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Best Bites From Reopenings on the Horizon

Updated: Jun 15, 2022

Jiko – The Cooking Place, The Turf Club Bar and Grill, Flying Fish, and More!

Bonus Bit: Disney's Garden Rocks returns

All Photos and information courtesy of Disney

It’s a good day to be a Disney Foodie! We've got some exciting news of upcoming reopenings and updates from Guest-favorite dining locations. This edition of Best Bites has everything Guests need to know about a few delicious eateries at the Walt Disney World Resort that are opening their doors once again, featuring some tasty new dishes and services. Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk, The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, and Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge will soon be serving up their offerings for patrons to feast upon.

From savory flavors to seafood specialties, even decadent desserts, these restaurants have something for everyone and are back to bring our Guests the joys of food. Discover some of the signature plates from these establishments and check out some new updates to other already opened Disney favorites.

Explore the returning favorites and enhanced creations the talented chefs at these restaurants have created for their highly anticipated reopenings.


The chefs from Flying Fish over at Disney’s BoardWalk are ready to welcome Guests back on Jan. 27 with their signature seafood dishes. Enjoy a taste of luxury with unrivaled flavors, sustainable seafood, and steak offerings.

When it comes to entrées, this restaurant does not disappoint. The Seafood Pearl Pasta consists of all the favorites – shrimp, lobster, scallops, clams, and mussels. For another option from the sea, consider the Plancha-seared Scallops accompanied with savory grits, sweet corn, and Peppadew emulsion. How delicious!

After indulging in dinner, there’s no better way to conclude a trip to Flying Fish than with a sweet finish. For chocolate lovers, the Cocoa Breach accompanied with delicious vanilla custard is the treat for you.

Get ready for a night at the races again starting on Feb. 3 with a nice trip out to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Here Guests will find The Turf Club Bar and Grill, a special spot with a reputation for delicious American flavors in every dish. Begin the evening on a high note right out of the gate with the New York Cider-braised Mussels appetizer flavored with garlic, chorizo, fennel, Fresno chili, and apple cider topped with a grilled baguette.

Moving on to the next course, the Grilled Pork Chop or Braised Lamb Tagliatelle both have a place in the winner’s circle of flavor. And don’t forget to top off the meal with one of the delightful desserts, like the New York Cheesecake. Yum!

Beginning on Feb. 17, venture over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to savor the tastes and flavors of African, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine at Jiko – The Cooking Place. As this spot welcomes Guests again, try the Seafood Tagine. Filled with prawns scallops, squid, and Littleneck clams, this dish is a shellfish lover’s dream!

For a sweet finish, the returning Kilimanjaro dessert is not just gorgeous, but delicious too. Decadent dark chocolate mousse, pistachio financier, pink peppercorn meringue, cacao nib crunch, and ras el hanout pineapples – what could be better?

Along with these exciting openings, there is some more news to share about two other locations – Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, both of which will be featuring the return of some of their beloved offerings.

Over at Cape May Café on Feb. 15, embrace the New England vibes as Guests once again feast upon an all-you-care-to-enjoy, buffet breakfast with tasty items like pull-a-part bread with vanilla sauce, beef hash, and an omelet station. And what breakfast is complete without Mickey and Minnie waffles? As the sun goes down, the buffets keep coming with options like cornbread, seasonal harvest salad, seafood boil, and a daily carving station, just to name a few. Guests can also choose to upgrade their meal with snow crab legs or even a whole lobster, both purchased by the pound. It’s best to bring an appetite for these exciting returns because Guests will want a bite of everything!

Next door at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort starting Jan. 31, the Ale & Compass Restaurant is back with some returning breakfast options and exciting, new lunch offerings. Start off by indulging in one of the delicious à la carte entrées, like Blueberry Bacon Pancakes. And don’t forget to enhance breakfast with a tasty buffet filled with dazzling additions to the entrée, including pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits, overnight oats, and house-made cheddar biscuits with country gravy. What a perfect start to a Disney day.

Starting January 20, Guests can begin booking reservations to ensure they get their taste of these fantastic locations.

(Note: All offerings are subject to change.)


Get Ready to Rock! Garden Rocks Concert Series Returning to the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Get your air guitars ready, because the popular Garden Rocks Concert Series returns to the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival this March! New this year, internationally recognized artists will bring the groove to the America Gardens Theater stage Friday-Monday, while local Orlando bands step into the spotlight Tuesday-Thursday.

The series features something for everyone – from returning favorites like The Guess Who, Rick Springfield and Simple Plan to Latin hitmakers Melina León and Claudia Leitte, Christian music superstar TobyMac and groovin’ legends Kool & The Gang.

  • March 4-5 – The Guess Who

  • March 6-7 – Rick Springfield

  • March 11-12 – Melina Leon – NEW to Garden Rocks

  • March 18-19 – Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel – NEW

  • March 20-21 – Kool & The Gang – NEW to Garden Rocks

  • March 25-28 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO

  • April 1-2 – The Spinners

  • April 3-4 – The Pointer Sisters

  • April 8-9 – Blue October – NEW to Garden Rocks

  • April 15-16 – Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band Boston – NEW

  • April 17-18 – Don Felder, Formerly of The Eagles

  • April 22-23 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas

  • April 24-25 – Claudia Leitte – NEW

  • April 29-30 – Berlin

  • May 1-2 – TobyMac

  • May 6-7 – Blood, Sweat & Tears

  • May 8-9 – The Commodores – NEW to Garden Rocks

  • May 13-14 – Ambrosia with Peter Beckett – NEW

  • May 20-21 – A Flock Of Seagulls

  • May 22-23 – Collin Raye – NEW

  • May 27-28 – Thelma Houston – NEW

  • May 29-30 – Little River Band

  • June 3-6 – Simple Plan

  • June 10-13 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

  • June 17-20 – Plain White T’s

Beginning Jan. 19, Guests can secure their spot at the show by booking a Garden Rocks Dining Package available Friday-Monday. Find out more by visiting Stay tuned for more details about the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival happening during the 18-month long Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary celebration.

To experience EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, Guests must have both valid admission and a park reservation for EPCOT on the same date. Be sure to contact your MMV agent today and get ready for a new year of fun and magic at Walt Disney World!


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