Last week while down in OC for Scary Farm, we spent the morning/early afternoon at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Our goal was to of course see this years version of Haunted Mansion Holiday, but also finally experience the updated Jungle Cruise (somehow we missed it on our last trip) and see about getting our first ride on Monsters after Dark!
Happy to say we were successful on all 3!
Written by Gregg Condon
Thanks for reading! We'll be back at Disneyland in a few weeks for a multi-day visit (a make up from our cancelled Florida trip) and will be checking out all of the nighttime Halloween magic at both parks!
Virtual experience takes guests 220 miles above the EarthPrix Fixe menus focus on upscale, contemporary fare Collectible space trading cards available
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2021) – Aspiring astronauts, gastronomes, and space enthusiasts can suit up and prepare for liftoff because Patina Restaurant Group’s highly anticipated Space 220 Restaurant in EPCOT® at Walt Disney World® Resort is now open. The first-of-its-kind restaurant concept promises to virtually lift guests to a new “height of dining.” Reservations are now available to book with seating beginning on September 27.
Celebrating its inaugural mission today, a dedication ceremony featured executives from Patina Restaurant Group, Delaware North (Patina Restaurant Group’s parent company), Disney, and very special guests Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Mickey and Minnie helped wish travelers a magical “flight” during their maiden voyage to Space 220. Following the ribbon-cutting, media guests were given a tour of the restaurant and the opportunity to sample signature menu items.
“At Space 220, we hope to take guests on a culinary journey with our signature prix fixe menu that will let them customize the perfect meals for their crew and expedite their trip to space and back, allowing them ample time to enjoy all that EPCOT has to offer,” said Patina Restaurant Group Marketing Director Kyle Collins.
“With Space 220, we now have a fine dining experience in our World Discovery neighborhood of the Park – and a chance for our EPCOT guests to experience a restaurant that is truly out of this world!” added Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Portfolio Executive Tom Fitzgerald.
When visiting one of the country’s most anticipated restaurants to open this year, guests will feel as if they are transported 220 miles above Earth to the Centauri Space Station – they will see EPCOT drop away under their feet and look up to see the rapidly approaching station. The scenic journey is fun for the whole family and phase one of Space 220’s immersive dining experience, providing guests with stellar views of Earth by day and night. Phase two begins once they step off the space elevator, walking past a Grow Zone of spinning produce representing the fresh ingredients on the menu, while they’re guided to their table by a Space 220 crew member. Once seated, all guests will have panoramic views of Earth as the backdrop to an out-of-this-world dining experience.
A supernova of flavors awaits diners daily for lunch and dinner at Space 220 beginning at 11:30 a.m. With Executive Chef Marc Kusche at the helm, the restaurant serves upscale, contemporary fare, featuring a two-course prix fixe menu for lunch and a three-course prix fixe menu for dinner. Guests will enjoy a selection of lift-off appetizers, star course main entrees, and a choice of supernova sweets for dessert. Satellite sides will also be available a la carte, and visitors can expect unique beverages with a colorful lineup of atmospheric spirits, zero proof (non-alcoholic) cocktails, big dipper brews, and worldly wines. Some crew favorites include the following signature menu items:
With the purchase of any zero proof (non-alcoholic) cocktail or children’s meal, guests will receive a pack of Space 220 Collectible Trading Cards. Designed exclusively for and only distributed at Space 220, these limited-edition packs of cards feature custom illustrations and trivia facts about space exploration, food in space, and the sky-high innovations at Space 220.
Stay in the know about all the latest interstellar news regarding Space 220 by visiting www.space220restaurant.comand by following along on their social media platforms @Space220Fla on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
EPCOT is a theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., that features exciting attractions, international pavilions and seasonal special events, where the impossible becomes possible through the power of human imagination and the magic of Disney. World Showcase provides immersive experiences that explore the architecture, culture and cuisine of 11 countries throughout the world. Attractions such as Frozen Ever After and Soarin’ Around the World show the wonder of the real world, while The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Test Track and Mission: SPACE spark curiosity. EPCOT seasonal festivals feature the arts, florals, holidays and culinary magic. EPCOT is in the midst of a multi-year transformation adding new excitement and stories to the park, including attractions such as Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and the new nighttime spectacular, “Harmonious.”
About Patina Restaurant Group
Patina Restaurant Group is a bicoastal collection of 40+ restaurants in the premium segment of the hospitality industry. The esteemed group is known for its unique and impeccable market-driven menus, modern design and décor, exemplary service culture, and outstanding beverage programs across all locations—offering numerous distinctive, one-of-a-kind dining destinations.
On the East Coast, fan-favorite concepts include restaurants such as Morimoto Asia, Maria & Enzo’s, Pizza Ponte, Enzo’s Hideaway, and The Edison at Disney Springs® in Orlando along with the Italy Pavilion in EPCOT® World Showcase at Walt Disney World Resort® which encompasses Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Tutto Italia Ristorante, Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, and La Gelateria Toscana. Farther north, it operates iconic venues in New York City such as Lincoln Ristorante at Lincoln Center, Stella 34 Trattoria & Bar at Macy’s Herald Square, STATE Grill and Bar in the Empire State Building, and Banners Kitchen & Tap next to TD Garden in Boston.
On the West Coast, its portfolio is comprised of Downtown Disney® District staples such as Naples Ristorante e Bar, Napolini, Tortilla Jo’s, Catal Restaurant, and Uva Bar & Cafe. Additional venues throughout Los Angeles, many of which are surrounded by celebrated cultural institutions, include Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, The Kitchen at Descanso Gardens, Leatherby’s Café Rouge at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Ray’s & Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Tangata Restaurant at the Bowers Museum and a world-class catering division servicing high-profile events across the country. Learn more at www.patinagroup.com.
Welcome to our first Disneyland Update since Magic Key! We're excited to start having regular Disneyland updates as a part of our coverage!
Written by Gregg Condon
The Magic Key Lounge was the longest wait in the park. Not even kidding. A virtual wait (when I tried to check in there were about 200 people in front of me) and then once you're called back, there's another wait. For a photo op and phone chargers. Don't ever estimate the power of "passholders" again.