Enzo’s Hideaway Lunch Review

After feasting our way through the holidays & being spoiled by all of the good food, we couldn’t just end our holiday week with McDonald’s. We had to have some gourmet, food at Walt Disney World. We chose to have lunch at Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar in Disney Springs. Contrary to the title, this family friendly atmosphere is stunning and tells an intriguing story that does not disappoint.

The story of this restaurant refers to Maria & Enzo’s Restaurante as well as The Edison in Disney Springs and it goes like this…

While inspecting the building prior to taking full ownership, Enzo discovered a long-hidden place below the terminal that connected to abandoned sections of the next-door power plant. To Enzo’s astonishment, he came across a Prohibition-era hideaway where a team of flying rum-runners once gathered. Evidence of smuggler activity remained, untouched for decades. Enzo decided that the space might make an irresistible spot for dining and socializing to highlight the family recipes he grew up on, highlighting specialties from Rome and nearby regions.

An Italian Restaurant & Speakeasy, this restaurant is a fun & novel place to dine in Disney Springs and I will definitely visit it again. Following it’s name & story line, it is a bit of a hidden gem that can be easy to get into even when you don’t have a reservation.

Overview

Location: Disney Springs
Hours:
lunch 11:30am – 3:30pm
dinner 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Dining Style: Table Service, Italian food
Atmosphere: Mysterious & edgy
My review of this experience: 5 out of 5 stars

Menu

Review from our Experience
After enjoying a movie in Disney Springs, we decided at the last minute to have lunch at Enzo’s Hideaway. They were happy to accommodate us, with no wait, even though we did not have a reservation. Reservations are recommended, but this restaurant is a good place to start if you do not.
I was immediately impressed with the theme of this restaurant as we rounded the corner into the hideaway. It is what you would imagine a speakeasy to look like starting with the slot in the entrance door through the brick entrance, complete with graffiti on the walls, and ending with the hidden tunnel in the back. Yes, it DOES have a hidden tunnel where you can imagine the rum runners making a quick exit from the police during prohibition. We had a wonderful history lesson with our children over this meal. ūüėČ
About the food
– The Bread service was good with optional oil & I like to dip my bread in oil. The oil was very authentic and maybe a little bitter to my palate.
– The Classic Lasagna was cheesy & a very large portion. It was cooked well and the flavor was blended.
– The Branzino or Sea Bass, was tender & flaky with a slight lemon flavor. The grapes and green beans were complimentary to the fish. My husband did not care for the green beans because they were sauteed and remained a little crisp.
– The Roasted Chicken Saltimbacca was my favorite. This delicious chicken was cooked to perfection and well seasoned with a tender inside and slightly crispy on the outside skin. The vegetables with it were all perfect from the tender artichokes to the broccoli and a nice flavor was added with a few capers. The entire plate was a scrumptious medley of flavors that blended well.
– Chocolate Ice Cream was for dessert for my youngest & he loved the waffle chip that came with it the most.
– Of course I had to try the Canoli and it did not disappoint. I wanted to lick the plate after finishing it, but thought that might be frowned upon.

We finished every bit of food on our plates and since we just consumed two buckets of popcorn at the movie prior to this lunch, that tells you that the food must have been good.

The service seemed slightly European in nature. We had to ask every time we wanted more water and they only filled the one glass. Other than that the service was prompt and with a smile in true Disney fashion.

I see this place as the perfect guys getaway or bachelor get together before a wedding. It can also be a little on the romantic side and even fun for a girlfriend celebration. Any history buff will get a huge kick out of seeing this & if your kids are missing school they can tell the history teacher that they got to learn about a speakeasy when they were on vacation.

What I would change for next time
The only thing I might change for next time is not filling up on popcorn first so that I have room to try the Cannoli Sundae that looked so inviting for dessert.

Additional Information
To complete your visit to this restaurant, you have to find the ‘hidden tunnel’. If you are having trouble finding it, just make a trip to the restroom. ūüėČ


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Ale & Compass Restaurant Breakfast Review

Two years ago we enjoyed a wonderful buffet breakfast at this restaurant when it was Captain’s Grille.  It is one of the more cost effective options for the Epcot Candlelight Processional dining package during the holiday season. Now it has been re-imagined into a more quiet & luxurious feeling restaurant and the breakfast menu has changed from a full buffet to an entree and optional continental buffet.


