Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 12/3/14

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It’s been a while since I’ve brought you the Newsworthy Notes, but now I have a whole bundle of new small Walt Disney World news pieces to share with you all! So, let’s jump right in and get to it.

  • For those who will be in the Magic Kingdom during the beginning of next week, you’ll be able to catch the taping of the Disney Christmas Day Parade. (I mean the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration.) The parade will be filmed on Monday, December 8 and Tuesday, December 9.
  • Guests can now make Advanced Dining Reservations for the Morocco Pavilion’s Spice Road Table. In addition, the restaurant has seen an updated menu; while most of the tapas options are still offered, now as appetizers, the restaurant is also serving full entrees as well. The new entrees include: Mix Grill Skewers – Beef and Chicken skewers; Coriander-crusted Rack of Lamb; Yellowfin Tuna; All Natural Roasted Chicken; and Mediterranean Vegetable Platter. Hopefully these changes will cause more guests to visit this fledgling Epcot restaurant.

  • Food Truck Park at Downtown Disney’s West Side has officially opened. The four Walt Disney World Food Trucks can be found here, which include include Namaste Cafe (dishes inspired by Animal Kingdom), Fantasy Fare (themed after Magic Kingdom), World Showcase of Flavors (foods from Epcot), and Superstar Catering (Disney’s Hollywood Studios delicacies). In addition, as a nice perk, there may be the occasional outside company’s food truck for guests to enjoy.
  • Speaking of Downtown Disney, the area recently became a non-smoking location. Because of that, there are now four designated smoking areas for guests to visit throughout property. They are: near the restrooms behind Cirque du Soleil, near the water between Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe and Bongos Cuban Cafe, near T-REX, and near the Marketplace restrooms by stroller and wheelchair rentals. Guests wishing to smoke both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes must now do so in the designated smoking locations only. One exception is that select restaurants with outdoor patio seating will also offer the option of outdoor smoking for those dining at those locations.
  • Flame Tree Barbeque at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be seeing a large scale refurbishment. In the refurb, the restaurant will be adding additional covered seating areas, covering some guest walkways to pavilion seating areas, and extending the roof over the main building for guests who are waiting in line to order their food. This refurbishment will take place beginning January 5 and will last until early April 2015. During the downtime, guests will be able to get many of their favorite dishes at other locations throughout the theme park.
  • Speaking of refurbishments, two attractions in the Magic Kingdom will see very brief closures. Pirates of the Caribbean will be closed for one day in December, 17, reopening on December 18. In addition, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be closed from March 4-7, reopening on March 8, 2015.
  • The recently re-opened Club Disney, the kids club at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, has been renamed again. The new name is Lilo’s Playhouse. The children’s activity center’s new theme brings Lilo’s favorite Golden Book stories of classic Disney tales to life.

That’s it for this edition! Thoughts?

Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs

12 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 12/3/14

  • December 3, 2014 at 1:26 pm
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    About the Flame Tree BBQ refurb – any idea yet where there “other locations” will be where we can enjoy our favorite items??

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    • December 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm
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      Yes, please. Where will be these other locations? I’m planning to eat there on my Feb Trip.

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      • December 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm
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        As of this very moment, it is still unclear of exact locations. Will let you know when I find out more.

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  • December 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm
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    Making Spice Road Table ADR-only isn’t the answer. Reducing the prices by 15-25% is the answer.

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  • December 3, 2014 at 2:08 pm
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    December 8th is a Monday and December 9th is a Tuesday. So is the parade filming on Monday and Tuesday or Tuesday and Wednesday?

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    • December 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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      Please be Tuesday and Wednesday…..

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  • December 3, 2014 at 9:57 pm
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    Disappointing news about Spice Road, but I was afraid they would start devolving toward the average. Spice Road is currently the best (maybe only) restaurant in EPCOT for remarkable cuisine options, excellent service, and atypical flavors….alas, it will probably no longer remain as such.

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    • December 4, 2014 at 12:56 am
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      I agree. We went to Spice Road Table for the first time in September and were blown away by the quality of the food. It was probably our favorite meal of the whole trip. And it was so convenient to be able to just walk up without having to worry about making a reservation. We couldn’t understand why there was practically nobody else there. I’m sure those days will be coming to an end now….

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    • December 4, 2014 at 11:49 am
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      Also sad to hear this. Was really looking forward to trying it and love Tapas. I haven’t been to Epcot since it opened.

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      • December 4, 2014 at 1:11 pm
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        The tapas are still technically around, they are just considered as appetizers. So, you can still go in and just purchase the tapas appetizer options. Most of the offerings that were available before are still there in that form.

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