Have you ever wanted a chance to slowly walk through The Great Movie Ride attraction at Disney World to be able to take in all of the great details? How about the chance to spend an entire evening inside this amazing attraction while enjoying dinner and special entertainment? This can really happen if you are a Tables In Wonderland card holder.
Here are all of the details about a great opportunity to spend an amazing evening inside one of Disney's Hollywood Studios' most loved attractions while enjoying a wonderful meal with a relatively small group.
Tables in Wonderland Special Event
The Great Movie Ride Dinner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™
Friday June 15 and Saturday June 16, 2012
8:00 – 10:30pm
Arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ and walk through the courtyard of the Majestic Graumann's Chinese Theatre. Then you will be invited to come inside The Great Movie Ride after the attraction is closed with exclusive backstage VIP access!
We've cleared the track for you to walk through and dine inside the attraction where you will experience some of the most classic scenes in motion picture history. Sets from Busby Berkeley musicals, crime dramas, old-fashioned Westerns, and more!
Price: $165.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.
8:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Passed Reception in the Gangster Scene
· “Squid and Beans” Salad
· “Gambino” Balsamic Beef with Palermo Roasted Tomato
· “Terranova” Blistered Artichoke Cheese Quenelle
8:30 – 10 p.m.
Plated Dinner in the Western Scene
· Creamy Free Range Yard Bird Corn Chowder with Piquillo Peppers and Ciabatta Bread
· Wild Greens and Herbs with Cactus Cilantro Vinaigrette with Beet Tumbleweeds with Mandarin Rice Wine Marinade
· Poblano Barbeque Braised Beef Short Rib with Tobacco Onions
· Smoky Cheddar Potatoes Gratin
· Black Skillet Roasted Baby Green Beans with Mushrooms
· House-made Fire Roasted Corn Bread with Butter
10:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Dessert Buffet in the Land of Oz
· Wicked Witch Pistachio Cannoli
· Emerald Cheesecake Pushups
· Ruby Strawberry Panna Cotta
· Dark Forest Chocolate Decadence with Raspberry Gel
· Yellow Brick Caramel Milk Cake
· Auntie Em’s Apple Cake
Beer, Wine, Specialty Beverages
For reservations, e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@
with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone
number, home address, and the number of people in your party. Please indicate
which event date you are requesting, June 15 or June 16. You will be notified
on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Your credit card will be taken over the
phone once your reservation is confirmed. This may take up to 2 weeks to hear
from us; please send only ONE email. The event is limited to 80 Guests per
event date. This event is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.
The Walt Disney World Resort provides a wide variety of dining experiences. They range from formal to fun. If you happen to be in the mood for some fun then you should definitely take your group to the Pecos Bill Cafe in Frontierland of the Magic Kingdom.
Pecos Bill Cafe
At the Tall Tale Inn (aka Pecos Bill Cafe) the prime attraction is the remarkable hot toppings bar for the burgers. Here in the midst of the authentic looking western motif is where the fun starts.
Although there are other items on the menu here, the burgers are why you should come. Whether you choose the "normal" Angus cheeseburger or the deluxe cheeseburger that includes onion rings and bacon, it is the customization that happens at the Toppings bar that separates the timid from the brave.
You get to choose from such items as: Sauteed Onions, Sauteed Mushrooms, Pickle chips, tomato slices, banana peppers, nacho cheese sauce, lettuce, and more! The goal is to build your ultimate burger. Don't forget to grab a fork because if you built it right, there's no way all the toppings will fit between the buns.
Take the unofficial Disney World Burger Challenge and built your best burger. Post pictures of your best efforts at the Only WDWorld Facebook Page to share with the world your awesome burger building skills!
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
Epcot Guests will be able to visit a new dining location starting in May 2012 called Tutto Italia Wine Cellar. This location that is nestled between Tutto Italia and Via Napoli in the Epcot Italy Pavilion will be able to seat 96 patrons.
Here wine connoisseurs will be able to choose from over 200 wines, Italian beers, and Grappas while they peruse the small plate menu of food offerings.
