Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Disney News Round Up

Spice Road Table - the new restaurant debuting in the Morocco pavillion at Epcot has its signage up - but there is not an opening date as of yet.  Disney is saying early 2014.
Beginning on January 21,2014 - through the end of March, the resort line of the monorail will be down for maintenance from 11:30 am - 7pm.  There will still be boats and buses available to transport during those hours. 
Beginning January 26, 2014 Hollywood and Vine character breakfast and lunches will add Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins to their line up.  They will meet along with Jake from the Neverland Pirates and Handy Manny.  Retiring from the meals are Special Agent Oso and June from Little Einsteins.  
Disney has changed the name and some of the inclusions in the Photopass + option.  It's now called Memory Maker and you can save $50 by prepurchasing before your trip via the My Disney Experience app or page.
Beaches and Cream soda shop is now taking reservations.  There is still walk up seating available if you eat at the counter.
Disney has a new snack item - the Cronut (croissant donut) available at the Refreshment Port near Canada in the World Showcase.  Check out the Disney Food Blog for all the latest food news from Disney.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Yak and Yeti

At Disney, the imagineering department makes sure that a ride is never just a ride; that a resort room is never just a resort room; or that a restaurant is never just a restaurant.  Animal Kingdom's Yak and Yeti restaurant is truly not your average table service location.  It has a story.

As you enter, you are transported to Anandapur in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains - and the home of Arjun, a wealthy merchant who has fallen on hard times.  Arjun has turned his lavish home into a hotel and restaurant - Yak and Yeti.  All the decor and artifacts throughout the hotel were collected by Arjun in his travels throughout Southeast Asia.

For this visit we had lunch reservations.  I like to arrive early so that I can really have a chance to look at all artifacts that Arjun has collected.  The restaurant has a really cozy feel with a series of rooms both on the main level and up the stairs (there is an elevator for those who need it).

We like to sit upstairs by the windows - we have a great view and it's fun to people watch.  If you'd like, you could even schedule an early dinner here and have a fabulous (and air conditioned!) seat to watch the Jammin' Jungle parade.

 Food wise, the general flavors of Yak and Yeti are pan Asian.

First - I ordered a Yeti Blast.  There is an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version.  It's like a giant slushie with lime, mango, and strawberry flavors.

We decided to have appetizers - trying the pot stickers and the wok fried green beans.  Oh.My.Word.  The green beans come with this sweet Thai chili dipping sauce - so so good.  I am always a sucker for pot stickers and wontons - so these are a must do every time for my family.  And now.  The wok fried green beans are a must do!

For entrees we had the Malaysian seafood curry (which they can make extra spicy for you if you want!) and the Shaoxing steak and shrimp.

And then for dessert there was mango pie and chocolate cake with raspberry sauce.  Now, I am a firm believer that fruit does not equal dessert.  And that chocolate should not mix with fruit.  So, when I asked them to substitute the raspberry sauce for chocolate sauce it was no problem - and our waitress said that it's actually a pretty common request.

Yak and Yeti is one of our favorite tables services at Disney.  The themeing, the decor, and especially the food make this a stand out! about you?  Have you had a meal at Yak and Yeti?