When it comes to good food at Orlando’s attractions, we can expect a great experience most every visit regardless of the Orlando theme park, restaurant or attraction. We can also expect lots of new food items being served and introduced. Every once-in-a-while an entirely new restaurant opens which is the case this past week at Downtown Disney’s West Side and later this summer at Universal’s Diagon Alley.
Starbucks Opens at Downtown Disney
A new Starbucks is now open serving coffee, pastries and sandwiches at Downtown Disney’s West Side. This beautiful restaurant is large with an open plan and plenty of seating. It is about 3,900 square feet, which is much larger than most Starbucks restaurants. Not only is there a lot of air conditioned indoor seating, an outdoor patio with tables and a fireplace offer more seating options with a relaxing experience. It faces the lake and within view of the Characters in Flight tethered helium balloon rides.
Other unique features at this Starbucks include a lemongrass roof! Rich with coffee compost, this grass is environmentally-friendly preventing run off into the lake. Another unique feature is the electronic chalk board. Guests will have fun doodling on the board & also see a live view of a similar screen at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA. One other extrememly unique feature at this Orlando restaurant is the long bench made of heart pine. Salvaged from the Alabama cotton mill, it is estimated to be 300 to 400 years old.
Hours for this new Starbucks are expanded too. It will be open from 10:00 a.m. to midnight every day. As with the Winter Park Starbucks, this restaurant will offer the chain store’s “reserve” coffee line. These rare coffees will be an exclusive to Disney’s Starbucks. The Magic Kingdom and Epcot Starbucks locations do not offer the reserve line. Plans for cafes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom all include future Starbuck locations.
Menu and New Food Items Announced for Diagon Alley
Later this summer new dining options at Universal Studio’s new Diagon Alley will offer a British fare. One of the restaurants at this theme park will be the Leaky Cauldron. It will feature Cottage Pie, Beef, Lamb & Guinness Stew, Bangers and Mash, Split Pea Soup and a host of other dishes you’d expect to find in a British pub.
Unusual new food that will be on some of the menus at various restaurants and outdoor carts include Butterbeer Ice Cream, a host of unique Elixers and various draught beers. You will, no doubt, feel as if you’ve stepped into one of the Harry Potter movies and could possibly be rubbing elbows with Harry, Hagrid or the twins! There is a lot of anticipation to experience this new theme park. The best way to keep up with the development is to regularly visit Universal’s blog.
Capone’s Dinner & Show continues with it’s revamped menu which includes a delicious meat carving station. As if the delicious dinner buffet didn’t offer enough selection, this station features smoked turkey, London broil steak and herb and cheese-stuffed roasted pork tenderloin. You can also create your own pasta dish from selections including Bucatini, Spaghetti, Linguini, Cavatappi and Macaroni, topped off with a sauce of your choice – Marinara, Alfredo, Cheese and Vesuvio herb butter sauce. The pasta is made from scratch, and doesn’t get any fresher than this!
If you are a ‘foodie’ or simply like to experience an attraction along with a meal, check out the new Starbucks at Disney, or make plans to visit the Leaky Cauldron once it opens, and definitely save a night for Capone’s Dinner & Show. This speakeasy offers a unique experience unlike any other chain restaurant or movie. Enjoy the attractions and eat well!