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Chef Tony Mantuano restaurant coming to Disney Springs, Portobello not returning

My suspicions were correct!  I hope you got your chance to say goodbye to Portobello at Disney Springs because it has been confirmed to not be returning at the end of its originally announced refurbishment.  Just like Fulton’s Crab House, the restaurant will be undergoing a full make-over and be coming back with a brand new name, menu, and from the looks of it, will look a bit different as well.

The Portobello restaurant at Disney Springs closed last week for what was originally announced to be a half year’s refurbishment.  It was to be coming back with a newly redesigned menu featuring family-style offerings and new Italian craft beers and wines. Read the rest of this entry


EXCLUSIVE: Early review of Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – World of Avatar


On Wednesday, I had the opportunity and pleasure to be among the first to sample the offerings at the Satu’li Canteen thanks to a Cast Member preview.  As you may know, the Satu’li Canteen is located in the new land, Pandora – The World of Avatar.  The new restaurant is a fast-casual style offering and, from what we could tell, is located on the right side of the land.   So here is our brief experience and early review!  We weren’t allowed to take pictures during the preview, so all food pictures are official photos Read the rest of this entry

Artist Point: A True Diamond Among Hidden Gems


Tucked away inside Disney’s Wilderness Lodge behind the ever-so-popular Whispering Canyon Café is one of Disney’s best kept secrets; a longtime signature dining restaurant called Artist Point.  Presenting a menu of Pacific-Northwest cuisine, Artist Point is the place to go for sampling everything the West coast can give.  From filet Mignon to bison, salmon to scallops.  There is something for everyone.

I’ve wanted to try this restaurant for well over a year and we finally had that chance last week.  Like all signature dining restaurants, Artist Point is only open for dinner.  It opens nightly at 5:30pm and closes at 9:30pm.  Our reservation was for 8, but I arrived early to walk around the resort and relax in Territory Lounge. There, I ordered a few cocktails and relaxed, enjoying the atmosphere and theming of the old west explorations. This is a great place to go if you’re a bit too early for your reservation or if you just want a nice appetizer.  After you walk up the ramp to the restaurant, you are greeted by two empty wine barrels and some excellent, rustic theming for the restaurant.  Read the rest of this entry

The Turf Club: Bar & Grill – Another Hidden Gem

imageWe’ve all heard of the insanely popular Disney restaurants located in the theme parks and even a few in the resorts.  Chef Mickey’s has become a staple for Guests to take their children to.  The Crystal Palace and Cinderella’s Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom are family traditions to dine at.  And ‘Ohana is one restaurant which almost everyone who has dined at raves about.  But what about the more hidden restaurants?  The ones which can generally be pretty easy to find a reservation for, but end up giving fantastic service and even better food?  For example, have you ever dined at The Wave located on the lobby level of Disney’s Contemporary Resort?  One of my favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World.  If you want a signature dining experience, consider Artist Point.  Located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, this restaurant has been well hidden from Guests for 20 years.  However, most of their diners are repeat Guests.  So much so, both the Cast Members and diners know each other by name.  But we’re not here to talk about these other restaurants.  We’re here to discuss a restaurant I’ve heard rave reviews about for months and finally had the chance to dine at: The Turf Club Bar and Grill. Read the rest of this entry

CONFIRMED: PizzeRizzo Opening This Fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


The Disney Parks Blog has officially confirmed the old Pizza Planet quick-service restauarnt in Muppets Courtyard will be re-opening as PizzeRizzo!  The new location will be themed to Rizzo the Rat from the Muppets who owns and operates the pizzeria with his family! We wrote about this happening in our My Two Cents column way back in November and it’s great to finally see it announced!  Check out the official statement below for more info. Read the rest of this entry

REVIEW: Chef Mickey’s Struggles to Live Up to Expectations


Chef Mickey’s is one of the most popular restaurants at Walt Disney World.  Reservations can be very difficult to get if you aren’t able to plan 6 months in advance.  Occasionally, times will become available, but usually only for very early morning or late at night.  One day, we lucked out and managed to get a reservation time right at dinner time, so we decided to see if Chef Mickey’s is really worth all the hype and its reputation. Read the rest of this entry

REVIEW: Morimoto Asia Has Something for Everyone at Disney Springs!

imageI finally had the chance to try Morimoto Asia for the first time after hearing rave reviews from Guests, friends, and family and I have to say it is absolutely fabulous. I haven’t had high-end Asian food many times in my life. Normally I’m stuck with the Chinese takeout. But I can promise you, I will be returning to Morimoto Asia because there is even more on the menu I want to try. I might even try their, dare I say it, sushi. *Audible gasp* So let’s get to it.

We didn’t have a reservation the day we went, so we took a chance and checked in at the Host podium. It was only a 15-20 minute wait and we decided to wait because they have a great lounge space for you to relax in while you wait for your table. Read the rest of this entry

The Top 5 Restaurants at Magic Kingdom

I’ve been running this blog for just over a year now and have decided to finally start writing a new type of articles: lists!  Everyone loves a good list of things.  Whether its restaurants to sample, rides to try, the best drinks to buy, hidden gems you may not know about, or even things you may NOT want to do.  One of the best things at Walt Disney World is its food offerings.  From full service restaurants, whether they be over-the-top theming or signature dining, to quick service restaurants, and from lounges to food carts, everyone has a favorite!  I have multiple in many locations.  I can’t think of a better way to start these new articles than to list my picks for Magic Kingdom’s Top 5 table service restaurants! Read the rest of this entry

REVIEW: The Skipper Canteen: A Knock Out for the Magic Kingdom


For months now, I have wanted to try Magic Kingdom’s newest restaurant, the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD. Skipper Canteen, or just the Skipper Canteen for short.  It opened not too long ago, back in December and has since been of slight controversy among Guests in the parks and for good reason but not in a negative way! As everyone knows, Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park in the world, that isn’t an exaggeration, it is fact.  It is a family oriented destination and therefore caters to that audience in every way possible, including the food. Now, in no way, shape, or form does Magic Kingdom have bad table service restaurants by any means, but up until a few years ago when Be Our Guest opened in the Fantasyland expansion, all of the restaurants pretty much featured the similar, American type fare which is incredibly family friendly.  Again, this doesn’t mean the food is bad, but at times, it could leave adult Guests wanting Read the rest of this entry

BREAKING: Writer’s Stop to Become Sci-Fi Dine-In Lounge!

DSCN9100April 2nd, 2016 will forever live in infamy at Walt Disney World as D-Day when a large portion of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and its attractions will close to make way for construction to begin on Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land.  Among the list of attractions closing was Writer’s Stop, a small merchandise/coffee shop located right next to the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant.  Yesterday, Disney broke news that not only would it be closing, but it would be reopening on April 3rd at a Sci-Fi Dine-In Lounge for the popular restaurant right next door! According to WDWNT, for a limited time, Guests will be able to stop in while waiting for their table at Sci-Fi Dine-In and enjoy some pre-dinner drinks and appetizers. Read the rest of this entry