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Are Some Disney Restaurants Changing from Buffet to Family Style?

Are Some Disney Restaurants Changing from Buffet to Family Style? disney restaurants

We reported earlier today that more Disney Cast Members will be returning to work and which locations they are returning too. Most are Disney restaurants. We noticed that some of those restaurants which are buffet style had the words ‘family style’ in parenthesis next to the restaurant name.

Two of the restaurants listed were Chef Mickey’s and Biergarten. These restaurants are normally buffet style where guests serve themselves. The ‘family style’ next to them could mean that they will no longer allow guests to serve themselves. Cast Members would bring guests food to their table on platters much like restaurants such as Ohana and Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue.

Disney has already shared that self serve changes will be implemented at Disney World. It was previously announced that beverages and other items that are usually self-serve will instead be served by Cast Members.

Keep in mind this is all speculation as Disney has not released an official statement regarding these restaurants switching from buffet style to family style.

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Indoor Seating Is BACK at This Classic Ice Cream Spot in Disney Springs!

You know that moment when you just feel so happy about something, you can’t help but smile? That’s how we feel about Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop being back open in Disney Springs!

Indoor Seating Is BACK at This Classic Ice Cream Spot in Disney Springs!

Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop

We’ve eaten a ridiculous amount of ice cream from Ghirardelli so far, with the new Gold Rush Sundae and Nacho Sundae (and we don’t even feel sorry about it!), we were happy to find another surprise when we visited today!

Indoor dining was back, baby!!

Ghirardelli previously had closed off its indoor seating and a Cast Member would bring your treats outside to you…

Indoor Seating Is BACK at This Classic Ice Cream Spot in Disney Springs!

Indoor seating closed

…but now, indoor seating is back open for guests to chill out in the A/C and cool off with some cold treats! Be aware, there isn’t MUCH seating since Ghirardelli is enforcing social distancing measures. So if you go and it’s full, don’t panic! Guests can still sit right outside the shop and enjoy their ice cream.

Indoor Seating Is BACK at This Classic Ice Cream Spot in Disney Springs!

Ghirardelli Indoor Seating is OPEN!

With so many goodies to choose from at Ghirardelli, we’re happy to sit anywhere as long as we have a nice sundae or shake in our hands!

What’s your favorite thing to get at Ghirardelli? Let us know in the comments below!

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One of Our Favorite Snack Stands Has Reopened in Disney Springs!

If you’re craving treats galore, Disney Springs is a great place to go on a food crawl to pick up some snacks while you’re shopping.

One of Our Favorite Snack Stands Has Reopened in Disney Springs!

Bubble Waffle

Even though we’ve been able to have a Frozcato and flaming cheese since Walt Disney World’s shopping and dining district reopened, we really missed those HUGE Bubble Waffles! (Just look at how fabulous it is!)

So, we were super happy to see that AristoCrépes has reopened in Disney Springs so we can snack to our heart’s content!!

One of Our Favorite Snack Stands Has Reopened in Disney Springs!

AristoCrepes

The kiosk opened back up on Monday with some unpredictable hours, but if you catch it, you’ll find the same menu as before.

One of Our Favorite Snack Stands Has Reopened in Disney Springs!

AristoCrepes Menu

If you’re walking around Disney Springs and spot AristoCrépes open, we highly recommend that you take a moment to indulge yourself!

What is your favorite thing to eat at AristoCrépes? Let us know in the comments below!

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News: The Disney Springs Food Trucks Officially Reopened During the DAY Today in Disney Springs!

Although we’re big fans of sitting down at Wine Bar George or Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ for lunch during the week, sometimes you just need to grab something on the go when you’re on a shopping spree. (We just really missed the Minnie Ear wall in the World of Disney.)

News: The Disney Springs Food Trucks Officially Reopened During the DAY Today in Disney Springs!

Disney Springs Food Trucks

Although the Disney Springs Food Truck re-opened yesterday evening at 4 PM, we’ve got some good news for your lunch breaks from now on!

