Our Preview Tour of The Edison, Maria & Enzo's Ristorante and Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar at Disney Springs
We were invited to tour the newest concepts coming to Disney Springs this winter. For a couple of years, The Edison has been taking shape on the edge of Village Lake in what was the former Adventurers Club location. More recently announced, also by the Patina Restaurant Group, are three Italian concepts as part of the same complex: Maria & Enzo's Ristorante, Pizza Ponte and Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar. While each is a very separate location in offerings and atmosphere, they are all grouped together by story and connected physically. We were unable to take photos ourselves yesterday (the buildings aren't yet 100% "show ready" to put it into Disney speak), but they are close to opening - The Edison will have its grand opening on December 31st, 2017 with a specially ticketed New Year's Eve event and the other restaurants look very close to ready. We only did not tour Pizza Ponte, which will be a fast casual concept.
We were provided with photos, and I will talk a little about each location. These four concepts more than double the Patina Restaurant Group Florida portfolio, which already has my favorite local Italian restaurant in Epcot's Via Napoli, along with Epcot's Tutto Italia and Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs.
Jiko Review for Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month 2017: Special $35 3-Course Menus Available Through October 1st, 2017 at Over 100 Orlando Area Restaurants
Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month begins on August 25th, 2017 and runs through October 1st. This is the first time that Walt Disney World owned restaurants (and not just participants) have been involved. I was invited to preview the fantastic menu that Jiko at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is serving! Magical Dining Month includes prix fixe menus with 3 courses for $35.00. To be able to order an appetizer, entree and dessert at Jiko in particular is an incredible opportunity that shouldn't be missed. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a gorgeous resort, my first time visiting was actually before the resort opened to the public (as a Cast Member on a test stay). The restaurants at the resort are all excellent, but Jiko is a Signature Dining location and is the only Signature restaurant at Walt Disney World offering a Magical Dining Month menu.
$1.00 of every meal also goes to charity. This year's recipients are the Freedom Ride and Base Camp Children's Cancer Foundation. With this being Visit Orlando's 12th year for Magical Dining Month and over 100 restaurants participating, hopefully this will be the best donation year ever.
Geyser Point Bar & Grill Open at Disney's Wilderness Lodge: Photos & Video (Including Food & Drinks)
Geyser Point Bar & Grill opened on February 13th at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. We were there on opening day, which also was the day that Roaring Fork closed for refurbishment through maybe sometime this summer. Disney's Wilderness Lodge has been one of my favorite resorts since it opened in 1994. It didn't take long after that for a DVC addition to be added (The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge), now renamed Boulder Ridge Villas. New additions to the resort will include the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, and Geyser Point Bar & Grill services that area.
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is the setting for the Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch at 'Ohana. We booked the breakfast for yesterday since we'd never been. This is our review of the experience, and we will be discussing it on Mousesteps Weekly #216. I've been to 'Ohana many times in the past for dinner, it used to be a favorite of mine - and it was nice to try something new to us. Jeff and I have both been visiting Disney's Polynesian Village Resort for 40+ years, it's surprising the breakfast has escaped us this far. You do want to book this before your trip.
'Ohana is the official name of the restaurant, call it "Ohana's" on social media and you'll likely be corrected. But our server even added the "s" at the end, so it's easy to see where there can be confusion. 'Ohana only offers characters at breakfast, dinner is not a character meal.
The sign outside the breakast says "Best Friend Character Breakfast", but online it adds the "s" at the end of "Friend".
Last week, we were invited to try some new menu items that are being served at both PB&G and Plancha at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando. We've posted reviews of both restaurants previously, and PB&G has changed its chef and menu significantly since then. It has moved from a barbecue menu that, while delicious, was heavier for an outdoor pool setting than the new menu that has been evolving this year. There are standard items like burgers and a turkey club, but also unique entrees such as an Andouille Sausage Hoagie and Gyro Style Lamb. Here is a look at some of the newest items at both restaurants!
The setting for our tasting was at PB&G, which is near the pools at Four Seasons Resort Orlando (the name stands for Pool Bar & Grill). It is a gorgeous setting for a meal. Plancha is over at the Tranquilo Golf Club, no less a quiet and peaceful location. The Tranquilo Golf Club has no parking fees, so no validation is needed (the Four Seasons Resort Orlando is otherwise a valet parking location).
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