The small plates will cover six categories: Affettati (cured, sliced meats); Formaggi (Italian cheeses); Panini (sandwiches); Piccoli Piatti (small plates); Cavatappi (a type of pasta), and Dolci (sweets). There will be over 2 dozen menu choices in all to enjoy.
From 11:30 am - 9:00 pm each day Epcot guests will get to enjoy this new place to eat, enjoy, and expand their knowledge of Italian wines and cuisine.
Four course lunch with wine pairings plus culinary demonstration, $45.00 plus tax and gratuity.
Tables in Wonderland discount accepted.
To book your reservation at this prestigious event and kick start your St. Patrick’s celebrations,
Call 407-938-0300 or 407-WDW-DINE
Or log on to http://www.raglanroad.com/
Darne of Hickory Smoked Irish Salmon served warm on buttered leeks with mead cream reduction
Espresso of Roasted Tomato and Gin Soup
Loin of Traditional Irish Bacon with Irish Mist Glaze served on Colcannon Potato with a parsley cream sauce
Jam Jar of Rhubarb Jelly Pannacotta
Don't miss your chance to enjoy this great meal and demonstration by Master Chef Kevin Dundon!
Chef Scott Hunnel
Disney World fans may have recognized Chef Hunnel (pictured above) as the head Chef for Disney World's much honored Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This restaurant has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award for 12 consecutive years.
Here is the Disney Press Release announcing the exciting news:
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., February 24, 2012 – For the sixth year in a row, The James Beard Foundation has named Chef Scott Hunnel of Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa as a finalist on its annual list of top chefs in the country.
Nominated for the prestigious “Best Chef: South” award, Chef Hunnel is familiar with earning recognition as one of the nation’s best. He also received nominations from the Foundation in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
“The amazing creativity of Chef Scott Hunnel helps make Victoria & Albert’s restaurant in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa an unparalleled experience for our Guests,” said Norm Noble, general manager of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. “For 12 consecutive years, Victoria & Albert’s has been the recipient of the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award, celebrated the world over thanks to Chef Hunnel’s exquisite culinary creations. Scott’s nomination in the prestigious James Beard Awards for ‘Best Chef: South’ is well deserved.”
Chef Hunnel finds great joy in delivering a ”wow” factor with his culinary creations. He enjoys taking gastronomic journeys around the world for inspiration and ideas. In recent years, his search has taken him to the kitchen of George V in Paris, truffle hunting in Italy, and to markets and restaurants in Hong Kong, Bangkok and London.
“To me, the James Beard recognition is such an honor because the nomination comes from your peers,” said Hunnel. “There are so many talented chefs out there and to be nominated by them is very special.”
Chef Hunnel takes a refreshingly contemporary approach in the kitchen, with a straightforward cooking philosophy: fresh, seasonal ingredients from around the globe with a focus on local markets including seaports in Florida and area farms.
The James Beard Foundation Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and emphasize the Foundation’s mission – celebrate, preserve, and nurture America’s culinary heritage and diversity. Each year, the Foundation holds an online open call for entries beginning in mid-October.
This year, more than 57,000 entries were received. Semifinalists in 19 awards categories are determined by a governing committee and placed on a nominating ballot sent to more than 550 judges across the country.
Winners will be announced in May during a gala in New York City.
When it comes to dining at the Walt Disney World Resort there are many choices for breakfast to be found, but few are considered Disney World Classic Creations. One such breakfast entree is the famous Tonga Toast at Disney's Polynesian Resort.
Tonga Toast At Disney's Polynesian Resort
The always tempting Tonga Toast can be found at Disney's Polynesian Resort. It can be obtained at either Captain Cook's Quick Service Restaurant or in the Kona Cafe Table Service Restaurant.
The Tonga Toast is a thick slice of sourdough bread that is stuffed with bananas and then deep fried and coated with cinnamon sugar. It is served with syrup and makes a wonderful, tasty breakfast.
Tonga Toast has almost as much of a following as the Dole Whip. This Disney World creation is one that people crave and talk about when they are away from Disney World and can't wait until they return to be able to taste it again.