The Disney Springs Food Trucks have started to open up earlier in the day for guests to stop by the Mac and Cheese, Cookie Dough and Everything Sweet, Hot Diggity Dogs, and 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Trucks at Exposition Park.

News: The Disney Springs Food Trucks Officially Reopened During the DAY Today in Disney Springs!

Hot Diggity Dogs

Although there are distancing markers in place near the food trucks, cutlery and napkins are still available to pick up yourself at a table nearby.

News: The Disney Springs Food Trucks Officially Reopened During the DAY Today in Disney Springs!

Cutlery and Napkins

If you’re hungry for more snacks and goodies around Disney Springs, you can take a look at what it’s like to dine in at the other re-opened restaurants here!

What’s your favorite food truck to visit when you’re in Disney Springs? Let us know in the comments below!

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Review! Are Killer Fries Enough to Make Us Love Planet Hollywood in Disney World?

We’ve been eating our way around all the newly reopened restaurants at Disney Springs. Now it’s time to take a trip over to Disney Springs’ local observatory, Planet Hollywood to see how the food has fared since reopening.

Planet Hollywood

While we’ve already taken you with us to Terralina Crafted Italian, Morimoto Asia, The Polite Pig, and more, we’re heading back to Flavortown to see if the food is a hit or miss.

We’re typically cautiously optimistic when we eat at Planet Hollywood. The food is ok. Is it the BEST food in Disney Springs? Nah, probably not. But, there’s a decent variety offered here, and with Guy Fieri designing much of the menu, the food has his unique flair to it. Want mac and cheese on your burger? They got that. Want not one but THREE kinds of fries with your meal? Yep, got that too. Those big, crazy milkshakes in a mason jar? You get it. 🙂

But while the menu boasts some unique options, we’ve been largely underwhelmed by this spot in the past. Would this trip change our minds?

Atmosphere

If you’ve never been to Planet Hollywood, it’s right across from the AMC Theatres! As we walked inside the restaurant, we spotted multiple health and safety guidelines from the get-go. There are hand-sanitizing stations and hand-sanitizer canisters placed around the area for guests and Cast Members to use.

Hand-Sanitizing Stations

There were social distancing stickers placed on the ground before you greeted the hostess at the front with a plexiglass barrier.

Planet Hollywood Entrance

Since Planet Hollywood also has two stories, there are distancing markers on the ground leading upstairs as well! (Wave hi to Chewie on your way up to your table!!)

Staircase

If you’ve never been here before, be sure to stop and check out some of the movie memorabilia on the walls. They have some REALLY unique props and costumes from some of your favorite movies and it’s totally worth checking out.

Inconceivable! They Have Princess Bride Costumes on Display!

Although seating is available inside the restaurants so you can watch some movies while you eat on the domed ceiling…

Planet Hollywood Indoor Seating

…we decided to enjoy the sunshine on the rooftop since outdoor seating is currently open as well.

Planet Hollywood Outdoor Seating

Time to eat!

Eats

Planet Hollywood has a limited menu at the moment, and your server will provide you with a paper menu to look at while you decide what you want to snack on!

Planet Hollywood Menu

The restaurant is using wrapping cutlery wrapped in napkins, so there’s no contact!

Cutlery

The drinks are in glass cups that the servers are careful to touch minimally…

Water Glass

…and the restaurant is also using compostable straws in drinks.

Compostable Straw

Our server told us that since it’s been very quiet at the restaurant and there’s a limited menu, our food would come out pretty quickly after it’s ordered. And, boy was she right! We received our whole meal within a few minutes of placing our order (!!!). It was CRAZY fast!

Our Meal!

Drinks

First up, we ordered a frosty drink. The B-A-N-A-N-A-S Boozy Milkshake for $17.99 used to be known as the Space Monkey, but now it appears to be named after Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” (because why not??). The milkshake is served in a souvenir glass and mixed up with Cruzan coconut rum, banana liqueur, coconut purée, and chocolate milk.