Overview

Location: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Hours:
breakfast 7:30am – 11:00am
lunch 11:30am – 2:00pm
dinner 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Dining Style:  Table service with an optional continental buffet for breakfast
Dining Plan:  1 table service credit
Atmosphere: Warm, quite and inviting
* all information subject to change
My review of this experience:  3.5 out of 5 stars
Read through for details on why I have given this review for this experience

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Since we had the Candlelight Processional Dining Package during this visit, we selected the Buffet option which included the continental breakfast buffet as well as our choice of one entree. 

Review from my Experience
The Ale & Compass was our Candlelight Processional Dining package reservation.  The Candlelight Processional package allowed us to have guaranteed seats at the show with John Stamos as the narrator.  We have been wanting to try the Ale & Compass since the redesign and it was the most cost effective option as well.
Our reservation was for 10:55am and we checked-in at the podium 11:00am.  We were told that they were running a little behind & that they would text my cell phone when our table was ready.  We were okay with the wait because there are so many beautiful holiday decorations to look at in the resort.
I got a text around 11:35am & were promptly seated in a comfortable booth table & handed menus.  Our server did not arrive to acknowledge us for about 15 minutes & left after explaining our choices.  When he returned to take our order he told us to help ourselves to the continental buffet since it was included in our dining package.
When we visited the buffet, we found that they had limited amounts of food left.  The grapes were gone & there was only one cinnamon roll left.  Soon our food was delivered and we were told that the buffet was closing for lunch and we should go back one more time if we wanted to.  There was even less selection at that point.
– The Breakfast Flatbread was a very large portion, but I found it to be a little rich & oily in texture.  I may just be spoiled by the pizza at Via Napoli.
– The steak on the open-faced skirt steak sandwich was slightly tough; I prefer my steak to be very tender.
– The salted caramel-apple french toast was good comfort food and my family approved of the taste.
– The dark chocolate waffles were probably the favorite for our family topped with the rich cream and a side of bacon.

To their credit, when we mentioned that the cinnamon rolls were gone & they told us that they would not be making more, the manager overheard & did go to the Ale & Compass Market & bring some extra large cinnamon rolls from outside of the restaurant.  This is much more typical of the Disney service that we are spoiled by.

One of my favorite parts of the meal was my London Strand Earl Gray Twinings Tea.  I really enjoyed the beautiful flavors offered with my meal.  If purchased at the Twinings Tea store in the Epcot UK Pavilion, the cost of this tea is about $1.00 a bag.

I know that I may be slightly harsh in my review, but Disney has set the bar so high with their food that I now tend to expect excellence when my meal totals $180.00 for four adults.

What I would change for next time
If we take advantage of this low priced meal for the Candlelight Processional again, I will make a reservation for an earlier time.  I think that our experience could have been improved if we had not missed out on the delicious offerings at the continental buffet because we were seated so late.

Additional Information
I have to add that I did really like the redesigned bench seating at the back of the restaurant.  There is now a space behind the benches to set your park bags & other things.  This is very convenient & leaves more room on the benches to sit.


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  • Receive a welcome packet when you book, with  park information & a custom planning calendar.
  • Dining reservation assistance. Let me help you make your dining reservations for those popular Disney Restaurants. *based on availability
  • Fastpass+ assistance.  Undecided on which attractions are the best for your family? I‚Äôm happy to help you plan to utilize your Fastpasses to your advantage and will also provide assistance making those reservations *based on availability
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New Spaces Announced for the Disney Magic in March 2018

The Disney Magic is getting another update and will debut brand new spaces onboard in March 2018.

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An Enchanted Dining Experience just for families

It looks like Cariocca’s will be getting a new look and Tangled will be the inspiration for the new dining space.¬† This will pair perfectly with the unique Tangled musical performances on each Disney Magic sailing.¬† This regal ballroom, set in the royal castle, will be lit by floating lanterns and filled with live entertainment celebrating Rupunzel’s Birthday & her return to the kingdom.¬† Even the princess herself will greet guests along with the mischievous thugs from the Snuggley Duckling.

