pumpkin Ravioli – made with a brown butter sauce, crushed walnuts, and sage
  • Drunken Pumpkin – vanilla vodka blended with coffee liqueur and pumpkin purée served in a graham cracker rimmed glass with a touch of nutmeg

Wolfgang Puck Express

  • Delicious Corn Flake French Toast – with maple syrup and seasonal fruit topping with cinnamon sugar

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YeSake

  • Kabocha Pumpkin Bun – cinnamon-steamed bun filled with a sweet pumpkin cream and cranberries
  • Pumpkin Spice Boba Tea – made with tea, almond milk boba pearls, and spices (non-alcoholic)
  • Spiced Kabocha – made with sake, almond milk, pumpkin, and cinnamon

Guests will also find a variety of fall-inspired hard ciders at Dockside Margaritas and outdoor vending carts. Candy Cauldron and Goofy’s Candy Co. offers fall-inspired treats like candy apples, cookies, cake pops, crispy treats, and more as well.