B-A-N-A-N-A-S Milkshake

Although it might be a milkshake, B-A-N-A-N-A-S tasted more like a banana piña colada! While the name implied a LOT of banana flavor, it was more of a coconut and chocolate drink with just a hint of banana.

B-A-N-A-N-A-S Milkshake

We would have loved to had a stronger banana flavor, but we still thought the “cocktail” (it’s more like a dessert tbh) was smooth and sweet!

B-A-N-A-N-A-S Milkshake

This drink is pretty hefty sized though, so be careful not to fill up on shake instead of food! 🙂

Eats

We tried the “Bird Is the Word” Chicken Sandwich, which reminded us of a Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich! You can grab this for $17.99. The sandwich was piled with fried chicken, buttermilk ranch dressing, hot honey sauce, pickles, cheddar cheese, and cole slaw.

Bird is the Word Chicken Sandwich

Although we’re big fans of the chicken sandwiches you can get at Chicken Guy! or Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ right around the corner, the “Bird Is The Word” was still very tasty!

Bird is the Word Chicken Sandwich

The honey was the most prominent part of the sandwich, which gave a hint of spiciness to the sandwich. We thought there could have been a bigger punch of spiciness to balance things out. Buuut, we did LOVE all the pickles on top!

Bird is the Word Chicken Sandwich

IF you’re not a fan of spice, this should still be enjoyable for you. We picked up way more sweetness than spice on this one! We do have to say, though, that Planet Hollywood’s fries ROCKED!!

Fries

These are Guy Fieri’s Triple Fries which basically means they dump three styles of fries in the frier instead of one. We ain’t complainin’. We had standard french fries, waffle fries, and filmstrip type fries in our mix. They were delightfully seasoned and crispy, which complimented the sweetness of the chicken sandwich.

Fries

If you want to add some ketchup to your fries, your server will currently give you packets instead of a bottle.

Ketchup Packets

We’ll give credit where credit is due — the fries here are legit. They’re REALLY good.

Paying

At this time, Planet Hollywood isn’t using checkbooks, so your server will bring your check out on a plate with a towelette.

Check

And, before you leave, you can also use hand-sanitizer located at the tables inside Planet Hollywood!

Hand-Sanitizer

Nosh or Not

Consider dining at Planet Hollywood if:

  • You’d like to experience a unique atmosphere. Planet Hollywood has an array of movie memorabilia (like Chewbacca’s costume) that you can look at.
  • You want approachable comfort food like burgers, pastas, more.
  • You want a fun experience for your whole family! While grown-ups may be able to enjoy the cleverly named menu items a little more than the kids, your whole party can enjoy the entertainment at Planet Hollywood. Whether you want to watch movies while you eat or have a beautiful view of Disney Springs at night, there’s something for everyone here.

Planet Hollywood Server

You may want to skip Planet Hollywood if:

  • You are looking for really great, unique food. Disney Springs has a lot of awesome places that just have better eats and drinks — to put it simply. If you want a chicken sandwich like the one we had during our visit, we recommend visiting Chicken Guy! or Homecomin’ instead for some awesome options.
  • You want something on the cheaper side. While Planet Hollywood is not as expensive as other places like The Boathouse or Wine Bar George, it still can be pricey. Plus, for the food you’re getting, you can get better options at quick-service locations for a lower price.

Planet Hollywood Meal

Overall

So is it our favorite restaurant in all of Disney Springs now? Nope, sorry guys. BUT, we still enjoyed our meal. Planet Hollywood checks a lot of boxes for certain families looking for a unique meal in Disney Springs, which we can appreciate. We LOVED the crazy quick service and the fact that our server was a total sweetheart. However, our meal was just okay for the price we paid. But, we would totally go back to Planet Hollywood just to have another basket of fries all to ourselves. 🙂

Do note that Planet Hollywood closed again. While we don’t know when they will be reopening, we will be sure to keep you updated. You can read about this closure here.

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What is your favorite thing to eat at Planet Hollywood? Let us know in the comments below!

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