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This is the current Carioca’s Restaurant

Redesigned Retreat Just for Teens

The Vibe, a teen club for guests ages 14-17, is also getting a fresh look.  The new trendy urban loft environment will offer cool activities like a DJ spin-off and movie making.  The teens and their friends will also be able to enjoy coffee and smoothie bar, as well as video and virtual reality games.

Redesigned Exclusively for Adults

Cove Cafe’ will be redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style providing the perfect place for adults to relax and sip a specialty coffee or tea throughout the day.¬† This adults only retreat will also offer wine, cocktails and light bites during the evening hours.¬† These beverages and food come with a minimal charge to guests.

The Rainforest Room in Senses Spa will also be redesigned and for the younger set Club Disney Junior will be added to the Oceaneer Club.

Since the ship will not be going into dry dock for these changes & will continue to sail, guests onboard will face some changes in their activities & dining rotation.¬† Disney has released information that lets guests know their evening meal in Carioca’s will be replaced by the Cabanas restaurant & will still be served table service style.

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New Skipper Canteen opens today in Magic Kingdom

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen

Beginning today, your guests can set off on a culinary adventure featuring ‚ÄúWorld Famous Jungle Cuisine‚ÄĚ at the new Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom¬ģ Park at Walt Disney World¬ģ Resort.

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Located steps from the legendary Jungle Cruise attraction, this new 222-seat table-service restaurant is staffed by the wisecracking crew of the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd.  Diners are seated in one of three dining destinations inside the company’s headquarters-turned-restaurant: the mess hall; the jungle-inspired parlor once used by the company’s founder, Dr. Albert Falls and his family; or the former meeting room of the mysterious Society of Explorers and Adventurers.

The adventurous menu features bold and flavorful tastes inspired by the exotic flavors of the rivers traveled on the Jungle Cruise. Guests can try Trader Sam‚Äôs head-on shrimp, Dr. Falls‚Äô signature grilled steak or the house-made arepas with slow-cooked beef, black beans, tostones and queso fresco. Little ones can enjoy items such as Junior Skip‚Äôs special mac and cheese. And for dessert, there is a Kungaloosh! ‚Äď an African-inspired chocolate cake served with caramelized bananas and cashew-caramel ice cream. Refreshing non-alcoholic specialty beverages, Punch Line punch and Schweitzer Slush, will also be offered.

The Disney Dining Plan will be accepted at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. At the time of opening reservations were not currently available online, guests please see the attendant at the podium for availability.

My name is Melissa and I am a travel agent with Main Street Adventures Travel Agency.  I would love to plan your next Disney vacation and if you would like to try the food at this new restaurant, I can assist you with your reservation.  It all starts with a free quote.  email me or visit my website today.
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Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant: 4 Things to know + New Breakfast

The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant in Hollywood Studios is one of my family’s favorite restaurants in Hollywood Studios. ¬†The atmosphere is unlike any other as you are seated in a classic 1950’s car table while you watch black and white movie clips from movies like Godzilla. ¬†This table service restaurant is a must-see and is on the Disney Dining Plan.

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Lets start with 4 tips and end with the news of breakfast being served.

1.  Dine while watching old time movies:  As you are guided to your car table by a your car-hop, take in the details of this one-of-a-kind restaurant.  There are stars shining overhead as the car lights glow.  Watch old movies that are enjoyable & entertaining, but are only clips and you will see the same clips more than once if you eat slow enough.

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2. ¬†Request a Car automo-booth: ¬†Some table are just tables with regular chairs around them & a booth on one side of the car. ¬†The preferred tables have 3 bench seats, with tables in front of each seat for your food. ¬†Each bench seat can fit 2, so only 6 people will fit in a single car automo-booth. ¬†If you are a party of 4, you may pick up some hitchhikers along the way… ¬†By requesting one of these popular car booths, your weight may be slightly longer.

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3.  Try a milkshake:  Be sure not to miss the old fashioned milk shakes served at the Sci-Fi Dine-In the Oreo Cookie is my favorite!  if you are on the Disney Dining Plan, you can order water to drink & swap your drink for a milkshake & still be able to order dessert with your meal.

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4. ¬†Don’t miss dessert: ¬†Even though it is tempting to order a milkshake with your meal & then skip dessert, you must try at least one dessert to share. ¬†I recommend the House-made Sci-fi Candy Bar or the Out-of-this-World Turtle Cheesecake. ¬†These unique desserts look as good as they taste.

