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Citricos and Trail’s End reopening, plus more Walt Disney World food news!

by Susan and Simon Veness

Citricos and Trail’s End restaurants are reopening at Walt Disney World this month, along with four theme park dining spots and the addition of exciting new Disney Family Night Dinners at two Disney resorts. Highly anticipated Disneyland favorite, Salt & Straw, has announced its upcoming arrival at Disney Springs, too!

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Citricos has been part of the Disney dining scene since 1997, and on July 15 it will reopen after a temporary closure due to the pandemic, with a brand-new menu and a setting that feels like you’re dining “underneath the lovely London sky.”

Themed to the whimsical animation in the movie “Mary Poppins Returns,” the dining room’s garden setting inspires guests to “trip a little light fantastic” amid the glow of decorative lamps and chandeliers.

The menu, crafted by Chef Andres Mendoza, is the real star, though. Dine on starters that include Sweet Corn Bisque with pickled fennel, popcorn, and fennel oil; or a summery Strawberry Salad with chamomile-infused goat cheese, frisée lettuce, bacon vinaigrette, and spiced sunflower seeds.

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Next, delve into Butter-poached Florida Cobia entrée with sides of mashed fingerling potatoes, grilled asparagus, and local mushrooms in a grapefruit beurre blanc sauce; or succulent Guava Barbequed Short Ribs accompanied by aged cheddar creamy grits, roasted poblano, curtido slaw, and Brussels sprouts.

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Sommelier Israel Perez has designed an exceptional boutique wine and cocktail program, which can be further enhanced by dining in Citricos’ new and exclusive Sommelier Room, featuring sublime food and wine pairings.

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A fine meal isn’t complete without dessert, and Pastry Chef Kristine Farmer puts a fine touch on sweet endings such as Warm Apple Rose with seasonal apple, marzipan layers, and frozen coconut milk; and the utterly decadent perfection of a Chocolate Torte financier with dark cherry compote and vanilla bean mascarpone cream.

Citricos dining is now available for bookings.


Disney then takes a rustic turn with the July 17 reopening of Trail’s End Restaurant at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Begin the day with family-style skillet of smoked brisket and eggs, bacon, sausage, and cheesy potato casserole, plus berry granola yogurt parfait and a cheerful basket of oven-fresh pastries.

The resort’s popular Mickey Waffles will return, too, as will Moonshine Morning Cocktails, including Pioneer Mimosa with passion, orange, and guava juices and the crisp Mountain Mary with moonshine.

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When dinnertime rolls around, a “rootin’ tootin’ good time” begins, with the hearty family-style Smokehouse Skillet of pecan-smoked brisket, rotisserie chicken, andouille sausage, fingerling potatoes, green beans, and buttered corn on the cob. Hushpuppies, green salad, and skillet cornbread accompany each meal.

Power up to hit the trail again with a Covered Wagon Sundae filled with ice cream, toppings, brownies, cookies, and chocolate covered bacon.

Casey's Corner hot dog and drink

At Magic Kingdom, all-American favorites Casey’s Corner and Plaza Ice Cream Parlor reopen along Main Street U.S.A. It’s always the “good old summertime” at Casey’s, featuring classic all-beef hot dogs, served plain or with chili-cheese; corn dog nuggets; and a plant-based Loaded Slaw Dog. Wash it all down with Frozen Mint Julep Lemonade for a refreshing home-run.

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Hand-scooped Edy’s ice cream, Barq’s Root Beer Floats, and Coca-Cola Floats evoke memories of yesteryear at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, with fat-free, no sugar added, and plant based non-dairy options available.

Casey’s Corner is open now, and Plaza Ice Cream Parlor opens on July 7.


Eight Spoons Cafe food

Animal Kingdom’s Eight Spoons Café brings back its Baked Macaroni & Cheese (with optional pulled pork) and Pulled Pork Jelly Donut Sandwich, while Dino Diner will once again serve up Dino-Rama Chili-Cheese Dogs, Corn Chip Pie, and scrumptious cinnamon-sweet churros, starting July 4.


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Made popular in the Downtown Disney District of Disneyland Resort, the delights of Salt & Straw scooped ice cream shop will debut at Disney Springs in 2022.


Disney Family Night Dinner

But that’s not all. Two additional foodie offerings have arrived at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The family-style Disney Family Night Dinner three-course menus, available from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. are:

Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Roasted Jamaican-style chicken
  • Fried yucca
  • Cilantro rice
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Caribbean pull-apart rolls with onion jam and guava butter
  • Decorate-your-own Mickey and Minnie cookies

Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Garden salad of tomato, cucumber, carrots, and a duo of dressings
  • Savory three-cheese lasagna with tomato sauce
  • Two Mickey-shaped cheese or pepperoni pizzas
  • Minnie cheesecake with strawberry sauce, whipped cream, and fresh berries

Each sharable-meal take-away bundle also includes an original card-type game inspired by favorite Disney friends.

For more information visit DisneyWorld/Dining.

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