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We just heard more details and got a peek at the menus for the all-new La Hacienda de San Angel and the adjacent La Cantina de San Angel. La Cantina gets a facelift and stays!
The new 250-seat La Hacienda will only be open for dinner and expands the South-of-the Border offerings. The La Cantina opens daily at 11 a.m. with 150 outdoor seats.
The new La Cantina menu will initially offer chicken and beef tacos on fresh handmade corn tortillas, nachos, a cheese empanada, guacamole and chips and churros.
La Hacienda will open daily at 4 p.m. and the initial menu will feature starters like queso fundido (warm cheese with poblano pepper and chorizo); a taco trio with rib eye, roasted chicken and pork; and traditional black bean soup. Entrées include a mixed grill for two with flank steak, chicken, chorizo and vegetables (a seafood version features grouper, shrimp and scallops); roasted shrimp in pepper garlic broth; flank steak with spring onions, refried beans and cactus leaves; and grilled red snapper with roasted corn and cactus leaves. Dessert? Chocolate churros, sweet tamales and fruit empanadas.
Quick service dining in Hollywood Studios is sort of a mixed bag. You can find some really good food, but if you’re not careful, you’ll encounter some real duds. In fact, as far as quick service goes, I have to say that DHS is probably the weakest link of all the parks. I’ve found this is particularly true for vegetarians. Still, there are a few gems. Let’s discusss.
1. Starring Rolls Cafe. Lots of fresh and delicious pastries, sandwiches, and cool drinks. You can’t go wrong here. The small, outdoor cafe seating area where you can watch the world go by is an added bonus. Just so parents with small children know, it can be a little difficult to maneuver with strollers.
2. Backlot express. Standard theme park fare, although better quality than most. Vegetarians will be happy with the veggie sandwich. Those who need to avoid gluten will find satisfactory chicken tenders here. Kind of a hidden gem where you’ll rarely encounter out of control lines.
3. Toluca Turkey Leg Company. Okay, I know, I’ve mentioned turkey legs twice now in these Top Eats posts, but it’s because they really are good. So stop fighting it and just give in and get a turkey leg. It’s not like you’re neighbors are going to see you walking around gnawing on one, right? Actually, that did happen to me once. Added bonus: Tons of covered seating nearby.
4. Fairfax Fare. In the shadow of the Tower of Terror, Fairfax Fare gets an honorable mention just for being bold enough to serve chicken, brisket, ribs and chili dogs all at the same outdoor location, but the food here is also pretty good; the ribs can be on the dry side. Gluten-free buns available on request. Tends to get busy at lunchtime.
“World of Color” is all about color, music, water, fun and the pleasures of Disney storytelling. To make the experience even more wonderful at Disney California Adventure park, it can be paired with delicious food and beverage selections. Before arriving at the park, guests also will be able to pre-purchase a meal that comes with reserved viewing for “World of Color.”
Guests may choose from several different meals that include reserved viewing in Paradise Park. These provide a magical dining experience along with a choice vantage point from which to enjoy the new “World of Color” after-dark spectacular. Other fun treats include “World of Color” novelty drinks, snacks and accessories.
Meals with reserved viewing are limited in availability, at these locations:
“World of Color” Picnic Meals at Golden Vine Winery*
- Beginning June 11 (date subject to change), guests can go online and order a special boxed picnic meal that includes “World of Color” Reserved Viewing. Picnic meals may be ordered online – www.disneyland.com – or by walk-up purchase, subject to availability, at the Sonoma Terrace, Golden Vine Winery. They are not available for order via the 714/781-DINE line.
- Picnic meals ordered online include reserved viewing to the evening’s first show. For those making walk-up purchases, reserved viewing will be included for that evening’s second show, subject to availability.
- Picnic meals may be picked up at Sonoma Terrace from 2 p.m. up to 8 p.m. Reserved viewing tickets will indicate return time, location and show time.
