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Table Service Returns to the Diamond Horseshoe, and Free Beer to SeaWorld

February 26, 2016, 4:07 PM · Orlando theme parks fans might think they've traveled back in time, with a two changes announced today at area theme parks.

At Walt Disney World, table-service dining will return to the Diamond Horseshoe. The restaurant at the border between Frontierland and Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom will serve all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner, starting March 13.

Years ago, the Diamond Horseshoe hosted a live musical saloon show that played several times daily, as waitresses and waiters served sandwiches. In the days before ADRs, a table at the Diamond Horseshoe was one of the elusive "gets" in the park, requiring visitors to queue at park open for return times at one of the four shows. But when the Disneyland veterans who opened the Magic Kingdom retired, the 'Shoe couldn't survive a hard look at its very imbalanced bottom line.

The reopened Diamond Horseshoe won't revive the old stage show, but it will offer a much more ambitious menu, with a choice of barbecue pulled turkey, ham, or beef stew, as well as Frontier salad with chipotle-ranch dressing and cornbread to start, and choice of an apple tart or a s'mores-style Campfire brownie for dessert. Reservations are available now via +1-407-WDW-DINE for dates through May 30. The prices will be $33 per person, or $19 for kids ages 3-9. Drinks are included in the price.

Speaking of drinks, up the highway at SeaWorld Orlando, the park is bringing back free beer, for a limited time. As part of the Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival, SeaWorld is offering a $20-off daily ticket that includes a free 5-ounce craft beer, served on tap, with a sample of warm pretzel bites from Mama's Pretzel Kitchen. Annual pass holders can get the free beer and pretzels, too, by registering online. The offer is good through March 6.

When the park was owned by Anheuser-Busch, SeaWorld (and the Busch Gardens parks) were known well for the free samples of Anheuser-Busch beers that the park poured for guests. That ended after the parks' sale following A-B's takeover by InBev several years ago.

Replies (3)

February 26, 2016 at 4:35 PM · Sounds good!
February 26, 2016 at 9:02 PM · Now if they would only bring back the Clydesdales to sea world. The free beer is a good start, though.
February 26, 2016 at 9:31 PM · It was really cool at BG Williamsburg when you could go on the Brewery Tour and they gave you lots of beer, at least in the early years.

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