2019 brought some much-appreciated additions to the Walt Disney World food scene. From new restaurants, to festival food highlights, and a complete re-haul of plant-based menus, guests were treated to some exciting upgrades this year! Here’s a recap of all we welcomed at WDW in 2019:
Plant Based Menu Items and Icon
One of the most notable changes to food and menus at WDW in 2019 was the addition of the Plant Based dining icon on all Disney-run food service location menus. With hundreds of plant-based items added all over the parks and resorts, and the new leaf icon to make identifying these dishes faster and easier, guests who follow vegan and vegetarian diets, as well as those with dairy, egg and fish allergies, have truly benefited from this dining update. The Plant Based menus were introduced in October 2019 and we are still seeing new items released with every shift in season and celebration. It has been refreshing to see healthier items and cruelty-free foods offered to Disney guests and answer this particular consumer demand. Some of our favorites include the Crew Stew at Jungle Navigation Co’s Skipper Canteen and the Meatless Meatballs at Tony’s Town Square.
Jaleo in Disney Springs features authentic Spanish-style food, such as paella and tapas, and an impressive wine tasting!
Toledo rooftop bar at Gran Destino Tower, located at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, offers up great views including fireworks with a dazzling menu that features tapas, steaks, and seafood!
Three Bridges Bar and Grill, located in the serene and scenic location of the middle of the lake at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, brought spice and Latin flavor to the Walt Disney World menu this summer.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios became a popular spot for out-of-this world bites!
Oga’s Cantina, also located at Galaxy’s Edge, is where you can find the now-famous Blue milk! Virgin and alcoholic beverages are sure to quench your galactic-level thirst while enjoying live music from DJ RX-24.
Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera – located on top of the NEWEST resort, Disney’s Riviera, features a fusion or French and Italian flare on the menu with firework views and a character breakfast that is rave-worthy!
Takumei-Tei in Japan at Epcot’s World Showcase offers an a la carte or multi-course tasting menu creatively prepared with Japanese-inspired dishes like braised wagyu beef, roasted duck, maki sushi and yuzu cheesecake. Guests 21 and older may also enjoy signature cocktails, premium sake, wine and craft beer.
The reopening of Beaches N Cream Soda Shop located at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club just made the 2019 list with an upgraded menu (like the addition of plant-based Cookie Fries and a salad!!) and redesigned space to accommodate larger crowds at this long-time favorite eating spot.
Jack-Jack Num Num Cookies in Hollywood Studios surprised us in both taste and size- these are larger than life and worth sharing!
Egg Rolls in Magic Kingdom were a favorite among many guests with everything from cheeseburger to pepperoni pizza flavored insides!
The strawberry glazed Mickey Celebration donut in Magic Kingdom was arguably the most Instagram-worthy treat in all of WDW this year.
Several frozen treats, such as The Lost Princess Cone and Redd’s Revenge, debuted in Magic Kingdom to cool us off this summer.
A food truck dedicated to serving the public edible cookie dough popped up at Disney Springs. Cookie Dough and Everything Sweet has a menu full of delicious flavors like Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter & Fluff, Cookies ‘n Cream Cold Brew, Celebration, and Candy Monster. Vegans rejoiced to find the Celebration and Cookies ‘n Cream Cold Brew to be dairy-free!
Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland introduced guests to the Tangled Éclair, filled with dulce de leche and topped with white chocolate cream, sugar flowers, and a chocolate frying pan.
Forget choosing between the dark and light sides- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge fans have been choosing between green and blue milks since the land’s opening this summer!
In addition to the new menus, restaurants and snacks in 2019, Epcot fans enjoyed newly expanded festival menus that graced us with every new season. Just when you think the culinary team at Walt Disney World has done it all, we’re introduced to something new. I know I speak for all of us when I say I can’t wait to see what’s in store for food in 2020!