We were invited last week to the Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) to try a variety of items off the menu. I'll start off by saying that I personally prefer the new menu to the old one, I had a good meal and the desserts are certainly showstoppers in their own right. It was fun to look around at the restaurant artifacts as well, and I'll show some of that later in the article.
I'll talk about these desserts later too, but first I'll share the appetizers and entrees.
Paddlefish Restaurant Adds Solid Seafood Dining with Rooftop Waterfront Views to Disney Springs (Review)
We were invited to the Paddlefish grand opening at Disney Springs on Friday night, and then joined blogger friends for brunch on Sunday to get a more complete experience. The iconic boat has gone through several incarnations (as has Downtown Disney/Disney Springs), beginning with the Empress Lilly (I went to a character breakfast there in the late 70's or early 80's), and then as Fulton's Crab House, and now Paddlefish. Levy Restaurants owns Paddlefish, along with the neighboring Portobello as well as Wolfgang Puck Cafe on the Disney Springs West Side. The Disney Springs landscape is now very restaurant heavy, with a lot of terrific dining - both counter service and table service - to choose from. Paddlefish is very much a seafood restaurant, with a handful of items geared toward non-seafood eaters like me. The restaurant started taking reservations a few days after opening.
Minnie's Halloween Dine is the newest Minnie's Seasonal Dine buffet offering at Hollywood & Vine located in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Goofy all debuted new Halloween costumes for the meal! The buffet is decent, Jeff enjoyed it more than I did - really, the big draw here is the characters and their new costumes. Where else can you see Donald Duck dressed as an astronaut? Here is a look at both the characters and food, along with more information about the experience. The price says $46.99 per adult and $27.99 per child (ages 3-9) online, but our two meals were $48.00 plus tax and gratuity each (we did receive a 10% off Disney Visa discount, and the restaurant also takes Tables in Wonderland). This is a one table service credit entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan, which is a good value if you are on it.
We also talk about the experience on Mousesteps Weekly #200, which is at the end of the article.
Review: Chef Art Smith's Homecoming: Florida Kitchen Brings Delicious Southern Cooking to Disney Springs
Just before our trip to California last week, we visited Chef Art Smith's Homecoming: Florida Kitchen & Southern Shine (the name always is a mouthful!) with friends. I was looking forward to this new location, which boasts southern specialties like fried chicken and shrimp & grits. Chef Art Smith spent ten years as personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, and has done much more. He owns other restaurants, has authored cookbooks and has won the James Beard award twice. He also comes from a sixth-generation Florida family, and the "Homecoming" stems from his return to Walt Disney World after first becoming a Cast Member on the Magic Kingdom College Program in 1981.
I do expect to add to this article in the future when trying new-to-us items from the menu. We paid for our meals, and views are always ours either way.
We were invited to a media preview of Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza at Disney Springs on Wednesday. The new restaurant opens today, August 5th! Blaze will be an extremely popular option for guests looking for a reasonably priced counter service location. Pizzas can be customized in a myriad of ways, with more than 40 toppings that can be added in any way guests want. Vegan and gluten free options are also available, and the restaurant takes being eco-friendly and serving all natural foods seriously. Here is a look around the restaurant, with a lot more information! The hours for Blaze are from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday - Thursday and 10 a.m. - midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Blaze Pizza does take the Disney Dining Plan.
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