Plus Which Disney World Hotel Pools are Closing?
More restaurants are coming back to Walt Disney World and Disney Aulani. What's back and what's new, plus pool upcoming pool closures at three Walt Disney World hotels that will affect your Disney vacation.
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Victoria and Albert's is Reopening at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, Here's What's New
As Victoria and Albert's reopens at Walt Disney World, here's what new and different at Disney's most fine dining establishment. As always, there is an impressive array of multiple courses on the menu, including rarities like Glacier 51 Toothfish with charred mushroom and sambal, Heirloom Tomatoes with gazpacho and 100 Year Balsamico, and Carrot Tikka Masala with cilantro and puri bread. For a sweet treat, the Spectrum of Chocolate is back and now features four specialty sourced chocolates and a tableside presentation of sabayon with notes of Madagascar vanilla bean, Champagne, and Grand Marnier.
We are happy to see the something that we have been suggesting for years is now officially on the menu: a new mocktail pairing will be available as a regular offering for anyone wanting to experience unique non-alcoholic beverages crafted to complement each course. One new offering is the Guajillo Spice, which is smoked tableside to highlight the rich flavors of roasted guajillo chilis, charred jalapeños, and black peppercorn, as well as a touch of caramelized sweetness from turbinado sugar and fresh lime.
The newly renovated interior has crystal chandeliers, custom murals and new wall coverings that modernize what has always been a lavish location. There are still three dining options, including the main Dining Room serves a tasting menu that highlights seasonal flavors.
The Queen Victoria Room offers a menu created by the chef de cuisine just for you in a setting "fit for royalty," and includes tableside presentations.
The Chef’s Table is the premium one-of-a-kind experience where the culinary team creates a custom tasting menu. If you want to interact with the chefs, this is the one for you.
Disney's re-imagined BoardWalk Deli is Opening Soon: Here'a a Sneak Peek at the New Menu
Opening "later this summer" (it's already August, so we're not sure what Disney means by this), the BoardWalk Deli is the reimagined version of the former BoardWalk Bakery. Here's a sneak peek of some of the new deli offerings coming to the BoardWalk Deli with inspiration coming from New York and the Jersey Shore. Everything will be baked in house.
For breakfast there's everything from a bagel with eggs, sausage and cheddar to a plant-based ciabatta breakfast sandwich.
For lunch and dinner there are hot and cold deli sandwiches, a classic pastrami reuben and a signature Italian sub. Or go for a roast chicken sandwich or grilled cheese with tomato soup. For dessert, there are cannolis, scones, crumbcake and much more.
Ama Ama Reopening at Disney Aulani, Hawaii
Over at Disney Aulani Resort and Spa on Oahu, Ama Ama will be reopening this fall with a new dinner-only dining experience. This is the Signature Dining experience by the oceanfront onsite at Disney Aulani. It's well worth a visit.
The restaurant has been reimagined and we will share more details about the menu when it's released.
Upcoming Walt Disney World Pool Closures
It's no fun to check in to your hotel and find out that he pool is closed for refurbishment. So here are the Walt Disney World hotel pool closures that we know about for 2024.
From approximately January through April 2024 routine maintenance will be happening at the following Walt Disney World Resort hotel pools (meaning these pools will be closed, so plan accordingly):
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