- Picnic meal options include four selections for adults: The All American (cold honey-stung fried chicken), The Taste of Asia (chilled miso-glazed salmon), The European Antipasto (cured meats, regional cheeses, artichoke heart, sun-dried tomato) and The Mediterranean Vegetarian (marinated grilled vegetables in a whole wheat wrap with roasted garlic hummus). Kids’ options include The Junior All American (chicken), The Lunchbox Classic (peanut butter and jelly) and The Little Squirt’s Box (apple wedges, string cheese).
- Beer and wine for adults are available at an additional cost.
- As a special bonus for pre-purchasing a meal, the entire party’s online order will be packaged in a souvenir “World of Color” reusable tote.
- All picnic meals with “World of Color” Reserved Viewing are priced at $14.99 and must be redeemed for the designated reserved show date and time. No refunds, exchanges or other discounts.
The following dinner options must be reserved by calling 714/781-DINE and include tickets for Preferred Viewing for “World of Color” in Paradise Park Restaurant seatings are at specified times and space is limited.
Wine Country Trattoria Prix Fixe “World of Color” Meals*
- Guests can enjoy a three-course, prix fixe dinner in the newly expanded and remodeled Wine Country Trattoria (current prices: $39.99 for adults; $18.99 for children ages 3-9). The Italian meal includes choice of starter, entrée and dessert. . A wide selection of wines are available at an additional cost.
Ariel’s Grotto Prix Fixe ‘World of Color’ Meals*
- A prix fixe meal with reserved viewing will be available in the elegant surroundings of Ariel’s Grotto (current prices: $36.99 for adults; $20.99 for children ages 3-9), on the edge of Paradise Bay.
Guests who prefer a treat or snack, perhaps with a souvenir “World of Color” takeaway, may choose from a number of bright and colorful options available at food locations inside Disney California Adventure:
- “Spectrum Splash”: Beverages in light-up souvenir glasses with a colorful choice of flavors – strawberry red, blueberry blue, or sour Granny Smith apple green.
- “Light-Up Cotton Candy”: White cotton candy with a colorful swirl, on an illuminated wand that lights the cotton candy from inside.
- Multi-Colored & Flavored Popcorn: A delicious treat that comes in three flavors – red cherry, blueberry and purple grape – and mixed in with regular kettle corn, all served in a Disney California Adventure see-through “World of Color” souvenir popcorn bucket.
- Tropical Mist Cocktail (for adults): It’s a passion fruit and mango liqueur with coconut rum – and a light-up swizzle stick. Available at the Cove Bar and Ariel’s Grotto restaurant.
- Even more fun: “Light-Up Balloons – transparent balloons with light-up “World of Color” art inside; Light-Up Bangle Bracelets; and souvenir “World of Color” travel mugs and sipper cups.
Times for the prix fixe dinners and dessert party are subject to change and cancellation without notice. For information on “World of Color,” other Disneyland Resort attractions or to plan a celebration or vacation at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com, call 866/60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. To explore the expansion plans for Disney California Adventure, visit www.DisneyCaliforniaAdventure.com.
This article comes to us from Debra Peterson at the Examiner. She fills us in on a special event happening at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival:
Walt Disney World Resort celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Oct. 1 – Nov 14. 2010 with the theme of “Delicious Discoveries.” The 3-D Disney’s Desert Discovery is expected to be one of the festival’s most popular events, particularly for Disney foodies with a sweet tooth.
The 3-D Disney’s Dessert Discovery is a dessert reception held throughout the six weeks of the festival in the World Showcase. The receptions will feature “action and prepared stations of sweet enticements,” providing a variety of desserts paired with wine, cordials and coffee. The parties are capped off with exclusive viewing for Epcot’s Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.
The event is not unlike the Wishes Dessert Party, which is held in the Magic Kingdom and offers its attendees VIP viewing for the Wishes fireworks spectacular.
In 2010, the 3-D Disney’s Dessert Discovery takes place every Friday – not on Thursday, as it was announced at the D23 Flowers & Fireworks event – during Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
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