For under $6 you too, can enjoy the wonderful, sweet goodness of the Tonga Toast. One serving is incredibly filling. At Captain Cook's it can be ordered ala carte or with your choice of breakfast meats.
Finding The Tonga Toast
To make your pilgrimage to the Polynesian Resort to enjoy the Tonga Toast, just take a bus to the Magic Kingdom and then hop aboard the Resort Monorail and take it to the 3rd stop, which is the Polynesian Resort.
Once you arrive at the Polynesian Resort travel to the ground floor to find Captain Cook's. After you place your order and pay at the cashier you can choose to eat either inside or outside depending upon your preference.
Tonga Toast Is A Disney World Must Do
Just like experiencing the Dole Whip, the Tonga Toast is a must do experience for frequent Disney World visitors. This special treat is one that will have you hooked once you give it a try.
Now You Can Make It At Home Also
Disney has created a special video featuring one of the Chefs from Disney's Polynesian Resort demonstrating how you can make Tonga Toast at home. Enjoy!
The title picture shows a new menu offering at the Plaza Restaurant, which can be found at the end of Main Street USA. Here you can get a kid's plate that include grilled chicken, cous cous, and a fresh fruit skewer.
At traditional favorite Liberty Tree Tavern, found in the Liberty Square Land of the Magic Kingdom, there is a new barbecued chicken and pineapple flatbread pizza with a side of crisp veggies and apples, or oven-roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, veggies and fruit.
Widen Your Food Horizons
Let your children explore some new food horizons while you enjoy dining at Disney World. You may discover that your children have new food favorites after your vacation!
Disney World Vacation, you should definitely consider eating at one or more of the Disney World Character Dining experiences. When you add Disney Characters to one of the Walt Disney World Resort themed Restaurants, you create a memorable experience that will endure long after your vacation is over.
Crystal Palace At The Magic Kingdom
One of the most popular Disney Character Dining venues is the Crystal Palace, which is located within the Magic Kingdom Theme Park. Not only will you be treated to a marvelous buffet meal, but you will also encounter Winnie The Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood.
The Crystal Palace is a beautiful Victorian Styled building with a multitude of windows that makes it very bright and airy during the day and an almost magical feeling at night. The Victorian choice of architecture fits in well with the English roots of its star inhabitant Winnie The Pooh.
The Crystal Palace sits at the juncture of Main Street U.S.A. and the entrance to Adventureland. The Disney Imagineers took this into consideration during the design of this restaurants using elements of the San Fransisco Conservatory Of Flowers, Kew Gardens of England, and the Crystal Palace in New York. These elements were all combined to create a gateway to the Colonial Inspired Visions of Asia and Africa that form the basis of the design of Adventureland.
Disney Character Dining - The Characters
The Disney Characters, in this case Winnie The Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore, play an important role in the Dining Experience for children and adults (children at heart) alike.
During the meal each of the characters makes their way around the restaurant stopping at each table to interact with the guests, signing autograph books, and posing for pictures.
Each character has his/her own personality and it comes out during their interactions with the guests.
You can't help but smile when the life-sized lovable Winnie The Pooh comes to your table.
Piglet is so cute that you want to hug him, and here you can!
Even the adults can't wait to pose for pictures with Tigger. Make sure that you bring your camera, because there will be plenty of photo opportunities during the meal.
Disney Vacation Tip: Don't be afraid to ask a Disney Cast Member to take a family group shot on your own camera. Even Disney PhotoPass Photographers will take a picture on your camera if you ask.
Disney Character Dining: The Meal
The Crystal Palace serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with characters appearing at all three. The buffet style meal works well for families as the large variety offering allow even the pickiest of eaters to find something that they like. It also makes it easier to time your trips to the buffet with the appearances of the characters at your table.
The Crystal Palace Buffet for breakfast includes traditional items such as: omelets, cereals, freshly baked pastries, fresh fruit, breakfast pizza and cheddar cheese potatoes.
The Lunch and Dinner Buffets include a variety of salads, vegetables, and American favorite entrees like: carved flank steak for lunch and sirloin for dinner, rotisserie chicken and Atlantic salmon. Many of the along dishes have a delicious hint of curry, cinnamon, mango and papaya to give the menu a touch of uniqueness.
