Best Bites: The Latest Happenings at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

As spring gets into full swing, there are ton of updates happening from coast to coast foodies will enjoy. In this edition of Best Bites, we’re sharing all the exciting openings, updates, and new treats at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. From the brand-new Swirls on the Water serving up DOLE Whip at Disney Springs to breakfast coming back to Red Rose Taverne at Disneyland Resort, these treats are a must for any Guest’s next visit.

Let’s kick things off at Walt Disney World Resort with some delicious menu updates at Backlot Express at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Starting March 29, this menu is getting a revamp with delicious dishes including a Cuban Sandwich, Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork Burger, Teriyaki Tofu Bowl, and Chicken Southwest Salad. These dishes don’t just look great, they’re packed with delicious flavors and ingredients.

And what meal is complete without a sweet finish. The Wookie Cookie is back and not one to miss on the next adventure to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests can pick up all of these yummy items from Backlot Express through Mobile Order your next visit.

Guests are going to go wild for new tasty offerings coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Over in Africa, the Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery will be serving up a Marinated Pork Flatbread Sandwich featuring marinated pork atop of a cucumber-tomato salad, harissa aïoli, and greens with house-made chips, as well as the Spiced Potato Hand Pies, fried pastries with seasonal vegetables and potatoes.

Calling all Wilderness Explorers! Guests won’t have to look very far for a culinary adventure because there are some Wilderness Explorer Cupcakes waiting to be discovered across Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. At Pizzafari Guests will find the Flamingo Badge Cupcake, a coconut cupcake with exotic fruit filling, coconut frosting, white chocolate pearls and a white chocolate flamingo badge. Over at Flame Tree Barbecue the Dragonfly Badge Cupcake is a pink lemonade flavor with a strawberry compote filling and topped with lemon frosting and a dragonfly medallion! Lastly, the Dinosaur Badge Cupcake can be found at Restaurantosaurus and is a chocolate cake with a cookie cheesecake filling and finished with chocolate frosting and a white chocolate dinosaur badge. All of these treats are available on Mobile Order too!

For coffee fans, there are even some new caffeinated beverages on the horizon. At Dino-Bite Snacks, try the Cold Brew Iced Coffee. And for a sweeter take on this beverage, try the Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream Float.

Our Resorts at Walt Disney World are also here with some exciting news. At Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, the Barcelona Lounge recently began featuring live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Guests can even Build-Your-Own Gin and Tonic as you enjoy the vibes and sweet tunes from a Spanish guitarist.

At Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Guests can now get your hands and tastebuds on some new beignets and beverages at Scat Cat’s Club – Lounge. This tasty treat includes a trio of Mickey-shaped Beignets served with red pepper jelly, pimento cheese, and green goddess dressing dusted with powdered sugar. The Oyster Beignet Po’Boy is a Mickey-shaped beignet with fried oysters, lettuce, tomato, Cajun rémoulade, and house-made pickles served with potato chips. Now onto the drinks. The Bebop Bloody Mary combines vodka and spicy bloody Mary mix topped with shrimp, andouille sausage, and celery. Guests can also sip on the Syncopation Shift featuring vodka, rum, mango rum, melon liqueur, and pineapple juice with a glow cube or the Bonfamilles Bourbon Peach Tea with bourbon, peach schnapps, and fresh-brewed sweet tea. And to top off these yummy additions, live entertainment has returned to this lively location on select nights!

Disney’s Old Key West Resort has also joined in on Best Bites with their new change to Shrimp Fritters at both Olivia’s Cafe and Gurgling Suitcase Libations & Spirits. The unique thing about this new update was done to help support sustainable seafood initiatives while keeping environmentally in mind!

For our last resorts update, but certainly not the least. Guests may have been wondering when Victoria & Albert’s would be opening its doors once again at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and we are pleased to share that this beloved favorite will be coming back later this year. While we don’t have specifics right now, stay tuned for updates to come!

And last but certainly not least for Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Springs has a few new openings Guests will definitely want to have on their radar. Starting March 15, they indulge in all the DOLE Whip their heart desires with the brand-new Swirls on the Water. This kiosk will feature delicious flavors as well as signature items like DOLE Whip Lime & Habanero Soft-serve Nachos featuring waffle cone chips topped with DOLE Whip lime and habanero soft-serve, mango boba pearls, Tajin spice, raspberry sauce, and whipped cream, or the 50th Celebration Cone with a DOLE Whip lemon and cookie dough soft serve swirl. Guests can also try the DOLE Whip Flight featuring all six of the featured swirl flavors and those over 21 can indulge in the Sangria Float featuring DOLE Whip and red wine sangria!

For food truck fans, Local Green Orlando has rolled into Disney Springs to bring a combination of plant-based, vegetarian, and pescatarian dishes that are nutritious and delicious, like the Monsta shrimp burger, Bubba Sparxx vegan pulled BBQ sandwich, and the Elote Street Corn.

Now, let’s take a little trip over to the West Coast with updates from Disneyland Resort. For Guests that find themselves kick-starting the day at the park, the Red Rose Taverne has begun serving breakfast once again! Feast upon the Beast Breakfast Burger, an Angus patty, bacon-orange marmalade, egg, and arugula on a toasted bun with a side of potato bites. Guests can also enjoy the Vegetable Quinoa Breakfast Bowl filled with quinoa, roasted mushrooms and cauliflower, arugula, tomato, potato bites, and spicy lime aïoli. And you can get them on Mobile Order too!

(Note: All offerings are subject to change.)

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Published: March 15, 2022

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