Orlando Dining News Round-Up: The Disney Edition September 2015

There has been so much Disney dining news lately, that it warranted its own round-up. From restaurant openings to revamps to new menus, there’s a lot happening in this month’s news.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater - macadamia-crusted brioche French toast

Beginning November 1, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have another morning dining option when the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater starts serving breakfast. This seasonal offering will be a prix-fixe breakfast that will include breakfast pastries and choice of appetizer, entrée and non-alcoholic beverage.

Dishes include yogurt parfait or fresh fruit; puff pastry filled with scrambled eggs, crab, asparagus and Gruyère cheese; grilled beef tenderloin on baby spinach with bacon and Cheddar custard; pan-seared shrimp and cheesy grits; egg-white omelet with shiitake mushrooms; macadamia-crusted brioche French toast; and the famous Mickey waffle.

Cost is $23.99 for adults, and $12.99 for children ages 3 to 9. It’s currently scheduled to end January 23, 2016, but could be extended if it proves popular.

[Image courtesy of Disney Parks]

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Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn & Cafe at Magic Kingdom is getting a new menu. Instead of serving burgers and fries, like other quick service restaurants at the park, Pecos Bill’s will now have a menu of Mexican-inspired dishes like rice bowls, fajitas, burritos and more. The change is expected to go into effect this week. If you get a chance to check it out before we do, let us know what you think.

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Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s Boardwalk resort will be closing in February 2016 for a ten month refurbishment. This overhaul will include both the kitchen and dining room, though I’m told the menu will remain pretty much the same. The restaurant opened in 1996, with the resort, so it’s about time for a freshening-up. Expect it to reopen in early 2017.

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Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian will be expanding it’s offerings on October 1 to include a new Chef’s Degustation Menu. This will consist of 10 small courses curated by Chef Scott Hunnel, inspired by the seasons and the chef’s travels. The cost will be $235 per guest, and reservations are required.

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Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is now open at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). It does feature a small bites menu of nine items, all averaging $10 or so, but the bulk of the menu is dedicated to specialty drinks. It has limited indoor seating, as well as an outdoor patio with seating. It is open from 11:30am to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and until 1am Friday and Saturday. It doesn’t accept reservations, so you may have to wait for seating if it’s busy.

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Morimoto Asia opens at Disney Springs on September 30. Orlando’s first restaurant by the Iron Chef features a Pan-Asian menu, a sushi bar, and an extensive beverage menu. It is located in the building that formerly housed Mannequins night club, though the inside looks nothing like that club anymore. We’ll be there for a media preview this week, and will report back with more details on the new upscale restaurant.

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The 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival started September 25, and features a lot of great food and drink, as well as music, seminars, and more. It runs through November 16, and is included with your admission to Epcot.

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If you have any Disney dining news, send it to us. If we use it, you’ll get credit.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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