What else is news today? In Orlando, Walt Disney World officially opened three new restaurants in Disney Springs: Maria & Enzo's Ristorante, an Italian trattoria "set in the once-abandoned Disney Springs airline terminal from the 1930s" (back story!), and its companion eateries, the fast-casual Pizza Ponte pizzeria and Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar, which "pours Prohibition-era cocktails and serves a casual menu of hearty Roman dishes," according to Disney's press release.
Pizza is $7 a slice at Pizza Ponte, with sandwiches going for $9-11. Entrees run between $22-39 at the table-service Maria & Enzo's. The three restaurants are operated by Patina Restaurant Group, which also runs Via Napoli, Tutta Italia, Morimoto Asia and the also-just-opened The Edison at Walt Disney World and Naples, Napolini, Catal, Uva Bar, and Tortilla Jo's at Disneyland.
Back on the west coast, Disneyland also announced today that Dumbo is going down for refurbishment on January 8, to install a new queue and shade structure. On the same day, the park will start replacing the track for the horse-drawn streetcars on Main Street USA, which will include new brickwork for the street. (Limited access on Main Street also means no parades and no fireworks until the work is finished.)
Will Disneyland get a complete repaving of Main Street with bricks, a la Hong Kong? Or just some trim around the tracks? Stay tuned and we will find out.
Monday is the start of refurbishment season at the Disneyland Resort, as that's the day that many Paradise Pier locations at Disney California Adventure close for that land's transformation into Pixar Pier. It's also the day that the Southern California Select annual passholders come off their holiday blockout, so be prepared for a mild rush of locals replacing the holiday visitors.Tweet
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