Category Archives: Lounge

Morimoto Asia Set to Open September 30

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Morimoto Asia, a highly anticipated collaboration between Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Patina Restaurant Group, is pleased to announce a scheduled opening date of September 30, 2015 as Downtown Disney nears its transition to Disney Springs. The Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian dining experience will showcase flavors from across the Asian continent, all with Morimoto’s creative touch.

Morimoto Asia’s eye-catching, 36-foot tall, two-story layout has been designed by STUDIO V Architecture. It includes lounges, dining spaces, and an exhibition kitchen that allows guests a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the culinary action. The second-level sushi bar and lounge have a separate entrance. Morimoto Asia will debut as part of The Landing, one of four neighborhoods in the new Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

“This has been a project of passion for our team and Chef Morimoto. We can’t wait to open our doors to everyone visiting Disney Springs this fall and beyond,” said Nick Valenti, restaurateur and CEO of Patina Restaurant Group.

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Fall 2015 Mickey Monitor Food News


The Fall 2015 Mickey Monitor is out, and for once, Matt and I each received a copy and on the same day. This basically never happens. Either one or the other gets a copy, or we receive them weeks apart. Anyway, this issue has a bunch of information on Food & Wine, so let’s take a look! You can click for larger images as well.


As we know, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary and runs from September 25 through November 16. Being introduces are several “Buds” representing different Flavors. They kind of give me a Kitchen Kabaret vibe. We also know that the kiosks are expanding past World Showcase and into Future World.


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Lunch at the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge


Back in June, it was announced that there were some new items coming to the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge. While some favorite dishes stayed, such as the Cobb Salad, Derby Sliders, and Cheese and Charcuterie Board, the three new items added were a Shrimp & Chorizo Bruschetta, Zellwood Corn Bisque, and Crispy Bites. There have been some minor tweaks done since it was announced as well as what’s on the official Disney website’s menu page, which I’ll get to shortly. I decided to opt for the Crispy Bites.


The Crispy Bites feature Parmesan-Goat Cheese Risotto Sticks with a Whole-Grain Dijon Mustard Aioli, Brie Cheese with Sweet Onion and Orange Jam, and Affiné Blue-Mushroom Arancini with Fig and Balsamic Dip. The portion features two each of the sticks and three pieces of the arancini.


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More Details Released for Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

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As the fall opening date quickly approaches, the Disney Parks Blog has released more information regarding Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. The bar will have an aviation theme with a waterfront location, and will feature food and drinks inspired by the pilot’s world travels.

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The 150-seat lounge will be decorated with salvaged equipment, spare airplane parts, and mementos, while the outdoor seating will feature his old steamboat, Reggie. The storyline for the space is that “Jock made a home at this waterfront property in the 1940s after discovering this charming little town while flying Indiana Jones over the Sunshine State in search of the elusive Fountain of Youth in 1938. As a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, Jock often welcomed his globetrotting friends to his hangar for a drink and fun times.”

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Drinks at Tambu Lounge


Matt and I recently enjoyed an evening at the Polynesian Village Resort. We had an early dinner reservation at ‘Ohana, and parked the truck at around 3:55. We took a quick peek at Trader Sam’s, but at 4:02, they were at capacity and the wait would be 30-45 minutes. Since that really wouldn’t give us time to enjoy the atmosphere before our reservation, we made our way upstairs to our old friend, the Tambu Lounge.

Of course, we each had to start our evening with a classic Backscratcher. This drink features Bacardi Superior Rum, Myer’s Original Dark Rum, and Passion Fruit Juice topped with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and a Bamboo Backscratcher. As per our usual, we asked them to “hold the actual backscratcher.” Despite the juice in this drink, it’s not overwhelmingly sweet when mixed will. Sometimes when we order this drink, it packs a good hit of alcohol, but this was seemed a little weaker then I’ve had in the past. Of course, when drinks are mixed by hand, this can happen. It was still delicious.


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Wine Pairings Returning to Martha’s Vineyard

Last year, Martha’s Vineyard at the Beach Club Resort introduced the “Martha’s Vineyard Wine Pairings.” Today, the Disney Parks Blog has announced they will be returning this August and continuing into the fall.

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The experience includes a wine expert from the winery and a Disney chef to guide guests through the tasting while detailing the notes of each pairing. The tastings take place from 2-3 p.m. and will be available on the following dates:

  • August 22 – San Sebastian Winery
    *This event includes a takeaway bottle of Castillo Red wine in a lighthouse-shaped bottle. Cost per person is $60 to attend.
  • September 26 – Ironstone Vineyard
  • October 17 – Napa Smith (The only brewery in Napa Valley, CA)
  • November 7 – To Be Determined

Cost varies between $25-40 per person (before tax and gratuity) and includes three wines — or beers for the October 17 event — paired with three small plates. Reservations begin on August 3, and can be made by visiting or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar Presents The Tahitian Terrace Diamond Luau

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Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel will be hosting a special 60th anniversary celebration for the resort on August 10 and 11, according to the Disney Parks Blog. The site notes that “The sessions will include the Tahitian Terrace Tribute Show with Tahitian dancers; a historical overview by Imagineers; and tastes from the original menu of the “gone-but-not-forgotten” Tahitian Terrace tropical restaurant. Guests also receive two drink tickets good for non-alcoholic Tahitian Punch, Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration drink (with alcohol), wine or beer.”

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