The good people over at LaughingPlace.com have reported two interesting news bits from around the Walt Disney World Resort that I feel are of interest. The first piece concerns a new dining option at Animal Kingdom:
Animal Kingdom has introduced a new program – Picnic in the Park. The following is from the brochure:
Turn your meal at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park into an adventure with Picnic in the Park!
Tier 1 – Sandwiches Select from Turkey Focaccia, Chicken Wrap, Ham Grinder or Tuna Pita
Meal for Three – $24.99 + tax 3 Sandwiches, 1 side, 3 desserts, 3 bottles of Dasani water
Meal for Four – $32.99 + tax 4 Sandwiches, 1 side, 4 desserts, 4 bottles of Dasani water
Meal for Five – $40.99 + tax 5 Sandwiches, 1 side, 5 desserts, 5 bottles of Dasani water
Meal for Six – $48.99 + tax 6 Sandwiches, 1 side, 6 desserts, 6 bottles of Dasani water
Sides: Chips, coleslaw, corn medley, green beans, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, orza pasta, oven-roasted potato wedges, seasonal fruit salad, tomato & cucumber salad
Stop by the Picnic in the Park podium, located in front of Guest Relations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park to place your order, or visit the Tusker House Restaurant podium in Africa. Orders must be placed between the hours of Park Opening and 1:30pm.
Select which tier of entrées you would like and your choice of sides and desserts.
Each order comes in a reusable bag packed with plates and utensils, plus a map to help guide you to picnic spots throughout the Park.
When placing your order, you’ll also be able to select a pick-up time at least two hours after the time the order is placed.
You may pick up your order at Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery, adjacent to Tusker House Restaurant in Africa (indicated by H on the map on the reverse side). Payment is due upon pick-up.
If you are on a Disney dining plan, Picnic in the Park may be used as a Quick Service Meal. Requires one Adult entitlement per meal ordered. For example, a Meal for Three will require three Adult entitlements.
There are 14 picnic locations spread throughout the park
The picnic prices seem very reasonable and it sounds like a great dining option for Animal Kingdom, which only offers a short list of eateries. The second piece of news leads us to believe Pleasure Island is coming back to life (sort of):
Downtown Disney has introduced “Celebrate Tonight!”, a high-energy street party focusing on guest celebrations. Guests are invited to join in with the DJs (spinning party hits), stilt walkers and party crew for group dances and sing-alongs to celebrate anything and everything. Celebrate Tonight! is now running 5pm-11pm Sunday through Thursday and 6pm-Midnight Fridays and Saturdays.
From the sounds of this, the Pleasure Island clubs will remain closed as guests party in the streets rather than indoors. A strange decision, but it will certainly be interesting to see how many guests actually attend these nightly parties. Be sure to stay tuned to WDW News Today as we get more information on both of these breaking stories.