The Crystal Palace also features a show kitchen where you can watch the dishes being prepared and have the chefs served the freshly carved meats.
The dessert stations are also a treat including bread pudding, a variety of tarts, pies, cakes, and pastries.
For children there is even a special buffet station with their favorites like: fried chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, pizza, and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Adults may also get food from this area and children may choose any of the other dishes. These are just provided so that the more selective eaters have something that they may enjoy.
Summary Review of The Crystal Palace
The Crystal Palace is a great place to enjoy a Character Dining Experience at Disney World. Advance Reservations are highly recommended and are a must during most of the year. The buffet is wonderful and the quality of the food is much better than any typical buffet you will find. the food is fresh, hot, and very tasty.
The interaction with Winnie the Pooh and his friends was delightful and was something that everyone enjoyed, even the grumpy adults. Who can resist the playful charm of Pooh or Tigger? If you only have one Character Dining Experience to try, you will not be disappointed with trying the Crystal Palace. Even with the large number of families and the Disney Characters the environment was much quieter than expected and the surrounding are beautiful.
Yak & Yeti Restaurant
The Yak & Yeti Restaurant is one of only two Table Service Restaurants that can be found within Disney's Animal Kingdom. When this theme park opened, there were none and Disney recognized that they needed to correct this oversight. Disney World Theme Park Guests have become accustomed to experiencing great themed restaurants in addition to the normal park attractions.
The Yak & Yeti Restaurant does not disappoint when it comes to theming. It is anything, but your typical restaurant and it is worth dining there just to get a chance to explore the restaurant and look at all of the artifacts and decorations you will find within. There are two stories and multiple rooms with each adding a different flavor of decor to enjoy.
Great Asian Cuisine
The Yak & Yeti is not just a greatly themed restaurant, the food is definitely a great reason to visit also. The Asian themed food here gets better guest reviews than the Nine Dragons Restaurant in Epcot. During a recent visit my family of four tried four different entrees on the Yak & Yeti menu.
The Dim Sum Basket for Two is listed as an appetizer, but it also makes a great entree. True to its name the food comes inside a basket that contains Pork pot stickers, shrimp siu mai, cha su bao, and pork sie mai steamed on a banana leaf, soy lime dipping sauce. All for only $13.99.
The Lo Mein dish includes Lo Mein noodles, carrots, cabbage, green onions, bean sprouts and Chicken for $17.99. This was a very tasty dish with a large portion, certain to quench the hunger of exploring jungles, battling Yeti's, and time travelling to see dinosaurs.
The Wok based dishes include the above pictured Crispy Honey Chicken. This tasty dish includes: tempura chicken, broccoli, carrots, & honey sauce for $17.99.
The fourth entree that we tried was Lo Mein with Shrimp, which is the same as the Lo Mein described earlier except it includes Shrimp instead of Chicken for $18.99.
The menu also includes the following entrees:
- Baby Back Ribs
- Shaoxing Steak and Shrimp
- Maple Tamarind Chicken
- Kobe Beef Burger
- Seared Miso Salmon
- Crispy Mahi Mahi
- Duck with Anandapur Glaze
- Tempura Shrimp
- MalAsian Seafood Curry
- Stir Fried Beef and Broccoli
- Sweet & Sour Chicken or Pork
- Bourbon Chicken
Yak & Yeti Secret
One special Yak & Yeti Restaurant secret that Only WDWorld will reveal here is that there is a full service bar with bar-side seating located within the air conditioned comfort of this restaurant. This is a great way for adults to escape the heat of Disney's Animal Kingdom and take a break to enjoy their favorite beverage.
Yak & Yeti Restaurant - Recommended!
If you are looking for a place to dine during your day at Disney's Animal Kingdom strongly consider eating at the Yak & Yeti Restaurant. This air conditioned oasis not only provides great food at reasonable prices compared to other Disney World Table Service Restaurants, but the theming is incredible. It is like an attraction itself with all of the artifacts and decorations that you will find inside.