For all of you early risers out there ¬†Breakfast is coming! ¬†This is only a test period for breakfast and begins on November 1st 2015 to January 23rd 2016. ¬†Reservations are now open. ¬†If you are going to be in Hollywood Studios during the test time, don’t miss out on the opportunity to try some of their unique breakfast offerings:

  • Puff Pastry filled with Scrambled Eggs, Crab, Asparagus and Gruy√®re Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes
  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Baby Spinach, with Bacon and Cheddar Custard on a Roasted Tomato and Cheesy Horseradish Potatoes
  • Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Sausage Links and Breakfast Potatoes
  • Macadamia Crusted Brioche French Toast with Mascarpone and Fresh Berries

This experience is available for a limited time and is in addition to the regular lunch and dinner offerings. The price for breakfast is $23.99 per adult and $12.99 per child age 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity not included). Meals are one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.

Thank you for reading! ¬†My name is Melissa and the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant is one stop that we make on almost every trip. ¬†My kids beg to go back over and over again.I am also a travel agent with Main Street Adventures Travel Agency. ¬†Thank you to my clients that trust me to assist you in planning your Disney vacations and if you are not a current client, be sure to contact me when you think of planning your next trip to Disney World; my planning service costs nothing extra over booking directly through Disney. ¬†ūüėČ
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Breakfast Reservations Continue at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom

With the successful test of the fast casual breakfast experience at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom¬ģ Park at Walt Disney World¬ģ Resort, they have announced¬†this as a permanent offering.

For two meals a day Be Our Guest requires only quick service dining credits and because of this, it is easy to see why Be Our Guest has become such a popular restaurant for breakfast & lunch reservations.  Dinner reservations are also available, but do demand  table service dining credits.

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The prix fixe French-inspired breakfast menu includes pastries, cured meats and cheeses, eggs Florentine, vegetable quiche, and more. Plus, you can indulge in the Croissant Doughnut, a fried doughnut topped with banana caramel sauce, chocolate ganache and whipped cream. Younger Guests can enjoy brioche French toast, scrambled eggs, fruit crepes, as well as cereal and oatmeal.

Breakfast will be served 8-10 a.m. daily. Pricing will be $21.99 plus tax for adults, $13.99 plus tax for children ages 3-9 years. Reservations will be available beginning Aug. 5, 2015 for dates Oct. 4, 2015 and beyond via My Disney Experience, or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Advance reservations are encouraged. The Disney Dining Plan will be accepted.

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Garden Grill Restaurant: Reservations for breakfast & lunch now available

Beginning Nov. 8, 2015, you can enjoy Character dining all day long at Garden Grill Restaurant at Walt Disney World¬ģ¬†Resort. Served family style and all-you-care-to-enjoy, the menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner are inspired by the garden-grown theme of The Land at Epcot¬ģ. And while you dine, you can meet popular Disney pals, including Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Chip and Dale, as they revolve around vibrant views from the Living with the Land attraction. (Characters are subject to change).

For breakfast, served from 8-10:30 a.m., you can enjoy favorites like biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, Mickey waffles and the restaurant’s signature item, Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake.

And at lunch, served from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., you can feast on all-you-care-to-enjoy favorites from the dinner menu, including ‚ÄúLiving with the Land‚ÄĚ Harvest-inspired Farmer‚Äôs Salad, char-grilled sliced filet of beef, roasted all-natural sliced turkey breast with freshly-harvested vegetables and scrumptious side dishes.

Chip ‚Äėn‚Äô Dale‚Äôs Harvest Feast will continue to be available for dinner from 4-8 p.m. daily.

All meals at Garden Grill require one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.

The next time you visit Epcot, be sure to add Garden Grill to your list of dining reservations, it is one of our family’s favorites. This fun, rotating restaurant allows you to look down in the Living With The Land attraction while you enjoy your meal and meet the characters. ¬†Don’t forget your autograph books! ¬†ūüôā

Meeting the characters at Chef Mickeys is always fun, but don't take my word for it. Look at the smiles on the faces of my children.
Meeting the characters at Garden Grill¬†is always fun, but don’t take my word for it. Look at the smiles on the faces of my children when they meet farmer Mickey.

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