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When can you make reservations for Victoria & Albert's and Hoop Dee Doo Revue at Walt Disney World? This story, plus menu sneak peeks, Moana fun and all the latest Disney travel news.
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When is Victoria & Albert’s Reopening at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort?
Victoria & Albert's at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is reopening on Thursday, July 28, 2022 and you can make reservations starting June 20.
The reopening has "enhanced flavors" and a newly reimagined Victorian-style dining room complete with murals & wall coverings that showcase timeless elegance and subtle inspiration of a whimsical garden.
If you want to up your experience even further, the private Queen Victoria’s Room or the upscale Chef’s Table (with a front-row seat to the chefs at work) are other options. The world-class wine collection has over 500 options in the wine cellar and is perfectly paired with the dishes by V&A sommeliers. There are also delicious non-alcoholic cocktails that can be paired as well.
Dishes on the tasting menu are continually evolving. When it reopens, you will be able to sample dishes such as Colorado Lamb with pickled blueberry and violet mustard, and line-caught turbot with fennel fondue, and Pernod beurre blanc. If the finest of beef is your thing, you can experience the Wagyu A-5 Miyazaki with sauce romesco and potato rösti. Chocolate lovers will enjoy the Spectrum of Chocolate, an ombré featuring specialty sourced chocolates with accents of buttermilk, Grand Mariner, and vanilla.
A reminder about Victoria & Albert’s dress code. This is an upscale and intimate dining experience and the culinary crown jewel of Walt Disney World. Guests are required to dress accordingly for the upscale experience with semi-formal to formal attire that respects the restaurant’s elegance and opulence. There is also a minimum age limit of 10.
What's on the Menu when Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue Reopens on June 23, 2022
The long-running classic Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue will be reopening its doors on Thursday, June 23, 2022 with an updated version of this fan favorite musical extravaganza accompanied by a family-style feast. The show takes place at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, inside Pioneer Hall. The Pioneer Hall Players are ready to dance and sing as they do best.
The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue has historically had some of the best comfort food at Walt Disney World. It’s all-you-care-to-enjoy feast with bottomless fountain drinks and for those over 21, red and white sangria, draft beer, and wine are included.
The Hoop Salad is a simple but satisfying starter with the signature “hoop” vinaigrette topped with sharp white cheddar, cucumbers, and tomatoes. The House-made Cornbread with delicious honey butter is legendary. There's also some very tasty Creamy Coleslaw before the main course arrives at your table.
For the main course there's Pecan-smoked BBQ Pork Ribs with BBQ sauce. The other main plate is the one, the only – the Legendary Fried Chicken – and it tastes just like how it sounds … legendary.
And what about those side dishes? Hoop-Dee-Doo brings its A-game with its side dishes. The Cornbread-crusted Macaroni and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food and the Home-style Mashed Potatoes go perfectly with the fried chicken and pork ribs. Rounding out the sides is the classic Cowboy Beans, because let's face it, you can’t have BBQ without beans.
For the grand finale, the longtime favorite ‘Ma’s Famous Strawberry Shortcake topped with whipped cream and strawberries. This is a staple at Pioneer Hall and the perfect way to finish up your foodie evening.
In addition to the bottomless beverages, there are a few new adult drinks options for an added cost. The Giddy-Up cocktail is the barkeep’s blend of vodka, lemonade, and freshly brewed iced tea. You can also choose from a variety of local craft beers including Tampa Bay Brewing Elephant Foot IPA, Cigar City Jai Alai IPA, Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale, Orange Blossom Pilsner, Central 28 UnderDuck Lager, and 3 Daughters Brewing Blonde Ale.
Minnie Vans Return to Walt Disney World on June 29, 2022
Starting June 29, Minnie Vans will be back in service at Walt Disney World. Your can order one from your mobile device.
Minnie Vans have access to special drop-off locations that can only they can access, so a little extra pixie dust for your dollars.
Moana-inspired Photo Ops Around Walt Disney World Resort
There are new photo opportunities inspired by Moana being offered by Disney PhotoPass Service around Walt Disney World Resort.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom you can snap a Magic Shot with Hei Hei by visiting the photographer located closest to the Tree of Life on Discovery Island.
In Magic Kingdom Park, the Disney PhotoPass Studio in Sir Mickey's in Fantasyland is where you can capture a variety of photos with Hei Hei and another one of Moana’s friends.
For a Pua Magic Shot visit the photographer stationed near the entrance to Adventureland from Main Street, U.S.A. to capture a photo with this precious pig.
At the Disney Springs PhotoPass Studio there are some new Moana-themed backdrops. Tip: PhotoPass photographers can conjure Maui’s Fish Hook for you to hold in their photo.
Finally, there's also a new Disney PhotoPass Lens! This one will have you looking like a Chief of Motunui. This Lens is available to use anywhere at Walt Disney World Resort through the My Disney Experience app with the purchase of Disney Genie+ service.
New Walkway to Disney California Adventure Park from Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
Guests of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel can now access a dedicated walkway and entrance to Disney California Adventure Park across the street from the Hotel. The entrance will be open to Paradise Pier guests during park operating hours.
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